Friday, August 28, 2015

'Heartbroken Billionaire (A BBW Second Chance Love Story)' by Nadia Keer


A Book Excerpt: 

Her Story: "My husband doesn't hit me," she said in a very low voice. "I'm not saying he does but if someone is feel free to talk to me about it. My sister is a counselor and if you need someone to talk to in confidence..... 

His Story: "Help! Help! Call 911," he screamed at the top of his lungs. 

"Please, Alexandria, breathe," he begged her as his sight became blurry from the tears that overflowed from his eyes. 

The passion will take you on the ride with them. Into their personal hell and out again. 

Written in the style of Nicolas Sparks, Kelly Favor, Hannah Ford.

http://amzn.to/1i7aI5b

About the author:

Nadia lives in GA and has just begun to put her stories into print. Her friends have enjoyed reading them for years and encouraged her to publish. Growing up she read many types of romance novels. Then her stories started forming in her head and she wrote them down. Life experiences through college also gave her plenty of ideas to write about. I hope you enjoy them.

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Meet Ken Bachtold, author of 'All By Myself'

Please welcome author Ken Bachtold to Books to Light Your Fire today. His decision to join the growing number of M/M romances stems from a desire to create a book that is more true to life than other contemporaries. He also has a varied background in theatre that makes his own story as interesting as the ones he pens. Get to know him and his books.

What is it that drives you to write?
I have read voraciously all my life. But, when I started reading MM books, I found that they were mostly written by middle-aged married women (with children, a dog, a cat, and a tank of fish, who were from the Midwest and loved gardening! To my dismay, I found that they featured endless sex scenes, described in minute detail to the very last drop of fluid. Usually these sex scenes lasted for six pages of more, not leaving a lot or space for the story. And sad scenes were virtually the same. The readers were mostly young girls! In reality, I found them to really be porn! And, these women got the whole gay relationship all wrong, from the silly to the serious (i.e. Gay men do NOT wear boxers, they were briefs, and one does not have to aim carefully at just the right angle to hit the other guys “gland”. NEWS: You can’t miss it!!!) I got so frustrated that I thought I should quit moaning, and write the kind of thing I liked (and would appeal to gay men instead of young girls). So I did. I feature strong stories with two equally masculine men (no whips) that are highly romantic. No lurid sex scenes. Once I got going I couldn’t seem to stop – new ideas all the time.
On what are you currently working?
Right now I’m just finishing my latest, Mood Indigo, which involves an amnesiac, and a piano player with a band, who also owns a club called The Treble Clef, and whose been bitterly hurt in the past, and is not about to let it happen again. This idea came to me when I wrote Blue Valentine Blues which demanded a color theme. I’d listed all the colors and an idea for each. When it came time for a new story, I chose indigo, and the song came to mind. When the amnesia walks into the club, he and the Pianist have what you might call a transcendental experience and feel a riveting connection. The pianist feels waves of sadness emanating from the amnesic and they seem to him to be indigo instead of blue. Without conscious thought, he slips into the song Mood Indigo, which he then plays every time the other guy comes into the club, until they finally meet. I also have three others in the works, Looking Back For Tomorrow, which goes back and forth between college days and the present, A Company Of Players involving a guy and friends who come to New York to start a theater. And It Began With A Rose Called “Love” which is set in a law firm.
What is it that drives you to write?
I have read voraciously all my life. But, when I started reading MM books, I found that they were mostly written by middle-aged married women (with children, a dog, a cat, and a tank of fish, who were from the Midwest and loved gardening! To my dismay, I found that they featured endless sex scenes, described in minute detail to the very last drop of fluid. Usually these sex scenes lasted for six pages of more, not leaving a lot or space for the story. And sad scenes were virtually the same. The readers were mostly young girls! In reality, I found them to really be porn! And, these women got the whole gay relationship all wrong, from the silly to the serious (i.e. Gay men do NOT wear boxers, they were briefs, and one does not have to aim carefully at just the right angle to hit the other guys “gland”. NEWS: You can’t miss it!!!) I got so frustrated that I thought I should quit moaning, and write the kind of thing I liked (and would appeal to gay men instead of young girls). So I did. I feature strong stories with two equally masculine men (no whips) that are highly romantic. No lurid sex scenes. Once I got going I couldn’t seem to stop – new ideas all the time.
Please tell us about your other published works.
I first wrote Love Like Lightning – Ten Stories about Love At First Sight – which I self-published because I was new, and was too timid to send off the big publishers. (It was not a happy experience, but the book was well received). Then I got courageous, and sent my next book, Seeing The Same Blue to what I considered to be top of the line, Dreamspinner Press, and they accepted it. I was thrilled. I sent off my next two books, Blue Valentine Blues, and my most recent All By Myself to the same place and they were accepted too! I felt I had “arrived.” 
On what are you currently working?
Right now I’m just finishing my latest, Mood Indigo, which involves an amnesiac, and a piano player with a band, who also owns a club called The Treble Clef, and whose been bitterly hurt in the past, and is not about to let it happen again. This idea came to me when I wrote Blue Valentine Blues which demanded a color theme. I’d listed all the colors and an idea for each. When it came time for a new story, I chose indigo, and the song came to mind. When the amnesia walks into the club, he and the Pianist have what you might call a transcendental experience and feel a riveting connection. The pianist feels waves of sadness emanating from the amnesic and they seem to him to be indigo instead of blue. Without conscious thought, he slips into the song Mood Indigo, which he then plays every time the other guy comes into the club, until they finally meet. I also have three others in the works, Looking Back For Tomorrow, which goes back and forth between college days and the present, A Company Of Players involving a guy and friends who come to New York to start a theater. And It Began With A Rose Called “Love” which is set in a law firm.
Who else should we be reading?
Almost no one! There are a few. Marie Sexton and Ariel Tracha. Also The Portrait Of series by J.B. Bowie, the three Finding books by Andrew Barriger, the Raised By Wolves quartet by W.A. Hoffman and especially the Scarlet And The White Wolf trilogy by Kirby Crow. Otherwise, I’m pretty much at a loss. Main stream I love Jonathan Kellerman and Dick Francis and all the Reacher books.
So, what lights your fire?
Theater, theater, theater. It’s always been of vast importance to me, and nothing else can even come close. However, I do like writing very much also.
Tell us about your theatre experience. Are you still involved? Do you miss it?
I’ve had eleven years of college! I started out at U.C. Berkeley in engineering (my older brother was an engineer and it was expected in my family that being an engineer was the only profession one could have). Well, on day on a sandy hill surveying, I decided I hated engineering. I left school for a time. When I decided to go back to San Francisco State University, I thought I’d take on course in everything I liked and then go on to teach the one I liked best. So I took courses in photography, art, sculpture, ceramics and for character building (I was very shy) I’d take drama. The first scene I had in the class was the tack room scene from The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash. I played Starbuck. When we finished the scene, I found two people crying. I immediately went up to the administration building and changed my major to Theater and ended up with a BA & MA and a minor in art. When I came to New York (the lure of the Big Time) I made the rounds for many years, had some close calls but nothing really happened. When I found out that most open calls were only to shut Equity up, and no one ever got a part that way, I stopped. Then I started my own company (Surprise: A Company Of Players) and I directed five shows in five years – but, alas, no being a good money man I ran out of same. Later I did many shows with a friend who produced the Spotlight On Festivals and I did six shows with him over the next several years. Then a great hiatus. Then I wrote a gay themed play called Staring Over for the Ninth Annual Fresh Fruit Festival. A few years later, I had to have an ankle fusion for an old break I got in college ice skating. It didn’t come out too well and I don’t know if I could bet another show together or not. We’ll see. I do miss it a lot. Both acting and directing.
What can we find you doing when you aren't writing?
After having my department (Word Processing where I did PowerPoint shows and graphs and such) evilly outsourced (after 25 years yet and there were only 10 of us) I started writing in earnest. I also read Daily KOS every night for my real news (forget the paper and TV which are all biased because they’re all owned by five big corporations and lean right too much). Then I add pithy (I hope) text and phots to my Tumblr site, do and read Facebook, Twitter and add photos to my Pinterest site. I still read a lot (on my Kindle) of main stream (mysteries and government intrigue) and MM books until I can’t stand it and delete them.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a bit of a clutter bug, I seem unable to resist laying things on flat surfaces and elsewhere. But, I’m reforming and I’ve been cleaning things out giving a lot away to two charity second hand stores, The Housing Works here in New York and Highways in Bayonne, New Jersey. Soon, I will be clutter free. 
I also totally loused up the one true relationship I had many years ago with a fantastic guy. At that time I was very closeted, and couldn’t handle being in a gay relationship. It lasted two years only and it was all my fault that it ended. I’ll regret that forever.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Only that this has been a highly interesting trip down memory lane, and I thank you profusely for the chance. It was great fun!!!!

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About the author:

BA & MA from San Francisco State University in Theatre (Acting and Directing) with a minor in Art.

My latest book (All By Myself) was just published by Dreamspinner Press and can be found on Amazon. This followed Dreamspinner’s publication of my last two novels (Seeing The Same Blue and Blue Valentine Blues).

Before that, Outskirts Press published Love Like Lightning – Ten Stories Of Love At First Sight, also on Amazon.

My original play, Starting Over (which I also directed), was just staged as part of the Ninth Annual Fresh Fruit Festival here in New York. Audience reaction was terrific. It was one of nine plays accepted out of 60 submitted. It was an MM romance. The blurb in the brochure for the festival read, "A play about love and loss. Griff has recently lost his longtime partner. Can he find happiness with Ben, the new neighbor down the hall. Supported by his sister and opposed by his widowed mother, now remarried to a homophobic preacher."

I've also written 5 musicals, book, music and lyrics.

Saloon (loosely suggested by the old melodrama The Drunkard) which opened The Gatetway Dinner Theatre in New Jersey to great reviews. It was subsequently optioned by Broadway producer Jerry Schloschberg (who, at the time was, producing the revival of On The Town with Bernadette Peters), but a show sluggishly following the old material opened and closed the same night and he backed off thinking there was now a "stigma" on the material.

The Facts Of Life (a musical about War, Prejudice and Aging, circa the ‘60s) was written at the BMI Music Workshop taught by Broadway orchestra leader Lyman Engle after several auditions before acceptance in the class. It was deemed worthy of a staged reading there.

Boo!, based on the old gothic novel The Castle Spectre was done by several regional theatres.

I was hired to doctor a musical based on Ephigenia At Aulis, called The Winds Of Aulis. I changed the name to Delimma! and wrote a subplot and mostly new lyrics. Although the play was fully backed, it never reached production and I never found out why.

I’ve written and staged numerous night club and cabaret acts and taught singing for the musical stage for 15 years. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

'Love Like Lightning (Ten Stories of Love at First Sight)' by Ken Bachtold


Blurb:

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. DOES IT EXIST? OR IS IT JUST A LOVELY FANTASY? JUST ASK THE 10 MEN FEATURED IN THESE STORIES! 

For instance, take JOSHUA CRANDELL. 
He was very surprised. Afterward, he could never quite explain what, after many years, had prompted him to turn right into the gay bar. After many failed relationships, he'd virtually given up on ever finding the romance, actually love long-lasting. 
The one man sitting alone at the bar glanced at him, his well-shaped head only slightly turned. Josh was stunned. There sat the most beautiful man he'd ever seen. 
The fellow smiled slightly and very slowly turned his barstool fully around facing Josh directly for a moment. With an involuntary intake of breath Josh saw that the right side of that beautiful face was badly scarred. Josh protested in his head that he wasn't that kind of guy. He stepped forward and purposely crossed to the right side stool and sat down next to this man. 
"Hi," he said. "I'm Josh. Or Joshua, if you insist on formality," he quipped. 
"What? You want to talk to the poor disfigured guy, pat yourself on the back and then leave, having done your good deed?" 
"Look," Josh said, "Let's start over. Hi, my name's Josh." 
He held out his hand to shake. In return he got a look that was still suspicious. But after a time, the guy said, "I'm Andrew, or Andy, if you want to be less formal." 
He slowly and, obviously, reluctantly, held out his hand. Their touch was electric.

http://amzn.to/1PwGnHM



About the author:

BA & MA from San Francisco State University in Theatre (Acting and Directing) with a minor in Art.

My latest book (All By Myself) was just published by Dreamspinner Press and can be found on Amazon. This followed Dreamspinner’s publication of my last two novels (Seeing The Same Blue and Blue Valentine Blues).

Before that, Outskirts Press published Love Like Lightning – Ten Stories Of Love At First Sight, also on Amazon.

My original play, Starting Over (which I also directed), was just staged as part of the Ninth Annual Fresh Fruit Festival here in New York. Audience reaction was terrific. It was one of nine plays accepted out of 60 submitted. It was an MM romance. The blurb in the brochure for the festival read, "A play about love and loss. Griff has recently lost his longtime partner. Can he find happiness with Ben, the new neighbor down the hall. Supported by his sister and opposed by his widowed mother, now remarried to a homophobic preacher."

I've also written 5 musicals, book, music and lyrics.

Saloon (loosely suggested by the old melodrama The Drunkard) which opened The Gatetway Dinner Theatre in New Jersey to great reviews. It was subsequently optioned by Broadway producer Jerry Schloschberg (who, at the time was, producing the revival of On The Town with Bernadette Peters), but a show sluggishly following the old material opened and closed the same night and he backed off thinking there was now a "stigma" on the material.

The Facts Of Life (a musical about War, Prejudice and Aging, circa the ‘60s) was written at the BMI Music Workshop taught by Broadway orchestra leader Lyman Engle after several auditions before acceptance in the class. It was deemed worthy of a staged reading there.

Boo!, based on the old gothic novel The Castle Spectre was done by several regional theatres.

I was hired to doctor a musical based on Ephigenia At Aulis, called The Winds Of Aulis. I changed the name to Delimma! and wrote a subplot and mostly new lyrics. Although the play was fully backed, it never reached production and I never found out why.

I’ve written and staged numerous night club and cabaret acts and taught singing for the musical stage for 15 years.

http://amzn.to/1PwDQ0i

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

'Blue Valentine Blues' by Ken Bachtold


Blurb:

When Josh put a blue valentine in the class box for Bobby Prentice in fifth grade, he just wanted to show how much he appreciated his best friend. Years later, both the ridicule he suffered and his unrequited feelings for Bobby have followed him to the university where they both teach. Bobby would like to say many things to his friend, but he doesn’t know if he can find the courage in himself that he admires in Josh.

A part of the "A Valentine Rainbow" set of 14 holiday stories.

http://amzn.to/1PwGnHM



About the author:

BA & MA from San Francisco State University in Theatre (Acting and Directing) with a minor in Art.

My latest book (All By Myself) was just published by Dreamspinner Press and can be found on Amazon. This followed Dreamspinner’s publication of my last two novels (Seeing The Same Blue and Blue Valentine Blues).

Before that, Outskirts Press published Love Like Lightning – Ten Stories Of Love At First Sight, also on Amazon.

My original play, Starting Over (which I also directed), was just staged as part of the Ninth Annual Fresh Fruit Festival here in New York. Audience reaction was terrific. It was one of nine plays accepted out of 60 submitted. It was an MM romance. The blurb in the brochure for the festival read, "A play about love and loss. Griff has recently lost his longtime partner. Can he find happiness with Ben, the new neighbor down the hall. Supported by his sister and opposed by his widowed mother, now remarried to a homophobic preacher."

I've also written 5 musicals, book, music and lyrics.

Saloon (loosely suggested by the old melodrama The Drunkard) which opened The Gatetway Dinner Theatre in New Jersey to great reviews. It was subsequently optioned by Broadway producer Jerry Schloschberg (who, at the time was, producing the revival of On The Town with Bernadette Peters), but a show sluggishly following the old material opened and closed the same night and he backed off thinking there was now a "stigma" on the material.

The Facts Of Life (a musical about War, Prejudice and Aging, circa the ‘60s) was written at the BMI Music Workshop taught by Broadway orchestra leader Lyman Engle after several auditions before acceptance in the class. It was deemed worthy of a staged reading there.

Boo!, based on the old gothic novel The Castle Spectre was done by several regional theatres.

I was hired to doctor a musical based on Ephigenia At Aulis, called The Winds Of Aulis. I changed the name to Delimma! and wrote a subplot and mostly new lyrics. Although the play was fully backed, it never reached production and I never found out why.
I’ve written and staged numerous night club and cabaret acts and taught singing for the musical stage for 15 years.

http://amzn.to/1PwDQ0i

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

'Immortal Love (Book 1 Werewolf Alpha Romance)' by Madison Hart


Blurb: 

Anthony led a normal life, spending his days working in a mill as a logger, cutting down trees and drinking beers after work with his friends. That is until one day he was left alone in the woods and was attacked by a fearsome wolf, but not just any wolf. The wolf that bit him was a werewolf and now Anthony finds himself awakened in a strange place, surrounded by people he doesn’t know, without any signs of the wolf’s attack anywhere on his body. He’s told that he is now a werewolf and Anthony begins a new life as an immortal, finding solace in a beautiful woman named Julia by day but by night forced to meet his new fate and become the pack’s new Alpha leader. Anthony finds himself torn between following the ancient laws and falling in love with Julia.

http://amzn.to/1KLrrBT

About the author:
Madison Hart is a thirty-something that lives in Florida with her husband and two dogs. She is a long time reader of romance and sci-fi and decided to try her hand at both. She loves hearing from readers and wants to know what people think of her work.

'Seeing the Same Blue' by Ken Bachtold


Blurb:

Dustin “Dusty” Rhoades isn’t looking for a relationship. He’s tried them before, with disastrous results, and decided he’s better off on his own. So he focuses on his professional life as a landscape architect.

Cliff Benson is convinced he can’t have the relationship he wants. His father is as homophobic as he is wealthy, and has made it perfectly clear he expects Cliff to get married. Dutifully, Cliff proposes to society girl Alyson, works in his father’s law firm, and accepts that he has nowhere to turn.

When Dusty meets Cliff at his engagement party, the attraction is strong and instantaneous, but when Dusty admits his feelings, Cliff backs off. Dusty suggests they proceed as friends, but they are too drawn to each other. Just as they both finally agree they want more, Alyson’s suspicious brother outs them, risking everything Dusty has worked for.

http://amzn.to/1PwGnHM



About the author:

BA & MA from San Francisco State University in Theatre (Acting and Directing) with a minor in Art.

My latest book (All By Myself) was just published by Dreamspinner Press and can be found on Amazon. This followed Dreamspinner’s publication of my last two novels (Seeing The Same Blue and Blue Valentine Blues).

Before that, Outskirts Press published Love Like Lightning – Ten Stories Of Love At First Sight, also on Amazon.

My original play, Starting Over (which I also directed), was just staged as part of the Ninth Annual Fresh Fruit Festival here in New York. Audience reaction was terrific. It was one of nine plays accepted out of 60 submitted. It was an MM romance. The blurb in the brochure for the festival read, "A play about love and loss. Griff has recently lost his longtime partner. Can he find happiness with Ben, the new neighbor down the hall. Supported by his sister and opposed by his widowed mother, now remarried to a homophobic preacher."

I've also written 5 musicals, book, music and lyrics.

Saloon (loosely suggested by the old melodrama The Drunkard) which opened The Gatetway Dinner Theatre in New Jersey to great reviews. It was subsequently optioned by Broadway producer Jerry Schloschberg (who, at the time was, producing the revival of On The Town with Bernadette Peters), but a show sluggishly following the old material opened and closed the same night and he backed off thinking there was now a "stigma" on the material.

The Facts Of Life (a musical about War, Prejudice and Aging, circa the ‘60s) was written at the BMI Music Workshop taught by Broadway orchestra leader Lyman Engle after several auditions before acceptance in the class. It was deemed worthy of a staged reading there.

Boo!, based on the old gothic novel The Castle Spectre was done by several regional theatres.

I was hired to doctor a musical based on Ephigenia At Aulis, called The Winds Of Aulis. I changed the name to Delimma! and wrote a subplot and mostly new lyrics. Although the play was fully backed, it never reached production and I never found out why.
I’ve written and staged numerous night club and cabaret acts and taught singing for the musical stage for 15 years.

http://amzn.to/1PwDQ0i

'Claiming Crusher (Savage Brothers MC)' by Jordan Marie


Blurb:

I've claimed her... She's mine.

Crusher

The moment I saw her I knew I was in trouble. I just didn't care.
Once I knock down her walls and get a taste, I know she's it.
I'll have her and no one will get in my way----not even my club.
She's trying to run. That won't happen.
I'll use whatever I can just to keep her.
I'm an expert at making women give me what I want.
Dani just doesn't realize who she's dealing with yet.

She will.

Dani

I'm running.
I'm have secrets that will kill me someday. I need to stay ahead of them.
I run straight into his arms.
Zander's trouble. I know, because he sets my body on fire.
One taste of him and I keep going back, even when I shouldn't.
All I need is his body, his touch and his deliciously dirty mouth.
He's not mine to claim.
One more taste and I'll leave.

Before my past finds me...

http://amzn.to/1WFMxus