As many of you who have attempted to navigate the convoluted world of publishing will know, patienceperseverance and dealing with rejection are all good things to add to your arsenal.  No wonder the self-publishing world has taken off in such a big way. I have a couple of stories, one which was shot down in flames by a beta reader, the other rejected by my publisher. Personally, I am fond of them both so I thought I would share them here with readers of my stories.

I write as regularly as time permits on the Gay Authors website (GA) under the pseudonym Lomax61, which is where many of my unpublished short stories and novels sit. 

But in case you are not a member, I have included below two stories I completed, a Christmas tale, that seemed to give many of the readers at GA a lot of enjoyment and a follow up short story which combines characters from my other books meting each other for the first time. I hope you enjoy these, too.

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Fed up with the traditional family Christmas, Trevor McTavish and his friend Cheryl have planned a vacation for twelve close gay friends to enjoy Christmas together in remote country locations around Britain. Stratham Lodge in Scotland, hugging the shores of Loch Arkaig, is this year’s rental destination. Except grim providence has stepped in this year and friends have dropped out. Nevertheless, they decide to brace themselves and endure with a much reduced, and somewhat contentious party.


Until the son of the owner, Rudy Mortimer—gloriously shirtless on horseback—appears, and the fun begins.

Warning: Adult-themed content 18+ years

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In this short story, Rudy and Trevor return to Loch Arkaig in Scotland for Christmas with a group of new friends; a CEO whose life changed when he advertised for a travel companion; a celebrity chef who found love with his late best friend's husband; a former baker and his tree-hugging partner; two older men who have been together since college; and finally, a doctor working for an international  charity and his lawyer husband. All of them are about to meet together on Christmas Eve, many for the first time.

As time moves ever onwards, their lives may have changed since their stories were first told, but the characters remain essentially the same. 

So here is a chance, dear reader, to return to beautiful Scotland and catch up on the lives of old and much loved friends.

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At forty-seven, Leonard Day believes he has had his time in the light. The lover he thought to have by his side into old age died eleven years ago. Now he is resigned to engross himself in his London businesses. Until, one Sunday, a call from his mother tells him he needs to come home to Norwich. His father has passed away.

With a past he would rather keep buried, freelance builder Adrian Lamperton prefers to live alone. But when good-looking Lenny Day arrives back in town, he recognises him instantly, although for some reason, remembers Lenny taking a deep dislike to him when they were at school together. 

In his father’s Will, Leonard is surprised to learn he has inherited a Welsh Farmhouse, something he knew nothing about. When Adrian helps him out of a tight spot, he requests the man’s professional expertise in checking over the property.

But not unlike the two men, tragedy and mystery surround the property. And as they begin work, as the two men reveal their secrets to each other, they start to unearth things about the house that others would prefer remained buried.

Warning: Adult-themed content 18+ years

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The sleepy village of Crumbington is about to get a wake-up call when the new chairperson of the Crumbington Summer Fête Committee decides to shake things up, including pushing to have a naked calendar of the Crumbington United football team. 


She also announces that this year’s festival will be hosted by none other than the rising television and movie star, Clifton O’Keefe, an ex-resident of Crumbington. Although some of the committee have heard of him, Nathan Fresher, local baker, had once been Clifton’s boyfriend back in high school, until Clifton and his family disappeared one night, over ten years ago.


To make matters worse, not only is his best friend's cousin, Jaymes Fischer, in town—a brattish, childish, unfunny conservationist—but despite being warned off in no uncertain terms, he takes it upon himself to fight Nathan's corner.

Warning: Adult-themed content 18+ years


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