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Sexy Sunday Snippet: Switching Places by Morticia Knight

11 Mar

You are in for a treat! This Sunday we have a bit from Switching Places, Book 8 in Morticia Knight’s Kiss of Leather Series.

Kiss of Leather Series:

Kiss of Leather is the pet project of close friends and Doms, Gavin, Derek and Josh. As business partners, they envision the gay BDSM club to be the premiere destination for both demonstrations and play in not only Los Angeles, but the entire country. Designed to attract the most elite of players, Kiss of Leather is built from the ground up to their exact specifications.

Take a peek behind the gates which guard Kiss of Leather. It’s the club that promises a completely decadent experience to stimulate your senses – and that leads unsuspecting Masters and subs to their Happily Ever Afters.

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Book Blurb:

Tai has hit a wall in life. From all outward appearances, he’s the guy who has everything—looks, personality and money. But the modeling gigs are drying up and he still hasn’t found that special someone to call his own. The part-time work at Kiss of Leather is quickly becoming full-time to prevent the drain on his dream-business savings.

Elliot fell for the stunning Tai from almost the moment he met him. If he wasn’t so self-conscious about the weight he’s recently put on, maybe he could work up the nerve to make a move. However, not only is he a virgin who’s never done a scene before working in a BDSM club, but he’s also sure that Tai has a thing for Master Lucas. There’s no way he could ever compete with the handsome silver fox.

When Master Lucas confesses to Tai that he doesn’t only see him as a hookup and offers him a contract, there are a ton of considerations. They both realize that serious compromises would have to be made for them to have a relationship. But what if they found a third, a sub who could bottom for Tai and also do TPE with Master Lucas? Once the idea takes hold, Tai knows just the perfect boy for them both. Even better? He’s right there at Kiss of Leather, and Tai can’t wait for Elliot to turn them all into a throuple.

Book Excerpt:

Tai wishes Master Lucas wasn’t such an adamant Top, but he’s also crushing on the sweetly submissive Elliot. Could he have it both ways?

Lucas sauntered into the living room, flicking his gaze to the thermostat as he passed by to verify the temperature would remain cool enough, then reached the burgundy micro suede circular sofa that was the centerpiece of his sunken living room. The main theme was white, but the sofa, two round side chairs and the drapes were the color of deep red wine. He dropped onto the couch next to Tai, where he was flipping through his phone.

Lucas cleared his throat. “Do you suppose I could have your full attention?”

Tai widened his eyes, then tossed his phone onto the glass topped burl wood coffee table, the fake fur case keeping the clatter to a minimum. “Oops, sorry. Got distracted while you were in the kitchen.” Tai scooted closer. “But I didn’t get to finish my story yet.”

Tai had been in the middle of an animated tale on their walk back from the restaurant that involved a battle between him and his condo management company.

“I apologize.” Lucas angled his body toward Tai. “I suppose I was distracted right now as well. Tell me the rest.”

“Well, as I was saying, I have to move everything to the other side of the room for this shit, this improvement project, and I haven’t even finished putting the room together the way I wanted it yet!”

Lucas regarded Tai with amusement. “You’ve been at your new place for how long? A few months?”

Tai threw his hands in the air. “I know, right? That’s barely any time to get anything done. Now I have to undo what little progress I’ve made, make a mess and start all over.” He crossed his arms, sticking his bottom lip out. “So annoying.”

“I agree it’s annoying—”

Tai jumped in his lap and wrapped his arms around Lucas’ neck. “See? I knew you’d understand. Let’s fuck. I’ll go first.”

Lucas snorted out a laugh. “And subs accuse me of not being romantic. However, you cut me off before I could finish. It is annoying, but you brought it on yourself.”

Tai eyes widened as his jaw went slack. “Shut your mouth! I did not!”

Lucas had embraced Tai the moment he’d landed on him, so he kept a tight hold even if Tai was in the process of trying to wriggle away.

“Sit still for a moment, boy. Talk to me.” Lucas kept his tone even, but not commanding. He wouldn’t order any sub to share their feelings if they were set against it—that needed to come from them organically. He wasn’t against some strong encouraging, however.

“Why should I? You clearly don’t understand the situation.”

“Then help me to understand why it’s the management company’s fault that you haven’t handled the mess in your condo yet?”

Tai narrowed his eyes as if trying to determine whether Lucas was being sincere or sarcastic. “Well…I didn’t say it was their fault, per se. Just that it was really annoying.”

Lucas rubbed Tai’s back with one hand while still hanging on to him with the other. He didn’t know why the switch with such a big personality brought out such a need in him for more than sex or a scene. “So, what you’re really saying is that you’re irritated with yourself for not taking care of your clutter, but that the management company is an easy target because they’ve already wronged you in other ways.”

Tai struggled against him again, but with much less vigor. “I am not. I merely… They… You see…” He pressed his lips together. “The offer to fuck is off the table, mister. I don’t need more aggravation in my life right now.”

“How about more kissing?”

Before Tai had the chance to protest, Lucas claimed his mouth, pushing his tongue past Tai’s lips. They’d only kissed one other time, early on, and it had been scary enough that Lucas had avoided it ever since then. Tai hadn’t complained, so Lucas always wondered if it had been scary for him too. He rarely kissed men he was playing with, so he surprised himself by the move.

But Tai tasted so good, smelled so enticing. Lucas could breathe him in all day and lose himself in the man who refused to be a sub the way he needed. If only… He would rock Tai’s world. Cherish and keep him, not break his spirit at all if Tai would just give him the chance. But Tai remained adamant that he needed to dominate too. The situation left them at an unfortunate impasse as a pair.

Tai had yielded to him, though, and he took it as a good sign in a bad way. If Tai felt the connection between them the same way he did, then what sort of trouble were they setting themselves up for when they both knew they could never work in the long run?

They both finally broke for air. “Oh, all right. We can fuck.” Tai smiled at him with a glint in his eye. “Just don’t be a big meanie anymore.”

Lucas chuckled and pecked Tai on the nose. “Never.” He cleared his throat, wondering if he was about to set Tai off again. But it might work… “Have you ever thought about D/s, having a full-time Master?”

Tai gave him an exaggerated eyeroll and smirked. “What do you think?”

Lucas popped him on the butt. “Now, now. If you need a spanking, all you have to do is ask for it nicely.”

Tai wrinkled his nose. “Of what use is a nice spanking?”

“True. But you’re avoiding my question.”

Tai batted his eyelashes. It was something that had always annoyed Lucas when subs would use it on him. But for whatever reason, he found it adorable when Tai did it.

“What question was that again?” Tai ground his hardened cock into Lucas’ groin.

Lucas whacked him harder on his ass. “If you don’t want to talk right now, that’s fine. However, I’m not going to be a party to letting you use sex as a distraction from having a reasonable discussion regarding something I’m serious about.”

“Sorry. I just thought you weren’t into all that TPE stuff, so I guess I’m confused.”

Lucas nodded. “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. While I’m glad I joined Kiss of Leather, I’ve realized that I’m at the point in my life where chasing after a different sub every night is not my thing anymore.” He let out a sigh. “I just turned forty-five. In my younger days, TPE was what I would pursue when seeking out a partner. But the demands of my career made it too difficult to do right by my subs.” Lucas trailed his fingers along Tai’s shoulder. “Over the years, I made do with scenes and visiting clubs. Kept it simple. But not only am I done with chasing young subs around, I’m ready to build a life with someone, someone who I can see myself growing old with. And now that my company has reached the point where I can afford a management team? I’d like to explore a power exchange relationship again.”

Tai regarded him intently, his brow knitted as if he couldn’t believe his ears. “Damn. Can’t say I was expecting that. But…” Tai’s frown deepened, his eyes glimmering. “You know that would never work between us, right?”

Lucas swallowed around the lump in his throat. Even if Tai could be a drama queen and indulge in knee-jerk reactions, he did have a certain emotional maturity to him that Lucas found pleasing. Tai was a dichotomy that added up to an exciting, enjoyable and sexy package, and Lucas hated the idea that they would likely go off and find other partners. He only hoped it would be later instead.

Switching Places is out now and you can get your copy from Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Barnes & Noble.

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Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Since then, she’s been fortunate enough to have several books on bestseller lists, along with two titles receiving recognition from the Rainbow Book Awards. Morticia currently resides on the beautiful northern Oregon coast.

Find and follow her on Facebook and Amazon.

Sexy Sunday Snippet: Found by Annabelle Michaels

25 Feb

This week’s Sexy Snippet is extra awesome. We have a bonus interview Kris Michaels did with Annabella Michaels.

KRIS MICHAELS: Hi, Annabella! I have to gush for just a moment. I LOVE your writing. I’ve read every one of your books–twice, and I’m secretly doing a fan girl dance right now. So, while I settle down, why don’t you tell our audience a little something about yourself?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: I was born and raised in a small town near Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m 44 years old and I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 23 years. Together, we’ve raised two amazing kids. My daughter is in her third year of college, studying special education, and my son is a high school senior/sophomore in college, studying software engineering. Our home is a bit like a zoo at the moment because we have 3 cats, 3 dogs and 40 rabbits, which explains why I lock myself in my writing cave all the time. LOL

KRIS MICHAELS: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: I’ve always been an avid reader, but I’d never really considered writing. Then one of my best friends started writing and she would often ask me my opinions on things, such as, what things I’d like to see in a story or what song the characters should dance to at their wedding, etc. It got my creative juices flowing and my own storyline started to unfold in my head. My friend encouraged me to give writing a try and to just write for my own enjoyment. So, I did and soon, I had taken off with an entire series.

KRIS MICHAELS: What drew you into writing romance?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: I’ve always loved romance stories. From the moment the characters feel that first spark, to the second they realize they can’t live without that person; I love it all. When I decided to give writing a try, there was no question in my mind that it would be romance.

KRIS MICHAELS: How long does it take you to write a book?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: It honestly depends on how much time I have to write and how well the characters are “speaking” to me. Generally, it takes me about a month to write everything and then another month to go through the editing process.

KRIS MICHAELS: Do you write full time? What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: I WISH! LOL. Hopefully someday soon, I’ll be able to write full time. I own another business and on the days I work there (usually 2-3 days/week), I’ll write in the evenings after I get home. All other days, including weekends, I write as much as possible. Luckily, I have a very patient and supportive family.

KRIS MICHAELS: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: Okay, I’m not really sure if this is a quirk or just my being inept, but my family makes fun of this all the time. I can’t type. Like, AT ALL! I haven’t had to do it since my high school typing class, so I lost that skill over the years. I AM, however, an outstanding hen pecker. I’m really very fast at it and it’s how I’ve written all my books. Sometimes, though, I’ll be in the zone and just furiously pecking away and my kids will shout from the other room, “Can somebody, please open the door and let that chicken outside?” Haha! Did I mention they think they’re comedians?

KRIS MICHAELS: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: READ!!! That’s the one thing I’ve missed since I started writing. I don’t have nearly the time to read that I used to have, but I do give myself 20 minutes to read each night before bed. It’s my way of unwinding and getting lost in someone else’s world.

KRIS MICHAELS: How many books have you written?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: There are 7 books in the Souls of Chicago series and I’m currently working on my eighth book, which is a spinoff from that series.

KRIS MICHAELS: What do you think makes a good story?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: For me, it would be lots of emotion. I enjoy sex scenes as much as the next person, but I love a story that makes me laugh, cry or get angry, right along with its characters. If a story has a lot of depth, then I care more about what happens to the characters and when those intimate scenes occur, it’s like I’m right there with them.

KRIS MICHAELS: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: I wanted to be a child psychologist and actually started out majoring in psychology in college. Then I found something else that was a better fit for me, and that’s what I do when I’m not writing.

KRIS MICHAELS: If I stranded you on a mountain top for a year in a cabin, with everything but internet or entertainment provided, and told you only had access to three author’s books, which authors would you read?

ANNABELLA MICHAELS: Oh, wow! That actually sounds heavenly. Haha! My three choices would be Charlie Cochet, Abigail Roux and T.J. Klune. Hands down, my favorites.

KRIS MICHAELS: Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us today. If you love wonderful character driven romances with deep emotion, check out Annabella’s Soul’s of Chicago Series. I highly recommend it!

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Found is part of the Hamilton’s Heroes series.

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Book blurb:

As a former U.S.A.F. Pararescueman, Jeremy O’Brien is used to following orders, no questions asked. So, when Micah, his boss at Hamilton Security, asks him to take on a special case, he readily accepts. Micah’s instructions are simple, find the man in the picture and bring him back to Chicago.

Seven years ago, Zane Wilkinson left the hospital against doctor’s orders, only to suffer a final, devastating blow that left him with no choice but to leave the only place he’d called home. Feeling heartbroken and empty, Zane moved from town to town just trying to survive, while never letting anyone get too close.

In a chance encounter, Jeremy finds himself crossing paths with a man who fits Zane’s description. His instincts tell him that he’s on to something, but Micah warns him that he needs to be absolutely sure. Jeremy sets a plan in motion that will allow him to get closer to the man he believes to be Zane. However, the closer he gets, the more he likes the man and begins to question why he was sent to find him.

Will Jeremy be able to follow through with his orders without becoming too attached? Or will he realize that in his search for Zane, he’s found so much more than he bargained for?

Excerpt:

The ache in my chest was something new. I’d never felt so much pain for someone else, but seeing him hurting actually caused my heart to hurt. Without thinking, I reached over and took his hand. He stiffened at first and I kept my hand loose, giving him the option if he wanted to pull away, but after a few seconds I felt him tighten his grip, just a fraction. We stayed that way, with his hand in mine, the rest of the drive. I stared out my window, trying to figure out what was happening to me.

I was no stranger to developing bonds with other people. After all, I’d been very close with my mom, and I’d even had the occasional boyfriend before. The men I’d served with in the Air Force and the guys I worked with at Hamilton security were like brothers to me. I trusted each of them with my life and they trusted me with theirs. Yet, sitting in that truck, holding his hand was the most connected I’d ever felt to another human being.

What had started out as a simple attraction was quickly becoming more, at least for me. How much more, I couldn’t say. Logically, I knew that getting involved with him was reckless, but I was also helpless to stop it. I still didn’t know why Micah wanted him brought to Chicago, or if he was in fact Zane. For all I knew, he could be wanted by the police, possibly as a hacker or a drug dealer, although my instincts told me that he wasn’t a criminal.

Regardless of all the unknowns, two things were perfectly clear: the man sitting beside me affected me more than anyone I’d ever met in my life and, reckless or not, I wanted to get to know him better.

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Get your copy of Found now on Amazon.

Here’s what Annabella has to say about herself:

I am married to my high school sweetheart who let’s face it, is a saint for putting up with me all of these years. Together we have been blessed with the chance to raise two amazing human beings and so far we haven’t screwed it up; I’ll let you know for sure later. I am a business owner and spend more time laughing than actually working most days. I love watching movies, cooking, going to the beach and spending time with my family and best friends. I am an obsessive reader who is a complete sucker for a good love story, but loves to feel a broad range of emotions throughout a book. I think real life is hard enough and so my books offer twists and turns, but always with a happy ending.

Find her on Amazon and Facebook  and join her Facebook group, Annabella’s Sexy Souls.

Sexy Sunday Snippet: An Actor’s Guide to Romance by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

18 Feb

Happy Sunday Sexies! This week we have some hotness from Catherine Curzon’s single title pairing, An Actor’s Guide to Romance.

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Book Blurb:

For twenty years, Adam Fisher and Thomas Fox have been the best of enemies. From their first meeting at drama school to shared stages, shared bills and a competition to amass the most illustrious awards, they have been the names on every theatregoers’ lips. Separately they can sell out an entire run in an hour, so when they’re cast as lovers in London’s hottest new play, the tickets are gone in minutes.

But for rakish Adam and gentlemanly Thomas, the small matter of their first on-stage kiss is causing a headache for everyone. Over a bottle of wine on one rainy night in the city, these two acting legends will do whatever it takes to banish their first-night nerves. After all, as everyone knows, the show must go on!

Excerpt:

This was more than the script called for, more than their history of arguments and jibes and rivalry called for too, and it was Adam who broke the kiss first. He gazed at Thomas through eyes that shone with desire, his lips parted in a perfect, tempting pout.

“The first time I read the script,” he purred, “I thought how much better it would’ve been if they went to bed at this point, don’t you think? Our brave young playwright missed a trick there.”

Thomas panted, trying and failing to make sense of what had just happened. And what Adam was saying. Bed?

He rested the tip of his nose against Adam’s, staring into those beautiful blue eyes, his mouth fallen open as if the kiss had robbed him of the power of speech.

Since Thomas was an actor, the silence didn’t last long.

“I think you’re right. Damn right.” Thomas swallowed, grinning as he stroked Adam’s back. “What this play needs is a love scene. A proper one with naked, tangled limbs…” He brushed his lips against Adam’s. “Lots of sighing… Perhaps a headboard banging against a wall as well. Do you agree?”

“The way I see it, we need to really work through this tension between us.” Adam nodded gravely. “Twenty years of rivalry haven’t done it, so we could just see if a very sweaty, very dramatic fuck achieves what awards and curtain calls can’t. You might still hate me at the end of it, but you’ll be very happy at the same time.”

“I’m pretty happy now, to be honest.” Thomas brought his other hand between their bodies and cupped it over the bulge of Adam’s erection. “As are you, I notice. Now—if my co-star wouldn’t mind leading the way to the bedroom, we can get this love scene blocked out properly.”

“This is a one-time, gala performance. A royal command, if you like. One night only.” Adam took Thomas by the hand and led him from the sitting room. They passed along a hallway decorated with bright oiled canvasses showing splashes of color and seaside scenes, alongside vintage posters of long-since-forgotten productions. Then he pushed open a doorway and told Thomas, “After you!”

Adam’s white, metal-framed bed was heaped with quilts and cushions and Thomas wanted to grab Adam and dive at it with him in his arms. It looked antique, like the rest of the furniture, complementing the busy William Morris wallpaper.

“What a glorious room for a romp!”

“I remember how you hated my digs at RADA—you said they looked like a Turkish brothel!” Adam laughed and turned to the dresser. He took a cigarette lighter and ignited it, touching the flame to the candles that stood there, each as irregular as the next. “I’m still embracing Turkish brothel chic, though it’s a lot less damp these days!”

Just as Adam spoke, the rain began to fall hard against the windows and hiss against the sill outside.

“That rain tells me that we’re still in London.” Thomas bent to loosen his shoelaces. He kicked off his brogues and pulled off his socks. “But Turkish brothel—oh, yes, perfect for our daring actors as they explore the inner depths of their characters.”

“This doesn’t make us friends, you know, or lovers. It just means we get all that unhealthy competition out.” Thomas wasn’t sure who Adam was trying to convince, but from the need he felt and the outline of Adam’s erection in his linen trousers, it wasn’t working. “Then a simple on-stage kiss will be no challenge.”

“Oh, of course, Adam—this is textbook Stanislavski.” He began to unbutton his shirt with one hand and caught Adam around the waist with the other. “Always go to bed with other members of the cast. Even barmy old Brecht recommends it.”

Was that sarcastic enough? Thomas wondered, as he ghosted his lips across Adam’s cheek and brought them to settle on his mouth again. He felt Adam’s hands brush against his own to take over unbuttoning his shirt, felt the fabric fall away and those same palms brushing over his naked chest.

“The curtain rises,” Adam whispered against his lips. “The moon hangs low above the horizon.”

Then, his voice trailing into a breath, Adam abandoned Chekhov in favor of another kiss, even as he eased Thomas’ shirt from his shoulders and let it whisper onto the floor.

Still deep in their kiss, Thomas popped open the buttons of Adam’s shirt one by one. He slid his hand between the folds of fabric and took Adam’s hardened nipple between finger and thumb. He felt the heat of his rival’s—no—his lover’s breath, heard the hint of a whimper deep in his throat before Adam gasped, “You’ve found my weak spot, you old fox.”

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Get your copy now direct from Pride Publishing or Amazon.

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Catherine Curzon  is a historian of 18th century royalty. Her work has been featured on many platforms and she has also spoken at venues across the UK. She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill.

Eleanor Harkstead likes to dash about in nineteenth-century costume, in bonnet or cravat as the mood takes her. Eleanor lives somewhere in the Midlands with a large ginger cat who resembles a Viking.

Kate McMurray Plays a Little Show & Tell

10 Jan

Heigh-ho, readers! Madeline here, ready to play a little show & tell with m/m erotic romance author Kate McMurray.  Kate’s books can be found at Loose Id–who publish the very “best m/m erotic romances in the biz”. (Click on photos links to buy books)

MADELINE IVA: Why M/M romance? Have you written other types of romance before?show and tell

KATE McMURRAY: Some of my love for m/m is hard to describe—I just really like the genre. I stumbled upon it a number of years ago via a book review on a romance website and got totally hooked. One of the things I really love about m/m is that there are some books that really push the boundaries of romance, telling stories and exploring themes I hadn’t seen before.

I started off writing m/f romance—I still do sometimes, actually, although I’ve never tried to get any of those books published. That may change in the next year or two if I finish a manuscript, although the m/m stories are the ones that mostly occupy my imagination right now.

MADELINE IVA: What do you think straight female readers like about m/m romance that they can’t get with m/f?

KATE McMURRAY: The obvious answer is TWO heroes! So there’s that. I think also that the gender dynamics and the dynamics between the characters are different.

MADELINE IVA: Different how?

KATE McMURRAY: Some things are the same.  There are plenty of alpha heroes hanging around in Gay Romancelandia, but you also see more characters who don’t adhere strictly to traditional gender roles or who are part of non-traditional families. This is a generalization, and there are plenty of authors who defy this, but I feel like the rules for traditionally published m/f romance are much stricter in terms of what readers want and what publishers are willing to put out there.

I also think that there’s just something really great about a happily ever after for the types of characters who have in the past been denied one. It’s hard not to feel a little giddy and excited about that.hot pursuit

MADELINE IVA: Maybe there is more poignancy for readers because of this? From what you’ve said in our emails it also sounds like m/m contemporary romances have built in barriers keeping hero and hero apart.  Most m/f contemporary romances have strain at contriving the same kind of high-stakes tension.

At any rate, having read a little m/m romance in the past I’ve noticed things get, um, a little sticky? How do you research your novels? Do you tone the details down for readers at all?

KATE McMURRAY: My books fall more on the erotic side of the romance spectrum, but I’m not the sort of writer who likes to describe every hair and freckle. I started researching how to write sex scenes just from reading other m/m books, but also talking to (and sometimes asking embarrassing questions of) my more forthcoming gay friends, and, okay, I might have watched some porn. You know, for research. But I think also that there’s a fantasy element to all romance, and romance novel sex is, for the most part, a less messy affair than real life.

MADELINE IVA: True! There’s been some controversy over m/m romance lately.  Some gay readers/authors claim that m/m sex “just isn’t like” the sex women erotic romance authors are portraying in books.  What are gay folk saying is different about the m/m sex written by women?

KATE McMURRAY: I’m not sure there is a difference, aside from male authors writing from experience and female authors writing from their imaginations. I don’t think you can really stereotype. I mean, you could say that women are more sentimental and men more aggressive, but some of the sappiest, most sentimental romances I’ve read were written by men, and some of the raunchiest, most aggressive romances I’ve read were written by women. I think it really just varies by author. (One of my regular beta readers is a dude who keeps telling me I’m getting it mostly right, so there’s that.) There are some writers who put out stories that aren’t realistic, but I think that could be said of any genre.boy

MADELINE IVA:  I think folks were claiming something like the characters in books written by women were often just women made into dudes, and like you’d said, that men are more aggressive, but at the same time I really like your answer.  Also there was a huge controversy over a chapter of the Romance Writers of America when they dropped the m/m category from their romance writing competition.  Care to comment?

KATE McMURRAY: You know, I think in some ways it was a good thing, because it got a conversation going about what constitutes “romance” and it forced RWA to make some changes. I’m a member of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT special interest chapter of RWA (I just became Vice President, actually) and we had a few writers join the chapter in solidarity, which was pretty exciting. We’re slowly affecting change both within RWA and outside of it, and I really think now that it’s only a matter of time before an LGBT book wins a RITA or a Golden Heart, for example.

MADELINE IVA: Excellent! If someone’s new to reading the m/m erotic romance genre, what books would you suggest they start with? Any in particular that you’ve written? Any others that you think they might like?

KATE McMURRAY: I’ll pick five of what I think are “classic” m/m books, in no particular order:out in the field

Finding Zach by Rowan Speedwell

Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy (not erotic, FYI; the sex scenes all fade to black, but it’s still a fantastic book)

St. Nacho’s by Z.A. Maxfield

Hot Head by Damon Suede

Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell

(Wow, that was hard to narrow down. There are dozens more really great books and authors to check out!)

For one of mine, Out in the Field, my baseball romance, seems to be the fan favorite, although all of my books are stand-alones, so it doesn’t matter which order you read them in. The new book, Show and Tell, is maybe the most out there of my books, with more fantasy elements than anything I’ve written before, although it’s set in New York and has what I think is a very New York sensibility.

MADELINE IVA: Thanks for chatting with us, Kate.

Readers, leave a comment to possibly win a epub copy of Show & Tell.  If you want to find out more about Kate and her books, here’s her website:  www.katemcmurray.com

Ms. Fifty Shades of Gay

25 Oct

By Madeline Iva

 

Hi readers! Today Daisy Harris is with me to chat about her erotic romance oeuvre. ;>

Daisy Harris, as her fans know, has two distinct bodies of work in writing erotic romance.  She used to write for the futurist (Aeon) category of Ellora’s Cave.  Her books were full of sexy Frankenstein characters she called “Steins” and love-bots.  Now she’s switched (for the moment at least) to writing m/m erotic romance.  Her latest work, MY FAIR DORK was published by Siren, and just released on October 13th.

MADELINE IVA: Daisy,  how did you start writing erotic romance?

DAISY HARRIS: I’m a big fan of Jeanienne Frost, Larissa Ione, and Nalini Singh, and when I set out to write fiction, I decided to imitate the way they wrote. Particularly Larissa Ione. I totally wanted to be her! It took me a while to realize that I can’t write dark very well, and I do better when the humor comes more center stage.

Oh, and I loved the Dragon Kin series by GA Aiken, which is very snarky and also very sexy. So, I guess I tried to imitate Shelly Laurenston’s style as well.

MADELINE IVA: It says on your website “Ms. Har­ris lives in Seat­tle, where she tor­tures her hus­band by mak­ing it rain.” Has there been any backlash from city of Seattle for this?

DAISY HARRIS: Oh my lord, does my husband hate the rain. He can’t stand dark and gloomy weather, and to hear him talk you would think Seattle’s climate is my personal fault. It’s not, actually. I merely enjoy the damp, cool weather. But I don’t make it happen.

The irony is that I didn’t make my husband move here. He moved to the area in 1995, a year before I did, and for his own reasons. He’d been living here (and, presumably, complaining about the weather) for five years before he met me.

We’ve thought about moving many times, but my husband’s family moved to the Pacific Northwest to be close to us. That, and Seattle’s an easy place to travel from. We can get direct flights all over the world, and the cost of living is relatively affordable for a city this size. (Yeah, I know that sounds crazy, but compare Seattle to the cities of California!) In the end, we love it here. Or at least, I love it here. The husband still isn’t sure.

MADELINE IVA: When I first heard about you, you were writing about these sexy “Steins” and hot-bots.  Where did they go?Did you enjoy that kind of futuristic genre? Why aren’t you writing that kind of futuristic stuff anymore? Why Daisy, why?

DAISY HARRIS: Oh…I dunno. After Built 4 It, I really wanted to focus on male-male, and Love-Bots was primarily a male-female series. So I finished One Night Steined because I had started that book as a subplot of Lust After Death, so it was already half-written.

As much as I liked writing paranormal, I found that my steins weren’t really mainstream enough to attract a broad audience. Zombie stories were a tough sell at first. I think they’re more popular now, but I was definitely on the cutting edge. I wanted to get into writing stories that were a little more mainstream.

MADELINE IVA: What made you shift over to contemporary college boy stories?

DAISY HARRIS: Basically, I tried out writing contemporary because Annabeth Albert asked me to on Twitter. (This just goes to show you, social media does have an impact!) I’d run out of paranormal ideas for the moment and wanted to try something new. I was reading mostly contemporary male-male at that point, so I decided to try my hand at the genre I was most enjoying!

MADELINE IVA: Are your books as funny as the things you post on your website, twitter, and FB?

DAISY HARRIS: I don’t think I’m funny at all on FB. Honestly, I’m terrible at Facebook and have never really understood the point of it. I can’t tell if my books are as funny as my online persona. Some books are certainly funnier than others. My Fair Dork, which releases October 13th, is hilarious. Even I can tell it’s funny. But a lot of stories that I think are amusing or cute, other people think are laugh-out-loud worthy.

A lot of things that I think are going to be too “on the nose” or obvious are the things people find the funniest of all. When I try to be subtle, people often don’t get it. LOL. Like “Holsum College”—some people get the pun immediately, but most don’t figure it out until they’ve read several of the books. Or maybe said the name out loud.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then take a second and say “Holsum College” a few times. Then say, “I love those Holsum College boys” and “I can’t wait to read about Holsum College men getting their sex on” and “I wish I had a Holsum College boy of my very own.”

But as for a more obvious joke… In my first male-male, Mercury Rising, I named a gathering “Deities International Conference and Kibbitz” aka “DICK” and people thought that was hi-larious. But, myself, I wouldn’t have kept that joke except that my agent loved it. Me, I thought it was a little too easy.

MADELINE IVA: I know that BUILT 4 IT was one of your last futuristic novels — and that Stein book was m/m.  Was that what drew you from m/f erotic romance to m/m?

DAISY HARRIS: My first male-male effort was a subplot in my Ocean Shifter book Shark Bait. At the time I wrote Shark Bait, I wasn’t even aware that there was such a thing as male-male romance, so I thought I was being all cutting edge. But my agent, Saritza Hernandez, read Shark Bait and encouraged me to write male-male, so I did with Mercury Rising.

After that, I bopped back and forth between subgenres, never comfortable going fully male-male, but always drawn to gay stories. With Built 4 It, I finally thought, “Yes! I can do this!”

I prefer writing male-male because I’m not terribly comfortable with romance in which there’s a huge power gap between characters. The powerful, incorrigible alpha male has never been a character I write well. Personally, I’ve always preferred band geeks to football players. And I enjoy writing smart, sexy, and, above all, vulnerable men. That works a lot better in male-male than in male female.

Kresley Cole has written some great beta heroes. And plenty of authors write kick-ass women. But really, this is mostly in paranormal. The meat and potatoes of straight erotic romance (and romance in general) is aggressive alpha males overpowering and overtaking women who learn to “surrender completely”.

Um…yeah. I don’t write that.

Nowadays, I write bossy bottoms and reluctant tops. I write some struggling doms and the occasional bratty sub. But really, the thing most people like best about my books is that I write nice guys having hot sex.

It’s the humor and sweetness that keep people coming back to my stories. And I supposed I could write “sweet” M/F erotica, but it would never sell as well as Laurann Dohner, Maya Banks, or that darn 50 Shades book.

MADELINE IVA: Do you plan to stick with m/m? Or will we be seeing other types of erotic romance from you in the future?

DAISY HARRIS: For now, I only write male-male and that’s the only thing I have plans for in the foreseeable future. Of course, my “foreseeable” is much shorter than the average person’s. To me, the future that I can know and plan takes place in the next two weeks. Maybe, maybe, the next 2-3 months. But you can ask anyone who knows me, I roll with things! I can say what I assume I’ll be doing, but not what I plan to be doing. And I assume I’ll be writing entirely male-male. For now.

MADELINE IVA: What’s the appeal of m/m for you specifically?

DAISY HARRIS: Confession time—I’m a castrating bitch and have no interest whatsoever in placating some insecure testosterone-addled Neanderthal.

That’s not what I find hot in real life, and I can’t write it to save my life. That said, I understand the fantasy of the testosterone-addled Neanderthal. I really do. And God Bless those writers who can pull it off.

But I can’t. I just can’t. It’s not a part of the human romance spectrum I can relate to, and a girl can only write what she knows. I know sweet, sexy guys who are neat, and nerdy, and who don’t have identity crisis when someone else calls the shots.

The other day I mentioned to someone that I’ve never dated a guy who liked perfume. In fact, I’m never dated a guy who could stand perfume. They all hated it. Uniformly.

Then I realized, that that was because every guy I’ve dated has had allergies, environmental sensitivities, or both. Yes. I am a woman who has only fallen for guys with allergies. Further, I’ve hardly ever dated guys who didn’t wear glasses.

As far as love interests go, I am Wednesday Addams—liking men I can not only control, but who I can kill by accidentally using fabric softener.

So, yeah. I like writing male-male because when two men get together, they are equals. Sure, there may be class or race or other reasons why there is a power differential, but that isn’t always there. Men are men and they don’t have to have a master/slave dynamic. Not unless they’re kinky that way.

MADELINE IVA: Is the Holsum College Series really a series? (Like, do we see other characters popping up from earlier books?) Or is it a “If you liked this one, you’ll like all these other books too” kind of a series?

DAISY HARRIS: Holsum College characters make reappearances, but it’s not a series in a Harry Potter sense. It’s more like Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown—books with similar themes that don’t have to be read in order. Each Holsum College book is different, but they don’t really build on each other. My goal in writing Holsum College was to have a series I could expand on, but didn’t have to.

MADELINE IVA: What do you like best about writing erotic romance?

DAISY HARRIS: I write good sex scenes, and always have. Some authors have trouble with the sex, or have trouble writing sex scenes which forward the plot—but not me! I adore writing sex that is challenging, awkward, scary, exciting and sometimes even bad. Heck, I adore writing bad sex! If my characters have great sex right off the bat, where am I supposed to go from there? I like my characters to have hang-ups and insecurities and kinks they’re embarrassed about. I like sex to reveal something about them they wouldn’t have revealed otherwise.

The thing I like best about writing erotic romance is the bad sex. It’s the most fun part.

MADELINE IVA: What do you like the least?

DAISY HARRIS: Only the feeling I get sometimes that I should be writing darker, more alpha-dominated stories. But the longer I write, the more I realize that readers come to me for the lighthearted stuff. They read my books when they want to smile and laugh and say “awwwwww!” I don’t really feel the pressure to write anything other than what I want to write anymore.

MADELINE IVA: How’d you get to be so funny anyway?

DAISY HARRIS: I’m from New York, where humor is infused in the water, like all those tiny shrimp. (Yes, New York City water has tiny shrimp in it. Google it!)

The town I lived in from ages nine to sixteen was more than fifty percent Jewish, in addition to being in New York. And I know it’s a stereotype, but there really is a thing with Jewish humor. Being funny was like a competitive sport in my town, and I learned with some pros.

That said, I think my family is pretty amusing as well. My parents like to laugh and are both sort of partiers, in a sedate and very functional way. My younger brother is very, very funny. My and him together are hilarious, though I’m not sure if anyone else would get our jokes.

MADELINE IVA: On Twitter you recently mocked the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock, perhaps inaptly termed: ‘fracking’.  Have you ever been to Frackville, PA? Has there been any backlash from the town of Frackville for your Twitter comment?

DAISY HARRIS: LOL. I know a lot more about Battlestar Gallactica than I do about natural gas, so yeah—every time I hear “fracking” I think of Starbuck cursing. In all honesty, though, I talk a lot of sh*t on Twitter about all kinds of things I probably shouldn’t. But I’ve decided to stop worrying about catching an earful from anyone. If a follower has a problem with stuff I tweet and mentions it to me more than two or three times, I block them. No one makes anyone follow me on Twitter, and they can unfollow any time they want.

I see social media the way I see my books—if I pull my punches, the whole thing is gonna be bland, and who wants to read that? Thanks for having me on the blog!

MADELINE IVA: You’re welcome. 🙂

Meanwhile, readers, I recommend the m/m romance MY FAIR DORK.  It’s sweet, so very refreshingly sweet. (Yes, I had the Awwwww experience she mentioned above) but the sticky sex scenes really hit the spot too.  Daisy meanwhile, will give one of you readers a $5.00 Amazon gift card for leaving a comment.  (Hint: you can buy MY FAIR DORK with it.  She’ll give you a B&N gift card if you read a NOOK.) Sounds good, yes?

Funny Girls

30 Sep

Happy Sunday!

Madeline here — just wanted to give you a head’s up that funny ladies Daisy Harris and Tiffany Reisz will be answering questions on Lady Smut in the month of October.

 

 

 

Are you excited? (I’m excited).

Are there any questions you’d like me to ask them?

 

 

 

 

I find both of these authors just hootingly funny when I’ve read their websites and tweets.

Here’s a link to a page of free reads by Tiffany.

 

 

Am I really weird for liking a big dose of humor with my erotic romance?  Am I the only one?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are two free reads from Daisy.  (Not the books listed below–they’re just eye candy.)

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