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Title: Meant for HIm
Author: DH Starr
Publisher: Ai Press
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Prism recently reviewed Meant for HIm. You can find the review here.
Another hot guy from Greenwich Village is about to meet his match. That is, if he doesn’t mess things up…this time. After the failure of his relationship with Jeremy, Andrew Jamieson threw himself into a routine his high powered job on Wall Street and workouts. After two years, however, he is unable to quell the longing in his heart for that special someone. Feeling hopeless, Andrew resigns himself to life of work and living alone in his pent house apartment. That is, until he’s fixed up with Peter, the local bartender in Jeremy’s favorite watering hole in the East Village. Peter is hot, sweet, sensitive and…masterful. Peter brings out a side of Andrew he never knew he had. And he can’t get enough. However, the same difficulties Andrew had with Jeremy threaten to rear up and ruin his chances with Peter. Will Andrew love Peter enough to let himself have the one guy in the world who could be meant for him?
We are here to talk about Meant for Him. What can you tell us about it?
Meant For Him follows the story of Andrew Jamieson and Peter Somers. We first meet Andrew in the book Meant For Each Other which is about two childhood friends, Craig and Jeremy, who are separated at age fifteen and reunite in New York City. When they do, they are both in failing relationships. Andrew is Jeremy’s ex-boyfriend. While Craig’s partner, Robert, was pure evil, Andrew is a decent guy. He and Jeremy had simply grown apart, their goals and desires having moved in different directions.
In Meant For Him we dig deeper into Andrew’s life, seeing how he’s isolated himself, living with guilt and insecurity after the demise of his relationship with Jeremy. He questions whether his desire for a monetarily more satisfying lifestyle and the consequent pressures he placed on Jeremy were a basic personality flaw within himself. When he meets Peter, a bartender in the East Village, he’s immediately attracted, but old scars are exposed and he worries he’ll do the same thing to Peter that drove the wedge between him and Jeremy.
Jeremy went to business school, but when it came time for him to put the degree to use, he froze, a lack of confidence preventing him from following his dreams. Friends and family encouraged him to go the corporate route, but Peter didn’t want that. He wanted to open his own business. When he found success and comfort in bartending, he fell into a rut and convinced himself he was happy in his popularity in the neighborhood and satisfied living a sparse lifestyle What Meant For Him explores is how both Andrew and Peter have parts of themselves they’ve suppressed for various reasons. When they meet, buried desires resurface. Each brings out a side to the other they were only marginally aware of and as they experience each other, they learn new things about themselves, seeing a path towards self-love and a deep love of another person.
In the end, the story is about self-discovery, self-forgiveness for past mistakes, finding balance, and accepting love.
Tell us more about Andrew, Peter, and Jeremy (the ex)
Andrew and Peter are described above. A little history of Jeremy will help the reader better understand Andrew. Jeremy is an educator. He teaches in a private school and makes a reasonable, although small salary. When Andrew started to climb the corporate ladder of Goldman Sachs, Jeremy began to feel the pressure. Andrew wanted him to make more of himself. To get his administrative degree and become a principal or to start his own school. To make more money so the two of them could live the lifestyle Andrew desired. Jeremy held fast to his convictions. This difference in goals between Andrew and Jeremy ultimately led to the dissolution of their relationship.
Even though the relationship ended, Jeremy remained friends with Andrew and, after two years of watching Andrew beat himself up for having pushed Jeremy away, decides to try to set him up with a guy he things would be good for Andrew…Peter. He knows Andrew can become too focused and believes Peter has the personality to draw Andrew out. He hoped Peter will be able to shake Andrew out of his rut and bring him happiness.
How do you keep characters consistent through a story? Do you write out extensive character bibles?
This is a question I’ve been discussing a lot with authors lately. What’s the process? Do you map the whole story out first or do you just write and then go back. I’ve gone both routes and more often than not, when I simply write the flow is more natural. The characters can simply live on the page without me nudging them. Once the story is out, I have to go back and re-read the entire manuscript, adding new events and twists that arise, but that’s part of the fun. When I’ve plotted out stories in advance, I’ve had less editing to do once the draft was complete and the characters still developed minds of their own, but I prefer to just start writing and watch my characters like I’m watching a movie. I get so involved with them that the consistencies emerge naturally. Although I do keep a list of character names, who they’re connected to, and physical attributes for reference in order to maintain accuracy in my descriptions. Eye and hair color are the toughest things to remember. Maybe I should post a picture next to my computer just to have their images constantly present while I write. Who wouldn’t want to have two hot dudes to look at while writing romance?
You lock three M/M authors in a room and drop in one item. Who are the authors, what is the item, and what happens?
That’s an easy one. Eden Winters, myself, and Ally Blue. Drop in a horror movie with a sci-fi element. We’d buy food (or more likely I’d cook dinner). They’d find some hottie to uncork a bottle of wine, and then we’d unfold a couch-bed and snuggle together to watch the movie. We have an annual get-together in Asheville. Plot-bunnies fly like hot cakes there.
What book do you keep by your bed?
I keep my kinds with me. Right now I’m reading Nikki McCOy’s Son of Death. I recently read Ally Blue’s Hell on Earth and next on my list is Dan Skinner’s Bible Boys. Other books on my tbr are Jamie Lake’s Marked For Love, and Sloan Parker’s Take Me Home
Is there a genre of story (like fantasy or BDSM) that you haven’t written but would like to try?
I love sci-fi and have a plot-bunny for a story. Paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi are my favorite genre because I can escape to a world which sparks my imagination. What if…What if I could meet a vampire for real? What if I could shape shift? Which animal would I be? If I had a magic power, which one would I want? I love fantasizing about these sorts of things. Needless to say, series like Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Secret Circle are favs of mine.
Rapid Fire Time
- Any Tattoos or piercings? Tattoos I have one on my leg. People ask what it is and I tell them they have to guess before I’ll tell. I made it purposefully generic enough so people’s interpretations can be correct. The permanent mark on my body is an inclusive mark, letting others connect to it if they want to.
- Fire or Ice? Fire: I don’t do cold.
- Porsche or Prius? Honestly, Prius. I’ve never been one for show.
- Morning or night? Total night owl here. Getting out of bed in the morning sucks.
- Sweet or Sour? Sweet. And if it’s a combination of chocolate and caramel, even better.
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed, c’mon, who has time to put those things away?
- Electronica or Jazz? Electronica: one day I intend on taking a class on mixing. Howie Day when he uses a mixing board in live concerts is like a god to me.
- Sausage or Hamburger? Hamburger for eating. Sausage for…
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m almost done drafting the third book of the Wrestling With series.
My first book, Wrestling With Desire was a joy to write, although I cringe when I read it seeing some of the rookie mistakes I made back then. Autonomous body parts (His eyes scanned my body would indicate the eyes themselves were doing something as opposed to the person who owns the eyes doing the action). Generic words (was, felt, walked), and telling in places instead of showing. Still, the story is a young adult, genuine, and sweet. In this book Derek and Scott meet, find love in each other, and through their common interest in wrestling, form a powerful bond.
The second book, Wrestling With Love was a definite improvement on the first. Derek and Scott start college and are finally adults so this one makes the shift from young adult to contemporary erotic romance. In this book sexual awakening is explored. Derek is all about living out loud and proud while Scott remains more reserved about sharing his sexuality with everyone under the sun. This difference creates some tension and each ends up facing their own challenges based on the extremity of their choice to live out loud or to maintain privacy.
In this third installment, Wrestling Within, Derek and Scott are both living openly as a couple. The first two books followed Derek a bit more than Scott as he came out and dealt with learning to live with appropriate balance in his life. This book follows Scott a bit more, digging into his history (which we’ve learned in the previous books – and which is shared in this book as well). We watch him struggle with his despite for stability and unconditional love. His life trained him to doubt such things could be permanent. It’s Derek’s turn to be more of the rock as Scott wrestles with his own inner demons.
Honestly, I love these guys. When Wrestling With Desire is out of contract I’ll go back, rework the story to fix it, addressing the mistakes I made back then, but even so, I would be thrilled if you were interested in following Derek and Scott’s journey. They really are very sweet and hot.
About the Author:
D.H. Starr is a product of the 80s who should have grown up in the 60s and wishes he could travel through time to visit the Ancient Romans and Greeks so he could wear togas and be considered in-style. He loves to torment his characters before giving them their happy ending, enjoying the way they struggle and change from beginning to end. On his off-time, he can be found parading naked through the woods, searching for mystical creatures who he swears do exist. Once he finds the portal to their world that will be the last you see of him. His favorite quote comes from the musical Rent, “No day but today” and he loves the song Seasons of Love because its message is so true.
DH Starr has kindly offered and eCopy of Meant for Him and Meant for Each Other (prequel) for 1 lucky commenter
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