Prism Book Alliance would like to thank TM Smith for taking the time to talk with us today.
Title: The Cellar (an Opposites novella)
Author: TM Smith
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Genre/Sub-Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
It’s time to learn the truth about what happened that day in The Cellar.
Taryn and Thanos are the formidable Ambassadors of House Orion. Taryn was born into power, bred from birth to lead the people of Greece along with his sister Theresa, Thanos was never a part of his mother’s plan. The son of a fisherman was not a suitable match for the son of Greece as far as their mother was concerned, but Taryn always takes what he wants.
The Cellar is the story of how these two men met and fell in love, and what lengths Taryn went to, to ensure he kept his man. This novella also contains a more detailed accounting of what happened the night Raven and Tanis went for a walk on the beach, and the adult version of Mistletoe and Mayhem that was initially released as a free short through goodreads.
The Cellar is the second novella in the Opposites series, the series should be read in order.
We are here today to talk about The Cellar. What can you tell us about it?
The Cellar is a novella in my series, Opposites, that follows the story of my father’s from House Orion, Taryn and Thanos. The short story is made up of scenes that were either cut short or deleted from Appearances for those fans that want to know more about the big, brooding dads from Greece.
Tell us more about Taryn and Thanos.
Taryn and Thanos are the formidable Ambassadors of House Orion, the house of Greece. Taryn and his sister Theresa were born and breed to be rulers, but Thanos, not so much. The son of a fisherman was the last choice of Taryn’s mom to be her son’s partner. But when Taryn sees something he wants, he goes after it no holds barred.
Neither of them are much into PDA, but their love is unwavering and strong. You get to see a little bit of PDA and a lot of vulnerability from these two in The Cellar, which I think will just make fans of the series like these two even more.
The Cellar is a novella in the Opposites world. Can it be read standalone? What else is in store for this world?
I wouldn’t recommend reading any of the books in this world as a stand alone. Opposites is written as a long, flowing story that is broken down, a lot like the Lord of The Rings books. If you don’t start at the beginning you will be utterly confused by what is happening in the story you are reading.
As it is right now I have 4 books and 4 novellas planned for this series.
- Opposites/ The Library
- Appearances/ The Cellar
- Maddness/ Outkast
- Happiness/ TBD
What was your inspiration for this story and for the Opposites world?
The Cellar is meant to be a little insight into the father’s story, as The Library was for the father’s of House Gaeland. Outkast will be about Sawyer and Cillian, and then the 4th novella will be for the father’s of House Devi.
My inspiration comes from a love of M/M books, dystopian stories and an idea bred from the idiocy that plagues society today as a whole. I wanted to write something that was opposite of what we see surrounding us today. So the norm in my world is being gay or lesbian. To be straight labels you an opposite, makes you the outkast. I may be a straight woman, but I am far from narrow and I thought it was high time that someone show all the haters what our world would be like if the shoe was on the other foot, so to speak.
What book do you keep by your bed?
My kindle, so that is a loaded question, just like my kindle!
What’s the most difficult thing about writing a good short story?
Trying to get your point across to the reader with far fewer words at your disposal.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
You have to have thick skin. If you wear your heart on your sleeve and are easily offended, you might have chosen the wrong path. People are cruel, for every person that loves your work, praises your work, there is that one that is absolutely hateful and vile. You have to be able to let it slide off, like water off a ducks back. You can’t please everyone, so at the end of the day, just be sure you are happy with yourself. That is all that matters!
Rapid Fire Time
- Coke or Pepsi? Neither, Ginger Ale and Dr. Pepper.
- Salty or Sugary? Salty.
- Fire or Ice? Fire, I hate being cold.
- Alone or At a Party? I can do both, but I enjoy the solace of sitting alone in my room writing, listening to music. I’m far from anti social, but I enjoy a nice, quiet day.
- Tea of Coffee? COFFEE
- Morning or night? Night, morning suck!
- Handcuffs or Rope? I can’t have both?!
- World of Warcraft or Everquest? Neither, I’m not an online gamer. Actually, I’m not a gamer. But my kids all love WOW
What are you working on? What is next?
Up next is book 3, Maddness. I already have a storyline mapped out in my head, but things sometimes change once I start writing so we shall see. I will say that all the major players from all the houses will be introduced into this story.
I’m also toying with a couple of stand alone stories, one is about Angels and the other is about the term ‘Gay for Pay’.
Thank you to Brandilyn and everyone else over at PBA for hosting me today, I hope everyone will grab their copy of The Cellar and enjoy this intimate look into the lives of Taryn and Thanos!
About the Author:
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee!
At 42 years young, she’s decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of “author” to her list of accomplishments that includes single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Smith is and outspoken advocate for Autism and equal rights for the LGBTQ community.
Her Opposites series is based outside the normal parameters of social acceptability, examining a ‘what if’… What If to be gay or lesbian were the norm? What if to be straight labeled you as an Opposite and made YOU the Outkast?
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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