Mary Calmes stops by to discuss Floodgates with Giveaway!

I would like to thank Mary Calmes for taking the time to talk to us about Floodgates and more.  Check out Caroline’s review for Floodgates here.   There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.




Your latest is Floodgates.  What can you tell us about it?

Floodgates is a romance, of course, sort of discovering that the right guy was there all along, and a mystery all rolled up together.

What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres? 

My friend Ariel Tachna said it best:  “Het romance on the whole is very stereotypical in its gender roles. In M/M there isn’t a heroine to assign certain roles to, and so gay romance authors are free to explore the characters and how their dynamic plays out.” She went on to say that, “there’s also a certain amount of social activism in it for me. I hope that someone who reads my books will look at the next gay couple they meet with a more open mind”. That’s it exactly.

How do you keep characters consistent through a story? Do you write out extensive character bibles?

I don’t do anything but pick names and then write. I have a specific idea of the character in my head but that’s it.

Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all? What’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review? 

At Dreamspinner Press we have a review coordinator who is in charge of sending books out for review and then compiling those in a weekly digest. I read those that she sends. And constructive criticism is always both helpful and appreciated. The emails from fans that were touched by a certain book or character are the ones I treasure most.

Now that there are so many books being released in the genre, what can a new writer do to stand out from the crowd and produce something fresh?

I don’t know that a writer needs to reinvent the wheel, simply by writing characters that resonate is the important thing. We have brilliant writers in our genre and I’m always excited to read someone new.

What book are you reading right now?  What book do you keep by your bedside?

I beta read for Amy Lane, Rhys Ford, Poppy Dennison, Lori Toland, Ariel Tachna and Ellis Carrington. So right now I’m reading 3 things. And I don’t read in bed, my husband would kill me. And anyway, I don’t sleep. I normally go to bed between 2 and 3 am and wake up with my kids at seven-thirty in the morning. I haven’t slept in years.

If you could promote your books in anyway money no object what would you do? 

Hire David Gandy to do a cover and have him on one of those billboards in Times Square. How hot would that be?

What is next, what are you working on?

I just finished a book about two marshals and am working on the sequel to OLNL right now.

Where can readers find more about you on the web?

Thank you so very much for having me. 🙂

From the Publisher:

Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It’ll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord’s is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy’s reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he’s going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they’re still standing when the tumult recedes.

About the Author

Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
All Romance eBooks


Mary Calmes has kindly offered the eBook of Floodgates to 1 lucky commenter.  (note: you will need a Dreamspinner Press account for prize delivery)  

Contest ends [Publication date +5] @ 11:59pm CST.  Must be 18 or older to win.  Void where prohibited.


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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22 thoughts on “Mary Calmes stops by to discuss Floodgates with Giveaway!

  1. Wow! I cannot believe you beta read for so many authors and write all your own great books. No wonder you hardly sleep. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!!

  2. One of my favorite authors – I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the interview – I was so happy to see a sequel to OLNL!

  3. Haven’t read anything by Mary Calmes before but this book sounds amazing. Please include me. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Wow! The list Mary Calmes beta reads for is awfully close to my list of favorite authors. I’m not entering the contest because I already have this and every other book the author has written. Just wanted to say I loved the interview.

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