Bases Loaded by Sean Michael – Guest Blog


Long and Short Reviews welcomes Sean Michael who is visiting with us today to celebrate not only the release of his newest book but also another special day!

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Thank you to LASR for hosting me today – on my birthday!

One of the characters in Bases Loaded is Cajun to the bone and it was a lot of fun peppering his language with Cajun terms. As it’s my birthday today, I thought I’d look up a Cajun cake recipe that Jean might possibly make for me.

I found this one at AllRecipes and it sounds yummy.

Ingredients

Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

Topping:
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch pan.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, salt and baking soda. Add eggs, pineapple, and juice. Mix at low speed until well blended.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven until a tester comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Have the topping ready when the cake comes out of the oven.

To Make Topping: In a saucepan, combine milk, 3/4 cup sugar, and margarine. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add pecans and coconut and combine. Remove from heat.

When cake comes out of the oven, pour on the topping and carefully spread on while cake is still hot.

I hope you like the cake if you try it, and I especially hope you like the boys from Bases Loaded!

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything

Can they survive the off-season and keep from striking out?

Baseball player Brett must get rehabilitation for his shoulder if he wants another season in the Major League. He and his partner, Benj, take off to the boonies to stay with physical therapist Ralph, a tough-talking, routine-setting guy, and Jean, Ralph’s Cajun lover, who cooks as well as he loves.

Brett and Ralph butt heads from the beginning. Ralph wants Brett to be more in touch with his feelings; Brett wants Ralph to give him his therapy and leave him alone. Benj and Jean get along far better, with Jean showing Benj around the kitchen and reassuring him when things with Brett get strained.

Before Ralph can even begin to work on Brett’s shoulder, though, Brett faces an even more difficult physical challenge, one that does more than threaten his career. He and Benj have to work through some tough issues, making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives together. Their gradual friendship with Ralph and Jean helps them through the bad times, but even that might not be enough to pull them through.

About the Author: Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

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Winter Blogfest: Sean Michael

This post is part of Long and Short Reviews’ Winter Blogfest. Leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of Daddy Needs a Date.

Winter Wonderland

I do love winter. Once Halloween is over, I’m ready for snow and lots of it. By November the trees have lost all their leaves and there are far fewer sunny days. The snow brightens everything up and dresses the trees up in their winter finery. While I love all the greenery in the summer, I love a winter view even more. It’s stunningly beautiful.

There’s also a hush that comes with a snowstorm, as if the snow itself is blanketing the world, not just with a blanket that you can see, but one that dulls all the other outside sounds. You can walk out in a snowstorm and all the falling snow makes no sound as it falls and hits the ground. It’s just quiet. When you go walking in freshly fallen snow, and you can hear the crunch of the white stuff under your boots, but while it’s falling, there’s nothing. It’s like magic.

It’s not just the snow, though, I also love the colder weather. I love coming in from the cold and taking off the layers, slowly warming up from the cold. Hot chocolate doesn’t taste nearly as good any other time of the year. It’s best enjoyed on a cold day – the colder it is the better the hot chocolate tastes. Even holding the hot mug feels good. There is more sun in the winter than in fall, the days often bright and sharp, the sky never so blue as it is on a deeply cold day.

I kind of hibernate in the summer. The hot days play with my mind and I don’t get nearly as much done as I do in the winter. The snow comes and with it my creativity awakens again for the season. I usually get far more done in winter than I do in summer.

Finally, there’s Christmas and the New Year. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays – with the coloured lights and all the decorations. Buying and wrapping gifts, making cookies and cooking for family. I even love the feeling on Christmas Day once all the eating and gifting is over, that sense of relaxation and ease now that everything is done.

As for the new year – I totally appreciate being able to reset, to wipe the slate clean and start over again. That feeling usually doesn’t last very long, but that’s okay, because where I live, there’s still at least three more months of winter to revel in.

So give me my winter wonderland and I am happy down to the bone.

Sean Michael

smut fixes everything.

With four girls, single dad Ryan Withers has his hands too full to look for romance. He’s not complaining—he loves his daughter and the three nieces he adopted when their parents died, and he would do anything for them. He’s caught off-guard when his mother and daughter conspire to play matchmaker.

Alex Bernot works in disaster relief, his job taking him all over the world for extended periods of time, helping others. He’s staying with his aunt while he’s home, and she sets him up on a blind date. Finding a special someone isn’t really on his mind, but he goes to make his aunt happy.
Ryan and Alex enjoy each other’s company more than either of them expected, and they soon make a second date.

Their lives are complicated, though, in very different ways, and soon family needs and their jobs conspire to pull them apart. They’ll need to figure out how to work through the things keeping them apart, but first they’ll have to decide if they even want to….

About the Author: Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

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Destinations I’d Like to Visit by Sean Michael – Guest Blog

Thank you very much to LASR for hosting me today.

Neither Cash nor Brad have done a lot of travelling and certainly hadn’t been to each other’s backyards before the events in Inheritance.

I’ve done a fair bit of travelling myself, but haven’t done all that much in North American. So I thought I’d share some of the destinations in the US and in Canada that I’d like to visit, should I get the chance.

My Top Ten US Destinations
1. Alaska
2. San Francisco
3. Seattle
4. New York
5. LA
6. Chicago
7. Denver
8. San Diego
9. Hawaii
10. New Orleans

My Top Ten Canadian Destinations
1. Newfoundland
2. Victoria
3. Prince Edward Island
4. Vancouver
5. Calgary
6. Edmonton
7. Banff
8. Nunavit
9. Yukon
10. Labrador

Cash McCord’s life is pretty much perfect. He owns the family ranch, loves his work, and invites the occasional cowboy into his bed. But everything is turned upside down when his brother Jack and Jack’s wife Val are killed in a car crash, leaving behind six kids.

Cash is made guardian of the children, along with Val’s brother, Brad Rafferty—a man who couldn’t be more different from Cash if he tried. A Yankee, Brad is a video-game developer who works twelve-to-fourteen-hour days at his desk. They lock horns as soon as they set eyes on each other. Neither man is happy to have the other around, but neither is willing to give up custody of his nieces and nephews.

It’s up to these two polar opposites to keep the kids together and give them a family again. But first they’ll have to keep from killing each other.

Bio:

Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

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Beginnings Take Time by Sean Michael – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Sean Michael whose newest book The Closet Boy released today.

Beginnings Take Time

Back when I started writing (cue the tragic walking ten miles uphill both ways through blizzards just to get to school stories) I loved writing first times – first meetings, first kisses, first making love. I still love all those things, but I have to say that these days it takes me a lot longer to get there.

I’ve gone from 10,000 – 30,000 words being my sweet spot to over 30,000 being needed. Nowadays, if I know I’m writing for a submission call that is asking for 10,000 or even 20,000, that I probably need to start the story with the main characters already together. It takes me that long just to get them together.

Cue The Closet Boy, which is the story of how Way’ra and Neal get together. If I’d tried to write this as a novella, it would have never worked. It would have been over before the guys had more than just begun. I don’t know if that makes me more mature as a writer, or just more patient. Or if the characters who live in my brain have finally figured out that the longer it takes, the more story they get!

Whichever one is right, I hope you enjoy the story of how Way’ra and Neal get together, first meeting, first kiss, and all.

Sean
Smut fixes eveyrthing

11_25-closetboythefs_v1Way’ra Bernard is only twenty years old when his parents kick him out of the house. He has been brought up to believe being gay is wrong and he is going to go to hell for it. He tried very hard not to be gay but couldn’t change the way he felt. Now he’s living furtively in a closet on the third floor of the place he’s working as a janitor—the Iron Eagle Gym.

Neal McPherson is an unattached Dom in his midtwenties and a member of the gym. One evening after working out, he notices Way’ra on the stairs and he’s immediately attracted and intrigued, so he asks Way’ra out. Unable to come up with a reason to refuse and also interested in Neal, Way’ra accepts.

There are a lot of obstacles to the relationship they attempt to build after their date, not least of which is Way’ra’s upbringing and his lingering doubts about the kinky sex Neal enjoys. But with patience and persistence, Neal might convince Way’ra not only to accept himself, but to loosen his inhibitions enough to explore and find a happy ending together.

About the Author: Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

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Set in Canada by Sean Michael – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Sean Michael who is here to celebrate the upcoming release of The Luckiest Master on August 22.

Set in Canada
By Sean Michael

The Iron Eagle Gym, and therefore all the stories in the series, is located in Toronto, Canada. I really love setting stories in the Great White North for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s where I live and I love my country!

It’s also a place that I know fairly well. I’ve been to a number of cities and towns in several provinces and I know how to find the information I’m looking for if I’m setting it in a place I’m not as familiar with. This means a lot less research is needed for my settings. That goes double if I set the book in Ottawa and I can add a lot of little details that make the book richer, knowing that they are accurate.

One of the things I love about living in Canada, especially my corner of it, is that there are four distinct seasons. Much as I grumble about the heat in the summer, it is a part of living here, a part that I appreciate. I do love being able to include snowstorms and thunderstorms, warm rain in the summer and cold nasty rain in the late fall. Freezing temperatures to go with the blizzards and the ice storms in the winter.

Some of my characters deal with these things easily, others find it hard to deal with the extremes – it’s another dimension to who they are and gives me another avenue for exploring their characters. Day and Saw have to deal with getting snowed in. While it doesn’t happen very often, there are always several times a year where you’re advised to stay home if you can rather than brave the worst of the weather and I totally loved being able to give Day and Saw a chance to explore their budding relationship without having to worry about going back to work for a couple of days.

Another reason why I love setting my stories in Canada is that gay marriage is legal and has been for many years now. So if that’s where my characters want to go, they can. And when writing romance, that’s often where they do go.

If we can go back to the snow… I love snow and I love being able to include it in my books, whether my characters love the white stuff as much as I do is always up for grabs. Some do, some don’t.

To readers of the Iron Eagle Gym books – Welcome to Canada!

8_12 sean michael LuckiestMaster[The]FSWhen Master Damien Richardson (Day to his friends) takes over the front desk manager job at the Iron Eagle Gym, he knows he’s going to need an assistant. But finding the right person for the job is harder than he thought it would be. When he meets Saw, he thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, and maybe something more.

Sawyer Whitehead lost his master to a tragic car accident some years ago, and since then one opportunity after another has gone sour on him. Thoroughly convinced he’s cursed and a jinx to everything and everyone he touches, he refuses to officially become Day’s assistant because he knows that as soon as he does, something terrible will happen. He’s even more determined not to get involved with Day, despite his attraction, because it would kill him to be responsible for tragedy befalling the lovely man.

Day must convince Saw that he’s not cursed and that together, they can face any challenge that comes their way—in both their professional and personal partnerships.

About the Author: Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

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Buy the book at Dreamspinner Press, All Romance eBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Kobo.

LASR Anniversary: Sean Michael – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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The Dog Days of Summer

Well here we are at the end of August, right in the midst of what we in North America call the dog days of summer. I’ve heard the expression all my life, but I never really got why it was called that, so I went and looked it up. It originates from the fact that Sirius, or the Dog Star rose at the same time as the sun during the hot summer months. At least that’s what happened when the expression was first coined. It doesn’t happen at that time of the year anymore, but we still use the reference.

To me growing up, the dog days were always associated with the later weeks of August when summer was well and truly baked into the skin, but school was just around the corner. It was the end of the summer and the freedom it entailed, the last of those long unstructured days where anything could happen. Now that I’m older, it means the often brutally hot days of August are almost over with cooler weather coming soon – it’s the promise of Fall on the horizon with its refreshing breezes.

I admit it, I’m not much of a fan of summer weather, but it makes for a great excuse to sit inside with the air conditioner running, a good book on my iPad (whether I’m reading it or writing it) and a bowl of ice cream in hand.

The dog days of summer mean imagining the men who live in my head with their shirts off, bodies glistening in the sunlight. Skinny dipping and holding each other in the water after the sun has gone down, stealing kisses beneath the moon. It’s the time for heat and romance and falling in love under the stars at night.

Okay, still hot, but somehow I don’t mind that so much with those thoughts in my head. Come on in, the water is fine and the drinks are cold.

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything

sean michael designatedbottoms1400 (2)When Peter is unexpectedly thrust into a bdsm club with a black hankie in his right back pocket, he has no idea that he’s signaling being a hard core sub who is up for anything. Lucky for him, Master Rupert takes one look and falls for the unwitting sub and takes Peter under his wing, in more ways than one.

Can a rescue at a club turn into so much more?

About the Author: Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

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Character Interview: Lucien from Size Matters – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Character Interview: Lucien from Size Matters

What’s your favorite pastime?

Lucien: That’s easy, reading. And my favorite kind of fiction is Horror and Mystery.

Do you see Trey as disabled?

Lucien: I did at first, oh that’s so sad that the guy is blind, you know? But then I got to know him and Trey is so curious about life and everything, so sensual and needy and eager. I have to consciously remember that he can’t see so some things are more difficult for him.

What’s your favorite position?

Lucien: I love being inside Trey while he’s on his hands and knees and making him come without any stimulation to his cock.

Speaking of Trey, what do you like best about him?

Lucien: That he’s so eager for sensation, for knowledge. And the way he lights up whenever he hears my voice. You can’t fake that – I know he really loves me.

7_21 sizematters_800Trey is a natural submissive, but no one wants to take on a blind man. When Trey and Lucien hit it off, it could be the answer to Trey’s prayers.

When Lucien meets his favorite author at a book signing, he’s surprised to discover the man is not only blind, but much younger than he’d expected. He’s even more surprised to discover that Trey shares a passion of his—BDSM.

Trey loves his life as a horror mystery writer, but it is a lonely one. Immediately drawn to Lucien, he’s surprised and intrigued when Lucien ferrets out his interests in certain aspects of BDSM right from the start.

Is Lucien exactly who Trey’s been waiting for, or is it too good to be true?

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About the Author: Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organising his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channelling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago”.

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com
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Winter Blogfest: Sean Michael

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

I do love winter. I love the cold and the snow. I love the way everything is so crisp in the winter. You go out and it totally clears your head – blows your mind of the cobwebs. Sure days when it’s well below freezing and there’s a windchill factor making it all that much colder are harder, but there are far more days when there isn’t an inhuman windchill factor to have to deal with. And after a few days of well below freezing weather, a day where it warms up just a little feels amazingly warm.

The sun is brighter with snow to reflect it, and I like the early nights because it lets the Christmas lights people decorate with shine that much brighter.

And when it snows… oh man, that is beauty, plain and simple.

My favorite kind of snow is when it snows great big fat flakes that float down and quickly blanket the world. There’s a hushed quality to the air when it snows like that. Walking in fresh snow, being the first person to leave footprints behind… all the trees covered with a thick layer of snow… that is glorious.

And of course winter is when Christmas is – my second favorite holiday (just a hair behind Halloween). Gifts to give and receive, tons of lights, decorations, cookies, Christmas dinner, leftovers, lazy days after Christmas Day with new things to play with or explore: I do love it all.

I have two Christmas stories out this year – Special Order, a short story that’s a part of Changeling Press’ Red Velvet Christmas, available here: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=2165

topbidderAnd Top Bidder, a Hammer story. This one is the fourth story featuring the Hammer Club’s Charity Christmas Auction.

Kurt joined the staff as a waiter at the Hammer Club because he wanted a Master of his own. He’s shy, though, and just one boy among the many looking for that special someone to dominate them.  In fact, he’s working the night of the Hammer’s Annual Christmas Auction when Master Marcus asks him to fill in for a sub stuck in traffic.

Master August noticed Kurt when he first started working at the Hammer, but hadn’t approached the boy, wondering if they were compatible. When he sees Kurt on the auction block, he figures it’s the perfect time to test out their chemistry without putting any pressure on either of them.

Will Kurt and August find what they’re looking for in each other? Find out in the Christmas Hammer tale.

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I very much enjoyed writing both stories, even though it wasn’t even winter yet, because working on them reminded me that it was just around the corner and that my beautiful snow was indeed coming.

Anyone who replies to this post and tells me one thing (or more!) that they like best about winter will be entered into a draw for a copy of the ebook of the winner’s choice from my catalog of books which you can find here: http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com/books.html You have until the morning of December 28 to leave your comment.

So a very happy winter to everyone (except those in the southern hemisphere – you guys enjoy your summer!) and a very merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it.

 

Sean Michael

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Author bio: Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.