Saturday, September 17, 2016

Promo Tour - MB Feeney - It Started in Texas

IT STARTED IN TEXAS
&
the accompanying novella LOOKING BACK FROM L.A. by M.B. Feeney

Friday, August 26, 2016

Angus is now Live! This is not a Drill! It is, however, a Giveaway...


The Haunting of Angus Macgregor
by L. J. Harris
Mini Blog Tour and Giveaway
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Cover: The Graphics Shed
Editor: R. E. Hargrave



Weel, ma braw lads and bonnie lasses, release day for Angus has arrived at long last!

Yes, that's right. The Haunting of Angus Macgregor has now hit the virtual shelves, and I'm such a ball of nervous excitement, I may just throw up a little!!

This story owned me more than any other has in a long while. The research, along with getting the voices of Angus and Daniel just right, challenged me unlike any other tale I've written. I hope, my dear readers, you'll all join me on their journey.

Many thanks to my pre-readers, Kaye P Hallows, M B Feeney and Lily Adile Lamb, my editor R E Hargrave and Cover Artist J C Clarke from The Graphics Shed.


Synopsis

Angus Macgregor has endured a lot in life. Mother passing when he was a small child, he also nursed an ill father to his last breath. But when he loses his one remaining relative, an uncle he’s never met, his existence is turned on its head forever. Bequeathed Clan Gregor Castle in the Scottish Highlands, Angus leaves Australia behind to take on the family business. It’s there he finds more waiting for him than he ever dreamed possible.

Daniel Ramsey is a man with secrets, none more dangerous than the fact that he can see what others can’t. When he meets one particularly handsome Australian, the attraction is immediate. Hesitant to let down his guard, his hand is forced when a former guest of the castle comes calling and attempts to stake a claim on the very man Daniel wants.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31539099-the-haunting-of-angus-macgregor

Buy Links

Amazon US:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KJZHDJG/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01KJZHDJG/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01KJZHDJG/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01KJZHDJG/
        or
Universal:     myBook.to/Angus

Giveaway

Prizes: $5 Amazon Gift Card; 1 e-copy of Just Like Pulling Teeth; 1 e-copy of Heart of Glass.
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About the Author

L.J. HARRIS is a mother, wife, an introvert and author. Her family is her life, her soul, and the very reason she gets out of bed every day. Coming a close second is her writing.

She discovered a passion for putting pen to paper in her later years, jotting down poems in birthday cards for family members.

It was then a spark was lit, and ever since, she hasn’t been unable to switch off the urge to share her stories.

L.J. Harris discovered that as much as experiencing pain, loss and betrayal can be devastating, capturing the feelings of anguish and loss that some of her characters have had to endure without firsthand knowledge would have proved difficult.

L.J. has been previously published and has shared several online stories and looks forward to continuing to share her work.

L. J. Harris can be found at:

Website:    http://theworldofljharris.blogspot.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LJHarrisAuthor?ref=hl
Twitter:     https://twitter.com/LJHarrisAuthor
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Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/L.J.-Harris/e/B009XVTC06/

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Cover Reveal - It Was Always You

Social Butterfly PR is proud to present the Cover Reveal for It Was Always You

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Title: It Was Always You

Cardeno C, Ella Frank, Riley Hart, Lane Hayes, Christina Lee, Felice Stevens, N.R. Walker

Release Date: October 4th,

Genre: MM Contemporary Romance


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What do you do when everything you’ve ever wanted was right there all along?

Join these bestselling M/M authors as they bring you tales of love, lust, and laughter...between friends.

Featuring seven brand new novellas, each answering the question—what happens when the one meant for you was right there all along?

The book will be available for a LIMITED TIME only!

Preorder on iTunes for only 99c (Sale ends on release day!) —> https://itun.es/us/LL14db.l

*** All money and proceeds for this anthology will be donated to the charity One.n.Ten ***

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Haunting of Angus Macgregor - Cover Reveal and Excerpt

Editor - R. E. Hargrave
Cover Designer – The Graphics Shed
Genre - Gay Romance/Paranormal
Length - Novella
Release Date - 26th August, 2016



Angus Macgregor has endured a lot in life. Mother passing when he was a small child, he also nursed an ill father to his last breath. But when he loses his one remaining relative, an uncle he’s never met, his existence is turned on its head forever. Bequeathed Clan Gregor Castle in the Scottish Highlands, Angus leaves Australia behind to take on the family business. It’s there he finds more waiting for him than he ever dreamed possible.

Daniel Ramsey is a man with secrets, none more dangerous than the fact that he can see what others can't. When he meets one particularly handsome Australian, the attraction is immediate. Hesitant to let down his guard, his hand is forced when a former guest of the castle comes calling and attempts to stake a claim on the very man Daniel wants.









    “Welcome home, Master Macgregor. The name’s Madeline Ramsey, manager o’ this fine establishment.”

        Angus was greeted by a short, plump, middle-aged woman with kind brown eyes and hair the colour of fire. As she shook his hand, she regarded Angus with an openness he hadn’t anticipated. Given the circumstances which surrounded his presence at Clan Gregor Castle, he’d half expected to be treated as an interloper.

        “Nice to meet you, Madeline.” Pain surged in the back of his throat, but he managed to swallow it down. The only reason he was there was because he’d lost people near and dear to him. He’d have given anything for the situation to be different.

         Angus dragged his suitcase behind him and set it down in the middle of the large foyer, taking in his surroundings while he fought a looming yawn. The flight halfway around the world had been long and uncomfortable, but the excitement of inheriting an actual Scottish castle had kept him more than wide awake.

         Certain the second his head hit the pillow he wouldn’t surface for several long hours, perhaps days, the plan was to enjoy every moment he could before jetlag took hold. Angus Macgregor had never ventured this far from his family home in eastern Sydney before. Since discovering his uncle, William Macgregor III, had passed the week previous, his mundane existence had become an absolute whirlwind.

       “Please, call me Maddie.”

       “Only if you call me Angus.” He winked at Maddie, and she giggled in a light, lilting manner.

      “Right enough, Angus.” Her laughter subsided, leaving behind a broad, toothy grin. Angus couldn’t stop himself from smiling back. “Now, why don’t we see ye to yer accommodations and leave the grand tour till morning? Ye must be pure done in after such a long flight.”

       “That’d be great.” Angus would never grow tired of the way people spoke in this part of the world, his twangy Australian accent grating compared to the thick Scottish brogue he’d been listening to since touching down in Glasgow. It was something he’d missed hearing on a daily basis these past few months.



L. J. HARRIS is a mother, wife, an introvert and author. Her family is her life, her soul, and the very reason she gets out of bed every day. Coming a close second is her writing.

She discovered a passion for putting pen to paper in her later years, jotting down poems in birthday cards for family members.

It was then a spark was lit, and ever since, she hasn't been unable to switch off the urge to share her stories.

L.J. Harris discovered that as much as experiencing pain, loss and betrayal can be devastating, capturing the feelings of anguish and loss that some of her characters have had to endure without firsthand knowledge would have proved difficult.

L.J. has been previously published and has shared several online stories and looks forward to continuing to share her work.

L. J. Harris can be found at:

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All books can be found on my Amazon profile HERE


Friday, July 15, 2016

~Love is Love~

A collection of poems composed by over fifty authors in aid of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack.

 
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On June 12, 2016, the most horrendous mass shooting in US history and an unfathomable act of hate was directed at the LGBT community in Orlando. The horror of this tragedy reverberated around the world, leaving millions shocked and appalled at the senseless violence that destroyed so many innocent lives. In a display of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a group of LGBTQ+ and straight allies, from all across the globe, came together to produce a collection of poems in celebration of love and acceptance. The resulting Love is Love Poetry Anthology is dedicated to the families and victims of the shooting and all proceeds of this work will be donated to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund.

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In this small way, the authors, along with the readers who purchase this work, seek to contribute to the lives of those who still suffer from the consequences of the malice directed toward them, and offer some positivity and compassion in the face of such bigotry.

Contributing Authors:

AC Benus, Aditus, Andrew Jericho, Ann Anderson, Ash Marie, Asta Idonea, Betti Gefecht, Cam Kennedy, Cynus Eldranai, Darren White, dughlas, Eddy LeFey, Eden Winters, EmiGS Em, F.E. Feeley Jr., Gelybi , Headstall, Jack L. Pyke, Jana Denardo, Jason Frazier, Jay Rookwood, J.L. Merrow, Karina Rye, Kathy Griffith, Kay Ellis, Kaye P. Hallows, Kit Loffstadt, Laura B. Damone, Layla Dorine, Lily G. Blunt, L.J. Harris, L.M. Somerton, Louis Stevens, L.S.K Harris, L.V. Lloyd, Lynn Michaels, Maggie Chatterton, Maria Siopis, Monika De Giorgi, Parker Owens, Patricia Nelson, Pelaam, Petra Howard, Ravyn Bryce, Rick R. Reed, Ruski, Valik and Addy, S.J. Davis, Skylar M. Cates, Star Brady, Steve Baldry, Susan Crane, Tamara Miles, Tash Hatzipetrou, Tim Landon, Tracy Gee, Vicki Tubridy, Victoria Kinnaird, and Wendy Rathbone.  

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Sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and skills in the making of this beautiful anthology.
Special thanks also go to Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art) for the fabulous cover art,
Kelly O’Brien for the 'Love Wins’ artwork,
and Petra Howard and Tash Hatzipetrou for proofreading the final document.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cover Reveal - Cervena by Louise Lyons


BLURB

When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian, Sasha, outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.

Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them, but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.

Upon Joel's return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club's money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they'll stop at nothing to get paid.

Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they've built together.


EXCERPT

“Who’s there?” I took a step outside, peering into the darkness. The light from the kitchen window didn’t reach to the corners of the yard. There was no answer and I wondered if the disturbance had merely been a cat. A movement to the left where the bins stood caught my attention. “Hey! What are you doing?” I charged forward and a figure rose to its feet, hands held at shoulder level, as if I were aiming a gun.
A young man edged toward me, dark shaggy hair framing a pale face, the lower half covered by a patchy beard. A homeless beggar no doubt, looking for scraps of food. Winter was a tough time of year for these types, and I was a soft touch. “Do you want something to eat?”
He stared at me blankly.
“Can you understand me?”
He shrugged. I tried English instead. The many visitors from different countries had made me used to the frequent language barrier, but most people could speak at least some English. “Can I help? Do you want something to eat?”
“I’m sorry. I wasn’t stealing. Only taking what you were throwing away.” He spoke fluently, but with a strong accent that could have been Russian.
“It’s all right. I’m not angry. Will you come inside? I’ll get you something better to eat than scraps.”
He looked at the open door, his expression one of longing. “Please.”
Moving aside, I ushered him toward the door and smiled wryly. Karel wouldn’t be impressed if he were around. He thought I was too nice, and that beggars should be kicked into the gutter where they belonged.
Shivering, I hurried back into the kitchen and closed the door. I’d left my coat in the office, and my casual suit and open-necked shirt offered little protection against the cold. The young man’s long threadbare coat, its buttons missing, covered a thin jacket. Beneath that a couple of shirt collars and something knitted were visible. His loose jogging bottoms revealed a denim cuff at the bottom of one leg, indicating he wore jeans underneath, and worn hiking boots with broken laces covered his feet. The black hair framing his thin face was unkempt and in need of a cut. His beautiful green eyes, striking in their intensity, showed a mixture of fear and gratitude. I paused for a long moment, unable to look away, before I turned to open the fridge.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

First Swallow of Spring by Asta Idonea

First Swallow of Spring
Asta Idonea
16 March 2016
Torquere Press
Short Story/MM

The first swallow of spring draws Seanán back to the fae circle each year. There he dances with the handsome fae lord, Iorweth. He knows the rules he must follow if he wishes to be free to leave at the end of the night; however, Iorweth is growing ever more inventive in his attempts to trick Seanán into breaking them.






Excerpt

“Seanán will be dancing with none but me.” The words were softly spoken, yet the tone brooked no argument, and at this utterance, the others scurried away and a new figure stepped into view.

A wave of contentment flooded through Seanán. “Iorweth.” He accepted Iorweth’s proffered hand, and Iorweth pulled him to his feet as if he weighed nothing. He gazed up at the regal figure. “I have missed you.”

“And I you. Shall we dance?”

Iorweth swept Seanán into his arms and they spun toward the edge of the clearing. The others made room for them and they joined the chain, circling the stone in a dance of pure delight. The music came from no discernible source, but it filled the air, bright and bell-like, and between its magical refrains, the fae laughed, clapped, and cavorted in the moonlight.

Seanán followed Iorweth’s lead. The rest of the world melted away as he lost himself in the fae lord’s glimmering, emerald eyes. This was the time of year he felt most alive. In the long months between these meetings he survived on memories and dreams. They kept him going, but nothing compared to being here in Iorweth’s arms. The press of his hand on Seanán’s back—that was the brilliant reality. 

The rest of his life was colorless.

Iorweth pulled him closer until their bodies met. Warmth spread through Seanán and he sighed and rested his head against Iorweth’s chest. Surely they had danced for long enough. Surely Iorweth would soon take him to the stone. Yet, on and on they danced. They twirled and dipped and swayed, never breaking from the circle. Seanán should have felt dizzy. At the very least he should have grown weary. But when he was with Iorweth, he always had boundless energy. So long as their hands touched, Seanán believed he could go on dancing without pause, forever.



Author Bio & Links

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel; all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Interview with a Reader

Hi everyone! I thought I'd mix things up a bit and post an interview I did a while back. 

I'd like to introduce and give a big welcome to fellow author, Antipodean, avid reader and all-round wonderful person, Beck Mitchell who is here to give us some wonderful insights from a reader’s perspective. Enjoy!

Hi, Beck!! Thanks for joining me today.

·         Thank you for succumbing to my puppy dog eyes and petulant begging to be interviewed *bounce bounce*. I might be a bit excited!

*Bounces right along with Beck* Oh me too! I’d like to start by asking you to tell us a bit about yourself, and the circumstances under which you first began to read LGBTQ fiction.

·         Okay. I’m biologically 46 with the mental age of around 15. I swear like a sailor with Tourette’s and have the moral compass of a 2-year-old… all awesome characteristics for shenanigans, apparently hard to live with. I really don’t understand why *innocent blink*

I came to reading relatively late. I was at least 13 before learning how to read. the first book I ever read was ‘Gone with the Wind’ and my relationship with romance was established and has been enduring throughout the years.

About four years ago I started reading erotic romance and when ménage was featured, was often disappointed when the, usually two men, didn’t interact. So I went looking for ménage with bi men and stumbled upon the M/M genre.

Oh I’m with you – the more two guys interact the better *winks*. So how many stories do you read in a year on average?
      
      Up until around June 2015 I was reading around 400 books/short stories a year. I started having trouble seeing text in April and when I finally went to an eye specialist, discovered I’d lost 30% of my vision. To slow the process of sight loss down, I’ve had to quit reading until the disease stabilises. This has been the longest period I’ve gone without reading and I have missed it!

I have continued to buy books with the hope that the next scan shows a stable situation that will allow me to start reading again. It’s a bit like waving a beer under the nose of an alcoholic… an almost physical pain because I dare not even read one chapter. I know, if the book engages me, I’d end up devouring the entire book in one sitting.

I understand avoiding reading the first chapter because next thing it’s 4am and I have to get up for work in a few hours. Fingers crossed you get the all clear to read ASAP, too. So tell me, is there a particular genre you most love to read?

·         I’d have to say that I have eclectic tastes but I tend to read exclusively from one genre for a period of time (weeks or months or years) before changing to another genre for another stretch of time. Even when reading other genres there will often be a romantic sub-plot, so that is probably the primary genre I read.

*Sigh* I love romance! Are there any genres you tend to avoid and if so, why?

·         I can’t read horror. I tend to immerse myself in a book or character and horror can impact me for years afterwards. I also have a prodigious memory so I’m cursed by flashbacks from particularly horrific stories.

I also struggle with stories that contain rape/non-con. If the world is not too earth-like I can read it as long as it is relevant to the story, but gratuitous rape or brutality doesn’t appeal. If the story is contemporary, I find the rape/sexual abuse storyline distressing. I read for enjoyment and escape and the darker themes don’t leave me in a happy place.

I struggle with that too and tend to avoid horror as well, especially horror movies as my other half has a tendency to jump at every tense moment, and that scares me more than the movie! So do you tend to gravitate toward stories that are on the lighter side, or the heavier the better?

·         I have some fluffy stuff in my favourites pile. I also have a wide collection of PWP (porn without plot) that I enjoyed reading *shifty eyes*… but I must admit that a well-crafted novel with a meaty plot, engaging characters and authentic romance, is my favourite kind of book.

I love dark, brooding characters with a bit of mystery about them. What character type are you most drawn to?  

·         I actually didn’t know how to answer this one so I went back to GR and read through some of my past reviews. It appears that I’m drawn to strong, yet kind heroes who nurture their partner and give them the support they need to fulfil their potential. Sappy I know lol.

Not sappy at all – characters with strength and who bring out the best in others are wonderful! So, what character types/pairings would you like to see more (or less) of?

·         I’ve been writing a series that looks at loving with/despite disabilities. I’d love to see more realistic representations in the characters. Part of the reason I willingly turned away from traditional romance was that I couldn’t relate to the women... even when described as ‘curvy’ there were no physical similarities to me. I’ve had surgeries, pregnancies, injuries. I wouldn’t know what to do with a male six pack if I ever had one to play with.  I often skip over the physical descriptions of the characters because I want to picture the guy I saw in the supermarket or the bloke who walks his dog past my house every day. I want to superimpose those people into the books. I don’t like being forced into picturing model-perfect heroes. This attitude has flowed over into my own writing. I wrote about a couple (Edward and Adam), and the only description I gave was that Edward was tall and fair-skinned. I found it interesting when people sent me pictures of the characters. They were all convinced I’d described Edward or Adam as the picture portrayed, yet, in reality, it was their imaginations that had filled in the blanks. So, to summarise, I like reading about real people who can live and love happily with all their flaws and faults.

I loved a flawed character, and when someone falls for a character despite (or perhaps because of) those flaws, that’s the best! I have also read some beautiful stories about characters who have disabilities and adored them also. So, I’d like to ask how you select your next read. Via recommendation? If not, how do you find out about them?

·         I actually used the reading games on Goodreads to find books. I will read a specific author but when I’m looking for fresh material, I use a coin-toss approach. Despite the fact I was a top reviewer on GR, I personally only looked at reviews by a small group of people I knew had similar tastes to me. I shy away from the book-report type of review because I don’t want to know the synopsis. I want to know that a book made someone smile, cry, laugh. I look for books that have a visceral reaction in the people who read them.

I love to discover the reader’s feelings, reactions and thoughts. Speaking of reviews, do you review all or only some of the stories you read?

·         I try to review every story I read. I am an honest reviewer and that has caused issues when I’ve not liked a book. I try to be constructive in my criticism, but have had some backlash from authors. As I’m now writing I understand the pain of bad reviews but if 80% of your reviews say the same thing, I’d start trying to learn and improve. On the other hand, I write mostly positive reviews and I’m happy to encourage people to read a book I love with a glowing review.

So when you review, you offer feedback regardless of whether or not you enjoyed the story?

·         Always. and if I just didn’t like it, I’ll leave the rating blank and say “I didn’t like this book but it was well written …”. I don’t ‘punish’ an author for not writing to my taste. Bad reviews and ratings are reserved for poor product.

I’d like your thoughts on ratings. Some might see a 3-star rating as a negative, whereas others don’t. What are your thoughts on the ratings system in general, and are there any improvements/changes you’d like to see made in that regard? 

·         Goodreads has a subjective rating system based on enjoyment. Three stars is, in my opinion, a good rating. It’s saying that the book was a ‘solid’ read and most of the books I read fall into the 3-star category. I reserve 5 stars for the books that are on my favourites shelf. As a writer, I read the 3 star reviews to see how I can improve. I ignore anything below that because I have enough belief in my product to disregard those reviews.

Have other reviews influenced whether or not you decide to buy a story?

·         Absolutely. and sometimes I use reverse psychology. If the reviewer is consistently negative, I’ll buy the book because it’s probably awesome lol.

Interesting! So tell me, has a cover design ever influenced whether or not you decide to buy a story?

·         Yup. luckily it was an awesome story!

I love it when I come across a story that not only has a beautiful cover, but one that moves me. Now, let’s talk about size, or lack of *winks*. As far as story length is concerned, do you have any limits regarding minimum and maximum word counts?

·         Not at all. when I read, I don’t care how long the story is as long as I’m engaged and fulfilled by the story. short, well-written stories can be just as good as long, meandering stories.

Do you often try new authors, or stick with those you know?

·         Absolutely. As I said, I used GR games to stretch my boundaries and will read new authors to fulfil challenge criteria.

That’s great! It’s always exciting to discover the next new talent. Now, I’d like to delve into the subject of the dreaded DNF. I sometimes won’t continue a story if there are flaws in the plot, or where there are characters I can’t relate to. What (if anything) is a deal breaker for you?

·         If the book is so poorly edited that it is unpleasant to read, I’ll stop reading. I usually keep plugging away at a book unless it makes me ‘unhappy’ or some other negative emotion. I am able to forgive most things if a book is well-crafted and well-written. I don’t expect to love every book I read but I like to give good writing every opportunity to engage me.

Let’s talk about sex, shall we? *winks again* Do you think there are situations where sex is used too much in a story?

·         Absolutely. But, having said that, I enjoy reading PWP occasionally. As long as there are enough words between the sex to keep the characters alive, I’ll enjoy a good piece of smut when I’m in the mood. There are some authors who can’t write anything BUT smut and I admire their ability to think of creative and new ways to describe tab A going in slot B. I’ve never read a story that I can’t read because it’s too sexed up.

In adult literature, do you feel that sex scenes are something most readers expect?

·         If you market your work as erotica, there needs to be erotic content. Romance on the other hand can range from sweet and innocent (fade to black) to almost hard-core porn. I read romance with less expectations than I do with erotica…

Paperback or e-book – what is your preference? And do you see a day where the printed word will become obsolete? (heaven forbid lol)  

·         I physically can’t read paperbacks any more. The text is just too small. having said that, I have over 3,000 paperbacks and 18,000 e-books. I don’t think paperbacks will ever disappear completely, but I do think they’ll become rarer and coveted… like the re-emergence of vinyl records. They will be a collectable to be treated with reverence rather than a cheap commodity like they are today.

Wow that is some collection! My idea of heaven is having a personal library with wall to ceiling shelves (with one of those sliding ladders) *sigh*. So regarding how to get one’s work out there, I’d like to know your thoughts regarding publishing options. Do you feel it matters whether authors are self or traditionally published?

·         My only concern with self-published authors is the quality of the product they release. I have read too many poorly edited self-published stories unfortunately. It tarnishes all authors who self-publish and cheapens the reputation of all authors. As long as a product I pay for is well-edited, I don’t care if it is self or traditionally published.

Oh, I agree – however an author publishes, a good editor is a must. Now onto the subject of getting to the end of a story. Are you more a fan of a series, or do you prefer to read stand-alones?

·         I have some favourite series I read and some stand-alone novels I wish were series lol. if I love a story, I don’t care how long that story is. My only gripe will be if someone serialises a novel and I have to wait for the conclusion of a story arc.

Speaking of story arcs, how important is a HEA to you?

·         An absolute must!

Though I have read some interesting stories with open-ended or even tragic conclusions, I have to say I enjoy a HEA the most. Now I’d like to hear your thoughts on marketing. When do you feel authors get it right (or wrong) when promoting their work?

·         I like to know when a new book is coming out but some authors spam every group and timeline with their promotional material so I end up ‘muting’ their posts. It is a fine line between promotion and spam. I think the most effective marketing tool is word-of-mouth. write an awesome story and watch the readers pimp your stories for you!

I get a lot of my recommendations from word of mouth, too. Now as far as what you like to read the most, I was going to ask you to name your Top 10 favourite stories, but instead I’m going to switch things up a little. Which stories and/or authors do you love, but feel deserve more recognition?

·         Muscling Through by J. L. Merrow is a book I think should be read by more people. I love it to pieces. The simple, black and white, pure love of Al for Larry is refreshing and poignant. When I could read, I’d read this story multiple times a year.

My next favourite book (apart from Clear Water) is ‘Force of Law’ by Jez Morrow. Now this story by all rights should not be on my favourites list because the editing is awful. But it is such a sweet, sexy tale that I forgive its many sins lol.

I could literally make an endless list of my favourite stories but I think the easiest way to share the books and authors I love is to link you to my favourites shelf on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/9387064-beck?shelf=favorites 

Each and every book on this shelf/list would be, in a normal year, read at least three times by me. These books are always on my kindle, tablet and phone and I revisit them often. This past 7 months, while I’ve been unable to read, I have thought about these stories and like an addict, struggled to resist the siren-call of the joy I find in their words and characters.

If there was one story you could choose to make into a movie, which one would it be and why?

·         I think Amy Lane’s ‘Clear Water’ would make an awesome movie. The snark, the dialogue, the setting and sub-plots would make an epic chick flick. It would become a cult classic like ‘Love Actually’.

'Love, Actually' is one awesome flick, and I have to admit, I do love me a snarky character. Well we are at the end of the interview, but before I go, I have just one more question for you. What is the one piece of advice you would give to any aspiring authors out there?

·         Listen to your editor. If you disagree with them and get a second one who says the same thing, then chances are they are right. Too many times I see fledgling authors disregard good advice because their ego gets in the way. And in addition, don’t write to please your audience. Write the book/story you want to read. This will be more authentic and genuine than story you ‘force’ to comply with expectations from readers.

What wonderful insights! Thank you so much for dropping by, Beck. To my readers - I hope you enjoyed. Until next time! J  


L J Harris

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

From the Heart - A Valentine's Day Anthology

A new Valentine's Day Anthology to help raise funds for a worthy cause

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***All royalties will be donated to The British Heart Foundation***

Eight authors, seven short stories, all with romance in mind.

From the Heart – A Valentine’s Day Anthology Release date: 14th February, 2016.



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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Moonlit Wolves by Bronwyn Heeley



Moonlit Escapades (Moonlit Wolves 7.5)


TITLE: Moonlit Escapades
SERIES: Moonlit Wolves
AUTHOR(s): Bronwyn Heeley
PUBLISHED: 15/December/2015
PUBLISHER: eXtasybooks
ISBN #:978-1-4874-0539-7
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
WORD COUNT: 12,484
CATEGORY/TAG: Paranormal LGBT+ Romance
HEAT LEVEL: 4
COUPLING: male male


BLURB

There is never a time when a visit from old friends isn’t comforting.

Ever wonder how Jex and Matt ended up in that compromising position in book 4? Or what the fight between Phil and Craig was about? Or how about how they all became so close and ended up living together?
Well, here’s your chance. All the missing pieces that were linked but not fully explained are bundled together in this heart-warming anthology, and just in time for Christmas, because who doesn’t like to visit from family at this time of year.
Note: series must be read in order, but these shorts can be read separately, they’ll just be enjoyed more as companions.

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Excerpt

Jex let out a sigh of relief as he sat back into the lounge. Matt and he hadn’t been in this house for a long time, but he had definitely felt more at home quicker than at any of the other place his father took him.
However, his dad hadn’t been the kindest person, and they’d moved from one town to the next, leaving many people hating him because of what his father had done. Matt, with a quick kidnapping and a much-needed getaway, brought Jex to this lovely little town out in the boondocks, an unlikely place his father would never bother to look.
They’d reached town and a house full to the brim with men. Matt’s cousin and a bunch of mates had taken them both in and treated Jex like no one had done before Matt.
Jex loved the freedom of being himself, even if they all turned out to be a werewolf every time the moon was full. A lot to take in, but he had seen a lot of violence and bullshit in his life, so the werewolf factor seemed like a cakewalk.
In addition, he’d personally seen Matt change, so who was he to say something didn’t exist?
A cold bottle tapped on his shoulder, making Jex look over his shoulder. He took the bottle.
Taking a long drink of this piss-shit that the bottle label said was beer, he studied Matt. His lover rounded the couch and sat down next to him. Jex wasn’t a fan of Tooheys, he was more a VB man, but beggars couldn’t be choosers—or, more for him, lazy arses deserved to drink horse piss. He was, however, a fan of the man—tall, blonde, with deep-set eyes. He was like a walking wet dream. Someone who needed to be naked and fucking so everyone would see his true beauty.
He was a fucking dream. Jex’s dream. Even if it had taken the guy a couple of turns to realise just how Matt liked it when Jex fucked him and then give him more than he’d ever understood he wanted. Jex reckoned it came from the fact that he hadn’t ever been free to actually fuck another person before Matt.
 “Taste like shit?” Matt chuckled next to him.
For the first time in a long time—and yet not a first for the thought—Jex wondered what he saw in a man who actually liked this shit.
 “Why ask when you know the answer,” Jex spat back at him around another mouthful of beer. He was hoping if he drank it fast enough and got the buzz of beer in his system, it might actually start tasting nice.
Matt shook his head really slowly. That you’re fucking crazy shake, though the twitch of his lips held the joke.
 “Fucking arse,” Jex muttered, finishing off his first bottle with a cringe—Fuck! This shit was bad.
Matt chuckled again. “Ah, but that’s what you love ‘bout me.”
Jex shook his head, a small smile pulling at his lips at the words, only his mouth hadn’t even completed the move before Matt’s lips covered his. The move Jex had been waiting for finally came. He snickered softly into Matt’s mouth. They were alone after all.
 “It makes me feel all gooey inside to see you smile like that, and knowing it’s all mine... gets me hot as hell,” Matt whispered, a breath away from Jex’s lips.
Jex’s back arched at the scrape of whiskers against his upper lip. “Gooey?” Jex tried to make it a joke, not being able to deal with the softer sides of love.
 “Oh, yeah,” Matt moaned theatrically. “It’s like melted lava inside me, mate.”
 “So you’re a cooked marshmallow?” Jex muttered between the light kisses Matt was giving him. He needed more than the teasing. Already his skin was hot, his cock throbbed. He hated the teasing. Jex needed more... rubbing, thrusting, harder!
 “Cooked Marshmallow?” Matt pulled back, apparently, finally, thinking around his own cock to what Jex had said.
 “Shut up, man.” Jex laughed. “How can I think with my cock this hard?”
Matt burst out into laughter. Jex shifted back as Matt’s weight transferred onto his knees, since he’d straddled Jex sometime during the kiss.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


I'll show you mine, if you'll show me yours... da da da da dum, author of MM romance

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