Posts in the LGBT genre

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Guest Post: “What does JCP stand for?” by Kasia Bacon

Although I grew up reading an eclectic mix of books, testing and sampling everything on the menu, mysteries and paranormal novels were always the ones to make my juices flow into overdrive.  I devoured them manically.  That fascination has stuck with me forever.

Within the M/M genre, my cravings for top grade whodunits are satisfied by Josh Lanyon’s outstanding prose.  In the paranormal department, there’s a whole solid crew, who regularly feed my habit – Astrid Amara, K.J. Charles, Ginn Hale, Lou Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, and Nicole Kimberling amongst others.  However, one author would get my vote, if she ever decided to run for the president of the M/M Paranormal Republic.

This author is Jordan Castillo Price.

JCP is a creative institution.  Recognised by a cool three-letter acronym, and preceded by the reputation of her awe-inspiring back catalogue, she is also a gifted artist.  I know – whoever said life was fair, was a mean bastard, lying through their teeth.  A pox on them.  And halitosis.

JCP is best known for her excellent series PsyCop.  It is, naturally, precisely my jam, as it fuses paranormal with mystery and suspense.  Nevertheless, for the purpose of this post I’ve chosen three other books from JCP’s impressive repertoire.  In my view, they perfectly illustrate the scope of the imagination involved in her writing and its first-rate quality.  While they could not possibly differ more from each other, they are all five star reads for me.  I recommend this diverse mini-selection for readers who are yet to take the plunge into JCP’s works, and fans of PsyCop who have never ventured beyond the world of Vic and Jacob.

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Guest Post: “A Book Research Meet Cute(ish)” by Roan Parrish

Out of Nowhere Roan Parrish

I know nothing at all about cars. I can change a flat tire, jump a dead battery by following the schematic on the jumper cable tag, and dump some oil in that sucker, but beyond that I’ve got nothing. I don’t know which cars are expensive, don’t care what kind of car someone drives, and don’t notice them in the first place. Once a friend told me to meet her at her car and laughed her ass off at me when I asked what her car looked like. We’d been friends for five years.

In Out of Nowhere, Colin Mulligan is a mechanic. I made him a mechanic in the first book in the series, In the Middle of Somewhere, long before I knew he’d one day have his own story—that is, before I knew I’d have to deal with … ya know … cars.

But I’m a persnickety perfectionist, so I knew that in order to get the tenor of working as a mechanic right I’d need to do some research. I started where any sane researcher would: I did google searches like “how do cars work?” and “insides of a car.” Eventually, I found a series of YouTube videos by a mechanic who once did special effects for films, which were useful and fun. But I still felt like I wasn’t getting it. And damn it, I wanted to get it!

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Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: TORQUE by Charley Descoteaux

Torque Charley Descoteaux

I’m thrilled to be at EverAfter Romance to chat about the playlist for my new release, Torque. Thank you so much for having me!

Every time I start a new story I get to know the characters through music. I’m a huge music lover and listen to a variety of genres, depending on my mood and the story I want to tell. It usually takes me a while to figure out the right music for a story but once I’ve created a playlist I listen to it on repeat. A lot. So much that when a song from a book’s list plays on the radio I’m instantly in that character’s head again—which is a big help during edits!

Torque started with a cool old car and at first I thought the soundtrack would be the Eagles. The car is from the 70s and I like the Eagles—I could listen to them on repeat for three or four months!—but it didn’t feel quite right. I’d written half the book before I knew Mick well enough to realize he wasn’t an Eagles fan.

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Guest Post: “Religion and Romance” by Lauren Gallagher

The Best Laid Plans Lauren Gallagher

Though religion doesn’t usually go hand in hand with erotic romance, the subject plays a big role in The Best Laid Plans, my newest ménage from Samhain Publishing. Gabe is a Christmas-and-Easter Catholic married to Shahid, a devout Muslim. Shahid’s religion is a core part of his life, and also a stumbling block in some areas—triggering tension with his in-laws, harassment from patients at the emergency room where he works as a nurse, and keeping him and Gabe from being approved for adoption.

I wouldn’t call The Best Laid Plans a religious romance, though. While Shahid’s religion plays a significant role in his life and in who he is, the story isn’t about his beliefs. They are what they are, just like Gabe’s Catholicism.
Religion is one of those divisive topics, like politics or the Kardashians, that’s generally not to be discussed in mixed company because a civil conversation can quickly explode into a heated argument. And in my early days as a romance author, I was strongly advised to keep religion out of my romances.

Naturally, I didn’t listen.

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Q&A

Q&A: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell of STRONG SIGNAL

Strong Signal Megan Erickson Santino Hassell

Thanks for having us on Ever After! Strong Signal releases Monday, and it’s about a deployed soldier who strikes up an online relationship with a video game streamer. Readers had some questions about Strong Signal and the co-writing experience, so we compiled their questions to answer for a blog post.


How did you come up with the idea?

S: I think the original kernel of the idea came up months ago when we were discussing streamers and cam girls. I totally forgot why we were discussing this, but it led to us going on Twitch and watching a streamer named Kaceytron (who basically spends her entire stream lampooning the stereotype of ‘sexy gamer girl’, and silly dudebros not understanding that she is trolling them).

So I was like “Megan, you have to write a story about Kacey!”, and after a month or two it came up again and were both so excited about the notion that we decided to take the plunge and write it together as a gay romance. We couldn’t find any super popular openly gay streamers besides Sky Williams, so we thought that would be interesting to explore when coupled with the rampant homophobia and sexism in gaming, and the tendency for gay internet figures to be fetishized.

How did you think you might be a good fit to write together?

M: Well, we were fans of each other’s work before we became friends. So there was always a mutual respect for each other as writers. I think that’s the number one necessity for co-writing–respect. We first thought our personalities meshed well in regard to being pretty easy-going and not egotistical. And as far as the writing style… we just kinda went with it.

How did writing work? Were you each responsible for one character? And if that’s the case, how did dialogue work?

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Aural Pleasures, Exclusive Excerpt

Aural Pleasures: Suzanne van Rooyen’s SCARDUST

Scardust Suzanne van Rooyen

As a musician, music is an extremely important part of my writing process. I couldn’t sit down to write without the appropriate soundtrack. While writing Scardust, I listened to a lot of music that I felt evoked the barren and unforgiving landscape of thirsty Panhandle Texas. Albums by the bands Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You, and If These Trees Could Talk played on repeat while I was drafting this book. If you would like to listen to these artists and more, you can access my Scardust playlist below. Even better if you choose to listen to this playlist while reading Scardust 😉

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Guest Post: “Warnings” by Barbara Elsborg

Give Yourself Away Barbara Elsborg

I’m right on the fence about warnings on books. Part of me wishes they weren’t there because I like to experience a novel without a list of what might upset me. I rely on the blurb to inform me of what the book is about. The other part of me acknowledges that readers have the right to know beforehand if there is something in a book they won’t be able to stomach. Such as rape, religious persecution, racism, violence, suicide. Plus blurbs aren’t always going to give a reader enough detail for them to make an informed decision.

The warnings on my books seem to have moved from amusing – this is for With or Without Him. Contains a “for hire” bad boy with a filthy mouth, an awkward guy with a penchant for BDSM, a hypochondriac butler who won’t shut up, a dog called Alcide, and a lot of hot and dirty M/M sex.

To serious – this is for my latest Give Yourself Away, out today. This book contains difficult flashbacks of child abduction and sexual violence, but also the incredible perseverance of two men who never give up on love—or each other. Bring your tissues and a heart that believes in the resilience of the human spirit.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Jaima Fixsen, Kate McMurray, and Holly Newman

Looking for an excuse to curl up with a great book? Check out these deals from Jaima Fixsen, Kate McMurray, and Holly Newman!

Fairchild Jaima Fixsen
Fairchild by Jaima Fixsen

Truth or dare?
Good English families all have a house in the country with a deer park, a trout stream, and an army of gardeners. They should have a son and if it can be managed, he should be handsome. Cleverness isn’t important. Daughters in limited quantities are fine so long as they are pretty. Bastards are inconvenient and best ignored. It’s not a big problem, unless you are one.
Unfortunately, Sophy is.
Sick of her outcast role, she escapes her father’s house, only to fall from her horse during a spring storm. Injured, soaked, and shivering, she stumbles to a stranger’s door—Tom, a blunt edged merchant from a family of vulgar upstarts. Mistaking Sophy for the genuine article, he takes her in.
Sophy can’t resist twisting the truth. Soon she’s caught in her own snare—and it might just be a noose.


 

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Guest Post: “Space” by Amy Lane

Lollipop by Amy Lane

So, my husband, Mate, has attempted one home improvement project in the last six months: He has moved my desk from the kitchen table to the dump–I mean what used to be the dump but what is actually the computer desk in the corner of the living room.

He cleaned it out (mostly) and dusted it off (well, there are some nooks and crannies) and set my computer up on it with my chair and everything. He even remembered a coaster for my ever-present drink.

 

 A spot in the sun not too far from mom's feet. Best. Desk. Ever.
A spot in the sun not too far from mom’s feet. Best. Desk. Ever.

I approached this new setting cautiously and weighed the pros and cons.

Pro? I no longer have mail crushing down upon me as I work. Con? It keeps sliding off the kitchen table anyway because although I do the initial triage, Mate still doesn’t go through the mail often enough.

Pro? I am no longer “the voice from the kitchen” to my family when I am working and they are watching television. Con? If they are watching Bob’s Burgers, say, a show I usually forego watching and just listen for the funniest parts while I’m working, all I have to do to ditch out on work is to turn around.

Pro? If I get up to “think wander” I am no longer in the kitchen and food is no longer right there and hopefully snacking will get a little less commonplace when I’m home alone with the computer. Con? The dogs still need to snack at every hour of every day, so I need a bag of dog treats in my personal space whenever they decide to waddle over and bully me into overfeeding them.

Bookshelf Amy Lane
Still moving in.

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Reviews, Books, Reviews

We Wear the Mask… A review of ‘Follow Me into Darkness’ by Kasia Bacon

Follow Me Into Darkness Kris Ripper J.R. Gray Santino Hassell J.C. Lillis Roan Parrish

I read a heap of anthologies last year, and while I typically enjoy short stories, going through a whole collection might at times prove to be an exhausting and challenging affair. One demanding quick mindset alternations and, in effect, causing frequent mood swings. Being of a naturally lazy disposition, I secretly vowed to steer clear from anthologies temporarily and indulge in more homogeneous reads.

Ironically, one of the first books I was offered to review in 2016 turned out to be Follow Me into Darkness, a queer anthology containing five tales of carnival romance and oscillating around a common theme of a mask. The resistance was futile, the main convincing factor being the authors, participating in this collaboration. It’s been the second time for this very crew to come together in order to work on a project. The previous fruit of their labour, Lead Me into Darkness, was a successful Halloween inspired collection, which I had the pleasure to review last October.

Let the masquerade begin!

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