Charlie, thank you very much for having me on your blog! I’m excited to share my new release The Caveman and the Devil, with you and your readers. Dreamspinner Press published it on May 1st.
The Caveman and the Devil is an m/m contemporary romance story. The main characters are Paul Myers (POV) and Noah Collins. They’re both zookeepers at the Philadelphia Zoo and became a couple a year ago.
Paul is eleven years older than Noah, which to a certain degree shows in their relationship dynamic. Noah isn’t immature but he acts on impulse and trusts Paul to be his safety net. Paul loves to take care of Noah—even though it came as a surprise to him—and if he’s honest with himself, he’s often amused by Noah’s antics. As long as Noah doesn’t jeopardize his health or safety, that is.
Years ago Noah had been injured by a jaguar and he’s still carrying scars. The physical scars have healed—some better than others—and they are mostly hidden when he’s dressed. Noah refuses to talk about the emotional impact the attack has had on him and Paul doesn’t push him, accepting Noah’s wish for privacy.
Both men are awed by the fact they’re a couple because Noah chose to become a zookeeper after reading about Paul in magazines and developing a crush on him. There’s a still a bit of hero worship going on from Noah’s side, which he often tries to hide behind teasing remarks. Noah refers to Paul as caveman frequently and for a good reason!
Paul isn’t someone to discuss things. He sees what needs doing and does it, no matter if he comes across as overbearing. He also discovered a unique way to get through Noah when he’s mid-tantrum. Noah loves Paul’s caveman-attitude even though it sometimes means standing under an ice-cold water spray. 😉
Since Noah so often reacts impulsively and teases Paul whenever he can, Paul gave him the nickname Devil. Usually, I struggle for a while (okay, sometimes it’s a long while) to find a title but this time it was easy. Both characters are sufficiently characterized by their nicknames, so why not just use these as the title?
I’m hoping the title will catch the reader’s eye (as well as the gorgeous cover), make them curious enough to take a look at the blurb and eventually feel compelled to read Paul and Noah’s story.
This is a continuation of Paul and Noah’s story “Cuddling Up”, which is included in Dreamspinner’s Animal Magnetism Anthology.
The animals at the Philadelphia Zoo brought zookeepers Paul and Noah together, but now they might tear them apart. When a bloodthirsty lioness stalks her cubs, Noah charges into her enclosure without regard for his own safety. Luckily, a coworker catches his mistake and saves the day. It’s not the first time Noah’s rushed in on impulse, and he still carries scars from the last time.
Paul can’t pretend nothing happened. Frustrated, he tries to comfort Noah, but he can’t get past his anger. As head keeper of the big cats, Paul must report the incident and figure out how to keep his reckless lover safe. Somehow he has to make Noah see that his carelessness could cost him his job or his life—and maybe Paul too.
Excerpt from Chapter Three:
Once inside the bathroom I inspected my reflection in the mirror. I looked exhausted but also ready to pop a vessel. Since the sight wasn’t all that inviting, I turned away. I hadn’t even opened the first button of my shirt when the bathroom door opened. It was all I could do not to snap at Noah. Was it too much asked to have some alone time so I could calm down? I hoped he’d get the hint if I didn’t stop with my task at hand.
Noah, being Noah, either didn’t understand the silent treatment or ignored it. If I would bet I’d put my money on the second option. He walked around me until he stood in front of me and since I didn’t trust my voice, I chose to glower at him.
“Hey, Caveman, are you mad at me?”
“Me?” I asked, feigning surprise. “Whatever gave you that impression?”
“You are mad.” He wrinkled his nose as his searching gaze flitted over my face. He was clearly puzzled by my behavior. “Why?”
“Why? Why? Seriously? You’re seriously asking why I’m mad at you?”
“Yes, dear almighty Caveman, I’m seriously asking why you’re mad at me! I didn’t do anything wrong!”
Utterly baffled, I forgot all about what I was doing or what I had intended to do. I stared down at Noah, my lover, the man I’ve loved for almost a year now. Incredulous, I croaked, “You didn’t do anything wrong today? Is that right?”
The light bulb slowly went on for Noah. Of course, he immediately lunged into defense mode. “I just wanted to get the cubs out of there!”
“You went into Kiara’s compartment without waiting for the inner door to be locked! She had just killed two of her cubs and was in the process of killing the other two!”
“She had walked into the other compartment!” Noah protested.
“But the separating door wasn’t closed yet!” I shouted, eventually losing the fight with my emotions.
“He locked the door right after I was inside.”
“Yes, and she came back and jumped against it, roaring. What if Trent hadn’t managed to lure her away?”
“But he did. Don’t be such a nitpicker all the time.”
I could hardly breathe. The memory of Noah crouching in Kiara’s compartment, cooing at the two surviving cubs in the middle of a bloodbath, raised the hairs on my arms again. Nausea rolled through me, sweeping me up. It could have been over today.
Chris T. Kat
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.
DSP author page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=605