The Lock-Keeper's Heart by Neil S Plakcy @NeilPlakcy #RLFblog #NewRelease #MMHistoricalRomance #MMCan two broken men heal each other? In Neil Plakcy’s newest historical romance, The Lock-Keeper’s Heart, journey back in time to 1872, to a rural lock along the Delaware Canal, where a young lock-keeper with a broken heart must help a bargeman with a broken leg.

Neil, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about The Lock-Keeper’s Heart.

The Lock-Keeper’s Heart by Neil S Plakcy

Genre MM historical romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Fans of MM historical romance will appreciate a fascinating time period, filled with unique details and a vibrant location, and a focus on the lives of working-class men in the 19th century who dare to love other men. This historical MM romance set in a small town in rural Pennsylvania in 1872 has a hurt/comfort theme.

Why did you write this book?

I grew up in the area where this book is set, walking along the long-dormant canal and hearing in my mind the calls of the bargemen and the clip-clop of the mules’ hooves as they dragged coal-laden barges upstream. I wanted to spend time in that world, and I thought it was a fresh time and place for an MM historical romance.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Right now I have a passion for this kind of book, which is why I wanted to write my own. I love MM romance, but I’m too old (LOL) for the stories of contemporary young men to resonate with me. I also read a lot of small-town cozy mysteries and thought I could combine the two genres.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

Though it’s a cliché, I’d have to say Sal Paradise from Kerouac’s On the Road. I wish I’d had that kind of adventurous spirit as a young man.

What are you working on at the moment?

I had a sabbatical from my college teaching job last fall, so I wrote a lot of first drafts during the quarantine of 2020. Now I’m deep in editorial revisions for several books, but daydreaming about a follow up to The Gentleman and the Spy, my most recent MM historical romance. I think that will take place in Tangier in 1873 and I can’t wait to get there.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I’m looking forward to The Graveyard of God’s Name, the next in my Have Body, Will Guard series, which takes place on the resort island of Djerba, off the Tunisian coast. Dog’s Waiting Room is #13 in my golden retriever mystery series, set in the contemporary version of the small town in The Lock-Keeper’s Heart. Finally, Unruly Son is #12 in my Honolulu-based Mahu Investigations.

Where to buy The Lock-Keeper’s Heart

Barnes and Noble

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Author of over fifty cozy mystery, gay mystery, and MM romance novels, Neil S Plakcy lives in south Florida with his husband and two rambunctious golden retrievers. During the great lockdown of 2020 he honed his skills as his own barista.
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