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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Please welcome MM author Faith Ashlin!

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Hello,

 

I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Faith Ashlin and it’s wonderful to be here on Top 2 Bottom reviews. I’ve been writing for a long time now and I thoroughly enjoy it. What’s not to love? Total control over beautiful young men, making them fall in love and lust and… getting them steamy whenever I want!

 

I do like a bit of steamy but I prefer a plot and proper characters along with the steam. I like seeing how my characters cope with the worlds and situations I throw at them. It’s fun to put them through hell then create a happy ending.

My characters are very important to me. Sometimes, when I write, they feel almost like friends I’ve come to know and love. I don’t want them to be perfect – real people never are – but I do want them to be good people. Ones that are trying their best to be decent. I also like them to grow and change.

I’ve always loved the idea of a man who tries to do the right thing, no matter what the cost to himself. A man who is decent and honourable, regardless of what the world thinks. That’s a theme that runs through many of my books. Good men who, hopefully, come across as realistic people, coping with life and love.

I think my love of a noble man is because I’m not sure how I’d react in a really difficult situation. I’m unexciting and I like my creature comforts. I don’t know how strong I’d be under pressure. I need central heating and knowing I have somewhere safe to go home to and a future to look forward to, however boring it may be. That makes the brave and true hero seem all the more appealing.

Nicky, in my new story, ‘To Stand Close’, is a man like that. Although he knows the world thinks he’s a loser – an opinion that matches his own low sense of self-worth – he’s still a man who has honour, which he holds true to quietly, without a fuss.

I like Nicky, he’s far from perfect, has some odd passions, but he’s a good man. I hope you like him too.

If you’d like to try a some of my writing there is a link to a free read below. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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To Stand Close

Faith Ashlin

Can love grow and survive for two men on opposite sides of the deepest of chasm—slavery? 

In this world one country has cut itself off, and is closed and mysterious to everyone else. What’s the secret it’s hiding? Magic? Monsters? No, just the cruel reality of slavery. But inside its borders life goes on as normal, and it competes with the rest of the world at sport just like everyone else, just to prove that it’s the best.

Nicky accepts that, and is happy in his own small, simple life as a gymnastics coach. He accepts it because he’s never known anything else, but he stays as far away from the brutality of slavery as he can, until he’s given a present he doesn’t want and isn’t allowed to refuse.

As for love? Well, he loves his sport, isn’t that enough?

 

General release date: 27th March

 

Buy link:

https://www.totallybound.com/to-stand-close#excerpt

 

FREE READ!!!

My Unintended

Faith Ashlin

Noah and Greg are teachers and have been living together for a while. They’re content in their lives and with each other. Or at least they think so. Then Noah is forced to consider his dreams for the future when his parents change their wills. He’s told the family house will be left to his sister rather than him, as she has children. But does he want a wife and traditional family?

Instead of talking to Greg, as he knows he should, he runs back home. His grandmother takes him in hand and tells him a story about her own loves back before she was married.

It makes Noah think about what he really wants.

 

Free download link:

https://www.totallybound.com/my-unintended

 

Jessica Freely talks about how her Freedom series came to life!

The Freedom Series: How it All Began

I didn’t plan to write a series of science fiction romance stories about a rebel and an office worker. In fact originally, the first story in the Freedom series, Unlawful, was written as a giveaway to readers who purchased my novella, His Own Devices, during release week. But after I wrote it I found I was intrigued by the characters and their world, so I just kept going.


In His Own Devices, my protagonists, Cam and Sunshine, are enslaved by a race of people known as the Hanovans, who live under a corporate oligarchy. The Hanovan Emperor is also the CEO of the all-powerful corporation, Zenesco, that rules everyone’s lives. His Own Devices paints a pretty ugly picture of the Hanovans, and that got me to wondering if all of them were as cruel as the guards we meet in Cam and Sunshine’s story.

I’m not much for the idea that any group of people can be inherently bad, and I had a feeling that maybe not every Hanovan agreed with the way their ruler runs things. Those thoughts were the seeds for Unlawful, and from that first story, the saga of Larke and Droje, two Hanovans who do not fit the mold for what their culture deems proper, or even legal, spun out.

With Unbound, we finally see Larke and Droje with enough time to relax, get to know each other, and spend some quality time. But of course, they are still on the run, they still have a mission, and complications ensue. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about them as they battle enemies within and without in their continuing quest for freedom.

You can contact Jessica at:

Jessica Freely Online:
Website & Blog: http://jessicafreely.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/jessicafreely
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/FYXLf
Facebook: http://facebook.com/jfreely
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jessicafreely
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1690113.Jessica_Freely

Nessa L. Warin and her book Syrah

nessa All Shawn Neale is looking for when he stumbles into All Corked Up on Christmas Eve is some wine recommendations. What he finds is an instant attraction to Royce Wilkinson, the shop’s owner. After a few weeks of flirting during shopping and some semi-dates at Royce’s wine tastings, they decide on a real date. It goes well, but life isn’t that simple.

Shawn wants to buy Delicto, the local pub he manages. He’s been planning his life around this for years, but when the owner, who believes being gay is an illness, discovers Shawn went out with Royce, he gives Shawn an ultimatum: stop dating guys or he won’t get to buy Delicto. It’s a heartbreaking quandary: Can Royce and Shawn be happy with a secret relationship until Shawn buys Delicto or is Shawn going to have to choose between his dream job and his dream guy?

Author:

Nessa L. Warin lives in a fantasy world that’s mostly inside her head, though her physical address is in southwestern Ohio. Her two cats kindly play along with her fantasies and graciously let her pay all the bills, but they do require her to provide pampering on a regular basis. Nessa enjoys exploring the wonders of this world through travel—something her cats strongly disapprove of as it cuts into their pampering time—and can find whimsy in the most mundane places. When the real world becomes too much, Nessa enjoys dressing in costume and going to Renaissance Festivals and fantasy conventions. A short trip to either does wonders for her state of mind, so she makes sure to attend at least one of each a year. These trips help Nessa add to her collection of faerie and dragon art, and she swears she will frame and hang all the prints she’s collected some time soon.

When she’s not living in a fantasy world, Nessa enjoys tasting and learning about wine,  particularly since it’s one of the few things she and the rest of her family agree on. She’s a regular at the wine tastings held by her local wine shop, and considers it a sin for her wine rack to have more empty spots than full ones. She’d prefer her wine rack to be filled with Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Syrah, but one of her favorite things about wine is the way it can always surprise her. More than once she’s been taken aback by which wine she likes best at a tasting, and she loves the way her wine rack illustrates the joys of trying new things.

Follow Nessa on Twitter @nessalwarin and Facebook at NessaLWarin. She can also be reached at nessa.l.warin@gmail.com.

Where is the justice?

This post is a little off the typical subject for Top 2 Bottom Reviews. As many of you know we focus only on reviews and the people behind those precious words we read and hope you’ll read.

However, because we do review gay stories about gay individuals I see it’s only right to bring some attention and focus on the real people in the world who sometimes inspire the stories you read. Not all of the books you read come from real life situations, in fact many don’t. You read to escape the everyday real life hustle and bustle of the world we’re in. That’s great. Keep doing it. Please keep supporting our writer’s.

Also, I’d like for you to please remember there are real life people in real life situations who need you. This post I posted is done so with the permission of the author’s. I will try to keep you posted on what’s being done to help the couple they speak of, so that we, as a community can try to help any way we can, even if it’s just to sign a petition to get their voices heard, fairness installed and justice served.

Michele

 

Mississippi’s Conscience Should Be Burning … “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

– Seth Azzarello and James Robinson

Close your eyes and imagine that for twenty-one years you have been in a committed loving relationship.  Your partner is the love of your life and the two of you have spent years planning your dreams and working on your life goals together. You have a beautiful home and both of you have been active members of your community.  Then, in an instant, a simple accident changes both your lives forever.  Your partner is in the hospital and you are being called ‘faggot’ by local police officers who are sworn to serve the community as they force you out of your home.  Your partner is thrown into a nursing home without your approval or knowledge and you can’t go see them because there is a warrant for your arrest because with the support of friendly police officers you briefly returned to your home where you had lived for the past twenty years.  Most of the community you have loved has suddenly turned its back on you and in your shock and disbelief you do not know where to turn …  in shocked desperation you reach out for help.

Does this sound like a horrible nightmare?  Are you thinking this could not happen in the Land of The Free … in the Home of The Brave in 2013?   It has happened and is happening now in Brookhaven, Mississippi. You don’t often hear about stories like this because important stories are often passed over and replaced with insignificant news stories that make us believe the fashion of celebrities or their latest personal problems are more important than Civil Rights …  more important than human decency.

Glenn Easter wants what most of us want out of life.  Glenn wants respect and justice.  Glenn’s partner, eighty-six year old David, fell at their home on April 12, 2013.   Glenn was upstairs in the bathroom when David fell and a paramedic came in the house screaming Glenn’s name.  Glenn came running outside in his robe.  David had gotten up and continued toward the street where he collapsed while calling Glenn’s name as loudly as he could.

After twenty-one years of being together David and Glenn had a plan in place in case something like this were to happen. Glenn has power of attorney for David and his name is also on the lease of their home. They believed they were completely covered.  Or, so they thought.  They did not realize that local bigotry and prejudice would over-ride the legal preparations they made together.

David was taken to the hospital and his family was informed.  Glenn was worried about his partner as David began to go in and out of a coma. During the moments of going in and out of consciousness, David suffered a stroke. It was at this point that Glenn lost all control of his life and his partner’s life.

David’s nephew moved David to another hospital without Glenn’s consent or knowledge. This nephew had gone behind their backs and gotten a conservatorship; which gives the nephew “control” over decisions for David. The judge who issued this conservatorship was in another county and either didn’t bother to find out if someone else had the legal right to care for David or this judge simply did not care to acknowledge and uphold Glenn’s legal standing.

Just when Glenn didn’t think it could get worse, the nephew, great nephew and a police officer entered his home and informed him he had ten minutes to get whatever he wanted and get out, because now the home belonged to the nephew and he was trespassing.  The local authorities had decided that the home David and  Glenn had shared for twenty years and which Glenn holds a lease on was no longer his home and he was forced to leave.  David is currently in a nursing home.  David and Glenn never wanted David to be in a nursing home.  They planned for Glenn to care for David if possible.  David believed Glenn would make decisions regarding his care.  Glenn hasn’t seen David for two months.  In fact, he can’t see David because he has been hiding while seeking legal assistance because he is wanted for trespassing in his own home.

Lambda Legal, which is well known for helping people in the GLBT community and people fighting HIV/AIDS, is helping Glenn Easter along with attorney Hays Burchfield.  Mr. Burchfield is working with a team of lawyers to bring justice to this small town in Mississippi.  Glenn is now having to turn himself in to the police.  Glenn’s attorney’s have advised him to turn himself in to show that he is cooperating and they plan to use this arrest in their case to show how Glenn’s rights have been violated.

Is this the kind of world where things like this should be allowed?  Shouldn’t we all have the right to love who we love without the fear that the legal system can strip it all all way.   Help us help Glenn Easter and David and other people who are victims of injustice by sharing this story.  Injustice will prevail if good people do not stand up for what is right and just.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Glenn plans to turn himself in to local authorities the week of July 29th.  If you would like more information about Glenn and David you may contact us at info@glbtays.org.

Seth Azzarello is a writer and volunteer at GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc.

James Robinson is a Civil Rights activist and advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.  He is the founder and executive director of GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Author Alex Bowman Interview

Hello, Alex, thank you for joining us today. We are excited and honored to have you. Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I was born and raised in Williamsburg, VA, which is a ghost town for a few months that explodes with tourists every spring through fall. I went to the College of William and Mary right in the heart of the Historic District, and I’m fairly positive I’ll die right here in the Commonwealth. The wine is too good here to leave.

What was your first book and how long did it take to get it published?

My first book as Alex Bowman was Losing His Religion. I was quite lucky and got a yes from the first publisher I submitted to, so I’m sure my story isn’t typical. I wrote it in three weeks and two months later is was available for sale.

When did you start writing m/m romance? What about this genre interested you the most?

I’ve been writing just about all my life and I’m published in another genre. A good friend had been nudging me to try MM erotic romance for the past few years. An idea hit one day that I really liked and didn’t feel like I could ignore and the Soul Collector’s world was born.

How long did it take you to get published? How many books have you written thus far?

I’ve published two in the Soul Collector’s series, plus I have a short in the Lover Unexpected Anthology from Evernight. That short is also the start of a new series of contemporary shorts wrapped around a troupe of male erotic dancers. Magic Mike came around and stole my thunder! But they’re pretty, so I’m not mad.

Do you write full time?

One day I hope to. Now, I have a boring job pushing papers. I’d love to be able to focus on writing only. I’m jealous of the authors who can do that!

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?

I was a chubby kid, always picked last for dodge ball. Books were a way to escape the world and all the hateful bullies out there. Being a voracious reader, writing just seemed to come naturally to me, but I never once imagined I’d be paid to do it. It humbles me every time I have someone say that they enjoyed reading my stories.

On a typical writing day, how would you spend your time?

First off, I need coffee to lubricate the brain and wake it up. Then I usually open up iTunes to listen to opera. Yes, opera, and no, I’m not stuffy, I promise. I love opera and it seems to make me very productive. Then I re-read at least the last few chapters to get back into the swing of things. Hour-long sprints from there on, until I can’t see straight or I have to leave the screen. If I’m lucky, someone will take pity on me and peek in and throw a sandwich or an apple my way.

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

Typically no, unless I find a huge plot hole that I want to sew up. Those don’t happen too often, but no one’s perfect. Otherwise, I edit after I type THE END.

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

I am one of those weird plot-pantsers. I do walk into a new story with a very loose outline and a definite direction of where I want to go. But then sometimes tangents happen. Sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad. The second Soul Collectors novel was supposed to be completely different, but Sheriff Jason McCall came into a scene and took over from there. The original premise and plan got thrown into the garbage (which is a lie, because I realized that a huge chunk of it would be perfect for the third novel and I had no idea why I’d given it to Elia in the first place.)

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

Ultimately it depends on what I’m writing. Paranormal is freeing to a point that you are creating whole worlds that do not exist and are only limited by your imagination and writing skill. Research is not as in-depth as it would be on something like a Historical.

How much of yourself and the people you know manifest into your characters? How do you approach development of your characters? Where do you draw the line?

I think a lot of an author ends up in their characters. No matter how hard you work to keep your own POV out of it and let the character speak, you’re going to impact it in some way, shape or form. As far as development, that’s still something I’m learning as I go. I try to think about who the person is, where he came from, what he wants in his life, and how he’d react to certain situations before I ever write one word on a page. But even then, sometimes your characters challenge you or surprise the hell out of you. Jason is foul-mouthed. He cusses up a storm. Some readers may not like it, but that’s how he sounded in my head and that’s what got written.

How long does it take for you to complete a book you would allow someone to read? Do you write straight through, or do you revise as you go along?

If my muse is in a good mood, I can complete a near novel-length novella in as little as two weeks. And I typically write straight through without revision.

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

I’ve had moments were I just didn’t “feel” a story was working for me and felt like I’d hit a brick wall. Usually I either take a break or pull out something else to work on that calls to me. I write every single day and have for the past couple of years. Though, sometimes a person just needs a day or two off, but those are rare.

When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope they gain, feel or experience?

I write to entertain, to make people forget their problems for an hour or two, just like books have always done for me. I would hope that they rooted for my heroes and wanted to see them come together and find happiness, and that my story was unique enough to make it an interesting read.

Can you share three things you’ve learned about the business of writing since your first publication?

1. Write every day.
2. If you want it to be a full-time career, don’t treat it like a hobby. Be professional in all things you do.
3. Continue to challenge yourself and develop your skill. Seek out information about the industry and the craft of writing.

Does the title of a book you’re writing come to you as you’re writing it, or does it come before you even begin the first sentence?

I’ve met authors who say they know the title before they ever put fingers to keyboard. Not me. I didn’t title Laying Down the Lawman until the day I submitted it to my publisher. Now that I unknowingly started a trend with the L-ing words, I’m racking my brain trying to come up with something spiffy for the third one. Spiffy isn’t me, though. Sigh.

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

I’m a bit of a Smart-Alec. (Jeez, that was bad.) I tend to love bawdy humor and things that toe across the PC line. But I also like things that make me think. George Carlin should have been made an Immortal.

What is the most frequently asked Alex Bowman question?

I’m a newbie here in MM land, so I’m still flying under the radar. The only thing I’ve been asked was when I was writing my next one. Suppose that’s a good thing?

What are you working on now?

The third Soul Collector title. It’s time to tell Graeae’s story. Now that’s a question I’m sure some people haven’t asked me but wondered. How to pronounce Graeae? I’ve personally heard it two ways. Gray-ee and Gree. In my mind for this character, it’s the latter.

I’m also working on the Men of Rock Candy short series.

What was the best piece of advice you’ve received with respect to the art of writing? How did you implement it into your work?

Speak dialogue out loud when you’re editing to make sure it sounds like something someone would say. I’ve been told that my dialogue is great, and I think that’s why.

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

I suck at promotion. I feel like a beggar on a corner, holding a sign saying “Please Buy My Book.” I guess my thoughts are that the writing will eventually speak for itself, one way or another. If you write it (and well), they will come. If it’s not good, it will drift and die. Oh, and I can die happy now that I’ve used a sappy Field of Dreams quote. Score! But with so many writers out there in writerland, I don’t know if my way of doing things will ultimately work. But for now, I shall keep on writing.

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?

Reading what’s out there, seeing what wildly imaginative things other people in the author community write never ends to amaze me every day. That and porn. (LOL) I have a deep love of History and Sci-Fi, so in my off hours, I watch Nova or something on National Geographic. You would be amazed at what one little thing could give you that ‘aha!’ moment. I have been lucky so far that the well has never tapped out. I may hit that proverbial wall, but there has always been another story out there that I could move on to. I love writing. My mind is almost always churning with ideas, even when I’m pushing papers in a boring job.

What kind of books do you like to read?

Historical Non-fiction, Sci-Fi (RIP Ray Bradbury), romance in various forms.

If you weren’t a writer what would you be?

A porn star. LOL…I better watch it or I’ll get a rep for being a creep. A History professor. It’s what I should have done instead of what I’m doing now. But I was too lazy to do post-grad work.

Where did you get the idea for the stories you write?

A big slap on the back of the head from my muse? Stardust? I couldn’t say. They just come. Thankfully.

When it comes to the covers of your books, what do you like or dislike about them?

Oh, you want to get me in trouble with my publisher, don’t you? Naughty girl. I will preface this with the fact I love my publisher and I’ve gotten nice covers. The one for the Lover Unexpected anthology is absolutely gorgeous. Both Soul Collectors covers weren’t exactly how I envisioned the characters, but such is life. There are only but so many pieces of stock photography out there, and really it’s all subjective. What one person sees as perfect won’t be right in the mind of another, just the like books they cover.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Traveling, fine wine, concerts, dancing, and four-wheeling in my Jeep.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Just more from the Soul Collectors and the bad boys of Rock Candy. The Soul Collectors series has become larger than I ever imagined. It started with the idea for one book, but this is really a much larger story. As the world in the pages gets bigger and bigger, it will just keep coming I hope.

New writers are always trying to glean advice from those with more experience. What suggestions do you have for new writers?

If you feel overwhelmed, tear it down into smaller segments. An outline can break it up chapter by chapter as to where you want to go and give you direction. Then don’t look at it as a whole novel, look at writing just one chapter, which doesn’t seem so daunting. Eventually, those chapters begin to add up.

What future projects do you have in the works?

The next Soul Collector title and a new Men of Rock Candy short.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

My blog has details of what’s going on in my writing world, and readers can find me on Facebook: http://authoralexbowman.blogspot.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/authoralexbowman. As I said before, I suck at promo, so I’m not on either half as much as I probably should be.

Could you please share your favorite excerpt(s) from one of more of your stories with us?



This is from Losing His Religion and is in Ios’s POV. He’s trying to hold back the lust he feels for Jamie but he’s failing at it miserably.

He’d walked into this arrangement knowing Jamie would probably never accept him for what he was. So he’d decided before he’d finally gotten close to the human to keep his distance and ignore the lust he’d felt from the first moment he’d laid eyes on him. He’d already crossed that line numerous times, and he was sure it would continue to happen.

Maybe he should just tell Jamie the truth. Get it out in the open. Best possible scenario would have Jamie accepting him. Worst, Jamie would push him away completely and it would cut his romantic aspirations in the bud. It would also put Jamie in grave danger. He needed to prepare him first, before he told him the truth, give the human a fighting chance. Hopefully Ios could keep his dick in his pants long enough for that to happen.

Watching Jamie’s smaller frame, his hips rolling as he walked, brought his attention to his rounded ass. Licking his lips, he imagined holding on to that as he surged forward into his body, his ass gripping him like a fist. He shook his head, clearing his thoughts, but not before his dick had caught wind of the vision. His hard-on popped up and throbbed against the zipper of his jeans, making him suck in a breath from the torture.

“What’s wrong?” Jamie turned around as he asked. Their gazes caught and then his eyes wandered further down and caught sight of Ios’s erection.

Ios nearly groaned from the wave of desire that rolled over Jamie’s face, and could have growled as the human tightened his features to hide his response. He sensed Jamie’s confusion, had all along. And it was more than just his being attracted to another male. The human’s thoughts were scrambled, disjointed. Some things he was actually able to hide away, deep in the recesses of his mind, but the emotions he felt ran closer to the surface. Ios could pluck them easily, but couldn’t get to his memories.

It didn’t matter. He seemed quite capable of seeing the visions running through Jamie’s mind now and they were worse than those that had caused the erection in the first place. He fisted his hard cock in one palm through his jeans, the fiery trail the little human was taking him down enough for him to lose his control. And potentially, his mind.
“Keep thinking those thoughts and you are going to get fucked, hard. And exactly the way you’re currently imagining.”

Silver Publishing Author: Julie L. Hayes





For Love of Max by Julie L. Hayes

Blurb:

Life is truly beautiful! Richard actually asked me to marry him, do you believe it? Of course there’s a small hurdle we have to cross – namely that gay marriage isn’t legal here in Missouri. But it’s a start, right?

Things are looking up for us, now that I know the truth about Richard. Our careers are doing well, we’re blissfully happy together, and Mother has given us her blessing! My sister Diana is going through boyfriends like some people change clothes, I wonder if she’ll ever find Mr. Right? Cat’s cousin has turned out to be a real interesting character, and the most interesting thing is – he’s a werewolf! And more disturbing than that, I think that maybe my father (that shadowy figure who’s never figured in my life) might just be someone named Jason. It’s a long story.

Just when I thought I had things figured out, they change, and I find out that what I thought I knew was just so much nonsense. In other words – lies. Who can I trust? Other than Richard, of course. And what should I believe? And why does it seem like the world is trying to shake me out of my lycanthropic closet?

What’s a gay werewolf to do?



Excerpt:

“Max, quit wiggling and stand still!” Richard admonishes me, “or I’m going to get mascara in your eye, and that won’t feel good at all. Not to mention it might get infected.” Obediently, I still my movements. I don’t relish having that wand shoved into my wide open orb. Or anywhere else, for that matter. And as squeamish as I am about germs, I’ve no desire to find myself fighting some sort of ocular infection either.

I’m not very sure about this, not sure at all. Yet I’ve allowed myself to be talked into it. Naturally. My silver-tongued boy of mine can talk me into just about anything. This can’t be news to any one of you, whether you’ve been following this tale from the beginning, or arrived at any point in between. Max in Richard’s hands is simply Silly Putty.

“There!” he exclaims with satisfaction, standing back to admire his handiwork. I can see by the gleam in his eyes he’s very pleased with the result. Lust exudes from every pore as he scans my form. I pirouette prettily for his inspection and delectation as we stand together in our bedroom. I’m garbed in an ensemble consisting of a red silk corset, black garters, strategically torn black fishnets, and black platforms which if I’m lucky I won’t fall from. I also have a face full of cosmetics—white foundation, blue shadow, kohl mascara, and eyeliner enough for several people. I draw the line at lipstick, though; I find the texture of it abhorrent on my lips. I don’t even care for ChapStick. Richard accedes to my wishes. Says he prefers my natural shade anyway. It makes it that much easier to kiss me, which he proceeds to demonstrate. And if you haven’t guessed from that description what we are about, it’s Rocky Horror Picture Show night, and I’m dressed as Doctor Frank-N-Furter. Richard’s been trying to get me to do this for some time now, and I’ve finally given in. Or given up. Surrendered. Cried uncle. However you want to say it, I’ve done it. Richard will play Rocky, of course, in a tight gold lamé Speedo which makes my blood pressure rise just looking at it, causing other things to rise as well.

“You’re sure it’s not too cold for that?” I ask, nodding at his skimpy costume.

“I have you to keep me warm, sweet thing.” How can I argue with that? I can’t, of course.

Not that I intend to let him walk out of the house like that; he’s going to wear a long coat over the requisite white bandages, both of which only come off inside the theatre itself, and only to the gaze of the Rocky Horror aficionados. I myself have a black cloak, ala the mad doctor, and I won’t take it off ’til then either. Unless I regain my sanity in the meantime, and refuse to take it off at all. Is that very likely? You tell me.

“You know something,” he says, his eyes continuing to caress my costumed figure blatantly, “I think if you offered yourself up for the Virgin Auction, you’d probably fetch a good price. I’d certainly bid on you.”

“Fat chance of that,” I snort derisively, “I know better now. And besides, I no longer qualify as a virgin, as you very well know.”

He smirks at me in return. “I’ve quite taken care of that, haven’t I?”

“Very funny, that’s not what I meant, and you know it. Besides, I wasn’t a virgin when we met, if you’ll recall. You didn’t seem to object then, now did you? No, I was talking about the first time we went to see Rocky Horror, which would be the only time that we were actually virgins. In that respect, that is.”

He moves closer, his arms sliding around me, his hands caressing my buttocks through the medium of the silken material between us. “You wouldn’t even dress up,” he remembers, a soft smile gracing his face.

“No, I wouldn’t.” No argument there.

“No, you wouldn’t,” he echoes, his lips running softly over mine, “and if you want to be technical, we didn’t even get to see it, did we?”

No, we didn’t. All my fault. That time.

Is the White Knight in Shining Armor Passé?

Remember Marian the Librarian, Meredith Willson’s heroine in The Music Man? Brash, bold and independent, she braved the ignorance of the town she lived in regarding her relationship with an older gentleman, and with her book knowledge and her intimacy with such scandalous authors as Balzac and Rabelais! She was the subject of gossip by every biddy in town, but she never backed down, nor apologized for who she was! And yet even she sat in her window seat, gazing up at the full moon with dreamy eyes, and professed her desire for a white knight on a noble steed to come into her life.

Times have certainly changed. Back then, normalcy consisted of the man of the house as the breadwinner, who braved the big bad world every day in his quest to make a living for his family and bring home the bacon so his wife could cook it up. She, on the other hand, took care of the house and children, and found fulfillment in being housekeeper and nanny. An unpaid job, perhaps, but a very important one. Those times are for the most part gone. While there are still women who do not work outside of the home, they are now the exception, rather than the rule. It’s really only been over the last thirty to thirty five years that these changes have been wrought. When I was married to my first husband, back in the mid-70’s, it was expected that I would stay home and he would work. The fact that that didn’t last was not a testimony to anything but my bad taste in men.

Now the economy requires that both the husband and wife work in order to support the household, not to mention that there are households with only one parent, who have no help in that regard. What of the jobs that were once the purview of the housewife—the house and the children? At first, the wife was expected to not only work a full-time job, but to juggle the rest of it as well. And not complain about it. While her hubby came home from work, and relaxed in front of the TV with his newspaper, while he waited for his evening meal to be served.

Well, the times, they certainly have changed. Women took a good look at their lives and said wait just a minute buddy, it’s your house and your kids too. You’re not special, lend a hand. And many did. Some who didn’t quickly found out the meaning of the word d-i-v-o-r-c-e.

So, what has this done to that old bastion of female escapism, the romance novel? The hero has undergone some dramatic changes. Women have stopped looking for that white knight on a steed who’ll carry them away to a mythical land of milk and honey and love everlasting, because they know that’s a dream, and it doesn’t exist. What they want now is a man who is capable of changing a diaper, fixing a broken sink, searching for a lost dog, and being thoughtful and caring, while remembering all major holidays and special occasions without having them imprinted on his forehead. And he doesn’t have to be Mr. Hunky to do it. Face it, Mr. Hunky’s nice to look at, but muscles and dreams only get you so far.

Women have also changed in their romance novel reading habits with the meteoric rise of the m/m romance novel. Men and women both have embraced this genre, and their attitudes and lifestyles are reflected in the various heroes that can be found on the market. While there are plenty of Mr. Hunky’s out there, there are also men who are beautiful inside and normal guys on the outside (except to their partners, of course).

One book that never fails to come to mind when I think of a regular hero is Bernard: Diary of a 46 Year Old Bellhop, by SL Danielson. Bernard is 46, overweight, suicidal—and yet underneath it all beats a good heart, one which the writer reveals in the course of the novel. While his crush/partner, the gorgeous doctor who saves his life and steals his heart has character flaws of his own that aren’t immediately apparent on the surface.

Today’s hero has to do more than look good, he has to be useful. And he has to be caring. Men born and raised in generations past were taught not to show their feelings, so they didn’t. They held back in many ways, while the women were taught to accept what was offered to them. Today, the men have gained the right to show their emotions, while the women are free to stand up and say no, that’s not what I want.

Maximillian Montague is the hero of my series, To the Max. At forty-four, he is a nice looking guy, but no Adonis. He’s intelligent, caring and sensitive—and he’s gay. Plus he’s a werewolf. It’s hard to tell sometimes which causes him more problems. Maybe it’s his family and friends?

The second book in the series has just been released by Silver Publishing—For Love of Max, which continues where the first one left off. Having overcome adversity and heartbreak in the first book, you’d think Max’s life is happy and on course—not! Life is throwing him some more curves, ones that he has to deal with, including an issue which he never actually expected to have to deal with in his lifetime. Amy, the villainess from the first book, is still around, and she just may have competition for the title of worst person in Max’s life. With Richard by his side, Max feels he can weather anything. But can he? Only time will tell!

Hunky heroes are still around, of course, and always will be, but let’s hear it for the every day Joe who barrels into our lives in his used car and his sensible shoes, and his heart of gold!

Thank you for having me here today, Amber! And thanks everyone who stopped by! Tell me about the heroes in your life and what they mean to you! I’d love to hear about them!