Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Secret Match - Exclusive Excerpt






Hi everyone,

To celebrate Pride month and the release of my third gay romance, Four Days with Jack, I’m sharing an excerpt from A Secret Match.

Be sure to check out the links to my new Facebook page and my Summer of ’17 newsletter at the end of the post.

Enjoy the start of summer!
Kelli


A SECRET MATCH

Everett Kinkade is a world-famous professional wrestler and the sexy heartthrob of millions of adoring female fans. But Ev has a secret he doesn’t dare share with anyone. He’s gay.

After years of being Ev’s secret lover, Josh is tired of hiding in the shadows and wants Ev to openly acknowledge their relationship. Coming out is the last thing Ev wants and fears it will ruin his career.

One night in a moment of truth, Everett outs himself on live TV. There’s no going back, and his announcement sparks a firestorm of problems—both personally and professionally. He’s forced to come to grips with who he really is while facing down a manipulative boss and a tag-team out to destroy him.

Torn between living a lie and losing the man he loves, Ev has risked everything… can he find a balance between his career and his heart?


The Excerpt:
Everett finished his beer and gazed around the living room. It was comforting to have someone to talk to, instead of constantly keeping everything bottled up inside. It had been years since he’d been alone with a guy, and he liked Josh, liked him a lot. But he was worried. What if something went wrong? What if Josh told someone?

Josh gave his shoulder a little shove. “Come on, out with it, Muscles. Either you really love staring at my bookcase, or you’re too shy to face me. I know you’re thinking about something behind those beautiful blue eyes.”

“I… nah…”

“What? Anything. Say it.”

He sneaked a glance at Josh out of the corner of his eye. “I was wondering what it would feel like to”—he bowed his head—“kiss you.”

“Why don’t we find out?” Josh took Ev’s empty beer bottle and set it down on the marble end table. “Come here.”

He let Josh draw him into his arms. Ev closed his eyes and waited, his heart hammering out of control.

A second later, Josh’s lips gently pressed against his. Ev gasped and kissed him back gingerly. Josh increased the pressure, and their mouths moved in unison. The scent of Josh’s spicy vanilla cologne washed over him and he lost himself in the tender embrace. Josh’s beard grazed his cheek, sending an electric tingle racing up his spine. God, this was good.

He clutched Josh tighter, holding on to him for dear life, not daring to let go. Josh groaned and slid his tongue into his mouth. An adrenaline rush of excitement flooded through him.

Dear God, he wasn’t supposed to have these kinds of feelings, this hunger, for another man, but it felt right. The wet heat of Josh’s tongue swirling around his drove him into a frenzy, and he kissed Josh deeper, praying this would never end.

After a few minutes, Josh eased away. “You are amazing. That was hot.”

Ev smiled. “It’s been so long. I forgot how good this could be. I feel safe with you. I really do.”

Josh rested his head on Ev’s chest. “You should, because you are. And don’t worry, we’ll take this slow. You set the pace, Muscles. Whatever you’re comfortable with works for me.”


Order your copy of A Secret Match here:



Did you know….? I created a Facebook page for my gay romances! Visit it here:
 
I’ll be posting book blurbs, excerpts, and more.

And, my Summer of ’17 newsletter just went out. Read it online:

It’s filled with news, links, FAQ and more! (You can follow that link to catch up on back issues, too.)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Writing Gay Romances - 4 FAQ




Hi everyone,

To celebrate Pride month, I'll be showcasing my three gay romances on my blog. Last week I shared new release information about Four Days with Jack. Today I'm answering a few FAQ about writing gay romances.

As most readers know by now, my romances cover nearly every genre and vary in heat level from mild to super-spicy. People have different reactions when they learn what I write. (Sometimes they gasp and pretend to be horrified, and then ask me if I “act out” my love scenes at home.)

But when people find out that I write gay romances—that really gets them going! “Why would you write one of those? You’re not a man or gay.” (Here’s my turn to gasp and act surprised. Really? You’re kidding!) I generally respond with: “Why shouldn’t I write gay romances? I wrote a vampire romance, and I’ve never been a vampire.” (That usually quiets people down for a while.)

I get a lot of questions about “why” or “how” I write gay romances. Here are the top four, along with my answers.


You’ve written lots of straight romances. Why write gay romances?
Why not? I’m a writer. And as a writer, I write whatever romance book comes to me, whether it’s a contemporary, historical, paranormal, or gay romance. My stories are about people who meet, fall in love, and overcome obstacles to be with each other.
 
This basic philosophy applies whether the characters are same-sex, different sex, or space alien and earth girl. Love is love and romance is romance. I’m not married to one specific genre or heat level. I go where the story and the characters take me.

When I wrote Four Days with Jack, A Secret Match, and Killer in Wolf’s Clothing I trusted my instincts and wrote the story that was in my head. Although all three books are contemporary gay romances, they’re very different.

In A Secret Match, a big part of the storyline centers around Everett dealing (or rather, not dealing) with his sexuality, and his (un)willingness to be open about who he really is. Ev has been in a committed relationship for years and is afraid that if he doesn’t come out, he’ll lose the love of his life. He’s also worried about his career. How will the world view a gay wrestler? Will there be backlash if he comes out?

Conversely, David, from Four Days with Jack, has never come to terms with his sexuality. He’s been lying to himself for years about his orientation and hiding his true desires. David has always loved his gay best friend (Jack) and has fantasized about being his lover, but he lacked the courage to admit his feelings—until now.  

The main characters in Killer in Wolf's Clothing are comfortable with their sexuality, but have other issues to deal with (like shapeshifting and a serial killer). This super-hot paranormal is a fun look at the werewolf legend and blends romance, mystery, danger, humor, and sizzling love scenes.

How do you write the gay love scenes?
I approach a same-sex love scene the same way I would if I was writing about a hetero couple. When I write a straight romance, about half of the scenes are written from a male point of view. So I have experience thinking about scenes from a male perspective anyway.

There’s not much difference in writing a story from two male points of view. Writing a love scene isn’t only about the gender or the anatomy of the characters—it’s about creating a believable, intimate scene where two people express their love for each other.

Each character in each book is unique, so the love scenes are always approached from different directions. In Four Days with Jack, David is introduced to a world of new experiences. Everett and Josh’s first kiss in A Secret Match was a tender and sweet moment; while the first time readers meet Deke from Killer in Wolf’s Clothing they realize he’s anything but shy.


What’s the hardest part about writing a gay romance?
The answer to this is quite surprising, and no, it has nothing to do with bedroom activities. The hardest part about writing a same-sex romance or love scene is pronouns.

As I’m writing, I’ll dash off something like: “He ran his hand down his chest and…” Wait, what? He ran his own hand down his own chest? No… I have to pay extra close attention when revising or editing a same-sex scene. Too many “his” references and the reader doesn’t know who is doing what. Better to say: “He ran his hand down Kevin’s chest and...”


Are you concerned about what people will think about you writing gay romances?
Not in the least. People will think whatever they want. I realize that not everyone wants to read the same type of romance. Some readers love historicals, others only read contemporaries or paranormals, and that’s fine. But if readers are turned off to me as an author just because I write gay romances… well, that’s too bad, see ya.

When I wrote my first gay romance, I considered “what people would think” about the book and me writing it—for about three seconds. Then I reminded myself that I’m a writer, and I create the characters and scenes that make up the book.

I don’t worry about what people might think of me writing about two male characters kissing, going to bed, or making dinner. Basically, the story needs to be told, and I’m the one telling it. As a writer, I’ve made up all sorts of things: an erotic Bigfoot story, a historical Viking tale, detailed ménage scenes (in all combinations), and a first-person vampire love story.

Now more than ever, I’m just as proud of my gay romances as I am of my straight romances. Why? Because I’m a romance writer—and in my books, everyone deserves to be in love and live happily-ever-after with whatever partner they choose.

And that’s the way it should be… in fiction and in real life.

Happy Reading!
Kelli



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.

Her third gay romance, Four Days with Jack, was released in June 2017. Kelli’s trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was published in spring 2017.

Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.

Kelli's third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption was released in September 2016. This spicy historical western is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.

Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.
Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.


CATCH UP WITH KELLI

Here are a few links to find Kelli & her writings on the web
Website: http://www.KelliWilkins.com
Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb





Monday, June 5, 2017

Spend Four Days with Jack - New Release!




Hi everyone,

Happy June!

I’m pleased to announce the release of my gay romance, Four Days with Jack. In this contemporary novella, best friends David and Jack embark on a sexual relationship. David has always loved Jack and has fantasized about being his lover, but he lacked the courage to admit his feelings—until now.

Here’s the plot summary and a mild excerpt:
 

Four Days with Jack


When David invited his best friend on vacation, he never expected them to fall in love…

Spending four days in a tropical paradise with Jack is a dream come true. For years, David has lived a lie and denied his romantic feelings for Jack. Now that they’re together in an isolated Caribbean resort, he finally admits what he really wants—to be Jack’s lover.
Jack has been in love with David for years and is encouraged by his desire to explore a sexual relationship. He’s more than willing to introduce David to the life he has always fantasized about. Their sizzling nighttime encounters confirm David’s long-hidden cravings, but what will happen when they leave the resort?
Will David come out and start a new life with Jack? Or will he go back to his old ways and risk losing the best friend he ever had?

An Excerpt:
David wrapped his arms around Jack as they stumbled into their room. “I can’t believe she tried to pick you up.”
“What do you expect? I’m gorgeous and charming, the drinks are free, the women are horny, and all the husbands are on the golf courses.”
David started laughing again. It felt good to act silly and have fun for a change. Allison was too serious and never wanted to go anywhere fun, but Jack was up for a night out. After dinner, they had hit one of the nightclubs at the resort.
A few hours of drinking and dancing had put them both in a playful mood. To add to the evening’s entertainment, a middle-aged woman had been flirting and dancing with Jack all night. Before they left, she had invited him up to her room.
“Did she really offer to pay you?”
“Yeah. You should have heard the filthy things she said to me. She practically wanted to screw me right there. I bet she would have blown me in the hall if I suggested it.” He snickered. “Hey, maybe I should pimp myself out. I could use the money. I’ll be right back,” Jack said as he headed into the bathroom.
David walked to the veranda and opened the sliding glass door. He inhaled the warm night air. This was a perfect paradise vacation. Tonight had been great, and it was even more special because he was spending it with Jack.
A minute later, Jack came out of the bathroom, weaving toward him. He gestured at Jack’s shorts. “Dude, your fly’s undone.”
“Consider it easy access.” Jack extended his arms. “How about a hug?”
David hugged him tight. Jack’s body was taller and thicker than what he was used to, but he melted into his arms. He wanted to stay here forever.
“What do you want to do now?” Jack asked.
“This.” David kissed him, and Jack draped his arms around his waist. They deepened the kiss, their tongues probing and hungering for more.
Jack pulled away. “Bed?”
“No. Here.” David unbuttoned Jack’s green shirt and parted the material. He stroked Jack’s chest muscles, then toyed with his nipples, pinching them lightly.
“Oooh, that’s nice. Want me to strip?”

Order your copy of Four Days with Jack here:








As we celebrate Gay Pride Month, why not check out my other gay romances?

A Secret Match:


and Killer in Wolf’s Clothing:
 


Next week, I’ll share an inside look at the making of Four Days with Jack.

Until then, happy reading!

Kelli


Friday, May 19, 2017

Kelli’s Quill Newsletter - Early Summer Issue


Greetings! It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. Time flies, doesn’t it? 

In this issue of the Quill, I’m reflecting on the theme of “time flies” and taking a look back at my romances, sharing links to guest blogs and interviews, and answering a few FAQ in the Kelli’s Corner writing section. Let’s get started!


A Look Back…

Believe it or not, Amber Quill Press closed a little more than a year ago. Since then, I’ve re-edited, revised, and re-released several of my AQP romances. To date, eleven titles have been published on Amazon, B&N, iTunes, and other platforms. Here’s the list:

A Deceptive Match*
A Most Unusual Princess** 
A Most Intriguing Temptation**
A Most Unfortunate Prince**
A Secret Match*
Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover 
Killer in Wolf’s Clothing
Loving a Wild Stranger
Midsummer Night’s Delights***
Midwinter Night’s Delights***
Ultimate Night’s Delights***

* A Deceptive Match and A Secret Match are related titles with shared characters. However, each novel can be read separately.

** These titles make up the Royal Desires series. Although connected, each book stands alone as an individual read.
*** These novellas complete the Naughty Nobles trilogy. It is recommended that they are read in sequence.
Visit my website (www.KelliWilkins.com) or Amazon author page (www.amazon.com/author/kelliwilkins) to read complete book summaries, reviews, and excerpts.

Special thanks to Eve Grinnell (www.grinnellgraphics.com) for creating these fantastic new covers!



What’s Ahead?

You might be wondering… what about the rest of your AQP books? Well, plans are in the works to re-release three of my contemporary romances (Four Days with Jack, Beauty & the Bigfoot, and Trust with Hearts) later this year or in early in 2018. Stay tuned to my blog and social media for updates.


Attack of the Blogs!

I’ve been blogging like mad! Follow these links to read “inside looks” at the making of my romances, catch up on interviews, and get some writing advice.

Read about the making of the Naughty Nobles trilogy. Each post includes an excerpt.

Midsummer Night’s Delights:

Midwinter Night’s Delights:

Ultimate Night’s Delights:

Read a fun chat with Julian from the Naughty Nobles trilogy:

Like your romances HOT? Find out how to Spice up Romances with Menage:
http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-author-day-with-kelli-wilkins_27.html

Learn about my historical/pioneer romance, Loving a Wild Stranger:

Read an interview with Luther, the hero from Loving a Wild Stranger:

Don’t miss my guest blog about writing historical romances: http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/2017/01/on-genres-with-kelli-wilkins.html

Romance lovers… read an excerpt from my historical/paranormal, The Viking’s Witch
https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/the-vikings-witch-by-kwilkinsauthor-is-a-historicalromance-gem-books-amreading/


Read an interview with Rothgar, the hero from The Viking’s Witch: http://bookreviewsbylynn.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/guest-blog-book-promo-vikings-witch-by.html

Get ready for a hot summer romance with Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover:
http://dbaileycoach.com/brightbooks/2017/04/inside-look-confessions-vampires-lover/

Catch my BOOK CLUB FRIDAY interview. I talk about the writing process, creating characters, and more!
http://anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/2017/04/book-club-friday-guest-author-kelli.html



Check out Kelli’s NOR Author Tip of the Week:
https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Author-Tip-Of-The-Week



Kelli’s Corner…

In this issue, Kelli’s Corner shares a few FAQ from readers and interviewers.

Most authors write in one romance genre, but your books cover a lot of different genres and heat levels, why? Which genre or genres do you prefer to write?
I write romances in nearly every genre (historical, fantasy, contemporary, paranormal, and gay) at all heat levels. Some of my romances are mild (Loving a Wild Stranger) and others are super-sizzling hot (Killer in Wolf’s Clothing). I feel drawn to historicals, but I’m not “married” to the genre. If I’m inspired to write a character’s story, I go where and when the idea takes me. That could be in any time period, in any setting, and in any genre.

Although I’ve written several historicals, they all have different settings. For example, Loving a Wild Stranger takes place in the wilds of the Michigan Territory in the early 1820s; Lies, Love & Redemption is a western set in 1877 Nebraska; Dangerous Indenture takes place in Pennsylvania Colony, and The Viking’s Witch is set in 804 in Scotland. Setting books in the different locations and time periods lets me explore plot ideas and create unique characters for those settings.


What prompted you to write in the genres you do?
I like reading about history, watching historical movies, and visiting historical places, so all that plays a part in my interest in writing historical romances. I enjoy researching what life was like hundreds of years ago and learning about how people lived, what they ate, and how they survived in different time periods. I incorporate this information into my stories and use details to flesh out the characters and settings.


What obstacles do you have to overcome to begin creating your work?
I don’t have many obstacles when it comes to outlining, writing, or revising a book, but finding enough time to do all that can be challenging. Writing a book is a time-consuming process. Authors need to set aside time every day (even if it’s just an hour) to work on a writing project, and sometimes finding the time to write (while still having a non-writing life) can be hard. 


What gets your creative juices flowing?
A great idea will always inspire me to grab a pen and paper and start writing! Sometimes I’ll see or hear something that sparks an idea and that will give me the basis for an entire book. Of course, once I’m writing a book, the characters and the story keep my creative juices flowing. Even though I plot out my books and have a good idea of what’s going to happen next, every once in a while my characters will surprise me and take things in a different direction.


I hope you enjoyed this early summer issue of the Quill. Why not visit my Amazon page and add a few of my romances to your summer reading list?

I welcome questions or comments from readers and other authors, so feel free to contact me. Be sure to follow my blog for the latest updates and visit me on social media. 

Here’s a quick list of where to find me:

Website: http://www.KelliWilkins.com
Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb

Enjoy the early summer weather!

Kelli