La suite de Glitter Gabe, bientôt sur vos étagères !

Bonjour à toutes et à tous !

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Voici venu le moment tant craint par les auteurs (en général !). Le moment où le livre est presque tout prêt, que les derniers détails sont en train d’être fignolés, et qu’il nous faut annoncer la naissance de Bébé !
Eh bien, Bébé Numéro 7 a un nom ! Il est le second (c’est à dire, deuxième et dernier – pas de tome 3 à attendre) de la série Glitter, commencée avec Glitter Gabe en janvier dernier.
Le tome 2 s’appelle donc… (roulements de tambours s’il vous plaît !) : Fabulous Fabiola !

Découvrez l’origine du titre en lisant le résumé de l’histoire :

Après qu’Hugo ait révélé son rôle dans l’affaire ayant impliqué son ami Gabriel, Fabio ne veut plus entendre parler de lui. Son double-jeu a jeté le doute sur leur relation naissante. Alors le jeune homme reprend son train-train quotidien et son travail de concepteur-rédacteur dans une boîte de pub. Ce qui lui permet de tenir toute la semaine, c’est la perspective de retrouver son double féminin, Fabulous Fabiola, quand il monte sur scène pour se travestir durant les week-ends.

Mais le destin s’en mêle et les met de nouveau en contact. Fabio va-t-il parvenir à garder sa promesse et rester loin de lui ? Hugo peut-il prendre le risque de voir son homosexualité révélée dans son milieu professionnel ? Chacun a quelque chose à perdre en nouant des liens avec l’autre, mais l’amour ne vaut-il pas tous les sacrifices ?

Envie d’en savoir plus et de connaître l’intégralité des aventures de Fabio et Hugo ? Vous trouverez très bientôt le livre sur Amazon, en téléchargement légal en format Kindle, et en version papier. L’histoire fait environ 63 000 mots, sur 364 pages (version papier).

Voili, voilou !

Ah… j’oubliais ! La couverture…

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Elle est très différente de celle du tome 1 de la série. Celle de Glitter sera donc mise à jour pour s’accorder à celle-ci, qui est telle que je l’avais imaginée.
Allez je retourne à l’accouchement !!

Bebe-lisant
Belle journée et à très vite !

Alex

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A new beginning for a World of Dreams (Dreams, #2) by Alex C. Clarke

Hello everyone!

For once, I’ll make a Blog post all in English.

I hope you’ll bear with me. As you know it (well, most of you do), English is not my first language. I’m French, and I proudly write M/M fiction in my language. So please, excuse my… English! 🙂

As I have a lot of English-speaking friends online, (and because I found the challenge quite interesting), I decided to translate my first book myself. Last July, A New Dream was born. What you, my readers, did then felt incredibly good to me. You talked about this book, over and over and it was soon on the best seller charts in M/M romance. Of course, lots of people can do best sellers, but it was astounding for me, as a French writer, to have achieved such a goal. And it wouldn’t have happened without you!

Based on this oh-so-fragile success, I decided to do something a bit crazy. While I would be writing the second book in the Dreams series, I would have the story translated for a double-release in September. Hmm. I probably shouldn’t have. Note to self: never do that again.

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The book was doomed since the very beginning. The first translator I chose didn’t make it after chapter 7 because of her personal life getting in the way.  So, I had to find someone else. The second translator wasn’t used to being a translator in French (it was her first) and did what she could. The book was released with a delay of a month on the original schedule. That’s life…

I’m in love with Chris and Adam, my characters from A World of Dreams. If I will never forget my first, David and James from A New Dream, this second couple holds a particular place in my heart. To tell the truth, my personal life was falling apart while I was writing the book. Anyway, it went very well in French, hitting the best seller charts for a few days too. Woohoo! I thought. It will be a success in English too!

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Oh my, was I wrong.

You have no idea (except if you’re a writer!) what reviews can do to an author. It can be really -truly- deeeeeeply- devastating. I was so disappointed when I read the first reviews. « I loved the first book but what happened with this one? » « There is something awkward with the phrasing. DNF. » People, when you write reviews, just be aware that someone (aka the author) is probably behind his/her computer reading it. And it FREAKING HURT!

BUT!

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I’d like to thank you, yes you, readers who took the time to write a bad review. Because you made me realize that having it translated by someone else probably wasn’t the best move. That I should have done it myself, even if it would have delayed the release of the book. Some people where nice enough to tell me they liked the book, and a reviewer even wrote me a good (more like neutral) one. But no. Actually, I like it better when people are true to the text and tell if there is something wrong with the way the story is translated.

SO!

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What do you do when you know something you wrote with all your heart and in which you put so much love and compassion and life and energy, receives such a bad welcome? Well, you do as Rudyard Kipling instructed in If:

« If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
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Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son! »

I didn’t want to take it from the beginning and do it all over again myself. So I asked a few friends around about a good editor who could bring back my book to life… My friend Amanda talked to our common friend Louis Stevens, an amazing author of M/M romance. Long story short, he introduced me to his editor, PREMA Editing.

Let me tell you something. When I saw how many changes had to be done in the book-especially in the first chapters- I understood the complains and the bad reviews. So as soon as I realized how bad it was, I hit the « unpublish » button on Amazon. Seriously, I couldn’t bear the fact that my second baby was out there, knowing it was so badly translated/edited. I don’t blame anyone. It’s more a matter of accumulation, I think. Lots of bad luck…

Anyway! A NEW TIME HAS COME! 

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The book deserves a second edition. With the help of my lovely readers/ followers/friends in the M/M community, we can all make it work! Would you be okay to give me a hand and drum up some noise about the new release which should be by the end of the month?

 ARE  YOU WITH ME?

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Will you be there to make the second edition known to the world? If you’re in, please know that on the release day, I’ll organize a little giveaway to win copies of the book and goodies!

Stay tuned for the next episode!

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Thanks for taking the time to read my Blog post!

Love you all ♥♥♥

Alex xx

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A World of Dreams is out! Today on Amazon! ♥♂♂♥

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A World of Dreams is finally out in English!! 😀

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I couldn’t wait to tell you about this project and now the time has come!

This book would have never seen the light of the day without the help of my amazing editor, Dragonsfly Edits, who also goes by the name of Petra Howard. She also did my translation, this time. I can’t thank her enough for the astounding job she did, knowing she had very little time to achieve it! ♥

I’d like to thank Sam Thorne and Amanda Eisenthal, who did the last proofing. Thanks, my lovelies!! ❤

Jay Aheer is once again responsible for the gorgeous cover! You can check her out on her website  and her Society6 shop! She has simply crazy skills! ♥

How about I tell you about the blurb, now? Yes? Here we go!

Blurb

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Chris Flanagan has tried to find love so many times, he got tired of trying. On Christmas Eve, he has vowed himself to chastity for a full year. During this time, he’ll do his best to be true to himself and focus on what he really wants from life… But, that is without taking into account the arrival of his mysterious neighbor, Adam.

Adam Patinson looks like a tattooed thug and a biker to boot, who recently moved into the building next door. He’s temptation on legs and everything Chris should despise. And yet…

Will Chris be able to resist the Snake’s call in his Eden’s Garden? Especially when this snake appears to be anything but the macho thug he broadcasts?

It sounds intriguing, right? Yeah, I thought so! 😉 So how about a little excerpt now? Let’s see if we can get you to want to read the book! 😀

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First, an excerpt from Chris’ point of view…♥

And now, this man—who was only his friend, not family, not even his boyfriend—this man consoled him, rocking him as if he was a child. But when will I stop? Why am I crying so hard? What for? Who for? For me? About my childhood? My parents? My adolescence? My brother? For every night without hope of love? I hate love! It sucks. It only makes people cry…Damn, why do I cry so much?

“I don’t know, but all of it might be part of it.”

Adam’s reply halted Chris’ breathing.

Had he said all that out loud? Oh my God, please let the ground swallow me whole…The thought pulled him back into reality and he felt Adam’s body heat against him. The breath on his skin, as well as his warm voice, made him shiver. No more cold. No more desire. Just the happiness of holding someone against his heart. Being comforted. Comforted. Tired of fighting, he sighed and leaned back in the strong arms. No pressure, merely friendly comfort.

On his breath, discouragement and sorrow.

On his breath, solitude.

On his breath, void.

But, as he breathed in, his nostrils filled with the smell of Adam. So natural, he fed on the comfort and Chris took Adam’s strength, took his sweetness. And he felt stronger, ready to face the world. A single phrase came to mind.

“Thank you.” His whisper echoed quietly in the silent room. Detaching himself partially from Adam’s protective arms, he pulled back enough to look into his eyes.

How many feelings and emotions in his expression? All the wisdom of the world in eyes that knew too much. Too great a soul to wear, even for a man of Adam’s stature.

For a moment they simply looked at each other, electricity palpable between them. No sexual tension, but two souls connecting, speaking to each other. They were on the same page. Linked.

Adam raised a hand, cupping his face and Chris, unable to help himself, closed his eyes and rubbed his cheek against the massive hand. It felt so good there. Sitting on the floor with a man who understood him. Eyes still closed, he felt Adam leaning toward him. He didn’t want to see what was coming. He wanted to burn this exact moment forever into his mind. Their noses touched and Adam rubbed his. Tenderly. Kindly. Like the Eskimo kisses from childhood. The exchange of our breaths. Then Adam kissed him, still softly.

On the cheek.

And now, an excerpt, staring Adam and the little Chad. ♥

“Do you think I’d be able to forget about you? You’re a wonderful little boy. What’s more, it’s not because someone’s in love that they forget about the people they love. Love is like a heart that is made of elastic. Look at those girls in the yard who are playing with that big elastic. They put several into the middle and the elastic just gets bigger. Love is the same: in your heart, there’s your parents, your family, your friends, and each time someone else enters your heart, the elastic expands.

“At some point, is it going to break?”

Chad’s small voice trembled with emotion, but he was no longer crying, snuggled in Adam’s arms.

“No, of course not! Do you know why? Because it’s a magic elastic that never breaks.”

“You’re sure?”

It seemed to Adam that he was doing better.

“Yes, I’m sure.”

“Why?”

Aargh, Adam groaned to himself. He’s too smart for his own good, this kid!

“Because I’ve loved in my life and I love lots of people. I know from experience that my heart will never be too small to welcome all these new people to love. And as for knowing if I could forget you, know that I’ve never forgotten who was my best friend when I was a kid. Therefore, a child that I know, who has just come into my heart, is still all fresh and I’m not likely to forget.”

“Okay,” the child finally mumbled.

That’s the extended version of an excerpt I shared on Facebook. 🙂

Well, did it make you want to read more? You can tell me what you think of it by commenting under this post, or on Facebook, Twitter, Tsu,  or Tumblr ! I would have said Pinterest and Instagram too but it’s not as easy over there! ^^

If you want to buy it, it’s this way! That’s the Amazon.com link. To adapt it to your country, change the last letters (.co.uk for the United Kingdom, .de for Germany, etc…).

Please don’t hesitate to talk to me. I’m overall quite friendly, nice and I love talking! Besides, I don’t bite… generally!! 😀

Please, once you’ve read the book, take the time to write a few words on Amazon to say why you liked it (assuming you did!). Thank you very much! ♥

 

Ooooh! I almost forgot! There’s a public release party on Facebook at 8 pm  CET!

Please come and join the fun! There will be a giveaway or two, and the possibility to talk together! Click here: Facebook event! ♥ Thanks again!

Dreamily,

Alex xx

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My review for Held Hostage by Morticia Knight #MMromance #review

Hey Followers!!

I had the pleasure to receive this book for review and I can’t wait to tell you what a great book that was! It’s already available on Totally Bound and will be available on Amazon and others on July 7th. Now let’s get started!

 

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Blurb

SWAT officer, Cole, can handle just about anything, until he rescues Brett—a man who makes him question all he’s ever believed about love.

As a member of the Las Vegas Police Department’s SWAT team, Cole has seen his fair share of danger, but he’s never taken a chance on love. He’s willing to have some fun when the mood strikes him, but he’s married to the job. Called in on a hostage situation, Cole is prepared for anything and everything…except for the brave and beautiful Brett.

Brett has been burned before, most recently by Officer Parker McLean. He’s hoping to settle down in Vegas, perhaps find someone he can build a life with. The last thing Brett’s looking for is another man in uniform. But when he meets Cole, there’s an attraction that can’t be denied. Still, he hadn’t expected to fall for the chiseled alpha.

What begins as nothing more than two people experiencing a great night together spirals into something far deeper. But will Brett be able to handle the stress that comes with having a lover who constantly puts his life in jeopardy? And can Cole risk his heart on an everyday hero, or will the job he knows so well remain his top priority?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of mild BDSM.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read as part of a series but can be read as a standalone

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My Review

I so freaking loved it!
I’m so lucky to have received this book for review. Thanks Morticia!

Wow…What can I say? Two MCs. Cole, member of a SWAT team, the kind of guy who doesn’t usually make love but fuck for release. He has fuck buddies. No relationships. And Brett? Brett is the relationship kind of guy but fears for his heart. It has been broken once and he doesn’t want to have it shattered again.
Will they find the strength in them to let go of their principles and dare put their heart at stake?
You’ll discover it when you read it!!

Another great addition to the Sin City series!! Well done Morticia!
Enjoy! ❤

Here is a small excerpt that I particularly loved.

« Being emotionally open to another person meant giving away a part of himself. What if that person took the piece he gave away then hurt him with it? Brett did it with Parker and look where it got him. Yet, he’d still been willing to do it again with Cole if Cole had said he was interested in trying. Brett might not believe he was as strong as Cole, but he was completely wrong. Brett was much stronger than he’d ever be. »

Now go buy it, people, and enjoy your read!!

 

Alex  xxx

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Blurb, Cover Reveal and Excerpt of A New Dream! Coming soon!

Hey my lovelies!

Sorry, I haven’t been there much lately. I’m trying to finish the translation of A New Dream on time. Hopefully, it will be ready for release in early July!

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First, the cover!

It’s been made by the fantastic Jay Aheer. You can visit her website here. I can’t thank her enough for her amazing job! ♥ ♥ ♥ Unnouveaurêve-CustomDesign-JayAheer2015-ENGLISH-Large-3Drender

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Yes, I do love David and James ! Oh…maybe you don’t follow me on Facebook and you haven’t been introduced to my MCs so far? Then, let me tell you what the story is about…

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Blurb

After his wife Suzanne passed away in a car accident, David slowly retreated into depression. Three years later, he decides to leave France for Boston for a complete life makeover. He hangs up his lawyer three-piece suit to become a bar manager. On the plane, he meets James, co-owner of the bar.

James is a former Marine, a very gay one – tattooed, muscled, and yummy. The problem is, David would like to explore the feelings he has for his boss, but… James doesn’t do feelings. At all. Like, never.

Well, never say never…

Do you want to know more about them? Let me find you a little excerpt! 😉

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Excerpt

     David was now standing bare-naked before the bed, his manhood rising slowly as he observed the man lying down. He reached out for the long and delicate, white ostrich feather as he sat down on the bed in the crook between James’ arm and his chest. He lifted the feather and passed it over James’ upper body, from his shoulder to his navel and back to his nipples, painting him with invisible decorations. James’ respiration became erratic and he arched his back, as David traced arabesques with the diaphanous item. He skimmed James’ square face, strong but elegant and…unguarded. He trailed it along a cheekbone, his jaw, down his neck and continued to a collarbone…David traced the contours of James’ body. He was trying to learn his geography, the slightest mount, the faintest vale, each canal and canyon. He wanted his fingers to remember the gorgeous body of his lover, so he could recall it in his sleep.

The Feather helped him to achieve his goal. She was giving him the ability to embed the moment in his mind. He moved down to his torso, then his stomach…”Oh mon Dieu, those muscles…” He was never one to notice hunks or overly muscled women on the beach or on the street. James wasn’t exceedingly muscular, but more in extreme good shape.

The Feather hesitated and finally followed the treasure trail of thin reddish-blond hair on James’ firm stomach. David could see James’ jaw twitching rhythmically, as his fists clenched and unclenched on the now crumpled sheets. The Feather had taken the power from David. From now on, she would decide by herself which path to take. She lifted the bedclothes to uncover his cut manliness. It was standing to attention proudly, in a bush of frizzy dark red-blond hair, slicked with precum and begging to be touched, to be relieved. In a graceful movement, David cast the bed linen aside and revealed the entire nudity of his lover, the cold air provoking goose bumps on James’ hot body. David got out of breath at the mere sight and he took the time to observe in silent awe.

The Feather resumed her path, testing James’ patience. She brushed the length of his cock, increasing its throbbing ever more as it tried to catch the attention of the Temptress. She went down his full balls, as tense as the rest of his body. For a moment she thought about increasing her sensual torture and carry down his legs but she decided to let the boys play. Landing elegantly next to James’ body, she watched them for a moment. She observed how David leaned over to catch James’ impatient lips. She saw how James managed with great self-control to keep his arms at his sides. She gazed on as David caught James’ fist in his right hand, slowly forcing him to open it, finger by finger. She noticed how his soft lips covered James’ congested face. It was hard for him, the Feather could see, to restrain himself, to give his man all this power over himself. He looked like he was about to drown in desire. When would David finally decide to cover his lover’s greedy body? As he eventually did, the Feather turned her attention to the blanket and fell gracefully off the bed. Doing so, she was granting them all the privacy they needed. The last peek she took was as David lied down on top of James and decided to use his hands and mouth to taste his lover’s body. The feral look on David’s face made the Feather shudder. She closed her consciousness to the events that followed, returning forever to her previous state of inanimate object.

 

Did you like it? Feel free to comment! ♥ ♥ ♥

Now, I need to say that none of this could have been done without the help of my amazing editor Petra Howard. Writing in English when your native language is French is not an easy thing to do and I had plenty of doubts. I still have… Anyway, Petra knows how to push me, how to keep me motivated and how to make everything smoother for me. She has helped me with past tenses and the place of words in sentences and so many other things…

She has not checked this post before so if there are any mistakes, they are all mine!! lol Sorry! 😉

Thanks to all of you, my English-speaking friends. Your astounding support has made my dream come true. Let’s hope there will be plenty others!

Love you

♥♥♂♂ Stay shiny ♂♂♥♥

 

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