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Love a man in uniform? Check out these gay military men stories!


 

Unconditional SurrenderStrong. Sexy. Sizzling. 

There’s nothing like a man in uniform! I’m so thrilled to be a part of this M/M military men bundle. These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never-before-published words about gay soldiers — all for $2.99.

Check out these story teasers:

Kerry AdrienneCruise Control
One Maserati brings Parker and Blake together, but will Blake slow down and discover the important things aren’t in the fast lane?

Annabeth AlbertResilient Heart
When a wounded soldier is forced to accept help from his former best friend, both men discover the true strength of their entwined hearts.

Keira AndrewsArctic Fire
Can an army captain who can’t forget Afghanistan make new memories with a ranger in the Arctic?

Brit BlaiseStorm Out
An Army Ranger suffering from PTSD finds coming out the biggest storm he’s ever faced.

Cassandra Carr Civilian Master
Clay’s home for some R&R after a Special Ops mission goes terribly wrong. Can Flynn help him find his true self?

Lia DavisHis Guarded Heart
Being Senator Beckett’s bodyguard while staying out of his bed becomes Judd’s biggest challenge as passion ignites between the men.

Sasha DevlinHometown Hero
Sparks fly when injured Marine Colin returns home …and ends up in the arms of the man he left behind.

Rhi EtzweilerBlood & Peyote
“I almost did it, Api. I had the Glock in my mouth and my finger on the trigger.”

Lucy FelthouseDesert Heat
Their love is forbidden by rules, religion and risk. Yet they still can’t resist.

Amelia C. GormleyThe Houseboy: Initiation
Being Fowler Vale’s houseboy may open more doors than Bryce ever dreamed possible.

Cat GrantThe Only One Who Cares
Committed couple David and Josh have overcome years of struggle to arrive at their happily-ever-after. But what happens when fate has one last killer right hook in store?

EM LynleyIrresistible Forces
DADT kept them apart, but old flames reignite as Logan and Brody succumb to irresistible forces.

L.A. WittFlight Risk
Sex with a co-worker is all fun and games until your friendship crashes and burns…

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All hail happy endings and @QueerRomance!


 

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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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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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!

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!

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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Superior Slaves? Shy Masters? A New M/M Romance Series by @Darrah_Glass


 

Leta Blake did an interview with new author Darrah Glass about her exciting gay romance series The Ganymede Quartet, which is a historical fantasy and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! I’m super excited to read it. Check out the interview below by Leta, and you can download the first book for FREE.

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Leta Blake: The books of the Ganymede Quartet are unlike any I’ve read before, containing elements of non-magical fantasy, gay romance, and historical fiction. Tell us about the books, especially A Superior Slave and A Most Personal Property, your two upcoming releases, and what they’re like.

Darrah Glass: The Ganymede Quartet series is set in New York in 1900, and it’s a recognizable version of turn-of-the-century New York except that a system of slavery that resembles an intensification of Britain’s servant classes is part of the culture. The books tell the story of a relationship between a young master and slave.

A Superior Slave is a prequel written from the point of view of the slave. It introduces the character, but also introduces the slavery scenario for the universe. Slavery is based on economics, not race. It isn’t like American historical slavery, and it’s also not a BDSM version of slavery. The reader gets to know the slave and his world right before he’s auctioned off to a master. He’s a smart, capable person who’s quite ambitious in his own way.

A Most Personal Property is written from the point of view of the master, as are the other three installments in the quartet. The book details the master’s struggle to reconcile his far-ranging desires with what is allowed and considered proper behavior. The master is a young man, not entirely sure of himself, and quite concerned with other’s opinions and judgments. He doesn’t feel he can simply fall in love with whomever he pleases, so there’s a bit of an internal struggle!

LB: You’ve said that the idea for the book came from a popular television show. What show was it and how did that influence these books?

DG: The initial impulse to write this story came when I saw the first season of Downton Abbey sometime in early 2011. I was extremely taken with the setting and the costumes, of course, but I was also intrigued by the way the servants deferred to their masters and the degree of devotion and near-reverence they showed. Even Thomas and O’Brien, with all of their scheming, only schemed against other servants. The psychology of servitude and the way the servants seemed to buy wholeheartedly into the class system brought up so many questions for me.

I don’t really know why my brain made the leap to thinking, “Huh. What if those were slaves instead of servants?” but once I started thinking that, I couldn’t stop. I imagined slavish devotion amplified to an interdependent extreme. I imagined a slave who was well-trained, proud, and eager to prove himself, and then a master who was bashful and nervous and afraid to make full use of the slave. Obviously, the story veered pretty far afield of Downton Abbey right away!

LB: Your book does not depict American historical slavery. How is slavery set up in your universe?

DG: Slavery in this universe is not based on race. While there are black slaves in this series, there are also black masters. The two main characters in the Ganymede Quartet stories happen to be white. The slaves readers will meet in these books were bred and trained by slaving Houses; they know no other life, and for the most part are eager and willing to serve. This is not a story about slaves railing against their bonds!

LB: What research did you do on the historical elements of the book, and how did you make your fantasy world fit in with the actual history?

DG: I did a lot of research into Gilded Age New York, the history of sexuality, late-Victorian/Edwardian men’s clothing, the history of restaurants and fine dining, Coney Island, turn-of-the-century baseball, boys’ adventure stories, robber barons’ mansions, and virtually everything to do with daily life circa 1900. Even though this is a fantasy series, I wanted everything that wasn’t related to the slavery fantasy to be as realistic as possible, to give a real sense of the era.

It was surprisingly easy to fit slaves into the landscape. The people who own slaves in these stories are the sort who would have had grand houses full of servants in reality. Giving them an additional, very personal servant who was a combination social secretary, valet and bed partner wasn’t really such a stretch.

Download the FREE prequel to the main four books in the series — A Superior Slave

Martin of House Ganymede, trained as a companion slave, is eager for a master of his own. Everything he’s done in his short life has been to prepare him for auction day, and now all that waits is to be chosen. In being sold, he’ll be separated from the boys he’s lived and trained with his entire life, and it’s possible he won’t see them ever again. Goodbyes are hurried and emotions are raw as the slaves go on display for prospective masters. Martin has ideas about what he’d like in a master, though of course he’ll have no say in who will buy him. When he meets tall, handsome Henry Blackwell, he’s found the one he wants, but does this shy master want him?

A Superior Slave is a prequel introducing the books of the Ganymede Quartet, a fantasy of Gilded Age New York in which young men from the richest families form intense bonds with the slaves who serve them.

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Buy Book One in The Ganymede Quartet Series — A Most Personal Property

In the heat of August 1900, Henry Blackwell—rich, handsome, and painfully shy—anticipates the purchase of his companion slave, that most personal of properties, with equal parts excitement and dread. There are limits to what a gentleman might do with his slave and still remain a gentleman, and what Henry craves goes far beyond what’s allowed.

Martin, a slave from House Ganymede, is the most beautiful young man Henry’s ever seen, and he’s ready and willing to do as Henry commands, but Henry’s afraid to ask him for what he really needs. A master needn’t care what a slave thinks or how he feels, but Henry can’t help wanting Martin to like him anyway. If Henry could be certain Martin wanted the same things he does, he might be bold enough to reveal his secrets.

Unfolding against a backdrop of progress, privilege and turn-of-the-century amusements, the four installments of the Ganymede Quartet present an erotic coming-of-age fantasy of Gilded Age New York in which young men from the richest families form intense bonds with the slaves who serve them.

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The evolution of #fanfiction: how the times have changed!


 

Last week I did an interview at Keysmash, a fandom blog that discusses a range of topics with enthusiasm and intelligence. It was a treat for me to discuss my fandom roots and how I got started as a fanfic writer. In the days of dial-up, my very first online fandom was for Homicide: Life on the Street. I was part of a listserv where we discussed the show via email. I recall someone mentioning this thing called fanfiction, and my reaction was mostly:

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It seemed kinda weird, but it was no skin off my nose. It wasn’t until I became heavily involved in the Angel fandom that I started reading and writing fanfic for Angel/Cordelia. (Don’t get me started on how the show totally ruined Cordy!) Fanfic became this incredible outlet for not only love of the show and characters, but my creativity. Fanfic now made me feel thusly:

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I do recall the first time I saw RPF/S (real person fic/slash). It was Sarah Michelle Gellar/David Boreanz.

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I just did not get it. How weird, I thought! But the great thing about fandom is that it truly does expand your horizons. I don’t judge anybody else’s interests, whether it be RPS, Wincest or what have you. Even if it’s not my cuppa, it all became completely normal. Fandom was this fun, crazy place with every kind of fanfic you could possibly want. It truly made me a more accepting person to be in fandom.

Tear down this (fourth) wall!

In the last few years, fandom has become much more mainstream. It used to be fairly hidden on message boards and sites like LiveJournal. Fandom was Fight Club, and we didn’t discuss it with showrunners or actors. Then with the rise of social media such as Twitter and Tumblr, fandom became much more known. Sometimes I really miss the days of having our own secret world, but that horse is out of the barn and galloping out of sight. Some shows and actors engage fandom expertly. Others not so much. I honestly think that you have to be a fan to understand fandom. Many people know about fandom now, but they’re still Muggles, if you will. Or maybe Squibs.

50 Shades of Grey was a watershed moment for the publishing of fanfiction. I was initially not happy about it.

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But as time went on, I began to reconsider my position. These days it’s a brave new world, and if people can find success publishing their fanfic, who am I to object? Often it seems fanfic that has the serial numbers filed off to publish are AU (alternate universe) stories, which are mostly original to begin with. Some authors encourage it, including Hugh Howey.

I’ve read some amazing fanfic in my time, and it’s a genre I’ll always love. I haven’t had time to write any in the past couple years, but I’m sure I will again if a shipper obsession strikes. If I read fic it’s almost always because it’s about a relationship that either isn’t canon or that I can’t get enough of. Fanfic is something that not everyone understands, but when you find that perfect story for the moment you wanted to see onscreen? It’s magic.

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p.s. You can read most of my fanfic at AO3. I still need to upload some stories, but the bulk is there.

Yummy scene featuring friends to lovers


 

Favourite Things Friday:

Mmm, friends to lovers. Yum.

Have you seen this movie, The War Boys? I’m sure it all ends tragically. Le sigh.