Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Introducing Dirk Greyson and Day and Knight


When I decided I wanted to write some Romantic Suspense and Paranormal stories, they ended up being so different from what I normally write, that I decided to create a new persona and pen name for them.  Dirk's first story releases soon!!!!!

 Day and Knight releases Monday May 4 and I thought I'd offer up a taste. I had an amazing time creating these characters and I really hope they work their way into your hearts the way they did into mine.    I hope you enjoy it.


DayAndKnightFS
Blurb:
As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for fieldwork, and scuttling an attack gives him his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!

Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.

But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.

Purchase a copy:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6310


Excerpt:
“Are you going to knock off for the night or sleep at your desk, newbie?” Knight asked, breaking Day’s concentration. “I have our travel arrangements all set, and the company even sprang for a decent stateroom.”

“We’re only going to be on the ship a few days. It seems like a waste to—”

Knight cut him off with a wave of his hand. “You’ve been busy and haven’t heard the latest. The sailing we’re on is a gay cruise, so you and I are playing the part of lovers on a vacation together.”

Day’s stomach did a flip and he tried his best to keep his discomfort off his face. “Sounds… interesting.” God, what in the hell did he say to that?

“Don’t worry, we don’t have to take it too far, but it was the easiest way to get us on the ship we need, and it will help us blend in with the other passengers.” Knight handed him a set of papers.
“Put this someplace safe. That should be all your travel arrangements.”

Day nodded, reading through the details.

“I’ll see you tomorrow,” Knight said. “And you’re welcome.”

Day looked up from the travel documents and opened his mouth to say thank you, but Knight was already leaving the office with the grace of a panther on the prowl. Day was transfixed, his mind instantly stripping away the dress shirt and pants, imagining what might be hidden beneath. Probably acres of rich, olive-toned skin with just enough short dark hair on his chest to make things really interesting. Day’s mind conjured up a scent that made his head swim.

“Practicing for the cruise?” Knight asked from the doorway, and Day blinked once as he fell back to reality.

“Just wondering if being an ass came naturally to you or if you actually worked at it?” Day flashed a smile, thankful he’d been able to come up with something to cover his little daydream. Shit like that had to end. He needed to keep things together. He could do this.

“It’s a talent gifted by the gods,” Knight countered and left the room before Day had a chance to respond.

Day ground his teeth for a few seconds. That guy was going to drive him insane. He wished he had someone else as his partner for his first assignment. Day closed the transmission files he’d been working on and saved them onto a USB stick so he could take them home. A grin formed on his face as he opened a window into the Scorpion internal systems and went to work, searching for information on Knighton. If he was going to be working with the man, he was going to find out everything there was to know about him. Fuck if he’d stumble around like some newbie and let Knight get the better of him all the time.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pick up lines


<BA> booooo!
 <sean> eeeeek!
 <BA> *grins*
 <BA> hey darlin
 <BA> how goes?
 <sean> it goes
 <sean> how's you guys?
 <BA> we are both alive!
 <julia> hey y'all
 <julia> I am pooped
 <julia> I know, it's a thing
 <BA> J has two shoes
 <sean> as opposed to three?
 <julia> I know!
 <julia> not one shoe and a medical boot
 <sean> ah
 <sean> yay
 <BA> we're so proud
 <sean> heeee
 * BA grins
 <BA> So, J and I were pondering pick up lines
 <BA> like, Nice boots, wanna fuck?
 <sean> heeee
 <sean> Are you tired? Because you've been running through my dreams all night
 <sean> or do you mean fun pick up lines?
 <sean> ;)
 <BA> LOL
 <sean> Nice package, wanna deliver it to me?
 <BA> Do you know what my shirt is made of? Boyfriend material.
 <sean> cackles
 <sean> then there's the straight to the point ones
 <sean> wanna try my backdoor?
 <BA> Here's my library card. Can I chiech you out?
 <BA> chiech?
 <BA> check
 <julia> blinks
 <julia> did I fall asleep?
 <julia> Uh
 <sean> LOL Julia
 <julia> Are you a professional wrestler? Because your body is slammin'
 <BA> We're having a penis measuring contest over here. Do you have a yardstick we can borrow?
 <julia> Honey, you look sweeter than a new set of snow tires.
 <sean> Wanna see my swelling?
 <BA> Do you mix concrete for living? Because you're making me hard.
 <julia> You remind me of my big toe. Because I'm gonna bang you on every piece of furniture I own.
 <BA> LOL
 <BA> Come sit on my lap and we'll talk about the first thing that pops up.
 <julia> You should sell hot dogs because you know how to make a weiner stand
 <sean> heeee
 <BA> Nice ass...what time does it open?
 <sean> Wanna suck my lillipop?
 <sean> <lollippo>
 <julia> You have an ass like the North Star, and I'm a wise man, so I follow it
 <julia> <massive typos>
 * BA giggles happily
 <julia> Oh! From a Christian Dating site:
 <julia> You. Me. Song of Songs remix
 <BA> Ropes, spurs, leather gloves -- even if I wasn't a cowboy, you're talking about a good time.
 <sean> Wanna play with my handcuffs?
 <BA> How would you like a pinch of me between teeth and gums.
 <julia> I just signed up to be an organ donor. Can I give you  my heart?
 <sean> awwww
 <sean> that one's sweet
  <BA> heeee
 <julia> I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?
 <BA> The eternal redneck mating call: Hey, bay-bee! Hey, bay-bee!
 <sean> LOL
 <BA> I may not be in love, but I'm damn sure in heat.
 <julia> cackles
 <BA> Let's go somewhere private and I'll check you for ticks.
 <julia> snortgiggle
 <julia> okay I'm out of lines
 <julia> at least for now
 <BA> If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?
 <sean> Hey Stud, wanna fuck?
 <julia> siiings with you
 * BA grins
 <BA> I may have been in a few honkytonks...
 <BA> a couple
 <BA> once or twice
 <BA> ;-)
 <sean> so I challenge you guys to each pick one of those pick-up lines and start a short ficlet with 'em
 <BA> works for me
 <sean> nothing long, just something fun
 <BA> I'll work one up and pop it on my blog?
 <julia> heee
 <julia> okay
 <sean> sounds good to me
 <julia> you're on
 <julia> though it might be tomorrow
 <julia> I need to get my newsletter out O.O
 <BA> shh
 <sean> sometime this week - no pressure
 <sean> newsletter, what's a newsletter?
 <julia> LOL
 <julia> bad sean
 <sean> (I am so behind on those)
 <BA> don't talk about that
 <BA> did I do one?
 <julia> I have no idea
 <julia> the month is a blur
 <sean> so far 2015 is a blur
 <julia> no shit
 <BA> nods
 <BA> damn it
 <BA> I need to do one
 <BA> tomorrow
 <BA> later
 <sean> lalalala
 <sean> ;)
 <sean> so same time next week?
 <julia> you bet
 <BA> same bat time, same bat channel
 <sean> cool
 <sean> be good!
 <julia> holy fucking shitballs batman
 <sean> LOL
 <julia> hugs
 <BA> BATMAN!
 <julia> night!
 <sean> night :)
 <BA> *smooch*

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smut fixes everything

Monday, April 27, 2015

I Tried it at Home - 3 Ingredient Ice Cream by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! Today I share the results of my latest I Tried it at Home effort. This is where I follow the suggestions in a video and see if they work in real life. Today's video came from Jayden Brooks and it's coffee ice cream made with no machine and three ingredients: cream, sweetened condensed milk, and coffee. 

Now, coffee is awesome because coffee but if I want coffee ice cream, I can get it at the store. What was more intriguing to me was making an ice cream I can't buy. I love tea, especially earl grey, and when I'm drinking earl grey, I often add milk to it so ... You see where I'm going, right? Earl grey flavor, milky flavor ... Earl grey ice cream!

Here's how this played out.

1. The first step was steeping the tea. In the video, instant coffee is made with a tiny bit of water so it's super strong. I can't really do that with tea because it doesn't disintegrate in the same way so I thought I'd do five teabags (usually enough for a huge pitcher) in a small jar and then use the tea I squeeze from the bags themselves because it's the most concentrated.

1.1 Tea


 1.2 Jar
 1.3 Tea in Jar
 1.4 Water in Jar with Tea


2. The second step was gathering the other two ingredients. As you can see if you watched the video, it's metric. I did the conversions but the amount of cream he used was a tad more than the small cream container at the store. I decided I'd just use the one container because the difference isn't much. 
 3. Once the tea had steeped, I had my three ingredients ready: tea, cream, sweetened condensed milk 
 4. I put the cream and half a can of the milk into a bowl and then I squeezed out the five teabags into it.
 5. I mixed that together and took a little taste - no discernible earl grey flavor. So, I slowly added more of the tea, eventually emptying the whole jar. It finally tasted like early grey. This is what it looked like post mixing. 

 6. I had leftover containers from store-bought ice cream so I poured the mixture into them.


 7. I put the ice cream in the freezer for several hours, took it out, and this is what I had. It's hard to tell from the picture, but this is seriously hard ice cream. I left it on the counter for a good twenty minutes before I could scoop it. 
 8. Once scooped, it looked ice creamy. I was hopeful. I took a bite and was a little confused by the texture. On the one hand, it was creamy. But it was also sort of slushy in a way ice cream isn't. I think maybe this was due to the large amount of tea and maybe it wouldn't happen if you followed the video and did coffee. There was also an odd sort of after taste/texture to this, which I attribute to the condensed milk.


9. With all that said, it was still pretty darn yummy. You can see my after picture below - all gone! I would suggest trying this for yourself and seeing what you think. You can definitely change out the flavor, but if you go with something more watery like I did, prepare for a slush factor. I'm saying the slush means it's low fat to make myself feel better.

If you try this at home, let me know how it works for you. And please send over any other videos of ideas you want me to try. Have a super week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, April 25, 2015

ANZAC Day


Today in Australia is ANZAC Day.  For those who are not familiar with the term, ANZAC stands for Australian & New Zealand Army Corps.  It was the name taken by the Australian (and NZ) soldiers when they signed up for WWI.

So today is one of remembrance and thankfulness.  It is a day of mourning those who we lost, but celebrating the bravery of those who fought.  It is a day where, as a collective nation, we apologise for the wars in the past, and try to remember we never want to do that again.

ANZAC Day – the 25th of April – was chosen as it is the day the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli and suffered terrible losses.  Although the name and the date come from WWI, it is a day we remember all people who fought in wars.  And those who’ve helped in peacekeeping efforts.

Why am I writing about ANZAC day on Café Risque – I don’t know.  It just seems that it is appropriate.  No matter who you are, if you’re an Australian, you need to mark the day in some special way.  Many Australians will be attending dawn services across the nation.  Many participating or watching marches.  No matter if we are young, old, educated, uneducated, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, working, unemployed, male, female or both, I believe that we should all stop and remember the people who died.  As a sign of respect to the human race.

The threat of terror has been heightened in our country for this day, after several ISIS terror plots have been uncovered over the past week.  It makes me angry.  No matter what religion you are, you should respect the past and history.  To me, respect is a two-way street.  How can you call for people to respect you, if you respect no one?

Now, before I get into a huge religious essay, and type 10,000 words that no one needs to read, I will leave you with a lovely recipe.  During WWI, people in Australia cooked food for the soldiers and packaged it up for them.  It needed to survive the long trip from Australia to Turkey.  Two of the most famous recipes to come out of this – Bully Beef and Anzac Biscuits.

Bully Beef was tin corned beef – and reportedly terrible.  Anzac Biscuits were baked until they were hard and so wouldn’t go mouldy.  We’ve perfected the Anzac Biscuit recipe since then, and I will share it with you.  (This is the recipe I use – other sites use the same ingredients, but in different measures.  This recipe is the one that works for me, so I’ve put it in here.)

You need:
½ cup of sugar
1 cup flaked oatmeal (I use quick cook oats)
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup plain flour
125g melted butter
1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
1 tablespoon golden syrup (if you don’t know what this is, use light treacle or honey if you’re desperate)
2 tablespoons boiling water

Method:
Heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (360F) and line a tray with baking paper.  Combine all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Melt the butter while you boil the kettle.  I then grab a coffee mug, place the soda and syrup in, add the boiling water, and stir like crazy.  Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients, and then the soda/syrup/water mixture, and stir the whole thing until all the ingredients are wet.

The biscuits will spread a lot in the oven (they don’t puff up much), so place small amounts on the tray, leaving a lot of gap, and bake for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool and harden on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.


The biscuits should be chewy, not hard.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ask Andrew - The Elephant in the Room - Reviews


Dear Andrew

I read a lot of books, and try to give honest reviews. Sometimes I'm really disappointed in a book and then I just don't review it at all.  How do authors - and I know not all would react the same - want readers to handle comments when the negative feeling about a book outweighs the positive?  Do you want to hear things like how I feel that  the story doesn't really flow, or that the characters felt flat and maybe even the typos were distracting? I don't want to say anything in a mean way - and the worst writer still has more writing ability than I'll ever have - but is it helpful to say anything critical when the book is already done and it's too late to make changes? Is it better to leave a lukewarm review than no review at all?

Susan

Dear Susan

I feel a little like I'm answering this question on behalf of all my author friends, so I want to give a really good answer.  I've thought about this question a number of times during my career and to answer your questions honestly - it depends.  Okay, let me explain.  First thing I'd like to say is that not every book is for everyone, so there will be people who love a work and those who don't care for it.  If you love a book, please tell others.  If a story isn't to your taste, but it was still well written and professionally produced, then, as a reader as well, I generally set the book aside and go on to another.  No harm, no foul. 

However if a book is bad, poor characterization, poor editing with lots of typos, a story line that's convoluted and uninteresting, then in my opinion, as an author, I would much rather get a personal email than anything else.  In this case, if you have real solid opinions about what's wrong with the book, opening a direct dialog with the author is the easiest way to get your point across and it may generate a discussion that will help the author improve their work.  As a reader you will also get the chance to have input into the creative process. 

Good reviews help the author sell the book.  Sometimes a bad review will have the same effect.  However I would like to stress that good or bad, once something is out on the internet, its hard to take it back.  It can sometimes take on a life of its own and have consequences beyond what you intended.    I know I went on a little, but in summary, I love good reviews and sometimes bad ones are like a stab in the heart.   I have one other word of advice.   I think Disney said it best in Bambi --  if you can't say something good, don't say nothing at all--  At least in public.   There have been books I haven't enjoyed and books I've loved.  The ones I've loved I've told others about, the others I simply kept quiet and moved on. 

Susan - I really hope I answered your question.  There will be many opinions by many people and this is mine. 

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, April 21, 2015

in which we do naughty things to that old rhyme Monday's child is...


<sean> good evening
 <julia> hey there
 <julia> how goes?
 <sean> it goes
 <sean> you guys?
 <julia> LOL
 <julia> Is it Monday?
 <sean> yeah, somehow
 <BA> All damn day
 <julia> It must be Monday if Sean is so blah
 <BA> heeee
 <julia> reminds me of that old rhyme
 <julia> Monday's child is fair of face
 <julia> I wonder if we could re-write that with sex acts...
 <sean> heeee
 <BA> I'm a Saturday child
 <sean> I'm sure we could
 <BA> Monday's fuck is slow and tired
 <sean> Tuesday's fuck is two for one
 <julia> it has to rhyme sean
 <julia> ;)
 <sean> oh well, then i'm fucked
 <sean> ;)
 <BA> So, Monday's fuck is slow and fun
 <julia> heee
 <BA> Tuesday's fuck is two for one
 <julia> Wednesday gives a hump for all
 <BA> Thursday's fuck is muscly and tall
 <julia> Friday ends the week with a bang
 <sean> Saturday's fuck is hugely hang
 <sean> ;)
 <BA> BWAH!
 <BA> And the fuck that comes on the Sabbath day
 <BA> Is hot and sweaty, kinky and gay.
 <sean> wooo
 <BA> Ta. Da.
 <julia> Oh, I like it
 <julia> poetry
 <julia> we're so talented
 <sean> heeeee
 <BA> we're deeply fucked up
 <julia> Sean is just hangry
 <BA> Heeee!
 <julia> it is Monday after all
 <sean> cackles
 <julia> God knows I'm just glad to not be at the hospital
 <BA> you and me both
 <julia> stares at BA
 <BA> fuck off
 <sean> lol
 <sean> no more hospitals
 <julia> nope
 <julia> no mas
 <BA> I sure hope not
 <BA> that was less than fun
 <sean> yeah
 <julia> and everyone kept asking me and BA if we were going to adopt
 <BA> I KNOW!
 <julia> dude, we're old
 <sean> cackles
 <sean> at the hospital?
 <julia> we have basset hounds
 <julia> nods
 <sean> LOL
 <julia> as soon as we said we were married
 <BA> nods
 <BA> everyone
 <julia> they all asked
 <sean> that is awesome
 <BA> they conversation went like this:
 <BA> "You're too young to be here."
 <BA> Yes, I am
 <BA> "Who is this? A friend?"
 <BA> My wife.
 <BA> "Oh, how cute. Are you going to adopt?"
 <sean> cackles
 <BA> Uh... No. We have dogs.
 <julia> Two
 <BA> 130 pounds of dogs
 <julia> that's like having 4 two year olds
 <BA> Oh!
 <BA> So, last night
 <BA> Sadie the dipshit
 <BA> is outside freaking out
 <julia> oh God
 <julia> like a maniac
 <julia> barking
 <BA> like serious losing her shit
 <julia> whining
 <julia> pawing at the back gate
 <BA> we look -- nothing
 <BA> no cat
 <BA> no coyote
 <BA> no axe weilding maniac
 <BA> no alien
 <BA> zip
 <BA> we go to bed
 <sean> oh an alien would have been fun
 <BA> Sonny gets up twice
 <julia> heee
 <BA> Sadie gets up again
 <julia> Sadie gets up at 4
 <julia> won't let me sleep
 <BA> We're reconsidering the don't kill the dogs plan
 <sean> heeeee
 <BA> the sun comes up
 <BA> J goes outside
 <BA> and I hear hysterical cackling
 <BA> there's a HUGE tumbleweed
 <julia> stuck in the gate
 <BA> which has tumbled, as tumbleweeds are wont to do
 <sean> lol
 <BA> THE BASSET EATING TUMBLEWEED
 <BA> NEXT TO THEIR YARD
 <julia> AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh
 <julia> must
 <julia> defend
 <julia> moms
 <BA> nods
 <BA> or at least go outside and bark at the motherfucking thing in the middle of the night
 <sean> heeeee
 <BA> until violence is threatened
 <BA> those tumbleweeds are intense, man
 <BA> ;-)
 <sean> heee
 <BA> okay
 <BA> it is time for me to invent food
 <BA> involving quinoa and arugula
 <sean> I had buffalo burgers
 <julia> yum
 <julia> and yum
 <sean> nods
 <julia> I will cheer on from the sidelines
 <sean> and roasted caulliflower
 <sean> which I have just discovered is made of awesome
 <BA> yes!
 <BA> it's nummy
 <BA> I love it
 * BA smooches
 <BA> off to invent all the food
 <BA> love you!
 <sean> night hon
<julia> night

If you have a topic you’d like us to chat about (or any other favorite things you'd like us to share), please let us know. We’re totally up for that.

You can find us on Twitter at @seanmichael09, @juliatalbot and @batortuga.

Sean’s website is http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com
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BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

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Sean
smut fixes everything

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Happy one year anniversary Loving Jay!


Yes – that is correct.  One whole year!  And WOW – what a year it has been for Liam and Jay.  Can you believe that people started opening their books/kindles/computers/iPads and started reading, just 365 days ago?

I was going to miss my train…

And that’s how it all started for me.  I can’t believe it’s just been a year.  The amount of personal growth I have had to go through, the good reviews and the bad, the accolades and the awards… 

Wow.  Are you sure it’s just been 365 days?

Oh, my Gawd!

I feel like I’ve been doing this for years.

Since then I have been touched to the core by the kindness extended to me from readers, reviewers, other authors and publishing staff.

I started out on this crazy pathway in January 2013.  I had this dream-in-the-sky idea about maybe, if I worked hard enough, I would be able to one day write a book.  My idea was to practice and learn about creative writing, and that I would give it two years.  I wanted to have a manuscript within two years on my computer that was at the point where people would probably pay money to read it.



Some twenty-seven months later, I’m sitting here with twenty-one started stories in my draft folder, and at least twelve scribbled down in my little notepad.  But what makes me the proudest, is that I can look up from my computer and see my books.  They’re sitting up there on a shelf, and just below them are the framed covers of my books.  And yes – snuggled between The Blinding Light and The Shearing Gun is Loving Jay.


So thank you everyone who has played a small part on my fantastic journey in the last 12 months.  I could never top it (not unless Hugh Jackman knocks on my door demanding the rights to the movie based on my book), so I will have to dream less for the next 12 months. 


How to contact Renae:
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Instagram:  renaekayeauthor

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ask Andrew - Back to a Favorite Topic


Dear Andrew

My name is Stacey, I'm a huge fan of your writing. I am working on becoming a sex educator and I love learning every aspect I can. But my question is for personal reasons, you've probably already answered this but here goes: After anal sex, is it pretty normal to have cramps and discomfort. It's like my internal organs have to rearrange themselves every time.  I'm a lucky girl and my husband is blessed, so he rearranges things vaginally also, but we've tried many positions anally and I love it, just didn't know if the bodies reactions after are normal.  Sorry if that's TMI, I'm used to talking bluntly about sex. For some reason there is very little research and facts about anal sex. I used to work in an adult toy shop and I sold many anal plugs, but there wasn't much training on the subject.
 
Stacey
 
Dear Stacey
 
To answer your question I'm going to dive into my personal experience.  In the heat of the moment during the height of passion, its everything goes, but afterwards that when we all have to deal with the aftermath.  And I can tell you that after anal sex I get some of the same reactions you describe.  I think once the daze of passion is gone, the body tries to return to normal and expel what it thinks doesn't belong.  Hence the cramps and discomfort.  This is, of course, part of the not so nice portion of sex that we as romance novelists gloss over. 
 
Also there's something else.  In order for Anal sex to be successful, the sphincter must be loosened up and during penetration, stretched.  However once sex is over the sphincter needs to return to its normal position and depending on his much stretching has been done, (you lucky girl)  that can take some time and produce some interesting sensations.  So you asked my opinion and I'm going to say that what you feel seems perfectly normal to me.  Over time if anal sex is part of your regular sex life, I suspect that those sensations you describe will lessen, but they may never go away.
 
Great question Stacey and I hope my answer helped you. 
 
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.

Visit Andrew on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Visit Andrew's web site:  www,andrewgreybooks.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The ABCs of Gay Porn


<julia> Waves madly
 <BA> The ABC's of gay smut
 <sean> well, A has to be for Ass
 <sean> B for Balls
 <sean> and C for Cock
 <BA> D is for dick
 <sean> isn't it interesting how the top three are abc?
 <sean> E is for Erection
 <julia> F is for fuck
 <sean> absofuckinglutely it is
 <BA> G is for Guiche piercing
 <julia> H is for Hard on
 <julia> I is for Ice?
 <sean> oh that works -- could be fun, too ;)
 <BA> LOL
 <BA> J is for Jacking off
 <sean> K is for Kissing
 <sean> L is for Licking (or lips)
 <BA> M is for Masturbation
 <julia> N is for Naked
 <sean> N is for Nipple Play
 <julia> or that
 <BA> O is for ORGASMS
 <sean> both work
 <sean> WOOO
 <sean> P is for Penis
 <BA> Q is for Queer
 <sean> R is for Rimming
 <julia> S is for Spanking
 <sean> S is for SEX
 <BA> T is for Tit play!
 <BA> (I had s is for smooching -- y'all are pervs)
 <sean> U is for Urethral Sound
 <sean> we are BA
 <julia> lol
 <sean> absolutely and unequivocally
  <julia> v is for vagina and vulva and all the girl things
 <julia> since girls deserve love too
 <sean> yes
 <BA> oh, that's good
 <BA> all I could think of was veneral disease
 <sean> W is for Wickedness
 <julia> heee
 <julia> ew
 <julia> X is for XXX porn
 <sean> Y is for Yes, master
 <BA> Y is for... yellow fever?
 <BA> Oh, that's better
 <julia> over here singing the alphabet song
 <julia> I get to the end and forget the order
 <sean> heeee
 <sean> nods
 <julia> I was an English major
 <BA> Z is for...
 <BA> Zoodles?
 <BA> Zebras?
 <julia> not the zed word
 <BA> Zippers?
 <BA> Oh!
 <julia> yes!
 <BA> Zippers
 <julia> yay
 <sean> nods
 <julia> go us
 <BA> Z is for zippers!
 * BA curtseys. Ta. Da.
 <BA> The ABCs of gay smut (with V for the girls)
 <julia> All I could think of was zombies
 <julia> hugs and waves
 <julia> night!
 <sean> ciao
 <BA> *smooches*

If you have a topic you’d like us to chat about (or any other favorite things you'd like us to share), please let us know. We’re totally up for that.
 
You can find us on Twitter at @seanmichael09, @juliatalbot and @batortuga.
 
 
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Sean
smut fixes everything

Monday, April 13, 2015

Audio Update by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday. Quick post today to tell you what's going on in my audio world. 

  • The 2nd editions of the Home books (with the bonus scenes) are in the process of being recorded as audio books. Mark Moonshine is narrating them. We're starting with He Completes Me and Walk With Me.
  • The amazing Greg Tremblay recording Johnnie. His work is outstanding and he's a wonderful guy to boot so I love working with him. We hope to have the audio book ready sometime this summer.
  • And last but not least, a second edition of Perfect Imperfections (with bonus scene and new cover) will be released in early May and I'm working with an amazing narrator to get an audio book ready for that shortly after the release.

Lots of exciting audio news here! I'll keep you updated as the books get finished. Have a great week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ken and Barbie


My childhood Derek doll
I’m still on holidays, and having a great time.  **wink** 

But something has been going around in my head for the last couple of days.  Something mentioned to me by a friend on Facebook.  She was talking about how “gay” Ken was in the 80’s and 90’s. 


I had a look at this article and man, I giggled to myself.  The cock ring had me bursting out in laughter.  And that Sun Sensation Ken…

It got me thinking about my own experience with Barbie and Ken.  I grew up in the 80’s and so Barbie was waaay in.  I didn’t have a lot of toys.  I remember pleading for My Little Ponies…  yet the only one I ever owned was given to me as a birthday present.  My idea of heaven was visiting a neighbour’s house and playing with her ponies.  She had what seemed to be hundreds, but was probably, in reality around thirty of them.  Plus all the stables and accessories.
My childhood Ken doll

I owned one Barbie and two Ken dolls.  Considering the ratio of Barbie-dolls to Ken-dolls available in the shops in the 80’s, having two Ken dolls and one Barbie was highly unusual.  One wasn’t strictly “Ken” – his name was Derek and he was part of “Barbie and the Rockers.”  The other one was Day/Night Ken – all in a business suit.  I remember he had “accessories” – there was a briefcase and a square of cardboard printed to look like a newspaper.  My Barbie was Crystal Barbie – kind of like Cinderella I guess.

My childhood Barbie
So my “playing house” example was a Glamour Queen, a Rock Star and an Office Businessman – all living together.  Wow.  Now that explains a lot of things.  That explains why my characters are so “opposites attract” type of guys.  And, it probably explains why I write MM.  Probably Ken supported the trio with his high-paying white-collar job, and when Barbie left each night to go to her ball,
unemployed lounge singer Derek and tired, I-just-need-a-blow-job Ken got it on.

So now that I have ruined my idyllic memories of innocently playing dolls as a child, I might get back to my holiday…

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Instagram:  renaekayeauthor

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ask Andrew - Some Audio Loving


Dear Andrew

In one of your post on FB your said you were “working on audiobooks”. What does that imply. Do you prepare a special version of the text? Do you work with the speaker?
 
Madeleine
 
Dear Madeleine
 
When I quit the evil day job, Dreamspinner Press offered me a part time position as their audiobook coordinator.  That means that I collect auditions from narrators, work with the authors to select a narrator, and then work with the narrators to turn the completed text into an audiobook.  I also have a team on wonderful audiobook reviewers who listen to each audiobook form beginning to end to make sure that there are no errors in the narration.  They are amazing!
 
I don't choose the titles that will be produced, but I do put them up for audition and shepherd each title through the production process.  I really love what I'm doing.  I can't tell you how gratifying it is to start something and see it through to completion.  Then to have listeners purchase it and say how much they enjoy it.  Some of my titles have been turned into audiobooks and I can tell you whether its my title or not, there's a sense of pride and pleasure that I get every time I get a message or note from a listener about how the narrator helped bring the story to life for them. 
 
If you haven't yet, I hope you'll give an audiobook a try. 
 
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.

Visit Andrew on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Visit Andrew's web site:  www,andrewgreybooks.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

get better quickly!


Well, this week's chat was derailed by BA winding up in the hospital, worrying us all.




The good news is that she's on the mend, feeling much, and is hoping to be home soon.



So continued good vibes and wishing BA a full recovery as quickly as possible.



Sean
smut fixes everything

Monday, April 6, 2015

Translations by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! One of my writing goals is to make sure my books are available to people. That means I try to keep my prices reasonable, I make my books available on as many sites as possible (including subscription sites like Scribd and Oyster), and I get the books translated into other languages. 

I have a tab on my website where you can find my books in SpanishItalianGerman, and hopefully someday French. Translations are both wonderful and scary. It's wonderful to see my books entering new worlds but it's scary to be in a world where I don't speak the language. 

That's why I was so excited today to hear that some Spanish readers (including the wonderful Y.M. Garcia who translates my books) created a Facebook group for my books! If you're interested in talking books with other Spanish readers, you can find the group here. And on the topic of Spanish translations, I have a new Spanish release out today: Granja McFarland

On the Italian translation front, I'm excited to be working with the always amazing Barbara Cinelli on publishing my books in Italian through Triskell Edizioni. If anyone has ideas for me on promoting my books in Italian, please let me know!

As far as German, I have really enjoyed working with Stefanie Zurek on translating my books and I'd love to find a German reader or two who would be interested in reading new translations before we release them so we have another set of eyes. If you're interested, please email me.

Have a great week and happy reading (in all languages)!

CC
www.cardenoc.com


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!


I have a confession that will sign my eternal damnation.  You see I’m a Christian.  Yeah – one of those ones who goes to church every Sunday and truly believes that we should love everyone in our lives.  I’m one of these people who can see past the hysteria and the phobias, and calmly believe that God made us how he wanted us.  I’m one of those people who are working from within the church to push for marriage equality and recognition.

But…

…(here is the damnation bit)…

… I don’t like Easter.

**GASP**

I know!  It’s like the main celebration of the church.  But Easter leaves me worn out.  I mean, every single year we kill Jesus.  Okay, so we don’t physically nail him to the cross and cause his death, but every year we go through the build-up of his being betrayed and his death.  It’s rather gory.

Now, even if you don’t believe in God and Christianity, there is still plenty of evidence that Jesus existed.  You may not believe he was the Son of God, but you have to concede the possibility that he was a person who once lived.  And if you can’t do that, then you still have to realise that crucifixion happened in our past.  Every lead-up to Easter we hear the details.  It’s terrible.  I hate it.  To think that we can do this sort of horror to our fellow humans.

So every Easter I’m depressed and mopey, hating life.  Then we have the overwhelming sorrow of Jesus dying (again!) and having to apologise (again!) to Jesus for letting this happen.  And on Good Friday, I leave church hating the world.  Then, just two short days later, I have to go to church again and CELEBRATE!  Jesus is risen!

Hallelujah!

Talk about feeling bi-polar.

SO, why is it a HAPPY Easter this year for me?  Because I’m on HOLIDAY!  Vacation.  Time off.  Out bush.  Done a runner.  I am FREEEEE!

I have a great excuse to ignore church this weekend.  Because I am sitting on a beach, wearing very little and having a great time!  This year, Easter is going to be about chocolate and keeping cool.
And just in case you are saying, “Yeah – but what does this have to do about your writing?” – well, I’m also gathering great ideas to set a story in this town – because that would be a great change from Perth, wouldn’t it?

For the next week I’m going to be doing nothing more strenuous than swimming or fishing.  There will be a visit to the croc park, some bbqs on the beach and if I feel really energetic, I may build a sandcastle.  But my little author brain will be snapping pictures for future books…

I hope you have a wonderful Easter.  Don’t eat too many chocolates.

Cheers,

Renae

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye
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