Today… We are delighted to welcome Sue Brown back to Sinfully. She’s here to tell us a little more about her latest New Release… The Next Call, which is out NOW! There is also an excerpt to whet your appetite and a fabulous giveaway you do not want to miss!
When I submitted this story I knew I was taking a risk. The Next Call is not your conventional boy meets boy love story. Nothing about it is conventional. I’m just lucky that Dreamspinner are prepared to take chances with me and I appreciate it very much.
I hope you enjoy it, even if it is different. Let me know.
One of the characters I enjoyed writing the most in The Next Call was Mizz Spanky, although we never actually met her. She was the name of a sex chatline with a very similar number to the helpline and on Friday nights the helpline volunteers fielded a number of misdialled calls for Mizz Spanky leading to a lot of banter between the guys.
Has a misdialled number ever lead to something new for you? A new opportunity, a new friend? I can’t think of any that have happened to me. We get a few because our phone number is very similar to a theme park.
My old answerphone message used to be… (all names have been changed to protect the culprits)
“Emma is yelling, John is crying, Virgil is barking and we’ve left home. Please leave a message.”
We got a few bemused callers for the theme park still trying to book tickets and one very annoyed person yelling at us for not being there.
I always wondered how people still thought we were the theme park with a message like that.
On the blog tour I want to highlight the amazing work LGBT helplines and charities do for people who really need them. I’ve focused on the UK because that is where I live. Please take the time to look at their sites.
There is an LGBT Helpline in Scotland. One of the interesting things about the site was their guidelines for keeping the call discreet, including a ‘panic button’ on the website. Interesting – and sad – that in 2015 in the UK this is still needed.
The Next Call by Sue Brown
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 4th February 2015
Cover Artist ~ Christy Caughie
Length ~ 169 Pages
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Contemporary
Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn't want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.
Ian stood by his chair and smiled down at him. “Would you like a cuppa?” he asked quietly. “Please.”
“Someone offering you a drink?” Ricky asked.
Mark was startled. “Yes. How you can tell?”
“I don’t exactly know. I feel like your attention is elsewhere. I’m used to that.”
“There’s no need. I know I must be taking up your time.”
“Better you than Mizz Spanky.”
“Friday night is Mizz Spanky night when all the bad boys want to get their rocks off to Mizz Spanky. There’s a sex chatline with a similar number to ours. Most of the week it’s not a problem, but for some reason, Friday is her night.”
Ricky barked out a laugh. “So you’ve got guys wanking in your ear?”
“God, what a thought.” Mark shuddered. “If you mean phone sex, yes.”
“But you’re gay.”
Mark sighed. This man needed a 101 on what being gay actually meant. On the other hand, who was Mark to judge? He looked at Ian as he said, “Being gay doesn’t mean I like strange guys asking me to pretend to be Jessica Rabbit while they beat off.” He blushed as Ian winked at him.
Ricky choked. “Do what?”
“You have a more exciting life than I do.”
Meet Sue Brown
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. Sue discovered M/M romance at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The kissing was hot and tender and Sue wanted to write about this men. She may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Because two of her book tours (for The Next Call and Stolen Dreams) are going to run simultaneously, we have decided we would have a common giveaway for both the tours! It makes for an awesome giveaway as you’ll see :D
There will be FIVE winners chosen from this contest:
1) First Winner will get a $20 Amazon Gift Card.
2) Second Winner will get a paperback copy of Stolen Dreams. (The contest is open for everyone and not limited to a specific region!)
3) First Runner up will get e-copies of The Next Call and Stolen Dreams each.
4) Two Second Runners up will win an e-copy of either The Next Call or Stolen Dreams.
Contest Begins: 26th January, 2015
Contest Ends: 28th February, 2015