Title: Then Sawyer Happened
Author Name & Publisher: Hurri Cosmo (Dark Hallows Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 8, 2016 – 60,000 Words
Trace is nursing a broken heart. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions. It was time for Trace to get out of Minnesota.
So Trace heads for Texas and Riven Creek Ranch, the horse farm his aunt Lois owns. But hours before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it’s the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.
Then Sawyer happens.
Sawyer is his aunt’s big, beautiful, muscle bound, incredibly sexy straight ranch manager. Someone who has no clue Trace is gay. And meeting the big man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt’s kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Embarrassing? Yep. But the very next day Trace proceeded to ramp up his embarrassment by quantum leaps when he nearly sets his aunt’s house on fire and the brooding Sawyer has to come to the rescue.
Seems like Trace’s “luck” followed him.
Not to mention that Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder. And now, they just Can Trace figure out who’s behind the attempts on his aunt’s life AND keep Sawyer from finding out he’s hot for the cowboy?
He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.
“Sawyer! Damn. You scared me.” Trace fell back against the freezer suddenly feeling light headed. He took in the big body blocking any escape he had and his cock twitched as if it liked the idea there was no way out. “I didn’t hear you… behind me.”
“I saw your car in the driveway. How’s Lois?”
Trace shook his head in an attempt to clear it. “She’s awake and very alert… but…”
But someone wants her dead. Who? Someone on this ranch? Could it be Sawyer? I trust him with my life… That’s what she said.
Trace looked up into hard cold eyes. The question was genuine. He cared about the condition of his aunt. But what condition did he care her to be in? “Nothing… just… well… I guess you’re going to have to know… I mean…” Damn, he had to stop acting like a horny teenager in front of this man. “Let me… I’m going to make coffee…”
“It’s made. The big insulated urn on the counter is full. Just made it about a half hour ago so it’s fine.”
“Oh. Good. Let’s sit down. I need to sit down.” Trace took a few steps forward which brought him right in front of the cowboy. He expected Sawyer to move, to back up, but he didn’t. Then Trace did the unthinkable. His body reacted on its own as he put his hand on the big man’s chest and pushed. There would have been no way on God’s green earth he would have been able to physically move the cowboy without his express permission, not to mention help. But Trace’s brain seemed to totally malfunction in this man’s presence.
And, as expected, being pushed in any direction was never going to work for Sawyer.
Sawyer grabbed his wrist, twisted it tight behind Trace, which brought Trace up solid, against Sawyer’s hard body, chest to chest. Being several inches taller, Sawyer glared down into Trace’s shocked face, a smoldering look in his eyes. Trace could feel Sawyer’s hot breath on his face, sense the man’s tense muscles from his pecs down through his thighs…
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
Very basically anywhere that is quiet. I can’t really deal with a lot of distractions. I usually am at my kitchen table and can zone out the TV in the other room or my daughter’s music from downstairs. However, mostly, I love the early morning hours before anyone is up yet because those are usually the most productive for me.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I think the submissive character I usually create in most of my stories is most like me so that is the one I relate to the best and only because it generally IS me.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
Well, by day, I am a Safety Administrator for a metro handicapped mobility company. So I guess I would have to be satisfied with just that. But I wouldn’t be! In the past I have had my creative side flow out through painting and drawing, creating and making candles, and creating crafts. So most likely it would still continue to flow but into one or more of those things.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
The character breaks. When I first started writing having the characters emotions and thoughts all in the same paragraphs were how I wrote. But I learned very quickly that was not the way things are now. Only one character can “talk” at a time and when/if it changes to another character you need *** break. Now, after 20 books, I have trouble even reading stories that are written that “old way”.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
At the moment, no. But I am sure that after I live with it “out” I will either be told or will discover something that I needed to change!
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
Usually I am inspired by the stories I read or see. Sometimes it is a life event that will trigger something. Sometimes it is a prompt through the publisher.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
Right now I am stressing about the fact most of my books, 15 of them, will be going away at the end of the month. In fact, they are already all gone from Amazon. Makes me sad. So I know I need to get those back out. My intent will be to add 10 to 20 thousand words to each, either an additional brand new story at the end or a continuation of the original one. That way there will be a reason to read them all again. But in the meantime I do need to come out with new work. I have a few listed on my website under the “Coming Soon” tab. Ghost Wolf Chronicles which will be about a shifter who can turn invisible. The Boy Next Door will be about a man with a dangerous secret about to be discovered by his grandmother’s next door neighbor who just happens to be a very well-armed man. But I also need to write the sequels to The Astral Mage (coming out this month with Fireborn), The Door Keeper, and Mates, Inc.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in Minneapolis, MN, and it does. “Write what you know” and so a lot of my stories either take place here or at some point my character started out here.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
I am all over the board with this one. I love almost all genres from horror to sci fi to fantasy. I love murder mysteries and romances and political intrigue. I simply love to read.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Oh coffee for sure. I know I need to cut back but it is so hard. Food is also a vice. I need to lose 40 pounds (used to be 50 so I am on my way) but with all those new flavors of potato chips??? Crap. And E-Books. I buy a lot of those.
Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every – single – time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.