The Losing Game: Love in a Time of Loss with Lane Swift – Post + Giveaway

August 8, 2016

Love in a Time of Loss

Hi! I’m Lane Swift and I’m here to tell you about my new release, The Losing Game. It’s a story about two men, Lucas Green and Dante Okoro, who experience tragedies in their lives which they struggle to move past. Still, through pain and heartache, they find each other, and eventually find the love and the strength to move on. It’s a dark and weighty tale, with a hopeful and happy ending.

The story is set on the fictional Roseport Island, but is loosely based on Portsea Island in the south of England. It’s home to the city of Portsmouth which has a long naval and maritime history, as well as a lot of modern redevelopment. The whole island has a wealth of character and atmosphere.

The street below provided the inspiration for Mill Street where Dante has his shop:

Old Portsmouth day.jpg


The story is also set twenty years in the future. The main reason I chose to do that was because I wanted to explore how future technology, especially surveillance, might affect our everyday lives, behavior and freedom. How pervasive will social media be? Will CCTV really protect us from crime? Or will criminals find ways to get around it? These were important things to consider for this story, because Lucas wants to get away with a crime without getting caught.

A lot of authors will say that writing can be a cathartic experience; that their craft can help them to work through things that have caused them difficulty in their lives. This turned out to be the case for me with The Losing Game, though I didn’t realize it until the first draft was almost finished! In 2015, I lost two family members, one of whom was especially dear to me. Another was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and another had a tragic accident which has left her permanently disabled. For almost a year, I was mired in so much grief and helplessness, it’s little wonder those feelings found their way onto the page

The Losing Game is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, and Lucas’s and Dante’s indomitable capacity to give each other and themselves a chance at love, in spite of how broken they are when they meet. But their future continues to get brighter, including after the end of this story. I’ve just finished the first draft of a sequel with a working title of The Gamble in which the two men work together to help a friend in need. I hope to have it ready for submission in a couple of months.

One of the things that keeps Lucas going through the tough times is his dream to travel. He wants to visit East Asia—a place he’s never been to before. I’ve travelled to a few countries in Asia, yet there are places much closer to home that I’d like to visit but haven’t. For example, Edinburgh in Scotland. How about you? Is there a place you dream of travelling to? And is it on the other side of the world, or somewhere much closer to home?

Leave a comment by 12th August 2016 and two lucky winners will each receive a copy of my first solo release with Dreamspinner Press, Dormant Heart, plus a voucher for $15 to spend in the Dreamspinner store.

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Check out The Losing Game today!



Winchester Crown Court, October 2035: Richard Shaw leaves, a free man.

Grief-stricken and angry, Lucas Green is hell-bent on revenge against Richard Shaw, who killed his sister. Lucas has heard of a man who can help—the handsome and urbane owner of a boutique sex shop with a head for planning crimes. But Dante Okoro has a past he’s desperate to keep buried. Though Lucas piques his interest in more ways than one, Dante turns him away. Still, he wonders if he made the right decision….

An unexpected death brings Dante and Lucas together once more. This time they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. But courting a lover with lies is a dangerous game. Dante has been spying on Lucas, convinced he has plans to kill Shaw. Lucas has been spying on Shaw, waiting for the right moment to strike. If Dante admits his suspicions to Lucas, he’ll surely lose him. If he doesn’t, Lucas might do something reckless—and end up losing everything.

17 Responses to “The Losing Game: Love in a Time of Loss with Lane Swift – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Rosemary says:

    I’d love to visit Canada, and New Zealand. I’ve never been to either of them. But I think I’d have to go in summer, certainly to Canada, because I don’t like snow!

  2. Serena S. says:

    Congrats on the new release! It’s definitely an interesting book and I can’t wait to read it.
    I’m sorry for your loss. I haven’t gone through a lot of bad moments but whenever I feel I need a break,painting is a huge relief to me.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Yvonne says:

    Happy release day! I adored Dormant Heart and look forward to reading this new story.
    What a horrible year you’ve had, I’m sorry for your loss.
    With the summers we’re having a nice, sunny beach is high on my list. Apart from that a major reason to travel is meeting up with friends.

  4. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of The Losing Game and a Happy Release day. I’m intrigued by the blurb, i love some mysterie/suspence in books. As for your question i would love to go to Australia some day. Closer to home i would love to visit Ireland and Scotland (i must admit that i’m in love with the Irish and Scotish accent)

  5. Debra Guyette says:

    IT sounds like such a wonderful story to read. Love is an amazing thing.

  6. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Congratulations on your new release Lane. I’m intrigued by your story especially future technology I’ve always wondered if the CCTV will ever really help stop crimes.

    I’m also from the UK and have been lucky enough to visited Edinburgh as my sister lived in Fife for a time but I’d love to vist Wales and Ireland. I have visited New Zealand, US and Canada but I would like to visit Australia one day.

  7. H.B. says:

    Congratulations on your new book. It sounds wonderful and I have to say I’m intrigued about the futuristic aspect and what injections you have on surveillance.

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you for sharing how writing helped you to cope.

  8. Rene says:

    Congratulations on your new book release. I really like the blurb, i haven’t read many books that are set in the future so that definitely caught my eye.
    The place i would like to visit is Japan because i love Koi carp (fish) and i would love to see how they are breeding them there.

  9. Lane Swift says:

    Hi Rosemary

    I’ve seen a little of Canada, but not nearly as much as I’d have liked to, in winter! It was cold but beautiful. New Zealand is a dream destination for me too. The main draws would be the scenery, and the rugby (players)!

    Good luck with the draw!

  10. Lane Swift says:

    Hi Serena. My dad and my daughter paint, and I know they got lost in the hours when they do. It’s a good way to calm yourself. Thank you for your kind words, and good luck in the draw!

  11. Lane Swift says:

    Yvonne! I saw that you’re going to be at the UK Meet again this year. I’m looking forward to seeing you. Seeing friends is a big reason for me to travel too.
    I’m glad you enjoyed Dormant Heart. Good luck in the draw!

  12. Lane Swift says:

    Hi Angela! I love the Scottish and Irish accents, too. Actually, I like quite a lot of accents. French, Italian, Russian… :D Good luck in the draw!

  13. Lane Swift says:

    Hi Debra. Love is an amazing thing! It can keep us going through what seems like the impossible. Good luck in the draw!

  14. Lane Swift says:

    Hi Shirley Ann. You have some great travel destinations under your belt already — I hope you get to go the other places too. I can highly recommend Wales — any part. Good luck in the draw!

  15. Lane Swift says:

    Hi H.B. I tried to keep the research aspects to within where it was relevant to the story. It was interesting. Very interesting! Good luck in the draw!

  16. Lane Swift says:

    Hi Rene. I’ve never been to Japan, and I would love to go too. My husband has been on business and got the opportunity to see some of the country, though he didn’t mention Koi carp. They are indeed beautiful, and that’s a really fantastic reason for travelling. I love hearing about other people’s interests and motivations. Good luck in the draw!

  17. Lane Swift says:

    Congratulations Serena S. and H.B. You are winners!

    You should be contacted over the next few days by Dreamspinner with your prize.

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