Join us in welcoming author T.M. Smith today, on the Fame and Fortune blog tour. Enjoy her guest post, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win a signed copy of Gay for Pay (**US Residents Only**) or a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
The Straight Girl Is Writing Gay Fiction
I see posts about this issue a lot these days… “You are a woman, what do you know about gay sex and/or relatinoships?” My answer would have been absolutely nothing, until about five years ago. Right about the time I decided to write a Dystopian series that featured M/M M/F and F/F relationships, I thought I might need to do some research on the things that are foreign to me. While I read books, watch movies and TV shows (including bios), and have my coveted membership to Cockyboys, I also have gay friends that are more than willing to critique my stories and tell me when I have it way wrong. You don’t even want to know about the conversation I had with my best friend about lube and gay sex. It started something like… “Ow, Ow, fuck me, Ow!”
I write romance for the most part, and while I know what I like from a man and what I like to watch two (or more) men doing with each other, there is still that level of unawaredness that I possess. I want to be able to portray the couples and throuples in my stories with at least a modicum of reality, even if I do insist on HEA. I chose to write MM romance partly because I love to read it, but I’m also fascinated by the mechanics of the love story of two men. Gay relationships are beautiful, sexy and rugged, and I hope that is what people that read my stories take away with them when they turn that last page.
So while I haven’t been called out personally, as of yet, as some of my peers have (knock on wood), I would probably respond to the hater with a similar diatribe as this, with a few colorful metaphors for good measure.
Thank you, Lisa and the gang here at Then Novel Approach, for hosting me today! Everybody be sure to head over to Amazon, ARe or Smashwords and grab your copies of Fame and Fortune today. And if you’re headed to GRL in October, be sure to come find me and say hi! Remember, Love is Love. Or in this case… Love is Love is Love!!!
Blurb: Victor Dimir moved to America with his traditional Romanian parents when he was just a child. His Romani parents taught him their traditions and how to be a shrewd business man, but it was the attention of a classmate at school that taught teenage Victor about his sexuality. When he came out to his parents he knew it would be difficult for them to understand, but he never expected them to disown him.
Andrew Jones grew up with a single mom and his grandmother teaching him about life, he had an absentee father at best. The only thing the man ever did for Andy that stuck was buy him a camera for his thirteenth birthday. When Andrew went off to college on a scholarship to study photo journalism, he wound up falling in love with his Romanian roommate.
They became inseparable and wound up starting their own business together: a gay porn website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the internet at that time. After ten years together they were still perfectly happy, notrealizing something was missing, until they met a broken young man that needed a family.
Matthew Carlson was homeless, jobless and broken. At sixteen he ran away from home after being brutally assaulted by several young men that he thought were his friends, and then being told he brought it on himself for being gay by his parents. Matthew has done a lot of things these last few years just to get by. When he finds the flyer for All Cocks, he decides to call and see where it leads. What has he got to lose?
Matthew has deep rooted scars that aren’t visible on the outside to most. But when he walks into All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew can see the darkness in his eyes; they also see him. Can three men that did not know they needed each other get past the stigma of society to find a place of happiness, together?
*Advisory warning: This story contains a scene of sexual assault.*
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About the Author: A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee!
At 44 years young, she’s decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of “author” to her list of accomplishments. Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, Smith is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights.
Her series Opposites goes beyond the norm of society, exploring what society would be like were it the norm to be gay/lesbian. To be straight labels you the outkast. Her latest series, the All Cocks Stories, is set within the world of online gay porn.
Author Links: Amazon || ARe || Smashwords || Website || Facebook Author || Facebook All Cocks series || Twitter || GoodReads || Pinterest || Youtube
Gay For Pay Blurb: Christopher Allan Roberts thought he had a promising future; Captain of the football team with the promise of a scholarship to play for Alabama. His high school sweetheart and best friend for as long as he could remember, Amanda, by his side, and the love and support of his family. One night, one mistake changed everything. Chris moves to New York, adrift and alone. A walk one night brings him to the flashing lights, loud music and thrumming bodies at club Berlin. A flyer in the men’s room promises fame and fortune for anyone willing to go on camera and have sex, with another man. Money is money, and how hard could it be, right?
Christopher Allan Roberts becomes Kris Alen, All Cocks newest addition, a gay for pay porn star.
Lincoln Carter is honest with everyone in his life, including his family, about who he is and about his sexual preferences. Linc Larson, the openly bi-sexual gay porn star will do anything with anyone, which pretty much writes his ticket in a versatility charged industry. It’s not his sexuality that interferes with his personal life; it’s his inability to trust.
What Linc wants right now, more than anything, is the chance to do a scene with All Cocks newest acquisition, Kris Alen. Six foot two with Auburn hair, an exquisitely toned and inked up body, Kris Alen is sex personified. Linc doesn’t know if it’s the “I want the shiny new toy” aspect that calls to him, or the distant and wounded expression that haunts Kris’s eyes.
Linc figures out early on that Kris is only working the gay for pay angle that All Cocks brings to his bank account. Can a bi-sexual man with trust issues break down the barriers that Kris has built around himself and help Christopher overcome the painful past he is running from.
Gay for Pay is a gay for you story about two men that will have to come to terms with the mistakes they made in their past, if they want to stick around and have a chance at a future.
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Fame and Fortune blog tour schedule:
September 1st –
*I Read Selfies | Spotlight only, Excerpt
*Foxylutely Books! | Excerpt, Playlist, Dream Cast
*The O’Raven Chronicles | Spotlight, Excerpt
September 2nd –
*SiK Reviews | Spotlight only
*Two Chicks obsessed with books and eye candy | Dream Cast, This or That, Guest Post
*Divine Magazine | Excerpt, Dream Cast, This or That, Guest Post
*For The Love of Men | Spotlight only, Excerpt
September 3rd –
*MM Good Book Reviews | Excerpt, This or That
*Sinful Reviews | Excerpt
*Morticia Knight | Excerpt, Character Q&A
*Iyanna Jenna | Spotlight only, Dream Cast
September 4th –
*Gay Media Reviews | Excerpt, Playlist, Dream Cast, Guest Post
*LaQuette Romance Author | Spotlight only, Excerpt, Guest Post
*KathyMack Reviews | Excerpt, Playlist, Dream Cast, Guest Post
September 5th –
*Bike Book Reviews | Excerpt, Dream Cast
*Bayou Book Junkie | Excerpt, Dream Cast, Character Q&A
*The Purple Rose Teahouse | Spotlight only, This or That
*Love Bytes | Excerpt, Guest Post
*Eyes on Books | Excerpt, Guest Post
September 6th –
*Gay Guy Reading and Friends | Playlist
*Molly Lolly | Playlist, Character Q&A
*The Novel Approach | Excerpt, Guest Post
*Jessi G Books | Excerpt, This or That, Guest Post
September 7th –
*3 Chicks After Dark | Excerpt, Playlist, This or That
*Cathy Writes Romance | Dream Cast
*MultitaskingMommas Book Reviews | Excerpt, This or That, Guest Post
*Smut Hut Books | Dream Cast, Character Q&A