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Ten Inch Stepbrother: First Time Gay Erotic Romance by Phoenix Blair

Today I’m thrilled to have gay erotic romance author Phoenix Blair stopping by the blog!  Phoenix just released Ten Inch Stepbrother and took a few minutes to talk to us about his book, the inspiration behind it, and a little more about him.  Read on for all the dirty deets!ten inch stepbrother

Ten Inch Stepbrother: First Time Gay Erotic Romance

Phoenix Blair

Senior year of high school was a horrible time for Jeff. After he came out as gay, everyone treated like he was some kind of freak. Everyone except for his only advocate: Jeff’s sexy stepbrother Danny Rocks.

Danny was the hottest guy in high school and everyone knew it. He was the high school quarterback who got all the girls he wanted. Even though Danny defended Jeff from all of the high school bullies, Jeff knew that Danny was straight as an arrow.

But when Jeff returns home from his first year at high school to see his stepbrother Jeff, something has changed about Danny. Something that Jeff can’t quite put his finger on.

When the boys have a few extra beers on a hot summer night outside in the hot tub, it turns out that maybe Danny wasn’t quite as straight as he thought…

It turns out that Danny has a BIG surprise for his stepbrother Jeff.
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This is short erotic yet cerebral romance, one that blurs the lines between the romantic, the sexual, friendship, and fantasy. Even where you try to ignore it, the reality is that every plot has an intricate story of attraction and sexuality behind it.

Is it erotic but deep? You decide!

*Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.*

And, as promised…

Interview with Phoenix Blair

So tell us about yourself, who are you:

Hi! My name is Phoenix and I’ve been around the block quite a few times. I’m 28—and I know so many closet gay guys that I decided to write about it.

Wow! Where did you meet all these closet gay guys?

I’ve been fortunate enough to live abroad, and I’ve lived in some very old fashioned cities and small towns where homosexuality was unfortunately still extremely taboo. I feel lucky to have grown up in the United States. Even though I have heard some bad blood, it’s nothing like in these small towns where you could would not hear the end of it for expressing love.

That sounds like a pretty crazy experience. How did it impact your book?

I started writing when I was abroad in South America. I’ve been back for a couple of years now, but still, I sense that there is an underlying theme of hypersexuality that does indeed color everyone’s experience.

So what does Ten Inch Stepbrother have to do with your experience?

Ten Inch Stepbrother is a thoughtful erotica project. It marries the sexual and the close friendship, the sexual fantasy and the hopeful reality. I, as well as many people I’m sure, hope for a visually and erotically stimulating experience from my relationships. Yet, in an era of grindr and tinder and easy hookups, sometimes that depth of friendship is more difficult to find now. I like to think that Ten Inch Stepbrother is an extension of that thoughtful curiosity of what could be, if you had both the erotic and the depth going for you.

Wow. Okay. So we are talking about a very sexual book that has reality to it?

Basically, I took a fantasy that I had, and that many people I know had, and that may or have not actually happened to someone…and wrote it down. Hopefully this is a book that gets you worked up, but at the same time, I really hope you identify with the characters.

Sounds pretty interesting. Anything else you want to tell us about it?

Yes, Danny is a real character from my life, and this kind of stuff does happen. Maybe people aren’t always there to chronicle it, but this kind of action is happening in real life more than you think. I wish I had a dime for every straight guy who asked me curious questions.

Thanks! Can we sign up for a mailing list or anything to stay on top of your book releases?

You can email me at phoenixblair9@gmail.com and I will put you on my mailing list as soon as it’s active, probably in a few days.

Thanks!

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out Ten Inch Stepbrother for yourself when you have a minute—a hot cerebral erotic romance!

Cool — thank for stopping by, Phoenix!

And click here to check out Ten Inch Stepbrother (or Phoenix’s earlier work, The Ten Inch Massage), both of which are in Kindle Unlimited and FREE for KU subscribers!

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Unleashed by Quil McKay

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Greetings blog-lovers!

Today I’m thrilled to have Quil McKay as my special guest.  Quil’s new book, Unleashed, was released on April 16th and it’s already in the top 100 gay erotica list on Amazon!  (Currently, it’s at #44!)

Here’s the blurb for Unleashed:

Hunkered deep in the closet, Austin struggles between internalized homophobia and lust for the perfect boy next door.

Will he confront his demons or stay hidden?

I snagged an interview with Quil, so let’s get to know him a little better:

Tell us a little bit about yourself, Quil.

My name is Quil McKay. I’ve written since I was 7 years old as a hobby. This year I was able to become a full time writer. Unleashed is my second published novel.

Tell us a little bit about Unleashed.

This novel came from combining part of my childhood with a friend’s. The loneliness and pressure Austin feels is something I’ve gone through. Trying to keep it together in public is nearly impossible with you’re going through so much trauma at home. Sadly, I can relate to the struggle with poverty and his wish to hide it.

My first novel dealt with social taboo and in this book I wanted to focus on inner turmoil.

Tell us about your main character and his world.

My main character in Unleashed is Austin Green. While does Austin suffers from internalized homophobia and that creates a lot of drama, the main source of his problem is self-loathing on almost every level. He doesn’t always deal with his circumstances positively. He comments that life has him by the balls, and I have often felt that way. This was fairly easy to write.

Which of your characters would you most like to meet?

I would love to meet any or all of my characters and take them out for drinks. I have put them through some serious shit.

What was the hardest or most difficult scene to write in Unleashed?

For some reason these sex scenes weren’t difficult. I’m not sure why, maybe I identified enough with these characters that it felt completely natural. I have written difficult scenes before but none in this novel.

I’ve always found sex scenes have a different feel to them and that can sometimes make them difficult to write.  Surely there were some difficulties in the sex scenes, right?

Being creative with sex scenes is the hardest part for me. What have I not done before in any of my other scenes? What’s a new and interested element I can bring to this scene?

But sex scenes aren’t all hard work.  What’s your favourite part about writing a sex scene?

My favorite part is when my readers comment that the scene was steamy. I am always nervous when something is sent to the beta readers. I freak out until I hear back.

What made you decide to write in this genre?

I wanted to write this genre because I couldn’t find very many full length novels. Some people seem to write this genre in short stories (ex. I’ve seen 30 pages before). While there are a few full length novels, it’s not like other genres. I thought I would try and see if people liked it.

Now that Unleashed is out (and on the top 100 gay erotica list), do you have another project in the works?

I’m currently working on a new novel called The Bartender. This novel deals with the religious and someone who is gay. I was raised in a strict religious home with no tolerance for LGBT matters. This not a book about religion. The main character was raised in a very religious environment and part of the book shows his interaction with family members who have never changed their belief system.

Hmm… sounds interesting — I’m looking forward to The Bartender!

But while we all wait for The Bartender, you should definitely check out Unleashed!  Click here to find the book on Amazon.  (And if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can get the book for free!)

And if you’d like to learn more about Quil, you can follow him on Twitter.

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Erotic Voices: Victoria Sue

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This week, I’m excited to have m/m erotic romance author Victoria Sue as my guest!

Victoria’s novel, Pure, was released earlier this month. Check out the blurb:

Callum hasn’t time to take on a new sub for training. He has his BDSM club, Pure, to remodel and open on Friday. He certainly doesn’t have the time to train Lee in all the nuances of submission, even if Lee seems to be a natural.

But someone else wants him. Another Master who has no limits and doesn’t believe in safe words.

If Callum doesn’t wake up and accept the gift of Lee’s submission, someone else will take it – forcefully.

And now, let’s chat with Victoria!

Tell us about your book.

Hi – Thanks Cameron for having me on here, and being able to talk about my favorite subject – Hot Guys (sigh) I have a feeling we may have that interest in common!

I originally wrote PURE last year as a male/female romance – It was utter crap!

That was shortly after reading (and devouring) m/m romances. I think my kindle is groaning from the amount of books I have on there. I changed Pure to m/m and it just clicked.

Yeah, the original light bulb moment!

Pure is termed ‘light BDSM’ meaning the setting is based around my MC Callum renovating the BDSM club he has just bought, but most of the action takes place during the remodel so they don’t get to try out a lot of the equipment (just yet – I can feel another sequel coming on lol)

Lee is a total novice to BDSM –

“To be honest, I’d really like to get a better look at the club. Apart from the other night, I’ve never been in a BDSM club before.” Lee smiled shyly.

“That was your first time?” Lust slammed into Callum. He cautiously put an arm around Lee’s shoulders and pulled him close.

“No, not my first time. I’m just a BDSM virgin.” Lee smiled coyly and leaned into Callum. Callum could have sworn he was actually batting his eyelashes at him.

Callum, well – isn’t. A novice, that is – in any way, shape or form. Lee throws Callum for a loop. We’ve got this big bad Dom, ex-forces, bad ass – totally taken down by an inexperienced young guy. Yeah, toe-curling, heart-fluttering. (Cue sighs)

I notice you classify your book as m/m. Why don’t you call it gay romance?

This is something I’d love your readers’ opinion on. To me – M/M romance is gay romance written for women. Gay romance is written for guys.

Wow – a huge generalization there? (I can hear readers shouting at me)

So, don’t shoot me yet. I feel that there is too much pressure these days on writing a female heroine as a kick-ass/dominant/independent/never rely on a guy for anything, to the point at which authors who don’t write that can be seen as weak, or same-old, same-old etc.

Two guys are just so refreshing. No labels. Nothing to prove. Most have enough shit to deal with from bigoted assholes without worrying about is cooking and cleaning as valuable in a relationship as paying the mortgage.

So take that out and you can really play with your characters. I don’t have to see being submissive as weak. In fact Lee is anything but. He has Callum wrapped firmly around his little finger for most of the story.

Aren’t you worried about the Dominant/ submissive cliché?

No.

(Sorry, were you wanting a longer answer?)

Back to writing what I like to read. When all is said and done, falling in love and happy ever afters are the biggest cliché on the planet. And one, I, and thousands of other people are never going to get tired of.

I judge the biggest success of a book is someone reading the end and saying Awww…. (Sniffing/smiling/crying also acceptable)

What are you writing now?

I’ve just submitted Pure – Indulgence. Set in the club, and for those readers who know the characters, this is Joe and Adam’s story. All I’m saying is the fireworks are caused by the fact that Joe isn’t gay.

So do you believe in Gay for Me?

Cameron, exactly how many arguments would you like your readers to have today?

I honestly don’t know – but I will quote Joe here, who struggles with this very thing.

He was straight. Okay, he might be straight but being unsuccessful in all his straight relationships didn’t suddenly mean he had picked the wrong sex. It just meant he was a bastard to live with. Maybe this weird thing he had for being needed was too cloying. He’d never fought against getting married either time. In fact, the only relationship he’d fought against was with Adam.

And that’s the beauty of being an author – you can just make shit up!


Hee hee!  Thanks for stopping by, Victoria!  I found your thoughts on gay vs m/m to be interesting — I hadn’t thought of the angle of a “traditional” m/f romance being dismissed as weak or same-old-same-old. 

If you’d like to purchase your copy of Pure, you can find it at Amazon and All Romance eBooks.


And if you’d like to check it out a little more — here are a couple excerpts:

Shit, what a day.

Longest day of his life, but God it was worth it. The club was finally his. Callum closed his eyes in relief and leaned his head on the smooth smoked privacy glass taking up the whole of one wall of his new office. Nickelback hammered out of the music system, and the glass vibrated. Later—yeah, later—he’d turn it down some, but now…now he needed it to drown out the pounding in his head.

He flicked the switch on the speaker so he could hear the sounds from the dungeon. Screams battered his ears, whips sung, and metal chains clanged. He breathed them in. Sex. He could nearly smell it. So, why was he up here in some stuffy office on his own, and not down there celebrating? He’d finally got what he’d worked so hard for, hadn’t he? There were bound to be a few subs down there that would love to help him do just that and normally he would be able to take his pick.

Callum opened his eyes. He looked for orange vests that should have stood out like beacons. Where the hell were they? Part of the purchase agreement for Pure was letting the old owners use the premises tonight. The old owners had two clubs and the other had some stag night going on, so they wanted somewhere for their regular members to go. He didn’t like it, but they had sweetened the deal, promising a cash bonus that he could use for new equipment, and it gave him a chance to organize his own people for how things were gonna go down starting next week.

The former DM’s from Spanks were supposed to be patrolling the dungeons tonight. His sigh frosted the glass in front of him. Patrolling? Yeah, more like checking out the bar. Who ever heard of an open bar in a BDSM club?

Spanks had no rules, no control. Which was why their little lawsuit problem had opened up the club for purchase and Callum had dived straight in.

There’d be no more dumb bachelor parties. No more Spankseven the name had no class.

Lee arched and shouted again. Hot sticky ropes of cum shot out of him, painting his abdomen and Callum’s hand. Callum let go and pulled him close. Shaking, Lee pressed his lips to the arm that Callum held him tight with.

“My Boy.” Callum smiled against Lee’s hair. “Mine.” He wanted to stamp his ownership.

“Y-Yours.” Lee’s husky voice was back.

Callum listened. He hoped he heard satisfaction. He didn’t want to hear fear; it hadn’t sounded like a question.

Lee snuggled back against Callum’s chest. “I’ve picked it. My safe-word. I know what it is.” He shuffled and Callum smiled.

“What is it, beautiful? I told you, it has to be something no one else would use.”

Lee’s breath hitched. In that second Callum knew what it was going to be before Lee said anything.

“Pure. It’s gonna be Pure.”

Of course it is.

When he re-opened on Friday, he was naming it Pure.

And it would be.

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Barbara Elsborg

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To finish off National M/M Book Month, I’m thrilled to interview M/M author Barbara Elsborg!

 

Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

She writes in a variety of genres including MM, MMF and MM – contemporary, paranormal and sci fi romances. Her books feature quirky characters, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they are to write.

More about Barbara can be found on her website/blog – www.barbaraelsborg.com

 

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

A spy. I really wanted to join the foreign office and be an undercover operative. But I told so many people, it sort of ruined my chances. Apart from which, I couldn’t cope with being tortured. I used to think I could but husband pointed out, they’d only have to threaten my kids and I’d say anything. Or tickle my feet.

 

Why do you write?

I write because the world in my head is far more interesting than the one I live in. I write because without it, I’d go crazy with boredom. I write because it’s what I love doing. I write because I hate shopping and cooking and cleaning.

 

Who (if anyone) has been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?

More of a what. My first real memories of writing were in my teens – when I filled notebooks with fan fiction. I was a TV addict and a movie expert. I still have the 200 or so stories I wrote. My first serious writing started when I’d left university. I wrote about a girl who was abused by her step-father and ran away to New York only to be snagged by a mafia boss and then seduced by his son. It’s a rip-roaring tale of sex, drugs and violence and lies at the bottom of the closet for when I need a good laugh.

Apart from an obsession with television in my teens, which sparked off the fan fiction, books in general have been my inspiration. Every book I’ve ever read has inspired me in some way, though some authors are so good they make me think I can’t write at all. (Compared to them I can’t) I can never say who’s my favorite author because there are so many and I don’t always like everything they’ve written. I have maybe 20 or 30 that are automatic buys for me.

 

Do you ever read reviews of your books?

I’d love to say no, I never read reviews but I’d be lying. It’s lovely of course to hear nice things being said. If I ever get down, I might browse GR or Amazon to read something nice about one of my stories but of course, my eye inevitably gets drawn to the comments that aren’t so kind. How I can be so gutted by one ‘didn’t like it’ or ‘you’d have to be mentally ill to like this trash’ comment when I can see ‘loved it’ or ‘best book I ever read’ above, I do not know!

I don’t let reviews influence my writing. If I saw comments that continually said the same thing – such as – why does she always make her heroes so stupid – THEN, I’d listen and rethink but I get completely opposite remarks about the same book. For instance – for a recent book someone said there was no angst, and another review said love the loads of angst in this story. Reviews are just opinions and everyone is entitled to say what they think – but hopefully in a civilized way. I haven’t liked books that others have loved so I have to expect the same reaction to my stories. I can’t please everyone.

 

How important to you are your titles?

I can’t start writing until I’ve fixed on one and I can’t make the story work until I’ve fixed on the right one. I suspect a lot of authors are the same. Sometimes I know them before I sit at the laptop, other times, I’ll brood for hours.

It’s a good idea to choose a title no one else has used but not that easy with romance books. Mackerchar’s ‘The Romance of Leprosy’ lacks that something – it probably dropped off. Oops. Sorry.

I need to pick a title with zing! Not like Rossi’s ‘The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe.’ Which I suspect is not sexy at all.

Plus choose something that appeals. Unlike Joseph’s ‘A Letter to the Man who Killed my Dog.’ That doesn’t sound like it has a happy ending.

I don’t know how other authors come up with their titles but I find listening to lyrics helps. Robbie Williams in particular. If that fails, I just ask my crit partner and she comes up with something. Thanks, Arlene!

Cowboys Down – just popped into my head. I wanted something with Cowboys in the title but it was hard to find one that no one else had used.

Every Move He Makes – inspired by a song Every Breath You Take by The Police

With or Without him – also inspired by a song – With Or Without You by U2

Bloodline – well that just popped into my head too. It’s a vampire and faerie story to do with er – blood!

 

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Bloodline

My first but not my last paranormal MM – about a faerie and a vampire – plus I threw in a talking horse and a zombie among other things.

Blurb

No one can tattoo better than Inigo, a two hundred year old vampire, who works on human and supernatural skins. But he’s never tattooed a faerie and when a bunch of them insist he comes with them to tattoo one of their kind, saying no proves not to be an option. His skin is Oberon, the faerie king, and Inigo fears this will be the last tattoo he’ll ever do.

The moment the faerie Micah lands in the faerie king’s bed chamber, he knows the guy is trouble. But if he’s to save his sister and his family, let alone the job he’s paid to do, he has to stay in Faerieland and endure Oberon’s sadism. When he’s thrown into a starving vampire’s cell, covered in blood, he fears this day will be his last. But Inigo finds Micah’s blood too delicious to give it up by killing him.

Pretty soon, he’s feeling that way about Micah himself.

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AJ Truman

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September is National M/M Month!  In honour of this special occasion, I have AJ Truman here for a special guest interview!  Check it out!

 

 

A.J. Truman writes college-set M/M romance, or gay new adult. Whatever you call it, he loves looking back on those awkward, exciting, emotional collegiate years. His debut novel OUT IN THE OPEN is about a shy, awkward guy who begins an enemies-with-benefits relationship with the cocky fratboy who sits next to him in class. They begin fooling around in public, and soon their sexual relationship turns romantic. Filled with humor, heart, and hot guys, OUT IN THE OPEN will make you long for the life of dorms and frats and college tailgates. The book comes out September 30th. For more information, go to his website ajtruman.blogspot.com.

 

Describe OUT IN THE OPEN in 5 words.

Guys hook up in public.

 

Who or what inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always loved to write. As a kid, I’d try to write skits to act out. I’d been interested in writing M/M college-set romances, but for a long time, publishers wouldn’t accept those manuscripts. The setting was too young for adult readers and too mature for teen readers. Then I read Social Skills by Sara Alva and was like “This is what I want to write!” I decided to give the indie route a shot, and I’ve never looked back.

 

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

I’m definitely most like Ethan. I was (or still am, depending on who you talk to) quiet and awkward and very unsure of myself in college. Some of what he experiences happened to me. I latched onto a group of friends that weren’t the right fit for me, and for a while, I was too scared to branch off on my own. I didn’t want to be deemed that loner kid. I met my best friend because she was roommates with someone in that group. I got drunk off one and a half beers my first week of college and made an ass of myself in the dorm.

 

If OUT IN THE OPEN had a theme song, what would it be?

“Dirty Little Secret” by All-American Rejects

 

Why did you choose to set your book in college?

College is such fertile ground for storytelling, especially stories about gay men. That’s when a lot of us (like me) come out of the closet, have our first gay experiences, and meet other gay men. I had never met another gay person until I went to college. Those four years are such an emotional roller coaster because it’s when you’re finding yourself and trying to figure out who you are and what you want to be. Plus, people come to college with rich backstories that they’re trying to work past. For a lot of us, high school was hell, and college was a fresh start.

 

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Erotic Voices: 5amWriterMan

Welcome to this week’s edition of Erotic Voices — today we have 5amWriterMan!

 

 

Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is “Vacancy/No Vacancy 2: Sammy’s Story.” It is the second book in the series but it behaves as a prequel to “Vacancy/No Vacancy.” In the first book (written in Peter’s first person point of view), we learn that Peter and Sammy hadn’t seen each for over 10 years after their first sexual encounter as best friends. My readers enjoyed the first book but most commented that they wanted more so I decided to write Sammy’s story during the 10 years that he was absent from Peter’s life. Similar to the first book, it’s about a man exploring and pondering relationships with other men while taking the reader into multiple fun, erotic and explicit sex scenes.

 

What’s your favourite part about writing a sex scene?

When writing a sex scene, there are two things I enjoy: being turned on and being able to turn others on. If I have an erection during the entire time that I write a scene, I know it’s a good one for me. If I have to masturbate to continue writing then it’s a scene that will definitely make the cut!

I love receiving feedback from readers who say they were turned on by the sex scenes. One reviewer recently tweeted me: “By the way, Vacancy/No Vacancy gave me a raging hard and sticky poolside boner. You wonderfully horny fucker – loved it!”

It brings me closer to my readers and that’s a HUGE turn on!

 

What made you decide to write this genre?

I’ve been toying with writing since I was a child. During my awkward adolescence, I explored my sexuality through chat rooms, pornos, and banned Madonna videos (remember ‘Justify My Love’…swoon!) I would write about my “experiences” in my journal or as poetry. Growing up, I found myself in a “career” and I had very little time to write. When I did, it was very dark because I was in a dark place. My first book, Infected Thoughts, reflects this. The first draft was not fun to read so I allowed the main character, Guy, to spiral into his mental illness through alcohol, drugs, AND sex. The sex scenes were my favourite to write and it made for an interesting erotic thriller while maintaining the integrity of my initial main theme on mental illness in the gay community. 

Once Infected Thoughts was self-published and released, I wrote short erotic stories and posted them on my blog. I had so much fun, and cum-stained underwear, from writing these stories that I was hooked. The response from these stories was also very positive and that was the catalyst I needed to keep writing.

I shouldn’t forget to include that I adore reading gay erotica and M/M romance novels. As much as I enjoy the classics (Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is one of my favourites!), I reached a point where I wanted novels to have a gay theme and erotica was my favourite “theme” to read!

 

Do you have any upcoming releases?

I put together an anthology of short stories and poetry from my blog called “My Man Pussy is on Fire! A Personal Collection of Gay Erotica.” I self-published it and released it as a free download for the readers of my blog. It was a way for them to access some of the stories and poetry on their eReaders. After 491 downloads, it was removed from Smashwords because they “don’t allow floppy bits, nipples, nudity, butt cracks or graphic sexual content on cover images or inside material.” I refused to change it, so it’s not available at the moment but I am planning to post it soon as a free download on my blog.

That said, from the response of this collection, I am currently writing original gay erotic short stories and poetry that have not and will not be posted on my blog. When I feel I have enough for a second anthology, I will self-publish it. This time, I will sadly refrain from “floppy bits” and all, but the stories will be more explicit and unique than anything I’ve written up to this point.

 

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person? What would you say or do with that character?

I’d love to meet both Sammy and Xander from “Vacancy/No Vacancy 2.” The book begins with their first sexual encounter and it was based on something similar from my past. They both possess a raw, sexual chemistry that it makes me want to be the pig in their roast spit! No words necessary. Just thinking about it makes my tight man pussy quiver in excitement!

 

 

If you would like to connect with 5amWriterMan:

 

His books are available at Smashwords and Amazon

 

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Zoe Perdita

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September is National M/M Month! To celebrate, I’ll be featuring a few extra guests for interviews — and the second special guest to join us is M/M author Zoe Perdita!

Zoe Perdita writes shifter romances with an action/adventure twist. Her books are crawling with assassins, crime bosses and all manner of sexy bad boys. Her new book Omega in the Shadows (Lost Wolves Book One) is out now.

 

 

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was a kid, I made picture books all the time. I wanted to be an artist, but I didn’t have the patience to learn how to draw, and I wasn’t very good at it. However, I always liked telling stories in just about any format. I used to write plays and force my friends and sister to perform them. I wrote a ton of fan fiction, tried my hand at film in college (it’s very difficult) and even drawing comics (I still suck at drawing). So the only way I could tell the stories I wanted was by writing them. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until I was 21 and wrote my first book that I realized I could be a writer. Then I knew I had to be a writer or go crazy. Now, I’m both.

 

What do you believe are the foremost obstacles in being a woman writer for your chosen genre (M/M romance)?

I’ve seen some critical views of women who write m/m romance, and I can’t blame them. We are writing about the lives of gay men, and I’m not one – last time I checked. Some people feel like it’s inauthentic to write what we write. True, no matter how much anal sex I have, I’ll never know what it’s like to have a prostate. However, I’m not a shifter either. Or an assassin. Or a cop or a mob boss, but I can write about those things without (most) people being overly critical. I’m a writer, and I make up characters and stories. In my romances, there are two dudes who fall in love instead of a lady and a dude.

When I come up with a story, I think of the characters as humans first and everything else falls into place after that – including their gender and sexuality. I try not to perpetuate harmful stereotypes, but beyond that there is nothing to do besides write the best books I can.

 

Are any of your characters based on real life people?

Haha! Nope. Some aspects of certain characters are based on certain aspects of people I know. I tried writing a villain based on someone I don’t like and it didn’t work out. I ended up changing it. I feel like a crazy person, but it seems like my characters just pop into my head one day and tell me to write them a story. Then, as I’m writing, their motivations and personality come to life. I do as the voices command.

 

How many hours a day do you typically spend writing?

I don’t write as long as some people, but I have hand issues from typing too much. Typically, I aim for 4,000 words a day. But I also edit what I wrote the day before in order to get back into the flow of the story. That takes about an hour or two on its own (and part of my word count is added there). The rest of the pure writing time could take anywhere from two to three extra hours. Maybe five to six hours total, I’d guess. Though some days are much better than others. And that doesn’t include my ‘staring out the window, drinking coffee and mentally planning’ time either.

 

How did you get interested in writing m/m stories and shifters?

The magically wonderful world of slash (or yaoi) fan fiction! It was my first introduction to gay fiction in any way, shape or form, and I was hooked. Read: addicted. Still am. Gundam Wing slash was my cup of tea, if you must know, and I still have a soft spot for it. Then, when I realized there was such a thing as original m/m romance my head exploded. I could write the stories I wanted to write and people would read them? Say what?!?! Awesome!

I got into shifters even before I got into yaoi stuff. Well, actually, I got into paranormal stuff when I was twelve and read Interview with the Vampire. I fell in love with Louis and Lestat and all things dark and beautiful. Then I wrote a bunch of bad werewolf and vampire fan fiction as a teenager. When I found m/m romance and figured out shifters were a big part of it, I went for it and never looked back.

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