Wow – HOT cover!!

Oh, I just love Les Byerley’s latest cover for this upcoming release for Ai Press – to launch the new erotica line, Dark Sins. It’s just gorgeous in my humble opinion. Please stay tuned for an excerpt. But here’s the blurb to give you an idea of the story:

Laura’s nights are spent in tormented ecstasy, but who is this supernatural master who commands her and makes her submit to his will?

Three people, a private investigator, a hypnotist and a professor with a curious specialty, receive a summons to try and unravel the mystery of the ‘Dark Slave’. All three are involved in the world of SM but the revelations that await them are stranger and more erotic than they could ever have imagined. A tangled web of domination over beautiful submissives is slowly revealed and acted out while Laura’s fate hangs in the balance.

Hot MFM sneak peek!

Little by little, I’m getting Delicious Love Triangle finished. Oftentimes, I need to put a piece down for a while, work on other things, then pick it back up again. I don’t know why it works this way but it does. I can be locked up on a piece for what feels like forever, then when I come back to it, a whole bunch will spill out in a short time. Oh well. Mine is not to question, but to obey the muse. Anyway, here is a short but hot excerpt from the work in progress. But before that, I’ll just remind you of the blurb so you have a sense of the story:

No sex between roommates! This is the rule that Hana and her two best friends, Hiko and Shinji live by. So, Hana decides, it’s not really breaking the rule to ask her two handsome buddies to pose in erotic positions for her while she sketches what she hopes to be the manlove graphic novel that will launch her career as a manga artist. After all, Hiko and Shinji are both straight. Even better, they’re both agreeable to the plan. It’s the perfect arrangement until…

Seeing Hiko and Shinji together arouses Hana to no end. How will she be able to control herself watching their naked bodies entwined, watching them engage in acts that are the stuff of her wildest fantasies? What’s more, bit by bit, the three of them are starting to break their most important rule.

Hiko and Shinji have both been in love with Hana for a long time and out of their love for her, they’ve respected her stupid rule about no sex. But when Hana asks them to pose for her, they see their perfect chance to do away with regulation and get the woman they love into a position of their own.

Content warning: Contains male/male sexual acts, voyeurism, exhibitionism and multiple partner sex.

Excerpt:

Ohhh. Hana covered her mouth to stifle her cry. Then she blinked. Was this possible? Keeping her hand firmly over her mouth she sank to her knees in the hallways and leaned forward as much as she dared. Her heart leaped into her throat. Had Hiko really just rolled on top of Shinji? Were they really naked in the bed together, their mouths locked together in a deep hot kiss?

The soji was slid back the few inches she’d left it when she’d gone back to her room to draw, fully expecting that Shinji would leave after her to go to his room. How absolutely wrong she’d been.

Her heart pounded, sending heated blood down every vein in her body. She could just feel it, like darts of fire. The searing warmth concentrated at the apex of her thighs, which pulsed now, and her breasts felt suddenly full and heavy, her nipples grazing her camisole.

Like lovers, her two friends undulated in the bed, their bodies entwined. Hana blinked again, still thinking the vision would dispel. But it didn’t. Hiko’s muscular body and pale skin contrasted with the tan hue of Shinji’s slim, leanly muscled frame. Shinji’s legs were locked around Hiko’s hips, the soles of his feet resting on the backs of Hiko’s sloping thighs. Like every yaoi manga she’d ever read, the two men sighed and moaned, and emanated passion.

Guilt assailed her. She was violating their privacy, spying on them like this. But then, they shouldn’t have left the door slid back, right? She started to turn, pulled back by another masculine moan. Her gaze whipped up to the bed. Hiko had pulled from Shinji’s kiss and now nibbled at the other man’s collarbone. One of Hiko’s large hands spanned Shinji’s hip.

The throbbing in Hana’s pussy intensified. She sat, frozen, staring at them, feeling her eyes stretched open as wide as they’d go. Hiko’s tongue came out and licked across Shinji’s dark nipple. Shinji arched his back, as if to push his flesh deeper into Hiko’s mouth. Hana stifled another moan, lest her friends catch her spying. Her cheeks burned mercilessly, both with excitement and guilt, yet she couldn’t have moved even if someone had set her on fire.

Gleaming ribbons of cum still streaked the two men’s muscles. Hana realized Shinji had climaxed all over Hiko when she’d passed by the door on her way to the kitchen for a drink of water. Hiko skimmed thick fingertips over Shinji’s stomach, gathering the milky fluid. Lifting his mouth from Shinji’s chest, he leaned back.
Hana’s mouth gaped open. In all the years she’d known Hiko and Shinji, she’d never seen either of them naked. Hiko’s erection pointed upward with the angle of his body. Thick and veined, it jutting from a nest of inky black pubic hair that fanned around it and funneled into a thin trail up to his navel.

She gulped, her eyes feeling as if they were bulging from her head. She shifted her a few inches and felt then how swollen and moist her pussy was. Her gaze locked onto Hiko’s movements. He was smoothing the cum up and down the shaft of his cock. He gathered more cum and reached down, between Shinji’s legs. Ohhh. His thick fingertips worked over Shinji’s hole while Shinji groaned and arched his back. Shinji was a natural uke, the way he submitted to the man who was preparing to take him.

Reviewer Top Pick!!

I’m glad to know my instincts are good. I had a good feeling about D.H. Starr when he submitted this story to me. It’s the perfect M/M romance if I must say so myself. But don’t take my word for it, friends. Daisemae at Night Owl Romance Reviews gave Meant for Each Other A Reviewer Top Pick! Here’s what she had to say:

“Meant for Each Other is the first book I’ve read by D.H. Starr. As a huge fan of homoerotic romances, I’m always excited to read books that are written by new authors to me. I’m very pleased to say that I loved this book and I’m definitely going to be looking for more …books written by this author in the future. I adored the easy writing style and the smooth, fluid way the story progressed. I was immediately drawn into the lives of the main characters and was unable to pull myself from the book once I started. I loved, loved, loved the relationship that the main characters had with one another. Getting to witness their relationship evolve from best friends to lovers was amazing and I thought that Mr. Starr did a phenomenal job with this transition. At no time did I feel like their relationship was rushed, but instead the story was so well paced, and told so well, I couldn’t help but get a little emotional myself (In a good way) throughout the book.”

Isn’t that awesome? And I’m glad to say that his second book with Ai Press, Reward of Courage is in the works and will come out very early in 2011!! So please visit Ai Press and subscribe to our site or join the newsletter so we can tell you as soon as Reward of Courage is released. Thank you so much! Warmly, Sedonia

Incredible film – Departures

My boyfriend and I watched this film the other day. Departures (Okuribito). I have to say it’s simply one of THE best films I have ever seen.

Directed by Yojiro Takita, Departures won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film in 2009. As well it should have. Beautifully acted with a moving score, it explores the depths of love and loss. Truly a film that has everything.

Daigo Kobayashi (increidbly played by Masahiro Motoki) is a cellist whose symphony is disbanded due to financial problems. He moves with his wife back to his hometown and lives in the house his mother left to him when she died two years earlier. In need of work, Daigo reads a job opportunity in the paper for the position of NK, “Assisting Departures”. Thinking it’s an ad for a travel agency position, he applies only to find out the job is assisting the “departed” by preparing their bodies for encoffinment. Daigo reluctantly takes the job because the pay is so good, yet hides his new employment from his wife. As he learns the ritual process of encoffinment, discovering the tenderness and compassion with which the passage of death is treated, he begins to like his job, finding in it a kind of satisfaction he has never before known. The story becomes interwoven with his own past in the town and his grief of having been abandoned by his father as a young boy.

If this sounds morbid, I assure you it isn’t. Even just writing about the film, I start to cry because it was so beautiful. The ceremony of encoffinment itself made me feel like our own treatment of death in this society just completely is lacking in wisdom and compassion. The ritual as I saw it in the film, is so much more for the wellbeing of the soul who has departed even though it does help the loved ones left behind as well. I don’t want to give away more of this film because I could just go on but you can rent it easily and I feel that if you do, you’ll understand what I mean. Although the movie is not a sad one, if you watch it, make sure you have plenty of tissues because you will be moved to tears.

Buy Two Get One at Ai Press!

Hi Friends – Ai Press is having a Buy 2 Get One Sale! Good for e-books bought directly from Ai Press. Offer not valid at reseller sites.

Once you’ve purchased two titles, I’ll e-mail you to tell me the third title of your choice (equal or lesser value) and I’ll send it to you directly. Offer good from now until Thanksgiving. Here’s the address: www.ai-press.net Thank you! Sedonia Guillone, owner, Ai Press

New hot manlove from Ai Press!

Meant for Each Other
Author: DH Starr
Genre: Gay; Contemporary
Length: Super-novel
Word count: 89, 364
ISBN-13: 978-1456346003
ISBN-10: 1456346008
Price: 5.79

Release date: November, 2010
Cover Art: Les Byerley

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Sometimes your first love is the one that was meant to be.

Craig Harper and Jeremy Finn were best friends growing up. They attended the same school, spent all of their time together, and hung out with the same group of people. It wasn’t until the day before Jeremy and his family moved across the country that they discovered their attraction to one another.

Fifteen years later, they reunite by chance in New York City. Both are in relationships and have established a routine in their lives. But routines and relationships are shaken as they begin to spend time together once again. Old feelings and connections are still strong and the passion that pulls them together is a powerful, soul-searing call neither man can deny.

As each deals with the issues in their own relationships, they begin to question whether the comfort of what they know is more powerful than the pull of what they could have been…and what they might become. Struggling to find the answer, only their hearts can reveal if they are meant for each other.

Excerpt:

Craig spent the rest of the day walking around the room, helping kids with their work. Finally, at dismissal, when the last kid had been picked up, Jeremy took Craig back inside. “You have a natural way with the kids. They adore you.”

Happiness flooded Craig at the compliment. “Well, they’re kind of hard not to love. They’re so cute and damn if they aren’t smart as hell too.” I can’t believe how a simple compliment from him causes my heart to race. “So, we have a couple of hours to kill before we’re supposed to meet the boys downtown at The Bulls and Bears.”

Jeremy walked over to the far corner of the room and stood in front of a bulletin board covered with student work. Craig followed him. “Are these the stories your kids wrote?”

“Yeah. I’ve left spaces next to each one for their pictures.” Jeremy kept his eyes focused on the board as he spoke. “I’ve never had anyone take an interest in my class before. No one. I mean my parents ask about school and Andrew listens to my stories, but you really care about the kids.”

Craig watched Jeremy as he continued to inspect the wall, surprised to find the flush had moved from his neck to his cheeks. When Jeremy turned to face him, two smoldering eyes caught him in a lust-filled gaze. Before he had a chance to speak, Jeremy grabbed him and gave him a fierce kiss. Unable to resist, not wanting to, Craig wrapped his arms around Jeremy and kissed him back, opening his mouth to Jeremy’s invading tongue.

They remained together for several minutes, gripping each other as the intensity of their kiss increased and their straining erections pressed against each other through the fabric of their pants.

The wall connected with Craig’s back and Jeremy leaned his body even tighter, to create more pressure and friction. Craig allowed him to take charge, his own hands carelessly running along lateral muscles and resting on Jeremy’s waist.

Jeremy’s hands were far from gentle. He wrapped one hand behind Craig’s neck and pulled him close, sealing their lips together in a fervent kiss. His other hand worked its way inside Craig’s shirt, lightly pinching the sensitive nipple, rolling the nub of flesh between his thumb and forefinger and leaving Craig helpless to do anything but enjoy.

When Jeremy ended the kiss, they both stood panting for a moment, simply staring at each other.

Craig was the first to speak. “Jesus, Jeremy. What if someone saw us?”

Jeremy laughed. “They couldn’t. See, the door is on this wall and we’re standing in the corner here. They would have to come into the room to catch us and no one ever comes in once school lets out.”

“But—”

“I know. I’m sorry. I just can’t help myself when I’m around you. And watching you interact with my kids and the way you understand me and what I do…it’s a huge turn on. You have no idea how good it makes me feel to know you appreciate what I do.” Jeremy’s lips were red and swollen from their kisses, making them appear even more pouty and kissable. Since it was obvious that his cock was tenting his pants, Craig didn’t bother hiding as he reached into the front and readjusted himself. Jeremy laughed and did the same.

“Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy kissing you, but you’re with Andrew and I’m with Robert.”
Jeremy finished tucking his shirt back into his pants, his skin returning to a normal pallor. “I know. We’re going to have to work harder at controlling ourselves. Let’s say we’re even. You pulled me into a kiss the other day. I initiated this one.”

Craig had to work to suppress a laugh, the thought of them competing to see who could trap the other in the most compromising kiss caused all his work at readjusting himself to be undone. “This isn’t a competition, Jeremy.”

Jeremy shuffled from foot to foot. “I like kissing you.”

Four words, four very dangerous words which could make the difference between a lasting friendship, or losing one forever. Craig held Jeremy’s gaze. “Maybe we should grab a bite to eat before meeting the guys.”
Jeremy nodded, grabbed his things, and led Craig outside. The fresh air helped to dissipate the heat between them and made regular conversation easier. “Do you like Thai food?” Jeremy’s voice had returned to its normal cheerful tone.