On the Red Carpet today – Jackie North’s new release

WILD AS THE WEST TEXAS WIND

Soulmates across time. Two hearts that were meant to be together.

In present day, Zach takes a road trip to Trinidad to find information on a missing friend.

In 1892, Layton Blue, outlaw, longs for hearth and home even as he treasures his life of freedom.

A freak rainstorm washes Zach’s car into a ditch, sending him back to the year 1892. Searching for help, alone and on foot in the middle of the nowhere, he crosses paths with the famous Ketchum Gang. Now the gang’s prisoner, Zach’s fate is to be sold at a seedy auction for whores.

Layton is put in charge of making sure Zach does not escape, but as the chemistry between them grows, Layton finds himself wanting to help Zach.

Can Layton overcome years of being on the run? Can Zach accept help from an outlaw?

A male/male time travel romance complete with fast rides across the desert, campfires beneath the stars, cool water in the desert, wild rescues, and true love across time.


Buy Links: http://mybook.to/WildAsTheWestTexasWind


Bio:
Jackie North has been writing stories since grade school and spent years absorbing the mainstream romances that she found at her local grocery store. Her dream was to someday leave her corporate day job behind and travel the world. She also wanted to put her English degree to good use and write romance novels, because for years she’s had a never-ending movie of made-up love stories in her head that simply wouldn’t leave her alone.
As fate would have it, she discovered m/m romance and decided that men falling in love with other men was exactly what she wanted to write books about. In this dazzling new world, she turned her grocery-store romance ideas around and is now putting them to paper as fast as her fingers can type. She creates characters who are a bit flawed and broken, who find themselves on the edge of society, and maybe a few who are a little bit lost, but who all deserve a happily ever after. (And she makes sure they get it!)
She likes long walks on the beach, the smell of lavender and rainstorms, and enjoys sleeping in on snowy mornings. She is especially fond of pizza and beer and, when time allows, long road trips with soda fountain drinks and rock and roll music. In her heart, there is peace to be found everywhere, but since in the real world this isn’t always true, Jackie writes for love.

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Red Carpet – Chrissy Munder + her new release

WELCOME today to Chrissy Munder, and congratulations on the release of her new Christmas book, part of the 2018 Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar! Join Chrissy in celebrating the season – whether it’s freezing cold or Florida-hot LOL – and share YOUR favourite traditions with us all.

An except and BUY links are also below. Read the story and chuckle! I certainly did *wink*.


Is everyone staying warm? I’m Chrissy Munder, currently buried under far too many inches of snow! I’m here to celebrate my latest release, one of my favorite holiday traditions, and hopefully,  learn a little about yours. First, let me thank Clare for sharing space on her blog today. *smooches* Thank you!

I had a lot of fun writing this year’s novella for the 2018 Dreamspinner Press Advent Collection, A Holiday Tradition. I wanted to explore the ties that unite us all, despite our surface differences.

My main character, Paul, can’t imagine the holidays without his usual, cold weather celebrations. But here he is in Florida where his new crush, Kevin tells him that they still have traditions, they “… just don’t have to wear as many clothes when we celebrate them.” I’m a firm believer in families of choice and enjoyed helping these two come together and develop the first of their own traditions.

So, what is one of our favorite holiday traditions? If I ask the now-adult children they’ll roll their eyes and tell me it’s where we throw them in the car with a thermos of hot cocoa and a bowl of buttered popcorn, then drive them around for an hour looking at holiday lights and decorations while blasting rock guitar holiday music. (Every try any? Good times. You can listen to one of our favorites here:

https://youtu.be/uR_fsrYqZHk

What’s one of YOUR family’s special ways to celebrate, if you do? Do you have a favorite holiday movie, book,  or cookie recipe? Do you torment, erh, torture, erh embarrass your kids like we did? Like Paul, do you find it hard to celebrate without the trappings of snow and cold, or wouldn’t you trade your favorite holiday swimsuit for an ugly sweater if paid?

Go ahead and leave a comment or share a memory below.


A Holiday Tradition by Chrissy Munder

BLURB: Paul Carpenter has his life all planned out. Or at least his father does. The right school, the right degree, the right job. Paul is on track, until a bus accident has him sitting out a coveted internship, babysitting, or being babysat, by a grandfather he barely remembers during his holiday stay in a Florida RV park. His father’s reasoning? How much temptation can Paul find around a bunch of senior citizens playing bingo? There’ll be nothing to distract him from his studies.

It’s hard to muster his holiday spirit when Paul is used to snow and cold, not sun, surf, and plastic flamingos in Santa hats. But then Paul meets Kevin Lombardo, who offers to show him some new holiday traditions. Suddenly Paul’s fast track hits a curve.

Excerpt:

“Your father says you sleep with men.”

His grandfather’s unexpected statement dropped into the silence of the RV like a bomb, and Paul Carpenter jerked upright, knocking his head into the passenger-side window with a loud clunk.

Oh. My. God. A burning surge of resentment rose in Paul’s throat. What the hell? He’d send his father a furious text if it would do any good. Not only for dumping his sexuality on his grandfather, but also for the idea behind this entire trip!

He closed his eyes, focusing on the coolness of the glass rather than the scream he had held back for the last few miles of the drive from Michigan  to some mobile home and RV park on Florida’s eastern coast. Paul had never heard of the place, but Grandpa Louie swore Decembers were better under the Florida sun.

Two hours down, a minimum of sixteen more to go. Probably eighteen, with as many rest stops as his grandfather made. Paul took a deep breath and dug his thumbnail into his palm, mentally gearing himself up for the confrontation sure to come. “If you’re asking if I’m gay, yes, Grandpa. I am.”

Grandpa Louie nodded in reply. He carried his years with comfort, the bulk of muscle honed by hard work not yet whittled away by time, and his hearty appearance overcame his fondness for dressing in bright pastels.

Paul hoped he would age just as well, but he took after his father’s family. Which translated to him being shorter, thinner, and with hair more dishwater than blond.

“Thanks for telling me. It sure would have been embarrassing if I tried to set my wingman up with a bird of the wrong feather.” Grandpa Louie cackled at his own joke, his quick glance inviting Paul to join in.

Paul released his tension with a choked-off huff. “Wingman?”

“You betcha. Why do you think I spend my winters down south?” His eager grin peeled the bushy mustache away from his lips, making him look ridiculously like Paul’s roommate in the first part of his freshman year.

Paul shuddered at the memory. The adventures of Dean-o Hamilton, the self-proclaimed “Party Dog” of their floor, were something he preferred to forget. While his father’s intense micromanagement  of his college experience sometimes chafed, Paul hadn’t protested when his father insisted he transfer to the designated quiet dorm after paying them a surprise visit.

“I can give you the answer in one word: widows.” His grandfather whistled through the gap in his front teeth. “Fun in the sun doesn’t always mean pinochle and shuffleboard.”

A Holiday Tradition by Chrissy Munder – Available from Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.US, and Amazon.UK

New serial from Sue Brown at Patreon

Are you following this witty serial from the talented author Sue Brown? I’m loving it :).

Are you already one of her fans / do you like one or more of the books she’s written? This serial’s a special treat, only available at the moment through her Patreon group.

Personally speaking, I subscribe to a few Patreon accounts, for authors, bloggers and artists I’m interested in knowing more about, and want to support beyond buying their public work. Obviously none of us have money to waste nowadays, but I reckon for the price of (yet another *g*) ebook a month, I can help them build the funds to keep going with what they – and I – love.

There is NO obligation at all, but if you’re encouraged to invest in a truly talented and hardworking author’s work – and get all kind of sneak peeks at work in progress LOL – you can join up for Sue’s account from HERE.

(PS and how fabulous is that graphic, from the equally talented Meredith Russell???)

For the Left-Behind-ers

I first called this post “Catfish Confession” then thought it may be misleading LOL. So I renamed it the Left-Behind-Ers, for reasons I hope become clear.

You see, I’ve been catfished. I’ve been emotionally manipulated and then dropped / shocked / made to face the horrible and humiliating truth that I was FOOLED.

My sympathy is always with the catfish-ees – those Left Behind. And I want to shout out a HUG to them, to assure you I’ve suffered it and am happy to talk about every humiliating, painful detail if it helps you come to terms. Then I have a fairly fierce Demand that you (i) grieve, but then (ii) you regain perspective, rebuild your confidence, and get on with the important thing i.e. Your Life.

My catfisher was a gay man I wrote online with, for over a year (I don’t know his real name, or if he was gay, or a man at all *sigh*). On another continent, so the timezones only overlapped for a few hours, which meant I was always up late and/or early to share time, which took its toll on my sleep, and also made my family worry.

It was fun and challenging, he was outrageous, told me exotic and intimate stories of his lovelife, always led the way on our provocative, edgy writing. Never showed me a photo – though we exchanged gifts a couple of times – never gave any other personal details that I could have checked *if* I’d wanted to. But I didn’t give too much away either, so it seemed fair. This was early in my writing career, and maybe I had some self-protection in place even then, or maybe I just thought my life was totally boring compared to his, so not worth going into detail! I’d never heard of the term “catfish”, I was relatively new to online chatting.

He was in general amused at my naivety, but sometimes asked my help and advice, so I felt a personal connection. Then one day he claimed an upset in his personal life and just vanished offline. Good God! It was devastating. No contact, no trail, no recourse. I was shocked, hurt, suddenly aware of how emotionally fragile online relationships can be. Me, a professional, intelligent, mature woman, in floods of tears over an online chat friend. Ulp.

He came back online briefly, several weeks later, but we slowly dropped contact. He never admitted to being anything other than his writing persona, but I suspect now he was a catfisher. During the time he was offline, I’d found other women online who’d been in contact with him, equally horrified to have “lost” him, probably on an equal fan footing as I was. Ouch. I’d been amazed and horrified at my response, and I determined not to be hurt like that again.

It still makes me wince, to think of ME as I was then! but I’m proud of myself as well, in that it spurred me to learn more, develop more, so I’m confident now in who and what I am.

But if anyone wants to talk about it? I can and will, to prove you shouldn’t feel humiliated or embarrassed or a fool – at least, not for ever. I can stand outside now and see I *was* a fool, but also how cruel *he* was. It may have been deliberate, though I suspect/hope it wasn’t, just someone seeking attention, which ultimately came at my expense. No money changed hands, no physical harm was done. But I was in emotional distress for a long time afterwards.

Also, don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself – you were fooled, you were misled, you were lied to, whether deliberately or by omission. And you know what? Admit that it was LOVE. Maybe not sexual (my guy was gay, apparently, what sexual relationship could I have had, even if I’d wanted?) but these connections are so often a combination of romantic love / fascination / titillation / pride / flattery. We’re not honest enough with ourselves, trying to avoid the self-hate, embarrassment, shame at falling for a non-person. The admission that, at the time, we were looking for someone special for ourself. But it’s not wrong to love – it just needs to be the right kind of love.

I feel I lost a lot at the time, because of it. But I’ve gained so much more since then.

**HUGS ALL ROUND**

My friend, the author Sue Brown – and thankfully a real person! 🙂 – shares her feelings too in a very honest and compassionate post here:
https://suebrownsstories.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/catfisher-of-day.html

Greg and Perry at birthday time – my ficlet at Amber Kell’s!

Over at Amber Kell’s blog this month, a whole bunch of fabulous authors are celebrating with birthday ficlets for their own characters :D.

I’ve written a little scene for my dear couple Greg and Perry from Romancing the Ugly Duckling. Hop on over to the blog and leave a comment – you can win a GIVEAWAY of the book itself, if the guys take your fancy ;).


BLURB: Is this the makeover of a lifetime?

Ambitious fashionista Perry Goodwood lands the project of his dreams—track down a celebrity family’s missing brother in the Scottish Highlands and bring him back to London for a TV reality show. But first he must transform the rugged loner into a glamorous sophisticate.

Greg Ventura has no use for high fashion. He lives on the isolated island of North Uist to escape the reminder that he’s nowhere near as handsome as his gorgeous brothers and avoid the painful childhood memories of being bullied.

Greg wants nothing to do with city life, and Perry’s never been outside London. When Perry is stranded on North Uist, this conflict seems insurmountable. But Greg is captivated by the vivacious Perry, and Perry by both the island and his host. However, Perry’s one heartfelt wish remains: that ugly duckling Greg fulfill his potential as a swan.

Welcome to authors’ spooky mayhem…

Join me today as I drop in on some of the authors with me in the best-selling erotic MMM anthology:

Myths, Moons & Mayhem

Paranormal Gay Menage and Erotic Romance
BUY: Kindle | Paperback

Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.

Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

 


The Secret of the Golden Cup by Rebecca Buchanan—A classics professor finds himself at the center of a magical war. With an unfairly attractive student and a campus janitor as his only allies, can he stave off the forces of evil?

Rebecca: I have a confession to make: I read smut. A lot of smut. I also write smut, though I haven’t published very much of it.

That changed with the release of Myths, Moons, and Mayhem. A new anthology from Sexy Little Pages, it contains nine paranormal menage romances ranging from the ghostly to the magical to the — well — mythic.

When the submissions call for MMM popped up, I knew that I wanted to send in something … I just wasn’t sure what to write. I knew at least one of the characters would be Pagan, a practitioner of a pre-Christian religion. The question was, which tradition? So many to choose from! I debated and dithered and plotted for a week, jotting down and then rejecting various ideas. Luciferian witches? Lithuanian nobles fighting off Crusaders? A priest of Ra finding adventure and happiness with two Roman soldiers? Fae worldwalkers seeking treasure and romance as they move between parallel worlds?

All of those ideas sounded awesome, but I was working against a word limit and time constraints. I finally settled on a story based on ancient Cretan spirituality. “The Secret of the Golden Cup” centers around three men: Grover Benson, an introverted professor of linguistics; and Dominic Hartley and Steffan Dunbar, a married couple who are secretly magic users and devotees of the ancient Goddesses of Crete. When Grover discovers a long lost Minoan cup, he unwittingly becomes the focus of malevolent forces … who are determined to have Grover and the cup for themselves.

Sound fun?

Rebecca posts at http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/bookmusings.html.


When The Big Moon Shines by Carl Redlum—A college student is intent on hunting down the man who turned him into a werewolf. But his mouthwatering neighbors keep getting in the way.

Carl: When I first saw a call for gay werewolf romance, I thought, “clearly I must drop everything right now and write.”

Werewolves are my favorite monsters. They make visceral the dichotomy present inside of us all–between the good people we wish to be, and the beasts we know that we can become. With that in mind, I feel a good werewolf story must explore that dichotomy.

Supernatural romance joins the carnal to the fantastical. What better way to do that than with werewolves? And what could be more human than the urge to find a pack to call your own?

But, to be honest, I’m not sure how well my story fits with the rest. For a romance story, it’s not very . . . romantic. Perhaps there’s a reason werewolves aren’t as popular as ghosts and vampires. Their stories can’t avoid the painful mess of transformation.


Careful What You Wish For by Elizabeth Coldwell—Josh dreams of meeting Mr. Right, so his roommate offers help with a love spell. Neither man is prepared for what happens when the spell begins to work.

Elizabeth: Every author has stories they don’t feel got enough love the first time around, and Careful What You Wish For was one of those. It had been published as part of another paranormal collection but had been out of print for a few years before the submission call for Myths Moons and Mayhem came out. I couldn’t believe how well it fitted with the theme, although it’s been revised and expanded slightly for this new anthology.

The book’s editor, Dale Cameron Lowry, was looking for gay ménage stories with a paranormal theme, featuring three or more characters. The resulting book has a fabulous selection of humans and otherworldly beings getting it on, from ghosts to vampires to aliens. In Careful What You Wish For, the threesome involves two ordinary men and a third being that they spirit into existence from the dust in the atmosphere around them.

Josh has a crush on his roommate, Aaron, but as Aaron has been in a string of relationships for as long as Josh as known him, he doesn’t think he stands a chance. Aaron wants to help Josh meet someone, and he suggests a love spell which is designed to do exactly that. It will bring the man who’s perfect for Josh into his life, and though Josh is sceptical about this (as I think a lot of people would be), it works. However, when Josh’s ideal lover appears, it comes as a shock to both him and Aaron. Though if you want to know who the third person in their ménage is, you’ll have to read the story…

Elizabeth Coldwell’s blog | Goodreads 


Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brenig Jones—A young Welsh farmer is haunted by visions of his future lover, only to discover that the lover is not one, but two—and not exactly human, either.

Rhidian: This anthology gave me the perfect opportunity to write a story that brought together some of my favourite themes: hot threesomes; the mythos of Wales; and the past. Although I do write contemporary stories, I prefer to linger in the past. As long as writers don’t make clanging errors-research is so vital- we have such freedom to imagine and invent. Some of my published work features fourteenth century monks, eighteenth century pirates and nineteenth century vampire hunters. Brilliant fun! I adapted the Welsh myth of the Tylwyth Teg, the fair folk, to my own purpose in order to come up with something different. I’m Welsh, so I like to introduce Welsh elements where I can so that readers in far flung places (cough: the USA) might find out a little more about my lovely country. And its sexy men!
 

Myths, Moons, and (Clare’s particular) Mayhem


As part of the release tour for Myths, Moons, and Mayhem we’ve been interviewing ourselves – and here am I, over at Rebecca Buchanan’s blog, with my answers to her Fast Five questions. 

Find out why I’m fascinated by ghosts – and what I want to do about it! – and where Mayhem happens around me at home. There’s even the hint of mystery around a No. 7 London double decker bus :).

The anthology’s doing really well – many thanks to all who’ve bought it / reviewed it / talked about it / supported the authors! XX