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Blog Tour: Love Unlocked Anthology

Love Unlocked by Claire Davis and Al Stewart, Victoria Milne, Dawn Sister, J P Walker, Caraway Carter, Ofelia Gränd, Debbie McGowan
Amazon Kindle: Love Unlocked

Blurb: Love Unlocked is a collection of seven short stories and novellas - unique LGBTQ romances inspired by the Love Lock Bridge.



New job - sexy boss - fate - Art...
When Sal attends an open exam for an apprentice artist to work alongside the infamous Matthew Picard, the last thing he expects is to be the winner. But then his role is revealed and nothing is ever the same again. As he toils day and night on the unique sculpture, strange sensations begin to affect both him and the watching master artist.
Matthew Picard thought he was through with men and love. What he wanted was for Sal to help him create one final monstrous masterpiece - The Trap.
But as he observes his young apprentice, his focus shifts, and so do the very walls of the gallery.
Is it the beauty of art, or something more magical at work?
As the sculpture is created, a power is unlocked.
Can love save them, or will they be trapped forever?

Spending a month in Paris to write his romance novel had seemed like the perfect plan, but one week in, Phil Pearson is suffering from a severe case of writer's block. With barely a word written, he's fed up and ready to cut his trip short.
When Laurent Marceau sees Phil in his café, it sends him hurtling into the past, opening old wounds and reminding him of the love he lost. But, after watching the aspiring writer struggle for inspiration, he surprises himself by offering to show him Paris through the eyes of a true Parisian.
Finally bursting with ideas, Phil is delighted to put pen to paper, albeit badly at first. As the writer finds himself falling in love for the first time, Laurent knows he needs to decide quickly if he's strong enough to return his affections, or whether it would be better for them both if he walked away. He knows he may not have a choice, once Phil finds out the truth.

Due to a misunderstanding, the troll that lives underneath one of the most romantic bridges in Paris inadvertently unlocks every single padlock lovers have left there over the years. L'Authoritié de Fée Folklorique are up in arms. He has no idea what all the fuss is about. The noise was driving him mad. He just wanted a bit of peace and quiet.
A spell is cast, leaving the troll in a bit of a predicament. He is charged with the seemingly impossible task of fixing the locks before the spell can be reversed and he is allowed to return to his home. There are other complications, the least of which is the insistence and persistence of a fairy who is determined to help him against the wishes of his own people.
Now the troll has a dilemma. What is more important to him? The only home he has known for two thousand years, or a fairy he has just met?

Nat's been through a rough breakup and trust does not come easily. When she accompanies a group of friends to Paris for a hen weekend, she finds a connection she wasn't looking for, in the form of beautiful, passionate Morgan. They quickly fall into a wonderful weekend fling and even engrave their initials into a lock and attach it to the most romantic bridge in the world, Love Lock Bridge.
But was that weekend fling all there was, or will news of the bridge being taken down lead to something more?

Brandon Marshall, in Paris for his twin sister's wedding, has a fling before the big day. At the end of a whirlwind week of discovering each other, Brandon and his lover place a scarlet lock on the Love Lock Bridge.
Follow Brandon through six years of letters - to the citizens of Paris, on everything from how to make love, to eating passionate fruit - and to the lover, who is now his brother-in-law.
The locks are being removed, the bridge refitted... What will be the fate to The Scarlet Lock?

All Delron wants is to live his life with Phillipe, but when their love lock is stolen from Pont des Art, their relationship is in jeopardy. Without the lock holding them together, Delron is convinced they'll crash and burn. The only way he can save their relationship is to find the stolen lock, and that is just what he plans to do, no matter what.
Phillipe loves Delron, he really does, but it's driving him insane that Delron can't see that a padlock is simply a piece of metal. The lock has nothing to do with them, not really. Up until the night the lock was stolen, their life was great, but Del's crazy behaviour has Phillipe wondering if he has ever really known his boyfriend.
Delron's search leads him through art-filled Paris, but will a symbol of love ever be enough to soothe the mistrust his quest has planted in Phillipe? Phillipe always thought he'd spend the rest of his life with Del, but who can live with anyone willing to break the law just to find a padlock when they can buy a new one in just about any shop?

Josh and George have always shared the special bond of friendship. From days in primary school, to holidays spent riding their bikes along the canal, theirs is a promise to remain best friends forever.
But can that promise withstand the trials of adolescence, and the changes in their feelings towards each other?

The authors and where to find them:

Claire Davis and Al Stewart

Al Stewart and Claire Davis write about people who are not perfect. Claire embraces the dark side, and Al the good side of the force. Their work is there for a fusion of both, mixed often with kink and humour.

1) Why do you write?
For lots of reasons. Sometimes to help my co-author tell a real life story, often for fun, and always because I love it.

2) Which of your books was the most difficult to write?
Impact Ripples. It was part of the MM group writing event, but in coincided with me losing someone in RL. I wanted to withdraw but Claire and my cover artist persuaded me to carry on. And the lady who submitted the prompt for the story was so wonderful I did not want to let her down.

3) Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Sal. He thinks he is very ordinary, and can never fit into the world of art, but actually he is incredibly talented. One day he watches the news and sees a famous artist – Matthew Picard – say he is through with art. Sal is inspired and thinks of an innovative way to bring Matthew back from the darkness.

4) How much research do you do for your books?
In terms of people, lots.

5) Who designs your covers?
My dear friend Noah Homes. He is a very special person to me and Claire. 

Contact and Media
Website: http://astewartcdavisbook.wix.com/author
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Claire-Davis-and-Al-Stewart/764501920298271
Beaten Track: beatentrackpublishing.com/clairedavisandalstewart

Victoria Milne
Many years ago, Victoria chose the words ‘watch this space’ to accompany her picture in the school yearbook and had no dreams of being a writer. Sixteen years later, after someone joked that she should be an author, she began the first page of her very first novel and realised how perfect those words had been.
As a latecomer to the world of creative writing, Victoria is now making up for lost time and enjoying every second of the experience.
In the rare moments these days when she’s not writing or dreaming up new plots, she can usually be found at either the ice rink or the dojo and all of these activities are done listening to loud music.
Victoria would love to hear from anyone who shares her passion for writing; and in particular from anyone who has tips on how to tame the editing fetish she has unwittingly acquired along the way.
Contact and Media:
Goodreads: goodreads.com/VMilne
Facebook: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004591036789
Beaten Track: beatentrackpublishing.com/victoriamilne

Dawn Sister
Dawn is from the North East of England. Her life is spent juggling. The juggling balls are: children, husband, work (occasionally), voluntary work, professional knitting (notice she doesn't class this as work), and writing. When she has time she actually sleeps.
The whole point of writing for Dawn is just to get it all off her chest and out of her head. If she doesn't write it down then she ends up having long conversations with the characters out loud and her husband thinks she's crazy.

1) Why do you write?
I have all these stories and characters swirling around in my head. If I didn’t write about them I’d end up having long conversations with them out loud and my family think I’m nuts to begin with.

2) Which of your books was the most difficult to write?
Always the most current WIP. I need motivating (read: needs a kick up the *ss). I work best with a deadline. Otherwise I just procrastinate.

3) Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Sol is a troll. He doesn’t think he’s special at all. He’s ugly, scary and bad-tempered. He doesn’t need anyone to tell him this, he knows already. He’s been cultivating this image for two thousand years whilst he hides from the world, beneath a bridge in Paris. Humans don’t even know he exists, but something draws them to his bridge in their hoards and compels them to fasten their love-locks to the grids above his head. There must be some magic at work there but Sol doesn’t understand it. It takes a fairy named Lucien, who sees past his grumpy, gruff exterior, to make him realize he has more to offer, and that there’s more to life than hiding in a damp hole beneath a bridge.

4) How much research do you do for your books?
It depends on the subject. The recesses of my brain hold a lot of unrelated, but interesting facts and I can sometimes call on those reserves for a story. The rest of the time I use the internet. A Google search can take you to so many unexpected places.
Google Earth is always an essential when researching a location. I like to have that fixed in my head from the beginning. Whilst writing Locked in the Moment I spent a lot of time wandering the streets and parks of Paris without ever having to leave my sofa.

5) Who designs your covers?
The picture for the cover of Locked in the Moment was taken by a very good friend who happens to be a photographer, named Russell. He does this sort of thing as a hobby. I added the wording, however, the title is actually engraved on the lock itself.

Contact and Media
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dawnsister1
Tumblr: http://dawnsister.tumblr.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DawnSister
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/DawnSister
FictionPress: http://www.fictionpress.com/~dawnsister
Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/~dawnsister

J P Walker
Jem Roche-Walker was born in Norwich and moved to the Northwest in order to attend Edge Hill University, studying Social Work Studies. After studying, she began working in rehabilitation for patients with acquired brain injuries and spent seven years writing her first novel, Knights of the Sun, (2013, Beaten Track).
She lives in Burscough with her wife and baby girl and loves spending family time with them.
Contact and Media
Goodreads: goodreads.com/JPWalker
Facebook: facebook.com/jpwalkerknightsofthesun
Beaten Track: beatentrackpublishing.com/jpwalker

Caraway Carter
Caraway Carter has worn numerous hats. He’s been a furniture salesman, a dresser, a costumer, an actor/waiter, a rabble rouser, a poet and most recently a writer. He married his husband on Halloween and they are the loving parents of two rambunctious cats. He loves words and stringing them together, he loves sex and sexy men. He loves seeing how far his muse will take him and he’s looking forward to entertaining you.
Contact and Media
Website: carawaycarter.com
Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/13539002.Caraway_Carter
Beaten Track: beatentrackpublishing.com/carawaycarter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarawayCarter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarawayCarter
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/carawaycarter/

Ofelia Gränd
Ofelia Gränd is Swedish, which often shines through in her stories. She likes to write about everyday people ending up in not-so-everyday situations, and hopefully also getting out of them. She writes contemporary and paranormal, and dreams about one day writing a post-apocalyptic story—if that ever happens we’ll see.
Her books are written for readers who want to take a break from their everyday life for an hour or two.
When Ofelia manages to tear herself from the screen and sneak away from husband and children, she likes to take walks in the woods. She’s recently discovered the miracle of podcasts and spends her strolls listening to wise people talk.

"I’m a thirty-something-year-old Swedish woman who spends far more time in front of the computer than any sane person should. I live with my husband, our four children, two cats, one dog, and a various number of fish in a house in the middle of nowhere. If you’ve ever read any Astrid Lindgren, books you might have heard of Småland; that’s where I live. When I’m not at home taking care of children, I’m a teacher. I teach Swedish as a Second Language to teenagers and adults, but while that can be an interesting job I would much rather be writing.
My current book is called He Melted Us and it takes place in Paris. It’s part of the Love Unlocked anthology, an anthology about love locks, or rather about the people behind the locks. In He Melted Us you’ll meet Delron, a rather uncharismatic young man, and Phillipe, his more level-headed partner. Delron believes their relationship will fail without their padlock and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back once it’s been stolen from Pont des Arts. Phillipe, on the other hand, can’t see how a stolen lock could have any impact on them whatsoever."

1) Why do you write?
You know, I often ask myself the same thing. I invest so many hours, on a daily basis, in my writing and most often there is nothing to show for it. No money, no fame, no raving fans *laugh*. But what else would I do? How do people who don’t write stay sane? My head is filled with all these ideas, all these people and voices and I’m afraid it might explode if I don’t let them out. So that is one part of it, another is that I want to do something meaningful and while writing might not change the world, it changes my world. The people I’ve come to know through my writing are very dear to me.

2) Which of your books was the most difficult to write?
Silent Woods I think. Some stories come easy, I get caught in a flow and can’t seem to stop until the story is finished. Others have me tied up in knots and Silent Woods was one of those. I couldn’t get it right and I was about to hit delete more times than with any other story I’ve ever written. But I finished it and sent it out to my beta readers and none of them seemed to hate it. Then I had my husband read it and he suggested a change in the ending. I’m so glad I changed the ending, it wasn’t much, just a few lines, but it changed a lot about how I felt about the story. Now I have a sort of love-hate relationship to that book.

3) Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Of Phillipe and Delron I think Delron is the most interesting one mostly because he’s insane *laughs*. He has this belief that the fate of his and Phillip’s relationship comes down to that one little padlock they placed on Pont des Arts a few years before the story takes place. He takes no responsibility for his behaviour because it doesn’t matter, to him, what he has to do as long as he gets the lock back—it matters a great deal to Phillip what Delron does, but Del is unable to see that. I don’t know if it makes him special but he sure creates a heap of frustration. I was frustrated with him while writing though I had a laugh too. There is something about Del that makes me smile.

4) How much research do you do for your books?
There is always research behind a story, even small things that need to be checked, but I think I do far less research than many others. I mostly write contemporary or paranormal and I don’t think you ever can compare those genres to say historicals. Most often I get away with googling things, and if I’m working on a paranormal story I can most often simply make things up.

5) Who designs your covers?
Most often I make them myself. I like playing around with Photoshop but I’m far from being a graphic designer. I also have some covers made by the lovely Amy Spector.

If you want to know more, subscribe to Ofelia's Mailing List:
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Debbie McGowan
Debbie McGowan is an author and publisher based in a semi-rural corner of Lancashire, England. She writes character-driven, realist fiction, celebrating life, love and relationships. A working class girl, she ‘ran away’ to London at seventeen, was homeless, unemployed and then homeless again, interspersed with animal rights activism (all legal, honest ;)) and volunteer work as a mental health advocate. At twenty-five, she went back to college to study social science—tough with two toddlers, but they had a ‘stay at home’ dad, so it worked itself out. These days, the toddlers are young women (much to their chagrin), and Debbie teaches undergraduate students, writes novels and runs an independent publishing company, occasionally grabbing an hour of sleep where she can.
Contact and Media
Twitter: @writerdebmcg
Facebook 1: facebook.com/DebbieMcGowanAuthor
Facebook 2: facebook.com/beatentrackpublishing
YouTube: youtube.com/deb248211
Tumblr: writerdebmcg.tumblr.com
LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/writerdebmcg
Google+: plus.google.com/+DebbieMcGowan
Goodreads: goodreads.com/DebbieMcGowan
Pinterest: pinterest.com/b10track
Website: debbiemcgowan.co.uk

Tour Dates & Stops:
14-Feb Boy Meets Boy Reviews, Hearts on Fire, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
15-Feb Jessie G. Books, Divine Magazine, Caraway Carter
16-Feb Multitasking Mommas, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, BFD Book Blog
17-Feb Book Lovers 4Ever, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
18-Feb Molly Lolly, Andrew Q. Gordon
19-Feb Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, MM Good Book Reviews
20-Feb Happily Ever Chapter, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
21-Feb Alpha Book Club, Love Bytes
22-Feb Wake Up Your Wild Side, Bayou Book Junkie
23-Feb Boys on the Brink Reviews, A.M. Leibowitz, Inked Rainbow Reads

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