Le Retour de Leith de Leta Blake — Et c’est tout bonnement magnifique — #gay #mm

Et voilà. Encore un coup de coeur pour moi. Je vous le dis, je crois que cette année va être  remplie de coups de coeur en matière de lecture.

Que dire si ce n’est que j’ai aimé cette histoire de bout en bout ? Leta Blake nous offre dans ce récit, un combat pour retrouver ce qui a été perdu. Et c’est tout bonnement magnifique.

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La mémoire est tout.
Après une blessure sur le ring, le boxeur amateur Leith Wenz se réveille pour découvrir que ses plus récents souvenirs ont trois ans de retard. Déconnecté et luttant pour affronter sa nouvelle réalité, Leith doit de nouveau faire face à des révélations douloureuses sur sa famille. Son frère est là pour le soutenir mais c’est le visage familier de Zach, un homme qu’on lui présente comme son meilleur ami, qui lui fournit le calme dont il a besoin. Jusqu’à ce que la présence de Zach commence à attiser des sentiments que Leith ne peut pas expliquer.
Pour Zach, être oublié par son amant est atroce. Il cache soigneusement la vérité à Leith pour les protéger tous les deux d’une douleur supplémentaire. Son désarroi réprimé trouve un exutoire dans le vlogging – un blog qui utilise des vidéos numériques au lieu de texte – où il avoue ses craintes et sa douleur à un Internet sans visage. Mais quand Leith commence à s’ouvrir à lui, les choix de Zach reviennent le hanter.
Au bout du compte, Leith doit poser à son cœur les questions auxquelles sa mémoire ne peut plus répondre.
Voici tous les autres liens pour vous procurer Le Retour de Leith de Leta Blake

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Createspace pour la version papier 

Leta Blake Will Be Attending RainbowCon|July 16-19, 2015 – Celebrating Artistic Diversity!

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I’m going to be attending Rainbow Con this July! If you’re in the Tampa area, come out and see me!

I’ll be sitting and speaking on the following panels:

Collaborations in Writing, Thursday, July 16, 2pm
Taboos in Fiction and Fandom, Friday, July 17, 11am
Tropes: Subverting, Averting, and Inverting, Friday, July 17, 4pm
Author Signing, Saturday, July 18, 10am
#ItsGonnaBeFun #BeThere #LoveIt

Take a walk on the wild side!

The Second Annual Rainbow Conference (RainbowCon) is coming up this July at the Holiday Inn Westshore by Tampa International Airport in Florida. It’s an exciting event centered around QUILTBAG (Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans*, Bisexual, Asexual, and Gay/Genderqueer) multimedia. This includes fiction, fanfiction, non-fiction, television, movies, stage, music, comics, fan art, and anything else involving QUILTBAG media. For 2015 and 2016, we’re being hosted by the lovely Holiday Inn Westshore in Tampa, Florida!”

via RainbowCon – Celebrating Artistic Diversity!.

Apple Reverses Policy After Taylor Swift Open Letter

Leta Blake:

She is growing up to be amazing.

Originally posted on TIME:

No more bad blood: Apple senior executive Eddy Cue announced on Twitter that Apple Music will pay artists during the service’s free, three-month trial period. The reversal of policy comes one day after Taylor Swift wrote an indictment of Apple Music on Tumblr titled “Dear Apple, Love Taylor.”

“We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists,” Cue wrote on Twitter. “Love, Apple.”

On Sunday, Swift called out Apple in a widely circulated post that explained why her latest album, 1989, would not appear on Apple Music when it debuts on June 30.

“I find it to be…

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Wild West, Boy Whores, More! — Interview re: A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas #mmromance #amreading

I’m excited to have Emory Vargas on my blog today talking about her gay Western, A Hard Ride Home! She’ll be answering questions about researching boy whores, hurt/comfort, and the Wild West. Check out her interview and her book!

It's hard enough returning to his birthplace to replace a dead man as sheriff. The last thing Emmett needs is to find himself smitten with Jesse, the whore he arrests almost immediately upon arrival. Especially since Jesse works for his half-sister and at her thoroughly disreputable saloon.  But being smitten with a whore is only the beginning of Emmett's troubles. Silver Creek is a town full of secrets and people too terrified to talk. Why does Emmett's father, the mayor of Silver Creek, have such a strong hold on the town—and on Jesse?

It’s hard enough returning to his birthplace to replace a dead man as sheriff. The last thing Emmett needs is to find himself smitten with Jesse, the whore he arrests almost immediately upon arrival. Especially since Jesse works for his half-sister and at her thoroughly disreputable saloon.
But being smitten with a whore is only the beginning of Emmett’s troubles. Silver Creek is a town full of secrets and people too terrified to talk. Why does Emmett’s father, the mayor of Silver Creek, have such a strong hold on the town—and on Jesse?

1) Let’s talk about the setting for A Hard Ride Home. The Wild West is always an exciting place to set a story. Did you do much research into the setting or did you rely on the Westerns of movies and books for your inspiration?

As a young teen, I became obsessed with Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove book series and with the less historically accurate but highly entertaining film Tombstone, about Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp. Both stories feature loving male friendships at the core. Both of those settings served as a foundation for A Hard Ride Home, but I spent a great deal of time researching for this book. I didn’t want to use a realistic setting, but I wanted to capture the language and feel of the Wild West. I barely scratched the surface when it comes to historic Western slang. The language of that time period was absolutely fascinating, and so very descriptive.

2) I noticed that there isn’t any/much homophobia in A Hard Ride Home. Jesse, the town’s boy whore, is universally loved, and no one seems to look askance at his existence. Yet, it doesn’t seem entirely free of homophobia because the other MC, Emmett, seems a little ashamed of his sexual attraction and others also seem a little skeptical of it. Did you purposely walk a line there or did it just come out that way?

I wanted to tell a love story about the Wild West without the conflict of historically-accurate homophobia. (This story has plenty of conflict as it is.) I deliberately strayed from many of the cultural norms of the time while drawing inspiration from true stories of cowboy love and unabashed affection between men in that time period.

3) Let’s talk about Jesse! He’s a boy whore in a predominantly female whorehouse in a small town in the Wild West. Was this a common occurrence historically? Obviously, male prostitution is as old as the ages, but did small town whorehouses regularly provide boys for outlets? Or did you take some liberties with that in terms of history?

I took a lot of liberties — the biggest being the fact that despite the conflict with Warren Grady, the Weeping Willow is a pretty positive place. (All things considered.) Sex work can be a very sobering subject, especially in a historic context. I deliberately created a world where these young sex workers feel somewhat empowered. It’s not a fluffy happy whorehouse, but it isn’t a terrible place either. Along those lines, I slipped Jesse into that world as if gay male prostitutes were just as socially acceptable as female prostitutes. The reality of male prostitution in the Wild West was much more grim.

4) There’s a great deal of hurt/comfort in the book. A historical Wild West story seems the perfect place for that trope and you do it well! What was your favorite part of writing the hurt/comfort? The hurting? Or the comforting?

Thank you! My favorite part of hurt/comfort, as a writer and a reader, is the emotional state of the person who is worrying and comforting. It gets me right in the gut.

Wait, I also like tapping into the raw emotion of a character in distress.

I may be a bit of a hurt/comfort junkie.

Jesse’s pain — emotional and otherwise — is a huge element of this story, and that’s due to me writing what I enjoy reading. I’ve always preferred stories with some action and peril and elements of danger. In the context of a relationship, danger creates a sense of urgency and desperation that I find as satisfying as and sex scenes. I’m attracted to characters who remain resilient and retain a grim sense of humor in the face of intense trials. Jesse embodies that for me. (Sorry, Jesse.)

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HOT & DIRTY Deleted Sex Scene and Giveaway: Training Complex by Leta Blake — Joyfully Jay #amreading #gay

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“From Jay: This is behind a spoiler tag because OMG you guys, this is HOT and DIRTY! It is NSFW and not for under 18. Enjoy, you dirty boys and girls…”

Click on through to read the deleted scene on Jay’s blog!

via Guest Post and Giveaway: Training Complex by Leta Blake — Joyfully Jay.

My Favorite Writing Tip! Plus a Giveaway! Training Complex By Leta Blake

Leta Blake:

I’m at TNA with my favorite writing tip and a giveaway! Check it out!

Originally posted on The Novel Approach :

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The Novel Approach welcomes Leta Blake today as she tours the web to chat about Matty Marcus, Rob Lovely, and the newest chapter in their romance, Training Complex.

Enjoy Leta’s guest post and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win any e-title from her backlist (**excl. Training Complex**), reader’s choice.

Good luck!

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KEEP THE DRAMA ON THE PAGE: Leta Blake’s Favorite Writing Tip

About ten years ago, an author friend mentioned to me that her favorite piece of writing advice was to keep the drama on the page. Now, I have no idea where she got that advice, but it stuck with me. Keep the drama on the page.

What does that mean exactly? It means making day-to-day choices to avoid, ignore, or walk away from situations that will distract you emotionally and mentally from putting words on paper…

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“I love Matty & Rob. This is such a wonderful story. A must read.” Review of Training Complex by Leta Blake #gay #amreading

“I love Matty & Rob. This is such a wonderful story. A must read.” 5 stars! :D

via Goodreads | Gina’s review of Training Complex.

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