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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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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 Ami’s review of Truth & Consequences to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

Categories: Book Promo, Character Interviews, Excerpts, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , | 11 Comments

Book Review: Truth and Consequences by Sarah Madison

Guest Reviewed by Ami

26720561Title: Truth and Consequences
Author: Sarah Madison
Series: The Sixth Sense #3
Heroes: Jerry Lee Parker/John Flynn
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 240 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  When 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.
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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Honorary Blogger Sarah Madison: Finding Their Voices + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Finding Their Voices

by Sarah Madison

A number of people, on finding out that I was finally releasing a sequel to Unspeakable Words, have asked me if it was difficult getting back into the heads of my characters. After all, it was almost four years since the release of the first in the Sixth Sense series, surely it was challenging find their voices again, right?

Well, the answer is yes and no. See, from the beginning, I’d intended for the story arc to span three novels. I had a good idea where I wanted to go with the series, and I was delighted at how well the first story had done. But Unspeakable Words was my first major story, and in the aftermath of its release, made a lot of newbie errors before I finished Walk a Mile.

  1. I got wound up in the hype of marketing, promoting, and branding to the point of forgetting what my real product was—not me, but the stories that I write. Still, so much emphasis and advice was put on having a presence on Facebook, on Twitter, on my website, that I spent a disproportionate amount of my precious little writing time on marketing. I hated it at first. I wrote blog posts about how all of us needed to ‘shut up and write’ but gradually, I developed a kind of addiction to the social media interaction. Lord knows it was easier to come home and mess around on Tumblr or Facebook than it was to open the WIP and iron out a thorny plot problem. The beauty of it all was that I could convince myself I was building my platform, and not just wasting time.
  2. I got seduced by other stories. Instead of continuing the series then and there, I got caught up in the adventures of other characters, promising myself there would be sequels to their stories as well. Yeah, we know how that goes…
  3. I let a few lukewarm reviews impact my decision to move forward with the story arc I had in mind. A lot of people really enjoyed Unspeakable Words. A few people didn’t, and said so.  I was new to the game then and my skin wasn’t as thick as it is now. I lost confidence in the planned arc, doubting whether I should continue with the paranormal element when the paranormal element was at the heart of the story!

One day I realized that these stories were mine to do with what I will—and that I could only write what was in my heart and release it. If people loved it, yay! If not, well, it wasn’t exactly a tragedy, now was it? Once I decided that I was allowed to write my story my way, I picked up the threads of my old concepts, only to find out the characters were no longer speaking to me.

Uh-oh.

So I re-read their story. A lot. I recalled Parker’s stiff resistance to the introduction of the maverick John Flynn in to his neatly ordered world. Of how Flynn in many ways is more closed off and unapproachable than Parker, for while everyone feels the lash of Jerry’s tongue when he is displeased, Flynn hides his emotions behind a charming smile. I reacquainted myself with their lives: the Grimm Fairy Tale Killer, the cats, the night at the museum that changed everything.

At the time of the release of Unspeakable Words, a good friend made a playlist for me that served as a soundtrack for the story. I listened to that playlist over and over as I drove to work, the familiar songs evoking scenes from the story while at the same time letting my mind wander freely over the possibilities within the next tale.

Gradually, the characters began talking to me again. It was a struggle at first, but the more time I spent with them, the more willing they were to share more about themselves with me. Because it was a struggle, however, I vowed this time I wouldn’t wait before starting the next story in the series, and I am happy to say I am working on the sequel to Walk a Mile now.

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About Walk A Mile

1Six months after starting their hunt for a serial killer who is still at large, FBI agents Jerry Lee Parker and John Flynn are partners in every sense. But Jerry has serious doubts about their relationship and whether they would even be together if not for the way Flynn changed after touching a mysterious artifact in a museum.

Flynn hates the extraordinary power bestowed on him by the artifact and wants nothing more than to have a normal life again. Jerry fears that without the unusual connection they forged, Flynn will no longer want or need him. Chasing after a similar artifact takes them back to Flynn’s old stomping grounds in Washington D.C., where his newfound abilities uncover long-buried secrets, the kind people would kill to protect. But they aren’t the only ones looking for these powerful relics, and what they discover will threaten their relationship—and their lives

 Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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An Excerpt from Walk A Mile

Jerry returned his attention to the tableau unfolding in the aisle. Flynn was making his way casually toward Jerry; he yawned, taking his time. 15-A hesitated; Jerry could see that he had stepped into the aisle, but was thinking of sitting back down again. Just then, the door to the toilet opened and the toddler came out into the aisle. Picking up on the air of tension, the child immediately started to wail.

15-A snapped like a wire stretched beyond its tensile strength. Whipping off his sunglasses, he reached into the pocket of his hoodie and pulled out a glass vial. Holding it up high over his head for everyone to see, he shouted, “Everybody stay where you are!”

People glanced up and turned around in their seats, startled and immediately alarmed. 15-A looked around sharply, making sure that no one was trying to rush him. Several people had started halfway up out of their seats to see what was going on; Jerry knew they were remembering United Flight 93.

15-a moved his hand in a broad semi-circle so that everyone could see the vial tucked in his palm. “I have Sarin!” he announced. “If anyone moves, I break the vial. Someone make that child shut up!”

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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.

You can find Sarah on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Tumblr.

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As part of this blog tour, Sarah is giving away an eBook copy of Unspeakable Words to one lucky winner!! To enter, just click the link below!

Rafflecopter Giveaway

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 Nikyta’s review of Walk A Mile to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

Categories: Book Promo, Excerpts, Giveaways, Honorary Blogger Post, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , | 15 Comments

Book Review: Walk a Mile by Sarah Madison

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Walk a Mile
Author: Sarah Madison
Series: The Sixth Sense #2
Heroes: Jerry Lee Parker/John Flynn
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 240 Pages
Publisher: Dreampsinner Press
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Six months after starting their hunt for a serial killer who is still at large, FBI agents Jerry Lee Parker and John Flynn are partners in every sense. But Jerry has serious doubts about their relationship and whether they would even be together if not for the way Flynn changed after touching a mysterious artifact in a museum.

Flynn hates the extraordinary power bestowed on him by the artifact and wants nothing more than to have a normal life again. Jerry fears that without the unusual connection they forged, Flynn will no longer want or need him. Chasing after a similar artifact takes them back to Flynn’s old stomping grounds in Washington D.C., where his newfound abilities uncover long-buried secrets, the kind people would kill to protect. But they aren’t the only ones looking for these powerful relics, and what they discover will threaten their relationship—and their lives.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment