Series Spotlight and Interview: Shatterproof Bond Series by Isobel Starling

As You Wish

1 wedding, 2 best men, one hell of a love story!

This contemporary M/M romantic comedy is set at the Scottish castle wedding of Annabelle Aiken to Scotsman Oliver Ramsay.  Oliver’s brother Declan is to be joint best man, sharing the duties with Annabelle’s ‘kid’ brother, Samuel Aiken.  However, both men have never actually met.  Sam Aiken has been abroad, studying and working as an interpreter and he wouldn’t meet Declan until a few days before the wedding.  But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the ‘kid’ isn’t a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man.  Sam makes Declan laugh like no other, and Declan is alarmed by the ferocious attraction he begins to feel for Sam.  And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

But is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?

Where To Buy:
Smashwords || Amazon US || ARe

Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Isobel: I don’t listen to music when I’m writing, in fact, I have to have complete silence. My stories are complex, so most of the time I wear ear plugs to block out all noise and this allows me to focus on the story.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Isobel: I had a twenty year career as a professional artist and designer before I became a full time writer in 2014
Molly: What was the transition like between part time and full time writer?
Isobel: My transition was from full time artist to full time writer. I found it freeing to not do art. I had a bad artists block, and needed to find another way to be creative. Writing happened by chance, and once I started I wondered why I ‘d never written books before. I love writing, more than anything I’ve done.
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Isobel: I have a minimum acceptable word count on 1500 words. However when I write it’s either a drizzle of words, just to get an idea down, or a splurge of 10k a day.  My first book was 10K a day and most of it was written in 2 weeks, my follow on books have been a little more measured. The Shatterproof Bond series has some complex intertwined plotlines and so I can’t pantser with those books and have to plan more.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Isobel: That depends on the book. When I finished my first erotic romance, I was a bit lost, as I loved the characters. I then decided to write an M/M prequel and sequel. This led to me then to pausing for a break on the series, and writing the first book in the Shatterproof Bond series as an aside. However, Sam and Declan took over my life and now, when I finish one book I have ideas for the next and start jotting them down. My brain rarely lets me have a break from the characters in my head.


Illuminate the Shadows

In this M/M comedy thriller we continue where “As You Wish” ended.

The charming, mysterious Samuel Aiken has turned Declan Ramsay’s life upside down and Declan has experienced a remarkable change.  He has come to terms with the fact he is bisexual, and he has fallen head-over-heels in love with his employer’s son.  However, falling for his boss’s son was never going to be an easy path to happiness, mainly because the boss in question is multi-millionaire property tycoon and former MI5 operative, Sir James Aiken.  Sir James is repulsed by his son’s homosexuality, and the lovers cannot hide from his looming presence for long.  Soon enough James makes his move, and Declan finds out what he will have to endure to stay with Sam, and what he will have to give to feel worthy of Sam’s love.

Where To Buy:
Smashwords || Amazon US || ARe


Return to Zero

Pulled into a world of secrets and lies for the man he loves, Declan Ramsay’s life has changed immeasurably in the eight months since meeting, and falling for Sam Aiken.  Declan journey of personal discovery is about to take a darker turn, and for Sam, the world becomes more treacherous than he could ever have imagined.  Two A.L.L employees are missing — presumed dead, while at an outdoor adventure centre in the Scottish Highlands.  Sir James Aiken sends his son and Declan to follow the trail, and discover their fate.  Declan is keen to get started.  However, Sir James sees to it that seeds of doubt and discord have been sewn between the couple.  The journey to their Highland location, and the discoveries they make when they reach the G’wan Adventures centre, prove that Sir James Aiken has been less than honest with his son.  Events in the Highlands force Sam and Declan to face their greatest fears, and understand what they both really want from life — and from each other.

Where To Buy:
Smashwords || Amazon UK || ARe

About Isobel:
Inspiration strikes at the strangest of times.

Born in Germany, I spent most of my twenty-year professional career making art.

I relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, I started to write and found I loved it more than making art.

My first novel “Schonling” was a best seller in the GLBT-Bisexual genre on the ‘All Romance eBooks’ site.  I have just completed my sixth book, and am writing my seventh and eighth books consecutively.  I have recently signed French translation rights for the whole Shatterproof Bond series.  The first book in the series As You Wish will be published in France in October 2016, a year after its original release.

I adore the M/M genre.  I enjoy writing about wounded souls and the complexities of personal relationships.  Despite not having found proof yet, I believe in love at first sight and endeavour to give my M/M characters a thrilling journey and a satisfying ending.

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