Forgiveness by Grace Duncan
Blurb Nine years ago Eric Joyce went wolf when his chosen mate broke the bond, and he hasn’t walked on two legs since. Convinced he lost his friends when he ran out on them, he cut himself off from the pack. But a surprising visitor prods him back down the mountain, and he finds himself welcomed warmly. Ben Arellano grew up in Texas with a human Catholic mother who didn’t understand a thing about wolves—and didn’t try to learn. He spent his whole life being told his wolf was a demon that needed to be exorcised, surrounded by a wolf pack made up of good ole boys who had no tolerance for his Mexican ancestry or his bisexuality. When he’s given the opportunity to relocate to an accepting pack in Pittsburgh, he jumps at the chance. When Eric and Ben meet for the first time, neither is ready for it. Where Ben expects rejection, Eric is convinced yet another mate will leave, break the bond, and put him through the same hell all over again. Can they get past their reservations and have a happily mated life.
Five Things I Learned While Writing Forgiveness 1) English is one of, if not the only, language with one word for love. The Japanese have not one, but three different ways of expressing love. (Actually, it may be four or more, but I know of three.) Spanish has two. I’m pretty sure Portuguese does, as well. Those are the three languages I’m most familiar with but in the process of researching language (especially Spanish) for Forgiveness, I discovered that so many languages have more than one way of expressing a concept. In Spanish, “I love you” is expressed differently for familial love than for romantic love. Further, it seems different regions (continental Spanish—from Spain—and Latin American Spanish, for instance) even approach it different, using opposite words for the concepts. It certainly made checking language fun! 2) Google is really scary sometimes. While I was going through Google Maps for locations for the story, I ran across this from street view: I’m about 99.9% sure that white car is a rental I had while I was visiting Pennsylvania a while back. The timing is right for me to have been there visiting my son and we’d driven out to look around the area. I’d stopped right there, in that spot in the parking lot, to take a picture of the tavern because I was the one I’d used for Bob’s place (Tanner’s Dad’s beta who owned a bar). It was both cool and creepy all at the same time. 3) The single most powerful motivator for me is a reader asking for a story. I hadn’t intended to write Forgiveness. Well, I hadn’t intended to write Eric’s story. He was a big part of Tanner’s hang-ups, but he’d been mated to a woman and in my head, Eric had been straight. But one day, a reader posted on my page, asking if I was planning to write Eric’s story. I was originally taken aback because Eric was straight, and I don’t write het. I hadn’t even considered he might be bi (which is funny because I am and it’s something I often consider when writing my characters). Well, Eric piped up then to let me know that, yes, he was in fact bi and, well, that was that. I had to write it. 4) The words will come, even if only a few at a time. Up until Forgiveness, my stories had flowed pretty well for me. I got stuck now and again, but they’d been (relatively) short bits and most often because something wasn’t working for the story. After Acceptance was published, I’d been finishing up the final stuff for Three Hearts. That story had just come tumbling out for me in an insanely short amount of time. But with Forgiveness, I’d been having a lot of health problems and there’d been a lot of other things going on in my life at the time. Well, I had to really push to get the words out, but I learned—on some days, the hard way—that the words will still come, even if it’s only a few words (even a single sentence) at a time. 5) While #4 is true, it’s okay not to write when you really can’t. This was a hard lesson for me to learn. Any day I didn’t sit down and pound out a thousand (or more) words, I felt horribly guilty. That guilt only worked against my mental and physical health, which only made writing even more difficult. It took my friends many, many times for me to finally accept this and remember that it’s just as important for a successful career to take care of yourself and focus on being healthy as it is to get the words down. Productivity is going to go down in direct proportion to your health. It was a hard lesson to learn, but I’m glad I did. Thanks so much to Lou for the space today! I’m glad I got to share some of the things I’ve learned.
Author Bio: Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica. A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind. As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art. Website ◊ Facebook ◊ Twitter ◊ Youtube ◊ Goodreads
Whirlwind by J.V. Speyer
QSFer J.V. Speyer has a new FF romance book out:
Rock star Jo Avery didn’t have a choice about coming out, but ever since her ex outed her as bi she’s been a proud advocate for LGBTQ+ issues. Most of her family wants nothing to do with her, but her brother has always supported her. When he gets married, he wants her in the wedding party, and she has to accept.
The only problem? Her new sister in law is the daughter of conservative pundit and anti-LGBT warrior Sarah Tremblay. Sarah has another daughter, too, the beautiful and charming Valeria.
Valeria has been in the closet since she was fourteen. She’s always envied Jo’s strength and freedom, if not her path to living her authentic life. She soon finds herself falling for the fierce, pretty rocker, but coming out could cost her everything. How many risks can she take for someone she’ll only know for two weeks?
Can Jo and Valeria turn attraction into love, or will their whirlwind romance blow out before it gets off the ground?
Releases Apr 14th at JMS Books
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Simon shifted uneasily in his seat. "Should I step in?"
Jo shrugged. "Seems dangerous. You're not being paid to break up fights between conservative media hosts." She looked up and groaned as she saw Sarah Tremblay making her way toward her. "Just when the fight was getting good."
Simon straightened up in his seat as Sarah swept into position beside Jo. "This is not the way people should behave at an event like this. It's supposed to be a joyous occasion, where people give the bride the material she'll need in her new life as a wife. Not some kind of spectacle for the enjoyment of others." She sniffed and cast her gaze pointedly at guests who had their phones out, recording the action.
Jo hated the thought of agreeing with Sarah Tremblay about anything, but she couldn't argue either. "It's a little bit like watching daytime television."
Sarah stared as hotel security swooped in and separated the fighting women. The one who'd been kneed in the face was going to need an ambulance. "This is what comes from an overly permissive culture," she said after a moment. "This is why I fight so hard."
Jo rolled her eyes. And of course it all comes down to this. "So we can all enjoy a live action version of the Jerry Springer Show?"
Sarah curled her lip. "Do you honestly think any of this would have happened if you hadn't showed your face here today?"
Jo lowered her eyes and laughed. "Sarah, I don't even know those women. Any of those women. The great part of being a pariah at things like this is that no one can say they did anything because of me."
Sarah grabbed onto Jo's wrist with one claw-like hand. "You come walking in here with all of those tattoos exposed. That alone lowers the tone. It tells people, 'Oh, it doesn't matter what you do.' And with you flaunting your sin all over the place, disobeying your mother, giving your body to anyone who wants it, wallowing in the sin of Sodom and Gomorra without shame, everyone knows who you are. They know what you do.
"They think to themselves, If she can get away with that, then I don't have to worry about what I do. I don't have to live a clean and wholesome life. I don't have to behave myself in public. And then we get what we had here today."
"Wow. You get all that from a couple of tattoos and a complete failure at reading the Bible." Jo snorted. Her hands shook, but they were hiding under the table so it didn't matter. "Did you miss the part about motes and beams and all that? Or the Samaritan woman? I'm, like, ninety percent sure that those people would have fought even if I'd stayed on tour."
"You should have stayed on tour. No one wants you here." Sarah narrowed her eyes at Jo. "If even your own mother can't stand to look at you, why should the rest of us be troubled with your presence?"
Jo shrugged. "Take it up with Tom. Much as I love hanging out here and being harangued about my sex life, I'd rather be out there with my band mates touring."
Sarah recoiled, nose in the air. "I can see I'm not going to get anywhere with you. Just stay away from my daughter."
Jo blinked for a second. Was Sarah really worried about Valeria's virtue around her? If she was, that must mean she had a reason to be. Maybe there was hope after all. As for the rest of it ...
She curled her lips into a wolfish smile and stood up. As Simon stood up beside her, she dropped a hand onto Sarah's shoulder. "Oh, Sarah. I didn't realize. I didn't mean to lead you on. I'm not great with subtle hints. If you wanted to 'get somewhere' with me, you should have been more direct. If you want, I can help you find someone who might be looking for someone a little more like you, though." She walked out of the shower, smiling.
J. V. Speyer has lived in upstate New York and rural Catalonia before making the greater Boston, Massachusetts area her permanent home. She has worked in archaeology, security, accountancy, finance, and non-profit management. She currently lives just south of Boston in a house with more animals than people.
J. V. finds most of her inspiration from music. Her tastes run the gamut from traditional to industrial and back again. When not writing she can usually be found enjoying a baseball game. She's learning to crochet so she can make blankets to fortify herself against the cold.
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Cover Reveal! Creature by Kim Fielding
Kim Fielding is about to release book three in her "Bureau" series, and we have the over reveal for you here! The book comes out on May 7th, and can be read as a stand alone. You can preorder it now!
About the Book:
Alone in a cell and lacking memories of his past, John has no idea who—or what—he is.
Alone on the streets of 1950s Los Angeles, Harry has far too many memories of his painful past and feels simply resignation in facing his empty future.
When Harry is given a chance to achieve his only dream—to become an agent with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs—all he has to do is prove his worth. Yet nothing has ever come easy for him. Now he must offer himself and John as bait, enticing a man who wants to conquer death. But first he and John must learn what distinguishes a monster from a man—and what a monster truly wants.
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Kim Fielding is the bestselling, award-winning author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
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