Redeeming the Villain. #FASTBalls #firefighterromance

Hi! Welcome. In a little over a week, on June 12th, I’m celebrating the re-release of my novella, FAST Balls. In this book I do something I’ve only done once or twice in my books – I redeem a villain. It’s hard work – but it’s fun!

First let me say that some authors may plan out their series so thoroughly in advance that they know that a villain will later be a hero. I’m not one of those authors. LOL. When a villain steps up and asks for his own romance, I start off skeptical – but I can be persuaded. In Tackling the Tight End, for example, I redeem a guy who was really bad in the first book in the series, Outing the Quarterback. Similarly, in FAST Balls I make a hero out a dude who we really love to hate in an earlier book in the Balls to the Wall series, Fire Balls. Interestingly, you don’t have to read Fire Balls first, because you get to see my former villain being bad in this book, so you understand how far he has to progress to be a real hero.

That’s the thing about villains. While in their villainous deeds, they’re the heroes of their own stories – they aren’t the heroes of ours. So to redeem them, we have to be able to explain why they did the things they did to the reader’s –and the other lover’s – satisfaction. And it better be good! The more horrific we can make the cause, the more heroic the villain can become. Then, of course, the villain has to step up and show his true heroic nature. Once again, the more valorous the better. While a regular old hero may get points for just being cute and funny, a redeemed villain is going to have to impress us more than that.

My redeemed villain in FAST Balls is in his 20s, so much bad stuff can be laid at the door of his parents – and that’s where it’s piled deep and high in this story. His father is a very bad dude and we understand how our newly minted hero got to be the way he is. N addition, he’s a firefighter so he has many great opportunities to prove what a brave and good man he can be.

If you read Fire Balls, you may be surprised to see this hero, but I hope you love him – and that you enjoy my firefighters-in-love romance, FAST Balls. You can pre-order it everywhere now. Read an excerpt HERE.

 

Nibble the Balls! #FireBalls #gayromance #theartistandthefirefighter

Hi and welcome. My next release is actually a re-release of one of my most popular books — Fire Balls. It releases on Feb 8th and is available now for pre-order. I recently received some graphics capturing moments from the book and i thought i’d share those with you. For a full excerpt, Click HERE. Thank you so much for coming by. I hope you love Fire Balls!

A.E.Via’s Hot MM! Blue Moon –Too Good to Be True

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If you’re here for the Home for the Holidays Blog Hop where you can win a $450 GC and 75 Books, Click HERE. This Hop ends at midnight on the 18th, so be sure and enter. Now, welcome my first-time guest, A.E. Via. Her new MM erotic romance, Blue Moon — Too Good to Be True is a bestseller on Amazon and at All Romance eBooks! Here she is to share a little about why she writes MM romance and this hot new book! Here’s AE —

So I’m sitting in my very first creative writing course in college, reading and discussing novel after novel about women’s liberation because the instructor was a gay feminist and I’m starring into space as the class is going on and on about strong women coming together and loving each other; but all I can think of was men, men, and more strong men. Loving each other and needing each other.

It was surely liberating for me!

That was in 2002. I immediately went out and bought my first gay romance novel. It was ‘Invisible Life’ by the late great Elynn Harris. From then on, I was in love with the beautifully, intoxicating genre that is gay male erotica. I read constantly, any m/m book I could get my hands on I was finishing within forty-eight hours. This was before I discovered Goodreads, and blogs.

While I didn’t major in English in college, I took an obscene amount of writing courses, because of a story that was persistently brewing and evolving in my mind. I saw men, loving each other, caring for each other, making love…and it was wonderful. In my mind was my own Narnia of gay eroticism, and these men were strong, capable, and gorgeous.

I told my husband that I was considering writing a novel, and he said ‘stop thinking and start writing’…and that’s what I did. I told him later what the genre was and after staring at me for a few minutes he simply said, ‘okay then.’

So I sat down with a pen and legal pad and stared at the blank page for an hour. I knew the story was there, but nothing was coming. I chucked the pad pulled out my laptop and just started typing, and before I knew it, I couldn’t stop.

My beautiful men: Angel, Maximus, Ryker, and Bass burst through me like a two-hundred ton freight train. One year later, I’m now proud to introduce to you my very first gay male erotic romance novel, Blue Moon – Too Good To Be True. Rest assured my fellow readers, it won’t be my last. See my official website for more detailed information.

Happy Reading!

A.E.

Title:  BLUE MOON-  TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

Author:  A.E. VIA

Publisher: AMIRA PRESS www.amirapress.com

Genre:  GAY MALE EROTICA

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 08, 2013

 

Blue Moon Book Blurb

Angel DeLucca is one of the most sought after gay bachelors in Virginia Beach. He’s smart successful, lethal, and more than anything he’s drop dead gorgeous. Angel has his pick of the men that come to his popular Oceanfront night club, but lately the one night stands haven’t been enough…Angel craves something deeper. When a one night hook-up goes terribly wrong, Angel comes into contact with the breathtaking Maximus (Max) Strong.

Max is a firefighter for the Virginia Beach Fire Department. Max is beautiful, charming, and also very straight. One meeting with the mysteriously, sexy Angel DeLucca and a whiff of that silky, jet black hair, Max finds himself questioning everything he’s known to be true about himself. Max tries desperately to understand the new feelings he has for another man and turns to his gay, older brother…Ryker.

Ryker has always been Max’s protector and his guide their entire lives, which has left him feeling uncared for and alone to handle his own life’s problems. Ryker craves to be taken care of, he craves the attention and praise of a Master. No one knows the dark desires within him until Angel’s Chief of Security, Sebastian ‘Bass’ Bagatelli, shatters that secret with their first intense encounter.

How will Angel win the heart of the straight firefighter that was tailor-made just for him? Will Max be able to continue denying his feelings for another man? Can Ryker and Bass get through their personal issues to take and receive what they both need from each other? Or will they each give up on a happiness that appears too good to be true?

These men’s stories will unravel in a whirlwind of romance, bdsm, revelations, lots of action and very hot sex, co-starring very entertaining supporting characters.

 

 LINKS

Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Moon-Too-Good-True-ebook/dp/B00GNGT48O

AllRomance Buy Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-bluemoontoogoodtobetrue-1344990-147.html

A.E. Via’s Official Website: http://www.authoraevia.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aeviaauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorAEVia

A.E. Via’s Blog: http://aeviablog.wordpress.com

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7354860.A_E_Via

 

Blue Moon Excerpt from Chapter Four

Max was still staring at Angel closely, as he was slowly mesmerized by the way Angel’s full lips formed his intelligent words. The man was admitting his fuckup, but still did it in a way that showed his regality and strength. Max just stared slack-jawed, not knowing how to respond to Angel’s confession.

Max even forgot Pierce was still standing there as he heard his friend loudly clear his throat before speaking. His best friend tried unsuccessfully to hide his amused smirk.

Shit.

“Umm…Angel, is it? It’s quite all right. None of what happened tonight was your fault. I’m sure once Max picks his lip up off your bar he will somehow manage to get his forms signed and take care of everything for you.” Pierce looked comically at Max. “Uhhh, yeah…Max, I’m going to clear the scene and have the rigs head back to the station. I’ll leave you the SUV. It’s parked in the alley on the side.” Pierce laughed as he headed to the front entrance.

Max knew his face had to be bright red at being caught gawking at the beautiful man. He pulled his gaze from Angel and began spreading out his forms on the bar top. Max regrettably had to clear his throat again before speaking.

“Mr. DeLuc…I mean Angel,” he switched up. “Would you mind terribly signing these documents for me? They simply state that the alarm was not pulled by you or a member of your staff but was an act of malice by one of your patrons. That eliminates you for being cited for inciting a crowd or for a false alarm. You can also begin to let your customers back in if you wish.”

“Sure,” Angel said. He came to stand directly beside Max at the bar and reached his hand out to take the offered pen.

Max was immediately overwhelmed with the enticing smell of coconuts, and suddenly wanted to ask the bartender for a piña colada. Damn, why the hell does he smell like that? Max found himself taking an unconscious sniff in the man’s direction. It must have not been very discreet, because the striking man paused midsignature and slowly raised his smoldering eyes to meet Max’s.

“Do you like the way I smell, Sergeant Strong?” he purred with deep sensuality.

“What…um…no…well…uh, no I wasn’t smelling you,” Max lied.

“Don’t lie to me,” Angel demanded with a sexy smirk playing on his sinful lips.

Max shivered and dropped his eyelids involuntarily. Okay, this can’t be happening to me right now. I’m not attracted to men. Max chanted that statement in his head several times, but his body was evidence to the contrary. Max’s cock was at half-mast and he was hyperaware of the ticklish droplets of sweat dripping behind his ears. He could not figure out why he was responding to this man this way. He looked Angel directly in his face since they were both about the same height.

“Why did the man leave your office so disappointed?” Max asked the question before he could think better of it. Damn! Why the fuck did I ask him that? Shit. It was Angel’s damn eyes that were screwing up his brain-to-mouth filter.

If Angel was shocked by his question he didn’t show it. He stepped in closer to Max, leaving only a few inches between them, and answered without hesitation. “He wanted something from me that he didn’t deserve, and I wasn’t willing to give him.”

“And what was that?” Max whispered, now intrigued.

“Control.”

 

Something I want readers to know:

The next book I’ll write?

The next book I will write is still brewing inside me, but I’m seeing an assassin, a hot openly gay detective partnered with a closeted homophobe, and a rogue ???. It’s stirring around in my special world…one day soon, I’ll just start typing away and I won’t stop until it’s complete.

What is coming up from A.E. Via in 2013?

My next novel is a gay male ménage erotic romance entitled ‘You Can See Me’ which is already contracted by Amira Press, and will hopefully be to readers soon.

‘You Can See Me’ Teaser

Ric watched his competition rub his hand over his morning stubble before speaking again. “You know what they say, don’t you Doc? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And Prescott Vaughan is definitely a rare, precious treasure.”
The Texan inched in even closer, which surprised the hell out of Ric since they were practically nose-to-nose. Ric was smacked in the face with a faint soap and water fragrance that made his eyelids flutter and his own cock jerk to life. Ric’s half-lidded eyes were riveted to the Texan’s plush lips, as he leaned in and whispered directly into Ric’s open mouth.

“If you don’t pull your head out of your ass and claim Prescott Vaughan like he wants, I won’t stop until I’ve licked the sexy strawberry ten ways to Sunday and there’s not a single trace of your existence left in his mind, with or without you he needs love and I was the one there last night to lick his sweet tears when you walked away.”
The elevator doors opened at his final words and the smooth Texan took a few graceful steps backwards into the elevator and gave Ric a sexy wink right before the doors closed.

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Sigh. Now aren’t you glad you came by?  : )

100th Sunday Snog! WIN F.A.S.T. Balls — one day only

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Hi– In keeping with this absolutely INSANE month of Hops, parties, and prizes, today we are celebrating the 100th Sunday Snog of my pal, Victoria Blisse. This is a one day Hop, so act FAST! And i mean Fast because you can WIN F.A.S.T. Balls!

Meanwhile, we still have Hop Craziness going on with the Great Equinox New Release Hop where you can WIN a Kindle Fire and a $100 GC plus book, books, books. Click HERE! For the Sunset on Summer Fun Hop where you can WIN a Kindle Fire or a Nook HD, Click HERE.

The other thing going on, of course, is the release of my enemies-to-lovers, firefighter romance, F.A.S.T. Balls. If you scroll down the page, you’ll see the Blog Tour schedule for this new release which starts tomorrow — Monday, September 23rd.

100th Sunday Snog! What a celebration. One hundred posts of the sweetest, hottest, simplest and most imaginative kisses ever. Here’s what you can WIN TODAY ONLY!

  • An ecopy of my new release, F.A.S.T. Balls, in your choice of format!

To WIN it, leave me a comment on this post. (For the other hops follow the links above. On this post, Sunday Snog only!) And please like my Facebook Page  AND please Like my Amazon Page. The Like symbol is in the upper right.

TaraLain_FastBalls_453Here is my Sunday Snog! It’s from F.A.S.T. Balls and no one has read this scene except those who have read the book! First the blurb:

A hot, gay firefighter could send Mick’s life up in flames…

 Firefighter and surfing champion Jerry Wallender is a member of FAST—the Firefighter Assist and Search Team. But while the rest of the world thinks he’s a hero, he just doesn’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who wind up making him feel dumb and needy. On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Until the night of the Firefighter’s Ball, when Jerry offers Mick a helping hand and gets a hand job in return.

 Mick Cassidy is great at fighting fires and solving math problems. But he’s rotten with people—until he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick grew up despising men like Jerry. He’s never wanted a woman, but he can’t stop thinking about the strong, sexy firefighter and what they shared at the Firefighter’s Ball. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what will happen to his whole, carefully constructed life?

“Jerry?”

“Yeah.”

“Do guys kiss?”

Where did that come from? “You mean like gay guys? Sure, just like straight guys do.”

“I’ve kissed a girl.”

He almost laughed since it sounded like a song. No, Mick was deadly serious. “I’m sure you have.”

And then all hell broke loose.

Mick stepped forward and grabbed Jerry’s face in his big hands. Jeez, he couldn’t even catch a breath. Mick’s lips descended and all of a sudden Jerry had warm mouth and hot tongue all over the place.

What the hell? He froze. Should he pull back? No, he couldn’t insult Mick. That could hurt him. Umm. Besides, that tongue was suh-weet! He opened a crack, and weirdly Mick took full advantage, pressing into the recesses of Jerry’s mouth.

Well, hell. Andres’s kiss hadn’t really done it for him, but this? Everything about Mick, physically at least, suited Jerry down to the ground. He was bigger, stronger. Jerry could feel his biceps straining through the material of his uniform. His mouth tasted like heaven. He even smelled like Jerry’s idea of a good time. Kind of clean and musky at the same time.

How was this happening? No idea. Should he be doing this? No. Did he care? He should. Yes, he should. But then Mick moaned and pulled Jerry into his body tight. The last of the alcohol fumes from his little binge earlier drifted into his brain. Oh shit. Ruined. Jerry wrapped his arms around Mick’s neck and kissed him back like he wasn’t tongue fucking the biggest homophobe on the planet.

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Happy snogging! If you’d like to know more about F.A.S.T. Balls and win some 9981892_sprizes, please follow my Blog Tour. Here’s the schedule:

Blog Tour hosts

9/23 – Smexy Fab Four – Spotlight

9/24 – Cup O Porn – Spotlight

9/25 – Reviews by Crystal – Spotlight/Guest post

9/26 – Books Books More Books – Character Interview

9/27 – Kay Berrisford – Guest Post

9/28 – Z.A. Maxfield – Spotlight

9/29 – AJ Williams – Adding Spice to Life – Spotlight/Review

9/30 – Babes in Boyland – Spotlight/guest post

10/1 – Buffy’s Ramblings – Review

10/2 – Bad Barb’s Reviews – Spotlight/Review

10/3 – Wicked Readings by Tawania – Spotlight

10/4 – Love of Bookends – Spotlight/Review

10/5 – Bibliophilic Rambligs of a Bookworm – Review

10/6 – Milly Taiden – Spotlight/Guest post

To get to the other Blogs in the Sunday snog, Please Click HERE!

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