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Title: Ice (Salisbury Series #2)
Author: Chris Quinton and RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Release Date: 07/01/2016
With millions in diamonds at stake, can Jon make Greg see that some things are not worth dying for?
Footloose adventurer Greg Drakowski used to live for the moment but these days shadows of grief and guilt cling to him. Recklessly following one lead to the next, Greg crosses oceans at the very hint of treasure, and doesn’t care that he rushes into danger.
This time his quarry is a cache of diamonds, hidden away decades ago. When the clues bring him to the ancient city of Salisbury, he knows he’s close to success.
Renovations expert Jonathan Ellis is part of Ageless Wood Restorations – three generations of knowledge and trade. Focused and hard-working, Jon finds value in recreating the elegance of the past with his own hands, and it will take something – or someone – extraordinary to break into his enclosed world.
When Greg drops into Jon’s lap he finds it impossible to refuse him. Even when the bad guy appears and Jon isn’t sure whom he can trust, he knows he has to stand by Greg, if only to save the idiot from himself.
Chris Quinton Talks Treasure
Chris Quinton talks Treasure
Many moons ago I was a civvie at Wiltshire Constabulary’s Divisional HQ for over twenty years. During that time I became good friends with the Coroner’s Officer. Stan was something of a rough diamond, and always had the faint aroma of formaldehyde about his person… But corpses aren’t the only things Coroner’s Officers have to deal with. Buried treasure also comes under their remit.
According the the UK’s 1996 Treasure Act, any object may count as treasure provided that it contains at least ten per cent of gold or silver and is at least 300 years old when found. Finds may have been originally deposited in the ground by accident or design, and can be either deliberately hidden for later retrieval, accidental loss, or a votive/ritual deposit. These must be reported to the Coroner’s Officer, and the find’s ultimate fate will be decided by the jury at a Coroner’s Court. This means that occasionally some Very Interesting things ended up passing through our offices, and Stan never failed to let me know about them.
Given the amount of history rife in my part of Wiltshire, Stan had Anglo-Saxon, Romano-British, medieval goodies reported to him. The highlight, though, was a Bronze Age solid gold torc, almost certainly left as a votive offering. Eventually it ended up here in Salisbury’s museum. There’s a picture of it here…
The beautiful thing about gold is that it comes out of the soil in the same state as it when in. This was no exception. As an [amateur] archaeologist, I always got a buzz when I held even a broken pot that’s seen the light of day for the first time in centuries. To hold something that was still perfect after three thousand years… I can’t begin to describe the thrill of it. So I can partially understand the drive in Greg Drakowski in RJ’s and my novel, Ice. In our book, it’s hidden diamonds, the latest in a long line of successful but not necessarily legal treasure hunts Greg has undertaken. With Greg, it’s the hunt itself, as well as the lure of the object. I suppose it’s his version of the imperative that has countless archaeologists on their aching knees in trenches, nursing blisters from trowel handles, skinned knuckles and twinging backs.
About the Author
Chris Quinton started creating stories not long after she mastered joined-up writing, somewhat to the bemusement of her parents and her English teachers. But she received plenty of encouragement. Her dad gave her an already old Everest typewriter when she was ten, and it was probably the best gift she’d ever received – until the inventions of the home-computer and the worldwide web.
Chris’s reading and writing interests range from historical, mystery, and paranormal, to science-fiction and fantasy, writing mostly in the male/male genre. She refuses to be pigeon-holed and intends to uphold the long and honourable tradition of the Eccentric Brit to the best of her ability. In her spare time [hah!] she reads, embroiders, quilts and knits. Over the years she has been a stable lad [briefly] in a local racing stable and stud, a part-time and unpaid amateur archaeologist, a civilian clerk at her local police station and a 15th century re-enactor.
She lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, three dogs, a frilled dragon [lizard] and sundry goldfish and firstname.lastname@example.org
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