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How I Met Your Father by L.B. Gregg – rerelease

I’m being extra piratey today and posting about whatever the heck I want. As I was cruising procrastinating on Twitter yesterday I came across this tweet:

THE TWEET I SAW

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Which, of course, I immediately had to retweet because How I Met Your Father is a great little story which I think about often and had in fact been recalling with fondness only the day before! I am so happy to see it back and available for other readers to discover. You will not be disappointed with this spin on a May-September relationship.

Fellow Pirateers, L.B. Gregg is one of my all-time favorite mm authors. I love their books, if you haven’t come across the Men of Smithfield series I highly recommend them. There are five to keep you up late into the night. L.B. absolutely writes the kinds of characters that stick with you long after the last page has been read.

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Another I particularly recommend is There’s Something About Ari which is part of the Blue Water series but absolutely can be read as a stand-alone.

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So, stop thinking about the garden, or the baseball game or whatever else you didn’t really want to do this weekend and pick up one of these titles!

Ever yours,

PQ

 

 

 

contemporary, contemporary fiction, gay fiction, magical realism, queer fiction

The River City Chronicles: Everyone in the River City has a secret, and sooner or later secrets always come out…

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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

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Congratulations J. Scott Coatsworth!

Today is publication day for River City Chronicles a much-anticipated release by J. Scott Coatsworth, let’s all give him a warm welcome! Scott, thanks so much for joining PQ today.

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.

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River Chronicles 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.

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Again, PQ would like to thank and congratulate Scott on his newest release!

Cheers,

PQ

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Walking the plank today: The Mentor of Lostwood Hall by Jackson Marsh

Jackson Marsh joins PQ today to chat about the newest addition to his loosely connected ‘Mentor’ collection.

Jackson is here today to discuss the concept behind the Mentor books, and what his aim was with Lostwood Hall. I haven’t had a chance to read this yet but can assure you I am very much looking forward to it and will follow up ASAP. I am a huge May-September romance fan and very much believe in the possibility of love at first sight.

Thank you so much for popping over today Jackson, grab a virtual cuppa and let’s talk books!

What a gorgeous cover!

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About Lostwood Hall:

“A man with a future he can’t accept, and a lad with a past he can’t escape.”

Two men in a storm-battered castle harbouring secrets and hopes unknowingly guide each other to an unexpected friendship that turns to passionate love.

Julian Ford’s life is at a crossroads. Thirty-four, disillusioned with his screenwriting career and cheated by love, he craves the chance of isolation at his rambling home in the Welsh mountains, Lostwood Hall. But when 21-year-old Lee Benson survives a car crash, Julian has no choice but to take him in.

Their pasts collide, bringing a storm of doubts, fears, a jealous ex-lover and a dangerous thug seeking revenge. Is Julian and Lee’s fledgling relationship strong enough to survive? And do they trust each other enough to escape death?

The Mentor of Lostwood Hall is the fourth in Jackson Marsh’s ‘Mentor’ collection of older/younger MM romance.

Jackson Marsh discusses the Mentor collection and Lostwood Hall:

The Mentor of Lostwood Hall is the fourth book in the Mentor collection of older/younger romance novels. These novels are always about a relationship between an older man (usually between 35 and 42) and a younger (between 18 and 22), and they take place in remote locations; an isolated farm, a castle in the mountains, a hillside cabin. The older guy usually has a life crisis to deal with and the younger man is usually secure about being gay but so far unable to come out. Some are love at first sight, others are slow burn and each book usually has at least one sex scene, if not more. They are always happy ever after, or at least, happy for now with a bright future ahead.

In ‘Lostwood Hall’, I wanted to explore the way that some people, when they meet, not only have an instant attraction, but also an instant understanding of each other, there is banter and easy conversation, even during sex, because that’s how it sometimes is. I also like to offer the younger character a romantic experience we’d all like to have; a candlelit dinner, a glittering ballroom with roaring fire, a handsome older, guiding man…

The Mentor books are not an on-going series, each one stands alone, but the concept behind each novel remains the same.

Universal Amazon link: getbook.at/MentorLostwoodHall

More at www.jacksonmarsh.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacksonmarshauthor/

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Jackson-Marsh/e/B077LDT5ZL/

 

 

 

 

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And now for something a little different…an interview with Matt Potter author of On the Bitch.

On the Bitch front cover for Pirate Queen

Matt Potter joins PQ today to talk about his writing process.
Thanks for joining me from across the globe — or downunder.

On the Bitch strays a little from the romance usually featured here but I have to say it sounds very interesting and who hasn’t spent an uncomfortable weekend with old friends only to wonder exactly what you mean when you said ‘old friends’.

On the Bitch is available on Amazon click here

Without further ado:

 Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Ha! I don’t much enjoy listening to writers talk about writing, so really, writers often exhaust me … what I do find energising is hearing about the other parts of writer’s lives. This is often much more interesting for me and can often be where inspiration and ideas come from.

What are common traps for aspiring writers, or any writer?

Taking it all way way way too seriously. If writing it is a dirge, then reading it will surely be a dirge also.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

Oh, depends upon what the writer does with the big ego. What I do know is a small ego doesn’t usually go far. Some big egos hide behind pretend small ones. These can be dangerous and sneaky.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym (or do you already)?

It surprises me how many people do – with some genres it seems to occur more than others – and often, there does not seem to be much reason for it beyond … well, I don’t know, really, what the point is, other than having some fun with alter egos. That’s a good enough reason to adopt one, though, but an issue can be who does someone address an email to, especially of you know the name you know of is a pseudonym but you don’t know what the real name is?

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?

Be more focused and disciplined (in a good way) and be a better team participant in the creative realm.

What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?

No no no no no … there is nothing important for anyone to do beyond sleeping, eating, drinking, pissing, shitting and having the occasional wank. That’s all … the rest is just gravy.

What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?

I tend to take things people say or do but not whole characters … if you take much more, you have to be faithful to the original people and that can lock you in and stifle the creativity.

What does literary success look like to you?

Being able to write and do what I want, and not have to worry about money. To be respected for what I do, and maybe even admired. That said, the third point is not happening soon enough!

 How many hours a day do you write?

Often, not at all … when the balls are rolling, then a few hours maybe. I don’t beat myself over the head about it, there are always roses outside that need to be smelled. Life is about more than just writing (and reading), a lot lot lot more. Being a writer doesn’t have to involve being a hermit, living in your head and / or your heart and always seeking a quiet space. That is too limiting anyway. Live and experience and hopefully, that will help with your writing.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Yes – I have not had a bad one so far … readers seem to know what I do and what I don’t do and appreciate that.

More about Matt:

Matt Potter is the author of a travel memoir, Hamburgers and Berliners and other courses in between; two collections of short fiction and non-fiction, Vestal Aversion and Based on True Stories; two teacher resource books for English as a Second Language teachers, all you need is … a whiteboard, a marker and this book (volumes 1 and 2); and the novella in flash On the Bitch. A teacher and a social worker in his other lives, he lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

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