Chris T. Kat on Mending the Rift ~ Excerpt, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Mending the Rift
Author: Chris T. Kat
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction

Blurb:

In a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.
Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s Vice President, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.
When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.

Ten favorite books from your backlist

I never thought I could write a post about my ten favorite books from my backlist but since Mending the Rift is my 20th published work, that has become an option. Without further ado, here’s my list  (not in any kind of order):

 

Breeding Stations

Breeding Stations was my very first science fiction story, and I had a total blast writing this story. In Breeding Stations, we meet my all-time favorite character, Berit. He’s a spunky hero but also fiercely loyal. I loved writing him, the way he thinks and acts without filtering what he says. But I also loved giving him the perfect partner, Tom, and I also loved writing all the other characters, like Fleur, Carson, Niyara and Rene. They were the perfect ensemble for me and always fun to write. There’s also the fact that I could indulge in writing lots of action scenes!

 

Mending the Rift

This is a favorite story of mine because I went back to my roots, so to speak. I started out as a fan fiction writer, and my second story was an m-preg story. It became quite popular, and I wrote one m-preg story in each of my fandoms (House MD, Live Free or Die Hard, and White Collar). All of these stories reached at least novella length and sometimes I created whole alternate universes.

After writing contemporary, shape-shifter, fantasy, and even science fiction stories, I thought it about time to give another m-preg story a go. I’m happy the way Mending the Rift turned out. J

 

Silver Lining

Silver Lining is a Bittersweet Dreams title, which means there’s no HEA or HFN. I don’t plan on ever writing another Bittersweet Dreams title because this story hurt to write. At first I didn’t even want to write it because even as I had the idea, I knew this would be hard and emotionally draining on me. However, Riley and Scott insisted that I needed to write their story. I think this is one of the best stories I’ve ever written, even though the end had me crying.

 

Despite the Odds

For a very long time, I wanted to write a story with a character who has cerebral palsy. I’ve worked with many children, and a few adults, who suffer from cerebral palsy, and I always felt it was important to show their strength and treat them with respect. I hope I achieved that with Despite the Odds.

 

A Purrfect Match

This is one of my early books, but it’s still one of my favorites. I enjoyed incorporating the shape-shifter aspect (Jim is a cat), though it’s not a major part of the story, and Andrew, Jim, and Tony becoming a family. This is very much a family story, and perfect if you’re in need of a warmhearted story that also includes a little bit of kink. 😉

 

Bratty Angel

Although Bratty Angel is only a short story, I loved writing it. The bratty angel is just that—a real brat, who doesn’t take no for an answer. But there’s more going on with the angel, and it’s up to Patrick to find out what. I wove some mythological elements in that story, but kept it quirky and humorous. There’s even a hellhound who isn’t as dangerous as one would think he is…

 

The Wolf and his Diva

As much as I enjoy reading and writing about wolf-shifters, I’m a big fan of foxes, which is why I gave both main characters, George and Billy, the ability to shift into red foxes. But that wasn’t enough for me—I gave them the ability to have a second shifter form. George is able to shift into a wolf and Billy into a red squirrel. Where I live, red squirrels are common and they’re amazingly cute. The Wolf and his Diva was supposed to be a lighthearted, warm story and I think I was successful in that respect.

 

Tidal Change

I’ve always been a water rat and wanted to write a story with water elements for a long time. What’s better for that than writing a story about a merman? I loved writing Marty’s character, how energetic and positive he is, and I also loved writing Rick as the older character how takes whatever is thrown at him in stride, if only he’s allowed to love Marty.

 

Swordplay

Swordplay is the third and last book in my Jeff Woods Mystery series. This book doesn’t contain as much action as the first two books, Attachment Strings and Sacrifices, but it’s still my favorite of the series. Jeff and Alex have come to terms how much they need and love each other. Then there’s Alex’s little brother Sean, who was my favorite character to write in this series.

 

Seizing It

Seizing It was my first published work. For that reason alone, this book holds a special place in my heart. I enjoyed writing Kit, the main character, who albeit snarky and feisty, finally opens up to Dale and allows himself to be vulnerable. He’s learning that his epilepsy doesn’t have to rule every step in his life.

Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter Two:

Marcus rappelled off and stepped onto the ground with a crunch of his boots. Pointing at the opening with the askew ladder, he asked, “Don’t tell me you seriously considered climbing down this way.”

Luca shrugged. “I’d have preferred spontaneous levitation, but it didn’t happen.”

He yelped when Marcus put an arm around his torso and lifted him to his feet, as if he weighed nothing. “Hey!”

Marcus silenced him with a glare, and Luca gritted his teeth while Marcus thumped dust off his clothes. “Your father is livid.”

Luca swallowed. He’d expected worried, maybe a bit mad, but livid? His father never got furious at him. Not for long, anyway. Being the baby of the family had its perks. “Why?”

Why? Seriously, Luca, you have to ask why?” Marcus patted Luca’s behind more firmly than was strictly necessary.

Luca shifted, trying to get away from Marcus’s arm. When that didn’t help, he slapped Marcus’s hands away and stepped aside. He couldn’t think when he was so close to Marcus—when the man touched him, he sent shivers up and down his spine. He ignored the glower Marcus directed at him. “Yes, seriously. He knows I don’t want to marry Smith. I don’t want anything to do with all that shit. I want to decide what I’m going to do with my life.”

Marcus shook his head. “Smith is a good man. My brother Kyle worked for him. He said he always treated his people well. If you want I could try to get Kyle on the phone so you can talk to him. That is, if I can get a hold on him. Trust me, you’ll be in good hands.”

“You don’t get it! I don’t want to be in good hands!”

“No?” Marcus raised an eyebrow.

Luca huffed, a small smile forming on his lips. “Well, yes, of course I want to be in good hands. But I want someone to love me, and not just for my ability to become pregnant. I want… you.”

Luca’s heart thundered in his rib cage. There, he’d said it. The ball was in Marcus’s court. Sure, it had only been one night, and Marcus’s reaction afterward hadn’t been promising, but maybe he’d just been scared? Maybe he feared to lose his job? Nonetheless, there was more going on between them, and they both knew it. That one night had just been the last logical step. Luca regretted nothing.

For a moment Marcus seemed startled, and there was a softness in his eyes that was solely reserved for Luca. The softness vanished too quickly for Luca’s liking.

Instead, Luca was greeted with Marcus’s usual, scrutinizing gaze. “You don’t want me, and you better never mention this again. It was a mistake. Now get it out of your head and be a good boy.”

Links

Mending the Rift on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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About the Author

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

Where to find the author:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/christi_kat

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/ChrisTKat

Blog: http://christikat.blogspot.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Chris-T.-Kat/e/B008FQQH2Q

Tour Dates & Stops:

14-Mar

The Novel Approach, Alpha Book Club, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Book Lovers 4Ever, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Caraway Carter, Gay Media Reviews

15-Mar

Nephy Hart, Joyfully Jay, Carly’s Book Reviews, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, A.M. Leibowitz

16-Mar

Love Bytes, TTC Books and More, Havan Fellows, Jessie G. Books, Unquietly Me, MM Good Book Reviews

17-Mar

Prism Book Alliance, The Blogger Girls, V’s Reads, Divine Magazine
18-Mar

Molly Lolly, KathyMac Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Man2ManTastic, My Fiction Nook, 3 Chicks After Dark, Bayou Book Junkie, Hearts on Fire, Inked Rainbow Reads

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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,

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