As you know, I occasionally profile authors instead of interviewing them. The difference between the two is that for profiles I don’t ask the questions – you do, and Lex Valentine is an ideal candidate for lots and lots of questions. She’s a very talented award winning writer and cover artist. Here’s her bio:
Lex Valentine is a bestselling, award winning author who writes across genres from contemporary to urban fantasy in both M/M, M/F and M/M/F. A native of Monterey County, California, Lex now lives in a canyon in Orange County, California with her long haired tattooed husband Rott (who thinks if she gets to go to GayRomLit, he gets to buy a new guitar), her college age daughter Nikki and a bunch of cats with strange names (Noisy, Dum Dum aka Dummy, Chewy, Swirly, Bitty Junior) that she collectively calls “babies.” She loves loud rock and alternative music, builds her own computers, and has a propensity for having very weird vivid dreams about Nikki Sixx although he’s never naked in them to her great disappointment.
Lex works full-time at a 100 year old cemetery as the network administrator, collects giraffes because of a character, would love to lick supermodel Marcus Schenkenberg and adores hanging out with author-pal Z.A. Maxfield who never lets Lex be a wallflower. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, and Orange County California chapters. A long time internet user going back to the early 90’s, Lex’s oldest domain winterheart.com has become her graphics site Winterheart Design. She does covers for self-published authors, as well as Pink Petal Books, Passion in Print Press and MLR Press and won an EPIC Ariana award for best erotic contemporary cover in 2011.
A blogger long before she was published, you’ll find Lex posting to her author blog at lexvalentine.com, her personal blog SunlightSucks.com and group blog FlirtyAuthorBitches.com. She’s also one of seven M/M authors involved in the Lords of Aether, a free gay steampunk serial story at lordsofaether.com. Her character Lord Anthony Banning is the love interest of Z.A. Maxfield’s courtesan Shelley Jefferson, a circumstance that leads to many a discussion between her and ZAM as they decide just how much to torture their characters before they give them a HFN.
Recent releases (last 90 days): Cupid Christmas
It’s another Christmas at Forbes Ranch and this year the family is playing Cupid with Grayson and Jared’s best friend Steve Yarrow. Years before, Steve’s heart was broken by the love of his life Dalton Emory who left him to further his career by marrying a woman with a rich daddy. Now, divorced, outed and publicly humiliated, Dalton is trying to build a business and keep a low profile. He doesn’t believe he deserves a second chance with Steve after the way he hurt him. However, Dalton didn’t reckon with his former lover’s interfering friends, the depth of Steve’s love nor the forgiveness the spirit of Christmas can offer. Can one lonely, broken cowboy forgive himself and accept the love that has always belonged to him? And will the Forbes tradition of Christmas Eve Happily Ever Afters give Steve and Dalton the future they never thought they’d have?
Breath of Heaven This is the 2nd story with my fighter pilots from Afterburner.
Sebastian Marchetti and his husband Ryder Beckett are flying high since their retirement from the Air Force. They’re still young, still hot for each other and enjoying life as a married couple and members of the Flying Marchettis aerobatic team. When tragedy strikes their extended family, the couple become parents overnight and the demons of Ryder’s past return with a vengeance. With the Marchettis and the entire town of Forza pitching in to help, Bas and Ryder strive to make Christmas unforgettable for a special little boy and his newborn brother while laying to rest past and present pain.
New release: Kissing Joan Collins – MLR Press Valentine’s Day novella
Gay suspense author Logan Moore fell in love with the most perfect gay man ever during his freshman year in college. But his roommate and best friend Chase Courtland never showed an interest in him. Twelve years and a handful of failed relationships later, Logan acknowledges that he still loves Chase. When Chase puts on a designer dress, four-inch heels and a wig and transforms himself into Joan Collins for a Valentine’s Day masquerade party, Logan’s libido rockets out of control. One look at Chase’s perfect ass in the skin tight dress and Logan is ready to drag him off to bed. But can two best friends bridge the gap of a dozen years of denial and build a life together after one amazing night of revelations, confessions and love?
Upcoming M/M releases:
Encounters: Magic Lessons – Pink Petal Books short story in the Encounters series
Short blurb: Wizard Drake Keating learns a lesson in love and magic from a man whose heart he once broke.
There are two other books coming with M/M scenes in them, but neither is strictly M/M. One is Fire Storm which is a sequel to Fire Season. In it, I continue Holden and Garret’s story but they share air time with the woman who should have been their mate. There are M/M scenes of Holden and Garret and M/F scenes of Ash with her demon Xavion. The other book is Runaways which is a M/M/F paranormal coming from Ellora’s Cave.
I’m also in the process of plotting Inversion which is the third novella about my fighter pilots Sebastian and Ryder. I’m hoping to have Inversion out as part of MLR Press’s Father’s Day releases. I’m also hoping to have MLR release Afterburner (the first Sebastian and Ryder novella from Honorable Silence) and Rousing Caine (from Love Me Dead) in solo ebook format.
And then, there’s the Lords of Aether. LOA is a gay steampunk serial story written by me and six other authors. Currently, my main character Lord Anthony Banning is paired romantically with Z.A. Maxfield’s character Shelley Jefferson, who is a high priced courtesan. We’re just starting to get the story off the ground, all of the authors have now had at least one post and we’re looking to deepen the story weekly as we explore the steampunk genre.
Lex Valentine’s Contact Information
As I mentioned earlier, Lex is also an award winning cover artist and I’m enclosing her two award winning designs along with other covers that she and her daughter have produced as winterheart designs: