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20 Questions with Leigh Jarrett

20 Questions with Leigh Jarrett

 

20 Questions with Leigh Jarrett

First I’d just like to say how much I love Leigh Jarrett. I worked with her at Queercentric Books and she has the patience of a saint. I went into everything sort of blind and extremely technologically challenged and she helped me out along the way. There was probably some behind the scenes cussing, I don’t blame her one iota, but she never let me feel her frazziliness. I do what I do today in part because of her support. Thank you Leigh.

 

  • In your latest book, Shadows On My Soul, the main subject is sexual assault. I want to point out that this is an MM book. The attack isn’t a hate crime, gay bashing, but truly an act of rape from one male to another. Something that isn’t brought up very often. What motivated you to write about such strong subject matter?

          – Quite often when I’m looking for subject matter to write about, within the contemporary LGBTQ Romance genre, I’ll explore areas of the LGBTQ community that aren’t as well known. Sometimes I’ll proceed with a book, most times I won’t. This is only my second book where I tackle a difficult subject.

          – This subject matter struck me as a story that needed to be told. Many people don’t realize that 1 in 25 reported cases of sexual assaults are against men. Not always by other men, of course, but I still found the number surprising.

     -My next step was to speak with a friend of mine who worked in an organization, that amongst other support programs, provide education around blood-borne infections, sexually transmitted infections, and harm reduction, in particular, providing a variety of harm reduction materials for both safer sex and substance abuse.

         During our conversation, he went into detail about the misconceptions surrounding male rape. Some horror stories. Some stories of healing. That made my decision for me. I felt it was important to open a dialogue on some level about the existence of male rape and the journey that male survivors of sexual assault have to travel. And how that journey can affect their relationships, romantic or otherwise.

 

 

  • I know this book has been a while in the making. Was it the subject? Too dark? Essentially: How hard was it to write this book?

 

            – At times the writing of this book toll a serious toll on me. I would take lengthy breaks. Sometimes months. Then I would dive back into it, and do what I could to battle the depression, the anger …and the tears that came along with using the research I gathered to torment a gentle, fun loving, and carefree soul. There were many times I tried to bury the book, but it kept resurfacing.

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The character, Justin, wanted his story told, and with some serious trepidation, I decided to honor that.

 

 

  • How long did you plot Shadows On My Soul?

 

           – That was a one step forward, two steps back situation at times. Just when I thought I had a handle on the direction of the plot line, something would happen within the story, or one of the characters would say or do something unexpected. Even the final scene changed after I thought I’d finished writing the book, thanks to some direction from my dad who is a crazy avid reader.

 

 

  • Is this a stand-a-lone? Or the beginning of a series?

 

            – Definitely, a stand-alone. I’m not putting myself through that again. Aside from what it did to me emotionally, my relationships with people, including my wife, took a beating. I’m so incredibly thankful she stood by and supported me through the process regardless.

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  • Tell us a little bit about the main characters. Please?

 

          – Both men, Derek and Justin, are in their early thirties and own a construction company together. They met when they were sixteen years old and quickly became best friends. Their relationship has never become romantic, despite their feelings for one another. When Justin is raped, it throws their entire relationship, and what it could’ve become, into chaos.

 

        – Individually, Derek comes from a violent, alcoholic home in contrast to Justin’s loving, supportive one. Derek’s emotional state is fraught with regret, frustration, and sadness, except when he’s in Justin’s company, even when Justin won’t stop singing. Justin is boisterous, humorous, and intensely loyal to Derek. He believes they have an unbreakable connection. They’ve built a life together in their own crazy, mixed up way.

 

 

  • On a scale of: You have a cold, cold heart for not crying-to- You’ll have to buy stock in Kleenex….. What level of bawling do we have to look forward to?

 

According to my beta readers, be prepared to stay up all night reading, and have an entire box, maybe two, of Kleenexes on hand.

 

So I guess this is what we have to look forward to…..

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      – No, I have no idea, but between the time I started working on this book and when I worked on finishing it, I had begun to wear reading glasses while on my computer. Add in, I always wear headphones to listen to music when I’m writing… I can attest headphones, glasses, and crying uncontrollably creates an incredibly ridiculous situation. Impossible to get a tissue to my eyes.

                I’m starting to feel like this will be my fate:

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  • While we’re reading what should we keep near by? What would be your survival kit for this story? IE….Kleenex, wine, beer, liquor, our BFFs, a Leigh Jarret voodoo doll, etc.

 

– Again, according to my beta readers, wine is essential. One of them has requested I send them wine next time I give them a book like this to read.

 

Me.  Preparing….

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  • You’ve written another wonderful series featuring the paranormal: Drakkar Coven. Mainly vampires. Unique vampires. The series is definitely not for people that prefer the glitter.

-Not that I’m complaining because I LOVE this series, but why are they so different?

 

     -No, my vampires definitely don’t sparkle or have glitter. They are blood-thirsty, born vampires, who treat the humans within the villages in their territory as livestock. They manage village growth, performing a cull if they determine there won’t be enough crops to support the numbers of villagers. They even keep accounting records.

 

         – The Drakkar Coven series, especially the first book, Callum of Drakkar Coven, has been called disturbing by some. But that the events unfolding are difficult to peel your eyes away from witnessing. Which as a writer of Paranormal Horror means I’ve done my job.

 

       – Why so different from Shadows On My Soul? I’m actually more comfortable writing in the Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-Fi genres, because that’s what I grew up reading. And I can let my imagination run wild in those genres. Which it needs to do frequently. Caging it up for too long makes it testy.

 

 

  • What was the inspiration for Drakkar Coven?

 

        – My irritation with another very popular work of fiction where the vampires do sparkle. I challenged myself to write something in complete opposition. A depiction I felt would truly represent their nature if they existed. Plus, there’s Oleander, Callum’s half-brother. He is another type of creature altogether in addition to being a vampire. The first book in the series is just an opening chapter on the vampire wars that are coming. I’m going to have some serious fun with him in the upcoming third book, North of Grimmr. My next project.

 

 

  • Will you give us a brief “blurb” of the series? (PS….just talking about it now makes me want to re-read the series again.)

 

       – My irritation with another very popular work of fiction where the vampires do sparkle. I challenged myself to write something in complete opposition. A depiction I felt would truly represent their nature if they existed. Plus, there’s Oleander, Callum’s half-brother. He is another type of creature altogether in addition to being a vampire. The first book in the series is just an opening chapter on the vampire wars that are coming. I’m going to have some serious fun with him in the upcoming third book, North of Grimmr. My next project.

 

Callum of Drakkar Coven:

Come nightfall, the inhabitants of the ancient castle perched high on the mountain above their picturesque valley would awaken. No one left outside the village walls would be safe. The torches set into the thick stone walls of the castle would be lit, and the evening bells would toll, then Lord Callum would release his riders, led by his brother Oleander, an alabaster, screeching creature of nightmares, thundering through the night as he collected his victims.

After one of Oleander’s raids unexpectedly breaches the walls of the village, Laramie finds himself face to face with Lord Callum, a dark, majestic beast like none he has ever seen before. His first glimpse of Lord Callum sets his heart racing, partially out of fear, but mostly out of fascination. And something else, and Callum takes note of that, pleased to have found his next plaything.

 

Oleander, Son of Drakkar:

The unrelenting seduction of Oleander’s cool, flawless skin …his deep, captivating eyes. The concern in his voice …the touch of his hand. The exhilaration and pride elicited by the sight of Oleander waiting for him after the visit with his family had left him feeling disappointed and unfulfilled.

Unfulfilled …pointless, insignificant …until Oleander.

Amidst the chaos of his sexual reckoning, Timothy is compelled to uphold an intimate pact struck between himself and Oleander, and chooses to follow him north to Drakkar Castle, the threat of war upon them. Grimmr Coven is advancing deep into Drakkar Coven territory, and only Oleander may know the reason why. He had lived amongst the Coven Grimmr for many decades with his human lover, Torkel, and fears that a far greater threat is coming, forcing Grimmr Coven south into Drakkar Coven territory.

Left behind while Oleander goes in search of answers, Timothy’s inner turmoil becomes unbearable. His only company enroute to Drakkar Castle, Alexis, a vivacious, blue-eyed seductress with a secret, intent on stealing him away for reasons that would launch the already fractured family of Drakkar at each other’s throats.

 

 

  • Do you have plans for more? If I remember correctly we’re left on the brink of war. Oleander and Timothy…..well I’m not giving anymore away. *bites nails*

 

The third book in the series, North of Grimmr, is my next project.

YEASSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

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  • If you could live in any of the worlds you’ve created which one would you choose and why?

 

           – Absolutely. A world I haven’t introduced to my readers yet. It’s an epic Sci-Fi trilogy (Circle Trilogy) that I suspect will require another 3-5 years to finish. I’m sitting at 400,000 words and I’m only halfway through writing the second book. There are three main planets and races of people, the second of which I would love to live on, mainly because of the relationship between the rulers. Seriously hot! I could hang with those boys 24/7. And I would have no objection if they wanted me to join them.

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  • Role Play Time: If you were a small town girl, living in a lonely world, where would you take the midnight train? *Whispers* Rumor is the train goes anywhere.

 

I’m a writer. I’m never lonely. I can create any world I’d like to visit without even leaving the comfort of my home. =)

Well played…..

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  • Favorite Superhero?

 

Not my thing… My wife however is super-hero crazy. I brought home a Wonder Woman mug for her last time I was away. She was ecstatic.

 

 

  • If you could be any paranormal creature what would you chose?

 

Without question, one of my vampires. Not that I have a penchant for eating people …but I’m assuming I would’ve been born that way, so my diet wouldn’t be an issue.

 

 

  • When at the movie theater: Popcorn or candy?

 

A movie theater? I haven’t been to one of those since my kids were little. I don’t know, I think I’d head for the Twizzlers.

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  • Speaking of movies. If you could turn any of your books into a movie or mini series which one would you chose?

 

         – I’ve had quite a few readers tell me they think Simply Marvelous would make an amazing movie. It’s the only book of mine anyone has said that about. It’s also one of two books where I’ve tackled a touchy subject. Maybe someday I’ll try my hand at turning it into a screenplay.

 

 

  • Who is Leigh Jarrett?

 

       – I’m fifty years old and I still have no idea who I am. Perhaps because my and other’s perception of who I am is constantly changing. I like to keep people guessing. Most of my friends and family know that about me. “There she goes again, Now what?”

 

 

  • How do we properly stalk her?

 

Author Page – Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Leigh-Jarrett/e/B006RA2I0W/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/author.leighjarrett/

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Website: http://www.leighjarrett.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leighjarrett

Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LeighJarrett

 

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Shadows on my Soul by Leigh Jarrett Blog Tour Stop

Shadows on my Soul by Leigh Jarrett Blog Tour Stop

Shadows on My Soul by Leigh Jarrett Blurb:

 

Derek Lawrence is a player. There is no other way to phrase it. He’s been unstoppable since coming out in high school. Guy after guy, conquest after conquest. He isn’t looking for any kind of commitment from anyone. His life is perfect the way it is.

Except for one aspect. Derek has been in love with his best friend and business partner, Justin Leary, since the first day he set eyes on him over twenty years ago.

When an implication surfaces that Justin’s feelings for Derek might run far deeper than friendship, he considers approaching Justin about it. But before he can, one targeted act of violence followed by the aftermath of violation, challenges the depth of Derek’s love for Justin.

 

 

Leigh Jarrett is unabashedly queer, quirky, and passionate. Lover of antique stores, the smell of lye and oil as it turns to soap, and the sound of ocean breezes passing through the ancient Douglas firs of Vancouver Island’s Cathedral Grove. In her hometown of Kelowna, BC, Leigh is an advocate for the LGBTQ community, celebrating their diversity, and affirming their most basic of human rights—to love and be loved.

To connect with Leigh Jarrett:

Email: leigh@leighjarrett.com

Website: www.leighjarrett.com

You can also find Leigh on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

 

Purchase Shadows on my Soul: http://amzn.to/2t9L9WS

 

Link to interview:  20 Questions with Leigh Jarrett: http://christinasbookshelf.net/2017/06/11/20-questions-with-leigh-jarrett/

 

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Saved by Karrie Roman

Saved by Karrie Roman

Homicide detectives Jack and his partner Kate seemed to have stubbled across a copy cat serial killer. In their quest to find the killer they need to try to locate and protect the only person that survived the original.

Will has lived his life in seclusion ever since the incident. He hides away from the world and his pain. Until two detectives come requesting permission to speak to him.

Upon seeing Jack in person both men can feel the tension pulling at them. Jack being a very rigid and sometimes cold, straight to the point,  finds himself tongue tied and immediately offering protection services to Will.

As the killer gets closer to trying to their goal of Will, things heat up between protector and protect.

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Throwback Thursday-A Time to Rise by Tal Bauer

Throwback Thursday-A Time to Rise by Tal Bauer

Everyone keeps hyping up, and deservedly so, the Executive Office Series while A Time To Rise is a forgotten relic.  So I want to bring it back to everyone’s attention since it is my favorite book of Tal’s.

Alain is a member of the Swiss Guard, protector of the pope, and hand picked by the pope to be a hunter.  His Prey? The paranormal.  Only two other people besides Alain know exactly what he does.  This makes him an outcast.  Nobody understand him not wants to get to know him.  Same holds true for his partner Father Lotario.  He’s seen as a plague amongst priests.  Even when desperate times make Fr. Lotario call out for help, the cries fall upon deaf ears.

What starts off looking like a rogue ghoul is terrorizing the church Alain and Lotario go after it; guns, holy water, and vodka at the ready.  Just when they’re realizing there’s more to the story Luca, leader of the Swiss Guard, throws a wrench in Alain’s daily life by making a mentor to an ill mannered and tempered recruit.

 

How is Alain supposed to keep what he does a secret and be a mentor?

 

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Tap Dancing With the Devil by Faith Gibson

Tap Dancing With the Devil by Faith Gibson

This is an MF standalone.

Ryan “Cass” Cassidy was once a pristine young man. A figure of the All American male. Trim, clean cut, church every Sunday, until the people who were supposed to have his back betrayed him. That betrayal sent him to prison for 13 years.

Once out he has nothing on his mind but revenge and retribution. He’s had years to plan, years to make connections, years…..now it’s time.

This book is not your typical contemporary romance. This book is full of human flaws, revenge, cheating, lying, profanity, and sex!!!

Tap Dancing With the Devil follows Ryan on his quest and the roadblock that is love.

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Fangs Like Me by Lyssa Dering

Fangs Like Me by Lyssa Dering

Lane is a vampire; a newbie vampire, and his maker has left him to the care of others for the foreseeable future. This make Lane a rebel without a cause, defying house rules to attend shifter parties. At such an event is where he meets Parker. An alpha werewolf who sets his sites on Lane.

Parker has been kicked out of his pack. When he sees Lane approach the party he immediately makes Lane his prey. However, Lane comes with some hefty baggage.

Will Parker still want to try a relationship? or will Lane’s attempt at unloading some of that baggage tear them apart?

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Tap Dancing With the Devil by Faith Gibson Blog Tour Stop

Tap Dancing With the Devil by Faith Gibson Blog Tour Stop

Title: Tap Dancing with the Devil

Author: Faith Gibson

Genre: Suspense Romance (MF)

Release: April 23, 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34750093-tap-dancing-with-the-devil

 

Blurb:

There is no time limit on revenge.

 

Ryan “Cass” Cassidy, a young, rookie cop and all around good guy, was sentenced to thirty years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Framed by the men who were supposed to have his back.

 

He lost his job

His wife

Everything

 

Thirteen years stole every bit of goodness Cass had in him. When he is released on early parole, he’s READY. Ready to seek out those men and make them pay.

 

Lies

Cheating

Manipulation

 

There are no lengths Cass won’t go to for his revenge. He counts on his rage to fuel him forward. What he doesn’t count on is the wife of his old partner stirring up feelings he thought died all those years ago.

 

This is a story of revenge. A tale of cheating and the consequences. While it isn’t a romance, it is a tale of a second chance at love.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XYJJZVS

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1222135602

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tap-dancing-with-the-devil

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2ovFoE4

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Faith Gibson is a multi-genre author who lives outside Nashville, Tennessee, with the love of her life, and her four-legged best friends. She began writing in high school and over the years, penned many stories and poems. When her dreams continued to get crazier than the one before, she decided to keep a dream journal. Many of these night-time escapades have led to a line, a chapter, and even a complete story.

When asked what her purpose in life is, she will say to entertain the masses. Even if it’s one person at a time. When Faith isn’t hard at work on her next story, she can be found having her own concert in the shower (or car, or wherever music is playing), playing trivia while enjoying craft beer, reading, or riding her Harley.

 

Social Media Links:

FB – http://facebook.com/faithgibsonauthor

FB Fan group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1793040407641729/

Website – http://www.faithgibsonauthor.com/

Blog: http://faithgibsonauthor.blogspot.com/

Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00LKV2U7O

Twitter – http://twitter.com/authorfgibson

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Goodreads –https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8414787.Faith_Gibson

 

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Release Blitz for Dark Lessons by Julia Sykes

Dark Lessons 

by Julia Sykes

(MF-BDSM)

Synopsis 

One hot night with a devastatingly handsome stranger. That’s all it was supposed to be. So when my darkly domineering one-night stand turns out to be one of my instructors at Quantico, my life becomes far too complicated. I’m training as an FBI agent, but Jason has other forms of training in mind. Like bending me over his desk for a spanking.

I try to resist him, but soon we’re stealing forbidden hours of lust when no one’s watching. It could cost us both our careers, but I can’t help myself. He’s broken, and I want to be his salvation.

In return, he says he wants to protect me, to love me. But can he save me when my new job puts me directly in the path of danger?

 

 


Excerpt

“You’re mine for the night,” he declared. “I’m in charge, and I’m going to give you more pleasure than you’ve ever known.”
“And how would you know that?” I managed in a weak attempt at a challenge.
He brushed his knuckles down my cheek, keeping my wrists pinned with his other hand. The firmness of his grip contrasted with the gentle touch on my face, making my head spin. He was a study in contradictions: hard and unyielding, but tender and careful. Although I wouldn’t be able to escape him in this position, he wasn’t holding me cruelly. He’d subjugated my body, but he wasn’t hurting me.
“Because beneath all your fire, you’re a sweet submissive, and I don’t think anyone knows it. Not even you.”
“What are you talking about?” I asked, genuinely confused.
“You like when I take control.” He squeezed my wrists for emphasis. My sex contracted in response, and I squirmed against him. He smirked. “I could tell as soon as I touched you for the first time. You sauntered into that bar, confident you could take on any man who challenged you. And after how you handled yourself in there, I know you could. But when I Topped you, you melted.”
“Topped?”
He cupped my cheek in his big hand. “I dominated you, kitten. I took control, and you loved it.”
“Kitten?” I demanded, not caring for an overused endearment. “Is that what you call all your one-night stands?”
“No,” he said earnestly, and the slight surprise in his eyes let me know he wasn’t lying. “I’ve never called anyone that before.”
“Then why did you?”
One corner of his lips twisted up in a cocky smile. “Because I know you’re a strong, capable woman, but I’m going to make you purr.”
My core contracted, and I struggled to maintain a hard mask. “What if I don’t like being called kitten?”
“You do.”
I tried my best to scoff. “You think you know everything.”
“I know enough.” Keeping his hold on my wrists, his free hand dipped between us. He deftly opened the button at the front of my jeans, and his fingers slipped beneath the elasticized band at the top of my sensible blue cotton panties. His touch danced over my clit. I rocked toward him, but he explored farther, sliding his fingers through my embarrassingly wet folds to press inside me. He filled me slowly, and I gasped at the intrusion. He watched me intently, his bright green eyes trapping me as securely as his hold on my wrists. “Good little kitten,” he rumbled. My inner muscles squeezed his fingers, and a humiliating whimper slipped through my lips.
His low, arrogant chuckle made my core clench again. “You see?” he said, his warm breath fanning my neck as he leaned in close. “You love it. You want to be my good little sex kitten, don’t you?”

 

 

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About the Author

Julia Sykes is the USA Today bestselling author of the Impossible Series. She has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.

After spending four years living in England, Julia returned to her Southern homeland. She has recently settled down in South Carolina and spends her time petting her cat-children, reading, and binge watching TV with her husband when not writing. You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced latte clutched in her hand.

Julia loves connecting with readers! Please feel free to contact her on facebook, through twitter, or email her directly at juliasykes193@gmail.com. You can find out more about Julia’s current and future projects at julia-sykes.com.

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Enemy Within by Tal Bauer

Enemy Within by Tal Bauer

Book #3 of the Executive Office Series and YEASSSS!!! We have an ending folks, but when one door closes another opens. 😉

If you have no clue what I’m talking about fret not. Just know that you HAVE to read Enemies of the State and Enemy of my Enemy before you can read Enemy Within.

Ethan and Jack have been reunited, Sasha is gone, Sergey is grumpy, Faisal refuses to let Adam leave without him, Scott’s joining the insurgency with Ethan and Jack, and Levi has once again been left back at the White House.

Tal takes us on another adventure. Traveling the Siberian landscape, flying across the world through many ports, riding in submarines, being chased, shot at, blown up, taunted, and betrayed at every turn.

When betrayal and spies live within your inner core who can you trust? Or do you lose the ability to trust and suspect everyone, trust no one?

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