Tyler Heyward, beautiful boy

“Tyler was capable of a lot more than his family, or most people who knew him, thought. People took him at face value. He had soft features and a lithe, thin body that should have been a dancer’s, delicate hands and unusual eyes. It was easier to let them think what they would than to always fight it.

At home he was lighthearted and silly and lovable. He didn’t demand attention. With his friends at Affirmations, the LGBT community center, he was femme and funny, the laugh of the party and everyone’s pet. At school he was quiet: the achiever; tones spoken a little lower, clothes a little baggier and the line of his shoulders held differently.

Tyler was gifted. And it wasn’t just his intelligence, or his unusual prettiness or his sweet nature. Tyler was an actor at almost every moment, a patchwork of personas, a chameleon and a bone-deep people-pleaser.”

For those of you curious about the men of Idlewild, I’ve been posting little pictures over on my twitter and facebook accounts — I’ll be putting ones up every now and then as we run up to Idlewild’s release (12 days!!! Eeee).

Until then, I also wanted to share tiny snapshots of who these men are.

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Idlewild will be available for purchase December 1st, 2016. It is currently available for pre order: if you put both the print and ebook version in your cart and order before Dec. 1st, you’ll get the eBook free using discount code IDLEWILD.

Also, if you preorder and send me proof of purchase, you will receive a personalized postcard from me and be entered to win a signed copy of the book!

Halloween Goodies! (SALE)

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You got that right! You can nab Hush, What it Takes, and Idlewild (which is on pre-sale) at 30% off!

Which is handy: remember if you pre-order Idlewild, you get a customized postcard from me, and are entered to win a signed copy of the book when it comes out! Yaaaay!

TODAY ONLY, I’ll extend that to ANY sales. Email me proof of purchase and you’ll be entered!

Are y’all ready?

To visit one of my favorite places with beautiful, complicated, occasionally frustrating men?

Metro Devious Detroit Man Hole cover Matt saw this on Fox 2 News and has always…:

(not my picture, I got it on pintrest, am still tracking down the artist!)

Soon enough my third novel, Idlewild, will be going up for presale!!

So listen, here’s a little secret, from me to you…anyone who sends me proof of purchase when it comes up for presale will get a personalized postcard from me, and a grand prize winner will get a signed copy of Idlewild when it comes out in December.

Keep your eyes peeled here, twitter, tumblr and facebook for the announcement of official presale day!!

Five Stars: Into the Blue by Pene Henson

Into the Blue (eBook package)

A while I promised a review of Pene Henson’s Into the Blue, which has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly as well as excellent reviews from Romantic Times and USA Today — so well deserved!

Into the Blue is the moving story of long time best friends Tai and Ollie, who grew up surfing the North Shore of Oahu together. This book is Henson’s debut novel; it’s beautifully written and aches with the complexities of the protagonists’ stories. Their history and friendship is handled with great skill. There is never a moment when the forward progress of the story is bogged down by exposition that fills us in on the past. Instead we are treated into an inside view of their found family (their roommates Hannah and Sunny, and Ollie’s little brother Jamie) through the story, within it. It is immediately clear that Ollie and Tai have a very special friendship. Our perception of how special becomes more clear as we get to know Ollie, who is by turns prickly and unsure, who has a hard time with other people but who is quietly magnetic and lovable, even when it’s hidden from everyone but those who know him best. He’s foiled beautifully against Tai, who is magnetic as well but also magnanimous and outgoing. Together they make sense; when their relationship takes a turn from friendship to lovers, there is something between them that intrinsically works, even when we can clearly see them testing and blundering through situations of their own making.

I mentioned the beautiful writing; the landscape that Henson places her characters in is so vibrant. There’s such attention to detail. I felt transported – this book is a wonderful getaway. The sense of pause, that in between, that moment in their relationship where they can be something other than the friends they always have feels like a treasure and privilege to witness.

While Tai was a joy to read, Ollie was, for me, a revelation. I love his complexity and reticence. I love how he’s portrayed, like the world doesn’t always fit him, or like he’s not sure how his edges fit into the world. This is the second book this year I’ve read with a demisexual character and Henson handles his truth and story very carefully and thoughtfully. She also handles Tai’s progression through their relationship deftly – we get a good sense of how Tai packed the potential for feelings away when he and Ollie were younger after Ollie’s mother passed away, how and why he chooses to go along with the change in their relationship, but also how his fear of falling for Ollie and harming their found family complicates everything once they are brought back to their regular lives. None of these are over explained or overwrought. Instead they feel natural, and like the mistakes young men make when they’re figuring out what they want in life and how to get it.  Henson’s trust in the reader and in her characters makes falling in love with them as they fall for each other feel utterly natural and earned.

Five stars—if I could, twenty stars – for this stunning debut. Five as well for the beautiful cover, which makes me want to run away to the nearest beach to re-read this book yet again.

For a chance to win a 25$ gift card from Interlude Press, check this postthis post out on the author’s blog about her virtual book tour!

Coming in October of 2016, Idlewild

IDLEWILD COVER

In a last ditch effort to bring the downtown Detroit gastro pub he started with his late husband back to life, Asher Schenck fires everyone and hires a completely new staff. Among them is Tyler Heyward, a 23-year-old recent college graduate in need of funds to pay for med school. As their relationship shifts from business to friendship, Tyler falls for Asher and finds himself caught between the things he thought he wanted and the things he hasn’t allowed himself to dream about. Working together, they get to know each other’s dreams.

Idlewild is a story about love and healing set in the backdrop of Detroit’s revival.

I am so excited to share this amazing cover C.B. Messner designed, and my story with you guys. I am so constantly floored by the quality of the book covers Interlude Press gives my books, and once again, standing ovation. This one captures the book so beautifully.

 

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention

It’s almost time! Next Tuesday you’ll find Jude out in the big wide world of Vegas. I’ll be the one with the wide eyes wandering the Rio Hotel in a daze.

But not to fear, come Wednesday I’ll be pulled together and SO READY to meet people and learn all kinds of stuff. And that means I’d love to meet YOU.

SO. If you want to find me, I’ll be at:

The Interlude Press Publisher Spotlight, 11am Wednesday morning

ClubRT at 11:30am Wednesday morning

I’ll be signing books at the Giant Book Fair (weeeee), Saturday from 10:30-2pm

Otherwise, I’ll be flitting about from Tuesday to Sunday, bamboozled and thrilled by the whole experience. If you are going to be there, gimme a shoutout on twitter @judesierra and maybe we will find a way to cross paths!!

 

 

 

30% off Sale!

Today only you can grab a copy of my books Hush and What it Takes (along with all other Interlude Press titles) at 30% off! Official work from Interlude?

“Forget the vernal equinox. For some of us, spring hasn’t really started until Opening Day of the baseball season. So in honor of our love of hot dogs, Cracker Jack, cold beer and hot pitching, we’re celebrating the start of the baseball season with a 24-hour flash sale for 30 percent off everything in the IP Web Store.

What does baseball have to do with LGBTQ fiction? Nothing that we know of…yet.

Enter the discount code—please, no giggling—PLAYBALL at checkout for 30 percent off through Monday night at store.interludepress.com.”

Book rec like WHAT: Ceili by Moriah Gemel

So, I don’t know if you guys remember a fantastically hot serial book called Load the Dice our friend Moriah Gemel wrote last year (if you DON’T, good lord, RUN and don’t walk to go read it. But find some…ahem…alone time), but tomorrow her second book – A REALLY GOOD ONE – hits the shelves, it’s called Ceili. This isn’t my full on, blow out review, because I still have a few pages left, but LORD. YAS.

This is a story about Devon, a down on his luck musician living in LA who wanders into a bar (Ceili) one night. There he discovers a world inside his world he never imagined – where Fae exists, hiding in plain sight – and a truth about himself he couldn’t have forseen – that he too is Fae.

Deliciously, running this bar, and this enclave of Fae in the human world, we have Eldan, who I would basically climb like a pole and lick. Srsl. SRSLAH. I have a ladyboner for Eldan I cannot contain. He’s quirky and silly and poised and deep and complicated all at once, which is like…how does Riah do that? SHE DOES IT.

The world she builds is excellent, walking the line between fantastic (as in magical) and real. The plot thickens beautifully, and with it, the tension and eventual romance between Eldan and Devon, who are *very* different men on many levels, and yet perfectly suited.

One of the best things about the book is that it’s NOT OVER. It ends at a great spot but with so much story potential left to tell and GUESS WHATTTTT, YASS THAT’S RIGHT THERE’S MORE TO COME.

Also, if you run over to Interlude and grab it now, you can get the paper book and then get the e-book free. Yay!

4.5 Stars for Hush

I was lucky enough to get a fabulous review from Prism Book Alliance this week. I wanted to share before our Twitter Takeover Tuesday (hint, today at 6PM EST, I’m @judesierra), if y’all had any questions about this novel either!

“Cameron Vargas meets Wren early on in his first year of college and is immediately attracted. What ensues is a game of compulsion, obsession, and sexual discovery that eventually and inevitably begins to lose its rules and boundaries. As Cam and Wren’s interactions become increasingly intense, the question of whether or not they can each provide what the other needs in a true relationship becomes paramount.

Jude Sierra is a gifted wordsmith, her early love for writing poetry clearly evident in the lush, vivid imagery and detail she weaves within her prose. The opening paragraphs ofHush mark her as a new favorite of mine, setting the stage for the finely-crafted story that is to follow:

Cameron Vargas’s introduction to college, from its first days into weeks, turns out to be a blur. Later he’ll think back to that time and wonder how he managed to create the canvas of such a pivotal time in his life into a sort of watercolor, pastels that blurred into one another with few distinct shapes or forms.

There was a canvas: complete, yes and from a distance a scene portrayed. But the finer points were lost, a fact he wouldn’t realize until later. Until after. 

Cam would like, in part, to say the difference is simple, that there was a distinct before and after. That his life before was simply before Wren. In chaos, in the months of searching to find the ground, he’d say this: that Wren had come into his life like a freak storm, unexpected and swamping, leaving him capsized and floundering.

I was immediately entranced.

Cam and Wren have an undeniable chemistry, their intimate scenes erotic and fiery with a powerful emotional element that simmers and burns just under the surface. Ms. Sierra allows the reader into her characters’ heads and hearts, and the results are visceral. Cam is completely enveloped in his profound desire for Wren, while Cam’s need for control, connected to a past that is revealed in agonizingly slow bits and pieces, is fierce and clearly defined. Cam is sweet and captivating; Wren is alluring and mysterious. Together they are magic.

Peripheral characters are also well developed and bring added dimension not only to the story, but also to the main characters’ personalities. Interesting roommate and sibling relationships are given ample page time and shed valuable light on the various aspects of Cam and Wren’s natures. Fully fleshed and authentic, these characters help round out the book and work together to create a strong sense of community, their concern for Cam and Wren’s well-being evident and heartfelt.

As tender as it is intense, this new adult m/m romance blends the intoxication of sexual discovery, a captivating touch of the paranormal, and the acute pain and euphoria of newly blossoming relationships into a unique, fascinating gem of a story. It is one that I will definitely be re-visiting and highly recommend…”

So many thanks to PBA for this. I am so happy to hear that people enjoyed Cam, Wren & Co. And who knows, maybe one day we’ll get to go back to their little world…

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Twitter Takeover Tuesday!

Tomorrow at 6pm EST I’ll be taking over twitter (mwuahahahaaaa!), and I’d love to answer questions from y’all. I’ll be talking about Hush, What it Takes, and my current project. Writing? Life while writing? Style? Inspiration? What color socks I’m wearing (hint, they rarely match).

Send your questions over here, at the Interlude tumblr ask and I’ll be answering! Follow along at #JudeSierra and #IPTakeover!