Check it out! A.E. Via has stopped by and has given us a chance to win a copy of her latest release, Promises 3!

Hello Top2Bottom Family:)

The fabulous A.E. Via is stopping by on her blog tour to discuss and offer a chance to win a copy of her latest release, Promises Part 3!

Author A.E. Via
Title: Promises Part 3
M/M GAY CONTEMPORARY/ACTION
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Artist – Jay Aheer
PAGE COUNT – 222
Release Date: June 30, 2017

Click HERE and enter to win a copy of Promises 3!!!

Synopsis

A bounty hunter’s partners to lovers’ story.
The hunt is on… and he’s the prey.

Bradford (Ford) King was sure he had the rest of his life mapped out. Though he was no longer a SEAL Lieutenant, his brother was home safe and he had a job that still allowed him to satisfy his hunger for hunting bad guys. Life was simple, no distractions or complications – at age forty-six – that’s all Ford wanted. What he didn’t want was his work partner, sniper/watchman, Dana, giving him s**t all the time.

Dana Cadby had grown up labeled a roughneck from the wrong side of the tracks. He’d fought, scrounged, and survived despite a father that constantly told him he couldn’t. Dana pulled himself up by his own boot straps and made a name for himself in the marksman community. He’d been Duke’s bounty watchman for five years. It was his job to ensure their safety, watch their backs. At thirty-three, he was trusted, well respected by his peers, his bosses, his friends… so why couldn’t he earn the same respect from his partner?

Dana knew he was bisexual before he graduated high school. He also knew he was attracted to the huge, 6’3”, SEAL from the moment he and his brother came to join their team. It wasn’t easy for him to tamp down his immediate reaction to Ford’s thick muscles, full beard, and dark eyes. Still, Dana exhibited nothing but professionalism towards him, not wanting to make his ‘straight’ partner uncomfortable.

After Dana took back his ex-girlfriend, he’d noticed an intensification in Ford’s bad attitude. One that turned aggressive and downright antagonistic, and Dana was damned if he’d just lay down and take it. He was gonna make that man respect him if it was the last thing he did.

When Duke sends Dana and Ford out to track down their most dangerous bounty yet, they both embrace the fact that they make one hell of a team… but they fight tooth and nail against the powerful intimacy brewing between them.
Beware: When Ford and Dana connect, no fugitive can hide from the hunter and his watchman.

This story is a part of a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA.
Disclaimer: This book is about MM romance, albeit there is a very brief MF scene.

AUTHOR BIO:

A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children.
Adrienne has tons of more stories to tell, so be sure to visit her site to learn more! Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next.

Links

Amazon Link: https://goo.gl/KQ32Uz
Kobo: https://goo.gl/qXPIzK
Smashwords: https://goo.gl/tSpzyz
Goodreads: https://goo.gl/AbfTzJ

Author Official Website: http://authoraevia.com
A.E. Amazon Author Page: https://goo.gl/AVpOeJ
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/aeviaauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorAEVia

Excerpt:

Ford was in the office earlier than scheduled. He’d woken up with another hard-on after one of the most erotic dreams he’d ever had. And it was about a person whose name he didn’t want to voice out loud or even in his head. This was doing a number on him. It’d irritated him when Dana used to complain about how his girlfriend didn’t understand him and no matter what he did he couldn’t please her selfish ass, but they’d broken up and everyone – not just him – was relieved to have the old, light-hearted Dana back. Then, like all good things, it came to an end when she popped back up with tears and a sob story. That she’d made a big mistake.

Ford stirred his coffee so hard, part of it sloshed over the edge of the cup. He felt pissed when spineless Dana had reared his ugly head again and taken her back. Too decent to turn her down. Gritting his teeth, Ford demanded Dana act like the man he truly was. Strong, determined, spirited, and a ton of other great qualities Ford had taken for granted until someone else started stealing them.

He just wished he was sure that he could go the relationship route with a man. Ford wasn’t scared of dating the opposite sex, he was too old, too damn grown to worry about what anyone would think. He’d had experiences with men and women in the past. Had had his fun. He’d eyed a few guys when he was in the service, even patted a few bottoms, but nothing had stirred him this hard in years. He thought he was content in his life. He had his brother, his work, he was good now. He’d lived complications before, wasn’t interested in them again. Relationships, lust, pining, dates, romantic expectations, sex, all equaled the same thing to him… complications.

The man who wrote the Surviving Elite High series is here!!! He answers the most asked question by his fans…..

Who is your favorite character from your novels and why?

 

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Readers from every corner of the globe have asked me this questions over and over again. And to be honest, this is probably the hardest question for any author. Why? You love every single one of your characters, even the ones you kill in your novels. They are a part of you. They are you. Picking one over the other is an extremely difficult thing to do. But I had to answer this question since everyone has been so keen to know. I chose two. I couldn’t chose one. I had to choose two. You guys ready? Here we go!

My first favorite character is the ever so sexy Nicholas Anthony Hawking, or better known as Nick Wild Hawk, from Surviving Elite High. But first, let me tell you about my first work of fiction, Surviving Elite High. Surviving Elite High was re-released on January 5, 2014 under Ai Press. This novels chronicles the life of John Henry Ames, a gay sixteen-year-old boy, as he makes his way through life as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies. After befriending the school’s quarterback, Nick Hawking, their lives change forever. Their friendship blossoms and they discover a side of each other that no one knew. For my debut novel, I thought of everything. It has friendship, love, bullies, and even a school shooting. School violence is very serious topic these days and I needed to say something about it in my debut work. Now, let’s move on to Nick Wild Hawk.

Nick is the school’s quarterback and athlete extraordinaire. He’s the kings of the roots and knows it. He is the type of guy that every guy wants to be and the type of guy that every girl wants to be with, but there is more to Nick that meets the eyes. Nick comes from a neglected home and it’s evident by the way he goes around having sex with different girls. He’s looking for love and attention in the wrong places. When he meets John, however, that changes completely. John offers him pure and unadulterated friendship and support. As the story progresses, he becomes dependent on John and he begins to grow as an individual. Slowly, Nick becomes the perfect guy thanks to John’s help. In my latest novel, Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation, you guys will be able to see that Nick grew up to be the perfect husband, lover, leader and friend. Why? Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation is set twenty years after the last time we saw Nick on Surviving Elite High: Senior Year. Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation made me love Nick even more. He became the man that I always envisioned he could be. Hopefully, you guys fall in love with him like I did.

Now, my second favorite character from my novels is Ashton Hall from the third story found inside Love, Joy, Heartache and Pain. Now, let me tell you a little more about Love, Joy, Heartache and Pain. Love, Joy, Heartache and Pain is a collection of three short stories that can stand on their own, but can act as a full-length novel if you put them together. They appear in the following order: The not so unrealistic and detailed account of how my best friend and I switched bodies for a short period of time or Swapatized for short, Spirit Indestructible, and The Lake View Psychopath which stars Ashton Hall. As you can see, their names tell you a lot. The first one is extremely funny, the second can be sad and sweet, but the last one is very psychotic and gory. Now that you know a little more about them, let’s talk about Ashton Hall.

Ashton Hall hates his existence at Lake View High and he has very good reasons to hate it. The jocks have made his life a living hell and his friends have completely abandoned him. Why you may ask yourself? Well, Ashton Hall is openly gay and dating the love of his life, Austin Young, the school’s soccer star. Almost overnight, they became the center of every joke and every bully’s paradise. My heart breaks every time I reread their story. Without giving too much away, he loses the guy he loves and his mind snaps. It breaks into two and the only thing that keeps him moving forward is the need for revenge. He needs to avenge the love of his life and then move on with his life. And you know what? I can connect with him in so many ways. I would do what he did if they took the love of my life away from me. I would go crazy and snap at everyone. The Lake View Psychopath maybe the shortest story out of the three, but it will keep you at the edge of your seat from beginning to end. In my eyes, Ashton Hall is a hero, not the famous Lake View Psychopath they think he is. But I’ll let you decide when you read it.

So these are my top two favorite characters found in my novels. Picking them was hard since every single one of them is like a baby to me. I love them all, but you guys forced me to pick two. Hopefully, you read these two novels and bond with them like I did. Let me know what you think if you do.

You can stalk me at https://johnhenryamesbooks.wordpress.com or email me at authorjha@gmail.com. See you later guys!

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Help us welcome author and cover artist BJ Sheppard!

 

Hello, Everyone!

I’d like to take a moment to personally introduce a great friend of mine. He’s not just your typical hi and bye type friend to me, he’s a true real friend who takes a moment every single day to say hello and ask how I am…and we chat and chat, when we have a moment. He lives on the other side of the pond and we both work…so, we don’t get to gab as often as we’d like, but when we do, we get at it.

Mr. B.J. Sheppard is more than your average Englishman. He’s witty, funny, warm, caring, and very very talented. He’s an author and a cover designer! He has connections with editors and beta readers. He’s well-connected. But that’s not what drew me to him. The fact that he reached out to offer a hand when I needed it, did. I don’t chase people, as you are well aware, but when one pops up and holds out a hand, I’ll grab it and keep that hand warm and safe.

Well, we got to talking, I ended up talking about River and I needed a back cover for it in the worst way…River of Tears that is…I, with BJ’s help brought it to print! But that’s not what I’m here for. When he did that spine and back cover, and I saw it, held it in my hands, I teared up. Not because it’s my baby, but because that cover is amazing! Thanks to Zathyn Priest who did the front cover and to BJ who did the spine and back cover. He matched the coloring with ease. Then I went off to his site and I found the talent! You can see some below. He has pre-made ones, he’ll also create covers to match your needs…Personalization is big with him and with most writers. Just ask and he’ll deliver.

Anywhoot, I asked him if he’d mind if I exploited him and he blushed! I know he did. I didn’t see him but I knew. He accepted at my insistence and my ability to bug the hell out of people to get them to help me promote them. That’s what I do. Help others promo their art….So, without further delay, here’s my friend, BJ!

 

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, BJ, please come  on in and make yourself at home.

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Thanks for having me.

It’s my pleasure! Have a seat while I grab us something to drink and a snack. I know you must be tired after that long flight over!

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Here we go. I couldn’t decide on which one, so I grabbed a bit of each. Mixed_Drink_Tray_-_Glass

Now that we’re all settled, lets begin. Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

Well I started writing when I was very young, but only took it up properly about three years ago. I love telling stories, and I have studied writing at a higher learning institute here in the UK. Around about the time my second book was released, I got very interested in design as well, so I now run a cover design and formatting service for self-published authors.

And I can attest to that! I have very little free time on my hands and I needed to get River of Tears formatted for Createspace and Smashwords. I asked BJ and guess what he did? YES…and let me tell you he did a professional outstanding job!

Tell us, what was your first book and how long did it take to get it published?

My first book was a novella called ‘Always Have, Always Will’.Picture It was a bit of a crazy book as far as publishing goes. I sent it to one of the big M/M publishers initially, but it wasn’t as fluffy and sex filled as they like, so they took a pass on it. I then got signed to the now defunct Silver Publishing, which was a bad error. They went bust and I got the rights back without it ever seeing the light of day. Just when I was getting ready to give in on sending it out, Wilde City Press picked it up and published it for me.

I understand the frustrations all too well. Glad to see I’m not alone in this. And when did you start writing gay fiction? What about this genre interested you the most?

I first started reviewing books, after I found a few mainstream novels with strong gay characters. I was heavily moved by books by David Levithan, Michael Cunningham, Steve Kluger and Michael Chabon. From there it wasn’t long until I discovered the M/M Romance genre existed. I started a small review blog of my own, and was quickly offered a slot reviewing at the Novel Approach book review site. I wrote reviews for them for a year before giving that up to focus on my writing.

We are very aware of that site. If you all remember Lisa from a couple of years ago? She used to run the show here and then decided to start-up her own review site. We are happy to see she chose perfection in a reviewer! Glad to see you’re flying on your own now. More covers and more stories! So, how many books have you written this far?

In my head I have written dozens…in reality, 1 short story, 2 collections of short stories, a novella, and three novels.

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Do you write full-time?

Ha! I wish. No one really knows who I am, so I don’t make enough money to do this full-time. Much like every other author though, it is the dream to be able to work on my characters all day long.

I don’t know of many people who can stay home and make a living off of writing or reviewing for that matter. Those who do are few and far between. And have to be machines! It takes me a minute to get a story done and people pump out one a month. Is there a magic writing program I haven’t heard of yet? ANYWAYS…lets move on…what do you say we go and sit down at the pool?

So much better. The breeze is perfect. Now don’t you nod off on me, we’re talking here. Looking back was there something in particular that helped you to decide to become a writer? Did you choose it or did the profession choose you?

It chose me. Given the choice, I would probably not bother, and do something that rakes in unhealthy amounts of cash and buy myself that plastic surgery I have been wanting for a while now. But, alas, the writing chose me. No going back now.

Plastic surgery? What on earth for? You don’t need to cover the beauty! On a typical writing day, how do you spend your time?

Mainly fretting, thinking I’m rubbish and deleting things from my manuscripts. Then I’ll have a short burst of inspiration, crack out about 2000 words and have a nap.

I see your eyes drooping! No nap for you right now. Oh, wait until I show you your room! Here, have a snack.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I do a main overall plot, but then when I start writing, it’s a very organic process. I just see what happens and go where the story takes me.

What kind of research do you do before and during a new book?

I set most of my stories in fictional cities, so I can make up stuff that will help to drive the plot. As far as illnesses and professions go, I try to read a lot about it beforehand and use that as a guideline. I think in cases of this, it’s important to focus on the character as opposed to the minutiae of their traits though. Feelings over fact and all that.

What’s your favorite snack to eat while you’re sitting behind the computer and trying to describe what scenes are going on in your head?

Cigarettes (Oh  you’re such a rebel! I love it! Me too! And for those who do not smoke, we’ve already heard every reason why we need to quit. And since we’re not kissing you, please keep all remarks to yourselves. Thanks.)

I recently learned that you’re also a very talented cover artist. How did you get started with that?

Trial by fire really. I just practiced and practiced until I figured out what looked good and what was needed. From there it was just a case of putting together a portfolio and trying desperately to pimp my business out…still a work in progress.

I have to say, your trial by fire thing works very well for you! I mean, let me show everyone what you did! 20160214_082246 20160214_082315

 Talk about talent! I’m still in awe of this cover!

Is there a special technique to making the lovely covers shown on your site?

It’s a bit like writing really. I tend to let the creativity do what it wants. I don’t tend to stifle any urges to not do things. It’s a quick fix if I do something wrong and want to get rid of it, so I test out lots of different looks and see what sticks.

 A quick fix he says. And tell us, where do you get your ideas for your pre-made covers?

God only knows. I just added one where half the page was covered in butterflies, because it looked pretty. No one is going to buy that unless there is a huge market for lepidopterist erotica. You never know. Still, it’s pretty and I liked it, so it made the cut.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I have a pretty dark sense of humor. I like to be sarcastic and play with that when writing. I have a character called Liam Adams in my Rainbow Connection stories, who is just unapologetic and obscene. He says the things I don’t have the balls to say.

I think most writers have a character or two that allows them to be free, or should I say, which allows us to get away with saying what we normally can’t? I am guilty.

We’ve had all of our drinks, our snacks, what do you think about a cup of java? And speaking of drinks, what are your favorites?

Coffee, Beer, Fanta Zero. Not all at once.

What are you working on now?

Just trying to get my design business off the ground really. And a secret writing project that is a secret….shhhhhhh!

When it comes to promotion, what lengths have you gone to in order to increase reader-awareness of your work?

I’m pretty terrible at promotion. I don’t feel comfortable bigging myself up really. (To those of  you who aren’t sure what ‘bigging’ means, it’s like tooting your own horn so to speak. OR bragging, or patting ones own back.) I send out review copies of my books and share the reviews. I post on Facebook and Twitter. Asides from that, I’m not really very active with promotion.

Yeah, me either. I write, release, and mention it and then go to the next. I’m better at helping others do promotion. We have a lot in common! What kind of books do you like to read?

I like speculative and transgressive fiction stories. My favorite authors are Chuck Palahnuik, Douglas Coupland, Augusten Burroughs, Michaels Cunningham and Chabon. I’m pretty open to new suggestions.   Have you read John Saul, John Hart? Couple of my favs. No I haven’t. I’ll look them up.

If you weren’t a writer or cover artist what would you be?

I’d probably be a mortuary technician…for a while there, that was a serious consideration.

WOW…you’re a brave one! That’s a creepy career. When it comes to the covers of your books, what do you like or dislike about them?

This is promotion right….uh, I like all things about my books covers. I’m very good 😛

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I like music, movies, going on adventures with my lovely fiancé, Si.  May I say that you two are perfect together?! Yes, I said it.

 

I know you’re exhausted! C’mon, I’ll show you to your room.

 

Before I leave you in peace, can you share any special projects coming out that we should watch for?

There is a sale on until the end of February at my site, all book covers are down to $35 per ebook cover. Please go here to get yours before time and covers run out! Covers

Oh, the shower is here! AYE! That’s Marvin, your personal assistant while you’re here…I have no idea why he’s…I mean he knows you’re taken but he’s a..oh nevermind, anyway, let me get him out of there and while I’m doing that, can you please tell us where we can find you, your books and your covers? And while you’re at it, what are your fees? I know I’ve fallen in love with a few of your covers, mainly two titled Bad Boys and The Message. I personally cannot wait to get the stories done! And now I’m eyeing Fractured! Well done, BJ!

Okay, so there is a sub-page on my author page that tells you all about my new design business, BJS Cover Design and Formatting (original name, I know). That’s where you can find a bundle of pre-made covers on sale for $35. There is also a good explanation of my fees there, which basically equate to this:

Pre-made covers – $35

Commissioned covers – on an hourly rate. First hour is $30, and every subsequent hour is $25. More can be charged for harder projects, more stock photos or more concept designs.

Formatting (ebooks and paperbacks) – the same hourly rate as above applies.

 

You can find my site at: http://bjsheppardauthor.weebly.com

My cover design and formatting site at: http://bjsheppardauthor.weebly.com/bjs-cover-design–formatting.html

My Facebook links:

Author page: https://www.facebook.com/BJSheppardauthor/

Design page: https://www.facebook.com/BJSheppardCoverDesign/

Twitter: @bj_sheppard

 

Thanks for having me!

 

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Thank you for visiting BJ! Come again soon!!

 

 

 

 

Take a Stand

A friend of mine alerted me to a site this evening which has over 400 MM authors listed…That’s a LOT of people turning out a lot of reading material…Some more than others…I fall into the others category…I fall there because I simply cannot write like a machine and I refuse to rush my characters. However, there are many who can write up a storm and turn out a story every month. Kudos to them. WTG!

Now, that site I was talking about…Well, I don’t know if I’m thrilled that I actually made that list or if I’m pissed off that I did make that list. I mean, if you read MM stories, then you’ll understand what I mean. I guess I’m a little happy I made the list…but

When I saw the book they are stealing and have stolen…and read 311 times…I felt a bit of sadness and a lot of anger…That story is based on fact…I know the guys and the book was for them. The money I made off that title? HA! Lets not go there. My writing doesn’t pay the electric bill, so when I saw it was taken that many times on this ONE site, I am now wondering how many other places have done this and would it have been enough money for me to help save my dogs life? Or maybe the money would have allowed me to send a few gifts to my grand-kids…OR just maybe that money would have been used to replace my printer…

Anyway…Ya know…Pirates…all you need to do is ASK an author if they wouldn’t mind giving you a copy to review…MORE often than not, they will do exactly that. Stealing is so wrong on so many levels…And this is something so many of us have gone over before. It’s almost a waste of time to do these posts anymore BUT…I see that amount of stolen books and I see how many of us writer’s do without in order to fulfill our HAVE TO minds, only to see our dreams and such go down the toilet really bothers me…

Anyway…I was going to post the site here…BUT…just in case a sly one comes creeping around here…I don’t want to help them find the NOT for free stories we all work our fingers off for…It’s very disheartening and it’s almost a slap in the face…Many of my stories take me more than a month to write…and when they are ready to be published and prices are given, hello…it’s less than a lunch from most fast food places…

I am doing this post FOR the authors…as a warning to you…to help you so you can try to get your titles taken down…I’ve listed all the ones I found on the site…IF you want to know the site, and haven’t found it on FB yet…Just contact me and I’ll send you the link.

Here are the author’s I saw. I put them on an Excel sheet and tried to make sure there are no doubles and such…

1278 MM Books

A. J. Llewellyn
A. M. Riley
A.C. Katt
A.J. Jarrett
A.K.M. Miles
Abby Blake
Adam Carpenter
Addison Avery
Adriana Dane
Adrienne Wilder
Aimee Brissay
Alan Keslian
Aldous Mercer
Aleksandr Voinov
Alex Beecroft
Alex Berry
Alex Bowman
Alex Jones
Alex Sanchez
Alex Standish
Alexa Snow
Alexander Goodman
Alexander Voinov
Allison Cassatta
Ally Blue
Amanda Ashley
Amanda Young
Amber Green
Amber Kell
Amber Redd
Amelia June
Amy Lane
Anah Crow
Andrew Grey
Anel Viz
angel martinez
Angela Fiddler
Angela S. Stone
Anita Kinley
Anitra Lynn McLeod
Ann T. Ryan
Anna Zabo
Anne Tenino
Annie Proulx
Ariel Tachna
Ashlyn Kane
Astrid Amara
Ava March
Azura Ice
B.A. Tortuga
B.G. Thomas
B.J. Scott
Bailey Bradford
Barbara Sheridan
Barry Lowe
Baumbach, Blue, Maltese
Becca Van
Becky Black
Bella Grace
Ben Tyler
Bethany Brown
Bobby Blake
Bobby Michaels
Bonnie Dee
Brad Boney
Braden Williams
Bren Christopher
Brian West
Brita Addams
Bryl R. Tyne
Brynn Paulin
C.J. Black
C.J. Elliott
Cain Berlinger
Caitlin Ricci
Cameron Dane
Cara Covington
Cardeno C_
Carol Lynne
Cassandra Gold
Cassandre Dayne
Cat Grant
Catt Ford
CB Potts
Charlie Richards
Cheryl Dragon
Chloe Stowe
Chris Owen
Chris T. Kat
Chris Tracey
Christiane France
Christine d’Abo
Claire Thompson
Clare London
Con Riley
Cooper Davis
Crymsyn Hart
D. J. Manly
D. River
D.C. Jarvis
D.G. Parker
D.J. Manly
Dakota Dawn
Dakota Flint
Dakota Rebel
Dan Skinner
Dana Marie Bell
Dani Alexander
Darien Cox
Del Darcy
Denise Rossetti
Derek Adams
Dev Bentham
Devon Rhodes
Diana Copland
Diana Dericci
Diana Sheridan
Diane Adams
Dianne Hartsock
Diesel King
Donald King
Donna Mcintosh
Drew Hunt
duchene Remmy
Dwayne Vernon
E.E. Montgomery
E.M. Lynley
Eden Cole
Emily Carrington
Emily Veinglory
Emma Donoghue
Emma Lai
Eric Arvin
Eric Summers
Erica Pike
Erin O’Quinn
Ethan Day
Eva Cassidy
Evan J. Xavier
Evangeline Anderson
Fabian Black
Fae Sutherland
Faolan Kurayam
Finn Marlowe
Flesa Black
Frances Stockton
Fyn Alexander
G.A. Hauser
G.P. Keith
Gabrielle Evans
Gale Stanley
Gene Gant
Genie E. Hyatt
Geoffrey Knight
George Seaton
Gigi Moore
Gracie C. Mckeever
Gregory L. Norris
Gwenna Sebastian
H. J. Brues
H. Lewis-Foste r
Hank Edwards
Harner, L.E_
Harper Fox
Havan Fellows
Heide Belleau
Hunter raines
Indigo Wren
Irae
J. L. Langley
J. L. Merrow
J. P. Barnaby
J. R. Loveless
J.B. MacDonald
J.C. Owens
J.L. Langley
J.M. Gryffyn
J.M. Snyder
J.P. Bowie
J.W. Kilhey
Jack Greene
Jade Archer
Jade Buchanan
Jaime Fessenden
jaime samms
Jake Mactire
Jambrea Jo Jones
James Buchanan
James Erich
James Orr
James Ryder
Jamie Graig
Jan Irving
Jana Downs
Jane Davitt
Janey Chapel
Jax Cordoba
Jaxx Steele
Jay Hughes
JC Holly
Jeff Erno
Jeffrey Ballam
Jeffrey Eugenides
Jenna Jones
Jenni Michaels
Jennifer Thorne
Jerry Douglas
Jerry Sacher
Jessica Freely
Jessie Blackwood
Jez Morrow
Jill Knowles
Jillian Snyder
Jim Brown
JM Cartwright
Joanne Kells
Joely Skye
Joey W. Hill
John Jockel
John Simpson
John Tristan
Johnny Diaz
Johnny Miles
Jones, Jenna
Joseph Itiel
Josephine Myles
Josh Lanyon
Jude Mason
Julian Balfour
Julian E. Farris
K.A. Mitchell
K.C. Burn
K.C. Hendricks
Kaenar Langford
Kaje Harper
Karenna Colcroft
Kari Gregg
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McKayla believes she has the best of both worlds. A steady job which allows her to focus on what she does the best at a marketing firm located in downtown Denver. She has had a steady relationship with Kurt, the man of her dreams. Together they explore role playing and that can lead them into areas which allows her to hide behind who she is at the moment.

When she plays someone else, she doesn’t have to focus on her feelings or give them thought, which is fine by her. She witnessed her own parent’s marriage and how badly it fell apart. She would watch her father when he didn’t think she was looking,she saw the misery in his eyes, along with the unshed tears. McKayla swore she’d never allow a partner to do that to her.

McKayla’s world is perfect. Never mind the fact that each time Kurt comes home for the weekend to spend time with her, to have someone to touch, kiss, and have sex with, along with the role-playing, she’s seeing love around her everywhere. And now, she’ss tarts to see a change in her boyfriend that she can’t and won’t face. If she does, she’s sure she’ll lose him.

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Roleplaying keeps McKayla safe, keeps her feelings and her emotions in check. All she can think of is the next scene and feeling the man of her dreams giving her the pleasure she craves. She knows, as he does that no matter who holds the crop, no matter who is tied up, no matter what role they are playing, Kurt is the true Alpha, the true Dom to her submissive side. She knows one word from him, her mind instantly melts and awaits his direction.

But she fears her relationship with Kurt is slipping away, because she can’t give him what he really wants. And his long absences for work give her too much time between scenes to fixate on what that is: love. For her to say it. She shows it; she’s damn good at showing it whenever they spend time together. Still, if she says it, everything between them will change forever. If she doesn’t, soon, she may just lose him.

Welcome the ONE and ONLY…S.N. Graves!!!

Before we go on to learn more of this fantastic gifted artist, let me first say… The doors here are open, and will be but I can’t say there will be reviews like there has been…All I can say is keep checking in, subscribe to get an email so you can see when I manage to update, or? All I know is that it’s very hard for me to kill what took me and a few others so long to build. I just can’t keep the pace of the past. I have a life to live, stories to write, and goals to meet…

Now, here’s the very special…S.N. Graves!!!

 

 

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 What’s your favorite comfort food?

Sushi. Sushi makes everything better.

Who do you turn to for encouragement when you feel your writing isn’t all you think it can be?

Once upon a time that person was my mother. She was the only one I ever let read everything I wrote, and she was such a super fan of the characters in my world it was hard to feel like anything less than a rock star when she was giggling at my every dumb joke and tearing up at all the right places.

My mother was taken by a stroke several years ago, and without my instant audience, I sort of stopped writing. Before her stoke I had signed up for a graduate degree at Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction. I almost didn’t go because I felt like I’d never be able to write again anyway, but once my mentor, Barbara Miller, got a look at my work, she became that encouraging voice I needed, and slowly, over the course of a couple years, I got my mojo back. In that time my sons became teenagers, and now they are my most rabid fans, and the people I look to when I need help getting through the low moments of the writing life.

Do you have pets? If yes, what are their names?

I could spend a whole interview naming pets. I have far too many because my husband and I are suckers when it comes to a critter in need. I have Mojo the pit bull with the broken tail, Pooh Bear the cat with the missing eye, Sassy and Gary the cats, who both have leukemia, Derp the cat, Django the cat, and just recently we adopted a pitty/Doberman mix named Mokey.

What do you think your strongest asset is in writing? Or weakness?

I think my strongest asset is my ability to write engaging dialogue. That probably comes from my tendency to forget these are fictional people I am writing for, and so when they start throwing tantrums in my head or making wise cracks at one another, I just type everything that comes out of their mouths. If you build strong characters and give them a rich history and passionate convictions and opinions of their own, and then put them in a room in your head with other characters built in the same way, fireworks are bound to happen. Every time I get more than two or three characters in a scene it reminds of Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house—no one is going to agree on anything, food may end up splattered against the wall, things may get broken and people will storm out, but it is a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

As for my greatest weakness… That would be a tossup between the comma, which always conspires to make me look like an idiot, and the word “don’t.” If someone tells me not to do something in my writing, if they declare it a rule, my brain translates that as “Oh, do it? Do it now? Do it HARD? Well okay then, if you say so.”

What mundane thing do you have to do that you totally dislike?

Sleeping. Seriously, ain’t nobody got time for that.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I like monsters, freaks, weird people in weird situations. I don’t care if I find them in horror or fantasy or romance, I just don’t do normal people—I find it too hard to suspend disbelief. (DITTO)

What is your favorite genre to write?

Horror and romance. I suspect that’s what landed me in the paranormal category.

What classes have you taken – or want to take, to improve your writing skills?

I graduated from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program, and despite some low points, it did wonders for making me feel like a legitimate author. If I had the money and time I would sign up for so many different writing classes. Honestly though, I think the best courses for would-be writers are not English courses or how-to-write courses, but classes on acting, film studies, psychology—anything that helps an author understand storytelling from a viewer’s perspective or that helps them understand people in general.

What would you say to a budding M/M writer?

Don’t write stereotypes. Write all people as people with unique habits and gestures and quirks. Don’t depend on the depictions you see on TV to guide your hand in crafting your heroes. Make them fully realized people, don’t limit them to lisps and assigned roles of top and bottom.

Would you consider writing in a genre you’ve never done before? If no, why?

It would be kind of difficult to find a genre I haven’t written in some capacity before. I love a challenge, and I don’t consider any genre off limits.

What do you do for fun?

I…don’t know what that is anymore. When I am taking a break from editing or writing I watch movies, I read, or I role-play. Not the slutty nurse and dirty doctor sort of Role-Playing, but the AD&D sort. I pretty much live and breathe storytelling in one form or another. It might make me a little boring in real life, but fantasy is much more interesting anyway.

Where is your favorite place to write?

At the beach, in a nice hotel with the windows open so the sea air can blow the curtains up and fill the room. Especially at night. If not the beach then anywhere that I can hear a good thunderstorm going on outside.

How does your family and friends react to what you write?

With the exception of my mother and my sons, they have all just recently been allowed to read any of it. For the most part what I write is not really their thing, ya know? Either they are put off by the romance elements, or put off by the horror and paranormal elements, or completely lose it when the M/M elements show up. They aren’t my target audience, and I try not to let it make me sob in a corner that they don’t love everything I write.

Do you have a favorite recipe to share that you make when you are in a time crunch?

I do!

Step One: Find a man.  (S.N., if you can point me in the right direction please?)

Step Two: Agitate well until man shows signs of breaking.

Step Three: Tell the man you are hungry and on a deadline.

Step Four: Give the man every reason in the world to get the hell away from you (i.e. scare him toward the kitchen).

Step Five: Promise reprieve when noms are delivered.

Step Six: A slight cooling off period may be required, but soon you should smell the delicious aroma of noms. Wait quietly, but don’t be afraid to shout the occasional demand for a progress update.

Step Seven: Voila! Noms magically appear on your desk, though make sure you clear a good sized space for them because the dish may well be flung at you. Results may vary, depending on how well you have trained your man.

When you feel discouraged with a current work in process, what do you do?

Cry in the shower. Cry into my pillow. Sob at my kids. Beat my head against the wall. Then make a cup of coffee and reevaluate what I am doing. Often I find just reading back over previous work is enough to get my head into gear and get the words flowing again.

HAHA! I so understand all of the above. (Michele)

What are some of your other creative outlets?

I draw and paint. I like drawing my characters and even doing little comic book panels of scenes I’m writing. I also do a lot of cover art—for my books or other people’s.

What’s your favorite season to write about?(Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter)

I’m a fall and winter kind of gal. Fall always smells so nice and the air just feels like magic. Winter encourages characters to snuggle for warmth, and who doesn’t like that? (I’m with you!)

Are you a morning, afternoon or night owl?

I hate mornings. It doesn’t matter if my morning starts at 6AM or at 3PM, whenever I first get up I’m a snarly beast. It doesn’t help that I have neurological damage, and so my head will wake up a good 20 minutes sometimes before my legs do. If I wake up and try to jump right out of bed, I’m going to faceplant into the carpet, never fails. My father used to get the biggest kick out of waking me up in the mornings for school. He’d slam the door open and give that drill sergeant shout “Get your lazy butt out of bed. It’s chow time!” and then he’d stand there a minute and snicker as I launched myself out of bed, and my noodle legs flung me all over the room until I crashed face first into the floor. Ahhh, good times.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

Own a full scale Pit Bull rescue.

Own a house bigger than a breadbox.

Live on the beach.

What music do you listen to when you write? Or do you have to have total silence?

I must have music when I write. I will sometimes spend days setting up the right playlist for a series of scenes, and when I sit down to write that playlist will play over and over again. Sometimes, it’s just one song that I put on repeat, because once you find something that gets you in the right mood, you cling to it. I almost had a full scale revolt on my hands when writing some of the scenes for Look Back in Anger, because I had the same song on loop for about three days.

Katie Melua – The Flood http://youtu.be/4E4-9yKTv_I

The kids and the husband wanted to strangle me.

What social medias seem to work for you?

Mostly Facebook, and that is only because I am old and Twitter scares me. I just signed up for Ello, and I have no idea how to even use it. By the time I figure it out, it will go the way of MySpace, and I will have to move over to something else.

How did you discover M/M romance?

When I was a kid in the 90s the closest thing I had to M/M was a picture I had of David Bowie and Mick Jagger cuddled up on a couch together. I live in the bible belt, so it was incredibly hard to find anything M/M or F/F anywhere, and it wasn’t until I got out on my own and discovered the internet that I actually found real M/M stories—some of my favorites being P.L Nunn’s work and Tricia Owens. It’s still pretty much all I want to write, and most of my fictional worlds are heavily populated with M/M stories. I do have women in my stories, and they do play a big role, but for the most part my focus is on my gay or bi male characters –Zakai and Vander, Arthur and Vincent, Alex, Eli, even Jesse. I think I decided to start with Samantha as my main protagonist instead of any of the men because there was so much world building that needed to go into that first serial, and I wanted Samantha to stand in for my readers (predominantly female) as someone new to that world and learning about it as the story moved forward. Unless I hear a huge outcry for more female leads, Samantha may be the last female protagonist I have for a long while.

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Beverage of choice?

Coconut water! OMG, I just discovered this recently and it is amazing. I have never felt better than when I have a bottle of Zico next to me.

What kind of computer do you work on?

Um…it’s black? Kinda a big blocky square? I think it is an HP? Oh! It has this awesome little light bar on the front that makes it look like a Battlestar Galactica cylon. Yes, I bought my computer because it had a pretty, shiny light on the front.

Do you hear voices in your head telling you what to write or are you inspired by what goes on in the world?

Both. Everything I write is inspired by things I have seen in the world, but my characters sometimes make themselves. Once they start to take shape, I do hear them on a constant basis until I start writing them. My husband likes to make fun of me because I often move my lips as I type, sort of acting out the characters and their dialogues as I go. He’ll also never let me live down the times he’s caught me in the shower doing little one women plays where I am voicing the characters in a scene and trying to figure out what is going on. He said the first time he heard it he thought there was someone in there with me, and when he realized I was alone, he got a little scared. Now he knows it’s just me writing, and to leave me alone or suffer the wrath of a wet, perturbed writer.

How do you feel about the future of books? More e-books or will print always be around?

I think print will always be around on some level. There really is nothing like a good, fully stocked bookshelf, but I don’t think paper will remain the standard. E-books are so much easier to use, they take up no space, don’t kill trees, and don’t get frayed and worn the more you read them.

What do you prefer to read? E books, blogs, magazines or print?

E-books. I have enough clutter in my house.

Do you watch gay porn to get ideas?

There is sex in my books, lots of it over the course of the whole series actually, but no I don’t watch porn. I’m not really into video porn of any kind—it just doesn’t do it for me. I need emotional connections. The only place I have found solid emotional connection between characters is in written fiction.

What is nearest and dearest to your heart?

My boys. All three of them. I don’t know what I would do without my sons and my husband. They are the great strength in my life that gets me through all the dark times.

Do you have a story or an author who inspires you?

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. Whenever I feel like I have just forgotten how to write, I pick that book back up and read it cover to cover. I have my mom’s copy now, so that makes it even more precious to me.

If you are sick, what is the first thing you do?

I’m chronically ill. I’m always sick, so the first thing I do is realize, yup, I’m still breathing. Then I get to work.

What is your personality like?

I think I’m a mix of all my characters. Alex, Samantha, Zakai… If you read them, you know me.

What do you look for when seeking out an on line friendship?

Honesty and kindness. Mean people suck. I can’t handle negative people on any level. I spend so much of my life these days looking at kitten videos, and trying to keep myself from sinking into a dark place, that the last thing I need is someone who is negative.

What makes you laugh/sad/angry?

It’s really not hard to make me laugh. I love to laugh, and so I watch a lot of stand-up comedy. What makes me equally sad and angry is when people fail to see that the world goes beyond their own personal experiences. People have a tendency to assume the life they have lived and the experiences they have had are how it is for everyone. This leads to people denying that the horrors of poverty, racism, classism, and chronic illness exist. They assume if you are broke, you must be lazy. If you have suffered racial or class injustice, you’re probably just too sensitive and looking for an excuse. If you are sick all the time, you should probably just go see a doctor or stop being a wimp. It makes me sad and angry, because unless you have lived in a person’s shoes, you have no idea what their experience has been.

I want to thank you for letting me dig around a bit…You deserve great big HUGS!!

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Please give a HUGE Top2Bottom welcome to the fabulous, Zathyn Priest!!

Welcome, Zathyn Priest! We’re thrilled you’re here!


Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

Hmm… I think I might opt for tea, please.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m from Adelaide, Australia. I live with a cat, a duck, and two greyhounds. Living with greyhounds means my home looks like a daycare centre, with fluffy toys from one end of the house to the other.
Aside from that, I’ve been around the MM fiction scene for about five or six years, although I took a break away from writing during that time. Amara: The Rebirth is my first novel in about… ooh… three years, I think. So it has been a long time between drinks for me. While I wasn’t writing, I rediscovered my passion for art. I own Scarlet Tie Designs, and design pre-made and (occasionally) custom cover art. Mostly original artworks rather than stock photography based book covers
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What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

Fate, I think. I had no idea MM was even a genre unto itself, and certainly no idea it was popular. Cruising the internet one night, looking for publishers and/or agents, I stumbled across Torquere Press’ website and read through their submission guidelines. I decided to give it a shot and wrote The Curtis Reincarnation specifically to submit to them. Thankfully, it was accepted.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Actually, I’m going to be incredibly boring and decline your kind offer. About eight or nine months ago I was put on a new epilepsy medication, which has some strange side-effects. One of those side-effects is that it ‘rewires’ your brain to not recognize certain foods as appealing. So this once hopeless chocoholic now doesn’t like the stuff. Nor do I really like cookies, cake, candy, etc.
It’s quite bizarre because after a few weeks of taking this drug you eat a cookie and your brain reacts with a message along the lines of, ‘What the hell is this crap? Seriously… what the hell are you eating?’

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

I’m not one of those writers who makes sure they set aside writing time each day. In fact, I may not write for a couple of weeks and then, when I do, write for ten hours a day for several days in a row. If the mood strikes me, I’ll write. If it doesn’t, I won’t force myself. I can always tell when I’ve forced the writing and it only ends up being deleted.

Given that, I’m one of the least prolific writers in the MM genre. That used to really stress me because I’d see other authors pumping out one book after the other. I have to accept that I’ll never be like that.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

Oh God… I’m a shocker for revising as I go. Constantly. I obsess over every little detail and I’ve always been my own worst critic in that respect. I do a million drafts of everything. Well… not a million, but a LOT. I’ve never written anything from start to finish without editing, changing, revising, etc.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I have a general idea and then I basically make it up as I go along. Hence why I have to go back and change things a lot. I’ve never planned or plotted a story from A to Z. I let the characters and story develop, then see where it takes me. That’s half the fun, because it’s a surprise to me where it goes.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

My favourite is usually the character I’m writing at the time. If I had to choose an all-time favourite, then it’s Alec (Tyler Curtis) from The Curtis Reincarnation. And I think he’s my favourite simply because it was my first published book.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

It’s my constant companion, together with a hefty dose of anxiety. I’ve tried all the so-called writers’ block cures to no avail. If anyone has a sure-fire cure, please let me know.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone?

I have my office, which is in desperate need of redecorating to make it comfy.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I live alone. I don’t have to worry about anyone else in the house interrupting me. But people interrupting me on Messenger or similar when I’ve said I’m busy… yes, that hasn’t ended well on a few occasions! It takes a while for me to get into the writing mood and, once I’m there, I hate being snapped out of it. If I am, that can ruin the ‘zone’ for the rest of the day/night.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

My sense of humour? A little twisted, a little dark, a little off the wall and left of centre. My sense of humour is represented a lot in my books. It’s woven into everything I write.

What is the most frequently asked Zathyn Priest question?

Usually it’s, ‘Are you ever going to write again?’ This is because I might only write one novel every 2 years. However, I am trying to boost that up to at least one a year.

What are you working on now?

I have a few works in progress.


Counterbalance is a novel length contemporary story I’m working at the moment. I’m not sure what I’ll do with that one when it’s finished, though.

Dystopia is an almost finished novel, but something isn’t right with it and I can’t figure out what, so it’s shelved until I can figure it out.

The Violin Player is a sequel to The Curtis Reincarnation. It may or may not see the light of day, depending on the end result. I won’t let it leave my hands unless I’m absolutely certain it’s what I want it to be.

Left of the Middle is a sequel to Left of Centre, and I think that one will be graphic (Illustrated with digital art).
And I plan to write more in the Amara series.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

To be perfectly honest, writing used to be a huge part of my lifestyle. It isn’t as much now. I suffer extreme anxiety in regards to writing and this is the reason I stepped away from it for so long. I’m in the process of dealing with the anxiety and trying to find coping mechanisms.

After I wrote The Slayer’s Apprentice – about 5 years ago – I was struck down with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s one of those things you never truly recover from, and anxiety related issues goes hand-in-hand with it. It’s taken all this time to get to a point where I’ve started to feel the desire to write again.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

I gravitate toward non-fiction, and a lot of my ideas for stories comes from things I learn from it.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer?

Horse Trainer.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Art is a huge part of my life. But when I’m not doing that, I love scoping the internet for interesting articles to read, or Youtube for tutorials. I have one of those brains that gets bored quickly and can’t relax. It’s difficult for me to sit and watch TV or a movie, unless I’m watching something educational.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Not really, no – lol. Amara: The Rebirth may be it for me this year. Unless I get Counterbalance finished and make a decision on what to do with it.


Although, I will be at GRL in Chicago!

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
I’m most active on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/zathyn.priest1
Twitter (Sometimes): https://twitter.com/zathynpriest
My author website: http://www.zathynpriest.com
and my blog: http://zathynpriest.com/brokenpencil/

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

I’ll rinse out my mug. But seeing as I didn’t have cookies or cake, the rest of the cleaning… you’re on your own *wink*