I've added some upcoming releases to my virtual story shelf. Most of these are contracted with publishers, so I've got approximate release times. The blurbs are rough, and the samples are unedited, so bear with me OK? The new stories are
The Wrong Room Simon, a reluctant secondary school English teacher, joins a writers group near his home in Essex, and accidently walks into the wrong room in the village hall. Instead of a group of writers he walks into a cocaine anonymous group. Between monthly returns to the writers group, chaired by Clara Bell – the grand dame of Aga sagas and no nonsense - he sneaks back to the cocaine anonymous group for story ideas to progress his writing as he wants to leave the school where he teaches. One of the slightly weathered cocaine anonymous men catches his eye. Published by Manifold Press.
The Guardian Angel Richard is going through a bit of a bad patch. No matter how many men he sleeps with it doesn’t seem to quite scratch that itch or give his life meaning. His friend, Amy can’t help him, even with Enya on all song shuffle, patchouli oil and a dream catcher. Richard is looking for a sign, but what he’s not expecting is for the sign to be in the form of a Greek statue-esque guardian angel, called Sky. The Guardian Angel’s Handbook XP Professional Edition has some frequently asked questions on the matter of contact between humans and angels. Published by Love Lane Books
Escaping From Him On a hot summer’s day, Darryl snaps and knows he has to leave the perfectly ordered, perfect flat he and his older, slightly too particular boyfriend, Chris, live in. He throws Chris’s stuff in a bag and pushes it down the stairs. He even kills a perfectly innocent air conditioning unit. Darryl escapes from Chris, to build himself a new life in Scotland. Darryl dreams of taking photographs for a living, but Chris wants him to just earn some money at the fried chicken shop up the road. Published by Manifold Press.
Glitzy Gay Saga This is my first third person narrative. It has fourteen characters, so I couldn't do it in first person. They're linked by family, interests, step family, money and sex. It has a family business. It has new money. It has old money. It has sex, lies and an Italian Stallion called Danny Traviati who’s not quite what he seems. It has a Sloaney woman called, Camilla, trying to manage on her ex husband’s alimony. It has a death too.This is very rough, very uncontracted and may well never see the light of day. But it was, such fun to write.
So, enjoy the samples. Let me know what you think.
Until next time,
Liam Livings xx