A Labour of Love by Jane Darius

labour of love

Hi, I’m Jane Darius, and I’m really excited to share my novella, This Must Be the Place, with you. I have been writing pretty much my entire life, and I really like writing romantic stories. I think many people like reading stories about love because it’s so fun to see the inside track of this universal and yet totally mysterious thing. I also really like how you can get two sides of a story with a love story and then eventually watch them converge when the characters finally fall for each other.

“Love Light”: Nick and Ben Book One

In 2014, I wrote “Love Light” for Dreamspinner’s Advent Calendar. This is a really, really short story about two men in an established relationship who go to Mozambique for Christmas. Ben is a hotel reviewer, so he’s reviewing this AMAZING hotel, which is actually based off a real place called the Nkwichi Lodge. (I’ve never actually been there, but the pictures online are breathtakingly beautiful). He and his boyfriend Nick both reminisce about bad Christmases past and feel thankful for their lives together now.

I had just quit my old job and started freelancing full-time when I wrote the story. I was more than a little freaked about the whole thing, and when I saw the submission call, I thought of this story and started writing it. I love being able to support myself freelancing, but my real dream is to write fiction. I submitted the story and got the email on the last eligible day that the story would be included in the Advent Calendar. I was absolutely over the moon. I felt like it was Christmas and it was literally August! If you have never submitted to any kind of anthology (or if you have), I recommend this one. They do it every year, and it’s so much fun.

Anyway, after I wrote and published “Love Light,” I was still so in love with these characters. In the story, you find out a little of how they got together, but I wanted to know more. That’s when I started writing This Must Be the Place.

This Must Be the Place: Nick and Ben Book Two

I started the story in 2014, and it’s getting published in 2018. Let that be a lesson to every writer out there not to give up! ☺ But seriously, the story took a lot of work. Every time I thought it might be finished, I realized it wasn’t. Even now, there are still parts of it that I wish I could change and tweak, and I’ve heard other writers talk about feeling the same. But there comes a time when it’s important to let go and share your stories with others, and I’m so excited to have that chance now.

This novella was definitely a labor of love for me because I love these characters. I love their quirks, their insecurities, their humor. I really hope more people can come to love them too after reading about them.

Okay, that’s all from me! You can find the story, the first chapter, and everything else on Dreamspinner’s website here. If you want to talk to me about anything, you can find me at janedarius.tumblr.com or @janedariuswrites on Instagram.


Check out This Must Be the Place today!




Having explosive sex is easy for Nick and Ben—getting past their hang-ups and opening up to each other won’t be.

Handsome New York City bartender Nick might’ve left life—and his abusive, homophobic father—in West Virginia far behind, but even though he was a star quarterback in high school, he can’t outrun the effect those years had on him. He’s still not comfortable as a gay man, and he keeps his relationships short… as in a single night.

Hotel reviewer Ben is a hopeless romantic, but he can’t seem to find a guy who feels the same. After being cheated on again, he doesn’t expect to spend forever with Nick, but even their one-nighter doesn’t go off without a hitch. Ben falls asleep on Nick’s couch, and in the morning, they have to face their hookup that wasn’t…and the fact that there’s a connection between them whether they’re looking for one or not.


Author Bio:

Jane Darius is a writer and dreamer who wants to travel the world. If you try to talk to Jane when she’s writing, she will probably get scared like you just snuck up on her. Someone once told her that writing is like being alone in a dark room. She understands the sentiment but prefers to think of it as sitting by a warm fire while her characters tell her their stories.
When she’s not working on fiction, Jane is a freelancer, writing for many different websites, magazines, and other publications. In her spare time, she loves to go out to dinner, spend time with her friends, family, and cat, and yell at her favorite TV shows. You can follow Jane at janedarius.tumblr.com.


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