What a week it's been. My computer died right at the beginning of last week so I've been without reliable connection or programs right through the major part of my blog book tour for Just the Way You Are. It's going to take me some time to catch up with everything I need to. My computer still isn't up and running. I'm working on a backup that's incomplete.
I've been keeping basic track of Facebook and Twitter but that's about all. If anyone is expecting anything more from me, my apologies.
It's been very exciting watching all the tweets about Just the Way You Are as I travel around all the blogs of the wonderful people who are hosting me during this tour.
It's also gratifying to see the reviews coming through as well. Just the Way You Are has been getting some very positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
I have a few days left with the book tour for Just the Way You Are:
Bayou Book Junkie (April 28)
BFD Book Blog (April 29)
Cate Ashwood (April 30)
Come visit and enter the competition.
This is also the second week for the Queermance Anthology. It's also been getting some great reviews on Goodreads.
Unfortunately, with all the computer troubles and other work and family commitments over the last couple of weeks, I haven't accomplished much of anything else. My writing is at a temporary standstill. That'll end this weekend. I have two half-days ear-marked for getting back to my current WIP and reminding myself where I was so I can continue with the story.
It'll be fun to immerse myself in another world again. I've missed that while I've been so focused on real life.
Just the Way You Are has been released. Such an exciting day. Pride Promotions has organised a Book Blast with a number of great blogs:
Bayou Book Junkie
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
BFD Book Blog
MM Good Book Reviews
TTC Books and More
Andrew Q. Gordon
Rainbow Gold Reviews
Wake Up Your Wild Side
3 Chicks After Dark
Thank you all for having me.
I'll be on the Dreamspinner Blog from 8.00 am to 12 midday on Saturday 18 April EST, so come and join me there.
My good friend, Fiona Greene is hosting me on her blog today as well. Pop over and visit.
And next week will be the beginning of a two-week Virtual Book Tour. I'll be visiting loads of places and sharing all sorts of things. I'll be talking about things ranging from writing in deep point of view, to what I think is the hardest thing for victims of abuse to recover, to what I'm working on next, and heaps of things in between. I'll update all the dates soon.
Amanda C Stone (April 20)
Love Bytes (April 21)
Book Reviews Rants and Raves (April 21)
The Novel Approach (April 22)
Hearts on Fire Reviews (April 23)
Divine Magazine (April 24)
Bayou Book Junkie (April 28)
BFD Book Blog (April 29)
Cate Ashwood (April 30)
Prism Book Alliance
I can't believe there's only a week until Just the Way You Are is released.
I've spent the last week writing blog posts for the blogs I'll be visiting during my virtual tour with Pride Promotions in the two weeks following. So many wonderful people are hosting me. I'll post a full list here next week.
Sequel to Just in Time
Just Life: Book Four
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, heʼs 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.
Retail Price: $14.99 Paperback/$6.99 eBook
Just the Way You Are isn't the only good news though. I found out this week a short story I wrote has been accepted to be published in Queermance Anthology II. It's launching at the Queermance conference on 17 April. I'll post sale links as soon as I receive them.
Shattered Lives is a story about the ways in which people come back from devastating personal events in their lives.
Paul is a returned Vet suffering from PTSD and guilt from not saving his lover and his best friend in a bomb blast. His focus every day is on helping his team-mate, who was also injured in the blast, in his recovery. His life is an endless round of colourless routine that he expects to continue forever—or until he can no longer stand it. He doesn’t count on meeting bright, shiny Xavier, newly split from his unfaithful boyfriend and needing someone to care for him. It doesn’t matter that Paul can still feel Tristan’s hair against his skin or that Xavier cries out his ex’s name when they make love. Together, they piece together their shattered lives and craft the beginnings of a promising relationship.
Other stories in the anthology:
Rebecca Cohen's Under Glass intrigued me from the moment I read the blurb. I simply had to ask her a couple of questions:
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Kai and Ollie share a genetic connection in Under Glass, a connection that in theory means they are destined to be together. But instead of this being a path filled with hearts and flowers, they have a hard journey to come to terms with what this means. Ollie, who – thanks to his mother’s grief – wasn’t brought up understanding about this link so doesn’t realize what’s going on when he first meets Kai. And Kai has to deal with this confusion and Ollie railing against things that Kai holds dear. So, really this is story about having to fight for what you want, and having to fight even harder to keep it, even if it is something you think you deserve or are destined to have.
What are your current projects?
I’m just finishing the third in a rom-com contemporary novella series based around a London amateur dramatics group, the Sarky Players. The first, Overly Dramatic, is already under contract with Dreamspinner Press and is due to be released in the summer, the second hopefully a few months later, and the one I’m writing now is a Christmas Story. Three different stories with three different couples linked by the Sarky Players. Next in the writing queue is Avarice the final in my high fantasy series, Reagalos, and once that’s done I’m returning to Crofton Hall to continue the Stately Pleasures series.
Categories: M/M Romance, Romance, Science Fiction
The East Terrace had clear views of the city and the hills in the distance, and the setting sun bathed the world in hues of red, purple, and orange. “One of the best views from the palace,” Ollie said. “Guests aren’t usually allowed here.”
Kai glanced back to the door. “Will we get in trouble?”
“No, Menish is a personal friend. He won’t mind.”
“Must be good to have a friend who rules the city.”
Ollie chuckled. “We went to school together. I often have to remind myself that he’s the sultan and not the kid who helped me toilet paper the housemaster’s study windows.”
“Very good friends.”
Ollie didn’t think Kai needed to know just how good a friend Menish had been at one point, although what they had enjoyed was nothing more serious than teenage exploration. “Put it this way: he’d have no problem with me showing you this terrace.”
“The sunset is quite beautiful,” Kai said, turning to face it, and Ollie thought Kai wanted to steer the conversation away from Menish.
“Yes. It changes through the seasons, but I think this is my favorite time of year.”
“Then I am fortunate we chose this time to visit and a place on the mission became available.”
Kai’s choice of word in calling his visit a mission was a little strange, but Ollie thought better of mentioning anything. “Oh, you were. The festival to celebrate the end of harvest starts in a few days, and the city is awash with stalls and street entertainment.”
Kai turned back to him, cocked his head to one side, and smiled. “Perhaps you would agree to be my guide for that as well?”
The hopeful expression and the slight smile made Ollie swallow thickly as he stared into Kai’s dark brown eyes in the failing light. Kai bit his bottom lip and tilted his head back a little to look Ollie in the eye, making Ollie lick his own lips involuntarily. His hand twitched to cup Kai’s cheek and rub his thumb across his cheekbone to prove his hypothesis that Kai’s skin would be soft and warm to the touch.
The little voice in the back of his head returned, and it bluntly reminded Ollie he wasn’t a single man. The pang of guilt made him turn away, and he saw a confused look on Kai’s face. Not only was he in danger of betraying Rica, but he was also leading Kai along on a dance that Kai didn’t know Ollie already had a partner for.
He stepped away, shaking his head. “I’m sorry, Kai. I can’t do this. While I can’t deny you have caught my eye like no one else, I am not the type of man to be unfaithful.” There, he’d said it, made it clear he was attached, and Kai’s expression morphed first to confusion and then into hurt. “I don’t understand.”
“I have a boyfriend.”
“Boyfriend?” asked Kai weakly.
“His name is Rica. He’s away at sea.” The devastation on Kai’s face almost made Ollie step closer and gather him into his arms, but he forced himself to put more distance between them. “I’m sorry, Kai. I was so wrapped up in the connection we seemed to share I lost sight of things. I should never have let it get this far, and I must stop it going further.”
“I see.” Kai turned away. “I wish you a good evening, Mr. Gyin. If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to enjoy the view a little longer before I find one of the servants to show me to my room.”
“Of course. I’ll see you in the morning.”
Kai didn’t reply, and Ollie retreated back inside, part of his mind protesting that he was going the wrong way, the other part telling him he was doing the right thing. He turned back to see Kai still standing on the terrace, his head bent. Ollie fled, fearing that if he stayed a moment longer he’d do something he’d really enjoy but regret later.
E E Montgomery
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