Hi there and welcome to my blog posting about he behind the scenes look into the making of my story, Moonlight Masquerade. I am a new author to the M/M genre and was thrilled when Torquere took a chance on me and my little story for their Fool for Love anthology. I love reading MM stories, be it a contemporary, paranormal or other genre as long as two people (or more lol) find their way to one another and happy ever after. I normally write about MF couples and for me to venture into the world of MM romance was, by far, the scariest thing I could do. I never prayed so hard in my life that it wasn't crap and I am really hoping the readers enjoy it.
I decided to write this little gem of a story about a baker who hates-I mean HATES-Valentine's Day and wishes he could hide away from all the sappy couples. Skylar is a man who is down on romance and love after a series of disastrous relationships that had his heart take a beating so as far as he is concerned, Valentine's is for suckers. That is until a mysterious admirer sets the stage for Skylar's happy ever after-that is if he lets himself believe he is worthy of love.
Moonlight Masquerade was that story and that was after I had Skylar screaming at me in my head. Can you imagine the looks I got at the library or other placers when I am muttering and talking to myself?! Yeah, I looked like I was a few sandwiches short of a picnic to say the least. *laughs* Needless to say I wrote this little story that could for a self-published anthology a few years ago but didn't want it to wither away. I took it out a few times, polished it up and continued to tinker with it until I was crazy then I would put it away in my file as I tried to decide what to do with it. Until I saw one of Torquere Press's submission calls I was just letting this book collect dust. So needless to say, sending this story out to them for consideration was nerve wracking and I was giddy when I saw they wanted it for this anthology.
So please, be gentle with me, it's my first time writing MM and I am really hoping you fall in love with Skylar and see just who this admirer that will give him a chance to see if he can take that risk of falling in love again. :-)
It’s Valentine’s weekend and for Skylar Everclear, it’s a holiday he wishes he could forget. Mysterious roses keep popping up on his doorstep. No idea what is going, a little disturbed by this secret admirer, he tries to forget it all since he just got rid of the latest line of loser boyfriends and just wants to do his job at the local bakery. But when he meets his new neighbor, Marc Douglas, he finds himself drawn to the quiet young man even as he tries to not let his libido take over. But on Valentine's Day, a mysterious rose again pops up with a note to meet his admirer that night. Will Skylar take a chance that love is right there waiting for him?
Shivering as he hurried to his car, Skylar fumbled with his keys before unlocking the door and sliding into the seat. Turning the heat up on high, he waited a bit before putting his car in drive to go home. All he wanted to do was grab a shower, order a pizza and veg in front of the television. He was so exhausted it wasn’t funny. Watching couples come into the bakery or men buying items for their partners/girlfriends was a downer to be sure. He never liked Valentine’s Day to begin with. He felt it was a holiday that Hallmark cards liked so they could guilt people into buying cheesy cards and florist could raise the prices of roses so high it was mind boggling. He never had a nice Valentine’s Day where a lover surprised him with dinner or gave him something romantic or funny or sweet. He was always alone on Valentine’s day and he tried to make sure he didn’t have to deal with people who were so sugary sweet they made his teeth ache. Finally feeling the car heat up, he drove off determined to not think of hearts, flowers and all the things associated to Valentine’s Day. It was for couples, people in love and not for him.
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Meet the Author:
D.M. Roberto is a lover of books and a compulsive reader. Venturing into the world of GBLT, Ménage and erotic romance, she found her new favorite genre to explore. With time and lots of Johnny Depp movies to inspire her, D.M. Roberto creates heartfelt stories that hopefully readers will enjoy and fall in love with. Living with her two kids, a significant other who supports her every move in writing and doesn’t seem to mind she gets up at 2 am to type away on the computer. She looks forward to creating stories that readers will love and enjoy.
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