Giveaway! ESCAPING FROM HIM by Liam Livings

Giveaway! ESCAPING FROM HIM by Liam Livings

Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Liam Livings and his latest release,



Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …
Can you ever really escape your past?



Please tell us a bit about your latest release.


Escaping From Him by Liam Livings

Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …


Things start looking up for Darryl once Darryl gets to Glasgow, where he meets someone, and it has a happy ever after ending of course.


Escaping From Him is available from and


Are you attending any conventions in 2015? If so, what are the top three reasons as to why you like/choose them?

I’m attending the Manifold Press event in May in Oxford, to help as the master of ceremonies. I was so honoured to be asked by one of my publishers to help with this event. It will be great to meet other mm romance authors in person again. I’m also attending the RNA’s annual conference in London in July. This is a great opportunity to meet other romance authors wider than the mm genre. It’s a great conference for networking and learning about writing romance, in its broadest sense. I love the opportunity the RNA gives me to learn about romance first, and to put the mm / gay element second for a while. And of course, last but not least, I’m attending UK Meet 2015 in Bristol. I’m one of the organisers, and it’s lovely to have an author / reader / blogger event where everyone can mix and talk GLBTQ fiction without having to explain why you write that genre.


What is your favorite romance sub-genre?

I prefer contemporary romance. This is the same with films TV everything. I find it hard to suspend my disbelief for fantasy / sci fi / paranormal. I like to see the drama, the interest, the wonder in the every day of life.


What is your dream vacation spot?

Somewhere with a pool, dappled shade and somewhere I can sit reading. We go to the BF’s parents’ home in France every year as they retired there from Essex. Basically my favourite sort of holiday is a fly and flop. Life tends to be pretty busy so when I’m off, I like to relax, eat, read, see friends and family.


What do you think has been the most important moment or event of your life so far? And why do you feel that way?

Losing Dad in a light aircraft crash. It’s made me want to strive to do things he’d be proud of. It’s also taught me life is precious, it ends, so to do your best to make the most of it, do what you love and hold on tight to your dream. Dad’s dream, ironically was to own a light aircraft and fly it, just like his dad had done before him. The sadness of this loss is never far from the surface. I can go months without even thinking about it, but re-reading that blog post just made me cry, and took me right back to when I’d lost him. The thing about grief, I believe, is you don’t ever fully get over losing someone you love, you just learn to live with it, to muddle on in your life. And that’s the thing about life, it does go on, and so must you with it. I’ve had a lot of grief in my life, and each time you relive the previous losses, and each time you have to feel the sadness, the grief, when it washes over you, wherever you are. And then go on. Always going on with your life.


Boxers or Brief – H&M fitted trunks, a sort of half way house between the two.

Manscape or Not – oh yes of course, it’s compulsory nowadays isn’t it! But not to shave everything off, oh no, that’s very unsexy, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping things tidy.

Summer or Winter – summer, I love the light, the heat, the everything. During winter I usually get a bit of SAD. But I do enjoy the fact we get four proper seasons in the UK, and there’s elements of winter I enjoy too: casseroles, log fires, Christmas, curling up inside with a film. But overall, on balance, summer wins.

Peanuts or Chocolate – chocolate. I have a chocolate crate in my under the stairs cupboard, it’s always stocked with a good amount of various chocolates.

Batman or Superman – Wonder woman, for camp value alone.

The Voice or American Idol –  I find these endless talent shows on TV leave me ultimately unsatisfied at the end. I’d much prefer to watch a film instead, it takes you on a narrative journey in a way the other shows don’t, I’ve found. I know lots of people love them, but they’re not for me.

Christmas or Birthday – Christmas. It’s a time for family, presents, doing things together, a bright shiny light in the middle of a dark cold winter. Birthdays, unless they’re big ones, are a bit meh, I think, and are generally smaller affairs.

Heels or Flats – I wear trainers / sneakers most of the time, but I do enjoy the look, the glamour of a high heel on a woman or a female impersonator. I do like the sound a high heel makes on a marble floor, oh yes.

Talk or Text – talk in person, seeing someone face to face is wonderful. Text to arrange seeing someone to check in on someone.

Action Movie or Comedy – comedy. Preferably a rom-com to be honest. If it’s got Katherine Heigl, Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette I’m there, right at the front of the queue, waiting to see it.

Facebook or Twitter – depends. Twitter is more content driven I’ve found. I follow writers on twitter, but facebook is more picture, driven, and I seem to get more interaction with readers on facebook.




Social Media: Help or Hindrance?

It’s a wonderful way to engage with, ‘meet’ authors, readers and bloggers around the world. This is a definite benefit, especially since so much of writing is just me sitting in my house with my laptop. I am an extrovert so I love how social media gives me the outlet for extrovert sharing, engaging, and means I can do it all over the world. That, is some kind of wonderful.




It can, if you let it, sort of take over everything, your life, your writing, your time. I have twitter and facebook, and good reads as Liam Livings, I also blog as Liam Livings. Keeping up with these channels takes a lot of time – but it is wonderful, see first paragraph – however it has meant I’ve completely stepped away from my ‘real name’ facebook account, which means I’m missing things from a separate group of friends, and my family.


I also find it’s best to use social media once I’ve written some words, or I can easily end up disappearing into a commenting, retweeting, liking, replying loop and suddenly forty minutes has passed and not a word has been written on my work in progress. And the irony of this is, the whole reason I’m engaging, chatting, interacting on social media is about writing / books, yet it takes time away from actually, you know, writing the books. Is that irony, I’m not sure, but it’s definitely a challenge. A challenge I try to balance every single day.


Social media is also part of a wider NOW approach of how we live our lives now, in terms of always being contactable, reachable, and connected. This is great, see first paragraph, but it’s important to 1) be in charge of it, not it being in charge of you – so I try to limit the time on social media to bursts of different activity between other things, rather than being on it all day every day. I wouldn’t talk to my friends in person all day every day, so why should I expect to do that on social media?

2) take some quiet time away from being connected, to write. I find it impossible to write with the internet beeping, flashing, poking me in the background. When I write I have no internet, often no sound, and I concentrate on doing one thing.


There’s a third caveat too for social media. It’s also part of the whole multitasking thing we tell ourselves we all do so well nowadays. I disagree with this. Multitasking is a lie. Because unless you’re doing two things one of which his passive and the other active (listening to music – passive and writing – active) you can’t physically DO more than one thing at once. Really, actually doing two things at once. Imagine you’re making dinner, while paying some utility bills and doing some ironing. Sound familiar? But physically you can’t stir a pot or cut an onion at the same time as writing a cheque or taking an electricity meter reading at the same time as ironing a shirt. Unless you have six arms. Do you have six arms? What you actually do is you do a bit of ironing, then you take the electricity meter reading, then you go back and chop the onion. Each time between tasks you lose focus and time as you refocus on the new task in front of you.


Like you can’t really watch a film and write. You can’t listen to a podcast, take in what it’s about, and write. If you’re writing, you’re doing that, then you switch to the internet to reply to an email, say something on social media, then you switch back to writing. You can’t physically write something AT THE SAME TIME as engaging on social media. And it’s this switching between tasks where I think you lose time, concentration and therefore productivity.


For this reason, I try to start one task, work on that and only that for say 30minutes, then have a break, of 5mins, then do something else for another 30mins, or come back to the first task, until it is finished. Then move onto a new task. This way you actually use proper blocks of concentrated time on one task. It also means you can complete things, tick them off your to do list. Which is wonderful isn’t it?


So in summary, social media is amazing, connecting, colourful, engaging way to ‘meet’ people all over the world and stay in touch with people you’ve physically met already, and for that I’ll always be grateful for social media.


However, there’s three caveats I have:

  • As with everything you should be in charge of it, not it being in charge of you.
  • It’s important to have quiet time in life too.
  • You should make time for it, in blocks of time, with other things you fit into your life, and not feel as if you should be social media-ing all the time.



Favorite TV Shows – in no particular order and there’s more than 10! – Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, Brothers and Sisters, The Golden Girls, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Sex And The City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Pulling, Absolutely Fabulous, Gavin and Stacey, The Secret Life Of Us, The Good Life, Nighty Night, Kath and Kim, Nashville, Footballers’ Wives.


What do readers think about my answers to the questions and my thoughts on social media? I’d love to hear from you…

Liam Livings xxx


Liam Livings lives where east London ends and becomes Essex. He shares his house with his boyfriend and cat. He enjoys baking, cooking, classic cars and socialising with friends. He escapes from real life with a guilty pleasure book, cries at a sad, funny and camp film – and he’s been known to watch an awful lot of Gilmore Girls in the name of writing ‘research’.

He has written since he was a teenager, started writing with the hope of publication in 2011. His writing focuses on friendships, British humour, romance with plenty of sparkle.

You can connect with Liam

Twitter @LiamLivings





Liam is giving one lucky reader a copy of Escaping from him!!  

Comment below to be entered. Winner will be picked on Monday May 11th.


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