Mari Evans talks Trusting Love ~ Interview, Giveaway, Rafflecopter

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Mari Evans for taking the time to talk with us today. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.


Title: Trusting Love
Author: Mari Evans
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond


Mari Evans is joining us to talk about her first published book, Trusting Love.  What Can you tell us about it?

Hi, it’s nice to be here and chat about my book. What can I tell you about it? Well, first of all that it’s about Laurie and Sam who are quite a bit apart in age, but that’s actually not their biggest problem. The biggest challenge for them is to learn to trust each other and the feelings they have. Especially Sam has a hard time with this. For Laurie it’s more to do with learning how to trust his own opinion, worth and Sam’s love for him.

How did you get started writing?

I started writing when I finally had so many ideas flying around in my brain that I had to get at least one down on paper. That was not a m/m story by the way. I hadn’t even discovered the m/m genre yet.

I noticed that, even though it takes me a long time to get something down because of the language––English isn’t my first language–– I could get things across pretty well. So I kept doing it!

What do you wish you had known before becoming published?

How to market and promote. It’s kind of overwhelming me how intense it feels to put the story out there and try to tell people how great it is, yet you have no idea if readers will even like it.

Plus, you have to get out there on blogs and other social media sites. I have a wonderful friend who offered to help me out with this. Thanks Dani, you rock.

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

Ha ha, that’s an interesting and funny question. A hard one too, because there is so much to chose from. I like vibrators, leather handcuffs, or maybe some kind of special massage oil… Hmmmm, I think I’ll go for the cuffs.

If you could breed a character who was a love child of three different media icons, who would you choose?

Media Icons? That’s a hard one, I don’t watch a lot of tv these days. I’d probably go for Jason Mraz, hoping the kid gets his amazing voice. Obama for his courage and sense of rightness and some kind of hot movie star for his looks…or her of course.

What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?

The group of readers is smaller and more connected. You get a lot of responses and even form close friendships. A lot of authors gave me advice and cheered me on during the writing process. It’s more intense though, when you do get reactions, they feel a lot more personal.

For the writing itself, I just love the m/m scene. The problems are more about coming out and getting accepted. And that is on top of the same stuff straight people have with finding someone to love. Writing about it feels more rewarding, even though only a small percentage of readers is actually gay.

Who are your literary heroes outside of the m/m genre and why?

All the characters from Harry Potter. Why? Ask any HP fan and they’ll tell you why. They are awesome, the world that is created is so well thought out. I’m just a fan, period.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Handcuffs or Rope? Handcuffs!
  • Any Tattoos or piercings? I have a tattoo so I should probably say that, but I do love some piercings. Not all of them, but some are sexy
  • Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Folded
  • Electronica or Jazz? Jazz
  • Favorite Color? Purple
  • Country or City? Country
  • Music or TV/Movies? BOTH!!!
  • Train or Plane? Train

What Are You Working on? What’s Next?

I’m working on a series with Violet Joicey-Cowen. It’s about a village in England, and the one thing they all have in common is that there is always one item from a thrift shop/pawn shop there. Or the people that work there.

My other WIP is a fantasy/historical thing I just started and it’s too soon to say anything about it.

Thank you so much for having me here. I hope you’ll enjoys Laurie and Sam’s story.


Laurie Stallon isn’t like other high schoolers. After suffering years of abuse at his father’s hands, he now lives in a foster care facility and finds solace volunteering at the local animal shelter. Laurie’s had to grow up fast, and even though his eighteenth birthday is still weeks away, he’s more adult than most adults he knows. When he meets Dr. Sam Davies, the new shelter veterinarian, the attraction is instant. They become friends at work, but Laurie knows Sam will never go for someone like him. No matter how Laurie tries to prove his maturity to Sam, Sam continues to reject him as too young.

Needing a distraction, Laurie goes out dancing for his birthday and finds his life in danger yet again. When Sam is called to the hospital, he realizes Laurie needs someone to care for him. Sam takes him home, and they slowly build a relationship. But more than their age difference works against them. Facing the disapproval of friends and the scars from Laurie’s past, they’ll need to put all their trust in love for a chance at a future together.

About the Author:

Mari Evans is a wife and the proud mother of a very active daughter, two dogs and two cats. She’s a very social kind of girl, who loves to talk. It’s both her best and worst quality.
From the moment she could read, she devoured books. Anything goes, as long as it has a happy ending.

There were always stories swirling around in her head and as a child she liked to lay in bed and let the characters have their story and happy ending. It wasn’t until 2013 that she actually tried to put one of the whole stories down and submit it to a publisher. To her own surprise and excitement it was accepted. This gave her the drive to keep going.

The decision to write m/m was made when a friend told a story about a young gay man that struck a chord, even as her husband had already encouraged her to try it earlier.
Now she found her passion, having already found the love in her family and friends, her life is completely chaotic, crazy but wonderful.

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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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