The Bodyguard Trope

March 11, 2015

I have always loved the bodyguard trope, though I haven’t written a lot of it. But I find it fun and sexy and hot.

With Guarding January, I started with LJ himself and Rye showed up — so it wasn’t even like I started out with that in mind. The characters always drive the show for me, but I was very happy when it turned out that LJ’s guy was his bodyguard and I got to play in that particular playground.

What is your favorite trope?

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Sean

smut fixes everything

Good Morning

March 11, 2015

Sean Michael here. I’ve got the blog today to tell you all about Guarding January, my latest release. It came out on Monday and I’m very excited as it’s my first publication from Dreamspinner that is also available in print!

Which begs the question – do you prefer ebook or print? And if you prefer it in print, do you still buy the ebook so you can read it while waiting for your print copy to arrive?

I will randomly choose one of the comments from this post at the end of the day to receive a copy of the print version of the book.

 

guardingjanuaryLord January is at the top of the charts, only comes out at night, and is usually covered in blood. Say what you will, but the man knows how to put on a great show. But when the Vampire King is let out of rehab, the last thing he expects is someone forcing him to eat real food, hang out in the sun, and generally be a human being.

Rye Sommers, the best bodyguard in the business, has been hired to babysit a rock star whose biggest threat surprisingly isn’t all the hard drugs, desperate groupies, and crazy fans—it’s Lord January himself. But the closer Rye gets, the more LJ turns into sweet, gentle, caring Jeff Smart. He may still be the super-skinny, pierced and inked genius Lord January, but he is slowly shaking his death wish as he sheds the loneliness and exhaustion his stage persona saddled him with.

But as Rye falls in love with the real Jeff, he finds himself in over his head. He knows he can keep Lord January away from the drugs and the groupies, but saving Jeff might force Jeff to choose between his career as Lord January and his very life.

It’s available in ebook and print formats.

 

Sean Michael

smut fixes everything

Mary Calmes Top 5 Places to Visit in Chicago

March 4, 2015

 

Mary Calmes, Chicago, Chinatown

Mary Calmes gives us her favorite places to visit in Chicago

I have very few favorite cities but one of them is certainly Chicago where many of my books are set. I think the reason I love it so much is the fact that yes, it’s a huge metropolitan city and holy cow it’s cold there in the winter, but there are endless things to do with options for every budget. Here are some of my favorite places to go whenever I visit and where my characters have of course gone as well.

The Chicago Field Museum: You can’t go wrong going in there, dinosaur bones, the man-eaters of Tsavo, and there’s so much to see just please, don’t eat there.

Haymarket Pub & Brewery: It’s down on Randolph Street, the Mathias Imperial I.P.A. is amazing when they have it and the sweet potato tater tots are to die for.

The Lincoln Park Zoo: People will say, go to the Brookfield Zoo, but Lincoln Park is better. It’s prettier, stop and check out the South Pond Pavilion if you love architecture, and the baby animals are adorable. Plus, it’s free.

Chinatown: I used to make a day of this with my hubby. We’d get up early and go have dim-sum, then walk around to the jewelry stores, I have a really pretty pair of amber earrings I’ve had for 10+ years at this point now, then to the market for veggies, and then walk around some more. I love it there.

The Girl & Goat: I love this restaurant, I want to live there. It’s so good…I’m salivating just typing. Just go. The wood oven roasted pig face…I know what you’re thinking, but it’s to die for. And the oysters.

Chicago is a huge place with endless opportunities, I hope you have a wonderful time visiting.

 

Bio:

Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.

Find our more about Mary’s books here.