How Moonlit Skies Was Born
Moonlit Skies is the brainchild of M.A. Church and myself, our first joint production. The idea came about when we were both interested in subbing for an anthology for a FB group we belonged to. The theme of the anthology was Valentine’s Day. We thought it would be a fun way to write together. And, being two authors, we received permission, once we were accepted in the anthology line-up, to use twice the word count. Which put us roughly in the 20-25k range. A good length for a short story, not so much a novel, but a decent novella.
Now, what to write about? Well, love of course. Duh. It was for Valentine’s day. But that still leaves limitless possibility for plot, doesn’t it? I’d read M.A.’s Nighttime series when I was editing for Romance First. Once I got past the idea I was reading tentacle porn lol. Prior to that, my experience with the genre of tentacle porn was limited to what I’d seen from my two daughters (and it wasn’t good, I’m here to tell you). But thanks to M.A., I found out it could be something entirely different, and very erotic. Which is where I got the idea of writing a book with an alien in it.
So we wrote Be My Alien, for the anthology. But we decided, once we were done, that the anthology was not where we wanted to be, and so we decided to sub it to Dreamspinner. The name Be My Alien was sort of a tongue-in-cheek thing, the result of a long telephone session, getting goofy on the phone, and thinking of those conversation hearts you associate with Valentine’s Day. Except instead of Be My Valentine, we decided on Be My Alien. We had some hearts made up that read Be My Alien, intending to bring them to GRL, but alas, things did not work out the way they were intended, but they did turn out well.
We decided on Moonlit Skies as a series name because the idea of an alien, as well as romance, makes you think of moonlit nights, and love under the stars. We wanted to keep the books with similar titles, so M.A. came up with the last two titles—Be My Human and Be My Everything.
A lot can happen under a moonlit sky. Have you ever had anything special happen to you? If not, what would you like to have happen? Thanks for having us on your blog!
Reed and Taz are still adjusting to their new lives together when a medical emergency sends them flying down to Florida on short notice. Not quite the way Reed pictured introducing Taz to his family. Reed’s sister, Rene, welcomes the outgoing Taz with open arms, and the kittenish alien charms Reed’s parents.
But someone isn’t quite so enamored of Reed’s boyfriend—his homophobic older brother Jacob seems determined to be as unpleasant as possible, and he’s making their visit very uncomfortable. The sudden appearance of Reed’s controlling ex releases a flood of insecurity and bad memories.
Reed begins to doubt himself, and his ability to love and be loved in return. When strange items begin appearing as if out of nowhere, he wonders if he’s being stalked, or is he just paranoid? What can Taz do to prove to Reed that he’s more than enough man for this alien?
They’d been living together for a month now, ever since the fateful day Taz had literally fallen on Reed at the Empire State Building. One of the first things Reed had done after the adorable alien had moved in with him was buy Taz a cell phone, then teach him how to use it. Even though Taz was from another planet, one that was much more advanced than Earth, he was unfamiliar with Earth’s comparatively primitive technology. Reed swore after Taz had been kidnapped by the creature he’d dubbed the Evil Alien, he’d always have a way to call for help, thus the phone. That first week after they’d been reunited, Taz had talked Reed into letting him stay home alone while Reed worked at the boutique. Bad idea. Very bad idea. Taz had called Reed around lunchtime, nearly in tears.
When Reed arrived home, he’d been greeted with a nightmare of a mess. Even before he got to his apartment, he could hear the TV blasting in the living room. Which was bad enough, but Taz had somehow figured out how to turn the surround sound on. When Reed opened the door, the noise nearly blew him out of his shoes. It was like sitting in the front row at a movie theater. That, it turned out, was the easiest problem to rectify. Reed had shut the TV off, then looked around the apartment, stunned and slightly horrified.
He’d forgotten about Taz’s natural curiosity. What a mistake that was, and the proof of his error in judgment was spread out all over the kitchen. Flour had been strewn across the floor, a few eggs lay broken on the counter, every covered container in the refrigerator had been taken out and opened… then tasted. Taz had found the blender, dumped some sort of liquid in and turned it on, without putting the top on the machine. There was unrecognizable goo all over the counters, the cabinets, the floors. Plus, Taz had found the sugar. From the looks of it, he’d eaten half the bag.
And that was just the kitchen.
The bathroom had been thoroughly explored as well, as evidenced by the streams of shredded toilet paper spread throughout the place, toothpaste smeared all over the counters in minty globules, and so on.
What was that old saying about curiosity killing the cat?
Meet the Authors:
Julie Lynn Hayes was reading at the age of two and writing by the age of nine and always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Two marriages, five children, and more than forty years later, that is still her dream. She blames her younger daughters for introducing her to yaoi and the world of M/M love, a world which has captured her imagination and her heart and fueled her writing in ways she'd never dreamed of before. She especially loves stories of two men finding true love and happiness in one another's arms and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses, loves books and movies, and hopes to be a world traveler some day. She enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, knitting and needlepoint, and loves to cook. While working a temporary day job, she continues to write her books and stories and reviews, which she posts in various places on the internet. Her family thinks she is a bit off, but she doesn't mind. Marching to the beat of one's own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, Wayward Ink Publishing Amber Quill Press, MuseitUp Publishing, Torquere Press, and eXtasy Books. She has also begun to self-publish and is an editor at Wayward Ink and MuseitUp.
You can find her on her blog at http://julielynnhayes.blogspot.com, and you can contact her at email@example.com.
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.