It’s out! This is one of the hardest books I’ve ever written, trying to balance making it an interesting page-turner with a beautiful romance while at the same time respecting the subject matter and treating it realistically. This book has angst, of course, but I also wanted it to have a lot of love and hope and even some humor. So far reviews have been good, and I’m very grateful for that. Here are the links!
AMAZON.COM (ebook and paperback — on Kindle Unlimited)
RELEASE DAY REVIEWS
“Boy Shattered is one of the best books I’ve read, and I can’t recommend Eli Easton’s writing enough.” - 10/10, Rainbow Gold book Reviews
“Just when I needed my conviction renewed, Eli Easton’s Boy Shattered first splintered and then revitalized my hope. The novel realistically portrays teenagers recovering from a school shooting.” - 5 stars, Kimmer’s Erotic Book Banter review
“And as Brian and Landon fall in love, watching Brian slowly rebuild – still broken but recovering – their love story is so tender and life-affirming.” - 5 stars, CrabbyPatty’s review on Gay Book Reviews
“Great POV, a terrific cast of characters, with a fast pace, Boy Shattered sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go until I’d turned the last page.” - 5 stars. Belen’s review on Gay Book Reviews
“Boy Shattered by Eli Easton is a heartbreaking, thought-provoking story about a school shooting. It’s about loss and the guilt that comes with surviving something like this. The feelings expressed felt realistic. It has outstanding character development and a steady pace. Most importantly though- as sad as heart-rending as this book was, it was also full hope.” - 4.5 stars, Lili’s review on Gay Book Reviews
“Eli's bravery to write a story based on such a tragic and realistic event is to be applauded. She approached this story with tact and tenderness, managing to create an emotional and heart-wrenching story.” - 5 stars, Amy’s MM Romance Reviews
BOY SHATTERED comes out Oct 16th! I’ve been working with Rachel at Signal Boost Promotions on a blog tour. I’ll keep this post up to date with link to the various blog tour stops as they drop.
Guest Posts Scheduled:
October 17 - Love Bytes - “On writing poems for Boy Shattered”
October 23 - Mirrigold
October 25 - Gay Book Reviews
October 26 - Bayou Book Junkie
FULL TOUR STOPS:
October 16 – Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, Gay Book Reviews, Amy’s MM Romance Reviews, Dilyana’s World, Lelyana’s Reviews, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Boulevard des Passions
October 17 – Love Bytes Reviews
October 18 – The Librarian’s Corner, Xtreme Delusions, Megan’s Media Melange, Urban Smoothie Read, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words,Dream Love Imagine
October 19 – The Novel Approach
October 20 – Cupcakes & Bookshelves, Book Corner Reviews, Jim’s Reading Room, We Three Queens, Making It Happen, Wicked Reads, V’s Reads
October 22 – Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews, Open Mind For A Different View, MM Good Book Reviews
October 23 – Mirrigold
October 24 – Bonkers About Books, Valerie Ullmer, Sanaa’s Book Blog, BFD Book Blog, Lillian Francis, Jessie G Books, Books Laid Bare Boys, Love, Sawyer
October 25 – Gay Book Reviews
October 26 – Bayou Book Junkie
I spent quite a few weeks immersed in editing BOY SHATTERED, so it’s been awhile since I’ve had the leisure to read a book for fun. I picked a K.J. Charles because I’m in the middle of writing my Christmas book for this year, which is a historical, so I wanted a historical romance.
I always love K.J. Charles. Her writing is intelligent, clever, and well plotted, with a narrative thrust that pulls you through to the end and not a lot of meandering.
AN UNNATURAL VICE features a romance between a fake spiritual medium and an upright solicitor who disapproves of his trade. The two are thrown together over a case of a missing heir and serious sparks fly. There’s a mystery case and strong backstory on both characters, but the romance definitely holds the spotlight. There’s plenty of steam here and some angst and danger.
The narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies, was wonderful and now I have his voice permanently lodged in my head!
Look what’s coming out Oct 10th? “How to Howl at the Moon” in Japanese! I’m trying to get some buy links from the publisher and info on the artist who did this wonderful Manga-style cover. But I do know there will be some black-and-white illustrations in the book too. :-) I’m very honored to be translated for the Japanese market and can’t wait to see one of the book in real life.
I love October and Halloween. I’m also a huge horror movie fan, owning over 2000 in my person collection. I’m a particular fan of gothic romances like the old European and Hammer productions but also more recent treats like The Others and The Skeleton Key.
My author friend, Jamie Fessenden, is also a horror movie fan. So we decided to create the gothika series, a series of dark gothic m-m romance tales. I loved writing these stories and I think readers who like a little dark in their romance loved them too.
For September and October my featured sale books include two volumes from this gothic romance series.
BONES - This anthology includes a novella of mine called “The Bird” which takes place on an island plantation in the 1840s and involves Voodoo and forbidden passion. Also in the volume are novellas from Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, and BG Thomas.
STITCH - This is the first gothic romance anthology. My story, “Reparation”, has a sci-fi Frankenstein theme with a desolate planet, the big, hulking Knox, and the man he saves. Also included in the volume are novellas by Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, and Sue Brown.
Get your Halloween on here! - Eli
GET BONES ON SALE HERE. Sept 13-Oct 8
STITCH will be on sale Oct 8-31.
Looks what's here! This fab cover for "Boy Shattered" was done by cover artist Anna Sikorska. I've been working hard on this book, which is angstier and more involved than any book I've written before. It's a YA romantic suspense story that revolves around a school shooting. Here's the blurb:
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?
Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall,the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.
PUBLICATION DATE IS SEPT 25, 2018. More news coming soon.
I loved this Icelandic horror/thriller movie featuring a gay ex-couple, Gunnar and Einar. There are so many things to say about it, it's hard to know where to start.
Let's start with the LGBTQ angle. I loved that this is a horror/thriller movie and the main characters' sexuality is secondary. I've seen reviewers say the couple could have been m/f and it would have been the same movie. I don't think that's quite true because the couple's relationship dynamics and a lot of the symbolism was deeply interwoven with queerness. However, it's still awesome to see a film with gay main characters where the story isn't about them being gay but about something else. The movie also explores their relationship dynamics and past trauma as gay men, so it's got a very strong romance subplot.
Secondly, the story is set in a remote area of Iceland that was just stunning. The cinematography is truly exceptional. I like stories that take place in remote areas where the scenery is natural, huge, even bleak. The vast isolation is a tangible quality in this film. It adds so much texture and tension to the tension and fear in the film as well as simply making for beautiful viewing.
Finally, the thriller/horror storyline was intense! Gunnar has broken up with Einar and worries Einar is suicidal. When he gets a mysterious phone call from Einar in the middle of the night, he drives out to this remote cabin to check on him. Once there, the two face the end of their relationship as well as mysterious knocks in the middle of the night, sightings of mysterious figures, and an ominous car. It's the sort of horror that's subtle and psychological rather than violent, and in the end you're left with a lot of questions. There's a definite metaphysical element to it, similar to Lost or The Sixth Sense in that there are some twists that change the way you see the story. Just don't expect everything to be tied up with a neat bow, because the ending is deliberately ambiguous. It kept me mesmerized throughout and I watched to rewatch immediately to pick up more clues.
I highly recommend this movie if you like thrillers or horror. It's on Amazon Prime right now! You can see it here.
The audiobook of "Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride" is now available on audible! The narrator is Matthew Shaw, who also reads my Howl at the Moon books. He does an amazing job with the western accents, especially PaPa. He really brings out the humor in the book as well as Trace's deep sexiness. I had a blast listening to him read the book and I hope you will too!
You can check it out and here a sample here on Audible: ROBBY RIVERTON ON AUDIBLE
You can also here another sample right here.:
I've been working with narrator Matthew Shaw to get the audiobook for ROBBY RIVERTON: MAIL ORDER BRIDE done. I'm so excited about the results. I love Matthew's voice on this with all his Western accents and his inherent irony.
Want to hear a sample? Here's one of Trace and PaPa.
The entire book is recorded. Now it just needs to be uploaded and go through Audible's approval process. Hopefully it will be live by end of July!
I love hurt-comfort stories. I recently led a panel at Euro Pride Con about the appeal of the underdog character. I get more emotionally involved when a character has some difficult personal challenges to overcome such as a disability, homelessness, abuse, or other trauma in their past. I get very invested in seeing this type of character find love and get their HEA.
Some of my favorite books in the m/m genre that fit this theme are "Ethan, Who Loved Carter" by Ryan Loveless, "Blind Faith" by N.R. Walker, and "Love Comes Silently" by Andrew Grey. I've also written my share of books with an underdog hero including "The Mating of Michael", "Falling Down", and "Tender Mercies."
I just read "Love Me Whole" by Nicky James and it goes into the top tier of my favorite hurt-comfort slash underdog love stories. In this book, the love interest, Oryn, suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder, or multiple personalities. This was presumably caused by horrific childhood trauma. Wisely, Nicky doesn't get into spelling out what that was, instead focusing on the "here and now" -- Oryn, as a young man, trying to navigate his life when he often loses time to these other personalities and has very little control over his world. Vaughn is the love interest, a man who befriends Oryn after they meet in a college class. He falls for Oryn despite the challenge of being in a relationship with someone who can disappear in the blink of an eye.
I loved this book. Not only was it highly readable and addictive, it was also fascinating. I learned a lot of things about DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) that I didn't know before. I especially loved the way the Vaughn had to navigate, not only his relationship with Oryn, but with each of the other personalities that resided within Oryn as well, including one who was very much a "straight dude bro" and another that was a child. Vaughn had to respect each personality as a separate individual, win them over, and earn their trust. And his relationship with the "main" personality, Oryn, had to be taken extremely slowly due to Oryn's tendency to trigger when Vaughn pushed too far too fast in a physical relationship.
This book was SO well done. I highly recommend this hurt-comfort story as one of the best. Cudos to Nicky James for managing a very, very difficult narrative and pulling it off 100%.
I've been in a bit of a book slump lately, starting books and not finishing them. This book roared in like a band of bad ass bikers, grabbed me by the throat, and dragged me along til the last page. I simply loved the writing--it's filled with intelligence, wit, and genuine characters. The murder mystery plot was good with lots of characters and clues. I did figure it out before the big reveal, but not so soon it was disappointing. I enjoyed the secret werewolf agency angle. The romance was slow burn, which is exactly my cup of tea. There was enough of it to feel fulfilling even though this is only the first book in a series for this couple.
But mostly.. the writing. I'm a sucker for good writing.
My only disappointment is that Charlie Adhara has no other books out right now. However, the sequel to this book is coming in September. (Yes, I already pre-ordered it.)
"Wolf at the Door" is only 99c on Amazon right now -- so you know what to do.
We bought our farm in Lancaster County, PA in 2010. Since then, things have been busy but relatively stable. We've loved the farm and it's been a stunningly beautiful, bucolic, serene place to write. I made a home office, but I rarely use it. We have a back room that's all windows, and that's where we spend 99% of our time. It's lovely to write on my laptop and look out over acres of green trees and a pond down below. It's like being in a private park all the time.
The farm has also inspired a number of books. All of the books below were set partially or entirely on our farm.
But as idyllic as this place is, it's also a lot of work and expense to upkeep. And honestly, my husband and I use so little of both the house and the property. I know a larger family, or someone who wants to use the farm as a farm, would appreciate the place more and do much more with it.
Over the years, we've considered starting a B&B or wedding venue or even a farm sanctuary. But the reality is that my husband and I area both introverts and I spend a great deal of time inside my own head. So us being professional hosts would not end well!
I've always been fairly transient, moving every few years. So the prospect of moving on to something new is exciting to me rather than depressing. But that doesn't mean it isn't a ton of work and stress.
We put the farm on the market in April and I took nearly a month off writing to try to get things ready. Now I find I have a little more time to write again as we're in wait mode, making sure the place is kept very clean and nice for the occasional showing and tinkering on less critical improvements. I'm also slowly going through every cupboard and getting rid of stuff or packing it. I'm looking forward to the day we have "60 days" or less to vacate to help goose my motivation.
Even in wait mode, though, our life is in upheaval right now and will be until we can settle into "The next thing". That can be disconcerting and annoyingly distracting. My brain is like a cat checking out a new place, constantly sniffing at this or that idea, posing forays into the unknown, doing research online, trying to figure out what might happen if we did x, y or z. It's not very conducive to absorbing myself in someone else's story.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR US IRL?
I'm not sure. My husband has a good job nearby, so we'll likely stay in the area and rent a house. But with two dogs, even roly-poly, snooze hounds like our bulldogs, that might be a challenge.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR ELI EASTON?
I'm currently working on a revised and expanded version of Puzzle Me This. But my big new WIP is a YA with a m/m romance that revolves around a school shooting. I've been really sort of obsessed with coverage of school shootings lately, rather infuriated, and also I feel so much empathy for parents who need to send their kids out every morning with this lurking fear, to the students who have to have this threat hanging over them, to the young activists who are going up against the NRA bullies to try to get things to change. I know it's a tough topic, and will likely be one of my more angsty books. But I feel a need to write about it. I hope I can do justice to the subject matter. And maybe my own life being in upheaval right now helps me write more angsty stuff.
As for longer term, wherever we end up, I'm sure you will see our new setting in many future Eli Easton stories.
Thanks to my readers for your ongoing support. You make it possible for me to write by buying my books, reviewing, making fun graphics, and sending me encouraging and inspiring emails. Love you all.
The featured backlist title for May (and June too, since I'll be travelling) is "Before I Wake". It's currently on sale on Amazon for 99c! AMAZON LINK HERE.
I wrote this story in 2012 for submission to a Torquere Press fairy tale themed anthology. The word count limit was pretty strict, so the story came in at 8K. I always find it an interesting challenge to tell a great story, the story I want to tell, in such a small amount of space.
I think the story worked well at its size, but when I got the rights back from Torquere I was able to add a longish epilogue that really capped off the story. The new version is now self-published.
There are a few things I particularly love about this story. First is the character of Jonesy, who is a huge man with a low IQ who works as a nurse's aide. His father was a gigantic boxer and his mother a sweet little wisp of a woman, and while Jonesy resembles his father, he has the tender-heartedness of his mother. He is immediately drawn to a young man, Michael, who is brought into the hospital after a hate crime and is in a coma. Michael has been rejected by his parents, so there's no one to root for him, come visit, or even care if he lives or dies. So Jonesy takes over that role, speaking and reading to the young man often, and trying to get him to respond and recover.
In case you haven't guessed yet, the story is a new take on the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty". :-)
The second thing I love about the story is the dream state that Michael is in and how he slowly becomes aware of and responds to Jonesy's voice.
It's a short book, but I think it packs a wallop, especially if you love hurt-comfort stories as I do.
Enjoy your late spring-early summer. I hope you find many wonderful reads!
This book is so fantabulous, I want to hold it up and sing songs to it.
OK, that might be a bit much. But it really is marvelous. The writing is excellent and the daring-do characters are so much fun. This is definitely an intrigue/swashbuckler tale with a dash of romance, as opposed to the other way around, but it is a perfect read IMHO. It gets the historical tone just right, and the first-person narration sparkles. Just smashing!
Yay! This book was a homerun for me. I was listening to an interminably long thriller and got bored with it. I wanted something quick and fun to blast through the book doldrums. "Creature" was the right pick. I loved it.
Kim begins with a heartbreaking scene showing the "creature", John, in captivity. This immediately establishes empathy for him. I have a soft spot for underdog characters (versus perfect alpha males), and so I fell in love with John at once and had to see him get his happy.
He's removed from what might be decades of solitary confinement by the Bureau and Harry, who is picked to use John on a case. John is so grateful to be free and to be treated kindly. And Harry soon realizes John is much more than a "thing".
This is a sweet, dark little fairy tale and I read it in one sitting. Kim's writing is so effortless and appealing, it just pulls you right through the book, forgetting everything else.
Highly recommended. Now I want to go back and read the first two Bureau books.
Whoot! I'm excited AF about this guest post. It's a MOODBOARD for Robby Riverton. I had fun putting it together, and I hope you like it. Click at the link below. (There's' also a giveaway link there.)
Dreamspinner is having a Celebration of Community in which DSP authors tells stories about each other. Jamie Fessenden is one of my best writer pals in Romancelandia. He's always so level-headed about the waves of drama, and we are both equally laid-back. Also, I love his books, especially "Billy's Bones".
Rachel at Signal Boost Promotions is helping me with a blog tour for Robby Riverton Mail Order Bride. Here are some stops so far. There is a giveaway of a $25 gift card and some of my books. You can enter the giveaway at any of the stops.
BLOG TOUR STOPS:
More to come...