I would like to give a big Thank You to Racheline and Erin for stopping by today to talk about their new book, ‘Doves’ the second book in the Love in Los Angeles series. Welcome ladies to RGR.
My cowriter, Racheline Maltese, and I, spend a lot of time telling people that Doves, book two in our LGBTQ+ Hollywood romance series (Love in Los Angeles), is a dark book.
Arguably the series is dark as a whole, but that stems more from our tendency to showcase the hard work of relationships and the uglier sides of the entertainment industry, than from any real desire to put our readers through the wringer. No matter how pretty are characters are when they cry.
That said, Doves has some moments that stand out to us as particularly rough territory, mainly because after we wrote them, we often found ourselves having to get up and take a walk.
Now, when we say dark, we don’t mean angsty, or pain and sadness for pain and sadness’s sake. We also don’t mean that Doves doesn’t have a happy ending. It does, with multiple HEAs for multiple couples. But the road various relationships take to get there winds through some pretty dark woods, and the characters have to do some real work, with themselves and with each other, to get out of the trees.
Our hero, Alex, can be a brat and sows a bit more trouble in his wake than is strictly necessary, but he’s twenty-two and still learning to deal with the intrusive and peculiar burdens of fame. He’s also figuring out that being in a relationship doesn’t mean being owned. Being plucked out of obscurity as a production assistant to become a TV star at the age of 20, has not left Alex particularly well-adjusted, and he doesn’t really have any healthy tools — or plausible role models — for dealing with interpersonal conflict.
Which Paul, his boyfriend, is not helping with. Aside from being frustrated with Alex turning down his (multiple) marriage proposals, Paul is struggling with his own workaholism. There aren’t enough hours in the day to meet his own exacting standards for being a good boyfriend and a good showrunner. And mostly, he fails at being a good boyfriend in ways that anyone who has held, or been partnered to someone who holds, a demanding job, will find familiar. Fights about work/life balance are unpleasant and ugly. And, at least in the case of Alex and Paul, are also about their own troubled pasts and current insecurities, not just the technicalities of their work schedules.
Meanwhile, Liam, our most prominent secondary character, has to juggle everyone’s reactions to his upcoming nuptials. The problem isn’t just jealous fans, but that Liam is poly, and not all of the people in his web of relationships are convinced the marriage won’t change their own unique positions in Liam’s life.
We don’t want to spoil too much, so we won’t tell you which scenes in Doves necessitated us taking a walk around the block after we finished writing them. We will say that when you do read Doves, we suspect you’ll know them when you see them.
Sometimes, the hardest moments aren’t made up of the things that happen to us but the consequences of sharing them with other people.
The ties that bind…
Two years after the events of Starling, Cinderella story and star of The Fourth Estate J. Alex Cook is living happily ever after with his boyfriend, television writer Paul Marion Keane. But when Paul’s pilot, Winsome, AZ, gets picked up, the competing demands of their high-profile careers make them question their future together.
As Paul becomes increasingly absent from their relationship, Alex tries to regain control of his private life and establish a career path independent of Fourth’s enigmatic, and at times malevolent, showrunner Victor. But the delicate web of relationships that connects Alex, Paul, and their friends — including Alex’s excitable ex-lover Liam and his no-nonsense fiancée Carly — threatens to unravel.
With the business of Hollywood making it hard to remember who he is when the whole world isn’t watching, Alex is forced to confront major changes in the fairytale life he never wanted as he discovers that love in Los Angeles often looks nothing like the movies.
Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry (Starling (September 10, 2014), Doves (January 21, 2015), and Phoenix (June 10, 2015)), all from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer, Book One of the Love’s Labour series, about a summerstock Shakespeare company, is from Dreamspinner Press (Summer 2015). They also have a forthcoming story in Best Gay Romance 2015, edited by Felice Picano. Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller; Erin is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.
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