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Heart by Garrett Leigh #bookblast #MM #Romance @Garrett_Leigh

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Title: Heart
Author Name: Garrett Leigh
Publication Date & Length: Oct 27, 2014 — 204 pgs

Synopsis

Cornish pastry chef Seb Wright dreads the summer tourist season. The cash injection to his artisan fudge pantry is more than welcome, the extra work, less so. Then one summer, a shadowy Good Samaritan catches his eye. Irish Traveller Dex is bewitching, a beautiful sullen enigma who turns Seb’s world upside down until he disappears in the night, vanishing like a mystical summer rain.

Twelve months later Dex is in the midst of a dark storm. A slave to his master, ‘Uncle’ Braden, he spends his days cleaning caravans and his nights working in Braden’s other businesses. His short summer with Seb seems a lifetime ago. Lost in the savage violence of the murky underworld, he doesn’t dare dream he’ll ever find his way back, until one night, a brutal crime opens the door for a chance escape. A new life beckons, old faces emerge, and immersed in the heady vibe of London’s East End, new love begins to heal his fractured heart.

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SEB TOOK a drink of his beer and set it down again with undue care. “You can’t read, can you?”

“Can.”

“I don’t believe you.”

Dex slid off his stool and shoved his hands into his pockets. He wasn’t sure what he’d expected when Seb had ambushed him, but it wasn’t this. So what if he couldn’t bloody read? It wasn’t like he’d ever been to school to learn.

Seb caught his arm. “Don’t go, Dex. I’m sorry, okay? I won’t tell anyone. I promise.”

Seb’s hand engulfed Dex’s wrist, his touch as charged and heated as it had ever been. Dex felt his resolve melting, ebbing away until it was all he could do to fall back onto the bar stool. “I can read some,” he said mutinously. “I can read numbers, and names. Knew the name of your shop, didn’t I?”

“Can you write?”

“Never tried.” Dex looked down. Lying to Seb felt all wrong. He’d heard the name of Seb’s shop on the street, and the only name he could read was his own.

Seb was silent for a moment, then without warning, Dex felt his fingers brush through his shower-damp hair. “It really is brown. I thought it was just wet.”

Dex fought for the strength to shy away from the soft gesture, but nothing happened. “The bleach grew out.”

“It was dyed?”

“Couldn’t you tell?” Dex had forgotten his brief stint as a blond was all Seb had ever known of him.

“No, not at all. You look totally different now. Not sure I would’ve recognized you without the scowl. You just about shocked the shit of me. I… I thought I’d never see you again.”

AuthorBio

Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com

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New Release: Love’s Home by Iyana Jenna – #MM Romance @IyanaJenna

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Title: Love’s Home
Author Name: Iyana Jenna
Publication Date & Length:  October 2, 2014 – 268 pgs

Synopsis

Sometimes you need a break, to get away somewhere, but in the end you always return to a place you call home. The saying goes, “Home is where the heart is.” It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, pretty or shabby, what matters is it’s your Love’s Home.

This collection features five of Iyana Jenna’s best-selling gay contemporary romance stories. A homeless PA finds a home in an actor’s life. An abduction almost steals a man from his loving boyfriend. A love triangle nearly ruins everything. A sex slave is rescued by an unlikely savior. A young man discovers a new home after he loses everything.

Contains the stories:

  • A Home for Jesse
  • A Single Black Rose
  • Misunderstandings
  • Will and Pleasure
  • Ya Like That?

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A Home for Jesse

This ain’t so bad. Jesse pats his laden backpack. He stretches himself on the bench and lowers his head onto the bag, grimacing at the bumps pressing against his head and neck. Awesome. He is going to have major cricks and headaches come morning. That is if he’s not suffering from early signs of pneumonia.

Jesse shifts and grunts and finally gives up. He sits up, takes off his jacket, and spreads it over his front before he lies down again. Moving a bit again to find the most comfortable position, he thinks, Fuck, now my shorts are stuck in the crack of my ass. Jesse reaches down and pulls them free — ah, that’s better.

He takes a deep breath. So he’s a bum now, is he? His ma would be heartbroken if she knew. She could blame him for being such a hard head and insisting on having his own way. Jesse stares blankly at the leaves swaying on treetops, at the shadows of the swings dancing in the dark, at the stars blinking mockingly down at him. At least the fact that they are up there means that the sky is cloudless and Jesse doesn’t need to worry about the possibility of rain tonight. Getting soaked when the only place he has to sleep is this park would be a pain in the ass, not to mention hazardous to his health. Jesse also hopes no cops will come patrolling tonight.

Weary to the bone, Jesse curls both hands under the side of his face and gives in to slumber.

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Iyana writes M/M short stories and novellas. Her works have been published by Evernight Publishing, JMS Books, Books to Go Now, Torquere Press, Bitten Press, Leap of Faith Publishing, Breathless Press, and Alfie Dog Fiction.

Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.

Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now she has three of them. Their names are Cil, Horus, and Betsy, and one kitten. When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when she writes.

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INTERVIEW 5 stars for Shifting Hearts by Silvia Violet – #MM #Romance #Paranormal @Silvia_Violet

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Title: Shifting Hearts
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date: October 25, 2014

Synopsis

After experiencing what happens when someone you love walks away and never looks back, Brandon decided love was for fools. Then he spent a summer with Zach. He struggled against feelings that grew every time he and Zach were together, telling himself they were just having a fling. When Zach confessed his love one hot summer night, Brandon panicked. He scoffed at Zach and made sure he walked away first.

Three years later, their paths cross again when Zach becomes the vet at Wild R Farm where Brandon works. Brandon realizes his feelings haven’t changed, but Zach treats Brandon with scorn despite Brandon’s every attempt to show Zach he’s no longer the self-centered man he used to be. When a night out ends with Brandon driving Zach home, confessions are made on both sides, and hope begins to build in Brandon’s heart.

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FiveStars

This book had everything I love.  Cowboys, shifters, and sexy romance.  It was fast moving and written so well that it flowed beautifully.  I really enjoyed the characters in this story, the author brought them to life with the descriptive writing.
The story was focused on Brandon and Zach, who once had a relationship, but one of them ended up being a jerk.  Couple years later they are both in the same place and try to resist each other, too afraid to get involved.
Due to the way Brandon was brought up he had a hard time with relationships, but with friends like Tristan and Will, he was able to find his feelings for Zach.
Tristan was another ex-lover of Brandon’s, but Tristan was able to forgive and move on.
Zach had been hurt by Brandon but was still in love with him. One night Zach had a lot to drink and Brandon took him home and things started to change for them.  They both became aware of how they still felt and tried to move forward.
It was a perfect love story told beautifully.
I would definitely read more by this author. Highly recommend this book.
~Sherry

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Brandon settled his and Zach’s tabs and managed to get Zach to his truck without incident. “Did you drive here?”

“Nope, Martin picked me up.”

Brandon snorted again. Fucking Martin. The two of them together was so not going to happen.

Zach giggled. “I’ve always loved it when you go all ferocious stallion.”

Oh fuck. “Just get in the truck, Zach.” Brandon helped him step up and maneuver himself into the passenger seat.

“It’s fucking wrong.“ Zach said as he laid his head back on the seat.

“What is?”

“That you’re so fucking hot.”

No. No, no, no. This was not happening. “Just close your eyes and stop talking. You’ll be better off that way.” Maybe he’d pass out and then Brandon’s dick could stop reacting to his soft words and beautiful eyes and everything that made him the only man Brandon really wanted.

“No, I’ll forget it all. Best thing about being drunk. I might as well say what I want because who will care later.”

“I will.”

“Nah, you never did. That’s what makes it so unfair.”

Brandon rubbed his forehead, trying to ward off a massive headache. “You’re wrong about that. I—”

“What? You didn’t mean to look at me like I was a bug you wanted to squash when I said I loved you?”

“You’re drunk. Really fucking drunk, and I’d be an idiot to say anything now. More of an idiot than I already have been and—”

“Fuck, you’re babbling.” Zach looked extremely amused.

Brandon scowled at him. “Nope, it’s your imagination”

“It’s not.”

“Yeah, it is”

Zach grinned. “You could kiss me to shut me up.”

AuthorBio

Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, sci fi, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

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1. What inspired you for this piece? Is there a history you have with cowboys that helped you write it or did you have to do a lot of research?

My original inspiration for the Wild R Farm series happened when I mentioned the idea of a book about a cowboy and his horse where the horse is a shifter. A friend dared me to go for it. I’m so very glad I did! I’ve not had much experience around cowboys so I did have to do some research. My daughter takes riding lessons so I had opportunities to research the horse farm aspect of the story while at the riding barn.

2. Why write in the LGBT et al community? What drew you to these type of characters?

I’ve enjoyed reading bisexual ménage and m/m for many years and since I first starting writing (my first books were m/f romances) I’ve enjoyed writing in the male voice. So it felt natural to try writing gay and bisexual characters of my own. I enjoy exploring many different types of relationship in my writing.

3. If there’s one thing you want your readers to take away from this book, what is it?

Even if you’ve made some terrible mistakes in the past, you can redeem yourself. Don’t give up.

4. What’s the first LGBT et al book you read? And if you can’t remember, what’s your favorite one that you’ve read?

My first LGBT romance was Jules Cassidy’s story in Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. His story arc covers several books, but All Through the Night focuses on him.

5. What are you working on next?

I’m working on Wild R Christmas, the next book in the Wild R Farm series. It will be out in December. When it’s done, I’ll be starting on Fitting In Book 3.

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TWO Four Star Reviews for The Scent of Jasmine by Lila Bruce (w/ Interview) – #FF Romance

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Title: The Scent of Jasmine
Author Name: Lila Bruce
Publication Date & Length: October 6, 2014 – 55pgs

Synopsis

Four years ago Jessica Taylor thought she was ready to leave small town living behind and headed West. Now she’s back in Cedar Creek, a little older, a lot wiser, and ready to live the quiet life for a while.

It’s been eight months since her fiancée walked out and shattered Grace Donnelly’s dreams of a happily ever after. Her friends tell her it’s time to put herself out there, but the breakup with Emma was still just too raw for Grace to wash and move on

After a meeting a chance meeting at her brother’s bakery, Jessica finds herself unable to get Grace off of mind. She’s sure she feels an attraction from Grace as well, but will Jessica be able to convince Grace to stop living in the past and take a chance on a future together with her…

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FourStars

This is a quick, fun read full of sweetness (both of the love and the bakery variety).

Characters are always my favorite part of any story, and I loved the two main characters, Jessica and Grace. They’re both strong, independent professional women, yet they’re remarkably down-to-earth and relatable. They each have their vulnerabilities which round them out as people.

Personally, I would have liked to see this as a longer story. It seems like there’s a lot underneath these two women that I would have loved to discover. There wasn’t quite enough spark or tension to really grab my interest, but with a longer story, I think there would have been.

I give it 4 stars.
Amy
FourStars

This book was a quick, easy and very sweet read. The characters had their own personalities that meshed together with a strong sexual tension throughout the majority of the book. I was worried for a while because it’s set up like it could be a full-length novel, but I was completely satisfied by the ending of it.

The two characters run their own lives and are very successful women. They each have their careers but aren’t afraid of how a relationship will affect that. It was very nice to read and see that; I don’t think it’s done enough. Both women in this story carry their own.

It’s very well-written. There are a few words missing here and there, which is distracting but not to the point where I wanted to put the book down. Overall, this is a fantastic read for a rainy day.

~AJ

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Lila Bruce lives in the North Georgia Mountains, where the air is sweet and the summers are hot. When not writing, she spends her time adding to her ever-growing pack of basset hounds and dreaming of being able one day to leave behind her evil day job.

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  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

I have this very large, very nice desk setup in the back room of my house. I love it because it gives me room to spread out and still have room for my writing partner, Fin Foo the Beta Fish. I typically will have The Cowboy Junkies playing on Pandora Radio and the door to “my office” closed to keep the Basset Hounds (my number one distraction when writing) out. If you’ve ever had a Basset then you would know the only thing they love more than going outside, is coming right back inside. Over and over and over again.

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

Honestly, any and all of them. I think there are small pieces of me in all the characters I write. Small pieces of people that I know, certainly. I think at some point in all our lives we’ve been “that person”. That person who’s been dumped by someone they thought was ‘the one’, that person who freaked out because everything wasn’t just right for an important meeting, that person who left for the big city in search of something more but found themselves missing the simple comforts of home and family.

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

Well, it would be nice to just be an author. Sadly, the Evil Day Job beckons forty-something hours a week. But, if money was not an object and writing was off the table, then…I don’t know. I think I’d like to run a bed and breakfast in an old house somewhere near a lake. The sort of place that I could set my own hours, see people who are generally happy, and be able to go fishing whenever the mood strikes.

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

To always keep a notebook with me. Or at least a pad of some sort to write down the ideas when they come flooding in.

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

Probably about a million things. I’m the sort of person who checks the alarm clock three times before going to bed to make sure it’s set on AM and not PM.

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

For The Scent of Jasmine I got the idea after being dragged to a nail shop by a friend of mine to have a pedicure. I am not a ‘foot’ person and despised every second of it, but did learn firsthand the dangers of what can happen when one bets on a football game and loses. There were lots of women at the nail shop, all talking about relationships and giving each other advice on what they would do in the other’s shoes, that sort of thing, and it occurred to me that was the perfect place to start a story. The rest of it just grew from there.

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

I want to continue Jessica and Grace’s story. At least for a little while. I feel like I left them on a cliffhanger of sorts and I’d like to see what happens next in their relationship.

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

I live in Georgia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It certainly influences how I write as well as what I write. I think there are a lot of stereotypes about people in the South and their attitudes towards the LGBT community. Deep down most Southerners are polite to a fault and tend to treat everyone like family, whether they are or not. But stereotypes exist for a reason. I would say that a large portion of the population (of at least North Georgia) has no ‘issue’ with homosexuality, but at the same time still whispers the word lesbian in polite company. A really good friend of mine just got married to her partner and had to go out of state to do it. While they threw one hell of a reception here at home, they fact that couldn’t get married in their own backyard is (in my humble opinion) wrong. There is no way you can write about a modern lesbian relationship in the South and not have its social attitudes color the story in at least some small way.

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

Deep down I’m a straight up Sci Fi / Fantasy girl. I grew up reading Mercedes Lackey, Robin McKinley, and Elizabeth Moon. I loved these authors and their books and still have a tattered copy of The Blue Sword around here somewhere. It’s the original version of the paperback, the one that has Harry looking all badass on horseback while holding up the glowing blue sword. These authors spoke to who I was growing up. They didn’t write about damsels in distress, but strong, not always confident women, who kicked ass and took names in ‘a man’s world’.

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

Coffee certainly. The day does not begin until I’ve had my second cup. The Blacklist definitely. Don’t even bother calling my house while that’s on television.

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New Release: To Catch a Threeve by Alexis Duran – #MM Romance @AlexisSDuran

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Title: To Catch a Threeve
Author Name: Alexis Duran
Publication Date & Length: October 20, 2014 – 136 pgs

Synopsis

Axel Blackwood catches a thief and is astounded to see that he closely resembles Liam Alloway, the love he lost seven years ago in an attack by the evil woodland folk known as threeves. Axel suspects he’s fallen prey to dark magic, but can’t help becoming infatuated with his prisoner. He’s overwhelmed with the hope that he can at last bring his lost lover home, despite everything that warns him it’s all a diabolical trick. 

Bryn Darrow, the half-threeve, half human orphan sent to trick Axel and rob him of much more than a simple gem finds himself equally as fascinated with his handsome human captor and the lure of someplace to call home, but he knows deep down that the constable is in love with a dangerous illusion. When he’s commanded by the threeves to murder Axel and steal a witch’s powerful grimoire, he’s forced to decide between the only family he’s ever known and the one person who might rescue him from a life of isolation and pain.

Will Axel and Bryn be forced into a deadly confrontation before they can discover the truth?

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“What are you, Bryn Darrow?” Axel asked.

“Wish I knew,” Bryn answered, shaking his head and chuckling. “You can go on pretending I’m this Liam person if you want.”

“If you ever try to act like Liam again, I’ll let Drummond lop your head off. He’s itching to, you know.”

“You started it,” Bryn snapped. “And now you’re getting friendly again.”

Axel jerked his hands away from Bryn’s back as if he’d been burned. “I’m looking for your clan sign. Why’d you remove it?”

“Looking with your fingers instead of your eyes? Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind it.” Bryn looked over his shoulder with that annoying, delectable smile. Only the memory of being spelled senseless stopped Axel from resuming his exploration of Bryn’s skin, kissing his neck, pushing him down into the grass—

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Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing.  She’s worked in museums, fashion, finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was Administrative Assistant in a haunted Victorian Mansion.  She’s had several short stories published in the mystery, horror and literary genres and is the author of the Masters and Mages erotic fantasy series.  Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and half cats.  She is currently working on the next Masters and Mages novella and several other erotic novellas.

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4.5 and 4 Stars for Seduction in Red by D.T. Peterson – #MM #Romance

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Title: Seduction in Red
Author Name: D.T. Peterson
Publication Date & Length: September 23, 2014 – 192pgs

Synopsis

Trevor is young, rich and single; completely open about who he is and unwilling to hide it from anyone. Cody is shy and inexperienced, exploring the desires he secretly craves to fulfill for the first time. Together, they venture down a path neither of them could have ever imagined…

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I really enjoyed this story. The characters were well developed with complicated backgrounds that enhanced the story. Trevor was a great boyfriend. He was attentive, loving, sweet and loyal. Cody was naive, confused, curious, loving, and also loyal.
It was a little hard at first, because Trevor and Cody immediately started their relationship. While I do understand that they had an instant connection, with all of the issues that Cody was having, I found it a little hard to believe how patient Trent was with all that Cody had to work through. However, Peterson was able to over come that easily, for me, by having a great dialogue between the lovers, as well as within Cody’s head.
The family dynamic for Cody and Trent, while sad, was much more realistic. Both come from families that have no idea what it means to love unconditionally. It was nice to watch Cody become the person he always knew he was; even more endearing to watch Trent foster Cody without judgment, without rushing him. Sue was another character that I grew to really appreciate in the story. While it was necessary in the beginning for her to be hurt, in the end, I really liked how she chose to stay a part of Cody’s family. On that note, I do wish there was a little more development with Cody’s brother, Nick.
There was a huge twist, for me, in the story line. I was not expecting it at all. I liked that Peterson was able to catch me off guard. It made the book that much more enjoyable.
This was a great story. The only thing is that there needs to be more editing. There were several instances where words were misspelled, character names were incorrect during dialogue or misuse/using the wrong their, there or they’re. While I was able to figure out what the author was trying to convey, it did take away from the story.
~AvidReader
FourStars

The first 3/4 of the book was about the relationship between Trevor and Cody. Cody not out yet, but Trevor feeling confident in who he is.  The author covers them meeting and going through many roadblocks in becoming a couple.  The story flowed easily and was a fast  read.  I really came to like Cody in the story with all his struggles, and felt awful at how his family treated him. Trevor on the other hand was very confident and sure of himself which played well in their developing relationship.
I truly did not expect the turn the book took. I was shocked at how they were treated and what happened to them.  I was impressed with the way the author wrote that part of the storyline.
The only thing I didn’t  like was the author would be talking about something that they were going to do and the next sentence the story had moved onto something else.  It left a couple of holes in the story.
But overall I thought this book was well written with a excellent storyline.
~Sherry
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D.t. Peterson lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He enjoys traveling, and being outdoors. His hobbies include canoeing, hiking, whitewater rafting, and furniture making. His debut novel was The Cove.

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1. What’s your writing process and how do you think it’s unique to you?
Sometimes a story line, or a plot calls to me. It’s usually the ending I have in mind when I start out to write, the emotions I want it to elicit, the purpose of the book. I have a few key scenes stuck in my head, the rough idea of where and how it should progress.

2. Do you think its good to read books in the genre you’re writing? Why or why not?

I tend not to read other works in the genre, I don’t want my writing style to be influenced by what others have written. I want it to be uniquely mine.

3. What’s your experience with the LGBT et al readership community?

My experiences with the LGBT readers has been fantastic! I have made numerous friends, and everyone is beyond helpful.

4. What’s your number 1 writing goal when you sit down to start a new piece?

Foremost, when i begin to write a new work, I want it to be unique and profound. I want the story to convey a message, to express emotions, the conditions by which we live and how it shape our lives.

5. What sets your book apart from other books in its genre? Why should we pick up your book instead of another?

Everyone talks about genre, and every book has its audience. But I don’t consider it when I write, rather i concentrate on plot, the reasons why the characters lives become intertwined. I want my books to go beyond the stereotypes and portray life as it is. I want the readers to walk away thinking.

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4 Star Review for One Thing Leads by Jude Dunn #MM #Romance #Erotica @jude_dunn

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Title: One Thing Leads
Author Name: Jude Dunn
Publication Date: October 20, 2014

Synopsis

What makes a young man go further than he ever thought he would?

Dion Bellamy is twenty-seven and studying social work at the University of Chicago. He has lived with Kenji Okamura, a construction worker, for a year and a half. Dion loves Kenji and passionately hopes Kenji feels the same, but he has never said the three big words. Then Grayson Sinclair, Dion’s schoolmate and a vivacious, oversexed playboy, comes between them.

One step at a time, barely aware where his steps are leading, Dion descends the slippery slope into a life of depravity. First, Grayson ensures Kenji is out of the way. Then he entices Dion to go clubbing with him, gets Dion drunk and high, and then takes him to a sex club, where he films Dion giving blow jobs to multiple men. He threatens to put the video online unless Dion signs a contract to work as a prostitute. Though he hardly understands how he reached this point, Dion must now figure out how to escape his fate and save himself.

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This was an excellent story about two men, Dion and Kenji.  They have lived together for 1 1/2 years.  Then Dion met Grayson Sinclair, and he thought he was wonderful and they could be friends.  But Grayson got him involved in his sex club. Dion would have been lost forever if not for Kenji’s love.
The author did an amazing job of keeping you hooked in the story with all the little twists.  I was shocked at the turn the storyline took and how quickly everything turned worse.
The storyline was written in a very descriptive way that made you feel it was real. Dion and Kenji’s story was warm and loving, I thought Grayson could be a fun addition to their lives, but didn’t expect how awful it would turn out.  The author did a wonderful job leading up to the main plot.
There were a lot of characters introduced very quickly at the beginning and the scenes kept changing from one place to another.  It was a little confusing to start, but overall was an excellent read.
~Sherry

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IRR: What interested you about writing in the LGBT community?

JD: I was alive when the Stonewall Inn Era began but too far removed from it in every way to take part in the movement. I was sixteen, stuck in a tiny town in the woods of North Alabama, and so far in the back of the closet I didn’t even know that phrase. When I finally came out at forty-nine, I discovered what I had missed.

Why do I write LGBT lit? Because it’s a small way to support the community. Does it seem like a big stretch to say I support gay rights by writing romance novels? Maybe. But one of the core principles of the romance genre is that people can overcome their struggles. They can find love. Yes, the writing can be good or bad, deep or shallow, but that’s true for every literary genre. I write LGBT stories to show that men in love with men are no different from het couples. Discovering such stories is what helped me come out to myself and then to the people around me.

When I exited the closet, the only gay-life experience I had access to was the trashy things I could find via this new thing called the Internet. That was back in the day when dial-up was king and Google didn’t yet exist. Somehow I discovered yaoi fanfiction and was blown away by stories—few and far between the hormonal outbursts of frustrated writers—that depicted men in loving relationships. I was hooked. I started writing fanfics and began developing the skills to write original pieces. And here I am with Dreamspinner Press and a novel out. Imagine that.

The bottom line, though, is a bit deeper than this, as important as it is to me. The title of this post is “Who Cares If You’re LGBT?” because I hope that one day sexual orientation will matter as much as eye color or fingernail length. Writing true-to-life romance that depicts LGBT people in positive, healthy relationships is my own small way of helping to make that happen.

IRR: What has your experience been, good or bad, about writing in the rainbow community?

JD: It’s been good, by and large. In real life I’m supported by an incredible, loving community of friends and family that encourage me. Online I’ve met a multitude of wonderful people, many of whom read my work, some who don’t. The few flamers and haters I’ve learned to ignore. If you don’t, you’ll go crazy with anger or depression. It took me a long time to learn that. Once I did, I was able to focus on making my stories better.

IRR: What makes your novel worth the read? Tell us why we should pick it up.

JD: One Thing Leads <use this link for the text “One Thing Leads” is three stories deep. It gives you the thrill of being a voyeur, a love story that will touch your heart, and a challenge to notice where your foot falls as you walk through your life. Let me unpack that just a bit.

On the surface is the fun stuff, the lusty, vicarious thrill ride of watching one man seduce another. Below this is a love story between two men with different personalities. Circumstance splits them apart, and they have to find their way back together. The foundation beneath both of these is a look at how events in our lives can change our attitudes just enough to make one choice more likely than it would have been otherwise. Dion makes a choice to listen to and lean on Grayson, who leads him toward a life he would never have chosen for himself.

Would Dion have gone down that road if he and Kenji hadn’t fought? I don’t know any more than my readers, but I want to believe that he would have seen Grayson’s advances for what they were: an act of seduction attempted by an oversexed playboy who wanted Dion as a toy.

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“God,” Dion screamed, throwing his hands in the air in disgust. He and Kenji glared like dogs circling each other before attacking. Finally Dion broke the tension. “I need some air,” he said, then spun on a heel and strode to the bedroom. Kenji sat still as stone, listening to Dion slamming drawers as he found clothes suitable for going out.

How did this happen? I wanted to come clean. I thought if we talked about it—

After quickly dressing, Dion stormed to the front door.

“Where are you going?”

“Out,” Dion said without looking at Kenji. “Does that meet with your approval?”

“Dion, don’t be—”

The sound of the door slamming rang in Kenji’s ears. Footsteps fell hard and fast down the stairs. When they stopped, he looked away from the door. He closed his eyes at the muffled sound of another door slamming hard two floors below. When he opened his eyes a few minutes later, he looked down, surprised to see dots of blood on the seat of the recliner. He opened his hands and saw that his fingernails had broken the skin of his palms.

AuthorBio

I’m a southern boy. Well, “boy” may be a stretch. I’m sixty-one this year, but I still feel like I’m twenty-two and act like I’m nine-and-a-half. Grew up in north Alabama, smack-dab in the middle of the Bible belt.

I discovered I was attracted to boys at age fourteen. Twenty minutes after that, I found out that being gay was the unforgivable sin, not blaspheming the Holy Spirit, as my little Baptist church had taught me. So, as so many like me have always done, I hid from everyone, including and especially myself.

At age forty-nine I came out to myself, my wife, and my three wonderful children. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the best thing that ever happened to me.

I started writing shortly after discovering anime. There’s this thing called “fandoms,” you see—well, I know you probably know about that. I grew my skills slowly, feeding on the dribbles of praise and criticism my mailing lists provided. In 2011 I decided to try my hand at original fiction and found I have a talent for telling stories that touch people’s hearts and make them laugh. For me there’s no greater high in all the world. The next year I somehow screwed up the courage to submit to a publisher and was given a thumbs up. Now I’m happily sharing my tales with those who care to read them.

My day job is editing and engraving sacred music for a mainline publisher in Chicago, where I live with an antisocial cat who refuses to be named. I enjoy fine wines, jazz, and the darkest chocolate I can get my hands on.

I write in a variety of genres, from gay romance and erotica to science fiction and mainstream thrillers, each category under a different pseudonym. Jude Dunn is the one I use for gay romance. My work is sometimes subtle, sometimes fiery, but always brimming with characters who tackle their challenges with an unwavering love of life.

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