Friday, 26 August 2016

Cover & Blurb Reveal Plus Giveaway - Snow In Montana (Montana #4) - RJ Scott



Author: RJ Scott

Release Date: December 7 2016

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 50,000 words

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Blurb

An actor in the closet, a sheriff stuck in a rut, and memories that won’t stay hidden. Will Christmas at Crooked Tree be cancelled?

Jordan Darby is known as the King of Christmas. The star of eight made-for-TV Christmas movies; he is the leading man that always gets his girl. Filming at Crooked Tree in an icy, snowy March he is fighting studio execs, and his fears of exposure, over one huge secret. After all, who the hell would hire him if it came out that their romantic lead was gay?

Sheriff Ryan Carter is advising on the new movie being made at Crooked Tree. He had hoped this would be one day of work and nothing else. Until that is, he meets the sexy hero of the movie. Jordan is spiky, resigned, angry, stuck in the closet and everything that Ryan doesn’t need in his life. Until that is, lust becomes part of the equation.

Against the chaos that has overtaken the ranch, Adam regains a memory that threatens his love with Ethan, and it is Justin who has to make sense of it all for everyone. Only through trusting in love and friendship can these two men, learn to look to the future, instead of letting the past destroy everything.

And then maybe, for everyone at Crooked Tree, there can be peace by Christmas.



Author Bio:

RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing. 

RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.


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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Volatile (Treacherous Chemistry #1) by Avylinn Winter



Author: Avylinn Winter

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Length: 72,000 words

The Violinist (Now called Volatile), won a Watty award in 2015 in the LGBT+ category. The Wattys is the world’s largest online writing contest hosted once a year by Wattpad.

Blurb

Like a depressed moth drawn to a wild flame, Chris hoped that flame would brighten his life, not burn him alive.

Chris Sinclair fades into a grey world after losing his mother to cancer. When forced to attend a concert as a last attempt to coax him out of his shell, he discovers that life might not be as bleak as he first thought.

Dante Heron holds the audience between the tips of his fingers and the delicate bow, playing the violin as if every heart is his to command. However, something darker brews behind the fa├žade, and Chris is determined to solve the enigma.

When Chris is offered the job of traveling around Europe with the famous violinist, he surprises himself by accepting. With no idea what awaits him, he's thrown into a world where emotions rule and rules are bent.

They're a perfectly dysfunctional match, but then there's always calm at the heart of 
the storm.



My thoughts

This is going to be a hard review for me to write. Volatile is a wonderful book and flawlessly written, it just wasn’t a book for me. But, I have absolutely no doubt that my reasons for finding this a harder story to read will be the main reasons others are going to adore it.

But, let me start with everything that was wonderful about this book before I get to my very personal reasons for having a hard time with it. This is a very well written story. The words and descriptions hooked me from the moment I started reading. I really felt as if I was in Chris’s head, I could feel his gloom, I shared his fears and excitement, and his pain tore through me.

Because we experience everything that happens through Chris’s eyes and thoughts, and Chris is ‘only’ twenty years old and therefore not yet very world wise, Dante remained almost as much of an enigma to me as he was for Chris. But, and this was done very well, I did have a better understanding of what might be going on with the talented violinist than Chris had. But, to be fair, Chris was still fighting a few demons of his own, which made it harder for him to recognise Dante’s.

That’s what this story is about; two troubled and fragile young men trying to find and keep their footing in a world that appears to expect them to live, act, and perform in a manner well beyond their age. I think my heart started breaking about two paragraphs into the story, and it didn’t stop until I had almost finished the book.

And that, in a nutshell, is my personal issue with this book. I don’t do angst. I don’t deal with it very well and avoid it in my reading when I can. And there’s angst a plenty in Volatile and it is very well done. While a lot of the angst is the result of Chris and Dante just not communicating with each other—one of my pet peeves— it made perfect sense in this story. In fact, if they had talked about all their issues with each other, it would have been completely out of character. Given who they are, their ages, and individual histories, their relationship couldn’t have developed in any other way. But, knowing all of that, did not make it easier for me to read.

Long story short; if you enjoy very well written stories, featuring two fascinating young men building a troubled relationship, and a liberal dose of angst, this is THE book for you. Go read it and enjoy while I try to figure out whether or not I want to read the next book when it comes out. Because on the one hand, Avylinn Winter is a wonderful writer and storyteller, but on the other hand, my heart can only take so much angst.

Author Bio

Raised in one of the cold corners of the world, Avylinn spends her days either wrapped up in a blanket or basking in the precious sunlight. When she can’t choose herself, she’s holed up in an office working with climate research that has little to do with the worlds and characters she creates in her vivid dreams.

Always the emotional one, she has found her outlet in writing, voicing thoughts, emotions and fears through her characters that feel very much alive to her. And, what began as a hobby soon took more and more time in her life until she realized that she had left her old life behind and entered a new one where her emotions turned into a super power—ready to launch at her poor readers.

She recharges with the help of coffee, cinnamon buns, popcorn and occasionally a healthier alternative.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Custom Fit by Josephine Myles

Release Blitz & Giveaway- Josephine Myles - Custom Fit (Tailor Made #2) 



Author: Josephine Myles

Release Date: August 23 2016

Buy Links: Amazon US  Amazon UK  kobo  Smashwords 

Cover Design: Lou Harper

Length: 42,000 words

Tailor Made (Tailor Made #1) buy links: Amazon US  Amazon UK  kobo  Smashwords  AllRomance

Blurb

Being “wrong” has never felt so right!

Felix McAvoy is having an identity crisis. No longer the bad boy of art college, he’s now employed as a human billboard, roaming the centre of Bath dressed as a Roman soldier while attempting to fight off his nicotine cravings. It’s a comedown for the former conceptual artist, although there are compensations to the costume. The skirt, for one…

While Felix hasn’t made a secret of his desire to wear women’s clothing, he’s never dared try it until now. He’s always been worried once he goes down that road, he won’t want to come back, and the prospect of cross-dressing 24/7 terrifies him. Of course, he can’t tell that to Andrew, who’s now busy making Felix a slutty red dress.

Andrew Wheeler loves coming home to Felix and their cosy city centre flat. He just wishes Felix would let him know what’s bothering him. And maybe then, Andrew could confide what he really wants. Felix might not see him as anything other than a top, but Andrew’s yearning to switch things up.

Living together is one thing. Actually plucking up the courage to talk about their secret desires is going to be a whole other—and excruciatingly embarrassing—kettle of fish.

Excerpt – NSFW!

Felix pulled on the skirt and stared into the mirror. Okay, that wasn’t as bad as he’d been expecting. The burgundy faux leather that Andrew had tutted over last night felt cool against his legs, and the way it draped over his crotch was… interesting. Felix gave an experimental twirl, watching in the mirror as the heavy fabric flared out ever so slightly. Ooh, that was weird. But good weird. Probably. Yeah, definitely.

Suited him too. With his pale skin and dark hair, Felix always looked good in strong colours. And the skirt would totally go with his cherry red Doc Martens. Shame they weren’t part of his new uniform.

Felix cocked his hip and pouted.

“Mmm, looking good,” came Andrew’s voice from behind him.

Felix whirled around. Andrew’s sleep-rumpled blond head was poking up from under the thin cotton sheet. “Oh my God, I thought you were asleep.” He’d woken up extra early what with it being the first day at his new job as a human billboard, but he’d taken extra care to keep quiet while showering and getting dressed so Andrew could enjoy his lie-in. “Sorry. Was I making too much noise?”

“I just couldn’t sleep properly. It’s so hot in here.”

“Yeah, even with the window open. Bloody seagulls woke me up. Noisy bastards.” Felix walked over to the window and threw the curtain back. He stared out over the Bath rooftops. The view from their new attic flat was amazing, which kind of made up for the noise and the heat. And best of all, the central location meant he only had to wake up about half an hour before starting work. Thinking of which… He could hear Andrew getting up behind him. Why would anyone voluntarily get out of bed on their day off? “I should go and make a cuppa,” Felix grumbled.

Andrew’s hands landed on his waist, and then the whole hot length of him was pressed up against Felix’s back. Talk about morning glory! Felix could feel that monster trying to burrow its way up and under the pleather. He’d already managed to persuade his own hard-on to give up, but he could feel it rousing again. He wiggled his bum and Andrew thrust against him.

So good! “Uhh, not fair. I have to get ready.”

“I’ll help you.”

“I’d be quicker on my own.”

Andrew’s voice rumbled against Felix’s neck as he nibbled on the sensitive spot just under his ear.

Mmm, that always got him going. Sneaky bastard. “Yes, but it’ll be more fun this way.”

The protest on Felix’s lips died as Andrew ran his hands up under the skirt.

“I like this easy access,” Andrew said, grabbing hold of Felix’s dick. “Hmm, so does somebody else by the feel of it.”

Felix thrust into Andrew’s hand. “It feels weird, though.”

“Weird how?”

Andrew sounded genuinely interested, so Felix did his best to explain the half-formed thoughts and feelings swirling around inside him. “Weird in a way that makes me kind of worried. I don’t know, like I might like it too much? And you know, it’s kind of feminine. More than a kilt, anyway. People might laugh at me.”

“I think once you’ve got the rest of the costume on you’ll be fine. It won’t look feminine when you’re kitted out like a Roman soldier. And besides, it’s not that girly a skirt. It’s got pockets. Womenswear hardly ever has pockets. The girls at college complain about it all the time.”

Andrew should know all about that kind of thing seeing as how he was on a fashion design course, but that wasn’t quite what Felix had been getting at. Mind you, he still wasn’t entirely sure he understood what he was feeling, so he gave up trying to explain. Instead he wiggled his arse some more. “Think we’ve got time for a quickie?”



My thoughts

To say I was delighted when I discovered Andrew and Felix from Tailor Made would make a second outing, would be a gross understatement. I had so much fun spending time with them in the first book that I couldn’t wait to see what might be in store for them next.

The blurb gives you a pretty good, and very enticing, idea of what the story is about. But it doesn’t tell you everything. This book is about far more than Felix coming to terms with his desire to wear women’s clothing and Andrew’s fear when it comes to bottoming. This is the story about two men learning how to be in a relationship together, discovering how to give and take, finding out what they can and can’t compromise on and, more than anything, finding the courage to trust that they are good enough for each other just and exactly as they are.

The journey they undertake towards that feeling of safety within their relationship is not without its obstacles. Felix, who’s breezed his way through college like a free spirit without a concern in the world, has a hard time coming to terms with the fact that sharing an flat and life means boring things like jobs with a fixed income and regular working hours. Andrew on the other hand is an expert when it comes to regulating his life and has to try and get his head around the fact that Felix is not as organised and money conscious as he is. And then there’s the fact that Andrew can’t convince himself that he might be good enough for Felix, as well as exactly the man Felix needs. Felix on the other hand isn’t sure Andrew will accept his desire to wear women’s clothing, basically because he hasn’t accepted it himself yet, and ends up keeping secrets from Andrew.

Anybody who’s followed my reviews will know that characters not talking to each other about important issues is one of my pet peeves. But in this book it works. Andrew and Felix are still so new to each other they just don’t feel safe enough to share their deepest thoughts and desires, or to press for answers. What’s more, any and all issues were dealt with in an adult and sensible way.

Before you think this book might be heavy reading, allow me to reassure you. Felix and Andrew are fun, the banter between them is smart and at times laugh-out-loud funny and together they made my kindle steam with their sexy times.

If you enjoy your stories well told, truly English, funny, and with depth I strongly advise you to pick up Tailor Made and Custom Fit. You won’t regret it.

Related review: Tailor Made


Author Bio

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo’s novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She writes for publishers but has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the ebook creation process to someone else. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an incessantly curious toddler.

Website and blog: http://josephinemyles.com/


Twitter: @JosephineMyles

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Shatterproof Bond Series by Isobel Starling - Series Review Tour

Isobel Starling - Shatterproof Bond Series

 

Author: Isobel Starling

Series Buy Links: Amazon US  Amazon UK All Romance

Blurb:

As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond #0.5)

1 wedding, 2 best men, one hell of a love story!

This contemporary M/M romantic comedy is set at the Scottish castle wedding of Annabelle Aiken to Scotsman Oliver Ramsay. Oliver’s brother Declan is to be joint best man, sharing the duties with Annabelle’s ‘kid’ brother, Samuel Aiken. However, both men have never actually met. Sam Aiken has been abroad, studying and working as an interpreter and he wouldn’t meet Declan until a few days before the wedding. But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the ‘kid’ isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Sam makes Declan laugh like no other, and Declan is alarmed by the ferocious attraction he begins to feel for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

But is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?

Illuminate the Shadows (Shatterproof Bond #1)

In this M/M comedy thriller we continue where “As You Wish” ended.

The charming, mysterious Samuel Aiken has turned Declan Ramsay’s life upside down and Declan has experienced a remarkable change. He has come to terms with the fact he is bisexual, and he has fallen head-over- heels in love with his employer’s son. However, falling for his boss’s son was never going to be an easy path to happiness, mainly because the boss in question is multi-millionaire property tycoon and former MI5 operative, Sir James Aiken. Sir James is repulsed by his son’s homosexuality, and the lovers cannot hide from his looming presence for long. Soon enough James makes his move, and Declan finds out what he will have to endure to stay with Sam, and what he will have to give to feel worthy of Sam's love.

Return to Zero (Shatterproof Bond #2)

Pulled into a world of secrets and lies for the man he loves, Declan Ramsay’s life has changed immeasurably in the eight months since meeting, and falling for Sam Aiken. Declan journey of personal discovery is about to take a darker turn, and for Sam, the world becomes more treacherous than he could ever have imagined. Two A.L.L employees are missing -- presumed dead, while at an outdoor adventure centre in the Scottish Highlands. Sir James Aiken sends his son and Declan to follow the trail, and discover their fate. Declan is keen to get started. However, Sir James sees to it that seeds of doubt and discord have been sewn between the couple. The journey to their Highland location, and the discoveries they make when they reach the G’wan Adventures centre, prove that Sir James Aiken has been less than honest with his son. Events in the Highlands force Sam and Declan to face their greatest fears, and understand what they both really want from life -- and from each other.

Author Bio

Inspiration strikes at the strangest of times. 

Born in Germany, I spent most of my twenty-year professional career making art. I relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, I started to write and found I loved it more than making art. 

My first novel “Schonling” was a best seller in the GLBT-Bisexual genre on the ‘AllRomance eBooks’ site. I have just completed my sixth book, and am writing my seventh and eighth books consecutively. I have recently signed French translation rights for the whole Shatterproof Bond series. The first book in the series As You Wish will be published in France in October 2016, a year after its original release.

I adore the M/M genre. I enjoy writing about wounded souls and the complexities of personal relationships. Despite not having found proof yet, I believe in love at first sight and endeavour to give my M/M characters a thrilling journey and a satisfying ending.


My reviews

Below I’ll share the highlights of the reviews I wrote for these three books. For the full versions, please click on the link at the end of each review.

As You Wish

As You Wish is good, fast-paced, engrossing, lighthearted, sexy and thoroughly enjoyable story. Between the Princess Bride references, the intense chemistry and delightful banter between the Declan and Same, a touch of mystery and virtually no angst, this book was pure enjoyment at its best.


Illuminate the Shadows

This story doesn’t contain a boring paragraph, but does give us two hot protagonists and as many heart-stopping as laugh-out-loud-funny moments. If you like to be swept up in a story you’ll want to finish in one sitting, this is the book for you!


Return to Zero

Return to Zero nudges the suspense up quite a bit and shows us so far undisclosed sides to both Declan and Sam. The third book in this series confirmed once again what the two earlier books had already established; they contain what for me is the exact right balance of suspense, humour, sexiness, romance and feels. 






Sunday, 21 August 2016

That Darn Muse: The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk by Dan Skinner



42 pages
E – book
Buy links:      Amazon         Amazon UK    Smashwords

The blurb:

He's a middle-aged, newly single, gay photographer starting life over. Along comes a freshly out nineteen-year-old, irreverent free spirit who wants to be his apprentice. Mismatched by more than a generation, what could possibly go wrong? Everything! And it's AWESOME! 

Dirk's First Time. Every gay boy has his first experience. Usually it's a memorable, exciting personal time of discovery and intimacy between two young people. But two comic book characters? Is it horseplay or Cosplay? 

The Boy At The Gym. First impressions can be deceiving. Sometimes that boy in the baggy clothes, talking to himself in the gym isn't as shy as he appears. Sometimes there's a deviant imp lurking beneath that freckled mask of innocence. Beware the Trojan Nerd!

My thoughts:

I’ve been following (or is it stalking?) Dan Skinner on Facebook for some time now, and it’s safe to say that his ‘Dirkisms’ are one of the highlights of my day. I look forward to finding out what new pearls of wisdom (or is it comedy?) young Dirk has come up with, what his T-shirt might be saying on any given day, or how he’s interacting with his mother (the woman deserves a medal). So, when I discovered Dan Skinner had put together a short book about his friendship with Dirk I didn’t think twice; had to have the book and had to read it.

“This kid is more than a muse…He’s a prick tease. No doubt about it.”

The blurb tells you everything you need to know about this book. In two episodes and an intermezzo filled with ‘Random Dirkisms’ we are told the story of Dirk and Dan meeting, Dirk becoming Dan’s apprentice, and the early months of their acquaintance and getting to know each other.

This is a feel good read, and the fact that these events and conversations really took place only makes that feel good factor skyrocket. These words will either make you smile or laugh out loud. It is impossible not to marvel at the wonder that is Dirk. Clever, quick, and to the point, he’s never lost for a smart comeback. And I love what I’ve seen of Dirk’s mother so far. It is so refreshing to read about a mother – son relationship that actually works, where the two individuals involved get each other, bounce off each other, and obviously trust each other deeply.

I like putting quotes in my reviews and, as shown above, I started doing just that. Then I realised I would have to copy about half the book if I wanted to share everything that had touched me, made my smile, or made me laugh so hard I actually had to stop reading. And since I know without a shadow of a doubt that all these potential quotes are far better when read in context, I decided to leave it at just one, just to whet your appetite.

This is a short read, our opportunity to get to know Dan and Dirk beyond the glimpses we get on social media, and as such it is a treasure. I’m delighted it also ‘just’ the start of the tale. More books are coming and the second one already has a title – That Darn Muse, Volume Two: Daddy and the Rent Boy & A-MUSE-ING – and should be coming soon. For me personally it can’t come soon enough. J


Saturday, 20 August 2016

What it Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger - Release Day Review



Author: Matthew J Metzger

Release Date: August 20 2016

Buy Links:  Amazon US  Amazon UK  JMS Books

Add to Goodreads here.

Length: 80,615 words

The blurb:

Eli Bell is the only son of a police chief inspector and a forensic scientist. He's grown up wonky in a world that only deals with the straight and narrow -- and his new boyfriend isn't helping.

Rob Hawkes is six feet of muscle, tattoos, and arrest warrants. A career criminal and a former tenant of Her Majesty's Prison Service, he'd rather hit Eli's parents than sit down to dinner with them. One wrong move, and Rob could destroy Eli -- and his family -- without a second thought.

But this isn't what it looks like.

Rob's not in control here -- and Eli's the one to blame.

My thoughts:

“You’re always going to be the guy who proved to me that…that being trans isn’t a death sentence for my love life, you know? That there are gay guys out there who aren’t going to run a mile when they find out I was born a girl, that there are gay guys who are going to find me sexy and want to sleep with me, want to be with me, aren’t going to…I dunno, run away screaming because I have a vagina.”

Normally when I finish a book I open a word document and write my review straight away. This book is different. A few hours have passed since I read the epilogue and I’m still going over the story in my mind and trying to figure out how to best put all my thoughts and feelings into words. And the longer I allow my thoughts to flow freely through my mind, the more depth I discover in this story.

At first glance this is an almost light hearted story, but you don’t have to read very deep beneath the surface to realise that it’s not quite what it looks like—pun very much intended J What it Looks Like tells an insightful, at times heartbreaking, at times laugh-out-loud funny and always gripping story with such ease that it would be easy to miss all the emotions it deals with.

Eli appears to be sure and confident until you realise that he really isn’t. While the change he’s gone through means that he now is who he was always meant to be, the lack of support from family hurts. While Rob’s total and unquestionable acceptance of who he is means everything to Eli, that doesn’t mean he isn’t afraid of what the future changes might mean for them.

Rob comes across as tough and untouchable but underneath it all, and as the result of a lifetime of abuse and neglect, he is in dire need of someone who will love him as he is, and accept him. Afraid to show this need because it will make him vulnerable and he doesn’t trust the world to begin with, he hides behind anger.

While Rob and Eli are perfect for each other, their relationship is volatile. Both men lash out as a result of the insecurities they have about themselves which leads to harsh and at times heartbreaking fights between Rob and Eli.

It would be easy to condemn Eli’s parents for their lack of understanding or even acceptance of who Eli is and his decisions. I love that this book made it possible to understand why they might act the way they do without ever excusing or condoning it. The fact that this wasn’t a black vs white / good vs evil sort of story made it all the more powerful and touching. And, as a parent, I had to sit back and ask myself once or twice how I would react under the circumstances Eli’s parents find themselves facing.

Rob and Eli’s sexual relationship was fascinating, hot and gloriously beautiful. Yes, some of it was definitely BDSM, but maybe not quite as we encounter it in most books. The power exchange in this story was fluent. Control flowed from one to the other depending on the time and the situation. The one constant was their insistence on the use of safewords, regardless of who was doing what to whom.

I love that I learned and gained new insights while reading this book without ever feeling that was being taught stuff. Explanations were given as a natural part of the story rather than information dumps and made a much bigger impression because of that approach. Seeing and feeling the transition through Eli’s eyes, thoughts, and emotions meant that I got to gain some insight into questions I had never really thought about.

In fact, I think it is safe to say that the title covers just about everything that happens in this story. Nothing and nobody are exactly what they appear to be a first glance, and that is just one of the things that take this book from being great to being extra special.

I once again managed to write a long review that doesn’t quite articulate how deeply I feel about this book. What it Looks Like and Eli and Rob will stay with me for a long time because it was a thought-provoking read without ever being heavy-handed; because both the characters and the story had layers on top of layers; because every character in this book came across as realistic, and because the story made me feel all the feels without taking me on an emotional rollercoaster. Matthew J. Metzger made a huge impression on me with this book and it won’t be long before I dive into his other books.



Author Bio

Matthew J. Metzger is the front for a British-born author dragged up in the south of England as part of a typical nuclear family with three kids, a mortgage, and no dog because a dog would get hair on the carpet. A brief escape to the north to study focused his writing from daydreaming rambles to his first novel, Our Last Summer. It is unquestionably better than the dissertation he produced at the same time for his university degree, but probably not as inventive as the excuses he provided for missing classes so often.

Matthew has since returned to the London area, and therefore lives mostly on the public transport. He suspects that his next few pieces will probably involve homicidal characters on the London Underground.

For more information, please visit 
matthewjmetzger.wordpress.com.

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