Thursday, 25 September 2014

Blog Tour and give-away: Sue Brown, Clare London and The 'With a Kick' Series

I’m delighted to welcome Sue Brown to ‘The Way She Writes’. She’s here to tell us all about the With A Kick Series and her upcoming release Hissed as a Newt as well as A Twist and Two Balls by Clare London.

Sue has generously offered a copy of Hissed as a Newt to one reader. Leave a comment with a contact email address below between now and midnight on Sunday. A winner will be picked, announced and contacted on Monday September 29.

“All guys do emotional just in different ways. I eat ice-cream, you get drunk in the gutter…”

What is the With A Kick series all about? Love in an ice-cream shop, but ice-cream for adults. I am not an ice-cream aficionado at all. Unlike chocolate, ice-cream isn’t my soul food, but the day I was given a sorbet with alcohol poured over it was the day I tasted a little bit of heaven. I babbled on about this shop to Clare London and we formed an idea for this series in her garden office. Clare created a wonderful relationship between a failed actor and a Turkish taxi driver, and I wrote a story about a clown, Stan the clown.
Sadly the shop in London no longer exists. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to return to Covent Garden to discover there was no more heaven in a tall glass. I wandered round and round the shops trying to find it, only to be severely disappointed. We needed our own shop. With A Kick is the place where love forms over glasses of naughty ice-cream. The men need comfort, ice-cream provides it, with a little extra kick of alcohol.

Hissed as a Newt (due out 29th September 2014

Blurb: A drunk clown rolling around in the gutter is not what David Wright expects to find as he walks to With A Kick, his favourite ice-cream shop. David has had a lousy day. A literary agent has crushed his dreams and all he wants is the consolation of alcoholic ice-cream. He’s about to walk away when he realises the clown has been dumped by his boyfriend. On a whim, David takes the clown into With A Kick before he gets arrested. Underneath the smeared make-up, he meets Stan, who has just discovered his boyfriend and best friend getting more than friendly. Over ice-cream, David and Stan discuss their problems and discover maybe they can help each other.


“Sorry about the delay. It got busy all of a sudden. Do you want another ice-cream?” Lee looked enquiringly at Stan who shook his head.
“Do you do beer?”
“Coffee,” Lee said and from the tone of his voice that was all Stan was going to get.
David ducked his head to hide his smile.
“What happened to giving the customer what they want?”
“We give them what they need. And you need coffee, water and sleep.” Lee stalked off leaving Stan staring after him, his mouth open.
“He cut me off—in an ice-cream shop.”
“Patrick wouldn’t be happy if you made a mess. Patrick’s the owner. He’s big. You can taste my ice cream if you need a shot of alcohol.”
“Are you sure little Hitler over there won’t have us thrown out?” Stan asked snidely.
“I’m willing to take the risk if you are. Here, this spoon is clean.” David pushed the spoon over. “Dig in.”
Stan hesitated then he took a mouthful and moaned. David was hard put not to fidget at the obscene sound. He was aware of Lee’s frown from the counter but he couldn’t bring himself to care too much.
“What is in this?”
“Peach schnapps over vanilla sorbet.”
“It’s an orgasm in a bowl.”
“Tastes better though.” David smirked at him.

A Twist and Two Balls by Clare London

Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver.

Eddy reaches what he believes is sanctuary – With A Kick, a store where ice creams are blended with alcohol and imagination, and where his friends can help him. But Nuri the taxi driver is persistent in his steady pursuit, above and beyond the money he’s owed. Despite their very different characters and background, Eddy and Nuri’s relationship goes from a complete unknown to a wary balancing act. There are still mistakes to be made, and hurdles to clear. And both of them have to admit that their life so far hasn’t gone the way they planned.

But maybe being caught by Nuri was just what Eddy’s career needed – both for his job and his heart.

About the Author

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has become at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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  1. Loved A Twist and Two Balls. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series :)

  2. Loved A Twist and Two Balls. Can't wait to read the sequel.

  3. I love both Clare and Sue's writing and can't wait for this second book.

  4. Sounds great. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway chance.

  5. The competition is now closed and the winner, as randomly picked by my daughter, is Bob Loving. Congratulations :)