About Jae Moran

Writer of M/M Romance

COVER REAVEAL: Where I Belong

Cover Reveal

It’s getting exciting around here!!  LOL. I know it’s not world peace or anything, but I do have my very first cover to show off. Fulfilling a lifelong dream is an occasion to celebrate, so here I sit at my laptop with a glass of champagne and a self-satisfied grin.

Before we get to the actual cover, I want to say a few quick thank yous. To the countless teachers and librarians who encouraged my love of words and never gave me any reason to believe I couldn’t tell a story of my own, thank you. To the late, great Dr. John Cummins, English professor extraordinaire, who pushed me to be better, to give more, and to never be satisfied with good enough, I hope you knew how grateful I was for your advice and attention. And to Sunshine Smartypants, you have been my everything for my entire adult life, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for putting us together in that awful calculus class.

Without further ado,

Where I Belong will be available from JMS-Books

May 27th

Buy Links to come soon.

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Blurb

Bestselling author and erstwhile musician Harper Ellison started running from his troubled past before he graduated high school. When his sister tracks him down ten years later, Harper hesitantly agrees to visit the family and small North Carolina community that rejected him when he needed them most.

Life has taught Harper to avoid relationships, but he can’t seem to ignore his attraction to Lucas Rhodes, the buff, blond social worker living on his grandparents’ farm. Lucas quickly becomes an anchor in the maelstrom created by Harper’s homecoming. Together they wade through the grief and loss Harper buried six-feet deep just a few miles from his childhood home.

Choosing to forgive is the only way Harper will ever find peace, but can he learn that lesson before it’s too late?

Coming Soon: Where I Belong

So, we’ll start with a Snoopy dance…
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I am pleased to report that my first M/M romance, Where I Belong, has been accepted for publication. Squee! I’m not sure what I am allowed to say at this point, but here is the unedited, and probably unintelligible, blurb…

Where I Belong by Jae Moran

Bestselling author and erstwhile musician Harper Ellison started running from his troubled past before he graduated high school. When his sister tracks him down ten years later at the request of his dying mother, Harper hesitantly agrees to visit the family and small North Carolina community that rejected him when he needed them most.

Harper doesn’t do relationships, but he can’t ignore his attraction to Lucas Rhodes, the buff, blond social worker living on his grandparents’ farm. Lucas quickly becomes Harper’s anchor in the maelstrom of his homecoming. Together they wade through the wreckage as Harper confronts the pain he buried six-feet deep a few miles from his childhood home.

Accepting that no amount of apology or regret will ever change the past, choosing to forgive is the only way Harper will ever find peace. But, can he learn that lesson before it’s too late?

Just so you can get into my mind’s eye, here’s my character collage….

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Harper has dark hair and light blue-gray eyes. As a  runner, Harper has a lithe, graceful and relatively slender frame. Lucas, on the other hand, is tall and blond with dark hazel eyes and a more muscular, powerful body. He is a surfer with a golden tan and his hair is highlighted by the sun.

I’m sure I will have more to say soon… My excitement is kinda getting away from me today, and I couldn’t resist sharing my joy.

So it’s out… Reasonable Doubts

In case you didn’t know my Goodreads M/M Romance Group Love is an Open Road story is out!Reasonable Doubts.jpg

Here is the photo and the prompt for my story….

PHOTO DESCRIPTION:
A tall, slender man in a gray business suit walks along a city street holding twin girls by the hand. The girls are about five years old and wearing fluffy, pink tulle skirts with colorfully striped tights and sneakers. The three of them appear to be having an intense conversation.

STORY LETTER:
Dear Author,

I never thought I’d find myself in the situation where I’d be part of a loving family, especially not consisting of twin girls! People always considered me the ice-cold lawyer who takes everything way too serious and never cracks a smile at any joke whatsoever.

Everything changed the moment I met X. Little by little I started to loosen up with him (in more ways than one), and then we found the girls.

Please help me tell the story of how we met and maybe how we went on adapting to each other’s differences.

Sincerely,

Jane A

P.S. Requirements: I’d like the MC to have any white-collar job and his partner can be anything opposite to that (just not anything flamboyant). Please do not include BDSM, but kink is totally okay.

STORY INFO:
Genre: contemporary
Tags: businessmen/lawyers, visual arts, family drama, fetish/toys, men with children
Word Count: 47,851

Acknowledgements
A huge thank you to the Goodreads MM Romance crew and all of the folks paddling like hell behind the scenes to make DRitC work. You are all amazing.

And as always, this story is for Sunshine Smartypants who is my reason for everything.

The download is now available at M/M Romance Group.

Writing, Race & Indecision

Okay… While my Goodreads M/M Don’t Read in the Closet story is getting squished through the meat grinder, I mean editing process, I thought I’d write about the plot bunny torturing me with his sharp little teeth and claws. It’s a story I want to write it, but I probably won’t.

The basic set-up goes like this… A gay, black man in his mid/late thirties raising his adopted foster kids (of varying race, ethnicity and disability) with his ex-husband meets his younger, gay, white neighbor with no experience with kids and a romance ensues. Lots of points of conflict… black/white, older/younger, kids/no-kids, divorced/never married…

“Sounds great. Why not write it?” you ask. Because it has to do with race.

I’m a white, middle-class writer living in lily white Maine. The very idea of writing a black main character terrifies me. I’m afraid I’ll get skewered by the internet outrage factory for either ignoring the fact that my character is black or, even worse, for lacking any authenticity in the way I write about it.

Race is complicated. It is a mash-up of culture, ethnicity, language and socio-economics that is unique to each individual and universal at the same time. It affects every part of a persons understanding of the world. I don’t think I have ever met a person of color who doesn’t have this litter kernel of rage at the fundamental unfairness of racism that like a pea under the mattress keeps them from being comfortable in the world. And it operates on every level from the obvious to so subtle it’s almost invisible.

My best friend tells me I’m overthinking. She doesn’t understand how I can write about gay rodeo cowboys without being one and not be able to write about a guy, a lot like the divorced guys we actually know, who happens to be black. I don’t understand either, but it is different. The risk of getting it wrong feels greater than any reward for getting it right.

Usually when I get this scared of a story it means I’m headed in the right direction. That visceral fear makes the writing better. It’s not like race is even the central issue of the story. I dunno maybe that’s enough of a reason to start writing and see where it goes.

In my head, Marcus, the dad in my story, is bugging me about how awesome his kids are and what broke up his marriage. He looks a lot like Boris Kodjoe, but he wants me to point out that he isn’t balding, nor has he completely shaved his head. Apparently Marcus’s a little vain and sensitive about his age. His love interest, Wade, who looks kinda like Ben Elliot, is still kind of amorphous, but he talks to me a lot about his bulldog.

Marcus, aka Boris Kodjoe

Wade, aka Ben Eliiot

Yes, I frequently have entire conversations with imaginary people. Writing is a lot harder when the characters don’t talk to me .

I’m not sure what all this says about me other than I’m a little chickenshit around the edges. I can tackle suicide, domestic violence, and addiction and all sorts of delicate topics, but race pushes me beyond the pale. I know it is a little white, liberal guilt coupled with a deep need not to be eviscerated in public. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet, but I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

As always, your thoughts are always welcome.

Jae

I have a PROMPT!

In case you aren’t part of the Goodreads M/M Romance group, it’s Don’t Read in the Closet time again and his year’s theme is Love is an Open Road. DRitC is an annual event for the group where members submit photos and prompts for authors to pick and use as the basis for a story. It’s a bit of a mad frenzy for authors and everyone is always nervous that they won’t act quickly enough to get their first choice but this year seemed much more civilized than last year. Lucky for me, I was quick on the draw and got the prompt I wanted without any fuss. Last year I think I ended up with my third or fourth choice.

Here’s my prompt: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2236298-dear-author-jane-a—claimed-by-jae-moran

It’s cute and sweet and just what I feel like writing right now. My personal life has been pretty high stress/high drama lately and this will be a great counter to all that crap. Escapism isn’t just for readers. I’ve already started my prep work, mostly research and plotting. If all goes well I should be able to start writing in a couple days with a bare bones outline in hand.

Last year I was entirely too ambitious for the two month deadline. I’m hoping to keep this year’s story to 25-30K words or less if I can pull it off. There’s something to be said for tight deadlines giving my muse a swift kick in the pants and keeping me focused. I’ll post snipits and probably the first chapter when I get the first beta draft done.

Wish me luck with that… LOL!

Jae

ALWAYS Looking for Beta Readers

Due to attrition, overwork and new babies, my posse of beta readers has dwindled to a meager few. Sadly, as much as I hoped they were telling the truth when they said ask again next month, they weren’t. Anyway, I am looking for Beta Readers. I don’t care if you’re not a grammar whiz. or a literary god/goddess. If you love books and words and M/M romance and are willing to tell me why you love/hate what I’ve written, let me know. If you even might be interested, take a look at Measuring the Rein (HERE) and see the kind of stuff I write. Well, it’s actually not the best thing I’ve ever written, but I was overambitious on a short deadline. It needed to marinate in a drawer for three months before I edited/rewrote it. I think the bones and language are okay, but it probably needed to be tightened by about 20%. Anyway, I’m still proud of it and I’ll probably revisit it sometime in the future.

In case you stumbled here on accident: I write gay male romance, some of it pretty explicit but not extremely so. It’s romance, not porn. If that’s not something you’re going to be comfortable with, being a beta reader for me is probably not for you.

For more info on being a beta reader:

So if you are interested, drop me an email… jaemoran4@gmail.com

Thanks in advance,

Jae

Begin at the Beginning

With Google’s draconian changes to Blogger’s content policies regarding mature, adult, explicit or pornographic content, I’ve decided to jump ship and start over at WordPress. Writing M/M, romance or otherwise, I will inevitably and probably innocently run afoul of the new rules sooner or later so here we are.

Being nearly unpublished, I’m not sure what I’ll be posting but you never know when I’ll have stuff to say. Some of it will be worth the effort and some won’t but it will always be honest and from the heart.

I will take this opportunity to promote my Don’t Read In The Closet 2014: Love’s Landscapes story from last year — Measuring the Rein. The M/M Romance Group over at Goodreads does an amazing job producing this HUGE event. Each year about 200 free stories are written, collected, edited, and produced by volunteers. Last year that totaled almost 5 MILLION words. Amazing.

Here’s the preview trailer…

Measuring the Rein is FREE and available by clicking the cover below.

STORY INFO:
Genre:
 contemporary
Tags: cowboys, rodeo, first time, coming out, friends to lovers
Word Count: 56,125