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April 2, 2018

Just wondering...

.... is anybody here?

A lot has happened in the last few years, and one of the things that fell by the wayside—keeping up with this Goodreads blog—and Goodreads things in general. But I used to love the interaction with readers here, and if readers are still around...

So how about this: I'll post this excerpt from a WIP called Holiday Home Hotel, and a picture of the dog, and you can let me know in comments that you've seen it, okay? If anybody's out there, I'll make sure to stop by more often, maybe do contests, keep you posted on books, etc, have some fun here the way we used to do. :)

To set this up, Gunny is one of the MCs, and this near the start of the book, The Holiday Home Hotel. The poor guy is in the woods on a snowy winter evening, unable to get to his car, and though he's not exactly lost, he's in need of help.

But… wait.

He heard a sound… Music? Laughter? Voices?

Sure, Gunny. This is Lord of the Rings and those are elves.

He chuckled, though if he was losing his mind out here, it wasn’t funny at all. Not to jump to that conclusion though, he looked around, peering carefully in each direction, looking for some sign….


He veered off the road, trudged a short way through brush and trees, and emerged onto a wide, snow-covered lane that certainly must-be a driveway.

Closer to the lights, he saw brilliant, twinkling colors framing a large sprawling building, every door and dormer lined with strings of holiday bulbs. While not a Grinch or a Scrooge, Gunny’s feelings about the winter holiday season had for years been mostly neutral. But just then, Gunny heard a sultry voice—hauntingly familiar though he didn’t know why—caressing well-worn, comfortable words about chestnuts roasting and kids from one to ninety-two, and seasonal spirit filled him up from hat to boots.

Or, more honestly, he figured he’d be out of the weather, off his injured ankle, and possibly sipping something hot within minutes—and if that wasn’t joy in December he didn’t know what was.

He stopped suddenly when a very large dog, so white he hadn’t seen her in the snowy dusk until she stopped three feet in front of him and barked three times. The short, sharp sound sliced through the haze of relief that had fallen over Gunny’s mind, and practically exploded his heart right out of his chest. “Uh….” he said, though he wasn’t really speaking to the dog.

From the distance he heard a call.

“Lelia! Lelia, come back. What the heck are you barking at?”

The dog, who was probably Lelia, trotted up to Darren and, before he could die of fear, licked at his gloved hand, then turned and walked slowly toward the big house with all the lights, turning around once to catch Gunny’s eye.

With great relief, Gunny understood she didn’t want to eat him; she wanted to rescue him. He breathed again, and followed her home.

Thanks, people!
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Published on April 02, 2018 08:26 Tags: author, dog, holiday, readers, work-in-progress, writer-life

March 8, 2015

New Lou Sylvre book: A Shot of J&B, and links to a contest!

Oh my goodness, I haven't been here since last May. Forgive me! I knew I was behind but not quite that bad. I do have news to share today, as you can see from the post title. :)

A Shot of J&B will be released by Dreamspinner press on March 16th, but it's up for preorder now, and checkout code SHOTOFJB will get you 20% off. That fabulous cover you see above was created by Reese Dante, and I personally love it. The book is the first of a new series spinning off from Vasquez and James.

Here's the blurb:

Six years ago, Brian Harrison helped save the life of Jackie Vasquez, and he’s never really forgotten him. After the rescue, Brian ended his employment with Jackie's uncle Luki and left the US for England, aiming to distance himself from the confused feelings—not lust, but not brotherly—that then sixteen-year-old Jackie engendered. Now Jackie has become a man, and when they meet again by chance, lust with a dose of D/s rope kink is definitely on the list of possibilities. As they get to know each other, though, lust shows every sign of growing into love, deep and true.

When Jackie moves to London for graduate studies in criminal psychology, he and Brian hope they’ll be able to enjoy each other's frequent company. But they haven't factored in the claim Brian's police job with Scotland Yard will make on his time, especially when the “Gaslighter crimes” sap investigative resources. An abandoned aide dog named Soldier leads to a breakthrough clue, and a chain of discoveries fall like dominoes. As Brian rushes to beat the criminal’s game before it escalates to true terror, he comes to an undeniable conclusion: Jackie Vasquez, the man he loves, is in mortal danger.

In even newer news, I'm starting to plot out book 2 in this series (which is called Vasquez Security, the Next Generation :) ). Working title for book 2 is A Cup O' Kindness, no idea yet when it will be done, but right now you have a chance to have you name on a character in the book, or your bird, cat, or dog can be a character. You can enter three times and up your chances to win this, by visiting these two links:

On my blog at rainbow-gate.com: An excerpt from A Shot of J&B (Sonny James’ timely advice to Brian!) And a contest

On Love Bytes: Lou Sylvre with One (sexy) excerpt, two questions, three chances to win a prize!

(And, you may also find few sexy pics while you're there!) *heh*

I'd love to hear from you here, as well as there. Thanks for reading!
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Published on March 08, 2015 13:01 Tags: a-shot-of-j-b, bdsm, lou-sylvre, mm-romance, rope-kink, shibari, suspense, vasquez-security-tng

May 31, 2014

Today I'm chatting off the cuff and giving away some books and stuff (adlib poetry, there)

Chatting on Goodreads in 45 minutes: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1841567-meet-lou-sylvre Come and ask questions and tell me things. 3 hours to chat, bring your coffee and let's enjoy the company.
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Published on May 31, 2014 10:46 Tags: because-of-jade, chat, contests, event, lou-sylvre, vasquez-and-james

May 21, 2014

Gearing up, stories, celebrations, and giveaways to celebrate the new Vasquez and James: Because of Jade coming 5/23!

Good news! Because of Jade is set to be released May 23rd, about, say, eighteen or so hours from now. It's come around faster than I expected (calendars seem to do that these days), but I've been getting ready, and want to invite you all to celebrate with me.

Here's a link to the catalog and full blurb, but just to refresh your memory quickly, this book is another new and quite different episode in the Vasquez and James love story. They've been married ten years; it's been five years since they battled Luki's cancer together and won, and he's still cancer free. They're more in love than ever, but when they suddenly find themselves responsible for the care and keeping of five-year-old Jade, they have to flex brand new muscles—for parenting, for marriage, and for romance.

I am super amped about this book, and even about my blog tour, which I've themed: The Further Adventures of the Vasquez-James Family. I'll have my usual release party at the Dreamspinner blog, which I always enjoy, and I'll chat here on Goodreads and on facebook, and other things will be interspersed here and there as well. But several of my guest blogs around the web will feature "mini-fic" stories—days in the life of Luki, Sonny, and Jade. Here's a partial schedule of events:

May 23: Release day! I'll have the first installment in the Further Adventures posted at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews , with a review by Monique Lehane. I've got a rafflecopter all set up to kick things off, too.

May 24: The Dreamspinner Blog release party. I love these! Please come and share your thoughts and company. Time is 11AM to 4PM Pacific, 1PM to 6PM Central, and 2PM to 7PM Eastern. I've got the rafflecopter giveaway still going, and you can get extra chances by coming to the party! There will also be a second giveaway just for this event.

May 26-27: Jodi at Smoocher's Voice interviewed me, and she'll post my rambling answers to her great questions on the 26th. On the 27th, she'll post her review/ This is a newish blog and review spot on the LGBT book scene—I think it's destined for great things!

May 27: I'm at The Novel Approach, and Lisa will post a review by Jules! I'm aiming for another episode in the Further Adventures of the Vasquez-James family. and we always have a good time there. Expect humor and prizes, and please join in!

June 8: I'll be chatting on Dreamspinner Press facebook. Always a challenge keeping up with comments for me, but I love it. Expect a video excerpt reading, and of course, at least one chance to win.

June 12: I'll be posting a guest blog on Cup O' Porn. That's right. I have no idea what yet, but I hope to make it sexy and fun.

June 18: First time ever, I'll guest at Guys Like Romance Too! This is a great blog, and I'm really looking forward to posting about... um... I'll figure it out! Come around and find out, maybe. :)

That's all for now. :) Hope you'll come around to at least a few events, because the company's what makes them good.
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Published on May 21, 2014 20:43 Tags: because-of-jade, blog-tour, contest, giveaway, lou-sylvre, new-release, vasquez-and-james

May 13, 2014

A mostly SFW tidbit from a rather NSFW short:

Expected the Unexpected is to be my contribution to the M/M Romance Goodreads group's 2014 Don't Read in the Closet event, Love's Landscapes. Here's the cover, and then the opening scene.

“What?” Sam Gallagher all but snarled the word, none too pleased about being roused from sleep. Although, if he had to wake up, Josh was certainly the person he would choose to do the waking. He got a whiff of Josh right away, and nonchalantly curled up on his side in an effort to bring his nose a little closer, to breathe in a little more of the man he most wanted in the whole world.

The man who would never want him back.

Sam thought, It’s not supposed to be like this! I’m not supposed to be in love with a heterosexual. What the fuck is wrong with me?

“What the fuck is wrong with you, Sam?”


Josh forced his breath out on a hiss, which Sam knew meant Josh had become exasperated with him. He knew that because he and Josh had been friends since second grade. And because he always watched Josh like he was the only person in any room. Sam even knew Josh had rolled his eyes, despite being unable to see his face, since Sam’s eyes were level with Josh’s thighs. Suntanned, strong, hottie thighs. Sam rolled a bit forward to hide his erection, while from far above, Josh said, “Blake, Terry, and Ramon all caught full-blown colds last night.”

“Who would have imagined,” Sam said, having found his tongue and his typical morning attitude, “that you could get sick skinny-dipping in the Pacific in an October storm at night… while drunk?”

Josh laughed, which Sam really liked, because Josh had this deep, sexy chuckle that always sounded like it was making love to Sam’s ears. “Probably crazy people,” Josh said. “Maybe people as crazy as the person who could get drunk on lavender vodka and lemonade, sleep through the excitement, and feel all hung-over and pitiful the next day, right?”

“I didn’t mean to.”

Josh patted Sam’s shoulder, and if Sam thought his hand lingered there for a little while longer than it should have, he’d imagined it. He knew that.

“I know, Sammy,” Josh said, and it sounded so much like care. Different from best friend care.

“I’m surprised you remember that, though— the skinny-dipping I mean.”

“Barely. Last thing I really remember is you, bare-assed, jumping off that rock ledge into the pool. That, and being thankful I didn’t have to rescue you afterward.”

“Always the lifeguard,” Josh said, and then added, “Anyway, I’m going to drive them home, so they can sniffle and cough in their own beds.”

In a perfect traffic world, the drive from Sam’s uncle’s house in Newport Beach, where the five of them had gathered for their annual, four-day house-sitting party, to Pasadena, the city where they all lived, would take about an hour. But it always took longer, and Sam knew Josh wouldn’t want to drive three hours or more just to spend the remainder of the weekend with him. Josh loved to party, do crazy things, go off on adventures. A wild man. And Sam? He worked helping to plan exhibits in a museum, played serious music on the piano, took an occasional swim— in a pool, thank you very much— and loved to read. Not up to Josh’s speed at all. Subdued and tentative, Sam said, “So I’ll see you…”

While Sam tried to think of how to end that sentence, Josh spoke up. “In maybe three hours.” After a pause, he added, “It’ll be just you and me, Sammy. Okay?”

“You’re coming back?”

“Of course! I wouldn’t miss the one weekend per year I still get to spend with my best friend.” He laughed again.

Oh, dick of mine, lay down and shut up! Sam shook his head, wondering how a little chuckle could be that exciting. But he knew it wasn’t that. It was the whole Joshua Heathcliff Brennan package— the white-blond hair, the red-hot body, round butt, quick wit, even that ridiculous middle name.

“You’re shaking your head,” Josh said, and plopped the aforementioned butt down on the bed, which placed his heterosexual crotch right in Sam’s line of vision. “Don’t you want to spend the weekend with me?”

If you only knew, Sam thought. Out loud he said, “No! I mean yes, yes I do!”

“Okay, then! I figure it’ll be kind of like when we were kids and had that treehouse out back of your house.”

Sam smiled. “Yeah,” he said. “We’ll have fun.” Josh had sounded almost as excited as that long-ago boy in the treehouse, and Sam couldn’t help but say that, even though he knew that for him it would more likely be torture.
Yeah, not like Vasquez and James at all. It was fun to write, and I hope it's fun to read. :)
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May 3, 2014

I love my cover artist!

I've had a 'cover reveal' for this beauty, Because of Jade , but unfortunately it didn't get posted here. If you haven't seen it, take a look. Reese Dante has done a wonderful job (in my completely unbiased opinion ;) ) on all the Vasquez and James covers, but this one... oh, my. I love it.

What do you think?

It's on the coming soon page at Dreamspinner Press and can be pre-ordered. Here's the 'buy link'

And for the sake of information, here's the blurb, too:

Luki Vasquez receives the news he’s still cancer free after five years, and he wants to celebrate with his whole family. He and his husband, Sonny James, take a road trip south, intending to gather at the home of his nephew Josh, Josh’s wife Ruthie, and Jade—a little girl who was still in the womb when she and her mother helped Luki beat lung cancer.

Halfway to their destination, Luki learns Josh and Ruthie have met a tragic death. The horrible news lays Luki low, but he pulls himself together in time to be the family’s rock and see to the dreaded business of tying up loose ends. The most important business is Jade, and when Luki and Sonny head home, they take Jade with them.

Luki and Sonny must combat self-doubt and fear and help each other learn to parent an unexpected child—and they must also nourish the love that has kept them whole for the past ten years. A relative’s spurious claim to Jade threatens the new family, and even if they prevail in court, they could lose their little girl unless they can rescue Jade from evil hands and true peril.
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March 31, 2014

Vasquez and James Romance, to be continued...

I got to thinking, when I've posted about Because of Jade (Vasquez and James novel coming from in May), I share so much about the Luki and Sonny's relationship with the little girl, Jade, that you may think there's no romance. On the contrary... Luki always delivers. For instance, here's a very teensy excerpt that leads up to a long, hot night of spoiling Sonny and loving him senseless.

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Published on March 31, 2014 19:36 Tags: because-of-jade, gay, lou-sylvre, m-m, romance, vasquez-and-james

March 21, 2014

A tiny excerpt from the next Vasquez and James...

Hi everybody! I just realized I haven't posted anything here since January! I plead all sorts of excuses, but I won't bore you with them.

Instead I'll share with you a very brief excerpt from Because of Jade . It's coming in May 2014, and it's a Vasquez and James novel unlike any of the others. Luki still gets to be a badass, but more importantly, they get.. well, Jade. This excerpt (in the form of a graphic) is a peek into the relationship Luki has with Jade before she ends up in his and Sonny's care.

Note: if the text is too small to read, click on this link for a larger version.

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Published on March 21, 2014 18:22 Tags: because-of-jade, gay, lou-syvre, m-m, vasquez-and-james

January 2, 2014

Vasquez and James: Because of Jade coming in 2014

Hey everyone! I hope your holidays went joyously and you're off to a good start for the winter. I've missed visiting here, but life is a little calmer at the moment. I have time for a little news:

This year started out great with a contract from Dreamspinner Press for a very different Vasquez and James novel: Because of Jade . Small teasers—Remember Jade, from the novella Yes? Well, she's a little star in this book. And Luki still gets to be a badass!
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Published on January 02, 2014 12:48 Tags: because-of-jade, lou-sylvre, m-m-romance, upcoming-release, vasquez-and-james