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Jul 11

Guest Author Wednesday’s ♥ Eric Arvin

Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to have wonderful Romance Author Eric Arvin with me today. Don’t forget to say hi and leave him a comment or two below.

Eric Arvin resides in the same sleepy Indiana river town where he grew up. He graduated from Hanover College with a Bachelors in History. He has lived, for brief periods, in Italy and Australia. He has survived brain surgery and his own loud-mouthed personal demons. Eric is the author of THE REST IS ILLUSION, SUBSURDITY, SUBURBILICIOUS, SIMPLE MEN, and various other sundry and not-so-sundry writings. He intends to live the rest of his days with tongue in cheek and eyes set to roam.

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Today Eric has stopped by to answer a few questions for us and will stop by to answer any you leave in the comments.

 On Jasper Lane, Cassie Bloom is gearing up for Halloween; Becky is expecting, and her father is overbearing and paranoid; Rick and James are their usual happy selves, though James has developed a porn obsession; Terrence is putting together an all drag cheer squad; and David is helping Cliff transition from adult film star to bodybuilder. Of course, that’s just what’s going on at the surface. This is suburbia, and its underbelly is teeming with secrets.

Like what’s up with that rather odd family that moved in down the street—the family with the big cross in the front yard who look nothing alike. Like where Cassie’s son, Jason, has disappeared to and why he hasn’t called. Like what on Earth Nanna Hench is doing with a scooter, a megaphone, and a clown car full of religious zealots.

When Cliff suddenly disappears, Jasper Lane goes on high alert. Terrence posts fliers, and Rick and James scour the gym. David is determined to get his husband back, but when he goes missing too—and with Cassie and Melinda on a road trip to find Jason—it’s up to Terrence to solve the mystery and save the day.

This is a big deal! From midnight July 11th – that’s THIS Wednesday – until midnight July 15th Dreamspinner Press has one hell of a great deal going on in promotion of the newest addition to the Jasper Lane series, SuburbaNights. Order SuburbaNights from the Dreamspinner site and get SubSurdity (Book 1) for free, AND get Suburbilicious (Book 2) for 25% off. It’s for those five days only, so if you want it you got to be ON THE BALL!!

What do you find the hardest part of being an author?

Promotion suckith the big donkey balls, but the hardest part is when I’m at the beginning of a new story. There is a sense of overwhelm, as if the story waiting to be writ is standing back with arms crossed saying, “You’re never gonna make this work.” For a few days I believe that voice, but once I get into the writing it fades…somewhat.

What’s you favorite thing about writing?

The part, usually 3/4 the way through, when it all starts coming together. That’s when parts of the book I never knew existed show up. Scenes I had not outlined demand to be written and characters are introduced who were never there initially. I write many stories with connecting plotlines. Those are very exciting.

Just how H.O.T. are most of your books?

That depends on the style of book. If I’m writing erotica it can get very steamy. Sometimes my romance can get just as hot. Usually, however, when I write a sex scene it’s in a comedic voice. Because sex is hilarious.

Hot sweet or romantic do they tend to be?

I’m a very sweet guy, so they can be romantic. That said, I try not to make them too sweet. I don’t want my readers to need dentists.

LOL. Do you have a specific writing style?

Not really. I like to test the waters. To experiment with different styles. For example, at the moment I am writing a manuscript in first person plural. It can get quite confusing. I think I might be going crazy.

Which is you favorite storyline/angst situation and why? What inspired you to write about it?

I like when characters have to overcome some great obstacle, whether that be physical or not. This comes from – among many other things – my own struggles after having brain surgery and survived two horrid bouts of pneumonia.

Boxers or Briefs? I know which I prefer . . . *wink*

Boxers for comfort. Briefs for sexitude.

Favorite author?

James Purdy. He was a brilliant man, but not for everyone.

Favorite quote?

I have many, but I’ll go with: “I become the buffalo.” – Donna Brazile.

What’s next for you?

I have quite a few things lined up: SuburbaNights, the third book in my Jasper Lane series, comes out July 11th; “Roids, Rumps, & Revenge”, an erotic short from Seventh Window; “Miss Locks”, a short horror story from Untreed Reads; a Spanish translation of Galley Proof; An Italian translation of Simple Men; an audio book version of my Gaybie Award-winner Woke Up in a Strange Place, read by Charlie David; and an erotic comic with Absolutbleu for Class Comics called Bubbles n Gordy. I think that’s all 😉

Again, thank you for stopping by and best wishes on your new new release and future projects.

It’s a pleasure to be here. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to chat with you and your guests!

Fiction writer Logan Brandish is perfectly happy in his peaceful small-town routine with his best friend, his cat, and his boyfriend—until he meets the editor of his next book, the handsome Brock Kimble, and the lazy quiet of everyday living goes flying out the window. Faced with real passion for the first time, Logan becomes restless and agitated, and soon his life and his new manuscript—a work in progress he’d always thought would be completed—are in a shambles.

But as Logan is learning, you can’t always get what you want… at least not right away. To take his mind off the mess, he takes a trip, but even the beautiful Italian, um, scenery can’t keep his thoughts from his erstwhile editor for long. Logan just might have to admit there are some things you can’t run from.

Joe wakes up in a barley field with no clothes, no memories, and no idea how he got there. Before he knows it, he’s off on the last great journey of his life. With his soul guide Baker and a charge to have courage from a mysterious, alluring, and somehow familiar Stranger, Joe sets off through a fantastical changing landscape to confront his past.

The quest is not without challenges. Joe’s past is not always an easy thing to relive, but if he wants to find peace—and reunite with the Stranger he is so strongly drawn to—he must continue on until the end, no matter how tempted he is to stop along the way.

About the author

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Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.

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  1. Daryl Devore

    SuburbaNights sounds like a great read. Fantastic Interview.

    1. Eric Arvin

      Thank you!

  2. bmack31919

    I can’t wait to read your books. loved the excerpts you provided.
    What do you do to unwind and relax between books?

    1. Eric Arvin

      Thank you! I workout and listen to a lot of music. I am as music junkie. Folk and singer/songwriter mostly

  3. Maria D.

    Good interview! I’m a history major too…lol…Suburban Nights sounds hilarious! I’m going to have to check the series out.

    1. Eric Arvin

      Thanks a lot!

  4. caseamajor

    Galley Proof sounds great! I love stories about writers – and hot Italian ‘countryside’ LOL. Thanks for sharing Eric.

    1. Eric Arvin

      Thank you! I was in Italy for a bit years ago, and I fell in love with it.

  5. Jennifer Lowery

    Great interview! Book sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Eric Arvin

      I appreciate that 🙂

  6. Melissa Limoges

    What an awesome interview. I love all the blurbs, too. I’ll be sure to add you to my TBR list! 🙂

    1. Eric Arvin

      Woot! Thanks 🙂

  7. Toni Kelly

    Man, where to start? First off, love this interview. Eric, you come across as an awesome person and oh so much fun. Second, congrats on this latest release. The blurb was so much fun to read and really lends to the tone of the book and third, love the covers. Thanks for sharing you and your work with us today.

    1. Eric Arvin

      What a wonderful message! Thank you!

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