Friday, July 31, 2015

A Year of Many Firsts by Felice Stevens


 Hi everyone! I'm Felice Stevens and I'm thrilled to be a part of the Cafe Risque family with these wonderful authors. I was thinking about what I should write for my first post and in reviewing my past year of becoming so far, I realize I have been on a never ending treadmill.


Last August, my first book, Rescued came out and it was surreal not only to see my book up for sale but know that people bought it. The first time a reader messaged me and told me she loved my book I think I couldn't speak for a while. My kids and husband appreciated that, I'm sure.     

Oh yeah and a little thing like sleep. I don't do much of that. I need to figure out how to get some more sleep. But that's another post for another week. 


I decided for my next book (A Walk Through Fire) to write a three book series; the Through Hell and Back books are my first attempt at series writing. As a pantser, which means I don't plan the book out ahead of time, I just "go with the flow,"it was a challenge to keep all the details of the different character's lives straight throughout all the books.


I dipped my toes into the waters of self-publishing for the first time this past February when I wrote Memories of the Heart, which was a whole lot of firsts; picking an editor and cover artist and then learning the ins and outs of formatting and uploading to the various retail sites. So not my thing. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a techy person, so I was proud when I managed it on my 8 year old Macbook. It has since been retired.


And in case you wondered, I actually have a personal life that has been nothing if not chaotic this year as well. My daughter graduated college and moved home. 

Oh and I had another book release - a contemporary novel called One Step Further.

Two weeks later my son graduated high school and in two weeks I'll be driving to Montreal to bring him to college. All this while working full time and trying to find time to write all the stories floating around in my head.

Meanwhile I'm planning for a new book release on August 17th. Beyond the Surface, the start of a new series called The Breakfast Club.

I'm looking forward to sharing my adventures with you here at Cafe Risque on Fridays. Now I'm off to turn up the setting on that treadmill ....

Felice Stevens

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Unwinding


It's been a pretty busy couple weeks for me. Well, the whole summer, actually but the past couple weeks even more so. It's hard to get everything done during the summer and this week CROSSROADS released. It's been SO fun. I can't tell you how honored I feel reading the reviews and hearing from readers about how they felt about the story. I'm so glad people have enjoyed it so much. It's been a whirlwind of excitement, and fear and business that now I just need to unwind.

That's where you come in :)

Reading is definitely my way to unwind. I love losing myself in a book. It's exactly what I need right now so I want you guys to tell me what I should read. What's the last book you fell in love with? What are you reading now and what should I try?

Hope you're having an awesome week!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sorry for the Absence - Conferences, Conferences


Over the past few weeks, I have been travelling non stop.   I was booked into three conferences in three weeks and I can tell you it just about wore me completely out.  I started my odyssey at Euro Pride Con in Munich which took an incredible amount out of me.  The con itself was really awesome, but the travel was exhausting, especially with the time change.   When I got back, I was home for just a day and then I left for Tampa and Rainbowcon.  That too was great and I saw a lot of good friends.  This past weekend I was in new York for the RWA national conference. 

So... some things I learned.  From now on Dominic keeps track of the calendar so I don't get over booked.  Also I need to learn to say no occasionally, but dang that's a hard one, especially when I want to see everyone.  I definitely need to give myself more time between conferences.  (And if I can get my family to hold off on the drama till I can get home, that would be pretty amazing too.)

However the thing is that each of these conferences was pretty special in their own way.  I met some amazing people that I probably wouldn't have met otherwise.  I rekindled some friendships, and mostly I got to be around authors and readers of gay romance. That's always an amazing time. 




Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Email him at:  andrewgrey@comcast.net

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

minions doing American Ninja Warrior and favorite sex scenes to write


<BA> helooooo!!!
 <sean> hello
 <julia> hola!
 <sean> I am watching american ninja warrior
 <sean> and doing a lot of oogling
 <BA> it has been wine o'clock here for a few hours
 <julia> hoy solamente escribo en espanol
 <sean> LOL
 <BA> no shit
 <julia> no?
 <BA> can you escribo porn en espanol?
 <julia> uh
 <julia> no
 <julia> I can curse
 <julia> I can (and did) Don Quixote
 <julia> and I can order in restaurants
 <julia> <read>
 <BA> you can Don Quixote?
 <julia> read it
 <julia> I had wine too
 <BA> no more wine for YOU
 <julia> vino
 <julia> ta da
 * BA giggles
 <sean> lol
 <BA> KING BOB!
 <julia> this is going to replace "Tacos!" I can tell
 <sean> oh minions doing american ninja warrior!
 <BA> Yep.
 <sean> how fun would that be
 <BA> It would be...bouncy
 <BA> they could stack up
 <julia> and splatty
 <sean> nods and laughs
 <BA> and do the events
 <julia> and fart gunny
 <BA> FART GUN
 <julia> I gave my great nephew a toy fart gun
 <julia> the resulting video is a gem
 <sean> lol
 <BA> nodnods
 <BA> it makes me incredibly happy
 <BA> Boo avec fart gun
 <BA> <---- see? French!
 <sean> cackles
 <julia> LOL
 <sean> Boo avec pistolet de pet
 <BA> KING BOB!
 <julia> LOL
 <julia> so
 <julia> what all is happening this week in books
 <sean> my dragon story is available for pre-order with ARE
 <sean> Healing Fire
 <julia> I love dragons
 <BA> I'm reading through Picking Roses -- there's going to be 20K added to it
 <sean> cool, BA
 <BA> Yay Dragons!
 <BA> I've done a bazillion edits
 <julia> I have A Full Moon Dating out on wednesday
 <BA> I don't think I have any releases... Oh, wait!
 <julia> Gage and Hamish
 <sean> oh I've been waiting for them
 <BA> I have a wee bitty short story in the last Mythologically Torqued anthology
 <BA> it comes out some time this month
 <julia> Cool
 <sean> what myth did you torq?
 <BA> Why Coyote Stopped Imitating his Friends
 <BA> *grins*
 <BA> You know me, I had to play in the Native American myths
 <sean> nods
 <BA> so Gage and Hamish? What are they?
 <BA> Vampires?
 <BA> Werechickens?
 <BA> Wereraptors?
 <BA> Psychic beanie baby
 <julia> heeee
 <julia> panther and bear shifters
 <julia> hot and spanky
 <sean> um
 <sean> with a y
 <sean> yum
 <BA> *cackles*
 <BA> No more wine for Sean either
 <julia> LOL
 <sean> I hven't had any booze
 <julia> Sean is a lightweight
 <sean> this is true
 * BA watches Julia drool over Megz on SYTCYD
 <julia> heee
 <julia> she has this belly
 <julia> and she's wearing this chain
 <julia> lalal
 <julia> a
 <sean> perv
 <sean> ;)
 <julia> I am
 <julia> hey I give equal time to the boys
 <julia> Jim the ballet dancer has this muscle tension...
 <julia> oops
 <julia> low sugar for BA
 <julia> need to  get her a snack
 <sean> ack
 <BA> sorry
 <BA> I have granola
 <BA> this whole blood sugar thing is a challenge
 <sean> nods
 <BA> Julia pervs over the dancers
 <BA> but Megz is special
 <BA> she stops and pants
 <sean> heeee
 <BA> I'd be jealous
 <BA> but we have a kid older than Megz
 <BA> ;-)
 <sean> heeee
 <BA> *grins*
 <julia> LOL
 <julia> too true
 <BA> so, what's your all time favorite sexual act to write?
 <julia> LOL
 <julia> Sean is fisting
 <BA> Yours is blowjobs
 <sean> I like sounding too
 <julia> moi?
 <julia> I like spanking
 <julia> but yeah
 <julia> I  like oral boys
 <sean> blow jobs and rimming are awesome
 <sean> why do we have to choose?
 <sean> ;)
 <BA> I like the whole desperate rubbing off
 <BA> and the spying and jacking off trope
 <julia> heee
 <julia> you so do
 <julia> I remember that all the way back to Latigo
 <BA> yeppers
 <julia> oddly enough one of my favorite Sean one was the milking in one of the Briar Rose books
 <sean> Controlling Parker :)
 <julia> yeah
 <sean> I love writing the different stuff - it's always fun
 <julia> I thought oh I won't like that
 <julia> but wow
 <sean> the medical fetish stuff in Velvet Need
 <sean> the pony and puppy boys
 <sean> cool, Julia :)
 <sean> let's face it, I love writing the sexual acts
  <sean> all of them
 <sean> goooo sex!
 <julia> heee
 <BA> I like blowing shit up
 <julia> you do like a sex scene
 <julia> BA likes explosions and fist fights
 <julia> I like biting and growling
 <sean> I do
 <sean> and she does
 <sean> and you do
 <sean> heeee
 <BA> *leans*
 * sean leans back, with ice
 <sean> we've hit the ugly part of summer up this way
 <sean> hot
 <sean> humid
 <sean> gross
 <julia> we're cooling off
 <BA> nods
 <BA> it's lovely here
 <sean> I'm very jealous
 <BA> nods -- okay y'all
 <BA> I have 20K to plot into this book
 <BA> O.O
 <BA> I can do it.
 <BA> I
 <BA> can
 <BA> do
 <BA> it
 <julia> you can!
 <julia> hugs
 <sean> yep you can
 <BA> *hugs tight*
 <BA> love you
 <sean> hugs
 <sean> love
 <sean> night
 <BA> stay cool!
 <BA> :D
 <BA> night


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Sean
smut fixes everything

Oyster (Subscription Reading) by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! (I made it just under the wire with this post!) I've been having fun visiting with Ora so I haven't had time to write a blog post but I'll make it up to you by sharing a great coupon.

I signed up for Oyster, a subscription reading program, and I've been loving it so far. I've got all my books there, including the 2nd editions of the Mates books that were just released. If you're interested in trying it, I got a coupon for three months for $.99. And if you do it and find great books, let me know. I love reading recs!

Have a great week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, July 25, 2015

You Are the Reason - and Bronies


We are now on the countdown to the release day of You Are the Reason.  Thirteen days.  Yes, my latest “baby” releases on the 7th of August, which means my blood pressure is up, and I struggle to concentrate on tasks.

My best friend calls them “Freak Out Fridays” – in other words, release day.

So some of the ARCs (advance release copies) have been sent out to the reviewers, and I’m now sweating on whether or not they liked it.  So yesterday, when my favourite reviewer sent me this image, I had to smile.



She had started the book and had seen the first chapter, which begins like this:

An introduction to Davo 
When I was eleven years old, I worked out what it was to be gay. Being gay meant you were a boy but liked girly things. Being gay meant you were bashed at school and ridiculed by the sports teacher. Being gay was not good.

I didn’t want to be gay.

So I took my entire My Little Pony collection, which I had lovingly looked after for years, and I dumped it all in the bin. And I didn’t cry. Much.

Poor Davo.  He struggled as a child against homophobia, and came out the loser.  And thus, we begin to understand the man.  Chapter one finishes like this:

Then Jake—my gay idol—up and got himself a boyfriend and adopted a baby. I internally crapped my pants. Moondancer, Applejack, Sunburst, and Minty all laughed at me from their My Little Pony heaven, telling me that sooner or later I was going to end up as one of those gays who called everyone “darling” and knew all the songs from High School Musical.

So the day I met Lee, you’ll forgive me for not noticing every little thing about him….

The picture becomes clearer.  Davo, the child, had been ridiculed and taunted, and so in his desire to fit in, he’s stopped all his girly actions.  He himself is afraid of “those” gays.  He doesn’t want to be one of those gays, and he doesn’t want to hang out with them.  So he hangs with Jake, who is gay but doesn’t do relationships, just like Davo.  Jake is not girly.  But suddenly Jake’s life changes, and now Davo’s afraid.  He’s running scared of girl-germs.  And the last thing he expects is to fall for Lee.

Because, you see, Lee is one of “those” gays.  Oh, we never find out if he knows all the songs to High School Musical, but the fact that Davo doesn’t realise Lee is a guy the first (or second) time he meets Lee, rather tells its own story.

One of the editors who worked on the story, mentioned “Bronies” to me.  I didn’t know what they were, so I turned to my faithful Google who showed me.  When the first image that Google turns up is this one, you know that Bronies are not something that all people are going to admire.


Basically, a Brony is an adult male that enjoys the My Little Pony franchise.  Delve a little deeper, and you find a cult following.  Rivalling Trekkie and LARP enthusiasts, Bronies are proud people.  Of course there are always going to be those who ridicule them, but wow – the lengths and imaginations of some of these guys are amazing.  I am in awe of them.  Some of the images on Google are ridiculing them, but they are not to be shamed or bullied.

One of my readers posted a gif on Goodreads when they learned I had a new book coming out.  Lili chose a My Little Pony gif to express her excitement – and she doesn’t realise how accurate she is.



However Davo is not a Brony.  He loved My Little Pony as a child – and what adult doesn’t look back upon their favourite toys with a bit of fondness, and a bit of cringe.  My favourite childhood toys at around 9-11 years of age were attached to Barbie and the Rockers.  Yeah, I cringe a little at the remembrance.  In Davo’s case, his cringe is more than usual.  He thinks he should erase all thoughts and happiness attached to My Little Pony. 

You Are the Reason is Davo’s journey to the realisation that being femme or girly or one of “those” gays is not something to be ashamed of.  It is a story of a guy who faces his fear, and pushed through.


And yeah, okay, at the end there is another My Little Pony reference, which I hope leaves you smiling.  Which is why my reviewer sent me this picture when she finished reading.

I hope you all enjoy.  Releases 7 August 2015.

You Are the Reason, by Renae Kaye

Blurb:
Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays, who are femme and girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub in fright. That’s where he meets Lee, who is cute from her cherry-red hair, to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.


Available for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press and All Romance eBooks.


How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye
Instagram:  renaekayeauthor

Thursday, July 23, 2015

CROSSROADS preorder



The preorder for CROSSROADS is live on Amazon! It's coming soon on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.


Blurb:

After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is, until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…

Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.

Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that's determined to trip them up at every turn.


Preorder from Amazon

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Buddies! And Sharknado 3!


<sean> evening
<BA> *waves*
<julia> waves
<BA> hola
<julia> howdy
<julia> SYTYCD is on
<sean> or should I say
<sean> buddies!
<BA> KING BOB!
<julia> Stuaaaart
<sean> kum-ba-ya!
<BA> KING BOB!
<sean> lolol
<julia> (BA is very Boblike)
<sean> nods
<sean> I loved Bob
<julia> I adore Kevin
<julia> giant 50 foot Kevin
<sean> heeee
<BA> it reminded me of Animal in the Muppet Movie
<sean> heeeee
 * BA leans
 * sean leans back
<sean> it is too damn hot
<sean> I want my snow back
<BA> it's lovely here
<BA> 95 in the day
<BA> 60 at day
<sean> that does sound lovely
<BA> at night, even
<julia> it's amazing
<julia> rain at night
<BA> of course, running at 330pm?
<BA> SWEATY
<julia> yes
<sean> i bet
<julia> I do not run
<sean> I don't either
<sean> I suppose if a bear was chasing me, I might change my policy on running
<julia> Kris Norris says it's a great motivator
<BA> nods
<sean> heeee
<julia> I would get eaten because I would be all beaaar
<sean> cackles at you
<BA> I am determined to run in the Disney half marathon
<BA> I might be 60 before I manage it
<sean> heeee
<julia> so
<julia> I've been thinking weird shifters
<sean> yeah?
<BA> you're just obsessed with moose shifters
<sean> well.....
<sean> I'm doing a rhino
<julia> I am not obsessed
<sean> *poslishes the halo*
<julia> although I am doing one for an xmas story
<BA> a rhino?
<sean> yep
<julia> wow
<BA> like as in 'gee I'm horny'?
<sean> pairing him with a sweet panther shifter
<sean> LOL
<julia> I was thinking bison
<sean> yes, as in gee I'm horny
<BA> there's a weremarmot in Spirit Quest...
<julia> heeee
<julia> oh wow
<BA> there's a little baby girl werebuffalo in the next Midnight Rodeo story
<julia> and people thought I was nuts doing bears a few years ago
<BA> do people write weresharks?
<sean> heeee julia
<sean> we should suggest it for sharknado 4 ;)
<julia> fish are not sexy
<BA> THAT'S COMING WEDNESDAY!
<BA> SHARKNADO 3
<BA> OMG
<sean> nods
<BA> S
<BA> H
<BA> A
<BA> R
<BA> K
<BA> N
<BA> A
<BA> D
<BA> O
<sean> oh hell no
<BA> *bounces madly*
<julia> heee
<julia> wednesday
<BA> I can't wait
<BA> I have my tweeting fingers ready
<julia> we will have a tweet along
<sean> what time does it start for you?
<BA> 7pm
<sean> cool
<sean> same time :)
<BA> woot
<julia> excellent
<BA> my first love will always be Sharktopus
<julia> heee
<sean> yeah
<julia> no it isn't
<sean> oh no, not like this!
<julia> BA's first love is Jaws
<BA> oh yes
<BA> I saw that in the drive-in
<sean> and Deep Blue Sea
<julia> god yes
<BA> I was supposed to be asleep
<BA> I was not
<sean> lol
<BA> I was WATCHING
<julia> heee
<julia> I did not see Jaws until I was a teenager
<sean> this is not surprising
<BA> no?
<sean> nope
<julia> heee
<BA> I'd read the book before I was a teenager
<julia> she was a good kid I'm told
<julia> mostly
<BA> I was
<BA> I mean, I was stubborn
<BA> and I read EVERYTHING
<BA> and said "what if" 34539487203987 times a day
<julia> I was a sneaky kid
<julia> but I never watched scary movies
<julia> I saw Nightmare on Elm Street in 2006 ;)
<BA> Oh, God
<sean> I still don't watch scary movies for the most part
<julia> I do
<BA> my best friend in high school and I saw that together at the movies
<julia> I live with the queen of them
<BA> we LOVED it
<julia> horror fan
<julia> we watched a cute little movie called Ouija the other night
<julia> surprisingly well done
<BA> It was! I was super tickled
<BA> nice boo factor
<BA> low on the gore
<BA> clever concept
<BA> self aware
<BA> I approve
<sean> heeee
<julia> yep
<BA> my favorite scary movie of all time is Poltergeist
<julia> heee
<julia> mine is Scream
<BA> I watched the first 5 minutes of Scream 4-5 times before I made it through
<julia> then you went O.o
<julia> right?
<BA> nods
<BA> you know it
<julia> that's the only scary part
<BA> Pet Semetary is the only one I walked out of
<julia> I didn't love that one
<BA> I was pregnant
<sean> loved the book
<sean> didn't see the movie
<BA> it didn't work for me
<BA> I loved the book too
<sean> frist book that literally put a shiver down my spine
<julia> BOO
<sean> nods
<BA> hrm...
<BA> The Exorcist was a scary read
<BA> Rosemary's Baby fucked with me
<julia> Rosemary
<julia> 's... yeah that
<BA> The Haunting of Hill House was also shivery
<julia> nods
<julia> the 50s movie is hilarious
<BA> but it's the weird ones you remember
<BA> I read this book 40 years ago about a space that turned everyone into cactus
<julia> O.O
<BA> and this one lady chopped her hand up to put it in a salad
<BA> a space ship
<sean> O.O
<BA> I know, right?
<BA> that's all I remember about it
<BA> (well, that and the fact that I wasn't supposed to read it, most likely)
<sean> lolol
<julia> I remember a mystery where a lady whacked her husband with a frozen roast then cooked and ate the murder weapon
<BA> yes!
<julia> and people wonder why I think writing is cool
<julia> anything we can imagine
<BA> heeee
<julia> though right now I have to imagine deadlines
<BA> and we can imagine a lot
<BA> DEMON COW!
<BA> MOO MOTHERFUCKER!
<julia> cackles madly
<sean> lololol
<julia> King BOB!
<BA> and on that note, it's time to go write all the things, make a snack and give the puppies their chews.
<sean> buddies!
<julia> hugs
<BA> *hugs tight*
<BA> BUDDIES!
<BA> K
<BA> I
<BA> N
<BA> G
<BA> B
<BA> U
<BA> D
<BA> D
<BA> I
<BA> E
<BA> S
<BA> !
<BA> :D
<sean> lol
<julia> night y'all
<BA> love you, honey
<BA> *waves*
<BA> night!
<sean> love you
<sean> 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.

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smut fixes everything

Saturday, July 18, 2015

New Releases and all the links


Wow – what a week it has been for me.  What a month.

It was my birthday on Monday – happy birthday me! – and as a treat for me, I decided I would finally figure out how to release a story on Amazon.  Otherwise known as “self-publishing.”  I don’t know how “self”ed it was, because there is a huge amount of people who helped me, and thank you to all of them, even if it was just a cheer in the background, telling me I could do it.

But I pressed the button, expecting Amazon to take their sweet, merry time about putting it up, and they did it in under 3 hours.  
So last Saturday, my short story Out of the Rain was released.  

It’s only 99c 

– so make sure you click the link and check it out if you haven’t already.

Blurb
Mitch never knew what awaited him when he answered his elderly neighbour’s calls. Finding a stranger crying in her backyard was a new one. Little did he know that rescuing Elijah out of the rain was going to change his life.

Elijah is too young, too good looking, and too bruised for Mitch to consider falling in love with. But Elijah is soon in his house, in his bed, and in his heart.

At thirty-eight, Mitch has a lot of experience with life. Elijah is only twenty-three and just starting out. Mitch’s bedroom skills enrapture Elijah. Mitch just hopes it will be enough to make Elijah want to stay.

Available HERE on Amazon.

The reason I wrote this, was I was asked to submit a story to an anthology, and as a favour I thought I would give it a week of my time and see if a short story could be pulled together.  Once finished, I loved it, but I didn’t think it fitted the guidelines of the anthology, so discarded it. 

It was fun trying to make my guys fall in love in under 10,000 words.  I didn’t quite make it – it went a little over, but all-in-all, I’m extremely satisfied at how it turned out.  I had a quick look at some reviews, and it seemed that the main complaint was that the story was too short.  Oops.  Okay.  I prefer writing longer ones, too.  It just takes me a while.  Don’t stress, I won’t be giving up on my novels any time soon in favour of shorts.



In other exciting news, my next release from Dreamspinner Press, You Are the Reason is now available for pre-order from Dreamspinner and ARe.  The links are below.

Blurb
Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays, who are femme and girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub in fright. That’s where he meets Lee, who is cute from her cherry-red hair, to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.

Click HERE for Dreamspinner Press and HERE for All Romance eBooks.

I really, really am excited for this one.  If you liked The Blinding Light, then you have to grab a copy of this.  You will get to catch up with Jake and Patrick, as they feature in the story.  But best of all, you get to fall in love with Davo and Lee.  Seriously, people.  These guys are just too cute to keep all to myself.


THEN, if that wasn’t enough releases, Shawn’s Law came out on audio recently, as well as Safe in His Arms.

They are available from Audible 
        here (Shawn’s Law) 






People often ask me what I’m working on, and if certain characters will get a story.  I give you permission to nag me.  Email me.  Facebook me.  Tweet me.  It helps to keep me focused.

I’m writing daily, and at the moment, I’m working on Paul & Andrew’s story.  I really need a name for it, other than “Paul & Andrew’s Story” – hopefully one will come to me soon.  It was supposed to end up around 60k-70k on the word count front, but at now 79k and still going, I must have a word to these guys.  We met Paul and his married lover in Safe in His Arms.  I never meant for Paul to have his own book, but I needed to give him a HEA.  People told him to give up on Andrew, and I didn’t want him to.

I also have 30,000 words on a story built from Loving Jay.  I re-read it last night, to see if it was any good, and nearly peed myself laughing.  It’s terrible when you don’t remember writing the words on the page.  (See birthday mention above.  I’m old now.)

Then after that, I think I want to start Mickey Ryan’s story.  Oh, yeah.  Mickey needs a story...

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye




Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summertime


This summer is kicking my butt.

Seriously.

I feel like I've gotten close to nothing done. I'm trying to figure out where the time has gone. It's as though I woke up and half of the summer is gone and I have nothing to show for it.

No fun family vacations.

Nothing exciting.

I've edited, which is good. I struggle when I'm not feeling productive. I'm not feeling extremely productive this summer, but the editing has helped.

So, yeah, that's where I'm at. Even though I'm not doing much, I feel like I'm struggling to keep up, while at the same time, not getting anything done! LOL.

I'm ready for Fall!!!

How is your summer going?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Our Top 10 Favorite Books


BA:

It by Stephen King
Darkfall by Dean Koontz
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Women’s Room by Marilyn French
The Stand by Stephen King
The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss
The Last Herald Mage series by Mercedes Lackey
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Witches of Eastwick by John Irving
The Legend of Hell House by Richard Matheson (yeah, I know, that’s 11. It’s the best I could do)

 

Sean: These are just my favorite post-apocalyptic books. I have to break them down.

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien was my first

On the Beach by Nevil Shute

Sheep Look Up by John Brunner

A Canticle for Lebowitz by Walter M Miller Jr.

Out of the Woods by Syd McGinley (post-apoc and mm? woot!)

The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


Julia:

 

The Shining by Stephen King

The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Racing the Moon by BA Tortuga

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice (not popular to admit anymore, but there it is)

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

The House on Haunted Hill by Shirley Jackson

Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old clock by Carolyn Keene

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

The Eight by Katherine Neville

The Essential Bordertown by Terri Windling



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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Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com


Facebook:

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Life by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday. I just got back from a trip to the Pacific Northwest. I posted pics of Seattle and Canada on Facebook so you can see some of the beautiful sites. Other than a bit of heatwave, I'd say the trip was a perfect blend of fun and relaxing. A great way to see a new-to-me part of the world and spend time with cherished friends.

I'm taking the memories of this trip and locking them deep in my heart so I'll always remember my life, world, and friends like they are right now. I try to focus on the positive, the hopeful, the silver linings in life. Not Pollyanna, but definitely on the far edge of optimistic. That's been harder to do lately, but hopefully the visions in my head of smiles and laughter and late evenings chatting will help even as things get harder.

Thank you, Seattle and Canada for sharing your beauty with travelers who really needed it.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, July 11, 2015

First Excerpt of You Are the Reason


It’s been a long day for me.  Really long.  I did something that was very brain taxing and required a lot of sugar and caffeine to keep me calm.  At one stage my husband said to me, “That’s your fourth coffee today.  Do you really think you need it?”

Did he really think he needed his balls anymore?

So I write this blog from laaaate at night my time.  I needed a blog for Cafe Risque.  I needed something that would have a good number of words on the page, but was easy for me.

Duh - you have a book coming out.  Excerpts??

Oh, yeah.

So I have a book coming out on the 7th of August.  **happy dance**  At times it seems as if every single author out there is bringing out books apart from me.  I’m happy for them - I really am.  But the green-eyed monster occasionally roars.  But finally it’s my turn.

So in case you missed the cover - here it is again.  And guess what?  I have pre-order links now!  Yes!  Dreamspinner have finally put them up.  Pre-order will be coming on Amazon too, but it will be another couple of weeks away.




If you missed the blurb:

Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays, who are femme and girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub in fright. That’s where he meets Lee, who is cute from her cherry-red hair, to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.




So, to talk about the book - yeah, Davo’s a dick. (Not duck - I just typed duck. He’s not a duck and I need coffee). Davo’s a dick, but a loveable one. He had a scare when he was younger and now avoids anything that could make him seem girly. Like talking. He doesn’t think that as a gay guy he needs to talk to the person he’s hooking up with. So let’s see this except:

Talk?

If there was one thing I didn’t do with the guys I hooked up with, it was talk. I mean, apart from “Do you have a condom?” and “Are you okay?” There wasn’t much more to say, was there?

“Umm….”

There was an awkward silence before Lee snorted and laughed at me, “You really don’t do relationships, do you? I thought you were joking when you told me that.”

“I told you that?”

“Yes, on the first night we met. How to challenge a guy? Tell him he can’t have something. You told me you weren’t into the dating scene and the relationship mumbo-jumbo—your words, not mine—and so I immediately felt the thrill of the challenge. Now I have three dates with you lined up.”

Oh, yeah. He did, didn’t he?

Lee flicked me a sly and rather saucy grin. “You were comfortable talking to me when I was wearing a dress. What’s changed?”

The sexual tension.

I knew that immediately.

The first night with Lee, I had no sexual interest at all. The second night, there was some, but it was mostly confusion on my behalf. Because I was gay and he was a girl. Or at least I thought he was a girl.

But we were both guys, both interested, and I was unsure what to say. Because there was one thing I knew. “Do you have a condom?” were not the correct words.


Hope you enjoy...
xx,

Renae

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye