September 21, 2014

Publisher Week: Day 1 Boroughs Publishing Group @BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog #amwriting

Boroughs  
This is Day 1 of Publisher Week featuring Boroughs Publishing Group. For the next few days, Romance Lives Forever will showcase this publisher and its authors.
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Publisher's Week – Boroughs Publishing Group
Hello, Everyone and thank you, Kayelle for inviting us to share a bit about ourselves this week. *Waving* to all our readers and fans...
Boroughs Publishing Group: Here are our truths: We love Romance. A great story. Compelling characters. A good turn of the written word. A happy ending.
To kick off the week, we'd like to introduce you to our Lunchbox Romance Line – Delicious short romances consumable during the lunch hour.
We have a wonderful newly released Lunchbox Romance series by author Aubrey McKnight, entitled the Ladies of the Abberly Theater, all set in Victorian London.
Have a nibble.

Iphigenia and the Showman

In Victorian London, a beautiful but penniless illusionist finds herself and her dreams at the delicious mercy of an emotionally haunted theater owner.

Maddy and the Gambler

In Victorian London, a horribly scarred seamstress finds herself gambling on the healing love of a viscount's gadabout son.

Calliope and the Viscount

Eschewing the rules of stuffy English society, Calliope Bellingham is out to win the right for women to vote, but what she wins is the heart of a friend, nobleman, confidant and lover.

See you tomorrow. We'll spend some time with our 'Naughty Boys.'

Submissions

Are you an author? Fantastic. We adore authors. We’re seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination; we encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you’re providing well written incredible story-telling we’re game. Read more: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit

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September 20, 2014

Cover Love: Massage With Happy Ending by JB Brooks @JbbrooksbooksJB #RLFblog #contemporary

Massage With Happy Ending 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Massage With Happy Ending.

Genre Erotic Romance
Author Name JB Brooks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Lolly doesn't regret her decision to impersonate a sex worker while researching a magazine article. But when she runs into her sexy "customer" again at an island resort, the situation gets too hot to handle.
Jared likes his sex kinky and his women curvy. Left wanting more after his encounter with the Rubenesque Lolly, he makes her a scorching offer when he sees her again unexpectedly—four nights of BDSM sex and surprises for four thousand dollars. Lolly wants to tell him the truth but fears he'll rescind his offer if he finds out she's not a professional. But when business turns to more than pleasure, both end up with more than they bargained for.
A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora's Cave.

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September 19, 2014

Cover Love: Caught On Camera by Destiny Blaine @DestinyBlaine #RLFblog #contemporary

Caught On Camera 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Caught On Camera by Destiny Blaine.

Published by Siren-Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Caught On Camera is Love at First Sight, Book One—A series of Love At First Sight romances, all of which stand alone.
Bailey Chapman isn't looking for love but when Nick Palmani shows up at a bonfire and starts pursuing her, she notices. Soon, the two are grinding out their passionate fantasies. Unbeknownst to the couple, the entire episode is caught on camera.
Nick Palmani knows Bailey possesses that special spark, but when he discovers Bailey's father owns the farm where he'll soon work, things are complicated. After a night of passion is caught on camera and the entire groping session goes viral, he isn't too certain of his job security. He's more concerned about Bailey and how her life will soon spin out of control.
Fearing Bailey will do whatever necessary to pacify her family and avoid unattractive labels, Nick whisks her away to an undisclosed location. Soon, secrets are revealed in front of an interested public and Bailey and Nick must decide if they can move forward together or find a way to leave their explosive past behind.

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Author Bio

Destiny Blaine is one pseudonym for the award-winning international bestseller Susan Smith Alvis. Destiny writes in most subgenres with a mix of intimate pairings. Her upcoming title, Rendition, will be released soon from Siren-Bookstrand.
A career writer for over a decade, Destiny and her husband live in East Tennessee with their four pampered pets.

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September 18, 2014

Cover Love: Kidnapped Bride by Heather Hiestand @heatherhiestand #RLFblog #historical

Kidnapped Bride  
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is The Kidnapped Bride.

Genre historical romance
Author Name Heather Hiestand
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Pursuing this elusive heiress will be the ultimate temptation…
Lady Elizabeth Shield is used to saving herself from trouble. And even if dashing private inquiry agent Dougal Alexander just rescued her from white slavers, she's definitely not returning to her stifling aristocratic life and unsuitable suitors. Not when there are other women in danger—and a secret promise to keep in Edinburgh. But outwitting Dougal's tactics to return her to London and her family will be easier than staying away from his intoxicating kisses…
He's a baron's second son accustomed to making his own way and uncovering the truth. Now Dougal must keep Lady Elizabeth close for her own protection, but her spirited wiles are proving scandalously irresistible. His most difficult case yet will be showing her that he's everything she truly desires—and that love is the greatest of adventures…
"Before I realized it, the unusually strong and well-developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention. This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read." --Delle Jacobs, author of Lady Wicked

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September 17, 2014

Cover Love: Homecoming by Te Russ @TeRussNovels #RLFblog #contemporary

Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Homecoming by Te Russ.

Troy Hartford has finally returned to his small hometown in Texas, and the first person he runs into is Veronica Baker. He's amazed at the beautiful woman she's become.

Veronica has been living her mundane life, making sure her father's business continues to thrive. She doesn't even realize that she's not truly living until Troy shows up.

Neither of them can forget the one kiss they shared over a decade ago when they were teenagers, and seeing each other now has stirred up an attraction neither of them can deny.

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September 16, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Vicki Batman author of Temporarily Employed @VickiBatman #RLFblog #contemporary

Temporarily Employed 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Vicki Batman.
What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
I love hamburgers and with 3 other friends, we try different burger restaurants.
What were you like when you were in school?
Painfully shy until about age 15. Then I began working and getting praise which naturally boosted my self-esteem and image.
What is your favorite quote?
"Life should Not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming Woo-hoo, what a ride!"
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
Boyhood—follows a boy for twelve years. It is interesting how he changes over time physically. What happens to him and his family.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Hmm. I have a different answer. My hero, Handsome, has the ringtone "Diamonds Are Forever." LOL

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Title: Temporarily Employed
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Author Name: Vicki Batman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Blurb (up to 300 words):
Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.
Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. He evolved from a pocket protector-wearing geek to a handsome police detective. When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?

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September 15, 2014

Cover Love: Timeless Desire by Lucy Felthouse @cw1985 #RLFblog #erotica #paranormalromance

Timeless Desire 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Lucy Felthouse.

Emily arrives at Westbury Hall with a job to do. She's to clean and conserve all of the books in their impressive library, preserving them for future generations. Not long into her stay at the house, she bumps into the night guard, George. She'd expected an old, balding guy with a comb over, so the hunky chap she actually meets is a very pleasant surprise. The introductions complete, George leaves Emily in peace to get on with her job. But when a falling photograph sets off a chain reaction of ghostly events, Emily and George are thrown together in order to find out who—or what—is causing them. Their investigation uncovers a tragic past, a lost love, and a stunning secret.
Please Note: This is a revised and extended of a previously published title, Love Through Time.

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Author Bio

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women's Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.

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September 14, 2014

Cover Love: Willow Smoke by Adriana Kraft @adrianakraft #RLFRblog #RomanticSuspense

Willow Smoke 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Willow Smoke, Book Three in the Riders Up series by Adriana Kraft.

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher B&B Publishing
Cover by Rebecca Poole Dreams2Media
When the chips are down, there's nobody there. Willowy blond Daisy Matthews has survived the Chicago streets with this mantra but is unprepared for the much older Nick Underwood's urgent pursuit. The wealthy businessman receives a thoroughbred in payment for a bad debt and is thrust into Daisy's world. She teaches him about horse racing; he teaches her about love. When Daisy's seamy brother-in-law threatens Nick's safety, she doggedly tries to stop him by herself, but flees to the familiar streets when he attacks. Can Nick find her in time – and if he does, will she still want him?

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About the Author

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published over thirty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

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September 13, 2014

Creating the Provocative Sapphire Club Series @britaaddams #RLFblog #erotica

Prentice and Desiree 
Creating the Provocative Sapphire Club Series, By Brita Addams

As much as I love reading, my favorite kinds of books are those that come in a series. I love revisiting characters, discovering aspects of their lives that might not appear during their starring role.
Write what you love, right? When I decided to write, I had an idea for a series set at a fictional sex club outside of London and Sapphire Club series was born. I wanted a historical with modern thinking characters. Characters that let it all go when it comes to sex.
The name of the club came easy, given that my youngest daughter is my greatest cheerleader. At her suggestion, I named it for her birthstone.
Aside from creating the first story, then Serenity's Dream, I had to create the club itself, a decadent place where every sexual fantasy is fulfilled. Given that I set the club London's posh St. John's Wood area, I had to find an elegant estate as the model.
I googled English Estates, and came upon a beauty, located further away from London than St. John's Wood.
The rooms suited my purpose—elaborately decorated with the most beautiful period furniture, paintings, tapestries, and statues. One thing I loved was the Marble Hall, an elaborate reception room with statuary, marble columns, and an unbelievable flight of stairs. But what caught my eye was the huge niches in the upstairs gallery.
In Serenity and Lucien, I fashion these niches as part of the reception room, where "players" at the club go to set up assignations. Each night, these niches are filled with naked people, in various poses. A job that takes patience to say the least.
In May of 2013, I went to the estate I'd patterned the club after as part of a trip to England that gave me a huge cross-off on my bucket list. The picture of the Marble Hall is one I took from a position opposite. The niches are all over the house and the statuary is all naked or scantily clothed. Here is a picture of the Hall head on. We walked up those steps and looked back from the landing—an amazing view.
The bedchambers in the Sapphire Club had to be sumptuous, elegant, inviting. Of course those at the real estate are. Here is one that figures into the story. As I wrote the first book, I clearly saw Serenity lounging on the bed, beneath the rich canopy. The opulence of these rooms speaks to unimaginable wealth. Of course, electric lamps weren't used in 1810, but you get the idea by this picture.
To suit the members of the club, armoires and clothes presses are used as storage places for the implements used in each of the rooms—paddles, floggers, even Serenity's preferred leather strap. Each room in the club is outfitted with an array of toys used for the pleasure of the guests.
Of course, Lucien Damrill spends a great deal of time in his library, which doubles as his office. It is here that he confronts Serenity after her return. When I visited the estate, the library fit my imagination perfectly. Bookshelves to the ceiling, seating scenarios, padded sofas for impromptu spanking sessions, and an overall comfortable atmosphere.
One piece of furniture plays a significant role in the series, and that is the Biedermeier chaise, with its rolled padded arms of different heights. Excellent spanking piece. Lucien outfits each room with one and has one in his office for sessions with his wife.
I wanted something that indicated a theme for the club, so I found a brandy snifter that featured the naked torso of a woman as the stem. This is mentioned throughout the series.
A few trivia facts – Lucien is named for my husband's great-grandfather, but the person I had in mind when I created the character was Clark Gable. Gable had a swarthy quality about him that fits Lucien. His dark hair is how I imagine Lucien, with the occasional lock hanging unrestrained by pomade.
I will admit to an easy association between Vivian Leigh and Serenity, particularly as Miss Leigh and Clark played off each other so well in Gone with the Wind. Serenity starts
Bedchambers 
the book with a great deal of naiveté as Scarlett did, and ends up older beyond her years. Life does that, doesn't it?
With a cast of characters like Haynes, Simon, and Prentice Hyde, the book delves into issues that bring out the best and worst of each character.
In the second book, Prentice and Desiree, we get to know Prentice, and man of many layers. Haynes sticks around in a supporting role. In Serenity, you'll meet the Duke of Thornhill. He had no first or last name when I wrote him in passing, but he haunted me throughout the first two books. He comes to life in the third book, Thornhill's Dilemma, when we learn more about the inimitable Phillip Allard, the Duke of Thornhill.
I hope you enjoy Lucien and Serenity, and will continue to follow the series and the characters. Aside from a spanking good time, these characters each have stories that I truly enjoyed writing.

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Fulfill your most decadent and debauched fantasies at The Sapphire Club
Serenity Damrill has returned to her husband, Lucien, after a ten-year absence. She carries with her a secret that could destroy her life and possibly all that Lucien has built. She needs Lucien's protection, and she is determined to repair her marriage.
Quite happy running the Sapphire Club, where his clients live out their wildest fantasies, Lucien has no need for the frigid wife who deserted him the day after they were married. Though he still desires her, he doubts she'll consent to the type of intimate relationship he craves.
But in the Sapphire Club, where rules don't exist, anything is possible...
Contains elements of bondage, anal play, voyeurism, spanking, and lots of romance.
Sapphire Club Sale
On sale Sept 12- 19 30% off http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68&products_id=818 

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Prentice and Desiree is available at Musa Publishing as well. Watch for Thornhill's Dilemma, due out on November 7th.
Prentice and Desiree's blurb:
Lost in grief, Prentice Hyde, the much sought after Marquess of Wycroft, salves his broken heart at the Sapphire Club. He wants love, but finding it presents problems of disloyalty to his dead wife.
Widow Desiree Huntington appears at the Sapphire Club, sees Prentice in action, and presents him with a request so seductive, he finds it difficult to refuse.
As their arrangement progresses, Prentice takes Desiree to the heights of sexual endurance and enjoyment, mires her in passion, and sees a way out of the loneliness that is his life.
But Desiree wants all Prentice has to offer—but his heart.

Author Bio

Born in Upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south for many years. Brita's home is a happy place, where she lives with her real-life hero, her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. She writes, for the most part, erotic historical romance, both het and m/m, which is an ideal fit, given her love of British and American history. Setting the tone for each historical is important. Research plays an indispensible part in the writing of any historical work, romance or otherwise. A great deal of reading and study goes into each work, to give the story the authenticity it deserves.
As a reader, Brita prefers historical works, romances and otherwise. She believes herself born in the wrong century, though she says she would find it difficult to live without air conditioning. Brita and her husband love to travel, particularly cruises and long road trips. They completed a Civil War battlefield tour a couple of years ago, and have visited many places involved in the American Revolutionary War.
In May, 2013, they are going to England for two weeks, to visit the places Brita writes about in her books, including the estate that inspired the setting for her Sapphire Club series. Not the activities, just the floor plan. A bit of trivia – Brita pronounces her name, B-Rita, like the woman's name, and oddly, not like the famous water filter.

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September 12, 2014

Interview: Authors Erin McRae / Racheline Maltese @erinmcrae @racheline_m #RLFblog #LGBT

Starling 
Title Starling
Genre Contemporary Gay romance
Authors Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Interview with Erin and Racheline

What were you like when you were in school?
Erin: When I was a junior in high school, I was bored out of my mind in English class and one day I guess my teacher got tired of me just sitting on the windowsill at the back of the room, doing my own thing, and took me down to the school book room. Like, this massive room, with these weird concrete walls because it was adjacent to the room under the pool, which was also a nuclear fallout shelter -- my school was built in the 60s -- full of shelves crammed with all the non-textbooks the school owned. And she just walked me through the whole room, and pulled off a copy of every book she thought I should read that the curriculum didn't cover anymore. I still have them all.
Racheline: Most of my pre-university education was at a private school that had been known as Miss Hewitt's Classes for Young Ladies at one time. I got a fantastic literature and Latin education there, and I am grateful for it. But I was extremely awkward, and didn't fit in in terms of class and background. I spent a lot of time hanging around with adult artists outside of school because my parents are painters. No one knew what to do with me, and I got bullied a lot, but I also learned tons of trivia about forks and courtesies.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
Erin: Snowman. We don't get a lot of snow in DC -- and when it does, it tends to be a disaster -- so most of the snow I know is in my hometown in upstate New York. There's an incredible silence when snow is falling, that's not quite like silence anywhere else. I love all the cities I've lived in, but I miss that silence.
Racheline: I am deeply superstitious about the first snow each year. I've had a lot of really magical (and usually romantic and/or sexual) luck happen around those first snowstorms. But I also hate the cold. I'll stay outside for the first one, then I am over it.
What is your favorite quote?
Erin: "The work is the prayer." For which even Google isn't giving me a proper attribution. But it's one of those things you hear everywhere.. And when a lot of people say it, it's this sort of zen thing about not being preoccupied with results and just letting the effort be what counts. And there's definitely value in that. But where I first encountered the quote was from Baz Lurhmann, who says it all the time and it's always like a curse. From him, it's about putting everything you have into the work and kind of just fucking the obstacles that get in your way. On the hard days, it's a reminder to me to just put my head down and keep going.
Racheline: "Tomorrow is the first lie of the Devil." -- Robert Fripp. I don't really believe in the devil, but I think it's a useful quote, not just about procrastination, but about how seductive time is. You never know when you're going to be hit by a bus. If you want to do a thing, do it now.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Erin: I read Little House in the Big Woods so many times the cover fell off, and I still come back to that book and everything else written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. History was my first love, because for me it's always just about people, living their lives in so many different circumstances and situations. Which is just what all stories are, really.
Racheline: When I was twelve, Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat came out. For some inexplicable reason, it was available to buy at my school book fair and a friend who knew I was afraid of vampires dared me to read it. I read it again and again and again, because it was the first thing I had ever read that said big emotions were truthful and okay and necessary. It was also the first time I encountered any sort of queerness in text. It really saved me, I think, from being more miserable than I already was at that age.
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
Erin: Marie Antoinette, for research purposes.
Racheline: Guardians of the Galaxy. That entire movie succeeds on its soundtrack,which may tell you my age. But that film is all in the hips.

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When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV's hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth's key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex's inexperience and the baggage they're both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up.
Reeling from their broken hearts, Alex has an affair with a polyamorous co-star and Paul has an ill-advised reunion with an old flame. Meanwhile, the meddling of their colleagues, friends -- and even the paparazzi! -- quickly make Alex and Paul's real life romance troubles the soap opera of the television season.
But while the entertainment value may be high, no one knows better than Alex and Paul that there are no guarantees when it comes to love in Los Angeles.

Excerpt

Paul keeps a hand at Alex's waist until they're at the side of the room, and then grins and tugs him a little closer and starts moving his hips to the beat.
"Really?" Alex raises an eyebrow, though he doesn't step away.
"C'mon, I know you can," Paul tells him, and puts his other hand on Alex's waist too. No one who can control their face and body like Alex can't dance.
Alex smiles that small, dangerous smile of his and puts his hands on Paul's shoulders. "Okay."
Paul knows it's game on. Alex moves beautifully, easy and strong to the beat, and Paul can feel the power of him under his hands, the physicality of his magnetism. It's extraordinary. This is why Alex doesn't like to speak, Paul realizes; he simply doesn't need to, his body is a more faithful storyteller.
When Paul had invited Alex to this party, he'd entertained vague fantasies of getting to talk with him meaningfully and maybe making out with him in a corner. But Paul has been thinking about Alex as desirable and intriguing for so long that with him in his arms now Paul wants nothing more than to go big with that desire. He can't imagine a few kisses being enough.
Songs pass and they keep moving closer to each other until they're way too close. Paul hopes Alex knows he can do what he wants here; sure they're still being watched but it doesn't matter. This feels way too good, and Paul pulls them together until their thighs are brushing and his arms are snug around Alex's waist.
Their eyes keep catching in the dark, and more than once Paul's gaze drops to Alex's mouth. Alex tightens his fingers on his side when it does, his eyes flickering between Paul's lips and his eyes. When the song shifts again to something heavy and slow their foreheads brush together, and Alex's nose touches Paul's cheek.
They both hesitate, just for a moment, and Paul sways in a little before he steps back and asks, "Do you want another drink?"
"Sure," Alex says, breathless like the movies.
"I'll be right back." Paul finds his hand and squeezes it, and then threads his way back through the room.

Author bios

Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese's gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry, is published by Torquere Press. The first novel, Starling, was released September 2014; its sequel, Doves, is scheduled for January 2015. Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller focused on themes of sex, gender, desire and mourning. Erin McRae is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

Previous Books

Starling, from Torquere Press
"Lake Effect," in the They Do anthology from Torquere Press

Books Coming Soon

Doves, coming January 2015 from Torquere Press
Room 1024, coming April 2015 from Torquere Press

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Joint Blog: http://Avian30.com
Racheline's Twitter: https://twitter.com/racheline_m

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