January 2018 Author Of The Month: M. Tasia
M. Tasia is a paralegal and author who lives in Ontario, Canada. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapters; Rainbow Romance Writers and the Toronto Romance Writers. Michelle is a dedicated people watcher, lover of romance novels, 80’s rock, and happy endings.
Michelle writes both contemporary and paranormal romance and believes love should be celebrated. Everybody deserves to have romance, excitement, intrigue and passion in their lives.
Romance is the genre dedicated to celebrating love, and it shouldn’t be limited to showing that m/f main characters are the only couples that have loving relationships with stories worth telling. I’m asked why I write m/m romance quite a bit, and I always answer the same way: love and love stories are meant to be shared no matter your sexual orientation. I love the dynamic between two men whether they be the in control alpha or the unsure submissive. The men in these stories have to bear their souls to find or keep love. I want to share these amazing stories, and I want readers to laugh, cry, scream and fall in love with the characters that leave a lasting impression. The concept of a town where everyone was accepting of all relationships appealed to me, and, since Brighton was my creation, I made a world where Love is Love isn’t just a saying, but how people lived. The uniqueness of its residents comes through in their open mindedness, the depth of their caring and their willingness to support each other. The town is unforgettable as a dream I wish was a reality. Relationships come in all shapes and sizes and all are welcomed without judgment in Brighton. I created a place with a sense of community where no one is judged for who they love or the composition of their relationship.
The m/m romance genre is thriving and we have loyal fans that stick with us through thick and thin. I’m not just a writer of m/m romance I’m a huge fan. But, bottom line, I write m/m romance for the same reason others write m/f romance, the characters that live in my head require their stories be told, and…I love it.
So, what have you written?
I’ve written The Boys of Brighton Series.
How many books to your series?
There are six books in the series so far. The seventh book will be releasing in February 2018 with more to come.
What do you love most about the writing process?
Typically, I always know where I want my story to end and the major points I want to hit along the way, but after that I just write. Sometimes the story will take a turn part way through and I’ll have to reconsider the direction but the ending never changes. This sort of freedom appeals to me as a writer, to be able to bring a story or person to life and to have that effect readers around the world.
Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers grasp?
Yes, hope. That there is always hope even in the darkest of situations. To hold on and fight even if you feel like giving up is sometimes the hardest thing to do but the most rewarding.
What’s the one thing that has really surprised you since you started writing?
The one thing that surprised me the most since I began writing is the community of authors in the romance genre. There’s always an author picking up and promoting another romance author. It’s like a family. You can also join a group called the Romance Writers of America that supports the genre and the authors. It’s not like we’re competing against each other for readers, there’s enough for all of us. We celebrate each others achievements and mourn our losses, such as a few of our fellow romance authors in 2017. I love the romance author community and feel honored to be a part of it.
Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.
After living on the streets and in his car, Travis has found a home in Brighton, Texas. His job as a cook at the local diner pays enough for him to afford a small apartment, and, for the first time in years, he’s able to feed his passion, buying a few art supplies so he can sketch. He’s safe, and, oddly enough, feels accepted in this small town. And, for reasons he cannot fathom, Bo Mason, a gorgeous cop, seems interested. While flattered, Travis knows if his secrets are revealed, Bo won’t want to have a damn thing to do with the likes of Travis Boone.
IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP
From the moment he saw the new blue-eyed cook at Brighton’s diner, Bo Mason fell. Hard. And while getting close to Travis Boone has been like gentling a terrified animal, Bo knows there’s a special person hiding behind those small smiles and closely guarded secrets. Slowly, Bo starts to peel back the layers cocooning Travis and learns the heart of an angel beats inside the most beautiful man Bo has ever known.
Main Characters in ‘Travis’:
Travis Boone is a man who has lived a life no one would envy. His inability to trust anyone or get close enough to be intimate with them has ruled his life. The emotional and physical scars are almost too much at times. If anyone is deserving of love and acceptance, Travis is that person.
Bo Mason is a police officer with Brighton PD and knew the moment he saw Travis that the man was special. He takes his time earning Travis’s trust and comes to the realization that Travis is the man he loves and wants to spend his life with. Now he just needed to get the beautiful man on the same page as he was.
Excerpt from ‘Travis’:
Immediately doubts crept into Travis brain. What if I make a fool of myself? What if they take one look at me and disapprove? Travis knew he was panicking, but he hadn’t been invited to anything in a while, let alone a family barbeque. At work in his kitchen he felt safe and secure, and in his apartment the same, but now he was being asked to a social gathering with strangers.
He liked the anonymity of the streets; no one noticed the homeless guy, but at this party he knew he’d be a star attraction. He could see it now—Bo’s new boyfriend.
“I promise if you’re uncomfortable we’ll leave. I would really like you to come. Even if it’s
for only a little while,” Bo assured.
Travis could tell this was important to Bo. And if Travis wanted to get better, wanted to enter the land of the living, how could he refuse? “Okay, I’ll come for a bit, but I work until four that afternoon.”
“I’ll pick you up after your shift,” Bo was quick to reply.
“Since we’re at it, I have a favor to ask.” Travis figured now was a good a time as any. “Dr. Gordon needs a next of kin of sorts for me and I thought that maybe you would be okay with being mine.”
“You want me to stand in as your next of kin?”
Travis scratched at his shirt before answering. “Yes.”
“I’d be honored.”
“Thanks. Really.” He wasn’t sure of it being much of an honor for Bo, but Travis would take it. He cuddled close as the television came to life. He still couldn’t quite believe that he was somebody’s boyfriend. He’d never expected to be anything close to that, ever. He wasn’t ready to jump into bed with Bo but he was willing to see where all these changes and feelings were leading.
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