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Alex Beecroft

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in Dundonald, The United Kingdom



Tolkien, Patrick O'Brian, Ursula LeGuin

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March 2008


Spaceships and galaxy spanning empires, conversations with angels, viking villages, haunted mansions and forbidden love in the Age of Sail... I love a good strong plot in an exotic setting, with characters you can admire, and a happy ending.

If you make a venn diagram of genres, including historical, fantasy, gay romance and mystery, I occupy the space in the middle where they overlap.


BTW, if you're thinking my reviews on here are a bit mean, most of the books I really enjoy will get a 4 star. I am saving 5 stars for books I find genuinely life changing. 4 is still "this was really really good, you should read it." 5 is "OMG, my mind is blown and my life will never be the same again."

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Always finish the projects you've started. That's a firm rule. Do not stop until you've reached the end, or you will never get anything finished.

Also, hang out with authors, agents, publishers etc on social media. You'll get lots of industry tips and you'll also be in the right place to hear of any submissions calls as soon as they're made.

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False Colors

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Captain's Surrender

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Those of you who’ve known me a while will have seen me blog about this book and Angels of Istanbul, its sequel, for years. I know there are folks out there who want to see epic historical fantasy where the protagonists are queer, but the story is not about the queerness – the story is about the protagonists having badass adventures and saving the world.

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Captain's Surrender (Gay & Lesbian)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: Ambitious and handsome, Joshua Andrews had always valued his life too much to take unnecessary risks. Then he laid eyes on the elegant picture of perfection that is Peter Kenyon. Soon to be promoted to captain, Peter Kenyon is the darling of the Bermuda garrison. With a string of successes behind him and a suitable bride lined up to share his future, Peter seems completely out of reach to Joshua. But when the two men are thrown together to serve during a long voyage under a sadistic commander with a mutinous crew, they discover unexpected friendship. As the tension on board their vessel heats up, the closeness they feel for one another intensifies and both officers find themselves unable to reign in their passion. Let yourself be transported back to a time when love between two men in the British Navy was punishable by death, and to a story about love, about honor, but most of all, about a Captain’s Surrender.
The Witch's Boy (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Are the sins of the fathers really visited upon the sons? And is there no way of breaking that cycle? Is evil doomed always to repeat itself, ruining everything good through its tainted seed? These are not the questions young Oswy is asking himself when he is sold to the witch-Lord Sulien FitzGuimar. He's too busy wondering 'why me?!' They are, however, the questions which plague Sulien himself. Locked in a struggle for freedom, sanity, the very survival of his soul, Sulien must daily battle not only angels and demons, but the core of evil in his own heart. When the King's sorcerer stages a coup, dragging ancient magic, the elves, and the royal court into his Empire-building plans, the woman he has set his sights on as a bride - timid, aspiring nun, Adela - sets out to find someone to oppose him. It's just unfortunate that the only candidates are cowardly Oswy, Adela herself and Sulien - who, deep in his heart, just wants to surrender and join him. When the hope of redemption is balanced against the lure of revenge, which will prove stronger, flawed good or perfect evil?

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“He looked like a man who was turning into paper, folding himself into origami angles, fragile and friable and prone to crumple.”
Alex Beecroft, Shining in the Sun

“So close now, Alec could read the make on his wetsuit, see the individual grains of sand that dusted
the black material, the drops of water trembling on the points of his hair. Now or never. But Alec couldn‟t,
couldn’t. Could he?
He stood up. “Stop!” His mouth dried out as the surfer‟s dark, dark green eyes looked into his, startled
and curious. Suddenly he felt an absolute fool. He was inviting a good kicking, at least. But damn it, a man
couldn‟t always be afraid.
“Don‟t go past. Please. Sit down and drink with me. If you go past… If you go past, I think I‟ll die.”
Alex Beecroft, Shining in the Sun
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“Ridiculous, that Finn had to be the one giving comfort. But it had been this way with Tom too. Arguments were tricky things for both sides to win if no one ever gave way first. There was something terribly domestic about the small sacrifice of ego, of first place. Sure, sex was a fine thing, but a fight at the end of which the pair of you were more lovingly entangled than ever, that was closer to being one flesh, one soul, than anything else.”
Alex Beecroft, Trowchester Blues


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“The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist; a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”
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message 1: by Alex

Alex I seem to be everywhere! I think it's time I rationalized and cut some stuff out. But I'll keep this one because this is where all the cool people are ;)

message 2: by Mary

Mary McCoy-Dressel Hi, Alex,

Great to be connected here with you, too. It's been awhile! I see you've been a very busy author. :-) I'm trying to be. Thanks for finding me here.

message 3: by Alex

Alex Mary J. wrote: "Hi, Alex,

Great to be connected here with you, too. It's been awhile! I see you've been a very busy author. :-) I'm trying to be. Thanks for finding me here."

Thanks, Mary! I sadly end up just doing nothing everywhere. But at least I'm writing, which is the main thing.

Sophia Thank you for accepting my friend request, Alex. Now I can come and make complimentary comments each time I read yet another one of your wonderful Age of Sail stories.


message 5: by Alex

Alex Sophia wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request, Alex. Now I can come and make complimentary comments each time I read yet another one of your wonderful Age of Sail stories.


*g* I'm thoroughly behind this plan :) Thank you for asking me!

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