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#SeriesPromo – In My Heart Series by Joe Cosentino

An Infatuation (In My Heart #1)

Release Date: March 21, 2016

Contemporary Romance

ISBN-13: 978-1634771030

Pages: 209

Cover Artists: Christy Caughie & L.C. Chase

synopsis

AN INFATUATION: With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

Praise for AN INFATUATION (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2015: 2nd Place Best MM Romance Novel, 1st Place Best Cover Design):

“The author executed his storyline with a marvelous precision that would be the envy of many authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours.” “If you can only afford to buy one more book this year, buy this one.” Three Books Over the Rainbow Reviews

“I really loved this book and having an ending that made me laugh and cry at the same time is testament to the brilliant writing.” BooksLaidBareBoys

“I think you will be left breathless with the reality and emotion behind An Infatuation.”  Diverse Reader

“Don’t miss this one friends, it is a heartfelt story magical in the telling! Thanks Joe for putting your heart on the page for us to savor!” Bike Book Reviews

“Author Joe Cosentino brought just the right amount of humor, angst and honesty to make this short but sweet coming of age story a success.” MM Good Book Reviews

“Joe Cosentino proves there’s more than one way to a happy ending in An Infatuation, a story of first love and heartbreak delivered in a fresh and funny voice.” The Novel Approach

“It’s unusual for me to get sucked into a book in the first chapter but it grabbed me early and I read the whole thing in one day”. Nautical Star Books

“I recommend this book to anyone reminiscing about that one that got away.” LoveBytes Reviews

“There were times I laughed and then there were times I cried…unforgettable.” Multitaskingmomma Reviews

“Like an onion, Joe Cosentino’s stories have layers. I would really recommend them. This is a Bittersweet novel, but it has laughs-a-plenty despite the sad and ugly lurking beneath the veneer. A truly fabulous read.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

“The story kept me turning the pages and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.” “I love that Harold found what he was looking for in life and in a partner and love that he has his HEA. Great read.” Up All Night, Sleep All Day

“just the right dose of humor, honesty, and of course, sweet romance” Readers’ Favorite

A Shooting Star (In My Heart, #2)

synopsis

A SHOOTING STAR: On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star. Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David’s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.

 

Praise for A SHOOTING STAR:

“unbelievably beautiful” “a masterpiece” Lovebytes Reviews

“heart-wrenchingly beautiful, that no words I possess in my vocabulary would do it justice” “Again Joe Cosentino drew me into his wonderful world of part fact/part fiction/loosely based on his own experiences world – a world as a reader I love to enter, time and time again.” Three Books over the Rainbow

A Shooting Star could easily function as a master class in how to write short fiction (or any fiction). Joe Cosentino has provided a work that will leave you thinking and wanting to savor and re-read it again and again.” GGR Reviews

“This is a bittersweet love story, so don’t be surprised if you find tears running down your face when a shining and burning star is extinguished too soon. But, as Joe Cosentino proves time and time again, with his wonderful writing and storytelling ability, love will prevail, and you will smile from ear to ear.” Kathy Mac Reviews

“For those readers looking for something a little bit different – dare I say unique? For those readers who like to laugh. For those readers who appreciate the nuances of people and the way each character is different. For those readers who want to read a damn good story – check out this author. I’m glad I did.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

“Cosentino has another winning heartbreaker with A Shooting Star.” Prism Book Alliance.

“Yes, it is a bittersweet story but it is one that still has hope and love.” Hearts on Fire Reviews

“This story just blew me away.” “If you like something different from time to time, a bittersweet story, actors, college men, and a very sweet romance I highly recommend this.” Cathy Brockman Romance/MM Good Book Reviews

“From the beginning I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to finish the book.” Inked Rainbow Reads

“really grabs you and tugs at your emotions” “unique and enjoyable.” Nautical Star Books

“a sophisticated, enthralling and suspenseful tale with a gothic vibe and a multi-layered execution that will have you sitting up and taking notice. This is polished prose at its best. Intelligent writing, a thought-provoking plot and characters befitting the theater genre make A Shooting Star one of my favorite reads this year.” Love’s Last Refuge Reviews

“a beautifully written story, full of life, love, heartbreak, tragedy, and maybe most importantly, triumph.” Readers’ Favorite

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about the author

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Drama Queen and Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar Press), Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press) and Porcelain Doll (Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming releases are Satin Doll & China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (Wild Rose Press), Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

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Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

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MM March Madness – March 27 – Heather Ranier

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MM MARCH MADNESS!!

March 27

Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.

Our hope is that you will love this genre as much as we do! <3

Today is devoted to Heather Ranier

author bio

I live in South Central Texas, writing the type of novel I love to read: more erotic and edgy than the mainstream, with plenty of sweet romance mixed in. My love of romantic fiction began as a teenager when my mom gave me copies of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s “The Flame and the Flower” and Bertrice Small’s “Skye O’Malley.” To this day I’m pretty sure that was her idea of the “birds and the bees” talk. My husband and I met in a scenario very much like the ones I’ve written about. He was the alpha hero who stepped in when this “damsel in distress” needed rescuing from a nefarious pervert. It’s no wonder I went on to write erotic romance when I had him to inspire me. I love to chat with readers on Facebook and talk about my books and whatever else comes to mind on my blog, The Divine Tease. When not pounding on my keyboard, I’m usually busy corralling my kids or loving on my smokin’ hot husband, who thankfully loves to cook.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

An old friend from high school recently asked me what I “do” now that my kids are teenagers. My response: “I’m still a stay at home mom.” She nodded with a slightly mystified look in her eyes when I didn’t elaborate further. Living in a small town in Texas, and having children enrolled in a private school, my privacy and anonymity are of primary importance to me…at least until the youngest graduates. For the last five years I’ve balanced maintaining that anonymity for my pen name and my personal privacy while building a following for Heather Rainier that rivals any pre-published dreams I might’ve had.

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

As a reader, I prefer series, and will follow along with the rest of fandom…if the stories and characters are interwoven and well-written. I tend to bond to well-formed characters and storylines and am never quite ready to let go when the book ends and always want more stories set in that world. As a writer, I’ve devoted my time to writing a long running series because I believe I share that sentiment with the majority of readers. Writing a series can be challenging, what with keeping world-building facts straight and not “painting” myself into too many corners. After 23 books, I know my characters pretty well, but I still have to refer back to my cheat sheets when it comes to basic facts. Even with all that, it’s worth it.

Where do you do most of your writing?

In my office at the desk my husband built for me. Prior to our move in 2015, I wrote at a small desk set up in our living room with chaos all around me. It’s a wonder I accomplished as much as I did.

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

In preparation for the release of “The Beast” in April, I’m enjoying a re-read of the entire Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. I love to read paranormal and urban fantasy and I’ve always enjoyed her characters and very unique author’s voice. I’m also a big fan of anything written by Cherise Sinclair, Laurann Dohner, and Diana Gabaldon, the author of the ultimate book boyfriend, Jamie Fraser.

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

I’ll preface my answer by stating that I’m not an expert in the industry, but I do listen to the experts. I think the growth has slowed a bit perhaps, due to the overabundance of cheap and poorly-edited/formatted/covered e-books, whether self-published or otherwise, combined with a growing sub-culture that demands more and more content cheaper…or for free. Writers who work fulltime jobs and then come home and write fulltime are on a collision course with burn-out. If what they produce is of value, they should expect to be paid a fair price. I think the genre will recover and continue to grow, provided authors stay consistent, avoid getting caught up in hype, continue nurturing their skills, and write to the best of their abilities. The bottom line is that romance readers will always want to read happily-ever-afters.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

The idea that the world I created in my head is a place readers of my series would gladly move to or visit, given the chance. Knowing this strengthens my resolve to continue creating a world in the small town of Divine, Texas that is so vivid none of my readers will ever feel let down by subsequent books.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up “How Cassie Got Her Grind Back,” the 23rd book in the Divine Creek Ranch Collection (Releases May 2016). Readers have gotten to know Cassie, the owner of Divine Drip over the last several books, and met one of her heroes, Samson Cutter, in “Bunny and the Beast.” While Samson’s twin, Ivan, may be his mirror image, he and Samson are worlds apart in their approach to women, especially Cassie. Blurb for “How Cassie Got Her Grind Back” Cassie, Samson, and Ivan made promises on the day they graduated from high school and then life took them in unexpected directions. Raised in a traditional home, Cassie was expected to work hard and obey her elders and because of her nature she complies, until life throws her so many curve balls she has no choice but to begin standing up for herself. Aspiring to join the military, identical twins Samson and Ivan Cutter find themselves pulled in opposite directions on life paths that couldn’t be more different, but through the years, they’ve unknowingly had one thing in common. Cassie Villalobos. Or more to the point—love for Cassie Villalobos. Samson’s successful career in the military and then in law enforcement was interrupted when he was injured in the line of duty. With a well-earned reputation for level-headedness, Samson enjoys his job as an emergency dispatch operator but there’s always been something missing. Not even his private lifestyle as a Dominant, and role as Joseph Hazelle’s right hand man at Hazelle House, brings him much satisfaction these days. Good-humored and affectionate, it’s probably a good thing Ivan didn’t make the cut in the military due to an injury because he’s found his passion and his purpose in his kitchen. An award-winning chef with a major following, he satisfies his sensual nature with culinary prowess while always feeling the inner emptiness that long hours at his Viking stove can’t fulfill. Thirty years have passed since they made those broken promises to each other, and when presented with a second chance, Samson and Ivan are determined to not let Cassie slip through their fingers again.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Go out to eat for Mexican food (there are an abundance of authentic Mexican restaurants in my neck of the woods), and watch movies with my husband and family. We watched “The Martian” recently and loved it.

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

The highest HIGH would be the first phone call I ever received from Siren Publishing in 2010, letting me know they wanted to publish my first book, Divine Grace, and they were excited to hear that it was the first in a series and wanted me to submit more. I think any writer out there will say that the lowest LOW comes in moments of creative self-doubt, writer’s block, and writer’s anxiety—that insidious belief that we’re not very good at what we do and it’s just a matter of time before others figure it out.

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Enter the giveaway!! You could win a Kindle from the Twinsies or one of the great prizes donated by our featured authors during the MM March Madness Celebration!!

Heather Ranier has donated a gifted digital copy of “How Cassie Got Her Grind Back” when it is released. (pdf only)  **The book releases May 2016.**

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A big THANK YOU to all of the authors participating in our month long celebration!! We appreciate all that you do!!! MUAH!!

Much Love from the Twinsies!!! Angie, Brenda, Deb, Kelly, Kristi, Jen, Jo, and Melinda!!!

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#WOTR #Review – Savior (Tattered Social Club #1) by Pauline Allan

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Savior (Tattered Social Club, #1)

synopsis

With a violent past, Niko Malikov knows revealing any weakness could be a death sentence. Growing up on the rough city streets was a lesson steeped in violence. He has always been the go-to guy and, now, his successful career at The Tattered Social Club as one of their premier artists has proven anything is possible. Anything but revealing his secret. A secret that would destroy the man he’s become. That unshakeable strength is wounded when a young man walks into the shop wearing a pair of skinny jeans.

Ethan Cohen sold his soul for a bed. With the scars of his past still visible, he’s ready to move on. Nervous and determined, he enters the Tattered Social Club to get a tattoo from the hottest artist in the state. All he wants is a phoenix tattoo, but the gruff bulky guy sitting in the studio has no plan of letting that happen. Ethan knows from the moment they steal that first kiss, the man with the painted skin isn’t ready. Maybe he isn’t either. Against everything his broken heart is whispering he wants. God, he wants to be wrapped in those strong arms, but he’s fighting for freedom with a man unwilling to be free.
So different. Falling into each other’s shadows. The undeniable need. The savior.

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I purchased this book.

I saw this book was about MM hotties covered in ink…Yes Please.  I saw the price…YES Please.  I mean 99 pennies…how do you turn it down.

This book is about Niko, the in the closet, tattoo artist and Ethan the broken, good looking, openly gay, college student.

Ethan has sold his soul to the devil to keep from the streets.  When he saves up enough money, he goes to Niko for a tattoo.  Niko is a very popular and well respected artist.  The minute they meet you can feel the tension.  One problem, Niko is straight or so he likes to think.  He experimented with guys and thinks about guys but he is totally not gay.  Situations between the two become crossed when an aggressive kiss blurred the lines.  Ethan is then conflicted because he likes Niko but he doesn’t want him to know his shame.

When Ethan finally breaks free from his shame, Niko is there to help him out…why you ask?  He has no clue either but he can’t not be with Ethan.  The two start a “friends with benefits” type relationship all while Niko is denying he is gay.  However, we can SEE his possessive streak show when Ethan’s past comes to haunt him.

I liked Ethan’s character but I really enjoyed Niko.  He was so closed off from the things he was told by his father at a young age.  When we can SEE him breaking through his “anti-gay” thoughts to expressing his wants and desires to Ethan it made me really happy.

about the author

Oh my, where to start. I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. I’m a women’s health nurse by day and an erotic romance writer by night. I love poetry and believe romance is the secret to a fulfilling life. I feel that all women, irregardless of how she looks, is beautiful and desirable because she is seductive by nature. We are females and therefore sensual! I love to laugh and sometimes…love to cry. I love to travel. Let me clarify that. I love to travel home. I’m a native of the midwest, but my heart dwells in the dark corridors and courtyards of New Orleans. So, home is ‘Nawlins. It’s a part of my blood. I enjoy a cold glass of rum and Diet Coke while chilling on the front porch and a nice glass of red while I’m reading in a bubble bath. I can debate anything…even if I’m wrong! I love a strong alpha male and the starving artist. I am a firm advocate for love and all the physical aspects that accompany the emotion. I began writing when I was nine years old. I started with the horror and paranormal genre. I still enjoy reading an old Stephen King novel now and again. My favorite authors are many. Historical, Lisa Kleypas and Charlotte Featherstone. Poetry, Edgar Allan Poe. Erotica, too many to name here. I listen to music constantly and attribute the bulk of my ideas to the tunes playing in my car. So, that’s me in a nutshell. A writer chained to the computer with a cup of coffee feeding my veins. Friend me on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

MM March Madness – March 26 – Jack Pyke

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MM MARCH MADNESS!!

March 26

Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.

Our hope is that you will love this genre as much as we do! <3

Today is devoted to Jack Pyke

author bio

Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys in a D/s relationship, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

I have four kids. My eldest lad is 22, my youngest, 4, and I also have a granddaughter who’s 1.

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

I love series writing! But it can get complex as you delve deeper into 3rd, 4th, and 5th novels. There’s a lot of details to crossover novel to novel, not to mention introducing new characters etc. But you get to really investigate your characters. There’s always something new that crops up.

Where do you do most of your writing?

In my living room. I have a little corner for me, with my stereo close by as I write to music. It keeps me close to the kids and hubby, and is probably where I’m most happy.

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

*Sighs* I get so little time to read for pleasure. If I’m not editing, I’m writing, or running promo. Favourite books, oh lord, I could be on this all day! Anything by Joseph Lance Tonlet, Lynn Kelling, Nicole Colville, and Adrienne Wilder.

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

I think it’s very much growing. The readership keeps getting wider, with readers always anxious to pass and share favourite reads; reviewing blogs are really coming into their own, but also there’s just so much variety out there with how to digest M/M novels. Audio, podcast snippets, foreign language translations, not to mention more and more distribution sites coming in. The drawback is that some of those always take their cull of royalties and fight their own battles to dominate the likes of distribution. Authors get caught up in the battle and royalties seem to get lower and lower.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

How intimate it is! I love being alone with a script and settling in to see where the characters go, what they do. Then there’s the sharing aspect when it goes live and how readers react: whether they fall in love with certain things or loathe others.

What are you working on now?

I’m actually working on a tie-in into the Don’t series. It’s introducing two new characters who’ll come at Gray and Jan from a new perspective. It’s working with a theme I’ve been thinking of for a few years: someone who is more comfortable walking the streets during the night and taking a look into other people’s lives. I don’t have a blurb, but I do have an extract, if that’s okay? The extract itself introduces Ash, my late-teen lad who’s just been pulled away from my street walker by his best friend Rease. —— “Fucking flirt.” Rease offered a chuckle as Ash slumped on the bar stool. “Me?” Ash fought the heat on his cheeks. “I do “Snog Me” wish-lists, you… you’ve got this whole—” His hand went everywhere. “—IPA Fuck-Buddy Tour Guide.” Rease leaned closer. “What’s an IPA?” “International Phonetic Alphabet.” “Oh.” He couldn’t connect the dots. “And that differs from the usual ABCs, how exactly?” “Because the IPA doesn’t only show the normal alphabet but highlights how letters go two, three, and foursome to make sound. And you—” “That foursome was just a rumour.” “Started by you, to me on the phone, when you were begging a lift from Karl and Elaine’s.” “See—” He even counted on his fingers. “Three.” “The postman was there.” “Delivering letters.” “Naked?” “It was hot.” “With whip marks on his arse.” “Annnd obviously displaying public disappointment over failure to deliver the goods in the right letterbox when prompted.” Although Rease fought a blush. “That was a few years back and something I don’t do often.” Ash got a pat to his shoulder. “Forget getting laid, you need a life, mate.” ——–

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Movie night! We always take time out with the kids to watch a movie on Saturday nights. The recliners go up, quilts come out, popcorn, Coke… it’s pure heaven!

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

The Highest? Hands down the day at the Ritz, I got to meet so many people (authors, bloggers, fans) I’d been talking to over the net, and it made such a difference meeting them face to face. Low: you’re not just an author, but everything else thrown into the mix too, and it weighs you down. to breaking at times. Many a time I’ve thought of stepping away permanently because I miss just being able to write and share stories. I’m getting better with time management, and that’s what it comes down to, just allowing yourself time to say, okay, you’re an author, you’re supposed to actually write at some stage.

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Jack Pyke has donated an ebook choice of any novel from my back list (any format)

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A big THANK YOU to all of the authors participating in our month long celebration!! We appreciate all that you do!!! MUAH!!

Much Love from the Twinsies!!! Angie, Brenda, Deb, Kelly, Kristi, Jen, Jo, and Melinda!!!

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#WOTR #ReReleased #PNR- Soul Journey by Miranda Shanklin

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synopsis

It has been many lifetimes since the cycle began.

The cycle that still haunts Annisa Lawson.

A spell cast in desperation to help, which only caused heartache.

Now, Annisa has found her way out of the varying repeats of her past; only to bring more danger to herself, and those around her. Now she must learn to survive with the help of her friends: Chase, Penelope, and Landon have all gone through each life cycle with Annisa. Sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Now that Annisa has broken the cycle of their collective punishment, she finds that she needs her friends more than ever to keep their enemies, known, and unknown, at bay. As the group of friends learn of their souls’ journeys through their many life cycles, they must also learn to control the magick they have discovered within themselves and each other, in order to defeat the most feared assassin in their world.

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Miranda Shanklin resides in Central Illinois with her husband and their two children. When she is not working at her day job as a paralegal, running her children to practices or supporting them at events she is writing. She has been an avid reader most of her life and has always dreamed of writing her own books someday. Now that her children are reaching their teenage years she is finding the time to sit down and chase her dream.

 

 

MM March Madness – March 25 – Ella Frank

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MM MARCH MADNESS!!

March 25

Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.

Our hope is that you will love this genre as much as we do! <3

Today is devoted to Ella Frank

author bio

Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, A Desperate Man. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!” A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

Something you don’t know about me…hmmm, I co-author with a wonderful woman by the name Brooke Blaine. I love writing as the other half of a duo. It’s so much fun brainstorming and coming up with characters to share with the world. We can’t wait to work on our next project together!

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

I love writing series! They’re fun for me. Getting to carry over characters from previous books to the next. But at the same time I feel you really need to know how far you want to take those characters and set a book number for yourself.

Where do you do most of your writing?

I do it at my desk in my bedroom right now. I live in a beautiful apartment but it is rather small, so I can’t wait for the day I actually can put my desk in an office!

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

I am currently reading HOOKER by Brooke Blaine which is a romantic comedy, and it is hilarious. I absolutely love and recommend the L.A. Liaisons Series. As for a new favorite books and series I love, I recently read a brilliant series last year by Cassandra Clare – The Infernal Devices. It is literally one of the best series I have ever read.

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

This genre has exploded. When I first came out with Try, the m/m genre was barely talked about on the mainstream blogs in the indie world and it took a lot of convincing on my part to get people to give my book a look. Since then, some amazing authors have broken through and really helped this genre thrive and rise to be one of the most talked about out there. I also think that the recent Equality Act which passed gave way to an influx of authors adding characters with more diverse sexual preferences, and from there it has just continued to grow. I am proud to be a part of this writing community and to see how far it has come.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

That you always have the opportunity to change, grow, and learn something new about yourself. With each book I like to think I challenge myself and make it just a little better in my eyes than my last. Whether it be the writing itself, the plot, the dialogue, I am always hoping to improve upon the last and give readers something they can really sit down and enjoy. After all, that’s why you pick up a book, right? To get lost inside the world of the author. I just hope I continue to build new and fascinating ones for people.

What are you working on now?

I just finished up Finley, and I’m in the process of writing the second book to follow. You can find more information on Finley at – www.ellafrank.com

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Probably go out to dinner and see a movie. It’s low key, relaxing, and I can turn my brain off for a few hours and forget about the world I am writing about.

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

Hmmm…I feel a certain HIGH each time I finish writing a book. It’s such a sense of accomplishment to know that the characters on the page came out of my head. I haven’t had any lows as far as I feel. Every day brings new challenges and I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the planet to be able to wake up and do what I love every day.

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#WOTR #Review – Broken Love by Evan Grace

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Book Title: Broken Love (Love Stings Book 1)
Author: Evan Grace
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: February 23, 2016
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As a young woman, Abby Carmichael had it all—until the night a stranger tore it away…A year and half after the brutal sexual assault, Abby is finally starting to feel like her old self. Teaching dance classes with enthusiastic kids is just the kind of job she needs—far away from probing eyes or vicious intentions of the opposite sex. When she connects with one of her students, Natalie, it isn’t long until she meets her father, Deputy Ben James.

Ben James is just a regular guy, working to make a life for himself and his daughter…

That’s what Abby tells herself when her sudden attraction for Ben catches her off guard. Abby has been steering clear of men for obvious reasons, and the idea of wanting that kind of relationship is more terrifying than intriguing. But with his doe-eyed daughter tugging at her dance uniform, Ben takes notice.

He’s ready for love, but does her past hold too many secrets?

After the assault, Abby coped by using heavy medication and fell into an ugly chain of one-night stands. But now that she’s out of rehab and finally on the right track, it’s only a matter of time before Ben finds out.

Will Abby be the true love Ben has always wanted? Or is she a tangled challenge, leading to yet another… Broken Love?

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Abby

I stare at the stream of smoke that floats up from the joint burning in my ashtray. The smell is sweet and comforting as I pop another Xanax into my mouth. I need to hurry. I’ve already taken five and I don’t want to pass out before I can finish what I started and end this pain. I need to do this. I need to stop hurting and feeling dirty. I’m tired of watching my parents hurting because they don’t know how to help me. I’m tired of my brothers and sister avoiding me because they don’t know how to deal with what I’ve become. My best friend and cousin, Carrington, watches me constantly with a guilty stare. It’s not her fault I was followed back to our apartment after I went home sick from work and she was gone on a date.

I can’t stand being touched anymore, especially by my family. I’m so dirty now and I don’t want any of that to rub off on them. I can’t remember the last time I let my dad , Dylan, or my real dad, Cash, hug me. I used to love hugs from Gramps, but now the thought of his hands on me makes me want to vomit. My entire family changed after I was raped six months ago. After it happened, I moved back into my parents’ home.

My parents and I fight every day. I’ve become erratic and foolish. Going home with men I don’t know and letting them use my body. I feel like I have control when I let them fuck me. Then I come home to scrub the feel of them off my skin and force myself to vomit over and over and over. My parents have tried punishing me, reasoning with me, but I’m twenty-one and they can’t make me do shit. They’ve tried therapy and all that got me was the constant supply of Xanax.

I take a hit of the joint and let the smoke travel down into my lungs and hold it there until I finally exhale it slowly. I put two more pills in my mouth and swallow them with a swig of the beer I grabbed out of my dad’s refrigerator in the garage. I’m starting to feel a little woozy. I stand on unsteady legs, staggering to my full-length mirror. I stare at my reflection and don’t recognize the person looking back at me. My golden blonde hair is dyed a mousy plain brown. It’s stringy and lifeless along with my complexion. I’ve always had a light tanned glow but now I’m sallow. My blue eyes are dull. I hate what I’ve become. I hate him for taking something that wasn’t his to take in the first place.

I scream, my fist flying through the air until I strike my mirror. I watch my reflection splinter as the mirror cracks. I hit it again and again until my arms feel too heavy to lift anymore. I collapse to the floor when someone starts pounding on my door.

“Abby, let me in right now!” my dad shouts. I ignore him as I begin to cry while crawling to my bed, grabbing two more Xanax. My head feels like it’s filled with marshmallows. I quickly swallow them. “Please, baby girl.” I hear him beg and I begin to cry harder. Dylan may not be my biological father, but that doesn’t matter. He’s been my daddy since I met him when I was five, then when he married my mom and adopted me. I hear more pounding and shouting as I lie on my back and stare at the ceiling.

“I’m sorry,” I whisper as I hear wood splintering and then more screaming and shouting. I whisper it over and over as I stare up into the tear-filled eyes of my daddy.

I think about when I was nine and he took me to my piano lessons and whenever he left me at the door to the room, he knelt in front of me and said, “I love you, baby girl. No matter what, I will always love you. Forever and ever.”

I felt myself being lifted. Fingers entered my mouth and I heard those soft words spoken directly into my ear. “I love you, baby girl. Forever and ever.” His words make me feel warm as everything finally ends.

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WOW!!  This book hits some tough issues head on from the first page.  Abby was raped one night when she was coming home from work.  This rape left her a mess needless to say.  She tried to cope with it through drugs and in the arms of random strangers while she was in self-medication mode.  This behavior is what leads her to try and take her life.  This is where we meet Abby at the beginning of the story.  She is trying to kill herself while her father runs in to save her.  A year later, she is clean and picking up the pieces.  She moves out and begins to teach dance with her family at the studio.  She meets a father of one of her students and is stunned at the instant chemistry they both have.

Ben is a single dad.  He is raising his daughter alone after her mother signed her away and left town.  He has awesome support from his mom and sisters but is looking for someone to love him and his daughter.  When he sees Abby the ZING he feels for her is instant.

The two have a few disastrous dates but Abby has decided to take her life back from her rapist.  She tells Ben everything.  They make a few steps forward but then stumble until the find a happy medium.  Abby is happy and so is Ben.  His daughter Natalie loves Abby as well and they form a domestic bliss.  When Abby’s past comes back to haunt her he tried to run but Ben is there in Alpha Male role to protect his daughter and WOMAN!

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A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.
During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.

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MM March Madness – March 24 – Nicole Colville

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March 24

Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.

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Today is devoted to Nicole Colville

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Bestselling author Nicole Colville was born and currently lives in Leeds, England. She is a wife to her very understanding hubby and mother of two young girls who somehow manages to fit in being a full time author of m/m romance and erotica into her busy home life. She loves writing complex characters in bittersweet romances which will leave you addicted and craving more from her men Although best known for her popular series, Hidden, Knights to Remember, and the bestselling Manchester Menage Collection. She also enjoys writing with friend, and fellow author, E.M Leya. Together they have published two books in their Sinful Temptation Collection with more planned.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

I’m a full time author who balances a busy home life with two young girls and a very understanding hubby. I love living in the North of England and it’s inspired a lot of my books and characters, but in my imagination I like to think I’m a billionaire who travels around Europe without a care in the world. I’m a little OCD in most things but I see it as a positive thing and have been able to write my little odd thoughts and actions into one of my favourite characters, Jamie in Hidden. I’m a method writer lol Which means I become the person I write about and I connect and live through them for a couple of months before I type a word.

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

I never set out to write series, it just sort of happened. My first books, The Hidden Series, was going to be one complete book, followed by another book from a different character’s POV, but I found the men to be so chatty and the plot was a lot more complicated than I thought when I started, so I found myself writing three and then a prequel, quickly followed by smaller characters which I’d fallen in love with through the first books. I think for me, it’s connecting with characters and wanting to know them better. In my mind even if they only have a few lines, I have this backstory and as time goes by I need to write it down and share that story because each person in my world has a great one to tell. With Knights it was a short story series and it was planned out for ten books. I saw it as a monthly magazine people could pick up and read for a couple of hours instead of a gossip rag. With a complex character and plot series which follows on as a writer it can be hard work. You have to live in that time line, remember or read through notes on when and where certain events happened. It can be tough work, and that’s why I enjoyed starting a less complicated series with Sebastian in Knights to Remember. As a reader I love series, although some are so complex and long it does feel like I’m always catching up and it can feel daunting to start a long series, but having ten books out to read one after the other is a plus as you never have to wait for the new one to come out. 😀 I always want more. I like to find books exploring new characters which we have been teased with through the earlier books. I like it when we think a certain thing about a person then find it’s wrong when we get to know them better.

Where do you do most of your writing?

On my laptop in the sitting room or in the office my lovely hubby sorted out for me. I used to write while the kids and the hubby were creating chaos around me and not be bothered, but after working in the silence of my office and mostly working while the kids are school, or in bed, I find it hard to block out the everyday sights and sounds now. I think I could write anywhere, but editing or reading through drafts needs my full attention and I like to be alone with no distractions now. I love night time writing because the world seems to slow down and the darkness outside lets my mind wander. I can stay up all night, drop the girls off at school then catch some sleep, but I try not to get into that habit. To be honest, if I need to write, I write. I have to get the voices in my head to shush, and writing them down is the only way to get some peace.

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

I love Aimee Nicole Walker’s Fated Hearts Series and I’m always bugging her about the next book. I’m lucky to have Emma Leya as a friend and often beta for her so I get to read a lot of her books early and I always look out for her work. Kindle Alexander, Sage Marlow, Susan MacKenna, I would recommend every book they have written to anyone.

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

I think more people are reading M/M and because of that more authors are including LGBT characters in their books and moving onto M/M. A lot of people find M/M through erotica, but there is so much more to the genre. Anything ‘mainstream’ you can find in M/M, it’s just the small difference of having two men in it. There’s still a lot of negativity and homophobia around and I like to think in a small way these books help break down some of those barriers and open people’s minds to LGBT relationships in a way which they wouldn’t have found otherwise. Love is love, sex is sex, there’s many ways to find these and experience these two things, but the main thing is that it’s a private matter and shouldn’t be judged or questioned by anyone anywhere. The more people who write and read LGBT books the better. It only helps everyone in the genre. I don’t believe in being competitive or negative. I support everyone and like to think I would receive the same back. We have enough issues from people outside the genre, so when we bicker and bitch inside the genre it makes me sad.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

I was a total beginner at writing. I had a lot to learn and it was a steep learning curve, one that I did while publishing my first books. I’ve learned so much and had a lot of help. I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for my team and the support from readers. I wanted to learn and grow, to enhance my work and I’m still doing that. I don’t think you ever stop. I was surprised at the amount of online help with groups and websites you could find to help you grow, and in a way I wish I had found those earlier, but in another way I think I would have thought I had too much to learn and maybe given up. Things happen for a reason.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the next book in the Manchester Menage Collection, Blue’s book. It’s complicated in the way they get together, and emotional for me and the men, but I’m loving them all and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. It has old favourites in it from Samuel and Dalton’s books but as with the other two I try to make it standalone so it can be read in any order or by itself. I’m working on Hidden too, I’m always working on Hidden. 😀 I have two books open and at least two more to follow them. Knights to Remember will have a new start this year in the form of Krane. I fell in love with him in Dominque’s book and he has an emotional and bittersweet journey to go on. I have two shorts for this series out in 2016 too, so it will be a fun year for the Knights fans.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

When I’m not writing a book I take time out on Saturday evening to be with family. We’re sociable and enjoy getting out and about for meals and cocktails. I live almost on the same street as my mum and sister, so visits and home cooked meals with them happen all the time. When we can, me and my hubby take the time to enjoy each others company alone 😀 It’s important to make that time and keep close. Relationships, no matter how many people are in them, or what form they take, need to be worked on and kept alive. People drift apart so easily, and seeing three of my close friends’ marriage’s break down last year really made me realise I spent too much time working and not enough time with my hubby.

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

I’ll start with the highest, which has to be reaching the number 1 position for the US LGBT Romance with Dalton. It was the first time I’d ranked so high. It was such a special moment, and I’ll remember it forever. It was a surprise, a nice one, but one I now aim for with all my books. I guess I’ve had lots of low points during my writing, like all people who write we’re easily hurt and take things to heart and way too personal. I’ve learned through the years to not do that and to understand everyone has a point of view and you can’t please everyone 100% of the time. You develop a thicker skin and you need to be confident in your abilities and in your work, which is hard 100% of the time but somehow you have to find a way to keep positive.

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#NewRelease #HIstorical #Review – Hidden No More, A Lady Forsaken Book #4 by Christina McKnight @CMcKnightWriter

Hidden No More (A Lady Forsaken #4)

Title: Hidden No More Series: A Lady Forsaken, Book Four

Author: Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England

Release Date: March 31, 2016

Word Count: 83,000 appox.

Cover Artist: LFD Designs for Authors

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A lady concealed from society…

Lady Ellington, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy marquis, has spent her entire life hiding from London’s high society—both as a result of her own desires and those forced upon her by her overbearing and abusive father. When the marquis passes away suddenly, Ellie feels as though a weight has been lifted and immediately assumes her role as mistress of Drake House. Though she is constantly looking over her shoulder, wondering when it will all be taken from her. And for good reason—no sooner has she shed her black mourning garb than a missive arrives, announcing an heir to the Marquisate. A person she has never heard of before, but one with enough power to change her fate entirely.

A man uncovering the secrets of his past…

Taken in by his nursemaid in infancy and raised as an orphan, Alex has never had the benefits of a name or a bloodline. Yet he’s content to work hard and earn his keep as a stable hand in one of London’s finest homes, proving himself worthy of both his position and his friendship to the beautiful Lady Ellington. When Ellie asks for his help with a delicate matter, he’s happy to oblige, but soon finds himself in the middle of more than he bargained for. His innocent meeting reveals secrets from the past that he never could have imagined, and he discovers that he’s a duke by birth. But even with the possibility of a title and all that goes along with it, Alex is unsure whether he can tear down the walls Ellie has built to protect her heart.

A love neither can hide…

While the two have a love that’s undeniable, it may not be enough to bridge the gap and overcome the obstacles standing in their way. And now, with every secret revealed, there’s even more at stake.

Don’t miss the highly anticipated final novel in Christina McKnight’s A Lady Forsaken Series! Regency Romance at its best!

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Oh Ellie *SMH* What a troubled and hurtful life you had growing up under your fathers control.  The Drake was not a good father. He was not kind, loving or in any way nurturing to you.  The only thing he did was give you a lovely roof over your head, have a devoted half-sister for you and introduce you to Marce who is more a mother/friend for Ellie.

Alex *sigh* What a wonderful life you lived with Mrs. Dutton.  Your parents abandoned you but still you grew up with love and devotion from this woman who sacrificed do much for you.  You may have been cold, poor and hungry but you never went without love.  The two of you had such a different life.

Ellie and Alex are thrown together because he is the hired stable hand at Ellie’s father’s home.  She can’t stop watching him and wondering about him but she always treats him high handed and rudely.  She is the bastard daughter of the Drake.  She is his spitting image at times.  Alex cannot stop watching Ellie out of the corner of his eye. Her sister asked him to keep an eye out for her.  Alex finds he enjoys knowing she is there hiding in the shadows while he works but wonders why she is so mean when they do exchange words.  She lived a wonderful life of riches how can she be so miserable???

Ellie is about to lose her home when a “new claim” is being made on her father’s estate.  With Alex’s help they get the papers she needs to try and stop the new owner from taking over.  The paper that Ellie gets sends her into a spiral…what she discovers is critical to not only her future but Alex’s as well.   Now does she tell him or not?  Does she risk losing all for a STABLE HAND???

The two have such an amazing journey in this story.  You can see them both growing but Ellie’s growth knocked me off my socks.  She makes such strides in overcoming her personality flaws for fear of ending up like her father….cold, miserable, heart broken and alone.  Alex is stunned by what is discovered and cannot believe the changes it will make for his life but one thing he cannot risk is losing Ellie to his new life circumstances.

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Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance. Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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MM March Madness – March 23 – Lynn Kelling

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March 23

Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.

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Today is devoted to Lynn Kelling

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Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that weren’t afraid of the dark, didn’t hold anything back and always strived to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life – basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over 50 works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

For a relatively quiet and shy girl, I’ve always had an absolutely filthy imagination. This used to get me in trouble or function as a huge life distraction until I discovered the joys of writing erotic stories. I would always get really frustrated with books, movies, tv shows, etc. that didn’t include the “good parts”. I know some authors dread writing the steamy parts of their novels, but if I could, my books would be one humongous, kinky, weird (and exhausting!) sex scene. Might not be great for the plot but I’d have a lot of fun!

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

My books tend to become series when I don’t plan or it or particularly want them to. But when there’s more story left to tell, or reader/editor/publisher interest in learning about other aspects of the characters’ (or secondary characters’) lives, I usually can’t resist diving in to see what happens. I will say though that writing sequels is the hardest thing for me to do. Prequels are easier, but brand new stories are the best. I’ve never actually set out on book one with the intent to make it into a series.

Where do you do most of your writing?

There’s a giant stuffed blue chair and ottoman in my house that I like to camp out on with my iPod and a tall glass of water or mug of coffee. It has a sunny view of the street in front of my house and is in the main traffic area (with kids and hubby constantly coming and going and wanting to chat), so it’s not the most private or quietest spot, but it’s worked so far.

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

My plate has been so full and I’ve been too stressed to read much besides comics, actually (but there’s a long list of them I’ve been regularly devouring!) The book I’m currently reading is Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson, which is a collection of weird and wonderful short stories. I tend to read books that are either thousands of pages long, or super short. A few of my favorites are The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (really hard to get through but well worth the effort!), The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman (I named my son after one of the characters), and We So Seldom Look on Love (the most unique stories of love and sex I’ve ever read) by Barbara Gowdy.

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

I feel that it’s growing in part to the world’s expanding awareness that erotic fiction exists, and that not all romance novels are the Harlequin type. The increased conversation around and growth of civil rights for the LGBTQ community has also helped to make the beautiful, wide diversity of people around us something more familiar to the widest audience. The more questions that are asked, the more minds are opened to new possibilities. Books are a great way to satisfy one’s curiosity.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

Something I wasn’t aware of until the past few years is that a writer is never completely satisfied unless they have just written something. Wanting to write is just as irksome as actively doing it, or not doing it at all. Writing itself is a compelling need, with the author constantly questioning the quality of what they’re producing. You love it and hate it in equal measure. At the same time, the discoveries that come from writing are always there for the writer, no matter what else they might be going through. It’s therapeutic and invigorating and a great way to feel wonderfully alive.

What are you working on now?

My next release is Caged Jaye, the prequel to Arctic Absolution (http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/lk1-1-000251/): It’s Jaye Larson’s nineteenth birthday, and all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend and his mother—the people he loves most and who make life worth living. But, faced by his mother’s demons, the imperfections of his relationship with boyfriend, Kris, and dangerous, homophobic strangers, one by one, all of Jaye’s dreams are soon derailed. Plunging into a waking nightmare, shortly after going to bed alone, he wakes in an alley, pinned down by two men with slow, bloody rape and murder in mind. It’s just the start of Jaye’s fight for his life, and his sanity, as time and time again, he’s forced to make impossible choices and survive, no matter what it costs. (M/M) After that, a short story prequel in the Twin Ties series, called Only the Lonely (http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/lk1-1-000272/), will be released: Evan Savage is a young teen desperately searching for something to hold on to and a way to be noticed. Living in rural Whippoorwill, Pennsylvania, his only family is an absentee father who leaves Evan alone for days at a time while away for work. Friendless and bullied at school, with only a nearby preacher named Jimmy to look out for him; Evan gratefully accepts attention wherever and however he gets it. Sometimes it feels like part of him is missing, and every day the void consumes more of Evan’s ability to fight back against his circumstances. While looking at himself in the mirror within a recurring dream, his reflection keeps reaching out to him with happiness he doesn’t feel, from a world different than his own, though much less tangible. Anonymous sexual encounters with strange men satisfy Evan’s need for company and reassurance that he’s someone worth wanting, as well as test his boundaries. But, faced with the growing temptation to slip away for good, it’s up to Jimmy, and Evan’s dream-world counterpart, to try to keep him there.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Watch a good movie while cuddled up to my hubby, with a glass of whiskey and a little bit of chocolate to savor.

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

It’s hard to pick just one high and one low. The first set would have to be when my first book, Deliver Us, was released. It was something I’d never dreamed would happen, so it was quite thrilling and bewildering, like an entire new life had just opened up to me. The low that came with it was due to some negative reviews, but I tried to keep growing my skills, learning from my mistakes, and always strive to remember that you’re never going to please everyone all the time. Since then, I try to do justice to the characters and always try to write the story I’d most want to read. I’ve come a long way since then, and writing has gotten me through some really tough moments in my life, so I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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