Thanks for having me here today to talk about my new release, Anthem of the Sea, the first book in The Anthem Trilogy. I’ve been working on the trilogy for two years and am very excited to have the first book coming out. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous too. This book is a huge deal for me.
Anthem of the Sea is a contemporary thriller set on board a massive cruise ship called the Atlantic Anthem. The Anthem has everything: luxury accomodation, restaurants, bars, spas, shops and a theatre. It’s a five star hotel at sea. Daniel Blake, a successful singer, comes aboard to perform on the final few days of the ships maiden season. He soon meets Elijah Mann, a handsome comedian, who’ll shares the entertainment bill with him on the return voyage to England. The guys hit it off straight away. Both talented and good-looking, they’re a perfect match. But not everybody thinks so. Also on board is Oliver Gill, a man from Daniel’s pass who bears a long and bitter grudge against him. As the ship sets sail, two days from next port, the scene is set for romance, passion and revenge.
I loved writing and researching this book. The Atlantic Anthem is a fictional ship but based on my own experiences as a traveller and from doing researching into modern super-ships. There’s something about the sea that is inherently romantic which makes a cruise ship the perfect location to set a story. Not just romantic, but exciting, dramatic, exhilarating and sometimes even a little scary. I grew up in a coastal town and my father was a fisherman, so I’ve spent my whole life in love with the sea.
Without giving too much away, readers can look forward to learning a lot more about these characters in the next two books. How events in this story shape and colour their future. Although Anthem of the Sea is book one in a trilogy, I’d like to assure everyone that this also works as a standalone read. I don’t like series books that read as one continuous novel, often leaving the reader hanging mid-scene. Although part of an on-going story, this is a novel in it’s own right, reaching an exciting climax in the middle of an Atlantic storm.
I hope everyone has as much fun reading as I did writing it.
An ocean of possibility. For love, revenge and murder.
Daniel Blake, a handsome young singer, boards the Atlantic Anthem in Portugal for the final voyage of her maiden season. The state-of-the-art ship is the jewel in the Royal Atlantic cruise fleet. For Daniel, a one-time boy band member and TV talent show winner, it’s an honor to perform aboard such a vessel. Daniel loves the freedom and adventure of the sea. He began his solo career as a cruise ship entertainer and returning to the ocean as a headline act brings him full circle. He isn’t looking for love.
Neither is comedian Elijah Mann. Working at sea has given Elijah’s career the boost it desperately needed. Often considered too good-looking and sexy to be funny, work has been hard to come by since his TV show was canceled. With a potential new career opening up, he must remain focused. But when Elijah meets Daniel the attraction is mutual and instant. As the ship sets sail for England they have three days to get to know each other. Elijah can’t let that opportunity pass.
The voyage home is far from smooth. Also on board is a figure from Daniel’s past. A man who’s been holding a grudge for years, waiting for his moment. As a storm builds in the North Atlantic, Daniel and Elijah discover that the trip of a lifetime could be their last.
Pride Publishing: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/anthem-of-the-sea
About the Author
Thom Collins is the author of the novel Closer by Morning, with Pride Publishing. His love of page turning thrillers began at an early age when his mother caught him reading the latest Jackie Collins book and promptly confiscated it, sparking a life-long love of raunchy novels.
The novellas Gods of Vengeance and Silent Voices were published by Pride in early 2017, followed by the novel Anthem of the Sea, the first book in the Anthem Trilogy. He has recently finished writing the second book in a series and is working on the third.
Thom has lived in the North East of England his whole life. He grew up in Northumberland and now lives in County Durham with his husband and two cats. He loves all kinds of genre fiction, especially bonk-busters, thrillers, romance and horror. He is also a cookery book addict with far too many titles cluttering his shelves. When not writing he can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes. He’s a keen traveler but with a fear of flying that gets worse with age. Since taking his first cruise in 2013 he realized that sailing is the way to go.
Blog: www. thomcollinsauthor.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter: @thomwolf and @realthomcollins