After fully intending to blog on a regular basis, I let almost a month slip past without a post. What can I say? It’s summer. But I have been working. Summer and I have nearly completed our latest collaboration temporarily called James and Declan. We may title it The Cleric and the Businessman, or we may think of something better. Are people tired of our “… and the …” titles or does it let them know immediately it’s a Summer and Bonnie collaboration?
James Fletcher is content in his position of church curate in the village where he grew up. Shepherding the parishioners during times of joy, need, doubt, or sorrow suits his caring temperament. And if he sometimes dreams of having a deeper connection with a man who truly knows him—all of him—that is an impulse he must ignore and sublimate.
Declan Shaw, a hard-nosed businessman who solves problems at his family’s far-flung enterprises, is exhausted from his traveling life. For the first time, he wonders if he might ever settle down in a home to pursue a few desires of his own. Might he explore his secret love of cooking, or perhaps have a relationship that lasts longer than a night?
Declan arrives in town for his annoying cousin Kip’s wedding and first meets James standing over Kip after delivering a well-warranted knee to his balls. Intrigued by the mild-mannered country parson’s surprising grit, Declan enlists James’s aid in learning more about his aunt’s onset of mental illness and whether his uncle might be mistreating her.
After repeatedly crossing paths, the two men come to an intersection and must decide whether to take the forbidden trail of passion, and if they might continue to travel on the road of life in the future.
On my own I’ve been writing The Tutor, a gothic which has been so much fun. Cover to come soon and the book may be ready by July. Here’s the blurb for that one:
Gothic romance with a twist.
Glimmers of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and every “true” ghost hunters show you’ve ever seen make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.
Typesetter Graham Cowrie sees an ad for a position at a Yorshire estate and decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house on the moors, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the master of the house absent.
His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive, Sir Richard doesn’t go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission becomes clear, break through the walls of reserve both father and sons have raised and attempt to bridge the gap between them.
But strange sounds, sights and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted. The entities residing there have very different agendas and Graham works to appease them while figuring out a way to protect the broken family he’s grown to care for.