Blog Tour, Giveaway, & Author Q&A – Fame and Fortune by TM Smith


Fame and Fortune
An All Cocks Story book #2
Love should be multiplied, not divided!

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Hello all! Thank you so much for joining us. Today we have a very special guest, Matthew Carlson, who’s graciously agreed to answer a few questions here at the Tea House. Mattie, thank you for stopping by.

A lot has happened since you found the flyer. Can you tell us what was going through your mind when you first stepped foot inside All Cocks?

I was scared to death to tell you the truth, and I almost bailed about a dozen times. After spending a couple years living on the streets, trust wasn’t something I possessed at the time. So it was hard for me to give in and allow Victor and Andrew to take care of me in the beginning. And I won’t even go into the fiasco that was my first shoot. I had a full on meltdown, wasn’t pretty.

How have Victor and Andrew changed your life?

Drastically. I sometimes find myself wondering what my life would be like were it not for my two angels. They saved me, of that I have no doubt. But they also gave me opportunities to better myself. I have a college degree, a job and a family that I wouldn’t have if they hadn’t seen something in me that was worth fighting for.

What was it that drew you to Victor? To Andrew?

That’s a great question. On the outside the two of them seem like polar opposites. But they are so alike in many ways. Very loving, kind and generous; I think that was the start of the attraction for me, that they were both good to me expecting nothing in return. Victor can be a bear and I must say, knowing that my man could squash you like a bug if you tried to hurt me, well, it’s quite a turn on. Andy is the cool, calm and collected one of the three of us. He rarely loses his temper. I think it was his patience and understanding that really drew me to him, and those amazing blue eyes sealed the deal.  

How challenging was it going from friends to lovers?

The first year we were together was very challenging. I was still very scarred and broken when I first moved in with Andy and Victor. While I was trying to work my way through the past and deal with all that, I was developing these feelings for both of them and certain they’d never be returned. So that in and of itself was painful for me. I know now that they were having some trouble dealing with their attraction to me, feeling like they were betraying each other more than anything. But once we all sat down and talked about it and made the decision, the three of us, to take it to the next level, we didn’t really care what anyone else thought about it.

What comes next for the three of you?

I’m not quite sure. I love my guys more than anything and don’t really care what we do as long as we do it together. Business wise we just continue to evolve and try to stay on top in an ever changing and challenging industry. In life, well, just because I chose to spend my life with these two men doesn’t mean I don’t want a family someday, as in children. We’ve talked about if briefly a few times, and while Andy is more agreeable than Victor is, I’m going to do everything I can to change his mind. It would be nice to hear the pitter patter of little feet running up and down the stairs here, instead of the clobbering hooves of our sometimes oversized models!

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Victor Dimir moved to America with his traditional Romanian parents when he was just a child. His Romani parents taught him their traditions and how to be a shrewd business man, but it was the attention of a classmate at school that taught teenage Victor about his sexuality. When he came out to his parents he knew it would be difficult for them to understand, but he never expected them to disown him.

Andrew Jones grew up with a single mom and his grandmother teaching him about life, he had an absentee father at best. The only thing the man ever did for Andy that stuck was buy him a camera for his thirteenth birthday. When Andrew went off to college on a scholarship to study photo journalism, he wound up falling in love with his Romanian roommate.

They became inseparable and wound up starting their own business together: a gay porn website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the internet at that time. After ten years together they were still perfectly happy, not realizing something was missing, until they met a broken young man that needed a family.

Matthew Carlson was homeless, jobless and broken. At sixteen he ran away from home after being brutally assaulted by several young men that he thought were his friends, and then being told he brought it on himself for being gay by his parents. Matthew has done a lot of things these last few years just to get by. When he finds the flyer for All Cocks, he decides to call and see where it leads. What has he got to lose?

Matthew has deep rooted scars that aren’t visible on the outside to most. But when he walks into All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew can see the darkness in his eyes; they also see him. Can three men that did not know they needed each other get past the stigma of society to find a place of happiness, together?

*Advisory warning: This story contains a scene of sexual assault.*

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A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee!

At 44 years young, she’s decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of “author” to her list of accomplishments. Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, Smith is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights.

Her series Opposites goes beyond the norm of society, exploring what society would be like were it the norm to be gay/lesbian. To be straight labels you the outkast. Her latest series, the All Cocks Stories, is set within the world of online gay porn.

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Character Interview, Blog Tour, & Giveaway – Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

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Hello all! Please welcome Michael Rodriguez from Santino Hassell’s Sutphin Boulevard!

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Interviewer: Hi Michael—or do you prefer Mr. Rodriguez?

Michael: If you call me Mr. Rodriguez I’ll be reminded me of my students, so let’s go with Michael.

Interviewer: Okay! Michael. Are you enjoying your summer so far?

Michael: Yeah. It’s been low key, but I’ll be traveling with my friend Nunzio soon and I’m looking forward to it. It’s been a hard year and he’s been the only person keeping me sane. I moved back to Queens to take care of my mother but she passed away, and  my little brother and I were completely unprepared. We don’t really have to talk about my mom, though. I’d rather not.

Interviewer: I understand completely. So, tell me about yourself?

Michael: I’m thirty-two, I’m Puerto Rican, and I was born and raised in New York City. I work at a high school in Brooklyn but I live in Queens. Up until my mom got sick, I was living in Manhattan which had always been my goal.

Interviewer: Any chance of you moving back?

Michael: Not sure. My salary hasn’t gone up in six years, but rent sure as hell has. Nunzio keeps suggesting I move in with him but that’s an awful idea. It would guarantee that I never have a functional relationship again. Every guy I’ve dated has been jealous of Nunzio. It would be ten times worse if we lived together.

Interviewer: Why are they jealous?

Michael: Have you seen him? He’s gorgeous.

Interviewer: I’m sure it doesn’t help that you also… work together? Is that right?

Michael: Yeah. We both applied to McCleary High School when it opened a few years ago. And we didn’t— *pauses, frowning* Look, we’re not co-dependent. We both liked the model of the school. It’s closely connected to a community center that does a lot of work with queer kids. Since we’re both gay, it appealed to us. The only other school like that in the city is Harvey Milk High School.

Interviewer: Ahhh. I see. Why did you both go into teaching?

Michael: *scowls* I feel like you think we’re really clingy with each other. We’re not. It’s not like that. *crossing his arms over his chest* We both grew up struggling financially and a city job provides security. Nunzio didn’t have role models growing up and he wants to be that for someone who may need it. And I’ve always wanted to teach. I love talking about history, and I love teaching young people to make connections between events so they can see why the world is the way it is. I could geek out about that all day long so I’ll stop there.

Interviewer: I love your passion. So, your childhood had a big impact. Can you tell me more about it?

Michael: Look, I’m not trying to have this be a big sob story. You know? Gay Latino teacher breaks through the barriers and overcomes his childhood struggles, etcetera. No thanks. My father was in and out of our lives, but my mom worked hard to buy us a house and my brother and I always had enough to eat.

Interviewer: How’s your relationship with your brother?

Michael: Raymond is a sixteen year-old boy trapped in the body of a twenty-four-year-old man. He’s smart but barely managed to graduate high school. You have no idea how frustrating it is for me to be a teacher who cannot even motivate his own brother. Nunzio has had more luck than me but all advice goes in one of Raymond’s ears and out the other.

Interviewer: Nunzio seems to be important to you and your family. When did you guys meet?

Michael: About twenty years ago? In junior high. It was the first day of seventh grade and we bonded by exchanging stories about our asshole dads. *smiles* You should have seen him back then. Skinny with all of this wild black hair and these super blue eyes. I’d never seen anyone so fucking pretty. Even now. He’s really something.

Interviewer: Mmhmm. When did you come out to each other as gay?

Michael: Nunzio told me that same year. We were watching this music video with Mary J. Blige and Method Man, and I was pretending to be into Mary J because pretending to like girls was a reflex even at thirteen. Anyway, Nunzio said he’d rather blow Method Man. I was like—whoah! It was really shocking to me because I was terrified of anyone finding out I was gay. I didn’t fess up to him until a while later.

Interviewer: And you never….?

Michael: Nope. We made out once in junior high but it never got any farther. It was weird.

Interviewer: But you’re so cuddly together.

Michael: So? He’s physically affectionate with everyone. I’m not, but I don’t mind him touching me. Just because we’re both gay doesn’t mean we have to be sleeping together. Not all gay guys are insatiable.

Interviewer: I’m so sorry. That’s not what I meant at all. But while we’re on the topic… why don’t you talk more about your past relationships?

Michael: It’s always a failure. Guys either get frustrated because I’m not out to my family or they’re jealous of Nunzio. My ex-boyfriend asked me to choose between them which shows how deluded he was. I would never choose anyone over Nunzio. I’d rather be single for the rest of my life.

Interviewer: Mmhmm.

Michael: Why do you keep saying that?

Interviewer: I’m not.

Michael: Uh huh. Listen, I have a phone call. Can we take five?

Interviewer: Is it Nunzio?

Michael: …

Interviewer: Mmhmm. Take your time.

Michael: *grumbles something inaudible and leaves the room*

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Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

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SH Author PicSantino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of queer fiction that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

 

 

 

Character Interview, Blog Tour, & Giveaway – Prickly Business by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade

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Hi, guys. Thanks to Charlie for hosting us today! It’s always a pleasure to stop by The Purple Rose Tea House. :)

Piper: We thought we’d do another fun post today and interview our main characters. For those who haven’t read the blurb yet, our characters are Dylan, a wolf shifter, and Avery, a hedgehog shifter. Dylan was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but Avery is a transplant to Oregon from Louisiana. As you can see in the blurb, they’re estranged when the story begins, and as you can probably imagine their road to romance is riddled with potholes.

We hope you enjoy the interview and learning a bit about our boys! :)

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Dylan: *walks in and sits* Sorry we’re late. The brat had to spend an extra half hour in the bathroom getting ready.

Avery: *huffs and sits down next to Dylan* This kind of beauty takes time, honey. I can’t just throw on jeans and a T-shirt and stroll out of the house.

Dylan: It’s an interview for a blog, Av. No one can see you but Piper and Kenzie. *winks at Avery* And I’m pretty sure they’ve seen you at your worst.

Avery: My mama would tell you that if you’re not going to look your best, don’t bother leaving the house.

Dylan: You always look great.

Kenzie: Hello. Dylan? Avery? Interview time.

Avery: *stops shooting flirty looks at his mate and straightens up* Okay. Interview time. Hit me.

Kenzie: Well, first off, welcome. We know you two have had quite the go of it and we’re happy to see you here with smiles–for the most part.

Dylan: Glad to be here. *whispers* Even if we were fashionably late.

Avery: *shoves Dylan’s shoulder* Ignore him. He doesn’t understand that in the fashion world, we’re totally on time. Early even.

Piper: Well, now that you’re here, let’s get to it. I’m sure you’ve both got places to be. First question is from me for Dylan.

Before you met Avery, would you say you had a certain “type” for guys you were attracted to? Or did it just depend on the particular guy?

Dylan: *clears throat* Well, not really a type. More… willing. You met Chance, right?

Piper: Oh, yeah. We’ve met Chance.

Dylan: Yeah, so his opening line was “I’m bendy.” If that tells you anything.

Avery: *side eyes Piper, Dylan, and even Kenzie* I can’t believe you’d ask that with me sitting right here. And trust me, Chance’s “bendiness” has nothing on mine.

Dylan: I wouldn’t know. *winks at Piper* Give her a break, brat. She’s just doing her job.

Kenzie: Okay, well, thanks for that. We may need to explore your bendy ways later. For now, let’s move on. This one’s for you, Avery.

Besides shoes and records, is there anything else you collect? Underwear, maybe?

Avery: Well, I do have a nice stash of underwear, but I wouldn’t say I collect it. Maybe clothes overall? I like to go thrift shopping. I know you’re thinking of Macklemore right now, but I’m serious. You can find some great gems when you know where to look. My favorite jean jacket came from a secondhand store.

Dylan: He’s not kidding about the shopping thing. One time he talked me into going. Four hours and all he left with was a T-shirt. A T-shirt. I won’t go again.

Avery: See, he doesn’t appreciate what I call “strategic shopping.” You don’t just go into a store and buy things willy-nilly. Quality over quantity, Dylan.

Piper: All right, before we go off on that tangent, let’s keep the interview going. Here’s another one for Dylan.

If you didn’t design motorcycles for a living, what else would you be doing?

Dylan: Oh, Jesus. Who knows? I’d probably have been in juvie way back when. If not there, then building something. Working with my hands is what I know. It would also have to be something that could involve the guys I grew up with. We come as a package deal. Always have.

Piper: Well, it sounds like you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing, then. How about a question from me to Avery this time.

What was your favorite thing about growing up in Louisiana? Do you miss anything?

Avery: I miss some of my friends sometimes. There were a few hedgehog families down there, but there aren’t any up here. Hedgehogs tend to be solitary, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone around who gets what it’s like to be a hedgehog shifter. I loved New Orleans and spending time there on weekends, getting into trouble. And I like the respect people in the South have for their elders. Or maybe I’m just used to it, so the differences in other parts of the country stand out more. I just think that they’ve had so much more life experience, they deserve a measure of respect. It’s the only thing about my parents’ world that I agree with.

Kenzie: On that same note, what’s it like being a smaller breed shifter in a city of much larger animals?

Avery: To be honest? Lonely. Even being solitary, I think my human side wants to fit in sometimes. It’s hard when you’re the “prey.” I only have so much strength in that form, and though I’m stronger than an average human, I’m still a weaker species among shifters. I get a lot of scorn for it sometimes. People call me a rodent and make jokes. Luckily, I’m not exactly lacking in the confidence department. For the most part, I don’t let them get me down. I might be small but I’m scrappy. *grins*

Dylan: You are scrappy. *loops arm around Avery* And hopefully not as lonely anymore.

Avery: Definitely not lonely anymore.

Kenzie: You two are adorable. Okay. This is for Dylan.

Tell me who Avery is to you.

Dylan: He’s a brat. He’s stubborn and snotty. He can’t cook to save his life and he’s spoiled to the nth degree. *smiles down at his mate’s scowl* But he’s also the most caring, most giving person I’ve ever known. He’s like something I’ve always needed but never knew about. Avery just fit into my life and now I can’t imagine it without him.

Avery: *melts into Dylan’s side* Nice save, by the way. With the way you started, I was starting to worry I might have to send you to the couch to sleep tonight. *grins at Piper and Kenzie*

Dylan: It’s all those things I listed first that make everything else worth it. My life would be boring without your hardheadedness.

Avery: I don’t think our relationship will ever be boring. I think that’s why we work so well.

Piper: I think Kenzie and I would agree on that. Okay, here’s another for Avery.

How did you first get into yoga? Why not spin class or kickboxing instead?

Avery: First of all, I don’t do group exercise classes. I would literally melt into a puddle during a spin class. I can’t handle getting too hot. Also, well… I have a problem with stress shifting. There are times when if I get too worked up, I’ll shift without meaning to. I wanted something that both helped me stay in shape and helped me center myself. Yoga provided both of those things. Though, now that you mention it, kickboxing might not have been a bad idea with some of what’s happened lately. *coughs*

Dylan: Well, kickboxing certainly wouldn’t hurt, would it?

Kenzie: True story. That’s about all the time we have today. Piper and I would like to thank you for coming out today and sharing your… um… thoughts with us. As always it’s been a pleasure.

Piper: It definitely has. Thanks again to Charlie Cochet for having us today, and thanks to all of you for reading. If you want to learn more about Dylan and Avery, be sure to check out the book! We had a blast writing it, and we hope you enjoy our boys as much as we do.

Catch you later, and happy reading!

 

~Piper & Kenzie

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BOOK DETAILS

Author Names: Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade
Book Name: Prickly Business
Series: Portland Pack Chronicles
Number: One
Release Date: July 27, 2015
Pages or Words: 97,000 words (approximately)
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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Piper Vaughn Bio

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

 

Kenzie Cade Bio

Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/Long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes the fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story.

Contact Kenzie at kenziecade.author@gmail.com. You can also find her online at her blog: kenziecade.wordpress.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kenziecade.author; and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/thekenziecade.

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