Guest Author: L.E. Franks

I am very pleased to introduce the lovely and wonderful L.E. Franks on my blog today. Please give her a warm welcome!

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Thank you Grace Duncan for hosting the first stop in my blog tour for Can The Be Real releasing on April 25th through MLR Press.

The Life Cycle of a Story – Can This Be Real

2013 was a very unreal year for me. It was the year that saw the completion of my first novella 6 Days to Valentine, the fruits of my writing partnership with Sara York with book one of our Wolves & Waves series with publication of Prodigal Wolf, acceptance of another joint project for Totally Bound, and inclusion of my Christmas short story—Snow Globe—for Dreamspinner press’s Advent Calendar.

In the middle of this came a submission call from MLR Press for “Foodie” stories. Instantly, I had the story of Christian and Andy.

Can This Be Real is the story of a chef that loses his place in NYC when he inadvertently outs his boyfriend in front of the press, and then finds a new home in the Pacific Northwest.

I wanted a unique twist for this story so when I ran across an article written by a British physician talking about his experiences growing up with Anosmia (lacking the ability to smell, and limiting taste) I thought it would be perfect for Andy, my detective. After all, when I cook for friends and family, it’s an expression of my love.

What happens when a chef can’t use the magic of his food to say the same to the man he wants?

So I was off to the races… and ran smack into the middle of GRL2013. I spent my spare evenings and afternoons writing this story amidst the banter and spirits surrounding me in the bar at the Melia in Atlanta. It made it just under the submission wire and it was January before I thought another thing about Christian and Andy.

What I discovered in the editing process for this book is as follows:

1) What I write during a con can’t be trusted. (And never, never leave your laptop and story in the hands of questionably sober authors while you run to the restroom… thank you Daniel and Geoff for adding that extra scene at the end.)

2) Without good editors with infinite patience, I would get nowhere with my writing.

3) I need at least three pairs of eyes to keep my writing from skidding off a cliff – thank you William and Anne for pointing out that half the story was missing.

4) That the happiest day, in my opinion, is when you finally reread your story after the galley has been corrected and returned and realize that you still like your main characters.

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win some awesome swag! And check out the rest of the blogs on the tour schedule for more chances to win.

You can find the Can This Be Real blog tour on the following blogs:

April 24th – Grace Duncan
April 25th – The Novel Approach
April 26th – Prism Book Alliance
April 27th – The Kimi-Chan Experience
April 28th – Book Whores United
April 29th – Pants Off Reviews

Happy Spring. I can’t wait to see what happens next. -LE

Can This Be Real Cover

Can This Be Real

Chef Christian De Guisse can’t trust a man who doesn’t love his food, while Detective Andrew Simmons won’t let any man close who thinks he’s broken—somewhere between these two points, love is possible, but only if they get real.

When Chef Christian De Guisse accidently outs Celebrity Chef Jordan Slayer during a fight in front of The Times entertainment reporter—it only gets Christian ex-boyfriend status and a one-way plane ticket to culinary exile in Oregon. But a fortuitous meeting with Detective Andrew Simmons at the Portland airport keeps Christian and his collection of exotic herbs out of the hands of Homeland Security, starting the chemistry simmering between them. Andy isn’t much of a foodie and for a chef who communicates love through his cooking this may be one hurdle too high…until they’re finally ready to get real.


LELEF_options_rainbow_Trans Franks

LE Franks lives in the SF Bay Area, surrounded by inspiration everywhere. After years of ignoring the voices in her head, LE is finally taking off the filters and giving the stories free rein. These days, she can be found frequently writing about sexy men who desperately need a happily ever.

LE writes M/M Romance in a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast paced stories filled with emotion and passion and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated. LE’s men are living in the margins–they’re in the middle of their journey, doing the best they can while searching for a connection to something bigger than themselves. With a little effort and a lot of luck they may actually find their happily-ever-afters.

Published by MLR, DreamSpinner, and WildeCity Presses.

Twitter: @Boxtersushi
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  1. Rush Rush
    April 24, 2014    

    Can This Be Real sound simply stupendous! Great story premise that I’d love to read and see how it all ties up in the end.
    Congratulations on the release of your newest book and I wish you much luck with it. 😉

    • LE Franks LE Franks
      April 24, 2014    

      Thanks Rush!

      I hope you like it. It was a stretch at times not having my usual bag of sensory tricks when writing Andy.

      Tomorrow’s blog post on the tour has an excerpt in case you want to wet your appetite… so to speak. 😉

  2. April 24, 2014    

    Oh this sounds very good….looking forward to it…..( I loved Snow Globes and 6 Days to Valentines) enjoy your humor in your work.

    • April 24, 2014    

      Thanks so much Janet I can’t tell you how much your words mean to me. Please let me know what you think of this one. – LE

  3. April 24, 2014    

    You are lovely and talented and wonderful. Very excited about this book! Congratulations!

    • April 24, 2014    

      Thank you Kindle, writing is a team sport we do by ourselves. Your words mean a great deal to me. Hope the book holds up to ts premise… the hardest thing to do was find other ways to describe how Andy experiences the world outside of his sense of smell and taste. – LE

  4. April 24, 2014    

    Reblogged this on LE Franks, writer and commented:
    The start of my blog tour for Can This Be Real. – A quick peak into my writing year and lessons I learned. – LE Franks

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