Blog Tour, Author Interview, and Giveaway – Taking a Chance by Emjay Haze

Hello all! Today we’re chatting with Emjay Haze about her writing, new release, and what’s coming next. Remember to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win an eBook copy of Taking a Chance!

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What was the most challenging part of writing this story?

I began writing this story over six years ago as a fan-fiction. When I decided to try and get published, I basically changed the names to original characters and that was about it. After not a good experience with a micropublisher, I took the story back and began the process of rewriting it from a fan-fiction to a novel.  I learned a few things; a lot of things actually.  It’s not an easy process and I’ve found it much easier to start with an original story.  However, both me and the characters, Ethan and Chance, made it through and I think I was successful in turning Taking A Chance into its own original story.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in that you would love to write?

I’ve always loved spy novels and one day, I may tackle one. My protagonist will be a beautiful and intelligent gay man, but it won’t focus on his sexuality, but the man himself. Of course there will still be some hotness.

Do you have any pets? If not, and you were given the choice to have any pet (fictional or real), what type of pet would you choose and why?

I have a beagle named Toby, a cat named Tuxedo, a Gecko named Rex, a dwarf hamster named Winston and a tank full of tropical fish whom sadly I have not named. We had until about a couple of years ago, a floppy-eared bunny named Gunnar. He was a sweetheart, but irritated the dog and scared the cat.

If my daughter had her way, we’d also have a pet pig.

Coffee or tea?

Decaf coffee, but lately I’ve switched to hot lemon water.

Why did you decide to write Gay Romance?

I started writing fan-fiction seven years ago. When I decided to write outside of that ream and work on getting published, I began reading gay romance and fell in love with the genre and haven’t looked back. It wasn’t that I decided to write gay romance, but I just couldn’t see myself writing anything else, at least for now.

What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

I loved seeing my two characters Chance and Ethan come into their own. There was a point when I stopped seeing them as who they portrayed in my fan-fics and became their own people. I was very proud of that seeing them blossom into their own people.

What’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or both?

I am most definitely a pantser. I’ll get an idea in my head and I really have no idea where it’s going until I start writing.  I love seeing my characters take unexpected directions and surprise me.  I try writing an outline, but it’s usually very vague and abstract. I have a hard time with beginnings and endings. Once I have the basic idea, then I just let it flesh out through the writing.  It’s sort of an out-of-body experience when my fingers are flashing across the keyboard and the words are flowing onto the screen and when I’m finished with a scene I’m like, “I had no idea that was going to happen!”

How did it feel to sign that first contract?

Really good, lol.  The first time this story was published, I was beyond ecstatic, and star struck by the idea of getting published, and didn’t make good decisions. I let a story get published that wasn’t ready and it was a huge disappointment. I eventually got the story released back to me.  After I completely rewrote it, I submitted it to one publisher and got turned down.  Then, I went back and edited more, and was finally accepted by a great publisher. I went into the contract much smarter this time around, but it was still an awesome feeling.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author looking to get published?

Keep writing, and learn your genre.  And, get a thick skin.

What are your plans for the future? What more can we look forward to from you?

I’m really just getting started. I am currently working on the first novel of a three book series with a working title of After Hours. I actually wrote this as a short story for an anthology. It didn’t get picked up, but I knew my boys had a whole story to tell.

It’s about a frustrated middle manager, and a graduate student working his way through school by waiting tables at a gay bar. Alex gave up his dream of becoming a chef because his parents refused to pay for anything but a degree in business and Nick, born of wealth but disowned because of his sexuality is studying to become a teacher. They meet and change each other’s lives.

I also have a couple of short stories I’m planning for future anthologies.

I love this genre and I plan on writing it for a long time to come. After that, who knows? Maybe romcoms.

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Taking A Chance

AUTHOR: Emjay Haze

PUBLISHER: Torquere Press

GENRE: Contemporary Gay Romance (explicit m/m)

RELEASE DATE: February 3rd, 2016

Blurb:

Recent college graduate, Ethan Moore, flies to San Francisco for a job interview with an advertising firm. That evening, he goes to a gay club where meets a gorgeous man who seduces him, but then leaves his hotel room in the morning with only a note. A few weeks later, Ethan begins his new job and discovers that the man he slept with is his new boss, Chance Harlow. He’s fallen for the playboy, but wants to keep their relationship strictly professional. He’s failing miserably as Ethan keeps succumbing to Chance’s seductive advances.

Ethan is selected to accompany Chance to Bali for a huge account and will be spending ten days at a luxurious resort with the man he’s fallen in love with. Chance has made his intentions known, and he won’t pressure him, but if Ethan doesn’t want him, there are plenty of men who will. Ethan struggles with this until one evening they are in the hot tub with two hot swingers who want to play. Ethan flees to his room to get drunk after watching Chance make out with one of the men. Will Ethan finally give in to the playboy, or did his actions finally lose him the man he loves.

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Emjay Haze AuthorEmjay Haze is a pen name for wife, mother and avid fan-fiction reader and writer of gay romance. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two teenagers, a dog, cat, hamster, gecko, and several fish. She always loved writing, and fell in love with the genre seven years ago. After a brief yet bad publishing experience, she decided to go back to school and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from SNHU where she graduated April, 2015 with a new desire to make her dreams of becoming a published author come true.

Her interests include music and pop culture and she is an advocate for the LGBT community. Her stories delve into all types of romantic relationships, with a focus on first times and new encounters in a light-hearted style to show that everyone deserves love no matter whom they are or who they love. Her goal is to gain a diverse readership and broaden the minds of those who might not normally pick up a ‘gay’ romance because it’s more about the person than the sexuality.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Whippersnapper by Michael Rupured

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AUTHOR: Michael Rupured

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press

COVER ARTIST: Maria Fanning

LENGTH: 220 Pages

GENRE: Contemporary

RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2016

BLURB: Tellumo Magnamater is a fresh-out-of-college, first-year English teacher at Salt Lick County High School in Kentucky. He rides the bus to and from work, and every day he walks to the gym behind his small efficiency apartment to exercise. Perhaps because of being raised by two lesbians, Tellumo is attracted to older men. He sets his sights on fifty-something available bachelor Oliver Crumbly. But Tellumo isn’t the only resident interested in Oliver.

Peggy Tucker, a widow approaching her sixtieth birthday, is determined to marry again, and she thinks Oliver is her perfect match. Despite Tellumo and Peggy striking up a friendship at the gym, neither realizes they are interested in the same man. But the joke might be on both of them. Oliver, a retired history teacher, is the original crotchety old man who hates everything and everybody—especially young people.

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Where are they? Tellumo Magnamater checked his smartphone for the twentieth time in as many minutes and peeked out between the blinds again. Ice and snow melted from car hoods and rooftops in a cacophony of splashes and trickling water. Sooty ridges of snow the same shade of gray as the late morning sky edged the glistening asphalt.

He hadn’t seen his mothers since August, when they’d helped him move to Fallisville for his first teaching job, three days before the first day of school. He’d planned to visit Cincinnati for Christmas until Snowmageddon—thirty inches of snow in a week’s time—had brought Northern Kentucky to a standstill, putting the kibosh on his holiday plans. Everyone else’s too. Churches canceled Christmas services, and bars remained closed on New Year’s Eve. Until yesterday’s warm front had pushed the temperature into the lower fifties, the mercury hadn’t climbed more than a degree or two above freezing since before Christmas, when the flurries had begun.

As Tellumo checked his smartphone for messages again, a white panel truck with Amazon Home Repair on the side in bright blue letters came into view—sporting noticeably more bumper stickers than the last time he’d seen it. He returned the device to his pocket and glanced around his efficiency apartment once more. Everything looked ready for company.

He ran out to greet his guests. Before the truck had come to a complete stop, the passenger side door opened and Trish bounded toward him, her camel coat unbuttoned to reveal the red-and-green plaid pants and gaudy Santa sweater she’d worn on Christmas for as long as he could remember.

“I’ve missed you so much!” She flung her arms around his neck, kissed his cheek, and held him tight.

He hugged her back, surprised by the tears in his eyes. “I’ve missed you too.” He kissed her cheek, released her, and then turned to Jules, waiting beside them.

“Sorry we’re late.” Jules squeezed him hard. “Roads haven’t been this clear since before Christmas. Everyone and her sister was out.” She let go of him and folded her arms across her chest. The creases in her khaki pants and the long sleeves of the oxford cloth shirt she wore were sharp enough to cut hair. “We made good time once we got out of Cincinnati.”

“I was starting to worry—you’re never late.” Tellumo kissed her cheek. “Need me to help you carry anything in?”

“Nah.” Jules shook her head. “Sorry to disappoint you, but there’s not much to carry.” She gave him a grin and a wink. “I’ll unload the car. You guys go on inside and catch up.”

“If you insist.” Trish grabbed Tellumo by the hand and pulled him toward his apartment. “Give her a few minutes to calm down,” she whispered. “We’ve been arguing since we got off of I-75.”

“About what?” Jules hadn’t seemed the least bit agitated or annoyed. Tellumo hung Trish’s coat on a hook on the back of his front door, leaving it ajar so Jules could get in with her hands full. “The car thing again?”

Trish nodded, plopped onto the sofa, and pushed her glasses up the bridge of her nose. “We’ve argued about it for weeks. She wanted your Christmas present from us to be the money for a down payment.” She patted the sofa cushion and motioned for him to sit. “Don’t get me wrong. I’ve missed you too, and having a car would make visits home easier, but if you don’t want the responsibility….”

“I don’t.” He sat down beside her and smiled. Though he still sometimes wondered, he’d long ago stopped trying to figure out which woman was his biological mother. Trish and Jules weren’t telling and looked enough alike to make guessing difficult. Knowing when he’d been younger might have made a difference, but after all these years was unlikely to alter his feelings for either parent. “I thought about getting a car, but I really don’t want the added expense.”

“Makes sense to me.” Trish ran her fingers through her curly brown hair and looked around. “This place can’t cost much. What do you do with your money?”

“Save it—like you’ve drilled into me since I could walk.” The furnished apartment had come with everything but dishes and linens. His additional needs were few—a smartphone, a laptop, Internet access with Wi-Fi, and a decent video gaming system. He lived on a fraction of his income and banked the rest. “Do we need to have a family meeting about the car thing… again?”

“No.” She shrugged. “Your mind is made up, and I’m not changing my vote.” She looped her arm over his shoulder and pulled him close. “Voting again would be pointless.”

“Thanks, Trish.” He kissed her cheek. His mothers had almost always presented a united front—especially in family meetings. On the rare occasion when they disagreed, his had been the deciding vote.

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Michael Rupured loves to write. Before learning the alphabet, he filled page after page with rows of tiny circles he now believes were his first novels, and has been writing ever since. He lives in Athens, Georgia, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, came out as a gay man at the age of twenty-one in the late 1970s, and considers surviving his wild and reckless twenties to have been a miracle. To find out what Michael’s up to now, visit his blog (rupured.com), follow him on Twitter (@crotchetyman) or send an e-mail message to mrupured@gmail.com.

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Blog Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway – Inversion Point by Kelly Jensen and Jenn Burke

Inversion Point is the fourth book in the series I co-write with my buddy, Jenn Burke. We had a lot of fun writing this book. We got to introduce a new alien species to our galaxy and play with the galactic politics a little—this included poking fun at our series antagonist, the Allied Earth Forces (AEF), and at our governing body, which we call the Central Alliance of Planets and Stations or, as Felix puts it, CAPS if you like stupid acronyms, Central if you don’t.

Inversion Point also sees Zed and Felix happier and healthier. They’ve had six months to just be together—running jobs, visiting with Zed’s family on occasion, and lots of therapy for both of them. One of the cut scenes from the end of Skip Trace was their first joint therapy session. While it might not have added much to the book, I think it was something Jenn and I needed to write in order to move our characters forward. The evidence of Felix’s healing is clear in these two snippets from Inversion Point:

Therapy with the doc Zed had found for them was going…It was going. Maybe well. If pressed, he’d say well. Much as he hated sharing his thoughts with Dr. McMann, he could feel the difference unloading some of his shit had made. His mood had evened out, his sleep was largely undisturbed, and he hadn’t had the urge to further break himself in months. Why would he? He had Zed. (Felix)

Flick’s laugh. He’d been hearing it more and more since they’d started therapy. Not the half-swallowed snicker that sounded more mean than joyful, but the unfettered bark of laughter Zed remembered from the Academy. It hadn’t come out often then, either. Getting Flick to make that noise had become something of a pastime for him when they were kids. (Zed)

How’s Zed doing? He’s Zed. He doesn’t give away as much as Felix, not verbally, anyway. Zed internalizes a lot of his stress and one of the ways he deals with it is by holding himself to impossible standards—and setting himself impossible tasks. That’s what Inversion Point is all about, really. We get to meet the mysterious Species Four and they are, in the words of our editor, way cool. We also finally get to meet the creatures of Felix’s nightmares, the stin.

And Zed is the only person in the galaxy who can communicate with both species.

So we’ve set Zed this near impossible task and, as always, he dedicates every ounce of his being to it. Throw in his obsessive need to be perfect, his packaged guilt, and an ex-boyfriend of Felix’s who could have been Zed, has his life taken a different path, and…well, you have another galactic adventure with a healthy dollop of relationship angst.

If you haven’t met our guys, visit our website for extras such as short stories and links to previous guest posts and don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to win the first three books of the Chaos Station series.

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Inversion Point

Book four of Chaos Station

Zander and Felix’s relationship has been to the brink and back: the Human-Stin War, imprisonment and death/resurrection. Zander’s death, to be specific, and the experience has left him…changed. The mysterious race known as the Guardians chose to revive him and appointed him as their emissary. A high honor, but he could do without the group of would-be cultists following him around the galaxy.

When a recently discovered species destroys a stin probe, Zander’s new role soon commands all of his time and focus. The human ambassador—Felix’s ex-lover, much to Zander’s annoyance—pulls them into strategy talks aimed at preserving galactic peace. Soon everyone is relying on Zander’s Guardian tech to telepathically communicate with the strange aliens.

Only Felix seems concerned with the strain piling up on Zander, but he has his own resolve tested when the very stin that imprisoned him show up to a summit. Zander and Felix will both have to find a way to face their doubts and preserve their love—while preventing another galaxy-wide war.

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Jenn and Kelly met in 2009 through a mutual infatuation with a man who wasn’t real. After all but crashing the video game’s forums with daily dissection of their obsession, they started writing together, discovered they really liked writing together and began plotting stories in worlds of their own creation.

The CHAOS STATION series aren’t the first books they’ve written together, and they’re pretty sure they won’t be the last. As long as their so-called smartphones keep making autocorrects that trigger brainstorming sessions, they’ll have enough character ideas and plots to keep them writing for years to come.

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