TITLE: Bryan & Jase
SERIES: Something about Him
AUTHOR: A.D. Ellis
COVER ARTIST: Andrea Michelle
LENGTH: 52,000 words
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2016
BLURB: Jase Rafferty grew up hiding his sexual curiosities—until he meets Bryan Keating. Bryan’s sexual preference is no secret, and being deployed overseas together allows the two men to forge a solid friendship. The sexual attraction is undeniable, but after one lust-filled week, they must go their separate ways.
A year later, a chance meeting gives them one more weekend together, even though they know Jase can’t risk his military career or his family obligations to be with Bryan.
Several years pass before Jase finally accepts the desperate longing in his heart and body. But when fear and hatred threaten to tear them apart, Jase must make a tough decision, one that he isn’t sure he and Bryan can overcome. Together, they must choose to weather the storm or say goodbye forever.
**This is a male/male romance meant for ages 18+ due to adult language and adult situations.**
WHY MALE/MALE ROMANCE?
I started writing and publishing romance novels in 2013. I started with contemporary romance because that’s the genre I read and loved.
Then, in my second book, I wrote an epilogue with twin boys. The moment I wrote Decker and Sawyer’s names I knew Sawyer was gay. I had no clue at that point that anything would come from it because I hadn’t planned to write more than the first two books.
Skip ahead to the end of book four. Readers wanted more of Torey Hope, I wanted more of Torey Hope. It made sense to take the four male cousins and give them each a book in the spin off series. I had the order in my head from day one. Decker, then his twin Sawyer, then Zach, saving Kendrick for last. When I started Decker’s story, I realized quickly that I needed a gay man’s input to make sure I was writing Sawyer realistically.
I asked on Facebook, “I need the input of a gay man for help with a book.” I got a lot of input, lots of family members helping with what it was like when their gay son or brother or cousin came out. But one reader in particular put me in contact with her son. And so began a love affair. Not that kind of love affair. I fell in love with this young man’s heart, his intelligence, and his sense of humor.
Now, during this time period leading up to writing my first male/male romance, I had decided research was needed. Every good writer researches her subject. So I began reading male/male romance. Not just reading. Devouring. That was in 2014 and I’m still going strong. I read about a book a week, and 99% of those book are male/male.
Why? I love them. Plain and simple.
Why write male/male? I write what I love. What I love to read, what I love to share. I love writing because I can take a situation and make it turn out the way I want it to. I can take a crappy real-life situation and make it a beautiful scene with just a few little changes.
My newest series Something About Him was never meant to be a series. I have a dear friend in real life who has a bit of a crush on a straight friend. Knowing that straight friend will likely never reciprocate, I took the story and wrote it the way I wanted it to turn out. I shared the short story with my friend, just as a fictional gift to him. But somewhere along the way, I realized the short story could be a full-length story. And voila, Bryan & Jase was born. Like many writers, I took a couple dreams, a couple real-life situations, and planned out the next two or three books in the series.
I love male/female love stories. I love male/male love stories. In the end, I love love stories. I love to read them, I love to fall into them and lose myself, I love to tell them, I love to share them.
So, why male/male? My simple answer is, “Why not?”
A movement to my left caught my eye, and in the next second my heart seized in my chest. Bryan had put his hand on Grayson’s chest and my baby boy had immediately gripped his finger.
Blushing furiously, Bryan cleared his throat and husked out, “Wow, he’s got a tight grip.”
“Yep, you’re like his best friend for life now,” I joked. “Once he gets hold of something it’s like prying that fist open with the jaws of life to get it loose.”
I reached up to stroke my son’s hand. Electricity crackled between Bryan and me when our hands brushed together. His eyes held heat and longing when he drew his gaze up to mine. I smiled slightly and squeezed his hand almost as tightly as Gray was gripping his finger.
“Later,” was all I had the ability to mouth to him before the shuttle squealed into the hotel parking lot.
A.D. Ellis spends the majority of her days loving and wrangling two school-aged children and a husband before heading to the inner city of Indiana to teach a challenging group of alternative education students in grades third through sixth. Most days she hits the gym after school in hopes of running and lifting away the stress and headaches of the day before picking up her children and squeezing a whole day’s worth of loving and living into the too-short hours before bed. It’s no wonder Ms. Ellis lives for the slower, easier days she gets to enjoy on breaks from school.
Growing up in a small farming town in southern Indiana, A.D. is grateful to her mother for passing along the love of reading. With her nose constantly stuck in a book, Ms. Ellis became accustomed to friends and acquaintances snickering and shaking their heads at her love of reading.
A.D. never dreamed of being anything but a teacher, although there are certain times of the year when she laments her career choice. Ms. Ellis had a story idea floating in her head for about a year. After persistent prodding from a friend, A.D. put pen to paper and began writing her first story in October 2013. From that moment on, she was hooked. Taking the people and stories from her head and sharing them with readers is a scary, exhausting, rewarding, and fulfilling experience which A.D. plans to continue until there are no more stories banging around in her mind.
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