October 27, 2016
Look! Up There in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane. It’s a… UFO!
For centuries we have been looking up in the sky and seeing strange, unexplainable objects. In 214 BC “an appearance of ships had shone forth from the sky” was seen in Rome. In 776 something bearing “the likeness of two large flaming shields, reddish in color” appeared in the sky over the Frankish Empire. In 1561 the sky over Nuremberg was filled by cylindrical objects, and red, black, orange, and blue-white disks and globes came out of them. The history books are filled with such reports.
It was in the 1940s that the phenomenon reached new heights and one of these flying objects was dubbed a “flying saucer.” There have been hundreds of sightings since.
And some come with some pretty convincing evidence.
It is contact with such ships and the beings within that is the subject of the new Gothika anthology, aptly named Contact. And believe it or not, contact with such beings can be the root of great romance. To prove it, four Dreamspinner authors spin tales of love….
I’ll prove it!
ABDUCTED by Jamie Fessenden
One night, Marc receives a frantic call from his friend, Cody. When he arrives at Cody’s isolated farmhouse, Cody is filthy, half-starved, and under the paranoid delusion that aliens are abducting him and implanting things in his body.
Marc agrees to stay one night, as long as his friend will go to the hospital in the morning. But Cody isn’t mentally ill. Aliens have been abducting him, and in the process of trying to stop it from happening again, Marc is abducted himself. But that’s just the beginning of his nightmare.
Marc learns of two alien races at war. To make matters worse, the Alzhen have Marc and the evil Karazhen have Cody. Marc’s only ally is Dalsing, the Alzhen security chief he feels an unexpected attraction to. They’ll have to learn to trust each other if they’re going to rescue Cody… and prevent the creation of a deadly biological weapon.
REFUGEE by Kim Fielding
When World War II ended and army medic Walter Clark returned to Chicago, he discovered that although home remained the same, he had changed. Unable to fit comfortably into his old life, he spent a year gradually making his way west. Now he’s gone as far as he can—the shore of the Pacific—but old memories make ocean views intolerable. He turns inland and finds himself in the hidden hamlet of Kiteeshaa, Oregon, where the locals are surprisingly friendly and the café serves food exactly like his grandmother used to make.
Martin Wright runs the Kitee Motor Court Inn and offers Walter a place to stay for a few nights. Later, Martin offers him a great deal more. But while Martin is a delight, he also harbors secrets—and there’s something not quite right about Kiteeshaa. No matter how far the two men have traveled, they can’t run away from their pasts.
MY FINAL BLOG by F.E. Feeley Jr.
George has never stood out. In fact, the only thing that’s ever been special about him is his sexuality—a source of torment throughout his high-school career. Like many others, George found solace and an outlet for his creativity online. Through his blog, he met kindred spirits, allies, and even someone special—though the only thing George knows about his longtime friend is their screen name: Universal47.
George never pushed for more, but over the years, he couldn’t help developing feelings for Universal. He’s always been there when George needs him most, and when George finds himself trapped in an abusive relationship, Universal steps up once again to help him break free. But the ordeal has left him devastated, and he needs more from Universal. George threatens to cut off contact unless Universal reveals his identity. The truth might be much more than George is ready to accept.
UNUSUAL ATTENTION by B.G. Thomas
Until recently, Adam Brookhart has led what he considers a relatively uneventful life. His biggest problem is that he can’t let his guard down and allow himself to get close to anyone, emotionally or physically—until he meets Shane Farmer.
Shane lives in a small town many miles from Adam and is his complete opposite. In fact, he’s just about the last person Adam can imagine himself in a relationship with. But Adam is drawn to the man, and neither distance nor their differences can keep him away.
Late one night, while driving home from Shane’s house, something very strange happens. Adam loses two hours of time and has no idea how or why. But as he digs for clues, the answers he finds are totally crazy… and the man he is falling in love with might be crazy as well.
I dare you not to be drawn in and contacted yourselves by these wonderful stories.
And before you say, “I don’t like anthologies,” remember this: these are novellas, not short stories. There is plenty to these stories and plenty to sink your mental teeth into, as well as invest your heart.
And you can find all four of these stories in Contact, coming on October 24th from Dreamspinner Press!
Check out Contact today!
About B.G. Thomas:
B.G. is a novelist and blogger. Every day last year he made and entry in his blog. “365 Days of Silver,” where he found something every day to be grateful for. You can find it right here: https://365daysofsilver.wordpress.com/
B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. He has gone to conventions since he was fourteen years old and has been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was child; it is where he finds his joy.
In the nineties, he wrote for gay magazines but stopped because the editors wanted all sex without plot. “The sex is never as important as the characters,” he says. “Who cares what they are doing if we don’t care about them?” Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he began writing again. Gay men are what he knows best, after all. He submitted his first story in years and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days.
“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message to all. “It is never too late,” he states. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”
Visit his website and his author blog at http://bthomaswriter.wordpress.com/ where you can contact him. He loves to hear from readers and is always quick to respond. You can also find his Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bgthomaswriter
October 24, 2016
Take a Chance On It with Dane and Gideon is ready to make you cry.
In the creative world, I’m a creature of impulse. I guess I’m like a monkey who’s found a new stick. I don’t bother to look at it before I’m charging off to see what I can do with it. I almost never plan ahead. I get an idea and charge in, figuring everything out as I go. I’ve never planned to write any of my books series, they just happen when characters won’t let go. But when I got the idea for Take a Chance On It, I realized it was the last book in a series, not the first. The scene that sparked my interest, wondering why someone would agree to be best man when he was in love with the groom, really only worked if you knew some of the history. The best man and groom had friends there, friends who knew the whole story. At first I was excited to get so many characters all at once, then I was overwhelmed by the idea that I’d have to tell these other stories first before I could get to the one that started at the wedding I could see—feel—so clearly.
All that planning, an alien concept to a seat-of-the-pants writer like me was daunting. I had a lot to figure out before I could even start to get the words down (my favorite thing about writing). That maybe why I thought these books would come out in 2014 and 2016 is into the last quarter before book three hits the store. Despite the extra length brain gestation, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love each of these books, and I’ve had a great time meeting all these characters and their families and seeing them off to their happy endings. It’s been a great way to celebrate the national legalization of marriage equality, with stories about couples experiencing love in all its beautiful, complicated, frustrating, and joyful ways.
We’ve had nationwide marriage equality now for over a year, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of hearing about all the amazing ways it’s changed lives for the better. Please comment with something you’ve seen or read or experienced in our wonderful trip toward equality.
Check out Take a Chance on It today!
Sequel to Risk Everything on It
Ready or Knot: Book Three
Left at the altar by his long-time lover, Spencer, and in desperate need of quality health insurance, Dane Archer can’t say no when his best man and best friend, Gideon DeLuca, steps in. But Dane and Gideon have history, tangled and passionate and complicated.
After seventeen years of cat and mouse, Gideon has realized Dane isn’t the kind of man who ever wants to be caught, and he’s stopped playing Dane’s game.
For Dane, it’s never been a game, but sexual fidelity isn’t his strong suit. Love is too beautiful for limits, something he’s never been able to get Gideon the control freak to understand. Now Dane has nothing but limits, including the timeline on his paper-only marriage to Gideon.
Gideon’s the only person Dane trusts enough to lean on, and Gideon will do anything to get Dane through this crisis. Anything but fall for Dane again.
Living together forces Dane and Gideon to stop circling and face what’s been between them all these years. They just don’t know if they have the power or the time to make things right.
What they do know is that they’re not ready for it to be over.
About K.A. Mitchell:
K.A. usually just checks in for her mail as she’s rarely in the real world. Her imaginary friends are so much fun to hang with. They’re more interesting than she is to talk to, too. Feel free to email her with questions about them. If she has anything to say, she usually says it on Twitter. K.A. loves the amazing escapes fiction provides. In the real world, she lives with her wife in upstate NY and is grateful for all the stories in her head.
K.A. Mitchell: http://www.kamitchell.com
October 21, 2016
Hey, all! My name is j. leigh bailey and I’m really excited to be here today talking about my recent release GUYLINER, which came out on October 17. I’m an office drone by day, but when I’m not stuck behind my cubical, I write male/male Young Adult and New Adult Romance. There’s just something about helping my guys discover the world of acceptance, relationships, and romance that keeps me coming back to my computer.
Every author has that one book they wrote that means the most to them, or that holds a special place in their hearts. For me, GUYLINER is the one. Despite being the fifth book I’ve released, this was the first book I wrote. It was the first story that called to me so much I couldn’t put it away, no matter how much I struggled to put the thoughts and experiences of my characters into words.
I can’t even explain what it means to me to see this book out in the world. There are no words. Part of that is because of Taco Bell Guy.
Whenever someone asks me about where I find my inspiration, my answer is usually pretty random. You know, a word or a phrase, an idea, something like that. Rarely can I actually say that I was inspired by an individual. That’s not the case for GUYLINER.
For this book, I found my inspiration at Taco Bell.
I blame fate. Maybe blame is the wrong word. I credit fate.
As a single woman who spent a lot of time driving for work, and to and from work, and to and from different organizations’ meetings and events, I spent an embarrassing amount of time (and money) at fast food restaurants. One night I broke habit and actually went inside my local Taco Bell. A couple things are significant here: first, 99.9% of the time, I specifically chose restaurants that had drive-thrus. Second, it was raining the proverbial cats and dogs, so I had total incentive to stay in my car. But for some reason, I chose to eat inside.
My cashier was a young guy—probably fifteen or so. He had shaggy black hair that hung in his face, and he didn’t look up at me once during the ordering process. Normally I’d have been upset by this—I’ve worked enough customer service jobs that I tend to be a pretty harsh critic when people don’t at least try to appear friendly and open. But I’d noticed he had some pretty severe burn scars and skin grafts on his arm, from his wrist and up over his elbow. I figured he was probably shy, and maybe a little self-conscious, so I decided not to be too judgey.
When I’d paid and gotten my receipt, I said, “thank you.” It was then that he looked up. This kid, this shy, self-effacing kid was wearing thick black eyeliner that showed off bright blue eyes. The combination intrigued me. I’d seen guys in eyeliner before, but the ones I’d see rarely seemed so shy and withdrawn. Added to this dichotomy were the burn scars.
Man, my imagination went crazy. I wanted to know everything about this kid. I wanted to know how he’d gotten burned, why he wore eyeliner, what he was like when he wasn’t manning a register at a fast food restaurant, everything. I couldn’t ask him, though. Not only would it be awkward, but it was none of my business and I didn’t want to be completely rude or invasive. So I let my imagination tell the story.
I ended up spending a very uncomfortable hour sitting at a table in that Taco Bell with my brain creating a character and a plot, the story prompted by this kid. In my head, Graham (the eyeliner-wearing character in GUYLINER) was going to be a bit of a loner, a little bit moody.
Let’s just say that Graham evolved a lot from this first incarnation. But neither he, nor this book, would have been written if it hadn’t been for Taco Bell Guy.
To this day, I have no idea who this kid is, or his background, or where he is now. But I seriously owe him (and maybe fate) a huge hug for his role in bringing GUYLINER to life.
GIVEAWAY—I want to hear from you! Have you ever made a spontaneous decision and it ended up being the absolutely right choice? For me, it was skipping the drive-thru and going inside for a change, which led to meeting the perfect inspiration. Which, in turn, ultimately ignited my writing career. Does anyone have any similar stories? Tell me one, and a random winner will receive their choice of a book from my backlist (Do-Gooder or an anthology).
For more about me, my books, or upcoming appearances, check out my website (www.jleighbailey.net) or subscribe to my (very infrequent) newsletter. I can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+
Check out Guyliner today!
Seventeen-year-old Connor works his butt off to maintain the golden-boy persona he’s created. He has the grades, the extracurriculars, the athletics, and a part-time job at his dad’s shop… every detail specifically chosen to ensure the college scholarships he needs to get the hell out of the Podunk town where he lives. The last thing he needs is an unexpected attraction to Graham, an eyeliner-wearing soccer phenom from St. Louis, who makes him question his goals and his sexuality. Sure, he’s noticed good-looking boys before—that doesn’t have to mean anything, right?—but he’s got a girlfriend. There’s no room on the agenda for hooking up with Graham, but the heart doesn’t always follow the rules.
As he and Graham grow close, other aspects of Connor’s life fall apart. Family pressure, bad luck, and rumors threaten to derail his carefully laid plans. Suddenly the future he’s fighting for doesn’t seem quite as alluring, especially if he has to deny who he really is to achieve it.
j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.
October 12, 2016
Gideon went on general release on 5 October and marks the start of The Order of the Black Knights series from Dreamspinner Press. Readers can expect to see a new full length story every month, each featuring a different Knight as he grapples his demons, past and present.
Gideon is a hardened killer, ruthless, efficient, merciless in the execution of his chosen career. He might be gorgeous, sexy, sensual, but he is also without conscience and lets nothing or no one get in his way.
Gideon can’t control his response to the handsome driver who picks him up at the airport, but as an English duke he makes a point of not screwing around with the hired help.
What is it about the man? Why should Gideon allow him to live? A driver is expendable, Michael should be dead already, as soon as Gideon discovers he’s not what he seems. But lust – or love – has an inconvenient way of derailing his plans, with consequences he could never had foreseen.
Here are the details from the back cover:
Gideon Maybury enjoys a life of wealth and privilege, not to mention the advantages his position offers him in his career as a merchant banker and in his less public life as a high-class, skilled, and very well-paid assassin for Her Majesty’s government. When his brother dies unexpectedly, he becomes the Duke of Westmoreland.
Michael Mathison has hated Gideon since they were at university together. He’s convinced Gideon had a hand in the death of Michael’s college lover, Christopher, and that he had something to do with the death of his own brother. So he gets a job as Gideon’s driver, enabling him to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the elder Maybury sibling. At first his suspicions seem to be confirmed, but clues come to light that suggest all is not as it appears at Maybury Hall.
As the mystery deepens, so does the attraction between the two implacable enemies. Each has reasons not to trust the other, but neither is averse to a bit of kinky play. Gideon and Michael end up owing each other their lives, and it results in consequences neither could have imagined.
And a bit more about The Order of the Black Knights series:
Every century has seen its knights, but they are not always seen. Some of them do what must be done—getting their hands dirty when no one else is willing. Assassins and antiheroes who work from the shadows, they are called the Black Knights. From the time of the society’s creation in the 1100s, these men are cursed to repeat their lives of bloodshed. But for each knight, there is one who can bring out the man that waits inside and break the cycle. The question is whether or not the knight will kill his true love before he figures it out.
Check out Gideon today!
A bit more about Ashe Barker:
Ashe whiles away her time in the wilds of West Yorkshire, in the north of England, writing smutty books and drinking Earl Grey tea. At the last count she had over thirty titles on general release, many featuring BDSM, always hot, with complex characters and compelling plots. Ashe writes MM and Mf, contemporary and historical, with the occasional threesome thrown in.
When not writing Ashe enjoys messing around with digital photography, reading erotic stories, pole dancing (though not especially well), walking her dogs, and listening to Bon Jovi. Loud.
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Here’s an excerpt from the book:
Too soon the waves of lust receded. Michael’s breathing steadied, or perhaps restarted. He wasn’t entirely sure. Gideon raised his head to release Michael’s erection. His face bore an expression of smug satisfaction, which Michael might have taken offence at, had he been even slightly less satiated. His arrogant bastard of a lover delivered a superb blowjob, and Michael already knew he fucked like the demon that Michael suspected he was.
“Knees up, now.” Gideon issued orders again, and Michael was content to comply. He bent his legs and lifted them so his knees were on either side of his chest.
Gideon knelt in front of Michael’s hips and critically appraised his exposed asshole. Michael didn’t mind him looking his fill, but he really just wanted Gideon to get on with the main event. Foreplay and a head-spinning blowjob were all very well, but he was there to be fucked, and the sooner the better. Dumping his load in Gideon’s throat had done little to appease his appetite.
“You can get on with it any time you’re ready.” He paused. Then he said, “Jesus. I’m fucking dying here.”
Gideon chuckled. It was a sound laced with both threat and promise. He said nothing, but he did ram one finger deep inside Michael’s ass. With no fanfare or preamble, the oiled digit slid in easily, so he thrust a couple of times and then added a second, beside it. With his other hand, he stroked Michael’s balls and palpated them back into interested readiness.
Michael was astonished to find his arousal was just as keen and every bit as edgy as before he came in Gideon’s mouth. How many more climaxes was Gideon going to tease or batter out of him before they were done?
“Three. Then you get my cock.”
“What?” Michael was bewildered momentarily. Did Gideon read minds too?
“Three fingers. Then I get to fuck you.”
“Oh. Right.” He closed his eyes and then bit off a groan as Gideon speared that third digit into his ass. At the same time, he used his other hand to run the pad of his thumb along the sensitive underside of Michael’s cock and followed the path his tongue had taken just minutes earlier. His dick twitched and lurched as shivers ran up Michael’s spine. He could not recall being that hard and aroused—ever. If Gideon didn’t drive that massive cock of his into his asshole soon, he was going to self-combust.
Mercifully Gideon seemed to arrive at the same conclusion and moved into position. He pulled out his fingers and then manipulated the blunt head of his cock against Michael’s rear hole. Michael rolled his hips and pressed his opening against Gideon’s cock, as though to impale himself. Gideon grinned at him and lunged forward.
His entry wasn’t gentle. There was nothing slow and easy in Gideon’s approach to fucking. He was hard, decisive, brutal, and, to Michael’s way of thinking, utterly sublime. His lubricated cock slammed deep into Michael’s ass and speared him against the bed. Michael grunted in pain and then gasped his pleasure. He loved it, hated it, and loved it more as he began to writhe and gyrate, and ground himself against Gideon.
“Fuck me. Do it hard.”
October 11, 2016
Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of all the voices in my head.
I call them my muses. I know that the traditional idea is that you have one muse (and let’s be honest, that’s my girl. She’s the heartbeat of all the voices in my head. She’s the reason I believe in happy ever after, right?), but I tend to refer to the guys as muses. Walk with me here, huh?
I had written a few stories before Rain and Whiskey. Amos and Dave from Stress Relief broke my heart. Will and Dean from Latigo were a painting of the men I grew up with.
But Galen and Shane?
They hit me like a freight train. Complete amazing broken men that took over my brain for 3 novels and, after more than ten years, still make me smile.
I can tell you exactly what either muse would do in any given situation. I can see Galen sitting in the bar that first night he met Shane, hat pulled down low, quirking his fingers to draw Shane closer.
I love all my muses. I do, but there are some that I live in my soul. Characters that are right there, telling me I could write more about them. I could play with them again. I could let them out to be real just one more time. Sonny and MJ from the Road Trip series, Coke and Dillon from Roughstock, Sage and Win from the Release series – they’re all these kinds of muses.
But Galen and Shane were the first ones. The first heart muses. The ones that are still right there in my ear, whispering about bars and bait shops, storms and motorcycles and hot sex under the moon.
They’ll never shut up. Thank God.
Much love, y’all.
Check out Rain and Whiskey today!
Stormy Weather: Book One
Galen Frost buys a house and a bait shop in a small Florida town to get away from his life as a semipro football player. When he meets good-time bartender Shane Barton, the heat between them is instant and intense—like the burn of good whiskey.
Galen and Shane don’t have much in common beyond their healthy libidos and their love of a good time, but the intoxicating heat brings them together like rain on the ocean, whipping up a frenzy of weather… good and bad. When trouble blows ashore, they will have to ride out the storm that breaks between them as Galen’s past rears its ugly head.
About BA Tortuga
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head. Find her on the web at www.batortuga.com
October 10, 2016
Hello! I’m a new to DSP author, but not new to publishing. I have over 30 books/novellas as Lynn Lorenz, writing gay romance and another ten or so het books under another name.
I’ve won awards, been a best seller on ARe and Amazon, but I’ve had my ups and downs. I’m so honored to have DSP re-release some of my books and I’m very impressed with everyone I’ve dealt with at DSP. Thanks!
In case you don’t know me, I’m originally from New Orleans, though I’ve been living in Texas for quite some time, like half my life now. My kids are Texans, but they have deep roots in my home city.
For a long time, I’d wanted to write, to celebrate, my hometown, New Orleans. It weighed on me, especially after Hurricane Katrina. My friends and family were impacted by this storm. It tore families apart, decimated a city, and yet, the courage and determination of the people to rebuild, to restore Nola to the beauty it had been, inspired me.
So I began writing a series of novellas set before, during and after Katrina.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Waffles and Wings is one of the first ones I wrote. Charlie’s Mission came soon after. I heard not only my friends’ stories, but my family’s stories, about the events, the destruction, and the situations people found themselves in and how they survived.
Believe me, I didn’t have to stretch too far to find plot bunnies, or in Nola, plot nutria. They’re sort of like bunnies on steroids and they swim in the canals all around the city. I heard about the men from the city’s homeless shelters, who were bused out to places like Baton Rouge, before the storm, and who chose to come back and help rebuild, despite having nothing.
The characters, Tony and Scott, and their experiences, are mixtures of men I knew, who had survived despite Katrina’s best, and came out the dirty side of the storm, stronger and more alive than ever.
During the storm, my father, who lived in Metairie off Veteran’s Blvd and Powers Blvd, came to live with us. His apartment was on the second floor, but he’d evacuated to our home in Katy, outside Houston. He lived with us for six months, as the city recovered enough to let citizens back in. He was one of the fortunate people, he had a home to come back to, on the second floor, with no flooding. But with no electricity for three to four months, and no one there to clean up, you can imagine the state of the place when he returned. Mold covered everything, because New Orleans grows mold like nobody’s business. The contents of the fridge had liquefied and oozed out, all over the kitchen floors. The smell was…unforgettable.
He was in his late 70’s and the entire time he lived with us, all he wanted was to go back home. New Orleans is like that. It calls to you, captures you and won’t let you go. I knew a lot of people while I lived there who never strayed farther than say Lafayette or Biloxi. No reason, they’d tell you. Got it all right here. Ya, you rite!
So he went back, cleaned the place up, even the duct work was black with mold. Nothing my brother or I could say to him would make him stay one day longer than he needed. He’d call once a week to a neighbor, who stayed, believe it or not, and check to see if the power was on, and if they were letting people back into the city.
When he got the “power’s on. Water’s on, but you can’t drink it” message, he was packed and heading home.
New Orleans calls to me too. It’s like it’s in my DNA. Certain times of the year, I think, hey, who’s playing at the Jazz Fest, when does Mardi Gras start, who’s riding in the parades that I know, it should be time for the French Quarter Festival.
And of course, the food really calls my name. Every time I go back, I have my dining schedule set. Where I’ll eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner and with which of my friends who still live there. My dreams are filled with fried shrimp po’boys, muffalettas, snowballs, grits and shrimp or grillades, gumbo, roast beef… my favorites.
And every time I go back, I take a ride to the lakefront, where the 17th Street canal broke its levee. A little stroll down memory lane, of the destruction still marring the city. The blocks of neighborhoods where houses are missing and you can see from one block to another through the gaps.
So these two books, they are a part of me and the city that care forgot.
I know what it means to miss New Orleans.
Can you tell me about the place you miss the most? One lucky commenter will an ebook copy of On the Streets of New Orleans.
Check out On the Streets of New Orleans today!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Waffles and Wings
A year after Hurricane Katrina, Scott is back in the city he loves, the city that offered him sanctuary from rural Louisiana and its prejudices, but living in a homeless shelter can be almost as dangerous as the streets.
The storm cost Tony his family, his home, and his direction in life. Now he’s squatting and stealing to make ends meet, and he’s lost all hope of things getting better.
When Scott and Tony meet, they realize it’s time to stop merely surviving. It’s time to start living again. Together.
Charlie is an ex-addict plagued by memories of the past. He’s doing penance working at a homeless shelter, staying away from men, drugs, and anything resembling happiness. He’s convinced he doesn’t deserve more.
Devon is determined to keep the dealers out of his neighborhood. No one operates there without his permission. When he brings a sick young man who was selling drugs to the mission, he meets Charlie and can’t stop thinking of the man with the haunted eyes. He’s determined to give Charlie a taste of pleasure, despite Charlie’s claims that he’s not worthy of it.
Lynn Lorenz is an award-winning and bestselling author who grew up in New Orleans but currently lives in Texas, where she’s a fan of all things Texan, like Longhorns, big hair, and cowboys in tight jeans. She’s never met a comma she didn’t like, and enjoys editing and brainstorming with other writers. Lynn spends most of her time writing about hot sex with even hotter heroes, plot twists, werewolves, and medieval swashbucklers. She’s currently at work on her latest book, making herself giggle and blush, and avoiding all the housework.
October 5, 2016
As my States of Love book, An Enchanting Liftoff comes out. I’ve stopped by to say a bit about inspiration and the thrill of hot-air balloons. I want to start and say a bit about how this series came to be. It was something I thought of as I was preparing to take my parents on a cross-country trip. Traveling for writers is fun, or at least for me it is. I’m always looking for new and interesting ideas for books. To that point, I thought it might be really cool if I could sit down and write a series of books that used a different state as a back drop for each book. Needless to say, I quickly squashed the idea of doing it by myself…fifty books is a lot of work, and it could be fifty two if I decided to include Washington DC and Puerto Rico. I bounced the idea past my good friend and co-author Caitlin Ricci. She loved the idea, but agreed it would be more than even the two of us wanted to take on. We decided to approach Dreamspinner with the idea and the rest is history. We’re in the middle of this great fifty book series and seeing love from all sorts of angles and from all over the country.
So when I had to stop and think about which state I wanted to write about, I was torn. There’s a ton of things I could do for Colorado and Texas, both states I know really well, but I’d recently come up with a cool idea for a book centered around the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. I’ve been to the event several times and love every minute of it. Having been to other balloon shows in different states, I know that there isn’t a show that really compares to what they put on in Albuquerque. It also seemed to be the perfect place to set a romance.
I don’t think it is possible for a writer to truly capture the air of the balloon fiesta. There is so much going on, all in a different direction, but I did my best. I hope when folks read the scene where our main character, Rusty, first comes down onto the launch field, they’ll get some feel for the controlled chaos that is a mass ascension at the balloon fiesta.
One of the things I love to do is take pictures. I don’t know how many pictures I’ve taken over the years at the event, but I’m always rushing back and forth from one end of the launch field to the other as I get the most out of my time there. Now, I hate to admit this, but I haven’t been back since I got a digital camera a few years ago. Life gets busy sometimes, and keeping my readers happy takes up a lot of my time. I have been to the Colorado Springs balloon fest with my digital and I know it’s a lot less expensive than developing all that film used to be. Even with I had a friend who could get me discount processing, it was almost more than the trip from Dallas to Albuquerque to get all the rolls I’d take processed and then there was the thrill of printing all the slides. I think I incorporated a little bit of my photographer self into Rusty’s photographer friend Tyler, although I’m not the womanizer Tyler is.
Right now, economic hardships hit everyone to one degree or another. Balloon tours are a specialty tourist trip across the world. There’s a group that does some a couple of counties over from where I live here in the Colorado Rockies. I’ve seen adds for ones down in New Mexico. To me it seemed like the perfect thing for our other main character, Chad, to do. He’s a pilot who loves ballooning and I think everyone should have a chance to make a living at something they love. But Chad’s business is having financial hardships. I had to come up with a way Rusty could help. Thus Rusty became an advertising man with a plan. It all meshed out really well is a sweet tale as Rusty and Chad find themselves adrift in the blue skies of New Mexico and lost in each other’s arms.
Have any of you been to a balloon festival? What is your favorite part? What makes balloons special for you?
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It’s wealthy advertising executive Rusty Donovan’s first time at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. When he scores a ride on a hot-air balloon in rainbow colors, he’s as captivated with the balloon’s pilot, Chad Holmes, as he is with the breathtaking experience. Rusty learns Chad’s business is struggling to the point where he might have to close it down. Fortunately, Rusty has some ideas about promoting Chad’s Santa Fe based tour company, and he also has some ideas about what he’d like to do with Chad. As they work together and get to know one another, the future—both for the business and for them as a couple—looks as bright as the brilliant New Mexico sky.
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October 4, 2016
I’m John Terry Moore, I began using my middle name around twenty years ago and it sought of stuck. I was a civil celebrant here in Australia at the time (I’ve since retired to concentrate on writing) —- but using the middle name helped differentiate me among the competition. I’ve continued to use it because I rather like it! Terry is a family name and also my late Dad’s name so it’s sentimental for me as well.
“A Nice Normal Family” launched September 30th.
It’s my second novel to be published by Dreamspinner Press, the first was “Black Dog” in 2014.
On Sunday, October 2nd. we’re holding the Australian launch at our home here in Geelong, Australia.
My partner Russell and I celebrate our 33rd. anniversary the same day.
Firstly and importantly “A Nice Normal Family” has a love story between two guys. It’s important because it carries the story from the beginning to the end. They meet as ten year olds and at the end of the book they’re mid-forties —in 2035.
Intrinsically linked to one of those characters is dyslexia, the central theme for the book.
My partner Russell’s dyslexia, how it affected him as a young person and how it has played out in his subsequent life has been my inspiration.
The word dyslexia comes from the Greek language and means difficulty with words. Individuals with dyslexia have trouble with reading and spelling despite having the ability to learn, they just learn in a different way.
It’s a trait affecting up to 13% of the population.
No two dyslexic people are affected alike, just like the rest of humanity they’re all different from each other.
But importantly, one of the generalities of dyslexic people is that almost all of them have at least average to high intelligence.
Some of their differences actually allow them to think on a different level altogether!
Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Richard Branson, Walt Disney, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Nelson Rockefeller, Agatha Christie, Steven Spielberg, Harry Belafonte, Winston Churchill, and Richard Strauss were all dyslexic, as were many other famous people through history.
So the storyline is embedded with our dyslexic hero who goes from a council employee to being the nation’s leader; but only after he becomes part of a successful partnership with another guy.
The third element or theme involves Australian politics. How we’ve had to suffer the idiotic behavior, the name calling, the personal attacks, snouts in the trough, etc. where politicians would rather score points by denigrating their opposition than doing what they were elected to do — represent their electorates and run the country!
Where even within political parties the factions are fighting it out regardless of the disunity it promotes. The treachery of it all, as factions turn on their leaders, further alienating the public.
And all the while the media is having a ball, always ready to whip up a story where none exists, never letting the truth get in the way of a good story.
And the public, the people who put them there as their representatives, are forgotten.
Yes it is depressingly so, but I turn it into a good read! Trust me! Our hero does things to Australian politics and the Australian federal parliament that only people with commonsense could initiate!
And there’s not too much of that around these days!
The fourth and final element or theme is Asia. And the relationship (or lack thereof) that Australia has with Asia.
It is predicted that by 2050 50% of Australians will be able to trace their ancestry back to Asia at the current rate of immigration. Yet as a nation we tend to ignore many of the relationships and business opportunities so close to the north.
Russell and I are great travelers. In particular we’ve spent some time every year for the last 25 years or so usually in some corner of Asia. The knowledge we’ve picked up has been most useful in putting this book together. Thailand has a strong presence in the book for the very best of reasons. Thailand has never been colonized by the Europeans, the Thais managed to keep everyone at their borders, including the Christian missionaries and consequently as a nation is quite unique in Asia and the world. As a result the Thai people are a very natural race, there are very few moralistic hang ups and a sense of family exists that is second to none in our experience.
It’s no accident that the two children on the front cover are somewhat Asian in appearance, perhaps Eurasian!
The book charts the progress of Australia heading blindly towards economic oblivion long after the mining boom, and rather than exploring new markets, and new income, tries to trim her sails, turning inwardly, blithely cutting back on the essentials of health and education, unaware of the potential economic benefits of her closest neighbors.
Not China, not India, but ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations. Ten of them, —– Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar (or Burma) and the Philippines.
Most of them even now with a burgeoning middle class, not so concerned with the cost of imported goods, but with quality products and reliability of supply.
So whilst this may also appear a dry topic, it does take you on a tour of the ASEAN countries and is quite entertaining. Trust me!
When we travel I carry my trusty iPad with me and usually find I can concentrate better than at home without the distractions of my own office. About a third of “A Nice Normal Family” was written at Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand in August / September last year while we were there on six weeks vacation. We had a small apartment and I wrote for around three hours a day.
I’m currently working on “A Little Bit Different” the first of three shorter books in a series called “Love in the Australian Bush.”
“A Little Bit Different” explores a subject which fascinates me —- love between two guys who both identify as straight. There is plenty of evidence to suggest both factually and in fiction that there are many same sex partnerships out there with one straight partner, the other gay.
But seldom where partners both identify as straight and each make the journey to being part of a same sex relationship.
So I hope it will be a good read!
Does Australia as a background to a storyline interest you?
What about the exotic locations within South East Asia?
What about the cut and thrust of political life, the intrigue, the treachery and the potential danger of an extremist group plotting to bring down a government?
Or a beautiful love story involving two friends, one gay, one straight who finally commit to each other, allowing each other to bloom?
The love affair where the dyslexic boy goes from a council employee to the nation’s leader, his true potential unlocked by the partnership?
John Terry Moore
Teller of Tall Tales
email: johnterrymoore@bigpond .com
“Black Dog” published by Dreamspinner Press 2014
“A Nice Normal Family” published by Dreamspinner Press 2016
“Rhythm” on the Awesome Dude website
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Jackson “Jacko” Smith is dyslexic, but like many people affected by the learning disability, he is highly intelligent. His best friend Sammy Collins helps him get through school and unlocks his potential. Jacko progresses through the ranks of local government until Mother Nature intervenes and the straight boy and the gay boy become a couple.
As Jacko and Sammy start a family and challenge social mores, Jacko enters politics, horrified at the direction the Australian government is taking. With Sammy by his side, he can achieve anything and rises through the ranks to the highest office in the land, driving Australia away from its British colonial roots and engaging with its neighbors in Asia like never before. Economic growth results, and while most Australians are supportive, a small group of extremists might endanger everything Jacko has built—including his life.
Through the love and the strength of their partnership, Jacko and Sammy rise above their ordinary lives. Because love is never ordinary.
October 3, 2016
Welcome to release day for Warrior Pledge. It’s a fantasy story set on a world I created piece by piece when I needed a place for my Mafdeti to live.
When I was first planning the world for Warrior Pledge, I made a list of the types of things a world would contain. There would be land and oceans, mountains and valleys, rivers, swamps and plains, jungles and deserts. The climate would change depending on where on the world you were. I decided that, like Earth, Thalazar would have cold poles and a hot equator. That made a lot of things quite easy. I had native peoples and invaders, although only one of each. Then I thought about the animals, insects and birds and tried to decide how many of each I would need to make the world at once recognisable yet different to Earth.
I made pages and pages of notes of different animals that a farming community would need to have, like cows and sheep, possibly dogs, cats, hens, bees, flies, wasps, worms. Then I got stuck on what to call them. Everything I came up with sounded made up and ridiculous, so I backtracked. I started asking myself different questions.
How important were these creatures were to the story? Yes, Rim came from a farming valley, but he wasn’t a farmer. He was the leader so his interactions with animals would be different. Then I took it a step further and decided that Rim wasn’t the main character anyway, so it didn’t matter how he interacted with farm animals.
So what animal/bird/insect on Thalazar was unique to the planet and was also important to the story? It had to be a native to the planet and had to impact on every living thing. The original inhabitants of the planet would be wary of it but also comfortable in its existence. It would be wide ranging and a threat to everything it came across. I decided it was a bird.
Have you looked closely at straw-necked ibis? They’re freaky. They have hard beady eyes and thready feathers around their necks like they’ve been dragged backwards through a wormhole. They could easily be descendents of some alien invader from the past. That’s where my thoughts for the norrgel originally began. The norrgel look a little like an ibis and a cormorant have mated with a penny whistle and a gothic haberdashery shop. These are my original sketches of the norrgel with behavioural annotations. They changed a little during the course of writing the book, but not a lot.
You might notice on my notes that the trailing threads have fine hairs that secrete a poison. That was my next inquiry.
When I was a child my mother told me a story about a young man she nursed. He had tetanus and the slightest sound set off the most violent spasms in his body. The muscular spasms were so strong they broke bones. He used to scream with the pain but the noise of the screaming only made the spasms worse. It was vicious. It was also perfect for my norrgel.
The norrgel hunt in flocks. When they sight prey they dive, one after the other, and whip the threads trailing from their wings and tails against their target. The whipping raises welts where the skin thins and allows the tiny hairs left behind to penetrate. The skin splits and the poison rushes in. The effect of the poison is immediate, the muscles go into spasm. The pain is excruciating, not just because of the spasming muscles but because the combination of the spasms and the poison liquefies the muscles, bones, sinews and tendons.
While they’re still alive.
The poison works its way inwards so things like the brain, heart and lungs are impacted last. The victim is aware of what’s happening every step of the way. It’s brutal and horrifying. Anyone who experiences the thrash of norrgel threads is dead within two hours. Anyone who sees a death by norrgel is changed forever.
The Mafdeti and the Imperials live under a norrgel sky. Their lives are lived around norrgel breeding season, when the birds are more active, and sunlight—norrgel hunt during daylight hours. They have norrgel watch set every day and hides to retreat to when the cry of ‘wings up’ is heard. The hides are large enough to shelter small flocks of farm animals. Once the hunting flock passes over, they emerge to continue their work.
The norrgel have one natural predator but they haven’t been seen for a thousand years. The people of Thalazar have stopped wishing for their return. Their lives now include daily watchfulness and regular deaths by norrgel.
Now we get to the fun part. Think back to my description of the straw-necked ibis. I’d love to hear about an animal/bird/insect you look at and think ‘that’s an alien’. I’ll pick two as winners who will have a choice of any ebook from my backlist.
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When the two moons of Thalazar cross orbits, the Warrior Pledge must be completed or the cat-shifting Mafdeti nation will face annihilation. There are four who can save the people and their land: the Silver Shining from Rock, the Great Heart Farseeing, the Changeling, and the Pure. They must find each other before time runs out.
Silver-eyed Checa is Captain of the Guard for the Mafdeti. Thanks to the friendship and loyalty of Heath, son of the Mafdeti Matriarch, Checa has survived and thrived after a childhood of horrific abuse. He knows Heath is his Bond-Mate but refuses to bond with the younger man because he feels he isn’t worthy. Nor does Heath’s mother approve of her son bonding with a lowborn warrior.
Together they face deadly wing-strikes from carnivorous birds, earthquake, betrayal, ambush, and an enemy invasion, only to be confronted with the possibility that the Warrior Pledge will bond Checa and Heath to others. If Checa is to complete the Warrior Pledge, he must overcome the belief that he doesn’t deserve Heath’s love, and fight for the one man who can make him whole.
E E Montgomery wants the world to be a better place, with equality and acceptance for all. Her philosophy is: We can’t change the world but we can change our small part of it and, in that way, influence the whole. Writing stories that show people finding their own ‘better place’ is part of E E Montgomery’s own small contribution.
Thankfully, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for stories that show people growing in their acceptance and love of themselves and others. A dedicated people-watcher, E E finds stories everywhere. In a cafe, a cemetery, a book on space exploration or on the news, there’ll be a story of personal growth, love, and unconditional acceptance there somewhere.
You can contact E E Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org; on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ewynelaine.montgomery; on Twitter: @EEMontgomery1; or at her web site: http://www.eemontgomery.com/ and blog: http://www.eemontgomery.com/blog.
September 26, 2016
I’m willing to bet if we checked Remi’s closet, he’d have a T-shirt with that on it lol. Another T-shirt he has says: Be careful when you follow the masses…. Sometimes the M is silent. Remi is connoisseur of snarky T-shirts. It’s one of the things he’s well-known for. He likes to make a statement.
Hello everyone! My name is M.A. Church, but most people call me Michelle. Or just ‘M’. I’ve dropped by to talk about the next book in the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series, It Takes Two to Tango. It releases September 26th. This book centers on Remi and his mate, Marshell. Out of all the betas in the West Falls Clowder, Remi would’ve been the one perfectly fine with a mate who was human. But is that who his goddess gives him?
Of course not.
*Grin* That’d be too simple. Instead, she gives Remi a mate who’s not only dominant than him, but who’s also just as toppy. Marshell is a Vetala, a snakelike nonshifting paranormal who must have blood to survive. But unlike vampires, the Vetala are very much alive. The Vetala’s eyes, when aroused or threatened, changed to an eerie blue with a black, vertical iris. They also have fangs, but they’re not like the fangs you’d see with vampires. Marshell’s are different… more gnarly.
Then there’s the venom Marshell can use to paralyze his victim as he feeds. The venom can be used for other things too. *Grin* Can y’all guess where I’m going with that? The pair dance around each other while they try to figure out how to make a mating work, thus the title. Then Marshell is attacked. *Whew*
Oh, if that isn’t enough, there’s a twist at the very end when Aidric meets his mate.
Out of all the characters in this series, Marshell may possibly be my favorite. He’s a tough guy, and often feared because of what he is. If threatened, he’ll kill with no regret. But under that tough exterior…. Oh, who am I kidding? He’s still tough guy, but his loved ones are the most important people in his life. He’ll do anything for them.
This series is based on racism, but it’s viewed through the lens of speciesism. The werecats, especially the elders in the clowder, are resistant to accepting anyone who isn’t like them. They’re not particularly fond of humans either, as Kirk can tell you. Then there’s the issue of how women are viewed… think 1920s, and there you go.
The West Falls Clowder is undergoing change, and it certainly hasn’t been painless. *Grin* And I’m not through with them yet. I’m working on Aidric’s book now, then after that will be the Brier’s. That’ll be the last one in this series.
I’m doing a giveaway to celebrate the release of Tango. As I mentioned, Remi has a wardrobe full of snarky T-shirts dedicated to funny sayings. In order to enter the giveaway, tell me one of your favorite sayings that you’d like to see on a T-shirt. A winner will be chosen and that person will get to pick one of my backlist of books.
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Can two very different men find the love they need to survive?
Remi Ginn’s an easygoing werecat with a love of snarky T-shirts. He would be perfectly happy with a human mate. Is that what the goddess Bast gives him? Of course not. Instead she gifts him with Marshell, a Vetala, a snakelike nonshifter who drinks blood to survive. A man who’s just as toppy as Remi—and even more powerful than the West Falls Clowder’s Alpha and heir apparent.
While Remi is deciding whether he can handle the fates’ choice, hunters attack Marshell. Afterward, in an explosion of passion, Remi and Marshell mate and Remi declares Marshell his. Now they have to figure out how to make their relationship work as they dance around each other.
The clowder is in turmoil, and Remi’s acceptance of Marshell rocks the very foundation of the insular group. The consequences will be far-reaching. And if that isn’t problem enough, the situation with the hunters is far from resolved… as proved by the appearance of an Alpha werewolf.
About M.A. Church:
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a fulltime job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it! When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children. She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.