Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ask Andrew - And We're Back to Sex


Dear Andrew

I haven't had sex with my husband in a year.  We're in our fifties and things have really slowed down for us.  Is this normal?"

B. R.

Dear B. R.

I have to be honest with you, I don't know if this kind of interval between making love is normal or not, but I suspect so.  Dominic and I have been together for over twenty years and things between us have slowed down in the bedroom, but they're no less intimate.  Personally I have discovered the joy of cuddling and holding each other.  Life is demanding and sometimes its nice to be still with another person for a while.  But that doesn't mean sex has stopped all together, nor should it.

As we get older our bodies tend to slow down some, especially after 50.  Our bodies lose some of the drive and vigor of youth.  But that shouldn't mean the fun is over and sex is a thing of the past.  It just means that a little extra effort may be required

My advice is if you want to put the spark back into your relationship, break out of your routine.  Go somewhere fun and sexy.  To a spa, or to a hotel with one of those in room Jacuzzis.  Take you and your husband out of the house and into a place with some sexual energy and see if that doesn't spark a little love action.   Relationships are work, but sometimes we need to rediscover the fun and joy of being in love. 

Hugs and Love Always
Andrew

Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Weird and wonderful objects with BA, Julia, Kiernan, and Sean


hey y'all!

This week we're sharing the weirdest and most wonderful things in our offices!

BA wants to share her horn hat. Worn at the booksigning last year at RT, they were laboriously made by the talented Kiernan Kelly on a dare.

Julia presents a bank her brother gave her in 1979. No kidding. It still winds up and a hand comes out to grab coins.

Kiernan says: This is the light switch plate on the wall of my office. Yes, his erection goes up or down depending on whether the light is on or off. Snort. I got it at a garage sale being held by an elderly woman -- who, by the way, didn't bat an eye when I asked and paid for the "man plate."

Sean says: Yes, that is a crocheted rainbow penis. The fabulous Kiernan Kelly made that for me and I adore her for it. It's good when your friends know and get your crazy ;)

What's on your wall?

XXOO

Julia

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Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Romance Tropes by Christa Tomlinson


Tropes. What are they? They’re what helps us recognize what a story will be about. They also help us identify whether or not we’ll like the general plot that the author has created. Or as Wikipedia says: The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichĂ©s in creative works. Here’s a small sample of tropes in the romance genre. I bet you’ve read or can recognize them all.


Secret baby

Friends to lovers

Enemies to lover

Office romance

Opposites attract

May/December
Amnesia
Billionaire
Mistaken Identity
Fake Engagement


Tropes get a bad rep, especially from outsiders to the romance novel world. People set them up as a way to show how romance novels are all the same. But I disagree. First, although the general idea may be the same, no two novels are alike. You can ask five different authors to write you a secret baby romance, and you’ll wind up with five very different stories. One of them might have an alien baby. One of them might have a single dad. One of them might have a woman who found an alien baby abandoned by its single dad.


Second, tropes are everywhere, not just in romance. Good looking fella who goes on a quest for treasure and artifacts, facing danger along the way? The Mummy. Or Raiders of the Lost Ark. Or National Treasure. Or Three Kings. Or… well, you get the idea. 


For creative types, tropes are a great way to build the foundation for the book, movie, or play that will spring forth. For readers, they offer a sense of familiarity. They let us know if it’s something we’ll enjoy. For example, when I’m book browsing, I can tell right off from the back cover copy if it’s the type of story I like or like to avoid. Some of my favorites to read are hurt/comfort, friends to lovers and forbidden love. 

As I plan out my stories, I definitely think about what tropes will be included in the plot. Because I love tropes. I'd roll around in them like a puppy in clover if I could. If nothing else, they at least give me a starting point to build from.

What are some of your favorite tropes? Which do you think are over-done in the romance world? Are there any you'd like to see more of or wish would disappear off the face of the earth? Let me know in the comments! 

*Repost from 2014

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Christa
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Friday, March 24, 2017

It's (Re) Release Day! by Felice Stevens


At long last, I have reached the final re-release of my previously published titles. Embrace the Fire, the third book in the Through Hell and Back trilogy releases today and I couldn't be happier with the way the series turned out after all the edits and re-writes and additions. 
Embrace the Fire is a May-December romance between the sweet, yet steely-willed foster brother, Brandon and the lonely psychiatrist Tash, who still suffers with the guilt left over from losing his lover. 
This book has my most favorite epilogue ever! You all know how much I love a Happily Ever After, and the brothers, plus a few extra characters all get theirs.
You can purchase Embrace the Fire HERE for the special release week price of $3.99 or read it FREE in Kindle Unlimited.
This series needs to be read in order, beginning with
A Walk Through Fire: http://amzn.to/2nJTT6U
After the Fire: http://amzn.to/2nJYUwq



Have a great week and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Favorite Drinks with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


1- favorite starbucks drink
2- favorite alcoholic drink
3- favorite non-alcoholic drink
4-favorite childhood drink
5-favorite guilty pleasure drink

BA
1. almond milk latte
2. today? bloody mary
3. COFFEE
4. goat milk
5. what's guilt? 😉

Julia
1. Caramel frappucino- I allow myself one a month
2. vodka and tonic
3. iced tea or sprite
4. chocolate milk
5. Kahlua and cream (makes my gall bladder galled)

Kiernan
1- Hot double shot dirty chai tea. Yum, and enough caffeine to animate the dead.
2- Melon coladas, frozen. Basically, they're just pina coladas minus the rum, with the addition of Midori melon, but they're a pretty green, and totally yummy.
3- COFFEE. Coffeecoffeecoffeeshutupcoffee.
4- That's tough. It's a tie between chocolate milk and that fake grape drink we used to get in little paper cartons at school.
5- Coffee with a shot of Baileys and KahlĂșa, topped with no sugar whipped cream. *drools*

Sean
1. Passion Iced Teal Lemonade with an extra pump
2. frozen lime margarita - especially the ones served at the Lone Star
3. Coca-cola - but I haven't had one in over three years
4. milk
5. Tang - heavy on the powder, with cold cold water and lots of ice.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Blurb Reveal: To Touch You by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! The next/last book in my Mates collection is done and today I'm sharing the blurb with you. I hope you like it!
Blurb: To Touch You by Cardeno C.

“His name is Salvatore Rossi. He’s a vampire. And he’s my true mate.”

By not relying on anyone except himself, Salvatore Rossi escaped a dead-end existence and reached the height of corporate success. But just when he has everything he always wanted, fate throws Salvatore a challenge he can’t solve alone and a young wolf shifter comes to his rescue.

Since childhood, Yoram Smith’s family was certain he would grow to become Alpha and save their beloved pack from its slow demise. When the time comes for a new leader, Yoram is forced to juggle his duty to care for a splintering pack with his duty to care for an absent mate, and his own strength suffers.

Being turned into a vampire didn’t alter Salvatore’s life philosophy: if you don’t rely on anyone, nobody can let you down. But when the boy who saved his life becomes a man who needs his help, the icy vampire must find his humanity.


Have a terrific week.


CC
www.cardenoc.com

Sunday, March 19, 2017

New Release: An Officer's Submission by Christa Tomlinson





An Officer’s Submission is now live! That’s right, it released this past Thursday. So if you haven’t snagged your copy yet, head on over to your favorite online bookseller and snap it up! Today is the last day that it’s on sale for .99. Still need to read the first three books in the series? Don’t fret, they’re on sale for .99 too. 

Of course, I’m already hard at work on the next (and last?) in the series. But I can’t mention who it’s about just yet, because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Once a few weeks have passed I’ll share that with you. I’m excited to write this guy’s story. 

When I first published The Sergeant, I had plans for what I wanted to do with the series. Those plans changed and I abandoned that original idea. I was going to end the Cuffs, Collars and Love series with An Officer’s Submission. But then as I wrote the last few chapters of The Detective’s Pleasure, I looked at one of my characters and realized he needed his own story. So far I’m 21,000 words in and really like where it’s going. So hurry up and read An Officer’s Submission so I can tell you all about it! 

An Officer’s Submission is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. It’s is .99 this weekend only. Buy links are below. Be sure to let me know what you think once you’ve read part two of Logan and Clay’s story. 


Thanks for reading!
Love,
Christa
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