Cupcakes contest winner

January 11, 2014

Congrats to MaryMary, winner of an ebook copy of Cupcakes.

Just send me an email to seanmichaelwrites @ gmail . com (without the spaces) letting me know what email your Dreamspinner Press account is associated with and I’ll let them know to put Cupcakes on your bookshelf.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your favorite cupcakes with me :)

Sean Michael

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Thanks All!

January 10, 2014

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My time is up here. I was pretty nervous, and I want to thank all of you for making this experience fun. Don’t forget about the giveaway too:

Coupon Code: To celebrate the release of The Guy From Glamour, Dreamspinner Press is giving a special coupon code to get an additional 25% off any of my titles and all contemporaries. Use coupon code: SkylarBlog  (case sensitive) when you checkout from the Dreamspinner Website on January  10th and 11th only.

I’ll be giving away an eBook of The Guy From Glamour too.  Simply answer any one of my reader questions posted throughout today to enter. One person will be randomly chosen. I’ll announce the winner by Saturday. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, I’ll announce another winner.

 

Thanks again!

Music and Movies

January 10, 2014

 

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Many writers listen to music as they work, but I really don’t have music on. I love music at the gym or at a party, but not when I am drafting a novel. Besides, my three wonderful kids are very loud and very noisy when I am not writing, lol,  so I tend to enjoy my moments of silence to get lost in a story. I’m sure many of you out there with little kids can relate to the value of some silence.  However, since  this story has a lot of siblings in it, I did think about movies with siblings as I wrote.  I watched several movies for relaxation and to get my creative juices flowing.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Backdraft

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Two sexy firefighter brothers with a love/hate relationship…What a great sibling movie.

Despicable Me

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They were orphans,  sisters related not by blood, but by love. I’m a sucker for that!  I truly believe that sometimes we need to make our own families. Besides, my kids love this one and the minions rock!

Ferris Beuller’s Day Off

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I can’t think of a brother and sister movie and not picture Ferris B.  The siblings competed for attention here, and they had an animosity that felt all too real.

 

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

Okay, yes, I know that this one is outdated for sure! But I can’t help it! I kind of love it! For one thing, my dad loved musicals and made me watch them with him, so whenever I see old musicals like this movie, it reminds me of my father. Additionally, I really enjoyed imagining a family of all brothers.  The oldest brother is a bit of an arrogant alpha type, but I’d like to think he has a good heart, since he is also the caretaker of his younger siblings. And, most importantly, they dance! They dance on wood!

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Reader Question: Can you think of other movies with siblings that you enjoyed?

 

The Series

January 10, 2014

 

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The Guy From Glamour is the first book in a trilogy. The next book, The Only Guy, is due out from Dreamspinner Press in May. The final one, still untitled, is in the final drafting stage. Writing a series was a personal goal of mine for 2014. I’m often in awe of some of my fellow DSP writers for many reasons, including for some of their ability to be so prolific. I’m not a slow writer, but I will revise several times before I feel the book is ready for submission. I feel that I owe it to DSP and to my readers to do that. I hate the thought of letting anybody down, so that makes it hard to let go of a novel. Writing a series, however, gave me the opportunity to revisit the characters, and that was so much fun! Anthony and Dean were both in The Only Guy.  As a reader, I enjoy a series. I like seeing some of my favorite secondary characters get their  own story. The most challenging thing about writing a series? I would say making sure the characters remain consistent from novel to novel and double-checking for any plot holes. For instance, when I wrote The Only Guy, I double-checked Aaron’s physical description in The Guy From Glamour, and reread all of his scenes.  The other biggest challenge? Finishing it all! Some authors write the entire trilogy before submitting the first book, and that allows them to publish all three novels in a very short amount of time. While I see the benefits of that, I’m not sure I will do it. For me, I enjoyed having a few months to really think about the connections that I wanted between the books. However, that said, I am hoping to submit Henry’s story ASAP. I do not want readers to forget about him. So…timing the series is a big challenge.

Reader Question: Do you enjoy reading a series?

The Ex

January 10, 2014

In the novel, Anthony has an ex-boyfriend that his family does not like, and this boyfriend shows up to hurt Anthony repeatedly.  Anthony knows deep down that his family is right about Rick, but he still contemplates giving Rick another chance, and it takes him time to admit he was wrong about his ex-boyfriend. As for Rick, he is aware Anthony’s family does not like him and this makes the situation worse. Assuming your family is loving and wants the best for you, what do you do when they don’t like your significant other?

 

Reader question: What about you? Have you ever had an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend that your family disliked? Were they right to dislike him/her? What did you do about it?

This excerpt is from a scene where Dean first meets Anthony’s sisters and learns a little about his ex-boyfriend too. My apologies to anybody out there named Rick.

Excerpt:

“Are you taking Nicki with you tonight?” Mia asked.

Dean looked at Anthony frantically.

“Nicki will stay here for a bit longer,” Anthony said. “So Dean can get to know her first.”

Dean’s dark eyes filled with gratitude, and Anthony looked away. What was wrong with him? It was just a look of thanks, nothing more. He was really an idiot these days.

“She’s a sweetie,” Gina told Dean. “Pretty too. But not a big talker.”

“Not like the Carrino family.” Mia laughed. “We never shut up.”

“And on that note of honesty,” Anthony said, “can I ask the two of you to give us some time alone to discuss Nicki? Please?”

Mia held up her hands in surrender. “Sure, kick out your big-mouthed sisters.”

“We already discussed the kid,” Dean said.

“Not enough.” Anthony stared into Dean’s eyes.

“He’s sweet, but bossy, isn’t he?” Mia asked Dean. “We’re all used to Anthony trying to take charge, especially when he’s fixing things. No big deal. You guys talk. I’ll go set up some television trays for us. My soap’s on anyhow.” She headed out of the kitchen with Gina hot at her heels.

“Wait a minute! The Situation Room is coming on!”

“Gina, you watch him every day!”

“So what?”

They could still hear Gina and Mia bickering in the next room. “Some things never change,” Anthony said.

“They both live here?”

“No, they have a small apartment a few blocks away, but since my mom’s out of town, they have kind of invaded the place. Gina decided Dad needed her help, and Mia followed her over. They are both single now, and after they both got divorced, they moved in together. Actually, they were married to brothers.”

“You’re kidding.”

“Nope. And yeah, I know, it’s weird. What can I tell you? They always did go for the same type of guys. They were stepbrothers, but still…. Mia hung in there with her husband Cody for about six months longer than Gina and Tom lasted, but then they both ended up divorced. They spent most of their time here anyhow, visiting mom and dad. The girls seem to think they need to be here night and day while Mom’s gone. To tell you the truth, I think they’re afraid Mom will kick some ass if they don’t. Anyhow, since the divorces, Gina and Mia started a business together, a salon.” Anthony grimaced. “I can’t tell you how many times they experimented on me as a kid. I was their favorite guinea pig. One time, they dyed my hair red and I looked like Bozo the Clown for a month.”

Dean smiled for the first time—a surprisingly lopsided grin that struck Anthony like a blow. Anthony couldn’t help it—it made him think of hot, raw, all-out sex with Dean. God help him.

Anthony sucked in some air to recover, but he was unable to pull his gaze away.

“What’s the salon called?” Dean asked.

“Guys and Dolls. Like the musical? My mom suggested it to them and they liked it. I thought Best Head was a better name,” Anthony added with a grin, “but the girls didn’t find that name as funny. Anyhow, despite the economy, it seems to be doing fairly well. My other sister, Stacey, the pregnant one, she’s an accountant and lives in New Jersey with her husband Mark and their two kids. No signs of divorce.”

“And you?”

Anthony hesitated for a second, and then, knowing he’d already told Dean he was gay, he decided he had nothing to hide. “I recently left the apartment that I shared with my ex-boyfriend. It felt right just to come home. I do plan to get my own place, but guidance counselors don’t exactly rake in big bucks. And Rick, my ex, the place was in his name and he’s kind of… um… Rick is—”

“He’s a prick,” Gina said, waltzing back into the kitchen. “I forgot our drinks.”

“Gina—”

“What? He was, Anthony. You were way too good for him.”

“You never like anybody I date,” Anthony muttered.

“When you finally date somebody of quality, little brother, I’ll love him. Rick was not it. He was a whiny prick and….” She looked at Dean for support. “He had a unibrow.”

“Oh he did not!”

“Please. I’m in the business.” Gina put her hands on her hips. “Mia,” she yelled out.

“What?” Mia shouted back.

“Didn’t Rick have a unibrow?”

“Yeah, he did.” Mia’s laugh could be heard in the next room.

“Right.” Gina nodded. “And I mean, I get it. It’s not his fault he had a unibrow, but it is his fault he didn’t care to wax it off. I offered plenty of times.” She peered at Dean’s face. “You got nice eyebrows.”

Dean raised them. “Thanks.”

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Don’t forget about the giveaways today:

Coupon Code: To celebrate the release of The Guy From Glamour, Dreamspinner Press is giving a special coupon code to get an additional 25% off any of my titles and all contemporaries. Use coupon code: SkylarBlog  (case sensitive) when you checkout from the Dreamspinner Website on January  10th and 11th only.

I’ll be giving away an eBook of The Guy From Glamour too.  Simply answer any one of my reader questions posted throughout today to enter. One person will be randomly chosen.

Siblings in The Guy From Glamour

January 10, 2014

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The Guy From Glamour has one of the main characters, Anthony, from a big family. I was interested in exploring the dynamics of a large and loving family. In my real life, I know a family where the brothers and sisters all live in same town, their kids all attend the same schools, and they are always in each other’s homes. I think that’s little unusual nowadays. Sadly, most of us find our families, especially our extended families, are scattered throughout the country.  Their family has always inspired me. I thought creating a family similar to this one would be fun to do, and it was a blast! It was important to me that the family was loving and affectionate.

Anthony has all sisters too, and his sisters give him love advice and often are overly involved in his business. Mia and Gina, twins, are extremely close and run a salon together called Guys and Dolls.

Reader Question: Do you have any siblings? If so, are you close to them?

 

Excerpt:

Here is an excerpt from the novel. In this scene, Anthony’s sisters, Gina and Mia, are interrogating him about Dean.

 

With a nod, Gina cracked another egg into the pan. Mia handed him a steaming mug of coffee.

“So, where were you last night?”

“With Pete and Bradley at a club.”

“And you came home when? I stayed up until two reading a novel. I didn’t hear you come in.”

“He must have gotten lucky,” Gina said.

“You didn’t go to some stranger’s home, did you?”

Anthony gave her a wry look. “What am I? Some afterschool special?”

“No. But you do need to be careful. I mean, have sex if you want to, but keep it at the club, in the bathroom or somewhere.”

“Jesus!” Anthony shook his head at them. “Contrary to what you guys have seen on cable, not all gay men have torrid, anonymous sex in bathroom stalls.”

“Really? Too bad,” Mia said.

“Yeah, bummer.”

“All those cable shows we watched had it wrong.”

Ignoring their jokes, Anthony glared at them. “For your information, I didn’t even stay at the club too late. Dean called me from his motel and—”

“Ooh! I knew it! Dean’s gay! We knew it!” Mia clasped her hands together.

“What?” Anthony looked back and forth at them. “No.” Even though Dean had rejected him last night, Anthony felt strangely protective of him.

“Come on! He totally checked out your ass,” Gina said.

“Yep.”

“Really?” Anthony asked, heat coming to his cheeks at the thought, and then he shook his head. “Shut up, he wouldn’t be so obviously doing that!”

“Okay, maybe not,” Mia admitted, giggling. “I didn’t actually see him do that, but he most definitely wasn’t checking out our asses. Was he, Gina?”

“Most definitely not.”

“And he was giving you some hot looks. You saw it too, right? Confess.”

“He’s… maybe, okay. But he’s not out, at all, so keep it quiet.”

“Damn.” Mia snapped her fingers. “And we could have had some beautiful fights over him too, Gina.”

“We wouldn’t have fought,” Gina declared. “We’d have split Dean evenly.”

 

 

Hello from Skylar M. Cates

January 10, 2014

Hello there! I’m thrilled to be here and am ready to chat with all of you Dreamers! My latest novel, The Guy from Glamour, was released today, January 10th.

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Anthony Carrino loves his big, gregarious Italian-American family, even if his sisters are interfering, and his dad, the local sheriff, knows everything going on in town. He’s happy as a middle school guidance counselor. Despite helping kids and their parents fix their problems, Anthony can’t manage to get his own love life right. If only everyone would stop calling him the “nice” guy.

Dean Pierce doesn’t do relationships. A tough-minded military man, he is dedicated to his job as a Night Stalker, flying Chinook helicopters and not speaking much to anybody. He certainly doesn’t want to deal with a mess of emotions. But when tragedy strikes, Dean finds his hands full with his troubled niece, her irresistible guidance counselor, and a meddlesome family, which includes a rather large puppy.

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GIVEAWAYS:

Coupon Code: To celebrate the release of The Guy From Glamour, Dreamspinner Press is giving a special coupon code to get an additional 25% off any of my titles and all contemporaries. Use coupon code: SkylarBlog  (case sensitive) when you checkout from the Dreamspinner Website on January  10th and 11th only.

I’ll be giving away an eBook of The Guy From Glamour too.  Simply answer any one of my reader questions posted throughout today to enter. One person will be randomly chosen. Good Luck!

New Releases: January 10th, 2014

January 10, 2014

Dead Men Tell Tales by Antonio

 

Mason heads west to bring his sister and her children home. The group stays in an unusual adult motel, one someone is willing to kill for.

Mason Kincaid’s life is about to change. He’s adjusting to being alone a year after the death of his lover when a call from his wayward sister sends him out west to New Eden to bring not only her, but her twin sons and a stepson home.

 

On the outskirts of New Eden, Mason secures a room in the last place his sister’s abusive boyfriend would expect: an adult motel where an eccentric madam allows the children to stay for a price. Despite her warnings about a resident ghost, after one night, Mason’s sure that fending off groping apparitions and violent johns will be his biggest problems. But when he meets Officer Ken Cannon for the second time, it’s at the scene of a double murder.

 

With possibility of romance looming in the background, bodies start piling up around Mason. While learning who he can trust, he must deal with a lovesick teenager, a ghost with a message for him, and becoming the owner of a hotel that once belonged to his “friendly” ghost. A hotel someone’s willing to kill for.

 

Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Ghosts and Spirits, Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: January 10, 2014

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The Guy From Glamour by Skylar M. Cates

 

Dean doesn’t do relationships. When tragedy strikes, he meets his niece’s irresistible guidance counselor, Anthony.

A Work in The Guy Series

 

Anthony Carrino loves his big, gregarious Italian-American family, even if his sisters are interfering, and his dad, the local sheriff, knows everything going on in town. He’s happy as a middle school guidance counselor. Despite helping kids and their parents fix their problems, Anthony can’t manage to get his own love life right. If only everyone would stop calling him the “nice” guy.

 

Dean Pierce doesn’t do relationships. A tough-minded military man, he is dedicated to his job as a Night Stalker, flying Chinook helicopters and not speaking much to anybody. He certainly doesn’t want to deal with a mess of emotions. But when tragedy strikes, Dean finds his hands full with his troubled niece, her irresistible guidance counselor, and a meddlesome family, which includes a rather large puppy.

 

Length: Novel (246p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 10, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-365-5) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-366-2)

 

 

 

Someone to Keep Me by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams

 

Scott dreams of belonging to someone, and Ben longs for a sub of his own. Neither one see what’s right under his nose.

 

A Collars and Cuffs Novel

 

Eighteen-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents’ strict control, but until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what’s out there. In a chat room, Scott meets “JeffUK.” Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn’t there, panic sets in.

 

Collars & Cuffs favorite barman and Dom-in-training, Ben Winters, drops his sister off at the airport and finds a lost, anxious Scott. Hearing Scott’s story sets off alarm bells, along with his protective instincts. Taking pity on the naïve boy, Ben offers him a place to crash and invites him to Collars & Cuffs, hoping his bosses will know how to help. Scott dreams of belonging to someone, heart and soul. Ben longs for a sub of his own. And neither man sees what’s right under his nose.

 

Length: Novel (246p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM | Release Date: January 10, 2014

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Home Again & A Shot at Forgiveness Anthology by Cardeno C.

 

Feel at home again and give these two romantic novellas from best-selling author Cardeno C. a shot.

 

Home Again

Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood, his partner, Clark Lehman, is on his way. But when Clark finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years, and he simply can’t understand why. It will take some painful confrontations if Noah’s going to figure out why he’s lost all memories of his recent past… and secure the future he’s dreamed of having with Clark.

 

A Shot at Forgiveness

A dozen years, two thousand miles, and a law degree after high school, Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones, his childhood bully turned NBA star. When Isaac appears at Rafi’s favorite restaurant acting like a long-lost friend, Rafi bluntly dismisses him.

 

But Isaac is tenacious and has his heart set on the grown-up version of the boy he always wanted and never forgot. The way Isaac sees it, he and Rafi are perfect for each other, if only he could sink the most important shot of his life: his one shot at forgiveness.

 

Length: Novel – Paperback Only (220p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 10, 2014

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Endings

January 10, 2014

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Many writers concern themselves with the opening lines of the story much more than the ending. But I always like to think about my ending far in advance. For instance, in Exposed, I had a strong last line in mind: It was their story now. This really fit the book to me and I knew it would be the very last line of the story way before I got to that actual scene. I’m always a little disappointed in a book where the first half feels well-developed, but the ending feels rushed. I do my best to really consider my endings. In The Guy From Glamour, I didn’t have a certain line in my mind, but I had an idea of what I wanted. There is an old short story called “The Gift of the Magi.”

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In this story, the two main characters both plan to sell something important and use the money to buy a gift for the other.  In The Guy From Glamour, I wanted Anthony and Dean to have an ending of love and sacrifice too. Without giving away spoilers, it was important to me that they really show their love for each other, and I knew several chapters ahead of the actual scene that this was the ending for them. If you do decide to read and finish the book, I would love to hear from you about what you thought of my “Magi” inspired ending.

Not every novel goes according to plan, of course. Sometimes I do reach an ending only to change it. One of the most famous examples of this is Charles Dickens. He had two different endings to Great Expectations, one with Pip and Estella ending up together and one with them separated. It is interesting to think of how vastly different these two ending are!

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Reader Question:  What are some books where you either loved or hated the ending?

 

 

Cupcakes, the naughty excerpt

January 9, 2014

I do love my smut, so of course I’m going to share a ‘naughty’ excerpt of Cupcakes.

(And forgive me if I’m overusing the cover, but I adore it!)

 

Naughty Excerpt:

A moment later, Allen hung up and turned to him. “They’ll be about forty-five minutes.”

“So we have forty-five minutes to kill, eh? Whatever shall we do?” Bit grinned at Allen.

“Pool? TV?” Allen’s eyes were dancing.

“Pool has potential. Especially if I need you to show me a move or two.”

“You’re taller than me. You’ll have to show me.”

“As long as we’re snuggled up together, I’m not picky who’s showing who.”

Nodding, Allen moved to the cue rack and picked one out. Bit joined him, standing close. Allen’s tight, tiny ass pushed right up against his cock. Groaning, he pushed right back, let Allen feel him firm up for the man.

“Mmm. B. You’re warm.”

“Getting downright hot, actually.”

That happy little chuckle made him smile, and he slid his hand down to wrap around Allen’s hip.

“Are you going to show me how to play?” Allen asked.

“Mmm. I do believe I am.” Leaning down and over Allen’s shoulder, he rubbed their cheeks together. Allen felt like heaven underneath him, stretching and shifting. Wanting Allen to feel just as good, he let his free hand drift to rub Allen’s belly. “You smell good.”

“Do you think so? It’s just soap and shampoo.”

“And you.” Burying his nose in Allen’s neck, he breathed in deeply.

“Oh….” He felt Allen shiver, ass rocking back against him.

He nodded, licked the neck he’d been sniffing. “God, I want you, Allen.”

“Oh.” His tiny little ass rolled again, Allen rubbing against his cock.

Pressing his hand against Allen’s package, Bit pulled Allen back against him. Hard, heavy in his pants, Allen’s prick pressed toward Bit’s touch.

“Let me touch you,” he murmured, lips moving on Allen’s skin.

“Yes. Yes, please.” Allen nodded, head bobbing. He reached one of his hands down, sliding the zipper open.

After moving his hand long enough to let Allen undo the zipper and pop open his top button, Bit slid his hand into Allen’s underwear, moaning as his fingers connected with hot, silky flesh.

The touch got him a soft cry, the sound desperate and hungry. He was willing to bet no one but Allen had touched this flesh since his lover had died. Wrapped his fingers around Allen’s cock, Bit tugged it out into the air.

Thick, eager, Allen’s cock pushed along his palm. Moaning against Allen’s neck, he rubbed across the tip, revelling in the hot drop that pushed against his thumb and spread around the head. He could smell Allen now, musky and male, wanton.

Licking his way up Allen’s neck to his chin, Bit brought their lips together as his hand slowly worked the velvet flesh in his hand.

The pool cue clattered to the table, but he ignored it and began stroking Allen faster.

“Oh. Oh God. B. B, please….” Sweet, hungry man.

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You’ll have to pick up a copy to see how it ends! Cupcakes is here.

Sean Michael

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