Wednesday, June 8, 2016

[Guest Post]: A.M. Arthur + Giveaway!


No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and "bromance" (and "The Young Riders") with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments. You can contact her at AM_Arthur(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Writing First Times

Writing a character’s first sexual experience is a fun challenge, because it truly is unique to each character. You have to take into account their past, their mind set at the time, any lingering baggage they have over sex itself (be it from past abuse or religious upbringing). And also, there’s the other factor of who their partner is.

In Come What May, Jonas isn’t technically a virgin. Ask him, and he’ll tell you all about the girls he banged in high school and college—mostly to prove to himself how straight he was. But all of his sexual experience with another guy amounts to a locker room hand job that he was on the receiving end of.

Jonas knew he was gay since he was a teenager, and he spent years stifling it. Ignoring it. Acting out and being as straight he can possibly be. So when Tate finally pushes through his walls and gets Jonas to admit it, it’s like a whole new world opens to Jonas. A world of self-acceptance and, yes, sex.

Now Jonas looks at sex with Tate through the wide eyes of someone experiencing a miracle. A parched man getting his first drink of water. Coming home and realizing you belong there. He’s eager and nervous and awestruck, because that’s all based at the core of his character—a repressed soul experiencing freedom for the first time. And doing so with someone who truly cares.

Embracing his sexuality was far different for Tate than for Jonas. They came from extremely different backgrounds, and Tate’s family life forced him to grow up very quickly. He has no rosy memories of his first time giving head (a transactional encounter) or having intercourse (two guys getting off in a hurry with no feelings involved). So when he’s presented with Jonas, a virgin in all things gay sex, he is desperate to make it good for Jonas. To show Jonas everything he’s been denying himself.

Knowing and showing how both men feel about the encounter are what make writing these sexual discovery scenes such a joy.

~A.M. Arthur

Come What May by A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press (May 23, 2016)
Series: All Saints, 1
Genre: M/M Romance -- NA Contemporary 

Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn't know it yet.

Or at least, he doesn't want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He's a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn't leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.

Enter Tate. He's smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas's surly exterior. Sure, he's done things in life he's not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he's never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.

But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas's old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn't enough—and sometimes it's exactly what you need.

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Reviews of Arthur's Previous Novels:

No Such Thing (#1) -- TBQ
Stand By You (#3) -- TBQ

The Truth As He Knows It (#1) -- TBQ
The World As He Sees It (#2) -- TBQ
The Heart As He Hears It (#3) -- TBQ

Getting It Right (#1) -- TBQ
Finding Their Way (#2) -- TBQ
Taking a Chance (#3) -- TBQ

Come What May (#1) -- TBQ

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