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#Interview #Promo #Giveaway – Dancing Men – Hunter and Cam – by @Adira_August #MMROMANCE #EROTICA #BDSM

Sometimes it’s the cop who needs to hit the floor…

As a homicide cop, every blood-soaked crime scene settled in my bones and snaked around my spine. There was only one way to exorcise the images from my soul …
Inside the club, I stopped to scan the room. He was here, Camden Snow. A Norse sex god in the guise of unpretentious youth. Only his ice-blue eyes gave evidence of the Dom who took whomever he wished, whatever way he wanted, with a look and a nod. Merciless.

Cam found me watching him and fixed me with his arctic gaze. This time, I didn’t walk away. He cocked an eyebrow. Well?

The last thing I needed was mercy.

I dropped to my knees.

— THE HUNTER DANE-CAMDEN SNOW ORIGIN STORY —
M/M BDSM 13k words. A frank exploration of the D/s dynamic between two powerful men.

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On His Knees Instafreebie

And now I give you our interview with the fabulous Adira August

First of all, thank you for this interview with us, it’s a pleasure having you.

The pleasure is absolutely mine. When you’re just starting out, and I’ve only been writing prose fiction about a year and a half, a newb writer looks at books bloggers like gods on the mountaintop. But y’all have been so kind to me and my guys, now it’s like, “Oo! New friend on the horizon!”

You have quite a few BDSM books, however they are from what I can tell, all M/F books. What prompted you to go into the M/M realm?

Uh … okay, I had no idea I was.

Hunter Dane is a character in Desire for Bliss, the 2nd in a billionaire romance trilogy I planned. (3rd should be out late this year or early next) But I kept having these ideas for short stories, so after Bliss I took a break and wrote the ideas.
I knew Hunt was a switch. His was the last story I wrote of that series. I thought it would be a femdom story. I’m being very literal when I say I opened a new doc and started writing, fully expecting Hunter to be having an evening with one of the Assistant D.A.’s we also met in Bliss.

I thought we were starting in the office, the Homicide squad bullpen. But he was in the shower and he was all hard inside from some bad shit on the job. And then we went to the club. I had no idea there was a club or that he’d go there. So I figured, cool, she’d be there. And then this happened:

Once inside, I’d known what I was looking for. The realization shallowed my breathing.

I was looking for Cam

What? Who the fuck in a fix-it shop is Cam?

And it was just all there. Right up to Hunter kneeling. I stopped for the night and had a major anxiety attack. I can’t write this. How could I? And every time I sat down I’d be almost sick with it, but then, it was like being possessed. It would come back. I only worked that hard one other time, where writing felt like I was ripping off strips of my flesh. I was sure it was total garbage. But I had to finish. So I told myself I never had to publish it. That’s how I got them to the Church scene.

By the end, I knew them. And by the end I knew I’d always be taking dictation. I was stunned at the response when I published it. The positive and the negative. The answer to your question is: I didn’t have any choice. Now I have this great gift of these characters and their world.

Hunt and Cam are such well developed, multi-faceted characters. Are they based on people you have come across, or…?

I guess they’d have to be, but not really, no. SANH (Scene And Not Heard) is a real place. Well, based on a real place. I was a cop in Denver at one time, so I know what Homicide used to look like. I think we just live and soak people up, you know? And all kinds of things meld together and form these characters who are so very real to me. I love Chez, the longer I know him. Ad leaves me cold.

One of the great things about these books is that, yes, they are BDSM erotica and quite good erotica at that, and yet they are also magnificent detective/whodunit stories. How much research have you done on that aspect?

OMIGOSH – here, let me give you a link: https://dancingmenadiraaugust.blogspot.com/p/links.html

That’s the Research Links page on the Dancing Men site. I research everything. I research stuff I know. To make sure I have it right. There are links for how temperature affects clay. How temperature affect diamonds. The Denver Museum was infested with dermestid beetles, not sure that’s in there. The genetics of … something spoilery. But on the mystery-detective front, I come from four generations of cops and lawyers. Criminal lawyers. And I was a cop married to a cop who was the son of a cop. But I still researched the crap out of decomp gases.

Your erotica is just wow! You get the whole power exchange and the rationale behind the two men. You also delve quite well into some of the more intense practices with spot on feelings and sensations. Care to expound on this for us?

Is this an open invitation to TMI? Like I said, I’m just taking dictation here. Except, they make me feel it. The hardest part is finding words to describe the feelings. Not feelings even, the state of being in that perfect moment of control and surrender, for either of them.
That was the source of most of my anxiety when I started – how can I write about this? But it’s just there. Overwhelming.

Dancing Men is the third Hunt and Cam book and to date the most fascinating one as we really delve into the two main characters. I have to admit that when Hunt finally solves the puzzle of Cam I was shocked at what he found. It adds a whole new dimension to their relationship. How are you going to handle this in the future? And I do hope they have future stories.

I’m with them til I die or go senile, I think. That thing is another I didn’t know. Until they were in front of the lift on the deck at SANH? That’s when I found out. I know this sounds like BS writers make-up, but I swear I’m being straight with you. – so to speak – Anyway, when you ask how I’ll handle it, nobody handles Hunt and Cam. They handle me, believe it.
I only have one scene for the next book that I know will happen. Other than that … I got nothin.’

To me there’s yet more to tell about Cam. He’s a really rich character. Hunt is absolutely fascinating and also worthy of more telling. Any plans for spinoff characters? Mike Merisi? Twee?

Uh – I hate to promise because I’m never sure until it happens, but I’m writing the last of the Desire books and at least one of the boys and some of the Dancing characters will be in it. Probably both guys, cause Hunt and Avia are so close. All my shorts are “spin-off” characters, I guess.

What now? Is there a Hunt and Cam 4?

It’s #Hunt&Cam4Ever, dude! https://huntandcam4ever.blogspot.com/

I’ll give you this, but it’s not really a cover reveal because I make like 174 covers for all my titles before I settle on one and then that usually changes!

Thanks so much for having me! I … oh, good lord. Hunt’s over here with a big shit-eating grin from the sex question. I swear, I’m gonna get Cam some porcupine quills ….

Hunter Dane:

Oct 31, 2017
0630 hrs
I’m waiting for the grounds to soak into the water and become coffee. French Press. It’s dark out, cold, damp. And Hunter Dane is arriving in a few minutes – tap-tap-tap – or now.
… back later …
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0839

AA: I swear if you don’t wipe that smirk off your face, those quills won’t just be a threat!
Hunt laughs at me.
Hunter: You know that won’t work, Cam never does anything he doesn’t want to do.
My turn to smirk.
AA: He already showed me.
Hunter: You’re lying.
AA: You know I don’t lie to you. Or him. Can’t. … Hey! Don’t go getting all thinking about it now, you promised me an interview.
Hunter: Yeah, that was supposed to happen early so I could be at the office by seven-thirty!
AA: Why do you care? You’re the boss. And you don’t have a case.

He sighed and went to the kitchen for more coffee. Which is about two steps for him. He’s really seriously tall and rangy and graceful and has nice … bluejeans that fit him well. He’s got that wonderful warm brown skin, like he’s been hanging at the beach only it’s October and Denver has no ocean. He is a lovely man.

Hunter: I have to write a procedure manual for the unit. We aren’t supposed to exist without one.
AA: Too late. So you’d rather hang out here?
Hunter: I shouldn’t, though. But, we can’t talk about anything, so what’s the point? Unless you want to answer that guy’s question.
Grin. Dimple. Eyebrow.
AA: OJ. And behave. We can talk about stuff. We can talk about you.
Hunter: What can we talk about that isn’t a spoiler for something?
AA: Tell me why you don’t like the word “bisexual” applied to yourself.
Hunter: Why are people obsessed with this shit?
AA: I assume that’s a rhetorical question.
Hunter: Never assume, Addi.

I waited him out. So, going back, when he knocked at the door I saw there was a message and I got the interview questions from OJ and wanted to get that off my desk so I could concentrate on Hunter.
Hunter isn’t like Cam at all. It’s easy to feel close to him, but then you realize you aren’t. He doesn’t let people in. Cam seems like he’s kind of unattainable, but he’s very real, not guarded at all, so being with him is actually more intimate.
I realized Hunt had gone into waiting mode also. He was serious.

AA: Ben Hart said you were a bisexual switch and you didn’t contradict him. But I know you don’t apply the term to yourself. Tell me why.
Hunter: People think things and if you say you are something, they have these expectations. But those are about them, not me. I say I’m a cop and people lay all kinds of stuff on me. You know that, you were one.
AA: Yeah. And I get that, but you like sex with men and women, doesn’t that make you bisexual?
Hunter: No. I don’t “like sex with men.” I never had sex with men. I guess I’m a masochist because I get off on what a Dom does to me. But it’s like mechanics. Except with Cam. It makes me a CSH: CamSexual-Heterosexual. But Cam doesn’t change anything about the rest.
AA: You mean women?
Hunter: I meant going to a Dom when I need stress relief.
AA: Huh. I didn’t know that.
Hunter: See, this is why I don’t talk about this, Addi, because it always leads to me endlessly explaining myself and why do I owe anybody an explanation? I thought your people were all about accepting everybody.
AA: My people?
Hunter: In your world.
AA: We’re trying, Hunt. I didn’t mean to … look, you ask me a question.
Hunter: I only have one question and you know what it is.
AA: I don’t know the answer.
He was quiet for a long time.
Hunter: He changed everything.
AA: I don’t think so, exactly.
Hunter: What do you mean?
AA: You changed everything. You picked him. It was your option. You knelt. You were ready. I think … you just didn’t know another way.
Hunter: Another way to what?
AA: Ask him to dance.

We talked about some stuff after that. Spoilery stuff. And he did let me know him a little more.
After he left me, I got thinking the first three books are kind of like an Overture to a symphony. There really is so much more to come, so many layers and themes. And we’re just starting the first movement.

Keep in touch OJ He Say!

Risk Aware, by Amelia C. Gormley – A Gay Guy/Straight Girl Co-Review

Risk Aware
Risk Aware

OJ’s Rating: 5 Stars
Lisa’s Rating: 4.5 Stars

http://www.attentionisarbitrary.com/2016/08/gayguy-straightgirl-co-review-risk.html

WARNING: Triggers: Extreme Consensual BDSM, Needle Play, Blood Play, Sensory Deprivation, Hemophilia, Intense Consensual Adult Situations, Intravenous Injections, Extremely Coarse Language

BLURB

Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He’s given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill?

Gallery owner Robin Brady knows he can deliver what Geoff needs: to be taken to the edge of danger but never beyond. But Robin came to Saugatuck to get away from the leather scene and heal from a betrayal by his former sub, so he’s not sure he should get involved with Geoff. His ambivalence isn’t helped by the fact that Geoff’s unwillingness to communicate about his well-being hits Robin in some very raw places.

Geoff’s hemophilia isn’t the obstacle he thinks it is. Instead, a lack of trust— on both their parts— is what could end them before they have a chance to begin.

Risk Aware

OJ’s Thoughts

In all honesty? I don’t even know where to begin with this book. Risk Aware is so unlike anything I’ve ever read before that I have few comparisons to base much on. I mean, writing about a hemophiliac, BDSM sub is challenging and interesting enough, as it is, but to on top of that go where Ms. Gormley went, in such exquisite and tantalizing detail? Yeah, good stuff boys and girls.

As a connoisseur of the more intense, pleasurable adult pursuits, I can tell you this has been exquisitely researched and executed. Some (most?) of the activities described in this book, while real and actual, are not to be taken lightly, or undertaken, without someone knowledgeable and sane to guide you. I bow to you, Ms. Gormley.

Make no mistake about this, guys and gals, this is some heady stuff right here. The amazing part? Dayum! And the research? Exquisite. I don’t give many 5 stars out and Risk Aware is a must for an MM BDSM aficionado. Enjoy.

Lisa’s Thoughts

I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I didn’t want to read this. Being honest here, I have a character flaw and don’t do well with disabilities. Hemophilia terrified me. How could it be something I’d want to read about? Much less, kinky. I’ll tell you how – by being written by a clever genius, that’s how.

THE CHARACTERS

OJ

Geoff Gilchrest:

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what caught my eye about him. He wasn’t gorgeous. Fairly ordinary, in fact. String-bean thin, maybe a little taller than I was. Pale and unmuscled. Dishwater-blond hair. Blue-gray eyes in a face with high cheekbones, a long, protuberant nose, and lips that managed to be both thin and lush looking. Above average, I guess I’d have rated him. But skinny had always been my type.

…once in a while I saw him stare, from under his lashes, at one of the dominants when the guy wasn’t paying attention. The looks he gave them were hungry, full of yearning.

Robin Brady:

Hot, hairy, muscular, successful, blond Robin Brady escapes to Saugatuck to start anew after his ex in New York ruined his career and life by accusing him of domestic violence. As a result of the legal accusations he cleared himself of he has decided that he is going to walk away from the whole Dom/sub thing… sure… until he comes to the leather event at the Dunes resort in Saugatuck and comes up against Geoff. Geoff ticks off every single box for Robin. It’s his sure, steady hand that steers Geoff to everything he’s dreamt about and always felt he couldn’t experience.

Lisa

Geoff Gilchrist

This bratty and broken tattoo artist needs kink. His hemophilia is an issue, but his attitude is what needs an adjustment.

Robin Brady

Wealthy, gorgeous, and on the surface very together, but he’s hiding from his past and denying his true self.

THE STORY

OJ

“It’s about consent, Geoff. Yours and mine. RACK: risk-aware consensual kink. That acronym does actually mean something. If I don’t know all the facts, I can’t give meaningful consent.”

This is an amazing story! Geoff, traumatized by growing up a hemophiliac in the age of Ryan White, when all his school mates thought he was HIV positive and the parents pulled their kids away from him and with an overprotective mother that smothered him, comes face to face with his wants and desires as an adult – he’s a sub. Not just any sub. An intense BDSM sub. For reasons we can surmise, he’s drawn to blood play and needle play and wants a Dom to take him to those wonderful places a sub yearns to go to. Deep, dark, wonderful places.

Robin, the son of wealthy parents who strikes out on his own in New York and is betrayed by his sub, and accused of domestic violence, manages to clear his name. As a result, he decides to start anew in Saugatuck and open his art gallery. As he is inexorably drawn to Geoff he must confront his past and how it is going to affect the relationship he is building with his one true love and as their relationship grows they must confront the realities of day to day life.

This is a powerful, and exquisitely written, statement on our society today.

Lisa

I could get into the trajectory of the story – both of these men are coming from heavy pasts that have molded them into who they are – but trust me that the plotting is perfect here. Even with the false starts and do-overs, this story moves right along and is perfect for this developing relationship. The way the guys work thru their challenges is as encouraging as it is erotic. So good.

But what I want to tell you about is the clever kink! Oh my gosh, each time I thought Robin had no way to satisfy Geoff I was completely surprised by Ms. Gormley’s craft. Surprised and devastatingly satisfied. Whips and chains are lots of fun, but sensory deprivation and mind-fucking are off the charts hot in this book. And there’s one scene in particular that had me flying afterwards. Thank you, Amelia!

Robin’s mastery of Geoff’s particular needs is a thing of creative beauty. Exactly when I thought things would need to back off, Robin just notched up the intensity. And Geoff tests Robin at every turn.

“There’s something phallic about a needle, don’t you think? You’d watch me sliding it into you, knowing there’s no part of you I can’t penetrate. Nothing off-limits. There’s no reason it can’t be part of our play if we want it to be.”

THE WRITING

OJ

Good golly, Miss Molly! Such wonderful, descriptive, detailed writing. I can’t begin to describe how good this is. I felt as if I was there, in the midst of it all. The attention to all pertinent, and superfluous, details makes this story come alive and drew me in. Each BDSM scene, one kinkier, more intense, hotter, than the next, is so well drawn and executed. As someone who’s been there, and other places, is there something you’re not telling us, Ms. Gormley?

I became so totally lost and consumed into this book that it took me a couple of weeks before I could sit down and do it justice in my review. I want more. I want a sequel. Geoff and Robin deserve it.

Lisa

Ms. Gormley does an absolutely brilliant job here. My overwhelming takeaway was with how real this all felt. So often BDSM feels like utter fantasy and not real. But here I was instantly connected. I felt like I was peeking in on a real relationship. Flaws, miscommunication, emotions are all palpable here and made me feel part of rather than apart from the story.

And here’s the thing, Gormley doesn’t rush this at all. We get lots of up’s and down’s, starts and restarts, because that’s what these guys need. It’s how relationships develop. No insta-love here. But believe me, it doesn’t drag, each twist and turn is necessary to solidify this complicated relationship.

Lots of kink, but lots of story too. Perfect combo.

THE THREE QUESTIONS FOR LISA

1) Sequel?
2) I need to know about your thoughts and feelings as you read this. (I know, not a question).
3) Hot? Or not? If so, which scene did you feel was the hottest?

THE THREE QUESTIONS FOR OJ

1) I think from now on I’m going to seek out Clever Kink. Gormley has raised the bar for me. As someone with “experience” did any of this surprise you?

2) Do you still love me even though I have a character flaw? Seems I’m the one with the disability here, Geoff is golden.

3) I had one tiny, tiny issue with this, not worth mentioning in the review, but I was left wondering if Geoff’s tattoo studio was successful. Did that bother you?

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Amelia C. Gormley and Riptide Publishing with providing OJ He Say! with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

THE AUTHOR

Amelia C. Gormley published her first short story in the school newspaper in the fourth grade, and since then has suffered the persistent delusion that enabling other people to hear the voices in her head might be a worthwhile endeavor. She’s even convinced her hapless spouse that it could be a lucrative one as well, especially when coupled with her real-life interest in angst, kink, social justice issues, and pretty men.

When her husband and son aren’t interacting with the back of her head as she stares at the computer, they rely on her to feed them, maintain their domicile, and keep some semblance of order in their lives (all very, very bad ideas— they really should know better by now). She can also be found playing video games and ranting on Tumblr, seeing as how she’s one of those horrid social justice warriors out to destroy free speech, gaming, geek culture, and everything else that’s fun.

Risk Aware Copyright © 2016 by Amelia C. Gormley
Cover art: L.C. Chase
Editor: Kate De Groot
Layout: L.C. Chase

ISBN: 978-1-62649-412-1

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PO Box 1537
Burnsville, NC 28714
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