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4.5 stars for Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna #1) by Tara Lain @TaraLain #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2015 — 254 pages

Synopsis

How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor’s license he so desires, and fear of his mother’s judgement blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.

Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising star, celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?

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FourandHalfStars

This was a sweet story and made my heart melt. Billy can’t find happiness and he isn’t sure why. When he sees Shaz he starts to realize why. Shaz is beautiful and as flamboyant as can be and he sparks something in Billy. Watching these two get to know each other and how they come together was so sweet. There was a little angst, some drama and some tears but it was all worth it. The sex was hot and sweet and perfect in this story, highly recommend.

~Angie

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5 stars for Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet #MM #Romance @CharlieCochet @Dreamspinners

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Title: Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 19th, 2015 — 68 pages

Synopsis

Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.

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FiveStars

  This was such a funny/ sweet novella. It was a fast read where we get to meet  Spencer who was such a sweet guy, I loved his character. Then we meet Quinn who was the perfect alpha swat man.   When Quinn goes to Spencer’s apartment and finds him in his kitchen for there first scene together.  That scene was hilarious,  I was laughing so hard I was crying. There is not much angst in this but the humor more than makes up for that.  The only complaint I  have is I wished this had been longer and I had been able to see more of them together.  I would definitely recommend this book! 

~Kara

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3 stars for Healed Hearts by Logan Meredith #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Healed Hearts
Author Name & Publisher: Logan Meredith (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 24, 2015 — 200 pages

Synopsis

Even men afraid of donuts deserve a happy ending.

Second-grade teacher Seth Ray has experienced more than his fair share of heartbreak. On his own since his mother’s death, Seth remains burdened by frequent anxiety, which he manages by steadfastly avoiding anything that might set it off—including men whose names start with the letter J and donuts. Unfortunately, after a night with Jude Murphy, he encounters both and flees into the street.

Jude’s not your typical twenty-something-year-old gay man. The youngest of six boys, he desperately wants to start a family of his own. The puzzling morning-after with Seth reminds him why he doesn’t sleep around.

When Seth discovers the man he brushed off is the uncle of one his students, he’s compelled to smooth things over to save face, but Jude lays it on the line—he wants Seth, but he doesn’t do casual. The allure of the sexy redhead compels Seth to face an entire family of J names for a chance at happiness.

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ThreeStar

Okay I love sweet romances where a couple will help each other with everything they are going through.  So as much as I hate to say it this one was just not for me.  It honestly felt like there was some kind of drama with every chapter.  It just felt way like way to much after awhile.  Seth all I can say about him is I was not a fan of him at all.  The way he acted, the things he did just made me not like him for Jude at all.  Jude was sweet and caring, sometimes over the top but I felt like he did not deserve to be treated like he was by Seth. I just did not see them as a couple at all.  This book was just not for me.

~Kara

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4 stars for After the Final Encore (Encore #2) by Scotty Cade #MM #Romance #Suspense @ScottyCade @Dreamspinners

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Title: After the Final Encore (Encore #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Scotty Cade — Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date & Length: July 24, 2015 — 200 pages

Synopsis

Sequel to Final Encore

Country superstar Billy Eagan’s career is soaring. He’s topping the charts and winning award after award. He and his manager and life partner, Ian Dillon, have been virtually inseparable for almost five years, solidifying their relationship as well as Billy’s skyrocketing stardom. After a secret kiss between the two of them at an awards show is caught on camera, a tabloid newspaper outs Billy and Ian as lovers, which could sabotage Billy’s career on the bigoted Nashville music scene. To make matter worse, an old adversary rears his ugly head and threatens to end everything Billy and Ian have worked for—including their lives.

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FourStars

The first half of this story was fantastic.  I wish there were more country stars as brave as Billy!  Billy and Ian’s relationship is wonderful.  I love the way Ian is willing to take a quiet supporting role for his famous partner, and I love the respect Billy gives Ian.  We don’t see many long-term partnerships in m/m romance, so this couple is a special treat.

I love the modern angst-free approach the author takes to the outing of a Nashville star.  America is proud of Billy and Ian and even Billy’s Nashville record label ultimately supports him.  This is a beautiful, hopeful story for the year America finally legalised gay marriage.

My problems with the story were with the stalking and kidnapping storyline.  I haven’t read the first book, but I realise this ties back to the original story.   For me, the action sequences were felt like they belonged to another book.  I could almost cut the book in half: Billy and Ian come out to America and start a new life / Billy and Ian are hunted by a crazy man with a grudge.

I did like the New Orleans setting for the second half of the book.   I loved the wonderful house-porn the author indulges in when Billy and Ian look for a home in New Orleans.  Who wouldn’t want an unlimited budget when house hunting in such a wonderful city?  Billy’s family is fantastic, as are the new characters they meet in Louisiana.

I loved the first part of this book and I liked the second part.  These are great characters and a great central couple.

~Sarah

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A NEW REVIEW! 5 stars for Ever the Same by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Romance #disability #Texas @batortuga @Dreamspinners

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Title: Ever the Same
Author Name & Publisher: B. A. Tortuga — Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date & Length: February 27, 2015 — 258 pages

Synopsis

Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.

A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.

Goddammit.

Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.

Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.

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FiveStars

I absolutely loved this.  I had to stop reading it on the train when I started crying.  Audie and Dixon are wonderful characters.  The frustrated monk-like cowboy and the grieving urban musician have electric chemistry.

I loved Audie’s horses and surprisingly, I even liked the kids.  Honestly, I hate romances with kids.  It’s one of the reasons I read more m/m than m/f.  But Grainger, Randi and even Sara were actually endearing.  And kinda cute.

Tortuga’s Texas is as vibrant as ever.  I love the scenery in her books.  I love the food, and I love the way she captures family interactions so perfectly.  I just want to know how her men keep six pack abs while ordering BBQ take-out for every other meal!

The relationship between Dixon and Audie is refreshingly angst free – especially considering the heavy issues both men are dealing with.  Yet another reason I love Tortuga’s books is her light touch with major problems.  Her characters attack issues head-on.  They might wallow for a time, but kindness and humour prevail.

I’m not sure this story needed the added problems posed by Dixon’s mother vitriol.   For a character described several times as an old hippy, she seemed very rigid and narrow minded. The more subtle conflict between Audie and his mum rang true.  I also really enjoyed the interactions between the men and their siblings.

With her last few books, Tortuga has jumped onto my must-read/pre-order list of favourite authors.  I love her style, love her Texas, and I really love her men.

~Sarah

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AuthorBio

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her partner, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but is feeling the Colorado mountains calling. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.

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4 & 3 Stars for White Lies by Jack Byrne #MM #Romance @dreamspinners @JackByrneAuthor

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Title: White Lies
Author Name & Publisher: Jack Byrne (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 12, 2015 – 75 pgs

Synopsis

Brent Winton is doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons. Since the death of their parents years ago, Brent is helping his younger brother Zach through law school in sunny Queensland, Australia. The boys share a cheap flat, and Brent works two jobs to support them, but Zach thinks the second job is merely bar tending. In reality Brent has turned to gay prostitution to ensure that Zach has all the best textbooks and the up-to-date laptop he needs so he can focus on his studies. When hot Russian refugee Dimitri moves in next door, Brent finds him mesmerizing, but fears that if he gets involved, Dimitri will expose Brent’s white lies. But Dimitri has a dark secret of his own, and the question becomes how either of them can learn to trust the other without blowing their cover.

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FourStars

I really liked this story.  It was about brotherly love, devotion to family and opening your heart to someone new.  This book had great character involvement – meaning that when Brent and Zach are starting out, It’s up to Brent to ensure Zach’s future.  Maybe without even realizing it, Brent has closed his heart off to people around him.  It’s both a protection and a coping mechanism.  Even though he has clients who are regulars, it’s more about going through the motions rather than making true connections.

When Dimitri enters the picture, Zach is all excited for his brother.  Even though Brent is less than enthusiastic about the new neighbor, it is more out of fear than dislike.  I thought that there were some unanswered aspects of the beginning stage of their story and even though it was not really resolved, at the end, I didn’t feel like I was missing out.  My major question at the beginning of the story was what was Dimitri’s secret?  There was really nothing about that until it’s revealed.

While that was a strange aspect, this story was more about this family getting to know each other.  Zach learns that he can be more self sufficient, Brent learns that there is nothing quite like having someone to know all of his history and still be OK with being near him, loving him, supporting him.

I wish the story had a epilogue where we could see where they went in their lives, but overall, this was a sweet story.

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ThreeStar

There are two sides to this short story.  On one hand, it is the story of brotherly devotion, of an older brother who is willing to sacrifice everything for his younger sibling.  On the other hand, this is a story about the human costs of prostitution and the difficulties facing gay refugees.

This is an awfully short story for so much turmoil.  Because of this, the pace felt wrong to me.  I absolutely loved the guys wonderful surfing holiday.  I loved the emerging relationship between Dimitri and Brent, and I loved the relationship between Brent and Zach.  My only complaint is that each component felt a little rushed and disjointed.  80 pages just isn’t enough to get to know a character as complex and damaged as Dimitri.  Or one as conflicted as Brent.  And it certainly isn’t enough for two such wonderful, complex characters to build a convincing relationship.

But Brent and Dimitri are great together.  The sex is very hot and I finished the book believing in them as a couple.

Ultimately,  while I enjoyed this, I wanted so much more.  This has potential to be much more than a short story.

~Sarah

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5 Stars for The Storm Before the Calm by Cate Ashwood @cateashwood #MM #romance

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Title: The Storm Before the Calm
Author Name: Cate Ashwood
Publication Date & Length: June 5, 2015 — 200 pages

Synopsis

Charlie has one passion in life: dancing. It’s his salvation when it feels like the world is swallowing him whole. When his mom secretly secures him a spot in the summer intensive at the Free Rein Dance Company in New York, he is thrilled. He knows that once the summer ends, he’ll have to return to Beacon to get a job and help support his family, but for those two months, he can spread his wings.

In New York he meets Max, a junior instructor who is everything Charlie wishes he could be. Bold and self-assured, Max radiates pride in who he is. As they spend time together, Max shows Charlie what life can be like past the walls of his closed-minded home town. But Charlie doesn’t know if he’s ready to show the world who he truly is when standing in the spotlight is the last thing he wants.

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FiveStars

I loved this! Great characters, great story, great setting and all the emotion I expect from Cate Ashwood at her best.

Charlie is a brilliant leading man. I loved watching him grow into himself. His dance scenes were beautiful and his emerging confidence was wonderful to witness.

Max is also amazing. Older, confident and talented, he is the perfect man to help Charlie become comfortable in his own skin..

As always, Ashwood makes us feel everything her characters feel as we fall in love with them. Beyond the central relationships, secondary characters come to life beautifully. New York comes alive through Charlie’s narration. The city emerges as a vibrant, heaving culinary heaven, a place where everyone can be freely accepted.

I love the detail Ashwood put into her dance scenes, especially at the start. I was a little sad that as Charlie’s relationships progressed, the detailed descriptions of his dancing waned. I wanted more dancing!

This is a fantastic story. Highly recommended.

Sarah

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Excerpt

My fingers tugged at the edge of the cardboard cozy wrapped around the cup as I waited for him to speak. The silence between us felt heavy, and the awkwardness settled in around me as he stared at me, his mouth quirked in a playful expression.

“What?” I asked finally.

“Nothing,” he replied, smiling. “So I guess we should get started.”

“Sure.”

“I think maybe just one, two songs at most. The festival isn’t until the end of the summer, so we have lots of time.”

“What festival is it again?” I asked.

“OutShine,” he responded.

“What kind of festival is that?” I asked.

“It’s a big arts festival that takes place throughout the city, mostly in parks. There are exhibits and performances, and a huge celebration at the end. It was started a few years ago to raise awareness and money for gay rights.”

“Oh. Are you… I mean….”

“Gay?” Max supplied.

“Yeah.”

“Yes. Are you?”

“I… no, uh I…,” I stuttered. I was stunned by how nonchalant and completely unapologetic he’d been about his sexuality, as though admitting to me he was gay was the most ordinary thing in the whole world. A part of me wished I could do that. I could nod and say the words like it was as natural as telling him I was blond or I liked chocolate ice cream.

“It’s okay, Charlie. No big deal. You don’t have to be gay to participate. Originally, all the artists were gay, but it has grown and evolved now to include everyone, which is how it should be,” Max said, shooting me an understanding look.

I should have corrected him. I should have told him, but I’d never said the words out loud. Hell, it was hard enough for me to form that three-word sentence in my head. Even as I sat there, my brain rebelled, doing its own version of sticking its fingers in its ears and humming. So instead of being honest with him about who I was, I let him assume I was something else. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars for Acting Out by Scotty Cade (Audiobook Review) #MM #Military @Dreamspinners @ScottyCade

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Title: Acting Out
Author Name & Publisher: Scotty Cade (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 24, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.

Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….

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FourandHalfStars

*AUDIOBOOK REVIEW*
Eli goes through a lot in this book from leaving the military and finding his parents have spent all the money he thought he had saved to doing something he never thought he would for money to falling in love with someone he never thought he would.
There is a lot of naughty scenes that are quite hot and sexy in the book, but there is also a growing romance, bromance if you will, that is touching as well. Although I had doubts that someone would go down the path he would quite the way he did, I also know that desperate times call for desperate measures.
All in all, I really enjoyed the book and all of the characters in it. I wouldn’t mind reading more from this author or any of the men in the house.
As for the narration of the audiobook, I had issues with it from the get go because there was an airy quality to it that was distracting, but once I got farther into the book, I learned to tune it out. Another issue I had with the narration was that the characters all had about the same voice, which made it hard to tell the difference of who was who at times. I did like the over all sound of the narrators voice though, even if I didn’t care for the tone used for Royce and Hamish.
I’d give the book itself 5 stars and the narration a 4, which brings the total to 4.5 stars.
Renee

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4 Stars for The Trouble With Mr. Midwest by T. Neilson #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: The Trouble With Mr. Midwest
Author Name: T. Neilson
Publication Date & Length: May 6, 2015 – 116pgs

Synopsis

Riley Black is finally the rising Hollywood star he’s always dreamed of being. While his past growing up in the midwest wasn’t perfect, he’s built a reputation for clean living that the press would love to tear apart. Now with his high school sweetheart, Quinn Campbell, back in Riley’s life, things could get sticky.

Riley’s not out—to the public or his family—and Quinn’s an escort with a secret… one Quinn’s afraid will break Riley’s heart. Once all this gets out, the press is going to love it.

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FourStars

I really enjoyed the way Riley and Quinn came together. The hint of a secret was intriguing through out the story what with Brandon and Quinn’s PTSD and Riley not being out.
However, I have to admit that I felt like the Brandon situation didn’t work… Yes, I think if he had something bigger and more harmful against him, it would’ve worked and there was a bit of twist there that totally surprised me. Yet, I don’t think someone would do what Quinn was forced to do for the secret.
I also think with Riley becoming a bigger star, he would’ve been in the papers long before he was with Quinn.
Over all though I have to say I did enjoy the story. I liked the way the story flowed and the characters developed through it. There was only one sexy scene (that I can remember) but it was super hot and made me wish there’d been more.
Renee

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3 stars for For Mac by Brynn Stein (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Contemporary #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: For Mac
Author Name: Brynn Stein
Publication Date & Length: May 29, 2015 — 246 pages

Synopsis

Branson Farrell lost his parents when he was thirteen, and for the last ten years his brother, Mac, eight years his senior, has taken care of him. But Mac’s love came at a price. Both brothers were raised to believe being gay was completely unacceptable, and Branson has almost convinced himself he can be what Mac expects. When he looks at a man in a bar and Mac notices, Mac drags him off in horror.

Mac’s distress and disgust leads to a car accident that leaves Branson injured and Mac in a coma. Branson heals and stays at Mac’s bedside, but when Mac doesn’t recover, he is moved to a long-term care facility. There, Branson meets openly gay, confident, and attractive Liam Sullivan. Liam stirs feelings Branson thought he’d rid himself of, and to honor his brother, Branson fights tooth and nail against his attraction. When the cost of denying who he is becomes too high, Branson must battle a lifetime of hatred that’s been beaten into his body and mind to try for something of his own.

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ThreeStar

This story hits all the right buttons. Branson Farrell is a compelling young man dealing with his brother’s coma. Liam Sullivan, his brother’s nurse, is a fun, kind, and sweet Irish lad. Their romance is a slow build and a slow burn. This is the kind of romance novel you curl up with. It’s safe and easy to read.
This book is all about family. The families you get, and the families you choose. There’s a lot of medical stuff that was perhaps too jargon-y, but takes the story seriously. And there’s a good balance between a boy wishing for his brother’s return and a boy falling in carnal love.
The novel is long and goes along sedately, so consider it a true romance rather than a quick fix. And it gets three stars because, to be frank, the writing is not very strong. It’s mostly summary and telling, not showing. There’s storytelling talent underneath that will probably only get better.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you want a classic, traditional romance novel, without cowboys or babies or werewolves or jerks, you could be swept away too.
~C. E. Case

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  1. Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

    I find that my writing environment has changed over the years. I used to like music or background noise. I used to like to write longhand (and still do sometimes but now only if absolutely necessary) and used to write at a desk. Now, I sit in my quiet living room, in my recliner, curled up with my laptop and sometimes a bag of snacks (usually cheese curls).

  1. Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
    There are parts of characters that I relate to. Daniel from Living Again, because he’s also a teacher, and a bit of a loner. Gene from Through the Years, because of his sexuality and his patience with a friend who doesn’t always treat him very well. Branson from For Mac, to some degree, because of the dedication to family (though he takes it much farther than I think is healthy).
  1. If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

    Up until two years ago, it didn’t occur to me that I actually might ever be an author, in the true ‘getting paid for it’ sense, so I guess the answer to the question would just be what I’ve been doing. I’ve been teaching special ed kids for the last thirty years and loving every minute of it. I’m actually retiring from that this year. (You’re among the first to know). I’ll still be working with the same type of child but in one on one situations and focusing more on behavior than education. (I’m about halfway to my license in mental health counseling an already am a qualified mental health counselor).

  1. Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
    I’m not sure I could pinpoint specifics, but I know I’ve grown a lot as a writer in the last two years. The next book out, What No One Else Can Hear,coming out in July or August, was actually written prior to my first published book, Haunted, but I hadn’t submitted it until recently. I was shocked at how much more editing it required than my other books, just by virtue of how much better I am at the craft (relative to where I was when I first wrote the original manuscript).
  1. Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

    There are always things about every book I want to change or add. I’m not sure of specifics with this book really, but for long after I finish editing on a book, the characters still talk to me and tell me little pieces of dialogue or additional scenes. Or how scenes should have been rearranged. I’m never truly ready to say goodbye to the characters I guess.

  1. How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
    I always feel inadequate when asked this question because I never really have a good answer. Usually the ideas just come to me. Usually they’re sparked by some little thing that happens in real life but it doesn’t really have much to do with the overall story. For Mac came from a discussion my daughter had about a picture we saw on FB. Two guys who looked like they could be brothers. Both had serious looks. We were guessing what could be going through their minds. One of the many ideas we came up with was that one was gay and the other didn’t like it. Then my mind ran with it, pulling from real life experiences and those of loved ones, combined with bits and pieces of anything that I have ever seen or heard. Tossed in a mental bowl, blended generously, and voila…a new novel.
  1. What’s next for you as a writer?

I’m on a supernatural kick here lately:

I’m wrapping up the editing process for What No One Else Can Hear, which will come out in July or August. (I already have the cover art).   Stevie is a ten year old, diagnosed with Autism, who is actually an empath. He mentally calls to Jesse in Jesse’s dreams from across the country. Jesse finally finds Stevie in the waking world and thinks he’ll be able to suddenly help the overwhelmed empath cope with his ‘gift’. They make remarkable headway but then a disgruntled ex-co-worker throws a wrench in the works. Another co-worker (and love interest), Drew, helps Jesse through the tough time.

I have a contract on a short story called Lifeline, which should be out around October or November. It’s about Eric, who suddenly sees what he thinks at first is a homeless man whom everyone is just ignoring, but finds out later is the spirit of Dennis, a missing hiker.

I’m currently writing a story about a ghost from the civil war.

  1. Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
    I live in the bible belt, and yes it very much influences what I write. I live around and work with incredibly bigoted people who hide behind religion as a reason to hate not other gays but many entire groups of people. They are very outspoken about their narrow minded opinions and feel it’s their due to be able to hate whomever they want. Characters like this often creep into my stories, usually as background characters, but sometimes as more prominent characters. It’s difficult to keep them from looking two dimensional because the real people themselves come across as two dimensional. I’ve known some of them for four years and they haven’t emotionally grown a lick.
  1. What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

    Science fiction. Haven’t a clue why. I’ve just always loved it. If you go by a popular quiz on Facebook, it’s because I have alien DNA. It’s as good an explanation as any I guess. <G>

  1. Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
    I drink way too much caffeine, usually in the form of Mountain Dew, and have a love affair with chocolate that my waistline can attest to.

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I’ve always loved to write and wrote fan fiction before I even knew what it was called. When computers came along, with online communities and places to publish fan fiction, I wrote even more. Then a friend convinced me to try to have an altered version of an AU (alternate universe, meaning all but original) published. My manuscript was accepted and now I’m a ‘published author’.

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