Please welcome Sloane Kennedy to The Blogger Girls!
Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?
Nate is a femme florist who is both confident and insecure at the same time. He has no trouble attracting guys, but he hasn’t found any who want him beyond a physical relationship so he’s trying to turn over a new leaf and find a guy who will stick around and accept him for who he is 24/7. Harrison is a lawyer whose most recent relationship ended badly. He’s convinced Heart2Heart is a hook-up app his ex was using while they were together and sets out to prove it. When he discovers it isn’t, he has to deal with the realization that his ex was looking for someone else for a long-term relationship while he and Harrison were still together, leaving Harrison feeling like he wasn’t good enough for the long-term.
The characters you had to choose from were readers’ submissions, correct? Were there any other characters you considered writing about before you chose this couple?
No, there really wasn’t. Something about these two characters just kind of called to me. Maybe because they were just everyday type guys so it meant I wouldn’t be too far outside my comfort zone when it came to that aspect of the story.
How did you come to be involved in the Heart2Heart Anthology?
I was approached by Leslie Copeland who spearheaded the entire endeavor
Have you ever been involved in a group project like this before? What were some of the challenges you had to face?
No, I haven’t. The hardest part was making sure my story fit the parameters of the anthology even though those weren’t 100% clear on day 1. I tend to constantly be thinking and planning my stories even before I’ve started writing so with a lot of unanswered questions, that part was a bit tricky for me.
Is this something you’d like to be a part of again in the future?
You’re donating the entire proceeds to charity – can you tell us more about where the money is going?
It’s going to a few different LGBTQ themed charities. One of my personal favorites, The Trevor Project is included. I’m a big believer in kids needing the resources that organization provides so I’m so very happy we get to contribute to that even in such a small way
Have you ever set someone else up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?
I have not
If Heart2Heart were to match you with someone, who do you think you’d get paired with?
LOL, I have no idea. Probably someone completely opposite from me. Outgoing and sociable – an A type personality
About Heart 2 Heart Anthology
Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.
Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.
And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!
It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.
Over 162k words total, contemporary MM romance
What began as a random idea quickly turned into a collaborative and completely voluntary effort from 11 authors, more than 130 readers, cover designer, 2 proofreaders, and one cat herder to keep it all together.
Readers were asked to submit ideas for characters, both typical and off-the-wall, and from that list, each author picked 2 seemingly mismatched guys and helped them find love.
May Archer – The Baker and the SEAL
Charlie Cochet – The Assassin and the Dog Walker
Poppy Dennison – The Electrician and the Event Planner
Alison Hendricks – The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer
Sloane Kennedy – The Florist and the Lawyer
Lucy Lennox – The Uber Drive and the Phone Sex Operator
Ruthie Luhnow – The Lawyer and the Lobsterman
Lily Morton – The Tattoo Artist and the Writer
Chris Owen – The Criminal and the Sommelier
Hailey Turner – The Superhero and the NSA Agent
AE Wasp – The Magician and the Mortician
Available at: Amazon
Exclusive Excerpt from The Florist and The Lawyer
He looked exactly like his picture.
I mean, exactly, like it.
Same hard eyes, nearly identical stiff smile… though I wasn’t sure it could be called a smile. Grimace maybe…
It was like he’d taken the picture five minutes earlier and tacked it onto his profile. Hell, maybe he’d done just that. Okay, so it would have been more than five minutes, but for all I knew, Harrison Garrison (and yes, that was his real name apparently – what the hell kind of parents did that to their kid?) was a serial killer who’d decided he needed to add a somewhat flashy, yet always color-coordinated, gay florist to his collection of meat suits that he kept in his basement.
God, I really needed to stop watching the Crime and Investigation Network. It was a wonder I even had the courage to leave the house anymore after some of the shit I’d seen on that TV show.
And why the fuck hadn’t I signed up for that Krav Maga class they’d been running a special on at my gym?
Oh yeah, because I hadn’t been able to resist the lure of the hot yoga class that had given me the perfect excuse to spend nearly an entire day’s pay on the black and hot pink glittery leggings I’d been eyeing for the better part of a month.
Sure, my ass looked killer in the pants, but something was telling me that the stern looking man sitting across from me wouldn’t really appreciate my logic in choosing fashion over self-preservation. Hell, I wasn’t sure he’d even appreciate my ass at this rate – mostly because he’d refused to even look at me long enough to let his eyes stray south to said ass. I’d even made sure to walk in front of him when the hostess had led us to our table.
Okay, admittedly I’d done that out of habit and I’d almost instantly regretted falling back into my old routine of trying to use my looks to lure a guy in. I mean, if that’d been enough for me anymore, I could have gone to any one of the half-dozen gay clubs within walking distance of the Chelsea apartment I shared with my bestie, Kira. I was practically royalty at those clubs, but it never failed that as soon as the sun came up, I was doing the walk of shame as soon as the hottie I’d chosen to go home with turned back into a closet homo who’d supposedly only stuck his dick up my ass because he’d been ‘totally wasted.’
Sadly, the guy across from me looked exactly like one of the jerks I often found myself mashed up against in a darkened hallway or corner. Only instead of eyeing me like I was the only piece of Prime Rib in a burger joint, he looked like he wanted to be anywhere else but across from me at the little corner table in my favorite Italian bistro, Martinellis.
I felt the dreaded and all-too familiar insecurity filter through me and I automatically gave my outfit the once over. I’d kept it pretty tame by donning a pair of black skinny jeans and a silver top that only shimmered a little, and I’d limited my make-up to a little bit of gloss that made my lips look plumper than they were and just a hint of liner along my lower lids to make my blue eyes pop just a bit. I’d done the obligatory mani/pedi combo, but I’d foregone colored polish for a clear, glossy topcoat. I’d waxed too, but that hadn’t been because of the date. If anything, I shouldn’t have done any kind of man-scaping because I absolutely was not going to fuck this guy on the first date.
Even if he was kind of fuckable.
Fine, really fuckable.
Yeah, his dark green eyes were so cold and hard they could probably cut glass, and he had the sexy five o’clock shadow thing going on that I’d always been a sucker for. His perfectly pressed, very pricey suit that I suspected had been custom made, fit him like a glove, outlining wide shoulders and a broad chest that tapered to narrow hips. And he may not have been looking at my ass as we’d been shown to our table, but I’d managed to sneak a peek at his and I was starting to think I’d been converted from a dick man to an ass man in those few seconds.
Because his was epic.
I mean, I had a great ass, but the ass gods had been shining on Harrison Garrison when he’d gotten to the front of the ass-ignment line. I’d never topped a day in my life, but I was definitely starting to wonder if maybe I wasn’t missing out on something.
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