Author Interview – ceLEStial books

Thanks to Rebecca Langham for hosting me on her blog, ceLEStial books.  It was a lot of fun!

What’s one book you remember reading in high school? What stood out for you during or after reading it?

I loved the books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, namely Hawksong, the start of her Kiesha’ra series.  I also fell in love with Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series.  I’ve just always loved paranormal books, and these two authors really captured my heart.  They had memorable characters and stories that have stuck with me to this day, and their books still have a place on my shelf.

What aspect of your book One Bullet are you most proud of?

I’m proud that I stuck to my guns – so to speak – and kept it sex free.  It’s a problem I have, as a reader, to find romance books with little to no sex in them.  I’m of the opinion that if it doesn’t move the plot forward or develop the characters further, then you don’t need it.  You want sex (without plot)?  Read an erotic novel.  No, my style of writing is sweet romances, filled with fluff and low angst, because that’s what I like to read, and there’s not enough out there.

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“One Bullet” Deleted Scene

Originally, I had Ethan going out of town for work, but once I got into that section of the story, it no longer really fit with the rest of what was going on.  I only wrote a small section for that part before deciding to scrap it, but I kept it around for just such an occasion:

Ethan had only been gone overnight but Shawn still smiled brightly when his phone beeped and it turned out to be a text message: I’m home.

He tapped out a quickly reply, sending it off: Get some rest.

“That your boy?” Davies inquired, inclining his head towards the phone as he stirred his coffee.

“Yeah, just got back.”

Davies only shook his head.  “You two are hopeless,” he teased.

That statement may have been true but it didn’t bother Shawn in the least.  He was happy to get off of work, planning to run home to change before heading over to Ethan’s to make him some dinner as a surprise.  Except when he dropped his keys in the dish and hung his coat by the door, he heard the TV on low in the living room.

He smiled softly at the sight that greeted him.  On the couch was none other than Ethan, curled up with the throw blanket tossed over him haphazardly, slumbering peacefully.  It warmed Shawn’s heart, realizing that it was his house that Ethan referred to as home.

He bent down to place a kiss on Ethan’s forehead.  He didn’t even stir and Shawn couldn’t help but find him completely adorable.

Author Interview – CandidCeillie

Thanks so much to Ceillie for having me!

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

To ignore most writing advice. We all do things differently, and there’s typically no right or wrong answer.

What’s your favorite emoji?

I don’t typically use emojis, but I’d have to pick the paw print for obvious reasons.

Where do you like to read? What do you need for a good long reading session?

My bed is the best place. I can just relax and shut out the rest of the world. But, in truth, I will read anywhere, at anytime, any chance I get.

What are your top 3 go-to book recommendations?

At the moment, those would likely be Finding You, Finding Me, by Bailey Queen, According to Hoyle, by Abigail Roux, and Beyond Band of Brothers, by Dick Winters. Apparently, I’m on a historical kick.

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Interview with Shawn & Ethan of “One Bullet” – Part 3

This interview was originally posted for Friday with Friends on Lila Leigh Hunter’s blog.  Go check it out!

Casey:  Thanks for stopping by again.

Shawn:  No problem.

Ethan:  What day is it?

C:  I’m surprised Shawn managed to drag you away.  You’ve been playing Mass Effect: Andromeda, right?

E:  It is epic.  I think I’m like 30 hours in already?  I dunno.

S:  Someone’s using his vacation time.

E:  I’m not stupid, alright?

C:  Have you started romancing anyone yet?

E:  Not yet.  I’m thinking of hooking up with Gil.  I don’t think I’ve found all the options yet.

C:  Who did you romance in the original trilogy?

E:  No one, until they finally gave us Kaidan.

S:  I feel my brain melting just talking about video games.

C:  I guess I’m not asking you what your favorite game is then.

S:  Moving on?

C:  Fine, here’s one for you, Shawn.  Read anything good lately?

S:  Actually, I’m reading Beyond Band of Brothers, about Dick Winters and the 101st Airborne.

C:  Easy Company.  (grins)  So, you took my recommendation then.

S:  It’s very interesting.  I think I’ll read Brotherton’s works next.

C:  Ethan, have you been out with the gang for some free-running since the last time I got to tag along?

E:  Of course.  Are you gonna let us show you some more stuff, or what?

C:  My knee says ‘no.’  How about Shawn?  I thought he was-

S:  I like living, thank you very much.

E:  Such a worry wart.

C:  What would be your idea of the perfect romantic date?

S:  Probably a nice, private booth in an upper-scale restaurant.  One of those places with low mood-lighting and candles on the table.

E:  That’s easy.  A horseback ride by moonlight, and a picnic to stargaze.

C:  When are either of you taking me out?

E:  (laughs)  Sorry, taken.

C:  Which House would you belong to in Game of Thrones?

E:  Stark.

S:  “Winter is coming?”

E:  It is indeed.  And I want a direwolf.

S:  Well, my dragons and I will see about that.  House Targaryen, in case you couldn’t guess.

E:  Which way did the coin flip?

S:  Considering I haven’t gone mad yet, I guess the fates gave me the sane side of the coin.  Though it’s a near thing between you and Davies.

C:  I talked to Sebby just the other day, but haven’t heard from Davies in awhile.  How’s he been?

S:  A pain in the ass.

C:  When isn’t he?

S:  See?  This is what I’ve been saying.

C:  So, since Ethan’s taking his vacation days now, I guess you won’t be going anytime soon, but where would you like to vacation together?

E:  I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii.

S:  That’d be nice.  I want to go to Ireland and Scotland at some point.

C:  That’s where your family’s from, if I’m remembering correctly?

S:  Mostly Scotch-Irish, yes.  Some German on my mom’s side.

C:  And Brant’s an English name, right?

E:  I’ve got the entire UK in the gene pool.  (laughs)  Dad’s English with some Irish and Scottish somewhere back in the bloodline.  Mom’s Welsh and Italian.

C:  Last question, and be honest now.  What’s your D&D alignment?

E:  Neutral Good, leaning towards Chaotic.

S:  What in the hell is D&D?

E:  Dungeons and Dragons.

S:  Do I look like I’ve played that?

E:  He’s Lawful Good.

C:  I assume asking about what type of character Shawn would play is pointless then.

E:  I think a Paladin would suit him.

S:  How do you even know about this game?

E:  Sebby and I lived in the nerd dorm, and he was into it.  Anyway, I thought about playing with them, and I was planning a Druid character.

C:  Good choice.  What was Seb’s character?

E:  Ranger.  An elf too, as I recall.

S:  I give up on all of this.

Once again, thank you both for hanging out with me.  Always great to see you guys.

Interview with Shawn & Ethan of “One Bullet” – Part 2

Welcome back!  I’ve been talking with Shawn Greyson and Ethan Brant from One Bullet.  The guys and I hope you enjoy the second part of the interview.

Casey:  Favorite movie of all time?

Ethan:  My dad loves old western movies, so Magnificent Seven is a favorite.  Or Tombstone.

Shawn:  Maltese Falcon.

C:  Ethan, have you thought of getting a tattoo?

E:  Honestly, I don’t know.  Zach’s a really good artist, so I know I’d be in good hands with him, but it’s so hard to decide.

S:  You should get a shooting star.

E:  (grins)

C:  Shawn, one of your closest friends is Davies-

S:  That’s debatable.

C:  When did you first meet?

S:  After he was promoted.  I was already a detective and never worked with him before.

C:  So how long did it take before he started calling you Princess?

S:  (glares)

E:  (laughs)  I’m guessing within the first week.

C:  Ethan, you met Sebastian in college.

E:  Yup.  Seattle U.  Sebby and I were in the same dorm, so we crossed paths a lot and ended up hanging out for meals and stuff.  We just clicked.

C:  Did you end up rooming together?

E:  Oh, yeah.  After he left, I was stuck with this total jerk.  But Sebby got an apartment in the city, so I pretty much stayed with him.

C:  What’s a skill or talent you’d like to have?

E:  I’d love to be able to play guitar like Matty, but I just could never get the hang of it.

S:  Maybe riding a horse?

E:  (laughs)  You are pretty bad.

S:  Hey, I tried.

C:  So, Shawn, you love to read.  Who are some of your favorite writers?

S:  Arthur Conan Doyle, George Orwell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, Tolkien-

E:  Anyone from this century?

S:  (pause)  J.K. Rowling?

C:  (clears throat)

E:  Casey’s totally my favorite.

S:  Wolfe’s alright.

C:  So much love.  Alright, how’s this one?  Is there a song you associate with each other or your relationship?

S:  “Witchcraft” comes to mind.

C:  Frank Sinatra.  Nice.

E:  “I Do (Cherish You)” by Mark Wills.

C:  What is a trait you most deplore in others?

S:  Laziness.

E:  Disloyalty or bigotry.

S:  Those too.

C:  If you were a superhero-

E:  Shawn would be Captain America and I’d be Hawkeye.

S:  I have nothing to say to that.

C:  I was going to ask about powers, but that works too.

C:  Alright, guys, one more question.  And this one’s important now.  What’s your Hogwart’s House?

E:  (laughs)

S:  You’re a Gryffindor.

E:  I think you would be too.

S:  Nope, Ravenclaw.

E:  Really?

S:  I took the quiz.

E:  Of course you did.

S:  Bastian would be a Hufflepuff.

E:  Matty’s totally a ‘Puff.

S:  Agreed.  And my sister’s a Slytherin.  No doubt.

E:  (laughs)  Does that make Davies a Slytherin too?

S:  You have to ask?

E:  What’s that say when I’m surrounded by ‘Puffs and you’ve got the Slytherins?

S:  That I win.

E:  Psh.  Whatever.

Well, thank you for hanging out with me, guys.  It’s been a lot of fun.

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Interview with Shawn & Ethan of “One Bullet” – Part 1

The blog that was supposed to host part 1 of this interview series, never posted, so I’m going to post it myself here.  Enjoy!

Hi, everyone!  Casey Wolfe here, and I’m excited to be talking with Ethan Brant and Shawn Greyson today, the men featured in my new novel, One Bullet.

Casey:  Thanks for stopping by, guys.  Are you ready for some questions?

Ethan:  Fire away.

Shawn:  Sure?

C:  We’ll start with an easy one.  What are your astrological signs?

S:  Taurus.

E:  Pisces.

C:  What is your idea of perfect happiness?

S:  Fresh brewed tea, a new book, out on the back porch… with Ethan.

E:  He’s a romantic.

C:  What about you, Ethan?

E:  (grins)  They have to read the book.

C:  Well played.

C:  Next question.  Ethan, what is your greatest fear?

E:  Before or after the accident?

C:  We’ll go with before.

E:  I don’t like swimming in the ocean.

S:  What?

E:  I, like, don’t want to go out too deep.  I’m afraid of drowning.

S:  You never told me that.

E:  (shrugs)  Had a recurring nightmare as a kid of drowning in completely black water.  So, I don’t like not seeing the bottom.

C:  Shawn, what is your greatest extravagance?

E:  His kitchen.

S:  You love my damn kitchen.  It feeds you.  Unlike the hovel you call a kitchen.

E:  He has me there.

C:  Ethan, what quality do you most like in a man?

E:  Hmm, probably sense of humor?  That’s a big thing for me.  Someone willing to be a little adventurous.

S:  Read, suicidal.

E:  No one told you that you had to come skydiving.

S:  I still say I was tricked.

C:  Shawn, what do you consider the most overrated virtue?

S:  Chastity.

E:  (laughs)

C:  Moving on…  Ethan, what words or phrases do you most overuse?

S:  He says “dude” way too much when he’s around his brother.

E:  No, I don’t.

S:  Yes, you do.

E:  Dude.

C:  I’m taking Shawn’s side.

E:  Dude!

C:  Alright, you can both answer this one.  What do you consider your greatest achievement?

S:  Thus far?  Making detective.

E:  Oh, so this one time when Keller, Micah, and I were rock-climbing-

S:  I don’t know that I want to be present for any story that set-up involves.

C:  Shawn, we know you love jazz.  How do you feel about the Rat Pack?

S:  Do you really need to ask that?

C:  Do you have a favorite song of theirs?  Or a movie they did together?

S:  I really like Ocean’s Eleven, but Robin and the Seven Hoods was more fun.  It has that classic gangster feel and there are some really great numbers.

C:  Final question.  Which Divergent faction would you be?

E:  I’d probably be Divergent, actually.  But if I had to pick one of them…  Probably, Dauntless?

S:  Only because the physicality.

E:  True.  I don’t think cowardice is the biggest problem with society.  If we were going off of that end of it, then I’d probably be Amity, maybe Erudite.  I told you I was Divergent.

S:  I’d be Erudite, I think.  While I obviously like being in law enforcement, Dauntless is too extreme for me.

E:  Or you can just come be Divergent with me.  (grins)

S:  (sighs)  Or I’d go be Divergent with Ethan.

Join us for part two of the interview!

Author Interview – Hearts on Fire

Thanks to Hearts on Fire for having me!

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Well, I was born and raised in NE Ohio, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.  I am a full-time writer.  I was lucky enough to marry the love of my life and am the proud parent to three furbabies.

How did you get into writing MM?

Representation matters.  When I was growing up, I believe I read all of two books with gay characters in a romantic context (not that I recall many openly gay side characters either).  To that end, you would think I’d try to stick with a more young adult audience, but I guess I just find myself writing about the people more my own age.  My characters have grown up with me.  Given that I don’t write erotica, however, I don’t think my writing would be inappropriate for teens or new adults.  In fact I’d love for them to read my work as much as an adult audience.  There may be something there that speaks to them or helps them, you never know.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Think about writing.  No, really.  I’m pretty much always thinking back to writing.  “Oh, that’s what I can do for that scene!”  “Oh, there’s a new plot idea.”  “Oh no, another novel idea.”  That last one happens a lot.

But in all seriousness, I enjoy gaming, reading, dancing around my kitchen, being a general nerd…  I love history and anything to do with space, so I spend a lot of time doing reading on any number of things.  I’m also actively involved in the realm of fandom and enjoy interacting with other fans and creating content for various shows and movies.

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