Category Archives: Gay Romance

My Books are now on Kindle Unlimited

Exciting news! All of my books are now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have a subscription, you can read them all for FREE. And you can continue purchasing them as usual on Amazon. You can check out all of my titles under My Books at the top or go straight to my Amazon page.

I’d been hesitating on joining KU for a while because of the whole exclusivity thing, but there’s a whole crush of new readers who I’ll get to reach. I can’t wait!

Out for the Night available now!

The next book in the Browerton series is now out for your enjoyment! Stay warm and spend a few hours away from the news with Coop and Matty. Out for the Night is like 10 Things I Hate About You meets The Big Bang Theory with a splash of 8 Mile — and starring gay guys, obviously. If you love watching jocks and nerds fall in love over robots, rapping, and dry humping, then Out for the Night is for you.

And at the very least, you can salivate over this hottie on the cover.

“For the night, I am yours…”

 Meet Coop: Formal date. Wingman. Friend. Mystery man. He calls himself the G-rated Gigolo of Browerton. He could be anyone you wanted him to be…for a price.

 One night, his services are called upon for a unique assignment: distract a computer science nerd whose strong grades are killing the class curve. All Coop has to do is get the guy away from his books, save the curve, and collect the biggest payday of his G-rated Gigolo career.

 Should be easy enough, right?

 Matty has no interest in making friends or any cherished college memories that don’t involve the Dean’s list. Growing up, he withstood years of relentless bullying and loneliness to graduate from high school as valedictorian. His tough shell helps him excel at Browerton, bringing him one step closer to his dream internship in robotic engineering—even if he has to do it solo.

 When Coop stumbles into his life, he slowly breaks down the walls that Matty keeps concreted in stone. Sparks fly and quickly blossom into something deeper, but how long can their relationship last before the truth comes out?

Pick up your copy of Out for the Night at Amazon, Barnes & NobleKobo, or Smashwords today!

You Got Scrooged

I love the holidays. Dress me up in red and green and throw me in a department store Christmas display while Bing Crosby is playing on loop. I’m a total sucker for cheesy Christmas movies, especially ones that are inspired by A Christmas Carol. I’m looking at you A Diva’s Christmas Carol and A Muppet Christmas Carol.

(Apparently you can watch all of A Diva’s Christmas Carol on YouTube. Lucky you!)

This year, I finally decided to write my own spin on this famous tale, with a fun twist. If you’ve ever dreamed about Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit falling in love and getting in on, then You Got Scrooged is for you.

 

HYou Got Scrooged coverow the dickens did Geoff Anderson’s life end up like this? One moment, he was a Broadway-bound actor, and the next, he’s playing Bob Cratchit in a community theater production of A Christmas Carol opposite Harvey, the most chipper (and attractive) Scrooge in history. For Geoff, Christmas is filled with painful memories he’d prefer to wash away with his flask full of bourbon. After a diva-tastic meltdown backstage on Christmas Eve, Geoff storms out of the theater, ready to spend another holiday alone. But instead, he totally gets Scrooged.

Join Geoff on a journey revisiting the heartache of his past and the blindspots of his present, with Harvey, who also has secrets of his own, along for the ride. As the night wears on, these two mismatched co-stars start to bond, but will it be enough to prevent the nightmare vision of Geoff’s future from coming true?

You Got Scrooged is a short story of 18,000 words that will be sure to scratch your holiday itch. Although if it’s still itching, you might want to see a doctor.

You Got Scrooged is available exclusively on Amazon. Get your ba-humbug on today!

 

Out of My Mind – coming 9.19.16

Book 3 in the Browerton University series is coming this September. I am psyched to bring you Out of My Mind.

This book.

It nearly sent me out of my mind. I rewrote 3/4 of it, threw out characters and subplots, and redid the entire back half twice. It was a slog, but I am so proud of this book. I pushed myself more than ever before to make this book shine. I loved exploring Mac and Gideon’s relationship from friends to enemies to roommates to friends again to something more. The book is about learning to live the life you want, not the life others expect you to live. And it’s easily the steamiest book I’ve written. 

Out of My Mind comes out September 19th, and is available to pre-order on Amazon and Kobo. It will be available for purchase at all of my usual vendors, but those two allow pre-orders.

Click here to pre-order Out of My Mind on Amazon
Click here to pre-order Out of My Mind on Kobo

Scroll down to see the cover and blurb!

p.s. I picked the cover because I couldn’t stop staring (and blushing) at the model’s smile. Isn’t he the cutest? He reminded me of Mac.

p.p.s. While I have you, would you take a second to like the all-new A.J. Truman Facebook page?

 

Out of My Mind coverMac had to be out of his mind.

Completely out of his ever-loving mind to even consider rooming with Gideon. The same guy he kissed during his freshman year who said he was straight. He’s held Mac’s mind hostage for the last two years after running out that one special night. Mac was a fan of social experiments, and this one was going to be a doozy.

Gideon doesn’t sweat anything. He was always two lies ahead of everyone. A master at spinning rock solid alibis to protect the house of cards that was his life. To Browerton University, he’s the popular guy getting over a breakup. To his family…the dutiful and responsible son. But rooming with Mac was bringing up old memories and forming new ones. First, a friendship develops, and then a late night infused with alcohol pushes them into uncharted, benefits-laden waters.

As their sexual experimentation continues, and the lies add up, both of them fight to withstand the feelings growing between them, feelings that could ruin their friendship and topple Gideon’s house of cards for good.

Out of My Mind is the 3rd book in the Browerton University series, but can be read as a standalone. It contains humor, heart, and hot guys. This book is intended for readers 18+.

To find out the latest news about Out of My Mind and future books, then you gotta become an Outsider. Sign up for my mailing list and be the first to get covers, blurbs, excerpt, exclusive content, and giveaways.

 

New Out in the Open short story!

A new short starring Greg and Ethan from Out in the Open is available now! Just in case your summer wasn’t hot enough, these two guys will bring the heat.

A Week by the Lake

True story: I made this cover myself.
True story: I made this cover myself.

Greg and Ethan from Out in the Open return for a summer trip that will test their relationship like never before.

Fresh from graduation, and a post-graduation romp in the library stacks, Greg is ready to enjoy the summer. But Ethan can’t stop thinking about whether they can do the long distance thing this fall. Greg takes him to his family’s lake house to unwind, but when he runs into a guy from his past, Ethan starts to wonder if they have a bigger problem than mileage.

A Week by the Lake is a short story at 10,000 words that contains humor, heart, some angst, some sex, a working fireplace, an uneaten sandwich, and a bike covered in Elmo stickers. It’s probably best if you read Out in the Open first, but new readers can still enjoy getting to know Greg and Ethan here.

A Week by the Lake is available now on Amazon!

Ebook Sale This Weekend

It’s the perfect time of year to have a book at the ready, whether you’re going to the beach, getting on a plane, or avoiding being social at a BBQ. And you’re in a luck because this weekend, Kobo is running a sale. Ebooks are 50% off.

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Details:

For shoppers in Kobo’s U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, ebooks are 50% off from now until June 27, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Just use the promo code 50JUN at checkout.

It’s an amazing deal, and it’s going to be over before you know it. Get caught up with your favorite gay romance titles. If you haven’t had a chance to meet the guys of Browerton University, now’s your chance. (Their clothes are also half-off.)

Out on a Limb Release Day!

It’s here! My second full-length book, the next volume in the Browerton University series, ready for consumption. I am so pumped to share this with you. I loved writing Cameron and Walker. And I love being able to share this stories with you. Enough with the mushy stuff:

Pick up your copy today at:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
All Romance Ebooks
Kobo
Smashwords

~~Scroll down to find out about the Out on a Limb blog tour~~

This book was an emotional rollercoaster. It was up and down and push and pull, chalk full of angst, sadness, heartbreak, sweetness, laughter and love. — Tracy @ Bayou Book Junkie

I loved the relationship growth between Walker and Cameron. Their interactions felt natural, and there’s something to be said for a slow burn written right. — Lili @ Gaybook Reviews

Out on a Limb - High ResolutionNo looking back. That’s the motto of college senior Cameron Buckley, whether he’s kicking his latest hookup out of bed or plotting out his future as a hit screenwriter. With only a few weeks until graduation, he’s ready to put Browerton University in his rearview mirror and start the life he’s been dreaming of ever since he was a kid. But a chance meeting with a sexy stranger in a bar throws a wrench into his Hollywood plans.

For Walker Reed, no looking back is hard to do when you work minutes away from your alma mater and share child custody with your college sweetheart. Almost fifteen years after graduating from Browerton, he can’t stop wondering how he got here. He has an ex who can’t stand him, a five-year-old son he can’t connect with, and a dead-end job he can’t escape.

When Cameron and Walker first meet, they know the rules. They know their friendship has an expiration date, yet it begins changing them in ways they never expected. As graduation looms, they both know things can’t go anywhere, but they can’t keep denying the feelings pulling them closer, even as an offer from Hollywood threatens to tear them apart forever.

OUT ON A LIMB is a gay new adult romance filled with humor, heart, and hot guys. It’s the second full-length book in the Browerton University series, but can be read as a standalone. The book is intended for readers 18 and up.

Blog Tour!

Over the next week, I’ll be going on tour around the gay romance blogosphere. If you like me and like what you read, feel free to share the links. I came with some epic posts about music, movies, and books that I’m sure you will enjoy.

4/18 – The Blogger Girls
4/20 – Gay Book Reviews
4/21 – The Novel Approach
4/22 – Boy Meets Boy Reviews
4/25 – Hearts on Fire Reviews

Finally…

You’ve probably heard every author say this, but please leave a review of the book on Amazon or Goodreads or your vendor of choice. Reviews are essential in word-of-mouth. Whether your review is one sentence or one page, and whether positive or negative, they help other readers discover me and the Browerton University world. Think about this: would you take a chance on a book with a lot of reviews or no reviews?

Finally, for real…

Thank you so much for supporting me and letting me and my lovelorn characters into your lives. I do this for you.

 

Out on a Limb + News

Helo Outsiders,

I am in a little bit of a whirlwind with getting ready to release my next book, OUT ON A LIMB, which comes out April 18, 2016. [pause for gasps of excitement and spontaneous applause]

I wanted to drop a quick line to keep you updated. First, behold the cover and the blurb:

Out on a Limb - High ResolutionNo looking back. That’s the motto of college senior Cameron Buckley, whether he’s kicking his latest hookup out of bed or plotting out his future as a hit screenwriter. With only a few weeks until graduation, he’s ready to put Browerton University in his rearview mirror and start the life he’s been dreaming of ever since he was a kid. But a chance meeting with a sexy stranger in a bar throws a wrench into his Hollywood plans.

For Walker Reed, no looking back is hard to do when you work minutes away from your alma mater and share child custody with your college sweetheart. Almost fifteen years after graduating from Browerton, he can’t stop wondering how he got here. He has an ex who can’t stand him, a five-year-old son he can’t connect with, and a dead-end job he can’t escape.

When Cameron and Walker first meet, they know the rules. They know their friendship has an expiration date, yet it begins changing them in ways they never expected. As graduation looms, they both know things can’t go anywhere, but they can’t keep denying the feelings pulling them closer, even as an offer from Hollywood threatens to tear them apart forever.

*chills*

Next, ch-ch-check out the front and back cover for the paperback version. Don’t you just love a guy with a wide stance? That means he’s carrying a lot of cargo.

out on a limb paperback cover

Yum. Moving on…

I’m attending GRL this year! Not only is it my first GRL, but it’s my first conference. Period. I’m ridiculously excited to meet readers and Outsiders. Comment on this post or message me on FB or email if you are going. If enough people respond yes, I may try to put together an Outsider drinks. Stay tuned.

Let’s see, let’s see…anything else?

I’ll be doing some guest posts, too at The Novel Approach and Boy Meets Boy Reviews, so watch out for those. And if you’re a real Outsider, then you may be privy to a super-secret, members-only contest happening in May. Make sure you’re signed up for updates.

Meanwhile, whenever I hear this song, it inspires me to write a kissing scene.

And that’s all she wrote. I didn’t set up pre-orders for OUT ON A LIMB, but links will be available on 4/18.  Lemme know what you think of the cover and book and GRL and life in general.

-AJ

 

Dealing with Bad Reviews

TJ Klune wrote an excellent blog post on Love Bytes last week. Apparently, a bunch of readers and reviewers were saying that TJ Klunes hates women because of how some of his characters use the word vagina as a put-down. They tagged him in their reviews so he’d see them. TJ claimed that he himself was not misogynistic and that it was just slang. But did he get into a fight with them?

Nope.*

He put it so well, I’m just going to repost his best paragraph:

When an author writes a book, puts said book up for sale, and has people buy said book with their money/credit/whatever, the book no longer belongs to the author. It belongs to the person who bought it, and they are allowed to have whatever opinion they want, even if you think it’s the wrong one. There is nothing you can do to change reactions to your words printed on the page. And if you insist on pursuing these opinions, there’s nothing that says you can’t use legitimate criticism to make your next work better.

Because we live in a time of blogs and social media, authors and readers are closer than ever. Which is great because we can form personal connections with our fans, but also can suck because we can just as easily see who hates our books. It’s hard not to look in the age of Google. I once stumbled upon a Twitter chain between two people about my book, and it wasn’t sunshine and rainbows.

Everyone's a critic. Get used to it.
Everyone’s a critic. Get used to it.

But writers should never engage with negative reviews, or even positive reviews. Those reviews aren’t for us.  They are for other potential readers. I actually felt a little bad for finding that Twitter chat. Even though it was my book, it wasn’t any of my business. It’s futile to think you can convince somebody why they “didn’t get” your book. It’s like thinking you can change someone’s political opinion through a Facebook comment chain. There’s no one right way to read a book. We bring our own backgrounds and experiences and opinions to what we read.

Reviews tell you more about the reader than about the book. 

You’d be surprised how many writers have trouble with bad reviews. I remember going to a bookstore panel with a bunch of YA authors, many of them authors of successful books, and they went off on teen bloggers and the Goodreads community. They called GR one of the circles of hell. I understand people taking reviews personally and that nobody likes a bad review, but it felt unprofessional. People are paying honest, hard-earned money to buy your book. (And many of these authors were very well-compensated by their publishers) They should have the right to give their honest opinion. To go after a reviewer made them seem small in that moment.

It gets dicier when reviewers claim an author is sexist, racist, homophobic, etc. That’s our reputation. If only readers could understand that we do not endorse every word that comes out of our characters’ mouths. But still, like TJ says, do not engage. Because the second you respond directly to the allegation, you give it legitimacy. Think of the “birther” movement that dogged President Obama. They were seen as a fringe group…until the President held a press conference showing his full birth certificate. That made their claims legitimate. If TJ hadn’t written this post, then most readers probably wouldn’t have known about the misogyny claims.

I believe in moving forward. If your work is criticized as being sexist, racist, etc., and it’s really affecting you, then work on fixing it for future books. That shows you’ve listened. Being defensive about a book that’s already been published doesn’t work. The internet is written in ink. Those criticisms won’t magically disappear because you gave a response, no matter how thoughtful. You can’t change opinions. What’s done is done. The only thing you control is your next book.

I try not to read reviews, but sometimes I can’t help myself. And yes, it stings when I stumble on a bad review, but that’s my problem. I’ve learned that getting any type of reaction out of a reader is a success. That means they’ve engaged with your book and characters enough to have an opinion, good or bad. The worst review is indifference. 

In other words, don’t be mad when people are talking about you. Be scared when they stop.**

 

*Well, almost nope because he did still write a blog post about it.

** I think Paris Hilton said this, but I can’t find the source. Maybe it’s for the best.

Sound off, Outsiders. Do you feel authors have a right to respond to their negative reviews?

 

photo credit: John and Jesper via photopin (license)

Donald Trump Gay Erotica

The billionaire trope is a popular one in gay fiction. As is enemies to lovers. So I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a shocker that someone has written a gay erotica novel about one of the world’s most hated (or loved) billionaires – Donald Trump.

Elijah Daniel got drunk one night and decided to write an erotic short story about The Donald gettin’ it on with a new bellboy at one of his hotels. The bellboy’s “loins trembled” from the “scent of toupee adhesive and spray tan” emanating from the presidential candidate and secret weapon of Home Alone 2: Lost in the New York.

Catchy title! 

It seems that Trump is the new dinosaur, as the book has shot to the stop of the Amazon best-seller list. After one week of release, the story has garnered over 200 reviews and topped (hehe) the LGBT and humorous erotica lists. The story is currently selling more copies than Trump’s business classic The Art of the Deal. I guess it’s fitting since Trump’s appearance has helped debates and TV shows reach record ratings during the election cycle. Why not erotica? I think he would approve of such a successful brand extension.

If anything, what Mr. Daniel and his story has showed me is that if you have an idea inside you, go for it. Don’t wait. Thanks to Amazon and e-publishing, books can be just as responsive to popular culture as television and blogs. While we want to craft the best books we can, sometimes it pays to rush and ride a wave of relevance. After the first batch of primaries next month, Trump could be old news and then nobody would want to read Mr. Daniel’s story.

If you’re curious, Trump Temptation: The Billionaire and the Bellboy is available on KU or to purchase. And I’ll leave you with Mr. Daniel’s message to readers: “But thanks for reading my f–king garbage, I guess. I’m so sorry.”

Outsiders, which pop culture figure or event would you love or hate to see in erotica form? Cruz/Bush anyone? (Sorry for putting that image into your head)