Sunday, September 21, 2014

M/M Month: AJ Truman Author Interview

A.J. Truman writes college-set M/M romance, or gay new adult. Whatever you call it, he loves looking back on those awkward, exciting, emotional collegiate years. Check him out on his blog.

What was the inspiration behind OUT IN THE OPEN?

I love the romantic combination of uptight boy meets laid-back guy. I’m a huge fan of
witty banter! I wanted to explore the friends-with-benefits relationship, which was
so connected to my college experience. Nobody was dating the person they were
hooking up with, even though they wanted to usually. I thought a fun twist would be
friends-with-benefits, but only in public places. I’d loved writing these characters so
completely out of their comfort zone, while adding in little quirks I remember from
college.

What is the message that you want readers to get while reading your book?

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. True friends will like the true you.

Do you have any authors that you look up to?

I really admire indie authors like Kindle Alexander and Alexa Land who’ve crafted
fantastic M/M romances and found an audience for their stories. Also Sara Alva,
whose book Social Skills is fantastic and inspired me to write gay new adult.

If you had to describe your book in one word, what would it be?

Sexy

Have you ever gotten frisky with a guy in public?

Umm...maybe...one time I got a little too handsy on the dance floor of a club. And then there was this other time when I got a little too intimate with a guy on someone’s front steps. If it makes it any better, I’d had a crush on him for a really
long time.

Friday, September 19, 2014

M/M Month: Barbara Elsborg Author Interview

Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted
to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture,
she decided it was not for her. Her books feature quirky characters, and she hopes
they are as much fun to read as they are to write.

More about Barbara can be found on her website/blog .



1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A spy. I really wanted to join the foreign office and be an undercover operative. But I
told so many people, it sort of ruined my chances. Apart from which, I couldn’t cope
with being tortured. I used to think I could but husband pointed out, they’d only have
to threaten my kids and I’d say anything. Or tickle my feet.

2. Why do you write?

I write because the world in my head is far more interesting than the one I live in. I
write because without it, I’d go crazy with boredom. I write because it’s what I love
doing. I write because I hate shopping and cooking and cleaning.

3. Who (if anyone) has been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?

More of a what. My first real memories of writing were in my teens – when I filled
notebooks with fan fiction. I was a TV addict and a movie expert. I still have the 200
or so stories I wrote. My first serious writing started when I’d left university. I wrote
about a girl who was abused by her step-father and ran away to New York only to be
snagged by a mafia boss and then seduced by his son. It’s a rip-roaring tale of sex,
drugs and violence and lies at the bottom of the closet for when I need a good laugh.

Apart from an obsession with television in my teens, which sparked off the fan fiction,
books in general have been my inspiration. Every book I’ve ever read has inspired
me in some way, though some authors are so good they make me think I can’t write
at all. (Compared to them I can’t) I can never say who’s my favorite author because
there are so many and I don’t always like everything they’ve written. I have maybe
20 or 30 that are automatic buys for me.

4. Do you ever read reviews of your books?

I’d love to say no, I never read reviews but I’d be lying. It’s lovely of course to hear
nice things being said. If I ever get down, I might browse GR or Amazon to read
something nice about one of my stories but of course, my eye inevitably gets drawn
to the comments that aren’t so kind. How I can be so gutted by one ‘didn’t like it’
or ‘you’d have to be mentally ill to like this trash’ comment when I can see ‘loved it’
or ‘best book I ever read’ above, I do not know!

I don’t let reviews influence my writing. If I saw comments that continually said the
same thing – such as – why does she always make her heroes so stupid – THEN, I’d
listen and rethink but I get completely opposite remarks about the same book. For
instance – for a recent book someone said there was no angst, and another review
said love the loads of angst in this story. Reviews are just opinions and everyone is
entitled to say what they think – but hopefully in a civilized way. I haven’t liked books
that others have loved so I have to expect the same reaction to my stories. I can’t
please everyone.

5. How important to you are your titles?

I can’t start writing until I’ve fixed on one and I can’t make the story work until I’ve
fixed on the right one. I suspect a lot of authors are the same. Sometimes I know
them before I sit at the laptop, other times, I’ll brood for hours.
It’s a good idea to choose a title no one else has used but not that easy with
romance books. Mackerchar’s ‘The Romance of Leprosy’ lacks that something – it
probably dropped off. Oops. Sorry.

I need to pick a title with zing! Not like Rossi’s ‘The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe.’
Which I suspect is not sexy at all.

Plus choose something that appeals. Unlike Joseph’s ‘A Letter to the Man who Killed
my Dog.’ That doesn’t sound like it has a happy ending.

I don’t know how other authors come up with their titles but I find listening to lyrics
helps. Robbie Williams in particular. If that fails, I just ask my crit partner and she
comes up with something. Thanks, Arlene!

Cowboys Down – just popped into my head. I wanted something with Cowboys in the
title but it was hard to find one that no one else had used.

Every Move He Makes – inspired by a song Every Breath You Take by The Police

With or Without him – also inspired by a song – With Or Without You by U2

Bloodline – well that just popped into my head too. It’s a vampire and faerie story to
do with er - blood!

Check out Bloodline on Amazon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

M/M Month Author Interview: Cameron D. James


Cameron D. James is a writer of both M/M erotic romance and M/M erotica. Cameron loves 

to write about hot sex, but is naturally drawn to the deeper emotion of love, so even his 

erotica short stories tend to have a romance element to them. You can find out more about 

Cameron and his books by visiting his website.


What was it like to have your first book, Autumn Fire, released?


That was... odd. A lot of people knew I was writing in the M/M genre, so when the official 

release date rolled around and my ebook was up for sale, there was a sense of joy and 

accomplishment. A few days after release, though, I was at a writing convention and 

was booked to do a live reading – this is where the dread set in. I soon learned that at 

this convention, I became known as the smut writer. (There were other erotica / erotic 

romance writers there, but I think because I had a sexy postcard floating around on the 

swag tables, my name began to precede me.) When the reading came around, I was in a 

small hotel room with two other authors who were reading, and about twenty women and 

men, crammed together, hanging on our every word.


Autumn Fire opens with an anonymous bathroom blowjob. It was... awkward... reading 

that scene aloud for the first time ever. I got over it pretty quick when attendees came up 

to me afterward with positive feedback, and a couple people asked me to sign the smutty 

postcards.


Which of your works was the most fun to write?


Gaymer – definitely Gaymer. I was attending a local comic con and wrote a short story in 

honor of all the gay nerds out there. It was my first time writing through first person and 

I just went with it and had a blast writing the whole thing. The story centers around two 

college twinks playing some retro video games (specifically Super Mario Brothers 3 on the 

original Nintendo, but I was careful to avoid naming it) and the dirty things they get up to.

Perhaps because it focuses on a simple but fun game, the story line is fairly simple but fun. 

From what I’ve heard, readers have loved this one, especially with the twist at the end, 

but the downloads of this one lag quite a bit... perhaps because the cover model is fully 

clothed... I might need to find a naked gaymer for an updated cover. :)


Which was the most difficult to write?


I just released Going All The Way, the third volume in the Men In The Hot Room short story 

series, about the lust between an older yoga teacher and twink yoga student. I’ve found 

each of these stories (Go Deep, Go Deeper, and now Going All The Way) progressively harder 

to write. I think it’s because I’ve centered it around hot yoga... so I need to always get some 

yoga in there, some way or another, without it feeling forced. The first several drafts of 

Going All The Way didn’t even have yoga, rather just some discussion about yoga, but my 

editor helped me figure out how to put some yoga in there in a way that is both natural and 

oh-so-sexy. Once I got that in there, the process got a little bit easier.


What do you have coming up?


I’m trying to both publish a lot more short stories on a regular basis and also get cracking 

on a third novel. Starting in November, I’ll be releasing a series of five short stories under 

the banner Go-Go Boys of Club 21, which will explore the lives of three go-go boys in a gay 

club in New York City. It’ll be full of dancing, sex, and, of course, love.


Early in 2015, I’ll start writing my third erotic romance novel. It’ll be about a gay couple 

who have been together for years and are finding their sex lives fizzling out. In an attempt 

to rekindle some lust and add some spice to their sex lives, they decide to try a threesome. 

While they sex is hot, the fallout is disastrous.


What advice would you give to someone who wants to try writing this genre?


Easy! Three things! One – read, read, read, both a ton of books in the genre and a ton of 

books outside of it. Two – write, write, write, as you’ll never get anywhere if you don’t 

start writing. Three – edit, edit, edit, both self-editing and by hiring a professional to scour 

your work. Once all three are done, then you can look into submitting to a publisher or 

venturing into the world of self-pubbing.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

M/M Month Author Interview: Piper Kay

Piper Kay is a homegrown country girl straight from the outskirts of Houston, Texas. She’s the author of The Passion Series, Eight Second Cowboy, Twisted Cherry and both sets of The Naughty Box 1 and 2.



In Invicta Salvation, we are introduced to Kade and Holt. Will they be in the rest of the series?

Absolutely, the whole series is centered in and around them and their go-go club Invicta.
When you write a particular scene, like a scene in a kitchen, living room, etc. to you get a visual of the room in your mind to go with that? It’s weird, but I do. With every story, I can picture the characters in their house, moving around just like a movie. Is that strange?

How long have you been writing and how many books do you have published?

Since 2010. I have The Passion Series books: A Perfect Passion and Payce’s Passion (book three comes in December), then I have the Invicta Series: Salvation and Sanctuary (book three in 2015), then Eight Second Cowboy and Twisted Cherry. So that’s six, plus two of those are also solo books too, so eight, sort of. Lol

Panster or plotter?

Panster all the way. I tried to be a plotter and it really messed with me and killed off the muse in the process. I can’t plan it out, no matter how hard I have tried. My characters run off in the opposite direction from an outline. I just get a scene in mind or a partial scene, then sit down to type it out if possible, or jot it down on something. Plus I never know the ending, so I’m just as surprised as everyone.

Where can we find your books and other books from you?

Can find Invicta Salvation at Amazon.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

M/M Month Author Interview: Jamie Lake

Remember back in July when I posted a link to an interview? Me neither. I mean, good! Well, now I'm interviewing the author who interviewed me! Here's Jamie Lake!



For those who aren’t familiar with the Bad Boy series, tell us about it.

It’s the story of a really hot teacher who becomes desperate for money when his hours are cut and the only choice he has is to moonlight as an erotic masseuse for men. The problem is, he has to keep is profession a secret from the school and it’s right when he meets the guy of his dreams, who happens to be not only one of his student’s dads but also a cop.

In Book 3 of Bad Boy, Peter’s roommate Anton is so obnoxious but I had no idea what happened to him would happen. Are you worried about the fans reactions?

No, I wanted the readers to be shocked and also, sometimes we just want annoying characters to go away. This was one way to do it that I think made Peter’s situation, which was already complex, even worse.

Chip seems almost like the perfect guy, it almost makes me wonder why he ends up with someone like Peter, who although he’s sweet too, has such a complicated life.  How did you manage to make both of them so appealing?

I think you can’t help fall in love with who you fall in love with. I say this, first hand. We all come with baggage, some more than others and I think in Peter, Chip sees right away that he’d make the perfect partner. He sees past all of Chip’s bullshit and the secrets he’s clearly hiding and sees who he could be if only with a little support from him.

Chip’s son Johnny is so cute and the fact that he starts out as Peter’s student was a nice twist. The thing I wondered about is that Chip is so open about his relationship and the fact that he loves men to with his son. Did you worry about that any?

I think a dream guy in the m/m world for me is someone who is totally comfortable with who he is. That’s Chip all the way. He’s a macho guy but he knows he’s gay and he doesn’t care if people don’t like it. He even says in the book that he’s very open with his son. I don’t think he wants Johnny to grow up ashamed of his son. Plus, if you look at the younger generation, no one really cares if someone is gay or not. That’s the world, I think that he hopes his son Johnny will grow up in.

You often write about very masculine men, rather than men that are more effeminate, why is that?

I personally am more attracted to masculine men than effeminate ones but there are some super hot effeminate ones too. Many of my readers are more into macho guys too, so I like to make them happy. There’s one series I wrote called Stay Always where the main character is more softer than than macho. So, you can be hot either way.

Where can we get a copy of Bad Boy? You can get it exclusively on Amazon.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Manuscript Monday: Nothing says romance like a shopping trip with sex in the dressing room.

It's that time again! Time for a little snippet from Dragon & Flame! This week, Jin and Rory are shopping for a tux. It's actually relevant to the plot. Plus, shopping equals fun times! At least when shopping with a rich and powerful dragon shifter it does.

Even Dean is excited about this shit.



Remember this is totally unedited. Enjoy:

Heat flared in Rory’s chest, torn between annoyance and lust. Why did Jin always fall right on that line? This weird place between wanting and wanting to punch. Fuck! He stalked after the dragon.

“You’re coming in with me?” Rory asked and walked into one of the palatial dressing rooms. It was the same size as his bedroom and had a damn couch, for fuck’s sake. Yeah, it wasn’t a anything like the dressing rooms at the places he usually shopped.

Jin stepped inside after him. “I wouldn’t want you getting lonely in here all by yourself.”

Rory doubted that eventuality, but he didn’t kick Jin out either. “And here I didn’t put on my fancy underwear.”

Jin smirked.

The sales ladies brought in the tuxedos and shut the door as they left.

A dare lit up Jin’s eyes and the dragon settled on the couch. What did he expect? That Rory wouldn’t actually strip?

Rory slipped the leather jacket off his shoulders and set it aside. “You really want to watch me take off my clothes?”

“Very much. You’re an attractive man. I can see what Richard loves about you, but I can’t see what you liked about him,” Jin said evenly.

Love. Ha! Dick never loved him. Rory knew that, and Jin used that word on purpose.

Rory yanked his shirt over his head and tossed it on his jacket. Then he stepped forward. “Like what you see?”

Jin’s eyes crinkled at the edges, and Rory wondered how old the dragon was. Older than Rory, that was for sure. He didn’t ask. Might ruin the moment.

Jin’s dark eyes drank in Rory’s firm chest, the tattoos that wound over his arms, and the little black rings that pierced his nipples. But Jin didn’t reach forward and try to touch him, like Rory assumed he would. Hell, from the look of hungry fascination on Jin’s face and the flick of his tongue over his lips, Rory expected a hell of a lot more.

“I said you were attractive,” Jin purred.

“So take off my pants,” Rory said and stepped so close his legs straddled Jin’s thighs. Perfect position for a suck job, and he smirked at that thought. If the sex was on his terms, he sure as hell wouldn’t mind one of those.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Update: Plagiarism: Not Cool!

I got an email this morning from a concerned fan (thanks again, concerned fan!) who found one of my books on Wattpad. The book was Wild (Russian Wolf Pack 2), and it had been turned into a Teen Wolf fanfic.

I sent a cease and desist letter explaining the writer of the fanfic was infringing upon my copyright. The fic was removed from all offending sites. She did apologize to me personally in a letter sent this morning (September 7th) and posted apologies on her website. The other fics are her original work, but she removed them all because of this blog post. I'm sorry about that. I don't want to ruin her reputation. Ugh. I'm not that much of an asshole.

I'm not gonna go into a rant about how much time and effort writers put into producing original work (a lot!) and how stealing is wrong (it is!). People should know this by now. 

However, here is a general warning: 

Do not lift parts of text and use them in your work. That's copyright infringement. Even if you attribute it to the original creator, unless the work is in the public domain, you don't own it and have no right to post or publish it without the original creator's expressed consent. Even if it's just for a fanfic. The more you know. 

Now let's go back to thinking about hot naked guys, okay?