Eli Easton Author of m/m romance books and stories
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“Five Dares” cover reveal!

June 21

The cover reveal for “Five Dares” (Riptide, Oct 2, 2017) is now up with RT Book Reviews. CHECK OUT THE COVER HERE!

This is a New Adult m/m romance with two best friends who just graduated from college.  Here’s the blurb:

Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he’s convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.

But hey, nothing gets the “terrible duo” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Nantucket. As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities—including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don’t just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.

But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.

If you liked my other NA romances like “Blame it on the Misteltoe” and “Unwrapping Hank”, you’ll love “Five Dares”.

You can pre-order here.

Eli

Five Dares – now up for pre-order!

June 16

 

Announcing Five Dares! This 70K word novel is coming out from Riptide on Oct 2, 2017. It’s a light, fun, NA romance. If you liked my “Blame it on the Mistletoe” or “Unwrapping Hank”, you’ll love this one.

BLURB:

Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he’s convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.

But hey, nothing gets the “terrible duo” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Nantucket. As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities—including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don’t just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.

But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.

PRE-ORDER LINK:

http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/five-dares

Eli

Desktop Post: Snowblind

March 1

Mar 1, 2017 is the release day for “Snowblind”. This is a contemporary m/m romance suspense story published under the Dreamspun Desires line by Dreamspinner Press.

Here’s the blurb:

Snow, steam, and secrets.

The latest snowstorm carries something unexpected to the doorstep of Hutch’s secluded Alaskan cabin: a stranger named Jude, the most beautiful man Hutch has ever seen. Jude says he’s in the area for a ski trip and that he fled a domineering lover, thinking he could make it into town. But Hutch is a suspicious SOB and treats his unwanted guest warily. The problem is Jude isn’t just gorgeous, he’s funny and smart and flirtatious.

Two gay men snowed in for three days—things happen. Really good things. By the time the storm clears, Hutch finds himself a little too attached to Jude Devereaux, San Francisco-based male model. But is Jude what he claims to be? Or is he entangled in the secrets Hutch moved to Alaska to escape?

<Note: To avoid spoilers, the blurb doesn’t go very deeply into the plot.>

DESKTOP POST

This is a very plot-intense romantic suspense story with two hot alpha males. I don’t want to give any of the plot away, so I’m going to stay very vague with my descriptions. This will probably make the most sense to those who have already read the book.

Here are some visuals to go along with the story that I researched or used for inspiration while writing. These are Googled images and they don’t belong to me, nor are they published in the book.

HUTCH

Hutch is an ex special forces guy living in a remote Alaskan ski town. He’s a big guy, very tough, sort of like the larger man in this photo below. I didn’t really have a specific face in mine when I wrote him, though I can see him in my head. He’s a bit beaten up, like an older boxer.

JUDE

Jude was inspired by Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders is a BBC drama about a family of gangsters in Birmingham (UK) in the early 1900’s. Cillian Murphy plays the head of the family. It’s a terrific show if you haven’t watched it.

ALASKAN CABIN

The first third or so of the novel is set in a cabin in Alaska during a snowstorm. The photos below show cabins in about the right size with steep roofs, like in the story. (Yes, the roof is important. You’ll see.)

Hutch’s Alaskan cabin is in an area with spectacular aurora borealis.

Weapons

I’m not much of a gun person (or at all), but for this story I had to research lots of weapons, because Hutch definitely is a gun person. Here are some goodies from his arsenal.

Flash bangs

Hand gun and clip

Mini grenade launcher

M41 rocket launcher (used in the story when Hutch wants to make a big impression)

Hutch’s “Whites” — military uniform to blend into snowy landscapes

 

Spanish Villa

Later in the story, there’s a Spanish-style villa on the coast in Brazil. It’s of new construction and fairly ostentatious. Some visual inspiration I used:

Epilogue

Here’s a quiet beach in Cuba that helped inspire the epilogue.

 

That’s it for this desktop. I hope you enjoy the twisty-turny plot and suspense in Snowblind as well as the very hot Hutch and Jude!

Here’s a link to the Amazon Page.

Eli

Snowblind releases tomorrow!

February 28

Mar 1, 2017 is the release day for “Snowblind”, my new romantic suspense novel from Dreamspinner.

Check out the excellent early reviews on Goodreads.

You can pre-order on Amazon or Dreamspinner and get it delivered to you after midnight tonight!

You can read the first chapter here (end of the page).

My desktop post about the book will go live on this site tomorrow morning at 8am EST. I also have a few blog tour stops arranged, which I’ll post here.

Exciting! This book is a bit different for me as it’s the first time I’ve written two very alpha males and a romantic suspense plotline. I hope you all like it.

Eli

 

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

Eli

“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.

Eli

“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

 

 

Desktop: “A Second Harvest”

July 1

July 1 2016 is the release day for “A Second Harvest”. This is a new contemporary romance featuring a May-Dec couple. It’s set in Lancaster County, PA, where I live, and is the first in a new series called “Men of Lancaster County”. This is a stand-alone story and doesn’t have a cliffhanger ending. Future books in the series will feature different couples and unconnected story lines.

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Here’s the blurb:

David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm. He married, had two children, and goes to church every Sunday. Now with his kids both in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now that he’s thirty years old, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city and get his life back in order. His aunt left him a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and he heads there to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring, despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s exuberant creativity latches on to cooking, and he started gourmet-ing up a storm, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd-couple find they enjoy spending time together. A lot.

Christie challenges all the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he’d buried long ago. Can he find the courage to break free of the past and take a second chance at happiness?

Desktop Images:

As is my habit on release day, I’m posting images that inspired me while I was working on this story, or images that just remind me of the story. Here we go.

David Fisher

David, 41, is a Mennonite farmer. He feels much older than he actually is, having been widowed and having two grown kids in college. He lives alone on his Pennsylvania farm and has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. Below is a stock image I found that reminded me of David.

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Christie Landon

Christie, 30, is a sophisticated New Yorker and a graphic artist who works for an advertising agency. He’s a rather infamous gay party boy in the Manhattan club scene until he relocates to the country temporarily to settle his late aunt’s estate–and moves in next to shy, serious David. Christie is fierce, stubborn, and knows his own mind. He’s also has a kind heart and is a generous and loyal friend.

The visual I had in mind for Christie is based on Max Carter, a star with Cocky Boys. Max is amazing! Look him up.

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David’s Farm

Well, once again, I have written our own 20 acre farm into a story. 🙂 Here it is with snow, like in one of the scenes in the book.

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You can see more pictures of our farm in this guest post I wrote for my Amish murder mystery. David’s farm is based entirely on our farm, though he has a lot more acreage of fields.

The birth of the calf

I wrote a guest post about this event with photos of me attending at our calf’s birth IRL. I’ll post the link here when the article goes live.

Bora Bora

David was born and raised on the Pennsylvania farm where he still lives. Being a farmer it was hard to ever get away from home to travel. So he feeds his closeted adventurer with a collection of National Geographic magazines. His favorite place in the world is Bora Bora. And eventually this makes for a rather special evening. Here are some photos from that (fictional) article on Bora Bora in David’s magazine.

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The Maori Exhibit

During the story, Christie takes David on a surprise trip to Philadelphia to view a travelling exhibit on the Maori of New Zealand. This was based on an actual travelling exhibit. Some pictures below.

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Philadephia Art Museum

Here are some photos of the gazebo at the Philly art museum they visit, and the exterior of the grounds.

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The Duplex in Brooklyn

The end of the book features a duplex in Brooklyn. Here are some reference shots I found online for the duplex.

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That’s it for this desktop. “A Second Harvest” is one that came from the heart. It’s about finding a second chance for happiness in life. I hope you enjoy it! You can read an excerpt and find purchase links on my page for A Second Harvest.

Eli

Cover Reveal: “A Second Harvest”

June 1

Today is the cover reveal for my upcoming novel with Dreamspinner, “A Second Harvest”. This is a May-Dec romance between a widowed Mennonite farmer and his new neighbor, a younger gay man. I’ve always loved May-Dec romances and had fun writing one for the first time. The book is due out Jul 1.

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Check out the cover, blurb, and first excerpt on Gay Book Reviews!

And here’s the Dreamspinner page with pre-order links.

Eli

May 26

How to Wish Upon a Star Blog Tour Banner

The blog tour for “How to Wish Upon a Star” is now complete. A million thanks to the blogs who hosted me and reviewed the book!

Tour Stops

May 12, 2016 
Gay Book Reviews — Guest post about my first dog
Oh My Shelves Blog — excerpt & review

May 13, 2016 
V’s Reads — excerpt & review
My Fiction Nook — excerpt & review

May 14, 2016 
Bike Book Reviews — excerpt & review

May 15, 2016 
Bayou Book Junkie — excerpt & review

May 16, 2016 
Kiki’s Kinky Picks — excerpt & review
 Joyfully Jay — excerpt & review

May 17, 2016 
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews — excerpt
Sinfully Gay Romance BR – Monique — guest post “Inspiring Milo: Therapy Comfort Dogs”

May 18, 2016
 The Novel Approach — Interview with Eli
Alpha Book Club — excerpt & review

May 19, 2016 
Love Bytes — Interview with Eli
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words – excerpt & review

Eli