Soul of a Merman character interview: Introducing Phil

June 25, 2014

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AA: Hi, Phil. So sorry for holding you up like this. Are you sure you’re okay?

PD: Yes. Accidentally got caught into that net. My own fault. Thanks for letting me out, though. I’ll be fine. (pause) So, while I’m here, you said you had some questions?

AA: Well, yes, if you want… Tell me about your best friend.

PD: Oh, yes, Caspian. (PD blows a jet of water throw blow hole.) He’s great. You know, what with being a merman, you’d think he might be more arrogant. Some mermen are, and I was a little worried when I was a calf, because I didn’t know what merman I’d be assigned to. Of course, that turned out to be stupid. He’s really kind and sweet, and he loves the ocean a lot. We’re very close.

AA: He sounds nice. So you watch out for him?

PD: Yes. Every merman has a dolphin companion. We’re always a perfect match, and I knew from the moment I met Caspian that it would be my duty to help him.

AA: Why do I have the feeling you don’t mean that in a casual way?

PD: Probably because you’re a clever authoress. (His voice turns sad, and he seems to be frowning despite the perpetual smile on his face.) It’s true. Caspian has a lot of responsibilities. He’s always been a romantic soul, and he wanted to find true love, and instead, he was stuck with trying to force a relationship with a human he didn’t know. To top it off, he had to give up his tail!

AA: That sounds awful.

PD: It is. I mean, Caspian’s tail is really a thing of beauty, but it’s not just that. It’s a part of him. He shouldn’t have to change for someone he loves.

AA: So he did meet someone, I take it?

PD: Sort of. He met a human, but… It’s complicated. Humans are stubborn. I worry about Caspian sometimes, worry that he’ll do something stupid. His great-aunt died because of a human. I don’t want the story to repeat itself.

AA: I’m sure it won’t.

PD perks up visibly: You’re probably right. If there’s anyone who can bridge the gap between humans and mermans, it’s Caspian. And Stefan isn’t so bad either.

AA: Stefan is Caspian’s human?

PD: Yes. He’s an oceanographer, so he’s very respectful of our ways, and he’s respectful of Caspian too. I mean, he’s not handsy with Caspian’s tail like other humans I know. The only problem is that I don’t think he understands exactly how he feels.

AA: They’ll find a way. If they love each other, they’ll find a way.

PD: Truer words never spoken. And now, I’m sorry, but I really have to go.

AA: Thanks for answering my questions, Phil. It isn’t every day that a dolphin speaks to me.

PD whistles and clicks in a final greeting, then swims away. In the distance, a green tail disappears into the water.

Happy News :)

May 7, 2014

I just peeked at GoodReads, and my fantasy novel that released last month, Shamrock Green, has *2* five star reviews  posted.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20827825-shamrock-green

 

Pardon me while I do my Happy Dance :)

 

Jax

For all of the Rourke fans…

May 7, 2014

This installment of the novella series focuses on Rourke, delving deeply into his past and the tribal life / politics.

Evan also makes a huge discovery…the ozone depletion isn’t the only major change to the world.

How many of you have read the first novella, Duanta Beads?

 

Jax

 

 

Greg Hogben – Radio Interview

August 12, 2012

Greg Hogben, author of The British Devil, was interviewed by Stonewall Live! this pass thursday, August 9th. He talked about why he wrote The British Devil and other topics.

Listen to internet radio with StonewallLive on Blog Talk Radio

Be warned, you will swoon by Greg’s delightful British accent.

A Video Interview with JP Barnaby

July 2, 2012

As part of the 30 Day Little Boy Lost Blog Tour, I have been interviewed by Anteros Media – a new and amazing name in gay adult entertainment. The site is unique in its philosophies regarding adult entertainment and its role in sexuality. As an author for Anteros, I write micro fiction gay erotic stories for the site that are then recorded as audio. It’s a great opportunity to work with an LGBT affirming site with my commissions for the project being donated to The Trevor Project.

JP Barnaby Interview on Anteros Media: http://bcove.me/sdcqrvcv

“No Quarter” Day: Hello, everyone!

April 3, 2012

Hi everyone!

I’m L. J. LaBarthe and I’ll be chatting here on the DSP blog today, talking about my new release, “No Quarter,” and other things.

First things first, I’ll tell you all a little about myself. I’m approaching the big 4-0, although some days I keep forgetting. I’m not sure if that forgetfulness is a good thing or a bad thing, particularly as some days, I swear I’d forget my own head if it wasn’t secured to my neck. This is a roundabout way of saying I’m a little forgetful – and as I tend to write plot intense novels, I have notebooks filled with scribbles of things so I don’t forget who, what or where, or so I don’t repeat myself, or even worse, write myself into a corner. “No Quarter” is my first professionally published novel length work, but it’s not the first novel length piece that I’ve written. I’m extremely happy with it, though, and with the two sequels that follow it up.

Apart from writing, I love films, music, reading, urban exploration, abandoned places, history, reenacting, and photography. Some of these pursuits I physically can’t do these days for various reasons, but I do like reading other people’s experiences about them on the internet. I am a link hopper extraordinaire, and also a bit of a magpie, so it’s very often that I’ll start out researching something, only to find myself several hours later, a million topics away from what I was meant to be looking up. My favourite TV shows are “Spartacus,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Supernatural”; I have a very eclectic taste in music, everything from hardcore, punk rock, and gothic metal to K-Pop, techno and electronica. I have a deep fangirl appreciation for Daniel Craig and Yoo Seung Jun, which is a cheesey way of saying that I’m shallow. LOL. My favourite films include “Red Cliff,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Thor,” “La Reine Margot,” “Night Watch,” “Day Watch,” “Don 2,” and many others.

I am a history geek, too, unashamedly so. My period of interest is late Byzantium and the Third Crusade (which sounds like a great name for a metal band, now I think about it), which is the eleventh to thirteen centuries. I’m working on a novel called “City of Jade” which is set during the late Byzantine period, on the Silk Road, and is a sequel to “City of Gold,” my short story that is out with Dreamspinner. It’s taking a while, as I have a LOT to research, and, well, see above mentioned link hopping.

In my life, I’ve been the manager of a punk rock band, a fanzine editor, a telephone tarot reader, offered a job at the Sydney Hellfire Club, and nearly set fire to a linoleum floor with the louche of a glass of Absinthe I was preparing for one of my besties. Now, I write. I write pretty much full time, in between other personal things. I’m also a cat herder, my cat, Castiel, alternates between adorably cute and outrageously evil. He thinks he owns this sofa, but no, no, he doesn’t!

I’m Australian, French on my father’s side, and born and raised in the city of Adelaide. It’s supposed to be autumn here, but you’d never know it. Today it’s hot and muggy with a side of sticky, so it feels like I live in a fishbowl. Mm, chewy air, yuck! Adelaide is a great city, though, I love living here. Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, the middle bottom state of the country. SA is the driest state in Australia. Droughts are common, and our summers are long, hot and usually very dry. Having said that, though, SA is home to some of the best vinyards in the world, and SA cherries and apricots are divine.

Adelaide.

Left: View of Henley Beach, one of the many beautiful beaches here. Right: Jacobs Creek Winery, one of the many in the SA wine region. (Photo by Amanda Slater.)

SA is also the only state in Australia that was a free colony, that is, settlers chose to come here and there were no convicts. Because we’re a free colony, the city of Adelaide was planned and designed. So it’s laid out with much less laisez faire and clutter than the eastern cities. We also have a height restriction on our buildings, so the skyline is always attractive, you can see from the hills down to the sea without any impediment in your view. Adelaide is known for being the City of Churches, because we have so many per capita. We’re also less happily known as the city and state of bizarre murders. We have the dubious honour of more murders per capita than anywhere else in *the world*.

Adelaide

Left: The Malls Balls in Rundle Mall, one of the central shopping drags in the center of the city. Right: The Torrens River which runs through the city.

What else… my favourite colours are black and red, my favourite season is winter, my favourite number is 13, and I was born in the Chinese year of the Rat.

I hope you’ll stick around and hang out with me today, as I’ll be posting snippets from “No Quarter” and having a giveaway.

Interviewed: Eric Arvin

January 13, 2012

I was interviewed by Kathy at Book Reviews & More for this dandy occasion…that being the release of Galley Proof. I talk about all sorts of things. Just a sheer plethora. You can also enter to win an ebook copy. Have a look-see and a gander. I’m here to answer any questions you have. Here be the link:

http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy.com/2012/01/13/eric-arvin/

Treasure of Love by Scotty Cade – What’s Next!

May 20, 2011

Okay this is the last time I promise!  It’s almost six o’clock, so for those of you who haven’t sent me your Treasure of Love blurb, time is running out.

For my last post, I wanted to give you a sample of the last two novels in the series.  I hope it’s enough to wet your whistle and get your jets firing. 

 

 

Bounty of Love (Prequel to Wing’s of Love)

Alexander “Zander” Walsh is the only survivor when his fiancé and his parents are brutally shot after returning from the rehearsal dinner the night before their wedding and stumbling upon a robbery in progress.  Hunky FBI agent Jake Elliot apprehends the killer and while being transported to the county jail, the transport is involved in a head on collision and the murderer, at first presumed dead, survived and is at large.

The FBI claims to have exhausted every lead and still hasn’t found the killer.   But Zander and Jake sense that something is not right with the investigation and determined to get to the bottom of it, they set out on their own to get the real story and find the killer.  Following a lead generated from the 48 Hours Mystery television show; they head to the Alaskan wilderness where someone fitting the killer’s description was last seen.

During the past six months while working very closely on the case, Zander and Jake finally act on a strong attraction that has been building slowly over time and they embark on a hot steamy romance.  When they apprehend the killer after accidentally stumbling onto his hideout, they find out what really happened on that dreadful night and all the pieces start to fall into place.  Big business, bad FBI agents and trusted friends all play a part in this unfolding drama.  Will Zander and Jake be able to bring the killers down to their knees and will their mountain romance stand the test of time?

Foundation of Love (sequel to Treasure of Love written with ZB Marshall)

Young Dr. Weston Stanhope thought he had escaped the constraints of Charleston society, and his overbearing father, Colonel Robert Lee Stanhope, when he moved to Seattle to pursue a career in medicine. But when his mother dies unexpectedly, Wes learns that she had begun plans to build a children’s hospital outside of Charleston, and that it was her fondest wish that her only child would lead the Stanhope Children’s Hospital.  

Wes is introduced to fellow Seattle resident Ty Williams, an openly gay architect, who agrees to spend a few weeks in Charleston to assist in launching the design of the hospital. But what began as a consulting engagement eventually turns to romance. Wes has always been in love with and married to his career, but now he must confront the growing realization that he is homosexual and in love with a man of color. When his father learns of their growing relationship, he demands that Wes choose between his ambition to run the Stanhope Children’s Hospital and the first true love of his life….Can Wes finally stand up to his bigoted and overbearing father to protect his career and the man he loves or will the constraints of Charleston society send them both back to Seattle?

PS:  Sjd and I will choose the winners and let you know by tomorrow, if not sooner who the winners are!

I’ve really enjoyed out time together and I hope you got something out of it as well!  See you next time!

Scotty Cade out!

Treasure of Love by Scotty Cade – Author Bio

May 20, 2011

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I’m back!!!

Now I know my loyal followers probably know as much about me as there is to know, so if you guys are reading this, just sign off and wait for the next posting.  J  But for those who are new to my work, I’d like you to get to know the guy behind the book.  I’m a little OCD and a little ADD all at the same time, but all those traits aside and I truly cherish each and every one of you and the outlet you’ve given me to show my creativity and follow my dream.  Without my readers and my publisher Dreamspinner Press, I wouldn’t have this wonderful opportunity to dream and create stories that hopefully you’ll enjoy.  So this is where you get to meet the real Scotty Cade, the person.  There’s probably more information here than you’ll ever want to know, but here goes:

I started my life in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, better known as the Big Easy and was raised along with my two sisters in a very small neighborhood along the mighty Mississippi River.  I was undeniably a momma’s boy and enjoyed a lot of alone time with my stay-at-home mother before my younger sister was born, while my older sister was at school and my Dad was at work.  I spent fun days doing chores around the house riding on the back of her vacuum cleaner singing Etta James songs.  When the chores were done, we settled down for story time.  I truly believe that my love of reading and eventually writing was born then.  But all that came to a horrible end when my baby sister was born and I no longer had Mom all to myself.  Then another horrible incident almost ruined my life, my sixth birthday and the first grade.  Oh Boy, did I hate going to school.  I went, but I went kicking and screaming literally every morning until I was seven, my poor mother.  Having to share my mother with my newborn sister and having to attend school left us very little time together and I truly felt deserted, but I really showed her, I jumped ship into my Father’s world.  I was the only boy, so it was the logical next step.  Happy again to be the center of someone’s world, I soaked it up every day.

My father raised quarter horses as a hobby and some of my fondest memories surround that time in my life.  When we were older, on weekends the entire family would pack up the horses and head to local horse shows where, my father, my younger sister and I would compete in barrel racing and cutting.  But my most cherished memories are of my father and me taking long horseback rides along the levies of the mighty Mississippi river enjoying sandwiches and snacks lovingly prepared by my mother.  We spent long summer days of riding and jabbering about this or that or just enjoying a comfortable silence.  It wasn’t really the conversation or the silence that was important to me, but the interest he took in my life that thirty five years later, still makes my heart swell.  After a brief marriage, one of those special moments is where I found the nerve to come out to my Father, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.   He did much better that I did and in the end wanted only my happiness.  He’s been nothing but supportive and non-judgmental of my life and I will remember that as long as I live.  Unfortunately, the lights in my life got a little dimmer when my loving mother died five years ago of colon cancer and dimmed yet again when my Father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago.  Fortunately, he still lives in our family home near my sisters and they along with a nurse, act as his primary caregivers, but he has a few good days but mostly really bad days.  He does his best and that’s all we can ask of him.

Okay, enough of the sappiness.  I attended Louisiana State University, majoring in Marketing, but unfortunately never graduated.  I was lucky enough to be offered a job to manage a very large well established furniture store in my hometown and went for it.  I stayed with the company for five years and started making my way up the corporate ladder.  I joined a high-tech company in New Orleans, and was transferred to Atlanta, GA where I met the love of my life.  Kell and I have been together fourteen years now and we’re still going strong. 

I’ve worked for a total of six companies throughout my twenty-five year career and ended up as the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Public Relations for a very large company based in Atlanta.  Throughout my career I focused my writing capabilities on Marketing materials, Annual Reports, Press Releases, radio scripts, broadcast media, and the likes, but always had novels running around wild in my head.  Kell and I both gave up the corporate rat race and bought a small hotel and restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Can you imagine two southern boys ending up in New England?  I should think not, boy what a culture shock.  But after seven years, we managed to find our way and are healthy and happy in our environment.  About three years into our venture, we hit burn-out and hired a general manager to run our business while we took a year off.  That is when I started my first Novel, Final Encore, and the rest his history.  After that first year off, Kell and I enjoyed our freedom so much that we purchased a forty-two motor yacht called “One Mo Time,” which is now where most of my writing is done.  We travel the waters of New England all summer long with our Shetland sheepdog, Mavis and in October we cruise down south to Charleston, SC for the winter.

The ideas for books keep coming and I have so much in my head that wants to come out, but my fingers are just not fast enough to get it all down.  So I dance the dance between my fingers and brain on a daily basis and can only hope for the best. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, most of my characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there.  I believe that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.  After all I got mine.

So how’s that for a life? I’ve been so very lucky in love and my career that sometimes it just doesn’t seem real.  Don’t get me wrong, everything I have I worked for and nothing was handed to me, but I’ve feel so fortunate to be in a position to be able to write without the worries of everyday life getting in the way.

Well, that’s it for now.  I have one more post just before six pm and then we’re done!

For more information you can go to www.scottycade.com.

 

Treasure of Love by Scotty Cade – A little Q and A!

May 20, 2011

Yeah it’s me, Scotty Cade here again to bug you a little more!

Below is a little Q&A I did for another blog spot and thought the questions were well thought out and interesting.  I hope you’ll agree and hopefully pick up a little more information about Treasure of Love and me.  And a little later, for those of you who don’t know me, I’ll share a little bit about myself.  You’ll probably be bored to tears, but because everything is always about me, me, me, you’ll read and you better darn well like it.  J

 

Tell us a little about Treasure of Love. How did you come up with the title?

Treasure of Love is the second book of a four book series of independent novels with recurring characters and locations and that began with Wings of Love and will conclude with Bounty of Love and Foundation of Love both due to be released August and December respectively.  Treasure of Love is the story of Jack Cameron, a character you first met in Wings of Love that had a very hard time accepting the fact that Mac Cleary, the man to which his late sister had been married, fell head over heels in love with Brad Mitchell.  He fought the relationship tooth and nail and was almost successful in destroying it before it began.  In Treasure of Love he explores his homophobia and realizes that his over reaction was caused mostly by fear and a buried attraction to the same sex.
What is the hardest scene you had to write in Treasure of Love?

 

Wow, that’s a tuff one.  I guess two scenes were very important to me.  The first was when Jack has the realization that he might be gay.  I wanted that scene to be as realistic as possible because for those of us that have been through it, we know it can be and usually is a painful process and deserves tons of respect.  The second was the first time he and Dax make love.  I wanted that scene to be sweet and eye opening for Jack.  I especially wanted him to feel like this connection is what’s he been lacking all of his life and now he has it with Dax and he’s not letting go.

 

Tell us something about Jackson Cameron and why will readers like him?

 

I really didn’t like Jack very much in Wings of Love or in the beginning of Treasure of Love, but I soon developed a respect for him when he realized the emotions he was fighting and owned up to his feelings.  By the middle of the story I was pulling for he and Dax and I hope the readers will feel the same way.

Why is Jackson, who is sure he is straight, attracted to Dax?

 

People are attracted to whom they are attracted and I believe that if being in a same sex relationship was as “normal” and accepted as heterosexual relationships and it was okay to be attracted to a person regardless of their sex, there would be many more supposed “straight” people in same sex relationships.  So to answer your question, I believe that Jack was man enough to acknowledge his attraction, which shattered everything he thought about himself, and try to explore his feelings and I so admire him for that.

Tell us something about the relationship between Dax and Jackson. Why will readers be rooting for them to be together or will they?

 

In the beginning, Dax has no idea that Jack is experiencing these feelings for him.  In fact, he believes Jack to be straight as an arrow and he’s very frustrated because he’s experiencing the same feelings.  When things finally start to develop, Dax knows Jack is struggling and is ever patient and supportive, which I hope will make the readers pull for them.  It certainly did for me.

What was your first reaction when you got a glimpse of your cover art?

 

As writers, we live and breathe our novels as we’re writing them.  We also develop this attachment to our characters and the vision we see in our heads doesn’t always match the models that are available for our covers.  It took a couple of tries to find just the right models, but other than the models the cover was beautiful.  The snow capped mountains in the background, the beautiful blue waters, and of course Dax and Jack all make one hell of a cover.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Now for the fun stuff.  Do you have any guilty pleasures?

 

Oh yeah! Most people have this sweet tooth, but not me.  I’ll trade sweets every day of the week for meatloaf and mashed potatoes.  Of course my waistline can’t accommodate it, but boy is it nice top think about it.

Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

 

Wow, another tough one!  Let’s see, maybe that I captain our forty-two motor yacht, which oddly enough is where I do most of my writing.

If you didn’t have to worry about counting calories or fat, what’s the first food you’d reach for?

 

Da!  Meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

As an author, what makes a book great in your eyes?

 

I love a mystery thriller with an underlying love story and believe it or not the mystery thriller part is the hardest part to write.  My writing process starts out with an outline and I hammer out the story, but with mystery thrillers my outline never really stays true to the story.  My characters always take on a life of their own and as many times as I try to stick to my outline, the characters have other ideas.  With a mystery thriller, I never really know “who done it,” until the story starts to develop and goes in a certain direction and the guilty one always shows his or her true colors. 

If someone hasn’t read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?

 

“Wings of Love” is a great story about loss and loving again and it holds a special place in my heart, so I would start there.

What are you working on now that your readers can look forward to?

 

I’m in the editing stage of “Foundation of Love” and working on the outline for “Ruby Lode.”  Many readers have asked for a sequel to Final Encore and I’ve been playing around with a plotline for that as well.