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Weekend Dirty Dozen – Week 1 – PG-13 Rated Language

This week’s selection for the Weekend Dirty Dozen’s inaugural week is chosen from “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” A novellette M/M erotic romance story that published in “Once Upon A Twisted Tale” Rebel Ink Press, released October 17, 2011

Setup: Ike Sandhill’s horse bolted in terror. Nathaniel Hawkins in trying to save him, knocked Ike from his horse and fears he’s nearly killed him with his rescue effort.
12 line excerpt:

“Hell’s bells, what a goat fuck. Augustus stood patiently while Nathaniel hoisted Ike’s lanky frame up into the saddle and mounted behind to support his unconscious burden. The flight brought them to the borders of Nathaniel’s estate.

“Time to go home, Augustus.”

Nathaniel’s pulse pounded at the proximity of Ike in the saddle, his head resting on Nathaniel’s shoulder. How badly he wanted to brush the wayward lock of golden hair back from the man’s brow. No more hiding. Before the night was over, Nathaniel would be sure Ike Sandhill knew his full intentions. He couldn’t go on in this limbo half-life watching from afar. By dawn, they’d both be changed men. He prayed he could convince Ike to take what he had to offer, to take a chance, to take something, anything from him.
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Ike roused with awareness that he was the center of some commotion.”

“The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp”

Blurb:

“The Galloping Ghoul rides each full moon, exacting revenge by frightening those who tormented his past. By day, he is one of the town people, Nathaniel Hawkins, an affluent entrepreneur. He identifies with Ike Sandhill, a government surveyor, and wants to protect him from the same thugs who drove Nathaniel to revenge. Ike goes to the extreme to prove to everyone how straight laced he is. He pursues Misty VonMix with the intention of marriage. Nathaniel doesn’t know how to confess his desire without driving Ike away. He comes up with a plan of seduction. Before the night is over Ike discovers things about himself he always knew, yet denied.”

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“Once Upon A Twisted Tale” available at e-book outlets
Barnes and Noble
Amazon
Book Strand I couldn’t get the search window to respond to the title of the book but here is the web.
All Romance E-Books

Blurb:
“Escape to a world of make believe where all your grown up fantasies can now be realized. Where Neverland means never denying yourself the most intimate, wicked treats and where what you wear to the ball isn’t nearly as important as what you don’t. Experience a tantalizing set of stories where fairy tales take on an unexpected twist and journey to a place where real love isn’t defined in terms of a cookie cutter princess. After all, happily-ever-after isn’t the staple of a charmed life…”

Once Upon A Twisted Tale – Release Day

Release Day for Once Upon A Twisted Tale.

“Once Upon A Twisted Tale”
Escape to a world of make believe where all your grown up fantasies can now be realized. Where Neverland means never denying yourself the most intimate, wicked treats and where what you wear to the ball isn’t nearly as important as what you don’t. Experience a tantalizing set of stories where fairy tales take on an unexpected twist and journey to a place where real love isn’t defined in terms of a cookie cutter princess. After all, happily-ever-after isn’t the staple of a charmed life…

The editor at Rebel Ink Press put out the call for authors to participate in the anthology due to come out October 17, 2011, with a theme of twisted fairy tales. I thought ah, just in time for Halloween! I have to get involved. After a little bit of research Nathaniel and Ike found me and told me their story.

“The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” M/M Erotic Historic Romance
The Galloping Ghoul rides each full moon, exacting revenge by frightening those who tormented his past. By day, he is one of the town people, Nathaniel Hawkins, an affluent entrepreneur. He identifies with Ike Sandhill, a government surveyor, and wants to protect him from the same thugs who drove Nathaniel to revenge. Ike goes to the extreme to prove to everyone how straight laced he is. He pursues Misty VonMix with the intention of marriage. Nathaniel doesn’t know how to confess his desire without driving Ike away. He comes up with a plan of seduction. Before the night is over Ike discovers things about himself he always knew, yet denied.

“Massachusetts, 1790
Somewhere in the Bridgewater Triangle, old wives tell tales in hushed tones about strange lights in the sky and the Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp. They say the specter rides on the night of the full moon. They don’t know what drives him to haunt unsuspecting travelers. Those who’ve crossed his path flee in fear for their lives. If the victims know why he rides, they never say.”….

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…Hell’s bells, what a goat fuck. Augustus stood patiently while Nathaniel hoisted Ike’s lanky frame up into the saddle and mounted behind to support his unconscious burden. The flight brought them to the borders of Nathaniel’s estate.
“Time to go home, Augustus.”
Nathaniel’s pulse pounded at the proximity of Ike in the saddle, his head resting on Nathaniel’s shoulder. How badly he wanted to brush the wayward lock of golden hair back from the man’s brow. No more hiding. Before the night was over, Nathaniel would be sure Ike Sandhill knew his full intentions. He couldn’t go on in this limbo half-life watching from afar. By dawn, they’d both be changed men. He prayed he could convince Ike to take what he had to offer, to take a chance, to take something, anything from him.

Once Upon a Twisted Tale will be released at several online e-book sellers including Amazon Kindle, All Romance E Books, Barnes & Noble Nook and Bookstrand.

Out there in the Blogosphere

This past weekend was an excellent conference hosted by Georgia Romance Writers. The Moonlight Magnolia. I had a wonderful time. I learned so many fun and interesting things. Sunday morning stands out at the moment. Leigh Michaels did a workshop on Writing Between The Sexes. Just by random zinger this topic was the first workshop I attended at First Coast Romance Writers taught by Tracy Montoya.

I was reminded of many points I’d almost forgotten about the communication style of men vs women. Believe me I was flipping through the electronic pages of the ARC for “Once Upon A Twisted Tale” to get to “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” to see if I had committed any of the communication sins making my men sound too girly. Whew. I didn’t find any glaring incidences of my men sounding like women. That could be why my editor found my men very three dimensional and not glaring of the typical sterotypes in a m/m romance.

I’ve been blogging around the blogosphere lately. Come over and visit these places.

Whipped Cream for Wednesday spotlight. You can find them through “Long and Short of It” reviews, if the hot link on Whipped Cream doesn’t work.
There is a contest to win an E copy of our ARC for “Once Upon A Twisted Tale” The gang over at Whipped Cream is featuring a writer from the anthology each day this week.

Thursday I am over at Lexxx Christian’s blog Throbbing Thursday. Come take a look at the snippet I dropped about “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp”

Happy Reading everyone.

Fantasy Man Monday

My October short story release “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” is a male/male romance. My men aren’t the sterotypical “gay” guys. In honor of my main characters in the story, Nanthaniel and Ike, I have a few Fantasy Men to share today.

It’s been demonstrated that male/male romance appeals to the middle aged female demographic. Why is that?

What does it take for a male/male romance to hold your interest? What turns you off in this sub-genre’ of fiction?

When is too much just too much?

Book Trailers Love Them or Not?

I have spent considerable time thinking about the changes that epublishing has brought about in our industry. And even more time thinking about marketing in this ever changing, technologically florished environment.

I LOVE BOOK TRAILERS

Do you? I love love love them.

Take a look at the book trailer Rebel Ink Author J.L. Oiler did for our Anthology release “Once Upon A Twisted Tale”

Escape to a world of make believe where all your grown up fantasies can now be realized. Where Neverland means never denying yourself the most intimate, wicked treats and where what you wear to the ball isn’t nearly as important as what you don’t. Experience a tantalizing set of stories where fairy tales take on an unexpected twist and journey to a place where real love isn’t defined in terms of a cookie cutter princess. After all, happily-ever-after isn’t the staple of a charmed life…

My contribution to the anthology is “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp”

**The Galloping Ghoul rides each full-moon exacting revenge by frightening those who tormented his past. By day he is one of the towns people, Nathaniel Hawkins, an affluent entrepreneur. He identifies with Ike Sandhill, a government surveyor, and wants to protect him from the same thugs who drove him to revenge.

Ike goes to the extreme to prove to everyone how straight laced he is. That effort extending to the point of pursuing Misty Von Nix with the intention of marriage.

Nathaniel doesn’t know how to confess his desire without driving Ike away. He comes up with a plan of seduction. Before the night is over Ike discovers things about himself he always knew, yet denied.**

This Anthology is a collection of stores from the fantastic Rebel Ink Authors. I am excited to be part of the group.

So tell me about your feelings on Book Trailers. Do you love them as much as I do? Do they help you make a decision to try out a book? As a marketing technique do they work for you?

Eden Glenn

Coffee Time Romance

Rebel Ink Authors are over at Coffee Time Romance today blogging about their books and upcoming releases.

Come on over and join the fun

Blogging at Coffee Time

Rebel Ink Authors for the anthology “Once Upon A Twisted Tale” will be blogging over at Coffee time romance.com on September 15th, 2011. Check it out and come on over to join in the fun. Ask me anything you want to know about “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp”.

Fantasy Man Monday

I’ve been subtly celebrating my contract with Rebel Ink Press. I have days when I feel like a “real” author. Then I am humbled by some dumb thing I do and realize I’m still little old me, guppy Dorie.

My current WIP for Rebel Ink’s “Once Upon A Twisted Tale” due out October, 2011 in time for Halloween is a male/male romance. That’s all I can say about it officially at the moment. Once cover blurb is approved and I finish all the revisions I’ll be able to promote more. I wanted to give you a few images that inspired my hero characters. Nathaniel Hawkins and Ike Sandhill in “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp”.

Cast as Ike Sandhill

Isn’t he a darling hero to rescue?

Cast as Nathaniel Hawkins

Nathaniel has that brooding maturity with a spark of joy behind his eyes. Can’t you see how much he needs Ike?

The thing I love about romance. Love is Love no matter what packaging it arrives in.