Today I’m pleased to host author Faith Ashlin, my first guest! She’ll be talking about her WWII M/M Romance Pathfinder, and a little about herself as well. Her links are included below and on my Links page so you can get to know Faith a little better at her blog or on Twitter!
Now, without further ado, I give you the lovely Faith Ashlin!
Thank you to the wonderful Charley Descoteaux for inviting me on her blog. As someone new to publishing it really is appreciated.
Hello, I’m Faith Ashlin, and my first book was released on September 22, 2012. Pathfinder is the combination of two of my great passions: beautiful young men falling in love and World War 2 planes. An odd combination maybe, but falling in love against a background of war has to be a wonderful thing.
Here’s the blurb
The story of two American airmen who join the Royal Air Force towards the start of WW2, before America enters the war. Both accept that they are gay but Bobby, the navigator, has put any thoughts of love to one side because he passionately believes in the war. Things change with the arrival of his new pilot, Lewis. Lewis believes in the war but also loves the new plane.
They connect immediately and start a sexual relationship, but know they have to be extremely careful. During many dangerous raids their bond gets stronger until Lewis pushes Bobby to admit they are in love. Then the worst happens and Lewis is badly wounded. He wants Bobby to stop flying while he recovers, because he believes they are a ‘lucky pairing’ who stay safe because they fly together.
Bobby won’t stop and goes on to be Squadron Leader, while Lewis heals. Eventually they come back together as part of the new Pathfinders. During an emotionally charged night in bed they resolve the issues of Bobby continuing to fly, plan a possible future and admit the depth of their feelings for each other.
Excerpt from Pathfinder
Bobby’s eyes wandered over the Mosquito again. Not a huge plane, not like the bombers, and without the glamour of a Spitfire, but none the less impressive. A beautiful plane, freshly painted in a patchwork of brown and green, one that stood proud, nose held high. Her wings swept out gracefully, with two big propellers ready for action and the glass canopy that would protect her crew of two just visible. His mouth watered at the possibilities.
He was still there, still looking, twenty minutes later when he heard the sound of feet and turned to meet his new pilot. Another big man, his dark blue-gray RAF uniform fitting snugly across his broad shoulders. His cap was pushed firmly onto thick dirty-blond hair, over a wide smile and brown eyes. He was tall… really, really tall.
“Hi.” A big hand was thrust in Bobby’s direction. “Pilot Officer Lewis Winters, you must be Flight Lieutenant Davenport, my navigator.”
“Yeah, but…” Suddenly, there were a lot of thoughts whirring around in Bobby’s head. He’d deal with the most important first. “Can you actually fit inside a cockpit? Will there be room for me?”
Lewis threw his head back as he barked out a laugh, the sound catching Bobby off guard. There hadn’t been much laughter around him since… for a long time. “It’s a bit of pinch but, don’t worry, I’ve had a lot of practice. I won’t squash you.” Lewis’s eyes made a swift journey up Bobby’s body, lingering on his face. “Unless you want me to.”
So it was like that, was it?
Pathfinder is available now with Silver Publishing. You can buy it here.
When Faith was clearing out her attic many years ago, she found a book she’d written as a ten-year old. On rereading it she realized that it was the love story of two boys. Over the years her fascination with the image of beautiful young men, coiled together as they fell head over heels in love, became a passion for her.
Since that first innocent book – written in purple sparkly pen – she has written many stories, set in varied worlds but always with two men finding their way to happiness.
Nothing much has changed because now she can be found in a daydream, wandering around the supermarkets of London, or sitting in a meeting at work still dreaming up stories.
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