I expect many people think of their loved ones at this time of year with happiness, some sadness, maybe nostalgia. Gratitude is also an important part of the season. I’m lucky to have health and a home and enough money to live on. I have good friends and jobs I enjoy (mostly!). But for me, thankfulness is always about people – what kindness has been shown, what good spirit, what courage, what resilience, what love.
It’s been a rollercoaster year in the MM community, at least in my circle. Plagiarism, deception, confusion, hurt on many people’s behalf, and a certain amount of disillusion. I don’t mind admitting it’s all rocked my world. In the year when I’ve had the BEST times – at the UK Meet, at GRL, at RT, in self-publishing my own books, in growing my accountancy-for-authors business – they’ve been followed, and sometimes overshadowed by controversy. I’m not pointing any fingers here – just saying that for many of those people who’ve made good friends, who enjoy writing and reading and the support of similar-minded people, it’s been a rocky time.
But that’s life, isn’t it? Human nature is a rollercoaster. There will be “annus horribilis” and also “annus marvellousis” (excuse my pig Latin LOL). What I love about my online friends and acquaintances is the majority of good cheer, kindheartedness and perspective we can call on to get things back on track.
In real life? There have been terrible things happening, and near me in Europe. There’s been appalling injustice and discrimination and violence, on a huge and a small scale. But now and then you get a news story creeps in that illustrates the fantastic work people have done for each other – rescue, support, aid, shelter, treatment, comfort and cheer. I’m just coming to the end of a regular blog on “Heroes”, and it’s highlighted how so many heroic acts come from individual actions. For me, it’s the perfect example of why sometimes we *should* sweat the small stuff. Building bricks like that can only help towards changing the tide of gross injustice towards a proper respect. And, to be honest, make our individual lives easier to bear.
Mine will be a small Christmas gathering this year – just 6 of us. My sons have both just had a birthday, both have had good jobs and successes this year. My Mum suffers from dementia but is still a happy soul, and my stepdad looks after her both carefully and lovingly. Hubby and I will raise the odd glass or two to celebrate all that, and be thankful for it. And hope for the same in future!
My new release NICE AND SNOW (#6 in the With A Kick series, though it can be read as a standalone) is all about the theme of families. Call it sentimental, but it is one of the deepest, most emotional things in our lives. And it certainly is for my character Eddy and Nuri!
I’m offering a free download of the book to one lucky entrant.
BLURB: Nuri’s expecting a quiet Christmas, driving his cab, doing some studying, enjoying good food and drink – and devoting some serious loving to boyfriend Eduardo. Occasionally he misses his homeland of Turkey, but he’s content to share the London celebrations with Eddy.
But what with Eddy’s distress over his new role at the local comedy club, interference in their love life from Nuri’s irrepressible brothers, a disturbing number of costumed Santas on the street, the dangerous slush on the roads, and then the portly, bearded man dressed in red, in need of an urgent cab ride…
It doesn’t look like things will be that quiet after all!
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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!
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