Character Interviews

Character Interview with Ev and Adam from Bare by Lynn Kelling + Giveaway!

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Interview with Ev and Adam from Bare

Lynn: Evelyn. Adam. Thank you both for speaking with us today. How has all of the recent publicity been affecting you?

Ev: You can just call me Ev.

Adam: Evelyn is fine, Lynn. Trust me. I don’t think the publicity has affected us much, other than giving us reasons to focus on other things, like work.

Lynn: Ev, do you agree with that?

Ev: Yeah, I do. I haven’t really been paying much attention to the press, or even my own email or social media accounts, especially after everything happened. After I said my part, I felt like the fallout wasn’t really about me anyway, but other people’s reactions. Sometimes it’s best to step back and let things play out without interfering. It’s been all about school for me. Granted, it is kind of difficult to ignore the attention when you’re actually appearing on Good Morning America, so there are some odd days.

Lynn: Let’s take this back a little. Pretend our readers today don’t know all of the juicy details of your story, haven’t seen Adam’s gorgeous paintings—they really were breathtaking—

Adam: Thanks Lynn, I try.

Lynn: Pretend they don’t even know your relationship to each other. Describe each other for me, and what you see in the other.

Ev: Oh no…

Adam: (laughs) Should I answer honestly?

Ev: No! Sorry. But no. Please God, no.

Adam: Should I answer as if I were a Senator’s son, filtering my every thought and feeling for mass consumption and dulling all of the rough, hard edges so no one is shocked or offended?

Ev: Yeah, that’d be much better.

Adam: Even though we’ve agreed truth is our friend?

Ev: See, Lynn, he does this thing where he answers questions with other questions, and it leads down some pretty fucked-up rabbit holes. Don’t fall for it. (clears his throat) So, I’ll start then. Adam Buchanan is… well, he’s colorful. I mean that both literally and figuratively. The fire-engine-red hair and the bright blue eyes. The paint splatters that are always covering his clothes and skin. But it’s in his personality too. He pushes people. Challenges them to think and face things they might never have without coaxing. He doesn’t play things safe and he’s not afraid to offend. I mean, he’s got the whole lawyer side to him too, so he does things in a really intelligent way. It’s always totally thought out. Almost disturbingly so. Anyway, it’s one of the things I liked about him right away, because I appreciated how unapologetic those qualities were. He was visually loud, and messy, and crossed lines I’ve always lived between.

Adam: So, I’m colorful? What does that make you?

Ev: Nope, not falling for it.

Adam: Lynn, I think my work describes Evelyn better than my words ever could.

Lynn: Well, then describe your work for us.

Ev: Oh, he can totally do that. He talks about his work constantly.

Adam: And what are you implying when you say that?

Ev: Are you just doing it on purpose now? I can’t tell. But I’ll answer that one to say that I meant you do self-promotion, which is a necessary part of your job, and something you’re rightfully passionate about.

Adam: And I’m not rightfully passionate about you?

Ev: (groans) Lynn, do you see what I’m dealing with here? It’s impossible not to fall for this crap. Should I answer Lynn’s question for you?

Adam: (pauses to look at Ev, then begins to speak) I’m a painter. I’m also an adjunct professor at Lehigh University, which is where Evelyn and I met. Lately, the focus of my work has been in exploring vulnerability in male sexuality in order to expose the ways our society attempts to force men into rigid gender roles that limit our opportunity to safely and comfortably express broader truths.

Ev: It’s a mouthful, isn’t it?

Adam: That’s what he said.

Lynn: And Ev, how do you factor into Adam’s work?

Ev: He paints me.

Adam: Among other things. Evelyn does inspire me in a wide variety of ways.

Lynn: Ev, does Adam inspire you too?

Ev: (smiles, falls quiet, bows his head)

Adam: (rests a hand on Ev’s knee and whispers) It’s okay, sweetheart. You don’t need to—

Ev: No, I do. It’s an important question. I just—

Adam: You’ve been through a lot. You don’t have to push yourself.

Ev: (struggles to speak and holds Adam’s hand) You have… no idea… how much Adam inspires me. He’s changed my whole life. And I know how corny that sounds, but to know how clearly he sees me, and everything he’s done in such a short time for someone he didn’t even know? The things that inspire Adam are really important. They are. They matter on a huge scale, but the ways Adam inspires me? That’s everything.

Lynn: I think we can see what you mean—both of you. Thank you for joining us today.

Adam: You’re welcome. (kisses Ev)

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About Bare

32129904Ev Myers was looking for trouble when he signed up to do nude art modeling, but he wasn’t expecting this much trouble. All he’d wanted to do was rebel against the moral limits of his strict religious family and the PR requirements of his father’s senate seat. He saw how much bigger his world could be when Professor Adam Buchanan opened Ev to new passions and new experiences but when Ev’s family learned how far he had gone, they decided to resort to kidnapping and brainwashing to save their son from sin and scandal—even if it kills him.

Available at: Forbidden Fiction, Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Smashwords.

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An Excerpt from Bare

“So does that mean you’ll do it?” Hope lingered in the question. Led by instinct, Ev found his answer.

“I think so. Yeah. I will. But…” How to say it? “What are you going to expect here? I’m guessing it’s not just posing.”

“It can just be posing, if that’s where your comfort level is.”

Thinking of his family and church, when he wished he wasn’t and was focused only on his own preferences instead, Ev fought not to get sidetracked by conditioning. What they thought about Ev posing for this man didn’t matter, or so he tried to tell himself.

“I’m not a prude or anything,” Ev clarified. “I was just… wondering. Like, would touching be involved?” The painting Adam had set out indicated one of his last models had been touched.

“Not without your permission.”

He imagined it without wanting to—being touched like the subject of that painting had been, by another man. It made a shiver race up Ev’s back. Folding his arms tighter, he squirmed.

“Would I need to be…” Ev exhaled, tripping on the next word, feeling mortified for even thinking it.

“Hard?” Adam guessed, maybe by reading into Ev’s body language, his arms wrapped around himself, his fingers rubbing his lips.

“Yeah.”

“You wouldn’t need to be, no. But, total honesty, I would be able to work with it if you were.”

Ev blew out a breath. “How old are you?”

“Twenty-five. You?”

“Almost twenty.”

“Okay. No pressure, Ev. If this doesn’t work for you, you can bail at any time. It’s okay. You won’t hurt my feelings.”

“You’re not gonna, like, put my name on these are you? Or tell people?”

“I’ll totally honor your privacy in whatever ways you request. I swear it. My work hinges on honesty. What happens here only leaves this space through the artwork. I do take reference photos, but I keep those locked up when I’m not using them.”

Ev hesitated, mostly because he really wanted to do it, and the realization scared him. It made him question his ability to make rational decisions. There were so many dangers here; he’d be crazy to stay.

Adam just waited, watching.

“I know what they pay at the school for the models,” Adam said, interrupting Ev’s indecision. “Twenty bucks an hour, right? Double that for your hourly rate when you sit for me, and that’s just to start. If this works out, I’ll increase the amount as we go.”

“Adam, that’s insane. I can’t take that much money from you for this.”

“I insist. I’m a professional, hiring you as a professional model. I’ll be photographing you, as I said, in addition to simply using you as a reference for my paintings. The rate I’m paying is not astronomical.”

“Really? Wow, maybe I should’ve just done this instead of go to school.”

Adam just raised an eyebrow at him, looking profoundly patient and equally as determined. “Well, you are suited for it, in my humble opinion, but an education is invaluable. I say do both.”

There was another pause, filled with tense anticipation.

Ev pulled off his jacket. Folding it over his arm, he said, “Okay.”

The idea of getting forty bucks an hour was ridiculously amazing, but that wasn’t what convinced him. It was the temptation—something he’d successfully resisted his whole life, and he was just plain exhausted by the effort. Maybe it was time to take a calculated risk.

“Okay,” Adam agreed. “If you’d feel more comfortable changing into a robe first…”

Steeling himself, Ev took a deep breath, then pulled his shirt over his head. Bare-chested, feeling his nipples stiffen, he said, “Kind of cold.”

“Right. Sorry,” Adam apologized. He pulled out his phone, tapped at it a few times and said, “There. The heat’ll take a moment to warm things up. I’ve got space heaters too.” Walking away, he emerged only a second later, wheeling a small heater up to a bed. Adam shifted the bed slightly under the lights overhead, then turned on a few professional looking large soft box boom lights, shifting them closer and angled to cast light on the bed. The heater was shifted even closer. The set-up was similar to various television and photography studio sets he’d visited as the Senator’s son—though without the bed and nudity—and the familiarity was comforting.

While Adam fussed with the arrangements, Ev unbuckled his jeans. It took a flare of courage before he was able to push them down, toeing off his sneakers and socks along with the pants. That left him only in snug, black, low-rise boxer briefs, the thin cotton straining to contain him even though he was completely flaccid. Needing warmth more than anything, Ev walked into the path of the space heater, rubbing his hands together, then rubbing his arms. Right away, he felt more comfortable and less tempted to run for cover.

Once Adam had things arranged to his liking, he finally turned around. His gaze swept down Ev’s body, then upward to his face. Ev tried to read into the look, or the thoughts behind it, but couldn’t.

“I’d like to do some sketches, maybe take some photos, just to see what’s working. It’ll probably take a while for me to narrow it down to one pose. Who knows, maybe I’ll start a few pieces at once. Are you sure you don’t want a glass of water or anything before we start?”


“Nah, I’m good. Um,” he reached for his briefs, stopped himself, then went ahead and hooked his thumbs under the waistband. He felt Adam watching as Ev slid the underwear off. By the time he’d stepped out of them, briefs wadded up in his hand, he was breathing harder. His balls drew up, his skin both hot and cold in places. It felt wrong on many levels, in ways it hadn’t in the classroom earlier that day.

But Adam wasn’t reacting in a negative way, or telling him to cover back up; he just kept scrutinizing the view of Ev’s body. “Would you rather lie down or sit to start?”

“Whatever you want.”

“Okay, then come lie down here,” he said, pointing to the bed. Ev shuffled over, fighting the urge to cover himself with his hands. “Are you okay with me using my hands to help position you? Be honest.”

“Yeah, that’s fine.”

“Okay. If you change your mind, just tell me.”

Ev sat on the edge of the bed, then lay back.

“Shift up the bed a little more.”

He slid upward. Adam’s hand touched Ev’s knee. “Relax your legs. Let them fall open.” Gentle pressure urged Ev’s legs apart. Ev thought his breathing sounded too loud in the quiet of the room. The light touch of Adam’s fingertips on the inside of Ev’s left knee sent a thrill to Ev’s cock. Inwardly, he groaned with dread, his tension reflecting in his expression.

“Bring your arms up so your hands are on either side of your head. Just relax them.” Adam arranged Ev’s hands, letting the fingers curl, and the back of his hand resting by his face. “Good. Keep your head turned to the side.” The curled fingers were by his eyes. His chest rose and fell, with each breath seeming to come quicker than the last.

Watching from the corner of his eye, he saw Adam draw a sheet over, letting the corner of it cover Ev’s stomach, keeping his chest and genitals exposed.

“Nice,” Adam murmured, his eyes everywhere, all over Ev. Ev got the sense that Adam had gone into his head, concentrating on his ideas and plans instead of judging Ev’s body in any way, which helped Ev stay calm. Adam went back to the supply cabinets along the wall and brought out a large camera with a long lens. He moved close again, bringing the camera up to his eye and adjusting the focus. The soft whir of the machinery was a pleasurable little sound, acting like a tickle over Ev’s cock.

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About Lynn Kelling

Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over seventy works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.

Find out more about Lynn on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or email her at lynn@lynnkelling.com.

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As part of this blog tour, Lynn is giving away an eBook copy of Bare! To enter, just click the link below!

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Don’t forget to check out Just Jen’s review of Bare to see what she thought of it!

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Lee Parker from the Sixth Sense Series by Sarah Madison: Giveaway!

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Lee Parker from the Sixth Sense Series

by Sarah Madison

Hi Sarah, welcome to The Blogger Girls! Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

I have a physically and emotionally demanding day job, so I like to have fun with my writing. Mysteries, sci-fi, paranormal, historicals, you name it. I love plot-driven romances, and finding out what my characters are made of, so I like sticking them in hot water and seeing how strong they are. Like tea bags, only sexier.

Character interview: Lee Parker from the Sixth Sense series

What do you find attractive in a man?

Frankly, I’m an ass man. Give me that little perfect peach of an ass every time. I can tell the difference between a runner, a soccer guy, and a baseball player. Ass and arms. Yeah, I like forearms, too.

The first thing that went through your head when you saw John Flynn:

Huh. The first thing I thought was that he was a panther in a room full of tabbies. He was walking through the airport, and he just had this presence, you know? Like everyone else was imitation spread and he was the real thing—rich, velvety, melt-in-your-mouth butter. Oh, wait. Did I say that out loud?

He had this dark messy hair that looked like it was being deliberately uncooperative, and a two-day stubble that should have looked unkempt on an FBI agent but on him it was hot as hell. I thought he was out of my league, and I kind of resented him for not only that, but being the hot shot agent coming in to consult on a case. It took something… ah… weird happening for us to start working together instead of fighting each other.

I know sometimes he feels like he’s been cursed, but honestly, if things hadn’t turned out the way they did, I’m not sure we’d ever have gotten together.

Do you think you’ll insist the author visits you again?

Oh yeah. We’re not done. There are too many loose ends left, too many unsolved mysteries. She left us hanging for a long time at first, but that’s because she’s a bit of a magpie—always the ‘new, shiny!’ with that one. Still, she’s been pretty reliable once you can get her attention, so I wouldn’t want to tell my story to anyone else.

Before you met (insert other character here), what was your ideal man?

I’m embarrassed to say this, but nothing like John. I thought the ideal man was witty and urbane, well-educated and with sophisticated tastes in the amenities of life: art, music, wine, and food. We’d go to galleries and the theater together, and host elegant parties in my apartment in San Francisco. John doesn’t drink, and thinks a weekend isn’t complete unless you come home muddy and wet. He prefers pizza to haute cuisine, and his idea of a nice evening is to marathon the X-Files.

The funny thing is, I had the ‘ideal man’ once. And he turned out to be a major jerk. John is learning to like my cooking and we both like Babylon 5. And the sex is amazing. So yeah, no complaints here.

You’re going out for dinner. What’s your favorite food?

Oh man, I’m not sure I can narrow it down. See, I love food. Nothing makes me happier than a piece of salmon, grilled to perfection, nestled on a bed of greens with just a hint of lemon. Potatoes whipped with cream cheese and garnished with parsley. Fresh, crusty bread, hot out of the oven and brushed with butter. A dense chocolate torte with a tart raspberry sauce dribbled over it, the bite of the sauce mixing perfectly with the sweet of the chocolate to explode on your taste buds…

I love sushi too. So give me your unagi makizushi, maguro sushi, tako sushi, California rolls, you name it, I’ll try it. The food in San Francisco is fantastic, and I love eating out at great restaurants. I think Anthony Bourdain has my dream job.

Also, I’m from the South, so at Thanksgiving you’ll find me roasting a 20 pound turkey with stuffing. There’ll be mashed potatoes and candied yams, and green beans cooked all day long on the stove with a little sugar and some fatback. There’ll be ham biscuits, and yeast rolls, and corn pudding. I’ll make my granny’s world-famous sausage balls (I’m the only one who knows her secret recipe) and there will be pumpkin pie along with Red Velvet cake, too.

Sometimes, though, there’s nothing that can beat a great big cheeseburger: a slab of meat on a sesame seed bun, layered with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo and served up with a plate of crinkle cut fries and ketchup. Pour me an ice-cold Coke to go along with it, and I’m in heaven.

I grew up in a rather cold house raised by a hard woman. When my mamma kicked me out, I moved in with granny. She taught me to cook, and I guess it’s no wonder I equate food with love.

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About Truth and Consequences

26720561When FBI agent Jerry Lee Parker wakes from a coma after a murderous attack on his life, he has no memory of his immediate past. In the blink of an eye, he has gone from having a nearly photographic memory to recalling nothing of the last six months of his life, including his partner and lover, John Flynn. While Lee tries to reboot his past and reconnect with John, there are events at play around him he doesn’t understand. John is keeping secrets from him, secrets that could get them both killed.

Matters come to a head when Lee is hounded to turn over a mysterious artifact, of which he has no knowledge. The two men wind up in a fight for their lives as they risk everything to keep the powerful relic out of the hands of a ruthless killer. In order to protect those he loves, however, John may be forced to make a deal with the devil.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon

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About Sarah Madison

Sarah Madison is a veterinarian with a big dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. She is a terrible cook, and concedes that her life would be easier if Purina made People Chow. She writes because it is cheaper than therapy.

Find out more about Sarah on her Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest!

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As part of this blog tour, Sarah is giving away E-copy of ‘Unspeakable Words’ – Book one in the series!! To enter, just click the link below!

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Don’t forget to check out Ami’s review of Truth & Consequences to see what she thought of it!

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Honorary Blogger Edmond Manning: Secondary Characters Speak Out About Burning Man + Character Interview & Giveaway!

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Secondary Characters Speak Out About Burning Man

by Edmond Manning

My latest release in The Lost and Founds series, King John, introduces a few secondary characters, all attendees of Burning Man in the year 2002. We see bits of their stories through their interactions with narrator, Vin Vanbly, but a few of them have intriguing insights about Burning Man and what drives people to attend.

These voices might be worth hearing.

Meet Helena and Alan, a mid-twenties couple who have attended Burning Man for a number of years. He’s blond and a little sunburned, but who isn’t this week at Burning Man? This mighty and naughty festival in the desert boasts incredible costumes, mutant cars, and the craziness of people who gather to worship the sun and themselves. Helena is his girlfriend, and she walks the playa like a black goddess, turning the heads of men and women alike. Back home, she works as a costume designer for a university drama department.

John is possibly the same age as Helena and Alan and wants a career as a musician, but to be on the safe side, he’s getting a degree in pharmaceuticals. Lots of jobs in that market. But attending Burning Man is freeing for him, a reminder his life isn’t locked up in a pill box, unless he wants it to be. Last year was his first year as a burner, and he loved it.

And Michelle, who—well, Michelle speaks for herself. Best not to give her an introduction. She’d only criticize it.

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How many times have you been to Burning Man?

Alan: This is my fifth year and Helena’s third.

Helena: Actually, babe, it’s my fourth and your sixth.

Alan: Right. I forgot about the year it rained.

John: My second year. I was a burgin last year, which is what you call someone who is attending their virgin year. But that’s not me this year.

Michelle: My first time. Although I don’t like the word burgin. Don’t call me that.

And what brought you back to Burning Man? Or for Michelle, what brought you here for the first time?

Helena: We love it. As a costume designer, I come for inspiration. And these people are doing fabulous things on the cheap. I learn how to do things on a budget from everybody here.

Alan: Uh, and it’s fun, right, honey? Fun? Honey? She doesn’t like it when I call her honey.

Helena (laughing): I only dislike it when you’re so phony about it, you fucking fake.

Alan (laughing): Also, we have more sex out here than we do at home.

Helena: True. But it can get boring out here. Sometimes sex is all there is.

Alan: Gee. Thanks.  

Michelle: Gross. By the way, you look fabulous. I love those necklaces. They’re all fake gold, right?

Helena (laughs): Thank you. And no comment.

John: I came—

Michelle:  Kisses, girl.

John: I came this year because last year was amazing. I had such a great time. We didn’t get the exact same crew back this year, but I’m sure it’s gonna be a blast. We love hanging out together, me and my camp. We never get enough of it in the real world and so out here, we really get to spend time together. It’s amazing.

Michelle: Me? Oh, I dunno. I came because I was bored.

How would you describe Burning Man to someone who had never been here?

Alan: I would describe it as a wild party in the desert. A chance to get outside of civilization and remember freedom. It’s insane out here. Even with all the electronics and fire and parties, the best part is the people.

Helena: This is why I love you. I know you’re obsessed with the electronics, the fire gadgets and everything, but you still said the best part is the people. Love you, babe.

Alan: I love you too. And I want to be clear that I don’t mind being used for sex, even if it’s just because you’re bored.

Helena: I’m never going to live that down, am I?

Alan (smiling): No, ma’am.

Helena: If I promise we can do something kinky later today, will that help you forget?

Alan (grinning): Yes, ma’am.

Michelle: This place is boring as hell. You go and look at art stuff. Big deal. Also, it’s very sandy in the desert. Or powdery. Whatever.

John: Burning Man is where you go when you need to challenge yourself and also remember there’s more to life than studying and tests and a good credit score. This is what matters. Life. You come out here and you let life get into your skin, and when you—

Michelle: It gets in your butt crack. The sand.

John: It’s worth it. Even with the sand.

Alan: It is.

What’s your favorite costume?

John: I gotta be honest, I do not mind seeing a scantily clad Sparkle Pony. I do not mind that at all. I don’t mind saying it. They like the respectful attention.

Alan: Last year, Helena wore—

Helena: Well, aren’t you the flatterer. I was serious. We can do something kinky.

Alan: Good. So, she wore this golden—

Helena:  Don’t tell that story. I was fat. Pick another costume.

Alan: Um, okay. How about I also say Sparkle Ponies just to make it easy.

Helena: Sparkle Ponies? Why’d you pick them?

Alan (grimacing): I do not see any winning way out of this conversation.

Michelle: There’s a lot of costumes, okay? But I want to get off my chest that I don’t think you’re a good interviewer. You haven’t asked anything we weren’t expecting. I mean, what do you like about Burning Man? It’s lame.

Alan: Chill out. It’s the third question.

Michelle:  Thanks for the advice, frat boy. If it’s okay with you, I’m not gonna not listen to a guy who puts product in his hair in the desert. I mean, this is supposed to be an interview. Ask us something evocative. Interesting. C’mon. Get interesting.

Michelle, how old are you?

Michelle: How old do I look?

John: Only chicks in their teens ask that question. She’s not even twenty. Bet you a hundred bucks.

Alan: No, she’s gotta be twenty three. She talks like she’s from Vassar, and she just finished her first philosophy class last semester. Nothing but attitude.

Michelle: What’s a Vassar?

Helena: I’m with John. Michelle looks like she’s nineteen. Maybe. And my favorite costume is something we saw a day ago, this cute little family dressed as Star Wars characters, with their water cooler fitted out to look like R2D2. Next question.

What’s the hardest part of dealing with being away from civilization for over a week?

Helena: I won’t lie. I’m addicted to email. Who would have known by 2002 people would get addicted to answering email and making sure their Inbox was clean, right? I mean, how much worse could it get than that? I miss clicking Send.

Alan: Carpet. I forget how soft and good it feels under your feet. Nothing but hot sand here. I miss carpet.

John: Taking a normal dump on my own toilet.

Michelle: You guys are pathetic. Carpet and a dump? But the real problem is the questions being asked. You’re not taking chances. You’ve got to risk more in this life if you want more in this life, and your questions are lame. Ask something better.

What’s your favorite Burning Man food?

Helena: This is going to sound disgusting, but beef jerky. I would never eat that at home. But I relish it here. I don’t know why I never crave it—

Michelle:  Okay, see, this is what I am talking about. Sorry, girlfriend. I had to cut you off. This is lame. Everybody’s going to have different foods they prefer and someone says pretzels and someone else says, chips. Who cares? Nobody. You should ask people what feelings they feel the strongest, something that matters, not whether or not you like Twinkies.

Alan: I love Twinkies. I’d eat a Twinkie right now. I want one.

John: Me, too. Love Twinkies.

Alan (holds out fist): Dude. Fist bump.

(The gentlemen fist-bump.)

Michelle: Oh my god. You boys and your jock games. Fist bump. Ask something real. Get to the truth of things, man.

Okay, Michelle. Let’s get to the truth of things. No way you’re twenty-three. What’s your real age?

Michelle:  You know what? This interview bores me. I’m leaving. Also, where do I get food in Black Rock City? Like, a convenience store or something?

Alan: You are kidding me.

Michelle (shrugging): I left in a hurry. I packed light.

Alan: You are a total Sparkle Pony. I’m changing my favorite costume back to Helena in the golden wings, her ancient Greek costume. I pick that. Even if she was fat that year.

Helena:  Excuse me? Fat? Did you just call me fat?

Alan (bewildered):  But you said…you said you were—

Helena: There goes the kinky thing I promised.

Alan: Well, shit.

John:  I’m twenty-five. Well, I’ll be twenty-five in two months. That’s my real age.

Michelle:  You’re a terrible interviewer. Someone point me toward the nearest Coke machine. Also, I need some quarters.

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About King John

26195309English attorney Alistair Robertson can’t quite believe an astonishing tale of kingship and transformation he hears at Burning Man, the annual counter-culture art festival in the Black Rock desert. Who are the Found Kings? Is “being kinged” as magical as it sounds?

Determined to find the mysterious garage mechanic named Vin who helps men “remember who they were always meant to be,” Alistair catches his quarry amid the extravagant sculptures, fire worshipers, mutant cars, and lavish costumes. After searching for three years, he’ll finally get to ask the question burning inside him: “Will you king me?”

Wandering together through the desert, Vin Vanbly and Alistair explore Burning Man’s gifting culture and exotic traditions, where they meet the best and worst of their fellow burners. Alistair’s overconfidence in Vin’s manipulative power collides with Vin’s obsessive need to save a sixteen-year-old runaway from a nightmarish fate, and the two men spiral into uncontrollable, explosive directions.

In this fourth adventure of The Lost and Founds, beneath the sweltering summer sun and the six billion midnight stars, one truth emerges, searing itself on their hearts: in the desert, everything burns.

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About Edmond Manning

Edmond Manning is the author of the romance series, The Lost and Founds. The books in this series include King Perry, King Mai (a 2014 Lambda Literary finalist), The Butterfly King, and King John. King John takes place at Burning Man.

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Character Interview with Ben from Ben’s Wolf Surprise by Bronwyn Heeley: Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Character Interview with Ben

Why am I here?

‘Cause you’re the main character of this little book, that’s why

(Ben humped) It’s not the best day for me. I’ve been up most the night with heartburn. I’m tired and grumpy.

Okay, we’ll make this quick then.

(Nodding) Ok, so what is it you want to know?

How did you meet Shad?

That’s stupid, you’ve have already read that.

Not necessary, some people won’t even know it’s out. Others will be waiting for it to come out on Amazon.

(He rolls his eyes) I met him at a night club, we had an awesome night (and with that stupid love sick look on his face you understand) and then I left. Only he decided he wanted me to take something of his with him.

Like really, why these werewolves didn’t know this shit about themselves. I can’t honestly be the first one this has happened to over the last decade or so. They’d have to have known this could happen.

And for clarification…

I’m effing pregnant! Like…okay we aren’t completely sure how I am able to become this way, that’s for book 2 but it definitely has something about my ancestry and what changes in our bodies when we are mated to a werewolf. Because that’s what happened. While I was up in that room thinking, ‘oh this is a nice once in a life time shag’, the wanker was mating with me.

And so I go home like I would with any other one nighter only to feel like I’ve left something behind which wasn’t really correct, was it, apparently I actually took something.

Though I did miss Shad I don’t really think I ever connected that because I got sick, really sick and that became misery which was all I could think about.

I guess though if I was a girl I’d have automatically thought to grab a pregnancy test but…I’m not. Yet here I am pregnant…

(There’s a pause)

It’s something to get used to.

Anyway (Ben sighed) it’s all in the book. You can probably tell I don’t deal with it well, but there some more shit too. The heaven’s or whoever it is that messes with our lives felt I needed some excitement and by gods am I going to get it!

Next question (his eyebrows go up, asked along with his mouth)

Ah… um…(rustles papers) What are your thoughts on mating with Shad—and I mean if you weren’t dealing with being pregnant would you still want him? Want this?

(Ben sighs, his hand run against his stomach, his eyes get that moony glow to them) Shad’s a hunk. Big and strong and growly—which makes sense if you think about it, but I was drinking that night and like every other human in this day and age. I turned a blind eye. I Had no idea I was dancing in a known werewolf zone. It was there home, which, if you want to take notes, is 101 in telling if you’re dealing with a werewolf. He parties on home turf, he growls when he’s f***ing.

Okay, well, I’ve sexed a lot of men who growl when horny, it’s kinda my kink (he winks).

He’s a doll tho, makes you blush just by looking at you, then holds the door open and gives you kisses when you pass him.

Or was that a dream???

Are you living with him now?

Gotta there’s no way Shad could be that far away from me or his kid, and let’s face it, unless I want to be splattered all over the news I can’t let people see me. and if I stay at my home then I’d wouldn’t be able to leave and what kinda life is that.

The guys have all be great though. I’m having a blast getting to know them all. And if I look at them in a certain way, or I sigh real sadly they jump and get me everything I could ever need.

Maybe it’s not so bad being pregnant (he laughs)

At least not when you want something and can’t be bothered moving

(Again that laughed, I want to keep it on his face, it lights him up) or have someone else go out and get me something that’s not in the fridge.

Speaking of food, have you had any unusual cravings?

(Creases bunch up between his brows) not really. I’ve been too sick to want to really eat anything. Honestly the smell of toast would get my stomach wanting to visit my tonsils. And even though it seems that need has died down, now if I’m not visiting the porcelain gods my chest is burning up like a mother****er.

Apparently spoke… shit – gotta….sorry… (and off Ben ran, his hand covering his mouth, apparently the vomiting wasn’t over with yet)

 

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About Ben’s Wolf Surprise

Second Pack of Cameron 1There’s something unsettling in having to tell a one-night stand that you’re pregnant with his child. When you yourself are a man, it gets…let’s call it complicated.

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An Excerpt from Ben’s Wolf Surprise

Ben rushed to the toilet, sliding into the bowl as he slipped on the bathmat. His fingers hurt as he smacked them into the porcelain moments before he spilled his guts out into the bowl.

His retching, the splash of liquid hitting water and the sting in his eyes were the only thing on his mind as he tried to get the poison out of him so that he could stop being sick. He really needed to stop being sick.

Please can someone make it stop.

Ben took a breath as he slowly straightened himself up. Hoping his stomach was over this burst. He grabbed at a handful of toilet paper and used it to blow his noise before he whipped his mouth and threw the clump into the bowl as he got to his feet. His head stayed on level, hanging over the bowl as he waited. A second, a minute, he didn’t want to stand, he didn’t want to be looking down at the bowl, but it was hard, these moments of calm.

Flushing, Ben stood over the sink, washed his face and mouth out before he grabbed at his toothbrush and started on his teeth. He couldn’t stand the taste, couldn’t deal with the fact that he’d spewed and even though he’d be here again, going over the same routine, like he had six times since last night. He needed to feel clean and without getting in the shower, his teeth were the next best thing.

Ben shuffled his way back into the bedroom then looked around. He didn’t feel that bad at that moment. Queasy, yeah, because of the recent spewing. But on the whole, his head wasn’t hurting, his body wasn’t aching and he didn’t have a temp. He was just vomiting, had been just vomiting for a week and a half now.

Ben did not understand why it was happening. He’d even been to the hospital about it and they sent him home after nearly a day on an IV and all tests coming back clean. He did not have food poisoning or gastro issues. He did not have fucking anything and the fact that he hadn’t spewed at the hospital itself hadn’t help, just got him home quicker.

He’d felt like a fool. Therefore, he kept it all to himself even though the sickness didn’t seem to be passing, didn’t seem to be anything even as he kept on doing it.

He drank as much as he could and he did seem to keep a lot of the water down. He even managed to eat a bit every now and then. Not as much as he’d normally consume but enough to say he’d eaten.

Smells seemed to be a big trigger. And the fact that he lived in a shitty apartment block meant there were a lot of them, at all different times. Each smell different from the next, nothing he could really track.

Breakfast was okay, toast and tea even, but any small waft of coffee and he’d be running to the toilet. The oily mechanic sweaty smell didn’t sit well with him either, which was weird, as it happened to be his favourite smell on a man.

Animal’s…he could not do them at all. Could not stand that animally smell they had, a smell he’d never really noticed until this last week. Dogs were the worst, they reeked in a way that got Ben backing away as quickly as he could. If one touched him, brushed against his hand, his body…well the last time it happened he was at his neighbour’s feet. Luckily, Daniel had been nice enough to wash away the evidence from the front steps.

Odder still was the fact that it took him four times under scolding water to wash the dog’s smell off him and he’d not been able to rest until he did. Could not sit still until it was clearly away.

A knock sounded around his apparent before Ben had made it to bed. He looked out towards the front of his apartment, even if all he saw from his position was the open bedroom door.

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About Bronwyn Heeley

AuthorPicBronwyn was always the ‘wait until the movie comes out’ kinda girl. This was because reading wasn’t her strongest point; the only books she was able to read were Baby Sitter Club: Little Sister and Paul Jennings anthologies

Add a 2yr old and another on the way, she needed a hobby, which she found in reading. Picking up a book opened a whole new world to her, one she never thought she’d ever be able to enter.

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Q&A with Phillip Hill and Character Interview with Marcus and Toby from Portal to Logres

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Philiip Ambrose had just published his first novel, “Portal to Logres” through Wilde City Press. It’s an epic fantasy but at the heart of it and running through the book is a fascinating and full-blooded romance between two students, Marcus and Toby.

Q: Phillip, tell us why have you published your first novel now?

A: For many years I was a public servant in the UK and my day job was to write official papers, briefs and letters. I have aspired to write a novel for years (since I was a teenager I suppose, but it was very difficult to balance my full-time job with creative writing. The styles were just too different! At work I had to write in a succinct unemotional and detached way that avoided adjectives or anything remotely imaginative. If, when I got home, I tried to write in a different way the results were about as interesting and readable as a legal document!

I was describing the problem to a sympathetic colleague one day, and  said that if I tried to write a love scene, it came out strangled – something along the lines of “I came, I saw I conquered!”. “That’s wrong,” joked my friend, “It would have to be ‘I saw, I conquered, I came!’ Your version would be premature ejaculation!”

After an evening trying to be creative, I’d return to work with my creative juices flowing, and that ‘contaminated’ my official work. I’d get told off. So, while I made notes for stories, planned and scribbled, I didn’t complete anything and began to feel I never would!

Then I retired and stumbled across m/m fiction. I read some great books and the genre connected with my own sexuality. It seemed to free me and the ideas began to flow. Encouragement from a warm and terrific published writer in the field led me to complete the first draft of “Portal to Logres” in little more than a month. My ‘mentor’ suggested I make a pitch to a publisher and to my amazement the book was picked up. A second volume (actually the continuation of one very long story) will appear soon.

In short, retirement has provided me with the opportunity to do what I have always wanted to do. And m/m fiction is a vehicle that I love.

Q: Why did you choose to write an M/M romance?

A: Well, first off, I’m a gay man, so relationships between men are something I know a bit about; have some interest in; and are something I want to explore. I feel comfortable with the genre and the ideas it generates.

The fact that I was writing about two men (rather than a man and a woman) seemed to free me. I lost my inhibitions and felt at ease with what I was doing.

Finally, as an author writing in this area, I can take any character I want and put him in any situation I want. I’ve said to people before now, I am unlikely ever to have a relationship with a handsome Hollywood star, but as a writer I can create such a character and do with him whatever I want. I find that exciting, intriguing and fulfilling.

I suppose you could say, m/m stories allow me to bring my fantasies to life!

Q: How is your ‘epic fantasy’ different to others?

A: “Portal to Logres” is about two young men who get transported to a parallel universe, akin to Tudor England.

Actually, there are TWO fantasy worlds in the book. One is Logres (of which more in a moment). The other is a fictional university city in 1970s Britain, where the story begins. Thus I had to create and make live the ‘modern’ setting as well as the ‘fantasy’ one.

As far as Logres is concerned, the reader can treat (and hopefully enjoy) it as they would any other fantasy world. But for anyone interested in history there are a couple of other aspects to it. First of all, they can play the game of identifying the parallels from our own history both in the characters and the places. I’m not going to give too much away, but I will say that many of the characters do reflect ‘real’ historical people, sometimes quite straightforwardly, sometimes in combinations of traits or roles.

Secondly, I am interested in what is sometimes known as “alternative history”. I try to explore what might have happened if…? The Tudor period is full of such moments. Some of them will unfold in the Logres books. To take one example: Elizabeth I almost died of smallpox only a few years after taking the throne. What would have happened if she had died? It would certainly have changed English history – civil war? A return to Catholicism under Mary Queen of Scots? By changing the details and fictionalising the individuals involved, I find it easier to get away from the “but she didn’t die” syndrome and to explore that alternatives. I hope readers will enjoy that adventure too.

Q: How do you go about writing – plotting, creating characters etc?

A: I’d like to say that my two lead characters, Toby and Marcus sprang fully-fledged from my head, but they didn’t.

“Portal to Logres” was my first completed book and I had to learn as I went, but plot and characters began as separate threads which soon began to influence and change each other.

Marcus is a young fencer with Olympic potential. That came about because I felt one of my two principal actors needed a fighting skill in a sixteenth-century style world. Sword fighting then was different to what it is now, but at least he would have some knowledge that might be useful and allow him to survive.

While Toby and Marcus were pretty real and complete in my head, I did consciously set out the similarities and distinctions between them so that they would be clearly differentiated in the reader’s mind. Thus Toby became noticeably shorter than his lover. One is fair, one is dark. One is stocky, one is athletic and lean.

I think the lessons I have learned from the plot are:

1. Work both ways – from start to finish and from the climax backwards;

2. Be clear about the ending. You can make it more dramatic and change it, but have something to work towards.

3. Don’t worry about the opening. I used to get completely hung up about this. I know you don’t need to! Finish the book and how it starts will suggest itself. “Portal to Logres” started with a flash-forward to the moment the two students arrive in Logres. At almost the last moment that was changed and the book now unfolds chronologically. The reasons for my earlier decision were no longer valid.

I hope that these thoughts might be useful to anyone thinking of starting a book.

What I am most proud of, is that I have achieved what I always wanted to do.  I have long wanted to write a gay fantasy. But I did not simply want to ‘token’ gay men doing what all fantasy heroes always do. In “Portal to Logres” I believe that, rather like the double-helix of DNA, the romance and the adventure unfold together and are unbreakably intertwined.

Q: What do you most like about your two main characters?

A: In a sentence, Marcus’ vulnerability under an outwardly confident manner and Toby’s niceness and openness.

A friend tells me that I like Marcus more than Toby, and I do talk about him more, but I do love both of them very much. They are two people I would like to meet in real life, and at times they have written their own story – certainly some scenes.

Toby is totally out of his comfort zone in Logres, Indeed, he’s scared out of his wits at times. But his intelligence makes him fascinated by his new surroundings. Equally, Marcus feelings for him and his own for Marcus mean that he is living a dream come true. I find it incredible to see how that is changing the lad and how he comes to terms with everything that is happening to him.

Marcus too is changing. He’s always been a never-apologise-never-explain sort of guy. But now Toby’s presence in his life is allowing him to open up, to reveal deep insecurities, but also barriers he has created in himself which seem to prevent him accepting the love being offered to him.

They are two very different individuals, but their love for each other – once they accept it – is strong. How they explore that and each other is at the very core of the story.

Q: Do you find explicit sex scenes difficult to write?

A: I have always enjoyed reading explicit sexual scenes (gay, straight or bi) so I suppose it follows that I would enjoy writing them.

I did amuse me though, when a friend who has read the book once asked, “Have you done all the things that you write about?” Since “Portal to Logres” includes beings being killed and ‘occult’ episodes (and I have neither killed anyone nor engaged in black magic) I am not sure why it is assumed that I have ‘enjoyed’ all the sexual things mentioned.

I believe that good sex scenes should arise naturally out of the story and the personalities of the characters involved. I like to write about lads who have a high sex drive, so it follows the sex (or at least sexual situations) will be pretty frequent and ‘hot’.

I am currently experimenting with a story that is told through the sex, and I am an admirer of – and would like to write – stories that are carried or driven by the sex. Geoffrey Knight and James Lear write the sort of stories I am talking about, where the sex is the main event in each chapter and is used to extract information or take the plot on to the next character or situation.

I have learned from descriptions of sex scenes and derived fantasies from books I have read. I hope I can be an inspiration for others. Equally, I am put off by sex scenes that seem impractical or are unclear. Hence, I feel the scenes should be explicit and vividly descriptive.

I tend to approach sex scenes in a series of ‘waves’; first outlining the location and blocking out what happens physically. Second, fleshing out the detail and ensuring it all works. Finally adding the emotion and perhaps ensuring that the ‘viewpoint’ is the correct one.

One complication is the issue of ‘safe sex’. I am a great believer in and practitioner of safe sex, but it can be anachronistic. I also believe that great care has to be taken with subjects like under-age sex (though many characters might have experienced it); non-consensual sex (though it might be appropriate in certain plots) including rape; and some aspects of kinkier sex.

But I do hope readers enjoy what I have written and I am not embarrassed about it in any way…

Q: Why is the book split into two parts? Was splitting to book difficult for you?

A: “Portal to Logres” was written as a single book.

I understand that publishers have limits on the size of books and thus was ready to break the story into two.

This was not difficult, but did involve making sure that there was an ‘ending’ to Book One, as well as a ‘hook’ that (hopefully) will incline readers to look for Book Two.

You will need to read both halves to get the most out of the story.

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Mar: Why’s he want us here?

Tob: Why ask me? Ask him.

Mar: Well, you’re the bright one, sunshine. You normally know what’s occurring.

Tob: Not this time. Haven’t we got enough to do in the book?

Mar: I’d say so. Hey! Do you think he wants to get us naked again?

Tob: Not that you need any encouragement, Marcus!

Mar: When did you ever complain?

Tob: I didn’t. I can see why he likes to get you stripped down. Same reason I do!

Mar: Which is?

Tob: Well, you are eye-catching. You look good in the buff, all that toned flesh not to mention…

Mar: Don’t go there!

Tob: Not embarrassed are you?

Mar: Maybe….

Tob: All that public school education. Cold showers in the dorm before breakfast. Communal showers after the match, all that sort of thing?

Mar: Well, you play football. Don’t you take showers with your teammates?

Tob: Did I deny it?

Mar: You’re just winding me up! Anyway you look good naked too. You have muscles, I don’t.

Tob: Like my muscles do you?

Mar: Mmmnnnhhhh! Can’t get enough of them. Hey, is all this talk making you horny?

Tob: Not just the talk… but I think Phil wanted us to talk about the book.

Mar: Oh… two fingers to the book. You’re here and you look sexy as hell. Goldilocks!

Tob: Don’t call me that!

Mar: OK, if you insist. I think the name fits you though. Hey! You’re unbuttoning my shirt!

Tob: Yeah. Can’t keep my hands of you. Never could, never will…..

Mar: Oh no! You know what that does to me!

Tob: You have the most suckable nipples I’ve ever seen…

Mar: Awwwww!!!

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About Portal to Logres

!cid_637DB104-95A5-4239-8E83-3E0DDF9DF29FTwo 1970’s students, Marcus and Toby, are stranded in the dangerous parallel kingdom of Logres. Full of treachery and intrigue, as sinister puppet masters pull at the strings of ambitious noblemen, who can they trust?

But, an ancient evil is re-emerging from the lost shadows of time. How can they defeat an enemy with such power?

As they explore their deepening love for each other, and with only each other to trust, Marcus and Toby must navigate this unfamiliar world. The fate of the kingdom rests in their hands. Will their ultimate destiny draw them together or drive them apart?

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About Phillip Hill

Whatever his chronological age, Philip Ambrose has never really grown up, still has the enthusiasms of an eleven year old and is happiest in a world of imagination and invention. He has a passion for history (real or invented) especially historical mysteries from the “princes” in the Tower; Jack the Ripper, ancient Egypt, the Wars of the Roses and military history. Perhaps that interest relates to having been brought up in an English Cathedral City where each day he was surrounded by Roman and medieval buildings. Now retired, Philip Ambrose was for almost forty years in the public service but could not possibly comment on whether that affected his writing style! Writing for publication has always been an aspiration but was not a realistic prospect until work was behind him. Today he lives surrounded by books and and loves meeting people, enjoying a good meal, conversation and reading as well as writing the sort of books he would like to read.

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Character Interview with Simon & Alex from Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp by Jeff Adams + Giveaway!

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I’m thrilled to be here at Blogger Girls today! I hope everyone takes a moment to say hello in the comments. I’ll stop back over periodically during the next couple days to answer any questions that may come up (you may even want to play along with today’s post and ask a question of Simon or Alex). One lucky commenter will get a free ebook: you’ll have the choice of either Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp or, in case you’re new to Hat Trick, you can opt to receive the original Hat Trick novel to start at the beginning.

I liked the idea of doing a character interview for this stop on the tour. In the original Hat Trick, each of the chapters opened with a brief article detailing how the Central High Falcons hockey team was doing week-to-week. In that book, Simon and Alex also worked with a reporter from the school paper, Mike, as their coming out became news throughout the school.

So, for this post, Mike, who is going to school at Penn State, interviews Simon and Alex for a profile in their hometown newspaper. This interview takes place shortly after the events in Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp and glimpses just a touch at Hat Trick 3, which comes out this summer and focuses on Simon and Alex’s senior year at University of Michigan. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up any major spoilers here but there is reference to a number of events across the entire Hat Trick series.

Senior year is getting ready to start for you guys and another big season of Wolverines hockey, except this time you’re coming into the season as co-captains. How does that change things for you?

Simon: It was a great honor to be put into the position, especially both of us together. It’s not unheard of to have co-captains, but it hasn’t happened in a while and not while we’ve been on the team. It means we have to work harder, not only to put our best game on the ice, but to help motivate and support the team.

Alex: Like Simon said it’s an honor that our contributions are being recognized this way. Alex and I agreed when the captain talk started during the spring semester that we’d be fine if either of us got it. That we both get to wear “C” is pretty cool.

Did you expect to be at this point when you got your scholarships during your senior year at Central High?

Simon: No way. Simply to get the scholarship was the pinnacle then. It meant I’d go to a good college, and that I’d get to go with Alex. Plus there was a lot of other stuff going on senior year, too. It made freshman year almost seem like a break since I got to leave that behind. Looking back from here though, the past three years have been incredible on so many levels that I could’ve never conceived of when I left high school.

Alex: I wanted to come to Michigan to play and contribute to a great team. The three seasons have been great. And if I were to be honest, getting to play in the Great Lakes Invitational outdoors during our freshman year has been the highlight for me so far. Being named co-captain is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but there was something about that game that was magical, much like the County High game our senior year at Central.

You’ve both heavily involved in work-study and internship programs, how do you manage to keep the balance between schoolwork, the team and leaving time for your relationship?

Simon: It’s been a learning curve. When I started working at Ann Arbor’s LGBT Community Center as a sophomore it was part time, shadowing a mentor and interacting with some youth. By that summer I was working in an expanded capacity and learning so much that related to my social work studies. My duties there have steadily grown, but they are flexible with my team commitments. Alex and I feel this is all preparation for graduation next summer. Meanwhile, we do make the time to for each other, too, even if it’s just catching up at the end of the day before we crash.

Alex: No doubt we’re both busy, but it should lead to great opportunities when we graduate. We both love what we’re doing. I’m very lucky that EdgeTech allows me to maintain my school and hockey time and learn while learning some incredible things as part of the team there. And, Simon’s right, we always find the time for each other. We’re just as important as the other things we’re doing. I think we’ve learned well from having the demands on our time grow gradually over the years so we could adapt.

And this summer you managed to go and coach hockey at a summer camp. What was that like?

Simon: It was great. We’ve coached youth previously and enjoyed it, which is why we were excited for this opportunity. To go away to a camp like that where it’s really a mix of hockey and camping was great. Our Falcons’ teammate Leo got to come along, too, which made the whole trip even better. We were lucky that our regular jobs let us off to take make the trip. The trip also solidified even more for me that I’ve made the right career choice. Working with young people is difficult at times, but so rewarding when you know you’ve made a difference.

Alex: As much as I love engineering, those four weeks made me wish that I’d considered perusing a major where I’d be able to make coaching a career. It was very fulfilling. It definitely makes me want to coach a kids hockey team, just an after school team or something, after graduation once I figure out what regular working life has in store.

What would happen if you guys coached opposing teams?

Simon: So far we’ve always coached together. But it a head-to-head, my team would certainly crush his.

Alex: No way. Mine would come out on top.

Maybe it’s better we forget that I asked that question, or perhaps you guys should always coach together. Now that you’re back form camp, what’s in store for the rest of your summer?

Simon: Mostly work for the both of us. With the time away at camp, we both have to focus on that for the remained of summer. I know we’ll play some pickup hockey, too, with some of our teammates who are in the area for summer. Hockey practices will start up again in virtually no time, so we’ve got to stay in shape for that. It wouldn’t look good for the co-captains to come back out of shape.

Alex: Simon pretty much nailed it there. It’s primarily work for the next couple months with training camp starting up towards the end of that time. It doesn’t sound like much, but since Simon and I like what we do, it’ll be great.

Any messages for the Flacons as they prepare for a new season?

Simon: We’re expecting great things as always. Just missing out on another state championship last season was rough, but we’re sure the team is going to come back strong. Derek Stone rising up as captain is awesome. The Falcons that were seniors at the same time we were won’t be surprised about that. I haven’t seen Derek play in a couple years, but I expect he’s gotten stronger and for Coach Archer to put him in the captain’s position means he’s ready to go.

Alex: I wholeheartedly agree with what Simon said, so I’ll just give a loud and proud “GO FALCONS!”

Simon and Alex start up their fourth and final season with the University of Michigan Wolverines in October.

And if you want to find out how that fourth and final season goes, you’ll have to pick up Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot when it comes out this summer. In the meantime, I hope you’ll either pick up Hat Trick if this series is new to you, or if you’ve been reading along pick up the latest Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp. Given the cold, wintry way it’s been so far this month, this could be a perfect summertime blast for you.

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About Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp

HT_SummerCamp_400x600Simon and Alex, now between their junior and senior years at The University of Michigan, decide to put their jobs on hold for a month and take the opportunity to coach hockey at a summer camp for teenagers.

They’ve got a cabin full of good players to work with and the focus is to get them ready to win the camp championship. One camper, sixteen-year-old Dylan, requests extra help because he needs to get a scholarship and the guys make it their mission to help him succeed.

With their best friend Leo along for the trip, Simon and Alex are setup for a great time at camp, until another coach tries to seduce them. How they respond to the unwanted advances, while  balancing commitments to their campers, will test them both.

Available at: JMS Books & Amazon

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An Excerpt from Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp

“Simon, as many great summer trips as we’ve had, I think this might be the best one yet and it’s only just started,” Alex said right after he let go a contented sigh.

Alex and I went camping every summer. We’d spend at least a week at a campsite, as far into the woods and secluded as possible. Just us, a tent, and basic provisions. It was a blast. For our fourth summer trip, we mixed it up big time and so far I loved it. Neither of us went to summer camp as kids, but this year we decided to spend a month working at camp.

It was the end of the first day, and we were sitting on the steps leading up to our cabin. We were tucked in the woods near Muskegon, Michigan. The cool evening breeze, mixed with the wood smell of the cabins was perfect. It smelled like summer. Adding to the idyllic scene was sitting between Alex’s legs with my head resting against his chest. We looked out across the campground. Other counselors were hanging out in front of their cabins while the campers were in bed since it was past light’s out.

“You’re right,” I said, craning my head up to look at Alex. “Meeting the campers today was great. It’s gonna be awesome coaching for the next month.”

Back in March, we’d been approached by Carson Stilson, a wealthy Michigan alum, to coach at a new hockey camp he was starting. He transformed an abandoned arts camp into a hockey retreat with four half-sized rinks and one regulation one. Stilson invited college players to coach for camp’s inaugural year. It sounded like a great way to spend part of our summer, playing hockey and getting some sun. We jumped at the chance to do it.

While Alex and I had jobs, I was still at the Ann Arbor LGBT community center and Alex was at EdgeTech in Detroit, we managed to negotiate time away to come up here.

I gave a contented sigh as I snuggled in closer to Alex. It was early June, so it wasn’t super hot and there was a nice breeze blowing from the lake across the grounds. It made it very comfortable. The grounds were cool. There central area had six cabins for the campers and coaches arranged around a courtyard. Outside of that there were bathroom facilities and an administration building. There was also a boathouse, which I hadn’t been to you, down by the lake. The new buildings on the grounds were the rinks. I can’t imagine the investment to build the three buildings that housed the ice facilities. There were basic necessities in terms of locker rooms, but the ice was well kept. I’d played on much worse at private rinks over the years.

“Hey guys,” Leo said, coming towards us from the cabin next door. Recommending Leo as a coach had been easy for us. It was awesome we were going to hang out with him for a month. We hadn’t done that since we’d all gone away to college. “I forgot how much I hated going to sleep when I was a teenager. I thought we’d never get everyone settled down.”

I nodded. “We had slightly better luck. Maybe we just wore our guys out more.”

Leo stepped over me and sat down on the step above Alex so we could easily see each other while we talked.

“How are your guys?” Leo asked.

“We’ve got an interesting assortment of players,” Alex said. “We saw some that are really good, but others who need a lot of work. I like that it’s mixed though. It’ll make the concept of working as a team that much more important so the stronger players support the weaker ones.”

“I think it’ll challenge our coaching, too,” I said. “We’ve only worked with people of like skills before. Advancing players starting at different levels is going to be interesting. I’m glad we’ve got the daily coach’s check-in so we can all learn from each other.”

“I’m paired up with a guy who’s going to coach college hockey,” Leo said. “Kieran graduated a few weeks ago and got a gig as an assistant at Boston. I’m hoping to learn a lot from him.”

Alex kissed the top of my head as I absently ran my hand over his leg. I considered shifting positions, but then decided not too. Everyone knew we were a couple, and there was nothing even PG-13 in what we were doing.

“I was worried about using up our vacation for this,” Alex said, “but I’m already sure it was the right choice.”

“Me, too,” I said. “We’re out in the woods, and for longer than we would’ve been if we were on actual vacation. Plus you got to come along, too.” I held up my fist for Leo and he bumped it.

“It’s good for me too since Matt’s working in California for most of the month,” Leo said. “He’ll be back just before we head home.”

The cabin screen door opened slowly and out stepped Dylan, holding a hockey stick in one hand and his skates in the other looking like a deer caught in the headlights. Dylan was fifteen and a good skater, but he needed to work on his aim.

“What’s up, Dylan,” Alex asked. With Leo, Alex and me blocking the stairs, he couldn’t go easily around us.

“Uh,” he paused, obviously trying to decide what to tell us.

“Looks like you’re trying to break curfew,” I said matter-of-factly. “Since I doubt you’re going to the bathroom with skates and a stick.”

He opened his mouth to say something, but closed it without speaking. He stared at us and we stared back, waiting for whatever he was going to say.

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About Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams caught the writing bug in middle school and finally became a novelist with the Hat Trick series. He’s currently working on the final novel in the series, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot, which is due out this summer. He’s also written a number of m/m romance shorts, including the recent re-release of Rivals. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the peaceful, coastal beauty of Humboldt County, California. He also covers the Detroit Red Wings, as well reviews books that feature LGBT hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com. To learn more about Jeff, visit jeffadamswrites.com and follow him on Twitter at @hockeyguynyc. You can also sign up to receive email updates from Jeff (no more than two per month).

You can also find out more about Jeff at his Website, Twitter, Amazon or Goodreads.

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Character Interview with Marcus “Grif” Griffin from Grif’s Toy by Joseph Lance Tonlet & Giveaway!

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Hi Grif, thanks so much for joining us today. I’ve read your story, but thought it would be fun to give others a taste of what they might expect from reading it.

2Grif’s Toy has a few significant meanings in this book. I’ll go easy and ask about how you came up with that name for the boat.

Yeah, umm…it does have several meanings—and the boat is probably the least embarrassing to talk about. *blush*

Tate’s father, Juan, had christened the boat Cielo De Maria – or Maria’s Heaven. Maria was Tate’s mother’s name. I was relatively young when I inherited it, along with the Diaz estate, and saw everything through rather immature eyes. *chuckles* The sheer size of the legacy was mind-boggling. So initially, I occupied myself with rather mundane tasks—like renaming many of Mr. Diaz’s toys. You probably don’t want to know what I renamed his classic Bentley S1. *wink*

How did you keep yourself from being overwhelmed with all of the Estate duties? Does Matthew handle most of it or are you more involved with that now?

Overwhelmed is an understatement. I was completely lost—and terrified. And, at least in the beginning, the more I learned, the more frightened I became. I didn’t know the first thing about running a multi-million dollar estate. Hell, it’s been almost five years now and I’m still learning—daily—from Matthew.

Matthew is a pretty awesome guy. He seems pretty open about relationships. Have you talked to him about your relationship with Wes at all?

Matthew is…completely amazing. As people learned in Grif’s Toy, he’s had relationships with both men and women, so Wes and I being a male couple isn’t an issue with him at all. However, if you you’re asking if he knows the more intimate details of our relationship…. Well, if I were to take a guess, I’d say he has a pretty good idea.

I can’t believe I’m actually going to share this, but I know Wes is working on his own book—and although I don’t know exactly what will be included—I can’t imagine he won’t talk about this. Wes frequently has me wear a chastity device—a cock cage. Initially, it took a bit of getting used to. One evening he’d removed it, to give me a break, and set it on the coffee table while we watched a movie. Unexpectedly, Matthew dropped by to have me sign some papers, and there it sat in all its shiny chrome glory. A slightly awkward moment was shared when all of our eyes settled on it before Wes discretely slipped it into a nearby sideboard. Soooo, *embarrassed chuckle* yeah, I think he has a pretty good idea.

Speaking of Wes, did it take you guys very long to balance your roles in both Vanilla and Chocolate, or did things just naturally fall into place?

Overall it’s been pretty smooth. I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve found my soulmate in Wes. That’s not to say that we haven’t had a few bumps along the way, we have.

However, that’s why we have agreed upon guidelines—what we refer to as our ‘rules’. One might think they only apply to me, being the more submissive one in our relationship, but they don’t. They apply to both of us equally. They ensure we both know what’s expected of us, and hopefully, prevent misunderstandings. I’ll share something else with you.  I occasionally, and very intentionally, break the rules—punishment can be a beautiful thing. *mischievous grin*

You never thought you were talented enough to make anything with your own artistic career. Have you given up on this completely?

As a career? Yeah. Toward the end of college I finally accepted that I didn’t have that kind of talent. I still draw—quite a lot actually—mostly with charcoal and acrylic, but when I was young I had dreams of making a living as an artist. Even after I realized I’d spent my entire college career focusing on something I wouldn’t be ale to use to feed myself, Tate’s support of my ‘talent’ never waivered. When he passed and left me the estate, I wanted to do something philanthropic to both honor him and also something that tied into my love of art. The end result was Tate’s Place.

I love the idea of Tate’s Place. I’ve no doubt he would be proud of what you’ve accomplished. What do you think Tate would say about it?

Tate was an awesome guy. One of the kindest people I’ve had the chance to know and have in my life. But, despite his chosen career path of psychology, he wasn’t incredibly revealing when it came to his feelings or emotions. So he’d probably say something casual like, “This place rocks, Big Guy.” But, he’d likely feel a whole lot more. He was an amazingly generous person and helping people achieve their artistic ambitions—their dreams—yeah, he would’ve really got off on Tate’s Place.

I fell in love with sweet Lance, who obviously cares deeply for you. Does he save his “outfits” for when you’re around? Did it take him long to warm up to Wes or was there a bit of a getting used to the idea period?

Ahh, Lance. He’s one of the sweetest people I know—and perhaps one of the most mischievous as well. He and Wes get along now. Their relationship is…complicated. Wes knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that I belong to him—he’s confidant in that. However, the more secure Wes becomes in our relationship, the more provocative Lance is with me whenever Wes is around. Wes doesn’t hide his possessive nature very well—I’m not sure he even tries to—and Lance finds it endlessly entertaining to flirt with me just to get a rise out of Wes. Hell, the last time we took the boat out he wore this pair of lime green swimming trunks that left nothing at all to the imagination. Lance is fully aware of my underwear and swimwear fetish, so he knew parading around—in what I later found out were a pair of underwear—was far sexier than if he’d simply been naked. Needless to say, Wes was not amused…which was Lance’s goal, I’m sure. *laughs*

Does Lance generally spend all of his time on Grif’s Toy? What does he do when you’re not on board? Do you think he will be strong enough to tell his story some day?

I’ll admit I find it a bit difficult to talk too much about Lance’s personal life—he’s a very private guy and I want to respect that. But, I don’t think he’d mind me sharing that he’s an avid rock climber and hiker. He also spends a fair amount of his off time at a local animal shelter.

I’m so proud of the progress he’s made…but again, he’s a very shy and private person. Telling his story? I honestly don’t know if he’d ever do that.

2Now for some fun stuff. You have quite the jock collection. What are your favorite colors? Do you have a favorite brand?

I think I probably have at least one from every line. My last two additions were a pair of Rotica by Good Devil and the Boho Natural by Modus Vivendi. Oh, and Wes recently bought me the Streak by Go Software. It has a transparent pouch, which he thought was cute. I mean, it’s a very nice jock, but it sorta defeats the whole point of why I wear them in the first place. *laughs*

 

 

2How are the piercings? Do they make it harder to deal with the denial, or do they add to the deliciousness of the struggle? Do you have any desire for other piercings on either you or Wes? Did Wes ever get his PA?

The piercings are awesome. I’d read up on the procedure and the aftercare before getting them, so I knew what I could expect. Surprisingly, they healed very quickly and I didn’t have any of the discomfort I’d read so much about.

Without a doubt, they add an entirely different—amazing—element to tease and denial. Aside from the milestone of finally being able to be nude in front of Wes, the piercings are the single most agonizingly addition to our sex life. I never would have guessed how much pleasure—and pain—they could provide.

I don’t have any plans on getting any additional piercings. As for Wes, he sill occasionally mentions getting a PA, but sadly, he hasn’t done it yet. I’d love to see him get one though. I find them incredibly sexy.

2Does Wes always wear his bracelet? Is that always brought into play as part of making the transition into Chocolate?

I’ve never seen Wes without his leather bracelet. Although he often takes it off to use on me, he doesn’t always. In fact, I find it hard to believe there’s a more creative lover out there than Wes. He is always surprising me with his inventiveness; I never know what’s coming next—which is thrilling to say the least!

Your bathroom sounds amazing. Is that a fairly regular playroom? Are you able to go in there without memories taking over?

Thanks! It’s probably one of my favorite rooms in the house. I find there’s something very sensual about water. The softness of it flowing over skin, the sounds it makes…that people are usually scantly dressed or naked around it. Yeah, water is a big thing for me. When I redid the bathroom, my goal was to create a room—particularly a shower—where I could spend hours, not minutes. However, it is the single most challenging place when it comes to abiding by our no touching rule. To my supreme delight, Wes keeps me in a near perpetual state of arousal. However, combine that hyper-aroused state with my inability to provide myself any sort of physical pleasure and the shower room can be a dangerous place to spend time alone in.

I’m very excited for the next book, being told by Wes. Are you worried about that or are you excited given the positive response to your story?

Well, there are certainly things I’d prefer he kept between us, but knowing Wes, that’s not likely to happen. I am excited for people to get to know him better though. I find his past intriguing; his time in the Marines, his experiences with the BDSM world before we met, and just how he looks at things so much differently than most people do. Yeah, I think he’s a very interesting guy.

Thanks again for stopping by. It has been great getting to know you and your story. I’m looking forward to learning more in Wes’ book, and I’m sure others are excited as well.

The pleasure was all mine, Jen. And happy holidays!

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About Grif’s Toy

Muscular bodyGrif believes he’ll live his life as a virgin. After all, who would want him? How could anyone find him, a guy who came with less than man-sized equipment, worthy of their love?

What he hadn’t counted on were the two amazing men who would change his life. After entering college, he meets Tate, his fun-loving, roommate. While years later, with Tate now just a memory, Wes, a handsome, rugged ex-marine who runs his own security firm enters his life.

Both men lead Grif through a twisted mesh of pleasure, pain, and denial, as they force him to see his value, despite his size and insecurities.

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About Joseph Lance Tonlet

Joseph is a born and raised Southern Californian—with a twenty-year stint of living in the Midwest. He loves the laid-back lifestyle of San Diego and considers himself lucky to live where people dream of vacationing.

A lifelong reader of m/m fiction, he began his writing career one night sitting at his MacBook and has never looked back. He writes to bring the characters he dreams about to life.

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Character Interview with Javi & Taz from Creature Feature 2 by Poppy Dennison & Rhys Ford + Giveaway!

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Julian Childes here with Hunter’s Quarterly. We’re honored today to interview two extraordinary hunters who have experienced vampyres first hand! Let’s find out more about how these hunter’s work: 

Julian: Taz and Javi, glad to see you lived to tell the tale of the vampyre attack on Detroit. Can you tell us what is the most effective weapon against these legendary creatures? 

Javi: The most effective weapon? A blood mage. Seriously. Screw the shotgun and crossbows, a blood mage who’s willing to sling up a few rounds of magic. ‘Course most of them are evil so a good one is about as rare as a vampyre but if you can’t have one of those, I’d say a machete. 

Taz: Definitely a machete. Gotta sever the sons of bitches spinal cord to kill ‘em. Also, I’d highly recommend some of that Vick’s stuff to rub under your nose. You really can’t understand the stench until you’re up close and personal with one of these things. 

Javi: God, the splatter. Shit gets on your skin and that’s all she wrote. Right? 

Julian: How did you get into hunting? What led you down that very dangerous path? 

Taz: It’s the family business. And if you make one joke about those brothers on TV I will do some damage. Seriously, if I had to spend all my time in the same car with my brother, I’d probably hurt him. Almost all of us are hunters, and my sister can kick anybody’s ass east of the Mississippi. Although, I do have a cousin who’s an accountant. We’re still trying to figure out how that happened. 

Javi: Shit, it’s a family business too. Pretty much cut my teeth on hunting knives. Most of us can kick ass. Yeah, we’ve got a damn librarian in our family. No idea what what happened to her. Probably dropped on her head or something. 

Julian: As we all know, vampyres are extremely rare and most of us won’t see one in our lifetime. Werewolves on the other hand. Pestilence. What do you find is the most effective tool against werewolves? 

Javi: Werewolves? Lighter fluid, hairspray and a Zippo. Silver knives are good but they don’t hold an edge. I also don’t know if it does any good to kill them because they’re like those Bozo clown things you hit and get back up. You know, those smelly vinyl things with weights on the bottom. 

Taz: Hey Javi, did he really just say pestilence? Why are we doing this again? I don’t know anybody who actually reads Hunter’s Quarterly. You think Ciarnan and Darren will meet us at the Checkerboard for pancakes? 

Javi: Mmmmm pancakes. Ciarnan makes this french toast thing with cream cheese and some fruity stuff. Pancakes sound great. We definitely should do some food thing soon. I’ve got to get him out of the house and meet some actual people. Shaddock does not count as people. 

Julian: If you had to choose the most difficult beast to fight, what would you choose? 

Javi: A human. When it’s all said and done. I think a human is the most difficult beast to fight. Sometimes I answer a call and there’s a person on the other end of the horror. Other than that, there is some crazy ass shit in the swamps of Florida. I don’t know if they’ve got were-crocs down there or something but I’ve chased down some scaly white thing with teeth while slogging through the mud and insects. Wily shit. Never caught up with it. Ate its way through a chicken ranch my aunt owns. 

Taz: No kidding? Were-crocs. Shit. Remind me to tell Darren we’re never vacationing in Florida. I don’t trust my luck. Gotta tell you though, these vamps? Scary fuckers. I didn’t think something like that was real until I saw it with my own two eyes. You hear all these legends and hell, most of it is complete bullshit. Until it’s not. Yeah, I won’t be forgetting these vamps for a long time. 

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About Creature Feature 2

1Two Men. One Apocalypse.

Rise of the Revenants by Poppy Dennison
Vampyres are on the loose in Detroit, and novice hunter Taz Cohen is on the job. The mission seems simple: stop the vamps. But Taz knows nothing about the mythical creatures, so he’s in for the fight of his life. Then he meets insanely attractive construction worker Darren Foster, who jumps into the battle with both feet. Sparks and bullets fly as they struggle against the vampyre horde and their attraction to each other. Avoiding gruesome death from the undead might be easier than shielding their hearts from each other.

Legacy of Blood and Death by Rhys Ford
For Javi Navarro, Detroit will become another blood-splattered city in his rearview mirror after he puts its dead back into the ground. Expecting an easy hunting job, Javi instead finds a kiss of ancient vampyres on the hunt for a descendent of their long-dead creator.

Reclusive Ciarnan Mac Gerailt abandoned his family legacy of blood and death magic after it nearly destroyed him. Unfortunately, the Motor City can only be saved if Ciarnan resumes his dark arts and joins forces with Javi Navarro, the hunter who brought the vampyre apocalypse—and hope for the future—straight to Ciarnan’s front door.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon

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About Poppy Dennison

A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.

Find out more about Poppy on her Website, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads.

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About Rhys Ford

Rhys  admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker. And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.

Connect with Rhys on her Blog, Facebook or Twitter.

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Character Interview with Dal & Alex from Temptations of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Good morning and a wonderful Saturday to you! I’d like to first thank the lovely Blogger Girls for hosting me today. ☺ Today I’m letting you get a crack at the MC’s of Temptations of Desire. I’ll ask them five (5) questions and we all get to see what their answers are. Sound funs, right?

So, let’s fist introduce our lovelies! Today we have Dal Sayer and Alex Noble with us.

TO: Hey. Thanks so much for coming with me to The Blogger Girls site.

Dal: Not a problem. Lexie and I talked and we’ll answer most any question you have. Well, as long as it’s not too personal *wink*

*Alex blushes but nods*

TO: Great! So, Let me make sure everyone knows who’s who. Lexie is Alex, right?

Dal: Yeah, I call Alex Lexie most of the time.

TO: Cool. Now, on to the questions…

TO: What got you in the crosshairs for me, your author?

Dal: Well, for me, I think it was being in Desires’ Guardian more than anything. Appearing in my brother Rhys’s story was fine, but in one of the scenes, you just had to show me with Lexie and in another one you showed me telling Chase, Rhys’s partner, that I’d met a guy I really liked but was nervous over. Seems you just had to share our journey like you did James and Seth’s, and Rhys and Chase’s.

Alex: For me, I’m not sure other that when I was at the hospital in Desires’ Guardian with Dal. *shrug* I guess you must have liked us enough to want to share our story. I’m kinda glad you did, and I hope my past and now finding love helps encourage others.

TO: Thanks and that was sweet Alex. I hope others are encouraged as well. Now, what’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

Alex: My friends and lover. Things aren’t what I value in life so a “what” doesn’t work for me. *smirk* Though if you want a non people answer… probably my career as a chef. I’ve wanted to be one since I was little, and even losing my family and home didn’t change that. But still, I value Dal more than my cooking *wink*

Dal: Aw, Lexie, I love you too.

TO: Dal and Alex, at the beginning of the story (Temptations of Desire) what was your greatest fear?

Dal: Hmm… Probably never finding someone to love that could love me back. All my life I’ve wanted that, but none of my relationships ever seemed to work. I stayed friends with most of my exes, but that’s just it. We all made better friends than lovers, or they weren’t truly interested in a relationship, just sex. Thankfully, I met my Lexie!

Alex: Mine was similar to Dal’s though I had two main fears. Never finding love and being hurt. My life turned upside down when I was a teen and it wasn’t until I met and fell for Dal here that things finally leveled out, really. It’s hard to feel safe when just being yourself can get you beat or worse.

TO: That’s a great lead to my next question: What gender and orientation are each of you? I know the answer, but it’s important for the story and you as characters so I want to share with the readers ☺

Dal: I’m male and bi. For me, being bi has caused many, many issues in dating. You’d think it meant I had more choices, but so many either believe, wrongly, that bi means gay but not wanting to admit it or that you’re a slut and incapable of commitment. It makes finding a lover hard when the person you want shuns you.

TO: Yes, and that’s a common misconception, sadly. I’m so glad you found someone that loves you as you are.

Alex: I’m genderfluid and am only drawn to males. I word it that way because saying gay implies I’m male, and while physically true, being genderfluid means my gender isn’t always one way. Some days I’m fem, some butch, and some a blending or a bit androgynous.

TO: And lastly, what was one of the most embarrassing things I did to you in Temptations of Desire?

Dal: How you had me meet Lexie’s sister! That was just plain cruel.

Alex: *giggles* But it was so fun.

Dal: No, it was not.

Alex: Agree to disagree, baby. As for me? Um, even though I liked the outcome, I’d have to go with how Dal found out I’m genderfluid. I didn’t tell him, hadn’t honestly figured out how to—afraid he’d leave like others have. That event was mortifying, but I won’t spoil it for the readers by telling them what happened 😉 They’ll just have to grab our book and find out *laughs*

TO: Thanks so much for coming along. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time with Dal and Alex!

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About Temptations of Desire

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Alexander James Noble is a gender fluid gay man who gave up on finding Mister Right a long time ago. He’s not asking for much, though. He just wants a guy who loves all of him and appreciates his feminine form too.

At the local LGBTQ center where Alex regularly volunteers, he meets Dal Sayer, an officer of the Milwaukee PD. Because he’s been rejected one too many times, Alex doesn’t trust the huge cop and the interest he shows in him, but once Dal sets his mind on something, he goes all out. Pushing aside his preconceived notions, Alex opens up just a little and soon caves.

From their first date—while dealing with his father’s failing health and his parents’ demands for him to settle down and have children—Dal never takes his eyes off his goal of making Alex his. But proving to Alex he isn’t like all the men who couldn’t see him for who he truly was and only wanted to hide him away is harder than he thought.

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An Excerpt from Temptations of Desire

“DAMMIT, DAL, what’s up with you today?” Rhys snapped at him. “You’ve lost count. Again.”

They were at the gym, and he knew he was supposed to be counting his reps while his big brother spotted him, but the most beautiful amber—flecked with small chips of gold and green— eyes he’d ever seen kept floating in front of him. Dal had always liked guys that were shorter, though he didn’t usually go for the more waif-like twinks like his brother. But then, he liked the delicate curves of a woman too—something his brother had never been interested in. Still, he needed to concentrate!

“Sorry. Maybe we should move on. I’m just not feeling it today.”

Rhys stared at him for a long moment. Dal knew he was being examined, but there was no way, he hoped, Rhys could know who had his mind and libido so distracted.

“How ’bout we call it a day and go grab a couple a beers?”

“Sure.” He flashed a grin as he sat up, grabbed his towel, and began wiping down the bench before standing and heading to clean up and change.

“Then you can tell me who’s got you all in a twist,” Rhys added once they were in the shower area, smirking as he dodged the towel Dal snapped at him.

“You know, you’re worse than mom with the gossip and busybody routine.” Dal grabbed his shower kit and walked off before Rhys could retaliate, as he was apt to do.

Once both men were clean and dressed, they headed to where their bikes were parked.

Rhys’s black and chrome Harley Softail and his red Ducati Diavel stood out in a sea of generic cars and trucks in the parking lot.

“Meet me at Flanagan’s?”

Dal knew this was going to be unpleasant, but nodded and dutifully straddled his bike before heading out to their favorite pub on this side of town—probably in the entire metro area if he were honest.

By the time he arrived and got up the courage to go inside, Rhys had already grabbed two mugs of beer—Guinness for himself and a Murphy’s Stout for Dal—and snagged a corner booth.

The grin he flashed told Dal just how serious his brother was about him spilling what was on his mind. He rolled his eyes, making sure Rhys saw him, and huffed as he flopped down on the other side of the booth.

“So dignified, Dal,” Rhys grumbled but smiled. “Now, take a couple a good pulls on your beer and tell me what’s got you so out of sorts. I haven’t seen you like this since….” Rhys bit the cuticle of his right thumb, seemingly lost in thought.

Taking a hearty gulp of his stout, Dal tried to think of a way to distract Rhys. “Ha, you just want to play yenta since your love life is so wonky right now. How is Chase, anyhow?”

Rhys’s green slit-eyed stare landed on him with a near-physical push. “I have no idea how Chase is. He works for me. Period.” Flexing his left hand repeatedly, Rhys stared down at his drink with what Dal knew was confusion and hurt.

He shouldn’t have asked that. He knew better. “Sorry, Rhys. That was low, even for me.”

Rhys looked up. His eyes seemed to clear as a small smile tugged at his lips. “It’s okay. But seriously. What’s really going on with you? Who is she? Or is it a he?” The last question came out so softly Dal barely heard it over the noise of the other patrons.

Dal looked his brother over a moment but decided that fighting with him over it wasn’t worth the headache, and well, he could use some advice. Maybe.

Dal lowered his gaze to the tabletop and breathed a deep sigh before he met Rhys’s eyes again. “His name is Alex. We’ve had roughly five minutes worth of conversation, most of which was about the upcoming dance you and I offered to bounce for. He’s, well, I don’t know what he is to the center. He was cooking when I was there, so I guess a cook or chef of some kind.”

“And by the soft tone of your voice and the glassy eyes, I’d say you’re smitten with him.”

Rhys waited until Dal gave one tight nod to continue. “So, do you know anything about him? What’s he like? Do you want me to check him out?”

Dal’s head snapped up, glowering, or he hoped it was a death glare anyway. “You have enough man trouble, don’t you dare go hitting on Alex.” Dal could hear the growl in his voice but couldn’t care less. “He’s sweet and shy and has the most captivating amber eyes I’ve ever seen. His skin is so smooth it begs to be touched and is the most beautiful creamy cappuccino-like color.”

One side of Rhys’s lips turned up into a smirk. “So, he’s a pretty boy?”

“Yes. No. Ugh! Yes, he’s pretty, almost feminine in a way, yet all man at the same time.

He’s the kind of person who would be beautiful and sexy either way, but he’s not like the kind of guys you usually go for and, just, you leave him alone.”

At that, Rhys let out a belly laugh the likes of which Dal hadn’t heard from his brother in a while. Not in a year or more, probably. “Don’t worry, I would never try to poach. You know better than that, little brother. But, what are you going to do about this Alex of yours?”

Dal couldn’t tell whether Rhys’s tone or the Cheshire cat grin plastered across his face annoyed him more, but he had no freakin’ clue what to do, so he settled for scowling at his brother. Not that it seemed to have any effect. Criminals, troubled teens, guys sitting in interrogation…. Sure, his “look” worked fine on them, but his brother? Nope! Besides, he hated the self-righteous look he was getting right then.

Finally, Rhys stopped grinning at him. “Fine, Dal, but I haven’t seen you interested in much of anyone in a long time. Not girl or guy, so yeah, if this guy is able to bring out your protective side like this after only five minutes, I’m going to say ‘hell yeah,’ go for it!”

“Rhys, I know nothing about him. I don’t think he likes cops much, considering he was initially hostile. I think that was more fear than anything, though, really, but no—” he grabbed Rhys’s free hand “—I do notwant you to investigate him. Promise me, Rhys.”

Rhys waited a moment before grumbling but nodded his agreement.

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About Tempeste O’Riley

TO-logo-250-white_zpsfd9ed5d1Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

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Character Interview with Harlan & Nathan from Roses in the Devil’s Garden by Charlie Cochet + Giveaway!

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Hello all! A big thank you to The Blogger Girls for having me and the fellas over today, and thank you to everyone who’s followed along on the blog tour celebrating the release of a A Rose by Any Other Name, my new M/M roaring twenties romance.

Today I’m here with Bureau agents Harlan Mackay and Nathan Reilly, the heroes of Roses in the Devil’s Garden. The fellas have been kind enough to pop in for a chat regarding Julius, Edward, and their latest appearance in A Rose by Any Other Name.

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Charlie: Hi fellas. Thank you so much for being here.

Nathan’s looking like his cheerful self while Harlan is…. Well, it’s tough to know whether he’s actually displeased to be here or if he’s just being his naturally grumpy self.

Harlan: You didn’t really give us a choice. What with Julius and College-boy sipping champagne aboard the Majestic on their way to Europe. They get to take a trip on a luxury ocean liner and we get stuck rounding up a bunch of no good thugs. Thanks for that.

Charlie: That’s kind of your job. You know, being tough-guy bureau agents and all.

Harlan glares at me. Not a good sign. Luckily, Nathan is here to sooth his grumpy-bear lover.

Nathan: Easy there, Mackay. What would you do on one of them fancy boats anyway? You hate that sort of thing. Plus, boats make you seasick.

Harlan goes pale just at the mention of it. Nathan gives his knee a pat and smiles lovingly at him. The color returns to Harlan’s face and he even returns his partner’s smile before he remembers where he is. It’s back to grumpy-bear mode.

Charlie: addressing Harlan. When you first met Julius, he was trying to work you over for money, yet you warned him about the raid and let him and his friends leave the speakeasy before you raided it. You went to him after your troubles with Nate. He helped you through that, and you two have been close since. When he needs help, you come through for him. You have a soft spot for Julius. Why is that?

Nathan: arches an eyebrow at Harlan, though there’s amusement in his eyes. Yes, Harley. Why is that?

Harlan: shifts uncomfortably and looks embarrassed. I don’t know. He’s a swell fella with a good heart. He’s had it rough. What he’s been through? A lot of mugs I know wouldn’t have survived that kind of life, much less kept pushing on like he has, always striving for something better. The world’s dealt him a crummy hand. There’s just something about him that makes you wanna see him happy.

Nathan: smiles warmly at Harlan. You’re such a big softie.

Harlan: grumbles, his cheeks slightly flushed. Shut up.

Nathan: Harley ain’t wrong. The kid’s got this way about him. Can wrap these fellas around his dainty little finger like no one’s business. But he’s a good kid. I’m glad he’s found himself a man who loves him for who he is, despite his past. Nathan’s hand discreetly goes to Harlan’s on the couch and he gives it a squeeze. All of Harlan’s tension seems to melt away. Edward’s a real swell fella.

Harlan lets out a snort.

Charlie: You and Edward don’t exactly see eye to eye.

Harlan: The mug’s a jackass.

Charlie: smiles sweetly. Julius doesn’t seem to think so.

Harlan: Yeah, well, that’s what happens when you go all goofy over some high society dope. You lose your marbles. Even is name is pompous. Edward Joseph Clarence Jr.

Nathan: rolls his eyes. Those two are like a couple of school boys. Don’t know why they can’t get along. Edward might have lots of bank, but he ain’t like all those other flat tires who only wanted one thing from Julius. Edward’s done right by him. He’s also got his own demons like the rest of us, and for all his fancy ways, Edward’s fought tooth and nail to come through the other side. He ain’t one to let another man fight his fights for him. I respect that. Gives me a wicked grin. Plus he drives Harley off his nut which is always a hoot to watch.

Harlan: Thanks.

Nathan: Anytime, baby.

Charlie: Thank you both for popping by. What are you up to next?

Harlan: stands up, looming and imposing. A lawman’s job is never-ending. Someone’s gotta show Hoover’s college boys how it’s done.

Nathan: pats Harlan’s bicep. Yeah, all right there, cowboy. Maybe after you finish mending the broken shelf in the kitchen.

Harlan: whines Damn it, Nate. Again? I just fixed the damned thing last week.

Nathan: talking as they walk out. I told you it’s got be able to hold that breadbox.

Harlan: A breadbox that holds bread, Nate. You gotta stop hiding guns all over the damn place. One of these days I’m gonna go looking for a pair of socks and shoot my toes off.

Nathan: That’s what safeties are for, sweetheart.

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About A Rose By Any Other Name

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Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.

Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man’s Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he’s ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward’s cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they’ve never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius’s most important—and dangerous— client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day.

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About Charlie Cochet

CCochet100Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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