Bound by Sean Azinsalt - Release Day Guest Post

Grim & Sinister Delights

A dark MM retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale! I have lived in a secluded tower made of glass, high above the world for my entire life. I am special and cannot live outside the safety of these walls, without getting sick and dying. My life is the same every day until my father brings home a man that is my uncle. Everything changes. Father dies and I am forced into a world of servitude. I discover that my life has been a lie. Everything I had ever been told was to keep me here, trapped in this prison. My Uncle pimps me out for men to use in whatever way they desire. It isn't until a mysterious stranger breaks into my prison that I learn the truth and discover what it is to love. Two years later- Now I am a killer and I am tracking down the man who spurned me and stole everything from me. How can you kill the man you love? My desires cannot stop my revenge!

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Hi all you lovely people. MY name is Sean Azinsalt and I’m delighted to be here with you on Once and Books! My new book released today and I am excited for it to finally be out in the world for people to read.

A little over a year ago, my Criminal Delights book released and it was the first time that I felt like I belonged to this wonderful MM community. Until then, the books I released straddled a line between Romance and Gay Fiction. I had released 3 books and barely knew anyone in the genre. I was adrift and had no anchor to the MM community. That changed with the release of It’s In My Blood. All of a sudden, I had all of these other authors, talking to me and supporting me. The encouragement I felt was overwhelming and I learned about promo and takeovers, author groups, and so much more. I owe a lot to The Criminal Delights Series.

When M.D. Gregory and I talked about how much fun it was and how we would like to do it again, a conversation began and out of it came The Grim and Sinister Delights Series. A bunch of those same Criminal Delights authors happily joined us.

As a gay man, it always annoyed me that there wasn’t a fairy tale for me. Where was the young man who got his prince? Where was the eternal story of a gay Cinderella, Snow White or Little Mermaid that my younger self needed back then? Peter Pan may have had the lost boys, but he also had Wendy. Tarzan swung through the trees and awakened my blossoming urges, but he still fell in love with Jane. The Three Musketeers… Yeah…You get it. It was fun to write the fairy tale I wished I had always had. Of course, as an adult, it is much darker.

My story began as a short story I wrote for an anthology called The Dark Kingdom Anthology. It was dark shorts based on Disney cartoons and I chose Tangled, because I knew I wanted to write the Grim story Rapunzel for this series. I was the only MM author is the anthology and the story has changed quite a bit since then.

Bound releases today! It is the story of a young man named Danny and how his life was built on a series of lives told to him by his “father” and “uncle.” He lives in a penthouse which he calls his glass tower and all he wants is to be a part of the outside world. When his father dies, his Uncle Benjamin forces him into servitude, training and turning him into a courtesan. Men come and men go, but Danny still longs for something more. One day a handsome thief breaks in to rob him and the story takes a sharp left.

The lies are stripped away, the thief steals his money and his heart and Danny has to make a decision that will change the course of his life forever. Will he stay a victim or will he take control of his destiny and become something else?

I hope you enjoy it! It was a lot of fun to write.

Grim and Sinister Delights

Naked Ambition by Lisa Henry, With a Twist by Kate Sherwood, Bound by Sean Azinsalt, True Mate’s Kiss by Rorie Kage, The Elves and the Bondage Daddy by JP Sayle, Pied Piper by Emma Jaye, The Devil Told Me by Alexis Jane, Crimson Painted Snow by Brea Alepoú, Shards of Ice by R Phoenix, Beauty Bound by Megs Pritchard, False Feathers by Adara Wolf, The Rejiorling by Leona Windwalker, Consequences of Crying by Abigail Kade, A Merman’s Tale by MD Gregory & The Black Sea by Dora Esquivel

the author

Sean Azinsalt lives in sunny California with his hubby and their two dogs, Bette Davis and Izzie Gillespie. He loves writing about the dark side of love and blending genres so your mind melts. He writes stories that illuminate the LGBT experience and is proud to be an own voices author. When not writing Sean sings cabaret in dark dive bars and loves to go to film festivals. He serves as a programmer on a major LA festival and works in the performing arts throughout the year. His films have played major film festivals across the world.

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you should check out the readers group for this great collaboration. Along with some other things they have going on, they have this awesome couple of bingo cards, which has prompts for every book in the series.

Criminal Delights Readers Group