A big welcome today to JM Wolf as part of his blog tour with Gay Book Promotions for Jace’s Trial from Encompass Ink.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
Well I’m 25 years old living in Chesapeake, Virginia with my husband. Before writing books, I was working on trying to be a singer/songwriter, but around the age of 19 that goal ended. However, just because that dream ended doesn’t mean music is no longer a big part of my life. My debut book The Black Feather was inspired by one of my favorite songs, and my second book Jace’s Trial is about a singer/songwriter who gave up music. Music will always play a major role in my writing.
How long have you been writing for, and what inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been really focussed on writing books about 2 years ago and what inspired me was all the MM novels I read prior. I loved the series I read, and I’ve always had a thing for romance, so when the idea for my debut book came, I decided to give it a chance. Granted I never thought I would finish it or even publish it but I’m glad I did.
Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
My new release is Jace’s Trial, which is the first instalment in my Trials of Abingdon series. It’s about a young musical prodigy name Jace Garrison who suffered from one tragedy after the next, but when his father died he decided to give up his music. About a year later, he meets his father’s boyfriend Gerard Ramhart after Gerard arrived to town for Jace’s father’s one year memorial. When Jace and Gerard meet, they both realize they’re both still hurting over their loss of the same man and formed a mutual friendship to help one another cope with the loss. What they didn’t expect was that their friendship would grow into something deeper.
What inspired the story was I always had a thing for dating older men, hence the May/December trope lol, and I wanted to try to write one of the best romance novels I could muster. So, when the storyline for Jace’s Trial appeared, I jumped at the chance to try to write it. I saw I was able to use my obsession for romance and my love for music and turn them both into something great. I was able to turn my ugly past and morph it into something beautiful but have it still be a part of me.
How did you come up with the title?
The titles actually appear with the storyline. As soon as I see the story play out in my mind and I hear the character’s voices, I also hear the titles of my book.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think the hardest part was reliving some of my old memories I was using in the book. I wanted to make the story as relatable as possible, so I used some of my real-life experiences. It was hard to remember those moments in my life and I even cried a couple of times, but I felt it was worth it in the end.
Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
I learned a lot from writing Jace’s Trial. The life lessons I put in such as admitting when you need help, living life to the fullest, admitting when you’re wrong etc, those were lessons I struggle with in real life. So, to actually read it from my own book was kind of therapeutic lol
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Always write from the heart, go with your instincts, don’t try going against the voices in your head. Let the story write itself, don’t force it. Watch what you say or do on Social media (That part I can never stress enough). Most importantly enjoy what you’re writing.
Are there any genres you prefer to write and if so, why? What book do you wish that you had written?
I will always write MM but as for tropes and sub-genre, ideally, I’d like to try my hand in all of them when it comes to my book. It won’t be easy, but nothing ever is.
So, my bestie Jaclyn Osborn wrote this historical fiction called Axios which is about Spartans. I’m such a huge fan of the book and I do wish I was the one who wrote it, but I’m happy she did.
I’m gay, and MM has hot guys fucking like animals. Nuff said.
Do you have any genres you prefer reading, and if so what are they? What book are you reading at the moment? What other novels do you adore/ writers you follow? Do you have a favourite genre that you like to write in? What book do you wish that you had written?
I don’t have any preference other than MM. I can never do MF anymore lol. Right now, I’m the Lavender Shores series by Rosalind Abel. There are so many authors whose work I follow and idolize. Lucy Lennox, Sloane Kennedy, N.R. Walker, SJ Himes, Noah Harris, Jaclyn Osborn, the list is endless. Of all the genres I write/will write, I’ll always have a thing for writing paranormal and shifters.
Are there any characters that you write, that are based on you, or people you know?
A lot of my MCs have little pieces of myself and my personality.
Do you have a favourite character and/or book you’ve written? Who, what and why?
I think my favourite character is a side character in Jace’s Trial, Adam Walker. Like the majority of my readers, Adam wormed his way into my heart. He’s a sassy femme red-head with the mouth of a sailor and made no apologies for the things he says or does. He’s the perfect example of confidence in who you are, and adds a little color in everyone’s lives
Are there people in your life that annoy you, and you write into your books?
My husband LMAO
Do characters and stories just pop into your head, or do you take your time thinking about them?
They pop in my head instantly, but I do take the time to let the storyline process fully.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
A little bit of both
Do you write often? Is it on a schedule, or whenever you feel like it?
I try to write as often as I could, but I write when I have the time and when the moment comes.
If you could have any superpower or magical ability, what would it be and why? What would you do with it? And yes world domination is an acceptable answer.
I would love to do Magic. I’ve always wanted to be a wizard since I was a kid, and no it had nothing to do with Harry Potter. I love the thrill of magic, being able to make the impossible possible.
If you had access to a time machine just once, is there anything you’d go back and change? Either on a personal level or an historical event?
Donald Trump being president? lol
If you could go anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go, who would you take with you, if anyone, and why?
Japan and I’d take my husband with me. I’ve always loved Japan and its culture and its music. I always thought Japanese music was a thousand times better than American music.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things (or people) would you want there with you?
My husband, my book collection, and peanut butter lol
What are your writing and personal goals for 2018 and beyond?
Just to keep writing books and enjoy my craft. Also meet as many of my readers and fellow authors as I can.
When is your next book coming out, and what’s it about?
Not sure yet, but I’m hoping for a June release. It’s titled The Fallen Crow, and it’s the sequel to my debut book The Black Feather. It’s a Paranormal romance about angels and demons. A demon who fell in love with a human he’s been secretly protecting since he was a child.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I’m working on two sequels. The first is the second instalment in my angels and demons of Babylon series titled The Fallen Crow. The second is the second Trials in Abingdon series titled Adam’s Trial. And if you want to see snippets, you’ll have to join my Facebook group JM’s Renegades.
Do you get emails asking why characters didn’t get together and whether you’re going to write more about them?
I get messages on Facebook asking about side characters and if they’ll get their own stories.
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Can you tell us about your pets?
I’m a lover of all animals. I only have one cat. A black cat name George. He’s a spoiled feline. lol
If you were able to quit your day job and write full time, would you, and why/why not?
I would love to quit so I could write full time. Writing has become a major part of my life. Being with the MM community has given me a family, which is something I barely had. I would love to write full time, so I could release more books and my literary family could grow.
Are there big events in your life that affect your writing?
Not really. My past has a big influence in my writing, but nothing presently has affected it, at least not yet. I live a pretty boring life.
Are you obsessed with stationery? And if so, what and why?
I’m not sure, to be honest.
Book Title: Jace’s Trial (Trials in Abingdon Book One)
Author: JM Wolf
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Cover Artist: Rue Volley
Genre/s: May/December, Contemporary Romance, HEA,
Length: 87K Words/230 Pages
This is Book 1 in the series, but can be read as a standalone story. No cliffhanger.
TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains content of physical and mental abuse, grieving, and bottled emotions.
Life is a trial full of obstacles that stand between you and your goals. Do you have the courage to face your own trial?
Jace Garrison was a musical prodigy at Juilliard ready to take the world by storm. Everything he could ever want out of life was unfolding right before his eyes, until everything came crashing down at once.
With his muse gone, along with everything he loved, will Jace find the courage to move on?
Former Navy SEAL Gerard Ramhart had always played by his family’s rules and traditions. Until he fell in love with Riley Garrison. Unfortunately, before Gerard had the courage to propose to the man he loved, Riley’s life was taken away. Gerard was left devastated, with only his memories of Riley and the pain of losing him to keep him going.
One year after Riley’s death, Gerard finally makes it to Riley’s hometown in Abingdon, Virginia and meets his son Jace for the very first time. Two men grieving over the loss they shared, and during their time of heartache, something blossoms. Can Gerard help Jace find the will to live the life he’s meant to have? And can Jace find his muse and accept his feelings for Gerard, despite the fact that Gerard once belonged to his father?
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I don’t know what possessed me to do it, but I sat up on his lap, his arms falling to his sides, but he remained motionless. I stared in awe as I began trailing my fingers up his body, from his hip bones, trailing along his defined abdominal muscles, up his pectorals feeling the tuffs of chest hair tickling the skin of my fingers. I continued from his collarbone and up his neck until my palms rested on the man’s cheeks. Gerard stirred, but never woke.
I tilted my head slightly and marveled at the man that once held my father’s heart, but now was quickly beginning to worm his way into mine. I wished I knew an artist who would be able to capture Gerard’s face on paper perfectly so that I could look at it every night after his trip in Abingdon was over. I didn’t want to think of him leaving. I just wanted to revel in the stunning work of art that was Gerard Ramhart. All man, all muscle, and how I wanted him to be mine. I wasn’t afraid to admit it to myself anymore. I wanted him, so fucking bad; but would he ever be mine? Would I ever get to feel what it was like to be his? Would I ever know what it was like to have his lips on mine?
Instinctively, my thumbs began running along his dark thickly grown beard and then to his lips. I remembered that moment when he was stepping out of the shower, and we almost shared a kiss. Almost. I never stopped thinking about it, and the desire to kiss him at that moment was making my heart practically beat out of my chest.
As if my body had a mind of its own, I began leaning down, bringing myself closer to Gerard’s face. My face was inches away from his. I could feel his breath on my skin, and his full lips were close, oh so close. My heart was thundering so loud I was worried Gerard would hear it and wake up. This may have been my only chance to kiss him, and I didn’t want it to slip by. I got closer and was about to press my lips to his when Gerard’s eyes shot open.
Oh fuck, I was so screwed. I had no way to explain this. I pulled back some to looked into his startled eyes. I opened my mouth to try to say something, anything, but what the fuck could I say?
“I-I…Gerard, I’m –” my words were cut off immediately when his hand cupped the back of my head, and his free arm around my waist. Gerard pulled me down to him and embraced me in a deep soulful kiss.
I was taken aback by the sudden embrace, but not enough to pull away. When the initial shock wore off, I closed my eyes and gave back as much as Gerard was giving me. And holy fuck, was he giving me something that was literally stealing my breath away.
The kiss was not how I imagined it. I’d been kissed by many guys growing up, including Brett. I didn’t know if it would be possessive, rough and demanding like Brett’s or dull and lifeless like some of the casual flings I had to entertain my libido. I thought it would be simple but nice, like when Adam and I shared our first kiss, but it wasn’t. They all paled in comparison to the feel of Gerard’s lips on mine.
The kiss was heated, but not enough to devour me. It was filled with affection, longing, desire, wholesome. Gerard was kissing me as if he’d been waiting for centuries to do so, and now that he had me, he wanted to treasure the moment. He wanted to cherish me. I had never felt so desired by a man in all my life, and my eyes burned as if I would cry at the realization.
Was this how my father felt when he kissed Gerard? Was this how it felt to have someone kiss you like you were wanted? I couldn’t begin to comprehend how badly I wanted this moment, how much I needed it. Gerard was claiming me, and I wanted to be his.
About the Author
JM Wolf never thought he would one day say that he’s a published M/M romance author. Having a poet for a mother and a sister who once ran a blog, it was only a matter of time before JM discovered his writing genes. In the beginning, his sole purpose in life was to be a singer/songwriter. Writing lyrics was the first step putting his thoughts onto paper. Even while singing, JM always found time to dabble with writing little short stories but never thought too much about it.
Once he reached adulthood, his music dreams left him, but not the feeling for writing down what was in his mind. However, that didn’t mean music no longer played a part in JM’s life. His debut book The Black Feather was inspired by one of his favorite songs. Whether lyrics or love stories, you will always find JM’s heart and soul in every word on paper.
JM Wolf lives in Chesapeake, VA with his husband and in-laws. When he’s not writing, you can always find him reading a good book, spending time with the love of his life, or jamming out to music. He didn’t pick the world of literature, the literary world picked him.
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