to the second installment of holiday-related m/m and/or BDSM interviews. Today, Lori Toland is with us.
Her new release is Home for the Holidays: Replacement Guitarist 2.
Jason Stockton and Blaze Shinozuka are looking forward to escaping their hectic rock and roll lifestyle for a relaxing holiday. Their plan seems promising, and the passion between them burns hotter than ever as they keep each other warm despite the icy temperatures.
When a surprise Stockton family get-together threatens to reveal what Jason would rather keep hidden, their budding relationship is put to the test and an impromptu trip to Hawaii makes the differences between them more obvious than ever.
Thanks to two chaotic family holidays and a lot of painful secrets, Christmas could end up being more than their new found love can endure.
And *NEW* The Journey Onward…
Getting back from paradise and being alone is exactly what Jason and Blaze need to build their relationship and break down the barriers between them but nothing is ever that simple. Being in LA means back to work for Jason and Blaze gets a sample of what life will be like as Jason’s partner.
Can loving each other be enough to keep them together? Blaze is finding out how much work goes into keeping a relationship alive and in their darkest hour, they will have to stand united as partners to weather a storm that could devastate their future.
Author Bio: CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero.
When Blaze reached the street, a horse drawn carriage like the ones he’d seen in Central Park was parked in front of the restaurant. Jason gestured for him to get in and he cocked his eyebrow. “A horse-drawn carriage. Really?”
Jason grinned. “I’ve always wanted to go on one but I’ve never had the chance to.”
You’re kidding, right? A hot guy like you couldn’t rope a date into going with you?” Blaze teased.
Jason ducked his head. “There wasn’t anyone I wanted to take with me before you.”
Blaze grinned, honored by the gesture. “Really? Well, then I feel special.”
Jason got in and offered his hand to Blaze to help him into the carriage. Blaze smiled, getting in and settling down onto the leather seats. “Are you sure it’s okay for us to do this?”
Jason frowned. “Why wouldn’t it be?”
Blaze shrugged as Jason settled into the seat next to him. The driver gave her order to the horses and they set off. Once the carriage rolling smoothly, she glanced over her shoulder at them. “There are some wool blankets if you need them. It’s supposed to snow tonight.”
Jason reached for them but Blaze caught his hand. “I’m allergic to wool, Jase. Besides, I don’t think I need it. My coat is lined.”
Jason leaned over and whispered, “I think she told us that so we could snuggle under the blanket.”
“Oh… well, in that case….” Blaze grinned, and when Jason pulled back and returned the smile, a thrill of happiness ran through him. Jason threaded their fingers together, and tucked the blanket around their bodies, being careful so it didn’t touch Blaze’s bare skin.
Blaze looked around at the buildings as they made their way toward Central Park, the hoofbeat of the horses creating a rhythm of its own. Jason squeezed his hand through his lined gloves, and he looked over at his lover. “Having fun?”
Blaze nodded. “Are you?”
Jason reached up with his other hand and cupped Blaze’s cheek. “Yeah.”
He smiled as Jason leaned in. Their lips met in a gentle, unhurried kiss and when he pulled back, Jason trailed his gloved thumb over Blaze’s cheek. He leaned in again, and this time he slid his tongue in to meet Jason’s, and he moved closer to his partner.
Blaze felt something against his cheek, and he reached up to brush it away with his finger. Nothing could distract him right now, not when Jason sucked on his bottom lip gently. Blaze sighed softly, and reached beneath the thick material of Jason’s jacket to pull him close.
Something else brushed against his cheek. It must have been his hair and he tried to make a mental note to get a haircut, though Jason drove away the thought with another kiss. He felt the sensation again, and he pulled away from his boyfriend to brush the strands out of his face.
Jason opened his eyes a fraction but Blaze barely noticed. Snowflakes stood stark white against Jason’s dark curls before they melted. He grinned. “Jase, look! It’s snowing.”
Jason looked toward the sky and his smile took Blaze’s breath away. When Jason looked back, his eyes were shining as the snowflakes melted along his impossibly long eyelashes. “Perfect,” Jason said softly.
1. Tell us about Home for the Holidays. Who are Jason and Blaze, and why doesn’t Blaze want to reveal his new relationship?
Blaze is a guitarist for one of Jason’s artists, which is how they met. Right off the bat, they had instant chemistry but being work colleagues, they tried to resist the attraction. Finally, they gave in and started to fall for each other. Blaze was a virgin when he met Jason and while he knew he had bisexual tendencies, he hadn’t come out to his family. When he came home to Hawaii on vacation, he came out to his parents and it blew up in his face. They tried to change him, which backfired horribly and injured their relationship. In Home For The Holidays, Blaze doesn’t want to rock the boat with his beloved grandmother plus he doesn’t want to break the news over the phone. When he is forced to go to Hawaii, Blaze has to face the music.
There are parts that are funny and a few that almost crush your heart. It’s the next part of their journey and they’re determined to make it together. I hope you enjoy it.
2. Home for the Holidays looks fascinating. But sometimes it’s hard for readers to start in the middle of a series. What do we need to know from Replacement Guitarist 1 to make the second installment even better?
Well, I’ve heard from readers to get the maximum enjoyment from the series, you have to read the first book. Picking up mid-series is daunting so I tried to include what was the basic gist of their first story: they fell madly in love. But the great part is that I’ve put it on sale for 99c for the rest of November so you can start at the beginning for cheap! 🙂
3. How kinky does this story get? I’ll admit, the title sounds tame…but we know you better, Lori! How sexually exciting is this one?
Well, the kink factor is very low in this series. Sorry! No whips and handcuffs here. Spanking is about as far as they get but their chemistry is blazing hot, especially since they are fighting and doubting their newfound love. Blaze may seem really mature but he is young, still just 23 and barely out of college. He’s hungry to learn it all and Jason is more than happy to teach Blaze what he knows.
4. What led you to a writing career?
I had stories to tell — lots of them! I tried to break into the publishing world back in 99 but with bisexual heroes, it was a hard sell. The marketplace has changed. I never really stopped writing during that time, but I wrote less as I concentrated on starting my own business, until 2009 when I attended a writing conference. I was like OMG! People want to buy and read gay romance. YAY!
5. How many more Jason/Blaze books are there going to be?
At least one more. I’ll keep writing them as long as they stick around and give me more interesting stuff to write. I have quite a bit written of the third book in the Replacement Guitarist series, Into The Fire but I don’t know. Stefan from the Dangerous Affairs series is demanding his book. I might listen to him. He has a cane and knows how to use it. We will have to see. I get the most mail from readers for Jason and Blaze.
6. You noted that many writers use playlists while they write particular novels. What helps you decide what kind of music you’ll write to for a particular story?
Sometimes I’ll hear a song and just instant inspiration. For The Replacement Guitarist series, it’s Kevin Rudolf’s Let It Rock, which is Blaze’s song. It was huge hit in 2009 so when I would turn on the radio, I would hear Blaze’s song. It sorta fueled the first book. It’s just a feeling when I hear a song and it goes along with a scene in a book. There was a song for Dangerous Submission that I heard while watching an ice skating show, which became the song for Drake/Stefan/Judas/Robbie. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know which scene I’m talking about and it’s not a sex scene. You never know when inspiration is going to strike.
7. I love the idea of Caturday, where you post pictures of your cat on your website each Saturday)! Has your cat ever inspired your writing, or any decisions you’ve made in your life?
My cats rule the house so basically all decisions revolve around them. I’m sure if you’ve seen anything about me, you’ll know I love my two cats. Hubby and I dote on them like crazy! 🙂 They are our furbabies!
Another book I’m re-releasing is The Furry Matchmaker and it’s about a guy who finds a kitten on a highway and saves her. She’s injured so he takes her to a vet and the vet is hot. Yum! It’s cute and slightly based on a true story.
My husband and I found a tiny kitten on an overpass concrete guardrail over I-4 (my heart skips a beat when I think of what might have happened if we hadn’t caught her) and we took her to the pound. Oh my goodness, she couldn’t have been more than 12 weeks. She was precious and scared and when we carried her inside, she broke free and ran around the place. They had to get a net to catch her.
After they caught her, we left. Hubby took a few steps outside and turned white. Now he’s six-foot-three, about 200 pounds and he’s heavy when he goes into a faint. The last time he did this was when Milly came in with a scratch on her nose. When he saw her blood, that was it. I had to drop her to catch him. So anyway, I had to catch him in the parking lot of the Animal Shelter. Luckily he came to pretty quickly and we left before they called an ambulance. He gets embarrassed about it.
Btw, if you’re wondering about the kitten, she got adopted out after she healed from her injuries and I got an excellent story out of it! 🙂
Thanks Emily for having me by!
Tori’s Website: http://www.loritoland.com
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