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Kayelle Allen is my guest over at the tea house & updates on Johnnie's book!

teahouseFavicon128Hello all! First, I'd like to let you know Kayelle Allen is over at the Purple Rose Tea House with a great post on how to write a hot shower scene! Drop by and check it out.

Second of all, there's still a chance for you to win a $25 Dreamspinner gift certificate. Just check out my guest post about cover art over at Mickie B. Ashling's blog. Contest is running until the end of the month.

workinprogressAlso, the reason I've sort of dropped off the social media planet this month is because I've been concentrating on Johnnie's book to get it done in time. It's reached 60k, officially making it a full-length novel and longer than Chance's book. I have two chapters left and few details to fix up before it goes off to the beta. It's been a tough one this one, as the story isn't just about Johnnie and Henry, but the new generation of "brats" that live at Hawthorne Manor.

In Chance's book, it was more about him and how get gets his life together. In Johnnie's book, you get Johnnie's story, how he's trying to get his life together, but you also get to see Chance and Jacky eight years into their relationship. You see how they run things, their dynamics with the rest of the boys. You get a little from Alexander and Bobby, but mostly you get to know the rest of the family through Johnnie. He tells you about the seven youngsters who reside there, all with sad stories to tell. I wrote three of their 'stories' in one day, and I admit all three made me cry a little. Although it's the 1930s, it still deals with the heartbreaking issue of gay youths who have been mistreated and discarded for their homosexuality. I hope the boys will touch your heart the way they've touched mine.

I'll make sure to keep you all posted regarding Johnnie's book, which has the tentative title: The Dangers of Loving Mr. Wolfe. Hopefully you all will forgive my absence while I wrap up these mischievous fellas.

Kate McMurray is my guest over at the Purple Rose Tea House

teahouseFavicon128Hello all! Kate McMurray has stopped by the Purple Rose Tea House as part of the Big Gay Wedding Tour. She's there to chat about comedy lemonade and her new release Save the Date. For a chance to win a free eBook copy, just drop by her post and leave a comment along with a contact email address.

x Charlie

Two guys walk into an apocalypse... Character Interview with V.L. Locey over at the Tea House

teahouseFavicon128Hello all! V.L. Locey has stopped by the Purple Rose Tea House with the two handsome fellas from Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse 2: It Came From Birmingham. Stop by for a great interview with Paul Cooke and Gordon Moretti. Zombie slayers, a cat, and goo, oh my!

x Charlie

Writing M/M Romance and Getting Started

Hello all! When I first started writing M/M Romance, I did a lot of research. Not just for the stories I was writing, but on being a writer in the genre. I wanted to start off on the right foot. I'm one of those people who likes going into something with as much information as possible. If I'm travelling, I have print-outs, maps, GPS, the whole nine yards. I know, it doesn't sound very spontaneous or adventurous, but I beg to differ. I'm all for setting off on an adventure, I just like to be prepared.  Heck, you should see my bag. I carry everything from a portable first-aid kit to a spare, fully-charged phone battery.

JL1I researched everything from marketing, to the genre itself. I make it no secret that I was inspired to write my own historicals after reading Tamara Allen's beautifully written stories. When I read Whistling in the Dark, it stayed with me for days. The story, the characters, the feelings, stayed with me. I read A LOT of M/M Romance. I read The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks by Josh Lanyon (my first Lanyon book), and loved it. I read more of Josh's work. I saw he had published a book called Man, Oh Man! Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks & Cash and I rushed out to buy it because I'd heard it offered some great advice for newbies like me on writing M/M Romance. I wasn't interested in the cash bit--although making a living from my writing is a goal I'm striving for, it wasn't my reason for getting into M/M romance.

Any author who goes into writing M/M fiction solely for the money is in for a surprise. I'm not saying it can't be done, because there are plenty of authors who do it and do it well, I'm just saying authors who are only in it for the money, who lack the passion for what they do, won't be fooling anyone. Your love for what you do comes through in your work, and if it's not there, then it will reflect in the writing. That's just my two cents. Anyway, so I wanted to read what Josh had to say, and the book turned out to be such a great help, and a fab source of info on everything from insight on the genre to publishers.

JL2Over a year later, I'm a published M/M Romance author with 11 stories under my belt (a mixture of novellas, short stories, and free reads) with my first full length novel coming out this year, and waiting to hear back from two publishers on two other stories. I have a few reader nominations for my books, a Best Author award from Speak Its Name, and a growing readership. I've had the best year ever! Then, I received a message from Josh Lanyon, asking if I would like to contribute in the Historical Round Table discussion in the updated Man, Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction. Arms flailed. Flailed madly around the room.

Not only did I feel honored, but I was going to be part of a discussion that included Alex Beecroft, Tamara Allen, Ava March, Aleksandr Voinov, and Charlie Cochrane. Me. In the same vicinity as some of the historical authors whose books I'd gobbled up before nervously submitting my first story. The flailing continued.  Obviously, I bought the new book, because how could I miss a discussion on historical M/M Fiction from these authors? Then I see my name in the book. I blink then peer at it, still amazed it's there.  Yep, that's my name all right. Not a typo. I managed to give useful info rather than paragraphs of ermahgerd typed over and over like a geeked out version of The Shining.

Before I became published, I read the first version, and now that I'm published I'm reading the second, because it contains 373 pages of awesomeness on everything from marketing to pacing, theme, dialogue, and author etiquette. It has loads of input from authors from all different genres, from reviewers, and publishers. If you're considering writing M/M fiction, I can't recommend this book enough. The M/M genre has changed pretty dramatically since the first version came out, so it's certainly worth the read. A big thank you to Josh for allowing me to be a part of it.

You can get your copy on Amazon here:

x Charlie

J.B. Sanders is over at the Tea House chatting Self-Publishing and hosting a fantastic giveaway!

teahouseFavicon128Hey all! J.B. Sanders is my guest over at the Tea House with a great post on Self-Publishing, if you've ever been curious about the process, he talks about everything from cover art to audio books. He's also offering an awesome giveaway! You could win a free audio book or all three of his eBooks! Just drop by and leave a comment on his post for a chance to win!

x Charlie

Lex Chase is my guest at the Tea House & hosting a giveaway!

teahousebuttonHey all! Lex Chase is over at the Purple Rose Tea House chatting about her latest release Cashing the Reality Check, books, movies, and games, plus, she's offering one lucky winner a set of Series 1 and Series 2 Checkmate buttons, a Lex pen, and both Checkmate covers!

August winners to be announced August 31st! Just drop by and leave a comment on her post for a chance to win.

Humor in Romance - Eli Easton over at the Tea House

teahousebuttonHello all! Eli Easton is over at the Tea House talking about humor in romance and offering some of her favorite snippets from some fantastic reads. You know me and humor. Love reading it, love writing it! Drop by and check it out.

Also, there's still time to enter Lex Chase's swaggerific giveaway! Just leave a comment on her post for a chance to win.

x Charlie

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