#MusicMonday #equality

A song with a very special story.

This is Charlie Peck singing Home, his tribute to the transgender community. It’s a beautiful song, as he sings a duet filmed before and after the commencement of testosterone. ❤

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FRIEND FRIDAY: Eva Fefoy shares celebrities she wishes were on gay romance book covers #gayromance #FriendlyFriday @Eva_Lefoy

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:

Jensen Ackles

Jamie Dornan – I know, it’s sacrilegious but wouldn’t he be a great M/M love interest?

Eric Dane

Chris Pine

Henry Cavil – yum! He could do the whole Regency thing quite nicely!

Rupert Penry-Jones

Paul Wesley – as a hunky gay vampire! Yum!

Matthew MacFadyen

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!)

Roman Gladiator

And here is the cover:

How Hercules Got His Bruise

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!

Cheers,

Eva

MORE ABOUT SEXY TO GO GAY ROMANCE:

Sexy to Go

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?”

“Sisyphus.”

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.”

“So?”

“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.”

“How?”

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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GIVEAWAY with Kindle Unlimited Fun!

Kindle Unlimited giveawayReading is the perfect way to spend a long weekend and I’ve already devoured a couple of books. I’ve been subscribed to Kindle Unlimited for a few months now which makes it especially appealing to try out some new-to-me authors.

If you’re looking for something to read, take a look at KU FUN from LGBT Romance Deals.

My Rustic series is part of the KU Fun! If you haven’t read them, please check them and the other awesome books out!

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FRIEND FRIDAY: Sweet Dreams with Brooke Edwards #gayromance #FriendlyFriday @brookeedwardsau

Today the lovely Brooke Edwards stops by as part of the celebration of her new short story, Sweet Dreams. She talks about the book, provides an excerpt and there’s a giveaway!

 

Hi Nic, thanks so much for having me to visit and chat about my new release. It’s been a while since I’ve released anything new and this is a marked departure from my last novella. Sweet Dreams is a fluffy little romance and was a much less harrowing writing experience. I found myself a little exasperated with the characters sometimes but their story was pretty straightforward when it came down to it. Lonely baker saves movie star from death by stampede by denying he ever saw him, romance blooms, nosy family members and a Twitter-happy photographer burst their happy little bubble and somehow, everything ends on a positive note. As Nic can well attest, this is very different to the last book I released!

My kitchen is one of my favourite places to be, so lots of that passion bled through into Benji as this story was taking place. My granddad used to help me up onto the counter so I could sit and watch while he worked his culinary magic. As a kid I just wondered why he added wine to everything – as an adult I realised that was the magic. Neither of my parents are very inclined towards culinary adventures which meant I got roped into dinner duty a lot growing up. Luckily, it meant that when the time came I was at the very least more than capable of feeding myself well and now my granddad comes to ME for dinner.

Food and art intertwine when it comes to Benji’s life throughout the story, as he uses it to honour lots of emotional connections to his past and present. From a way to indulge his memories of his grandmother, to deepen his connection with Cara and to reach out to people in a way that was much easier for him than words. For Benji, it was much easier to spend three hours crafting an intricate tower of spun sugar, fragile pastry and carefully piped cream than it was to open his mouth and express actual emotions. Then along comes Dane, someone who does most of his communicating in the conventional way, with words and body language. Luckily for Benji, Dane’s communication skills extend to being able to read him better than most and he doesn’t have to venture too far out of his comfort zone. I think Dane probably liked to think he was something special, being completely open to being wooed with chocolate tarts and sugar crystals. Personally, I can’t think of many people that wouldn’t work on. On that note, I hope you enjoy this little excerpt!

EXCERPT

Throwing himself into work is what gets Benji through the next two years. Sienna cuts her shifts to just the few hours over morning and afternoon rush, more out of love and loyalty than any real need for the wage anymore. Graham is a senior partner in a law firm that his grandfather founded back in the seventies. Benji makes a lot of awkward housewife jokes at the wedding that Graham finds hilarious, Sienna not so much.

His mother tuts and makes concerned noises but never quite gets around to actually having the expected talk about the damning lack of girlfriends, let alone the alternative, and his father drops by some Friday nights after work with a six-pack of beer and quiet companionship.

One Friday night in early November, after a couple of beers each, Benji manages to coerce his father into an apron and they make a dizzying array of scones together.

Benji isn’t sure why but he blurts it out while they’re transferring the scones off the baking trays to cool. “Dad, I’m gay.”

His father drops a scone and looks at Benji sideways, disgruntled. “Did you have to say that while I was grabbing something hot?” He bends down to pick it up and then straightens, putting the floor-scone aside. “Not to take the wind out of your sails, bud, and I’m glad you actually said something but we figured that out ourselves when your mom found the stash of men’s fitness magazines under your bed in your senior year.”

The beer dulls the surprise and takes the edge off just enough for Benji to bark out a laugh that is mostly amused and only a little bitter about the time he’s spent agonizing over confessing it. His father slings an arm around his shoulders and drags him in for an awkward hug.

After that, he kind of wishes he hadn’t come out because his mother loses any fear about talking about it.

“Benji, sweetheart, I know you love it but the shop can’t be your whole life. You need to settle down, there are plenty of lovely young men around to choose from!”

Incidentally, Benji doesn’t settle down. He has a couple of short-lived flings that he can’t help but think were doomed from the start, and gets his first taste of heartbreak when Mark, the first hookup that he’s wanted to repeat, doesn’t even bother to let him down gently.

“You’ve been ghosted, dude,” Glen says when he can’t take Benji’s constant hovering over his cell anymore. “Total dick move but happens all the time.”

It’s a conscious choice for Benji to stop going out and looking for company after that.

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The fourth anniversary of Cara leaving comes and goes, marked by Sienna’s sixth month of pregnancy and another addition to Benji’s wall of postcards from all over the world. He can’t read the postmark on this one but the stamp has a kangaroo on it and the front of the postcard is a collage of pristine beaches.

“Four years to make it to Australia,” Sienna says when she comes in and lets herself around the counter, seeing the new card. “What has she been doing?”

Benji’s laughter bubbles out of his mouth all over again and he just waves at the card, unable to explain. Sienna lifts an eyebrow and takes it down, flipping it over to read out loud.

“B and S,” she says, already grinning. Her free hand drops down to cradle the swell of her belly. “I’ve enlisted the help of a self-professed expert Australian hunter (we met in a bar in Melbourne) to track down the fabled fourth Hemsworth brother. She says we’re probably going to have to cross the whole country because she’s been looking for years and hasn’t found him yet. I know that you support me fully in this adventure. Do yourself a favor and look up the Great Emu War. I expect an emailed report on it – well, never, but also please do it. With love, C.”

Benji keeps laughing and waves towards the office and the laptop where he’d left the Wikipedia page open when Sienna just looks at him expectantly. “The emu war,” he manages to choke out as she goes. “The Australian Army lost!”

Sienna’s laughter starts up within seconds of her sitting down at the laptop and Benji can’t stop snickering to himself as he goes to get the pastry trays out of the oven when it beeps.

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Giveaway

Drop a comment about your favourite dish, sweet or savoury, with your email address for a chance at the giveaway, there’s a free copy of Sweet Dreams and a $5 Amazon GC up for grabs. The giveaway closes midnight 24th April (Sydney time).

 

Sweet Dreams is available on Amazon and through KU here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSJDGDQ?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660
and you can catch me online in the following places:
Facebook at www.facebook.com/brookeedwardsauthor

Website: www.brookeedwardsauthor.com
Twitter: @brookeedwardsau
Instagram: @brookeedwardsauthor

Or email me at brookeedwardsauthor@gmail.com too!

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⭐ RELEASE DAY for Runaway! ⭐

I’m excited to announce that Runaway is now live!

Runaway is part of the Dreamspinner Press World of Love collection. The World of Love stories are “contemporary romances spotlighting the unique features, qualities and attributes of a specific country as well as the universality of love wherever it’s found.”

Release days are always a little stressful as excitement mixes with nervousness, but I was thrilled to see an early review from a review site that left me with a big smile. Here are a couple of snippets from the review.

“How can I even begin to describe the way my heart feels after reading this book? I loved this story so much, and Nate and Damien even more. I need so much more of these two characters because I was in no way near ready for their story to end. I could easily read a whole series of books about these two men and their lives. It was a wonderfully beautiful second chance love story that had my head and heart seduced from the prologue. I fell completely in love more and more with each word I read.”

“I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I cannot compliment the author enough for writing such a fantastic and heartwarming story that gave me all of the feels. It was a brilliantly thought out story of self-acceptance and following your heart.”

So a big thank you to OptimuMM book review site for making my release day feel extra special 🙂

As part of the release, I’ve arranged a little blog tour where I share more about my beautiful city of Sydney where a lot of the story takes place. I’ll link to the various blogs at the bottom of this post so you can follow along if you are so inclined.

There’s also a giveaway where you can win a $10 Amazon gift card. Click here to enter.

Blurb

Dr Nathan Powell is ready to settle down near his family, and hopefully find the man of his dreams. He returns to the small coastal town where he grew up, but while life is simpler than it was in the city, there are also complications—like patients’ reactions to an openly gay doctor. And like running into Nate’s first love, Damien, an out-and-proud local business owner who is unwilling to be any man’s dirty secret. The reunion reignites old desire even while it stirs up Nate’s guilt over the way things ended with Damien.

When Nate’s nephew runs away, Damien accompanies Nate on his mission to find the young man. The drive to Sydney, and the search of the city, gives Nate time to reconnect with Damien—and to wonder if he made the right decision years ago—when he determined a future for them was impossible. Is a fresh start realistic for two men in their forties? But before he can ponder the second chance they’ve been given, Nate must locate his nephew.

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press 

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon AU

Other Retailers

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Blog Tour Stops

April 5 – MM Good Book Reviews

April 10 – Alpha Book Club

April 11 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

April 12 – The Novel Approach

April 13 – Open Skye Book Reviews

April 13 – Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

April 14 – My Fiction Nook

April 17 – Love Bytes

April 18 – Divine Magazine

April 19 – Long and Short Reviews

Plus keep an eye out on the blogs of authors RJ Jones and Brooke Edwards for exclusive excerpts.