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Honorary Blogger Jack L. Pyke: Sleeping with Psychopaths – Jack and Martin Harrison + Giveaway!

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Sleeping with Psychopaths: Jack and Martin Harrison

by Jack L. Pyke

Maybe it is all in the blood, right? That we’re talking brothers here? Martin, the psychopath, carrying a natural “born this way, baby” innateness and loving every “fucked up” ounce of who he is. Then Jack, the sociopath: born in the UK, but made through being denied a natural need to ease OCD trauma, then loving being cut during sex, where cutting his way through life then becomes the only way to fall in love with life.

In fact, it is in the blood, but Jack and Martin aren’t brothers; their relationship is never more complex.

Martin is what’s known as a “fragment” of Jack. A psychopath born through how when Jack’s world falls, Martin’s right there to ensure Jack survives. Only Martin doesn’t play by any lover’s rule when it comes to those who live close to Jack. It’s not helped with how Jack’s fallen hard for another psychopath: Gray Raoul, MI5 director of counterterrorism and culler: the Crown’s killer. If that doesn’t push all of Martin’s peer gameplay with psychopaths, Jack’s involved in a triad, where the third part to Jack and Gray’s relationship is… Jan. An accountant. One as… normal as any psychopath could wish to try and twist and taint.

But the question is always there: why would Jack himself fragment into a psychopath?

One Huge thanks to the Blogger Girls for hosting the second day of this Sleeping with Psychopaths tour. Today Jen asks one hell of a question that focuses on just why Jack might “Walk” into Martin:

Where did you get your inspiration for Jack/Martin, and what was your main course of research on the topic?

This is going to sound so strange to start with, but when I was studying at university, I wrote a play that centred on using lighting techniques, clothing, and changes in language to use one actor to play three different personalities: DID (dissociative identity disorder). At the same time Linkin Park had just emerged with Hybrid Theory, and I loved how the two lead singers had that calm/chaos approach to “Paranoia”, one of their singles off the album. Both were probably my first real steps into a fragmented mind and wanting to cover it in fiction.

A few months later, I came across a case study of DID, and it pretty much cemented where I wanted to go, mostly because the case study tore me apart as I went through it.

It dealt with a married woman, where both her and her husband were kidnapped. During the kidnapping, the woman was forced to witness her husband’s murder. She managed to escape, went home, and underwent therapy. Then one day she just disappeared. Family found her months later, working as a nurse in hospital: new name, new identity, new career, with no memory of past friends, lovers or losses. Most know DID fragments are created through chaos (not always, but most times), but the reason behind this lady’s disorder found that the second personality had been fashioned for one reason: to ease how she hadn’t had the medical skills to help save her husband. So even though she’d never studied nursing in her life, a fragment of her came in that had every skill set to cope where she thought she couldn’t. It was such a heart-breaking read, and still stays with me today. But it is the base for creating Martin, or how Martin would be born with a mindset to match those who played around Jack.

In Don’t, Jack’s diagnosed with OCD and an emerging authoritarian personality in his late teens. With the sociocultural backdrop he’s raised in, it all comes together to classify the sociopath in Jack. But as he finds himself trapped in the gameplay of psychopaths, where minds more twisted than his are making him lose his identity through their control and bloodied knife, Jack ‘walks’ into Martin, someone born into the game, with a psychopath’s mind and twisted drive to dominate his peers. Jack is then diagnosed with DID, and it meant that a whole host of research had to come in with all of those disorders to see how they’d work and fall together when it came to Jack and Martin. But they were always based on the realities of the disorders themselves.

For instance, in Antidote, where Jack tests his own OCD limits by dropping a photo of Gray out of alignment on a unit, then tries to leave it as long as possible before he has to straighten it? This is a therapeutic technique that’s used by professionals to help someone live with and manage OCD. So that by the time Jack’s kidnapped by Vince, and Vince tries to “straighten” Jack’s disorders by tying Jack up and leaving the photo just out of reach so Jack can’t straighten it… Vince looks to tear down not only Jack’s mind, but also the techniques that are usually put in place to help an OCD sufferer.

It makes Jack and Martin’s relationship a dangerous place for those around them as Martin re-emerges, but also to themselves and how they live, sleep, and eat as a part of the whole. There’s never any easy cures. But when you live with fragments like Martin, who are there for a reason, driven to protect no matter how twisted their gameplay, then perhaps cures are never the answer. They’re individuals in their own right, who need time to bleed out the stresses and strains in their own ways.

Thanks again to The Blogger Girls for having me today, and for Jen’s awesome question! Yesterday I was at Boy Meets Boy Reviews talking about Sleeping with Psychopaths: the cullers. Tomorrow I’m over at Kimmer’s Erotic Banter, sleeping with the ultimate psychopath… Gray Raoul! Please join me beneath the covers there too!

Thanks for staying with me during this tour!! For a chance to win a copy of Psychopaths & Sinners, please enter the Rafflecopter below!

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Book Review: Psychopaths & Sinners by Jack L. Pyke

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Psychopaths & Sinners
Author: Jack L. Pyke
Series: Don’t #5
Heroes: Gray/Jan/Jack/Martin, Raif/Ash
Genre: MM Thriller
Length: 93,000 words
Publisher: Enspire Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: “Because us? Psychopaths and sinners… we don’t need fixing, Gray.”

Three bodies, three mutilations, each one with something… unusual inserted into the wounds. The deaths are enough to leave Ash Thomas scrambling around to find someone to trust as the murders hit so close to home and heart.

For Gray Raoul, MI5 director of G-Branch, the deaths offer something else, a fall back into a familiar life where culling serial killers cater to his own darker mindset. But the farther Gray moves away from home, the more he realises serial killer games in the field are nothing compared to who he has locked up back at home. Sometimes walking the fine line between psychopaths and live-in lovers is a far darker game.

For Ash, that might just mean he’s on his own now, facing a killer who has a deadly fascination for pretty young men and dancing Holly Blue butterflies over their skin.
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Book Review: Ash by Jack Pyke

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Ash
Author: Jack Pyke
Series: Don’t #4.5
Heroes: Ash
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 259 Pages
Publisher: Enspire Pulishing
Imprint Forbidden Fiction
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  “You up for that, hm, Ash? A lesson from an old soul to youth? From me… to you?”

Ash Thomas and his gameplay with other men is vicious, cruel. Better to fuck someone over than be the one who’s on the floor, fucked up, right? But his latest cruelties are about to catch the eye of the Wraith, someone who’s been brought up to play professionally in the shadows. For Ash, beauty and rage aren’t the kind of sins to win him any favours anymore. Life and lessons of the heart never did come easy, especially when they’re about to walk in off the darkened streets, bringing bloodied footprints in their wake.
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Ash by Jack L. Pyke: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Exclusive Excerpt from Ash

by Jack L. Pyke

He’d been asleep for only a few hours, and another rev of engine came, another draw to wake him to darkness, and Ash eased slowly off the bed.

Not bothering with slipping on a T-shirt, he made it out into the hall—the landing light always kept on—and cast a glance at his dad’s door as he passed. No movement came from inside, but then he didn’t really expect there to be, not with the drink his old man had taken.

Bare feet light on the stairs, Ash made it down into the kitchen.

Go back two nights, the darkened mass blocking out the natural moonlight through the door should have startled him, probably sent him running over to Chase to regroup and laugh the fear away, but now?

But?

Always that fucking but with Raif.

Ash padded over and stood breath to breath with him.

“You left the door unlocked,” Raif said quietly, watching him in the darkness.

Ash looked behind Raif. Yeah. Guess he had.

Raif’s look seemed to ask one question, chewing it over so slowly and testing the whys… the whens. “Why did you leave the door unlocked, Ash?”

Ash tilted his head slightly. “Why did you push it open to find out?”

Raif let out a hard breath.

Games. Did they both play them now?

“Because if you’re this intense over trust,” Raif said quietly, “maybe I wondered what it would be like to see you fall in love with someone.”

Ash narrowed his eyes. “You’re the type to stand on the side lines and watch people fall in love?”

Raif went to say something, then for the first time, he fell quiet, looking so unsure.

“Trust,” said Ash. “Not so easy, is it?”

Raif looked up, gave such a cocky brow, then moved past Ash. Ash watched him head upstairs like he owned the place, then after a moment, he followed to.

He stopped by his bedroom, resting against the frame as Raif pulled the duvet off his bed and sat in his gaming chair, throwing the cover over him.

Giving a sniff, keeping his movement quiet, Ash headed back out into the hall and pulled a spare duvet from the cupboard. Then he went back into his room, shut the bedroom door, and climbed on the bed.

For a moment he watched Raif, saw him close his eyes, ease the tiredness in his face.

“Gonna be like that, is it, ghost?” he said to Raif, snorting a smile.

Ash got a wink a moment later, then Raif fell quiet.

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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!

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Book Review: Backlash by Jack L. Pyke

Reviewed by JustJen

27418455Title: Backlash
Author: Jack L. Pyke
Series: Don’t #4
Heroes: Gray/Jack/Jan
Genre: MMM Contemporary
Length: 357 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  In 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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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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