Title: 6 Days to Get Lucky (A Nick Valentine Story #2)
Author Name & Publisher: LE Franks (Wilde City Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 2, 2016 – 72,000 Words
Mixologist Nick Valentine never thought love was in the cards, but after a scorching Valentine’s Day kiss from bouncer Davis “FatBoy” Newman, he’s beginning to think it’s possible. After four weeks of dry spell, Nick’s losing patience—it’s time FatBoy stop acting the gentleman and just throw him over the bar or Nick may just change his mind.
All FatBoy wants is a shot at winning Nick’s heart. As long as meddling bosses, an Irish hurling team and a bar riot don’t ruin his chances forever, he might just get lucky and take the man of his dreams, home.
Reaching across the empty bed next to me, I rode out the last waves of my dream alone. I could still feel his phantom kiss on my lips and the sensation of a hand stroking along my thigh.
The rest of it was just a blur of emotions and sticky residue on my sheets—though I could guess at it without much effort. FatBoy Newman had been a specter haunting me at work so it was no great leap to assume he’d shouldered his way into my dreams as well.
In fact, he was at the root of my problem: I’d been having a hell of a dry spell.
Four weeks of near misses had done nothing but stoke my bad mood and turn my balls a lovely shade of indigo that matched my jeans…
Four weeks of dashed hopes…
Four weeks since the most romantic kiss of my life…
Four weeks of nothing.
Fuck the South and its mythology of the Southern Gentleman—if FatBoy Newman didn’t stop treating me like a delicate flower and throw me up against a wall soon, I was going to explode.
It was six days until St. Patrick’s Day, and FatBoy had until then to make his move, or I was moving
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I’ve kicked everyone out of the living room (including the furniture), stolen our large slab dining table and turned it into a desk, and work staring at a pear green wall with turquoise blue flecks scattered across it. No one eats at the table anyway.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
Apparently my teenage daughter just accused me of channeling Christine the bitchy hopped up bartender from 6 Days to Valentine – so maybe I should just leave it there. At least we’re both blonde.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
I want to be a cowboy. Or ride a cowboy. Or own a string of cowboys. I’d rent them out for photos. And rides. It would be brilliant.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
Don’t wait until your brain is old and farty and covered in spitballs and lint. Write young and often.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
I’m not there yet with 6 Days to Get Lucky – I really believe it’s the best thing I’ve written to date. But 6 Days to Valentine, which was the first novella I ever wrote, could use a little smoothing out as far as the plot. I love the characters but they really blossomed as I wrote the story. I’d love to do them justice. I guess that’s why I’m so passionate about the rest of the stories in the series.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I have the coolest muse. Well, that’s a lie. My muse is a cranky selfish bitch – totally holding out on me, only feeding me gems in dribs and dabs. But when she does… they’re awesome and I love writing those stories the best.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m working on a story for a state call set in Oregon. The structure is a little different than anything I’ve written before so I’m tip-toeing through the scenes as I go along.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in Marin County – the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the shadow of Mount Tamalpais. It’s a wealthy, liberal suburb so I find myself stretching a little when I’m writing characters from more conservative parts of the country without sounding clichéd or derivative.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
I love fairy tales. Seriously. I’ve collected them from all over the world from the time I was a young child – they make excellent research materials.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Travel is my #1 Vice. Then tacos. Tacos while travelling… not that’s bliss (or not).
LE Franks lives in the SF Bay area and writes M/M Romance in a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast paced stories filled with emotion and passion and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated and sometimes a little bit dark. LE Franks is a best selling author and finalist for 2013 & 2014 Rainbow Awards. Her books are available through her publishers at MLR Press, Dreamspinner Press and Wilde City Press and Pride Publishing and online bookstores.