LM Brown talks Between Heaven & Hell and Homophobia in Fiction ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank LM Brown for taking the time to talk with us today.

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Title: Between Heaven & Hell
Author: LM Brown
Publisher: Totally Bound

Blurb:

Book one in the Heavenly Sins triology:

When an angel and a demon fall for the same mortal man there is only one solution…share him.

Halloween night at the Inferno club always draws a crowd. When Tristan spots a stunningly gorgeous man dressed as a demon across the dance floor he sets out to draw his attention, little realising he has already gained the notice of another. The demon disappears into the throng of revellers, but with the heavenly handsome Machidiel in his arms, Tristan doesn’t mind.

Even though Mac warns him they can never have more than a one-night stand, Tristan longs to see the man who gave him the best sexual experience of his life again.
One year later, Tristan opens his door to find Alastor, the demon from the Inferno, who claims they have a date tonight.

Alastor may be the one man who can make Tristan forget Mac. Little does he realise Mac isn’t as far from his reach as he believes. When Mac reappears he has a proposition for Tristan and Alastor, one that means breaking rules and potentially getting him stripped of his wings.

A ménage formed between an angel, a demon, and a human means the sex is hotter than hell itself, but only time will tell if the relationship they have forged together is made in Heaven or Hell.

Homophobia in Fiction:

Just like in real life, there is homophobia in fiction and in the world of MM romance there is plenty of it to be found.  The young teenager kicked out of home for being gay is a popular trope in contemporary romances.  I even touch on the subject myself in one or two of my books, but for the most part I tend to avoid the homophobic storylines and enjoy creating worlds and societies where the focus isn’t on sexual preferences, or if it is, there is a twist to the story.

For my visit here today I thought I would talk a little about some of the worlds I have created and how same sex relationships are viewed in those worlds.

In my Mermen & Magic series, sexual relations between same sex couples are strictly forbidden, but unlike in most contemporary stories where reasons might be religious upbringing, for the merfolk the law is to try to protect the species from dying out completely.  It doesn’t work, as is apparent right from the start of the series, but for the mer people the desperation is enough to at least try to force male/female relationships on everyone.

The world Zak comes from in My Boyfriend’s an Alien things are even more unusual since his people reproduce through scientific laboratories and sexual relationships are not something they engage in. With no concept of sex at all, Zak also has no knowledge whatsoever about the prejudices he will have to face when he starts to experience human feelings for the first time and realises falling for another man is not always seen as a good thing.

They say no child is born prejudiced. It is something that is learnt.  I like to think that Zak’s situation is one which shows this is indeed the case.

Sticking with the sci-fi theme, my futuristic world of To See the Sky is another world where homophobia is noticeably absent. In a post-apocalyptic world there are more important things to worry about than the gender of who someone forms a relationship with.  There are other prejudices in that particular world, where society has been split into distinct factions, but none of them focus on same sex relations.

In my fairy tale kingdom homosexual relationships are unusual, but they aren’t frowned up to the extent they are in real life. After all, these are fairy tales and the monsters in that world are witches and warlocks, curses and spells.  Everyone deserves a happy ending and in a world with homophobia the fairy tale endings are few and far between.

Then there are the stories set in the present day with a paranormal twist to them.  The Heavenly Sins trilogy is one such series.  When I set a story in the modern world it is much more difficult to avoid homophobia.  It can crop up in anyone’s life, whether overtly or in a more subtle manner.

For Tristan, Mac, and Alastor, they have it relatively easily in their lives, none of them having been real victims of homophobia.  That isn’t to say that it is entirely absent. An attack on one of the trio near homophobic graffiti is a small reminder of the danger to GLBT people in everyday life.

As the series progresses I also put forward my own thoughts on homophobia and Heaven and Hell, speaking through two characters of complete opposites, the Demon King and the Archangel Michael.  In their own ways they say what I believe to be true.

“Child abusers have their own special pit down below.” – The Demon King when referring to a man who had beaten up his son when he discovered he was gay. Between Good & Evil, Book 2 of the Heavenly Sins trilogy.

“I believe true love is rare and beautiful and should not be discarded because of the prejudices of another.”- Archangel Michael. Between Good & Evil, Book 2 of the Heavenly Sins trilogy.

I hope that as I continue to share my stories you will enjoy the different worlds I create and hope you will agree that societies without homophobia are possible, and that maybe one day this Earth of ours will be one of them too.

About the Author:

I live in England, in a quaint little village that time doesn’t seem to have touched. No, wait a minute—that’s the retirement biography. Right now I am in England in a medium sized town that no one has ever heard of, so I won’t bore you with the details. Keeping me company are numerous sexy men. I just wish that they weren’t all inside my head.

I love hearing from readers so don’t be shy.

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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6 thoughts on “LM Brown talks Between Heaven & Hell and Homophobia in Fiction ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog

  1. I remember I read the old edition of this series and though I’m not much into meange, I enjoyed it. I’m adding this again to my TBR list.

    • Thanks Serena. The final book unfortunately was not released by my previous publisher so hopefully you can read the conclusion to the story when the final book is released later this year/early January (depending on your store of choice).

  2. Thanks, Carolyn. It is always nice to hear that someone is reading and enjoying my ramblings. 🙂

    Sorry if this posts twice. My connection is having a few issues today.

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