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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.

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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.

Adventures in Amazon algorithms


 

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about my gay Amish romance ending up on the inspirational romance and Christian books and bibles bestseller lists. I removed the word “Amish” from the product tags. But lo and behold, the book was still showing up in the Christian categories. So I emailed Amazon.

The first rep explained:

The category “Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance > Amish” was added automatically because you had added “Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Inspirational > Amish” in the Kindle store. Books categories will be added automatically according to the category that you select from the Kindle store.

The only problem is that I didn’t add that category. Nope! So I contacted them again. Rep #2 replied:

I’ve checked and can see that the category Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance > Amish was added automatically because you initially had a keyword or tag as ‘Amish’.

When you add certain keywords or tags, your book would be listed in certain sub-categories automatically depending upon the keyword. In this case, as you used Amish as a tag and as it is a keyword for Romance > Amish, the above category was automatically added.

By the way, both reps were very nice, and the responses to my queries were prompt. So, even though I’d deleted the tag “Amish,” the system was still wanting to use it. I was told that they’d remove the categories and it could take 72 hours. That timeline has now passed, and as you can see, I’m still rocking the Christian charts as of Sunday, Sept 7.

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Not that I have anything against Christian books and bibles, or inspirational romance, but for those readers:

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I don’t want to upset customers, and I want to reach my target audience. So far I haven’t had any outraged reviews from readers who expected an inspirational romance, so maybe I should just make it my goal to be on the gay erotica and Christian books and bibles charts simultaneously for as long as possible! :D

Have you had any adventures with Amazon that you’d like to share? Let me know!

“Just fucking go buy it. Read it. Do it. Five goddamned fucking stars.”


 

On Friday night, Heidi Cullinan, a fabulous author I respect and admire — and fangirl –  made my life year by reading my new gay Amish romance and tweeting about it. A sampling:

After Heidi’s religious experience, she also blogged about it, giving A Forbidden Rumspringa five stars. Or should I say five goddamned fucking stars:

I’ve been seeing this book around, and I gotta tell you, I was saying no. Because I could think of eight million ways this setup could go horribly, terribly wrong… I will stand here now, hat in hand and say, not a single fear was realized. Not one.

It is full of research and respect and knowledge and FULL understanding. It is not over-angsted. It is fucking hot, while not being gauche given the subject matter. It ends happily, but I swear to god, at 93 fucking percent complete, I still wasn’t sure. I really, really worried. I couldn’t imagine how. And when it was done, I exhaled with those best of breaths. The ones where you know everything is okay, and you made it, they made it, EVERYBODY FUCKING MADE IT and the sun will come up tomorrow, and two boys will be happily snuggled in a corner of it somewhere.

I’ll just be over here alternating between:

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This ain’t your grandma’s Amish romance!


 

As you may or may not be aware, there’s a huge market for sweet and “inspirational” m/f Amish romance by authors such as Beverly Lewis. The m/m Amish romance genre has been mostly nonexistent aside from a few books over the years, and I’m excited to release A Forbidden Rumspringa, the first novel in a new series about Isaac and David, two young Amish men.

One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked about this book is whether or not it’s inspirational (i.e. Christian). It is not. While religion plays an important part in the characters’ lives, there’s no religious messaging in the story. And there is most definitely sex.

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a-forbidden-rumspringa-web-copyWhen two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he’ll have to officially join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else—something he can’t name.

Dark tragedy has left carpenter David Lantz alone to support his mother and sisters, and he can’t put off joining the church any longer. But when he takes on Isaac as an apprentice, their attraction grows amid the sweat and sawdust. David shares his sinful secrets, and he and Isaac struggle to reconcile their shocking desires with their commitment to faith, family and community.

Now that they’ve found each other, are they willing to lose it all?

Save 30% until Sept 1 on this gay Amish romance!


 

All Romance eBooks is having a Labor Day Weekend sale! Now through September 1 get 30% off ebooks — including my new M/M Amish romance!

Pre-order A Forbidden Rumspringa now and save!

a-forbidden-rumspringa-web-copyWhen two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he’ll have to officially join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else—something he can’t name.

Dark tragedy has left carpenter David Lantz alone to support his mother and sisters, and he can’t put off joining the church any longer. But when he takes on Isaac as an apprentice, their attraction grows amid the sweat and sawdust. David shares his sinful secrets, and he and Isaac struggle to reconcile their shocking desires with their commitment to faith, family and community.

Now that they’ve found each other, are they willing to lose it all?

Find out September 3, 2014!

 

 

Top Ten Reasons the #CampusCravings MM Bundle Rocks!


 

Web largeI’m delighted to host the Campus Cravings crew this week! They’re here to tell you why you should check out this new M/M bundle. I know I can’t wait to read it!

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Top Ten Reasons to Check Out Campus Cravings

Hi everyone! We’re the authors of Campus Cravings, an M/M bundle releasing 8/25. Thanks so much for hosting us during our release week, or, if you’re a reader, for taking the time to read this! We really appreciate it!

1. College is a time of eye-opening exploration and experimentation, and there’s just something about a Cathia University man…

2. All the stories take place at fictional Cathia University—where not even homework or grading stands in the way of true love.

3. What’s better than one hot man? Two! And what’s better than two? Eighteen! (Nine stories, each with two heroes, yay!)

4. The stories are interrelated, so you’ll see characters from stories appear in others, notice many of the same buildings being used etc. That was a lot of fun for us to write and we hope you enjoy that aspect too!

5. Every story is brand new! That’s over 220k words! Four seasons of academic fun—from the first students arriving in Fall, to winter holidays, to March Madness and Spring Flings, to Summer loving—there’s something for every part of the academic year.

6. Unique pairings—whether you like friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, reunion romances, May-December pairings, first love, or hot-for-teacher flirtations, you are bound to find some of your favorite tropes! And if that’s not enough, there are hot athletes, sophisticated professors, activist heroes, and lots more!

7. Sports galore—soccer, hockey, basketball, equestrian and more! Join the authors and the characters as we root for the Cathia Cougars!

8. Pranks, parties, and plenty of fun—you really want to find out who dyed the fountain red and who’s at Friday’s Frat party!

9. Fan favorite  m/m romance authors including L.A. Witt, Sara York, Cassandra Carr, Annabeth Albert, Bianca Sommerland, Whitley Gray, Dalton Diaz, Mia Downing, and KyAnn Waters.

10. Only $2.99 for a limited time!

To find out more information about Campus Cravings, including buy links, check out our group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/299579866886134/. Add us to your to-be-read list on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22738703-campus-cravings.

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This is not an inspirational Amish romance


 

It seems that if you write a romance featuring Amish characters, it is automatically classified as “sweet” (i.e. no sex) and “inspirational” (i.e. Christian). During the pre-order period on Amazon, A Forbidden Rumspringa has simultaneously ranked on these bestseller lists:

Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Erotica
Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance > Amish
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance >Inspirational > Amish

Er, that’s quite a combination, Amazon! For the record, A Forbidden Rumsprina is not sweet or inspirational. There is explicit sex, and while religion plays a major role in Isaac and David’s lives, this isn’t a Christian romance. I suppose I might be reaching a whole new audience thanks to Amazon’s algorithms, but I hope it won’t end in backlash from unsuspecting readers. I did add a note in the blurb that there’s copious butt fucking and no authorial bible thumping (I might not have used those exact words), so we shall see. I’ve been fiddling with the keywords as well.

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a-forbidden-rumspringa-web-copyWhen two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he’ll have to officially join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else—something he can’t name.

Dark tragedy has left carpenter David Lantz alone to support his mother and sisters, and he can’t put off joining the church any longer. But when he takes on Isaac as an apprentice, their attraction grows amid the sweat and sawdust. David shares his sinful secrets, and he and Isaac struggle to reconcile their shocking desires with their commitment to faith, family and community.

Now that they’ve found each other, are they willing to lose it all?

Find out September 3, 2014!