Guest Post, Pre-Release Review & GIVEAWAY: Isle of Wishes by Sue Brown

Posted: August 18, 2013 by sidlove in 5 Star Reviews, Book Reviews, Danielle's Reviews, Free Stuff, Giveaway Contest, Guest Post, Promo
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When I first started publishing my stories, they were all set in America. Partly because they were fanfiction based and partly because I knew the gay romance market is dominated by America. I carried on basing my stories in America but gradually I got more confident and started writing stories set in and around south London. Although I’ve had a few tussles with publishers over certain phrases and colloquialisms (do not mention the dreaded gotten) I’ve realised I can write my stories in the UK and people will read them.

However the gay romance genre is relatively unknown over here and I’m used to the blank faces when I say what I write. Yes, gay. No, not lesbian. Yes, men. Because I can. I’ll leave you to fill in the questions.

After a chat with Elizabeth and Lynn from Dreamspinner, UK Gay Romance was born, and now we’re on Twitter and Facebook. The aim is to celebrate the UK gay romance authors and UK-based stories. Since its inception we’ve had interviews from Lisa Worrall, Josephine Myles, Garrett Leigh, LM Brown and RJ Scott. Greg Hogben and Liam Livings have discussed issues that are personal to them and affect the LGBT community. We are also spotlighting Britain because hell yes, it deserves a plug. Oh, and giveaways. Lots of giveaways.

UK Gay Romance is young and the word isn’t out there yet, but it will be. The more authors get involved the happier I will be because we’ll be promoting our fantastic genre. I might be a tad biased but I can’t think of a better and more relevant genre to promote. Like every author out there I dream of my books being mainstream, I’d like the genre to be mainstream, and when I say I write gay romance to a group of people their first question is “Where can I buy your books”, not “Eh?”.

The Isle of Wishes is available on 19th August, published by Dreamspinner.

Sequel to The Isle of… Where?

After a whirlwind vacation on the Isle of Wight, where he found the love of his life, Sam Owens sends Liam Marshall home to Michigan to tie up loose ends so they can be together forever. When all communication with Liam goes silent, Sam worries. Fearing the worst, he enlists the help of his brother, British Metropolitan police officer Paul Owens, to help him find Liam and get him back safely in time for their wedding. Paul has little difficulty digging into this mystery across the pond. Paul is also good-looking and openly bisexual, all of which adds to the dismay of Wisconsin Detective Olaf Skandik.

Olaf is ex-military and still closeted now that he’s part of the police department. He’s frustrated, hemmed in by the walls he’s erected, and when he meets Paul, he wonders if this may be the time and opportunity for change. Looking into his brother’s missing fiancé, Paul also starts looking into Olaf, and business soon mixes with pleasure, a bit of romance that may strengthen his case for them to make a future together.

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: Isle of Wishes by Sue Brown

 Reviewed by Danielle

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Isle of WishesTITLE: Isle of wishes
SEQUEL TO: The Isle of … Where?
AUTHOR: Sue Brown
LENGTH: 242 pages
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
REVIEW:

Fantastic – if I would have to say one word! I loved this book. It can definitely compete with the first book “The Isle of … Where?” and that is always a question in my opinion as a sequel needs to box up to the first part always.

In this sequel, Sue Brown does that and even more.

In this book, we meet Paul, Sam’s brother (Sam is one of the MCs in the prequel) and we meet detective Olaf – a US cop. The plot thought over is genious because as the blurb says – they meet when Liam goes missing. And Sam & Paul travel across the world to search for him.

During the search they meet officer Olaf and there is some instant connection there. Both being officers of law by profession, they have common grounds and besides the fact that Olaf is in the closet, there is no stopping them. They seem to want to make most of the time they have.

As I mentioned before, what makes the book so special is other than the building relationship of the MC, this story also holds a good part of Sam and Liam and gives you more of the inside life of the Owens family. Something I really loved reading about. The Owens are a family to behold with granny Rose on the top of the hill.

The way the author weaves the family within the story is nearly perfect . It gives you the feeling of reading a family story and you want to learn more about them like what is that going around with Colin? and how about Danny and Tea?

The story tells itself, so I am not going to put many details in here as I want to focus on what the story will feel like for the reader. It is such an easy read that you’d get totally sucked up in the story and I, for one, had a really hard time to even put it aside. The writing flows. It makes you want to read on and on, not forgetting to mention the sexiness and the chemistry between these two MCs (Paul and Olaf) is sizzling – just like the evident love is there showing between the MCs from the first part (Liam and Sam).

The fact that all the characters of the first part (including Nibs and Wigs) are transported into this one makes it so much more entertaining and pleasurable than I could have imagined beforehand.

What leaves me to say that the author leaves us with some open questions here what I, in general, don’t like  to be honest. But it also makes me feel very secure with the fact that there has to be coming more. I mean we need to get some permanent answers to some questions there – not only about the MCs but also, for example, the business of Nibs and Wigs.

I cannot do differently than rating this novel 5 stars and I recommend it whole heartedly.

To the author, Sue Brown – I only want to say thank you for a memorable read and please let me be right about the coming more part.

RELEASES: 19th August, 2013

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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 expert 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.

Sue can be found at her website, http://www.suebrownstories.com/; her blog,http://suebrownsstories.blogspot.co.uk/; Twitter, https://twitter.com/suebrownstories; and her Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/suebrownstories.

Comments
  1. Debra E says:

    Debra E
    debdeege@optonline.net
    Kindle format

    I really enjoyed Isle of Where and would love to see more of Liam and Sam and meet the new characters and yeah, what is going on with Colin? I have my own ideas there. 🙂

  2. Jay Ross says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Sue’s work so please enter me.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Great review. If you rated it 5 stars I’m sure it is a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.
    jtagee@bham.rr.com print copy please

  4. suze294 says:

    Name : Suze
    Email : littlesuze at hotmail dot com
    Format : epub (or pdf)
    Sounds great. i love stories set in Britain. And the cover model at back does look like an Olaf!

  5. DebraG says:

    Debby
    debby236@gmail.com
    PDF
    I think I need to find the first one.

  6. H.B. says:

    H.B.
    humhumbum@yahoo.com
    PDF
    Sounds like a lovely read. I haven’t read many stories based in the UK and have always wished there was more.

  7. Cornelia says:

    Mobi. Glad there is another book.
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

  8. Sarah says:

    I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. (Mobi format)

  9. Cynthia says:

    Cynthia
    schan26.wisc(at)gmail(dot)com
    PDF

    I read The Isle of…Where? and I absolutely loved it! I would love to read the sequel.

  10. arella3173 says:

    Judi P
    arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com
    PDF
    I loved the first book and I so can’t wait to get my hands on this! lol…<3
    Thank you for the contest/giveaway~~

  11. Urbanista says:

    Urbanista
    brendurbanist@gmail.com
    ePub
    I absolutely loved Isle of…Where? I read about a book a day, and they sometimes merge togetherness. Isle was memorable, and the location was magical. Great sense of a special place. Please keep writing about England! Thank you.

  12. Ann says:

    I fell in love with the Isle of . . . Where? and it made Sue Brown an instabuy author for me! Great review and I can’t wait for this one!
    I’m a mobi girl at tragedyann08@yahoo.com
    Thank you so much!
    Ann

  13. Trix says:

    Trix
    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com
    Kindle format
    I can’t wait to check out the new site–I really love how distinctive a lot of UK m/m is!

  14. Jbst says:

    Jbst
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com
    mobi or prc format

    Liked how you have the U.S. cop from Wisconsin named Olaf which rings true due to the large population of Scandinavian immigrants that moved to that region way back when.

  15. Penumbra says:

    Penumbra
    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com
    EPUB
    Both books sound good.

  16. Toni W says:

    I just love the exerpt and can’t wait to read the rest .
    bibbiesparks
    pdf

  17. Allison says:

    Allison
    aahickman at hotmail dot com
    mobi

    I really enjoyed The Isle of…Where? and would love the opportunity to read this as well. Thank you for doing the giveaway.

  18. sally halliday says:

    sounds good

  19. Oz says:

    Name: Oz
    Email ID: osorgini@gmail.com
    The format in which you’d prefer to read the book, in case you win: kindle or pdf
    Message to the author: I loved “The Isle of… Where” and I can’t wait for the sequel, just hope is a little less heart-breaking than the first, ’cause I cried buckets in the first one.

  20. Giselle says:

    Name*: Gigi
    Email ID*: gisu29@gmail.com
    The format in which you’d prefer to read the book, in case you win*: epub
    Message to the author: Sounds like a great book! Please count me in. Thanks!

  21. Jenn T. says:

    Name: Jenn
    Email ID: jentay82@gmail.com
    Format: mobi
    Message to the author: I’m super excited for this book, and a huge fan! Please count me in! Thanks

  22. D'Aulan Collins says:

    D’Aulan Collins
    daulancollins@gmail.com
    format Mobi
    The Isle of…Where? was so good, I can’t wait to read the next one. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  23. Carolyn says:

    Carolyn
    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com
    epub, plase.
    There’s so much popularity with British entertainment in America (or maybe I just know so many Anglophiles), I would think the same would be true in m/m romance. Hurrah for UK stories to have a place of their own. I, for one, am a fan. I really enjoyed The Isle of…Where?, so definitely looking forward to Isle of Wishes. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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