Tyler Robbins talks Broken Neon ~ Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Tyler Robbins for taking the time to talk with us today. Don’t forget to check out our review of Broken Neon. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.


Title: Broken Neon
Author: Tyler Robbins
Publisher: Evernight


We are here today with author Tyler Robbins to talk about Broken Neon.  What can you tell our readers about it?

Broken Neon is a story about two men dealing with personal and family drama. One, the lead singer of his band, Triple Creek, is dealing with the backlash he expects should his fans and others within the country music industry ever discover that he’s gay. The other man is on the run trying to protect his disabled brother from his own drug-dealing ex-lover.

Tell us a little bit about Zane and Finn.

Zane and Finn are two talented musicians who are down to earth, country boys. They share a love of music, family and tradition that can only be matched by their love for each other.

Zane is a lead singer, tall dark and handsome. He’s charming and has a voice as smooth as glass. He spends more time wondering what other people think of him than he should, but he’s trying to overcome it.

Finn, on the other hand, is a little rougher around the edges and has lived hand to mouth most of his life. He’s always been the one to handle everything, and now all he wants is to follow his dreams and hopefully change his stars.

Together, these two make perfect sense whether they’re hidden away making love or on stage making music they share with the world.

What was your inspiration for this story?

I actually had two separate points of inspiration. One was a story line on a TV show called Nashville, and the other was an up and coming young singer named Steve Grand who just so happens to be gay. Their aren’t many “out” musicians in the country music industry, and if there are any out there, it’s a shame that they feel they need to hide that part of themselves in order to have their dreams become reality.

You touch on some heavy topics including drugs and their consequences. Did you have to conduct much research for this, or is this something that has touched you personally?

I have never dealt with an addiction myself, but early in my marriage, my late husband had a drinking problem. Had he not gotten help, our lives might have turned out much differently. I’ve seen the devastating effects of addiction from other sources and we hear about actors and singers who turn to drugs and/or alcohol as a means to cope. While Zane’s father took one path, Finn’s bother took another. Some may say both had tragic results, but I think Jack sees it differently now, and so did I.

Will we be seeing more from these characters in the sequel?

We will definitely hear more about Zane and Finn, but since the book is still in the process of being written, I have no idea if they’ll turn up in person. Only they know, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

If you could get one thing from a sex toy store without question, what would it be?

Hmmm. Definitely something with multiple speeds. ☺

How do you keep characters consistent through a story? Do you write out extensive character bibles?

I’m not very particular when it comes to writing. No elaborate story-boards, extensive outlines, set rituals or anything like that. I rarely take notes, and when I do, it’s mostly to keep descriptions straight. If there’s a question about the timeline, I’ll go back over it again and again to make sure everything falls where it’s supposed to. If I miss anything, I’m very fortunate to have fantastic beta readers and an excellent editor. None of whom let me get away with much.

What do you keep in your bedside table?

Inside? Let’s just say the contents of that drawer will only be known by a very reliable person who has been designated to empty it in the event of my unexpected death. Any more than that, my children have forbidden me from discussing publically, and I know it’s the one place in the house they never snoop. wink wink Come to think of it, I should probably start hiding Christmas and birthday gifts in there. They’d never dare to peek again. ☺

Rapid Fire Time:

  • Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
  • Morning or night? Night
  • Country or City? Country
  • Tea of Coffee? Both
  • Australia or England? England
  • Vodka or Tequila? Vodka
  • Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed in drawer
  • Electronica or Jazz? Jazz

What are you working on?  What is next?

The sequel to Broken Neon as well as book #2 in another M/M series.


Finn’s lids lowered to half-mast and his nostrils flared. His cheek flamed red, and the emotion boiling under his skin became nearly tangible. “I don’t want you involved with this. I have to leave. If I don’t…” Finn clenched his jaw as his eyes glistened in the dark.

“If you don’t what?”

His breathing accelerated. The veins running up and down his neck stuck out, and his entire body tensed. “If I don’t, I’ll only bring you trouble. That’s what the Presswood boys do best. We bring trouble.”

Zane inched closer. “I can handle any kind of trouble you got.” He slid his hand up the side of Finn’s neck and cupped his jaw. “Trust me.” He moved slow, so slow he thought he might never taste Finn’s lips again as he cautiously leaned in for a kiss.

Finn didn’t back away. He stood frozen, his body hard and rigid with his jaw ticking adamantly. His body said no, but as Zane stared deep into his lover’s eyes, he could see the burn. The heat he’d felt so many times. The same yearning that Zane himself had been overwhelmed by the last few weeks. That fire only Finn could make him feel was right there, glaring back at him, begging to be stoked.

He paused centimeters from Finn’s lips, and inhaled his unmistakable scent. “For fuck’s sake, say it.”

Finn’s bottom lip quivered, and his crushed expression made Zane’s heart ache. “I love you.”

As the words left Finn’s mouth, Zane inhaled them as though they were oxygen. He pressed his lips to Zane’s, gently parted them, then ventured in, slow and sure until Finn sucked his tongue in further, kissing him in return.

Finn hugged him close, his head shifting from side to side as their tongues tangled and swirled. He lowered one hand to Zane’s crotch and rubbed up and down, exciting Zane even more.

His cock throbbed when Finn dipped his hand inside his jeans. He scrambled to unfasten them, allowing Finn to have his way.

Finn pulled Zane’s cock from his boxers and immediately lowered to his knees. Finn’s warm, wet mouth felt like heaven as he licked, slurped, and suckled the crown. As Finn was slip-sliding his tongue up and down the shaft, Zane’s heart pounded.

He eased down onto the sofa, careful not to create a void between his cock and the confines of Finn’s luscious mouth. That probably wouldn’t have happened anyway with the way Finn gripped Zane’s cock at the base.

Zane thrust himself upward forcing his cock deeper, scraping the back of Finn’s throat. He watched, enthralled with the care Finn took sucking him off. His technique had purpose, and his grunts and moans indicated he enjoyed pleasuring Zane as much as Zane enjoyed being pleasured.

He combed his fingers through his lover’s hair. “Look at me, baby.”

Finn’s gaze drifted upward with his cheeks hollowed out, his lips glistening with Zane’s juices, and sounds of their heavy breaths surrounded them.

“So fucking beautiful.”

Finn titled his head to the side, eyes still locked onto Zane’s, and he wrapped his tongue up the length of Zane’s shaft. When he reached the tip, Finn rose up, crawling higher until his lips met Zane’s.

The kiss was wet and sweet as Zane tasted his own pre-cum.

Their bodies mashed together as they writhed on the narrow sofa. “My room.”

“No.” Finn shook his head. “I want you here. Now.”


Country music singer, Zane Alexander has struggled to keep his sexuality a secret, but hiding his attraction to their new guitarist, Finn Presswood, is damn near impossible.

On the run from a dangerous ex-lover, Finn has secrets of his own, but his feelings for Zane isn’t one of them.

When the new song they co-wrote leads to a recording contract with a major Nashville label, it becomes clear that their lives are about to change. Unfortunately, secrets are harder to hide in the limelight, so Zane fake-dating a famous supermodel whose career is on the line as well, seems like the best solution for everyone.

Their dreams are finally within their grasp until Finn’s past catches up, and no matter how much the two men love each other, happiness is never guaranteed.

If good intentions pave the road to hell, then broken neon paves the road to Nashville.

About the Author:

Robin Badillo and her pseudonym, Tyler Robbins, is a down to earth mother of four, born and raised in a small Texas town where she still resides with her nearly grown kids and a pack of spoiled dogs.

A fan of paranormal and southern romance novels, Robin does her best to offer up a plethora of tasty morsels to satisfy her reader’s appetite. Whether mainstream and/or paranormal erotic romance or Tyler’s LGBT romance line, Robin strives to create characters who are endearing and relatable.

Adversity is Robin’s motivation, which explains why she’s a true believer that grey hair is simply God’s graffiti.

Author Links:

Tyler Robbins Blog: http://tylerrobbins.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.tyler.robbins

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Robin_Badillo

Buy Links

Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks


Tyler Robbins has kindly offered a digital copy of Broken Neon to 1 lucky commenter

Contest will end 5 days from original posting date (or as stated on the Rafflecopter) at 8pm CDT. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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36 thoughts on “Tyler Robbins talks Broken Neon ~ Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway

  1. Tyler is a new author for me. The book sounds really good. It’s going on my TBR list. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  2. Loved the excerpt. 🙂 I always enjoy Tyler ‘ s writing and I love stories about musicians so I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I can’t even tell you how excited I am for a new Tyler Robbins. +D Literally, I think I could just dance around. In fact, I probably will. So excited.

  4. Oh thank you a nice new author and books to add to wish list, so thank you for a chance to win this book as I cannot wait to read this one now 🙂

    What a fun interview and a good way to find out more about the books inspiration and a bit more about the author. Thanks again for a chance to win this book.

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