Across the Sea with Wayne Mansfield

Leave a Comment July 26, 2016

Today’s guest is Wayne Mansfield, whose e-book Across the Sea was just released by JMS Books!

The Origin of Across the Sea:

My mother’s been working on our family tree for thirty years — and still no long-lost relative with squillions of dollars. She occasionally tells me some interesting bit of information, but her most striking comment related to her disappointment is there were no convicts in our family. For some reason, in Australia, it’s considered a feather in your cap to have a convict from colonial times in your family tree.

I soon discovered there were hundreds of interesting stories recorded about individual convicts, although I didn’t come across a single story about a gay convict. Obviously homosexuality was illegal back in those days, so it was no surprise. And yet a group of men — sometimes hundreds of them — locked up on a ship for months on end was the perfect setting for a gay love story. I’m sure it happened, and Across the Sea is how I imagined a romance between two convicts would go.

I did a lot of research to write the most authentic story I could. Incorporated into the book is one of Australia’s most infamous historical events, the Rum Rebellion. Yet the most important story is that of Jacob Tomkins and his undying love for his fellow convict, Peter Hawthorne. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.


Twenty-two-year-old Jacob Tomkins is sentenced to seven years’ labour in the fledgling colony of Sydney Town, Australia. The voyage across the sea is arduous. He is travelling with mean, street-hardened criminals, some of whom would like to use him for their pleasure.

Fortunately he meets Peter, who takes Jacob under his wing. Together they find moments of pleasure amid the drudgery of the voyage. They share their hopes and dreams, and finally declare their love for each other upon the eve of their arrival in Sydney Town — a place where the currency is rum, distilled and controlled by the powerful military.

But what will happen once they disembark? The chances of remaining together are slim. A lot can happen in seven years, especially when Jacob’s new master takes a liking to him. Is their love strong enough to survive the ravages of time? Can they survive the rigors of their sentences?

Read an excerpt or buy a copy of the book today!

About Wayne Mansfield:

Wayne Mansfield is a Western Australian writer. He has been writing for nine years and has been published in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Additionally, he wrote a monthly erotic story for the German publications Macho and Dreamboys for two years. His novellas and stories usually have a horror, futuristic, or fantasy theme, although he does write contemporary stories such as The Hiding Place, which received Honorable Mention in the 2013 Rainbow Awards.

Find Wayne online at the links below!

Call for Submissions — LGBT Holiday Stories

July 24, 2016


Deadline: September 30, 2016
Payment: 50% net royalties
Contract: 2 years exclusive, auto-renews

We are now looking for winter and holiday-themed stories for publication in November/December 2016.

All stories will have a unique cover and be released individually. This is NOT an anthology call and there is no upfront payment; authors will be paid quarterly on actual sales earned. If you haven’t published with us before, feel free to request a sample contract prior to submission.


  • Stories must be between 12,000 words or longer
  • Stories must contain a romance — any heat level, from sweet to erotic
  • Romance must be MM, MMM, MMF, FF, or transgender ONLY
  • Stories must involve during a winter holiday (doesn’t have to be Christmas)
  • Stories may be any subgenre (contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc)
  • Stories must have a HEA or HFN ending
  • Adult stories only (no YA)

All stories submitted must adhere to the general guidelines found on our website. We do not consider multiple or simultaneous submissions. Reprints will be considered only if the author holds exclusive rights to republish.


Send a blurb and the full manuscript to with “Holiday Submission” and the title of your story in the subject line. Include any author credentials you may have.

We will acknowledge receipt of your submission immediately, and make a decision on your story within 4 business days.

Buy Old Familiar Song for only 99¢

July 23, 2016

July is JMS Books’ 6th anniversary, and to celebrate, all month long a different ebook will be featured as a Deal of the Day — marked down to only 99¢!

My MM romance novel Old Familiar Song is today’s Deal of the Day!


Back in college, Larry Carson played drums in a friend’s band and fell in love with the lead singer, Geoffrey Mason. But all that’s in the past. Larry’s now thirty-five, divorced, and father to a precocious thirteen-year-old daughter.

One day, when Larry picks Crystal up from school, a song comes on the radio by a new rockstar climbing the charts. Larry recognizes Geoff’s voice immediately, though Crystal calls him Geo and claims he’s the hottest new singer on the scene. Just hearing him brings back a flood of memories, reopening wounds Larry thought long healed.

The more he listens to Geo’s music, the more Larry falls in love with his former boyfriend all over again. Partly to prove to his daughter that he used to know Geo back in the day, and partly to reconnect with his old friend, Larry buys tickets to an upcoming concert and manages to score backstage passes.

But there was a reason Larry and Geoff lost touch — and stayed out of touch for so long. Will Geo even want to see Larry again after all this time? Or will the magic of their old familiar song bring about a harmonious duet?

Grab your copy for 99¢ today only!

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