The Wake Crasher

November 4, 2013 in Books, Fiction, General, Humour, Romantic Novels

The Wake CrasherThe Wake Crasher is a new book and debut novel from new Indie author Robert Durrant.

It is a book that examines moral principals and can divide opinion on whether you think the principle characters are just having some harmless fun or are a little bit sick and misguided. A dark humoured romantic comedy that describes the consequences of being a ‘Wake Crasher’.

The Wake CrasherInitially the perpetrators embark on what they see as a harmless way of getting a few free drinks and a bite to eat at a time when they are struggling to pay the bills in a world that is in financial meltdown.

It is not too long however before they come to realise that there is no such thing as a free ride and that every action they take comes at a price, especially when they dabble in the dark side of life!

New relationships are formed and the principle characters get a little more than they expected from their endeavors. Trouble is the starting point for any new relationship is from a position of deceit and dishonesty and how can that work in a modern world where everyone knows everyone and life is little like living in a goldfish bowl?

A book that will appeal to young adults and teenagers but also for those that like to cringe a little!

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Gay Before God, A Gay Romance Novel

February 4, 2013 in Books, Fiction, Gay Novels, Romantic Novels

Gay Before GodA love letter is written and destroyed; a mother disapproves of her son’s sexual orientation and desperately wants to prevent his gay lover from having any contact with him when he becomes seriously ill.

Gay Romance NovelThe lover is a married man with two children, holds a high position within the church, and needs to know his new lover’s true feelings. He stands to lose everything – wife, children, and his career. But if he knew for sure that this was a real and valued relationship then he might just be prepared to pay that price.

Hypocrisy reigns as members of the church hierarchy take steps to prevent what they see as a looming scandal. Never mind that some of them harbour secrets about their own sexual orientation, they choose to put God before their gay inclinations. They are career men prepared to sacrifice their personal feeling for advancement within the sanctity of the church and take a dim view of anyone who isn’t prepared to do the same. A scandal such as this can damage the reputation of the church, they feel, and that cannot be allowed to happen.

Can I be Gay and Christian?

This is a question that few gay romance novels tackle; to be both gay and Christian for many is considered to be a contradiction in terms, a forbidden love. They will say there is no gay God and there can be no gay church, but real life is not like that. Some Christians are gay and some of those decide to work for the church. This gay love story examines the dilemmas they face. Must they choose to conceal their true feelings in order to pursue a their calling within the church?

Gay Romance NovelsSurely, all Christians have a right to worship their God and live their lives in a compassionate and caring way according to their Christian beliefs, despite their sexual orientation? And even if they work for the church.

The church professes itself to be modern and all embracing, so when one of their flock has a gay awakening, a realisation that his marriage to a woman is no more than a façade for him to hide behind, then surely he has every right to think that this will be both accepted and tolerated. The reality is, however, that instead of acceptance and tolerance, he now faces hostility, not just from his superiors in the church, but also from family and friends. None of this helps him as he tries to deal and come to terms with what is already a complicated and delicate situation.

He has found true love, but the relationship is balanced on a knife edge; serious illness intervenes and the family, with a less than sympathetic perspective on the situation, get control, with one objective in mind: to end this fledgling relationship.

The easy option is to kowtow to the pressure of the church, return to the security of a straight relationship with his wife,  and leave his gay lover to his plight. Certainly that is consensus against him – hardly a Christian posture!

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Book Extracts

~ Yesterday Rachel got a recording of the conversation in the post. Word for word she could listen to what I said to Terry. Victor wrote a note to say it showed I was a serial liar, I had always slept around, and Terry was just one amongst many.”
Charles said nothing to contradict what was said. It suited him to be silent.
“To make a secret recording and use it in that way was so wrong,” went on James “and it is not like Terry.” ~

~At the same time a meeting was taking place in bishop’s study.
“I cannot see why we are discussing this,” the archdeacon was obviously irritated. “There is a full agenda to get through.”
“I just wanted the matter finalised,” said the bishop, somewhat apologetically.
“Well, as far as I am concerned he is out of our hands,” replied the archdeacon. “He chose to resign, and that is that!” ~

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The Voice of the Tiger – Forbidden Love & Animism Amongst Indigenous People

July 11, 2012 in Action & Adventure, Books, Fiction, Military Fiction, Romantic Novels

A War Romance and Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love During the Malayan EmergencyVince Tanner is young and naïve when he decides to join the New Zealand forces as a soldier serving in Malaya around the end of the Malayan Emergency. He enlisted for adventure and a bit of romance, but then he finds a woman that he falls deeply in love with, the relationship is forbidden by the class rules of the military so his forbidden love must be kept a secret while they plan how they can be together in a new life outside of the constraints of military rules.

war romanceEvents overtake the couple and Vince, who is convinced he has lost his true love, falls into a state of despair, drunkenness and lechery. During his duties in the rainforests of Malaya he is separated from his patrol, but in so doing he discovers the loneliness of the jungle, its vast grandeur, the charm of its amazing creatures and the charm of the Orang Asli, the indigenous aboriginal people of the rainforest.

Haunted by strange dreams, Vince finds solace with two completely different women; Amang, who is one of the Orang Asli and Wilhelmina, a plantation owner. It is in the arms of these women that he finally comes to terms with the depth of his love for Audrey, the woman he thinks he has lost for ever.

A War Romance During the Malayan Emergency

The Malayan Emergency although never truly recognised as a war, despite it being exactly that, was where many young men from all over the world found themselves embroiled in a conflict far away from their native homeland. Circumstances where young men seek comfort wherever they can find it. The company of a woman, is one way to find the distraction they need to help them cope with the situations they find themselves in and many a war romance was founded on that basis.

The Voice of the Tiger is an account of one man’s encounter with a very beautiful woman in Malaya during the conflict, but with the difference that his war romance , as he quickly realised, was a meeting of true soul mates, a story of love at first sight and a forbidden love which was blemished by dreadful events that threatened to keep the lovers apart forever.

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Animism & Indigenous People

Vince found the indigenous peoples of the Malayan peninsula, entered into their world of animism and ultimately found an aboriginal man ‘Abu’ who was prepared to risk his very soul to help him regain his lost love.

With direction from a man’s spirit in a tiger’s form and using the strength of animism will Vince find redemption? Can he save the woman he loves from the gates of hades itself?

Aboriginal stories are not often told with such understanding and clarity, the genre for this book may be fiction, but the story sticks as closely as possible to the reality of the times. This is as close a reference as it can be to the indigenous peoples of Malaya, their aboriginal origins and the culture of the race as they lived their lives in Malaya at the end of the Malayan Emergency.

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“Five platoon returned. Their basha filled with uproar, odours of sweat, gun oil and soiled gear. The thatch thrummed to laughter and ribaldry as they sorted equipment, returned ammunition to the armoury, cleaned and returned weapons to the arms-cote and generally disrupted the peace. Everyone was friendly enough; some like Barry were clearly delighted to see him. Yet he felt isolated. Time and events since he had last seen them had made them almost strangers.”

“Gingerly, wary of snakes and scorpions and with minimal use of his torch, he filled the water bag and boiled water for tea. Cold rations would do, but he needed the comfort of hot sweet tea. A yellow crescent hung above the treetops. Guided by its feeble light, he circled his camp to see if any light from the little stove, showed between the rocks. None: he blessed his good fortune in finding such a campsite before full darkness descended.
After a meal of cold corned beef and biscuit he took his mug of tea and felt his way to sit, rifle across his knees, and stare at the reflections. The stream whispered and chuckled its way across its stony bed and around the standing stones. Guiltily, he clasped the tea mug and wondered at the enormity of what he had done. He had gone wilfully missing: he was a deserter.”

You can see the author’s profile using this link Markham Turner – War Romance Author

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Goodreads Review

The Voice of the Tiger, A War Romance During the Malayan EmergencyThe Voice of the Tiger, A War Romance During the Malayan Emergency by Markham Turner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fascinating look at the indigenous peoples of Malaya and animism through the medium of fiction.

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Lonely Mirrors, A Tragic Wartime Romance

June 18, 2012 in Books, Fiction, Romantic Novels

From the valleys of Wales to London and Cairo during the second world war, this classic romance novel delivers an explicit and deeply moving account of how mothers and daughters come to terms with the fast moving sexual habits of contemporary lifestyles.

A Story of Women in Love- Lonely MirrorsWomen in Love – A Classic Romance

Love and jealousy are just two of the subjects Susannah Carlton deals with  and she doesn’t pull her punches.

women in loveRelationships are examined microscopic detail and the motives of these women in love leave little to the imagination. Some parts are sexually explicit and other parts are deeply moving, tugging at your emotions. One thing for sure is that this book is a real page turner.

Families grow and become intertwined as the story develops and this romantic fiction shows how a brief and passionate affair, between a doctor and a nurse, can have repercussions that extend through the following generations into the present day.

Romantic Books With A Punch – Explicit

In this book, the insights revealed suggest a narrative honesty that will ensure Susannah’s next book will be much awaited. Family lives are seldom straightforward and romantic books with such a punch are rare nowadays. This is a book not to be missed if you love reading about true conflict within marriages. The story unfolds over a period of seventy years from the Second World War to the present day. It’s also  a book you may want to keep away from your partners, lest they  learn too much!

What’s It About?

Set mainly in Egypt it tells the story of Jennifer Elmwood, a woman who’s personal and professional life is falling apart. Unexpectedly, she receives a letter from Margaret Evans, a woman claiming to have known Jennifer’s father during the Second World War. The two women meet in Margaret’s house in Cairo. Each day Jennifer learns more about Margaret who, as she had suspected, turns out to have been her long-dead father’s lover. What she had not imagined was that the affair would have produced a child.

More is revealed as the story expands to include Pearl and Violetta, Jennifer and Margaret’s mothers and their fight to be given the opportunity to tell their own stories. And just as Cairo is a jumbled up city of ancient pyramids and modern six-lane highways, also tangled together are the memories of these four women – two mothers, two daughters – as details of their lovers, school-days, deaths, sexual awakening, childhoods, husbands all spill out.

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Extracts from the Book

“Her dreams were of her old life, the years measured in fading colours – orange and scarlet flowers in her Johannesburg garden, Jack’s white family and their black servants holding back snarling dogs with lolling pink tongues. ‘I’m sorry,’ she whispered, stretching out a hand. The bed was empty. She had last seen Jack Maartens early one morning many years ago when he had left for work. Six hours later she was on a plane back to England, leaving no note to explain her action, just a pile of the jewellery he had given her over the five years”

“‘Yes. Of course,’ said Greta. ‘November, 1942, and I’d been nursing in Alexandria for two months. We were almost overwhelmed by the casualties brought in from the desert . . . the Germans were only sixty miles away . . . we could hear the guns. Terrible burns from the tank battles and then also pilots who’d been shot down. Have you ever seen a Spitfire?’ she asked. Jennifer shook her head. ‘They’re so small. Eighty, ninety per cent burns. British, Australian, South African, Polish even. They were hardly more than schoolboys.’ Greta paused.
‘And is that when you started a relationship with my father?’ prompted Jennifer.”

You can see the author’s profile using this link Susannah Carlton – Romance Novel Author

Goodreads Review

Lonely Mirrors, A Romantic Story of Women In Love both At War and In PeacetimeLonely Mirrors, A Romantic Story of Women In Love both At War and In Peacetime by Susannah Carlton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A thoroughly good read. There are some sexually explicit parts but given the period it is discussing and the fact that it is about female relationships and their life’s experiences from wartime to modern days, they cannot be considered inappropriate. Or in fact any different to what you often find discussed on TV these days.

This book was an excellent dissection of women’s relationships and not always in a favourable light. The author clearly understands women and what makes them tick, many people will find themselves emphasising with the characters and understand the hormone driven teenage periods and why some women are attracted by the charisma of powerful men. Highly recommended.

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Paranormal Romance Books – The Curse of Fin Milton

May 31, 2012 in Books, Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Novels, Supernatural

Paranormal Romance BooksThis supernatural romance, the first in a series from novelist Vivian Mayne, concerns a young man, Fin Milton, who together with his childhood friend, Ellie, appears destined to witness their love affair being blighted by a curse they both carry that was cast in an earlier generation.

Fin has supernatural abilities and has never been able to lead a normal life, initially he  was completely unaware that he was living with the curse or that it was his destiny to be torn away from his lover every ten years.

The paranormal romance tale takes place in Cornwall and London, during modern times, and follows Fin’s quest to remove the curse, assisted by the beautiful and mystically gifted daughter of a local family with a history of criminality and violence.

For lovers of spooky stories and paranormal romance books that resonate even in present day Britain, this is a love story to cherish. A page-turner and one that will ensure you leave the lights on as you sleep.

Soon to follow is Vivian’s second book that continues the story of  Fin and Ellie and their ongoing battle with the paranormal in Cornwall.

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