Sunday, June 14, 2015

Guest post: Grace R. Duncan - Turning His Life Around #gay #erotic #BDSM





Grace R. Duncan's new novel Turning His Life Around is available now for pre-order! 
Cover by Paul Richmond.


TurningHisLifeAroundFS


Title: Turning His Life Around
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release date: July 6, 2015
240 pages, 87k words
Cover Art: Paul Richmond

Can Kane recognize what's right in front of him before he loses everything?



When Kane Harris’s world turns upside down, his lifelong best friend is the only one to catch him.

Years ago, Ian Kelly accepted Kane would never return his love, since he knows Kane believes he’s incapable of it. Ian is willing to settle for what he can get—a best friend, sometimes casual lover, and occasional submissive. He's learned he can’t live without Kane, but he can’t let Kane know. Because when, not if, Kane confirms that Ian’s love will never be returned, Ian won’t be able to take it. But when Kane loses his job and asks Ian to step up their play to help him deal, Ian’s ability to hide his feelings falters. Then Kane starts his own computer security firm and asks Ian to join him, and Ian struggles further.

It’s not until they visit the exclusive BDSM club the Iron Door that things come to a head. Kane screws up big time, and he’s afraid he can’t fix it. He’s sure he’ll lose his best friend, his Dom, his everything… forever.






Excerpt:

IAN COAXED his ancient Toyota into the parking spot next to Kane’s Accord and shut off the engine. He was exhausted. He’d gotten into a fight with the IT director again, was given another project to work on with the database developer whom he hated with a passion, and had been forced to sit through no less than three completely useless meetings in the afternoon. All he wanted to do was eat something and go kill something. Not necessarily in that order.

He dragged himself out of the car and locked it, tossing his bag over his shoulder. He trudged up the steps, giving a halfhearted wave at their elderly neighbor, a sweet old lady not entirely with it anymore. She was out on her balcony in little more than a nightgown, watering nearly dead plants. She smiled a wide, toothless smile and he gave a weak smile back.

He finally made it to the apartment door on the third floor. He slammed the door deliberately so Kane would know he was home, then kicked off his shoes, hung his keys up, and shed his jacket. He put it in the closet before heading down the hall.

Their living room wasn’t all that big, but they didn’t care. Half of it was taken up with their computer desks, stuffed next to each other and covering one entire wall. Opposite them was the large flat screen TV and entertainment center, complete with all three major gaming consoles, a home theater system, and large collection of movies and games. In front of the TV, between it and their desks, was the one piece of furniture they’d spent any real money on: their couch. They’d had more than a few friends crash with them, and they’d finally broken down and bought a decent one for them to sleep on. It had certainly come in handy a few times when they’d decided to fuck there in the living room too.

Ian shook his head at the thought and turned his attention to Kane. He had his headphones on and there was a battle going on the screen, one hand was on the keyboard, and the other was on the mouse.

“No, goddammit! He was… fuck. What do you mean you’re out of power? That’s not what I see! Just… send in the pet. Fine. Look, we’re in the bottom of fucking Moria. You can’t fuck around like that!”

Ian leaned against the wall, crossing his arms, and watched the battle. There were way too many enemies for Kane’s group—he could see that from there.

Goddammit!” Kane shouted, ripping his headphones off and throwing them onto the desk.

“Pick-up group?” Ian asked.

Kane spun around, and Ian glanced over Kane’s shoulder to see his character’s corpse lying on the ground. “Yeah. Why do I get into them again?”

Ian shook his head. “I don’t know. They’re not usually that bad in Middle-earth, though, are they?”

“No, which is why I’m so pissed.” He sighed. “Must be the daytime players.”

“Want to order in tonight?” Ian asked, crossing the room to stand next to his friend.

“Chinese?” Kane looked up hopefully, and Ian laughed.

“Sure. If we can order from the place that does the sushi too.”

“Done!” Kane grinned and snatched at the menu he kept pinned to the small bulletin board over his desk. “How was your day?” he asked as he looked over the menu.

Ian sighed. “Long. Meetings all damned afternoon. I hate meetings. I hate people. And, um, don’t you have to deal with your group?” He pointed at the screen.

Kane shook his head. “No, I dropped it. I should port back, though.” He turned back to the computer and clicked a few things. His corpse revived, the pretty green swirls surrounded him, and the loading screen came up, complete with a twenty-four-inch version of a spider.

Ian shuddered and looked away. Instead, he turned to inspect his friend. He could tell something was bubbling under the olive skin and nearly black eyes. He knew it was very likely the old job, the new job hunt, and the frustration Kane was likely feeling over it. Kane always thought too much, spent way too much mental energy worrying about things.

“Did you work out today?” he asked, giving in and playing with a bit of Kane’s shaggy ebony hair.

“Yeah,” Kane said, and that one syllable told Ian enough: that while the workout might have done some, it most certainly wasn’t enough. He knew Kane would have gotten started on what he had to do, would have done what he felt he needed to, and hated every second of it. He was likely worried about money and not looking forward to working for another bullshit company with bullshit politics and bullshit people.

He knew his friend well.

They’d been friends since they were six. He’d met Kane one hot summer day behind his house, and from that point on, Kane had just always been there.

Kane spun back around in his chair and surprised Ian. He wrapped his arms around Ian’s waist and pulled until they were tight against each other, burying his face in Ian’s stomach.

“Kane?”

It’s not that they never hugged or touched. They did—quite often, in fact, for two people who weren’t committed lovers, but this was… different.

“Sorry. Just….” He didn’t continue, instead shook his head a little.

At a loss for what to do, Ian wrapped his arms around Kane’s shoulders.

They stayed that way for a few moments, and then Kane pulled back. “I’m sorry. Just overthinking things today.” He peered up at Ian. “And you’re tired. Let’s get dinner ordered. Want to play for a while?”

Ian considered him for a moment. As much as he wanted to log in and play too, he knew Kane’s current state of mind was not conducive to making any kind of progress. They’d end up dying more than once; then they’d get frustrated over it. Death in the game was relatively painless, but it was still annoying and inconvenient. Which would only serve to make things worse.

Maybe what he needed was another type altogether. “Maybe. Maybe what you need is a different kind of play tonight.” Ian watched Kane’s eyes. His pupils expanded just a bit and his breathing quickened. “Would you like that, pet?”

“Yes, Sir.” Kane’s voice was clear and deferent, his eyes dropping away.

Ian’s own breath quickened and he worked to get hold of himself. “Very well. Strip, get the cushion, and get on your knees. Wait here for me.”

“Yes, Sir,” Kane answered, voice already rough with anticipation, and as Ian stepped away, he hurried to obey.

* * *

About Grace:

noh8

Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.

WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreadsEmailAmazon Author Page


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Guest Post: Welcome Hans M. Hirschi and Willem of the Tafel #giveaway #tour


I am thrilled to welcome the talented and often amusing Hans M. Hirschi to talk about his new book, Willem of the Tafel!


Willem-of-the-tafel-banner


Welcome, Hans! Let's start with a few random questions.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Lately it seems answering questions like these.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I’ve been writing for as long as I could hold a pen. My first book was finished in 1991.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
I was a miserable young man: love poetry, what else? These days I write contemporary, about the misery in the world and add hope to the batter.

Where do you get your ideas?
Life, being a parent, being curious about the world around me. There are more stories out there than I could write in a life time…

Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Frequently. Luckily, I find ways to keep myself busy with other work. I just have to make sure not to confuse it with procrastinating…

Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I just write. My brain hates outlines and thinks out of any box, it just wouldn’t work.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
No

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
“Family Ties”, my first novel, was very much autobiographic, but there are elements of me in all my books. In “Willem of the Tafel”, it’s mostly beliefs, convictions, my sense of morality and ethics shining through, but no real life experiences.


Now, on to the book...and the giveaway!


Willem-of-the-tafel-book 
Willem of the Tafel by
Hans M. Hirschi
Published by
Beaten Track Publishing
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBT, Post-Dystopian, Young Adult
194 pages
Release Date:  May 28, 2015


Willem-of-the-tafel-divider
The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the Great War. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface... Alone and struggling to survive, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could once again alter the future of humanity. Willem of the Tafel is an epic tale of survival, second chances, hope and undying love.
Willem-of-the-tafel-divider


Willem-of-the-tafel-purchase-links

AUTHOR SHOP/BEATEN TRACK SHOP/AMAZON/B&N/KOBO/INDIGO/ALIBRIS/iBOOKS/GOODREADS

Willem-of-the-tafel-follow-tour

Follow the Willem of the Tafel Virtual book tour here

Willem-of-the-tafel-about-author
author-hans-hirschi
Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years.
A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.
The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow.
A deeply rooted passion for, faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”
Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Writers’ Center in Sweden.


Willem-of-the-tafel-social-media-links

Willem-of-the-tafel-giveaway

The giveaway for Willem of the Tafel has 11 randomly chosen winners; 10 will receive $15 Gift codes to the author's shop, but the grand prize winner will receive a free ticket to GayRomLit retreat 2015, in San Diego, CA, happening October 15-18th, 2015. Ticket value is $175, but if you win the grand prize, you're responsible for travel and accommodations. Please notify the author in advance should you win and be unable to attend, so we can choose another recipient to enjoy the prize! 

Good luck and happy reading and winning!

Willem-of-the-tafel-divider






Willem of the Tafel Tour brought to you by...

Happy-Geek-Media

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Pride Season and GayRom (MM) Reader Contest!


Happy Pride Season everyone!


It's been an incredible year since Pride 2014. Marriage equality made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, several cities passed anti-discrimination laws, and the bi-sexual and transgender communities received some long overdue recognition. There is still a lot of work to do, but it's good to step back for a few minutes and acknowledge the successes.



courtesy of Pixabay


We need to celebrate and what's a celebration without presents? Let's kick off this year's pride season with a survey! You're thrilled aren't you? I can feel it from here.

The first contest of the season is for the GayRom (MM) fans. I'm going to leave the mic open for the next few days and let you guys tell me what you think of the genre. What do you want to see on the shelves and what you're sick of reading? The survey questions cover most of it. Drop all the way down to the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of the page to leave your answers. If you're not a GayRom (MM) reader see the rules below for instructions.


More, please!
What stories, situations, or types of characters do you want to see more often in GayRom (MM) books?


Less, Please!
What settings, plots, or topics are getting old?


I swear to god!
What are you so sick of seeing in GayRom (MM) that it makes you want to smash your Kindle in protest?


My preferred GayRom book length.
Do you like epic tales, novellas, or something in between?


What I read.
Most of us read more than a single genre. What else do you like to read besides GayRom (MM)?




The grand prize winner gets a $30 Amazon gift card.
Second prize is a free ebook by author Lynley Wayne.



Rules:

  • Contest closes June 7, 2015 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time).
  • International entrants are welcome.
  • If you're not a GayRom (MM) reader you can still enter. Simply put "n/a" for the mandatory questions.
  • Derogatory, hostile, or homophobic comments will automatically invalidate the entry.




The mic is now open!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grand prize is a $30 Amazon gift card. Second prize is an ebook by author Lynley Wayne. Winner chooses the title. Contest is open to international entrants and closes June 7, 2015 at 11:59PM (US Pacific time). Winner to be announced June 8, 2015. Derogatory, hostile, or homophobic comments to poll questions will automatically invalidate entry.