Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Cardeno C for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from The Romance Authors, LLC, Home Series. Prism recently reviewed Home Series. You can find the review here.
1. We are here today to talk about The Home Series. What can you tell us about it?
CC: The way I like to describe the Home books is to say that after reading all seven novels, readers will be able to read a scene of the characters together at brunch and feel like they’re sitting at the table with friends. The stories are each free standing contemporaries with the fictional location of Emile City tying them together.
2. Tell us more about each of the boys of the Home series?
CC: Each Home book is about a different couple and the one thing they all have in common is a strong happily ever after. A short description of each book is:
He Completes Me: Aaron has waited years for a man who can share his heart and he insists it’s party boy Zach.
Home Again: Two men whose love has never faltered must relive their most treasured moments in order to secure their future.
Just What the Truth Is: If Ben wants to find love with Micah, he’ll have to own up to the truth of who he is.
Love at First Sight: David must find the courage to share himself and Jonathan must find the strength to tell the truth.
The One Who Saves Me: Boyfriends come and go but best friends are forever’ has always been Andrew and Caleb’s mantra. Can they be both?
Where He Ends and I Begin: For best friends Jake and Nate the question isn’t how they ended up in bed together but how they stay there.
Walk With Me: Serious, responsible Seth longs for sexy, outspoken Eli but must decide if he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan.
3. What about the Home series makes you the most proud?
CC: What I’m most proud of with regard to the Home books is that people have connected with the characters. I love hearing from readers that these books are their happy place and hold a spot on their re-read shelf.
4. If you could change one thing in each title in the Home series what would it be and why?
CC: Once I write a book, that story and those characters exist in that world and I never think about changing them. I recently edited all the Home books for the release of the 2nd editions and even with those files open, the changes I made were clean-up and fine-tuning, but not substantive. I did integrate the “bonus” chapters I’d previously written for each of the couples, but those weren’t changes so much as updates.
5. Can you talk a little about the inspiration for this series?
CC: My inspiration for the Home books is to write uplifting, happy stories about relatable gay characters. Even during early parts of a book when characters might be struggling, I want readers to feel good about their journey.
6. Will we be hearing more from these boys in the future?
CC: The Home books are all done but they live on in re-reads so readers can always hear from them that way.
7. Which title in the Home series is your favorite and why?
CC: I’m pretty sure choosing a favorite book in a collection is like picking a favorite child – I’m not supposed to do it! I think the book I’m most personally proud of is Just What the Truth Is because the character of Ben wasn’t easy to write and his journey was difficult to portray without getting overly melodramatic. I hope I did it justice. And Ben’s love interest Micah is the character I relate to most. With that said, Walk With Me was really fun to write, I laughed a lot, so I’m proud of that too. And the love between Jake and Nate in Where He Ends and I Begin hits my highest romantic buttons so as a romance writer, I’m very proud of it. Ultimately, I can come up with a favorite aspect of each book because I wouldn’t be able to spend as much time with the characters in my head if I didn’t love them.
8. If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate?
CC: I think of Jane Austen as the original romance writer. It’d be fun to chat with her.
9. Tell us about some of your other titles.
CC: My most recent release is a fun contemporary novella called Jumping In. It’s the perfect book for a night when there isn’t much time but a reader wants a shot of happy and sexy.
10. Rapid Fire Time
- Electronica or Jazz? CC: Electronica. (And I don’t know what that means, so this should tell you something about how much I enjoy jazz.)
- Vanilla or Chocolate? Vanilla
- Vodka or Tequila? Neither but if I have to choose, tequila in a margarita.
- Handcuffs or Rope? Rope (More versatile.)
- Country or City? City (I need my shows and restaurants.)
- Beach or Mountains? Mountains
- Tea or Coffee? Tea (But I love coffee too so this is an almost impossible choice to make.)
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed (into their own well-organized compartments).
11. What are you working on? What is next?
CC: My next release will be the first novel in a lion shifter collection. It’s called Johnnie and the collection is called Siphon. I expect to release it in March.
Title: Home Series
Author: Cardeno C
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
He Completes Me
Not even his mother’s funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to tone down his snark or think about settling down. He is who he is, and he refuses to change for anyone. When straight-laced, compassionate Aaron Paulson claims he’s falling for him, Zach is certain Aaron sees him as another project, one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. But Zach doesn’t need to be fixed and he refuses to be with someone who sees him as broken.
Patience is one of Aaron’s many virtues. He has waited years for a man who can share his heart and complete his life and he insists Zach is the one. Pride, fear, and old hurts wither in the wake of Aaron’s adoring loyalty, and as Zach reevaluates his perceptions of love and family, he finds himself tempted to believe in the impossible: a happily-ever-after.
Word Count: 94,711
Imposing, temperamental Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood is on the way. But when his one and only finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years.
Loyal, serious Clark Lehman built a life around the man who insisted from their first meeting that they were meant to be together. Now, years later, two men whose love has never faltered must relive their most treasured and most painful moments in order to recover lost memories and secure their future.
Word Count: 53,026
Just What the Truth Is
People-pleaser Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he has almost convinced himself he is straight, but his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, driven…and he assumes Ben is gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time, Ben doesn’t have the willpower to resist Micah’s affection.
When his relationship with Micah heats up, Ben realizes has a problem: his parents won’t tolerate a gay son and self-confident Micah isn’t the type to hide. If Ben wants to maintain his hold on his happiness, he’ll have to decide what’s important and own up to the truth of who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.
Word Count: 68,858
Love at First Sight
The moment naïve, optimistic Jonathan Doyle glimpses a gorgeous blue-eyed stranger from afar, he believes in love at first sight. Unfortunately, he loses sight of the man before they meet and then spends years desperately trying to find him. Just as he is about to give up, Jonathan gets a break and finally encounters David Miller face to face.
Successful, confident David turns Jonathan’s previously lonely life into a fairy tale, giving him more than he ever imagined. But the years spent searching were hard on Jonathan, and he’s terrified his young son and scandalous past will destroy his blossoming relationship. For David and Jonathan to build a future together, they’ll both have to dig deep: David for the courage to share himself in a way he’s never considered and Jonathan for the strength to tell the truth.
Word Count: 69,357
The One Who Saves Me
At fourteen, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences, learning and experimenting, and they talk each other through countless dates and breakups.
Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship, one that surpasses any relationship in their lives. But when the parameters of their unique friendship change, neither man knows how to break out of their established roles to build something new. After all, boyfriends come and go, but best friends are forever.
Word Count: 63,145
Where He Ends and I Begin
Aggressive, physical, and brave, Jake Owens is a small town football hero turned big city cop who passes his time with meaningless encounters believing he can’t have who he really wants: Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever. Thoughtful, quiet, and kind, Nate is a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and has never been able to shake his crush on loyal, courageous, straight Jake.
After a passionate night together, Nate realizes Jake isn’t as straight as he assumed, but he worries that what they shared was a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long. For Jake, the question isn’t how they ended up in bed together because he has always known that Nate holds his heart, it’s how he’ll convince Nate that he wants and needs to stay there.
Word Count: 82,569
Walk With Me
When Eli Block steps into his parents’ living room and sees his childhood crush sitting on the couch, he starts a shameless campaign to seduce the young rabbi. Unfortunately, Seth Cohen barely remembers Eli and he resolutely shuts down all his advances. As a tenuous and then binding friendship forms between the two men, Eli must find a way to move past his unrequited love while still keeping his best friend in his life. Not an easy feat when the same person occupies both roles.
Professional, proper Seth is shocked by Eli’s brashness, overt sexuality, and easy defiance of societal norms. But he’s also drawn to the happy, funny, light-filled man. As their friendship deepens over the years, Seth watches Eli mature into a man he admires and respects. When Seth finds himself longing for what Eli had so easily offered, he has to decide whether he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan to build a future with Eli.
Word count: 68,252
About the Author:
Blog: (Shared Blog) http://caferisque.blogspot.com/
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Bio: Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.
Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.
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