Friday, March 28, 2014

The Writing Process

Today is March 29, 2014, I’m Christiane France, and this is a Blog Hop where authors answer questions about their writing process. I was invited to take part by fellow author Sean Michael who posted last week. Check out Sean’s blog at:

Why and how do I write? I sometimes wonder about the why myself. Maybe it’s because I was an only child and a dreamer, always making up love stories in my head. As to the how, that’s something I also wonder about—a lot, but I’ll try to explain.

What am I working on?

Like most authors, I’m always working on something even if it’s just developing a one-line idea into something worth of a full story, tussling with a plot problem, or thinking up new projects.

My current wip (work in progress) is another story in the Amethyst Cove series, Missing But Not Dead. My main character, Greg Stewartson, ex-cop, private investigator, and half-owner of Amethyst Cove Security & Investigations, meets Ash Tyler, a handsome sexy nurse who soon turns Greg’s world upside down. Greg would like to concentrate on their budding romance. Ash wants to find his biological family—the one he had before he was adopted and moved from California to Michigan. Problem is Ash’s birth was never registered, the people he knew as mom and grampa have long since disappeared, and it all happened about twenty-five years ago.

Missing But Not Dead will form part of Amber Allure’s California Dreamin’ Pax to be released sometime late this summer or early fall.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think every writer's work differs in some way. I’ve written full-length mystery-suspense novels, sweet romance, erotic boy/girl and also menage romance. I even have a catshifter story and a vampire with eating problems that I hope to finish one of these days. My main focus is gay male romance. The majority of my stories are contemporary, but I have a couple of time shifts, one historical, and a ghost or two. Stories are either character driven or plot driven, and many of mine fall into the latter category because they usually include a mystery that may or may not be solved before The End. If it’s left hanging, then a sequel is called for. Such as Looking For Answers, a continuation of It’s Complicated, to be released April 13, 2014 by

How does your writing process work?

Like many other authors, I’m a pantser rather than a plotter. Anytime I sit down and try to make a list as to the order of events, either I get bored because I know what’s going to happen, or the story takes off in every direction but the right one and I have to start over. It’s taken me a while to learn my place in the process, but this is roughly how it goes: I think up the basic idea—including the names of the characters, their occupations and the story location, and then the two main characters take over and tell the story their way. By taking this approach, I’m able to get into the characters’ heads and learn all kinds of neat stuff about them which, in turn, often adds other, sometimes unexpected, dimensions to the story.

My books can all be found at and

Next week:

Jillian Dagg is a multi-published author I’ve known for many years. Jillian grew up in England and Canada. She loved reading and writing romances so much that she turned that desire into a successful career that led to her selling over twenty novels. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband and cats. Jillian has a new book coming out from Black Lyon sometime this summer. You can find her at:

K-lee Klein has lived in one part of Western Canada or another for her entire life. She’s a doting mother of three now-grown kids, and has had characters and plots running around her head for as long as she can remember. Her days are filled with an abundance of fabulous gay men, large and small, bouncing off the walls of her skull, competing for their turns to tell their stories. K-lee has 4 novel-length books and more than 10 short stories and novellas with her three publishers MLR Press, Amber Allure and Less Than Three Press—plus many more in progress.  You can find K-lee here:




Friday, March 21, 2014

ONCE UPON A SECRET m/m contemporary

March 22, 2014: 

For MySexySaturday this week I have seven sexy paragraphs from Once Upon A Secret.

Cool mysteries and hot romance -
Latest Release: IT’S COMPLICATED


The last thing Luke Fiorelli wants to do, being a member of a close-knit immigrant family living in the Italian neighborhood of a small town, is embarrass or upset them by openly declaring his sexuality. Moving to the big city isn’t an option for a couple of reasons: partly because he owns a successful landscaping business, and partly because his family wouldn’t understand him relocating on what they would interpret as a whim. So, by convincing himself that his strait-laced father would kill him if he ever found out about Luke’s sexuality, and satisfying his needs with the occasional weekend trip out of town, Luke has never had a problem keeping that part of his life a deep, dark secret.

That is, until he meets handsome and openly gay Travis Barrington III. The attraction between the two men is strong and instantaneous, and suddenly Luke is scrambling to invent even more excuses to keep his secret.

Travis, however, knows all about secrets and the harm they can do, but can he convince Luke to accept that and step out into the light?

In the split second it had taken for that envelope to change hands, something had passed between himself and Travis, and Luke had known for an absolute fact that the job would be his. He couldn’t explain how he’d known; he just had. Maybe it was what the experts labeled a moment, a flash of precognition that sometimes happened, or good old-fashioned ESP. Whatever it was, less than a week later, Travis had called to confirm Luke had indeed submitted the winning bid.

It had happened, it was over, but the incident still continued to bother Luke. He didn’t have moments or suffer from ESP. Even so, something must have triggered the sudden feeling of knowing the future, and he didn’t have much to choose from. There had been the initial, brief but all-encompassing eye contact with Travis that made Luke feel as if he’d been swallowed whole. Then the zap of electricity traveling up his arm as their fingers touched when Travis took possession of the package. Then again, maybe it had just been one of those weird, inexplicable things that happen but defy all rational explanation.

Whatever it was, from then on, any time Luke ran into Travis, he started feeling wary and off balance, like he was walking on eggs, or balancing on the edge of a cliff. And it didn’t help in between those times he couldn’t quit thinking about the man or having ridiculous dreams where the two of them were locked together in a passionate embrace.

Travis was handsome, rich, a real player by all accounts, and totally out of Luke’s league. The last person on earth Luke would want to hook up with, yet his fingers itched to touch his skin, to get naked with him. He wanted to run his fingers through the man’s long black hair and kiss his wide mouth. He wanted to taste him and—

Just then, Travis looked up, a faintly troubled look on his handsome face, giving Luke the craziest urge to just walk around the desk and solve whatever was bothering him with a reassuring hug. However, while Travis made no secret of the fact he was gay and proud of it, Luke was not. Hell, there were times when Luke wasn’t even sure what he was. Although that wasn’t exactly true. He’d done enough messing around, first in high school and later in college, to be very sure.

However, he’d grown up in a family with strong conservative values and strait-laced views on just about everything. He didn’t need to hear his dad’s views on homosexuality to know the way he and his friends thought. It was something decent people didn’t talk about, so telling his parents had been totally out of the question. As a result, Luke’s almost non-existent sex life was, of necessity, restricted to DIY and weekend trips out of town to somewhere like L.A., Vegas, or San Francisco.

If his secret ever got out… Luke shuddered inwardly at the very thought. His dad would kill him. Guaranteed.



Monday, March 17, 2014

A to Z Blogging Challenge - April 2014

If you enjoy to blog and haven't yet signed up for this year's A to Z Challenge, there's still time. Just go to: and follow the instructions.

I'll be blogging about my erotic romance stories, and I'm really looking forward to meeting my fellow bloggers and hearing what they have to say about their interests.

Christiane France

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lisa at MM Good Book Reviews gives IT'S COMPLICATED 4 Hearts:

...I would recommend this story to those who love short stories with a little bit of anger, frustration, two sexy men, the hint of danger or illegal activities, and a very hot sex scene...

Read the complete review here: