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A Barlow Lens
While planning a future with his partner, Val, Wyatt’s past refuses to be forgotten. Wyatt’s old friend asks him to look into the mysterious death of her uncle in a fire back in 1927, when men were silent, tough, and did not love other men—except when they did. Working with Val, Wyatt digs up clues uncovering the truth behind the tragic school fire and the one responsible. The story of Tom and Philip slowly reveals itself, and Wyatt and Val realize nothing is as simple as they originally believed. As their trail heats up, an old enemy of Wyatt’s decides he’s waited long enough for revenge. If Wyatt can’t tie everything together, history might repeat itself.
Elizabeth answers our question
We asked Elizabeth if she found it difficult incorporating a historical storyline with a contemporary storyline, and why 1927, did something draw her to that particular year or did she just pick a year and research it.
Writing a book within a book can be tricky. Each story is its own entity, but since they are combined in one book they have to integrate with one another.
In the case of A Barlow Lens one of those stories takes place in the past and one in the present. What I wanted to give readers was a sense of the present day characters getting a look back at the past. I used letters and photos found by the present day characters to use and get a glimpse back at 1927. The tricky part was presenting the investigation and evidence discovered about the past in a believable manner. In the present, Wyatt and Val are given family documents and photos. That is how they piece together the story of Tom and Philip from 1927. As they find more and more information the reader sees the lives of Tom and Philip and how their relationship develops.
When I set out writing this story I knew I wanted the past story line to happen in the 1920s. My grandparents were young adults at that time and I already knew quite a bit of Cleveland history from that time period from them.
I had to pick a more specific year, and I also had in mind certain things from Cleveland’s history I wanted to integrate into the story. Since some of those things came into being in the 1920s I needed a year in the latter half of the decade to incorporate all of them. My final deciding factor was the weather. For the plot I needed certain weather events at certain times of the year and 1927 fit the plot perfectly.
Once they were back at their hotel, Wyatt ushered Val into their room, not bothering with the light. They were high enough up there was no need to close the drapes, and light from the city cast a soft glow over them.
As Val unbuttoned his suit jacket, Wyatt stepped up behind him, placing his palms on Val’s shoulders, then rubbing lightly up and down his arms a few times. “Let me give you a hand.” Wyatt eased the jacket off and kissed the side of Val’s neck, nudging his head to the side as he did so. A low moan rumbled out of Val’s chest. Wyatt dropped the jacket on a chair and slipped his hands under Val’s shirt, caressing Val’s skin with his fingertips.
When he reached Val’s tightening nipples, he rubbed small circles until Val’s hips jerked. Val shuddered and pulled in a quick, shaky breath, making Wyatt smile. Val’s tie and shirt joined his jacket. Wyatt ran his hands over Val’s torso before returning them to Val’s shoulders. He lightly traced the scars on Val’s shoulder with first his finger, then his tongue.
Val’s surgery to repair the damage done in the course of stopping some seriously dangerous people who had been trying to force jockeys to throw races, had left several scars. They weren’t red, raised, and angry anymore. Val never complained about them hurting, but the marks were still puckered and darker than the surrounding skin.
“You know,” Val whispered between dragging in a breath and panting it out again. “That first time we went out to dinner, I was so worried you’d think I was some uncouth, country hick because I don’t know about wine and art. And that I was too young to bother with.”
“Hmm, do you know what I worried about when I was thirty?” Wyatt scraped his teeth across Val’s shoulder blades.
“Getting a sweet piece of hot ass,” Wyatt said in a low voice.
Val laughed. “Well, you’re sort of slow. Took you long enough. Worth the wait?”
“Oh, hell, yes.” Wyatt maneuvered Val to the bed.
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.
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Title: A Barlow Lens
Series: Circles 02
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Mystery
Length: Novella (152pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (14th January 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: While planning a future with his partner, Val, Wyatt’s past refuses to be forgotten. Wyatt’s old friend asks him to look into the mysterious death of her uncle in a fire back in 1927, when men were silent, tough, and did not love other men—except when they did. Working with Val, Wyatt digs up clues uncovering the truth behind the tragic school fire and the one responsible. The story of Tom and Philip slowly reveals itself, and Wyatt and Val realize nothing is as simple as they originally believed. As their trail heats up, an old enemy of Wyatt’s decides he’s waited long enough for revenge. If Wyatt can’t tie everything together, history might repeat itself.
Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. As Wyatt and Val continue to plan their future together Wyatt is asked to look into a mysterious death after three skeletons are unearth under what was an old school. Working with Val they begin to uncover the truth of what happened nearly ninety years before, they uncover the story of Tom and Philip a teacher and police officer and the secret love they shared. An old friend turned enemy finally snaps and plans to put an end to Wyatt and if Wyatt doesn’t act fast the past might just end up repeating itself.
This story picks up two weeks after the end of Run for the Roses, Wyatt and Val are planning their wedding and Wyatt is asked to look into an old mystery when the body of one of his old friend’s relatives turns up nearly ninety years after he disappeared. We also get to meet Tom and Philip and learn their story in 1927, we are plunged into their lives on the night they meet and they begin their secret relationship.
I loved this story and adored the way that Tom and Philip managed to become real to us in the little snippets of their story that we saw, rather than it being an abstract retelling we lived it through Tom’s eyes so we get a good feel for what he felt and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance. Wyatt and Val’s part of the story has Val delving into Wyatt’s world of investigations, we learn more about Wyatt’s past as he reconnects with an old friend and we see how one man’s bitter feelings turn deadly. We also get to meet a new couple in Griff and Clint, Griff is the US Marshal who contacts Wyatt about the mystery and I know we’ll be seeing them again in the future 😉
I really enjoyed this story and liked the way that the author worked the story of Tom and Philip into the story of Wyatt and Val; those sections are clearly marked and even if they weren’t it was clear when the present took a break and the past took over to tell its story. Wyatt and Val face danger from an enemy of Wyatt’s, a man Wyatt once called friend and who blames Wyatt when his life crumbles. It’s brilliantly done because even while we recognise that the man is being completely irrational it fits perfectly with the way Wyatt sees the man. The writing flows smoothly, the mystery is realistic and interesting, the characters are brilliantly written and the story is just perfect for when you want something that’s a great read and also easily absorbed. Oh and there’s an added bonus of an excerpt from Jewel Cave and it looks amazing!
I recommend this to those who love mysteries, history, loving couples, great characters and a very happy ending.