Can't Buy Me Love

The Cost of Loving

Book 1
Paradise Island Publishing via PublishDrive

It’s the sixties, and London might be swinging, but not for our girl, Edith. Raised in a miserable home full of anger and hate, life for poor Edith seems to hold little hope. But she finds plenty when she teams up with her older gay cousin, Ronnie, who makes her his mission with a plan to re-shape her into the fabulous young woman he knows she deserves to be.

Once free of her father and her weak, defenseless mother, her transformation is swift and dramatic. Suddenly, life is an exciting adventure, full of twists and turns, as Edith’s coming of age becomes a roller-coaster ride of glorious highs and frightening lows, including a father who comes back to haunt her. But where will it take her, and how will it end? Who will win, and who will lose?


‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ is the first of six volumes in the ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you like stories of success over adversity, family dramas and sexual diversity, then you will love Martin Humphries’ bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting years in living memory. Years chock full of changes of every kind, when being gay usually spelt trouble with a capital T.


Start traveling this fascinating journey through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s today by buying ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, and follow Edith through London, Europe and Hollywood, over two decades, as she matures from troubled teenager to famous beauty.

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Paradise Island Publishing via PublishDrive
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Published on
Mar 31, 2018
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Pages
194
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ISBN
9780995944404
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / LGBT / Gay
Fiction / Literary
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By now, Edith has become Sophia, ruthlessly determined to achieve the sort of success she had, until now, only dared to dream of. Even her sexual awakening is orchestrated for best results, and her confidence with eligible young men grows. When Ronnie finds her a wealthy man, Toby Winters, life seems ready to take a dramatic - and unexpected - turn that could complete the job that he alone started.

Toby is an increasingly famous man with money, looking to hide his troubled and amoral past from too many prying eyes. Sophia can help him do that. It seems to be the perfect match, made in heaven, where love is not required. But, if not, then what is it? And does Sophia’s coming of age reach the triumphant climax that seems to be waiting for her?


The roller-coaster ride continues, full of more glorious highs and frightening lows as the Vietnam War demonstration in London ends abruptly for Sophia with tragic consequences, and the greatest day of her young life, when the Fab Four - ‘The Beatles’ - play especially for her, is nearly destroyed when history repeats itself. Will she survive it? And, if she does, how will she deal with it? And will she seek revenge?


‘Love for Sale’ is the second book in ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you enjoyed ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, then you will love Martin Humphries’ next volume in this bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting and turbulent years in recent memory.


Buy ‘Love for Sale’ today and continue Sophia’s fascinating and wide-eyed journey through the 60’s where everything is changing every day, and the future looks so exciting and bright. Which it is, and then again, it isn’t.

Scandal, murder, blackmail and suicide are all part of life when you set out to become celebrities, especially when you have eyes for someone else and revenge on your mind.

Sophia and Toby create a whiff of self-made scandal that boosts their reputations sky high. Soon enough, Toby is becoming a ‘star’ and they are pulled headlong towards the dazzlingly bright lights of Hollywood. Sophia takes a lover under the most unlikely circumstances, as Toby finds his own pleasures elsewhere. It’s all part of the deal they’ve made with each other.


Yet, despite all the good fortune, there are dark clouds and hard truths to be dealt with, including a wicked father who has plagued Sophia’s life for far too long. Along the way, an old friend returns from the dead, and a young man enters Sophia’s life whose story distresses her to the point that she feels forced to intervene.


The consequences are so tragic they tear her apart. Was it her fault? Or would it have happened anyway? Toby and Sophia wonder if life will ever be the same again when their European vacation, to get away from so much turmoil, ends in Toby’s attempted murder. Is it all simply too much for our star-struck, but beleaguered pair?


‘Free Love’ is the third book in ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you enjoyed the first two books, then you will love Martin Humphries’ third volume in this bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting years in recent memory.


Buy ‘Free Love’ today and follow our stars’ fascinating and wide-eyed journey into the 70’s. But, as the bright lights of Hollywood beckon, they discover that life can be difficult and complicated, even with money and fame.

Sophia’s and Toby’s stars are in ascendency as they visit America to meet with a leading Hollywood producer who has been impressed by Toby’s on-screen charisma.

It’s a hugely exciting time for them both, and they revel in the thrill of it all. L.A. dazzles them, a new young man catches Toby’s eye, and the fun of sunny Southern California begins to take a firm hold. Sophia takes the opportunity to meet up with her cousin, Norma, who is still loving her Hollywood life, although it has become complicated. She enlists Sophia’s help to unravel it, but will it all end in tears - or worse?


Along the way, Sophia learns far more about the victims of the Vietnam War than she would prefer to, and decides to take action of her own to protect some of them. Meanwhile, Toby has enemies of his own to destroy before they destroy him. There are so many battles to fight. Who wins? Who loses? And at what cost?


Toby, meanwhile, still craves revenge for his near-death experience at the hands of a beautiful rent boy, as a blackmailer who will stop at nothing forces him to consider some very drastic action. How close to the edge is Toby willing to risk going without falling?


‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ is the fourth book in ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you enjoyed the previous books, then you will love this next volume in Martin Humphries’ bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting years in recent memory.


Buy ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ today and follow our stars’ fascinating and wide-eyed journey through the 70’s, as they find fame in Hollywood and discover that life can be difficult and complicated, even with money and fame.

Scandal, murder, blackmail and suicide are all part of life when you set out to become celebrities, especially when you have eyes for someone else and revenge on your mind.

Sophia and Toby create a whiff of self-made scandal that boosts their reputations sky high. Soon enough, Toby is becoming a ‘star’ and they are pulled headlong towards the dazzlingly bright lights of Hollywood. Sophia takes a lover under the most unlikely circumstances, as Toby finds his own pleasures elsewhere. It’s all part of the deal they’ve made with each other.


Yet, despite all the good fortune, there are dark clouds and hard truths to be dealt with, including a wicked father who has plagued Sophia’s life for far too long. Along the way, an old friend returns from the dead, and a young man enters Sophia’s life whose story distresses her to the point that she feels forced to intervene.


The consequences are so tragic they tear her apart. Was it her fault? Or would it have happened anyway? Toby and Sophia wonder if life will ever be the same again when their European vacation, to get away from so much turmoil, ends in Toby’s attempted murder. Is it all simply too much for our star-struck, but beleaguered pair?


‘Free Love’ is the third book in ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you enjoyed the first two books, then you will love Martin Humphries’ third volume in this bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting years in recent memory.


Buy ‘Free Love’ today and follow our stars’ fascinating and wide-eyed journey into the 70’s. But, as the bright lights of Hollywood beckon, they discover that life can be difficult and complicated, even with money and fame.

By now, Edith has become Sophia, ruthlessly determined to achieve the sort of success she had, until now, only dared to dream of. Even her sexual awakening is orchestrated for best results, and her confidence with eligible young men grows. When Ronnie finds her a wealthy man, Toby Winters, life seems ready to take a dramatic - and unexpected - turn that could complete the job that he alone started.

Toby is an increasingly famous man with money, looking to hide his troubled and amoral past from too many prying eyes. Sophia can help him do that. It seems to be the perfect match, made in heaven, where love is not required. But, if not, then what is it? And does Sophia’s coming of age reach the triumphant climax that seems to be waiting for her?


The roller-coaster ride continues, full of more glorious highs and frightening lows as the Vietnam War demonstration in London ends abruptly for Sophia with tragic consequences, and the greatest day of her young life, when the Fab Four - ‘The Beatles’ - play especially for her, is nearly destroyed when history repeats itself. Will she survive it? And, if she does, how will she deal with it? And will she seek revenge?


‘Love for Sale’ is the second book in ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you enjoyed ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, then you will love Martin Humphries’ next volume in this bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting and turbulent years in recent memory.


Buy ‘Love for Sale’ today and continue Sophia’s fascinating and wide-eyed journey through the 60’s where everything is changing every day, and the future looks so exciting and bright. Which it is, and then again, it isn’t.

Sophia’s and Toby’s stars are in ascendency as they visit America to meet with a leading Hollywood producer who has been impressed by Toby’s on-screen charisma.

It’s a hugely exciting time for them both, and they revel in the thrill of it all. L.A. dazzles them, a new young man catches Toby’s eye, and the fun of sunny Southern California begins to take a firm hold. Sophia takes the opportunity to meet up with her cousin, Norma, who is still loving her Hollywood life, although it has become complicated. She enlists Sophia’s help to unravel it, but will it all end in tears - or worse?


Along the way, Sophia learns far more about the victims of the Vietnam War than she would prefer to, and decides to take action of her own to protect some of them. Meanwhile, Toby has enemies of his own to destroy before they destroy him. There are so many battles to fight. Who wins? Who loses? And at what cost?


Toby, meanwhile, still craves revenge for his near-death experience at the hands of a beautiful rent boy, as a blackmailer who will stop at nothing forces him to consider some very drastic action. How close to the edge is Toby willing to risk going without falling?


‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ is the fourth book in ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you enjoyed the previous books, then you will love this next volume in Martin Humphries’ bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting years in recent memory.


Buy ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ today and follow our stars’ fascinating and wide-eyed journey through the 70’s, as they find fame in Hollywood and discover that life can be difficult and complicated, even with money and fame.

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