Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae on Phoenix (Love in Los Angeles Book 3) ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog

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Title: Phoenix (Love in Los Angeles Book 3)

Author: Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae

Publisher: Torquere Press

Cover Artist: BS Clay

Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Drama, Erotica, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Romance


Sometimes the end of everything…

Now happily married to writer and producer Paul Marion Keane, television star J. Alex Cook’s life has been a fairytale of success and romance for years. But when an unexpected tragedy throws his and Paul’s social circle into chaos, the alumni of hit TV show The Fourth Estate are forced to pick up the creative pieces left behind.

…is just the beginning

Confronted with his own mortality, Paul suggests he and Alex start a family. But figuring out what family means when your best friends’ polyamorous marriage may be melting down and you have Hollywood’s most malevolent fairy godmother to thank for your success is no easy proposition.

As Alex questions whether anyone in a profession full of make believe can truly have fame, fortune, kids, and the happily ever after of their dreams, he sets out to take control of his own life and discover that the best love stories never truly end.

Phoenix is Book 3 in the Love in Los Angeles series.

The weird thing about falling in love with fiction characters is that you can never touch them.  They are always absent from you — pragmatically, because they don’t exist; and poetically, because sometimes they feel like a lover at sea or even one that’s dead.

But our relationship with books — or at least my relationship with books — gets even weirder when a character dies.  Suddenly, their absence is appropriate.  We miss them as much as the people who share their fictional world.  And somehow, sometimes, that makes them seem much realer.

The way death defictionalizes characters is one of those peculiar topics that obsesses me.  Mourning gesture by audience members for fictional characters is one of those things I like to research.  When a character on Torchwood died, fans created a memorial shrine near his supposed office in Cardiff.  When a character in Ashita no Joe, a boxing manga, died a funeral was held that was attended by 700 members of the public.

In Phoenix (LiLA 3), there’s a big death — not, don’t worry, of either of our heroes; Erin and I are rule-breakers as writers,but we’re not that out there — and that character’s funeral and burial location is on the page.  The first time I visited the location for that scene, it was research, to get it exactly right.  The second time, I just went to visit.

And that’s strange.  It feels socially awkward to admit.  Silly.  Pompous. Creepy.  A bit odd.  But like our hero Alex says elsewhere in the series, when characters die, that’s how you get to keep them.  And in a way, I guess, the death in Phoenix is about giving that character over to the readers, the death making him just a little bit more real.


Alex’s eyes flutter shut when Paul slides his hands into his back pockets and pulls him closer. They’re not dancing so much as grinding together, but they’re hardly alone in that regard—at least they still have their shirts on, and if Alex is willing, Paul has absolutely zero desire to stop.

Paul can’t hear it, but he can feel the breath of a moan on his neck when Alex gets insistent about digging his fingers into Paul’s hair while he mouths at the skin above his collar. Six months apart, with only two weeks in the middle, was a very long time, and the time they’ve had since has barely been enough to get used to sharing space with each other again, much less fall back into their relationship with all their knowledge of each other’s bodies and hearts intact.

“This is possibly a stupid idea,” Alex murmurs at some point.

Paul isn’t sure how much time has elapsed since things crossed into slightly inappropriate but totally expected territory. “I don’t think you care.”

About the Author

Erin McRae is a queer writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. She has a master’s degree in International Affairs from American University, and delights in applying her knowledge of international relations theory to her fiction and screen-based projects, because conflict drives narrative.

Racheline Maltese lives a big life from a small space. She flies planes, sails boats, and rides horses, but as a native New Yorker, has no idea how to drive a car. A long-time entertainment and media industry professional, she lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their two cats.
Together, they are co-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) — from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella series Love’s Labours, set in the theater world — Midsummer (May 2015), and Twelfth Night (Fall 2015), is from Dreamspinner Press. They also have a story in Best Gay Romance 2015 from Cleis Press and edited by Felice Picano. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.


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One thought on “Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae on Phoenix (Love in Los Angeles Book 3) ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog

  1. Even as not a main character, that character would have to be such a minor, in the background character for me to be able to not have a problem with their death. Characters who have been an integral and important part of previous books, their death would be hard to read and take.

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