Stu Reviews: Custom Fit by Josephine Myles

Book cover for M/M Romance Custom Fit by Josephine MylesI’d been excited to read Custom Fit by Josephine Myles, the second book in the M/M Romance Tailor Made series, ever since I read the first book, Tailor Made.

This book picks up soon after Tailor Made left off, with new boyfriends Felix and Andrew coming to terms with the harsh financial reality of trying to make it together on student loan and a part time job.

What I find refreshing about Jo’s writing is that her men aren’t the fetishised muscle gods who usually frequent M/M Romance books but the kind of guys you’d be likely to meet in any British student town.

What’s more, the story involves Felix’s growing compulsion to wear women’s clothing, his own reaction to that compulsion, and Andrew’s reaction.

Jo absolutely captures that can’t-keep-my-hands-off-you feeling that new love gives but also that how-much-should-I-tell-you feeling, too.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely.

You can buy it here (affiliate link).

There is a Happy Ending

heartToday has been strange.

I had the same crawling sense of foreboding today as I did on Friday, June 24th, when the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). The train was snowblanket-quiet, as was London, as was the office. The last time I remembered people being that subdued was 9/11.

For those who voted to remain in the EU, and those who voted for Clinton, there’s an overwhelming sense of disbelief and powerlessness, and it’s hard not to absorb some of that feeling today.

But I noticed something when I was writing—a romance novel—I felt a sense of control and hope. Romance is, by its very nature, emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

If optimism is something you need today, you might want to pick up a book with a happy ending.

What Kind of Writer am I?

Untitled designDiscovering who I am as a writer is something that grew out of my master’s degree.

Until that point, I’d concentrated on M/M Romance, but the course encouraged me to try a range of writing for page, stage and screen, and my final project was a full-length screenplay for a contemporary romance.

(I also have a penchant for writing funny Northern women. Who knew?)

Learning who I am as a writer helped me to find my voice, and learning how I work best makes me more productive.

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Body of Water: A Retrospective

bodywaterhi-resNow I’m working on the final part of The Orcadian Novels, I’ve been reflecting on the first—Body of Water—that will always have a special place in my heart.

It was my first novel. Sure, I’d been published before, both as a food writer and as co-author of M/M Romance Isali Dreams, but this was my baby.

The title came first, springing from my love of the ocean and a strong desire to write a contemporary fantasy story set in the UK and featuring a main character with the power over water.

My research into water-related magic took me straight up to Orkney via the wonderful Orkneyjar website. As soon as I started reading through the wealth of information curated by Sigurd Towrie, I was hooked. Here were the building blocks for my overall story’s folklore and my main character’s backstory.

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Why Writers Need to Play

Play is the highest form of research.After two years of hard study for my MA in Professional Writing, I was looking forward to getting back to my own novel and put all my new-found knowledge to use, but when I sat down I just felt—bleurgh.

I’m burned out, I thought. I need to take a break and let my creative well refill. But two years of writing to strict deadlines, plus writing contextual essays about my writing, had got me into a solid, daily writing routine, and I wasn’t going to go down without a fight.

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Out Now: Goodman’s Child

Copy of goodman'sMy new eBook, Goodman’s Child, is a short story set in Orkney.

Inspired by the Orcadian folklore story The Goodman o’ Wastness, which I read during research for Memory of Water, it centres on the plight of Moire, a woman trapped by her husband in the small croft house they share with their sick son.

Moire has spent years trying to escape Goodman and now she has a chance.

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