Welcome the lovely Sage Marlowe to Friends Friday today!
Hello and welcome to the latest stop of my 1st Anniversary Blog Tour & Giveaway. Thanks for hosting me, Victoria.
One year has passed since my successful debut novel, Sub-Mission, was released on May 14, 2012, and a lot has happened during those twelve months. I’m taking the chance to look back and tell you a bit about the background of the books I’ve published, but also about things that happened in my life or that are on my mind. There’s one stop for every book, and of course, there are prizes waiting for you, because as always, good things for me mean good things for you, my dear friends and readers. Please read the “Giveaway” section below for details.
Today, I have something a little bit different for you. I have recently set down for an interview with one of my all time favourite characters, fellow author Jazz Spencer of the Phoenix-Series. Needless to say, we had a great time catching up, so here’s the interview for you:
I’m thrilled to meet you again almost one year after final edits! Thanks for agreeing to tag along with this. Please have a drink and make yourself comfortable. Ready? Great, let’s start. Please give us a short introduction about yourself
Um, hi everyone, it’s great to be here today. I’m JS Phoenix and just like you, Sage, I’m an author of gay fiction. I grew up in a very rural part if England but I’ve moved to London a couple of years ago, where I now live with my partner Ryan, a professor of English literature, and our dog, a boisterous Lab called Dr. Pepper.
What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Oh, I just answered that, didn’t I? Um, I write gay erotic fiction because well, it’s close to home and I can relate to my characters *laughs*
Do you need a special setting to write in or do you have a ceremony to get you in the mood? What does it look like?
I have a room on the top floor of our house which is dedicated to my writing. It’s full of inspirational pictures and equipped with desk, a sofa and a stereo – everything I need to get in the mood, really. Oh, and Ryan has bought me a coffee machine for my last birthday, that’s in there now too so I don’t always have to run down three floors to get a cup.
Describe your feelings when you learnt that your first book was accepted for publication
I couldn’t believe it, mainly because my brother Algy opened the letter and read it out to me. I thought he was taking the piss. Oops, sorry. Can you delete that and replace it with “I thought he was making fun of me”? Yeah? Thanks!
Your favourite drink and food when writing
Coffee, lots of it, and I adore chocolate shortbread, so Ryan makes sure we always have plenty of both in the house
How much of the real “you” is in your stories?
Hmm. I think there are little bits of me in all of my books, but only those who really know me would be able to tell – at least that’s what I’m hoping.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who was it?
*blushes* Oh dear… That would be the usual suspects, I guess. Mr Darcy and Heathcliff. Yes, even being gay I crushed on them. But I also have a definite weak spot for your very own Noah and Caelan. Honestly, those boys are fantastic and I’d love to hang out with them.
Favourite comfort food?
I love Italian food, so any kind of pasta, really.
A person you admire
Ryan, my partner. I know it’s not easy to live with me, especially when the muse comes to visit and I’m stuck in the writing cave for days on end, but he’s very patient with me. Love you, darling!
My dog, Pepper
Dog or cat?
Coffee or tea?
Quickie or candles?
Hunky or chunky?
Oh, Ryan is very hunky
Suit & tie or jeans & boots?
Either – or neither
Walk in the park or chat over cocktails?
Walk in the park. Inside I’m still a real countryboy
Thanks so much for the interview, Jazz! It was a great pleasure to talk to you again and you mentioning Algy just now reminded me that his story is still waiting to be written, so how about we pick him up for a night out in town? That should give me something to write about.
If you don’t know Jazz and his partner Ryan yet, here’s their story:
Catching a Phoenix
Confined to rural England for a holiday, Ryan Holmes isn’t expecting the only person within a five-mile radius to be the man of his dreams. Hotheaded but introverted, Jazz Spencer, Ryan’s solitary neighbour, may look like a dream come true but has the potential to become a nightmare. Giving in to mutual attraction, they begin an affair, and Ryan finds himself increasingly intrigued. But even though they are obviously very compatible on a physical level, Jazz remains distant. His reluctance to reveal his feelings, or indeed much personal information at all, forces Ryan to make his own assumptions, which mostly turn out to be painfully wrong. Ryan soon has to realise that whenever he is about to fall in love, Jazz just shies away, leaving Ryan’s heart burned by the heat of passion. Determined that he can solve the mystery that Jazz is to him anyway, Ryan sets out to catch him for good.
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/catching-a-phoenix-sage-marlowe/1113126086?ean=9781622418824
Keeping a Phoenix
Catching a Phoenix was just the beginning.
Sinfully sexy and intriguingly smart but highly strung and neurotic best-selling author Jazz Spencer, aka JS Phoenix, isn’t one to be kept easily. He wants love but doesn’t know how to live his happy ever after now that he has found it with Ryan Holmes, who, deeply infatuated with him, would do anything for Jazz—if only he knew how to keep his precious Phoenix. Just as it seems that Ryan is finally getting somewhere with Jazz, things take a dramatic turn and Ryan finds himself brokenhearted after yet another breakup. He is certain that they will never meet again until one day, Jazz returns into his life, ready to start all over. As Ryan unveils Jazz’s secrets, he is determined not to let him escape again. Going all in, he shows Jazz exactly how much he’s wanted—with astonishing results.
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/keeping-a-phoenix-sage-marlowe/1113126109?ean=9781622419647
#1 – Sage’s Goodie Package: Contains a signed copy of Sub-Culture, a set of signed book cover photographs and some surprise goodies to spoil you
#2 – Create a character Here’s your chance to create your very own fictional character that will be featured in one of my next books. The winner gets to pick the name and distinct features like hair / eye colour, height and a few personality quirks of a hero (male characters only, and please keep it doable…). Depending on the specification, I will either include him in a current WIP or use him as inspiration for a brand new story. The winner will also receive a free e-copy of this story once it’s published.
How to enter: Leave a comment in the comment section asking to be entered in the giveaway. The winner will be picked at random and announced on my blog on May 20th. Multiple entries are allowed and will increase your chances to win. For additional terms and conditions, please go to http://www.sage-marlowe.com/p/contests.html
You can find the full tour schedule here: http://www.sage-marlowe.com/p/blog-tour-may-2013.html
Sage is a multi-published author of gay erotic romance novels and novellas and loves exploring the flavours of gay erotic fiction.
A willing slave to all the fascinating guys who keep queuing up and want their stories told, Sage can almost always be found cooking up the next hot story or daydreaming about new ways of rubbing sexy male bodies together to make the sparks fly.
Contact and buy links
Sage’s website & blog: www.sage-marlowe.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/sage.marlowe0 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @SageMarlowe Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/SageMarlowe Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/sagemarlowe For all books published with Total-E-Bound, go to: http://www.total-e-bound.com/authordetail.asp?A_ID=224 For all books published with Siren-BookStrand, go to: www.bookstrand.com/sage-marlowe