Today we are pleased to host Sue Brown, as she releases her new book, The Next Call. Check out her Guest Post below and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway.
When I submitted this story I knew I was taking a risk. The Next Call is not your conventional boy meets boy love story. Nothing about it is conventional. I’m just lucky that Dreamspinner are prepared to take chances with me and I appreciate it very much.
I’ve just answered an interview question on whether where I live affects the way I write. I had to think about that for a while, because I’ve written books set in various places, from the UK and America, to cities and rural ranches.
I think though I’m most comfortable when I’m writing about what I know, which is not exactly unexpected. I live in outer London, a suburban lifestyle. It’s quiet and sedate, not a city buzz or a village life. Life in suburbia can be very anonymous. Most people commute to work, whether into London or another town. If you work all day, often you have no idea who your neighbours are.
Often my ‘towns’ are a mixture of three or four near me. The park in The Sky is Dead is down the road from me. The office building in Ed & Marchant is where my ex works, fifteen miles away from where it’s actually meant to be. The veterinary practice in Hairy Harry’s Car Seat is actually my vets where I take my dogs.
The Next Call is set in Surrey, again the details are fairly anonymous. Maybe one day I’ll take my camera and take you on a tour of my books. It would be fun to show you some of the places that make up my world.
On the blog tour I want to highlight the amazing work LGBT helplines and charities do for people who really need them. I’ve focused on the UK because that is where I live. Please take the time to look at their sites.
This helpline has recently celebrated its fortieth birthday, having been in existence since 1974. It went from 5 hours in the evening to 24 hours a day. The London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard’s (LLGS) information and support helpline has provided support to over 3 million people, and more people seek help from the LGBT community database, www.turingnetwork.org.uk. They’ve supported people through discriminatory legislation, the AIDS crisis, and the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in London to name a few examples.
Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn’t want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.
Because two of her book tours (for The Next Call and Stolen Dreams) are going to run simultaneously, we have decided we would have a common giveaway for both the tours! It makes for an awesome giveaway as you’ll see 😀
There will be FIVE winners chosen from this contest:
- First Winner will get a $20 Amazon Gift Card.
- Second Winner will get a paperback copy of Stolen Dreams. (The contest is open for everyone and not limited to a specific region!)
- First Runner up will get e-copies of The Next Call and Stolen Dreams
- Two Second Runners up will win an e-copy of either The Next Call or Stolen Dreams.
Contest Begins: 26th January, 2015
Contest Ends: 28th February, 2015
Click here or the image to enter the Rafflecopter
About the Author
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
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