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Sep. 6th, 2020

choccy ianto

I wish I didn't have to do this

I'm sure you are all aware of the privacy issues that have been surrounding live journal in the last week.  It's been one thing after another and quite frankly I'm fed up with clearing up after somebody else's mess.

From today, 6 Sept 2010 all entries on this journal are FLOCKED.

All new fic will be posted to an open post at my Dreamwidth account and crossposted to here.
I can honestly say I never thought I would flock this journal but I can not stand by and let people make decisions for me and take no regard for my feelings in the matter.

To any readers I lose because of this I'm sorry.  If you still wish to read my fic and you can find no way of getting into either site please pm me and we will sort something out.

If you friended me and I never friended you back please pm me and I'll ensure I do that so you can still read my posts.

Mar. 30th, 2016

choccy ianto

Title Help

I need some help with a title for a historical Pony Express story. I have several suggestions, and ran a poll on my Facebook author page, Lillian's Lovefest.

So my question to you is...

Which title would have you one clicking?

The Mail Must Go Through

Willing to Risk Death Daily

Wanted. Young, slim, wiry fellows.

Let me know your thoughts in comments? This entry was originally posted at http://choccy-grl.dreamwidth.org/129455.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Aug. 3rd, 2015

choccy ianto

Release Day for Lovers Entwined

It's release day for Lovers Entwined. My first foray into self-publishing (even if it is a previously published work) and as such it fell to me to arrange the promo too. I had some ridiculous idea about doing it myself and then realised that I had neither the time, the contacts, nor the know-how. So I contact Sid Love over at Creative Minds Promotions and let him take all the stress (well, some of the stress) out of things.

So I'm going to put my feet up and... nope, I better let you know there is a blog tour going on all this week. Blog posts, interviews, reviews. It's all happening. And a giveaway, of course.


TITLE: Lovers Entwined

AUTHOR: Lillian Francis

PUBLISHER: Finally Love Press

COVER ARTIST: Meredith Russell

LENGTH: 98,950 words

RELEASE DATE: August 3, 2015

BLURB: Ewan Matthews is one of Boston’s leading genealogy experts. When a would-be bridegroom comes looking for confirmation that there are no skeletons in his ancestral closet, Ewan considers turning the job down. Trey Capell is a jerk of the highest order and yet Ewan experiences an infuriating attraction that’s easy to justify. Trey’s exactly his type—a carbon copy of the man Ewan’s been looking for his entire life.

Harder to explain is the sense of recognition that leaves Ewan speechless the moment Trey steps into his office. Or the stomach-churning sensation at the thought of casting the job aside. Trey gets more appealing by the day, leaving Ewan struggling with forbidden desire for his client. Desire not helped by strange voyeuristic dreams that have started to haunt his sleep. Dreams that appear to be an echo of the past.




August 3:

August 4:

August 5:

August 6:

August 7:

Hope you'll come and join me.

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Jul. 28th, 2015

choccy ianto

Wherein I totally fail at keeping you abreast of my news

If you don't follow me over at my blog or on FB or Twitter then you'll have missed out on a couple of announcements that I've failed to repost here. I'll attempt to remedy that now in one post.

Firstly on FaceBook I have started a closed author group where I shall (hopefully) be keeping a daily log of my writing, discussing ideas and plotbunnies, sharing (or begging for) inspiration. It'll also be the place for sneak peaks at covers and exclusive excerpts. If you want to join just head over to Lillian's Lovefest on Facebook and ask to be added. 

For those of you that enjoyed Theory Unproven and would be interested in a print copy, it is now available in paperback at Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Lovers Entwined.

As you may now the rights to Lovers Entwined reverted back to me several months ago and I made the decision to re-publish it myself. It has a new cover and is currently available for preorder. The new release date will be 3rd August. If you already own Lovers Entwined very little has changed (apart from the shiny new cover), the main change being to UK English spelling.

However if you haven't yet got a copy and it is on your wishlist then now is the perfect time to pick it up. If you buy during the preorder period the price has been reduced by 25%.

Buy Links
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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Dec. 13th, 2014

choccy ianto

When Love Flue In

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A soot-haired chimney sweep, an exploding flue and an uncooked turkey. It’s an unholy trinity that may make all of Dominic’s Christmas wishes come true.

Dominic is celebrating his first Christmas since his divorce, and although he’s spending it on his own, he’s determined to have a traditional Christmas morning, including a roaring fire. Unfortunately, Dominic’s chimney is blocked, which is why Reagan, a soot-haired chimney sweep, is head and shoulders up Dominic’s flue. Dominic is just lucky the man had a cancellation on Christmas Eve.

Unable to take his eyes off Reagan’s low-slung jeans and enticing arse while Reagan sets about the hearth with rods and brushes, Dominic knows five years is a long time to be obsessed with the man who sweeps his chimney every Christmas. This year there’s nothing to stop Dominic from acting on his desires—except his own insecurities.

An exploding flue provides the opportunity for more than just polite conversation and could be the catalyst for a perfect Christmas. But Dominic will need to stop hiding who he really is before a special sweep can light a fire in his heart.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

Release date: 5 December 2014

Buy Links: Totally Bound

                    All Romance ebooks


                    Amazon UK

                    Amazon US

Reviews for When Love Flue In

Nautical Star Books - 4 stars

"When Love Flue In had me smiling about half way through the book.  I always know I am going to love a story when it actually makes me FEEL something!"

"I loved the details that the author provided and the wonderful character development."

"Reagan’s mom is just awesome"

"If you are looking for a short and sweet romance to get you in the Christmas spirit, When Love Flue In is a great choice!  There is a sweet and gentle buildup to Dominic and Reagan’s relationship and when they finally give in to temptation, the heat is phenomenal.  After years of longing glances and private fantasies, they finally get what they have wanted for so very long!"

Sexy Erotic Xciting Reviews - 'Sexy and Sizzling' 4 handcuffs.

"Lillian Francis’ When Love Flue In was a lovely tale built on not only mutual attraction but mutual affection."

"Ms. Francis allowed for character development and led us in a journey of self-discovery and sensuality."

"When Love Flue In should be added to any collection of gentle lovers and Christmas cheer. This short read will not disappoint."

Read the full review here.

The Bookpushers - I’m giving “When Love Flue In” a B

"I had a great time with this read."

"For a shorter read this packed a wonderful little emotional punch that didn’t rely solely on the incredibly hot sex but included the dialogue and fantasies as well."

Read the full review here.
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Jul. 7th, 2014

choccy ianto

Free Read

 Originally posted on Lillian Francis - Author of gay romance. Happy Endings guaranteed...eventually.

Well, the UK Meet was a month ago and I've still not written up a report of my time there or actioned any of my plans but I'll talk of those in another post (maybe, you know how flaky I can be in my blogging).
Today I bring you a ficlet, originally written for my little corner of the UK Meet's USB which was provided to delegates. Since many of my friends couldn't attend I decided I would share it with you here.

This free story was written for the UKMeet 2014, so I though it only fitting to revisit with Tomak and Jerome from Waiting for a Spark, which originally appeared in the Lashing of Sauce anthology.

‘When the boat comes in’ catches up with Tomak and Jerome about 6 months after the events in WfaS.


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Waiting for a Spark can now be purchased as a standalone story from JMS Books.

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Apr. 18th, 2014

choccy ianto

Cleaning out my closet

Originally posted at http://lillianfrancis.blogspot.co.uk/

How many of us have a huge 'to read' pile? Some books languishing at the bottom of the pile for months, maybe even years, as new, cheaper, more hyped books come along to bury them. I'm ashamed to say that I have.

What's the solution? Read them, obviously, but how to get the drive to read something buried for so long?

Well, the girls over at Boys in our Books have the answer. (taken from their facebook page)

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Here's what to do: find the ONE book that's been on your TBR shelf the longest. Commit to FINALLY reading & reviewing it! Our entire review team, along with a bunch of guest reviewers, will be participating.

EVERYONE who joins us will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate for books. Sign up RIGHT HERE in the comments (tell us the book & the date it was added to your TBR) or comment on ANY of our posts during Spring Cleaning Week, April 21 - 27!

Let's dust off and organize those shelves!

If you don't have a facebook account (or hate the site with a vengence, as I do) look out for their posts on the blog during Spring Cleaning week.

I'll be signing up once that first post goes live, check out my cleaning out my closet shelf at Goodreads to find out what I intend to read. See what I mean, Dangerous Ground is on there, I've been meaning to read that book in forever.

Any books buried at the bottom of your e-reader you've been itching to read?

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Jan. 31st, 2014

choccy ianto

Broken Promises

Originally posted at Lillian Francis - Author of gay romance. Happy Endings guaranteed...eventually.

I had semi-planned a post on flashbacks for this week, linking it in to Lovers Entwined and reminding people that there were several more hours to get a 30% rebate over at ARe on all books on the site published by Ellora's Cave.
However, earlier today I watched the last two episodes of Whitechapel series 4 in an effort to clear some space on my recorder for several new series I want to watch. For some reason these last few episodes had been hanging about on the box for ages; don't know why because I love the show, even though it can be creepy as f**k.
Having finished the two episodes and totally hyped up and eager to watch more, I took to the web to find out how long I would have to wait for Series Five, only to discover this tweet:
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news everyone but ITV don't want any more Whitechapel. That's all folks x
NOOOOOOO! I all but screamed (I was eating my dinner at the time--very bad form to have a tablet at the table but I had to know--and didn't want to spray pasta around the room). I surfed some more, just to verify the fact but it appeared to be true. No more Whitechapel! Why? They hadn't tied up all the loose ends, not to my satisfaction. Who was the creepy lady? Why was she targeting the team? Would the crime scene lady ever have her baby? Would Kent finally get into Chandler's well-tailored trousers?
I haven't been this disappointed by the cancellation of a show since the plug was pulled on Lois and Clark. Even after more than a decade my overriding memory of that last episode is the final shot with the words 'To be continued...' in bold white letters across the bottom of the screen. Liars!
It got me to wondering about author's who write series books. All I've researched suggests that this is the way to make sales. Readers will get behind a series, buy into the characters and keep coming back for more. Except how long can you continue to write about the same characters before it is time to finish their story. I think this question is especially valid in romance where a main feature of the storyline is the relationship. Few people want to see their heroes falling out of love once they've finally got their happy ending. Yes, I know life if is like that, but I don't don't read romance for the reality factor. I read it to get lost just for a few hours,safe in the knowledge that no matter what crap our heroes wade through, everything will turn out all right in the end. My definition of all right is dependant on the book and the characters, I need hope that they are travelling the road to a happy ever after, even if we don't see it. What I don't want is foreshadowing that could put doubt on the relationship you have already convinced me is, not only, for real, but hopefully, forever.
So did the characters in Whitechapel get their Happy Ending? Since the programme could in no way resemble a romance, is that even a valid question. There was foreshadowing a plenty for the series to come (which will never be) and, as you can see from above, plenty of unanswered questions. But each of the main characters had personal issues addressed to a certain degree and the writers appeared to be leading them to places where they could be happy. I have to wonder if the writers would have done anything differently had they known they were writing the last ever episode. Maybe not; neatly tied parcels of all the loose ends hardly seemed their thing.
At least they made me no promises.
To be Continued...
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Jan. 4th, 2014

choccy ianto

First Blog of the Year

Originally published at lillianfrancis.blogspot.co.uk
and I guess I should start by wishing everybody a Happy New Year.

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Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklers (christmasstockimages.com) / CC BY 3.0

I noticed that many of my favourite authors are posting their resolutions. I don't do resolutions, or at least I try not to but unfortunately it is too easy to be swept away by the good intentions of others. I do have a couple of goals for the year as far as my writing goes.

Blog more often. Once a month at least. Last year I set myself an unrealistic blogging target considering how much free time I get.

Try to post articles on other people's blogs. I'm well aware how little foot traffic this blog gets. Posting elsewhere will help get other people to see me. (I'm the author in the corner, too self conscious and unsure to come and play with the cool kids)

Get at least one book published this year. Maybe I'm being too picky with...everything. My writing. The publishers I submit to. The stories I tell. Why can't I write a series? Or short stories? Or about shifters, or men in uniform, or men with kids? Hell, if I could only write a series about a cop werewolf finding his mate, who has a small and adorable child in tow, and manage to keep the stories under 60K. Oh well, each to their own, you can only be true to the voices inside your head.

And just to contradict the statement I have just made about being too picky.
It's your story. Tell it the way you want it told. If you don't agree with the changes you've been asked to make, then don't change it. Is it worth making changes just to get the story published? For some I know it is. Me, I don't do it for the money (thank goodness or we would be living in the gutter), so if it doesn't feel right don't change it.

Get more people to buy Lovers Entwined. It's a better book than my sales figures give it credit for, I know it is.

To that end, did you know that All Romance ebooks are offering a 30% rebate on all Ellora's Cave books during January. And who publishes both Lovers Entwinedand Lesson Learned? Yep, you've guessed it. So pop over there, read the blurb and see what you think. If you buy, then you can earn yourself credit to spend on other books. Win win.

And of course, let me know what you think, I'm always around on Goodreads, where you can rate and review (and I promise not to take any comments personally).

Happy New Year, my friends. Let's make it a good one.
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Aug. 1st, 2013

choccy ianto

Review & Giveaway

Lovers Entwined has been been reviewed over at The Armchair Reader today.

Cole has agreed to do a giveaway as well, so if you want to win a copy head over there and leave a comment.
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