Out Today: Grand Adventures


The Grand Adventures anthology is out today! Just a reminder that all proceeds go to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune help to manage the bills and expenses incurred as a result of Eric’s recent medical scare. And it has some amazing stories by some amazing authors, so check it out. Get it at: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | ARe

There’s a blog tour, and today kicks off at Sinfully Sexy book reviews, with a cool chance to win a signed print of the Grand Adventures cover. Enter here.

About Grand Adventures:

On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, “…it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey…” in a review of Eric Arvin’s Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over. 

The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric’s continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause. Thank you for joining us.

One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to TJ and Eric.

Foreword by S.A. McAuley
An Unexpected Thing by John Amory
The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk
When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste
Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown
The Jogger by KC Burn
Holding Court by Cardeno C.
For Dear Life by Mary Calmes
Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington
Stripped by Shae Connor (2nd edition, 1st edition published February 12, 2011 by Silver Publishing)
That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado
Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys
Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford
Last First Kiss by LE Franks
Tomorrow by John Goode
From Fantasy to Friends by CR Guiliano
Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick
A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane
Air (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett Leigh
An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllister
Stalking 101 by Moria McCain
Simple Desires by Tempeste O’Riley
Object of Care by Zahra Owens
Kid Confusion by Madison Parker
Fall Train by Jaime Samms
The Exhibition by Andrea Speed
What You Will by Tinnean
Prologue by Brandon Witt

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Grand Adventures


I’m really happy to be a part of this anthology – releasing at the end of the month, all proceeds go to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune help to manage the bills and expenses incurred as a result of Eric’s recent medical scare. Please do check it out.Pre-order at Dreamspinner Press

About Grand Adventures:

On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, “…it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey…” in a review of Eric Arvin’s Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over. 

The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric’s continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause. Thank you for joining us.

One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to TJ and Eric.

Foreword by S.A. McAuley
An Unexpected Thing by John Amory
The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk
When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste
Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown
The Jogger by KC Burn
Holding Court by Cardeno C.
For Dear Life by Mary Calmes
Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington
Stripped by Shae Connor (2nd edition, 1st edition published February 12, 2011 by Silver Publishing)
That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado
Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys
Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford
Last First Kiss by LE Franks
Tomorrow by John Goode
From Fantasy to Friends by CR Guiliano
Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick
A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane
Air (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett Leigh
An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllister
Stalking 101 by Moria McCain
Simple Desires by Tempeste O’Riley
Object of Care by Zahra Owens
Kid Confusion by Madison Parker
Fall Train by Jaime Samms
The Exhibition by Andrea Speed
What You Will by Tinnean
Prologue by Brandon Witt

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Andrew Grey

Andrew Grey gave me this photo, from one of his exotic vacations I think. I’ve got six inches of snow in my driveway. I’m gonna just pretend I’m here, right now.

I suck a great deal at updating, so sorry. I get busy, I forget to do things like feed myself, the cat, the blog. The Facebook page! The kids, they can rummage through the cabinets, thank God.

So to give you a quick update – people have been sick, snow has happened, lather, rinse, repeat. I drank some coffee. The zombie apocalypse has yet to happen.

I updated/ am writing two unplanned short stories, so that’s largely why I’ve been busy. One of them is a new lengthened version of Under the Full Moon for an anthology to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune. They’ve been through a lot and will probably have more struggles, so I wish them all the love and luck they can come by. Especially Eric, who I know has struggled with his health, surgery, etc, and I know it’ll be hard for TJ to have to be away from him. So the old free version of Under the Full Moon will be coming down from this site and from Goodreads soon and I hope you’ll buy the anthology to support Eric and TJ. Also, I’m working on a novella about two college guys who fall in love on a study abroad trip, because Mary Calmes told me to. I love Mary, and usually I listen to her.

So all of that was a break from finishing the sequel to Stripped Clean and I need to get back on that shortly, as well as a very important standalone project that I promised someone. I started on it a year ago and had to stop due to deadlines, and then things got logjammed. I’m looking for the time and space to do the story justice and hope to have it soon. Cross your fingers for me.

Big hugs, everyone.

— Ellis

Book Review! Another Enchanted April by Eric Arvin


So first, a caveat: I’m pretty sure I suck at book reviews. No, no, don’t go yet, sports fans! Practice makes perfect, right? And even if I suck at writing, I generally pick pretty good books. I mean, just look at that cover (sometimes you CAN judge a book by one, you know)! As my facebook buddy Jillian said, “I want to bite the tush.” *sigh* Truer words were never spoken. But since drool and teeth marks will void the warranty on your Kindle, I suggest actually reading this book. And of course, everything in here is my own personal opinion and nobody else’s, so if you don’t like it, please dial my customer service. So. Moving on…

Okay – I just love Eric Arvin. Not in the creepy stalker way, mind you (I don’t have the time or energy for such shenanigans *hides binoculars*), but aside from the fact that he is cute as a button, he has what I see as a truly unique writing style. I find it to be an interesting mix of elegance and quirky humor, he manages to slide in between deep point of view and something more like omniscient without bugging me in the slightest, and doesn’t mind poking fun at himself. Granted, I’m not the most well-read person on the planet, but I haven’t yet encountered another author who seems to write the way he does, and I find that to be refreshing and enjoyable.

So Another Enchanted April is about three friends who are all sort of stuck in their own ruts. Jerry is secretly in love with Doug, Doug is not so secretly in love with himself, and Tony is stuck in the kind of deep depression that comes from chronic pain and a broken body. The three decide to take a vacation in a small town at a stately B&B with the world’s most impressive garden (complete with terraces, hunky caretaker, magical enchantment, and a massive walk-in shower for parties).

Arvin has a gift for rich scene description and it comes in handy here, because without it the stateliness of the gardens or the B&B wouldn’t be able to come to life for the reader. As the three men are drawn into the magic of the garden, interesting things begin to happen: Tony starts to get brave, and to believe that he might be worthy of love after all. Jerry grows a backbone, and manages to take off the rose-colored glasses through which he’s been seeing his buddy. Doug manages NOT to get laid for a change, which causes him to do some deep thinking about himself (although he clings tenaciously to his self-absorbed partying ways). The emotional journey of each character is very relateable (if that’s even a word).

The supporting cast is fabulous as well, from the cook at the B&B who all but gives Doug a beat-down for hitting on her son to the poor bodybuilder who (bless his heart) hasn’t gotten laid in years because he passes out when he gets excited. Oh, yeah, and about the sex: since I write the erotic stuff, you might be expecting this to be a book full of sweaty manlove, but there is actually a lot more sweetness in the characters’ intimate interactions. Don’t let that deter you, there is still plenty of sizzle and heat, and I think the book is actually all the more enjoyable because a little is left to the imagination.

The story ends in such a way that I think Arvin could easily work in a sequel if he so chose, and I really hope he does. Even if he doesn’t, there’s enough to give the reader closure and draw their own conclusions.

So. Try it. You’ll like it. And check out Eric’s blog, which has more beefcake per square inch than you can shake a stick at. 😉