Friday, 4 January 2019

New Release: ANTHEM OF SURVIVAL

The Anthem Trilogy is finally complete with the release of Anthem of Survival.




Will they ever escape the past?

Revenge casts a long shadow.

Following two prior attempts on their lives, Daniel and Elijah are together and stronger than ever. Their relationship has weathered the toughest elements and survived. Physically and emotionally scarred, the bond between them can’t be broken. One year on from the devastating events in Anthem of the Dark they have reassessed their priorities and want to spend time out of the spotlight.

Elijah has quit his stand-up career to focus on his new passion: training to be a chef. But for Daniel, there are too many questions he desperately needs answers to. Like who orchestrated the violence in Blackpool a year ago? Whose hatred of him runs so deep they’re ruthlessly prepared to hurt innocent by-standers? He teams up with journalist Keeley Rank to uncover the facts.

Though the truth is well hidden, it is closer than anyone thinks. Someone wants revenge. Someone intent on destroying Daniel anyway she can. When Daniel and Elijah attend a fundraising gala for a victim support charity they are unaware they are about to face their most perilous situation yet. Vengeance is a deadly game and not everyone will survive.

Available in ebook and Paperback



BUY LINKS:

Pride Publishing: http://ow.ly/2EIj30myQPQ





 

Excerpt:

Daniel Blake, sitting on a shaded terrace in a pair of sun-bleached shorts, strummed a melody on his guitar. The afternoon sun blazed in a cloudless sky and, despite the protective canopy above him, the heat was intense. Beads of sweat ran down his neck, tracking over bronzed skin to the dark mass of chest hair. It glistened on his top lip as he gently chewed the bottom. With his eyes closed, he progressed through the strings. A moment later, he smiled, finally satisfied, and put down the guitar. He reached for the weathered notebook that had been his constant companion all summer and wrote in an eager, untidy hand.

Daniel had been working on the song for two days, both music and lyrics, and, at last, it was done. He had nothing left to add.

He lifted his gaze to the sky and inhaled full into his lungs. Across the terrace, the blue water of the Ionian Sea reflected the white light of the sun, its expanse an ever-changing collage of sapphire and diamond colors. Down the coast, the outline of Corfu Island was a hazy mirage in the heat. This perfect view had been his for six amazing weeks. The idyll would soon be over, but not yet.

Daniel lay back on the lounger and lengthened his arms above his head, stretching the stiffness in his neck. He’d been so absorbed in the song, ensuring every chord and every word were right, he’d ignored his own comfort and now his body ached. A few weeks earlier, he’d made the mistake of writing beside the pool, in the direct glare of the sun, and paid the price. Two painful days in bed with sunburn. Since then, he’d stuck to the shade while working on his music. He lost himself so much in the process it was easy to burn.

Daniel studied his body as he lay there. He’d never looked so good or been this tan before. There’d been no time to sunbathe in the past, he’d always thought it a waste of time. He had had too much to do, too much to achieve, to spend his days lying around a pool. But he’d realized this summer that a tan didn’t just suit him, it helped him feel better.

It wasn’t just the sun. Daily sessions in the pool and long walks on the beach kept him in shape. Coming off Lady Lynda, he’d had every intention of letting his fitness routine go a little, if only for the summer, but it hadn’t worked out that way. He was in better condition now than when he arrived, in mind as well as body.

His legs were strong, muscular and tan. He hardly recognized his own body. He inched down the top of his shorts to admire the contrast in color between the creamy skin below his waist and the coppery tones above. The villa was private and he could have bathed naked if he’d wanted to, except he wasn’t that kind of guy. Besides, tan lines were sexy. He’d always thought so. Who needed to risk a burnt butt and balls?

The one thing that marred the bronze color of his torso was the scars between his hip bones and ribcage, sustained the night Oliver Gill had stabbed him, and from the lifesaving surgery he’d gone through afterward. Before coming to Corfu, the pale scars had been almost unnoticeable on his white skin. His dark body hair just about concealed them. But as his tan deepened, the scars stayed white, becoming more pronounced, forcing him to look at them, to acknowledge them.

Daniel traced his fingers along the lines and indentations. Had he made peace with the disfigurement? No. But as the summer came to an end, he’d learned to accept them.

Daniel sighed and basked in the heat. Life was not so bad, considering what the last two years had thrown at him. Better than that, things were good. Not perfect, too many questions remained unanswered for that, but his optimism grew every day.

The glass doors of the terrace opened behind him and Elijah Mann stepped out, offering him a cold bottle of water.

“It’s hotter than hell out here,” Elijah remarked, shielding his eyes against the sun to gaze across the sea.

Daniel swung his legs over the side of the sunbed and sat up. He drank the chilled, sparkling water and looked with admiration at Elijah’s chunky thighs. While the sun had turned Daniel’s white-boy skin an appealing shade of bronze, Elijah, with his Greek heritage, had gone nut-brown. The beige shorts and blue open-neck shirt he wore today complemented his tan. God, he’s gorgeous. Daniel never had to remind himself what a lucky guy he was.

Elijah dropped onto the other sunbed, knees spread wide, and looked straight at him with soulful brown eyes. His thick blue-black hair fell in an untidy wave across his brow and a three-day beard darkened his jaw. With his natural Greek coloring, Daniel wondered if Elijah had ever looked more handsome. Even more important, he looked happier and healthier than he had in a long time. Less than a year ago he’d been in hospital, fighting for his life. Daniel wouldn’t ever forget how close he’d come to losing him. Those long, terrible hours beside his bed, praying he would recover. Hoping for the best, afraid of the worst.

“How’s it going?” Elijah asked, nodding at his guitar.

“I’m finished,” he answered, smiling.

Elijah’s eyebrows raised. “Really?”

“Absolutely.”

“Don’t keep me in suspense. Let me hear it.”

“What’s for lunch?” Daniel asked, feigning indifference.

Elijah leapt forward, grabbing Daniel’s bare waist, tickling the sensitive flesh around his middle. Daniel yelped and fell backward, giggling. Elijah followed through, lying on top of him, fingers still working his waist. Daniel laughed, squirming against his hard body.

“No lunch today,” Elijah said, his face on top of Daniel’s. “Not until you play me your song.”


Thursday, 8 November 2018

Cover Reveal: Anthem of Survival


I’m delighted to finally reveal the cover art for Anthem of Survival, the third and final book in the Anthem Trilogy.





Blurb: 
Will they ever escape the past?
Revenge casts a long shadow.

Following two prior attempts on their lives, Daniel and Elijah are together and stronger than ever. Their relationship has weathered the toughest elements and survived. Physically and emotionally scarred, the bond between them can’t be broken. One year on from the devastating events in Anthem of the Dark they have reassessed their priorities and want to spend time out of the spotlight.

Elijah has quit his stand-up career to focus on his new passion: training to be a chef. But for Daniel, there are too many questions he desperately needs answers to. Like who orchestrated the violence in Blackpool a year ago? Whose hatred of him runs so deep they’re ruthlessly prepared to hurt innocent by-standers? He teams up with journalist Keeley Rank to uncover the facts.

Though the truth is well hidden, it is closer than anyone thinks. Someone wants revenge. Someone intent on destroying Daniel anyway she can. When Daniel and Elijah attend a fundraising gala for a victim support charity they are unaware they are about to face their most perilous situation yet. Vengeance is a deadly game and not everyone will survive.




I love this artwork. I think it sums up the dark, tumultuous tone of the last book so well. The team at Pride Publishing have done a terrific job with all three covers for this trilogy.

Anthem of Survival will be released in December but book 2, Anthem of the Dark is available right now.



BUY LINKS:
Pride Publishing: http://ow.ly/wPtQ30lru0X



In other news. What have I been up to? Well, I mentioned earlier in the year I was taking a short break from MM fiction and romance to try my hand at something new.  That something new was a much darker novel, a scary novel. As of now I’m about 50k words in and halfway through, but it’s sooooo dark. Probably the hardest, most challenging and difficult thing I’ve ever written. It’s taking me places I’m not sure I want to go. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but I do know I need to take a break from it. So, I’ve started writing a new MM romance. This will likely be a novella length story, but I’ve already had the spark of an idea for a new novel, with the potential to develop into another trilogy. I learned a few valuable lessons writing the Anthem Trilogy and there are somethings I would do differently next time. Who knows? I’d also like to write some MF romance in the next year, but that would probably require a new pen name and starting all over again. I’m not sure about that, but for now I’ll focus on one project at a time and making the MM novella the best story I can.

In among all this writing I took a two-week cruise vacation with my husband. We visited Spain, Portugal, Madeira and the Canary Island. All stunningly beautiful places. We had an amazing time with one tiny grumble: it was far too hot for me, even in October. I like cooler temperatures and don’t function well in excessive heat. For next year I’ve talked my husband is visiting somewhere more appropriate: Iceland.


Love Thom xxx


Thursday, 20 September 2018

OUT NOW: Anthem of the Dark


Anthem of the Dark is out now. Yes, I’m thrilled to be able to say that book two in the Anthem trilogy was released earlier this week. It’s been a long journey to get to this stage but I’m delighted we’re finally there and readers can continue the story with Daniel and Elijah. I don’t want to give away anything more of the story than has been revealed in the blurb. There’s a lot going on in this second book. You’ll meet some great new characters along the way, including Max and Ben; I loved writing those two and hope everyone else loves them too. Anthem of the Dark was a challenge to write. As the title suggests things get pretty twisted at times, but it’s a blast. I remember my hands shaking as I tried to write the final few chapters. It was so exciting.



Check out this interview I did about the book: HERE


Anthem of the Dark is available in ebook and paperback from all the usual places.



Eleven months later ... the time for revenge has come.
Eleven months after his attack on board the Atlantic Anthem, Daniel Blake has made a full recovery. Physically at least. The mental scars from what Oliver Gill did to him have been harder to deal with. But Daniel’s a survivor, and determined to move forward with his life. A life that includes Elijah Mann. Elijah has been a constant source of support throughout Daniel’s recovery. His love and encouragement have brought Daniel through the darkest days. Living together and deeply in love, they are stronger than ever.

Daniel has returned to work and is doing what he does best – entertaining the crowds in a smash hit summer show at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, while Elijah has triumphed in a celebrity TV cookery show. On a personal and professional level, life is finally getting back to normal.

Or so it seems. A murderer is at large, a killer with a unique purpose, and when the first two victims are identified, a terrifying link is established. The dead men began their careers in the boy band Overload with Daniel and Oliver Gill. Someone is out to avenge Oliver’s death. Someone who won’t stop until all members of the band are dead. And for a relentless killer, Daniel Blake is the ultimate prize.


BUY LINKS:
Pride Publishing: http://ow.ly/wPtQ30lru0X

Friday, 31 August 2018

ANTHEM OF THE DARK: Available to Pre Order Now




Eleven months later ... the time for revenge has come.

Eleven months after his attack on board the Atlantic Anthem, Daniel Blake has made a full recovery. Physically at least. The mental scars from what Oliver Gill did to him have been harder to deal with. But Daniel’s a survivor, and determined to move forward with his life. A life that includes Elijah Mann. Elijah has been a constant source of support throughout Daniel’s recovery. His love and encouragement have brought Daniel through the darkest days. Living together and deeply in love, they are stronger than ever.

Daniel has returned to work and is doing what he does best – entertaining the crowds in a smash hit summer show at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, while Elijah has triumphed in a celebrity TV cookery show. On a personal and professional level, life is finally getting back to normal.

Or so it seems. A murderer is at larger, a killer with a unique purpose, and when the first two victims are identified, a terrifying link is established. The dead men began their careers in the boy band Overload with Daniel and Oliver Gill. Someone is out to avenge Oliver’s death. Someone who won’t stop until all members of the band are dead. And for a relentless killer, Daniel Blake is the ultimate prize.

 Release date: September 18th 2018 by Pride Publishing



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Thursday, 2 August 2018

ANTHEM 2: ANTHEM OF THE DARK Cover Reveal


 It’s been a bit slow on news lately but I’m delighted  that I can finally reveal the fantastic cover art for Anthem of the Dark, due for release on 25th September.



Eleven months later ... the time for revenge has come.

Eleven months after his attack on board the Atlantic Anthem, Daniel Blake has made a full recovery. Physically at least. The mental scars from what Oliver Gill did to him have been harder to deal with. But Daniel’s a survivor, and determined to move forward with his life. A life that includes Elijah Mann. Elijah has been a constant source of support throughout Daniel’s recovery. His love and encouragement have brought Daniel through the darkest days. Living together and deeply in love, they are stronger than ever.

Daniel has returned to work and is doing what he does best – entertaining the crowds in a smash hit summer show at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, while Elijah has triumphed in a celebrity TV cookery show. On a personal and professional level, life is finally getting back to normal.

Or so it seems. A murderer is at larger, a killer with a unique purpose, and when the first two victims are identified, a terrifying link is established. The dead men began their careers in the boy band Overload with Daniel and Oliver Gill. Someone is out to avenge Oliver’s death. Someone who won’t stop until all members of the band are dead. And for a relentless killer, Daniel Blake is the ultimate prize.





Anthem of the Dark is the second book in the Anthem Trilogy and continues Daniel and Elijah’s story one year after events in Anthem of the Sea. I’m so happy this book is about to drop. Due to circumstances beyond my control it’s been a long time coming, And I’m happy to say it won’t be long until the trilogy is complete with the release of book three scheduled for December. I’ll have more news, information and extracts in the coming weeks.

GET ANTHEM OF THE SEA NOW




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Friday, 27 April 2018

REVIEW ROUND UP: WRITTEN IN SCARS




Written in Scars launched earlier this week and I’ve been overwhelmed by the response. I want to send a massive thank you to everyone who read the book ahead of release.

Check out a round-up the reviews.


SINFULLY MM BOOK REVIEWS

4 Stars

The novella is a snapshot in time, taking place over a 24-hour period where Sam is finally shaken enough to make some serious decisions about how his life has been going. Sam needs to change his way of thinking about things. Logan has had to do that in the past and is supportive of Sam, but wonders if he should even contemplate being involved in such a messy situation.

The story was engaging – I read it in one sitting. It’s completely focused on the characters with both of their pasts fleshed out. It's told in alternating points of view that also includes Johan's. There are some serious issues addressed, with some tense moments and thoughtful consideration given to the current situation, the past and what the future may hold. Sam and Logan communicate well and are honest about their lives and I was rooting for them from the start. There were times I wasn’t sure what would occur and the story didn't always go where I thought it would on its way to a hopeful and appropriate HFN.




DIVERSE READER
Thom Collins writes a remarkable story that touches on more than just one traumatic event for one of his main characters. Yet, instead of the character being shown as a victim he is portrayed  as a survivor from his past events as well as for preceding events. 
 This is an amazing story, filled with hard truths, despair, compassion, and most of all the will to survive.

MM MIDNIGHT CAFÉ

4 stars

The characters feel real as does their emotions.  I cannot imagine how poor Sam must have felt all those years of abuse, but I felt his pain and struggle to find some self-worth.  Though the book is short, it does not feel too rushed, yes ideally, I wish the book was longer, but I love stories that develop slowly.


THE NOVEL APPROACH REVIEWS

The story is focused on how Logan, Sam, and even Johan, look at the importance of commitment. Each character also has to make choices in order to better their life, or not. The story is well written, intriguing, has passion and drama, and addresses mental abuse through some tense moments between Sam and Johan.
I’ve read many of Mr. Collins’ books, but Written in Scars is somewhat different as it deals with serious issues.



BUY LINKS:


Amazon USA: http://a.co/2kp5vJv







Monday, 23 April 2018

Release Day: Written in Scars

Today is the day. I'm delighted to say my new release Written in Scars is available as an ebook from Amazon today. I loved writing the story of Logan and Sam and hope you enjoy reading it. Let me know what you think and don't forget to post your reviews at Amazon and Goodreads.





Pain fades but the scars remain.

When Logan Crawford, a former war correspondent turned best-selling author, appears on TV to promote his latest thriller, he is knocked out by his fellow guest, Sam Radcliffe. Logan’s travels around the world have opened his eyes to many things, but nothing as attractive as the man he meets that night. Sam was the victim of a vicious stabbing in his youth and is now an active campaigner against knife crime and violence. He is perfect in every way but one: the wedding band he wears. That’s a complication Logan doesn’t need.

Sam’s life is far from happy. His husband is addicted to hard-drugs and casual sex: a devastating combination. Johan was once the shining light in Sam’s life. Now he brings nothing but darkness. But Sam respects the vows they made. For better or for worse. The attraction Logan feels for him is mutual. Ruggedly handsome and engagingly smart, Logan is hard to resist. Sam will need to overcome the anguish of his past and barriers of his present if he’s to stand a chance with Logan.

A contemporary new romance from the author of Closer by Morning and The Anthem Trilogy.

BUY LINKS:


Amazon USA: http://a.co/2kp5vJv