Nick Andrews is back in England. He is a broken man, living on the streets and trying to cope with everything he’s been through. Nick thinks that his life is over, but then Tom comes along. Tom, who is handsome and wealthy and intent on making his acquaintance.
Nick ends up as Tom’s valet, a position that brings him to the remote estate of Ravensleigh. At Ravensleigh, he soon realizes that Tom and his family have a past laden with shadows. Nick regrets coming there, but at the same time finds it harder and harder to resist Tom’s advances.
Then one night, a stranger arrives at Ravensleigh. And Nick’s world is turned upside down once more.
Please note that the books in the Wavesongs series should be read in chronological order!
The process of writing Wavesongs
Everything started in 2010. I was living in Japan with my friends, and we were obsessed with Japanese boy bands. Because our favorite groups kept doing pirate-themed photo shoots, music videos, even tours, we ended up having a very vivid late night discussion of what might happen if our idols were part of a pirate crew—what role would they have on board, and who would have a crush on who? I had vague plans on writing a crackfic based on the idea, but I never did.
That pirate idea kept haunting me, though, and over the next year or so more and more characters and storylines kept popping into my head. I had never finished a novel before, only short stories, and I decided to try and see if I could write my silly pirate story—only for practice. Just one quick, simple novel, to see if I was actually capable of finishing a project. That was all it was, in the beginning.
That first version, called The Cabin Boy, was absolutely terrible in every way—I saved it, because I’m the kind of person who saves everything, but I never want to read a sentence of it ever again. I realized pretty quickly that I could do better, and started over from scratch a second time. This time the title was Wavesongs, and the story was improved a lot. I even got a contract with a Swedish publisher for that version, but things didn’t work out in the end. Which I was fine with, because I still wasn’t happy with the story. Something wasn’t right.
It wasn’t until 2015 that I made the one change that turned everything around. Before then, Nick didn’t end up with Christopher but with someone else. Christopher was the bad guy, not the love interest. And none of it was working out, because I’ve always loved Christopher the most despite all his flaws, while I didn’t care half as much for the former love interest. Once I finally realized all this, I could start writing the story from scratch a third time. And this time I got it right. I wrote the story I actually wanted to write.
If I had known in 2010 that I’d still be working on that same story nine years later, I might not have been thrilled. I still get frustrated at times by the fact that writing books takes too long, when I have tons of ideas in my head and I just want to work on all of them right away. But I know that my younger self would have been proud, too. I’m much better at finishing things now.
Series: Wavesongs #2
Author: Elvira Bell
Release Date: March 9, 2019
Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex
Length: 97300 words
Genre: Romance, age gap, historical, pirates, adventure, m/m romance, gay
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Two nights later, Arlington returns to the coffee house. He doesn’t show up until late—half an hour before closing he saunters in and sits himself down close to the fireplace. He takes a long look around the room, removing his hat and straightening the black ribbon holding the curls of his wig together at the neck. There’s only one other customer left, so Nick isn’t busy. He has no excuses.
“Just a little,” Arlington says as Nick starts pouring him coffee. “Too much of this late in the evenings and I get no sleep until morning.” He smiles. “How about you, Mr. Andrews? Is coffee to your taste?”
Nick looks down at his hands. “No.”
“How expected!” Arlington chuckles. His fingertips run over the brim of the cup, tracing the edge. “Have you tried it? Surely Mr. Goodall has offered you some?”
“Don’t want to,” Nick mutters, and hurries away. When he enters the back room with some dirty dishes Goodall is there, rummaging for something in a cupboard. The room is dim, and so small that there’s barely space for both of them.
“No good, that one,” Goodall says under his breath. As if Nick didn’t know already that Mr. Arlington is no good.
Goodall is quiet for a moment. “Oh, it’s rumors,” he says at last, getting to his feet. “Nothing for a young boy like you to hear.”
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Meet the Author
Elvira Bell lives in Sweden and spends most of her time writing, reading or watching movies. Her weaknesses include, but are not limited to: vintage jazz, musicals, kittens, oversized tea cups, men in suits, the 18th century, and anything sparkly.
Elvira writes m/m fiction with a touch of romance and has a penchant for historical settings. She adores all things gothic and will put her characters through hell from time to time because she just loves watching them suffer. It makes the happy endings so much sweeter, after all.
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