New Releases: July 25th, 2014

July 25, 2014

John & Jackie by TJ Klune

 

Seventy-one years after they first met, Jack wants to give John the ultimate gift. Before he does, they’ll relive five key moments.

2nd Edition

 

John and Jackie first laid eyes on each other when they were twelve years old. Now, seventy-one years later, Jack prepares to give his beloved husband the ultimate gift. Before he does, they’ll relive five key moments from their younger lives together over the course of a single afternoon. From their first meeting and first kiss to the violence of an abusive father and the heartache of growing up, these moments have defined who they have become. As sunset approaches, John will show the depths of his love for the one man who has made him whole: his Jackie. They’ll soon learn there is no force more powerful than their devotion to one another.

 

1st Edition published by TJ Klune with The Crack Crew, May 2013

 

Length: Novella (122p.) | Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary | Release Date: July 25, 2014

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-855-1)

 

 

Chasing Sunrise by Lex Chase

 

Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame Sevon’s wild heart. Sevon wonders if trusting him will lead him into another trap.

Darkmore Saga: Book One

 

On the Coastal Bend of Texas, a hidden kingdom called Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Using Sevon as a mouthpiece and a scapegoat, Lord Dominic rules from the shadows. Sevon copes with the unrelenting abuse by dressing in women’s finery and casting an image of graceful nobility. Born of royal verkolai blood and as beautiful as he is lethal, he possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift is his chance to escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous land of Priagust. Only a select few know the mythic kingdom of shifters exists. Sevon is out of options for his people’s survival, and cooperating with Dominic is his only chance.

 

On their foray into Priagust, Dominic’s men kidnap and interrogate a shifter named Jack. Even under torture, Jack’s loyalty to his kind never wavers. But as Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s king and its history unsettles Sevon, a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame Sevon’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom. As invasion looms, Sevon wonders if trusting Jack will lead him into another trap or if he should forget about chasing the sunrise and remain Dominic’s compliant prisoner.

 

Length: Novel (256p.) | Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters  Release Date: July 25, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-777-6) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-776-9)

 

 

 

 

The Falconer’s Lure by A.J. Marcus

 

Trevor and Garret bond over their mutual love of birds. As feelings grow, Trevor worries how Garret will react when he learns he’s homeless.

A Ren Faire Romance

 

Watching birds of prey soar gives Garret Nicholson a sense of peace. It’s exactly what he needs after his recent break-up. His ex never understood Garret’s work with the raptors, but the birds have been part of his life for years. Garret spends his time between The Sky’s the Limit Raptor Rehab Center and his dad’s falconry show at the Hawkwood Fantasy Faire, trying to prove to himself and his father he has what it takes to be a great falconer.

 

Trevor DePalma is in awe, but he isn’t sure whether the man or the falcons fascinate him more. Watching the birds perform at the Faire gives Trevor the first taste of joy he’s had since his father threw him out two years ago. Bonding with Garret over their mutual love of birds, Trevor eagerly learns all he can, and Garret proves a willing teacher. But as feelings grow, Trevor worries how Garret will react when he learns Trevor is homeless.

 

Life on the street is growing more dangerous for Trevor and his friends. Garret offers him safe space to find his feet. As the world crashes around them, Garret and Trevor will need each other’s support in ways they’ve never imagined.

 

Length: Novel (204p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 25, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-830-8) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-829-2)

 

 

 

 

Summer Lover by B.G. Thomas

 

At the Heartland Men’s Festival, free-spirited Cedar connects with cynical, critical Scott. They might just find true love at last.

Seasons of Love: Book Two

 

Scott Aberdeen doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or God. Or love—at least, he knows no one will ever love him. After all, he has carried a torch for his best friend Sloan for a decade, hoping his feelings will be returned one day. But when Sloan finds springtime love with another man, Scott’s fantasies are crushed and his skepticism confirmed.

 

Cedar Carrington, raised by rock star parents, leads a free-spirited, nomadic life, never staying in one place for long. Due to a dark past he refuses to share or even think about, he is willing to let men into his bed for sex, but never for the night.

 

When Scott finds himself camping in the middle of nowhere with over a hundred men who all believe in love—and faeries and a magickal gay brotherhood—he’s pretty sure he’s in the wrong place. And when Cedar connects with cynical, critical Scott, he wonders how he could be falling in for this man of all men. But hearts and lives have been transformed at the Heartland Men’s Festival before, and it might be just the place where two very different men can release their pain and find true love at last.

 

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 25, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-133-8) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-132-1)

Wrap Up

July 17, 2014

Well, I guess I should wrap this up and let you get back to your everyday activities (me, too).  I did take a break to take the dog out to the back yard, and to deal with some work e-mails, but otherwise I’ve been glued to the screen. I very much appreciate those of you who have asked questions, and given me answers to my questions. You all are wonderful and I am so proud to be part of this community along with you. Thank you for your time and attention today.  I hope you get a chance to read You Can’t Go Home Again or one of my other books:

Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees

Breaking News

Book Fair

Walls That Divide

It Should Have Been You

When Dachshunds Ruled the Serengeti

Swan Song for an Ugly Duckling

Scoiattoli piccoli possono scalare alberi alti (Italian Translation)

As a reminder, Dreamspinner has another of their wonderful sales in progress right now so most of my books (and those of others) which would normally be $14.99 for paperbacks are now $11.99 during this sale (July 16 through 22), and the e-books, which would normally be $6.99 are $5.59 during this sale.

Thank you all for reading.

Marie

July 17, 2014

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  During the story, Marie has a baby.  Here’s a slight glimpse into the excitement that accompanies the arrival:

 

“Marie! What are you doing out of bed?” Devin demanded.

“It’s easier to go to the hospital this way.”

“What?”

“Hospital, genius. My water just broke. Is one of you clowns planning to drive me, or should I walk? It might take me a while. I could take a cab, I suppose, if you’re too busy. What’s the plan?”

Once they were all in the car, the actual trip to the hospital took only eight minutes. Jack didn’t tell his two guests, but he’d been practicing, looking for the best route, finding alternatives in case one way was blocked. He pulled right up to the emergency room entrance. Devin raced inside and yelled, “I need a baby out here!” He dashed back outside before he realized he’d screwed up the sentence so he raced back inside. “I need a lady with a baby out here. Fuck! I’ve got a baby… a woman having a baby out here. I need help.”

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When Marie had settled into the room where the action would happen at some unknown future time, Jack and Devin tried to be of comfort to her when the next contraction hit. Each took one side and held one of her hands.

Devin went from standing to his knees in no time flat.

“Jesus, woman! Where did you get that grip? Leave my fingers, please. I’m a writer—I kind of need my fingers to type.”

“Man up, pretty boy,” Marie bellowed with a look of fierce determination. “I’m in freaking pain here.”

Sam

July 17, 2014

 

 

 

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This is Sam.  He’s a real, honest to goodness fire fighter.  Of course he’s also a total hunk.  He agreed to pose for me in his fire fighting gear.  If anyone is writing a book that features a fireman, I think Sam would be perfect for the cover of the book. Like Jack in You Can’t Go Home Again, Sam has had a whole lot of crap thrown at him in his short life and he’s built some pretty serious walls to protect himself and his heart. But when you begin to peel away the layers, you find that the guy inside is a beautiful human being.

Ideas

July 17, 2014

I had dinner one night in May with Elizabeth North.  The woman is brilliant and every time I get to spend time with her I come away overwhelmed by how fast and how far her mind is going — and about how patient she is in listening to people.

Anyway, at the most recent dinner, Elizabeth and I were talking about a book I wrote that apparently started slower than it should have.  I told a lot of backstory that I thought was important, but Elizabeth told me that you have to grab the readers in the first 5 pages to get them to keep reading. And of course, she’s right.

With You Can’t Go Home Again, I’ve followed Elizabeth’s advice (even before she gave it) and I’ve created three strong characters and an action packed opening (and I think a pretty good story through the rest of the book). She agreed that this one certainly grabbed attention and held it. And just to let you know, I took the other manuscript back and rewrote it to fix the things she told me needed fixing.  I’m happy to tell you that it’s now entering the editorial process and with any luck later this year you’ll be able to read Mano’s Story.  If you read Little Squirrels, you might remember the character, Mano, who appears in the last third of the book.  A lot of people found his presence to be odd or strange.  Well, I’m happy to tell you that in this next book you’ll be able to see who Mano is, what makes him tick, and read about his quest for love.  He has to kiss a lot of frogs along the way to find his prince, but yes, he does find his prince.

Home

July 17, 2014

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.”

– Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz

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“You’re a Man in Black.  You can’t go home again – ever.”

– K, Men in Black

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And then, if you want to get really philosophical about the progression of life:

“Everything flows.”

“Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers.”

“All entities move and nothing remains still.”

“Everything changes and nothing remains still … and … you cannot step twice into the same stream.”

“We both step and do not step in the same rivers.  We are and are not.”

 

Do you have any favorite quotes or poems or songs about home and trying to go back home again?  I’ve love to hear them.

What Does It Mean That You Can’t Go Home Again?

July 17, 2014

What does it mean that you can’t go home again?  The phrase was coined by Thomas Wolfe in his 1940 novel by the same name.  His novel tells the story of a fledging author who writes a book that becomes a national bestseller.  He bases his story on his small hometown and the people he knew there from when he was growing up.  But when he returns home for a visit he finds that everyone there is unhappy with the way he portrayed them. I mean seriously unhappy.  Beyond unhappy. He gets hate mail, threats, even death threats.

Near the end of the book, his main character tells us:

“You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood … back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame … back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time – back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.”

The phrase is now part of American speech and I guess its come to mean that once you’ve left home and moved to the faster life in the big city, life back in the country just isn’t what you remember it to be.  Things are smaller. People are different.  The old home town is more confining.  And attempts to relive youthful memories usually fail.

A few months ago I went back to my old home town to visit my mother.  While there I saw someone I went to high school with.  And he looked OLD.  I mean, seriously old. It made me gasp and wonderful, is that what I look like?  Please, God, don’t let me look as old as him! I’m pleased to report that when I look in my own personal mirror I’m still holding at the 24 year old that I feel like inside.

And in terms of this book, what I mean by the use of this phrase is that the three main characters of the story, Jack, Devin, and Marie, all are hit in the first pages of the book with a massive, devastating loss that causes each of them major grief.  For Jack, the loss is his work partner, a rookie cop he’d been charged with training.  For Devin it is the loss of his best friend and beloved brother.  And for Marie, it is the loss of her husband.

All three characters are left alone and grieving. The home they had, the home they knew, is gone, wiped away in the flash of a gunshot. The story I’ve written tells the tale of the three of them coming together to create a new home because while you might not be able to go back to the security of a prior home, of the home of your youth, you can create a new one, which is what these three characters do in this book.

Sale at Dreamspinner

July 17, 2014

In case you haven’t heard about it, Dreamspinner has launched a Christmas in July celebration.  All holiday stories at 25% off all month.  Everything else is 20% off from July 16-22.

So my book, You Can’t Go Home Again, which is normally $6.99 for the ebook is now $5.59 and the paperback, which is normally $14.99 is now on sale for $11.99, as are other books by my friends.  I am delighted beyond words to have a book coming out the same day as the gifted friend, Jeff Erno.  His next Dumb Jock book comes out tomorrow as well. I can’t wait to read it.

A Little Mid-Day Pick-Me-Up

July 17, 2014

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This is Sha, the man who appears on the cover of You Can’t Go Home Again.  I’ve worked with him four times now and had the honor of being the first photographer for whom he posed nude.  Of course I can’t show those photos here, but might be persuaded to share one or two privately by e-mail.

Sha is the most gifted man I’ve ever found at creating characters.  If I give him an emotion I want to capture, or a scenario I want him to play out, he does it.  He gets into it so deeply that at times I forget that he’s just acting. The intensity of working with Sha is exhausting, but the images we get from the sessions are freaking phenomenal.

Next up is Bo, a good old boy from the South who just exudes sensuality in everything he does.

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Below we have A-Rod, who posed for me just yesterday.  I had to hunt to find a shot that I could share here! Let me tell you, the man didn’t have a single ounce of body fat anywhere on his body.  I was so jealous.

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And one more.

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What do you think?  Aren’t they cute?  Sexy?  What kind of men should I look for next?  What kind of poses would you like to see?  And the big question:  I’m about to start putting models together.  What poses would convey romance to you?  I really look forward to hearing from you and will gladly accept all advice.

Who Am I?

July 17, 2014

Someone asked me who I am.  I wish I knew.  For years I’ve been exploring, trying to figure out what I want to do or be when I grow up.  Since I’m no spring chicken I guess I better hurry up and figure this out soon. When I look in the mirror I see an older person, which always surprises me because inside I don’t see myself that way.

One Sunday thirty years ago I met the love of my life.  We just celebrated our 30th anniversary.  When marriage became legal here in Washington, DC, we were in line immediately to get our license. We had to hunt to find someone who was willing to marry us because so many denominations put their ministers on trial if they break the rules and marry a same-sex couple. But we found not only one but two who were willing to go against the rules, so we were married in our living room in front of a small group of friends four years ago.  It gives me great pleasure to see the number of states that are making same-sex marriage legal growing as quickly and robustly as it is.

Since I’ve been searching for who I am, I’ve traveled a lot.  Over the years I have visited 46 of the 50 US states and 29 countries. The world is full of so much to see and I want to see as much of it as possible. I told someone I had just met recently that I had been to 29 countries, but she topped that when she told me she had been to 98 countries. Her goal in life is to visit all 189 countries in the world.  She’s certainly a lot closer than I am, but she’s more able to afford to travel than I am.

My daytime job is as senior staff of a small association located in downtown Washington, DC where I do a wide variety of jobs.  We are located about 2 blocks from the White House so I get to see motorcades whisking big wigs around town all the time.