To celebrate the release of To Touch the Sky, Book 2 in the Leap of Faith series, M.A. Church shared some of her life with us.
Why did you choose to write M/M stories?
Why MM? I actually came upon the genre by accident. I was surfing the net and was looking for free short stories to read. I ran across this site called Literotica and stumbled across the Gay Male section. Oh my God, I immediately was hooked. Somehow I’d missed all this. And boy, did I scrounge around there reading every single story! There were some very good ones, and some very, very bad ones, lol. After reading at the site for half a year, I decided to try my hand at writing a story.
What finally pushed me into pubbing was winning a winter themed contest on Literotica several years ago. I’d been writing The Harvest series there. So I wrote a Christmas story having to do with the characters from Harvest and entered it. *laugh* It won first place. What’s significant about that was this was *not* a M/M contest. Most of the entries were M/F actually. That helped make my mind up.
I enjoy MM and since I found it, I haven’t read MF.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
Hmm, I really haven’t thought about it. I have two more stories I want to get subbed to DsP in the hopes they come out this year. One is called Behind the Eight Ball and is the book after Trouble Comes in Threes. The other book is a scifi enemy to lovers novel. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with that. I also need to finish up the first Youngs book from The Harvest series.
Outside of writing, we plan to put down new floors at the house, and then redo the countertops in the kitchen. The hubby is looking for a new truck. LOL, his is on its last leg.
Two hours later he was back up, pacing the floor, beyond annoyed. Why was he doing this now? He knew who his mate was supposed to be, and he wanted no part of it. He was responsible for himself only, and he liked it that way. Too bad the spirit that shared his body didn’t agree.
Really? What about all those people at the bar who depend on you?
“It’s not the same thing, and you know it.” A quick glance out his bedroom window confirmed dawn was about to break.
Freaking A, arguing with you is like arguing with a signpost. Why don’t you go stretch your wings, old man? We’ll chill on the breeze. Shift and we’ll find a nice juicy pigeon or rabbit for breakfast. That sounds dee-lish.
Hawk rolled his neck. His totem spirit’s mentality was that of a fifteen-year-old hopped up on sugar and running on three hours of sleep. The spirit was very old, but damned if it acted its age.
Whatever, dude. Just do something, will ya?
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MA-Church/173797619379487
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007A8JA4C
Just the Way You Are, #4 in the Just Life series, has hit the coming soon pages at Dreamspinner Press. It's available now for pre-order, with a release date of 17 April.
Isn't the cover gorgeous? Catt Ford gave me everything I wanted, even though I didn't actually ask for anything that's included in the image. She knew, master that she is, that a symbolic representation of Jonathan moving into the light from his dark past was exactly the kind of cover I needed.
Just the Way You Are is the story of Jonathan, Liam's cousin who was stabbed at the end of Just in Time.
About the book:
After ten years in an abusive relationship and a near-fatal knife wound, Jonathan Watson is finally free. Unused to being able to make even the smallest decision and smothered by family and well-meaning neighbors, he’s floundering in the real world. Jonathan is afraid of falling into another relationship too quickly and realizes he needs time to rediscover who he is before he attaches himself to another man.
He never counted on meeting Ben Urquhart, though. Ben tempts Jonathan to forget everything and take a leap. For Ben, it's love at first sight, and he doesn't want to take it slow. He wants to build a life with Jonathan, free from harm and full of laughter. But before they can take the next step, they must protect Jonathan from his possessive, threatening ex. Jonathan must find the courage to confront him and break the chains of his past before he can be truly free to build a future with Ben.
I've noticed there's a sale happening right now too, so it would be a good time to get the three previous titles in the series if you haven't already read them. Click the link on each image to go to the buy page at Dreamspinner Press.
Book Name: His Soldier
Release Date: March 6, 2015
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24281606-his-soldier
Author Name: Anna Lee
Anna Lee graduated from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Living with a disability, she has overcome many challenges and puts her passion for life and love into her writing. She lives with her family and dogs and enjoys writing late into the night. When she isn’t writing, Anna enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew or chatting with her friends about her favorite books and TV shows.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorannalee
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Sometimes you find love where you least expect it, for Sergeant Ryder Brooks that’s writing letters home to Dean Anders, his army pen pal…
After a tragedy, in a way to honor his brother and try to cope, Dean becomes a army pen pal to Sergeant Ryder Brooks. The two connect through letters and phone calls for a year, falling in love and making plans to meet when Ryder finishes his tour. However, in an effort to save one of his men who steps on a mine, Ryder loses his leg. Broken and depressed, he doesn't think Dean will want him. But once Dean learns what happens, he immediately goes to Ryder, determined to help him heal and show him that he loves him no matter what. Ryder has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but with Dean's support, he realizes his life isn't over, it's just beginning if he’ll only give them a chance.
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Romance, Military
So, uh, I’ve never really done this. I mean I had a pen pal when I was, like, eight, and I waited for the mailman every day to see what Skylar would say about kangaroos in Australia. Everything is so techy now, you know, email, texts, and written letters are rare. I guess that was part of the appeal—this just feels more important taking the time to write by hand. And you deserve that.
The reason I decided to become a pen pal is I recently lost my brother and, well, I thought in his memory I’d do more to give back and find ways to support guys like him going through hell over there and fighting for our country. I want to say thanks, and I honestly do admire you. I don’t think I could do it. I’m a creature of comfort and complain ridiculously when it’s hot.
Anyway, I keep going on about me. Thanks for everything you’re doing. I hope you’re staying safe. I’m sure you got a lot going on so if I don’t hear from you it’s okay. I just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you and wishing you a safe journey home.
Pages or Words: 55,000 words
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Before I start, I should mention I'm not a tidy person. I get absorbed in what I'm doing then, when I'm done, I see the next shiny thing and get absorbed in that. At no time is anything put back where I got it from, and I resent having to take time out of my focus on shiny things to do it. That means my office has stacks of books and papers all over the floor, the desk, on top of the filing cabinets, on top of the books in the bookcases... you get the picture. It's not pretty, and heaven help me if I want to find something I haven't needed in twelve months.
I've been thinking about cleaning up. I've sorted through two boxes and created a massive pile of papers I no longer need. I've bought a shredder and spent a weekend shredding things every time I walked past. I ended up with two big boxes of shredded paper, and at least three times that much waiting to be shredded, and then... you guessed it... the next shiny thing came along.
I'm not giving up. It's got to the stage where it's actually uncomfortable working here, so it has to be done. I've given myself a deadline. I want my office tidy by the end of June. I figure if I do an hour or so a week, it'll work. The room's not THAT big.
The picture shows one corner of my office, so you know what I'm up against.
Look at all the books there.
I'll tell you how the clean-up will go:
I'll start clearing things away from them and will tidy a spot about a foot square, then I'll see a book I haven't seen in a while, get all excited about it and then spend the next three hours reading it. ... hence the June deadline.
E E Montgomery
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