The Importance of Secondary Characters
When I started writing Withered + Sere, I knew that what would make or break the book would be the secondary characters. Given that W+S contains the largest cast of characters I’ve ever written, the book would die a quick and violent death if those characters weren’t memorable and unique. You can’t rest this type of book just on the shoulders of the two leads, especially with the type of story I was hoping to write. Continue reading Guest Post: Withered + Sere by TJ Klune
The Wild World of Equestrian Sports
My newest release, Unstable Stud, takes place on a horse farm in Kentucky, and not just any horse farm, but a Thoroughbred racing farm. And even more specifically, a farm that breeds and trains horses for steeplechase racing. How’s that for specific?
Equestrian sports come in all kinds, from the very elegant to the absolutely insane. While Bywater Farms has its specialty, Joe, the trainer, actually draws on a variety of techniques to help prepare the horses and riders for their races, so I thought I’d prepare a little guide to equestrian sports. Continue reading Guest Post: Unstable Stud by Ariel Tachna
I’ve written the start of this post about five times and I still don’t know what to say. Some writer, huh?
How do I put into words the whole of this journey? This series was the start for me. These characters—Cole and Jae—have taken me to places I never thought I’d go, met people I am so very thankful to have known and most importantly, enriched my life beyond measure.
So how do I say goodbye to the beginning? Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: Dirty Heart by Rhys Ford
We’re happy to have Tam MacNeil here at It’s About The Book to talk about some of the things that went into the writing of her new release, Salt and Iron.
I spent a lot of time on road trips as a kid.
Where I grew up in Canada I was close enough to the US border that my family made regular weekend trips to Spokane and longer trips further afield – the Oregon Coast, to California where my uncle lives, and to Nevada. Something I realized when I was sitting in the crinkled white leather seat of an old Cordova with no AC as we tried out the Grapevine was how much folklore there is about American highways. Continue reading Guest Post: Salt and Iron by Tam MacNeil
Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me here today at It’s About the Book for the fourth stop of the Catch a Tiger by the tail Blog Tour, celebrating the release of Book 6 in the THIRDS series, which is out February 5th.
Today I’m sharing with you the profile for our shy, sweet, sexy tiger Therian Ethan Hobbs. Ethan is Destructive Delta’s Public Safety Bomb Technician, and explosives expert. He’s also partners and best friends with the team’s sniper Calvin Summers. the two are inseparable, and have been since childhood. So why don’t we get to know Ethan, or “Hobbs” as everyone else calls him, a little better? Oh, and if you think explosives can’t be used to unclog the kitchen sink, think again.
Continue reading Blog Tour & Giveaway: Catch a Tiger by the Tail
Hello all! Welcome to the first stop in the Loving Blitz mini blog tour, celebrating the release of the fourth novella in the North Pole City Tales series! A big thank you to It’s About the Book for hosting me today, and thank you to everyone stopping by.
For those who might be unfamiliar with the series, North Pole City tales has been my own little holiday tradition since 2012 when the first story Mending Noel was released as part of Dreamspinner’s Advent Calendar anthology, Evergreen.
At the time, I hadn’t considered extending this little tale beyond one book, but a lovely lady at Dreamspinner Press really enjoyed Tim and Noel’s story and asked me if I would think about turning it into a series. It was then I came up with the idea of turning it into a series and having a new couple’s story release every year around the holidays. Continue reading Blog Tour and Giveaway: Loving Blitz by Charlie Cochet
When I first thought about writing Fish Stick Fridays, it was a lot darker than it turned out. I know. I’ll let you have a moment to be shocked and amazed. But then I wrote it and its innards changed, softening a bit. A lot of that change had to do with building a relationship between Deacon and his niece, Zig and then adding Lang into the mix.
I went round and round on the title. Nothing was working. They were decent titles. Hell, Mary Calmes even stole one of them for her own book but nothing was fitting the story. Then I said… why the hell aren’t I calling it what it is? Fish Stick Fridays. Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford
Today, we interview a character from Edmond Manning’s King John, a man named Alistair Robertson. Alistair attended the last six Burning Man events and this year, has a mission while attending Burning Man, 2002.
Alistair: Well, I wouldn’t really call it a mission, mate.
Interviewer: No? Did you not reveal to me a few moments ago this is your third year looking for the king maker?
Alistair (shifting uncomfortably): Yes, I mean, yes, I said that, right but, that’s not quite…I mean, I wouldn’t call it a mission. More like a hobby. Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: It’s Brilliant, Really
Actually it’s been more of a long ride. Three years, three books, one novella and a lot of short stories and we’ve come to the point where Quinn gets his story. And we get to really meet Rafe. This is definitely a shift in the band’s story, a lot more Morgan and well, there’s Quinn, the family’s off-black sheep. It was a challenge and a joy to write Quinn and Rafe. And I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: Sloe Ride by Rhys Ford
By Nicole Kimberling
Every once in a while I get a special request from a reader asking me to address this or that problem in m/m fiction. So today I’m going to talk about characters who suffer from the dreaded disease of Career Amnesia. It is estimated that between ten and twenty percent of all romance heroes will at one point during a book either forget that he has a job or will suddenly behave in a way that profoundly impairs his workplace credibility. Something should be done to help these characters retain their imaginary employment, but what? Continue reading Brutus and Binky: Career Amnesia