Friday, July 29, 2011

Celebrating Some July Releases For JMS Books

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're spotlighting some of the July releases from JMS Books!

MORE LIES by J.M. Snyder

In Beautiful Liar, former childhood television star Johnny Thomas wants to get back into show business. He hires his old manager, Lou, who has heard rumors of Johnny's sexuality. Though he's advised to play it straight, Johnny falls for Brett, a photographer whose candid shots of the lovers almost sinks Johnny's career before it can get off the ground.

More Lies takes place several months after Johnny's landed a coveted role in the upcoming Roxy Greene summer blockbuster. Lou tells him Roxy wants the media to think she and Johnny are a hot item off the set to build buzz for the movie. Now that he's dating Brett, Johnny doesn't feel comfortable lying about his love life, but surprisingly his boyfriend thinks it's a great idea.

But when Johnny and Roxy meet for the first time, it's evident neither of them are keen on the charade.

If Roxy's attitude is any indication, she can't stand Johnny. What happens when she finds out he's lying about his sexuality to keep his role in her film?



May 1968. High school bodybuilding champ Ed Green is excited and eager to celebrate his 18th birthday. As a "legal adult" now, he can drink with his older buddies. With graduation just around the corner, he will soon be able to move away from his alcoholic father and Dad’s sluttish young girlfriend, who’s set her sights on Ed.

But the main reason for Ed’s excitement is he’ll be seeing his older step-brother, Johnny, a Marine hero from Vietnam whom he hasn't seen since puberty. The two aren’t related by blood, but they grew up together and Ed has always looked up to his older “brother.” The last time they saw each other, Ed was a shy, short kid with thick glasses. Then Johnny had been Ed’s personal hero and protector, and his move to California devastated his younger “brother.” Now Ed plans to surprise Johnny with muscular changes to his formerly scrawny, weak body.

Only one thing has Ed worried. Though he dates girls, he’s known for a while now that he’s sexually attracted to older men. John will have to share Ed’s bed in the small house for the next few weeks, which makes Ed worry about hiding his lust for the man he's always had a crush on.

How will the hunky Marine react when he learns that not only is his kid brother gay, but that Ed has the hots for him, too? Will sharing a bed with his macho big "brother" lead to Ed's best birthday gift ever?



Everyone dreams of being a rock star. Dating one is the second best fantasy.

Maggie O’Leary is a lonely lesbian dazzled by the talent and charisma of up-and-coming bisexual rock star, Janine Jordan. A romance with Janine could spell trouble, but Maggie can’t help falling in love.

Set in New York City during the nineties, Second Best Fantasy follows Maggie and Janine as they embark on an exciting and surprising journey together, which carries them through the music scene toward stardom, creative artistry, career satisfaction, and finally, battles with their own personal demons.

With support and encouragement from families and friends, their life seems to be headed down the right path. But Maggie and Janine learn love is seldom simple or easy, particularly when both women are also involved in committed relationships with their own addictions. Theirs is a tumultuous love affair from the start. Can they survive the curves and upheaval along the way?


TEA AND CRUMPET edited by UK Meet Acquisitions Team

Raise your rainbow umbrellas high and celebrate!

Enjoy this enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking collection, a heartfelt expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people.

Including a wide range of style and subject, this is the perfect way to sample different authors and to find both existing and new favourites. Follow the British way of life from historic villages to modern cities, from the countryside to the sea, through history and with a fantasy twist, in gardens, churches, campus and the familiar, much-loved local pub.

The stories cover universal themes of romance, desire, remembrance and reconciliation. The authors range from multi-published to up-and-coming, and they all share a passion for their characters, whether through great drama, erotic excitement, humour -- or a combination of all three!

Contributors include: Alex Beecroft, Jennie Caldwell, Stevie Carroll, Charlie Cochrane, Lucy Felthouse, Elin Gregory, Mara Ismine, Clare London, Anna Marie May, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Chris Smith, Stevie Woods, Lisa Worrall, and Serena Yates. Edited by: UK MAT (UK Meet Acquisitions Team).

This anthology is a souvenir of the 2011 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love. Funds from the sale of this anthology will go towards future UK Meets, to which all are welcome.


YOU DON'T GO BACK by Terry O'Reilly

What do you do when the past comes walking through your front door?

That’s what Rick Jensen and Ed Doherty have to decide when Jerry Taylor, Ed’s former lover, long thought dead, comes knocking on their door the night of their sixth anniversary. Will Jerry’s re-emergence in Ed’s life bring the end to the happiness Rick has found with him? Or will Rick’s love for Ed be strong enough to supersede the memory of what Jerry and Ed shared?


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  1. Good morning and welcome to JMS Books and all the authors of this month's fantastic releases!

    Please stop in and tell us a bit more about your book and let us know how we can learn more about you and your work.

    What a great selection of books you have out this month! I'm heading over to read all the excerpts now - can't wait to sample every single one of them!

    Have fun with your party and I wish you all much success with your new releases :)

  2. Hi everyone and what a treat is is to see JMS Books up here on the blog! You have a good selection featured here of the range of books offered.

    I'm Clare London and I write m/m romance and erotica. I have a short story featured in the "Tea and Crumpet" book released this month. I was also involved in organising and editing the submissions, so I *know* what a great selection of fiction it contains :). It's even more special because it marks the launch of the UK Meet for GLBTQ fiction that took place earlier this month in Milton Keynes, UK. The organisers would love to raise the profile of our fiction in the UK in future years - and we had a lot of fun too :).

  3. Hear hear to everything Clare said. I was part of the 'poacher turned gamekeeper' team, too and was amazed at the quality of the stories we had submitted. And you know what? Some of the stories from first time authors are some of the best!

    One of mine (heavily Shakespeare inspired) made the Tea and Crumpet final line up, too.

  4. I'm another author whose story appeared in Tea and Crumpet - another historical though set somewhat earlier than Charlie's! Submitting to the anthology was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, as was attending the UK GLBT Meet last weekend.

  5. Like Clare and Charlie, I was involved on the editing team and what fun it was! It was a real delight to be able to include such a variety of stories, but they all have a few things in common: the British GLBT theme, they're all romantic (to varying degrees), and they're all superb :)

    It was also wonderful to meet all the authors involved last weekend and have my paperback copy signed by them all.

    My own contribution is in there - it's a contemporary m/m story with a narrator who has such a strong voice, he completely took over and narrated the whole thing to me. I just tagged along for the ride!

  6. Looks like a good selection of authors from the Tea and Crumpet anthology have commented already. I'm Stevie Carroll, and I had two stories in there: one an f/f sweet romance, and one an m/m romance of a sort.

    Feel free to ask me anything about either.

  7. I'm Ike Rose, and I'm thrilled to be having my first book with JMS released this weekend.

    Like most of my work, "My Big Brother" is a look into the world of working class gay men in the 1970's and '80s. It was the period of my own blue-collar struggles to accept being gay in a world where that word with it's modern meaning wasn't known.

    I hope you enjoy the excerpt...

    and the book.

  8. Hi there!!

    This is Angela Kelly. Feel free to ask any questions or comment about my latest novel, Second Best Fantasy. I also had an earlier release with JMS Books this year, Unavailable: One Lesbian's Struggle with the Bisexuality of Other Women.

    Second Best Fantasy is the story of Maggie O'Leary, who falls hopelessly in love with Janine Jordan, and up and coming bisexual rockstar. They love each other, but their own personal demons and addictions keep getting in the way!

  9. Hi again. If you want to know more about me or read more of my work, you can visit

  10. So many great sounding books this time around. I've heard great things about the anthology and love stories based in the world of rock and roll. My question is....Are there any themes that you're getting burned out seeing and what do you think the next big theme will be?

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  11. I read an article about the movie Cowboys & Aliens today. It got me to thinking about putting two seemingly unrelated things together. My question is, what is the most interesting or strangest combination of concepts you have ever seen in a book or movie? I have a fondness for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. I don't think I need to explain the strangeness of that movie!

  12. Spoilt for choice. A great selection highlighted thank you.


  13. Congratulations on your releases. All of books sound good and I look forward to reading them. I'm really looking forward to reading My Big Brother by Ike Rose.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  14. Thanks, Sherry,

    I forgot to add my website to my comment.

  15. joder: I'm mostly bored with shapeshifters, except then someone comes up with a new twist. It has to involve humour for preference, and definitely no attempts to explain things with pseudo-science: I'm a biologist at heart.

    Next big thing: more UK-based writing about UK themes and settings (I hope!).

  16. Jen B.: I'm looking forward to Cowboys and Aliens too. I like genre-blending, and can't think of one that particularly struck me as odd.

    The next short story I want to write revolves around the ghost of a Derbyshire millworker and the mistress of a Premier League footballer, but given all the controversy going on here about tabloid newspapers, I doubt I'll come up with anything stranger than current events.

  17. *hear hear* with Stevie's comment about more UK stories LOL. Seriously, I think it's really refreshing that publishers are accepting a wider range of genres and styles. I really don't believe in "dumbing down" to one template for all readers - readers deserve more!

    Well-worn themes? Well, I know vampires seemed to have exhausted their welcome, but there are still excellent ones out there. I think a good author can give any tired theme a new lease of life. The problem is finding the good in amongst a glut of less-good.