The magic of the Sawyer family’s extremely green thumbs comes straight from the land. But Bobby Sawyer’s expected superpowers don’t become a reality until he kisses his best friend, Mike Flint. That kiss moves the earth—literally.
When Bobby moves to the city, leaving Mike behind, Bobby keeps his green thumb nimble by working in a garden center and uses his superpowers to help fight crime. He’s on a mission when a bomb explodes, leaving him seriously injured, forcing him to return to the family farm—the source of his strength—to recuperate.
While attempting to recover, Bobby realizes Mike is still the love of his life. But Mike is leery: Bobby left him once before. What if all Bobby needs is one more magical kiss?
A muffled thud from the direction of the hedgerow made Bobby look up. Accompanied by a string of swear words, his friend Mike emerged from underneath the thicket, pulling himself along on his belly. His dirty blond hair was a mess, sticking out in all directions and littered with bits of twig. He was muddy and had a big smear across his cheek, but he was grinning.
The fondness Bobby felt whenever he saw Mike spiraled up through his chest, and Bobby thought this probably wasn’t how he was supposed to feel about his best friend.
“You all right?” asked Mike as he got to his feet.
Mike dropped down to sit next to him, and Bobby smiled slightly as Mike knocked against him with his shoulder. “Come on, can’t be that bad.”
“I tried again… it didn’t work.”
In an instant Mike threw his arms around him, hugging him tight, and Bobby relished the comfort. Mike’s open affection always surprised him, and he returned the hug. He buried his face in Mike’s neck, refusing to cry as he held on tight, enjoying Mike’s warmth and the fresh earthy smell of the land that clung to his friend after his adventure in the hedgerow.
“It’ll be okay, Bobby.”
“You don’t know that.” Bobby pushed away but was glad Mike kept an arm around his shoulders.
“Yes I do. You’re going to be brilliant. I told you, you’re gonna be the great Artichoke Avenger, and I’ll be your faithful sidekick, Sprout Boy.”
Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and baby son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
How did you discover the MM/gay romance genre?
I didn’t realise it was a separate genre until after I’d written a novel length sorry with two gay protagonists, and started searching for somewhere to sell it. I gave up for a while after far too many rejection slips. Then I discovered fan fiction, wrote a couple of stories that I doubt even folks in those fandoms would’ve heard of, and started reading the people were getting published by m/m focused publishers. Let’s say a few pennies dropped!
What made you start writing in the genre?
I was writing a story that need the two male characters to be lovers, or it wouldn’t work. That story got sat on for a while, until I realised that there were publishers out there that were actively seeking such stories. I wrote a short for anthology, in the hope to get on their radar, and then after that was accepted (Captain Merric in Crossed Bones) I re-edited Servitude. Seven years after starting it, Dreamspinner Press published my first novel, Servitude.
Where do you base your book(s)?
Depends what I’m writing. The high fantasy stories have their own worlds, but my historical romps, The Actor and the Earl and Duty to the Crown are set in Elizabethan England between London and the Home Counties. Life in the Land, contemporary fantasy novella is set between rural Wales and an unnamed English town
Tell me about your current/forthcoming novel.
My next release is a contemporary fantasy novella called Life in the Land. It is a contemporary fantasy based on a young man whose superpowers come from the magic in the family’s farmland.
What are you writing at the moment?
I’ve a number of things on the bubble. Idolatry, sequel to Servitude is the farthest along, and is about to be set to my final round betas before submission. Hot on the heel of that is the final instalment of Elizabethan stories (working title Witch Hunt – but that will change), which is in first round editing, and I aim to submit that in Oct. My next project is a contemporary novel called Overly Dramatic, based around amateur dramatics in Greenwich, London.