Guest Post: L.M. Brown and Life Under the Sea

Today my guest is L.M. Brown, with an inside look at her newest release, Forbidden Waters, the first book in the Merman & Magic series from Totally Bound. It’s a ménage, so you know I’m in!

Jake Seabrook is a regular human with no idea that there are mythical beings living their lives beneath the surface of the ocean. His concerns don’t revolve around sunken cities or anything else to do with the ocean.  He has returned to the coastal town he grew up in after travelling for a year. If he were to be completely honest, he’d admit he has spent the last year running away from the feelings he has for his best friend, Alex.  Unfortunately for Jake, Alex is straight and all they will ever be is friends.

Leaving town didn’t help him get over Alex, so now he has returned, hoping to at least get their friendship back on track, if he can pluck up the courage to face those he walked out on.

Making amends takes second place when Jake and Alex find what appears to be a body on the beach.  The naked man isn’t dead, but is in definite need of assistance.

Taking the stranger under his wing Jake can’t help being attracted to the handsome man who speaks no English.  It’s difficult to hide your feelings when your unexpected flatmate spends most of his time naked.

For Jake the surprise of finding a naked man on the beach is only the first of many shocks he has to face.  Not only does he have to come to terms with the knowledge that beings he thought were myths actually exist, he has to face some harsh truths about himself.

Having harboured feelings for his friend for so long, Jake has always considered himself a one man kind of guy.  But what happens when the man you’re in love with is in love with someone else as well?  Do you give him up and let the better man win?  Do you fight for him and potentially break another’s heart?  Or do you choose the third option?

For Jake the big question is whether it is possible to love more than one person.

forbiddenwaters 200x320To save his clan from ever-increasing shark attacks, merman Kyle seeks sanctuary for his people in the sunken city of Atlantis, even though he knows that as a homosexual merman, he will be sacrificing his own chance for love. Love finds him anyway in the form of Prince Finn, the rebellious young heir to the Atlantean throne.

When their relationship is discovered, Kyle is the one to pay the price. Banished from the oceans, he seeks shelter in England and finds a new love with human, Jake Seabrook. 

For Jake, Kyle is the chance to move on from the crush he has on his straight best friend. The strange man he found naked on the beach seems to fit into his life with ease.  If only Kyle weren’t keeping secrets from him, Jake could see them having a future together. 

Things are not what they seem for either of the men and when Kyle discovers the truth about Finn, he knows he must return to Atlantis. 

Three men, a tangled relationship, and one chance for happiness—if they can trust enough to take it.


Jake’s phone vibrated in his pocket and he pulled it out. He sighed when he saw Alex’s name on the screen as the incoming call. He hadn’t spoken to him for eleven months, just sending the occasional text while avoiding Alex’s attempts to phone him. Jake guessed Summer had clocked him on the street and given Alex the heads up.

The temptation to hit the reject button yet again was strong, but he knew he’d merely be putting off the inevitable.

“Hi, Alex,” he greeted his oldest friend.

“Don’t ‘Hi, Alex’, me like you didn’t just fuck off out of town for a year. When did you get back?”

“Last night.”

“And you didn’t think maybe I’d want to know you were back in town?”

Jake bit back a snide comment about Alex needing advance warning to cover his arse, but he knew his friend didn’t deserve it. It wasn’t Alex’s fault his gay best friend had fallen for him. Alex had done everything he could to be supportive of Jake.

“It was a last minute decision,” Jake said instead. “I’m not even sure if I’m going to stick around.”

“All the more reason to pick up the damn phone and tell your best friend you’re here,” Alex shouted. “Where are you?”

“Just walking the dog on the beach.”

“You have a dog?”

“Yeah. We kind of adopted each other.”

“Cool. I’ll be there in five minutes. Don’t you dare run off!”

The line went dead before Jake could reply. He guessed Alex still lived with his father in the luxurious beach house at the other end of the beach. Sure enough, he soon spotted Alex trotting across the sand. Alex came to a halt several feet in front of him.

“You’re finally back,” Alex said.

“Yeah, for the moment at least.”

Alex narrowed his eyes and when Jake drew level with him, he punched him hard on the arm. “That’s for taking off without a word to anyone, you git.”

Jake guessed he deserved the hit, as well as the second strike that came a few seconds later. “What was that one for?”

“For ignoring my calls. The only reason I didn’t call out a search party for you was because you occasionally updated your Facebook page with pictures of you on your travels.”

“I texted you.”

“After you’d been gone for three weeks. I was going out of my bloody mind worrying about you. We all were.”

Jake focused his gaze on the water. “I’m sorry. I just had to get away for a while.”

“I get that. What I don’t understand is why you couldn’t have said goodbye or let us know you were okay.”

Jake didn’t have any justification for what he had done. Alex was absolutely right. He could have done something other than packing up his bags in the middle of the night and hitching a ride out of town because he didn’t want to wait for the first train the next morning.

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About the Author

L.M. Brown lives in England, in a quaint little village time doesn’t seem to have touched. No, wait a minute—that’s the retirement biography. Right now, she is in England in a medium sized town no one has ever heard of, so she won’t bore you with the details. Keeping her company are numerous sexy men. She just wishes they weren’t all inside her head.

L.M. believes there is nothing hotter or sweeter than two men in love with each other… unless it is three.

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2 responses to “Guest Post: L.M. Brown and Life Under the Sea

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  2. Thank you for having me here today, Shae.