Eli Easton

Author of m/m romance books and stories

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Blog Tour: “Heartifact” by Aisling Mancy

December 3

 Join me in welcoming Ash to our blog today with his newest novella, Heartifact!

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Net proceeds benefit the The Trevor Project in the US,

le Refuge in France, and Arcigay in Italy

Heartifact is available from

Men Over the Rainbow

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THE VALUE OF WHOLESOMENESS IN STORY TELLING

When I set out to pen a story, I look to include wholesomeness as often as possible. While it is partially because it represents an ideal—and what better way to achieve escapism and entertain ourselves than with the ideal—but because “goodness” is something most of us naturally identify with and strive for. The friendship that Harper and Stick share in Heartifact is based upon “goodness” and it shines through in a number of places in the story. I hope you enjoy reading Heartifact as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

EXCERPT:

After being away, his kitchen seemed foreign to him, and dismay swept his mien when he remembered he might not have coffee in the freezer. He opened the door and riffled through the contents proudly displaying freezer burn. No coffee. He sighed and closed the door as his phone rang. He looked at the caller ID and was relieved to see it wasn’t Donny.

“Hey, Stick.”

“Welcome back, Harp! You up for grub?”

Stick, whose real name was Maggie, piloted remotely operated underwater vehicles, or ROVs. Hence the nickname “Stick.” He’d met her on his first internship dig and she’d quickly become his best friend. She was easy and comfortable, and could read his mind; she knew when he needed silence and when he needed to laugh. She was a woman without a vagenda, and occasionally made him wish he liked the opposite sex.

“Coffee,” he grunted.

“Grab your astrolabe and chart a course to that illusive island known as my car.”

“Can I wear a towel?”

“Sure. I’ll protect you.”

He smiled to himself as he terminated the call and went to get dressed.

“Whoa! You wear dark well!”

Harper snorted as he climbed into the convertible and kissed Stick’s cheek. “I see you managed to protect your lily-white ass from the sun.”

She shrugged as she put the car in gear and sped off without so much as a gander in her rearview mirror. “What can I say? I am the undersea drone you’re looking for.”

Thank Poseidon, she didn’t pilot ROVs the same way she drove a car. He imagined a fifteen-fish pile-up on the Bimini Road and suddenly chuckled to himself.

“What?”

“Nothing.”

They rode in companionable silence until they reached John O’Groats on Pico Boulevard. Graced with a rare parking space in front of the place, she crammed the car against the curb at a slant.

“You may want to straighten it out.”

“You got something to say about my parking?” she demanded as she hopped out.

Harp couldn’t help but grin as he got out of the car. “Not a chance. I like my head on my shoulders.”

She put an arm around his waist and looked up at him, her green eyes bright in the morning sun. “Smart man.”

He put an arm around her shoulders and guided her inside. The wait for a table was almost an hour and they opted to sit at the counter. Harper perused the menu and decided on Huevos O’Groats. Three months of Aussie Vegemite had nearly killed him.

They ordered food and Stick handed the menus to the waiter. “How was it?”

“I didn’t think I could detest sediment more than I already did.”

She grinned. “Do you know something I don’t know? I mean, how do you propose to avoid it in this line of work?”

“They’re destroying the reef, Stick,” he said in disgust.

She winced. “I couldn’t imagine being part of that.”

Harper sighed. “Donny showed up this morning.”

She rolled her eyes. “I ignored him while you were gone. Couldn’t take the whining.”

“I slammed the door in his face in favor of reconciliation with my plastic.”

She smirked. “Drum and I split.”

Harper couldn’t help it. His jaw hung agape. They’d had a near-perfect marriage for eight years.

“Yeah,” she said softly. “It was time.”

“Talk?”

She met his even gaze. “He’s been screwing everything above sea level. Can’t handle me being away.”

“I’m sorry, Stick. Are you going to be okay?”

“I don’t know.”

He’d never seen her forlorn and it tore at his heart. He put an arm around her and gave her a hug. She buried her face against his shoulder for a moment before withdrawing and pulling herself together. “Fucker.”

“Motherfucker,” he agreed.

“Asshole.”

“Motherfucking asshole.”

She suddenly smiled. “I knew you’d understand.”

 

Thanks for having me on your blog, Eli! Go read Heartifact! It’s a great book. Besides, you can enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card and two signed books from me!

 

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About Heartifact

Harper Kidd is a highly respected marine archaeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.

Harper’s spirits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.

When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and saving the pelora he’s fallen in love with.

 

Heartifact is available from Men Over the Rainbow

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Read an excerpt on Love Bytes Reviews!

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About Aisling Mancy

Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Ash does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

 

Find Ash on blog, Twitter @AislingMancy, Facebook, Google+,

Goodreads, Booklikes, Dreamspinner Press Author Page, and Amazon!

 

Guest Post: Hot Librarians (Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles blog tour)

November 28

Eli Easton on Merry Christmas, Mr Miggles ~ Guest Blog Rafflecopter Giveaway

I’m visiting Prism Book Alliance today with a guest post about hot librarians. And there’s a giveaway too!

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Eli Interviews Audiobook Narrator Tristan Wright

November 23

Today I’m guest posting on Gay Book Reviews and I interview Tristan Wright, audiobook narrator for “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”, “Unwrapping Hank”, “Superhero” and many other grea audiobooks. There’ a giveaway too!

CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW.

This is part of the blog tour for “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”.

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Two new releases for the holidays!

November 15

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In November I’m releasing 2 books. I won’t have another release until February. So check these out.

“Falling Down” is now available. I’ll post a buy link in the comments below. It’s a fall-themed, hurt-comfort story about a homeless youth who travels to New English to see the fall leaves and then end his life. Fate intervenes and he meets a troubled former Marine who saves them both.

“Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles” is my Christmas story for the year (NOV 23). It’s a feel-good holiday story about Toby, a small town junior librarian, who has to save his boss (Mr. Miggles) and the library’s Christmas. It’s a May-Dec contemporary romance with humor and a minor dollop of angst. Cover by Reese Dante. Isn’t it pretty?

BUY LINKS:

FALLING DOWN:

Exclusively on Amazon for the first 90 days, then generally available.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. MIGGLES:

Now available for pre-order (release Nov 23rd)

ON AMAZON

ON ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS

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Desktop Post: Falling Down

November 9

Nov 9, 2016 is the release day for “Falling Down”. This is a contemporary m/m romance set in New Hampshire in the fall. As is my tradition, this is my release day “Desktop” post, where I share images that inspired the story.

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Here’s the blurb:

Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.

Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.

Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.

The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?

Desktop Images:

Josh Rivers

Josh, 18, is from Alabama. He’s been living on the streets for three months, having left home after his mother died. Josh was extremely close to his mom, who was a single mother for most of Josh’s life. Her sudden death left Josh emotionally traumatized and without any financial or emotional support. Not seeing an easy way off the streets, or any point in trying, Josh is planning to take his own life at the begining of the book. But then he meets Mark.  Josh’s exterior was inspired by Adam Driver. He’s very thin but has a large frame and big features.

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Mark Sullivan

Mark, 24, is New Hampshire born and bred. The youngest of five boys, Mark grew up trying to emulate his macho older brothers and father and in denial about being gay. He went into the Marines to prove himself, but instead learns he can’t stand combat and loathes everything about war. After being discharged , he questions his own courage and everything about himself. He’s still in the closet to his family.

When I was looking for visual inspiration for Mark, the closest I found is Jeremy Renner.

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Bigler’s Pond

Most of the story is set at Bigler’s Pond in a fictional town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This photo was the inspiration for Bigler’s pond, with its covered bridge and surrounding gold leaves in the fall.

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The White Mountains

Josh decides to travel to New England to see the fall leaves since it was one of his mother’s long-cherished dreams. He ends up in Gainsville, New Hampshire in the White Mountains. This is a fictional town but  the area is based on Jackson, New Hampshire, pictured below.

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I’m not even sure where the photo below was taken, but it still inspired me! I immersed myself in fall vibes to write this book.

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Mrs. Fisher’s house

Mark hires Josh to help him paint a huge old Victorian house with tons of gingerbread trim, like the house below.

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Josh has ambitions to be an artist (though he doesn’t always admit it, even to himself). At one point in the book he thinks about a series of paintings that would have a similar feel to photos by these two photographers (whom I love).

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The hike at Mount Chocorua
Mark takes Josh on a local hike.  This is a real hike/location and I wish I was there!
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The rescue

I had some help with my rescue/medical scenes from Claire, who is an EMT in New Hampshire. Below is a photo I found online of an emergency tent of the sort the police in the area might carry.

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Also, this extremely well-written article for Outside magazine gave me a lot of help researching hypothermia.

 

That’s it for this desktop. Although “Falling Down” is one of the more angsty tales I’ve written, I tried to give it a melancholy sweetness. And of course there’s an HEA!

This book will be on kindle unlimited for 90 days, then on all platforms.

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“Falling Down” — new release coming Nov 9

November 6

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I have a new release coming up fast! I wanted to write a quick fall-themed novella to self-pub this fall, and I started working on the idea during the UK Meet trip while walking in the Cotswolds. But my heroes, Josh and Mark, had too much of a story to tell for it to be either quick or a “little novella”. So here we are, 69K words later, just squeaking the book out for kind-of-sort-of still fall on Nov 9.

It’s probably the angstyist book I’ve written but it has sweet moments and, of course, a happy ending. There will be a trigger warning on it for suicidal thoghts. Here’s the info:

BLURB:

Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.

Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.

Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expected that he’d be the one to fall.

The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?

GOODREADS LINK:

Here it is on Goodreads.

GIVEAWAY AND FIRST EXCERPT:

You can read the first chapter and enter a giveaway here.

WHERE YOU CAN GET IT:

The book will be Kindle Unlimited for the first 90 days, then on all platforms including ARE and Barnes & Nobel. It isn’t up for pre-orders, but will be available on Nov 9.

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Giveaway and “Falling Down” excerpt on Boy Meets Boy Reviews

November 6

I’m guest bogging on Boy Meet Boy Reviews for their anniversary today. I’m giving away a copy of any of my self-pubbed books or audiobooks and sharing the first excerpt from my Nov 9th release “Falling Down”. Enter the contest!

CLICK HERE

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Howl at the Moon: New audiobook and titles on ARE

August 10

There are a few new things going on with my “Howl at the Moon” series.

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The audiobook of “How to Wish Upon a Star”, narrated by Matthew Shaw, is now on audible! Click on the graphic above.

Also, the entire series, including “How to Wish Upon s Star” is again available on ARE:

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-howtowishuponastar-2086857-145.html

Cheers!

Eli

25% off “A Second Harvest” in DSP’s summer sale

August 1

Dreamspinner Press has a summer sale on right now at ARE. You can get 25% off some awesome new releases including “A Second Harvest”. Click on the banner below.

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“Birth of a Calf”: Guest Post

July 1

“A Second Harvest” just released today and kicked off a blog tour. Today I’m on The Novel Approaches with a guest post about the real life birth of our calf, Bessie, which inspired a scene in the book.  There are some pictures of me watching the birth, so a warning to the squeamish!

Guest Post and Giveaway: A Second Harvest by Eli Easton

 

 

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