Author Name: Louise Lyons
Book Name: Cervena
Release Date: July 22, 2016
When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian, Sasha, outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.
Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them, but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.
Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.
Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.
Pages or Words: 170 pages
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Gay Fiction
Excerpt: “Joel?” “Uh!” Sasha’s voice startled me so much I almost tipped my chair over backward. My heart raced and I clutched the edge of the desk to steady myself. “What happened?” He reached my side and laid a hand on my shoulder. I gestured at the computer screen. “He’s dead. Karel’s dead. Someone shot him. It says ‘execution-style.’ What the fuck had he got himself into, Sasha? Huh?” I covered his hand with mine and squeezed his fingers until he let out a hiss of pain. I released him quickly. “I’m sorry, Joel.” He moved closer and pressed his body against my side, sliding his arm around my neck. “I know he was a jerk, but he was your friend once.” “I shouldn’t care after what he did. But I feel like I ought to have done something. He came to me asking for help. He looked pathetic, didn’t he? Like he had no other choice.” “Joel….” Sasha dropped to his knees and rested his hands on my thighs. “You couldn’t have helped him. He must have owed a lot of money. The same as before. Maybe you could have saved him this time, but it seems like he couldn’t stop, or didn’t want to. It wasn’t your problem. You could have lost everything to him, and that’s wrong.” “Yeah. I know.” I leaned down and kissed the top of his head. “You’re right. What would it have achieved if I gave him money? He had the sale money from his half of the club. That wasn’t peanuts. I mean, it was a lot. If he lost that and ran up more debts—” “Do they know who did it? Who killed him?” “I don’t know. I didn’t read any farther.” I scrolled down and skimmed over the rest of the article, but the police apparently had no leads and were investigating Karel’s recent activities in an attempt to find clues. I expected I would hear from the police myself before long, but there wasn’t much I could tell them. I didn’t know who Karel had played cards with, or what he’d been doing.
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Cervena-Louise-Lyons-ebook/dp/B01HW8CQZE
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cervena-Louise-Lyons-ebook/dp/B01HW8CQZE
Meet the author:
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.
Where to find the author:
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/louiselyons
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
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