Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gay Guy Straight Girl Review- Blood of the Land by Adrik Kemp #MMRom #pnr #GayRomance


Blood of the Land 
By Adrik Kemp

Lisa's Rating - 2.5 Stars
OJ's Rating - 2.75 Stars

Available for purchase at:
Amazon
Pride-Publishing



About Our Gay Guy/Straight Girl (GGSG) Reviews

I’ll Show You Mine, If You Show Me Yours
This isn’t a buddy read. Our co-reviews are done on a blind basis. We both choose the book we want to read, but from there on out we don’t discuss any of our thoughts before the review is live.  We think it’s more fun this way and we won’t influence each other.

Three Questions
We’ll form 3 questions for each other during our read to be answered in the comments below the review. Please feel free to join in our discussion, we’re always happy to know what you think.
INITIAL THOUGHTS 
Lisa Arbitrary

I’m stretching this to 2.5 stars because I was enamored, even enchanted by the beginning. It soared on wings and painted images that made me think I had really found something special. Unfortunately this book turned lazy, rushed and very disappointing.


OJ

I must admit that vampires aren’t my first grab when I think of an M/M book, however the Australian Outback certainly is and I have enjoyed a good M/M vampire book, so when I saw the description for this one it called out to me. A definitely different take on the whole vampire thing by putting it into the Australian Outback I just had to see what it was about and Lisa and I decided this would be our first Gay Guy/Straight Girl review. 


THE CHARACTERS

Lisa

Zoran - Mean. Not wicked evil, but just mean. He needed to be unlikable, but I couldn't even work up that much feeling for him.

Bela - I cared for Bela. He was broken and aching and should have been developed more.

Mack - A simple cowboy turned vampire against his will. Just when he might have gotten interesting his character fades to black. 

Jason - Poor Jason. From vampire meal plans to go-go boy he really doesn't catch a break. Why he's in love with Mack I've no idea. But no matter because he's able to move on to the next guy.
OJ

Mack - Mack looked like a younger, more strapping version of him. They shared the same dark hair and complexion, a brooding brow and thick eyebrows overshadowing dark eyes. But Mack had the bone structure of his mother, high cheekbones and solid jaw, different from Allen’s slim face and leathered cheeks. Nonetheless, in the right light, with his wide-brimmed hat overshadowing his face, Mack looked just like Allen. 

Zoran - No breath escaped from his mouth and his hands were tinged blue around the joints. His eyes were red-rimmed from the cold and his lips set in a thin, line. His skin was pale and taut over perfect bones and under his furs, the hints of musculature were betrayed. Floppy, black hair covered his forehead, fringe just shy of his eyes. 

Bela - Zoran could recognize Bela’s slim frame anywhere. Bela’s hair was slicked back, his body clad in fine robes and a dark, velvet cape that reached up around the back of his neck. 

Jason - Jason was young and slim, his body finished with puberty but still gangly and undefined. 
He was blond and blue-eyed, a perfect Greek face under shaggy hair. 

Greg - Greg was a bartender at Fuel and was cleaning up after last drinks. He had aspirations to be a singer in a rock band and dressed the part. He was nothing but skinny, black jeans, studded belts and a slim but well-defined body. Greg’s tight black T-shirt rode up to display a little gap of his freckled back as he ran the mop over the floor. His auburn hair was long at the front and flopped over his sweat-sheened face as he worked. 

THE STORY
Lisa

This story spans about two centuries from the early-19th century to modern day. Zoran, the ancient, experienced vampire has decided it’s time to spread his wings and move on from his mundane relationship with his lover, Bela. After a gorgeous, erotic lovemaking scene I found my heart breaking for Bela. I was all in here. Then he vanished from Bela’s life forever.

Bela decides to run to the newly colonized Australia with his consort to hide from his memories of Zoran. This is where the story really starts; with their somewhat brutal descent upon a cattle station and their overtaking of the property and family that owns it. This is also where the story falls apart. The beautiful tone turns cheesy and melodramatic.

The station is owned by Mack’s family and Mack only has dreams of his life here, but quickly becomes captivated by Bela and a young man, Jason, in his consort. Exposed to all things sexual and vampire, Mack is overwhelmed with desire and curiosity. He falls prey to Bella’s ways and must depend on Jason to save him. 


OJ

The plot of this story is what drew me in to this book and it remains a great premise worth exploring. The whole intermingling of the vampires and tough Outback settlers could be such an intriguing and awesome book and this book is really wanting to do that, really working up to get there and we see glints of the possibilities throughout. Not a bad plot bunny at all, rather interesting.

THE WRITING
Lisa 

I kept thinking two completely different people must have written it and am left wondering if it was the author or editor that failed. The copy edit was spot on, but developmental editing didn’t help the author here.

The dialog switching from modern terms to period phrases without regard to the scene’s date. “Come to Daddy” completely threw me out of the story. Stopped me in my tracks. 
The amount of gore and violence wasn't an issue for me, unfortunately, because it didn't come with any fear. I just don't believe the author was completely sure of what he wanted this book to be: A Western, PNR, Horror or Contemporary erotica. Sure all of those can be combined, but here it just made a mess.
Lastly, there were big issues with context. Did Zoran die or not? How did Mack find Jason at the end? And even the blurb has an error. I suppose there is a love triangle (except that would infer that three people were "in love"), but the blurb even has that wrong.
OJ

The writing really shows great promise, and has moments of a brightness wanting to shine through, however I really found that it was rushed and not carried through as well as it could have been. I felt there was so much potential here with the story plot that wasn’t delivered. The characters begged for more developing and further exploration, both in the 300 years prior to the start of the book as well as during the ensuing century in which this story takes place. At times the story became choppy and hop-scotchy and I had to double back and re-read passages, and still sometimes they didn’t make sense. Something happened in the middle of this book with the writing. The last third of the book wasn’t bad and followed a better writing line, it just begged for more in depth developing.  All in all it was almost a 3 star.


THREE QUESTIONS 

For OJ

1. Did the author reach you on an emotional level? Any feels?
2. How 'bout those oil guns?
3. Would you rather see a sequel or a prequel?


For Lisa

1. So what did you think of the erotic level and the sex scenes?
2. Who was your favorite character and why?
3. What was the most intriguing thing in the book for you?
BLURB
When an ancient Italian vampire travels to the pioneering Australian outback, what he finds there triggers a decades-long love triangle from which there is no escape.

Mack, a young Australian cattle farmer, makes his living on his father’s cattle station. The work is hard and the days are long but he is content with the life he has been born into. Unfortunately for his family, he is awakened to forbidden desires of the flesh by intriguing visitors from far-off Italy. When these visitors reveal themselves as lustful creatures of the night, Mack bites off more than he can chew and finds himself in a predicament he is ill-equipped to handle. Lost and seemingly alone, he spirals into a deadly path toward a decades-long love triangle between himself, the monster who made him and the love of his undead life.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and death.
Publisher's Note: This book is the prequel to Blood of the City
Details via Publisher Site
BOOK LENGTHShort Novel
FORMATEBOOK
PAGES:87
ISBN978-1-78430-962-6
WORD COUNT:31,128
LANGUAGEEnglish
GENRESCowboys and Western
Erotic Romance Gay
Historical Vampires

Adrik Kemp

Adrik is a cross-genre author, specializing in speculative fiction and erotica, but he mainly enjoys writing a mixture of both. His love of reading and writing began at a young age by forgoing nap time for reading the daycare out of books. He used to dream about being friends with Astro Boy and joining the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, sing along to Transformers and secretly indulge in My Little Pony. Invariably, these formed his first celebrity crushes and helped shape the stories he writes today.
Even now, Adrik is a big reader and counts among his most cherished authors Kim Stanley Robinson,China Mieville, Clive Barker and Octavia Butler. His all time favorite novels are the original Dune series by Frank Herbert because they are rich in detail and contain a multitude of fascinating allegories for contemporary society despite being written decades ago.
He also loves traveling the world and has spent an inordinate amount of time in Japan, but wouldn’t be caught dead in a hostel.
You can take a look at Adrik's website and blog, and you can find him on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Tumblr.
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We would like to thank Pride-Publishing for providing us with a review copy in exchange for our honest review.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

#BookTour Spotlight: Rock N Soul #GiveAway



Hi, I'm Lauren Sattersby, and this is the blog tour for my very first novel, Rock N Soul! I'll be featured on various blogs over the course of the tour, and I'll be sharing deleted scenes, playlists, answers to questions, and some of my thoughts on what it's like to write a ghost story and make it both hot and romantic. Comment on each spot to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card to buy some books from Riptide Publishing!


About Rock N Soul

I’m Tyler Lindsey, and until recently, I had an okay apartment, an okay girlfriend, and an okay job as a bellboy at a respectable Boston hotel. Then rock star Chris Raiden died right before I brought his room service—stiffing me on the tip, by the way—and my life went to hell. My fifteen minutes of fame was more like five seconds, and my girlfriend left me in disgust.

But even worse—Chris is haunting me. Not the room where he died, like a normal ghost. No, somehow he’s stuck to me and is insisting on taking care of a bunch of unfinished business in California. So now I have to traipse across the country with the world’s most narcissistic ghost.

But . . . I keep having these weird thoughts. Thoughts about how much I like the way he makes me laugh. Thoughts where I kind of want to kiss the emo-narcissist, even though he’s a ghost and an asshole and I can’t touch him anyway. And even if I could, what will happen when he finishes his business and nothing’s keeping him here anymore?


About Lauren Sattersby

Lauren Sattersby works as a budget manager by day, but while she’s at her desk mindlessly crunching numbers, it’s a good bet that she’s also writing M/M romance in her head and counting the minutes until she can get home and write it all down. She is a grammar enthusiast, which is why she has a Master’s degree in technical writing, but that tends to scare friends away so she keeps that to herself.

Lauren lives in Wisconsin with her partner and their three terrible cats. She’s a recent transplant from a thousand miles further south, so she still gets crazy excited about snow. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found playing video games or scouring the countryside looking for interesting birds.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Rock N Soul, Lauren is giving away $25 in Riptide credit! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 23, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!


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Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: Fate by Rob Rosen 4.5 Stars #MM #GayRomance #GFY #Comedy


Fate
By Rob Rosen
Review by: OJ
4.5 Stars

Available at:
Paperback, 262 pages
Published November 11th 2015 by MLR Press
ISBN 1608209962 (ISBN13: 9781608209965)
Edition LanguageEnglish


BLURB One man, four lovers, and just ten years to choose one set the Hollywood stage in this hilarious coming of age tale of family, friendship, and fate. Eddie is in love. The problem is, Eddie’s in love with four men… four men simultaneously, that is. But who does Eddie love more? And can the heart feel for that many men equally? Ah, but it does have four chambers, so four seems the most logical choice… at least, of course, to Eddie. 
Paula is Eddie’s famous mom. One by one, each of his lovers comes to work for her, their lives so connected that if one of them itches, another one scratches. But who will wind up with whom in this comedic tale of life and love and friendship? In the end, it’s up to fate to decide what none of them could possibly have seen coming. Personal Tags: Coming of Age; Really funny; Comedy; Self-Awareness; GFY; Bisexual; Hot Angst; Show Business

REVIEW

My good friend Lisa and I were going over new releases and she mentioned FAte to me. Well, with my being in the entertainment industry my whole life, this book called right out to me. What I didn’t expect was what turned out to be an extremely funny, riveting read that took me back to my own young, innocent (OK, maybe not quite so innocent) college days and our very tight circle of friends in an updated, 21st Century way. In a fashion, I do envy the Millenials and their amazing sense of self awareness.

THE CHARACTERS

Eddie Jackson, ‘Eddie’:

Eddie is the brown haired, brown eyed son of aspiring comedian Paula and her husband Sam Jackson. 
I was born in the wagon of a travelling show. Um, yeah, I know that statement fairly—okay, exactly—resembles a certain song refrain from a certain timeless diva—Cher!—but, honest to God, I was born in a wagon, albeit a station wagon, and that travelling show was my mom’s standup act. Dad was driving her on the weekends during her last trimester, while Mom cussed for money. Me, well, I was just a fetus at the time, but I was told I showed great potential even then. As to being born in the family car, which, by the way, became mine when I turned eighteen, dents and all—“all” being one hundred and thirty thousand miles and a temperamental radiator that hissed when the temperature outside got to anywhere near eighty—well, the story goes that my mom booked the gig just after I was conceived, forgot about it until it was too late to cancel—the show must go on, even in a maternity muumuu!— and I cried my way into the world along Highway 5 just after midnight, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The stains are still there to prove it, though they could just as easily be from a spilled Slushie.
 In fact, if I hadn’t been born there, if my mom’s water hadn’t gushed like the Suez Canal springing a leak, as she likes to put it, along that certain stretch of highway, then Brian and I never would have met—at least not the first time around.
Brian:

Blond, blue eyed Brian is the son of Ted and Lisa and was born six minutes before Eddie in the same hospital in San Luis Obispo that Paula, ‘Ma’, ended up going to and sharing a room with Lisa. Paula, ‘Ma’, and Lisa hit it off in the hospital and despite such disparate life experiences became steadfast friends. 
One and one didn’t even come close to two when it came to the pair of them: lustrous blonde vs. mousy brown, rich vs. poor, quiet vs. my mom. The only thing they had in common, of course, was us, me and Brian, and we, as it’s told, also got along famously, side by side in our cribs, staring at each other through the slats.

Even though the two families lived twenty miles apart, which apparently might as well be light years in California standards, the two families stayed extremely close and Eddie and Brian became best friends, attached at the hip until, at age seven,  Brian’s dad got a job in Pittsburg, PA, all the way cross country. This began the first, years long separation between Eddie and Brian.

John - ‘Curtis’:

As the years go on and Eddie starts college, in walks Curtis, Eddie’s college roommate: 

“Howdy,” he said as he tentatively walked in, jolting me out of my reverie. I nodded, smiled, waved. “Howdy,” I replied, which, if memory serves, was the first time I’d ever used that word. Did anyone outside of Texas use it? I rose from the bed and held out my hand. “Eddie,” I said, his hand in mine, a spark of something akin to electricity riding up my spine as his eyes locked with mine. His were a sea of green with specks of grey, all filling my line of vision. He was my height, maybe an inch taller, with jet black hair, a hint of fuzz poking out from his collar, hairy arms, and lips the color of vine-ripened tomatoes. Which sounded gay, gay, gay, if not wholly accurate. “John,” he said. “But my friends call me Curtis.”

What transpires between Curtis and Eddie is nothing short of the quintessential coming of age experience that we all go through. The first awakenings of true adulthood and the cementing of a life-long relationship that transcends the age-old ‘friends with benefits’ routine.

Aaron:

Aaron. Fucking Aaron. Fucking ginger haired Aaron with the stunning eyes of blue and the dimple in his chin and that spark of something naughty in his smirk.

College is such a wonderful time. A time of discoveries and adventures and life-long friendships forged, and as often is the case Curtis meets Aaron, thereby changing the whole dynamics of Eddie and Curtis’ friendship/relationship. I don’t do spoilers, but suffice it to say this is a pivotal moment in this book, exquisitely carried through.

“It isn’t what you think,” he said as I closed the door behind me and plopped down on my own bed. “You’re dating Aaron.” He frowned. “Then, yes, it’s exactly what you think.”
Trevor:
Trevor had curly brown hair, very seventies looking, except shorter and more styled. He had brown eyes leaning toward hazel, an aquiline nose, stubbled cheeks, a soul patch beneath his bottom lip, and a cleft in his chin. He was cuter more than handsome, and, no, the binoculars hadn’t done him justice. He was also shorter than me by an inch or so, though broader, more muscular looking, his clothes tight around his frame, a second skin of sorts. He had a warm smile and a sure handshake.

Trevor comes into Eddie’s life via Brian. Remember Brian from Eddie’s childhood? Well, Brian is now one awesomely good looking man that’s taken a couple of years off to go explore Europe where he meets Trevor at a youth hostel.  After wondering around Europe for a couple of years Brian comes back to finally start college and ends up moving in with his friend he made in Europe.

The four characters are now firmly in place! Let the games continue! I say continue as I am not one for spoilers. I know, you’ve heard that before.

THE STORY

Wow, what a great story! I really wasn’t expecting what I got, and as I was reading Eddie’s journey through the first third of his life I kept laughing and giggling. My poor husband was all like “is it really that funny?” Why, yes. Yes, it is. 

This is Eddie’s journey, as told by Eddie. Since the beginning Eddie is trying to not acknowledge fate, however Ms. Fate has other plans. Intertwined in Eddie’s story is Brian’s, Curtis’, Aaron’s, and Trevor’s stories, all told in the same witty, funny, at times a bit sarcastic style. With Paula, ‘Ma’, as the backdrop/puppeteer in this Male Romance Comedy the whole story arc flows seamlessly and flawlessly towards its inevitable, wonderful end. 

Eddie and his four loves are the central focus around which most of the story revolves, however I haven’t let you in on some of the other great characters that Mr. Rosen brings forth, what would be the fun in that? And, most importantly, there’s those final, few, delicious chapters. Enjoy! 

THE WRITING

This is my first book by Rob Rosen and boy am I ever glad I was afforded this opportunity! The comedic timing and delivery flows so smoothly throughout this book that it was hard to put it down and go to sleep, or put it down and do work. I relished this read like a fine piece of Belgian chocolate. So nice and rich and delicious.

The characters are vibrant and alive, like an old Technicolor movie, drawn and developed in exquisite fashion into the tapestry of the story that I was taken back in time to my youth, my college days and 20’s. A time of wonderful discoveries, close friends, fantastic fun, incredible insecurities trying to figure things out. Somehow the innocence and expectancy of those years shines through in this book.

The editing is well done, albeit a couple of typos. Note to editors and beta/proof readers: check on spellcheck, please. In a few places one of the main character’s names: Brian, came through as Brain. Not quite the same thing.

All in all, a solid 4.5 stars and well worth the time. Bravo!

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I would like to thank Will Parkinson, Pride Promotions, and Man Love Romance Press, LLC, for providing Attention Is Arbitrary with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet the author:

Rob Rosen (www.therobrosen.com) is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort and the Lambda Literary nominated Fate. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. You can find 20 of them in his erotic romance anthology, Good & Hot. He is also the editor of Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015 and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume 1.

Where to find the author:

Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Melody Pond


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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Tour: Backlash by Jack L Pyke #MM #BDSM









I have butterflies. Do you? Ever since I read Antidote I've been on pins and needles needing (and I mean needing) Backlash. I've read it, it's everything I hoped and it's almost here for you. To get you ready I've got both Jack and Vicky here today (I'm such a lucky girl). You are in for a nifty behind-the-scenes look at Jack's process and Vicky's input that brings the Don't series together.
Two ways to Win!
  • Don't forget to say "hello" to Vicky for a chance to win an e-copy of Backlash
and
  • Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Backlash.

Backlash

Author: Jack L. PykeNovel: Backlash
Series: Don’t… Book 4
Genre: BDSM Psychological Thriller: M/M
Length: Novel
Word Count: 126,000
Publisher: Forbidden Fiction.
Pre-order Link: Fantastic Fiction Publishing Pre-Order , Amazon

Lisa Arbitrary's 5 Star Review of Backlash here.



Backlash: Behind the Scene Book Tour,
The Consultants

First off – thank you to Attention is Arbitraty for having us today!!!

Over 9 days, with 10 stops, we’re going behind the scene to Backlash, (Don’t…book 4), with loads of Backlash e-books to win along the way, as well as a paperback copy up for grabs! For a full list of tour dates and prizes, please see here at Forbidden Fiction Publications. http://forbiddenfiction.com/backlash-book-tour/
Today I’m hijacking the lovely Vicki. She’s a part of my consultant team, with a delicious focus on dark content (think Antidote, think Vince, think… I can’t do that, it’ll bloody hurt them, then think – “go there” from Vicki, you have her underpinned!). She also focuses on copy edits.

Although it’s the author’s name on the front cover, there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes, so much input from key players, that it’s great to take a step back, sit down, and turn the spotlight on those who help shape and shift these Don’t… series lads. And on that note….

*Turns the spotlight on Vicki* It’s really great to have you here, Vicki!

Vicki: *Waves at everyone*
Jack L: First, can you tell everyone a little a bit about yourself and your experience in fiction?
Vicki: I went to college (university) for a criminal justice degree. I have 25+ years as a legal assistant. I began reading MM fiction after reading one of Cameron Dane's FMM books. I have a straightforward way of writing reviews, and I review for GGR-Review.com. I work closely with several authors. That being said, I work and fight with Jack L. Pyke the most.  *Laughs*
Jack L: Fight, pfft. It’s… debating, lol. And on that note: How did you become involved in working on the Don’t series?
Vicki: Jack asked me if I would assist and give my opinion on the next book in the series, Antidote. We worked really hard on that and it took a lot out of both of us, but Jack felt the most pain. There was a lot of pushing from my end to get it as serious as possible. Making the readers feel the hurt and vulnerability was not an easy thing for Jack. It made her feel everything that was done to the boys. For an author, that is a scary place to go and I applaud her for a job well done.
Jack L: Antidote was a bad place to be, at times, I have to admit. How do you see your role in the Don’t series overall?
Vicki: I feel that next to Jack, I am the closest to the characters. I can throw a fit if something doesn't feel right for each character. Antidote was the hardest for Jack to get through, but Breakdown was the one that broke me down. (no pun intended)
Jack L: I remember! I use the term ‘consultants’ with people who work for me because they each have core specialist areas they focus upon, and they are chosen specifically because of that primary focus. Yours, in particular, is getting the notes right with portraying dark content. How vital is their role within fiction in general, do you think?

Vicki: I know that authors have beta readers. They do not work this closely to an author. Each author does things differently. A beta reader reads the text and gives their opinion on it. I spend a lot of time arguing and going over scenes with Jack. A consultant muse, maybe? I think I'm vital to Jack because she knows I know her characters and she can bounce ideas off of me, and I'm not going to give her bad advice.

Jack L: If you could pick a character to pull from the Don’t pages, who would it be?

Vicki: It's an even toss-up. Gray. He is the least known character of the three main characters. I believe all of the readers are pulled into the story and love the idea of Gray. I would really enjoy seeing how all of the readers feel about him. It would be very interesting to see if they are all of the same opinion or vastly different.

Martin. The unknown, entity. I wonder if he touches the readers’ hearts or if they hate him. Do readers want to see him go completely away, or do they want to get to know him and allow him to come out to play on occasion?

I'm totally in love with both of those characters. I've always wanted to live in a monogamous ménage relationship, and those two would be my choice.
Jack L: Oh lol, there’d certainly be some dark nights there! If you could pick a character to give the most painful death to, who would it be?
Vicki: Jack Harrison's mother. What an evil witch to do the things she did to her own son.
Jack L: And if you could pick a plot or character from the Don’t series that you’d like to know more about, what/who would it be?
Vicki: Martin. I really want to get my mind wrapped up in him. I always fall for the broken men. They love with great passion, and will turn around and bite you if something doesn't go their way.
Jack L: Okay, about this “arguing…” What’s it like working with me? *Cheeky smile, hands over bribe*
Vicki: Working with you? It depends on the day. We can fight about scenes and what we both think the characters should do or how they should act. I love the back and forth ideas thrown out between us and sometimes the arguments that Jack calls, "discussions." For such a kind soul, Jack can sure put a dirty streak in a book. Her family is my family. So working with Jack is like working with a sister that I dearly trust and love.
Jack L: *Blushes* Which author would you love to work with?
Vicki: Besides Jack? Gosh, that's another toss-up. Varian Krylov. I love her, but she doesn't get too close to people. I wish she would do a series where I could get close to the characters like I do with Jack. I love Joseph Lance Tonlet as well.
So, I guess the answer is I'm happy right where I am at and where I'm appreciated. I want to have a relationship with the author.
Jack L: I think that’s key to good a consultant team: we’re people at the end of the day, with kids, concerns, and the usual stresses. It’s not just about the work; it’s about the people behind it.
On that note: There’s some quite dark topics throughout Don’t, and most times you’ll read the script three or more times. How do you handle each wave? Does it get easier or harder?
Vicki: I think it gets easier. I gave an example to a friend who I'm attempting to push to read Bey Deckard's Better The Devil You Know. I told her that first chapter was hard and then I settled into the book. It didn't get any less gory, but my mind could handle it after a point.
It's the same with Jack's books. I know what's coming and I have to look at it from the readers' perspective and see if they are going to be able to feel what Jack wants them to feel. After all the discussions, I have to put a reader's hat on and double-check that her intentions are felt by the reader.
Jack L: Thank you for stopping by for a chat, Vicki, and I’m going to take the opportunity here to say the hours you’ve put in with me from Antidote onwards has been absolutely phenomenal, and I’ve loved (and still love) all the “discussions” that we have!
Vicki: I wouldn't trade my time spent with you.  I love where your mind can go and I love that you take me along with you on those journeys.
Jack L: Thanks also to Lisa again for having us over! Be sure to check the tour out tomorrow for another chance to win a Backlash paperback, where everything comes together over at Diverse Reader and there’s an extract from Backlash! There’s also still chance to enter yesterday’s blog tour post, where I was over at Kimmer’s Erotic Book Banter, where we had a few readers over for coffee with Gray, Jan, and Jack. Thanks again for stopping by today!!
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Jack L. Pyke Bio: Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.
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Vicki’s bio: I’m a 50+ year old mother of a gay man, who is the best thing that ever happened in my life. I read a lot of dark content. Then I have to follow with a cotton candy read or two so I don’t slash my wrists. I read over 300 books a year and there is very little, in the way of content, that I won’t read. It doesn’t mean I necessarily like all of it, I just believe that a story is born in an author’s head and regardless of the content, they usually write the story the way those characters dictate the story to them. Also, to me, fiction is fiction. I don’t think everything has to sound totally reasonable, as long as it’s written well and entertains me in one way or another. Most of all, I’m a character-driven reader. If I can’t connect to the characters, chances are I’m not going to like the book. I give honest reviews and try my best not to hurt anyone’s feelings while doing that. I’m not always successful but I sure try.



Backlash: Behind the Scene, Book Tour Stops: 10 stops Altogether over 9 days.
Jan 11th
Prism Book Alliance:  
Jan 12th
The Blogger Girls:
Jan 13th
KathyMac Reviews:
Jan 14th,
Books Laid Bare Boys:
Jan 15th
Kimmer’s Erotic Book Banter:
Jan 16th
Attention is Arbitrary:
Jan 17th
Diverse Reader:
Jan 18th
Sinfully m/m Book Reviews
Jan 19th
Twinsie Talk:
Jan 19th
ForbiddenFiction: Author Chat:

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