Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great ideaóuntil the lines blur.
Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and heís determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, heís starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.
Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. Heís young, free and single, and isnít looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.
They work their way through Devís sex-to- do list, but what starts as a perfect no- strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If theyíre going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each otheróbefore they get to the end of Devís list.
NB: Although this book is part of a series, it is a complete story with different main characters and can be read as a standalone.
Release Date: June 22
Book Length: 54,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Sitting on his bed, Dev yawned, his full stomach making him sleepy. He stared at his phone as he contemplated calling home but decided he couldnít face it tonight. He loved his mum, but she did tend to bang on. Once she got him on the line, sheíd end up talking for ages and asking him a million questions he was too tired to answer. Instead, he sent his mum a quick text.
All moved in, everythingís good. Iím shattered now so Iím going to have an early night. Iíll call you tomorrow.
She replied within seconds as though sheíd been waiting for him to call.
Okay sweetie, glad youíre settled. Sleep well xxx
He picked up his notepad and crossed off phone home. Texting counted. He also crossed off everything else on his list for today.
That was Saturday done. Dev set his notepad aside, opened his laptop, and pulled up his lists app. He liked his notepad for day-to- day organisation; it gave him a certain satisfaction to cross out the things heíd done and to get to the end of the day with all the tasks completed. But for longer-term planning, he kept his lists on his Mac, synced to his phone.
For the first time in six months, Dev could breathe again. Finally he had a safe place where he could get back on track and look to the future. He began to type.
Things To Do This Term Make some friends Learn to cook Research sex stuff Join Grindr Get some experience Find a boyfriend
He stared at the words on the screen and sighed. That seemed like a lot of things to aim for. But it was good to have goals, right? Jez and Mac seemed really nice, so hopefully Dev was already on his way to achieving the first objective. And that bloke EwanÖ Devís mind conjured up the image of the flame-haired hunk who lived next door. Ewan had been friendly.
Maybe there was potential there too.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short storyñjust to see if she couldñand found it rather addictive. She hasnít stopped writing since.
Today I’m thrilled to be interviewing Suzey Ingold, author of Speakeasy.
Hi Suzey, thank you for agreeing to join us. We hope you’ll share a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you for having me! I’m a writer and linguistics student, currently based in Edinburgh. I’ve been writing for years and had my first short story, The Willow Weeps for Us, published in 2015, in the Summer Love anthology from Duet Books. Speakeasy is about a recent Yale graduate who must discover what he really wants when he meets the owner of a unique Midtown speakeasy in 1920s Manhattan.
Can you give us ten tips for becoming a better writer?
Make note of the little things. It’s amazing the things we see every day around us that could be wonderful anecdotes or twists for a story but that we might discount or forget in the rush of everyday life.
Don’t compare yourself to other writers. This is something I struggle with massively. There will always be someone more successful, more liked, more revered. Forget about what everyone else is doing. The only person you should be competing against is yourself.
Learn the basics! I have little rules to help me remember all my your vs. you’re’s; their vs. there vs. they’re’s; and my who’s vs. whose!
Trust your editor. It’s a scary thing letting someone at your writing with a red pen and a fine-toothed comb. But they’re there to make your work the best it can be and it’s their job to be picky.
Grow a thick skin. Whether it’s editors or critics, there will always be people picking apart your words and people who won’t like your writing. It’s not worth dwelling on.
Take in the positive feedback. On the flipside of not dwelling on the bad, do dwell on the good! If someone compliments your writing, thank them, appreciate it, and soak it in. You’re allowed to feel good about it—you’ve earned it!
Always back-up your work. The digital age is great and all that but when your laptop crashes and five hours of words disappear into a black screen it’s the 21st century equivalent of your precious pages flying off in the wind or getting chewed up by a dog. Soul-destroying.
Ask questions. Of your editors, of your readers, of your fellow writers. Does this work? How does it read? What would you do in this situation? Questions are good because sometimes you need a fresh take on something, especially if you’ve been mulling on it for a long time.
Write often. Even if it’s only a few paragraphs a day, the more you write, the better you’ll be. I often find, also, that the longer I go without writing, the harder it is to get started again.
Read! It’s the kind of thing your high school English teacher would say, of course, but the more you read, the more you expand your imagination and your vocabulary, which in turn will make your writing better.
Thanks, Suzey! We appreciate your time and tips. Now on to Speakeasy…
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In the height of the Prohibition era, recent Yale graduate Heath Johnson falls for Art, the proprietor of a unique speakeasy tucked away beneath the streets of Manhattan where men are free to explore their sexuality. When Art’s sanctuary is raided, Heath is forced to choose between love and the structured life his parents planned for him.
Release Date: February 18, 2016
Published by Interlude Press
Pages or Words: 244 pages
Categories: Gay fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Romance
Heath swallows, playing over an idea that had formed shakily in his head after he saw Frankie, since Art walked through that door and possibly longer without him being fully conscious of it. “Maybe it’s time I was honest. Tell them that I don’t want to marry Ginny or work with my father. Let the pieces fall where they may.”
“You would do that?”
“If it meant being with you, I would do anything.” Heath sits up and the sheets fall to pool around his waist. “I know what I want, now. And it’s you and whatever a future with you brings.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Suzey Ingold is a writer, linguist and coffee addict, currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brought up in a household where children’s books are quoted over the dinner table, literature has always had a strong influence on her life. She enjoys traveling, scented candles and brunch. Her short story, “The Willow Weeps for Us,” was included in “Summer Love: An LGBTQ Collection,” published by Duet, an imprint of Interlude Press (2015).
Nic Starr’s first book in her RUSTIC series titled RUSTIC MELODY is OUT today and she is here with us to tell you some more about it!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Follow the music in your heart
Adam Chambers has never seen eye-to-eye with his father and is reluctant to take over the family’s property-development company. To clear his head and work out what he wants to do with the rest of his life, Adam leaves his responsibilities in the city and heads out to see the country.
He isn’t much closer to deciding what to do with his life when he arrives at one of Australia’s largest events, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and meets Joey Callaway.
Since Joey’s father’s tragic death left Joey the family’s debt-ridden pub, Joey has struggled, desperate to turn the business around and give his mum the life she deserves. A break away from the pressures of running the pub is just what he needs, and a hook-up with Adam is the perfect way to forget about his troubles.
The one-night stand might just be an opening act. If Adam and Joey can follow the music in their hearts, perhaps they can heal each other and create a melody that will last a lifetime.
Series: Rustic, Book One
Book Length: 174 Pages
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Genre: M/M Romance, Gay Romance, Contemporary, Australian
THRASHING MOTORBIKES through dry and dusty paddocks was dirty work. They returned to the hotel, exhausted but happy, hot and filthy.
Dust lined Joey’s nostrils and his mouth was parched despite the beer they’d enjoyed before heading home. Joey wanted nothing more than water—a big drink of the cold stuff and the refreshing spray of the shower. After a brief stop to quench their thirst from the kitchen tap, Joey followed Adam into his room, peeling his clothes off as he went. Adam did the same, tugging the black T-shirt over his head and tossing it to the floor. Adam’s jeans and boxer briefs soon followed.
“I should take you riding more often.” Joey slapped Adam’s naked arse when he bent to pull off his socks. “It’s a good excuse to get you naked in the middle of the afternoon.”
“Hey!” Adam protested and swung around to face him. “Oh!” Adam’s eyes widened as he took in Joey’s nakedness, and Joey felt his dick thicken under Adam’s gaze. Adam cleared his throat. “You don’t need an excuse. Anytime you want me naked, you just need to ask.”
“Promise?” Joey laughed.
“You bet.” Adam’s eyes darkened and he stepped closer to Joey, reached out, and placed his palm over Joey’s heart.
Joey was sure Adam would be able to feel the thump, thump.
Adam’s voice lowered. He leaned forward and spoke softly against Joey’s ear. “I swear you can have me naked any time you want.”
Rustic Melody is the kind of sweet, satisfying romance many readers will fall in love with. At first glance Adam and Joey seem to be opposites – Joey’s a little bit country while Adam’s a city boy who’s a little bit rock ‘n roll. Each has reached a crossroads of sorts in life, trying to balance family and work while carving out his own slice of happiness. Adam’s restless dissatisfaction drives him on an extended holiday to explore who he is and what he wants from life. Joey’s mum sends him away for a long overdue break from his responsibilities at home in an effort to free him from the rut of daily life. It’s fate that brings them together at the exact same music festival where sparks fly, romance flourishes and we see that they’re really not so different after all.
My heart goes out to Adam and Joey at pretty much every turn. They’re both shouldering huge burdens to their families, and I don’t envy them their difficult situations or the decisions they have to make. For guys so young, they each have a lot of responsibility, but especially Joey. He’s left picking up the pieces and caring for his mum at the expense of any kind of personal life. I think Adam’s got it a tiny bit easier with regards to freedom, but his familial conflict is no less troublesome.
It’s nice to read a story where an author successfully balances characters who struggle similarly and manages to advance their stories while building depth, complexity and resolution. All too often one character must be broken down completely while the other shines, but in this case, Nic Starr manages to bolster both Adam and Joey through their relationship. Even better it’s neither strained nor forced; she accomplishes it gradually building connections and trust. It’s heartwarming to see them connect and watch their lives intertwine almost without them realizing it. There’re many times when Joey reminds Adam his stay is temporary, long after I began to suspect it had already become permanent.
All in all Rustic Melody is a terrific start to the Rustic series, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come in the next installment. Luckily I won’t have to wait long for the next adventure in Armidale.
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!
ABOUT THE RUSTIC SERIES:
Rustic Melody Book #1 Release date 26th January 2016
Rustic Memory Book #2 Release date 26th February 2016
Rustic Moment Book #3 Expected release date 25th March 2016
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family-an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters, and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.
Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for the latest Corbin’s Bend story, A Good Family Man! We’re thrilled you stopped by to check out Thianna Durston’s book – be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy! Enjoy!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Jack Carmichael’s natural instinct is to take care of people. In his job as a U.S. Marshal, he has done that for 25 years. Unfortunately, being married to his job has left his love life in tatters. Now classified unfit for duty, he retires and comes home to Colorado to figure things out. Dominant and used to taking control like his brother Brent, he has never been interested in spanking. Until a cute Nurse Practitioner catches his attention.
Josh Martin feels lucky. He’s not only accepted into Corbin’s Bend, but he’ll be working at the brand new Corbin’s Bend Medical Clinic as its only Nurse Practitioner. At thirty-two, he figures this is his last-ditch attempt at finding a dominant partner who isn’t abusive. He finds more than his share of dominant men in Corbin’s Bend, not the least of which are the Carmichael brothers. Brent’s dominance is both comforting and unnerving, Jack’s turns him on.
Josh is unlike any submissive male Jack has encountered and when the younger man asks him out, he decides to give it a go. One day of fun turns into two, three…until Jack, with more failed relationships than he can count in his past and unsure he can be the head of house Josh needs, leaves, burying himself once again in work. Forced to see the error of his decision, he puts aside the worries that have plagued him for months and returns to Corbin’s Bend. To become the good family man he wants to be, he has to earn back Josh’s trust and truly take on a role he’s never considered before: head of a loving discipline household.
Series: Corbin’s Bend; Season Three, Book 8
Release Date: August 6th 2015
Published By: Blushing Books
Categories: BDSM, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Thianna likes to say she’s eclectic, fun, and just a bit naughty. She can also add, subtract, multiply, and divide in her head, but if people ask her to do it at parties, she isn’t impressed. While she would love to say there wasn’t a genre she had read that she didn’t enjoy, it would be a lie. For some reason, she keeps skipping to the ends of mystery books to find out who done it.
The creator and acquisition editor for the Corbin’s Bend Romance series, she wants to know: Who else wants to be safe, secure, and spanked in Colorado?
Under the name Thianna Durston, she writes M/M romance. Under Thianna D., she writes M/F romance.