Our Talent

Josh Aterovis

  Josh Aterovis fell in love with mystery novels in the fourth grade when he discovered the Nancy Drew series in his school library. He soon moved on to Agatha Christie, which led to a lifelong love affair with whodunits, culminating in his award-winning Killian Kendall mystery series.

  His first book, Bleeding Hearts, introduced gay teen sleuth Killian Kendall, and won several awards, including the Whodunit Award from the StoneWall Society.

  Aterovis grew up on the bucolic Eastern Shore of Maryland, which, coincidentally, just happens to be the setting for the Killian Kendall books. He now lives in the quirkiest city in America - Baltimore, Maryland - where, besides writing, he is also an artist and, sometimes, an actor.

Laura Baumbach
Owner - Publisher
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Named by ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE as &aps;a pioneer of the M/M romance genre&aps;, Laura Baumbach is the best-selling, multi-award winning author of short stories, novellas, novels and screenplays. Author of one of the first recognized published resource articles on the category of m/m erotic romance, For the Love Of Man, for ERWA Writer&aps; Resource article published in September 2008. She is the founder of the only RWA Chapter for GLBT romance author, RAINBOW ROMANCE.

Laura is author of numerous novels and shorts, almost all of which have been recognized by awards from array of sources including 3 EPIC Awards, multiple RWA Chapter awards, Reviewer awards, and as a Lambda Literary Finalist.

Laura devotes herself full time to publishing and writing. She is the owner of ManLoveRomance Press, a small publishing house that specializes in m/m erotic romance, mystery and fiction. (https://www.mlrpress.com)

Mychael Black

Myc has been writing professionally since 2005, solo and with Shayne Carmichael. Genres include pretty much anything (no steampunk yet), though Myc is well known for paranormal stories. When not writing, Myc is usually playing PC games, reading, editing, watching movies and shows on Netflix and Amazon, or spending way too much time on Facebook.

Ally Blue

  Ally is a married mother of two, living in the mountains of North Carolina in the U.S.A. She is a registered nurse by trade and a writer of manlove by inclination. Her husband is a freelance artist, and their children have apparently inherited his artistic tendencies. Thankfully, they have also inherited his singing voice instead of Ally's, which her family will confirm can peel the paint off the walls.

  Ally wrote her first story - a slash fanfic - in the fall of 2003. She has since branched out into original character gay romance. Her short stories have been published in the e-zines Forbidden Fruit and Ruthie's Club, and her novels are available from Loose Id and Samhain Publishing.

  In addition to writing, Ally enjoys traveling, collecting dragons, and trying to scare herself. Her favorite authors include Stephen King, Clive Barker, and H.P. Lovecraft, and she is a rabid fan of horror movies.

  Ally adores music, particularly Radiohead and Patrick Wolf. She plans to have her iPod surgically implanted as soon as someone invents a way to do that. Hopefully this will mean the end of playing CDs and her children can finally stop telling her to turn the volume down.

Barry Brennessel

When Barry's first collection of stories was read aloud by his second grade teacher, the author hid. As the years flew by, he wrote more, hid less (not really), and branched out to Super 8 films and cassette tape recorders. Barry's audience-consisting solely of friends and family-were both amused and bemused.

Since those childhood days, Barry has earned degrees in English and French from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University.

Tinseltown, a Finalist in the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, is Barry's first novel. His novel The Celestial won the Gold Medal in the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards and was a Finalist in the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. Reunion, a collection of linked stories, was a Finalist in the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards.

His work has appeared in SNReview, Perspectives, Time Pilot, Liquid Ohio, Nocturnal Lyric, Midnight Times, Gival Press's ArLiJo, and Polari Journal. His stories, novels and teleplays have won awards, including a 2008 Pushcart Prize nomination; 3rd Place in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) literary contest and finalist status in the 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2013 PNWA contests; 3rd Place in the 79th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition and finalist status in the Winter 2010 WILDSound Screenplay competition.

When not embroiled in his own writing, Barry sips wine, nibbles on chocolate, and watches films and TV-both the classic and the cheesy. (Mmm...cheese!)

J.P. Bowie

  J.P. Bowie was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He wrote his first (unpublished) novel at the age of 14 - a science fiction tale of brawny men and brawnier women that made him a little suspect in the eyes of his family for a while.

  Leaving home at age eighteen for the bright lights of London, he found himself in the midst of a "diverse and creative crowd" that eventually led him to the performing arts. For the next twelve years he sang, danced and acted his way around the theatres of London and the provinces, appearing in shows with many famous British singers, actors and comedians. He immigrated to the US and made his home in Las Vegas, working for that illustrious duo, Siegfried and Roy.

  J.P. wrote his first gay mystery in 2000, and after having it rejected by every publisher in the universe, he opted to put his money where his mouth is and self published A Portrait of Phillip. Now several books, short stories and novellas later, he is writing m/m erotica almost exclusively. J.P.'s favorite singer is Ella Fitzgerald, and his favorite man is Phil, his partner of 15 years.

James Buchanan

  James Buchanan is an award winning author of, primarily, gay erotic fiction. James grew up in a small Southwestern town, hours away from any other small Southwestern town. A stint at the State University, where he ostensibly majored in English, garnered him a degree useful for being someone's secretary. The absolute lack of employment opportunities led James to Southern California. After a stint in County Mental Health (administration not client) he ran screaming into the field of Law. James has been practicing for nine years and someday he might even get it right.

  James has published several short stories and novellas as well as six novels with various publishers.

Adam Carpenter

ADAM CARPENTER is the best-selling author of several titles of gay mystery, intrigue, romance, and erotica.

His current series features gay P.I. Jimmy McSwain: HIDDEN IDENTITY, CRIME WAVE, STAGE FRIGHT. GUARDIAN ANGEL and the forthcoming FOREVER HAUNT, available in print and eBook. The first two titles are currently also available in audio.

In 2017, he will publish the sexy new trilogy, The Hatcher Chronicles, an intriguing blend of mystery and romance.

He is also the author of the "Edenwood" trilogy, EDEN'S PAST, EDEN'S PRESENT, and EDEN'S FUTURE, available in audio.

His "European Flings" series includes the prequel short story, "Passport to a Fling," then FRENCH MEN, ITALIAN GUYS, ENGLISH LADS and AMERICAN HUNKS, available in print and eBook.

His "Wonderland" trilogy includes DESPERATE HUSBANDS, DESPERATE LOVERS, and DESPERATE ENEMIES, co-written with Curtis C. Comer and Jeff Wilcox.

His "White Pine" firefighter series includes SECRET FLAMES, HEAT OF THE MOMENT, A RAGING FIRE, and BURNING TRUTH, now in development for audio, print and eBook editions forthcoming from MLR Press.

Other novels include stand-alones DUDE RANCH, SUMMER'S CHOICE, ISLAND DESIRES, and THAT PASSIONATE SEASON. His short fiction has been collected in the anthology, NOCTURNAL DELIGHTS, available in eBook from MLR Press.

T.A. Chase

  There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates me and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how I share those insights. When not writing, I'm watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.

Vivian Dean

Vivien started writing again in 2005, after a long hiatus from anything creative. She has since published with a number of publishers, including MLR, Samhain Publishing, and Amber Quill Press, in a wide variety of genres. Her stories have been EPPIE finalists/winners and RT Reviewers Choice Nominees. In 2006, she teamed up with fellow erotic romance writer, Pepper Espinoza, to write together as Jamie Craig. She currently resides in northern California with her British husband and two children.

Jenn Dease

Jenn Dease is a Chef with a reading and writing addiction. The six bookcases in her bedroom are proof of this.

She was born and raised in Pittsburgh with one of those families that have four generations in a four block radius.

The Redheads, or her sisters, are the best things in her life. When they want to be.

Diana DeRicci

Diana DeRicci is the sexy, flirty pen name of Diana Castilleja. A romance author at heart, DeRicci's writing takes you into a saucier spectrum of sensuality and sexual adventure, where a happily-ever-after is still the key to any story. Diana lives in Central Texas with her husband, one son and a feisty little Chihuahua named Rascal. You can catch the latest news on all of Diana DeRicci's writing and books on her website. Feel free to drop Diana an email. She'd love to hear from you.

Morgan Elektra

Born in the artists' community of Woodstock, NY, Morgan Elektra discovered her passion for writing at a young age, penning stories of witches, vampires, and monsters at the dining room table. After years working day jobs and moonlighting as a reviewer for popular genre website Dread Central, Morgan left the comfort of an office to follow her dreams of writing fiction. She spent the early twenty-teens as a freelance ghostwriter of erotica, but has now put aside the masks to write under her own name.

She currently lives near Savannah, GA with her husband, a dog named after Shakespeare, their cat Harlequin, and--if the rumours are to be believed (and she sincerely hopes they are)--an awful lot of ghosts.

S.J. Frost

S.J. Frost resides in Ohio with her family and pets. Her short stories have been featured in several romance and erotica anthologies, and her gay erotic romance novels are published at MLR Press.

Wayne Gunn
Website Interview

Wayne Gunn, a.k.a. Drewey Wayne Gunn, has been mostly in academic publishing till now. Scarecrow Press published his ground-breaking bibliography of Tennessee Williams plays (1980; 2nd edition, 1991). Most recently the same press brought out his The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film: A History and Annotated Bibliography (2005). Queer Horror named it the best queer nonfiction of the year. He regularly reviews gay mysteries for the Lambda Book Report and the e-journal Reviewing the Evidence.

He grew up on a tobacco farm in North Carolina. He received his B.A. from Wake Forest College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is presently professor emeritus at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He was partner for 21 years with Jacques Murat, an Air France translator, until Jacques's heart attack in 1994.

Alex Ironrod

  Alex Ironrod is the author of eight BDSM books, ranging from his latest -- this historical adventure tale RED KNIGHT RISING to his "LEATHER MASTERS and slaves" trilogy of SUBMISSION, DOMINATION and OBSESSION. He likes to vary his genres - LEATHER NIGHTS is a murder mystery set in today's LA; THE HIGHWAYMEN moves from bawdy 18th century London to "the colonies ". And there are two collections of short stories IRONROD CHRONICLES I and II.

Alex is the pen and play name of a mature Leatherman, who grew up in the north of England and has lived for many years in Southern California. His boots and leather fetishes go back to his teenage years, but only recently has he started to use them as a spur for stories.

Now semi-retired, he relishes life as an author, a working theater actor/director, a researcher, and a member of several charitable boards. He still enjoys riding occasionally, both Western and English, after many years as a rider/owner.

Most importantly, he continues his wonderful relationships with his partner Hank and their boy butch, as well as enjoying the camaraderie and support of friends across the world. He's still working on his Leather Topping skills with the active support of a number of generous bottoms, in the new dungeon built by two incredibly talented British friends and butch, with "general supervision" by Hank and Alex.

Kris Jacen
Editor in Chief
Formatting Director


Kris Jacen grew up just north of Boston, Massachusetts, met her soldier in high school but didn't marry him until almost ten years later. She moved around with him and their daughters (born in two different states thanks to the Army) for the first 19 years of their marriage (they'll celebrate their silver anniversary in 2018) before settling in western New York.

She has been the Editor in Chief and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints since January of 2008 and has never looked back. Working with the amazing authors at MLR has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. She also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers which lets her "pay-it-forward" and help authors realize their dreams.


Deana C. Jamroz
Art Director - Artist

Deana C. Jamroz

Over a lifetime, the East-Coast artist has divided her professional talents between writing and graphics design for all types of advertising and P.R. agencies - the good, the bad and the greedy.

Ms. Jamroz describes the best of her current computer-generated artwork, i.e., website graphics, book covers, promotional materials, etc., as erotic, exotic, and great fun.

At present, Deana enjoys the freedom that less restrictive audiences afford her rather mad-cap, zany muse.

Vincent Lardo

  New York Times best selling author, Vincent Lardo, began his writing career moonlighting his Madison Avenue adman persona under the nom de plume, Julian Mark. As New York editor of The Advocate, Julian penned film and theater reviews, celebrity interviews and his own byline gossip column. When his office acquired a Word Processor, Lardo gave up his martini lunches (and Julian Mark) in favor of a tuna sandwich and milk at his desk where the first Vincent Lardo novel was conceived and carried to fruition. CHINA HOUSE was a big seller for Alyson Publications and was followed by the equally successful THE PRINCE AND THE PRETENDER and THE MASK OF NARCISSUS.

  A born and raised New Yorker, Lardo left Madison Avenue and his east side co-op to take up residence in his beach house in East Hampton. There he began work on his Hampton mysteries for Putnam. THE HAMPTON AFFAIR and THE HAMPTON CONNECTION were so well received it prompted Putnam to offer Lardo the task of taking over the McNALLY SERIES, founded by the late (great) Lawrence Sanders. The first, McNALLY's DILEMMA, was an immediate Times Best Seller. Five more McNALLY's followed, all making the Times Best Seller list.

  MLR PRESS recently reissued THE MASK OF NARCISSUS in electronic and paperback format. This has induced Lardo to return to his roots and he's now at work on a Mike Gavin mystery entitled THE JOCKSTRAP MURDER.

Elizabeth Lister

  Elizabeth Lister lives in Ottawa, Ontario Canada with her husband, two children and a miniature schnauzer named Bee Bee. In order to escape the humdrum responsibilities of being a stay-at-home mom she escapes into her imagination and writes naughty books about gorgeous men who love other men. Often, the laundry and other household chores get neglected as her stories take hold and spin themselves out. Her husband makes fun of her but helps clean the house at weekends.

A.J. Llewellyn

  A.J. Llewellyn is the author of over 250 M/M romance novels. She was born in Australia, and lives in Los Angeles. An early obsession with Robinson Crusoe led to a lifelong love affair with islands, particularly Hawaii and Easter Island.

  Being marooned once on Wedding Cake Island in Australia cured her of a passion for fishing, but led to a plotline for a novel. A.J.'s friends live in fear because even the smallest details of their lives usually wind up in her stories. A.J. has a desire to paint, draw, juggle, work for the FBI, walk a tightrope with an elephant, be a chess champion, a steeplejack, master chef, and a world-class surfer. She can't do any of these things so she writes about them instead.

  A.J. "I started life as a journalist and boxing columnist, and still enjoys interrogating, er, interviewing people to find out what makes them tick."

William Maltese

  William Maltese's over four decades of writing more than 150-published novels has earned him his long-standing listing in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA as well as foreign-language editions of his work in over twelve different countries.

  While Maltese began his writing career documenting his non-fiction Inca treasure-hunting adventures and mountain-climbing exploits for men's magazines of the sixties, like Argosy, he soon capitalized upon his very same been-there-done-that-got-the-T-shirt world travels, as well as his military service (he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army at the rank of Sergeant E-5), to become a powerhouse within the then-booming pulp-fiction industry. His simultaneously varied sexual experiences provided him fodder for expertly exploiting the, likewise, burgeoning erotica genre and resulted in his early and extensive catalogue of m/m, m/f, f/f, and variations-thereon group-sex novels. Some of his early and increasingly harder-and-harder to find books from that era now come (no pun intended) with for-collector's-only four-figure price tags.

  Although Maltese has successfully ventured into mainstream on more than one occasion (even writing a children's book and three internationally best-selling SuperRomances for Harlequin), he's most recently concentrated, once again, on providing sensuous material for an adult readership. "Sex," says Maltese, "is an important part of anyone's life and should no more be literarily ignored than any other subject matter. It's part and parcel of whom and what we are, and I'm pleased to be considered a bona-fide expert in the field."

  Why m/m sex novels in particular? "I just seem to have a particular knack for the genre," confesses Maltese, "and have, over the years, had publishers and readers ask me to provide them with more and more. That sees me particularly pleased, at this time, to team up with MAN LOVE ROMANCE PRESS with its primary focus on turn-on male-male literature for its discriminating clientele."

D.J. Manly

  D.J. Manly is a bestselling author of male/male fiction and has published well over one hundred books in a variety of genres. A good plot, engaging characters, and steamy erotica are the backdrop for all D.J.s stories. D.J. is always looking to write innovative stories and loves to hear from fans.

  You can contact D.J. at dj@djmanlyfiction.com.

Timothy McGivney

Timothy McGivney is the author of Zombielicious and its sequel, Vampalicious. He resides in Palm Springs, California, is single, and currently dating (his TiVo).

Kendall McKenna

Kendall McKenna is the MLR Press 2013 Author of the Year. Her first work of fiction was written at the worldly age of nine, and was a transformative work that expanded on the story told in a popular song of the time.

She tried her hand at vampire and cowboy fiction, winning high school poetry and short story contests along the way. It wasn't until she discovered the world of m/m erotic fiction and found her stride with cops, Marines and muscle cars, that she felt inspired to share her stories with readers who enjoy the same things.

Putting herself through college by working in a newly-created HIV testing clinic in her local Department of Health, introduced Kendall to the gay and lesbian community. Understanding and empathy has made her a lifetime advocate of GLBT issues.

A brief bout of unemployment gave Kendall the time and focus she needed to finally produce a novel worth submitting for publication. Her first novel, Brothers In Arms, introduced the world to her authentic military stories and characters. Kendall's second novel, Strength of the Pack, was nominated for a 2013 Bookie Award, by Author's After Dark.

Kendall was born and raised in Southern California, where she still lives and works. A non-conventional relationship has kept her happy for the last decade. Her four dogs enjoy it when she writes, as she sits still long enough for them to curl up around her.

AKM Miles

AKM Miles loves to read M/M. She loves to write. She loves characters. A good story line is great, she figures, but if you don't care anything about the characters, why would you care what happens to them? That's pretty much why and how she writes.

She loves, absolutely loves, to hear from readers. She's quite tickled when the emails she gets all say something along the lines of..."When is Daniel going to get a story?" or "I'm still waiting for Gom's story?" What about Randy, that Brack and Austin helped. Will he get a story, too?" and "You are going to write one about Mark and Wade, aren't you?"

That shows that people love the characters in AKM's books and that's why she writes. She loves it when readers love her guys. Often called for being too mushy or romantic or sweet and told that guys don't talk like that, she replies, "Actually, yes, they do." Her motto is ***love is love*** and she believes that guys do feel deeply and care deeply and if they're happy people, they don't mind sharing that love. It's a good thing.

Jet Mykles

  Jet's been writing sex stories back as far as junior high. Back then, the stories involved her favorite pop icons of the time but she soon extended beyond that realm into making up characters of her own. To this day, she hasn't stopped writing sex, although her knowledge on the subject has vastly improved.

  An ardent fan of fantasy and science fiction sagas, Jet prefers to live in a world of imagination where dragons are real, elves are commonplace, vampires are just people with special diets and lycanthropes live next door. In her own mind, she's the spunky heroine who gets the best of everyone and always attracts the lean, muscular lads. She aids this fantasy with visuals created through her other obsession: 3D graphic art. In this area, as in writing, Jet's self-taught and thoroughly entranced, and now occasionally uses this art to illustrate her stories or her stories to expand upon her art.

  In real life, Jet is a self-proclaimed hermit, living in southern California with her life partner. She has a bachelor's degree in acting, but her loathing of auditions has kept her out of the limelight. So she turned to computers and currently works in product management for a software company, because even in real life, she can't help but want to create something out of nothing.

Jet's Rated X-mas: Spiritual Noelle with another publisher won the coveted EPPIE Award for 2008 in the Erotic Romance Fantasy/Paranormal catagory.

NJ Nielsen

  NJ needs to write like she needs to breathe... It is an addiction that she never intends to find a cure for. When you don't find NJ writing about the wonderful men in her stories you find her reading work by others... NJ lives in the SE of Qld, Australia with her family who all encourage her writing career even if she does occasionally call them by her character's names... NJ thinks that anyone taking the time to read her stuff is totally awesome.

M Louise Ripley

Louise Ripley is a retired Canadian Professor of Business and of Women's Studies, and an avid American Civil War buff, who believes that prose can be like poetry where one word or one phrase or one story can stand for another that cannot be written. She also writes poetry. Most of her academic writing can serve as an excellent source of a cure for insomnia, perhaps except for her final piece before retiring -- a study of humour in dog ads. She counts as one of her favourite times at York University the fifty-five-day strike of her faculty union in the Winter/Spring of 1997. It was on those picket lines that she discovered her "inner guy", who happens to be gay.

George Seaton

  George Seaton lives in Denver with his longtime companion, David; his dog Sarah, and his horse Shy.

Riley Shane

I am a native Californian who has spent the years since graduating high school bouncing around the world at every opportunity. I am a graduate of Vassar College where-despite often being distracted by British Literature-I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. I'm an avid reader who spends much of my time engrossed in romance novels...when I'm not being shanghaied by the loud, demanding, often-crazy characters that live in my head. Right now you can find me in Northern California, but who knows where I'll be next? So long as I have my laptop and most discerning critic with me, I'm ready to travel and write from wherever the wind may take me.

Kara Solberg

  Kara Solberg has always loved books and language. For her day job, she copyedits science research articles and writes educational literary studies, but her heart lies with fiction, especially historical romances. Kara lives near Annapolis with her husband, her two kids, and a very noisy cat. When her nose isn't stuck in a book, computer screen, or craft project, she enjoys kayaking and camping with her family.

Christopher Stone

Christopher Stone is the author of the Personal Development international best seller, Re-Creating Your Self. With Mary Sheldon, he co-authored the popular The Meditation Journal Quartet of hardcover books.

As a journalist, Christopher has written more than one thousand entertainments, lifestyle, and metaphysical feature stories, interviews, reviews and columns that have been published in some of this country's most popular magazines. Many of these features were syndicated worldwide by the New York Times Syndication Corp.

Christopher is a current member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and a former member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.

During one brief shining moment of Marriage Equality in California, Stone married David M. Stoebner, his spouse of more than twenty-four years. They share their Coastal Los Angeles County Home with two dogs and a cat.

Liz Strange

Liz' s love of mythology and the paranormal often finds its way into her stories, compelling her to create worlds where just about anything is possible. Her characters may fight supernatural beings, solve ancient mysteries, fall in love, or find themselves travelling through time.

In addition to writing Liz works at a local hospital and is busy raising her four children. She loves rainy days, spicy food, and has seen about every horror movie known to man. When she has time she'd like to travel the world. She has her sights set on Greece, Mexico and Easter Island.

Lex Valentine

  You could almost say Lex has OCD because when it comes to writing, she's driven to put words on paper. Well, digital paper. At the beginning of this decade her love of romance books took her to author sites which led to more writing and the creation of a blog called Sunlight Sucks. That's where author Jennifer Leeland first saw her work and encouraged (cough bullied cough) her to submit her writing to publishers.

  Now an award winning, multi-published, PAN author, Lex is a member of Romance Writers of America and active in her local Orange County chapter. Despite how distinguished that sounds, Lex is still driven by the written word, driven to write them and read them. At one time she had so many books her husband banned her from bringing home anything but digital editions.

  Born and raised in Salinas, California, home of the California Rodeo, Lex moved to Southern California in 1992. Creative and a little left of center, with her writing and graphic arts as the main focus of her life these days, Lex is a minority in conservative Orange County where she lives with Rott, her long haired, tattooed husband and a bunch of cats she calls Babies. She has one daughter, a millennial who is an artist and gamer. Lex loves loud rock music from any era, builds her own computers, wears body jewelry in her ears and has a double helix threaded with purple titanium. Purple is her favorite color of course. A former IT Geek, Lex works full-time as a bean counter at a 105 year old cemetery.

DC Williams

D.C. Williams is a funny little middle-aged woman who mostly lives in Pennsylvania and writes romance novels you wouldn't expect.

Mark Zubro

  Mark Zubro is the author of twenty-four mystery novels and five short stories. Pawn of Satan, his next mystery in his Paul Turner series, will be out in October. Safe, his first young adult book, will be out later this fall.