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Happy Release Day, Roadhouse Blues!

I am drinking champagne (Cava really) out of a jam jar as I write this.

This jam jar ————————————————> 

After I finish this jar, the jar will be refilled, so I’m writing quickly before I gently drift into not making sense. And I need it to make sense. Because Roadhouse Blues is out!

Somehow, the stars aligned, and Amazon Kindle, Kobo and Nook all released the ebook version early, which means that, while the paperback still won’t be available for a day or two, the ebook version is officially out in the world! It’s also up on GoodReads, and I’ll put links to each below so you can check out the collection if you’re at all so inclined.

In honor of the release, Go Deeper Press is offering a discount through their store, and will also be running contests and special promotions for the next week or two, which you can find on Twitter, FB and the Go Deeper Press site.

I’ll also keep a running list of the interviews, posts, reviews and excerpts that go live over the next few weeks as part of the Roadhouse Blues blog tour, which starts tomorrow with an interview I did for Xan West, a brilliant writer and activist whose work I’ve admired ever since I met them at a reading in San Francisco several years ago.

In the meantime, I want to say thank you to all of the people who read an ARC, wrote a review or offered support and feedback throughout the writing and preparing of this book. It’s easy to think of writing as being a solitary activity, but it’s impossible to feel isolated when you’re surrounded by an amazing community of friends, constructive critics and fellow writers.

And now, my jar is empty so I’m off to get that fixed. Happy release day, Roadhouse Blues!

Buy the Book!

Go Deeper Press (the fantabulous landing site for all formats, discounts and promotions)

Amazon 

B&N Nook

Kobo

GoodReads

Bad Ass Blog Tour:

The Go Deeper Press Launch & Landing Pad

Interview with Xan West

Interview with Emmanuelle de Maupassant 

Review by Ella Dawson

Interview with Jade A. Waters

Guest Post for F.Dot Leonora: On Classic Films, Rough Sex & Roadhouse Blues

Interview with Melina Greenport

Tabitha Rayne Hosts an Excerpt from “Down & Dirty”

Guest Post for Delilah Night: On Stereotypes, Identity & Roadhouse Blues, (includes excerpt from “Truck Stop”)

Interview with Rose Caraway on The Sexy Librarian BlogCast, (includes my reading of an excerpt from “Roadhouse Blues”)

Janine Ashbless Hosts an Excerpt from “Krystal’s Revenge Fuck” for Blue Monday

Introduction & Excerpts: 

Lana Fox’s (brilliant) Introduction

from the title story, “Roadhouse Blues”

from (my favorite story), “Marlboro Man”

from “Flash, Pop!”, the story that inspired the collection

from “Down & Dirty” (courtesy of Tabitha Rayne)

from “Truck Stop” (courtesy Delilah Night)

An audio excerpt from “Roadhouse Blues” (courtesy Rose Caraway)

Awesome Reviews & Feedback:

Ella Dawson

Emmanuelle de Maupassant

Jo Henny Wolf

Review: M by Jacob Louder

GDP014-M_CoverFinalM by Jacob Louder. Go Deeper Press, (January 7, 2015). Available through Amazon Kindle.

I’m becoming selective in what I review, mostly because I’ve becoming more selective in what I read. I’m in the lucky position of having a lot on my professional plate, so time is precious and I want to spend it well. Reading M, Jacob Louder’s new novella from Go Deeper Press, was a magnificent way to spend time.

Jacob Louder appeared on the scene last year with First, a novella that did in 60 pages what many novels fail to do in 600, (click HERE to read my review). It was one of the strongest, most impressive debuts I’ve ever seen – the perfect introduction to Nico Ericsson, Louder’s complicated, hedonistic and relentlessly likeable protagonist.

Normally, I’d have wondered about a sophomore slump with a writer who knocks it out of the park his first time at bat, but I’ve gotten to know Jacob’s work in the past year, and it is, without exception, stellar. His piece in Go Deeper Press’s Dirty Little Numbers was a standout, and I recently had the honor sharing pages with him in Oleander Plume‘s break-out anthology, Chemical (se)X, in which his story, “Thursday Threesome / Birthday Foursome,” practically bounds off the page with gorgeously depraved, sexy joy. Because of this, I knew his follow up to First would be special – I just didn’t realized how special it would be.

Nico Ericsson returns in M, a bit older, more experienced and with a firmer sense of himself. But he is also, still, the Nico from First – charming, savvy and voraciously sexual, with a level of awareness and perspective that makes him fascinating to read. He is no longer a high school boy, experiencing firsts and testing his own boundaries. He’s a French major in college with an enviable circle of friends, lovers and sexual partners, and a beautiful girlfriend named Miranda, whom he calls M. Having read First, I was massively gratified when I realized exactly who M was, but even if you haven’t read it, Louder’s treatment of her, and her relationship with Nico, will resonate because it is so intensely real.

That’s the thing about Jacob Louder’s writing. His characters aren’t icons, ideals or stereotypes. They don’t function to carry a message. In fact, if anything, his writing is anti-didactic, and therein lies it’s power. His characters are human to a degree that almost broke my heart at times. With little to no exposition, he paints portraits of people with fluid sexualities, complicated needs and intensely personal relationships to monogamy, sex and their own sexual and gender identities, all while leaving the reader space to relate on his or her terms.

And then there’s the sex. Fucking hell, can Jacob Louder write sex. I’ve been around the block more than a few times, but reading M is like a master class in sexual self-possession. There’s cam sex, good natured blow jobs and rooftop wankings with his roommate and friends, creatively hot run-ins with exes and semi-random girls, and, of course, there sex with M. It’s in those scenes that Louder especially shines. Using nothing but sexual response and dialog, he gives us stunning insight into Nico, Miranda and their relationship.

I’ve said this about Jacob Louder before, but I’ll say it again. He writes literary pornography that is important. M and First are people porn at it’s most effective best, and I can’t recommend it enough. His dialog flies, the story moves and all the while, Nico and M and the rest of the players are getting under your skin, even as they turn you on.

M by Jacob Louder is what literary porn should be – relentlessly hot, with a well of humanity that makes the sex an intrinsic part of a driving, compelling narrative.Care to read an excerpt? Of course you do! There are some great ones over at Jacob Louder’s website, Tamsin Flowers’s Superotica Advent Calendar and Oleander Plume’s review at Poison Pen / Dirty Mind. Or even better, just buy M, (and read First if you haven’t). It’s available HERE.

And for more information about Jacob Louder, check out his blog or follow him on Twitter. I guarantee you’re going to like what you find.

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