Prism Book Alliance would like to thank JK Hogan for taking the time to talk with us today. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Title: Love and the Real Boy (Coming About, Book 2)
Author: JK Hogan
Publisher: Wilde City
Cover Artist: JK Hogan (KHDGraphics.com)
The Editing Room Floor:
Honestly, I’ve been very lucky in that I haven’t had to cut any scenes since I’ve been working with Wilde City Press. Occasionally we have to rework or clarify some things, but I’ve been able to keep all of the major events within my plots.
The only book I really had to cut up was my very first one (m/f paranormal). I’d won a contract by entering the manuscript in a romance writing contest. The publisher was rather conservative, and they wanted to keep me from tipping over into the erotic romance/romantica genre. So I had to de-spice some of my love scenes and take out a rather steamy shower scene—pun intended. I was still proud of the finished product, but I definitely learned to stand my ground and take creative control.
Since I’ve been writing m/m romance for Wilde City, I’ve had the least-painful(ha!) editing experience of my career. My editor Val seems to understand the vision I have for each story and is very respectful of it. It makes it easy to fine tune things into the best book we possibly can.
That said, my favorite scenes tend to be the funny ones, so I’ll name one from each of my WC titles. In I Survived Seattle, I love the “creatures” scene: Justice gets more than he bargained for when he orders a bowl of chowder in Seattle—so not the same as the chowder you’d order here in the South where he’s from. In Love and the Real Boy, my favorite is the rugby scene: Rich gets thrown into the middle of a barefoot rugby scrum with a big, loud Irish family, and two brothers who are bent on drawing blood from each other. Wanna know more? Read the books. Go ahead, we’ll wait. taps foot
Just kidding! But I do hope you pick them up and enjoy them. If you happen upon those scenes, drop me a line and let me know what you think!
Rich forced himself to relax. Why shouldn’t he give his brain a little mini-vacay? He was of a stressful nature—he had to constantly stress over work, over making enough money to keep himself in suits and expensive toys to remind himself he wasn’t homeless anymore, that he wasn’t going to end up like his mother. He stressed over the wrong people finding out he was gay, while stressing that he might just go mad from lack of companionship—and that was just the tip of the crazy-berg.
Underneath it all sat his pent-up grief, anger, and guilt from his stolen childhood, cowering like a beast in the dark, a sleeping monster. That was Rich’s biggest, most constant fear—that one day he would no longer be able to contain it. What would happen then? Would he lose his mind?
So all things considered, why shouldn’t he just let it go for one night? What was wrong with letting a big, burly Irishman take him in hand—heh—and drive the boat for a while.
Categories per the author: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Prism recently reviewed Love and the Real Boy (Coming About, Book 2). You can find the review here.
How much heartache can one man take before he breaks? Rich Langston asks himself that question every day.
A Seattle advertising exec who uses his designer suit and showy car like a suit of armor, Rich refuses to let the world get to him. His traumatic childhood has ruined any faith he had in people, friendship, and love. After a meltdown that led to him alienating everyone in his life, Rich agrees to help with the restoration of an antique sailboat as a form of penance.
Roped into heading up with the boat repair by his mother, marine restorer Patrick O’Dowd finds himself having to babysit a moody, spoiled rich boy with absolutely no carpentry experience. His easy-going nature is sorely tested, but he quickly realizes that things are not always what they seem; sometimes a fancy suit is nothing but an elaborate deflection from what’s real.
Through unavoidable personality clashes and fierce attraction, both Rich and Patrick explore their hidden pain and inner demons, and they end up finding with what really matters—love.
About the Author:
J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit www.jkhogan.com.
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