Also in this series: Checking Him Out For the Holidays - a festive novella for Hanukkah/Christmas.
First published as part of the Love's Landscapes Anthology
(DRiTC 2014, MMRomanceGroup.com), based on the prompt:
When I met the love of my new life (his words not mine…ass), I was simply waiting in the checkout line. I might have been caught up in a conversation with my best friend/wife of X amount of years about something, I can’t remember at the moment. So anyway, we were distracted and didn’t notice that the line had moved. So after maybe 30 seconds, or a minute at the most (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t that long), Mr. Impatient, with an accent like that character on The Originals (not that I watch that show at my age), got our attention in the rudest way in my opinion, or in my wife’s heart-of-a-ho opinion, the kindest way possible for our insensitive asses. I’m pretty sure his accent, mixed with his damn charm, got him out of more trouble than it should. We had a rough start, but we had quiet moments when we weren’t all over each other or fighting, in and out of bed. Anyway, I would love a story about our first year.
P.S. I want a story with interesting secondary characters interacting with the main characters. I want it to be known that the marriage is a *lavender marriage—no one is being fooled here. I want humor mixed in with hot-damn, slightly overwhelming sex. Alpha males with a bad case of the giggles at inappropriate moments. No BDSM please. One other request is that I wish the main characters to be in the age range of late twenties to early thirties.
*A lavender marriage is a “beard” marriage of convenience.
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WARNING: this story deals with themes of child sexual abuse, sudden infant death, and parents' marriage breakdown due to infidelity. All issues are written about sensitively and in a way that is intended to be accessible for children aged ten and above.
Unlike the rest of the series, which is written in third-person (semi-omniscient) past tense, this short story is written in first-person present tense.
It has no real bearing on anything else that happens in the series; it is what it is: an Easter Egg.
It is entirely self-indulgent, for which I make no apologies.
~ Deb ~
Now, with Matty just weeks away from taking up his place at a prestigious London dance academy, Noah is desperate to make the most of the little time they have left. It's only a temporary separation, and they are forever. Or so he'd thought.
That’s the question Seamus Williams must face when he gets a late night phone call from someone he never expects to hear from again.
“I miss you, Shay.”
Chancey Bo Clearwater is a cowboy through and through. He spends his days finding work on whatever ranch will take him and his nights at the pool hall. He’s always done what needed doing and never thought much about what he wanted. ’Til that drunken night with Seamus.
A world of problems now stand between Seamus and Chancey exploring what might have been, the least of which being the Atlantic Ocean. On one side there’s Chancey’s daughter who mood swings from angel to demon in two seconds flat; on the other there’s the new lodger, hogging Shay’s telly and his cornflakes, and making private Skype time hard to come by.
Is this relationship doomed before it ever begins? Or can a surprise announcement from Seamus’s brother be enough to help the two find their second chance?
Where the Grass is Greener is book two of the Seeds of Tyrone Series, but can be read independently of the first novel.
Josh and George spent half a lifetime apart, so it matters not that they’re all grown up now. For this is their first Christmas together, in their new home. They finally have all that they wished for…
…But perhaps Santa still has a few surprises in store.
This Christmas, join Josh and George for a Christmas story full of festive magic and romance.
Best read in December, in front of a roaring log fire, by the twinkling light of a Christmas tree.
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First Christmas a novella-length character special. Part of Hiding Behind The Couch series.
The story follows chronologically from The Harder They Fall (Season Three) and continues in In The Stars Part I (Season Four).
Tourist Season - Deven Balsam
Machete Betty and the Office Sharks - Neptune Flowers
Once Around Seven - Ofelia Gränd
Winter Blossoms - Paul Iasevoli
Year of the Guilty Soul - A.M. Leibowitz
The Great Village Bun Fight - Debbie McGowan
A Springful of Winters - Dawn Sister
Out of Season - Bob Stone
Seashell Voices - Alexis Woods
Courting Light - A. Zukowski
All mapped out by his parents.
But Simon is gay.
And Simon is high.
And when Simon sees his fake girlfriend Jess alongside a boy called Taz, suddenly all the choices explode.
Will Simon follow his orders?
Or will he follow his heart?
A fully stand-alone short story - part of Hiding Behind The Couch. For readers of the series, this coincides with Ruminations.
Part of Take a Chance Anthology.
A short and glorious true tale of friendship, and a dog on wheels.
NOTE: what you will read here is not embellished in any way. These are real events, and they may cause some readers distress. Thus, whilst I’ve tried to capture the character, sense of humour and generosity of spirit of my much-missed friends, both human and canine, it is only right to forewarn you that this ‘story’ deals with the terminal conditions of cancer of the fallopian tube and canine degenerative disorder.
Matty is agonising over his impending dance show. Sure, talent scouts will be in the audience, but there's an even bigger problem. Noah - Matty's on-again, off-again boyfriend - has promised to be there, too. And Matty's dance? It has a secret meaning he's not sure he's ready to reveal to Noah.
Can Josh and Matty face their fears and perform for their respective crowds? More importantly, will the Sandison-Morleys' influence be enough to get the young men to express their feelings to each other before it's too late?
This novella continues the stories of Josh and George from the Hiding Behind the Couch Series and Matty and Noah from the Checking Him Out Series.
OK, so, maybe she was a bit harsh with Sean when all he did was ask if she and Aileen wanted a double hotel room. And of course she feels bad for biting Finn’s head off when he was only having a wee joke.
Between her grandson’s unconventional baptism and the decades-long feud between her sons, even with Aileen at her side it’s not as easy a decision as they seem to think. Or maybe it is. Saorla doesn’t know anymore, and until she’s sure…
To Be Sure is a stand-alone novella-length character special in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.
(Part of Never Too Late - a collection of nine stories featuring LGBTQIA characters over the age of fifty)
Emotions run riot in Debbie McGowan’s most recent addition to the highly acclaimed Hiding Behind The Couch series.
Delve deeper into the lives, lies and loves of your favourite characters in this touching tale where twists and turns abound.
Whilst Dan battles for his life in Kathmandu, back home preparations for Eleanor’s wedding are interrupted by events that exhume painful memories from the past, forcing Josh to finally come clean about his true feelings.
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“A novel that sparkles and comes to life in your imagination unlike any other.”
“The strangest honeymoon ever, in which a hot tub and a Labrador play a leading role…”
“I can’t recommend this highly enough—there is no way you could fail to fall in love with these characters and be sucked into their lives.”
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The Harder They Fall is season three in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.
The story follows chronologically from No Time Like The Present (Season Two). The story continues in Crying in the Rain (Novel – runs parallel with the second half of The Harder They Fall), First Christmas (Novella) and In The Stars Part I (Season Four).
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WARNING: this story deals with themes of depression and suicide ideation.
Trapped by Ofelia Gränd
Ashes and Alms by A.M. Leibowitz
The Palette – A Lifetime by Caraway Carter
Clara by Hans M Hirschi
To Be Sure by Debbie McGowan
Nectar by Laura Susan Johnson
Moving by J P Walker
Cue The Music by Alexis Woods
Ocean of Tears by Phetra H. Novak
Two years ago, Jesse joined Pride—the uni’s LGBT+ society—to support best friend Noah, and Noah’s boyfriend, Matty. As a straight, cismale ally, Jesse keeps a low profile—not difficult for someone as shy and body-conscious as he is.
Leigh Hunter is Noah and Matty’s new housemate. Born with a life-threatening congenital condition, Leigh is intersex and identifies as queer—none of which alters Jesse’s conviction that they are the most beautiful person in the world.
While Jesse and Leigh get to know each other, a new academic year begins in earnest, bringing with it the usual challenge of balancing work and play. Add in a week’s holiday in Cornwall that Jesse and Leigh half-wish they hadn’t agreed to, Jesse’s unplanned involvement in the election of Pride’s new officers, and some big decisions for Noah and Matty, it’s going to be an interesting semester all round.
NOTE: this is a stand-alone novel, but you might wish to read the series in order.
In the Checking Him Out Series
Checking Him Out (Book One - Sol and Adam)
Checking Him Out For The Holidays (Novella - Sol and Adam)
Hiding Out (Novella - A crossover featuring Matty and Noah, and Josh, George and Libby from Hiding Behind The Couch)
Taking Him On (Book Two - Noah and Matty)
Checking In (Book Three - Sol and Adam)
The Making of Us (Book Four - Jesse and Leigh)
Fate, karma, written in the stars, or just bizarre quirks of coincidence?
For better or worse, the events of the next six months will push the friends to the limits. For The Circle can expand and contract, but it is always whole; eternal.
Set over a period of six months (January–June), In The Stars Part I explores the day-to-day lives of The Circle—nine friends from high school, now in their late thirties—following them through a year of celebration, loss, illness and life-changing decisions.
In The Stars Part I is Season Four in the Hiding Behind The Couch Series. This book is also available as six separate episodes.
The story follows chronologically from The Harder They Fall (Season Three), Crying in the Rain (Novel) and First Christmas (Novella). It continues in Breaking Waves (Novella) and In The Stars Part II (Season Five).
For those readers unfamiliar with the series, In The Stars re-introduces the main characters, so you could pick it up from here and perhaps catch up with the previous books later.
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For more than twenty years, she and Kris were a couple. Together, they bought a house and turned it into a wonderful family home in which to raise Shaunna’s daughter, Krissi.
Now Krissi is all grown up, and Shaunna and Kris are separated; Kris has Ade: his boyfriend of more than a year who adores him. And Andy—Krissi’s dad—is in love with Shaunna…
She knows what she wants for Christmas. She’s had a long time to think about it. But is the ribbon binding these fabulous relationships strong enough to protect them? Or will turning on the lights reveal the true fragility of these precious ornaments? Either way, Shaunna knows she’s set for a Christmas that might just be too hot to handle.
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Red Hot Christmas is a novella-length character special. Part of Hiding Behind The Couch series.
This story follows chronologically from In The Stars Part II (Season Five) and runs parallel to A Midnight Clear (Novella). The story continues in Two By Two (Season Six).
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WARNING: this story contains intimate (moderately explicit) scenes between consenting opposite sex (F/M) adults.