Up North | When Skies Are Gray


It’s time to introduce Levi Campbell and Madoc Griffiths – the main characters of When Skies Are Gray, the third of the Up North stories. The number doesn’t really matter, they’re all stand-alone and has nothing to do with each other.

When Skies Are Gray is an age gap story. I always think I don’t do age gap, and then I look at my catalogue and realise that yeah, I do LOL. Now, where you draw the line for it being an age gap story or not is a little unclear to me, but when I started writing this I googled and somewhere it said that if a book should be called May/December it had to be at least a fifteen-year age difference.

Madoc is sixteen years older than Levi.

Madoc Griffiths Levi Campbell

Madoc wants what’s best for Levi, and he thinks he knows what that is. Levi is young, he should want to travel and see the world, go on adventures, meet people his own age, create memories. What he fails to understand is that Levi doesn’t want any of that, and despite Levi telling him, he doesn’t listen.

So, to make it easier for Levi to live his life, Madoc breaks up with him because he refuses to be the one who stands between Levi and his dreams.

In a childish act of rebellion or it might just have been plain old stupidity, Levi enlists in the army. He signed a two-year contract that takes him away from everything he ever wanted – but no one can say he didn’t go on an adventure.

When Skies Are Gray will be released on July 18th

JMS-books (20% off)


when skies are grayLevi Campbell made one huge, stupid mistake.

When his older boyfriend fears he’s holding Levi back from fulfilling his youthful dreams, he encourages him to break free and seek adventure. Levi, hurt and confused, does just that … But in an immature act of rebellion, he enlists in the army. The army!

Levi never wanted to be a soldier, and he never, ever wanted to go to faraway places, but he is now committed to serving his country for two whole years.

Madoc Griffiths did the right thing when he let Levi go, he knows he did, but if it was the right thing, then why can’t he move on? Every night he dreams about Levi; every day he misses him. But Levi is young, and Madoc will not stand in the way of Levi following his dreams.

But being a soldier isn’t Levi’s dream.

There is nothing Levi wants more than to do his time and return home to Northfield and fight for his man. Madoc was sure he’d be able to move on, but once he hears Levi will be home on a two-week leave, he can think of nothing except seeing him again. But can he stand to be with his lover for two weeks and then let him leave to fight a war?

Summer/Winter Sale!


It’s July!!!

There have been a lot of sales and giveaways so far this year – anything to keep the mood up, right? And now it’s time for another one.

Every year, Smashwords has a Summer/Winter Sale in July, and that’s one thing that hasn’t been changed this year. There is always, always, a need for more books. The TBR pile can never be too high, can it? Especially not if you’re reading ebooks. So hop on over there and see what you can find.

The sale runs from July 1st to July 31st and my discounted books are the following:

50% off

Crazy Joe

Elevator Pitch

Black Bird

Turning Wood

Pine Tree Mary

Legendary Loves vol. 1

Nine Stones

The Maddest of Men

The Lords of Lettuce

Jaeger’s Lost And Found

It Doesn’t Translate

Happy shopping!

A – Z |Zippadacious

For my Z, I’ve read Zippadacious by A.R. Noble. This is a DRitC story, so it’s free, but most importantly it starts with a Z. Have you any idea how few books that do? And since this isn’t my first A – Z challenge, I’m running out of Z stories.

Zippadacious is about a drag queen and a man who’s working with antiques and collectables. It all starts with a photo shown on TV and from there a relationship is built. There were some confusing moments, but overall I liked the story. Taj is an Australian who’s moved to San Diego, he does what his grandmother wants and studies aboriginal linguistics. The man in the photo is someone he’s seen before…

Travis is instantly attracted to Taj, but Taj is afraid of what Travis will think of him once he figures out his secret. Being a drag queen isn’t something his past boyfriends have accepted, so he runs out on Travis after their first night together to save himself the heartache that’s bound to follow.

The photo doesn’t really play a big part in the story, but it made me think of Windows in Time by M. Jules Aedin for some reason.

It’s a cute short story about acceptance and daring to be yourself.

Download at Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s site

ZippadaciousTravis Garamond has always been a responsible son; he worked every summer in high school to help his family after his father’s illness and death. Now the hospital bills are paid off and everyone expects him to go to college, find a nice guy, and move on. When does he get to live his own life, his own way?

Taj Djaru is also satisfying family expectations. A mixed-race, Aboriginal Australian, he’s studying linguistics helping preserve indigenous folklore, but his academic career needs a boost. He also has a secret passion that his past boyfriends didn’t understand. After his last relationship blew up, he moved across the globe to San Diego.

When they meet, it’s instant lust and genuine like, but Taj fears Travis won’t accept the real man inside. Travis won’t be sidetracked; he knows Taj is the right man for him. If Taj will give them a chance, Travis is sure they can ride off into the sunset together on his vintage Moto Guzzi. And solve a seventy-year old mystery too.

A-Z Title Challenge 2020

A – All I See

B – Bearly Dating

C – Champagne Kisses

D – The Dark Horse

E – Everybody in the Place


G – A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness

H – Howl

I – I Will Meet You at Asphodel’s Pit


K – Killer Cassava!

L – Landslide



O – Out For Delivery

P – Purrfect Harmony

Q – Quill Me Now


S – Set Up

T – Tentacles with Benefits



W – Words

X – Xavier


Z – Zippadacious

I started a Pinterest board for M/M books sorted by title, if you need help finding a title on a certain letter.