Release Day! All in a Day’s Work

It’s here! My latest release, the All in a Day’s Work anthology, is out today from Dreamspinner Press. Check it out…

AllInADaysWork_smallA guy’s got to make a living. He can do it the conventional way—by selling cars, scooping ice cream, or delivering sandwiches—or he can earn his money as a spy, a historical interpreter, or the host of a myth-busting television show. Whether the men in this anthology are working hard to build their own business or performing in drag at a dance hall, every day has the potential for surprises and the chance to satisfy their lust or maybe find something more permanent. For the guys in these stories, what’s all in a day’s work might be anything but what they expected.  

My story is “Ice Cream Dreams”: Gage Albert is working at his Uncle Gordon’s ice cream shop when well-regarded young chef Loren Rey stops by, interested in using the shop’s unique flavors for his new restaurant. Gage plies Loren with samples and banter and soon finds ice cream isn’t the only thing on the menu. After the men share a hot night together, Gage approaches his uncle about Loren’s ideas, but he fears Gordon’s religious nature may mean rejection not just for Loren but also for Gage, who isn’t out to his uncle. Torn between the business and the personal, Gage has to decide if a future with Loren is worth revealing all.

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Dreamspinner Paperback Sale & Preorders for GRL

Attention, GayRomLit attendees! For those who haven’t heard, through this Sunday, September 21, Dreamspinner Press has ALL paperbacks (even ones they don’t normally keep in stock) on sale for 35% off and will deliver your purchases to you in Chicago for no shipping charges. That way, you won’t need to buy on site, and you can order any paperbacks for any authors, including those of us who aren’t registered as authors, or even authors who won’t be attending at all.

To designate your order for pickup at GRL, use the code GRL2014 at checkout.
The offer applies for some books that haven’t officially been released yet, including the All in a Day’s Work anthology, which comes out on Monday. Several of the anthology’s authors will be in attendance at GRL, including Bru Baker, AJ Cousins, and me, of course! You can also order paperbacks of my novel Sand & Water or the Playing Ball or Grand Adventures anthologies.

The 35% discount is available for everyone. You can still order books to be delivered to you directly (with the usual shipping charges). So whether you’ll be in Chicago or not, this is a great chance to stock your bookshelves with old favorites or new reads.

Happy shopping!

Monday Music: A Moment, A Laugh

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I’ll be spending this coming weekend with some of my very favorite people. We’re getting together for a writing retreat in the north Georgia mountains. So here’s a song I’ll always consider an anthem to friendship. :)

Louise Lyons on Cars and Conflicted

My guest today is Louise Lyons, here to talk about her car-themed inspiration for her new story, Conflicted. There’s a giveaway, too, so be sure to check it out!

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My Inspiration for Conflicted

My story is based around the world of cars, for example drag racing, exhibiting cars at events and so on. This is a big love of mine, and I regularly attend drag racing events. I’m also a member of an owners’ club for my little sporty Mitsubishi, and I enjoy putting it on a display stand along with several others, for members of the public to look at and photograph. This is what gave me the idea to write Conflicted.

I pictured my main character, Paul Appleton, in a similar position to me – struggling to get a great car and make it nice, with not very much money. Of course, I don’t have Paul’s temperament, thankfully!  He’s a troubled young man, who has lost several people he cared deeply for, and I’m happy that I didn’t write that part of the story from experience.  But the basics came from my own, rather tomboyish love of cars and fixing them up.

Inspiration in general

I started writing short stories when I was very young – about 8 years old – but it was only in my late teens that I got into M/M romance.  It was prompted by a school friend inviting me to watch a video at her house when I was 15 or 16. The movie was My Beautiful Launderette starring Daniel Day Lewis, and it featured both racism, and homophobic attacks, but it also had some sweet moments between the two main male characters. I started writing M/M romances for my own entertainment, featuring favourite rock stars, more often than not. Years later, I jumped into Fan Fiction, and eventually, after developing a large following and growing in confidence, I decided to try to publish something. And here I am!

My Writing Process

I don’t have a set plan for the way I write a story. I will get the idea for a basic outline of a plot and make notes and gradually it begins to fill out in my head. I make a list of important scenes or events in the order I want them to happen and then think about how I want to start. As I do this, my main characters begin to come to life in my head. I write a biography for them at that point, including appearance, family, background and anything else significant about them. Once that’s done, I get started and simply write. The story or its characters often tell me the way they want things to go and I use my notes on the main events to guide me. That works best for me. I don’t have a rigid plan to stick to, which for me, would make things more difficult. I like to go with the flow.

Conflicted coverTwo competing gangs of car and drag racing enthusiasts with a shared history of pain and rivalry leading to outright hatred. Two men from opposite sides of the tracks, yet more in common than they’d like to admit.

Paul Appleton is a troubled man who has never been in a relationship, having lost everyone he cared for in his life. His mother died when he was very young and subsequently, he lost his brother and his best friend. Now Paul is convinced love will always end in tears. 

Greg was living on the streets after his parents died and was stabbed by a junkie, ending up in hospital. The Buchanans took Greg under their wing while doing charity work, and Greg joined their loving family when he was adopted. He and his siblings are also car enthusiasts with much more money and therefore better cars than Paul Appleton’s gang.

When they eventually find a connection, Paul fights his feelings and tries to convince himself his lover is only a temporary bit of fun, but Greg has other ideas.

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Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.

Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

Blog:  http://louiselyonsauthor.wordpress.com
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Ashley Ladd on Dealing With Family

My guest today is Ashley Ladd, talking about how having family around affects her writing process and the journeys of her main characters in her new novel, Business or Pleasure.

It’s Hard To Live With Family

It’s wonderful, but often tough, to live with family. Don’t misunderstand—I love my family to pieces, but they certainly make it difficult to write.

Earlier this evening for instance, I was hot and heavy in the middle of promotion, surfing from blog to blog to Facebook page to Triberr to Twitter, in a total frenzy, when dear daughter number three bee bopped into my office wanting me to drive her to the gym to work out. Her exercise bike broke last week and she’s in the middle of losing weight and she doesn’t want to lose her momentum. She usually gets her sister to drive her to the gym, but her sister was sleeping. So she set her eyes on me.

Oh oh!

Although I desperately need to unplant my butt from the chair and give my body a work out, I wasn’t in any mood to interrupt my momentum. I was hot on the trail of several blogs that offered authors guest features! With one book that just released and four more books coming out in the near future, I’m in heavy-duty promotion mode.

Even though I didn’t want to, I finished the promotion request I was working on and shut down. Then we headed to the gym. After all, at the end of my life, what will I look back on with more love and joy? How many book tours I set up or the happy times I spent with my family?

In Business or Pleasure, both heroes, Guy and Tommy, experience the same kinds of problems with their families. They love them too. But they can be a pain.

Guy is an avid vegetarian and animal activist. He can’t stand it when his father cooks meat in the house and he gets absolutely livid when his dad uses his good pans to fix meat. He gets so furious he throws his pan in the garbage! Just as bad, his dad doesn’t understand Guy’s sexual orientation and yells about it in the middle of the yard so all the neighbors can here.

Tommy’s father doesn’t understand his sexual orientation either and also gives him a hard time. At least he doesn’t scream it out loud to the neighbors. He drives Tommy crazy when he insists that Tommy quit his real estate career to run the family’s new barbecue restaurant. He doesn’t respect Tommy’s wishes and desires.

Unfortunately, although our families love us and we love them, we don’t always get along well. Still, we are family and in the end, we should overlook the little things like special pans and a couple hours worth of book promotion and focus on the bigger picture. If we practice mutual love and respect we’ll all wind up winners in the end.

businessorpleasure_800Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or animal activist. He never said he was either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy—his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

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Guy’s dad, Glen, bailed him out of jail with a furrowed brow and a crinkled nose. As he stuffed his wallet into his pants’ pocket, he sniffed. “If your poor mother was alive, she’d be bawling her eyes out at this shame. Why can’t you learn to live and let live? If people want to follow the Good Book’s teachings and eat the food God gave us, you shouldn’t go around sticking your nose in their business.”

Guy rubbed his aching wrists the handcuffs had made raw. Then he swallowed a deep breath that hurt his lungs as he followed his father to his beat-up van. “Look who’s talking about live and let live.”

“It ain’t natural for men to love men, to sleep with men. He intended for you to meet up with a good woman and give me some grandchildren before I die. Now don’t be waiting too long. I want to be in good enough shape to enjoy them.”

Not this again! Guy twisted his hands together to keep from wringing his dad’s neck and winding up back in the pokey. “Your God is a forgiving, forgetting god, or did you forget? He’s the only one supposed to judge.”

“My god? He’s your god, too. You’d best start paying attention to His word, then you mightn’t be so darned pissed off all the time and marching around with that band of lunatics.”

By now he should know that the best way to win this argument was not to get involved, so he shut up. He had to put some distance between himself and his old man soon! Like yesterday.

“Calm down, Dad, before you give yourself another heart attack.”

“You should’ve thought of that before you went picketing that farm. At least you didn’t show up on TV and shame me in front of all my church friends. Don’t you be blabbing about what you’ve been up to. No one wants to hear it. And I don’t want that old coot next door or any of his followers to hear.”

Guy couldn’t help but retort, “The old guy next door is harmless. His daughter says he never leaves the house, that he can barely walk. He’s almost ninety.”

Glen peered at him as if he was crazy. “That’s why he gets his followers to do his dirty work. He’s been jealous of me for years.”

As much as his dad annoyed him, he loved him with his whole heart and didn’t want him to get sick. At seventy-one, he was frailer than most men his age. And he was obsessed with the neighbor, Mr Cary, to the point of being paranoid. Soon, he might have to go into an assisted living environment, but he was fighting it. If he tried to put his dad there now, he’d have the biggest battle on his hands in their history.

“Let’s drop it. I’m tired and hungry.”

Glen shook his finger at Guy. “You’ll be sorry when I’m proven right. I fixed some dinner, but of course, you won’t be wanting any of it seeing as it’s animal flesh and potatoes.”

Guy convulsed and almost threw up. “No. I don’t want that.”

When they got home, bile rose in Guy’s throat. Not only were the leftovers raw, bloody and mutilated, they were in his best pan!

Disgusted and angrier than he’d ever been in his life, he flung the pan in the garbage. The thing was no good to him anymore. He wasn’t going to put his food in a casket!

It was time to move out.

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Ashley Ladd bioAshley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She’s been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

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Recommended: Blue Notes series by Shira Anthony

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I’ve decided to start occasionally recommending books/series on my blog. It won’t be a particularly regular feature, but I’m going to shoot for about once a month. Disclaimer: Just because I don’t mention a certain book/series/author doesn’t mean anything bad! These will simply be ones that really stand out, usually ones that get regular re-reads.

Let me start by saying that I adore Shira Anthony. If I had half the class in my little finger that she has in her entire body, I’d be delighted. She’s smart, funny, polished, and very talented in multiple ways. I wish I’d known her in her operatic heyday!

It’s that operatic background that Shira has put to work in her Blue Notes series. I have a classical music background of my own—many years of band through college and a summer at Brevard Music Center—so one of my favorite parts of this series is how much the music is enmeshed into the stories. It’s not treated as framework or background color; the music is the story, just as much as the romance.

At the same time, though, I don’t feel that the technical parts of music or the music business are too dense for those who don’t have that background. Obviously I do have a music background, which makes it harder for me to judge, but I certainly don’t have the wide knowledge of the classical music and opera fields that Shira does, and I don’t feel that I’m missing anything. Even when specific pieces are described, it doesn’t matter if I don’t know them: the characters’ reactions and emotions are what counts.

MelodyThief2LGMy favorite book in the series is The Melody Thief. This book tells the story of Cary Redding, a brilliant cellist (did I mention how much I love cello?) and troubled man who falls into the life of gorgeous Italian lawyer Antonio Bianchi and his young son, Massi. Cary must deal with the demons of his past and present if he wants to spend his future with the man and child who quickly worm their way into his heart. I love this story for so many reasons, but I’ll readily admit a large part of it is Massi—or, I should say, the way Antonio and, before long, Cary love the little boy. Little is more touching (and sexy) to me than seeing a man taking care of a child.

The Blue Notes series now totals six novels and one novella, though Shira does have more planned. They are designed to be standalones, so they can be read in any order, though many of the characters cross over being books. If you’d like to read in chronological order (based on when the bulk of the events in each story occur), they are: Encore, Prelude, Blue Notes, Aria, The Melody Thief, Symphony in Blue (novella), and Dissonance. (But personally, I’d recommend reading Blue Notes first, since it was originally published first and introduces several repeat characters.) You can find details and links for all the books on her website.

In short, Shira has created a rich, beautiful world full of talented men, gorgeous music, and heartfelt romance. I highly recommend letting the Blue Notes series sweep you away.

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Guest Post: Jamie Fessenden on the Climb Up the Mountain

Jamie Fessenden is here today to talk about a cool mountain-climbing railway for the release of his new book, Murder on the Mountain.

Day Three of the Murder on the Mountain Blog Tour!

autumn_above_treelineThe Mount Washington Cog Railway always fascinated me as a child, but at about $65 a ticket (now—I don’t recall what it was at the time) it was out of my family’s price range. Alas, I still have yet to experience riding on the Cog. When my husband and I visited the area last December to research Murder on the Mountain, we stopped at the railway station, but the train wasn’t running.

First conceived of in 1852 by Sylvester Marsh, it took him six years to get permission to build the railway, largely putting up his own funds. But the Civil War intervened, and construction didn’t begin until 1866. By 1868, paying customers were riding the train, though it was still incomplete. It finally reached the summit in 1869.

It is the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, and the second steepest in the world, with a maximum grade of 37.41%. In order to deal with the steep grade of the tracks, it uses a cog (pinion) in the center of the engine, fit into a rack that runs the length of the track. It originally had boilers which were vertical, mounted on trunnions to keep them upright as the grade changed. Those have since been replaced by horizontal boilers, but as you can see in the photo, they’re positioned an angle so they remain relatively flat during the climb.

At one time, workers on the mountain used to ride “devil’s shingles” down the tracks to make the trip quickly. These were just flat sleds attached to the tracks, big enough for just one person. They plummeted down the mountain at about 60mph, reaching the bottom in about 15 minutes. The record was two minutes and forty-five seconds! Devil’s shingles were eventually banned, when someone accidentally killed himself on one.

For the next four weeks, Murder on the Mountain will be touring the blogs of several MM Romance authors. If you leave an email address in the comments or email me at jamesfessenden@hotmail.com, you’ll be entered into a drawing for either a free copy of Murder on the Mountain or a $40 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press!

MurderontheMountain_coverWhen Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain.

Kyle Dubois, a widowed state police detective, is called to the scene in the middle of the night, along with his partner, Wesley Roberts. Kyle and Jesse are instantly drawn to one another, except Jesse’s fascination with murder mysteries makes it difficult for Kyle to take the young man seriously. But Jesse finds a way to make himself invaluable to the detective by checking into the hotel where the victim’s friends and family are staying and infiltrating their circle. Soon, he is learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.

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Guest Post: Ariel Tachna on Fact and Fiction

My guest today is the awesome Ariel Tachna, talking about her new novel The Path, which she researched up close and personal on a trip to Peru. :)

Integrating Fact into Fiction
by Ariel Tachna

How many times have we as writers made one comment or another about including someone who annoyed us in a book as revenge? How often have we modeled a character after a friend or loved one… or enemy?

peru1It’s so easy to do. After all these are people we know well enough to do justice to. The challenge changed for me when it came time to write an entire book based on something that really happened, and recently. Last August, my husband and I spent a week in Peru hiking the Inca Trail. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but also one of the most rewarding. I saw amazing things and met inspiring people. It came as no surprise, then, that I wanted to write about it and share that with my readers. Except I wasn’t writing about some generic setting I could move to another location to protect the innocent. The Inca Trail can’t be anywhere other than between Piskacucho and Machu Picchu. The guides and porters can’t be anyone other than Quechua Indians. Sure, I can make Benicio from Cancha Cancha when our guide Leonardo was from Ollantaytambo originally. I can create a fictional travel agency instead of the one we actually used, but how do I separate my real trip from the fictional story I want people to read about?

peru2Part of that comes from the romance. Our group of fourteen had six couples, two singles, and of course our two guides, but nobody met and fell in love (although Smith, our other guide, talked about a guide who had fallen in love with and ended up marrying a tourist in his group). So any romance I wrote into The Path was fictional. Smith and Leonardo were hilarious together, but they weren’t in love with each other. And from the pictures they had on their phones, they both had girlfriends to hold their attention when they weren’t on the trail together.

Part of making it fictional comes from drawing on the stories Smith and Leo told us about other groups they’d gone with instead of writing only about what happened while we were actually there. The climactic sequence at the end of The Path is based on an experience Smith shared, embellished with my own imagination, of course.

The rest of it, though, was accepting that it was okay to describe our experiences where they fit into the greater story. The tourists teaching Benicio to play bocce ball really happened. I really stood at the Sun Gate watching the light come down the mountain and into the valley and cried. In the end, it isn’t about fact or fiction. It’s about believability and the emotions of the story. Maybe some of the events didn’t happen or didn’t happen to me, but the experience of hiking the Inca Trail did, and I like to think that will carry over to my readers.

thepathcoverAll his life Benicio Quispe has dreamed of being a guide on the Inca Trail. He gets his chance when the top travel agency in Cusco, Peru hires him. Alberto Salazar, his assigned mentor, fits Benicio’s idea of a perfect guide, but he’s also everything Benicio never dared to dream of in a boyfriend.

Alberto learned a long time ago to be discreet about his sexuality. It’s a necessary sacrifice to keep the respect of the guides and porters whose help is critical in a successful hike. So he pushes aside his attraction to his new junior guide and goes on as usual. But when a group of old friends arrives to hike the trail again, they convince him a relationship with Benicio is worth pursuing. His newfound resolve is enough to get them on a first date, but no amount of courage can change the attitudes of their family and friends. The risks on the trail are easy compared to finding a path through the challenges keeping them apart.

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Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their two dogs. Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with France, where she met her husband, and India, where she hopes to retire some day. She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.

Web site: http://www.arieltachna.com
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One Does Not Simply GO to @DragonCon

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Well, once again it’s time for me to gird my loins for a week at Dragon Con. Yes, I’m well aware that Dragon Con is a four-day convention. I am a crazy person who volunteers, so I’m on site Wednesday afternoon, and I don’t schlep out of there until lunchtime in Tuesday. In between, I’ll mostly be in the Chicago Room of the Hyatt Regency or snoring into a pillow in my hotel room, though I do hope to be able to emerge into common areas and maybe catch a meal or a drink with friends here and there.

logoThis will be my ninth trip to Dragon Con, my eighth straight as a volunteer. I went for a day once in about 1998, when I was deep into fandom for “The X-Files,” but it wasn’t until 2007, after I moved back to Atlanta from my New Jersey exile, that I looked into going again. I discovered the Daily Dragon, the on-site publication, and contacted the editor, Eugie Foster, asking if she needed any volunteers. She did, as it turned out. She’d tried several people to do layout for the print issue that’s handed out each morning, but none had gotten the job done. She’d been ready to give up, but she gave me a shot… and at the end of the weekend, begged me to come back. I told her I’d be delighted. LOL

My tasks have morphed and grown over time. I now do editing work for the larger publications department, including editing guest bios and panel descriptions, and this year I helped out with some film festival editing, too. August always gets a little hectic with everything needing to be done at once—including planning and packing for the actual con!—but it’s all too much fun to give up.

I did decide to simplify things this year and forgo costuming. I’m going to stick to jeans and geeky t-shirts in the name of comfort. Plus, I usually end up in what amounts to jammies for my late-night volunteer shifts anyway. I might go for some interesting hair color to make up for the lack of costuming, though.

Despite the listing of Dragon Con on my appearances list, I won’t actually be doing anything as my author self. No panels this year, and none of my publishers are doing anything. But I’ll be there, of course, and anyone who’d like to meet up is welcome to email or tweet at me, and I’ll do my best.

Really, though, the best way to find me will be to find the Daily Dragon offices, especially after 10 p.m., and ask for Shae. Because that’s where I’m most likely to be!

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Guest Post: L.M. Brown and Life Under the Sea

Today my guest is L.M. Brown, with an inside look at her newest release, Forbidden Waters, the first book in the Merman & Magic series from Totally Bound. It’s a ménage, so you know I’m in!

Jake Seabrook is a regular human with no idea that there are mythical beings living their lives beneath the surface of the ocean. His concerns don’t revolve around sunken cities or anything else to do with the ocean.  He has returned to the coastal town he grew up in after travelling for a year. If he were to be completely honest, he’d admit he has spent the last year running away from the feelings he has for his best friend, Alex.  Unfortunately for Jake, Alex is straight and all they will ever be is friends.

Leaving town didn’t help him get over Alex, so now he has returned, hoping to at least get their friendship back on track, if he can pluck up the courage to face those he walked out on.

Making amends takes second place when Jake and Alex find what appears to be a body on the beach.  The naked man isn’t dead, but is in definite need of assistance.

Taking the stranger under his wing Jake can’t help being attracted to the handsome man who speaks no English.  It’s difficult to hide your feelings when your unexpected flatmate spends most of his time naked.

For Jake the surprise of finding a naked man on the beach is only the first of many shocks he has to face.  Not only does he have to come to terms with the knowledge that beings he thought were myths actually exist, he has to face some harsh truths about himself.

Having harboured feelings for his friend for so long, Jake has always considered himself a one man kind of guy.  But what happens when the man you’re in love with is in love with someone else as well?  Do you give him up and let the better man win?  Do you fight for him and potentially break another’s heart?  Or do you choose the third option?

For Jake the big question is whether it is possible to love more than one person.

forbiddenwaters 200x320To save his clan from ever-increasing shark attacks, merman Kyle seeks sanctuary for his people in the sunken city of Atlantis, even though he knows that as a homosexual merman, he will be sacrificing his own chance for love. Love finds him anyway in the form of Prince Finn, the rebellious young heir to the Atlantean throne.

When their relationship is discovered, Kyle is the one to pay the price. Banished from the oceans, he seeks shelter in England and finds a new love with human, Jake Seabrook. 

For Jake, Kyle is the chance to move on from the crush he has on his straight best friend. The strange man he found naked on the beach seems to fit into his life with ease.  If only Kyle weren’t keeping secrets from him, Jake could see them having a future together. 

Things are not what they seem for either of the men and when Kyle discovers the truth about Finn, he knows he must return to Atlantis. 

Three men, a tangled relationship, and one chance for happiness—if they can trust enough to take it.

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Jake’s phone vibrated in his pocket and he pulled it out. He sighed when he saw Alex’s name on the screen as the incoming call. He hadn’t spoken to him for eleven months, just sending the occasional text while avoiding Alex’s attempts to phone him. Jake guessed Summer had clocked him on the street and given Alex the heads up.

The temptation to hit the reject button yet again was strong, but he knew he’d merely be putting off the inevitable.

“Hi, Alex,” he greeted his oldest friend.

“Don’t ‘Hi, Alex’, me like you didn’t just fuck off out of town for a year. When did you get back?”

“Last night.”

“And you didn’t think maybe I’d want to know you were back in town?”

Jake bit back a snide comment about Alex needing advance warning to cover his arse, but he knew his friend didn’t deserve it. It wasn’t Alex’s fault his gay best friend had fallen for him. Alex had done everything he could to be supportive of Jake.

“It was a last minute decision,” Jake said instead. “I’m not even sure if I’m going to stick around.”

“All the more reason to pick up the damn phone and tell your best friend you’re here,” Alex shouted. “Where are you?”

“Just walking the dog on the beach.”

“You have a dog?”

“Yeah. We kind of adopted each other.”

“Cool. I’ll be there in five minutes. Don’t you dare run off!”

The line went dead before Jake could reply. He guessed Alex still lived with his father in the luxurious beach house at the other end of the beach. Sure enough, he soon spotted Alex trotting across the sand. Alex came to a halt several feet in front of him.

“You’re finally back,” Alex said.

“Yeah, for the moment at least.”

Alex narrowed his eyes and when Jake drew level with him, he punched him hard on the arm. “That’s for taking off without a word to anyone, you git.”

Jake guessed he deserved the hit, as well as the second strike that came a few seconds later. “What was that one for?”

“For ignoring my calls. The only reason I didn’t call out a search party for you was because you occasionally updated your Facebook page with pictures of you on your travels.”

“I texted you.”

“After you’d been gone for three weeks. I was going out of my bloody mind worrying about you. We all were.”

Jake focused his gaze on the water. “I’m sorry. I just had to get away for a while.”

“I get that. What I don’t understand is why you couldn’t have said goodbye or let us know you were okay.”

Jake didn’t have any justification for what he had done. Alex was absolutely right. He could have done something other than packing up his bags in the middle of the night and hitching a ride out of town because he didn’t want to wait for the first train the next morning.

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