Title: No Sacrifice
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
First and most importantly, thanks to Prism Book Alliance for giving me a chance to hang out today!
I was trying to figure out what to write when Brandilyn sent me her list of ten things ideas. Well, I couldn’t resist that and jumped right to narrowing down the list. I managed to get it down to five possibilities then made my husband pick one for me. The sweet man he is, he chose:
Ten favorite characters from your books
Well, initially, I thought, “oh, that’ll be easy!” And then I sat down to pick. I ended up listing most of the characters in my books. When I was done, I had some 57 characters. Now, obviously, not all of them were favorites, but as I started listing my favorites, I kept thinking of more. Then I was afraid I’d forget someone. So, I decided to write out most of them. I’m missing some on there (I have quite the cast in each of my books), but I managed to whittle it down.
So, without further ado (and these are in no particular order):
10) Rafe Jessen (current WIP, What About Now) – Rafe is the co-owner of WASD Games, once partner of Braden Kirk (the other MC), now split, though still very much in love. When I sat down to write What About Now, I had Braden in my head, and thought it would mostly be Braden’s story. But Rafe very quickly took over and the man has already made me cry!
9) Mark (upcoming story Healing, part of the Pandemus Chronicles) – I’d set out to write a fairly simple story about two men surviving the post-pandemic world. Instead, I found two very complex people, Mark more even than Duncan (the other MC), struggling through a lot more than mere survival. Mark’s past and his emotional mess surprised me with its depth and he still hasn’t quite let go of me yet.
8) Ghalib ibn Ahmed (Golden Collar, all) – Ghalib was another surprise. He was first introduced toward the end of Choices as someone to help Teman with bathing. I’d intended for him to be a way to draw out some of Teman’s thoughts and questions and in the process, he firmly wormed his way into my heart and mind. Before I knew it, he was poking me for more. He’s appeared in every Golden Collar story thus far and will probably show up in the rest somewhere along the way.
7) Marcy (No Sacrifice) – Marcy started out as a simple side character, but she’s quite a bit of a loudmouth (winces Sorry, Marcy, but you are!) and ended up with a lot going for her. She’s got a total Flo from Alice vibe going as the waitress in Chance’s favorite restaurant, as well as his friend. She becomes friend to both Chance and Patrick and provides wonderful lines and humor.
6) Bathasar ibn Mukesh (Golden Collar, all) – Bathasar turned out to be much more difficult to pin down than I originally thought. It was kind of funny—about a third of the way through the book, I woke up one morning, realizing he seemed a bit… well, too perfect. I couldn’t find his flaw. We had a stern talk before I got out of bed and discovered that his father had affected him a lot more than he’d originally let on. He remains probably my favorite main character (though Rafe is giving him a run for his money), but to be fair a part of that is because he reminds me a lot of my own husband, both as a husband/partner and as a Dominant.
5) Rhys Hadley (No Sacrifice and my WIP, No Regrets) – Rhys is another that surprised me a lot. I had expected to kind of just use him, be kind of mean to him and then that would be that. Ha! Didn’t work out quite that way (I really shouldn’t be surprised by that kind of thing, at this point). Instead, I found a man who had as much of his own confusion going on as that of my main character, Patrick. Rhys has been through a lot and had to figure most of it out on his own. He’s screwed up, done a lot to fix his mistakes, and still hasn’t quite got it all right. I ended up loving him instead.
4) Patrick Tearney (No Sacrifice and, to a lesser extent, my WIP, No Regrets) – Okay, I have to be completely honest here. Patrick Tearney is not the brightest bulb in the box. I do love his character, though. He has a very strong (if a bit warped) idea of right and wrong. He is a good father, a loyal friend and cares a lot. He, too, ended up much more complex than I thought he would be, even for a main character. I seem to have that happen a lot, though that’s not a bad thing. But he’s tugged at my heartstrings quite a bit more than I expected him to, and when he got his happy ending, I felt a sense of satisfaction that has made No Sacrifice surpass Choices as my favorite book, so far.
3) Salehi ibn Irfan (Golden Collar, all) – Salehi became, much more than I wanted him to be – the older mentor. More for Bathasar than Teman, but he had very distinct opinions on how things should be and though his hands were as tied as many others in Choices, he did everything he could. I knew before I was half way done with Choices that Salehi had a story I needed to tell, the minute I put him and Darius together in a scene. Their story is still to come and Salehi has some pretty serious faults, but the way he grabbed me from so early had landed him a space close to the top.
2) Avery Tearney (No Sacrifice, No Regrets) – I know that having kids in a romance (especially a m/m romance) isn’t the most popular thing in the world. But Patrick, a bisexual, originally married to a woman and a proud father, was who he was, which meant Avery was part of the story. At three-turning-four, he’s this little blond, curly-haired blue-eyed sweet monster. I’m afraid he stole the scene a few times with his antics and lines—especially toward the end ;)—but he was also one of my favorite things about No Sacrifice.
1) Sophia Sweet/Tom (No Sacrifice, No Regrets) – When I sat down to write Sophia’s Desert Palace, I have to admit, I was more than a little bit terrified. I have an amazing amount of respect for drag queens. They are a people who know, more than so many of us, exactly who they are. And the last thing I wanted to do was to screw that up or show them in a less than positive light. I love Sophia. I love her no-bullshit way of approaching things. I love how much she loves fiercely all those in her world. I love how she will tell you exactly where you are fucking up and make you happy about hearing it (well, mostly.). She, too, was something of an older mentor, and I think she handled it very well. And, in fact, my tagline from the book, “No one gets to live your life but you,” is a paraphrase from her.
Bonus: Asima (Teman’s mare in Choices and Deception) – I love writing animals into stories. I’ve always loved them, have had (probably too many) pets most of my life. I’ve written a few cats into a fanfiction from way back when but when I started in on Choices, I knew I’d include horses. Asima’s personality ended up being more than I meant it to be, but I loved giving her what I did. She had a bit of an attitude, but she also cared for Teman a lot and that came through. I drew a lot on the horse I used to ride at the stable near me years ago. He was named Punjab and had a major attitude, but we got to know each other and he came around. We had a lot of fun and Asima had quite a bit of him in her.
Thanks again to Prism for giving me some space today! I enjoyed examining my characters and what drew me to them as much as they did. For those who are familiar with me, which of my characters do you like? For those that write, do your characters surprise you as much as mine seem to? What makes a character stick out for you?
Patrick has taken his acting talents from high school all the way to a role in a major television show. But as the show progresses, his life of absolute certainties crumbles when he finds himself reacting to the kisses of his male costar. He refuses to accept it, reminding himself he’s married and a father—and thus, straight.
One night he goes to drink his worries away, meets Chance Dillon, and can’t take his eyes off the man. After having a little too much alcohol, he spills his problem to Chance, who helps him realize there’s something other than gay and straight. Patrick’s new understanding of his bisexual identity helps him sleep better—until the next day, when he discovers Chance is a sound technician on the same set.
As their friendship grows and Patrick’s marriage ends, he recognizes a possibility for much more with Chance. But Patrick isn’t ready to be out the way Chance has been for so long, and when the matter is taken out of Patrick’s hands, he pushes Chance away to spare him the mess Patrick’s life has become. By the time he realizes his mistake, it may be too late.
About the Author:
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
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