“The idea for this gay romance came about when my dad lent me a book on the Guadalcanal Campaign, and I started wondering about the Marines who fought there. Were any of them gay? What were their lives like after the war? Did they find happiness even after the horrors of battle?”
What has Amelia Gormley been up to this summer? Apparently being part of this military men box set!
“My story is titled The Houseboy: Initiation, and is nothing short of pure, unadulterated erotica. Seriously. There are a lot of stories where I go for “smut with substance” and there is a lot happening behind the sexytiems. This…is not one of those times. It’s Daddy kink. It’s BDSM. It’s age difference, virginity kink, gangbang, objectification, semi-public sex, exhibitionism, and God only knows what else. In many ways, it’s what Strain would have been without the angst and the fuck-or-die element driving the plot. If that sounds like your cuppa, I’ll be sharing an excerpt in my next post.”
Click the above link to read Keira’s explanation of the figure skating team event in Sochi! How, when, where, why, etc! If you’re not even sure what we’re talking about–team event? What? Welp, go have a read and find out. I, for one, am totally excited for it.
This was a wonderful fairy tale, witty and whimsical, sexy and silly, surprisingly touching at times, laugh-out-loud funny at others, and when the plot really got rolling, a complete page-turner. — Amelia Gormley’s review
Beautifully told with heartwarming and likeable characters that really live and breathe off of the written page, Ascending Hearts is a story not to be missed! If you are a fan of fantasy/fairytale romances then this book is definitely one to be considered. — Gabbi’s review
This is the best rendition of the 12 dancing princesses fairy tale I’ve read. It’s very suspenseful and the storytelling is beautiful. [I’ts a] great romance with interesting characters. This is a must read for fairy tale lovers and those that like a hero struggling to get his love returned. — Cynthia’s review
Cover reveal! I love sports romance — especially when it features hot guys getting it on in the locker room. My new m/m sports romance is coming February 4, just in time for Sochi. Two pairs skaters: one American, one Russian. Bitter rivals on the…
Meet Ryan and Cary, the Hollywood stars of my upcoming Christmas romance Where the Lovelight Gleams. This Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space Academy, but he knows…
Matty. I love that he is so unapologetically femme. He totally owns who he is and that is amazing. But he’s also a very flawed character, in the best possible way. He’s bitchy and selfish and immature at times. But he’s so damn passionate about everything that you just have to adore him.
Rob. If he has one flaw as a character, it’s that he’s a little too perfect and could use a couple flaws. But he’s also the perfect stabilizing, grounding thing Matty needs in his life.
The story. At times it was so hilarious I literally LOLed and other times I literally wept. It took me across the entire emotional spectrum. I love that there were no easy solutions to the dilemma Matty faced, no pat, perfect way he could have it all without sacrificing something. And I love that this book goes a route many wouldn’t, and demonstrates that even when you do make the sacrifices and give something your all, sometimes it’s still not enough. The side characters were well constructed, each having their own subtle influence on the MCs without ever being heavy-handed.
And all of this was delivered in Leta’s smooth, flawless prose. I don’t know how she does it. I envy her the knack for it. She manages to be descriptive without becoming flowery, and there are never any moments (as there almost always are with other authors) where I read a sentence or a paragraph and it just feels clunky and takes me out of the story. She’s truly one of the best authors I’ve read in this genre.
Now, in the interest of transparency, Leta is a friend of mine and I read an earlier incarnation of this book years ago. That said, it’s still an amazing book, and even better for the changes and additions she’s made. Nothing I’ve said in this review has been sugar-coated; every word is 100% true and I would make all these same statements about this book if it were written by a complete stranger.
Anyway, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
You can imagine the joyous smiles that nearly split my face in two while I was simultaneously crying with happiness. I likely looked insane.
Training Season is a compelling romance that skillfully blends elements of sports, ranching, coming of age and a scorching sub/dom relationship. I rooted so hard for Matty and Rob to find their happily ever after despite the odds. Matty is a flawed hero who is at turns determined, immature, strong, insecure and loving. As he struggles to make his figure skating dreams come true, he discovers who he really is through his challenges in rural Montana (a gorgeous setting that feels like another character in the book) and his relationship with rancher Rob and the unexpected depth of their feelings for each other.
The sex is emotionally raw and physically demanding. Matty and Rob explore elements of BDSM and push boundaries. Some scenes could be controversial with readers, but I certainly couldn’t put the book down. Fascinating and powerful stuff!
The colourful supporting characters are expertly drawn and flushed out. I’d love to see more from Bill and Angus in particular. (Hint, hint!) I was swept away by Matty’s journey of discovery and his struggle to find his way in the world as his dreams collided with reality. This was such a richly satisfying read, and something different and unique in the M/M genre. I highly recommend! (Note: I helped with the editing of this book and it was a pleasure to see it evolve.)
So, so, so thrilled by the connection Keira felt to the book and her glowing review touched me deeply.
In addition, I’ve received two private emails that absolutely blew me away with their thoughtful praise and serious contemplation of the book. I can’t quote from them, obviously, since they were private, but they did leave me all verklempt and full of surprised joy.
In other words? I’m getting a little excited and maybe hopeful about this book going out into the world. Training Season’s launch date will be December 7th! I can’t wait!
It might be an associated blog, and it might not be a review, and it might be that many other releases were also featured, but, dude, I’m still excited. *twirl* So, yay! That was super cool! I’ll definitely take it and call it a win.
In other news, this weekend was eaten up by swim team and that’s that. I am making progress on ’90s Coming of Age Novel. I’ve also determined how I want to release it and that has freed me up emotionally to start getting excited about it. Of course, it’s probably another nine months from a release, but slow progress is still progress.
I always look like a woman about to run a bunch of miles in the early morning sun when I’m writing. I’m just that determined and eager and open to the plodding step-by-step that it will take to progress from here to there, and open to the beauty that can be absorbed with each stride forward, too. Okay, so not always, but on a good day, for sure.