I hope you are enjoying this month’s May showers. I have loved reading about all the authors and how they are coping with this pandemic and gotten some good recipes and tips. It isn’t over yet! we still have a few days of fun left and today’s guest is A.E. Ryecart!
As a full-time author, I work a lot from home so in some ways the restrictions on movement have had less impact on me than on many others. Plus, here in the UK, it’s been a ‘soft’ lockdown unlike in many other parts of Europe, but it’s a lockdown nonetheless. So what have I been doing to keep myself sane when not working?
These Boots Are Made for Walking…
Who knew there were so many footpaths to walk? Not me, that’s for sure. Woods, fields, country lanes, Mr. R and I have done them all. Out of the house by 6.30am (don’t I sound sickeningly virtuous?) it’s been wonderful. Taking time to appreciate the bird call, the wind rustling the leaves, or seeing a rabbit hop across in front of us, and sometimes even spotting dear. And taking time to talk, about all kinds of things. We’re all so busy, our working lives are ruled by the clock, but so often, too, is our supposed downtime. Here for that gym class, there for that activity. With the lockdown, we can’t do those things so we can’t live by the clock. So we slow down and take our time and I don’t think that’s such a bad thing.
Food, Glorious Food…
Am I the only one who’s new best friends are the fridge and food cupboard? Am I? No, I thought not. Remember what I said about living by the clock? It does give structure to the day, it has to be said, but when that structure slips away so too does that inner voice that says no, you can’t have chocolate for breakfast… Mr R and I have eaten an awful lot of cooked breakfasts in the past few weeks: sausages, eggs, mushrooms, toast. My poor porridge has taken something of a backseat. But, all that walking, remember? A girl needs her protein to keep up her energy. And talk about all the baking! I’ve seen so many posts where people have discovered their inner Delia, Nigella, or Paul (insert name of favourite TV cook here). Even I pulled out my apron and made like a ‘50s housewife in order to present a rather alarmed looking Mr. R with some burnt offerings.
Meet the Neighbours….
This has been a major positive of the lockdown. We knew our neighbours were lovely but we never had the time to stop and chat. We do that now, at a distance. I feel I’ve got to know them better in the last few weeks than in the last two or three years.
I want to world to start moving again. I want to see my friends and family. I want to be amongst the crowds on busy streets. But, there are aspects of this period I will always treasure, and I know I’m not alone in that. For now, though, stay safe and remember you really can have chocolate for breakfast…
Series if applicable: Rent Boys
Author: A E Ryecart
Cover designer: Tammy Clarke
Publisher: Indie published
Genre/heat: MM romance 3 out of 5 (it’s all about the sexual tension!)
Pages: 296 pages /72,000 words approx.
When life holds them captive, can love be their release?
Selling his body since he was a fifteen-year-old runaway, rent boy Sean Farrell has learned the hard lesson that the only way to survive the streets is to act tough and cocky. But an act is all it is, as underneath he’s never felt more adrift as he struggles with crippling self-doubt. Sean’s distilled life into three simple rules: earn enough cash to get by, stick close to the friends who have become his family — and don’t let anyone steal his heart.
Art is Laurie Cassell’s profession and passion. His calm and ordered life is just how he thinks he wants it, but it’s becoming harder to ignore the creeping feeling that calm and ordered has become dull and predictable. Laurie craves more but doesn’t know what, or not until a man with dark hazel eyes and a bad attitude swaggers into his life — and leaves with his heart.
Two men who should never have met, let alone fallen in love. Can Sean and Laurie release the other from lives that are holding them captive?
*** Release is a slow burn, opposites attract MM romance. Found family, good friends who give advice our men don’t want to hear, and the redemptive power of love can all be found between the pages. No cliff hanger, and a guaranteed HEA. ***
I used to tell my stories to myself. Now I tell them to the world.
The stories I only ever told myself were set in a world where boy met boy, where best friends became more, where the hero rescued not the damsel but the hot guy he’d been secretly crushing on.
I wanted to read those stories. I craved to read those stories. But those stories weren’t out there. Or that’s what I thought, until one Christmas, when I unwrapped a shiny new e-reader. All it took was a few clicks, and my world changed forever.
I found my tribe.
But there is life outside of MM & gay romantic fiction in all its configurations. Allegedly.
When I’m forced to switch off the trusty, faithful word machine, there’s a husband to feed and talk to, pubs to drink in, and cake to eat. I love to do all those things and more, before I rush back to write all the words.
I’m a Londoner, born and bred, but I now live just outside the big bad city but close enough to hop on a train so I can get my regular metropolitan fix.
Author Central: www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ZCBL9R0
Coming soon: Faking It (Rent Boys)
For Ben and Toby, faking it has never felt more real
Dropped by his agency for walking out on a client, professional escort Ben Lassiter is thrown an unexpected lifeline: an assignment to be a boyfriend-for-hire for a family wedding. But there’s a catch. The man who wants him for the weekend is a man who makes Ben’s blood heat, his spine tingle, and his heart pound. A man Ben wanted so much, but who didn’t want him.
Toby Hawksmoore, a man Ben’s vowed to stay away from.
Ben and Toby circle each other as they tell themselves their relationship is strictly business. But the hard lines they’ve set and the rules they’ve made are starting to blur.
Escort and client is turning into something neither had bargained for.
Now time for the prizes. A.E. Has generously donated an ebook of Captive Hearts to the grand prize & ebook of Release to one lucky winner This is MM so if you don’t read MM be sure to state so in comments. There are all genres.a Rafflecopter giveaway