Friday, March 31, 2017

A Cover and an Excerpt by Felice Stevens


I can't tell you the relief I feel now that I'm finished with my four re-releases. I can't imagine how authors with multiples of that number do it. My hat's off to you all and my sympathy.

But onto the good news. My new book, One Call Away, is scheduled for release on April 28th. Those who know me, know I am a pretty fast writer. Except for this book. This book took me a year to write. That's right. One year. I got the idea for it on the beach in Florida with my daughter and I thought it would be easy butI couldn't get a handle on one of my character's goal, motivation and conflict. I put it aside, picked it up and them put it down again
Finally however, they came to life and I have to say I love these guys more than anything and I can't wait for you all to read Noah and Oren. Here's an exclusive excerpt:

"I told you already, I’m their charity case, their token Jew.” When he took the job, Oren thought he could brush it off, but lately the sense of ostracism was proving harder to handle than he’d imagined. Isolated by his religion and his sexuality, the only time lately Oren found himself able to be free was when talking to Noah.
“Every year they make a show of how diverse they are with their one black first-year hire, and their Asian and Latino associates. We’re paraded around to the legal community as DeWitt and Wynters’ ‘new generation’ of lawyers who are breaking the mold of the white, Christian elite, upper echelon when in reality they give us the grunt work or the impossible-to-win cases. The special outings are at golf courses, which have no members like us, and we don’t know how to play, so we sit around doing nothing, while the others have a great time bonding. Either that or they schedule firm parties on Jewish holidays when they know I can’t attend. They put on a good show, but we know we don’t belong, and we’re too afraid to complain or say anything because jobs are so hard to come by, and the firm’s name still opens so many doors.”
Stunned at his bitter outburst, Oren smiled faintly at Noah. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to let it out on you.”
“I’m glad you did.” A twinkle lit Noah’s eyes. “Sounds like something you’ve been holding back for a while now.” He sobered up. “I’m sorry you have to go through that. Isn’t there another place you can work where you’ll feel safe?”
“Safe?”
“I’m sure if they are as bigoted as they sound against people of color and other religions, they are also intolerant of gays.”
Not in a million years would Oren ever speak of his sexuality to Harlan or Toby. Even the fact that Harlan had spoken to Noah freaked him out a bit.
“It isn’t something I plan to discuss with them. It’s none of their business.” Agitated, Oren turned away from Noah and fumbled in the drawer for a corkscrew. With quick, angry turns, he opened the wine.
“It was only a thought. I’m not saying you should.” Noah’s soothing voice steadied the rapid thump of Oren’s heart. “What was his name again, the guy I spoke to on the phone?”
“Harlan.” The sound of that name sent a sinking feeling into the pit of Oren’s stomach. “He’s not only in charge of my group; he’s the great-grandson of one of the firm’s founders and can do whatever he wants. And he does.”
“See, that’s what I thought. His voice…it sounded cunning. Like he was trying to figure something out and use it against you. I got worried and thought of how upset you might be. I’m so sorry you have to put up with someone like him. You deserve so much better.” Noah’s eyes searched his, and Oren couldn’t break away from the pull of their blue depths.
An unfamiliar ache of longing built up inside him, painful yet sweet. A need to touch and be touched with meaning. He found himself drawn to Noah, much more so than to any person he’d ever met. Was it wrong of him to want Noah? He considered him his doctor, his therapist. Most importantly, Noah was his friend. In these past few weeks something between them changed, and Oren found himself thinking of Noah as a man and not merely a risk. And staring into Noah’s eyes, Oren knew that wanting Noah might be worth the risk he was finally willing to take.
You can add One Call Away to your Goodreads shelf here:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33850582-one-call-away    
Have a great week and happy reading!                        

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ask Andrew - And We're Back to Sex


Dear Andrew

I haven't had sex with my husband in a year.  We're in our fifties and things have really slowed down for us.  Is this normal?"

B. R.

Dear B. R.

I have to be honest with you, I don't know if this kind of interval between making love is normal or not, but I suspect so.  Dominic and I have been together for over twenty years and things between us have slowed down in the bedroom, but they're no less intimate.  Personally I have discovered the joy of cuddling and holding each other.  Life is demanding and sometimes its nice to be still with another person for a while.  But that doesn't mean sex has stopped all together, nor should it.

As we get older our bodies tend to slow down some, especially after 50.  Our bodies lose some of the drive and vigor of youth.  But that shouldn't mean the fun is over and sex is a thing of the past.  It just means that a little extra effort may be required

My advice is if you want to put the spark back into your relationship, break out of your routine.  Go somewhere fun and sexy.  To a spa, or to a hotel with one of those in room Jacuzzis.  Take you and your husband out of the house and into a place with some sexual energy and see if that doesn't spark a little love action.   Relationships are work, but sometimes we need to rediscover the fun and joy of being in love. 

Hugs and Love Always
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.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Weird and wonderful objects with BA, Julia, Kiernan, and Sean


hey y'all!

This week we're sharing the weirdest and most wonderful things in our offices!

BA wants to share her horn hat. Worn at the booksigning last year at RT, they were laboriously made by the talented Kiernan Kelly on a dare.

Julia presents a bank her brother gave her in 1979. No kidding. It still winds up and a hand comes out to grab coins.

Kiernan says: This is the light switch plate on the wall of my office. Yes, his erection goes up or down depending on whether the light is on or off. Snort. I got it at a garage sale being held by an elderly woman -- who, by the way, didn't bat an eye when I asked and paid for the "man plate."

Sean says: Yes, that is a crocheted rainbow penis. The fabulous Kiernan Kelly made that for me and I adore her for it. It's good when your friends know and get your crazy ;)

What's on your wall?

XXOO

Julia

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Romance Tropes by Christa Tomlinson


Tropes. What are they? They’re what helps us recognize what a story will be about. They also help us identify whether or not we’ll like the general plot that the author has created. Or as Wikipedia says: The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works. Here’s a small sample of tropes in the romance genre. I bet you’ve read or can recognize them all.


Secret baby

Friends to lovers

Enemies to lover

Office romance

Opposites attract

May/December
Amnesia
Billionaire
Mistaken Identity
Fake Engagement


Tropes get a bad rep, especially from outsiders to the romance novel world. People set them up as a way to show how romance novels are all the same. But I disagree. First, although the general idea may be the same, no two novels are alike. You can ask five different authors to write you a secret baby romance, and you’ll wind up with five very different stories. One of them might have an alien baby. One of them might have a single dad. One of them might have a woman who found an alien baby abandoned by its single dad.


Second, tropes are everywhere, not just in romance. Good looking fella who goes on a quest for treasure and artifacts, facing danger along the way? The Mummy. Or Raiders of the Lost Ark. Or National Treasure. Or Three Kings. Or… well, you get the idea. 


For creative types, tropes are a great way to build the foundation for the book, movie, or play that will spring forth. For readers, they offer a sense of familiarity. They let us know if it’s something we’ll enjoy. For example, when I’m book browsing, I can tell right off from the back cover copy if it’s the type of story I like or like to avoid. Some of my favorites to read are hurt/comfort, friends to lovers and forbidden love. 

As I plan out my stories, I definitely think about what tropes will be included in the plot. Because I love tropes. I'd roll around in them like a puppy in clover if I could. If nothing else, they at least give me a starting point to build from.

What are some of your favorite tropes? Which do you think are over-done in the romance world? Are there any you'd like to see more of or wish would disappear off the face of the earth? Let me know in the comments! 

*Repost from 2014

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Christa
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Friday, March 24, 2017

It's (Re) Release Day! by Felice Stevens


At long last, I have reached the final re-release of my previously published titles. Embrace the Fire, the third book in the Through Hell and Back trilogy releases today and I couldn't be happier with the way the series turned out after all the edits and re-writes and additions. 
Embrace the Fire is a May-December romance between the sweet, yet steely-willed foster brother, Brandon and the lonely psychiatrist Tash, who still suffers with the guilt left over from losing his lover. 
This book has my most favorite epilogue ever! You all know how much I love a Happily Ever After, and the brothers, plus a few extra characters all get theirs.
You can purchase Embrace the Fire HERE for the special release week price of $3.99 or read it FREE in Kindle Unlimited.
This series needs to be read in order, beginning with
A Walk Through Fire: http://amzn.to/2nJTT6U
After the Fire: http://amzn.to/2nJYUwq



Have a great week and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Favorite Drinks with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


1- favorite starbucks drink
2- favorite alcoholic drink
3- favorite non-alcoholic drink
4-favorite childhood drink
5-favorite guilty pleasure drink

BA
1. almond milk latte
2. today? bloody mary
3. COFFEE
4. goat milk
5. what's guilt? 😉

Julia
1. Caramel frappucino- I allow myself one a month
2. vodka and tonic
3. iced tea or sprite
4. chocolate milk
5. Kahlua and cream (makes my gall bladder galled)

Kiernan
1- Hot double shot dirty chai tea. Yum, and enough caffeine to animate the dead.
2- Melon coladas, frozen. Basically, they're just pina coladas minus the rum, with the addition of Midori melon, but they're a pretty green, and totally yummy.
3- COFFEE. Coffeecoffeecoffeeshutupcoffee.
4- That's tough. It's a tie between chocolate milk and that fake grape drink we used to get in little paper cartons at school.
5- Coffee with a shot of Baileys and Kahlúa, topped with no sugar whipped cream. *drools*

Sean
1. Passion Iced Teal Lemonade with an extra pump
2. frozen lime margarita - especially the ones served at the Lone Star
3. Coca-cola - but I haven't had one in over three years
4. milk
5. Tang - heavy on the powder, with cold cold water and lots of ice.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Blurb Reveal: To Touch You by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! The next/last book in my Mates collection is done and today I'm sharing the blurb with you. I hope you like it!
Blurb: To Touch You by Cardeno C.

“His name is Salvatore Rossi. He’s a vampire. And he’s my true mate.”

By not relying on anyone except himself, Salvatore Rossi escaped a dead-end existence and reached the height of corporate success. But just when he has everything he always wanted, fate throws Salvatore a challenge he can’t solve alone and a young wolf shifter comes to his rescue.

Since childhood, Yoram Smith’s family was certain he would grow to become Alpha and save their beloved pack from its slow demise. When the time comes for a new leader, Yoram is forced to juggle his duty to care for a splintering pack with his duty to care for an absent mate, and his own strength suffers.

Being turned into a vampire didn’t alter Salvatore’s life philosophy: if you don’t rely on anyone, nobody can let you down. But when the boy who saved his life becomes a man who needs his help, the icy vampire must find his humanity.


Have a terrific week.


CC
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

New Release: An Officer's Submission by Christa Tomlinson





An Officer’s Submission is now live! That’s right, it released this past Thursday. So if you haven’t snagged your copy yet, head on over to your favorite online bookseller and snap it up! Today is the last day that it’s on sale for .99. Still need to read the first three books in the series? Don’t fret, they’re on sale for .99 too. 

Of course, I’m already hard at work on the next (and last?) in the series. But I can’t mention who it’s about just yet, because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Once a few weeks have passed I’ll share that with you. I’m excited to write this guy’s story. 

When I first published The Sergeant, I had plans for what I wanted to do with the series. Those plans changed and I abandoned that original idea. I was going to end the Cuffs, Collars and Love series with An Officer’s Submission. But then as I wrote the last few chapters of The Detective’s Pleasure, I looked at one of my characters and realized he needed his own story. So far I’m 21,000 words in and really like where it’s going. So hurry up and read An Officer’s Submission so I can tell you all about it! 

An Officer’s Submission is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. It’s is .99 this weekend only. Buy links are below. Be sure to let me know what you think once you’ve read part two of Logan and Clay’s story. 


Thanks for reading!
Love,
Christa
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Letting Go by Felice Stevens


I've finished a new book, entitled The Shape of You, and handed it into my editor and so now the waiting begins. What will she say? Will she like the characters, the plot....what if it sucks???

But sometimes you get a connection with characters and you find yourself unable to let go and move on. This is what I'm feeling now. The story was one that popped into my head and I needed to write it before any of the others on my list. And it was wonderful. I knew these guys, their hopes and dreams and it all just happened. I'm thinking it will be okay.

Then there are the books that you anguish over. You know what you want to say, but they DO NOT want to talk to you. AT ALL.
That's what I had writing One Call Away, which is in final edits now and will be released the end of April. 

One Call Away took me a year to write. One year. That's unheard of for me, because I write fast. But Noah, one of the MCs, would not reveal himself and I tried to push him and he laughed in my face and was all "Nope." So I left him and Oren hanging and went on the write other books, but always in the back of my mind, I had them sitting there, him and Oren, just staring at me with their woeful eyes until one day....it happened. Their story became such an emotional journey for me, I was at a loss when I finished their book. I sat around, wondering what story to write next and nothing interested me because I was still thinking of Noah and Oren and what they were doing.....okay. Deep breath.

In case you haven't realized it yet,  I have relationships with fictional characters.  

So there you have it. I have a hard time letting go of my guys from one book to the next. But those are the next two books after next week's release of Embrace the Fire.  I can't wait for you to read Brandon and Tash's story and the epilogue to all the guys.  

And in case you missed it, Rescued is now out in audiobook, narrated by Charlie David!  Here is the link: RESCUED.  And A Walk Through Fire is in KU and on sale for 99c and the audiobook is only $1.99. You can pick that up here: A WALK THROUGH FIRE  

Have a great weekend and happy reading and listening!!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Writing with Riley: Collaborations


This week I'm going to talk about collaborations. I've co-authored books with three other authors, between the two names I write under. For me, the process has always been pretty similar, though I have to say that all authors do it differently. I've heard from authors who write at the same time in Google documents, authors who go by word count--two thousand words at a time, and I also used to be friends with a couple of ladies who were roommates and writing partners. They took certain parts of the book, like one would write all the sexy times and the other would write all the...family time or whatever. LOL.

Every book that I've co-written has been a two character point of view book, and each of us has taken a different character. But, what you have to understand about that is even though one character is "mine" and the other is my co-authors, we are both still heavily involved with each character. We alternate chapters so even if it's a chapter in my character's point of view, I'm still the person who writes all the dialogue and action for the other character. That being said, we each have ultimate control over our character, so if I write some dialogue and my writing partner doesn't think that's how their character would say something, they change it.

When Christina Lee and I decided to write a book together, for personal reasons, we knew we wanted to write about mental illness, so the topic came first. From there we came up with specifics--boys who knew each other online when they were little and lost contact. I created my character's backstory, and she created her character's backstory. We have to discuss it, of course, because it has to fit with the story and we have to have a way for our characters to connect. When I wrote Weight of the World with Devon McCormack, he had a list of different book ideas that he shared with me. One of them jumped out at me instantly--a man who plans to commit suicide, meets another man on the roof, who talks him out of it and he later discovers the man jumped when he left. Filled with guilt, he searches out the man's brother but doesn't tell him their connection. I knew that's what I wanted to write and I knew I had to be the brother. Tommy's backstory came to me instantly. I knew that guilt of letting a loved one down. I understood the need to take care of those you love, and luckily, Devon really wanted to be the man on the roof. Everything fell into place from there. The difference here was there was a third character's POV, and we shared that. Some Rob chapters were Devon, and some were me.

Luckily, we all have a similar writing process so while we know our character's goals, motivation, and conflict, we don't plot out the whole book before we start writing. We have some key scenes, but then we just...begin. There's often those conversations where we're like, "Help! I don't know where to go next!" or "Wait...I think we should do this instead..." If we don't think something works, we talk about it, and I've never had a situation where we couldn't come to a conclusion we both agree with. There are also times we have to talk because we just don't understand something the other character did or we haven't fully grasped exactly who their character is, and of course, we just talk about it until we're on the same page. I couldn't write a book with someone I didn't know well or get along with well.

If you have any questions about collaborating, feel free to post them in the comments.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ask Andrew - Have a question?


Hey everyone.  I hope you are all doing well.  This is the spot where I normally bring you the Ask Andrew segment, but I don't have any questions.  So please forward them to me, the juicier the better, and I'll return to answering them next week!!!!


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

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

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

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New and noteworthy by BA, Julia, Sean and Kiernan


Hey y'all!

Since I was totally unprepared for this week, I decided to do news and new releases, LOL.

Sean Michael has put out Brush and Whip and Pack and Mate, two orphans from the EC meltdown! They're such amazing books!

The Kennel Klub takes pride in matching dominant shifters with the perfect mate. Theo Brundy is looking for just that: someone to pleasure, to love, to take care of. Having lived most of his life forced into his were form by the cruel man who killed his parents, Theo uses his human form as a shield, both physically and emotionally. No one can hurt him if he’s human.

Drew hasn’t shifted in more than a year. After spending his life serving a cruel alpha, he was cast aside when the alpha married another. Drew has found that it’s easier to protect himself if he’s a wolf. A sub at heart, Drew is both apprehensive and desirous of the idea of losing control.

Can these two men find what they need in each other, both in bed and out of it?

Previously released by another publisher.

It's here on Evil Plot Bunny

And here on Amazon!

New to the city, Finn never dreamed he’d have a mate of his own, especially not one found at the Kennel Klub, where spankings are optional.

Sweet beta werewolf Finn is at a party for his cousin’s collaring when he first meets Cort. It’s just too bad Finn has to leave with his twin brother and packmates before the two can really connect.

Cort, Alpha male all the way, is immediately drawn to Finn and knows the sweet pup is his mate and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to find Finn again. Once he does, is he going to be able to convince Finn that they belong together? Or will Finn’s family commitments keep them apart?

Previously released by another publisher.

It's also on Evil Plot Bunny here.

And on Amazon here!

BA Tortuga has a new release tomorrow!

Two Cowboys and a Baby!

A little bundle of joy means big changes.

Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life.

Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep.

Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do—he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.

In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.

It's here at Dreamspinner for preorder or order tomorrow!

or at Amazon!

Julia Talbot has her Catching Heir out in audio book now!

Is he in love with an old hotel - or its new owner?

Professional snowboarder Cullen Patrick is successful and kinda famous. So when he inherits an old Colorado hotel from an unknown relative, he really should leave well enough alone.

Matt Nathanson has been managing the Treeline Estates since college. He loved the elderly former owner, and he stands to inherit the place if no one claims it in the next week. Of course, Cullen shows up, and Matt thinks it's time to move on. He doesn't want to like Cullen, no matter how engaging the guy is, or how hunky.

Cullen has grand ideas for the Treeline, but he doesn't want to implement them without Matt, and he's not sure he's ready to give up snowboarding. Can Matt convince Cullen that putting down roots is worth it...and maybe catch his heir at the same time?

It's here on Amazon!

And here on Audible!

Kiernan will update later with hers!

XXOO

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BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

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