Josephine Myles on Scrap (Bristol #3) and My First Love ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Scrap (Bristol #3)
Author: Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain
Cover Artist: unknown
Publication Date:03/10/2015
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.

Author Links:

Website and blog:


Twitter: @JosephineMyles

Buy Links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
iTunes / iBooks
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble


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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Farewell Giveaway
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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13 thoughts on “Josephine Myles on Scrap (Bristol #3) and My First Love ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway, Rafflecopter Giveaway

  1. I do not have a camper, but I would love to. I always think some day I’ll be able to buy one, and travel around stopping wherever I feel like, It sounds like the perfect holiday!

  2. I’m afraid I am not much of a glamper, but I do love to travel. When I was younger, we tent camped, but now I do not sleep well enough to sleep on the ground and I need to have a bathroom nearby. 😉

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  3. I’ve never been one for camping, but I think I would do far better with a camper than sleeping in a tent! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I’ve never been eager to take my restroom with me when I travel (trouble finds me enough as it is), but Jo does make it sound like it has its good points!

  5. I am afraid glamping is my idea or hell, but my brothers we avid car re-builders and they hotted up a few minis and even one camper van. Sadly the Camper came to sad demise as one of my brothers (ex) girlfriends ‘borrowed’ it and absconded with her new boyfriend on a journey of self discovery aiming to go to India. It broke down somewhere and they had to hitch hike back to the UK. I was quite young when this happened and I not quite sure what happened to it, I think it was a right off, but maybe its traveling with another family to India or its a fixture in a French garden, who knows?

    Thank you for the giveaway chance slholland22 {at} hotmail {dot} com

  6. My family used to camp a lot when I was a kid. It was great. We slept in tents though. No camper for us. I love being outdoors, We’d cook on the fire or a portable gas stove and go swimming or fishing.

  7. My first car was a red VW bug that I named Old Blue 🙂 Not a camper but still I loved that car! Thanks for sharing your Bertha with us!

  8. I’ve never been much of an outdoorsy kind of person, so glamping really would be one of the last things I would want to do. I can see the appeal for those who do love the Great Outdoors, though.

    Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. I’ve never been lucky enough to glamp but have survived hundreds of nights in a tent or back of an SUV. 🙂 Not so much anymore. I figure I’ve paid my dues and now I’d as soon rent a cabin or vacation home with a hot tub and internet. 😉

  10. My first car was a 1971 Super Beetle, and we had a VW van when I was little. I don’t really go anywhere these days but would prefer Motel 6 to camping at this stage in life. I already have Scrap but would like a chance to win a backlist choice. Thanks! 🙂

  11. I’ve never been camping or even set foot inside a VW van. I can certainly see why you appreciate VW vans (from the list provided). Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway chance!

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