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Blog Tour ~ Wish You Were Here

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Title: Wish You Were Here

Author: Asta Idonea

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: 8 February 2017

Length: Novella

Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal

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The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.

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Summer passed England by that year, as if it shared his family’s grief and refused to intrude upon such solemn days with unwanted sunshine. A cool, wet July turned into a blustery August, and now a dismal September loomed. From the window of their rented cottage, there was nothing but gray skies as far as the eye could see. The fields spread out in a patchwork of shortbread and moss. Plentiful rain meant the grass stood tall, but the lack of light filtering through thick, heavy clouds dulled its various shades of green. And this bleak scene was supposed to make everything better?

Oakley sighed and turned to the sink. He poured himself a glass of water from a spluttering, corroded tap and took a sip. Despite the dubious appearance of the fittings, the water was clean, tasteless, and refreshing. He supposed he should at least be thankful for that. It was likely to be the only pleasant thing this vacation would provide.

 

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Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

 

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More about Asta Idonea

The prized possession you value above all others…

I have a few. My piano (because I waited so many years to finally get one), my collection of Robespierre books, my autograph collection and stage door photos.

The temptation you wish you could resist…

Chocolate. Though I’m determined to be good in 2017!

The book that holds everlasting resonance…

Another tough one. I’d say either Les Misérables or Eugene Onegin as they are both books I come back to time and time again.

The priority activity if you were invisible for a day…

Sneaking into cinema screenings or theatrical productions. Perhaps I’d play a few pranks on people along the way too.

The film you can watch time and time again…

The LOTR trilogy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and any film from MCU. On a deeper note, probably Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindOnly Lovers Left Alive, and Lost in Translation.

The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity…

I don’t know how ‘unlikely’ these are, but I adore learning foreign languages. In 2017 I’ve also taken up bullet journalling. I’m quite the history buff and have a particular interest in periods of revolution in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Plus I’m a keen snail-mail pen pal.

The event that altered the course of your life…

Backpacking in the US and Australia in 2007. I met a guy along the way and never went home!

The song that means the most to you…

On My Own from Les Misérables and Demons by Imagine Dragons.

The unfulfilled ambition that continues to haunt you…

I’d still love to sing a lead role in a musical.

The way you would spend your fantasy 24 hours, with no travel restrictions…

I’d probably waste the whole time procrastinating because I couldn’t decide which country I wanted to head to first! It would be a choice between Iceland, France, and the Czech Republic.

The pet hate that makes your hackles rise…

Bad grammar. And people who leave shops without checking if the path is clear and then dawdle in front of you.

The figure from history you would most like to buy a pie and a pint…

Robespierre. Or Sissi.

 

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Blog Tour and Interview with R. Phoenix

Temper: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story

 

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Author Name: R. Phoenix

Publisher: Self-Published (as Phoenix Publications)

Genre: Paranormal, Dark Erotica

Length: 141 pages

Release Date: July 1, 2016

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Only one thing can keep Ashton safe from the supernatural predators who made the world into their depraved, twisted playground after the Takeover—but it’s the one thing that would steal the last remnants of his freedom. At every turn, society confronts Reese and Ashton with the way humans are treated as mere playthings to be used and discarded. When they realize their own desires and pride have no place in the status quo, Ashton and his werewolf lover understand they’ll have to engage in the deadly games played by those in charge if they want to make a difference.
But Reese isn’t a diplomat, and Ash is only human. Together, they must decide if they’re willing to work with the devil they know in what might change everything or rely on their consciences in a world that has no place for kindness or honor… and if they’re ready to sacrifice everything along the way.

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“You should smile more, ‘lias,” Desideria remarked. “You’re happy, aren’t you?” And with those mocking words, she was gone as though she’d never been there at all, leaving only the lingering traces of death to mark her passing.

Julian shrugged as he rose. “She’s in a mood,” he said mildly.

“Isn’t she always?”

Julian laughed, and Elias wanted badly to kiss the lips that parted in mirth. But as ever, he knew he would taste the vampire’s blood instead of Julian—and he knew better than to risk what they had. “If you only knew, brother. If you only knew.”

Elias shook his head. “You’re welcome to her.”

Julian’s laughter rang in his ears as his stepbrother departed, and Elias sank down into his chair. Even had they shared blood, if his brother had kept to the old ways—if they had lived as siblings of the royal families of old, of the witching families of old—they could have ruled the world together. As it was, between the full weight of the Ivers name and the powers the vampiress could wield, they held influence that staggered those who attempted to defy them.

But no. He had lost Julian, just as he had lost—

“Mr. Ivers?” Spencer asked tentatively from the doorway, where Julian had left it open. “I have a Mr. Dorsey here to see you.”

Elias took in a deep breath, forcing himself to calm. “Show him in.”

“He’s brought a human pet, Mr. Ivers,” Spencer reported. “Do you want him in here or in the kennels?”

Elias considered a moment. “Is he marked?” Spencer nodded, and Elias smiled. “The kennels would be perfect. Take Jace there as well.” He glanced between them, his smile turning sharp as he looked between the former lovers. “Separate kennels. My puppy here doesn’t have the best manners.”

 

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INTERVIEW WITH R. PHOENIX

What is your favorite book and why?

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. The man is a fucking genius. World-building, characterization, plot… It’s all just gorgeous. I can’t gush enough about it.

What is the #1 most played song on your music list?

Even though Lacuna Coil and Icon for Hire are my favorite bands, somehow this is Radioactive with Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix.

What is your favorite or most inspiring quote?

Oh, man. I love quotes. Quotes are my thing. I’ll be writing about one in another blog, actually, and another later in this interview. So I’m going to have to choose these two:

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

“He saw it in her eyes. The anguish, the frustration. The terrible nothing that clawed inside and sought to smother her. She knew. It was there, inside. She had been broken.

Then she smiled. Oh, storms. She smiled anyway.

It was the single most beautiful thing he’d seen in his entire life.”
― Brandon SandersonWords of Radiance

What chore do you absolutely hate to do?

Cleaning out the duck pools. Oh god, I hate it. It’s hot and annoying and it takes forever because I’m a weakling.

Do you have a favorite time of day/day of week/month of year and if so, why?

Any time I can get quiet, whether it’s late at night or early in the morning. I’ll flip-flop between them depending on when the family’s most likely to leave me alone.

What sound do you love to hear or make?

Cats purring. Just sets me at ease unless there are also little tiny claws digging into my flesh while said cat purrs.

What is your favorite movie?

Dogma. I don’t watch many movies or much television, though.

How do you relax?

I’m sort of a workaholic, so I don’t do much of this. When I’m awake, I’m doing something. But I still do some role playing via Google Docs and so on. I love telling stories with other people and being a part of a world we create together. I also like chatting with people online. Not so much in the real world.

What is your favorite drink?

Coffee brewed straight into hot chocolate topped off with Bailey’s Chocolate Cherry.

What would people be most surprised to know about you?

People are always surprised to find that I have a mini farm filled with the cute and cuddly. I have Muscovy ducks and Silver Fox rabbits and cats and just… things! Oh, and that we eat them.

Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book? What led you to write this book?

In the wake of tragedy, two lovers must decide what they’re willing to do and how far they’re willing to go to see the world around them changed—or if they’re able to do anything at all. There are a few darker moments than what’s come before in the series with what I think is a surprising twist thrown in for good measure.

Temper continues my Ripples in the Status Quo series. The first three can be read as standalones, but in books four (Owned) and five (Temper), things really start to come together.

What genre does it fall in?

Temper is Dark Erotica. At its core, it is a love story, but there are no fluffy bunnies or clear skies for these characters. Their path is a difficult one. There’s sex, there’s violence, and there’s a bit of everything in between, I think. As I’ve said, I love quotes, and here’s another one. Tiffany Reisz wrote in The Siren that Erotica is a subgenre of Horror–because “Romance is sex plus love. Erotica is sex plus fear.”

Do you want to share any funny moments or experiences while writing this book, did your characters play well with you?  Did you play well together?

My characters are assholes.

Give us a little insight into your main characters. Who are they?

Reese and Ashton return from Ravel, the second book in my series, and the story centers primarily around them. Reese is a werewolf who, up until recently, was a bit of a recluse after his lover died. When Ashton, a human, broke into his house to try to steal from him, he sort of started to wake up and see what the world is really like.

There are really mixed opinions on both of them. I’ve had a friend call Reese my Christian Grey, and I’ve had others say he’s sweet and romantic. The fact of the matter is that he’s an entitled rich werewolf in a world where that means he’s pretty much a god, and he doesn’t quite understand what it means to be less than that. Ashton, on the other hand, is a snarky little asshole, and he has a special place in my heart. He wants his freedom so badly, and he knows that it’s not going to happen.

Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?

These characters will be returning in Fracture, which is the sixth book in the Ripples in the Status Quo series!

Which actor would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Alexander Skarsgård. He would be perfect for Reese.

Tell us about some of the other books you have written.

So the Ripples in the Status Quo Books were meant to be a set of standalones that might occasionally cross, but they were never really meant to be a series. Somewhere between Bought and Recoil, though, that changed. Temper is the fifth book in this series. I’m really not that great at brevity, but let’s see if I can summarize:

Series: Supernaturals take over the world. Yay for supes, bad for subjugated humans.

Bought: Werewolf takes the fall for his lover. Bought by an evil witch who wants to break him.

Ravel: Thief gets caught breaking into werewolf’s house (oops) trying to find things to steal to save his BFF.

Recoil: Vampire whore tries to break a human slave from the Rebellion.

Owned: Everything has a consequence. Everything. Continuation of Recoil. Brings back Bought characters.

What scene in your writing has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?

The final scene in Recoil made me cry my eyes out (spoilers!). An unpublished short with Reese and Ashton made me laugh the hardest.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first learned people did this for a living. I had this teacher in 5th grade who would either be proud or appalled at what I’m doing now, and she encouraged me to do more of it. I learned how to write out my demons, and I’ve been doing it since.

Unfortunately, I let people tell me that I’d never succeed, and I let myself languish at jobs I hated. I worked at a bank for almost 10 years! Not really that interesting, but hey. I’m also in school for Cybersecurity, which is what I’m doing while I do…everything else.

What are your ambitions for your writing career and what’s your favorite part of writing?

My ambitions are pretty modest: I just want to keep writing because I love it. My favorite part is getting to explore my own world and get lost in it; I get to play deity for a little while and control everything that’s going on. And then beyond that, I’ve met some amazing people who I never would have met otherwise.

Do you write full or part-time?  If part time would you like to share your J.O.B. with your readers?

I work 24/7. I’m a full time student doing 8 week condensed courses, I’m a housewife and mother, I write, I copy edit for another author, I take care of the mini-farm, I cook, I sometimes clean, I take care of the garden… When it’s close to deadline, fulltime. The rest of the time, I steal moments.

What is the hardest part about writing for you?

Finding time? That and getting started. I write by getting an idea into my head—whether it’s from a word, a phrase, a song, a character—and then I just write. Once I get started, I’m fine, but the whole “getting started” part is where things get a little murky.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I write out of order. I start by getting a vague idea of what I want to do with a book, and then I start writing scenes. About halfway through, I realize I have no direction, panic, write an outline, write around the outline, then go back and put the pieces back together. Editing is fuuuuuuun.

Writing in the field that you do, how would you explain to someone the difference between erotic fiction, erotic(a) and maybe even porn?

In my opinion, erotic fiction is fiction where the sex scenes could come out and the story would be mostly unchanged. They add to the story, but they don’t diminish it if they’re gone. In erotica, the sex is integral to the plot. In porn… Come on, there’s no plot in porn except people getting laid. (Haha, ‘come on.’)

Does your own sexuality come into play when writing your books (i.e. do any of your real life scenarios make it to the page)?

Alas. Since I’m not a gay man, I don’t get to experience these things.

How do you go about writing a good sex scene?

I’m totally good at writing one-handed. Oh. You want a real answer? The characters decide how they want to do it, and I write it.

If you are self-published why have you chosen to take this route over going with a publishing house?

This should come as no shock to anyone who knows me, but I’m a teensy bit of a control freak. I like getting to write what I want when I want; I like setting my own deadlines, picking my own cover artist and growing with her, doing my own editing or getting my own little team to help me out… And I like being able to experiment with pricing and strategies and so on.

…There’s also the fact that most publishing houses won’t take what I write.

In your opinion do you feel a book blurb or the cover art is more important in generating interest in a book and why?

The cover art is the first thing someone sees, but the blurb is what makes them decide whether or not to buy the book. So I have to say the cover art first, because it needs to catch a potential reader’s attention. I know mine tend towards the “simpler” side, but that’s exactly why I love them. 🙂

Who would you say is your biggest supporter?

I can’t name just one person, which is amazing to be able to say. But I’m fortunate enough to have had three people who got me through writing Temper: Brandyjo, Patricia Kristine, and Sharon. I was terrified of writing this book, because I went to places that I’ve never really been before. These three dealt with, uh, quite a bit. You should probably pity them, really.

How do you feel about social media and its impact on the world of literature?

I love connecting with people who are reading my books; I love talking to people online, because I’m very introverted and quiet “in real life.” At the same time, though, it’s draining. There’s also the dependence on Facebook, which frightens me for so many reasons.

What is the one thing you wish individuals would consider when writing a review?

They really don’t have to be anything special or long and drawn out! The fact that you took the time out of your day to write a review still means the world to me and most of the authors I know.

Are there any causes within the LGBTQ community that are a hot button for you or that you are passionate about?

I want to write a story with a bisexual character, which might include M/F scenes. I’m wary of doing it, because I’ve heard readers say they refuse to read books with M/F pairings. It makes me sad, because I would love to see more bi characters in stories. I don’t talk about it much, because I’m actually extremely private about my personal life, but it hits pretty close to home.

Are there certain authors who inspire your writing?

Brandon Sanderson, above all, inspires me—to write faster, to write better, to build better worlds and characters. He writes epic fantasy with a deft hand, and his stories and plots are spectacular. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files taught me a lot about writing urban fantasy—which I don’t really write, but it’s still something I keep in mind when world-building. His villains are also multi-dimensional and fascinating, and in general, his characters evolve beautifully. Tiffany Reisz taught me it’s okay to write erotica and that there can still be a story; she’s also the first author I read who wrote male/male, I think! And Nicholas Bella’s books teach me that it’s okay to push limits, which is one of the hardest things to do.

What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? What did you enjoy about it?

Free time? What is this free time you speak of? I love anything with strong, flawed characters. The last book I read was Paper Kisses by R.M. Grace. I loved her prose. She writes like poetry, and it was just a gorgeous piece of writing. (I’m still pissed, lady.)

In this ever changing market, do you prefer e-books or paper books and why?

I really prefer paper books (as evidenced by the five billion I have), but at the same time, I like being able to carry said five billion with me.

What other projects are you currently working on that you would like to divulge to us?

I have a few small things I’m working on—a Reese and Ash short story that’s actually humorous, a story with two new characters from the world (Khaz’s “uncle,” so to speak, and his pet human), and I have this idea for a contemporary book that I might one day work on. Most of my attention is focused on the main RISQ books, though.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us – an exclusive perhaps?

Here’s the start of my contemporary book:

He was the most beautiful man I had ever seen–and I nearly destroyed him. He entrusted me with a heart that had broken so many times that hairline cracks marred its every surface. Instead of locking it away and tending lovingly to it, I held it too tight and squeezed until there was very nearly nothing left.

Until he was gone.

Now, I can make amends.

This time, he’ll stay mine.

 

Many thanks for sharing all this with us and congratulations on your new release.

 

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R. Phoenix has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes that love can corrupt and power can redeem. Her muse is a sadomasochistic slave driver who thinks it’s terribly amusing to give her the best ideas when she just got comfortable and warm in bed, and she passes on that torture to her readers.

If she had it her way, she would describe the books in her “Ripples in the Status Quo” world as: “Supernatural creatures take over the world and turn humans into pets and food. There’s some sex between guys. And… um… effed up things happen.” It’s probably a good thing she has people around her to remind her that she actually wants people to read her books. (They should really be more diligent, especially when they know she’s writing her author bio.)

She’s an author, stay-at-home mother, housewife, second time college student, and duck herder extraordinaire. She’s learning how to cook without burning the house down, her garden is somehow neither drowning nor drying up, and one day she might remember what that mythical thing called “free time” is. She’s starting to wonder who thought it was a good idea to write bios in third person.

She also tries entirely too hard to be funny, and she mercilessly inflicts her terrible sense of humor upon anyone who speaks to her. Really, it’s not you. It’s her. All the same, she’d love it if you’d say hello, because it makes her day to hear that someone read something she wrote. If they enjoyed it, there’s usually an awkward happy dance and embarrassing sounds of joy to accompany it (no, not that kind of sound, you perv). If all of that hasn’t scared you away, please visit her website at

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Confidential Encounters Anthology ~ Interview with Louisa Mae

A warm welcome to Louisa Mae and congratulations on the release of your first story in the Confidential Encounters Anthology.

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Interview with Louisa Mae  

Getting to know you…

What is your favorite movie? Hands down, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Seen it countless times, I am word perfect, and that includes ALL aspects of audience partici….pation.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I either wanted to be a nurse, or a librarian. Not that much different I know. As a child, I loved going to my local library with my dad, and it a such a magical world. Now the thought of being  nurse turns my stomach I get queasy at the sight of blood, my own is fine but when I see things on tv about hospitals, I can’t watch.

What were you like in school?

Very quiet. I know a total shocker. The change happened for me when I left school and went to college, I found my voice and confidence. The rest, as they say is history.

What sound do you love to hear or make?

Thunderstorms. LOVE the sound of thunder rumbling and the noise lightning makes when it cracks through the air.

Now a few questions about your writing…

How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?

I’ve been writing for five years now. But this is the first story I have published other than some fanfiction. For me, it’s the fact you can express yourself and bring life to characters that (hopefully) people will love.

Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest story?

Below The Line 

When confirmed bachelor Connor James arrived at work sporting the hangover from hell, the last person he expected to see was his most recent one night stand. Despite Mr Tall, Dark and Handsome being the hottest person he’s ever met, Connor isn’t looking for a relationship, but fate it seems has other plans.

When self-made businessman Jason Birch took ownership of the up-and-coming marketing firm, the only thing he expected to find was another addition to his expanding firm, Ad-Venture. Coming face to face with his one and only random hook up from the previous night throws Jason a curveball. His every thought since he left their hotel room has been about hunting the sexy blond down, but a relationship with an employee isn’t going to happen.

One night was all either expected from the chance meeting, and an office affair is the last thing they need, but they’re unable to deny the passion which draws them together.

What led you to write this story?

I was asked by my good friend, Nicole Colville, well I say asked it more corralled, if I wanted to join a writing project she was planning. Where she would put a charity anthology together to give us the experience of publishing while raising money for a great cause. The charity is getting 100% of the proceeds. Nicole is covering all the editing and cover costs herself. We chose a LGBT charity that works worldwide. The link is here: http://kaleidoscopetrust.com/

What genre does it fall in?

It’s M/M romance.

Please share an excerpt from your story.

As I stared at him, hearing but not taking in the words he was speaking as he addressed us, realisation dawned on me. Well, it more crashed through the door and knocked me flat on my back. I knew the man standing before me, and not just in the ‘he looks kinda familiar’ way. I knew him intimately. I wanted to crawl under the nearest desk and hide, or if not possible, I’d settle for the floor opening up and swallowing me, a portal opening to another dimension. Anything but standing there.

He continued to speak, but I wasn’t focusing on the words coming from his highly talented mouth. Jason was everything I remembered him to be, and so much more. He was a commanding presence—everyone else in the office was enthralled. He was strong, confident and oozed sex appeal. This was the man who’d kept me up most of last night while he ravaged my body, tearing orgasms from it before I finally passed out in his hotel bed, exhausted.

Do you want to share any funny moments or experiences while writing this book, did your characters play well with you?

Did you play well together? The book is set in my home city, and the office building is one I used to work in. There is a character in it, who is based on a manager I used to have. I never intended to draw from real people, but as I introduced them, it just flowed and worked. There is a line that made me laugh as I typed in, in reference to her character. My men, Connor and Jason had their moments, especially Connor, if he didn’t like what I was doing he would sulk. Full on, arms folded over his chest and refusing to talk. He was a lot of fun really.

Give us a little insight into your main characters. Who are they? Connor James is mid twenties, single, and loves his life. He’s used to not having a care about anyone else, and certainly wasn’t looking for anything more than fun. Jason Birch is a self made business man, driven by the desire to succeed. They both have their own quirks, and Connor made me giggle on more than one occasion with his wit and sharp tongue

Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?

I have a second book planned, and that will be from Jason’s POV, so we’ll get to hear from him and get inside his mind which I’m really looking forward to. He’s already been in my ear at usually 5am demanding I listen.

What scene in your writing has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?

With Below The Line, it was a conversation about one of the office managers and the fact she has children. Connor says he thought that dragon’s laid eggs. I am working on another story, and that made me cry as there is a scene where following the death of someone, the simple act of their mug being smashed it emotional. That is something that happened to me, so putting it into a novel meant a lot.

Do you write full or part-time?  If part-time would you like to share your job with your readers?

I write part time, as in whenever I can. I work full time, and have been studying for a  professional qualification in my own time, so fitting time to listen to my demanding men has been difficult at times. The day job? I’m a credit risk controller for a motor auction. Not glamorous, but it keeps me busy.

In your opinion do you feel a book blurb or the cover art is more important in generating interest in a book and why?

I think it’s because when you are looking for something to read, it’s true that we DO judge a book by its cover. It has to catch the eye in the mass of books your see online, if something blends in, or looks like everything else then you won’t stop to look any further. A good blurb will grab your attention, I’ve read a lot of blurbs and then bought the book. I need to intrigued – maybe that’s just me.

Are there any causes within the LGBTQ community that are a hot button for you or that you are passionate about?

At the moment, it’s the whole discrimination regarding which toilet (bathroom) you pee in. WHO CARES! People are comparing these people to sex offenders, STOP IT! I worked for bank about 8 years ago and we had a member of staff going through male to female reassignment. We treated her like a woman, and we all complained and took her side when a manager suggested she use the disabled toilets rather than the ladies. To us, she was a woman and only one person made any fuss about it. Personally, I’ve gone into the mens toilets in bars and clubs when the queue for the ladies has been horrendous. Stop discriminating, it’s the 21st century people!

Who would you say is your biggest supporter?

Without a doubt, Nicole Colville. I met her when we worked together and it was one of the biggest blessings in my life. I know without her constant encouragement, cajoling and downright demanding I wouldn’t have made the leap to publish anything. There are other friends who have told me not give up, Matt, Dora, Sheila and Tash to name but a few. These are people I can message when I’m having a mini meltdown and they understand.

In this ever changing market, do you prefer e-books or paper books and why?

I think with e-books you can carry so many with you, on either a phone or Kindle. It’s opened up a whole new world to so many people. There is nothing like holding a real book in your hand though, I have lots of paper books still and will never get rid of them.

What other projects are you currently working on that you would like to divulge to us?

I have a full length novel that I did for Nano-Wri-Mo in 2014 which I am editing and revising, and I also have another novel I am totally in love with, and have the most stunning cover designed by Jay Aheer. That will be published this year, all being well. Then there is the follow up to Below The Line.

Many thanks for sharing with us today.

 

Confidential Encounters Anthology

Confidential Encounters

 

Authors: Nicole Colville, April Wallington, Louisa Mae, T.A. Reign, Laura Raven

Word Count:147,000

Print Page Count:470

Published By:Hidden Pleasures

Cover Designer:Kellie Dennis from Book Cover by Design

All the proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the Kaleidoscope Trust which promotes LGBT rights internationally. By reading, you’re helping support a very valuable service to our community. Thank you.

 

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When the pressure at work rises, so does the passion. Five sweltering shorts to heat up your kindle and set your pulse racing.

Relationships in the workplace sound like a fantasy come true, especially with your sexy boss, but it’s not all hot encounters in the stationary cupboard and stolen kisses over the coffee machine. Being a couple in both you professional and personal world could make it easier to face what life throws at you, but it could also threaten to drive you apart.

Confidential Encounters includes five short stories, each very different in their own way with equally different men, but all have one thing in common… their professional and personal lives are mixing.

Though the passion and the heat is off the charts, can they turn hot encounters at work into something more, or is that a step too far?

BLURBS FOR EACH STORY

The Newcomer: April Wallington

Mailroom worker Dylan finds himself working as a spy when his sleazy boss forces him to infiltrate a rival company. Living with an abusive father, Dylan is stuck in the closet. Unhappy and desperate to find a way out of his lonely life, but too afraid to do anything about it, he meets a man who could give him the confidence to take that leap — his new boss and the man he’s spying on.

As co-owner of his own business, sharing his home and work life with his best friends, Jamie appears to have it all: an active sex life and an expanding company to run, but he’s looking for more. When he meets Dylan, he’s offered that chance. Moving on means big changes for them both, and with Jamie’s private and personal life so closely connected, both question if a relationship will work and how it will affect the people close to them.

 Below The Line: Louisa Mae

When confirmed bachelor Connor James arrived at work sporting the hangover from hell, the last person he expected to see was his most recent one night stand. Despite Mr Tall, Dark and Handsome being the hottest person he’s ever met, Connor isn’t looking for a relationship, but fate it seems has other plans.

When self-made businessman Jason Birch took ownership of the up-and-coming marketing firm, the only thing he expected to find was another addition to his expanding firm, Ad-Venture. Coming face to face with his one and only random hook up from the previous night throws Jason a curveball. His every thought since he left their hotel room has been about hunting the sexy blond down, but a relationship with an employee isn’t going to happen.

One night was all either expected from the chance meeting, and an office affair is the last thing they need, but they’re unable to deny the passion which draws them together.

 Double Dealing: Nicole Colville

Caught in a messy merger with the mounting pressure to close a multi-million dollar deal, business mogul Ryder Granger finds things are more hostile than the average takeover, but he’s not just interested in acquiring the lucrative Lyon coffee chain. He has an entirely more personal motive hidden beneath his cool exterior and designer suit.

Trace Lyon believes the merger with B&G could be the way out of the closet his strict Southern father keeps him locked in, but there’s one big problem. Ryder Granger is everything Trace wants, and everything his father despises. Two years ago, they shared one incredible night together, but despite the connection and the intense heat, both walked away.

With the deal falling through, Ryder brings an unexpected offer to the table — a more personal type of merger between the two rival families, one Trace is dead against. After all, an arranged marriage in New York in 2016… That could never work out. Taking control in the only way he can, Trace agrees to marry Ryder, but secretly plots to double deal both his father and Ryder. He just has to get this whole absurd wedding out of the way first and ignore how happy Ryder makes him feel.

 Skin Deep: T.A. Reign

Nurse Jai Kapoor lives in the shadows, keeping a barrier firmly in place between himself and the world. Considering himself a freak of nature due to his skin disorder, he hides under layers of clothes, hoping to blend in and become invisible. Lonely, touch-starved, and unable to break out of self-imposed restraints, he keeps his head down and focuses his energy on healing and comforting his patients.

Top of his field in orthopedic surgery, Doctor Lazarus Sukas demands perfection from those who work with him and in his private life. Despite his good looks, his only concern is his job and the patients he operates on, not on a relationship. When an explosive encounter in the operating room brings the two men together, their controlled, lonely lives begin to change. The attraction between them ignites in a firestorm of passion, creating a need so intense, neither can deny.

Beautiful: Laura Raven

With shaggy blond locks, deep green eyes, and a naturally athletic physique, Nathan Finn looks like your quintessential California surfer, but having grown up in Nebraska, he’s never actually been on a board. Like many twenty-somethings in Los Angeles, Nathan and his roommate work together at crappy job in a call center while their band works to hit it big. Sadly, aside from working and the occasional gig, Nathan doesn’t really have much of a life to speak of, and those fleeting moments on stage are the only times he really feels alive. His love life is practically non-existent, and he doesn’t really feel the need to change that.

That is, until a mysterious stranger breezes into the office and wakes him up from his zombie-like existence. Nate’s new co-worker is stunningly beautiful… like, could be a model beautiful — lithe with long black hair, smooth pale skin, and blue eyes you want to swim in. From the moment their eyes meet, Nate wants nothing more than to learn everything there is to know about Skye.

There are questions he’s hesitant to ask, however. Is Skye a man or a woman? And, what does it mean that he doesn’t really care?

 

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Born and bred in the the vibrant city of Leeds in the North of the UK. I’ve always loved reading, and one of my fondest memories from childhood was the weekly visits to the library with my dad. It always seemed such a magical place to escape into through the books I read on a weekly basis.

I’d not really thought about writing in my adult life until I was introduced to the world of Fanfiction and after reading so many I found myself making friends through this new media. My friend, Lori, told me to have a go at writing one, and I did. That work took on a life of its own and opened my eyes to the possibilities. This allowed me to get used to plotting a story and while making the characters my own. I also started to beta/pre read for others and discovered, that much to my surprise, they valued my opinion and input.

Making the move to write M/M or slash as it’s known, took me a little longer. After becoming good friends with a wonderful lady from Illinois  who told me (repeatedly), “You should write slash, I think you’d be good at it.” I shied away from the idea for so long, but the seed was firmly sown in my mind and soon took root and a life of its own. I decided to write a short piece as a surprise gift for Angela’s birthday that year. Emailing it to her, given the time difference between the UK and US this meant I was desperately waiting for her to see in and I think I heard her delighted scream. Thanks to this, and working on writing group competition, I soon found that I preferred writing M/M to M/F.

In 2013 fate intervened and I lost my job. Through my new one, I met Nicole Colvlle,  and the rest, as they say, is history. This marked the start of a beautiful friendship. She encouraged me to make the switch to writing original fiction, and I signed up to Nano Wri Mo 2013, but due to changing jobs I couldn’t commit the time needed. In 2014 I signed up again, and smashed the 50K word goal in 30 days, with a story I love and am proud of.

I’ve been beta reading for Nicole over 17 books now (including the 10 shorts in Knights) and the confidence she inspires in me has been invaluable in my joining this anthology and publishing my first work.

 

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Asta Idonea ~ New Release, Excerpt and Interview

First Swallow of Spring

Asta Idonea

16 March 2016

Torquere Press

Short Story/MM

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The first swallow of spring draws Seanán back to the fae circle each year. There he dances with the handsome fae lord, Iorweth. He knows the rules he must follow if he wishes to be free to leave at the end of the night; however, Iorweth is growing ever more inventive in his attempts to trick Seanán into breaking them.

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“Seanán will be dancing with none but me.” The words were softly spoken, yet the tone brooked no argument, and at this utterance, the others scurried away and a new figure stepped into view.

A wave of contentment flooded through Seanán. “Iorweth.” He accepted Iorweth’s proffered hand, and Iorweth pulled him to his feet as if he weighed nothing. He gazed up at the regal figure. “I have missed you.”

“And I you. Shall we dance?”

Iorweth swept Seanán into his arms and they spun toward the edge of the clearing. The others made room for them and they joined the chain, circling the stone in a dance of pure delight. The music came from no discernible source, but it filled the air, bright and bell-like, and between its magical refrains, the fae laughed, clapped, and cavorted in the moonlight.

Seanán followed Iorweth’s lead. The rest of the world melted away as he lost himself in the fae lord’s glimmering, emerald eyes. This was the time of year he felt most alive. In the long months between these meetings he survived on memories and dreams. They kept him going, but nothing compared to being here in Iorweth’s arms. The press of his hand on Seanán’s back—that was the brilliant reality. The rest of his life was colorless.

Iorweth pulled him closer until their bodies met. Warmth spread through Seanán and he sighed and rested his head against Iorweth’s chest. Surely they had danced for long enough. Surely Iorweth would soon take him to the stone. Yet, on and on they danced. They twirled and dipped and swayed, never breaking from the circle. Seanán should have felt dizzy. At the very least he should have grown weary. But when he was with Iorweth, he always had boundless energy. So long as their hands touched, Seanán believed he could go on dancing without pause, forever.

Interview with Asta Idonea

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m British-born, but I have lived in Australia for 8½ years now. I was backpacking here when I met my husband on the bus. I just never went home. I worked in admin until 2014, when I left to try my hand as a freelance editor and author. I am much happier now, though I still need to build up a little more editing work.

What would people be most surprised to know about you?

I was almost a translator. I completed a PGDip in Translation, but then I moved here and my European languages weren’t as relevant anymore. I still try to keep up my language skills, though. I have pen pals around the world, I read books in other languages, and I watch a lot of world cinema.

How do you relax?

I have many hobbies: reading (naturally), theatre, cinema, music (I sing and play a few instruments), sketching….

Do you have a favorite quote?

“What a terrible affair life is to be sure; I don’t mean nasty, because it’s glorious and enthralling, but so aweinspiring and unnerving and taxing.”
(Percy Grainger to Rose Grainger (his mother) 23/07/1907)

How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?

As a child, I loved books. My sister would ask to play with her dolls, and I would ask to read. From as far back as I remember thinking about such things, I wanted to write, but it was something I kept putting off, thinking I wasn’t good enough. In my late teens/early twenties, I started publishing some fan fiction, but then I moved to Australia and finally found the drive to pursue my dreams. I had my first original work published in 2011 and haven’t stopped.

What are your ambitions for your writing career and what’s your favorite part of writing?

My favourite part is giving life to the characters that fill my head and helping them tell their stories. As for ambition, it would be nice to earn more than I spend on my writing, and one day see one of my books on the shelf in a major bookstore, but deep down, I’d be happy simply to know people are reading and enjoying my work.

Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?

Actually, I do write mainstream too (under the pen name Nicki J. Markus). I started out in mainstream paranormal and fantasy, and I continue to write that alongside my MM works. The MM came about through my editing. Most of the manuscripts on which I work are LGBT, and when I started editing for Wayward Ink Publishing, I decided to try my hand at an MM piece of my own for one of their anthology calls. I found I enjoyed it and wrote another, and another…. Much of my former fan fiction was slash, so I guess subconsciously it was a genre I already appreciated.

What scene in your writing has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?

I’m not sure I can pick a single scene, but the two works with which I had the most emotional connection were The Ragnarök Chronicles (MF Fantasy) and Souls for Sale (MM Paranormal). Both Loki (in the former) and Saul (in the latter) became very dear to me.

Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?

It is a short fantasy MM story, releasing as a single title and within an anthology. It follows Seanán, a young man who is drawn year after year to the fae circle near his home. There he is romanced by a fae lord, who tries to trick him into breaking the rules that will see him unable to leave at the end of the night.

Give us a little insight into your main characters. Who are they?

Seanán lives at home with his parents and helps work his father’s farm. He is bored with his everyday life and longs for the one night each year when he can visit Iorweth. Nonetheless, he resists all attempts to trick him into staying; he wishes to make that choice himself.

Iorweth is a regal fae lord who wishes to trap Seanán in the fae realm, to keep him close forever. Used to getting his way and tricking unwary mortals, at first he fails to see that the way to win Seanán is through openness and love, rather than wiles.

Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?

I work from home, so the morning and early afternoon I dedicate to editing work. Occasionally I have a day or two free between editing jobs, but mostly I have a steady stream of manuscripts and work seven days a week. The mid to late afternoon (and sometimes into the evening), however, is writing time.

When I have the initial idea for a story, I jot down character notes (full profiles if it’s a novella or novel). I also note some key plot points, but that’s the only planning I do—I prefer to see where the characters take me. I always type the first draft at the computer in my study. However, once that it done I print the work and retreat to the comfy chair in my library/music room for editing. I read through the complete story, making notes and corrections as I go, then it’s back to the study for the next draft. Short stories go through two or three drafts and then a final proofread. Novellas and novels get four drafts, then the proofread.

What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? What did you enjoy about it?

I read widely; the only genres I avoid completely are true crime and chick lit. I read (and reread) a lot of classics. I enjoy literary fiction and paranormal/fantasy tales, and I read a lot of non-fiction (in particular books on my favourite historical periods). Recently I finished a book on Victorian London, which I was reading as research for my new Steampunk story. That was interesting and gave me plenty of ideas. Now I am reading an historical fiction piece about a highwaywoman in England during the Commonwealth.

Thank you so much for answering my questions.

I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you!

Good luck in your future writing!

 

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Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel; all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

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Interview by Andrew Q. Gordon

I was recently interviewed by friend and fellow author,

Andrew Q. Gordon.

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Read the interview below or see it HERE on Andrew’s blog.

While you’re there, check out his upcoming story, The Eye and the Arm – Book Two in the Champion of the Gods Seriesto be released on April 14, 2015.

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You can pre-order it here: DSP Publications

INTERVIEW BY ANDREW Q. GORDON

Welcome Lily. Nice to finally get to interview you.

Hello, Andrew. Thank you for inviting me here today.

Let’s start by telling everyone a bit about yourself.

I live roughly in the center of the UK. I am the eldest of five siblings, married with two children in their twenties, and was a teacher of primary pupils for over twenty-five years.

This has been a busy few months for you. You’ve had several anthology stories released since May, you’re doing Free Fiction Friday and you’ve had other books released. When did you first start writing?

Yes, the past year or so has been quite busy for me. I started writing fiction over four years ago now. My first attempts were dire and I cringe when I think of my work back then. I tended to write a chapter and after a bit of editing I posted it on fanfiction.net with only a basic overall plan in place for the longer stories. I’ve since edited these fanfiction stories (four or five times, if not more!) and some are now on my blog as free reads or part of FFF. I’ve come to value using outlines and character sketches when planning a story, however short it may be.

Talk about your sub genre of choice. Which ones do you prefer and why.

I tend to read and write contemporary m/m romance and erotica, plus I’m currently reading Josh Lanyon’s mysteries. There are so many fabulous writers and books on my to-read list. I’m not really in to fantasy or sci-fi, and although I studied history, I have yet to really explore that aspect of the m/m genre.

Tell us about some of your prior releases.

The first two listed below are novels I self-published. The last one is a short story published by Torquere Press in the Take It Like a Man anthology and also released as a separate story.

Paint the Sky

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A love of art…

A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.

Starry, starry night…

Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest… and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.

But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.

Hold tight to your dreams…

Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.

Boys on Film

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What would happen if a gay porn star fell in love with a writer of erotic m/m novels?

Set in an opulent house in San Diego that also serves as a porn studio, the story follows Stefan as he falls in love with Nate, a budding author from England, and in the process comes out as gay. Despite working in a gay porn studio and having sex with his best buddy on a regular basis, Stefan outwardly claims to be straight, although he enjoys the sex and substantial pay from his gay videos. This changes when he meets Nate, who has been given the opportunity to observe the inner workings of Blue House Film Studios to add realism to his latest erotic novel.

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After updating his Rent Boy blog profile, well-endowed porn star Ty, receives a text requesting an appointment with a sexually inexperienced client. Andy asks Ty to provide him with the necessary knowhow, so if he ever goes on a date with the guy he’s attracted to he’s fully prepared. Little does Ty know this hook-up will lead to a friendship that will subsequently change his life. Can Ty remain friends with Andy or will he always want more? And how will Ty react when Andy finally goes on a date with another man?

Your upcoming book is the Encore anthology. Tell us about it.

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It’s a collection of ten short stories from Wayward Ink Publishing all with the theme of musicals. My story is called Over the Rainbow and was inspired by The Wizard of Oz.

Watch the fabulous trailer video HERE

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Dorian has been cast as Dorothy in his school’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Like his character, Dorian is about to discover whether dreams really do come true.

Where did the inspiration for Dorian and his love interest, Mark come from?

In my story, Dorian is a newly qualified teacher who is struggling to cope during his first term of teaching. All his time seems to be taken up with preparation and marking, plus all the others things required of him. So much so, his social and therefore his love life are pretty dire. He struggles to gain control over some unruly pupils and is beginning to think he is going to fail as a teacher. He wants to succeed and impress his mentor, Mark Leonard, the Head of the English department in the school. He observes Dorian’s lessons and offers him advice and suggestions for improvement.

Some members of staff at the school are taking part in the end of term production of the Wizard of Oz. Dorian has been cast as Dorothy and Mark is the Cowardly Lion. Aspects of the characters and musical are reflected in their lives and personalities. I drew on my teaching experience for Dorian’s character and some of the events in the story.

What part of the book was the most fun to write and why?

I have a scene that includes my characters telling Wizard of Oz jokes. They are not really funny, but I have a weird sense of humor and was chuckling away to myself as I wrote this part of the story.

What part made you struggle them most?

My plan was to take aspects of the Wizard of Oz and create parallels in the lives of my main characters. Although I roughly knew where the story was heading, I struggled to come up with the Tin Man/Scarecrow’s subplot. I wanted them to be searching for a heart/love and a brain like they do in the movie. It took me weeks to finally weave their story into Dorian and Mark’s plot.

Tell us something interesting that is not in the blurb?

Dorian enjoys wearing women’s lacy underwear.

What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

Can I be cheeky and choose three? I love the initial ‘plot bunny’ where I develop my main characters and imagine some of their conversations and hot scenes together. To me, they are real people who could actually exist in real life. I also love it when the words flow from me as a scene takes shape. But if I’m only allowed to choose one favorite part, then it has to be the finished product. When I look back at the hard work I’ve put into the writing and am proud I’ve actually created a story people enjoy reading.

What’s your least favorite?

The slog of writing when you seem to chip away day after day, only adding a few hundred words at a time, and you think you’re never going to get the story finished.

What have you read lately that most people haven’t read but should?

I recently enjoyed reading L.A. Witt’s first story in the Cover Me series. (Currently free on Amazon). The writing is excellent in my opinion. It was one of those books I thought about when I wasn’t reading it and was eager to pick it up again to see what would happen next. This story has all the elements I enjoy in the m/m genre. I became involved with the main character’s feelings from the start and loved Nick and Andrew’s interaction and their hot scenes together. I felt their longing for each other and their need to be together as they fell in love. Tense and full of suspense, the story was not predictable, although I knew something ‘bad’ would happen at some point.

If you could meet any writer, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I would love to be able to travel back in time and question the men who wrote the original Gospels and the other books in the New Testament. I know it was more than one person, but their writing has changed the course of history. I’d like to know how much of their work was based on historical events.

What’s a fun – non-writing – day for you?

Spending the day relaxing in the Aqua Sana at Center Parcs. I especially love the steam rooms and the massaging water jets in the pool.

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Besides reading and writing, what else do you enjoy?

Walking. I walk locally at least once a day, usually with my daughter and her dog, plus we often go on hiking holidays. Austria is our favorite location. If you read Opposites Attract, you’ll see it inspired the main location, the beautiful scenery, and even parts of the plot were based on some things that have happened to us on our trips. Not the sex in the mountain hut, though 😦

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Since there is always another story to tell, what are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a short story for another anthology submission. The theme is rough and tumble blue-collar workers. My main character falls for the muscle-packed and sexy handyman he employs to take care of his garden. It’s with one of my beta readers at the moment and will need a bit more polishing before I send it off. I have several rough plans and ideas for other stories, but haven’t decided which one will be my next focus yet.

Last question is all yours – feel free to talk about anything you want your readers to know about you, your book, anything at all.

I’ll be at the Queer Company event in Oxford on May 9th and the UK Meet in Bristol in September. Hope to meet some of you there.

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Excerpt from Over the Rainbow

At last.

Dorian Gartside let out a huge sigh of relief. He quickly dismissed his boisterous pupils and had logged himself off the computer on the teacher’s desk by the time they’d all noisily exited the room.

God! What a day!

Anyone who thought this job was easy should try teaching Pride and Prejudice to a class of fifteen-year old boys. And damn it, he still had a bloody staff meeting to attend before he got to go home.

Dorian scooped up his teaching notes and a pile of books he hadn’t managed to mark at lunchtime and strode out of the classroom barely missing two boys who ran past him. “Walk in the corridor!” he instructed the rapidly fleeing flash of emerald green uniforms, but to little effect.

Dorian sighed again and looked down at the books in his arms.

Yet another busy night with hardly any rest or relaxation.

He wished he’d believed the person who’d told him his social life would be non-existent during his first year of teaching. Marking, planning, staff meetings, talking to snooty parents, in addition to after-school activities two or three times a week. Bring back college days any time. At least he’d had something he could laughingly call a sex life then.

Thank God it was the October mid-term break next week. Time to draw breath for a few days at least.

Dorian slowed his pace as he passed the adjacent classroom and glanced inside hopefully. His search was rewarded, and catching sight of the object of his desire, his stomach fluttered.

“Hey, Dorian. Have you got a minute before the staff meeting starts?”

Dorian flushed a little and smiled. “Sure.” He glanced appreciatively over his mentor and superior, Mr. Leonard. “I wanted to ask you a few questions about my lesson observation tomorrow too, if you’ve got time.”

Mr. Leonard, Head of the English department, was everything Dorian wished he could be—and not just because of the expert control he had over the pupils. He was tall, broad-shouldered, and most of his exposed skin was covered in thick, dark hair that Dorian spent most nights dreaming about; he often imagined what the hairs would feel like if he ran his hands over Mr. Leonard’s skin and what this hunk of a man looked like naked.

“That’s fine, D. Let’s grab a cuppa and talk on the way.”

Dorian nodded and shifted the books in his arms so most of his suddenly bulging groin was now covered. The very thought of calling Mr. Leonard ‘Sir’ was enough to harden his traitorous cock at the most inopportune moments. He usually thought of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett at times like this, but those thoughts often turned to Mr. Bingley and a very wet-shirted Mr. Darcy, and he was no better off.

Dorian did his best to concentrate on their conversation, focusing on Mr. Leonard’s eyes and lips as they discussed his lesson for class 5B the following day. “And I want you to speak up in the staff meeting today….”

“Yes, Mr. Leonard.”

“Look, Dorian, it’s about time you called me Mark. We’ve been working together for over six weeks now.”

Dorian smiled again, his heavy cock filling when his name fell from the older man’s lips. He’d never liked the name his parents had given him and had to suffer being called everything from Dory to Ryan in his teen years, but hearing Mark say it sent a shiver down his spine every time. “Sure. If that’s okay with you, Mark.”

Mr. Leonard—Mark—paused as they approached the staffroom and huffed. “Of course it is, but not in front of the Munchkins, though.” Dorian chuckled at Mark’s nickname for the pupils.

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The Encore anthology is published on 20th March.

Pre-order/buy links:

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon AU / Amazon DE / WIP / ARe

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About Lily:

Lily writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page–there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!
Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels four years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily has several self-published stories available on Amazon. She is also published with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing.
Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all.Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband, two twenty-something children, and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog.
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GUEST AUTHOR – GARRETT LEIGH

A WARM WELCOME TO GARRETT LEIGH

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Please tell us a little about yourself

The book that holds everlasting resonance…

Junk, by Melvin Burgess. It tells the tale of addiction for what it really is…a very boring, uninspired way to kill yourself.

There is no glamour or excitement in this book. Just bleak, monotonous destruction.

The priority activity if you were invisible for a day…

I couldn’t possibly tell you that. My brother reads this shit…

The film you can watch time and time again…

I have terrible taste in films. I’m too thick to appreciate the clever ones, and I’m a sucker for a sweeping soundtrack and a tortured hero. That being said, if I’ve had a bad day, I quite often turn to When Harry Met Sally. Pile of utter shite, and I love it.

The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity…

 Watching my chickens scrap over cabbage leaves. Seriously, I could—and often do—watch them all day. I could even tell you odds of the smallest, most featherless one coming out victorious (pretty good, in case you were wondering).

The unfulfilled ambition that continues to haunt you…

I have a YA lesbian partial manuscript on an old laptop. I will finish it one day…

Who is the most important person in your life?

Real or imaginary? Ha. No, really…there is no one person, just a feeling…a tie that binds me to some special souls…family and friends. It manifests itself differently with each relationship, but ultimately, they all mean everything to me, and how do you define that?

The piece of wisdom you would pass onto a child…

Anger is just a hole where your life could be.

The crime you would commit knowing you could get away with it…

Already done, and I got away with it just fine, thank you very much 😉

The philosophy that underpins your life…

Communism…no, really, the old style, back when it was just a bit of sharing and hippie hugs. Some days I want nothing more than to grab the people I love…all of them, and run away to live on a kibbutz.

COMING SOON

Bold (Blue Boy 3)

Don’t underestimate me…

Dancer Kai is the sweetheart of Blue Boy studio. Cute and petite, he’s the slender bottom every top loves to pound. But nothing is ever quite as it seems, and beneath his golden curls and giggles lies something else…an edge no one can quite put their finger on.

Is Kai bored? Or does he crave something more?

Blue Boy Studio is under new ownership. Veteran porn star Jude has seen it all before, and with the help of Kai’s mentor, Cam, they figure Kai needs a change. Enter Matthew, a fellow dancer and the newbie on the block.

Kai isn’t impressed. Matthew is hot and all, but Jude and Cam’s plans seem beyond his reach. Can Kai really do…that? He doesn’t believe it, but with Matthew along for the ride, it’s time to dig deep, be bold, and find out.

Publisher: Loose Id

Released date: August 19 2014

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Many thanks, Garrett. I’m looking forward to reading your latest Blue Boy story.

MY INTERVIEW BY TAYLIN CLAVELLI

 

MANY THANKS TO TAYLIN CLAVELLI AND FOR HER THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS

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CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW ON HER WEBSITE HERE

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Huge welcome to Lily G. Blunt, Author of Service With A Smile, a story in the Wayward Ink Publishing anthology Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust.

 

TC: Hi Lily, good to speak to you, I loved your book A Darker Shade Of Oxford Blue. Thank you for allowing me to interview you. Would you mind letting the readers know a little bit about yourself.

 

LGB: Hi,Taylin! Many thanks for asking me to be a guest here. We’ve known each other for a few years now, probably from the time I first wrote Oxford Blues.

 

TC:  Not gonna beat around the bush here, read your story and damn girl the pages almost burned under my fingers let alone my insides. It’s a short story, but it sure was smokin’. My jaw dropped right from the first page and only closed when I gulped at the imagery on the page. Totally awesome. Would you mind giving the readers a taste of what they’re in store for?

 

LGB: Mmm, thank you so much… It’s two hot guys in a changing room in a men’s designer boutique! It’s basically a sex scene. Not a lot of plot really!

 

Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of Service with a Smile:

 

Terry caught sight of his reflection in the shop window and smoothed down his wind-blown hair. He glanced up and down, slowly checking over his appearance. A smile grazed his mouth. Pleased he’d chosen a tight-fitting white T-shirt to exhibit his firm torso, his dark eyes shifted to the clothing displayed on the other side of the glass. A pale blue shirt instantly caught his eye, as did a cream-colored shirt with a dusky paisley print. He knew both would suit his tanned complexion.

Terry could certainly do with a new shirt for the party later that evening, but that wasn’t the reason he was standing in front of the designer boutique. A flutter of excitement rippled through his belly and down to his groin, making his cock throb in anticipation. It wasn’t the clothing that had this effect upon him, but the thought of a particular sales assistant inside the shop.

It was late on Saturday afternoon, and the shop would be closing within the next half hour. He didn’t have much time to make his move. Terry hoped he’d timed his entrance just right. Peering beyond the male mannequins poised in the window, he searched out his intended target.

Terry noticed two men about to leave so he moved toward the door.  As it opened, an old-fashioned bell jangled overhead and the two men left the premises. They offered him a genuine smile. One of them winked at Terry, who returned the gesture. Terry watched them head down the street, walking hand in hand, for a few seconds before crossing over the threshold. A smile spread across his handsome face because he now knew only one member of the staff remained to man the shop until it closed at half past five. The one guy he wanted the chance to be alone with. The one guy he lusted after. Ash.

 

TC:Brilliant excerpt, dare I ask what the inspiration was behind it?

 

LGB: Ty Roderick and Asher Hawk from Cockyboys provided the initial inspiration for the story. At the time of writing the original story they hadn’t yet filmed a video together and this story arose out of my expectations for their future scene. Coincidentally, soon after I wrote my story, Helix Studios released a video featuring Jacob Dixon and Matthew Keading in a changing room in a sportswear shop. Several months later, after receiving a request to summit a story to one of Wayward Ink’s anthologies, I dusted the story down and added more to it, changing the names of the characters to Terry and Ash. 

 

TC: On your tumbler, there are some terrific pictures. They’re all beautiful and sensual – I could have stayed distracted for many an hour looking at them. If readers haven’t checked them out, click on the connection at the bottom of the interview – you won’t be disappointed.  How do you produce them?

 

LGB: I post to three different tumblrs. Two are what I call cute and sweet, mainly showing m/m loving, kisses and hugs. The other is NSFW and very graphic. I don’t produce the photographs. I just reblog them from tumblrs or post pics/videos from elsewhere. 

 

TC: How did you get into the whole production gig, from writing to producing videos?

 

LGB: To cut a long story short, via Twilight/Robert Pattinson, YouTube and Fanfiction. My first videos were made using Windows Movie Maker and were photographs of Rob set to music. I progressed to using clips from videos and movies at about the same time I discovered m/m fiction. So the writing, reading and video making merged into one and Bob (Boy on Boy) Loving was born!

 

TC: What’s the difference between producing your own book and working with a publisher?

 

LGB: If I self-publish, I pay an editor, but I format the text, create the cover and upload it all onto Amazon myself. It was a bit daunting the first time, but if I managed to sort through it all, anyone can. Overall, it takes less time than with a publisher, but then I have to do all the promotion myself.

 

TC: Having spoken to E.S. Skipper I see you are both a friend and a mentor to him. How did it make you feel when he got published?

 

LGB: I’m honoured he considers me to be his mentor. We have worked closely now for six months and I have helped him every step of the way. I was thrilled when his first submission we’d worked so hard on together was accepted for publication.  I was chatting to him on Facebook when he received the email telling him the news. It was one of the happiest days of my life. He was over the moon and couldn’t believe his story had been chosen.

 

TC: Coming next are some questions that I’m sure you’ve seen before, but I’m going to ask them anyway. Other than eventually being a famous author, what would your dream job be?

 

LGB: I’d love to visit many places and stay in breathtaking locations, so to be paid as a travel writer would be fabulous job.

 

TC: And, if you could travel anywhere in the world – where would you go, and what is it that attracts you there?

 

LGB: When I travel I like to walk a lot and explore the old towns and the landscape. I’ve wanted to go on a Baltic cruise for a few years now, also to Sorrento/Naples in Italy. I’ve dreamed of going to Bora Bora, but doubt if I ever will get there. And now I know E.S, Skipper, I’ve threatened to visit him one day in New Zealand. The scenery looks unpsoilt and beautiful and he’s promised me a guided tour.

 

TC: Awww that’s wonderful. I agree NZ is a beautiful place.

TC: In general, what inspires you?

 

LGB: To write? Usually a line from a song, an excerpt from a gay-themed scene/movie or just an idea of two guys together that pops into my mind while I’m pottering about. For example, in my WIP, I was inpired by the fiddler in QaF and included a violin playing character/love scene.

 

TC: On a similar note, who out there inspires you?

 

LGB:  No one person in particular. I admire authors who seem to write day in and day out and churn out excellent books. I don’t know how they do it and it’s something I aspire to. I’m lucky if I write for two or three hours a day.

 

TC: Is there a particular subject matter or genre you’d like to branch out into writing, or would you prefer to stay with contemporary romance?

 

LGB: I’m not into sci-fi although I wrote a Star Trek spoof awhile ago. So you never know, I might try my hand at anything. I’ve got a history degree and have contemplated writing a story set in the past, but with a bit of mythology thrown in so I don’t have to be totally accurate! I have a vague idea in the back of my mind for a children’s fantasy story set in Ancient Greece to make use of my years of knowledge from teaching this period of history.

 

TC: Cool, I love stories with an historical element.

TC: What about reading? Is there a specific genre you gravitate towards on the bookshelf?

 

LGB: I only read m/m romance and erotica these days and I’m currently making my way through the many books on my Kindle. I’ll never get done as I’m constantly adding to my library thanks to Amazon’s 1-click! Most of them are contemporary romance with a little angst thrown in and a lot of hot boy loving!

 

TC: What can we hope to see from you in the future?

 

LGB: Paint the Sky is my current WIP. I started planning it back in August and wrote much of it for NaNo. I’ve been re-working it ever since and am close to finishing now. It’s a story inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting and Don McLean’s Vincent. After that, I think I’ll focus on shorter stories and editing, plus E.S. Skipper and I are planning to write something together one day.

 

TC: You don’t have to answer this next question, but I’m curious. Returning to the anthology LLLL, and considering your work was in the Lust section: do you have a wish list of lustful situations and dare you tell us of any?

 

LGB: To watch or read or write? I’ll go for writing! One day, I’ll write a ménage à trois story. I considered it for Boys on Film and included a few threesome porn scenes, but my two main characters insisted they stayed as a couple, so my original plan for the story changed!

 

TC: From the UKGLBT Meet you were at recently, what did you find most useful and what are your best memories of it?

 

LGB: This was my second year at the Meet. Although the sessions are thought provoking and useful as a writer, I found meeting up with fellow authors and readers the most valuable. It was great to see so many people I recognized this year and to talk to people I’ve only chatted to on Facebook. My best memory…apart from meeting you, of course… watching the unicyclist bound by a straight jacket trying to get on to his unicycle with the help of three men from the audience. I don’t think I have laughed so much for a long time!

 

TC: OMG, yes I remember that, it was brilliant and hilarious. I have to admit, the male pole dancer doing the coke advert stuck in my mind. Damn, the abs on him – I don’t think I looked at his face!!!!

 

Huge, huge thanks to you Lily for your time and wonderful answers. It was an honour to meet you in Bristol after speaking to you so often over so many years. Many friendships were made during the meet and I am beyond happy that ours has continued.

 

Lily can be found at the following places: Go check her out.

 

THANKS ONCE AGAIN, TAYLIN

 

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