Lynn Lorenz talks The Rougaroux Social Club series ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight, Interview, Local Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Lynn Lorenz for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from Loose Id, The Rougaroux Social Club series. Prism recently reviewed The Rougaroux Social Club series. You can find the review here.

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Interview:

1. We are here today to talk about The Rougaroux Social Club series. What can you tell us about it?

This series is so near and dear to my heart. I love my home state of Louisiana, the dirty politics, the muddy waters, the strange religious blends, and the weird characters. I’ve been writing novellas about New Orleans for a few years, and I’ve been writing werewolves, so what could be more perfect to combine them? I wanted to use the social and cultural aspects of south Louisiana and blend them into a gay romance series, because what’s hotter than werewolves? Gay werewolves!

2. Tell us more about the main characters?

Bayou Dreams has Scott and Ted – Scott Dupree is alpha and sheriff of St. Jerome. Ted Canedo is a PI from New Orleans. Ted is gay. Scott is not, but his wolf is. And his wolf wants Ted as his mate. Scott and Ted have to face down the entire pack so Scott can stay alpha and keep Ted as his mate. Big drama! Big heat! In Bayou’s End, we meet Peter, a young artist who’s been thrown out of his own pack for being gay. He comes to St. Jerome in book one, but leaves and returns after a traumatic experience searching for Ted to help him. Instead, he finds Billy, his mate. Billy is a deputy who’s been in the closet but recently came out. Things get bad and Billy has to arrest Peter for robbery. Billy is just what Peter needs, but if he’s in jail they can’t be mated. The third is Bayou Loup, former sheriff and alpha Bobby

In Bayou’s End, we meet Peter, a young artist who’s been thrown out of his own pack for being gay. He comes to St. Jerome in book one, but leaves and returns after a traumatic experience searching for Ted to help him. Instead, he finds Billy, his mate. Billy is a deputy who’s been in the closet but recently came out. Things get bad and Billy has to arrest Peter for robbery. Billy is just what Peter needs, but if he’s in jail they can’t be mated.

The third is Bayou Loup, former sheriff and alpha Bobby Cotteau has a big problem. He’s lost his wife and mate and he’s slowly dying. For years he thought his wolf was straight and he’s been faithful to his wife until her death. But he’s gay and decides to have a last fling with a gay lover he picks up at a bar. He meets Mark, a gay professor also on the prowl, and the sparks fly. Mark might be Bobby’s mate and they might be happy, if Mark wasn’t trying to destroy everything Bobby’s worked his whole life to keep safe – his pack.

Bayou Des Enfants returns to Scott and Ted, a year after they’ve moved in together. Things between them are in flux, as both Scott and Ted try to settle into their relationship. In an unfortunate turn of events, two of the packs’ boys are orphaned and Scott and Ted must take them in, or give them up to authorities – which would expose the pack. They hadn’t planned on kids and especially not these kids. Wreaking havoc like a hurricane through all of the books is Scott’s mother – Darlene Dupree, or Maman, as Scott and Ted call her. She’s quite a character and her “dislike” for the black cat that’s claimed Darlene as his owner, her meddling in everyone’s lives, and her love for south Louisiana’s brand of voodoo Catholicism has the town of St. Jerome in upheaval. From summoning Scott’s mate, to finding the tree ring Jesus, and to “praying” for kids for Scott and Ted, she’s always up to something.

3. What about The Rougaroux Social Club series makes you the most proud?

I love the way I’ve approached the blending of the culture with the idea of werewolves. In south Louisiana, they believe in the rougarou, voodoo, and Jesus. It’s the perfect combo to make a rich gumbo and the St Jerome is the perfect place to set my stories. Hiding the pack in plain sight tickles me – they’re Cajuns! Of course, they’d create a social club, an organization to do good in the area, host a festival celebrating the mythical rougarou, and use it to hold pack meetings. I love creating this town, the swamp around it, and the people who live there.

4. If you could change one thing in The Rougaroux Social Club series what would it be and why?

I’m not sure I would. I know a lot of readers wanted the artist from Bayou Dreams, Darcy, to get what’s coming to him, but I’m not sure life’s really like that. The bad don’t always get punished and their victims have to deal with it. Maybe I might take care of him in the next book, but I’m not sure.

5. This was set in the Louisiana bayou country and touches on the legend of the rougarou and voodoo practices. Where did you get your inspiration for this culture and setting? Did you have to do a lot of research?

I grew up in New Orleans and visited throughout the bayou country as a child when my father would drive my brother and I all over south Louisiana to fish for catfish, go crawfishing, and the never-ending search for great food. As a young woman, it wasn’t unusual for me to get in the car with my best friend and drive to Lafayette for lunch, or to whichever festival was happening, or just to find a spot and paint. Catholicism is so engrained in south Louisiana, it wasn’t unusual for me (not a Catholic) to attend mass with friends, do a novena, make the stations of the cross, or visit relatives graves on All Souls Day. I’d have to say my research was that I was born and raised there – absorbing all the history, culture, and flavors of the area through the crab boil seasoned water of a pot of crabs, shrimp, potatoes, and corn on the cob. It’s my home and I love all the quirkiness of life there. I completely believe a pack of werewolves could live in the swamp.

6. You took a chance in book two if this series with a bit of wolf/human mating. What made you decide to include this knowing that some readers may be put off by this concept?

Well, it’s not as if I was the first to do this – shifted sex. I understand some might not like it, but I think it’s hot and for these men, who are in love with another werewolf, I see it as part of their sexual palette. I’m sure, if they were real, they’d enjoy this form of sexual play. And there is a warning, I think. And it isn’t a very long scene – they can skip it. I hope the scene shows their relationship as both men and wolves, and that they desire and love each other no matter what form they take, human or wolf. All part of unconditional love.

7. You have also taken a chance by including some rather non-PC views on the LGBT culture. While this shows what currently exists in real life, were you ever afraid that some in the LGBT community might ridicule you for having characters who are afraid of what others think of them for being “wrong” or “bad”? Or was this your way of showing that the world needs to be better educated?

I’m pretty fearless when it comes to what I write. If it works for the character, I won’t shy away. I think my characters reflect real life. I had readers fuss about a gay villain in another book. I got flack for my bisexual character in No Good Deed, because he had sex with a woman, while struggling with his sexuality. The book was about this one man’s journey and finding the person he loved, whether male or female. LGBT people come in all types – heroes, villains, good and evil. Not everyone is brave enough to come out of the closet – it’s a struggle and a personal one – and no one should be forced out before they’re ready. I hope my characters are individual enough to allow readers to relate to them while reading a story of struggle and hope and self-realization wrapped in a romance. I never want to paint a group of people with a broad brush. Each of my characters have their own experiences, feelings, pasts, and presents and it’s up to me to give them their futures. Their happily ever afters.

8. Will there be more from this series?

Of course!! I love my Bayou Cajuns! The big mystery everyone keeps asking is “what’s going on with that black cat?” The next book might just answer that for readers. After that, I’m not sure. But if a plot pops into my head, I’ll be sure to write it down.

9. Tell us about some of your other titles.

Well, if you want more of my werewolves, you might want to try my WereWolf Fight League series. Short novels set in an alternate world where werewolves are bought and sold, trained to fight in cages, and must keep their mates by winning in the cage. The first two books are Tor and Ashland. If you can imagine a mash up of thoroughbred horseracing, dog fighting, roman gladiators set within a slave/master world, that’s the WWFL. These are much grittier and darker than my Bayou books, where I show some humor. In the cage, there are winners and losers and for some it’s life or death.

10. Rapid Fire Time

  • Morning or night? Morning
  • Any Tattoos or piercings? Pierced ears.
  • Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
  • Vodka or Tequila? Bourbon
  • Electronica or Jazz? Jazz – Dixieland
  • World of Warcraft or Everquest? What???
  • Love Story or Thriller? Romantic suspense or mystery
  • Porsche or Prius? Classic Mustang

11. What are you working on?

Right now I’m working on the third WWFL and the second Locke and Blade. What is next? I’m going to be re-releasing some of my earlier back list at much lower prices this month. I’ve re-edited them and added content in one of them. Look for No Good Deed, an IR gay romance set in a small town Texas. Dan Chan is a closeted bisexual Chinese-American police captain who’s been riding the middle of the road of his sexuality for years. Until he meets Mark – a damaged gay man who demands Dan chose a side. Another of my IR books is It Takes a Hero, the story former marine Lt Tony Richmond, an Iraq veteran who lost part of his leg and all of his will to live. Marcus Jamison has been hired to help Tony with his physical therapy, against Tony’s will. As much as Tony denies it, he longs to accept Marcus’ help, and his love, if Marcus is willing.

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Title: The Rougaroux Social Club series
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre/Sub-Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

About the Author:

Lynn Lorenz lives in Texas, where she’s a fan of all things Texan, like Longhorns, big hair, and cowboys in tight jeans. She’s never met a comma she didn’t like, and enjoys editing and brainstorming with other writers. Lynn spends most of her time writing about hot sex with even hotter heroes, plot twists, werewolves, and medieval swashbucklers. She’s currently at work on her latest book, making herself giggle and blush, and avoiding all the housework.
Find all her books at www.lynnlorenz.com

Buy Links:

Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
iTunes / iBooks
All Romance eBooks

Giveaway:

Lynn Lorenz has kindly offered I’ll be giving away a copy of an ebook of the selected winner’s choice from the Rougaroux Series when you sign up for my newsletter! Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bdFuJP

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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