Sunday, August 02, 2015

Featured Guest Author : James Lee Hard talks about Becoming Jake… with Excerpt and Giveaway


We’d like to give a huge warm welcome to James Lee Hard who is visiting Sinfully with his newest book Becoming Jake. Check out the tempting teaser excerpt, and make you sure you enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win an ebook copy of Becoming Jake, which James is generously gifting to one lucky reader!  GOOD LUCK! 


A word from James

In my latest book, Becoming Jake, I wanted to explore this idea that sometimes life is not fair to you, but you have to keep going and believe that you will be able to become who you truly are. Jake has an awful father who degrades him for not being what he expected, at the same time he calls himself a Christian. This is something that speaks deeply to me as I grew up in a place where lots of people called themselves Christians just because they attended the service and not for helping others or being kind. I’m profoundly unsettled by injustice and I tend to get a bit mad at people who preach things they don’t follow — especially when they go out of their way to dictate how others should live their life.

So, as a writer I wrote about it and tried to show you can still be happy, even you your family doesn’t accept you for who you are — with some romance and hot scenes thrown in because I do love writing erotica.



Becoming Jake
James Lee Hard

becoming jake

Published ~ 10th July 2015

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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After a disastrous breakup with his deranged boyfriend, Jake sees himself forced to go back to his parents’ house. What was supposed to be a calm return to gather himself, turns out to be an intense and complicated journey where Jake has to confront a bigoted father who is constantly degrading him, take care of a sick mother who was never bold enough to speak her mind and deal with the not-so-over relationship.

Jake embarks on a journey that brings him the pain from his past, long lost friends and old passions that could be reignited if Jake has the courage to overcome his lingering inner fears.

Will Jake defeat his deepest fears in order to become who he truly is?

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Becoming Jake Excerpt

An approaching shadow caught his eye. He turned his head instinctively and saw Hunter crossing the street in long strides. He was tall, at almost six feet three, and had no trouble walking really fast. Jake’s heart jumped and his stomach sank. He felt the blood fleeing from his face and a dull pain in his temples.

“Come with me. This has gone far enough,” Hunter simply said, cutting off Jake’s escape. His voice was determined and Jake noted a hint of anger in his squarish face. Hunter had always reminded him of a younger Jason Statham, on account of his solid frame.

“What are you doing here? Are you following me?” Jake asked, looking up at him. His voice had come out in a higher pitch than he’d intended.

Hunter sighed. “I’m getting really annoyed with all this bullshit, Jake. Just get in the car and let’s go. You’ve made me waste enough time as it is.”

The blood that had fled Jake’s face now surged to his cheeks. “I’m not going anywhere. Leave me alone.” Jake took a step forward, trying to get around Hunter, but he cut his path off again.

“Get in the car!” Hunter hissed, grabbing Jake’s forearm. His eyes were two menacing slits. Jake had forgotten how strong he was, but was now reminded of it.

Jake yanked his arm free. His heart pounded. He knew that look and was scared Hunter would do something crazy. He quickly scanned the dark street, searching for someone who could help him, but there was no one in sight. It was too late and Britta’s neighbors would probably already be fast asleep.



Meet James Lee Hard

James spends most of his time looking at his computer screen, trying to summon the magical words that make the ingredients for a great story. He dreams about being able to move people and becoming a great writer one day.

He writes contemporary gay romance and erotica but he wants to write about much more. His mind is filled with sci-fi gadgets, swords, wizards and dragons and he has trouble trying to choose one theme. Maybe one day we’ll read something starring sinewy heroes battling giant dragons in tight pants. But the romance will always be there. And the abs. And the happy endings – Jame’s a sucker for them.

James draws inspiration from everyday life, books, movies, songs, pictures and much more. Almost everything can ignite his desire to write but not all will end up on his stories.

James is an indie author who relies on friends and a growing base of lovely beta readers to help him with his stories, ensuring that each book is better than the previous one. 




Thank you to James, who is generously gifting an ebook copy of Becoming Jake to one lucky reader. For a chance to win enter the Rafflecopter below.
Good Luck!

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  1. A new author for me. Thank you for the post, the book looks good.

  2. I've never read any book by James before, but it sounds interesting. Thank you for the post and giveaway

  3. Same as my fellow readers above, I'm discovering this author thanks to Sinfully and I really like the synopsis and the author's post! Thanks for the chance to read more...

  4. This sounds like a really good premise. And the cover looks great as well!

  5. Dear James, I am so glad to see you here, stretching your wings and letting a wider audience know about your writing. I wish you best of success now and always. ~Erin

  6. Thank you everyone. And thank you for the kind words, Erin :)

  7. James Lee Hard is a new author to me, I enjoyed the excerpt and I'm adding the book to my wish list.

  8. New to me author that I will need to check out!

  9. Great excerpt. Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on the release.

  10. Thanks guys. I hope you like the story if you have the chance to read it :)
    In the mean time I began experimenting with a different way of writing in a complete new topic to me: paranormal m/m. The feedback has been pretty great so far, so feel free to drop by my website and read this short story for free :)

    1. paranormal is always great can't wait to read it

  11. I must admit that this is a new author for me but the synopsis and extract sound like 'Becoming Jake' could be a great read! :D
    Elizabeth Marshall

  12. I love the sound of this book can't wait to read it

  13. congrats on your new release James :)

  14. I enjoyed the excerpt and can't wait to read more! I have put it on my WANT TO READ List. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Thanks for the excerpt, interview from the author (New to me) and giveaway!!!! This book looks really good!!!

  16. Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to read this book. I love finding new authors.

  17. James, thanks for sharing how you get your inspiration with us. I can only imagine how difficult it was for you to take such disturbing personal events and weave them into your stories.

    I completely agree with you that going to church does not make a person a Christian or a good person.

  18. New author for me, but the book sounds wonderful. Great excerpt.

  19. This sounds like it will be a very interesting book.

  20. Good morning!
    Thanks everyone for your feedback. Really appreciated :)
    As I said, I hope you like the book if you have the chance to read it. My general feedback has been really good with this one. People tend to love my other two books but generally they say (and I agree) that this is the best one so far.
    Cheers :)

  21. Excited to read this book! New author to me....going to look up the other books!

  22. Thanks for the info on your new book.