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A Is For Aftercare by Colette Davison :: The Alphabet of Desire #1 :: Excerpt :: Guest Post :: Giveaway

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A is for Aftercare is the story of two men falling in love, while they explore their desires together, which include blindfolds, sensory play, and lots of cuddles. It's the first of three steamy, low angst novels, which follow each of the ABC triplets as they find love. You can read Blake and Corey's stories in B is for Beg and C is for Comfort.

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The Alphabet of Desire series by Colette Davison

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Individual Stories
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1
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Colette Davison
Published:
29 June 2021
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237
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Synopsis

A famous author, a new job, and a party with a difference. Are these the makings of a perfect romance?

Archie

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to end up working for my #1 favourite author. Nor did I expect him to love being called ‘Sir’. An invite to an adult party changes everything. Will Hamish order me to my knees or throw me out?

Hamish

The moment I first set eyes on Archie Morris, he becomes my secret muse.  Words I’ve been struggling to write pour out of me. He’s my PA and twenty-three years my junior, none of that matters when he shows up at my private party, ready to play. One night leads to so much more. Will Archie see beyond our differences to what I’m offering him—my heart?

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Guest Post By Colette Davison

 

Hi and a huge thank you to MM Fiction Café for letting me come by to tell you a little bit about my writing process.

I’ve been writing stories since I could hold a pen. According to my mum, one of the first stories I wrote was a creation myth based around a song. Somewhere in my teens, I decided I wanted to be a published author. I remember telling some school friends during an art lesson, and that they were full of doubts. Not in a mean-spirited way, more in a “hardly anyone ever makes it” way. Then, they were probably right. Indie publishing didn’t exist, the Kindle hadn’t even been invented, and the only way into the industry was via a traditional publishing contract or paying thousands to a vanity publishing house. Not that any of that stopped me from writing endlessly.

Into my teens, most of my writing was done with pen and paper, but now I do it all on my laptop. I use Scrivener to write and do my initial editing passes, only switching to Word when a book goes to my editor.

I’m a pantser, which means I don’t write outlines of my books. Often, I start with a couple of characters and how they’re going to meet and that’s it.

I don’t ever base characters on people I know, although I do put elements of myself into my writing. In Why I Left You, Jamie’s depression was heavily based on my own (I had post-natal depression after the birth of my son). Jesse and Isaac’s struggle with infertility in Openly Yours (Offbeat Shifters Book 2) came from personal experience as well. In A is for Aftercare, I finally got around to writing about an author! A lot of Hamish’s writing process and the struggles he goes through are my own.

I always like to have images of my characters. I used to scour the internet to find people that fitted the image I had in my head, now I stick to stock photo sites so that I’ve got the perfect image ready to go for a book cover! It’s much harder to find the cover model after you’ve written the book because I never manage to find anyone that quite matches.

As I write, I’ll discover what happy ever after means for my characters and I’ll work towards that goal. I aim to write 3000-4000 words a day but can sometimes do a lot more than that when the words are flowing.

Beginnings are always hard. It takes me a whole to discover the voices of my characters and get a good feel for them. In the Alphabet of Desire series, there was a scene in the opening C is for Comfort that got heavily edited, because in the first draft Blake and Corey got very tetchy and almost childish with each other. By the time I came to edit, I knew that their relationship as brothers was nothing like that at all.

I have two amazing alpha readers, who look at chapters as I write them. Most of the time, implementing their feedback is the only editing I’ll do before I reach the end of the first draft.

Once I’ve finished the first draft, I like to let the story sit for a few days, although I don’t always have that luxury. Then I’ll read it through and self-edit as I go along. I find it’s best to use a text to speech function to hear the story out loud. I’m much more likely to pick up on errors that way. Once the second draft is done, it’s over to my beta readers. I’ll often start another book while I’m waiting for their feedback. I pretty much always end up adding words based on beta reader feedback. Once that’s done, it goes to my editor and then my proofreader.

I’m always nervous when releasing a new book. I put a bit of my heart and soul into every book and every character, which is why I refer to them as my ‘book babies.’ As nerve-wracking as it is, I can’t see a future where I’m not writing and not releasing books. I love creating characters and worlds. The best feeling ever is when a reader messages me to tell me they appreciated something in one of my books—that something I’d written positively resonated with them. It makes the (often hard) writing process more than worth it.

Excerpt

“You’re struggling to write?” he asks.

He picks up a glass of water and drinks from it. Captivated, I admire the way his full lips curve around the rim.

“Aye.”

“It’s the book that’s due in a month?”

“Aye.” I groan. “I’ll manage it.”

“How much have you written?”

I shrug. “Not enough. I’m just not feeling the words. I’m sick of Orion. I’d put a bullet through his head if my publisher let me.” I have no clue why I’m telling him any of this.

“If it helps, I really like Orion.”

I snort. “I’m paying you to be my PA, not kiss my arse.” Not that I have any reason to disbelieve his love of my character. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be averse to his lips being pressed against that part of my body—or anywhere else for that matter. I stuff some of the avocado toast into my mouth. It tastes a bit too good.

“I’m not.” The blush across his cheeks deepens to scarlet. “I’m being honest. I know he’s a bit surly, but he’s got a kind heart, really.”

I huff. “He’s a crotchety arsehole.”

Archie laughs. The sound reverberates through my body, almost making me want to laugh along with him. Part of the reason I hate Orion is that he’s too much like me.

“But I’m stuck with him for this book and another one. At least.”

“At least?”

“My contract runs out after that, but knowing my publisher, I’m sure they’ll try to sweet talk me into signing up to write another three books about the grumpy fucker.”

Archie smothers another laugh behind his hand.

“What?” I demand.

“You don’t strike me as the kind of man who does anything he doesn’t want to.”

I narrow my eyes. What else does he think he’s figured out about me?

“I’m not, but this is different.”

Archie tilts his head. “How?”

I open and close my mouth a couple of times, which probably makes me look like a fish drowning in air. “My publisher calls the shots,” I say eventually. Self-publishing under a pen name gives me the creative freedom I crave. Not that I’m going to mention that to my sexy PA.

“Surely they’ll understand if you tell them you’ve run out of steam? Especially if you pitch them a fantastic new idea.”

I shake my head.

“I’ve read all your books, sir. You’ve written so many amazing characters. I’m sure you could come up with a concept that would blow Orion King out of the water.”

I stare at the food on my plate.

“If you could write anything, what would it be?”

Aside from hot, passionate, if unrealistic stories of men falling in love? “I don’t know.”

“You should think about it,” Archie says as if it’s as easy as calling lightning from the sky. “But right now, you need to find a way to fall back in love with Orion enough to finish this book and write another.”

“I know,” I grumble.

“Is there anything I can do to help the words flow?” Archie asks.

I jerk my head back. “What?”

That’s not even remotely part of his job description. Then again, it’s only halfway through his first day, and he’s already made more of a positive impact on me than any of his predecessors.

“Can I help?”

Be Lee Lawson’s muse. Lie naked on my bed while I write about how glorious you are.

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Colette Davison

Biography

Colette's personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding. Several years later, she’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.

Ever since she could hold a pen, Colette has been writing stories. Always an avid reader and lover of the arts, Colette graduated in Theatre Studies from Lancaster University in 1999, and in English Literature from the Open University in 2010. After studying for a P.G.C.E. in secondary education, and subsequently teaching english and drama for six years, Colette chose to become a stay at home mum and to focus on her writing.

Colette's first M/M romance, Why I Left You, was published in November 2017. Since then she has continued to write books with flawed characters, lots of heart, and happy endings.

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