Making Eros Jealous #loveisamess #anthology #valentinesday #authorcorner #gayfiction

Hello all! I’d love for you to give a warm welcome to Eva Lefoy, author of Property of Cupid in the Love is a Mess anthology I’m also a part of. Today she’s going to be sharing a bit about her story. I hope you enjoy it!


 

In Property of Cupid, my M/M story in the Love is a Mess anthology, Jeremy meets Eros, the Greek form of Cupid, in a bar. The man’s got feathers from here to there, and a brash attitude. He’s also a terrific dancer and totally focused on him. Being the center of attention is something Jeremy’s not used to. But he warms to the idea quickly!

 

After losing his v-card to Eros, he finds himself tramp stamped and blonded with a whole new wardrobe that’s super sexy and sure to get any top’s attention. All he has to do is walk out the door, shimmy that ass and have them fall at his feet. Going from wallflower to hottie in less than 24 hours is a little disorienting but Jeremy rises the challenge.

 

Unfortunately, this makes Eros a little bit jealous…. And there’s only one thing he can do.

 

In the Roman mythological cannon, they changed Eros’ name to Cupid, and Cupid at one point does fall in love with Psyche, after accidentally stabbing himself with his own arrow. Ouch! Let’s face it, love hurts, and for Eros this story ends with a bit of pain as well.

 

Some days, even the gods have it rough!

 

Property of Cupid

Excerpt:

 

“Noooooo!” Trapped inside Cupid’s form, Eros railed at the sight before him. The sight chilled him, turning his blood and his balls cold. But Cupid did nothing to stop it. He wanted to shake that silly cherub into a million pieces, even if it ended his existence as well.

Jeremy was dressed in some get-up he’d never seen before. Blond and newly sexy, he’d shed his innocence for a come-hither look and was rocking the attitude in a way that made Eros drool. But Jeremy wasn’t posing for Eros. Instead, his gaze was locked onto Andrew’s, the top who’d spotted him waiting in line for coffee. And Eros would be an ice cream cone in Hades if all Andrew wanted from Jeremy was a cup of coffee and conversation. Oh hell.

Eros’ soul shook as Andrew swaggered closer, his gaze locked onto Jeremy’s. No, no, no! Stop him!

Cupid giggled, hovering naked over the scene, his tiny wings flapping gaily. Invisible to the human eye he could cause all kinds of mischief. Everyone knew it was in his nature to make opposites fall in love, to make the hapless humans swoon with mushiness. The gods considered it good comedy, except when he used them as target practice. But today of all days, Cupid could get away with murder in the name of love. Him and his damn golden arrows.

Eros watched in horror as Andrew’s mouth moved honed in on Jeremy’s cheek and murder was exactly what he had in mind. Andrew was about to press his lips against the man who’d screamed his name last night. Eros hadn’t realized how badly he wanted to keep Jeremy around until that very moment. The realization shook him to his core.

“What the hell’s wrong with me? I’m the lust god,” he breathed, “I leave the love to Venus.” He’d never, ever, in all his eons on the job fallen for a human. But the sweet flavor of Jeremy lingered on his tongue. If only I’d had more time. I could have gotten him out of my system, that’s all.

Andrew’s hand strayed down Jeremy’s back, sliding toward a tattoo that read, Property of Cupid. Eros’s fury rallied.

“What? Damn it, did you do this, Cherub? Is this one of your sick jokes?” His hands clenched, fighting the urge to rip Andrew off Jeremy. “If it is, stop this right now!” he told the cherub. But Cupid snickered and admitted nothing.

Worse, the arrows in Cupid’s holder quivered. Eros knew without looking one lurked there for Jeremy and Cupid would use it to help Jeremy fall in love with Andrew on Valentine’s Day. A day on which Eros, the original god of love and lust, should be happy to be a part of the festivities and stay the hell off the playing field. But today every instinct demanded he break that damn arrow. “No. No, don’t do it,” he whispered.

But Cupid’s hand reached back and plucked the two almost identical white feather-fletched arrows with Jeremy’s name on them from the quiver. As though watching his movements in a daze, Eros looked down at them resting in Cupid’s tiny palm.

The one with the lead tip would easily solve his problem. If he shot Jeremy with the lead arrow, he’d despise Andrew and Eros would have him as his own. But if he shot Jeremy with the golden one, he’d fall madly in love with Andrew forever and ever, and Eros would never have him in his bed again. Swallowing hard, he shrieked in horror as Cupid dropped the lead arrow and nocked the golden one.

“No!”

Cupid pulled the string back. “Jeremy deserves love. He’ll be happy with Andrew. You’ll see.”

“No. He’s mine. Miiiine!” His roar shook the heavens.

 

 

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See what happens next in Love is a Mess.

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Edited by C. E. Case

Stories by A. M. Leibowitz, Adrian J. Smith, Amber Kinsey, Eva Lefoy, Geonn Cannon, L. M. Perrin, Michael DuPuy and Rachael Orman.

 

Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay anthology, Valentine’s Day theme, romance, contemporary

 

Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC
Release Date: January 3, 2015 (ebook only)
Length: Anthology / 35,000 words / 119 pages

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Description

 

Love is a Mess: A Supposed Crimes Anthology contains eight stories from eight authors on the topic of misfortune at Valentine’s Day. The topics range from the fun of the moment to the power of the eternal. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters star in their own love and lust stories—erotic, playful, and thoughtful.

Viral Valentine by L. M. Perrin

When a Valentine’s Day prank goes badly, Paige’s guilt won’t let her watch the victim walk away without a proper apology.
Date Blind by Geonn Cannon

A woman discovers the worst possible blind date scenario when her date turns out to be someone who bullied her in high school.
The Politician and the Pilot by Amber Kinsey

A politician and a pilot make a steamy connection on Valentine’s Day.
Bar Tryst by Rachael Orman

After her roommate blackmailed her into going to an Anti-Valentine’s day party, Vanessa decided to make the best of it especially when the bartender shared that she was looking to have a good time too.
Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith

With strange creatures in her path, Faye is determined to get the information she wants no matter the cost.
Property of Cupid by Eva Lefoy

Will an ancient Greek god give up half his powers to love a mere human? Or will Cupid loose his golden arrow, letting Jeremy fall in love with another man?
Private Dance by A. M. Leibowitz

With Alex’s sexy boyfriend, Phin, gone for three weeks, there’s only one option: let his best friend’s kids lead him on a treasure hunt through town to find his Valentine’s gift waiting for him to unwrap.
The Last Mitzvah by Michael DuPuy

One man seeks salvation over love, death, and ice cream.

 

Author Bio and Contact:

 

Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a die-hard Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

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#authorcorner Interview with Leigh Ellwood

Welcome one, welcome all! I had the wonderful opportunity this week to interview Leigh Ellwood about her upcoming novel and about writing in general! You’ll find that interview below.

 

I am Leigh Ellwood. I write smutty stories about people who like getting naked and having sex. Some have more sex than others, some have sex with people of the same gender, some have sex with more than one person, and still others have sex with toys and things that require the use of batteries. My stories range from a few thousand words to well past 70k. The book list link above breaks everything down for you – genre, length, and other attributes. My books are available at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Kobo, and ARe. Really, just type my name in any bookstore site and something is bound to show up.

 

Tell us about yourself. (can include or just be the author bio if you would like)

Hi there. Here’s the tl;dr version: I’m Leigh Ellwood and I write romance and erotica. I have been published under this name for almost ten years, and I have books with Phaze Books, Ellora’s Cave (later this month) and Decadent Publishing. I have also self-published some of my backlist. I live in the South and love to read and do yoga, and drink wine!

What is one thing not in your bio, something totally random that only a few people know?

I do write under other pen names, but I keep them separate. If you really want to know them, you can always shoot me an e-mail.

What made you decide to write? If it even was a decision. And what kept you at it?

I wouldn’t call it a decision – more like something hardwired into me. It comes naturally, and I just enjoy telling stories. New ideas keep me writing, and if I sell some that’s a bonus.

Who has been your biggest inspiration and support in writing and in publishing? Doesn’t have to be an author or anything, and yes, it can be your mom or dad.

I’m grateful for my family and my closest friend; he cracks the whip when I need it. Teachers have encouraged me to write more, and of course I read constantly. I’m inspired by too many writers to name.

Why is it that you are an independent author? What prompted the decision to publish with a small press publisher, and how has that experience been?

Eventually I will pursue traditional methods. Right now, I feel the stories I write are better fits for smaller presses. I do write gay and lesbian erotica, and the readership is strong there among certain small pubs. I also tend to write certain lengths that trad publishers will not touch. Over the last decades I’ve had several victories and disappointments. At the end of the day, though, I’m writing and that makes me happy.

 

Tell us a bit about Sugar Rush, without spoilers of course.

Sugar Rush is a novella of lesbian romance, written specifically for a call Ellora’s Cave did for their Hot Pink line. It’s about a baker named Neve who connects with Judy, a shy girl with a sweet tooth. Neve becomes somewhat of a celebrity when she agrees to cater a same-sex wedding, which leads to various complications in her new relationship.

 

If you could meet one character in real life from Sugar Rush—who would it be and why?

Definitely Neve. She makes awesome cupcakes!

 

What do you do when you get stuck in your writing? What happens when that nasty writer’s block sets down and refuses to budge—if you believe in writer’s block that is?

It happens to me. Sometimes if I’m stuck on a story I’ll set it aside and noodle on something else, listen to music, watch TV, anything to get the ideas flowing again.

 

Would you mind sharing some of your ups and some of your downs about writing and about publishing? Any advice to new and upcoming authors?

First thing to remember: it’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon. If you don’t hit immediately don’t believe it will never happen. I have published books that sold well, and others that flopped. Also, publish the way YOU want to – don’t feel you have to self-pub because everybody is doing it. If you want to submit to Harlequin or Ellora’s Cave, do it! You control your writing career.

 

Here’s a more serious question. What is it like to write in the LGBT realm of craziness that we all support? What’s it like to dip the toe into the rainbow through writing and publishing?

I like to call myself a storyteller. Sometimes, the stories are about same sex couples who fall in love. Happily Ever Afters aren’t limited to one type of person, and I enjoy reading LGBT stories as well as writing them. I like the community of writers, too. Everybody is different and believes in a common cause.

 

Why focus on the LGBT genre? What are the plusses and what are the minuses of doing so?

Like I said, sometimes a story calls for a same-sex pairing. If I could have done anything different, though, I might have considered a separate pen name for LGBT stories. I write all pairings, and sometimes a ménage. I kept everything under my Leigh name to build my backlist and variety. It’s great for readers who are interested in anything, but this way I’m also unpredictable. A reader may wish for an M/M story from me, and I publish F/F first. So I can understand that.

 

QUICKIES!

1. Dog or Cat? Tough one, but dog.
2. Favorite color?
Purple
3. Favorite junk food?
Chocolate!
4. Favorite musician?
Rush, The Beatles
5. Favorite curse word?
F*ck
6. Favorite quote?
“To eat good food is to be close to God.” From the film Big Night
7. Rolaids or Tums?
I actually take Gaviscon ;-)
8. Short or Tall?
Talllll…
9. Favorite body part?
Baby got back
10. Favorite holiday?
Fourth of July

10357900_10202588714294004_1173922118_nSugar Rush is available for Pre-Order!
Release Date: June 20, 2014

ARe ~ Kindle ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Ellora’s Cave

Baker Neve Rush is surprised to receive social media attention, both the good and bad varieties, after agreeing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. She cares about people’s tastes in pastries, not sexual partners. The newfound fame has gained her new customers—as well as one resurfaced ex. Gianna stirs up memories Neve would rather forget, and an impromptu flirtation with a client might just do the trick.

Judy Goldsmith finds Neve’s open-mindedness refreshing and attractive, and isn’t above a little scheming to get to know her better. As Neve and Judy satisfy each other’s sweet tooth in the most pleasurable ways possible, feelings begin to blossom. But their deepening attraction may not survive a little white lie…and an even bigger, darker secret.

A Romantica® GLBT erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

 

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A DIFFERENT CLASS

ARe ~ Kindle ~ B&N ~ Decadent Publishing

FDR High Class of 2004 graduate, Glenn Carson contacts fellow alumni to get a list of who will be attending the upcoming festivities. One call to a disgruntled former student leaves him shaken—apparently, not everyone is looking forward to the reunion. Hoping to ease his frustration, he contacts the 1Night Stand service for a relaxing and passionate encounter.

Known as “Mumbles” to former classmates, Rod Maloney would prefer to focus on the present and his successful business. However, past tragedies continue to haunt him, so he requests Madame Eve find him a man to show him a hot time and help him forget his troubles.

Will their one night together lead to a reunion after all?

 

Find Leigh here!

http://www.leighellwood.com

http://leighwantsfood.blogspot.com

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Write what you know, but be cautious with character assassination #authorcorner Algenon Lusch

Today I have a guest post from Algie, and I can honestly say it’s an awesome post!! It’s something every writer should think about and dwell upon before, during, and after they are writing. This happens whether it is fiction or non-fiction. Without further ado, I give you…

Write what you know, but be cautious with character assassination

 They say that writing from experience is the best way to create a story that grips people. The ‘write what you know’ adage is important, particularly if you’re relying on plot factors which require pinpoint accuracy on, say, medical treatments or the layout of a courtroom. Get it right, and readers won’t even notice. Get it wrong and, I assure you, there’ll be reviews pointing out the problems. Meanwhile, if you’re not writing from an exact circumstance, you’ll often draw on past experiences, even if it’s simply a feeling, such as when you were dumped for the first time. Experience is an essential tool for a writer, helping us to create scenarios, bring our characters to life and cause emotional reactions within readers; people who’ve only spent moments with the books we’ve held in our hearts for many months and years. But experience is also something to be slightly wary of too because what do you do if you’re book is almost an exact replica of past events?

You might think there’s no problem at all when this situation arises. In fact, writing a story in this manner essentially allows you to regurgitate exactly what happened without much thought at all. It can be nostalgic (I find that looking back into the past has a rosy tint to it), and there can be joy in revisiting the past whilst creating something new for the future. However, if you’re writing the truth, particularly from just your point of view, then care has to be taken.

I’ve been in this exact predicament myself with my 52 First Dates series. You’ll note on the cover that it clearly states ‘Based on a true story’. I can assure you, that it really is. I went through the 52 First Dates process, met the men, had my heart broken and dealt with many crisis – often from friends – along the way. But, as much as I might have hated a date, or thought them impolite and arrogant, when I’m committing them to paper, especially within these forever-lasting ebook stories, there has to be a little caution about denigrating someone’s entire character. As I mentioned, this is only one point of view; what about how they felt? How would they react when reading the latest M/M book and recognising themselves within its pages?

You could, of course, throw caution to the wind. Change their names, perhaps change the setting and then leave everything else intact. Allow yourself to deconstruct every bad trait you believed them to have, and put it out there for everyone to see. I’m not quite able to do that, and spend time trying to balance it out a little. Yes, I’m writing these dates from almost exact experience, and yes, the men in my books are pretty much as they were in real life. But, I can’t help think about how I’d feel if suddenly, and glaringly, my personality was starting up at me from the pages of a book. If you’ve created a fictitious character, even if they might be based on someone, then you mightn’t need so much care. However, if what you’re writing is true in setting, tone, character and outcome, if it’s obvious who someone might be, then I’d be a little kinder because you just don’t know what the outcome might be.

Do you write from experience? Could you be kind, or would you let your passion lead you?

Books

Portrait of handsome man lying naked on bed.The Man PLAN

Now that David’s heading towards his mid-30s, he’s finally realised that it’s time to find a husband. But with so many men and so little time, he realises he’s going to have to be strategic if he’s ever to find his soulmate.

Thus, 52 First Dates is formed; a challenge, a scheme, to go on a date with a new man, every week, for a year. If it pays off, he’ll be in marital bliss. If it doesn’t, he’ll know that he’s fated with being the eternal bachelor. With everything to live for, David plunges into the world of dating in search of the perfect man.

The Man Plan is a 12,000K SHORT STORY, or about 37 pages in length.

M/M Steam-level: HOT!!

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Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ALusch

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=A.+Lusch

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 Friends and FRENCHMENPortrait of handsome man lying naked on bed.

With David in his mid-30’s, it’s time to get serious about finding a husband. Too many men and not enough time, mean he’s embarked on the challenge of a lifetime; to date a new man every week for a year until he finds THE ONE.

With one date out the way, and many more to come, David’s realising there’s a reason it’s so hard to find a soulmate. And, with friends, lovers and lust getting in the way, finding a husband might be harder than he thought.

Friends and FRENCHMEN is a 12,500k SHORT STORY, or about 35 pages.

M/M Steam-Level: SIZZLING

 

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