Tentative Release Date & Description for I SWEAR TO YOU

Coming April 2014: I SWEAR TO YOU

My publisher has set a tentative release date for I SWEAR TO YOU: April 29, 2014. This may change as Loose Id sometimes needs to shuffle their schedule around for various reasons. You can sign-up for e-mail notices about new blog posts and/or to get a copy of my newsletter for an announcement when the book is released.

Draft Story Description: I SWEAR TO YOU

Since the night they kissed back in college, Grady has been fantasizing about his former “straight” roommate. Now that Grady’s finally ready for more with a guy, he heads to the local pride parade where he spots the man who’s been starring in all those fantasies. But Grady broke Mateo’s heart back in college when he refused to accept he might be gay, even after they spent an explosive night together. Mateo doesn’t trust him and takes off before Grady can even say hello. Tracking Mateo down proves nearly impossible. So what’s a horny gay virgin who wants only one man to do? He posts an ad online to encourage his friend out of hiding and into his bed. Once he gets Mateo between the sheets, he’s sure he can convince him that this is no college experiment. Only, Mateo’s been hiding from something. Or someone. Grady is determined to tear down all the walls between them so he can find out what happened to Mateo and help heal his wounds, and in the process just maybe show his best friend that he’s not going to run this time.

MORE THAN JUST A GOOD BOOK now available in paperback

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I’m thrilled to share that the print edition of Scott and Mark’s story is now available! You can pick up a copy at the following retailers. (It’ll be showing up at Barnes & Noble and others in the next few weeks.)

Available Now at:

Amazon

Thanks to everyone who’s already checked out the e-book edition. It recently reached the #6 spot on the All Romance eBooks bestseller list. The number of things I am thankful for this year is too numerous to even consider listing, but please know, my readers rank very near the top. You are the best! THANK YOU for continuing to give my stories a try, and I truly hope you’re enjoying this one.

MORE THAN JUST A GOOD BOOK

Shy, nervous Scott is a big book geek, and fellow student Mark is a bit controlling between the sheets. During one afternoon at the university library, they find they are the perfect match. Now they have to find out if they can keep on proving that some things are even more enjoyable than a good book.

As the two begin exploring their most secret sexual fantasies, neither can imagine walking away. With only one semester left before they head off in different directions, they discover it’s impossible to avoid their growing feelings for each other. When a desperate bully tries to destroy Mark’s chance at the career he’s always wanted and tries to keep him away from Scott, the two lovers must come to terms with exactly what it means to be in love with someone–and how to be brave enough to go after what it is they truly want.

This is the expanded, full-length novel. The original short story is chapter one of this novel. This work contains graphic language and explicit sexual content between two men, including some light BDSM (spanking and bondage). Intended for adult audiences only.

New Novella Coming Next Year: I SWEAR TO YOU

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I’m working on a novella for my publisher Loose Id based on the theme “Missing Connections.”

As it’s planned, I SWEAR TO YOU is a friends-to-lovers, reunion story about two former “straight” college roommates who meet up years after the one and only night they let themselves explore how far beyond friendship their feelings had grown.

Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters and blog posts for the official blurb with more details, previews, and a release date. It should be sometime in spring 2014.

(I’m still working on More #2 as well, so there’ll be more upcoming news on that book too.)

Another Interview with Richard Marshall

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I met Richard at his townhouse this time around. It was late at night by the time we both found a few minutes to talk that day. He opened the door and greeted me with a smile and a nod. He was in faded jeans, a plain white T-shirt, and equally white athletic socks with no shoes. He looked good doing the casual thing.

He leaned against the open door, and I could tell he was happy to see me, not the least bit nervous of what I might ask. He’d given this interview more consideration than the last one. Now he had me all figured out.

Or so he thought.

As I made my way inside, I mentally tossed out the questions I’d prepared, trying to come up with new ones that he wouldn’t have anticipated.

I sat in a chair in the living room, and he chose the couch across from me. I crossed my legs and opened my notepad, clicked my pen so I was ready. He rested one ankle on the opposite knee, his left arm draped over the back of the open space on the couch beside him. He looked at home in that pose. Or maybe it was the room we were in. Maybe it was just him and where he was in his life.

Or maybe I was wrong about all that.

The living room wasn’t as neat as I’d expected based on my first visit to the same house. Although, nothing much was out of order. The only signs of disarray were a haphazard stack of magazines on the coffee table between us and loose office papers on the far end of the couch.

The room just seemed to project a sense of unease, like his carefully ordered life had been altered slightly by something—or someone.

I gave the papers on the couch a quick glance, trying not to let him see my attempt at determining if the unexpected clutter was his, Matthew’s, or Luke’s.

“You’re awfully quiet this time,” he said. “Is everything okay?”

I was taken aback by his words, and even more by the concern in his voice.

“I’m fine.”

I hadn’t expected him to give me much thought. I always figured he spent our time together thinking about the reason I was there—to learn more about him and the men in his life.

I should’ve known better. This was Richard.

I was touched that he considered me at all, and even more that he genuinely cared if I was okay.

His relaxed demeanor had slipped away. He was intensely scrutinizing me. “Are you a happy person, Sloan?”

I watched him in return. I wanted to remind him he wasn’t writing a book about me, but I didn’t want to give him any ideas. “I just get focused when I’m writing.” I probably came across as too serious, too internally preoccupied. “Yes, I’m happy. More than I’ve ever been. You?”

“Ditto.”

“Really?”

The surprised, almost angered look that flashed across his face wasn’t something I’d seen from him before. He unfolded his leg, leaned forward, elbows on his knees as he kept those serious green eyes focused on me. The empty space between us seemed to shrink in an instant, and he hadn’t left the couch.

“No matter what is going on with me or my business, I have them. That’s what matters to me. That’s all I need to be happy.” He’d pointed toward the stairs in the hall on the word them.

“Just because you want something to be true doesn’t—”

“Watch it…”

The tone of his voice convinced me to move on.

I indicated the staircase with a tilt of my head. “Are they in bed?”

“Yes.”

“And you’re stuck here talking to me?”

He nodded, then eased back against the couch again, his voice returning to the more casual tone he’d started our conversation with. “You like to do that sometimes, try to throw me off my usual routine, shake me up a bit.”

Apparently he did have me all figured out. He really needed to stop giving me that much thought.

I said, “You know, I was thinking about Luke the other day.”

“Yeah?” He glanced into the hall, and a grin hit his lips. “I do that a lot too.”

That I do know about you.”

We both laughed.

“Is he happy?” I asked when the laughter died off.

“Luke? Yeah.”

I could hear the hesitation in that last word.

When I didn’t ask anything more, he looked my way and added, “He has a few things to work out.”

“About his dad?”

He didn’t say anything to that. Instead he asked, “Is that why you were thinking about him? Wondering if he got his happy ending?”

“Actually, no. I was thinking about how very different the two of you are. Despite how closed off he was, Luke just jumped into my skin and started typing, telling his story, the words flowing as if he’d been dying to get them out, whether he wanted to admit that in the beginning or not. But you… You’re a conundrum. You rely on communication like it’s the air you breathe, yet you hold a lot inside. You have no trouble telling me the details of events. Sometimes you even share what you’re feeling, and then sometimes you don’t. Why is that?”

He hesitated again. Or maybe he was trying to find the right words. “What I’m feeling, my emotions… Those are things people will use against me if given the chance?”

“What people? Luke and Matthew?”

“No!”

“Me?”

He laughed again at that. “If it were just you, I might be compelled to share more, but you’ll just end up telling everyone else.”

“That’s what a writer does.”

He gave an amused snort and nodded. “Touché.”

“So I’ve got most of your story figured out, but there are just a couple of holes I need to fill in.”

“And you would like me to make that easier for you?”

“I would, yes.”

“All right.” He was back to his signature knowing grin that slightly curled the corners of his lips. His arm was lounging over the top of the couch again. “You went into this thinking it would be Luke who’d pushed me to see things more clearly. You forget that ultimately change comes from within. That certain spark, that characteristic that I need in order to overcome my greatest conflicts, is already a part of me. I just have to push aside my own obstacles—the ones I’ve been pretending don’t exist.” He stopped, and I knew he wouldn’t admit what those obstacles were. Not out loud. Not yet.

Then he spoke again. “You also forget how smart Matthew is about these things. He knows what he wants now, and in the end, he won’t settle for less.”

“The end of this book or the next?”

He raised an eyebrow. “Now that’s a good question for the writer.”

And with those words, I knew that was all I was going to get from him right then. We’d get a chance to talk more when we got back to working on the story.

As we said our good-byes, I was left pondering what exactly it was that Matthew wanted.

*Richard is a character in MORE and MORE THAN MOST (the in-progress sequel to MORE). You can read the first interview with Richard on my website.

 

Part 9 of MORE THAN JUST A GOOD BOOK now available

The winning cover of the reader poll. This will be used in the final e-book release of MORE THAN JUST A GOOD BOOK.

The winning cover of the reader poll. This will be used in the final e-book and paperback releases of MORE THAN JUST A GOOD BOOK, coming in November 2013.

The next installment of my serial story is now available on my website. I hope you enjoy this edition. Next up is the final installment!

Note about the Final Installment: Next month (November 2013), the final section of MORE THAN JUST A GOOD BOOK will be available on my website for free for only 2 weeks, then it will be removed from the site and the full e-book will be available for purchase at Amazon and other online retailers. You can sign up for my newsletter to get an announcement about the final installment so you don’t miss out.

I hope you enjoy reading more of Mark and Scott’s story.