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

RC

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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Tour Dates & Stops: July 27 – August 7 

27-Jul

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28-Jul

Prism Book Alliance

29-Jul

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30-Jul

Hearts on Fire

31-Jul

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3-Aug

Charlie Cochet’s Purple Rose Teahouse

4-Aug

The Novel Approach

5-Aug

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6-Aug

Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – The Hidden Wolf by Sue Brown

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About the Book

Hidden WolfTitle: The Hidden Wolf

Series: Sapphire Ranch Wolves – Book Two

Author: Sue Brown

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Length: 32,700 words

Release Date: 22nd May, 2015

Blurb: Sheriff Milo Clarke has met his mate, Eli Watkins, and now they’re conducting a long distance relationship while Eli runs Cavalry, the security firm protecting Joe and Cal at the Sapphire Ranch from the hunters.

The long distance loving is hard on all three of them, Eli, Clarke and Clarke’s wolf, who is becoming more restless as Clarke refuses to shift. When Clarke going to give into the other side of him and how will Clarke and Eli resolve the distance between their lives?

Excerpt

Milo stared at Eli, unable to move. His wolf begged him to throw Eli onto the bed and fuck him, but Milo’s limbs were frozen. Then Eli huffed and shoved Milo against the wall and drew his head down for a kiss. All the fight/flight in Milo subsided at the touch of his mate’s mouth on his. This felt right. More than right. Like he’d been searching his entire life for his home and now he’d found it.

Eli raised his head. “Jesus, stop talking!”

“I’m not—”

“In here.” Eli tapped Milo on the head. “You never stop talking in here.”

“You can hear me?” Eli had never given any indication that he could hear Milo and Milo had been convinced that his being half human and Eli being all human meant they would never communicate as other shifter mates did. To find out Eli could hear him was a shock and a relief.

Eli nodded. “Kinda. It’s more a jumble of thoughts than actual words. I thought I was going mad until Joe mentioned telepathy.” He frowned at Milo. “You should have told me.”

“It’s not like we’ve had a lot of time to discuss it,” Milo protested.

“We’re not gonna discuss it now,” Eli growled, and didn’t that go straight to Milo’s dick?

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Author picSue 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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Email ID: suebrown.stories@gmail.com

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May 25: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words || RJ Scott

May 26: Elisa – My reviews and Ramblings || Wicked Faeries Tales & Reviews

May 27: Hearts on Fire || MM Good Book Reviews

May 28: Andrew Q. Gordon || Elin Gregory

May 29: Cia’s Stories || Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

June 1: Man2ManTastic || Daydream Believer Book

June 2: The Purple Rose Tea House

June 3: Nessa’s Book Reviews || Lynley Wayne – Wordsmith Wednesday

June 4: Prism Book Alliance

June 5: The Novel Approach

June 8: Love Bytes Reviews

June 9: Gay Media Reviews || Diverse Reader

June 10: Molly Lolly: Reader, Reviewer, Lover of Words || Rainbow Book Reviews

June 11: Rainbow Gold Reviews

June 12: Drops of Ink || Bayou Book Junkie

Guest Post & Giveaway: Andrea Speed – A chat with Paris

For the relaunch of my Infected series, I thought I’d Google random questions from the internet, and have characters from the series answer them. This time, it’s Paris’s turn in the hot seat.

 

1. What song do you sing in the shower?

Paris: I Wanna Be Adored.

 

2. When was the last time you really laughed?

Paris: Probably ten minutes ago. Roan is hysterical. Mostly on purpose.

 

3. Do you speak another language?

Paris: Of course, darling, I’m Canadian. I know how to say a whole bunch of things in half-assed French. I know some Spanish too, but mostly curses.

 

4. What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?

Paris: Sex, and being really entertaining at parties.

 

5. If you could break one law with impunity what would it be?

Paris: I’d steal everything not nailed down. And I’d be constantly high.

 

6. If you had an extra room in your house what would you use it for?

Paris: Ooh. What about a sauna? That’d be fun, wouldn’t it? Your own personal sauna. Or a bounce house. That would be fun too. Hey, do you think they could be combined?

 

7. What would be your personal hell?

Paris: CSPAN. Nothing but CSPAN.

 

8. What is your earliest memory?

Paris: I think it’s petting a rabbit. Funny, huh?

 

9. If you had to apply a label to yourself, what would it be?

Paris: Fabulous!

 

10. What music do you hate?

Paris: Smooth jazz. That kind they play in dentist’s offices? Ugh. It’s music to be sedated to, and not in a good way.

 

11. What do you dislike most about modern life?

Paris: Put down your goddamn phone for five minutes! I realize that makes me sound like somebody’s grandpa, but I’ll hike my pants up to my armpits for that one. I’m tired of people paying more attention to their screens than me. That’s just wrong.

 

12. If you were going to go into business for yourself what would you do?

Paris: Ooh. I think I’d make a great strip-o-gram. Or I could rent myself out to sad parties, to liven them up. As I said, I’m very good at them.

 

13. What is the worst flavor of ice cream?

Paris: Anything with peanut butter. I’m sorry, but I just can’t tolerate peanut butter in my ice cream.

 

14. What was the first thing you learned to cook?

Paris: I’m pretty sure it was toast. If that doesn’t count, then it was scrambled eggs.

 

15. If you could live at any time in history when would it be?

Paris: Can I pick the shiny, Star Trek future? If not, then I’m good with now. I have all my stuff here.

 

16. What was your first paying job?

Paris: I mowed some lawns around the neighborhood, I think.

 

17: What is your favorite winter activity?

Paris: Snuggling. Out of propriety, I’m giving you the G rated version.

 

18. When was your best Valentine Day?

Paris: This past one. I bought Roan some really tacky underwear and made him model them for me. Don’t tell him I told you!

 

19. What makes you lose your inhibitions?

Paris: That would require me to have inhibitions in the first place.

 

20. What three adjectives best describe you?

Paris: Scintillating, seductive, fabulous.

 

I’m really good at …

Paris: Blowing people’s minds. And other things, if I like you.

 

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Infected: Book One

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.

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Andrea Speed writes way too much (and yet seemingly not enough). She is the writer of the Infected series for DSP Publications as well as a bunch of other stuff, and is Editor In Chief of CxPulp.com, where she reviews comics as well as movies and other stuff. She’s won a couple of Rainbow Awards, and feels she may be ubiquitous on the web. But she is not (sadly) the Italian DJ of the same name that often comes up first in Google searches.

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