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text 2015-04-28 13:54
Pirates make off with (award) booty at Readers' Choice Awards!
The Pirate's Secret Baby - Darlene Marshall
Castaway Dreams - Darlene Marshall

My Regency-era tale of pirates, puppies, pirates-in-training and secrets won the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America's Readers' Choice Award.

 

The Pirate's Secret Baby is a follow-up to Aspen Gold winner Castaway Dreams. I had so much fun writing my morally flexible, but always fashionable, villain Robert St. Armand in Castaway that I wanted to give him his own novel. I tossed a baby in his direction, and the rest is award history.

 

Thanks go to my publisher, Amber Quill Press, my editor, and all my readers, of course. I also want to do a shout-out to the volunteers who judge and coordinate contests. None of this would happen without them, and their efforts are greatly appreciated by authors and readers.

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text 2015-03-25 05:36
HALF-PRICE sale at Amber Quill Press!

Just popping in to say that there's a HALF-PRICE sale of ALL my books at Amber Quill Press until the end of March, so hurry along and pick up a bargain today!

 

Happy reading and have a great week.

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy

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text 2015-01-21 05:52
Half-price sale at Amber Quill Press!

There's a half-price sale of suspense and thriller fiction at Amber Quill Press until Friday! So, if you're a non-EU reader, you can get ALL THREE of my gay thrillers at discount prices:

A Dangerous Man

 
Michael Jones, a young gay artist and part-time prostitute, will do anything to stage his first exhibition. When he falls in love with rich financier, Jack Hutchinson, he seems set to achieve his goal. But as Michael becomes caught between the unforgiving territory of smoky-bar Hackney and the green-garden luxury of upper class London, the intense mindscape of a man obsessed with his dreams is revealed as he attempts to free himself from his past.
 
When a net of antagonistic relationships and inner battles encroaches upon him, the consequences of Michael's uncompromising pursuit emerge in tragedy, leaving him having to fight for all he holds dear, and in the only way he knows how.
 
 
Reviews:
 
“...brilliant...powerful as hell too... The protagonist, Michael...His obsession is huge, a swallowing emotion that sweeps out of your feet with every line you read... Another astonishing fact is how brilliantly his self-destructiveness is painted...Michael was brilliantly written...” – Thommie, MM Good Book Reviews


Buy the book at half-price today!


Maloney's Law

 
Shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2006 (for novels set in London) and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme, and longlisted for the Betty Bolingbroke-Kent Novel Award...
 
Paul Maloney, a small-time private investigator from London, reluctantly accepts a case from his married ex-lover, Dominic Allen. Before he knows it, Paul finds himself embroiled in the dark dealings of big business and the sordid world of international crime. The deeper he pushes, the closer he comes to losing everything he holds dear.
Can he solve the mystery and protect those he loves before it's too late?


Reviews:

"...Paul is an complex character. In fact it's difficult to put down in words all the various aspects of Paul's character...my favourite part of Paul's character were the little quirks given to him by the author...a breathtaking ride from start to finish...Once again Anne Brooke has produced a book which is high in emotional intensity and yet never strays into hysteria. Her descriptions of setting, character and situation all combine to make Maloney's Law into an unforgettable read. I highly recommend that you read this book...Grade: 'Excellent.'" -- Jenre, Well Read
 
"...a gay romance and mystery. It’s also a dark, deep, and poetic gay romance and mystery...I confess I love novels written in the first person and present tense, but I also know it’s quite difficult to write them well. But not, apparently, for Brooke. Her Maloney’s Law is exceptionally well-written...I thank you, Anne Brooke, for writing this story." -- Ron Fritsch, Rainbow Book Reviews


Buy the book at half-price today!


The Bones of Summer

 
The sequel to Maloney's Law, garnering third place in the inaugural 2009 Rainbow Mystery Fiction Awards...
 
When Craig Robertson’s religious fanatic father disappears, Craig is forced to return to the home he left behind after an underage affair in order to look for answers. He takes with him his new lover, private investigator Paul Maloney, who is more than willing to help solve the mystery.
 
During his initial search, Craig locates items that belonged to Michael, his lover in that long-ago ill-fated affair, and soon discovers that Michael has disappeared as well. The search becomes an investigation into Craig’s past, and, because of distressing gaps in his memory, he’s terrified of the truths he might find.
 
As Craig’s obsession with uncovering clues grows, however, his fragile relationship with Paul begins to disintegrate. Haunted and stalked, Craig has to face down the horror of his memories if he wants to have any hope of a future at all...


Reviews:

"... good and well written...It focuses on religious obsession and how people twist and perverse faith into abnormality and loses the very point of it...you’ll like this one." -- Thommie, MM Good Book Reviews

Buy the book at half-price today!

Happy reading to all.

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
Dryathlon 2015: Support Cancer Research UK!

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text 2015-01-07 06:21
HALF-PRICE Gay Fantasy: Martin and The Wolf

Gay shapeshifter story Martin and The Wolf is HALF-PRICE at Amber Quill Press until9 January so don't miss out!

 
When thirty-six-year-old lecturer Martin meets the mysterious Lucas at a neighbor’s midsummer party, the attraction is instant and hot. The two men soon start a relationship, but Martin is puzzled by Lucas’ behavior. He’s not like any man Martin has ever known—indeed, sometimes Lucas hardly seems human at all—and Martin wants to find out why.
 
But on one August night, when Martin tracks Lucas to the depths of the local park, he discovers eye-opening, fantastical realities about his new lover and the pack of strange wolves Lucas runs with than he had ever thought possible. Can Martin handle the truth?



Reviews:

"Martin and The Wolf by Anne Brooke is a gracefully written paranormal novelette that takes a fresh perspective on the werewolf legend … The story's appeal lies in those fascinating disconnects where Lucas's aggressive wolf personality causes him to stand out from the camouflage of his courteous but reserved British countrymen. Even better is the first-person narrator Martin's puzzled but unflappable acceptance of Lucas." [From a Recommended Reads review at ARe Cafe Reviews]

 

“This is an amazing story about Martin, a university lecturer, and Lucas, a somewhat wild and definitely unusual designer ... I loved the message of this story: what counts in a relationship between any two "beings" isn't how they look, nor necessarily what DNA they carry, or what they behave like. The focus in examining whether we can have a relationship with someone, and accept who and what they are, should be on how they relate to us, what they mean to us, and how they treat us. A very powerful message indeed!” [From a review at Queer Magazine Online]


Happy reading!

Anne Brooke
Gay Reads UK
Dryatholon 2015: Helping Cancer Research UK

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text 2015-01-01 09:02
New Year Sales and Gay Fantasy News!

The New Year sales of my gay fiction books continue today!

Firstly, for today ONLY, all my All Romance Ebooks are HALF-PRICE, so hurry along to pick up a New Year bargain!

Not only that, but my Amber Quill Press fiction continues to be HALF PRICE until 3 January, so don't miss out.

 

Finally, I'm happy to say that gay BDSM fantasy The Taming of the Hawk is now available at Amazon for your delectation:

When escaped prisoner Redallek Castonar goes on the run in the war-torn city of Tetranal, he finds himself in the pleasure-house of Councillor Jarrod Tetran. Unaware that Redallek has made a blood-promise with the rebel factions to kill him, Jarrod is instantly attracted to the man. Although Redallek is determined to complete his mission as soon as possible in order to gain his freedom, he quickly finds his new master to be full of surprises and not the man he expected.

Meanwhile, Jarrod is secretly planning to take the ruling Council captive, and to begin a negotiated peace with the rebel army. Even though such an act goes against all his family stands for, he is willing to risk everything to save the country he loves from destruction.

Both Redallek and Jarrod are determined to fight for freedom and peace, but in two very different ways. Will their differences drive them apart, or can they find a way to work together for the good of all? And, even if they do, will the passion springing up between them lead to victory or defeat?


Happy reading to all!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
Dryathlon January 2015: Support Cancer Research

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