Friday, September 30, 2016

A Sweet Year by Felice Stevens




Sunday evening starts the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, the beginning of what we call the "High Holidays." It is said that at this time the Book of Life is opened and everything that will happen to you in the coming year is inscribed. You wish for all good things, not only for yourself, but for others. You wish for a sweet year, a year of good health, peace and prosperity. The following week, is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, where the Book of Life is closed and sealed.

Let's not think about that; its a fast day, a day of not only no food, but no coffee of even water. Let's talk about Rosh Hashana. It's a happy, joyous time full of delicious food, most often food made with honey, to celebrate the sweetness of the new year to come. There is honey cake and Teiglach which is pastries and nuts all knotted together and drizzled with honey. One of the traditions my children love is plain sliced apples dipped in honey.


(I have a confession. I don't like honey. I like it fine in baklava, but plain? No thanks.)

We also have a tradition called Tashlich of going to a body of water and tossing bits of bread as a symbol of casting away our sins, and asking for forgiveness.

All in all it is a happy time spent with family and friends and lots of good food.


What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Don't forget the charity MM Anthology, It Was Always You, releases October 4th. You can still pre-order it for only 99 cents on iTunes. It releases on Amazon for $2.99. You can pre-order it here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/it-was-always-you/id1138973029?mt=11
My story is about Danny Friedman and Paul Merola, two men who met at summer camp as teenagers then separated, reuniting years later with old hurts and secrets.




Thursday, September 29, 2016

Weekend away by Riley Hart


I'm really excited about this weekend. I get two nights away with a few of my friends! I never, ever do something like this. I'm always home, and if I go, it's usually for a book signing or something. This weekend will only be about friends, chatting, and relaxing. I think it's important that we treat ourselves to things like that from time to time. This is something that I'm just starting to make myself do. I'm very good at buying things for my kids or my husband, or going to do activities that they love, but it's not often I do something that's just for me.

This weekend will be just for me.

When is the last time you treated yourself? What did you do?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ask Andrew - Dealing With The Haters - by Andrew Grey


Dear Andrew,

How do you deal with negative comments to your books or even in your personal life from those that don't support LGBT equality? It seems like there's SO much hate in the world today.

Thanks, Kendra

Kendra

You are right there is so much hate in the world, but there are also amazingly supportive and wonderful people like yourself in this world as well.  Dominic and I have been very fortunate.  Verbal attacks on us have bene minimal and we have dealt with them together.  He and I decided long ago to live a life that was visible and to let others see how much we cared for each other.  He and I try to lead quietly and by example. 

Social media is another issue completely.  People can be anonymous and that leads to people saying things because they fell that those comments can't get back to them.  I pay little attention to it quite frankly.  There are people out there who hate, rant, and rave about everything under the sun.  It doesn't matter.  It isn't as though their opinion is important to me.  (The delete and unfriend buttons come in handy at those times)

In short my philosophy is that I do what I have to in order to keep myself and Dominic safe and after that I ignore the junk that's out there and focus on the good.  Its affirming and it propels my writing and life forward.  I don't pay attention to the hate.  It's not worth it. 

I hope I answered your question and have an amazing day
Hugs and Love
Andrew

PS:  I figured you all were getting of my mug, so I put up the cover for Eyes Only for You.  I love the guys on this one. 

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, September 27, 2016

10 Things People Would Be Surprised to Know About You

BA Tortuga

1. I am a huge fan of baroque music.

2. I used to make a living reading tarot cards.

3. I homeschooled my kid through high school.

4. I have been a member of Mensa since 1975.

5. I published my first story in 1976.

6. I can quote Jurassic Park, Steel Magnolias, and Moulin Rouge, line by line.

7. My secret dream is to direct an all-female version of Jesus Christ Superstar.

8. I'm allergic to a vast amount of foods, but I have no hay fever issues.

9. I taught myself to play piano, knit, weave, and sculpt. My next goal is to spin and play the guitar.

10. I didn't smile from the time I was 10 to 13. When I smiled again, it hurt for days after. I am totally making up for it now.

Kiernan Kelly

1. I seriously wanted to be a paleontologist at one time.

2. I attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

3. I was always an artist but didn't start writing until about thirteen years ago.

4. I detest Swiss cheese.

5. I can recite the Wizard of Oz movie from beginning to end.

6. I love the big musicals of the 40's and 50's

7. I'm actually shy. No, really. Stop laughing.

8. I still watch cartoons.

9. I have written dinosaur porn. Trex fisting to be exact.

10. I am a huge horror fan.

B.a. I knew these!

Julia Talbot

1. I was a college library circulation director for 6 years. I quit to write full time.

2. I love weird alien erotica. Tentacles? Probes? Yes please.

3. I adore the original Addams Family TV show and I wanted to be Morticia when I grew up

4. I have a real thing for Georgian era fashion. Conical stays and side panniers? Yes please.

5. I have a terrible fascination with disasters on Mt Everest

6. I once worked as a clown. My wife is terrified of clowns and can't look at the old pics

7. My very first short story was a microfic about powering the world with popcorn

8. In the last 3 years I have broken both my feet and spent well over 8 months in a walking boot combined

9. I can't eat just one slice of carrot cake. Unless I just get one at a restaurant, which is tough now that I'm GF

10. I never used to plot my books. Now I have charts and graphs. I blame BA.

Sean Michael

1. I am a picky eater - I'm way better than I used to be, but there's still a few things that I won't touch. Eggplant, I'm specifically looking at you.

2. Having said that, I will try anything once. Weirdest thing I've tried so far - Haggis.

3. Keeping on the food theme - I love tongue, beef tongue especially. Beef tongue sandwiches are happy making.

4. I lived in Heidelberg, Germany for a year when I was eleven. This is where my lifelong addiction to gummi cokes began. And I am a gummi coke snob - it's got to be Haribo.

5. I have been trying for well over a year to make going to the gym a regular part of my routine with varying levels of success. I hate going to the gym.

6. I have a bunch of allergies, everything from dust to dander to pollen. Luckily, most of the food allergies I had as a kid backed off as I got older.

7. I wanted to be an astronaut growing up. I still dream about going as a writer - like on a mission to mars to record the happenings or something like that.

8. I have a black thumb. I love having plants, but most of them don't make it a year. I keep trying, though.

9. I have always loved coca-cola and am in fact addicted to it. I tried over a half dozen times to quit it. So far this last time has stuck more than 3 years. One drink of it would be a slippery slope back to 3 cans a day - I know this from experience. And I still miss it like crazy.

10. I am not a huge chocolate fan. I like it. Especially the hazelnut praline stuff, but I would almost always rather crunch on some chips (with a side of coke, god, I miss it) than eat a chocolate bar. And I am a chocolate snob - if I'm going to have it, I want it from Purdy's or in a pinch, Godiva's.

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

BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Who Loves Art? by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! The release date for the anthology to benefit the LGBT youth organization OneNTen is almost upon us (October 4th!). 

If you're interested in gorgeous art and in another way to help the youth served by OneNTen, check out this sale of original artwork by a talented artist with all proceeds going to  OneNTen. Some of my favorites are:




The preorder for the anthology is available at itunes but on release day, it'll be at all retailers and I'll link them on my website.

My short novella is called Rough Edges, here is the blurb:

Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.

Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.

Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Have a terrific week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Friday, September 23, 2016

There is a Season, Turn Turn Turn. By Felice Stevens


     Farewell Summer. I loved you well. Now we're on to Autumn, so many people's favorite season. Cozy sweaters, snuggly scarves and boots, along with hot apple cider or hot chocolate replace the icey cold drinks of the summer.
     I enjoy the ever changing multi-colors and mourn when we have that one big rainstorm or big wind that rips the final remaining leaves from the trees leaving them to arch bare against the cold gray skies
     Its also the season where the days get shorter and daylight fades earlier. That, unfortunately is the main thing I dislike about the season. Well, that, coupled with the cold weather. I hate leaving work in the dark and I don't like the cold seeping into my feet and turning the tips of my fingers numb.
     So tell me what is your favorite season and why?


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Conferences by Riley Hart


Next month will be my very first GRL. I'm really excited to go. There's nothing I love more than being around book people. We get each other. A lot of the people in my day to day life aren't romance readers so they just don't get it. I can't chat books with them or that feeling you get when a couple gets their happily ever after.

That's my favorite thing about conferences--being around book people and talking books with them.

Next year I'll be at Apollycon in March and RT in in May.

Are you going to any upcoming conferences? Which ones have you been to? Any advice for me on my first GRL?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What the Heck?????


Hey all!  I need questions.  I've been doing the Ask Andrew thing on t his blog for a while now and I haven't had any questions in the last few weeks.  So if there's something you'd like to know about me, writing, sex, or anything else, send me a note.  andrewgreybooks@comcast.net

I'll be happy to answer them.

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

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Thank you to Jacki by Renae Kaye



There was a time in my life when I wondered what it was like to be a writer.

I no longer need to wonder, because I’m finally settled into calling myself a writer and proudly doing so.  (It only took 3 years.)

If someone was to ask me what’s it like to be a writer, the first thing I would think is FUN.  It’s so much fun to take this idea in your head and bring it to life.  You take an image, a name, a concept… and you breath on it, you plot it, to work it, you mould it…  and you end up with a story that you can read over and over.

The second think I would think is HARD WORK.  The days when the words aren’t working for you, the story plot needs tweaking and the rewrites.  The days of editing, proofing and more editing.  The bad reviews, the promotions and the feeling like you’re talking to an empty space.  These can all be soul crushing if you let them.  You need to see the bigger picture as well as the smaller picture.  But don’t ever think writing is not hard work.


Writing is also HUMBLING.  Readers are wonderful and when they rave about your latest book, you feel ecstatic, but often unworthy of such adoration.  When a reader contacts you with how your writing influenced them or how much it meant to them, you really can’t express how thankful you are for that praise.  And when you start thinking about all the people in the world who have read your work…  Humbling.  Simply humbling.

But writing has opened up a whole world for me.  I have friends I’ve met over social media who I chat with and it’s amazing how much we can find in common.  It’s wonderful to chat to another person who has read the entire series of a certain author, and we can sit and say, “Wouldn’t it be great if the author wrote about this couple…?”

I regularly chat with other people on the other side of the world – yet they know nothing more about me other than my books and my social media presence.  This is because we’ve connected in a different way – usually our mutual love of MM Romance.

And then I get the readers who leave me… speechless.  Like Ms Jacki Perrette.  I have no idea how I can thank her enough, and I don’t think I can put my gratefulness into enough words.  This week I toddled off to check my PO Box and found an odd box.  A box I wasn’t expecting.  I brought it home and opened it and was moved to tears at the thoughtfulness of Jacki.

She’d sent me pressies.

As well as some rainbow unicorn poop, a rainbow sheep, some NoH8 bling and a Pulse Nightclub remembrance shirt, Jacki had given me something that was wonderful!  We’d often discussed our favourite authors, and I mentioned I was a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and that she had influenced my own writing.  So Jacki bought me a paperback of Susan’s latest book… and then got it signed.  For me.  OMG!


Of course, Jacki being Jacki, she asked the most famous Susan Elizabeth Phillips to write “Ha ha, Renae!” because Jacki had the pleasure of meeting one of our favourite authors and I was without on the other side of the world.

So I’m dedicating this blog to Jacki.  Thank you, Jacki.  Thank you for being a friend to chat with.  Thank you for reading, beta-ing, and critiquing my work.  Thank you for my presents.  Thank you for teasing me.  Just thank you.

Jacki has her own hopes and dreams, and I’ve been privileged enough to be privy to them.  Jacki also wants to someday be a published author, and I know it will come true.  Because when you want something that bad, you work at it until you succeed.  So remember the name “Jacki Perrette” folks, because one day she’ll have her own story.


In other news, Safe in His Heart is now out on audio.  Yay!  You can find it on Audible here.



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

Friday, September 16, 2016

What Would You Do? by Felice Stevens


If you follow me, you know that I am an unabashed fan of certain reality TV. Some of my favorite shows are the Real Housewives franchise. This season's Real Housewives of New York City has been one of the better shows because of the conflict between "Countess" Luann and the other women, specifically, Bethenny, Sonja and Ramona. You see, Luann is now engaged to marry a man who not only dated Ramona right before he met Luann, BUT also had a friends with benefits relationship with Sonja for ten years.

SOUNDS LIKE A BOOK PLOT, DOESN'T IT???

If I wrote that, I'm sure people would decry these facts and say that it couldn't happen. But in real life, things occur that people don't believe are true because they seem so far fetched.

To make matters worse, Luann's fiance was caught kissing another woman a week after they were engaged and when Bethenny found out through pictures someone sent her, she was afraid to tell Luann.

What would you do? Would you tell a friend that you have evidence of her soon to be husband or wife kissing another person, or knowing it would upset them would you wait and see what happens. Or would you never tell?

Oh, and I also love Real Housewives of Orange County and they have equally crazy issues.....stay tuned.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Mind of a Writer by Riley Hart


Hello. Happy Thursday. I've been trying to figure out something to blog about today but nothing would come to me. I kept thinking and thinking and felt like I was hitting my head against the wall. LOL. So, I opened my document and decided to do a little writing sprint to see if that helped.

I'm working on the first book in a new series that I'm calling WeHo Boys for now. It's about a group of four friends and takes place in West Hollywood. I've had trouble figuring out some aspects of one of my characters. He just hadn't fully painted a clear picture of himself to me. I've asked friends to help me brainstorm and little pieces would come together here and there but I wasn't getting the full picture. Still, I've been trying to write through it.

So...back today. I'm doing a writing sprint to stop stressing about what to blog about and as I'm writing something just happened. This one little piece of dialogue that totally made me GET this character. I understand him now. I know where he's coming from. Sure, I'll have to tweak some things in the beginning of the book, but that's okay. He's finally told me who he is!!! He just needed me to stop pushing him and to just let it happen on it's own...and in doing that, I figured Jesse out...and I also found my blog topic! LOL.

It's funny how those things work sometimes. I think the more we stress ourselves out, the harder answers are to find. So, my motto is to try and let it go, and wait until the answer comes to me :)

Easier said than done, most of the time...

I'm With Her by Cardeno C.


I know authors aren't supposed to talk about politics and I agree with that "rule" and try to follow it for the most part. But today I'm making an exception by telling you that I'm voting for Hillary in November, I donate to her, and I am THRILLED that she is the presidential nominee.

I remember the first time I heard of Hillary. It was 1991/1992, and a friend of mine was a student at Georgetown and volunteer on Bill's campaign. He was assigned to staff Hillary and he had wonderful things to say about her (he later worked with Tim Kaine and had amazing things to say about him too).

That same year, another friend's mom used to talk about Hillary a lot. She was a single, working, professional woman and she spoke to us youngsters (because I was young in '92, you guys!) about Hillary. About her background, her work, her commitment, about how hard it was to be a professional woman when Hillary (and this mom) were younger and even way back in 1992. She spoke of her admiration for Hillary, of her strength, and she made me see wonderful qualities I maybe would have missed under all the attacks Hillary faced even back then (do you remember the cookie recipe scandal?).

When I was in college, another friend had a summer internship in DC and she too staffed Hillary. She returned to school telling us only good things about the First Lady who took the time to give this girl advice on her future career.

Later in my professional life, I worked with a woman whose family was from Arkansas. Her father knew Hillary professionally and she had grown up around Hillary. She had great stories and anecdotes to share, all of them good. So did her mother, the few times I had the pleasure of her company over dinner.

I'm not a fan of politics or politicians as a rule. I'm really not. They're often slick and scripted. They often seem to have a goal that relates to themselves instead of the public. But I don't see that in Hillary. I never have because of the wisdom imparted on me by a strong woman and mom back in 1992 to look beneath the battle hardened exterior to the devotion inside.

When I look at Hillary, I see a dedicated public servant who isn't particularly showy or charismatic but who has done amazingly hard work, day after day, year after year, with only the good of the public in mind. Perfect work? No. But that's called being human.

I'm not that kid I was in '92 anymore so I know more than a few things about not being perfect, about doing my best and later realizing maybe it wasn't the right thing. I too have made mistakes in life. But after closely following and admiring Hillary Clinton for almost 25 years now, I have no doubt that the decisions and choices she makes are not about herself but are about what she believes to be best for the country.

And just like I trusted that friend's mom and other moms and other women I've since worked with, I trust Hillary. I really, deeply trust her. She is the most qualified, dedicated, intelligent, resilient candidate I can imagine and I am so happy all these years later that I can do any small part to help her help us.

#I'mwithher

CC

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What I Learned


About 2 weeks ago I went to Tallahassee to visit with my publisher and I learned a number of things on that visit and I thought I'd share some of them with you.

1)  A hurricane sounds like someone parked a jet plane outside your window and left the engines running. 

2)  A tire bouncing down the freeway will tear up a car fast. 

3)  You can find humor and make the best of any situation, even running over a rogue tire.  (Just for the record Elizabeth is an amazing driver and we were all safe thanks to her.)

4)  Outlet malls are amazing especially when the Coach store is having an awesome sale.  I got a messenger bag!

5)  Fishing on the gulf was an awesome experience.  (I caught a grouper, lots of red snapper, and 3 sharks.  Most of which we had to throw back.)

6)  Boat captains and deck hands really know what they're doing when the boat engine dies miles from shore, twice.

7)  Watching the sun both rise and set over the water on the same day is a surreal experience and one I'll always remember.

8)  I really like my new pink shorts.

In short I had an amazing time with tons of new experiences. 




Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Promo Week with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


It's promo week for us, in which we share our new releases with you!


He lost his twin, but he intends to keep his pack.

Midnight Rodeo, #1

When head bullfighter Denton is killed by a demon bull, his twin, Denver, comes back to take his place. Denver was gone for years, working mundane rodeos and missing his twin. He’s not sure the pack can heal him since the other bullfighters challenge Denver at every turn. All except Blaine, who’s an outcast himself, and who knows Denver is like no one he’s ever met.

Available at All Romance Ebooks


Little bear comes into his own.

Midnight Rodeo, #3

Ben Ursa has been out of the Midnight Rodeo game for a while, recovering from a terrible head injury. When he comes back, he finds a whole new place in the pecking order, his trained horses in high demand.

He also finds rodeo clown and grizzly shifter, Ozzie, who rejected him for being too young before. Now Ozzie thinks he's just right, even if he is a little black bear. Can Ben really recover and become Ozzie's mate, or will his family scheme to keep him "little bear"?

Available at All Romance Ebooks


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.

Available at All Romance Ebooks


Can love truly conquer all?

Jet Wannabi has been working undercover for over a year with nothing more than the odd furtive phone call to his lover and master, Blaze Swanson. All that’s about to change, though, as a year’s worth of work is coming to a head in the biggest bust Jet has ever been a part of. When the SWAT and Narcotics teams roll in early, Jet gets trapped between them and the bad guys, with disastrous results.

Firefighter Blaze Swanson is more than ready to have his lover and sub home with him when he finds out that Jet’s been hurt in the bust. He gets to the hospital as fast as humanly possible, only to find out that Jet has banned Blaze from seeing him. Jet believes he’s ruined and that letting Blaze go to live his life is the right thing to do.

Blaze is going to have to call on all of his stubbornness, love, patience and abilities as a Dom to convince Jet that not only do they need each other, but the lifestyle they’ve enjoyed in the past is not out of reach, not if Jet puts his trust in his master to take care of him.

Join Blaze and Jet on their journey to rediscover how they fit together.

Available at All Romance Ebooks


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

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

Sean
smut fixes everything

Monday, September 12, 2016

Writing Recap (Feb. - Sept. 2016) by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! It has been far too long since I did a writing recap, but alas, I haven't written as much as I'd like so I haven't missed much. 
  • I released a contemporary novel called Not a Game.
  • I finished writing a short novella called Rough Edges that I'll be releasing as part of a charity anthology to benefit OneNTen (release date is October 4th).
  • My audio book project has been in full swing and nearly all my books are now in audio


  • I'm currently working on the next (and last) Mates book and adding to my ever expanding to-be-written list.


Have a terrific week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Renae's Roundup



To say I’ve been sick is a little bit of an understatement.  I made it through all of June and July (our winter here) without a cold or sniffle, so I thought I was doing great.  August brought me a cold, followed by a couple of days of feeling well.  Then I picked up a second cold, then was well for a week.  Then I went down with a proper flu.  I’m talkin’ about a good one.  Fever, chills, body aches… yeah.  My whole family got it and it was bad. 

I was sleeping twelve hours a night, and doing nothing but watching TV all day.  The other day I calculated that I’ve been well for 13 out of the last 45 days. 

So I thought I would give you a recap of my author highlights for the last month, just to catch you up.

#1 – Don’t Twunk With My Heart released


This was definitely the biggest event.  It’s been a long time coming.  I started writing this story in 2014 and picked away at it for over a year.  Then there is the editing and proofing… well, it’s been a long time.

I’ve had a lot of messages from people and reviews that have touched me.  Thank you to the people who’ve picked up this book and loved it.  As an author it was great to revisit old friends – Liam and Jay are a fabulous couple – and it was also interesting to write these characters through the eyes of another.

When writing Loving Jay, you see Jay through the rose-coloured glasses of Liam.  You also see Liam as he perceives himself.  When seeing these characters in Don’t Twunk With My Heart, you get to see Liam as an outsider would see him – reserved, a little quiet and somewhat fascinated with Jay.  You also see Jay as Kee sees him – a little more flamboyant and louder than Liam perceives him, and without those rose-coloured glasses.  But Kee also sees Jay through the long lens of friendship, and so simply shrugs and says, “But that’s Jamie.”

If you haven’t yet picked up this book – here’s a couple of links to send you to where you can get it.
Link to Dreamspinner Press eBook
Link to Amazon
Link to All Romance eBooks

#2 – Al Sicuro Tra Le Sue Braccia released

For those of you who don’t speak Italian (**raises guilty hand**) this is the Italian translation of Safe in His Arms.  Coincidentally released on the same day as Don’t Twunk With My Heart, the Italians received their third taste of Renae Kaye (Loving Jay was released in Italian May last year, and The Blinding Light in April this year.)


People have been very complimentary about these translations, so I’m glad they have translated well.  If you have an Italian speaking friend who doesn’t speak English well, and wants to try out M/M Romance – let them at it!



#3 – Liebesblind released

My first German translation also was released at the beginning of the month.  Liebesblind is the translation of The Blinding Light.  I am hopeful that more will follow now this one has been successful.




#4 – Jay: Aimer released


And not to forget about the French, my second translation into French released just yesterday.  I adore this cover of the French version of Loving Jay.  It has Jay’s car, Daisy, and her little yellow sunflower on the aerial.  And it also features the badge that gave Jay his name – “Just do it – smile”.  Liam only saw the “J” on the badge, so in his head called the beautiful man who wore the badge “Jay”.

Link to Amazon FR



#5 – Yes, Professor progresses

I had a little story I wanted to write – the story of a guy who falls for his professor-looking neighbour.  I managed to finish it, and I’ve had an editor look it over.  I’ve also had a cover artist make me a great cover.  I’m getting there with this publishing business.  Slowly.  It’s creeping along.  But it’s also exciting.  I really hope you guys enjoy this one when it finally makes it out.

#6 – My latest WIP finished

Yep!  Just today in fact.

I’m going to disappoint a ton of readers – but this WIP isn’t M/M Romance.  It’s M/F Romance.  Sorry.  I had this great story, and it just didn’t work with two male protagonists. So it’s M/F and it was very different to write, I must admit.  A lot of fun, but sometimes hard for me to write in a way that didn’t have my female lead coming off as a weakling.  She has her strengths, but she also has to battle sexism at times, which rarely comes up in my M/M novels.

Even though this work isn’t M/M, I feel it is valuable to me.  Writing is about improving each time you craft a new story, and yes, I feel I am improving techniques and abilities.  Writing is also about finishing works.  Most writers I know have a slew of started-but-not-finished manuscripts hidden away in notebooks or in files on their computer.  Pulling out that started-but-not-finished story and taking it to the end shows the tenacity you need as an author.

#7 – Safe in His Heart is about to be released on audio


I received notification that Safe #2 in audio has been finished and should hit the stands any day now. This has been by far my longest book, so I’m a little scared to see how many hours it turned out to be.  Be watching for notification of links once it’s out if you’re interested.



And that’s basically my round up of the last 6 very busy weeks.  Ciao!  Merci!  And thank you for every purchase and review *heart*

If you would like to follow Renae, these are her social sites and more:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9
​Twitter:  @renaekkaye
Instagram:  renaekayeauthor

Thursday, September 8, 2016

CHASE THE SUN is live! by Riley Hart


Hello! I feel like I was just saying this but I have another book out! And it's another collaboration! I love writing books with friends. This one I wrote as Nyrae Dawn with Christina Lee. It's the second book in our Free Fall Series but can be read as a standalone.



Jamie Tolland has only ever known his small Oregon town. Same job, same friends, same gay bar. He feels obligated to stay, especially as his mother’s illness progresses. But when a situation presents itself in the form of a vintage sports car, he jumps on the chance to not only repair it, but also drive it to its new owner in LA.

Conner Murphy left Oregon years ago to make his life in West Hollywood. Like his unconventional parents, he’s always been a free spirit, never settling on one job or girl for too long. When he inherits his late uncle’s classic Chevelle, he’s more than happy to let his childhood friend Jamie help.

Jamie and Conner are as different as night and day. Even after years of living apart, they still have a blast together—but now it’s mixed with an undeniable spark of attraction. Before they know it, they can’t keep their hands off each other. For Conner it’s all new and exciting, but Jamie isn’t the type of guy who takes this sort of intimacy lightly.

Conner soon realizes that Jamie quenches something deep inside of him that no one has before, but he doesn’t know how to handle a real relationship. As Jamie’s time in LA comes to an end, and the more they struggle to get on the same page about their feelings, the more Jamie realizes that trying to tie Conner down is as futile as capturing the sun.

Purchase from Amazon.

Available from other retailers soon.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Weirdest things we've done to make money and more! BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Thanks to Labor Day, we were inspired to write about jobs!

The questions!

What was your first job.

What's been your best job besides writing

what's the weirdest thing you've done for money

describe your hottest co-worker ever

did you ever dramatically quit a job/get fired/ walk out on the first day?

Here we go!

BA says:

My first job was running orders and food for a food truck at a trade days. I worked Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday. 😀 My very best job beside writing was production manager for a newspaper. I love design and I loved being a manager and newspaper work is amazing. Weirdest? I dressed up as a loaf of Wonder Bread (Freddy the Fresh Guy, it's a thing, really) and handed out coupons at grocery stores. Hottest coworker? Blonde, blue eyes, great boobs, one hell of a smile and a nice ass.

When I was a production manager at IBM, I turned in a manager for age discrimination to OSHA. Once they found out, I knew they were going to fire me, so we packed my office, I took the department to lunch, and then we got drunk. On my way over across the parking lot to have my 'meeting', I was in tears, and I prayed that I would be able to keep my shit together.

When I got to the door and opened it, it was like I was possessed. I said everything right. It was magic.

Sean's answers

My first unofficial job was cleaning pipettes at my father's lab. My first real job was as a shelver at the local library. My best job is a tie between the job at the library (my God, all the books!) and the summer I worked as the assistant to the director at Friends of the Earth. Wieridest thing...I guess embroidering towels at this tiny shop in a mall in Sydney.

There was one guy who had short dark hair and dark eyes. He was slender and had a great accent -- he was originally from Spain. I have never dramatically quit/gotten fired/walked out of a job.

Kiernan's Answers

1. Working in an Anne Klein scarf factory. I packed boxes and stocked shelves. Very exciting and dangerous work -- no, really. They had these giant floor fans with no cages around the blades. I walked too close to one and it chopped off a piece of my elbow.

2. Facepainting. I really enjoy it. It was difficult when I painted in the parks because of the heat and drunk tourists, loud tourists, obnoxious tourists, and well, tourists, but now that I do it once in a while privately for my own company, it’s great. The kids rock.

3. I wrote a story about a haunted butt plug that sounded like Alan Rickman.

4. Gah...I worked at Disney. There were lots of gorgeous men and women all around. I can’t pick just one. LOL

5. No, except in my mind.

Julia!

My first job was babysitting and helping my brother with his paper route. My best job before writing was as an assistant manager at a bookstore. The pay was crap, but I loved my job. The weirdest was being a clown. I met a lady when I graduated college who offered to let me apprentice with her. Within that scope, the weirdest thing I did as a clown was an adult birthday party where they paid me to put on my makeup. Very, very weird. My hottest co-worker was named Lee and he was so yummy, but he got fired a week after I started. I delivered phone books for a day. I turned in my notice after the colonias with the raw sewage spilling on the ground and the dog who tried to attack me.

Send us questions or leave them in the comments if you have them!

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

BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

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

Weirdest things we've done to make money and more! BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Thanks to Labor Daay, we were inspired to write about jobs!

The questions!

What was your first job.

What's been your best job besides writing

what's the weirdest thing you've done for money

describe your hottest co-worker ever

did you ever dramatically quit a job/get fired/ walk out on the first day?

Here we go!

BA says:

My first job was running orders and food for a food truck at a trade days. I worked Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday. 😀 My very best job beside writing was production manager for a newspaper. I love design and I loved being a manager and newspaper work is amazing. Weirdest? I dressed up as a loaf of Wonder Bread (Freddy the Fresh Guy, it's a thing, really) and handed out coupons at grocery stores. Hottest coworker? Blonde, blue eyes, great boobs, one hell of a smile and a nice ass.

When I was a production manager at IBM, I turned in a manager for age discrimination to OSHA. Once they found out, I knew they were going to fire me, so we packed my office, I took the department to lunch, and then we got drunk. On my way over across the parking lot to have my 'meeting', I was in tears, and I prayed that I would be able to keep my shit together.

When I got to the door and opened it, it was like I was possessed. I said everything right. It was magic.

My first unofficial job was cleaning pipettes at my father's lab. My first real job was as a shelver at the local library. My best job is a tie between the job at the library (my God, all the books!) and the summer I worked as the assistant to the director at Friends of the Earth. Wieridest thing...I guess embroidering towels at this tiny shop in a mall in Sydney.

There was one guy who had short dark hair and dark eyes. He was slender and had a great accent -- he was originally from Spain. I have never dramatically quit/gotten fired/walked out of a job.

Kiernan's Answers

1. Working in an Anne Klein scarf factory. I packed boxes and stocked shelves. Very exciting and dangerous work -- no, really. They had these giant floor fans with no cages around the blades. I walked too close to one and it chopped off a piece of my elbow.

2. Facepainting. I really enjoy it. It was difficult when I painted in the parks because of the heat and drunk tourists, loud tourists, obnoxious tourists, and well, tourists, but now that I do it once in a while privately for my own company, it’s great. The kids rock.

3. I wrote a story about a haunted butt plug that sounded like Alan Rickman.

4. Gah...I worked at Disney. There were lots of gorgeous men and women all around. I can’t pick just one. LOL

5. No, except in my mind.

Julia!

My first job was babysitting and helping my brother with his paper route. My best job before writing was as an assistant manager at a bookstore. The pay was crap, but I loved my job. The weirdest was being a clown. I met a lady when I graduated college who offered to let me apprentice with her. Within that scope, the weirdest thing I did as a clown was an adult birthday party where they paid me to put on my makeup. Very, very weird. My hottest co-worker was named Lee and he was so yummy, but he got fired a week after I started. I delivered phone books for a day. I turned in my notice after the colonias with the raw sewage spilling on the ground and the dog who tried to attack me.

Send us questions or leave them in the comments if you have them!

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

BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

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

Monday, September 5, 2016

Audio Bloopers (Home Collection) By Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing something fun - out takes from Alexander Collins' narration of my Home books. They made me chuckle and hopefully you'll do the same.



Home Again (1)




Home Again (2)




Walk With Me



He Completes Me




All of the Home books are available in audio with links here.

Also, All Romance ebooks is having a 50% rebate today. It's a great day to stock up on books. Or what I like to do is buy myself a gift certificate and then I get 150% of what I spend to set aside for books I'll want in the future. 



Have a terrific week.

CC

www.cardenoc.com

Audio Bloopers (Home Collection) By Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing something fun - out takes from Alexander Collins' narration of my Home books. They made me chuckle and hopefully you'll do the same.



Home Again (1)




Home Again (2)




Walk With Me



He Completes Me




All of the Home books are available in audio with links here.

Have a terrific week.

CC

www.cardenoc.com

Friday, September 2, 2016

Re-Release! by Felice Stevens


Happy Friday and Happy Labor Day Weekend! In celebration of all the reading you'll be doing, I have the pre-order of Rescued available for you, and a little exclusive excerpt from new content added. 

     Jason ran a hand down his tightly muscled abdomen and Ryder swallowed hard, imagining Jason’s body under him…on top of him. He opened the refrigerator, took out two bottles and handed one to Jason without commenting.
“Liam and I always thought building muscle was the best, but I seriously lacked in my cardio.” Jason uncapped the bottle and took a healthy swallow. Ryder watched Jason’s throat move and wanted to lick the strong cords of his neck. Damn. He turned his back and wrenched off his own cap and gulped down the beer without tasting.
     For the past week, since that uncomfortable evening at the bar where he’d met Jason’s ex-girlfriend and played that game on her, Jason had joined him on his nightly run with Pearl. He and Trouper would meet up with Ryder and Pearl at the rescue, then either drive to the Brooklyn waterfront and run through Brooklyn Bridge Park, or head to the city and run along the path by the West Side Highway. Afterwards, they’d pick up either a pizza or some other take out and go hang out at Ryder’s apartment to watch basketball or hockey. Ryder convinced himself he was using this time to make sure Jason qualified as a good match for the rescued puppy, ignoring how much he truly enjoyed spending the time with Jason.
     “You’re fine; I don’t think you have to worry.”
     “Well, I like keeping in shape and the running is helping. Maybe when the weather gets better you’ll come further into Brooklyn and we can hit the trails in Prospect Park.”
     The fact that Jason thought that far ahead should have comforted Ryder, but instead he began to doubt himself. While he loved Connor as a brother, his first responsibility was to Emily and their marriage, not to Ryder’s broken heart. And one could never have enough friends. But Jason was that deadly combination of looks, intelligence and kindness, all wrapped up in a gorgeous package, and Ryder couldn’t help his attraction.
     “Yeah, sounds great.” He pointed to the bags Jason carried which held the eggplant and chicken cutlet parm heroes they’d picked up on their walk back to his apartment. “But if we keep eating like this after running, we’re gonna need to do this forever, ‘cause we’re defeating our purpose.”
     Jason put the food on the coffee table and flopped down on the sofa. “I’m fine with that. With Liam hot on the dating scene and John busy with the bar, I’ve sort of lost my usual crew.” His laughter sounded a bit uncertain. “And to be honest, I’m not that into hanging out at clubs and chatting up women anymore. I never was too much, but after spending time with Connor and Emily, it would be nice to have what they have, y’know?” He picked up the remote and turned on the game.
     Ryder joined him in the living room but chose the club chair off to the side and propped his legs up on the coffee table.  He didn’t want to sit too close to Jason. “Yeah, but I don’t expect to find that. What those two have is something special; I don’t think I’ve ever seen two people so perfect for one another.”

     The game forgotten, Jason held his gaze with those mesmerizing eyes. “Sounds like you haven’t found the right person.”

     

BUY LINKS


Thursday, September 1, 2016

New Release: WEIGHT OF THE WORLD by Riley Hart


I have a new release out! I really loved writing WEIGHT OF THE WORLD. Of course I love all the books I write but this book felt special from the beginning. I really hope readers will enjoy Tommy and Zack's story as much as Devon and I enjoyed writing it.




Available only from Amazon

"The world’s an awfully big thing to carry by yourself."

Zack lost his job, his apartment, and his hope, which is why he ends up on the roof of a high rise, certain that one final step will solve his problems. But a mysterious stranger named Rob happens to be on the roof that night too. He talks Zack down, convincing him there's still hope left in the world. Zack thinks maybe he's right, which is why he's shocked when he turns on the news the next morning to find out Rob jumped himself. Disturbed and confused, he searches for answers, starting with Rob’s brother Tommy Rayburn.

It’s been Tommy’s job to take care of his brother since they were kids, taking the blows from their father so Rob wouldn’t have to. Tommy thought he could protect him, even if it meant carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Considering Rob threw himself off a building, he obviously couldn't.

Then he meets Zack, a friend of Rob’s who’s suspiciously evasive about how they knew each other. But they’re both grieving and determined to find out why Rob jumped. Answers don’t come easily, and soon they’re soothing each other with sweat-slicked, passionate encounters. Hot as things get in the bedroom, it doesn’t take them long to realize there’s more between them than mind-blowing sex and their pain. But the heaviness is still there, threatening to pull them under, and if they can’t open up with each other to lighten the load, the weight just might be enough to crush them both.