Coming Soon…

Sometimes it takes a stranger to remind you who you used to be. 

A little over a year ago, I sold a short story to Secret Cravings Publishing. As some of you may know, Secret Cravings have recently ceased trading and the rights for that story have been returned to me.

I am absolutely delighted to announce that a re-edited and revamped version will be available VERY SOON!

Stay tuned for a cover art reveal. Those are always fun, right?

Who He Used To Be is COMING SOON! 

A Secret Love and Evernight Publishing

Two and a half years ago, I submitted a short story to Evernight Publishing and they accepted it. They were the second publisher I ever worked with since my return to the MM genre (the first being Silver Publishing – I’ll say no more!), and they were a delight from start to finish. Genuinely. My story came out and was warmly received and I remain very proud of it.

Why am I telling you this, you ask? Well, Evernight are currently in the process of celebrating their fifth birthday and they’re giving away some really cool prizes, including a New Kindle Paperwhite and an Apple Watch Sport. There’s also lots of blog activity going on, which you can check out on this link –

Furthermore, all Evernight titles are currently reduced on All Romance eBooks. So that’s nice, isn’t it!



James is nervous when he pulls into the parking lot of the secluded and conservative Caledonian Hotel. He slips off his wedding ring, gives a false name at reception, and checks into his room.

When Mark finally arrives, James expects their time together to conform to the usual pattern, but Mark surprises him. Mark wants candlelit dinners and walks on the beach. James, well, James just wants to make up for lost time. More importantly, he doesn’t want to get caught. They have six months left before they can start a new life together and James is desperate to be discreet.

Unfortunately, he never could control himself around Mark. Throw in an interfering old couple and some very public displays of affection and Mark and James’s short hotel stay might just be about to destroy not only the secrecy that has always shrouded their relationship, but also their future together.

To celebrate Evernight Publishing’s fifth birthday, you can get your hands on all Evernight titles, including A SECRET LOVE, with 25% off on All Romance eBooks until October 9th. 



Discounted Prices

Just a quick update, everyone.

I wrote yesterday about the importance of location and about how I was inspired to write Taste In  Men while I was writing The Bucket List. 

I’m so happy to announce that Loose Id Publishing, in celebration of the publication of Taste In Men, are offering a discount on The Bucket List AND my novel, Port In A Storm

Both books are available NOW, discounted on Loose Id’s website and all formats are available.

Happy reading!


Bonnie Scotland

As anyone familiar with my work will know, I like to either set my stories in Scotland, or feature Scotland in my work in some way. There’s one obvious reason for that. They say you should write what you know, and I was born here and have lived here all my life. But there’s more to it than that.

Scotland, like anywhere else, has its moments, but there are some parts of this landscape that really are breathtaking. From where I live, an hour in the car takes me into the Scottish Highlands, but just five minutes brings me to a perfect stretch of beach I could happily spend an hour lost to my own thoughts on.

asecretloveThe beach I’m referring to features in one of my stories. Sort of. I took some artistic liberties with the location of the town and the fictional Caledonian Hotel that feature in A Secret Love, but the description of the beach itself is drawn entirely from the one nearest where I live.

Similarly, Port In A Stormfeatures a different beach, located a similar distance from where I live. When Alex is realising he has made a terrible mistake in not running away with Jake he takes his – slightly inebriated self – off for a midnight paddle where he vents his frustrations on a few unsuspecting waves. It’s the little details a writer can provide about locations that I think make stories come to life.


I was inspired to write Taste In Men when I was writing The Bucket List. The Bucket List takes place in Glasgow, and at an outdoor activity centre on Loch Lomond run by main character Blake. I really enjoyed writing the scenes around Loch Lomond. I liked watching Kade, my other main character, feel out of his depth as Blake encouraged him into a kayak in the middle of November. But I also loved the sense of adventure that comes with a landscape like that. When you’re out in the wilderness, away from what you know, you have the freedom to behave like a different person, and that was something I wanted to explore in Taste In Men. 

Taste In Men also takes place at an outdoor activity centre – there are quite a lot of them here in Scotland – although this time the story is set near Loch Tay. Taylor Dale is working his two weeks’ notice and is disappointed to have been included on a team-building weekend when he is so close to leaving the company.

Unlike Kade in The Bucket List, Taylor isn’t outside his comfort zone with the activity side of things (although chucking himself off a cliff ins’t exactly his idea of fun). Taylor’s problem is that he wishes he had quit his job without working his notice. He’s ready to start his new life, a life he’s worked very hard for, and he doesn’t want anything getting in the way of his plans.

Cover Art - Valerie Tibbs

Cover Art – Valerie Tibbs

The idea of being able to behave slightly differently when you’re effectively in the middle of nowhere, is what came into play for me in Taste In Men. 

Taylor finds himself developing an attraction to Charles, a man who is definitely not his type, and that attraction leads to Taylor doing things and taking risks he would normally never dream of. The settings – from the edge of a deserted loch to a clearing in the forest – allow Taylor and Charles some privacy do to some exploring of a different nature and there’s plenty of fresh air to keep Taylor awake to the possible ramifications of his actions.

It’s a fun read if I do say so myself, and Loch Tay is a great location, both for a book and for a holiday. If you ever get the chance to check it out, I urge you to do so. You won’t regret it!

TASTE IN MEN is available from all good Ebook retailers now. 


TGI The Weekend!

Happy Saturday everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been counting down the minutes until this weekend arrived. To be fair, I have no right to have felt like that.

I spent last weekend hopping between Oban, the Isle of Mull and Iona and only got back home late on Tuesday. So I’ve had one of those awesome three day weeks.

But, this was also – as I’m sure you’ve all gathered by now – release week for Taste In Men and frankly that’s a stressful time. You might think finally seeing the manuscript you’ve worked so hard on come to life would be exciting, and you’d be right. But it’s also terrifying. Release day is the first day my work gets introduced to its audience and that’s when the fear takes over. What if no one likes it, what if it’s not good enough, what if I’d only kept working on it for another year or more before facing the music?

I feel this way every time one of my books comes out, and I doubt these feelings are ever going to go away, but for now I’m going to enjoy my weekend, and leave you with some pictures I took while I was away this time last week.

Oh, and if you like the pictures, tune in tomorrow as I endeavour to explain how and why the Scottish landscape inspires me to write.

Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Car ferry from Craignure, Isle of Mull, to Oban

Car ferry from Craignure, Isle of Mull, to Oban

Approaching Oban

Approaching Oban

Taste In Men Taster!

And so the final countdown begins! I am delighted to be ‘back’, friends, after a very hectic year and I am even more delighted to be able to present my latest novel, Taste In Men which releases on September 22nd. 

And so, with forty-eight hours to go before anyone can grab a copy, here’s a sneaky look under the cover of Taste In Men. Enjoy!


Taylor stood off from the main throng of his colleagues. It was a dreary Friday morning, cold for June and wet although the forecast Taylor had looked up on the Met Office app on his phone suggested conditions were due to improve later in the day. It hadn’t escaped Taylor’s notice that, thanks to the team-building weekend, he was at work earlier than normal. He was trying to distract himself from dwelling on that fact, by people-watching his colleagues.

It said a lot about Taylor’s time at Webb that, despite spending almost every day for the past six years with these people, Taylor knew next to nothing about them. In a way, it was strange to think he might soon never see any of them again, but Taylor didn’t think it likely he would lose sleep over it.

Taylor had never felt like part of a team, but that had been his choice. He took the job at Webb Glasgow when he was eighteen for the simple reason he needed a wage. Working for a company specializing in commercial and industrial building ventilation systems and products was, Taylor was pretty certain, never going to be anyone’s dream job. On the day he signed on the dotted line in his cheap supermarket suit he made himself a promise that in ten years his time at Webb would be a distant memory.

Six years later, more than half a decade of training courses and personal reviews and Continuous Professional Development sessions, he was about to begin cashing in on that promise. Having spent those same six years working nearly every evening and weekend on the project that, only a few months earlier, had paid off in spectacular .

He wondered if the managing directors realized how fucked they were going to be without him. Taylor doubted it. He knew a lot of them saw him as just another corporate lackey willing to jump through any hoop presented to him. That was a reputation earned during his first few years with the company when Taylor had chased every promotion and pay rise even when at times he thought the amount of sucking up might kill him. Taylor thought it was because of that and his fake smile and even faker attitude that the bosses didn’t seem to realize that despite the other colleagues in his office, including Malcolm, Taylor was the IT Department. That wasn’t arrogance on Taylor’s part, it was simple fact, and Taylor wished he could set up a hidden camera to see the chaos he knew was inevitably going to follow his departure.

A lot of sacrifices. That was Taylor’s overwhelming memory of his time at Webb, but then that had been the running theme of his life since his early teens. It didn’t bother him. Not really. Especially not now it had paid off. And he hadn’t gone completely without. Time could always be found for jaunts to Glasgow’s gay bars and nightclubs and there was never a self-imposed deadline so pressing a pretty, pampered twink couldn’t take precedence.

no relationships, no friendships requiring any sort of effort, and no other commitments that he couldn’t get out of in a hurry. Ensuring he never got tied down had always been central to the plan.

Taste In Men will be available from September 22 at all good Ebook retailers.

Taste in Men – Meet Taylor and Charles

Cover Art - Valerie Tibbs

Cover Art – Valerie Tibbs

Taylor Dale is terrified of commitment, but Charles turns his world upside down. In a panic, Taylor pushes Charles away, but he soon discovers out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind.


Taylor Dale is terrified of getting tied down. After years working a job he doesn’t like in a city he’s always wanted to leave, he is finally on the verge of starting over. He just has to make it through his two-week’s notice.

A team-building weekend throws a spanner in the works when Taylor meets Charles. Charles is definitely not Taylor’s type, but attraction sparks hard and fast between them and against his better judgment Taylor decides there might not be any harm in a weekend of no-strings-attached fun.

But Taylor never was very lucky.

One night with Charles threatens to turn his world upside down, if Taylor is willing to let it. In a panic, Taylor pushes Charles away, but distance isn’t enough to stop him wanting the man.

Soon, Taylor realizes he has to take a chance and see if there might be a future between him and Charles. But for that to happen he’s going to have to hope Charles will answer his call.

TASTE IN MEN – Coming Tuesday 22nd September to all good online retailers.