I had a Facebook friend ask me how I go from idea to story. I thought this was the perfect time to break it down. When Totally Bound asked me to write a full-length novel for the new What’s His Passion? imprint, the idea of a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter came to mind immediately. After all, you have to have passion for a sport that puts you into a cage to fight, right?
Idea in mind, I started thinking about my fighter. Many MMA fighters have ring names, but I wanted my character to have a name that he was born with but would still work in the cage. I went to school with a boy named Lucky. Yep, that was his birth name. I thought it was perfect for my character, so I decided on Lucky Gunn. For days I built his character in my head, jotting notes from time to time. Once I was satisfied with him, I moved on to his love interest. I wanted to give Lucky someone who would understand some of his pain, so I decided Drey needed to have ties with the world of MMA.
The location for the majority of the story was next on my list. I knew the two men would have a gym in common. I started picturing the gym and realized I didn’t want a contemporary high tech place. These two men were gritty and needed a place that better fit their personality. I had already created the character of the gym’s owner and had named him Brick. It was thinking about Brick and his old-school ways that had The Brick Yard pop into my head. I loved the name of the gym, and spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of place would welcome my characters.
I had ideas for the full story, but it wasn’t until I began to really get into the characteristics of The Brick Yard that the finished story unfolded in front of me. The Brick Yard truly is the heart of this book and the characters who seek refuge there.
For Lucky Gunn, the hardest fight of his life happens outside the cage.
On the south side of Chicago sits an old gym called The Brick Yard.
Ten years ago, on a bitterly cold day, Lucky Gunn wandered into The Brick Yard dressed in a threadbare jacket, looking for refuge. He hadn’t expected the owner, Tony Brick, to welcome him with a job and a place to sleep when Lucky’s abusive and drug addicted mother made it too dangerous to return home.
Dray was a gay man living in a world of straight fighters. When his secret was exposed to the media, he dropped out, giving Lucky a piece of advice, if you want to make it as a MMA fighter, bury the part of yourself that won’t be accepted.
Lucky discovered the cage was the perfect place to keep his demons at bay, but when he learns his trainer and mentor, Brick, is suffering from end-stage cancer, he begins to spiral out of control. After eight years, Dray returns to help Lucky and Brick deal with the devastating news.
With Dray so close, Lucky’s old desires return, and Dray teaches him more than how to fight. Torn between his career and the passion he feels for Dray, Lucky finds that his past demons resurface in full force, threatening his sanity and his budding relationship with Dray.
Despite leaving the cage years earlier, Dray finds himself in the battle of his life with the only man he’s ever loved. Will he stand and fight or walk away like he did years earlier?
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An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of erotic romance. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. These days, you can usually find Carol either cleaning jelly out of the carpet or nestled in her favourite chair writing steamy love scenes.
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