Sometimes I’m the Toe, Sometimes I’m the Shoe

fullsizeoutput_1adf

I’m trying to lace myself into writing mode.

1016533_281013018718550_1906241013_n

There is always an impulse to squirm free, to kick off my shoes, to indulge in short term desires instead of buckling down and working on my longer range goals. Since I’ve returned from Europe mid-July, I’ve had no discipline.

Working from home this summer has been a series of disgruntled failures as I attempt to push past the rereading on my existing chapters, interspersed with episodes of the Great British Bake Off on Netflix, and territorial arguments with my teen about ownership of the ripe avocados.

avocado close up colors cut

To corral the worst of these tendencies I’ve hit the road–again. Looking for an oasis of calm that will let me dip into a pool of creative productivity long enough to get this book finished, or at least restarted.

The search has me roaming from coffee shop to roastery, testing the unfriendly remodeling of the Starbucks and Peet’s of the world, against the local squat spots redolent in sticky floors and mediocrity of brew. There are gems, but my restless nature makes it hard to settle, hard to write long enough to own them.

IMG_8549.JPG

Today I’m warming up in a sentimental favorite – the cafe my daughter had breakfast club every Wednesday before class. On days they needed an extra driver to schlep them back to school, I’d bring my laptop and actually work as they lounged on couches and chairs, hands flying as they conversed in sign language between bites of croissant. Her middle-school days are long behind her, so I’m not sure why I’ve ignored it for so long.

It’s convenient–blocks away from the house–fronting a main street. It’s prime viewing for the parade of west Marin esoterica wandering by, picture windows flooding the cafe with light without eye aching screen glare. Tables fill a room hugged with outlets and power strips–with a glass mug of foam and liquid fortitude at your elbow, laptop at the ready, what more does the serious writer need?

close up photo of a cup of coffee

And if the cold hash reality hits, and the words stop flowing, the Elgin side chairs provide excellent back support as you slump over your keyboard in despair.

Yeah.

Sometimes you are the toe, sometimes the shoe. Today I’m trying to be the laces.

Wish me luck.

IMG_4109

LEF_options_rainbow_Trans copy

LE Franks lives in the SF Bay area and writes M/M Romance in a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast paced stories filled with emotion and passion and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated and sometimes a little bit dark. LE Franks is a best selling author and finalist for 2013 & 2014 Rainbow Awards. Her books are available through her publishers at MLR Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Pride Publishing and online bookstores.
Check out LE’s books at: lefranks.com
Contact LE: email: franks.books@gmail.com
Blog: https://lefranks.wordpress.com
Social Media:
twitter: @boxtersushi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LE.Franks1
FB Author Page: LEFranksAuthor
Instagram/Tumblr: boxtersushi

 

Advertisements
Posted in Blog, Books, Photos by LE Franks, writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can Writing Make You Hurl?

6E7D783B-368F-4CCD-9637-FBD234D338E7

Tramore/Trá Mhor, Ireland 2018

Previously posted on July 20, 2018 as a Guest Author post hosted by author Jackie Keswick at http://www.jackiekeswick.co.uk

Happy July Friends! I’m LE Franks, and I’m in the middle of a trip to Europe for Euro Pride Con, sitting in a kitchen in Waterford, Ireland, looking out over the back garden with its flock of fat and happy chickens while I write.

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m travel mad. Given the opportunity I stretched what should have been just a pleasantly long weekend in Amsterdam, to sixteen days of wandering between friends, researching a number of projects in both England and Ireland.

I’m thirteen days into my travels and this blog post featuring 6 Days to Get Lucky from my backlist, comes at a uniquely opportune time for me. The 6 Days series [6 Days To Get Valentine, 6 Days To Get Lucky, 6 Days to Get Away (pending) ] follows the same couple (Nick & FatBoy) from meeting, through the development of their relationship, using holidays as markers to show the passage of time throughout a single year. Seems like a simple concept, yet to get the story elements just right, takes time.

6 Days to Get Lucky picks up the story four weeks after Valentine, when the relationship is still brand new and they’re feeling their way forward. Nick is impatient, FatBoy is taking his sweet time and they’re both getting frustrated by circumstances as their bar is invaded by a flirty captain and his Irish Hurling team.

Researching hurling from my living room in California was efficient. I watched ‘how to’ videos, matches replayed via YouTube, contacted the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) about the All Ireland Senior Championship, read up on the history of hurling in America. All solid work. And in a romantic comedy set in a bar rather than a book of sports fiction,  it was enough to get the point across.

As if I knew anything.

Luckily the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final being held at Semple stadium in Thurles yesterday set me right.

36931618_10216885691397797_4964516645490917376_n

Can I swear here? OMFG! What a wild ride, carried along with 25,000 hurling fans who were on the edge of their seats to see which team would finally advance to the All Ireland round after the first game ended in a tie.

Hurling is a beautiful, brutal sport. It’s played fast and hard, on the ground and in the air, the ball (the size of a tennis ball called a sliotar) can be slapped, picked up and thrown, or carried by hand, or with the flat of the hurley, or hit in the air, or on the ground, until a team can get it through the goal post or in the net.  It’s madness. It is a sport without restraint, the adrenaline of the pounding charge of polo without the horse.

And it’s brilliant.

Sitting amongst the burgundy of Gallway, mixing freely with the yellow stripes of Kilkenny, was enlightening, especially as the game was played when the frenzied nationalism of the World Cup was on full display. But in hurling, the fans don’t show their passion for their given team by tearing down the opposition. Oh no. Where would be the sport in that? Instead as the game rolled on the the scores were nearly tied, the stadium rocked with the challenge and response–one set of fans trying to out do the other with the volume and vigor of their roaring approval. I can still feel the echo of that energy vibrating in my bones.

And in the end, when Galway walked away with the win, and the fans flooded out of the stadium en masse–they shared another passion, getting to their car parks and train platforms as quickly as possible with a lot of laughter and good natured ribbing along the way.  – LE Franks

36821182_10216521474739820_8447342841708937216_n6 Days To Get Lucky

Excerpt from 6 Days To Get Lucky by LE Franks

A little taste from the first scene when the hurling team arrives at the bar.

They’d been going at it for about an hour. Liam and Rory spilling endless facts about their beloved game and Corwyn interjecting with a word, or to cut through the miasma growing in the wake of their lecture. It was confusing. It sounded like someone had taken every sport I’d ever heard of, dumped them into a burlap sack, and shook it to hell. The first five sports that tumbled out won.

I tried my theory out on them.

I should have taken my break instead.

“So… it’s like a cross between field hockey and lacrosse… You have those hockey stick thingies…”

“A Hurley,” Corwyn provided helpfully. He reached under his barstool to drag out something that looked like a canoe paddle with a large bite out of the blade end. Sort of.

“Ya get hit with one of these, it’ll give ya a dead leg for sure,” added one of the fullbacks whose name escaped me in this sea of Irish swamping my bar.

“Dead leg?” I asked, working through my third rack of pint glasses. My second bartender had shown up, so I only had to pull draughts for the pack of hurlers arrayed before me. I was starting to enjoy myself.

“S’no big—wack it wi’ your fist a couple a times and you’re good ta go,” Rory nodded, and I got the impression it was like having your leg fall asleep.

“But you can carry the ball like in lacrosse…” I was trying to get this straight in my head.

“Sliotar,” Liam replied, working his way through a fourth Guinness.

“Which is like a baseball that you throw or carry but only a few steps like basketball?”

Corwyn snorted. “Now you’re makin’ fun. But you’re not far off. You can carry the sliotar for four steps in yer hand, but beyond that, you need to be bouncing it on the face of your hurley. That little point on the end—” Corwyn pointed to the edge with the bite missing. “Ya use that to scoop the sliotar off the turf, onto the face.”

“Then what?” I asked.

“Ya run like the wind and pass to your forward if you can—if you can’t, you toss the sliotar in the air with the hurley, then smack the hell out of it downfield toward the goal.” Liam was becoming more pleasant with each sip.

“Right. Like baseball.”

Liam scoffed at me and delivered a freshly signed sliotar into my hand. I hoped he didn’t expect me to apply it to his tab.

For all that they were protesting, its resemblance to an American baseball was actually fairly accurate—close in both size and weight, just falling short of both measurements.

“You can also hit it with your open hand to pass.” Someone reached for the sliotar to demonstrate their technique, but I jerked it back to safety.

I looked at it again, considering. “So like handball.”

“No. You can kick it, as well as strike it on the ground—you just want to get it into the net for a goal for three, or through the uprights for a single point.”

“Like soccer!”

Liam had pulled out his phone to show me a diagram of the field. And it looked like a damn soccer field to me, except the net was tucked underneath what looked like a typical NFL goalpost. When I pointed that out, Liam corrected me.

“Football.”

“Pardon?” I watched him tuck away his phone and drain his glass with a gesture that screamed disappointment in an errant child.

“Its proper name is ‘football’—” The old Liam seemed primed to make a spectacular comeback.

“I donna why you Yanks insist on calling it soccer. You’re the only ones in the whole wide world who does…” Rory interrupted, color high. He hadn’t moved far and had drained more than his first pint, wedged silently next to Corwyn until now.

“And then you replace it with a game for poofs!” Rory spat.

His comment eliciting a sharp slap to the back of his head, rocking him forward so his nose kissed the oak.

His yelp rang through the chatter. “I was just going to— ”

I glanced up from topping off the latest pitcher and caught Corwyn’s hand tangling in Rory’s red locks, dragging him close enough so that I could hear them over the rumbling of the bar.

“Mind yer tongue, boy-o. Yer lucky we don’t send you home to yer mam. Now go have your drink somewhere else, and let the men talk.”

Pushing the boy away, Corwyn turned back to me. “I’m sorry, he’s just a little—”

“Fuck, Corwyn.” Rory shoved back. “We’re not on the field. You’re not captain here. Keep your feckin’ hands to yourself. Shite, I was just trying to say that American football is a game for siss—”

“Mouth.” Corwyn’s tone was hard and flat. “And you better believe that until you’re back home, tied to your mother’s apron strings, I’m your Captain everywhere! You’re representin’ your team, your sport, and your country—and I won’t have a homophobic little shite like you cause trouble first day.”

He called over his shoulder. “Mickey, come get your brother before I put him out meself—for good!”

Apparently Rory didn’t get his wounds from being an innocent bystander. As soon as Corwyn turned away, he

lunged, grabbing the front of his captain’s shirt as another mass of muscle shoved his way through the crowd.

I startled at the sight.

If the brothers were balloons, they’d be identical in nearly every aspect except one: Mickey looked like they’d forgotten to fill him completely with air.

Everything about him was just a little smaller than Rory: his build a little slimmer, his face a tad narrower… even his hair was a paler shade of red when compared to the thick mess his very big little brother was sporting. Though none of that hid the danger Mickey telegraphed as he laid a gentle hand over the top of Rory’s fingers, untangling them from their grip on Corwyn.

“What’s the problem, Cor?” Mickey’s voice was like dragging old pipe over a gravel road.

One of my regulars caught my eye, and I reluctantly left my post. By the time I’d returned from pouring him a shot of tequila, the pleasantries were over and the shouting between the brothers was underway.

“—don’t try! You’re not my brother here, we’re equal.” Rory was a sea of red, his fury pulsing along with the cords in his neck.

“Ya shite. Ma’d be sooo proud if she could see ya now, Rore. I told you to shut yer gob and keep your opinions to yerself!”

“Fuck you, Mick! You have no righ—”

“I have every right! The minute you start mouthin’ off, you prove everyone correct.”

“That’s shite and you know it, Mick. You don’t say any different at home, I—”

I lost track of the argument, despite my best efforts. Frankly, the English disappeared beneath heated Irish brogues sprinkled with Gaelic and whatever internal familial shorthand they had.

Corwyn jumped in to separate the brothers, grabbing Rory’s shoulder. Fast as a snake strike from the underbrush, Mickey turned his ire on him, yanking the hand away from his little brother.

“Fuck you, Corwyn,” Mickey growled. “This farce of an exhibition tour isn’t a real team and yer not my captain. You’re just playin’ at it for the big bosses, and yer doing a shite job!”

The last was emphasized with a hard shove that sent Corwyn backward into the bar, his elbow knocking over an empty pint glass. I made a grab for it, catching it just as it tumbled over the edge, and as I looked up, I saw Corwyn’s face go from stern to furious and the blue of his eyes turn arctic as he lunged to his feet.

“Mick—” Liam warned, matching growl for growl. He stood, towering over them, his brow dark with anger. The other men circling loosely around the four, egging them on—I was quickly losing control of my bar.

“Hey, Corwyn? Mickey? Chill. No one cares about a little smack talk—you just need to cool…” I trailed off and felt the danger spike as they ignored me. For the first time, I wished Corwyn’s eyes were on me so I could at least get him to disengage.

I searched the room vainly, hoping to catch a glimpse of FatBoy—if he was anywhere close, he’d be appearing to calm the room. Much more of this and Blake would be drawn from his office like Dracula rising from the dead. Nobody needed his ham-fisted efforts playing peacemaker, certainly not before the sunset.

Their friendly jocularity was turning into something more intense—sides were being taken, and it felt like the cracks between old rivalries were breaking through the loosely plastered façade of national team unity. A choppy wave of physical jostling started around the edges, and the men pressed closer to be heard over the din. At the heart was Corwyn and Rory’s brother Mickey.

Family.

Rory was nipping at both their heels like a terrier, frantically trying to intimidate anything larger than himself.

It was seconds from going ass over teakettle.

Shit.

I needed FatBoy.

Glancing at my watch, I realized without me along for the drive he had no reason to hurry back, and the fact that he hadn’t anyway twisted something in my gut.

I tried again, this time yelling to be heard above the din. “Settle down!!!”

**** 

I’d been a bartender a lot longer than I’d known FatBoy, and in much seedier places than Frisson: places that kept sawdust on the floor to help soak up the blood, vomit, and spilled beer left in the wake of a typical weekend.

When I was bartending at twenty-one, I was smaller, less muscled than the clientele. It was harder to intimidate the drunks with my physical presence, and the places I worked didn’t employ beefy bouncers to keep the peace, so I developed numerous strategies to head off the worst of the altercations. Having the sheriff close you down at midnight just when the wallets had finally been pried wide open was akin to flushing half a week’s wages away, so I adapted.

Bar defense is a skill set, not unlike proverbial bicycle riding, which you just don’t forget. So when I hopped up on my bar and hosed down a bunch of angry Irishmen with water, it felt like just another rowdy Saturday night on the outskirts of town.

And just like that, silence fell.

Thirty faces stared at me in shock, and in the void, you could hear wet gasps and the sound of water making fat splats as it hit the floor.

Rory stood shuddering in front of me. He was soaked, looking like a large wet rat with his hair plastered to his head, making the point of his nose and chin more pronounced. While still wet, Corwyn had managed to avoid the same full body drenching as Rory—either he was lucky or he had the reflexes of a Formula One driver and had used Liam as a shield to avoid the bulk of the deluge. Fortunately for them, all the high-tech athletic gear they were wearing already seemed to be doing its job, wicking away most of the liquid. They’d dry fast.

Maybe I’d send them outside to run laps around the parking lot.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Juan standing in wait, a mop in his left hand and Louisville slugger in his right. I guess Juan had worked in the same kind of bars I had.

Our chef Marco had joined him, standing at his shoulder, arms crossed over a nine-inch omelet pan. I wasn’t sure if he had plans on feeding the rabble to death or using their carcasses in the night’s specials, but he seemed particularly amused by the proceedings.

I glared, the water nozzle still clutched in my hand, and addressed them.

“Are you all done being assholes, or do you need to be run through the rinse cycle one more time? I’m assuming this isn’t what y’all meant by an exhibition, but maybe I’m wrong and this is how you normally behave at home…”

Juan moved in with the mop and a large stack of clean bar towels, tossing them to the men who dispersed to tables and stools, drying themselves off out of the line of fire as I waited for my apology. It looked like I might get one from each and every one of them. With their sheepish shuffling and lowered eyes, they resembled a group of chastised children rather than the aggressive angry men they’d been channeling a minute before.

As cute as some of them were, they either needed to settle down and go back to drinking peaceably or get the hell out of my bar. I wasn’t paid enough to babysit.

Corwyn alone was willing to look me in the eye, or at least in the direction of them as I stood above him actively ignoring the water droplets clinging to his bangs and dripping onto his cheeks and how they made me think of showers and naked wet skin…

“Ah, deepest apologies, Nick. We didn’t mean to disrespect your place here. Forgive us. Here… let me help ya down…”

His dimple was back, and when he reached up to me, it seemed safe enough to risk. Corwyn put his hands on my hips after guiding mine onto his shoulders and stepped back, muscling me off the bar and against the safety of his body.

He leaned back far enough to give me room to slide slowly down the front of his wet torso, avoiding barstools and hurlers alike.

I felt a shiver as I stuttered to a halt, eye to eye with the man. His were warm and liquid—full of invitation, the look hot enough to quick dry the bar itself. I swallowed, unable to look away. For a split-second, I didn’t move, frozen like a bunny cornered by a cobra.

I blame his wet shirt and my damp apron for causing the friction that prevented me from slipping easily away from danger, but like everything else in my life lately, I seemed in need of perpetual damage control.

I felt someone large move up behind me, hot breath teasing my ear as the drawl I’d been dying to hear just moments before was now making my balls shrivel at being caught hung up like this.

“I didn’t realize you started having Wet T-shirt Tuesdays, Nicky. I can’t wait to see what you plan on givin’ the winner.”

Fuck me.

Excerpt from 6 Days To Get Lucky by LE Franks

The 6 Days Series can be found exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

Amazon Buy Link – 6 Days to Get Lucky

Amazon Buy Link – Book 1 – 6 Days to Valentine

You can find LE online on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, twitter and Tumblr.

LEF_options_rainbow_Trans copy

LE Franks lives in the SF Bay area and writes M/M Romance in a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast paced stories filled with emotion and passion and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated and sometimes a little bit dark. LE Franks is a best selling author Published through MLR Press, Dreamspinner Press and Wilde City Press and is a a 2014 Rainbow Awards Finalist for Can This Be Real, and a 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist for Prodigal Wolf co-written with Sara York, available at MLR Press, Amazon and online bookstores.

Posted in Blog, Books, Holiday Coda - 6 Days Series, Photos by LE Franks, Reblogged Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Green-haired Vegetarian In Europe: Ireland

I’ve been walking and cabbing and busing and training and flying my way across five countries over the last thirteen days…

1016533_281013018718550_1906241013_n

…and yes, maybe I should have started this blog days ago when I started on this trip to attend Euro Pride Con in Amsterdam.

But we’re here now… in Ireland at the tail end of the journey. Euro Pride Con deserves its own blog, as does Iceland, and Surrey England, and the flight over that was diverted to Edmonton Canada due to some issues with servicing our plane at SFO.

But Ireland holds an extra special place in the hearts of many Americans reaching for a connection with their roots, and with writers in general who both revel in the mythical and poetic nature of its people, and the great contributions the Irish make through its literature, and music, and art.

For me it’s not the castles and fortifications that speak loudest, it’s ‘as Gaeilge’ spoken on the streets by young and old, woven among the English pervading a culture that spans thousands of years.

There is joy in the sea, in the fields of grain, the swaying of the Wild Carrot, the floral breeze. And while the sun has been beating hot and relentless turning roadsides brown enough to mimic California, it hasn’t melted the charm of the island or its people.  LE

6 Days To Get Lucky

LEF_options_rainbow_Trans copy

LE Franks lives in the SF Bay area and writes M/M Romance in a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast paced stories filled with emotion and passion and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated and sometimes a little bit dark. LE Franks is a best selling author Published through MLR Press, Dreamspinner Press and Wilde City Press and is a a 2014 Rainbow Awards Finalist for Can This Be Real, and a 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist for Prodigal Wolf co-written with Sara York, available at MLR Press, Amazon and online bookstores.

 

Posted in Blog, Photos, Photos by LE Franks | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guest Blog: J. Scott Coatsworth – New Release

COVER-River-CityJ. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer magical realism book out:

A group of strangers meets at Ragazzi, an Italian restaurant, for a cooking lesson that will change them all. They quickly become intertwined in each other’s lives, and a bit of magic touches each of them.

Meet Dave, the consultant who lost his partner; Matteo and Diego, the couple who run the restaurant; recently-widowed Carmelina; Marcos, a web designer getting too old for hook-ups; Ben, a trans author writing the Great American Novel; teenager Marissa, kicked out for being bi; and Sam and Brad, a May-September couple who would never have gotten together without a little magic of their own.

Everyone in the River City has a secret, and sooner or later secrets always come out.

iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | QueeRomance Ink | Goodreads Amazon
Amazon Paperback


Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Enter via Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Direct Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b60e8d4710/?


Excerpt

Matteo stared out the restaurant window into the darkness of Folsom Boulevard. It was getting dark earlier as summer edged into fall. Streetlights flickered on as cars drifted by, looking for parking or making the trip out of Midtown toward home.

The sign on the window read “Ragazzi” (the boys), lettered in a beautiful golden script just two months old. Investing in this little restaurant his uncle had left to them when he’d passed away had been their ticket out of Italy. But now with each passing day, as seats sat empty and tomatoes, pasta, and garlic went uneaten, the worry was gnawing ever deeper into Matteo’s gut.

Behind him in the open, modernized kitchen, Diego was busy cooking—his mother’s lasagne, some fresh fish from San Francisco, and some of the newer Italian dishes they’d brought with them from Bologna. The smells of boiling sauce and fresh-cooked pasta that emanated from the kitchen were entrancing.

They’d sent the rest of the staff —Max and Justin—home for the evening. The three customers who had shown up so far didn’t justify the cost of keeping their waiter and busboy on hand.

Matteo stopped at the couple’s table in front of the other window. “Buona sera,” he said, smiling his brightest Italian smile.

“Hi,” the man said, smiling back at him. He was a gentleman in about his mid-fifties, wearing a golf shirt and floppy hat. “Kinda quiet tonight, huh?”

“It always gets busier later,” Matteo lied smoothly. “Pleasure to have you here. Can I get you anything else?”

“A little more wine, please?” the woman said, holding out her glass so the charm bracelet on her wrist jangled.

“Of course.” He bowed and ducked into the kitchen.

He gave Diego a quick peck on the cheek.

His husband and chef waved him off with a snort. “Più tardi. Sto preparando la cena.”

“I can see that. Dinner for a hundred, is it? It’s dead out there again tonight.”

Diego shot him a dirty look.

Matteo retrieved the bottle of wine from the case and returned to fill up his guests’ glasses. “What brings you in tonight?” Maybe they saw our ad.…

“Just walking by and we were hungry. I miss the old place though.… What was it called, honey?”

Her husband scratched his chin. “Little Italy, I think?”

“That’s it! It was the cutest place. Checkered tablecloths, those great Italian bottles with the melted wax… so Italian.”

Matteo groaned inside. “So glad you came in” was all he said with another smile.


Author Bio

J. Scott Coatsworth

Scott lives with his husband Mark in a little yellow bungalow in East Sacramento, with two pink flamingos by the front porch.

He spends his time between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.

He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

He runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own reality.

Author Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

Author Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth

Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworthauthor/

Author Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jscoatsworth

 

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8392709.J_Scott_Coatsworth

 

Author QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/j-scott-coatsworth/

 

Author Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/J.-Scott-Coatsworth/e/B011AFO4OQ

 

LE Franks In Person:

Sac Pride June 10th – Queer Sacramento Authors Collective

Euro Pride Con Amsterdam  June 30th – July 1st 2018

GayRomLit Retreat – Portsmouth VA October 18th – 21st

www.lefranks.com 

Posted in Blog, Books, excerpt, Guest Post, Men, New Release | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rainbow Snippets & 6 Days to Get Lucky

So yesterday the re-release of my novel 6 Days to Get Lucky went live on Amazon & KU. To celebrate here are 6 sentences from it to tempt you:

For a split-second, I didn’t move, frozen like a bunny cornered by a cobra.

I blame his wet shirt and my damp apron for causing the friction that prevented me from slipping easily away from danger, but like everything else in my life lately, I seemed in need of perpetual damage control.

I felt someone large move up behind me, hot breath teasing my ear as the drawl I’d been dying to hear just moments before was now making my balls shrivel at being caught hung up like this.

“I didn’t realize you started having Wet T-shirt Tuesdays, Nicky. I can’t wait to see what you plan on givin’ the winner.”

Fuck me.

Excerpt from 6 Days To Get Lucky copyright 2018 LE Franks

**** On Sale Today – Available Exclusively at Amazon & KU The Re-release of 6 Days to Get Lucky, with special preview chapter of Book Three. ****
#GayRomance #mm #Holiday #Series #RomCom

For the entire excerpt keep on reading!

Novel Blurb:

Mixologist Nick Valentine never thought love was in the cards, but after a scorching Valentine’s Day kiss from bouncer Davis “FatBoy” Newman, he’s beginning to think it’s possible. After four weeks of dry spell, Nick’s losing patience—it’s time FatBoy stop acting the gentleman and just throw him over the bar or Nick may just change his mind.

All FatBoy wants is a shot at winning Nick’s heart. As long as meddling bosses, an Irish hurling team and a bar riot don’t ruin his chances forever, he might just get lucky and take the man of his dreams, home.

Excerpt:

I’d been a bartender a lot longer than I’d known FatBoy, and in much seedier places than Frisson: places that kept sawdust on the floor to help soak up the blood, vomit, and spilled beer left in the wake of a typical weekend.

When I was bartending at twenty-one, I was smaller, less muscled than the clientele. It was harder to intimidate the drunks with my physical presence, and the places I worked didn’t employ beefy bouncers to keep the peace, so I developed numerous strategies to head off the worst of the altercations. Having the sheriff close you down at midnight just when the wallets had finally been pried wide open was akin to flushing half a week’s wages away, so I adapted.

Bar defense is a skill set, not unlike proverbial bicycle riding, which you just don’t forget. So when I hopped up on my bar and hosed down a bunch of angry Irishmen with water, it felt like just another rowdy Saturday night on the outskirts of town.

And just like that, silence fell.

Thirty faces stared at me in shock, and in the void, you could hear wet gasps and the sound of water making fat splats as it hit the floor.

Rory stood shuddering in front of me. He was soaked, looking like a large wet rat with his hair plastered to his head, making the point of his nose and chin more pronounced. While still wet, Corwyn had managed to avoid the same full body drenching as Rory—either he was lucky or he had the reflexes of a Formula One driver and had used Liam as a shield to avoid the bulk of the deluge. Fortunately for them, all the high-tech athletic gear they were wearing already seemed to be doing its job, wicking away most of the liquid. They’d dry fast.

Maybe I’d send them outside to run laps around the parking lot.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Juan standing in wait, a mop in his left hand and Louisville slugger in his right. I guess Juan had worked in the same kind of bars I had.

Our chef Marco had joined him, standing at his shoulder, arms crossed over a nine-inch omelet pan. I wasn’t sure if he had plans on feeding the rabble to death or using their carcasses in the night’s specials, but he seemed particularly amused by the proceedings.

I glared, the water nozzle still clutched in my hand, and addressed them.

“Are you all done being assholes, or do you need to be run through the rinse cycle one more time? I’m assuming this isn’t what y’all meant by an exhibition, but maybe I’m wrong and this is how you normally behave at home…”

Juan moved in with the mop and a large stack of clean bar towels, tossing them to the men who dispersed to tables and stools, drying themselves off out of the line of fire as I waited for my apology. It looked like I might get one from each and every one of them. With their sheepish shuffling and lowered eyes, they resembled a group of chastised children rather than the aggressive angry men they’d been channeling a minute before.

As cute as some of them were, they either needed to settle down and go back to drinking peaceably or get the hell out of my bar. I wasn’t paid enough to babysit.

Corwyn alone was willing to look me in the eye, or at least in the direction of them as I stood above him actively ignoring the water droplets clinging to his bangs and dripping onto his cheeks and how they made me think of showers and naked wet skin…

“Ah, deepest apologies, Nick. We didn’t mean to disrespect your place here. Forgive us. Here… let me help ya down…”

His dimple was back, and when he reached up to me, it seemed safe enough to risk. Corwyn put his hands on my hips after guiding mine onto his shoulders and stepped back, muscling me off the bar and against the safety of his body.

He leaned back far enough to give me room to slide slowly down the front of his wet torso, avoiding barstools and hurlers alike.

I felt a shiver as I stuttered to a halt, eye to eye with the man. His were warm and liquid—full of invitation, the look hot enough to quick dry the bar itself. I swallowed, unable to look away. For a split-second, I didn’t move, frozen like a bunny cornered by a cobra.

I blame his wet shirt and my damp apron for causing the friction that prevented me from slipping easily away from danger, but like everything else in my life lately, I seemed in need of perpetual damage control.

I felt someone large move up behind me, hot breath teasing my ear as the drawl I’d been dying to hear just moments before was now making my balls shrivel at being caught hung up like this.

“I didn’t realize you started having Wet T-shirt Tuesdays, Nicky. I can’t wait to see what you plan on givin’ the winner.”

Fuck me.

 

Excerpt from 6 Days To Get Lucky copyright 2018 LE Franks

About The Author:

LE Franks is an author of Gay Romance fiction, living in the SF Bay Area surrounded by inspiration; and after years of ignoring the voices in her head, she’s now giving them free reign. Her stories are a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast-paced action filled with emotion and passion, featuring characters that are quirky and complicated.

 

For the latest, check out her website for links to current works, news, and social media. www.lefranks.com

Buy Links:

Currently available exclusively on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B6NDVTB

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B6NDVTB

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07B6NDVTB

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07B6NDVTB

IT: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B07B6NDVTB

Posted in Blog, Books, excerpt, Men, New Release | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Ethan Stone is Back to Thrill

1016533_281013018718550_1906241013_nIf there was ever a time to ditch your cell in a cookie jar, throw a quilt over the T.V., and curl up in front of a roaring fire with a good book – that time is now.

Good thing Ethan Stone’s latest thriller has just arrived! 

Hacked Up

Ethan Stone
Stone Publishing
Feb 6, 2017

Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?

hacked-up_ethan-stone-1600x2500-copy

With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.

Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34014434-hacked-up

https://www.amazon.com/Hacked-Up-Thriller-Ethan-Stone-ebook/dp/B01NBXY0UW/

 

hacked-up-cover_fb-banner-copyBio:

Romance on the Edge

Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.

Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.

He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.

Readers can find Ethan online.

http://www.ethanjstone.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ethan.stone.54

Twitter: @ethanjstone

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ethanjstone/

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/ethanstone

Email: ethanstone.nv@gmail.com

His books: http://www.ethanjstone.com/my-books

 

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ blog hop | 12 Authors * 12 Days * 12 e-book #giveaway | Q&A with @hockeyguynyc – Mr. Jeff Adams himself.

dd-banner

Yes, it’s that time of year again, time for the ‘Dirty Dozen’ blog hop & giveaway!

12 Authors * 12 Days * 12 E-book giveaway.

Today is Jeff Adams’ turn on the hot seat – read along for a glimpse into the inner workings of man & author, but be prepared to be amazed.

I was.

And I work here.

1016533_281013018718550_1906241013_n

P.S. Check out the rafflecopter link at the end of this post to enter our e-book giveaway of one book from each author. So if you’ve been  following along, welcome, but if this is your first stop, I recommend visiting each of the blogs – after all, forwarded is forearmed…

Now, without further ado…..

Dirty Dozen Blog Tour – Jeff Adams

Are you looking forward to GRL? I am!

It’s one of the things I look forward to each year because it’s a long weekend to get immersed in gay romance. I love meeting readers and finding out what they’re into. I love talking with other authors about this crazy, creative thing we all do.

This year, I’m excited to to do a couple things at GRL I’ve never done before too. I’m on a panel for the first time this year. Stephani Hecht, Wade Kelly and I will be talking about the importance of the research we do for our books (make sure to come see us, we’ve got groovy prizes!). I’m also taking part in the Fun Fair this year as part of ten authors presenting “Daring Author Trivia.” We’ve got games and prizes and it’s going to be a perfect way to spend Friday afternoon.

Also, if you’re attending, make sure you find me and enter your email address in either my phone or tablet. I’m going to giveaway a 7” Fire tablet with all my ebooks loaded. All you have to do is get your email address into my device and you’ll be eligible to win. I’ll be notifying the winner first thing Sunday morning so you can take the tablet home with you.

Let’s get on to these twelve questions, shall we!

ht-boxcover-1

If you could spend the day with one of your characters, which one would it be, and why?
My answer to this is always the same. I’d hang with Simon from the Hat Trick series. Simon has always been near and dear to me since I first put him on the page. He’s always shown himself to be a good boyfriend, good friend and, over time, an amazing advocate and mentor for teens. He’s a cool guy and it’d be great to see a day in his life. Hopefully it’d be the start of a great friendship.

What are you working on currently and what’s it’s inspiration?
I’m writing the second book in a new young adult series (this series will actually debut a new pen name for me that will be exclusively YA). The Codename: Winger books follow the adventures of a young computer genius who works for a covert spy agency. In the first book (Tracker Hacker, due out in Fall 2017 from Harmony Ink), Theo is thrust into field work. In the second book (tentatively titled Schooled!), he discovers a threat to national security at a high school computer science competition.

The inspiration for the Winger series is a trio of things: the Disney cartoon series Kim Possible (all because I heard a ring tone from this show during GRL 2014), along with the shows Alias, CSI: Cyber and a touch Mr. Robot. Theo is proving to be a blast to write and I hope readers enjoy his adventures as he tries to balance high school, his boyfriend and being a secret agent.

If the lead character in your current novel were to read your other books, which one would be his/her favorite and why?
My most recent release is a novella called Make the Right Choice, which is a spin-off of the Hat Trick series and featuring a couple who got together in those books. I think both Matt and Leo would enjoy any of the books that feature hockey players, but I think the short Rivals would be a favorite because it features two hockey players who form a relationship and that would resonate with them.

If all of your MCs were thrown into a strange and dangerous world where survival relies on ingenuity, creativity, common sense who would come out on top?
Simon and Alex from Hat Trick would do pretty well because they’re smart guys and they always look for solutions to make things work out. The rest of my current characters are pretty much normal guys with normal jobs. It’d be interesting to see what would happen if they were suddenly in the middle of a disaster movie. Diego from A Sound Beginning has some project management and creativity going for him so that would help. Jake from Adventures of Jake #1 would probably try to adopt the superhero persona he portrays at work. The character that would blow them all out of the water is Theo from the upcoming Codename: Winger books. He problem solves at a high level and he’d be able to leverage technology and his secret agent skills to save the day.

What musician or album do you think people should listen to as they read your work because it fits the soul of your words (either a specific title or your writing in general)?
I listen to such a mix of music. Often I write with a weird shuffle of Broadway show tunes, rock, dance and pop songs so it’s hard for me to pin it down.

There’ve been a couple of times I’ve pinned certain songs to stories. For the first Hat Trick there were some key tunes that played into the writing (you can see my original blog post on this here). When The Dancer and Sexy Big Man came out in 2010 I published a playlist for the story (you can see my original blog post from Dreamspinner Press here). Dancer and Sexy Big Man has been revised and re-released as Dancing for Him (the ebook is free on my website and there’s also a paperback available on Amazon and other outlets) and I should probably do a new blog post to cover the additional music in the new scenes.

If you could be one of your characters and live their life, who would it be and why?
Simon from Hat Trick. I admire social workers that work with young people. It’s not easy to be a teen these days, and I know many social workers who take situations and turn them—and the young person—around. Plus Simon’s got a wonderful man in his life just like I do.

If you could be a fruit, any fruit, which would you be and why?
An apple. It’s such a tasty and versatile fruit that it’d a great choice.

What is the thing you enjoy most about gatherings like GRL?
Talking to readers about books! I could talk books all day and it’s always fun to get recommendations. Networking with other writers and talking about author related things is also a great time.

What is the most vivid romantic moment from any film that has lingered the longest and meant the most to you…. and why?
It’s romantic, but it’s also very sad. At the end of Brokeback Mountain when Ennis reveals that he’s got the shirts he and Jack wore their first summer hanging in his closet, together, after all those years. It represents what they were never able to have. It’s romantic and crushing at the same time. I know it’s not an HEA, but it says so much about love that it resonates so much for me.

If you could take any fictional couple or character (television, movies, real-life, books) and add them to one of your books, who would it be and why?
I would love to have Graham and Rikker from Sarina Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year guest star in the Hat Trick universe. I envision them as fierce competitors on the ice against Simon and Alex, but the four would quickly become best of friends off. They’d swap stories about being out on their college teams. Simon and Alex would no doubt get the guys to be guest coaches for the Rainbow High youth team. And Rikker would get the guys up to Burlington too to check out the place he calls home.

What kind of quirky habits do you have before or during the time you write?
I don’t think I’ve got any. When it’s writing time, it’s about turning off Facebook, email and such so I can set the timer and do word sprints. Sometimes those happen with music and sometimes they don’t. But I can’t think of any actual quirks.

When you write, do your characters hijack the story, or do you keep a tight grip on the reins?
When I started writing I was very much a pantser. These days, however, I tend to plot things out chapter to chapter. It doesn’t mean the characters don’t go in unexpected directions sometimes but it happens less often now. When characters go rouge, it’s usually fun though since it means I didn’t explore some ideas before I locked my plot down. It only gets to be gnarly if I’m pushing against a deadline. Luckily, the project manger in me doesn’t usually let deadlines get away from me.

That’s it for me. Feel free to leave comments below or ask me questions and I’ll come back and respond over the next few days. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Dirty Dozen blog tour! Hope to see you at GRL.

Featured Book
Hat Trick Box Setht-boxcover-1

Simon Roberts and Alex Miller could never have known that from the moment of their first kiss that they were embarking on the love of a lifetime. The Hat Trick Box Set is their story, as told by Simon, from their senior year of high school through college graduation and beyond.

This box set includes all 6 stories in 1 ebook download!

The box set includes Hat Trick, Hat Trick Overtime: A Classic Winter’s Night, Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound, Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot and Hat Trick Overtime: Reunion.

Buy Links:
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hattrickseriesboxset-2041460-166.html
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hat-Trick-Hockey-Romance-Books-ebook/dp/B01AKRWOQK/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hat-trick-series-box-set-jeff-adams/1123824221?ean=2940158447983
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hat-trick-series-box-set/id1115892211?mt=11
JMS Books: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_204&products_id=1712
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/637566

Bio

jeff_headshot-booklaunchJeff’s written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s written several more shorts and novels, including some in the young adult genre, and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books.

Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day. Jeff is also the co-host of Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast.

Website: http://www.jeffadamswrites.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJeffAdams
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hockeyguynyc
Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast: http://www.BigGayFictionPodcast.com

Rafflecopter direct link:

Dirty Dozen Rafflecopter

All the authors are unique and commenting can increase your chances, or at least warn you to walk the other way when you see us. Here’s the schedule…

October 1st – TM Smith hosts Wade Kelly
October 2nd – Morticia Knight hosts Tempe O’Riley
October 3rd – AE Via hosts K-Lee Klein
October 4th – Jeff Adams hosts Jordan Hawk
October 5th – Alexa Land hosts Jake C Wallace
October 6th – Wade Kelly hosts Brandon Witt
October 7th – Tempe O’Riley hosts LE Franks
October 8th – Jordan Hawk hosts TM Smith
October 9th – Jake C Wallace hosts Morticia Knight
October 10th – Brandon Witt hosts AE Via
October 11th – LE Franks hosts Jeff Adams
October 12th – K-Lee Klein hosts Alexa Land
Dirty Dozen Rafflecopter

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments