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Some of you might know this by now. Others might not. Anyway, here comes my confession… Hi, my name’s Daniel, and I’m addicted to animals.
It doesn’t really matter what kind of animal, as long as they don’t slither, skitter or any other motion that you might associate with creepy crawlies. I’ve had to learn to deal with spiders since living on my own, and while I’m not quite as terrified of them, I still need to spray them with some form of household cleaner, before covering them with toilet paper and stamping on them. I’m sure if I had access to one, I’d be using a flamethrower, too.
But, other than the terrifying world of insects, I love animals. Always have done ever since I was a kid. It all started with a dog named Scamp, and a rabbit called Miffy (yes, like the one in the kid’s books, if you’ve ever read them). From there I’ve had 5 more dogs, several fish, 5 guinea pigs, multiple hamsters, and two rats.
Then there was the neighbourhood cat. I’m not entirely sure who he belonged to, only that he was obviously well cared for and enjoyed nothing better than to fight with another cat on the roof of our kitchen extension, which was overlooked by my bedroom. And after much hissing and fighting, he would climb into the room for some attention. This was actually part of my inspiration for my latest release, Familiar Feeling.
Since moving into my own place, I’ve acquired four (mostly) loveable degus. Mik and Ash are my two girls and love nothing better than to cuddle up and groom each other. Spidey and Flash are the two boys who constantly have to assert their dominance by humping each other and fighting over food. Don’t worry though, because the disputes are soon forgotten when it comes to snuggling up in bed together.
In the last few days, I’ve added yet another friend to my list of pets. This time, I’ve decided to branch out from fish and mammals. I’ve always wanted a lizard, and so I acquired a leopard gecko at the weekend. So, everyone say hi to the newest member of the Kaine family…
Unfortunately, I haven’t come up with a name for him/her yet. I struggle with names when it comes to my characters, too. I have to pick something that will be meaningful, and the fact that the gecko is too small to determine its sex doesn’t particularly help the matter.
I’ve had a few suggestions from others. The more cringeworthy of those being Buttplug. I just… I can’t even… Can you imagine how awkward actual buttplug conversations would be in future?
Guy: Have you got your buttplug in?
Me: I would never put my lizard up my butt!
Yeah, I’m staying well away from that name. I thought about calling him/her Nemo. In latin the word means ‘no one’ or ‘nobody’. It’s also the name of one of my favourite songs by ‘Nightwish’. But then, I would feel kind cruel calling my pet Nobody.
My other thought, while not being gender neutral was Harry. Why Harry, you ask? Well, because I thought this would be amusing…
Well, I suppose in the end it doesn’t matter of it turns out to be a girl. It’s not like the other lizards would be able to tease her. I guess the question now is, what pet do I get next?
I’ve always wanted a ferret, and the only thing stopping me this time was the costs because of the necessary vet bills. A parrot would be cool, too, although potentially noisy. Oh, and I want at least one hedgehog just because they’re unbearably cute with their little noses and hands. And sugar gliders. And chinchillas. And… ah screw it, I may as well open a zoo at this rate.
Title: Familiar Feeling
Author: Daniel A. Kaine
Publisher: Wilde City
Publication Date: 05/06/2015
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas
Genre: Gay, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance
Drew never believed in magic. Then three years after his wife’s unexplained death he unearths a book of spells in his attic. Reading the first ‘stupid poem’ seems harmless, until he acquires his very own familiar, Felix.
Drew and Felix soon realise an attraction that goes beyond their magical bond. However, there’s a coven of demon-worshipping witches out to steal Drew’s newfound power. If they want to survive long enough to see where their mutual desires take them, Felix must teach Drew the art of witchcraft. But will he be ready in time?
About Daniel Kaine
Daniel was born and raised in the Land of Rain, aka England, where he now lives with his four lovable furballs; Mik, Ash, Spidey and Flash. Originally trained as a Biology teacher, Daniel was unsure what to do with his life until he came across fanfiction for his favourite anime and decided to have a go at writing his own. To this day, he still cringes at the memory of the cheesy terminology he used.
When not writing, Daniel enjoys a variety of activities, including running, going to the gym, bondage, watching anime, and the mass-slaying of virtual monsters in the hopes of receiving epic loot. One day, he hopes to become a werepanther and invent chocolate that can be eaten all day without making you fat.
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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