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In The Blue Moonlight by H. Lewis-Foster

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In The Blue Moonlight

By H. Lewis-Foster

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Cover Artist: Lily Velden in collaboration with Design Bug

Pages: 22 pages

Blurb

Simon has a good job and a nice house, and according to his best friend Chris, he’s turning into a boring old fart. So it’s totally out of character when Simon bares his bum to the local constabulary on a night out with his brother’s student mates. He hopes he’s put the incident behind him, when Simon bumps into one of the officers.  Simon fears he’s in trouble, then thinks he’s in luck when PC Mark Timmis buys him a drink – but life in a rural English town is never as simple as it seems.
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On a count of three from Tim, the most vocal of the group, six students and one financial expert lowered their trousers to reveal a remarkably varied set of backsides. Glancing sideways, Simon spied a pert pair of buttocks which could have graced a swimwear ad, a scrawny little bum which could barely have held up its owner’s jeans, and an unusually hairy arse adorned with a love-heart tattoo.

Then Simon looked round at the uniformed recipients of their cheeky display. Their jaw-dropping looks of surprise were priceless, and Simon genuinely hoped a passer-by had snapped them on a mobile phone. Simon soon realized, however, that it was he and his mooning chums who were far more likely to end up on YouTube.

Only one of the policemen wasn’t gaping like a truncheon had been shoved somewhere unexpected. A smile crept onto the face of the tall, blond and undeniably handsome officer. Simon instinctively smiled back, until he noticed the copper’s colleagues had recovered their professional poise and were readying themselves for action. Tim gave his orders once more.

“Leg it!”

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About the author

H. Lewis-Foster lives in the North of England, and has always worked with books in one form or another. As a keen reader of gay fiction, she decided to try writing herself, and is now the proud author of several short stories and her debut novel ‘Burning Ashes’. She was also delighted to see her first play performed earlier in 2014.

H. likes to create characters who are talented, funny and quite often gorgeous, but who all have their faults and vulnerable sides, and she hopes that you’ll enjoy reading their stories as much as she loves writing them.

Author Contact: https://twitter.com/HLewisFoster

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PROTECTOR OF THE ALPHA by Parker Williams

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Adopted at an early age by a wealthy family, Jake Davis’s life appears easy. Even in college, he is blessed with good grades and an apparently clear path to a pro football career. Good thing his best friend keeps hanging around to keep his head from getting too swollen.

Zakiya Incekara has always been…odd. Being fluent in six languages and having a flair for international cooking should open the world to him, but those skills leave him isolated.

When Jake sees Zak for the first time, with water beading down his slender form, something inside him shifts, and it hungers for Zak. To have him. To claim him. And Jake knows that whatever it is, it won’t be denied.

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Jake’s hand was rough, his skin dry. Zak loved how his fingers gripped tightly, but not so much that it hurt. Jake said nothing as they walked along the streets of the campus. There were few people around, but Zak did not care if everyone was watching them. He was confused as to his attraction to Jake, but it was something he could not deny.

The soft jazz music poured from the door of the pub when Jake pulled it open. Jake’s hand on his lower back urged him inside. Zak sniffed appreciatively at the scent of Cajun spices, no doubt from the blackened catfish special. His stomach protested, and he heard Jake snicker, but he could not seem to raise the ire he should. Jake escorted him to a booth and allowed Zak to sit back against the brushed leather.

“Two dinner specials coming up,” Jake said brightly.

Zak gazed at Jake’s hulking form as it moved away, marveling at the sinewy grace as he dodged patrons and servers. It was odd. He had never met anyone like Jake. He doubted there was anyone like Jake. He felt comfortable in his presence. Jake’s size did not intimidate him. In fact, that made him all the sexier. But his eyes were what made Zak melt into a puddle of goo. The way they twinkled in the dimmest of light. When Jake so much as glanced at him, Zak felt he was the sole thing Jake saw.

Jake turned from the bar, and Zak watched as the bright smile turn into a sneer. He dropped the tray, the catfish crashing to the floor, before he stalked to where Zak sat. Jake grabbed a man, probably about forty, by his throat and pushed him against the wall.

“You don’t so much as breathe near him,” Jake snarled.

The man looked cool as he smiled and croaked out. “You are everything I had heard you would be, and more, my lord.”

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Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that comes with melding lives together.

Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author and also working on Pride-Promotions, an LGBT author promotion service.

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CritShop: inaugural writing workshop for LGBT fiction.

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Darach’s Cariad by RJ Scott

Darach’s Cariad is released on 7th November from Love Lane Books. To celebrate the release, book 1 in the series, Kian’s Hunter will be available at only $0.99 from 7th November until the end of the month.

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Darach Gravenor has blue magic. He is alone in his world and he wants to rescue his friend Kian from the horrors of the Other World.

Ceithin Morgan is Cariad. Strong with Ancient magic he teaches Darach that not all children’s fairy stories should be believed. Ceithin has his own reasons for helping Darach and shows Darach that there is magic that he never even knew existed.

They are living on borrowed time. Guardian knows what they are doing and he is coming for Ceithin. Darach and Ceithin have two choices — do they run, or do they make their stand together?

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In one surge of movement, Ceithin snapped the fragile blue Fire trying to hold him in place and had the younger man pinned to the floor in bonds of crimson. His visitor opened his mouth. Ceithin stopped any potential shout for help with a casual flick of his wrist and a spell to silence Darach. Carefully, he eased to kneel next to his new prisoner. He only had one question for Darach. A rhetorical question given the frightened man was spelled into absolute quiet, but a good one to get out into the damp cold air.

“What are you doing here, you idiot?” He rolled to his feet and looked down at the figure prone on the floor, and a sudden uncertainty tugged at him. “Darach Gravenor.” The harshness of the syllables scratched at his throat when he spoke them, and he sensed immediate shock from his prisoner. He leaned closer. “The one who wants to follow. Kian told me, warned me you would try to find the Cariad.”

Darach shook his head, and his eyes widened in the dim light of crimson.

“I’ll let you loose. Are you going to scream? If I lift the hold, don’t make a sound, all right?” He waited until Darach nodded, then breath by breath, he snagged the bands of his Fire hovering around Darach’s face.

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With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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✍ Guest Post ✍ Devon McCormack

Today we welcome Devon McCormack to talk about his new novel, When Ryan Came Back. It’s a YA paranormal mystery!

Secrets and Lies:
When Ryan Came Back
by Devon McCormack

When Ryan Came Back

 

Blurb: Steven’s life changes forever the day he discovers his childhood friend and lifelong crush, Ryan Walters, standing in his bedroom. The problem? Ryan Walters committed suicide just days earlier.

Ryan tells Steven that he didn’t kill himself. He believes he was murdered and that his death is linked to an article he was working on for the school paper. Steven sets out to solve the mystery, but as the story unfolds, so does Ryan’s secret life of sex with guys and depression. Steven realizes suicide is more plausible than Ryan’s conspiracy theory, but he struggles to convince Ryan of the real cause of his death. And despite revelations of his friend’s closeted life, he must face the truth that Ryan doesn’t—and never will—love him.

 

 

Hey guys! Thanks for having me on the blog today to talk about my new YA paranormal novel, When Ryan Came Back.

When I first started working on this book, I knew I wanted to write a story about lies. Maturity from teenager to adult is really about those defining moments where you realize the world isn’t what you were told it was. Morality is complex. There are no easy answers. And there are more important things in the universe than getting a high score on the SAT. Not everyone faces life as it is at the same age. Circumstances force some to grow up faster than others. Some are so protected by their family they don’t experience it until later. In general, though, I think the real transition that marks one’s maturity into adulthood (beyond just their age) is when simplistic versions of the world are shattered and they have to grapple with its complexities.

I chose a mystery for When Ryan Came Back because the genre is all about finding unwanted truths on the way to solving one particular mystery. As the main character, Steven, digs around to discover the truth behind his friend’s death, he discovers dark secrets in the pasts of his friend, his town, even his parents. He doesn’t want to know any of these secrets, but that’s what happens when you start digging around where you don’t belong. Now, Steven’s wondering if he ever really knew any of these people, and the truth is, he didn’t. He saw what they wanted him to see. So where does that leave him? With one hell of a trust issue. I think this is something most people develop at one point or another. We’ve all been betrayed. Betrayal is something that terrifies me, and it’s a shame, because it’s something that is unavoidable.

One of the greatest betrayal Steven experiences is from the person he’s trying to help, Ryan. He and Ryan were childhood friends, but after Ryan moved out of his school district through middle school, they don’t talk until they wind up attending the same high school. Eventually, they form a new friendship, one based on who they’ve become, but it’s cut short by Ryan’s death. When Ryan’s ghost asks Steven to help him find out how he died, Steven finds all these skeletons in his closet–antidepressants, sex with guys…things that leave him wondering if he really even knew the real Ryan at all. And if he’s been lying to him all this time, how can he ever learn to trust him again? This is the real question Steven has throughout When Ryan Came Back. What is a real betrayal, and how do we know who we can trust? Or can we really trust anyone?

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FREEBIE! Truth in Lace by Tempeste O’Riley

Truth in Lace
by Tempeste O’Riley
Desires Entwined, #3.5
Gay, Gender fluid, Contemporary, Coming of Age
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 5, 2014 (ebook)
Length: Short / 24 pages

 

 

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When Alexander James Noble looks in the mirror, he sees a freak looking back at him. Despite his high grades and plans for culinary arts school after graduation, his parents would hate him if they really knew him.

Forced on a shopping trip with his twin sister, Lyric, and her friends, Alex eyes the girls jealously, longing to be able to dress like them—to be them. The constant struggle of being “gender fluid,” wrestling with an identity that seems to change daily, begins to wear on Alex. But all those questions and fears seem more manageable when his sister gives him his first skirt and lace panties.

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Designs of Desire (book 1) Simple Desires (Part of the Grand Adventures Anthology)

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“I found it a beautiful tale of unhappiness changed to romance and then love with a happy ending.”

—Rainbow Book Reviews, on “Designs of Desire”

“Tempeste O’Riley clearly has designs on our attention with Designs of Desire, a story as heart breaking as it is heart warming.”

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“The writer did an excellent job with the characters, they are likable and perfect. Not perfect in the way that they have no flaws, but in a way that they grab you and complement each other.”

—Love Bytes Reviews, on “Temptations of Desire”

 

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Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual gender fluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing at http://tempesteoriley.com.

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Guest Post ☞ Christopher Hawthorne Moss

What Goes Into a Historical Novel?  Everything!

A fellow historical novelist and I were talking about our chosen genre once, when I mentioned to her that people often shake their heads and comment on the large amount of research required to write a historical novel.  Her reaction affirmed my own: “But that’s the best part!”  It’s true. What seems excruciatingly dull and difficult is the part we write historical fiction for.  Of course it means the novel, or, for that matter, the short story will take longer to write and edit, but I can honestly say I would reconsider writing if the research did not come along with the project.  It is a garden of forking paths, each path more wonderful than the last.  If you don’t believe me, read on to see where my keyboarding fingers took me when I wrote WHERE MY LOVE LIES DREAMING, a novel that takes place just before and during the American Civil War in New Orleans and on the Mississippi River.

Perhaps to the uninitiated it may seem as if the author simply needs to read a history book.  This happened, then that happened, then it all got resolved when Lee signed the surrender at Appomattox.  Hardly.  Any novelist knows that the daily concerns of the characters are just too important to overlook.  You would not write a contemporary novel without mentioning the day to day, why would you do this for a historical novel?  But when you know little or nothing about that earlier time, that’s saying a lot.

Obviously the first thing I needed to know about was riverboats.  You know, “waiting for the Robert E. Lee” and all that.  I found a local riverboat charter and arranged with the nice man who owned it to come visit.  Then I found we had a full size riverboat I could go on, stopping in the promenade to lean and kiss the wall I was so in love by this time.  It had a calliope they played with steam which I learned is one of the only original instruments that exists.  I also found an online forum called steamboats.org with all kinds of information and the dilemma for me of revealing or not revealing that the owner’s cabin on my boat, Le Beau Soleil, would be the scene of some hot and heavy homosexual love making.  I learned all about the cabins, large and small, found a menu for the four meals served  a day in the dining cabin and read how the “ladies’ sitting area” would be disassembled during the meals, and just what would consist of luxuries in such an establishment.  All this to have my exquisite Frankie ogle Johnny as he glances at the scandalous Apollo Belvedere in the dining room.

I learned in this process as well that a riverboat had two kinds of passengers, better off and simple farmers.  These latter did not have staterooms but slept on the floor in the main deck.  They often shared that deck with coffle slaves and prisoners, and I had to find a reason why Frankie might not want to have slaves on his boat.  His ability to pretend not to speak English came in handy for that.  In the reading I did about the slaves I heard stories like about the woman who got caught in the side-wheel which made for a brief if poignant side story for Frankie to tell his friend Mick.

One piece of great fortune I had was finding out that when Amazon first started selling the Kindle they were desperate for content.  One thing they did was look for public domain material they could get put on the Kindle right away.  It just so happens there was an out of print author who lived in New Orleans at the very time my story took place, George Washington Cable.  Among his many novels he also wrote an account of what happened in New Orleans during the year the Confederacy had control of it.  I was able as a result to retell his account of the depredations in that city and make them applicable to my characters.  I would not have been able to just go and find material like that as, being visually impaired, it was the fact that it was on the text-to-speech equipped Kindle that allowed me to read the account.

Looking about Amazon for other accounts of life in or near New Orleans I discovered that the two forts that were significant in the defense of New Orleans when the Union Navy arrived in April 1862.  I discovered that it just so happened that the single largest mutiny that ever took place in the American military took place in those forts when the largely lower class and ethnic soldiers stationed at Forts Jackson and St. Phillip turned on the officers.  From that I learned how many ethnic underclass people there were in New Orleans and how disproportional the hardships were for the Italians, Poles, Jews, Irish and Germans who made up the sicth largest city in the U.S. in 1860.  I also learned how the Union ships arrived and fired on the forts then sailed on to find all the ships on the levee at the city in flames, torched by their own citizens. And I was writing about a riverboat.

Just how precise does the research need to be?  I have Frankie meet a photographer in one of the first scenes in the novel.  He takes a picture of a nude Frankie, but how?  And with what masteries’?  Does that even matter?  Well, when Frankie throws the photograph, an Ambrotype to be exact, into the fire to destroy it later on, I had to know what materials went into the Ambrotyp and whether those chemicals would kill or sicken someone exposed to them.  That’s when the research reached a dead end.  I couldn’t find out in a timely manner, so just made Frankie leave the room when the odors presented themselves.

Now my hope is when I tell you all this I show you just how involving the research can be.  Wither I had to look further to make the story hold up or I simply found one fascinating fact after another.  I now know what songs were popular during the time, what the condition of the railroads was, whether New Orleans had hotels and how, with no elevators, tall they could be.  I found out that one of the most faithful diarists during the war was a young Jewish girl who lived quite well in the surprisingly sophisticated city of New Orleans in 1861.  Now how could that not lead me off into yet another fantastic and attitude changing cul de sax of history?

And, I add, almost all the research I did was on the Internet.  It had to be.  Even if I could fly to this or that place, I could not read the records with my own eyes.  How fulfilling a profession I found thanks to those men who created first the Internet and then, thank you Mr. Bernrs-lee, the web!

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About Christoper Hawthorne Moss

Christopher Hawthorne Moss is dedicated to reversing historical erasure for GLBT people.  Through historical fiction we can present a plausible, positive tale of our lives and loves throughout time.  We were queer, we were here.  Whether through his own works or through reviews of others’, Christopher Hawthorne Moss shares a heritage with those whose heritage was stolen. To find out more, visit the Website. (http://www,authorchristophermoss.com)