Monday, January 6, 2014

GIN & JAZZ @MorticiaKnight on #RomanceBeckons

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Writing fiction is the most amazing, exciting and gut-wrenching way to spend your time. At least for me it is. I began taking my self quite seriously around the age of twelve and as part of my dedication to the craft of writing, I subscribed to Writer’s Digest. I researched publishing houses and literary agencies. I practiced composing the perfect query letter. I even completed a three book detective series ala Harriet the Spy. I had the unmitigated nerve – or stupidity – to send my manuscript to Little, Brown & Co.

In a shocking development, I did not get published. I did, however, receive a nice little handwritten note at the bottom of the form letter stating that my writing was very good for someone my age and that I should send my manuscript to another house. I was crushed. Devastated. I stopped writing. Then there was a twenty year side trip through the less than glamorous world of rock ‘n’ roll. Once I was able to write something again without feeling the compulsion to rhyme every sentence, I landed right back into the world of fiction. And romance.

These days, I can’t get enough of gay erotic romance. I found a niche that feeds my soul and keeps my fingers tap, tap, tapping away. I have the enthusiastic support of my friends and family - and that means the most to me. I also have some wonderful readers who have been kind enough to share with me when something touches them.

On a completely random side note, I am an out of control Lord of the Rings geek (yes – that includes the whole Hobbit thing too), and I write to DJ trance and techno music. My bearded dragon, Chumsley, is in a cage nearby and offers a good distraction when I get stuck on a particular scene. I live on the Oregon Coast which would be perfect, except when the high winds knock the power out and I only have an hour of battery life left in my laptop. Or, I’m out of chocolate.

Currently I am in the middle of the Gin & Jazz series which will eventually feature seven books. The first four tell the story of the orphan Jack, and how the vultures of Hollywood change him until he eventually escapes their clutches and find his true love. Then there will be three spin –offs that tell the stories of the men Jack meets along the way, and how they achieve their own happily-ever-afters.


Gin & Jazz Series Blurb:
The 1920’s are filled with gin, jazz, and the promise of easy money. When the young and innocent Jack heads to Hollywood with his best friend and lover – he believes that everything will be magical for them. They just need to stick together, no matter what.

The celluloid kingdom demands a hefty price from all who want a piece of the dream. Sacrifices must be made if you want to be a part of the glitz and glamour. Flappers, screen idols and the men behind the star-making machine all conspire to interfere with Jack’s happiness. Along the way, many of Hollywood’s players discover that unfortunately, sometimes dreams do come true.

Hollywood Bound (Gin & Jazz 1) Blurb:
Sweet and innocent nineteen year-old Jack has loved the older and more street wise Nick from almost the first time he met him. Nick has taken care of him ever since Jack arrived in New York after he was beaten and thrown out of the boy's orphanage for messing around with one of the guys there. They share a passion for silent films and have dreams of heading west to make their fortunes building sets for the studios. If only Nick felt the same passion for Jack, and wasn't already engaged to a gal back in Philly.

Nick's temper sometimes gets the best of him, but that's only because he worries about Jack — Nick is all the poor kid has. But he's also terrified about the way he's been feeling towards Jack lately. They're the kinds of feelings he should be having for his fiancĂ©—Penelope—and never for a man. His only goal is to get them both to Hollywood, where he's sure they'll be rolling in the dough in no time, and where everything will all work out the way it should.

Hollywood isn't exactly what they'd thought it would be. There are plenty of gin joints, jazz, money, parties and sex—but everything comes with a hefty price. Everyone they meet—from Trixie Fox, the ditzy up and coming starlet, to Bernie, the foreman who gets them their first studio job—seems to have a hidden agenda. Can the newfound love between Jack and Nick survive the tawdry mess that makes up the glitz and glamour of the celluloid kingdom, or will their own secrets tear them apart forever?

Razzle Dazzle (Gin & Jazz 2) Blurb:
Jack is devastated by the loss of Nick, his best friend and lover. His only other friend, new Hollywood star Trixie Fox, comes to his rescue. What he doesn’t know, is that she’s also helping Roman Pasquale in his carefully planned seduction of the shy and innocent Jack.

Suave film screen idol—Roman Pasquale—has been obsessed with Jack Stone from the moment he spotted him at a Global Studios party. He will stop at nothing until the golden-haired young man belongs to him. An expert at getting what he wants, Roman plans every wicked word, look and move to bring him closer to achieving his prize.

Jack is on the brink of stardom, and can’t believe that his movie star crush, Roman Pasquale, is taking an interest in him. But he resists the older, more sophisticated man’s attempts at seducing him. After all, he still loves Nick, and just isn’t ready to try again with anyone else. But when Roman turns on the charm, Jack is tempted. Can Roman replace Nick in Jack’s heart? Or is the magical world of the great Roman Pasquale all an illusion?

Tarnished Glitter (Gin & Jazz 3) Blurb:
Jack has given himself completely to screen god Roman Pasquale – body and heart. Jack forces himself to let go of the promise of what could have been with Nick, and focus on the enchanted moments with his film star lover instead, despite Roman’s jealous and controlling behaviour.

Roman’s paranoia and fear about losing the much younger Jack threatens to destroy the only real happiness Roman has ever had. Jack is a wonder and a gift to him, yet he can’t seem to just accept their charmed life together – he is determined to make Jack into the perfect partner. He believes that constant sexual attention, lavish gifts, and declarations of love will ensure that Jack never has a reason to leave him.

The pressures of being on the silver screen and being the lover of a demanding movie idol is difficult for the sensitive young man to handle, and Roman’s increasingly erratic behaviour only adds to his stress. Unwanted attention from other men and a startling revelation from movie star Trixie Fox add to Jack’s confusion. All he’s ever wanted was true love, so how can he give up on Roman and the star’s promises of forever?
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