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as regularly as time permits on the Gay Authors website (GA) under the pseudonym Lomax61, which is where many of my unpublished short stories and novels sit.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



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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British born Chinese gay man Stanley Cheung wakes with somebody else's hangover. 


Not only that, but he is laid out on someone’s couch in a grungy student digs where a strange woman is telling him he smells like a brewery. The thing is Stanley rarely drinks. 


When the woman finally leaves, he finds out that not only has he woken as six-foot-three, ripped, blond-haired, straight Caucasian Don Bradley, but that today is not Friday. 


It’s Thursday. 




He is reliving the same day but this time as somebody else.

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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