I would like to thank Whitley Gray for taking the time to talk to us about her latest release from LooseID, Rabbit Wars. Check out my review for Rabbit Wars. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Your latest release is the Loose ID title Rabbit Wars. What can you tell us about it?
It’s set in the fictional Colorado mining town of Crooked Creek, Colorado. Architect Jefferson Fontaine and chocolatier Ashton Eiker were in love fifteen years ago, but had an acrimonious parting. Now they must work together to fulfill the terms of a childhood friend’s will, warring about Rabbits and rekindling their romance along the way.
I love second chance romances, but I always feel sad for the time the couple has lost. How did Jeff and Ashton make up for lost time?
They have to work together on the house, or neither one will get it. They each have different ideas about the project, and neither man is into compromise. After dinner with friends, Jeff gave in to his persistent attraction to Ash, and Ash met him halfway by accepting Jeff’s overtures. When present job fears threaten to pull them apart, Jeff must look past his concern over his career and focus on his love for Ash. In the end, love conquers all.
What is Ashton’s favorite treat to make?
Flourless chocolate cake with Grand Marnier liqueur.
What would he make special for Jeff?
Petit vanilla bean cakes with chocolate ganache and drizzled with salted caramel. He calls it “Rabbit cake.”
If you were put in a position of having to renovate a mansion with anyone, who it be and why?
I’d have to say the SO. We’ve worked on renovating an old house in the past, and lived to tell the tale. Tempers get short, and you have to work with someone you can get along with. Willingness to get dirty and do the grunt work is more important than anything.
Who are your literary heroes outside of the m/m genre and why?
Anne Rice. She got me hooked on vampires years ago; I love her rich descriptions of place. Dennis Lehane’s convoluted plots awe and inspire me. Linda Howard got me interested in romance. She’s a master at character development. Even her early stories are classic.
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’s often a concept: for Rabbit Wars—what if two guys were thrown together to restore an old house? The idea expands from there: what if they knew each other as boys? What if they had an acrimonious parting? Next are characters and their pasts. Until I know the players, I can’t get far on the plot.
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?
I love men. Identifying more with the male character in M/F romance, the stories seemed to lack some essential element that I couldn’t define. Reading my first M/M was like coming home. The relationship can have the male bonding thing plus the romance and intimacy. The way men interact with one another is fascinating. It’s a whole different dynamic.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
Sara York’s Pray the Gay Away. Next is Screwups by Jamie Fessenden.
What are you working on now? A story about a doctor who risks his committed relationship with a math professor by accepting a medical mission to war torn Sudan.
What is next? The next book in the High Concept series. Beck and Zach are back. A serial killer follows Zach from Minneapolis to his new home with Beck in Denver.
Where can readers find more about you on the web?
From the Publisher:
After two months in Dubai supervising a construction project, architect Jefferson Fontaine returns home to find his boyfriend boffing the dog walker. Reeling, Jeff grabs his dignity and departs. The arrival of a mysterious wicker box and a letter requesting Jeff’s presence for the reading of a local entrepreneur’s will sends Jeff to his hometown of Crooked Creek, Colorado. The last thing he expects is to encounter an old flame who disappeared fifteen years ago.
After high school, Ashton Eiker hoped to start a future with the boy he loved, but his world crashed when Jeff refused to bring Ash along with him to college. Ash ran from the rejection, but returned to Crooked Creek a year ago, bringing his confectionary talents and opening a chocolate shop. When the great uncle of a childhood friend names Ash in his will, he could hardly anticipate getting a helping of his past in the mix.
Jeff and Ash jointly inherit the historic Jeremiah Rabbit House, and are forced to work together to meet the terms of the will or neither will have the mansion. It’s a battle of opinions, shared personal history, and present attraction, but the true prize isn’t the Rabbit legacy. It’s the chance at something better.
About the Author
Once upon a misspent youth, Whitley read and wrote stories under the covers at night. At some point, real life intervened, bringing with it a career in the medical field. After years of technical writing, Whitley took on the challenge writing romance. Inventing characters and putting them in interesting situations turned out to be addictive, and having two heroes is twice as nice. A pot of coffee and a storyline featuring a couple of guys makes for a perfect day. Stop by www.whitleygray.com and feed your fix for heat between the sheets and M/M romance.
Whitley Gray has kindly offered a eBook copy of Rabbit Wars to 1 lucky commenter.
Contest ends 2 Apr @ 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited.
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.
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