Release Party for Illusions – What’s up next for S.A. Ozment

February 13, 2015

Well my release day has come to an end. I’ve enjoyed spending time with you all today. I hope you had fun and enjoyed the different blogs. I’ll be giving away another book from the comments on the last few blogs. Tomorrow, I’ll announce the winners and will be getting in touch with you.

My next book, Demon’s, has been submitted to Dreamspinner Press for review. Demon’s was hard for me to write because it brought out a lot of feelings that I keep hidden deep inside. Dylan, the main character, was abused as a child and that has made him unable to love or be touched by anyone. He meets Jackson and falls in love with him but is unable to commit or show his love.

Since Demon’s was so emotional, I think my next book will be more along the lines of Illusions. A fun, sexy book with suspense.

Again, I hope you all enjoyed the day and thank you all very much, especially those who stuck with me the entire day. Also a huge thank you to Dreamspinner Press for allowing me to take over the blog and to Hayley for all her help.

Let me know what you think of Illusions. And don’t forget to comment to win a copy of Illusions
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Goodnight everyone!

IllusionsFS

Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art: Christy Caughie

Link: e-book  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6041

Link: paperback http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6042

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Ever since arriving in Hollywood, Skylar Murphy has been loving life. He’s starring in a hit television show and on the verge of grabbing the lead role in the most anticipated movie of the decade. Poised on the edge of superstardom, he doesn’t want or need any complications to distract him from that goal. Whether he’s sleeping with a woman or a man, his noncommittal, no-strings-attached love life suits him perfectly, and despite his rep for playing gay roles, the world still thinks he’s straight.

At the launch party for his new show, Skylar meets Aiden Moore, an openly gay firefighter by day and cater waiter to the stars by night. Skylar is immediately attracted to him, but Aiden rejects him. When an arsonist appears to have targeted Skylar, their paths keep crossing. Always up for a challenge, Skylar works to win Aiden over, and he agrees to a date. Soon enough they can’t stay away from each other. Despite hiding their relationship away from the ever-present paparazzi, they’re happy together until a jilted fan joins forces with the arsonist to sabotage their future.

Illusions – Unattainable Love

February 13, 2015

Have you ever wanted to be with someone until you were? Have you ever wanted someone that you considered unattainable and when you had them, you lost interest? I think I’ve spent my entire life looking for that unattainable man. I even wrote a book (that I still need to finish) titled The Quest for the Unattainable Man. So it’s no surprise to me that the books I write always have an unattainable person.

Unattainable can mean many things. It can mean that person is not available physically, emotionally or maybe it just means that person simply doesn’t know you.

In Illusions, Skylar is what I like to call a “commitment-phobe”. He  wants what he wants when he wants it and with no complications. It’s only when he meets Aiden that his rules for dating get a bit out of whack. Along with every other rule he’s created in his mind. One of Skylar’s self imposed rules is that he won’t date fans. THAT came specifically from one of my actor friends from many years ago.

This friend of mine (I won’t give his name because he might kill me..LOL) told me years ago that he would never date a fan. I asked why not? Fans are people too and who knows, you might fall in love with one.  He said, I’ll give you three reasons right now. One, they usually have you so high on a pedestal that you will never be able to live up to that image in their mind. Secondly, some had already decided that they love you and have preconceived notions from day one. And last but not least, he said that he didn’t date fans because heaven forbid they think you are the character that they fell in love with and upon learning you are nothing like that character, they freak out. So dating/sleeping with fans was a no go for him. Now, bear in mind, this was right before he left with a beautiful blonde fan and walked in with her the next morning. I didn’t say word but he came over to me and said, “just so you know, I didn’t sleep with her.” Yes…and I was born yesterday. :)

But the point of my story is rules are made to be broken.

Have you ever wanted someone that was unattainable to you? Please share your story. I don’t want to be alone in my quest. :)

IllusionsFS

Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art: Christy Caughie

Link: e-book http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6041

Link: paperback http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6042

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Ever since arriving in Hollywood, Skylar Murphy has been loving life. He’s starring in a hit television show and on the verge of grabbing the lead role in the most anticipated movie of the decade. Poised on the edge of superstardom, he doesn’t want or need any complications to distract him from that goal. Whether he’s sleeping with a woman or a man, his noncommittal, no-strings-attached love life suits him perfectly, and despite his rep for playing gay roles, the world still thinks he’s straight.

At the launch party for his new show, Skylar meets Aiden Moore, an openly gay firefighter by day and cater waiter to the stars by night. Skylar is immediately attracted to him, but Aiden rejects him. When an arsonist appears to have targeted Skylar, their paths keep crossing. Always up for a challenge, Skylar works to win Aiden over, and he agrees to a date. Soon enough they can’t stay away from each other. Despite hiding their relationship away from the ever-present paparazzi, they’re happy together until a jilted fan joins forces with the arsonist to sabotage their future.

Illusions – Let’s cast the movie version

February 13, 2015

Hi everyone! It’s S.A. Ozment again taking over the DSP blog. My new book, Illusions is being released today and I”m super excited. Did you all have a great Saturday afternoon? I live in North Carolina where the weather is sunny and hot one day and freezing the next. But speaking of hot, that’s one hot firefighter that Christie came up with for my cover. I want to use him in every cover from now on.

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Have you ever read a book and immediately knew who would cast in the roles if the book were made into a movie? I know I have and Illusions is no exception.  If you don’t mind, I’d like to share my ideas for Skylar and Aiden and perhaps you can share who could see in the role?

Let’s start with my favorite character:

Skylar – is a Hollywood playboy. He has the world at his fingertips, ready to break out into superstardom. He is about six feet tall with dark hair and beautiful blue eyes. He works out so he is in great physical shape. He is a television star and is known for playing gay roles.

For me, there was never anyone but this particular actor for Skylar. In an earlier blog, I shared the fan video that inspired Skylar in my mind. For those that missed it, the song is The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars.

The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars

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His name is Sebastian Stan. You might know him as Prince Jack from the critically acclaimed NBC show, Kings or as the Mad Hatter from Once Upon a Time. Or if you are a big comic fan, he was the Winter Soldier/Bucky in the latest installments of Captain America. I think Sebastian is hands down the best American actor of his generation. One day, others will see it, just as I have. :)

Aiden - Aiden is an openly gay firefighter for the Hollywood Fire Department. He’s hardworking and dedicated to his job. He is six feet tall with blonde hair, blue eyes and hot as hell in that firefighter uniform.

Aiden was harder for me to see. As I wrote the book, I saw the guy from Chicago Fire (the blonde) but even he seemed too old for who I had in mind. I just kept writing and as I was finishing the book, I saw him. One night, I was watching a movie on Netflix called Adored. His name was Xavier Samuel. I believe he was in one of the Twilight movies as well.

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I finally had my Aiden.

So tell me, who would you cast in the two main roles of the movie, Illusions? I can’t wait to see your thoughts.

If you want to buy the book to meet Skylar and Aiden, it’s available at DSP , Amazon and All Romance Ebooks.

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Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art: Christy Caughie

Link: e-book  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6041

Link: paperback http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6042

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Ever since arriving in Hollywood, Skylar Murphy has been loving life. He’s starring in a hit television show and on the verge of grabbing the lead role in the most anticipated movie of the decade. Poised on the edge of superstardom, he doesn’t want or need any complications to distract him from that goal. Whether he’s sleeping with a woman or a man, his noncommittal, no-strings-attached love life suits him perfectly, and despite his rep for playing gay roles, the world still thinks he’s straight.

At the launch party for his new show, Skylar meets Aiden Moore, an openly gay firefighter by day and cater waiter to the stars by night. Skylar is immediately attracted to him, but Aiden rejects him. When an arsonist appears to have targeted Skylar, their paths keep crossing. Always up for a challenge, Skylar works to win Aiden over, and he agrees to a date. Soon enough they can’t stay away from each other. Despite hiding their relationship away from the ever-present paparazzi, they’re hap

Illusions – First Excerpt

February 13, 2015

Hi, it’s S.A again chatting with you all about Illusions.

How about I share an excerpt here?  Skylar has met Aiden at the premier party for Skylar’s new television show. The only problem is although Skylar recognizes Aiden, he doesn’t remember his name. Therefore, he simply refers to him  as Mr. Champagne.

There’s a fire at the sound stage where Skylar works and he sees Mr. Champagne.…..

EXCERPT

“…” refers to edited dialogue for length

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It couldn’t be… could it? Skylar looked again to make sure he was not mistaken. This time Skylar saw the flicker of recognition in Mr. Champagne’s eyes before he turned back to continue talking to his chief. As Skylar stood there, trying to decide his next move, he watched Mr. Champagne grab an ax from the side of the truck, put on his helmet, and disappear into the building. That was it. Maybe it was the sheer hotness of that guy just grabbing his ax and walking into a smoke-filled building, or maybe it was the memory of that rock-hard body, but Skylar knew he had to know more about him, fan or not.

“…..”

Mr. Champagne walked out of the building, which was now almost smoke free, and headed toward the fire engine. As he removed his helmet to wipe the sweat off his face, Sophie knew immediately why Skylar was so interested. It was the hot serving guy she had seen him flirting with at the party.

“Is that the guy?” asked Sophie, motioning toward the firefighter.

Skylar moved to block her from Mr. Champagne’s view. “Yes, that’s him, and would you please stop being so obvious?”

“Are you going to talk to him?” she asked.

Getting annoyed at the constant string of questions, Skylar just glared at Sophie and said, “I might. I haven’t decided yet.” Then, motioning toward the sound stage, he said, “But will you please meet me on set? I’ll be there in a second.”

“Okay, fine, but I really think you should talk to him.” At Skylar’s second glare she said, “I’m leaving, I’m leaving. See you in a few.” Sophie walked off down to Sound stage 5.

“…”

Turning back to Mr. Champagne, who looked slightly busy trying to get the hose latched onto the truck, Skylar tried to be patient. But after a few more minutes, Skylar felt he had waited long enough. It’s now or never, he thought as he started toward the fire truck and the sexy fireman.

“Hey,” said Skylar as he walked up behind Mr. Champagne.

Mr. Champagne turned around. Upon seeing it was Skylar, he said, “Hey,” and then he immediately turned back to his truck to finish tying in the hose. He had no time for the disappearing actor.

Okay, what the fuck? Not sure exactly how to take that reaction, but not wanting to back down, Skylar continued, “I saw you a few minutes ago, talking to your fire chief, and I thought that I recognized you. Didn’t you work The Executives premiere party the other night?”

Aiden paused for a second, then turned back and replied, “Yeah, that was me.” And then, unable to stop himself, Aiden said, “Although, I must say, I’m surprised you remembered me. If I’m not mistaken, you were more than wasted that night.”

“You can say that again,” Skylar agreed. “….”  “Yet, I do remember you, so I believe that proves that I did have some clarity that night. But I have to admit, if you introduced yourself to me, your name was lost someplace between six and eight gin and tonics.”

Aiden looked at him for a second before responding, “Actually, I didn’t find it necessary to introduce myself. I was just serving champagne to the party guests.”

Well, damn! Skylar, a bit taken back by the chill in the fireman’s voice, said, “Okay. I only thought that you might have because in my experience, most fans introduce themselves right away. Forgive me, I didn’t mean to assume something so simple.”

Aiden turned all the way around, looked Skylar straight in the eye, and said, “Actually you’re still assuming, if you think I’m a fan. Truth is, until that night, I didn’t know who you were.” He paused before finishing with, “Sorry about that.”

Skylar, a bit insulted yet somehow intrigued, stood there for a moment, taking all this new information in. Then he smiled, held out his hand, and quietly said, “No apology needed. Let me introduce myself. My name is Skylar Murphy.” And you are certainly going to know me now.

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So what do you think? Do they have a chance?

IllusionsFS

Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art: Christy Caughie

Link: e-book  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6041

Link: paperback http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6042

ALMOST TIME FOR ENDING THIS BLOG – ALL BY MYSELF – KEN BACHTOLD

February 2, 2015

Well, with just an hour and a half left of my blogging time, I’m reminded of the opening scene of Sound Of Music and Julie Andrews singing, “My day in the hills has come to and end.” Happy in one way but sad in another. This experience, sharing my book All By Myself XvNkGpic7Skp and thoughts with the blogasphere, has been extraordinary! I thank you kind folks for your postings and responses. One person I must also mention is the very talented Reese Dante who created the wonderful cover for my book. I loved it from the minute I saw it. I remember thinking, “Perfect.” As I mentioned in earlier postings, I’m at work on three (madness, I know) new novels, and I hope I’m fortuante enough to have another chance at this blogging thing! I’ll probably keep going scene by scene instead of following an outline, as that seems to work best for me. If you have a chance I hope you’ll give my book a read. For, myself, I’ll be watching for any questions or posts you might want to add . . . I’ll also probably be reading an MM novel on my Kindle at the same time. I wonder, are any of you out there as wedded to your Kindle or tablet as I am?

MOVING RIGHT ALONG – ALL BY MYSELF – KEN BACHTOLD

February 2, 2015

So, here I sit at my desk in New York as it gets dark. I’ve been having a really nice day conversing with such interesting people about my new book All By Myself . As I post back and forth, I’m listening to Barbra Streisand’s new Duets CD. She and Michael Buble are perfect together. Their voices match so well, better than anyone else on the album in my opinion. My little heater is keeping it just warm enough without being blistering. I understand it is, or has been 0 today! So, all in all, this is quite an enjoyable moment! I’ve managed to conquor the hills and valleys of Dreamspinner Facebook (with help, of course) and the valiant struggle has certainly been worth it. I know when my blog time ends at midnight, I should got right to work on my next book, Mood Indigo, but I have a hunch I will simply bask in the glow of a great afternoon. Will any of you skip what you should be doing for something more relaxing?

MOVING ALONG – KEN BACHTOLD – ALL BY MYSELF

February 2, 2015

Lordy! I just realized I mispelled the names of BOTH Ariel Tachna and Marie Sexton! I can only blame the heady throws of composing posts to the great people who responded to me. We actually had back and forth conversations! The best. More personal. I’m so grateful to all of you because this is my first blog, although All By Myself XvNkGpic7Skp is my third novel to be published by Dreamspinner! I feel so lucky and without the ongoing help of Hayley Petersen (sainthood is in order) I doubt this blogging would have happened at all! Did anyone else have trouble at first with blogging?

SOME MORE ABOUT ALL BY MYSELF BY KEN BACHTOLD

February 2, 2015

Hi,

It’s snowing here in New York as I write. Sometimes when it’s raining, there’s the sound of raindrops dripping of the rungs of the fire escape outside my window. Occassionally, I stop my busy writing and listen to the “pings” for a time. It’s very soothing and the little break is most welcome. I picture the rain drops falling from step to step on their way to the giant pool below. Am I alone in this sort of fancy or do others out there have such a whim at times?

MORE ABOUT ALL BY MYSELF BY KEN BACHTOLD

February 2, 2015

Ken Bachtold here again! When I was writing my new novel, All By Myself (http://ow.ly/lcVTs), I found it impossible to stick to an outline (as with my other two books published by Dreamspinner, Seeing The Same Blue and Blue Valentine Blues). It seems I’m always better off when I let each scene lead me to the next one which seems obvious at that moment. And, of course, the characters themselves have a way of influencing my choices (the sneaky little devils). Do you ever do things on instinct like that or do you plan ahead carefully?

Rhys Ford’s Dirty Rings: A Cole McGinnis Ringtone Set Voiced by Greg Tremblay

January 9, 2015

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So a funny thing happened on the way to a tweet, Greg Tremblay, the fantastic narrator of my Dirty series, texted me and said… hey, you should giveaway a custom ringtone. Or something to that effect. There was some discussion. A few emails and then well, long story short—there may have been some pixilated shots of whiskey and banter but a plan was formed. A plan so cunning I could have stuck a tail on it and called it a weasel.

Mostly, it involved Greg. And your phone. But it was still a plan!

After a furious, intense process of queries, eliminations, debating on who said what, we came up with a set of phrases from Cole, Bobby, Jae, Claudia, Scarlet and one from Maddy then Greg went to work. And returned to me with a brilliant sound bites forged by a narrative master—in the style of the characters’ voices.

So dear reader, as a thank you for everything you’ve done for Greg and me, I’d like to present the entire set of ringtones—twenty one in total—FREE, as a gift to you.

Available in Android (MP3) and iPhone (formats for Android and Apple phones, Greg has also graciously included the WAV files if that’s your thing. Download links to the zipped files are provided below.*

A great humongous thank you to all of the blogs who helped me with this guerilla gifting. This swirled up on Tuesday and Greg just MADE it happen. He is the voice of the series and I am forever grateful for his talent.

If you’ve not tried out Greg Tremblay’s narrations, please do so. He makes audiobooks fun and damn, he brings Cole and the others to life.

Greg Tremblay’s body of work can be found here—and yes, the Dirty series is there but so are many other lovely audio books. I highly recommend one of Greg’s audiobooks, a comfy chair, a pair of headphones and a nice hot cup of coffee… or tea… with or without whisky.

* These are copyrighted and available free for individual use. The files included in the zip cannot be sold by third parties nor can they be altered in anyway as to destroy the integrity of the original work. Animals were test subjects for these sound files and while the cat could not have given less of a shit, the dog seemed mighty interested. Please note, neither own nor use a phone or a computer so results may vary.

Love you all, and really, Thank You.

Rhys Ford

Dirty Rings Android MP3

Dirty Rings Apple M4a

Dirty Rings Apple M4r

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