Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's Taboo Thursday Thirteen with Alexandra Anthony

Hello my peeps! It's Thursday once again at the House of Taboo and that means one thing. We get to sample another fabulous book today. Alexandra Anthony has stopped in again with the first thirteen lines from her latest release, Illusion. It's the second book in her Vampire Destiny series and the continuation of Stefan and Josephine's story. 

I was smitten with the couple right off in book one, and my adoration continues to grow in book two. How can you not love a vampire who has searched for his fated mate for over 200 years and finally finds her in a psychic/kindred spirit? I can't wait for the next installment in their story, but I digress. 

Today is all about Illusion. It picks up right where Fated left off. Josephine meets her long lost father face to face and, well, hits the floor. Yep. She faints dead away (whoops...pun not intended, but what the hell. It fits!). Stefan is beside himself with worry but nothing can be done until she comes out of her stupor.

Here are the opening lines. Enjoy! ~

~Lia





Blackness.  It kept me unaware of my surroundings, a buffer from the real world.

Awareness came back to me gradually, like slowly pulling a curtain away from the haze that had draped over my mind.  Flashes of memories and impressions flashed like a slide show: startling red hair and green eyes like my own, laughter, blond hair and overwhelming anxiety.    Desperate, yet familiar sea blue eyes boring into mine was the last thing I remembered seeing before I sank into the darkness that held me as its unwilling prisoner.

I could sense his presence in the back of my psyche, a constant hum that reassured me that all wasn’t lost.  My desire to know he was real and not a figment of my imagination forced me to fight to follow him out of the safety of my mind, back into the reality of the unknown.  His lilting voice and cool touch the only thing that seemed tangible.  He’d been an illusion in my dreams before, but he was real.

He had to be, right?  Everything hadn’t been a dream.  It couldn’t be.

Blinking, I rubbed my hand across my eyes, attempting to figure out where I was.  Staring at the ceiling, I took a few deep breaths and reality fell over me like a bucket of ice water, making everything fall into place.

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Are you still here? Do you want a bit more to convince you to check out Stefan and Josie's story? Well, you are in luck. Alexandra joined me here for Oh My! Monday on September 10th and shared a smokin' hot excerpt.  Go ahead and check that out and if that doesn't convince you to get your own copy of Illusion today, then I don't know what will.


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Monday, September 17, 2012

Oh My! It's Time to Get Dirty As Sin with Leanore Elliott

I'm over the moon excited to have one of my favorite authors here to share her latest novel with us today. Not only will your panties get drenched just looking at her covers, you will experience mind blowing, toe curling orgasms as soon as you start turning the pages. I am living, breathing proof that happens every time one of Leanore Elliott's books are read.



Don't believe me? Well, how about I introduce you to Rex from Leanore's new release Dirty As Sin. If that title seems familiar, you would be right. I posted the video trailer for this book in my favorite videos section. The pictures in that trailer will leave you in a hot puddle in your chair and panting for more. Once you meet Rex today, you will be rushing out to grab your very own copy of his story. 

Let's get started and welcome Leanore Elliott to The House of Taboo and let her tell you all about sexy Rexy. ;)


Rex Harris is every woman’s fantasy. Why? Because that is what he does. He’s a hot ride to a place of pure, sinful pleasure.

He was born with good looks and even worked as a model a time or two. But the acting field was full of guys like him, all decked out with high glossy portfolios.

His work was a man’s dream really. After his failing attempt for that elusive Hollywood dream? He took the side jobs of being a paid stud and built himself into Hollywood Cream.



Rex’s Workout Routine:


He has his own fitness regime and he jogs along the beach 5 mornings a week. He routinely performs specific exercises for a specific task. He’d built his legs up, so that he could fuck you for a very long time while standing upright and he’d built his abs to a streamlined strength for a full pelvic assault while taking you from behind. Knee bends were a part of the routine, so that he could easily crouch for a very long time while giving you oral pleasure at its best.


Rex’s Office Of Pleasure:


A suite at the Grande, room 1021. Luxurious, fully stocked with all the amenities of a penthouse suite. Its history had already been the scene of thousands of sexual dates and it had witnessed literally three hundred female orgasms over this last year alone.


The Demands Of His Job: DOUBLE DUTY WITH TWINS:


The curvy twins did indeed have their mouths wide open as they gaped openly at the man with the supreme build and awesome looks as he confessed that he thought that they were the beautiful ones. “Ohh!” they both shrieked and jumped from the couch, tackling him to the floor.

Rex landed on the rug as they both tore their thin dresses up and off their bodies. Next, they literally divested him of his pants, ripping his shirt off his chest, while the popping buttons scattered all around him. He sucked his breath in and felt his briefs being torn from his hips.

One twin straddled him and the other pressed her lips to his.
“Wait, ladies, whoa!”

The one straddling him scooted down lower.
“We need a---” Rex began to say condom and halted as he felt his erect cock being neatly wrapped. 

The twin who’d rubbered him, snickered.

With submissive relief, he lay his head back. “I am at your mercy, Sebrina and Samantha. Please, be gentle?”

Releasing their held breaths and with some type of silent communication between them, they rose up and away from him. 
Rex was baffled as he’d mentally readied himself for a reverse gangbanging. He slowly sat up. 

They sat kneeling in front of him. “We’re so sorry,” they both spoke.

Rex laughed. “It’s all right. All you did was speed the process up.” 
“We just are so eager. No one likes us. At parties we’re ignored,” Sebrina explained.

“Tell us what you want us to do and we will do it,” Samantha added.

Rex blinked his eyes. “You are the ones who paid to be pleasured.”

At his answer, they sighed lovingly again.

“You must be the sweetest, sexiest man we have ever met!” Sebrina chimed.

“We really like to be directed, you know?” Samantha added.

This did pique his interest. “I want to make sure we are clear, because this is to be your night. Are you like…submissive?”

They nodded their heads.

“Do you like it forceful?”

Again, affirming nods.

“Spanking?”

They both flushed pink. “Oh, yes!”

“Forced entries?”

They both visibly shivered with needy expressions on their faces.

He stood upright and looked down at them. Oh, wow, he thought, while attempting to keep his cool. “Sit up on the couch,” he directed.

With excited obedience, they jumped up and did as he instructed.

“Now, open your legs.”

The twins did so immediately; both of them opened their lovely thighs to his gaze.

“I want you to get yourselves really hot.” He grabbed his already stiffened cock.

Their eyes focused on his movement as their chests were already showing their accelerated breathing.

“Open your folds and show me some sweet skin.”

Both girls shivered and reached down, opening their snatches to his eyes.

His cock did a jolt while standing higher. “Mmm, double plush velvet.”

 

A gift For Dot’s 21st Birthday:


Rex never believed that this session would end up like this, as he grew harder and thicker within his own grasp.

“Oh, look at it, mmm, I want to see all that hot, spurting cum shoot out of it. Fuck it harder!” she nearly shouted with glee.

Nearly there now, his cock throbbed and bulged from the rapid friction he’d built up.

“Yes, now bend your body back and stick it out, where I can see it squirt, unh-unh.” Dot was nearly salivating as her slickened fingers rapidly plunged in and out of her wet, glistening snatch.

Rex knew what she wanted and he was going to deliver as he pumped his cock like he was priming a loaded shot gun. He gripped the base of it and held his dick like a bottle of Champagne primed for the burst. Just as he felt his body spasm, he leaned his head back to spurt his cum straight out, releasing a low feral growl as he jetted his pearly hot deposit across the floor.

“Ahh, ahhh!” Dot’s ecstatic cries echoed out from the couch as she panted, struggling for breath. “Oh, God!” she nearly wept out the words. “Oh—unh!”


His Saturday Massage Session:


Knowing that Susie loved this potent blowing game, he would try to sound reluctant. “I don’t think we should.” He moaned with just the right amount of troubled angst. “Someone may catch us at it.”

Her buxom breasts would quiver as she pulled her blouse down and used her strong fingers, hefting her breasts up as an offering.

With a lazy nonchalance, he would slowly take a long sensual look at her bountiful breasts with her rosy pink areolas and creamy ivory skin. Her lovely nipples were diamond hard as her entire body shivered with obvious need. While holding her head with one hand, he extended his other and gave her nipples a good twisting and rubbing. He would be rough with this part, using her own tough massage techniques against her. “Nice, hard buds, Susie. You may be hot enough to do me deep.” He would keep his voice low and mean. Rex knew she craved this part of the act.

“Oh, yes, let me please you? Use my mouth to release all your anger? I will swallow all of you, I promise.” Her vow sounded small and pleading.

Rex would pretend to consider her offer. “Mmm, and you promise to swallow all of it?”

She eagerly nodded her head.

He then waited another full minute or two while stroking both breasts and working her into a real horny lather with pinches, thumbings and grazes to her elongated, eager nipples. Her body visibly quaked and shuddered as his nipple play drove her so close to climax that she panted and squirmed with need.



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Monday, September 10, 2012

Vampires and Psychics Oh MY!

I'm excited to welcome to The House of Taboo author Alexandra Anthony. She's just released the second book in her Vampire Destiny series entitled Illusion. If you enjoyed the first book, you will not be disappointed in the second. Where Fated introduced us to fated soul mates Stefan and Josephine, Illusion continues their love story through many twists and turns and surprises. I don't want to give anything away, so you are just going to have to read it for yourself. 

Until then, Alexandra has been kind enough to share a steamy excerpt from Illusion. I warn you, the heat between Stefan and Josephine is palpable and will bring out your hidden desires as well. So, get comfortable, naked or otherwise and enjoy! ;) 
~Lia


Blurb

Her story continues...
Psychic empath Josephine Anderson is surprised to discover that she's a little more than human. She's a vampire hybrid with a powerful vampire father... 

Her life will never be the same...
She prepares to live as an immortal with her vampire mate, Stefan Lifsten. As she makes plans to abandon her old life to be at her lover's side, she begins to slowly transform, developing new abilities and desires... 

Long buried secrets are revealed...
When she discovers the truth about her heritage, she's drawn into a web of passion, deception, and power struggles that leave many lives hanging in the balance



ADULT EXCERPT



Readers Idea of what Josie looks like
Emma Stone
“That’s all you want?  For me to live with you?” I stammered.   I expected more from him, some complicated stipulation that would put me on the offense.   Once again, he surprised me with how little he wanted from me.   And I was once again stunned at how much more I would be willing to give him.

“That would be a good beginning point.   There are many benefits to us living together, Josephine.” I felt his nimble fingers begin to unbutton my shirt.   His voice was sensual and smooth as he leaned to whisper against my ear.   “We can do this.   Whenever we want… wherever we want.”

His hands pushed the shirt over my shoulders and it dropped to the floor around my feet, leaving me naked against him.   My overheated skin came in contact with his much cooler flesh, sending a crackle of energy between us.   He wound my long hair in one of his hands, pulling my head slightly back to rest against his chest.   His lips lowered to my neck and he ran his tongue slowly up the length of my neck, tasting me.  He didn’t stop until he licked over the shell of my ear.   I shivered against him and a low moan slipped past my lips, a husky helpless sound of want.   His hard cock pressed against my back and I unconsciously pushed back against him.

“De saker du gör för mig och vacker,” he murmured softly.   He still had the presence of mind to translate for me.  “The things you do to me, beautiful one.”
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He released my hair and spun me around to face him.   I looked up, marveling at the magnificence of the man in front of me.  His blue eyes had darkened like the ocean at night and his lips were slightly parted.   Stefan’s golden hair had fallen forward over his forehead as he captured my lips in a demanding kiss.   His mouth opened against mine and his tongue boldly swept in, effectively igniting a fire that spread through my blood like wildfire, burning me alive from the inside out.   Feeling wetness pool between my thighs, I pushed him back against the wall with strength I didn’t know I had, pulling my mouth away from his.

“You’re overdressed for the party, älskling.”  I watched as his already dark eyes glazed over as I spoke to him in his native tongue.   Gripping the drawstring to his sleep pants, I untied them and pushed them over his hips.   My hands slid up his muscled stomach to lightly caress his chest.   I licked one nipple and moved to the other, laving it with my tongue and then closing my mouth over it, lightly biting him.

“Fuck!  More of that… and harder,” he growled.   His blond head fell back against his shoulders, lost in a combination of agony and ecstasy.

Feeling powerful and sexy, my mouth continued an assault on his chest, my tongue traveling over the sharp lines of his collarbones.   I nibbled his skin with my teeth, making him cry out in pleasure.   I ran my palm down his body and gripped his cock in my hand, lightly stroking the length of his shaft.   His hips jutted towards me, encouraging me to continue.

Stefan grabbed a handful of my hair and turned us around so I was pinned between himself and the wall, the predator inside of him resurfacing.   My hand tightened around him as my teeth finally broke through the skin around his nipple, drawing blood.

“Du kommer att vara död för mig,” he muttered, reaching between us and pulling my hand away from his cock.   He wrapped his arms around me and lifted me, my legs winding around his waist.   He impaled me with one swift thrust, his hips pressing me against the wall as he stroked inside of me.

“Don’t you fucking stop, Stefan.   I need you,” I whimpered, tightening my arms around his neck, my fingernails digging into his shoulders.   He increased his speed at my words, his cock completely filling me.   Our bodies moved together as one and Stefan plunged relentlessly inside of me.   I answered each of them with wanton enthusiasm, my breathing coming in sharp gasps.

“I will never stop.   Aldrig!” Stefan warned, his handsome face intense as his hips battered into me.   “I have you for an eternity.   Tell me that you will be mine forever.”
My back arched into him, shamelessly pressing my breasts deeper into his chest.   I cried out in pleasure as he ruthlessly fucked me.

“Tell me.   I will not ask again.”

“I’m yours, Stefan.   Forever,” I sobbed, offering my neck to him in surrender.   I felt him throb inside of me at my words and offering and I instinctively reacted by clamping around his cock.

He released a guttural moan and he buried his face into the crook of my neck.   His fangs scraped against my skin before they sank into my willing flesh.   My inner walls rhythmically tightened around him as I tumbled over the edge.   My climax triggered his and he emptied inside of me, withdrawing his fangs from my neck.   His mouth was bloody as he crashed his lips into mine, collapsing to his knees, sliding us down the wall to the floor.   I was wrapped around him and he was still buried inside of me, his breath uneven against my face.

“Jag kommer att älska dig för evigt, Josephine.  En evighet är inte tillräckligt lång för oss.” Stefans mind voice was reverent as it entered my thoughts.   He lifted his mouth from mine and his eyes shone with emotion.

One of my hands moved to caress the skin over his stubbled cheek, my fingers trailing down the side of his face to follow the curve of his chiseled jaw.   I leaned in slightly to press a kiss against the cleft in his chin.  “Translation, please.”

His face relaxed into a smile as he adjusted his body,  moving me to sit on his lap.  “I told you that I will love you forever, Josephine.   An eternity is not long enough for us.”

©Illusion (The Vampire Destiny Series Book 2) Alexandra Anthony


*Translations:  
Älskling  lover

Du kommer att vara död för mig.  You will be the death of me.

Aldrig!  Never.

Didn't I tell you? Show of hands. How many of you had to turn on the fan to keep from combusting? Yeah, thought so! Now how about you go out and get your copy of Illusion. It's available as an ebook AND print right now at the following links. Pick your favorite book spot and get to downloading. Go ahead. I'll wait for you. 


No, seriously. I won't go on until you have your copy of Alexandra's book either on your ereader or on it's way to you if you want the print version....

Now we can continue. ;) 

About the Author
Alexandra Anthony loves all things vampire and enjoys writing romantic/erotic stories combining vampires and the paranormal, loves the idea of good happily ever after story and the possibility that there could be a supernatural Prince Charming lurking out there.

Alexandra lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter. She is currently writing the The Vampire Destiny series in which Josephine, a psychic empath, meets the undead man of her dreams.






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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Brothers in Arms author Kendall McKenna Takes Center Stage

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Welcome once again to the House of Taboo! I'm thrilled to welcome to the Center Stage someone who writes in the same genre I do. Kendall McKenna writes M/M erotic romance and her recent release Brothers in Arms blew me away! Not only did she present two strong Alpha males in a relationship, she threw them together in the most inhospitable environments: the Marine Corps in the middle of a desert war zone. If finding love wasn't tough enough, her heroes had to do it while dodging bullets and avoiding ambushes. We'll hear more about the book in a bit, but first let's welcome Kendall to the stage and learn a little bit about her outside of her job as a writer.


Besides reading and writing, what activities do you enjoy in your leisure time?
What leisure time? Just kidding. But not really. I write! I write long, plotty, sexy books. I know that doesn’t sound like leisure, but it is. Yeah, it’s work and it’s difficult, but I really enjoy it. I do other things, too, lest you think I live in my mother’s basement, never seeing daylight. I like to jetski in the summer. I love to travel, particularly to warm places where I can SCUBA in a 7mil or thinner wetsuit. I love musical theater. My favorites are Wicked and American Idiot. I have tickets to the Book of Mormon in October. I’m also a long-time fan girl and I really enjoy getting together with friends and marathoning our favorite shows and movies.


What’s your day job? Do you like it? Why or why not? How has your job affected your personal development? How has it affected your writing life?
I do have a day job! I love my day job! How awesome is that? Not only am I a published writer, but I love my day job! I’m an Executive level assistant in the International Department of a pretty well known company. People ask me when I’m going to quit my job and write full time and always laugh. I love my job, I love the people I work for and work with, they show their appreciation daily, and I make really, really good money. If the pay sucked or I hated my job, I might think about quitting, but right now, I’ve got it made. 


This job reminded me of the things I’m good at. It reminded me that there is value in the things I’m good at. That’s allowed me to take on and learn new tasks that I’ve turned out to be pretty good at, too. 

It’s been good for my writing because the hours are 8-5, Monday through Friday. I’m not so stressed out that I can’t write after I get home. There’s no travel (I did that for 9 years, I’m so over it), so my weekends are my own. It’s left me happy and energized enough to keep on writing. 


What inspires you to write?
The characters. One or two characters will present themselves with a conflict, or a lesson they need to learn. The desire to tell those stories, to walk that character through the lesson, is what inspires me. Also, if I have an idea that seems like it’s too big, or too much, the desire to see if I can rise to occasion and pull it off inspire me to write it.

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Are you a plotter or panster or a little of both?
Usually, I answer a little of both. But really, I’m a panster. I make notes and jot down things I don’t want to forget, but really, I fly by the seat of my pants while I’m writing. Panster. Total panster.


Do your stories tend to be character driven or plot driven?
Character driven. The characters and their arcs are what drive the plot. Even Brothers In Arms, which is very, very plotty, is a vehicle to get the main characters where I wanted them to be. I knew going in that I was going to write that final, climactic, heart-pounding sprint through the Iraqi town because it leads directly to the conflict resolution between the two main characters. The rest of the story is woven around the strengths and the emotions of those characters, leading them right to that danger-fueled sequence. 


Do you listen to music while writing? What kinds of music work best for you? Do different types of music help you for different types of scenes?
Yes, and the music I select relates directly to what I’m trying to write. It definitely reflects the mood of whatever scene I’m writing at that moment. Scenes of conflict between lovers is usually Matchbox 20 and Rob Thomas. Action and angry scenes are usually Nickelback, Fuel, Daughtry, Linkin Park. Mixed in there is the cast recording to American Idiot. A lot of P!nk songs, because she runs a wide gamut of emotions from playful and party, to heartbreaking and melancholy. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of The Script, but with Matchbox 20’s album releasing on my birthday, that’s probably going to be my new obsession. Along with P!ink’s new album.

I listen to a lot of the same music, especially Pink. You can't ever go wrong choosing one of her songs to write to!  
Tell us about the different types of characters you like to write about? Why are these types so appealing to you?






At this moment, I’m writing about BAMFs (badass-motherf***ers) who are highly intelligent and competent. What makes them so challenging and appealing to write, is that they’re CLAMs (http://fanlore.org/wiki/Clam). I have to find ways for them to express themselves and communicate with each other with a minimal number of words. Or rather, a minimal amount of direct dialog. 


Lately, I’ve been playing around with characters who are unaware of how other people see them. They’re baffled to find the men of their dreams return their affections, because they’re unaware of their own charms and strengths. 

I also like my BAMFs damaged. Either early childhood (emotional) trauma or a recent case of PTSD, I like to explore the reality of emotional damage but still have my characters develop the strength they need to adapt and overcome.


In what ways are your characters like you? In what ways are your characters not like you?
Oh, the characters with the most sarcastic lines of dialog, the impatient ones, the ones who tend to disdain people, and who don’t suffer fools gladly – those are the characters who are speaking for me, most likely even with my true voice. 

Well, a lot of my characters are men so that’s very much unlike me! The early days of my relationship was very much unlike my characters’! There was no drama, there was very little conflict. There was no great resolution. We met, we dated, we moved in together. It’s been pretty drama-free all the way around! The relationship itself has been pretty adventurous and eventful, and some of our exploits have turned up in my stories, but I’m not going to tell which ones! LOL! Hmmm...I think I'm going to have to set up another interview with your significant other. ;)


What are the recurring core issues in your stories? Why do you think you are drawn to these types of characters/plots again and again?
At this moment in time, I’m writing an awful lot about the futility of war, the modern warrior culture, and the damage war does to the warriors themselves. I don’t need my Psych degree to tell why I’m currently returning to these issues and themes over and over. 

My entire life, I’ve known men with PTSD of varying levels of severity. It’s only recently been known as PTSD. Previously, it was shell shock and went pretty much unrecognized and undiagnosed. But I’ve seen the effects first hand. Now, we’re 10 years down the road in two futile ‘wars’ and I’m watching history repeat itself, only with greater intensity. These themes and issues have repeated themselves in my life, of course they’re going to repeat in my art. 

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In one or two sentences, give the core premise behind your story.
It’s titled Brothers In Arms. A platoon of U.S. Marines find themselves helping the FBI investigate the illegal business practices of private military contractors. The investigation reunites two former lovers and they rekindle their feelings for one another, while simply trying to stay alive. 

When and where does your book take place?
Diyala Province, Iraq; 2008.

How does the time and setting weave into the plot and persona of the characters?
I’ve actually received some fantastic positive reviews for weaving the setting into the story the way that I did. The oppressive heat, the smell, the desolation of the country are another character in the story. The conditions are miserable and it makes the horror of what’s taking place that much worse. 


Who is hero #1? 
That would be Gunnery Sergeant Jonah Carver. He’s a Recon Marine and the most experienced of the Marines stationed at Diyala firmbase and is somewhat of a legend. 

What drives him?
He’s a warrior. He thrives in the warrior culture and constantly pushes himself to be the best and the smartest warrior he can be. He values competence above all else. 

What is he running away from (literally or figuratively)?
Absolutely nothing. Jonah is running toward the next challenge. Could a case be made that he’s running from intimacy and commitment? Possibly. Mostly, he’s waiting for his Mr. Right to come back into his life. He’s just so preoccupied with being a warrior, he doesn’t realize it. 

What obstacles will he encounter in this story?
A VIP under Jonah’s protection is murdered. No one thinks it’s important to tell him what’s going on, so he’s stumbling around in the dark. He’s assigned to protect the FBI team that shows up to investigate the murder, and what they discover shakes him to his core. 

What draws him to hero #2 in this story? What gives him that push away from him?
Jonah is drawn to Kellan because Kellan embodies everything Jonah values. Kellan is brilliant, he’s competent, and he’s a natural leader. He’s principled, he has honor and integrity. Kellan is charismatic, which adds to the sexiness that attracts Jonah in the first place. Cause Kellan is hot. He’s 6 feet tall with luminous green eyes and a nice ass. 

The push away comes from Jonah’s own hesitance. It comes from DADT. It comes from geography.

What does he need to learn to make the happy ending possible?
Jonah needs to learn that he’s worthy of Kellan, that he deserves to get what he wants, and that Kellan actually returns his feelings. He needs to learn that, despite the differences in their lives, they can work it out. 

What about him will make readers sympathetic to him?
His anger and sense of betrayal over what the private contractors are doing. Jonah’s so smitten with Kellan, he charms readers and they relate to him. I also think we can all relate to Jonah’s disbelief that someone he thinks so highly of could possibly want him in return. 

 Who is hero #2? 
That would be Kellan Reynolds, former USMC captain.

What drives him?
Kellan is driven by the need to be a part of something bigger than himself. He’s driven to challenge himself and to make a positive impact on the world. Kellan needs to always be striving toward something that matters.  

What is he running away from (literally or figuratively)?
Kellan is literally running toward Jonah. He doesn’t have to go to Iraq, but when he realizes Jonah is involved in what’s going on, he gets on the C-130 and goes. 

What obstacles will he encounter in this story?
Kellan’s obstacles are; a group of corrupt corporations, a hesitant Jonah, and one big, huge obstacle I can’t tell you about because it’s a massive spoiler.

What draws him to hero #1 in this story? What gives him that push away from him?
Kellan is drawn to Jonah because he’s sexy as hell. He’s a 6 foot 3, blond haired, blue eyed Southern California surfer boy. He’s smart as hell and challenges Kellan intellectually and philosophically. Jonah has always had utter faith in Kellan, which Kellan has always tried to live up to. The push away is time, distance, DADT and his own ambition. 

What does he need to learn to make the happy ending possible?
Kellan has to learn that he has got to spell it out for Jonah. There are too many things that can happen to get in the way, Kellan can’t afford to play coy with Jonah. Kellan has got to learn that he has to make the first move, because the power dynamic between them prevents Jonah from doing it.  

What makes this hero infuriating to the hero, if anything?
Nothing about Kellan infuriates Jonah. But Kellan’s altruism and idealism does sort of frustrate him, at the same time he admires it.

What makes hero #2 hot and lovable? 
Did I mention Kellan’s green eyes and fine ass? How about his broad shoulders and tight abs? Beyond that, he’s scary smart, scary competent, honorable and humble. He’s vulnerable – to Jonah – and sensitive. 

What about him will make readers sympathetic to him?
When Kellan finds himself caught up in something he’s unprepared for, he refuses to back down. He also tries to be the man Jonah sees him as, not realizing he doesn’t even have to try. I think readers will find most sympathetic, Kellan’s determination to rekindle things with Jonah, without being entirely sure Jonah returns his feelings. He’s taking a chance we can all relate to. 

Is the oppositional force in this story more external or internal or a little of both?
Almost all external. They’re all in such physical danger so much of the time. However, DADT is always lurking just beneath the surface. 

Is there a villain? Who is he? What’s he like? Why is he/she the way they are? What motivates him/her to cause oppositional force to the characters? Without giving any spoilers, can you give a hint as to what sort of opposition he/she gives to the main characters?
No, no one single villain. In the final climactic action sequence, there is finally a small group of men who represent the overall villainous organizations. I can’t tell too much without spoiling, but it’s a story of corruption and greed and a complete disregard for human life. 

What is the theme at the heart of your story?
No one benefits from war except the politicians who start the wars while they sit home in safety and comfort, and the corporations who pay to get them elected. 

What message do you hope readers take away from this story?
Hate the war, love the warrior. 

Carpe Diem.   

Is this book a part of a series?
Um…no. Yes. Sort of. It wasn’t, but it is now….

What is the theme of the overall series and how does this story fit into that?
It’s still taking shape, but it seems the overall theme is that real people serve in the military, not empty uniforms. They believe in what they’re doing, despite the costs to them personally. 

Will these characters show up in other books in this series? 
Yes, Jonah and Kellan have already shown up in book #2. They’re supporting characters this time around, though. I never intended for this to be a series, but the supporting character of Corey Yarwood has turned out to be very well liked with lots of requests for a story about him. So, he’s getting his own boyfriend. Yay! I was rooting for Corey to get with Jonah at first until it was clear that Kellan was "the one." Corey deserves to get his happily ever after too!

How many books to you anticipate will be in this series?
Possibly 3. There is a supporting character in Corey’s story who could develop into a main character in a future story. 

What are you working on now?
The sequel to Brothers In Arms. It’s called The Final Line and it comes from a Marine term - final protective line – the perimeter at which the enemy has begun to overrun friendly troops, signals the commencement of final protective fire in desperate self-defense.
Which is where Corey finds himself personally and professionally as the story develops. He’s dug in and is desperately defending his sanity, his career and his heart. 
Oh, I can't wait for this one to come out too. Hurry up! ;)

What’s coming soon?
A paranormal story about Marine Corps werewolves. It’s the first of 3 and it’s called Strength of the Pack. The second is called Strength of the Wolf. I don’t have #3 developed enough yet to know what its strength is. Quite possibly, Strength of the Mate.

If you would like to read Brothers in Arms for yourself, just click on the cover above to take you to the Silver Publishing website. It's also available from Amazon, B&N, and ARe.

Blurb


Jonah Carver--a Marine and combat veteran--and his former Captain, Kellan Reynolds, once shared a scorching night, but then lost touch; something Jonah has long regretted.

When an investigation into government corruption ends in a killing on Jonah's watch, the FBI arrives. With them is Kellan Reynolds. Together once more, sparks fly and Jonah begins to believe in second chances.

Nothing is that easy, though, as the suspects will stop at nothing to halt the investigation. Jonah must keep everyone in his charge alive while helping the FBI and Kellan find the proof they need.

When Kellan is kidnapped, can Jonah keep the investigation from unraveling and avoid losing Kellan for a second time?


You can reach Kendall McKenna at:
Kendall.mckenna3@gmail.com