Today I am so pleased to welcome Peter E. Fenton to Joyfully Jay. Peter has come to talk to us about his latest release, The Woodcarver’s Model. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving him a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

Rob took a moment to process what she’d said. “Okay, what I’m really curious about is why they wanted to see me.”

“Something about a guy being killed in Somalia.”

“They told you that?”

“I guess they figured I was your girlfriend or something and thought that might shock me into telling them where you were. Where the hell are you, by the way?”

“Never mind that. Do me a favour—when I hang up, erase the call log on your phone. Will you do that?”

“Robby, you’re starting to scare me.”

“Oh, you want me to scare you? I think I’m falling for someone. It feels…real.”

Rob was nearly deafened by the scream on the other end of the line.

“I’ll be in touch,” he said, smiling as he hung up.

Rob came back in and sat beside Mitch and Rufus.

“Is everything okay?” Mitch put his arm around Rob’s waist. “You’re so tense.”

“Just some new people wanting a piece of me.”

“Well, they can’t have any. I’m using all of you right now.”

“I’m glad to hear it.”

Rufus fussed about, trying to find a more comfortable position, and Rob took Mitch’s hand in his as they both stared off into the fire.

*** *

He lay there on the couch, surrounded by people he couldn’t quite see. They were laughing and talking, but he couldn’t make out a word.

“Hey, beautiful.”

It was a man’s voice, he thought. A body joined him on the couch, snuggling beside him, pushing him into the back cushions.

“You feeling any better?”

The person started stroking the side of Mitch’s face.

“I’ve got just what you need to make you feel better.”

Mitch tried to call out. “No. No. Not now,” he tried to say. He begged the person, crying. He wanted it to stop.

“No more!” Mitch yelled out.

Rob jumped out of a deep sleep to see Mitch, sitting upright in bed, soaked in sweat, yelling into the darkness.

“Hey,” Rob said softly, hoping not to startle him. “Hey. Wake up.” Rob reached out to rub his back. Mitch gasped and spun around, looking at Rob but not seeing him. He was gasping for breath.


“You were having a nightmare, but you’re safe now. I’ll protect you.”

Mitch collapsed. Rob put his arm around him. He could feel his heart pounding.

“What were you dreaming about?”

Mitch said, “I…don’t remember. There was this guy. I’ve dreamt about him before. I think he was trying to kill me.”



Sometimes the truth is the hardest thing to reveal.

Travel writer Rob Hanson has been from the summit of Mount Everest to the markets of Mogadishu. He loves adventure, he loves his job, and he loves the freedom of being single. At least that’s what he tells himself.

Everything changes when an assignment takes him to a small, idyllic west-coast island where he falls in love with the local woodcarver. From the first moment he sets eyes on Mitch, he feels like he’s found his perfect match. But things are never that simple for Rob.

Before long he finds himself involved with devious deals, jealous ex-lovers, and secrets from the past that refuse to go away. Rob knows that the only way to get what he needs is to reveal the truth. But does he have the courage to do what must be done in time to save himself and the man he loves?


Peter E. Fenton bio photoPeter E. Fenton has been working in the creative arts for over a decade. His prior work focused on writing plays and musicals including award-winning productions of The Giant’s Garden, Bemused, and Newfoundland Mary which have had professional productions across North America.

His work outside the arts includes a 42 year career in palaeontology with the Royal Ontario Museum. This job included working with rare fossils, and going on expeditions to remote locations in the Canadian Rockies, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

As retirement approached, Peter decided to draw on his many years of living, loving, and exploring and started writing in a longer form. The result is his first novel, The Woodcarver’s Model.

Peter currently resides in Toronto, Canada with his partner (who still writes plays), and is now working on a series of gay detective novels.

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