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Guest post by Thomas Grant Bruso

The Meditation of Writing

My first venture into book publishing happened on October 5, 2014. My romance short story, A Light in the Dark, was accepted by LGBT publisher JMS Books. Unbeknownst to me, over the next three years, that single story would find a new life with readers and be shaped into a trilogy series.

Skip to three years later, and I am still writing and publishing for JMS Books. I’ve watched my growth as a writer develop gradually, interestingly over the years, trying to top myself, and work harder on the next story, or to experiment with syntax, narrative, and structure — all the important elements for a writer.

Words on a page have always fascinated me. Reading and writing are a lot like breathing and eating and sleeping. Writing is a survival mechanism for the mind and body. Writing is my therapy, even among the most difficult days when I’m sitting in front of a blank screen, uncertain how the day’s work will turn out or if I’ll be able to write anything at all. Writing challenges me, brings me joy, angers me. But I need it.

In 2018, I wrote a novella called Jay Bird about two young men, Jay and Rocco, and followed them through their high school adolescence, the ups and downs of their tough teenage years, and watched as they struggled with every aspect of their lives from friendship, sexuality, and self-acceptance. Now, in 2020, I continue their story with a sequel called The Unbroken Circle, which will be published August 2020 by JMS Books.

Since childhood, I’ve turned to books for support, courage, faith, entertainment, self-help. All those words: they enlighten, educate, engage. Words and books are a powerful booster for self-expression. Entitlement. A writer’s healthy morale.

At the end of the day, I know I am lucky to be able to do what I do. I do not take any of it for granted, the writing, or when a story is accepted for publication. It is all fleeting: here today, forgotten tomorrow.

Enjoy the journey, somebody once told me. Don’t take it seriously. Accept rejections as a stepping stone to the next best thing. Work hard. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it. If you want to be a writer, then do it. Write. Don’t wait for the literally muse to tap you on the shoulder.

Keep at it. Do not give up.

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Guest post by Kris T. Bethke

Happy Anniversary to JMS Books! Ten years is quite an accomplishment, and I feel honored to be one of the many authors whose works are published here. I’m in very good company if I do say so myself. With JMS Books, you know you’re always going to get great queer stories.

I got my start writing way back in fifth grade, but it wasn’t until I found M/M romance (back in 2009) that I finally found my niche. I’ve been published now for almost seven years, and a good chunk of those years have been here at JMS. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to try my work, I offer you this exclusive flash fic so you can try my style on for size. My entire backlist is published here, so you can jump in and pick up any of my titles right through the site, on sale today!. (And hey, if I’m not to your liking, there are plenty of other authors to choose from!)

Enjoy!

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Guest post by Rafe Jadison

Hi! I’m Rafe Jadison, and I have privilege of being one of the authors published by JMS Books.

A friend recently asked me what ties my books together. Good question, I thought. You see, my writing is across the board. I have sexy shark shifter stories that actually get a little deep. One of my ebooks tells the story of a man who has a bizarre medical condition that often leaves his lovers in a quandary. Another is about two middle aged men who get kind of BDSMy after a grocery store confrontation. Even geographically my stories change. Little Tree is about a Florida Christmas, while Snowed In: Dane and Heath is about what happens when a twenty-something and his sexy boss get stranded at work in a much colder clime.

I explained to my friend that my books are like my friends; no two are alike. My friends run the gamut in every direction (personality, interests, age, looks, religious beliefs, racial identity, socioeconomic and marital status, and other way you might try to classify people), but there is one thing that all my friends have in common — they treat people well. I like to think my books do the same, that they leave my readers with a feeling of hope.

Although I like to read about people in faraway places in situations that I will never encounter, like many readers, I also like to see myself represented in what I read. When I got my first e-reading device, I found that my reading life had changed. There was no more scouring the fiction section of a giant bookstore to find a book that may or may not have a gay character, or having to load up when I made a pilgrimage to a gay bookstore. When I think of JMS Books reaching its tenth anniversary, I smile. I realized a while ago that J.M. Snyder was probably one of the first m/m fiction writers I discovered when I got my first e-reading device, probably about the same time she was starting this publishing house. I celebrate the anniversary of JMS Books today because as a reader, they have provided me with some tremendous reading that wasn’t shaped with a cookie cutter. As a writer, I celebrate them because I am grateful that they have allowed me to give voice to my writing which has never done well with molds.

The book I wrote that JMS is releasing today is called The Divorceary. It’s about two forty plus year old men who built a life in a time when it was illegal for them to marry. They built a business, started a family, and bought a house together when men like them were told they couldn’t. And then later, well, like many couples, they divorced, or did the legal equivalent of that since they were never legally married. Toward the beginning of the book, one of these men, Jason, realizes that he wants Howard, his former partner, back. Being who he is, Jason has a plan — to pretend to be destitute in hopes that Howard will take him back. He begins that plan by convincing Howard that they must celebrate their divorceary. This book is probably the most comical thing I have ever written, but what I enjoy most about it is the fact that the characters have hope. In a time when they had limited rights, Howard and Jason hoped for the life they wanted. Ten years after their separation, Jason hoped to get that life back. If you’re looking for some loveable characters, and a few good laughs, check out The Divorceary.
Whether you choose to read my book or you do something else with the rest of your day, it is my most sincere wish, that no matter what, that you continue to hope.

Light and Love,

Rafe

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Guest post by Elizabeth Noble

Hello and welcome to the 10th anniversary celebration of JMS Books.

I love writing romance … and adventure … and mysteries … and …!

Romance happens in phases. Two people meet. There’s talking, dating, getting to know each other. Along the way feelings develop and those feelings turn into physical desire.

People hug, kiss and make love. It’s part of being in a romantic relationship.

Except it’s not that easy for everyone. There is an entire group of people who are forced to hide their love from the world. That’s one reason I write books centered on LGBTQ+ characters, in my case, gay men. While my stories have gay men as the main characters, the focus of the stories isn’t the fact the characters are gay. The focus is a mystery, or how a romance grows between two people — sometimes both.

In all my books the fact that the main characters are gay is secondary to the story. I enjoy writing about love. Finding love, finding a second love, rekindling a past love or growing old and being in love. It’s not all hearts and flowers, however! The road to love for my men is often fraught with danger, adventure and the occasional supernatural evil that needs dispatching.

I’ve been publishing with JMS Books for only a few years, but it’s been an honor and a pleasure. The diversity of books is astounding and refreshing. JMS has books and authors from across the rainbow, all are welcome.

One of my latest books released by JMS Books is the final installment of my Sentries series, Ringed Love. The series follows two men from the time they’re young adults into their old age. The main characters, Todd and Nick, are master and slave and their union was arranged when they were children, neither was given a choice. They took charge of their lives together and their romance spanned decades. Theirs was a life of love, lust and adventure.

I was delighted when, after leaving another publisher, JMS Books gave this series, along with several of my other books, a new home. That allowed me to do some rewriting, polish and tighten up a story I’d written a long time ago. I grew as a writer and JM gave me the opportunity to release some of my books all over again. As an author, being able to fix some errors, evolve my characters a little more, and expand the plot was a real treat.

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