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Oct. 3rd, 2013

MrT

Me are the champion!

I made a blurb! Huzzah!


I know this doesn’t sound like much, but I have a partial mental block when it comes to writing the blurb for an upcoming novel. I fret and frown, pull hair, gnash teeth. Sometimes I consume large quantities of maple syrup. It’s all very unsanitary but this time I wrote a blurb for my upcoming release, Sweet and Sour, in no time flat!


Maybe its because the story is sweet and simple, and I’m also in the midst of finishing it so I’m particularly inspired. In any case, here it is, your moment of blurb zen. And mark your calendars for November 26, the day before Hanukkah and the release date for Sweet and Sour, 2013′s hottest Hanukkah romance and probably the only book combining pickle recipes, gay sex, and shoot outs!




Miles Piekus thought he and Itai would make a great team, despite the infidelities haunting their past. After all, Itai is smoking hot, they’re both driven entrepreneurs, and they love each other. What else did a person need?


Well, a lot more, apparently, because not only are they no longer passionate, they don’t even share the same passions. Like people, affections change, and Miles wonders if a relationship this broken is truly worth repairing.


Itai’s business launch with his ex-boyfriend isn’t helping. And Miles himself has a new business to grow over a busy few weeks where Thanksgiving and Hanukkah collide to form either the best holiday season ever, or a kosher caterer’s worst nightmare.


But help comes in the unexpected, ruggedly handsome form of Detective Dominic Delbene, a pickle aficionado with his own ghosts, who stakes out the deli to capture a dangerous drug dealer. As Hanukkah’s eight days come to an end, Miles discovers that Nic is not only good with pickling; he’s good at everything.




Sep. 27th, 2013

MrT

Curse these fuzzy parasites!

No!


I mean, I know I’m wayyy behind my schedule for finishing Sweet and Sour, this year’s Hanukkah romance that will be available for the holidays at Loose Id, but I swear it’s not my fault.


It’s the fault of these little bastards:


Little Dog Bastards

Damn adorable bastards!


I know it’s hard to tell, but there are actually THREE of them on my lap. That’s right. Three damn, fuzzy, adorable Italian Greyhounds on me. At all times. How’s a bitch s’posed to write in this situation?


Imagine three dogs looking at you forlornly every time you say, “get off, I have to write”? It’s killing me.


But I’m trying. I’m trying for YOU. I will have this Hanukkah story in time for Hanukkah even if all three sad little rescue dogs leak tears from their eyes, start crying in the way only Italian greyhounds can truly master, and, after mastering English, say “why, boss? Why you spendin’ all your time with that stupid laptop, when you could be providing us desperately needed body heat?”


I just need to harden my heart.


And then I’ll have Sweet and Sour ready for you, my fair readers, by the end of November!


 


 


 


 




Jul. 23rd, 2013

MrT

Ooh! Ooh! Bestseller! Oh and… book signing too!

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Well how about that? Demolished has made the All Romance Ebook’s to 50 Bestseller list! Woot! That’s a new one for me, and I’m grateful to you all. Thanks peeps!


And in completely unrelated news, I will be joining other fantastic Pacific Northwest m/m authors Ginn Hale, Angela Benedetti, and Laylah Hunter this Thursday, July 25 at the University Bookstore in Seattle at 7pm for a book reading, Q&A, and book signing. Details are on the University Bookstore page. Come on over and join us, and if you don’t like my reading, feel free to throw chocolate bars and marshmallows at my face. I swear I’ll hate that….


Big thanks to the wonderful folks at Old Growth Northwest for organizing the event! Hope to see you there.


 


 




Jul. 16th, 2013

MrT

Interview up on Goodreads today!

Hi All,


The wonderful organizers at the Gay Romance Northwest Meetup have arranged to have an interview with me up on Goodreads today, the same day my new novel Demolished has been released! Yippee!


Here’s the interview :http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1412410-grnw-interview—astrid-amara


If you comment with feedback or questions I’ll happily respond. Thanks for reading, everyone!


XOXO Astrid.


 




MrT

Demolished is now available on Loose Id!!

Demolished by Astrid Amara


Hooray! It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say, I HAVE A NEW BOOK AVAILABLE TODAY! Woot! Demolished is now for sale through Loose Id. A description is below. Buy it today, and then give me some feedback and let me know what you think!


Calvin Quarry thinks Felix Bracks is a fantastic lover. He fulfills all of Cal’s deepest fantasies, allowing him to fully embrace the wanton side of his sexuality. But Cal’s fantasy shatters when he realizes Felix was the driver in a fatal accident that killed Cal’s best friend back in high school.


Forgiving Felix his past transgressions is hard, but when Cal’s young cousin Robby becomes entangled in a dark and dangerous affair, Cal realizes there’s more to both their stories than what meets the eye. As a journalism major, Cal has a duty to not only shed light on the sinister world young Robby has stumbled into, but also to uncover the truth about Felix’s accident so many years before.


But those they fight have power, and ways of making them and their families suffer. Cal and Felix have to be willing to sacrifice everything to stop these horrors from happening again. But this wasn’t what either signed up for. This was supposed to be a casual sex hookup anonymously scheduled online. Can they truly trust each other enough to bring the crimes of the past to light, or will their budding relationship be demolished in the process?


Read an excerpt (Warning: SOOPER NAUGHTY XXX!)


Buy now! (And feed my pony! He thanks you with all his petty, spooky little heart!)




Jul. 1st, 2013

MrT

Demolished will be released July 16!

Hey out there in Reading World!


My newest porn romance novel, Demolished, is scheduled for release in two weeks! Loose-Id will be publishing this contemporary romance title July 16. And in honor of the bloody wounds I’m bound to receive as I undertake my annual vigil beside my panicky horse on Fourth of July (he’s not a fireworks fan), the cover is blood red!


Demolished by Astrid Amara


Here’s the unofficial blurb:


Calvin Quarry thinks Felix Bracks is a fantastic lover. He fulfills all of Cal’s deepest fantasies, allowing him to fully embrace the wanton side of his sexuality. But Cal’s fantasy shatters when he realizes Felix was the driver in a fatal accident that killed Cal’s best friend back in high school.


Forgiving Felix his past digressions is hard, but when Cal’s young cousin Robby becomes entangled in a dark and dangerous affair, Cal realizes there’s more to both their stories than what meets the eye. As a journalism major, Cal has a duty to not only shed light on the sinister world young Robby has stumbled into, but also to uncover the truth about Felix’s accident so many years before.


But those they fight have power, and ways of making them and their families suffer. Cal and Felix have to be willing to sacrifice everything to stop these horrors from happening again. But this wasn’t what either signed up for. This was supposed to be a casual sex hookup anonymously scheduled online. Can they truly trust each other enough to bring the crimes of the past to light, or will their budding relationship be demolished in the process?


 




Jun. 10th, 2013

MrT

It’s official: My 2014 spec fiction novel will be titled The Devil Lancer!

I know it’s a year away. Not only is it a year away, but I have other books that will be coming out this year ahead of this one.


But I’m really excited about my upcoming novel from Blind Eye Books, which now officially has a title: The Devil Lancer. It’s a book that took me a year and a half to write (hence the lack of titles of late) , required a ton of research, and is one I’m particularly excited about, because it’s being published by Blind Eye Books.


If you’ve ever picked up one of their paperbacks, you know what I’m talking about. The quality of their publications is undeniable. From the artwork to the typesetting to the paper choice, they make beautiful, beautiful books, and I can’t wait to see what Blind Eye Book artist Dawn Kimberling comes up with for this title! To give you a taste, she sent me this initial illustration the other day, which will likely be part of the cover:


The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara - artwork by Dawn Kimberling

Artwork by Dawn Kimberling of Blind Eye Books.


Oooh! I love it so much! This is a drawing of Sergeant Ilyas Kovakin of the 17th Lancers. He’s one of our two main protagonists and I think she did a fantastic job capturing the story and his character in a single illustration.


In any case, I just had to share with you the pretty eye candy.


Yay! Okay. Back to book deadlines for 2013.


Happy reading!


 




Jun. 6th, 2013

MrT

OMG squee artwork and my dirty, dirty new novel!

I just got a small picture illustrated by Dawn Kimberling for my upcoming release from Blind Eye Books, the as yet still unnamed “cavalry story” set during the Crimean War, and all I can say is *squeeeee*!  I can’t wait to see the cover. She is such a talented artist and I’m super super excited! I’ll check in and see if I have permission to post its amazing hotness. **EDIT 6/10/13: I got permission, and it’s up here.**


And speaking of hot…


Uh, so this novel Demolished. I’m almost done with it, and about to submit it to Loose Id. It’s a contemporary romance. But the thing is… somehow… it’s very naughty. I mean, yeah. I wanted it to have sex scenes. It is Loose Id after all. But man. The opening scene makes me blush. I usually dole out the sex scenes stingily, making sure they fit the narrative. For some reason in this story there’s a LOT of sex. Dirty, dirty, Astrid! Don’t let my Mom read it!


Anyway, as you can see, I’d rather just ogle the awesomeness of the artwork for the Crimean War novel than actually finish my novel that’s a week behind deadline, so not only am I dirty, I am lazy! So I better go back to work before my editor at Loose Id thumps me one.


More details on both novels coming soon!




May. 14th, 2013

MrT

Gay Romance Northwest Meetup September 14th!

Ooh, this looks like it’s going to be really fun! Me and my friends Ginn Hale and Nicole Kimberling all plan on crashing the party and taking all the alcohol showing up and being part of the event along with a whole bunch of other awesome authors. Here’s the official scoop:


GRNW 2013On September 14, 2013, writers and readers of gay and m/m romance will be gathering at the Seattle Central Public Library for the first Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up! Come meet some of your favorite m/m writers from the region and discuss the awesomeness that is m/m romance with fellow readers and fans.


This public half-day event will include panel discussions, audience Q&As, and a post-event happy hour.


Pre-registration for this event will open May 2013. Visit the Registration and Information discussion threads on Goodreads to find out more.


The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up is being hosted by Old Growth Northwest, a nonprofit organization whose goal it is to foster community around writers in the Northwest.


So come on out and be part of the action! Their Goodreads group is here :  http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/102681-gay-romance-northwest-meet-up—-sept-14-2013—-seattle


And their Twitter feed for those tweeters out there is here: https://twitter.com/GayRom_NW


Hope to see you at the crazy-ass Seattle Library!




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May. 4th, 2013

MrT

Curse this beautiful weather!

Darn it!


I’m busy busy busy writing a new contemporary romance novel for Loose Id which should be out later this summer, tentatively called Demolished.


And I had serious plans to catch up on my word count this weekend. But then what happened?


It became beautiful.


Seriously? All rain and gloomy skies all year long, and now, the weekend I attempt to try my hardest to stay indoors and stare at a computer screen it’s all breezy and sunny and 70 and everyone is laughing and happy and singing. Really. People are singing outside right now.


This is getting ridiculous. I’m going to have no choice but to join them, and frolic in the rays to get my needed Vitamin D. Meanwhile, Demolished continues on its slow, dangerous path toward publication….




Originally published at Astrid's Blog

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