Please welcome Felice Stevens to the Blogger Girls!! Do you remember the moment you got the idea for this book? If so, what were you doing at the time?
I do! I was in bed, falling asleep when an idea came to me to write a book about 3 foster brothers who grew up together and how they were torn apart. In my head, the name of the series was originally The House of the Rising Sun. I have no idea why. lol
What made you want to become an author and why choose the genres that you write in?
I always wanted to be a writer. From when I was a child I was writing stories, mainly mysteries because that’s what I grew up reading. Then when I was in law school to break from the studies, I started reading romance. I picked up MM romance after winding my way through MF, then MFM and then MMM. I chose to write MM romance because I love stories about love. And I love men. And I am a firm believer that people who are in love deserve their HEA and nobody has a right to tell someone who to love.
What is the first book that made you cry?
I don’t remember, but maybe Bambi? When his mother died.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
When I have an idea the writing energizes me. When I’m having trouble it’s exhausting.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I have no idea. LOL Did I fail?
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
If you mean the first book I had published by Loose Id, Rescued, it was the rigorous editing process. I learned that I may love a scene or a line, but that doesn’t mean it’s best for the overall story. If you mean when I first self-published, I learned that I can actually run a small, successful business on my own. Well not my own, along with my editors, proofreaders, beta readers and my cover artist. It takes a village.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin. I’ve read it so many times it’s fallen apart.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
An otter. They’re so fun and friendly and I want one as a pet.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you currently have?
Well. In MF historical I have four. Two completely finished and one finished but not edited, one half finished. Then another one started but its been a long time since I looked at it. In MM, I have one three-quarters finished and one I started thinking about today for the next Kindle World Launch in January.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Hmm. Making sure they aren’t stereotypes. I write all different types of men both physically and emotionally. I don’t like the alpha super hunk or the twinky type. I want realism in my books and that’s what I strive for. I think getting into the head of the character and making them relatable as people is more important than their six-pack abs.
About Embrace the Fire
Brandon Gilbert has spent years in hiding, but he’s finally accomplished his dream of working as a public school teacher. When offered the chance to help bullied children, there was no way he could say no. Not to mention that meeting Dr. Tash Weber, the psychiatrist who helps them, a sad yet sexy older man, ignited a spark inside Brandon he’d never had before.
Though five years have passed since the death of his lover, Dr. Sebastian “Tash” Weber has no interest in relationships or love. But young, enigmatic Brandon awakens his heart and his desire. Despite Tash’s best efforts to push him away, Brandon unlocks the passion for life Tash thought he’d lost forever.
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan for either Brandon or Tash, but neither family disapproval nor self-doubts can stop them from embracing the fire that burns between them. And when Brandon returns home to fight for a future he never imagined possible, he and Tash discover that the one thing worth fighting for has been with them all along.
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An Excerpt from Embrace the Fire
“Care to tell me what’s wrong?” Brandon zipped up his jacket.
“You don’t know? All weekend I’ve been deluding myself. We were caught up in this bubble we created, but now? Now that I have to come face-to-face with your brothers and Gage.” Tash shook his head. “I don’t know if I can do this.”
Heart beating madly, Brandon swallowed. “Can’t do what?” Don’t do this, please; don’t hide yourself away.
“Us. You, me. We’re at different places in our lives. You’re starting out, and with Ash and Luke, you have a whole new world open to you—places to explore and new people to meet.”
Tash unbuckled his seat belt and opened the car door but didn’t get out. “I’m the opposite. I’m ready to settle down. I’m not interested in nightlife and the latest scene. I can’t and won’t ask you to give it all up.” Tash climbed out of the car and slammed the door.
The hell he says. If Tash thought he’d simply state his opinions like God and proclaim what Brandon should do with the rest of his life, he was in for a fight. He wrenched open the door. “I’m not giving anything up. I was never into that.” Brandon slammed the car door behind him with a vicious thump. “Who do you think you are? You say you don’t want to be with me, yet you then get the right to lay out my life in neat little puzzle pieces so it all comes perfectly together as you see fit.”
Tash had stopped in his tracks but didn’t turn around. Hopeful that was a sign he was at least listening, Brandon continued.
“Sure we were in a bubble; it was wonderful this weekend, beautiful and amazing.” He advanced on Tash and stood before him. “Don’t think I don’t know, maybe better than anyone, how something so perfect and magical can be ripped away with no warning.” He put a hand on Tash’s shoulder, hoping Tash wouldn’t move away from him. “And now the hard stuff begins—reality and all the trouble that comes with it. But aren’t you willing to try? See where this journey takes us?”
“Don’t say it. I’ll tell you what I am. I’ve been homeless and hungry. I’ve lived on the streets with rats, not knowing where I would sleep at night. Do you think I’m looking for a man whose only interest is a twenty-dollar glass of wine and where the next party is?”
Tash said nothing, and Brandon had no more strength to argue. Besides, they were at the clinic to do a job. Last time he’d screwed up by running out, and he’d be damned if he’d do it again.
About Felice Stevens
Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels was renewed.
But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back.
Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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Don’t forget to check out Morgan’s review of Embrace the Fire to see what she thought of it!