Release Day Review: DAWN AND DUSK by Dirk Greyson

Title: Dawn and Dusk 
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Day and Knight (Book 3)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Adventure, Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
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For Scorpion agents Day and Knight, their relationship is slow to develop, and trust is hard to build. Then Day’s brother, Stephen, goes missing, and Day finds out more about him than he ever dreamed. Day’s first reaction to Stephen’s disappearance is to try to get out to him as fast as possible.

Knight initially holds him back so they can attempt to find out what they’re walking into. But when Knight sees Day’s desperation, he steps in to help and tries to calm the man he’s growing to care about, even though the trail is cold and clues are scarce.

When Day witnesses his brother being shot live on television, he loses the last of his control. Despite the lack of answers, Day is more determined than ever to find out what happened. Stephen is all the family he has left.

Bone-deep fear and adversity threaten to tear Day and Knight apart, but facing unimaginable hardship together might finally cement the bond between them.

I have loved Day and Knight since the very beginning and wow but does this book live up to their usual issues and tension. They aren’t in another country, they aren’t even on an official mission, but when Day’s brother goes missing, he can’t leave it alone—who could?—and of course, Knight goes with him. Their relationship is still volatile and complicated, but getting there, I’m happy to say (yes, I realize that’s an odd thing to say, but trust me, it’s perfect for them at this point in their development).

The plot is anything but old hat and Dirk’s writing is so engaging, you forget that Day and Knight and all their troubles aren’t real and happening ‘now.’ I devoured it in one sitting and the only problem I had with the story was when the last page came Sad smile … there wasn’t any more, yet. I know there will be one more Day and Knight book (yes, I already await it—hint hint, Dirk).

It was also interesting to see a bit of role-reversal. Day is usually the more relaxed of the two, but not with his brother missing. Now it’s up to Knight to talk Day down and make him actually use that brilliant mind (as opposed to panic or want to rip everyone’s head off). The suspense and tension were perfect for the story, as was the amount and use of red herrings.

This is a must read for any that love romance that’s worked for, mystery and suspense, and two men that love hard, sex hard, and carry guns. This is part of a series and yes, you need to read the first two to truly enjoy/appreciate the story and the couple. Cannot recommend enough!

    

“Yeah, right, when has either of us coasted?” Knight snapped, and Day swallowed hard, wondering what was going on. “We’ve been going for three weeks and have put healing and our personal lives on hold, willingly.” The hard Marine portion of Knight was up and ready to fight. “Sir.”

Day turned away because… well, first of all, he didn’t want to smile and break the effect. And second, Knight was hot like this: filled with tension, legs apart, firmly planted like it would take a howitzer to move him.

Sometimes Day forgot the power Knight could command.

Day turned back once he’d schooled his expression and wondered what was going on between them. “All right, enough pissing contest,” he finally said, trying to defuse the situation. “I can get a ruler.” He pulled open his drawer, and both of them turned away at the same time.

“Go home, both of you,” Dimato reiterated. “It’s late.” He turned and walked high and tall back toward his office.

“What’s wrong with you?” Day asked as he turned back to his computer to finish up his work. “That’s the guy who decides our assignments, and unless you want to get the shit ones for the rest of your life… or fired….” Day shook his head.

“He had no right.”

Day sniffed loudly. “Don’t get all testosterony. I’m sure he was kidding about coasting, and it was only his way of saying we needed to get out of here while we could.” Day saved his report and e-mailed it before locking his computer and getting his bag ready for the weekend.

“What the hell is all that?” Knight asked.

“Work and reading for the weekend. I read the reports of other teams so I can keep up on what’s happening. Some are pretty interesting.”

“Most are dull as dirt.” Knight grunted. “Grab your stuff and let’s get out of here.”

That was interesting. Knight usually just went home. He didn’t hang around and wait for Day on a regular basis. After their first assignment, Knight hadn’t spoken to him for the first week, while he’d been recuperating. Day knew Knight had said things would be different when they got home, but he hadn’t really thought it would come to pass. Knight had this “what happens on a mission, stays on a mission” thing. Day had hoped it would be different this time, but he hadn’t wanted to count on it.

“I need to stop at home,” Day said.

“Fine. We can go to dinner from there.” Knight turned and strode in his stiff, military way back toward his desk.

Day momentarily forgot what he was doing as he watched Knight’s ass in perfectly pressed dress pants. He blinked and turned back to what he was doing in case anyone saw. He finished packing up, grabbed his bag, and left the office, then went right to his car and drove home. He figured Knight would be right along after him, and he had a few things he needed to do before he was ready to go.

He parked in his spot and walked up to his apartment, getting the mail out of the box on the way. He climbed the stairs and let himself in, dropped the mail on the table, and then hurried to the bedroom. The shirt he’d been wearing had been itching him all day, so he took it off, grabbed a comfortable, deep blue, long-sleeve pullover, and slipped into it. He sighed at the softness. When the door buzzer rang, he let Knight in.

“You could have waited.”

“You didn’t,” Day said. “I wanted to change, and I knew you’d be impatient.”

Knight grunted.

“Do you want something to drink or to go straight to dinner?” This dating-type thing was different. They’d eaten together plenty, and Day had spent an awkward, snowy night at Knight’s house once. There was no pattern to go by. On a mission they generally got along and knew their jobs and their roles. The excitement and energy also seemed to bridge the physical gap between them—most of the time spectacularly.

“What do you have?”

Day went to the refrigerator and got a couple of sodas. He brought them over and handed one to Knight. He wasn’t sure if he saw gratitude or annoyance in Knight’s eyes. He could be so hard to read. “I have beer if you really want one.” Knight was still fighting some demons, one of them being the bottle he’d told Day he crawled into after the death of his wife and son. Day wanted to be supportive, even if a beer would have felt good right then.

He motioned to the sofa, and Knight took a seat. They opened their cans and sipped. Day wasn’t sure what to talk about, and Knight stared at the walls, silent and seemingly content to stay that way. It drove Day crazy. “Is there something interesting about my wall?”

“No. Just thinking. Has your brother called or anything?” Knight asked.

“Nothing.” The worry that had abated came roaring back, and Day pulled out his phone and sent an Are you alive? text, hoping for some sort of response.

 

  

Dirk is very much an outside kind of man. He loves travel and seeing new things. Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades. He has a Master’s Degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job. But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he’s built. Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.

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Writing Day and Knight… from SUN AND SHADOW by Dirk Greyson

Title: Sun and Shadow 
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Day and Knight (book 2)
Genre: M/M, Action/Adventure, Erotic, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 9th, 2015
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase 
Length: 210 pgs 
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Dayton “Day” Ingram is recovering from an injury suffered in Mexico—and from his failed relationship with fellow Scorpion agent, Knight. While researching an old government document, Day realizes he might be holding the key to finding an artistic masterpiece lost since WWII.

But the Russians are looking for it too, and have a team in place in Eastern Europe hunting it down. Day and Knight are brought back together when they are charged with getting to the painting first.

Knight wants to leave Mexico and everything that happened there behind, and return to the life he had—except it wasn’t much of a life. When he’s partnered up with Day, keeping his distance proves to be challenging. But Day is as stubborn as Knight and isn’t willing to let him walk away.

Their assignment leads them through Germany and Austria with agents hot on their tail—agents willing to do whatever it takes to get to the masterpiece first. If Day and Knight can live long enough to find the painting, they might also discover something even more precious—each other.

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Release Day Review: SUN AND SHADOW by Dirk Greyson

Title: Sun and Shadow 
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Day and Knight 
Genre: M/M, Action/Adventure, Erotic, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 9th, 2015
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase 
Length: 210 pgs 
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Dayton “Day” Ingram is recovering from an injury suffered in Mexico—and from his failed relationship with fellow Scorpion agent, Knight. While researching an old government document, Day realizes he might be holding the key to finding an artistic masterpiece lost since WWII.

But the Russians are looking for it too, and have a team in place in Eastern Europe hunting it down. Day and Knight are brought back together when they are charged with getting to the painting first.

Knight wants to leave Mexico and everything that happened there behind, and return to the life he had—except it wasn’t much of a life. When he’s partnered up with Day, keeping his distance proves to be challenging. But Day is as stubborn as Knight and isn’t willing to let him walk away.

Their assignment leads them through Germany and Austria with agents hot on their tail—agents willing to do whatever it takes to get to the masterpiece first. If Day and Knight can live long enough to find the painting, they might also discover something even more precious—each other.

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Guest Author Dirk Greyson, author of DAY AND KNIGHT

Title: Day and Knight 
Author: Dirk Greyson
Genre: M/M Contemporary Mystery/Suspense Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 4th, 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
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As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for field work, and scuttling an attack gives his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!

Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.

But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.

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The Para-Portage of Emily by Muffy Wilson (@SexyMuffyWilson)

The Para-Portage of Emily
The Shadow Seduction Series
By
Muffy Wilson
@SexyMuffyWilson
Emily Macque, a young, beautiful junior partner in her father’s law firm, is but a heartbeat away from love or destiny. Duty brings Emily to a frozen Island estate two hundred and fifty miles north of Chicago. Devotion requires she delve into the property history to settle an estate probate. Death lures her into the arms of the shadows seduction created by the flickering light and dark shadows.
What flames the timeless passions spanning the decades? Love, desire or obsession?
Colin Jorgenson, once a Great Lakes mariner, is a strong man haunted by love and loss. How long will he return each night, gripped by desire, hoping to find the woman he has loved for a century?
 passion

Beneath the pristine Island beauty, passions hungered, lingered in the ardent darkness. His passions, fueled by decades of loneliness and longing, could no longer be denied. Will they face eternity together or love in secret as dark things are to be loved between the shadows and the soul?

I just finished The Para-Portage of Emily. Quite the
page-turner!!
I was gifted a free copy by the author and found it to be a
cleverly woven plot with descriptive characters you won’t soon forget. I’m not
one to give out spoilers,
but if you like paranormal intrigue, hot romance, and
mystery, you will love it. Looking forward to more works by Muffy Wilson as I’m
sure they will be just as brilliant.

“Tell me what you know about Mariner’s Maiden please, Kirby.”

Kirby took a long draw on his beer before he began his narrative.

“It was years ago, around 1800 Miss Emily, when the original land owner arrived on the Island with settlers from Norway. He’d claimed five hundred acres on this southern point of the Island for himself. He became wealthy in cattle, wheat, timber and cheese. As his family grew and were educated on the Mainland, they moved, one by one, off Island. They were a wealthy, hard-working lot, but needed less and less of the acreage they owned. Much of the original plot was donated to the Town throughout the years. Some sections were sold.

“It got down to the last hundred acres when Colin Jorgenson bought the property, around 1890 or 1900. I am not exactly sure. The main house was much smaller and less grand than it is now, for sure.

“Now, Colin was a Maritime Captain and often he’d be gone for months at a time. He sailed the Great Lakes several times a year with supplies, spices, fancy goods and ‘fortunes of bounty’. That’s what they called it then. It was for sale to rich settlers throughout the Great Lakes. He’d earned all his wealth in trading by the turn of the century. He came and went for several years until, in his mid-thirties, he met and married a much younger woman, Amalya, and came back to the Island with her.”

Kirby sat back, drained his beer and continued. “The property was called Mariner’s Cove then. He spent two years with Island tradesmen rebuilding this house for his wife. To honor her, and before his return to the water, he commissioned a maritime woodcarver to create the figurehead of Amalya you saw yesterday on the tree marking the entrance.

He had the figure of Amalya mounted on the bow of his ship and apparently felt she was always with him in his travels. She died one summer, pregnant with their first child, shortly after his returning from his last trip of the season. He shut himself away in this house—a broken man, left forlorn and alone, to die years later of a broken heart as a recluse. It’s said he returns night after night trying to find his Amalya, his beloved.”

“But that’s just old folklore, Miss Emily, there’s nothing to it but made up stories from the past by gossips and romantics. This place has never been haunted—no one has ever said it was, anyway. Even though he was long dead, this property was held in Old Colin’s estate until your uncle bought it around 1955, I think. I suppose there is more you can find out at the Archives office in the Island library at the town offices, if you want. That’s about all I know and it ain’t much.”

Refusing a second beer, Kirby was off to finish his chores. “Thank you, Miss Emily,” Kirby said as he stood to leave.

Emily walked him to the door with Barkley in tow.

“Oh, there is one more thing” he added. “There is supposed to be a crypt on the property somewhere. I heard tell that Old Colin buried his Amalya in there and when he was dying, he crawled into it to die on her casket. Creepy, but no one’s ever found it to my knowledge—and between me and my dad, we’ve covered this property as caretakers for over fifty years.”

Emily extended her hand in gratitude for the information and company. “Thank you, Kirby. All of that is so very interesting. He must have been deeply in love with Amalya.”

Kirby, a middle-aged man, stood and shook Emily’s hand. He turned to leave, stopped and dropped his head as he hesitated at the bottom of the steps. A simple country man, this time was no different.

“Miss Emily…” He looked up at her rather sheepishly, and stuttered slightly, “Forgive me, Miss Emily, if I offend you. I have been a bachelor all my life and never had a way with women or much of a need for them. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I like ‘em well enough, but I never was able to pick the right words in their presence. If…if you don’t mind my saying…you look an awful lot like those paintings in the house of Miss Amalya.”

“Oh my word, Kirby, how you flatter me! It is purely a coincidence, I assure you.” Emily smiled, as she dismissed the compliment and waved good-bye at Kirby. As he left, she thought about the love shared between these two remarkable people, Colin and Amalya. Amalya and Colin.

She had forgotten to ask what became of the baby…

This is a story to savor. Ms. Wilson’s descriptions are
poetic and enthralling,
placing the reader in the midst of the story, and the
relaxed pace of the story does not lessen the power of suspense. Shrouded in
mystery, romance, and eroticism, “The Para-Portage of Emily” is a
treat for the senses,
a haunting indulgence. Despite hints throughout, the
ending still surprised me, and though satisfied,
I regretted the literary journey’s end. Highly recommended.
I look forward to more from this promising
series.
Muffy, author of erotic, romantic stories about love, sex, hope and passion, was born in San Antonio, Texas, to traditional parents. With two older brothers, she was the youngest, the family “princess,” indulged and pampered. She adored her older brothers, following them everywhere and was surrounded by love, stimulation, and pets. Her father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. The family lived in most points between Alaska and France. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and came of age in France. 
Returning from France with her family, Muffy finished high school in Northern California and attended the University of California, Davis, and majored in Business Management.
Muffy entered the work force, independent with a fierce  work ethic, and retired at 39 from IBM as a Mid-West Regional Director in the Real Estate and Construction Division. She and her husband moved to a small Island in northern Wisconsin where they owned a historic tavern, restaurant and resort business which they since have sold. They now live a charmed life by the water in SW Florida.
Muffy pretends to be a serious real estate business person but, in real life, indulges her private interest in writing sexy novels and sensual romantic literotica~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion.
I really enjoyed the Para-Portage of Emily… a skillfully
and imaginatively told tale of love, lost and found. Mysterious twists kept me
turning the pages until the end.
Love conquers all, AND it was hot!
Previously Published:
Secret Cravings, Oysters & Chocolate, Decadent Publishing, Ravenous Romance,
Yellow Silk Dreams
Coming Soon:
Moonbeams of Unintended Consequences ~ TBA Spring 2015
Cheerleaders in Heat ~ TBA Summer 2015
Other Novels and Contributions:
Should John Grisham and EL James have a secret love child,
she would no doubt pen legal thrillers with a luscious layer of the erotic.
They would name their child Muffy Wilson and send her to Stephen King for some
pointers in the paranormal.
Wilson, in the obliquely titled “The Para-Portage of Emily”,
interweaves these three diverse genres into a compelling, magic carpet of a
novel that takes Emily Macque from Chicago to a bitter island estate two
hundred miles north in the frozen sea. Emily is the striking junior partner in
her father’s law firm, her mission, to settle the probate on an estate, her
destiny to fall into the arms of Colin Jorgenson, a seaman haunted by a past
love that torments his life.
Intelligent, well-written, with fully fleshed out characters and a story with
more twists than a spiral staircase, “The Para-Portage of Emily” had
me gripped until the very last page.
~ By Chloe
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5 Drops Release Day Review for DAY AND KNIGHT by Dirk Greyson

Title: Day and Knight 
Author: Dirk Greyson
Genre: M/M Contemporary Mystery/Suspense Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 4th, 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
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As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for field work, and scuttling an attack gives his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!

Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.

But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.

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4.5 Drops #Review: A Barlow Lens by Elizabeth Noble & #GuestPost

Title: A Barlow Lens
Author: Elizabeth Noble 
Series: Circles Series, #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery/suspense, Romance
Release Date: January 14th, 2015
Length: 152 pages 
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While planning a future with his partner, Val, Wyatt’s past refuses to be forgotten. Wyatt’s old friend asks him to look into the mysterious death of her uncle in a fire back in 1927, when men were silent, tough, and did not love other men—except when they did. Working with Val, Wyatt digs up clues uncovering the truth behind the tragic school fire and the one responsible. The story of Tom and Philip slowly reveals itself, and Wyatt and Val realize nothing is as simple as they originally believed. As their trail heats up, an old enemy of Wyatt’s decides he’s waited long enough for revenge. If Wyatt can’t tie everything together, history might repeat itself.

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FIRE AND WATER by Andrew Grey, Guest Post and Excerpt

Title: Fire and Water 
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Release Date: December 15th, 2014
Length: 200 pages / Novel
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Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.

Overhearing one of the officer’s comment about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.

Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.

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Review: FIRE AND WATER by Andrew Grey

Title: Fire and Water 
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Release Date: December 15th, 2014
Length: 200 pages / Novel
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Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.

Overhearing one of the officer’s comment about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.

Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.

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FOXE FIRE by Haley Walsh

Young. Gay. Teaches High School. Solves Crimes. What’s Up With That?

Title: Foxe Fire
Author: Haley Walsh
Series: A Skyler Foxe Mystery, #4
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Mystery Romance
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Can out-and-proud high school teacher Skyler Foxe find the Redlands firebug before he falls prey to a killer?

High school English teacher Skyler Foxe is now out and proud, even though a few months ago he had no intention of being so. But since the cat is now out of the bag, he embraces it as well as his boyfriend, head football coach, Keith Fletcher. But who is that good-looking gay parent hanging around Keith, causing mischief at the school as well as in Skyler’s private life? And then someone from Skyler’s past returns, stirring up trouble. Add to that a firebug and suddenly everyone seems up to no good, especially when a smoldering corpse is found outside of the local gay bar. Skyler can’t help himself and he gets up to his old sleuthing tricks once more.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I’m an L.A. gal, born and bred. In fact I’ve lived all my life in southern California, inhaling smog and enduring earthquakes. I moved to the Inland Empire—an inland portion of socal that lacks a coastline and therefore seems to encourage the more religious and redneckky individuals. It’s part of the reason I write the Skyler Foxe series, to comment on the less tolerant in an otherwise fairly liberal state.

 

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

FOXE FIRE: Out-and-proud high school teacher Skyler Foxe worries about that good-looking gay parent hanging around his boyfriend. Add to that a firebug and a smoldering corpse and Skyler gets up to his old sleuthing tricks.

 

I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?

Prickly when rubbed the wrong way. Caution: Snark Ahead.

 

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

That’s a good question. Perhaps my protagonist Skyler would ask me why I make him do such stupid things, and I would counter that I used to be a twenty-five-year old and I well remember the stupid things I did. But I think he’d thank me for his love life. J

 

What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?

Since he’s a lot of me he would probably like hanging out with me, though I was never a party person like he is. But we would crack jokes back and forth, and I do approve of his reading list.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamor to be heard over the others?

Skyler, of course. As I said, he’s me in many ways, but I think he’s a lot braver than I am. He stands up for himself in ways I can’t even imagine doing, facing murderers and homophobes. And I have taught kids, and you really must love it to try to get through to those little bas— I mean eager young minds, because high school kids are the worst!

 

Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?

I outline my plots ahead of time so I pretty much know what’s going to happen. But as with any organic experience, the writing of it can veer you off of the outline. More things occur and you make a left turn here and there. That’s the fun part of writing; when a character you never heard of before walks in the door and suddenly you have to find a name for him and a backstory.

 

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

Well, as I said, I based a lot of Skyler’s personality traits on myself, though I’m not a man and I’m not gay. But the first three books are based on real events—no matter how outlandish they may seem—that happened at my son’s high school. Really!

How did you come up with the title?

All the titles are based on something to do with foxes. And the quotations in the front of the book, too. It’s fun coming up with them. I hope I don’t run out!

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message is always love, trust, acceptance, friendship will win the day. Bad things might happen in the books but I always want to leave the reader laughing and happier that they spent time with Skyler and friends.

 

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?jeri-on-a-camel

This is the newest book, FOXE FIRE. The next book in the series has Skyler and friends heading off to the White Party in Palm Springs and is called DESERT FOXE. And after that another novella of short vignettes about summer vacation, with one of the stories to feature his high school students. Then the series will just go on until I find a good place to end it.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

Finally a successful author, making a living at what I do. So many authors can’t do that. And with eleven books in two different genres, you’d think I’d be making a living by now, but I’m not. So I hope my hard work will finally pay off.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer print. It’s hard to read a digital book, even though I do it all the time while editing my own work. I don’t enjoy it. I enjoy the tactile nature of a book. And it’s funny, but I always print out the manuscript to edit it. I’ve read studies that prove that you retain more information by reading print rather than digital, so that comes as no surprise to me.

 

Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trade published?

Both.

I think it’s pretty tough trying to get noticed as a self-published author without having the ready audience from traditionally published books. I don’t recommend it to authors. I was traditionally published first with a big New York house for my medieval mysteries (www.JeriWesterson.com), and then traditionally published by MLR Press for the Skyler books. Once I established a fan base, I self-published a novella to go along with the Skyler books. And that was fun and interesting, but I still prefer that the mundane tasks (editing, formatting, proofreading, cover design) be handled by someone else. After all, I still have the lionshare of promotion to do myself.

With my medieval mysteries, they do it all, too, but I am self-pubbing a prequel in the spring just to see how that goes. I am also writing a new urban fantasy series (http://www.jeriwesterson.com/booke-of-the-hidden) that my agent is shopping now. This is a very tough business, and these genres (gay mysteries, historical mysteries) are very difficult to make a living with, so I really don’t recommend going it on your own until you are established. It’s so much harder to do. It took me over a decade to get published and I learned a lot about writing and the industry along the way. Writers who rush to publish are not learning what they need to learn, and I fear they are wasting their time and money.

What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?

If I knew the secret to that…

 

Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

I outline. It’s the only sure-fire method. I have three books to write a year in three different genres. I haven’t got time for writer’s block. But if you outline, even very loosely in a chapter by chapter outline, you at least know where you are headed each day. My minimum is writing 10 pages a day and that can take all day.

 

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

And no, it’s not the sex scenes. It’s the comedy scenes. When I make myself laugh out loud, I know I’ve got something.

Have you ever read a book more than once?

I used to all the time, but there are so many books on my TBR pile that I feel obligated to jump in with new stuff. But I used to never put down a book once I started, and now I fling them away. I’m a lot pickier. If you can’t interest me in the first few pages it isn’t worth my time. After all, as a writer, I have to do the same thing. I have to grab your interest in the first few pages. If I have to do the work, I expect other authors to do it too.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, don’t do it! Don’t do it expecting to make a lot of money. Don’t do it if you can’t take rejection. Rejection is your friend. It makes you work hard, discovering where you’ve failed. Don’t do it if you don’t want to put the time in. Don’t tell me you don’t have time to write. I wrote part time, working part time, and raising a toddler. If I had the time, you have the time. Writers write and they read. If you don’t like reading books, what makes you think what you write will be what others want to read? Writers read EVERYTHING. Not just books in the genres they write, but everything. Be curious. Write a lot. Edit out a lot. Kill your darlings. Read what’s successful and write what you love.

 

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?

Don’t give up.

 

Do you write under a pen name?

Haley Walsh is my pen name.

Cats or dogs?

Cats. They take care of themselves and they smell good.

 

White wine or red?

White with fish, red with meat.

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

 

Favourite food?

Toss up between lobster drenched in butter and a really good T-bone.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate.

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

My keys, a pen, money, and gum.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Laptop. Desktop for designing.

 

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

My home office. Hubby built the desk and shelves just for me.

 

 

One of your favourite quotes

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx

List 3 of your all time favourite books?

Just three? Because they are all series. The Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter series, Lord Peter Wimsey series.

Haley Walsh tried acting, but decided the actor’s life was not for her. Instead, she became a successful graphic designer in Los Angeles, her hometown. After twelve years of burning money in the ’80s and early ’90s, she retired from the graphics industry and turned her interests toward writing novels. She became a freelance newspaper reporter, wrote articles for quirky magazines, published award-winning short stories, and writes an acclaimed series of medieval mysteries (www.JeriWesterson.com). FOXE TAIL is her first m/m mystery, followed by FOXE HUNT and OUT-FOXED. FOXE DEN, a novella of Skyler and Friends holiday stories, was released last year. Be on the lookout for the next Skyler Foxe Mystery, FOXE FIRE, to be released soon. For more, see her website at www.SkylerFoxeMysteries.com. And don’t forget to friend her on Facebook.

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