Today is the last stop on the (Un)Masked blog tour and that is how it should be. Love Bytes gave me my start more than three years ago so it is fitting that it gets the anchor leg of the tour. I hear some of you asking, “Gave you your start three years ago? I never heard of you.” Ah, yes.
So if you are a regular reader of Love Bytes you know me as Andrew Q. Gordon – that makes me feel so Troy McClure saying that.
For an explanation of the Andrew Q. Gordon – Andy Gallo change, you can find that here: Introducing. . .
When Anyta and I set out to write (Un)Masked about six plus years ago, we wanted to write something a bit different. If you read the story, I think you’ll agree, we succeeded. (Un)Masked has a paranormal element, but there are no shifters or vampires, no wizards or witches. The paranormal element is both subtle and central to the story. One of the main characters is straight, and unlike many stories in the genre, he is not gay for his best friend. He’s straight. This isn’t a sweet, fluffy romance, but it is a story of love and what it must be overcome sometimes to find and keep that love.
In re-reading the book in preparation for its re-release, I remain proud of the the risks we took and the way it came together. If you’re looking for something a bit different, I humbly suggest you pick up (Un)Masked and see if you don’t agree.
About the Book:
Jay Walker has two wishes: to perform the play of his dreams alongside his best friend at Wellington’s Tory Street Theatre, and to meet that special someone. Someone he’d go to the ends of the earth for. Someone who might only exist in fairy tales.
When Jay meets accordion busker Lethe Cross, it’s like living a dream come true. Lethe’s music captivates Jay, and he resolves to meet the man who plays so beautifully. But then he discovers Lethe’s life is more like a nightmare. The phrase “down on his luck” can’t begin to cover it. Determined to help, Jay does some snooping for answers—and winds up on the wrong end of a centuries-old curse. The good news is there’s a way to break it. The bad news is it might cost Jay his life.
Genre: MM gay paranormal romance, magical realism, new adult
Anyta Sunday & Andy Gallo (self published)
This book was previously published in 2012 by Dreamspinner Press.
Release Date (Print & Ebook):
October 30th, 2017
“You want to forget that race?” I asked. Lethe nodded.
His need pressed up against mine and I wished there was something to brace ourselves against so we could stay close like this. Lethe shifted back slightly and took me in hand. I gasped as the first waves of shock somersaulted through me.
Recovering, I returned the favor, gently stroking him, absorbing the heat that coursed through my hand. I’d waited for the chance to be this close with Lethe, and it fueled my hunger for him. Closing the few inches between us, I pressed my lips against his, asking—no demanding—him to let me have my fill. The salt on his lips only added to my lust. It was him. This was where we bonded.
We gently stroked each other, while we waged a back-and-forth battle with our tongues neither wanted to win. My control was slipping as our breathing quickened. Waves lapping against our waists muffled the growing moans we evoked from each other.
Kissing him like no one before, I poured my soul into him, accepting his in return. This was right. He was right.
My attempt to kiss over his word was met with Lethe turning his head. “Lethe?”
“I don’t want our first time—my first time—to be here.”
“I thought you have—”
He brushed his wet, salty fingers against my trembling lips. “I have, but never with someone who cared about me. You’re the first person who doesn’t see the person they most want.”
“Yes, I do.” My whisper carried over the churning water, softening his eyes even more.
“Even more reason I want to feel your body on mine without shivering from cold. Come back with me?”
I pressed my lips against his ear. “I’m going to take my time kissing every inch of you. I’m going to say your name when we come.”
Heart-stopping slow burn.
Anyta is a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. She loves to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of her favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
Anyta writes a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. Her books have been translated into German, Italian and French.
Member of Romance Writers of America.
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Andy Gallo’s stories capture how he wished he’d spent his formative years, instead of how it really happened. Unfortunately for his characters, they find themselves infused with some of Andy’s less noble qualities.
A hopeless romantic, Andy writes seated next to a hundred year old Smith Brothers typewriter he inherited from his grandfather. He also dreams of superheroes and wizards and sees no reason why two men with superpowers can’t fall in love just like everyone else. Although not all of his stories have a paranormal bent, a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good read in his mind.
Married and living his happy ever after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days rubbing elbows with other parents as they raise their daughter. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.
Author Website: www.andygallo.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/andygalloauthor/
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