Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Blast from My Past - from Andrew Grey


Its funny, but I've been writing blog posts for years and I wasn't sure what to write about, so I decided to tell you all something I don't think you know.  I really had to think because with all the blog entries and Facebook posts I've done, but I think I've come up with something new that I can share.  When I was a teenager I sang in the school choir.  In fact I was quite good.  At sixteen I auditioned and got into the premier choir in high school.  That was awesome in itself.  The icing on the cake was that this group planned a European tour every three years.  So at seventeen I got to g to Europe for an entire month.  We visited The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, and England.  It was quite a trip and I really wish I could share pictures with you, but the only ones I have are slides. 



It was the trip of a lifetime.  I had to be responsible for myself and my actions which meant I got my first real taste of manhood on that trip.  To this day I feel like I left on the trip a boy and came home a real step closer to being an adult. 






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

His web site is:  www.andrewgreybooks.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks

Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bookish Questions and Answers with BA, Julia and Sean, with contest


Today we're talking about books. Feel free to answer the questions in the comments or just leave a note about our answers for a chance at a free ebook copy of a Cereus book of your choice! Cereus Building, Opening, Training, or Rescue! 

Name one book you wish you could read again for the very first time.
Julia: Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters
BA: It by Stephen King
Sean: So many to choose from... A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Name one book you wish you'd read BEFORE you saw the movie:
Julia: Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton
BA: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Sean:Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton

Name your favorite "academic" classic.
Julia: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
BA: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood or Beloved by Toni Morrison
Sean: The Handmaid's Tale is academic? I love that one. I'm going to pick a different one ,though, because I didn't do that one during my academic career. I'm going with Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Odaatje

What's your favorite romance book of all time?
Julia: Night Magic by Karen Robards
BA: The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Sean: You guys know I'm terrible with favorites! If I absolutely have to go with just one, I'm going to go with Rain and Whiskey by BA

What one book of yours would you recommend to a book club and why?
Julia: Tomb of the God King because it's a historical m/m Cthulhu adventure in first person and book clubs would go, "What the fuck?" 
BA: Say Something because it's the closest to an Oprah book club drama I've ever written
Sean: Bent, the first Hammer novel I wrote. 

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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Monday, September 28, 2015

New Releases (Including Audio) by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! I have two new audio books out and at midnight my newest novella releases so today I'm blogging with links and covers.


First, at midnight Jesse's Diner releases. This is a novella in my Hope collection. I'll share the blurb and buy links below. Also, you might remember a blog post I wrote almost a year ago about serosorting. The release of this book is the culmination, or maybe continuation, of that goal and I'm glad I was able to get it done in time(ish) for this year's National Gay Men's HIV/Aids Awareness Day, which was yesterday. I also want to share a link to On Top Down Under's review of this book because it provides a spot-on explanation of what I tried to accomplish with these characters.

Jesse's Diner by Cardeno C.

Author Website Link
All Romance Ebooks
Amazon

Blurb

Two men with a shared history and a mutual attraction must be honest with themselves and each other so both their dreams come true.

Quiet, unassuming Tanner Sellers spends his time running a diner in Hope, Arizona. Not particularly social, twenty-two-year-old Tanner keeps to himself and enjoys his simple life, but he longs for someone to call his own. In his most secret fantasy, that someone is sexy Steve Faus. But Steve is his friend’s father and mentor’s widower and therefore off-limits.

Despite some challenges, thirty-nine-year-old Steve Faus has had a good life. He’s extremely successful at work, has a great relationship with his college-age son, and lives in a wonderful town. Eighteen months after losing his partner, the one thing Steve lacks is someone to share his life. If Steve is honest with himself, that someone is the young man he has known and cared about for years. Steve and Tanner want one another, all they need is a little push in the right direction to make both their dreams come true.

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And for Audio listeners/readers, I have two new audio books out:

Until Forever Comes narrated by Charlie David 
 Until Forever Comes narrated by Charlie David

He Completes Me narrated by Alexander Collins 
 He Completes Me narrated by Alexander Collins

Have a great week.

CC

Saturday, September 26, 2015

"Girl Lego" rant by Renae Kaye


I have to admit, that before I had children, I had this belief that boys played with “boys toys” and girls played with “girls toys” because that's what they were given to play with.  I thought that the gender-fixation on particular items wouldn’t happen until later in their childhood – around 12 years of age.

Boy was I wrong!

I was blessed with a son, and then two years later a daughter.  And yes, we gave the boy cars to play with, and the girl received dolls.  BUT I also gave my son dolls, and my daughter (by virtue of being the second-born) was exposed to cars very early on.  However, I noticed a very definite preference in their playing.

My son has always been fascinated with any object with wheels – toy cars and trucks, wagons and trailers, trains and bikes.  His highlight of the week was rubbish collection day when he could go out and see the rubbish truck.  One of his first words was “brrmm!”

I remember the day I bought my son a doll.  I carefully picked out one that was not wearing pink (for daddy’s sake) and not wearing a dress.  I handed it over to my son.  He took it, looked at it, poked its eyes, then threw it on the floor.  The doll sat in the toy box for the next year and he bypassed it every day.

My daughter however, was given her first doll on her first birthday.  I remember my sister pulling it out of the box and passing it over.  My daughter grabbed it with both arms and immediately hugged it.  She showed so much empathy to the “baby.”

It became clear that my children preferred the gender specific toys.  Even when playing with the same toys, my children play in different manners.  My son creates large cities and traffic jams.  The cars have important places to go – like an accident that needs to be attended to by the ambulance, a landslide that the construction crew need to clear, or all the cars stopping to watch a race.  My daughter uses the same cars, but creates houses for them all.  Boxes, bags, blankets and parking garages become their homes.  Cars are given a designation in the family – dad, mum, baby, best friend – and they talk and have conversations.

I know that all children don’t prefer the toys designed for their gender, but I will tell you, my children certainly do.

So what do I think of “Girl Lego”?

Oh yeah – that term gets my hackles raised.  Lego, of course, hasn’t given it that name.  It has a more general name of “Lego Friends.”  But it immediately gets called Girl Lego. It’s sold in the “girl” aisle of the shop and all the pictures show girls playing with it.

It’s very obviously designed to appeal to the more feminine of our children.  The colours are pink, white, light green, purple and teal – “girl” colours.  The figurines are all girls.  The boxes are pink.  And the scenarios are designed to appeal to the more social-based brain of our girls.  The Lego designed for boys are vehicles and buildings such as police stations and farms.  The Lego designed for girls are scenario based – a pet shop where people can come and buy animals, a cafĂ© where the people can gather and chat, a poolside where you can have a party.

So what has my blood boiling?

Firstly I hate “Girl Lego” because it discourages my son to want anything to do with it.  Bad marketing Lego – you just turned away 50% of your customers.  Why?  Because it is obviously designed for girls.  Even a child can tell.  And my son, no matter how many times I’ve reassured him that there's nothing wrong with a boy liking pink, or a boy playing with dolls, or even a boy liking boys, he has already imprinted the message that he’s not allowed to be girly.

But then this picture popped up on a promotion of Lego Friends, masquerading as a blog post/news article.  Very pretty, right?


Now let’s compare it to the more traditional Lego figurines?

The first things I noticed were:
  - the girl stuff is more realistic
  - the girl stuff is all girls, the boy stuff all boys (although I’m not sure about the far left figure)
  - the girl stuff is pink/purple/green, the boy stuff blue/red/black

Then I took a second look at the Girl Lego.  The “article” (ie promotion) made pains to tell us that the Lego Friends figurines are encouraging our daughters to be whatever they like.  I’m frowning – now is that second figure in the Girl Lego picture supposed to be a doctor/nurse?  THIS is Lego’s idea of a professional, well-educated role-model for our daughters to follow?

WHERE ARE HER CLOTHES? 

I mean – really?  She’s wearing shorts, a sleeveless top and thongs (ie flip flops) and THIS is what we want our girls to aspire to be?  All of them are wearing brief clothing – singlets, mini-skirts, sandals. 

And the boys stuff?  Well, all of them are wearing long sleeved shirts and are professionally covered.  Oh, apart from the figure on the far left, who —hang on – may or may not be a female?  Why is the ONLY figure that has long hair suggestive of a girl, also the only figure not wearing long sleeves?

Okay – maybe it’s just this picture.  After all, all of the figures are either construction workers or in uniform.  Maybe other male figurines are dressed scantily even though they are doctors?



Oh.  Then again.  Maybe not.  It seems that all females in Lego are portrayed with minimal clothing, and males completely covered.

Maybe I’m being overly sensitive?  Surely the “older” Lego has female figurines?  I will look.


So these “women” torsos from Lego are encouraging my daughter to be what exactly?  Really?  The majority of these female torsos are scantily clad.

So, I went searching for a Lego Friends figure that had long trousers on and/or modestly dressed and/or professionally dressed.  Perhaps the Lego Friends ads have the scantily clad figures, but there are others?  So I went looking.  (It was a long search).  I found four.


And their professions?  A teacher, a mother, a magician and a baker (as per their Lego Friends' description).  I must’ve looked at 500 images and could find four.  (ONLY FOUR!)

So four role-models who are not dressed in mini-skirts or skimpy halterneck tops or singlets.  (And I’m not even sure about this second mother-figure above.  She looks… vampish?)  So it's telling my daughter that she either needs to dress in a mini-skirt, or become a magician?

Do you know what?  Maybe my daughter doesn’t need Lego after all…











Friday, September 25, 2015

Oops by Felice Stevens


Yep I forgot my post today. I'm sitting here at work thinking that I know there is something I need to do....

So sorry everyone. My head is in fifteen different directions this morning. The story I thought to put out for a charity set is instead going to be a stand alone, which means I have to write a new story. Like yesterday. And I am waiting on first round edits for the second book in The Breakfast Club series-Zach's story.

I am baby/cat-sitting my daughter's cat this weekend as she's off to her first Young Alumni weekend back at school. So I get to have a kitty for the weekend. Yay! 

And then there is GRL and packing..what to take, what not to take. Swag too much or too little. I go on line and I'm like "Oooh look... how cute!" A few clicks later and I've ordered...I don't even remember.

So that's my life at the moment. Crazy whirlwind of stuff....


Didn't I write only a week or so ago that I was slowing down?

So much for that 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What's Up - Andrew Grey


I am going to be out and about quite a bit in the next few months and I thought I'd give you all a rundown.  I attend quite a few events during the year and with 2015 winding down there are only a few left.  .


This weekend September 25 - 27 I will be at the Baltimore Book Fair in or around the Maryland Romance Writers tent.  Please come on down. There will be plenty of time to talk.

October 15 - 18 I will be at Gayromlit in San Diego.    If you are in the area and aren't attending, the signing event on Saturday afternoon is open to the public.  I'd love to see you.
http://www.gayromlit.com/

I will definitely be at HallowRead in Ellicott City Maryland on Saturday October 24.  Be sure to be there for the Author Game Show.  

Philly Author Fest is my last event of the year.  Its November 14 in the King of Prussia area.  Details at the web site.  https://phillyauthorfest.wordpress.com/

I really hope I get to see you at one of these events and if not, maybe one next year.  If you are attending let me know through Facebook or send me a note at andrewgrey@comcast.net so I can be sure to look for you.  



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

His web site is:  www.andrewgreybooks.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks

Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks





Tuesday, September 22, 2015

crowning, figging and time traveling butt plugs- A Sean, Julia and BA Story


Sean Michael, BA Tortuga and I have known each other for more than 15 years.

Sean introduced me to my wife, and if y'all think we sometimes all sound like one person it's because we've written together, critiqued each other, and edited each other just as long.

Yep.

Together we have discussed, planned to write, or written some of the most bizarre stuff in m/m. Nope. Not kidding.

BA and Sean's first shared discussion online with me after they met in person, about a year before I met BA, was about how they had almost killed Sean's SO with a talk about crowning. (I'll let the urban dictionary tell you what that is if you don't know http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=crowning&defid=5808382 ) They explained to me what that was, and I about died. The most I had written back then was spanking.

Then? Sean and I wrote an animal, mineral vegetable series. (No, this cannot be found online) Moose slash. Statues. Zombies. Yeah. Not all at once, but you get the picture.

BA and I horrified Chris Owen once at a sleepover at RT by having a discussion about a time traveling butt plug. Twist it and go to a new time period...

Back when we first began writing and critiquing together, BA would pull out the dictionary of unusual sex practices. When she was writing Hyacinth Club, she pointed out figging. Therefore, it's no wonder I was disdainful when everyone was recently shocked when it popped up in books that shall not be named.

These days, nothing shocks us, so we have to pull out the weird shit in public. At the Dreamspinner meet this year we had a huge discussion about fisting while sitting at the gates of Disney's Magic Kingdom waiting for Kiernan Kelly.

What are your favorite weird sex moments? Personal, book, or otherwise?

One of mine is a porn shot of a guy who hit the 10 foot ceiling every time he came. Distance!

XXOO

Julia

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

Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Facebook: Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

Monday, September 21, 2015

Jesse's Diner Cover Reveal by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! Today's post is a quickie. Jay Aheer made me a stunning new cover for Jesse's Diner and I'm revealing it at the Novel Approach. I think the cover perfectly conveys quiet, steady Tanner and his love Steve. There's also a peek into Jay's creative process with a sketch she drew before finalizing the cover.

And because Jay is awesome and I think you may want to see a little before you see the whole thing. Here's a taste of the gorgeous art she created (the full thing is at the Novel Approach):



Have a great week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The future of M/M by Renae Kaye






This morning I got thinking about where M/M is headed.  What does the future hold for the genre that I describe as M/M?
Oh, don’t think I have a crystal ball or anything.  If I had a magic ball (or a Magic 8 Ball for You Are the Reason fans), would I be here giving you my thoughts?  No.  I would either be frantically digging myself some sort of underground containment room where I could live with my nearest and dearest for the next 50 years, or I would be sipping juice on a tropical island after winning at Lotto.  Four times in a row.


But why was I thinking about the future of M/M – well it comes about in a roundabout way.  Otherwise known as “an author’s mind” that seems to make connections where only the vaguest of connections exist.

You see, during the week I was reading this article that studies the children of people who appear on the queer scale (or spectrum, not sure what is the politically correct term) – lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender.  They were looking to see if there was a disadvantage to children raised by these people.  The study drew together a myriad of other studies done over the past 40 years and broke it down into children raised by couples, single parents, divorced parents, etc.  It studied children born in heterosexual relationship, then raised in a same-sex situation.  It studied children who were being raised by more than just two parents.  Let’s just say that it was very indepth.

One very interesting statistic sprung out at me from all these lines, and came from a UK study of children raised in a lesbian relationship.  A number of studies have confirmed that these children actually do better than like-children raised in heterosexual relationships, but also indicate that lesbian couples making the conscious decision to have children are usually better educated and have a higher income than the average heterosexual couples.  But this one particular study focussed on the “child’s worth” as part of the investigation.

To be completely racist and generalise widely, there are cultures in our world where the boys born in a family are more important than the girls.  Other cultures favour the girls, but for most, it is the male domination and male importance that is the big influence.  In modern first world countries, this gap is closed, but is still there.  In modern-day America, Europe and Australia, on a national average, families still put more importance on having boys than girls.

(Not saying it’s right or wrong – just stating the facts).

However, this study found TWO very interesting facts about a child’s worth if they were raised in a lesbian couple relationship:

  1.  Boys’ worth in these relationships was equal to national averages, however, the girls were more valued than the national norm.

  2.  Girls raised in lesbian relationships were less likely to go against “gender stereotypes,” tended to be less masculine in their hobbies and personality, and less likely pursue a career in a male-dominated field.

I find this fascinating.


I know that unaware people (I want to say uneducated, but this isn’t true) often think that a lesbian is a butch woman with her hair cut short, no makeup or heels, who likes to drink with the boys.  This can be true, but is certainly not “norm.”  They therefore think that girls raised in lesbian relationships are going to be unduly influenced to turn lesbian and/or butch themselves.  It seems the opposite is true.  Girls raised in lesbian relationships turn out to be more girly.

Why?

Is it because they get a double-dose of environmental femininity from their parents instead of it being equalled out with a father figure? 

(Note: the studies also found that most lesbian couples were aware of the need for a male role model in their childrens’ lives and strongly encouraged relationships with male figures for their kids.)

Are girls more “girly” because they don’t have a male role model at home?

This is the bit where I get to give my opinion with no science whatsoever behind it, only my observations and own experiences.

I think that the reason the girls are less masculine when raised by lesbians ties into the first part I listed.  Girls’ worth was raised.  They felt more secure about being girls.  They were happier to be born female than the national average girl.  They had nothing to prove.

I draw on my own feelings in this case.  Without getting all woe-is-me, my father wanted me to be a boy.  I wasn’t.  It was common knowledge in the family that he wanted me (the last child) to be a boy, and it was also common knowledge that my father thought that raising girls was a mother’s job.  As a result, I admit did feel a need to be more masculine in my activities in order to make my father proud.

So, perhaps these girls raised in lesbian relationships don’t feel the need to become a truckie or play football to please their families?  (Huge generalisation, I know.  But that’s why I’m the author, and these other people are the social scientists.)

Now, how does this relate to where M/M is heading?  It has to do with social growth of the world.  (Okay – shit, Renae.  You’re going to have to explain that one.)
Consider Jane Austen’s books.  What did the women do in those books?  Embroider? Gossip? Dream about the man that will take them away from all the drudgery of all the embroidery and gossip?

Now consider a Mills & Boon book from the 1960’s – I actually have a number of them on my bookshelf.  The decently written ones (and no, that’s not an oxymoron).  I’ve kept them for reference, but basically, the ideal fantasy of a woman was to work (usually as a nurse or in an office) until her dream man came along.  **cue the romantic music**

Fast-forward to 2010’s – have we advanced much?  Yes… and no.  There has been a shift in the female perception, but it still hasn’t come to rest.  It’s still shifting and moving.  And this is where another huge generalisation steps in.

One question that pops up in M/M every couple of months, is the question about why women read and write M/M.  There is not a one-answer-for-all on this, and I adore reading and listening to other women who try to explain their reasons.  (Please note, there is no right or wrong reason – just the crossing of paths on an individual’s journey.)  One answer that is frequently cited to varying degrees, is the one where women claim they can’t stand the weak, vapid, insipid women in typical (ie heterosexual) romance.

Why?

Why is “modern” woman starting to reject the idea of the tame, ineffectual female character?
Is it because they think more of themselves than generations past?  Is it because women’s “self-worth” has risen?  Is it because the opportunities given in this modern world has seen a rise in more women pursuing masculine identities?  Is a woman in the modern age participating in traditionally male pursuits because she is now “allowed” to, or because she feels she “must” in order to be treated equally?

In Australia, and especially in my home state of Western Australia, there is a huge gender-pay-gap where men in the same role earn more than women.  What does this tell women?  It tells us that we are unimportant.  Still.

So what bearing will this have on the genre of M/M?  I see M/M growing.  Already in the past five years it has exploded in popularity.  There are more readers and more writers than ever before.  In fact, I think we are at the cusp of having to redefine what is M/M and come up with some more accurate descriptions.  I love the variety of the stories coming out, but as a reader I find it hard to discover the stuff that interests me.  Part of it is mislabelling from self-published authors (that story I read the other day was not a romance by any stretch of the imagination) but part of it is this one huge umbrella that is called M/M.  I want M/M, but I want romance.  I want a HEA.  I don’t want dragons.  I like sex, but not too much.  Orgies aren’t my thing.  You pull out a flogger and I stop reading.  Give me lightness and sparkles.  Give me realistic storylines that move me.  Don’t have a cliffhanger… See?  Already you can see a bunch of categories are needed under the umbrella of “M/M.”

M/M is going to grow also because people no longer hide themselves away.  There are more people admitting to being on the queer scale, and more people searching out literature that reflects themselves.  There is also the Fifty-Shades-of-Grey-phenomena of people searching out books they can take a walk on the wild side with, and they don’t give a fig who sees they’re reading that stuff.

But will we reach a point where those who came to M/M to get away from the insipid XX chromosome find that well rounded female characters are being written in such a way that they encourage them?  I hope so.  There will always be a place for M/M and with luck there will always be the written word.  When I look back at the literature from two hundred years ago, and see where we are now, we really haven’t developed that far.

Let us hope that the social growth of the world – the acceptance of love in different forms other than a single man and single woman, the knowledge that not everyone wants that, and the reality of love blossoming where equality is planted – catches us up in its literary imagination and helps us fly.

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye


Friday, September 18, 2015

Take two by Felice Stevens


     So a few weeks ago I wrote a little post about being burned out and needing to slow down. Apparently I'm as bad as my kids and I don't listen to me either, since in that time period, I finished a novella continuing the story of Alex and Rafe who you met in One Step Further, and I also finished the second book in the series of The Breakfast Club, entitled "Betting on Forever."

     Honestly though, the novella is for a holiday charity boxed set I'm doing with some wonderful authors and has to be in by September 30th. Betting on Forever was almost completed so I didn't rush anything and write like a fool. It all came naturally and I'm thrilled with the way both stories came out. 

     I loved writing a Chanukah story for Rafe and Alex; frankly I could keep writing about them they're just that much fun, so I thought I'd give a little exclusive teaser:


Damn, he never could hide anything from Alex. Inexplicably nervous, Rafe cleared his throat. “Um, I was thinking we might revisit the subject of having a baby.”
Relief mixed with set determination replaced the anxiety in Alex’s face. “You’re kidding, right? We went at each other like animals after only being apart a few days. Right now I want nothing than to spend tonight and tomorrow with you in bed, the phone turned off and to hell with the rest of the world. How would a baby fit in with those plans?”
“The way it does with couples who already have a child and do this. You and I both know plenty of married people have children when one partner works long hours out of the home.”
“Yeah,” said Alex his voice flat and jaw tensed with anger. “If both partners agree then there’s no problem. I want to wait.”
In all their years together it wasn’t their first disagreement, but this wasn’t something innocuous either, like what color to paint the living room or if they should continue to rent or buy a beach house.  Alex seemed to think he made the decision and Rafe needed to fall in line behind him, no questions asked. Maybe five years ago he would have, but Rafe was a different man now, and he’d thought Alex had changed too.
“I don’t understand why you think you have the final and only say, why we can’t talk it out like we do everything else. You’re acting like my opinion means nothing.”
Instead of cuddling together in bed and falling asleep in each other’s arms like he’d anticipated, they were arguing. Arguing about something they both wanted but Alex’s internal struggle went deeper than adopting a baby and it frustrated Rafe that he wouldn’t open up and share. Hadn’t they moved beyond this point?
“I didn’t say it meant nothing, but it’s a life-changing decision.” Alex flung the sheets off of his legs. “I’m not ready, and I don’t think it’s a good time for us. Why can’t you understand?” He stormed away to the bathroom, banging the door behind him so hard it knocked a picture askew on the wall.
In shock, Rafe sat frozen in their bed. What was happening to their marriage and to Alex?

     

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Teasers by Riley Hart


I'm working on the second book in my Rock Solid Construction series right now. I'm excited to really be into it, but a little nervous too. I really connect with Blake because we've both had close family members who suffered from addiction. It's hard when you see yourself in a character sometimes.

Anyway, here's a fun teaser for you.

“I should go,” Blake told him as Caleb pushed Blake’s brown hair off his forehead.

“Yeah…yeah, me too.” Neither of them moved though, Caleb still touching his hair.

“I had fun.”

“That’s because I know how to lay the good pipe.” Caleb winked at him, making Blake laugh.

“You’re a fucking machine. I’ve never had it so good,” he teased the man, before saying, “I should go,” for the second time.

Caleb nodded, and sat up. Blake made his way to the edge of the bed, sitting there with his back to his Caleb. His bones felt like they weighed a million pounds. Like he couldn’t hold himself up, but then he realized he was being incredibly dramatic and pushed his ass out of bed and got dressed. There was a rustling sound behind him and he knew Caleb was doing the same thing.

Five minutes later they stood by the door, looking at each other, ready to say goodbye...

Do you like book teasers or do they just make you too impatient for the book?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Story Playlists by BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot, and Sean Michael


Here is a story playlist from each of us.

Ever the Same 2
BA Tortuga

(what? I got to choose the theme and I love my playlists. World meet the music of Dan and Weldon)

Abracadabra  by Sugar Ray
Better That We Break (iTunes Session) by Maroon 5
Black & White People by Matchbox Twenty
Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan
The Burn by Matchbox Twenty
Cold by Matchbox Twenty
Come to My Window (iTunes Originals Version) by Melissa Etheridge
Could I Be You by Matchbox Twenty
Counting Blue Cars by Dishwalla
Cradlesong by Rob Thomas
Elsewhere by Sarah McLachlan
Fear by Sarah McLachlan
Ghost Train by Counting Crows
Give Me the Meltdown by Rob Thomas       
Good by Better Than Ezra
Good Enough (acoustic guitar) by Sarah McLachlan          
Hand Me Down by Matchbox Twenty          
Hard On You by Rob Thomas
I Am (Acoustic) by Train      
I Don't Want to Wait by Paula Cole
I Shall Believe by Sheryl Crow           
Leave by Matchbox Twenty
Little of Your Time (iTunes Session) by Maroon 5
Love of My Life (Feat. Carter Beauford & Dave Matthews) by Santana   
A Murder of One by Counting Crows             
My My My by Rob Thomas   
Near You Always (acoustic) by Jewel           
Not The Doctor by Alanis Morissette
Put Your Lights On (Feat. Everlast) by Santana
Rain King by Counting Crows
Raining in Baltimore by Counting Crows
Right Through You (Acoustic Album Version) by Alanis Morissette       
Secret (iTunes Session) by Maroon 5           
Snowblind by Rob Thomas  
Something to Be by Rob Thomas     
Soul by Matchbox Twenty    
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin
Time and Time Again by Counting Crows  
Trouble Me by 10,000 Maniacs         
Wake Up (Acoustic Album Version) by Alanis Morissette             
When You Come Back Down by Nickel Creek         
Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel   
You Can't Count On Me by Counting Crows
You May Be Right by Billy Joel           


Grizzly List 2
Julia Talbot

Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse
Slide by Goo Goo Dolls
Don’t Speak by No Doubt
Buddy Holly by Weezer
The Bad Touch by The Bloodhound Gang
The Closer You Get by Alabama
Creep by Radiohead
Kryptonite by Three Doors Down


The Biker’s Dom (Trig and Tarzan)
by Sean Michael

Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf
Back in Black by AC/DC
Highway to Hell by AC/DC
You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
Driving Wheels by Jimmy Barnes
Lay Down Your Guns by Jimmy Barnes
Bad Company by Bad Company
Black Betty by Spiderbait
Take me to Church by Hozier
House of the Rising Sun by the Animals
Hush by Deep Purple
La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
Mercy by Duffy
Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
Run Boy Run by Woodkid
Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
Suffragette City by David Bowie


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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Monday, September 14, 2015

Upcoming Release Blurb by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday and happy new year to those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Quick post today to share the blurb (in progress) for my upcoming release Jesse's Diner. This novella is part of my Hope collection and it's scheduled for release September 29th. Jay Aheer once again made me the perfect cover for this book and I'll be sharing it in a week at The Novel Approach (I can't stop staring at it!).

Jesse's Diner
Two men with a shared history and a mutual attraction must be honest with themselves and each other so both their dreams come true.

Quiet, unassuming Tanner Sellers spends his time running a diner in Hope, Arizona. Not particularly social, twenty-two-year-old Tanner keeps to himself and enjoys his simple life, but he longs for someone to call his own. In his most secret fantasy, that someone is sexy Steve Faus. But Steve is his friend’s father and mentor’s widower and therefore off-limits to Tanner.

Despite some challenges, thirty-nine-year-old Steve Faus has had a good life. He’s extremely successful at work, has a great relationship with his college-age son, and lives in a wonderful town. Eighteen months after losing his partner, the one thing Steve lacks is someone to share his life. If Steve is honest with himself, that someone is the young man he has known and cared about for years. Steve and Tanner want one another, all they need is a little push in the right direction to make both their dreams come true.

Have a great week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com