Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation (Senior Year)

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Hi my Elite Fans! I wanted to let you know that the fifth book in the Surviving Elite High Saga is finally ready! Yay! Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation Senior Year! I hope you all enjoy the final book in this saga! Thank you so much for your support! Love you all! Pre-order the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0723B9Q4D/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

 

 

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Hit YA LGBT author, John H. Ames continues the series that has garnered adoring fans from every corner of the world!
The Fifth Book in the Surviving Elite High Saga! In Book 4, Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation years into the future after the first Surviving Elite High saga, Robbie Carroll, a teen with a mysterious past he still hasn’t remembered, was adopted by John and Nick, the now wildly successful loving couple from Books One, Two and Three, are the perfect parents, giving Robbie an amazing life: a cool and handsome brother, a beautiful sister, incredible friends and the perfect boyfriend. What more could he want? His life was perfect. Until Senior Year…
…When ghosts of the past come out to haunt Robbie and Tim, the man he loves, endangering them. Life plummets from its sunny highs to a shadowy realm where danger lurks around every corner, ready to spring at any moment. Four years at Elite High are about to culminate amidst shockwaves.
Senior Year promises to answer the questions that left readers hanging at the end of Surviving Elite High Who is this dangerous stalker and what does he want with Robbie? Was this man a shadow of his past? Will this man take away from him the happiness that took him years to find? Or will someone else rise to threaten Robbie’s life and the life of the man he loves? Find out now!

Author of the Week: Gracie C. McKeever

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  • Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Gracie.

I’m glad to be here, Juan and thank you for giving me a forum to reach out to my readers!

 

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m born and raised in New York City, where I live and still work. I write and am published in the romance and erotic romance genre and several romance sub-genres.

When I’m not working and writing, I’m reading, catching up on numerous television and cable shows and movies (I just finished a binge of Luke Cage and am a Marvel fan through-and-through, but I’m still looking forward to seeing Wonder Woman this summer).

 

  • What inspires your writing?

Just about anything inspires my writing. An inspired line of dialogue, a person, a place, a name, a picture, a great movie or book that I enjoyed, my own life…Or, a call for submissions that just speaks to me.

 

  • When did you start writing m/m romance? And why this genre?

I had dipped my toe into the m/m romance market in about 2008 with a short story entitled Breaking and Entering which featured a wolf-shifter. The response to it, specifically the m/m aspect, was so positive it inspired me to write my first m/m series, Zara’s Bois. Why the m/m romance genre? For the same reason I write romance: m/m romance is a genre I love to read. Also, I had published a few stories that included gay characters in supporting roles and was eager to do a story where the gay characters were at center stage—I thought they deserved as much.

 

  • Are you a full time author?

No. I have a full-time 9-5 and squeeze in writing whenever I can.

 

  • Who is your favorite author?

That’s a tough question to answer and I don’t think I can nail it down to just one. If I had to, I would say Octavia E. Butler, overall. For m/m authors I’d say it’s a tie between Katrina Strauss and Laura Baumbach. For BDSM fiction, hands-down, Joey W. Hill; no one spins a D/s tale, or creates more in-depth characters better.

 

  • How many books have you written so far?

I have upwards of 30 published novellas and full-length novels out. In the m/m genre I have 1 single title—Three Men and a Bounty—and one series—Zara’s Bois. My latest, Lucy’s Liberation, is an M/M/F ménage.

 

  • Tell us more about your latest book, Lucy’s Liberation.

Lucy’s Liberation is the second book in my Elk Creek series (spinoff of The Double R trilogy) and, not including my m/m/m ménage Three Men and a Bounty, it is my first ménage a trois featuring an m/m/f arrangement.

Here’s a quick blurb:

“When her much-older abusive husband, Rance, dies, Lucy Peyton believes her nightmare is over and looks forward to a new life of independence. Her hopes for a marriage of love instead of convenience, however, are dashed when she discovers the provisions of her late husband’s will and realizes that Rance is still trying to crush her, even from the grave.

Rance’s nephew, urbane adventurer and thrill seeker, Ki Benjamin, may have just found a reason to settle down in Podunk Elk Creek when Lucy’s petition reaches him in New York.

Prentice Teague has a lot to make up for from his former life, and he gets a chance at redemption when he’s reincarnated as Ethan Crawford. A young cowboy who fell into some dubious company before his untimely death, Ethan now is the target of a corrupt mentor determined to finish the job he started when he shot Ethan in the back.”

 

  • How long did it take you to complete Lucy’s Liberation? Did you write it freely or plan everything in advance?

From start to finish, I completed Lucy’s Liberation in a little under 3 months. As with most of my books I did a little outlining/planning and freely wrote Lucy’s Liberation. I usually outline a book a chapter or two in advance and just continue to outline that way as I go until the end of the book.

 

  • What inspired you to write Lucy’s Liberation?

I had originally planned Lucy’s Liberation to be the third book in the Elk Creek series but I was so eager to see Prentice Teague (the villain from Maia’s Magickal Mates) with his own book and to redeem him, that I changed the order of the books and started writing Lucy’s book after Lily’s Secrets. The idea of tackling new ground in a ménage (with the m/m/f arrangement) was my other inspiration.

 

  • Who is your favorite character in the novel and why?

Another tough question, but probably Prentice Teague is my favorite character because he had so many layers and had so much changing and healing to accomplish on his road to redemption.

 

  • How much of yourself did you manifest into your favorite character?

I think my mistrustful and skeptical sides are large and essential parts of Prentice’s character. Also, Prentice’s bark is worse than his bite, like mine. He’s tough on the outside but really a cream puff on the inside—again, like me.

 

  • When someone reads Lucy’s Liberation, what do you hope they gain from it?

I hope when someone reads Lucy’s Liberation he or she learns that nothing and no one is beyond healing and redemption.

 

  • Can you share four things you’ve learned about the business?

  1. Discipline, determination, and a willingness to accept criticism are essential
  2. Talent can only get one so far
  3. Taking a book from idea to publication is a demanding process
  4. Patience is a virtue.

 

  • What question do you get asked most frequently from your fans?

Where do I come up with my ideas?

 

  • What are you working on now?

I actually have a few works in various stages of progress: the third book in the Elk Creek series entitled Sabrina’s Surrender; the first book in a, mostly, BDSM series (Play On) called On The Edge; and a FemDom trilogy entitled Muses, that I was inspired to write after seeing a call for submissions to an upcoming FemDom anthology (I’ve so far finished two of the stories and am a quarter way through the third, Deadly Interlude (Muses 3): Griffin and Sela)

 

  • How do you keep your creative “spark” alive?

In addition to reading a lot, I just generally try to enjoy life—spending time with my family and engaging in pleasurable activities like sports (handball, kickboxing and others) and hitting the movies almost every weekend, especially in the summer.

 

  • What is your suggestion or piece of advice to new and upcoming writers?

Aside from the four things listed above that I’ve learned about the business, I would suggest up-and-coming writers never give up.

 

  • Where can we find you on the Internet?

Readers and fans can find me just about everywhere on the Internet:

Website:                      http://www.graciecmckeever.com

Blog:                           http://gracie-g-spot.blogspot.com
Facebook (Personal)    https://www.facebook.com/graciecmckeever

Facebook (Fan)           https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gracie-C-McKeever/14630435969

Goodreads                  http://www.goodreads.com/profile/graciecmckeever

Google                        https://plus.google.com/#100452962251381641148/

Library Thing              http://www.librarything.com/profile/gmac10

Pinterest                      http://pinterest.com/gwiz10/

Twitter                        http://www.twitter.com/graciecmckeever

 

  • Could you please share your favorite excerpt from Lucy’s Liberation with us?

Gladly J See below, an excerpt from my latest release (Release Date: July 1, 2013):

Excerpt from Lucy’s Liberation

Ethan strolled over to the bag on top of the mantle, unbuttoning and carelessly pulling his work shirt over his head as he walked.

Ki watched as the burgundy cotton garment landed over the back of the chaise lounge that he had earlier moved to the far side of the room. He licked his lips at the sight of Ethan’s naked torso, well-muscled and tanned just as Ki had imagined it would be. There was certainly something to be said for all the heavy lifting he must have done in his parents’ store.

Ethan sifted through the selection of blades before withdrawing one he seemed to like.

He turned back to Ki, smiling as he tested the blunt tip with the palm of his hand, bending the blade before expertly swinging it through the air in a zigzag pattern. “There are advantages to the épée, foil or saber. I take it you prefer the épée?”

“The épée suits my purposes.”

“Very well.” Ethan nodded. “En garde!”

His idle chitchat then instant offensive stance almost totally took Ki off guard. Had he not been so enamored by the sight of Ethan’s naked flesh, he would have been better prepared for the stripling’s attack. It took everything in his repertoire of skills to parry and counterattack with a series of lunges and thrusts to force Ethan back on his heels.

Ethan silhouetted and easily repelled the assault, executing a perfect in quartata before stepping back. “I like your moves.”

“You’re not too bad yourself.”

Ethan smiled then whipped past Ki’s parry and flicked his blade against Ki’s shoulder.

Ki winced as the blade made contact and instantly resumed an offensive position. “I’m pleased you found employment at Winchester’s.”

Ethan frowned, still on guard. “Really? Why’s that?” Appel, advance, lunge.

Parry, thrust, passata soto. “You can keep an eye on Lucy while she’s working.”

“Oh, I’ll keep an eye on her, but I hate to break it to you, Cochise. Lucy is her own woman. She’s going to do what she wants.”

Unfortunately, Ethan wasn’t telling him anything he didn’t already know. He loved Lucy’s independent spirit, but worried that the men at Winchester’s might get the wrong idea about her simply by virtue of her choosing to work there. Just thinking about some other man ogling, or worse, touching Lucy made Ki’s temperature rise, unless, of course, that other man happened to be Ethan. The idea of Ethan touching Lucy still made his temperature rise, but in a totally different and pleasant way.

Ki easily warded off Ethan’s next assault, mounted his own. He seized the younger man’s blade in one smooth line, never breaking contact as he lead it through a full circle to its starting point before he pushed back and soundly struck Ethan on the ass with the side of his blade.

Ethan gritted his teeth and took a deep breath as Ki held in a laugh.

“Before your arrival, I had gotten the impression that Lucy wanted to quit her position at Winchester’s,” Ki said, nonchalantly silhouetting and resuming first position again.

“Is that a fact?” Lunge, thrust, feint.

Riposte, parry, lunge. “But I suppose now that you’re working there it gives her an opportunity to be close to you without raising any untoward suspicions, you and her being childhood friends of course. Not to mention the living arrangements you share with your benefactor and her husband.”

“Just what are you implying, Hezekiah?”

Ah, so it was back to Hezekiah. He’d really gotten Ethan’s dander up then. Ki smiled and launched an aggressive sequence that drove Ethan back across the floor toward the mantle.

Despite the stripling’s obvious agitation, Ethan managed to deflect Ki’s strike with a rapid succession of defensive strokes and steps of his own.

Ki admired his agility and fluid grace. He didn’t think he had ever crossed swords against anyone with whom he was so evenly matched. Ethan was requisitely fast and intuitive but there was something more. It was almost as if he knew Ki’s moves before Ki made them, like he was reading Ki’s mind.

It was time to tip the scales back in his favor, Ki decided.

“You know what I enjoy about this sport most, Ethan?” Thrust, flunge, parry.

Feint, lunge, thrust. “I can’t imagine.”

“The clash of the blades, the elegance and speed of two comparable combatants matching moves, synchronized to each other’s rhythm…” Riposte, parry, lunge.

“Mmm, ‘the art of the foil.’ It’s like a dance, fine art.” Raddoppio, parry, lunge.

Parry, feint, flick. “And you’ve probably heard I’m a bit of an art aficionado.”

“I might have heard something to that effect.” Remise, reprise, retreat.

“But more than art or even a sport, I think the reciprocal movements and skill necessary to stimulate a satisfying climax and surrender are a little more akin to…foreplay.”

Clank!

Ethan’s swipe went wide of his mark as he stumbled and quickly righted himself before throwing a glare Ki’s way.

Ki chuckled. “Don’t you think?”

“I suppose the moves could be considered…similar.” Lunge, thrust, feint.

Parry, counter, thrust. “So, why does Lucy call you Prentice?”

Clank!

Ethan faltered beneath Ki’s beat and press but this time wasn’t able to correct himself or counterattack.

Ki went in for the kill, driving the blunt point of his épée into Ethan’s heaving chest then placing the rounded blade against Ethan’s throat. He leaned close—corps-à-corps—bending Ethan over backward. Their faces were only a hairbreadth apart, close enough that Ki’s exhalations rustled Ethan’s dark-chocolate, shoulder-length hair.

“Do you want to tell me now what’s going on between you and Lucy or do I need to seduce it out of you?”

“You wouldn’t dare.”

 

  • Thank you for taking time out to hang with us!

Thanks for having me, Juan! I really enjoyed being here and answering your questions!

 

Author of the Week: Aisling Mancy

 

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Join me in welcoming Ash to my blog today with his newest novella, Heartifact! Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Ash.

Thanks for having me, John! It’s always great to be on your blog!

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I have a unique writing background in a number of ways, not the least of which is that I was raised by a prolific author. I have also written in multiple mainstream venues for years, and spent way too much time on sets watching films come to life for the silver screen. Though I have spent the past four years concentrating on young adult works for Dreamspinner’s Harmony Ink Press label (under C. Kennedy), I write primarily for adults—surprise! All of the information in the below short biography is true. My name may be new to readers, but my writing may not be.

 

What inspires your writing?

It is ingrained in me. I began writing at the age of seven and haven’t stopped since then. I write every day of the year, even if only to carve out an hour of writing on a particular day.

 

When did you start writing m/m romance? And why this genre?

I advocate for abused gay youth, and they begged me forever to write for them. Because I wanted to ensure that I could write a story of hope for them, it took me four long years before I penned my first M/M novel.

 

Are you a full time author?

I am. It’s the best profession anyone could have.

 

Who is your favorite author?

This is an impossible question for me to answer, but I can name a few: Homer, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, John Le Carré, Dean Koontz, and Edgar Allan Poe.

 

How many books have you written?

In my lifetime? Too many to count. In the M/M genre—*begins counting on fingers*—eight.

 

How long did it take you to complete Heartifact? And did you write it freely or outline it in advance?

Because I knew nothing about marine archaeology, I spent more than forty hours researching the subject before I spent two weeks writing it. I don’t outline. I jot a few notes, but am otherwise a “panster.”

 

What inspired you to write Heartifact?

I wanted to write a story that combined an undersea adventure with the mythical and mysterious.

 

Who is your favorite character in the novel and why?

Harper Kidd. He spent years in college to become a marine archaeologist and had high hopes of becoming the Indiana Jones of the high seas. Thanks to the poor economy, he takes a job that forces him to stifle his creativity and deal with the pressures of a heartless profession and the destruction of the undersea world he loves. His heart and soul exhausted, he struggles to cope with the disappointments life has thrown at him. When his best friend asks him to assist on a marine salvage operation, and more than one of his dreams comes true, he finally has a chance at the happiness he deserves.

 

How much of yourself did you manifest into your favorite character?

That’s a loaded question if I ever heard one. I think Harper is made up of a good portion of all of us. We’re all fighting for happiness.

 

What do you hope readers gain from Heartifact?

Follow your dreams! You never know whom you might fall in love with!

 

Will you share four things you’ve learned about the business of writing?

  1. Above all, it is our job as writers to make readers “see.”
  2. As writers, we throw parts of ourselves into everything we write and we go through moments of self-doubt. Never give up. You may falter, but you will succeed.
  3. We are nothing without readers and reviewers. Be kind to people.
  4. There is nothing more rewarding than mentoring a burgeoning author.

Bonus answer: Entertaining me is a prerequisite to any book I write. If the story doesn’t entertain me? Poof! It’s gone.

 

What is the most frequently asked question by your fans?

Of the books you have written, which is your favorite?—another impossible question to answer.

 

What are you working on now?

I’m working on two books now, Grotesque, and Mud Angels (a young adult novel to commemorate the youth who restored books and artwork after the 1966 Arno River flood in Florence, Italy). After that, I’ll write Corbeau for Dreamspinner’s Order of the Black Knights series.

 

How do you keep your creative “spark” alive?

Ha! I have an overactive imagination. The better question might be ‘how do I slow my imagination down?’ This is like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree. On the rare occasion that I’m in need of entertainment, I simply add a real life friend into the book as a character. Psssst. To all of you readers out there: John is memorialized in Thárros as a television talk show host who interviews Michael and Christy.

 

What is your suggestion or piece of advice to new and upcoming writers?

Don’t get it right, get it written. It is far more important to put your story to pen than it is to make it perfect.

 

Where can we find you on the Internet?

Feel free to stalk me at the usual places. On my blog, Twitter @AislingMancy, Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, Booklikes, my Dreamspinner Press Author Page, and Amazon.

 

Will you share your favorite excerpt from Heartifact with us?

Impossible! But I’ll give you one that I like.

Harper sat on the forecastle and watched the sun set. It was a fiery blaze on the horizon, and he was thankful for the cool May breeze that wafted his hair. He realized he was happy for the first time in as long as he could remember and smiled to himself. The strange man in his dreams who gave him an eerie peace surely had something to do with it. He found it comical that he was on an expedition of a lifetime yet anxious to sleep again only to meet his imaginary lover.

Stick tapped his shoulder with something cold before sitting down next to him.

He took the FIX beer from her hand and welcomed the taste as they watched the sun set.

“What’s on your mind?” she asked softly.

“Do you dream?”

“No. I was born without an imagination.”

Harper smiled again as he continued to watch the sun set. “I’ve started having vivid dreams.”

“About?”

“Not sure,” he lied.

“Vivid but you don’t know what they’re about. Makes sense.”

“A guy.”

“Stop there.”

Harper grinned wide without turning to her. “He’s sexy as hell.”

“La la la. I can’t hear you.”

 

Thank you for joining me today, Ash! Hope to see you back again soon!

Thanks for having me, John! It’s always great to be here!

 

About Heartifact

Harper Kidd is a highly respected marine archaeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.

Harper’s spirits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.

When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and saving the pelora he’s fallen in love with.

Net proceeds from Heartifact benefit the The Trevor Project in the US,

le Refuge in France, and Arcigay in Italy

Heartifact is available from Men Over the Rainbow

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About Aisling Mancy

Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Ash does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

 

Find Ash on blog, Twitter @AislingMancy, Facebook, Google+,

Goodreads, Booklikes, Dreamspinner Press Author Page, and Amazon.

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Author of the Week: Eden Winters

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Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Eden.

 

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m a business executive, mother, grandmother, author, poet, pet mom and part-time Stormtrooper. It’s a crazy life.
  • What inspires your writing? Everything! Songs. A single phrase. Newspaper articles. Dreams. A phone number I found scrawled on a dollar bill. Anything can be a plot bunny.
  • When did you start writing m/m romance? And why this genre? I began reading LGBTQ novels as a way to better understand the issues a dear friend faced, and fell in love with the m/m romance genre. One day while discussing a favorite book with another friend, she said, “We could do this, you know.” Writing helped me through a rough patch in my life, and the resulting book “The Telling”, was too personal to sell. Right now it’s available for free at most venues, and for 99 cents at Amazon. They never marked it down so all proceeds are donated to the local PFLAG chapter.
  • Are you a full time author? I wish.
  • Who is your favorite author? Too many to name!
  • How many books have you written so far? I’m currently working on number seventeen, with fourteen published.
  • Tell us a little about your novel, Reunion (Diversion 6).
The Diversion series follows two agents of The Southeastern Narcotics Bureau which specializes in pharmaceutical crimes, as opposed to street drugs. They become partners both on and off the job. If your readers haven’t picked up the series yet, I don’t want to give too many spoilers, but it’s been a long, hard road for the anti-hero, Lucky, and the hero, Bo, to drop their suspicions enough to form a team.
The plot of this sixth book in the series involves reconnecting with the past and putting a few things to rights before moving on. It needed to happen. It’s been thirteen years since Lucky has seen or heard from his folks, and the other five books are laced with innuendo, some intentional, some accidental, that leads him to this moment.
But will the final showdown finally happen? And what will be the results? Muwhaaahaahaaa…

 

  • How long did it take you to complete Reunion? Did you write it freely or plan everything in advance? I’m still writing, and have been hard at work for about six months on it. I’m a pantser all the way, so I had a few key scenes in mind, but the rest developed as I wrote, including the big reveal. Even I didn’t see that coming.
  • What inspired you to write Reunion? When I wrote Diversion (Diversion 1) it was intended as a standalone, but since I work in the pharmaceutical industry, more and more articles came across my desk that could be turned into cases for my narcotics agents to solve. In the first book I set up a bit about Lucky and Bo’s history, and it’s now time to tie up some loose ends in their lives on the way to their HEA.
  • Who is your favorite character in the novel and why? It’s hard to name a favorite. Lucky fights back in a world where he feels like an outsider, Bo manages to stay kind and optimistic no matter what grief life hands him, and Loretta Johnson is the kind of dedicated friend I aspire to be. Walter stands quietly in the background, believing in and supporting them all.
  • How much of yourself did you manifest into your favorite character? As much as I can, but let’s face it: I WISH I was as outspoken as Lucky.
  • When someone reads Reunion, what do you hope they gain from reading it? The drug I write about in the story is real, no matter how fictional it may sound, and it’s a huge threat. My hope is that people enjoy the romance, but also learn.
  • Can you share four things you’ve learned about the business? 1. Good betas and crit partners are worth their weight in gold. 2. Be careful about advice and “how to” books. Everyone has their own opinions, but find what works for you and stick to it. If you try to write based on what other people think, you’ll compromise your unique voice. It’ll also kill the sheer joy of writing. 3. Reviews are useful for pointing out areas of improvement for your work, but see point number 2. 4. Not just about the business but life in general: Always be kind. Folks may not always remember your kindness, but they will remember a bad attitude or harsh words. We deal with words and must be careful with them. They are powerful.
  • What is the most frequently asked question by the fans?
When are we getting more Bo and Lucky?

 

  • What are you working on now? More Bo and Lucky and a m/m romance version of The Frog Prince. I’m also polishing up a reprint of Fallen Angel (The Angel of 13th Street 2). Broken Wing (An Angel of 13th Street side story) is in the beta process.
  • How do you keep your creative “spark” alive? By trying new things, like cosplay, and exploring the world around me. Switching up sub-genres also keeps me inspired.
  • What is your suggestion or piece of advice to new and upcoming writers? Keep writing. And if you’re an aspiring author who doesn’t know how to get started, write and submit a short story. The biggest hurdle to being a published author is thinking you can’t. So once that story is published, you’re an author. Go write.
  • Where we can find you on the Internet?
Website: www.edenwinters.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EdenWinters1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdenWinters

 

  • Could you please share your favorite excerpt from Reunion with us?

Oh crap. The guy sliding into the chair Johnson just left might have been the same persistent bastard Lucky had punched out during his last visit to the club.

“Mind if I join you?”

Lucky huffed, “Would saying ‘go the fuck away’ make you leave?”

“Oh, don’t be like that.” Shit for brains wasn’t planning to take no for an answer, and settled more fully in the chair. Idiot.

Damn it! “I thought not.”

The guy grinned. “What? You think I’m an ax murderer or something?”

This could be entertaining. Lucky lost the battle to hide an evil grin. “Of course not! What’s the chance of two ax murders meeting up at the same table, in the same club, on the same night?”

At least that wiped the grin off the man’s face—for a moment. Then he laughed. “Oh, you are a kidder, aren’t you?”

Time for Lucky to employ his best serious face, saved for important lies. “Not really. But the way I see it, the stranger who approached me in a bar and wouldn’t leave me alone had it coming.” Lucky leaned in, putting himself nose to nose with the blue-jean and too-tight shirt clad pain in the ass. “I got off on a technicality.”

The chair flew backwards. Wow! Someone pull the guy over for speeding. He nearly knocked the next table, and Johnson, over getting away.

Johnson stepped up and grabbed the chair before it hit the floor. “What’s his problem?”

Lucky shrugged. “I dunno. I told him I’m with you, and you’re the jealous type. Then he hauled ass.”

 

Thank you for taking time out, Eden!

Author of the Week: Pelaam!

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Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Pelaam.

 

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live on the North Island in New Zealand, and share the island with a couple of live volcanoes. New Zealand’s nickname is the Shaky Isles as we get a lot of earthquakes, too. But those aside, it’s a beautiful country. Lushly green with majestic mountains, clear lakes, and lots of ocean. I’m an animal lover, have a Master’s Degree in Art History, and am a wine and food aficionado. I read cookery books the way some people read novels.

 

  • What inspires your writing?

To be honest, anything can inspire me. One story in my “Once upon a Future” series, which are fairytales with an m/m twist, was born from a few words about a Firebird’s feather in the original tale. Songs inspire me, not necessarily the whole song, just a line or two can be enough.

 

  • When did you start writing m/m romance? And why this genre?

I started writing m/m about fifteen years ago. Why? I hope that one day no one will care about the m/m tag. Books will just be fantasy, or sci-fi, but the hero will get his man – or men.

 

  • Are you a full time author?

Part time only. I have a full time job as well.

 

  • Who is your favorite author?

That’s a little like asking a parent to name a favourite child. Among my favourites are Dean Koontz and Alan Dean Foster. In the m/m genre J L Langley, Josh Lanyon

 

  • How many books have you written so far?

Over 40. Sometimes I can’t believe it myself.

 

  • Tell us a little about your novel, Storming Love Tsunami; Joshua and Blair

It’s a contemporary m/m romance, set on South Island in the aftermath of a Tsunami. Blair’s home is left uninhabitable making him, his cat, and three dogs homeless. To make things worse, Blair is injured when he returns to find his cat and is rescued by Joshua who’s helping with the tsunami clean up. Joshua takes him, and his pets, in and slowly their unlikely friendship becomes more. But Blair has a hidden past. One that could prove deadly.

 

  • How long did it take you to complete Storming Love Tsunami; Joshua and Blair? Did you write it freely or plan everything in advance?

It took a couple of months or so working around other projects. I generally write freely. At most I’ll estimate how many chapters I might need and jot a line or two about what should be in them. Other times I write completely randomly, jumping from start, to end, to middle, writing as the Muse seizes me. Then I’ll join things together.

 

  • What inspired you to write Storming Love Tsunami; Joshua and Blair?

I was approached by MLR Press to join a group of authors to specifically write for Storming Love.

 

  • Who is your favorite character in the novel and why?

He’s a chef and an animal lover, and is reluctant to get involved with Joshua because of his past.

 

  • How much of yourself did you manifest into your favorite character?

There’s a little of me in there.

 

  • When someone reads Storming Love Tsunami; Joshua and Blair what do you hope they gain from reading it?

Characters they like, an engaging story, and a feelgood factor.

 

  • Can you share four things you’ve learned about the business?

I can offer two. The harder you work, the better you get. Don’t give up.

 

  • What is the most frequently asked question by the fans?

When’s the next book coming out?

 

  • What are you working on now?

My NaNo project. A steamunk AU where the Aztec Empire is flourishing and on a par with the British Empire

 

  • How do you keep your creative “spark” alive?

I always have half a dozen projects on the go. If I find the Muse is struggling a little with one story, I switch to another, sometimes several at once.

 

  • What is your suggestion or piece of advice to new and upcoming writers?

Don’t be discouraged. Keep writing.

 

  • Where we can find you on the Internet?

https://www.facebook.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Pelaam-1467778320131583/

 

  • Could you please share your favorite excerpt from Storming Love Tsunami; Joshua and Blair with us?

Sitting in Joshua’s car with his crutches and bag safely stored, Blair’s confidence waned with every moment that passed. Sitting in the hospital, all Blair had thought about was getting away from there and seeing his pets again. Now reality was slapping him hard.

Angling his head a fraction, Blair stole a glance at Joshua. His very own knight in shining armor—or at least board shorts and T-shirt. Typical surfer clothing. But there was also an air of responsibility about Joshua. Before leaving the hospital, Joshua had insisted on reading Blair’s discharge summary and studied the tablets he’d been given. The way Joshua had rattled off their names hadn’t registered at the time, but it did now.

“What do you do for a living, Joshua?”

“I’m a pharmacist. I work in one of the bigger franchises in town. Part owner actually. We’re open long hours so we work rosters. As it turns out, I’m off for the next couple of days as I took some holidays. I didn’t expect to be using the time to help clear away tsunami detritus though.”

“I wasn’t expecting to be made homeless by one. Still, we were lucky.” Blair shivered. The disaster could have been much worse. As far as he knew, no one had been killed and there hadn’t been a lot of buildings damaged. Just a few people like himself with minor injuries, and some that were temporarily homeless while the big clean-up was underway.

“Yes. We were. I know we all groan when we get bombarded by the adverts about earthquakes and tsunamis, and the constant reminders about having emergency packs ready, but I guess they work.”

“Sure did in my case.” Blair nodded, staring out of the window. The area they were in was one of the more exclusive ones. He glanced at Joshua. A pharmacist. And he’s looking after me.

As they turned into a cul-de-sac, Joshua pointed to the villa last on the left, separated from its nearest neighbor on the right by grass and shrubs.

“That’s mine.”

The white and green villa looked beautiful with its wooden veranda out front. There was a good-sized section on the left alongside the drive with a varied assortment of shrubs. The house would enjoy a lot of privacy. Blair frowned when Joshua didn’t drive his car into the shed, parking on the drive instead.

“The shed’s your dogs’ home from home when Ella has to go out. She’s made it into a doggy hotel.  The rest of the time they stay with her, including in her bedroom—well, my guest bedroom where you’ll be staying. She says they seemed used to it.”

At the quizzical eyebrow Joshua raised, Blair nodded. Well and truly busted. “Yeah. Well, the bach only had the mezzanine for a bedroom, but I don’t throw the boys out. They slept either on or by the bed.”

“She’ll be happy to know she was right. You go on ahead. I’ll bring your stuff. Sounds like the boys know you’re here already.”

A chorus of barks and near howls grew louder as Blair limped his way up the steps leading to the deck. He approached the door slowly, hoping he could deal with three energetic dogs. The door was open a fraction and as he pushed it cautiously, a woman’s voice rang out over the barking.

“It’s not locked and I have the guys on a lead. Come in, sit down, and then I’ll let them come to you.”

Pushing the door open, Blair saw a long-haired woman indicating a chair with one hand as she maintained a tight grip on the leads holding back his boys with the other. She grinned at him.

“Boy, are they happy to see you? Get yourself settled and I’ll walk them over. They’re clever boys, they’ll know not to bounce when they get close.”

Grinning, Blair made his way to the indicated chair and settled himself down. “Okay. I’m ready.”

Before Ella could get across the room with the dogs a small furry streak rocketed out of the kitchen, jumping up onto Blair’s lap, and yowling loudly. As Blair petted Whisky, tickling him under the chin as he liked, Ella brought the dogs over.

“Don’t be telling lies about me, Whisky.” Ella laughed as the cat head bopped Blair repeatedly. “He’s been a very well fed cat. Believe me.”

“I do. Hey, boys. Miss me?” Blair didn’t bother worrying about the tears that snuck free. Three sets of doggy tongues more than hid any tears at their reunion.

“I’m sure they did. Just as much as you missed them.” Ella stood back a little, and Blair let the dogs bring their own brand of comfort to him.

The dogs crowded at Blair’s feet, jostling good-naturedly for the best position to receive Blair’s attention while sniffing repeatedly at the strange coverings on Blair’s foot and knee.

“Here.” Ella slipped Blair some large dog biscuits. “Just to give you a bit of a break.”

“Thanks.” Blair gave each delighted dog their treat and smiled as they each settled to crunch away. Only Whisky remained and he yowled, clearly indignant that the dogs had been rewarded.

“I hadn’t forgotten you. As if I could.” Ella passed a packet of cat treats which she shook as she handed them to Blair.  

“He’s never been backward at coming forward.” Blair sprinkled some biscuits at the side of the chair and Whisky jumped down, devouring them at high speed before leaping up onto Blair’s lap and settling down. Loud purrs rang out and Blair laughed along with Ella. “He’s happy.”

“I’ll take your stuff through to your room, Blair.” Joshua held up Blair’s bag as he headed past. “Hi guys, good to see you, too.” Joshua picked his way between the dogs that ran to greet him.

“And I’ll come with you and make sure I haven’t left any of my bits and pieces lying around.” Ella gave Blair a quick wave and followed Joshua into the hallway leading away at the far end of the room. Looking to his left, Blair took in the well-appointed dining area and what appeared to be a spacious kitchen beyond.

“Looks like you guys have been spoiled rotten.” Blair murmured as much to himself as the dogs who came over running to sit beside him. “You like Ella, don’t you?” The dogs snuggled closer their tails wagging furiously. “Yeah. She seems nice. And you really like Joshua, hmm?” Blair sighed softly, glancing up toward the hallway. “Me, too, guys. Me too.”

 

Thank you for taking time out, Pelaam!

Author of the Week: Leslie Lee Sanders!

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Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Leslie.

 

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an author of over two dozen published books. I write LGBT romance and erotic romance under Leslie Lee Sanders, and also write psychological thriller and horror under L.L. Sanders (to help her readers differentiate my work in my favorite genres). With every story I aim to improve my storytelling and writing skills by learning from the best and challenging myself. I’m also a self-described perfectionist. When I’m not writing I’m reading, and love engaging with my online friends!

 

  • What inspires your writing?

My need to share a message or an opinion. I’m a guarded girl; introverted, reclusive (mostly), and aware of the impact my words and actions may have on others and myself. Because of this, I rarely speak my mind publicly about controversial or political topics, or current events. Not so in my stories! I bring up plenty of subjects that allows me to explore themes such as; tolerance, human rights, justice, bias, and so much more.

 

  • When did you start writing m/m romance? And why this genre?

My first jump into the genre was in 2004 after being a fan of very popular fanfiction. I wanted to capture and audience like that but using original characters. And I did. I learned a lot since then and I think it shows in my current work.

 

  • Are you a full time author?

I am. In my dreams. Lol. It’s a goal most authors strive for, but not many reach. Still, we never know what the future holds.

 

  • Who is your favorite author?

V.C. Andrews and her early books like Flowers in the Attic and Dawn. Some of my absolute favorites that I can reread and still find entertaining and enthralling. The best authors have that gift.

 

  • How many books have you written so far?

I’ve written and published nearly 30 books ranging from short stories, novellas, and full-length novels under Leslie Lee Sanders and L.L. Sanders combined. Admittedly, the current ones are better written than the early ones, but that’s just proof that I try to improve with every new book.

 

  • Tell us a little about your novel, Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc.).

In a post-apocalyptic/dystopian future, Connor Nichols and Vince Moore are training as peacekeepers and live in one of many underground spheres created by Refuge Inc. The atmosphere above ground make the surface unlivable after an asteroid impact leaves deadly toxins in the air. So the boys only experience of life is in this underground bubble run by Dr. Randolph.

When a toxic leak threatens the lives of the survivors, Connor and Vince are thrown into a whirlwind of chaos as they fight to save lives all while struggling with their feelings for one another.

 

  • How long did it take you to complete Darkness Eternal? Did you write it freely or plan everything in advance?

It took me close to a year to write. Everything was planned and plotted in advance, especially the main plot points and twists. Some things came to me while writing, and it fit so it stayed. But with a universe so big and complex, I had to have some sort of direction before writing.

 

  • What inspired you to write Darkness Eternal?

The current state of the world and the constant fight for dominance and power is what inspires the entire Refuge Inc. series. But mostly the recent big events in America, including the election, civil rights moments, and even the recent developments on gay rights, made me want to pen a gritty tale of the what-ifs. Sort of my way of letting off steam. It’s quite therapeutic.

 

  • Who is your favorite character in the novel and why?

I love Connor Nichols, which is why the story takes place in his point of view (and also why I wrote an entire story about his father’s experience with Refuge Inc. in Resurfaced). Connor has the most intriguing story, the most to overcome, the most to prove, and the most at stake. His backstory is the most interesting, and his character arc and growth is the most satisfying. Maybe a lot of readers will gravitate toward Vince because he’s the strong, handsome love interest. But if you’re looking for more than a quick romp of a read, Connor’s story might fascinate.

 

  • How much of yourself did you manifest into your favorite character?

What a good question! After thinking about it, I can say that there is actually a lot of my personality in Connor Nichols. He can be tough when challenged, serious when necessary, and sweet with the person who has his heart. He’s sensitive to love. Love is his weakness (as it is with most people), it makes him do silly things. But because of love he also does some memorable, honorable, and heroic things, like putting his life on the line for others.

 

  • When someone reads Darkness Eternal, what do you hope they gain from reading it?

I hope readers will remain empathetic to others who are different than them, but gain a bit of understanding of the real world problems that face many who are not like them. It’s easy to stereotype and label a group of people, but it takes effort to stand up against so many who want to box those groups in.

I’m not trying to sound pretentious or take my story too seriously, but deep down, under the surface, tolerance is what Darkness Eternal is promoting. The story is my take on a future without it.

 

  • Can you share four things you’ve learned about the business?

Here’s a list:

  1. You’re first drafts of everything are usually crap
  2. You can’t please everyone
  3. You have to do more than just write a book to gain sales
  4. It’s mostly people you don’t know who buys and reads your books

 

  • What is the most frequently asked question by the fans?

Fans? What fans? Lol. Kidding. Fans want more of their beloved series. They get to the end of a book and ask, “Are you writing more? Will there be more?” That’s the number one question I get.

 

  • What are you working on now?

I’m actually writing short horror stories and novellas on Wattpad. I’m hoping to expand my audience and reach a whole new fan base. I was also planning a follow-up story to Darkness Eternal to bring the series to a satisfying end and bring me a bit of closure.

 

  • How do you keep your creative “spark” alive?

It’s not deliberate. I get flashes of inspiration and I have to write down my ideas. And the ideas brew until I create something of them to share with others. I think that’s a perk of being a creative person, the spark can’t really die unless there’s a deliberate effort to snuff the flame.

 

  • What is your suggestion or piece of advice to new and upcoming writers?

Find someone (or plenty of people) you trust to give you honest feedback on your work, and know when to accept or reject their suggestions.

 

  • Where can we find you on the Internet?

LESLIE LEE SANDERS (LGBT Romance)

Website: http://www.leslieleesanders.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/leslieleesandersAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeslieLSanders

Amazon page: http://amzn.to/2bZcT9h

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L.L. SANDERS (Thriller & Horror)

Website: http://www.llsanders.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/lls4sanders

Amazon page: http://amzn.to/2bJtS30

 

  • Could you please share your favorite excerpt from Darkness Eternal with us?

My eyes snapped open to a bright red light, similar to the lights that announced our failure during tactical training in the simulation, but accompanying this crimson glow was the ongoing piercing ring of an alarm. It took a second for it all to register, but thanks to the dozen or so drills we’ve had, it finally clicked that there was an emergency. A fire? Some sort of outbreak? Contamination?

A chill crept down my spine.

Throwing the sheets aside, I tossed my legs over the edge of the bed. Still a bit disoriented from being awakened during a deep sleep, I sniffed the air for a trace of smoke but instead detected others’ fear in the form of sweat and body odor. I stood and caught the glow of the hour on the wall: zero-three hundred.

A shout came from nearby and blurred figures rushed left and right in the hall outside the room door. Shadows passed in front of me like wisps of dark mist accentuated by the red hue of the emergency lights. A voice called out orders, “Move it, cadets. To your gear. Move, move, move!” The commands mingled with the distant noise of pained whimpers, panicked cries, and the nearby sounds of rapid and flustered breathing.

Chaos.

Panic rose from my gut, but I inhaled slowly to stifle it. I scanned the space for the source of the orders. Then a tug of my arm pulled me from the room.

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Thank you for taking time out, Leslie!

 

Author of the Week: Jeff Erno!

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Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Jeff.

 

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Thank you for the invitation. I appreciate the opportunity and the exposure. About me: I’m a forty-nine year old gay man who lives in southern Michigan and whose passion is writing gay-themed fiction. I’m an author of about fifty published “books,” over half of which are full-length novels. I write in a variety of genres including mm romance, BDSM erotica, gay fiction, paranormal, sci-fi, and young adult.

  • What inspires your writing?

I think those of us with a passion for writing feel that it’s something within us, a part of our makeup. I feel inspired to write for a variety of reasons and draw specific inspiration from life itself, from movies, books, or other creative endeavors, from songs and videos, from family, friends, and coworkers. I see or hear things that pique my interest and take note, someone should write a story about that.

  • When did you start writing m/m romance? And why this genre?

I started writing as a means of therapeutic catharsis after I’d lost several close loved ones including my parents, grandmother, and some dear friends. My first stories were posted on an amateur website. Eventually I published one of those stories as a novel, and at the time I didn’t consider it to be “mm romance.” In fact, I’d never heard of that genre. But it was reviewed on some of the mm romance websites. I became familiar with the genre and fell in love with it. I even started a review site with a friend, and since then I’ve read thousands of mm books. I think I’m drawn to that genre for the same reason most other readers enjoy it. I love the formula, the angst. And I adore the happy endings.

  • Are you a full time author?

Sort of. I worked for years as a store manager in retail grocery and retail convenience stores. I ended up quitting my day job a few years ago to write full time, which I do. But since then I’ve gone back to work part time to supplement my income.

  • Who is your favorite author?

There are too many to list within m/m and I’d hate to insult anyone. Outside the genre, my all-time favorite author is Anne Rice.

  • How many books have you written so far?

When everything I have contracted has been published, it will be fifty-five.

  • Tell us a little about your novel, Life Without Parole.

Life Without Parole is a prison serial consisting of six installments. The story is also available in one large print edition in which all of the ebooks are combined. It is the story of a nineteen year old, Jeremy Banks, who is convicted of a crime he did not commit and sentenced to life without parole in a Michigan prison. While there, he falls in love with another inmate and learns how to survive in an environment quite different than anything he’s ever known.

  • How long did it take you to complete Life Without Parole? Did you write it freely or plan everything in advance?

I usually do not write out an outline but have one (very flexible) in my head. This story, which was actually the combination of six books, was completed over the course of about seven months.

  • What inspired you to write Life Without Parole?

I have communicated with prison pen pals over the years. I started doing this after a friend I knew in high school was sentenced to prison. I visited him a few times and learned about the pan pal program. I’ve known several guys who’ve done time and included details I’d learned from my conversations with them.

  • Who is your favorite character in the novel and why?

Well, I fell in love with these characters while writing. To me, they all seem so real, as if they are separate identities from myself. Of course I love my main character Jeremy most. But other than him, I also adore Shontay, Jeremy’s best friend, a transgender inmate.

  • How much of yourself did you manifest into your favorite character?

I’ve written so many characters over the years that contain pieces of myself. I don’t really see Jeremy as being like me. Maybe in some ways you could draw parallels, but he truly is an entirely independent creation.

  • When someone reads Life Without Parole what do you hope they gain from reading it?

Well, let’s hope first and foremost they’re entertained. I’m not striving so much to convey a message as I am to entertain with a compelling story. I hope they’re touched emotionally in a manner similar to what I felt writing it.

  • What are you working on now?

I just finished a book called Slim Chance. I’ve contracted with Dreamspinner Press, and the book should release next spring. I’m also in the midst of edits for a series of four erotic short stories with Extasy Books. They’re called Bad Boys.

  • How do you keep your creative “spark” alive?

I’m always looking for story ideas. I read a lot, watch movies, and make lots of time for writing.

  • Where we can find you on the Internet?

http://www.jefferno.com

  • Could you please share your favorite excerpt from Life Without Parole with us?

Trey paced back and forth outside the fence, watching the door where he expected Jeremy to exit. He honestly wasn’t even sure how they’d do it, if a CO would escort him all the way to the gate, or if he and Sam would exit on their own. Trey had never been released from Pitney. He’d been transported in the late evening by van to the county jail.

It felt as if he’d been waiting for hours. Every second that ticked by seemed an eternity. He removed his cell phone to check the time, and when he did, noticed he’d had a missed call. Damn, why hadn’t he seen this sooner? He recognized the number. It was from the same phone Jeremy had used to call him back when Trey was still in the hospital. Jeremy had been trying to call him right about the exact same time Chord and David had showed up at Trey’s job. Maybe he’d gotten news of his release and was trying to let Trey know.

Damn, that reminded him, he’d better call his boss. He dialed his work num-ber and told his supervisor what was going on. Trey didn’t want to lose the job. He loved it, and it was in the same town where Jeremy lived, or where he had lived. Where was he going to go now? Would his family take him back? It didn’t matter. Trey would do whatever he had to in order to make sure Jeremy had a place to live. Maybe they could get their own apartment or something.

When he hung up the phone, he debated going back inside the administration building—the pole barn—and finding a vending machine. He was thirsty, and he’d started to feel chilled in the cool mid-winter temperature. But before he could take a step away from the fence, the door to the other building opened. His breath caught in his throat as his heartbeat quickened. He slid his phone into his jacket pocket and moved closer to the fence, gripping the metal mesh with both hands.

And there he was, fifty feet away, standing on the porch beside Sam holding a box of personal belongings. As Jeremy looked up, he froze as he spotted Trey. Maybe Sam hadn’t mentioned he was there waiting. The box fell from Jeremy’s arms as he descended the steps and began walking briskly down the path.

“Hold up, hold up!” It was Officer Levins. “I have to unlock the gate for you.”

Jeremy seemed not to have even heard him. His pace quickened, morphing to a run. He rushed toward the fence, arms outstretched. “Trey! Trey!” His brilliant blue eyes, wide-opened, were brimming with tears. Trey reached up to the fence, placing his hands against Jeremy’s as they gazed at each other.

“Jeremy . . .”

The officer at last reached the gate and fumbled with his key, unlocking it and pulling it open. Jeremy bolted through the entrance into Trey’s arms. Trey’s heart raced a mile a minute. Oh, to feel him again! To have him right there in the flesh, Jeremy’s body pressing against his, was it even real? Was this really happening or just another dream?

Trey grabbed Jeremy’s face, framing it with his palms, and kissed him deeply. Jeremy gasped into the kiss, responding with fierce, unbridled passion. Moaning and crying simultaneously, he clung to Trey as they kissed. Finally, Trey pulled back far enough to gaze into Jeremy’s eyes once more. “Angel,” he whispered.

“My angel.”

Thank you for taking time out, Jeff! Until next time!