Ever since Cambridge-bound Colin Lancaster secretly watched stable master Patrick Callahan *mastering* the groundskeeper, he's longed for Patrick to do the same to him. When Patrick is caught with his pants down and threatened with death, Colin speaks up in his defense, announcing that he, too, is guilty of “the love that dare not speak its name.” Soon they're both condemned as criminals and shipped off to the faraway prison colony of Australia.
Patrick learned long ago that love is a fairy tale and is determined that no one will scale the wall he's built around his heart. Yet he's inexorably drawn to spirited Colin despite his best efforts to keep him at bay. As their journey extends from the cramped and miserable depths of a prison ship to the vast, untamed Australian outback, Colin and Patrick must build new lives for themselves. Can they tame each other and find happiness together in this strange new land?*
I wanted to share the cover and blurb for my new novel, which is being released by Loose Id on October 5 as part of Loose Id's celebration for Coming Out Day 2010. This is my second historical (the first being Voyageurs) and I loved writing it. Historicals are a new challenge for me and working on this book was very rewarding. I hope readers enjoy it as well!