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Review: Put a Ring on It by K.A. Mitchell

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Title:  Put a Ring on It (Ready or Not: Book One) 

Author:  K.A. Mitchell

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Page/Word Count:  204 Pages

At a Glance:  I’ve really enjoyed other books by K.A. Mitchell, but unfortunately, this one just didn’t do it for me.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  Kieran Delaney-Schwartz—adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed-slacker IT guy—lives his under-the-radar life by the motto: Don’t try, don’t fail. His adopted siblings are all overachievers thanks to his driven, liberal parents, but Kieran has elected to avoid disappointing anyone by not getting their hopes up. He’s coasting through his early twenties when he’s hit head-on by Theo. The successful decade-older Broadway producer sweeps him off his feet for a whirlwind thirteen months that are pretty sweet, until it all comes screeching to a halt on Valentine’s Day, with an unexpected proposal via an NYC Times Square flash mob.

Now everyone wants in on the wedding, except the grooms….

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Review: When I read the blurb for this book, I was really excited. I’ve enjoyed other books by K.A. Mitchell, but unfortunately, this one just didn’t do it for me. I found that I didn’t really like any of the characters…well, maybe not that I didn’t like them as much as I felt no connection to them. There have been a lot of books I’ve read where I found myself not liking a particular character, or even a main character, but I almost always come around. There is usually some kind of explanation behind the actions that turns it around for me, but I just didn’t get that with this book.

We are introduced to the four friends in the Prologue, and as I read on, there was nothing about them, other than a loyalty between them, that appealed to me. The back and forth about the marriage decision seemed to drag on, with no real explanation as to why the characters were acting the way they were, and the brief mentions of how they felt didn’t really put it into perspective for me.

There isn’t any real backstory about Theo and Kiernan’s relationship prior to the proposal, either, and it was hard for me to understand what it was they saw in each other. I didn’t feel invested in their relationship and kept waiting for everything to come together, but, in the end, Put a Ring on It just didn’t work for me.

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Interview: Put a Ring on It by K.A. Mitchell

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Thanks for dropping by, readers! We’re so pleased to have author K.A. Mitchell here with us today to introduce you to her newest novel, Put a Ring on It. I hope you enjoy spending some time getting to know a bit more about the book.

TNA: Hi, K.A., welcome back to The Novel Approach. We’re so pleased to have you here today to chat about your new book Put a Ring on It.

KA: Thank you so much for having me here.

TNA: I have to confess that when reading the blurb, the first thing that popped out at me was that Kieran is adopted. What makes that one detail an important part of who he is?

K.A.: Kieran feels a great deal of pressure, mostly from his mom. His parents adopted children from a variety of ethnicities and pushed them academically. His older brother is a civil rights lawyer who is the youngest attorney to argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. His older sister is an epidemiologist for the CDC. He could never match them. Although he loves his parents and siblings, he feels his parents wanted a programmable robot instead of a child and he resists by coasting.

TNA: Why do you feel it was important for Kiernan to fall for an older man like Theo? What does Theo bring to the table that makes him Kiernan’s ideal match?

K.A.: Theo hit Kieran as an irresistible force. Theo is very good at presenting himself to be adored so Kieran was intrigued, then a bit dazzled by someone so into him. As they got more serious, it was ideal for Kieran. Theo has endless energy, but a lot of it is focused outside the relationship. Kieran could have his time to be quiet and alone and then have all that energy turned on him. Theo didn’t put pressure on Kieran to be anything like his parents did. Unlike the guys his age Kieran had dated, Theo has lots of interests outside the relationship and didn’t expect Kieran to do all the heavy lifting.

TNA: And adding to that, why a Broadway producer? Do you have secret dreams of one day acting on Broadway?

K.A.: This series is different from the others I’ve written in that I planned it as a series from the beginning. I knew it would take place in New York City. I knew the core characters’ personalities, and once I had Theo, I knew the kind of job that would be perfect for him. The proposal scene was the second scene I knew for the whole series. I saw so many flash mob proposals, lots of singing, I wondered “What if the other guy didn’t want to say yes? What would happen?”

I loved the theater through elementary school and high school. I did community productions as well. But it wasn’t something I had to do like writing. If I could sing and dance, I would have wanted to play Ado Annie in Oklahoma! or Adelaide from Guys and Dolls. Those are my favorite plays and they have the best songs.

TNA: If Put a Ring on It were to one day be adapted for the stage, who would you cast to play Kiernan and Theo?

K.A.: Even though he’s the wrong look for it, I’m sure Neil Patrick Harris could play Theo, but I’d cast Tom Cullen because that’s kind of the look I had for Theo.

Photo Credit: Belfast Telegraph

Photo Credit: Belfast Telegraph

Daniel Henney is too tall for Kieran at 6’2” but his face is perfect. This image of him is so Kieran.

Photo Credit: Fanpop.com

Photo Credit: Fanpop.com

TNA: If you could put yourself in the place of any one of your characters, and live that person’s life for a while, who would you choose and why?

K.A.: Hmmm. I guess I would pick Shane McCormack from No Souvenirs because then I’d be living—and sleeping—with Jae Sun Kim and I’d have a totally awesome job (though not as awesome as hanging with my imaginary friends all day.) Though Jax and Oz have such hot sex in their book, it might almost be worth suffering with Jax’s diet. Nah. Nothing’s worth that. I’d love to live in Theo’s condo. I’d love to hang out with all my Baltimore boys at one of Eli’s parties.

TNA: Final question, kind of an off-topic one, but if you’ve ever been to Times Square (and anyone who has will totally get why I’m asking this), what’s the absolute most bizarre thing you’ve ever seen there?

K.A.: I’ve been quite a few times and as wild as the sights you can see are (Naked Cowboy, full-sized Transformer) the most bizarre thing I see in Times Square are the tourists. I’m always astounded at the way they stop in the middle of a crosswalk as if they aren’t on a busy street. The way they take pictures of things I can’t imagine are picture worthy. When I see someone do something I can’t explain, like take a picture of an ordinary fire hydrant, I always start to wonder why. Sometimes that leads to a story.

TNA: Thanks so much for chatting with us today, K.A., it’s always a pleasure. :)

K.A.: Thank you for the interesting questions. They were fun.

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PutARingOnItBlurb: Kieran Delaney-Schwartz—adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed-slacker IT guy—lives his under-the-radar life by the motto: Don’t try, don’t fail. His adopted siblings are all overachievers thanks to his driven, liberal parents, but Kieran has elected to avoid disappointing anyone by not getting their hopes up. He’s coasting through his early twenties when he’s hit head-on by Theo. The successful decade-older Broadway producer sweeps him off his feet for a whirlwind thirteen months that are pretty sweet, until it all comes screeching to a halt on Valentine’s Day, with an unexpected proposal via an NYC Times Square flash mob.

Now everyone wants in on the wedding, except the grooms….

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and many thanks to you for popping in to see who and what we have coming up for you in the next six days. We have a great lineup of authors set to visit with us this week, so I hope you’ll come back to spend some time with us.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Kicking off the week, we welcome author Z. Allora, with a chat about the re-release of book one in her Club Zombies series, Zombies Ahead

We’ll also have author Chris McHart joining us today, on the Alex’s Surprise/Saving Alex blog Tour

Tuesday – Today we’ll be bringing author Katey Hawthorne your way, on the tour for her new book Back to the Sky

Wednesday – We kick off the day today with author Silvia Violet, our next guest on the Countdown to GayRomLit blog tour

Author Lloyd A. Meeker will also be stopping in to talk to you a bit about his new novel from Wilde City Press, Blood & Dirt

ThursdaySkylar M. Cates joins us today on the tour for her new book Lovers, Losers, and You

FridayCJane Elliott drops in today to tell us a bit about her new novel Sex, Love, and Videogames

We’ll also have K.A. Mitchell popping in with an interview for her new novel Put a Ring on It

Saturday – Finally, to close out our week, we’ll have Max Vos with us on the tour for his new audiobook My Hero

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And that does it for the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

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3.5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Genre Romance, K.A. Mitchell, Reviewed by Sammy, Samhain Publishing

Review: Bad Behavior by K.A. Mitchell

Title: Bad Behavior (Bad in Baltimore: Book Five)

Author: K.A. Mitchell

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 366 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: David Beauchamp might as well be in jail. After one too many misunderstandings with the law, he’s chained to the city by the GPS and alcohol sensor strapped to his ankle. Awaiting trial, cut off from usual forms of entertainment, he goes looking for a nameless sexual encounter—and winds up with almost more than he can handle. Continue reading

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K.A. Mitchell Drops By Today With A Little “Bad Influence” And A Great Giveaway


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TNA: Hi, K.A., thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself: hobbies, interests, things we might not know about you but should?

K.A.: Hi. Thanks so much for inviting me. I’m not so sure you want to get me talking about myself. My characters are far more interesting. If I came across me in a book, I’d call m e a flat character. A writer who reads! And loves books!

Hmm. I love tea (um see above, boring), knitting and crocheting (not exactly knocking people’s socks off with that, but hey, I could make you new ones) and rollercoasters (that’s a little exciting, right?).

Oh, and I love horror, action and science fiction movies (even those of high cheese quality) but rarely find a romance movie I like, though I read them by the bushel when I can.

TNA: Have you always written M/M Romance, or is that something that came along later in your writing career? What is it that drew you into wanting to explore gay relationships in your writing?

K.A.: I have always written gay or lesbian characters, even when not writing specifically gay romance. Going back to second grade, I can remember when a peer introduced me to the concept of two guys getting married. After some confusion over who would wear the dress (a bridal gown being the whole point of a wedding to my eight-year-old self) the idea of two boys kissing seemed the pinnacle of cuteness and romance to me. That never changed. It was always what I wanted to read. I was surprised to find that I could write it and people would pay me to do it. And happy. Oh so happy. Let’s not forget that part.

TNA: What was your first published M/M title? Do you remember the moment you came up with the story idea and knew you wouldn’t rest until it was told? Did you tell anyone about it, or keep it pretty close to the vest?

K.A.: My first published story was Custom Ride. I had been writing straight romance with an eye to publication (with gay characters sometimes demanding their own stories that would occupy me with so much more interest) when someone in my critique group said, “Hey, publishers are buying that now.” She sent me a link to Samhain’s call for submissions. I had this idea of a guy recognizing another guy only by the tattoo on the arm/hand that had jerked him off and that was my hook.

My favorite thing about that was when I was working on it was this conversation with my mom.

Mom: What are you working on now?
Me: A submission for a short story call.
Mom: Oh, I’d like to read it. (She’s very supportive. Has read all my stuff. Still does. *winces*)
Me: Well, it’s really kind of steamy.
Mom: That’s okay.
Me: No, I mean, it’s really, really erotic.
Mom: I don’t mind.
Me: It’s really, really, really explicit.
Mom: I’m fine with that.
Me: Mom, it’s two guys.
Mom: Oh. *lengthy pause* I still want to read it.

TNA: If you could go back in time, to the moment you sat down and began writing that first book, what’s the one piece of advice you’d give yourself now that you have the benefit of experience?

K.A.: “Hi. K.A. It’s me, um, you. Yeah. I know we look older. Every time we hit a round number we start to look a lot older. Moisturize. So hey, I wanted to tell you : being a writer is way better and way harder than you can imagine. Yeah, I know we can imagine a lot. Sock money away. Don’t go crazy with it while you have the two jobs. Most importantly, don’t learn too much about writing. It makes you crazy to try to overthink if you’re doing it right. Remember to write because you can’t not write the story. That’s where the good stuff is. Oh, and for crying out loud, pick a set of initials people can pronounce as a name. You should have gone with K.C.”

Oops. You said one thing. Give me an unlimited word count and I exceed it immediately. Ask my editors.

TNA: Do you remember the first M/M book you ever read? If so, what was it, and what about it made the most lasting impression on you?

K.A.: I don’t know about M/M because it wasn’t really around as a genre when I got my first taste of gay romance. Gay and lesbian subplots popped up in some science fiction and fantasy when I was in high school and as a budding queer I had a desperate need to find and read them while pretending to know nothing about them or be blasé about them depending on the peer group. The first exposure to a positive outcome with characters that weren’t completely self-loathing was in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series which is both fantasy and science fiction. After I came out, I found gay bookstores. There was still very little romance about two men that I could find. It was there, but I had to read mystery or science fiction or fantasy to get my romance fix as a subplot.

TNA: How would you describe your books to someone who hasn’t read them yet? Do your characters share common qualities? What’s your idea of a great protagonist?

K.A.: I like to think of them as snarky and sexy. I hope people laugh and find them hot. I like writing about flawed people, people who have some stuff to work on. When they find the right person, they have a reason to work on their stuff. I like reading stories with external save-the-ranch plots, but I’m always much more interested in who the people are and why they do what they do. I like when why can’t they be together on page one is because of who they are as people.

To me the kind of protagonist I most like to read and write is someone above all with a sense of humor, who might be blind to a lot of his flaws, but is aware enough of some of them to understand that the joke is sometimes on him. I like being in the heads of people who like to look at the world and see not only what’s wrong with it but how it can be better—though sometimes they have to meet the right guy to see how it can be better.

TNA: I was in the audience during one of your panels at GRL last year, so this question has to do with a portion of that conversation. How much of your real life experiences do you put into your work, and how ironic is it for you to have a reader say they couldn’t buy into a story because those events couldn’t/wouldn’t happen in real life, when they, in fact, did happen?

K.A.: Thank you for being there. That was so much fun. I hope you weren’t a victim of my disgraceful gross motor skills!

That’s funny because the few times anyone has ever questioned a plot point or sex position, it’s a less-exaggerated version of something I heard about in someone else’s life or saw online. Yes, readers of Not Knowing Jack, there is a guy who can suck while he’s fucking. Alas. I don’t have that link anymore. I might draw on a situation for inspiration, but the characters’ personalities are all figments of my imagination. Mostly because I find fiction far more fascinating that reality. Real people do things we never would let a fictional character get away with.

TNA: Let’s talk a little bit about the Bad in Baltimore series. For readers who haven’t read any of the books in the series yet (assuming they exist), tell us why you chose to set the books in Baltimore, and do they all have a common thread other than the setting? Can they be read as standalones, or should they be read in order?

K.A.: I never intended it to be a series. The first book needed a good-sized city on the East Coast where a company like the one where Kellan’s and Nate’s dads had worked. When I threw the question on Twitter, a reader suggested Baltimore. I loved the idea. Five books later…

Certainly the books can stand alone or be read out of order, I know it’s not spoiling anything in a romance to say “Oh, by the way, they end up together.” I think they’re more fun in order because you get to meet the characters gradually, so that when there are five or six of them together as there are sometimes in books four and five you get to enjoy some of the inside jokes. I’ve always been attracted to those that’s-how-we-roll bits in sequels and series as a reader.

TNA: Do you have a favorite book in the series? If so, which one and what makes it your favorite?

K.A.: My favorite is almost always the one I’m writing and as I’m just finishing book five, Bad Behavior, that’s the favorite right now. It’s funny, I hesitate to say even what is the favorite for readers because just when I think everyone likes Bad Boyfriend, someone will tell me Bad Company or Bad Attitude is his or her favorite. My editor told me while she was editing Bad Influence that it is her favorite of the series so far.

TNA: Bad Influence is the fourth and most recent book. Tell us a little bit about your MCs, Silver and Zebediah. What makes them tick, and what makes them work as a couple?

K.A.: Silver and Zeb are people who were great for each other when they met, but very wrong time, wrong place. And that made them hurt each other in such serious ways that I wasn’t sure I could fix them. I had to tell the story, but I wasn’t sure until I wrote Chapter 12, that the happy ending would work. They worked hard for it.

While it’s totally a romance, it’s also new adult in the sense that in having Zeb come back around, Silver has to decide where he’s going in his own life and what he wants out of it. He has to choose things instead of reacting to them. I loved being in his head. I absolutely loved his view of the other series characters, and the anger and hurt and love he felt around Zeb. It felt natural to tell the story all from Silver’s point of view, even if it’s not a first person narrative.

And though there are an average amount of explicit sex scenes in the book, they don’t happen until the break in Silver and Zeb’s trust in each other has been partly mended. It was what felt right for them.

TNA: If you were to ask them to describe each other in a few sentences or less, what would they say, how would they each describe the other to help us know them a little better?

K.A.: Silver: First thing I noticed was his looks, horny teenager, sue me. But five seconds in he let me see something real. Something good. And not full of faking it to be good, but the real deal, with that dry sense of humor that seemed to come out of nowhere and a dimple.

Zeb: I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He was singing in church and he’s good, but there was this light. I’m not surprised he has such good friends now. He draws people to him. I thought love was supposed to be different. That you were supposed to get to know people. But no guy I was with before or after made me feel like that. Made me feel like everything in my chest was too tight to breathe from wanting to kiss him. That’s the worst part of it. It was wrong and I knew it and I did it. And God help me, I think I’d do it again.

TNA: Do you have the series planned out to a set number of books, or is it more fluid—you’ll keep writing until there are no more stories left to tell there?

K.A.: Absolutely fluid. When I make plans, my characters laugh at me and sometimes go into hiding. They don’t like being told what to do. I would love to know what kind of guy is right for Marco and for another new character I met in Bad Behavior. I have a story I want to tell in the Florida series. And tons of other characters all poking at me with scenes and wants and ideas.

TNA: Would you care to share an excerpt from Bad Influence with us?

K.A.: First, I’d like to share my dedication. Because it comes from my heart.

For my readers.

Thank you for making it possible to keep coming back to the characters I love.

And this is from Chapter 12, the moment when I knew it was all going to work.

Silver crossed the reception room and pushed open the door that took him out onto a wraparound balcony overlooking the harbor. He wasn’t alone there—other people had snuck out to enjoy a cigarette in the heavy air. As he moved along the railing and rounded a corner, he half-expected to trip over Jamie and Gavin interlocking some body parts, but eventually he found a spot to be alone. Mostly because the view was blocked by some other building. It was almost a perfect hideaway, except for the glass wall behind him. Thunder rumbled, first only a vibration, then loud enough to get people’s attention.

Good. The rain should drive everyone else inside, though Silver hoped people stuck around long enough to drink and buy more of Eli’s pictures.

The storm blew up fast. From partly cloudy to early sunset in minutes. The wind lifted his hair, sweeping cocktail napkins off the balcony to spin away into the street four stories down. It was a great place to watch people from, see them hurry into buildings or cars, though the trash was more interesting. The wind kept picking up plastic bags and sending them up like kites.

He didn’t have to worry about where he’d sleep or if the roof on Tyson Street had a new leak. And for a few minutes, he didn’t have to worry about whether he was living up or down to people’s expectations. When lightning backlit a cloud to the south, he glanced down at the metal railing and decided not to worry about that either.

He leaned forward against it as the first hard drops of rain fell, letting them sting against his sore right cheek.

“Hey.” Zeb’s voice.

With almost anyone else, Silver would have turned and put his back against the railing, feeling safer facing a person head-on. But if Zeb was going to hurt him some more, Silver would just as soon not let Zeb see his face.

“Hey,” Silver offered in answer.

Zeb put his hands on the railing to Silver’s right. Lightning flashed, and Zeb’s fingers tapped off the seconds till the thunder. He raised his hands for a second then settled them again. Maybe his righteousness exempted him from lightning strikes.

The hands flexed and gripped the railing. That scar hadn’t been there before, the ragged one extending from the webbing next to his pinky, over the next knuckle and then over the back of his hand. And his left index finger was missing a little piece. On his right hand, two of the fingers had swollen knuckles, and the tips leaned, like they’d been broken and taped together.

Silver remembered the skin smooth and straight, the tips and nails teasing the inside of his thighs, palm sliding across his belly, a grip on his hips to hold him flat as he tried to buck up into a hot, wet mouth. The way those hands had trembled, half pushing him away on the first thrust inside Zeb’s body.

Maybe it wasn’t his eyes but Zeb’s hands that showed what he was feeling. Right now they were hesitant, stalling, opening and closing on the top rail, tapping lightly.

“I shouldn’t have jumped to conclusions,” Zeb said at last. “It’s been a long day. A lot of emotions raked over.” He gave a rueful laugh. “I’m not perfect.”

Silver leaned sideways to face him. “Surprised you can admit it.”

“You know that better than anyone.” Zeb’s hand made it halfway to Silver’s face and fell away, but his eyes stayed focused on Silver’s. “I thank God I got this chance to see you again. To apologize. And I thank you for hearing me out. I guess anything else is a little too much to expect.”

Zeb glanced away.

The rain sliced sideways, and Silver wiped it away from his cheek and ear and eye. “What does that mean?”

“If you want, I’m gone. I’ll find a job somewhere else. Let you get on with your life in peace. You won’t ever have to see me again.”

“Did I say I wanted that?”

“Not in words. Specifically.”

“You expected a nice-to-see-you-again blow job?”

“Of course not.” Zeb’s eyes were dark, but there was very little light coming from behind the glass at this end of the balcony. Only the flicker of a fake candle on a table barely as wide as one of the mini quiches the waiters had handed out. Maybe the dim light was what made the lines around his mouth so stern. “Though was there some other message I was supposed to be receiving based on the way you acted when being tutored?”

The heat in Silver’s cheeks should have turned the rain to steam. He shifted back to face the street. “Must be losing my touch.”

“I wouldn’t say that.”

Silver didn’t need to look to see Zeb’s wry smile.

“Jordan.”

No smile in Zeb’s voice now. It was the voice that had sent him away.

Silver watched the tiny river in the gutter and waited him out.

“Do you want me out of your life?” Zeb said flatly.

Silver spun to face him. “No. I don’t want that.”

“What do you want?”

He had to decide now? What if it was the same thing he’d wanted at sixteen? Zeb. Zeb and a house and a dog. To be able to touch Zeb in public and not have to worry. To know when he had a nightmare, he could roll over into Zeb’s warm body. What if Silver spilled his guts with everything he wanted and Zeb laughed? Or worse, shook his head patiently and explained that he might have loved Jordan then, but he could never love who Jordan was now?

He couldn’t say any of it out loud.

“I don’t know.”

Zeb nodded, then leaned in for a kiss, but Silver could tell it was headed for his cheek. He tipped his head so their mouths connected instead.

At first Zeb froze, and then kissed him, steady pressure, gentle movement. The electricity tingling under Silver’s skin should have been enough to call a lightning bolt right to them.

Zeb’s hand cupped Silver’s cheek carefully, and their heads tilted in unison. Like the memory of how they did this couldn’t be erased in years and distance and scars. Silver pulled Zeb’s lip between his own, tasted rain, and then Zeb. Felt the hint of his tongue as the kiss got hotter, wetter. Zeb’s thumb moved, pressing and then jolting away from his bruise.

His lip. It could start bleeding again. Silver stayed in that kiss for another second, a few more moments to imprint that memory, and then backed away.

Zeb let out a long breath. When he spoke, his voice was rough. “When you figure it out, you know where I am.”

Then he was gone.

TNA: If you could bring one of your characters off the page and into the real world, whom would you most like to spend time with, and what makes him/her someone you think you could be friends with?

K.A.: The first characters I thought I might like to hang out with were Cade and Elliot from Hot Ticket. I thought they’d make good neighbors.: the boys next door. When I met Kim, I wanted to take him to my day job to snark about the hellacious conditions. I think Shane might temper Kim’s venom enough to make them fun neighbors. I know I couldn’t live with any of them, but I think having Shane and Kim around to borrow a cup of sugar from would be fun. I think they’d always have something interesting to say. And interesting makes for fun friends.

TNA: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

K.A.: I am desperate for instantaneous transport. Like to be Jeannie and blink and be somewhere. (I Dream of Jeannie? I so dated myself there.) Mostly because I am always late. I forget to factor in the time needed to get somewhere. Appointment at 11? Great. If I leave at 10:55 I’ll be early! But also, I’d love to be able to pop anywhere for a quick change of scene and then back home without dealing with airports and cars and oh, money.

TNA: If time travel were possible, to what time period would you most like to travel and why?

K.A.: I’ve always been fascinated by history. I love learning about how people lived in other times. But I’d need a lot of money and help with the smells if I went backward. Though I have to say I think I’d look awesome in Edwardian clothes.

Considering that I currently have access to almost the entire sum of human knowledge and creative works on a device that fits in my pocket, I’ve got to say now is a pretty cool time. Maybe a flash forward would be interesting.

TNA: Would you care to share a little bit of information on any of your current WIPs with us?

K.A.: I am so in love with Bad Behavior. I’m really excited about the way it’s turning out. I had no idea that Beach, who caused so much trouble for Gavin in Bad Attitude, would end up getting his own book—or that he could deserve one. But when I ran into him in Bad Influence, he was so perfectly on the line of charming and smarmy, I had to know what was up with him. Since he is so much a color outside the lines kind of guy, I thought up a hero for him who is all about making his lines the only ones that matter. They turned the heat up to eleven from there. I think they’re doing it on page 4. I didn’t know it was going to go this way but I’m so glad it did.

TNA: And finally, would you kindly share with us all the places we can find you on the internet?

K.A.: I’m most likely hanging out on Twitter @ka_mitchell | My website is http://www.kamitchell.com | My Tumblr is http://www.tumblr.com/blog/kamitchellplotbunnyfarm | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkamitchell | And of course, email ka@kamitchell.com

TNA: Thank you so much for being here with us today, K.A., let’s tell everyone about your giveaway!

K.A.: Thank you so much for having me. I love sharing my books with people, so I’m giving away a $10 digital gift card to one of the commenters so you can go grab some books for yourself.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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5 Stars, K.A. Mitchell, Reviewed by Jackie, Samhain Publishing

K.A. Mitchell’s “Bad Influence” Makes Being Bad In Baltimore Very, Very Good – Reviewed by Jackie


“There is no such thing as a good influence. Because to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul.” — Oscar Wilde


Title: Bad Influence (Bad in Baltimore: Book Four)

Author: K.A. Mitchell

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 295 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: The young man the world knew as Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need, as by his ultra-conservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.
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Annabelle Jacobs, Elizabeth Noble, GayRomLit, J.P. Barnaby, JR Loveless, K-lee Klein, K.A. Mitchell, L.E. Harner, RainbowCon, Scotty Cade, Sneak Peek, TC Blue

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


novel-approach-facebook-iconHi, everyone, I hope you all had a great week. Thanks for dropping by to see what we’ve got coming up. The most exciting thing going on this coming week for me is that Jackie and I will be heading to RainbowCon in Tampa to represent The Novel Approach, but mostly we’re going to have fun, meet with readers and authors, and get up to general shenanigans with friends.

We’ve also added two new authors to the Countdown to GayRomLit Celebration—Jacob Flores and Sherrie Henry. Jacob’s visit is coming up on April 21st, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, here’s what we have on tap this week:

MondayK-lee Klein comes calling for the RainbowCon Countdown Celebration, and she’s got a giveaway to go with it

TuesdayElizabeth Noble is our guest on her Electric Candle blog tour, and there’s a tour-wide giveaway

WednesdayJR Loveless joins us as our final guest in the Countdown to RainbowCon Celebration, and she’ll have little swag to give away

We also have Laura Harner with us today, as Pride Promotions presents a Book Blast and a tour-wide giveaway

ThursdayJP Barnaby is here today with a Backlist Book Bump of her Little Boy Lost series, and there’ll be a giveaway

FridayK.A. Mitchell joins us with a little Bad Influence interview and a giveaway

Remember that little peek you got at Mary Calmes’s Ears, Eggs and Bunnies? Well, today’s the day you’ll get to see the story in its entirety. It’s only a little taste of Sam and Jory, but it’s nothing less than solid proof Sam Kage still has his hands full :)

Saturday – Woohoo! The Butt Ninjas From Hell are here today. Well, not all of them, but TC Blue is here with a guest post and a tour-wide giveaway

Annabelle Jacobs is also with us to talk about her newest book in the Torsere series, Union, and there’s a giveaway

Sunday – Wrapping up the week is Scotty Cade, who’s here to talk a little bit about his latest release, Sunrise Over Savannah, and the upcoming sequel, Chasing the Horizon, and there’ll be a giveaway too

And that does it for this coming week. Until next time, happy reading!

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5 Stars, K.A. Mitchell, Samhain Publishing

Bad Boyfriend (Bad in Baltimore, #2) by K.A. Mitchell

Bad Boyfriend (Bad in Baltimore, #2)Bad Boyfriend by K.A. Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Quinn Maloney spent ten years in a monogamous relationship with a straight man. Well, at least Quinn was monogamous. Peter? No, Peter was just an ass who’s “not gay,” and who used Quinn until something different came along; then he made like Houdini and performed an escape act without so much as a thanks for the memories. Upstanding guy, that Peter. Not.

The problem with Peter Laurent is his family. No, that’s not right. The problem with Peter is that he’s a selfish jerk who can’t admit he prefers men to women. So, let’s say the problem with Quinn is that the Laurent family became his family over the course of fifteen years, and Quinn can’t give them up, even if it means being forced to spend time with Peter, his wife, and his infant son. Yeah, it’s like that.

Quinn’s having a difficult time moving on.

And now he’s been asked to be Peter’s son’s godfather. More salt in the wound and more ties to the man who isn’t terribly acquainted with the words honesty or loyalty or honor. So, what’s a guy to do when he’s stuck between the rock and the hard place that is his past and his present? He brings a sexy and gorgeous date to the baptism just to rub a little of his own “take-that-ha” in Peter’s deceiving face.

Eli Wright is young; quite a bit younger than Quinn, in fact. They meet at a nightclub and are kind of caught off guard by the intensity of their sexual attraction to each other. It’s like when a positive and a negative charge meet; then K.A. Mitchell took that charge, which already crackled, and transformed it into a lightning storm of erotic goodness. I sat up and paid attention, that’s for sure, when these two men met. And I didn’t relax again until The End.

There were times when Quinn and Peter ran neck-and-neck for the title of “Bad Boyfriend” and poor Eli’s heart got trod on in the process. He was a tool in Quinn’s game of revenge until the rules changed and the game became complicated by feelings. That’ll happen to a man who opens his eyes one day and suddenly realizes that the world is a much more colorful place than the monochromatic little corner he has painted himself into, and it’s all because someone has come along and changed the palette through which he sees his life.

The sum total of Bad Boyfriend is that it’s one of those books that makes me really, really glad I love to read.

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