Gay Book Reviews is thrilled to have author M.J. O’Shea guest blogging today!
MJ and Books
I’ve obviously had a long history with books! I’ve loved to read and write since I was little, and I was even a literature major in college. I’m going to write a brief history of me + books. 🙂
First Favorite book: . Oh man, did I love that book. I’m sure my mom still has nightmares about how many times we read it aloud together.
First favorite series: When I was a little too old for the bears haha, I found . I devoured all of his and then the and then everything else there was. They’re still comfort reads. I <3 Garion. First time I got really mad at a movie adaptation: We’ve all been there, right? For me the one that got me seething was . HOW DARE THEY? Haha. I haven’t seen the film version since the very first night when I turned it off after huffing and puffing about how it was nothing like the book. I most likely won’t be turning it on ever again…
Unpopular opinion – I actually really liked the .
First Classic (that I actually liked): Oh definitely . I remember reading the first chapter and thinking “how many more pages of this crap is there?” (Give me a bit of a break… I was fifteen). By the end of the book, I was sobbing and loving it.
First Romance Novel: The first romance novel I remember reading was a regency. I had a thing for those. It was called and Judith McNaught wrote it and I’m going to have to give it another read someday because I only barely remember what it was about. I’m pretty sure I read all of her regencies after that!
First Gay Romance Novel: I remember when I was first starting to write gay romance, I picked up Rowan Speedwell’s . I was blown away and very intimidated. I’m pretty sure I told her that the first time we met haha.
That’s it for me… although I can talk about books forever! Thanks for having me stop by! If you want to read about my newest book, , the blurb is below. You can also find all my social media links and a link to sign up for my newsletter for contests, flash fic and other cool things. 🙂
What Austin Lloyd lacks in academics, he makes up for in his love of the animals who frequent his pet salon. He’s not lucky in romance, though, and his family would like him to settle down with a good man. Austin—and his golden retriever, Maggie—couldn’t agree more.
Evan Partridge isn’t good at letting people in. His messy family life and the past that’s shaped him aren’t worth bringing up. But his pug, Dexter, sure likes the pet salon owner.
Austin and Evan get off to a rough start, but being friends soon turns into something more. Unfortunately, Evan’s secretive behavior nearly does the relationship in, and the budding love affair almost crashes and burns when Evan’s troubled sister shows up on his doorstep.
Not speaking to each other is killing them both, but Evan doesn’t know how to keep Austin and help his sister at the same time. He just knows he has to try. Winning back Austin’s trust back, however, is going to take a whole lot of work.
About M.J. O’Shea
M.J. O’Shea has never met a music festival, paintbrush, or flower crown she can stay away from. She loves rainstorms and a perfect cup of tea, beach days, music, bright colors, and more than anything a cozy evening with a really great book.
She is from the Pacific Northwest. While she still lives there and loves it, M.J. has the heart of a wanderer. So she puts all her dreams of far off places and extraordinary people in her books.
Except for every once in a while when she does what all travelers have to do on occasion… come home.