Dev Bentham on Buyout – A Love Story ~ Interview No Giveaway

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Title: Buyout – A Love Story
Author: Dev Bentham
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 02/08/2017

Blurb:

Everyone deserves a second chance. Or do they? Sean and Martim fell in love at Harvard. Things broke apart when Martim fell into a downward spiral of addiction after his father died. Sean kicked him out but has regretted it ever since. He’s never gotten over losing Martim. But then, not many aspects of his life have lived up to his collegiate dreams.

When he’s sent to evaluate Martim’s family hotel for foreclosure, Sean is once again in the position to put Martim out on the street. In the time since they parted, Martim has pulled himself together, although both health and financial problems linger as a result of his years as an addict. Can the two men bridge the gap of distance and time to rekindle their relationship, or will they fall apart again under the burdens of guilt and disease?

Set in Lisbon, Portugal, this is the story of lovers reunited after more than a decade apart, and their second chance at romance.

Interview for Prism Books

Recent Release Spotlight with Dev Bentham

 

We are here today to talk about Buyout – A Love Story.  What can you tell us about it?

This is a novella about second chances. It’s set in Lisbon, Portugal and tells the story of two men reunited after years apart. They’ve both changed but the circumstances around their reunion make it likely they’ll make the same mistakes all over again.

Please tell us more about our main characters.

Sean Williams is a 36 year old executive working for a company that he characterizes as a corporate loan shark. It’s nothing like the entrepreneurial dreams he had while he was at Harvard getting his MBA. But then his personal life isn’t anything like he dreamed it would be either.

 

Martim Sabido Rois is the 32 year old only son of a Portuguese hotel owner. He was an undergraduate at Harvard when Sean was getting his MBA. He dropped out in his senior year after his father died. Martim has a long history of drug addiction. He’s returned to Lisbon to take over the family business.

 

Things didn’t end well between Sean and Martim all those years ago. And they’re not getting off to a good start again now.

What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series (if applicable)?

N/A

 

What about Buyout – A Love Story makes you the proudest?

I love these two characters. They’re not traditional romantic heroes – a burnt out corporate henchman and a drug addict, but that’s what made it fun to write. I think readers will end up rooting for them, which will make me feel great.

 

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

This is a stand-alone novella.

 

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

Read. A lot. It’s the only way I know of to figure out how to put a story together. In my experience, good writers are obsessive readers who think carefully about the construction and artistry of what they read. It’s how we learn our craft.

(Note: Pick one or two of the following)

  • What’s your favorite thing to wear?

I work from home and it’s cold up here in Northern Wisconsin, so most of the time I’m in layers – yoga clothes, a fleece skirt, flannel shirt and an old wool cardigan, maybe a scarf or two. I like to think of my style as bag-lady chic, but I suspect everyone else leaves off the chic.

 

(Note: Pick one or two of the following)

  • Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?

I have a few terrible novel drafts that I’ll never return to because they’re unsalvageable, but for the most part I get too attached to my characters to give up that easily. I have put plenty of stories through tortuous rewrites where everything changes. Which is a kind of abandonment, I suppose, except I’m tricking myself into thinking I’m still working on the same book.

As for story files, I wish I was organized enough to keep notes on plot ideas and character sketches. I have a great deal of admiration for authors who have whole filing cabinets full of newspaper clippings and cocktail napkins with various ideas scribbled on them. The fact that I think of saving bits of trash as an admirable organizational style gives you an idea of how completely structureless I really am. Generally, the next story idea comes to me when I’m about half way through the first draft of my current WIP. It would be comforting to have more stories ready to go, but that doesn’t seem to be how I work.

  • Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?

If I was writing just for myself, I’d never read a review. But I’m not. This isn’t Literary Fiction, it’s Romance and I want readers to enjoy what they read. Finding the right balance between listening to readers/reviewers and writing the story I want to write is a delicate balance and I think about it a lot. When a book first comes out, I’ll skim the reviews because I want to get a general feel for how readers are responding. I don’t want to be writing in a vacuum because it’s important to know where I’m hitting the mark and where I’m missing completely. That said, I try not to obsess about reviews and after the first few weeks, I quit looking.

I can’t think of an example where I changed the next book because of something I read in a review. But I have changed things in the original story when it came time to rerelease it. And since I’m kind of a people pleaser, I’m probably responding subconsciously. Which I hope is a good thing since I’m writing this stuff to get read.

 

(Note: Pick one or two of the following)

  • What do you keep in your bedside table?

Too many books. And a box of tissues. And a bunch more books.

  • If you could get one thing from a sex toy store without question, what would it be?

I only get one thing???

 

(Note: Pick one or two of the following)

  • If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?

A dog. Absolutely. I’d get to take long naps, chase squirrels and lick my own genitals. What’s not to like?

What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

Okay, this is weird, but right now I’m reading the biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. It’s the book that inspired the musical. Not my usual genre, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s also 800 pages long, so I may be at this for a while. Next up, I’m returning to fiction with Kim Fielding’s new novel, Love is Heartless and I’m very excited about that.

Rapid Fire Time (Note: Pick 8-10 of the following to answer)

 

Salt or Pepper? Salt. Pepper makes me sneeze.

Hawaii or Colorado? Colorado. I love the mountains and islands make me nervous.

Ice Skating or Ice Hockey? Skating. Badly. Which is why I don’t play hockey.

Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed. Are you kidding?

Peanuts or Cashews? I LOVE cashews!

Spring or Fall? Spring. Fall is beautiful here, but it’s ominous since it means the long, cold whiteness is coming.

Alone or At a Party? Alone.

Windows or Mac? Windows. I’ve never warmed up to Mac.

Santa Claus or Easter Bunny? Hanukkah Harry

Favorite flower? Apricot colored roses and daphodils.

 

What are you working on?  What is next?

I have a couple of series I’m working on, one is all romance and the other is romantic suspense. Since I’ve never written mystery before, those stories are being a real challenge.

Links

Buyout – A Love Story on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Dev Bentham has lived in way too many places and had far too many jobs. She’s finally settled in frozen northern Wisconsin where she teaches online and draws on her former lives to write love stories about mature men searching for true love. Her restless feet take her globetrotting whenever she gets the chance, but most of the time she’s tucked up in her office in the woods dreaming about romance and adventure.

She’s the author of many gay romances, including a DABWAHA finalist, a Rainbow Award Honorable Mention and a Rainbow Awards Finalist.

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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