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Guest post by A.F. Henley

Hello, all! I’d like start by offering my heartfelt congratulations to JMS Books on an impressive decade of continued growth and success, with my sincere hopes that there are many more decades to follow. Félicitations, JMS! Tous mes compliments.

From what I’ve seen in the indie publication industry, there is no guaranteed recipe for success. It takes a huge amount of willpower, determination, and drive, not to mention a whole lot of luck. But it also takes empathy, consideration, and a strong desire to take on someone else’s dream as your own. It means putting faith in another person’s vision, and offering them support in fulfilling those goals. It also means doing everything possible to gently guide and develop those ideas into something better than they started out as. That is no small feat, and one that I feel is worthy of my respect and appreciation. Thank you, JMS.

2020 has been a year of heartache, loss, confusion, and frustration. As we’ve done so many times before, our community has rallied together to offer up all the support and love that we can. Yet for every step forward, there seems to have been three steps backward. Be it illness, riots, or just the sheer lack of respect humanity can have for one another, it feels like the wheels of progress aren’t just grinding slowly, but that they might have slipped into reverse. In 1969 the LGTBQ+ community stood up and said they weren’t going to take any more of the bullshit and brought the fight for inclusion and human rights out into the streets. It’s been five decades since then, yet there are still people and communities who are fighting for their right to exist or to love.

And that right there, beyond the effort put into a business and on a much higher level of expectation than mere profit, is the true importance of what distributors like JMS are doing for our community. Because while every story — no, every word — that we write with respect to romance under the LGBTQ+ umbrella is one more step at normalizing love beyond the borders of cis expectations, every one that actually gets published shines a spotlight on the validity of the fact that love truly is love, regardless of whom loves who or how their parts fit together. It reminds the world that we all deserve the love we need to make us feel whole because it sets our stories up there alongside all the other ones, where they belong. It cements the idea that intimacy between consenting adults comes in many different examples of desire — and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Our stories, our love, and our experiences are beautiful. Thank you, JMS, for giving our community a platform to not only display and explore the brilliance of the entire rainbow, but to share it with others who feel the same way that we do.

Happy anniversary, JMS! Bonne chance pour l’avenir!

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Byrd’s Eye View by Eve Morton

OUT NOW! Byrd’s Eye View by Eve Morton

Rhea Florakis is a detective in the Magical Crimes Unit of the Neon City, a futuristic landscape where witches try to evade their taxes with counterfeit coins, and Madams run brothels full of high tech sex bots. When Rhea finds out that the notorious Tonya Byrd (A.K.A. Mrs. Nobody) is about to be released from prison, she springs into action. Tonya Byrd already evaded Rhea once — but there are still two weeks left before an old statute of limitations runs out, and Rhea wants to find Tonya before anyone else does.

Meanwhile, Tonya Byrd only has three things on her mind when she steps out of prison: food, sex, and a yet to be named “good stuff” that will keep her satisfied all night long. When she is apprehended by Rhea and her bumbling partner, Murphy, she realizes she must put her own freedom on hold and complete one last mission. With some fancy new VR tech to help her out, the next job — defeating an underground shipment of human cargo — should be easy.

It is, of course, much harder than both Tonya and Rhea ever imagined. When the smoke clears, will they be able to put to mend their seven years apart? Or will the stray kiss they get in a heated chase be all they can ever have together?

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Another Chance for Love by Ellie Thomas

OUT NOW! Another Chance for Love by Ellie Thomas

Former British Army Lieutenant Adam Merryweather survived the Western Front of WWI and has slowly recovered from his injuries. But can he heal from a broken heart?

Torn between family duty and personal happiness, he sacrificed his love for Alf and has never ceased to regret it in the two years since the war ended.

Adam is slowly putting his empty life back together, working for the family firm in the city centre of Bristol and trying to stop his mother’s meddling to find him the perfect socially acceptable bride. When he happens to meet Alf out of the blue, Adam is determined to try again. But convincing Alf to give him another chance may be too much to hope for.

Can a chance meeting bring them back together? Or has Adam lost another chance for love forever?

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Guest post by Kim Davis

Hello, everyone! My blog post today is primarily an excerpt from my work in progress, tentatively titled Thorns in My Side, that tells the story of two brothers, Caleb and Jacob (Jake) Thorn, and their relationships with each other and those around them. In the excerpt below, Tim is Tim Whittaker, Jake’s best friend, and Jenna is Jenna Riley, Jake’s fiancée.

I hope everyone is staying safe during this pandemic. Take care.

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Beyond Billionaires and Barkeepers: Choosing a Career for Your Character

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question most people hear when they’re younger, but chances are you meet your characters after they’ve already made that choice. Whether they’re in college studying towards their dream career or they’ve been stuck in the same deadbeat job for years and they’re aching for something new in their lives, they still have to earn money somehow. But how do you, their creator, decide what job to give them?

First, consider the location. If your character lives in a major city they’re going to need a job that can pay their rent, or possibly two jobs. A part time job as a cashier won’t cut it. Likewise if they live in a small town they aren’t going to work in a high rise office building unless they’ve got one hell of a commute. If they live where it snows they might have a job trimming trees so their branches don’t knock out power lines during storms, or if they live where it’s hot they might install and repair air conditioners.

Next, what job fits your characters’ personalities? Are they good with their hands and like working with tools? Then they might be an electrician, or a mechanic, or they hand-carve custom furniture. Are they kind and patient and like helping people? Then they might be a social worker or a caretaker at a nursing home. Or maybe they’re looking to turn their favorite hobby into a career, and it just so happens that their love interest can help them do that.

Speaking of which, another factor is plot convenience. Your characters could work in similar fields and that’s how they meet, or one or both partners could work irregular hours that make scheduling date night nearly impossible so they have to get creative, or on the other hand one or both of them could work from home so they spend almost too much time with each other. Or maybe one of the characters is embarrassed about what kind of work they do so they lie to their love interest and the dishonesty exacerbates or creates conflict.

If you’re still stumped, look around you for inspiration. Think about, not just the places you go like the grocery store or the DMV, but those quirky shops you always pass but never visit. Someone has to work at the lamp store or the furniture rental place. The other day I saw a work van from a company that does nothing but install and repair billiard tables. Could that be the ideal job for your character? How did they get into that line of work? And how can it help them meet the love of their life?

I guess you’ll have to be the one to tell that story.

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