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Friday, June 28, 2013

Blog tour with Ethan Stone!

For our last post of the month: 
A blog stop by Ethan Stone!


A few years ago when I was writing Wolf Moon, a novel about werewolves, I swore I would never write a paranormal book again. Imagine my surprise when I was writing Past Tense and a quarter of the way into the story one of my characters, Quinn Reynolds, told me he was a demon hunter. I was not a happy author fellow.
I know a lot of authors love not having boundaries and being able to do whatever they want but that lack of limits was exactly what proved difficult while working on Wolf Moon. I’m a pantster so I didn’t have everything figured out in the beginning so as I was writing I had to decide how far into the fantasy realm I was going.
At one point I debated having the different werewolves have varying paranormal abilities such as psychic powers, telekinesis etc. I decided to stick with more human attributes instead of using extra abilities as sort of a deus ex machina.
In Past Tense when Quinn told me he was a hunter he didn’t tell me much else. I do so hate it when characters are stubborn like that. So it was up to me to figure out how paranormal I was going to make it. I decided to stick somewhat close to the tv show Supernatural. Basically, normal folk dealing with very un-normal things.
And then both Quinn and Jason, my other main character, changed things again. But more on that in a bit.
When deciding what kind of creatures and monsters I scoured many Internet sites but ended up borrowing one used on Supernatural—a Crocotta. These creatures mimic a person’s voice to lure victims in and hide in forests. At that part in the story Jason and Quinn were in Lake Tahoe on a ranch so the location fit perfectly. Adding the ability to mimic a person’s appearance I had the perfect creature to introduce Jason, and the readers, to my paranormal world.
I also copied a bit from the monster in the movie Jeepers Creepers for the next action scene involving a monster. And that’s when Jason threw his little surprise at me.
“Hey, boss man,” he said to me. “I have super powers.”
Well, duh, of course he did, why not complicate my plot a little more. Jason is a down to Earth guy so I went literal with that giving him the ability to control plants. I limited his powers to live flora but he managed to find great ways to use his powers.
And as it turned out Quinn had his own paranormal issues. But exactly how those manifest is one of my favorite parts of the book. The origin of his and Jason’s powers will be explored in future stories.

Jason Holt was a young man when he lost everything; his family, his boyfriend, and his safety. He’s been on the run since, hiding from an evil man bent on revenge. Las Vegas was supposed to just be another pit stop in his travels but when he learns the very man he’s hiding from is in Sin City Jason decides it’s time to stop hiding.

Private detective Quinn Reynolds lost the man he loved several years ago and since then he has been hiding from life. He can’t move on and is obsessed with making the man responsible for his lover’s death pay for the crime.

When Jason comes to Quinn for help, Quinn finds a reason to move on. The dangerous situation around them quickly escalates and together they face an unimaginable evil. Can they survive the darkness and make it through to the light on the other side?

Ethan Stone has recently returned to Oregon after 12 years in Nevada and is working on re-growing his webbed feet. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them. What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blog tour with MJ O'Shea!

Thanks for coming by and checking out all the great vampire stories we had this month. We welcome blog tours at Guys Like Romance, Too. So to end this month we will have 2 blog tours! 
Our first wil be from the great MJ O'Shea. So without further adieu the words of MJ O'Shea!
MJ O'Shea here talking about my new book Catch My Breath. So, I was asked to talk about why I wrote it… and that's a tough one! First of all, YES, haha, it's about a boy band. I can almost feel the eye rolls commencing. So why did I choose to write a book about a boy band? It wasn't about the harmonies and the matching sweaters, although who doesn't love a good sweater vest? :) It was a bit more than that..
Firstly, I've always been a bit fascinated by the vast contrast of what regular folks see in the papers and on the red carpet vs. What behind the scenes reality is in the entertainment industry. There's so many smoke screens and fake relationships, people who are nothing like what they seem, and even more people who will do just about anything for publicity, I started thinking what if I dump a few innocent newbies in that world (which I imagine has a lot of horrible parts to it) and show it through their eyes. What better place than the tween marketing juggernaut that is the boy band? Since it's M/M romance, obviously at least one of them would be a gay guy falling in love and adding that to the pressures of sell, sell, sell just upped the ante. Then I thought, hey, what if there were both in the boy band and they were gay and they together? Then we have a potentially explosive situation.
When the book was being planned, I was going to set it in the future when the band was long over but resulting problems for our MCs were not. Something changed that :)
Now, at the beginning when this idea was half formed, I knew boy bands were back and fun and hey why not write about them BUT I didn't realize that there was a huge clash in a very large and very real fandom going on right as we speak. I had no idea that there was a possibility that the exact thing I wanted to write about really happening.
When I found that out, for a while I was hesitant and nearly chickened out and scrapped it, but then the more I looked into their "situation"* (and I put it in quotes since who ever knows what's really going on behind the scenes for sure) the more I was convinced I really wanted to write the book. I was definitely very inspired by what I've found and, true or not, I think it's a quite a story and it should give people something to think about!
Thanks for having me:)
< 3 MJ

* If you don't know what "situation" I'm talking about, just read this. It's an old blog post I wrote about the subject when I was just getting started with research. True or not, some of the stuff I found massively opened my eyes to the awful mess going on in the entertainment industry all with the express purpose of making money.  The situation 

Danny Bright knows he was born to entertain people, he just needs his big break. So when he hears that Blue Horizon records is holding auditions looking for the next big thing, Danny jumps at the chance. It doesn’t turn out exactly as he’d imagined though. Instead of getting a solo contract, Danny is put with four other guys — into a boyband. Elliot Price thinks he’s headed for college. An impulsive decision to sing in the local talent search changes all that. Big wig producer Sasha Pulaski happens to see him, hands him a business card, and turns Elliot’s life upside down.
Elliot and Danny are close from the very beginning. They love all the guys, but it’s different with each other. Soon, their friendship turns into feelings more intense than either one of them can ignore, as much as they know they should. The other three boys only want Danny and Elliot to be happy, but when their management team and record label find out two of their biggest tween heartthrobs are in a relationship with each other, they’re far less than pleased. Danny and Elliot find themselves in the middle of a circle of lies and coverups all with one bottom line — Money. They have to stay strong and stick together if they don’t want to lose themselves…and each other.
Here's where to find the book:
 Here's where to find me!!