Friday, October 31, 2014

A Character Costume Party! The Snarkology Halloween Blog Jump #romance

I've had a friend choose two random comment leavers for my prize of a backlist book. 

The winners are: Joely and Phaedra! 

Congrats! And thank you ALL for participating!
Welcome to The Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop! 

Almost 60 authors have joined in with Halloween chatter, fun, and many prizes, including a $100 GC to Amazon or B&N. The list to follow is down yonder, or you can click the link above for the master list as well.

Mia Downing's Character Costume Party...

Of all of the holidays, Halloween is probably the most bittersweet for me now that my kids are teens. Long gone are the handmade costumes, the Walmart run the night before because the handmade costume isn't cool enough/broke/isn't ready, and the hiking around the neighborhood in search of candy. The only thing I don't miss is the candy. I know that sounds strange, but my kids are picky and I'd vow every year to only eat what they didn't like. Which is a lot. My new office chair is grateful my butt will not be getting any bigger this Halloween.

I've never written a Halloween story before, but I thought it would be fun to post what my characters from each book might like to go as if I threw them a Halloween party!

Spy Games: Trained for Seduction
Chase: Dom in leather (because he looks hot, and he wouldn't go as anything else)
Kate: His sexy school girl sub, probably the same outfit she wears in Birthday Games, because Chase thinks it's hot!

Spy Games: Lethal Limits
Jake: A sexy Doctor (or a sex Doctor) with dirty things in his medical bag, like lube and condoms.
Tia: A sexy Nurse

Spy Games: Endgame
Charlotte: A movie star
Aaron: A naughty cop with fuzzy handcuffs

Just Ask
Both Ryan and Jordan would show up in obnoxious Hawaiian shirts with straw hats and drinks with umbrellas.

Gavin: An Artist with a paint palette, paint brush and a spattered cape sort of covering
Erik: His male model (he'd probably carry a frame to stick his head through, and be in a toga with a leaf headress thing.)

Switching Leads (Campus Cravings)
John would go as a wounded equestrian and Finn would be his horse.

Wow, I wish I could really have this party! I hope you enjoyed.

Contest Details!
In addition to the grand prize option, I'm giving away a backlist ebook to a lucky comment leaver. Tell me what you think about Halloween, leave your email and you're in! If you're afraid to leave an email in comments, send it to me. Mine is listed on the sidebar. For every ten entrants I'll draw another winner!

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To hop along the Snarkology Halloween Blog hop, click the links to visit these other great authors! Each blog gives you another chance to enter for the grand prize.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Savor An Interview with Erin Finnegan and Sotto Voce #romance #contemporary

Today we have a rousing interview with Erin Finnegan, the author of Sotto Voce. This is a book about wine, relationships, and love. Enjoy!


Interview Questions:
Quick Round:

1.    Coffee, tea, or ... What's your vice?  Red, red wine.

2.    Favorite Movie? Alright, you've just discovered my Achilles' heel—naming my "favorite" anything. Let me narrow it to three of my favorites, movies I will always take time out for. First, a classic, one I can just about say all the lines along with the movie: Casablanca. Romance, romance and romance, set in an exotic and dangerous place with a hero who isn't quite and writing that you can never entirely get out of you head. Play it, Sam.  Next, a comedy that punches all my buttons: Bull Durham. It's smart, sexy and shockingly close to a real depiction of life in A League ball. And yes, I recite The Speech. Finally, because I still cry, every time Tony dies: West Side Story. Is there a better musical? I think not.

3.    Favorite color? On my walls, nutmeg. In my closet, shades of blue. In my glass, a rich, dark crimson.

4.    Favorite book/author? Classics: Jane Austen. Any Jane Austen, really, though I have a huge spot in my heart for Mansfield Park, because for a woman in that era to have published that story, using her real name, was the kind of ballsy most people don't give Austen credit for. Among contemporary authors, a terrible toss-up between Tom Wolfe and Elmore Leonard. From the first time I read Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers in a college journalism class to the umpteenth time I read The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe is the kind of author I can't enough of. And Elmore Leonard, with sparkling wit and crisp dialogue, proved that an author could be equally good in two utterly unrelated genres. And finally, life-long influence: Dr. Seuss, especially Green Eggs and Ham. I know a band that performs it as a rap. And throws Pixie Sticks to the audience. Like I said, life-long influence.

5.    How do you feel about bacon? Contrary to the image of all Southern Californians being kale-loving vegans, I am firmly in the pro-bacon camp.

The real questions...

Tell us about yourself.
Wine isn't just a vice for me. It's a lifestyle. I own a small vineyard where I produce Syrah and Zinfandel. I'm a native Southern California girl who has spent a professional lifetime in journalism and media relations, and a real lifetime playing and loving all kinds of music, devoting myself to the ups and downs of the Los Angeles Dodgers and spending far too much time trying to de-shed two very shaggy sheepdogs.

What's under your bed? Dust bunnies, and occasionally the cat.

What comes first, plot or characters? Give me a moment to waffle, because I think it's really a combination of the two. It's difficult for me to consider even breaking open a composition book (yes, I use those old school comp books to outline ideas) without having some sort of story in mind. But right on the heels of that first plot vehicle, I think it's important to consider the characters driving it.  

Pantser, plotter or hybrid? Tell us about your writing process. I plot, I research, I structure—and then I often throw it all out and fly by the seat of my pants. But even if the outline isn't particularly detailed, I like to know where my story's going before I write it. And not long after I write the first words of a story, I write the very end, so I know exactly where my characters are going. I know people who can't imagine doing this, but for me, it's an absolute necessity.

Oddest thing on your desk? Odd is relative, isn't it? I mean, my office is decorated with dashboard hula dolls and some Dodger bobbleheads, which feels entirely normal to me. I think it's the remnants of old careers that feel odd now: the journalism and public relations awards that still sit on my bookshelf, and the proclamation by the California Legislature on my wall. Of course, that's not my desk, is it? So maybe I should just say my little wind-up robot toy, who helps distract me whenever I get stuck.

What's your most interesting writing quirk?  I'm not sure I really have one, but I suspect it's the old habit I developed as a newspaper reporter of being able to write pretty much anywhere, and using whatever device necessary to take notes. Cocktail napkins are especially handy.

What's your favorite thing about the genre you write in? I love watching the evolution of LGBTQ romantic fiction to something that is not only embraced by readers of all kinds of backgrounds, but also as quality, well-written fiction. I get asked a lot why so many women write and read m/m romance. I think the answer's simple: because love is love, and this is just another take on it.

What's the hardest thing about being an author? I think for a lot of writers, the right answer to this is having to promote a book after you've written it. But for me, it's much more about another old journalism habit—procrastination. I think it comes from the adrenaline rush of deadlines—at least, that's what I've always told my editors. But the fact of the matter is the crunch of work is far more intense with a book than it is with a 1,000-word news story.

What's the easiest thing about being an author? Working in my pajamas, hands-down.

What do you wish someone had asked you for an interview question? Here's your chance to get the soap box!  Surprisingly, no one has asked me about the relative merits of forced malolactic fermentation methodologies versus a dependence on naturally-occurring yeast  strains in the production of Syrah.

Just kidding. I'd actually have loved it it someone had asked about the role of fan fiction in developing an original book, because that's a fascinating and relevant subject in this genre.

Before the prominence of 50 Shades—no matter what your take on the book itself—fan fiction was something that wasn't discussed much, at least openly, in publishing. Now, it's like a new gold rush for some major publishers to find the next EL James. What they're failing to recognize is that there are an enormous number of talented writers developing works of fiction within the fan community. It's a way to get instant feedback on a story concept, development or characterization, and it can be both a wild and supportive community in which to develop your work.

Tell us about your latest release!  Sotto Voce is a story of love and wine, when Tom Baldwin, a critic from a New York-based magazine, is assigned to spend a year in California's wine country, setting up a competition to pit the big name wineries of Napa against small artisan winemakers of Sonoma. In order to succeed, Tom is going to need the help of handsome, enigmatic vintner Greg Kennedy, who has shut himself off from the world at a remote, bucolic winery. Greg may hold the keys to Tom's success, as well as his heart.


Blurb for Sotto Voce...

 New York-based wine critic Thomas Baldwin can make or break careers with his column for Taste Magazine. But when his publisher orders him to spend a year profiling rising stars of California’s wine country and organizing a competition between the big name wineries of Napa and the smaller artisan wineries of Sonoma, his world gets turned upside-down by an enigmatic young winemaker who puts art before business.

Sotto Voce is the story of love and wine, and how both require patience, passion, an acceptance of change—and an understanding that sometimes, you have to let nature take its course.

Available at Amazon

About the Author...

Erin Finnegan is a former journalist and editor. She was born and raised in Southern California, where she lives with two sheep dogs and grows, ferments and drinks Syrah and Zinfandel in the foothills outside Los Angeles. 

Sotto Voce is her first novel.

Connect with Erin on the Web...
Twitter at @eringofinnegan.


Contest Details
Erin will be awarding a Multi-format Sotto Voce eBook to 10 randomly drawn winners and a Grand Prize of a $25 B&N gift card will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner, all via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Breaking the Rules with Mel Curtis #romance #novella

Today we have romance author Mel Curtis discussing the idea behind her latest in the Hollywood Rules series, Breaking the Rules. She's got some special stuff for you at the end, so read and enjoy!



Breaking the Rules by Mel Curtis

When I began writing the Hollywood Rules series, I wanted to color my world with characters that could branch into other stories. From Book 1 (Amber Rules): Lyle Lincoln (the gossip columnist), Cal Lazarus (the many-times divorced movie producer), and Jack Gordon (the owner of my NBA team, the Flash). At first, I had Jack’s estranged wife, Vivian, in mind for a walk-on role. But from the beginning, this strong woman made it clear – she wasn’t a Hollywood clichĂ©. She wanted her own book! Somehow, I don’t think Viv would’ve had this type of story in mind, but it’s fun to put such a strong character in such a helpless situation – with the man she loves, but is giving up on! Too bad she doesn’t realize he’s not quite ready to let her go.


Blurb for Breaking the Rules
To say Jack and Vivian Gordon’s marriage has been rocky would be an understatement. The Gordons have been on a roller coaster of love and lust, but can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time. This power couple needs a time-out to find their happily ever after. And life coach to Hollywood’s rich and powerful, Cora Rule, has just the solution – have the couple sign their divorce papers in a safe room…and lock them inside.

Excerpt from Breaking the Rules
Vivian Gordon had a problem.

A six-foot-two-inch hunk of a problem.

Sex with Jack hadn’t solved the problem. Marrying him hadn’t solved the problem. Leaving him hadn’t solved the problem.

The problem was that Viv loved her husband, but Jack didn’t love her.

It wasn’t as if Jack was incapable of love, as some of Hollywood moguls seemed to be. No, Jack had passion aplenty, but it was for the NBA team he owned, the L.A. Flash, not for a woman. Not for Viv.

Viv watched Jack swim his daily laps with strong, commanding strokes. Heaven forbid Jack didn’t get his laps in. If he didn’t, he was the biggest shit.

Her Gianvito Rossi black suede lace up heels clicked slowly across the white marble tile as she approached the patio doors in the house they’d once shared. Her cadence was one of a doomed prisoner being shown the open door of the gas chamber.

This is the end.

And she’d chosen the execution date.

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Bio/Info for Mel Curtis

Melinda Curtis is an award winning, USA Today recommended, Amazon best selling author. She writes independently published, steamy Hollywood Rules series as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age except a lot hotter.” Melinda also writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”.

Twitter: @MelCurtisAuthor

Special Offers
Readers of this blog can download a FREE copy of Amber Rules from Melinda’s web site October 27-November 2, 2014. Amber Rules is Book 1 in the series. There are three books currently out in the series, plus 2 novellas.

Link: Username: Amber_Rules Password: blogtour2014

Readers of this blog will be sent a FREE sweet new adult novella set within the Hollywood Rules world by signing up for Melinda’s book release email newsletter.


Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Meet George Hamilton from The Shucker's Booktique #TWRP #paranormal #romance

Today we have fellow The Wild Rose Press author J.C. McKenzie spotlighting The Shucker's Booktique, her new Lobster Cove series release, with a really fun character interview. J.C. pens paranormal romance which is a favorite of mine, so I bet this is a great read. The entire Lobster Cove series has been really fun. She also has some great prizes to give away!! Enjoy!


Meet George Hamilton from The Shucker's Booktique (Lobster Cove series)

1.)     What is your name?

George Hamilton the third of the Lewiston, Maine Hamiltons.

2.)     Can you give us a little background information about yourself?  (For example where you live and what year it is.)

Obviously, I’m from Lewiston, and if I didn’t like watching that plump mouth of yours move, I’d take issue with repeating myself. Next time, I won’t be so understanding.

3.)     Do you have any siblings?

My parents stopped at perfection. They have me. They only need me.

4.)     Any pets?  Do they play a large part in your story?

Why on earth would I let some mangy, tick-ridden pest into my home for the sole purpose of having to care for it, feed it, groom it, and pick up its shit? Having a girlfriend and keeping her ignorant to all the chicks I bang on the side is hard enough.

5.)     How would you describe yourself?  (I mean in terms of personality here.)

I’m very talented and knowledgeable about the world. I have high expectations and look down on those who can’t meet them. I don’t like to be disappointed and I like to control all aspects of my life.

6.)     Describe what your typical day would be like.

  I wake up and shower. I expect my girlfriend to have breakfast prepared for me by the time I’m ready to eat. I go to work. I nail my secretary in my office usually around lunchtime. I like to bend her over my desk and then make her pick up all the forms and folders after I’m done with her. After work, I go for drinks with my old frat-buddies. If there’s a chick gagging for it at the club or pub, I’ll give it to her in the bathroom stall. I go home. Dinner better be ready. I usually fall asleep around ten.

7.)     What was your first impression the hero/heroine?  Did it change as you grew to know him/her?

Weak. And perfect to appease my parents. They’ve been nagging me for years to find a good wife and settle down. Willa fit the role. I spent a long time grooming her to be the ultimate, dumb companion. Then she met that guy. The big one with all those ridiculous muscles. Then things went to hell.

8.)     If you could do something forbidden, what would it be?  Why?

That’s a silly question. I already do whatever I want.

9.)     What is your favorite time of day?  Why?

The first moment I walk into my office in the morning. I love watching my employees snap to attention. I can almost see their bodies vibrate anxiety and knowing that I cause it…yes, definitely my favorite time of the day.

Blurb for The Shucker's Booktique:
After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker's Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa's heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she's missing and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?

Excerpt from The Shucker's Booktique:

Thump! Thump! Thump!
No! She gasped. It couldn’t be. The banging on the front door of the booktique had to be a figment of her imagination. She couldn’t will Lon into existence. Why would he come back? Especially if he was involved. Unless…cold ice prickled up her spine…unless he needed to eliminate her to take care of loose ends.
No. Crazy thoughts, Willa. He could’ve taken care of her the night before. No, her heart hammered against her chest for a different reason. But it didn’t matter. The knocking on the door wouldn’t, couldn’t be him.
Thump! Thump! Thump!
Could it? She clutched her hot mug in both hands and turned toward the doorway leading to the bookstore. From the kitchen in the back room, she had a clear view through the store to the front door, but not who stood on the other side.
“Willa!” Lon growled. “Wake up and let me in!”
Willa gasped and almost dropped her cup. The tea sloshed around and some spilled over her hands. It burned, but she didn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. Somehow the air got trapped inside her throat. Why was he here? What did he want?
Oh God, let it be me!

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About the Author:
Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Contact Information:

Contest Details!

Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card

She's also giving away...
5 e-book copies of The Shucker's Booktique
3 e-book copies of Shift Happens.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Sexy, #Paranormal Romp In Hell's Bounty #TWRP #eroticromance

Today I'm featuring fellow TWRP author Kayden Claremont's book blast tour. She's spotlighting her dark paranormal erotic romance, Hell's BountyKayden will be awarding $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during this tour and the Review Only Tour, here.



Blurb for Hell's Bounty
Raven Hart, a succubus bounty hunter for Hell, is on a hunt. With her query in sight, she hits a brick wall, or rather the very hard chest of a giant sexy man. She might have lost the prize for now, but she's a winner when the hottie wants to get physical.

Marcus Dionysius, a Nephilim working for Heaven, has one mission—to prevent Hell’s beauty from stealing souls meant for the higher plane. But he soon realizes he’s met his sexual match. She’s naughty enough to tempt his senses, but her innocence means he can’t walk away when she needs him most.

Working together to discover who’s snatching souls from Heaven, they realize the true danger is falling in love.

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Excerpt from Hell's Bounty

A giant of a man ducked as he entered the bar, paused, took off his sunglasses, tucked them into his jacket pocket, and waited for his eyes to adjust to the dim lighting. He surveyed the bar, then decided his path. Keeping his head high and his eyes skimming the people, he avoided eye contact with everyone.

She watched him. An undeniable current of electricity pulsed through him. Stopping beside her, he dwarfed her slight stature with colossal height, muscular build that showed through the suit, and an air of confidence that made everyone in the bar notice him. He signaled the bartender for a single-malt whiskey, neat.

Once the drink showed up, he cradled the glass in his immense hands, then nodded at her and took a sip of the golden liquid. Pure ecstasy showed on his face. “You waiting for someone special?”

Raven tried to fight the attraction arcing between them. “Everyone is special”

A smile crept across his generous lips, and humor twinkled in his mocha eyes. “I guess.” He took another sip.

Scanning him from head to toe, she asked, “How tall are you?”

He looked down at her with choirboy eyes and his smile widened. “Seven-five, give or take.”

Running her fingertips around the top of the glass she surveyed him once more. If Raven didn’t know better, she’d think he was an immortal, but she could usually sense them. Each immortal had a unique aura about them, a distinct imprint whether fae or shifter or undead.

Kayden Claremont Bio 

Kayden loves sexy, well-crafted stories of lust and love.  Her sensuous style drives the characters in lustful romps.
Her paranormal erotic novella, Hell’s Bounty is published by The Wild Rose Press.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime International; Sisters in Crime Toronto;  Sisters in Crime Toronto Executive;  Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers.

When she’s not at her day job she’s crafting more tales of love or spending time with her husband and children.

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Contest Details
Kayden will be awarding $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during this tour and the Review Only Tour, here.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Exclusive Excerpt of Morningstar by Robyn Bachar #menage

Today we have an exclusive excerpt on Robyn Bachar's Virtual Tour for Morningstar. This is a sci-fi m/f/f adventure. The cover and excerpt are intriguing! Robyn will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



BLURB for Morningstar:

Desire is an addiction that could destroy them all.

The second son.

Lieutenant Commander Jace Harrow is the second son of House Morningstar—the spare, not the heir. Armored with an arrogant mask, Jace keeps the world at arm’s length to protect those around him from becoming targets for his bloodthirsty brother.

The broken sword.

Lieutenant Bryn Viera was a shadow sword and a decorated officer, dedicated to protecting her people. But for the past five years she has lived as a slave and has the scars to prove it. Bryn vowed to escape or die trying—until she met Sabine.

The slave.

Born into slavery, Sabine never expected to fall in love. Her feelings for Bryn sparked her desire for a new life, but now Sabine is in phase, consumed by the need to mate with a male. Her dream of freedom with Bryn is on the brink of destruction, for to deny the phase means death.

Thrown together by the unforgiving demands of the phase, they must unite to save Cyprena’s people from a deadly new bioweapon—or be destroyed by the scars of their pasts.

Warning: Contains an arrogant officer with a weakness for having his hair pulled, an insatiable empath, and a badass warrior woman who form a male-female-female threesome sizzling enough to melt your shields.


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT for Morningstar!

The captain sighed, but before she could reply the doors opened again and a male Cy’ren entered—the male from the station, Harrow. He was still armed and armored, and Bryn automatically began looking for weak spots to exploit as her hands clenched into fists.

“I gave you an order, Lieutenant Commander.”

He paused just inside the door, his hands behind his back. Though he spoke to the captain, he looked past her, his gaze locked on Sabine. “Indeed. I came to inform you that the indexer has information regarding the bioweapon developed on Nepheros. He believes he can find the location of the current research facility if he has stronger network access.”

“And the comm. system is down, so you decided to inform me of this in person?” Captain Hawke replied.

He ignored her, fixated on Sabine. Bryn shrugged off Dr. Morgan’s attentions to her wound and slipped from the bed, putting herself between Sabine and Harrow. “She’s my mate. You can’t have her.”

“A female cannot take another female as a mate,” Harrow said.

Bryn glared at him. “House Wintersend grants shadow swords the rights of a male, therefore I can.”

“House Wintersend is a minor house without a seat on the ruling council. Their laws hardly matter,” he countered.

“You gave us your word that we would all go free. Does House Morningstar’s honor hardly matter?”

Harrow snarled. “How dare you!”

“That’s enough,” the captain barked.

With a warning growl Bryn snatched up her sword. “I will end you if you try to take her from me.”

Harrow’s expression darkened, but before he could attack the sting of a hypo bit Bryn’s neck and the world went black.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Robyn Bachar enjoys writing stories with soul mates, swords, spaceships,

vampires, and gratuitous violence against the kitchen sink. Her paranormal romance Bad Witch series, historical paranormal romance series Bad Witch: The Emily Chronicles, and spicy space opera romance trilogy Cy’ren Rising are available from Samhain Publishing. Her books have finaled in PRISM Contest for Published Authors, the Passionate Plume Contest, and twice in the EPIC eBook Awards.

As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in mmorpgs

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

After The End With Sara York #mm #glbt #dystopian #NewAdult

Today we have author Sara York in the hot seat with an interview and discussing her newest release, an m/m New Adult dystopian, After The End. She's sponsoring a tour-wide prize with some great 2nd and 3rd place prizes, too. Enjoy the interview and a great excerpt!


Quick Round for Sara York...

Coffee, tea or...what’s your vice? COFFEE. It’s important. Really, I need coffee.

Favorite Movie: The Bourne Series, all 4 of them.

Favorite Color: Blue and purple, I can’t have just one.

Favorite book/author: This is a tough one. My favorite book of all time is...I can’t pick. There are too many good ones.

How do you feel about bacon? On the eight day God gave us bacon. He tried to keep it to himself by telling the Israelites they couldn’t eat it. It’s the food of the gods, but somehow humans have it in the grocery stores and at restaurants. Bacon goes with everything.

The Real Questions... 

Tell us a little about yourself. 
I’m fairly boring. Really, I am. I do like to workout. I like to lift weights and sweat, also, I like to watch the Bourne movies.

What’s under your bed?
A set of folding chairs. We moved into a house that is half the size of our old house. The chairs had to go somewhere.

What comes first, plot or characters?
I really don’t know. Sometimes it’s the plot, other times it the characters. For A Southern Thing it was the characters, for After The End, it was the plot.

Pantser, plotter, or hybrid? Tell us about your writing process.
Pantser with a bit of plotting thrown in for fun, but you shouldn’t have too much fun so I keep the plotting to a minimum.

Oddest thing on your desk?
I don’t have a desk.

What’s your most interesting writing quirk?
I really have to be listening to music to write but I can’t be watching TV. I write better with coffee, if someone threw bacon at me while I was writing, I wouldn’t be upset.

What’s your favorite thing about the genre you write in? 
I love how we get to change lives. A few months ago I received a review on the Texas Soul series about how the series changed her views on gays and whether gay men could love each other. Prior to reading my book she didn’t really believe that gay men could have such deep love for each other. That’s some cool stuff, being able to help people see that gay men are really great people and deserve the same rights as the rest of us.

What is the hardest thing about being an author? 
Writing. Some days I can barely get two words strung together.

What’s the easiest thing about being an author? 
The coffee. People think we run on coffee so they give me coffee. It’s a great perk.

Tell us about your latest release! 
After The End is a kick-ass dystopian, new adult, mm, take you to the edge of your seat type of book. Dean is William’s booty call, but William wants more, he just has no idea how to get it. When the world comes to an end, he chases down Dean, dragging him out of the hood. Both of the guys have to come to terms with the world changing around them and their relationship. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride that will leave you with a sense of hope.

After The End Blurb:
With international flights crisscrossing the skies on an hourly basis, are we ever really safe?

When a strain of the Ebola virus mutates; it spreads quickly leaving the medical community shattered. People are dropping in the streets and life, as most know it, comes to an end. Two city dweller survivors, Dean and William, are forced to flee the city and live in the wilderness—where dangers lurk behind every tree and in every valley. Not everyone alive after the end is good, and William and Dean are faced with challenges that would bring many to their knees.

Growing up in the hood of Atlanta, Dean knows how to overcome trials, but he knows nothing of love. Can he sustain a relationship with William, or will his doubts end them before they even have a chance?

From birth William has had a silver spoon in his mouth and two in each hand, but the end brings him face to face with reality where he has to take responsibility for his life. After the end, money has no meaning, and life is lived on the edge.

Join William and Dean after the end and find out how close to the edge they come.

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After The End Excerpt
After he finished, both of them satisfied, William pulled him up and brushed his lips over Dean’s. The kiss was charged with sensuality and caring. At first Dean stilled, wondering what the hell had gotten into William. They’d kissed before, but not like this. Not with William’s hands caressing his neck and face, and certainly not with the passion he felt flowing from the guy. He was a booty call to William, nothing more. The kiss spoke of love and caring, not hooking up and getting off.

Surprised, Dean tried to process the sensations and stop his feelings from running over his good senses. This wasn’t real. They’d changed a little since those first few times, but he wouldn’t acknowledge the difference. Speaking about the changes would mean they’d have to confront the truth, and no matter how many times they got off together, William would never really be his.

“I’ve left you some money under my pillow,” William whispered.

Pain lanced Dean’s heart. No matter how gentle William was with his kisses, he’d never really respect him. Dean shook his head, and tried like hell to hang onto his anger. “I can’t accept your money.”

“Take it. It’s not for sex. Okay, I...hell, I know about your parents and your house. I can’t....”

Heat filled Dean, his whole body burning like never before. “What the hell have you done?”

“Get real, I’m not going to ask you to be my...mistress isn’t the right word, but I want you around, you know, living close to where I do. I can’t offer more than that right now, but dammit, we’re good together.”

Dean stepped away from William and scowled. “I’m not some whore you can buy.”

“I didn’t say that. I know you’re smart. Hell, everyone at Blackwell knows you’re the smartest guy in school. But I want you.”

He shook his head violently, the food sitting in his stomach threatened to come up. “I can’t take your money.”

“Dean, please. I want you to be able to eat this week.”

Anger flashed. “My God, you don’t get it, do you?”

“No, I sure as hell don’t. Just take the fucking money. My parents give me a thousand dollars a week and I don’t have to pay for anything. I have cash and it’s disgusting. I don’t want it all, but I want you in my life.”

Dean started pulling on his pants. As he tugged them over his thighs he realized he’d forgotten his underwear. He almost left them in his haste to get away, but William was right. He was fucking poor. If he left the underwear here, he’d only have three pair that didn’t have holes in them.

William grabbed his shoulders as he stood from retrieving his underwear. He was pressed up against the wall and held there. Dean wouldn’t meet William’s gaze.

“Please, don’t be this way. Don’t end it like this,” William begged.

Dean stilled, his heart thudding. “You know it’s going to end soon.”

“We can work something out,” William pled. His brows bunched together and his eyes were full of desperation. The man looked adorable and heartbreakingly bad for him all at the same time. Dean would lose himself, his self-worth, and his future if he stayed.

Author Bio:
Writing is Sara York's life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can't help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning.
Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun.
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