Author Spotlight with G.R. Lyons
While daylighting as office manager for the family auto repair business, G.R. Lyons can often be found working on one of multiple manuscripts or desperately trying to keep up with the TBR pile.
Anarcho-capitalist, quietly 'out' trans guy, former belly dancer, coffee guzzler, highly-sensitive introvert, CrossFit enthusiast, and lover of m/m romantic fiction.
We are so very thrilled to have G.R. Lyons as our Author Spotlight today
We are going to be showcasing Gabriel's Matchmakers Trilogy Today
Starting with Book One (1) - Second Chances
Nineteen-year-old porn star Remy Dawes loves his job at Matchmakers, a gay nightclub, but the fantasy he portrays every night doesn't leave room for what he really wants: companionship, love, someone to come home to, someone just for him. Who would ever take seriously a kid who practically sells his body for others' pleasure? Thirty-five-year-old Chance Whitaker has sworn off dating younger men after having been cheated on one too many times, until the owner of Matchmakers convinces him to take a chance on Remy Dawes, a gorgeous kid who surprises Chance at every turn. As things fall apart through meddling, death, and betrayal, will there be a second chance for two people to find love?
REMY WENT backstage, trying to catch his breath. Dancing non-stop for an hour on the bar could be exhausting, but he loved every minute of it. Having all those men looking up at him, drooling over him, wanting him… He sighed. He loved it, but if he could have just one man drooling over him, wanting him, loving him, he'd be the happiest man in the world. Remy washed his feet for the third time that night, slipped on his shoes, pulled on a tank top so he wasn't wearing only his sinfully-tight stage briefs, and headed out to the floor. How stupid that he'd forgotten his water bottle at home. He crossed the club to the main bar – not the one he'd just been dancing on, but the longer one where a guy could enjoy a drink and a view from the sidelines – and caught Danny's eye. The boss was tending bar that night, as he often did, and flashed Remy a grin.
Book Two (2) Second Drafts
Novelist, Shain Ahren is committed to only one thing: himself. Living alone and having an endless string of one-night stands, Shain's carefully crafted routine ensures no one will ever control him again. But one trick he met at Matchmakers, years ago, he can't get out of his head. Painter Elliden Crawford yearns to be controlled. Born with an extreme chemical imbalance, Elliden struggles to keep the fits at bay so he won't be a danger to others. Only once in his life did Elliden ever truly feel safe, just one night when he met a stranger at Matchmakers. When Matchmakers brings them together again, Elliden finally gets what he needs, while Shain's world is thrown into complete disarray. Will Shain ever relinquish control, or will they be fated to remain a discarded first draft? (Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as the Shifting Isles series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included with the story for those interested in the little worldbuilding details.
Back at his apartment, Shain set the painting on the fireplace mantle for lack of anywhere else to put it at the moment, then stood back to study it some more, shaking his head. Certainly not the way he'd seen his day going when he set out that morning. He'd gotten stuck on his current work-in-progress, gone out to clear his head, wandered into the Cordent Gallery on a whim, and now this. A painting of him. Gods. Shain stood there, contemplating the image, idly spinning a silver ring around the index finger of his right hand. The more he looked, the more he was sure: He loved it. But who in the gods' names had painted it? And why?
ELLIDEN CRAWFORD'S right hand twitched with the need to grab a paintbrush as he peeked into the nursery. The room was dimly lit, which was perfect for the scene: Elliden's sister, Sasha, and Sasha's husband, Daivid, bent over the crib as they put their children down for the night. Sasha, his beautiful sister, who was finally getting to be a mother, and Daivid, the orphan, who had spent his entire life looking for his family, and wound up making one of his own instead. Gods, they looked so happy.
Book Three (3) Second Place
Danny Berringer lives up to the name of his nightclub. Ever since he cheated on Bryan, the love of his life, he's been making up for it by helping others find love. He even matched up Bryan with Eric Grant, except Bryan's perfect marriage seems to have fallen apart, and Danny is dying to know why. He doesn't get couples wrong. Ever. Bryan Landry had his heart broken by Danny, then had it put back together by Eric, but he can't have Eric anymore, and it's all his fault. He spends his nights at Matchmakers having random tricks and trying to avoid Danny, but the meddlesome matchmaker won't leave him be. Thrown together through guilt, death, and temptation, Bryan denies his feelings while Danny clings to dreams of Bryan's forgiveness. Will Danny always lose, or can he win second place in Bryan's heart? (Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as the Shifting Isles series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included with the story for those interested in the little worldbuilding details.
Danny glanced over at Bryan, his eyes fixed firmly on his husband, his whole body tense. Gods, Danny was dying to touch him, hold him, gather him up in his arms and tell him everything was going to be alright, just like they’d done for each other all those years ago when their parents had died, but doing so at that moment would only confuse matters. They were trying to recover Bryan’s husband’s memory, after all.
“Wait….” Eric breathed.
Bryan held his breath, and Danny felt himself do the same. Both of them watching Eric intently while Eric glanced rapidly from one photo to another. Eric looked up at Danny frowning.
“You said...you wanted me to meet someone..”
Danny’s heart pounded in his chest while seconds ticked by. Finally, Eric’s head snapped up. He stared at Bryan, then shoved the photo albums aside, crawled forward, and pulled Bryan into his arms.
Bryan wrapped himself around his husband, “Its alright” he said, his voice muffled as he kissed Eric’s hair. “I’m right here.”
“I hate this.”
“I know honey, I know.”
Bryan rocked his husband while he cried, and Danny saw Bryan making a valiant effort not to cry himself. But the look of relief on his face…
Danny got up and quickly left the room. Something had to be done, Surely, there was something that could help Eric, ease his symptoms…hells, maybe even cure him. Danny fell asleep, full of determination, no matter what it took, he was going to find someone who could help, for Bryan’s sake.
There had to be something.
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Gabriel's Top 5 Things on her Bucket List
1. Visit England (with a friend)
2. Finish and publish the 20 books I still have planned (and keep going if that number increases)
3. Travel somewhere new by myself
4. Go out on a date as a gay man once I'm consistently passing as male
5. Leave the day job and live as a full-time writer [accomplished!]
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