September 25, 2015
When Dominic and I take a cruise, Dominic plans a lot of our activities. Most ships allow passengers to reserve places at the shows, so he builds a cruise calendar so we can take in the ice show, stage shows, nightly entertainment, cabaret acts, and so on. There are times when I’m surprised I’ll have time to sit by the pool for an hour.
I would like to share a piece of advice. When cruising, plan your excursions in port ahead of time. The ships have lists of excursions you can book and take and if time or dodgy transportation is an issue, definitely book through the ship. However, be sure to review listings on the various boards such as Cruise Critic. There is a wealth of information about private excursions that you can book. They are often less money and can be of superior quality. When we were in St. Kitts we booked an island tour that took us from the 16th century fort to the portions of the island where waves burst over crags, with a small group of donkeys what we got to feed sugar cane. On Antiqua he found a wonderful kayaking expedition that allowed us to scope out tide pools and mangroves. I also became friends with a parrot named Sweet Pea.
I’m happy to say that Dominic is amazing at ferreting out fun things for us to do on almost every island we visit. Some are in the water, some on it, and some simply seeing the sights. With a little research, you can make every island you visit, a place filled with memories.
September 14, 2015
Hi I’m Andrew Grey and I’m here today to talk to you a little about Love Comes Unheard. This is the fifth story in the Senses series and as you might be able to guess, this story features a main character who is deaf. The entire Senses series has main characters who are sensory impaired in some way or another. When writing a series, sometimes a story plays off another one. This is very much the case with Love Comes Unheard. After Love Comes Around, I wanted to give Wilson his own story and give little Janey someone to help mentor and show her the way as she comes of age. The amazing thing was that Garrett just showed up in my head as the perfect person to fill that niche. I didn’t set out to create him or think about the kind of character I wanted, he simply showed up and knocked on the door of my creativity.
Wilson, from Love Comes Around, simply captured my heart and I really felt he deserved his own story and to find love. He’s the perfect servant and very quiet about his life before working for Dan and what happened before he immigrated to this country. Wilson deserves to find love in his own right. He adores Dan and Connor’s three children, but he craves his own family, someone to call his own. Wilson is always putting others before himself, it’s part of what makes him good at his job, but he deserves to be the center of someone’s universe.
The stories in the Senses series all touch something special inside me. For many years the Farm series was where I went when I needed peace. I’d write those stories and they felt like coming home. I think the Senses stories have taken over the warmth and comfort for me. The characters aren’t simple, but the values and warmth in the stories always make me think of coming home to people I’ve known my entire life, the ones who surround us with joy, warmth, and encouragement when we need it most.
What I’d really like to know from you is which Senses series character is the one you’d like to be a part of your life. I’ll offer a copy of the Senses story of your choice to one lucky winner. Enjoy and enough warm hugs to last you through the coming winter.
Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. He has since lived all over the country and traveled throughout the world. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but the sink.
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August 25, 2015
Dominic and I cruise for a number of reasons. We love the food and the activities, but one thing both of us always count on is the entertainment. And on a cruise the shows and music are non-stop. Many times the two of us have spent the afternoon lying on the pool deck or splashing in the pool, listening to a steel drum band. We’ve seen full scale Broadway shows like Hairspray and Chicago, as well as original productions. We’ve also attended a number of smaller cabaret shows. One of the ships there was an aqua theater with diving shows. (Think sleek boys in Speedos) Many ships also have ice rinks and those have amazing ice skating and dance shows. (Think boys in tight pants jumping on ice.) You get the point.
However the wildest show was The Quest. It’s an adult scavenger hunt. And let me tell you it’s nearly no holds barred. The audience is divided into teams and when the host calls for something, the first teams to get what he wants get points. Now, on our version, the first thing the host requested was a man wearing a bra and high heels. Let me tell you, ladies were whipping off shoes and bras faster than I have ever seen in my life. It was pandemonium. Of course the next thing he wanted to see was a woman in man’s shoes and men’s shorts. One of the guys took one for the team and dropped his pants.
However I never laughed so hard in my life when the host asked for the tallest and shortest men in each team. Dominic was of course the shortest on his team and the two of them had to dirty dance. Of course my sweet little honey bear hammed it up like there was nobody’s business, dancing with a six foot six straight man. I nearly fell out of my chair. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get pictures so you’ll have to take my word on it. But I can’t wait for our next cruise and I’m going to have as much fun as possible.
Of course no cruise would be complete without seventies night complete with disco and crew members dressed up as The Village People. Believe me the fun lasts from the time we leave port until we pull in again.
July 25, 2015
When on a cruise the excursions in port are half the fun. And a few years ago I found out Dominic loves to snorkel. So since he’s in charge of the planning, we go on a snorkeling excursion on each cruise. The last time we were on Bonaire and I think it spoiled us for every other place we’ve visited. The snorkeling here is unlike any other place in the world. There are no rivers on Bonaire, so there is no runoff into the sea. The reefs have been protected for many years and are unbelievable.
So Dominic found a private company and he booked the excursion. These people were amazing. They handled everything for us. The water there in January was a little chilly for me, so they loaned me a wet suit. That was awesome. They had sun shirts if we needed them. But I think the king of service was the Vaseline. Dominic and I have mustaches and the hostess was kind enough to slather Vaseline on them so the masks would fit well. It worked like a charm, I can tell you that. Of course once I got out of the water, I was washing the stuff off my lips for days.
One other benefit of this particular trip was that there was a photographer along with us and he snapped some of the most amazing pictures, of the coral, sea life, and us. We saw sea turtles, scared up an octopus, coral of every kind, and even a sea horse. I can’t wait to see what kind of excursion Dominic books on our next trip.
July 17, 2015
A Spirit Without Borders by Andrew Grey
Doctors Will and Dillon must also decide if their feelings are real or just the result of proximity and hardship.
Dillon McDowell, an infectious disease specialist, jumps at the opportunity to work with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia. But when he arrives, things are very different than he expected, and he’s out of his depth. Will Scarlet takes him under his wing and helps him adjust. A hint of normalcy comes when a group of local boys invite Dillon to play soccer.
Will’s family rejected him for being gay, and he’s closed off his heart. Even though meeting Dillon opens him to the possibility of love, he’s wary. They come from different worlds, and Will plans to volunteer for another stint overseas. But Will realizes what Dillon means to him when Dillon becomes ill, and they can no longer deny their feelings.
When Dillon’s soccer friends lose their parents and aunt to disease, Will and Dillon must work together to ensure that the boys aren’t cast adrift in a society that’s afraid they might be contagious. They must also decide if their feelings are real or just the result of proximity and hardship.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 17, 2015
Wounded Hearts by Remmy Duchene & BLMorticia
Cyrus has a past, one that left him in big trouble. When Zane finds out, will everything come to a screeching halt?
Zane Ashford’s stint in the NYPD comes to an abrupt halt when he is injured in the line of duty. After waking up partially blind in one eye, all he wants to do is crawl into a hole, but his friends and family won’t leave him alone. Reluctantly, he lets his best friend talk him into time away on a ranch in Montana. But the moment he gets there and meets Cyrus Abrams, Zane begins to contemplate murder.
Cyrus Abrams is vulgar, ornery, stuck in his ways, and not about to change for anyone, no matter how good Zane Ashford looks in those jeans. The more they lock horns, the more Cyrus begins to see Zane in a whole new light. But Cyrus has a past, one that left him in big trouble and more broken than he cares to admit—a past no one told Zane about. Cyrus fears that when Zane finds out, everything will come to a screeching halt.
Length: Novel (256p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: July 17, 2015
June 25, 2015
As part of our ongoing #dreamer series, author Andrew Grey shares with us some insights on his traveling adventures each month.
A few years ago, Dominic and I went on our first cruise. We were both incredibly excited. The ship had everything, a full gym, sports court, pools, saunas, whirlpools, game area, even a rock climbing wall. As part of my first shipboard experience I was determined to try everything. I took part in a dodgeball tournament and let me tell you, for a gay guy that harkened back to high school terror, but I did it. I also in line skated and played miniature golf.
But let me tell you, I also decided that somehow I was going to climb to the top of the rock wall. So I signed what they asked me to sign and put on the climbing shoes and the harness. Then I waited my turn. The other guys went and I watched and then when it was my turn, they strapped the safety rope to me and I went down to the easiest climb.
What surprised me was how easy it was. I stepped and held my way up the rock wall, getting closer and closer to the bell. I could see it above me and kept my eye on the prize. Then I reached the bell and rang it. I could hear the guys I was with down below yelling and cheering. That was when I made my first mistake. I looked down. The guys weren’t too far away, but then I looked to the side and realized I was hundreds of feet off the water at the very top of a ship, rocking back and forth. I had to be completely crazy. But I had done it. The guys yelled for me to let go and they lowered me to the deck.
Bucket List Item
Climb to the top of a ship and find out what the view was like while it rocked back and forth. Oh yeah… and not puke. - DONE
June 15, 2015
The Answer Is by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
For their love to last, Lonnie and Jamison will have to be brutally honest not only with themselves, but with each other.
Two men from different worlds must realize they deserve to be loved and what they have together is real and worth fighting for.
Though Jamison Coburn and Lonnie Bellerose have been a couple for a month, each worries he’s not good enough for the other. Lonnie has always doubted his worth and right to be loved, despite a superb education and international upbringing. Jamison, an undereducated laborer, grew up in a loving family who never knew he was gay.
As Jamison struggles to find his way as an out gay man, he fears the occasional stumble will send Lonnie packing. Lonnie doesn’t trust that anyone would choose him and worries that Jamison will see better options.
When Lonnie’s abusive ex returns, he’s determined to reclaim Lonnie. He works to exacerbate the new couple’s differences and doubts in the hopes of splitting them up, which is proving too easy.
For their love to last, Lonnie and Jamison will have to be brutally honest, not only with themselves, but with each other.
Length: Novel (216p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: June 15, 2015
Saving Faithless Creek by Andrew Grey
The attraction between Blair and Royal is hard to ignore, but it could all evaporate once the land deal Blair’s father wants is sealed.
Blair Montague is sent to Newton, Montana, to purchase a ranch and some land for his father. It’s a trip he doesn’t want to make. But his father paid for his college education in exchange for Blair working for him in his casinos, so Blair has no choice. When he finds out he’ll be dealing with Royal Masters, the man who bullied him in high school, he is shocked. Then Blair is surprised when he finds that Royal’s time in the Marines has changed him to the point where Blair could be attracted to him… if he’s willing to take that chance.
Royal’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses. He saw combat in the military that left him scarred, and not just on the outside. When he inherits his father’s ranch, he discovers his father wasn’t a good manager and the ranch is in trouble. The sale of land would put them back on good footing, but he is suspicious of Blair’s father’s motives, and with good reason. The attraction between them is hard for either to ignore, but it could all evaporate once the land deal is sealed.
Length: Novella (220p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: June 15, 2015
May 25, 2015
Billy Goat Stats by John C. Houser
Between a relationship with Jonah and the basketball program at Hoosier State, Billy needs depth of character as much as physical endurance.
Back from summer basketball camp and starting at Hoosier State on an athletic scholarship, Billy is looking forward to playing basketball free of pressure from his overbearing, bigoted father. Too bad he’s trading one set of problems for another. His boyfriend Jonah dumps him, expecting he’ll want to spread his wings now that he’s away from home, and the basketball program at State proves harder to navigate than he imagined.
Despite his hurt at Jonah’s treatment, Billy is not ready to give up on a relationship with the out-and-proud musician. Their geographical distance isn’t Billy’s biggest problem, since it makes it easier for him to stay in the closet. In fact, when the press starts sniffing around the basketball team, it turns out he’s not the only one with a secret. Every member of the team must choose where, and with whom, they stand. The success of Billy’s season may depend as much on the depth of his character as his physical endurance.
Length: Novel (246p.) | Genre: Contemporary, New Adult | Release Date: May 25, 2015
Stranger at the Door by J.S. Cook
Calvin Amos always imagined himself in possession of some great love or other. He didn’t know he had to die to find it.
South Carolina lawyer Calvin Amos is confident he can gain Thomas Basinger his freedom on appeal. Thom was convicted of a murder during an armed robbery gone bad. But Basinger’s case proves more difficult than Cal anticipated, and the battle he assumed he’d win turns into a devastating failure. Remorseful over the personal defeat, after Basinger is executed, Cal throws himself out of his office window.
Bizarrely, the fall doesn’t kill him. Even stranger, Thom Basinger rings Cal’s doorbell looking for a job. Both men are drawn to each other. Before long, the two forge a unique, heartfelt connection that transcends the boundaries of life and death.
Calvin Amos always imagined himself in possession of some great love or other. He didn’t know he had to die to find it.
Length: Novella (87p.) | Genre: Historical: Americas, Paranormal: Ghosts/Spirits
Release Date: May 25, 2015
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Fire and Ice by Andrew Grey
Ex-lovers Donald and Carter reluctantly come together to care for orphaned Alex, and Alex’s secrets might be their key to happiness.
Carter Schunk is a dedicated police officer with a difficult past and a big heart. When he’s called to a domestic disturbance, he finds a fatally injured woman, and a child, Alex, who is in desperate need of care. Child Services is called, and the last man on earth Carter wants to see walks through the door. Carter had a fling with Donald a year ago and found him as cold as ice since it ended.
Donald (Ice) Ickle has had a hard life he shares with no one, and he’s closed his heart to all. It’s partly to keep himself from getting hurt and partly the way he deals with a job he’s good at, because he does what needs to be done without getting emotionally involved. When he meets Carter again, he maintains his usual distance, but Carter gets under his skin, and against his better judgment, Donald lets Carter guilt him into taking Alex when there isn’t other foster care available. Carter even offers to help care for the boy.
Donald has a past he doesn’t want to discuss with anyone, least of all Carter, who has his own past he’d just as soon keep to himself. But it’s Alex’s secrets that could either pull them together or rip them apart—secrets the boy isn’t able to tell them and yet could be the key to happiness for all of them.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: May 25, 2015
April 17, 2015
Chasing the Swallows by John Inman
Longtime couple David and Arthur find turning fantasy into reality is the best way to remain in each other’s hearts.
Sometimes an entire lifetime can be spent in the arms and heart of one person. It is not so with imaginations, for they go anywhere they wish.
David Ayres and Arthur Smith are about to find that out. When they meet as young men within the garden walls of the Mission of San Juan Capistrano, one man from one continent, one from another, an uncontrollable attraction brings them together. But it is something stronger than attraction that holds them there. It is love. Pure and simple.
After forty years, when the fabric of their existence together finally begins to fray because of David’s imaginary infidelities, it is with humor and commitment that they strive to remain in each other’s heart.
And turning fantasy into reality, they find, is the best way to do it.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: April 17, 2015
Just the Way You Are by E E Montgomery
Jonathan must find the courage to confront his abusive ex before he can be free to start a new life with Ben.
After ten years in an abusive relationship and a near-fatal knife wound, Jonathan Watson is finally free. Unused to being able to make even the smallest decision and smothered by family and well-meaning neighbors, he’s floundering in the real world. Jonathan is afraid of falling into another relationship too quickly and realizes he needs time to rediscover who he is before he attaches himself to another man.
He never counted on meeting Ben Urquhart, though. Ben tempts Jonathan to forget everything and take a leap. For Ben, it’s love at first sight, and he doesn’t want to take it slow. He wants to build a life with Jonathan, free from harm and full of laughter. But before they can take the next step, they must protect Jonathan from his possessive, threatening ex. Jonathan must find the courage to confront him and break the chains of his past before he can be truly free to build a future with Ben.
Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: April 17, 2015
The Price by Andrew Grey
For Las Vegas escort Hunter and elementary-school teacher Grant, the price of being together might be more than either can pay.
Hunter Wolf is a highly paid Las Vegas escort with a face and body that have men salivating and paying a great deal for him to fulfill their fantasies. He keeps his own fantasies to himself, not that they matter.
Grant is an elementary-school teacher who works miracles with his summer school students. He discovered his gift while in high school, tutoring Hunter, a fellow student. They meet again when Hunter rescues Grant in a club. Grant doesn’t know Hunter is an escort or that they share similarly painful pasts involving family members’ substance abuse.
After the meeting, Hunter invites Grant to one of the finest restaurants in Las Vegas. Hunter is charming, sexy, and gracious, and Grant is intrigued. With more in common than they realized, the two men decide to give a relationship a try. At first, Grant believes he can deal with Hunter’s profession and accepts that Hunter will be faithful with his heart if not his body. Both men find their feelings run deeper than either imagined. For Grant, it’s harder than he thought to accept Hunter’s occupation, and Hunter’s feelings for Grant now make work nearly impossible. But Hunter’s choice of profession comes with a price, which could involve Grant’s job and their hearts—a price that might be too high for either of them to pay.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: April 17, 2015
Threefold Love by Ki Brightly
Xavier’s hope of being more than friends with Andrew is dashed when he meets Andrew’s fiancé, Duncan. Or is it?
Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen.
When he meets Andrew Landry, a high school English teacher, Xavier thinks he has found everything he has ever wanted, maybe even someone he can trust with his scars—the ones on his mind and body. Andrew’s quick wit and outgoing personality reel Xavier in slowly but surely. But he isn’t certain which way Andrew swings, and doesn’t dare to do more than hope the friendly man is actually flirting.
Then, on what Xavier idly wishes were their first date, disaster strikes in the form of Duncan McNeil, a fellow Wiccan and Andrew’s fiancé. Xavier’s hope is smashed to pieces, but Duncan and Andrew may have a different point of view. All they need is a little magic, some hope, and a lot of love to put everything back together.
Length: Novel (230p.) | Genre: M/M/M, Paranormal, Ghosts/Spirits | Release Date: April 17, 2015
April 8, 2015
A big thank you to Andrew, who agreed to do this interview and answer the questions of his German readers. I also want to thank you, the readers, who came up with the questions and thus made this interview possible.
First of all, how would you describe yourself?
I like to think of myself as a fun guy with a real love of life, but I’m afraid I’m much more serious and careful than I ought to be.
What made you start writing M/M novels?
I started reading them a number of years ago when I was trying to lose weight and get fit. What better to make treadmill time pass than to read something sexy? After a while I decided to try writing a story. After that I couldn’t turn it off.
While being all busy with writing, do you even find the time to read?
I do love to read, but I don’t as much as I’d like. There are just too many demands on my time, so reading time is special.
I hope this question is not too personal; if yes you of course don’t have to answer it. How do you unite your writing with your private life (family, friends, partner, etc.) without neglecting anyone or anything?
Sometimes it isn’t easy. Dominic is very understanding and supportive. The rest of my family tries to understand, but its harder for them.
Do you work at several books at the same time or do you rather focus on one?
I only work on one book at a time. It seems to work well for me. I have tried working on more than one and it doesn’t work. Things get messed up in my head and characters tend to jump stories.
Where do you get your ideas from? What inspires you? Do certain events or people you met inspire you when writing?
I am inspired by life and I’m always looking for the next story idea. I have been inspired by works of art, news stories, and people I meet. The world is full of stories.
Are there any rituals you practice before you start writing?
No other than I always start my day with a Diet Coke.
When you write a book, do you plan it before you start writing or do you let things just develop themselves?Do you plan a book series in advance or do you take things as they come?
I tend to start with the idea and write the story. I don’t plan them or the series. Both just build as I work through them.
Do some protagonists grow dear to your heart more than others? If yes, which are the ones you like best?
Of course they do. Some characters wind their way into my heart and never let go. Geoff and Eli are characters like that.
Are you one of the authors that get kicked by their muse all of the time, especially when she wants something that doesn’t really fit into your writing timetable in that situation?
My muse is quite cooperative and his name is Oscar. He tends to keep the story ideas flowing. When I get more than what I need, I write them down for later so I can remember them.
How long does it take you on average to write a story and what does your daily writing routine look like?
I generally write a novel in three to four weeks. I write in the morning, break for lunch and to catch up in email and things. Then I write again in the afternoon. Evenings I try to spend with Dominic.
Have you ever got insulted because of your books? Or have you books ever got insulted? If yes, how did you react to it?
Sometimes people say things I don’t like. I’ve learned to let it run off. You can’t let criticism get to you or there is no way a writer can be productive.
Last week Dreamspinner Press published the German translation of Seven Days. How did you get the idea of the 7 days? Are there also 7 days in particular that have changed your life?
The idea for 7 days came to me as I was writing Accompanied by a Waltz. I believe every life has days which change everything. One for me was when I met Dominic.
Will there be more books in the series Seven Days?
There is another story. Its called Unconditional Love. I’m hoping that will be translated as well.
Last but not least: What are you currently working?
I just finished up Love Comes Unheard, the final story in the Senses series. I also just completed From Loathing to Love, a story where two enemies become friends and then something more.
Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.