About the Cover — (Gerry’s Lion)

April 24, 2015

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This is Ashavan Doyon again, here to talk to you about Gerry’s Lion.

Covers matter, a LOT. Often it is only the cover that first attracts a reader into taking the moments to read the blurb, and so it is an element, I think, that tortures authors. We want a cover that says EVERYTHING there is to say about our story. But it can’t. And if it tries, it can break the conventions of the genre so badly that no one will read it. I’ve seen incredible stories that just didn’t perform as expected, and sometimes I have to wonder if the cover is the reason.

Gerry’s Lion breaks the pattern for my covers with Dreamspinner. All my previous covers have been either photographs or photo montages. This one was drawn, which brought a new element into trying to find the perfect cover. When you submit an art request you give a brief character description, and that’s really almost all the artist has to figure out the best model for the character. They have that and a very brief synopsis. And a brief statement about the dream cover that you most want to see.

I described Leo like this: Leo Ystrabov is on the lower side of average height (about 5’6″), blue eyes, black hair. As a [spoiler redacted], he’s exceptionally well built and muscular. He favors tropical shirts.

And for my dream cover? This is what I asked for: An art gallery… the walls are white, but the room is dark shadows, a light shining on a single piece of art. It was radiant, like the sun. Yellows and reds and oranges, a mane of light around a dark figure, dancing–Gerry, engulfed by his lion. A man is seen from behind looking at the painting – this could be either Gerry, Leo, or the two of them together, all three situations happen in the book [minor spoiler redacted].

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I think I got pretty lucky, that comes really close. My experience has been getting a couple of covers built from watermarked stock images that give an impression of what the cover artist is going for. With a drawn cover it was quite different. I received sketches to show those ideas, and then the one I chose was drawn. Most of my editorial decisions once I’d picked which of the sketches I wanted were limited to how the title would be displayed.

What were the other two drawings? I don’t think I’m allowed to show you but there were two alternates. One depicted Leo, pulling off his shirt, in front of an abstract background of empty frames. The other showed Gerry, with Leo craning his neck over Gerry’s shoulder in front of a row of frames. I confess I had a hard time deciding, in part because Gerry’s character is African-American; I think there’s value in showing that on the cover. Unfortunately the depiction of Gerry just didn’t feel right to me (he was too tall, too muscular, the character didn’t make me think of the Gerry from my story) and I elected to go with the final cover shown here.

What makes a good cover, and what good stories do you think may not have been as popular because of the cover? Don’t forget–Responses will be used to help decide on a winner for one of the e-books I’m giving away!

And before I forget: BUY THE BOOK. PLEASE, PLEASE BUY THE BOOK:

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or in print:

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(in the interests of making people happy: the e-book version is part of the Wet Dream sale from today until 4/28 – 25% off)

Release Day Party — Gerry’s Lion

April 24, 2015

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Greetings Everyone! Welcome to the Release Day Party for Gerry’s Lion!

This novel is my first full length novel with Dreamspinner Press and I’m so thrilled to be able to hold a copy of my work in my hands. Today we’re going to talk a little about the story, I’ll talk about some of my inspiration. In there somewhere I’ll give away some e-books, and I’ll be choosing the winners from folks who respond to my end of post questions in the comments. I love to chat, so feel free to ask me anything!

So first a little more of an in person intro from me:

Gerry’s Lion

Gerald Tanner lost the piece of his life he loved most, his husband Adam. When faced with the prospect of another Christmas with a family who thinks he’s better off now that Adam is gone, Gerry decides instead to revisit the memory of when they met, and boards a Christmas cruise on the Sunrise. He’s not expecting to meet Leo Ystrabov. He certainly never imagined the courageous young man would challenge him into feelings of desire and the possibility of a love that isn’t his precious Adam.

Leo Ystrabov doesn’t quite know how to handle the shattered heart Gerry presents so hesitantly. But the offer is precious, and Leo can’t resist. However, with two families none too eager to accept them and a lot of baggage on both sides, their relationship faces an uphill battle. Leo will have to find his courage to be the lion Gerry sees in him.

I know, sounds a little heavy. There’s a lot of angst in this story for some pretty obvious reasons. So, what attracts you to gay romances? Do your prefer a certain kind? I’m a sucker for a period piece. How about you?

Blog Release Party! A Most Unusual Courtship & A Most Unusual Wedding

April 16, 2015

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I’m sorry to say, but this is my last post for the lovely Dreamspinner blog! I’ve enjoyed writing about my Victorian guys with all of you and hope you’ve enjoyed the glimpse into their alternate world. So one last time, A Most Unusual Courtship is out, and free, right now! You can download it right this very moment, if you so wish! You’ll have to wait the agonizing three days to get ahold of A Most Unusual Wedding, though. If I may say so, it is definitely worth the wait! :D

What to write, what to write? I wish I could ask you guys live what you might like to see… A-ha! How about a wee interview with the boys? It’ll tide you over until the novel comes out.

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The Starbucks doors opened to admit a large man with brown hair and oddly pretty, amber colored eyes. Dressed simply in dark pants and a loose-fitting brown shirt, he looked around the crowded coffee shop before turning to face someone behind him. “I don’t know, Leo. This is quite a strange tavern.”

“If you let me in, I can make sure there aren’t any Dark mages lying in wait.”

“If you must.”

Gerald stepped aside and a shorter man with long blond hair braided back walked into the Starbucks. His clothes were a… vibrantly purple silk shirt, snug black pants, and a golden vest that somehow matched the bigger man’s eyes. He muttered something in a foreign language and a gold mist slid through the open space. Bright blue eyes sparked with mischief and he said, “Perfectly safe, darling, so long as you don’t mind a horrific cuppa.”

Gerald made a face. “Really?”

“Sadly yes,” Leo confirmed.

“Over here, gentlemen! I have your tea ready and waiting.”

Both men walked over to the corner table where a short, dark haired woman waited, beaming at their approach. Leo quirked an eyebrow at her and said, cutting, “I suppose we’ve you to thank for the shenanigans going on all around the wedding?”

Taken aback, her hazel eyes widened and she gaped at him a bit.

Gerald frowned at him and said, “Leo, love, be nice. Hello. I’m Gerald. Sorry, he’s just a bit miffed.”

“No, no. It’s quite all right. I understand. That was rather a lot of goings-on. Please, have a seat. I promise you’ll love the tea.”

Leo made an unconvinced noise, but sat. “So. What do you want to know?”

“It’s not me so much me as the readers! They wanted to meet you.”

Gerald nudged Leo and smiled. “As if you’d miss out on something like this.”

She cleared her throat and said, “Yes, well. Just a few questions as we don’t have a lot of time, I promise. Firstly, are you two keeping out of trouble these days?”

“I say,” Leo exclaimed, “that’s hardly fair, coming from you! If we’re getting into trouble…”

“If, love?”

“…then it’s your fault. As if we wanted to encounter a murder on our honeymoon. I had so many delectable plans and they all involved Gerald’s lovely, big…”

“Leo!”

She blushed a little. His words left very little to the imagination. “I see. Well, despite the murder, I hope the honeymoon went well?”

Gerald covered Leo’s hand with his. “Very. I won’t go into details, but we met some wonderful new friends and… well. That would be spoiling I think.”

“How are things with your uncle, Leo?”

Leo’s gaze darkened and the temperature instantly dropped several degrees. “Another subject, please.”

“Right. Ah. Any future plans you can discuss?”

Gerald beamed and said, “Leo’s working with an American! Or, he will be shortly. It should be very interesting. I’ve never met one before. Oh, aside from you of course.”

“No problem. Actually, we’re out of time. But I wanted to say thanks so much for the excitement you bring into my life.”

Gerald smiled widely. “Quite our pleasure, honestly. Do you mind if we stay and finish the tea?”

“Be my guest. They’re closing shortly, but feel free. It was wonderful to meet you in the flesh. Er, so to speak.” She stood and they echoed the movement immediately. Her small hand was engulfed by Gerald’s large one and even by Leo’s smaller elegant hand. “Have a lovely trip back to London.”

“Safe travels,” Gerald said.

Leo huffed in amusement. “Yes, yes. Good luck with the writing. And if you can manage to embarrass my uncle at some point in the near future, it would be greatly appreciated.”

“I’ll see what I can do.”

She walked to the door and then looked back just before opening it to find them seated again, holding hands, with their heads bent close together. It was a sight that tugged at her heartstrings and she quickly left the Los Angeles Starbucks to hurry and catch the bus home.

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Hope that wasn’t too silly for everyone! And I hope you all enjoy Courtship and Wedding! Love to hear back from you about both. :D

Blog Release Party! A Most Unusual Courtship & A Most Unusual Wedding

April 16, 2015

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Hello Hello! Nancy back again with some more tidbits about A Most Unusual Wedding (out 4/20/15) and its prequel, the novella A Most Unusual Courtship (out – and free – now)!

Now let’s see… so far we’ve talked about where Courtship and Wedding came from as well as my little music ritual while writing. We should totally talk about the supporting cast of characters! Sometimes it’s the supporting roles, so to speak, that really make the movie or novel come to life. I’m a huge believer in character first, from the heroes to the villains and everyone in-between. What this means is I spend time writing out a bio for each of the characters important enough to get a name; sometimes this even means really minor characters like repeat waiters or butlers and the like. Why yes, I do overthink things now and again, why do you ask?

When Courtship came out a few years ago, I think some of the best compliments I got were about Daniel Smithson, Gerald’s grandfather. He’s a sprightly eighty-three year old man, which was rather unheard of back in Victorian times. The average life expectancy was around forty, if you can believe it! Talk about harsh. Fortunately in my world of magic, people tend to live a lot longer whether due to having magic themselves or the care received from doctors with magic, often both. Daniel carries around a cane more to whack people with than for support, in my opinion (and poor Leo’s opinion, too). He’s very quick to express his displeasure with the cane and woe betide any shin within range! I had sooo much fun writing all of his scenes.

Next up in the character department is Harry. Lieutenant Harold Bickley of Her Majesty’s Navy is a cut-up, quite free with his *ahem* affections, and somewhat of a ne’er-do-well in his personal life. But he’s also one of the best sailors you’d ever want to rescue you from pirates. He’s also got power and has been at sea most of his life, rising from cabin boy to lieutenant the hard way as well as coming late to his powers. Harry and Gerald have been best mates since long before Harry went off to join the Navy and have remained so through the years. Harry does his best to get Gerald to let loose whenever Harry’s on leave, much to Gerald’s repeated regret.

Unfortunately, Leo doesn’t really have a best mate outside of Gerald. He’s got family, acquaintances, and rivals. If he had to pick someone, it would probably be Gregory Framingham. The older gentleman is a mentor of Leo’s and back in the day he convinced Leo that the best way to learn the fullness of his powers would be to go walkabout. He was always there when Leo needed a champion and taught Leo a lot about how to be himself in a world of deceit and power, both political and magical.

And then there’s the Harris family. One of the greatest thorns in Leo’s side is his own uncle, Mark, who is head of the family and named Leo as his heir. In his vast wisdom (read: sarcasm), Mark’s decided that Gerald is no good for Leo and wants the marriage called off. He’s determined to find a proper spouse for his heir.

What kind of characters are your favorite to read about? Do you like ones who know who they are or still have some growing left to do? Soft-hearted or stubborn? Wild at heart or a stay at home fussbudget? And do you like your romances to be more of the “opposites attract” style or “complementary in nature”?

Blog Release Party! A Most Unusual Courtship & A Most Unusual Wedding

April 16, 2015

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Hello again! Nancy here continuing my first ever blog release party for my novel A Most Unusual Wedding (out 4/20/15) and its prequel, the novella A Most Unusual Courtship (out – and free – now)!

One thing that I’ve always found to be helpful while I write is music. I simply can’t write without it! (I mean, okay yes, technically I can, it’s just not nearly as easy nor does it flow as fast) But it’s not just listening to music that completes my writing ritual. I have to wear headphones so the music is concentrated directly to the brain. I think it’s probably a subconscious focusing trick. I ‘blame’ my mother and grandmother for always having music or the television going on in the kitchen when I got home from school and had to do my homework. ;0) There was a lot of noise going on in my house growing up and I got used to it, and now it helps with the creative process.

I’ve found in talking to other authors that it’s 50/50 when it comes to listening to music while writing. Of those who do listen while writing, the genres run the gamut. One of my friends only listens to classical; she feels that having words flying at her while trying to write is too much. Me? I’m often inspired by music and I definitely have “soundtracks” or albums/artists I listen to for different works-in-progress.

For Wedding, I listened to a variety of musicians, but for the majority of writing, I listened to Adele, Arctic Monkeys, and Lifehouse. On one hand, the lyrical quality of Lifehouse and Adele that helped me go back to a quieter time of life. While Victorian London was filled with the everyday noise of life, they obviously didn’t have the same constant background of cars, planes, trucks, radio, television, headphones, elevator music, etc., etc. And on the other hand, with all the crazy shenanigans going on in the novel itself, Arctic Monekys was both BritRock and invigorating, which definitely got me in the mood for the guys.

Novel tidbit: I named Leo’s mother after Adele because I was listening to her when I had to name Leo’s mom. Funny how that works, isn’t it? ;o)

The particular tracks that I just set on repeat and wrote Wedding to:

Adele

He Won’t Go

First Love

Hometown Glory

Rolling in the Deep

Lifehouse

You and Me

Nerve Damage

Broken

Arctic Monkeys

Balaclava

Brick by Brick

I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

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I also listen to music when I’m reading so maybe my brain is just wired that way, I don’t know. But how about all of you? If you’re a writer of any sort, do you listen to music while writing? And if you’re a reader, do you need the strains of a familiar ballad going on in the background while you read or must there be a library-esque silence? Taking it a step further, do you find the words fly by in the complete solitude of your fave recliner at home or is a comfy coffee/tea shop more your scene?

Blog Release Party! A Most Unusual Courtship & A Most Unusual Wedding

April 16, 2015

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Well hello everyone! Good morning/afternoon/evening in whatever part of the world you’re reading this in! I’m Nancy M. Griffis and I’ll be your hostess with the mostest for the next few hours! This is my very first blog release party and also, probably not coincidentally, my first novel (and novella) with Dreamspinner, though definitely not my last!

My latest novel, A Most Unusual Wedding will be released this coming Monday, 4/20/15, and its novella prequel, A Most Unusual Courtship, came out on 4/13/15. Courtship, by the way, is going to remain free so you can scoop it up asap into your hot little hands… or kindle, or nook, as the case may be… and see how it all began before the big event! As a little bonus, all books at Dreamspinner are on sale, so you’ll be able to take twenty-five percent off!

I originally came up with Courtship in response to a charity anthology call for submissions a few years ago with the theme as Leather. I’ll admit that I figured it would end up a lot spicier than it did with that theme, but Gerald (the leathersmith) is a very proper Victorian man. Raised by his grandfather after the deaths of his parents, Gerald was an only child who lived mostly to create beauty through leather. As a powerful and wealthy mage, Leo is far more forward and goes after what, and who, he wants with considerably more brashness. Of course, he’s a noble, a middle child, and has traveled the world as well, so he’s a fair bit more cosmopolitan than Gerald, who’s never even left London. This is a definite case of opposites attract.

For those of you wondering how Wedding came about, I was working on other novels after Courtship and taken quite by surprise when Leo started yammering in my ear about getting married. He was very definite on the matter. I thought it couldn’t be too hard to do a full-on novel but then the research began! Let me just say that you don’t know what you don’t know about a time period until you actually start writing about it. I mostly write contemporary urban fantasy or futuristic scifi, so this was my first historical novel, which was somewhat intimidating. There are so many excellent historical novels out there and I really wanted to do it justice. Even though Wedding is an urban fantasy novel as well as historical, I wanted to get as realistic a feel for it as I could possible portray. I didn’t want to take any shortcuts because it was also a fantasy novel. I hope all the research (from underwear, to food, to types of carriages) comes through in the writing and builds a proper world for the reader.

So. I’ll read pretty much any genre of novel. It’s non-fiction I need to set my mind to. ;o) How many of you out there love mixed-genre books? I can count three that Wedding and Courtship belong to: historical, urban fantasy, and gay romance. Do you prefer your history without any make-believe? Or perhaps you like your fantasy in a world of the author’s creation? Or are you someone who lives by ‘the more genres the better!’ philosophy? Let me know! :D

And if you’ve already read Courtship, I’d love your feedback!

Rebecca Cohen Writes It All!

April 7, 2015

Today we interview the multi-genre writing Rebecca Cohen!

Dreamspinner Press: What is the most erotic scene you’ve ever written?

In Duty to the Crown (the second of my Elizabethan historical series, The Crofton Chronicles), I have Sebastian Hewel pretending to be prostitute, hanging around the seedy backstreets of South Bank in London. He’d slipped Anthony Redbourn note and told him to meet him. Anthony arrives and is more than happy to play along with Sebastian’s game. Especially as Sebastian has procured a room for their use at a nearby tavern. They act out their roles, Anthony tying Sebastian to the bed with his hose, and promising to get his money’s worth from Sebastian. Which he certainly does.

Dreamspinenr Press: Your new novel is a science-fiction gay romance. What were some joys and challenges writing a romance set in a sci-fi world?

In Under Glass I wanted to play with the idea that for certain people true love is genetically determined. I’m a biology geek, and so I created a concept called psychogenetics to describe how Ollie and Kai, the main characters in ‘Under Glass’, are linked and how the link is mediated by a special organ called the caerellon. Only in science fiction could I get to play and run away with such ideas. Another joy was making Kai a novice planet builder. His species creates planets, one of which is where Ollie was spirited away to by his mother as a young child. New races and planets mean I get to shape the evolution of a species and create their mythology, and that is so much fun. But there are things to be mindful of and it is a challenge to keep the balance right. ‘Under Glass’ is a romance, its focus is on the relationship between Ollie and Kai so the world building and background needs to support and not overwhelm the story. I’m also very aware not to drown the reader in jargon or make them think they’ve accidentally wandered into a lecture.UnderGlass

Dreamspinner Press: Do you listen to music when you write? Snack? Drink tea/coffee/vodka?

I’m very fortunate that I can write pretty much wherever and don’t need specific places or rituals. I tend to curl up on the sofa so I can still be the same room as my family and don’t have to lock myself away. My hubby does provide tea on demand and the odd glass of wine when I’m writing after dinner.

Dreamspinner Press: How did you begin writing gay romance?

I didn’t set out to write gay romance. In fact, I didn’t realise it was a separate genre. I was writing a high fantasy novel and the only way the plot would work was if the two male main characters were in a romantic relationship. When I came to try and get it published I started looking around for a suitable publisher and market and discovered that gay romance was a genre in its own right. The high fantasy story was ‘Servitude’, my first published novel with Dreamspinner Press.

Dreamspinner Press: What are you working on next for readers?

One glance at my back catalogue and you’ll see I like to play in different genres. I’ve written historicals, contemporaries, fantasy and sci fi, and where I’m heading next is a contemporary novella series based around an amateur dramatics society. The series is called ‘Treading the Boards’ and the first novella, ‘Overlay Dramatic’, is already contracted to DSP (tentative release this summer). I submitted the second, ‘Summer Season’, at the end of March and I’m currently writing the final one – a Christmas story called ‘He’s Behind You’ – which I plan to submit before my summer holiday at the beginning of June. They are romantic comedies, each with a different leading couple. The first one includes a papier-mâché goat and a very bad play called ‘Whoops, Vicar. There Goes My Trousers’.

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Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.

Time To Desert the Desert

March 19, 2015

Well, that about wraps it up for me.The cookies are done and the verdict is…not so good. They spread despite chilling out in the fridge for awhile. Oh, well.

I saw an old travel poster and decided I couldn’t afford to start buying old travel posters, so I recreated it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into Something To Die For. It’s available now on Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, and your favorite ebook retailer.

 

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a copy! I’m going to be hanging out, answering comments, and looking out for the winner of the giveaway. I’ll make one last post to announce the winner later on, so check back in a few hours or tomorrow to see if you’ve won.  If you are the winner, please comment on my blog and I’ll get back with you.

Please check out Something To Die For by me, Piper Doone. Out now.

Something To Die For

Josh Tucker lives a blessed life—great job, great family, perfect husband, and two wonderful children—but a mysterious man named Adam who haunts his dreams and soon his waking life threatens everything when he stirs doubt as to whether any of it is real. Adam makes Josh question the world he’s taken for granted—as well as the origins of Adam himself.

Even if Adam’s claims are true, Josh has nothing to live for beyond his fabricated life—except the possibility of a real man out there somewhere who can love him. Josh is left with an impossible choice: stay in his delusion where he’s assured some happiness or take a great leap of faith for a chance to make a life with Adam.

 

Thank you.

Call For Backup!! And a Giveaway

March 19, 2015

Calling in for Backup…and a giveaway!

 

As much as this is Josh and Adam’s (and the desert’s) story, there are a number of important secondary characters in  Something To Die For.

 

And I want to talk about them so badly, but in the words of River Song on Doctor Who…spoilers.

 

I can say right off the bat we meet Josh’s husband, Sergio. Sergio is an amazing guy: patient, kind, playful, sexy, and gorgeous. And so not what he seems.

 

Josh and Sergio’s kids, as well as Josh’s mother and siblings, figure heavily in the story as anchors for his sanity. Or do they? Because there are others who show up and throw that idea on its head, leaving Josh to wonder just who is real and who isn’t.

 

Saying too much more would give it all away…so, in that spirit…let’s do a giveaway!

 

In the comments, tell me the most magical, inspirational place you’ve ever been to. The more unusual, the better! This isn’t your typical café in Paris or three weeks in the Alps kind of question. Mostly because I haven’t been on real vacation in over a decade. Well over a decade, actually.

 

If you have photos, show us! Tell everyone about the time you took a wrong turn in Kenosha and ended up almost getting eaten by a moose and you were taken in by a kindly old couple who housed you for a night and you learned to crochet and make maple syrup pie.

 

Winner receives a copy of Something To Die For!

Something To Die For

Josh Tucker lives a blessed life—great job, great family, perfect husband, and two wonderful children—but a mysterious man named Adam who haunts his dreams and soon his waking life threatens everything when he stirs doubt as to whether any of it is real. Adam makes Josh question the world he’s taken for granted—as well as the origins of Adam himself.

Even if Adam’s claims are true, Josh has nothing to live for beyond his fabricated life—except the possibility of a real man out there somewhere who can love him. Josh is left with an impossible choice: stay in his delusion where he’s assured some happiness or take a great leap of faith for a chance to make a life with Adam.

Mysteries of the Desert

March 19, 2015

When I was promoting Playing Hard To Forget (looky…it’s on sale, too, for $5.24. Would you look at that), I talked about how the wolf has figured into my family history for a thousand years. On my father’s side, the history was bloody and my family became known as wolf-slayers in Scotland around the turn of the last millennium thanks to an ancestor who saved the King from an attacking wolf in the forest.

 

So when I began having dreams of being in the desert at night with an old man speaking to me in a language I understood at the time but never when awake, hidden among the bush as a wolf stood guard to protect me from the dangers outside the protective circle of the fire and plants, my mother became fascinated by them and was obsessed with finding its meaning. This was well before I learned of my father’s side’s history.

 

Many bottles of sunscreen later, I still don’t know what they meant. All I do know is that the desert was its own character in my dreams. There was danger outside the light of the fire and the desert had sent protection for me. The only thing anyone can agree on is that it was odd that I was dreaming of a wolf, an animal not seen in the desert for many, many years, and not a common coyote.

 

I’ve always held the desert in high regard since then.

I call this one “Agave Agave Everywhere…and not a drop (of Tequila) to drink)

But a few years ago, I saw something that left me, for lack a better term, completely freaked me out. And it was then that the seeds of Something To Die For were planted.

 

I still have trouble processing what I saw into words, which, as a writer, really says something about me that using my words is difficult.

 

What I will say is that writing Something To Die For was a way for me to come to terms with what I saw that night. Giving it some humanity and a happy ending was something I needed to do, whether it got published or not.

 

I needed my desert to be the place it once was–my protection, my safe place. I didn’t want to think of it in the context of that horrid night and turning the story into something I could control from start to finish was a form of therapy for me.

 

In Something To Die For, just like in my dreams, the desert is a secret main character. Josh needs his desert to ground him. It is a part of him and helps him to get to where he needs to be.

 

But beyond all that, it’s a love story. The love story of Josh and Adam. And a love story from me to my desert.

Something To Die For

Josh Tucker lives a blessed life—great job, great family, perfect husband, and two wonderful children—but a mysterious man named Adam who haunts his dreams and soon his waking life threatens everything when he stirs doubt as to whether any of it is real. Adam makes Josh question the world he’s taken for granted—as well as the origins of Adam himself.

Even if Adam’s claims are true, Josh has nothing to live for beyond his fabricated life—except the possibility of a real man out there somewhere who can love him. Josh is left with an impossible choice: stay in his delusion where he’s assured some happiness or take a great leap of faith for a chance to make a life with Adam.

(Cookie update—the dough is chilling in the fridge. I’ve eaten 4 spoonfuls now. Everything seems good from here. I must do further research, though)