Eli Easton

Author of m/m romance books and stories

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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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Gregory Crewdson and Richard Tuschman

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.

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.

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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

 

 

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

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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

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“How to Wish Upon a Star” Blog Tour

May 15

“How to Wish Upon a Star” Blog Tour

Here’s an update on the tour with links!

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Tour Stops — ENTER THE GIVEAWAY ANYWHERE

May 12, 2016 
Gay Book Reviews — Guest post “How to Become a Dog Lover” by Eli, plus reviews from Gigi, Belen, and Lily
Oh My Shelves Blog — Review

May 13, 2016 
V’s Reads  – Excerpt & Review

My Fiction Nook — Review

May 14, 2016 
Bike Book Reviews — Excerpt & Review

May 15, 2016 
Bayou Book Junkie — Excerpt & Review

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

May 17, 2016 
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews —
Sinfully Gay Romance BR – Monique —

May 18, 2016
The Novel Approach
Alpha Book Club

May 19, 2016 
Love Bytes

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