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Title: King of Rain
Author: Michele Fogal
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
A West Coast Boys Novel
Being uber-tall and broad made it easy for Logan to hide his sexuality and vulnerability behind armor made of strength, ambition, and emotional detachment. His mask of macho success was shattered when he discovered the friend he’s carried a secret torch for has a boyfriend, and everything he’s always wanted now belongs to someone else. Logan can’t pretend not to care anymore, as his rage erupts in a horrible act of revenge. It’s impossible to hide his demons, now that they’ve broken loose.
Since losing his sweet boyfriend, Jeremy’s loud and proud life of sex parties and clubbing feels empty. When he meets the dark and self-destructive Logan, Jeremy recognizes the demons he sees in Logan’s eyes. After all, he has plenty of his own.
Logan isn’t looking for love, he’s looking for punishment and release, but with Jeremy all three seem momentarily possible… until he learns his victim was Jeremy’s lost love. Logan doesn’t expect forgiveness and knows he doesn’t deserve a real life, but after a taste of intimate closeness, finding salvation alone will mean he has to change, or die trying.
Prism recently reviewed King of Rain. You can find the review here.
We are here today to talk about King of Rain. What can you tell us about it?
King of Rain is book 2 in my West Coast Boys series, but it’s a spin-off so you don’t have to read book 1 first. It’s about two young men who both have a hard time letting people get close to them, but they armor themselves up in different ways.
The West Coast elements that the series focuses on are 1. Urban technology as a part of everyday life and 2. Wilderness access. Here on the West Coast, we have both and they both contribute to a diverse open-minded culture.
Tell us more about Logan and Jeremy.
Logan protects himself by being the best at sports and school and by looking down his nose at anyone that might tip him off balance. Years of secretly loving his best friend have left him bleeding on the inside, with no way to heal.
Jeremy decided to gorge himself at the all-you-can-eat buffet of Vancouver’s gay neighbourhood. He’s a party boy with his very own group of orgy regulars, but his last break up has left him raw and disinterested in the usual routine of hunt, pounce, fuck.
What about King of Rain makes you the most proud?
I’m proud of humans. I’m proud of both of these humans (that’s what they are to, as well as beloved friends). Both guys are carrying damage and they work and struggle to heal themselves and each other. We have such amazing capacity to learn and grow and it’s so inspiring to remember that redemption is a very real, very common human story.
As we ended King of Snowflakes, Logan was a pretty reprehensible character. Can you talk about how you turned him into a sympathetic main character?
Well, that’s the funny part: I didn’t. I wrote him as the bad guy in book 1 because that’s how he appeared, but he wouldn’t leave me alone. He kept flashing into my mind and letting me know that I’d only scratched the surface of who he was. The more I uncovered about him, the more I cared about him. Basically, he showed me who he was under all that asshole exterior and I couldn’t help but write him a love story. I know, writers are weird.
Jeremy also wasn’t a reader’s favorite person as Snowflakes ended. Can you talk to us a bit about his relationship with Skyler?
Jeremy and Skyler dated for about 6 months and book 1 starts after their break up. We get to see the crushing effects of it for Skyler in King of Snowflakes, but Jeremy (from the outside) looks unaffected. It was his cheating that drove the nails into that coffin in the first place! But then, things are never simple, are they? It’s not until Jeremy gets utterly rejected on a personal level that he takes a good hard look at himself. That’s where King of Rain begins.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Don’t waste time on doubt! Keep writing, keep exploring the story and the craft and skip the wallowing around feeling like an imposter or a loser or a naked freak who might get arrested. Ok, maybe that’s just me. Anyway, the world needs more stories! They help us on so many really important levels and if you (foolishly) feel inclined or compelled to make them, the world is indebted to you. Ignore anyone who says otherwise.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m reading Amy Lane’s “Black John” and feeling so grateful for her generous storytelling pace and detail. Most romances don’t venture into the 200s in page count and I’m so so glad she did on this one.
Next on my list? Jacob Z Flores’s “Please Remember Me” which I’m excited about because I haven’t read any of his yet, and KJ Charles’s “Jackdaw” which I’m actually getting goose bumps about because I’ve read EVERYthing of hers and she’s frigging fantastic.
Rapid Fire Time
- first pet and name? – Rat named Priscilla
- hat or no hat? – Only when my hair is already beyond help!
- Starbucks or small cafe? – Small café!
- Love Story or Thriller? – Love story for sure – I’m addicted!
- Coke or Pepsi? – Uhh, coke but only with rum.
- Pasta or potatoes? – Or? No, no, both! Carbs are where I live.
- Boxers or Briefs? – Ummm… like to wear or… both?
- Hunger Games or Divergent? – I’ll have to say HG as I haven’t read Divergent yet. I know, sad. It’s even on my bookshelf. But I don’t think there are any gay characters in it, or I would have gobbled it up by now.
- Dogs or Cats? – Both and neither. I can’t keep one more thing alive, but I love them both.
- Summer or Winter? – Summer!
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m working on more West Coast Boys stories, but also a Gay Victorian Fantasy mashup with a Far Future SF storyline (although who knows how to sell that oddball?) a Steampunk series, and then there’s my strictly SF series to work on and the stand-alone contemporary novella! Basically my queue is a mess with too many ideas, but at the moment, they are all M/M Romance.
About the Author:
Michele Fogal refused to learn to read as a child, but once she got started, she was completely hooked. She did a degree in Creative Writing straight out of high school, and received the Roy Daniell’s Scholarship for Creative Writing and the Norman L. Rothstein Memorial Scholarship for poetry.
Then her biological clock went off like an air-raid siren, and she left the starving artist world behind in favour of a corporate job with benefits to help pad the nest. When her kids were born, her passion for stories about hope and love resurged with a vengeance.
Now, she is fusing worlds – writing love stories by night and running her online Communications business by day, while she lives with her kids and the love of her life in Vancouver, BC. Her home is nestled on a rainy mountainside at the edge of the wilderness, but within the limits of a coastal city. The local overlap between urban technology, wild biosphere and various cultures has given her the opportunity to see how diverse elements can converge into something new, unique and sacred.
Author Site & Blog: www.michelefogal.com
The Books I Love & My Reviews on GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/michelefogal
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