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Blog Tour: Time Cures by Tag Gregory & Lily Marie

Time Cures | Tag Gregory & Lily Marie

Time Adventures Series #4

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Release Date: February 14th, 20201

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 238 pages

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Blurb

Cocky American Ad Exec Bradley Connors, and his courageous ex-RAF fighter pilot husband James Garrett, are back in London and once again separated through the power of time.

With James stranded in 1956 during a polio outbreak, a world of homophobia threatens to keep him from the man he loves. How will he talk himself out of the trouble he’s unwittingly creating? Who from his past can he rely on to help him get home to Bradley?

Will they be able to save their friends from the deadly pandemic, or will they too perish in the attempt? And can they do all this while reaffirming that nothing can tear their love apart, not even time itself?

Time Cures is a love story like no other. It’s a romance through time.

Excerpt

“Considering the length of time he was unconscious, I feel it imperative that he remain in hospital for at least the next twenty-four hours for observation. Provided no other symptoms manifest, he can be released to his family at that time,” Dr. Donaldson advised.

James was relieved that the diagnosis wasn’t worse. He knew Bradley was still going to be angry at him for getting hurt. Again. At least he would be angry – once Bradley got over being relieved – when James finally got around to calling him.

“Pardon me, Doctor,” the nurse interrupted before the doctor could make his grand exit. “But, before ya came in, the patient was showing signs of confusion and talkin’ all sorts a nonsense. I’m thinking he mighta banged his ‘ead a bit harder than he’s lettin’ on.”

“Confusion?” That got the good doctor’s attention.

“Yes, Doctor. He was spoutin’ some nonsense ‘bout needin’ to ring his husband, an’ seemed to think he had a telephone in that kit bag of ‘is.” The nurse pointed to James’ messenger bag while giving the doctor a knowing look.

“Is that so …” The doctor turned back to his patient, one bushy eyebrow raised inquisitively, much more interested in the young blond man now than he had been initially. “Do you remember your name, son?”

“Yes, of course. It’s James Garrett.”

The doctor nodded and asked another question. “Do you remember the accident that gave you that bump on the head?”

James thought about it, but just came up blank. He started to shake his head to indicate ‘no’, only the gesture made the dizziness and nausea worse. He groaned and dropped his head into his hands. “No,” he moaned.

“Well, that’s not a good sign,” Doctor Obvious surmised, his eyebrows knitting together so closely that they now looked like one long, hairy caterpillar creeping across his forehead. “Now, what’s all this chit chat about a telephone and a husband?”

“I just want to call him and let him know where I’m at,” James offered, feeling and sounding pathetic even to his own ears.

“You say you have a… Husband?” The doctor very clearly emphasized the word ‘husband’ in a disbelieving tone of voice.

“Yes! I want to call MY HUSBAND, okay?” James was losing patience with the proceedings and his voice had risen commensurately with his annoyance level. “His name is Bradley Connors. We’re here visiting from the United States; Bradley has business with a big client here. We’re staying at The Strand Palace. He’s probably waiting for me there and, most likely, has already called the police to help find me. If you’d just let me get my cell phone out of my bag I can call him and he’ll come down here and take me to a different hospital where they’ll stop asking me idiotic questions…”

The doctor interrupted him before he could continue his rant. “Do you know where you are right now?”

“You mean the hospital? The nurse said it was St. Bart’s. Or do you mean London?”

“Righteo. And what’s the date?”

“Um…” James had to think a little about that, his memory going a little fuzzy on him. “I think it’s still Monday, right? August… August 14th?”

“Close. You got the date correct, but it’s Tuesday. What about the year?”

“2017…?” James answered, starting to get a funny feeling about where all these questions were leading.

“Hmmmm,” was Donaldson’s only reply. Then he turned to the nurse with more directions. “Clearly, this is a much more serious case than I previously suspected. We could be looking at Traumatic Encephalopathy or, perhaps, some type of advanced psychosis. I’m going to call in Dr. Abbott for a psychiatric evaluation. Change the charge order to note a seventy-two hour hold.” Returning his attention to the patient, he added, “never fear, young man. We’re going to take good care of you. Hopefully, by the time we’re done here, you’ll be in tiptop shape once more, back in full possession of all your mental faculties.”

With that proclamation, Dr. Donaldson spun about and started for the door.

“Wait,” James shouted after the departing man before he could exit. “What year is it, really?”

“1956, of course!”

Interview With The Authors

When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?

               -The first story that Lily & I wrote together, Time Blitz, was inspired by an old BBC television series called ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’. We both loved the idea of a time travel story involving the London Blitz but wanted to explore how that would play out for gay characters – it certainly adds a layer of danger and drama to your standard time-travel story.

Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?

               -Since Lily and Tag live on opposite sides of the globe, we sort of overlap in our writing. Lily will just be heading off to bed when Tag finishes work and sits down to write. But when we do find time to write together, it’s magic. We literally finish each other’s sentences. We really mesh well. And when we can’t write together, we read over the other’s work from the prior day and then carry on from there.

Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first?  Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out of it?

               -Generally, we create a fairly broad story outline to start with and then just go for it. We generally know how our stories start, and where they’ll end, but not all the twists that might come in the middle. As we get further into the story, we revise the outline and adjust the timelines. A lot depends on how our characters want their stories told – sometimes you just have to go where the story leads and enjoy the creativity as it flows.

Where did the desire to write LGBT romance come from?

               -Both Tag & Lily started off life writing fanfiction and are HUGE Queer as Folk fans. Writing gay romance was always going to be where we ended up because that’s our first love.

How much research do you do when writing a story and what are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?

               -We do TONS of research. We’re both total nerds and complete perfectionists. We research everything. Which is especially important when writing a time travel story, because you want to get all the details correct. We’ve read books about the time periods, about being gay in past decades, interviewed friends and family with similar experience, as well as spending hours on the internet making sure every tiny detail is correct. Tag even researched WWII condoms just to make sure we got that part right.

What’s harder, naming your characters, creating the title for your book or the cover design process?

               -Definitely the cover art. Lily is in charge of that part, but it’s always a creative struggle because we’re such perfectionists.

“How do you answer the question “Oh, you’re an author…what do you write?”

               -Tag usually says she writes ‘contemporary gay fiction’ which usually just leaves people gaping and they don’t know what else to say. LOL

What does your family think of your writing?

               -Both of our families have been very supportive. Tag’s kids have grown up with her writing smut and are used to it. They refuse to read any of the stories, though, but are happy to promote the books on their own social media. Lily’s family is both proud and a little amused by this outlet for her creativity.

Tell us about your current work in process and what you’ve got planned for the future.

               -We have several other ideas for stories in our ‘Time Adventures Series’, which we will be working on. We’re also talking about venturing out into a gay/drag queen detective series. Then there’s the file of plot bunnies with almost a 100 ideas… Who knows what we’ll write next.

About the Authors

TAG has been writing for almost a decade, starting out with a hesitant toe in the realm of fanfiction before venturing into the scarier world of self-publishing original works. With an eclectic background as a lawyer, microbiologist, all-around nerd, and adventurer, TAG brings that off-kilter sense of humor, unbounded curiosity, a love of details, and astonishing powers of research to all their writing. If you are looking for a griping story, with compelling characters that deal with real world issues, then you’re in the right place.

Lily has been writing close to for twenty years, but has only ever (until recently) dipped her toes into writing fan-fiction. Lily is a born and bred Londoner and loves nothing more than getting lost in a book – whether it be writing one of her own, or reading something from one of her favorite authors. In her spare time, Lily likes to think of herself as somewhat of a disability rights activist, helping to create change for those that may not have a voice to speak up or, like Lily herself, those that may have been too quiet to stand up for themselves.

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Blog Tour: Ablaze by Elvira Bell

Ablaze | Elvira Bell

Wavesongs #3

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Release Date: December 8, 2019

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: approx. 94K words

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Nick Andrews has returned to the Caribbean—but the world he remembers has changed for the worse. Despite the dangers, he needs to find a way to get to Corona. All he can think of is to reunite there with the love of his life.

Meanwhile, Tom is watching his every move. Tom, who has turned cold and demanding, and is desperate for Nick to love him.

One night things get out of hand, and something happens between them. Something unforgivable.

Content note: This book contains non-gratuitous depictions of torture, slavery, and sexual abuse.

Please note that the books in the Wavesongs series should be read in chronological order!

Excerpt

Tom is sullen and quiet as he gets ready for bed. His chamber is at the corner of the house, three times as spacious as Nick’s room next door, and far away from O’Connell, whose quarters are next to the kitchen and dining hall. There’s fresh water by the washstand, clean bed linens, and a mirror on the wall—but Tom complains about the mosquitoes, the humidity, and the house’s size.

“Just one floor, like a house for poor people… and nothing is beautiful here, nothing! How am I supposed to live like this?” He lies down in bed, curling up before giving Nick a hard look. “But you think it’s all fine, don’t you?”

“No.” From what he’s seen so far, Harrow Hall is not a good place. That whip in Buckley’s hand… “Why would I think that?”

Tom turns over. “Oh, I don’t know. I’m tired. Please, leave me alone now.”

Nick goes into his own chamber. His body is sore, exhausted, but once he’s in bed he finds it hard to sleep. From the other part of the house comes the sound of voices, laughter. O’Connell and his men sampling their own rum, probably.

There is nothing to like about this place, but Nick won’t stay long. He’ll take the first opportunity to leave.

An Interview With Elvira Bell

When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
The first story I wrote that was more than a few pages long was about a farmer’s wife in the middle of the 19th century. I was always a history nerd and had a lot of inspiration for my earliest stories from books about the immigration from Sweden to the United States.

Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?
I try to write every day, but it depends on what I’m working on and what is going on in my life otherwise. When I write the first draft of a novel, I tend to work very hard and finish in a short amount of time, rather than write some words here and there.

Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first? Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out it?
I tend to do a pretty extensive outline, unless I’m working on a short story or something that doesn’t have a very complicated plot. I often have to do several outlines, each one more detailed than the last, until I’m at a point where I feel ready to start writing. If I’m working on a novel, I also fill in character sheets for all the characters before I get to writing.

Where did the desire to write LGBT romance come from?
I discovered LGBT romance mainly through the British show Queer as Folk, which I started watching when I was 13. My writing was affected gradually—I hinted at minor characters being bisexual or gay in my otherwise straight romantic stories, and then when I was 14-15 I found fan fiction and started writing male/male romance.

How much research do you do when writing a story and what are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?
It depends a lot on the story, but I usually do a lot of research since I mainly write historical novels. It’s not my favorite part of writing, since I’m always eager to get on with the story, but it’s fun and always makes me learn a lot.

What’s harder, naming your characters, creating the title for your book or the cover design process?
I think creating book titles is certainly the most difficult part. I love naming characters, and I can take forever to come up with the perfect name, and the cover design process hasn’t been very hard at all for me since I’ve worked with such skilled and professional people. But book titles… It really isn’t easy.

“How do you answer the question “Oh, you’re an author…what do you write?”
That really depends on who’s asking! I don’t like to talk a lot about my writing with co-workers, for example, but it’s different when it’s someone who’s familiar with the genre or who’s into nerdy things in general. I can be more honest then.

What does your family think of your writing?
They are proud and supportive.

Tell us about your current work in process and what you’ve got planned for the future.
My current WIP is a fantasy story. In the future, I’d love to write about Vikings!

Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?
All writers give the same advice, don’t they, but that’s because it’s true—READ. Read a lot, write a lot. Find out who your favorite authors are, and why, and what you can learn from them. Find your own style.

If you could travel forward or backward in time, where would you go and why?
I’d go back in time and see the seven wonders of the Ancient World. ❤

We’ve all got a little voyeurism in us right? If you could be a fly on the wall during an intimate encounter between two characters, not your own, who would they be?
Aragorn and Legolas? Because some pairings are too good to ever get old (and not only because one of them is an elf).

If I were snooping around your kitchen and looked in your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Olives, pickles, peanut butter… anything in a jar, really.

If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Since I’m the kind of person who can’t stand traveling (and isn’t fond of tropical heat or insects), I guess I’d just trade with one of the villagers Nick left behind when he went to sea. A calm and simple life!

If you could sequester yourself for a week somewhere and just focus on your writing, where would you go and what would the environment be like?
Well, since I don’t enjoy traveling I wouldn’t go far—only to some quiet little cottage in the countryside, with the woods nearby.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?
Loved ones aside, I really couldn’t live without books.

What internet site do you surf to the most?
Tumblr or various news sites.

When you got your very first manuscript acceptance letter, what was your initial reaction and who was the first person you told?
I was very shocked, very excited, and rushed through the apartment at once to tell my boyfriend.

About the Author

Elvira Bell lives in Sweden and spends most of her time writing, reading or watching movies.

Her weaknesses include, but are not limited to: vintage jazz, musicals, kittens, oversized tea cups, men in suits, the 18th century, and anything sparkly.

Elvira writes MM fiction with a touch of romance and has a penchant for historical settings. She adores all things gothic and will put her characters through hell from time to time because she just loves watching them suffer.

It makes the happy endings so much sweeter, after all.

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Author Lane Hayes pops in to celebrate the launch of Leaning Into A Wish

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LEANING INTO A WISH
LEANING INTO SERIES, BOOK 5
LANE HAYES
M/M ROMANCE
RELEASE DATE: 20.11.17
COVER DESIGN: Reese Dante

Hello all, today I’m very pleased to be able to introduce Lane Hayes to the blog. Lane has very kindly offered up an exclusive interview with me to celebrate the release of her latest romance in the Leaning Into Series.

You can check out my review of this festive treat here.

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Ryan Haskell loves everything about the wine business. He’s fortunate to work at one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley doing something he enjoys with the people who are like family to him. But he could do without the good-natured intern slash former jock with the wicked grin who always seems to be in the way. Ryan isn’t sure why the new guy is under his skin when everyone else loves him. Thankfully he’ll be gone after the holidays.

Danny Meyers can’t believe his luck when he lands an internship at Conrad Winery. It’s the perfect temporary gig to wrap up his graduate studies. He’s left his dreams of tennis stardom on the court to focus on a new career and a new life. However, he didn’t count on the spark of attraction he feels for his prickly co-worker. When their tentative friendship blossoms into something more than either man counted on, they may have to change direction and lean into a holiday wish.

Now, onto the interview!

Question One:

Lane, you clearly believe family and friends are important as evidenced by the way you create believable relationships between people in your books, what do think is key to writing a good “book relationship”, whether that be by blood or choice?

Great question. I’m fortunate to have positive relationships in my real life to base my book ones on. But no one experiences ever facet to a relationship so having keen powers of observation and a sense of empathy help too.

Question Two:

One of my favourite things to ask an author. If you’d written one of the novels considered to be a piece of “Classic Literature”, which one would it be, and why?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s the quintessential romance. Grudging attraction and a play on wits that ultimately leads them on a journey to discovering they’ve met their match. *sigh….

Question Three:

Following on from the above. Do you have a literary book character hero or heroine?
Elizabeth Bennett. 🙂

Question Four:

What makes Lane Hayes smile?

My husband and our children. My husband is one of the funniest and most “real” people I know. He makes me laugh every day. And our kids amaze me. There is something very special about watching three very different people grow into adults I admire and respect.

Question Five:

If you weren’t an author, did you have any other dream jobs you’d have liked to have given a try?

Being an author is my dream job! I’ve tried all sorts of other careers, from the mortgage business to interior decorating. Ultimately, my love of the books won! I figured I had to give it a shot. I wrote and published my first novel, Better Than Good, almost five years ago with Dreamspinner Press and I haven’t looked back. I love what I do!

Thank you so much for having me here today!
Happy Reading,
Lane Hayes xo

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men.

Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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