Hola and a big smushy WELCOME to our LGBT event which is here for the month of May. We have reviews, Guest Posts, Top Ten List and lots and lots of prizes all with a LGBT theme. The posts will be indexed on the side and I do hope you hop through … I have been so lucky this year!
Today, we have a wonderful post from Lexxie Couper. Lexxie is one of my favourite erotic authors and I devour all her books. Gaurded Desires is an amazing book and I highly recommend it; it is one of the books due for review this month. Lexxie is also giving away an eCopy of Guarded Desires, Blame it on the Bass and Balls Up (the available LGBT backlist) to one commenter.
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Those familiar with me will know I write a wide variety of sub-genre romance. Paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, horror, rom-com, fantasy. I’m one of those writers that is completely at the mercy of my characters and their story. And if the character and their story involves shape-shifting kangaroos or surfboard-riding vampires, than so be it. But the one sub-genre I’d never tried to tackle was m/m.
My Samhain editor had asked me on numerous occasions to write one. She kept telling me I’d be able to do it. My friend, fellow Aussie author, Rhian Cahill, suggested once that my m/f/m stories were so close to m/m/f because of their strong emotional and physical connection my heroes shared (which makes me wonder how much of a homoerotic nature I’ve placed on the Australian ide of mateship? Hmmmm).
Despite these requests and encouragement to write a m/m, I’d always been hesitant, not sure I could capture the raw emotion of the genre. The m/m genre is powerful in its relationships and exploration of what it means to surrender to love and desire, regardless of the pressures and derision and expectations of society. For me, I feared I would do something that important a disservice if the story I wrote was just an exercise to see if I could do it. I would feel like I was not only cheating my readers, but myself and the gay community. So I kept saying no.
But then, in late 2012, a very good friend of mine experienced something they never thought they would: they found themselves attracted to a member of the same sex. My friend had been happily married for over twenty years, so to say the response was a shock is an understatement. It changed everything.
A few months later, I wrote Guarded Desires, my very first m/m. Guarded Desires is my friend’s story. Just with more ravenous paparazzi and screaming fans. And in writing Guarded Desires, it opened to me a side of my writing self I truly think I’d been too scared to allow free.
Desire like this wasn’t in the script.
Small-screen sex symbol Chris Huntley is on the fast track to becoming the next big action-blockbuster movie star. When his latest movie takes him to Australia for a red-carpet premiere, he thinks he’s ready for anything.
But nothing could have prepared him for his raw, carnal response to his Aussie bodyguard. Sexual attraction to a man is a first for Chris. Now he realizes why his relationships with women have never felt quite…complete.
Liev Reynolds is comfortable with his bisexuality, but his attraction to Chris is an inconvenience he must ignore. For starters, there’s his professional ethics. Then there’s the long trail of female broken hearts in Chris’s wake.
Hard as they both try to keep their minds on their jobs, desire and a little matchmaking tip them over the edge. But Hollywood endings aren’t real life. And when the truth leaks out, their careers aren’t the only collateral damage.
Warning: A hunky Hollywood sex symbol. A smoldering, stubborn Australian. A desire so powerful it cannot be denied. A kiss. And a photograph. This “isn’t” your normal boy-meets-boy story.
Since Guarded Desires release, I’ve written three more m/m books and one m/m/f. Some, like Balls Up, are fun and playful GFY stories. Some, like Can’t Stay Away (which releases in June as part of Are’s Out for You anthology) are angsty, emotionally raw stories of trying to deny who you really are. And then there’s Bare for You, my July Samhain release, which finds a gay politician firmly hiding in the closet, and a openly gay Australian cowboy, discovering how much they try to stay away from each other, they can’t. And Australia may just very well be the better for it (yes, I’m getting political in this one…and attempting to change my country’s stance on gay marriage. Wish me luck)
The thing that I’ve discovered about myself however, since writing Guarded Desires way back in 2012 is this. I love writing GLBT stories. I love the challenge of capturing a love and desire that defies what society expects. And I love the characters in those stories who take control of my muse. They are some of the strongest men I’ve ever had the fortune of knowing.
Not all cowboys ride horses.
Jeremy Craig is on the cusp of being named the deputy prime minister of Australia. Which means he’s got to play his cards right and stay deep in the closet. Australia is a lot of things, but there’s no way the country is ready for a gay prime minister. So far, it’s been an easy ruse to maintain. Until he meets Ryan Taylor. Then all bets are off.
Ryan is sick of the Brokeback Mountain jokes. For starters, he’s an Australian stockman, not an American cowboy. For another, he spends most of his working days alone in a helicopter, not on the back of a horse. As Wallaby Ridge’s only contract heli-musterer, he gets to escape any small-town scorn high in the sky. He’s happy up there. Lonely, but happy. Who needs passion and wild sexual pleasure in their life when they have the boundless skies of the Outback, right?
Then Jeremy Craig climbs into his chopper…
Warning: This book may change your opinion of politicians. It also contains scorching, no-holds-barred passion between two alpha men, one with a Ryan Gosling fetish and the other with a secret deeper than the ocean. Yes, it’s that complicated.
About the Author
Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get erotic romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire. Sometimes all at once.
When she’s not submerged in the worlds she creates, Lexxie’s life revolves around her family, a husband who thinks she’s insane, a indoor cat who likes to stalk shadows, and her daughters, who both utterly captured her heart and changed her life forever.
Contact Lexxie at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/lexxie_couper or visit her at www.lexxiecouper.com where she occasionally makes a fool of herself on her blog.