Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Flash Fiction Holiday Blog Hop


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Who doesn't love a little flash fiction blog hop with holiday feels by some of your favorite authors? :-)

Thorny Sterling and Kris T. Bethke had so much fun writing their photo-inspired short stories and were so intrigued by how different just the two of them used the photo, that they wanted to see what a whole bunch of writers might do with a single photo. And what better time to offer free stories than during the holidays? :-)

Because Thorny and Kris are all kinds of awesome they invited me to help them get this done, and after some fun brainstorming, here’s what the three of us came up with.

All stories must be inspired by this photo:

All stories must include in the text:

  1. A winter holiday theme,
  2. A “bad boy” character, and
  3. A gift of some kind (author’s choice).
Try to limit your writing to no more than 3000 words, but 500 to 1000 is preferred. This is flash fiction, which is defined by being brief. Think of it like a specific moment in the characters’ lives instead of their whole story.

We’re asking that it fit under the umbrella of LGBT Romance, so if you want to write about any two characters on the gender and/or sexuality spectrums, go for it. Anything goes as far as genre too, so scifi, mystery, paranormal, contemporary, etc. is fine, just make sure it’s a romance first and foremost.

Have an idea to use characters you’ve already written about? Well, OK, but make sure we know who you’re talking about by giving us a summary of their original story that this flash fiction is spinning off of as an introduction. (And buy links because, you know, tis the season for the one-click clickety.)

Sign-up Begins: TODAY, October 21
Sign-up Ends: October 31

You don’t have to be a published author to participate. But we ask that you make an effort to be professional by having others read and critique your work before you post it. Remember, it’ll be internet-permanent in an instant and you wanna look awesome!

Use the InLinkz system below to sign-up and make sure to complete all the required information. (It doesn’t matter who’s blog you sign-up from because everything’s connected in InLinkz.)

An InLinkz Link-up

Post stories to your own blog starting December 1 and no later than December 7.

If you don’t have your own blog, you can use the “Writings” section of your Goodreads profile. If you don’t have a blog or a Goodreads account, contact Kris to get on the “Host Me” list and either she, Thorny, or I will host your story for you on our own blogs (limited availability!).

Questions? Problems? Contact Kris Bethke (kristbethke at gmail dot com)

So... How excited are you? :-D

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pulling Leather Tour

I have been a touch busy lately, which is good, but also bad in that I've been somewhat remiss in keeping my poor blog updated. The biggest news is a new book! Pulling Leather, book three in the Pickup Men series released last week. Yeehaw! I'll have more updates soon, but for now, details on the Pulling Leather tour can be found here. There are a few more stops later this week, and lots of chances yet to win prizes.

The Blurb:

The toughest ride of his life is all in his head.

Bull rider Scott Gillard has a reputation for quick fists and harsh words. What no one knows is where that anger comes from. After a shocking incident sends him into a tailspin, he knows he needs help: he’s been fighting a battle he could never win. Now he’s trying to navigate a new life and embrace his true self, but some days are easier than others.

Pickup man Cory Ackerson has suffered his share of harassment, but his light still burns bright. He doesn’t let anything or anyone keep him down, so when he meets the rugged cowboy with a battered chip on his shoulder and regret in his dark eyes, all he wants to do is help.

As their unlikely friendship grows into something deeper, Scott must overcome his past to be the man Cory deserves, or lose his best chance at his own happily ever after.

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Pulling Leather is available now at Riptide Publishing, ARe, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Amazon.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

And the winners are...

The Let It Ride blog ride has officially come to the end of the trail. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did, with all the guesses to the drawing, as well as all the favorite cowboys. John Wayne was definitely at the top of the list, and there were so many fabulous characters people loved. I love them all. :-)

So, with the help of a handy-dandy little random generator, I have winners for the tour goodies! Congratulations, everyone - emails coming to you all!

1 ebook from my backlist: Jill
1 signed print copy of Long Tall Drink: Lori
1 original graphite pencil drawing, by me: Jen

YEEHAW!

I'd like to shout out a big thank you to all of you who braved saddle sores and a week of cookout beans for dinner to join me on this little trail ride, and to everyone who was gracious enough to let me stop by their blogs. You all made it rock! <3

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Snippet - Let It Ride

Ready for another Sunday Snippet from my upcoming release, Let It Ride? How about . . . the first kiss! :-)
I hope you enjoy!

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Bridge’s dreams hadn’t come close to the reality of kissing Eric Palmer. Not by a country mile. There was no way he could have imagined the silky smooth feel of Eric’s warm lips, the way day-old scruff brushed over his skin, the strong, wet slide of Eric’s tongue as it dueled with his, and holy hell, their tongues dueled! Never had he been on the receiving end of such an aggressive kiss, felt such demand to be so . . . consumed, so needed, and then there was the taste. Heady and spicy and it shot through his veins like liquid fire.

This. This was what he’d wanted. This was what he’d been looking for all his life. He knew in that moment, without a single doubt, he was head over heels for Eric, and there was no going back. Not now. Not ever.

Eric broke the kiss first and stepped back, lips glistening in the low light of the rodeo grounds, chest heaving. Tiny gossamer clouds puffed out into the space between them as their heated breaths collided with the cool night air. “You’re not alone here.” His thickly accented voice was low and ragged.

“Knew it.” Bridge smiled, forcing himself to stay still even as his skin felt tight on his bones and his fingers itched to pull Eric back against him. He didn’t know what to do next, only knew that he wanted more. More kisses like that, more of that unique flavor, more of that lean body notched so perfectly to his. They may have just crossed a line, but fuck if anything had ever felt more right than Eric in his arms.

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The Blurb:

Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jumpstarts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.

New York City transplant Eric Palmer grew up in foster care. While he always had a roof over his head, he never felt love or a sense of belonging . . . until he joined the California rodeo circuit as a paramedic and found a band of brothers who took him in as one of their own. Now, one in particular is making Eric’s pulse race.

When things heat up between Bridge and Eric, Bridge has to prove to Eric he’s not just experimenting with the rougher sex, while Eric must overcome his fears of being unwanted and cast aside. He knows that trusting Bridge may be the key to his happy ever after, but getting in the saddle is much, much easier than learning to let it ride.

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Available for pre-order now at Riptide Publishing, in ebook or paperback.

Note: The above photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Photographer See-ming Lee.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Snippet - Let It Ride

Time to saddle up for another season on the rodeo circuit, ladies and gents! May 26th my cowboys are dusting off their boots for more adventures, this time with Bridge and Eric. I thought I'd kick things off with the first of four Sunday Snippets to bring us to release day. I hope you enjoy!

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Eric looked up and met Bridge’s stare across the table. The wheels were clearly turning in the man’s head, and there was a glint of humor in his expression. He reminded Eric of a big cat readying to pounce. He shifted slightly in his seat, wanting to be the mouse as much as he didn’t. “I’m afraid to ask.”

“I want to teach you to ride,” Bridge said, lifting the soda cup to his lips.

“Oh, believe me,” Eric said, pitching his voice low. “I know how to ride quite well.”

Bridge choked on the sip he’d just taken, his eyes widening while a flush spread over the swells of his cheekbones. Endearing, Eric thought, how Bridge could manage embarrassed and turned on at the same time. But also telling how quick Bridge had picked up on his meaning.

“A horse, stud,” Bridge said, his voice ragged from the reversed bubbles, and reached for a napkin to wipe the spilled cola from his chin, pooled right in that little cleft Eric kept wanting to slide his tongue into. “I can’t believe you’ve been hanging around the rodeo this long and haven’t ever ridden a horse.”

Eric shrugged, eyes following Bridge’s hand as he wiped. “I’m here for the cowboys.”

Bridge shook his head, furrowing his brow, and a disapproving frown pushed the corners of his mouth downward. “Seriously, dude. A cowboy without a horse is like a PB&J without the J.”

“I’ll have you know, there are a lot of cowboys in New York who don’t have horses.”

“Yeah, like that naked guy who plays guitar in Times Square? Please.” Bridge rolled his eyes and tossed the soiled napkin on the table beside his plate. “I saw him on YouTube. He’s no cowboy. Nice legs, though.”

Eric raised his eyebrows. How many straight guys did he know who said things like that? Answer: none. “Seriously? You were checking him out?”

“I can appreciate an attractive man,” Bridge said. There was a playful note in his voice, but there was no teasing in the heated, promising look he leveled on Eric. It was another one of those bells-and-whistles stares that didn’t need words to indicate what it meant, and his pulse quickened in response.

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The Blurb:

Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jumpstarts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.

New York City transplant Eric Palmer grew up in foster care. While he always had a roof over his head, he never felt love or a sense of belonging . . . until he joined the California rodeo circuit as a paramedic and found a band of brothers who took him in as one of their own. Now, one in particular is making Eric’s pulse race.

When things heat up between Bridge and Eric, Bridge has to prove to Eric he’s not just experimenting with the rougher sex, while Eric must overcome his fears of being unwanted and cast aside. He knows that trusting Bridge may be the key to his happy ever after, but getting in the saddle is much, much easier than learning to let it ride.

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Available for pre-order now at Riptide Publishing, in ebook or paperback.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

FREE READ: Cottonwood Memories

Back in June, a dear friend of mine shared a bunch of photo plot bunnies for anyone who felt inspired to write something to them. One photo called out to me, Childhood Memories. I wondered what he was thinking, what memories the little teddy bear in his hands held. By the set of his shoulders, the expression of his body language, I got a sense of melancholy, maybe even loss.

A few days later I was in a parking lot surrounded by seeding cottonwood trees. As the cottonseed drifted like springtime snow I heard Avery shout, his voice excited and full of wonder, "Look, Brandon! It's snowing!"

And Cottonwood Memories began...

For Brandon going home isn't easy, but in order to move forward with his life with Zach, he needs to pay a visit to his first love, Avery.

Contemporary M/M romance • 2,900 words

Free download: MOBIePubPDF

PS - I should probably mention, a nearby box of tissues might be handy.

What He Says... Best Gay Movies

With Christmas right around the corner we thought this might be a good time to share a few favorite gay movies, and maybe help you with a few gifts. Here are some of the guys' top gay movies. I've got some on my list. :-) Happy shopping and movie watching!

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Stuart Wakefield:
In no particular order:

  • Brokeback Mountain. I howled, I tell you. HOWLED. I bought it on DVD but can’t bring myself to watch it. I read the short story, though, and howled a whole lot more.
  • Another Gay Movie. It made me laugh and I rediscovered what I think is the brilliance of Let The Music Play.
  • Latter Days. I think the look on the straight guy’s face after the blow-job is priceless. Also, I enjoy a modern romance.
  • Beautiful Thing. I saw the original play in London years before it ever became a movie. I guess I connect with this more because it’s British. I recognise these people, these feelings, these settings. The balance between the teen angst and the comedy got me right in the heart.
  • Maurice. “Have you called me, Sir? I know, Sir. I know, Sir.” This was possibly the first gay sex scene I ever saw and I’ll never forget it. The lavishness of the production struck a chord with me and it’s still a story that I often think about. I’m so glad it was finally published, let alone made into a film.
  • Trick. I feel warm and fuzzy just thinking about this film. If I meet someone who hasn’t seen it I stuff my copy into their hands hound them until they watch it. I think it’s funny, sexy, and smart. Como te gusta mi pinga? remains one of my favourite comedy songs and let’s not forget the bathroom scene with Coco Peru...
  • Suddenly, Last Summer. I’m in love with Montgomery Clift. It’s totally coincidental to me that the finale is gay but it’s the icing on the cake for me.
  • Rope. If I can’t have Montgomery Clift then give me Farley Granger. I could stare at his mouth all day long.
  • Apartment Zero. I fancied Hart Bochner in Supergirl but when I saw him in Apartment Zero, just after the sex/murder scene, I drooled. Also, Colin Firth’s character fancied Montgomery Clift so the deal was done. With its heavy homoerotic overtones I loved every minute of it.
  • The Crying Game. I rarely laugh out loud when I’m watching anything but “fuck off back to Essex, Dave” had me crying with laughter.

D.H. Starr:
I can’t possibly limit myself to 10 movies. So I won’t. Here are my top ten in order.

  • All Over the Guy: Awesome romance which follows two guys, each with issues like the rest of us, and they work their way together. One of the main characters is freakin’ gorgeous.
  • Latter Days: One of the most touching movies I have ever seen.
  • I Think I Do: I cute film which is pretty much a comedy, but sweet as well. It begins with the cast in college then it jumps forward and the gang reuintes at one of the couple’s wedding.
  • Stonewall: Found this movie on Netflix, watched it and immediately bought it. It is so fucking awesome. Timepiece in the age when the Stonewall riots were taking place. Country boy meets NYC drag-queen and falls in love.
  • Get Real: Saw this many years ago while rolling on a Memorial Day weekend at P-Town with friends. Still one of my favorite coming of age movies.
  • Kissing Jessica Stein: Very clever and well written/acted. Two lipstick lesbians hooking up is very cool.
  • Love, Valor, Compassion: Awesome movie, adaptation from Broadway play. Great cast. Follows a group of gay men who get together three times over the course of the summer at a lake house.
  • Torch Song Trilogy: First gay movie I ever watched. Made me feel so good. I cry every time I watch it.
  • Broken Hearts Club: Pretty famous cast and great relationship story. Adaptation from the play.
  • Beautiful Thing: Saw this coming of age movie when I was younger and loved it. Hot boys kissing.
Honorable Mentions
  • Almost Normal: Interesting story line. Not the most brilliant movie, but cute, light-hearted, but thought provoking.
  • East Side Story: Love it. The main character is hot and smart. Very cool movie.
  • The Birdcage: Need I explain?
  • But I’m a Cheerleader: Freakin’ awesome movie.
  • And the Band Played On: Important movie portraying the discovery of HIV/AIDS and the process of finding ways to control it. The time piece feels true to life.Longtime Companion: A time piece which explores life in a time when HIV/AIDS was known about but not much. It explores the pain of loss, the fear of dying, and the impact this disease had on the gay community back in the 80s.
  • Jeffrey: Another Broadway adaptation. Two hot guys who are both famous who play gay guys. Also deals with HIV/AIDS but in a time when the virus had become more controllable with medication.

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Your turn! We'd love to hear what some of your favorite movies are, and why. Happy holidays everyone and we'll see you next year!

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