Debbie McGowan

Biography

Debbie McGowan is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction that celebrates life, love and relationships in all their diversity. Since the publication in 2004 of her debut novel, Champagne—based on a stage show co-written and co-produced with her husband—she has published many further works—novels, short stories and novellas—including two ongoing series: Hiding Behind The Couch (a literary ‘soap opera’ centring on the lives of nine long-term friends) and Checking Him Out (LGBTQ romance). Debbie has been a finalist in both the Rainbow Awards and the Bisexual Book Awards, and in 2016, she won the Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) for her novel, When Skies Have Fallen: a British historical romance spanning twenty-three years, from the end of WWII to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Through her independent publishing company, Debbie gives voices to other authors whose work would be deemed unprofitable by mainstream publishing houses.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
A pine kitchen table with my Kindle, iPad, phone and three receptacles of water (two of which belong to the cat). I am in the kitchen, so coffee's always (too) close by. I have an iMac and it's my best friend in the world.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My job! As well as being an author, I edit and publish stories for other authors. It's the best job, ever!
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Where to find Debbie McGowan online


Where to buy in print


Videos

Hiding Behind The Couch Video Trailer
This is the first trailer for 'Hiding Behind The Couch' - a series of novels and short stories following the lives of 'The Circle' - a group of nine friends from high school who are in their mid-thirties at the start of Book #1. The series is written by Debbie McGowan (that's me). Music featured in the trailer is "Listen to Me", by Brett Mikels; the song inspired the storyline for the third novel (The Harder They Fall). For more music from Brett Mikels, visit brettmikels.com.

In The Stars Part I Video Trailer
This video is a trailer for the book In The Stars (Part I) - Book #4 of 'Hiding Behind The Couch' - a series of novels and short stories following the lives of 'The Circle' - a group of nine friends from high school who are in their mid-thirties at the start of Book #1. Music: "Stars Might Shine", by Albin Loán - albinloan.com. Zodiac signs: Emma Pickering - noirestudios.co.uk. Background stars FootageIsland - www.youtube.com/footageisland.

In The Stars Part II Video Trailer
This video is a trailer for the book In The Stars Part II (Cancer-Sagittarius) - Book #5 of 'Hiding Behind The Couch' - a series of novels and short stories following the lives of 'The Circle' - a group of nine friends from high school who are in their mid-thirties at the start of Book #1. Music featured: "Stars Might Shine", by Albin Loán and "Everybody Lies" by The House of Jed.

Breaking Waves Video Trailer
This video is a trailer for the novella Breaking Waves - part of 'Hiding Behind The Couch' - a series of novels and short stories following the lives of 'The Circle' - a group of nine friends from high school who are in their mid-thirties at the start of Book #1. Music featured: "Roll in Tide", by Katie Thompson.

Series

Hiding Behind The Couch
The story of The Circle... Nine friends from high school, Nine friends for life. Hiding Behind The Couch is an ongoing series of stories, written by Debbie McGowan. The series is based in a fictional location in the north-west of England.
Beginnings
Price: Free!
Ruminations
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!)
Class-A
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!)
No Time Like The Present
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!)
Gray Fisher
Series of novels and stories featuring ex-DCI Gray Fisher, Rob Simpson-Stone, Will Richards and Naomi Silvestri. A spin-off of the Hiding Behind The Couch series.
The WAG and The Scoundrel
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!)
Tabula Rasa
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!)
When Skies Have Fallen
Not a series as such, but a means to connect the novel and the Christmas special
A Snowy Ball
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!)
Checking Him Out
A series about Sol, Adam and their family and friends.
Checking Him Out
Price: Free!
Checking Him Out For the Holidays
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!)
Hiding Out
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!)
Taking Him On
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!)
Checking In
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!)
Seeds of Tyrone
A series of LGBTQ romances by Debbie McGowan and Raine O'Tierney
Leaving Flowers
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!)
Where the Grass is Greener
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!)
Christmas Craic and Mistletoe
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!)

Books

Meredith's Dagger
Pre-release—available August 20, 2019. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
She wished she had died that night. She wished she had died, for to live like this was not to live at all. * * * When Richie Moorcroft takes a housekeeping position to finance his studies, he moves back to his childhood home: an ancient, almost-derelict cottage locals claim is haunted. He never believed the stories, but he and his housemates are about to uncover the cottage’s sinister history.
Play On...
Price: Free! Words: 12,270. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2019 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
Beaten Track authors present Play On... A Valentine's Day collection of short stories, poetry and prose, inspired by the songs of ABBA.
Highlights
Price: Free! Words: 4,070. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2019 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
The one where Notes from Boston’s Amelia Roberts takes a much-needed vacation to England and runs into Shaunna Hennessy from Hiding Behind The Couch—a fortuitous meeting for both.
The Great Pretendo
Price: Free! Words: 1,240. Language: British English. Published: December 31, 2018 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(2.00 from 1 review)
He’s a fast-talking, dishevelled inventor trapped in a world he never made. She’s a transdimensional renegade magician’s assistant trying to make a difference in a man’s world. Together, they fight crime!
The Advent of Reason
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 47,520. Language: British English. Published: December 20, 2018 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A weekend in an ancient castle and a murder-mystery game that becomes all too real. It's safe to say Josh's plans for a romantic anniversary with George are not turning out how he'd hoped. In spite of his cynicism, and his promise not to embark on any more life-threatening pursuits for answers, when one of the guests turns up dead, Josh can't help but put his talents to use to solve the murder.
Goth of Christmas Past
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 100,230. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2018 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Now in their mid-twenties, Krissi and Jay have been BFFs since high school. While one of them is moving forward with their life, the other is revisiting the past and wallowing in regret. Between career commitments, unresolved family matters and friends springing unwelcome surprises, they have more than enough drama to contend with…and it’s Christmas. Yay.
Seasons of Love
Price: $9.99 $5.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 197,330. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2018 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Love follows no rules. Like sun in winter and rain in summer, love can blossom in the most unexpected places. This richly diverse collection of ten stories proves that love is as universal and as varied as the seasons.
The Great Village Bun Fight
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 22,310. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2018 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
All’s fair in love and war. But not in baking. Part of Seasons of Love Anthology.
Upstaged: An Anthology of Queer Women and the Performing Arts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,300. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2018 by Supposed Crimes, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Drama/Theatrical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Everything from actual plays to space operas to period pieces to contemporary romance. These talented storytellers captured womanhood, and women on stage and screen, in all their beautiful, wonderful glory. There are erotic and sensual tales, gender non-conformity, trans women, lesbians and bisexuals, politics, falling in love, parenting, youthful crushes, opera, toe-tapping musical numbers.
Tabula Rasa
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch · Gray Fisher. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 104,250. Language: British English. Published: June 21, 2018 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
When Rob fails to arrive at his leaving do, his former boss/new PI business partner Gray Fisher can’t understand why nobody else is worried Rob is MIA, never mind that Gray is missing out on a night in with Will. As the reasons unfold, Gray’s past recklessness threatens to catch up with him, putting those he holds close in danger and forcing both Rob and Gray to forge reluctant alliances.
What A Scorcher!
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: Free! Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2018 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Iris and Pauline are on their holidays! It's only a fortnight's house-sitting, but it'll do. The sun's cracking the flags, there's not a whisper of wind. And who needs fancy seaside resorts, anyhow? Part of the Hiding Behind The Couch series. What A Scorcher! is a stand-alone flash fiction story with no real spoilers.
A Snowy Ball
Series: When Skies Have Fallen, 1.5. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 14,770. Language: British English. Published: December 19, 2017 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
London: December, 1981. A White Christmas is on the cards, but as the temperature drops, the pressure on Arty mounts. He’s got far too much planned in the coming days to have it all buried under a mountain of snow. Between his retirement surprise for Jim and the Christmas party at the dance school, Arty might need to curtail his daydreaming a little to ensure everything comes together.
Never Too Late
Price: $9.99 $5.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 128,860. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2017 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Never Too Late is a collection of nine stories featuring characters over the age of fifty – stories of travel, finding your purpose, of friendships past and present, and of love. Never Too Late brings you to a world where gender sees no borders, where the only way you’re identified is by the goodness of your heart.
To Be Sure
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 25,220. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2017 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Saorla Tierney’s sons are conspiring against her, and at their age, they should know better. After all, she’s nearly seventy-one herself, and, quite frankly, whether she still ‘has needs’ is none of their business. Between her grandson’s unconventional baptism and the decades-long feud between her sons, even with Aileen at her side it’s not as easy a decision as they seem to think. Or maybe it is.
So Long, Little Black Diamonds
Price: Free! Words: 5,990. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2017 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Friendship
So Long, Little Black Diamonds: a short and glorious true tale of friendship, and a dog on wheels. (NOTE: deals with the terminal conditions of cancer of the fallopian tube and canine degenerative disorder.)
The Making Of Us
Series: Checking Him Out, 4. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 97,530. Language: British English. Published: June 20, 2017 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » New adult
When English Lit. student Jesse Thomas meets Leigh Hunter, he has to reconsider a few assumptions he's made about himself. As a straight, cismale ally, he keeps a low profile—not difficult for someone so shy and body-conscious. Leigh is intersex and identifies as queer—none of which alters Jesse’s conviction that they are the most beautiful person in the world. This is their story.
Reunions
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $6.99 $3.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 238,630. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2017 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Literature » Literary
When greed, fear and obsession rule the senses, danger is never more than a heartbeat away. A night of celebration affords the perfect opportunity for an unlikely band of criminals to make their move, but as details emerge, it soon becomes clear the crime is far more sophisticated than the police first thought. And that's only the beginning. (Hiding Behind The Couch Season Seven)
Of The Bauble
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 38,090. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2016 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
When nineteen-year-old Kieran O’Sullivan takes a trip to the attic for the Christmas decorations, it proves to be an illuminating experience. Of the Bauble is a young adult, biromantic/non-binary fantasy romance.
Class-A
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 10,950. Language: British English. Published: December 1, 2016 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Simon is young and handsome. To the people around him, he looks like he's got it all - money, looks, a future with a wife... All mapped out by his parents. But Simon is gay. And Simon is high. And when Simon sees his fake girlfriend Jess alongside a boy called Taz, suddenly all the choices explode. Will Simon follow his orders? Or will he follow his heart?
The WAG and The Scoundrel
Series: Gray Fisher · Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 87,060. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2016 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
Three years after his partner's death, Gray Fisher is ready to move on from police work. He's not looking for love, but he welcomes Will's friendship. Will Richards is an investment banker with a farmhouse menagerie of rescue animals. When former colleague, Rob Simpson-Stone, asks for Gray's help with case, he's reluctant to get involved...until Rob reveals the identity of one of the suspects.
Those Jeffries Boys
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 101,580. Language: British English. Published: May 28, 2016 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Three brothers: doting dads, dealing with the everyday challenges of fatherhood. Mike Jeffries has one priority: his six-month-old daughter. Andy Jeffries has finally found the perfect challenge: keeping the woman he loves satisfied and raising their twin daughters. Dan Jeffries is about to become a father for the second time, and he’s terrified, not that he’s the kind of man to admit it.
Chain of Secrets
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 36,110. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2016 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Josh and George have always shared the special bond of friendship. From days in primary school, to holidays spent riding their bikes along the canal, theirs is a promise to remain best friends forever. But can that promise withstand the trials of adolescence, and the changes in their feelings towards each other?
Love Unlocked
Price: $9.99 $5.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 157,510. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2016 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Love Unlocked is a collection of seven short stories and novellas - unique LGBTQ romances inspired by the Love Lock Bridge. The Stories: The Trap by Claire Davis and Al Stewart Writer’s Lock by Victoria Milne Locked in the Moment by Dawn Sister The Weekend by J P Walker The Scarlet Lock by Caraway Carter He Melted Us by Ofelia Gränd Chain of Secrets by Debbie McGowan
Christmas Craic and Mistletoe
Series: Seeds of Tyrone, Book 3. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 113,980. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Two couples, two unique stories of love at Christmastime… Harrison and Paulo were once passionate lovers—until tragedy tore them apart. Michael’s coming out didn’t go down well. But he has a guardian angel on his side—his unrequited long-term crush, Tom. Will the magic of Christmas in Ireland be enough to see these two couples through?
Checking In
Series: Checking Him Out, 3. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 75,620. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Freelance engineer Sol Brooks is in hot demand. He's landed a couple of big contracts and is all set for a business trip back to the other side of the pond. The last thing he needs is an unexpected visitor to complicate his departure. Especially when that visitor puts his relationship with husband Adam on rocky ground...
Where the Grass is Greener
Series: Seeds of Tyrone, Book 2. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 76,850. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Mistakes were made, that’s for sure. But was it the night of passion? Or walking away afterward? That's the question Seamus Williams faces when he gets a late-night phone call from someone he never expects to hear from again—cowboy Chancey Bo Clearwater. But a world of problems now stand between Seamus and Chancey exploring what might have been, the least of which being the Atlantic Ocean.
Taking Him On
Series: Checking Him Out, 2. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 78,810. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » New adult
It's almost a year since Noah told Matty they needed to cool it, believing it was the sensible thing to do. After all, they were too intense and both failing uni. Now, with Matty weeks from taking up his place at a prestigious London dance academy, Noah is desperate to make the most of the little time they have left. It's only a temporary separation, and they are forever. Or so he'd thought.
When Skies Have Fallen
Series: When Skies Have Fallen, 1. Price: Free! Words: 71,080. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
For many in war-torn 1944, love blossoms in the dance hall, and airman Arty Clarke is no exception. He’s a thinker and a dreamer; however, it’s not the beautiful, talented dancer in his arms—his best friend Jean—who inspires his dreams. For when his gaze meets that of Technical Sergeant Jim Johnson, Arty dares to imagine a different dance.
Leaving Flowers
Series: Seeds of Tyrone, Book 1. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 68,900. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shy and awkward since childhood, Aidan Degas is now a man lost. His twin Nadia died tragically young, leaving him nothing but his job and the flowers he lays upon her grave. Patrick loves being assistant groundskeeper at the cemetery, but Aidan is so damaged that even with Patrick’s warm heart and Irish charm, it might not be enough to bring him back from the edge.
Breakfast at Cordelia's Aquarium
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: Free! Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is a very short, fun interlude in the Hiding Behind The Couch series. Unlike the rest of the series, which is written in third-person (semi-omniscient) past tense, this short story is written in first-person present tense. It has no real bearing on anything else that happens in the series; it is what it is: an Easter Egg.
Two By Two
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $6.99 $3.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 247,740. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Two pregnancies, two babies, two troubled teens. Two psychologists hunting down the leader of a deadly cult. When Libby takes a stand against her abusive parents, Josh and George readily make her part of their family, but her parents may have been involved in something more sinister. Two unexpected guests seek sanctuary in Shaunna and Andy's new home, but that's not all. Someone is watching them.
Hiding Out
Series: Checking Him Out, 1.2 · Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 24,230. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Hiding Behind The Couch meets Checking Him Out: Josh is heading to Norwich for the mentoring workshop Sean was due to give. Matty is agonising over his impending dance show. Noah - Matty's on-again, off-again boyfriend - has promised to be there. Can Josh and Matty face their fears? Will the Sandison-Morleys' get the young men to express their feelings to each other before it's too late?
Cherry Pop Valentine
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 12,130. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Their band’s new single is due to be released in four days’ time, and lovers Sven and Flavier are beyond excited. It’s tipped to be a big hit, and Flav can’t wait to see the online reaction to the promo film he’s made. But when he joins Sven in bed, he can’t even begin to imagine the fallout that will ensue when he awakes, and all his dreams are shattered with just one click of an upload button.
Ruminations
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 75,170. Language: British English. Published: February 14, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Coming of age
Josh Sandison has waited his whole life to go to university. Gifted—and bullied for being different—he hopes it will be a change for the better. Instead, he encounters the unexpected, when strange things start happening in his room. When Sean Tierney arrives at university, three days late and broke, the two strike up an unlikely friendship. But can they solve the spooky mystery of the third floor?
Coming Up
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,560. Language: British English. Published: December 30, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Dear Dad, God, how to start? I’m not really a girl. I know I look like one, but it’s all a horrible mistake. Every day I try to hide it, but I’m so tired. I don’t want to hide it. I don’t think I can much longer. I’ve got a girlfriend. ’Cause I’m a boy. Only, she doesn’t know. But, Dad. If I have the operation, she need never know. Dad, I love her. So much. (sexual swear words / intimacy)
Checking Him Out For the Holidays
Series: Checking Him Out, 1.1. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 24,210. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Freelance engineer Sol Brooks doesn't do the festive season. He thinks it's boring and overly sentimental. With the rest of the household laid up with 'the flu', Sol's planned on using the time to crack on with some work. His mother, however, has other ideas. And so does Sol's husband, Adam.
Red Hot Christmas
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 34,120. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shaunna has a complicated Christmas ahead of her. For more than twenty years, she and Kris were a couple. Now Kris has a new boyfriend, Ade, and Andy is love with Shaunna…she know what she wants, but it all adds up to a Christmas that might just be too hot to handle.
A Midnight Clear
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 29,050. Language: British English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. It's a cold, desperate December when a young girl flees home, in search of food, shelter and the real Santa Claus. Stranded in George and Josh's hometown, she discovers that the spirit of Christmas can be found in the most unexpected of places. Includes the story of The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 12: Sagittarius
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 43,100. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Legal
A revelation leaves the friends reeling, bringing this season to a head as old secrets die hard. But with a terrifying hostage situation, they won’t be the only ones waiting, as not everyone escapes alive… Sagittarius is Episode 12 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch) following the longstanding friends, The Circle, through the last of twelve eventful months.
Sugar and Sawdust
Price: Free! Words: 12,860. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Jorje's sister worries about him. He's a successful model with a serious passion for fashion—a pretty boy, who looks a lot younger than his twenty-two years. And he's sweet and kind. Guys take advantage of him. So it's not looking good, when Jorje wakes up with no recollection of the night before, a whopping hangover and a ton of missed calls from Taylor…and a mystery guy in the bed.
Checking Him Out
Series: Checking Him Out, 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,680. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Engineer Sol Brooks is a happily married man, so people keep telling him. He loves Elise, and she loves him. They’ve got a great apartment that’s kept its value, they’re both up for promotion, and he can hook up with any guy he likes - all the sex he wants, so long as it’s of the “no strings” variety. And that’s all fine and dandy...until a chance meeting at the checkout.
Crying in the Rain
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 58,280. Language: British English. Published: November 11, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
For many years, Ade Simmons has been an outsider, trapped in an abusive relationship, seeking sanctuary in his job. Actor Kris Johansson is patient, gentle and passionate—everything that Ade's ex-boyfriend is not. When Kris takes a role in one of Ade's plays, the attraction is mutual and instant. But his ex will not give up his punchbag so easily—can Ade finally find the strength to fight back?
In The Stars Part II, Episode 11: Scorpio
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 35,780. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Legal
The Circle try to move on with their lives, optimistic for a return to normality. But something is amiss, and Josh is intent on solving the puzzle. Shaunna and Andy are in need of TLC…or perhaps a touch of meddling will save the day? Scorpio is Episode 11 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch) following the longstanding friends, The Circle, through the eleventh of twelve eventful months.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 10: Libra
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 37,000. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The morning sun rises, bringing surprises from beyond the grave and some welcome wisdom from Oliver Brown. The heat is on—until a concerned visitor dowses the flames of passion. The double burden of fame and loss begins to take its toll. Libra is Episode 10 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch) following the longstanding friends, The Circle, through the tenth of twelve eventful months.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 9: Virgo
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 22,990. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Kris struggles with his own demons to reconcile with Ade; Shaunna and Andy fight their desires; an unwelcome guest turns up to bid on old friend farewell. As The Circle battle their grief, can they support each other through to the other side? Virgo is Episode 9 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch) following the longstanding friends, The Circle, through the ninth of twelve eventful months.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 8: Leo
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 40,060. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Life is getting serious, blurring the line between love and loss. It’s Toby’s first birthday, with surprises all round, Josh abandons professionalism to help a desperate client; Andy treats himself to something he’s wanted for a very long time. Leo is Episode 8 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch) following the longstanding friends, The Circle, through the eighth of twelve eventful months.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 7: Cancer
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 38,380. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Dan is about to find out that being a careful driver is sometimes not enough; An old lover’s return rekindles fond memories for Alice; Sean works his psychology magic on the ever-stubborn Jess. Cancer is Episode 7 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch) following the longstanding friends, The Circle, through the seventh of twelve eventful months.
Breaking Waves
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 22,470. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
What do you do when you fall in love with your childhood best friend? Do you tell them and risk ruining the friendship? Now, thirty years on, the secrets are out in the open. But can two hearts almost destroyed by denial and separation ever be healed? Fill in the gaps by joining George and Josh on their Cornish honeymoon against an awe-inspiring backdrop of breaking waves, sand and sunshine.
In The Stars Part II: Cancer–Sagittarius
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $5.99 $3.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 209,260. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The Circle is in flux. It’s been a hectic six months, and as the friends head into the heat of summer, more trials await that will truly test the bonds of friendship. In The Stars Part II explores the day-to-day lives of The Circle—nine friends from high school, now in their late thirties—following them through the second half of a year of celebration, loss, illness and life-changing decisions.
In The Stars Part I, Episode 6: Gemini
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 34,450. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
It’s quiz night at the Red Lion—time for The Circle to pit their wits against the rest of the regulars…and each other. The sound of wedding bells is, most definitely, in the air! Gemini is Episode 6 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch) following the longstanding friends, The Circle, through the sixth of twelve eventful months. The story continues in Breaking Waves and Episode 7: Cancer.
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