Dared and Confused – cover and blurb

•June 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Dared and Confused by Adara O'Hare cover

Cover for my Love is an Open Road story, Dared and Confused.

Jackson Conroy and his friends have been playing “Truth or Dare?” together for years—long enough to know exactly how the game is going to go every time they get together, much to Jackson’s chagrin. As the group has gotten older and gone off to college, the games have become fewer and further between. Now with graduation looming just around the corner, the group decides to get together over their final Spring Break to play a few more rounds while they still can.

The game starts no differently than any other they’ve played for the past several years, but this time Jackson’s best friend takes an opportunity to corner him into kissing Chet Montgomery. Chet makes good on the dare to kiss Jackson without any hesitation. But it’s when the kiss ends that Jackson’s confusion begins.

Story tags: comtemporary, cowboys, college students, virgin sex, HFN, Southern U.S.A. colloquialisms (I cannot stress this one enough!), and a couple more I deem vaguely spoilerish, so I’m going to hold them back. =)

Working on a new story!

•May 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So, it’s that time of year again. (Actually, I’m rather behind on my posting about it.) I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick up a Don’t Read in the Closet: Love is an Open Road story this year, but one of them really spoke to me, so I did. I’ve been wanting to write a “Truth or Dare?” story for a few years anyway, and this gave me the perfect opportunity.

So, 15,000 words later, I have a rough draft of Dared and Confused. Here is the original request letter:

Dear Author,

It started with too many shots of Jack and a game of Truth or Dare. It was only supposed to be a quick kiss. I’ve never kissed another guy before. So why did I find myself back in his arms, lost in his brown eyes the next night? And why does the thought of never kissing him again make me feel like I would be missing out on the hottest thing in my life?

Please give these hot country boys their story.

I would prefer a contemporary story, no fantasy or paranormal. Hot sexy times would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,


I’ll share the blurb and cover soon.

Budding Love nominations

•November 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I know I’m not great about the whole blogging thing, but I need to put out some thank yous.

It’s time for the GoodReads M/M Romance Group’s Members’ Choice Awards again, and Budding Love has been nominated for two categories this year: Best Polyamorous and Best Story that Should Have a Sequel. (And I AM working on the continuation of the story for NaNo. It’s not going as quickly as I wanted due to other obligations, but I AM working on it as much as I can.)

I’m fully aware that I don’t have a prayer of winning either category because my story isn’t widely enough read to earn those sorts of votes, but in this case, it really is an honor just to be nominated, because that means that my story touched someone enough to think of it when awards nomination time rolled around.

So, really, thank you for the nominations!

Award Nominee 2014 badge for Best Polyamorous

GoodReads M/M Romance Members’ Choice Award Nominee 2014 for the category of Best Polyamorous

Award Nominee 2014 badge for Best Story that Should Have a Sequel

GoodReads M/M Romance Members’ Choice Award Nominee 2014 for the category of Best Story that Should Have a Sequel

Budding Love downloads available

•August 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The downloads for Budding Love have been posted. Enjoy!


Release Day! – Budding Love, a Love’s Landscapes story

•August 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It’s release day for Budding Love, my Love’s Landscapes story. It’s just under 25k words of sci-fi sexiness.

For now, you can find it posted in the Goodreads M/M Romance group.
(Warning: A Not Safe For Work [NSFW] photo will be posted at the top of the thread!)

In the very near future, around August 13 or 14, you’ll be able to download the ebooks from the M/M Romance Group website. And here is the link to the book page on GoodReads.

cover image for Budding Love by Adara O'Hare

Cover of Budding Love, a Love’s Landscapes story

Budding Love – tags and blurb

•August 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

More about my new story, Budding Love, which will be available soon.

Tags: aliens, shifters (non-wolf-cat), interspecies, virgin sex, tentacle sex, ménage, m-preg, sounding, bonded mates, betrayal, HFN

YOSHIDA Kazuo has less than a year of Intergalactic Trade School left before graduation, which is when his father expects him to take on a significantly bigger role in the family’s off-world export business. In fact, the whole of Kazuo’s life has been about his obligations to his father, never about what he wanted for himself. Anything alien absolutely fascinates Kazuo, but the majority of Kazuo’s alien education has come strictly from his studies.

To help Kazuo gain more business experience and contacts, his father requires him to attend an industry gala held by one of the most well-known extraterrestrial importers on Earth, a Sirynthalian known as Aethos. While Aethos is certainly a main attraction in attending the gala, Kazuo also remembers a past visit to the property’s enormous extraterrestrial greenhouse— a visit he’d like to repeat, as long as he can avoid touching the plants this time around.

As far as decisions go, leaving the party to look at the exotic flora seems to be a fairly harmless one to Kazuo. But a walk through the greenhouse becomes a life-altering event when Kazuo comes across an alien plant with a mind of its own, and a desire for Kazuo. Now Kazuo has a life-or-death decision to make. The question is: does he have all of the facts he needs to make it?

Coming Soon: Budding Love

•August 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

So, it’s that time of year again. I’ve written a story for the Don’t Read in the Closet event, Love’s Landscapes. A little birdie told me that my story will be released soon! This one is my first foray into a futuristic Earth with some sci-fi elements.

And this year, I can’t post the picture because it’s very Not Safe For Work, so let me give you the description of it:

An illustration in the style of Japanese manga artwork features a young Asian male, nude from the waist down, blushing in embarrassment as thick green plant tentacles hold him aloft, binding his arms behind his back and spreading his legs wide. A wide tentacle protruding from the center of a large pink blossom penetrates his anus. Three smaller yellow tendrils, also from the center of the flower, reach toward his erect cock.

And here is the story prompt from C.M.:

Dear Author,

I can’t believe I let my cousin drag me to this party. He told me I was invited too, but that just can’t be right. This is the event of the year. Only the most important, wealthy, influential people are invited to attend, and I’m just a geeky little nobody…

So you can imagine how surprised I was when our names were checked off the list and we were ushered inside. Wow. This kind of thing really isn’t my style, but I have to admit that I’m impressed. But most of all, I’m intensely curious about our host. I’ve caught glimpses of him throughout the evening, mingling with all his well-to-do guests. But the chances of actually getting to meet him are pretty much nil. And now that I’ve seen him, that might not be such a bad thing. He’s not what most people would call handsome, but there’s something about him that’s pushing all my buttons. If I tried to talk to him, I’d probably just end up stammering and stuttering, and making a complete fool of myself.

That’s why, when my cousin made his move to join the crowd around our host, I decided to make my escape instead. Well, that and I was also bored to tears and intensely uncomfortable, standing around in my borrowed dress clothes, feeling like a complete outsider. So I decided to explore the grounds for a while, to kill the time.

HUGE mistake.

The big, beautiful greenhouse at the back of the property immediately caught my attention. The fact that it was locked? Pftt! No problem! I’ve got skills… which I’m now regretting. Why, you ask? Because this is what my nosey self has wandered into (see picture). Goddamned mutant alien plant, luring me in like a bee to honey with that enormous flower! This is not how I imagined my first time to be! How on earth am I going to get out of this? And did I just hear the sound of footsteps coming this way? I know I locked the door behind me, so who the hell is in here with me?

Someone who must have the key…

Oh… shit.

Please make his first time memorable and very pleasurable, dear author! Hot, erotic and very explicit is what I’m hoping for, with some strong, romantic overtones. (I don’t want straight-up porn/erotica). And it would be great if the host was to join in at some point, so we have a sexy threesome going on! In the picture he’s shocked, angry, and more than a little bit scared, but I’d like that to gradually change. But please do not include aphrodisiacs (from the plant or otherwise). I want him to enjoy what’s happening without any mind-altering drug/chemical coercion.

I love kinky sex content (obviously!), so whatever you want to include, in terms of kink, is fine by me! Just keep in mind that this is his first time, so anything too extreme would be a bit off-putting and very unrealistic, like massive penetration. But some sounding with the plant’s tendrils would be very hot!

I imagine this to be a futuristic setting, with a greenhouse full of strange, alien vegetation. The MC in the pic is Human, but maybe the host could be an alien species? (I do love interspecies pairings). But if you’d like to go with something different, that’s fine!

And please give this a HEA ending, or at least a strong HFN with the distinct impression that these two (or three? Haha!) are well on their way to having a romantic relationship.


I’ll post the cover, blurb, and tags in the next couple of days. =)

Epimeliad download links & Member’s Choice nominations

•December 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Epimeliad download links for PDF, ePub, and mobi files are on the M/M Romance Group’s website. (Must be 18 or older to enter.)

If you have read the story, please take a minute to rate Epimeliad on GoodReads.

Epimeliad is also part of the Don’t Read in the Closet – Love Has No Boundaries anthology volume 9.

And color me shocked and honored that Epimeliad is also nominated for the GoodReads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Free Story and Best Fantasy categories! Thank you, Aimee, for the nominations. That means a lot. =) Voting is going on through December 31st, 2013, if you want to participate!

GoodReads M/M Romance Member's Choice Award Nominee 2013 for Best Fantasy

GoodReads M/M Romance Member's Choice Award Nominee 2013 for Best Free Story

Thank you! –Adara.

Review: Man, Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction

•August 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

(So, I told WordPress to post this in August last year, but for some reason it never did. So, here it is, a year late.)

Man, Oh Man!  Writing Quality M/M Fiction
Man, Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction by Josh Lanyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this to be an excellent read. As someone who currently writes more for fun than profit, this book gives some great insight into the world of publishing within the M/M genre. While there was a lot of “well, duh” information (or perhaps I’ve just been around the genre long enough to have learned it already, so I consider it “well, duh” where others may not yet), there is still a great deal of advice that ought to be repeated often and taken to heart.

It’s not just Josh’s advice, though there is plenty of that. He has many (many, many) representatives of reader, author, and editor/publishing house perspectives. (I had no idea when I posted on his question in FaceBook that I’d wind up being quoted in this book. Not that I mind, I just had no idea.) And it covers a variety of topics and questions, too numerous to begin to list here. You learn that there is no “one right answer”, but there is a range to fall within which is acceptable.

Even if not every bit of advice is for you–there were things which I knew didn’t particularly apply to me because I know how I operate–you’ll still find something of use in this book, particularly if you haven’t published before; or haven’t taken any writing courses or workshops; or have published, but not much; or don’t feel like you market very well; etc. There is a LOT of ground covered in this work.

I think the greatest thing about it is that I could see where I need to focus, and reading this book made me want to put it aside and think about my story and characters, to write it all down before I forgot it. I do not think I’ve ever highlighted a book so much in my life, even when I was in college. There were so many tidbits I wanted to remember and come back to for later.

That, and the resources. There are many additional resources listed throughout the book (part of where the highlighting came in handy) as well as at the back of the book. I found some of these particularly handy.

So, if you think you want to publish in the M/M romance genre, I recommend giving it a read. It’s lengthy, but worth it.

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It’s here: Epimeliad

•July 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Epimeliad was released this morning on the GoodReads M/M Romance Group for this years Love Has No Boundaries event, part of the Don’t Read in the Closet series of writing events. Many thanks to Elizabetta for the prompt. I hope you enjoy it!

If you’re a member of the group, you can access it via the following link:

If you’re not a member, you can quickly join as long as you’re over 18 and create a GoodReads account. Please be sure your full birth date (day/month/year) is entered on your goodreads.com profile (privacy setting are up to the member) before you ask to join. The email process for requests to join isn’t reliable so if you haven’t been admitted within 24 hours, PM JenMcJ directly with your request to join.

Here’s the link to the M/M Romance Group homepage:

Please note that downloads will be forthcoming at a different link. I’ll post that when they’re ready. They’ll follow after a few days.

I hope you enjoy it!


Blurb for Epimeliad:

Five nymphs with special powers are called together to form an elite team to fight against natural and supernatural disasters. One of those called to serve is an idealistic young apple tree nymph named May. May joins the group hoping for a better life than he had amongst his sisters and father, who all shunned him for being only half-Epimeliad. But unless he finds his tree, May’s time with the team may be short-lived; his missing tree and lack of powers is a huge liability.

The river-god Cydnos goes to the meeting to discover who is trying to manipulate him and for what purpose. What he finds is an old appretice turned warrior turned trainer who knows more than he’s letting on, a couple of nymphs who can handle themselves, and a couple of naïve kids who believe they’re there to help save the world. On top of that, Cyd learns he has a unique bond to one of the kids, a distraction a centuries-old warrior like him doesn’t need. He intends to walk away, but his conscience won’t let him leave the untrained kids there to get themselves killed.

When May’s powers suddenly begin to manifest, Cyd has to figure out the secret of May’s tree before May accidentally kills himself. If Cyd doesn’t, the team might end up lacking a member. Or two.

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