Book News: Gay romantic thriller The Bones of Summer

I have just republished gay romantic thriller The Bones of Summer on the Kindle for 99p only. It’s the second in the Maloney crime series, but both books can be read as standalone stories.

Here’s the blurb:

When Craig Robertson’s religious fanatic father disappears, Craig is forced to return to the home he left behind after an underage affair in order to look for answers. He takes with him his new lover, private investigator Paul Maloney, who is more than willing to help solve the mystery.

The search soon becomes an investigation into Craig’s past, and, because of distressing gaps in his memory, he’s terrified of the truths he might find. As Craig’s obsession with uncovering clues grows, his fragile relationship with Paul begins to disintegrate. Haunted and stalked, Craig has to face down the horror of his memories if he wants to have any hope of a future at all.

The Bones of Summer was awarded third place in the inaugural 2009 Rainbow Mystery Fiction Awards.

Reviews:

“All I can do is recommend that you read The Bones of Summer. Actually, this goes beyond recommendation to a plea – if you like mystery; if you like character driven books; if you like reading compulsively, unable to part with the story for even a short time; then you must read this book.” [From a 5+ star review at Jessewave Reviews]

The Bones of Summer by Anne Brooke is an exceptionally well written and thrilling mystery novel. This novel grabbed a hold of me almost immediately and would not let go. I found myself reading until the early morning hours. The last few chapters are especially chilling and will stay with me for a long time.” [From a 4.5 star review at Romance Junkies Reviews]

“Well, Anne Brooke has done it to me again. I read the first book in the series (Maloney’s Law) where Paul Maloney, a broken man, was the main character. At the end of the book, he met Craig Robertson and even though they didn’t end up together, they established a connection. This is Craig’s story. And what a story it is.” [From a 4-star review at Mrs Condit Reviews]

Here’s the buy link at Amazon for you: myBook.to/BonesBrooke

Every good wish for a great summer

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK

Free Book Friday: Angels and Apples

Welcome to Free Book Friday! Today’s FREE books at Amazon are as follows:

Angels and Airheads

Ricky has been secretly in love with his best friend Jez forever, but he’s never dared confess his feelings because he thinks Jez is too high-class for him. One evening, while sharing a quiet evening with Jez, a mysterious angel, Madred, appears and tries to persuade Ricky to take a chance on love.

Too bad Ricky doesn’t believe in angels. Madred is forced to take desperate measures in an attempt to show the reluctant Ricky the truth. When the angel leaves, can Ricky find the courage to declare himself to Jez, and what will happen to their friendship if he does?

Download this book for FREE today only!

The Apple Picker’s Daughter

Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?

This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.

Download this book for FREE until Saturday!

Happy reading!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Trilogy

Blog 101: Half-price sale at Amber Quill Press!

There’s a half-price sale of suspense and thriller fiction at Amber Quill Press untilFriday! So, if you’re a non-EU reader, you can get ALL THREE of my gay thrillers at discount prices:

A Dangerous Man

Michael Jones, a young gay artist and part-time prostitute, will do anything to stage his first exhibition. When he falls in love with rich financier, Jack Hutchinson, he seems set to achieve his goal. But as Michael becomes caught between the unforgiving territory of smoky-bar Hackney and the green-garden luxury of upper class London, the intense mindscape of a man obsessed with his dreams is revealed as he attempts to free himself from his past.
When a net of antagonistic relationships and inner battles encroaches upon him, the consequences of Michael’s uncompromising pursuit emerge in tragedy, leaving him having to fight for all he holds dear, and in the only way he knows how.
 
 
Reviews:
“…brilliant…powerful as hell too… The protagonist, Michael…His obsession is huge, a swallowing emotion that sweeps out of your feet with every line you read… Another astonishing fact is how brilliantly his self-destructiveness is painted…Michael was brilliantly written…” – Thommie, MM Good Book Reviews

Buy the book at half-price today!

Maloney’s Law

Shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2006 (for novels set in London) and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme, and longlisted for the Betty Bolingbroke-Kent Novel Award…
Paul Maloney, a small-time private investigator from London, reluctantly accepts a case from his married ex-lover, Dominic Allen. Before he knows it, Paul finds himself embroiled in the dark dealings of big business and the sordid world of international crime. The deeper he pushes, the closer he comes to losing everything he holds dear.
Can he solve the mystery and protect those he loves before it’s too late?

Reviews:

“…Paul is an complex character. In fact it’s difficult to put down in words all the various aspects of Paul’s character…my favourite part of Paul’s character were the little quirks given to him by the author…a breathtaking ride from start to finish…Once again Anne Brooke has produced a book which is high in emotional intensity and yet never strays into hysteria. Her descriptions of setting, character and situation all combine to make Maloney’s Law into an unforgettable read. I highly recommend that you read this book…Grade: ‘Excellent.'” — Jenre, Well Read
“…a gay romance and mystery. It’s also a dark, deep, and poetic gay romance and mystery…I confess I love novels written in the first person and present tense, but I also know it’s quite difficult to write them well. But not, apparently, for Brooke. Her Maloney’s Law is exceptionally well-written…I thank you, Anne Brooke, for writing this story.” — Ron Fritsch, Rainbow Book Reviews

Buy the book at half-price today!

The Bones of Summer

The sequel to Maloney’s Law, garnering third place in the inaugural 2009 Rainbow Mystery Fiction Awards…
When Craig Robertson’s religious fanatic father disappears, Craig is forced to return to the home he left behind after an underage affair in order to look for answers. He takes with him his new lover, private investigator Paul Maloney, who is more than willing to help solve the mystery.
During his initial search, Craig locates items that belonged to Michael, his lover in that long-ago ill-fated affair, and soon discovers that Michael has disappeared as well. The search becomes an investigation into Craig’s past, and, because of distressing gaps in his memory, he’s terrified of the truths he might find.
As Craig’s obsession with uncovering clues grows, however, his fragile relationship with Paul begins to disintegrate. Haunted and stalked, Craig has to face down the horror of his memories if he wants to have any hope of a future at all…

Reviews:

“… good and well written…It focuses on religious obsession and how people twist and perverse faith into abnormality and loses the very point of it…you’ll like this one.” — Thommie, MM Good Book Reviews

Buy the book at half-price today!

Happy reading to all.

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
Dryathlon 2015: Support Cancer Research UK!

Blog 90: New Year Sales and Gay Fantasy News!

The New Year sales of my gay fiction books continue today!

Firstly, for today ONLY, all my All Romance Ebooks are HALF-PRICE, so hurry along to pick up a New Year bargain!

Not only that, but my Amber Quill Press fiction continues to be HALF PRICE until 3 January, so don’t miss out.

Finally, I’m happy to say that gay BDSM fantasy The Taming of the Hawk is now available at Amazon for your delectation:

When escaped prisoner Redallek Castonar goes on the run in the war-torn city of Tetranal, he finds himself in the pleasure-house of Councillor Jarrod Tetran. Unaware that Redallek has made a blood-promise with the rebel factions to kill him, Jarrod is instantly attracted to the man. Although Redallek is determined to complete his mission as soon as possible in order to gain his freedom, he quickly finds his new master to be full of surprises and not the man he expected.
Meanwhile, Jarrod is secretly planning to take the ruling Council captive, and to begin a negotiated peace with the rebel army. Even though such an act goes against all his family stands for, he is willing to risk everything to save the country he loves from destruction.
Both Redallek and Jarrod are determined to fight for freedom and peace, but in two very different ways. Will their differences drive them apart, or can they find a way to work together for the good of all? And, even if they do, will the passion springing up between them lead to victory or defeat?

Happy reading to all!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
Dryathlon January 2015: Support Cancer Research

Blog 53: Riptide Publishing gay fiction discount: today only!

For today ONLY, both my Riptide Publishing gay short stories have a 25% discount direct from Omnilit Books. Here are the details and links:

Where You Hurt The Most

Adrian is more than happy as high-class escort for a number of regular clients. When his boss and dear friend asks him to entertain his nephew, Adrian readily agrees, but meeting Dan challenges him in ways he’d never imagined.

Dan is scarred inside and out from an accident that destroyed a promising future. Despite Adrian’s loveless lifestyle and Dan’s withdrawal and anger, the two men forge a deep—if unnerving—connection. Soon they find themselves questioning the choices they’ve made and the futures they’ve mapped out for themselves.

Yet even bright young men like Adrian and Dan fear the unknown and take comfort in the familiar. Neither may be strong enough to step away from the life they know and toward the one they dare not hope for. But while it’s true that love can’t heal all wounds, it is the surest balm for where you hurt the most.

The Heart’s Greater Silence

Mark isn’t sure he believes in love, especially when he finds himself torn between two very different men: his reliable boyfriend, Craig, and his illicit lover and priest, Richard.

Mark knows what he should do, but he can’t bring himself to give Richard up. The sex with Richard is unlike anything he’s ever known with Craig, and he hungers for it as much as—if not more than—the truer intimacy he finds in his boyfriend’s arms.

When Craig discovers his betrayal, Mark is forced to look at his life more closely, but the path to self-knowledge is never an easy one. Richard seeks the way back to God, but Mark finds no solace there. Can he ever discover the truth of his own soul, or is he too afraid of what he will—or won’t—find inside his heart?

So stock up on your reading while the sale is on!

Blog 48: FREE and HALF-PRICE Books: romance and ghosts

For today and tomorrow ONLY, quirky romance Rosie by Name is FREE at Amazon.

Rosie (AKA Alison) works at a high-class escort agency as a receptionist. When her boss asks her to be the special birthday present for his favourite nephew, she can’t help but agree. The boss is the boss after all.

However an evening of surprises, unexpected parents and even the odd spider awaits her. By the end of the night, will she have fulfilled her mission or is her potential pay-rise nothing but a distant dream?

Review:

“a light, easy read, and with plenty of Anne Brooke’s original metaphors and similes to keep you entertained until the twist in the tale.” (From a 5-star Amazon review)

Happy reading!

At the same time, and in honour of the Halloween season, gay paranormal romance, The Paranormal Detection Agency, is HALF-PRICE for TODAY only direct from Amber Quill Press.

When paranormal investigator Jack Atkinson meets new client Aaron Riley, he doesn’t expect the level of attraction he instantly feels for the man. Neither does he expect the kind of haunting Aaron describes, which Jack is determined to solve.
After their first official client meeting, the two men launch themselves into a passionate encounter, which Jack is keen to continue. Aaron’s attentions, however, are focused on the need to rid himself of the ghosts haunting his new home.
Jack and his trusty assistant and aunt, Miranda, investigate further, and soon discover how family secrets can run deeper than even Jack imagined. Will the truth destroy Jack and Aaron’s budding relationship, or are they strong enough to survive it?

Reviews:

The Paranormal Detection Agency is an entertaining read. Ghost, crazy family, and handsome men; what paranormal fan could pass it up? … I love the relationship between Jack and Aaron. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Brooke who does an outstanding job on her offerings of the paranormal world.” (From a 4-star review at Coffee Time Romance)
“The Paranormal Detection Agency is a cute paranormal story about two men who are brought together by an old tragedy, a haunted house and a ghost!… Jack and Aaron made a cute couple.” (From a 4-star review at The Novel Approach)
“This was a good ghost story, equal parts humor and horror. Who the ghost is, why it is haunting Aaron’s home and what Jack does to free the spirit make for a satisfying story.” (From a review at Love Bytes Reviews)

I hope you enjoy this read too!