Can you feel the love?

Here’s mine:

This feeling…

I’d never stop craving it.

The painful tightness in my chest. The unbearable heat coursing through my veins. The full-body tremble I couldn’t control. The hitch in my throat that made breathing a struggle. The intoxicating, addictive high from a sudden lack of air.

These moments…

I’d never get enough of them.

Moments like this were surreal. Abracadabra. Hocus pocus type stuff.

Moments like this were pure freakin’ magic.

Moments like this…

“Never gets old, does it?” his soft question broke the silence.

It broke me too.

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SPOTLIGHT: Nat Kennedy

Time for Spotlight Saturday again! Joining us today is Nat Kennedy. She writes gay fantasy. Let’s find out more…

You write gay fantasy. What draws you to that genre? What’s your favorite part about writing in that genre?

I really discovered my love for reading when I found the fantasy genre.  As a kid, I read animal books, and some of the Beverly Cleary, and that’s about it.  Then I discovered Xanth, a magical place where everyone has a magic talent.  The idea of this world with magic flipped my eager little reading lid wide open.  I devoured all the fantasy that I could, even if it wasn’t 100% up to my tastes, because at the time I didn’t really have many options.

I was never much of a romance reader.  I still liked my external/active plot.  I wasn’t interested in a story that was solely about two people falling in love.  Of the few romances I had read, the books were focused on women being saved and ‘oh, that brute of a man’.  Maybe I just hadn’t found the good stuff, but what I’d found wasn’t for me.

About fifteen years ago I read some romantic gay fantasy.  The stories weren’t just about the relationship, about the two characters finding love.  There was plot.  Guys were loving each other and doing things, not pining, not waiting, but being active. So, I found this subgenre and decided this was where I belonged.  I wrote little stories for friends.  Then longer novels.  Finally, I decided to take the plunge.  Last year I self-published two novellas for a greater urban fantasy series – the Wielder World.

My favorite parts?  Plotting, worldbuilding, slow burn romance.  Because there are other outside forces at work, it isn’t just about the relationship.  The characters react to the fantasy plot slapping them about, forcing them to choose and act and then, along the way, they fall in love.

You have two books out in the Wielder World series, Edge of Desperation and Center of Deception. How many books do you plan on in this series? When can we expect the next one out?

Wielder World is a planned four book series, though honestly, if I get to that point and I feel there is more story, I will continue.  The two novellas are openers, introductions to my three main characters: Reggie, August and Kyle.  They are pre-romance, a way to explore the characters, define the world, and let you know what’s at stake.  Following those is a short story treat, called Places Between, which focuses on a fourth character, Bethany, an agent for the government.  After these shorter works, there are two novels.  The next book, Afflicted to the Core, is in the editing phase.  In this novel, the romance and heat ratchet up.  The men fall for each other as they struggle against the twisted government, the shadow agency, and the Wielder cults.  They’re knee deep in trouble, and along the way, they find love.

Expect Afflicted to the Core out this year, early fall.

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FEATURE: Pamela White

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I am the Co-Author for this series. I was a reader for my Co-Authors other books and decided that he needed to spice up his writing and suggested that he let me write some of a book with him. After the first chapter was written the series was born and has been the most fun to write. “I am a southern belle born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. I am married and have three grown children, I have been a paralegal for 30 years working with Patent law, Domestic, Bankruptcy, probate, criminal law, wrongful death and litigation. I decided briefs, complaints and motions were not enough to keep me busy so decided to try my hand at writing. It has been the most fun I have ever had. Writing is not as easy as I thought it would be but very rewarding.

Excerpt from Counselor’s Sinful Kiss (Counselor’s Sinful Collection, Book 1)

CHAPTER 7 DINNER

I left the office around 4pm.  The latest version of the contracts was in my briefcase.  Better safe than sorry.  I went home and Max was there, lying on the couch in shorts and an old t-shirt.  He didn’t sit up when I came in.  He hadn’t shaved that morning either.  I asked him “How was the trip?”  

He said “Boring shit.  Nothing is ever accomplished”  

I just looked at him, smothering the impulse to ask he not use that type of language around me which would lead to a fight I wasn’t ready for.  What was I ready for?  

I finally said “Well the meeting with the General Contractor was anything but successful.  I have a lot of work to do for these clients.”  And a lot I want to do to them, I thought guiltily.   “I have a meeting tonight and I am not sure what time I am going to be home.  It may be late”.  

He looked at me and said “I am tired.  I won’t wait up.  I have to leave again early tomorrow morning.  I will be gone for about a week”  As usual, the conversation didn’t go any further.  Things were different since the proposal and my refusal, but maybe the proposal had been because of the way things had been before, a hail mary proposal.  

We had become roommates and it was a source of irritation.  I went to take a shower and get ready for only God knows what.  I carefully dressed in short black dress and a casual jacket. I look through my underwear.  Is it just me or is there different types of underwear for different circumstances?  Something to workout?  Something for office wear?  Something for a long dress? Something for a short Dress?  I absently move my hands over the clothing, underclothes, panties, lingerie.  My hand seems to stop on its own accord.  I lift a sexy black sheer lace negligee, silky to the touch and a moment later, it is soft against my skin and  under my dress. It is bold, where does my unconscious mind expect tonight to lead?   I put on black high heels but put a pair of casual shoes in my bag.  I told Max bye and left.  

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Book Blurbs: Selling the Story vs. Telling the Story

Y’all know I’m a bit crazy. Like from-a-whole-different-universe type crazy. I mean, I’d have to be since I enjoy writing blurbs, eh? Because, yeah…

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