Miguel Rodriguez stood by his friend Xavier’s side when evidence of his affair with another man came out. He also stuck by Xavier when he disappeared from Atlanta and moved to the mountains of Wyoming. But he will not stand by Xavier when he decides to marry his young lover and still run for the Senate.
Hopping on a plane to Wyoming, Miguel finds himself meeting Julian Canton, a young man who has no political ambitions and doesn’t even vote, and yet Miguel finds himself fascinated. Miguel makes the mistake of upgrading Julian’s ticket so they can get to know each other better and somehow finds himself in Riverton, WY, holding Julian’s hand as he says goodbye to his brother. Giving in to his attraction to the young man, Miguel struggles not only with his physical attraction but with his emotional one as well. When he compounds his mistake by inviting Julian along with him to talk to Xavier, he soon finds himself feeling something he has never felt before. Will he join his friend Xavier in listening to his heart or will he walk away?
I was given the following topic from Vicktor. I love his response! The question was “Do you have any advice for other writers?” Read and enjoy!
1) Write for you first. You won’t be able to please everyone. It’s a fact of life. After you write for you, for the characters in your head that are begging to have their story told, then you can think about your audience, but if you write with your audience in mind, you’re not staying true to your characters’ story, their struggles, their triumphs, or their failures.
2) Don’t respond to bad reviews or let them get to you!! Too many times we’ve heard about authors who responded and caused some major shitstorm because they did. Don’t respond and don’t get your faithful readers to do it either. Find a close friend or family member, rant, rave, cry at them, drink some hot chocolate (that’s my comfort drink-not tea, though I’m sure my biological father’s British ancestors are rolling in their graves at hearing this), and move past it. If you have to, write a response in an email and send it to yourself and/or to people who you can trust, or hell, save it as a Draft in your email, that’s what I do. Then when you get clarity and you’ve calmed down, you can go back and delete it.
3) Remember the words “that” and “be” are (apparently) evil, so try to use them only when you have to.
4) Sometimes you have to use passive voice. It’s okay. Stay true to the story.
5) Your editor is a godsend. Thank them for their hard work, they are making your story better.
6) Remember that reviews are for readers, not authors. They’re not there to inflate your ego or make you feel better about yourself. If you need constant validation then writing probably isn’t the right career path for you. There will be people who won’t like your book, some just because they can, some because they don’t like you, some because they don’t like what you did to the characters, some because of gossip they heard about you, your writing, your family, etc. Whatever the reason, I can’t think of one book that has nothing but 5-stars. Your reviews and ratings will be varied. But remember those reviews are for the readers to determine if they want to buy your book or not, or to see what other people are saying. And sometimes? Bad reviews can be a good thing (trust me on this, I know.).
7) Bad reviews don’t mean that your writing sucks, they just mean that the person reading the book didn’t like that one book by you. See if there is any constructive criticism in the review, something you need to learn and do better next time.
8) Good reviews don’t mean you’re the shit and G-d’s gift to the writing community either. Keep your ego in check there, Batman. It’s fine to be excited about it. I get excited over all of my good reviews, but I still put forth more effort with the next book I’m writing to make it better. And having good reviews doesn’t mean you get to tilt up your nose at other authors, because your next book may tank. So just like with a bad review, take the review, see what you can learn from it, bask in it for a moment, and then go on to the next novel with that knowledge in mind. Reviews, like art, are subjective, they are based on the person writing/viewing it. Don’t forget that.
9) You are not in competition with other authors. Hold on, I feel like I need to say that again. YOU ARE NOT IN COMPETITION WITH OTHER AUTHORS! We should all be supporting each other, helping each other to grow and become better versions of ourselves. Don’t think that your career will improve if you bring someone else’s down, readers, reviewers, and publishers are watching you and before you know it, the truth will come out if you are going around behind other authors back trying to bring down their career to elevate your own. It will blacklist you and neither you, nor I, want that.
10) And finally, HAVE FUN! Have fun with your readers, have fun with other authors, have fun at the conventions, have fun online… just have fun. The world is already a negative place, there’s a lot of fucked up shit going on out there, so do what you can to change the world for the better and have fun while you can. “Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative,” just like that song says (what was that song??), have fun with your characters, and smile. Smile hard, smile big, and smile often. It will brighten your day. I guarantee it.
“How in the world did you make us being friends sound so dirty?” Julian asked.
Miguel chuckled. “Oh that’s easy. I can make anything sound dirty. It’s all about lowering my voice and making everything you say the most seductive thing you’ve ever uttered.”
Julian’s eyebrows rose. “Oh really? Prove it.”
Miguel leaned forward, ignoring the people walking past them, juggling their carry-ons, children, friends and spouses as they exited the plane. He lowered his voice and stared at Julian’s groin, his brain filling with images of Julian’s cock encaged in a cock ring, his body straining against restraints, his skin glistening with sweat as he pleaded with Miguel to let him come.
“Voting for a presidential candidate is one of the best things you can do as an American, because it guarantees that your voice is heard, even when it doesn’t feel like it. It’s a time when you can take control, assert your independence and make sure that you have someone in office who cares about what you care about.” He could hear how seductive his voice sounded and if the darkening of Julian’s eyes was any indication, the man was turned on—though more by the tenor of Miguel’s voice than his actual words. “You should think about voting, Julian,” he said, rolling the younger man’s name around in his mouth like a fine wine. “Enclosing yourself in a booth and either punching a hole or touching a screen and choosing who the head of the country is going to be.”
Julian was panting, his pink lips parted as he stared at Miguel. “Holy fuck,” he croaked out. “That was the sexiest thing I’ve ever heard about the most boring subject in the world.”
Vicktor “Vic” Alexander wrote his first story at the age of ten and hasn’t stopped writing since. He loves reading about anything and everything and is a proud member of the little known U.N. group (Undercover Nerds) because while he lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps sports, he also breathes history and science fiction and grew up a Trekkie. But don’t ask him about Dungeons & Dragons, because he has no idea how to play that game. When it comes to writing he loves everything from paranormal to contemporary to fantasy to historical and is known not only for being the Epilogue King but also for writing stories that cross lines and boundaries that he doesn’t know are there. Vic is a proud father of two daughters one of whom watches over him from Heaven with his deceased partner Christopher. Vic is a proud trans* and gay man, and when he is not writing, he is hanging out with his friends, or being distracted by videos of John Barrowman, Scott Hoying, and Shemar Moore. Vicktor has published numerous bestselling novels and has a WIP list that makes him exhausted just thinking about. He knows that he will be still be writing about hot men falling in love with each other, long after he is living in an assisted living facility, flirting with the hot, male nurses.
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