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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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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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Guest post by Feral Sephrian

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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Guest post by A.L. Lester

Hello there! Firstly, happy anniversary to JMS Books! I’m so pleased I found the company in 2017 and I’m even happier that I was given the opportunity to publish with them. I have four novels out now, all with JMS, the most recent of which is The Flowers of Time. Like all my books so far, Flowers is a historical-paranormal-romantic-suspense. It follows the relationship between Edie, a plucky lady botanical artist and Jones, a non-binary, possibly grey-ace explorer. It takes place in England and India in the 1780s.

Flowers is the first #ownvoices novel I have written and in retrospect, I think I used it to work through some of my own feelings about being non-binary. I was really pleased that JMS took a chance and accepted it, as so many publishing houses still won’t consider books with trans protagonists. It felt very close to my heart when I submitted it and it was a relief in a way to know that other people felt it was good enough to put out there.

Jones and Edie are going to be around for a while I think—I have another couple of books coming to the boil as I work down my to-be-written list. I can see them becoming paranormal-trouble-shooting detectives, traveling the world. The 1780s was a new period for me to write in and the historical research is fascinating. Before I get to that point I have a release in September (Taking Stock, another #ownvoices book, but this time the #ownvoices is chronic disability) and currently I am in the middle of the third in the 1920s Lost in Time cycle, following Will and Fenn. After that I might need to tackle the story of Edie’s brother Hugh and his friend Bennett, who accompanied Edie and Jones across the Himalayas. But then … I should be able to write more Edie and Jones.

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Guest post by Ellie Thomas

As I write mainly historical romance, I am compelled by the forbidden love aspect of LGBT stories set in past centuries. Relationships between those of the same gender were not only disapproved of, but for gay men, were against the law and could have consequences of draconian punishment. I find it so moving that people suffered simply because they were attracted to the same sex.

In my stories, the pressure of my main characters to hide their sexuality from their family and even deny relationships is something I feel drawn to explore. The ‘guilty secret’ aspect of the emotional dilemma for so many generations of LGBT people really touches me. Thank goodness times have changed.

In this short extract from Another Chance For Love, my latest story with JMS Books (released on July 4th), set in 1920, my main character Adam, having failed in the past, tries to resist his mother’s pressure to marry him off.

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