Dawn Reviews One Snowy Night by Louise Lyons, released on 13th March 2015, by Wayward Ink Publishing and is 26 pages approx.
One Snowy Night was previously released as part of the Stranded Anthology.
Main character, Keith Brambles, is an up and coming British singer. He has had one disastrous first date after another, finding most men are only interested because of who he is. After yet another failed meeting, he sets off for home, driving too fast for the conditions. He loses control of his car in the snow and finds himself stranded – with no mobile phone signal and an outfit completely unsuitable for braving the freezing conditions.
Just as Keith has begun to think he’s destined to spend a night in his car, possibly suffering from hypothermia, a potential rescuer arrives, but Keith wonders whether he might have more to fear from the man, than the weather.
You can’t help but feel sorry for how Keith Brambles evening turns out…… he goes on a date, but yet again this is with someone who only wants to be with him due to him being an up and coming singer. It gets worse when he manages to have an accident driving home, totally his fault for not taking notice of the changing conditions. He is on a quiet road, and his date clothes are totally inappropriate for the conditions outside. He finds his mobile doesn’t have any signal, and knows that he will freeze to death if he steps foot outside the car.
Just as he is giving up hope of being found, a dark shape looms beside the car, in the shape of Mike Talbot……. Keith is not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, as the man is so huge! Keith then feels extremely self-conscious of the way that he is dressed, and in some ways is praying that his good Samaritan does not recognise him.
Mike takes Keith home, and the two get to know each other, and Keith shows his true self after taking a shower to warm up – which gets rid of his singer image. Mike also offers for Keith to sleep on his sofa, as the awful weather is in for the night and when bedding Keith down for the night, Mike offers to tuck him in, and Keith cheekily asks for a goodnight kiss………
What happens next I am not going to say, so you can buy the book and find out!!
“You’re Kent Brambles,” his rescuer said; a statement rather than a question.
Shit. “Uh…yes. Keith, actually. Kent’s just my…um…my…”
“Stage name?” The man grinned, but then grimaced a little.
“Yeah. I’m guessing my…uh…my music isn’t your cup of tea,” Keith said nervously.
“I’m into my rock and roll.” He smiled again and extended a large hand. “Mike Talbot.”
Surprised, Keith swapped hands with the cup of coffee, and slid his small, frozen hand into Mike’s big
warm one. Mike gripped it firmly and gave it a brief shake, then let go.
“So what are you doing out here, driving in these conditions?” Mike asked.
“I…um…I went to meet a friend in Lincoln. It wasn’t snowing when I set off,” Keith replied.
“A friend? You mean a date?”
“What’s he doing letting you drive home in this shit? Couldn’t you stay over?” Mike’s brows furrowed,
and Keith’s eyes widened. Appearances certainly could be deceptive. White Van Man, big, bearded, and
apparently tattooed, didn’t seem to care that Keith was gay. Keith silently reprimanded himself for
stereotyping his rescuer.
“Well…he…um…” He paused and shrugged. “It was a first date. He was only interested because of who I
“That must be a pain in the ass. Do you get that a lot?” asked Mike.
“More often than not.”
“Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place, or for the wrong type of guy. You should try one who’s not
into your music, and you might have better luck.” Mike grinned and winked.
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the Church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered Fan Fiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.