I’ve been tagged by the awesome Hayley B. James to join the fun on the Next Big Thing Blog Hop and share a little about my current work-in-progress, so here we go!
What is the working title of your book?
A Rose By Any Other Name
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I had actually started it before Roses in the Devil’s Garden, which is book 1 of the series, while this is book 2. When I was writing Harlan and Nathan’s novella, I knew the fellas were all going to tie in together, and I had a certain character in mind who was going to share a few words of wisdom with Harlan. That fella turned out to be Julius. He fit in perfectly with Harlan and Nathan, and the pieces all started falling into place.
What genre does your book fall under?
Historical Gay Romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
Wow, that is incredibly tough. Finding the right actors would take me way too long. I’m a big movie buff, so I’d have to find just the right guy, with the right look, and a whole bunch of other stuff to make things fit. So instead, I’ve written a little about each character.
Julius is the lead act at the Pantheon, a private Ancient Greek themed cabaret for gentleman of a certain inclination. In other words, a gay club. He’s one of the Erotes (a group of Love Gods) and plays the part of Eros, God of love. mischief, lust and beauty. Blond, blue eyes, and a pout that can send a certain sensible man off the deep end.
Edward Jospeh Clarence Junior is the very picture of the perfect gentleman. He’s the heir to the Clarence & Co. fortune but is a wealthy man in his own right. There’s more to Edward than the unassuming high-society sweetheart everyone sees.
Maxfield Clarence is Edward’s cousin and best friend. He’s also the heir to the Regalia Hotel empire. He’s an extremely difficult one to find the right fit for. One minute you think he’s awesome, the next minute you want to push him off a cliff because he’s being a complete bastard. He’s sexy, infuriating, arrogant, and doesn’t feel the need to censor his opinions.
Lawry Reinhart is one of Julius’s best friends. He plays Himerus, God of sexual desire and unrequited love. Lawry is elegant, level-headed, the go-to guy of Julius’s little trio, and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to keep his friends safe. He’s the oldest of the three, the wisest, and has had the misfortune of taking an interest in Maxfield. He has his work cut out for him.
Albert Harrison has been best friends with Edward and Maxfield since childhood, and Edward’s father is Albert’s godfather. Albert is the more timid of the the three and the most bashful. Sometimes he can be too kindhearted and it leads to folks trying to take advantage of him, especially since he’s also wealthy. He can usually be found arguing with Maxfield.
Terry Talbot plays the Love God Pothos, who represents longing or yearning. He’s mischievous, mouthy, flirtatious, and can usually be found exchanging snarky insults with Maxfield.
Aphrodite is the manageress of the Pantheon. She’s a sharp shooter with an eye for business and men. The Erotes (Eros, Himerus, and Pothos) and the rest of the cupids are her boys. She’s in charge of making sure the Pantheon’s clients are happy, collecting the cash, and getting her way. Her life however is made difficult by Ares, bastard extraordinaire.
What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
One sentence? It takes me ages to write a full synopsis much less sum up a whole book in one sentence. My book is going to be represented through a publisher.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
This is my first full length novel, so it’s taken about 8 months though I’ve had to take breaks due to surgery and other shenanigans.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre.
I have absolutely no idea. O_o
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I was watching the first season of Boardwalk Empire and there was a scene where the main characters were gathered inside the hotel’s nightclub. The music was great, the costumes amazing, and it had a real intoxicating feel of the period. I knew I wanted to write something that captured a little of that glamorous side of the Jazz age. Dancers, extravagant costumes, bootlegged liquor, and folks just being frivolous and naughty.
What else about your book might interest the reader?
Aside the fact you get six handsome heroes for the price of two, you also get an appearance from Harlan and Nathan. Edward and Harlan’s meeting was particularly fun. The story has a bit of everything, comedy, angst, tears, punch-ups, sex, drama, romance, action, so hopefully folks will enjoy it.
The following brave souls are posting about their works-in-progress and continuing the Next Big Thing Blog Hop!
Hayley B. James
Jordan L. Hawk