The Novel Approach is happy to bring you Louise Lyons today, on the In Darkest Peru blog tour. Enjoy the guest post and the excerpt from the book, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win one of the following prizes:
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My Current Projects
I have lots going on at the moment and 2015 promises to be a busy year.
I’ve recently finished the edits on my latest short story, “What’s Up, Pussycat?” which is a musical-based romance for Wayward Ink Publishing’s next anthology, “Encore”, due out March 20, 2015, so I’m excited about that. There will be a variety of great stories in the book and I’m looking forward to reading those from my fellow authors.
I’m currently awaiting the first round of edits for my second full length novel, “The Eye of the Beholder”, which is a supernatural romance featuring vampires. The main character, Vince Voss, is obsessed with beauty and isn’t a very nice man. He doesn’t see anything wrong in the way he behaves, but eventually he’s forced to confront his cruelness to others and take a close look at himself. His love interest is lonely vampire, Peter, who at first Vince only sees as a means to an end, until much to his surprise, Vince’s heart gets in the way. But he’s already made a mess of things and hurt Peter badly, so he has his work cut out to put things right.
Following that, I’ll be editing my third novel, “Beyond The Scars”. This was a story I’d had notes written for since last summer, but another idea got in the way and I didn’t begin writing it until NaNoWriMo. I succeeded in getting 50,000 words down during November and finished “Beyond The Scars” in the few weeks afterward. It’s the story of Tommy, who has suffered at the hands of abusive boyfriend, Colin, for almost three years. In the first chapter, Tommy leaves Colin, but walking out the door isn’t the end of his mental torture and he struggles to move forward with his life, until he meets older martial arts instructor, Marcus. I wrote this story from personal experience in the early 1990s and the writing process turned out to be very cathartic, and I got through a few tissues in the process.
And one more novel, I’m currently waiting for the “yay or nay” on, is “Beautiful Thunder”, set in the 1990s, during the second wave of glam rock music. This was “my era” and I regularly travelled 100 miles to the city of Nottingham, UK, to attend Rock City, the best nightclub within reach of my home. This club revolves around Alex, a singer attempting to find fame and fortune – or at least a band to become part of. When he finds a local band, the River Rats, he finds himself instantly drawn to their lead guitarist, Richard “Lindsay” Lindstrum, but Lindsay has recently had a relationship gone sour, and is reluctant to dip a toe in the water with Alex, who is unsure of his sexuality.
I’m incredibly excited about the releases of “The Eye of the Beholder” and “Beyond The Scars” and as for “Beautiful Thunder” – it’s a case of wait and see right now.
Tired of being boring and unadventurous, he throws caution to the winds and buys a plane ticket to Peru.
Rhys’ adventure in Peru starts out well, but then disaster strikes. All of his belongings are stolen. Everything is gone—passport, wallet, phone, clothing, the lot.
Stranded in Cuzco, not too far from the famous Machu Picchu, Rhys tries to find someone to help him. He’s about to give up, when a sexy Brazilian named Rafael, comes to his rescue…
Excerpt: Rhys was tempted to join Rafael in the shower, but he couldn’t make himself move from the bed, as weak as he was from his orgasm. He lay still, catching his breath, with a happy smile on his face. Who would have thought the initial disaster his trip had been would turn out like this?
Rafael emerged from the bathroom a few minutes later, his dark skin glistening with droplets of water which he hadn’t bothered to dry off. Rhys stared unashamedly as a tiny rivulet formed in the middle of Rafael’s chest and traveled quickly down his torso, eventually disappearing into his bush of black pubic hair. Rhys unconsciously licked his lips and Rafael laughed.
“You look like you want me for breakfast.”
“I want a photograph of you,” Rhys blurted. “If that’s okay.”
“So you can remember me? Sure. You want it like this?” Rafael winked and stood still in the middle of the room.
“Hmm…yeah.” Rhys rolled to the side of the bed and picked up Rafael’s phone from the top of the cabinet. He opened the camera function and took three shots of Rafael; one close up of his face and two of his whole body, wet and sexy and beautiful. Rafael dried his hands and took the phone from Rhys.
“Oh, no, Rafael, I’m not very photogenic,” Rhys protested. He felt his face flush.
“Not very…?” Rafael’s brow wrinkled into a puzzled frown. “You are very hot. I want a picture to remember. You have three.”
“Okay, then. If you insist.” Rhys fiddled with his hair, hoping it wasn’t too messy from sleeping and fucking. Then he arranged himself on one side, his head propped up on his hand. “Go on, then, I’m ready.”
Rafael took a single picture and Rhys reminded himself to email the photos of the Brazilian to himself later. Then he took his turn in the shower while Rafael got dressed.
About the Author: Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the Church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered Fan Fiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.