Author Interview & Giveaway – Stolen Dreams by Sue Brown

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Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me today. I have the lovely Sue Brown here, and she’s kindly taken some time to answer a few questions. Sue, could you tell us a little about yourself for the folks joining us?

Sue: Thank you for having me. I’m a mum of two teenagers and two dogs. They own me. I’m a Londoner born and bred and I have a thing about cowboys. I’ve been writing M/M Romance since 2010 when I submitted my first story to Dreamspinner. I came via fanfic and owe my writing career to Captain Jack Harkness (Doctor Who and Torchwood). Oh, and I can be bribed with chocolate.

Charlie: What do you feel is the most challenging part of being a published author? What do you enjoy most about being a published author?

Sue: I think the hardest thing for me is maintaining the momentum of promotion and writing, and working ‘Sue Brown’ as a business. It’s been a wretched few months and keeping all the balls in the air has been very difficult. What do I enjoy most? Talking to readers, authors and friends around the world. They’ve been a huge support in difficult times. It’s not just a writer/reader relationship. There is friendship and love both ways.

Charlie: Is there a genre you don’t write in now that you would love to write? Do you have a favorite genre to read?

Sue: Answering this in reverse. I only read M/M romance, but within it I read everything from crime to BDSM to cowboy. I would like to write crime and fantasy with gay characters.

Charlie: You’ve visited the States quite a few times. Can you tell us what you’ve enjoyed the most about your trips to the US? Is there something you wish you could have taken back with you to the UK?

Sue: It’s the same answer both times. I loved meeting all the people, especially at the cons. There is something special about meeting all the people I talk to every day. And I wish I could have sneaked them all back in my suitcase.

Charlie: What’s your favorite part of the writing process? Your least favorite?

Sue: My favourite part? Typing the end. My least favourite part is mid-plot droop. For some reason I always struggle in the middle of the plot.

Charlie: If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Sue: Oooh, invisibility. I’d love to be able to sneak around and spy on people. That makes me sound a bit creepy, doesn’t it?

Charlie: Which one of your characters is more like you?

Sue: That is such a hard question! Probably Nathan in Nothing Ever Happens. We’ve been through similar experiences.

Charlie: If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your characters, who would you choose and why?

Sue: Sam from the Isle series. Definitely. Because all the Owens would come and rescue him. If Paul got stranded they’d probably leave him there.

Charlie: What five things would you have with you on the island? Food and water are provided.

Sue: Wifi, computer, chocolate, coffee and wine. I know I’m assuming there would be electricity.

Charlie: What’s one place you haven’t visited that you would like to?

Sue: New Zealand because of the scenery.

Charlie: What are you working on now?

Sue: Three books at the moment. In-Decision, part of a series with Lisa Worrall, The Gentlemen’s Club, a Regency, and finally a crime series – working title Last Week’s Murder.

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BOOK DETAILS

Title: Stolen Dreams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
ISBN: 9781632164049 [ebook]
Length: 240 Pages
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: Jan 30th, 2015

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After cheating on and losing the man he loved, Morgan Conway decided to get his life right. Now he owns a coffee shop and is engaged to Jase, an actor and rising star. All is perfect in his world until the man he thought was gone forever walks into his shop. His hidden feelings rush to the surface, unfortunately there for everyone to see, including his fiancé.

Shae Delamere was crushed when Morgan cheated on him five years ago. But he has a reason for seeking Morgan out. As Morgan and Shae get to know each other again, they discover the extent that friends meddled in their lives to keep them apart. Morgan cannot deny he is still in love with Shae, but he is engaged. With some hard decisions to make, Morgan struggles not to hurt the men he cares about—again. Shae has secrets he came to share with Morgan, but revealing them now could keep them apart for good.

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2015About the author

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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Week 1

Feb 2nd –  The Novel Approach – Guest Post

                Andrew Q. Gordon – Promo Spotlight

Feb 3rd –  Alicia Nordwell – Author Interview

               Diverse Reader – Book Review + Author Interview

Feb 4th –  Elin Gregory – Promo Spotlight

               Sinfully Sexy – Guest Post

Feb 5th –  MM Good Book Reviews – Book Review + Promo Spotlight

               Elisa: My Reviews and Ramblings – Guest Post

Feb 6th –  Molly Lolly – Author Interview

               Prism Book Alliance – Guest Post

Week 2

Feb 9th  –  Because Two Men Are Better Than One – Guest Post

                RJ Scott – Book Review

Feb 10thNic Starr – Promo Spotlight

                Inked Rainbow Reads – Book Review + Author Interview

Feb 11thWicked Faeries Tales and Reviews – Book Review + Author Interview

                Love Bytes Reviews – Author Interview

Feb 12thBFD Book Blog – Book Review

                Queer Town Abbey – Book Review

Feb 13th3 Chicks After Dark – Book Review

                Amanda C. Stone – Guest Post

Week 3

Feb 16thFoxylutely Books –Book Review

                Fallen Angel Reviews – Book Review

Feb 17thL.M. Brown – Guest Post

                Crystal’s Many Reviewers – Book Review

Feb 18thGGR Review – Author Interview

P. Barnaby – Guest Post

Feb 19thCharlie Cochet – Guest Post

Feb 20thBike Book Reviews – Book Review + Author Interview

                My Fiction Nook – Book Review

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Author Interview & Excerpt – An Infatuation by Joe Cosentino

Hello all! Please welcome the fabulous, multi-talentd author Joe Cosentino who’s dropped by to answer a few questions and share an excerpt from his latest release An Infatuation!

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Hello, Joe. What was the most challenging part of writing this story?

It is always hard for me to write homophobic characters. How nonsensical is it for someone to spend his/her time, money, and energy trying to hurt, belittle, or take away the rights of someone else? In most cases, the homophobic person is gay him/herself, and due to internalized homophobia, is battling with him/herself via the gay target. That is the case with the two homophobic characters in my novel.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in that you would love to write?

I’ve written plays, children’s plays, straight mystery/romance (PAPER DOLL, Whiskey Creek Press), and MM romance/humor (AN INFATUATION). My next project is an MM mystery/romance/humor series set in the world of academia. Since I am a college professor, I know that world quite well. Happily, nobody has been murdered at my college—yet. I am finishing the first three novels, DRAMA QUEEN, DRAMA MUSCLE, and DRAMA CRUISE.

If you were stranded on a desert island (food and water provided), what three things would you take with you?

First I’d take my spouse, because we take good care of each other. Next, would be my bed since I’m not one to rough it. Finally, my computer, because I can’t stop writing!

Do you have a designated writing area at home? What’s it like?

I have a cozy study with a fireplace, window seat, and a cherry wood desk.

What’s a typical writing day like for you?

Since I am a college professor and busy during the day, I write late at night. I find being a little tired helps me not to stifle my thoughts, and allows for open creativity. Sometimes I’m surprised the next day at what I’ve written!

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a sequel to PAPER DOLL called PORCELAIN DOLL. It’s about an ex-child star, now middle aged, making a comeback film, and finding herself at the hands of a murderer as well as a handsome co-star.

Why did you decide to write M/M Romance?

I was thinking back to my high school days, and how difficult it was back then for a gay teen before GLSEN, PFLAG, and WILL AND GRACE. Lab partners, gym locker rooms, and club meetings where super important. At my high school reunion, I realized that all the troublemakers had become police officers, and all the homophobes had come out as gay. AN INFATUATION was born.

What did you enjoy most about writing the story?

While the situation is fictitious, Harold is based on me, so that was fun. Actually, I really admire Harold’s resilience, honesty, intelligence, wit, and ability to keep going in trying situations. His heart may be broken, but his spirit always stays intact. Harold’s devotion to his spouse, Stuart, is admirable, as is his honesty about his teenage infatuation with Mario. I love that the story spans twenty years so we see Harold (and Mario) develop and mature. I also love the anti-bullying message of the story.

What are you finding to be the most challenging part of being a published author?

Finding the time to write, submit, and publicize my work. My spouse teases me that he’s my assistant.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author looking to get published?

I recommend letting your characters talk to one another and seeing what happens. An outline is simply an outline. Don’t be afraid to deviate from it. Also, a romance story needs much more than romance. Don’t forget the humor, and the twists and turns in the story. If you are writing a mystery, carefully place clues and red herrings throughout, culminating with a logical ending. Finally, until gays have equal civil rights, a little politicking never hurt.

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BOOK DETAILS

Title: An Infatuation
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
Length: Novella
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, Bittersweet
Release Date: Feb 4th, 2015

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As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again at their ten-year high school reunion, the old flame reignites. Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

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One Friday afternoon I accidentally ran into my hero in the boy’s locker room. I’d had enough of the big guys banging me into gym lockers, pushing me into cold showers, and hanging me from the gym ropes. So I was on my way to give Mr. Adoni a note from Dr. Dlorah excusing me from gym class for the remainder of the school year (due to my highly contagious disease being studied by my doctor in Guatemala, where he could not be reached for the next year).

The locker room smelled of an odd combination of soap, cologne, sweat, and desire. Mario was getting ready for football practice, standing at his gym locker without a combination lock on it. Nobody would dare to break into it (Except for me that one time I smelled his jock strap. Okay maybe it was a few times, but not more than ten.). Mario slid his T-shirt (red today) over his thick, black hair and threw it on the nearby bench. No longer harnessed by cotton, his arm, back, chest, and neck muscles swelled to full size. I was half hidden behind the adjoining row of lockers, wearing my usual green and blue flannel shirt and brown corduroy pants. Mario, who wasn’t looking in my direction, said something really beautiful to me that I will never forget. “Hi.”

“Did you just? Oh. Hi. Hello. Good afternoon. Nice to see you. I mean, change with you.” I looked down at the floor (but cheated a bit) as Mario kicked off his boots, slipped off his jeans then threw them in the lucky locker. His red underpants (briefs) revealed ample manhood. This is better than the newspaper’s underwear ads!

“Good gym class today with Mr. Adonis, I mean, Mr. Adoni.” Did I just say that? “Harold High.”

“Hi.”

“High.” How can I get my pulse down to 260?

“Hi.” Mario reached into his locker for his sweat clothes.

Shouldn’t people be doing that for you? “Oh, my last name is High. Like a kite.” How can I stop my arms from waving like an airport flagger on speed?

“Mario Ginetti. Like nothin’ else imaginable.” Mario smiled, revealing a row of perfectly white teeth, and held the sweat clothes in his hands as if he was mortal.

“I know. I watch your body play.” Why can’t I stop talking? “I mean, I watch you play … football … on the field … in your football outfit.” I feel like Michelangelo with his David!

As Mario put on his sweats, I continued to sweat.

“I’m voting for your body … I mean I’m voting for you for president of your … our … the student body.” I need my jaw wired shut. “I’m your lab partner in Chemistry class. Ms. Hungry’s class … I mean Ms. Hunsley’s class.”

His olive-colored face glistened as Mario’s face registered recognition—of me! “I thought I knew you from somewheres. Hey, thanks for doing the lab reports.”

“It’s my honor … I mean my pleasure. It’s fine. If you need help putting up posters for your campaign, I can … ”

Having just tied the laces of his sneakers, Mario stood absolutely still. He looked at me as if he was staring into my heart and somehow knew what I was feeling. “I gotta take a wicked piss.”

Can I watch?

“Thanks for helping me out, Buddy.” He slammed the locker door and left.

He called me, Buddy! My heart was as soft and silly as putty that Mario held in the palm of his hand like his soap on a rope.

2015About the author

Joe Cosentino is the author of the acclaimed mystery novel, Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote a musical theatre adaptation of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals), and The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Porcelain Doll and Drama Queen.

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Guest Post + Excerpt (NSFW) – The Large and Small of It by Amy Lapine

Many thanks to Charlie and the Purple Rose Tea House for agreeing to host me on my first ever blog tour!

A little about me: I’m a teacher and a mother of two small children. When I’m not teaching or parenting, I’m writing. When I began, I heard the quote that your first million words don’t count. I never planned to reach a million words, but when I did, I just kept going. This year I hit three million.

My partners are all queer, so that must make me queer too. Just kidding! I’ve been out as bisexual, polyamorous and kinky to pretty much the whole world since the mid-90s. Although I primarily write stories with polyamorous and BDSM themes, this story is nothing but sweet vanilla geek m/m erotic romance.

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BOOK DETAILS

Title: Until My Whole Life Could Belong
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Length: Novella
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: Jan 28th, 2015

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Chase Parker never imagined he’d run into his high school adversary, Mitch Ramsay, on a commuter train. Four years can do a lot to change a person, like Mitch developing a fascination with Italian poetry and Scrabble, or playing defense for the Detroit Red Wings. One thing hasn’t changed, however: Mitch is still in love with Chase, and he’s not going to settle for less than everything from Chase in return. While the history they share isn’t all positive, apologies and honesty might give them a second chance at happiness.

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One of the things I try to promote in my stories is responsibility when it comes to sex scenes. This can mean several different things. Yes, there’s the “safer sex” angle, which is so important. Condom use when appropriate, and good communication, and dealing with sexually transmitted diseases and testing — those are all part of writing responsible sex scenes. But I feel greater responsibility when it comes to authentically, honestly describing what my characters are feeling and experiencing. Sex is messy and powerful and embarrassing and hilarious and takes our breath away. I think every sex scene needs to include elements of all of those.

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Mitch’s hand moved to rest on the back of Chase’s head, not forcing or even pushing, just cupping it.  “I don’t think you could actually say anything wrong.  You, in this position… you could read me the Wall Street Journal and it would probably get me off.”

“Yeah.  Read to you… that’s not exactly what I want to do, in this position.”  He rubbed his cheek against the thick heat of Mitch’s erection.  Looking up at him, watching Mitch’s incredulous, lust-blown eyes, made him feel powerful.  “I suppose I could read you my ridiculous poetry, if you’d prefer that, but…”

Mitch laughed, sounding a little shaky.  “I would love that.  Really, I would.  And I also want… other things.  I hope you’re not going to make me choose.”

“We can start with this,” Chase assured him.  He reached for Mitch’s zipper, unfastening the hook and letting his pants drop to his knees.  Mitch was already unbuttoning his shirt, and by the time Chase slid his hands around to cup Mitch’s unbelievably well-muscled ass, his chest was bare.

“Trying not to feel completely outclassed, here,” said Mitch, shaking his head as his other hand came around to stroke Chase’s shoulder.  Chase stared at him.

“Forgive me, Mitchell, but that’s just plain ridiculous.  Aren’t you the one who’s playing pro sports?  Your body literally amazes me.”

“I think I know you well enough to actually believe you mean literally when you say literally.”  Mitch was flushing, but he also wasn’t letting Chase’s head go, and when Chase tugged Mitch’s boxer briefs down off his thighs, he felt Mitch’s subtle encouragement. Chase smiled speculatively.

“Small isn’t in your repertoire, is it?  I’m not actually sure if I’m going to be able to fit that in my mouth.”

“Don’t feel obligated.”  Mitch’s voice was tense, but Chase knew he wasn’t going to force anything.  Chase’s smile broadened.

“Oh, trust me, it’s no obligation.”  He licked his lips. “A challenge, perhaps, but… I do love a challenge.”

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Size definitely plays a part in this story, in many ways! It also plays a part in my life. I’m over six feet tall, which is great for teaching and performance, but not so good when I’m trying to buy pants. But I live in a tiny little house, less than 500 square feet — with nine foot ceilings. This is particularly good for someone like me! I can reach the top shelf of the cupboards and my built-in bookshelves, but my kids need a stepladder.

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I love living in a small house. We have enough space for ourselves without cluttering it up with too many things. If only we could stop buying books…

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Amy Lapine published her first story when she was eight. Since then, she’s been writing for her children, her students and herself. In those rare moments when she is not writing, she can be found playing strategy games, solving puzzles and attending theater.

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If you’d like to participate in the giveaway for a copy of UMWLCB, check out the Rafflecopter box below. There are lots of ways to get extra entries, including commenting on this post. My prompt for a comment is: What important things in your life are big or small? 

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2015 DividerKudos to Charlie Cochet and all the wonderful authors and staff at Dreamspinner Press for making me feel so welcome. They’ve made the process of publishing my first novella an incredibly pleasant one.

Thanks so much for stopping by!