Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Featured Guest Author: Anthem of the Sea (Anthem Trilogy Book 1) Thom Collins. Includes Guest Post.


We are thrilled to welcome Thom Collins back to Sinfully today as he celebrates the release of Anthem of the Sea which is the first book in the Anthem Trilogy. Go check it out!

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Thom Collins

Thank you having me here today to talk about my new release Anthem of the Sea, the first novel in The Anthem Trilogy. The book is a contemporary love story and a thriller set on a luxury cruise ship returning to the UK through the notorious Bay of Biscay. It’s got drama, romance, jealously, sex and murder. All the ingredients of a good read.

Tell us about your characters.

Daniel Blake is the lead character. He’s an English singer, famous for winning a TV talent show called The One, kind of like The Voice or The X Factor. He’s smart, talented and very handsome. We join him at the start of the book as he boards a spectacular ship called the Atlantic Anthem. The ship is on the final voyage of its maiden season and Daniel is due to perform on board. He’s probably too big a name to be singing on cruise ships, but he has his own reasons for doing so, personal reasons.

Pretty soon, Daniel meets Elijah Mann, another performer on this voyage. Elijah’s a comedian. He’s had a good degree of success in the past but his career in on the wan. He’s often criticised as being too good-looking to be funny. This gig is a big deal for him. Daniel and Elijah meet on the last three days of the cruise and the attraction is instant. The second they see each other they are hooked. The journey back to England gives them a perfect opportunity to get to know each other.

But it’s far from smooth sailing. Not everyone is smitten with Daniel. One member of the crew in particular holds a grudge against him, and as the ship sails into stormy waters, they seize the opportunity to settle an old score for good.

What can we expect in the next two books?

That’s a tricky question to answer without giving away spoilers. Anthem of the Sea does stand on its own. I’m not a fan of those series books that stop mid-scene or on a massive cliff hanger, like you’ve reached the end of chapter rather than the end of a book. I wanted to explore what happens beyond the HEA. The second book picks up eleven months later. We’ll see what’s become of Daniel and Elijah. How their relationship develops. How they deal with the aftermath and consequences of book one. A love story doesn’t have to end when the characters get together, there’s so much more to tell. The guys have a lot more challenges to face. Book two is complete and it’s a hum-dinger. I loved writing it  and I love these characters. From the beginning I knew I wanted to go on a real journey with them. By the end of the series we’ll have covered the first three years of their relationship. I hope the readers enjoy it as much as I have.

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Anthem of the Sea

(Anthem Trilogy Book 1)

Thom Collins

anthemofthesea_800[10312] (1)Publisher ~ Pride Publishing

Published ~ 20th June 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Thriller/Suspense





An ocean of possibility. For love, revenge and murder.

Daniel Blake, a handsome young singer, boards the Atlantic Anthem in Portugal for the final voyage of her maiden season. The state-of-the-art ship is the jewel in the Royal Atlantic cruise fleet. For Daniel, a one-time boy band member and TV talent show winner, it’s an honor to perform on board such a vessel. Daniel loves the freedom and adventure of the sea. He began his solo career as a cruise ship entertainer and returning to the ocean as a headline act brings him full circle. He isn’t looking for love.

Neither is comedian Elijah Mann. Working at sea has given Elijah’s career the boost it desperately needed. Often considered too good-looking and sexy to be funny, he’s found work hard to come by since his TV show was canceled. With a potential new career opening up, he must remain focused. But when Elijah meets Daniel the attraction is mutual and instant. As the ship sets sail for England they have three days to get to know each other. Elijah can’t let that opportunity pass.

The voyage home is far from smooth. Also on board is a figure from Daniel’s past. A man who’s been holding a grudge for years, waiting for his moment. As a storm builds in the North Atlantic, Daniel and Elijah discover that the trip of a lifetime could be their last.

Reader Advisory: This book contains mentions of chemsex and a scene of dubious consent.


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Meet Thom Collins

Thom Collins (1)Thom Collins is the author of the novel Closer by Morning, with Pride Publishing. His love of page turning thrillers began at an early age when his mother caught him reading the latest Jackie Collins book and promptly confiscated it, sparking a life-long love of raunchy novels.

The novellas Gods of Vengeance and Silent Voices were published by Pride in early 2017, followed by the novel Anthem of the Sea, the first book in the Anthem Trilogy. He has recently finished writing the second book in a series and is working on the third.

Thom has lived in the North East of England his whole life. He grew up in Northumberland and now lives in County Durham with his husband and two cats. He loves all kinds of genre fiction, especially bonk-busters, thrillers, romance and horror. He is also a cookery book addict with far too many titles cluttering his shelves. When not writing he can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes. He’s a keen traveler but with a fear of flying that gets worse with age. Since taking his first cruise in 2013 he realized that sailing is the way to go.

Email: thomcollinsauthor@aol.com



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