'I am sixteen. I am as old as the century'
It is 1916. Vincent is sixteen, on the brink of manhood.
Vincent is aristocratic and privileged, frequenting the salons of Paris while France is at war and the city almost deserted of men. In that brutal summer, Vincent's beauty and precocity captivate two men: Marcel, thirty years his senior, a writer and celebrated socialite; and Arthur, the twenty-one year old son of one of the servants, who is now a soldier at the front.
As both relationships develop Vincent intuitively tries to keep his passions separate, but over the weeks of indolent Parisian summer and far-off war, confidences are made, absences endured, secrets revealed. All of these men will suffer, and Vincent will lose the last vestiges of his childhood innocence.
In the Absence of Men is a stunning first novel to discover this pride season: in its daring in representation and celebration of gay sexuality, in the beauty of its prose and in its delicacy of feeling.
**Mild sexual content; Mild language; No violence**
All or Nothing is a 2015 GOLDEN LEAF AWARD Finalist for excellence in romantic fiction.
War is hell. It takes a chunk out of a man's very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. If you haven't been through it, there's no understanding it. War leaves no room for love, no room for tenderness or softness. You gotta be hard, closed off, and ready to fight every moment of every day. Lose focus for a split second, and you're dead. Now the only thing that can save me is HER.
In the spring of 1943, SS Wotan is preparing for an all-out desperate attack against a formiddable foe with a formiddable tank: the Russian T-34. But Germany has a card up its sleeve: the brand new Tiger. Its might will form the centrepiece of Operation Citadel, a mighty push to dislodge the Russians from Kursk, and win the Eastern Front once and for all.