Today I’m sharing a Guest Post from Eva LeFoy. She talks about sexy men (yay!) and provides an excerpt from her latest story. So over to Eva…
Celebrities I wish were on gay romance covers by Eva Lefoy
Let’s face it there are some sexy guys on gay romance ebook covers. Sometimes I peruse the covers just to see who’s the most delectable. A few of the same models get used or even overused on the M/F romance covers before making their way onto the gay romance ones. But it seems to me there are some definite gay cover model “types” that I don’t see on M/F ones at all. Maybe they’ve got a little bit softer look, or have that younger, almost innocent appeal whereas the guys on the M/F covers all seem like overbuilt testosterone reeking adrenaline junkies. Seriously, what’s wrong with a fresh face now and then? Nothing, I say!
A lot of these gay romance cover models are IMO better looking than the ones on the M/F anyway and more interesting. I can’t see why a woman – who by the way is the main gay romance reading market – wouldn’t want to stare at them. I do! While we’re talking about cute guys, we might as well have a chat about those that I would put on a gay romance covers just so I can write a story about them. To say I find them inspirational is an understatement! In no particular order, here are a few of my biggest celebrity crushes I sometimes fantasize are gay or on my M/M ebook cover:
Jamie Dornan – I know, it’s sacrilegious but wouldn’t he be a great M/M love interest?
Henry Cavil – yum! He could do the whole Regency thing quite nicely!
Paul Wesley – as a hunky gay vampire! Yum!
Taylor Kinney – for the PNR genre
Wentworth Miller – who actually is gay but I had to have him on the list!
So there’s a few guys worthy of gracing a M/M romance cover for sure, I think. Am I right? Did I miss anybody? Who’s your favorite I-wish-he-was-gay actor you’d like to read a story about?
My latest M/M story features the Roman god Hercules, not someone you’d normally think of as a gay character. It’s kind of hard to find a guy who looks like him and since he’s already a fictional character it’s even harder to imagine him accurately. This guy is the closest I could come.
(See what I mean about the M/F covers? This model is on a ton of them!)
And here is the cover:
The Hercules story also appears in Sexy to Go Gay Romance, a box set of M/M stories out now at all major retail outlets. Sorry, Henry Cavil wasn’t available for the cover – he was too busy being sexy – but we’ll get him next time!
MORE ABOUT SEXY TO GO GAY ROMANCE:
Sexy to Go Gay Romance features nine scorching hot MM romances to make your blood sing. Whether finding love at a Jewish singles dance or while crossing the River Styx, these men remind us that love is always worth fighting for, no matter what the cost. Meet a handyman who’s an ace with his tools, a king who kindles the passion of a Greek god, and an architect who erects more than buildings. From the everyday to the fantastical, these stories explore male-male love in all its simmering intensity.
Matzo Ball by Avery Duran
When Jacob’s outgoing best friend talks him into attending a party for Jewish singles, neither man realizes that it’s not a gay event. Things go from bad to worse when Jacob’s friend doesn’t show up. The night turns around when Jacob befriends Ian, a sexy bartender. After a spectacular kiss good night, they go their separate ways. But Jacob can’t forget the chemistry he shared with Ian, and hungers for more. In a city the size of New York, will these men be able to find their way back to each other?
Styx & Stone by Leigh Ellwood
What’s the afterlife really like? Charon the ferryman knows the River Styx like the back of his hand, and he enjoys giving newly departed Stone the full tour.
First Swallow of Spring by Asta Idonea
The first swallow of spring draws Seanán back to the fae circle each year, where he dances with the handsome fae lord, Iorweth. He knows the four rules he must follow if he wishes to be free to leave at the end of the night; however, Iorweth is growing ever more inventive in his attempts to trick Seanán into breaking them.
How Hercules Got His Bruise by Eva Lefoy
Hercules might have completed his 12 labors and become immortal, but he’s still not out to himself. Until he meets Sisyphus, a man who turns him on in ways not even a goddess can compete with. When Zeus threatens to destroy their new bond, Hercules must again rise to the challenge, this time to protect his right to love a man.
Loggerhead by Dale Lowry
Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles – and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.
Handyman by Jodi Payne
Danny is haunted by memories of his ex, Peter, who moved out six months ago. He recognizes just how bad off he is when he wakes up to a flood in his condo, a problem Peter would have adeptly handled. Danny can’t find the insurance paperwork, he doesn’t know who he should call first, and he’s about ready to strangle his stoner neighbors. His day starts looking up, though, when the workmen arrive to deal with the water, replace his breaker box and demolish the soaked ceiling. Ken, a handyman, shows up to handle the drywall, but can Danny handle Ken?
Clipped Wings by Shiloh Saddler
When a male swan shifter is captured by a cruel master he develops feelings for another male slave. The master has plans for the shifter that go against every fiber of his being. Will the two men bow down to their station in life or take flight to keep their love alive?
Rebuilding the Future by Sam Thorne
Allen’s peace has been seriously disturbed. As the shy architect takes on the task of extending the home he inherited from his late aunt, his life becomes a battle. The building work is going fine, but he can barely contain his one-way lust for sexy foreman Declan, who’s a one-man generator of testosterone and mixed messages. As the build completion approaches, Allen’s ready to do just about anything to keep Declan around a little longer…
Man in the Mirror by A.E. Wasp
A companion story to the Paper Hearts novel, Man in the Mirror is the first short in a new erotic series set in the world of the Veterans Affairs books.
Benny hasn’t let Mikey see him naked in a week, will barely let Mikey touch him. Mikey’s going to get to the bottom of the issue if it takes all night.
Excerpt: How Hercules Got His Bruise by Eva Lefoy
Zeus stroked his beard and eyed him carefully. “I have a job for you. It will be quite a challenge.”
At the god’s serious tone, he sat up and gave his full attention. “What is it?”
His superior paced to the edge of the stone deck overlooking the human world below and sighed. “We have a problem I’d like for you to take care of before it makes us Olympians a laughing stock.”
He wracked his brain but couldn’t imagine what that might entail. “You wish me to conquer a dragon? Tame the seas? Harness the wind to your liking?”
Zeus shook his head. “No. It’s much worse than that.”
He gripped the edge of the marble bench and slid forward in anticipation. “Well, what then? What could possibly cause the Olympians any harm at all?”
He wanted to say “are you kidding me?” but Zeus’ serious expression quelled the urge. Nonetheless, this had to be a joke. “You mean Sisyphus, the skinny guy pushing the rock?”
Zeus nodded gravely. “Yes.”
“Um… what exactly is wrong with him? He’s sentenced to push the rock up the hill for eternity and every time the rock will roll back down. So what’s the problem?”
“After making the rock bigger and bigger, and the slope steeper and steeper, Sisyphus is still persisting.”
“He’s almost managed to beat us.” Zeus held up his hand and like every other man, animal or god, Hercules flinched just a tiny bit, lest a thunderbolt with his name on it come shooting out. The highest god pinched his forefinger and thumb together. “He’s this close to making that rock stay up on the hill and when he does, he will prove that a human can overcome even our toughest punishments.”
His eyebrow rose, wondering just how short a memory Zeus possessed. Well, I kind of did too, you know. Remember the twelve labors? Rather than start a battle he couldn’t win, he merely sighed and rubbed his eyes, exhaling through his nose. Living on Olympus was tiring most days. Today it was simply bizarre. “So what do you want me to do?”
“Stop him. Stop him from completing the task.”
Zeus shrugged. “Use any force necessary. Kill him if you have to, because if he does triumph over our punishment, I’ll have to kill him myself. He simply can’t be allowed to show us up as a bunch of fools.”
Hercules’ eyebrows raised, sympathy for the man stirring in his heart. He had no doubt Zeus would make good on his threat.
“You leave in the morning.” Zeus spun on his heel and stalked off, pausing by the edge of the deck leading to the marble stairs. “Do not fail me.”
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