Custom Fit guest blogging!

Hey Peeps, how’s things?!

I’ve spent a couple of lovely days at the seaside with my family, and am now back home and back to work. Kind of. I’ll probably get out in the sun this afternoon as it’s so beautiful!

Anyway, I’m doing a bit of guest blogging this week. Check out the following, if you’re interested in knowing more about the background to Custom Fit. All posts give you a chance to enter the giveaway for more of my books:

Sinfully Gay Romance: do clothes have a place in sex scenes? Are you a socks-on or socks-off kind of person?!

An exclusive (and NSFW) excerpt at Lillian Francis’ blog

Joyfully Jay: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Lovely review at Diverse Reader

Lovely review by Helena Stone at The Way She Reads

There’s a couple more guest blogs coming up, so watch this space!

Ciao for now. I have to go and make swag for the UK Meet. Can’t believe it’s next weekend. Eek!!!

Big hugs,

Jo x

Quick update: the Tailor Made series

Tailor Made cover - art by Lou HarperCustom Fit_med

Hey Peeps, how’s things? I’ve been busy as a very busy thing, getting the Tailor Made series all ship-shape. Here are a few of the things I’ve been up to:

  • Editing Custom Fit – the first round of edits are now with my editor. Phew! On target for release on 23rd August.
  • Updating the Tailor Made ebook – I’ve uploaded a new version to most distribution channels (still working on Smashwords) with updated front and end matter. I’ve also permanently reduced the price to a bargain $0.99/£0.99. Woohoo!
  • Promoting the series – I’ve written one post for the blog tour already, and I’m signed up for a promo spot on the Discover Hot Romances Facebook page. If you’re interested in erotic romance, authors are there most days promoting their books and doing giveaways. My spot to chat will be on 23rd August (Custom Fit release day!) and I’ll be about from 9-10pm (BST), or 3-4pm EST if you’re over the pond. Do come and say hello if you’re about. I’ll post a reminder closer to the time.
  • Creating a Tailor Made paperback – this is currently in progress, and I’m just waiting for the cover files. I should definitely have copies for sale at the UK Meet, and fingers crossed, I might manage to get Custom Fit ready for then too. Here’s hoping 😀

Right, that’s about it. Oh yes, I’m also working on some swag for the UK Meet. Exciting stuff!

Now off to make the most of a sunny day and lie around doing very little…

Big hugs,

Jo x

UK Meet book orders – get them in now!

Hi everyone! I know I promised you all a proper catch-up post next–and there is one coming, I promise–but first I need to get on with a bit of preparation for the UK Meet in September. Not sure how many of you this will apply to, but wanted to make sure you got the opportunity if you’re attending this year :)

Are you going? And if so, would you be interested in getting a signed copy of any of my very fine paperbacks, for an absolute bargain price? Of course you would! *fingers crossed*

Anyway, I need to put in a book order so if you’d like any of the following, please let me know. For anyone who orders/buys more than one book, I’ll be giving you an extra-special gift (details to follow, once I’ve got them all ironed out). All books come with a personalised message, written just for you. My inspiration knows no bounds 😛

Right, here are the titles I’ll be getting in stock:

Barging In
Handle With Care
The Hot Floor
Screwing the System
How to Train Your Dom
Junk
Stuff
Scrap
Blooming Marvellous

Just leave a comment to place your order, or get in contact via email. Please feel free to share this post if you know anyone who might be interested!

Hope to see some of you in September,

Big love,

Jo xxx

Out today: Brit Boys: With Toys

 

I might not have a story in the Brit Boys collection this time around, but it sounds great! Here’s the details:

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Out Today, Brit Boys: With Toys, a collection of 8 M/M novellas written by 8 top British M/M authors. All stories feature British characters and the stories are in British locations. This seriously sexy boxed set is initially available at the bargain price of 99c/99p, (that’s a steal for 422 pages of unforgettable M/M literary entertainment that will leave your eReader, and you, burning up) so go and treat yourself this festive season to some uniquely British man-on-man erotic romance, or if you have Kindle Unlimited, grab a copy for free.

With stories by

Ashe Barker

MK Elliott

Lucy Felthouse

KD Grace

Lily Harlem

Ashley Lister

Sarah Masters

Tabitha Rayne Continue reading

Email blog subscription testing–please respond if you get this!

Hi there,

I’ve been having an awful lot of bounced email notifications when posting to my blog over the last month, and am wondering if that’s something to do with my hosting change. It’s been awfully quiet in the comments too–I miss you all!

If you subscribe to my blog by email and you receive this, please could you send me a quick “got it” reply either to the email or as a blog comment. If I don’t get any, I’ll investigate further.

Thanks :)

Guest Post – Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae

Today we’d like to welcome Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae to the blog to talk about their latest release, Room 1024.

While Room 1024 was in production, our editor pointed out a place where one of the main characters, an older dom named Lou, came off as kind of a jerk.

“Well, she’s not wrong….” Erin said.

“Man, we always write guys like this,” I replied.

And while all of those observations are true, Lou (and a lot of our other characters) are people who are very comfortable with themselves, very outspoken, and inclined to be somewhat amused by what other people will do when they aren’t comfortable with themselves.

Depending on where you set the mix for these traits you get everything from Lou, slightly abrasive dom, to Victor, the not-actually-a-villain of our Love in Los Angeles series.

Why write characters like this? Sometimes, it’s because we know guys like this. Sometimes, it’s because we aspire to be guys like this. And sometimes, at least in some circumstances, we already are. Mostly, though, we’re interested in how someone who thinks they have everything under control, upsets the apple cart when they inevitably don’t.

Room 1024

Blurb:

When Cameron takes his submissive boyfriend Noah to a gay men’s leather convention in San Francisco, Cam expects to spend the week exploring their relationship and experimenting with non-monogamy. What he doesn’t expect is to run into his own former dom, Lou, in an embarrassingly public reunion.

While Noah is enthusiastic about the opportunity to play with the former international leather title-holder, Cam is more wary. He and Lou have unfinished business. A four-way encounter with Lou and his sub Stephen could be great fun—or it could show Noah that Cameron can never quite be the dom he wants and needs.

As Cameron and Noah work through the uncertainties in their relationship, Noah is offered everything he ever wanted, in a completely different way than he ever expected, leading all four men to discover that sometimes the only way forward is to revisit the past.

Bio: Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry — Starling (September 10, 2014), Doves (January 21, 2015), and Phoenix (June 10, 2015) — from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella series Love’s Labours, set in the theater world — Midsummer (May 2015), and Twelfth Night (Fall 2015), is from Dreamspinner Press. They also have a story in Best Gay Romance 2015 from Cleis Press and edited by Felice Picano.

Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller; Erin is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

Social media links:

Joint Blog: http://Avian30.com
Joint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Erin.and.Racheline
Erin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/erincmcrae
Racheline’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/racheline_m

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Room-1024-Racheline-Maltese-ebook/dp/B00VU85MSG

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-room1024-1778353-147.html

Torquere: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4373

Excerpt:

“Cameron Evan Beck, get your perfect ass in here!”

Cameron turns to follow the voice, so familiar and fond coming from one of the workshop rooms, before he even thinks about it. It’s only as Lou, completely dressed in leathers and holding a bullwhip in his hand, pulls him into a hug in front of what’s clearly a workshop Lou’s leading, that Cam starts to realize just how fucked he is.

“This,” Lou says, introducing him to the room before Cameron can even manage to make a sound, “is Dr. Cameron Beck, professor of queer studies at Boston University. ” There’s only the slightest of dramatic pauses before he adds, “Cameron used to be my boy.”

With that, Lou gives him a wet, smacking kiss on the cheek.

Cameron can’t help but look sheepish. This is not how he wants to be introduced to a room ever, even if reflex and history leave him a little proud.

Lou calls a break with his class and then turns to Cam again. “Are you here with anyone?” he asks quietly, glancing down appraisingly at the leather band on Cameron’s left wrist. He looks good. Lou’s not tall, but he is broad with wide shoulders, a strong chest and more than a bit of a belly. His charisma is as intense as ever, and although the touch of gray now at his temples is startling to Cam it’s also really hot.

“Yeah,” Cameron says, unsure why he doesn’t mention Noah’s name or any of his many places in Cam’s life. Forming sentences seems really hard.

“Good. Me too,” Lou says and tips his head toward a man who must be in his early thirties sitting on the floor in the corner of the room, quietly rebraiding a whip he’s obviously in the process of repairing.

Cameron feels his jaw tense with unavoidable and incredibly stupid jealousy; his fingers were never nimble enough to be really good at that sort of work.

“Are you competing?” Lou asks as if Cameron has actually been keeping up his end of the conversation.

“No,” Cam says. The whole leatherman beauty pageant competition thing may be fun to watch, but it’s never been among his aspirations. “You?”

“Oh no. Enjoying my emeritus position and a lack of annoying travel way too much. ”

K A Merikan Interview

Today we’d like to welcome the dynamic duo Kat and Agnes who write as K A Merikan to the blog. Their latest release, Guns n’ Boys: Homicidal Instinct (Book #2) came out today!

RM: It’s been an exciting and busy time for you the past few months, you’ve moved back to Poland from the UK and are now writing full time. How are you settling in to your new routine?

K & A: It’s great, we finally have days off :) When we still needed our day jobs, free time and socializing were pushed to the backburner because we knew we needed to produce content if we wanted to eventually write full-time. Neither of us has any serious obligations (no children, no mortgage, etc.) so we figured if we’re gonna do this, we need to focus all our efforts on writing. For the last few years we came back from work, ate, and then worked until we were too tired to go on. Now that writing is all we do, we can actually organize our days around it and do other things, like going to the pool or sightseeing without feeling that we’re compromising the work that matters. Of course, we frequently end up writing a bit even on our days off, but that’s completely up to us.
We now live in the countryside and take long walks through the fields and the nearby woods, which really helps us clear our heads, as well as come up with new ideas. It’s pretty great :)

RM: 2015 is going to be another busy year for you, there’s Guns ‘n Boys Book 2, Pride – The Copper Horse #2 and personally I may be a little excited about Ghost from The Devil’s Ride getting his own book! What else can we expect this year? (Because of course 3 books isn’t enough 😉 )

K & A: Unless there’s a change in our plans and we come up with an idea we absolutely need to write ASAP we’re gonna focus on continuing with ongoing series. We might write the final book of The Copper Horse later this year, but first things first, so expect at least two biker books – Ghost’s story will be our next project. The other book in the Sex & Mayhem series we will probably release this year will be the story of a nomad assassin whom Tooth discussed with Luci in The Devil’s Ride. We also plan to release Guns n’ Boys books 3 and 4, which is what we’re probably most excited about. There are some side projects we’re considering, but nothing’s set in stone yet.

RM: In addition to the M/M books you’re releasing you’ve also created the pen name Miss Merikan for writing M/F romance. How did this come about?

K & A: For a very long time we weren’t interested in M/F, both as authors and readers, but 2014 brought on some changes, and both of us actually read some good books from this genre. I believe it inspired us to think about possible M/F plotlines, and ideas started coming. I know some authors use stereotypical M/F plotlines in M/M, but we believe it doesn’t work that well most of the time. Writing M/F gives us the possibility to explore the topics we have so far rejected because we didn’t think they would be suitable for our M/M books. It’s also a lot of fun to show our take on M/F relationships. You can expect as much weird and wonderful as from the books we write as K.A. Merikan.

RM: What should we expect from Miss Merikan this year?

K & A: Very soon we’ll be releasing a contemporary New Adult romance called All Strings Attached. It’s a London-based story about a crazy doll collector and a goth makeup artist, who struggle with defining their relationship, among other things. We really loved writing this one because it’s very close to our experience, focused on how difficult and silly love can be. Next in line is a biker book that we’re writing now. The working title is Stripped Raw, but we don’t want to reveal much yet, as it has a very surprising twist. The third novel is a paranormal biker book with time travel, this one’s called Mabel and the Beast. And last but not least, Split, Astaroth’s story :)

RM: How is writing M/F romance different to writing M/M and was it easy to make this transition?

K & A: The biggest challenge was vocabulary, i.e. we needed to learn more words for various lady parts 😉 Apart from that, the transition was really smooth. Now that we unlocked this door, we’re full of ideas :)

RM: How did you start writing together? Have either of you ever written anything without the other?

K & A: We’ve written some short stories and fanfiction on our own, but that was years ago. Both of us realized that we prefered writing with a partner and tried it with different people, but when we started working together, it was a perfect fit. Our goals are the same, and we inspire one another. Having shared many interests, we knew each other long before we started our first project, but one time we were at a friend’s house for a few days and started honestly talking about books. We chatted through the night, and before the sun came up we had a story planned out :)

RM: With regards to your writing, what’s your process, do you each write a character or do you write everything together?

K & A: Each of us is “responsible” for one main character, everything else is done together. We usually alternate writing a paragraph or two, but it can be more or less, depending who is more inspired at the moment. We also plan everything together.

RM: Have you ever completely disagreed as to where a story is going?

K & A: There were minor disagreements, about what to do about a character, whether to include an epilogue or not, but nothing major. We usually agree, and if not there’s always a way to reach compromise.

RM: You don’t write in your native tongue, has this ever caused you problems?

K & A: It definitely postponed the moment we felt confident enough to write in English. If it weren’t for Kat’s sister and her dare, we’d probably still be writing for fun only. I suppose that’s an issue for many non-native authors who choose to write in English. We have to be extra careful of grammar and the possibility of false friends slipping into the manuscript. On the other hand, I believe that the perspective of coming from a language that’s very different in structure and stylistics can be beneficial. It makes us think differently about our language choices.

RM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today and congratulations on your new release!

KA Merikan’s Website / Guns n’ Boys Website

Links to Buy Guns n’ Boys: Homicidal Instinct
Amazon US / Amazon UK / AllRomance / Smashwords

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Guns n’ Boys: Homicidal Instinct (Book #2)

— You can take a killer’s memory, but not his instinct —

All Seth wants is to live free with the man he loves. But escaping death at the hands of the mafia is just the beginning of an uphill struggle. When Domenico wakes up from his impromptu surgery and doesn’t even remember Seth’s name, Seth’s world falls apart. Suddenly it’s him who has to plan an escape from New York City and navigate their way to Mexico. All that without even knowing if the man of his life will ever love him again.

Domenico doesn’t know who to trust and what to believe. The man who introduces himself as his brother seems to hide dark secrets behind a cheerful smile. With the mafia breathing down their necks, there is no time to piece together the puzzle of Domenico’s life, and each time he thinks he’s solved it, a new part appears to be missing. Dom needs to find out who he really is, what he’s capable of… and what is the real story hidden behind Seth’s intense eyes.

Themes: mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime, amnesia, road trip, chase

WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.

Brit Boys: On Boys Box Set Cover Reveal

Reveal day has finally arrived! So quick, what are you waiting for? Head on over to GGR-Review and check out the awesome cover for the new Brit Boys: On Boys Box Set designed by Posh Gosh. This awesome collection of M/M novellas are all written by British authors and star British characters in British locations and my story LOCKED OUT is nestled within these seriously steamy pages.

Brit Boys: On Boys is due for release on 30th December 2014 from all good eBook retailers at a bargain introductory price. Find all the links HERE.

Brit Boys: On Boys

From east to west and north to south, these British boys are having a blast in and out of the bedroom with the men of their dreams. They’re topping and bottoming from London to Cardiff, living out fantasies in the wildest fells and hooking up while serving HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

With passion and lust the name of the game, nothing is off limits. Throw in honed muscles, high-strength testosterone and an accent to die for and there is nothing they can’t do and no one they can’t get in this world or another.

Don’t miss Brit Boys: On Boys—a smokin’ hot box set, containing 147,000 words/440 pages of unforgettable M/M erotic romance from eight popular British authors.

Bodywork
By Ashe Barker

Alex is doing okay. His body repair shop makes enough to live on, he has a decent apartment, life is fine. That all changes when he runs into Graham in a supermarket car park – literally. He offers to fix the damage to Graham’s car free of charge. The sparks soon fly, and the heat between them has nothing to do with welding equipment.

Breaking the Marine
By M.K. Elliott

Brandon Rosen hadn’t planned for his final night before enrolling in the Royal Marines to involve a hot stranger and a pub car park. And he certainly hadn’t planned for that same hot stranger to turn up at the barracks in the form of his Drill Instructor, Corporal Will Stewart. In thetestosterone fuelled environment of the training camp, can Brandon and Will overcome past pains and face up to what they really want? Or will the Royal Marine Commando School break their relationship before it even gets started?

Love on Location
By Lucy Felthouse

When Theo Samuels heads off to film on location in the village of Stoneydale, he’s expecting drama to take place on camera, not off. But when he meets gorgeous local lad, Eddie Henderson, he struggles to ignore his attraction. A relationship between the two of them would be utterly impractical, yet they’re drawn together nonetheless. Can they overcome the seemingly endless hurdles between them? Or is their fling destined to remain as just that?

Landscapes
By K D Grace

Alonso Darlington has a disturbing method of keeping landscaper, Reese Chambers, both safe from and oblivious to his dangerous lust for the man. But Reese isn’t easy to keep secrets from, and Alonso wants way more than to admire the man from afar. Can he risk a real relationship without risking Reese’s life?

The Chase
By Lily Harlem

Steve’s killing time working in a comedy club. Why not? It makes him laugh and both the clientele and the comedians are not just fit but also great company. One stand up joker decides to create a wild goose chase for Steve and his ex Robert. Cavorting around Cardiff on a frosty night, however, does more than just show them the way to a threesome, it also reveals the reasons why they should give each other one more shot.

Dish of the Day
By Clare London

Richie’s sunk all his hopes and savings into a new restaurant in south London promoting British ingredients and recipes. His best friends Craig and Ben should be around to help him celebrate the grand opening, but it looks like it’s all heading for disaster – until his friends step in to tell him some home truths. Then they’ll help him relax and enjoy their loving, intimate menu instead.

E2
By Sarah Masters

When Archie meets Dan after The Change, he realisesthere is no such thing as a random meeting of soul mates, it’s all mapped out in the stars. Now all he’s got to do is hope those orbiting planets stay in alignment and true love finds him again.

Locked Out
By Josephine Myles

Getting accidentally locked out of his hotel room on Valentine’s Day night is embarrassing enough for teacher Martin Cooper, but the fact he’s stark naked makes it even worse. It doesn’t help that the one person he runs into is Rod, the gorgeous man he’d been checking out earlier in the hotel pool. But when Rod offers Martin a refuge, the night heats up. Now if only Martin could get the hang of this seduction business…

Find out more and pre-order your copy at Brit Boys: On Boys.

Awesome British M/M Authors

Ashe Barker

M K Elliott

Lucy Felthouse

K D Grace

Lily Harlem

Clare London

Sarah Masters

Josephine Myles