Love Bytes says hello and welcome to author David C Dawson joining us today to talk about new release ‘The Deadly Lies”.
David talks to us about his new release and also shares an excerpt
Welcome David 🙂
Thank you so much to Lovebytes for inviting me to tell you more about the second book in the Delingpole Mysteries series! It’s been a fantastic year for me since DSP Publications published the first in the series: The Necessary Deaths. It got some great reviews, and it won an award for Mystery & Suspense in the FAPA awards this summer! It was a great honor to be recognized in this way, especially as it was my debut novel.
So the sequel The Deadly Lies, is an action packed thriller, with several deaths, a cunning plot to turn the established world order upside down, and a gripping cliff-hanger at the climax. But it also explores the relationship between Dominic and Jonathan in more detail. Readers wanted to know more about them, and I’m happy to fill in the gaps!
There’s a strong dynamic in their relationship, which I’ve based on several real life gay relationships I’ve encountered. I wanted to air these issues and discuss them openly.
The fact that Jonathan seeks an open relationship challenged several readers and reviewers. I based him on several gay men I know in real life, all of whom are in successful, long-term relationships.
Open gay relationships do work, and they work very well. There’s a lot of research evidence to confirm this. Gay relationships are honest, open, and deeply loving. One well-known piece of research by the University of California at Berkeley says there are many examples of open gay relationships that have lasted for over thirty or forty years.
I know this challenges some people. They expect gay men to follow the accepted traditions of monogamous marriage. But it’s not like that in real life. There are so many variations on successful relationships. I’ve spoken to many gay couples in successful long term relationships, and there are common threads to their success and happiness. What’s important to all of them is that people are loving, honest, and they try never to hurt their partners. It’s a simple recipe for long term happiness and love.
Dominic and Jonathan come to understand this in this second novel, through their encounters with a new couple called Alfonso and Gabriel. I love these two characters, and I had great fun developing them. They’re also based on real life people I know, but f course I could never reveal who they are!
You can read The Deadly Lies without having first read The Deadly Lies. It’s full of action, several murders and a deepening relationship between Whatever you do, enjoy!
Dominic and Jonathan are on their romantic Spanish honeymoon, and things are perfect… except Dominic has kept a secret from his husband. He’s failed to tell Jonathan that he plans to meet his former lover, Bernhardt, who is speeding on his way from Germany to present Dominic with a mysterious gift.
But Bernhardt is killed in a suspicious car accident. Shortly before he dies, he sends Dominic a bizarre text message that will take the newlyweds on a hair-raising adventure.
Lies upon lies plunge Dominic and Jonathan into an internet crime that could destroy the lives of millions of people. What is the mysterious Charter Ninety-Nine group? And will their planned internet assault force Dominic to choose between the fate of the world and the life of his lover?
Dominic and Jonathan stood side by side on the sand, sharing the beauty of the moonlight dappling the surface of the sea. The air was warm and still; the hubbub of Sitges nightlife sounded muted and distant. Dominic slipped his fingers through
Jonathan’s, squeezed his hand tight, and kissed him on the cheek. “Thank you, Jonathan.”
“What for?” he asked. “I haven’t done anything yet. I may yet need to protect you from the perils of the night. I anticipate we will imminently be attacked by international drug smugglers or carried off by white-slave traders to be sold in the markets of Morocco as the playthings of Arab oligarchs.”
Dominic laughed, rested his head on Jonathan’s shoulder, and watched the moon-silvered waves lap the shore.
“I think I want to say thank you for so many things. You make me very happy. And I feel guilty I wasn’t honest with you about this evening, or the meeting earlier—”
“What meeting earlier?” Jonathan turned to look at Dominic. “So your visit to the antiques shop was just a cover story, was it?” His face appeared severe, but
Dominic was certain it was mock anger. He knew Jonathan too well. “No, not entirely. I did go to the antiques shop, and I did find the gift for you I was looking for. But the reason I didn’t tell you about the meeting—”
“Dominic, stop.” Jonathan kissed him gently on the lips. “We all have convenient lies to tell from time to time. I am confident—no, more than that—I know you love me enough not to want to hurt me. I know there’s some good reason for your secrecy. I love you and I trust you. You don’t have to say any more.” He looked into
Dominic’s eyes. “But if I find it’s another man—”
He writes mystery & suspense, with men in love at the heart of each story. His books have been described as “real page-turners” and “un-put- downable”.
One reviewer for his latest book The Deadly Lies described it as “very sexy”. He campaigns hard for equal rights, and sings with the London Gay Men’s Chorus.
Links to The Necessary Deaths