The First Nortown Box Set

Longing for Nortown

Welcome to Nortown, where the men are bearded, the shirts are plaid, and where wood is found in more places than the forest.

Not too long ago the fifth book in the Nortown series saw the light of day. Five stories, no too hard to keep track of, right? Perhaps not, but then there are the .5s. Should be logic, right? Should be book #1, then 1.5, then 2, then 2.5 and so on. And yes, it’s like that…except there isn’t a 1.5, and there isn’t a 5.5 either (Yet. I should say, yet. *whispers* ‘The End’ of a first draft is written).

I’ve always tried to make the novellas standalone stories, but of course, there are details that someone who’s read the story from the beginning will catch that someone who’s started on book 3 might miss. So to make it easier for new readers who want to visit Nortown, and for old readers who maybe got lost in the .5s and got the order mixed up, we’ve created a box set.

It’s Box Set #1 and this is because we’re planning a second box set later on. And while the individual stories are published wide – you can find them on almost any online retailer – the box set is in KU – it’s only available on Amazon and for those subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, it’s free to read.

So if you’re looking for a favourite lumberjack to snuggle up with, check out the box set and perhaps you’ll find him!


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Welcome to Nortown, where the men are bearded, the shirts are plaid, and where wood is found in more places than the forest.

In this box set, you’ll get to know some of Nortown’s inhabitants and follow them on their journey to love.

Once in a Snowstorm: Aiden & Tristan
Aiden gets trapped in a snowstorm in the middle of nowhere and is saved by a real-life lumberjack. Tristan doesn’t want his tranquillity disturbed, but he can’t leave the poor man to freeze to death, and there are more ways than one to warm a person.

Once in a Forest: Tom & Jason
Jason has one rule when it comes to holidays—find a willing body to distract himself with—and this Easter that body will be Tom. Tom doesn’t do relationships, and he doesn’t do flings, but his house grows terribly quiet this Easter, and say what you want about Jason, but he isn’t quiet.

The Empty Egg: Aiden & Tristan
Aiden plans on surprising Tristan with an Easter egg filled with sweet toffees and silky fun, but he grows more and more nervous as the egg gets emptier and emptier.

Once in May: Zachary & John
John is hiding from his ghosts. He has found the perfect little place, far away from people, to do so. Then one day, a huge, bearded man knocks on his door. Zach knows he should leave the skittish man alone, but for some reason, he can’t.

Happy Endings: Aiden & Tristan
Aiden is working hard to get his massage studio off the ground. Tristan thinks he’s working too hard, so when Aiden’s back is giving up on him, he tries to hide it. Tristan, on the other hand, decides it’s time for Aiden to be on the receiving end of a massage.

Content advisory: stories include scenes of explicit intimacy between consenting male adults.


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All’s fair in love and war: The Great Village Bun Fight

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I have this, most likely completely false, idea of  Brits competing in the strangest ways – giant pumpkins and crazy perfect gardens – and now I know they also do it with cupcakes. Compete, that is.

We do it here too…I think. They at least have people competing in cake-baking on TV so I’m assuming we have cupcakes too. I would say there is one big difference, though, one thing I really love about the picture I’m painting of the UK, and that’s these village traditions. We don’t really have that here, not in that way at least.

By now I bet you’re wondering what the heck it is I’m talking about. I’m talking about The Great Village Bun Fight by Debbie McGowan. This is a story about Henry, who begat Herny, who begat Henry, who begat Henry and just so you know I begat a Henry too. If he becomes a baker, we’ll see.

So Henry Jones started a bakery in 1874, and all the Henrys after him were bakers too, until Henry the 8th got into a bit of trouble and Henry the 7th refused to change Henry Jones and Son to Henry Jones and Daughter – it has to do with tradition you see. An end of an era,  which lead to THE Village Bakery opening and left the Joneses without any bakery to call their own.

But as Henry the 9th is denied a wedding cake when he’s to marry his partner because Margaret, owner of THE Village Bakery, can’t give her blessing, things escalate.

This is such a lovely story. I snuggled up with a blanket and a cup of coffee and followed the battle of the bakeries until only one remained :D. The Great Villiage Bun Fight is sweet and funny – the narrator my absolute favourite – and I had this Wallace and Gromit feeling – that’s a compliment, just to make it clear. Wallace and Gromit guard the giant vegetables in their village just as the Joneses and Sharpes guard their giant bun LOL.


40801802All’s fair in love and war. But not in baking.

Part of Seasons of Love Anthology

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Friday Reads: Machete Betty and the Office Sharks

It’s Friday, and I was this (imagine me holing up thumb and forefinger really close together) close to skipping writing a blog post today. But here I am, well caffeinated and ready to tell you about an excellent author I’ve kidnapped – no, not really, but he’s become a good friend of mine.

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A little over a month ago Seasons of Love was released, and one of the authors in the anthology is Neptune Flowers.

Machete Betty and the Office Sharks is one of the most bizarre stories I’ve read this year – in a good way!

Tim is part of a highly professional team trained to spot anomalies, in other words, mass hypnosis and stuff. They’re bored working at their office, but no one has noticed anything strange…or maybe but…

Things escalate pretty fast, even the shark in the screensaver begins to act weird, and soon the team are up to all kinds of things. It can’t be described, it must be read!

It’s hot, it’s surreal, it’s an office romance, and it has a merman. Yup, it’s true, a chain-smoking merman.

And while all this is really really good, the best of all is that Mr Flowers will join Amy Spector and me in this year’s Buried Desires. The manuscripts are with our publisher and have you noticed things getting a little scarier? The evenings are darker, the mist is rolling in over the fields, and there are strange noises here and there. That’s because Halloween is getting closer, people. Ghosts, zombies, and serial killers are on the way…


40801600Tim is in the A team, professionally trained to investigate allegations of the potential mass hypnosis of the nation… But Tim is bored and horny. Who wouldn’t be? The office is full of idiots, and summer just keeps getting hotter and hotter. Reality starts to blur, screensavers come to life, and before he can say jiggyjig, he finds himself cavorting with a chain-smoking foul-mouthed merman.

Tim’s training is forgotten as he becomes immersed in fishy hedonism and office shenanigans. Can he save the day? Or will the team be forever lost in shameful acts of bouncybounce?

Find out in this tail of office boredom and surreal fun.

Warning! This story does not reflect realistic relationships with mermen or sharks.

Part of Seasons of Love Anthology

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