Meredith’s latest release is called Cutting Out and is a wonderful shearing novel, much like my own. You can find her post here (http://meredithshayne.com/2014/10/27/meet-the-character-blog-hop/) for her character, Shane.
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Blurb: A twenty-year veteran of the shearing shed, Aussie Shane Cooper loves his job, and the home he’s made for himself in New Zealand. If he’s a little lonely, he’s got good mates to keep his spirits up. When a hot, cocky young shearer named Lachlan Moore catches his eye at a competition, he’s content to look but not touch, knowing the young man is out of his league.
Lachie wouldn’t mind a piece of Shane, but the gorgeous gun shearer from Australia is soon forgotten when the Christchurch earthquake hits, and tragedy strikes Lachie’s family. Lachie deals with it the best he can, cutting himself off from all he knows. A year later and he’s back in the shearing shed, out of practice and lacking confidence. That Shane’s there to watch him flounder doesn’t help his nerves.
As Lachlan struggles to re-acclimatise, Shane can’t resist giving him a hand to get back on his feet. As they move from friends to something more, Shane finds himself wanting to know everything he can about Lachie. But Lachie’s got secrets he desperately wants to keep, and when things come to a head, those secrets might just mean the end of them before they’ve truly begun.
I can’t wait to read this story!
What is the name of your character?
Hank Woods. His real name is Henry, but he dislikes that, so he calls himself Hank.
When and where is the story set?
The story is set in present day and its central location is a little town called Dumbleyung in the rural south-west of Western Australia. Dumbleyung is a very real town, and some of the scenes take place in the historic pub there, but the characters and other locations are fictional.
What should we know about him?
Hank is a shearing gun – one of the top shearers in the state. He was kicked out of home when he was twenty when his father found out he was gay. You see, Hank’s uncle is also gay. Twenty years previous, when the local lads found out about his Uncle Murray, they beat the man rather badly. Hank is scared that he will receive the same sort of attitude. He knows that no one will hire a queer shearer or buy stock from a gay man. So he keeps his orientation firmly to himself.
Enter the new doctor in town – Doctor Elliot Stockton-Montgomery. Elliot is fresh from the city, a bit out of his depth with the country stuff and more than a little lonely. When Hank is injured during a football game, he ends up getting the doctor into the clinic on a Sunday. Elliot accidently lets a couple of lustful glances go, revealing himself to Hank. He comes to Hank’s place to apologise and there starts a great friendship. But will friendship be enough? What happens when they become more than friends?
What is the personal goal of the character?
Hank’s a pretty simple man. He wants a home, a job and to be working the land. He’s never considered a partner in all this – he never thought it was possible. But when he falls in love with Elliot, he is lost. Elliot will be leaving at the end of the year.
He now finds his goals changing – he wants the man too.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
This book is called The Shearing Gun.
Blurb: At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.
Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.
The book was released in September 2014 and is available from:
Barnes & Noble
All Romance eBooks
Beany Sparks is a newbie author and a fellow Perthite. Her newest story out is called Ryan's Wizard.
Blurb: An alpha ends up with more than he bargained for when he finds his mate...his wizard mate.
After years of no contact, Oliver “Olly” Grey was finally able to reunite with his cousin Aiden. He’s surprised to find that Aiden now has a mate—a male, shifter mate—named Lex. And it’s Lex’s pack mates that Olly is there to help save. What he hadn’t expected was Lex’s brother Ryan.
Ryan Shepherd was happy to have found his brother Lex, and even happier to know that his brother was happily mated. But there is something about Aiden’s cousin Olly that Ryan doesn’t trust, especially when he also smells like the man currently holding his pack members captive. Yet that doesn’t stop Ryan from wanting to hold and comfort the man, and eventually he realizes why—Olly is his mate.
Now the four of them need to plan a rescue mission, but what happens when they run into the two men that had held Lex captive and those same men come to the cabin in the middle of the night?