Prickly Business by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade


Title: Prickly Business
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade
Pages: 280
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family, with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.

No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.

Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job.

Review:

Prickly Business is a new shifter story by authors Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade. This is a shifter story with the usual mating pull backdrop, however, what gives this story a twist is that neither shifter wants to acknowledge the mating. This is an aspect that will keep the reader glued to the story waiting to see what will happen.

Avery is a hedgehog shifter, and no pun intended, he is a bit of a prick. His attitude made me want to smack him more than once. When he gets into trouble and his family refuses to bail him out, Avery is forced to get a “real” job. This is when the character really begins to shine and the reader will find themselves rooting for the young man. I loved watching this character move from someone who only cares about what he can get to someone caring and worrying for others.

Dylan is his mate. As a member of the local wolf pack Dylan is used to others having his back when he needs them. This is something that Avery has no understanding of so when Dylan steps up to help him out of his troubles, he is unsure how to act. But Dylan starts to see the real Avery and this brings the two of them closer together.

The authors surprise the readers by weaving a mystery into the story. This mystery allows Avery to find his calling, which does not exactly make Dylan happy, but it does leave the door open for the authors to bring these two back at a late date.

Prickly Business is a well written story that is sure to bring these authors many new fans. It is a story that will appeal to shifter fans as well as those who love mysteries. It is one story that I will be reading again in the future.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Love Rising by Piper Vaughn


Title: Love Rising
Author: Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 42
Characters: Francis Holland, Wick
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Fantasy,
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

An Isla Sagrario Story

In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.

Review:

I’ve read several books by Piper Vaughn and I’ve enjoyed them all. Ms. Vaughn has a knack of writing sexy, well-written characters that live and breathe off of the written page.

What I liked about this book was the freshness of the storyline. I haven’t personally read a lot of these type of stories, and I really enjoyed the way the author executed the relationship between the two men, despite the culture and language barrier between them.

I also liked how Francis was able to find his hope and reason for living. I enjoyed watching his character go from a person who is existing to a man who has something to look forward too. Since the book is through his POV, I found Francis very easy to like and I totally understood why he was so enamored with the mysterious Wick.

I do wish we could have learned more about the mysterious Wick. I would have loved to have known more about his culture and where he really came from, but in saying this, I think Ms. Vaughn wrote a very tight, romantic story that I truly loved. If you are looking for a unique and sexy love story, this book is definitely for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gay and Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies: A Multi Authored Anthology by Storm Moon Press


Title: Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 118
Characters: Anthology-Many Characters
POV: 3rd and 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Ah, the allure of the office romance. The sly smiles across the room as you wonder if anyone else knows. The danger of being caught by the boss. The thrill of those stolen moments in the copy room or supply closet. It’s this feeling that we’ve condensed, distilled, and captured in the short shorts of Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies. We’ve compiled thirteen brief tales of men and women getting it on with a co-worker or a boss in a steamy office romance.

Some of them are established and have been sneaking around the office for some time, like Lori Hunt and her P.A. Ms. Lovell in She’s the Boss or Tom and Neal in Personal Assistance. Others, like The New Guy’s Greg and Eli or the awkwardly-named Rebecca A. and Rebecca B. from Tele-Romance are just beginning to experience the allure that can come from keeping the secret. Nor are such trysts confined to the office itself, spilling out into stairwells, copy rooms, gyms, and even computer server rooms. Whatever the case, though, they’re sure to arouse your imagination, and maybe even leave you looking at your own co-workers a little bit… differently.

Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies includes:
Skype Wars by Rob Rosen
Hands On by K. Piet
One Week by L. Alonso Corona
Working Lunch by Ann Anderson
Personal Assistance by K. Lynn
She’s the Boss by Angel Propps
The New Guy by John Amory
Stair Walking by Harper Bliss
1-888-BOREDOM by Raven de Hart
Fair Play by Anna Hedley
His Nonexistent Coffee Break by Lor Rose
Tele-Romance by Erik Moore
Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn

Review:

Skype Wars by Rob Rosen

New technology naturally breeds new means for having sex. Skype, for instance. Paul needs his computer to work, but IT is doing maintenance. So Paul contacts his go-to-guy, Craig, who he secretly has a crush on due to many emails with smiley icons, and just Craig’s friendly manner. One small Skype session to help out leads the two men talking, and then having sex via Skype.

Hot internet sex with cameras is an excellent way to start this anthology. Paul and Craig are so cute together, and though not on the same floor of the building, the sex is hot. This is told in the first person.

Hands On by K. Piet

Sarah and Gwen are massage therapists who have no clients due to wintery conditions. Sarah has a huge crush on Gwen, and their solitary snow-bound situation allows them to get closer through an impromptu massage that goes spectacularly right.

This was a hot little lesbian tale. From Sarah’s point of view, we are left wondering is Gwen lesbian or not. A massage doesn’t always have to lead to sex, now does it? Fortunately for smitten Sarah, it does. The writing is close to the skin, palpable, sensual. Sarah’s sweet shyness vs. Gwen’s strong straightforward character made this a likable read.

One Week by L. Alonso Corona

Tom and Michael are colleagues on the same floor as salesman. Michael is sort of Tom’s boss but not quite. And they’ve had a heated moment in the backseat of a car, and though Tom kind of resents Michael for being so perfect, they’re trying to figure each other and their attraction out.

I admit this wasn’t for me. The story is told in the present tense which threw me a bit. Never been a fan. But once I got used to it, there were timeline confusions: I couldn’t distinguish what happened in the past and what in the here and now. Still, this was the most realistic story of all of these. We are very much in the dark about what goes on inside the mind of another—unless we allow ourselves to get close, even with the risk of losing our hearts. And that was what made this story stand out in the end.

Working Lunch by Ann Anderson

Janice is on a lunch break when she is surprised by her lover, Amber. Even knowing people can walk by or start coming back to the office any minute, Amber goes down on Janice—under her table.

Sneaky and sexy. This was just a window into the relationship of these two women, but the danger of getting caught while giving oral can certainly spice up sex. Hot, and recommended.

Personal Assistance by K. Lynn

Tom is the personal assistant to the most disagreeable boss in the office, Mr. Thompson. However, when no one is looking, there is tenderness in said boss, and Tom knows how to work (with) his boss.

Secret blowjobs when anyone could walk in? Not bad, especially for a couple who work diligently to keep the true nature of their relationship a secret. Tom has remarkable patience, and Neal shows his true colors while being pleasured. Definitely worth the read.

She’s the Boss by Angel Propps

Lori Hunt is the bitch queen of hell-also-known-as-office, and Ms. Lovell is her PA. However, behind the closed door of the boss-woman’s office, all bets are off. The boss becomes the slave.

A short glimpse into the intimacy between two women, BDSM elements are abound as domination shifts from employer to employee. There was only one bit that I didn’t like, which was the boss lady calling her PA daddy. BDSM vocabulary, yes, but sounded so off. Other than that one word, this was sexy all the way. There’s a masculine prop to this heated encounter, but under the circumstances it works. This is in the first person.

The New Guy by John Amory

Eli Grey is rich, but his family situation puts him in need of a job at the first of every month. A real job so he can learn to be self-sufficient. As a result, he’s the perpetual new guy. Until he becomes the assistant’s assistant to the exec of Mech Tech, Greg Fallon. A chance meeting in the restroom leads to an unanticipated but very welcomed sexual encounter.

This story has the best line in the anthology: “Aaand I just saw my boss’s penis, and it’s not even lunchtime yet. Great.” The unexpected sex here draws the reader in, just like this particular job with benefits draws Eli in. Recommended read! This is written in the first person and present tense.

Stair Walking by Harper Bliss

The heroine here, speaking in first person, is drawn to Delphine, a masculine, unapproachable woman at their company who always seems to know everything, but is the total opposite of a people person. One day after work in the stairwell, the heroine is surprised by Delphine who takes total command of their sex.

We are not given a name for the heroine, since she speaks to us directly. Delphine is not a pleasant individual and she uses crass language and has a distinct lack of manners. But when she’s in charge in a sexual situation, submission becomes sweet for our heroine. I personally wasn’t taken with Delphine as I’m not fond of mean people, especially in romances. But… where the story leaves off we’re given a glimpse of the woman’s other side.

1-888-BOREDOM by Raven de Hart

Being a temp sucks. Being a temp who’s about to get fired sucks even worse. But having an office fling in the copy room with the post boy, Tommy, as a last hurrah? Not bad at all.

This was a fun little romp, perfected by the liberal use of a copy machine during fiery sex. Yay! When working in an office, getting a pic of your butt or your orgasm face is an absolute must. And we get a cute HFN ending. Quite liked this one. This is in the first person.

Fair Play by Anna Hedley

Ethan is an assistant to another jerk of a boss, Mr. Vincent Berk. Then one day Ethan has enough, and tosses a cup of hot coffee on his boss—the same cup Mr. Berk said was too cold. Guess it wasn’t, huh. What happens next is a spanking—but just who’s doing the punishing?

Who hasn’t had a bad boss in their work history? You know, the one who complains about everything, even things that aren’t real. But disciplining has its merits, here especially. Turnabout is fair play. This was exciting and rough, very good.

His Nonexistent Coffee Break by Lor Rose

Harris is the assistant to Dean Ingold, a total dick of a boss. Yes, there’s obviously a theme here. When Harris tries to leave to quit his job, Ingold tells him he can’t due to his family situation, and pretty much forces Harris into a sexual encounter. I won’t ruin what happens after the sex, but there are surprises in store here.

This one was my least favorite story in this anthology. From the first page, there’s a lot of cursing, all the way through, quite unnecessary. Then there’s, what at first glance seems like, the rape scene mixed with cheating. Sure, that’s not the right conclusion, but I was so turned off by this that by the time I was proven wrong with my assumption, it was too late to start thinking about passion, let alone love. I was left cold and disappointed.

Tele-Romance by Erik Moore

Rebecca A needs the help of Rebecca B to get his work stuff done. RA has a crush on RB, and one evening of working late an innocent little remark on the messenger chat reveals the possibility that maybe it’s more mutual than RA thought.

This was fun and sexy, even though the two ladies are only having sex via messenger. You get a sense of both women, and they turn out to be different than either of them thought. Their talk, brief and punctual due to their method of communication, sets you at the edge of your seat. Just don’t drop the keyboard like RA. I liked this a lot.

Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn

Jeremy Saitou is a cocky, insolent brat who’s making Shawn Cole’s, the manager, job that much harder. Then Jeremy breaks the rules by calling a client, well, a poopoo head, and as his third strike Shawn is supposed to fire him. Shawn is totally in lust with Jeremy, but his impudence cannot be tolerated. However, Jeremy tells Shawn that to keep his job he’ll let Shawn fuck him. Will Shawn take up the offer?

I love Piper Vaughn’s work, no secret. Shawn’s feelings grow as Jeremy makes an effort to behave, and as a result we see Jeremy from a different point of view too, as opposed to his smartass attitude. Jeremy has a surprising vulnerability in the end, and seeing these two come together was so sweet and so damn hot. By far my favorite story. A wonderful ending to the anthology.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies Interviews Piper Vaughn & Erik Moore

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Tell us a little about yourselves.

[Piper]: Hey, all. My name is Piper Vaughn. I’ve been writing since I was a young kid, but I’ve only been published since 2011. I have several solo novellas and short stories out, as well as multiple co-written novels, all M/M romance, and plenty more projects in the works. For those unfamiliar with my work, I’m probably best known for my free novella, Wanting, and One Small Thing, a contemporary romance co-written with M.J. O’Shea. 🙂

[Erik]: I’m Erik Moore. I’m a relative newcomer to writing original fiction, but I cut my teeth in the fanfiction world for a number of years previous to this. I currently have two solo short stories in publication: The Direction of Greatest Courage, a bisexual M/M/F polyamorous romance, and To Pierce the Sky, a F/F werewolf story, along with a co-authored piece with S.L. Armstrong in the Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs BDSM anthology called A Sub’s Gift.

Storm Moon Press’ Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies anthology just released April 12th. What are the names of each of your short story contributions, and what are they about?

[Piper]: The name of my story is “Three Strikes”. Here is a little blurb I wrote for it:

Jeremy Saitou is on his third and final strike. His manager, Shawn, would love nothing more than to send him packing. Shawn hates everything about the guy, especially Jeremy’s insolent mouth. Sure, Jeremy is exactly Shawn’s type—hot, pierced, and tattooed—but no one else has ever annoyed Shawn more. So, when Jeremy offers Shawn the use of his body in exchange for one last chance to save his job, Shawn immediately shuts him down, even as everything in him screams for him to say yes and finally put Jeremy in his place.

As a manager, Shawn can’t in good conscience accept Jeremy’s offer, but he does grant Jeremy the same chance he would any other employee—one last week to get his act together and prove his dedication to his job and the company.

The very last thing Shawn expects is for Jeremy to start pursuing him in the days that follow. Now, it’s impossible to separate the lies from the truth. Is Jeremy really interested… or is he just doing everything in his power to make sure he still has a job at the end of the week?

[Erik]: My story is called “Tele-Romance”. It’s the story of two women named Rebecca. One’s a bit of a workaholic, always putting in extra hours at the office, and the other’s rather more laid back, to the point of sometimes working from home. In her bed. And, well, the second Rebecca takes it on herself to help the first Rebecca learn to relax.

What theme in each of your erotic shorts sets them apart from the rest? Is there something special you put into it that readers should look forward to?

[Piper]: I haven’t read many of the others, but mine has a bit of an enemies-to-lovers theme. Shawn and Jeremy clash right off the bat, but under their mutual dislike lies a really intense attraction on both sides. Readers can expect that see even more of that intensity when they finally come together, so to speak. 😛

[Erik]: For the Rebeccas, it’s all about the anticipation. The creation of the fantasy and the building of that sexual tension. It’s not even foreplay yet, nothing physical, just the complete mental seduction that starts to break down the inhibitions. The brain is the body’s biggest erogenous zone, and it’s so often neglected. And that’s what these two are really after.

Do you have your own coffee break fantasy from a menial job? What about that secret flame for a co-worker? Any work-related tidbits from your lives you can share in celebration of your book release?

[Piper]: Right now I’m a SAHM, but I did have a couple of crushes when I was out there in the working world. One of those was a manager I worked with back in high school. He wasn’t much older than me at the time, and we messed around a bit. The most we ever did at work was sneak a kiss in the bathroom, though. To date, he’s the best kisser I’ve ever had the pleasure of making out with. But don’t tell my husband that. 😉

[Erik]: Well, for the past several years, I’ve telecommuted full-time, but for the ten or so years where I did work in various office environments, I can honestly say that I never found myself crushing on any of my co-workers. The few times that I had an initial attraction to a co-worker, their personality was invariably so abrasive and unbearable that it completely killed any kind of crush.

What’s television show comes up most at your water cooler conversations?

[Piper]: Well, as I said, I don’t work outside of my home right now, so there aren’t any cooler convos to speak of. But I do have a few shows I love. The ones I follow regularly are Teen Wolf, Supernatural, and The Walking Dead.

[Erik]: Most of my conversations with co-workers stay pretty much on topic, since they’re mostly over IM, but one or two of my fellow developers also enjoy Doctor Who, so discussions can sometimes stray in that direction.

Where can readers find the two of you?

[Piper]: They can find me at http://pipervaughn.com, which has links to all my other social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

[Erik]: The wild Erik Moore is remarkably elusive and not often observed outside of his natural habitat. However, the particularly vigilant have spotted him at times at http://erikrmoore.wordpress.com/ or as @ErikRMoore on Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies – Now available from Storm Moon Press for $3.99 (ebook)

Ah, the allure of the office romance. The sly smiles across the room as you wonder if anyone else knows. The danger of being caught by the boss. The thrill of those stolen moments in the copy room or supply closet. It’s this feeling that we’ve condensed, distilled, and captured in the short shorts of Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies. We’ve compiled thirteen brief tales of men and women getting it on with a co-worker or a boss in a steamy office romance.

Some of them are established and have been sneaking around the office for some time, like Lori Hunt and her P.A. Ms. Lovell in She’s the Boss or Tom and Neal in Personal Assistance. Others, like The New Guy‘s Greg and Eli or the awkwardly-named Rebecca A. and Rebecca B. from Tele-Romance are just beginning to experience the allure that can come from keeping the secret. Nor are such trysts confined to the office itself, spilling out into stairwells, copy rooms, gyms, and even computer server rooms. Whatever the case, though, they’re sure to arouse your imagination, and maybe even leave you looking at your own co-workers a little bit… differently.

Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies includes:
Skype Wars by Rob Rosen
Hands On by K. Piet
One Week by L. Alonso Corona
Working Lunch by Ann Anderson
Personal Assistance by K. Lynn
She’s the Boss by Angel Propps
The New Guy by John Amory
Stair Walking by Harper Bliss
1-800-BOREDOM by Raven de Hart
Fair Play by Anna Hedley
His Nonexistent Coffee Break by Lor Rose
Tele-Romance by Erik Moore
Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn

The Party Boy’s Guide to Dating a Geek by Piper Vaughn and Xara X. Xanakas


Title: The Party Boy’s Guide to Dating a Geek
Author: Piper Vaughn, Xara X. Xanakas
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Pages: 257
Characters: Ashley (Ash) Byrne, Felipe (Fee) Navarro
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Ashley Byrne only wants one thing in life: to finish his tattoo apprenticeship and fulfill his dream of owning his own shop. In the meantime, he spends his nights partying, flirting, and having sex. After all, what else is there for him to worry about? Aside from his hair and his clothes, not much. He’s hot, and rest assured no one knows it better than him. He’s also used to getting what he wants—until he meets Felipe Navarro.

Fee Navarro has everything he needs: a great IT job, a nice apartment, and all the high-tech toys his geeky heart could ever want. He doesn’t do casual, and he knows guys like Ash are nothing but. Ash may burn hot for Fee, but Fee isn’t willing to take a chance on a vain, little party boy with too many tats and an oversized ego. He wants someone to share his life with, and he won’t settle for anything less. Too bad Ash has never been the type to give up easily. He has a plan, and he’s not stopping until he proves he’s more than just a pretty face—he’s someone worthy of winning Fee’s heart.

Review:

I had a suspicion from the title that I was really going to enjoy this book. There’s nothing better than an opposites attract storyline, so I was very anxious to read this story. Once I started The Party Boys Guide to Dating a Geek, I couldn’t stop. From the first page to the last word, I was quickly wrapped up into these characters lives and I loved every moment of it!

Ash has everything going for him. He’s an apprentice to become a tattoo artist and he and his friend are saving their money up to have their own tattoo shop. Ash enjoys life to the fullest and when it comes to romance his ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ attitude has gained him a well-deserved reputation as a player. But once Ash meets Fee, a handsome geek who works for his brother’s girlfriend, Ash is immediately smitten with the smart, sexy man.
No matter how hard Ash flirts and tries to get Fee’s attention, Fee keeps shooting him down. This of course is uncharted territory for Ash and although he’s unprepared to be ignored and blown off, Ash allows himself to become stubborn and will stop at nothing to have Fee in his arms and heart.

I loved this book! Both Fee and Ash are amazingly sexy and interesting heroes. Both men are successful in their own right and at first glance, I wondered if they’d really be good for each other. But watching Ash transform from a shameless playboy and grow up into a loveable, one-man-man was a fun journey for me. I loved these two men together and adored watching them work hard to build their relationship onto a solid ground.

Another thing I loved about this book was the steady buildup of Ash and Fee’s relationship. As the book progressed it was apparent that both men were starting to become friends, fall in love and truly have something special between them. If you like romances with a slow-building relationship, then this book should be one to consider. I also loved the banter and chemistry between Fee and Ash and thought the pacing of the story was perfectly done. I know when I’m in the mood for a sexy romance between two completely opposite heroes, I’m going to reach for The Party Boys Guide to Dating a Geek, again and again. It’s earned a spot on my keeper shelf, and I can’t wait to read more from this amazing writing team in the future. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Hello, Piper Vaughn!

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?

-How about a Coke? 🙂

Coming right up. Charles! Coke for Piper please. I’ll take the same. Now, Piper, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

-Sure! I’m from the Chicagoland area. I’m married with one son, who is about to be four in December. I’ve been writing and reading for as long as I can remember.

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

Probably “oh, my God!” My husband and I were out to dinner and I got the email just as we were getting up to leave the table. I didn’t quite believe it at first.

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

-Well, about ten or eleven years ago I got into anime. From there I got into fanfiction writing and discovered yaoi and slash. I thought that’s all there was for years, until I discovered the M/M genre at the beginning of 2010. I hadn’t realized it existed before then outside of fanfic. It was definitely one of those “I’ve found my people!” moments. I’d already written some M/M fanfic back in the day, so when I started thinking about the potential for writing original stuff, the ideas just started coming. They haven’t stopped since.

Oh! Here he is now. Thank you, Charles! Piper, 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.

-If the cake is red velvet, I’ll take that!

Sure thing. How many hours a day do you spending writing?

-Depends. I try to write every day, but it doesn’t always work. Sometimes I write for an hour or two, sometimes I write for most of the day with short breaks in between. I call those my “marathon days.” I don’t really have a specific amount of time set aside for writing every day, though I probably should.

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

-Usually I revise as I go.

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

-I typically like to plan most of it in advance, or at least have a strong outline with room for additions along the way. I have just sat down and typed, though. Sometimes inspiration strikes and you just go for it. Usually, though, I can only get a scene or two out that way and then have to stop and figure out where exactly I want the story to go.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

-Hard to say. I suppose my favorites are Nick from the “Lucky Moon Series,” and then Erik and Dusty from the “One Thing Series,” for various reasons. Nick because he was so damaged and a lot of his experiences growing up were based loosely on my own life. Some of the stories he told were things that happened to me. Erik because he’s most like me out of all of them. Dusty because even though he has moments of weakness, he’s very upbeat and tries to keep a positive attitude all the time. I wish I was more like him.

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, I sure do. Wish I didn’t, but sometimes it can get kind of bad. What I typically do to overcome it is try to work on something new, do Word Wars or challenges with other authors, or try writing longhand. Of all those, the last is what tends to work best for me.

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

-My bedroom. We actually share a house with my father-in-law, and it’s a small place, so my desk is set up in on one side of my bedroom. That is where you will typically find me. Once my husband comes in to go to sleep, though, I go down to my laptop in the den. That is my second comfy zone, but I prefer my desktop for its larger screen and keyboard.

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

-Nope, but I will tell my husband verbally that I plan on writing and would appreciate it if he tried not disturb me. Given that I don’t have a separate office, I have to be considerate of his need to get into the bedroom sometimes, but he does his best to accommodate me. My toddler, on the other hand, doesn’t care if I’m working. 😛

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

-Sarcastic, I suppose. And that is usually what makes me laugh the most. I love snarky characters.

What is the most frequently asked Piper Vaughn question?

-Usually it’s something relating to one of my series. “When is the next Lucky Moon?” book coming out, etc. Aside from those, my most asked question is about “Tangled,” a project that had to be put on the backburner because I hit a wall and haven’t wanted to go back to it. I’d committed to a deadline and the cover was made, the book was put up on Goodreads and people added it to their shelves. Then… nothing. It was the first deadline I ever failed to meet, but my publisher was awesome about it and willing to let me put it aside for the time being. I get people asking me when it will be available all the time, but I don’t have an answer at the moment. I always feel bad when people ask, though. I hate feeling like I failed.

What are you working on now?

-Surprisingly, I have yet to start anything new. I just got back from GRL on Sunday afternoon, and I’ve been being very lazy since. (Shh, don’t tell my editors. :P) I’m working on an outline for a Valentine’s Day short I have planned, though, and will likely be starting that in the next day or two. I also have a couple of contemporary ideas I am tossing around as potential NaNoWriMo projects. Will see what gets my muse going. 🙂

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 have a few TV shows and movies I really love and sometimes they help to keep the inspiration alive. But mainly I read—a lot. Also, when I’m really stuck, sometimes I’ll get into the shower. Weirdly enough, ideas tend to strike when I’m in there.

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

-I’m all over the place. Romance is my favorite genre, and I read a lot of that. Paranormal, romantic suspense, historical, whatever. I also read sci-fi, fantasy, horror, fairy-tales, and mysteries and thrillers. The only genre I don’t have much interest in is non-fiction, unless I’m reading those books for research.

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

-Scientist

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

-Reading (of course). I also like to cook and bake, going to the movies or out to dinner with friends, sometimes I scrapbook, and I’m very much into music, so I try to get to as many concerts and musicals as I can.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

-My next book, co-written with M.J. O’Shea, is due from Dreamspinner Press on October 26th, and the third and final book in our “Lucky Moon Series” is tentatively scheduled for release in January. That book, Moonstruck, will be published by Loose Id.

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

-You can find me at: http://pipervaughn.com

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!!

-Sure thing! I’ll dry if you wash. ;D

Oh I’m sure Charles won’t mind a hand. Charles!

One Good Thing Book 2: One True Thing by Piper Vaughn and MJ O’Shea

Title: One Thing Book 2: One True Thing
Author: Piper Vaughn, MJ O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 260
Characters: Dustin (Dusty) Davis, Asher Kyrakides
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

Dustin Davis spent years wishing for a prince but kissing frog after slimy frog. When he sees Archer Kyriakides for the first time, Dusty thinks his luck has finally changed. Archer could be it. The One. But their hot and cold romance leaves Dusty confused: why does it feel right one moment and wrong the next? It doesn’t make sense—until the day Dusty meets Archer’s identical twin, Asher, and realizes he’s been seeing them both.

Asher Kyriakides dreams of being a fashion photographer, but he’s stuck with a job he hates and an irresponsible playboy brother whose habits drive him absolutely insane, especially when he finds out Archer is dating the cute little blond Asher can’t seem to forget. Torn between loyalty and desire, Asher does nothing but try to warn Dusty away.

But when Archer finally goes too far, Dusty turns to Asher for comfort, and Asher knows he can’t refuse. It isn’t long before they realize they’re falling fast, but more than one thing stands in their way, not the least of which is Archer, who isn’t quite ready to stop being a thorn in his brother’s side.

Review:

Ever since I read One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and MJ O’Shea, I’ve been anxiously waiting for Dusty’s story. As much as I loved the heroes in the first book, Dusty’s sweetness stole my heart, so as soon as this book was released, I had to read it. Like the first book, I immediately was swept into the characters’ lives and once I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop until I reached the very last page.

Since I think the blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, I won’t rehash a lot of it. Dustin (Dusty) is always looking for love. Now living in a new city, with a new job, he’s hopeful he’ll find his Prince Charming. When he literally bumps into a handsome, sexy man on the streets, he’s immediately captivated by him. But before he can get the man’s name and hopefully his number, the gorgeous man disappears in the crowd and Dusty is left with the empty feeling that he’s missed out on something special. After this, Dusty finds himself in a whirlwind of misunderstandings and confusion, but once he finally finds the love of his life, Archer, he will do anything within his power to spend his life with him.

The one thing I really like about Dusty is that he has hope. Although he’s had a bad run on love, he continuously hopes and wishes to find the special man he’s always dreamed about. He’s smart, a hard worker, a great friend and someone who’d I’d personally love to have as a friend in my own life. When he finally does find Archer, (boy do they get through a pretty big misunderstanding before they can find each other…sorry you have to read it) their relationship and the way they feel about each other is so strong and loving, I couldn’t help but hope that everything really works out for them.

Archer is another hero I really liked. He’s artistic, smart, reliable and an all-around loyal person. I liked how much he really loved and respected Dusty. These two men really fit together beautifully and I loved reading their story. I thought the book was a very fast paced, well-told read that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. There were a few times I wanted to talk some sense into Archer, (read it and you’ll understand) but in the end, both men fought hard and achieved the happy ending I craved for both of them. I know my review is probably being a little evasive, but I truly do not want to spoil this book for anyone. As I mentioned before this is the second book in the One Thing series, although you could probably read it as a stand-alone book, to truly understand the dynamics between all of the characters, I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, One Small Thing first. I hope there will be more books in this series because I love all of the characters and would love to see how their lives continue to progress as life goes on. All I can say is if you loved the first book, you’ll adore One True Thing too. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn, M.J. O’Shea

Title: One Small Thing
Author: Piper Vaughn, M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 214
Characters: Rue Murray, Erik Van Nuys
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

“Daddy” is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he’d have sex with a woman either. Now he’s the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn’t have time for babies, but he can’t give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he’s running out of options. He’s on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.

Erik Van Nuys is a sci-fi novelist with anxiety issues to spare. He doesn’t like people in general, and he likes babies even less. Still, with his royalties dwindling, he could use the extra cash. Reluctantly, he takes on the role of manny—and even more reluctantly, he finds himself falling for Alice and her flamboyant father.

Rue and Erik are as different as two people can be, and Alice is the unlikeliest of babies, but Rue has never been happier than when Alice and Erik are by his side. At least, not until he receives an offer that puts all his dreams within reach and he’s forced to choose: the future he’s always wanted, or the family he thought he never did.

Review:

Rue Murray’s whole world changed when found out that the consequences of his one-night experiment with a woman friend meant he was going to be a Dad. When the mother to be gives him the option of either taking the baby or giving it up for adoption, Rue quickly realizes that he wants the baby and decides to adjust his life, for the newest little addition in his life. As soon as his little girl, Alice is born, Rue realizes he’s got to find a babysitter to take care of Alice while he finishes up cosmetology school and works as a bartender on nights and weekends. After many failed attempts at finding someone to keep Alice for him, out of desperation he asks his strange and withdrawn neighbor, Erik to take care of her. Erik immediately declines, but after a couple of days, to Rue’s surprise, Erik agrees to keep Alice for him and Rue’s prayers are answered.

Erik has a routine he likes to live by. As a struggling and a reclusive writer, he could use the extra money he would earn by watching Alice, so he decides to give babysitting a shot. At first, it’s difficult for Erik to add Alice into his life’s routine, but soon both the baby and her sexy father, Rue, start worming their way into Erik’s life and heart. Soon, Erik starts enjoying having Alice and Rue around and he cannot imagine his life without them. But, when Rue is offered a once in a lifetime chance at achieving his dream job, will Erik have to courage to leave everything he’s ever known to build a new and happy life with Alice and the love of his life?

I loved this book! One Small Thing is everything I enjoy reading in a romance novel and so much more. Both heroes were well-written, likeable people who lived and breathed off of the written page. I liked how Rue and Erik were polar opposite in many ways, but they somehow found a way to compromise and find their own path together. I also appreciated the love and affection they both felt for Alice and that she was always a main focus in their lives and in their decision making. Rue and Erik fit together wonderfully and with Alice as their daughter, they made a perfect team. Both Rue and Erik also do a lot of personal growth throughout the novel. Erik has many issues he’s able to work through to achieve a life with Rue and Alice, and Rue himself changes his self-absorbed partying lifestyle to becoming a loving father and partner for Erik.

Make sure you have a tissue or three while you read this book. I experienced many emotions while I read this book. There are many laugh out loud moments, sad moments, bittersweet and heartwarming moments throughout the storyline. I loved the ending and wanted to weep with joy at the prospect of this amazing little family starting a new life in a new place together. This is the first book I’ve read by Piper Vaughn and MJ O’Shea and it definitely won’t be my last. I loved the smooth and addictive storytelling skills these authors have, and was immediately gripped in the fast-paced, intriguing storyline as I was swept up into these characters lives.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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A Little Luck, A Little Moonlight, And An All Access Pass To Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea

Q. We’re so glad you could take some time away from your writing to be here with us, Piper and M.J. Why don’t we start by having you both tell us a bit about yourselves and your backgrounds?

Piper: Hi. First let me say, thanks for having us! Just as a little background about me, I was born and raised in Chicago and still live in the area. I’ve been a big reader since I was around eleven or so, but my favorite genre has always been romance. I love journals and writing instruments and collect them a bit obsessively. My favorite animals are Emperor Penguins. 🙂

M.J.: I’m from the Seattle area and still live in walking distance from my parents’ first house. I’ve always loved reading, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, mystery–you name it. I get teased a lot for being really girly, but I have a major love for sparkly pink and purple stuff and a long lasting love affair with Bath & Body Works:) I also have a bit of a tattoo obsession. As of now I have five. I’m guessing that’s not going to be it, though!

Q. When did you discover your passion for writing? Was there someone in particular who encouraged and inspired your love of storytelling?

Piper: I discovered my love of writing right around the same time I started reading a lot. I got so wrapped up in the worlds and characters in the books I was reading, and one day it suddenly occurred to me that I could do that, I could write too. So I started writing, first just for myself, then for my friends, and finally I got into writing fanfiction and posting online. I “retired” from fanfics about five years ago. It was only recently (last October) that I got back into writing originals again, and I haven’t looked back since! There wasn’t anyone in particular who encouraged me when I was young, though. I’ve been self-motivated to write from the very start. Now, though, I get a lot of encouragement from my critique group and, of course, from M.J.

M.J.: Actually, when I was younger I thought music would end up being my profession, but that turned out to be something I like better as a hobby, albeit a very consuming one. I did write a lot when I was growing up as well, but somehow managing to be a professional writer seemed to be a bit farfetched to me (like being a professional musician wasn’t. Lol.) I kept writing through high school and college, though, and really enjoyed creating stories. I didn’t decide to make a real go of it until about a year and a half ago and I found M/M sort of by accident. I’m glad I did! It’s been a fun journey so far.

Q. How does writing a book collaboratively differ from writing alone?

Piper: Well, it goes a lot faster, for one! We’ve written two books collaboratively so far and are currently working on a third. So far the process has been this: I write up a detailed outline for the manuscript, M.J. takes that outline and breaks it down into chapters, and then we decide who is going to write what. The process seems to be working fairly well for us, so I think that’s how we’ll continue to do things unless we find something that works better in the future. When I write alone, I generally write up a broad outline and just go for it. If I’m having difficulty with a particular chapter, then I might stop to write up an outline for that specific chapter just to get my thoughts in order. Other than that, though, I pretty much wing it.

M.J.: I’m not as structured either when I write on my own, although, I’ve started to do it more and more. It really helps to get the book done when I have an outline. I think Piper and I work together really well though. I’m really type A about getting chapters churned out, but she’s much more meticulous and detail oriented, so we complement each other quite well.

Q. How many books have you written, both together and individually?

Piper: As I mentioned earlier, we have two co-written stories done already, and we’re working on a third right now. One of the stories is Moonlight Becomes You, of course, and the other, tentatively titled One Small Thing, is currently under submission. So far I’ve written two novellas and one short story on my own. One novella, Wanting, was for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Hot Summer Days anthology, and the other is a Christmas-themed romantic horror story, which was recently accepted for publication by Less Than Three Press. The short story I wrote, Black John, is in the Cross Bones pirate anthology from Dreamspinner Press, and it was actually written as a companion piece to M.J.’s Irish Red, which is also in the anthology.

M.J.: I’ll go with her answer for what we’ve done together:) On my own, whew, I’ve written five books for Republica press: Unintended, Things I’ll Never Say, Blood Moon, Hunter’s Moon, and A Little Bit of Magic (which Piper will be writing a companion to as well.) I’ve also done Dark Sun, which Loose Id released, and the short story Irish Red in the Cross Bones anthology. I have a novel and a short story under submission currently as well as the joint piece with Piper.

Q. How did you find each other? And once you did, how did you come to the decision that writing together was something you needed to do?

Piper: We met on Goodreads, in the M/M Romance Group, when I decided to start a thread to ask if any of the members would be interested in forming a critique group. M.J. was one of the members who responded, and she eventually went on to become my co-moderator in the critique group. At one point the subject of coauthoring had come up in our group and I’d mentioned to M.J. in passing that maybe we should try to write something together sometime. When I got the idea for Moonlight Becomes You, I instantly knew I wanted to ask her to write it with me. I’d read a lot of her work by then and I thought our styles would mesh well. So, I asked her and she agreed, and the rest is history. 🙂

M.J.: And the actual two series we were supposed to collaborate on first haven’t even happened. Maybe someday!!

Q. Let’s talk a little bit about Moonlight Becomes You and its prequel More than Moonlight. (Which you’ve offered as a free read, thanks very much!) I’m going to come right out and ask this question right off the bat, namely because it’s the first question that popped into my head when I finished the book: Will we be hearing more from the “Luck” and “Moonlight” boys in the near future? Please tell us you have much more of their storyline to share with us before we’re forced to say goodbye to them.

Piper: You will definitely be hearing more from the Luck and Moonlight boys! Like I mentioned above, M.J. and I are currently working on a third joint project together. That story is The Luckiest, sequel to Moonlight Becomes You, and revolves around Shane’s brother, Nick, and his love interest, Luka. There will also be a third book later, which will be Em’s (Luck’s manager) story. Plus, we’re bringing a new band into the picture in The Luckiest. They were recently signed to Luck’s label, Blue Horizon, and the boys from that band might be popping up in a series of their own later. Never say never. 🙂

M.J.: And before we release Nick’s book, we’re going to do something similar to More than Moonlight — a collection of shorts that will cover the events from right after Moonlight Becomes You until the start of The Luckiest. We were originally going to go ahead and include those events in the beginning of the novel, but we wanted to give the readers something to tide them over :).

Q. Did the writing process actually come together as seamlessly as it appears to have in the finished product? Or were there several drafts and rewrites before it made its way to the publisher?

Piper: You know, it actually kind of did. We wrote up one full draft, submitted that to our critique group and several betas. Based on their suggestions, we did a few revisions and added a new scene or two, and then we sent it on its way. It was actually a little surprising how seamlessly it all came together, but M.J. and I have a great coauthoring relationship and we didn’t really run into any problems along the way.

( M.J. agrees) 🙂

Q. What attracted you to the idea of setting the story in the music industry? Are either of you musically inclined?

Piper: I adore music and listen to it constantly, but, sadly, I have no musical talent to speak of. I do want to learn to play the banjo, though, so we’ll see if that ever happens. But, actually, I’d never really considered writing a story set in the music industry before the idea for Moonlight Becomes You struck me. Now that we have written one, though, I can see doing more of them in the future. They’re a lot of fun!

M.J.: I think I’ve already answered that but I’ll add to it. In short, yes. Definitely, yes. I took my first music lessons at two (violin) and switched to piano at five, which means I’ve been playing it for a lot longer than I’d like to say. 🙂 I also play a few other instruments, and was in band and choir (shhh) but can only mess around on the guitar and play a few songs. That’s a big regret of mine, and someday I hope I have the time to change that.

Q. 1. Did you pattern any of the characters after any real life musicians? If so, who do Shane and Kayden sing like?

Q. 2. What sorts of research, if any, did you do for the book?

Q. 3. This might sound like a silly question, but I’m asking it anyway. Was this book emotionally draining to write? Because I don’t mind telling you, it was emotionally draining to read at times.

Piper: Shane and his band Luck weren’t really patterned after anyone in particular, at least not for me. Moonlight, on the other hand, was patterned after our mutual favorite band, Muse, and, talent-wise, Kayden was based on their lead singer, Matt Bellamy.

Research wise, I didn’t really do a whole lot. Mainly I researched hotels and locales that were mentioned during the Lucky Moon Tour and such. Other than that, though, it wasn’t a very research-intensive book for me.

Was it emotionally draining? For me, parts of it were. I’m overly emotional by nature, though, and I tend to get really connected to my characters. I’m also a bit of a crier, and I can tell you that there were definitely scenes that had me crying while I wrote them.

M.J.: Actually for me, Luck sounds like Green Day. LOL. But that’s not official, and it’s mainly based on the way I pictured Nick and Shane looking. I know that wasn’t Piper’s vision at all and it just popped into my head. I didn’t do any research other than when I was writing the lyrics to that song they play at the end. I wanted it to make sense, so I based the rhythm, rhyming scheme, and the actual chords on a real song. If you sing the lyrics to the song “Wild Horses”, it’ll fit 🙂

Q. Asking this question might be a bit like asking you to choose one child over another, but of all the characters you’ve created, do you have one who stands out among the others as a favorite? If so, who and why?

Piper: I have a feeling that my and M.J.’s answer will be the same for this one. My favorite so far has got to be Nick Ventura, Shane’s brother. After having read Moonlight Becomes You, I’m sure there are people who will wonder why, and my only response is that you’ll have to read his book to find out. There is really so much more to him than we were able to show in this first book, but being that M.J. and I know him so well, and we’re in the middle of writing his book at the moment, it’s easy for us to love him. We’re really hoping that our readers will, too, once they have a chance to get to know him better. Second to him, I think I would probably say Jesse.

M.J.: ALL, all? Even if it’s all the characters in all my books, my answer is probably still Nick. I love that he’s a smart ass and I think he’s really funny, plus he’s hurt and damaged and all the other things that make a character interesting. My other favorite character doesn’t exist yet for the public. His name is Tally, and hopefully people will get to meet him soon!

Q. When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope s/he takes away from the experience?

Piper: You know, I would have to say that my biggest hope would be that they were emotionally moved. Whether the story made them happy, sad, angry, or anything in between, I think that being able to evoke some kind of emotional response from my readers is one of my biggest goals. Recently I had a reader tell me that she actually got butterflies in her stomach during the first love scene in Moonlight Becomes You. That made me feel really proud. That’s the type of reaction I want. 🙂

M.J.: Ditto on the above. If someone can be entertained, moved, and taken away from the real world for a few hours, I’m happy:) And I want them to care about my characters as much as I do…which is probably impossible so I’ll take ‘almost as much’.

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

Piper: No, but I wish I could! I usually try to dedicate a few hours to writing at least, more if I can manage it. I’m a stay-at-home mom and my son is with me all day, so I don’t usually get to write until after my husband is home and everyone is in bed. I think most of my writing happens between the hours of 10PM to 3AM.

M.J.: I basically do write full time, but I still have another full time job. I’m usually at it from when I get home at five or six (or seven, sigh.) until around one or two in the morning. I usually get a decent eight hours in. I’m really looking forward to the day when my writing day starts in the morning instead of after work!

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

Piper: I tend to be an outliner, at least for the overall storyline. I usually don’t outline specific chapters, as I mentioned above, but I like having a guide to refer back to in case I lose my way at some point. I think it helps keep me focused.

M.J.: Yes, and yes. I’m not the world’s best planner in any facet of my life, but I’m becoming more of one when it comes to a novel. I find that I get blocked a heck of a lot less when I do it that way, and even if I veer from my plan, at least there is one and I can keep going.

Q. When did you begin writing in the Male/Male genre? What about it interests you the most?

Piper: I actually wrote M/M (yaoi or slash) back in my fanfic days, so I’d say I’ve been writing it on and off since probably around 2004. What about it interests me? I love romance in all its forms, and, frankly, I find the idea of two men together extremely hot. I also love the dynamics of a relationship between two men and how it differs from M/F romance. Plus, there are several authors in this genre who are really inspirational to me and I aspire to even partially reach their level someday. Like I think I can truthfully say I’d love to be Amy Lane when I grow up. She’s just amazing. 🙂

M.J.: It was pretty random for me. I got surgery and was out for a few days. I was reading stories on Nifty or Literotica out of sheer boredom and came across one of the M/M ones. This was actually in the fall of 2009, so I’m still really new comparatively. It was just more interesting to me, new, and like Piper said, I thought it was hot. I also thought whatever story I was reading was written pretty badly and I could do better. So I wrote one and submitted it to a site, then wrote another, and a few months later, I was submitting them to publishers instead. 🙂

Q. 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?

Piper: The best advice I ever received? Honestly, it’s what any author will tell you. Write, write, write. Just do it, even when you’re not in the mood, even if you feel blocked. Just keep writing. And so that’s what I try to do, always bearing in mind that I can go back and revise later. It’s cliché, but the whole “practice makes perfect” thing is so appropriate here. The only way to develop as an author is to keep at it.

M.J.: Same as above. Do it all the time and it gets easier and easier. The other thing that I really liked is when someone told me not to get too hung up on all the ‘rules’ of how to be a good writer. There are exceptions to every single one of them, and no reader has the same taste. If you write in your own style and you make people happy, then it really doesn’t matter if it’s perfect.

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

Piper: Well, as I said above, write as much as possible, whenever possible. And if you get a rejection, don’t give up. Keep going. We’ve all gotten them. Stephen King got dozens and dozens and look where he is now. They come with the territory of being a writer, and just because you might not fit in with one publisher doesn’t mean another won’t see the potential in your work and offer you a contract.

M.J.: Mine would be listen to others, but not to a fault. I’ve seen lots of writers, new and experienced, go into a tailspin over conflicting opinions from beta readers, a nitpicky review, a peer’s unsolicited advice. Listen, take it all in, and then do what your instinct tells you is right. If you don’t believe in your own writing, then the readers will pick that up.

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

Piper: Will there be a full-length novel for Jonah and Laurie (my characters from Wanting)? The answer is: no, there won’t be a novel, but there probably will be a short story at some point in the future. Another question that started after the release of Moonlight Becomes You is: “when is Nick’s book coming out?” To which we don’t have an answer except to say, we’re working hard and hope to have it out before spring. *fingers crossed*

M.J.: Ah, jeez. When’s the next ‘Moon’ book. I wrote two of my paranormal trilogy and got sidetracked (and a little burnt out on paranormal to tell the truth). It will come eventually but if I wrote it right now, I wouldn’t have the necessary excitement to make it good. I get asked the Nicky question a lot too. And the answer is asap:)

Q. What is your most memorable fan experience?

Piper: Oh, gosh. I haven’t had very many yet, but one thing that stands out is an email I received from someone who read my story, Wanting, online. He said that he used to write, but he’d given up at some point, but my story inspired him to want to start writing again. I thought that was really amazing, just the idea that I could inspire someone to want to write too. I was very touched. Another that stands out, and it was actually from a different reader for that story, was a review I got from someone who had never read any M/M romance before Wanting. She enjoyed the story so much, she’s moved on to reading other M/M novels and she even joined the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads and recommended my story to others. I thought that was pretty cool. 🙂

M.J.: Actually, mine comes from back in my free story site days. I had a guy email me, from another country (Japan, I think), who said he was straight, and always thought that gay men were disgusting, but he’d read my story since it won some contest or another, and he felt the romance between the two men and could see that it really didn’t matter if it was a heterosexual union or not. I’d changed his mind about gay people. I’m not sure if there is a better compliment than that.

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

Piper: Maybe a film director because I’ve always loved movies, and I think that would just be awesome. But, honestly, even when I was a kid, all I ever wanted to do was write.

M.J.: Haha. Everything. I’ve always had my fingers in lots of different things. I really do love music, but I can’t compose for anything, and I love painting and drawing. None of my skills are very practical though. I guess in reality I’d still be teaching middle school if I wasn’t writing. I took my office job so I’d have more energy to write.

Q. If time travel were possible, what time period(s) would you most like to visit? Why?

Piper: I would say probably Regency England. It’s my favorite historical time period, and I would love to go back and see how similar it is to the books I’ve read. Either that or maybe feudal Japan because I am a huge anime fan and one of my favorites was set during that time period. I would love to see real samurai and ninjas in action.

M.J.: She stole my answer. Lol. I do love Regency England! I’d also like to see the forties perhaps. Or Pompeii in its heyday.

Q. If you had the opportunity to interview one famous person, either past or present, who would you choose and why?

Piper: Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books of all time, and I would love to sit around and talk to her about that and her other books. I think that would be amazing.

M.J.: Ooh, I’m going with Matt Bellamy…or Tori Amos. I’d really just like to sit there and talk to them about piano for hours. That is, after I recovered from my blatant hero worship. Hehe.

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

Piper: Sarcastic, definitely. I can appreciate all types of humor, though, and even the silliest of slapstick makes me laugh sometimes.

M.J.: Well, lol. Mainly sarcasm. A lot of Nick’s snark in the first book came from me. I prefer ironic humor over obvious. One liners and quips. That kind of thing.

Q. Do you have any new projects/works-in-progress you’d care to share with us?

Piper: After The Luckiest, my next project will be writing a novella in M.J.’s “Little Magic” universe. After that, who knows? Maybe we’ll hop on another joint project, or I’ll start working on a solo project for a publisher that invited me to submit. I have three potential ideas for them, but I just have to make a decision already. So many plots swirling around in my head, so little time!

M.J.: I have quite a few. What I’ll focus on next is hard to say. I will look at the my next book for the “Little Magic” trilogy, and maybe the paranormal mood will strike me and I’ll finish the “Moon” Trilogy as well:)

Q. Thanks again for spending some time with us, Piper and M.J. It’s been great having you with us. Will you tell us where we can find each of you on the Internet?

Piper and M.J.: You can find us on our joint blog, Babes in Boyland (http://mjandpiper.blogspot.com), and our websites (http://pipervaughn.com and http://www.mjoshearomance.com).

Q. And we’d love if you’d consider sharing a favorite excerpt from Moonlight Becomes You with us.

Piper and M.J.: Sure! Just as a lead in, this is a scene from the very beginning of the Lucky Moon tour, when Shane finally sees Kayden/Moonlight perform live for the first time…

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By the time Shane made it to the side of the stage, Moonlight had already started their first song. Kayden stood in front of the mic, his trademark glittery blue guitar in hand. He was wearing tight black pants that rode dangerously low on his hips and a shimmery silver shirt that bared quite a bit of his smooth, toned abdomen. His hair was messy, as if he’d just woken from a nap…or come on stage directly after being thoroughly fucked.

Shane gaped. It took him a few seconds to pick his jaw up off the floor and stop staring. There was no helping the instant hard-on, however. It pressed painfully against the fly of his jeans, and he had to resist the urge to reach down and adjust himself. What the fuck? It was like he was thirteen again, popping a boner at the most inconvenient place and time. But, damn. He’d thought the sleek, put-together version of Kayden Berlin was hot. This Kayden was unreal.

Twenty different fantasies flashed through Shane’s mind, and he nearly groaned aloud at the last one — of him striding on the stage and taking Kayden right there, under the lights, in front of thousands of fans, the rest of the band still playing. He was caught up in the idea of it, rock hard and throbbing at the mental image, when Kayden began to sing.

Shane’s reaction was instantaneous. Kayden’s voice washed over him, cooling him down more effectively than a bucket of ice water over his head. The quality of that rich, throaty tenor sent a shiver down his spine. For a moment, it made him think of Jesse, though Jesse’s voice had been higher, less refined. Shane imagined they would’ve sounded great if they’d ever gotten a chance to sing together, Jesse and Kayden. The thought was accompanied by a dull ache in his gut. He shouldn’t be thinking of Jesse, not when it was his fault that Jesse wasn’t around, would never have a chance to sing a duet with Kayden or anyone else for that matter. Because Shane and the others had fucked him over. Shane more than anyone. It was Shane who Jesse had looked at with such pain and betrayal in his eyes. Shane, and no one else.

Shane watched the remainder of the concert in a daze. He didn’t move from his spot for Moonlight’s entire set list, which was a couple of songs longer than Luck’s had been. His eyes stayed glued to Kayden. The way he played, the way he moved, with such elegant, sensual grace, it was as if he’d cast some kind of spell, and Shane was helpless to look away.

For the majority of the concert, Kayden never even glanced his way. Shane thought Kayden either didn’t know or didn’t care that he stood offstage watching. But then during Epitaph, Moonlight’s longest, piano-intensive ballad, Kayden took a seat at the concert grand that faced his direction. He sat with his head bowed at first, focused on the keys. It was only when he started to sing that he looked up, directly at Shane. Their gazes locked, and Shane felt his breath catch at the power of those sea green eyes, despite the distance that separated them. In that moment, he realized that Kayden had known he was there all along. And as Kayden stared at him unwaveringly, it was like he was singing to Shane. For Shane. Watch me, his eyes said. Look at me.

Shane was looking. Couldn’t stop, in fact. Even when Kayden finally broke their connection and turned his attention back to the keys for the intricate piano solo that led to the finish. Shane kept right on looking until the concert was over and the last song had been sung. The members of Moonlight exited the stage past him, Surya grinning and Oliver acknowledging him with a nod. But Kayden brushed by him without so much as a glance.

Shane stood stock-still, fighting back anger and disappointment. What had he expected, really? That the one, intense moment they’d shared would have somehow changed Kayden’s attitude toward him? Not likely. But Shane knew that whatever animosity Kayden held for him, Kayden had also felt the spark between them, burning bright and hot, from the instant their gazes had met across the hotel conference room two days before. Kayden felt it; Shane had no doubt. Whether or not he would actually admit to it was an entirely different matter.

Moonlight Becomes You by Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea


Title: Moonlight Becomes You
Authors: Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages: 145
Characters: Shane Ventura, Jesse Seider, Kayden Berlin
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Eleven years ago Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend Jesse Seider out of their band, Luck. Though he had a gorgeous voice, Jesse wasn’t beautiful and didn’t fit the label’s ideal look. But Shane’s never wanted anyone else more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind.

As his thirty-second birthday approaches, Shane’s more miserable than ever. Even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for an epic world tour can’t get him out of his depressive funk. Until he meets lead singer, Kayden Berlin, and falls into instant lust.

Though Kayden acts like he’s not interested, Shane knows he feels the spark between them. The harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away. Then one explosive night things finally come to a head and Shane is left nursing a broken heart. That seems to be Shane’s lot—lucky at everything but love. But there’s a lesson in store for Shane: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.

Review:

Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea have come together in perfect harmony in Moonlight Becomes You, a story of betrayal, revenge, redemption, and, finally, atonement for a disloyalty that destroyed a friendship.

Shane Ventura and his younger brother, Nicky, didn’t have much growing up but an abusive father and an absentee mother. The one thing they did have, though, was their music and their dreams of making it big. There was just one key component missing from the band Luck, and Shane finds that key in the unlikely Jesse Seider, a nerdy, plain, and chubby boy who is enlisted to tutor Shane so Shane can graduate from high school.

The improbable connection that forms between the boy with the bad-ass attitude and the boy who isn’t afraid to challenge him comes through their mutual love of music. Jesse is a gifted musician and singer, and though he is the antithesis of what a rock star supposedly looks like, it is his addition to the band that fills a need and brings the group together. Teetering on the threshold of success, Luck is about to sign a contract that will bring them the recognition and fame they’ve so desired—there’s one condition the recording label demands, however. Jesse must go. And the boy he loves, the boy who loves him in return, has been elected to be the one to swing the axe.

Out of loyalty to Nicky, and perhaps a bit out of avarice for finally attaining something bright and positive in his life, Shane does the deed. He kicks Jesse out of the band, out of his life, and shatters both of their hearts in the process.

Eleven years later, Shane has become the rather pathetic caricature of an aging rock star—drugs, booze, and an endless supply of nameless sycophants who are more than willing to share his bed for a night have done nothing to erase the sorrow and shame he feels for his betrayal of Jesse. His life is spent on the road, escaping anything that might resemble stability, never coming close to approaching the love he felt for his best friend.

Preparing for the European leg of the band’s next tour, Luck is getting ready to hit the road with the incredibly successful band Moonlight and their gorgeous lead singer Kayden Berlin. Walking into a band meeting, Shane and Kayden’s eyes meet, and Shane feels an immediate and intense attraction to the man who, when finally introduced, shows nothing but utter loathing and contempt for both Shane and Nicky.

In spite of Kayden’s behavior, behavior that swings equally between animosity and apathy, Shane is compelled to pursue the man, becoming more and more determined to melt the icy exterior and prove to Kayden that there is more to him than the public persona. Kayden may be the one and only man who can fill the space in Shane’s heart that was left gaping when he turned his back on Jesse’s love. But each and every time Shane believes he might be making inroads, Kayden shuts him down, painfully. Though Kayden can’t deny Shane causes a physical response in him, it’s the emotional response, the disdain for everything Shane represents that keeps Kayden on the defensive.

Shane is at a crossroads in his life, no longer enamored of the fame he once coveted, as well as being at a complete loss in his feelings for Kayden. When an unimaginable secret is revealed, one that sets Shane on his heels and sends him running away from the band and from Kayden, he suffers the ultimate humiliation, one from which he’s unsure he’ll ever recover.

With one of the most unforeseeable plot twists I’ve read in a long time, one that left me literally saying aloud, “Well, I did not see that one coming,” Moonlight Becomes You was not a book I read as much as I devoured in a single sitting. I was completely consumed by the story, start to finish, attempting to guess different ways in which the authors might resolve the tension and conflict before the book ended. Let me just put it this way: I totally guessed wrong. Wasn’t even close. But once the twist was revealed, once I picked my chin up from my lap, I was entirely satisfied that the time I’d spent getting there was more than worth the trip.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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