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Title: Keeping Karma
Author: Tory Temple
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy
Release Date: 08/24/2016
Alex Myers is keeping deeper secrets than just his pet ferret, Karma, who is illegal in California. Both Alex and his twin sister, Tabitha, can “hear” the thoughts of animals. It’s an ability he puts to good use working at an emergency animal clinic while studying to become a veterinarian.
One night, local animal-control officer Dylan Travers comes into the clinic with an injured fawn, and it doesn’t take the two men long to act on their mutual attraction. But the closer they become, the harder it is for Alex to keep Karma and the rest of his menagerie from Dylan. And then there’s the matter of his ability…. Will Dylan even believe him if he tries to explain?
Add to that debilitating migraines from especially “loud” animals and a scheming coworker threatening the clinic, and Alex needs Dylan’s support more than ever. Alex just wants to keep his job, his pets, his lover, and his sanity. But he can’t do it alone.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2009.
Recent Release Spotlight with Tory Temple
We are here today to talk about Keeping Karma. What can you tell us about it?
Keeping Karma is a re-release, but it’s also been cleaned up and re-edited. It has a brand new cover that makes me smile every time I look at it! Of course, that’s probably due to the fact that aside from writing, animals are something I’m incredibly passionate about. My house is full of them! Current count is three large dogs, one weird cat, two tortoises, two snakes, and three prairie dogs. Yes, the small brown rodents who pop up out of their holes and make a barking noise. They’re hilarious!
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Alexander Myers is a vet student who works part-time in an emergency animal clinic. He and his twin sister were born with the amazing ability to “hear” the thoughts of animals. Alex never abuses this ability but it sometimes has difficult physical side effects. Dylan Travers is an animal control officer who brings an injured fawn into Alex’s clinic. He is good at his job because he genuinely cares for the creatures he is protecting.
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series?
Well, Keeping Karma was originally written as a serial. It was released one chapter a month for several months, and one of the requirements was that there be a sex scene in each chapter. When all the chapters are put together under one cover, the sex can seem a bit excessive! (Although Alex and Dylan would disagree, I’m sure.) But at the time the story was written, heavy on the sex was something readers wanted.
What about Keeping Karma makes you the proudest?
Oooh, good question. I think it’s the fact that, in my opinion, I managed to convey the “thoughts” of the animals in a reasonable way. I’m an animal lover and I’ve done a lot of research on the way they communicate, and most of them seem to be focused on basic needs like food and shelter. There are certain species who incorporate play into their daily existence, and ferrets are one of those species.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
There was a sequel written to Karma, called Teaching Topaz, but it is not currently available for sale. I plan on taking that sequel and expanding it to novel length, so we haven’t heard the last of Alex, Dylan, or Karma.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Don’t get bogged down in details. That’s what the editing process is for. Stopping every other sentence to research or check on something that ultimately doesn’t matter to the story will delay the creative process. Get your basic story down, THEN go back and review it. Your editor or beta reader will be there to help you fine tune things.
What was your inspiration for this story?
My own animals and my desire to understand them. I believe animals have deep secrets and I’d love to hear what they are.
What’s your favorite thing to wear?
Comfort, comfort, comfort. I have a day job that requires me to look professional, so as soon as I get home, off come the work clothes and on go the yoga pants. In the summer, it’s running shorts and tank tops.
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
Yes, I do read them, despite advice to the contrary from other author friends. I usually regret reading them, not because they hurt my feelings (they don’t), but because it often makes me wish I could change something in an already published story. If I feel a certain message hasn’t come through clearly, I always want to go back and do better. I will attempt to rectify the situation in another book, if possible.
How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?
I’m very fussy with character names. I can’t even read a book if I don’t like the names of the leads. That being said, when I choose names for my own characters, I try to keep them short and pronounceable, with the option for a nickname. I usually don’t change character names once they’ve been established.
What book do you keep by your bed?
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
If you could be any Disney character who would you be, and why?
Tinker Bell, without a doubt. I have a tattoo of her on my right shoulder, and more than one person has said I look like her when I wear my hair up in a bun.
If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?
No question about it – definitely a cat. They’re quiet, sneaky, and don’t listen to anyone. Plus, they sleep about 18 hours a day.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I just finished The Sister by Louise Jensen, and am about to start End of Watch by Stephen King.
Rapid Fire Time
- Salt or Pepper? Salt
- Pickup Truck or Sedan? Truck
- Cut or uncut? Cut
- Tropical island or snow covered mountain cabin? Tropical
- Sushi or pasta? Pasta
- Windows or Mac? Windows
- Call or text? Text
- Coffee, black or doctored? Doctored
- Country or City? Country
- Dogs or Cats? Cats
- Lucky Charms or Trix? Lucky Charms
- Tattoos or piercings? Tattoos
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m currently working on a book about an elementary school teacher and a firefighter. It’s going really well because the two of them are giving me loads of material, so I’m finding myself jotting down notes, which is kind of unusual for me. I just don’t want to forget anything they tell me!
I’m offering a free electronic copy of Keeping Karma, WITH its unavailable short sequel, Teaching Topaz! Teaching Topaz was published in 2011 but is no longer available for sale. One random commenter will receive both ebooks.
About the Author
Tory Temple lives and works in southern California where she happens to spend a lot of time around firefighters. It makes for excellent storytelling, so Tory definitely uses that to her advantage! She is guardian to three pit bulls who only attack with kisses, one snobby cat, as well as other assorted friends from the animal kingdom. (Husband included.) Her fondest wish is to be a stay at home dog mom. You can tempt her with promises of cheese and/or Mexican food. On Saturday nights, she is usually watching Netflix and thinking about how to get the newest firemen in her head to hook up. Tory loves reader emails and looks forward to hearing from anyone who wants to drop her a line.
One random commenter with thoughtful, relevant comments will win a $25 gift certificate each month in 2016.
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