Interview Roulette: Sean Michael

Today’s Sean Michael’s turn at the wheel!

  1. Which would be your preferred vacation choice: a luxury hotel, an apartment in a historic building, or a tent?

Well, I can cross off the tent right away, because I am very much not a camper. Even the thought of ‘glamping’ makes me think, well why not just stay at a hotel. I like my visits to the beautiful outdoors to be day trips. And while I would love to visit a historic building because they’re quite often beautiful, I do like being comfortable. So I would have to say the luxury hotel.

  1. There’s Tumblr site called Describe a Film Plot Badly. Describe one (or more) of your own book plots badly, in no more than 140 characters.

Farmer’s son falls for tech nerd while searching for ghosts. – The Supers

  1. One of the characters in your latest book buys a birthday present for another. What is it?

Blaine, from The Supers, would buy Flynn an expensive piece of ghost hunting tech.

  1. One of your characters has signed up to teach a 1-day workshop. What’s it on?

Flynn would totally sign up to teach a workshop on how to use technology to search out ghosts.

  1. What is your theme song?

Tom Petty’s Running Down a Dream. I listened to the album that’s from a lot during the time I was in New Zealand (Free Falling was played a lot around Bungee Jumping time!) I love the song, and the idea of running down your dreams.

  1. Make up a new word you really wish would catch on. What is it and what does it mean?

I can actually think of a lot of made up words that ought to be real. But if I’m choosing just one… I’m going to go with dorkalicious. Which is wonderfully dorky – it would totally be a compliment to someone who is a dork.

  1. One of the characters in your most recent book wins a dream vacation to anywhere in the world. Where does he or she choose?

Oooo. I love dream vacations. I think Blaine would love to take Flynn to Europe where they could visit all the old castles.

  1. What is the most useless or frivolous thing you’ve ever bought?

Probably my blow up dragon whose wings flap. I put it up in the front yard every year and it makes me extremely happy.

  1. What was your favorite school subject? Least favorite?

I was very much a nerd in high school and there were very few subjects I did not like. While I enjoyed English very much, my absolute favorite was math. Loved math.



Hunting ghosts and finding more than they bargained for.

Blaine Franks is a member of the paranormal research group the Supernatural Explorers. When the group loses their techie to a cross-country move, newly graduated Flynn Huntington gets the job. Flynn fits in with the guys right off the bat, but when it comes to him and Blaine, it’s more than just getting along.

Things heat up between Blaine and Flynn as they explore their first haunted building together, an abandoned hospital. Their relationship isn’t all that progresses, though, and soon it seems that an odd bite on Blaine’s neck has become much more.

Hitchhiking ghosts, a tragic love story forgotten by time, and the mystery of room 204 round out a romance where the things that go bump in the night are real.


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Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.


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Interview Roulette: Louise Lyons

Louise Lyons takes a spin today!

  1. Pick any place in the world to spend the next 6 months. Where is it and why? This one’s easy! The Lake District, in the north-west of England. It’s my favourite place in the world and I hope to move there in maybe 5 or so years from now. I could spend every day of the six months hiking in the mountains, whatever the weather, and never get bored.
  2. Which of your characters is most likely to end up in the emergency room and why? Maybe Paul from my first novel, Conflicted. He has a bad temper and he got into a number of fights both prior to the start of the book, and during the first couple of chapters. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see him in the ER with a broken nose, or damaged knuckles. He calmed down a lot when he fell in love, but it wouldn’t take much to set him off again, especially if anyone hurt his lover, Greg.
  3. One of your characters has an allergy that’s proved problematic. Tell us about it. None of my characters so far have allergies, but Joel in Cervena was in a serious motorcycle accident years before the start of the book. He broke his leg and had to have pins put in it to support the break. He’s left with a slight limp, more pronounced when the weather is cold and damp, as that makes the old injury painful.
  4. If you could make anything edible, what would you choose? One of my favourite naughty treats is a recipe called Mount Nacheesmo that I got from the programme, Man v Food. It’s a huge pile of nachos covered with anything you like – usually I top them with shredded chicken, refried beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, red onion, green peppers, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese sauce. I don’t have a Man v Food sized portion, but it is very delicious (and loaded with calories!)
  5. Who are your favorite visual artists and why? I love the 19th Century German romantic landscape painter, Caspar David Freidrich. I have a print of one of his oil paintings hanging in my hallway, and two more upstairs. My favourite is called the Stages of Life and is based on his thoughts on his own mortality. It’s one of those pieces of art I can stand and stare at, and get lost in.
  6. Say you met your all-time favorite celebrity; would you play it cool? Or would you utterly humiliate yourself? I’d probably be cool and relaxed. About 13 years ago I met a person who was pretty famous some time before that, whom I admired at the time, and ended up being good friends with him for a couple of years, even acting as a kind of part time PA for a while. I got to attend a TV show he was on and sit in the Green Room watching, and accompany him to a couple of performances in a fancy car, and a few other things. Most of it was more mundane, though – such as hanging out at his mother’s house and ordering pizza! I’d like to think I’d be cool enough to act like that if I met someone like Dwayne Johnson!
  7. If you could choose anyone on the planet to narrate an audio version of your latest book, who would it be? Liam Neeson, I love his voice.


Book blurb:

Can romance and rock ‘n’ roll dreams survive with a storm raging around them?

Alex Randall has always wanted to be a rock singer. When he answers an ad from a local band, his dream finally comes true. He loves the stage, and the group’s fans love him. Things couldn’t be better, except for the attraction he develops for the band’s guitarist, Lindsey. Alex is surprised and initially worried, since he only had one brief flirtation with a boy in his teens. But even though he and Lindsey become close and start seeing each other, Alex fears commitment, and Lindsey worries that Alex might only be experimenting.

When Lindsey’s ex contacts him following a health scare, fear and anger drives a wedge between Alex and Lindsey, which causes rifts within the band. Alex and Lindsey’s relationship is still new and fragile, and with Alex unwittingly blaming Lindsey for their problems, it becomes a true challenge for them to weather the storm.

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Author bio:

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy.

Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties. Posting stories based on some of her favourite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad dog called Casper, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races home afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and job, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

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Interview Roulette: Tracey Michael

It’s Tracey Michael’s turn today!


  1. What is the strangest food you like to eat? Ketchup on my Mac & Cheese and syrup on my cornbread.
  2. Is there a fiction genre you would write only if forced to at gunpoint? That would probably be horror. I’m not a horror fan in any form so writing it would have to be forced.
  3. If one of your characters were to practice a random act of kindness, what would it be? My Thea from Pretty Please is the first person I thought of. She’s a mechanic and already barters for payment, so I could see her stopping to help a stranded driver or helping someone carry their groceries to their car in a driving rain.
  4. What’s one thing that inspired your latest book? Paul Walker and Vin Diesel inspired Beyond the Grill. Every time I saw a picture of them, I couldn’t help but feel the closeness.
  5. Describe a traumatic weather-related experience you’ve had. If you’ve never had any, make one up. Dude, every time it snows and I have to drive in it, it’s a traumatic weather experience. I’ve lived in Ohio my whole life but I’ve never been comfortable driving in snow. I’m so tense, when I get where I’m going, everything aches.

Book blurb: Justin Walker is used to being the hookup but never the boyfriend, and that’s okay. Justin has goals—he might sling burgers by night and work on his car by day, but he has plans to go to school and make a life for himself. He also has a few friends and loving parents.

What more could a guy ask for?

Hot, muscular, manly Shane Steel is a walking wet dream. Justin fantasizes about having Shane as more than a casual acquaintance, and one night he works up the courage to flirt with Shane. To his surprise—and terror—Shane is interested. Very interested.

As they bond over their love of cars and drag racing, Justin begins to believe he can be more to Shane than a side guy. Too bad Shane’s manipulative and dangerous ex is dead set against letting that happen.


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Author bio: I am known by a few names. At any one time I am known as Mom, Mommy or Mama, depending on which of my three children are wanting me. My husband of 20+ years has his own names for me. But the name on my driver’s license says Tracey. I work as a cost accountant at a local manufacturing plant.

I’ve been having a love affair with books since I was a teenager. I love to read. Romance novels are my favorite. I read traditional and non-traditional.

Around 1999, my husband introduced me to NHRA drag racing and I loved it. We try to go as often as possible. Mmmm…the smell of Nitro.

I love to bake when I have time.


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Interview Roulette: Z. Allora

Z. Allora plays today!


  1. You’ve been invited to a party being held by your boss. Which of your characters will you take with you as your guest?

Tristan Cooper (the librarian) from The Librarian’s Rake. He’s shy but well read. Tristan would be on best behavior because he’s all good manners and kindness no worries he’d embarrass me by offering to blow a coworker. (Z. side eyes several characters) While he’s not great in crowds he’s fantastic one-on-one and would engage others in conversation allowing me to listen and not talk.


  1. Are you a nervous cleaner? (And if you are, will you come hang out at my house?)

Organization and orgasm are spelled rather closely. I don’t think that’s an accident. I’ve just deep cleaned my house and I’m sitting down after 4.5 hours… and yes, I showered first. When I feel out of control I find cleaning provides me with a calm purpose that burns off my crazy. A clean house means at least something in the world is in control even if it’s only my dust.


  1. A 17-year-old girl has asked one of your characters for advice. What is she asking about and what advice does the character give?

She asks, “So Zack, um how old do you have to be to join a BDSM club?”

Zack (from Lock and Key): “You have to be 18 in most states. You might want to take classes. Knowledge is power. Never settle for less than you deserve, and ALWAYS have a safeword… (Zack sighs) and use the safeword if you need it.”


  1. What is your worst phobia?

My first is depressing so let’s go with speaking in public since that is a close second. If this is indeed the case, one might ask why the hell I signed up as a Featured Author for the GRL >> which requires I do a panel or a reading. (Hitting my head against a wall) Why did I do that to myself? I’m totally freaking out. My plan involves Valium, wearing bondage cuffs, and hoping people don’t show up.

I stutter and usually when I talk to someone I’m able to jump over words I can’t say. But when I’m nervous nothing comes out of my mouth and I give a blank stare. SIGH… So there’s a chance during my panel I’m going to look like an idiot. Go ME! Yeah, facing your fears not so much fun. Thanks for asking. (Z. leaves and re-cleans house)



  1. What’s one thing that inspired your latest book?

I sitting with MC Houle and Katie Obbink at the GRL San Diego. They were wearing glasses… for some reason they both whipped them off and stared at me with purpose. BOOM! Tristan Cooper was born… the sweet shy librarian with a lustful heart aching to sin… Yeah, that was some awesome glasses fu style times two they gave me! The Librarian’s Rake had a name and a main character.


  1. One of the characters in your latest book buys a birthday present for another. What is it?

Phillip Valentine (the rake) from The Librarian’s Rake would buy Tristan a sex toy from Bad Dragon. Of course, he would demonstrate how to use the dragon’s penis butt plug (probably in public and definitely in private).


  1. If you were magically transported into one of your own books, which one would you choose and why?

Damn! That’s hard. I guess I’d go into my first book because that’s where Z. Allora was given voice. Before the Dark Angels I wrote but never shared. To give me the opportunity to thank these characters for the love and life I have now would be incredibly rewarding. Visiting Bali again wouldn’t be too hard on me either.


  1. One of the characters in your most recent book wins a dream vacation to anywhere in the world. Where does he or she choose?

Tristan Cooper (the librarian) in The Librarian’s Rake would take his lover to Paris because he’s romantic and envisions sipping chocolate after a full day at the Louvre (The sex they had in the museum’s bathroom might have been ill-advised but was Phillip’s idea of romance… and quite exciting and satisfying).

Book blurb:

Opposites might attract, but is acting on that attraction wise?

Librarian Tristan Cooper can’t steer clear of sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy Phillip—the man is hot—but Phillip is bound to find quiet, bookish Tristan boring, like all Tristan’s boyfriends. Tristan yearns to explore his wild side, the part of himself he’s only allowed into his fantasies, and maybe rakish Phillip is just what he needs to feel free.

Sexperienced hairdresser Phillip is more of a believer in happy endings than happily ever afters. Experience has taught him not to hope for more—until he meets sweet, vulnerable Tristan, who seems genuinely interested in his heart. But Phillip can’t trust enough to see himself as a man Tristan might want for more than a night.

With the help of a pair of matchmaking grandfathers, Tristan and Phillip might find the courage to step beyond their comfort zones and discover what has been missing from their lives.


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Allora believes in happily ever afters for everyone. She met her own true love through the personals and has traveled to over thirty countries with him. She’s lived in Singapore, Israel and China. Now back home to the USA she’s an active member of PFLAG and a strong supporter of those on the rainbow in her community. She wants to promote understanding and acceptance through her actions and words. Writing rainbow romance allows her the opportunity to open hearts and change minds.

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Interview Roulette: Antonia Aquilante

It’s Antonia Aquilante’s turn today!


  1. Due to a magical curse, for the rest of your life you can read only one genre of books. Which genre will it be? Romance! For once, I can answer a question like this easily. Romance includes everything and anything with a guaranteed happily every after too. I really need that comfort in my life. Wait. I don’t have to narrow it down to a subgenre, do I? Because I don’t think I can do that…
  2. What hobby do you wish you could take up? I’d love to learn how to knit. I see people making such wonderful things, and I’d love to do that. I’m not sure I’d be any good at it, but I should probably find the time to try.
  3. Which (living) celebrity would you most want to have dinner with? Tough question, but I’m choosing the Obamas. Which I know, they’re two people, so I guess I’m technically cheating, but it’s my made-up dinner party, so I’m going with it.
  4. If one of your characters sent something in to PostSecret, what would it be? I’d never heard of Post Secret until this interview, and then I totally fell down the rabbit hole reading them! Too funny! Hmm, I’m not sure. I do have a royal family with a pretty big secret that someone might be tempted to reveal if it couldn’t be traced back to them. Alexander, maybe. He has a mischievous side.
  5. Which house did the sorting hat put you in? Hufflepuff. I expected Ravenclaw, but I always get Hufflepuff, and I can understand it too.
  6. Describe a beloved item of clothing owned by one of your characters. Amory treasures the clothes he married Philip in because of the memories attached. They’re white and embroidered in the traditional style of wedding clothes in Tournai.
  7. If you were magically transported into one of your own books, which one would you choose and why? Well, all of my published books are set in the same world, so no matter what I picked I would be able to explore Tournai, which would be so exciting. If I have to pick one, maybe The Dragon’s Devotion because then I would get to see the dragon fly.


Book blurb:

Corentin is a scholar with a secret—his magical Talent allows him to turn into a dragon, and he isn’t alone in that ability. Long ago, dragons were hunted fiercely, until they went into hiding, becoming things of legend. Corentin has traveled the world with one aim—to protect his people and keep their secret safe. Drawn to the principality of Tournai by news of someone close to discovering that secret, he hopes to avert suspicion. His attraction to the too-serious Bastien isn’t convenient for his purpose, but it isn’t something he can ignore either.

Lord Bastien, Earl of Ardesia, inherited his title unexpectedly when his parents were killed in a sailing accident along with the parents of his cousin, Prince Philip. Since then, Bastien has devoted his life to the obligations of his family and estate—so much so, that it has caused tension between him and his siblings. His world is further shaken when he receives an anonymous letter informing him that the tragic boating accident may, in fact, have been murder. Bastien throws himself into investigating whether the allegations are true and finding out who killed his parents.

As Corentin and Bastien become closer, the mystery of Bastien’s parents’ death draws him further into danger. Corentin feels compelled to protect Bastien, but the threat is closer than they know. Now, Corentin must decide whether preserving his secret—and potentially his people’s safety—is more important than saving the man he loves.


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Author bio:

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent— they all end in happily ever after.

She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats, which she shares with friends and family , and of course, reading. She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle. Though she is a convert to e-books , she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she Antonia  is living there again after years in Washington, DC and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.


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Interview Roulette: Lynn Lorenz


Lynn Lorenz spins the wheel today!

  1. One of the characters in your most recent book wins a dream vacation to anywhere in the world. Where does he or she choose?

Well, I think Sammi from Soul Bonds really needs a vacation. He’s been on the streets, a sex slave, and now he’s learning to be a chef, working in a diner, and going to school. The boy needs a break!! In Soul Bonds, Sammi dreams of a road trip to the mountains, with Mitchell driving, the top down on the car, and the wind in their hair. He’s never been out of Houston, and can only imagine what the hills and mountains would be like. I think I’d want Mitchell to take him to the Grand Tetons, when they’re covered in snow. Gorgeous!

  1. One of the characters in your latest book buys a birthday present for another. What is it?

What do you get the guy who has everything? In Rush in the Dark, Brian loves his rancher Rush, so it’d have to be something practical, because that’s how the guys are. I think, knowing Brian (who is a cop and a former P.I.) he’d buy Rush a new rifle. Then they could both go shooting, winner gets bragging rights. Or maybe a new poker table, for when they have poker nights with the guys.


  1. One of your characters just won a prize for doing something really well. Who is it and what prize did he or she win?

This is a tough one…I think, since I’m on a roll with the Common Powers guys, I’d have to pick Edward from Edward Unconditionally. He always wants the last word with Jack. I think Jack would bet him he couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Now that’s a challenge! If Edward wins, then Jack would give Edward a massage, since that’s what Edward does at his new spa, and you can be sure Jack’s massage would have a happy ending!

  1. Your letter from Hogwarts never arrived. Now what?

That’s okay. I’d slip into my own magical world, like the one I created in Locke and Blade. These guys are inspectors on the witch’s police force, fighting crime, villains, and monsters. They could give me a wand and teach me how to use it…for good and not evil!


  1. Describe a hobby one of your characters likes to engage in.

Well, it’s sort of a hobby, but Captain Dan Chan from No Good Deed, loves him some cowboy boots! He has a collection of them, and chooses a different pair to wear each day. Since he’s a fifth generation Chinese-American Texan, he knows his boots, and even knows how to do a little boot scootin’ around the dance floor. Yeehaw!

  1. If you could make anything edible, what would you choose?

I think it would be all the flowers! They’re so pretty but how cool would it be if they were delicious? Then we could eat the flowers in an arrangement before they die, or just snack on the flowers in our yards, without being poisoned!

  1. One of your characters has signed up to teach a 1-day workshop. What’s it on?


I think it might be my new character Phillip, from my upcoming release, Pushing Phillip. This is the fourth book in the Common Powers series, and Phillip had a small role in Edward Unconditionally. He’s longed to be a real cowboy, and he’d love to teach someone to ride a horse. His motto is “Save a horse, ride a cowboy!”


Book blurb: A Common Powers Christmas story

When the guys decide to spend Christmas together at the ranch, it’s going to be time for catching up with each couple. Rush and Brian are hosting, Edward and Jack will be there, and Mitchell and Sammi are coming in from Houston.

When Brian and Rush take Phillip, a newly-outed gay man, under their wings, they discover he’s got a power. But this power is one that makes all of them uncomfortable, along with the young man himself, as issues of trust arise.

Phillip finds himself jobless, homeless, and alone at the holiday, and he’s run out of options. Just when he’s ready to move on, he finds new friends who are ready to give him a second chance at his dreams.

Along with a second chance at love.

Book buy links: It’ll be up for pre-order on November 7th from Pride Publishing! General Release will be December 19th.


Author bio: Lynn Lorenz is an award-winning and bestselling author who grew up in New Orleans but currently lives in Texas, where she’s a fan of all things Texan, like Longhorns, big hair and cowboys in tight jeans. She’s never met a comma she didn’t like and enjoys editing and brainstorming with other writers. Lynn spends most of her time writing about hot sex with even hotter heroes, plot twists, werewolves and medieval swashbucklers. She’s currently at work on her latest book, making herself giggle and blush and avoiding all the housework.


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Interview Roulette: Jodi Payne

Please welcome Jodi Payne!

  1. Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever written?

Very recently I wrote a sex scene while sitting in a church pew.

  1. What food would you only consider eating if you were stranded on a desert isle with nothing else to consume?

Cottage Cheese. I hate cottage cheese. GAH.

  1. What’s one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author?

Write something every day. Anything. Only have two minutes? Write. Stuck on your WiP? Write about what you ate for dinner. Write, write, write. Every damn day.

  1. Which of your characters is going to Vegas with you and why?

Oh, I am so taking Bradford from the Deviations Series. He has money to burn, he knows how to work a crowd, and he could talk the shirt off of anyone (in fact, he has).

  1. If you could be granted instant virtuosity on a musical instrument you don’t now play, which one would it be, and why?

I’ve always wished I knew how to play a nice bluesy harmonica. Yes, really.

  1. Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage.

Never happier

Than when a shot of Patron

Slides over my tongue


Book blurb:

Best-selling thriller author Reese Kelsey knows his career isn’t conducive to romance. He doesn’t work the normal nine-to-five, and sometimes his characters take hold and demand all his attention, causing him to neglect important appointments… and lovers. Rather than go through another heartbreak, Reese contents himself with his small circle of friends—fellow gay New York City artists—and his dedicated publicist, Chad.

Until he sees Owen Mercado lugging his cello toward the subway and impulsively offers him a ride.

Owen has worked long and hard for a career in the symphony, and success comes with a demanding schedule—something Reese understands. Their desires and lifestyles are surprisingly compatible, and Reese and Owen certainly set the bedroom on fire. They’re both carrying baggage, but they fit, and it’s hard not to hope for a future that once seemed impossible.

But when Reese’s work inevitably pulls him into its dark world and refuses to let go, Owen draws a hard line, and Reese discovers he can’t rely on good intentions alone. He will have to control the obsession that drove his other lovers away or risk losing Owen as well.


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Jodi Payne spent too many years in New York and San Francisco stage managing classical plays, edgy fringe work, and the occasional musical. She therefore is overdramatic, takes herself way too seriously, and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likeable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can’t help but fall in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after.

For those looking to get on her good side, Jodi’s addictions include nonfat lattes, Malbec and tequila however you pour it. She’s also obsessed with Shakespeare and Broadway musicals. She can be found wearing sock monkey gloves while typing when it’s cold, and on the beach enjoying the sun and the ocean when it’s hot. When she’s not writing and/or vacuuming sand out of her laptop, Jodi mentors queer youth and will drop everything for live music.

Jodi lives near New York City with her beautiful wife, and together they are mothers of dragons (cleverly disguised as children) and slaves to an enormous polydactyl cat.



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Interview Roulette: Alice Archer


  1. Write a story—no more than 100 words—based on this prompt: When the levee failed….

When the levee failed, Edwin saw it first, when he went out into the stormy darkness in his pajamas and galoshes to check on his elusive neighbor.

“Matt. Open up.” No answer. Edwin sprinted around back, and that’s when he noticed the dip in the levee behind Matt’s house.

Screw it. Edwin punched out a pane in the back door and felt his way into the strange house, wishing for a flashlight. He didn’t want to scare the guy, but they needed to go.

“Hey, wake up.” Edwin shook Matt’s shoulder.

“Finally,” Matt murmured, and pulled Edwin onto the bed.

  1. Describe one of your characters’ dream vehicles.

Ruben, from Everyday History, would go nuts for a five-seater sled on a snowy day. It wouldn’t even matter if he was steering, as long as the whole family careened down the hill together and landed in a big pile.

  1. If one of your characters were to practice a random act of kindness, what would it be?

About once a month, Estelle, the owner of the little diner on the wrong side of the tracks in Everyday History, would tell someone eating at the counter a little fib. “Well, aren’t you lucky. That lady who left about ten minutes ago paid for your meal.”

  1. You’re on a ship with Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Catherine the Great, David Bowie, Billie Holiday, and Genghis Khan. But oh no! The ship is sinking and the lifeboat only holds four people. You get to decide—who gets on that lifeboat?

Me, obviously. That’s one. David Bowie and Billie Holiday are next. Their duets haunt or amuse us until we’re rescued. Okay, sure, Catherine the Great can join us, but only if she lets us braid her wig and call her Cathy-Bo-Bathy. We strap Mark Twain to the outside of the lifeboat, because the man is loaded with hot air. The added buoyancy makes it feasible for Albert Einstein to join us. Genghis Khan pushes us along from the water, our feisty motor. Due to his reputation as the male who sired the most children, like, ever, none of the women want him in the boat.

  1. The letter E has been made illegal. Write a description of your latest book without running afoul of the law.

If you woo and walk away, you’ll pay.

  1. Is there a fiction genre you would write only if forced to at gunpoint?

Horror. I’m a wimp when it comes to things that go bump in the night. As a kid, I’d race to my younger brother’s room and wake him if I got scared. Sweet guy. He’d tell me what he’d been dreaming and I’d fall back asleep.

  1. What is the dumbest thing one of your characters has ever done?

In Inkling, Reid gave his troubled brother access to the business bank account. Oops.


Book blurb for Everyday History:

If you woo, win, and walk away, a second chance is going to cost you.

Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert to a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.

Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben with details from their weekend together and trigger feelings too strong to avoid. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.


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Alice Archer has messed about with words professionally for many years as an editor and writing coach. After living in more than eighty places and cobbling together a portable lifestyle, she has a lot of story material to sort through. It has reassured her to discover that even though culture and beliefs can get people into a peck of trouble when they’re falling in love, the human heart can find its way in any language.

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Interview Roulette: Laura Lascaro

Laura Lascaro plays today!


  1. If you could become a full-time university student without worrying about future career prospects, what would you major in? Definitely film. I love books, but I love movies more. My dream is to one day have one of my books translated to film and hang out on set all throughout the filming.
  2. If one of your characters sent something in to PostSecret, what would it be? Berlin, a closeted high school football player, would probably come out as gay, and Hiro would probably admit that a part of him is still in love with his abusive ex.
  3. Who are your favorite visual artists and why? I have a lot of favorites, but I think my absolute favorite is Caravaggio because of his mastery of light and shadows and his ability to make truly grotesque scenes, beautiful.
  4. Say you met your all-time favorite celebrity, would you play it cool? Or would you utterly humiliate yourself? I’d probably play it cool. I’m kind of standoffish in general, so I’d probably just observe them in their natural habitat. You can tell a lot by a person by the way they act when they think no one is paying attention.
  5. Describe your dream house. A shack on the beach with running water and lightning fast internet.
  6. One of your characters buys flowers for another. What kind? Sunflowers, but Berlin would pick them, not buy them.
  7. You’re being transported to the Middle Ages and can take with you a single piece of modern technology. What do you choose? Birth control.


Book blurb: High school junior Berlin Webber is about to reap the fruits of his hard work and land a football scholarship—if he can keep his sexuality a secret from his best friend, Trent, and their homophobic coach. Then Hiroku Hayashi swerves into the high school parking lot on his tricked-out motorcycle like some sexy comic book villain, and Berlin knows he doesn’t stand a chance.

Hiroku is fleeing his sophisticated urban scene to recover from drug addiction and an abusive relationship when he arrives in Berlin’s small Texas ranch town. Initially sarcastic and aloof, Hiroku finds in Berlin a steady, supportive friend who soon becomes more. As Hiroku and Berlin’s romance blossoms, they take greater risks to be together. But when a horrific act of violence tears them apart, they both must look bigotry in the face. While Berlin has always turned to his faith for strength, Hiroku dives into increasingly dangerous ways of coping, pushing them in opposite directions just when they need each other most.

Two very different young men search for the bravery to be true to themselves, the courage to heal, and the strength to go on when things seem darkest. But is it enough to bring them back together?


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Author bio: Laura Lascarso wants you to stay up way past your bedtime reading her stories. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of storytelling to heal and transform a society. When not writing, Laura can be found screaming “finish” on the soccer fields, re-watching Veronica Mars, and trying to convince politicians that climate change is real. She lives in North Florida with her darling husband and two kids. She loves hearing from readers, and she’d be delighted to hear from you.


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Interview Roulette: Pat Henshaw


Pat Henshaw takes another spin of the wheel!

  1. What is your worst phobia?

It’s a toss up between spiders and snakes. Let’s go with snakes. I used to date this really nice guy that was lots of fun and incredibly compatible EXCEPT he was the snake handler for the Scout troop he led. I didn’t know this for a few months into our relationship. Then he introduced me to his snakes which were kept in cages—a lot of cages—in his parents’ basement because his landlord wouldn’t let him keep them in his condo. When I asked to be taken back to my apartment after watching him feed the snakes on our last date, he told me that was usually when women broke up with him. True story.

  1. What did one of your characters last order from Amazon?

Mitch, from Waking the Behr, went through the Amazon’s New and Interesting Finds and bought a magnet key holder because he’s always misplacing his keys. This may not cure the problem, but it at least amuses him.

  1. If you had a time machine, where/when would you go and why?

I’d go back to Regency England (1811-1820) as a rich, aristocratic landowner’s daughter. I’ve read too many Regency romances not to go and see what it was really like. Then I’d come back and write an accurate Regency romance. I couldn’t go back if I were middle class like I am now since I’d probably be a scullery maid or some other menial.

  1. What is your least favorite writing trope, cliché, or character archetype, and why?

The big misunderstanding that could be cleared up with one honest conversation but goes on and on throughout a book and makes me want to pitch the book (or God forbid, my Kindle) against the wall. This particularly annoys me when the big misunderstanding is between two forthright men.

5. What were your favorite books when you were a teenager?

Mysteries—everything from Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie to more modern authors. My dad was a great Ed McBain fan, and I would snitch his books to read. McBain/Evan Hunter gave me my writing vocabulary as did the British authors.

  1. There’s a Tumblr site called Describe a Film Plot Badly. Describe one (or more) of your own book plots badly, in no more than 140 characters.

First, LOL at some of the tweeviews! Let’s see. Here are mine for the Foothills Pride series:

Waking the Behr: Entrepreneur learns the night sky is bigger than a nightclub.

Frank at Heart: House renovations suck unless you have a good boyfriend.

Relative Best: You may get lost if you run away from yourself.

When Adam Fell: Mixing it up in a small town results in prodigal’s return.

Behr Facts: Graffiti and accounting don’t add up, but numbers and bears do.

Redesigning Max: Gayboy undresses adventure guide to find birder.

What’s in a Name?: Birthday, booze, and big bad biker awaken barista.

7. If you were to write fanfic (or maybe you already have!) which fandom(s) would it be?

Actually, I did write fanfic a long time ago for the Anita Blake series when I was reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s series. I also wrote a Lily Bard story based on the Charlaine Harris series. Fortunately, I moved on to write my own books after that.



Both Ben and Mitch think they know exactly what they want. Turns out, they don’t even know their own hearts.

Good old boy Ben has dated women his entire life, while gay nightclub owner Mitch has never considered unsophisticated country boys his type. But after they start hanging out, the small-town contractor and the urban entrepreneur are both stunned by the electricity sparking between them.

As they step outside their comfort zones to spend time together, Mitch finds he enjoys rural car rallies, and Ben is intrigued by the upscale bars Mitch owns in San Francisco. When they share their lives and grow closer, they start to question the way they’ve always defined themselves. Then they kiss and fling open the door to love. Now they must step up and travel the road that may lead to happily ever after—even if that path isn’t one they ever expected to walk.


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Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, has spent her life surrounded by words:  Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Pat was born and raised in Nebraska where she  promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California.  Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.

Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion.  Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.


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