Spotlight & Excerpt: Eden Winters – Diversion

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Blurb:

There are good guys, bad guys, and then there’s Lucky.

Former drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter flaunts his past like a badge of honor. He speaks his mind, doesn’t play nice, and flirts with disaster while working off his sentence with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. If he can keep out of trouble a while longer he’ll be a free man–after he trains his replacement.

Textbook-quoting, by the book Bo Schollenberger is everything Lucky isn’t. Lucky slurps coffee, Bo lives caffeine free. Lucky worships bacon, Bo eats tofu. Lucky trusts no one, Bo calls suspects by first name. Yet when the chips are down on their shared case of breaking up a drug diversion ring, they may have more in common than they believe.

Two men. Close quarters. Friction results in heat. But Lucky scoffs at partnerships, no matter how thrilling the roller-coaster. Bo has two months to break down Lucky’s defenses… and seconds are ticking by.

Excerpt:

The door flew open and Lucky made a grab. He rammed Bo’s back against the wall, setting off an automated hand dryer. Lucky ignored the hot air wafting over his arm, slammed his mouth hard against Bo’s, and shoved his leg between the man’s thighs. They devoured each other’s mouths, no hesitant tender kiss, but a release of tightly coiled passion. Tongues intertwined, each man sifted fingers through the other’s hair, tugging closer.

Below their belts their bodies followed suit, Lucky rutting against Bo’s firm thigh in an old-as-time mating rhythm. I’m going to blow in my jeans and I don’t give a fuck.

Lucky’s overwhelmed brain yielded up a single clear warning: someone might walk in. Mouths joined, he danced them toward a stall without breaking contact. A condom machine hung on the wall at an awkward angle. A handwritten sign proclaimed, “Out of Order.” Damn it!

At this rate, he wouldn’t last long enough to wrap his meat anyway. He wrestled them both into a stall, and slammed and locked the door behind him.

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Author Bio:

Captivated young by story-telling, Eden Winters’ earliest memories include spinning tales for the family’s pets. Her dreams of writing professionally took a sojourn into non-fiction, with a twelve-year stint in technical documentation.

She began reading GLBT novels as a way to better understand the issues faced by a dear friend and fell in love with the M/M romance genre. During a discussion of a favorite book, a fellow aficionado said, “We could do this, you know.” Good-bye gears, motors, and other authors’ characters; hello plots and sex scenes.  So far that has produced such award winning novels as The Wish, Settling the Score, The Angel of Thirteenth Street, Duet, Naked Tails, and the Diversion series: Diversion, Collusion, and Corruption.

Somewhat of a nomad, Eden has visited seven countries so far. She currently calls the southern US home, and many of her stories take place in the rural South. Having successfully raised two children, she now balances the day job with hiking, rafting, spoiling her grandchildren, and stalking the wily falafel or elusive tofu pad Thai at her favorite restaurants. Her musical tastes run from Ambient to Zydeco, and she’s a firm believer that life is better with fur kids and Harley Davidsons.

For more information about Eden, please visit her website at www.edenwinters.com. Be sure to look for Eden’s soon-to-be-published works: A Matter of When and Manipulation, the fourth installment in the Diversion series.

Guest Author: Eden Winters

Hey, y’all! I’m Eden Winters, and nearly three years ago I answered a publisher’s call for short, spooky, m/m stories for Halloween. I’d never written anything even remotely scary—could I even write a paranormal romance with a happy ending?

I kicked around various ideas: zombies, werewolves, vampires, etc., and decided to write about a ghost who haunts a man who was somehow his lover in a past life. Only…how can I get them back together again if one is dead? With only vague ideas of what I wanted to accomplish, I turned my ghost and human protagonists loose to see which direction they’d head.

Soon they started yelling ideas at me. One decided he’d be a sexy Highland laird in a kilt, the other a concert musician, and there’d be violins, and a mystery, and… and… a wise old Druid who cast a spell… and… and…

The resulting tale quickly outstripped the 8,000 word limit for the call, a frequent problem with my writing. I submitted Same Time Next Year in its place, and kept on writing. Duet grew to novella length with the story taking place in modern times.

And along came my betas. One read through and said, “Where’s the other half of the story?”

Oooookay. Back to the drawing board, armed with tomes on Scottish history, clan lore, and Highland customs of the 1700s, mixed in with accounts of the Highland Clearances and the Battle of Culloden.  A name! I needed a name!

While fiction is full of MacTavishes and MacGregors, I wanted something authentic, but slightly less known, and settled for Callaghan. I took liberties and decided on green and red tartan, and placed Callaghan Castle as short distance from Inverness.

Then additional characters came into play, brothers of one of the MCs. The rest is history, or rather, a historical/contemporary/paranormal tale called Duet, written backwards, with the second half developing first.

Duet is the tale of men who overcome differences to forge a love that stands the test of time… all time. But don’t cry for your favorite characters from the past; if you look closely, you can say hello to them again. Hey! Recycling isn’t just for tin cans and plastic bottles!

After the initial publication, readers requested more of the story, so in this, the second edition, there’s more of Aillil and Malcolm in modern times. I’ve also learned a lot in three years, and appreciated the chance to update the original version.

Here’s the blurb:

A conqueror’s decree can’t separate Aillil Callaghan from his Scottish heritage. He wears his clan’s forbidden plaid with pride, awaiting the day he becomes Laird, restores his family’s name, and fights to free Scotland from English tyranny. An Englishman in his home? Abomination! Yet the tutor his father engaged for Aillil’s younger brothers may have something to teach the Callaghan heir as well.

Violinist and scholar Malcolm Byerly fled Kent in fear, seeking nothing more than a quiet post, eager minds to teach, and for no one to learn his secrets. He didn’t count on his charges’ English-hating barbarian of an older brother, or on red-and-green tartan concealing a kindred soul. A shared love of music breaks down the barriers between two worlds.

Aillil’s father threatens their love, but a far more dangerous enemy tears them apart. They vanish into legend.

Two centuries later, concert violinist Billy Byerly arrives at Castle Callaghan—and feels strangely at home. Legends speak of a Lost Laird who haunts the fortress in wait of his lover’s return. Billy doesn’t believe in legends, ghosts, or love that outlasts life.

But the Lost Laird knows his own.

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Look for Duet to publish from Dreamspinner Press on February 18. Leave a comment on the post to get your name in the drawing for an ebook copy.

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Black and White HeadshotEden Winters, ever curious about new places and people, lives a somewhat nomadic existence. Her earliest memories include making up stories for the family’s pets, and through her academic years she spent many happy hours writing short stories and poems. Dreams of writing professionally were realized, only not as planned, with a good dozen years spent as a technical documenter. From a young age she eagerly devoured every book that caught her eye, from biographies to sci-fi. Genre? What genre?

When she discovered m/m, she met characters she could identify with and scintillating plotlines that kept her riveted to the page. Somewhere around the 300th book her own imagination began making demands. From her fascination with, well, everything sprang stories as diverse as a 1700’s Highlander to a modern doctor in earthquake-devastated El Salvador.

Her first novel was published in 2010, and she’s never looked back. To date, five of her novels have been recognized by the annual Rainbow Awards, with one also gaining finalist status in the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards.

Currently, Eden calls the southern US home, and many of her stories take place in the rural South. She lives alone, having successfully raised two children, and divides her time between a day job, friends, grandkids, writing, trying different varieties of vegetarian cuisine, and exploring her world. Her musical tastes run from Ambient to Zydeco, she owns a TV she never watches, and she’s a firm believer that life is better with pets. She also loves cruising down the road on the back of a Harley Davidson.

Visit Eden’s website at http://www.edenwinters.com.
Contact her at edenwinters@gmail.com.
Follow her on Twitter: @edenwinters1.
Friend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EdenWinters

Find Duet here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3585

Thank you, Charlie, for allowing me to visit your site today!

 

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