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Goodbye to London

I don’t recall where Blue Jay came about. I created Chris in book 2 of London Stories, who is Liam’s friend. Chris is funny and sad, aloof and caring—my favourite kind of characters. I had to write another novel about them and give them some kind of closure, even though it took me about a year! All the readers so far have said they cried and laughed. How very angsty, raw and gritty Blue Jay is. How uplifting, romantic and hopeful it also is. Honestly, I don’t know why I write such dark stuff. In fact, I planned to pen a sort of romantic comedy, and ended up with a story containing a long list of content warnings! Yes, there are real people like these protagonists, but Chris and Alex are nothing like me. No, that’s a lie. They are made up of bits of me. Chris’s wry sense of humour, fierce independence and aversion to all things romantic. Alex is a tough one, who hides some extreme emotions.

I loved writing about London; I am always walking around the city, dreaming up stories that happen all around me. Leyton and Bethnal Green, Soho, Finsbury Park, Islington, Crouch End. You won’t find them on the tourist map but they have their own histories and eccentrics. I adore Cork and Dublin, hence the creation of Liam Murphy [For Hire], so I can take the readers to the Emerald Isle.

I am sad to say goodbye to these characters and their universe after obsessing over them for several years. Enjoy, if you choose to take a punt and read the books. ^_^Red Boxing Gloves Hanging on Wallman-strong

 

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Blue Jay release

Announcing my new release, Blue Jay, out today.
Amazon: http://mybook.to/bluejay
#LGBTQ+ #genderqueer #genderfluid #sports #depression #prostitution #sex trade #contemporary romance
Boxing was all Alex had ever known, his entire being now shattered beyond repair. One night and four years in jail changed everything. These days, Alex prefers the shadows and dreams of nightmares. Will he find rainbows and glitters in the run-down flat he’s moving into?
Chris has been selling their looks and body for too long. It may be time for a life change, but one thing is clear. The fairest of them all will make a lousy lover until they stop acting the smart-mouthed and blasé cynic. Their story begins with an elegant tango up the narrow stairwell…
A match made in London.

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Writing Blue Jay

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On writing queerness

I am apprehensive.

Writing my forthcoming novel Blue Jay has been a long, difficult process. Chris Neeser is one of a kind; they got under my skin until I had to create a character easy to fall in love with. They are genderqueer but their daily life isn’t an exercise in political provocation. If I were writing a rhetorical piece about queerness, I would have been more forceful, but Blue Jay is a story. Chris’ gender and sexuality are rooted in lived experiences. I didn’t want to only make a cis male character appear more feminine. Instead, I tried to challenge gender norms through language. All the pronouns they/them/he/him/she/her are used to refer to Chris throughout the book. I struggled to write them more than I could imagine, but the creative process also brought out the gender variance within me. The novel shows my struggles and my refusal to conform as much as that of the protagonists. The other character Alex is bisexual. Alas, I am more familiar with his socioeconomic background and mental health issues. As always, the creation of a novel makes me aware of a range of my own, at times painful, emotions. In subtle ways, I hope Chris and Alex complicate some preconceived ideas about who we are and who we can be.

 

About Blue Jay by A. Zukowski

Third part of the London Stories. Release October 4, 2019.

Boxing was all Alex had ever known. His entire being now shattered beyond repair. One night and four years in jail changed everything. These days, Alex prefers the shadows and dreams of nightmares. Will he find rainbows and glitters in the rundown flat he’s moving into?

Chris has been selling their looks and body for too long. It may be time for a life change, but one thing is clear. The fairest of them all will make a lousy lover until they stop acting the smart-mouthed and blasé cynic. Their story begins with an elegant tango up the narrow stairwell…

A match made in London.

Featuring Chris from Liam for Hire, Blue Jay is a hopeful and romantic story with genderqueer and bisexual characters.

Tags: genderfluid, genderqueer, contemporary romance, LGBTQ, bisexual, prostitution, sex trade, depression

Book links: Beaten Track (publisher): https://www.beatentrackpublishing.com/bluejay

Amazon: http://mybook.to/bluejay

Ebook:https://www.beatentrackpublishing.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=bluejay_format

Paperback:https://www.beatentrackpublishing.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=bluejay

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/957426?ref=b10trac

Girls/Girls/Boys and haiku

This is from my forthcoming novel Blue Jay (out July 26-ish). Want to read.

Check out other Wednesday WIP snippets!

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Chris’s clever come-back hangs in the air when Girls/Girls/Boys blasts out of the monitors. “Oh, my Gosh. I love this song!” Chris screams. “We’ve got to dance.”

Alex glares at her. “You’re fucking kidding me.”

“No, I’m not. Come on!” Chris pulls Alex’s arm.

“I don’t dance.”

“Yeah? You do now.” Chris tugs the big man along. “You performed in front of millions, Alex. Are you scared of these people? In the dark?”

Chris has a way of pointing out the absurdities in Alex’s life. Alex slips down from his stool.

“One fucking song,” he says.

They dance along to the tune. The singer is pleading to another to  change their mind and find him. Surprising himself, the boy abandons the girls for another boy.

Lost in the heady scent of body heat and sweat, they move with the rhythm. Being so close to Alex makes Chris all tingly and hot. Alex’s body under the tight dress shirt does wonderful things—unfamiliar and tender things—to Chris’s insides.

Chris dances like a pro, gyrating to the song, lost in the intoxicating scent of Alex. The other revellers ogle her and by default they take in Alex. Chris closes her eyes and grins. When she opens her eyes again, she is gazing at something close to magic. She throws her arms around Alex’s neck and makes him swing along with her.

Alex is not a practised dancer, but heat radiates from Alex’s body, as they rub against each other on the dancefloor.

Chris closes in and puts her warm soft cheek against Alex’s. Inches apart, Alex’s hot breath tingles Chris.

“You’re doing great.”

“One song,” Alex insists.

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Queer night out (a haiku to celebrate Pride)

Glitter and old spice

Dancing to the disco tunes

I drink in your smile

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Emily Alter’s Resolve

I am looking forward to reading Emily’s lates release Resolve (book 2 of the amazing Demands series).

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For a relationship to work, it is not just love which is demanded. Resolve is, too.

Cole has his senior year of college and a photography business to worry about, so he could really do without the multiple sessions with physiotherapists his parents force him to go to. It leaves little room to consider romance as a choice for him.
Pool instructor and avid swimmer Justin has always been his twin’s shadow. Where Aaron goes, he follows. He may not have much of a social life outside of his twin, but he loves his job and all the extra swim time he gets. He doesn’t think that he’s lacking anything.

Then Justin’s booked for a photo shoot with Cole. Being together, as right as it feels, also means they’ll have to come face to face with their belief systems. They must find the resolve to be their own person, or they could lose it all –themselves included.

Resolve is the 2nd book of the Demands series. Although they can be read as stand-alones, characters from previous books will make multiple appearances throughout the series.Alter_resolve

Emily Alter is a pansexual author of LGBTQ+ romance. She lives in Spain, although most of her time is spent in an imaginary world with her characters.

A hopeless romantic, and a psychology student, writing characters has always called to her. Writing romance, the kind she is represented in, seems the perfect combination of the three things she’s the most passionate about.

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Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RKLHKQS

Trust (Demands, #1) will be available for 0.99 only.: https://www.amazon.com/Trust-Demands-Book-Emily-Alter-ebook-dp-B07G5JGYCY/dp/B07G5JGYCY/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid

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