Lane Hayes has stopped by to talk about her Newest Release and to answer some Burning Questions!


Hello Friends! We are thrilled to welcome the fabulous Lane Hayes to our little corner of the world. Lane has stopped by to briefly talk about her new book, Leaning Into Fall and answer a few naughty questions!!

Welcome, Lane! Thank you for being here.:) Can you give us a quick description of your new book, Leaning into Fall?

Leaning Into the Fall is book 2 in my newest series. This story belongs to Nick, who some readers may remember as Eric’s best friend in Leaning Into Love. Nick isn’t the easiest guy to understand. His thoughts move at light speed, making it difficult for him to communicate sometimes. Wes seems to get him though and thus begins a slow dance and a lean into the ultimate fall. Sigh…. I love a May/December romance! I’m currently working on book 3 in the series, which should be released this summer. It’s so thrilling to be immersed in the San Francisco setting with a group of guys I’m kind of crazy about! 

Now, what about Lane? How about those interview questions no one ever asks?

Do you write naked? NO. All caps! Lol. I like to write in my pjs, though. Is that scandalous?

Have you ever been in trouble with the police? No.

Have you ever gotten into a bar fight? No. See above.

Do you drink? Smoke? Yes and No. I love wine and the occasional margarita. I’m not a smoker.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility!

What costume would you wear? I don’t think I’d have to wear anything at all if I was invisible. I could wear pjs all day like I do when I’m writing. 

Thanks again and Happy Reading!

Lane Hayes xo

Want to know more about Lane Hayes?

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

Author Links

Website: https://lanehayes.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008562883399&ref=br_rs

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/LaneHayes3

Here are the Purchase Links to buy Leaning Into You:

Lane Hayes Website: https://lanehayes.wordpress.com/

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XK4DFCD

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/leaning-into-the-fall

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/leaning-into-the-fall-lane-hayes/1125960692?ean=2940154356739

Please help us welcome our sweet friend John H. Ames (Juan)

Please come in and sit down, John- AKA Juan….It’s very good to have you here with US today. We are just a little bit excited to get to know you just a little better.  Shall we begin?

 

What’s your favorite comfort food?

  • My favorite comfort food is definitely Nutella with strawberries. I’m obsessed with Nutella. I keep a bottle of Nutella next to my bed every single night.

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Who do you turn to for encouragement when you feel your writing isn’t all you think it can be?

  • There are two individuals that I turn to, Sedonia Guillone and Michele Montgomery. I love Sedonia so much. She’s one of my favorite people in the world. She has taught me so much when it comes to writing that I could hear her in my head as I write. Michele to me is the bomb. Whenever I feel lost, I run to her and she always knows what to say. She can lift me up in a second and enlighten my way.

AWWWW…..I’m blushing here….you’re so sweet! I love to help those I love….I’ll be here for you always!

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Do you have pets? If yes, what are their names?

  • We’ve got a puppy name Clifford. He’s small and black, not humongous or red like the cartoon character. He’s a Havanese that we got when he was just two months old.

ADORABLE furry baby!

What do you think your strongest asset is in writing? Or weakness?

  • When it comes to writing, I’m very creative. Most of the time, when I’m working a new novel, another novel forms in my head. However, I’m very slow when it comes to writing them. I’m a perfectionist and I feel the need to write everything right the first time around.

 

What mundane thing do you have to do that you totally dislike?

  • Cleaning the toilet. Doing dishes. Rolling up the hose. Counting sheep when it’s time to go to sleep. You know, things like that.

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What is your favorite genre to read?

  • I love young adult novels with the famous jock and nerd theme. I go crazy for those novels. Yes, they have been retold hundreds of times, but they never get old.

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What is your favorite genre to write?

  • Right now, I’m only sticking to young adult novels. I don’t know if I’m ready to venture into a new genre just yet. However, as I write, I feel like I’m ready to take the next step. I just don’t know what genre to venture into next.

 

What classes have you taken – or want to take, to improve your writing skills?

  • I wish I could take all of my English and literature classes all over again. But this time, I would give it my all. I hated English and literature growing up. I was into science and math. Funny how things change, huh?

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What do you do for fun?

  • I love watching movies. Since I work and write most of the time, I rarely sit down and watch television. So, when I find the time, I sit down and enjoy a nice little old movie.

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Where is your favorite place to write?

  • At the kitchen while I watch my mom cook or in my room where no one is around. Those are the only two places that I sit down and write.

I’m coming for dinner!

How does your family and friends react to what you write?

  • They love my work, especially my friends. They are always asking when the next novel will be out and what I’m working on. They get so excited. I absolutely love them.

 

When you feel discouraged with a current work in process, what do you do?

  • What I usually do is that I take a break. I leave it for a few days and come back to it by reading it from the beginning. Most of the time, as I read it, new and better ideas form in my head.

 

What are some of your other creative outlets?

  • I’m very good at drawing and designing book covers. I wish that someday I could focus on those two things as well, but writing takes a lot of my time. I don’t think I’ve got the time to add drawing and designing to my schedule.

 

What’s your favorite season to write about? (Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter)

  • Anything but Winter. Winters are so different everywhere. Some of you have snow while others don’t even see it. This simple little thing has screwed up with my novels so many times.

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It’s so beautiful though!

 

Are you a morning, afternoon or night owl?

  • I write all the time or when I get the chance. It can be in the morning or late at night. You’ll always find me writing in my spare time.

 

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

  • I would say visit Portugal, meet Nelly Furtado, and have breakfast or lunch with J. K. Rowling. I’ll be happy if I can achieve one of those goals.

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Wonderful bucket list….Portugal is probably the easiest. It’s beautiful.

What music do you listen to when you write? Or do you have to have total silence?

  • I prefer total silence. However, I’m good at blocking anything but music. Music distracts me easily. I end up singing or listening to the song.

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What social medias seem to work for you?

  • I would probably say Facebook. Facebook has become the marketing tool for the new world. Everyone uses Facebook, even my grandmother and she’s seventy-three years old. Everyone is just one click away.

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How did you discover M/M romance?

  • I came across this genre in 2008. I wanted to read a novel with a gay jock and nerd theme in it and came across Mark A. Roeder’s A Better Place. After that, I came across Jeff Erno’s Dumb Jock. His little novel changed my world forever. I decided to become a writer that day.

 

Beverage of choice?

  • I love Pepsi. Pepsi is my favorite beverage ever. Some are obsessed with Coca-Cola, I’m obsessed with Pepsi.

Well here you go! pep

What kind of computer do you work on?

  • I do all my writing on my iPad 2 and all of my editing it on my Dell laptop. I spent so much time on these two things that I take them everywhere with me.

 

Do you hear voices in your head telling you what to write or are you inspired by what goes on in the world?

  • Definitely voices. These stories develop in my head and beg me to write them down. I have a new novel in my head all the time. It’s sort of crazy.

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How do you feel about the future of books? More e-books or will print always be around?

  • The era of print has come to an end. No one uses them these days. Everyone has a phone, kindle, iPad, or tablet. I prefer hardcover novels, especially mine. There’s no better feeling than holding the book you worked so much on.

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 I love the feel of a paperback in my hands. The smell is heaven.  Walking into a bookstore IS Heaven! I keep up with modern times but I still love my hold it in my hands type of girl. Though, I do love my e-readers. It’s easier to tote all of the books I do love around. And for the ones I don’t like, I don’t have to give it away. I just delete it.

What do you prefer to read? E-books, blogs, magazines or print?

  • E-books and blogs. They are easier and very convenient. Magazines and print are almost a thing of the past. Sadly, they will soon fade into nothing.

On those days you’re in a funk, what do you do to get back to the keyboard?

  • I read to get that spark lit and then I immediately run to my iPad and begin a new novel.

WAIT! John! Come back here! Put that down. We’re doing something here and…No…not right now. We have a few more questions for you. Here, how about some chocolate? candy

That’s right, let me have your I thingie there…ahhh….better. Now, where were we….OH Yes….Do you have a story or an author who inspires you?

  • Yes, Jeff Erno and J. K. Rowling. If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be an author right now. I would probably be somewhere managing a business full time, making way more money. However, deep inside, I wouldn’t be happy. Writing is what I love and no one will take it away from me.

I beg to differ, John. If you’re born with a gift, that gift will find its way out. Just like it did for so many others. What you found was the strength to share your gift with the world. You’re an author because YOU took that step all by yourself and we’re so very proud of you.

What do you look for when seeking out an on line friendship?

  • I like individuals who are sincere, honest and tell it like it is. I like to vent my problems to them and listen to what they have to say. Just a few have stayed with me since I started writing. Many have simply disappeared. It makes me sad, but that’s life.

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I agree one hundred percent! You’re a good person. A rare breed indeed. That’s why you’re so loved around here.

 

What makes you laugh/sad/angry?

  • I hate people who haven’t read your work, yet they give you a bad review. I’ve met several individuals online who spend their time going on sites, not reading an author’s work, and giving them horrible reviews. A few days ago, I was going through one of my favorite novels on a very famous site and this reader said that she hadn’t read the novel and would give it a one star rating because it was not her cup of tea. What? It it’s not your cup of tea, look away. Why trash a novel you didn’t bother to read? I was so mad for the author. Individuals like that need to be banned from the internet.

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I can appreciate that. There are plenty of haters but I believe there are more lovers than haters….I think the later individuals lack good thoughts in life. Maybe they’re really those awful customer service people we are forced to deal with on the phone…you know the ones.  They gotta take their hate out on everything and everyone they can. Especially artists. They know most authors won’t lash out. So, my advice…..continue to write from your heart and if you love it, that’s all that matters.

 

And last but not least…What is your favorite holiday?

  • Valentines day.   It’s about the chocolate!

Well, here you go… homemade and fresh….enjoy!mmm

 

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And there we have it, folks! All of our questions have tuckered John out…I mean, just look at this picture I snapped of him. 

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He wants to go to sleep and here I am, asking questions. I hope he remembers this when he wakes up!  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for our review of John’s latest story….Surviving Elite High: the Next Generation.

 

 

Top 2 Bottom Author Interview JC Calciano ( Enter to win the movie, book, and soundtrack~)

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What is The 10 Year Plan all about and where did the original idea come from?

The 10 Year Plan is about two friends who make a plan to be together in 10 Years if still single. It’s based on a true story about me and my two best friends who made a pact with each other to one day get together. Ten years after their agreement, each came over to me and said, “I love him but I’m not sure if I want to be in a relationship with him – HELP!” I laughed at the mess they got themselves into and thought; this is a great idea for a movie!

This is the first time you’ve written a novel based on one of your movies. What made you decide to do it?

The original script for THE 10 YEAR PLAN had several scenes that I couldn’t put in the movie because of time and budget restrictions. One such scene was the origin story on how the lead characters met. There was so much fun stuff in the story (and some sexy scenes) that I decided to add it into a book rather than the film. The book has everything I wanted to add but couldn’t.

Will you do it again in the future?

Yes, I would!  I just attended my second male/male romance book convention and had an amazing time.  The fans are so welcoming and fun and there are so many wonderful readers there who are so excited to meet their favorite authors – each time I meet fans and get positive feedback about my book and my movies I get very inspired to write more. My plan (if the book of THE 10 YEAR PLAN) sells well is to write “IS IT JUST ME?” and “eCUPID” into books next.

What would you say to a budding M/M writer?

I would advice every writer – either of a book or a screenplay to do the same thing: READ. Find a favorite writer and see how they write, their style and think about what makes them wonderful? What is it about their writing that appeals to you? Once you’ve done that, stop and think about what it is that you have to say to the world. What’s your point of view on things? What’s the message and story you want to convey to your readers? A writer needs to create their own style and tell your own stories, but I think it all comes from a knowledge base of what others have done in the past. Stories and people that have inspired and excited you.

How do you feel about the future of books? More e-books or will print always be around?

Books aren’t going anywhere. Nothing is as fertile and wonderful as your own imagination. Readers will always read. Whether paperbacks will continue to be popular or not is another question. I love reading on paper and I know a lot of people do too, but the e-readers are getting so good now and convenient that it’ll be tough to compete with that technology.

What do you prefer to read? E books , blogs, magazines or print?

I love blogs. As a filmmaker, I love pictures videos and stories. Blogs also have an immediate nature about them that print doesn’t have. That said, nothing is as wonderful with curling up with a good old narrative paperback book.

On those days you’re in a funk, what do you do to get back to the keyboard?

Funky days make it impossible to write for me. When I can’t write, I clean the apartment. My husband will often come home to a clean apartment and laugh and say, “Had a hard time writing today?”    (ROFL!)

What promotional tricks have worked for you?

Extra value. I try to give the fans and people who buy my movies, (and now book and audible book) extra value. I always include as many special features as I could, when I conducted my kick-starter campaign, I send all the supporters a custom-made thank-you card that all the cast signed. I also included a copy of the soundtrack to the movie. I believe in showing your fans and supporters as much love and respect as possible. For me, that comes in the way of creating quality products and giving them as much value for it as possible.   (Please keep reading for your chance to win~)

Do you have a story or an author who inspires you?

I love the comedy and writing of Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey. I also enjoy movies by filmmakers like Rob Reiner, Nancy Meyers and classic filmmakers like Frank Capra. Stories that make you think, laugh and feel something wonderful at the end of them always are my top picks.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

I’m like a teenage ninja turtle when it comes to pizza. I could eat it every day for every meal and I would if it weren’t for my husband putting restrictions on my consumption of it.

Beverage of choice?

I like coffee and booze. Not necessarily together. I drink coffee all day and like to reward myself at night with whiskey sometimes a nice gin martini.

What makes you happy/sad/angry?

Nothing makes me happier than seeing people laugh. Nothing makes me more angry than seeing people mistreat one another or take advantage of someone who is less fortunate. I am a genuine believer that those who are stronger need to support those who are weaker and less capable. My hope is that more people support their communities and each other and demand that our institutions do the same. At the end of the day, all that we have is each other and all that matters is the memories we leave of ourselves.   T2B-(What a sweetheart!)

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I’m currently writing my fourth movie in the series. It’s more of a love story than the last two. I’m a big fan of love-stories and I don’t think we have enough gay love stories out there. I’m also hoping to incorporate characters from the first three films in this new movie. I love combining the worlds of the first three films, so with any luck, I’ll be able to have some fun scenes in the new movie with favorite characters from the last three films. I also plan to turn the first two films into books. Writing THE 10 YEAR PLAN into a book was such a rewarding experience that I’m looking forward to revisiting IS IT JUST ME? And eCUPID and adding some great new and sexy scenes to those stories. Lastly, and as always, I’m planning on making more STEAM ROOM STORIES. I love comedy and writing/producing those silly little sketches. Making that show for Youtube make me happy and are a guilty pleasure for me.

What would you like your fans to know about you?

I’d like the fans to know how much I listen to them and how important their feedback and encouragement is to me. As a writer, I’m often locked in a room by myself all day trying to create something sweet, romantic and wonderful. A lot of times, I just stare at the screen waiting for inspiration. When an email from my website shows up or a facebook post appears from a fan that tells me how much my stories mean to them or they comment on youtube how a steam room stories episode made their day, I get inspired. Those little messages and words of encouragement mean a lot to me and they really motivate me to keep writing and making more movies.

T2B- what a very interesting man JC is! We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. But, until then, we have some fun to share with you.

Here’s the link to see

Three Little Words – THE 10 YEAR PLAN – music video

Here are a couple of pictures of the men who play Brody and Myles in the movie

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If you’d like to win a copy of the book, the DVD, and the soundtrack, please leave a comment below with your email address. We have two winners to go!  ( Contest ends November 30th, 2015 at midnight)

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Win Win Win “The 10 Year Plan”- a new movie by author and director JC Calciano- read for details

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Top 2 Bottom Reviews plans an early Christmas this year. Keep your eyes on alert and ears tuned for more information on how you can be one of three winners. Win what? OH, I forgot that part….The very talented JC Calciano who is a producer and an author will be stopping by Top 2 Bottom to give us an interview so we can get to know him a little better. He’s also bringing three bundles of amazing gifts to three lucky fans.

All you need to do is leave a comment to JC Calciano on one or both days that we’ll be showcasing him in an author interview, his movie,  and his book.

Three lucky people will win:

Winners will receive a copy of the DVD “The Ten Year Plan,” the soundtrack and (drum roll) a paperback copy of his book, “The Ten Year Plan.”

Check this out:

Day One: November 15th 2015

Day Two: November 16th 2015

Contest begins NOW and ends on November 17th 2015 at midnight.

For this post, please leave a comment to us and let us know why you’d like to win one of the three bundles. Have you seen JC’s movies before? Do you know what he’d directed before? Follow the link above to see some yummy eye candy…You will NOT be disappointed.

Don’t forget to leave your comment on this post, and any others with JC Calciano in the subject line.

Here’s a sneak peek of the lovelies:

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Please give a HUGE Top2Bottom welcome to the fabulous, Zathyn Priest!!

Welcome, Zathyn Priest! We’re thrilled you’re here!


Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

Hmm… I think I might opt for tea, please.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m from Adelaide, Australia. I live with a cat, a duck, and two greyhounds. Living with greyhounds means my home looks like a daycare centre, with fluffy toys from one end of the house to the other.
Aside from that, I’ve been around the MM fiction scene for about five or six years, although I took a break away from writing during that time. Amara: The Rebirth is my first novel in about… ooh… three years, I think. So it has been a long time between drinks for me. While I wasn’t writing, I rediscovered my passion for art. I own Scarlet Tie Designs, and design pre-made and (occasionally) custom cover art. Mostly original artworks rather than stock photography based book covers
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What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

Fate, I think. I had no idea MM was even a genre unto itself, and certainly no idea it was popular. Cruising the internet one night, looking for publishers and/or agents, I stumbled across Torquere Press’ website and read through their submission guidelines. I decided to give it a shot and wrote The Curtis Reincarnation specifically to submit to them. Thankfully, it was accepted.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Actually, I’m going to be incredibly boring and decline your kind offer. About eight or nine months ago I was put on a new epilepsy medication, which has some strange side-effects. One of those side-effects is that it ‘rewires’ your brain to not recognize certain foods as appealing. So this once hopeless chocoholic now doesn’t like the stuff. Nor do I really like cookies, cake, candy, etc.
It’s quite bizarre because after a few weeks of taking this drug you eat a cookie and your brain reacts with a message along the lines of, ‘What the hell is this crap? Seriously… what the hell are you eating?’

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

I’m not one of those writers who makes sure they set aside writing time each day. In fact, I may not write for a couple of weeks and then, when I do, write for ten hours a day for several days in a row. If the mood strikes me, I’ll write. If it doesn’t, I won’t force myself. I can always tell when I’ve forced the writing and it only ends up being deleted.

Given that, I’m one of the least prolific writers in the MM genre. That used to really stress me because I’d see other authors pumping out one book after the other. I have to accept that I’ll never be like that.

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

Oh God… I’m a shocker for revising as I go. Constantly. I obsess over every little detail and I’ve always been my own worst critic in that respect. I do a million drafts of everything. Well… not a million, but a LOT. I’ve never written anything from start to finish without editing, changing, revising, etc.

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

I have a general idea and then I basically make it up as I go along. Hence why I have to go back and change things a lot. I’ve never planned or plotted a story from A to Z. I let the characters and story develop, then see where it takes me. That’s half the fun, because it’s a surprise to me where it goes.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

My favourite is usually the character I’m writing at the time. If I had to choose an all-time favourite, then it’s Alec (Tyler Curtis) from The Curtis Reincarnation. And I think he’s my favourite simply because it was my first published book.

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

It’s my constant companion, together with a hefty dose of anxiety. I’ve tried all the so-called writers’ block cures to no avail. If anyone has a sure-fire cure, please let me know.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone?

I have my office, which is in desperate need of redecorating to make it comfy.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I live alone. I don’t have to worry about anyone else in the house interrupting me. But people interrupting me on Messenger or similar when I’ve said I’m busy… yes, that hasn’t ended well on a few occasions! It takes a while for me to get into the writing mood and, once I’m there, I hate being snapped out of it. If I am, that can ruin the ‘zone’ for the rest of the day/night.

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

My sense of humour? A little twisted, a little dark, a little off the wall and left of centre. My sense of humour is represented a lot in my books. It’s woven into everything I write.

What is the most frequently asked Zathyn Priest question?

Usually it’s, ‘Are you ever going to write again?’ This is because I might only write one novel every 2 years. However, I am trying to boost that up to at least one a year.

What are you working on now?

I have a few works in progress.


Counterbalance is a novel length contemporary story I’m working at the moment. I’m not sure what I’ll do with that one when it’s finished, though.

Dystopia is an almost finished novel, but something isn’t right with it and I can’t figure out what, so it’s shelved until I can figure it out.

The Violin Player is a sequel to The Curtis Reincarnation. It may or may not see the light of day, depending on the end result. I won’t let it leave my hands unless I’m absolutely certain it’s what I want it to be.

Left of the Middle is a sequel to Left of Centre, and I think that one will be graphic (Illustrated with digital art).
And I plan to write more in the Amara series.

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?

To be perfectly honest, writing used to be a huge part of my lifestyle. It isn’t as much now. I suffer extreme anxiety in regards to writing and this is the reason I stepped away from it for so long. I’m in the process of dealing with the anxiety and trying to find coping mechanisms.

After I wrote The Slayer’s Apprentice – about 5 years ago – I was struck down with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s one of those things you never truly recover from, and anxiety related issues goes hand-in-hand with it. It’s taken all this time to get to a point where I’ve started to feel the desire to write again.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

I gravitate toward non-fiction, and a lot of my ideas for stories comes from things I learn from it.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer?

Horse Trainer.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Art is a huge part of my life. But when I’m not doing that, I love scoping the internet for interesting articles to read, or Youtube for tutorials. I have one of those brains that gets bored quickly and can’t relax. It’s difficult for me to sit and watch TV or a movie, unless I’m watching something educational.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Not really, no – lol. Amara: The Rebirth may be it for me this year. Unless I get Counterbalance finished and make a decision on what to do with it.


Although, I will be at GRL in Chicago!

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
I’m most active on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/zathyn.priest1
Twitter (Sometimes): https://twitter.com/zathynpriest
My author website: http://www.zathynpriest.com
and my blog: http://zathynpriest.com/brokenpencil/

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

I’ll rinse out my mug. But seeing as I didn’t have cookies or cake, the rest of the cleaning… you’re on your own *wink*

Grace R. Duncan is here to answer our burning questions!!

Please give a big Top 2 Bottom Welcome to the AMAZING, Grace R. Duncan!!
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Welcome, Grace!
Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

Oh, coffee all the way. I live on the stuff. Hmm, maybe that’s why it doesn’t work that much for me anymore

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I have been making up stories for a long time. Not quite so structured, of course, and not even written down for the longest time. Most of the stories I made up when I was younger stayed in my head. I love to read all sorts of books and stories and am fortunate to be able to write full time right now.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Uh, well, after I screamed, I think it was something along the lines of, “omgomgomgomgomgomgtheytookitI’mgoingtobepublishedomgomgomg!” I don’t think it was so much individual words as much as a lot of smashed together syllables.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

I started out in fanfiction years ago. My first stories were het, but around Christmas of 2011, I sort of fell into m/m and yaoi. I’m not a huge fan of the stuff that is specifically yaoi, it was more the idea of two guys together that made me think. I liked the idea of taking two men, men who think like men, behave like men and put them together and see what happened. I didn’t read a lot of it yet, as I didn’t want to be unduly influenced. I had these guys in my head already, so I wanted to see what they’d do. Because men—gay, bi or straight—approach relationships differently, I thought it would be interested to explore that.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Hmmm, the mystery ones sound interesting. Might have to dig into that. *peers into the bag*

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

Truthfully, I don’t count them. I am usually up fairly early and after I get my promotional stuff done, spend the rest of it either researching, planning or writing. The actual writing is probably only a few hours, at most, but that’s what writers do, isn’t it? A huge chunk of promo, a mess of procrastination and a tiny bit of writing. 😉

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

I revise as I go. Sometimes, an idea will hit while I’m re-reading something that will spark an entire subplot. Not always, of course, but sometimes. When I sit down to write, I like to re-read the last chapter or few pages and that almost always involves revision and editing. I usually tell people I never really have a true ‘first draft’ because I spend too much time revising as I go.

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

It depends on the length of the story. I can (and sometimes do) write shorts straight through without plotting, though I may have a few ideas written down. Novels, however, I prefer to plot out. I find it goes together much more smoothly if I know where I’m going with it. I also get a lot more written if I have a good idea of what I’m wanting to write about.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

This is a tough one. I have a lot of them that I really love. To some degree, they all have a little something of me in them. Teman is probably closest: the love of wandering, the submissive nature and the way he cares for people are all aspects of me. Bathasar, I think, is probably the ideal lover, but I have to be honest in that a chunk of him is inspired by my RL husband, so that’s probably not fair. 😉 Right now, I’m working on a new story and one of my boys in there—Rafe—has really captured my heart.

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 do. Part of it depends on what causes it. Bad reviews can do that to me and it takes some work reading the good ones, reminding myself that everyone gets bad reviews (even J.K. Rowling!) and finally I can move on. I also have clinical depression, which can cause problems. There isn’t much I can do about it except work through the depression and wait. And sometimes, it’s because something in the story is stuck. Usually, if I go back and think though the situation, re-read the rest and go back over my notes, I can find what’s happened and get through it that way. If all else fails, I’ll read a bit of Chuck Wendig and his post on writer’s blog to remind me that most of the time… I’m just procrastinating.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

I have a corner of the living room that is my office. I used to have a closet but it felt just a wee bit closed in and now I have the front door open so I can see out when I need it. It’s the most productive place for me. Especially when I pull my wifi adapter and get off the internet.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
Writer at work

There’s a reason I’m a writer and not an artist. 😉

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

Geeky and a bit weird, honestly. I don’t like laughing at other people, so things like roasts and the like are usually not my cuppa. That said, however, I am otherwise pretty easily amused and tend to laugh at a lot of different types of jokes and humor.

What is the most frequently asked (author name) question?

“Why do you write m/m? What’s so interesting about that?” My usual reply is something along the lines of, “I love figuring out how two men make a relationship work.” Unless they’re obviously being nasty about it, then I tend to be a bit more crude: “It’s fun to see what I can do with two dicks.” That usually shuts them up. 😉

What are you working on now?

Something that quite surprised me. I’d expected to jump into the third in my Golden Collar series or the second in the series with No Sacrifice. But I’d started writing a little flash story that grew into something much larger and I’ve been just following the inspiration for it. Old hurts, new understandings and a long road to forgiveness in this one. I expect it’ll be a tough one to read but in the end, I think it’ll work out well. Of course, it’ll work out well for the couple—I’m a sucker for happy endings. It just might be a rough road to get there for them.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

I’m a sucker for romance of all kinds, though I just don’t read a lot of het romance anymore. I do also enjoy fantasy – Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are two of my all-time favorite series. And dystopian/post-apocalyptic follow very closely behind fantasy.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Oh, out of those, I’d have to say horse trainer. I do love riding horses and spending time with animals, in general.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I love to play computer games, including the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Lord of the Rings Online and The Sims 3. I don’t always get to play but I try to make time now and again. I also love to crochet but again don’t get a lot of opportunity.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

I’m going into edits soon for the next story in my post-pandemic world. The series is called The Pandemus Chronicles and this particular story—a novella—is called Healing. I rather got a bit stuck on Mark and Duncan and might end up actually writing more with them. I just don’t think they’re quite done with me yet.

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

Oh, I’ve got way too many places I hang out. LOL

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Thank you for inviting me! I’ll be happy to help!

No Sacrifice

Blurb:

Patrick has taken his acting talents from high school all the way to a role in a major television show. But as the show progresses, his life of absolute certainties crumbles when he finds himself reacting to the kisses of his male costar. He refuses to accept it, reminding himself he’s married and a father—and thus, straight.

One night he goes to drink his worries away, meets Chance Dillon, and can’t take his eyes off the man. After having a little too much alcohol, he spills his problem to Chance, who helps him realize there’s something other than gay and straight. Patrick’s new understanding of his bisexual identity helps him sleep better—until the next day, when he discovers Chance is a sound technician on the same set.

As their friendship grows and Patrick’s marriage ends, he recognizes a possibility for much more with Chance. But Patrick isn’t ready to be out the way Chance has been for so long, and when the matter is taken out of Patrick’s hands, he pushes Chance away to spare him the mess Patrick’s life has become. By the time he realizes his mistake, it may be too late.

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Author’s Bio:

Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.

The Awesome Christie Gordon ends our eXtasy Spotlight with her answers to our burning questions…

Hi Christie! Welcome to Top 2 Bottom Reviews!

Thank you, Christie for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

I’m a definite coffee drinker.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a single mother of two boys and I work during the day in marketing for a high tech company. I also have a pretty busy social schedule, so finding time for writing and drawing is really hard.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Actually, that was a while ago (6 books ago), but I believe they were, Oh my God! Then I immediately called up anyone who’d listen.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

I originally started out watching anime. I think I was on a Gundam Seed Destiny and Fullmetal Alchemist kick at the time. I started reading some fanfiction and noticed a ton of yaoi stories out there. In fact, it seemed like the yaoi stories were far popular than the hetero stories. I was also a big, big fan of Brokeback Mountain. So I suppose the next step was to start writing yaoi or M/M Romance myself. And I did

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

I’d like the oatmeal cookies, please.

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

Not enough as I’d like. As I said, I have a lot going on in my life, so if I get one hour in every day, I’m happy. Sometimes on the weekend I get two hours.

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

I usually revise as I go along. I usually find the best way to pick up where I left off is to edit the section I wrote the day before and then I’m able to push on.

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

I used to be a strict pantser, but during my latest novel, Secrets, I had some plot holes I had to get rid of and I found it really helpful to make a plot spreadsheet to help me out and plan a few things before I rewrote. On the current book I’m working on, which is the third book in my vampire series, In Life and Blood, I’ve started with a very rough outline of the plot. Of course, I go off course a bit as I write with new things popping up in my head. Then I have to go back and rethink my spreadsheet.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

It seems my favorite character is always one in the latest book I’m writing. Right now, it has to be Christian from Secrets. He’s a very complicated guy, being a bad boy rocker and biker who also has a very sweet heart if you catch him. Though, he can be a real ass if you get on the wrong side of him. I do like characters that have opposite sides to themselves.

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

Yes, my last book took me 2 years to write. When you consider I can normally write a book in about 6 months, this was really not normal for me. There was a ton going on in my life with moving, getting a new job and issues with my ex-husband. The funny thing is, I think a lot of it got translated into the book along the way.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone?

I have a bedroom that’s been turned into a home office where I write and draw. But I do find that sometimes the best spot is just on my bed with a laptop.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I do my best and seem to have a lot of problems with this. I schedule what days I want to write, tell everyone in my house, close the dang door and then I get interrupted every few minutes! I’ve been really trying to tell my kids and boyfriend to stay out when the door is closed…but they don’t seem to get it, which can be really frustrating.

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

I have a very sarcastic sense of humor I think and I’m also very apt to poke fun at myself. I’m the kind of person that, if I fall down somewhere, I’ll sit there and laugh instead of being embarrassed by it. Some of my favorites comedy routines are Monty Python and I love dumb comedies like Airplane, Dude, Where’s my Car (love the Chinese food scene) and of course, The Hangover. Mars Attacks is really funny to me, too, because my sister pointed out to me that the aliens sort of sound like our mother!

What is the most frequently asked Christie Gordon question?

Can you do a commission for me, LOL. I don’t think people ask me anything else.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m editing my next release, Secrets, and writing the third in my vampire series, In Life and Blood.

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?

The best creative spark I have, honestly, is watching anime. I don’t know what it is about those Japanese cartoons, but they always give me ideas.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

Believe it or not, I don’t read books. I don’t have time.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-
Scientist

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I’m an artist, so digital drawing is my thing. It really helps me to shut down for a little bit. If left to my own devices, I can sit and draw for a whole day without eating. Other than that, I’m a big fan of running and yoga.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Yes, my next novel is Secrets.

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

My website is: http://www.christiegordon.com
I’ve just revamped it, so hopefully everyone will like what I’ve done with it. At my website, there are links to everywhere else I can be found—and there are a lot of places.

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!