A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

Sneak Peek

Cheers, fellow bookish obsessed, and welcome! We have another great week in store for you this week as we wrap up our Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 and look forward to the next installment of Flashback Friday.

Here’s what’s coming up!


Monday – Kicking off a great week, we have a cover reveal for author J. Johanis’s Dream God coming up today

And we’ll also have author Chris McHart visiting with us on the Small Steps blog tour

Tuesday – We have author Rick R. Reed dropping by today as the final—yes, the final—guest to appear on the Countdown to GayRomLit celebration tour here at TNA

We’ll also be celebrating with Queer Romance Month today, with the first of two spotlights for the month because, as they say, “Love is not a subgenre.”

Wednesday – Today author Lane Hayes stops in as she tours the web to promote her newest book in the Better Than series, Better Than Safe

We’re also helping Riptide Publishing celebrate their Four Year Anniversary, with author Reesa Herberth

Thursday – Today we’re so pleased to be taking part–along with Prism Book Alliance, Rhys Ford, Joyfully Jay, and Love Bytes Reviews–in an exclusive excerpt tour for Eric Arvin‘s latest release, The Rascal

Author Rob Damon will also be our guest on the tour for his new release with CoolDudes Publishing, Into the Team

Friday – Today we welcome the writing team of Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen on the tour for their new novel Skip Trace

And, for the next installment in our Flashback Friday segment, we’ll be bringing you our favorite Historical reads, along with the chance to win an e-copy of one of our selected titles

Saturday – And finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Annabelle Jacobs with us today to chat about her new book Altered 3


And that does it for the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!


Dreamspinner Press, GayRomLit, Genre Romance, Sherrie Henry

Countdown to GRL Excerpt and Giveaway: Two Red Leaves by Sherrie Henry

2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author Sherrie Henry today, as our final guest in the Countdown to GayRomLit Celebration.

To bring things to a close, Sherrie is offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of her new book Two Red Leaves, the sequel to last year’s Last of the Summer Tomatoes. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment here by Midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. One winner will be selected at random on Thursday, the 16th, and notified via email for prize delivery.


A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, A.J. Corza, Gay History Month, GotYouCovrd, Guest Contributor

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

I can’t believe the time to prep for GayRomLit 2013 has finally arrived. I hope if you’re attending you’ll take a minute to try and hunt down one of the TNA group while you’re there. Jackie, Lynn, Bruce and I will be representing and look so forward to meeting you!

Activity on the blog is going to be on the lighter side this week as I try to get myself organized and ready to leave on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some great content coming up. Plus, I hope to be able to blog a little bit from Atlanta, post some pictures and give those of you who aren’t attending this year a little bit of incentive to start saving up for 2014!

Here’s what I’m hoping to highlight over the weekend:

I’m moderating a few Author Q&A Panels, beginning Thursday afternoon with TJ Klune, Eric Arvin, and Jambrea Jo Jones (God, help me!). If I don’t have something to report after that one, it’s because I didn’t survive it. :-D

Friday’s Author Panel duty belongs to Taylor V. Donovan, Rowan Speedwell, and Shira Anthony.

And Saturday finds me with SJD Peterson, Daniel Kaine, and Poppy Dennison.

I’ll also be attending JP Barnaby’s Body Painting for Charity Event, for which proceeds will be donated to the Lost ‘n Found Youth Foundation. If I can, I’ll post many pictures from that. ::waggles eyebrows::

There will be much more extracurricular activity to report on, too, but those are just a few of the scheduled highlights.

Now, here’s what’s coming up this week:

>> MondayBrita Addams will be here to talk about the latest installment in her “Tarnished” series
>> TuesdayKindle Alexander arrives on her Double Full Blog Tour to offer the chance to win some really nifty swag
>> WednesdaySophie Bonaste arrives with a giveaway on her The Sacrifices We Make Blog Tour

And, as always, AJ Corza will be here with her pick for Top Cover of the Week

>> Thursday – The Novel Approach is partnering with Wilde City Press to celebrate Gay History Month. This celebration is a revelation and a revolution to spotlight key events, historical figures, and the everyday folks who make an impact on the world in which we live and love.

>>Friday – Lou Sylvre is bring Luki Vasquez and Sonny Bly James for a visit. And rumor has it, there might be a giveaway involved.

>>Sunday – Seventh Window Publications is here to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an E-copy of Bebe Burnside‘s latest release A Cup of Latte.

So, outside of reviews, that wraps up what we’ve got cooked up for the coming week.

Happy Reading!

Amelia C. Gormley, The Joyful Approach

Want To Know What It’s Like In Amelia C. Gormley’s Head? Read On – And Then Enter This Giveaway!

Most of my books tend to take place over a short enough stretch of time that I don’t really need a timeline. However, now that I’m working on the prequel to Strain, I have a universe which spans multiple years and therefore chronological consistency has become an issue. This is complicated by the fact that I was deliberately vague about dates in Strain. I didn’t want people looking at it and comparing my vision of such-and-such a year to what they believe might realistically happen, so I didn’t specify a year. If you’re paying attention, from the text in Strain, you get the idea that we’re somewhere in the early 22nd century. Xolani, when explaining the military situation, describes “over a century of occupying one country or another” after listing a number of wars, beginning with Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 21st century. That’s about as specific as it gets.

So, I started trying to put together a rough timeline like this:

21XX(-10): Plague begins (Bane)
21XX(-7)   : Rhys arrives at monastery
21XX           : Strain

In other words, the plague began 10 years before the events of Strain and Rhys arrived at the monastery 7 years before the events of Strain.

Seems pretty straightforward, right? Well, it would be, if I weren’t a neurotic perfectionist who can’t handle that sort of vagueness when I’m trying to nail something down with precision. See, in Bane (which begins in 21XX(-10)) I need to break things down by months, and the story itself will likely span at least a couple years.

This means I need to have a very specific idea for how long it’s going to take for the plague to become uncontainable and to wipe everyone out (I’ll be consulting an epidemiologist and a mathematician this week when they have the availability.)

It also means that when I’m calculating anyone’s age at a specific event, I need to know when their birthday is, because of course that will make a difference in the way I state character’s ages during important events. Like, Rhys may be 19-going-on-20 during the events of Strain, but what age he is (12 or 13) when he arrives at the monastery depends on what month he arrives versus what month his birthday is. But–again, perfectionist, here. I can’t just assign them an arbitrary birthday. No, I need to reverse engineer their personality to figure out their zodiac sign and from there calculate their birthday. Which then makes me aware that I already specified in Strain that Rhys’ birthday is in the autumn (he says at one point, “I’m nineteen. Well, actually, if it’s getting toward fall, I may be 20 already.”) Which then makes me wonder if I need to change that line if he personality doesn’t work for any of the possible zodiac signs.

This is what it’s like to be in my brain, and why I have such a hard time sometimes actually WRITING, because I get lost in the minutiae that surrounds what I’m trying to write. I really need to find a way to break this habit.

Normally when I have zodiac questions, I go to Leta Blake because she has a lot of knowledge there and I have, like, none. But I figure since I need to write this guest blog post anyway, I can put it before others who might also be knowledgeable about astrology and see if they can help me figure out when my bbs were born. So I’m going to give a brief character profile here, and anyone who comments with suggestions for what their sign is and why will be entered to win a copy of Impulse: The Complete Trilogy.


Impulse-Trilogy-ecover-600x900Quiet, grounded Detroit handyman Derrick Chance isn’t looking for a relationship. After spending his twenties recovering from a series of tragic losses, he’s content with his insular existence and not interested in risking the possibility of another.

Stylish accountant Gavin Hayes has every reason to avoid entanglements, too. Fresh out of an abusive relationship with a world-class manipulator, he questions whether he’s ever going to be fit for another partner. At the very least, it will be months before he knows just how big an issue his future health will be if he tries again.

But when a series of home repairs unexpectedly turns into an extravagant game of flirtation, they discover that the last thing they thought they wanted is the one thing they can’t live without. As the autumn months pass and they wait for the final verdict on Gavin’s health, the two wounded men learn to open up, to let someone into their lives, and to trust again. But when Gavin’s dangerous ex re-enters the picture, will their new and fragile bond withstand the final test?

So here we go. The character profiles.

RHYS COOPER (Strain): The first character trait we really notice about Rhys is that he has a streak of self-sacrificing nobility. The first time we meet him, he is facing almost certain death in an effort to allow his younger sister and her baby to escape. Living in isolation, hiding out from the plague for nearly a decade, he feels like he really hasn’t experienced life at all, which leads to moments like this:

Rhys giggled madly. He was losing it, he realized. His senses were aflame, singing; his awareness of everything had sharpened to a keen point. His heart raced and his muscles quivered. In those moments before death, he felt more alive than he had in the past seven years. He could almost thank the revenants for smelling so foul, because it made his last breaths into something that actually had an impact.

For one instant, he considered not fighting. Let them kill him. Let his final moment of this delicious sensitivity be the excruciating pain of their teeth rending his flesh.

Rhys has spent the last seven years being so hopelessly bullied and brow-beaten that he doesn’t believe anyone will take his side against his antagonist, so he doesn’t even try to complain about it. But neither is he entirely passive. He sasses back and shows hints of defiance and rebellion, and when pushed too far, he can definitely snap.

He could be considered a bit naive in that he can’t really separate out sex from the need for emotional connection. Even in a situation where casual, impersonal sex is the only pragmatic approach, he resists. He thinks it’s warped. He does it, but it’s not at all comfortable for him and he really doesn’t want to enjoy it. He has also internalized a lot of homophobic shaming over the years, to the point where he feels like he has to prove he’s a decent person by not engaging in loose behavior.

NICOLÁS FERNÁNDEZ (Bane): Nico is a male escort making a career with the escort agency founded by his mother before he was born in states where prostitution has been legalized. As such, he’s suitably shameless. He’s very open, sex-positive, and completely pansexual. He has a strong sense of loyalty, especially as regards his very first client, who has been a lifelong friend and quasi-mentor. But he also has a solid will, and his loyalty ends where the person to whom he’s loyal steps over a certain line. For example, he’s willing to defy his mother/boss when she tries to tell him certain clients won’t be welcomed with the agency anymore, even to the point of threatening to take his client list and walk rather than allow her to dictate what clients he can and can’t take on.

ZACHARIAS HOUTMAN (Bane): Zach is a tie-in to some characters we meet in Strain. He’s the eldest son of a fundamentalist minister leading the charge to stem the “tide of immorality” in an era where the liberal trend of society is driving fundamentalists to more and more desperate extremes. Zach is very sincere in his (less extremist) faith and dutiful; he works as the right-hand-man for his father’s ministry and political campaign even as his own ideology and his father’s drift farther and farther apart.

So there you have it. Three characters I need–at the very least–sun signs for. Additional astrological details will be even more helpful.

For those of you who are interested in the world of the characters I’ve described above, Strain is coming from Riptide Publishing on February 17, 2014.

Strain_500x750Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might confer immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.

But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. Which means that soon Darius might have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human.

Strain is now available for pre-order from Riptide.

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into a everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else. Her self-published Impulse Trilogy is available through Amazon, AllRomanceEbooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Itunes, and other retailers. Her Highland historical romance The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, and The Professor’s Rule, her contemporary erotica series co-written with Heidi Belleau, are also available through Riptide.

You can contact Amelia on TwitterFacebookGoodReads, or contact her by email using the form on her About Page.

RJ Scott, The Joyful Approach

RJ Scott Is Ready For Atlanta – And She’s Also Ready To Giveaway A Great Prize!

RJS logo large_smallThis year is my first GRL. The whole event has kind of snuck up on me. Don’t get me wrong, I have ordered pens, and little bags, and postcards, and we’ve talked about prizes as giveaways. I’ve spent time talking to Amber and Stephani about our storyteller panel. We even wrote a book each in a trilogy that will be ready for print just before GRL starts. But, it only seems like yesterday that I booked mine and hubby’s places and suddenly we’re a month away.

My nerves have started to kick in a little. The usual stuff, who will want to meet me anyway, what do I say to people when I see them… the concerns of a newbie I guess… I still live in that awkward bubble where half of me can’t believe I’m actually a writer and make a living from it, and the other half keeps smacking me around and demanding I get with the plan.

What I can’t wait to happen: Meeting the authors that I have been chatting to online, talking to the readers who have contacted me to say they want to meet me, quiet times with my friends. I can’t wait to spend time with people who love writing in the genre and where there is absolutely no judgement. I don’t think I will hear someone say to me, *why don’t you write normal stuff*, in the week I am in Atlanta!

What I’m dreading: f****d up sleep patterns, no one coming to my table, saying something stupid (very likely), and a few other things I won’t write down! Self doubt is part of the Writer’s condition… I read that on Tumblr and it’s probably one of the truest things I have read.

I’m excited, and nervous, then excited again. Luckily Texas 4 is taking up my brain power in the next few weeks so I have less thought-space to worry about things. Then, when T4 is off with the editor I will peer over the top of my writer’s cave and suddenly it will only be a couple of days to GRL. Then watch me freak out!

For anyone attending GRL, I kinda like hugs… just saying… :)

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Dreamspinner Press, Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford Is Here Today To Let You In On A Dirty Secret

Okay, maybe it’s not such a big secret that Rhys’s second book in the “Cole McGinnis Mysteries” series is out today. It’s also not that big of a secret that Rhys is giving one lucky reader the chance to win both books in the series HERE. It’s also not a secret that I have an excerpt of Dirty Secret to tease you with. Hm, I guess keeping secrets is not my forte. Sh, don’t tell anyone. :)


Dirty Secret:

Kim Jae-Min was nothing I ever wanted in my life, nothing I ever expected. He was beautiful and enigmatic, a gorgeous Korean man trapped between his sexuality and his family’s traditional expectations. He shouldn’t have caught my attention. I’d never looked at an Asian man. Never imagined sharing a bed with one, much less having another man after Rick died. Once I’d found him, I didn’t want anything… anyone else.

Jae was a loose-hipped, sensual creature, a little shorter than me, but with long, lean legs I couldn’t get enough of. His mouth was kissably full, and his dark-brown eyes were hard to see through the fall of black hair framing his face, but I knew there were light honey specks in them that caught gold when he was out in the sun. He dressed with little care to how he looked, preferring low-slung threadbare jeans or drawstring cotton pants that hung low on his narrow hips. His feet were always bare when he was home, long toes that bore more than a few scratches from his cat’s vicious playing. He preferred T-shirts, usually mine when he slept over, and tank tops that left his muscular arms free. They were nice arms. They went with his broad shoulders, built up from lugging photography equipment around.

It was a shame we had issues. I was having a hard time getting over my dead lover, and he wrestled with being gay and coming from a culture where being homosexual would get a man excised from his family. I was never certain if he understood his beauty, or even was aware of the attention he attracted when he came into a room. It was a pity he couldn’t stay mine.

I was working on that.

“Nuna is here.” The kiss he gave me was light, a brushing of our mouths, but it was enough to short circuit my brain the rest of the way.

I wasn’t paying attention to what he was saying. Not when his arms slid around my waist and his body fit up into mine. My hands slid down, cupping his ass, and I ran my fingers along the rise of his rear, filling my palms with the feel of him. Since there was company in the living room, the couches were off-limits. Heading upstairs was also out. She’d hear our feet on the steps and would wonder why we’d left her alone downstairs. The laundry room was looking good. I could see Jae balanced on the washer, his pants pulled down just enough for me to spread him apart and work myself into his warmth.

“Cole-ah, listen,” Jae slid, flicking me on the end of my nose with his fingers. The -ah at the end of my name was a term of affection, but the flick stung. He’d let go of my waist, and pushed me away gently. I reluctantly let go, telling myself I was too tired for a romp on the washing machine anyway. “I said, nuna is here.”

“I know. I saw the kim chee mafia outside,” I replied, leaning over to bite his neck gently before he could pull away further. He let me, and I briefly worried at the skin before letting him go. “Is she okay?”

“She wants to talk to you. She brought someone for you to meet. They want to hire you for something,” Jae murmured. His high cheekbones went pink, a blush over his skin, and he rubbed at the spot where I could still see the dimples left by my teeth. “What took you so long to get home?”

“I had to go watch a doctor pick glass out of some guy’s dick.” I shrugged. “Is there coffee I can warm up in the microwave? I’ll need something to keep me awake for a little bit.”

“I’m not enough?” His smile was brief, a flirtatious smirk that left me no doubt I could have dragged him away to the laundry room if I’d tried hard enough.

“Jae, you aren’t something to get me into the living room to talk,” I murmured, hooking my hand behind his neck and pulling him into another kiss. “You’re inspiration for me to head upstairs and see if we can make enough noise to get the cops called on us.”

“Aish.” It was a guttural sound, a rasp of a rattle in his throat. “There’s coffee. I’ll get you a cup. And something to eat. Go talk to nuna so she can go home and we can get some… sleep.”

Dreamspinner Press, M.J. O'Shea

Letting Go by M.J. O’Shea

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis

Drew MacAuliffe knows there’s a fine line between courage and cowardice: the courage in giving rise to a strength you didn’t know you possessed, in spite of your fears; the cowardice in the submission to those fears and the surrender of your Self in order to conform rather than risk being exposed by the one whose words hold the power to dismantle everything you’ve worked so hard to build. Drew has toed that line since the day he was gut-checked by his attraction to Tallis Carrington, so he knows all too well that there’s far more to fear than just fear itself. Say, for example, being held hostage because of who you are and what you desire.

Drew stepped a toe over that line from cowardice to courage when Tally finally had had enough of Brock Peterson’s ignorance. Drew then left that line in the dust when he finally found someone worth risking everything for. Mason Anderson is that someone for Drew, but the problem with living a lie for so long is in discovering the courage to let go of the deception and to hold on to the one who makes you want to embrace the truth. The difficult part comes in the convincing that certain someone of your sincerity and your worth, especially when you do and say the wrong things, but for all the right reasons; when you must prove that there’s a difference between blatant manipulation and a random act of kindness for which you expect nothing in return.

Letting Go is a May/December romance between two men who feel the quicksilver frisson of attraction and of what it all means; for Mason, who isn’t looking for any sort of romantic entanglements, and for Drew, who is still very much the terrified teenager trapped in the body of a man who wants so much more than he’s ever allowed himself to give or receive.

Their beginning is burdened by miscues which are overcome, only to fall into a series of missed clues that there are far too many past issues and outside interferences they’re permitting to shape the course of their future together. It’s a story about honesty, about not only being true to the person you love, but also being true to yourself and, in the process, breaking free of all the things that have been a burden on your very existence.

Though Letting Go is the second book in the “Rock Bay” series, I’m tempted to say it can be read as a standalone—not at all saying you should skip Coming Home, Lex and Tally’s story, though, because it’s well worth the reading—just saying I think you could, as there’s enough background given to complete a clear picture of where the series began.

Drew and Mason are another lovely addition to Rock Bay’s landscape, and unless I’m reading something into this book that wasn’t there, I’m hoping Logan, Mason’s best friend, will be up next and will discover that an as-yet-to-arrive new resident to the town will be rocking his foundation. Soon, I hope!

M.J. O’Shea is a GayRomLit participating author. To learn more about M.J., visit her blog HERE.

Buy Letting Go HERE.