Cervena: Adventures in Prague with Louise Lyons – Post + Giveaway

July 21, 2016

Louise Lyons joins us today to chat about new book Červenà!
Cervena2 by Louise Lyons

Hi, I’m Louise Lyons, and I’m here to talk about my new release, Cervena. This is my third novel with Dreamspinner Press and I’m very excited about its release.

I wrote the story around the middle of 2015. I’d be looking through some old photographs of a trip I took to Prague in around 2003, and as I was remembering the city and the things I saw, an idea for a new story started to form in my head. Prague is an interesting city and I wandered away from the typical tourist areas one afternoon, to see how the real people lived, which gave me the opportunity to see different “Districts” of the city.

Most of Cervena revolves around the city center where Joel lives and works. Cervena (Czech for “red”) is the name of the nightclub Joel jointly owns with business partner Karel Doubrava, although Joel’s journey takes him out of the main part of the city later on, and eventually to London where his family live.

Within a few hours of starting to make notes, I had an outline for a whole book, and started noting down key events. I was in the middle of writing something else at the time, and Cervena was insistent that I hurry and finish it, so I could start on this new story. I quickly finished the novella I was working on, and put another novel on the backburner so I could get down to it.

My main character, Joel Jones, and his love interest Sasha grew in my mind until they seemed like real people, and I couldn’t get the words down fast enough. Joel is in his thirties, a real good guy and gentle soul, although he can step up to the plate when he has to, much as he prefers to avoid confrontation if he can. He resists his attraction to Sasha for some time, concerned about their fourteen-year age difference and his worry that Sasha might accept a date with him out of gratitude, after Joel took him off the streets and gave him a job and a home. But eventually Joel gives in and blurts out his thoughts on how he’d like them to have dinner together. It’s not all sweetness and love from there on, however.

The story has a lot more drama and angst in it than most of my published works, with events threatening to tear Joel and Sasha apart several times. So do they get a happy ending? Of course they do! As much as a tormented them along the way, I wanted them to end up happy.

I finished writing Cervena towards the end of last year and once it was submitted, of course I had lots more to work on.

Since then I’ve released several novellas and written a couple of short stories for anthologies. Right now I’m working on a new novel with a paranormal theme to it, which is new to me. I was actually inspired to write it more than a year ago and had made notes and written a few pages, but at the time it wasn’t going that well and I put it aside and wrote Cervena instead. So now I plan to finish it and have completed four chapters so far.

The Power of Will is set in my favorite place in the world—Keswick in Cumbria, UK. My main character, Tyler Marsden, has broken up with boyfriend Pete and moved to a new town to get away from the memories. He finds a tumbledown cottage which he plans to renovate after moving in and starts up his handyman business again, which quickly begins to do well. He soon finds a friend in disabled neighbour, Jonathan, another gay man. The pair confide in each other and become close, but there’s no romance there. The romance in Tyler’s life comes from another direction entirely.

A few strange things happen in the cottage, which Tyler initially ignores. But he’s led into the cellar where he finds a journal written a century ago, by one William Bartlett. Curious, he begins to read the journal and his heart aches for the young gay man who hid what he was for so long, until he fell in love and was unable to keep his budding relationship quiet. Shunned by everyone, including his lover, he was eventually unable to go on living. The journal is filled with his memories and the last year of his life.

As Tyler reads his story, his previous scoffing at the supernatural is forgotten as he becomes convinced William isn’t just a memory, but something more.

I won’t give away any more than that, but I’m excited about this new work, and intending to finish and submit it in the next few months. Watch this space!

And now for a Giveaway! I’m offering up an eBook of anything from my backlist to one lucky commentor on the post. As I said earlier, I visited Prague some years ago, which eventually gave me the idea to write my new novel. To be in with a chance to win, tell me about a city or country you’ve visited that holds a special place in your heart.

How to find me. If you haven’t looked me up on social media before and want to chat or follow what I’m doing, you’ll find me here:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/louiselyonsauthor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/louiselyons013
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/louiselyons013
Website: www.louiselyonsauthor.com
Email: louiselyons013@gmail.com

Check out Cervena today!



When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian Sasha outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.

Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.

Upon his return, Joel is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.

Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.

9 Responses to “Cervena: Adventures in Prague with Louise Lyons – Post + Giveaway”

  1. AHPG says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release of Cervena. The blurb certainly has me intrigued and i really like the cover ;)

    I never been to Prague but my sister’s been there (with her school/classmates) and she says it is a beautiful city. I visited Paris when i was nineteen with some friends, and i loved it, it holds a very special place in my heart because it was my first city trip without my parents :)

  2. Susan says:

    This will sound trite, but Paris is the city that holds a place in my heart. Despite hearing how the French don’t like Americans, I had wonderful interactions with them. When my non French-speaking friend and I got off the Metro we could not figure where the hotel was. I approached a nicely dressed older woman and in my high school French asked for her help. She was happy to oblige and walked us to the correct exit. She and I conversed in French and she asked if I were Canadian. When I admitted I was American, she said my French was too good for me to be American! Experience of a lifetime!

  3. Trix says:

    I miss the UK…London is my favorite because of the record stores and museums, but Bath made me weep because the River Walk was so beautiful! (I do fantasize about going to Prague, though…)

  4. Debra Guyette says:

    I really enjoyed Athens Greece. It was so nice and we met some wonderful people.

  5. Angela says:

    Happy Release Day :)
    Norway is special to me because that is where my boyfriend (now husband) and me went on our first vacation together. It was a fun, relaxing, romantic vacation we saw and did lots of fun things the Fjords are just beautiful and the Norwegian people are very friendly. Best vacation ever!!

  6. H.B. says:

    Congratulations on the new release :-)

    I don’t really travel. I’m more of a homebody and leaving home tends to tore me out and if I’m gone for a few times I get home sick. I went to a small town college a few years ago and if I had to pick a place that I’ve visited before it’ll be that town I’ll miss.

  7. susana says:

    Ireland! Dublin in particular. I spent one year there, studying at University, and I love the city. It is so beautiful, people are kind and there is music everywhere…

  8. Louise Lyons says:

    Thank you everyone, for your comments.

    AHPG, Paris is lovely, I went there many year ago with my husband to visit family as his brother lived there at the time :)

    Susan, thank you for commenting. How wonderful to have the French lady compliment you like that :)

    Trix, I do like London myself, although I’m happy not to live there. It’s fantastic for a visit!

    Debra, I’ve never been to Greece, it’s on my bucket list and I would love to see the Acropolis and the Parthenon and all the other wonderful old structures.

    Angela, thank you. I love Norway too – hubs and I backpacked around the country for 2 weeks some years ago and found the people to be lovely, not to mention the scenery.

    HB, thank you for the congrats. It sounds like your college town holds a place in your heart :)

    Susana, I’ve never been to Ireland but I would love to go one day.

  9. Louise Lyons says:

    And now for the giveaway! Rather longer than I would like has gone by since the original post. I’m sorry to say computer issues kept me away up until now. Anyway, after putting all of your names into a hat I can tell you the winner is SUSAN! If you’re reading this, Susan, drop me an email at louiselyons013@gmail.com to let me know which book from my backlist you would like and your preferred format. The choices are:
    In Darkest Peru
    The Eye of the Beholder
    Beyond The Scars
    Beautiful Thunder
    Finding Beck
    Favorite Toy
    On The Outside

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