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Author Q&A: Jack L. Pyke + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Huge thanks to Jen and the guys for hosting my fourth day of my seventh-day tour with Shaded Chains. Yesterday I was at Sinfully Gay Book Reviews, looking at if I could write to order from one reader, and tomorrow I’m with Attention is Arbitrary going full kink in kilt, following the Scottish theme in Shaded Chains! So please check me out there too!

Today it’s a quick Q&A session. I asked readers to go as serious or as tongue-in-cheek as they’d like with questions, and, well, they never fail to knock me off my feet and tickle a few ribs….

Are you my Dom, because you sure love torturing me!

I’d need rope, sticky tape, and a whip or two to answer that, that’s after I’ve figured out how to get into the packaging, lol.   

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Run – you’re next.

With everything you put your characters through, what is your biggest fear?

Tornadoes. Every time I dream of tornadoes, something bad happens in my life. So I hate tornadoes, that and water and spiders. So water spiders carried by tornadoes would just about kill me.

Would you ever kill off an MC?

Oh yes. In fact, in Don’t 6…. Just kidding. (I like keeping my head!)

Would Gray ever allow Jack to have a scene where he dominates him – and not as Martin?

In fact, in Don’t 6 — spoilers!

What sparks your creative story lines?

To start off with? Usually just a word, like Don’t…. I see the look in my eldest lad’s eyes when I say don’t around him; there’s always that compulsion to… do!

Which character most resembles you?

I’m gonna blush heavily here and say Jan Richards, from the Don’t… series. He’s an accountant, and falls into dark psychological games with Jack and Gray, not to mention the BDSM and counter-terrorism plot lines etc. He feels just so out of his depth and left hiding or blushing at how normal his life is. Not to mention how he feels like a third wheel at times who’s lost in the background. I’m there most times, wishing I could say I was dark as Gray, as sexy and loveable as Jack Harrison, with his darker personality, but… nah. They’d both probably bypass me on the street, and I’m kind of happy with that! I like normal and bland.

As an author who writes dark reads, what do you want to accomplish with your writing?

In all honesty? Nothing. There’s no hidden message regard my politics to get any type of message out there; I don’t want to use M/M writing to break through into the mainstream market. I’m just happy writing.

Seeing as you write dark books… is there any books you can’t read cos they’re too dark?

My trigger zones are actually non-fiction, in particular reads that deal with real-life accounts of abuse and rape. I can’t read them. My non-fiction shelves consist of English Language/linguistic text books, nothing more.

Lastly, I really would really enjoy you answering the question you addressed. Is there anything you wouldn’t write about? What are YOUR triggers?

I’ll always look at portraying the harder side to life because that’s life in general: it gets no censorship and little allowance for trigger zones. But I do have hard and fast restrictions to the amount of on-page content I’ll consider. I won’t ever write a scene portraying narrative real-time paedophilia, not like I did with getting into Jan’s head when he witnessed the horrendous twist on the rape-to-straight scenes in Antidote. So, yes, the one thing that’s sure to make me stop writing and toss a novel across the room is anything on paedophilia.

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Thanks to all the readers for these awesome questions, and also to the Blogger Girls for hosting me! If you’d like a little darker read, please click on the giveaway link below. Leaving a comment on my publisher’s site will also get you extra entries, so please say hi!blogger_bee_trans

About Shaded Chains

Alex Gardner is a psychiatric nurse, Ross McKendrik a tattoo artist: both know the fears and strains of caring for an old man with dementia: Ross’s father. When lines between father and son are crossed and trust is broken between Alex and Ross—between a sub and Dom—Ross is in a fight for his life to earn the right to hear his sub say his name again. Only having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, Ross’s methods are a little… dangerous, his methods are a little… dark. Love is about to get very, very tough.

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About Jack L. Pyke

Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.

Find out more about Jack on his Website, Facebook and Goodreads.

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

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Shaded Chains to see what she thought of it!

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Book Review: Shaded Chains by Jack L. Pyke

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Shaded Chains
Author: Jack L. Pyke
Heroes: Alex Gardner/Ross McKendrik
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 102 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  “Say my fucking name.”

Alex Gardner is a psychiatric nurse, Ross McKendrik a tattoo artist: both know the fears and strains of caring for an old man with dementia: Ross’s father. When lines between father and son are crossed and trust is broken between Alex and Ross—between a sub and Dom—Ross is in a fight for his life to earn the right to hear his sub say his name again. Only having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, Ross’s methods are a little… dangerous, his methods are a little… dark. Love is about to get very, very tough.
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Honorary Blogger Jack L. Pyke: Backlash: Behind the Scene Book Tour – Author’s Reader Corner + Giveaway!

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Authors’ Reader Corner

by Jack L. Pyke

Huge – huge thanks to the Blogger Girls for agreeing to host me on this BDSM, psych thriller book tour!!!

Over 9 days, with 10 stops, we’re going behind the scene to Backlash, (Don’t…book 4), with loads of Backlash e-books to win along the way, as well as a paperback copy up for grabs! For a full list of tour dates and prizes, please see here at Forbidden Fiction Publications. http://forbiddenfiction.com/backlash-book-tour/

Today I’m hijacking a few Don’t series readers to see what they’d like to know about the Don’t lads from a behind-the-scenes perspective. Backlash is the 4th novel in the Don’t… series, and I can tell the ride hasn’t been easy for these lovely lads and ladies who have stepped forward with a question. The first comes from Nicole Colville (author of Saving Samuel and Discovering Dalton), but also just such a lovely and bubbly person to talk too!

Jack L: What’s your question, Nicole?

Nicole: Where did the idea of Don’t… come from, and did you plan it out, take ages weaving the threads of the plot through your mind, or did it just spill out onto the page? It’s probably one of the most unique plot lines I’ve read, and the series has such a deep range of characters. I’ve always wondered how much research and details went into it.

Jack L: I have to admit that my eldest lad is OCD, and as a mom I’ve been there at two, three, and four of the morning as he finds the new antibacterial hand wash I’ve bought. I’ve also had friends from my childhood who had a father with OCD. Transferring that into an environment such as a garage always played on my mind with just how well someone would cope with OCD, so it wasn’t really hard to give Jack Harrison his career choice as a mechanic.

As for the main psychological thriller theme that handles Conduct Disorder, especially surrounding controlling how a person reacts to the word Don’t…. Oh boy, tell any kid don’t and they only grin at you and do the opposite just for kicks. Yet saying something like that to my older lad as he reached for the soap a fourth time, seeing that need to bypass the order, that conflicting ‘playful rebellion’, it showed a more serious side of being caught in a loop you can’t escape from, and it became such a powerful draw for me. My lad can have such a dual personality at times, with that aggression kicking in, and the leap from Jack to Jack’s dissociative identity disorder over the creation of Martin crept in too.

When it then comes to the main romance element, the psychological implications over someone finding that weakness and exploiting it for their own sexual gain seemed hard not to cover. Especially when it came to seeing how loved ones cope with a lover being exploited in such a way, and the damage it causes to them over the years that they cope with the fallout.

Thank you, Nicole! The next question comes from the stunning Joseph Lance Tonlet (Author of The Brothers LaFon). Hi, Joseph!

Joseph: Who IS Jack Harrison? Meaning, is Jack simply a coping mechanism (born out of necessity to deal with immense psychological trauma) and the ‘real’ person is Martin, or vise versa? Or neither? Or a combination? Or…?

Jack L: Great question! And I think this ties back into Nicole’s question on where the idea for the series comes from. For the most part, Jack exists in his bubble, but that crumbles at times, and when he can’t cope, Martin comes in. Antidote and Breakdown touch on this dual personality, but in all honesty, I think that with a life without his disorders and complications, Jack would be so much closer to how Martin is, and probably behind bars. But with those disorders, the vulnerability splits him for the better, so that by the end of Backlash, there’s only one possible outcome: there’s never really any cure, just coping mechanisms for everyone concerned.

Thanks, Joseph! The next author question comes from the gorgeous Eileen Griffin (author of Dinner For Two).

Jack L: Hi, Eileen!

Eileen: Which scenes are more difficult for you to write: the emotionally painful ones or the physically painful ones? Why?

Jack L.: Oh boy. Antidote in general had to be the most difficult novel I’ve ever written. With the physical damage, Vince and the psychological reconditioning scenes toward Jack and Jan had to be done in small chunks, with so many breaks. But in all honesty, I hated the catalyst for seeing Jack and Jan walk away from Gray, just before Vince came into play. I knew how the series would end, what they’d go through in the following novels, and it hurt to put all of that in play and see Gray pull away from Jack, for Jack to hurt and walk away, and for Jan to be taken through hell for it. So definitely the emotional turmoil is harder to write for me. It’s why I need to see these guys catch a break with each other and just be able to get through the night. But the emotional side is harder, though, because I’m a mum, and knowing what my lad goes through with OCD, thinking anyone could twist and make an already intense condition harder to live with is… well, one very sick individual. I didn’t much like a certain someone in Antidote.

I just want to say a final thanks to all three authors who took time out to ask questions. Also to the Blogger Girls for hosting me! Thanks also to everyone for stopping by for a look at some of the behind the scenes decisions to Backlash! Tomorrow’s tour takes us to KathyMac Reviews, where I’ll be interviewing my BDSM consultant, Dilo Keith, who’s helped fashion my BDSM world: want to know who helps Gray make the choices he does? Check us out tomorrow and enter the Rafflecopter there for more chances to win Backlash in paperback. There’s also still chance to enter the Rafflecoptor with yesterday’s Book Tour stop over at Prism Alliance, plus also the chance to find out just how Gray Raoul came to work for the Masters’ Circle.

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About Backlash

27418455In the aftermath of Jack Harrison’s release from the psychiatric unit, Gray Raoul’s first instinct is to take brutal revenge on the one responsible for financing Jack’s and Jan’s torturous psychological reconditioning. However, that person is a plays the game dangerously well, knows exactly how to manipulate everyone in Gray’s life. To help negotiate this delicate situation, Gray contacts Trace and his ex-Diadem Dom, Gabriel Hunter. But the more Gray seems to regain control, the clearer it becomes that there’s something not quite right about Jan Richards. Jan quickly unravels, taking Jack and Gray with him, and bringing out one particularly deadly player, Gray’s left with one last defence: break Jack down in order to partner up with his alter ego, Martin. But once freed, Martin has plans of his own, and he wants to make it personal with Gray. Complete trust between Master and sub, between Gray and Jack, will be tested to the absolute limit.

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About Jack L. Pyke

Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.

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

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As part of this blog tour, Jack is giving away a paperback copy of Backlash!! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Backlash to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

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Giveaway Winners!

It’s time to pick some giveaway winners! Woohoo!

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Honorary Blogger Jack L. Pyke: Turning Tricks – Writing Sex in M/M Erotic Romance + Giveaway!

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Turning Tricks: Writing Sex in M/M Erotic Romance

by Jack L. Pyke

I just want say a huge thanks to the Blogger Girls for hosting me today and agreeing to review Broken Ink and run the paperback giveaway. Thank you!

Hm. Sex in M/M erotic romance….

I didn’t pick up my first erotic romance until roughly four years ago. Up until that point, I was James Herbert and Shaun then something needs to seriously go through and through, getting my kicks from the likes of Stephen King’s It and how clowns handout balloons with a whispered “Everything floats down here.”

In my (hopeless) defence, I simply wasn’t aware of the M/M genre at all. I kick myself at times because I know I become glued to my own comfort zones and rarely move outside of them. The first time I did read M/M, it was edits for a publishing company, and I’ve never looked back since. Even my horror dependency has been overridden, and that — that’s scary!

As with BDSM and going into editing, I always wandered how sex could be a main device to sell a work. There’s only so many positions and so many places that you can have sex, so repetition alone with the logistics would surely edge on boredom eventually, right?

I love being made to eat my own words. After four years of coming into contact with so many different styles and author voices, I can willingly hold my hands up and say I still love every potential sex scene in M/M erotic romance; I still get a thrill out of reading it, whether it’s fade to black or an all and all need to go in balls deep.

I think it comes down to not holding on too tightly to a How-To guide. Every writer has their own style and creativity, and sometimes the dos and don’ts can distract. Linguistics taught me one valuable lesson: don’t box writing into phrases such as the “mechanics of writing.” There is nothing mechanical about writing fiction, certainly not within a sex scene (unless it’s steampunk, then that’s a different bucket of nuts and shiny new bits!). But creative writing gets the “creative” tag for a reason, as it’s the author’s ability to work language in a creative way that becomes important. It’s also what makes reading and writing sex such a thrill for me: how an author can add something new or creative to the whole scene. If at any time it’s getting boring for an author (and ultimately, the reader), something needs a decent shake up, a change of direction, but not necessarily a change of sex position.

Henry James hit writing on the nail for me, and this quote works well for me with sex in fiction too:

“What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?”

It reminds me of cause and effect in many ways, why one character will do one thing and what reaction will be gained when he does it, and what that says exactly about both characters. Within sex scenes, cause and effect can be used to stop a sex scene from going flat. If only one character is seen to act without describing what his action causes to both himself and his partner, reader interactivity can utterly flat-line because they’re only seeing one side of the story. Or, if you go to the other extreme and only portray constant cause: Tim did this, and Joe did, bypassing all of the sense and sensation to the actions, then something needs to seriously go, and mostly because you’re giving the reader tennis-neck strain with all the “He did that, He did that” action! I’ve loved scrapping whole scenes because gut instinct said they didn’t feel right, and once I’ve stepped away to look at why, it’s mostly because the sex is doing nothing to further characterisation and plot.

So for me, writing a sex scene is about character working both plot and body, and using those to depict character. If he’s touching, he’s touching for a reason, even if it’s just a need to be close to a lover after rough day’s work, and the lover in turn then either holds him back or pushes him away, depending on what plot and character need to portray in that moment.

Each time I think I’ve read everything and there’s a change that repetition might creep in, something new will come along that completely obliterates any doubts, and it leaves me loving every moment of editing and writing.

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About Broken Ink

1Carrying a tattoo on your skin no longer just comes with a risk of infection. Get the composition right, you have the latest mind-control drug on the market. It’s the sex-traders’ dream, or worst nightmare, depending on the concentrated dose of the ink—and just who’s wearing it.

For Kiyen, the ink means he’s able to strip raw the minds of the best and worst of society. He’s one of MI7’s top killers and never more driven to select and take down a target. For Falen, the ink has ensured he’s spent his early years as a willing sex slave and low-grade empath. Hiding out in a small town and trying to bury the needs running through his body, Fal’s hoping to stay under the radar of MI7 and their specialist killers. But the ink itself has a mind of its own, wanting to ignite the natural dynamics driving a Dom and sub, so when Kiyen is forced into Fal’s small world, prejudice battles a pure need to touch. Only problem is: Kiyen’s on the run, and in a world where thought can be the worst crime of all, Fal’s in for a fight for his sanity to find out just what it is that’s making a young killer run for his life.

Available at: Forbidden Fiction and Amazon

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About Jack L. Pyke

Jack blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys in a D/s relationship, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.

Find out more about Jack on her Website, Fantastic Fiction Story Page and Forbidden Fiction.

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Jack has graciously offered up a paperback copy of Broken Ink to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends December 14, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway, except to verify your Rafflecopter entry.

Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Broken Ink to see what she thought of it!

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Book Review: His by Jack L. Pyke

Reviewed by JustJen

22451364Title: His
Author: Jack L. Pyke
Series: Love’s Landscapes
Heroes: Daniel “Dan” Kershaw, Tom McKendrick
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 73 Pages
Publisher: Goodreads MM Romance Group
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Available for download at: MM Romance Group
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Dear Author,
He offers such a pure, unfettered submission to the man strong enough to tame him; he’s the best thing that ever happened to this powerful (read: spoiled) Dom. Still… even the best of Doms aren’t infallible, and this one almost lost his beautiful boy. He straightened his head out quickly enough, but by then his boy wasn’t quite so forgiving. If his stubborn sub is so damn resistant to reason, drastic measures are called for… right? What choice does a desperate Dom have but to resort to a tiny bit of kidnapping, and a wee touch of restraint and, well… I’ll let the author decide what else it’ll take to get them to their HEA.

Photo Description:
Two men spoon together on a white mattress with blue swirls. One man (the Dom) wears nothing but black work boots as he shapes the other man. The Dom is caught kissing at the sub’s neck whilst the sub holds onto the Dom’s hand. The Dom looks fully sated; the sub, with eyes closed, shackles around his ankles, and a soft smile, looks fully claimed. Both look completely at ease. Tattoos circle the sub’s navel.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love’s Landscapes” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
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Giveaway Winners!

It’s that time again! We’ve got more giveaway winners to announce! Let’s pick the SJD Peterson winners first!

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A Blogger Girl Q&A with Jack L. Pyke + Giveaway!

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Welcome to The Blogger Girls, Jack!

Hi Jen, thanks for having me over today.

Where is the oddest place where inspiration for a story has struck?

Ah. I was actually in a meeting, talking to a local Lib Dem leader. *Blushes* He’d just told me that he’d cut down some six-foot nettles from outside a tunnel that kids have to walk through in order to get school. It got me thinking back to graffiti art and frustrated late teens. That then led to ink on skin, which gave me that “Ooooh” moment over Broken Ink. It also gave me that “damn” moment, when I realised I couldn’t get it down on paper, not without raising a few eyebrows anyway.

How did the plot of Don’t and Antidote come to you?

Don’t was surprisingly easy, to be honest. Everyone’s been told don’t at some point and no doubt felt that itch to do the exact opposite. But the jolt for the plot itself, though, came from saying it to my own eldest lad (he’s twenty-one).

He’s OCD, to the point where I’ve been up in the early hours of the morning, watching him push his colognes into position, or arrange his clothes according to colour in the wardrobe (coat hangers have to be the same grey tone, then so much space between each one). But tell him don’t, he’ll stand nose-to-nose with you, give a kickass grin, and do the exact opposite. The heartbreak comes where one of my other kids knocks something over, and I see my eldest lad fight not to pick it up. Just pure contradiction.

I wanted go deeper with Don’t, to the point where a predatory feel controlled and used my MCs darkest obsessions and compulsions, and fed upon on his sexual heat and needs. Everything kind of spiralled from that point.

With Antidote. Oh boy. I think I just plotted out my worst fears as a parent who has a kid with a disorder. What if the wrong care and support had been there? We also have autism in the family, where fits and absences become the norm. Learning to cope with both, there’s lot of research involved, which included the history of disorders throughout the UK etc. It brings up the brutal treatments of the last few decades and it’s a heartbreaking insight. I wanted to go back and bring in the lengths that some people go to in order to make someone “conform” with society. In their eyes, anyway.

Not everyone will get through it; not everyone will like it as it’s a very tough read. But I don’t think topics should be avoided just because they cause upset or because it could (or has) happened.

It’s a difficult question to ask any author, but if you could choose, which Don’t MC would you spend a weekend alone with?

Oh Gray. Without a single doubt. Strange thing being, I think I’d just sit there in the corner with a pen and pad all weekend. I’d want to see how he works—watch his body language play out—just hear what he has to say. I’m a sucker for class and intelligence over bare skin, so seeing him in a suit and hearing him talk would, well, that would just about do it for me, lol. Although I doubt I’d get much written down. Maybe I’d have to record it on audio! Yeah, audio would work better, I think.

Can you tell us your inspiration behind Gray?

You know, it’s all in the voice for me where Gray is concerned. I grew up listening to a lot of audios as a kid, in particular the likes of Richard Burton. It never bothered me in the slightest what they looked like, but the tone and tonicity of their voice, how they make delivery count with an ability to leave me there just waiting for each idiosyncratic word to fall…

So with Gray, I guess he’s a physical representation of everything I love about studying language, and he kind of marks how I first started to fall in love with language as a teen, and still love it all the more today. I’ve listened to language faults and flaws play out to the full over the years, sometimes calculatingly, used quick and dirty to hurt, then other times used quick and dirty just through genuine frustration and heartache. I know it ripped me apart as a listener, but I also loved seeing how the narrator would stumble and fall in the aftermath of his words, despite how much control he thought he had. But with Gray, I wanted to go back to closing my eyes and just waiting for the voice to fall, and maybe take me down with it.

Did you anticipate that Don’t would be a series?

Well… I wrote Don’t in a very short time (13 weeks) and thoughts around a sequel were already mulling around. It wasn’t that it was planned as a series, just that I think the depth of these three characters and their history needed more. A lot more.

And will there be more to the series?!

After Breakdown, Gray Matters is scheduled as the final novel, and that’s from Gray’s pov. In all honesty after that, though, I’m not sure where I’ll be going with my writing. It knocks the stuffing out of you, and I have every respect for authors who do this full time.

Ah, but Jack Harrison, if ever there’d be a character to get me writing again, it would be Jack. He’s such unique and roguish character to handle on paper.

Do you follow a prescriptive pattern when writing.

Oh yes: chaos. Lol. I’ll write whichever scene I get the feeling to write, that means it could be Chapter 25 one day, Chapter 2 the next. Then I just go through and sew up the loose ends afterwards. I can’t write a scene that doesn’t interest me that day. That means I’ll have a general idea of the whole plot, but nothing that’s committed fully to on paper. If it feels right, I’ll go with it. But getting to that “Yeah feels right” part can take a very long time.

Do you have any quirky habits to help you get in the mood to write?

I’m partial to fighting with a bit of music, and I mean wrestling with some. It blocks out noise on one hand, but I can waste writing time just sorting for the right tracks on the other. Oh, and coffee, lol, lots and lots of coffee has to be in there somewhere too. And maybe a game or two of CandyCrush first. Okay, maybe three or four…

Yeah I had who are your writing influences.

I’ve got a core horror influence, to be honest. James Herbert, Shaun Hutson, Brian Lumley, Clive Barker. I don’t cover horror itself, but I like to try and carry that hard play on the reader’s feelings.

What made you pick up your pen the first time?

Hm. I came into writing quite late (32). I didn’t particularly like it at school, but I did have a very deep love for the English language itself. So I first picked up a pen to study: getting my B.A. hons in Linguistics, then editing, on top of my full time job and family. I started tinkering with fiction and erotic romance just to see if I could move away from analytics and play around with language myself.

How has the success of Don’t/Antidote surpassed your expectations

So with how Don’t… and Antidote have been received, it’s knocked me sideways. I’ve always loved messing with language from behind closed doors. Even with editing, there’s that safety barrier, where I can work relatively unnoticed. So with my writing, I feel like the accidental author left stumbling into the room with other authors.

Who is your greatest critic?

My kids, lol. Even though they’ve never read what I write, they have no clue what I do, I just get that look that says: you better make it damn good for spending time away from us. So they make me work hard and very critical of my own words, making sure each word counts. And then I have an editor and beta who are pretty good at dragging me naked over broken glass just to make sure the right acoustics are hitting the room, forget the blood, cuts, and writhing author in the corner over here. And I love them for it.

It’s been really good, Jen. Thanks so much for having me here today.

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About Breakdown

eThe evidence is there in his hands: the DVD and notepad convincing Jack that Gray is responsible for his kidnapping and torture, tearing Jack and Jan brutally apart. But with Jack trapped in his own mind, lost to blackouts and self-harming, getting away from Gray must take a back seat to getting away from himself.

While locked away in a secret facility run by the Masters’ Circle, a new beast is unearthed from the depths of Jack’s
tormented past. Martin only comes out to play when Jack needs to hide, a psychopath as capable of ruining Jack’s life as he is of defending him. Martin is the repository for Jack’s most horrifying memories, protecting him from the bloody tasks Jack can’t handle. Martin’s purpose is to drive everyone Jack fears – or loves – away, before they get the chance to hurt Jack again.

Now Jack hurts more than he ever has before, Martin is back, and Jack has to figure out what Martin knows that Jack forgot, before it’s too late.

Available at: Forbidden Fiction

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About Jack L. Pyke

Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys in a D/s relationship, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.

Find Jack on her Website, Facebook or Goodreads.

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Jack has graciously offered up a boxed set of the Don’t… series (Don’t, Antidote, & Breakdown) to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends August 25, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Breakdown to see what she thought of it!

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Book Review: Breakdown by Jack L. Pyke

Reviewed by JustJen

eTitle: Breakdown
Author: Jack L. Pyke
Series: Don’t #3
Heroes: Jack/Jan/Gray
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 90,000 words
Publisher: Forbidden Fiction
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Available at: Forbidden Fiction, Amazon and All Romance Ebooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  The evidence is there in his hands: the DVD and notepad convincing Jack that Gray is responsible for his kidnapping and torture, tearing Jack and Jan brutally apart. But with Jack trapped in his own mind, lost to blackouts and self-harming, getting away from Gray must take a back seat to getting away from himself.

While locked away in a secret facility run by the Masters’ Circle, a new beast is unearthed from the depths of Jack’s tormented past. Martin only comes out to play when Jack needs to hide, a psychopath as capable of ruining Jack’s life as he is of defending him. Martin is the repository for Jack’s most horrifying memories, protecting him from the bloody tasks Jack can’t handle. Martin’s purpose is to drive everyone Jack fears – or loves – away, before they get the chance to hurt Jack again.

Now Jack hurts more than he ever has before, Martin is back, and Jack has to figure out what Martin knows that Jack forgot, before it’s too late.
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