Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#Giveaway! #BlogTour One Word, Book 3 in the Hidden Places Series, by Anne Barwell is out!!

Join me in welcoming Anne Barwell to my blog today with her newest novel, One Word, A Hidden Places Story, Book 3! She also gives us a terrific commentary! Don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!

One Word is now available at
Dreamspinner PressAmazonBarnes & NobleKobo,
and Google Books! 
Book 1: Cat's Quill
Book 2: Magic's Muse

Thanks for hosting me today as part of my blog tour for One Word, the 3rd book in my Hidden Places series from Dreamspinner Press.
I have a Rafflecopter running as part of the tour so be sure to enter. 
As this is the last stop on my blog tour for this book, where next? is a question I figured was a good topic to finish with.  It’s also one that is two-fold, and I’ve invited some guests for the second part of it. 
Firstly, what’s up next for me as a writer?  Prelude to Love is releasing on 2nd January from Dreamspinner Press as part of their Dreamspun Desire range. I’m especially excited about this one, as it’s set in Wellington and one of the guys is a music teacher.
Now I’m almost done with months of rounds of edits and blogging with several new releases in short succession, I’m looking forward to getting back to writing.  Lou Sylvre and I are co-writing The Harp and the Sea which is an historical with a touch of magic set in the 18th century on the Isle of Skye.  While Lou is writing Robbie’s scenes, I’ll be working on A Sword to Rule, which is the 2nd and final book of my Dragons of Astria series.
Secondly, what’s next for the Hidden Places series?  To answer this one, I’m handing over the rest of the post to my special guests, Tomas Kemp and Cathal Emerys, while I go refill my tea.
Tomas waits a few moments before turning to his husband. “Do you think she’s really gone?” 
Cathal shakes his head. “Authors are never really gone,” he whispers. “They just pretend they are, and then wait until you’re lulled into a false sense of security before....”  He shudders.
Tomas puts one arm around him. “Hey, not all authors do that. I’m nice to my characters.”
Cathal rolls his eyes. “I’m reading your latest book as you write it, remember? And I know what you have planned for those guys.”
“They have to work for their happy ending! I thought you agreed with me on that.” Tomas sounds indignant, but amused at the same time.
“Hey, guys, we’re talking about my writing, not Tomas’s,” the author reminds them.
“Case, and point,” Cathal says smugly. He settles back on the sofa and gazes out their bedroom window for a moment.  When he speaks again, it’s softly, and his voice sounds strained. “Do you remember what my sister said to you before she stopped time and sent us back to your world?”
Tomas pulls Cathal closer. “I’ll never forget it. She told me that we were both bound to your world, as were those of your blood, and said we would be called.  I didn’t like the sound of it then, and I still don’t.”
“Trouble is coming to Naearu,” Cathal says. “They will need our help, and when they ask we will go.  There is a price to be paid for everything, and I hope the one I pay will not to be too high.”
We pay,” Tomas corrects him firmly. “Whatever happens we’ll be facing it together.”
“And you won’t be facing it alone,” the author adds. “There’s a reason why I told Donovan and Ethan’s story before I write Dragon’s Price, which is the final book in the series.”
“You can take your time writing it too, and reconsider that title. I don’t like it. Cat’s paid enough with everything he’s been through.” Tomas shivers. “Give that vampire another story first. And I know those guys with the psi powers have been waiting a while too.”
The author raises an eyebrow. “What have you heard that I don’t know?” she asks. “Give me a moment to refill my tea.  We need to have words....

About One Word, A Hidden Places Story

Ethan Leavitt arrives in the idyllic village of Oakwood to search for a missing friend. Having always prided himself on his ability to find rational explanations, Ethan’s trust in concrete evidence and logic is tested by the mystery of Oakwood and Tomas’s disappearance.

Donovan Campbell’s happy, sometimes flippant, exterior hides a past he’d rather forget. As he struggles with his memories and to hold on to the inn he owns with his best friend, the last thing Donovan needs is for some guy he’s only just met to start getting under his skin. When a bank robbery escalates into a dangerous situation, Donovan must embrace a part of himself he can no longer ignore in order to save a future that might never have the chance to exist.

Ethan learns that often the person you’re looking for is not the one you find. But have he and Donovan both realized that too late….

One Word is now available at
Book 1: Cat's Quill
Book 2: Magic's Muse


“I’m so sorry, Jane,” Ethan said, “and I apologize for my insensitivity earlier. It was completely out of line.”

She managed a shaky smile. “Thank you for being understanding. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I guess it’s a good thing that I have the day off, isn’t it?”

“I’m sorry for kicking you,” Donovan said after she’d left.

“I can be an insensitive jerk at times. Lord knows, I’ve been told that often enough.”

“Not always. You’ve got a kind side to you too.”

Ethan’s concern for Jane had been real enough, as was his mortification that he’d been rude once he’d seen that she was upset.

“You say that like it’s a good thing.” Ethan retrieved his napkin from the side of his plate and wiped his mouth. “Sometimes it’s not, you know. People take advantage. Not that I’m saying she is, but….” He sighed. “Just forget it, okay.”

“Okay.” Donovan wondered who had hurt Ethan and recently. He’d seen enough to connect the dots. “Lots of assholes in this world, unfortunately.”

“And some decent people too. Oakwood’s been good for reminding me of that.”

“Are you sure you’re okay to come to London with me tomorrow?” Donovan couldn’t help but think that something in their conversation had triggered Ethan’s reaction. He’d said Mitchell and Vincent were good friends. Perhaps it was this acquaintance he’d mentioned? The one who had introduced him to them.

“I’m looking forward to it.” Ethan glanced at Donovan’s empty plate. “Have you had enough lunch?”

“Yes, thanks. I was hungrier than I realized.” Donovan finished the last of his beer.

“I went to see the owner of the Chronicle the other day, but he was too busy to talk and suggested we meet briefly today instead. I’m hoping, as he’s been working at the newspaper a while, he can tell me some old stories about Oakwood that didn’t end up in print. You’re welcome to come if you’d like.”

“Thanks for the offer, but I need to do some work at the inn this afternoon. We had to replace some weatherboards a few months ago, and I need to get them painted before winter.” Donovan wished he could have said yes, but Heidi was stressing about it. If he didn’t get onto it soon, she’d be out there doing it herself, and she did enough already. Part of their agreement in taking on the inn was that they split the workload between them, and Donovan made sure he pulled his weight. “You’re okay to find your own way back?”

“Yes, I’ll be fine. Thanks for asking.” Ethan pushed back his chair and walked over to the counter to pay for their meal. “I’ll see you later, at the inn.”

“Okay. Sounds good.” Donovan didn’t follow him immediately but instead stayed at the table watching Ethan at the counter. His hair curled up slightly at the back, his jacket falling to mid-ass, not quite covering it. He had a very nice ass.

Bet he kisses well too.

Oh fuck. Donovan closed his eyes for a moment. Where the hell had that thought come from? He was falling for the guy, wasn’t he—falling for a guy who wasn’t interested and would be walking out of his life in a couple of days.

Donovan heard footsteps walking away. He opened his eyes just in time to see Ethan disappear out the door. It was time to leave and bury himself in the work he needed to get done. He stood and headed for the door, giving Eoin and his friends a wave as he passed their table.

He hadn’t missed the money the three men had given Craig or the grins they all wore.

Donovan groaned. Great, that was all he needed. The pub door slammed as he stalked through it. Yep, they were running another betting pool all right.

It wasn’t his fault they were wasting their time. They’d find that out soon enough for themselves.

One Word is now available at
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a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can find the list of sites taking part in the blog tour on Anne's Blog
(Or, if you prefer here’s a coded list of the sites):
November 3 - Open Skye Book Reviews
November 6 - Book Reviews and More by Kathy
November 6 - Top to Bottom Reviews
November 6 - Two Men Are Better Than One
November 6 - Gay Book Promotions
November 7 - Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
November 8 - Happily Ever After Chapter
November 9 - Love Bytes Reviews
November 10 - Boy Meets Boy Reviews
November 10 - Nic Starr
November 13 - The Novel Approach Reviews
November 14 - Dreamspinner Press Blog
November 15 - Aisling Mancy

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand.  She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing "discussion," and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning.

In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra.

She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as "too many." These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of "spare time" is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes.

Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards.  She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical.


  1. Congrats on the release and thank you for the giveaway chance :)