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Title: A Lethal Mistake
Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Release Date: 09/14/2016
Beau Bissonet and Tollison Cruz are back, along with Bruce, Auggie, and now Bastien, Tollison’s ex-partner. From the initial spark between them in Zurich, Bruce and Bastien’s attraction has flared, and Bastien has come to the Big Easy to explore what lies ahead for them.
It’s Mardi Gras, and New Orleans is alive and festive, teeming with excited tourists and locals alike. The first few parades go off without a hitch. And then a man is targeted, shot, and killed right in the middle of a crowded street. Auggie and Bruce are called in to investigate, but before they even get started, more deaths occur, one at each of the next two parades. Auggie realizes he’s dealing with a serial killer and jumps into action.
The next shot the killer fires affects the tightly knit group of friends in a way none of them could have ever imagined. Beau and Tollison join the investigation and stumble upon some similarities that are too strong to ignore. They begin to unravel the perpetrator’s motives and get ahead of him. Together they come up with a plan to stop the killing and serve justice in the process.
Recent Release Spotlight with Scotty Cade
We are here today to talk about A Lethal Mistake. What can you tell us about it?
Before we get started I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to be here to talk about A Lethal Mistake. Its great fun and I appreciate the effort you put into Prism.
Well, it’s the third in the “Bissonet & Cruz Investigations” series and features Bruce Jenkins, a secondary character in the first two books. Bruce is Beau Bissonet’s ex and they haven’t had an easy road getting past their ugly breakup. But Tollison Cruz, Beau’s current business and life partner has helped immensely in helping them find closure and put the past behind them.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
In Veiled Loyalties, (Book 2) Bruce meets Tollison’s ex, Sebastien Andros in Switzerland and there is an immediate spark, but when Bastien comes to New Orleans to see if there is something real between them, Bruce truly starts to live again. Until…Don’t you love a cliff hanger?
Anyway, this is truly a love story wrapped around a little suspense. It’s a love story about Beau and Tollison and how they continue to grow and solidify their relationship and now between Bruce and Bastien and how they discover new love. But it’s also a love story about friendship and the strength and support of true friends in times of need.
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series (if applicable)?
The Bissonet & Cruz Investigations series are so far three independent books and each one carries a little back story to bring you up to speed. Not too much mind you, but just enough so you’re not wondering who these characters are. But to get the feel of the complete story it might be best to start on book one, The Royal Street Heist.
What about A Lethal Mistake makes you the proudest?
The way Beau steps up and becomes the man Tollison knows he can be. The tough lug of a private eye does have a heart and it starts to show in this book.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
I would like to do another book but I haven’t come up with a good plot yet. In my opinion, the story just has to be right. I don’t want to write another story for the sake of writing it. It needs to connect, be a part of and add top the overall experience of the series while moving the story forward.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Allow your characters to have their own voice and allow them to make their own decisions. Sometimes they just need to go where they need to go. I can’t tell you how many times in my early writing career I tried to make my characters follow my outline and do what I wanted them to do. But I always ended up deleting scene after scene until I tossed the outline out of the window and allowed the characters to go where they were meant to go. Additionally, I have to constantly work on keeping my voice out of my character’s mouth. Not all my characters agree with my opinions and keeping my personal opinions out of the story is always a challenge.
What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?
It varies for me, but mostly a plot comes first. However, with that said, my next two releases, “Only Forever” and “From a Jack to a King” were ideas that came to me from the titles of old songs. “Only Forever” was a song I heard while watching an old black and white movie on Turner one night and it was about love spanning many lifetimes. It got me to thinking…and lordy when I start thinking, a new book is usually born.
Next, I heard an old country song on Sirius radio called from a Jack to a King and another story was born. I’m writing it now and enjoying it immensely.
What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?
Definitely the sex scenes. I mean really. How many ways can you have sex? Insert part “A” into part “B.” You can fill in the blanks. But it’s a struggle to make it fresh and new each time. Let’s face it…everything’s been done and done and over done. So there I’ve said it. Now I need to go wash my mouth out with soap.
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
Oh geez, here I go admitting something else. But YESSSS! I do read my reviews. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a person who goes to the internet and checks for reviews everyday. But once a month or so I do a little scanning. And before you laugh at me, I don’t don’t do it to feed my ego or slit my wrist, I do it to look for common threads. In my humble opinion you usually always get fives from your true fans and you usually always get one’s from the book review trolls so I disregard all the ones and fives and read everything in between. Let me explain. As writers I think we all want to get better and if you see a common theme in reviews like story pacing, over describing scenes, or weal characters I take note. There are some wonderful reviewers who spend a lot of time writing constructive and honest reviews and I believe they deserve to be taken seriously. I never want to be so good that I can’t learn or take another person’s opinion into consideration. There I go spilling my beans again. And another trip to the bathroom. Maybe I should carry that bar of soap with me.
How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?
I don’t usually choose names until later in the story. Because most of my stories are character driven, I use an ordinary Tom, Dick or Harry as a place holder and then once the character develops, I chose an appropriate name. Except for “From a Jack to a King.” The two main characters are named Jack and King. LOL! I sort of pigeon holed myself.
If you could be one of your characters who would you be and why?
That’s such an easy one for me. I would be Billy Eagan from my first novel Final Encore. My first novel somewhat autobiographical with a lot of liberties taken. For your first novel, you usually write about what you know. I know me and there is a lot of me in Billy. A lot of my family history is in that book. For example, the way Billy came out to his father was my story. The characters of Jean and Jules were based on my mother and father. But the real icing on the cake is Billy is a country music superstar and that’s my ultimate fantasy. I love country music and I love to sing. Folks you heard it here first at Prism Book Alliance. My deep dark secret is no longer a secret.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Okay, this is going to sound so corny, but my superpower would be to heal the sick. I lost my grandmother and my mother to colon cancer. I lost my best friend to lymphoma. I lost my father to Alzheimer’s and so many people I love have lost people they love to illness. If with one simple touch I could heal the sick, I would move heaven and earth to do it.
If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?
I’m definitely a dog man. Kell and I have a Sheltie named Mavis and she lives like a queen. She’s twelve and still acts like a puppy. She travels on the boat with us. In the car with us and goes wherever we go.
You lock three M/M authors in a room and drop in one item. Who are the authors, what is the item, and what happens?
So easy! My BFF Sjd Peterson, Damon Suede and Jacob Flores. And the item would be a leather sling. You figure it out. Oh and I forgot, Jo Peterson is wearing a strap on. Nough said! LOL!
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
The Imperfection of Swans by Brandon Witt and next up is Override by Sjd Peterson.
Rapid Fire Time
Batman or Superman? Batman. I love a man in black.
Salt or Pepper? Salt
Pickup Truck or Sedan? Pick up
Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Folded
Boxers or Briefs? Briefs
cinnamon or maple? Cinnamon
Peanuts or Cashews? Peanuts
Favorite Color? Green
Favorite meal? Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
Winter or Summer Olympics? Summer – Boys in tight skimpy clothing
Spring or Fall? Fall
Alone or at a Party? Alone
Windows or Mac? Mac
Rock or Country? COUNTRY
Red or White? Yes Please.
Coffee, black or doctored? Doctored
Cook or eat out? Cook
Favorite beverage? Scotch
Baseball or Cricket? Baseball
Pasta or potatoes? Potatoes
Cry or Scream? Scream
Tax Audit or Enema? Definitely Tax Audit
Landlubber or Sea Dog? Sea Dog
Favorite flower? Tulip
What are you working on now?
I eluded to it a little earlier in the interview but it’s called “From a Jack to a King.”
The story is about a very shy recluse named Durk Whitman, who happens to be very straight and a New York Times Best Selling mystery writer. He makes it big with a series of books about a fictional playboy type private eye named Jack Robbins, who he developed, in part, to help overcome his shyness. Since making it big, Durk hides behind the persona of the character he created.
Anyway Durk loves to gamble and while in Las Vegas, wins an escort, which he assumes is a woman, in a poker game. When the escort shows up at his hotel room, he is in the form of a male porn star named King Slater. But Durk in total shock because King is the spitting image of his character jack Robbins. Body size, build, hair, eyes, everything. Fascinated with the uncanny resemblance he asks the guy to stay, not for sex, but just because he’s so taken by him. They strike up a friendship and well, you can only imagine what happens next.
What is next?
The last book in the “Unconventional” series. It’s called “An Unconventional Family” and picks up with Webber and Tristan six years later when a turn of events shakes them to the core.
Every thoughtful comment made by 5pm EST on September 23, 2016 will be entered to win an eBook of The Royal Street Heist and Veiled Loyalties, books one and two in the Bissonet & Cruz Investigations series.
About the Author
Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of over twenty years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just five years ago for publication. When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog Mavis at his side. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, all of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.
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