It was originally written and released in 2015 as a novella called Heatwave Astoria. It’s now revised and enhanced as a full-length novel, with 50% extra content. The plot, characters and setting are still the same.
I enjoyed revisiting this story and these characters. As it was written for a submission call with a maximum word count, it was lovely to return to the story and layer in lots of the things I couldn't due to word count restrictions. I ended up adding about 20,000 words.
Here's the blurb:
British software engineer James, clings to carefully made plans in his perfectly unadventurous life. He avoids people-ing at all costs and has no need of a boyfriend. Forced to spend the summer at the Oregon office, his ordered world is thrown upside down.
Awkward in his home-made jacket, and melting in the heat, isn’t how James expects to meet one man tour-guide & player Brad, who’s keen to show James the sites of Astoria. Including his bed.
James's old habits are discarded, his carefully guarded heart opens, as a casual one nighter develops into much more. But James isn’t prepared to find a man who’s as kind and caring outside the bedroom as he’s wanton and inventive inside. Or to start falling in something for Brad, because James must leave at the end of summer.
I'll return to 'the story behind the story' in another post.
Meanwhile, be sure to grab yourself a copy on Amazon.
And isn't that cover perfect?
Love and light,