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5 Star Review for Bullheaded by Catt Ford #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Bullheaded
Author Name & Publisher: Catt Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2013 – 340 pgs

Synopsis

Aging bull rider Cody Grainger needs bullfighter Johnny Arrow for more than just protection in the ring. Their bond of trust goes beyond the professional and into love, but while their relationship holds up to the need for discretion imposed by their sport and repeatedly having to watch each other put themselves in the way of dangerous animals, other barriers still tear them apart.

For one thing, Cody is ten years older than Johnny. But instead of contemplating retirement, he focuses on winning the championship, desperate to stay on top. Johnny is only beginning to find the professional recognition he craves. When frustration leads Johnny to walk away, Cody’s season slumps. While they’re apart, they both slowly realize they are meant to be together. But machismo abounds in the sport of bull riding, and their pride might be an obstacle too big for love to overcome.

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FiveStars

Bullheaded is a perfect name for this book. Cody is definitely the most bullheaded character I have read about in a very long time.

Cody is a 32 year old bull rider who is having the best year when the book begins. He is well on his way for back to back win in points for the bull riding championship in Las Vegas.

Johnny is a 23 year old bull fighter who takes his job very seriously. He loves the trill of looking the Bulls in their eyes and being able to read them. He also loves being able to step in and save bull riders from the bull. Last but not least he loves Cody. But I guess the question is, Is love enough?

When I was reading this book I kept thinking to myself that Cody needed to get over himself. I felt like Cody thought everything and everyone should revolve around him and his needs and wants. He was actually a condescending jerk for the most part. He liked being the center of attention and even when teaching younger riders in the week long camp, I felt like he tried to make everything about him. If anyone else tried to lend the younger riders advice he was their to cut them off and make it out that it was his advice and suggestions. He really irked me and make me want to grad him out of the book and shake him a couple of times and tell him to get over himself.

I have to say that I was really proud of Johnny when he got fed up and said enough was enough. He decided to stand up for himself and tell Cody that he was leaving because his aspirations were just as important As Codys were. I was really proud of him. It was not easy for him to do because Cody was his heart but in my opinion he did the right thing because if not he would have been Codys doormat otherwise and he was so much more then that.

I truly enjoyed reading this story. I was able to picture all the rodeo scenes as if I was actually there watching the bull riders ride and the bull fighters protect the riders. There was amazing detail in this book and I especially enjoyed being able to see the characters grow into better men.

Such an amazing book. Great job on it Catt Ford

Tosha

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Linemates by D.K. Dunn (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Sports @dreamspinners @dk_dunn

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Title: Linemates
Author Name & Publisher: D.K. Dunn (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2015 – 224pgs

Synopsis

Life is going pretty well for Derek LaVigne. He’s playing professional hockey in Los Angeles where hockey is barely on the radar, and this allows him to live in relative anonymity. Derek’s world is tilted on its axis when he’s traded to the Detroit Wheels. Not only is this one of the top teams in the National Hockey League, he’ll also be playing in a city that lives and breathes hockey. It sounds like a dream come true, but soon enough it becomes clear it isn’t.

The reason for Derek’s change of heart is Trevor Ladouceur. Five years ago Derek and Trevor were linemates on Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. They were inseparable both on and off the ice and became known as the Wonder Twins. After winning the gold medal, they slept together. Trevor was gone the next morning, and they haven’t spoken since. Now they’re together again, and the expectation is for the Wonder Twins to help Detroit win the Stanley Cup. Much to Derek’s dismay, he realizes he’s falling in love with Trevor all over again.

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK**
This was a great story of a love that was lost only to come back into your life later on.. Although there wasn’t necessarily love there to begin with, there was an great friendship and one night of passion that ended in heartbreak.
I loved the way this story played out as there is a lot of feelings that have to be worked out before things can start to go well and the friendship (or more) can be explored.
The writing was excellent and left me wanting more even though the story was complete in every way.
The narrator did an excellent job adding to the story although there was a time or two when I felt like he didn’t quite hit the mark when trying to portray the emotions the characters should’ve been feeling. Other than that, it was very well done.
Renee
FourStars
This book was good but not great. It certainly had action on the ice (and I’m a big Detroit [RW] Wheels fan) but the action in the bedroom was lacking. It took me a while to warm up to Veens (Derek) and Laddie (Trevor) but I did kind of. The characters to seem to be lacking in depth but eventually I warmed up to them. Unfortunately it was more than half way through the book. I absolutely hated Trevor in the beginning; I mean he acted like such a total tool. Eventually Trevor gets his head out of his a**, all due to Derek’s injury, and they finally get together. The ending felt like it kind of left me hanging although this clearly did not have a cliffhanger. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would like to see more from Derek and Trevor.
Lynn
 ThreeStar
If you like lots of hockey and lots of hockey action this book is for you. If you want romance, this is not the book you want to read. There was more action on the ice than off. I was seriously skimming through parts of the book because I was so sick of hearing about hockey non-stop. I know it is a book about two hockey players and they live and breathe hockey, I get it. But that is seriously all the book is about, there is the back and forth with the hating Trevor from Derek’s point of view, then Trevor either being a super jerk or denying he is gay. NOTHING happens until right at the end of the book and then BAM it is just over! Trevor says he loves Derek, Derek has a few questions and then the book is over. We don’t find out if Trevor ever admits to anyone else he is gay, we don’t see if their relationship goes any further than one more bout of sex and words of love. This book had so much potential and fell short for me.
Angie

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5 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Tackling the Tight End (Long Pass Chronicles #3) by Tara Lain #MM #Sports @taralain

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Title: Tackling the Tight End (Long Pass Chronicles #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 15, 2016 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

Everyone wants the best for SCU student and tight end Raven Nez—and they know exactly what that is. Enter the NFL draft, become a big football hero, promote his tribe’s casino, and make a lot of money to help people on the reservation. Just one problem. Raven’s gay and he really wants to work with gay kids. Plus he figures a gay Native tight end will get flattened in the NFL. Then the casino board hires a talented student filmmaker to create ads for the tribal business and asks Raven to work with him. But the filmmaker is Dennis Hascomb, a guy with so much to hide and a life so ugly it’s beyond Raven’s understanding. Still he’s drawn to Dennis’s pain and incredible ability to survive.

Captivated by Raven’s stories of the two-spirited and by the amazing joy of finally having a friend, Dennis knows he has to break free from everything he’s ever been taught was good—but that’s a struggle that could kill him and Raven too. Is there a chance for “the great red hope” and the “whitest guy on earth”? A future for the serpent and the raven?

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FiveStars

Ah.. This was an interesting swing in this series. We got to see a lot more about the kid we didn’t like so much from the first book, Dennis.
There is a lot of hardship and struggles in this book, just like the first two. I have to say I applaud Ms Lain for being able to write three books that all have very different struggles that gay men or people in general have to deal with when in the spotlight, although this one isn’t so much about being famous as the expectations of family.
There is definitely some dark themes in this book, although they are very lightly touched on, their effects are long lasting as we see Dennis struggle with them.
I hope we get more from this series as it is such a captivating and touching series.
Renee

ThreeandHalfStars

The third book in the Long Pass series takes readers back to SCU. A few years after Will and Noah’s story, Raven Nez is SCU’s new star football player. Even from the outset, Raven is the perfect leading man. He is out and proud. He is confident with his native heritage and he works to support his band when he isn’t supporting troubled LGBT youth.

As Tara Lain doesn’t do angst-free romance, her other leading man is enough of a hot mess to fully compensate for Raven’s perfection. Dennis is the villainous blogger who outed Will during the first story. Readers who loathed him in that story have to wait quite a while in this one to find any redeeming qualities in him. Even when I finally started to see him as a victim, I struggled to like or respect him. And I certainly didn’t trust him.

In a romance, I need to feel balance between partners if I am to believe in the chemistry and a HEA. Here, Raven was just too strong and Dennis too weak for me to see them as a pairing of equals.

There were parts of this story I really loved. Raven’s native identity is fascinating. I loved the complexity of his relationship with his family and his band. I loved the complexity of his relationship with football. But whenever the story flipped to focus on Dennis, I struggled to stay focused and involved in the story.

I have really enjoyed this series so far. I love the diversity of Tara Lain’s leading men and I secretly enjoy the OTT angst in each of these stories. I just didn’t enjoy the pairing in this book as much as I did the pairings in the first two stories.

Sarah

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TWO 5 Star Review for Canning the Center (Long Pass Chronicles #2) by Tara Lain #MM #Sports @taralain

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Title: Canning the Center (Long Pass Chronicles #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 17, 2014 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

Six foot seven inch, 300 pound Jamal Jones loves football, so when he finds out the ultra-conservative owner of his new pro football team fired their current center because he’s gay, bisexual Jamal decides to stay in the closet and hang with the females. Then, at a small drag show, he comes face-to-face with his sexual fantasy in the form of Trixie LaRue, a drag queen so exquisitely convincing she scrambles Jamal’s hormones — and his resolve to nurse his straight side.

Trevor Landry, aka Trixie LaRue, hides more than his genitals. A mathematician so brilliant he can’t be measured, Trevor disguises his astronomical IQ and his quirk for women’s clothes behind his act as a gay activist undergrad at Southern California University.

To Trevor, Jamal is the answer to a dream — a man who can love and accept both his personas. When he discovers Jamal’s future is threatened if he’s seen with a guy, Trevor becomes Trixie to let Jamal pass as straight. But Trevor risks his position every time he puts on a dress. Is there a closet big enough to hold a football pro and a drag queen?

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FiveStars

Cheesy, tired plot-devices aside, I loved this. Jamal and Trixie/Trevor are really brilliant characters. Vulnerable in his rookie NFL year, Jamal is away from his huge supportive family for the first time, learning about the price of fame. Brilliant mathematician Trevor is hiding away as an undergraduate student by day and hiding even further as drag-queen Trixie by night.

Other reviewers have said all that needs to be said about the plot. It is more than a little melodramatic, creates OTT villains and leaves subplots dangling. It’s not perfect. But I would argue that the Jamal/Trixie/Trevor pairing is both original and beautifully written.

I liked Jamal in the first book of this series as Will’s friend. I absolutely adore him here, leaving college behind, choosing his adult identity and struggling to make good decisions.

Trixie/Trevor is a wonderfully unusual m/m hero. The author could have stopped at an androgynous identity, but instead she crafted an insecure mathematics genius behind the pretty face. It works. Well. Trevor and Jamal’s strengths compliment each other perfectly.

This is my favourite book in the series so far and I’d love to see the author craft more unlikely heroes in the future.

Sarah
FiveStars
This was another great story in this series about finding out who you are and what is most important in the grand scheme of things.
This is becoming one of my favorite series because of how it pushes the characters to look deep within themselves to figure out just what they want from life and when push comes to shove to decide what they need most.
I have to say I particularly loved that this one had to do with a cross dresser and the way that opened new possibilities along with all the trials that comes with it.
I don’t want to say too much about the actual story because I don’t want to give anything away but there are some unexpected twist and of course, people out for themselves that made me want to throw the book in frustration because the poor men had so much to deal with that was unfair.
Can’t wait for more!
Renee

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Outing the Quarterback (Long Pass Chronicles #1) by Tara Lain (AUDIOBOOK REVIEW) #MM #Sports @taralain

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Title: Outing the Quarterback (Long Pass Chronicles #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 19, 2014 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major, but secretly he attends art school and longs to live as a painter. And he’s gay. But if he can win the coveted Milton Scholarship for art, he’ll be able to break from his father at the end of his senior year.

In a painting master class, Will meets his divergent opposite, Noah Zajack. A scarred orphan who’s slept on park benches and eaten from trash cans, Noah carefully plans his life and multiple jobs so he has money and time to go to art school. Will’s problems seem like nothing compared to Noah’s. Noah wants the scholarship too and may have a way to get it since the teacher of his class has designs on him, a plan Will isn’t happy about.

When a gossipmonger with a popular YouTube channel finds evidence that Will is gay, the quarterback’s closet doors begin to crumble. Hounded by the press and harassed by other players, Will has to choose. Stay in the closet and keep his family’s wealth, or let the doors fall off and walk out with nothing. Nothing but Noah.

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
This was an awesome book. I really had a hard time putting this one down. There was so much angst and a need to know how it worked out or if it did. I was sucked in from the very beginning with Will and Noah and their off the charts chemistry.
There was a lot of twists and unexpected surprises in this story. I was cheering for the couple and shouting when bad things came up and crying when things would turn bad or not the way that benefited the men.
It’s hard to say much without giving away the numerous surprises, but I will say this is a story I highly recommend. It really displays the challenge of being in the closet and wanting someone you shouldn’t.
The narrator of this book did a great job of bringing a little something more to the characters and the story while enhancing the emotions and feelings being dealt with.
Renee
FourStars

Despite (or maybe even because of) the adolescent melodrama, I really enjoyed this story. Yes, Will’s life is a cliche – his wealthy parents are pushy, dysfunctional and slightly evil. His perfect girlfriend is a gold-digging bitch. He is a spoiled yet miserable rich boy. But it is Noah who really caught my imagination. The struggling artist, beautiful yet scarred and fiercely independent – I loved this character.

Will’s closeted life really frustrated me. Even though he uses his girlfriend as an unconsenting beard, he vilifies her for her interest in his money. He enjoys his parents’ money and the lifestyle it affords him but he complains about being trapped by it. However, as much as I didn’t really like Will at the start, this is a new adult book that tracks his journey to a more honest and real place.

Parts of this story are a little too simple for me. Characters are either good or bad with a host of forces conveniently conspiring against Will and Noah. But I really enjoyed the unlikely romance and the way Will grows up – from a spoiled child to a good, honest man by the end of the story.

I didn’t read these books in order and this is definitely not my favourite story in the series. But it is a sweet, angsty new adult story. And it is the beginning, the first story the others link back to.

Sarah

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3.5 and 3 Star Reviews for Stroke Rate #MM #Romance @lmsomerton

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Title: Stroke Rate
Author Name & Publisher: L.M. Somerton (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 23, 2016 – 183 pgs

Synopsis

Lucien Thorne likes to be in control, but the boy he wants to own may take some convincing.

Gorgeous but shy, Benedict Astor does his best to keep a low profile at the rowing club where he works. However, unbeknown to Benedict, he has attracted the attention of Lucien Thorne, rowing aristocracy, an Olympic medallist and a Lord.

Whilst looking for a new rowing partner, Lucien believes he has found what he needs in Ben. He pushes him to his limits on the water and it becomes clear that rowing with the pretty young man is not his only interest. Ben is attracted to Lucien but confused about his feelings. Lucien is demanding, arrogant and dominant—which Benedict responds to even though he feels he should resist.

Fighting emotions he doesn’t understand, Ben has to contend with the bullying rowing club president and a humiliating auction of promises.

Lucien recognises Ben’s hidden submissive streak and makes his own need for control very clear. He bids for Ben’s time and then forces Ben to admit to his own desire to test the ground between them.

When the deeds to the boat club are gambled away, Lucien and Ben must work together to save it. Will their growing love survive the pressure, Ben’s uncertainty and Lucien’s desire to own him completely?

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ThreeandHalfStars

Started off very slow and wordy. I did love the chemistry between Lucian and Ben. The sex was hot but at times it was very wordy and found myself skimming at times. I wanted to know more about Lucian and his family and I wanted to see more of what happened after the race between Ben and Lucian. The whole thing with Seb seemed kind of pointless and just filler when there was already enough filler in the book. If the story would have just focused on Lucian and Ben and their growing relation and their hot sex I think the book would have been better.

Angie

ThreeStar

I had a hard time with this story.  I usually really enjoy Somerton’s stories, but this one… I didn’t like how abrupt things happened in the story.

At first, you have the shy Ben – he’s picked on, bullied by Seb and trying to better himself by attending school.  He works hard, sleeps little and wants nothing more than to be allowed to row when he wants.  He’s a sweet character that eventually becomes kind of corrupt – not in a criminal way, but he loses his sweetness.

Lucien is hard, commanding and actually kind of scary, in my opinion.  I didn’t really like him at all during the story – as the dominant character.  I liked that he wanted to protect Ben, but the way he went about doing so was brash and not at all with the finesse that I’ve come to expect from Somerton.

Overall, this was just a ho-hum story for me.

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TWO 5 and 4 Stars for Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2) by Avon Gale #M/M #Sports @avongalewrites

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Title: Save The Game (Scoring Chances #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length: January 29th 2016- 200 pages

Synopsis

After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.

Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences.Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.

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FiveStars

This book was so good!

Riley is a goalie who after losing last year game to his hockey teams archrival decides to focus more on the game. He has a new roommate Ethan who is very loud and outgoing compared to Riley who is quiet and reserved. But once these two men admit to their attraction to each other.. Lets just say it was on and whew!!! So damn hot!

Now I love the way this author wrote this story. It was amazing and beautiful but at the same time so hot! You get the slow build up between these two men, then the way they explore everything together just wow! Who knew that quiet Riley could be like that in bed and damn. I also loved the way Avon Gale wrote these characters! Ethan and Riley are so good together you can feel the sparks flying between these two men. Let’s just say once I started this book I could not put it down, it was just so good!

So I will leave this review with… I 100% loved this book and would recommend this series!

Kara

fourstars

This was a great second book in the Scoring Chances series.  I loved Riley in book one and really great to like him even more in book two.

Riley is shy, honorable and wants to just play hockey and take care of those he loves.  Because he is able to do that due to his family wealth, he sometimes oversteps his bounds, because he is not used to having to ask for permission to use his money.  I felt so sad for him in terms of his family life – no child should have to go through what he did.

Then you have Ethan.  I love how he just breezes in to town and takes over Riley’s life – in a good way.  Ethan’s sisters and mom are awesome secondary characters.  They love him with a fierceness that only family can show.

What Riley and Ethan develop is so much more than friendship – they have a great chemistry and the steam factor is great too.  Thinking of Riley stretching brings a smile to my face.

This was a wonderful story about following your dreams and that it’s OK when your dreams change.

Also, the snippet of the next story – EEEKKK! I can’t wait!

AvidReader

FiveStars

This is turning into one of my all-time favourite hockey romance series.  This second book brings readers back for another season of Hockey Nights in Florida.  This time the action focuses on Riley, the Sea Storm’s goalie and Ethan, the team’s enforcer.

Much of the conflict in the first story centered around the rivalry between the Sea Storm and the Renegades.  A season later, both of our leading men are Sea Storm players and reader loyalties are undivided as we get to know the whole team.

I’m never fully convinced by gay-for-you plots, but this is thankfully pretty angst free and very nearly believable.  I truly believed in the chemistry between Ethan and Riley and I loved their contrasting characters.  Dedicated and careful, poor little rich boy Riley is the perfect match for unruly, undisciplined party-boy Ethan.

This story feels more serious than Breakaway.  While they are possibly more realistic characters, neither Riley or Ethan is as strange as Lane is at first or as complicated as Jared.  Riley’s family drama is dark and very complicated, but it is tempered by the warmth and affection of Jared’s family.

The Jacksonville setting is brilliant once again.  Professional hockey in a land of palm trees and baseball fans works really well.  The struggling, amateurish league will alternately delight and fascinate Canadian readers like me who only know hockey as a national religion.  This time, the two northern American players still experience a little bit of culture clash, but I missed the extreme culture shock experienced by the Sea Storm’s Canadian star in the first book.

The secondary characters in this book are fantastic.  Avon Gale may write m/m romance, but she also writes strong, well-developed female characters.  Ethan’s sisters are absolutely brilliant additions to the series and it was wonderful to catch up with Zoe again.

This is a great addition to a fantastic series.  Readers should start at the beginning with Breakaway, but this second book is an absolute treat.

Sarah

AuthorInterview

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

I generally write at a desk in my front room, which is facing a window. As much as I love music and as active of a person as I am, it has to be quiet when I’m writing if I’m actually going to get a lot of words written. Sometimes I can listen to classical music, but most of the time it’s just me and the keyclack, haha! I have ADHD so I’m easily distracted, but having the noise of cars on the road and ambient atmospheric noises keeps me from hyperfocusing too much. Though I have sat down to write in the morning and then stood up hours later, only to find the house is dark because I hadn’t turned on any of the lights! It’s amazing how fast time goes by when you’re lost in your head – for me, anyway!

 

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

Avery Hextall from my first novel, Let the Wrong Light In, is more like me than any character I’ve ever written. I was going through some issues of my own in terms of finding out what I really wanted out of life when I wrote that book, so I think a lot of me came through in his character. But Avery is also a morning person, neat and organized, and I am not a single one of those things. But everyone who knows me who read that book was like, “Yeah, I can definitely see you in that character.”

 

 

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

For my “day job” I’m a hair stylist, and I love it! I was working in non-profit development for about ten years, but I was unhappy and it wasn’t bringing me any kind of satisfaction at all. So I quit, went to beauty school with girls half my age (that was an experience, let me tell you) and got my cosmetology license. I love working with my hands, with people, and being artistic! At the moment I do both half-and-half, and while I’d love to write full time I’m not sure I could go without the people interaction, I’m way too much of an extrovert!!

 

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

I had no idea how much time I would spend on all the stuff relating to publishing that isn’t writing – the promo stuff, social media, that kind of thing. Luckily I’m pretty friendly and have no trouble talking to people (when I was a very little kid we used to live by a cemetery and my mom said she’d find me out in the backyard, talking to people at funerals!), but there’s so much more “administrative” things that go with being an author than I’d ever imagined. I knew writing took work and dedication because I’ve been doing it forever, but all this publishing stuff was new to me! Luckily there are so many supportive and awesome people in the m/m genre who are always willing to answer questions and help out. My publisher, Dreamspinner, is wonderful to work with – they are so great about answering questions and providing deadlines so that helps me stay somewhat organized.

 

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

As long as I feel like I’ve told the story the way I wanted to tell it, and stayed true to who the characters were in my head, then I’m good.

 

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

I watch a lot of hockey, of course, so that helps! I can’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t have some kind of story or another going on in my head. I always wonder what people who aren’t writers think about when they’re stuck in traffic or waiting in line! I’m a people-centric person and I like to think a character-driven writer, so most of my ideas are centered around my characters. But every now and then, I get an idea or two that’s about a place or a situation instead. Inspiration is easy for me, it’s the sitting down and getting things finished that’s the hard part!

 

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

I’m going to shift gears a little after the fourth Scoring Chances book and work on a fantasy m/m novel that’s nearly done. I have a couple of half-finished (okay, more than a couple, LOL) WIPs in my Google Drive that I want to finish up and hopefully submit. I’m also co-editing a charity anthology for the You Can Play Project, which promotes inclusion and tolerance of athletes of all sexual orientations in sports. V.L. Locey and I are hoping to have a collection of M/M hockey romances available by October 2016, with the proceeds being donated to the YCPP. So I’m also working on a story for that, of course, and a novella for Dreamspinner’s “States of Love” series about my home state, Kentucky. Lots of ideas and projects, let’s see if I can stay organized and not getting distracted by something totally different!

 

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

Currently I live in a Midwestern college town, where I went to college and graduate school. I grew up in a family that moved around a lot, primarily in the southern United States. My books tend to be set in the south as a result of that, and I like to challenge the stereotypes that all southerners are homophobic and racist. There are a lot of people working tirelessly in the south on behalf of LGBT rights, and I like the idea of creating worlds – even fictionally – where their efforts have paid off.

 

 

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

Because I’m such a people-oriented person, I like reading memories and biographies a lot. Horror is my favorite film genre, so I enjoy reading that as well. I read a lot of M/M Romance though, and am a pretty quick reader. My favorite book of all times is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

 

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

Oh, do I. I love caffeine and consume more Coke Zero than probably anyone else on the planet. I also love candy – sugary candy, like Sweet Tarts, Smarties (those are my favorite) and that kind of thing. I like IPAs and really hoppy beers, and I love Kentucky bourbon. As for shopping, the thing I spend most of my money on is books! But I’m pretty okay with that 😉

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