Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dear Alex by Clare London ~ Video Guest Post, Review and Giveaway

Dear Alex Banner

YEAH! – We have the lovely Clare London with us today with a personal video guest post talking about her book and reading an excerpt.

Can people change their ways for the better or for the worse? Mark writes a letter to Alex and gives him some advice and a piece of his own mind in his review.


Dear Alex by Clare London


Title: Dear Alex

Author: Clare London

Publisher: Clare London

Release: 26th November 2014

Genre: M/M (contemporary)


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Alex Palmer writes the “Dear Alex” Agony Uncle column for Meant for Men – a magazine aimed at gay men’s life and issues. What started as a genuine and ground-breaking feature has become a snark fest, due to Alex’s boredom and personal cynicism. His respect for the correspondents has dwindled away in direct relation to his own self-respect as a journalist. He no longer believes in his readers’ search for a soulmate, or in his own column’s headline: “Is He Really the One?”

In the early days, Robbie Cooke was Alex’s co-presenter on the magazine. They’d been lovers, too. But unlike Alex, Robbie still sees the anguish and need behind the letters they receive. He wants to help the writers, rather than turn their situations into journalistic entertainment. He and Alex may still have to work together, but their fundamental disagreement on how to run the column tore them apart as romantic partners.

Excess drinking and a succession of casual lovers is wearing Alex out, yet he’s in denial. He’s convinced he doesn’t need “Dear Alex” to set him straight about what’s wrong with his life. But when he’s alerted to the fact that Robbie may be in danger, he realises that what he’s really missing is his ex-lover’s care, compassion and love. The problem is, by the time Alex is desperate to make amends, Robbie may have already moved on.

This was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology "Make Me a Match"

Mark’s Review

Dear Alex,

I'm writing to you as I have now read your story and very happy that you have found The One for you. It was a stony path getting there but once you woke up and realised what was in front of your nose I guess it wasn’t so difficult after all, was it? Why did you have to turn into such a git? I mean you had a great boyfriend who loved you very much, but oh no, you decided to go and ruin it all, because of what? Your insecurities? Afraid of missing something? Grass could be greener on the other side? Decided that snark sells better than a bit of honest caring? Well, I’m sorry but as I see it real peace and comfort in life will never been found by just having a string of new guys to shag at the weekends. Where’s the emotional connection in that? Physical yes - wham bam thank you mam! Woohoo - another notch on the bedpost! Titillating yes - satisfying no! That is not going to sustain you through the rest of your life.

I guess people change, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. I must admit I didn’t like the way that you made fun of peoples’ problems. People have serious problems and then to make fun out of them, answering with sarcasm just to sell copies of a magazine isn’t what I would call professional or nice. It was a good job that Robbie still had a heart and cared by answering the letters in his free time to those people who needed help with their problems. This guy is just so beautiful and you failed to see it!

I know that you came a cropper with this behaviour as you went completely off the rails, became a man tart, different guy every weekend, drank too much and probably thought that your life was OK. Well, this maybe fun for a limited time but life has a nasty habit of catching up with all of us and this kind of lifestyle doesn’t lead to long lasting happiness as you found out for yourself the hard way. The moments of happiness when leading such a life are only fleeting, a constant roller coaster ride of ups and downs. But the older we get the downs, believe me, start to become a lot more than the ups with this way of life. It’s time for you now to make a commitment and settle down.

Good job for you that Robbie was so patient even if he could see you going off the rails in front of his nose. This must have hurt him a lot and hope that you can change your ways and make a go of it. Second chances in life are a rare thing and when they come along they should be held onto with both hands. Robbie is a good man, solid, down-to-earth and the kind of guy you need to anchor yourself as you have already seen the other lifestyle only leads to rack and ruin.

So be thankful Robbie is prepared to give things a second go with you and you need to make sure that you give him no reason to doubt your actions. I’m sure that if you work on your relationship you’ll have a happy and fulfilled life with Robbie.

Wishing you all the very best for your future together.

Yours Hopefully



VIDEO Guest Post



Meet the Author

clarelondon200Clare 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 on her website. Visit her today and say hello!

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Clare will be giving away one ebook copy of Dear Alex to one lucky winner. Just enter the Rafflecopter draw below. Good luck!

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  1. Dear Mark,
    thank you for sharing this wonderful and originally written review. Maybe you should take a look at becoming a published writer yourself...
    Anyway you never fail to get me interested in the books you review ;-)
    Yours Sinfully,
    PS: Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win a copy of Dear Alex.

    1. Thank you Elle for your comment. Love it!! :-)

  2. The cover is great! And it sounds like a good read. =) Thanks for the chance!

  3. Creative review! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

  4. Loved the way you did the review! Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Great review Mark! And just loved seeing the video of Clare! *waves hi!* This sounds like a wonderful book! Ellen

  6. What a great idea I love the video! This sounds like a good book.

  7. I enjoyed the video and the review was great. Thx for this opportunity.

  8. this sounds really interesting :)

  9. great review makes me want to read this one

  10. Love Clare, and this sounds fantastic!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  11. Just got it but had to say what a fabulous post Clare/Mark! Plus I'm really jealous of all your comments and entries LOL :)

  12. I think you guys have one of the best if not the best website there is. I love getting my e-mail saying I have something new from you all. Makes my day!!
    Dear Alex looks like a fun read!!

  13. Fantastic review! Huge fan of Clare London and can't wait to read Dear Alex!

  14. Hi! Thanks for the video. I think I'll love it. :-)

  15. I love Clare London Book so I'm really looking forward to reading Dear Alex!

  16. Interesting premise. Might have to chack this one out. Thanks!

  17. I enjoyed the review and the video post. The book sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Great review. i really love how you formatted it and what you had to say about it. I remember reading it first in an anthology and was wondering if the new edition had been expanded or revised?

    1. Hi HB. Yes it was originally in a Dreamspinner anthology. It's been re-edited and I have changed / improved some of my text, but the story is basically the same length and plot. Thanks for asking!

  19. I loved hearing Clare read what sounds like will be a very excellent book, as all of Clare's books are. I'd love to hear her read the whole story. Did you ever think of being a narrator Clare? Such a lovely voice to listen to!

  20. Love the review! And the reading was excellent.

  21. Love the whole post! Thanks for the reading and the review!

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  23. Thank you for this interesting post, I almost thought letter ritN wz a lost art 4m 2 txt spk. Kip it up and ty 4 givin me a chnc 2 win Clare London's b%k 'Dear Alex' :)