Join me in welcoming K-Lee Klein to the blog as part of the GRL Dirty Dozen blog hop!
12 Days | 12 Authors | 12 eBook giveaway
Let's start with the Author Q&A then I'll tell you where you can stalk K-Lee and share her latest release.
Dirty Dozen Q&A with K-lee Klein…
Author Amy Wasp asks - What is your favorite trope to write and why? I’d have to say hurt/comfort is high on that list because I love to hurt my characters then put them back together. My recent book is opposites attract and that was fun to write because the differences in my guys was so bold. Friends to lovers is a special trope too because of the background and history of the characters. Established relationships fit into those descriptions as well.
I write a lot of cowboys and rockstars, and I’d love to write a fake relationship or even enemies to lovers. Oh, the possibilities.
Author Jeff Adams asks - What’s your favorite part of the writing process and why? The characters are my favorite part and they’re always the first thing that sticks in my head. Before I start a book, I already know all my guys’ physical qualities, their personality quirks, their backgrounds, the way they speak, what hurts them, and the way they love.
Author TM Smith asks – What inspires you to write? I started writing as a form of emotional therapy, I guess. I smear all my emotions across the page and it helps me gets some control and relief for how I’m feeling. For example, when I wrote Brett Taylor in Unbreak My Heart, I was going through a major depression so I heaped all my upset and sadness on and into him.
In Lazy Sundays, I wrote a character with anxiety disorder and OCD because I suffer from both of those and seeing it on the page makes me feel less alone. That’s a weird thing to say but it seems accurate to me. So maybe what inspires me is me?
Author AE Via asks - What career would you have if you never would've published your first book? That’s a really hard question because writing—at least getting published—was a big part of my empty-nest syndrome. Being a mom will always be my most important job, but in the past, I made dichroic glass jewelry, and I was a travel agent, a Tupperware salesperson, a kids’ clothes vendor, and a secretary. I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing now, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t feel quite so fulfilled or have met as many wonderful people.
Author Lynn Michaels asks - How do you balance being original and giving the readers what they expect/want? I think it’s important to listen to what readers want, but it’s just as important to maintain my own voice. My books are more character-based and emotional in tone. I don’t write a ton of sex, and usually prefer a slow build with my characters.
I believe it’s all about personal preference and everyone is entitled to their own. I’ve tried to write a little more out of my comfort zone in an attempt to give readers what I think they want, and that hasn’t really worked out for me, nor does it feel comfortable. One of the first things I learned about writing (and reviews) is you can try to please everyone but that’s really a losing battle.
Author JR Barten asks - What have you done as a writer that you are most proud of? Obviously, I have to say my biggest accomplishment was getting published in the first place, but just as important was my beginning in self-publishing. I’m not a very chill person and there are so many parts to self-pub that it can be overwhelming. It makes me overwhelmingly anxious from start to finish, but I’ve built some wonderful relationships within the community and those people are pretty good at keeping me afloat when I feel like I’m sinking.(Ha! I’m not sure I actually answered the question or just babbled along like I usually do.)
Author Morningstar Ashley asks - What genre and trope would you like you write that you haven't yet? I’d love to write a historical but that scares me to death. When I wrote fanfiction, my first go-to was Alexander the Great/Hephaestion and I’ve done a lot of research on Ancient Greece and Macedonia. Yet, it’s still very intimidating. I’d also like to try my hand at the Victorian era but that’s even scarier. Others would be fake relationship, enemies to lovers, and amnesia.
Author Alexa Land asks - What are you working on now, and when can your readers expect it? I had an exciting (at least to me) release on September 26 – Lazy Sundays. The book was a really long time coming. On tap, I have the complete rewrite of Finally Home which was the first book I ever published. I’ll be tearing it apart and adding more of Josiah’s story. I’m hoping that will go at by Christmas, as well as a short story I wrote that’s set during the holidays.
I’ve also almost completed a book starring a Palestinian rock cellist and Celtic fiddler called Gimme Shelter that I hope to publish at the beginning of 2019, and a new Lucky & Jack Loveland book has already been started.
Author Deanna Wadsworth asks - How do you come up with your character's names? Sometimes that’s so easy! It’s like BAM – perfect. Sometimes it’s names I’ve heard that intrigued me. But usually that’s not the case. I lean toward J names but that’s difficult because I have 3 kids with J names, 2 of which are boys. I also have issues with naming the MCs in a story with the same first letter which can get confusing. That’s not answering the question because I have no answer. Random. Random. Random.
Author K-Lee Klein asks - Do you usually have only one project on the go or do you multitask between stories? I’m definitely a multitasker. I’ve been successful at working on one at a time, mostly because of deadlines, but that’s not usually the case. My brain prefers the chaos of more than two voices in my head (other than the ones there all the time lol), that way if I get blocked with one book, I can move to another. Of course, there are times when some characters (*cough* Brett Taylor, Lucky Roberts) try to jump the line and I have to wrangle them back into their documents.
Author Jessie Gin asks - What do you think makes a good story? Heart. Sounds simple, but I like my books, whether as a writer or reader, to give me a strong emotional reaction. I like to feel connected to the characters and them to each other more than just sexually. I want to cry and laugh with them, yell if they’re being idiots, or swoon when they have all their relationship firsts—kiss, hug, touching, I love yous.
Author Wade Kelly asks - What is your suggestion or piece of advice to new and upcoming authors? The biggest thing I learned was to take most reviews with a grain of salt. Not that they aren’t important, but like I said earlier, you can’t please everyone at the same time.
I’ve had emotional breakdowns because I made the mistake of reading negative reviews that offered no constructive criticism. They hurt, there’s no way to deny that, and the negative ones seem to stick with you much longer than the positive ones. If at all possible, don’t let that negativity muffle your voice. Just do you.
My other suggestion is to use the community. It can get chaotic sometimes but...get involved if you can and don’t be afraid to say you’re new and you need a little guidance. Most of the authors I know in our genre are good people who are willing to help, me included.
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About the Author
K-lee loves guys with long hair and tattoos, and you’ll often find her front and center at her favorite rock concerts. She has bounced around Western Canada all her life but will always consider the solitude and beauty of the British Columbian mountains home. Her life is blessed as the proud mother of three now-grown but still spoiled kids, the servant of two bossy felines, and the wife of a truly patient husband.
Her writing muse is terribly temperamental, so to keep him close by and in check, she had him inked on her left calf. The gorgeous, long-haired, mostly naked, kneeling angel that resulted is truly a work of art, although he’s still a handful and hopelessly uncontrollable. She writes on his schedule and inspiration.
K-lee tends to fall easily into obsessions. When something grabs her attention, she jumps into it headfirst with complete abandon. Actors, musicians, superheroes, fictional characters, and brainwashed assassins all hold spots on her cannot-get-enough list. She once followed Thirty Seconds to Mars around the United States and Canada and saw them perform fourteen times that year. Obsession sometimes leads to ideas for her kneeling angel to turn into stories.
Although an introvert in person, she’s extroverted online and has met many wonderful friends there, sometimes with the added fun of meeting them in person at gay romance conferences. She’s grateful for all the people in her life who accept her as she is and support her through her ups and downs as mom, wife, and joyfully obsessed writer.
Places to find K-lee.
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Hot New Release – LAZY SUNDAYS!
Scott Weston’s car is sensible, his suits are bland, and his job is stable but boring. Mundane routine helps keep his anxiety and obsessive tendencies under control. Socializing—especially dating—isn’t on his list of strong skills either, and, made worse with the echoes of his disapproving mother. So he’s content to stay at home with his lists and cleaning and wildlife documentaries, until a one-night stand goes unexpectedly right.
History has taught Devon DuCaine that dating can be uncomfortable, but there’s just something about Scott. He may be the opposite of Devon’s own long-haired, tattooed, free-wheeling spirit but he brings out the nurturer in Devon. Maybe it’s Scott’s surprising fascination with Devon’s motorcycle, or his shy surprise in moments of affection, but there’s more under those sensible suits than meets the eye. The most important person in Devon’s life, his mom, taught him love and compassion and that’s all he wants to share that with Scott.
Their one-night stand turns into a regular thing, but Scott doesn’t trust it to last. He’s pretty sure Devon is hiding something. He’s even more sure that once Devon gets to know him, the attraction will fade. And then there’s his mother. However many sparks fly between them, Devon will have his work cut out to convince Scott they can have their happily ever after.
(This book was first published as 2 short stories, but this new version has double the content from the originals.)
12 eBook Giveaway...
Amy Wasp – City Boy
Jeff Adams – The Hockey Player’s Heart
TM Smith – Survivor or Lover
AE Via – Winner’s Choice
Lynn Michaels – The Holeshot
JR Barten - Unf;nished
Morningstar Ashley – A Different Light
Alexa Land – The Rest of Forever
Deanna Wadsworth – Easy Rider
K-Lee Klein – Lazy Sundays
Jessie Gin – Rebuilding Hope
Wade Kelly - Winner’s Choice
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Dirty Dozen Author schedule...
October 1st - Amy Wasp will host Wade Kelly
October 2nd - Jeff Adams will host Jessie Gin
October 3rd - TM Smith will host K-Lee Klein
October 4th - AE Via will host Deanna Wadsworth
October 5th - Lynn Michaels will host Alexa Land
October 6th - JR Barten will host Morningstar Ashley
October 7th - Morningstar Ashley will host Jen JR Barton
October 8th - Alexa Land will host Lynn Michaels
October 9th - Deanna Wadsworth will host AE Via
October 10th - K-Lee Klein will host TM Smith
October 11th - Jessie Gin will host Jeff Adams
October 12th - Wade Kelly will host Amy Wasp
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