Paint The Sky | Lily G. Blunt

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Paint the Sky


Lily G Blunt
Narrated by Joel Leslie
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 Genre:  Contemporary M/M Romance
Listening Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Lily G Blunt Release Date: 3 Sept. 2015
Language: English
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A love of art... A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment. Starry, starry night... Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest... and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas. But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads. Hold tight to your dreams... Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.
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About the Audiobook Narrator
Joel Leslie was a pleasure to work with throughout.
I love his narration of my story and the way he brought the various characters to life.
Check out his others works here.
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Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I'll paint you.” As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand. Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver. Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch. And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me. This was the beginning of something special.
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I'm offering a choice of either a signed paperback copy of Paint the Sky, an A5 or A6 notebook with a Paint the Sky cover to three lucky winners.
To enter the giveaway please comment on the post on Lily G Blunt's blog saying which of the three gifts you would prefer.
Three winners will be randomly chosen on 3rd October when the
Paint the Sky Audiobook Blog Tour has finished.
cropped-Rainbow-Header copy Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!
Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon. She later published short stories with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing. Lily is excited about joining Pride Publishing for her upcoming story, The Handyman Can.
Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all. She was recently a steward for Pride in London.
Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog called Barney.
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Author Interview: Margaret James

11:05 Daniel Riding 0 Comments

Hi Margaret, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview, I am pleased to welcome you to my blog.

Thank you, Daniel – it’s great to be here!

So tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from and what do you write?

I was born in Hereford, a small cathedral city in the English Midlands where there wasn’t a lot (and still isn’t a lot) for teenagers to do. As soon as I could escape, I did. I went to London University where I took a degree in English, did a lot of reading and set myself up for what was to become my career as a novelist, journalist and teacher of creative writing.

When I left university, I didn’t know if I would be able to earn a living as a writer. So I went into the civil service and stayed there for ten years. I got married, had children, and finally started writing seriously when I was in my middle thirties.

Where do you find your inspiration?

It’s everywhere – in overheard conversations, on hoardings, in magazines, in casual remarks made by friends. But writers of fiction don’t usually take real life and drop it straight into their stories. We refine, we twist, we re-imagine. We say: yes, but what if it hadn’t been quite like that? What if this or that had happened, instead? My novel The Wedding Diary was inspired by a workshop at my local writers’ group, and the question was: suppose you won a dream wedding? Well, that’s perfectly possible, even if the odds are stacked against you! But what if you didn’t have anyone to marry?

As a Creative Writing teacher, what do you think are the most important lessons a writer should learn?

I tell my students to write the kinds of books they want to write rather than force themselves to write crime, romance or whatever if they’re not really interested in crime or romance, but hope to make some money. Readers are good at catching insincere writers out! All students need to be good learners and to realise learning is a two-way process between teacher and student, featuring plenty of give and take. This is a big topic, so I’m now going to direct you to The Creative Writing Student’s Handbook by my fellow creative writing teacher Cathie Hartigan and me. You can read the first chapter free of charge on Amazon. 

What can you tell me about your typical writing day and what your process is?

I’m a night owl rather than a lark, so my average working day (or productive day, at least) is between about eleven in the morning and midnight. Yes, these are long hours, but I’m allowed breaks! I can go out and meet friends, do some shopping, gardening, social networking – it’s not all hard labour at the typeface.

Can you tell me about your journey to publication? How did that all happen?

My journey started a long time ago and everything is different now. What happened to me makes it sound so easy. I wrote a novel, sent it round agents, the first fifty all turned me down, but the fifty-first took me on and sold my first novel as the opening story in a historical trilogy to what is now Sphere.

At that time, Sphere was called Futura and was part of the Robert Maxwell group of companies. When those companies went into liquidation overnight, my troubles as a novelist began, but I was also motivated to start teaching and writing for magazines: so silver linings and so on!

What do your family and loved ones think of your success?

They’re very pleased for me. My sister is my biggest, most loyal fan and my late mother was very proud of me. On the day I got my first publishing contract, my husband brought home champagne and even my infant school age daughters had a sip or several. I am lucky to have such a great family.

So what’s next for Margaret James?

I need to finish a new novel and get it off to my publisher, Choc Lit.

The Fun Stuff:

What is your favourite TV show right now?

Anything with Lucy Worsley in it.

Who is your ultimate celebrity crush?

Ooh, difficult – but I’d quite like to meet Sean Bean, who is a perfect Sharpe in the television series.

Who are your favourite authors?

You can’t ask that – there are dozens, if not hundreds, and I’d hate to leave anyone out.

Which book from another author do you wish you had written?

I think Wuthering Heights is an amazing achievement and I’m astonished that a girl in her twenties could have understood human motivation so well. There’s everything in that story – drama, destructive emotion, redemption, even humour.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions Margaret. You are a star.

So are you – thank you so much for talking to me!

About The Author

Margaret James was born in Hereford, a beautiful cathedral city in the English Midlands. She started writing fiction when her children were very small, and her first novel A Touch of Earth was published in 1988.

Since then, she has expanded her range of writing-related activities to take in journalism, short story writing, teaching creative writing and editing other people's books.

She was delighted when her novel Elegy for a Queen was featured in the UK's Woman and Home magazine in a selection of the five best time slip novels. The fact that Margaret's own favourite time slip novel The House on the Strand was also featured put a big grin on her face!

Since becoming a novelist, Margaret has realised that having a name like Margaret James leads to lots of confusion, and in her next life she intends to have a name that she shares with absolutely nobody else.

When she's not writing, Margaret loves walking, reading anything and everything, gossiping, gardening and eating chocolate. She quite often manages to eat chocolate and write at the same time, which occasionally makes for a somewhat sticky keyboard, but also makes for happy writing.

Just for the record - this Margaret James wrote: A Touch of Earth, Fortune's Favourite Child, The Treasures of Existence, The Snake Stone, A Green Bay Tree, The Ash Grove, A Special Inheritance, The Final Reckoning, Hallowed Ground, The Morning Promise, The Long Way Home, The Penny Bangle, Elegy for a Queen, The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, The Wedding Diary, and she contributed to the anthology Loves Me, Loves Me Not. Margaret's latest novel is Magic Sometimes Happens. The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain and The Penny Bangle are available as a Kindle download entitled The Charton Minster Trilogy.

She was thrilled when The Silver Locket won a prestigious Cataromance Single Titles Award in 2010, and when the cover of The Golden Chain was chosen to feature on the design of a KLM airliner in 2011.The Wedding Diary was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's RoNA award for romantic comedy 2014.

Margaret and Cathie Hartigan are co-authors of The Creative Writing Student's Handbook, which takes students through the entire creative writing process. The Short Story Writer's Workbook is the second of their bestselling guides for writers and is published in ebook and paperback.

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Blog Tour: Christmas at Lilac Cottage | Holly Martin

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Hello folks and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for 'Christmas at Lilac Cottage' by the lovely Holly Martin. I have been so excited to share my review for this wonderful book and as many of you know I am a huge Holly Martin fan. In fact many of you may have already read the interview I did with Holly not so long ago. If you haven't read it yet, or would like to read it again then you can check it out HERE. (link opens in a new window)

Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.
When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.
As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…
While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?
What’s so wonderful about Holly’s books is that they have such a wonderful wit about them, mixed with romance, comedy and everything I love about romantic fiction. This time around however we get a little bonus because her next two books are centered in White Cliff Bay during the Christmas season.
The first of these two books that I have read and loved is ‘Christmas at Lilac Cottage’, and it tells the story of Penny and Henry who are two wonderful characters who I love and wish they were real. With Holly’s books, there is no warming up to the characters or plot, the minute you start reading from page one *BAM* you’re hooked and in love.

The relationships on this book are wonderfully authentic, and how we see them grow and develop after Penny rents out her annex to Henry and his Daughter Daisy. Everyone seems to really like each other, Penny and Henry are attracted to each other and Daisy begins to help Penny with her successful ice carving business. All seems to be working out wonderfully, right? There are a couple of hiccups along the way that really frustrated me, but that is a positive thing because I was rooting for our lovely couple as soon as I learned that Henry really wasn’t a grump. Penny and Henry are both nursing broken hearts and trying to overcome commitment issues, and the way certain issues are dealt with in this book or cleverly and sensitively done.
The ice carving seemed to become a character in itself and it is something I haven’t read about in a work of fiction. The descriptions of the sculptures are lovely and also hilarious when you get to the ones that become a little more than phallic. Speaking of innuendos, it wouldn’t be a Holly Martin book without magical romance and a couple of naughty winks thrown in. Did I mention how Henry is very good with his hands? Bring your minds out of the gutter people, he is a very talented carpenter and furniture designer. So we know he knows how to handle a piece of wood. Ahem.

This is a wonderful book and an excellent start the White Cliff Bay Series. I do hope we get more than 2 books in this setting because it sounds so lovely, and there seems to be plenty of stories to tell with the wonderful cast of characters that Holly has created.

I give this book a festive 10/10

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About Holly Martin
Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years' service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 6 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine's competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. 

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