Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Featured Guest Author: Forsaken by J.R. Gray with Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway.

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We are delighted to have J.R. Gray with us today as he celebrates the new release of his book, Forsaken. He talks with us about what makes a hero and has brought with him two excerpts and a giveaway. Go check it out………


I don’t think there is any particular aspect that makes a hero, at least I’ve found as much in LGBT romance. It’s part of why I love this genre so much. I’ve read books with flamboyant gay unicorns, to alpha males, to normal people living their everyday lives, and even underground cage fighting switches (Clouded Hell). There is even, from what I understand, a massive market for mpreg. (I haven’t read one yet, but one of these days I’m going to give it a try so I can see what it’s all about.) So the subject matter is wide spread, and I’m lucky to be part of an inclusive genre that wants good stories about LGBT people. There is a wide spectrum for heroes, and trends are ever changing. Even Fabio had a place back in his day. (I love looking at vintage romance book covers.)

So when I set out to write a character I want him to be compelling. I want people to care. Even if at first the character isn’t likable, I think it’s more important for them to be compelling. They have to have something that draws readers in and there has to be a story there.

I’ve had plenty of characters who weren’t perfect people, and that’s what makes them real. They make mistakes, and they fuck things up. The story is about how they deal with being pushed up a tree and having rocks thrown at them, so to speak, so when their life is falling apart, or there is drama in their relationship how do they fix it. Because even if life isn’t perfect they are dedicated to this person, and they want to make it work no matter how hard it’s going to be. Relationships aren’t always easy, and most people who have been in a long term one will tell you so, so to me the real romance comes in the fight to make it work.

In Forsaken neither character is in an easy position. The book opens to both Titus and Angel in a bad place. Angel is running from something, and Titus is stuck in a life that will never accept him for who he is. And they’ve both reached this impasse and when their forced together it reaches it’s breaking point. Titus can’t deny what he is anymore, and Angel can’t run away for ever.

I probably have a fucked up idea of romance, but at the end of the day I want to be the first choice, and I want my person to fight for me. I think I put a lot of that into my heroes. I want the relationship to develop on page, and when a choice has to be made they love their person enough to figure it out.


Forsaken by J.R. Gray

high res cover ForsakenTitle: Forsaken

Author: J.R. Gray

Release: 26th Feb 2018

Genre: M/M (contemporary)

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Titus had lived and breathed religion his entire life, tucked away from the rest of the world in a compound in northern Wyoming. He’s destined to be the next leader of the church, deemed so by the Prophet.

God spoke and with His word He created. But God made a mistake. Titus isn’t worthy. He was born sick and it’s solidified when he rescues the most beautiful man he’s ever seen.

Torn between fidelity to his faith or his soul, Titus must reconcile the two parts of himself before he’s discovered hiding among the chosen.

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Excerpt #1:

“Is this okay?” Angel asked.

“Is what okay?” Titus had a hard time getting words out. He had a hard time making his brain function with Angel’s hands on him.

Angel laughed and scooted his body closer so their legs were pressed together. “Me touching you.”

“Yes,” his voice was unsteady.

“What about this?” Angel put his other hand on the side of Titus’ neck.

“Sure.” Titus swallowed past the lump in his throat, and was happy for the way he was sitting, because he was as hard as he’d ever been in his entire life. Harder maybe.

“What about this,” Angel whispered over his lips and then brought them together.

This wasn’t like back at his workshop. Angel parted his lips, and used his tongue. Titus was left trying to keep up. As soon as he got the hang of something Angel would change it. He’d done a little necking with girls, but this was completely different. He hadn’t been turned on while kissing those girls. It was more like something to do just to try it, but this was heat and his entire body reacted. There wasn’t a part of him that wasn’t flushed and on fire.

Angel’s fingers slid around to the back of his neck and tightened, keeping Titus close. He grabbed Angel’s bicep, needing something to hold on to so he didn’t spin out of control. Angel seemed to like it, groaning into his mouth. It spurred Titus on. He wrapped his other arm around Angel’s back, desperate to feel more of him.

There was a fire demon inside him demanding more and he wanted nothing but to listen.

Excerpt #2:

Titus’ head was pounding but so was his heart. He was cursed to replay the kiss in his head, possibly for the rest of his life. The fall had jarred his brain and lodged it in his mind. And therein was the problem with sin. Once you had a taste, it was hard to stop. Men were addicted to sin.

Angel looked up at him. Those big dark eyes. He didn’t want to keep staring but he did.

“How are you feeling?” Angel looked back at his book, but his eyes weren’t moving, so he wasn’t really reading.

“The Advil is starting to work.” Titus closed his eyes, fighting back every emotion in his body. He didn’t know what he felt. A little of everything, and it was overwhelming his ability to function.

How could God have made him this wrong?

“You don’t look so good.”

“There is way too much in my head.” He was really tired of all his emotions showing on his face. He needed to learn how to lie better. More so now that he knew what he was. What if he was asked outright? Another wave of anguish crossed his face, and his eyes sprang open when another hand grabbed his.

Angel tugged on him. “Come down here with me.”

He relented to the tug and slid onto the floor. Angel was dangerously close, again. Bad things happened when he was this close. But Titus didn’t move to put space between them. Maybe he wanted bad things to happen.


Meet J.R. Gray

When not staying up all night writing, J.R. Gray can be found at the gym where it's half assumed he is a permanent resident to fulfill his self-inflicted masochism. A dominant and a pilot, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. He frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns and conversations, to jot down notes or plot bunnies. Commas are the bane of his existence even though it's been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder. If Gray wasn't writing…well, that's not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave, insanity or both. The idea of haunting has always appealed to him. J.R. Gray is genderqueer and prefers he/him pronouns.

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  1. The cover...swoon! Thanks for the heads up on this novel! I can't wait to read it :)

  2. This sounds absolutely amazing, I can't wait to check it out. Thanks for sharing :)