November 30, 2012

Joshua Skye on The Singing Wind

The Singing Wind was a novel nearly a decade in the making. The first draft took a long five years to write and clocked in at over 500 pages long. Containing lengthy chapters detailing hallucinations, the magical aspects of time travel mixed with scientific theory, and a host of other arcane and cryptic ponderings, it was so bizarre and esoteric that people didn’t understand it at all. From that epic tome I created The Singing Wind, which took another three years of research and work.

The title of the story comes from the character of Grandmother Singing Wind, a creation inspired by a real-life Native American shaman I met. Many of our discussions found their way into my novel; some of her stories gave credence to various aspects of my plot in a fascinatingly cathartic way. The shapeshifters of my story have a curious genesis in Native American folklore that I hadn’t known before meeting her. She is a remarkable woman. I learned much from her.

The Singing Wind was chosen as a 2012 selection for Dark Media City’s Dark Book Club and the response has been phenomenal. I couldn’t be happier with the complimentary feedback. I’m thrilled people are reading and enjoying my novel. A lot of work went into it so it means a great deal to me.

November 29, 2012

A Present for Daddy by J.M. Snyder on Kindle!

On December 9th, my next short story will be released, but for now you can purchase A Present for Daddy exclusively on your Kindle!

This was a fun little story to write, and I wanted to give readers a bit more time to enjoy it since it's Christmas-themed. It's a happy little feel-good romance to brighten the darkest winter night. No sex, though, with a little bit of cheese, but what holiday story doesn't tug at the heart strings?

Six months after his wife leaves him, Bob Jansen finds himself spending the holidays with his parents in the town where he grew up. With him is his seven year old daughter, Jenna, who sometimes seems to be handling her mother's absence better than Bob is himself. But he's worried that, in her letter to Santa, Jenna has asked the jolly old elf for something Bob knows he can't pull off. He's afraid she wants her mother back for the holiday.

While shopping for his daughter's Christmas presents, Bob runs into Dave Knarr, an old friend. They used to be best buds in high school, before Julia, Bob's soon-to-be ex-wife, came between them. The two men catch up over drinks, and before the evening ends, Dave makes his real feelings for Bob known.

If Bob is shocked to learn Dave has always been attracted to him, he's more surprised by his own reaction. Even if he's willing to take another shot at romance, what will his daughter think of his old friend?

Read an excerpt or buy a copy of the e-book today!

November 28, 2012

Wayne Mansfield on When In Rome

Guest post by Wayne Mansfield ...

Hi everyone. This is my first blog for JMS Books and it’s well overdue. You may or may not have noticed that I have a new story out. It’s called When In Rome and it’s an erotic science fiction/fantasy.

I have often fantasized about what it would be like to have been alive in ancient Rome. I have a huge interest in ancient cultures, and suspect I would have felt right at home in the sexually open times of old Rome. Sex and nudity was considered a normal part of day to day life, spoken about openly and even represented in household murals and decorative objets d’art. There wasn’t all the ridiculous hoopla about it that there is today. I also think that if I’d been captured by a legion of Roman soldiers, or even by the notorious slave traders, I would much rather have been the sex toy of some hot aristocratic Roman lord than have been put to work in the quarries.

So please enjoy my new story. It’s short but erotically sweet. A sexy bit of escapism for your reading pleasure.

Wayne Mansfield

When in Rome by Wayne Mansfield

When in Rome by Wayne Mansfield is now available in e-book format!

The year is 2029, and Marco has been working on a time travel machine. His friend Derek suggests they try it out, but even as he programs the machine for ancient Rome, he doesn't think it'll work.

The next thing he knows, he’s picked up by a slave trader and taken to a marketplace in ancient Rome. Potential buyers poke and prod him, examining the merchandise from every angle, yet bidding is slow. After the auctioneer, who is keen for a sale, announces that Derek is a virgin, hands shoot into the air. All Derek can do is watch and pray whoever buys him is kind and halfway good-looking.

His prayers are soon answered, though he is informed on the way back to his new master’s villa that he is to be put to work that very night. Far from home and alone in a strange, ancient world, he does the best he can. Neither he nor his friends had talked about getting him home to 2029 again.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

November 27, 2012

J.T. Marie on My Brother's Best Friend

Guest post by J.T. Marie ...

My latest e-book release is My Brother's Best Friend, a young adult short story about a teenage girl with a crush on ... you guessed it! Her brother's best friend.

There was a time not too long ago when I would've thought I'd never write a non-gay story again. Granted, this story doesn't quite fit, since there are gay characters in it, but the main character through whom the story is told is not gay.

This story came to me quite suddenly one night while lying in bed, trying to get to sleep. I get a lot of ideas that way, which is why I have a notebook on my bedside table with story ideas jotted down on it that I hope to write one day. This one came to me in a rush, and when I took a writing class at the Visual Arts Center here in Richmond over the summer, I wrote this piece to hand out in class. I had a page limit and didn't quite finish the story for class, but wrapped it up after the class was over and violà! A new J.T. Marie story!

Amber has had a fierce crush on Nate, her brother Bryan's best friend, since she was nine years old. Now that she's almost old enough to date, she knows who she wants her first boyfriend to be. Unfortunately, Nate doesn't really talk to her, and Bryan won't set them up.

Then Amber finds out why.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy of the e-book today!

J.T. Marie

How the UK Meet began ...

Once upon a time, there were three little girls ...

Okay. Actually there were about a dozen of them. And they weren’t exactly girls. Or, you know, all that little. Apart from Charlie, maybe. She’s tiny. (So small, in fact, that many people didn’t even notice she was there, that first year.) But anyway ... there we all were, gathered together one hot July day in 2010 in a library in Ely, to re-enact the feeding of the five thousand. What’s that you say? Oh, right. The food mountain was just a bonus side effect. No, we were actually there to get together and celebrate UK GLBTQ fiction. And that was the first UK Meet, and jolly good fun it was too.

The following year ... Well. Apparently word had spread about all the yummy food on offer. Although possibly the reports of fun, comradeship, helpful hints for writers and, heh, insider gossip attracted a few people as well. The 2011 UK Meet drew over forty GLBTQ fiction writers, readers and fans from around Britain -- and we had our first delegates from Europe, too. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back around January of that year, the very lovely, talented and wackily hair-accessorised Josephine Myles sent out an email to a few of us involved in the organisation, and it went something like this:

“Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here's a prompt, So let’s do an anthology, maybe?”

Well, you have to humour people like that. Otherwise, they might creep up on you in the night and stab you with their pointy hair implements of doom. So we went along with it, put out a call to people, and what do you know? We ended up with a truly fabulous collection of stories, all donated by their authors to raise funds for the UK Meet.

And you can download it for FREE for today only: Tea & Crumpet.

Raise your rainbow umbrellas high and celebrate!

Enjoy this enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking collection, a heartfelt expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people.

The 2013 UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet will take place on the weekend of 12th-14th July 2013 in the Macdonald Hotel, Manchester, UK. We’ll be offering a wide range of panels, networking opportunities and social events, with plenty of things to appeal to readers, authors (established, fledging or aspiring), and fans alike!

If you’d like to be kept informed about details of the meet, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter. You’ll also find pictures and reports from the fabulous 2012 Meet in Brighton, which drew over sixty delegates from across the globe, including our keynote speaker, genre pioneer & Psycop author Jordan Castillo Price.

UK Meet Acquisitions Team

My Brother's Best Friend by J.T. Marie

My Brother's Best Friend by J.T. Marie is now available in e-book format!

Amber has had a fierce crush on Nate, her brother Bryan's best friend, since she was nine years old. Now that she's almost old enough to date, she knows who she wants her first boyfriend to be. Unfortunately, Nate doesn't really talk to her, and Bryan won't set them up.

Then Amber finds out why.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

November 25, 2012

David Stroup on The Engines of Dusk trilogy

Guest post by David Stroup ...

The publication of Engines of Dusk Book 3: The Darwinian Sum marks a big milestone for me.

Although this completes my series The Engines of Dusk, this was actually my first novel -- my previous work were all short stories. I originally wrote The Engines of Dusk as a single rather unwieldy volume; the excellent folk at JMS Books have helped me turn it into a more manageable trilogy.

This was my “everything and the kitchen sink” novel, my attempt to throw everything I enjoy into one book. Aliens! Dinosaurs! Murder mysteries! It’s been rewarding to see a largely positive response.

Publication also comes at a rather chaotic time for me. After a long career in journalism (two decades) and copywriting, I’m back in school, working to become a science teacher. That’s made it hard to keep on track with my writing, though I’m maintaining a discipline of working a little every day. It’s also given me plenty of experience and material for my next work.

Visit my blog (below), where I’ll be posting updates and excerpts for my works in progress and updates on giveaways and any promotional events.

David Stroup

Engines of Dusk Book 3: The Darwinian Sum by David Stroup

Engines of Dusk Book 3: The Darwinian Sum by David Stroup is now available in e-book format!

As war threatens to break out between civilizations, two women -- one a shipwrecked human, the other a freelance warrior of the sexually-dimorphic Makers -- close in on the kidnapped human consul at the heart of the crisis. But for Aly Castillos and A’thiathialae, finding the missing diplomat is only the start of a lethal end-game.

Meanwhile, in deep space, a young artificial intelligence named Hawkens DuPree enters into a deadly dance with terrorists and political extremists ... including her ex-lover. Each deception reveals new questions -- and a fatal rendezvous with the agents of an unseen enemy.

For freelance journalist Temple Argent and scientist Kathryn Tamashio, time may already have run out, as the trail of a killer leads only to cold death among the stars.

Across known space, humans and A.I.'s struggle to put together the pieces of a vast conspiracy before it’s too late. Behind the scenes, intelligences older and far more powerful than any human or Maker brood in the cold darkness between the stars. When the Engines of Dusk make their move, two civilizations may fall, and something new will be born ... because the first move in an interstellar war may be just one step toward something far greater.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

November 23, 2012

Scott Alexander Hess on Diary of a Sex Addict

Guest post by Scott Alexander Hess ...

Last October I published my debut novel, Diary of a Sex Addict. At my first book signing I was thrilled, nervous, ready to meet my readers and field questions. A small crowd lined up.

What happened next, and what continued to occur at my next few events, was the repetition of a central question: "Where did you get the idea for the book?"

In that moment, I drew a blank. What an odd sensation, struggling to answer that simple query. I realized that the spark of inspiration, the literal point of internal discovery, was a bit of a mystery.

I fudged an answer that day, and luckily with Diary -- a graphic exploration of a gay New Yorker's spiral into sexual compulsion -- the initial question was quickly forgotten and followed with the juicier: "Did you really have all that wild sex? Is it all true?"

That one I could easily answer: the book is fiction, not memoir. No sir, I did not attend a gang bang in Central Park at 3 a.m. as is depicted in the novel.

Later that night, as I thought about the concept of inspiration, I felt challenged to pin down the idea-sparking moment for my books (I've published two and am completing my third, Jockey). Drawing a bubble bath (I think best in hot suds), I decided to look at the work itself.

Diary opens with a bang -- a graphic sex scene loosely based on my own experience. The unnamed narrator struggles to stay present with a hookup, while obsessing about the cleanliness of the kitchen floor:

"I am meant to follow, to stray forward to keep our fifteen minute rush of wild sex moving. Because in too long a pause, the whole delicate fantasy collapses. I do lean forward, but hesitate, realizing Bing's knees must really ache. I wonder if I'm being cruel or a bad host, which opens a peep hole into my bland, non-sexually charged thoughts and in milliseconds I wonder if the floor is clean enough to be kneeling on and if Bing could ever replace my ex-lover and why this sex right now is so mind-numbingly hot and so much better than the rest of my awful day." (Chapter 1, Diary of a Sex Addict)

The passage shows that that I wrote the book in an effort to push my limits as a writer, to explore graphic material while staying literate. This, though, was not where the idea came from.

Digging deeper, sinking into the tub, I realized the idea came from two sources: Brett Easton Ellis and my recent, intense loneliness triggered by a breakup with my lover.

Ellis' book American Psycho, which I'd read a few months prior to beginning Diary, floored me. His transgressive, intense text is amazingly artful in its ability to push limits and shock. There are scenes in the novel that I will never forget (if you've read it, all I need to say is: the woman and the rat). Ellis inspired me as an example of a fearless literary renegade.

Around the same time, healing from that breakup, I was having a lot of anonymous sex. Often, during these trysts, I would feel like I was floating out of myself, becoming keenly aware of a funky mashup of intimacy (naked, grinding bodies) and bland, nameless emptiness.

This type of sexual expression, and the emotional colors I associated with it, intrigued me. Also, living in Manhattan, I became fascinated with how often quickie sex was so readily available. I cultivated an interest in the routines of this subculture of sexual expression, more and more as an observer and less for the thrill.

So in essence, the novel that challenged and inspired me to take a risk (American Psycho) and my own personal journey (anonymous sex to heal) merged and led me to begin the text that would become Diary.

Beyond that, I also realized that as a writer, it is my job to do the work to allow the sometimes subtle, quiet inspiration to come through and not lie dormant. For me (and this is my advice to young writers who pick my brain), I constantly read authors that challenge, frighten and confront me, writers like William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, who never cease to leave me filled with wonder. Those two authors consistently give me the courage to stay open to my subconscious as I write, and allow my multifaceted life experience to bloom forward.

I have another reading coming up, so now I do hope someone asks, "Where did you get the idea for the book?" I'll have an answer ready.

November 21, 2012

Summer's Lease by Drew Hunt

Summer's Lease by Drew Hunt is now available in e-book format!

On his first night renting a cottage on the Cornish coast, widower John Tennant comes face to face with, of all things, a grizzly bear. Fearing for his life, John tries to convince the animal he isn't worth eating, and is relieved when the bear ambles away.

Maintenance man Mitch Benjamin is two hundred years old but doesn’t look a day over forty. As a werebear, he needs to stay under the radar. The new renter is making that difficult. Not only is John attractive, but his vulnerability triggers all of Mitch’s protective instincts. If that wasn’t trouble enough, Mitch is struggling with his inner bear’s desire to befriend John. He knows what his bear is up to, but Mitch doesn’t want another mate. His last one was murdered ninety years ago, and he’s still grieving.

John is confused by Mitch’s mixed signals. Physically, Mitch -- with his bulging muscles and hulking frame -- is a gay man’s wet dream come true. But emotionally, he keeps closing down. John discovers more comfort with the magnificent grizzly bear he occasionally meets on his evening walks along the beach.

In an effort to help, Morwenna, the owner of the cottages, uses her psychic gifts to give John a message from his dead lover, George. Far from helping, it adds another layer of strangeness to what’s already turning out to be the strangest summer John can remember.

Can a well-meaning medium and a determined grizzly bring John and Mitch together? Will Mitch come clean about his werebear nature? If he does, can John accept that a man and bear exist in the same body?

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

November 19, 2012

Vic and Matt in Oz or, WTF?

Vic and Matt in Oz or, WTF?

I have always been fascinated by The Wizard of Oz. It's iconic -- the tornado whisking Dorothy away to another land, the ruby slippers that provide her a way home, the three companions she meets on her way to where she truly belongs. When I wrote fan fiction, I did a fun little story that was 'N Sync in Oz (Justin was Dorothy, Lance was the Scarecrow he couldn't keep his hands off of, and Britney Spears was the Good Witch). Ever since I started publishing "original" fiction, I've wanted to try my hand at another story set in the merry ol' land.

The problem was that I needed characters readers knew. The best part about using Oz as a setting is that readers are familiar with the main themes and items in it -- whether they read the book or watched the movie, they knew the basic plot and key elements. Even people who don't know the story know what it's about, or at least the main motifs. The shoes, mostly. Rainbows. The Emerald City. The Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion. The Good Witch, the Wicked Witch, and let's not forget the flying monkeys.

One of the elements I've always loved about The Wizard of Oz is that the pivotal people Dorothy meets in Oz, she already knew in Kansas. Therefore, if I was going to write a similar story, I needed characters my readers would easily recognize. Someone to be Dorothy, of course, but also the others, as well. Almost immediately, it occurred to me that my Vic and Matt characters would fit into the Oz roles perfectly.

Or rather, almost. For months I turned the characters and story over in my head. Who in Vic and Matt's "real" world matched up well with the memorable characters in Oz? Roxie had to be the Witch -- good or bad, she could fit in both roles, though Matt might say she was more bad than good. Matt would be Dorothy -- of the couple, he's the more imaginative of the two. For some reason, I just can't see Vic getting far in Oz. He'd stand on the side of the Yellow Brick Road and glare at anyone who passed until Matt showed up.

But what about the Scarecrow? The Tin Man? The Cowardly Lion?

I wanted Vic to be the Scarecrow. At the end of the movie, Dorothy says she'll miss him most of all (which must've been a kick in the gut to the others, eh?). As Matt is incomplete without his lover Vic, I knew Vic had to fill the Scarecrow's shoes. But the other two characters eluded me, and then there was the Wizard himself ...

Finally it hit me. I knew exactly who would play each role. The casting was perfect, and flowed well with the universe in which Vic and Matt live. Once I got the idea in my head, I couldn't write the story fast enough. I think it's a fun little romp with "the boys," and I hope those of you who are fans of them think so, too!

J.M. Snyder
Vic and Matt Website

No Place Like Home by J.M. Snyder

No Place Like Home by J.M. Snyder is now available in e-book format!

A Vic and Matt Story

A late season hurricane bears down on Richmond, causing power outages and property damage. When the doggie day care closes early, Matt leaves work to take Sadie home. Unfortunately, a sudden tornado and washed out road take him on a detour he didn't expect. His beloved Jaguar skids out of control and off the road, leaving Matt unconscious in a ditch.

When he comes to, he finds himself in the merry old Land of Oz.

As Matt struggles to find his way home, Vic has a much more pressing problem -- locating his lover, who has suddenly gone missing in a violent storm. Can the two men find each other again before it's too late?

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

November 18, 2012

Meet Jennifer Cierra!

Interview with author of gay erotic romance, Jennifer Cierra!

Why do you write?
There are so many words bouncing around in my head, and I just have to write them down. I'm not going to claim I'd go insane if I didn't write, because it's not true; if you give me enough other things to do, I can go without writing stories for months (unfortunately). But I lose something of myself when I do. When I write, one idea leads into the next, and it's this tumbling, waterfall-style effect, and I just can't stop. (As a case in point, I once wrote three different stories -- about 60,000 words total -- which were all inspired by those long, thick eyelashes men sometimes have. One idea led to another, and pretty soon I was writing a quasi-transgender character in a "comedy of errors" type plot with no idea how I'd gotten there, other than that it had something to do with eyelashes.)

What story haven't you written yet but would like to? Is there anything holding you back from writing it?
I have a half-finished novel set in the same world as Blast Off, a science fiction story with genetic manipulation, interplanetary wars, and really twisted relationships. It's been on hiatus since July, though, because, while science fiction is my favorite genre to read, I never realized quite how much work went into believable world design. I got fed up with trying to figure out how to put a 5,000-person village and all their goats into one spaceship, so I came back to contemporary, Long Beach stories for a while. Long Beach already exists, so I don't have to define its architectural style. Still, I'd like to return to the novel at some point. World-creation is frustrating but thrilling, and I need some practice. And besides, Zeke makes a cameo in the end, which I'm looking forward to writing.

What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?
I have two favorites: the beginning, while it's still that honeymoon phase and I'm not worried about continuity or understandability or plausibility or any other annoying "-ity" and can just write, and the final edit. I usually have major issues with the middle, and I almost always switch to other stories at that point, which explains my large backlist of unfinished stories. I'll write until a little ways before the climax, get frustrated or confused or disinterested, and move on to something else, and then, weeks later, I'll look at the story, decide it was actually worth something, and buckle down and finish the thing. The final edits are wonderful, because I can look over the entire piece of writing and think, "Yep, I created that."

Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I usually outline while writing, along with some notes about hair and eye color, and other easy-to-mix-up details. If I outline past the climax, though, I'll move on to another story without finishing the one I just outlined, though, so it's important for me to keep that in mind.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?
Outside of NaNoWriMo, no. I'm terrible with length requirements; they eat away at me, and no matter what they are, the story I've designed usually doesn't fit well within them. For me, the length of the story is the time required to tell it convincingly and interestingly. The only type of length requirement that doesn't distort my muse is the type saying 5,000-100,000 words, and even then, I'll probably end up writing something 4,500 words long and want to call it finished.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Definitely help. My muse has a lot to say, but she's willing to demur to more pressing matters, so the things with deadlines (e.g. essays, freelance editing, and midterms) usually come first, unfortunately. A strict schedule of deadlines makes for a much more productive me.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
As entire characters, always my imagination. I put my characters through too much grief to want to pretend they're anyone I actually know! They're not entirely inorganic, though. I've read that characters are usually at least half-author, and I think it's true at least for my writing. My characters deal with my fears, usually in much steamier situations than I would allow myself. Take Jordan in Blast Off, for instance. He was scared of attachment -- scared of being left -- and he made a snap decision which he thought would be better for everyone and ended up regretting it. I've done that, in less serious contexts. I try to give my characters real-seeming fears and conflicts, and one way to do that is to use my own.

Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?
Sometimes. Zeke and Jordan were very difficult, mostly because they started out as Cal and Dwight, respectively. The main characters of the other novel I'm working on in this world, though, are named Cory and Derrick, and I couldn't see having two couples with C&D names. Luckily, I have a friend who's wonderful with names, and she fixed Zeke and Jordan in minutes. (She's the force behind Vince Valentino in my Valentine's Day short, too.) Names are usually last in my character-planning process.

What in your opinion makes good chemistry between your leading characters?
They have to be different. I can't stand those relationships where both people are exactly the same, go to the same haircutter, have the same interests, wear the same shirt three days out of four ... My characters have to have their own lives outside of their relationships, and those lives can't be identical. I need points of friction between them to be able to write about them. Without friction, I can't start a fire.

And now, enough about the writing -- give us some fun facts!

Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Definitely dog. Cats are probably smarter, but dogs are just so much more lovable.

What is your favorite curse word?
Scheiße. It's German for "shit," and it's probably the only curse word I say on a regular basis. I write expletives (and think), but I rarely say them, for some reason. But cursing in German doesn't seem as extreme.

Name something you do when you're alone that you wouldn't do in front of others.
Sing. I can't stay on tune for the life of me, and other people hearing my singing usually don't even know what I'm trying to do, but I don't have an iPod, so sometimes, when I'm walking in the city and the street is completely empty (because no one walks in Southern California), I'll just start singing at the top of my lungs. (It's usually right about then that I walk past a bus stop and find out I wasn't alone, after all, which then stops the singing again for at least twenty mortified feet, or so.)

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
You're reading it =). Although I must admit, I don't feel particularly guilty about it.

Jennifer Cierra
Twitter: @CierraJennifer

Blast Off by Jennifer Cierra

Blast Off by Jennifer Cierra is now available in e-book format!

Zeke's boyfriend, Jordan, left just before they graduated from college, leaving nothing behind but a note. Devastated, Zeke tried to find him, but short of registering him as a missing person, nothing worked. Finally, he enrolled for training with the InterStellar Regulation's Enforcement Division and attempted to move on despite the pain, but he never managed to give up hope of trying things again, if he could only find Jordan -- which was, after all, the first step.

Six years later, Zeke is shocked to see Jordan's name under a list of recipients for a prestigious research award. Cleaning out his savings to secure a ticket at the overbooked reception ceremony, Zeke sets off to show Jordan just what he's been missing all these years.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

November 14, 2012

That's Entertainment! by Clare London

That's Entertainment! by Clare London is now available in e-book format!

Jack and Grady are casual extras in the adult erotic movies made by WrinkleTheSheets productions. Since the day they were caught making out behind the catering trolley during the filming of Spurtacocks, their director Gerry has decided it’s safer and more entertaining to keep them on the payroll, even if their devotion -- and lust -- for each other makes them rather unreliable players.

They support the darlings and divas of the company, from the vain Quinn to the surly Tomasz. They spend their time on cheap costumes and camoflauge, sex toys and phallic props, re-creating alternative classic movies in X-rated pastiches as never seen before. And throughout all the fun and banter, Jack and Grady’s modest love affair is a model of honesty and faithfulness.

But Jack is beginning to have doubts. Grady's sex drive is generous and he’s always eager for novelty. Jack’s no longer sure he can satisfy that, worrying Grady is bored with him -- that Grady wants something else. If only Jack had the nerve to ask outright. Instead, he has to rely on uninvited and distinctly dubious relationship advice from his fellow actors. Why is Grady keeping secrets? Just what are the strange noises coming from behind the locked door of their shared trailer? And does poor Jack really want to find out?

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November 12, 2012

Rose and Spindle by Hayden Thorne

Rose and Spindle by Hayden Thorne is now available in e-book format!

Boy meets boy. Boy hates boy. Each swears never to have anything to do with the other, forever after.

Unfortunately for Prince Hamlin and Prince Edouard, history has a bad habit of repeating itself, and worse, each time the two boys run across each other, things get a touch muddier as well. Destiny and free will go head-to-head, the princes’ dilemma echoing the more baffling curse that’s been placed on Edouard’s young cousin, Princess Roderika. Doomed to prick her finger on a spindle on her fifteenth birthday and fall asleep for a hundred years as a result, Roderika’s rapidly dwindling time becomes an inescapable tapestry into which Hamlin and Edouard’s own fates are woven.

With the help of a magician princess and a crotchety talking raven, Hamlin and Edouard not only have to outgrow prejudices, but also find the courage and the will to define their destinies, even if it were to take them a hundred years.

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November 11, 2012

Meet H. Lewis-Foster!

It’s a real thrill to have my third e-book Counting Parakeets published by JMS Books. The story follows the first steps of an unlikely romance between sleep-starved doctor, Pete, and easygoing performance artiste, Andy.

Pete and Andy are lovely characters, and I’m sure Andy’s gorgeous physique would send anyone’s heart aflutter. But the real star of the story is Ollie the parakeet, who ‘s as good a matchmaker as any single man could wish to meet.

Counting Parakeets is a really fun story, that will put a smile on the face of anyone who’s ever had trouble sleeping—or who dreams of finding love when they’re least expecting it. It’s also quite a contrast to my previous story ‘Secret of the Code’, which is set in an English university library.

I’ve enjoyed working in libraries for over a decade now, and have always found them exciting places to work—far from the silent, somber places portrayed in films and books. And while I’m not aware of any naughty goings-on between the bookshelves, there are certainly plenty of hidden corners, where anything might happen!

Secret of the Code is a very romantic story, but I must admit, I did enjoy writing the sex scenes, which are rather more graphic than in my other stories. But what made these scenes really satisfying was the relationships—both good and bad—between the characters. They all have their strengths and insecurities, and I hope that readers will like them just as much as I do—although they might have to try a little harder to like the charming Professor Burnell!

It’s an amazing feeling to have people reading my work, and I’m busy working on new stories at the moment. If you’d like to keep up to date with my publications, please feel free to like my Facebook page, which I’ll be adding to soon:

All the best, and happy reading!
H. Lewis-Foster

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Counting Parakeets by H. Lewis-Foster

Counting Parakeets by H. Lewis-Foster is now available in e-book format!

Pete is a doctor. He’s working the night shift, and desperately needs to get some sleep. But he hasn’t a chance, with Ollie, a chattering parakeet who's decided to perch on Pete's gate post. He finally cracks and follows the bird to a classy house on the far side of town, where he finds Ollie’s owner, Andy, hanging upside-down.

Delightful as Andy is, Pete’s too tired to be tempted by the performance artiste, who promises to keep Ollie under control. But Pete’s curious to know ... What does a performance artiste do exactly? There’s only one way to find out.

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November 6, 2012

Kiss Me, Straight by Michael P. Thomas

TITLE: Kiss Me, Straight
AUTHOR: Michael P. Thomas

GENRE: Bisexual • Contemporary • Erotic Romance • Fiction • Gay
LENGTH: 91,362 words
PRICE: $7.99


Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney -- these exciting cities are standard fare in the life of flight attendant Todd Eisenbraun, and he chases a romance with sexy-but-straight Josh through them all.

Closer to home, a new neighbor in his San Francisco apartment building has a huge crush on Todd. His friends -- Katie, a flight attendant-turned-small appliance repairwoman, and Marzipan Q. Thespian, a man-dangling local philanthropist -- think Todd should at least give Chris a shot. Sure, he’s overweight, but he’s also handsome, a hilarious playwright, and a great cook ... what’s not to love?

Todd and Chris become quick friends, but Todd’s idea of the perfect man is skinny and straight, and Chris is decidedly neither. Josh may have a fiancée and a teenaged son, but Todd just knows he’s “the One.”

But if Josh is straight, the road to love is not; Todd is jostled by internalized homophobia, body image issues, exotic locales, the glamorous world of sewing machine repair, and a community theater musical salute to the life of Judy Garland before he arrives at the realization that he’s been looking way too hard for something he may have already found.

November 1, 2012

The Phantom by Wayne Mansfield

TITLE: The Phantom
AUTHOR: Wayne Mansfield

GENRE: Action/Adventure • Contemporary • Erotic Romance • Fantasy • Fiction • Gay
LENGTH: 43,461 words
PRICE: $4.99


Toby has just finished high school and, like most new graduates, he isn't sure what he wants to do with his life. One day he sees an advertisement for deckhands in a local newspaper. What better way to earn a living and see the world than to go to sea in an old-style sailing ship called The Phantom?

Onboard, Toby takes an immediate liking to Tiger, a rugged, masculine man with sun-bleached hair. Unfortunately, Tiger couldn’t care less about Toby. But Paul, the burly second-in-charge, is a completely different story. He feels very protective towards Toby, though he keeps his true feelings a secret.

While at sea, the men of The Phantom get to know each other pretty well. Off the coast of Africa, they encounter mermen and cannibals. Near the gulf of Arabia, they come across giant sea creatures and, in the Red Sea, they meet a djinn.

What amazing discoveries will they make? What other-worldly secrets will be revealed? This an erotic adventure is topped with lashings of fantasy and sprinkled with romance. Join Toby on the adventure of a lifetime, and let him take you to places you could never visit on your own.