the buckhampton country club and the rogue prince

TBCC and the Rogue Prince


I had fun writing this book, and I haven’t talked about it much. It’s not exactly a classic Cinderella story because both main characters come from well off backgrounds. But it’s close enough because it deals with royalty. And I did model one character loosely after adorable Prince Harry. I’m a die hard royalist and always have been. And I’ve always found the complicated lives of royals absolutely fascinating. While I’m not to thrilled with William and his new wife, I think Prince Harry would be a lot of fun if he really did what he wanted to do. You just know he knows how to have a good time by looking at him, and I’m not talking about anything sexual here.

When I wrote the story for this book, I tried to imagine what would happen if someone like Prince Harry decided to take a short break from being a royal so he could find out what the real world is up to. I also used parody in several scenes from the old movie Roman Holiday. If you read the book you won’t find that many scenes from the film match scenes in the book. But one parody in particular I did was from the scene in the film where the princess is at a reception and her feet start to hurt. She takes off her shoes and no one can see this beneath her gown. And then she can’t get them back on again. Of course I couldn’t do that with a male character. It wouldn’t be possible. I rewrote the scene so that the prince in my story would be in pain because he’s wearing a penis ring beneath his formal royal military uniform. He’s so uncomfortable and the penis ring is pinching his groin so hard he puts his hand in his pocket when no one is looking and pops the penis ring. It winds up falling down his pants, and then landing on the floor. He quickly kicks it over to the man standing next to him and pretends he knows nothing about it. When the wife of the man standing next to him sees the penis ring on the floor, she punches her husband. It’s a slapstick parody of an old scene and I thought it helped break up a rather serious situation.

The only thing I wish I had done with this book was to use parody for the title as I’ve done with other books. Though the storyline is quite different from Roman Holiday, I do think that if I’d come up with a title more like “Hamptons Holiday,” or “Holiday in the Hamptons,” it would have worked better for the book. There’s a lot more background about this book I’ll write about in the future with regard to why I wasn’t thrilled with the title. Interesting stories that usually don’t happen that I’d like to share someday.

The Buckhampton Country Club and the Rogue Prince, and Two Versions of Cover Copy


Today is release day for my new m/m romance, THE BUCKHAMPTON COUNTRY CLUB AND THE ROGUE PRINCE. This may become a series. We’re still not totally sure yet.

Regarding the cover copy below, I’d like to add that this synopsis was edited and rewritten by someone other than me. I don’t know who and I’m not going to ask. I love all my publishers and for all I know the new cover copy might be better than mine. But trust me, I would never use the word happenstance in cover copy, or in conversation. It reminds me of a TV commercial I saw earlier this week for a new Jennifer Aniston movie where they promised viewers “ensuing hillarity.” I’m sure Jennifer Aniston never uses this phrase either. It’s something we learn to live with and it’s done all the time. But I do want readers to know I work hard to give them detailed, quality cover copy all the time, and more product info than other web sites. So now there are two choices.

Here’s a link, the cover copy I didn’t write is below, and I’ll post unpublished excerpts later this week.

Parrish Bundy has just lost his father, and gained a traveling circus, a chocolate factory, and plenty of power and money. As the heir to the Bundy empire, Parrish knows the rules- but now that he’s in charge, he plans to make changes. And now that he owns one of the most prestigious country clubs in the east, The Buckhampton Country Club on eastern Long Island, he’s finally able to let his hair down.

Across the Atlantic in a small European country there lives a handsome young prince named Richard who is even more dissatisfied with his controlled life than Parrish. Richard has always been aware of his royal obligations, and he’s always put his people and his country before his own needs- still he longs to know what it’s like to be a normal gay man who has the ability to choose his own destiny.

When the two men meet by happenstance, sparks fly in the hushed environment of the Buckhampton Country Club. But will social responsibilities, long-standing family rules, and deeply ingrained royal obligations ruin their chances to spend the rest of their lives together? And will they be able to overcome the harsh realities of being openly gay in the public eye in order to live their lives they way they want to live them?

For those who are interested, this is the way I wrote the original cover copy:

Parrish Bundy has just lost his father and he’s inherited the largest traveling circus and most profitable chocolate factory in the entire world. And now that he’s in charge of one of the most prestigious country clubs in the east, The Buckhampton Club on eastern Long Island, he’s finally able to let his hair down, both literally and figuratively.

Unfortunately, he’s also inherited a long line of secrets shared by the most important Bundy men since his great-grandfather started the powerful empire over a hundred years ago. And Parrish isn’t sure how to deal with being a closeted gay man, or if he even wants to remain a closeted gay man like his predecessors. It wouldn’t be difficult on the surface. He could marry for appearance just like his father. He has a strapping young semi-pro hockey player at his disposal to take care of his needs. And he has enough money and power to keep anyone in the town of Buckhampton from questioning these needs.

But in a small European country there’s handsome young prince named Richard who is even more dissatisfied with his controlled life than Parrish. Though he’s always been aware of his royal obligations and he’s always put his people and his country before his own needs, he longs to find out what it’s like to be a normal gay man who has the ability to choose his own destiny. And he’d do practically anything to see Shania Twain in concert.

And then one night after the pressure of being a royal prince finally pushes him over the line, he sneaks out of his hotel in New York and accidentally winds up at The Buckhampton Country Club through no fault of his own. When he applies for a job as a waiter, using the pseudonym Silas King, the manager of the restaurant hires him on the spot. And when he accidentally spills something on Parrish Bundy during a funeral luncheon for Parrish’s father, the two young men are immediately attracted to each other.

After a few awkward moments, they wind up spending the next few days together, from attending a country western concert in Nashville to doing a make-shift male strip show at a circus in upstate New York for a large group of very excited women. Though Parrish finds out that the waiter is really a rogue prince named Richard early on, he doesn’t say a word because he doesn’t want to spoil Richard’s most excellent adventure. And Prince Richard meets Parrish’s older brother with Down syndrome, he eats cotton candy and prune pie for the first time in his life, and he finds out what it’s like to be totally and completely in love with the man of his dreams.

But will social responsibilities, long-standing family rules, and deeply ingrained royal obligations ruin their chances to spend the rest of their lives together? And will they be able to overcome the harsh realities of being openly gay in the public eye in order to live their lives they way they want to live them?

Testing the Waters: THE BUCKHAMPTON COUNTRY CLUB AND THE ROGUE PRINCE

I’m winding up a new novel, for a new series, and the first book is tentatively titled, THE BUCKHAMPTON COUNTRY CLUB AND THE ROGUE PRINCE. Right now I’m working on back cover copy and I’m posting the unedited version here so I can see how it looks in a more professional, published form. This is all subject to change.

The Buckhampton Country Club and the Rogue Prince

Parrish Bundy has just lost his father and he’s been left in charge of the largest traveling circus and most profitable chocolate factory in the entire world. And now that he’s in charge of one of the most prestigious country clubs in the east, The Buckhampton Club on eastern Long Island, he’s finally able to let his hair down, both literally and figuratively.

Unfortunately, he’s also inherited a long line of secrets shared by the most important Bundy men since his great-grandfather started the powerful empire over a hundred years ago. And Parrish isn’t sure how to deal with being a closeted gay man, or if he even wants to remain a closeted gay man like his predecessors. It wouldn’t be difficult on the surface. He could marry for appearance just like his father. He has a strapping young semi-pro hockey player at his disposal to take care of his needs. And he has enough money and power to keep anyone in the town of Buckhampton from questioning these needs.

But in a small European country there’s handsome young prince named Richard who is even more dissatisfied with his controlled life than Parrish. Though Richard has always been aware of his royal obligations and he’s always put his people and his country before his own needs, he longs to find out what it’s like to be a normal gay man who has the ability to choose his own destiny. And he’d do anything to see Shania Twain in concert.

And then one night after the pressure of being a royal prince finally pushes him over the line, he sneaks out of his hotel in New York and accidentally winds up at The Buckhampton Country Club through no fault of his own. When he applies for a job as a waiter, using the pseudonym Silas King, the manager of the restaurant hires him on the spot. And when he accidentally spills something on Parrish Bundy during a funeral luncheon for Parrish’s father, the two young men are immediately attracted to each other.

After a few awkward moments, they wind up spending the next few days together, from attending a country western concert in Nashville to doing a make-shift male strip show at a circus in upstate New York for a large group of very excited women. Though Parrish finds out that Silas King the waiter is really a rogue prince named Richard early on, he doesn’t say a word because he doesn’t want to spoil Richard’s most excellent adventure. And Prince Richard meets Parrish’s older brother with Down syndrome, he eats cotton candy and prune pie for the first time in his life, and he finds out what it’s like to be totally and completely in love with the man of his dreams.

But will social responsibilities, long-standing family rules, and deeply ingrained royal obligations ruin their chances to spend the rest of their lives together? And will they be able to overcome the harsh realities of being openly gay in the public eye in order to live their lives they way they want to live them?