Eli Easton

Author of m/m romance books and stories

Welcome to Eli Easton!

“Blame It On The Mistletoe” now out on audio!

September 29

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Dreamspinner just released an audio book version of “Blame it on the Mistletoe”. The narrator, Jason Frazier, is fantastic. So much fun.  Here’s a link on audible with a sample.

 

Guest Post: Jamie Fessenden’s “Murder on the Mountain” blog tour!

September 21

Day Nine of the Murder on the Mountain blog tour!

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Although Murder on the Mountain is what’s generally referred to as a “cozy”—a murder mystery solved by an amateur sleuth, fairly light on police procedure—I did do a lot of research on how murder cases are handled in my home state of New Hampshire.  I’m incredibly grateful to my friend, Austin, who took advantage of an opportunity to visit the summit of Mount Washington in February and talk to the rangers stationed there.

If somebody dies on the summit, I discovered, this falls under the jurisdiction of the State Park Rangers.  The park rangers are fully qualified to investigate crimes committed within their jurisdiction, including homicide, unless they choose to bring in the State Police.  Since I hadn’t planned on doing a series of State Park murder mysteries (though that’s not a bad idea, really), I had the rangers call Concord in my novel.

I first thought I’d have Kyle be a member of a local police force near the base of the mountain—perhaps out of Berlin—but it turns out we don’t do things that way in NH.  All homicide investigations are handled through the Major Crime Unit in Concord (http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/isb/majorcrime/ ).  So Kyle and his partner, Wesley, have to drive an hour and a half north from Concord to Bretton Wood, where the Cog Railway takes them to the summit.  Autopsies are also handled in Concord, at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (http://doj.nh.gov/medical-examiner/ ), so Stuart Warren’s body is taken down on the Cog and transferred back to Concord.

Since I wanted Jesse to have access to the crime scene and Kyle from the beginning, I fell back on the Ride-Along.  This is where a citizen fills out a form and gets approval to ride along in a police cruiser for a day or more.  Under normal circumstances, that probably doesn’t include getting close to a crime scene, and the form takes several days to get approved.  I fully admit I fudged that in order to keep Jesse from being shut out of the investigation from the beginning.

One thing I stand behind, however, despite several comments from readers about it, is Jesse signing himself into the Mount Washington hotel so he can talk to the murder suspects.  I discussed this with some retired police officers in a forum and, even though it seems as though it would be illegal… it isn’t.  There is no law that prevents a citizen from talking to a murder suspect.  If there were, reporters wouldn’t be able to interview them, and that happens all the time.  The police can only restrict access to person after an arrest has been made.  Kyle could have thrown a fit, of course.  He could have threatened to dump Jesse and never see him again.  But he couldn’t force Jesse out of that hotel.

For the next four weeks, Murder on the Mountain will be touring the blogs of several MM Romance authors, providing . If you leave an email address in the comments or email me at jamesfessenden@hotmail.com, you’ll be entered into a drawing for either a free copy of Murder on the Mountain or a $40 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press!

Check out the other stops on the tour at: http://jamiefessenden.com/2014/08/22/murder-on-the-mountain-blog-tour/

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When Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain.

Kyle Dubois, a widowed state police detective, is called to the scene in the middle of the night, along with his partner, Wesley Roberts. Kyle and Jesse are instantly drawn to one another, except Jesse’s fascination with murder mysteries makes it difficult for Kyle to take the young man seriously. But Jesse finds a way to make himself invaluable to the detective by checking into the hotel where the victim’s friends and family are staying and infiltrating their circle. Soon, he is learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.

BUY LINK: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5335

 

 

 

“Bones” is due Oct 27th — Cover reveal!

September 16

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Are you in the mood for Halloween this year?  I have a new release coming October 27th. It’s called “bones”, and it’s the second gothika anthology. (The first was “stitch”).

Last time, in “stitch”, four of us m/m romance authors wrote a story about a Frankenstein-like creature. That book included a novella by myself, Kim Fielding, Sue Brown, and Jamie Fessenden.

In “bones”, the novellas are all around the theme of Voodoo.  The anthology includes a novella from myself, Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, and BG Thomas.

Here’s the blurb for the anthology:

Vodou. Obeah. Santeria. These religions seem mysterious and dark to the uninitiated, but the truth is often very different. Still, while they hold the potential for great power, they can be dangerous to those who don’t take appropriate precautions. Interfering with the spirits is best left to those who know what they’re doing, for when the proper respect isn’t shown, trouble can follow. In these four novellas, steamy nights of possession and exotic ritual will trigger forbidden passion and love. You cannot hide your desires from the loa, or from the maddening spell of the drums. Four acclaimed m/m authors imagine homoerotic love under the spell of Voodoo.

And for my novella, “The Bird”:

Colin Hastings is sent to Jamaica in 1870 to save his father’s sugar cane plantation. If he succeeds, he can marry his fiancée back in London and take his place in proper English society. But Colin finds more than he bargained for on the island. His curiosity about Obeah, the native folk magic, leads him to agree to a dangerous ritual where he is offered his heart’s most secret desire—one he’s kept deeply buried all his life. What happens when a proper English gentleman has his true sensual nature revealed and freed by the Obeah spirits?

Jamie’s novella “The Book of St Cyprian”:

“When Alejandro Valera finds a book of black magic in New Orleans, he ships it to his friend Matthew in New Hampshire so he can read it when he gets home. Unfortunately, Matthew’s dog, Spartacus, gets to the package first, and Alejandro returns to find Matthew locked out of his apartment by the suddenly vicious pit bull. The boys call on all the magic they know to free Spartacus from the evil spirit, but they might need to accept that they’re in over their heads.”

I don’t have the blurbs for Kim and BG’s stories, but I can tell you can I really loved reading them!

More about the anthology later….

Eli

 

September news from Eli Easton

September 5

Here’s a news update on what’s going on with my Eli Easton books.

1.  There will be a French edition of “Blame it on the Mistletoe” (paperback and ebook). Release date is TBD, but it should be out before Christmas.

2. There is also an audiobook version of “Blame it on the Mistletoe” underway via Dreamspinner.  (for this Christmas)

3. I’m wrapping up my 2014 Christmas story “Unwrapping Hank”, which is 41K words. It’s been through beta and will soon go off to the final editor.  Reese Dante is working on the cover. I’ll put it on goodreads as soon as I have a cover.  The story will be published Nov 14, 2014.

4.  In October, Dreamspinner will release a new “gothika” called “bones” (it’s the sequel to “stitch”). This volume includes novellas by myself, Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, and BG Thomas and has a voodoo m/m romance theme.  Cover coming soon!

5.  I finished a longer rewrite of “The Lion and the Crow”. It will be published by Dreamspinner in January/Feb 2015.

6. Currently working on: A werewolf story for the 3rd volume of gothika. After that I plan to start a new novel in a new series.

7. Last day to get 25% off all Dreamspinner titles!  If you haven’t read The Mating of Michael yet, grab it! 

Hope you all are enjoying the onset of Fall.

Eli

 

“Unwrapping Hank” — my Christmas story for 2014

August 24

My 2014 Christmas story “Unwrapping Hank” is now in beta. It’s always a sense of relief to finish a story, especially one that’s important to you. “Blame it on the Mistletoe” did well last year, so I really wanted to do something good for Christmas this year.  The jury is out until it releases, but I hope you’ll like it! Love would be okay too.

What’s it about?

Like Mistletoe, “Unwrapping Hank” is set on a contemporary college campus, this time PSU–Pennsylvania State University.

Greg Sloane, aka “Sloane” is a freshman who has just rushed a frat, the Delts, lured by the super hip and laid back Micah Springfield, the frat’s president. The one guy in the frat who voted against Sloane’s membership was Hank, who turns out to be Micah’s younger brother, and also turns out to be a majorly muscled, tattoo’d, and butch guy who sparks Sloane like kindling the first time he lays eyes on him in the frat house kitchen.

Here’s my idea of Sloane (photo Googled off the web, I do not own):

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Sloane is fairly sophisticated for PSU, having lived in major cities around the world with his two psychologist parents. He’s also something of a smart ass and he LOVES a good mystery. Sloane figures people out easily–until he meets HANK. Hank is a conundrum.  He’s looks like a bad ass but he has the softest eyes. He acts like he’s dumb but he’s majoring in philosophy. He appears to be straight as an arrow, but then why does Sloane feel chemistry whenever they’re in the same room?

Hank Springfield (stock image– imagine more beard and tatts)

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Hank is a loner whose gruff exterior puts off a lot of people. He’s into body building and he’s into his studies. The one thing he is most DEFINITELY not into is Sloane, aka “Frenchie”, the stuck-up, sophisticated, gay guy absolutely no one else in the frat has a problem with. Hank doesn’t want anything to do with Sloane. So why does fate (and his interfering brother Micah) keep shoving them together?

First, he has to plan the frat’s Christmas party with Sloane, a partnership that will either tear the house down or produce the best party ever, and then Micah invites Sloane home with them for Christmas. What the fuck?

There are family wounds that have made Hank and Micah what they are. If Sloane can unwrap this mystery, maybe he can unwrap the man of his dreams too.

This is an Enemies-to-lovers story, sort of GFY and sort of not, with some humor and some hotness, particularly of a certain kind that readers have been asking me for. Done.

There may also be a quaint Pennsylvania Dutch country Christmas and a bulldog named Grinch. And pies. Lots of pies.

Oh, and thanks to Jamie Fessenden for coming up with the title for this story!

Length: 40K

Due out: Nov 14, 2014

Reese Dante is working on the cover now, and I’ll share it when I have it!

Eli

“The Mating of Michael” — interview & giveaway on Sinfully Sexy!

July 14

Check out a new feature about “The Mating of Michael” on Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews. It includes a review by Macky, an interview with me about the book, and a giveaway.  (And a cool new graphic, which I stole below)

http://sinfullysexybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-mating-of-michael-sex-in-seattle-3.html#more

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Thank you for having me on the blog!

Eli

“The Mating of Michael” Blog Tour summary post

July 10

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I was lucky enough to find some great sites to host me for the release of “The Mating of Michael”. Here’s a summary of those posts:

The Desktop for “The Mating of Michael” (my inspirational images posted on my site)

Help Me To Feel: Sex Surrogacy and “The Mating of Michael” (guest post on Boys In Our Books)

Clipped Wings: Writing a Romantic Hero with Polio (guest post on Joyfully Jay)

Interview with me about “The Mating of Michael” on Smoocher’s Voice

Eli’s Blog Post at RJ Scott’s site about writing m/m romance serials

Still to come: Interview by Macky at Sinfully Sexy on Jul 12!

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Michael Blog Tour: Writing a Romantic Hero with Polio — on Joyfully Jay

July 7

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Check out my guest post on Joyfully Jay about writing an MC with polio.

http://joyfullyjay.com/2014/07/giveaway-guest-post-the-mating-of-michael-by-eli-easton.html

Thanks to Joyfully Jay for hosting me!

Eli

Book Rec: “Think of England” by KJ Charles

July 6

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How do I love this book? Let me count the ways!

I’ve only read one KJ Charles before, A Charm of Magpies, which I really liked, but I didn’t feel compelled to read the rest in that series. Now that I’ve read Think of England, I am firmly a fan!

First, I’ve always loved m/f regency romances, but it’s hard to find a good m/m romance in set in anything but contemporary England for obvious reasons. This book handles that brilliantly. It is absolutely true to that era and uses the difficulties as part of the obstacles/plotline. The attitudes and lingo all felt very accurate. It still has that sort of ‘cozy’ Agatha Christie feel I love while also being a hot m/m romance. Bravo! That’s a tough nut to crack (no pun intended).

Second, I adored the characters. Daniel is gorgeous with his wicked cruel tongue and sharp wit. I loved how he got them out of a jam several times just using his brain (even against weapons). I loved the foppish air he affected or dropped just as easily. And his ‘Viking’, Archie, is as stolid and steady and English as they come. I loved the slight GFY twist to this and loved Archie’s bullheaded plodding forward regardless.

Third, the writing is just damn good. There’s not an excess of flowery meandering but every line is well-written. The dialogue especially was just awesome.

Fourth, I also liked the secondary characters, most specifically the two ladies who helped save the day. Nice to see non-fainting femmes.

Fifth, I’m not much of a fan of continuing series with established couples, but KJ did a brilliant job of giving me some hot scenes with Daniel and Archie while holding enough of their relationship back that I definitely want to read the next book.

If you haven’t tried KJ you definitely should. She’s one of the best m/m writers out there IMHO.

“Superhero” and “Heaven Can’t Wait” — June Prism Recommended Reads

July 5

Check out some great books on this “Recommended Reads” post for June from Prism Book Alliance:

http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2014/07/june-prism-recommended-reads-congratulations-authors-with-giveaway/

There are a number of titles here I need to read, and I’m thrilled they have “Superhero” and “Heaven Can’t Wait” on the list. Thank you!

Eli

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