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Hi everyone! Thank you to Elizabeth Noble for having me on her blog. I'm Francis Gideon and I'd like to talk about my new release Fearful Symmetry, and the process of writing villains.
I don't like to confess this, but I suck at writing conflicts. Mostly because I have a tendency to try and understand everyone's motivations around me so I can circumvent all conflict. If someone acts out of turn, I try to step back and figure out why they've acted this way so I can either discuss it with them, or we can come to a solution. This is great in the real world, but not so great when I'm writing stories that depend on conflict. I want my characters to be logical even in their anger and I'm super aware of creating irremediable characters.
So when I started to write Otto, the huntsman/shifter and main antagonist in Fearful Symmetry, I knew this was going to be a challenge. When first introduced, Otto appears as a friendly hunter to Dryden, the main protagonist and point-of-view. Otto is handsome, charismatic, and invites Dryden into his house where the two of them are together. During the next morning, Otto's true form is revealed and Dryden realizes he's trapped inside this cabin until he solves three riddles. Otto is definitely a bad guy, but he couldn't be a stock villain character, either. I needed to create him as a fully-fledged person with motivations that made sense, rather than blindly pitting him against Dryden.
In order to do this, I realized Otto needed to be deceptively beautiful. He needed to seduce Dryden physically, as much as he also needed to appear intelligent and generous. I needed Otto's thoughts--rather than his appearance--to be aspect that truly made him into a bad guy. Otto believes that he owns whoever steps into his cabin, because he thinks they've done so willingly. Once trapped, Otto insists that he learns from each victim, so they are never wasted but put to good use. He also insists that people have a choice with these riddles and that, if they really wanted, each victim could forgo the game and stay with Otto inside the cabin forever as his partner. By presenting this illusion of choice, Otto's villainy is more than someone doing evil things for the sake of it; Otto truly believes he's presenting a fair option to people he encounters. That makes Dryden's position in the narrative that much more challenging. Dryden not only has to solve the riddles that Otto presents to him, but also figure out Otto's faulty reasoning and disturbing thoughts. As I show in the story, that's not always an easy feat.
Maybe my incessant need for everything to be logical has paid off with this villain for this particular story. I can only hope that with more practice, I can get better at creating conflicts--or at least, more laid back in allowing my characters and their emotions to rule.
When something is perfect, it sets itself up to be destroyed, and for everything gained, something is lost.
Since Dryden was young, his mother taught him about balance. While she weaves jewelry to sell at the marketplace, Dryden learns how every unspoiled gem begs to be damaged, just like the universe corrects every misfortune.
But with age and experience, Dryden begins to see the cracks in his mother’s innocent view of life. If she is wrong about balance, she might be wrong about the supposed beast in the woods. Dryden ventures into the forbidden, where a handsome hunter named Otto saves him from a deranged fox and seduces him. But like so much else, Otto has an unseen side, and if Dryden wants to regain his freedom and break Otto’s spell, he’ll have to answer three riddles in three days.
With the help of his mother’s stories and the fox who once threatened him, Dryden must beat the monster and restore balance to his world. But it will come at a cost.
When a rose’s thorn plucked his thumb, Dryden barely noticed until he got back inside.
“You’re bleeding,” Otto declared. Dryden still held the flowers, some of their petals now stained with a darker red. Otto took the flowers from Dryden’s hand, tossing them on the table in a quick motion. He drew Dryden’s fingers into his palm, then lifted them to his face. Otto eyed the single puncture mark from the rose, then sighed.
“You’ve got to be more careful. The flowers bite here.”
Dryden was about to laugh when he felt Otto’s mouth on his skin. Otto placed Dryden’s bleeding finger past his teeth, over his tongue, and sucked at the blood that flowed. Dryden's finger stung with the sudden contact—then he felt nothing at all. Otto continued to suck on the wound, sealing it rather than draining any more blood away from Dryden. When Otto’s gaze caught Dryden’s midsuck, Dryden almost forgot he was trapped.
“How does that feel?” Otto removed the finger from his mouth and sandwiched Dryden’s hand between Otto’s own. Dryden swallowed hard before leaning in to kiss Otto’s lips. There was almost no thought involved. Just a single kiss to Otto’s lips—in that moment, it was the only response to Otto’s question.
Otto wrapped an arm around Dryden’s waist and held him in place. When their tongues touched, Dryden could still taste the blood on Otto’s lips. Dryden found his body giving in and giving over… before the jolt of fear shot through him.
“No….” Dryden pulled away. “Not right now. I have to….”
“Shh.” Otto pulled back and gripped Dryden’s face in his hands. “It’s fine.
Time will stop if you want it to.”
“What do you mean?”
“I can stop the clock if you want to be alone with me.”
“Like a break… or a forfeit?”
“I suppose it depends on your perspective.”
Dryden looked past Otto toward the hourglass. Even the sand now seemed to be falling at a slower rate. His heart beat fast as he looked at Otto again. His eyes were green, not gold or brown. He looked almost human. A human that I could love?
“No. I can’t. Not right now.”
Otto’s hands dropped from his body. Coldness replaced them. As Otto went back to the cutting board, Dryden stared back at the hourglass. The sand fell faster and faster, his punishment evident. It’s not fair, he thought, but he didn’t dare say anything more out loud. He had already given himself away too much.
Meet Francis Gideon
Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He has appeared in Gay Flash Fiction, Chelsea Station Poetry, and the Martinus Press anthology To Hell With Dante. He lives in Canada with his partner, reads too many comics books, and drinks too much coffee. Feel free to contact him, especially if you want to talk about horror movies, LGBT poetry, or NBC’s Hannibal.
Today I welcome C.B. Lee
1. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.
I'm left handed. I hear apparently it's an indicator of creativity, but growing up for me it just meant I would get pencil lead smudged all over my hand as I write. I also once tried to teach myself how to juggle and didn't get very far, and because I used oranges instead of actual balls whenever I smell oranges I am reminded of my clumsiness.
I once was chased by a cow across a field in Scotland. I was backpacking and hiking the length of Hadrian's wall and the trail would cut across fields; you simply had to go over the fence where indicated, hike across the field, go over the next fence and so on. There was this massive cow that made this fearsome noise and I ran, much to the amusement of my friends, who were not afraid of cows.
My bio says I love hiking, and that's descriptive but I also include climbing in that which most people might not think of. It's strenuous but I enjoy the sense of accomplishment when finishing either a trail or getting to a certain elevation. And the sense of teamwork when you summit with who you're with is incomparable, you just feel incredible and love everyone so much. The highest I've climbed is a peak in the Andes that came to 18,000 feet. That particular summit was hard won; there was a storm on the way and we had to rush, my friends and I miscalculated how much food we'd eat and on the last day of the journey had one potato and a bar of chocolate to split between four. The view at the top was incredible, though, and we were so high up I swear I could see the curve of the earth on the horizon.
2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Alaska. I've made plans to go before but I've never gotten around to it; I'd love to take the time and do it over the course of six months or so, spend a good summer and the fall to see the vastness of their state parks, to climb Denali, to lick few glaciers, kayak, hike, swim, so much more. I'd love to stay and see the Northern Lights as well.
3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
4. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
Water. I drink so much of it. I'll probably finish at least three glasses while eating an entire meal in a restaurant. I have a ton of favorite foods and many favorite restaurants, but if I had to pick one restaurant, it would be this amazing place in my parent's hometown. I'd order: marinated beef in an onion pancake roll, juicy pork and shrimp dumplings, the kind made with soup inside so when you bite it the broth will ooze right into your mouth, savory fried turnip cake, fried leek and mushroom dumplings, and some wide egg noodles tossed in a light hoisin sauce topped with crispy duck.
5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
I hope to finish my next novel!
6. What do you like to read?
Almost everything; if I find a summary that's intriguing I'll take a chance on it. I'm rather partial to fantasy and science fiction within the young adult genre as well as the adult genre but I'm open to reading anything that piques my interest.
7. What do you look when choosing a book to read?
Fun, engaging summary, diverse characters and diverse authors.
8. What do you need someone to invent right away?
Food printers for the masses. NASA already has one that will print pizza for astronauts; now I'd love to see that available for us common folk. How many times have you seen a photo on some food blog and just wished you could eat it?
9. What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
Romance is definitely taking the time to learn what your partner loves and is passionate about, the kinds of things they would appreciate, and incorporate those into the time you spend together. Also creating time out of a busy schedule to spend together is quite romantic, too. It's not just flowers and candlelit dinners to me, I think that generic stuff only goes so far, because it applies to almost everyone! Flowers are generally appreciated, but if you take the time to find out a person's favorite flower or something that has significance to them, that's special.
10. Can you share something about your works in progress?
Absolutely! My next novel is about a girl who comes from a superhero family yet hasn't displayed any powers yet, and she's striving to prove herself. She takes a mysterious job alongside her high school crush and the two of them uncover a plot that may reveal some startling truths about the world's system of heroes and villains.
Author Name: C.B. Lee Book Name: Seven Tears at High Tide Release Date: October 15, 2015
Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.” Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish. As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.
Pages: 234 pages Categories: Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Young Adult
They wander into the house, wipe their wet feet on the welcome mat, climb up the stairs and giggle as they pass Ann’s bedroom. She’s dancing with her headphones on, oblivious to the open door, swaying to the beat. In Kevin’s bedroom, he quickly scrounges up some clean shirts and shorts. “Here, you can wear this,” he says, handing an outfit to Morgan and then ducking into his bathroom to change. He peels off the wetsuit and hangs it up in his shower, then leans his surfboard carefully against the wall, eyeing the crack. He’ll have to fix it tomorrow. When he returns, Morgan is holding onto the wet board shorts, wearing the outfit Kevin gave him. He looks curiously at the rock collection prominently displayed on Kevin’s bookshelf. “These are beautiful,” he says. “Here, I’ll take that,” Kevin says, holding out his hand for the bedraggled board shorts to hang in his shower. He’s certain now that they’re the ones from the lifeguard’s lost and found. Kevin’s starting to worry that Morgan doesn’t have any other clothes, but he doesn’t know how to bring it up. Money can be a touchy subject. Morgan holds Kevin’s favorite specimen, a piece of green olivine on basalt. Kevin once almost convinced Ann it was an avocado roll—it certainly looks like one, bright green speckled with sesame seeds, wrapped in dark seaweed. “That’s from Mexico. My family went on vacation to Baja last year, and I got that out of an old volcano.” He tries his best to describe the sweltering heat and the excitement of finding geodes and cracking them open with a hammer. Morgan listens in rapt silence as Kevin talks about the find and tilts the olivine so it catches the light. He sets it back in its spot behind its label, slowly so as not to disturb the other specimens, and Kevin is quietly pleased with Morgan's careful appreciation. “I changed my mind,” Kevin blurts out. “About what?” “I do want this to be a date. For us, to do that,” he says, blushing. “I like you. A lot.” Morgan’s face breaks into a bright, happy smile. “And what do we do differently, for this to be a date?” Kevin can feel the heat on his cheeks. “We can hold hands, if you like. Um, or kiss, if you want to. But we don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. I’m fine just hanging out and watching a movie with you.” Morgan tilts his head and steps closer. “I want to,” he says, not specifying what, but Kevin knows immediately. It’s just the quickest brush of lips, but Kevin feels it all the way to his toes. A warm curl of excitement blooms throughout his body, and Morgan’s mouth is warm and wet against his. It’s not like any kiss he’s had, chaste and sweet and over in a second, and yet his heart is still pounding after Morgan leans back. He’s close enough for Kevin to be able to count the eyelashes dark against his cheek. Morgan ducks his head and asks, “Was that okay?” Kevin's a little dazed, but he finds his voice. “Yeah. Yeah, that was great.”
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C. B. Lee is a bisexual writer, rock climber and pinniped enthusiast based in California. Lee enjoys reading, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Seven Tears At High Tide is a first novel. Connect with C.B. at cb-lee.com, on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/authorcblee, on Twitter @author_cblee, and on Goodreads at Goodreads.com/cb-lee. Goodreads Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25837167-seven-tears-at-high-tide Publisher: Interlude Press Cover Artist: C.B. Lee Cover Design by C.B. Messer
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Today I welcome Sarah Madison to my blog. Sarah is a fellow Dreamspinner Press author and a friend. We have a lot in common. Sarah is a veterinarian, I'm a veterinary nurse. We both competed in equestrian events and have a great love of animals featuring them often in our books. So, it's fitting that she chose to write about her pets while a guest on my blog!
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Sarah Madison, author of Truth and Consequences, Book 3 in the Sixth Sense series.
Hi Sarah, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Well, I’m a longtime animal lover. At one point, I wanted to become a naturalist like Jane Goodall. Suffice to say, I have a lot of pets! I frequently feature animals in my stories as well.
Truth and Consequences is book 3 in the Sixth Sense series. It features FBI Agents Jerry Lee Parker and John Flynn, and the events that occur when Flynn accidentally touches a mysterious artifact and gains unusual powers. As the Sixth Sense series unfolds, we learn there is a set of such boxes, and that Lee and John aren’t the only ones looking for them. They’re in over their head, and the water is just getting deeper…
Tell us about your pets – past or present. Pictures are a must! (Not really, but they would be welcome.)
Oh dear. You made the mistake of asking…
At the moment, I have two horses, two dogs, and three indoor cats, as well as three semi-feral cats outside I’m in the process of taming. Two have made good progress, and have been neutered and vaccinated. The third is still quite wild, but we’re making friends.
I bought my first horse as a three year old for 89 cents a pound—the going price for horse meat at the time. He was being sold at slaughter, and I bought him even though he was the homeliest horse ever. I only have one picture of him where he looks handsome, and that took some creative posing, let me tell you! He’s thirty years old now, missing one eye, and looking even uglier than ever. But he was my first, best horse and I owe him much.
My second horse is my baby. I chose her parents and was present at her birth. She is big, strong, and utterly magnificent. We no longer compete; I had to retire her due to arthritis in her hocks. She has nearly died three times however, so every day we have is a gift.
I’ve always had German Shepherds. I’m on my fourth one now, and he is an utter goofball. I jokingly say that my camera has a Shepherd permanently etched in the viewfinder because I take so many pictures of my dogs, but when they are this handsome, how can you resist?
I recently inherited my mom’s little dog. I never thought I’d be the sort of person who’d own a little dog, but this guy is tough as nails and puts the Shepherd in his place when he gets out of line. I love him!
My cats range in age from eight to eighteen. Some people are dog people. Some are cat people. I can’t imagine my life without both. I love waking at night to the purring of a cat settling down by my side. I love reaching out and stroking soft fur, only to fall back asleep with a smile on my face.
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I knew the moment John walked into the bar. It was like my sonar pinged, my radar lit up—you name it. I heard the door open, and without turning around, I knew it was him because the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Because something in my gut tightened, and my cock lifted in earnest. I watched him in the mirror as he scanned the room, locked in on my presence, and stalked toward me like a panther in a pen full of sheep. Everyone else in the room was aware of him as well. I practically preened when he came up beside me. He took a seat and signaled the bartender, who came over with flattering attention.
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Sarah Madison is a veterinarian with a big dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. She is a terrible cook, and concedes that her life would be easier if Purina made People Chow. She writes because it is cheaper than therapy.
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Author Name: M.A. Church Book Name: Behind the Eight Ball Series: Fur, Fangs, and Felines Book: Two Can be read as a standalone, but book one does give information about one of the MCs. Release Date: October 30, 2015
A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre. Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.
Pages or Words: 76,000 words Categories: Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance
Step. Step. Stop. The rustling of dead leaves caught my attention, and I froze with one paw still in the air. Not moving and barely daring to breathe, I waited. My whiskers twitched as a cool October breeze disturbed the scent of decaying leaves and rich soil. The foliage trembled again as something rooted around. I slowly lowered my paw. The disturbance wasn’t very noticeable except to my predatory gaze. The movement continued. Gradually, bit by bit, I crept forward, making sure my long fur didn’t disturb the surrounding mounds of dying leaves. It was times like these I wished my coat were short like Dolf’s. One thing was for sure—whatever was below those leaves was going to be mine shortly. All I needed was to cover a little more distance and I’d be close enough. Step. Step. Crouch. Heart thumping, I watched as the movement continued. My muscles tightened and my bottom started wiggling. Unable to wait, I sprang forward, claws extended. Leaves flew into the air as I landed on my target. Bugs scattered. Eyes narrowed, I searched for…. There! There was the little bugger. I growled at the big black beetle and trapped it with my paw. Seconds passed. The bug wiggled under my paw, tickling me. Hunched down, I carefully lifted my paw and peeked. Dammit, can’t see. Unable to get a good look, I lifted my paw a little higher… and there it went, scuttling across the ground. Gleefully I slammed a paw down, trying to trap it. Slap. Slap. Slap. Arrgh! What’s the deal? I keep missing. Looked like I’d found myself in a game of whack-a-mole, except with a beetle. And off we went. The bug scurried away with me hot on its trail. Every time I thought I had a paw on it, I ended up missing. Stupid critter was fast. I bounded along behind as it raced across the ground. Then it suddenly cut back and ran straight under me. Surprised, I leaped in the air, all four paws coming off the ground. Whoa! Zigged when I should have zagged. I landed and nonchalantly licked a paw. Hope no one saw that. I had to give the bug credit. That was a smart move. The shrill cry of a mockingbird caught my attention. I lifted my head, searching for the little tattletale. Up in a tree it sat, its warning cries echoing around the yard. I eyed the tree. Hmm, I could climb it, but the stupid bird will probably just take off. Still, might be fun. Maybe after I finished playing with the bug… and damn. The bug. My attention returned to where it had been, my tail slashing. Great. Lost it. Stupid bird. I sat up and threw a glare over my shoulder at the bird. Standing, I turned my back to the little menace, tail held high. That’s what I think of you, buddy. I prowled around for a while, sniffing, enjoying the coolness of the morning. In the early morning sunlight, the dew on the grass sparkled like diamonds. Maybe it was pretty, but the stuff was also cold and wet against my paws. I was glad for my fur. As I wandered back toward the house, my stomach growled. I was hungry and… I sniffed. Oh, was that a blue jay I smelled? Oh, oh, a blue jay. Yum. The human side of me groaned, but the kitty part wanted to jump with joy. The noisy little shits were actually quite intelligent. Catching one was always a feat. Quick as I could, I hid in the bright fall foliage by the back porch. I stayed very, very still so the stupid bird three feet from me didn’t fly off in a panic. I licked my lips, my whiskers twitching as I watched the little rascal across from me raise its head. Shit, shit, shit. What caught its attention? Come on already. It’s all fine, nothing to worry about here. No cat hanging around. Just go back to pecking around on the ground. Everything’s good. See? I’m not moving, not even breathing. Crouched low, I waited while my breakfast relaxed and returned to looking for acorns. Other birds came and went, but I refused to get distracted. I knew the one I wanted. Inch by agonizing inch, I crept closer to my prey. My mouth watered and my heart thumped. The chatter of the birds around me was easy and relaxed, no distress calls sounding. That’s right. Just keep on eating. Soon I’m going to be eating you. My body tensed, back legs ready to spring me into action…. And the phone in the house rang.
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Meet the author: M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it! When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children. She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013 and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Where to find the author:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ma.church3 Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MA-Church/173797619379487 Twitter: https://twitter.com/nomoretears00 Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nomoretears00/ Other: Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007A8JA4C Other: Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5141393.M_A_Church Goodreads Link: Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing M.A. Church author of Behind the Eight Ball. Hi Michelle, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
1) What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I don’t really have any set goals, per se, and I can’t say I really have any set ambitions. I’ve accomplished a few things I’m proud of, and hopefully in the future, I’ll accomplish some more milestones.
The main thing is I want to entertain readers—and if I can manage a laugh or two during the process… I’m pretty happy.
2) How many published books do you have? Can you tell us something about them?
Including Behind the Eight Ball, I have twenty books in the marketplace. Most of them are paranormal and tend to revolve around some sort of shifter. A couple of them are science fiction, which is truly a love of mine. Out of all the books I have, not many are contemporary, but I plan to change that next year.
3) Your main character wants to cook something special for his love interest. What does he make?
Key Lime Pie. And Lawson was nice enough to include his recipe lol:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick butter) melted
2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 cup key lime or regular lime juice
2 whole large eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lime zest
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter with your hands. Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan, and bake until brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before filling.
Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
In a separate bowl, combine the condensed milk, lime juice, and eggs. Whisk until well blended and place the filling in the cooled pie shell. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Once chilled, combine the sour cream and powdered sugar and spread over the top of the pie using a spatula. Sprinkle the lime zest as a garnish on top of the sour cream and serve chilled.
4) What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?
Right now I’m working on a mermaid story I’m going to sub to ARe. I’m also working on the next book after Behind the Eight Ball. That will be about Remi and his mate.
5) Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I tried to do a minimum of 2k a day, but I don’t always get there. Things come up, or I have a doctor’s appointment, or the Kiddo stopping by, and other such things. I’ve learned not to stress out if I don’t meet my word count for that day.
Author Names: Kiernan Kelly, Laney Cairo, Alex Cohen, Katey Hawthorne, Jamie Jennings, Aaron Michaels, Jacey Mills, L.J. Hamlin, Shira Glassman, Sheri Velarde, Kassandra Lea, Mychael Black Book Name: Haunted Hotties Volume 1 Release Date: October 14, 2015
This Halloween collection has a little something for everybody. With demons, ghosts, psychics, reapers, shifters, and witches... a rainbow of paranormal/supernatural is included. In Nine-Tenths of the Law by Kiernan Kelly, Oliver discovers he has a haunted sex toy. In Bear Hugs by Laney Cairo, Martin's boyfriend might be bear shifter and apparently that's news to him. In Houdini's Masquerade by Alex Cohen, when Lila meets a succubus, everything changes. In Præsidium by Katey Hawthorne, Thackeray needs helps from a witch who won’t help him until he explains his demon. In Black Cat by Jamie Jennings, when a cat shifter can see ghosts, Micah's simple life suddenly isn't. In Haunted Honeymoon by Aaron Michaels, Dylan and Jake seem to be sharing their non-honeymoon with a couple of ghosts. In And the Tarot Cards Said by Jacey Mills, an insistent ghost shouldn't be too much to handle for psychic Vassily and his Tarot-reading assistant Ben. In Spirit Wolf by L.J. Hamlin, when Dawson rescues an injured wolf shifter, it's not just his book that gets worked on while getting back to nature. In Wet Nails by Shira Glassman, it's not every day a glamorous '50s actress comes out of a TV but lonely grad student Adina isn't complaining. In Possessed by Love by Sheri Velarde, a storm trapping them together gives Andrew and Damian the chance they've been waiting for. In The Last Night by Kassandra Lea, Eric gets one night a year and he always picks one particular Halloween. In Molly by Mychael Black, Detectives Cameron and Chase discover the murderer plaguing their city is more sinister than they could have known and not entirely human. Pages or Words: 71,000 words Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Horror, Lesbian Romance, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance, Anthology
Excerpt: From Nine-Tenths of the Law by Kiernan Kelly
Let me set the scene for you. There I was, on my bed, naked, my asshole greased, and the butt plug inserted in it as far as possible, angled to hit my prostate, the vibrating option turned on. I was fisting my cock, rock hard and slick with lube, edging so close to orgasm my balls felt ready to pop. "Fuck, it's dark in here." I believe I may have completely levitated off the mattress. I know my hard-on wilted like an ice sculpture in a microwave. Scanning the bedroom, I looked for an intruder, but could see no one. "Tight, too. I always did love a tight, hot ass." The speaker was British; the voice, deep and sexy, and coming from right behind me. I spun around in a circle a few times, trying to catch the person I assumed could only be a machete-wielding-chainsaw-brandishing-serial killer that happened to have a silky, dark chocolate voice, but I couldn't see anyone. As far as I could discover, I was alone, which of course meant I'd imagined the voice. "What are you doing, Olivier? Stop it at once. You're making me dizzy." Olivier? No one had called me that in years, not since... Hearing the old nickname was shocking enough to leach the fear out of me for a minute. It took me another full sixty seconds to realize the deliciously decadent voice was not only real, but also somewhat familiar, and more importantly, coming from my ass. That's when I finally fainted.
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Meet J. Johanis
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J. Johanis writes dark m/m erotic fantasy, and enjoys plots that are historical or myth-based.
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