Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Douglas Black at the Spicy Butterfly Garden. He is here to give us a little background on his latest Evernight Publishing Romance on the Go book, A Secret Love. Glad to have you here, Douglas and congratulations on your book! 🙂
Hi Jessica, Thank you so much for having me over to your beautiful blog. I’m so excited to share with you and your readers my latest release, A Secret Love.
A Secret Love was picked up by Evernight Publishing and was released as part of their Romance On The Go Range. As such, it is a short story about a couple (Mark and James) who have always been forced to keep their relationship a secret. No one around them knows they are a couple, and they live in fear of being caught. They can meet up only when their schedules allow and only in hotels or remote locations where there is a lower risk of bumping into anyone they know.
My story takes place at a point in Mark and James’s relationship where the end of secrecy is in sight. They have decided that they have spent enough time apart over the years and plan to move abroad, to a beautiful beachside location in Peru, to start a new life together.
With six months to go they meet up in a hotel in the remote Scottish highlands to discuss their future and make up for lost time, but while they’re there their passion, combined with some interfering hotel guests, threatens to expose them, perhaps blowing their dreams of the future they have planned together.
A Secret Love is my first release with Evernight Publishing and I hope there will be many more to come. They are a pleasure to work with and I’m very inspired by their Romance On The Go range. I love a good novel as much as the next person, but I do think there is a place for the short story, particularly in the erotic romance genre. Sometimes just a quick romance fix is enough and the Romance On The Go range delivers that perfectly!
Could not agree more with you, Douglas, about the ROTG line at Evernight and Evernight in general. They really are a pleasure to work with. 🙂
If you want to read a little more about ‘A Secret Love’, you can find it below:
A Secret Love – Blurb
James is nervous when he pulls into the car park of the secluded and conservative Caledonian Hotel. He slips off his wedding ring, gives a false name at reception and checks into his room.
When Mark finally arrives James expects their time together to conform to the usual pattern, but Mark surprises him. Mark wants candlelit dinners and walks on the beach. James, well, James just wants to make up for lost time. More importantly, he doesn’t want to get caught. They have six months left before they can leave behind everything they know and start a new life together and James is desperate to be discrete. Unfortunately, he never could control himself around Mark. Throw in an interfering old couple and some very public displays of affection and Mark and James’s short hotel stay might just be about to destroy not only the secrecy that has always shrouded their relationship, but also their plans for a future together.
A Secret Love – Excerpt
Mark returned the kiss passionately. James trembled in his arms. Tension coursed through his body and he could feel it mirrored in Mark’s. He could almost taste the other man’s nerves in his kiss. James savoured Mark’s strong arms around him. He pushed his hands inside Mark’s suit jacket and clung to the warm, toned body underneath. The body was so familiar despite the amount of time that had passed since their last meeting.
“God I’ve missed you,” James said when he finally pulled away. Mark was breathless and didn’t respond at first, but the sexy, playful smile on his lips told James everything he needed to know. James took his hands and led him further into the room.
It was a large suite with living area and a huge bathroom. Mark swung a new sports bag, bright orange and emblazoned with sponsorship logos, off his shoulder and dumped it onto one of the two couches. He paused momentarily, reaching into his suit pocket.
James watched as Mark pulled out his phone and turned it off without checking for messages. He waited patiently until Mark had tucked it safely into his bag and smiled at him when he had finished. “Difficult getting away this time?” he asked.
Mark nodded. “I left as soon as I could. I was so scared I was going to miss the flight. I’m sorry it had to be mid-week this time. Will you get in trouble at work?”
“I have the flu.”
Mark smirked. “You look perfectly healthy to me.”
“It came on all of a sudden,” James said, closing the space between them. “Unexpected. Probably be gone in a few days. You know how these things are.” Mark nodded and James slipped into his arms once more. With his head on Mark’s shoulder, he turned to whisper against the other man’s neck. “I wouldn’t have been able to stand it if you had missed the flight, if you had cancelled. It’s been so long. It’s always so long.”
Douglas Black was born and raised in bonnie Scotland. He started writing erotica as a means of paying the bills when he was a student at university, but after graduation he found he no longer had the time to write. Over the summer of 2012, Black picked up a pen once more. After a brief, successful flirtation with self-publishing, Black’s novella ‘Business or Pleasure’ was picked up and released in April 2013. It quickly made the publisher’s best-sellers list. Douglas Black’s short story, ‘A Secret Love’, was published in July 2013 by Evernight Publishing.