March 29, 2013

JMS Books Submissions Call!

JMS Books LLC is a small queer press specializing in LGBT erotic romance. We release 3 e-books a week and 3 print titles a month. Authors receive 50% net on royalties from all sales.

While we're always open for submissions, we're currently looking for well-written stories between 15,000 and 45,000 words in length in the following genres:
  • Contemporary GAY or M/M erotic romance
  • LESBIAN or F/F erotic romance (any subgenre)
  • TRANSGENDER erotic romance (any subgenre)
Please send the first 2,000 words or 2 chapters plus a synopsis and author bio to We respond in 2 days to all submissions.

Full guidelines are online at

March 27, 2013

Walls of White by Joshua Skye

Walls of White by Joshua Skye is now available in e-book format!

Chris frees himself from the suffocating world of his parents’ home and moves into his dream apartment in an old part of town. But strange things begin to happen. There is a presence in his new place that whispers his name. It plays tricks, like hiding his car keys in odd places. It stalks him wherever he goes. And it is jealous.

When Chris takes a lover, the situation escalates alarmingly. Is Chris insane? He doesn't think so, but can he discover what -- or who -- is haunting him?

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 26, 2013

Relatively Speaking by Allen Mack

Relatively Speaking by Allen Mack is now available in e-book format!

Dan and Greg invite Dan's nephew and his best friend, Curt, to visit after graduation. Plans change when the nephew gets sick, but Curt visits anyway. Playing host isn't to Greg’s liking at all. What can they do with a juvenile in their home for two whole weeks?

But Greg and Dan soon Curt is all grown up. Tall, handsome, athletically built, he's a charmer with a magnetic smile and a butt jeans were designed to show off. Nudity is the norm for Curt at home and alone, and it's soon apparent he considers himself at home with the men.

Greg becomes more and more unsettled as Curt struts about the house in the buff, while Dan chuckles inwardly at his lover's increasing discomfort. Greg becomes so horny, he can't wait to get Dan alone. As things heat up between them, the bedroom door opens to reveal a naked Curt eager to join in the fun.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 24, 2013

After by Chuck Willman

After by Chuck Willman is now available in e-book format!

Chris and Gave have been together for nearly twenty-five years, and have enjoyed a very active life until Chris becomes too ill with AIDS to continue the lifestyle to which they had grown accustomed. Chris now requires home visits from a nurse. Gabe, a handsome counselor at the local HIV/AIDS clinic, has arranged for one of the new nurses, Trevor, to be Chris’s primary caregiver. Trevor is a hunky, Nebraska-born, ex-farm boy with a heart of gold.

Chris doesn’t want to die without knowing Gabe will go on with his life, which includes loving another man. That becomes Chris’s goal: to find a new lover for Gabe. But the plan becomes more imperative when Chris lands in the hospital and everything starts to go awry.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 20, 2013

The Human Cage by Wayne Mansfield

The Human Cage by Wayne Mansfield is now available in e-book format!

Dale is a 23-year-old university student working on his thesis. Fortunately, rather than having to endure the interruptions and distractions at university, his “Uncle” Tom has invited Dale to stay with him at Walton Manor. In the countryside he has plenty of space, almost continual silence, and a butler to cater to his every whim.

Dale and Tom have always had a mutual admiration for each other, and now they have the chance to explore this attraction. Yet Dale doesn’t count on falling in love with Dominic, the muscular Italian employed as Tom’s gardener.

Despite his feelings for Tom, Dale can’t help the fact that the more he sees Dominic, the more attracted he is. Unfortunately, Tom is a jealous man. Even worse, he reveals a hitherto unseen sadistic side, which frightens Dale. One night Tom’s jealousy boils over, and Dale finds himself punished for his feelings for Dominic.

From then on, Dale’s tranquil existence at Walton Manor is permanently shattered. Once things are set in motion, they are impossible to stop. After a final confrontation between Dominic and Tom, Dale discovers the most shocking truth of all.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 18, 2013

Clothing Optional by Allen Mack

Clothing Optional by Allen Mack is now available in e-book format!

Jim convinces his partner Brad to spend a day at a newly “liberated” beach -- meaning nudity is permitted within designated bounds. Brad overcomes his shyness and agrees to go, on the lookout for “watchers” the whole time.

The couple meets others like themselves, some interesting folks, some interested in only one thing. Their little excursion turns out to be far from the quiet, restful vacation Jim originally planned. By the end of the day, the sun isn’t the only thing heating up the beach!

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 17, 2013

Elliot Arthur Cross on Ask Me No Questions

Guest post by Elliot Arthur Cross

I love old detective movies. Everyone lies as a hard-boiled detective gets to the bottom of some murder mystery, usually after taking on a seemingly innocent case. A smart-talking gal Friday assists, and a dangerous femme fatale causes plenty of confusion. Toss in a few red herrings, an action scene, and you've got a recipe for a good time.

Ask Me No Questions is my spin on the classic formula. Sure, my story's set in modern times, complete with texting and Facebook-checking, and there's plenty of man-on-man action, but the film noir essentials are there. My Sam Spade is Dylan Lakewood, a college graduate struggling to pay the bills working as a survey taker in a mall. His gal Friday is his fun-loving roommate, and the client who gets him involved in the murder mystery is less a grieving widow and more a seductive skater.

There are plenty more parallels to the noir films, but that would be spoiling the fun Dylan finds himself sucked into.

There's a certain pleasure found in reading murder mysteries. People like concrete problems that will be solved by the end of the story. If you read a horror novel, odds are decent there's going to be some sort of mysterious evil shenanigans that won't be fully explained. If you read a romance, the question is how will two people will get together, but you know they will in the end, and it's more about the journey. Check out a comedy, and it's entirely about the journey. But a mystery presents a challenge. It is perhaps the most interactive reading genre.

So I challenge you, dear reader, to dive into the world of Dylan Lakewood in Ask Me No Questions. Besides the heavy duty sex, there's a brain challenge I've carefully laid out. Can you solve the caper, or will my killer get the best of you?

Elliot Arthur Cross

Ask Me No Questions by Elliot Arthur Cross

Ask Me No Questions by Elliot Arthur Cross is now available in e-book format!

Dylan Lakewood never imagined anyone would hit on him at his job working at the local shopping mall taking surveys for random products. But then he meets Trenton, a tall skater boy who puts the moves on him. Trenton introduces him to his shy friend, Bennett, who just happens to be on the run from the police, who think he murdered a college jock.

When Dylan agrees to hide Bennett, he unwittingly pits himself against a killer desperate to keep a hundred thousand dollar secret.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 13, 2013

The Prince and the Cowboy by Sam Singer

The Prince and the Cowboy by Sam Singer is now available in e-book format!

Pampered Texan James Walsh has been keeping a secret from his overbearing but well-intentioned mother. When she throws a lavish birthday party in the hopes that he will meet the woman of his dreams, she has no clue James is gay.

But a sudden storm blows rugged, rain-soaked ranch owner Jonathon Ross to James' doorstep, and suddenly he can't hide who he is any longer.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 12, 2013

Shirley by Joshua Skye

Shirley by Joshua Skye is now available in e-book format!

When he was seven, they fled the cramped city and moved to the spaciousness of his gramma's place. From the big old crab-apple tree, he could see the path winding away into the deep woods, over the little creek, and further away to the secret old junkyard where he met Shirley.

Who needed family when he had such a neat best friend?

She was the voice in his mind, showing him things, guarding him. While he was a child, they played together in the junkyard. By the time he was fourteen, it was time to see her true form.

But did Shirley really have his best interests at heart?

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 11, 2013

Ballet Nights by H. Lewis-Foster

Ballet Nights by H. Lewis-Foster is now available in e-book format!

Aaron is a banker who enjoys his single life to the limit. When he goes to the ballet with his friend Nick, Aaron finds the performance pretty dull. But he soon pays attention when the gorgeous Prince Charming takes to the stage, and he doesn't hesitate when Nick invites him to another ballet.

As Aaron spends more evenings at the theater, he meets Frank, a young European. Aaron is captivated by Frank's accent and his sophistication, but Frank doesn't fit into Aaron's routine of bars and casual acquaintances. Aaron is determined to hang on to his old lifestyle, but will Frank tempt him to try something different?

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 10, 2013

A Model Romance by Michael P. Thomas

A Model Romance by Michael P. Thomas is now available in e-book format!

When Bridger Bradford chases the wrong guy to South Korea, he falls in love ... with his fantasies about Kai, a model whose handsome mug is splashed across every subway station and bus shelter in the country.

Kai has a big career and big money, but what he really wants is a shot at big, blond Bridger, who can't believe his luck when the man of his dreams seemingly walks out of the stack of souvenir magazines and right up to him in his favorite San Francisco bar.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 8, 2013

From the Editor - Evaluation and Acceptance

It's a new year and our thoughts naturally turn to new submissions. Each Friday, we'll post a blog entry on what our submission editors would like to see in our inboxes.

The Editors' Evaluation

A submission is usually read and scrutinized a few times. We look again at the query letter, the synopsis, the excerpt. Rejecting someone’s hard work is never done lightly.

We will often accept a less-than-perfect manuscript, because in our opinion the edits will be within reasonable bounds and the potential for the story and the author is enough for us to take the risk. Sometimes it will be just below the level we can accept, because we are editors, not writing teachers.

It remains a risk. Some risks pay off, others don’t. The proof of the pudding is in the sales figures.
The next step is to write the evaluation for J.M. She has the final say and is the one to write the accept/reject letter to the author.

A reject doesn’t mean we hate you. It means the manuscript wasn’t ready to be published by JMS Books. Go back and work on it, then resubmit. We will be pleased and excited to give it another chance!

After Acceptance

On acceptance of a manuscript, J.M. will offer you a contract. Once the deal is done, she schedules the story.

J.M. does all the administrative and office work, as well as cover art and book layout, royalty calculations, and contract negotiations, so she doesn’t usually take on editing work. With her own writing, she has enough on her plate! We currently have eight editors. Each has their strong points, and work is distributed according to their skills and preferences. Every month, J.M. sends out an email with the next group of titles to be edited, and as long as a given title is still available, editors can choose the stories they want to work on.

Before sending the manuscript to the editor, J.M. applies a company-standard template to format the manuscript. From there, the process of revision begins.

In the meantime, the author has to write blurbs, think about cover art, and begin spreading the word on their social network. My story will soon be published by JMS Books!

Submit a story to us today!

March 6, 2013

The Lone Wolf by K.C. Grim

The Lone Wolf by K.C. Grim is now available in e-book format!

Bryson Gilroy never wanted to be a lone wolf, unmated, but coming out to his pack isn't an option. Alpha males and homosexuals just don’t mix. Even if his father is the current pack master and his twin brother will one day succeed as leader, it's still better to keep some things secret.

With each passing full moon, the werewolf inside Bryson becomes harder and harder to tame. If the beast gets free, it'll be impossible to pen back in. Control is an illusion and Bryson knows once he loses it, nothing will ever be the same.

The call of the moon is powerful, but Bryson need relief. A dark, secretive bar called the Iron Side is a place where anything goes, a place for anonymous satisfaction for men by men. Bryson’s plan is simple -- get in, get laid, and get out, but the plan changed once he saw the man of his dreams. He is, in a word, beautiful. Bryson never wanted someone so much.

Can Bryson have a one-night-stand with this handsome stranger and just walk away? Will he be able to to his life as a lone wolf knowing this man was still out there?

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 5, 2013

Out of Light and Into the Night by Wayne Mansfield

Out of Light and Into the Night by Wayne Mansfield is now available in e-book format!

Karl and Daniel are driving back to their small farm after celebrating Daniel’s birthday when they strike something in the road. Whatever it is lands on the roof of their pick-up truck. Not keen to find out what it might be, Karl floors the accelerator as Daniel leans out of the window. Despite the light from a full moon, nothing is seen on the road behind them.

When they arrive home, their relief is short-lived. As Karl turns into their driveway, Daniel disappears out the window of the truck.

Karl hurries after his lover, and manages to catch sight of a dark shape flying through the night sky. Dangling beneath it is his beloved Daniel. Before he can call for help, he's knocked off his feet. A minute later, he finds himself int he air, too, held securely in the grip of a nightmarish beast.

The best Karl can hope is both he and Daniel will survive the night, but that might be easier said than done.

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March 3, 2013

Major League Shutout by Terry O'Reilly

Major League Shutout by Terry O'Reilly is now available in e-book format!

O.B. Benson knows that, as a gay baseball player, his only chance to keep from being shut out of the Major Leagues is to stay as far from the pubic eye as possible. His low profile is threatened when the team manager insists O.B. take part in a TV interview to help boost lagging fan support.

Avery Turner, TV reporter, is handsome, fit, and definitely pushes O.B.'s libido into high gear. He’s also out -- something O.B.'s situation doesn’t allow. And Avery believes in monogamous commitment -- something O.B. cannot identify with. But when Avery delivers a curveball to the catcher, O.B. doesn’t know how to handle it.

When O.B.'s interview is aired, he’s forced to evaluate his life of meaningless one night stands. Can O.B. and Avery work out their differences and build a winning team, or will O.B. strike out?

Read an excerpt or buy a copy today!

March 1, 2013

From the Editor - What We Look For

It's a new year and our thoughts naturally turn to new submissions. Each Friday, we'll post a blog entry on what our submission editors would like to see in our inboxes.

What We Look For

After we read the query letter and synopsis (and a chapter by chapter outline for longer stories, please!), we open the excerpt with great anticipation.

It may come as a shock, but we can usually tell within a few paragraphs if we have a winner or a loser. This is where language comes in. Spelling mistakes, poor grammar, and bad dialogue attribution within the first few paragraphs raise red flags galore.

We look at all the usual suspects:

  • A big information dump right at the beginning? Boring!
  • The main character should be named as soon as possible.
  • Don’t overload the reader with minute description, or over-choreograph the action. Readers have good imaginations; let them use it.
  • Show, don’t tell. This means show in dialogue, don't tell in prose.
  • Pace. Keep the story moving forward briskly.
These are things we expect the author to have mastered already. You shouldn’t submit a manuscript that hasn’t been edited and edited again by yourself, you beta readers, or your critique group.

Even if the story itself is good and within the range of genres we know will sell, a poorly-written manuscript is a risk. Why? Very simple: if J.M. has to pay an editor to fix mistakes the author should do, or acquire beta-readers to do, the book costs her more to produce than it may earn.

Also, many authors don't want to make heavy edits after a story has been accepted. That's understandable, so we try to tell an author upfront what issues we see in a story before we extend the offer of a contract. Self-editing not only limits the amount of changes required prior to publication but will also present your best possible story and increase your chance of getting published.

Most of all it boils down to this: can the author tell a story successfully? Hopefully the answer is YES!

Submit a story to us today!