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Hello everyone!

Hi Elin. Thanks so much for letting me drop by to introduce my new MM erotic romance novel, Port In A Storm.

Port really was a labour of love, more so than any other book I’ve written to date, simply because I absolutely fell for my characters from the get-go and wanted to tell their story as best I could. That’s not to say I don’t always love my characters. I do. But with Alex and Jake that love went a little deeper, I think because they are very much a mash-up of myself at various stages in my life and friends, family and people I used to know.

Jake is my perfect romantic hero. Suitably tall, strong and handsome, he’s independently wealthy with a penchant for travel and a secret that forces him to keep his past a mystery from all around him. He’s a little bit untameable, a little bit damaged, a big bit free-spirited and a lot sexy. I fell for him straight away – indeed he popped into my head first and was the reason for me writing the novel, but it wasn’t until I really started to tell his story that I realised Jake needed someone. Someone who seemed to be his polar opposite, but in fact would turn out to be not so dissimilar after all.

Enter Alex. Alex is a recent university graduate. His father runs a successful law firm in Glasgow and he has always wanted Alex to join the family business, but there’s a problem with that. To say Alex has a bad relationship with his stepmother would be an understatement. Alex blames his stepmother for his mum’s death and knows that he can’t face working in an office with her so instead, he finds himself stuck behind the counter of a coffee shop at Edinburgh Airport wondering what on earth to do with his life.

I have a soft spot for Alex because for me, he’s what so many young people are in their early twenties. Desperate to prove themselves, to be successful, to be appreciated and to make their families proud of their achievements and in Port In A Storm Alex is in the unfortunate position of experiencing what it feels like to be none of those things. As the novel progresses and his relationship with Jake strengthens, Alex finds the ball firmly in his court as he tries to decide what price to put on his own happiness, and just how much he is willing to give up to be with Jake. For Alex, those aren’t easy questions to answer, despite Jake’s reminders that you have to ‘be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead’.

Port In A Storm
Douglas Black

Port In A Storm is a MM erotic novel, written by Douglas Black, and published by Loose Id Publishing in October 2014.

Blurb

Alex is stuck in a rut. He’s facing a big decision about his future, namely, what to do with it and so far he hasn’t managed to come up with an answer.

Until he meets Jake.

Jake blows through Alex’s world like a hurricane and Alex falls hard and fast for the perpetual traveller with a penchant for secrets and a perfect smile. Jake wants Alex, but life isn’t as simple as that.

Jake never settles in one place for long and already their long-distance relationship is driving a wedge between Alex and his family. With no compromises on offer, Alex’s decision about his future becomes a decision about Jake.

For Alex, the idea of losing Jake doesn’t bear thinking about, but choosing him looks like it will mean throwing away everything Alex knows, including his relationship with his parents. And so, Alex finds himself with another question to answer.

How much would you be willing to give up, to be happy?

Excerpt

The man walked up to the door of the last pod in the row and produced a swipe key. He opened the door, pulled Alex inside, and resumed their kiss before the door even shut behind them. Only when the man broke away to catch a breath did Alex get a chance to look around.
The space was small, a little carbon-fiber hut with just enough room for a small double bed and cupboard, and a small bathroom hidden from view behind a partition wall.
The man’s duffel bag took up most of the floor space, but there was still more than enough room for what Alex wanted to do. For what he wanted this man, this stranger to do to him. Before the man could kiss him again, though, Alex needed to know one thing.
“What’s your name?”
The man lifted Alex right up into his arms as if Alex weighed no more than a sack of potatoes and carried him to the bed.
“Jake.”
“Jake?”
“Yeah. Now, get your clothes off.”

A longer excerpt is available on the Loose-Id website, here – http://www.loose-id.com/port-in-a-storm.html

Author Biography

Douglas Black was born and raised in bonnie Scotland. An archaeologist by trade, Douglas started writing MM erotica – as a means of avoiding starvation at university – before returning to the genre in 2012.

Welcome to your fantasy.

Author Links

Blog

http://douglasblackerotica.wordpress.com

Amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Douglas-Black/e/B00A93HUHO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1406885803&sr=8-1

Facebook Author Page

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Twitter
@DBlackErotica

Buy Links

http://www.loose-id.com/port-in-a-storm.html

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-portinastorm-1651434-149.html

My guest today is D P Denman, self confessed coffee addict and hockey fan who lives in one of the few places in the world greener and damper than Wales.

Welcome DP, so glad you could join me.

Thank you so much for having me, Elin. It’s great to be here…and you’re not kidding! This chair is comfy. *bounce, bounce*

Can you tell me a little about yourself? For instance, do you have to have a day job as well as being a writer?

Yes. Like most people in publishing, I have a full-time job that pays the bills so I can pursue the glamourous life of a fledgling author.

In that crucial inspiration stage of a new story which comes first? Plot, situation or character?

Always the character. They creep out of the shadows usually trailing a scene or sometimes only a few minutes of a scene. From there it’s a game of trying to figure out how they fit in that scene and how the rest of the story looks.

Do your characters arrive fully fledged and ready to fly or do they develop as you work with them? Do you have a crisp mental picture of them or are they more a thought and a feeling than an image?

Sometimes they spring to life with a definite story and a strong personality. Blue from my latest book, Naked Truth, was like that. He stomped into my head demanding a story and has been pestering me to put him in print since book one of the series.

Others aren’t so easy to pin down. Sometimes I try to put them in stories that obviously don’t fit their personality so I start over with basic questions about what environment is best suited for the character.

Villains are incredibly important in fiction since they challenge the main protagonists and give them something to contend with beyond the tension of a developing relationship. The cruel sea. The serial killer. The society itself. Your hero’s inner demons. What sort of villains do you prize?

I love the villains that challenge me as a reader. The kind that start out obviously “bad” in some way, but by the end of the book you see so much of the humanity in them that your view of the black and white definition of them as a villain is muddied. They’re bad and you’re supposed to hate them, but you can deny there is something likable under the surface.

Put together your ideal team of men/women – drawing from all and any walks of life, fictional or non-fictional – who you would want to come to your rescue if menaced by muggers/alligators/fundamentalists?

Maya Angelou because she was so inspiringly eloquent and had a long history of putting fundamentalists in their place. Stephen Hawking because it never hurts to have a genius around…and one with a wicked sense of humor is even better. Last, Indiana Jones because he’s good with catastrophe of all kinds.

What are you working on at the moment? Can you discuss it or do you prefer to keep it a secret until it’s finished.

I’m working on book four of the Saving Liam Series. It will probably be the end of the central plot but not necessarily the end of the series.

Could we please have an excerpt of something?

Of course!

NAKED TRUTH, book three of the Saving Liam Series

The next night Liam plodded up the stairs at the club. He trudged into the combined locker room and employee lounge to eat his lunch in a space that smelled of sweat, feet, and five kinds of body spray. Like everyone else, he spent at least half his break downstairs where the customers could paw him, tip him, and maybe ask him for a private dance. It paid better than sitting on his ass.

He opened his locker, grabbed his sandwich and a clean pair of socks, and collapsed into one of the folding metal chairs. He sat for a moment enjoying the feel of the cold frame against his skin. Alex was in a chair at the other side of the room playing on his phone. He’d almost forgotten about the promise to discuss his mystery topic yesterday. Their lunch breaks hadn’t lined up right and he’d only seen Alex long enough to pass him on the stairs.

“How’s it going tonight?” Alex got up and moved to a closer chair.

“About average.” Liam took off his shoe and peeled off the sweaty sock. Several folded bills plopped to the floor and he picked them up. “How about you?” He asked as he carried them to his locker to stuff them in his gym bag.

“Same. You think they’ll be safe in there?” Alex jerked his chin toward the locker.

“As long as I remember to lock it. Why? Where do you keep yours?”

“In my jock.”

“All night?”

“Yeah. Before we start each set I wrap a new layer around my dick.”

Liam clunked back to his chair with one shoe off and one shoe on. “Why the hell do you do that?”

“Because I like my Johnson to smell like cash.” Alex shrugged, followed by a grin. “I’m kidding. I wrap them around my dick because nobody’s going to steal it that way and it gives me a little something extra to shake at the ladies if you get my drift.”

“Until you end up with a paper cut.”

“Hasn’t happened yet.”

An unidentified pickpocket had taught them all a lesson a few months ago about not keeping bills in their pockets.

Alex sat back in the chair. “I wanted to ask you something.”

“Okay.” Liam tugged on a clean sock.

“Some of the guys say you have a brother in porn.”

It was funny how fast a person could go from perfectly calm to freaking out. Actually, it wasn’t funny at all. He tried to hold onto his calm facade as his heart sprinted a fifty-yard dash in his chest and his stomach squeezed into a knot. That topic had emerged months ago and he’d silenced it with a lie. A lie that Angel’s life was someone else’s nightmare, someone who looked remarkably like him, someone he admitted he knew, but that was close as he could come to telling the truth.

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The Naked Truth

Blurb:

Buried lies never die.

Liam has a new career, a new condo, a newfound sense of control and none of it is quite right. Shadows drift behind the bright sparkle of his life; things he’s determined to ignore until a shocking revelation makes it impossible. With the help of Justin and a new friend, Liam must face the life he’s buried.

Book 3 of the Saving Liam series

Release date: October 2014
Publisher: North Shore Publishing dba North Shore Press
ISBN: 9780989612364
Word count: 63,000



Award winning author DP Denman writes character-driven contemporary romance about gay men. Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In her spare time she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights activist fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.

Author links:

Website: http://www.dpdenman.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dpdenman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dp.denman
Blog: http://dpdenmanauthor.blogspot.com

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Sheep’s Clothing
by
Elin Gregory

Blurb:

Meet Darren Murchison – self employed plumber and reluctant werewolf.

Excerpt:

GARY snickered. “You said ‘bollocks’,” he explained when I glared at him.
“Oh for Pete’s sake, grow up.” I stabbed a finger towards the placid brown and white
shapes grazing opposite my new kitchen window. “I said ‘bullocks’. It’s another word for
cows. Boy cows.”
“You’re going to fit right into this isolated farming community, aren’t you?” Gary
turned on his heel, surveying my new home and the surrounding countryside with a baffled
eye. “Rather you than me, but I hope you’ll be happy here.”
“I don’t see why not. There isn’t another plumber for twenty miles.” I grinned. “I’ll be
fulfilling a need.”
“And what about the other thing?”
“Which thing?” I asked, knowing what was coming and looking forward to it.
Gary made his hands into claws, rolled his eyes and lolled his tongue like a zombie
beagle.
Once I’d finished laughing at him, I replied, “Not a whiff. This place is ideal. Over the
garden wall there’s ten thousand acres of bugger all apart from Forestry Commission larch,
bracken and sheep. The nearest pack is based in Welshpool.”
Gary nodded, his expression both sympathetic and relieved. He had seen me through a
lot of scary stuff, both as a staunch defender and a total pain in the arse once I was strong
enough again to be teased. Coming out to him had been hard but was a piece of cake in
comparison with the conversation that had begun, “You know how it was a full moon last
night?”
“I’m going to miss you,” I said.

Buy Links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Wayward Ink Publishing

Healing by Tabitha McGowan

Blurb:

Werewolf meets human healer, and snuggling ensues… but not till the danger that’s threatening them both has been dealt with…

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This story originally appeared in the Bollocks! anthology and for a short piece it paints a very enticing picture of a dangerous and beautiful paranormal world where nothing may be quite what one believes.

Emotionally charged with a subtle tinge of eroticism, the story provides a brief snapshot in the lives of the protagonists – a meeting, a beginning, with no certainty of a future – but it is still a complete story drawing to a satisfying conclusion.

Buy Links:


Raising the Rent

Blurb:

Rent boy rule number one: Never fall in love with a customer.

Life as a rent boy is not a long-term career goal for Nathan, who’s determined to get an education. But when he turns up for his first day at college he’s horrified to find his English teacher is one of his regular customers: Stephen, the one Nathan dubbed The Voice for his educated, honeyed tones.

Stephen’s just as shocked to see Nathan sitting in his class, not to mention terrified he’s about to be exposed as having paid for sex with a student—which would mean public humiliation and maybe the loss of his job. Yet it’s clear Nathan is only interested in getting his A Levels, not in blackmail. And Stephen realizes there’s more to the nineteen-year-old than meets the eye.

Nathan still has to earn a living, though, and when a customer turns ugly, he finds himself homeless and unable to work. Stephen steps in to help, and Nathan starts to think they could have a future together—if Stephen’s guilt and lack of trust don’t end their back-to-front romance before it starts.

Warning: Contains unfashionable haircuts, unreasonably long words and a May-December romance between a not-so-streetwise rent boy and an erudite English teacher.

Buy links and some terrific reviews here

Over the past year, since the first episode of Boystown hit the web, the series has gone from strength to strength and has become justifiably famous. Both critically acclaimed AND a popular bestseller, rare in this digital age, the characters go from strength to strength, story arcs draw to satisfying conclusions only to flail and whip into new exciting shapes – it shows no sign of ending and for that the many fans can be grateful.

So with that impeccable pedigree, you can imagine my shock when Jake emailed to ask for a guest post. It was a little bit like getting a missive from the Brontes. Any how – that sets the scene so over to Jake:

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Writing the BOYSTOWN series has been one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. From the moment the idea came to me in the Spring of 2013 until now, I have enjoyed every moment of the writing and marketing process. But what I have really enjoyed the most about the entire experience has been the interaction with the BOYSTOWN readers. BOYSTOWN fans are, quite simply, the best.


I have been so touched and humbled by the outpouring of kindness and support I have received from BOYSTOWN readers since the moment the first episode hit the internet in June of 2013. People began to email me from all over the country – and beyond – to share with me their thoughts and ideas about the BOYSTOWN characters and story lines. I made it a priority to respond to every email that I received not only because I valued the readers’ feedback but also because I want my readers to understand that I want them to reach out to me. I want to hear from them — their ideas, their suggestions, their reviews, their feedback. In fact, their comments and ideas actually can and do impact the future of the series because I have written some of their suggestions into the series. In short, by contacting me, the readers can actually impact what happens to their favorite characters.


Several dedicated fans voluntarily created online BOYSTOWN book tours simply because they loved the books and wanted to bring the series to the attention of others. Some readers have allowed me to post BOYSTOWN promotional materials on their websites and blogs, and others have contacted me to see how they can become involved with BOYSTOWN.

When I held a nation-wide photo contest looking for “models” whose images we could use in the BOYSTOWN promotional materials, the response was overwhelming. People from all over America submitted their photos in the hope of becoming one of the “faces” of BOYSTOWN. I ended up selecting five winners for that contest because I wanted to include as many people as possible. Even after the contest was over, people continued to submit their photos asking to be a part of the BOYSTOWN team and I have welcomed several more of them on board.


I met my new BOYSTOWN Director of Art, Design & Advertising, Michael Vargas, and my new BOYSTOWN Director of Social Media, Patrick Murphy, because they were fans of the books. They contacted me on Facebook, we chatted and got to know each other, and now they are running all the promotional and advertising campaigns for the BOYSTOWN series.

I have also been intrigued by the fans’ responses to certain couples in the series. For example, I never anticipated that so many people would be fans of “Kemmett” (Keith and Emmett). Fans are very vocal about what I did to that couple at the end of “Season One” and provided many ideas for how I should write those characters in “Season Two.”
Fans of “Dole” (Derek and Cole) are also very vocal. While most readers like and connect with the character of Cole, some like him with Derek and others don’t. Many fans want Derek to stay with his wife Joyelle. Finally, I was really taken aback by people’s reactions to Justin, who only appeared on the BOYSTOWN landscape at the end of “Season One.” Readers really found him appealing and interesting – and wanted to know everything about him: his sexuality, his motives, his plan. Those fans will be happy to know that Justin is a central character in “Season Two.”

People often ask me how many books the BOYSTOWN series will have. I simply tell them this: as long as the fans are interested in the series, I will keep it going. “Season Three” is already in the works and, if the fans want more, “Season Four” will be right behind it. I hope fans will continue to reach out to me and let me know their thoughts and ideas.

BOYSTOWN truly belongs to the fans!

http://www.jakebiondi.com

https://www.facebook.com/JakeBiondiBoystown

Twitter: @boystown_series
IG: BoystownTheSeries

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55c46-1868508OMG it’s been a long week and once again I’m thankful to all the authors out there who are so diligent in providing books to take my mind off stuff.

The book that caught my eye is The Last Wolf by Sue Brown.

Sue usually writes serials, rather than series. Each book will have its own story arc, brought to a satisfying conclusion but will set up a situation that needs resolving in the next instalment. Usually this involves characters who are introduced as potential romantic partners and it’s always fun trying to work out which ones will be the stars of the next book. Sometimes it involves an unashamed cliffhanger that leaves you gagging for the next title. So be warned – you can read The Last Wolf as a standalone, but only if you have nerves of steel [or in my case a pretty fair grade of arsenical bronze].
Pretty cover, isn’t it? Another of Meredith Russell’s.

The plot?

Joe Lowther. a college teacher, has returned to his father’s ranch to keep it going while his father is in hospital undergoing treatment for a serious, possibly terminal illness. Raised on the ranch, Joe has a level headed, stock raising attitude to wildlife. As far as he’s concerned there’s only one sensible reaction to spotting a wolf on his property and that’s to shoot it before it causes too much harm. Imagine, then, his horror when he shoots the wolf – not particularly efficiently – and when he approaches it to finish it off discovers instead a young attractive man called Callum to whom he is inexplicably drawn and who appears to be able to speak directly into his mind.
So the story kicks off and proceeds along a complex path involving a whole shifter culture across the USA with hierarchies and customs of their own, a team of apex predators who get their kicks hunting shifters and family connections going back decades. I haven’t read much in the way of shifter fiction so some of the time I was having to pick up cues from context about what was going on but there’s some good tension going on, a likeable team of potential candidates to star in subsequent books and plenty of action. If you like shifters I think you’ll really like these. Book 2, The Hidden Wolf, will be available soon.

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