Throwback Thursday | Once Around Seven

I was walking the dog along the river just a stone’s throw from our house and thought of Once Around Seven. It was published in July 2018, so not very old, but I thought I’d give it a post now anyway.

About the only thing you can do around here is to go down the river by canoe – I live in the middle of nowhere – so when I was trying to come up with something anyone who was visiting Nortown for the first time could do, canoeing seemed like a good idea.

When Oz is taking a dip, it’s autumn and not early March as the pictures below, but you get the idea. I also included a photo of my companion on the walk, our dog, who’s the inspiration behind Tristan’s dog Og.

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As Joshua looked out over the river again he thought something moved on a rock just a little bit above where the currents really sped up.

“Hey!”

The form moved again, and a moan travelled in the wind. Fuck. He’d hoped he’d imagined it. “Are you all right?” Stupid question.

“Splendid. Thanks for asking.”

Josh smiled. A man judging from the voice and probably not in danger of dying on him. “Well, then, are you planning on sleeping out there tonight or could I perhaps persuade you to join me up here where it’s a little dryer?”

The silence lasted too long for Joshua’s liking. “You still with me?” The man groaned, and Josh’s stomach knotted. Perhaps he was more hurt than he’d assumed. “Wait there. I’m coming to get you.”

He ran back to the branch he’d tripped over and grabbed it. It was long enough for him to test the ground before stepping into the stream. He hoped it wouldn’t be deeper than his waders. “You still with me?”

Poking with the stick, he tested the uneven ground and slipped first one then the other foot into the water. He held on to the grass on the riverbank for a few seconds while trying to determine if it was safe to let go. The current was strong, not enough to pull him down, but if he slipped…

Moving one foot, then the stick, then the other foot, and all the while the tug of the current intensified… The man on the rock was crawling towards him, still out of the water but seemingly prepared to take another dip.

“Wait for me, okay?” Joshua looked at him, blond hair clinging to his forehead and the closer he came the clearer he could hear his teeth chattering. “Oswald?”

The man narrowed his eyes, but the chatter of his teeth didn’t stop. “Great, of course, it’s someone who knows who I am.”

Joshua chuckled. “Sorry, man. May I ask, though, why the late-night swim?”

Oswald groaned, one foot slipping in the black river. “Late night? What time is it?”

“I’m guessing around seven.”

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Once Around SevenOswald Sattle has been sleeping in his Toyota Camry for the last two hundred and seventy-three days, the exact number of days since he discovered his fiancé cheating on him. Now, out of money and out of options, he’s on his way to Nortown. Aiden, an acquaintance from his past, has offered him a job opportunity he can’t turn down, no matter how much he’d like to.

Joshua Roth moved to Nortown four years ago and he has everything he needs—a job, friends, peace and quiet. He’s not looking for a boyfriend; no one even knows he’s gay, and he’d like it to stay that way. But a stranger in town has Joshua rethinking his decision.

Oswald looks like he wants to hide from the world, and Josh finds himself wanting to get him to smile, to feed him, and make everything better.

In a small town, where everyone knows everyone else’s business, reaching for what you want can feel like a risk. But some risks are worth taking.

Part of Seasons of Love Anthology


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Christmas is coming to Nortown

Have you started reading your holiday stories? I haven’t read any yet but looks what’s up for pre-order, yay!

Christmas has arrived to Nortown, and someone has to be Santa during a Christmas party at Jen’s café. That someone is no other than Zachary Fane from Once in May.

John isn’t thrilled. He might like to go Jen’s from some pre-opening-hours breakfast, but a café packed with people is not his idea of fun. But no matter how much he wished he could stay at home in his safe, peaceful home, he finds himself at Jen’s watching from afar as Zachary plays the part of Santa.

Luckily the party comes to an end, and one after another people are leaving until John and Santa are the only two remaining. Now, for some reason you are supposed to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you wish for, so John does just that…

Honey Baked (Nortown #5.5) will be published on November 30th, but it’s up for pre-order in some of the shops and will appear in others in just a couple of days.

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Honey Baked

All John wants is to stay at home in peace and quiet, but when the Santa booked for the town’s Christmas party at Jen’s cafe catches a fever, Zachary decides to take his place. It’s just for a few hours, John should be able to take part in the celebrations like any normal person, but instead, he finds himself hiding in the kitchen, eating loads of the delicious honey baked Brie cheese Jen has made.

Zachary loved the town’s Christmas party as a child, and he wants to spread some holiday cheer both to the kids in Nortown and to John. Being Santa is not as easy as he thought it would be, though. And how he’s gonna be able to lure John out of the kitchen and get him to sit on Santa’s lap, he doesn’t know.


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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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