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Monday, December 7, 2015

Guest Post: Scenes From Adalaide Road - Helena Stone

I'm thrilled to have my best friend and sometimes co-writer, Helena Stone on my blog today! She has a brand new release, Scenes From Adalaide Road, and it's fantastic! She's here today to share something a little "extra" with all of you!




Thank you Jaycee for welcoming me to your blog today. I’ve got something rather special for you and your readers.

The following is not an excerpt from Scenes from Adelaide Road. In that story one of the main characters, Lennart, is writing two books, which are only described in the most general of terms. One of them is light-hearted and fun, the other one much darker. For promotional purposes Lennart was gracious enough to allow me to share a tiny excerpt from the darker story here.


About Lennart’s story:

Two sixteen-year old boys—Paddy and Killian—have recently met and become friends. After a fun and exhilarating afternoon spent swimming in a local lake they’ve walked back to Killian’s house, where they’re about to say goodbye behind the shed in the back garden.


Excerpt:

“I saw you, you know,” Paddy said while he stared into my eyes, as if he expected to find something there.

“You saw what?” I asked, almost scared to hear his answer.

“You liked it, didn’t you?”

“I....” I knew I should pretend I’d no idea what he meant, but the words got stuck in my throat. My cheeks heated up and I knew I’d turned bright red.My mouth went dry and I licked my lips, my heart stuttering in my chest.

His gaze travelled from my eyes to my mouth and I watched, mesmerized, as he too licked his lips. He took two steps, obliterating the distance between us. Torn between fear and elation I retreated until my back hit the wall of the shed.

“You got excited when you saw me strip out of my trunks, didn’t you?”

I wanted to deny his accusation, but even as he spoke I could see his naked body in my mind’s eye. It was only a few seconds, as long as it took him to shed his wet gear and put his shorts on, but the effect on my body had been immediate and embarrassing. I stared at our feet while I numbly shook my head.

“Have you forgotten how to talk, Killian?” He smirked at me but his eyes were bright and friendly,his gaze intense. “Maybe there are better uses we could put that mouth of yours to.”

Paddy took one last step, bringing us toe-to-toe, and bent forward, pressing our lips together, while his gaze never left mine.

I raised my hands and placed my palms against his chest, determined to push him away, yet unable to make myself actually do it. His lips against mine made me forget why this was a bad idea. I’d dreamed about this moment for so long. I hadn’t been crazy. I wasn’t the only one with feelings like these. My mind stopped working. My blood sang as it rushed through my veins. I should have been ashamed when a whimper escaped my lips, except Paddy made similar noises. So good.Too much. Not enough. I lifted my arms and wrapped them around his neck pushing my body closer to his at the same time.

"What the fuck is going on here?"

The loud voice shattered my happiness. Paddy jumped away from me and I looked over his shoulder. My father's face was bright red and although he didn't literally have steam coming out of his ears it was all too easy to visualise.

"You. Go." He scowled at Paddy with a mixture of disgust and hatred on his face.

Paddy squeezed my hand before releasing it and I treasured the small gesture. I was scared out of my wits. I'd no idea what my father might do. But I didn't want Paddy there with me when I got my answer.

I stared at the ground in front of me and followed Paddy’s movement from the corner of my eye.He circled around my father, keeping as much distance between them as he possibly could. I’d never felt as alone in my life as I did the moment he disappeared from my sight.I knew I’d still be able to see him if I looked up, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I wouldn't give my father any more ammunition.

"And now for you." My father's voice was soft and all the more menacing for it.

I raised my head when I recognised the sound of a belt being pulled through loops.

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Scenes from Adelaide Road 
By Helena Stone

About the book:

Can a young man find the courage he never knew he had when faced with losing everything he holds dear?

A few months before his final exams in secondary school, nineteen-year-old Lennart Kelly discovers he’s inherited a house on Adelaide Road in Dublin from a grandfather he never knew. Having been ignored, bullied and abused for as long as he can remember, Lennart can’t wait to leave behind his father and the small town he grew up in. Moving away as soon as he finishes his exams doesn’t cure his deep-rooted insecurities though.

Meeting twenty-three-year-old Aidan Cassidy in a gay club on his second night in Dublin, scares Lennart. Used to being ignored and ridiculed, he doesn’t trust the attention he receives and can’t believe a man like Aidan could possibly be interested in him. It takes infinite patience and understanding from Aidan to slowly coax Lennart out of his shell.

But the past refuses to stay where it belongs and Lennart’s father is determined to take the house in Dublin off his son by whatever means necessary. Just when Lennart is learning to trust and embrace life, a violent attack threatens everything he holds dear. Suddenly Lennart is in danger of losing his house, the man he’s grown to love and maybe even his life. If Lennart wants to protect Aidan and safeguard his future, he’ll have to find the courage he never knew he had.


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General Release: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 188
Genre: Contemporary Romance / MM / NA

Buy links:

Pride Publishing    Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk    Barnes & Noble 

Link to book trailer: YouTube


About the Author:

Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.


Helena can be found in the following places:

Author website    GoodReads    Facebook    Twitter    Pinterest 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Guest Post: Edmond Manning & The Music of the Lost And Founds


I was blown away when I was asked if I'd be willing to host my friend, Edmond Manning for one of his King John book tour blog stops. Of course - I would love to host him! I love Edmond and I'd do anything for him! (Except give him my PIN# - he really needs to stop asking...) Heck, he can take up permanent residence here if he wants to - Irish Spring and all!

I'll have to give you all a disclaimer, though: I have yet to read King John - not even a single excerpt - but there's a very good reason. There are a few authors - less than five - for whom I have to set aside time to read their stories. I don't want to just pick up their book and read it when I have a few minutes. I want to "experience" every, single moment and every, single word.  Edmond is one of those authors.

I'm saving King John for a cold, rainy, fall day, with maybe a fire in the fireplace, a cup of mulled cider and nothing on the agenda but reading. So, I'm excited to be able to still take part in all the hoopla surrounding the release of this much-awaited next chapter in Vin Vanbly's story - and thrilled to get to revisit all my old favorites, like Perry and Mai through song.

Without further ado, I'll shut up and let Edmond take it from here. You're in for a treat. 
                                             
             ~Jaycee Edward

P.S. (Be sure to leave a comment and click on the Rafflecopter link for the Giveaway!)



The Lost and Founds: Theme Songs

I admit, I get a little fixated. Okay, sometimes a lot fixated. I often need the right music to feed some artistic direction I’m feeling. If I were a great oil painter, my brush would fly furiously around the canvas while I was inspired by great classical music. But painters are cool, and I’m busy developing a writer’s stiff neck and hunched-over back.
See? Not cool.  
But I listen to music that is integral to the story I’m writing. If you liked The Lost and Founds, I thought you might enjoy knowing some of the tunes that tickled my ear while I was typing madly, dancing in my chair, having fantasies of swiping the color red hard across a bone-white canvas. Enjoy some of these musical stylings.

Theme song to The Lost and Founds: “Lolita” by AlizĂ©e

You’re going to have to grant me a little artistic license on this one, because this song is literally about a young girl named Lolita, the same child-molestery-named character written about by ex-Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov in his famous book. Ignore the video’s crazy plot (a country girl goes dancing in a night club).
Listen.
The sultry, swoony beat, the sexy sneaking around inherent to the song…it’s Vin’s song, stalking men he loves. It’s brooding and chill and lovely. Whenever I needed inspiration for one of the king stories, I would go for a walk and listen to this song. It’s magic. I always felt so groovy listening to it, I would relax, and ideas would come.
Not being able to translate or understand the words was an advantage, because I could invent whatever meaning I wanted. I love the smooth beat, the raw seduction in the song…seducing the reader as Vin seduced his would-be kings.

 

King Perry theme song:  “In The Beginning” by K’naan

According to my iPod, I have listened to this song 800+ times. (This does not include the number of times I listened to it in my car, which is probably another 400+ times. Who listens to a single song 1200 times?

I would listen and think about details from the novel…this was my “think about Perry” song. “In the Beginning” is the closest this novel has to a theme song as he sings his crazy/jubilant song about The Lost and Founds.

I love this goofy song! It’s so happy and its lyrics express such interesting darkness. There’s a line in here that I love: “People get held back by the voice inside them.” In the very beginning of the song, the artist whoops it up, a big scream. I imagine that this is Vin’s screech on the Golden Gate Bridge realizing it’s King Diego’s birthday. The ethereal “lalalalala” in the background gave me the idea for a line about starfish singing of the ocean’s great love.

 

King Mai theme song:  “Battleflag” by Lo Fidelity Allstars


I love the raw sexuality of this song, the rough and dirty electronic vibe. This is a song that rolls around in the dirt and doesn’t give a fuck, just gets up grinning and laughing, knocking clumps of mud off its grass-stained jeans. I’m not sure the lyrics are a great match, but I’ve listened to this song so many times, I can both hear and not hear the lyrics as I please.

I listened to this song while writing about Vin and Mai eating burgers in a townie bar, when they drove around DeKalb searching for a damned stalk of corn. This ain’t a pretty song – it’s a man’s song. Rough, raw, goofy and sensual.

Now that the book is finished and released, I have new associations. I always see Mai’s new bubba friends with him during this song, laughing, shoving each other around, drinking beer, and of course, playing tag in cornfields at night. They run and chase each other like little kids, teaching their wives and children how to run the corn with love for the earth. Of course, Randy uses this as an opportunity to chase down his wife and use the privacy away from their kids to make out with her while everyone else plays tag. But it’s not his fault. He’s a bubba in love.   

 

The Butterfly King theme song:  “The Big Wheel Keeps on Turning” by Massive Attack


I can’t think of a song that sounds less like New York City. The song opens with these whale sounds, a very watery, oceanic adventure. And then I remember Manhattan is an island.
This song appealed to me because it’s so regal, it’s so much like the main character, Terrance Altham. The song is big and strong, like Terrance. The powerful underlying sound makes me think of that Australian musical instrument, the didgeridoo. I guess that’s part of the appeal of this song and its relationship to New York. You can’t put New York in a box and say, “it’s this.” Of course it’s whale sounds, a didgeridoo, and a low, steady, electronic beat.
This song is skyscrapers and hard lives. “The big wheel keeps on turning. One man crumbles, while another relaxes.” I can’t think of a better way to summarize New York City. When I listen to this song, I see Rance Altham swaggering down Manhattan streets. People whisper and say, “It’s him. That’s the Butterfly King.”

King John theme song:  “Hallelujah” performed by Rufus Wainwright


This might be an odd choice for a book set in the desert. But honestly, there’s nothing reasonable in the relationship between music and what it inspires in us. There is only the relationship, surprising it in its strength, and the pictures music presents to our mind. Why fight it? This lovely song is the theme for King John.

This is a holy song, and burners consider Burning Man sacred space. Yes, some come to party and do drugs. Sure. But many come to worship the land, the spirit of survival, the power of human ingenuity. Burning Man is a prayer offered up to the future, a prayer for who we might become as a people.

When I listen to this song, I see people wandering the playa, laughing, talking, making new friends. Maybe they flirt with each other. Maybe they just say, “Great costume, you’re beautiful,” and walk away. This is the song of broken people loving each other the very best they can.

I also love this lyric in the song:  “The baffled king composing Hallelujah…”

Vin and Alistair spend half of this book baffled. Baffled by each other, by the circumstances, wandering (running!) blindly in the desert as half-broken men, hoping that grace will sweep down and pick them up. They are so tired…and all they want is to say hallelujah.

Book Five theme song: “So Close” by Jon McLaughlin


I don’t want to say much about this song yet, but enjoy this beautiful love song. I picture Vin in a tuxedo dancing around a restaurant with—nope. I can’t say anything else. Can’t.
But let’s not end this blog post on this slightly, bummer-feeling song. It’s a great song, but it’s a teeny bit sad. Let’s get happy.

Vin’s theme song:  “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AJmKkU5POA


This goofy, happy song expresses Vin’s indomitable spirit. Yes, he’s tired of being a Lost King. Yes, he’s frustrated. But boy, there’s a part of him that is nothing short of a big, splashy trumpet parade. And when he finds that true love…he is going to dance. And sing.
Music can do that to you, create a parade in your heart exactly when you need one.

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Meet the Author:


Edmond Manning is the author of the romance series, The Lost and Founds. The books in this series include King Perry, King Mai (a 2014 Lambda Literary finalist), The Butterfly King, and King John. King John takes place at Burning Man.

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Giveaway!

Winner’s Prize: An eBook copy of King John
(Leave a Comment here and then click the link below)
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Where to get your copy of King John:
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About King John:
English attorney Alistair Robertson can’t quite believe an astonishing tale of kingship and transformation he hears at Burning Man, the annual counter-culture art festival in the Black Rock desert. Who are the Found Kings? Is “being kinged” as magical as it sounds?
Determined to find the mysterious garage mechanic named Vin who helps men “remember who they were always meant to be,” Alistair catches his quarry amid the extravagant sculptures, fire worshipers, mutant cars, and lavish costumes. After searching for three years, he’ll finally get to ask the question burning inside him: “Will you king me?”
Wandering together through the desert, Vin Vanbly and Alistair explore Burning Man’s gifting culture and exotic traditions, where they meet the best and worst of their fellow burners. Alistair’s overconfidence in Vin’s manipulative power collides with Vin’s obsessive need to save a sixteen-year-old runaway from a nightmarish fate, and the two men spiral in uncontrollable, explosive directions.
In this fourth adventure of The Lost and Founds, beneath the sweltering summer sun and the six billion midnight stars, one truth emerges, searing itself on their hearts: in the desert, everything burns.
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King John Blog Tour:

Mon, Sept 7                    My Fiction Nook
Mon, Sept 7                    AJ Rose Books             pre-release excerpt #1
Tues, Sept 8                   Thorny, Not Prickly      pre-release excerpt #2
Wed, Sept 9                   Love Out Loud             pre-release excerpt #3
Thurs, Sept 10                Edmond Manning.com
Thurs, Sept 10                Facebook Release Party, 7p-9p Central, hosted by Bike Book Reviews
Fri, Sept 11                     Reviews by Amos Lassen
Sat, Sept 12                    Vanessa North.com

Tues, Sept 15                 MM Good Book Reviews
Wed, Sept 16                 The Novel Approach
Thurs, Sept 17                Purple Rose Tea House
Fri, Sept 18                     Posy Roberts.com
Sat, Sept 19                    Zipper Rippers

Tues, Sept 22                 Joyfully Jay
Wed, Sept 23                 Boys In Our Books
Thurs, Sept 24                It’s About the Book
Fri, Sept 25                     Lou Harper.com
Sat, Sept 26                    Love Bytes Reviews
Sun, Sept 27                   Sinfully Addicted to Male Romance

Mon, Sept 28                  Josephine Myles.com
Tues, Sept 29                 Molly Lolly
Wed, Sept 30                 Coffee and Porn in the Morning
Wed, Sept 30                 Stumbling Over Chaos
Thurs, Oct 1                   The Blogger Girls Reviews
Sat, Oct 3                       Because Two Men Are Better Than One

Sun, Oct 4                       The Hat Party!
Fri, Oct 2                        Jessewave
Mon, Oct 5                     Prism Book Alliance
Tues, Oct 6                     Jaycee Edward.com
Wed, Oct 7                     Hearts on Fire Book Reviews


Friday, October 2, 2015

A Solitary Man - Cover Reveal

COVER REVEAL!

Authors Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy have teamed up to write a red-hot action-packed thriller!



A Solitary Man coming from Dreamspinner Press November 6th!

Excerpt:

Evan pressed the button on his phone to connect. “Freddy? What did you find out?”
Fred laughed. “For this, I’m going to exact a price.”
“You mean the keg I sprang for at graduation doesn’t get me a freebie?” Evan shot back.
“We’ve been out of law school for how many years now? Eight?”
“Nine this year,” Evan corrected.
“Credit’s no good anymore,” Fred answered. “I’m thinking dinner at Ivy at the Shore next time you’re in LA. On you, of course. Including a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.”
“For that,” Evan said with a chuckle, “this had better be good.”
“It’s good. And it was hell to get.”
“Okay, okay. Dinner on me. Assuming you and Margie put me up for the night,” Evan replied. “I’m looking forward to seeing your McMansion.”
“Deal. Took a little digging. Seems your mystery man did some undercover work for the FBI.”
“And?”
“My buddy in the US Attorney’s office wouldn’t give details, but word is Constantine got fed up with the bullshit after a case went bad somewhere down in South America.”
“Drugs?” Evan asked.
“No. He dealt with human trafficking. Specifically, child sex trafficking. My friend says the guy’s good. He tried a few cases where Constantine was the government’s key witness. Knows his stuff. Works his ass off and gets into his work. I got the impression sometimes he gets a little too close.”
Now that was interesting. “Why?”
“Seems the guy’s rabid about protecting kids.”
“Any idea why?”
“Nothing anyone would tell me,” Fred replied.
Evan leaned back in his chair. At least Xav wasn’t a slacker, but it didn’t make Evan feel any better about the prospect of bumping into him at work. “Anything else?”
“Constantine grew up in LA, went to school in Boston.”
“Boston?” Even more interesting. So much for his initial assessment of Xav as a broceanographer.
“Yeah, you’ll love this.”
Evan could almost hear Freddy’s grin over the phone.
“He did undergrad at MIT. Mathematics major. Master’s in criminology from U Penn with an emphasis in cryptology. The FBI was probably falling all over itself to recruit him.”
No shit. This just got better and better. “What the hell’s a guy with that kind of background doing in North Carolina?”
“I could ask you the same question,” Fred shot back. “Of course, if you decide you want your own McMansion….”
“You couldn’t pay me enough to come to work for you,” Evan joked. Fred was serious—they’d had this discussion a half-dozen times before.
“Try me.” Fred paused for a moment and then asked, “This personal?”
Evan had no intention of telling Fred he’d slept with Xav. “Not personal.”
“’Cause word has it he’s gay,” Fred said. “Out but not advertising.” When Evan didn’t take the bait, Fred added, “But you already knew that, didn’t you?”
Evan shook his head and sighed theatrically. “Don’t even go there, Freddy. You know I don’t mix business and pleasure. I just want to know what I’m dealing with. That’s all.”
“You can’t bullshit a bullshitter, man.”
“Thanks for the help,” Evan said, foreclosing the topic. “I’ll let you know next time I’m out your way. Tell Margie she’s a brave woman.”
“Always do. Laters. And make sure you get your sorry ass out here soon.”
“Will do.” Evan disconnected the call and rubbed his mouth. Mathematics major at MIT and a master’s from U Penn? No wonder the FBI had recruited him. And he’d pegged Xav for a surfer! What the hell are you doing in Dare’s Landing, Xavier Constantine?

About A Solitary Man

Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Two months later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.

Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the thirteen-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.

Pre-order A Solitary Man from Dreamspinner Press!



About Shira Anthony

Shira loves a great happily-ever-after and never writes a story without one. She’s happy to write what her muse tells her, whether it’s fantasy, sci fi, paranormal, or contemporary romance. She particularly loves writing series, because she thinks of her characters as old friends and she wants to visit them even after their stories are told.

In real life, Shira sang professionally for 14 years, and she currently works as a public sector attorney advocating for children. She’s happy to have made writing her second full-time job, even if it means she rarely has time to watch TV or go to the movies.

Shira writes about the things she knows and loves, whether it’s music and musicians, the ocean, or the places she’s lived or traveled to. She spent her middle school years living in France, and tries to visit as often as she can.

Shira and her husband spend as many weekends as they can aboard their 36′ catamaran sailboat, “Lands Zen,” at the Carolina Coast. Not only has sailing inspired her to write about pirates and mermen, her sailboat is her favorite place to write. And although the only mermen she’s found to date are in her own imagination, she keeps a sharp lookout for them when she’s on the water.

Shira looks forward to meeting you at Gay Rom Lit!

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About Aisling Mancy

Aisling is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Aisling writes adult fantasy, adult LGBTQIA romance, and fiction for gay young adults (C. Kennedy).

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Aisling doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Aisling contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Aisling can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.

Aisling looks forward to meeting you at Gay Rom Lit!

Find Aisling on blog, Twitter @AislingMancy, Facebook, Goodreads, and
Aisling does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader