I want you all to put together a warm Hussy Lair welcome to two wonderful ladies....
Please welcome Ms. Cat Grant and Ms. Rachel Haimowitz!!!!!
Thank you for joining us on the Power Play: Resistance virtual release tour! *throws penis-shaped confetti borrowed from Anne Tenino* No party is complete without favors, so we'll be giving away winner’s choice of one backlist book from Cat or Rachel to one lucky commenter from this blog at the end of the tour. We'll also be giving away a classic Nook pre-loaded with six of our titles to one lucky commenter drawn from all the tour stops, so follow along and party with us at each--you can earn an entry at every stop!
To help celebrate the release of the kinktastic Power Play: Resistance, the authors wrangled their characters into an interrogation chair for your reading pleasure.
Today we’re talking to Devon Turner, star of such Hollywood blockbusters as They’re Coming for You, Thrill Kill and the upcoming live-action version of Devil May Cry. As some of you may recall, he got his start as a young heart-throb on the 1996 TV series California Dreamin’. He divides his time between Hollywood and New York, where his spouse, Nicky Avery, is currently starring in the Broadway revival of Godspell.
1) So, Devon . . . where did you & Jonathan meet?
At a Time Magazine Top 100 party, actually. He was 24 and taking the world by storm, just divorced and frankly pretty destroyed by it. I was 29 and fresh off the biggest success of my career. We were both honorees, but poor Jonathan was having a hard time enjoying himself. I suppose I always have been one to bring home birds with broken wings, and God was he ever beautiful—still is, to be honest, and I don’t just mean his body or his face. I had to talk to him.
2) Jonathan’s spoken of “spending time on (my) knees” – an unusual thing for such a well-known Dom (and sadist!) to say. Can you fill us in on what he meant?
He meant exactly what he said; he and the various floors in my home were quite intimately acquainted by the end of our time together.
3) Congratulations on your recent marriage to Broadway star Nicky Avery. Can you tell us about some of the unique rewards/challenges of being out of the closet in Hollywood?
Thank you! I’d say the biggest reward and challenge is, well, Nicky, the cheeky little bastard. *smiles* But seriously, the biggest reward is knowing that maybe you’re helping people in some small way. I mean, let’s face it, I have a ridiculous job. I get paid ridiculous amounts of money to do ridiculous things that like as not contribute nothing but a fun 90 minutes to society. Of course sometimes you get to work on a project that feels really meaningful, where you feel like, Yeah, this is important, this matters, but mostly you can’t take yourself or what you do too seriously. But coming out—not just as gay but as kinky and proud—well, I get letters all the time from kids, even adults, saying how that helped them to come out too, to feel better about themselves, to not be ashamed, to not hide anymore. That’s more rewarding than anything I could do on a movie screen, and I feel blessed, quite frankly, that I’m in a position where I can make that sort of difference, however small.
The biggest challenge is the flipside of that coin, of course. Did you know “my people” caused Hurricane Katrina? Because apparently we did. And Nicky and I are the butts of a lot of jokes, many not at all friendly. A lot of people out there think we’re sick—it’s not “bad enough” we’re gay; we had to be “sickos” and “perverts” too—and don’t hesitate to write us nasty notes to let us know. Plus the press is rather endlessly fascinated by what goes on in our bedroom. Not that we ever really talk about that, but it sure as shit doesn’t keep them from asking.
Give me six months, and I'll give you the world.
Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges—the deeply-repressed desire to submit.
|Awakening ~ Coming to you on June 11th|
When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon’s deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I’ll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn’t care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan’s offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted—and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.
You can read an excerpt and order Power Play: Resistance here.
About the authors:
Rachel Haimowitz is an M/M erotic romance author, a freelance writer and editor, and the Managing Editor of Riptide Publishing. She's also a sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, and quite proudly pervish. Fortunately, all those things make writing a lot more fun for her . . . if not so much for her characters.
When she's not writing about hot guys getting it on (or just plain getting it; her characters rarely escape a story unscathed), she loves to read, hike, camp, sing, perform in community theater, and glue captions to cats. She also has a particular fondness for her very needy dog, her even needier cat, and shouting at kids to get off her lawn.
You can find Rachel at her website, Tweeting as RachelHaimowitz, chatting in the Goodreads forums, and blogging at Fantasy Unbound. She loves to hear from folks, so feel free to drop her a line anytime at metarachel (at) gmail (dot) com.
EPIC Award–winning author Cat Grant lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California, with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. When she's not writing, she sings along (badly!) to whatever's on her iPod shuffle, watches lots of movies, and fantasizes about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender.
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