A New Interview all about To Catch a Fox!

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Lisa from The Novel Approach interviews Geoff Knight and myself about what went into the making of To Catch a Fox!

Fox_Final_V2 - smallLisa. Knight and Day—hm, seems a bit karmic that the two of you would eventually collaborate on a novel, don’t you think? Who came up with the idea, and how long did it take to make it happen?
 
ED: It was all Geoff’s doing! I still think he only asked me because of the name thing, though he refuses to admit to it!! The basic idea of the Betty Black character walking into a private investigators office and hiring the P.I. to teach her how to find the man she wants to murder was what Geoff brought to me when he so kindly asked if I’d be interested in writing a book with him. Once I got over the initial disappointment that ‘writing a book together’ wasn’t his way of trying to get into my pants, I decided it was still an awesomely fun idea. I love reading mysteries, and was a fan of his Fathoms Five books. Saying yes to working with him was easy.
 
Getting the book finished was not so easy. Life and time zones played havoc with each of us, but I think we were both happy with the end result. I personally love the first book and I’m really excited for the way it has set up books two and three. I think Jon and Tucker are going to make for a very satisfying relationship arc over the course of the series.
 
GK: Yes, coming up with the idea and then playing with the plot outline was a lot of fun. It was almost too much fun. We had to keep pulling ourselves back because we just wanted to cram so much into this alreadyme and lisa 2 big baby! But then when it came to writing it…wow, that was a mammoth task. We spent so much time plotting, that when it came to the actual writing it took us ages to build up some momentum, which was probably more my fault than Ethan’s. Plus we approach writing very differently – Ethan is REALLY fast! He can pound out word counts that would make my head spin, filled with pages and pages of the most hilarious dialogue! On the flipside of that, I’m a bit slower and like to spend time blocking action scenes and trying to get the tension right. It worked out in the end, but it did take longer than we first anticipated. I think getting the characters all set up was a bigger task than we realized. But now that there are established – with all their wonderful flaws and messed-up pasts – we should be able to power through Book 2 without dragging our heels.

 

To read the rest of the interview, visit Lisa’s Review Blog, The Novel Approach by Clicking Here!!!

Z.A. Maxfield Interviews Ethan Day about At Piper’s Point

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When I started this series it had been my intent for authors to interview other authors about their books. Between my own writing, being one the organizers of GayRomLit, and the EDJ, it’s been a little more difficult to keep up. I do plan to continue to conduct these 5.4.8×5 interviews – but it will likely be just me interviewing authors when I run across a book I enjoyed reading.

The interview below is one Z.A. Maxfield did with me well over a year ago after I first dreamed up the idea behind these interviews. I’ve been sort of holding onto it all this time, waiting for the release of the paperback edition which recently hit Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Book Depository. As it may end up being the final guest interview I post – I wanted to say thank you to Z.A. for taking the time to sit down and read my book – let alone come up with such thoughtful questions.

I hope everyone enjoys the interview!

PipersZA – First let me start off by saying that I LOVE stories where a great, and passionate love gets the timing right after ending earlier, when the timing was wrong…the way they kept ending up in bed together just to SLEEP. They brought each other such love and comfort.

I loved the fact that Sadie is a vital, living character throughout the entire book even though she’s actually an urn filled with ashes. Were you thinking of her as a character, and placing her in scenes so she could interact with the living characters? Because she certainly did interact, which you don’t usually see done, and I might add, done so beautifully. Was that a conscious choice on your part?

ED – Thanks Z! That’s most likely more generous a compliment than I deserve, but I’ll happily accept it anyway. : ) There’s an older movie with Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster from ages ago called Stealing Home. In the movie, Foster’s character has committed suicide leaving the responsibility of her ashes to Harmon. I won’t get into the entire back story of the film – y’all can go find it and watch it if you like – but it’s one of those movies that inevitably gets to me each time I go back and watch it. The urn and Cassidy’s interaction with it at the beginning of the book is an idea that sprang from that film. I think it was a useful tool for me when it came to telling this story. A way for me to showcase Cassidy’s solitude in the beginning – even with his best friends he’s forever holding part of himself back. His time spent with the urn becomes less and less the farther into the book we go. The more we learn about Sadie, the less isolated Cassidy becomes. He’s learning new things about her and letting go of the guilt he’s been stifled by with regard to her final years.

It was very important for Sadie to be remembered as a living breathing entity all her own. Having those memories revealed by individuals other than Cassidy helped her character become more three dimensional for me. That was crucial to making the essence of who she was come alive for me during the writing of it. Sadie’s character had little pieces of my own Gran woven into her DNA – that likely aided me in bringing Sadie to life on the page as well. She certainly became a very real individual to me.

ZA – Love, love, love those settings. The island itself is a character in the book, in the great tradition of all50395_165809416786338_8375205_n location stories. It’s a place of quirky characters and good friends and long memories…LOVE THAT. Is that a real place, somewhere you’ve been, someplace you went on holiday as a kid?

ED – No – I wish! I’d be moving there if it were. I did spend a good amount of time reading about the North Carolina coast and the Outer Banks. Because it was a fictional location and an island unto itself, I knew I didn’t need for Hart’s Island to be identical to the rest of Carolina coastline, but I wanted it to feel as if it could be there – that if there were an island like this off the Carolina coast, it would be just like Hart’s. I tried to present enough history to make the location seem tactile to the reader while not allowing myself to go overboard and become heavy handed. It’s difficult to know when to say when sometimes – and it will never be right for everyone, as individual readers enjoy varying amounts of setting and back story. When it comes to that, I think each writer has to worry about making themselves happy. It’s your name on the cover and you have to be the one out there pimping it. Difficult to do if you’re not happy with the final product. I find that having a fully fleshed out world in which my characters can move around in helps me better visualize the story – but that’s just me.

ZA – Cassidy’s family is awful and he has to make some pretty gutsy choices about them. Even though he’s full of all kinds of anxiety and issues, he’s extremely healthy with regard to what love means. He knows what good relationships are, and cherishes them. Was that tough to balance? Did you have some hard decisions when writing his character and when you did the rewrites did they change? (I’m trying not to give spoilers)

ED - I think for Cassidy, it was Sadie and his summers with her that altered who he became as an adult. The things that drove Lionel away from Sadie and everything she stood for are the same ones that drew Cassidy to her. Without those external influences growing up, Cassidy would have likely become a much more unlikeable character. Unlike his parents or grandparents for that matter, he had the benefit of growing up with a side by side comparison of both worlds. Lionel hated Sadie for keeping him away from his father’s side of the family during his childhood, while Sadie was raised with her father’s prejudices against the exceedingly wealthy Winter’s type of lifestyle. Cassidy was given a unique and unparalleled all access pass that allowed him to better pick out the flaws of each and taught him how to spot genuineness in others. It was intentional on my part to show that Cassidy was smart enough to recognize that money isn’t everything. Life with his parents, which held financial security, was also cold and lonely for him. It also threatened to change him in ways he neither wanted nor appreciated. Life with Sadie filled him with love, warmth, & kindness. It’s what brings him back to his true love. : )

ZA – To me, Cassidy is a saver and a recycler, when he’s finished with boyfriends he recycles them, never quite satisfied until they have their own happy endings. He takes in an injured dog even though its injuries revolt him. What do you think it is (about him) that makes his boyfriends stick around even though they’ve been dumped? (I know what my answer would be; I just want yours.)

ED – Personally, I think there’s simply an inherent goodness to Cassidy. He’s an exceedingly earnest individual. When he screws up he genuinely wants to make it right. And I think he’s always seen himself asED_AtPipersPoint_coverlg a stray of sorts. Sadie was the only person who ever made him feel like he was the most important person to them. And I think Sadie was a forever wounded bird who felt driven to reach out and help others. The way she took in Natalie, the way she always made herself available to the other people on the island, these were part of the beliefs she instilled in Cassidy – not via lip service but through her own actions. It’s easy to tell a child something, but leading by example is much more tangible.

It also ties into his own guilt and feelings of failure over being able to protect Sadie. That level of disappointment in himself altered who he became. I don’t think he’ll ever throw in the towel on anyone without doing everything within his power to salvage the relationship. He was an interesting character for me because he was warm and kind – people were naturally drawn to him. At the same time, he keeps most at arm’s length – even the men he’s dated over the years don’t really know him – at least not while they’re dating him. That’s part of the draw of Nate for Cass – they share a history and Nate knows who he is. Cassidy can’t keep him at a distance because of that history.

ZAAt Pipers Point is hilarious and heartbreaking by turns. If I had gotten it in print format I’d have hugged it to myself at the end. What did you feel when you finished that book? Was there a catharsis? Was it a whew, it’s over, or darn, I can’t live there anymore? Were you as invested emotionally in this book as I believe you must have been to have written it with such exquisite emotional involvement?

ED – This is actually somewhat interesting and it changed throughout the entire process until right before the book was released. It wasn’t an easy book for me to write to begin with, mainly because of my personal history, experiences, and guilt over my relationship with my real life Gran that got wrapped up in Cassidy’s story. It took longer to finish and there were many times throughout the process that I was pleading with the writing gods to let me be done with it already!

It was fun at times, and sad – emotionally draining at others. When it was done, I sent it off to my editor – happy to be rid of it, lol. Not the usual response when finishing a book. I re-read it a few weeks before it was released and I’m so happy I did. My entire perspective changed. It was as if all the turmoil that writing it had put me through just melted away. I was very happy with the end result – I think it’s probably the best book I’ve written – overall. It’s a bit more well rounded in the sense that is has more emotional depth than anything else I’ve written and released, but still has all the laughs. The entire tone of the book ended up being exactly what I’d imagined from conception – Cassidy’s journey was satisfying for me as reader and writer.

ZA – My only problem, my dear E, was how to make all those things I was so enthusiastic about into questions…? You are perfectly awesome, and I LOVED this book.

ED – Thank you again for taking the time to read the book, Z! The interview was just extra icing on that cake. : )

Paperback Now Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & The Book Depository

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At Piper’s Point

Ethan Day

Available in e-book & now in Paperback

from MLR Press

Promotional Blurb:

Ten years and many boyfriends later, Cassidy Winters finally returns to the ancestral home of his grandmother, Sadie Hart, despite the best efforts of his father to prevent it. Cassidy’s plans of a quiet, seaside ceremony to wish a final farewell to Sadie quickly unravel as interruptions run roughshod beginning with Neil who walks out of the ocean and straight into Cassidy’s bed. The dominos topple one by one when the little dog he rescues from the hounds of hell brings him to Ben, the hunky vet who rescues Cassidy right back. News of his arrival spreads faster than Cassidy’s legs, bringing his boyhood friend and first love Nate Sommers to his doorstep – leaving Cassidy spiraling into a multi-layered love snafu. As if the island wasn’t getting crowded enough for Cassidy’s good taste and bad decisions, best friends Ollie and Spencer arrive in time to witness the uninvited return of Cassidy’s most recent ex, Teddy, who’s refusing to stay dumped.

Fists fly and all hell breaks loose amid mojitos and martinis as Cassidy finds himself planning a huge party to celebrate Sadie’s life. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, but even through the chaos Cassidy knows exactly what he wants. While he’s certainly willing, he isn’t sure if he’s ready or able for love and life…At Pipers Point.

An Excerpt can be found at ethan@ethanday.com or Click Here for a direct link.

What people are saying about At Piper’s Point:

5 Stars and a Recommended Read from Dark Diva Reviews
"Wacky, loving characters, snarky humor, and screwball antics perfectly balanced by emotional depth make At Piper’s Point by Ethan Day the best book he has written to date."
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5 Stars from Aunt Lynn @ Reviews by Jessewave
"Run, don’t walk, to pick up this latest story by the wonderful Ethan Day. You won’t be sorry."
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5 Stars from Michele-n-Jeff Reviews
“Ethan Day’s quick wit and talent for character development makes At Piper’s Point a genuine pleasure to experience.”
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LOVE IN LA TERRAZA is NOW AVAILABLE!!!

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LOVE IN LA TERRAZA

Now Available from

Resplendence Publishing

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Promotional Blurb:

Cain Elliott is a desperate man – on the brink of losing La Terraza, the 1920’s Spanish style courtyard apartment complex his grandmother left him in her will, he’s faced with the option of selling to a real estate developer or losing the building outright, due to the costs of upkeep that have now left him teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. One setback after another has slowly whittled away any hope he’d been harboring to turn the tides. Having time for little else in life, Cain’s guilt over his failure to protect the home of those who reside within the walls of La Terraza has crippled his spirit.

On the partnership fast-track at the flashy architectural firm of Hamilton-Bach, Henry Abrams is new in town, a little lonely and looking for inspiration. Tired of games and longing for something real, Henry discovers the road to happiness could lie in the arms of the sad, uncomplicated Cain Elliott.

Discovering that Hamilton-Bach represents the mysterious entrepreneur attempting to purchase La Terraza, combined with the self-doubt and mistrust over a love that develops too fast, leave both men struggling to decide whether or not they can truly find…Love in La Terraza.

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Excerpt:

Cain took another long gulp from his beer, feeling as if he were slowly sinking into quicksand. He felt panic building in his chest, the utter sense of hopelessness threatening to take him over. He was just about to hop out of his chair and run for the nearest exit when Eddie interrupted his fretting.

“Who’s staring at us?” Eddie’s shoulders and back writhed as if he physically felt someone’s gaze upon his back.

“How does he do that?” Cain asked, flabbergasted by what the blind man could see that the rest of them had been oblivious to.

Everyone except Eddie turned to look about the room. Cain somehow knew there was only one direction in which to concentrate his efforts.

Yep, there he is, still holding up the bar.

Cain started to grin the instant their gazes met. Mr. Preppy did indeed still seem to have his heart set on conquering Cain’s wild unknown. In truth, the guy was a little slice of heaven, perhaps someplace warm and safe where Cain might rest his weary head for the evening…well…after all the spirited fucking and sucking, of course.

“Mrs. Madrigal has a gentleman caller,” Matt said to Eddie out of the corner of his mouth.

Cain took a cue from Nic and smacked Matt in the arm for his trouble. “I hate it when you call me that.”

“What’s he like?” Eddie asked, now grinning as well.

“Damn!” Nic hissed under her breath.

“That good?” Eddie asked,

Cain scowled over the implied insult. “I’m going to try forgetting you sounded that surprised by the fact.”

“I’m hotter than him.” Stu smirked as he nodded his head in confidence.

“Sorry, Cain,” Eddie mumbled. “Didn’t mean that the way it sounded.”

“Since you won’t be fucking me tonight, that’s sort of a moot point, Stu.” Cain shook his head before reaching across the table to give Eddie a reassuring squeeze of forgiveness.

“The wife does frown upon any extracurricular activities.” Stu winked at Cain while nudging Nic in case she may have thought him serious for even a moment.

“Are you all still staring at him?” Eddie asked.

They glanced between one another, quickly turning back to face the table in shame.

“Way to drive him away there, people,” Eddie said.

“Shit, I—” Nic glanced up quickly then looked back down at the tabletop like a child who’d just been scolded. “I think he’s coming over!”

Cain sat up straight, eyes wide, more frightened by the high-pitched squeal of Nic’s voice than surprised over the fact he was about to land himself a hook-up for the evening.

Eddie shook his head as if he were attempting to get his hearing back. “Good god, woman, another octave or two higher and only dogs would’ve been able to hear that.”

“Pardon me for interrupting,” a deep, sexy southern voice came from behind Cain. “I couldn’t help but notice the entire table staring at me.”

Cain turned, looking upward at the man in question and trying his best to not laugh. “Hiya.”

“No pardon needed.” Eddie stood up from the table while yanking on Matt’s arm. “We were just leaving.”

Cain felt the heat flush his cheeks the instant Eddie had said it.

Not at all obvious.

Matt stood, clumsily. “Please take a seat, though. Cain was planning to hang.”

Cain rolled his eyes. “And I’m just dying to keep you company, sir. In exchange for taking me off their hands my daddies can offer you two goats, a head of cattle and a skillet.”

Eddie was already shaking his head in disgust. “Please try and stick around long enough to make it through the first act, Mr…?”

“Abrams. Henry Abrams,” he said, extending his hand before noticing the white folding cane in Eddie’s hand.

Cain thought he was kinda cute, standing there slightly awkward for a moment as he tried to decide what to do with his hand now that it was already out there. He tossed Henry a lifeline by taking it instead, shaking his hand.

“The second act does have a bitchin’ musical number you don’t wanna miss, Mr. Abrams. My name is Cain Elliott.”

“May I sit?” Henry asked as everyone said their goodbyes to Eddie and Matt who scurried off into the crowd, whispering to one another.

“Please,” Nic said, smiling as if she were Cain’s self-appointed social director, having completely missed the cues Eddie had thrown down like gas on an already flaming forest fire.

Cain could tell Stu had not but wasn’t quite able to figure out a subtle way to tell his wife they were now intruding upon and likely impeding the sacred homo mating dance.

“So what is it you do, Henry?” Nic asked.

Cain could tell she was wired up and ready to play Debbie Drill Sergeant, already commencing with the interrogation.

Henry started to answer, but Cain dreamily placed two fingertips over the man’s lips.

He laughed to himself, realizing he’d had just enough alcohol to make him fearless. “Let’s not do the whole, this is me and that is you shakedown, gorgeous. I’m feeling like a little mystery might do me some good. How about you?”

Henry’s forehead crinkled, as if he were thinking real hard about whether or not he liked where this was going. His playful half smile told Cain he was still amused if nothing else.

“We can always have share-time later, you know, after—if the sex is hot, that is.”

Henry blushed, but he started to laugh. Cain could tell the man knew he was at least half joking for the benefit of their audience across the table.

“Well, what if he’s a serial killer or something?” Nic asked, visibly disgusted with Cain.

“He most likely wouldn’t come out and say so just because you asked him, dear.”

Nic started to object then must’ve realized Cain had a point.

“You aren’t a serial killer, right?” Cain muttered out of the corner of his mouth.

“No, sir, I am not.” He smiled at Nic, pouring on the charm. “I hereby solemnly swear to inflict no pain or suffering upon your good friend.”

“Not even if I beg you to?” Cain asked.

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Love in La Terraza is coming!!!

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Love in La Terraza

LOVE IN LA TERRAZA

Available September 5th

from

Resplendence Publishing

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Promotional Blurb:

Cain Elliott is a desperate man – on the brink of losing La Terraza, the 1920’s Spanish style courtyard apartment complex his grandmother left him in her will, he’s faced with the option of selling to a real estate developer or losing the building outright, due to the costs of upkeep that have now left him teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. One setback after another has slowly whittled away any hope he’d been harboring to turn the tides. Having time for little else in life, Cain’s guilt over his failure to protect the home of those who reside within the walls of La Terraza has crippled his spirit.

On the partnership fast-track at the flashy architectural firm of Hamilton-Bach, Henry Abrams is new in town, a little lonely and looking for inspiration. Tired of games and longing for something real, Henry discovers the road to happiness could lie in the arms of the sad, uncomplicated Cain Elliott.

Discovering that Hamilton-Bach represents the mysterious entrepreneur attempting to purchase La Terraza, combined with the self-doubt and mistrust over a love that develops too fast, leave both men struggling to decide whether or not they can truly find…Love in La Terraza.

What’s in store for the attendee’s of GayRomLit in October!

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Here’s the first bit of Intel for all those planning to head west to Albuquerque New Mexico this October for the second annual GayRomLit Retreat!

 

This is the list of Authors and Publishers who’ll be participating in the daytime spotlight sessions being held over Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this October.

This includes everything except the Author-Designed Programs. I’ll be releasing more details about those over the next week or so as we’re still waiting for those event descriptions to filter in.

A full Schedule of Events won’t be available until the week before or week of the Retreat, but what’s listed below are the names you should find there once we do release that.

 

Author’s Q&A

Move over James Lipton because it’s Inside the Author’s Studio at GRL! What happened to Bart and Hank after they rode into the sunset together? This is your chance to ask the writers all the things you’ve been dying to know about your favorite stories and characters. These moderated Q&A’s will feature up to four writers in an informal setting where you’ll also hear about their new and upcoming efforts. And perhaps they’ll even share some of the trade secrets that make them successful.

Participating Authors for the Q & A’s at GRL!

Carol Lynne

Kate McMurray

Devon Rhodes

T.A. Chase

Geoffrey Knight

Heidi Cullinan

Trina Lane

T.C. Blue

Rick R. Reed

PD Singer

Silvia Violet

Rowan Speedwell

Z.A. Maxfield

Isabelle Rowan

Cat Grant

Karenna Colcroft

M.L. Rhodes

Tara Lain

L.C. Chase

Christopher Koehler

Damon Suede

K-lee Klein

Erica Pike

EM Lynley

Lynn Lorenz

Marguerite Labbe

M.J. O’Shea

J. P. Barnaby

Abigail Roux

Belinda McBride

Vivien Dean

Kiernan Kelly

AKM Miles

Anel Viz

Marie Sexton

Jet Mykles

*subject to change

 

Book Readings

One of the highlights of last year’s Retreat was the sometimes funny, sometimes profound, often risqué, and always entertaining Book Readings by our participating authors. We’ve expanded this popular event by scheduling even more readings by more authors. And to keep the atmosphere light and fun, we’ll take over the very hip Fusion 504 Bar located next to the Casino.

Participating Authors for the Book Readings at GRL!

Rick R. Reed

Ethan Day

Jade Buchanan

Kerry Freeman

Z.A. Maxfield

Ellis Carrington

Val Kovalin

Eden Winters

Jon Treadway

Jet Mykles

Charlie Richards

Kimberly Gardner

Anel Viz

AC Katt

Lori Toland

J P Bowie

Belinda McBride

D.H. Starr

Angel Martinez

Brien Michaels

Damon Suede

KC Burn

Silvia Violet

Hank Edwards

Amy Lane

Edmond Manning

VJ Summers

Louisa Bacio

Isabelle Rowan

Tara Lain

Geoffrey Knight

Stephani Hecht

Ally Blue

Cherie Noel

Kate McMurray

Christopher Koehler

*subject to change

 

Publisher Spotlights

Meet the publishers behind your favorite books and authors. These sessions are as varied and diverse as the books they produce. They may include question and answer sessions, interviews, advice on becoming a published author, book selling, prize giveaways, and simple meet-and-greet opportunities to get acquainted. Each publisher is responsible for the content of its session.

Participating Publisher’s for the Publisher Spotlights at GRL!

Torquere Press

Dreamspinner Press

Samhain Publishing

Loose Id

Total-E-Bound

Resplendence Publishing

Silver Publishing

ManLoveRomance Press

eXtasy Books

Musa Publishing

Storm Moon Press

Amber Quill Press

Riptide Publishing

     

*subject to change