James Matthews is a British amateur writer specialising in Romance and Drama. James writes gritty, mature novels with a Technicolor view of working-class to middle-class world-building. Although written in modern times, most of James' work features coming of age themes or young adults, taken from his experiences as a young lad growing up in the late 90s. His stories are praised for reflecting real-life scenarios of good and bad times, and he never flinches from dealing with tough topics that occur in everyday life. James' writing is fast-paced, true to life and above all, very British! - Mark Baker
James Matthews' 2013 debut Novel. Now re-released in the third person, extended in several places and re-edited comes back to Gay Authors.
Jake Stevens is waking up to a typical day when his best friend and crush reveals a conversation he heard Jake's father having on the phone. Cody cannot be sure about the contents, but if accurate, it would be life-changing. While the ordinarily astute and school loving Jake lets his mind turn in on itself, Cody insists and promises he will always be there for Jake, no matter what happens. But, he is leading Jake into a false narrative. For if the contents true, that promise will be broken instantly.
Corbin is going through the motions of life, drifting through an uninspiring relationship with his girlfriend, Leah and living in a small house with his parents and sister.
His overbearing father ridicules his passion for painting, and his sanity is saved each day by his rather unique Sister, Zoe, who he adores.
His parents then decide to sell their Fishmonger Business and head to the coast to buy a trawling business. As the move to Castlebay Down looms near Corbin has no enthusiasm to move there either. Will this new coastal village ignite new feelings and passions, or will it add to his already self-described miserable existence?
Homeless Adam wanders the dilapidated buildings for food and warmth in an abandoned street called Heidgate. Clearly ill, regularly sexually assaulted and in need of medical attention he waits each week for a charity bus to turn up so he can eat and get warm. One of the helpers, clearly concerned about his welfare takes an interest and pity in him. However the person is not who they appear to be. In fact, Adam is soon to find out, nothing is as it appears to be. Little will be known at first, but for both the helper and Adam? Time is running out!
"If you like Science Fiction, Romance, Action and Mystery, this book has it all!" - JM
Join Joey, Jack, Roman, Olly, Dean and the rest of the characters, back for the sequel of The Saturday Boy.
Joey's life is in a mess - something of his own making after the green eyed monster makes an 18th birthday go down in the worse possible way. Will Roman pick up the pieces? Can Jack stand anymore? Or will an unexpected friend come to the rescue and hear his rational?
You can bet there is ongoing drama in The Saturday Boy: 2 Years on
Joey and his two best mates are on vacation on the sunny island of Gran Canaria. All is great apart from his Mum's constant phoning to ask him about various aspects of their family business - A pub in London.
Later on, when Joey starts to moan about the workload his parents are placing on him, his mother decides to hire a new cellar hand to work on Saturdays. But life is about to get a whole lot more complicated, as a boy from Joey's school has immediately applied, and it's someone he thought he had left in his past.
Here we pick up Jensen (Puppy) Stibbings, his family and friends, four months after the events told in the first story. With Greenstone now a distant memory and Puppy's mind maturing fast, he needs to make careful decisions as he navigates his way through a new life.
As we saw previously, drama is never far away from the budding teenager and you can bet it's always 'complicated.' But with loving parents and a protective brother, Puppy might just have the support to rise above the turbulence that often makes up his life.
The Sessions is a collection of transcripts containing the conversations and subsequent appointment notes between a Consulting psychiatrist and her new patient. As a transcript, the story is told entirely in dialogue and is set in a small, plainly decorated room. A teak coffee table separates Patient and Doctor. Although not seen, the Doctor will be taking notes throughout, and these can be read at the end of each visit.
While some of the details within the transcripts may not be entirely medically accurate, I have drawn on my extensive experience of being the “patient” in therapy.
Jensen Stibbings longs for a place to call home. But at Sixteen, and the oldest resident at Greenstone Children’s Home, his hopes are fading fast. With a complex medical condition, anger issues and little to no real-world experience, he continues to get looked over for other younger and more adaptable kids.
Will Jensen see out his childhood days at the home until he is left to fend for himself at eighteen, or will he be saved from the scrap heap that is the care system? Time will tell, in Puppy for Sale.
Whether you follow war, like war, read about war or are interested in war it is sadly a fact of life, but can make fascinating reading. The war in Afghanistan is still in play even as I write this in 2021. The country has been through many wars but ‘Him in the dust’ is a point in history (2005-2006) where I decided to start the book that you will read.