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Friday, 20 October 2017

LGBT Tales - L. J. Longo


Todays special guest in my LGBT tales series is L. J. Longo, with two sizzling M/M novels and a very intresting intro to her choice of subject matter. I'll let L.J. do the talking!


"My live-in washing machine/philosopher (aka husband) describes my writing as an in-depth look the romantic subplot of action films…with a ton of hot gay sex. I know, my live-in washing machine is brilliant and entirely unbiased, but he actually has a point.

I love Deadpool, James Bond, and Indiana Jones and I’ve spent my fantasy life imagining those macho-dudes as gay as humanly possible. So, the two novels, I’m showcasing here today, are dark and action-packed. “Evasive Love,” published in 2013 by the now defunct Ellora’s Cave, is a steampunk sci-fi story is about a bounty hunter who falls in love with the drug-manufacturer he is arresting.  “The Dishonest Lover,” published in 2015 by Evernight,  is about an Irish thug who falls for the African-American con-artist he’s holding hostage. So yeah, I might have a thing for bondage and criminals.

I think my kinks are a reaction to my first experiences with gay culture.

I grew up in a very repressive, very rural area. The only alternative sexualities I saw came in the form of depressing classic literature (Giovanni’s Room comes to mind), biography (not nearly sexually explicit enough for my teenage tastes), and fanfiction (because who doesn’t enjoy Draco haughty explaining how he magically impregnated Harry?)

Personally, I craved a different treatment of homosexuality. I disliked the omnipresent stereotype of uber-feminized gay male that came with every escapist uber-sweet ship. And I was emotionally exhausted by the reality of queer oppression.

Then I saw “Miller’s Crossing.”

I realized what I wanted most was not graphic descriptions of the great sex I was not having as a teenager (though I wanted that in spades), but the wholeness of the gay character. In the Cohen Brothers’ film, the love triangle between three men is integral to the plot, yet they stand out not as gays who happened to be gangsters, but as gangsters who happened to be gay. They are sexual characters defined by things outside their sexuality.

I started writing those stories.

Both “Evasive Love” and “The Dishonest Lover” are dark, but full of optimism. The characters are wounded and often violent, but find healing and redemption through love. You couldn’t get more different settings “Dishonest” takes place in modern Ireland over Christmas weekend, while “Evasive” is a steampunk future where parts of the earth are poisonous, apartments fly, and reactional drugs are contagious. But both novels reach the core of who I am as writer: they both tell a story about two men struggling to find the courage to be vulnerable and find happiness

Also: ton hot gay sex.



I hope you read and enjoy them!



-L.J. Longo"

Thanks, L. J.! Let's lookt at the books!! :)


 "...Dizzying twists and turns make Evasive Love a wild and crazy ride. The story and characters are multi-layered, tiptoeing the line between honest and guilty. A complex plotline with vibrant dialogue that’s sometimes snarky, other times humorous. Trying to follow Elliot’s thoughts at times is something else. Excellent characters in a busy tale that never stops moving..."


A bounty hunter falls in love with his mark. Evasive Love is a male/male erotic adventure contains a little bondage and a whole lot of heat!

Kavan is his own man. As a bounty hunter for the Intersectoral Police force, Kavan is not one prone to weakness or sympathy. But when he catches the beautiful Elliot, a suspected fugitive, his morals and his passions are thrown into violent competition.
As Elliot insists he is innocent, Kavan’s instincts, which tend to be unreliable where beautiful men are concerned, tell him something isn’t right with this bounty. If Elliot is being truthful, Kavan is making a mistake that will cost him everything. If the man is just conning him, Kavan stands to lose something more precious than his bounty—his heart.

Originally published by Ellora's Cave.



"...In a small span of time, these two men shared a passion neither has ever experienced with another. To say their scenes were simply hot would be putting it mildly."
 

For Royal Chanticleer, forging false IDs was basically joining the Peace Corps: make a little money and help refugees. But when his employers branch into human trafficking, Roy decides to steal his share and cut ties.

George Morrison, a lapsed Catholic and non-practicing gay in Ireland, has his lonely Christmas disrupted when a dangerous gang demands he abduct a fleeing con-artist by threatening his family. George manages to capture Roy… when Roy mistakes George for the average local, he charms and seduces him.

Suspicion and desperation soon war with their growing love for each other as Roy struggles to escape and George fights to protect his family from the gang that might kill them both.


Follow L.J.'s news and musings on her blog!



Thursday, 19 October 2017

Another picture... and more of the same poem...









Yours is the first winter star
In its dark mantle
Yours is the wind in the shadow-trees
And the voice of the rushing grasses
Yours is the falling dusk - and the rising moon
And yours is the moonlight
On the rippling sands of Arnia
And the starry splendor of the Milky Way
As it bends its scattered brightness
Over the desert dunes

Yours is the great boundless sky above
From star to countless star - forever

As yours is my trembling heart
My love – my love – 



From "A song for Laz' Law" bits of which were published in Head-Shy 
Photo and ditial manip by Katherine Wyvern

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Transgender Tales - J. K. Pendragon



When I started looking for books and authors to host on my blog this month in my Transgender themed series, J. K. Pendragon was the very first  person I contacted. And I was truly delighted to get their reply,and their contribution, because, aside from their lovely books, there is so much I can relate to in their blog. So much of what they have to say here is so relevant to me as a person, and as the author of my recent release!

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Trans Gender and the Presentation Dilemma

J.K. Pendragon for the Wyvern's Lair



Hi there!



My name is Jes, and I write romance novels under the penname J.K. Pendragon. I'm genderqueer, and I've written a few different novels and short stories with trans characters. Since Katherine's new book is a transgender romance, she's asked for some blog posts by transgender authors, and I'm happy to contribute!


What I want to talk about today is something with also seems to be a theme in Katy's book: the idea that no two trans experiences are exactly the same. There's a huge problem with transgender representation in mainstream media, where trans people are presented as very binary "women in mens' bodies" or "girls who always knew they were really a boy." Trans women always have to have played with dolls as a child, and trans men must have been tomboys growing up. If you go by the media, the defining trait of trans people is that they want to fit in and pass as the perfect stereotypical example of their gender. In real life, there are some trans people that fit this narrative, but this is only one way to experience being trans. The reality is often messier, more complicated, and much more unique.


As a non-binary person, there are aspects of both masculinity and femininity I embrace, and aspects that I reject. As someone who doesn't consider themself to be male or female, there are a lot of things that I like, but can recognize as being completely arbitrary to gender, despite them being heavily coded as one way or the other by society. Things like make-up, sports, fashion… These are things that can be enjoyed by anyone. Young people often grow up liking things that are considered "for the opposite gender," and that includes trans people.


The problem comes when a person realizes they are transgender, and decides to take steps to be recognized by the outside world as who they really are. For some trans people, this doesn't matter, and they continue to dress and act however they want. But for a lot of us, there's pressure to conform to gender roles, partly so that people will "believe" that we're really trans, but also just so that we can be recognized easily as our gender. Things like hair, fashion and make-up can be a shorthand for getting people to recognize us for who we are, which can save us from the grief of being misgendered, bullied, and ostracized.


Being transgender is a very personal thing, the basis of which is a trans person's relationship with their body, their identity, and the steps they take to become more comfortable with themself. But in our strictly regulated, gendered society, being transgender comes with the requirement of performing gender, which is exhausting, and especially for someone who is neither male or female, frustrating and confusing. There is no "shorthand" for androgyny, and always there is the conflict between dressing and presenting in a way you enjoy, and presenting in a way that will allow you to pass as your gender. And for those of us who identify as neither male or female, "passing" is a tightrope of stylistic choices that leaves little to no room for personal expression.


The relationship between trans people and gender presentation is complicated, and every trans person approaches it differently. There is no wrong way to be trans; no one should feel pressured to conform to gender stereotypes, or to reject them. Unfortunately, most of us face those pressures every day, and there's no clear solution to the issue. All we can do is encourage and accept the individuality of every trans person's journey, and recognize that we are all beautiful, unique and important.  


I hope this has been some food for thought, and I hope that you will check out Katy's new book, Woman as a Foreign Language, as well as my own at my website: www.jkpendragon.com


Thank you for reading!
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Rather thank you for writing, such a thoutful and thought-provoking post! :) 

Some of Jes' books featuring wonderfully queer characters:

To Summon Nightmares
Three years ago, Cohen Brandwein was "Ireland's Favorite Daughter", a popular teenage author and internet celebrity. But ever since he came out publicly as trans, the media's treatment of him has been less than golden, and these days, Cohen is desperate for escape.

When he inherits an old house in the country, Cohen sees it as a perfect opportunity to escape the press and work on his new book. What he doesn't count on is becoming embroiled in a small town murder mystery and falling for the primary suspect, a man whose reality makes Cohen's fantasy books seem like child's play...


Dowload a sample on Amazon 

Sea Lover
Ian is happy with his life in a remote Canadian fishing town, where he has only the sea and his fishing crew for company. People say being alone is terrible, but he's never had any problems with it.

Then his peaceful life is thrown into upheaval when he finds an injured merman washed up on the shore. With no idea what else to do, Ian takes the merman home and nurses him back to health.

But as he helps S'mika heal, a bond begins to form, and Ian starts to wonder if maybe there is more to life than being alone…


Download a sample on Amazon 

Destined for an arranged marriage she wants nothing to do with, Princess Breanwynne decides that the only option for escape is to run away. Upon the announcement of this plan, her trusted pet cat reveals he can talk by asking that she take him along. Listening to his suggestion to venture into the lair of the Swamp Witch proves to be a very bad idea, but Breanwynne would rather face a witch any day than be forced to marry a prince.

Dowload a sample on Amazon



About Jes

J.K Pendragon is a Canadian author with a love of all things romantic and fantastical. They first came to the queer fiction community through m/m romance, but soon began to branch off into writing all kinds of queer fiction. As a bisexual and genderqueer person, J.K. is dedicated to producing diverse, entertaining fiction that showcases characters across the rainbow spectrum, and provides queer characters with the happy endings they are so often denied.




Monday, 16 October 2017

New picture for an old poem



"...Three and three hundred angels

From the towering gates of eternal bliss 

Kneeled

And paid homage - to the twin curve of your haunches..."


(From "A song for Laz' Law", bits of which were published in Head-Shy) 


With a thousand thanks to the wondrously talented (and flexible) @onyx_w on Instagram for allowing me to use some of his pics for my doodling.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Re-release - Faye Avalon - Beast Denied

“…the fast paced and smooth flowing plot captivates readers with lots of suspense, turmoil and romance… I was completely spellbound.”
Night Owl Reviews

**Editor Pick at Evernight**



Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, England is an eerily enigmatic place, especially as dusk falls. For many years there have been rumors of a wild panther-like creature roaming the moor. Despite many sightings, only a few grainy images have been caught on film. An official investigation found no real evidence to confirm such a beast exists, but no evidence either that it didn’t. My imagination went into overdrive and Beasts of Bodmin Moor was born, featuring a covert pack of panther shape-shifters living amongst the unsuspecting Bodmin community.


Beast Denied, the second book in the Beasts of Bodmin Moor series has now been re-released by Evernight Publishing.


Embracing the future, means confronting the past.


Naomi Flynn doesn’t intend to mate or marry. Never again will she leave herself open to the manipulation she once endured. Besides, no panther male will want her anyway once they know the truth behind what happened a decade ago. 
She’s happy to burn up the sheets in a buddy-with-benefits arrangement, until a hankering for a three-way sexual adventure thrusts her right back into the arms of the man she can’t afford to remember.
Tynan Galloway doesn’t intend to watch the woman he wants throw herself at every male around, except him. A brutal assault might have robbed him of his destiny as a protector of the pack, but damned if Naomi is going to be another casualty of his fate.
When he discovers she’s in potential danger, he challenges her to deny that he’s the one man who can protect her…unaware that Naomi is determined to prove him wrong.



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About the Author:
Faye Avalon enjoys writing sexy stories about strong men and the savvy women who rock their world. She has taken a roundabout journey toward her writing career, working as cabin crew, detouring into property development, public relations and education, before finally finding her passion: writing spicy romantic fiction. Faye lives with her super-ace husband and one beloved, ridiculously spoiled dog.

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