October 21, 2014
One always leads to another. Make sure the road you travel is the one you want.
I’ve loved posting and chatting with all of you wonderful folks.
Thanks for your interest in One Thing Leads.
Part of the message of the book is that we never know where our next step will take us. A large part of where we end up in life depends on who we trust to walk with us. Dion, Kenji, Grayson, and the others in One Thing Leads all take different paths. Sometimes they intersect and they walk together; sometimes they pull each other down uncertain roads in troubling directions.
But as long as there is love, there is a way. That may sound like a trite, old cliché, but I don’t care. There’s truth in it. That’s why we write and read romance.
So take care. Watch where you step. You never know where you’ll end up when one thing leads to another.
Peace ‘n’ hugs to you all.
October 21, 2014
This man wants you to trust him.
You see a guy, and suddenly your world tilts for just a moment—or forever, perhaps. He’s stunning. Maybe it’s his eyes, his shoulders, that scruffy-chin look you love, or he just has “something” you can’t define.
What does that do to you?
If you’re in a relationship (I am), sighing and shaking your head with a tiny smile is appropriate. Maybe you whisper, “If only…” and let the thought trail away.
If you’re single, perhaps your thoughts turn to the civil engineering task of getting across the street or hotel bar or the condo association quarterly meeting without leaping over chairs and tables.
These are just two of the myriad things sexual attraction does to us.
My question for this post is this: What do you do with those hormonal urges and surges? Ignore them? Push them down or away? Give in?
If you look at the last post, you’ll see I’m running a giveaway for One Thing Leads. The way to enter is to go to the book’s website and look at the character demo pics, then leave me a comment with your vote for the sexiest. Right now Grayson Sinclair, pictured above, is winning, not that this has anything to do with winning an e-book. The cad, the villian, the evil sexpot is considered by most as the sexiest.
Just my luck most of the time.
So what do you think? Is the villian in One Thing Leads the one to die for?
October 21, 2014
One Thing Leads is a dark tale of a man spinning out of control. Dion is split from his lover by a conniving sexpot who wants him for his harem, and Dion has to decide how to extricate himself from the very real possibility of enslavement as a prostitute.
How do you write about that?
We writers are supposed to do research for our books. We fact check, worry about authenticity, and want our settings to be realistic.
No, I didn’t do any field research for One Thing Leads, but I did draw on what I know of human relationship. Every circumstance is different, but the range of ways in which we can react is limited. We hope or despair, get angry or defensive, yell, scream, or cry. Whether the situation is one we’ve lived through or not, the way we react is common to us all. This is why we identify (or not) with characters on screen or paper.
Do you ever imagine yourself in impossible situations? Wonder what you’d do if a scene out of an action-adventure film actually happened in your life?
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to face a life-changing dilemma, then One Thing Leads is a must-read.
October 21, 2014
So. I’m giving away three copies of the e-book (your choice of format).
Entering is really simple.
1. Go to the book’s website here: http://www.onethingleads.com and look at each of the character pics (stock photos, but what I imagine they might look like).
2. Click over to my personal site’s contact page here: Contact Jude.
3. Leave a comment saying who you think is the sexiest.
This enters you in a giveaway drawing. I’ll pick three people at random to get a free e-book copy of One Thing Leads.
I’ll pick the winners on Wednesday, 22 October, at 12:00 noon EDT.
Good luck to all!
October 21, 2014
Yes, the pic relates to the title.
It’s a question I get a lot. Well, maybe not in those exact words, but my friends and acquaintances know that zany is a most appropriate adjective for me.
When I describe the plot of One Thing Leads to people, the first question I get is, “How in the world did you decide to write about that?” The “that” being a story of a man ripped away from his lover and led to the edge of a life of forced prostitution. You can read the full synopsis for more details. The answer I give usually convinces people that my belfry is simply chock full of bats.
“I got the idea from my personal fantasy life.”
Eyes work terribly hard not to roll as their owners smile incredulously. I love watching faces try to put themselves back together. But there is a difference, a very big difference, between imagining things and doing them. As long as people know I’d never in three centuries do what I fantasize about, then things are okay. At least, people pretend that they are.
So here’s my question for you for this post. Do you ever share your personal fantasies? Who with? If you’ve never done it, what would make you want to?
October 21, 2014
Ever heard advice like that? From your mom, perhaps? Sounds like a good thing to say. And no one ever pays attention to it, right?
In my new novel, One Thing Leads, Dion Bellamy faces opportunity after opportunity to go too far. He loves his partner, Kenji, but doesn’t know how to tell him. When Grayson Sinclair splits them up by flirting with Dion, Kenji storms out, and Dion is left without an emotional anchor. He drifts, trying to put his life back together.
Have you ever been in that situation? I have. It stinks. You don’t know what to do—or maybe you do, but you can’t find the motivation to make the right choice.
That’s just where Grayson wants Dion. He uses Dion’s insecurity to move in on him. He becomes Dion’s best friend, and then leads him down a dark road.
“Just don’t go too far, okay?”
Too bad Dion didn’t take that advice. He ends up in a situation that seems so far from the life he once had and can’t for the life of him figure out how he got there.
What do you do when you feel insecure yet have to make a choice? Is there any advice that makes a difference?
In my next post I’ll be a little chattier and share about me. It’s all about me, after all. ^_~
And stay tuned for some fun questions and a giveaway.
I’m happy we get to share today.
October 21, 2014
Think you know your DSP authors pretty well? Why not enter our Halloween Costume Contest and see!
Take a look below and see if you can match the correct Dreamspinner and Harmony Ink authors featured in these costume photos. If you get them all right, you’ll be entered in a draw to win one of three prizes!
To enter, email your guesses to hayley [at] dreamspinnerpress.com. Contest closes Oct. 25th at 11:59pm Eastern!
K.C. Wells, Suki Fleet, Kim Fielding, Angel Martinez, Allison Cassatta, Cate Ashwood, Nic Starr, L.J. LaBarthe, M.A. Church, Connie Bailey, MB Mulhall, Shira Anthony, Poppy Dennison, Wade Kelly, Tali Spencer, Charlie Cochet, S.A. Garcia, Nicole McCormick.
Photos (click to enlarge)
1. (Person featured on the right)
2. (Both people)
4. (Centre, in Cinderella mask)
5. (Mummy, on right)
October 21, 2014
October 20, 2014
Hello, everyone. Better late than never to introduce myself to those who might not have heard of me. I’m thrilled for Dreamspinner to be publishing my second novel with them, one which I guess you could say is fiction very loosely based on fact. Dante’s story was typical of many at the time. A young man following the call of Nature, loving another man and seeing absolutely nothing wrong with this. It’s no coincidence that I am releasing by very hard-hitting (for some!) autobiography in the wake of this one. Many young men find themselves in the position where they feel they have to follow the dictates of their peers and put on some kind of lavender front. Dante does not do this. he is what he is, and so is a stone–those as don’t like him can leave him alone. That’s his motto! My first book with Dreamspinner, “Chanson”, was similarly loosely based on fact, and I hope that if you wonderful people like Dante, you’ll similarly like Marcel in the first book!
October 17, 2014
Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane
Just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in rock star Mackey’s past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.
In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers—and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams—made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.
Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he’s hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn’t flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that’s not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav’s help—but Trav’s not sure he’s going to survive falling in love with Mackey.
Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn’t do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey’s past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.
Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance | Release Date: October 17, 2014
Groom of Convenience by Vicktor Alexander
Both Lucien and Heathcliff desire a marriage of the heart, but they find out that sometimes a marriage of convenience can turn into love.
In an alternate universe, in the country of Angland, 1814, the gentry live lives of culture and class. It is a time of courtships, marriages of convenience, and titles, where scandal can ruin an entire family. Gender lines are blurred, and making a good match is of utmost importance. Children are born to men and women, which has led to the acceptance of same-sex marriages.
Lady Lucien Timothy Hawthorne is shocked and angry when he is betrothed against his will to Lord Heathcliff Eddington, III, the Duke of Pompinshire. While drowning his frustration at a popular gentleman’s club, he meets “Robert,” a gorgeous older man whom he sleeps with as “Timmy,” regardless of the potential damage to his reputation.
After their liaison, Lucien corresponds with Robert via letters left at Remmington, and they decide to elope. Before they can get away, Lucien meets his betrothed, Heathcliff, who he is surprised to discover is also his beloved, Robert. Both men desire a marriage of the heart, but they find out that sometimes a marriage of convenience can turn into love under the right circumstances. But Lucien has a secret, and Tlondon isn’t as safe as they once thought.
Length: Novel (290p.) | Genre: Transgender, Science Fiction | Release Date: October 17, 2014
Who Knows the Storm by Tere Michaels
In a dystopian near future, when things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save his teenaged son, Sam.
In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence—gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by “Dead Bolt,” a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.
A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with “model” Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox’s past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend—and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam.
Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Science Fiction | Release Date: October 17, 2014