Blog Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway – All That is Solid Melts into Air by Christopher Koehler

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Thanks for having me today. I appreciate the chance to talk about All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, which I’ll refer to as ATISMIA because the title’s kind of a mouthful. For those of you’ve been keeping up with this Blog Tour of the Damned, I’m a recovering from the flu and subsequent sinus infection enough to write blog posts instead of send off excerpts.

While the story is clearly over when the book ends, you’re just as clearly not through with Remy and Michael. What comes next for them?

So yes, you’re right. I have definite plans for Remy and Michael, including a third book. The question is, how much do I reveal of what happens between the end of ATISMIA and the beginning of Finding Solid Ground. Finding Solid Ground is the working title of Book 3 of the “Lives of Remy and Michael” series, by the way. I thought it resonated nicely with ATISMIA, which is part of why I chose such a long title for the middle book.

The story told in ATISMIA definitely ends when the novel does. I’ve left no loose ends, no ambiguous plot lines. Okay, so I’ve had some ideas about Craig McAvoy, Geoff Babcock’s roommate his freshman year at UC San Diego. If you’ve read ATISMIA, you’ll recall him. He’s the shy and skittish person Geoff tries to coax out of the closet and whom Remy forces the rest of the way out. This story, The Unnecessarily Complicated Life of Craig McAvoy, would start the summer after his freshman year. For some reason Craig seems like he’d like anime and manga and—gasp—yaoi. But seriously, don’t hold your breath about this one. This is not the droid you’re looking for.

As for what comes next with Remy and Michael, I have ideas. Cleary, by the end of FSG they will have earned their happily ever after, their HEA, if only because as much as I’ve put Remy and Michael through in Poz and ATISMIA, there’s plenty more torment where that came from. After all, stories without conflict, heartache, and pain are kind of boring.

I see FSG picking up when Remy and Michael are well and truly adult men, about ten years after the events of ATISMIA. They’re older, obviously, and life has worn the shiny off. Maybe one more than the other and best summed up as “I…I just never thought it’d be like this, you know?”

This decade will be ten years spent apart, so Remy and Michael will, in a very real way, have to become reacquainted. Will the men they are remember the boys they fell in love with? It’s an open question…. Okay, cut the crap, Christopher. This is Romancelandia and I’ve promised you an HEA. Of course they’ll eventually rediscover the boys they once were, but I never promised you it’d be easy, now did I?

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Title: All That is Solid Melts into Air

Series: The Lives of Remy and Michael: Book Two

Author: Christopher Koehler

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Publication Date: 22 Jan 2016

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Genre:  Contemporary, Gay, New Adult

 

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The Lives of Remy and Michael: Book Two

A CalPac Crew Story

I thought life after high school would be easier. I’d go to California Pacific for a year while I got a handle on my HIV, then after Michael graduated from high school, we’d blast out of here for colleges—and life—on the East Coast. Then I visited Boston and everything changed. I realized I like CalPac. Turns out, Boston didn’t have anything for me beyond one of the biggest regattas in North America.

Life grew more complicated when I got home. I couldn’t find a way to tell Michael that I’d just blown our plan for our lives out of the water. Then my CalPac coaches dropped a bomb on me. Those rowing officials who’d been watching me? They were recruiters for the national team, and my coaches wanted me to try out. They’d even let Lodestone coach me. Now I have to choose, school or crew, CalPac or Michael, and I still haven’t told Michael I can’t transfer. Is there even a place for Michael in my life? Somehow we have to withstand training at the highest levels and having different goals. Will love hold us together… or tear us apart? 

Purchase Links

Dreamspinner eBook: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7344&cPath=1314

Dreamspinner Print: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7345

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/That-Solid-Melts-Lives-Michael-ebook/dp/B01ADGT5YW/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/That-Solid-Melts-Lives-Michael-ebook/dp/B01ADGT5YW/

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Christopher Koehler learned to read late (or so his teachers thought) but never looked back. It was not, however, until he was nearly done with grad school in the history of science that he realized that he needed to spend his life writing and not on the publish-or-perish treadmill. At risk of being thought frivolous, he found that academic writing sucked all the fun out of putting pen to paper.

Christopher is also something of a hothouse flower. Inside of almost unreal conditions he thrives to set the results of his imagination free, and for most of his life he has been lucky enough to be surrounded by people who encouraged both that tendency and the writing. Chief among them is his long-suffering husband of twenty-two years and counting.

When it comes to writing, Christopher follows Anne Lamott’s advice: “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” So while he writes fiction, at times he ruthlessly mines his past for character traits and situations. Reality is far stranger than fiction.

Christopher loves many genres of fiction and nonfiction, but he’s especially fond of romances, because it is in them that human emotions and relations, at least most of the ones fit to be discussed publicly, are laid bare.

Writing is his passion and his life, but when Christopher is not doing that, he’s an at-home dad and oarsman with a slightly disturbing interest in manners and other ways people behave badly.

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Visit him at http://christopherkoehler.net/blog or follow him on Twitter @christopherink.

 

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22 Jan – Dreamspinner Press Blog

23 Jan – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

26 Jan – BFD Book Blog

28 Jan – The Land of Make Believe

30 Jan – Prism Book Alliance

1 Feb – MM Good Book Reviews

3 Feb – JP Barnaby

6 Feb – The Novel Approach

9 Feb – The Purple Rose Teahouse

10 Feb – Diverse Reader

 

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Blog Tour and Giveaway – Souls For Sale by Asta Idonea

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Title: Hell To Pay & 21st Century Demon
Author: Asta Idonea
Series: Souls For Sale
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Length: Long Novella/Short Story
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Hell To Pay Synopsis

The contract was destroyed and Tom’s soul saved from Hell.

Or so they thought.

Demon deal-maker, Saul, and his mortal lover, Thomas Ives, find themselves on the run when the other demons take none too kindly to Saul’s bending of the rules. With the denizens of Hell on their heels, Saul and Tom must fight to stay one step ahead, knowing that if they’re caught there’s only one direction they’re headed: down.

When Heaven decides to get involved, Saul’s actions are no longer a mere bureaucratic misdemeanour but the basis of a factional confrontation. And now only one question remains: to whom does Tom’s soul truly belong?

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It should have been an easy job: a contract signed and a new soul earmarked for Hell. But when suave demon deal-maker Saul chooses nerdy Thomas Ives as his next target, events take an unexpected turn. The lines between business transaction and pleasure blur, and Saul must decide whether he cares more for his professional reputation or the soul he just condemned to eternal damnation.

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About the author

NICKI J. MARKUS was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works, including the novella Time Keepers and the fantasy novel The Ragnarök Chronicles.

Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name of ASTA IDONEA and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing. She is currently working on her first M/M novella.

Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, and cross stitch. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.

Social links:

Website: http://www.nickijmarkus.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NickiJMarkus
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickiJMarkus

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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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.

Purchase Links

Torquere Press | Amazon | All Romance | Bookstrand | Smashwords

2015NewAbout the author

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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