Release day: In the Spotlight
Today is the official release of In the Spotlight by Shona Husk (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:
A diva who lives for the spotlight, a sailor deeply in the closet, a love that will change them both
Ripley Malone is returning to Perth in triumph. A principal ballet dancer in a production that has critics raving, he is an unqualified success, and all the small-minded people that made his life hell can kiss his lycra-covered ass. But behind the makeup and the glitter and the costumes, Ripley is beginning to tire, tire of the competition, the drive, the endless parade of meaningless lovers.
For Pierce Lovell, joining the Navy was a way out of rural Victoria, but becoming a submariner comes with its own set of challenges. The close living quarters and long months away are awkward enough without adding any extra tension around his sexuality. The fear is probably in his head, but he isn’t taking any chances with his career. He gets by on anonymous one-night-stands every time they come to shore and keeps his heart well-shielded. But one night with Ripley opens the tantalising possibility of more.
Through a mistake Ripley is injured. He can’t dance. His wings are clipped and he crashes down and hits the earth hard. Pierce knows their affair can’t possibly end in anything but heartache, but he can’t stay away. As Ripley heals and reassesses his life, he is determined not to make the same mistakes again. That means letting someone see the vulnerable side of him. But vulnerability for Pierce could cost him everything.
Shona dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
In the Spotlight is a spin off from the Face the Music series, which is set in Western Australia (where I live). Ripley is Dan’s best friend (and Dan makes an appearance in this book). I had fun revisiting their stories, but also expanding their world. This story is really the combination of two desires I’d had for a while, one was to write a ballet-dancing hero and the other was to write about a submariner. Submariners have such a tough job it’s about time they got to step into the spotlight as a romance hero.