Friday, August 29, 2014

Author Interview: Jodi and Cardeno C talk about McFarland's Farm

We are very happy to welcome  Cardeno C. to the Smoocher’s Voice blog today. CC’s most recent book McFarland’s Farm, available at Amazon, is the first novella in the Hope series.

Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

You can learn more about her on her shared Café Risque blog.

Jodi:     Thank you, CC, for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. I am a fan of your stories and characters. Please tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to write in the m/m romance genre.

CC:       I never considered being a fiction writer until about the time I sat down and wrote my first story, which was Where He Ends and I Begin. I hadn’t read romance novels at that point and I had no idea there were gay romance novels out there. What drove me to write was a sense that so many movies and shows I saw had gay characters who were killed or hurt or deeply miserable and after seeing this over and over again, I started feeling like it was a punishment, like these people weren’t allowed to be happy and healthy and strong AND gay. And I’m talking about movies where the gay characters are the main characters, movies targeted toward a gay/welcoming audience. That vision of life doesn’t match what I see in the world around me.
Yes, there are tragedies and sadness and family trouble. I know. Those things are real and true. But my life experience is that people as a whole are resilient and strong. I see people move past the hard times and make their own happy futures. I see people learn and grow and build lives and communities and families around them. I see people who use their experience and wisdom to make choices that allow them to live the kinds of lives they want on their terms and to be satisfied and happy with those lives. That’s my reality and I wanted to share it.

Jodi:     What was the inspiration for the new Hope series?

CC:       I’ve heard readers say they want a book they can pick up and read in one night or when they’re busy. I often want the same thing. So my goal with the new Hope books is to create a little town by sharing freestanding stories about the lives of various couples in the town and to do it novella length. McFarland’s Farm is the first book in that world and it’s a light, happy novella.

Jodi:     Do you have the series completed planned out yet?

CC:       I have the town of Hope planned out and several of the people in it who will at some point get their own story.

Jodi:     The characters in this story are intriguing. Lucas and Jared are very different, yet they share a few commonalities. What was your inspiration for each of these men?

CC:       It’s so hard to pinpoint inspiration. When I’m ready to write a book, I think about the characters and they’re real in my head. There are occasions when I can pinpoint an inspiration, but that’s very rare.

For this book, I wanted to write an opposites attract type of story. On the surface, quiet, shy, hard-working Jared is night and day from party boy Lucas. But down deep, they want the same 
things out of life and they complement each other well.

Jodi:     Does Lucas’ father have a hidden motivation is sending his son to Jared?

CC:       That’s a question every reader can decide. We definitely know Lucas’s father wants what’s best for his son and we know how highly he thinks of Jared.

Jodi:     What was your inspiration for the setting? Will the rest of the stories in the series take place in this rural area?

CC:       Yes, every story will take place in the fictional town of Hope. I wanted to write a town that I could create and I wanted it to be a more remote location than I’ve written in my other contemporaries. The location of Hope – between LA, Vegas, Phoenix – works well for being accessible and yet remote.

Jodi:     Jared is a bit of an enigma. As a farmer he appreciates fresh vegetables, and yet, he does not cook. Is there some hidden meaning behind his stack of frozen meals?

CC:       Jared is like many people who don’t feel like cooking makes sense when it’s being done for one. He works hard all day and because there’s nobody there to share his table, he’s never thought of taking the effort to make a meal.

Jodi:     It is interesting that Lucas doesn’t realize that his behavior with the chef was inappropriate because of the location of the action. Why is he so convinced his father does not approve of him being gay?

CC:       Lucas needed to grow up. He had an entitled, self-centered attitude that prevented him from seeing his own mistakes and made him blame others instead. Being at McFarland’s Farm gave him the room he needed for introspection and growth.

Jodi:     Was it a challenge writing this story as a novella? Do you prefer writing shorter works?

CC:       I loved writing the novella. As far as long or short, there are things I like about both so I’ll keep alternating novels with novellas.

Jodi:     So, I have to ask ... You have written quite a few great books with intriguing characters. Do you have a favorite book or character?

CC:       There is no way for me to choose. I can’t write a character unless I know him. Before I write my books, I live with the guys in my head and learn who they are and why they do what they do. I genuinely like my characters (even the ones with more flaws than others) so it’s impossible to choose a favorite. There might be some who I’d spend more time with than others in real life, but at the end of the day, I like them all or I wouldn’t live with them in my head long enough to write their books.

Jodi:     How does writing shifter books differ from writing contemporary books? Do you have a preference?

CC:       With shifter books, there’s more world building and, in my opinion, the opportunity to touch on darker subjects. Shifters are animals as well as men so they can bounce back from rough things in a way that would be more painful in a contemporary story. Also, in a shifter universe, there’s the ability to touch on real world subjects without directly addressing those subjects (and instead using parallel subjects). I love those aspects of writing shifter stories. That said, I love writing contemporary too so, much like the length of my work, I’ll keep doing both. J

Jodi:     What is your next project?

CC:       My next release is a freestanding contemporary novel in my Family universe called The Half of Us. Here’s the description:

Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it's a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.

Eight years living in Las Vegas hasn't dimmed Abe Green's optimism, earnestness, or desire to find the one. When a sexy man with lonely eyes propositions him, Abe decides to give himself a birthday present — one night of spontaneous fun with no thoughts of the future. But one night turns into two and then three, and Abe realizes his heart is involved.

For the first time, Abe feels safe enough with someone he respects and adores to let go of his inhibitions in the bedroom. If Jason can get past his own inhibitions and open his heart and his life to Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.

Jodi:     I love the books in the Family universe J. When will the new book be released?

CC:       The Half of Us is releasing October 10 on Dreamspinner Press.

Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.

Quiet, hard-working Jared McFarland loves his farm on the outskirts of Hope, Arizona, but he aches to have someone to come home to at the end of the day. Jared agrees to take in his longtime crush as a favor. But when Lucas invades his heart in addition to his space, Jared has to decide how much of himself he's willing to risk and figure out if he can offer Lucas enough to keep him after his father's punishment is over.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Double Up Spotlight Stop

Hi everyone! I’m Vanessa North, and I’m touring this week to talk about my new release, Double Up: how it got started, a scene that almost happened, and the sport of wakeboarding--how it influenced me, why I love it so much, and how it shaped the characters in the story.
Join me on the tour and leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway for a $15 Riptide Gift Card! Be sure to include your email address in the comment so that I can contact you if you win! I'll be drawing the winner at the end of the blog tour.


Knowing he’s loved can make any man fly.

Fifteen years ago, Ben Warren was a wakeboarding champion: king of big air, ballsy tricks, and boned grabs. Until a career-ending injury left him broken in ways he still has no hope of fixing. Now he takes his thrills where he can get them, and tries not to let life hurt too much.
Then Davis Fox arrives in Ben’s sporting goods store with a plan to get in touch with his estranged brother by competing in the annual wakeboarding double-up contest. The catch? He’s never ridden before. It’s crazy, but Ben’s a sucker for the guy’s sob story—and for his dimples, too—so he agrees to coach Davis.
Davis is everything Ben isn’t: successful, confident, and in love with life. And he wants Ben to love life—and him—too. But before Ben can embrace a future with Davis, he needs to remember how to hope.

About the Author

Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Guest Post: BA Tortuga and the Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming Tour

We’d like to welcome BA Tortuga to Smoocher’s Voice! She was kind enough to answer a couple questions for us. Not an interview exactly just a couple of questions. Maybe ones y’all wanted the answer to.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, you are a prolific writer. What inspires you to write?

I am a born eavesdropper and I talk to EVERYONE. I could visit with trees and I honestly love to hear folks’ stories. I am constantly telling people, “that’s totally going in a book”. I have a huge, fascinating, psychotic family of amazing characters. There’s no lack of inspiration. ;-)

Do you have a favorite series or character?  

A favorite series? Probably the Road Trip series with MJ and Sonny. Those were four books that make me laugh, make me cry and pushed me, because I had to plot. Like things had to make sense! My favorite character of all time has to be Coke from the Roughstock universe. Coke is so real he hurts and he’s always right there, begging for more page time.

Is writing across multiple genres challenging?

I don’t have an issue writing different genres. After all, I have the attention span of a caffeinated gnat on crack. I write (and read) all the things. I love characters and I love stories. I want to do ALL THE THINGS.



Much love, y’all.

Book Name: Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming
Author Name: Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga

Author Bios:
BA Tortuga:
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has answered the call of the high desert mountains. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.
Twitter: @batortuga

Kiernan Kelly:

Kiernan Kelly lives in the wilds of the alligator-infested U.S. Southeast, slathered in SPF 45, drinking colorful tropical, hi-octane concoctions served by thong-clad cabana boys.

All right, the truth is that she spends her time locked in the dark recesses of her office, writing gay erotic romance while chained to a temperamental laptop, drinking coffee, and dreaming of thong-clad cabana boys.


To date, Kiernan has over a dozen novels in print and ebook, and a plethora of short stories in both formats.


Julia Talbot:

Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Ellora's Cave, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.

Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at
Cover Artist: Anne Squires
Publisher: Torquere Press


Denver was-- wow.
Denton had been stunning, making Blaine stare a lot. A lot. Still, Dent had been off-limits, and he’d bet Denver was, too. No one could be that hot and be like Blaine.
He was the weird one, the one brought into the pack by a she-wolf who had already had a single pup. Blaine figured he was lucky no one had killed him when he was a kid.
Everyone else was broad and wide, shaggy headed with eyes like green glass. All of them came from the same line. Denver was the spitting image of Denton, really. A little harder around the edges, a little more wild. A shit ton more bruised.
The guys had been taking turns. Two a night, just like clockwork, they’d come and challenge Denver. One at midnight, one at three a.m. Greg and Vince went, then Carter and Caul, and finally Hank and Mike. Boom.
He supposed Denver was waiting for him, now. Blaine sighed. He had no intention of trying to take the pack. God, the very idea made his head hurt.
The real question was, were they going to just start over, or was Denver going to get a night off, a chance to sleep before they settled in town for tonight’s show?

Tour Dates/Stops: 7/28 – 8/22
8/13: Tara Lain

Rafflecopter Prize: E-Book of Midnight Rodeo

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Guest Post: Exclusive Excerpt and Scavenger Hunt for Morticia Knight's Dangerous Wish (Uniform Encounters 6)

Book Name:

Dangerous Wish (Uniform Encounters 6)
Although part of a series, all installments can be read as standalones. For more information, visit Morticia Knight’s author page at Totally Bound:
Set Ablaze (Uniform Encounters 1)
Hunky fire chief Eric is out of the closet after twenty years of marriage. Can he find true love, or will a spate of arson fires destroy his chances with Tom, the sexy young firefighter?
Arresting Behaviour (Uniform Encounters 2)
Native American Quinn and Detective Jake come from two opposing worlds. But when opposites attract, the result is explosive.
Lust Emergency (Uniform Encounters 3)
The new ER doctor is smoking hot, and the exotic African American paramedic can't keep his eyes off of him. Tricky relationships and subterfuge at a Phoenix sex club almost drive a permanent wedge between the two, but a bombing at City Hall changes the endgame.
Guarded Desires (Uniform Encounters 4)
A sexy young National Guardsman, a snarky bear of a DEA Agent and a vicious Mexican drug cartel. Someone’s going to be sorry.
Secret Fire (Uniform Encounters 5)
Police officer Zach and Fire Marshal Daryl would be perfect together—if they would ever quit fighting long enough to find out. A devastating fire and the secret behind it almost keeps them from getting what they really need—each other.

Author Name: Morticia Knight
Author Bio:

M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people's fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.

When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.

She is currently working on a new series about men in uniform entitled Sin City Uniforms and a BDSM spin-off to the Gin & Jazz series entitled The Hampton Road Club.

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Totally Bound

Fact #5 - EMT Jared Li and his best friend Neil, crashed their high school prom in evening gowns.

Exclusive Excerpt:

The taxi pulled up to the address of the apartment that Dan had scribbled down earlier. He took a deep breath, a bit uncertain as to what he’d signed up for. There was already a Plan B in place, in case the whole dance club thing became too awkward or uncomfortable. He could always pretend he’d gotten a text telling him he had to come in early to work the next day. It seemed that, despite his own internal admonishment from the night before to relax and enjoy himself in life, he was anything but relaxed. And he literally shook from the realization that he was mere seconds from being with Jared again.
I need to get a grip.
He winced at his own choice of words then snapped out of it when the cabbie loudly cleared his throat.
“That’ll be eighteen even.”
He should’ve said he’d be the designated driver—the way he was burning through cash, he was going to have to go on the Top Ramen diet. At least he’d have his meals taken care of on his upcoming weekend at training. And facing the evening with his nerves sans alcohol? Not a good combo.
I can jump out of a fucking plane with less fear.
After he’d paid the driver, he strolled up to the security gate, willing himself to calm the fuck down. He was buzzed in following a quick, cheery welcome from Jared. Hearing his voice had Dan on the edge of a public hard-on, which did nothing to help him feel better about the situation. He yanked off his black bomber jacket and draped it over his arm in front of him.
“Danny, you’re here!”
The door had flung open and Dan sucked in a shocked breath. Jared stood there wearing a towel and nothing else. That is, except for the smoky black kohl makeup around his eyes, the lids covered in a light sprinkle of glitter, his lips glossed with a hint of a shimmering rose tint.
Thank Christ for the jacket.
Jared stepped aside and gestured for Dan to come in. He was unsure what the protocol for them might be in terms of expressing affection. He didn’t want to appear cold, but he didn’t want to come across as grabby either. Jared solved his dilemma by throwing an arm around his neck then yanking him close for a messy smack on his cheek. Chuckling and somewhat embarrassed, Dan returned the hug with the arm not clutching at his coat like a lifeline.
Letting go, Jared touched two fingers to his lips, seemingly to examine the damage to his gloss. “Shit. Good thing there’s plenty more where that came from.”
“Oh, sorry.”
Jared regarded him. “Don’t be silly.” He scrunched his eyebrows together. “Oh dear, I could be wrong, but I don’t think you were planning on sparkling tonight.”
Jared rubbed a thumb across his cheek.
I’m going to die, it’s that simple.

Tour Dates/Stops:
August 13: The Hat Party
August 15: Tara Lain
August 19: Emotion in Motion
August 20: My Fiction Nook
August 22: Smoocher’s Voice
August 25: Amanda C. Stone
August 29:  Nephylim

Rafflecopter Prize: Signed copy of Dangerous Wish

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