Gay Contemporary and Paranormal Romance

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome Jayson James with Pieces of Us!

I'd like to welcome Jayson James back to the blog

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Thank you for hosting me on my first ever blog tour!

Although I have put out five previous books and three short stories, I have never done a blog tour before where I am visiting a different blog every day. I am quite excited!  Be sure to follow me on social media to see where I will be each day!
 
PIECES OF US
My name is Dylan Sterling.  I am one of the main characters in Jayson James’ upcoming book Pieces of Us.  With a name like Dylan, you might be inclined to think that I’m a boy, but let me assure you that I am a true 100% girl.  It is also imperative that I share with you, the reader that I am only writing this so my best friend, Jesse will quit nagging me about doing a promo spot.


Let me share a little bit about myself.  I love books.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to read.  I always have a few books with me at all times.  Nothing is worse than getting through a book and not having something else to read for me.  Books give me a chance to let my mind wander off to another place. I am trying to rub my love of reading off on Jesse.  Well so far, he’s just not that into it unless I read them to him.  Which leads me to my other favorite past time, hanging out at the lake.  The dock in particular.  Sanders Lake is beautiful.  Whether sitting or lying on the dock, dangling my feet it, it is mine and Jesse’s spot to be.  Three to four months out of the year we spend a lot of time at or in the lake.
Set in the summer of 1988, pop culture is prevalent and life was different than it is today.  Pieces of Us is about two best friends, Jesse Stetson and myself and the summer when our lives both changed.  For me, after a series of dating I finally find a boyfriend, who is sweet, charming and an all-around nice guy.  Yes, and as Jesse wants me to include he has a hot body.  For Jesse, he is dealing with an internal turmoil that he is afraid to admit to himself and furthermore makes it impossible for him to share with anyone else. Lucky for him, he has me. I make sure to be there for him and try to help him as much as I can. We are like two peas in a pod. Being a teenager can suck a lot at times, but friends and boyfriends can make it a little easier.
A few interesting facts about Pieces of Us
·         All of the businesses named in the book were all quite popular and at their heyday during the time this book takes place, yet all of them are now out of business or were bought out by another company and the names changed.  The exception to this are the places of business that are used in most of Jayson James’ other books.
·         The font that is used on the front cover of the book is named Cooper.  The name of the font wasn’t noticed until after it was determined to be used.
·         All the movies and songs that are mentioned in this book were actual ones Jayson was interested in at the time.  They were also cross-referenced to make sure the timing, dates and popularity were remembered correctly.
Be sure to keep a watch out for Pieces of Us, which will release on September20, 2014, which also happens to be Jayson James’ birthday!
Pieces of Us is available for preorder now from:
 
Finding Jayson James Online:
Twitter: @jaysonjamesbook
“Into the lake?”
“Into the lake.”
For Jesse Stetson, a boy who knows he is different and Dylan Sterling, Jesse’s best friend, Sander’s Lake has served as a sort of scrapbook for them with sentimental items being dropped into the lake from their dock after significant events in their lives.
Life in 1988 was different from today.  A boy and a girl being best friends were uncommon.  Not that Jesse or Dylan cared, they had each other and that’s all that mattered.  Or so Jesse wished.  While Dylan has been meeting and dating guys, Jesse has yet to find the same connection with a girl.  The closest he’s come is Dylan, but she’s a girl and a friend not a girlfriend.   Jesse is struggling with his feelings and trying his hardest to be normal.
Dylan and Jesse are growing up and possibly growing apart.  Dylan has a new boyfriend and is now splitting her time between him and Jesse.  To further complicate things, Jesse meets Orion, a new boy in town.  Jesse knows that his feelings towards Orion must be wrong, yet it feels so right.   Even if Orion feels about Jesse the same way that Jesse feels about him, should they act on their attraction?
This story is a journey of friendship and discovery, finding out who you are as a person, and then being okay with who you are.
 
ARTWORK
Over 100 drawings were created, modified, merged, cropped and manipulated to create the cover for Pieces of Us.  This by and far was the most labor-intensive cover on any of my books to date.  I feel with how it turned out, it made all the work worthwhile.
 
WHERE TO PURCHASE
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Jayson James.  I am an Indy author of several novels and novellas.  I was born and  have lived most of my life in Washington State.  My interests beyond writing include drawing, reading a variety of books, watching movies and hanging out with his friends, family and dog.  Besides an author, I am an artist.  The cover art on every one of my published works are one of my own drawings.  I take the drawing I do for each cover and then design the rest of the cover around it.
 
SOCIAL MEDIA
Google+ & email: jaysonjamesbooks@gmail.com
Twitter: @jaysonjamesbook
 1988 COMMENT QUESTION
What is your favorite romance movie from 1988?
I’d like to hear from you!  Please post your response in the comments below!
Be sure to check out other stops on the tour for more questions.
 
MORE BY JAYSON JAMES
 
How It Was Supposed To Be
Reese Kennicott and his family were living the carefree life of an upper middle class life.  That was until one day when his father arrives home from work and shares the company he has worked for since he was Reese’s age has gone out of business.  Adding to the stress of being out of work for the first time in the worst economic downturn the United States has ever faced.  Hope comes in the form of a new job for Reese’s father.  The downside is this job is across the country, forcing Reese to leave behind his friends and the life he’s always known.
Releasing Fall 2014.
T.E.D.
Tim-Eric-Delsin
 
Tim is being bullied.  No one in high school wants to be known as a tattle-tale and to do so would only make things rougher for him.  The repercussions would most likely make him an outcast, and without any friends.
Eric is frustrated with life.  His parents are overbearing and if they ever knew the person he really was, they would throw him out of their house.  His friends are not much better, they only like him when he is who they expect him to be.
Delsin is gay and ready to come out.  Unfortunately, life at home is on the brink of falling apart with his parents constant fighting.  Admitting the truth could bring his whole world crashing down around him.
 
Each of these three needs to decide whether the risks of being honest about who they are outweighs the importance of being true to themselves.   This could mean ruining life as each of them knows it.  Maybe it is better to remain miserable in order to play it safe.  On the other hand, doing nothing doesn’t seem to working either.
 

Finding Our Way
Justin Parker and Derrick Wilson have been best friends since meeting back in middle school. Currently they are in their junior year at Chandler High School, and living the good life as teenagers. They have great girlfriends, plenty of close friends, their own cars, and parents who are well off. As nice as things might look to an outsider, something is missing from each of their lives.
Justin has become the invisible son in the midst of his parents failing marriage. In an effort to get his parent’s attention, Justin keeps getting into trouble. So far he has been able to get away with anything without facing any repercussions, while Derrick is feeling distant and tired of what he feels is a too “perfect family”. He just wants to have a normal social life and spend time with his friends without the pressures from his family to spend time with them. With blurring the lines of friendship in the process to realizing what was missing and discovering who they really are.
Justin and Derrick take turns narrating the story of their junior year in high school and all of the events that take place in their lives. Being a teenager can be tough. Being gay can be tougher. For Derrick and Justin they are both, and life cannot get any more complicated.
What happens when two best friends cross the boundaries of friendship? Will they be able to be happy together? Will they keep their secret?
 
Tormented Discovery
Justin and Derrick have a secret that they revealed only to their closest friends.  They are gay and are now a couple.  The story of Justin and Derrick continues as they learn more about being a gay couple in their senior year of high school and the complications that arise from it.  Some friends will have their backs while others simply stand on the sidelines.  Other friends will be accepting and others will ridicule them.
Sometimes love is almost not enough to save a relationship and both Derrick and Justin begin to have their doubts as they watch relationships around them rise and fall.  Justin and Derrick both want to have new experiences, new choices and make new friends, which leads to them questioning their own relationship.  They soon discover that some of the people they consider friends have their own secrets, some darker than others.  The couple begins to see how people react towards homosexuality and just how people want to deal with it and them.
Will Justin and Derrick be able to hold onto each other while their lives and secrets spiral around them?
Or will they decide to step back and give up on themselves and each other?
 
Drifting
What happens when the person you love is having doubts?
These two boyfriends have been through a lot. Best friends since childhood, fell in love in high school and thought they would be together forever. They stuck together even when their friends and family found out about their relationship. Struggling with challenge after challenge, they have finally made it to college and are living on their own. Living together is a whole new world and being open with their relationship is even more so.
Spending every day together as a couple they begin to learn about their differences. Things that never bothered them are now annoying traits driving a wedge between them. Can their relationship survive their differences? Can it handle new friends and new romances? Will they find their way together or will they drift apart?
 




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Briefs #17 The Hollow: Soul Seekers


Copyright 2014 JC Wallace




Holding his head, Levi focused on moving his feet and pushed to get by the masses of bodies on his left and tried to avoid being pounded into the wall to his right.

Bam!

He ran into a hard wall of chest. The collision pushed him back. Protecting his side, Levi was about to go around the large person until he saw ita large red dragon in a sea of blackthe black of a hooded sweatshirt.

Was this the man who’d been outside of his house? Was he some kind of a modern day Grim Reaper, exchanging the hooded cape for a hooded sweatshirt, a hipper, up to date version of Death. Looking up, a pair of dark eyes glared down at Levi. The man’s stern mouth was clamped shut and his jaw clenched so tight that the muscles bulged at the sides. Then, a ripping pain traveled straight to the center of Levi’s brain and doubled him over.

Levi cried out, his shout absorbed by the noise of the crowd.

When he stood up, the man towering over him reached out and laid a large hand on Levi’s shoulder. The contact brought on a swell of horrific pain, a ringing in Levi’s ears, and stinging tears to his eyes. Covering his ears, Levi tried to muffle the deafening rumble, but the sound increased. Within the pain, there emerged a distinct sensation, a pulsing energy licking at his brain with the intensity of a thousand sunsand it was coming from the large man. Memories coalescedthat man in the black hoodie had been there, outside of Levi’s classroom, in the school parking lot, as well as outside of Levi’s house and now was right in front of Levian assailant with an invisible weapon.

Was he trying to kill him?

Whatever his motive, Levi had to get far away from him. Yanking his shoulder from under the heavy hand, Levi turned and struggled to pass anyone in his way. Terrified, he refused to look back to see if he was being followed.

Levi heard his name called from within the crowd. Melissa waved frantically, but Levi continued weaving through bodies. Finally, at the end of the hall, Levi burst through the exit, into the stairwell and leaned against the railing. The pressure had subsided slightly, but then surged with a new intensity.

The door opened behind Levi. Whirling around, the dark-eyed man stood before Levi again. With a thunderous echoing roar, the door slammed behind the man, his stare fixed on Levi.

“Stop it!” Levi screamed through clenched teeth.

As hard as he tried, Levi couldn’t keep his gaze on the man. The pain forced his head down into his hands.

Boots scraped against the floor, echoing through the stairwell. As the man came closer, Levi backed up against the wall, scrambling to get away.

“Get away from me,” Levi cried, swinging a fist toward the dragon covered chest, but he only swiped the air.

Another sickening wave struck and a warm trickle seeped from Levi’s left nostril. Swiping it with the back of his hand, he saw it was bright red.

Blood.

“Y-You’re killing me!” The words came out as a guttural cry. “Go away!”

The footsteps stopped. Levi peered up expecting the menacing face to morph into a hideous monster. Instead, there was only a man bewildered and possibly even stunned as blood ran down Levi’s face and stained his gray sweater. The man’s mouth opened as if something to say something, but there was nothing but silence.

The burly man took a step back, his eyes unwavering. Levi grabbed his head again and closed his eyes for a second. In that moment, the man turned and bolted for the stairs.

The door opened again and Noah barreled through almost missing Levi, his face horror stricken when he saw the blood. He glimpsed down at the fleeing man then back at Levi.

“You okay?” he asked, his wide eyes darting back and forth from Levi to where the man had disappeared.

Levi nodded and Noah descended the stairs.

Levi slid down the wall and sat on the floor. The bleeding had slowed. His stomach churned, threatening to empty. He swallowed hard. The sickening force in his head subsided as rapidly as it had emerged, a ghost of its former self. A warm tickle in his chest was all that remained.

Rapid footsteps echoed on the stairs and Noah reappeared, hastening to Levi. On Noah’s face was enough anger to break someone in half.

“He’s gone. What did he do to you?” Noah growled, kneeling beside Levi.

What did he do? To Levi, it felt as if he’d tried to rip his brain out through his nose, but the man had only touched his shoulder. What could he say that wouldn’t sound totally insane?

“Did he hit you?” Noah roared when Levi didn’t answer.

Levi shook his head. “No. He didn’t touch me,” he lied.

Noah frowned with a puzzled look. “But you’re bleeding?”


 

Chapter 9

Levi glanced down at the obnoxious deep red stain on his gray sweater.

“A bloody nose.” He brushed at his nostril with his fingertips to make sure it had stopped. “I was in the hallway and my head really started to hurt and then I literally ran into that guy. When I came out here, he followed me. I guess I got a little freaked.”

That was putting it mildly.

“So he didn’t touch you?”

“No, really, he didn’t,”  he lied.

Yes, he’d touched Levi and then tried to kill him with some kind of freaky mind meld or something equally weird. “How did you know where to find me? Levi asked, surveying the blood staining his hands.

“Your brother’s girlfriend.  She mentioned you ran out here acting all strange. That was quite the bloody nose. How about we get you cleaned up?”

Noah reached for Levi’s arm to help him to his feet. Goosebumps covered Levi’s skin again and there was a foreign stirring of warmth in his chest. Noah’s green eyes had softened. Concern for Levi reflected in their deep richness. A slight smile and Levi melted a bit. Of course, Levi probably looked like a walking corpse.

They went down the stairs to avoid the crowded hall. Levi was weary, waiting for the man in black to jump out at him but he appeared to be long gone. What did he want? Was Levi manufacturing his paranoia that this man was following him? Maybe he hadn’t been around each time Levi had felt that skull-crushing pain? Maybe he was hallucinating?

Downstairs, the bathroom was vacant. In front of the mirror, Levi gaped at his reflection. Damn, he looked like the walking dead. The blood wasn’t the only horror. His skin had taken on a gray, waxy pallor, highlighting deep black circles beneath his eyes. The color had drained from his lips. Turning on the water, Levi scrubbed at the dried blood on his face and hands. For having just survived a near miss with a hipper version of Death, Levi was feeling surprisingly good.

Stripping off his gray sweater, Levi was relieved that the blood hadn’t soaked through the thick wool onto the white t-shirt he wore beneath. The sweater went into the garbage can. No way he’d be chucking that into the laundry at home for his mother to uncover. Her gloating about being right would never end. Kind of like Gia’s.

Again, Noah had come to his rescue. A surge of heat rushed from Levi’s chest and flushed his cheeks, bringing him back to life. A knot twisted in his stomach with the thought of Noah’s green eyes, his seductive smile, long dark lashes. And that hair, all wild and unruly. Levi imagined it would feel soft against his fingers as he ran them through the auburn curls. He imagined Noah’s arms wrapped tight around his waist, Noah’s hot breath on his neck, Noah’s lips pushing against his. A shudder raced down his spine. Fuck, that was hot.

Pushing open the bathroom door, Levi found Noah leaning his shoulder against the wall, arms folded across his chest. Like the day Noah had rescued Levi, just the sides of his hair were pulled back. When Noah smiled, the smallest amount of breath escaped Levi’s lips. He wiped his sweaty palms against his pants. Pangs of desire rose quickly and right then he knew he had to feel his hands on Noah.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Going to GRL and want one on my paperbacks? You can pre-order at a reduced price.

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Cover Reveal! Diventando: The Vessel

Here is another awesome cover by Trace Zaber at Amber Allure for my next release
Diventando: The Vessel due out on Sept. 7th! This story is an expanded version of
my weekly flash fiction featuring Owen and Turk.
 
  

Twenty-five-year-old Owen McIntyre is no stranger to the Grim Reaper. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of fifteen, he's spent the last ten years slowly dying. With only two weeks before his next checkup, Owen’s body is already warning him that he may no longer be in remission. He’s tired of the countless rounds of chemo and the way his family coddles and protects him. To live and die on his own terms, Owen makes the most difficult decision of all: he decides to forego treatment. When he meets a lively college professor named Turk, conquering the man becomes part of his bucket list. But as Owen gets to know Turk, he starts to see him as more than a fling. It’s a luxury a dying man doesn’t have.

 
But what if suddenly everything Owen knew to be true was a web of lies and deceit—even his diagnosis of cancer? Suddenly taken hostage, tied to a bed and experimented on, Owen's nightmare of leukemia is a far cry from the horrors he will face. No longer able to trust anyone in his life, including Turk, Owen is alone and cut off from the world. He has to make the hard decision whether to trust those who have betrayed him, or die a lonely death. He must also decide if he can trust enough to love the man he’s come to care for deeply. With time running out, he’ll not only fight to live, but fight to want to live again, and even that might not be enough to save him from the evil that lurks inside.