Saturday, September 13, 2014

Please Welcome Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese!

I hope you enjoy meeting these two wonderful authors. Their book looks fantabulous!


When Erin & I encounter skepticism from people about the romance genre, once of the main things we hear is that the relationships are unrealistic.

While we're big defenders -- and writers -- of romantic fantasies, we're also really interested in realism in our books.  Starling, for example, is more about how fame is a hassle than it is about how fame is really cool and glamorous.

One of the other things that became important to us in writing Starling -- and will be important throughout the Love in Los Angeles series -- is that we wanted to showcase a lot of secondary relationships of different orientations and styles, to hopefully provide a point of connection for a range of readers.

The central point of many of those secondary relationships is Liam, the polyamorous co-star of the novel's protagonist, Alex. But Liam's commitments, which  we can't detail here without spoiling you significantly for Starling, are far from the only relationships that help drive the plot.  Close friendships, in some cases with ex-lovers, as well as mentorships, help to further entangle the book's characters with each other.

These relationship webs, and the struggle to find labels for them, are a critical piece of the background environment of Starling. We often find ourselves in them, and we hope that our readers can find themselves there as well.

When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV’s hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth’s key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex’s inexperience and the baggage they’re both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up.

Reeling from their broken hearts, Alex has an affair with a polyamorous co-star and Paul has an ill-advised reunion with an old flame. Meanwhile, the meddling of their colleagues, friends -- and even the paparazzi! -- quickly make Alex and Paul’s real life romance troubles the soap opera of the television season. 

But while the entertainment value may be high, no one knows better than Alex and Paul that there are no guarantees when it comes to love in Los Angeles.

Author bios: 

Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese’s gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry, is published by Torquere Press. The first novel, Starling, was released September 2014; its sequel, Doves, is scheduled for January 2015. Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller focused on themes of sex, gender, desire and mourning. Erin McRae is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. You can find them on the web at

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