Author Louise Lyons is here at Love Bytes today with her blog tour for her book Cervena.
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Author Name: Louise Lyons
Book Name: Date: July 22, 2016
Pages or Words: 170 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian, Sasha, outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.
Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them, but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.
Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.
Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Gay Fiction
I paid the bill in cash and left a generous tip. Sasha glanced at the total on the slip of paper and his eyes widened in shock before he turned away to put on his jacket. I got to my feet, relieved when my leg gave no protest. It would probably begin to ache as soon as we went out in the cold again. I put on my overcoat and guided Sasha down the stairs, resting my hand in the small of his back. He walked close to me and I caught his hand in mine again as we set off on the short walk back to the club.
“Thank you for dinner.” Sasha spoke softly as we walked.
“My pleasure. Thank you for coming out with me.”
“I hoped you’d ask.”
My heart quickened its pace. “Really? Well, you could have asked, you know.”
“Ask the boss on a date?” He shook his head. “I wouldn’t have dared. I’ve never asked anybody out. Never been asked out either, not properly. I kept to myself a lot. Most of the time, what happened to me back home made me fear letting anyone know I’m gay in case I ran into trouble again.”
“You’ve never done this?”
“No. Before I left Kaliningrad, I fooled around a little with one boy, but it was hardly anything. Then… well you saw me that night outside Červenà. Who’d want me like that?” He pulled his hand free and shoved it into his pocket. “Does that put you off? That I haven’t done anything?”
“No, it doesn’t put me off. The opposite.” It also made me decide to put a rein on my desire for him. I’d imagined sharing coffee in the kitchen and maybe heading up to his studio. I doubted we’d have fucked, but maybe something would have happened that involved getting naked. But he was a virgin and I wanted to take my time. I felt protective of him, more so than I had previously.
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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 FanFiction 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 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.
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