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Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY – By Chance and Fearless by Cat Grant
Today, MKR is honored to have the fabulous Cat Grant for a chat. Cat writes for Riptide and Ellora’s Cave. She is a proud member of the Rainbow Romance Writers.
Hi! Thanks for joining me on my double-duty blog tour! I’ve got two books coming out this month – By Chance, the first book in my rewritten, re-edited, self-published Courtland Chronicles series, and Fearless, Book Three in my Irresistible Attraction series from Riptide Publishing. Leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook from my backlist! I’ll also be giving away a brand new Kindle Fire HD to one lucky commenter drawn from all the tour stops, so follow along and party with me at each–you can earn an entry at every stop! Winners will be announced December 31st.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a full time writer of m/m and ménage romance. I live by the ocean in beautiful Monterey, California with my cat and my plot bunnies. It’s not a bad life.
2. Were you always interested in m/m or did you start out interested in something else?
I started out writing slash fan fiction over 20 years ago (my first slash pairing was Kirk/Spock, which should tell you how old I am!), then segued into mainstream romance. Tried my hand at sci-fi/fantasy/horror for a few years, too, but never sold anything. Then the ebook markets opened up, and with them, a high demand for m/m and ménage romance. I sold my first book in 2008 and never looked back.
3. What is the most difficult character that you’ve written?
Eric Courtland, the protagonist from my soon-to-be-reissued Courtland Chronicles series. He can seem very prickly and hard to like, but it’s all an act. On the inside, he’s incredibly vulnerable and sensitive, which is why he puts up the façade – to protect himself from being hurt.
4. What is the first book that you can remember making an impact on you (and why did it make such an impact)?
The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren was the first piece of gay literature I ever read, and the ending still destroys me. If I ever write anything half as good, I’ll die happy.
5. How do you react to a bad review of your book?
Booze helps! *hic*
6. What are your top 5 comfort reads?
I don’t know about top 5, but I try to reread Lord of the Rings and Steinbeck’s East of Eden every couple of years.
7. Do you have a day job? If so, do you see yourself being able to (or even wanting to) leave it any time in the future to pursue writing full time?
Writing is my day job. You never work as hard as when you work for yourself.
8. What is the most blatant lie you’ve ever told?
“Uh, sure, I can get this book done by the middle of October.” *face palms*
9. What do you love most about writing?
I love being able to work by myself, at my own pace (usually), on my couch, in my pajamas.
10. What do you hate most about writing?
When I have to pull every word out of my brain with pliers, which happens a lot. But that’s why it’s called WORK – all the other four-letter words were taken.
11. What are you reading right now?
A lot of stuff about self-publishing. I’m taking the plunge myself, reissuing all five books in my Courtland Chronicles series starting with By Chance on December 1st.
12. What is your current work in progress?
I’m heading into my second draft on Flawless, the sequel to Doubtless. Steve Campbell needs his happy ending!
THIS OR THAT
1. Peanut butter or jelly?
Peanut butter, especially if it’s in ice cream!
2. Chips or cookies?
Chips. The black pepper and sea salt kind from Target, specifically!
3. Bacon or sausage?
I’d be a vegetarian if not for bacon.
4. Print or eBook?
eBook. I haven’t bought a single paper book in over a year.
5. Pen or pencil?
Pen. Unless I’m doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.
6. Print or cursive?
I prefer to print. Nobody can read my handwriting.
7. Notebook or computer?
8. Kleenex or handkerchief?
Kleenex. I don’t know anyone who carries a handkerchief anymore.
9. Zombies or vampires?
Vampires are sexy. Zombies scare the crap out of me.
10. Angel or Spike?
How about Angelus? I’ve always had a thing for good boys gone bad.
Cat Grant lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and way too many books and DVDs. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her watching movies or TV (Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries are among her favorite shows), singing along to whatever’s on her iPod, or fantasizing about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender.
Here’s Cat’s various hideouts on the Internet:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Grant/e/B003ASUGUS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
You can contact her directly at: email@example.com
A life of wealth and privilege doesn’t equal happiness—just ask Eric Courtland. Growing up with a cold, unfeeling father and unstable mother has taught him exactly what he doesn’t want out of life or love. The troubled young man prefers a solitary life and is content to keep it that way until a campus emergency saddles him with an unwanted roommate.
Popular, wholesome, straight Nick Thompson is far more temptation than Eric’s prepared for, but Nick’s warm, easygoing manner gradually cracks through Eric’s prickly protective shell.
After Eric suffers a traumatic attack, their friendship gives way to an intense passion. Eric’s no stranger to casual sex, but what he feels for Nick is something deeper, and more fragile.
Independent Eric doesn’t know the first thing about being in a relationship, much less with a lover who can’t even admit he’s gay. But conservative Nick can’t seem to find his way out of his own personal closet.
Rock, meet hard place.
Available for pre-order at All Romance ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-bychance-983943-145.html
Available for Kindle and Nook starting December 1st, 2012.
How can you plan for the future when escaping the past seems impossible?
After over a year together, Connor Morrison and Wes Martin decide to tie the knot. But an ethics complaint regarding their deeply non-traditional relationship threatens Connor’s job and Wes’s Ph.D. The fact that Connor tried to keep it from Wes—even with the best of intentions—makes the situation even worse and casts a pall over their plans for a Christmas wedding in New York.
It doesn’t help that Connor still treats Wes like glass, though Wes insists he’s recovered from the brutal assault he suffered a year and a half earlier. Wes may be okay, but Connor isn’t. Memories of taking a battered, terrified Wes to the emergency room that night still haunt him, and he can’t let go of the need to protect Wes from any and everything life might throw at him.
But Wes has had enough. Between the specter of the ethics complaint and Connor’s overprotectiveness, he’s already beginning to question their plans. Add in a family ashamed of and angered by his choices, and Wes might just leave Connor standing at the altar.
Available for pre-order at Riptide Publishing: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/fearless
Available for Kindle & Nook starting December 10th, 2012.
MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.