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July’s Featured Author

Klaxon at the Core

This month, I am the featured author at Less Than Three Press!

I’ve written a variety of fiction for Less Than Three Press, running the gamut from short fantasy stories to contemporary, paranormal adventure and sci fi horror. My characters range from bisexual to gay, and I have an upcoming trans short story with Project Fierce as well as a fantasy lesbian romance premiering with Damsels in Distress next year.

This means there’s a range of different things for you to try from my fiction, and there’s always something new.

All month, you can check out my titles through Less Than Three Press and enjoy 20% off savings on most titles (excluding collection bundles) for the entire month!

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Did you miss The Fall Guide? It’s a nice light, sexy romance good all year round. Waiting on reviews for Body Option before grabbing a copy? All its reviewers agree it is a recommended read! And of course, the only thing bigger than the rivalry between Alex and Nik is the compilation volume of their romance, so I advise picking up Appetite now while it’s on sale.

Several titles are also available in paperback for all your beach-going needs. 😉 So come and check me out – and enjoy a nice discount while you do. Use coupon code ANDOR at checkout to save.

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Happy Release Day! And two new reviews.

First and foremost!


Are you ready for a rocking good time? Rocking Hard: Volume One is ready for you! My novella, Courage Wolf Never Sings the Gorram Blues, is sandwiched in between four other tales of music and love, the rhythms that move the world.

Cannot wait to hear what you all think!

Speaking of feedback, this week has been fruitful for The Competitive Edge, which netted 4.5 pants off over at Pants Off Reviews, and 4 kisses and an avowal to check out the other books in the Appetite series from Top2Bottom reviews.


At Pants Off Reviews, Darien Moya says, “If you are a cooking afficionado and like m/m romance this is a must read!” Check out the rest of the review here!

Over with Top2Bottom, Susan says, “A quite long read, this series is promising. The writing is captivating, and I was fully immersed into the story.” See what else she says here!

And in case you missed my Tweet, Top2Bottom also gave me a lovely spotlight review. Thanks to all the wonderful peeps at Less Than Three Press, too, for arranging the tour!

Author event: Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up

I’m registered as an Attending Author for the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up, 2013!


What does that mean, you ask? Handily, I have some information for your perusal.

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up is an event for writers and readers of M/M fiction to come together and discuss what we’re so passionate about when it comes to gay romance. Clicking the event name takes you to the public Goodreads group.

Date: September 14, 2013
Where: Seattle Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 4th Ave Seattle, WA 98104
Time: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Registration: 12pm-1pm

Meet-up Event: 1pm-5pm

Happy Hour: 5pm-7pm

Currently, the event organizers are planning three panel discussions that examine different facets of M/M romance, publishing, and the M/M romance community. The topics will be developed with attendee input over the next few months, so head over to the Goodreads panel topics thread to weigh in.

Registration Rate: The early bird price for registration is $15. This rate is good through July 31, 2013. After July 31, the registration fee will go to $25.

It’s going to be tons of fun, there are loads of talented authors and some pretty fantastic publishers supporting and attending the meet-up, and best of all – happy hour near some awesome hotels!

Follow @GayRom_NW for updates, book spotlights, and authors of the week! You can get a lot of great recs even if you’re not attending the event.

And as an extra touch of awesome, #GRNW is spotlighting me as one of two authors of the week! Thanks very much, @GayRom_NW. I think this event is going to be loads of fun, and they’re making me look forward to September already.

That spotlight is some extra incentive to send over my bio and the photo they asked for. Hmm, a photo…dang it, still need new ones taken.

Author Spotlight: A.F. Henley

Greetings from the end of the weekend, hope yours was fabulous! Tonight I have a new author spotlight. If you’re interested in being featured here, drop me a line at talya.andor at gmail.

This month’s feature is A.F. Henley, who can be found at Henley’s site, Goodreads, and Less Than Three Press. A.F. has an intriguing new book coming out this week, so I’m excited to have Henley visit this evening!

Here we have A.F., and thanks for stopping by.

Tell us about yourself, beyond the standard bio: any quirky habits, fun facts, or little-known anecdotes?

That’s a tough question to start with. Let’s see … bad stuff first. I have an unnatural aversion to far too many foods, an intense distrust for most things human, and a fierce desire to delete or hide nearly everything I write once I’ve completed it. As for the good things, I have a partner that I love with every bit of my being; I’m a non-judgemental vegetarian (yes, they do actually exist) who supports all things furry, winged, and scaled; and I’m great with numbers, on both the accounting and speculative level.

None of my habits are quirky, they are all nasty. I smoke. I drink way too much coffee and I have a very fond fascination with good white wine and flavoured vodka.

I love to dance like a complete moron.

Where’s your favourite place to write?

That would be, without doubt, my office. It’s in the far corner of our basement; it is dusty (my dust bunnies are my minions) and chaotic (no right-angles for me, thank you) and perfectly silent.

Music: a must, or a no-go?

That totally depends on what I’m doing. If I’m writing I need absolute silence. A squeaking chair or rattling vent whilst I trek the treacherous paths of literary greatness are the equivalent of Danny Torrance’s little flashing, howling fire engine and likely to get the same reaction. Any other time? Hell, yes. If I’m driving I have the music cranked. I swear you can hear my car approaching from blocks away.

What kind of stories do you like to write?
(Relationship, humor, historical?)

I like to write angst-free, smut-strong, irreverently-witty stories and poetry. I just don’t usually get to. My stories have a life of their own and they refuse to bend to my will. They also don’t seem to have a sub-genre that they’ve agreed to stick to. The one and only concession they’ve made with me is that they will always end well.

Do you prefer to write fiction to a prompt or call specification, or have an open field?

It doesn’t matter actually. The story will either find me or it won’t.

Any advice for writers who are getting started?

A week ago I would have said no. But as I was musing over another question I realised that I actually do have something intelligent to say on this. Pick a publisher that you can work with. Find someone that advertises the same kind of ideals that you have. Be comfortable with them before you ever press “send” for the first time. A new writer might be surprised how much you’re going to need to ask “just one more question” or send back another “whoops, I think I messed something up” email. The support I’ve received from Less Than Three Press has been fantastic. I can honestly say that they were my first choice and that they make the experience far better than what I’ve heard others deal with along the way.

Are there any tropes that you wish authors would retire, or fiction pet peeves?

I have a couple. Hair references as titles (epithets like “the blond”) frustrate me. I find the over-indulgence of sex instead of plot to be just plain lazy. But for the most part I can force myself to skip over things that I don’t like because I figure they have the right to write as they see fit.

What are your methods to relax and take a break from writing?

Honestly? I don’t. Not long-term anyway. Writing is my reprieve and if I couldn’t do it, I would lose my mind. Short of stepping away for a quick cigarette or to fill my glass, I’m good. Although at the end of the day I’m more than happy to pop open Skype and/or Livestream for some casual chatting. Oh … and Tumblr. Lots and lots and lots of Tumblr…

Thanks for spending time with us! What’s a title we should pick up from your catalogue?

Thank you so much for having me. It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be here.

As for recommendations, “Honour” is my new baby so I’m definitely devoting a lot of time to it. It’s a good novel (and I’m repeating myself with this statement but…), with a lot to say about respect and personal freedom, choices and compromise. It’s about recognizing love for what it really is: a hell-ton of work and compromise; but knowing at the end of the day that it’s the reason that you carry on and keep going. Because as hard as it might be to keep making things work true love is worth fighting for.

I’ll even make it easy for one of your readers to check it out. I’d like to offer your readers the opportunity to win a copy of Honour, in the ebook format of their choice. Anyone who leaves a comment is eligible, assuming they are of legal age and able to legally accept the work, and winners will be selected via a random number generator.

If I can be so bold, I’ll include this for those who are interested:

M/M Historical Romance
45,500 words

Recently docked after a voyage abroad, Emmett wants only to find a warm bed and good food, for himself and the cabin boy he’s taken into his care. Those plans are impeded, however, by an altercation in the streets—with a man he realizes too late is England’s heir to the throne, Prince Andrewe.

When the encounter unexpectedly leads to a position in the royal household attending the prince, Emmett is not certain what to think. On one hand, it’s a reliable income and ensures the safety of his charge. On the other, it’s neither the life Emmett knows, nor an environment that he’s comfortable in. Left to learn his lessons the hard way, Emmett spends his days contending with a spoiled, infuriating prince who leaves him in a constant tangle of emotions.

Then he begins to hear whispers of treason and must make a choice: defend Prince Andrewe, or betray him.

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Author Spotlight: Summer Michaels

Good evening and happy Friday, everyone! Today I have a brand new feature for you: the author spotlight! I’m hoping to do one of these a month, and I hope it takes off. If you are an author interested in doing a spotlight with me, drop me a line! Here or at talya.andor at gmail.

This month’s feature is Summer Michaels, who can be found on her Blogspot, Goodreads, and Less Than Three Press. I’m hosting an Author Spotlight with Summer today, and she’ll be hosting me over on hers come Monday.

Without further ado, take it away, Summer!

Tell us about yourself, beyond the standard bio: any quirky habits, fun facts, or little-known anecdotes?

Outside of the author role, I’m a mother of four. As a rule in our house, dinner MUST be danced for! A dinner doesn’t turn out well unless it is danced to. 😉 I can also talk the green off grass. You know the woman at the grocery store that doesn’t know, but still talks to you? Yeah, that’s me!

Where’s your favorite place to write?

I usually write in my kitchen. When I’m working on a story and get stuck, I fold the laundry or wash the dishes and come back to it. I also take a pen and notebook with me wherever I go. When I am stuck, staring at a white screen doesn’t help, pen and paper helps bring me focus.

Music: a must, or a no-go?

A must- When I’m writing, it’s Newton Faulkner! Just a musician and a guitar, simple but hits home with me. I also tend to enjoy artist who write their own music more.

No-go- I love all types of music, so I never rule anything out.

What kind of stories do you like to write? (Relationship, humor, historical?)

I tend to write based on relationships. Whether it’s a brother/sister, mom/son, or a partnership, I like to focus on all relationships. I want to crawl into my character and show them from all angles.

Do you prefer to write fiction to a prompt or call specification, or have an open field?

I write by the seat of my pants. I will get a glimpse of something that I see in my mind and HAVE to use in a story. I let that carry me. There have been some calls that have created new plot bunnies, but I mostly keep an open field.

Any advice for writers who are getting started?

Advice that I cannot stress enough would be to join/start a writing critique group. A good group to support and give advice when you need it is a MUST! Not everyone can pick up a pen and paper and be an author. It takes a lot of worry, tears, and rewrites. Having a cheerleading system makes the ups and downs sufferable.

Are there any tropes that you wish authors would retire, or fiction pet peeves?

I tend to stay away from stories based on sex. I want a little meat with my bone. I feel like I don’t get to know the characters as well in these types of stories. I don’t think it should be retired, some readers enjoy it. I just don’t happen to be one of them.

What are your methods to relax and take a break from writing?

When I am on a break from writing, I love to read! My Nook is loaded with books waiting for me to discover. Any recommendations are greatly welcomed!

Thanks for spending time with us! What’s a title we should pick up from your catalogue?

Thank you so much for having me! My current release is Substitute Heart by Less Than Three Press.

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Seven men in military dress blues stood at the top of the hill, their shoulders squared as they lifted M16 rifles and fired. I jerked as the first shots rang out loud. Deafening quiet followed. A2 casings fell to the ground beside the neatly polished black shoes.




I stared at the flag-draped coffin as tears slid down my face. I made no effort to wipe the damn things away. Only in this way could I show my grief. Only in this way could I show the man in the coffin that I loved him too. I wasn’t allowed to sit with the family, I wasn’t allowed to be presented the Stars and Stripes, and I was not thanked for the honor my loved one bestowed on this great nation.

So I let my tears fall.

Before Staff Sergeant Lane Foster left for Afghanistan, we said vows to proclaim our love and we exchanged rings. I didn’t need the state of Virginia to recognize our marriage. The statement of our love was more than enough. I looked down at the platinum band circling my third finger on my left hand. Slowly I grasped the matching band hanging around my neck. I wore it every day waiting for its rightful owner to reclaim it. Now it would never be returned to my husband. I gripped the necklace tighter. It was the only link I still had to Lane I could hold. I silently begged for this all to be a huge misunderstanding. Surely they had the wrong man. At any moment Lane was going to walk back in our lives and explain the unexplainable. I squeezed my burning eyes shut. Just keep breathing. Just keep breathing.

I opened my eyes to find eight soldiers removing the flag from the wooden coffin. Three soldiers on each side of Lane and one in the front and back. To the left, a bald man wearing a dark suit and purple tie eyed me. I could tell he was a soldier even out of uniform. He watched me, eyes moving from my face and again to the necklace. A slight nod of his head suggested he understood who I was. I doubted it. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell meant this bald soldier could never know how it felt to want to pull the man you love into your arms. To want to kiss him so bad, you ached. The nodding soldier would never understand the emptiness I now lived in. I wanted everyone to know of the love we shared, but I didn’t say a word. I knew I wanted to share only for myself. I was afraid our love was only a dream now. Does love still exist if only one person is still alive to remember it?

The crowd of family and friends came to say their final farewell. We live in the small town of Quantico which houses the largest Marine base in the world. When one of Prince William County’s own was laid to rest, mourners gathered in large numbers.

The United States flag was presented to Lane’s mother. She grasped it to her chest and hunched over. Her sopping cries silenced the other mourners. Lane’s father didn’t reach out for his wife. He pulled himself up and sat straighter in his chair, only to stare at the coffin. The minister invited everyone back to the church for a bereavement meal. One by one, those gathered returned to their cars and left without so much as backward glance.

I couldn’t move. I couldn’t walk away from my husband. My feet felt like someone had cemented them to the cold concrete. If I left, Lane was gone forever. I couldn’t go on without him. I didn’t know how. He had always been the strong one in our relationship. I had gotten used to him coming and going on missions throughout the years. Having him gone forever was unbearable. I grabbed at my chest, willing my heart to slow down. I could feel a panic attack building.

I only snapped out of my stupor when the soldiers began to push Lane’s coffin out of the way. “Wait!” I yelled. My shoes echoed as I forced myself onward. Don’t take my husband, don’t take my life.

Editorial note: You can purchase Substitute Heart here through Less Than Three Press.