HAYWIRE!

Haywire, my twisty new thriller co-written with the divine and uber-talented D.J. Manly is OUT NOW at www.silverpublishing.info 

What would you do if you took your family for a fun day at Universal Studios, watched your husband and son go on a ride and when they return… they are completely different people?

For Jack Connors it’s a nightmare when he tries to convince park security, police, and then hospital staff that the two people claiming to be his loved ones are impostors. Worse… he has no proof. They are far from home and the only photo in his wallet is that of the man and child from the ride.

Something sinister is afoot but Jack isn’t quite sure what… or why his whole world has just gone haywire.

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BURNT ISLAND is OUT NOW!!

 

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Leo Gannet takes an unusual assignment in a tiny, remote island in the Cyclades with darkness, danger…and unbelievable passion lurking in its beautiful blue waters.

Manhattan—based private investigator, Leo Gannet, accepts an assignment to tail his father’s boyfriend, theatre director Thane Covey on a clandestine trip to a tiny Greek island.

With only three hundred inhabitants and four miles to cover, Leo worries about pulling off his mission. He soon discovers he’s got bigger problems: Thane Covey is the sexiest man he’s ever seen. And he’s not alone. Leo soon becomes insanely jealous, then very worried.

To top it off, Thane also seems to have somebody else’s attention…a hitman’s.

Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the Sins of Summer anthology by Total-E-Bound

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Symbiosis and Sequels

 

By A.J. Llewellyn

I don’t know about you but I adore writing sequels. For me it’s a chance to revisit characters I love and in the case of the current sequel I am working on for Amber Allure, it gives me a chance to finish telling the story I started with “Tame.”

“Tame” is a story that came to me in dreams, especially the first scene where LAPD detective Cavan Carmichael discovers a beaten, chained man in a shack in the back of a Hollywood movie collector’s house. The story for me was one of the most unusual I’d written because I’d never tackled the subject of werewolves but I read a legend about Argentine werewolves and became hooked.

This became the basis of my story and I do believe I made it clear I’d be doing a sequel, and then, I got caught up in other things…

Until…

I had a visit from an author who came and spent a few days with me. Tibby Armstrong and I went to Venice Beach and parked. We got out of the car and there ahead of us was this mixed-purpose property right on the boardwalk. It’s a house and art gallery and the stone wolves out front just spoke to me. I snapped a photo and began to scheme.

Symbiosis.

I find for some reason a beautiful symbiosis when I am working on sequels…little things happen, things like the wolf house (as I began to call it) jump out at me. I am about to turn in “Tame2: Feral” and although I am excited to be able to deliver the story to my readers who keep asking about what happened to Cavan and Ludo, the were he learned to love,I will be sorry to say goodbye. Having never tackled wolves before they have become dear to my heart. Who knows…maybe the wolf house will revisit me in dreams…until then I’ll live with the memories.

 

Aloha oe,

 

A.J.

For Erik and James

 

 

By A.J. Llewellyn

 

Erik Rhodes, real name James Elliott Naughtin left this life last week after a long effort to do so.

We communicated online. I got to know him through my friend, director John Bruno.

I knew him just a little.

I cared about him – a lot.

He was a writer. A wonderful writer. Underneath it all (ironically the name of his former blog) was a nice man, a kind man, with tremendous insecurities that seemed unfathomable in life and especially so in his passing.

He also had a fantastic sense of humor. No matter what he did, he had a quick, sparkling wit, a self deprecation that was refreshing.

I begged him to write a book…he never did.

Upon his death, the evil, nasty Internet Trolls wrote disgusting things about him – even on his own Tumblr account. They left vicious tweets and nasty posts on various porn blogs.

What did it achieve? His family were horrified and deleted all his blogs.

For those who didn’t get a chance to know him but could have come to appreciate his searing intelligence it’s just too late.

Now even his words, his amazing words…are gone.

I have been trying to make sense of his loss as my friends, like John — his most passionate supporter, who dragged Erik into the director’s chair for Falcon Studios — grieves profoundly.

This morning it came to me. I think Erik and James would like this. I bid them farewell and a peaceful soul retreat as I offer these words:

“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.”

― Jack London

 

Aloha oe,

A.J.

It’s Raining Men! HOT SUMMER FUN is OUT NOW!

Out Now! Ten Hot Stories by Ten Hot Authors!

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Stories by Patricia Logan, A.J. Llewellyn, Sue Brown, Ike Rose,  Sara York, Jaxx Steele, Raine Delight, Rawiya, Lisa Worrall, C.R. Guiliano

Summer’s Dawn by Sue Brown – Together with his friends, Seth spends his summers watching the high school boys play beach volleyball. His girls are desperate to attract the attention of the hunks on the beach, but they can’t complete with the older girls. Seth watches them too, content to let his friends think he’s looking at the girls, until one day he realizes one of the boys is watching him back. Summers pass, and Seth and Joel continue to watch each other, yet it’s never the right time to acknowledge their attraction.

A Summer Night Fling by Raine Delight– Cal Larson wasn’t expecting to find a hot sexy man stuck in a tree as he took his morning walk in the woods. When he meets Alex, sparks fly and these two find that love is waiting to claim them. Except Alex has a secret…one that may bring danger to Cal’s doorstep. Can Cal find it in his heart to accept Alex and let this summer fling turn into something much more?

Working Stiff by Sara York– When Josh finds himself out of work he jumps at the job his cousin arranges even though he hasn’t done construction in years. His muscles are sore, his body aching but that doesn’t keep him from noticing Zane, the hot foreman on the project. But admiring your boss and sleeping with him are two different degrees of stupid. Josh steers clear of Zane until they are thrust together one weekend.

In the Heat of the Night by Lisa Worrall – The heat wave gripping Southern California has driven Nick and Oliver apart—as far as their sleeping arrangements are concerned. Despite Nick’s complaints, the combination of the oppressive heat and the heat Nick himself generates, Oliver heads for the downstairs guest room. In the middle of the night, when Nick is awoken by mumblings and doors opening downstairs, his first thought is for Oliver’s safety. But will he find the burglar he suspects, or something more surprising?

Summer House by Jaxx Steele – Marcus’s twin brother asked him to take his place for the weekend at the summer house they owned in Key Largo. Marcus looked forward to a weekend by the pool, but it’s what he didn’t expect to find at the summer house that made his impromptu vacation one of the best he ever had.

Summer In The Wild by CR Guiliano – Gillian Daleth knew he was a rare breed. Being driven out of his pack proved it. No werewolf wanted a Delta in their pack. Gil spent the next sixteen years researching, getting a degree in European History while he was at it, and finding out exactly why he was not welcome in any wolf pack. Not that it bothered him. He considered himself a loner anyway. Until he met Jeriah Peirson. An Omega that was just as sweet as he could be. But Gil couldn’t mate with Jeriah. Not without an Alpha. And the only Alpha Gil knew was Laramie Cane. An Alpha that had no interest in a mate, or mates in Gil’s case.

One Night in Paradise With You by Rawiya– Peter Galley is a successful businessman taking a well deserved vacation to Hawaii after being overworked. He has one night left before he goes back to New York to fulfill his fantasy of having sex with a man. He meets Cruz Vallejo, resident surfer, party boy, a gorgeous town hunk. Peter immediately wants to make this man his conquest but will Cruz even notice, and if he does will he give Pete the chance?

Air Bear by A.J. Llewellyn – Hawaiian-born Kappy is thrilled to be back in the land of his ancestors with the man of his dreams, Jason, an Air Bear–Military Trooper–stationed at Wheeler Air Force Field.

Kappy is excited to introduce his husband to all his island friends and to show him the sites. When they drive along the once-forbidden H3 Freeway, Jason is amused that Kappy seems so frightened about displeasing the old island gods. Kappy tries to explain the ancient kapu associated with it but his Air Bear is not convinced.

Jason is now determined to prove that the legend about bad things happening if you take the drive with pork in the car is just local superstition. Mumbo jumbo. A silly myth…

Or is it?

Hot Summer Hogs by Patricia Logan – It’s a sticky August week in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Every year, bikers from around the world gather in the town of Sturgis for the world’s largest bike rally. Partying and fun along with men and women determined to have a good time, are a hot combination. Hook-ups and unadulterated excitement are everywhere. Cade Littlebear, famous custom bike builder and his husband Jake Maxfield join the sexy crowd for their first ever, bike rally. When Cade is challenged by a sexy ex, Jake is there to support his lover and keep his ‘spirits’ up. How he chooses to keep Cade’s ‘head’ in the game, will leave you breathless and wanting more. When the rubber meets the road, the fun really begins. The heat of the day is cool in comparison to the scorching hot nightly activities of the sweaty, leather-clad lovers. Come and join the sexy heroes and a town bursting with “Hot Summer Hogs”.

A Midsummer’s Night Pick-up by Ike Rose -Hans Rotmusen is a twenty-five-year-old blond whose socially prominent family kicked him out when they discovered that he was gay after he fell in love with a fellow actor, Jonathan. Living in a small apartment with his lover was great, until Jonathan decided that he needed to marry a woman to hide his gay past. Hans, refusing to continue on the down-low, kicked him out. After two years alone, he’s horny as hell, so he decides to go cruising in Central Park on Midsummer’s Night of 1978. Under the magical moonlight, Goldilocks encounters Pappa Bear, a hot older bearded man, deep in the woods. Following the most passionate kiss of his young life, Hans is helplessly attracted to the gruff, rugged stud, but when they get to Pappa Bear’s Den, he discovers a big surprise. Will Pappa Bear be Goldilocks’ true love, or just a Midsummer’s Night Pickup?

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I Made a Pie

By A.J. Llewellyn

Hi There!

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I have blogged before about losing my dog Venus and how badly if affected me. Sometimes when I am very low, beautiful moments happen. Yesterday for example, a nurse from the rehabilitation center where Venus and I often volunteered saw me outside my building and asked where we’d been. In the last several months of her life, Venus was physically not up to walking far, let alone cavorting around the hospital beds of people who yearn for a little canine therapy.

The nurse was genuinely devastated when I told her I’d lost Venus. She said some of her patients were still there at the rehab/longterm care facility and often asked about her. On a whim, I borrowed my neighbor’s dog and went over to the small, private hospital. To see the joy on people’s faces at the small, wriggly bundle of puppy love made me certain I will get another dog soon. They are the best therapy ever!

One old lady I remembered from my last visit ten months ago asked about my dog. “What have you been doing?” she asked me.

My automatic response is usually. “Oh, working.” But here she was, stuck in a wheelchair, lonely and sad…and I said, “I made a pie.”

Her eyes lit up. Somebody was making conversation with her!

“What kind of pie?”

“A Blue Hawaiian pie. Somebody sent me the recipe and I had to buy all this booze for it.”

“Really? What kind?”

“Blue curacao and pineapple coconut rum. I guess I’m stuck with them now because I’m not a big drinker and to be honest, I didn’t really care for the pie.”

That old lady laughed and laughed. “Don’t ever regret trying new things,” she told me. “Always regret the time you didn’t take to try something new. As you get older those are the moments you regret.”

She is so right. I did it. I made a pie. Not my usual thing and the memory still makes me smile…even if the ingredients were more than my weekly food budget! I might just make a pie and take it over there. With my neighbor’s dog. It felt good to be there, to make people laugh.

But what about you? Have you ever spent money on something you regretted? I’m really curious. I really want to know.

Aloha oe,

 

A.J.

Stronger than Death

 

I am blogging about Jun Lin and his search for love – a fatal attraction of the worst kind – over at Midnight Seductions Authors today about love – and why some men and women fall for violent wackos in the quest to be loved:

http://midnightseductionsauthors.blogspot.com/2012/06/stronger-than-death.html

Please stop by and check it out!

 

Aloha oe,

 

AJ

Vail, Johnny

By A.J. Llewellyn

The boxing world lost a legend this week. Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia, seems to have finally surrendered to his demons and left this life too soon at the age of 45.

I knew Johnny, not well, but well enough from interviews I did with him whenever he was in town at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, or in Las Vegas for his fights.  He had a strong presence and a rough-and-tumble persona, but what always touched me deeply about Johnny was the mad, passionate, insane love he had for his wife, Teresa.

I first witnessed this amazing romance on the streets of Las Vegas several years ago. A bunch of us arrived a couple of days early for his fight at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Vegas. We got talking to Johnny and Teresa Tapia and we all walked down Las Vegas Boulevard to check out some of the new hotel construction. A guy walking past glanced at us.

For those of us with the Tapias, it was obvious the guy was looking at Johnny and recognized the champion…the legend.

But Johnny flew into a rage, thinking the guy was looking at Teresa. He and this total stranger soon got into a fight. I soon learned this was Johnny.

At the post-fight press conference at the hotel two days later after he knocked out Cesar Soto in the third round, Johnny spoke on stage. He was in good spirits after his victory and promoter Don King stood beside him, also pleased about the solid show.

Teresa was standing right beside me in the small audience when a man approached her. It was a benign conversation. The man just wanted the champ’s autograph and asked Teresa if she would get it.

Out of nowhere, a violent altercation ensued when Johnny almost flew off the podium mid-sentence to race to her side.

“Is everything okay?” Don King called, peering out into the audience as a melee erupted on the sidelines.

Things could have turned ugly, but security intervened and smoothed over hurt feelings.

Johnny was aggressive, in the ring and out of it. Particularly when it involved Teresa. Having witnessed his mother being murdered when he was eight, I understood his concern and over-protectiveness. And I have always admired Teresa. She guided her talented, hot-headed husband’s career as his manager and wife. She is a smart, wonderful woman who never gets ruffled.

Johnny was a family man who could not live without her, so it makes sense to me that his sixth or was it seventh suicide attempt was final. He would never have wanted a life without her, but she stayed to the end. Johnny and Teresa. Teresa and Johnny. I cannot imagine one without the other.

My heart breaks for her and her family.

Their love has inspired me. His integrity, his passion have influenced my work. I was so taken by Johnny’s concern for all the illegal weapons floating around his tometown of Albuquerque, NM. A concern that led him to organizing a boxing match that required the turning in of guns to attend. I was impressed that Johnny did that and borrowed this storyline for my book, “The Bouncer”.

When I think of Johnny Tapia, I don’t picture the man in the ring, though let me make it clear, he was a firecracker to watch.

I think of Johnny, always calling, “Teresa!” even when she was right beside him. She loved him. And he loved her.

I hope his beloved mother was in Heaven, waiting right at the door for him, to ease all his pain. I hope he knows at last that she is in a good place. I don’t think he ever meant to leave Teresa, he just wanted his own agony to stop.

For his family and closest friends, I grieve your loss. For those of us who were fans, friends, boxing colleagues, I grieve too. We’ve lost a true original. An American heart. The world is just a little less bright, a lot more crazy without ‘Burque’s Best in it.

Vail, Johnny, champion, hero, husband.

Aloha oe,

 

A.J.

MATING TOMEO is OUT TODAY!!!

Mating Tomeo is out now!

Read the Editor in Chief’s blog about the book!!! Never ever had an editor blog about one of my books before! http://kellicollins.tumblr.com/post/23609081118/read-this-ive-long-held-that-the-majority-of

And now…the blurb:

In 1946 Hawaii, Tomeo Yamaguchi harbors a secret that would be considered shameful by his traditional Japanese family—he aches for the caress of other men.

 Which makes it particularly devastating when Tomeo’s father hires a tanomoshi—a matchmaker—to find a bride for his son.

 Tomeo spends time with the tanomoshi, Shin Yamada, and as the men come to know one another, deep feelings emerge, the transition from friends to lovers inevitable. They fall into a clandestine affair, their hushed and hidden lovemaking as beautiful and breathless in their eyes as it is torrid in the eyes of others.

 More time spent worshipping Tomeo’s body means less time finding him a suitable bride. Shin’s forsaking his duty…but mating Tomeo is worth every stolen second…

 

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Sins of Spring – Out TODAY!

Book four in The Seven Deadly Sins Collection of Anthologies

The seven deadly sins: lust, wrath, greed, gluttony, envy, pride and sloth.

The Sins of Spring weaves a general thread of expectation loosely tying these tales together. Pride, Lust and Envy are exposed in these hot M/M tales involving action, explosive sex and paranormal experiences that will get you hot and wanting more…in no time!

This book features stories from me, D.J. Manly and Serena Yates.

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‘Takeover’ by D.J.Manly
DJ Manly looks at the sin of greed in ‘Takeover’.

Clive is sent to take over Frost Trucking…Seth intends to protect his grandfather from corporate greed…and desire has plans of its own.

Corporate greed is in abundance in today’s economy, and Seth Frost is about to come face to face with it in the person of Clive Roberts.

Clive Roberts comes to Port Credit as a representative of a large trucking corporation—there to take over Frost Trucking, a company on the verge of bankruptcy. Seth Frost had taken time off from his job in the city to visit his grandfather in the hospital. He resents the fact that Roberts is there in Port Credit like a circling piranha, watching his ailing grandfather…just biding his time till he’s able to take over a company his grandfather built from scratch.

But there’s more to Roberts than meets the eye. In spite of his reason for being there, Seth feels a little off balance when he looks into his eyes. Forced to work together to get the best deal for Seth’s grandfather, the attraction between the two men grows. Clive may well be there to take over the trucking company, but can Seth stop Clive from also taking over his heart?
‘The Kaupe’ by A.J.Llewellyn
A.J. Llewellyn tackles the sin of pride in ‘The Kaupe’.

Dino Perez is a super-hot Hollywood makeup artist who is used to dating the most gorgeous men in town. When he meets the dynamic and sexy—but not very handsome—art dealer Alek Briatore, pride stops him from accepting him as a suitor.

Alek, not one to be easily discouraged, pursues Dino, following him and his three friends on their vacation in Honolulu. Then, while on a hike in a remote, mountainous bamboo forest, Dina is seduced by a wicked-handsome suitor, leaving him feeling faintly slutty. Their scorching sexual encounter is one he can never forget.

He doesn’t tell his friends what happened, particularly since Alek has become a well-liked part of their group. Obsessed with his mountain man, Dino sneaks back to the forest, hoping for another wild encounter. He gets it…in more ways than one. He discovers his lusty forest friend is a supernatural being —a kaupe—and soon learns that pride makes even the smartest man make extremely foolish choices…
‘Spring Discovery’ by Serena Yates
Serena Yates examines the sin of envy in ‘Spring Discovery’.

Shawn Adens is out for blood—an ex-tabloid journalist with a new mission to unveil the dark and illegal machinations of powerful bankers and businesspeople. His new career with the Philadelphia Herald depends on finding a scandal! When he discovers that the man who used to be his best friend still lives a life of privilege, envy fuels his determination to expose every sordid detail.

Gerald VanBrunt, CEO of one of his family’s companies, is delighted that Shawn is back in his life. They had lost contact when Shawn’s father risked and destroyed the Aden family fortune. For Gerald, none of that is important and he welcomes Shawn back into his life with open arms—quite literally.But the deception cannot last. Circumstances and a mysterious enemy reveal Shawn’s underhanded plot. What will Gerald do when he discovers their renewed relationship is only a ruse?

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