Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae for taking the time to talk with us today.
Title: Doves (Love in Los Angeles Book 2)
Author: Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: B.S. Clay
Genre/Sub-Genre: Drama, Erotica, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
The ties that bind…
Two years after the events of Starling, Cinderella story and star of The Fourth Estate J. Alex Cook is living happily ever after with his boyfriend, television writer Paul Marion Keane. But when Paul’s pilot, Winsome, AZ, gets picked up, the competing demands of their high-profile careers make them question their future together.
…can tear you apart
As Paul becomes increasingly absent from their relationship, Alex tries to regain control of his private life and establish a career path independent of Fourth’s enigmatic, and at times malevolent, showrunner Victor. But the delicate web of relationships that connects Alex, Paul, and their friends — including Alex’s excitable ex-lover Liam and his no-nonsense fiancée Carly — threatens to unravel.
With the business of Hollywood making it hard to remember who he is when the whole world isn’t watching, Alex is forced to confront major changes in the fairytale life he never wanted as he discovers that love in Los Angeles often looks nothing like the movies.
Writing Women in M/M Romance:
As Racheline and I were writing Starling (Love in Los Angeles, Book One), we were surprised when people kept telling us that readers of M/M romance don’t want women in gay romance books. Not in platonic relationships, and certainly not in romantic or (in the case of bi characters) sexual relationships.
We were disconcerted, in part because we had so many women characters in Starling who were central to the story, the plot, and the lives of our two main protagonists Paul and Alex — who, yes, are two gay men. And while Racheline and I didn’t set out to buck the (apparently) conventional wisdom that “no one wants women in m/m books,” we also weren’t interested in excising those women characters from the story.
So we were nervous, when Starling came out, that it and/or the abundance of prominent women in the story would get panned by readers and reviewers. To our relief — and really great delight — no such thing happened. In fact, people keep telling us how much they love Gemma and Carly, and how they want to know more about Carly’s life and how much they want good things for Gemma’s dreams and her career. We were really relieved when people reacted, with overwhelming positivity, to the polyamorous relationship between Carly and Liam (who are, by the way, both bisexual.)
And so it’s with much more confidence that we’re bringing Doves to readers (it came out from Torquere Press on January 21st). In Doves there are even more women — including Darcy, the starlet of Paul’s new TV show; Ellen, a sharp but compassionate director; Paul’s mother, Beth; and Paul’s sister Sarah. All of them encounter realistic obstacles that the sexism of the TV industry in particular, and of society in general, set in their way. They are incredibly vocal about the frustration of overcoming them and incredibly insistent about never being anyone’s sidekick.
We like to write stories about all kinds of relationships, not just romantic ones. When characters are enmeshed in a rich and complex social life, it makes their lives more interesting, provides more opportunity for story, and also is just more reflective of real life and the complicated web of ties of all sorts people have. Making women a central part of that web is, we think, an important part of making a rich and realistic story.
We love the women of Love in Los Angeles, and we’re excited that readers seem to be enjoying them as well. As the series goes forward, we’re delighted to tell stories about all different kinds of people, of all genders and orientations.
About the Author:
Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry (Starling (September 10, 2014), Doves (January 21, 2015), and Phoenix (June 10, 2015)), all from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer, Book One of the Love’s Labour series, about a summerstock Shakespeare company, is from Dreamspinner Press (Summer 2015). Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller; Erin is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.
Joint Blog: http://Avian30.com
Joint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Erin.and.Racheline
Erin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/erincmcrae
Racheline’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/racheline_m
Erin’s Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8323893.Erin_McRae
Racheline’s Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1015335.Racheline_Maltese
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