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Title: Scrap (Bristol #3)
Author: Josephine Myles
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
When things come to a head, there’s nowhere to go but down…
The Bristol Collection, Book 3
On the surface, Derek “Call Me Dare” Nelson’s life is simple, doing up custom campervans while living in a slightly illegal caravan in his riverfront yard. When a handsome, smooth-talking developer offers to buy the land out from under his feet, Dare realizes it’s the same man he had to escort home from a party months ago for causing a drunken scene.
Grant Matravers lives a double life, attempting to adjust to weekends as a single, divorced gay man while staying closeted at work. The strain of keeping up the part-time pretense, missing his kids, and now a problematic attraction to the shave-headed, tattooed Dare, has worn his emotional barriers dangerously thin.
Dare blasts through those barriers in a way Grant isn’t prepared for, challenging everything he thought he knew about himself as a gay man. But as their chemistry heats up and the intimacy between them grows, Grant edges toward a decision that could blow up in his face. Exposing a hornet’s nest of complications that could destroy any chance for happily ever after.
My First Love:
It was the summer of 1994, I was seventeen years old, and I fell in love with a blonde beauty called Bertha. She wasn’t in the best condition, granted, but all those little flaws just made me love her more.
Okay, so Bertha was a yellow VW camper van, but she still managed to spoil me for all other campers. You never truly get over your first love, after all. I first met Bertha on the way to the Glastonbury Festival with a group of friends. She belonged to a friend’s parents, who bizarrely enough thought it would be fine to let a bunch of teenagers borrow her for the weekend.
I never did get to consummate my relationship with Bertha, as I wasn’t one of the privileged few who slept inside her. But at least after my nights under canvas I was able to grab some toast and a cuppa, all made in Bertha’s dinky little kitchen. There’s something so appealing about tiny kitchens and vehicles you can live in. I’m sure that’s why if you fast forwarded ten years, you’d find me living in a narrow boat and also owning a camper van of my very own. Not a VW, sadly. They’re far too expensive, but Bertha really did set the gold standard for me.
Fast forward another ten years and I’m back on dry land with a sensible car rather than a campervan (those things guzzle petrol like nobody’s business!), but Bertha still haunts my dreams. I think that’s why when pondering what Dare actually did in his waterfront scrap yard, I realised he made a living renovating vintage VWs. And although I suppose I could have had him living in a boat on the docks, I liked the idea of him inhabiting another stylish vehicle: an Airstream caravan. There’s a bit more room in one of those than in a VW camper. Sorry Bertha. What can I say? Size matters!
So here, in no particular order, are the five best things about VW camper vans:
- You can go on holiday at the drop of a hat. Which is useful in Britain as you need to make the most of good weather. Also, you’re never that far from a beautiful beach.
- All other camper van owners will look on with envy. Even the ones in hulking great RVs, because there’s something undeniably appealing about the retro stylings of the VW camper. All others look dowdy in comparison.
- You can get a bunch of great VW camper merchandise. Check out the blog tour prize!
- It’s like proper camping but without the mud. And the having to pitch a tent part. Hooray for glamping!
- You can go for ultra-modern interiors, retro chic or tie-dye hippy extravaganza. It’s all good. VW campers have the kind of looks that can take all manner of accessorising. Just please don’t do a full-on hippy “flowers and CND signs” paint job. It’s not the sixties anymore and you’re not impressing anyone.
Yes, I’ve convinced myself. It’s about time I started saving up for a VW camper all of my own. Until then, though, I’ll be dreaming of Bertha…
So what about the rest of you? Anyone own a camper (VW or other)? Or is glamping your idea of hell?
About the Author:
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo publishes regularly with Samhain, and her latest novel is the contemporary gay erotic romance, Scrap. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a new baby.
Website and blog: http://josephinemyles.com/
Jo will be giving away a choice of two titles from her backlist to one commentator on each blog tour stop. Just leave a comment and please include your email address so you can be contacted should you be chosen.
List of Blog Tour Stops for Scrap by Josephine Myles
10th March ~ Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance
12th March ~ Boy Meets Boy Reviews
14th March ~ Love Bytes Reviews
16th March ~ Boys in our Books
18th March ~ Rainbow Gold Reviews
20th March ~ Prism Book Alliance
In addition to the above Jo will be giving away a Camper Van USB Drive with all her books on it to one lucky winner chosen at random from all tour stops. Just enter the Rafflecopter draw below for your chance to win this great prize. Good Luck!
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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