Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Guy With the Suitcase Blog Tour

Pierce is homeless. 

Young and strong-willed Pierce has been living in the streets of New York City for six months, since his parents kicked him out of their perfect, Christian, suburban house. Pierce is gay. And he is suffering the consequences for being true to himself.

Rafe is homeless. 

He is also sick. Impressionable, but far from innocent, Rafe ran away from home almost a year ago. His sickness is slowly killing him. But Rafe is not a hopeless case. He has learned to get by. Nights of paid passion turn to sheltering warmth from the imminent New York winter.

And then there's a suitcase. Pierce's suitcase, which holds secrets from everyone including its owner.

When their worlds collide, their lives intertwine and when the world seems bent on bringing the two souls to their knees, fate has other plans for them.

Caution: Contains adult language, New York City streets, tough life choices, sexual tension, stubborn brutes and swoon-worthy romance.

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10 Steps to Writing Your First Gay Romance

Step 1: Make friends with readers of Gay Romance
If you’ve never written a gay romance before, there’s no one better to teach you what’s in and out, what’s hot and what’s not so hot and what makes a great romance than…readers of gay romance.

Step 2: Befriend Gay Romance Authors
Well, you’ve managed to find out what the people want, but you don’t know how to go about doing just about everything else (minus the writing). What better time to friend authors of gay romance and learn from the pros, their successes, and even their mishaps. Once you’ve completed Step 2, you’ve also joined the community, so…welcome! Sure, it’s got some drama (what can you expect from queen-loving geeks?), but you will get tons of support and love. And hugs. Lots of hugs, virtual and otherwise.

Step 3: Come up with an awesome idea for a novel
The next step is coming up with what you want to write. You’ve learnt what the crowd wants, you’ve learnt what publishing comes with, time to put it to use and create an awesome pairing with an amazing love story to match.

Step 4: Create mouth-dripping cover
Now, if you’re like me, having a cover, gives you the motivation and inspiration to write your book even faster. So that would be a great time to create it. Having the cover will also help you complete the next step.

Step 5: Pitch It
It’s time to get the words out there about your book. It might not be written yet, but that’s no reason to not share your journey building it up. It’s time to pitch it, be it to publishers, agents or simply your friends and community on Facebook. Getting the hype up for your book before it’s even outlined (see next step) will do miles for your book’s success.

Step 6: Create Outline
Time to create your outline. I know you may not be a plotter, but, well, if you are, this would be a great time to write it.

Step 7: Get your alphas to review
No, I’m not talking about alpha males, although, those would be nice too at this stage. I’m talking about people who will read your outline and tell you if there are things that don’t make sense, if it sounds good, or if it sounds like a terrible idea. Hopefully it will never be the latter.

Step 8: Write your novel
Time to punch down those words. The book ain’t gonna write itself.

Step 9: Edit your novel
Once you finish it’s time for the hard work to…continue. Haha, sucker! Did you really think it was all over once you typed 'The End'? Well, there’s a big NO coming your way. NOoOoO! Time to edit, chop, trim, and edit again what was your first attempt at writing a gay romance. Also this would be a great point to employ your betas to tell you if your book makes any sense now that it’s more than a bulleted list. 

Step 10: Publish your novel
Congratulations! You’ve just published your first gay romance. Do not be fooled, newbie! This is NOT the end of the journey. Just because you hit publish doesn’t mean your work is done and you can dust your hands. You thought writing your first gay romance was an easy job? Well, it ain’t. And now you get to do it all over again. If you’ve got the guts.

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About the Author:
Chris Ethan is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris Ethan is also a persona for Rhys Christopher Ethan, author of fantasy and sci-fi. He uses Chris Ethan to share stories of adult queer romance with those who need it. Before you delve into his books however, be warned. He likes putting his characters through shitstorms and hates anything conventional. But then there's that darned happy-ever-after. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!

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