Welcome to BRB, everyone! Did you have a good weekend? Mine was great! Certainly better than the week before. Love my office, digging the purple renovation. I'll have to take a photo or two and post them. My guest today is a friend and mm author, someone who is hard working, kind of heart and definitely talented. So, let's get started!
What genre do your currently write, Tyler? And, is there a genre you'd like to write, but haven't tried yet?
Currently, I write male/male erotic romance, mostly southern (US) or military themed. I’ve been asked to write a female/female story to be paired with one of the stories I’m working on now that deals with PTSD, and other post-war issues many veterans are dealing with. The first story is coming together, and when I’m sure it’s right, I would like to give the F/F story a go.
Many authors use a nom de plume, and they may use one opposite to their own sex. Do you think an author's sex or sexual orientation should dictate what genre they write?
I think writers should write whatever inspires them. I’m not a gay man, but I take writing that genre seriously, and I enjoy it immensely.
I’ve found it easier to connect with my male characters. I actually relate to them on a much deeper level than my female characters. I think it’s because I’m attracted to men in general: the way they look, smell, think, and behave, so I pretty much get to have affairs with both heroes as I write them.
Some authors have issues with character development, writer's block, plot summary etc. What is the biggest challenge you face when writing? How do you overcome the problem?
My most common problem comes from outside distractions. I rectify this by turning everything off, shutting out the world, and focusing. If I need a little pick-me-up, I’ll read to get those creative juices flowing again.
If all else fails…there’s always porn. Hahaha!
What has been the single most successful marketing tool you've used to date?
So far I would have to credit diligent posting through social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and of course appearing on fellow author’s blogs. Networking is a powerful tool.
What are you currently reading?
I had been reading a YA series called Mortal Instruments, along with one of my daughters, but I had to set it aside to deal with edits and business. Getting back to it has taken a while, but hopefully, I’ll finish for her sake. She’s already a couple of installments ahead of me.
How do you measure success?
Happy readers. I don’t dwell on reviews, good or bad, and those royalty checks are usually gone before they even arrive, so I rely on the things readers tell me personally. If they’re pleased, so am I.
Just for fun–
What is your favourite drink?
I drink gallons of coffee with tons of cream and sugar. As for cold drinks? It’s usually Iced Tea or Cherry Coke on occasion.
Are you a cat or dog person?
I’m definitely a dog person. We have 5 of the little ankle biters. (Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix)
Love or lust?
A little bit of both. Lusting after someone you love is the best of both worlds.
If you could spend the day with any famous author, who would it be? And, why?
I’d have to say I would like to spend the day with George R. R. Martin, the author of The Game of Thrones.
I recently read an article about his modest lifestyle in New Mexico, and how he hasn’t allowed fame and fortune to change who he is. He still eats at local restaurants, lives in an average house, and drives a Mazda. That’s probably how I would live as well. Though, I would love to cave and build a swimming pool, just so I could hire a sexy pool boy.
If you could indulge free of any consequences, what would be your ultimate sexual fantasy?
My ultimate fantasy would require Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, a bottle of Tequila and lots of flavored massage oil….
They’re both half my age, so having them together would level the playing field.
Hmmm, I wonder if they’d survive.
Website Link: http://www.tylerrobbins.org
A Beautiful Lie
Jesse Reagan has had more than his share of tragedy, and he may have been dealt another blow when, once again, cancer threatens the sister who raised him. Faced with the possibility of being left behind, Jesse vows to care for her young son, though he’s not convinced he can.
When Trip Cantrell returns to town, he’s blindsided the instant he’s reunited with his kid brother’s lifelong friend, Jesse. His inability to find happiness in the years he’s been gone, suddenly makes sense. Love’s been waiting at home all along.
Life begins to look promising, except for the fact that neither have come out of the closet publicly, and that’s not even their biggest problem. Someone has a secret so shocking they may never find a way past it.
Will they be accepted in their small Texas town, or will secrets, lies, and the threat of tragedy destroy everything?
Trip could feel the tension radiating from the other man. Following his instincts, he gripped Jesse’s shoulder and squeezed. “You’re not alone you know. If you ever want to talk or need help with anything, let me know.”
Jesse turned his head, shocking the hell out of Trip by leaning in to where Trip held his shoulder, slightly brushing his cheek against Trip’s fingers.
Trip tightened his grip, savoring the feel of Jesse’s skin touching his. Was he imagining it?
Jesse slowly lifted his chin as his green eyes, darkening by the second, settled on Trip.
Trip’s heart raced, and his hardening cock pressed against the zipper of his jeans. Was this really happening?
He inched closer, inhaling deep, losing himself in the aroma of Jesse’s quite memorable cologne. He swallowed hard, his lips tingling at the thought of Jesse’s mouth on his.
Jesse’s chest rose and fell, his breathing grew louder by the second, infiltrating Trip’s mind until his own breaths caught up, matching Jesse’s pants breath for heated breath. Jesse’s eyelids lowered to half-mast, his desire obvious as fuck.
Trip reacted on instinct alone, no thinking, just doing. He pulled Jesse closer until their lips were centimeters apart. Jesse’s exhales warmed Trip’s skin.
The night went silent the instant Jesse’s soft lips grazed Trip’s.
Seconds felt like hours until Trip engulfed Jesse’s mouth all together. With hungry sweeps, Trip dove deeper, sucking, and tangling his tongue with Jesse’s. He cupped the back of Jesse’s neck, and held on as their mouths warred for dominance over the other.
Trip gasped when Jesse’s wandering hand discovered his erection through his jeans. “Fuck.”
Hot air poured over Trip’s neck as Jesse’s kisses blanketed his throat.
“I’ve wanted to do that all night.” Trip splayed his fingers through Jesse’s silky, black hair, hoping against hope Jesse would move his mouth lower.
Jesse fumbled with the buttons on Trip’s shirt, and plucked the first few open. He worked his way across Trip’s chest, circling Trip’s erect nipples with his warm, wet tongue. “Shit, Jesse.” Trip struggled to catch his breath. Everything was so intense, moved so fast, Trip could hardly tell if it was real.
He leaned Jesse back, seizing the few stolen moments he hoped were actually happening. His kisses grew heavier, and his need increased. He’d take it as far as Jesse would let him. He had no choice. Please let this be real.
Purchase Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/tyler-robbins/
Publisher Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.comThanks for stopping by, Tyler! All the best! ~ Blak Rayne