Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Writing Themed Questions with Ba, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Today we're answering some writing themed questions.
  1. What's your favorite genre to write?
  2. What genre do you think you'll never write?
  3. Edits - love 'em? hate em? 
  4. Favorite place to write.
  5. Favorite time of day to write.
  6. Keyboard or pen?
  7. Third or first person?
  8. Past or present?
  9. Day or night?
  10. Pantser or plotter?

B.a.

  1. western
  2. I never say never
  3. Edits are a part of the job and they make the book better, so I love that. The parts where I was a moron and screwed up? Hate that.
  4. in my sunroom
  5. morning, but I'm most productive in the evening.
  6. keyboard. My hands have trouble holding a pen for any length of time.
  7. THIRD.
  8. I prefer past.
  9. I'd rather write during the day, but I tend to have to write in both, to make deadlines.
  10. Plotter. 100%. I have outlines and cards and notes and scenes written out completely.


Julia

  1. Paranormal. I am so into bears right now! Werebears, naturally. 
  2. Probably hard sci fi or high fantasy. I can do space opera but the others require so much world building!
  3. Every editor I ever have would say I hate them. I get easily frustrated, but I do love it when a book is so much better for an edit
  4. coffeeshop or my couch
  5. early evening seems to get the most done
  6. keyboard. I only longhand when there's no other choice
  7. third. I loathe first person unless it's a very specific type of historical. 
  8. both please. I like to write historicals and I adore contemps
  9. Day. I sleep at night these days
  10. Plotter. I used to pants, but my books are better now that I plot them out


Kiernan
  1. I love to write paranormals, because I get to make the rules!
  2. I can't imagine a genre I wouldn't take a stab at, with the exception of regencies. There are too many tight and fast rules associated with it.
  3. I consider edits a necessary evil.
  4. In my office or at Starbucks. 
  5. At night, when it's quiet and I have no interruptions.
  6. Keyboard! I can barely read my own handwriting when I write quickly.
  7. I've written in both. Sometimes the story dictates what tense I need to use.
  8. Past tense, almost always. I find present tense awkward to write.
  9. I've always been a night owl!
  10. I was always a pantser, but lately, with a giant to-do list and deadlines, I've found plotting out the book helps...although some times things take a left turn and I need to go with the flow.

Sean
  1. contemporary - whether I'm doing BDSM or sweet/with kids
  2. horror - I just don't have the touch although I enjoy reading it
  3. edits are a necessary evil
  4. my writing chair
  5. I probably get my best work done after dark
  6. keyboard all the way
  7. third person, I find first person a challenge
  8. past, again I find present tense more challenging 
  9. night
  10. pantser all the way - I tried plotting once and it was a disaster


Got random questions? Comment or email one of us :)

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

BA’s website is http://www.batortuga.com
Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

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Sean
smut fixes everything

Monday, August 29, 2016

My Work Space (During or After-ish) by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! Promising to get my work space done so I could get the "after" picture to you this week was great motivation and I *almost* go there. I'm still figuring out lamps and an ottoman but other than that, I'm really happy with how it turned out. Comfortable, plenty of room for the pups to cuddle beside me, and handy surfaces for my many beverages.



So? What do you think? Any suggestions (other than the lamps and ottoman)? 

Have a great week.

CC

www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Renae Kaye's new release


So Don't Twunk With My Heart has been unleashed on the world.

If you've grabbed a copy - thank you, ever so much.  **big heart**  And if you enjoyed it, please consider leaving a review.  It appears that reviews are the way to go on ebook sellers sites.


If you haven't had a chance to grab a copy yet, then you can head to your nearest (favourite) seller and grab a copy.  It's available everywhere.  Amazon, Dreamspinner, ARe, Kobo...

If you're not sure about if you want to read it, how about a review or two?  I've picked out some of my favourite bits.

From Love Bytes:

"I tend to find reviewing books by this author difficult, because there’s always so many different things I could talk about. Renae Kaye creates complex characters, without making them obscenely angsty. Characters whom others see as weak, or lesser, but they prove that they are strong. None of them are perfect, and I love that these men didn’t need to overcome their fears to demonstrate that strength, they just learned to deal with their limitations."


This is a wonderful mention, because it's something I try to write with honesty.  As much as I love the HEA at the end of the book, and the bad guys caught and punished, I am aware of things not being that realistic.

In Safe in His Arms, Casey had been sexually abused as a child and was still receiving counselling and taking medication to deal with that.  He wanted to heal.  He wanted to be "normal."  But the truth is he is never going to be normal after that.  I didn't wish to write a book where his experience was "dealt with" and he was "cured" at the end.  Safe is a book about knowing that is never going to go away.  You learn to live with knowledge.  You have to accept you are going to carry this burden for the rest of your life.

Similarly, an experience such as drug addiction or alcoholism is never going to be "cured."  In Don't Twunk With My Heart, Tate has an eating problem.  It is not "cured" by the end of the book.  It will never be cured.  But Tate acknowledges he has a problem and that is the first step.  It is about realism - not just tying up loose ends and making the ending of the book pretty.

From Diverse Reader:

"Loving Jay was the first Renae Kaye book I read. When I finished it I knew she was a writer I was always going to love. So book after book I read her. Then Don’t Twunk with my Heart comes out… the SEQUEL to Loving Jay and I died! JUST DIED! I grabbed it and ran to a corner and wouldn’t talk to anyone until I finished it!

It was FABULOUS! It was the Renae Kaye I fell in love with and I almost cried with joy."


Loving Jay was released over two years ago, so yes, I can understand that some readers have been anxious to get their hands on more Liam and Jay.  I truly hope this book gives them their fix. 

When writing Don't Twunk I wondered if there was a way to take the zaniness of Jay and place it in another story.  I didn't want another character like Jay - because there only can be one Jay in this world.  In many aspects, Kee and Tate are both like Jay.  Tate, however, has teamed his femme and twinkish ways with intelligence and a drive to succeed in his chosen field.  And Kee has had obstacles in his way that has turned him introspective. 

I think that quiet Kee could become a favourite of mine to visit in other stories.  One sharp eyed reader has already spotted two other characters from other series in Don't Twunk... will you?


Check out Renae's website for more information on her other books: http://renaekaye.weebly.com/



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Something Fun by Riley Hart


My family is big into motocross. My husband rides dirt bikes and my girls started this past December. My oldest rides every weekend with my husband. My youngest isn't as into it. She only rides sometimes but we all love watching the races and going to Supercross. My husband works on his own bikes. He's taught my daughter to change the oil on hers. Dirt bikes are just a big part of our lives. Below is a picture of my husband and one of my daughter.



I've wanted to write a motocross racer for a while. I finally got the chance while writing Beckett Monroe's story. It's a novella and the fourth book in the Crossroads series, releasing this November.

I have to admit that my favorite scenes to write in the story involved racing or riding. As I said, I've known I wanted to write a racer but I didn't realize just how much I would love it. I found myself smiling as I wrote the dirt bike scenes. I had this little buzz of excitement under my skin, just putting the words on paper. I think it's special to write about something you're personally connected to. Dirt bikes are such a part of my life, that I felt like I got to put a little bit of my family, a little bit of how we spend our weekends and things we talk about--into a book.

I'm really excited for readers to get the chance to read it and I hope they like reading about motocross as much as I enjoyed writing about it. I definitely think I'm going to have to do this again!

More on Beckett Monroe's story coming soon!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ask Andrew - Dropped Subjects


Dear Andrew,

Was there ever something you thought to write about but didn't, because you thought the fans wouldn't receive it well or maybe it didn't feel like the right time?

Thx, Kendra

Dear Kendra

There have bene many subjects and ideas that I've had throughout the years that never made it into a story.  Sometimes I'll read something that will kick off an idea, but it doesn't go anywhere.  I had an idea very early on for a character who was recovering from a rape.  A friend told me that she had been kidnapped and raped when she was a teenager and she even gave me permission to fictionalize her story.  But I couldn't write the story in the end.  It was too personal for her and when it came right down to it, I wasn't comfortable telling that story and was afraid I couldn't do it justice.  I doubt I will ever write that story. 

There have been other ideas that have come and gone.  That happens on a regular basis for me.  Its the ideas that stick around for more than a few minutes that really have a chance to become stories. 

Hugs and Love
Andrew


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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Questions with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Today we have ten random questions to answer.

  1. favorite olympic moment?
  2. favorite thing about summer?
  3. favorite flower?
  4. favorite color?
  5. favorite nut?
  6. Sun or rain?
  7. hot or cold?
  8. wet or dry?
  9. long or short?
  10. soft or hard?


B.a. 

  1. Simone Manuel's reaction to her first medal. 
  2. Grilling out. 
  3. Carnations. 
  4. Pink! 
  5. Pecans (and it's pronounced puh-con, not PEE-can).
  6. Sunshine is my friend. 
  7. Both, neither, they all have their place. 
  8. Dry. 
  9. Short. 
  10. Soft.


Julia

  1. The ladies winning the gymnastics gold
  2. the late summer part where days start to get long
  3. roses
  4. purple
  5. almonds
  6. sun mostly, but I like rain
  7. I like it at 65-70 degrees
  8. depends on what you're asking about
  9. Loooong like a basset
  10. and I like a hard mattress, but soft is pretty good otherwise


Kiernan 

  1. When the USA Men's Gymnastic Team debated competing topless. It should totally be s thing. 
  2. Lounging in the pool.
  3. Lilacs. We had a tree in our yard when I was growing up. I love the fragrance of fresh lilac.
  4. I love rich colors, especially in the red/blue spectrum
  5. Brazil nuts. 
  6. Rain. Storms, thunder and lightning...as long as I'm inside!
  7. Um, neither? I prefer cool. 
  8. Wet. Dry hurts. That's why they invented lube. Snort.
  9. All sizes! Except maybe micro, because...yeah, not a whole lot of fun there. 😙
  10. There's a time for both, but the action mostly starts on the hard end!



Sean

  1. Andrew deGrasse coming in silver to Bolt's gold in the 200m
  2. When its over! Okay, I can come up with something positive. I love the mornings that are cool and breezy. Doesn't happen often, but when it does, I'm a happy camper.
  3. Tulips
  4. Purple
  5. Hazelnut with Brazil nut a close second.
  6. Rain.
  7. Cold.
  8. Dry.
  9. Long, baby.
  10. Soft except for one thing in particular ;)

Got random questions? Comment or email one of us :)

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

BA’s website is http://www.batortuga.com
Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Facebook:

Sean
smut fixes everything

Monday, August 22, 2016

My Work Space (Before) by Cardeno C.


I'm not a desk person, never have been. When I was in school, I almost always studied in bed on a lap desk. When I had to go into an office, I was never fully comfortable at a traditional desk. Now I'm lucky to be able to work from home but I've never figured out a good space to do my day job or my writing job. Until now (I hope)!

There's a space in my bedroom that's pretty much unused, other than for dog toys, and I'm hoping it'll be the perfect place for me to work. I'm getting my furniture situation figured out now by online shopping (yay for coupons), antiquing, and repurposing. Hopefully I'll be done next week so I can share "after" pictures. For now, here is the "before".



If you have any "must have" work space suggestions for me, let me know. Have a terrific week. 

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Friday, August 19, 2016

Coming Soon by Felice Stevens


In the next few months I'll be having all my titles formerly with Loose Id, re-released with new content and new covers. The first is Rescued, which has it's two year publishing book birthday today. After that will be the books from the Through Hell and Back series, starting with Ash and Drew's book, A Walk Through Fire.

Here is the new cover for Rescued, and the blurb:

Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he’s gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. Aside from his rescued pit bull, his only joy is hanging out with his younger brother. Then his mother does the unthinkable and forbids them to see each other, leaving Ryder devastated and alone. His friends urge him to date, but Ryder would rather throw himself into working at the dog rescue and figuring out a way to see his brother again.

When Jason Mallory’s girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. He believes he's too busy for a relationship now that the construction company he started with his brother is taking off. When he discovers a group of abandoned pit bulls and calls the local dog rescue group to pick them up, an uncomfortable encounter with Ryder causes Jason to question feelings he’s hidden deep inside for years.

Jason and Ryder build a friendship, until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they’ve been fighting. Jason gives Ryder unconditional love and helps him reconnect with his brother while Ryder shows Jason the passion he’s always missed in relationships. Together they must battle through their family differences and ugly prejudices. Only then can they prove that once you find the right person to love, there’s no turning back.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cover Artists - Our Face to the World


Book covers are so very important.  They are the visual image of our books.  So I wanted to take the chance to give the artists and huge round of applause.  They use their amazing talents to develop images for us that speak to our readers and give our books a visual face.  I can tell you that this job isn't easy. For one of my covers the artist and I went back and forth 2 dozen times in order to get it right.  But the cover was perfect and her patience was so appreciates.  So to LC Chase, Reese Dante, Paul Richardson, and all the other cover artists, I want to send a huge thank you out into the world.  You deserve it.

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, August 16, 2016

New releases and coming soon from Kiernan, Julia, Sean and BA!


I suck. I forgot to post our blog.

Coming Monday from Sean Michael at Dreamspinner Press

An Iron Eagle Gym Novel

When Master Damien Richardson (Day to his friends) takes over the front desk manager job at the Iron Eagle Gym, he knows he’s going to need an assistant. But finding the right person for the job is harder than he thought it would be. When he meets Saw, he thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, and maybe something more.

Sawyer Whitehead lost his master to a tragic car accident some years ago, and since then one opportunity after another has gone sour on him. Thoroughly convinced he’s cursed and a jinx to everything and everyone he touches, he refuses to officially become Day’s assistant because he knows that as soon as he does, something terrible will happen. He’s even more determined not to get involved with Day, despite his attraction, because it would kill him to be responsible for tragedy befalling the lovely man.

Day must convince Saw that he’s not cursed and that together, they can face any challenge that comes their way—in both their professional and personal partnerships.

Buy it here!

New from Julia Talbot

Bear shifter Seamus has a thing for his boss at the Blue Moon bar. Hugh doesn't seem to notice him except to chew his ass about his bar tending skills. Hugh is a wolf shifter who thinks Seamus is the hottest thing he's ever seen, but running the bar leaves him little time for a personal life.

When danger threatens the Blue Moon bar, though, Seamus and Hugh band together, and finally get what they both want. Can it last or will outside forces tear them apart?

Note: This title was previously published in the Bar None anthology.

Buy it here!

Out now from BA Tortuga

A Love is Blind Novel

Dan White is trying to acclimate to civilian life after a long career in the military with multiple combat deployments.

Now he’s home in the Austin area, living with his brother Dixon, Dixon’s husband, Audie, and their two nine-year-olds. During the New Year celebration, Dan meets Abraham Weldon, and the connection is instant.

There’s a kiss. There’s a dance. There’s a proposition.

Then Dan finds out Weldon is bisexual.

And a dad.

With five kids. Five kids, one of whom is a blind fifteen-year-old.

Weldon has been in love twice in his life—with his high school best friend, Blake, and with his wife, Krista, who he met in a Dairy Queen as she was crying over a positive pregnancy test. Love number three hits Weldon like a hammer when he meets Dan.

But since Dan isn’t interested in a guy with kids, they might only get one night together.

Buy it here!

Coming Soon from Kiernan Kelly

NOTE: This is a previously published work. The publisher has changed.

Blaze offers Zack a home, but is love enough to keep him?

Midnight Rodeo, #2

Psychic Blaze scouts locations for the rodeo company, Darque and Knight. While checking out a possible venue he finds another psychic talent, Zack, who's hot as the Fourth of July. Zack is complicated, though, thanks to his sidekick, Mikey, a damaged kid. Blaze invites the pair back to the rodeo, but not everyone is as happy as Blaze to have them there.

Find it here!

XXOO

Julia

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

Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Facebook:

Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor

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Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Creating Don't Twunk by Renae Kaye



To me, writing a book is very personal.

It’s personal from the point of view that somehow the characters are actually a part of you… and LOL, I’ve just invited all these readers into their bedroom.
But it’s also personal from the view point that my experiences and knowledge flavour the book completely.  Authors often refer to their book as “their baby” and in a way it’s true.  A child of yours is 50% your DNA.  And so I also think my books are about 50% me.  I often wonder about if I get amnesia and couldn’t remember writing a book, would I read it and recognise it as mine?  Can readers pick up their favourite authors’ personality and life between the lines?  Would you recognise your favourite author if they wrote a book under another name?  Would you recognise that a book isn’t your favourite author’s work, even if it’s published under their name?
When I write a passage in a WIP and I have to create something about a character – let’s say their favourite colour – I often think about my favourite colour first and align my love for the colour against the character’s personality.  If the character is very unlike me, I will think of my least favourite colour – so in a way that like/dislike is still me.
My characters live in suburbs I’ve lived in or visited often.  They often work industries I’m familiar with.  They eat foods I eat, go to restaurants I go to, and have pets that I’ve had.  And if their house isn’t similar to mine, then it will be somewhere I’ve been to on a regular basis.  For example, Kee lives in my sister’s first house.  The position of the main bedroom and house I visualised when I wrote the scenes were all from her house.  Tate lives in my best friend’s house, but in another suburb.  Kee has the job one of my nephews has, and he hates tofu the same as me.  Tate’s political leanings are mine. 
Hank lives in a house my dad used to own.  Shawn lives on a hill near a friend’s house.  Liam shares a profession another friend has.  Lon lives in the caravan my parents had.  Brett, Gavin and Frank are my actual neighbours.  Mitch is the carpenter up the road from me….
And of course, my books are set in Perth (or at least Western Australia) so I’m comfortable writing about the places.
My characters are my creation and are me in someone way.  So offering a new book to the world is both scary and exhilarating.  On one hand I want everyone to see my pride-and-joy, just like a parent wants their child to shine on that stage, dressed in a sparkly tutu with tiny ballerina shoes on their feet.  But I also want to protect my progeny like a lioness protects her cubs from danger.  Everyone who doesn’t love it as much as me gets the evil eye.  (Only half-joking).  But yes – criticism hurts when it’s dished out in an uncaring manner, or in a manner designed to sting.
I consider myself a fledgling writer – I have a number of books written, but I’m no expert.  There are authors out there with dozens of titles.  I seriously wonder how they can do it, because do all the characters start to blur at some stage?  Is character M from your third novel the same as character Z from your 24th novel?  What’s it like to even write your 24th novel?
When I began thinking of a second story to follow Loving Jay I had some problem creating a new character for it.  Jay is one of the best characters I’ve written because he’s so… him.  He’s unapologetically flamboyant and everything flows from there.  I wanted to recapture the fun and vivacity of that in the second story, but in a new character.  I didn’t want “another Jay” because there could never be another Jay in my heart.
I try to retain the flavour of book within the series.  Loving Jay was a bunch of laughs with a bit of seriousness behind it.  In the Safe Series I aim for more seriousness and also amp the flame.  My Tav Series is light-hearted, but not as light hearted as the Loving You Series.
One day I was thinking about Jay and wondered what ever happens to these slim, beautiful, young twinks we often see in pictures or movies.  What happens as they age?  A twink by definition is young.  So what’s an old twink?  And what does a twink’s friend think about him if he sheds the twink image?  For I’m sure that there are a lot of men who get caught up in the image of being a twink and are lost should they lose that moniker.
And so I found the perfect two characters for my new book, Don’t Twunk With My Heart.  Tate, the aging twink, and Kee, the twink who’s no longer a twink.  I placed them together in a nightclub, added a little dance music and alcohol, a pinch of competition to liven things up, and then sprinkled desire into the mix.  Bake in a soft bed of white until the sun comes up the following morning.  Allow to cool, but consume while warm…

Don't Twunk With My Heart releases on the 26th of August 2016.  It is available for preorder at Dreamspinner and most other book sellers.

How to contact Renae:
Email:  
renaekaye@iinet.net.au
Website:  
www.renaekaye.weebly.com
FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9
Twitter:  @renaekkaye


Friday, August 12, 2016

A Little Love...One Story at a Time by Felice Stevens


A friend asked me recently, what I hoped to accomplish by writing gay romance. It took me a while to come up with an answer and it surprised both of us. 

A reader once told me she enjoys the fact that I discuss social issues in my books, but I think that's simply a product of the times we live in. Back in the 1970's and 80's romances were focused mainly about women being "rescued" by the man. Occasionally there was a breakthrough book where we had a heroine, always described as "feisty" or "fiery" who stepped out of the mold.  But their world remained rather insular, and outside influences rarely added to or detracted from the romance.

In present day, it would be surprising to read a romance that didn't reflect social issues and their impact on the character's lives and, of course, how it weaves the romance into the story. People have higher expectations of their books and plots and require more than a good looking alpha hunk. (Really we do.)

What I enjoy seeing in gay romance now, is how so many of the stories aren't necessarily focused on "coming out," but rather are love stories focused on  the two people who find each other, whether it's in a small town, or a big city. or a mystical world. But we learn as we grow; condom usage is almost always mentioned. I'm not of the mindset that romance novels, which tend toward fantasy and are not meant to be realistic portrayal of relationships, should be used as teaching methods. There are some things that shouldn't be tossed aside, and safe sex is the most important.

So in closing what I most hope to accomplish with my writing is to make people happy and spread a little love, one story at a time. It's not that complicated but then, in my opinion, it shouldn't be.



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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Suspense with Your Romance


If you like a little action and suspense with your romance, then you'll love the latest story from Dirk Greyson.  Flight or Fight is  western romantic suspense that will keep you guessing until the end.


Life in the big city wasn’t what Mackenzie "Mack" Redford expected, and now he’s come home to Hartwick County, South Dakota, to serve as sheriff.

Brantley Calderone is looking for a new life. After leaving New York and buying a ranch, he’s settling in and getting used to living at a different pace—until he finds a dead woman on his porch and himself the prime suspect in her murder.

Mack and Brantley quickly realize several things: someone is trying to frame Brantley; he is no longer safe alone on his ranch; and there’s a definite attraction developing between them, one that only increases when Mack offers to let Brantley stay in his home. But as their romance escalates, so does the killer. They’ll have to stay one step ahead and figure out who wants Brantley dead before it’s too late. Only then can they start the life they’re both seeking—together.

Check it out:  https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/flight-or-fight-by-dirk-greyson-7328-b


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

5 Olympic Questions with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


With the Olympics having just started, we thought we'd go with five Olympic themed questions today.

1 - Are you watching the olympics?
2 - Favorite sport to watch
3 - Is there one olympic story in particular you're following?
4 - Do you find the Olympics inspiring writing-wise?
5 - What would you like to see an Olympics//world championship of?


B.A.
1. God, yes. Every second.
2. WATER POLO! When I was unemployed years ago I spent hours watching water polo in the middle of the night. I'm an addict.
3. Kerry Walsh-Trainer. I'm a little stupid over her.
4. No. In fact, it's distracting. Usually we don't have the TV on during writing time, but the Olympics are special.
5. Olympic Bull Riding! I would TOTALLY be all for that.

Julia
1. Yes
2. Hmmm. Beach volleyball
3. The little Brazilian girl gymnast who was dead last at worlds and has done well so far this time around
4. Nope. I have to be careful not to get sucked in and forget to write
5. Gay porn


Kiernan
1. I'm not watching the Olympics because I just don't have time. Between taking care of the hubs (who's still out of service with a shattered heel), babysitting the grandkids, and trying to get a novel done by Sept. 1st, I barely have time to breathe let alone watch tv!
2. I'm not a Summer Olympics kind of person. If pressed, I like gymnastics, but I really prefer winter games, in particular, figure skating.
3. Not this time around. Sadly.
4. I'm not an overall sports fan, except for figure skating and hockey, and I rarely write sports-themed stories. Maybe I should change that. How about a hockey player shifter story?
5. Speed writing. I'll bet the four of us win the gold. LOL

Sean
1. Yes, I am watching the Olympics. I watch avidly.
2. Men's swimming, beach volleyball, gymnastics (I think my history with choosing just one favorite and not being able to do so is well documented at this point...)
3. How many medals will Michael Phelps win in his final Olympics (and I am thrilled that he's come back for one more)
4. Well, I already have a new Olympic swimmer story started, so I'd have to go with yes!
5. Olympic Pole Dancing.


Got random questions? Comment or email one of us :)

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

Sean’s website is http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com
Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com 
BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com
Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Facebook:
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BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga
Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

Sean
smut fixes everything

Monday, August 8, 2016

Have You Tried Audiobooks? by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! I haven't jumped onto the audio bandwagon as a reader yet, but I hear more and more from readers who have. That's why I've been working on getting all of my books into audio and I'm nearly there. Here are some samples from my newest audiobooks.











You can find the rest of my audiobooks, with a sample of each, on the audio page of my websiteAnd if you're interested in trying audio, you can use this link to get two free audiobooks from Audible.

Have a great week!

CC
www.cardenoc.com


Saturday, August 6, 2016

International Cover Reveal, but Renae Kaye



Today on Café Risque I’m giving you a little hint of the international. 

I have been blessed enough to have several of my novels translated into foreign languages.  When this happens, sometimes the book gets a new cover.  And today I’m giving everyone the FIRST LOOK at Safe in His Arms new cover for its Italian version.

What do you think?  I love it.

This book is due to be released on…. **drum roll** … the 26th of August.


Yes.  For my eagle eyed fans you will notice this is the same day as my new release Don’t Twunk With My Heart.

Al Sicuro tra le Sue Braccia has been translated through Triskell (link) and can be purchased here.  At the moment there’s no link to buy – but I will make sure it’s on my website when its live.  It will also be available through all the usual channels including Amazon.

Don’t Twunk With My Heart is available at Dreamspinner (link) and  they fabulously have a 30% off sale until Sunday – so jump to it and grab a bargain while you can.

 


In other international news, The Blinding Light has just been released in German this week… and it looks like it’s resounding with the German readers.  I’m so, so happy.  And I adore the new cover this book received too. 

 


This book is available at a huge amount of retailers, including Amazon and Kobo.



And just because they’re pretty, check out my other international covers.















How to contact Renae:
Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au
Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com
FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9
Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Friday, August 5, 2016

I tried, I really tried, by Felice Stevens


You may have seen people talk about Bullet Journals, washi tape and planning. Did you feel me shudder? 

Not without some envy, I watched on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat as authors and friends made pretty notes about all the work they planned on accomplishing over the next month. I admired their artistic ability and their clever use of stickers and Washi tape.



I went on Amazon and looked up Bullet journals and imagined myself figuring out what I would be doing for the next month and I had an epiphany. I picked out a cute journal with pineapples.

ARE YOU CRAZY? (That was the little voice inside my head screaming at me.)

Sheepishly, I took a step back and listened. 
I don't plan. I don't plot. And, I have to confess, I am not the most well-organized people you might ever meet. I don't even use the calendar app on my phone or the reminder.

"But look how pretty it is." I pointed to the picture of the pineapple journal. "It even has inspirational quotes."

YOU DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO THAT STUFF.

"Maybe I will. they can be really...inspirational. And, see?" I clicked on the Washi tape. "Pretty stickers. Books and bunnies and hearts."

NO FELICE. BACK AWAY. YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO USE IT.

I was about to argue when I realized that little voice in my head was right. I wanted to have a pretty journal where I'd set out all my goals and block out time for me to write. The problem is, I'd never follow it. I know me. I love the idea of the journal but I don't have the discipline to stay with it. I may have the rough idea of a story, but the thought of planning out the intricate details, or actually making an outline (horrors) gives me hives. I get the idea of a story and the names of the characters and sit down and start writing.

Sometimes I think about plotting out a book; I actually went ahead and did it over vacation. I wrote a synopsis and planned out the plot points of a book I'm writing.

Worst night of my life. Not going to happen again.

So, bye, by pretty pineapple journal. 
Don't you think it's cute?

 




Thursday, August 4, 2016

COVER REVEAL: IT WAS ALWAYS YOU



★ ★ ★ COVER REVEAL ★ ★ ★

It Was Always You by Cardeno C, Ella Frank, Riley Hart, Lane Hayes, Christina Lee, Felice Stevens & N.R. Walker

Release Date: October 4th, 2016

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Hang Le

IT WAS ALWAYS YOU charity anthology will be released on October 4th!

It's the collaboration of seven MM romance authors who also run the private Facebook group called The MM Daily Grind. We're pumped to bring our readers SEVEN BRAND NEW NOVELLAS and to help raise money for a worthy cause.

All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the LGBTQ youth organization ONE.N.TEN!

PRE-ORDER is available now for only $0.99 and is EXCLUSIVE to iBooks!

I hope you help us support this wonderful organization.

**You can also help these LGBTQ youths right now by buying back to school and camp items on ONE.N.TEN's AMAZON WISHLIST.


★ If you are a blogger and would still like to sign up for the release day blitz you can do so here.


Xx Ella, Christina, Riley, Felice, Lane, Cardeno & N.r.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Conferences - Andrew Grey


One thing I have done for a number of years is attend between 6 to 8 conferences a year.  They are hard work and I love them.  I have met some of the most amazing people at conferences, some of them have become dear friends.  I have of course met a number of authors as well as some amazing readers.  And the awesome part is that as the conference goes on from year to year I get to reconnect with those friends on a regular basis.  This particular week I am reconnecting with al my friends at Authors After Dark. 

I really hope I can meet each and every one of you at a future conference. 

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, August 2, 2016

Either Or with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Today we are answering five random either or questions.

1) butter or margatine
2) Watson or Holmes
3) vanilla or chocolate
4) polar bears or penquins
5) steak or seafood

BA
butter, Moriarty, vanilla, polar bears and steak. 😃

Julia
Butter, Watson, because I already have my Sherlock, chocolate, both, please. They waltz together when no one is watching, steak, though I love lobster and shrimp.

Kiernan
Butter - margarine tastes like plastic. Both, please, together, naked. Chocolate, always, the darker the better. Omg, who can choose? Penguins, because they accept gay parents. 🙂  Steak. Cows fear me as a natural enemy.

Sean
Butter, unsalted. I like them together. Vanilla. Polar Bears! And I hate having to choose between steak and seafood because I love both, but if I absolutely have to choose I want my lobster, my scallops, my shrimp and my crab.


Got random questions? Comment or email one of us :)

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

Sean’s website is http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com
Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com 
BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com
Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

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

Sean
smut fixes everything

Monday, August 1, 2016

Ask CC (08.01.16) by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! It's time for an Ask CC post,

  • Question: "When is your next novel going to come out?"
CC: I just released my newest novel called Not a Game. :) 

  • Question: "I know you just put it out, but will you write Jack's story next in the Friends Series? By the way I absolutely loved Not A Game Tasha B"
CC: Hi, Tasha. Yes, I'll write Jack's story. And I'm so glad you enjoyed Not a Game!

  • Question (grouped together because they're similar):
    • "Just finished reading Perfect Imperfections for the fourth time. Just wondered if you thought about a sequel? Maybe with Jeremy's manager Bill or Reg's ex Kirby as the main characters and still give a what's going on with Jeremy and Reggie. Great book. Thx, Kendra"
    • "I love all your books. I am writing this to ask you what happened with Reggie and JJ(Perfect Imperfections) and Ford and Trevor(Strange Bedfellows) after what was in the story. Thank you very much for writing books. Keep writing."
    • "Love your stories. Are there any plans to have a sequel to Perfect Imperfections? Jeremy and Reg are wonderful characters and it would be great to hear how their lives have progressed. Thanks!"
CC: Hmm, I'm sensing a theme here. :) I'm not one for sequels generally but never say never, right? And there has been a JJ and Reg story floating in my head so anything's possible on the Perfect Imperfections front.

  • Question (grouped together because they're similar):
    • "Hey CC !! I just wanted to ask if you are planning to write another book in pack series"
    • "CC, Are we ever going to get to hear about Ricky and Morgan from the Pack series? I'm dying to find out what happens with them. Thanks, B"
CC: There will definitely be more Pack books. They're on my (way too long) to-be-written list. :)



  • Question: "When will Red River, the audiobook version be released."
CC: The Red River audiobook narrated by the wonderful Nick Russo is now live!

  • Question: "Hello.  Love your books which are on my list of go-to favorite reads.  I was wondering if you had any plans to expand on TJ & Finn's story?  Thank you!"
CC: I don't have any plans to write more of TJ and Finn right now but who knows what the future will hold.


Thanks so much for the wonderful questions! If you want to ask me a question that I'll answer on a future blog post, you can let me know here. Have a great week.