Hello! I am Leigh Ellwood and I’m please to be at Erotica for All talking about my latest release, Dare to Act. This is my first publication with Ravenous Romance and, at this writing, my longest M/M erotic work. While it is tied into a series of books I have written set in the fictional town of Dareville, Virginia, one doesn’t necessarily have to read the other books to know the way around town. Of course, I won’t discourage anybody from buying the other books! 😉
The first book in this series, Truth or Dare, was published in 2004, which means I’m close to a full decade of writing erotic romance. Some days it amazes me that I’ve come this far in my writing, especially when I have trouble stringing a sentence together. In the case of Dare to Act, I found this was an especially challenging work because (unlike with other books I’ve written) I did not outline in advance. There are pantsers and plotters, and I’d say I fall somewhere in between.
The idea for this story happened a few years ago, while watching the Academy Awards and studying how certain actors reacted to the announced winners and other events during the show. From there I got the idea of an actor who did not react the way his peers expected to, and that branched off to a self-imposed exile in order to plan his move. Originally I had this character reconnecting with a lost love, but decided in the end for him to meet somebody new. I couldn’t tell you why I chose that path – likely because I’ve read a number of “coming home” books where the hero/ine returns to reclaim a lost love, and I want to try something different.
So far my experience with Ravenous, a new publisher to me, has been positive. My editor, a Lambda Literary Award winner, was incredibly supportive through the entire process, and I look forward to sending her my next work, another Dareville story – only this one is an MMF menage. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a hot romantic manlove story, I hope you’ll check out Dare to Act.
Bio: Leigh Ellwood is an award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance fiction. Following the release of her first novel, Truth or Dare, in 2004, Leigh has since written several novels, novella, and short stories. She is an EPIC Award winner and has been nominated for many reviewers awards for her works.
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About Dare to Act: When actor Parker Stigwood stuns the world by doing the unthinkable on live television, he’s convinced his career is over. Disgusted by Hollywood hypocrisy, he pushes the pause button on his life and retreats to his parents’ home in Dareville to contemplate his future. Little does he realize, various forces have plans for him on a personal and professional level.
Luke Hall is excited to direct his first play for the local arts center, more so when the handsome movie star volunteers to watch rehearsals and offer pointers. Luke would rather watch Parker, but there are interruptions to his viewing pleasure. When a well-meaning friend seeking benefits places doubts in Luke’s head about Parker’s intentions, Luke wonders if their relationship will bomb at the box office.
On and off-stage, Luke and Parker’s passion sizzles. But will Parker dare to act on his feelings for Luke and leave his star behind for good?