“This is not your grandmother’s #Amish romance” #amreading


 

a-forbidden-rumspringa-web-copyTwo Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy give A Forbidden Rumspringa 5 stars:

I got butterflies again. (I know, sounds corny, but let me explain.) I have been reading m/m for about a year now, and I have soaked up well over a hundred books in that time. I wouldn’t say that I have gotten jaded, exactly, but I have an idea what to expect. This book, as the two MC’s were falling in love, would give me that little feeling in my stomach when they are just about to kiss, that “awwww” moment, where you can’t wait to see how it plays out.

I will admit that I haven’t had that in a little while. It was that feeling that I used to get when I first started reading m/f romances back in high school. Forbidden! And there are sex scenes (remember, this is not your grandmother’s Amish romance) and they are hot and steamy. Just saying…the workbench scene…**fans self**

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All hail happy endings and @QueerRomance! #LGBT #romance


 

If you haven’t been reading the excellent, thought-provoking posts at Queer Romance Month, run, don’t walk. Subjects range from diversity, to the importance of queer YA novels, to intergenerational relationships in LGBT romance. The site is a treasure trove of insight and information.

Happily ever after? Hell yes!

One of my very favourite posts is on happy endings by KJ Charles. KJ shares eloquently on the importance of happily ever afters, and on the snobbery romance readers and writers are subjected to at times. Somehow there’s a notion that happy endings aren’t as artistically worthy as sadness and pain. That romance and happy endings are childish and lacking because they might not be particularly realistic.

So, most mornings I take a look at the news online to see what’s happening in the world. Usually, this is how it makes me feel:

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Sometime it makes me feel thusly:

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Or even:

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There’s plenty of reality in my life, and I don’t want to spend what little time I have to read feeling shitty. The greatest thing about the romance genre is that we can enjoy juicy angst and drama while knowing there’s a happy ending on the way. This is how romance novels and happy endings make me feel:

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“Happy reader sighs” as Ava March puts it. It’s the best, isn’t it? To quote KJ:

I’m too old to worry about being thought childish. I’m too old not to understand that happiness is precious and fragile, and should be cherished. And I’m a damn sight too old to paint my bedroom black and wallow in vicarious pain for the purpose of entertainment. By all means choose grim dark, serial killers or misery memoirs for your holiday reading: whatever floats your boat. Just don’t tell me it’s better than my book because it has rape instead of sex or pain instead of love. Don’t sneer at my happy endings.

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5 stars as #gay #Amish men risk it all for love: “Simply wonderful”


 

a-forbidden-rumspringa-web-copy5 stars for A Forbidden Rumspringa from Boy Meets Boy Reviews:

*dreamy sigh* Isaac and David totally captured my heart and would not let go.

The weight they had to carry because of their feelings seemed almost unbearable. What they had to go through was heartbreaking. But I was so glad that they did it anyway and that I was able to be a witness. Ack. I’m such a goner for them... The end was completely satisfying while making me completely crazy with wanting more. I’m so glad their story isn’t over yet.

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Two Marines go from friends to lovers after WWII. Can they make a life together?


 

Semper Fi is now available to pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Smashwords!

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Here’s a little more about the novel, which comes out November 11. The first reader review is lovely, and I hope you’ll enjoy the book too. :)

semper-fi-web-200x300The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.

As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.

But when Jim’s wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn’t know a thing about apple farming—or children—but he’s determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend’s support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?

Available November 11, 2014!
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Gay Amish men fighting for love: “The reader will throw their heart into this story”


 

a-forbidden-rumspringa-web-copy5 stars for A Forbidden Rumspringa from Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

If those ties are all you have known, what amount of courage does it take to even think of leaving it and your families forever behind?  Huge questions posed by the author and characters on an intimate scale.

And every bit of emotional turmoil and pain is relayed from page to reader in believable scene after scene.  The descriptions, the dialog, and the settings are all so authentically elevated and yet on the same level as each other.  It all rings true.  Not one aspect appears more realistic or well researched than another.  The reader will throw their heart into this story and characters.  And that will make it hard to leave them all behind by the time this tale is over.  Luckily for us, Keira Andrews will pick up their story in a sequel to come.

A Forbidden Rumspringa is one of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words’ best stories of 2014. As is that remarkable cover, so evocative of the novel and the Amish community found within. I highly recommend this book to all readers, add it to your TBR list today.

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Sexy gay military men now available for only $0.99! #SurrenderBundle


 

Unconditional SurrenderStrong. Sexy. Sizzling. 

There’s nothing like a man in uniform, and 13 of today’s hottest gay romance authors are celebrating military heroes and the men brave enough to love them. These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never-before-published words — all for a dollar for a limited time.

I’m so thrilled to be a part of this M/M military men bundle with amazing authors including Cat Grant, LA Witt, Cassandra Carr, Brit Blaise, Annabeth Albert and more!

My novella Arctic Fire

Haunted by what he lost in Afghanistan, Captain Jack Turner is at a crossroads. A routine mission to the Arctic gets him out from behind his boring new desk, but he starts off on the wrong foot with the Canadian Ranger guiding him across the forbidding and dangerous land. Jack doesn’t know where he belongs, but he’d rather be anywhere than sharing a tent with Sergeant Kin Carsen.

The Arctic is in Kin’s blood, and he can’t seem to leave the tundra behind. He wishes he could live openly as a gay man, but the north isn’t as accepting as the rest of Canada. Although he’s lonely, he’s proud of his responsibility as a Ranger, patroling the vast land he knows so well. But he’s on unfamiliar ground with Jack, and when they’re stranded alone by a blizzard, unexpected desire begins to burn. Soon they’re locked in a struggle to survive, and all these strangers have is each other.

Click here to read an excerpt from Arctic Fire

Stephen Colbert wants it now!You’re in luck, Stephen! Today is release day for Unconditional Surrender! Go forth and grab this bundle before the price goes up.

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What happens when two beloved M/M couples meet? Watch the sparks fly!


 

In 2003, Chris Owen introduced us to cowboys Jake and Tor in Bareback, and in 2005, we got to know Tory Temple‘s fireman Chance and paramedic Tucker in HeatJake and Tor returned in Natural Disaster, and Chance and Tucker in Flashover.

Now these boys are teaming up in Never Too Early: The Beginning, the first part of a new trilogy coming November 5, 2014, from Torquere. That’s right — these two couples are becoming a menage foursome. Here’s what they had to say about themselves when I sat them down for an interview.

18502106Please tell us about you: job, hobbies, special talents, and anything else you would want to share.

Chance: I’m a paramedic captain with Oceanside Fire Department. I spend most of my free time either in the ocean or with Tucker, or both, if Tuck is in a good mood and goes surfing with me. Special talents? The answer is yes, I have them, and no, I’m not saying what they are. Tucker might, though.


Where did you grow up?

Jake: Well, I grew up in a short series of wide spots in the road towns in Arkansas and the very edge of Texas, with a brief trip into Alabama when my father was avoiding someone pretty hard. Tor’s from Texas. He lived mostly in the east, but put him down anywhere and he’d be fine. Chance grew up on the west coast, somewhere fancy, and Tucker’s pure Kentucky. Ain’t one of us you could mistake for a Yankee, not really. Maybe Chance if he’s trying to, for some reason.

Chance: I’m a California native. My mother lives in Arizona with her husband and I’m forced to go and visit her a couple of times a year. When Jake says “fancy,” he means I was able go to private school and travel during summer vacation.

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Tell us about the first time you met. Was it love at first sight?

Jake: Good lord. Um, this is complicated. Me and Tor didn’t get along at all, not for a couple of years. Because he don’t know his place, mostly. *Grin*

Me and Chance had a cautious introduction, and it wasn’t love at first sight, no. More like a bit of sniffing around without even knowing. And Tucker just kind of is Tucker. It’s the dimples. It’s always the damn dimples.

Chance: Tucker was my medic partner before I promoted to captain. He was straight from the backwoods of Kentucky with an accent to prove it. Lust at first sight was more appropriate than love, but I didn’t tell him that for months. He was pretty persistent about coming after me.

I sort of had the same feeling when I first saw Jake, but I didn’t know until much later that it was significant. We were only friends for a long time. I don’t think either of us realized there was more.


8038672What drew you to each other?

Jake: Pheromones. I looked it up.

Chance: This is a dumb question.


What is your favorite part of him?

Jake: Don’t matter which one you mean, I like his steady way and his sense of humor. And his mouth.

Chance: Am I supposed to say his dick? I’m not going to say that. My favorite part of him is the whole essence.


Do you love a challenge? If so, how do you handle it?

Jake: Clearly I love a challenge. Look at them. I handle ‘em anyway I need to, or can. *Grin*

Chance: If life doesn’t challenge you, you’re living the wrong life. I make it a point to challenge myself daily. Having three other partners is the ultimate challenge, and not always in the good way


Favorite childhood memory?

Chance: I was fortunate enough to be able to backpack through Europe the summer before my senior year of high school. I was on my own for seven weeks. I look back at that as my realization that I liked being able to handle my own problems and be responsible for myself.
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Jake: California

Chance: Indonesia. Best surfing in the world.


Favorite eye color?

Chance: Varying shades of blue. Or brown, if we’re talking about Tor.


Care to share future plans?

Chance: Promote to battalion chief, eventually. As far as plans with Tucker and Jake and Tor go, it’s impossible to say. I could have everything planned out to the letter, but we all know why that’s a fool’s errand.

 

Find out how these men fall for each other in Never Too Early: The Beginning, available November 5, 2014!

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Can two Marines make a life together? Win an advanced copy of Semper Fi and find out!


 

I’m thrilled to be at Joyfully Jay’s blog to reveal the gorgeous cover for Semper Fi — as well as share an exclusive new excerpt, AND give away three advanced copies of the book! All you have to do is comment on the post and you’ll be entered to win. Easy, right?

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Good luck! Semper Fi comes out Tuesday, November 11, and I’ll have preorder links later this week! This is a novel about two Marines in WWII who go from friends to lovers after the war. This book was a real labour of love, and after three years I’m so excited that you’ll have a chance to read it. Well, excited and nervous — my usual state with every new book I release. I pretty much alternate between this:

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And this:

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I should probably just:

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Remember to comment on Jay’s post for your chance to win!

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13 gay military men novellas for only $0.99!


 

Strong. Sexy. Sizzling. 

There’s nothing like a man in uniform, and 13 of today’s hottest gay romance authors are celebrating military heroes and the men brave enough to love them. 

These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never-before-published words — all for a dollar for a limited time. I’m so thrilled to be a part of this M/M military men bundle!

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Meet Jack and Kin from my novella Arctic Fire

Haunted by what he lost in Afghanistan, Captain Jack Turner is at a crossroads. A routine mission to the Arctic gets him out from behind his boring new desk, but he starts off on the wrong foot with the Canadian Ranger guiding him across the forbidding and dangerous land. Jack doesn’t know where he belongs, but he’d rather be anywhere than sharing a tent with Sergeant Kin Carsen.

The Arctic is in Kin’s blood, and he can’t seem to leave the tundra behind. He wishes he could live openly as a gay man, but the north isn’t as accepting as the rest of Canada. Although he’s lonely, he’s proud of his responsibility as a Ranger, patrolling the vast land he knows so well. But he’s on unfamiliar ground with Jack, and when they’re stranded alone by a blizzard, unexpected desire begins to burn. Soon they’re locked in a struggle to survive, and all these strangers have is each other.

Pre-order 13 novellas now for only $0.99:
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Check out this gay romance: “a joy to read with a dramatic and satisfying conclusion”


 

A Forbidden Rumspringa is highly recommended by Hearts on Fire:

The sexual passages…are well-woven into the story, completely realistic, believable and not gratuitous. The author has presented a well researched and factual work that is a joy to read with a dramatic and satisfying conclusion.

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