A. E. Wasp
BioWHY DO I WRITE ABOUT SEX AND ROMANCE AND FANTASTICAL THINGS?
I write romance because it is the people we love and who love us that give our lives meaning. I write erotica because sex is one of the many ways we as humans connect to each other. I write fantasy and paranormal fiction because inviting myth and fantasy into our worlds allows us to experience life more fully.
When I write romances I invite readers into my characters lives when they are their most vulnerable, their most human. We connect with these characters on a deep level and share their hopes and fears because they are ours, too. I can’t tell you how many times I have sobbed over a story. I hope I can make some of you cry, too. Please let me know if I do!
We look at our daily lives and wish for a destiny. For someone to come and say, this is your path. It is scary and hard but you can preserve and you won’t be alone while you walk it. We wish for a soulmate, for the person who is The One, created for us, that we can love without questions. But neither of those things happens in real life. So we read. We read for escape, to imagine that the do happen. We read to see how other people navigate the real world of messy relationships and
We humans are storytellers. We continuously create our stories and tell them to ourselves, to other people. We try to make sense of what we did and who we are. I did this thing because of this other thing, I did this and then this happened as a result. The element tying our stories together, the thread binding the narrative is love. All kinds of love.
There is no hierarchy of love. Each being we love, how ever we love them, sustains us in a way that is unique to that being, this time, this version of who we are. I love the found families we make, the collection of people who force their way into our lives, or slide in so subtly that suddenly we can’t remember a time without them.
Romance, love, connection is all central to the stories I tell. We need community to celebrate with and mourn with. Without connections to friends, lovers, families, life can become just an empty series of events.
I write fantasy because it expands the world. Inviting myth and fantasy into our worlds allows us to experience life more fully. The first stories humans ever told were full of the fantastic. Ghost stories, fairy tales, stories of gods and demons. Giants and Titans remake the earth as they walk, vampires and ghost steal innocence and life. Fairies and small unseen creatures tempt the weak and bedevil the unwary. We use fantasy to explain, explore, and make meaning of this world and of the life that can seem so cruel and arbitrary.
Ghost show up in a lot of my writing because we live our lives haunted. We are haunted by the specter of unchosen paths, by the voices of people we’ve lost that we loved, and difficult relationships that ended unresolved. We are haunted by the ghost of nostalgia, that poignant combination of special places and special times to which we can never return.
Free Book Giveaways
Spirit of the Rodeo: A love story with ghosts A. E. Wasp
Love and betrayal. Broken hearts and broken promises. Jason walked out of ex-cop and PI Danny King’s life seven years ago after Danny gave into years of wanting and kissed him. But now Jason is back in town, haunted by a past he won’t talk about, and Danny doesn’t know where they stand. When a friend asks him to investigate some slashed tires and spectral sightings at a gay rodeo school, Danny says yes. With Jason’s help, figuring out the cause of a little ghostly vandalism should be easy. After all, Jason has been talking to ghosts for his whole life. With a vengeful ghost bent on murder and old secrets threatening to erupt, Danny and Jason are a at the center of a maelstrom, and they may not make it out alive.
Buried Desire: Soulbonded Book One A. E. Wasp
the vengeful ghost of a murdered girl stalks the innocent. A forbidden passion ignites in the dark. Secrets of the past rise with the dead at Eden Lake. For Nikolai and Alexei, their jobs were supposed to be a break from real life, a last breath of freedom before the arranged marriages waiting for them at home. But the peace of the summer is shattered when the ghost of a brutally murdered girl begins to kill. As the boys struggle to put the spirit to rest before it kills again, they find it harder and harder to deny the passion burning between them. But Alexei, gifted with the sight, has known since childhood that something dark hunts for Nikolai. Even the ghosts are warning him. Will their love save them or damn them? The choice may not be theirs to make.
Paper Walls (Paper Roses additional honeymoon scenes) A. E. Wasp
Mikey & Benny on their honeymoon in Puerta Vallarte. Additional scenes added to Paper Roses. Part of the Veterans Affairs Series.
Incoming: A Veterans Affairs Novel (Preview) A. E. Wasp
What happens when what you need could cost you everything you’ve ever wanted? What Dmitri Greenman wants is out - out of debt, out of his rundown farmhouse, and out of Red Deer, Colorado. Salvation beckons in the form of a job opportunity in California. What newly-discharged army veteran Troy Johnson wants is simply to lay down - lay down his weapon, lay down some roots, and lay down the memories that haunt him. Red Deer sounds like the perfect place to do it. Sparks fly when their paths cross one hot Fourth of July weekend, and suddenly they find that what they need is each other. But the memories Troy is running from are hot on his heels and, whether Troy wants it or not, Dmitri is determined to save him from the demons he hadn’t even realized he was fighting.
Bronze Star: A Veterans Affairs Novel A. E. Wasp
The heart wants what the heart wants. Discipline and control, duty and order are the framework of Jay-Cee’s life. Even his art is an exercise in control. He loves the way sculpting allows him to channel the dangerous molten bronze into something beautiful. Then Christopher Dobbs comes into his life. Young, beautiful, and brilliant with demons of his own to fight, Chris burns with a passion Jay-Cee can barely remember. Chris reminds Jay-Cee of who he used to be, who he could have been, but abandoned along the way. Jay-Cee wants to study Chris. The urge to get his hands on Chris and take him apart is unbearable. Chris is way too young for Jay-Cee to want him the way he does. But the heart wants what it wants and pays no heed to the destruction love can leave in its wake.
Man in the Mirror A. E. Wasp
Man in the Mirror is the first short in a new erotic series set in the world of the Veterans Affairs books. Private Passions is a look behind the closed doors of the men of Red Deer. Benny hasn't let Mikey see him naked in a week, will barely let Mikey touch him. Mikey's going to get to the bottom of the issue if it takes all night. A 4,000 word short
Showtime: A Veterans Affairs Story A. E. Wasp
Every now and then the ghosts of his past haunt Chris and he loses faith in himself. Luckily for him, Jay-Cee is there to show him how much he is loved, show him off, and show him the way back home. A May/December, D/s story. SHOWTIME takes place after Bronze Star. It isn't necessary to have read it to enjoy this story, but it helps.
Christmas Outing: A Veterans Affairs Novella (Sequel to Incoming) A. E. Wasp
A contemporary m/m romance. Part of the Veterans Affairs series. “Come with me? Come with me to my parents' house?” Troy asked. “As your boyfriend? Or friend?” Dmitri raised one eyebrow. “Can we start with friend? I know it’s cowardly, I know it. And I hate myself for even asking. But I need you there. With me.” "Best friends, at least?" Troy smiled. "Of course. We can get matching bracelets."
Half-Broke: a Veterans Affairs Story (20K Novella) A. E. Wasp
A contemporary m/m romance. Part of the Veterans Affairs series. "Do you want to live with a broken old cowboy with no job?" "Yeah. Do you want to live with a confused kid who doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up?"