New Release: Broken Oaths, a Contemporary M/M Romance by V. L. Moon & J. T. Cheyanne

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Title: Broken Oaths

Authors: V.L. Moon and J.T. Cheyanne

Length: Novel

Genre: Gay romance, adventure, M/M romance, contemporary

Synopsis

BO_CoverBetrayed by his peers and slandered as a traitor, Commander Thierry Donovan has nothing left. Locked away and targeted by the very men responsible for his incarceration, Thierry defies the odds and fights for the fundamental right to survive the hell-hole of his imprisonment. With no one to trust, Thierry finds solace in the last place he imagines…

The church is Ryan Flynn’s sanctuary. He craves the solitude and peace he finds in the hallowed halls. His oath to serve God is a calling Ryan has hidden behind all of his adult life; until his past catches up with him in the form of his foster brother, Special Agent Orrin Hunt…

Submerging himself within a world of danger, violence and corruption is the only way Orrin can cope with life. Rejected and tormented by the bitter remorse of unrequited love, Orrin is oblivious to the beauty of what life can offer him. If he’d only open his eyes, and maybe his heart….

Jaydan Callahan’s life is a wreck. Gangs, drugs and violence are a part of his normal day to day routine. For one so young, he’s seen it, been there, done it and gotten more than enough tee shirts as proof. Capable of smelling a cop from a mile away, it comes as no surprise to Jay when the guy he has the hots for is actually working undercover to bring down the town’s notoriously dangerous king pin.

Four men, four lives, each one of them stained by lies, corruption and doubt. Can love show them the path to redemption, or will broken oaths, fear and grief make the crosses they bear too heavy a mantle to carry.

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Excerpt

Why hadn’t he seen the response coming? He was a grown assed man, a decorated officer in the U.S. Navy; yet, he was mooning like a love-struck teenage boy—over a priest, no less. Frustration added to his irrational thinking and Thierry struck out, ramming his fist against the nearest wall. Shockwaves of pain crashed through his arm and made his already injured shoulder ache. Blood covered the wall and dripped from his fist, and still it wasn’t enough.

In that moment as he stood there, Thierry had never felt so lost and alone. He wasn’t scared to admit to himself he had feelings for someone, but why Ryan? Why did it have to be the only unavailable person he knew?

Defeated, he slumped onto his bunk and held his head in his hands. Maybe he was destined to be alone after all. Maybe being locked up and meeting Ryan was a sign, a sign that there wasn’t really anyone out there for the likes of him. As tough as he was, as well trained and disciplined as he’d turned out to be, that single thought stung.

The truth of the matter was he didn’t want to be alone. He wanted the warmth of another body in his bed, and the caress of another man’s hand in his. He wanted to love and to be loved in return. He wanted the familiar, the lust and silly names couples called each other, as well as, the fights and the make-up sex. He wanted it all.

Years had passed since Thierry last cried, but the sting in his eyes as he sat there alone in the belly of his prison just wouldn’t quit. Fat tears like warm rain clung to his lashes. The overwhelming sense of growing old alone filled him with sorrow. He’d trained all of his adult life to be someone, do something positive with his life. But as with his younger years where scorn and ridicule ruled, there was always someone there ready to put him down or take away everything Thierry stood for in life.

If his evidence against Ducaine resulted in him being freed, he’d disappear. Surely the Navy could find somewhere remote enough he didn’t have to be a witness to the luckier ones in life that found and got to be with the one they loved. And, he’d be well away from Ryan who most likely wouldn’t appreciate knowing how Thierry felt about him.

How had he fallen for the man in only a matter of weeks? It was ridiculous at best. It wasn’t as if Ryan had shown any interest. He’d been kind, given Thierry the support and strength he needed to trust in someone. He wasn’t about to abuse that kindness after Ryan had gone to such great lengths to help him.

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About the Authors

Laz and Lachi Publications is the combined writing team of J.T. Cheyanne and V.L. Moon. The two met in 2010, fell hard and fast for each other and married in April 2014. They write both independently and together in the gay erotica and gay paranormal genres. They also have a couple of contemporary romance novels under their belt.

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“Writing Strong Men,” a Guest Post by author Erin O’Quinn (aka Bonita Franks)

erin's menpizap.com14403596117101The last time I looked, all my female parts were, if not perky, present and accounted for. I have no desire to scratch my invisible balls, piss against a wall, or even to peg a guy to get a feeling for “what it must be like.”

In short, I am a pretty stereotypical, middle-aged female with healthy hormones, a vivid imagination, and itchy fingers on the keyboard. I am a woman who loves men.

I love all men: alpha, beta, gamma, delta … the whole Greek alphabet. And more than men, I love men on men. I write gay-themed romance with a good dose of mystery, action, and suspense. As I sit typing this essay, I am blessed to have eleven novels, two novellas, and a short story dedicated to gay romance; and over there on the side of my big screen iMac lie two novels, a novella and two short stories, all in various stages of “maybe someday.”

Let me make it clear from the outset that by “men,” I emphatically mean “gay men.” Those are the ones I write about, to the extent that most of my characters are damn near flesh and blood to me. But it would be silly to keep repeating “gay,” as though only gays possess some kind of rare charisma by birthright. I’ve written my share of straight men; and those guys are pretty special to me also!

The response to my work has surprised me. Both men and women say I write novels of “raw masculinity.” Ironic, huh, for gay men? But yes, most gay men are uber-masculine to me, each in his own subtle way. For “masculine,” please substitute “strong.” Readers have been known to call themselves members of “Team Michael” or “Team Simon” for my Gaslight Mystery PIs. I often get queries about how kilt-wearing Rory is hanging, or whether ancient Ireland’s Gristle will ever marry his young lover.

A promotional post for The Gaslight Mysteries by author Erin O'Quinn; photo of a handsome man in a fedoraEven knowing that fans tend to fully imagine literary characters, I feel both complimented and a deep sense of responsibility. Damn. I have some great, strong characters. How can I maintain my rep, and satisfy readers … all the while pleasing my own highly critical self?

I think the secret to writing strong men (and gripping sex scenes) is to establish one’s characters early as interesting—even unique—and to set up some kind of tangible tension between the protagonists as well as between them and whatever/whoever I establish as the antagonist.

At the end of this article I will reveal my brief definition of a truly “strong man.”

First, a strong male character will always have a recognizable voice. No, not necessarily a potty-mouth. But a distinctive way of expressing himself, where the reader does not get lost in the pronoun sea of “he kissed his elbow.” Each of the men must come alive first through his language, be it body language or speech.Photo of a Roman warrior, with promotional text for the Warrior Series by author Erin O'Quinn

One way of establishing a voice is by an accent or some idiosyncratic way of speaking— therefore Michael the roustabout Irishman, Rory the exuberant Scot, Gristle the terse Roman soldier, Simon the starchy Cambridge man … you get the idea. I’m exaggerating here to make a point, to stress that the voice of each of those characters is unmistakable in my novels.

Another key to voice is capturing the cadence, the rhythm and flow, of real speech. I can always “hear” my characters speaking, and I try to capture that sound on paper. For those new to the writing biz, that means: Ditch the dialog tags, avoid awkward turns of phrase, vary the sentences from grunt to frag to short to long. And above all, to thine own character be true.

Apart from voice, a critical way of building a strong male character is to remember that he’s not a female in pants. By that, I mean a female writer must step back and envision the character wholly as a separate human being, and not as a subset of herself. Would a man simply “walk” into a crowd—or would he stalk, or muscle in, or elbow his way, or flounce, or …? I always need to keep that concept in mind. I must make that man come alive as Joseph or Derek, not as a phallus-bearing version of Erin O’Quinn. And when the men are in bed, it’s critical that I not “strap one on” and try to become the lovers. I crawl into their skin and their psyche, yes; but the rest is pure imagination and sensitivity to the human condition.

NHlaid back use=pizap.com14317822206612There’s still a sizable hunk of readers who’ve never read a gay romance. I’m here to tell you that you’re missing something achingly real, sexually riveting. And the characters are (or should be) strong not in the sense of muscle-men with an attitude, but in the way of strong people everywhere.

For me, a strong man is one who also has a deep moral center. He turns heads, and not always because hes handsome. He attracts enemies as well as friends. He has flaws, absolutely, which help define him as a human being.

I hope my few words today will give you some idea of what I strive for in all my work: to be true to myself, to my characters, and to my readers.

Please leave your opinions in the comment section. I’d like to know your definition of “strong man,” and/or your favorite of those you’ve read in any genre … and why. From the commenters, Paula and I will randomly select someone to receive your choice of one of the following:

Heart to Hart (Gaslight Mystery 1 of 4) … Two post-steampunk PIs with an attitude (1920s)

Nevada Highlander (Book 1 of 3) … A Scot and a cop: who’s tailing whom? (contemporary)

Noble, Nevada (1 of 3 in the Noble Dimensions series) … Love hurts. Let it also heal. (contemporary)

Warrior, Ride Hard (Book 1 of 2) … A man too hard to love, and the man who loves him. (historical, 5th century Ireland)

About Erin O’Quinn

Erin OQuinn sprang from the high desert hills of Nevada, from a tiny town which no longer exists. A truant officer dragged her kicking and screaming to grade school, too late to attend kindergarten; and since that time her best education has come from the ground she’s walked and the people she’s met. She is contracted at present to Siren Bookstrand and Amber Quill Press. Her indie work is pubbed by her own New Dawn Press.

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Erins published M/M works are the following, available widely:

The Iron Warrior Series

Warrior, Ride Hard http://amzn.to/P2eRDO

In U.K. http://amzn.to/YxRtqv

Warrior, Stand Tall http://amzn.to/WoDkGS

In U.K. http://amzn.to/13WTTNF

On SirenBookStrand http://bit.ly/O7b5us

The Noble Dimensions Series

Noble, Nevada http://amzn.to/TDp4KV

The Chase http://amzn.to/VXyEq2

“A Hard Place” (novella) http://amzn.to/1C7n1ow

The Gaslight Mysteries

Heart to Hart http://amzn.to/12gBwlL

Sparring with Shadows http://amzn.to/14QXtqW

To the Bone http://amzn.to/1bEXep2

Thin as Smoke http://amzn.to/17gOVCi

Masters of Cane (in progress)

The Nevada Highlander Series

Nevada Highlander http://amzn.to/1CWACAb

The Kilt Complex http://amzn.to/1toZgAS

Hunter’s Point http://amzn.to/1IFTV4q

In U.K. http://amzn.to/17DWFzg

“Burns Too Deep” (novella, in progress)

Novellas

“Cowboys and Kilts” http://amzn.to/1A2khIu

“Merry Christmas, Utah”  http://amzn.to/1up1bvj