More Than Friends? with J.R. Loveless – Giveaway + Excerpt

November 9, 2016

More Than Friends with J.R. Loveless

Release day is always exciting! Today is November 9th and the release of my newest novella You Belong With Me. There are some of you who may know me from my first novel from Dreamspinner Press, Touch Me Gently, but for those who don’t, I’m J.R. Loveless, and I have been writing gay romance for a little over ten years now. Dreamspinner gave me a chance in 2010 and I have been publishing with them ever since. My long term dream is to be able to spend my days writing, but until then, I work in an office as a manager of a System Support department while dreaming up countless stories I hope to bring to you all someday.

Many of us have experienced, or are experiencing right now, the most painful of all type of loves – unrequited. There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching from afar as the person we want to be with showers their affection and attention on someone else. Except when they’re your best friend and they don’t even realize you’re in love with them. Because then it’s an up close and personal view that you wish you never had to witness.

In You Belong With Me, Scott is in love with his best friend Craig and has been for some time. He’s been there to experience the heartache of Craig falling for someone for the first time and then having to listen as Craig tells him everything about the relationship, including the night Craig lost his virginity. The story is told from the POVs of Scott, Craig, and Scott’s twin sister Karen, giving you the perspective of an outsider who cares very deeply for Scott and would love nothing more than to knock some sense into Craig. Maybe some will be able to relate with Scott and some may even be able to relate with Craig, but hopefully by the end of the story you’ll be cheering for them both. Just don’t hate on either too much because without communication misunderstandings happen and yes, Craig does do something which some may find unforgivable, but you’ll have to read the story to find out!

Keep reading for an excerpt to whet your taste buds and give you a glimpse of what is to come in You Belong With Me.

Want to win a free e-book copy of You Belong With Me or have your choice of one of my backlog if you’ve already pre-ordered or purchased YBWM? Then post a comment answering this question: What is the one thing you’ve wanted more than anything in the world and did you get it? A random winner will be chosen from the commentators! Please include your email address so I know how to contact you. :)

Check out You Belong With Me today!

You Belong With Me by J.R. Loveless

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
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Blurb:

Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.

Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.

When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott’s heart, Craig opens his eyes—and his own heart—to the possibility of a future with Scott. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.

Excerpt:

Scott

Anger and hurt simmered beneath the surface as Scott slammed the door behind him. He was glad the house was empty, because he didn’t want to talk to anyone. The fact that for the first time in four years Craig wasn’t there at lunch and didn’t even text him made him so angry, but the anger paled in comparison to the pain he felt. As the lunch hour had ticked by and he came to the realization Craig wasn’t coming, it had felt like a sharp knife in his stomach. A hollow feeling had swamped him on his way home. His best friend had forgotten him.

Scott’s eyes stung but he gritted his teeth and refused to let the tears fall. He wouldn’t allow Derek to do this to him. He wouldn’t cry. He tossed himself across his bed and buried his face in the pillow. Somehow Derek had guessed his feelings toward Craig and, whenever he could, went out of his way to make Craig hurt Scott without realizing it. The bastard was so coldhearted he made the devil seem nice.

Scott had gotten each and every one of Craig’s texts, but he knew if he responded, Craig would get the brunt of his pain and anger. Before he spoke to him, he needed to get control of his emotions. If he didn’t, he’d wind up blurting out something he shouldn’t. More than likely it would be about Derek being an asshole, and it might cause a rift between them too wide to repair. He’d lose Craig for sure.

Scott allowed his mind to drift as he lay there. The internship to France being offered by Emerson was starting to look better and better every day. Maybe some time away would be a good thing. If he could get over the way he felt about Craig, his emotions could even out and he wouldn’t constantly have to worry about destroying their friendship. Closing his eyes, he concentrated on breathing in and out slowly. Eventually he started to fall asleep. Only there was no peace, even in his dreams. Immediately he started dreaming of Craig.

Craig kissed his way down Scott’s spine, lips traveling over each vertebrae slowly. He smoothed his calloused hands over Scott’s arms and shoulders with calculating accuracy. Scott moaned when he felt Craig’s hot breath on his lower back, just above his pale rear end. The moan grew louder as Craig slid the tip of his wet tongue along the beginning of the crease leading to Scott’s tight entrance. Sweat built along his skin in a fine sheen at the roar of pleasure that rushed through him. Craig tenderly spread Scott’s cheeks open with his strong hands, baring the puckered channel dying to feel him inside. A small cry rattled in Scott’s throat when his tongue came into contact with Scott’s hole. Quick lapping motions against him made Scott’s cock throb painfully against the sheets. But when Craig probed into his body, Scott heard himself shamelessly begging, “Please.”

He felt Craig smile. “Please what?” Craig asked huskily.

“Craig,” Scott whimpered.

“Tell me.”

“I want you inside of me,” he growled in frustration.

Craig laughed softly and rose up to press the full length of his body over Scott’s. Scott could feel Craig’s hard prick rubbing into the crease of his ass. “Do you, Scott?”

“God yes,” he hissed.

The blunt tip of Craig’s dick nudged the entrance to his hole. Scott reached back with one hand to grip at his hip to try to pull him inside. He shuddered when he felt Craig drop a kiss on the nape of his neck. His firm lips grazed Scott’s ear as he whispered, “I love you, Scott.”

Just when he started to enter him, Scott heard his name again from a distance. Then someone was shaking him. “Scott, wake up.”

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Speaking Italian, or Trying To with BA Tortuga

November 8, 2016

 Speaking Italian or Trying To with BA Tortuga

Hey y’all. I’m BA Tortuga and I write a lot of cowboys. It’s a thing. It’s my thing. :D

Apparently I also write a ton of Italians.

Grins

So, let me tell y’all a story.

When I was a teenager, I wanted desperately to learn French. I took French class for four years, I was in French club, I was totally into it. I was going to go to college, take more French classes and join the Peace Corps and change the world!

Then life and an unexpected pregnancy at 17 intervened. What can I say, guys. BIRTH CONTROL AND ANTIBIOTICS DO NOT MIX!

Long story short, la la la, many years pass, I go to college. It’s a wee commuter college and taking Spanish was my best (and wisest since, hello! Texas!) choice. Four semesters of college Spanish later and I’m recruited by UT.

Who doesn’t accept my Spanish credits.

Great.

But! They have French! The University of Texas is vast. French classes! I take them. I have As! Life is good.

Then I discover that the last French class I need? Is only available during my work hours. You know, that full time management job at IBM that I have to have to support my kiddo?

No problem, I say. I’ll take Italian!

I love pizza and Benigni films!

Stares

Let me explain how utterly screwed up it is, having three romance languages floating in your brain. To this day I get along fine, comprehension-wise, with all three.

Speaking?

HA!

I cannot speak a SINGLE word of any of them. They have become some insane pidgin language in my brain. It amuses my wife to no end, to know that we can be in Italy together and I open my mouth and Spanfrenlian falls out.

She just tells them I’m a Texan.

Apparently that explains everything.

Much love, y’all.

BA Tortuga

Check out Private Dances today!

Private Dances by BA Tortuga

Blurb:

Dale is working his way through college as an exotic dancer. While he prefers to keep his performances public, it’s tough to say no to the private dances, even though they’re risky. Three songs, just dancing, no touching—Dale can do this and be handsomely compensated.

For Italian businessman Adriano “Gen” Genovese, the handsome cowboy tempts him into wanting more than one dance. Gen convinces Dale to indulge in another dance and a night in his decadent hotel room. He introduces Dale to a glittering world of wealth on a scale Dale has never even imagined.

As the romance between the down-home Texas student and the millionaire playboy heats up, they come to realize the only risk they face is losing their hearts.

BA Tortuga bio:

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.

You can find BA at:

Website: http://www.batortuga.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/batortuga
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/batortuga
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/batortuga/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/batortuga
Blogger: http://batortuga.blogspot.com/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/batortuga/
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All-American Boys with Robert P. Rowe

November 7, 2016

All-American Boys with Robert P. Rowe

 

Stories about sports figures and athletes abound in gay romance. I’m Robert P. Rowe and I was looking for a way to have my characters stand out in the field. There are plenty of books about football players but hidden beneath all that battle armor it’s hard to get a good look at the man inside. On the other hand baseball players are hot. A baseball cap and a tight jersey lets sports fans see just what these all-American boys are made of.

I also like stories about ordinary guys doing extraordinary things. I think stories about ordinary guys give all readers hope that they don’t need to be a millionaire to find love and success. In my first book for Dreamspinner Press, Second-Story Man, my main character, Carlos, was an out-of-work construction worker. He came from a Latino heritage but he couldn’t have been more all-American in his pursuit of the American Dream.

In The Outfielders my main characters are also struggling with economic problems. Like Carlos, these guys are in their mid-twenties, but unlike Carlos they are not trying to get by on their own. One of the sad consequences of a poor economy is that too many young people have been forced to delay leaving home to live on their own. For some families this isn’t a big deal. As adult children mature they are naturally expected to take on more adult responsibilities—while living with their parents.

But other families don’t know how to adapt to this change. They had expected that the kids would move out for college or a good job to mature on their own. The great recession seems to have thrown a wrench into this American dream. And the problem isn’t restricted to the United States. According to my senior editor, the UK has the same problem and this group is known derogatorily as kidults.

For this group of new adults, forced to continue living at home, they are not forced to take on adult responsibilities. Mom is still cooking and cleaning and Dad is still paying all of the bills. Some of my nieces and nephews are in this position and all of them have friends like this.

That’s where Tony and Alex find themselves too. They don’t realize that they are immature. Living at home is the only life they’ve ever known. But they have dreams.

A company sponsored baseball team enables these guys to continue their adolescent pursuits and fills their time while they figure out what they want from life and love. Baseball had some other advantages as a story device and the most important one is that I know the game. While I wrote The Outfielders I knew that someone would catch me if I messed up on any of the baseball rules or jargon. There are all sorts of nuances that can’t be overlooked when you’re writing a book—and one can’t expect the editors to find sports errors. I needed another kind of editor to help me out. I sent excerpts from the book off to a young sports writer. I was pleased to learn that most of my ball field scenes were accurate but he added words and phrases that gave the story the right kind of color. “Down the middle,” “popup,” and “tricky offspeed pitching” are not terms that come up in my everyday vocabulary. My favorite word was “bobbled.”

This contemporary romance takes place in the early part of 2016 and the book was released just three days before the Cubs broke their long losing streak so I couldn’t really know to add that little detail into the story—could I?

Baseball is a slow moving game and that just about sums up my main character, Tony. He’s not the brightest guy so it takes him a bit longer to figure things out. Readers fell in love with Carlos because taming the bad boy is a popular fantasy. I’m hoping that readers will find Tony to be charming in his innocence. It is one of the things that makes Tony an ordinary guy. It’s also one of the things that makes his later accomplishments seem all the more extraordinary.
Tony’s been hiding his secret crush, and the fact that he’s gay, for years. He hides another secret too. He really likes to bake cookies. With that in mind I’ve included one of Tony’s favorite recipes here. There’s no better way to curl up with a good book than to have a batch of fresh baked cookies nearby. Enjoy.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking power
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar

1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Add flour, spice, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
4. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour.
5. Pour additional 1/2 cup sugar into bowl.
6. Spoon rounded teaspoons of dough into balls. Drop and roll balls in sugar.
7. Place on greased or sprayed cookie sheet.
8. Using bottom of glass dipped in water and sugar, flatten each ball on the cookie sheet.

Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Bake 5 minutes.

Check out The Outfielders today!

The Outfielders by Robert P. Rowe

Blurb:

Sometimes love can come out of left field.
Tony was waiting until he went away to college to come out to his parents and start his new gay life. Unfortunately, at twenty-four, it doesn’t look like college is going to happen after all. Stuck in a dead-end job in a small town and still living at home, with all the arrested development that entails, he finds escape in playing for the company baseball team and lusting after his straight outfielder crush, Alex. But Tony’s best friend, Jennifer, thinks she’s found a plan in the pages of gay romance novels. All Tony has to do is convince Alex he’s gay for you… or for Tony. It’s easy—just find some excuse to be alone in bed together and let nature take its course. What could possibly go wrong?
You can’t get to first base if you don’t take a chance and step up to the plate.

Where to buy:
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Google Books

Author’s Bio:

Robert P. Rowe has spent his entire career as a storyteller making an incredible leap from Disneyland ride operator to show-designer and art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. Immersive storytelling presents a distinctive challenge unlike that of live theater, film, radio, or print media. Although he currently freelances, his work can be found around the world, primarily in Disney and Universal Studios parks. The theme park industry is a very cyclical business where it’s either feast or famine. For Rowe his active imagination can’t seem to take any time off. When he’s not designing fantastic worlds he’s writing about the characters who live there. Additionally his outside interests include all aspects of architecture with a specific fascination for the theatrical design of homes from mid-century movies and television. He has a keen enthusiasm for mid-century science fiction.

Author Website: http://www.robertprowe.com/

 

Siblings! with Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes + Giveaway

November 4, 2016
Siblings! with Venona Keyes and Kim Fielding

 

In our story, Running Blind, Kyle Green needs to depend on his slightly older sister, Lily, to help him get his bearings while he adjusts to his new life without sight.  They are the two youngest of the Green brood, and they have a good relationship, though they bicker and cajole each other.

We, Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes, sat down and discussed our own sibling experiences. Maybe you will pick up on a few traits we gave to Lily and Kyle.

Where are you in the sibling birth order?

Kim:  I’m the oldest. My brother is 3 years younger and my sister is almost 9 years younger. I think I can blame my control freak tendencies on my birth order.

Venona: I’m the oldest of five in the family.  We have a two part sibling group: the original three, and the two afterthoughts.  The original three, me, a sister, and a brother were born within three years.  Thirteen years later, my parents had my little brother, and four years later, my little sister came along.

Which sibling are you closest to in the family?

K:  Probably my brother because we’re closer in age. My sister was only 8 when I moved out of the house, so we had fewer childhood years together.

V:  I am closest to my littlest brother (the one I wanted my mom to return when she told me she was pregnant).  Nearly five when I left for college, he grew up and I only saw him in snippets as I didn’t return home after I left for school. I think it’s because we are the two oldest of each of our groups, we bonded. The next is my sister, who is a year younger than me.

Do you find that you still treat each other the same way as you did when you were growing up?

K:  Nope. We’re mostly grown-ups now. We hardly ever argue, and I’m probably less bossy. All three of us are married, too, which tends to change family dyamics.

V:  Yes.  We modeled our behavior on my mother’s family—we all argue at the top of our voices, butt in over each other, and fiercely defend each other.  Per my sibs, I’m generally the peacemaker, motivator, and the bossy one (birth order!). We all still crack up at the stupidest things. My youngest brother and I still giggle like kids when he brings out the Beavis and Butthead voicebox.

What do you and your siblings still do that may baffle your parents?

K:  My entire family gets along pretty well and we tend to be like-minded. I would say my parents don’t understand our tastes in music, although that’s nothing new!

V:  Argue. Not angry fighting, but arguing about certain topics. My dad is the only child of an only child. One time, while the five of us were arguing over something (as adults), he said he was glad he was an only child. I told him he should’ve had siblings—they would’ve kept him humble. He didn’t appreciate my wisdom. Imagine that!  My late mom, on the other hand, came from a family of four girls.  The house she grew up in was always busy and loud, so nothing phased her.

What are things you have in common with your siblings—and what sets you apart?

K: All three of us have undergraduate degrees in psychology (my brother and I both have law degrees too), we all love animals, and politically speaking, we’re all on the same page. But they still live in Oregon, our home state, while I’m exiled to California. And I’m the only one who’s reproduced.

V: We have our parents in common, we’re politically on the same page, we all love animals, we’re all loud, and no one can do mischief better than we can when we’re together.  After that, two of my brothers and one sister are married and have children. I’m widowed with no children and my youngest sister is engaged.  We also have varying degrees of schooling: I have my Master of Public Health, youngest brother has his Bachelors, youngest sister has her Associates working towards her Bachelors, other sister has had some junior college, and my other brother apprenticed as a grandfather clock builder and repairman. We’ve all scattered into the winds: My youngest brother just moved to Texas, my other brother is in South Dakota, one sister is in New York, and my youngest sister and I are still in Illinois, our place of birth and growth.  One other thing: I am the only dark-eyed, dark-haired child. Sisters are (real) blond and blue-eyed, one brother is curly blond (now bald) with light brown eyes, and the other brother is a curly brown haired (now bald) with hazel eyes.

What’s the worst thing you ever did to a sibling?

K:  When my brother was 3, my parents went out for the evening, leaving us with a babysitter. I accidentally-on-purpose locked him in the bathroom.

V: Hmmm…Nothing comes to mind. However, if you ask what we did to our Uncle Charles when he watched us (the original three) over a weekend…now that is another story. Let’s just say I’m a babysitter that knows all the tricks my little charges can pull.

What makes you most jealous about your siblings?

K: My brother lives on a beautiful farm and drives a really cool car. My sister has great taste in music and is really good at crafts. They both live a lot closer to our parents than I do.

V: Not jealous, but I admire my sibs for who they are: NY sister has the biggest heart and is very crafty, SD brother struggles with his addictions and wins most of the time, TX brother who patiently explains technology to me just as he patiently explains complex math to my niece, and my littlest sister’s pluck in the face of adversity.  Besides, I drive the cool car (laughs).

What makes your siblings special to you? Make a comment and be entered in the Rafflecopter giveaways listed below.

Check out Running Blind today!

Running Blind by Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes

 

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Blurb

Kyle Green is on top of the world. He and Matt have been together for ten years, and—as the voice of Ecos, the wildly popular anime character—Kyle is treated like a rock star in anime circles. But in an instant, a stroke leaves him blind. When photographer Matt gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Kyle reexamines their relationship, discovers it has been a safety net rather than a true romance, and sets Matt free to pursue his dream. Kyle’s life and career as he knew them are gone, and he must now find the courage and creativity to draft a new plan.

After being away for fifteen years, Seth Caplan comes home to Chicago to care for his mother and to partner with a small start-up tech company. He and Kyle meet after Kyle’s collision with a child’s sidewalk toy, and they hit it off. Kyle wants to get back into running, and Seth becomes his guide. As they get to know each other, they start seeing each other beyond their three-times-a-week runs. But Seth’s revelation of the dark reason why he left his career in California sends the relationship into a tailspin andleaves both men running blind.

Bios

Kim Fielding is very pleased every “me someone calls her eclectic. Her books have won Rainbow Awards and span a variety of genres. She has migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States and currently lives in California, where she long ago ran out of bookshelf space. She’s a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full “me. She also dreams of having two perfectly behaved children, a husband who isn’t obsessed with football, and a house that cleans itself. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others

You can reach Kim at:

Facebook—http://facebook.com/kfieldingwrites
Twitter—@kfieldingwrites
Website—http://kfieldingwrites.com/

Venona Keyes is a modern woman who believes in doing it all; if doing it all is only in her head. She amazes people that she can be wholly unorganized yet pack a perfect carry on suitcase for a ten day trip to Paris. Ms. Keyes is a believer in the just in time theory, and can be seen sprinting in airports to the gate before the plane door closes.

Venona has experienced love and loss at the deepest level, and is thankful for writing and daydreaming, for it kept, and still keeps her sane. Writing also introduced her to some of the most supportive and wonderful people, to which she will always be grateful.

Venona is a voracious reader, loves her feline boys, volunteers at an animal shelter, attempts to cook everything in her CSA boxes, is an accomplished speaker, is a seasoned triathlete, and enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, skipping, dancing, and her beloved overgrown garden.

You can reach Venona at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/venona.keyes
Website: http://www.venonakeyes.com/

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The Tropes That Never Grow Old with Clare London

November 3, 2016

The Tropes That Never Grow Old with Clare London

Today my book Romancing the Wrong Twin is released at Dreamspinner Press. This is maybe the most fun I’ve had writing a book for years! The inspiration for this story of identity swap came from the romantic comedies I’ve watched and read over the years – and I hope the readers get that feeling too.

The Dreamspun Desires line is an initiative at Dreamspinner to re-tell the popular Harlequin/Mills and Boon romance stories from a male/male point of view. It’s a chance to embrace the tropes we all know but still bring a fresh perspective. Many people think romance tropes, i.e. clichés, must be stale and tired after being reiterated time and again over the years. But as readers, we all know how a type of book can attract us, don’t we? We always want good writing, sympathetic and sexy characters, a plausible and often exciting plot. But we also have personal preferences, for example, a theme of ‘friends to lovers’ , ‘opposites attract’, ‘rich man/poor man’, or ‘mistaken identity’. Those stories will never grow old in our hearts, and every author brings their own special style to the telling.

So I hope you enjoy the series – and especially my own contributions, starting with Romancing the Wrong Twin. It was written for your entertainment, and shared by me as well!

 

 Check out Romancing the Wrong Twin today!

 

 Romancing the Wrong Twin by Clare London

 

BLURB:

How tangled can a romantic web get?

When gruff mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George seeks sponsorship for his latest expedition, his London PA insists on a more media-friendly profile—like dating celebrity supermodel Zeb Z.

Zeb can’t make the date, so he asks his identical twin, Aidan, to stand in for just one evening. Aidan, a struggling playwright, shuns the limelight to the extent people don’t even know Zeb has a sibling, but he reluctantly agrees.

When the deception has to continue beyond the first date, Aidan fights to keep up the pretense. Dominic likes his sassy, intelligent companion, and Aidan starts falling for the forthright explorer. But how long can Aidan’s conscience cope as confusion abounds? Will coming clean as “the other twin” destroy the trust they’ve built?

Buy links:

Dreamspinner
Amazon (your local store)
All Romance Ebooks
Kobo
B&N
iTunes

AUTHOR BIO:

Clare London took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant.

She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter three stage and plenty of other projects in mind… she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

Clare loves to hear from readers, and you can contact her here:

Website: http://www.clarelondon.com
E-mail: clarelondon11@yahoo.co.uk
Blog: www.clarelondon.com/blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clarelondon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/clare_london
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/clarelondon
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/clarelondon/
Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ClareLondon/posts

 

EXCERPT (PG):

“I know you didn’t want to do this,” Aidan murmured.

“What?”

The music was louder than when they’d arrived. Maxima was more club than restaurant and someone had upped the volume, but Aidan had no problem hearing Dominic over the background music.

“Go on this date. Be with me.” Aidan felt the devil rise up in him. “You said it yourself: we’re not much of a match. I expect your usual partners are far more impressed with your credentials.”

“My… what the hell?” Dominic looked genuinely surprised. “I don’t know what you’re on about, but I don’t set out looking for someone to impress. I want someone who’s good company, a strong character. Who’ll give as good as he gets.”

Aidan couldn’t help the wash of pleasure he felt at the indirect compliment. “No. I meant… well, you probably date bears like yourself, usually.”

“Bears?”

Shit. Aidan knew he’d slid onto thin ice, but his stupid tongue wouldn’t stop blabbing. “Sorry. I just meant tough guys like yourself. Big. Burly.” Could he sink any further into the pit he was digging?

But it seemed to have broken Dominic’s introspective mood. He started to laugh uproariously. “Burly? Does that mean you think I’m hairy too?”

H-G. No! Dominic! Aidan gulped. What was he meant to say to that after he’d been sitting there, peeking at the dark hairs curling over the neckline of Dominic’s shirt, wondering how far down the rest of it went? Whether Dominic’s legs were as deliciously furred, whether there’d be a decent treasure trail down to his groin that a man could tangle his fingers and nuzzle his nose into, to smell the sweet warmth of male skin….

Hairy skin. Strong arms. Warm, muscular thighs. Oh fuck.

The goose bumps ran over every inch of Aidan’s skin.

“I am hairy, can’t deny it. You like that idea?” Dominic’s voice was low and growly. He couldn’t have failed to notice Aidan’s sucked-in breath, the tensing of his stomach muscles. “Do you want to check out my hairy credentials?”

Aidan stared at him. Was that a joke? Was Dominic really attracted to him? Aidan had never found his build much of an advantage. Yes, he and Zeb were blessed with excellent bone structure, and in Zeb’s case the grace of a dancer, but out in the bars and clubs Aidan always seemed to blend into the background.

Ah, but he was meant to be Zeb now, wasn’t he?

“I think you’ve misjudged me, Zeb.” Dominic’s voice was very close to Aidan’s ear now. He’d placed his hand over Aidan’s, pressing Aidan’s palm onto Dominic’s thigh.

“I—what do you mean?”

“I wouldn’t have thought you were my type, I admit. But there’s a spark between us, isn’t there?”

Oh God, yes. But Aidan couldn’t admit that, could he? He gulped, wishing he’d eaten three pies, if only to soak up the effect of the champagne. The warm, heady excitement from his newfound courage wasn’t as robust as he’d thought.

Dominic smelled really good: a mix of vanilla aftershave, or maybe just soap, and a breath of tannin from the wine. Aidan couldn’t help it; his lips opened slightly and his tongue slipped out to moisten them.

“Dear Christ in heaven,” Dominic said on a ragged sigh. “You’re really gorgeous.” He sounded shocked. Aidan remembered him saying it when they met at Dominic’s house, but now there was an extra rumble underlying his voice. “Say my name again. I like it. Most people call me Dom.”

“Dom… Dominic.” Aidan heard the words but barely registered speaking them aloud. He was fixated on Dominic’s mouth, not his own.

Their lips touched.

Aidan gasped. It was the lightest of touches, but like the heaviest bolt from the blue. It was as if Dominic had breathed a flame into him through his mouth. His whole body shivered with excitement: a trickle of pure, heated delight on his skin compared to the sweaty air of the club. Dominic rested his hand lightly on Aidan’s shoulder, at the junction with his neck. He slid his fingers to the front of Aidan’s throat and stroked the hollow under his Adam’s apple.

It’s not enough! Aidan wanted Dominic to slide his hand down under the T-shirts—remind him why he was wearing so many, none of which actually fitted properly?—and touch his skin. Properly, firmly, with need.

With a soft moan of pleasure, Dominic leaned in to take the kiss deeper.

Aidan responded very, very willingly. He slid his outer arm around Dominic’s waist and pulled them closer together. Dominic lifted his other hand away from Aidan’s and rested it on Aidan’s knee. Their lower halves were hidden by the table, and Dominic’s knee pressed very tightly against Aidan’s. His large hand squeezed gently, and then slowly, teasingly slid up between Aidan’s thighs. He nudged harder, trying to push Aidan’s legs farther apart.

Aidan’s head was swimming from the kisses. Dominic’s mouth was still on his, his surprisingly soft beard rubbing along Aidan’s jawline, his breath quickening. When Aidan twisted to get even closer, he felt the heat from Dominic’s groin and Dominic’s solid erection against his hip. He wanted to climb onto his date’s lap, however ridiculous or rash that seemed. Instead he ran his free hand behind Dominic’s neck and leaned in, excited despite himself at making out in a semipublic club. Dominic had cupped Aidan’s cock and balls, trapped inside Zeb’s skintight jeans. Now Aidan was aroused too; the seam of the jeans was pressing against his flesh, causing a strange, awkward, intoxicating pain. He half closed his eyes, relaxing into the embrace, enjoying Dominic’s firm caresses under cover of the table. It had been a long time since Aidan did anything like this, a long time since he’d wanted to do it, in fact.

He wanted more, needed more. Ached for more—

And that was the exact moment a camera flash went off in his face.

 

Villains We Love to Love with Alexis Duran

November 2, 2016

Villains We Love to Love with Alexis Duran

Hello! It’s great to be here on the Dreamspinner blog for the first time. My name is Alexis Duran and my novel, Matthias: Order of the Black Knights, is being released today!

Matthias was both fun and challenging to write. Challenging because it’s my first foray into the genre of contemporary thriller, and fun because—well, writing is always fun for me—but this story was especially enjoyable to craft because it features two of my favorite elements; a sexy bad boy and a scorching enemies-to-lovers relationship.

When Thianna Durston first approached me with an invitation to write a book in the series, Order of the Black Knights, I said yes without thinking too hard about it.  How could I resist the idea of a man cursed to be a killer with one chance at redemption?  Add to that the twist that there was only one person out there who could save him from this fate—a person he considered his mortal enemy—let’s just say this m/m writer’s imagination set fire.

As soon as I signed on to the project, Matthias began to take form.  The idea of a charismatic cult leader had been simmering in the back of my mind for a long time, and this seemed like the perfect vehicle for him to finally emerge and take center stage.  I liked the concept of the “villain” also being the protagonist.  I usually start from the view point of the man who’s destined to fall in love with said villain, but this time the crux of the story revolves around Matthias and whether he will succeed in overcoming his past (and there’s a lot to overcome, with several lives as a killer behind him!) or if he’s doomed to repeat the same violent cycle yet one more time.

So what is it about sexy villains we love so much?  Personally I think it’s the power and confidence they exude, and the fact that they can break all the rules and behave in ways nice people like us wouldn’t dream of doing.  In a relationship, they create a fantastic amount of conflict. This challenges their dueling partner and potential lover to the utmost, creating a dynamic that forces both parties to either grow or be crushed.

The stronger the villain, the tougher the “good guy” has to be.  Once Matthias strolled onto the page and announced himself, I knew I would have to create an opposite who was worthy of standing up to him.  Dylan might have started out as an innocent college boy crushing on the mysterious Matthias, but he quickly developed an interesting past himself, with a military family and a constant need to prove himself.  Not only is his natural goodness offended by Matthias’s activities, but he’s got this law-enforcing, honor upholding background to answer to. He’s no one to be steamrollered by Matthias and it wasn’t long before I found him to be just as interesting a character, with complexities and pitfalls of his own.

And this is why I think the enemies to lovers trope is so enticing.  While meeting someone closely aligned to you is of course the natural way to go, and can strengthen both members of the couple, falling in love with your polar opposite makes for a true test of love vs. will.  It is quite the conundrum to decide to enter a relationship with someone who you know is bad news. Worse if the person is possibly dangerous. The good news from a writer’s standpoint is that the more the good boy has to wrestle with his own inner demons, the more fully realized and fascinating he will be. It’s easy to get lost in the shadow of a personality as large as Matthias so I gave Dylan lots of good reasons to put up a fight.

Then comes the fun part.  I get to place these two guys in a room together and see how they behave. If I’ve done my job and created the right characters for the part, their scenes together just flow out of me and I can hardly write fast enough to keep up with them.  This is sheer joy from a writers’ perspective and I hope it reflects on the page.  Sometimes I felt like all I could do was get out of the way as Matthias and Dylan sparred, lied, manipulated and fell in love, then dealt with the potentially deadly consequences.  I hope you enjoy reading Matthias as much as I enjoyed writing him.

So who is your favorite bad boy villain? Do you have a favorite couple who started out as enemies? One lucky commenter will win a gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press! Simply enter your answer along with your email address (can include name [at] email [dot] com) and a winner will be chosen!

Check out Matthias today!

Matthias by Alexis Duran

Blurb:

From Louisiana swamp rat to revivalist huckster to skilled con artist, Matthias Krall clawed his way out of poverty using his natural gifts of grift and manipulation to become the leader of an exclusive retreat center. Exploiting the guise of spiritual guru, Matthias seduces the rich and powerful into turning over their lives and fortunes to his control. But wealth and a small cadre of loyal followers can’t protect Matthias from the betrayal he knows is imminent. Everyone wants what Matthias has, except for one man who wants to destroy it. Dylan Connelly is a reporter who’s determined to prove the charismatic recluse is not only a fraud but a murderer.

Irresistibly drawn to Dylan despite the warnings in his gut, Matthias lures Dylan to his island retreat, determined to destroy his enemy once and for all.

About Alexis Duran:

Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She’s worked in museums, finance, film production, and for several performing arts organizations. Her favorite job so far has been inventorying the collection of a haunted Victorian Mansion. She is the author of the Masters and Mages and Edge of Night m/m fantasy series as well as several standalone romances. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference and first runner-up from Love Romances Cafe. She lives with one dog and four and a half cats. She is always working on the next novel and has several new ideas brewing at all times.

http://alexisduranblog.com
http://twitter.com/AlexisSDuran
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8332457.Alexis_Duran
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When Writing On Fire Went Awry with Alicia Nordwell + Giveaway

November 1, 2016

 On Fire Release Tour

Hi! My name is Alicia Nordwell, aka Cia, and for the most part, I’m a big ole pantser. Yes, yes, it’s true. Plotting? Not my strong suit. I like playing fast and loose. Sure, sometimes I get an overview of the story to come, but chapter to chapter? Nope. And I’m never surprised when the story doesn’t quite go the way I thought it would. On Fire, my story set in Washington for Dreamspinner’s States of Love series, was no different. The basic elements of the story stayed the same as my original idea, but the way I thought Scottie and Jax would meet each other and connect turned out completely different.

Characters do have a life of their own, even in my head, and their journey sometimes takes a sudden right turn. When I first submitted my synopsis idea for On Fire to claim Washington as my state, it was meant to focus on how they meet—the fire—and then the immediate aftermath as they realize they’re still alive. But Scottie and Jax had more to their relationship that they wanted me to share, a real romance where readers could see them learn about each other just like people do in real life. But how to show that? Dating as an adult isn’t something I ever had to figure out, having met my husband at just sixteen, but that gave me an idea of how to spin the story I thought up to the one the characters were pushing for.

My husband and I had a comfortable connection from the moment we first met, one that pulled us together. But what if the characters of On Fire had a beginning that was more… fiery? The idea for the wildfire was already there, so that part was easy. But that meeting went from a moment of connection to a moment of disconnection. Yet I needed to write a romance, so they’d have to overcome that. How do people who have a rocky beginning connect once they get past that ‘Maybe he’s not a total asshole’ moment? What kind of dates do adults go on?

Fortunately, with the theme of showcasing the best parts of Washington, Scottie’s and Jax’s personalities and hobbies gave me a ton of ideas. I tailored their dates for two men who love the outdoors, yet could accommodate an injured person. Luckily there are a lot of both indoor and outdoor activities here year-round. If you like hiking there is a short window from early summer to early fall where most of the trails are passable before they become quagmires of mud. My favorite time is when the leaves are still on the trees but the frost is out to color them in the early morning hours. The Ape Caves near Mt. St. Helens provide two options for the easy to difficult level hikes inside this amazing lava tube, and during the winter months snowmobiling is very popular in the area.

Washington is also famous for the Columbia River Gorge with its strong winds and active sports for those who love the water. Like rafting or kayaking? The Little White Salmon is the perfect place for those. Windsurfing or parasailing? The Columbia River, the border between Washington and Oregon, provides a huge playground. A few hardy souls brave the cold, cold ocean to surf, though far more enjoy the kite flying or clamming in the small coastal towns that are full of charming shops and fresh seafood restaurants.

Frosted Leaf at Dawn

Enjoy watching sports more than playing them? We have the Seahawks, the Mariners, the Sonics, Washington State University Cougars, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and the University of Washington Huskies as the major college and professional sports teams. My husband and son are huge fans of the Huskies, and I’m a Seahawks gal; I’m even wearing my florescent green long-sleeve shirt with my name on the back—birthday present—right now. Nothing beats a rainy, windy winter day than lounging about on the couch with chips, dip, cheese, and crackers and sports! If you just have to get out but the weather is bad, the major cities in Washington are a smorgasbord of tourist sites. Seattle is well-known for the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and the EMP interactive music experience museum. Another well-known quirky site that goes well with the eclectic vibe that this part of the state has is the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Of course, I couldn’t share all these great places in Washington, and many others I didn’t mention, in On Fire. You’ll have to read it to find out just where Scottie and Jax go on their dates and how much fun they have.

In the meantime, how about you share one of your dating stories. Was it an indoor date? Fun in the outdoors? Did that date lead to a long-lasting relationship or was it a disaster that ended all hope for more? Don’t really have a memorable date to share? Tell me what your ideal date would be where you live. One person who comments on this blog will win a $5 Dreamspinner Press gift card. The winner will be selected via a Random.org drawing and announced in three days, so please make sure I have a way to contact you in order to get your Dreamspinner Press account email to staff as soon as possible!

Want to learn more about my past or upcoming work? Interested in free weekly flash fiction? Make sure you check out my blog, Cia’s Stories, and social media so you don’t miss out on all my updates!

Cia’s Stories: http://www.ciasstories.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicia.nordwell
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliciaNordwell
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4479520.Alicia_Nordwell

Check out On Fire today!

On Fire by Alicia Nordwell

Blurb:

Nothing beats getting out of the concrete jungle and into the quiet of the forest. Website designer Scottie Ness is taking a well-deserved vacation from the grindstone, and he plans to spend it in the solitude of Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest around Mt. Adams. He’s prepared for everything—except the lightning storm that traps him in a wildfire.

The firefighter who rescues him sustains serious injuries and ends up in the hospital. Jax Quintero might be abrasive, but the guy saved his life, and Scottie wants to thank him. As they spend time together during Jax’s recovery and exploring the state’s landmarks when he’s released from the hospital, Scottie discovers there’s more to Jax than a smart-ass adrenaline junkie. Jax reassesses his opinion of Scottie as an arrogant city boy who has no business in the mountains. Though Jax’s wounds prevent them from taking things as far as they’d like for a while, they can’t deny the heat building between them—and this is one fire they don’t want to put out.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Changing Worlds: New Beginnings with Cari Z.

October 28, 2016

New Beginnings with Cari Z.

I’m not one of those authors who calls her books her babies. Babies are something you nurture and tend to as they grow and, in many ways, never let go of. I don’t think a book should be like that. Books are works of art, and the fastest way to stifle art is by holding onto it forever. A book will rise or fall or coast on its own merits, and usually when I’m done with one, it’s a relief. I let it go, I promote it and treasure it and feel proud, but I never try to reel it back in. Reviews, opinions, everything that could negatively or positively affect it—I might like some of them, or learn from them, or hate them, but I can’t let myself get upset over them. For me, my mantra has been: once your book is out in the world, let it be out there, and move on to the next project.

That doesn’t mean that, given the chance, there haven’t been a few stories I’ve wanted to revisit over the years. For the most part, I don’t look back at what I’ve done before because I tend to focus on what could have been better. I’m still learning as a writer, and I certainly don’t pretend to be perfect. When some of my books go out of print, they’re gone. Just gone. It’s better for everyone that way. Not with Changing Worlds, though.

Changing Worlds wasn’t the first novel I ever wrote, but it was the first one I ever published. That alone should make me want to shrink from it, because in many ways I wasn’t as deft a writer in 2012 as I am now. But this story, more than anything else I’ve ever written, has stood the test of time. It goes down a path I hadn’t tackled before writing it and haven’t really gotten back to since: deep immersion in a completely different world, and all the baggage and excitement that comes along with that.

When I wrote Changing Worlds, I was living in Africa working as a Peace Corps volunteer. I eventually felt like I was doing decent work in my community, but only after a full year of getting a handle on the language, learning not to freak out in the heat, becoming conversant in the social norms of my new home, and generally feeling way the hell out of my depth. And I was lucky, luckier than most volunteers, because I was stationed with my husband. I was never completely alone, and I got to share the good times and the hard times with him.

A lot of Jason Kim’s experiences on his husband Ferran’s homeworld of Perelan stem from my own learning process, my discomfort and my mistakes and my ability to calm down, back up, and try again. I think part of the reason Changing Worlds is still relevant in my eyes is because, even though it’s science fiction, a lot of it comes from my real life, and it has that ring of authenticity to it. It’s why I was so incredibly pleased that Dreamspinner Press decided to take it on and give it a second life. I let Changing Worlds go when it was first published, but I never quite got over my love for it. I hope, this time around, you get a chance to love it as well.

Check out Changing Worlds today!

Changing Worlds by Cari Z.

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Blurb: 

Their love will either inspire change in the world or tear it apart.

Former starship captain Jason Kim and his lover, Ferran, are starting a life together on Ferran’s native planet. The Perel matriarchs reluctantly allowed their marriage in the hopes of securing better diplomatic relations with humanity, even though the decision ignites anger from traditionalists. Ferran’s family accepts Jason and the love the two men have found, but other influential families are less accommodating and much less willing to welcome an outsider to their isolated, subterranean world. Some of their enemies are willing to go as far as eliminating Jason permanently. Tensions are quickly building toward a breaking point that might push Perelan into a bloody civil war.

If Jason and Ferran have any hope of surviving the coming conflict, they’ll have to rely on their devotion to each other more than ever before. But that won’t be easy when a figure from Jason’s past reappears to make them question everything.

Author Bio:

Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She writes award-winning LGBTQ fiction featuring aliens, supervillains, soothsayers and even normal people sometimes.

Email: carizabeth@hotmail.com
Website: cari-z.net
Blog: carizerotica.blogspot.com
Twitter: @author_cariz

Contact (Gothika 5): It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!

October 27, 2016

It's a bird! It's a plane! with B.G. Thomas, an author from Contact (Gothika 5)

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!

Contact (Gothika #5) by Kim Fielding, B.G. Thomas, F.E. Feeley Jr., and B.G. Thomas

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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

Ready or Knot, Here Comes Book Three with K.A. Mitchell

October 24, 2016

Ready or Knot Here Comes Book Three

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!

Take a Chance on It by K.A. Mitchell

Blurb:

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
Wordpress: https://authorkamitchell.wordpress.com/