Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blog Tour for Steven's Heart

Hello! This is Ashavan Doyon and I'm here to talk a little bit about Steven's Heart.

Steven's Heart follows up on the events of Loving Aidan, my first Torquere release. (WHAT! You haven't bought it yet? hmmm. I see. Well this is easily solved. Go here and pick it up while it's 20% off. You won't be disappointed, though you may just want to see more of Steven. In fact I'm pretty sure you will want to see more of him, which would be why I wrote a whole book that's just Steven.)

So, now that you have your copy of Loving Aidan (you bought it, right? I know you did!), we can talk a bit about Steven's Heart. Steven was a really interesting character. He started as just a kind of cocky idea. Someone that stirred Aidan up and maybe would serve in some way to make Sammy jealous. And he does, but he also became something a lot more than that. I love it when that happens with characters, and while I'd love to see readers attach to Aidan and Sammy more, it was clear to me pretty quickly that everyone who read Loving Aidan wanted more of Steven.

And this is it. A whole book of Steven. From angsty to loving to brave, Steven really takes shape and becomes something special in Steven's Heart. I had a great deal of fun writing this character and learning all the mystery pieces. I think my subconscious must have loved Steven a lot, because looking back, there's a whole lot of things I set up that I had no idea I was setting up at the time. And because of that, we end up with a rich complicated character.

Steven starts the book torn up and spit out. I know a lot of readers were angry about that in Loving Aidan (and if they knew! They should have seen him hurting in the original drafts. Honestly it was much worse). We get to see it more honestly and completely here. And it's good, because that sort of loss should be hard. But it puts Steven in this place where he needs to understand, and to talk to someone who understands, and that creates some wonderful tension with the character of Michael. Steven has this completely captive audience, because Michael is in the hospital, incapacitated, unable to even see Steven because his face is bandaged up. But they start in this very tentative place of loss where they actually completely understand each other. Maybe they're the only two who can.

Of course there's drama, and Sammy and Aidan are still in the picture and there's more of Sarah, and for those of you who have read Loving Aidan, you know Sarah has all sorts of reasons to be upset with Steven. Writing Aidan was really interesting in the first book because Aidan is so carefully projected. Steven is very different, he's very much just who he is, but he's keeping secrets. And that's finally coming back to bite him, first with Sarah, and later in Steven's Heart with Michael.

No, I'm not saying what the secrets are. I think some readers will figure it out and others will be surprised, and I think that's good. But it's a fun surprise and I think it makes Steven a lot more human when we find out.

So, you want to buy it right? Of course you do. Blond, blue-eyed hunk searching for love? Lots to like. You can buy Steven's Heart here. You want more information? All right. I'm going to give you tons. But not all at once. At the end of this post there will be a proper blurb for the story. And maybe a link to an excerpt at Torquere. But before that, I want to talk to you about where I'll be, because I'm doing a blog tour and there will be LOTS of fun information about the story, my process, and about me, frankly. Also plenty about Steven.

Blog Tour info:
The tour kicks off tomorrow 8/29. Why tomorrow? My wires got crossed and there was a typo on my marketing form, so I thought the book released Friday. Which was silly, because Torquere always releases on Wednesdays, and if I'd been thinking I'd have remembered that.

8/29 Love Bytes Same Sex Romance Reviews
I'll be doing a lovely interview for Dani, the blog owner, about Steven's Heart.

8/30 Prism Book Alliance
I love books, and I'll be talking a little bit in my post about Steven's Heart, but also about books that influenced me.

8/31 Andrew Q. Gordon
Andrew is the author of Purpose, and was one of the first authors I met in the genre in a chat promoting his book. He's graciously agreed to host me.

9/1 The blog that must not be named (I really hope that's not ACTUALLY the name of a blog)
The mystery blog will be announced on my author facebook page soon. I'll be making an event for the blog tour as soon as I can breathe again.

9/2 The Kimi-Chan experience
I'll be discussing honesty in relationships in a guest post. This is actually very topical for Steven's character in particular, I think.

9/3 The Blogger Girls
This will be a spotlight and review post by Nikyta, the reviewer who originally reviewed Loving Aidan for the Blog of Sid Love (now Love Bytes). She liked Loving Aidan, so I have high hopes!

9/4 Gay. Guy. Reading. And Friends
A review and guest post about my journey into the genre of M/M romance.

9/5 Joyfully Jay
There will be an excerpt. And a guest post. And you won't see that excerpt anywhere else. Promise.

9/6 Rainbow Gold Reviews
I'm supposed to talk about something of particular interest to me. I'll probably decide after I write the other guest posts, because I don't want to overlap a lot, if that makes sense. But it should be interesting... I get rather passionate about things.

9/7 The Novel Approach
Discussion of second chance at love stories and how Steven's Heart fits into that idea.

I know, it's a LOT. Only half of them are written, so I've got a lot of writing to do in the next few days. I hope you all enjoy it. Steven's Heart is a great book. Before I forget... the blurb:

When a love triangle breaks, Steven Everett is left alone to grieve over a boyfriend lost to someone else. Surrounded by friends too tied to Aidan's new lover to give advice, Steven turns instead to a broken and beaten man, Aidan's other ex, Michael Rossier, who also knows the pain of having loved and lost Aidan. Steven's and Michael's confessions grow deeper, each confiding in the other until neither can deny an attraction. But being with Michael feels like cheating, and Steven isn't sure what to do. The connection get stronger every day, and Steven realizes he's facing an impossible choice.
To make a relationship with Michael work, Steven needs to make peace with Michael's troubled past. Even more terrifying, he'll have to tell Michael the secret he's never told anyone, not even Aidan. With Michael recovering from yet another surgery, Steven leaves to face the ghosts of the past. He has to be certain. This time, Steven knows, the decision means revealing the secrets of his heart and hoping their fragile feelings can survive.

Still want an excerpt? Find the full excerpt on Torquere's site.

Buy Steven's Heart now!

More information about the blog tour will be on my author page on facebook:
www.facebook.com/ashavandoyon.writer

And there will be a giveaway. For real. I'm even sending someone a signed copy of Loving Aidan (only US addresses though, sorry).

So I hope you heard something interesting about Steven's Heart -- there will be more over the next several days, I promise. Here's a special glimpse of a scene that didn't make it into the book.

You can always find me on facebook or on my website at www.ashavandoyon.com

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Author Extra: Steven's Heart by Ashavan Doyon

Steven's Heart
By Ashavan Doyon

When a love triangle breaks, Steven Everett is left alone to grieve over a boyfriend lost to someone else. Surrounded by friends too tied to Aidan's new lover to give advice, Steven turns instead to a broken and beaten man, Aidan's other ex, Michael Rossier, who also knows the pain of having loved and lost Aidan. Steven's and Michael's confessions grow deeper, each confiding in the other until neither can deny an attraction. But being with Michael feels like cheating, and Steven isn't sure what to do. The connection get stronger every day, and Steven realizes he's facing an impossible choice.

To make a relationship with Michael work, Steven needs to make peace with Michael's troubled past. Even more terrifying, he'll have to tell Michael the secret he's never told anyone, not even Aidan. With Michael recovering from yet another surgery, Steven leaves to face the ghosts of the past. He has to be certain. This time, Steven knows, the decision means revealing the secrets of his heart and hoping their fragile feelings can survive.

Available here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4263


Author Extra:

This bonus scene happens between chapters 4 and 5.

Steven watched from the hall. He didn't dare go in. Not with Sammy inside, holding Aidan's hand tight, oblivious to the tortured man staring at them through the window. Steven worked a bit of his bottom lip against his teeth and shut his eyes tight.

"His prognosis is better than Michael's," whispered a voice from just behind his left elbow. Addy's voice.

Steven nodded, swallowing hard. She was right. Aidan was going to be okay. Which meant Steven didn't really have a reason to watch. Except that he did. A reason that made Sammy sitting there with Aidan feel like someone had shoved a hot poker through Steven's heart. He turned his head rather deliberately from the window before opening his eyes.

"Hard to see them like that?" asked Addy.

Steven grunted an answer that might have had words. Even Steven couldn't be sure what they were supposed to be. He stared down the length of hall. Monitors and chairs and carts, even beds clustered against the walls. Somehow those details were easier to think about.

Addy touched his elbow lightly.

"You're very confused, aren't you?" asked Addy.

Steven glanced down at her. Adrienne Rossier was dressed, primly, professionally. She was always dressed like that. Knee length gray skirt, professional jacket, low cut but not too low, and the obligatory strand of pearls. It made her eyes sparkle and stand out. Did Michael's stand out that way? Were they the same brilliant mix of blue and green? Steven wanted to know and it wasn't just confusing. Steven let out a heaving breath, slowly, trying to imagine himself on the water. He glanced at Aidan's door, and then back down the hall toward where he knew Michael was waiting for him.

"It's too soon," he whispered, so soft he was surprised when Addy responded.

"Mika likes you." She managed a smile. "Rather a lot, I think."

Steven didn't look at her, his gaze was still fixed at the end of the hall. "You're leaving, aren't you?"

"He has you. The doctors agree. Right now, you're helping him more than I am."

"They won't--"

"It's all arranged. The doctors and nurses have word. You, and Aidan if he wakes up. But it's mostly going to be you." Addy's grip was strong as she grabbed his arm and turned him. "You take care of him." Her cheek was glistening in a trail from the outer edge of her eye down her cheek.

Steven looked over her head at Aidan's door and then back down the hall. His gut started to twist, whether over Aidan or Michael he couldn't be sure. Probably both. That would be about right for him. He thought about Michael for a moment. Bits of black hair sticking out from tight bandages. Pale skin bruised to almost black. Long fingers. Fingers that felt so right in his hand and so good when they squeezed his.

"What if it gets serious?" asked Steven, brutally pushing aside the feelings that wanted to erupt as a tear formed in his eye. Feelings about Aidan. He couldn't have Aidan. He'd never have Aidan again. Aidan chose someone else.


Addy seized his chin, and forced him to look at her. "I'd love that," she said. Then she patted him lightly on the cheek and slowly walked away, her heels clicking against the tile with every step.

New Releases are here!!!

This week, we have selected titles from Ashavan Doyon and Katalinya Palokova on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Steven's Heart
by Ashavan Doyon
334 pages / 88600 words 
ISBN: 978-1-61040-797-7
$7.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4263
Blurb:
When a love triangle breaks, Steven Everett is left alone to grieve over a boyfriend lost to someone else. Surrounded by friends too tied to Aidan's new lover to give advice, Steven turns instead to a broken and beaten man, Aidan's other ex, Michael Rossier, who also knows the pain of having loved and lost Aidan. Steven's and Michael's confessions grow deeper, each confiding in the other until neither can deny an attraction. But being with Michael feels like cheating, and Steven isn't sure what to do. The connection get stronger every day, and Steven realizes he's facing an impossible choice.
To make a relationship with Michael work, Steven needs to make peace with Michael's troubled past. Even more terrifying, he'll have to tell Michael the secret he's never told anyone, not even Aidan. With Michael recovering from yet another surgery, Steven leaves to face the ghosts of the past. He has to be certain. This time, Steven knows, the decision means revealing the secrets of his heart and hoping their fragile feelings can survive.

The Stonechild Betrothal
by Katalinya Palokova
65 pages / 20400 words 
ISBN: 978-1-61040-798-4
$3.99
Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4264
Blurb:
Estli is a professional bodyguard and fighter for hire who stumbles on a job that looks like easy money: escort a cursed magician named Maurin Stonechild from a remote mountain village to the bustling town of Plains City to investigate an offer of arranged marriage. Complications begin right away, of course. Maurin's curse is the stuff of legend. He is one of twelve people, referred to as the stone children, who were cursed at birth to carry a physical manifestation of their birthstone on their bodies. The stones give them enhanced but dangerous magical abilities, and many of them are feared and living in seclusion.
Maurin's identity alone would be enough to make Estli think twice about the job, but the identity of the man Maurin has been asked to marry is even more startling. Riven Glassweaver is an infamous underworld fixture with a reputation for acquiring powerful magical artifacts. Like, say, amethyst crystals harvested from the skin of a magician or, worse yet, the magician himself. Eventually convinced to take the job because he is unwilling to leave it to less capable hands, Estli runs across one final complication: Maurin is exactly his type, and the feeling is mutual.
Coming Next Week...

Herc's Mercs: Line in the Sand
by Ari McKay
Movie star Jon Baldwin knows being attracted to his bodyguard is the ultimate clich̩. But when he and Alec Davis are trapped together in a flash flood, struggling to stay alive, he realizes he wants to spend the rest of his life with Alec Рno matter how short a time that might be.

Genre: Contemporary/Action-Adventure
Ordinary Heroes, Four Drew Zachary stories
by Drew Zachary

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On sale this week...

This week, we have selected titles from Ashavan Doyon and Katalinya Palokova on sale for 20% off! Check 'em out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

Monday, August 25, 2014

BDSMonday - Character Interview With Liam From Night Out



It's BDSMonday!

I was tagged to do a character interview by Elyzabeth M. VaLey. When I signed up for it, I thought I would be posting an interview with one of her characters...but I was mistaken. Seeing as it's a Monday, I decided to hit two subs with one flogger (*heh*) and interview Liam from the kinky story I have out right now, Night Out. So, without further ado, it's my great pleasure to introduce...Liam!

(This interview is mildly spoiler-y if you haven't read Night Out)





Q: How long have you and Jason been together?
A: We've been dating for three years, and we moved in together about...nine months ago. We met through a mutual friend and really hit it off. I've never eaten so well in my life. I have no idea how I survived before I met him, how I didn't starve to death.

Q: When did you 'come out' to Jason as kinky?
A: I think it was after our second or third date. We were at his house. He'd cooked us dinner--pasta, I don't remember what he called it, but it had red sauce and it was amazing--and we'd shared a bottle of wine. We definitely weren't drunk, but we weren't exactly sober either. He'd lit some candles. All the lights were off and we were sitting on his couch, listening to music. I don't remember what I said, but he playfully grabbed my wrist. And...well, I liked it. And it was pretty obvious that I liked it. So he grabbed my other wrist, and things...went from there! I never really had to say it out loud, we just figured it out together.

Q: Who makes most of the decisions for the two of you?
A: Definitely Jason! He's very particular and he likes things a certain way. Most of the time I'm not bothered by his systems, so it's not a source of conflict between us. If you mean in the bedroom...I'd say I'm slightly more of a bottom, both sexually and...kinkily? But we both switch.

Q: Were you interested in BDSM before you met Jason?
A: Yeah, I was. I hadn't felt comfortable enough with anyone I was dating before him to try anything really kinky, but I always feel completely safe with Jason. We haven't done anything really "hard core" and we're taking it slowly, but I've been able to tell him all of my fantasies, and he's told me all of his. We've tried a few of them. Some have been amazing, others...well, they're better as fantasies!

Q: What kinky activity did you want to try most?
A: I don't know if it counts, but the thought of fisting has always really turned me on. When I actually tried it, though, I found out it really wasn't my thing. I've always been curious about bondage, and that I like! I'm not sure I was quite ready for Jason's Valentine's surprise, and it's not something I would have asked for, but I can't deny that I had an amazing time.

Q: Where do you think he'll take you next year?
A: I have no idea. He works from home, so he has lots of time alone to think of all sorts of amazing, fiendish plans. It'll probably push my comfort zone a little, because that's how he is, but I trust him to come up with something mindblowing.

Coming This Week

Coming This Week...
The Stonechild Betrothal
by Katalinya Palokova
As a professional bodyguard in a magical city, Estli has survived a lot of close calls, but he's never fallen in love with a client, thwarted an ancient curse, and challenged an evil magician to a fistfight all in the same week. There's a first time for everything, right?

Genre: Fantasy
Steven's Heart
by Ashavan Doyon
Bonding over the loss of your first love with his ex shouldn't be soothing. It certainly shouldn't make the heart flutter. But it makes Steven's heart race.
Genre: Contemporary, Drama

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Night of the Jackal





Do you remember what movie first made you jump? For me, it was the classic and B-rated monster movies. As a child I would watch Scream- In with Dr. Shock, a horror host in the Philadelphia area. I loved all the old black-and-white monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. My favorite, even as a child, was Lon Chaney Jr. as The Werewolf. I`m not sure what drew me to that character so powerfully, but to this day I have a soft spot for shapeshifters.

When I saw the call for submission for Dawg Days, I knew I had to pen a tale to submit. I already have one shifter book on the market, An Erie Halloween, from Torquere Press. Another in the series, An Erie Operetta, will be released in early 2015. For this anthology I wanted to do something a bit different but wasn`t sure what. Then I stumbled across some Kurdish folk music while looking for a music prompt to share with my local writers group. And there it was. The answer to what I would submit. With that beautiful music as inspiration, I crafted an M/M fantasy short story called Night of the Jackal about two jackal shifters on a world far different than ours.




Blurb: Sahl and Jasim are outcasts. Alone on a world covered with shifting sands, the two males live and love day by day, eking out an existence. One night, hunger drives Jasim, the largest of the two jackal shifters, into recklessness. Leaving Sahl behind, Jasim crosses the river in the hopes of stealing food from a resting caravan.

It is Sahl that relays the story of this night. Of how he, the weaker of the pair, must face many dangers to locate, and hopefully free, his lover from a terrible fate. Can Sahl find his mate in time, or will both males end up as new pelts upon the Madr Pash drying racks?





Excerpt:

            I groom myself as I wait, seated under the cool gaze of the moon sisters. I clean my snout with my paw as a slow drum beat erupts from the Madr camp. I am not aware of when our kind left the other humans. We know hatred from the non-skin wearers caused us to move into the desert. That is all we know of it. That slight has never been forgiven. The travelling bands use us as a means to frighten their children, telling them sand jackals will carry them off if they wander from camp. I have never stolen a child. I have found their small bones in the sands and gnawed upon them, for the core is tasty. This caravan is known as Madr Pash. They are famed for being great hunters. My stomach rumbles. Oh, what I would give for a fish! A large red one such as we see rising to the surface of the river when the sun brothers kiss the moon sisters in greeting.

            A shout from the Madr camp startles me. My head jerks to the side. The sound was quick, sharp, but still it lingers in the wide width of my pointed ears. I shoot to my paws. Jasim! A loud hoot bounces over the silver sands. A dark fear overtakes my heartbeat. I shake the dread away. Jasim needs my help. Even if I am the smaller one in size, I am just as stalwart as Jasim. I jump from the rock to the craggy riverbed. The going is slow, difficult. My paws slip into between the smooth, wet rocks. Across the river, voices rise in song. Clapping erupts. I pick my way along, wincing when a claw is bent backward. The moon sisters are fat. They guide me.

*~*




Author Bio:

            V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers,  comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a steer named after a famous N.H.L. goalie,  a pig named after a famous President, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

            When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, fresh cup of java in hand.

I love to meet new friends and fans! You can find me at-



More V.L. Locey Torquere Press books:

Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse (Part of the He Loves Me For My Brainssss anthology), Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse 2:It Came From Birmingham, Love of the Hunter, Goaltender`s Penalty, All I Want for Christmas, Every Sunday at One (Part of the 2013 Charity Sip Anthology).

And coming soon . . .Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse 3:He`s A Lumberjack And He`s Undead and Early To Rise - A Toms & Tabbies Tale.