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December 15, 2017

My new novel is now available.

Love Like Mine by Todd Young

Love Like Mine

Matthew can’t stop thinking about Aaron. He can’t stop thinking about the games they played, the bondage and the discipline, the hurt and the comfort.

Aaron broke up with Matthew weeks ago, but Matthew is determined to get him back. Then blond-haired Jaden appears on the scene, and Matthew has to fight for his love.

You can see it at Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789HC48H/...
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Published on December 15, 2017 11:11 • 14 views

September 15, 2017

I've written another new book, this time a novella. It's not a gay romance, but a gay suspense story.

Obsidian by Todd Young

"James," Tina said, "your capacity for self-deception is beyond a joke."

James has a problem. He’s gay, but he doesn’t know it. He likes to hark back to his time with Tina in New York, but all his thoughts are about men. The only problem is, this never seems to occur to him.

James has left New York in search of isolation. He’s rented a farmhouse miles from anywhere, one so remote he has no TV or Internet connection. The only people around are the farmer and his son, Ben, who takes a sudden interest in James.

Ben is very obviously gay, and in James he seems to have found the perfect partner. The only problem is, James has other ideas. He isn’t going to let Ben close, not unless Ben pushes things, and sometimes you can push just a little too hard.

It's $3.25 at Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075N5PH8H/...
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Published on September 15, 2017 16:01 • 22 views

September 11, 2017

Hi,

The only time I seem to write a blog post is when I have a new book out. I've been sick for the past year or so, so this one's been a long time coming.

What you see below is the bad version of the cover. I've fixed it up a little since then.

The book is called Clone, and it's about two guys who are identical and fall in love.

Clone by Todd Young

They're clones. They're identical. And they're falling in love.

America. 2073. Once again it’s illegal to be homosexual, to be a deviant, and Riley feels hunted day in and day out, hiding from the skulkers.

Then he learns he’s been cloned, and he has to accept Theo into his apartment and into his life.

Riley is intelligent and resourceful, hard working, compassionate, dependable, but maybe a little too softhearted. He can also be very reserved. He tends to hold himself back before speaking, watching people carefully before he puts himself forward. Even so, there is a kind of grace to everything he does, even if he’s simply lifting an arm, or crossing one leg over the other.

Theo, by contrast, is if anything too friendly. He is quick-witted, excitable, impulsive, and maybe even a little hot-tempered. He can sit sullenly for hours, mulling something over, but he has a mischievous, fun-loving streak in him as well. As a clone, he’s been removed from society, living in a military installation. Now he’s in New York.

The two share the same charismatic good looks, but can it possibly lead to love?

Clone is a hot, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhangers.
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Published on September 11, 2017 14:56 • 15 views

March 29, 2016

A couple of years ago I decided to stop rating and reviewing other authors' work. I don't think it's entirely acceptable for one author to be criticising another, but I would like to add books to my shelf and comment on what I'm reading, so I've decided to rate and review occasionally.

I don't intend to give ratings under three stars. If I come across a one or two-star book, then I simply won't rate or review it.

That's my policy moving forward.
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Published on March 29, 2016 21:20 • 96 views

March 14, 2016

I know it seems like I just published a novel, but I've been working on this one on and off over the past eight months or so. It's been a hard struggle to get this out, but I think it works okay.

My guess is that it will be more popular with m/m romance readers than most of my work.

Jism by Todd Young
Jism

Kade has travelled all the way from Kansas to spend his final year at a boarding school in New England. Before he’s had time to unpack, he’s involved in a game of strip poker. He loses, and becomes a bit too obviously excited.

Now he’s gay, according to Chase, the jock who lives across the hall.

Kade knows it’s true. And not only is he gay, he’s falling head over heels in love with Lane, his too attractive roommate.

It’s not a great start to the year, but things can only get better, right?
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Published on March 14, 2016 17:21 • 85 views

January 30, 2016

I’ve been out of action for the past year or so due to illness. Nevertheless, I have managed to write a sequel to Corrupted.

I’m calling it Owned, and it is available for free this weekend along with Corrupted, the first in the series.

Corrupted by Todd YoungCorrupted

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004...

Brad is short of cash. He's lost his job, and if he can't find the rent money by Friday, he's going to be evicted.

He answers a job to work as a strip-o-gram, but ends up getting more than he bargained for.


Owned (Corrupted Book 2) by Todd YoungOwned

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B...

Brad has spent a night with Justin, but what now? Justin leaves in the early hours of the morning, and then Mandy, Justin’s girlfriend arrives. Brad wants to speak to Justin; he wants to know how things stand between them, but Mandy is in the way.

Then Justin finds a tape of Brad stripping. He takes him along to the studio to get his money, but before Justin knows it, he’s making a tape himself.
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Published on January 30, 2016 12:02 • 80 views

July 31, 2014

Angel is now available at Amazon and Smashwords.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Todd-Youn...

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

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Angel's spent the last three weeks locked in a medical facility, testing a new aphrodisiac. He’s picked something up, some mysterious disease, and now, he’s changing. His entire skeletal structure is wefting and warping, and according to Finn, he’s turning into an angel. Only catch is, in order to do that, he has to find true love, and really, whoever heard of gay love?

I'm calling it a companion novel, not a sequel. Joel doesn't appear in this novel. We've switched protagonists and gone in a different direction. I hope it can be read as a stand-alone story.

In order to promote its release, I'm holding a book giveaway at Amazon for the first few days of August. You can pick up both Corrupted and Jumbo for free.

Corrupted by Todd Young

Jumbo by Todd Young

Also free for the first few days in August are these two novelettes.

Boy Friends by Joel Lake

Farm Boy by Joel Lake

I was going to say a lot of people will recognize Boy Friends from my author page. It was the first thing I wrote after Corrupted, but it looks like there's no cover on Goodreads.

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The other story, Farm Boy, deals with castration ideation. These are pieces of literary erotica, which is why Boy Friends was published under another name. They don’t have HEAs.

The final book I'm offering for free is Fracture, my gay crime novel.

Fracture by Adam Ryle

Share the links to these books if you like. I figure more readers = more readers.

If you don't have a Kindle, then please send me a message. I'm more than happy to email you a copy.
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Published on July 31, 2014 11:46 • 339 views

July 27, 2014

I've finally finished the cover for Angel, or I guess so. I usually keep working on things until I release them, but this is more or less it.

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I'd say it's my most professional cover to date, but I was lucky enough to find a great photo and photographer to work with. His name is Michael Sapienza.

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Published on July 27, 2014 21:45 • 198 views

July 23, 2014

Luke King (yes, I know it's me) released the second part of JoJo's BDSM Adventure yesterday.

It's called Nuts.

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The blurb reads:

Now that JoJo’s had his first sexual experience, his mind turns back to the night of his eighteenth party. One of his friends thought it’d be funny to thrust a handful of fireworks into JoJo’s speedos. Thinking back over it now, and what his friends did later, JoJo isn’t sure he wants to know Laurie anymore.

That blurb needs some work, but I’m very tired at the moment. I’ll rewrite it over the next few days. The cover needs some work too. I think JoJo needs a right hand or two hands, and I’ll add that in the next couple of days, too.

This cover might make the subject of the series a little clearer. I think people have been misdirected by the fact “BDSM” appears in the title.

The story is about a young man who has a castration fantasy. That is to say, he wants another guy or guys to castrate him. Where this idea comes from, and how it develops, is part of the story.

It's available at Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/Nuts-JoJos-BDSM...

And Smashwords here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

I’ve priced it at $4.00. That’s expensive, but by the end of this part we’re up to 30,000 words, which is a novella. Each subsequent part will be priced at $2.00. That’s the plan, but we’ll monitor it and see how it goes. I don’t particularly want people reading this unless they have an interest in the subject matter. I feel too strongly about this to have people telling me I’m not treating the concept seriously. I’ve never seen it treated seriously.

The first part has a new link at Smashwords. (The old link is broken.)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

I should take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Steelwhisper, whom I treated badly in her review space (Beach Climb). All I can say in my defense (if it is any defense) is that I was under the impression she was on Goodreads as an author, and not primarily as a reader. I don’t comment on my peers’ work. As I explained in a 2011 blog post (28 October 2011), I’d prefer not to do that. When I think another writer is doing it to me, I find it annoying. You don’t see doctors and lawyers and teachers and judges criticizing each other on the Internet. I really don’t see why writers think they can do it.
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Published on July 23, 2014 13:56 • 209 views

July 13, 2014

Seeing as I’ve gone and admitted to one pseudonym, I suppose I may as well admit to another. I last year published this book:

Fracture by Adam Ryle

It’s not erotica and it’s not a romance either. It’s a suspense novel, a thriller with gay characters. There is a forming relationship, but I deliberately didn’t describe the sex. I had in mind a Patricia Highsmith novel, of whom I’m a great admirer. She’s most famously the author of The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train, though I prefer some of her other novels.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1) by Patricia Highsmith

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

A film called The Two Faces of January came out this year and that’s one of hers too, but again not one of my favourites. I particularly like This Sweet Sickness and Deep Water, though neither of those have gay characters.

Her second book, published under a pseudonym, was about a lesbian love affair. It was published back in the 1950s, and in it, the couple are pursued across America, chased by a detective. It’s very similar to the way Humbert Humbert travels with Lolita in Nabokov’s novel, and there has been speculation that he based it on Highsmith’s.

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

At any rate, I like reading a wide variety of stuff, but I particularly like her uncomplicated, flat prose. It’s been a huge influence on the way I write, though my recent work seems to be getting a little more flowery. In her work, the gay elements are very strictly repressed. Other than in The Price of Salt, they never really come to the fore (but for possibly in the Ripley novels).

I’ve thought of ideas for quite a few of these suspense novels, all with gay characters. In them, the reader is pretty much in the mind of someone going insane, or perhaps of someone who is psychopathic. They involve jealousy and subterfuge and mixed up people who’ve been abused (like all my other stuff) but there’s no sex and though I’d personally describe the end as romantic, it’s not happy.

It really depends on how you view things.

I wrote this novel very quickly and never transformed it, so please don’t expect too much of it. I was planning on writing more of them, but it hasn't sold. If you’re not quite interested enough to pay send me a message and I’ll link you to a free copy.

The blurb reads:

At 33, Colin is still a virgin. He’s never questioned his sexuality, but when Alek arrives on Colin’s doorstep, he’s unexpectedly heartstruck by the young man’s beauty.

Colin has done a crazy thing. He’s burned down his house and built a duplex, a house divided into two apartments. His reason for doing this is simple. He wants to spy on his tenant, the young girl he imagines renting the place to, but the arrival of Alek puts an unexpected twist on this plan.

Is Colin gay? As he watches Alek through the two-way mirrors he’s installed in the bedroom and bathroom, he begins to wonder. In fact, he thinks he might just be falling in love with Alek Antonov, and with this tangled love comes a spiral toward madness, toward murder.

It has some appalling ratings, like all of my work, though I think this frustrates readers expectations more than most. I don't seem to be able to find a readership for this. It's mainly been reviewed by people who are expecting an m/m romance.
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Published on July 13, 2014 23:11 • 114 views