Congrats to these winners!
Sonata by AF Henley: Karl
Freeman by Clare London: Andrea M
King Mai by Edmond Manning: parisfanca
I’ve written both Andrea M and parisfanca, but if you didn’t get my email, please email me at armchairreader[dot]coleriann[at]gmail[dot]com to get a copy of your book. I’ll have to draw another name if I don’t hear from you in 48 hours.
Thank you to everyone who commented and read all three of these really wonderful posts! AF Henley’s guest post (“Kids in Fics”), Clare’s guest post (“The Unreliable Narrator”) and Edmond’s guest post (“Opening a Man’s Heart”).
Sonata – http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=90&products_id=487
Freeman – http://coleriann.com/2013/07/19/opening-a-mans-heart-a-guest-post-by-edmond-manning-giveaway/
King Mai – http://www.amazon.com/King-Mai-Lost-Founds-ebook/dp/B00DXMVCO0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374860796&sr=8-1&keywords=king+mai+manning
Click the links to enter these still open giveaways!
- Painting in the Rain by Dev Bentham
- Blinded by Our Eyes by Clare London
- Sympathy by Jordan Castillo Price
Posted by Cole in Authors A-C, Authors G-I, Authors J-L, Authors M-O, Authors S-U, Giveaways Tags: AF Henley, Amber Allure, Anne Brooke, Anyta Sunday, Barry Lowe, Carina, Clare London, Dev Bentham, Edmond Manning, Jordan Castillo Price, Less Than Three Press, Self Published, Talya Andor, Wilde City Press, Wilde City Press Erotica Week
Even in the smuttiest fiction or most haunting story, the inclusion of a child or child-like character is a way to include both innocence and honesty without affecting the rest of the world. In Înflori it was a smooth-talking, deal-finagling kid with a cryptic, albeit loose tongue that led the MC to his moment of redemption. In Honour it was a young man made wise before his time that offered the patient, thought-out reasoning that the MC and his love interest couldn’t seem to manage on their own. And in Sonata, we have Cole – who seems hell-bent on honest communication even though he lacks the skills to pull it off in a way that’s easily read.
Endearing, isn’t he? This is one of those moments where the reader gets a clear impression that Cole is a bit different from most. Maybe that’s why I like him so much.
Personally, there is a love-fear thing that goes on in my brain with respect to children. For one thing, they fascinate me. They’re the ultimate paradox of sincere beliefs, yet tolerate no bind to reality or fact. They are creative without the weight of skill and brilliant in their simplicity. Yet while I take complete joy in watching a toddler stomp through the house with Cheerios stuck to their face and grape jelly smeared across their Buddha-belly, that’s about as close as I would prefer to get. Perfect innocence, angelic disregard, carefree chaos and careless imagination are, after all, terrifying when one gets to the point in their life where everyday structure and order reign supreme.
At thirty-six Ian feels done with the world. When a night at a bar goes as poorly as expected, he wants only to return home to be miserable in peace. Instead, he encounters Jordan. Hot, young and interested, Jordan is everything Ian’s ever wanted and nothing he believes himself capable of actually obtaining.
Jordan has enough going on in his life trying to scrape together a living for himself and his autistic son. When he meets Ian, all he wants is a brief, erotic moment and nothing else.
But fate throws them together again and again, and Ian finds himself determined to do whatever it takes to give their story a happy ending – no matter what secrets Jordan’s past has waiting for him.
As a thanks to The Armchair Reader for hosting me today, and in appreciation for all of you that have read:
Win an ebook copy of Sonata:
What’s your opinion on kids in fics? Do you love it or hate it? I’d love to read what you have to say. All commenters will be entered in a randomly chosen draw for a copy of Sonata, in the electronic version of their choice, drawn on July 24.
Thanks for the visit. Keep your eyes on the sky and a symphony in your heart.
AF Henley ❤
About the Author
Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica. Henley shares a home in rural Southern Ontario with both life partner and a plethora of furry, scaled and winged rescue friends.
A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.
Henley has been proudly working with LT3 since 2012, when Înflori made its debut, and is thrilled to add two more novel titles, Honour and Sonata, as well as two anthology stories, Rockaybe and MEMWARS! to the docket for 2013.
Backlist, upcoming releases, fanart, fiction links and contact info are all available at afhenley.com.
Hello again everyone! I haven’t been around for a couple of days. Fortunately, were finally getting some rain after such hot and dry weather. Unfortunately, that means that my Internet is once again acting up. So, I have several reviews loaded and ready to go for you and hopefully I’ll be able to get them up this afternoon — two of which are erotica shorts from Wilde City Press and the other The Battle for Galerir by Anna Lee.
In the meantime, enjoy AF Henley’s guest post today about kids in fiction and if you missed it make sure to read Tali Spencer’s guest post yesterday about writing her blurb for Thick as Thieves (which is hilarious! the blurb and the book, which I’m reading now).
for winning the copy of the Honour by AF Henley. The winner should already have received my email, but if not, please email me at armchairreader[dot]coleriann[at]gmail[dot]com so you can get your book. Thanks for playing everyone and thank you all for stopping by and commenting on AF Henley’s guest post!
A personal insight: I am a sucker for romance. I always have been and I don’t have any doubt that I always will be. The inclusion of erotic encounters will always be a plus. To this end my characters are either adored, or groaned over by the readers that choose to spend some time with them. I like saviours and heroes. I like hurdles and the sense of accomplishment one gets from overcoming them. Good guys win, as long as they try, and when the bad guys fail it’s usually because they are entirely evil, and that is only in an effort to save myself the heartache of trying to write in their salvation as well.
My fiction is written to inspire and keep alive those beliefs that we’ve carried with us since childhood – that true love is absolute, that a new-found connection with another soul can rebuild a crippled heart and synchronicity within the universe is a worthwhile and achievable gain. And why? Because reality is cold. Reality is full of flaws. It’s unavoidable and complicated; it’s tears on pillows and unanswered questions. Life isn’t happy endings and mind-blowing sex ninety-eight percent of the time. But fiction can be.
Fiction can serve to bridge the needs of the heart with the veracity of everyday; the sword, so to speak, in a war against monotony and struggle.
(Did anybody hear that segue?)
It was this preamble that made the characters of Andrewe and Emmett a bit difficult for me. For all their insistence that their story needed to be told and their continual promise that justice and love would be served, it took a great deal of convincing on their part. There is no perfect saviour in Honour. There is no one hero. Instead: two men, battling with the concepts of respect and servitude for the hopeful end of love. Even deeply nestled in the past, with miles of oceans between us, the story seemed just a touch too reality-harsh for me.
We were both right, them and I.
Still, no battle is more deservedly fought than the ones we take up for the things that matter: truth, love, faith – honour.
M/M Historical Romance
Recently docked after a voyage abroad, Emmett wants only to find a warm bed and good food, for himself and the cabin boy he’s taken into his care. Those plans are impeded, however, by an altercation in the streets—with a man he realizes too late is England’s heir to the throne, Prince Andrewe.
When the encounter unexpectedly leads to a position in the royal household attending the prince, Emmett is not certain what to think. On one hand, it’s a reliable income and ensures the safety of his charge. On the other, it’s neither the life Emmett knows, nor an environment that he’s comfortable in. Left to learn his lessons the hard way, Emmett spends his days contending with a spoiled, infuriating prince who leaves him in a constant tangle of emotions.
Then he begins to hear whispers of treason and must make a choice: defend Prince Andrewe, or betray him.
Ebook (in all formats) available at: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=90&products_id=455
My thanks to The Armchair Reviews for hosting this blog for me – it was an honour and a pleasure and I appreciate both the time and the efforts. To thank everyone for reading, and in celebration of the release, all comments on this blog will be entered into a draw for a free ebook of Honour, in the format of their choice. Name selection will be done by random number generator and the contest will close on March 14th.
AF Henley ❤