Laura Kaye on Hard to be Good (Hard Ink #3.5) ~ Interview

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Title: Hard to be Good (Hard Ink #3.5)
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Publication Date:04/14/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance


Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the forces that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year before. Now, Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down—not the least of which by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts Jeremy to settle down for the first time ever.

Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than people, so when he’s drawn into the SF team’s investigation of his army colonel father’s corruption, he’s surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who Charlie was. Even more surprising is the heated tension Charlie feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie’s opposite in almost every way.

With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can’t help but wonder why they’re trying so hard to be good…


We are here today to talk about Hard to be Good. What can you tell us about it?

Thanks so much for having me here! Hard to Be Good is the fifth book in my romantic suspense Hard Ink series, though it can stand alone. This series follows the surviving members of an Army Special Forces team investigating the black op that got them discharged from the military. Jeremy and Charlie are the leads in Hard to Be Good and they’re secondary characters from the earlier books who absolutely demanded to have their story told. Hard to Be Good is an opposites-attract type story between a sexy, playful, outgoing, bisexual tattoo artist and a shy, gay computer geek and recent kidnapping victim recently rescued by the team.

Tell us more about Jeremy and Charlie?

Jeremy and Charlie were a bit of a surprise to me, especially Jeremy, because of how much readers absolutely adored him from the very beginning. When I was first planning the series, I didn’t realize the central role these two characters would end up playing in the plot, the feel of the series, or the overall cast of characters. And I adore them so much that now I see it couldn’t have gone any other way! As the two non-military men in the group, they are often thrown together assisting the investigation in ways that don’t take them out into the field. They share the frustration of not being able to help more and concerns about their siblings (Jeremy’s brother and Charlie’s sister), who were the romantic leads in the first book, Hard As It Gets.

What about In the Hard to be Good makes you the proudest?

A lot of things about Hard to Be Good make me proud. That I get to tell Jeremy and Charlie’s story in what is otherwise a heterosexual romance series. That my editor and the readers have been so incredibly supportive. And that it’s every bit as hot/sexy and emotional/heartfelt as the other books in the series. Also, there’s a super crazy hat tattoo scene. I’m pretty proud of that, too…

Hard to be Good is your first M/M centric title. Can you tell us about how your research process differed when creating this story as opposed to your M/F titles?

I don’t feel it differed that much. I approached the romance and the sex scenes generally the same way I would any other couple I’ve written. I wanted to be sure to layer in the physical, emotional, and mental throughout the story and within the sex scenes themselves. I wanted to give the story all the chemistry and longing and yearning I always try to incorporate. I wanted to make readers laugh and maybe even tear up here or there. I wanted readers to see Jeremy and Charlie as complex, three-dimensional characters you could actually meet on the street (and would totally want to!). I wanted it to be as meaningful and true to the characters as any other book I’ve written. So in all those ways, I feel like my process was largely the same.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Don’t give up – finish the manuscript, make it your best, and persevere until you get it out there. You will hear a lot more no’s (and/or find that success is slower) at the beginning of your career, so you have to believe in yourself and stick with it!

What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

Probably the most amazing thing anyone has ever said to me is that my words and stories gave them peace and freedom from the pain of an illness or the grief of a recent death. That’s a privilege to be able to do. Also, a lot of my books have featured veterans trying to readjust to civilian life, men who are struggling with all kinds of issues (injuries, PTSD, grief, suicidal thoughts, etc.). I get a lot of messages from readers who said one of my characters reminded them of someone from their own lives, and the fact that the character made it to their happy ending gave them hope their loved one would, too. That feels so meaningful to me.

What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

I just finished Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new adult romance Fall With Me, which was sexy and funny and suspenseful. I’m facing down a deadline, so no more reading for me until Fighting Desire, the first in my new Warrior Fight Club series, is done!

Rapid Fire Time

  • Long or Short? Long. Heh.
  • Cook or eat out? Eat out. Every time. LOL
  • Boxers or Briefs? Boxers, baby
  • Lucky Charms or Trix? Lucky Charms all the way. They’re magically delicious.
  • Salty or Sugary? Salty!
  • Pastel or neon (bright?)? Hmm. I’m going back and forth on this one. I’ll go with pastel.
  • Love or Lust? Love.
  • Dragon or Unicorn? ALWAYS BE A UNICORN!
  • Electronica or Jazz? Whawha? Erm. Jazz.
  • The world’s best orgasm or a million dollars? Million dollars, please. I can handle the other. Heh.

What are you working on? What is next?

I am working on Fighting Desire, the first in my new Warrior Fight Club series. WFC is based on real clubs that helps veterans combat PTSD, anxiety, and other transition-to-civilian life issues through MMA training. The first book will be out late this year. After that I’ll be diving into Ride Hard, the first in my Raven Riders motorcycle club romance series, which is a spin-off from the Hard Ink world.

About the Author:

laurakaye-34-crop-2Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Author Links:

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Buy Links:

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