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Title: Diving Deep
Author: P.D. Singer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 12/09/2016

Blurb:

Adventure, danger, passion. A heady mix that only a select few can breathe—and live.

Standing by while his lover tempted fate deep under the Atlantic drove Lee Preston into the bottle. The pain of watching his captain drown in a sea of booze sent elite wreck diver Bobby MacArthur running.

Lee chases whiskey the way Bobby chases adrenaline. The farther apart they stay, the better off they’ll both be. And if Bobby repeats those words often enough, he might start believing them. Now his former partner is calling to his diver soul with the promise of the find of a lifetime. Every crazy chance he takes underwater is safe compared to coming back, but if Lee’s turning his life around, Bobby will haul his gear back aboard the Bottom Hunter.

But not as lovers—yet—and no booze, no wild gambles two hundred feet below. Not even to identify a missing piece of history sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic. Fate has given them a chance to redeem what was lost, if they survive.

But the sea is jealous of her secrets, and the price of her treasures is high.

Recent Release Spotlight with P.D. Singer

We are here today to talk about Diving Deep.  What can you tell us about it?

Diving Deep is an intersection between scuba diving, which I love, second chances, which give me hope, and some fascinating books on history and technical diving. For all that it deals with an issue of addiction, it’s both adventurous and positive.

Please tell us more about our main characters.

The captain of the dive boat Bottom Hunter, Lee Preston is also a skilled technical diver, but he’s been beached due to his personal problems with alcohol. He takes charter groups out into the Atlantic for cold water diving, which gives him a way to interact with his estranged lover, Bobby MacArthur.

Bobby’s one of the hotshots of the tech diving world; we meet him on his way out of the ocean with a bag of relics from a famous, dangerous wreck. He loves Lee dearly, but he left because he’s terrified of what’s happening because of Lee’s drinking. However, Bobby’s a loose cannon underwater, which scares Lee to death.

These two are both very good for each other and terrible for each other. It isn’t only Lee who needs to make some changes.

What about Diving Deep makes you the proudest?

I used a considerable amount of recent history in the story, regarding the mysterious wreck. Discussing this without spoilers is tricky, but I would like to think that I handled what could potentially be a divisive issue with some sensitivity, while working it into the larger theme of change and reconciliation.

Also, I made my Dreamspinner editor laugh out loud with a sex scene.

What is next for these characters?  Is there more to this series?  If so who will we hear from next?

This isn’t formally in the works, but several of the charter divers who go out to the wreck on the Bottom Hunter have begun whispering their stories. Chuck and Darrell are good guys. Eddie has some growing to do for sure. I didn’t plan for Lee and Bobby to be running the Big Gay Dive Boat, but what if…?

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Use a pen name that’s going to be really, really easy to search. Since I didn’t get this advice, I used initials, which make searched difficult. Am I PD Singer, P.D. Singer, P. D. Singer? Every site plays with punctuation differently. I’d recommend following my social media* or joining the newsletter to keep track of me.

What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?

I tend not to start with a theme: that gets discovered as the story unfolds. A plot is more common, followed by the characters. A frequent source is asking “what if?” after I’ve read something particularly interesting.

My favorite source of fiction-provoking non-fiction is the lower left hand corner of a particular library display. I challenge myself to read whatever book is in that position, even if I don’t think I’ll be interested, because it expands my horizons. Then it breeds plot bunnies. So far, that’s resulted in The Rare Event, A New Man, and Diving Deep.

What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?

Finishing! By the time I’m within 2-4 chapters of the end, I know where it’s going, because I’ve played it out in my head, and now the trouble is to get the words on the page to match the vision. I’m always a little frightened I won’t be able to make the written words convey what I want them to, and then I stall out. Fortunately, I have a dedicated team of butt-kickers.

How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?

I’ve learned to pick names with more contrast after setting up an entire series with two characters with single syllable names containing the same consonant. I had a review where the reader confused Kurt and Jake, which puzzled me at first, because this book is first person POV in Jake’s voice. I didn’t know how this could happen, and then I realized: I’d set it up to happen. So in this case, reading a review definitely changed my writing.

Now I make sure names look and sound quite different. I did run into an issue with The Rare Event, where I had Ricky and Johnny until about halfway into the story. Johnny became Jon, and developed a stiffer backbone.

How important are secondary characters to your story telling? Do you actively try to have women characters in your M/M to balance the male focus of the MCs?

I have female characters doing important things because half the world is female. Women are interesting, women do things. Women have roles in gay men’s lives as something besides what a friend calls Obligatory Pushy Best Friend or Evil Harpy #3. If a woman works as a character, that’s great, she’s part of the story. Diving Deep, because of the highly insular nature of a dive boat and the overwhelmingly male proportion of tech divers, doesn’t have female secondary characters, just a few tertiary characters. But that is the nature of the environment I wrote in.

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?

Oh, heh! The authors are Eden Winters, Kate Pavelle, and Z. Allora. The item is a laptop. Once the dust settles, we get a thriller with wisecracking characters and a helluva lot of sex.

What are you reading? What’s next?

I’m reading Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters by Angel Martinez. Next up is How Carrots Won the Trojan War. It has nothing to with condom testing. I swear.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Batman or Superman? Superman: he’s more well-adjusted.
  • Hot air balloon or blimp? Blimp: I like steering.
  • Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed. Who’s got time to fold socks?
  • Boxers or Briefs? Either: they both come off.
  • Handcuffs or Rope? Cuffs. If I tie someone up, we’re waiting for the cops and I damned well want him to stay put.
  • Sex or Chocolate? I wrote a fanfic about this…
  • Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Love them both but I’ll reread Harry Potter.
  • Shifters or Vampires? Shifters. They can lick their own testicles.
  • Sausage or Hamburger? Hamburger. I read The Jungle. It left a mark.
  • Porsche or Prius?  Porsche. I don’t want to be sensible all the time.

What are you working on?  What is next?

Currently I’m working with Eden Winters on a sequel to A Bear Walks Into a Bar. I need something lighthearted. Anything titled Two Bears and a Baby is going to be silly.

Links

Diving Deep on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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About the Author

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P.D. Singer lives in Colorado with her slightly bemused husband, one proto-adult, and thirty pounds of cats. She’s a big believer in research, first-hand if possible, so the reader can be quite certain Pam has skied down a mountain face-first, been stepped on by rodeo horses, acquired a potato burn or two, and will never, ever, write a novel that includes sky-diving.

When not writing, playing her fiddle, or skiing, she can be found with a Kindle in hand.

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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