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A big welcome today to Christopher Hawthorne Moss. His new YA novel A Fine Bromance is out today from Harmony Ink Press.

Why and How I Became a Man
Christopher Hawthorne Moss, author of A FINE BROMANCE
I have been a writer pretty much all my life, so more recently when I started to uncover my inner guy it was inevitable that I would write about the experience from the point of view of characters in my novels. I have written a few very short pieces, but most significantly I gave my novel BELOVED PILGRIM, about a lesbian Crusader knight, a sex change and made her transgender and now have my young adult novel A FINE BROMANCE being released on August 11. Now I am putting together several biographies of transgender people of the past for a book I will self-publish as TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN HISTORY.

It was in fact all this reading I have been doing of MM romance that resulted in my figuring out I am transgender! The beginning was that all the sad events in the gay lovers’ lives was doing a number on my joie de vivre… I was getting more and more depressed. I would find something in my immediate surroundings that affected me so profoundly I couldn’t move. I had no real idea why I was so down. My neighbor expressed some horrible points of view about gay people and it got worse. I joined a PFLAG group to feel less isolated, and slowly it started to come to me. I saw transgender people who came to the group and heard what they said, and then one day in July 2012 I knew what was “wrong” with me. I knew I was really male.

The first thing I had to do about this is tell my husband. At first it seemed to come out of left field for him, but he has told me that my misery for months before that and my apparent contentment now must mean I was right. I mean, I could think of all the clues from my childhood, my love for swashbuckling characters in movies and books, my feeling of not fitting in as a girl, and many more moments when, if a transition to be a man had seemed possible, I would have gone for it. And I knew I was a gay man, which explained all the reasons those books with elemental tragedy or at least sadness got to me.

To make a long story short, I have since been living as a man, with my beloved’s support, but with the disadvantages of transitioning at sixty—a stroke caused by taking testosterone complicating, but not negating, my decision. So while I have no personal experience of transitioning at any other stage of life than “old,” I do know several younger transgender people, and as a novelist can imagine and describe how the experience at other ages can affect a person.

So how did I manage this? It has mostly been psychological. The basic act of choosing a masculine name and representing myself as that person, Christopher, to others has been the one action that has had the most success. The fact that I work online helped with this immensely. Like the cartoon implies that shows two dogs at a computer, “You know that on the Internet, no one knows we are dogs.” No one knows I am not in fact a man. I have been open online so pretty much everyone knows I am transgender, but it is very comfortable to rest in my identity as a man.

I did start taking testosterone to reshape my face and body to a man’s and to cause me to grow facial hair. After a short time on the hormone, however, I sustained a hemorrhagic stroke that some indications may be exacerbated by taking them, so in order to avoid another stroke and another month in the hospital I went off the hormone. As a result, I get to keep my lower voice but will never grow a beard.

I did the paperwork. I saw a gender transition counselor who has helped me not only deal with the confusing emotions but got me officially designated male. I changed my name legally. I am now working on changing my birth certificate. I simply started identifying myself with my new name and gender everywhere where my old status was registered.
For the most part people take me at my word, the time in Evergreen Hospital showing me for four weeks just how respectful people can be. I wear only men’s clothes now and have found that men give away their clothing far more readily than fat women do, to my benefit. I am using the men’s room in public and discovered that men don’t examine other men in the bathroom—also fortunate for me.

One of the most profound tools I have discovered is Gender Odyssey, a conference held in Seattle every August where I can meet and talk to other transmen, and some transwomen, which affirms my choice more than any other single thing. The workshops and meetings at this event are sources of information and support beyond my expectations.

I still don’t dream myself as a man, but then never dreamed myself as a woman. My psyche apparently was wiser than my conscious brain. I am happy with my gender, and as great as that is, my heterosexual male husband—now that men can marry each other—is content as well. That is as important as any other single truth.

You, as a reader, will understand, then, why I created Elias von Winterkirche and Andy Kahn from my books BELOVED PILGRIM and A FINE BROMANCE respectively. Through these characters I can be myself, a boy or man, and try out the situations that either challenge or affirm me. I try to create characters I can model myself after. Whether as a contemporary teenager or a young man in Byzantium, and all the other times and people I write about in the future, I hope I am giving myself and others models of the joys and frustrations of a nonbinary experience of gender.


Blurb:
When Robby starts his senior year in high school, he meets the new boy, Andy. Although Robby has never been physically attracted to anyone, he instinctively feels comfortable around Andy. As they get to know each other better, Robby realizes Andy is an outsider just like him, and harassment at the hands of the school’s bad boys makes it clear that Andy is a transboy.

When Robby’s eccentric Aunt Ivy finds some of her sentimental treasures missing, the boys put on their sleuthing hats to solve the mystery.

Buy Link: https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/a-fine-bromance-by-christopher-hawthorne-moss-405-b

Visit Christopher at: http://authorchristophermoss.blogspot.com

Welcome Grace R. Duncan

A big welcome to Grace R. Duncan today as part of her blog tour for Acceptance from Dreamspinner Press.

Hello and welcome back to the Acceptance blog tour. I hope you’ve been following it and enjoyed what you’ve seen so far. Thanks so much to Anne for the space on the blog today.

For today’s post, I wanted to do something a little different. During the time between the epilogue of Patience and chapter one of Acceptance, Quincy and Miles are apart--for good reason--but do spend some time here and there talking to each other. One way they did this was through texting. So, with the help of Mr. Grace (a truly wonderful man without whom I would be so lost!), we’ve put together a short conversation between Quincy and Miles for you:

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I hope you enjoyed the peek into one of Miles and Quincy’s first conversations! Thanks again to Anne for letting me post today!

Be sure to follow the tour here: http://www.grace-duncan.com/acceptance-blog-tour

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Blurb:

Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accept him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely—a cat!

Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Destined mates are nothing but legend to the nearly extinct and generally solitary jaguars, and Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male… or a wolf.

However, finding each other and coming to terms with their species is the least of their worries. Quincy is expected to select a proper female mate, father a cub, and take his place as heir to the pride. Except Quincy refuses, having no interest in women or leadership and knowing he isn’t right for it. But his father will stop at nothing—not even attempting to kill Miles—to get his way. Quincy and Miles must overcome many obstacles to stay together as the destined mates they’re meant to be.

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About Grace

Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many grace_nohateof 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.

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A big welcome today to Jessica Skye Davies as part of her blog tour with her upcoming release Town Man, Country Man with Dreamspinner Press.

Thanks, Anne, for hosting me here today!

“Town Man, Country Man” is the first story I’ve set explicitly in my own location – Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has been called the City of Bridges, a well-deserved title as we actually boast more bridges than Venice (by 3, and that’s only counting bridges capable of bearing vehicular traffic within the city limits. If you add in the pedestrian-only bridges we blow Venice out of the water).

Our geography here plays a rather significant part of our lives. There are rivers, hills, and valleys to be negotiated. And we often go out of our way to avoid negotiating them. As Josh half-jokes early on in “Town Man”, even though Ben drove 50 miles to the wedding where they meet, he didn’t have to cross a bridge, so that put him ‘closer’ to the wedding reception than Josh’s 5 mile drive.

I’ve written about the concept of distance in relationships previously, though the distance was a little greater in “Half the World Away” where Londoner Dade and Australian Elliot literally have half the world to bridge. Josh and Ben only have about 50 miles between their homes, but at times that can seem as good as half the world. https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/half-the-world-away-by-jessica-skye-davies-2714-b

It’s not always the geographical distance, though. Josh and Ben immediately hit it off and find they have a good deal in common, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some differences they’re going to need to address. Their city vs. country lifestyles are a part of it – Josh being a content apartment-dweller, while Ben likes his big house and big toys. Then there’s the fact that Josh is perfectly comfortable being ‘out’, while Ben is not quite at that point, especially when he’s in his own neck of the woods.

Josh and Ben have a good thing going, but can they figure out a way to build the necessary bridges between them? Find out on July 20!


“Town man” Josh Douglass meets “country man” Ben Bauer at a mutual friend’s wedding, and passion kindles immediately. As urbanite wedding planner Josh and closeted contractor Ben spend more time together, they develop a deep, comfortable romance despite the fifty miles between their homes—and despite the drastic differences in their lifestyles. But as they grow closer, it becomes apparent that Josh and Ben have been enjoying the first flush of love without giving much thought to longer-term logistics.

A crisis leads Josh to ask himself serious questions about how his relationship with Ben can realistically work. But just as Josh is feeling ready to talk about the next step with Ben, a misunderstanding threatens to put an end to their love affair. Compromise is the key to any relationship, but it isn’t always easy to balance careers, friendships, and family expectations. Josh and Ben just need to see that bringing together the best of both their worlds is well worth the sacrifices they’ll have to make to remain in each other’s lives.

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/town-man-country-man-by-jessica-skye-davies-7273-b

Jessica Skye Davies
Author page: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/authors/jessica-skye-davies-264
Blog: http://jessicaskyedavies.blogspot.com/

Welcome Gillian St. Kevern - Morgen Curse

A big welcome to fellow Kiwi Gillian St. Kevern for her new release Morgen Curse.

Writing with an Accent.

When I meet someone, one of the first things they notice is my voice. I am one of seven New Zealanders in my part of Japan, which means that we are outnumbered by roughly 100, 000 to 1. The first comment I get is usually 'Your accent is really cute!' followed by, "What part of Australia are you from?" Not surprisingly then, my voice has become a big part of my identity. But speaking, my voice is immediately apparent. Writing?

I'm currently working as an English teacher in Japan. For the vast majority of people in Japan, English teacher equals American. The textbooks we use are written in American English, and all the characters on the accompanying CDs speak in American accents (yes, even the character who is actually from Australia). When I teach, I'm expected to use American spellings too. Occasionally I slip up and write 'What is your favourite colour?' on the blackboard. My favourite teacher used this as a teaching point. 'Anyone notice anything different about this sentence? That's right, Koutarou, there is an extra 'u.' Why is that? Hint: Where is Gillian-sensei from?' We explained about U.K. spelling vs. American spelling, and moved on with the class. Unfortunately, I've also had teachers who flat-out say 'This is wrong.' Thankfully, I've never had anyone who asked me to speak in an American accent, but I know teachers who this has happened to.

This may sound like a minor quibble, but imagine being required to speak differently for eleven years. That's how long I've been in Japan! Obviously I find teaching both rewarding and enjoyable, or I would not have done it as long as I have. But I cannot deny that it has changed how I speak. I default to a lot of American words, saying 'trash can' instead of 'rubbish bin' and 'elementary school' rather than 'primary school.' In casual conversation with family and friends, I often get confused because I can't remember whether I'm speaking 'kiwi' or 'American.'

My internal confusion is reflected externally. My accent is all over the place. Americans think I'm British, Brits think I'm Australian. Even fellow kiwis have asked me where I'm from. The only people who consistently identify my accent correctly are Australians. But at least I had an accent! Then the unthinkable happened. I ran into a group of Americans during our spring vacation, and instead of 'What part of Australia are you from?' I got 'Where are you from? New Zealand? Really? You don't have an accent.'

Not going to lie, I was devastated. For as long as I have lived in my current town, I have been the only New Zealander here. At one point, in the social circle of assistant English teachers, I was the only non-American. While we speak a common language, our underlying culture and experiences are not the same. I was acutely aware of this. My American colleagues less so--once they got over how cute my accent was. For Japanese people, who find it a lot harder to hear the difference between English accents, the assumption is that any English teacher in Japan is from America. I once had a conversation with at an International Cooking class that went like this:

Lady: What part of America are you from?
Me: I'm not from America. I'm from New Zealand.
Lady: What sort of food do they eat in America?
Me: Well, I don't know about America, but in my part of New Zealand, we eat a lot of English style food.
Lady: What is American home-cooking like?
This continued until a man, who had been watching this conversation unfold, stopped laughing long enough to tell the lady, 'Hey, she's not American. She's a New Zealander.' Without another word, the lady walked off.

Perhaps as a reaction to being surrounded by so much American, I've become much more protective of my identity as a kiwi. After years of unconsciously erasing the kiwisms from my speech, I've started reclaiming them. I sign off e-mails with 'Cheers' instead of 'Thanks.' I pretend to know more about rugby than I do. I bring up my three pet sheep at any given chance. But I still feel like a fraud.

I spent a good chunk of my childhood outside of New Zealand, and most of my adult life in Japan. The place I've lived in the longest isn't the farm I raised those three pet lambs and one pet calf on, but a small town on the Japan sea coast. I'm not up to date on New Zealand music, politics or literature. The last New Zealand movie I watched was the third hobbit movie. I've only listened to one Lorde song.

But being a New Zealander has always been a part of my identity, one that has stayed consistent even though so much else has changed. And when I write, it is always as a New Zealander using, not American English, not British English, but New Zealand English (when I dictate, it is always with the setting New Zealand English which Dragon promptly switches to Australian...). When I edit, what English I use reflects the setting of the story rather than my preferences. Somehow, writing a story set in Tarrytown just requires that color is spelled without a 'u'. But I've always known this would not always be the case.

In Deep Magic, a free novel I wrote last year for the M/M Romance Group's Don't Read in the Closet event, I wrote Natalie, my first kiwi character. But with the story set in Wales, U.K. English seemed the way to go. I don't know whether Natalie started something, but right from the start of writing Morgen Curse, the sequel to Deep Magic, I knew it was set in the Antipodes Islands--inhospitable uninhabited islands in New Zealand waters. More than that, Morgen Curse features Zane, my first ever kiwi MC.

Not going to lie, I was not sure I could pull it off. The kiwi slang I spoke as a kid has gone out of vogue. I've also been surrounded by so much different English--hell, I wrote Morgen Curse living with one American (Hi roomie! ), and staying with one American, a Japanese host family, a girl from France and a guy from Korea. But it was really important I did. One of the best discoveries of my life was when my nine-year-old self opened a book in the library of a school in Singapore, and discovered it was the story of a New Zealander. The Changeover taught me that you could write stories about New Zealanders, and Margaret Mahy is still one of my favourite authors. A big part of why I write is wanting to give that affirmation to others, to write about the people whose stories get overlooked in the mainstream. And that meant getting Zane absolutely spot on.

I was really fortunate that I found a kiwi beta to proof-read Morgen Curse to check that Zane read right. I was even luckier when she said he sounded right--I don't know what kind of identity crisis I might have had if he hadn't (joking. Mostly). But the story has affirmed a couple of things for me. Morgen Curse has been an intensely personal story to write, and at the same time an incredibly liberating one. I could never have imagined that spelling a word with a 'u' could mean so much or feel so right. Whether speaking or writing, this is my voice.



Author: Gillian St. Kevern
Title: Morgen Curse
Release Date: May 30 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pairing: HFN M/M (no sex)
Length: novella / 35000 words
Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Morgen-Curse-Deep-Magic-Book-ebook/dp/B01GBKNIYM

Book Blurb:

Ieuan is a young morgen in a lot of trouble. The storm he sung up to soothe his broken heart attracted the attention of the Cursed One, an underwater sorcerer exiled from the morgen group for a terrible crime. But the Cursed One wants Ieuan’s help to save a life — that of Zane, a sailor shipwrecked in Ieuan’s storm. Ieuan finds himself drawn into the Cursed One’s impossible task against his better judgment. But as his morgen kin mount a search for him, Ieuan’s help might be all of their undoing.

A sequel to Deep Magic, a free novel written for the 2015 M/M Romance Groups Don't Read in the Closet event, Morgen Curse explores what happened to the morgen who left the Llŷn Peninsula. Morgen Curse blends elements of Welsh mythology and magic with the harsh environment of the Antipodes Islands.

Excerpt:

Ieuan frowned. “Why would you bring him here?”

“The same reason I brought you.” The Cursed One released Ieuan with a flick of his hand. “To save his life.”

He had one chance. Dive now, make for the tunnels and take his chances in the dark. He might not know where he was going, but Ieuan sensed that Cursed One would leave him to take his chances in the darkness. “Why?”

“Because it pleases me,” the Cursed One said flatly. “Give me your promise.”

“I want your reason first,” Ieuan said. “Your real reason.”

There was a moment in which the water between them was still, moved only by the departing tide. “Why does it matter?” the Cursed One asked.

“I was not born when the humans cast us from the land,” Ieuan said, brushing his hair back from his face. “I do not remember to grieve what we lost. But you do.” He peered at the murky shadow that obscured the Cursed One’s face. “You have no reason to save this man.”

“No.” The word was almost a sigh. “None whatsoever.” There was a glint of bone-white as the Cursed One smiled, and Ieuan uneasily remembered that he was alone in a predator’s lair. “And yet…” The Cursed One spoke briskly. “The storm was sudden and unusual. It roared with a powerful fury. I made up my mind to see it for myself. I was there when the boat smashed against the rock, and I delighted in the wreck! I searched the surf for any survivors, thinking to drag them down into the deep, feel for myself the moment of their death. But when I saw him—” The Cursed One faltered, his voice growing uncertain. “His arm was broken, and there was no hope of rescue. Yet he clung to the wreckage of his boat like a man who very much wanted to live.” The water stirred as the Cursed One drew his hair around him, gathering it into a single rope.

What is so remarkable about that? Ieuan opened his mouth, but he caught a glimpse of the Cursed One’s face, the part of it that remained.

The right eye was downturned beneath delicate lashes, the fine brow creased as the Cursed One continued. “It has been long… so long since I felt any interest in living that I have forgotten what it feels like to want to live,” he said slowly. “Since I lack it myself, I wish to preserve it in him. I cannot kill him.” He looked up, his undamaged eye meeting Ieuan squarely. “Do you understand, Ieuan? The man must live.”

Ieuan swallowed. The weight he felt had nothing to do with their depth in the water. “What would you have me do?”

The Cursed One breathed out, releasing his rope of hair. “There is water—fresh water—in a container of metal I took from his boat. Help him to drink.”

Ieuan nodded. “That should not be difficult.”

“Talk to him gently so that he does not agitate himself,” the Cursed One continued. “If you succeed, he may eat. I have placed what supplies I could recover within reach. If he will speak to you, ask him the extent of his injuries.”

“Injuries?” Ieuan looked to the surface above them. The man was not visible, but remembering how still he lay and how slight his movements, Ieuan felt a moment’s pity. The Cursed One is wasting his time! The man will die.

“His arm appears the worst of his wounds, but it is possible he has other injuries. If he responds well, have him tell you who his friends are and how they will seek him.”

“Friends?” Ieuan tilted his head.

“Men have learnt—as they should have centuries ago—to fear the sea,” the Cursed One said wryly. “He will not have ventured out alone in a vessel without telling someone of his plans. There will be someone searching—”

A pebble slid down the slope above them, soon followed by a scattering of loose stone.
“He stirs!” Ieuan started towards the surface.

The Cursed One snatched him back by his ankle. “Ieuan, what do you know of man?”

“I know enough.” Ieuan kicked his foot free of the Cursed One’s bony grip.

The Cursed One followed him towards the surface. “We morgen came here in secret to live apart from man. The people of these waters are entirely ignorant of us, and we must keep it so. Ieuan, he must think you a man.”

It never changed! Whether it was Ieuan's mothers, Howel, or even the Cursed One, everyone thought they could tell him what to do! Ieuan sliced cleanly towards the surface. “But that is simplicity itself!” Men were just like morgen after all, except they drowned.


Deep Magic is available for free in a variety of formats from the M/M Romance Group's official site here: http://www.mmromancegroup.com/deep-magic-by-gillian-st-kevern/

Where does magic end and love begin?

Oliver Evans spent his youth spinning one tall tale after another until it got him over his head in trouble. Now he has returned to his grandmother's cottage in Aberdaron, determined to put his past behind him and settle down. But the misty Llŷn Peninsula hides dangerous secrets and Olly is torn between the Longing, a powerful force driving him away from the only home he has ever known, and the growing conviction that the prince of his childhood make-believe is real and in need of Olly's help.

There is more truth in Olly's stories than he realises. If he is to have any chance of righting past wrongs and rescuing his prince, Olly must navigate the truth in his old stories and discover the magic right in front of him. But Olly has a powerful enemy on the Llŷn, an ancient king who would like to end Olly's story-telling permanently.

Written for the M/M Romance Groups 2015 Don't Read in the Closet event, Deep Magic was produced with the support and effort of members of the M/M Romance Group. You can find out more about the event and discover hundreds of other free stories here. Cover art by Bree Archer. Deep Magic contains adult material.

Praise for Deep Magic:

The story draws you in like the song of the morgen. It’s slow but steadily building to a crescendo of revelations. It’s a gripping story but heartwarming as well. There’s a lyrical quality to the way Olly delivers. The level of detail and care being given to the Welsh folklore was astounding and it felt believable. The same goes to the dialogue and conversations. It’s like being warped in an alternate universe where people are speaking in beautiful riddles.
--Wesley's Reviews, Goodreads.

This is one of those books where the setting really is another character - the Llŷn is alive in a way that draws you in, making you feel like you're actually there. It's a place that can be beautiful, moody and mysterious. In fact, it's a lot like the morgen prince, Myrhydion, who loses his heart to Oliver Evans, a guy with a singular talent for telling made-up stories that happen to be true. Their quest to find each other again is exactly that: a quest, with all of the importance of an epic adventure.
--Sera Trevor, Author of Consorting With Dragons, A Shadow on the Sun and The Troll Whisperer.


Gillian St. Kevern is the author of Deep Magic, The Biggest Scoop, The Ugliest Sweater and Thorns and Fangs. Originally from New Zealand, Gillian currently lives in Japan and has visited over twenty different countries. Her writing is a celebration of the weird and wonderful people she encounters on her journeys.

As a chronic traveller, Gillian is more interested in journeys than endings, with characters that grow and change to achieve their happy ending. Her stories cross genres, time-periods and continents, taking readers along for an unforgettable ride. Both Deep Magic and The Biggest Scoop were nominated for Best LOR story in the 2015 M/M Romance Groups Member's Choice awards, and The Ugliest Sweater is an ARE bestseller.
e-mail: gillian.stkevern@gmail.com
website: www.gillianstkevern.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gillian.stkevern
twitter: https://twitter.com/GillianStKevern
blog: http://gillianstkevern.wordpress.com
I'm blogging at The Novel Approach Reviews today about Shadowboxing and characters who go their own way. I've called the post 'Ain't Misbehavin' from a song title, and a miniseries I enjoyed about two musicians in WWII. Big thanks to The Novel Approach Reviews for hosting me and you can check out the post here
I'm over at Aisling Mancy's blogging about Shadowboxing and writing in series. Thanks, Aisling, for hosting me. :) The 2nd edition of the book is out from DSP Publications on Tuesday! Read the post here

Welcome Asta Idonea - Fire Up My Heart

A big welcome today to Asta Idonea as part of her mini blog tour for Fire Up My Heart.

AI as Alternate Lifestyle
There are plenty of robot-centric novel and films out there, including some that consider human–robot relationships. However, most of those show the relationship in one of two ways: as self-destructive/impossible or as part of a conspiracy, usually on the part of the robot. In Fire Up My Heart, I wanted to consider what would happen if a robot could truly fall in love. How would that affect its thought processes, and how would the recipient of its affection react?

Both Fane and Jo-E go on journeys of self-discovery during the course of the story, which is as much about finding love and acceptance despite differences as it is about a robot in a futuristic society. Jo-E could be a member of any minority group, attempting to find out where he fits in the world, and Fane could be anyone who risks censure by the majority for choosing to go against social norms.

I don’t set out to make social commentary in my stories; that’s not the reason I write them. However, in Fire Up My Heart, I do believe I have, quite unintentional, shown through the story a snapshot of modern life and the difficulties many in minority groups face when it comes to making their way in the world and building relationships.


Fire Up My Heart
Asta Idonea
25 May 2016
Dreamspinner Press
Novella - MM Sci-Fi Romance
Heat Level: 2

London bartender Fane thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he finds a rare and expensive service Bot discarded in a dumpster, and he takes it home to get it working again. The Jo-E brings some much-needed companionship to Fane’s lonely life, but there’s something different about this Bot, as indicated by its odd behavior. Fane’s developing feelings toward Jo-E trouble him, and things go from bad to worse when a robotics engineer arrives on Fane’s doorstep, demanding the return of his property. Fane is forced to choose between a hefty reward and following his heart. Giving in to his forbidden desires might get him killed—or change his life forever.

Audio Excerpt: https://soundcloud.com/nickijmarkus/audio-excerpt-fire-up-my-heart

Dreamspinner Press: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7763
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fireupmyheart-2035490-145.html
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Up-Heart-Asta-Idonea-ebook/dp/B01F9A00QY
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Up-Heart-Asta-Idonea-ebook/dp/B01F9A00QY

Excerpt
It was raining cats and dogs when Fane Maddox left the club and made his way through Soho’s neon-lit streets. His shift at Spunk, London’s rundown retro gay bar, had finished at 2:00 a.m., and his weary feet ached as he commenced the long walk back to his flat in Finsbury Park.

On foot, it was a journey of a good hour and a half, but it wasn’t as if he had any other options. The first tube service on a Sunday morning didn’t begin until gone seven, and since a lack of customers, combined with a recent petrol shortage, had led to the cancellation of all London’s night buses, it was a case of walking or taking a taxi. Thanks to the fuel hike, the cost of a black cab was extortionate these days, and the trip home in one would use up all his tips for the night. Therefore, he had no choice but to rely on his own two feet. At least the long walks kept him fit.

He would have passed the alley without a second glance. However, at that moment, the neon sign that wrapped around the corner of the building flickered, drawing his gaze. He started to turn away, then looked back, convinced he must be seeing things. Either he was losing his mind, or there were a pair of legs dangling over the side of the huge garbage bin at the entrance to the alleyway.

Fane dithered. He was tired and sopping wet. The last thing he wanted was to be responsible for finding a dead body. He’d have to call the cops, and who knew how long it would take them to show. If they turned up at all. In the meantime he’d be left standing in this downpour and, knowing his luck, would probably catch pneumonia. Then again, maybe the guy was merely drunk or injured and in need of assistance. Could Fane live with himself if he walked on by?

Heaving a sigh, Fane shoved his hands deep into the pockets of his jeans and crossed the street. Once he reached the alley, he glanced left and right. Then, seeing no one around, he boosted himself up and into the dumpster.

The bags of rubbish crunched and shifted beneath him. He lost his balance and shot out a hand, grabbing hold of the rim of the bin to steady himself. One of the bags must have split under his weight, because a foul smell wafted through the air. Fane screwed up his nose. Determined to make a speedy exit, he scrambled two steps forward to reach the body.
Even in the dim, stuttering neon glow, it only took him a second to realize his mistake. This wasn’t a body. At least not a human one.

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.

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Welcome Elizabeth Noble - Ringed Love

A big welcome to Elizabeth Noble today who is blogging about her upcoming release Ringed Love.

Six books, five years, two men: Ringed Love and writing the post-apocalyptic world.

When I first set out to create the world where my Sentries series would take place I made some decisions about how I wanted to present that world. Ringed Love, and the entire Sentries series, takes place in a society existing about three hundred years in our future. That society rises up and develops after devastating natural disasters destroy our present day civilization.

Yes, this is a post-apoc world!

I wanted my post-apoc world to be different, however. Most books I’ve read in this category present a bleak and harsh future. Our computers died, our vehicles are no longer useful and everyone is desperate and starving. That’s something that seems to have become our literary post-apoc vision norm.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

While developing my future, post-apoc world here on Earth I took a page from one of my favorite authors (yes, screenwriters are authors too), Gene Roddenberry. Earth’s civilization in the Star Trek universe arose from another sort of apocalypse, devastating war. Star Trek’s vision of a post-apoc society is hopeful and bright.

That’s the type of post-apoc society I wanted to write as well. One that is different, yet not bleak, with a diverse and rich culture, a society with layers. A civilization that demonstrates humans are resilient and capable of surviving through tremendous change.

Ringed Love, the final installment of the Sentries series, is filled with challenges and changes for the characters. They’ve grown since the first pages of Marked Yours. Their world has undergone its own apocalypse and now society is re-forming yet again.

The most important aspect to Ringed Love and the entire series, is the love and devotion between two men, Todd and Nick Ruger. Like fine wine they’ve simply grown better through the years. Their love for each other changes, grows and becomes stronger during each chapter of Ringed Love. I hope readers enjoy their journey, it’s one I’ve cherished writing.



Blurb:

New Colorado Protectorate fell with the assassination of Chancellor Clarke. Like many others, Todd and Nick Ruger left the land of their birth and made a home to the north in Yellowknife. Their world was ever changing. The time came to say a sad farewell to some of their friends and loved ones, but they were taken in with open arms by others and in turn offered shelter to yet more. Through the years they remained steadfast in their duty as sentries to protect and defend those that needed it the most.

Time marches on but through it all they hold each other dear and cherish the love they’ve shared. There are still angry ghosts, Windigos and water spirits to contend with. Their lives change, offering them new roles. When the time comes, they do what sentries have done for generations prior and teach others the skills to carry on as sentries. The Rugers lives were rich and their hearts full with their devotion and love for each other. The tradition of the sentries lived on forever. It was the legacy of Todd and Nick Ruger. That was the way it was always meant to be.

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Excerpt:

“Nick. Wake up.” Todd shook Nick’s shoulder.

After finding Todd’s mentor and the most ranking Sentry Jimmy Cantor’s house abandoned and a letter from Jimmy telling them to pack up what they could and burn the rest, they’d taken both of Jimmy’s wagons, hitched the teams, and headed north. They’d gone more than a day with no sleep, so they didn’t travel any farther than necessary. As soon as they found a place to pull off the road and into the woods, they made a camp. Nick didn’t want to overtax the horses; they were pulling heavy loads, and all they transported couldn’t be consolidated to one wagon. Todd didn’t want Nick overtaxed either.

Since nightfall they had taken turns sleeping. Each had two hours awake and two hours asleep. Now it looked as if Todd was going to miss his last shift sleeping.

“Hmm,” Nick rolled over and mumbled. “Someday we’re going to be done sleeping in wagons and on the ground.” He sat up and ran both hands through his hair, then shook his head and blinked at Todd. “What now?”

Putting two fingers to his lips, Todd whispered, “Shhh.”

“Huh?” Nick squinted at him. Todd pointed beyond him to a spot on the other side of the road. Nick leaned over, looked, and sighed. “Any thoughts?”

There was a line of wagons of various types and sizes traveling along the road. Some of the wagons had horses and goats tied behind them. Todd could tell even from this distance many of the wagons were being used to transport entire families.

“Not yet. See or feel anything we can use?” Todd asked.

Nick inched forward and Todd watched closely. He kept one hand between Nick’s shoulder blades and looked over the top of his head.

“Nothing bad, but they’re hiding something. At least some of them are,” Nick said and glanced back at Todd. “Do you—”

Shots rang out. A man on one of the wagons slouched on the bench.

Crap,” Todd spat. He darted to one of their wagons and pulled a rifle and his handgun from it. Snatching Nick’s knife pouch, he tossed it to him.

“Todd, look.” Nick pointed to a few people scrambling for cover. “How close are we to West Caldera?”

“Technically I think we’re already in West Caldera, ever since Raleigh sold out the whole damn protectorate.” He checked the horses’ ties, then pointed with two fingers to a cliff face. “I bet there’s only those two, or they’d be all over those people by now.”

More gunfire came from the top of the cliff. The people in the wagons were ducking for cover, shoving children in and under the wagons, creating general pandemonium. Adding to the commotion were spooked horses and goats tugging on their restraints and making all sorts of frightened noises. A few people broke away from the group of wagons and began climbing the approximately fifteen-foot distance up, no doubt in pursuit of their assailants. They took a path that would bring them to the top of the escarpment a dozen or so yards from the snipers.

Todd and Nick were closer and slightly higher on the hillside that would lead them to the edge of the cliff.

“Those people are going to get shot trying to get up there,” Nick said in a low voice.

Todd moved farther away from their wagons and took a good look around. The snipers were in some trees right at the edge of the cliff face. Rocks and pine trees obscured part of the view.

“If we can’t see them, I’m going to bet they aren’t going to see us until we’re right on top of them. You distract them, and I’ll move in from there,” Todd said. He pointed to the one spot that had more bushes and trees. Nick nodded. “Let’s try to take them alive.”

Bio:

Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and one tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she's not writing she's working as a veterinary nurse, so don't be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published two of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.

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A big welcome today to J. Scott Coatsworth who is blogging about how this anthology which has stories by him, Gus Li, Brandon Witt, and Skye Hegyes came about.

How it All Came About
By J. Scott Coatsworth

The Myths Untold: Faery anthology had a long road to get from conception to reality. It started as the smallest of ideas in a conversation with Gus Li. I had just gotten back into writing after a long hiatus, and I was making contacts in the LGBT fiction and MM romance worlds. I ran across Gus, and we struck up a conversation about doing a project together.

This was about the time DSP Publications was launching – Dreamspinner’s new imprint for gay fiction that didn’t necessarily have a romantic component, and which included sci fi, fantasy, paranormal and horror titles.

We let it rest for awhile, and then came back to it and decided to start with an anthology of stories about Faery, with the hope that it would become a series of titles, each focused on a different mythological creature.

We recruited two other authors – Brandon Witt and Skye Hegyes – and in early 2015, we all finished our stories and submitted them to DSP Publications.

Word came back in April – they loved our stories, but were not publishing anything but novel-length works for the foreseeable future.

So back on the shelf it went.

In late summer, we all talked about it, and decided to submit it to another publisher. We chose Wilde City, and within a few weeks we had our answer – it was a yes!

So here we are, two years after the inception of the idea and more than a year after the manuscript was ready to go. And it’s finally here! It’s been a long road, but I couldn’t have taken it with a better group of authors.

I hope you like what we’ve created!



Myths Untold: Faery
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Authors:
August Li
Brandon Witt
J. Scott Coatsworth
Skye Hegyes
Cover Artist: August Li
Length: 79K
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 4/13/16
Pairing: MM
Price: eBook $5.99, paperback TBD





Blurbs

Faeries are part of mythology the world over, past, present, and future. Called elves, brownies, the fae, and more, they evoke a sense of wonder and a little danger. Faery has its own rules, and humans enter at their peril.

In this spirit, we bring you the first book in the Myths Untold anthology series—four stories from the land of the Fae: a homeless man in Cardiff and the luck that could destroy him; the trans man in future San Francisco who falls for an elf; the village boy who has always been a little different; and a faery prince whose birthright was stolen from him.

Welcome to Faery.

The Pwcca and the Persian Boy, by Gus Li
Despite beauty and luck, something about Glyn makes everyone uncomfortable. Homeless on the streets of Cardiff, he has nothing to keep him going but his friendship with Farrokh. Through stealing and fortune’s occasional favor, Glyn keeps them alive. But then homeless youths begin to disappear, and when Farrokh goes missing, Glyn begins to discover the reasons behind both his luck and the way people react to him. Determined to save his friend from a danger he never imagined, he enlists the help of Lleu, who might be an ally, or might be manipulating Glyn to achieve his own goals.

The Other Side of the Chrysalis, by Brandon Witt
In a species that values beauty above all else, Quay looses both his freedom and his birthright as prince of the fairies. Lower than an outcast, he watches over his younger brother, hoping against hope that Xenith’s rebirth will provide safety and positions that has slipped through Quay’s grasp. Though he expected kindness from no one, Quay gradually starts to trust that there is more to life, even for the likes of him, as sexual encounters with Flesser, a fairy barely accepted himself, turn from lust to love. Quay knows having forbidden relationships will be his undoing, but he is powerless to turn away.

Changeling, by Skye Hegyes
With his pointed ears and a tail, Tyler’s always been different than the other children, but until Marsh, a brownie tells him he’s a changeling, he never thought he wasn’t human. Now he will discover what faery life is like, and just how being a changeling could change his life. On the way, his ties with his mother will be pushed and prodded even as his friendships grow and his love life blossoms. However, in a village of God-fearing people, those who are different are spurned and Tyler will discover how much trouble a fledgling changeling can get into.

Through the Veil, by J. Scott Coatsworth
In the not-too-distant future, San Francisco has been swamped by rising sea levels caused by global warming, and has only survived by building a wall to keep the water out of the heart of the City. Colton is a trans man barely getting by on the canals outside the wall. Tris is an elf who has come to the human world on his journey to become a man. Fate brings them together, and everything changes for Colton when he sets out with Tris to find the elf's missing brother, taking Colton behind the Wall for the first time.

Buy Links
Available at the Wilde City website 4/13/16; other sites one week later.

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Author Bios
Gus Li
August (Gus) Li is a creator of fantasy worlds. When not writing, he enjoys drawing, illustration, costuming and cosplay, and making things in general. He lives near Philadelphia with two cats and too many ball-jointed dolls.

He loves to travel and is trying to see as much of the world as possible. Other hobbies include reading (of course), tattoos, and playing video games.

Brandon Witt
Brandon Witt’s outlook on life is greatly impacted by his first eighteen years of growing up gay in a small town in the Ozarks, as well as fifteen years as a counselor and special education teacher for students with severe emotional disabilities.

Add to that his obsession with corgis and mermaids, then factor in an unhealthy love affair with cheeseburgers, and you realize that with all those issues, he’s got plenty to write about…

Skye Hegyes
Dragons, wolves, and sharp objects are commonplace in Skye Hegyes’s home in North Carolina. She spends most of her time between writing and working. When not doing either of these things, you may find her making crafts or adventuring with her family, which consists of her husband, two daughters, two birds, and three cats… and a partridge in a pear tree…

J. Scott Coatsworth
Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.

Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”

Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before – and seeing his first sale. He’s embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.
A big welcome today to John H Ames as part of his blog tour with Creative Minds Promotions for Love, Joy, Heartache & Pain.

My Main Goal in Life
It’s really strange when life changes in a matter of seconds. It’s even stranger when you become aware of what your goal in life is. What is my goal in life? Well, before we get to that, let me tell you a little about myself. I was born on March 25, 1988 in El Salvador, Central America. I was a premature birth and weigh only two and a half pounds. My father, who I have never met, walked away from us when I was a few days old. I was too much baggage for him since he already had several children to maintain with different women. My mom took full responsibility of me and provided for both us. We never had the best things, but we had each other. In attempt to make things better, she moved to Belize, Central America in 1996 where she found someone new. A year later, she sent for me and I joined her in a new country and a new life. It was a drastic turn, but it made the person who I am today. I basically grew up in Belize and this is the place I came to call home.

When I was little, I hated reading. You’ve got no idea how much I dreaded it. It was after I read the first Harry Potter novel that I fell completely in love with reading. That novel placed me on the right path in life. It was in 2008 when I was exposed to my first GLBT novel. It was Mark A. Roeder, A Better Place. That novel has a jock/nerd love story and it made me fall in love with that theme. I immediately searched for another story with the same theme and came across Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno. That novel changed my life forever. I connected so much with Jeff Irwin that I just had to write something similar to Mr. Erno’s novel. But, where to start? I’ve never been to the United States or attend a high school in that country. However, I knew someone that did. My ex-boyfriend, Nick, attended high school in Buffalo, New York and he is the main inspiration for Nick Wild Hawk, one of the main characters found in Surviving Elite High. I remember spending hours listening to him as he told me his entire high school life. There were huge differences, yet there were several shocking similarities between our small worlds.

I was bullied, teased, harassed and sexual molested in high school. This may come as a shock to my close family and friends because I never let those things get to me. To me, showing weakness was feeding the attacker the energy needed to continue tormenting me. I needed to be strong for myself and held everything inside. When I wrote my first novel, Raven and Crow: A Chain of Memories, it felt like therapy to me. I released so much that it drained me out. I haven’t released this novel but I will someday. My first published novel was Surviving Elite High which was my second work of fiction. The fictional John and I went through a lot in four years of high school; however, Surviving Elite High is not an autobiography. It’s loosely based on my life experiences and Nick’s one. Now that you know a lot about my life, I come to the main point of this article. What is my purpose in life? Reading, writing, entertaining, and inspiring. I write for those who like my novels and for those who feel neglected, rejected, hated, and silenced.

Those are my purposes in life. Many don’t like what I write and that’s perfectly fine with me. I’ve been told everything from A to Z, but I’m still here swinging punches left and right. You should never give up since great things take time. Always fight and keep on fighting to make your dreams come true. There will be times where you would want to give up, but remember that ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. You’ll get there, don’t worry. Just keep a positive mind and attitude and you will reach the stars or land on the moon like I did. Want to stalk me? You can find me at https://johnhenryamesbooks.wordpress.com/ or email me at authorjha@gmail.com. See you later guys!

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TITLE:
Love, Joy, Heartache & Pain

AUTHOR: John H. Ames

PUBLISHER: Ai Press

COVER ARTIST: Sid Love

LENGTH: 207 Pages

RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2016

BLURB: A collection of new entwined stories by best-selling Young Adult author, John H. Ames. Love that reaches beyond the boundaries of the physical realm…

Swapatize!

The not so unrealistic detailed account of how my best friend and I swapped bodies for a short period of time. -High school is one of the most excruciating and painful periods of any teenager’s life. To Kyle, it’s hell on earth. Being the target of the jocks made him hate high school more than anything in the world. All he has is his best friend and the center of the jock’s interest, the beautiful Kylie Bursnell. But Kylie is not your typical beauty. She hates the jocks even more than Kyle, especially Lucas Edward Johnson, a jock who is madly in love with her and Kyle’s forbidden dream. After a bizarre and freaky night, they swap bodies and are force to live each other’s live. Can this actually be true? Has Kyle’s dream come true? Will he be able to love Lucas Edward Johnson unconditionally until the end of time? Or is their love nothing but a beautiful dream enveloped in heartache and pain?

The Spirit Indestructible

Brandon Angelo William has it all. He’s hot, popular, shy, humble, and one of the typical and regular guys in high school. But, unbeknownst to everyone, he’s a closeted gay teen who came out to his parents the previous year. They loved and accepted him with open arms so what more could Brandon want? Love. The one thing that his soul and body need. After a late night out with his best friend, Kevin, Brad sees one of the most beautiful guys he has ever laid eyes on. But could the teen in front of him be real? Or is he the legendary hitching ghost that everyone talks about? Brad needs to find out and what he discovers shocks him and changes his young life forever…

The Lake View Psychopath

Jocks beware, he’s here and he’s not scared. Ashton Hall hates his existence at Lake View High. The jocks have made his life a living hell and his friends have completely turned their backs on him. Why? For being gay and dating the love of his life, Austin Young. Almost overnight, they became the center of every joke and every bully’s paradise. To make matters worse, even the school’s coach allows his ‘jock superstars’ to make fun of them.

But everything the night Austin Young is brutally murdered by the jocks and they walk free. Something snaps inside Ashton’s head and the only think he can think of is revenge. Will Ashton come to his sense and let Austin go? Or will he become one of the greatest serial killers of all time?
Excerpt

And there I stood, at the entrance of the school, wishing I were anywhere else but in this goddamn rat hole of hypocrites, liars and backstabbers.

“Move it loser!” Andrew shouted, knocking me to the side.

And then there was Andrew Cooper. He and a couple of his jock friends laughed and teased me as they walked inside the building. Andrew Cooper, the asshole jock, was the main reason why I hated my life at Gelson High. I couldn’t wait for graduation at the end of the year, so he could kiss my white ass goodbye once and for all. I loathed that pathetic little loser with all my heart, body and soul.

“Take comfort in the fact that this is his fifth year here.” A voice behind me caused me to immediately turn around.

And there she was, Kylie Bursnell, in all her glory. Now, since she is my best friend, me, a geeky little loser who’s afraid of a big, muscular jock, many of you may think that might make Kylie either a nerd or a reject from hell. Well, that isn’t the case at all. In fact, Kylie is one of the cheerleaders on the Gelson High cheerleading squad. The girl is a freaking bombshell! Every guy wants her, except for my other best friend, Josh, the rebel of our senior class. That’s the clichéd part of this story. For some reason, he doesn’t like her, or they just don’t click. You may be wondering why a girl like her would even be friends with a loser like me since cheerleaders are mostly shallow, arrogant and mean. Well, she’s not the typical cheerleader, that’s for sure. She is real and down to earth, just like me.

 

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Juan H. Alvarado was born in El Salvador C.A. He currently lives in Belize and began writing in 2008. He posted some of his work on an internet website, and after receiving positive feedback, he completed several full-length novels under his pen name, John Henry Ames. His first completed novel is Surviving Elite High. The story chronicles the life of a gay sixteen-year-old boy as he makes his way through life as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies. His passions are writing, reading and spending time with the ones he loves.


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