Monday, July 22, 2019

Crossing Nuwa: Escape by Sean Ian O'Meidhir & Connal Braginsky - Blog Tour with Author's Guest Post and Excerpt

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Crossing Nuwa: Escape
Sean Ian O'Meidhir & Connal Braginsky
MM Urban Fantasy, Paranormal / Rescue, Innocence/Discovery, First Love
Release Date: 07.09.19

Cover Designer - Jay Aheer


For sheltered Robbie, one week of freedom leads to sexual awakening and adventure… but when his world intersects with Theo’s, they’ll need all their wits and Theo’s magic to fight for their future.
Rare male weresnake Robbie has had his whole life decided for him down to his meals. But when the time comes for him to perform an unspeakable duty to his clan, he runs.

San Francisco Pride is in full swing when technomage Theo spots a scared-looking young man with brilliant emerald eyes. He’s only looking for a hookup, but before he knows why, he’s taking Robbie home and introducing him to champagne and enchiladas. He doesn’t have any intention of falling in love.

Robbie doesn’t want to return to his clan, at least not without trying to fit a lifetime of experiences into a week, but every day he stays puts Theo in more danger.

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“Reality started to sink back in, and I was standing under the water, trying desperately to have the boiling spray chase away my ruminations from the previous night on the run. I don’t know how long I had been in there when a stir of air tickled across my back, alerting me that I wasn’t alone. I spun around to see him standing there. Naked! He was incredibly tall (which is saying something considering I’m six foot two and felt dwarfed), with his broad shoulders and a thick furry chest, bristly goatee, and the bright curly electric-blue hair that somehow shone in the fluorescents of the bathroom in a way that it hadn’t under the sun. His dark skin tone also shone differently with the indoor lighting, which seemed to illuminate the differences between us with my much paler skin. My eyes drifted down over his soft chubby belly to his manhood, which was sticking straight out at me! The burn of shame flowed over my entire head and shoulders as I almost lost my balance turning my immediate arousal away from him.

“Man, I hope you’re a bottom.” He exhaled as his huge arms encircled me. “I’ve never been wrong before.” His breath, warm against my ear, sent a cascade of goose bumps down my side.

My brain practically short-circuited. I was no longer thinking about Mother and my aunt chasing me. I was no longer worrying about where I was going to go or what I was going to do. The only thing I could focus on was the soft comforting pillow of his belly against my back coupled with the enticing hard pressure that slid against my rear and made my breath catch for reasons I couldn’t begin to process. I had never experienced anything like it in my life and was suddenly bombarded by too many emotions I couldn’t identify, had never experienced. Above all of them was exhilaration as every nerve felt electrified, alive. And then his hands were everywhere. He was holding… soap? The small knobbed bar of hotel soap slid across my chest and flat belly… lower, encircling me with a few gentle strokes that sparked sensations throughout my entire body, then back up over my shoulders, kneading gently but firmly.

On Plus Sized MC (and why Theo is not just a token…)
  • by Sean Ian O’Meidhir

Bears. Chubs. Superchubs. BBW. BHM. Girth and Mirth…. So many terms, so little time.  It is common knowledge that in gay culture being Plus Sized is often frowned upon. Books such as Whitesel’s Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma strive to shine a light on this and countless LGBT groups have worked hard to raise awareness about eating disorders and other mental health issues in the community.  The old adage that you are your own worst enemy is pretty spot on, but it’s also surprising how in-group cattiness and rejection is also so prevalent.  

But this perpetuation of gay men needing the perfect body is also so very apparent in the MM writer’s community.   Both Amazon and Google searches of MM novel covers showed quite an abundance of the classic “perfection, and a dearth of huge handsome men gracing the covers.  Don’t believe me… you try.  

Authors of MM romance, erotica, urban fantasy and more talk about hard bodies, ripped muscles, the perfect gym bodies.  And Connal and I are just as guilty. Yet… big guys find love all the time. Having fallen into one of the above-mentioned categories since I was about 10 years old and coming from a large-sized family, I realized that pretty early that I was a rebel.  As with many differences (both in myself and others) I embraced being bigger and always sought out partners who were same. Unapologetically, I enjoy my meals and cringe when friends use terms such as “being good,” “bad,” or “naughty” when talking about food.  To me, it’s all good.  

And I’m not alone.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 72% of adults over 20 years of age in 2015-16 were overweight with almost 40% meeting criteria for obesity.  And according to 2017 Gallup polls, approximately 10% of LGBT adults in the United States are married to same-sex partners. This suggests that at least some of the big guys are finding love.  And these aren’t the guys who are in supporting class-clown roles.  No, they’re finding their partners, falling in love, and embarking on journeys together.

That said, we really wanted our debut novel, Escape: Crossing Nuwa (book 1) to highlight this rather common phenomena.  Theo, one of the main characters, is not just a big cuddly bear cub chub, but Polynesian as well.  This is not a story of a man who is constantly on a diet or hating himself because of his body. Indeed, it’s the story of a Plus sized hero who sets out to rescue a guy who very obviously needs his help.  He’s smart, resourceful, powerful, kind, and funny. Everything you could want in a future partner. Not just a token funny guy to be forgotten. Indeed, Theo is here to stay (at least through the next few novels).  Body positive and strong, as I hope all readers are.  

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Sean is a shrink who by day spends time in jails and prisons (evaluating criminals) and by night writes romantic fiction. Sean and partner live in San Francisco ruled by their three cats and can often be found trying new restaurants. With the understanding that they live in Heaven, Sean adores spending time sitting near the water with a laptop in hand, gazing at the bay and making daydreams a reality for others to enjoy. To read more about Sean's adventures, please visit

Connal Braginsky is a tech nerd that has taken a leap of faith and took a chance on writing. Born to Russian immigrants, he came out as gay at 19, and was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger's Syndrome).

He loves to read, and learn about Technology, Esoteric subjects and considers himself a transhumanist (the Russian Cosmism variety). His other pastimes revolve around philosophy which includes Panpsychism, Process Philosophy, Taoism, Buddhism and Gnosticism. He is also interested in various scientific fields, including Quantum Physics, Quantum Biology, Neurology, Psychology, and Sociology.

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