Saturday, November 18, 2017

Why Do I Write about Guys Who Love Guys? Oh, and other Completely Random Thoughts

I was just asked by someone the other day why I write about guys loving guys. Why? Because I love the idea of two strong men together, who have the right to love each other. Better question? Why the fuck not? If I wrote about a man and a woman, no question. If I wrote about politics? Same. If I decided to write about religion, there would be no end to my support. But, I write about men who love men, and the furtive looks begin.



Have you ever truly looked at a list of gay historical figures? The scores of men who have loved other men either in secret or openly? You've only to look up the topic, and the names would astound you.

http://stars.topix.com/slideshow/16611 - Here's a list of historical gay and lesbian people that may surprise you.



Is it a sexual thing? No, but I'd be lying if I said the idea of two men in a heated embrace leaves me cold.



Is it because I want to stand up for gay rights? I want to stand up for everyone's right to be happy, to not be persecuted because of the person they've chosen to love. I want people to embrace each other and stop the hate. If thinking of my writing inspires change, I'm proud to be added to the number of people trying to make this world better.



Is it because of something in my past? Maybe I should see someone about that. Yes, I've actually heard those words. Honey, I've been writing about gay love since I was in high school. I'm in my forties now. It's a permanent thing for me. When I think of the past, I think of ways to make my future writing better. I think of what my men may have faced in their own past and how I can make their present better.



For me, the next amazing story is right around the corner, that happy ending I can't wait to write.




For me, I just want to write, and I want to write about men who love men.




Thinking about writing, I'm working on a few things.

Broken Pieces
It's finally releasing. That book and I have been through a lot together. The cover is a thing of beauty! Angela Waters, Art Director of Extasy Books, employs the greatest people. Erin Dameron-Hill did a marvelous job of capturing all the elements that make this story for me. Check out the cover:


Here's the blurb:
A detective and the future leader of a deadly coven. What can go wrong?
Remi Devereaux is a Louisiana born detective working murder cases in Louisville, Kentucky. While shopping for game-day with the guys, he spots the most amazing person he has ever seen. Peter is a man Remi wants with his whole being, a man he just can’t let go.

Peter Romanoff is a photographer who possesses the spirit of two creatures. Two beings that are slowly tearing him apart. He needs a Supruga, a mate, to help give him balance. When he meets Remi, there is a magnetic pull he can’t deny.

The next in line to lead a powerful coven, Peter is hunted, and the people he knows and loves are being killed. It will take Remi’s love and Peter’s skills to combat the enemy after them. Can Remi be the balance Peter needs before the coven destroys them both?

Right now, it's available for pre-order. It's actually the second book in a series I started with Dreamspinner Press. The first book then was Broken Bones. I was a new author and knew absolutely nothing about promoting, so not enough read. My fault, not the publishers. Now, I'm better, understand the business more. Still learning, though. It's a great book and worth your time.

Give it a read. (See image below.)

Pre-order Link:
Extasy Books  https://goo.gl/z3zUGY
Release Date: December 1st




Blurb for that one?
Dan Tolliver, the adopted son of alpha pack leader Jeremiah Tolliver, has suffered his last moment of abuse by his lover Keith Mulligan and finds himself in the hospital. There he meets dark and sharp-tongued Dr. Aiden Kavanaugh, who believes Dan needs some of his straightforward kind of medicine. Still, there is something different about the doctor.

Aiden is a sandman, a weaver of dreams, and has been on earth far longer than even he knows. He's at the end of his time, ready to transition, and needs a human mate to keep him connected to the world he’s grown to love. Only he hasn’t found a special person who makes him want to stay. He doesn’t despair, because not every sandman has the chance to choose, but he knows if he doesn’t find a partner, he will soon lose his physical form and exist only in dreams.


When Aiden realizes Keith is a far greater monster than Dan has any idea, they grow and work together using the support of the pack—and Dan’s inner strength—to overcome impossible odds.

Buy Links
DSP Publications: https://goo.gl/jDHV5P



Other works?
Getting There - Expected to release in December
No cover yet. Here are a few images that come to mind for this story:





The blurb?
Can a broken-hearted professor be taught how to love again? Can a business-minded surfer handle the task? Can they both survive the one man willing to kill to tear them apart?



Lucas Masterson’s life turns on its head when his long-time lover leaves him for his teaching assistant. Lucas is devastated, and the only person who seems able to help him live again is Creed Hamasaki, his brother’s best friend, who doesn’t waste any time staking his claim. But can Lucas and Creed’s love survive a return visit from Lucas’s ex who’s willing to kill to get him back? Even more so, can Lucas?





Song of the Siren - A part of the Christmas Anthology by Extasy Books - Releases 12/20/17!
No cover here, either, but let me give you an idea of this one. 





The blurb?
A broken soldier, a siren, and a pastor. Sounds like an intro to a bad joke, but it’s the Christmas story of how a siren’s song can heal.


Graham is a broken soldier in body and soul. With no place to go, he moves to the coast to live with the only relative who loves him. Lost and without hope, Graham is not sure how he can get his life back. That is until he hears the song of the most gorgeous man he has ever seen.
Kamau is a siren who lives part of his life with his siren mother the other part with his human father. Dutiful son to mother and father but never true to himself. That is until Graham walks into the church and Kamau realizes he has found his mate.
Jonah Anderson is the pastor who relies on his son’s gift to grow his church. All is going well for him and the church. That is until he sees the way Kamau looks at Graham.

At a time when Christmas presents are given for the holiday, will Graham and Kamau receive the gift they’ve dreamed of for a lifetime? Each other.


Hope one of those sounds like a good thing to you.

More?
In the meantime, I've begun the sequel to Song of the Siren. The title for that one is The Guardian's Prize. It's planned for the Summer Anthology by Extasy Books. Then, I need to finish Flirty and Red, the next book in the Broken Series which will focus on Kristoff, and a story I've been writing in my head. After that, it's back to the mermen.




You know, my little guy just became a mascot. I'm pretty pumped about that. Me? I hate them, but you should see the way he does the cheers and his enthusiasm. I'm definitely going to share some videos when he begins. Now, he's in Tae Kwon Do, dance, a mascot, teaches martial arts, competes, and ushers for the church. This spring he's doing basketball again.



My little girl? She's in Girl Scouts, in the choir, and in Tae Kwon Do. She's started hinting about cheerleading. I'm pretending like I don't hear her until I can't pretend anymore.

Hubby's taking classes to finish a degree along with working and is flying planes (the expensive toys with remote control kinds). Oh, yeah. Drones, too. He's got the boy into that now. Oh, and let's not forget that archery class he wants him to take.



Me?

That's it for me. Hope all is well with you. Feel free to share anything new.
Hit me with a few of your random thoughts.

Love,
Deja

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mr. Mom

I've been playing with the idea of mpreg, men having babies. I'm not at the point where I want to describe the process. For Song of the Siren, I just gave the hint. In the next story, The Guardian's Prize, when Batair finally wins Aoki, there will be more.



Why mpreg? I don't know. I think for the merman series, it just adds more for me. It fell into place naturally, and I went with it.



Cardeno C placed a question about mpreg on Facebook this summer and the responses, all 327 comments. were varied. Some love the idea, and some don't. No surprise there. It's like reading book reviews and wondering if the readers all read the same book. They're that vast in the spectrum of their opinions.

Interested in checking it out?
https://goo.gl/QCZ3cE

[By the way, the URL for this was forever long. I used Google Shortener to fix it. It's my favorite for making those things shorter because Facebook doesn't stalk them as much.] 

Along with her question, there are mpreg groups, pages, videos and a true following.

Here are two videos that I found interesting:


Compilation of the best Mpreg Videos from Film911
https://goo.gl/ENF3Vp



Mpreg Seahorse - A young man is pregnant, not a seahorse.
https://goo.gl/LGCmwC


I found this article for those of you who've never heard of mpreg. Read through. It's interesting. This is more about the community of Mpreg than writing.

What Exactly Is Mpreg? A Male Pregnancy Enthusiast Explains

https://goo.gl/VmuqdA


I tried finding articles on writing mpreg, and the ones available are mostly forums and from writers of fanfic. But, I did find this one. It's worth checking out.

It's from Livejournal.

Workshop: "Writing MPREG" by Sasha_anu


http://superhero-muses.livejournal.com/21537.html

I think Sasha did a great job explaining what a writer needs to consider if they're interested.

As for me, I'm taking the dramatic/not so dramatic route that she refers to. I want my men to have their own children for the mermen series, and I want the emotional complications that occur with it. I want their lives uprooted because they've made the choice to bring life in the world and to have to make the decisions that accompany them. No, I'm not going through the month by month thing.
I'm more or less envisioning rounded bellies, twinges, the warmth of having a life within and later children. That works for me.



Now, it won't be easy. My mermen are going to have trouble convincing their men, especially Batair and Aoki. Aoki is half human/half dragon shifter. The idea of family does not appeal to him. Batair is a guardian, a merman whose not used to being told no. it's going to take him learning a different approach to have Aoki in his life.

In the end, though, they'll get their Happy Ever After. 

I'm still new to the writing world and am still exploring. I wonder if my small gathering of readers will be willing to explore with me. 

Love,
Deja





Saturday, September 16, 2017

Just Keep Swimming

Lately, it's been like I'm under water, trying to make it through the beginning of the school year, problems with the new changes for my class, kids' homework, writing, and life. With one kid needing reading interventions and the other threatening to add more to his already busy schedule, I'm just trying to come up for air.


But, I did find one thing to help, and that's been Grammarly. My editor suggested it, and she was right. I love it. In fact, I'll be using it before I send books to betas or the editor again. Highlights the repeats and other things I just knew I was good at but apparently wasn't.

So, now, I can see progress. 

Just signed the contract for Song of the Siren. It's a story about a merman and a broken soldier. It will be part of the Extasy Christmas anthology. Really excited about that one. The blurb? 



A broken soldier, a siren, a preacher and a song. Sounds like an intro to a bad joke, but it’s the Christmas story of how a siren’s song can heal. At a time when Christmas presents are given for the holiday, Graham and Kamau will receive the gifts they’ve dreamed of for a lifetime. Each other.

I've signed up for the Summer Shorts for 2018 with plans of helping one of Kamau's brothers to find love. The image I have in my head for that one?


This one's determined to find his mate, and he's not letting anything or anyone stop him. I can't wait to start this one, but I have to get over the new story jitters first. 

Broken Pieces is in second edits. It's the follow-up to Broken Bones. It took blood, sweat, and tears to finally get Broken Pieces ready for readers.  Grammarly was perfect. Repetitive words, grammar, and confusing sentences. Combined with the work the editor did, it's worthy now. The blurb for that one?



Remi Devereaux is a Louisiana born detective working murder cases in Louisville, Kentucky. While shopping for game-day with the guys, he spots the most amazing person he has ever seen.

Peter Romanoff is a photographer who possesses the spirit of two creatures. Two beings that are slowly tearing him apart. He needs a Supruga, a mate, to help give him balance.

The next in line to lead a powerful coven, Peter is hunted, and the people he knows and loves are being killed. It will take Remi’s love and Peter’s skills to combat the enemy after them. Can Remi be the balance Peter needs before the coven destroys them both?

Beyond that, I still have this other book that needs to be finished, Flirty and Red. They've been impatiently waiting for their story to continue. Hang on guys, I'll be there. 

Just as soon as I get my six-year-old on a regular diet of reading, convince my son that he can't be at every event at the same time, and find a way to breathe in between.



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Warning: Jumbled Thoughts Ahead!

Well, I've got work to do.

I'm currently working on a Christmas story for Extasy that will be included in their anthology. I am beyond pumped about it. Yes, there's a monster involved. I've decided to focus on the siren this time.
So, there's a church, a preacher, a choir boy (no, man) and a broken soldier. And, there's a happy ever after.
I'm having trouble thinking of a name, though. My sister in law said, "Song of the Siren". I think that's a pretty good one.
We'll see how it goes.



Then there's Getting There. That was has a bit of a twist at the end. Okay, it's a brutal, vicious, gut wrenching twist that just might make you cringe. But, it's only a book. There's a happy ending there, too, so breathe. No worries.

Here's Creed and Lucas as I see them.




Thinking about breathing. I'm a teacher, and our school's moving to Mindfulness where we will be teaching our children meditation skills to help them resolve conflicts or even prevent them. I'm going to be working on five movements at home. I'm wondering if that will help with my stress level because I sure as heck could use it.


I could use some of that. There are five simple poses here to try if you're considering. These are the ones they made us do during our summer retreat this year.

https://goo.gl/tPDNPu

They said if we did these at least 21 times a day, it would add years on to our lives and make us look younger. Hey, who knows? I could use some of that, too.

Sometimes happiness means taking an extra step. Mindfulness exercises could be just the step we're needing. We'll see if it will help our students.



Oh, and the editing process has begun for Broken Pieces. That book and I have been through so much. There's vampires, wolves and a sandman there. There's also this nasty villain you'll love to hate. Need to find the pictures for that one. Hang on a bit.


 




Okay, so these are the photos that come to mind with Broken Pieces. Lots of pieces, right? We'll have to see how they fall.




Something I'm trying to improve in my writing right now? Pacing.








It's an ever going process that I hope to work out eventually. I think Getting There is solid on that. Broken Pieces? Tightening that up. Whatever the title of my siren story is? I think it will be fine, too.

I'm reading through this article for help.

https://goo.gl/Xho5Sq

I believe thinking of the story in acts as Kristen mentions could help me.

Give it a read.

I've had a few more reviews for A Place for Dreams.




Here are the links!



https://goo.gl/r5YXUR


https://goo.gl/A9Xqnz

There's one five star rating on Amazon UK right now.

https://goo.gl/meefwf

Interested after reading, here are the buy links:

Extasy Books https://goo.gl/oZm3Yk

Well, that's all for me. Until next time, people.

With love,
Deja!