Patricia Logan is here with The Slave’s Mask excerpt

“Bend over the bed and spread your legs. Accept your plug.” Master ordered. Slave moved to obey, still unsteady on his feet. Master noted that he trembled with fear. He moved away, walking to the sideboard and opened several drawers, removing an object. He knew that the minute he walked away, Slave’s terror would ramp up. There was a special bond between Slave and Master and it was the Master’s place to set the tone in their relationship. He had the responsibility to make sure that his Slave was well cared for but not at the expense of his absolute submission. He opened the bed table drawer bringing out the jar of cream he would need and then moved in behind Slave. He placed his left hand on the small of Slave’s trembling back. His hot red ass, blushed beautifully after his spanking.

“You have nothing to fear from me, Slave.” He bent to reassure the young man, knowing that as his towering form surrounded Slave’s back, his body would be very intimidating to the vulnerable sub. “I am going to insert a plug into your back hole. It will stretch you and it will hurt at first but you will become accustomed to it. You will stay aroused because it will press upon your gland, deep within and you will be ready for me whenever I desire you, stretched to accommodate me.” He felt his small sub shudder beneath him, but to his credit, the man didn’t utter a sound, not so much as a whimper. “Have you ever had a plug before, Slave?”

“No, Master,” came the shaky reply.

“Good, then I will be the first to do this to you, along with many other things that I have planned for the week.” He knew how smug he sounded and he waited for, and was rewarded by a tiny shiver. He ran both hands from the small of Slave’s back down to the blushing tight globes of his ass. He massaged them for a moment, drawing a whimper and then Master, separated the cheeks with his two very large hands. At the first glimpse of Slave’s tight hole, he went rock hard beneath his silky robe. “Ahh, you are very beautiful my Slave,” he growled.

“Thank you, Master,” came the muffled answer.

Master let go of the young Slave’s ass cheeks and picked up the plug that he had selected. It was curved at one end, designed to press constantly against the young man’s prostate and larger than the dildo he had used on Slave the night before. He had selected it for its size to stretch Slave for his own cock. Though Master was longer and thicker than any of the glass phalluses in the velvet box, he still knew that a man of his size would most certainly hurt a small man like Slave if he wasn’t very careful with him, and he had no desire to damage his beautiful cherub.

Master opened the jar of cream and spread a liberal amount all over his fingers and then slipped a finger into the crack of Slave’s ass. Slave jumped, probably because of the cold against the heated flesh. Master found Slave’s tiny hole and massaged it for only a moment before inserting it, sliding it deeply within as he told Slave to breathe easy and relax. He heard a tiny moan as he worked Slave’s hole, thrusting more deeply as he prepared him for the plug. Slave’s entire body began blushing and Master loved the sight of it. He ran a practiced palm up and over Slave’s bottom as he inserted a second finger. Slave gasped and Master leaned in and kissed the globe, he’d just been touching.

“It’s all right my pretty slave. You will take whatever I give you because you know it pleases me. You also know that I will push you to take more and more. Soon you will be begging for a good hard fucking. I have a large cock, Slave, and it will be hard for you to take, but take it, you will.” Slave moaned as Master scissored his fingers inside his back passage, opening him up as he gave him an internal massage. A few minutes later, Slave was riding the fingers. Master smiled to himself and slipped in a third, stretching him wide.

“Master!” Slave gasped. “Too much! It’s too much! Ahhh…”

“It’s not too much. You will take what I give you and though it may hurt, your pain brings me pleasure, so you will endure it,” Master growled low.

“Ahh, ahh, mmm… yes, Master,” Slave groaned quietly. He writhed on the bed in front of Master and began humping the sheets below.

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The Slave’s Mask by Patricia Logan


Title: The Slave’s Mask
Author: Patricia Logan
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 143
Characters: Anthony, Francois
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical, BDSM
Kisses: 3.5



Blurb:

Infamous American blackguard and blockade runner, Captain Anthony Charles, has made a fortune in gold, running contraband between England and the Confederate States at the height of the Civil War in 1863. Anthony knows good brandy and fine cigars and his English clients appreciate him for it, but the captain also craves young submissive men. When he wins a young prostitute at an auction, Francois becomes his slave for seven days.

Francois has turned to prostitution to survive, but he is more than a whore. While most men who enjoy his favors treat him cruelly, he is stunned by this temporary owner’s kindness. Being a slave to this blue-eyed Master is no difficult task. Both men find that love may not be as elusive as they thought. Will the separation of oceans and time test their love or bring pain beyond bearing?

Review:

It’s 1863 at the height of the Civil War. Captain Anthony Charles is an American sea captain who is running goods from England through the Union blockade to the Confederate States. He’s in England to load cargo bound for America and to indulge in his passion for slight-framed submissive young men.

He hires Francois for an evening of pleasure, but finds himself strangely drawn to him. Francois is a young man whose father died in debtors prison and finds himself having to sell his body in order to survive. Anthony wins Francois’ company for a week in a slaves’ auction and indulges in his fantasy of having a slave to cater to his every whim.

As the week progresses, Anthony finds himself falling in love with the beautiful young man and Francois returns his feelings. Anthony leaves Francois to return to America but promises to come back for him in six months. When he fails to return, Francois (who is really a young Englishman named Byron Williams) loses hope and becomes a well-established tailor. Two years later Anthony returns to England and we find out that he was in a Union prison after being arrested for running the blockade. They are reunited and realize that they still love each other very deeply.

I enjoyed this story because it shows that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can still find love in the most unusual places.

Reviewed By: Pat Nelson

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Warrior Nights by Patricia Logan

Title: Warrior Nights
Author: Patricia Logan
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 290
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Suspense, Contemporary
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

Horribly scarred, Trace Martin has returned from an Iraqi prison camp a tormented man. He struggles to cope with PTSD and alcoholism, nearly burning down the family home. Brodie, his twin, turns to her best friend Kyle Kincaid for advice on how to help. Kyle, also a former Marine, has been expelled from the military under the DADT policy. The two men dislike each other immediately, but when Trace cleans up, they begin to see an attraction.Shortly after the two men begin an intense relationship, Brodie’s life is threatened by a monstrous serial killer. The men are thrown into a new role for which they’ve been well trained; protecting Brodie’s life. Add in the irresistible Ryan Harris, Trace’s nurse from Walter Reed Hospital and their relationship is further tested. Join Kyle and Trace as they battle for their lives and their families in this exciting conclusion to the Armadillo Series

Review:

I haven’t read the first two books in this series, but from what I could tell one is able to read them as standalone’s and not be lost as to who the characters are. Just by reading the blurbs from the other two in the series they are all different characters, with a hint of prior characters from the other stories dropping in to do what they do best. FBI agents and cops and such. So, don’t let that stop you from reading these titles out-of-order.

This particular story begins with a group of Marines being held as Iraqi prisoners who are being horribly tortured to death. The group leader Trace Martin does all he can to try to save his men from the horrible fate of the Iraqi soldiers who are taking great thrills in torturing these boys/men. One of them was just eighteen and horribly murdered in front of Trace.

When Trace was finally rescued he was a hot mess. The ones who held and hurt him, used a hot branding iron and took his left eye out. He was the only one of the three men left alive by the time help arrived after seven months of being in captivity and being tortured daily had changed this man in ways no one can imagine.
He finally gets home to his sisters but not as the same man who left on his second tour of that horrible place. Day or night Trace could not escape the past, he suffered nightmares, developed PTSD and began drinking way too much.

His twin sister Brodie along with their younger sister all lived in the same home and they were forced to watch this once great man fall as low as a man can fall. Brodie works for Kyle Kincaid who is a martial arts expert and he also is ex-military. Apparently his troupe went in a village, he accidentally killed a young kid and to avoid a scandal the military concocted a lie, had him sign a non-disclosure statement, and gave him a dishonorable discharge with benefits.

Brodie works for Kyle and he’s her best friend, he takes care of her the best he can as far as being there for her and her little sister when Trace messes up. Well one afternoon Trace falls asleep with the oven on and starts a fire in their house and this is where the action picks up. Trace sees Kyle looking down at him while the paramedics are giving him oxygen and he takes an immediate interest in the other man, just as the other man takes an interest in him but once Kyle realizes it was Trace’s fault that the fire started, and he smells the drink on his breath, he scowls at the man and Trace realizes what could have really happened had the fire department not showed up when they did. He was the cause of them almost loosing their house so he arranges to go to detox for a month to get over the addiction.

When he comes back home a changed and stronger man, he and Kyle can’t fight their mutual attraction to one another. They end up on a date, then bed in that order and lots of hot sex after that point. Kyle is a bit of a Dom, but it’s very lightly used in this story. He’s in my eyes more of a switch.

Now, lets talk about what else is going on here. Brodie has attracted the attentions of a strange person who is running amok in the story and doing some pretty bad things and scaring Trace and Kyle more than Brodie it seems. She’s a firecracker. This strange person is ate up with silly sickness and he’s a serial killer to boot. A bit of action/mystery happens, and if you pay attention to what’s going on, you’ll be able to figure out who it is.

Overall it was a good plot with lots of hot sex. The characters are likeable. I liked the first part the best. The ending is sweet, as this does turn into a ménage of a relationship. A young nurse who treated Trace while he was in the hospital actually. His name is Alex and we don’t get to see much of him but what we do, omg! I just fell in love with what I did. He’s a bouncy younger bottom type with a lot of love to give and a total sub. I enjoyed the story and can recommend if you’re looking for something with a bit of everything.

Reviewed By: Michele

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Torquere Author: Patricia Logan

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Patricia, can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I’m currently a full time author. Torquere was the first to take a chance on me and they published my first book back in 2010. Prior to that, I had a mortgage banking career for 18 years and was an AIDS hospice nurse before that.

What was your first book and how long did it take to get it published?

My first published work was “Leather Nights”. I submitted it to five agents and four publishers. Torquere was the only one to agree to it, but that was a difficult learning process for me. I didn’t know how to write in the proper POV so my wonderful, patient editor helped me polish it.

When did you start writing m/m romance? What about this genre interested you the most?

I wrote two m/f vanilla romances, neither of which was published and then turned to m/m because I was already reading the genre almost exclusively by that time. M/M just spoke to my soul. I don’t know how to describe it exactly. Only another m/m author or reader can understand it, I suppose.

How long did it take you to get published? How many books have you written thus far?

I began writing in 2007 and was published by 2010. I’ve written nine and eight are published. Another is coming out in May and another in June and another is a holiday tale, scheduled for November. I’ve also started a series of three that I hope to publish this year.

Do you write full time?

Yes

Looking back was there something in particular that helped you to decide to become a writer? Did you choose it or did the profession choose you?

I lost my last career in mortgage with the downturn of the economy so with a lot of time on my hands, I began to read. After about 75 books, a light bulb went off over my head and I realized that I could write one, so, I did.

On a typical writing day, how would you spend your time?

I get up, get my daughter to school and then return to begin promo. That includes blogging and social media and then I sit down to write. That takes the better part of my day.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I write a complete first draft and then go back for several rounds of self-editing before submission.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I write a full outline. It’s the OCD. I’m not a seat of the pants writer like some of my author friends. I have to have a structure to work from, but that’s just me.

What kind of research do you do before and during a new book?

I use the internet for my research on topics that are unfamiliar to me. I’ve had several careers and I read voraciously so I’m well versed in quite a bit but when a topic comes up that I don’t know, I go to the web to get my answers. Sometimes, I go back to books that I’ve read and pull historical events out of them.

How much of yourself and the people you know manifest into your characters? How do you approach development of your characters? Where do you draw the line?

In some cases, my characters are very much people I know. In my first book, Leather Nights, one of my main characters, Jake Maxfield was me, a man (in his case) that had lost his mortgage career, his house, his credit, and his money and had teens to raise. My characters kind of develop themselves as I write them. They tell me who they are. All of them are packed with emotion. I go deep into my character development to leave the reader with a very rich story.

How long does it take for you to complete a book you would allow someone to read? Do you write straight through, or do you revise as you go along?

It takes me a couple of months to write a full length novel, though it’s taken me less than a month with some and three months with others. Anthology submissions are much quicker, a couple of weeks at most.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

I don’t get blocked so much as unmotivated at times. Most of the time, I try to map out a whole series of books that then call to me to be written. It’s happened twice now and like I said, I’m starting a new series while I dabble in anthologies that I have already under contract.

When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope they gain, feel or experience?

I hope they feel emotion, love and get a lot of humor and angst. I’m a story teller so I hope they like the stories and I can hold their interest all the way through.

Can you share three things you’ve learned about the business of writing since your first publication?

Yes. Promotion is a lot of hard work and very time consuming. Secondly, writing is a job just like any other and it only pays off in satisfaction when you put your all into it. Last, there are a plethora of resources out there that writers can use to help them with their craft and a lot of supportive authors who will share their own experiences to help you learn from them.

Does the title of a book you’re writing come to you as you’re writing it, or does it come before you even begin the first sentence?

Most of the time it comes to me, early on in the book if not right up front. Because I write series for the most part, the titles are similar with each book (ie) Leather Nights, Undercover Nights, and Warrior Nights.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I’m pretty funny myself, a comedian actually. Most of the time, I crack myself up. If I had to point at one or two performers that make me laugh, I’d say, I love Louis Black’s stand up, and of course George Carlin and Rodney Dangerfield were favorites of mine. My daughter has my wicked sense of humor and she cracks me up all the time.

What is the most frequently asked Patricia Logan question?

It depends on who’s asking. If it’s a fan, it’s “When and where can I buy the next release?” If it’s an author friend, it’s “Can I have a spot on your blog for promo?” I have a really popular blog because it features a lot of naked men and I get a ton of hits so I host other authors a lot.

What are you working on now?

Two books. One is a submission for a summer anthology called “Hot Summer Hogs” for the “Hot Summer Fun” anthology being released June 20th. My two characters from Leather Nights are back in that book for a sweaty, leather clad ride, to Sturgis, for the famous bike rally. The second is “Silver Bullets” and is the first of my Silver series where I pair older (silver) men with younger hotties. Ironically, one of the main characters in that book, Tyler Winston, was a secondary character throughout the “Nights” books in the Armadillo Series with Torquere.

What was the best piece of advice you’ve received with respect to the art of writing? How did you implement it into your work?

An author has to work every day at their computer, even if it’s to put only a few words or an idea down, or even to write out a plot bunny. It keeps the mind focused on what we do. I try to hold tight to that unless I absolutely can’t. One of my close author friends, GA Hauser, is the most diligent worker I’ve ever seen. She gets up, jogs for miles, eats a hearty breakfast and works all day and well into the night. She’s super prolific as a result of it.

When it comes to promotion, what lengths have you gone to in order to increase reader-awareness of your work?

I have two blogs, one naughty and one sweet. I write for two writing groups, Tuesday Tales and Flash Fiction Friday. I put snippets of WIP’s in my social media sites all the time. I tweet, I blog and I just plain talk to everyone I can about it. Last year, I marched with GA Hauser in the gay pride parade in June and passed out a ton of swag along the parade route. I’ve done book signings in West Hollywood and this year I’ll be going to GayRomLit in Albuquerque. I also submit guest blogs to author friends blogs and I do interviews like this one.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

I interact a lot with fellow authors and have made some amazing friends. I visit their blogs, read their works and look at pictures that inspire plot bunnies, some of them that make me drool.

What kind of books do you like to read?

All kinds of M/M, although I go through phases where I’ll read only paranormal, then sci-fi, then historical and finally contemporary, which happens to be my personal favorite.

If you weren’t a writer what would you be?

I wouldn’t be anything else although I’m a decent artist so maybe, that.

Where did you get the idea for the stories you write?

Sometimes it’s a picture prompt or something I read that moved me to write about that subject.

When it comes to the covers of your books, what do you like or dislike about them?

I like covers to have pictures of my characters on them. I just think it makes a reader intrigued enough to buy it if it’s a pretty cover.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I watch a little T.V. I have a few must see shows like Torchwood and I read. I also have a busy family life with three grown kids and a little girl that I adore with all my heart.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

The summer anthology piece and my new “Silver” series of novels as well as three more anthology submissions stretching into next May.

New writers are always trying to glean advice from those with more experience. What suggestions do you have for new writers?

Don’t give up. Don’t give up. Don’t give up. Every one of us that is published is a success story that you need to use for encouragement and advice. Authors are the most generous people I’ve ever met and they are there to help you. Try to write every day if possible and don’t get distracted by bad reviews. Grow a thick skin because you’re going to get bad reviews because not everyone is going to like your work. Take it with a grain of salt. Don’t take rejection from a publisher too hard. Just resubmit it.

What future projects do you have in the works?

I have a full slate until next summer of contracted works but there’s also a fully written m/f novel that I want to rewrite. I wrote it when I didn’t know POV from a hole in the wall. I may pick that up after all of the other projects are dealt with.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

Yes, my links are:

http://naughtypassions.blogspot.com/?zx=f1b7069ece4afd88
http://patricialogan.wordpress.com/?blogsub=confirming#subscribe-blog
https://www.facebook.com/
patricialogan.author@yahoo.com

Could you please share your favorite excerpt(s) from one of more of your stories with us?

Yes. This is from my latest release with Torquere, “Gypsy Knight

Gavin groaned when he felt Malik’s thickness rub
along his chausses, his arse covered with two very large
palms as his lover drove him harder and harder against
the strong body. He knew that since they had been many
days apart, their coupling would be fast and hard.
Malik bent and lifted Gavin right off the floor and,
walking straight back to the bed, the large warrior
dropped him directly onto the fur coverings.

Gavin laughed at the anxious treatment but if the
truth be known, he was just as urgent to feel Malik as
the giant was. He hurried out of his clothes and he
watched Malik do the same before his lover climbed up
onto the bed and over Gavin. As Malik found Gavin’s
mouth, Gavin’s legs were spread by two large knees and
within seconds, their cocks once again surged against
each other.

“I want you, Malik,” Gavin panted between kisses.
“I’ve so missed you these past days.”

Malik answered with another glide of his large
erection against Gavin’s and Gavin nearly cried out as
Malik muffled his moans with his mouth.

“I want to suck you, Gavin; I need to taste you.”
Malik groaned against Gavin’s lips.

“And I you,” Gavin repeated. He felt Malik roll away
and reposition himself upon the furs so that he could
take Gavin in his mouth. As he did so, Gavin was
presented with Malik’s own dripping cock and he
reached out to take the large member in his hand and
bring the head of it to his mouth. He pulled the foreskin
back and licked away Malik’s delicious pre-come,
sucking strongly on the head as he strained to get his
lips around it and draw on it deeply.

Malik moaned loudly, fucking into Gavin’s willing,
hot mouth as he grasped Gavin’s erection in one hand
and his soft sack in the other. Gavin’s cries vibrated
around Malik’s cock as he rolled the man’s balls in his
large palm. Malik slid Gavin’s cock expertly in and out
of his mouth, drawing back strongly as he pulled off and
scraping it lightly with his teeth in the rough manner that
drove Gavin mad.

Gavin felt as though he would explode with his cock
in Malik’s mouth. His lover was so adept at giving him
exactly what he wanted, when he wanted it, Gavin
constantly marveled that Malik knew him so well. He
felt a burst of pre-come as Malik groaned, obviously
enjoying the suction that Gavin applied on him as well.
Saliva ran down Malik’s cock as Gavin took him deeper
and deeper and Gavin used the lubricant to steadily jack
Malik’s cock harder and harder with a twisting motion.
He slipped a finger down the wet perineum and slid the
long blunt digit deeply into Malik’s arse, massaging him
as deep as he could, searching out the magic gland that
Malik had shown him.

When Gavin slid his finger into Malik, his lover’s
orgasm began. The tingling came nearly from his toes as
Gavin searched out the spot that he knew would throw
him over the cliff. Gavin pumped him with one hand,
applied hard suction with his glorious mouth and
pummeled his arse with the longest of the digits on his
hand. Malik writhed on the bed and sucked Gavin
harder, rougher, wanting Gavin with him as he came.
When they sucked each other in this manner, one
orgasm generally triggered the other almost immediately
and both were aware of the effect they had on one
another.

Gavin rammed his finger as deep as it could go into
Malik’s tight hole and finally connected with the peasized
gland that he searched for. Within seconds, Malik
was humping his mouth harder and crying out around
Gavin’s cock as he took him even more deeply into his
throat. Gavin began swallowing around the thick head of
Malik’s cock, milking his lover’s orgasm as he felt the
first wave of semen hit his tongue. He closed his eyes as
he allowed his own fierce orgasm to claim him, feeling
it shoot out of him as he felt Malik swallow around him
as well.

They swallowed each other down, bucking into
willing mouths, savoring their flavors. Only much later
did they pull off of one another. Gavin felt the little
licking teasing as Malik lapped at his slit and he
repeated the gesture on his lover. When Malik again
shifted on the bed and pulled Gavin into his arms, he
took his lover’s lips with gentleness only two in love
could convey. Malik held him until he dozed and much
later Gavin was only vaguely aware of the large man
sliding off the bed and putting on his garments before he
exited the room.

Thank you so much for having me and letting me babble on a bit about myself.

Torquere Author Interviews and Reviews

I’m very excited to announce that Top2Bottom will be spotlighting authors from Torquere Press beginning with Sean Michael on the 11th of June. We will have not only reviews of their chosen stories but interviews too! This is very exciting for us and I hope you’ll come daily to see the new author we will have under the hot lights.

She Loves Taco Bell, She Speaks Fluent Farsi, She’s Patricia Logan!

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Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy writing schedule to be with us today, Patricia. Why don’t we begin by having you tell us a little bit about your background?

Okay, I’ve been writing full time for about four years. Prior to writing my most recent career was as a mortgage broker. Prior to that, I was a nurse in the Immune Suppressed Unit at a hospital here in Southern California. Most of my patients were HIV/AIDS patients. I’m a mother of 4 and a wife of 25 years. I have a busy household with dogs, a cat and my 86 year old father.

When did the realization hit you that you absolutely had to be a writer?

As my mortgage career of nearly twenty years dried up an blew away, I went back to my first love, reading and after about fifty books, I thought hey, maybe I should write, so I did. It took me about three months but I cranked out a 130K word novel.

How many books have you written? How long did take for your first book to be published?

I’ve written seven full length novels in the last few years, am working on the eighth and I have another three in synopsis form, barking at my heels to be written. I submitted the first published work to nine agents and publishers and was rejected by eight of them. It took about three months to get that first acceptance and then it was conditional upon fixing some point of view wobbling issues. After resubmitting it, it took another six months to get a contract.

How long does it generally take for you to write a book?

I wrote my first published novel in twenty six days but that’s an anomaly. It generally takes me between six to eight weeks to complete a full length novel.

When did you start writing in the Male/Male genre? What about the genre interested you the most?

I started writing M/M about two years ago. I felt like I’d come home the very first time I read a M/M book. I like to read and write about how men resolve their sexuality conflicts within themselves. I think coming out must be an exceptionally torturous time in their lives.

Do you write full time? If not, how many hours per day do you try to dedicate to your writing?

I do write full time. I work anywhere from two to twelve hours a day. It depends on whether the creative juices are flowing or not.

Do you typically do revisions/edits as you’re writing, or do you write straight through and revise later?

I’ve done both. The best way for me is to write the entire book as a first draft and then go back and edit for a final draft before submission.

Do you outline your plots before you begin the writing process, or do you write in a more freestyle fashion?

I have OCD really bad so I first write a one to two page synopsis and then write a complete outline which is about 1500-2500 words. The outline remains fluid throughout the writing process because I do go off on tangents or explore new plot lines as I go along. The outline is important for me, because if I didn’t have it, I’d forget important plot points and probably never finish the work.

What sorts of research do you do before and during the writing process of a story?

I don’t generally do a whole lot of research before I begin. When I come upon something I really need to know that I have no experience with like the name, make or model of a gun, I do the research right before I write that into the manuscript. The most research I ever did was for the thermo imaging camera in “Undercover Nights”. That fascinated me. I also did a lot of research in the Israeli self-defense method called Krav Maga for “Warrior Nights”. Those are really fun moments in my writing and I enjoy learning something new.

What has been the most difficult topic you’ve ever tackled in your writing?

All of my books have a villain. One of them was a pedophile. I had to be very careful when I wrote his character because he starts out as a sexy hook up but once my hero realizes what the guy really likes, he high tails it out of there. I had to make sure that I left the reader with nothing likeable about this monster. In several of my novels, one of the heroes has been through a very serious childhood trauma whether it be the loss of someone close or abuse. I try to handle the subject with as much honesty as possible without romanticizing it at all.

How much of yourself, your life experiences, and the people you know manifest themselves into your characters? Do you have one particular character you love above all the others?

I use my real life a lot in my writing. My character in “Leather Nights” Jake is essentially modeled after my life in the mortgage business. The ending of his career and the loss of his wealth and his house and the life he was accustomed to living was basically a mirror of my own. As a reward to him for the suffering he endured, I gave him Cade Littlebear, my very favorite character. Cade is absolutely dreamy and every man and woman on earth should have such a man, a fantastic sexy lover, great father, loving husband to Jake and a wonderful provider for his family.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, how do you get beyond it?

Not a block so much but more like days where I just can’t find my muse. I force myself to write every day, even those when I’m not feelin’ it. It’s like pushing yourself to run that last lap and cross the finish line. If you don’t do it, you won’t get through it.

Some authors use music as their inspiration when writing. They list the “soundtracks” for their novels so their fans can enjoy listening to the songs that drove the story. Do you listen to music as you write?

No, I have to have silence wherever I set up my laptop. I can’t be distracted by outside influences. I feel like I owe my full attention to my guys and to my readers.

When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope they feel, experience, or gain from it?

I hope they fall in love with my guys as much as I love my guys. The whole purpose of my writing is to fall in love all over again by the end of the story. I hope that I can make the journey pleasurable as well as entertaining.

What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received with respect to the art of writing? How did it change the way you approach your craft?

The editor that accepted my first published book “Leather Nights” made me re-write it and fix my point of view wobbling issues. Before she told me, I didn’t even realize that I had those issues. Once I reworked it, my writing improved by leaps and bounds. That’s where having a great editor really helps.

Will you share three things you’ve learned about the business of writing now that you’re a published author?

First, finishing the manuscript isn’t the end of the process. It’s only the beginning. There’s a lot of marketing that an author has to do prior to and once the book is released. Second, I have learned not to take myself so seriously and be flexible in my acceptance of editorial decisions. The publisher/editor is really a partner who wants your success for their success. Third, I’ve learned not to let the bad reviews take a piece of my soul. The very first one knocked me on my butt and I felt as though I’d had all the air sucked out of me. Now, I take them in stride. I know that not everyone will like my books and that’s okay.

If you were to offer a word of advice to a new author just starting out, what would it be?

Keep writing and don’t let the rejections get to you. My first book was rejected thirty-nine times before I got it published. It ‘s called “Gypsy Knight” and will be released October 12, 2011 and that is exciting for me. You will get lots of rejections. Don’t ever give up. Keep writing and believe that someone will pick you up.

Do you generally have the titles of you work planned before you begin writing, or does that happen later on in the writing process?

Both. I’ve even changed the title after contracting the novel while I was in the editorial process. “Leather Nights” was originally called the Biker and the Banker (dumb huh?) and “Undercover Nights” was (The Devil’s Poison). Sometimes I have the title in advance but not usually.

What is the question you’re most frequently asked by your fans?

Happily, it is “When is your next book coming out?” I love that question. It’s a great feeling for an author to be asked that.

What is your most memorable fan experience?

I had a fan contact me on Facebook and ask me if I was going to Gayromlit in New Orleans because she wanted to meet me. I thought that was so cool. It turns out that she lives about ten minutes from me, so we’ll probably get together for coffee at some point.

When it comes to promotion, what lengths have you gone to in order to increase awareness of your work?

I do interviews like this, I have a large following of friends on Face Book that I interact with every day and I do a lot of marketing through social networking. I guest blog for other authors on their blogs when asked and I’ve just been asked to do a weekly post for a gay online magazine which is very cool.

Do you find it difficult at times to keep your creative fires stoked? How do you keep that “spark” alive?

I wouldn’t say that it is difficult to keep the fires stoked. That said, I do have days when I’m totally “on” and days when the creative juices just aren’t flowing. When I need a spark, I read a great M/M book and get into someone else’s life for awhile. I read about 400 books a year.

The e-reader is changing the way people access and enjoy books. What pros and/or cons do you see surrounding the business of e-publishing? Do you believe the day will come when digital books will eliminate print books, entirely?

Gee, I hope the love for ebooks continues to grow so that people will keep buying my books and I can continue reading them. I don’t think print books will ever go away, at least I hope not. I can’t imagine not being able to hold something beautiful in my hand and smell the print on the pages when I need to.

When you have the chance to sit down and enjoy some quiet reading time, what sorts of books are you most likely to pick up? Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite books are M/M romances. I especially like contemporary and that’s what I write best. If I were to name my favorite authors, I’d hurt the feelings of some of my best friends by virtue of leaving them out so I’ll just say that the author that influenced me most is a lady by the name of Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who passed away the day I finished writing my very first book, July 6, 2007. She wrote books you may remember like “The Wolf and the Dove” and “The Flame and the Flower”. Those books changed modern romance forever and they were the first romances I ever read over thirty years ago. When I read them, I discovered love for the very first time.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

I couldn’t imagine not being a writer but if I were anything else, I’d like to be an artist like the unbelievably talented Paul Richmond. Unfortunately, though I paint, I don’t have anywhere near his talent.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing? Do you have any hobbies?

I love cooking and I’m pretty good at it. My happiest days are spent writing for awhile and then cooking a great meal while listening to one of my favorite country singers. I also love spending time with my kids, especially the youngest, Sasha who is a very funny little person. The others are grown and are busy with their own lives.

Okay, now here are a few questions, just for fun:

What’s your favorite fast food?

I love Taco Bell. Mexican food is my absolute favorite though the Mexican’s would be insulted to hear me call Taco Bell Mexican. Everything I eat has to be drowned in hot sauce.

If you could travel through time, what time period(s) would you most like to visit? Why?

I think I’d like to visit the 1940’s or 1950’s. The 1940’s were an especially romantic time when men and women went out dancing and to dinner without expectations of ending the evening with a sexual encounter. It seems that it must have been a simpler time and because people didn’t fall into bed on the first date, it must have been more romantic.

If we were to look around the desk where you sit to write, what would we find there?

My laptop, my glasses, a handful of flash drives, my Kindle, a bunch of book cases filled to overflowing with books and my cell phone.

What’s your favorite movie?

High Anxiety by Mel Brooks. Fantastically funny stuff.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

That I’m the only one in my family that can seem to notice a sink full of dishes that need washing.

How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

I have a fantastic sense of humor and I’m also very funny in real life. I love to laugh and make people laugh more than anything on earth. Silly humor like Mel Brooks and slapstick comedy like Laurel and Hardy makes me laugh. A funny dry British wit also does it for me. One of my best author friends is from London and she keeps me in stitches with two or three sarcastically dry words most of the time. I love watching a good stand-up comedy and adore the “Blue Collar Comedy” guys.

Who are your favorite actors, both male and female?

I love Tom Hanks, Vince Vaughn, Adam Sandler, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and Steve Martin.

Who’s on your iPod/MP3 player?

A lot of 70’s and 80’s rock and the rest is country. I adore country.

Without getting up to look, what’s under your bed?

A whole lot of dust bunnies and nothing else.

Do you speak more than one language? If so, which ones?

I speak English and Farsi fluently. My husband is Persian and we’ve been married 25 years. My mother-in-law lived with us for about 9 years. I use the Farsi in a lot of my books.

Thanks again for spending some time with us, Patricia. Will you tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

You can find me on Facebook and I’m in the process of setting up my new blog called Naughty Passions as well as my new website.

We’d love it if you’d share a favorite excerpt from one of your books.

Sure. This is from my current release “Undercover Nights”:

Gage woke sometime in the night covered in sweat. Cody lay on the bed beside him, the muscles in his arms bunched as he raised his hands against some invisible attacker.

“Stop!” Cody shrieked. “I can’t take it Uncle! Okay! I’ll do it!” Cody was panting, flailing arms, covering his face from unseen blows. “Again, yes again! I will do anything! Please just stop…” he whimpered, a little boy’s voice coming from him. “Please just stop,” he sighed and Gage noticed the blood running from Cody’s lips.

Gage watched the man as his teeth clamped down, cutting into the ragged lips again and again as he tried to bite through them. Gage had to stop this somehow; he realized that Cody was still asleep, though deeply locked in a primal fight for his survival. He reached for him, wrapping his long arms around Cody as he crooned into his ear. “It’s okay baby, I’m here… Gage is here Cody… shh.”

Cody struggled for a moment, his whimpering cries echoing around the walls of the apartment, before going limp in Gage’s arms. Gage continued to rock Cody, absorbing his tears as they fell. Cody wound his arms around Gage, pulling Gage in tight as the silent tears turned to sobs which wracked his body. Gage smoothed his hands over Cody’s back, pushing aside his hair and laying his warm palms directly on the ravaged scars so that Cody would feel the tenderness in his touch. “No more pain Cody, no more. Only love baby. All you feel now is love.”

Cody was sobbing, clinging to Gage as if he’d never breathe again, never be able to escape the beast that filled his memories, his nightmares, the dark places in his soul. Gage could only hope that little by little, he was replacing the beast, filling the empty spaces that the monster had left all those years ago.

Gage moved his palms to another area of Cody’s back, pressing softly against the ravaged skin as Cody’s sobs quieted to silent tears. “Gage?” Cody choked out.
“Yes baby, it’s Gage. I’m here, love. Shh, I’m not leaving.” He moved his warm hands to another place that hadn’t been touched yet, pressing down as he soothed the tortured soul that was Cody.

Cody seemed to relax with Gage’s soft voice at his ear. “I’m sorry Gage. I’m sorry. I never wanted you to know. I wanted to protect you from me.”
Gage couldn’t wrap his mind around the phrase. Was it possible that Cody thought he had anything to do with his own brutalization and was now worried about protecting Gage from himself? “Sorry Cody? Sorry for what?”

***

Cody pulled out of Gage’s hug, lifting his head as he stared down into Gage’s tear filled eyes. His eyes traced over Gage’s beautiful face looking for the pity that he’d expected to see. He knew he’d leave if he saw it. He could live with his own shame but not if he shamed Gage. There was no pity in the violet depths, no condemnation. Gage’s eyes reflected back love. Cody blinked. He’d never seen love in anyone’s eyes before. He couldn’t ever remember seeing that in his mother’s eyes before her death. He rarely looked into her eyes, unable to bear her pain.

“What could you possibly have to be sorry for sweetheart?” Gage lifted his head and kissed Cody’s lips softly.

Cody laid his head back down on Gage’s muscular shoulder; pursing his lips, he found his mark on Gage’s neck as he brushed his mouth lightly against it. He closed his eyes as Gage’s warm hands moved again on his back, pressing softly as Gage healed him even more with a loving touch.

Thank you Michele and Lisa for allowing me this forum

Patricia Logan

Leather Nights by Patricia Logan

Title: Leather Nights
Author: Patricia Logan
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 344
Characters: Jake Maxfield, Cade Littlebear
POV: 3rd Person, multiple characters
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

When widowed, jobless, and about to be homeless Jake Maxfield inherits his Aunt Becky’s home in Texas, the California native uproots his teenagers and moves. Still trying to rebuild his career after the mortgage crises, and to reconnect with the kids he’s been too busy for, the last thing Jake is looking for is love. Especially with a man.

Review:
Both Jake Maxfield and Cade Littlebear are men with difficult pasts, but Cade at least has had time to adjust. When the book starts, Jake is reeling from both the death of his wife and the destruction of his career as a mortgage broker in the housing crisis. Facing foreclosure on his own home in California, a gift from what amounts to a fairy godmother sets him up with a new home in Texas, and a new life to go with it.

The house in Westburg, Texas his aunt Becky leaves him in her will is beautiful and furnished, located in the country outside of a small Texas town. Jake moves there sight-unseen with his son and daughter, hoping to start over. The fairy-tale theme actually starts in the first sentence of the book, which begins with “once upon a time…” Not to mislead: this is not a fairy tale with fairies and witches and big bad wolves; it is a contemporary romance about a recently widowed man trying to secure a future for himself and his two children. Yet, the theme of magical renewal runs throughout the story. Even when things get rough, moments of good luck and surprising blessings show Jake that he really is at last on the right path.

Cade lives with his daughter in Westburg, and they meet at a PTSA meeting almost as soon as Jake rolls into town. The attraction between them is immediate. Jake is surprised by his attraction to Cade, but is so overwhelmed by it that there isn’t really much of a question about what is going to happen between the two men. The tension of the story is more about the fallout: how their children react, how the community responds, and what Jake does with his newfound self-awareness of his sexuality.

A word of caution here: the book deals with small-town homophobia and bigotry directed at Cade, who is Native American as well as homosexual. There is some violence in the form of a hate crime, and emotionally wrenching scenes where characters are the focus of homophobic abuse. The children have to deal with school bullies, and Jake himself is the focus of a few narrow-minded community members. Because of this, there is a lot of drama to this story, despite the well-matched couple at the core of it.

And the men at the core, Jake and Cade, are very well-matched despite the differences in their backgrounds. They are both tall, physically handsome men, but more importantly they are also independent businessmen and devoted fathers. In addition, both are very stubborn, and when things start getting rough as certain townspeople turn against them they forge ahead with their new relationship despite the odds. The sex between them is adventurous and hot, which is always fun to read!

One aspect worth mentioning is that at first, it looks on the surface a bit heartless for Jake to pick up a new and personally challenging relationship with Cade so soon after the death of Jake’s wife. But, Logan manages to convey Jakes former dissociation from his family in a very sympathetic manner. He was so absorbed in being financially successful and providing the “right” kind of life for his family that he lost touch with them completely. He mourns his wife, whom he truly loved, but he admits he barely knew her anymore, and that their marriage had wilted years before. The tragedy for Jake is that it took her death combined with losing his career in the mortgage industry to finally wake him up to what is important. Logan takes care to relate that pathos, especially in regards to the children’s reactions.

The pace is snappy throughout. At over 300 pages, Leather Nights is a satisfyingly long read that never drags. The fairy-tale theme stays strong all the way through the novel to “happily ever after.” Our hero walks and sometimes crawls through the evil forest of adversities to find his own prince charming, and save his kids from the wicked trolls. Logan has written a fun, uplifting and sexy book!

Reviewer: Cooper West

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