Today we’re joined by author Kate McMurray, whose newest release (out this week!) is a historical m/m romance set in the 1920s in America. It’s got Prohibition, dance, and the mob. Yow! Kate is here to talk about what it actually meant to be gay during that time.
My novel Such a Dance is largely about the relationship between a male dancer (Eddie) and a Mob boss (Lane), set in the era of Prohibition and Roaring Twenties. It was a particularly interesting period to write in because, contrary to what I think is widely believed, the 1920s were not a terrible time to be gay in New York City. So, in honor of the release of the book, I thought I’d talk a little about what it was like to be gay in the ‘20s.
In a surprise announcement, Jay Crownover is releasing a novella, Leveled, to kick off her Saints of Denver series, which is a spin-off of her Marked Men! In Leveled, fan favorite Lando gets the HEA he so richly deserves! This is also Jay’s first M/M book!
Leveled releases on November 2nd, and if you pre-order today you can get your copy for $1.99 (normally $2.99)! There will also be an excerpt of the first Saints of Denver novel, Built in the back of Leveled!
We all need a hero…let the Saints of Denver begin.
Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure if he can do it again.
Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working towards a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Catcher in the Rye: Because it’s the best book ever
1984: Because it makes me feel smart
Lord of the Flies: Because I don’t ever want to be ‘That Guy’
Ritual Sins: Because it’s my favorite book and has the best anti-hero ever in it.
Motorcycle Man: Because Kristen Ashley is queen and she should be on any and all lists
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QRM runs throughout October, celebrating love stories in all shades of the rainbow in all shades of romance. Join us, and over a hundred LGBTQ+ authors and allies, for essays, flash-fiction and much, much more.
Sheri Lewis Wohl provides a fireside reading from her latest novel, Twisted Whispers.
A missing sister. A friend in need. A twisted web of dark secrets.
Thea Lynch’s twin sister is missing, abducted from her vehicle as she worked at a remote transfer station outside Spokane, Washington. Help arrives in the form tall, dark, and beautiful Detective Katie Carlisle who races against the clock knowing that with each passing hour the chance of finding Thea’s sister alive diminishes. With no leads, no progress, and hope waning, Thea does the only thing she can think of: she calls her friend for help. Can reluctant psychic Lorna Dutton pull away the veil and reveal the truth? Or will the secrets destroy them all?
Sheri Lewis Wohl grew up in Northeast Washington State surrounded by mountains, pine trees, rivers, and lakes. Though she always thought she’d move away to somewhere big and bold, she never did, and is now happy to write surrounded by the beauty of nature. When not working her day job in federal finance or writing her stories of vampires, werewolves, and psychics, she participates in local triathlons and is a member of a K9 search and rescue team. Keeping true to her love of the paranormal, Sheri has also appeared as a zombie in the SyFy series, Z Nation. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and SheriLewisWohl.com.
I have been reading a lot of queer romances lately and as you can imagine I have a number of favorite M/M couples by now. Here is the list of my latest Top 5 favorite M/M couples, arranged in a totally random order.
Raffi and Denny from Level Hands by Amy Jo Cousins
I love a well-done New Adult – all the turmoil of youth, the process of finding yourself and your place in the world. And I particularly enjoy young romance – first (big) love, first time having a steady significant other, first time navigating a serious relationship. Raffi and Denny are both great characters on their own – complex, multi-layered and their coming together was no easy feat for either of them. I liked that they managed to be open about their feelings (fears included). They share more than one heated encounters but also had a few quiet romantic moments which make me smile and swoon – two big muscled rowers dancing bachata in the empty locker room is a sight to see in my mind.
I’m an avid reader of the M/M romance novels. There are many paranormal, urban fantasy, dystopian and military-themed books amongst my favorites. The biggest allure of the genre stems from the fact that it delivers a vast array of fascinating and lavishly written fictional male characters. Not only are they often incredibly physically attractive but also – and more importantly – lusciously psychologically complex and multi-dimensional. Naturally, there are certain characters types that I, as a reader with a psychology training, feel more drawn to than others. As I tend to cruise within the darker, edgier and grittier spectrum of the genre, my personal preference often leans towards the heroes with flaws, emotional scars and issues or even downright antiheros.
I’ve compiled a list of my Top Five M/M Character Types, solely based on the men I enjoy reading about, taking into consideration the qualities and personality traits I find most appealing. These are the characters, who capture my attention and make me burn the midnight oil while draining my Kindle’s battery. I set about this task with alacrity, mindful, however, of the fact that creating any synopsis requires categorizing and it may therefore stink of generalization and resemble a pathetic attempt of fitting square pegs into round holes. It is not my intention to fetishize in any way, either. Nevertheless, here it is.
I get them sometimes—on Keeping Promise Rock or Deep of the Sound in particular: reviews in which the reviewer doesn’t understand the central conflict of the story—because the central conflict of the story is a promise.
“Crick could have just told the army he was gay—that way he wouldn’t have had to serve!”
“I don’t get why Cal wouldn’t have sold his parents’ property for the money. Why wouldn’t you just cash in?”
The thing about these observations—the thing that many people do not get—is that when a character puts down their name on a contract, or gives his word to an elder, that means something very specific to a writer. To a writer?
Today Serena Yates joins us to share parts of her research and the inspiration behind her newest release from Dreamspinner Press, The Model! Serena is also generously giving three lucky commenters on this post their choice of an e-book of their choice from The Workplace Encounters series or a $5 Amazon/All Romance eBooks gift card! Be sure to comment by September 30th for your chance to win!
Real Talk About Modeling and the Inspiration Behind THE MODEL
Writing about types of different blue collar jobs for this series has been an exciting adventure for me. And while being a model might not be the first job you think of when hearing “blue collar”, it is one of the jobs that requires absolutely no education. You are either discovered and end up making a career of it, however long, or you are not. No amount of studying can make you a fashion model.
Base Instincts by Larissa Ione September 12, 2015 Riptide Publishing
As a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive… if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.
Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies—and his attraction to Raze.
Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.
Larissa Ione’s Demonica series depicts a convoluted world filled with demons, angels, and humans. Most of the demonic types have very specific ways of interacting with one another, which sets up immediate conflict (because if you have powers that can destroy other demons, for example, it’s an issue when you try to actually have a relationship with one).
What I’m most passionate about in my reading of romance now is diversity. I actively search stories that highlight and reflect the diversity in the world — ethnic, social, sexual, physical, etc. And one of the romance series that explores this diversity in a most profound and engaging manner is the Bend or Break series by Amy Jo Cousins.
This is a series of four novels so far, with another full-length novel and a sequel novella coming out soon. They are mostly m/m romances, although the third book, The Girl Next Door, features a m/f couple though the woman is actually bisexual (and there is a super hot m/f/m threesome as well) , so the series can be summed up as diverse queer romance.
It all begins with Tom and Reese in Off Campus — a New Adult college romance that explores serious social issues. Tom’s dad is in prison after committing a Ponzi scheme, so Tom’s is a fall-from-grace situation, and now he’s struggling to stay in college. This story also explores the consequences of being a victim of sexual assault (Reese) and how it affects and changes a person. At the same time it’s a story of self-discovery (Tom is coming to understand that he actually likes both girls and guys) and coming out. One of the main strengths of the series is the way Amy Jo portrays so realistically young, college-age people, with all the confusion and urgency and exuberance of youth. The characters make mistakes, there is miscommunication and some wrong and hasty assumptions made, yet I find them fitting to the young age of the boys and part of their journey into adulthood.
Today we’re pleased to have an exclusive excerpt from Grace R. Duncan’s latest release, Devotion, book one of her new Forbes Mates series from Dreamspinner Press. Enjoy and pick up your copy today!
Finley Cooper is tired of waiting for his destined mate to be ready to claim him. In deference to human laws, he’s already agreed to wait until he’s eighteen. But now his birthday has come and gone—and his mate has a new set of excuses. Finley doesn’t understand it any more than his wolf does, and he’s beginning to wonder if fate made a mistake.Tanner Pearce wants nothing more than to claim his mate, but he worries that Finley is too young. Tanner will never forget what happened when his best friend mated at Finley’s age, only to have that mate end up feeling trapped and breaking their bond. While rare, it can happen, and the fallout Tanner witnessed as his best friend tried to deal with the break has haunted him for years.
When Finley finally has enough, he threatens to find someone who will claim him if Tanner doesn’t, and Tanner realizes he needs to come to terms with his fears or risk losing his mate forever.
“Okay, hey, isn’t that the new family?”
Tanner sniffed, noticing a new scent. He turned with his dad to see who’d come in, and the smell that greeted him nearly knocked him off his feet. Pine trees, warmth, and sunshine. Something deeper and masculine woven into it.