Hi Bailey, thanks so much for talking to us today. Can you tell us about yourself?
Yes, sure. My name is Bailey Hodgkiss, and I’m an insurance broker. I’m 34, and I live in Nottingham, and I have a boyfriend called Nick Rock.
We hear you met your partner in unusual circumstances. Can you tell us about this?
Of course. What happened is I signed up for one of these websites that connects people with serving soldiers, so you can exchange letters with them. It’s good for morale and so on, gives the soldiers company, something to look forward to. I was lucky enough to end up becoming Nick’s pen pal. We exchanged a few letters, discovered we had rather a lot in common, then when Nick next came home for R&R, we decided to meet up.
And what about that trip to Rome?
Well, that’s linked with the R&R. I had a moment of madness, you see, and invited a practical stranger to come on holiday with me. Luckily, Nick’s not a serial killer, and when he stopped by my house before our trip, we got to know each other and quickly discovered there was more there than just friendship.
In terms of the holiday, we had a fantastic time. We probably spend more time in the hotel room than we should have done *coughs* but we also managed to squeeze in a fair bit of sightseeing. It was the perfect trip for both having a good time and getting to know each other. Neither of us wanted to leave!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Um, it’s difficult to say, really. Nick’s still in the army and is still deployed in Afghanistan for the time being. But of course things are changing, but neither of us know where he’ll end up next, or what he’ll be doing. I would imagine at some point we’ll move in together, but there are lots of questions that need answering in the meantime. One thing is for sure, though. We’ll still be together 🙂
Muscled or skinny?
Duh, I’m dating a soldier. Muscled of course!
Tall or short?
Tall. Taller than me, ideally.
Boxers or briefs?
Moustache or beard?
Neither, really. But beards are preferable, if I have to pick one.
Long hair or shaven head?
Tattoos or piercings?
I don’t mind either. They’re both sexy!
Intelligent or funny?
Blond, brunette or red head?
Hottest celebrity (tell us why, if you like)?
Ever since he came out, Wentworth Miller suddenly became a lot hotter…
Most disliked celebrity (tell us why, if you like)
Ugh, all of the ones from those stupid reality TV programmes. What a load of dross.
Favourite book (tell us why, if you like)
Letters to a War Zone, of course. It’s about me!
Favourite place in the world (tell us why, if you like)
Well, that would be Rome 😉
When lonely insurance broker, Bailey, gets himself a new hobby, he ends up exchanging letters with a war zone. But he’s not expecting what happens next…
Bailey Hodgkiss is lonely and dissatisfied with his boring life as an insurance broker. In an attempt to insert some variety, he signs up to a website to write to serving soldiers. He’s put in touch with Corporal Nick Rock, and over the course of a couple of letters, the two of them strike up a friendship. They begin to divulge their secrets, including their preference for men.
Nick encourages Bailey to add more interests to his life. As a result, Bailey picks up his forgotten hobby, photography, and quickly decides to team it up with his other preferred interest, travel.
Booking a holiday to Rome is his biggest gesture towards a more exciting existence, and he eagerly looks forward to the trip. That is, until Nick says he’s coming home on leave, and it looks as though their respective trips will prevent them from meeting in person. Is there enough of a spark between them to push them to meet, or will their relationship remain on paper only?
Add to your Goodreads shelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20722128-letters-to-a-war-zone
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Event Grand Prize
For the Grand Prize Giveaway, I will be giving away ten of my top LGBT books. These books will be gifted via All Romance as the books are available to readers on all the types of eReaders (you just need to sign up for a free account to access the books and you can send them directly). If you have any of the books and you win the prize, speak to me and I’ll see what else I can do.
The books are (and there are substitutions available for people who have copies)…
- With a Kiss by Kim Dare (MM)
- Hot Head by Damien Suede (MM)
- By the Book by Scarlett Parrish (MM)
- The Dom With a Safeword by Cari Silverwood (FFM)
- Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon (MM)
- How Sweet it is – Melissa Brayden (FF)
- Fatal Shadows – Josh Lanyon (MM)
- Faith and Fidelity – Tere Michaels (MM)
- How to Love – Kelly Jamieson (FMM)
- Cut and Run – Abigail Roux (MM)