Eli Easton talks Blame it on The Mistletoe and A Prairie Dog’s Love Song ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight, Exclusive Giveaway, Interview

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Eli Easton for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from Dreamspinner Press, Blame it on The Mistletoe and A Prairie Dog’s Love Song. Prism recently reviewed Blame it on The Mistletoe and A Prairie Dog’s Love Song will be reviewed today. 

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Interview:

We are here today to talk about Blame it on the Mistletoe and A Prairie Dog’s Love Song.

What can you tell us about these titles?

Both titles came out Christmas of 2013. Blame it on the Mistletoe is a New Adult romantic comedy with two college housemates. Fielding was a sheltered child prodigy who hasn’t experienced much in life and he’s taken under the wing of Mick, an ex-footballer. When Fielding decides he needs to learn how to kiss, he won’t hear of anyone but Mick teaching him.

A Prairie Dog’s Love Song has a folksy feel to it, which I really like. It’s set in a small town in Montana. The drama ensues when a shy rancher, Joshua, realizes his best friend’s younger brother, Ben, has left town to go be a gay porn star in Vegas. Joshua sets out to bring him home.

Tell us more about Mick & Fielding and/or Ben & Joshua?

Mick and Fielding are a lot of fun. Fielding is a genius and he was a great character to write. He has a geeky determination and always gets his way. Mick is just an average guy, but he’s very loyal and likes to take care of Fielding. Joshua is a hunky rancher who says very little and works hard and Ben is a natural showman who is just trying to figure out who he really is.

What about these two titles makes you the most proud?

I think Mistletoe is probably my favorite story of any I’ve ever written. It just came out in a rush and has a simple ‘just rightness’ to it that is hard to repeat! Lol. I’m also proud that it did so well as a self-pubbed title. I love the folksy voice in Long Song and I’d like to write more stories like that.

If you could change one thing in either Mistletoe or Love Song what would it be and why?

Love Song could have been a longer story I think, and had the MCs be able to spend more time together on page. I had a sequel in mind but we’ll see if I ever get to write it!

Mistletoe was original a self published title, but was recently released on audio by Dreamspinner Press. How did that come about?

The story behind Blame it on the Mistletoe is a bit funny. Originally I submitted both Mistletoe and Love Song to the Dreamspinner advent calendar. They choose Love Song but didn’t’ have room to do anything with Mistletoe, so I decided not to wait another year to release it, but just self-pub it. It did very well (it’s my most successful Eli Easton book to date). So when I was at the Dreamspinner author con last year, and they were talking about doing Christmas audio books, I asked Elizabeth if they’d consider just doing an audio book of Mistletoe and they agreed. I love the audio book! (They also did one of Love Song, which is currently out.)

Will we be hearing more from either of these couples in the future?

I have a sequel to Love Song in mind. It would feature another couple, but Ben and Joshua would have some page time too. I’m not sure when I’ll get it in my schedule. Maybe Mick and Fielding will appear a short freebie.

Tell us about some of your other titles.

The other two books of mine that people have responded really well to is Superhero, which is an NA book, and The Mating of Michael. I have a series called Sex in Seattle, which is set around a sex clinic. The Mating of Michael is the 3rd book in that series and features the clinic’s gay sex surrogate and a write who was disabled by polio. I think that book has more angst than my usual, and people seemed to like that. Generally I tend to write smoopy and humorous.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Coke or Pepsi? Coke
  • Any Tattoos or piercings? No, but I have weird color in my hair
  • Music or TV/Movies? TV/Movies
  • Favorite Color? Orange
  • Fire or Ice? Fire
  • Sweet or Savory? Savory
  • Sweet or Sour? Sweet
  • Electronica or Jazz? Silence
  • Sausage or Hamburger? Hamburger
  • Vodka or Tequila? Beer.
  • Train or Plane? Train
  • Alone or At a Party? Alone
  • Australia or England? England
  • Country or City? Country
  • Tea of Coffee? Coffee
  • World of Warcraft or Everquest? Everquest
  • Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
  • Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed
  • Handcuffs or Rope? Lol. Neither
  • Beach or Mountains? .Mountains
  • Red or White? Red
  • Morning or night? Morning
  • Love Story or Thriller? Love story
  • Salty or Sugary? Sugary
  • Porsche or Prius? Prius

What are you working on? What is next?

I did a longer version of “The Lion and the Crow” for Dreamspinner and that is coming out in Jan/Feb 2015. There will be a gothika #3 (“Claws” – shifter stories) coming out around April. Currently I’m working on the first book in a new series called “How to Howl at the Moon”. It’s set in a small mountain town in California and it involves dog shifters. It’s humorous, so that’s a lot of fun to work on. That should come out in 2015.

Thanks for having me!

Eli Easton

Eli-Easton

Title: Blame it on The Mistletoe and A Prairie Dog’s Love Song
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published and Dreamspinner Press
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday

Blurb:

Blame it on the Mistletoe

A Christmas novella

When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.

It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the ‘best kisser on campus.’ Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn’t understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.

Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand they can always blame it on the mistletoe.

A Prairie Dog’s Love song

Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star—in porn—he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.

Joshua Braintree always had the notion that he and his best friend’s kid brother, Ben, would end up together. Ben’s always been a diehard cowboy, just like him: they need the land and its freedom as much as they need air. So when Joshua learns Ben moved away from their small Montana town to be a porn star in Vegas, he can hardly believe it. He’s determined to finally declare himself and bring Ben home.

Despite his longtime crush on Joshua, Ben won’t be as easy to tame as Joshua’s “lost cause” horses. It will take a lot of heart and holiday spirit for Joshua to convince Ben that even old prairie dogs can learn new tricks in the name of love.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.

About the Author:

Eli Easton has been at various times and under different names a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fanfiction writer, an organic farmer, and a profound sleeper. She is now happily embarking on yet another incarnation, this time as an m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tickled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows, and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.

Her website is http://www.elieaston.com.

Twitter is @EliEaston.

You can e-mail her at eli@elieaston.com.

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
iTunes / iBooks
All Romance eBooks

Giveaway:

Eli Easton has kindly offered $10 All Romance eBooks OmniBucks to 1 Lucky Commenter

Locally held contests will end 7 days from original posting date 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,

Brandilyn
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19 thoughts on “Eli Easton talks Blame it on The Mistletoe and A Prairie Dog’s Love Song ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight, Exclusive Giveaway, Interview

  1. I have these titles in my TBR list and I’m planning to read them before holidays start. Thanks for the giveaway, by the way!

  2. I’ve read all the Dreamspinner books and loved them, but somehow I missed Blame It On The Mistletoe, maybe because it was self-pubbed. I’ll need to go see if I can find it. I love all of my Eli Easton books. I can’t wait for the “coming soon” books. 🙂

  3. I have both of these books on my TBR list. And, I loved the original version of The Lion and the Crow. Excited to learn a longer version is forthcoming. Thanks for the interview and contest!

  4. I’ve rad both of these and really liked them. the Lion and The Crow was a big favourite of mine so will look out for the longer version!

  5. Wow, loved this! Blame it on the Mistletoe is THE BEST Christmas story ever! I loved finding out more about the person behind the title and I definitely need to buy Love Song very, very soon.

  6. Thanks for the post. I really enjoyed The Mating of Michael. It was such a different story. Thanks for a chance to win

  7. Thank you for an interesting post and I look forward to reading more about the characters in these books as I have not had the chance to read these books, they are on my wish, so thank you for the giveaway 🙂

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