Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Tour for Subject 13 by Ethan Stone (Interview & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of m/m books I love being able to bring you some of the best.  With that in mind, today I bring you Ethan Stone!  He's here today talking about himself and his newest release, Subject 13.  So let's give him a big welcome by leaving a comment for a chance to win the new book......

TSP:  Knowing what you do today would you have done anything differently with your writing career?
ES:  Avoid reviews. At least at first. I was working on my second novel when In the Flesh was published. Even the slightest negative thing ruined my day and stopped me from moving forward. I recommend reading reviews sometime after the book is first published. Then look at it as constructive criticism.

TSP:  What does your writing space look like and do you keep any inspirational items around you while writing?
ES:  I used to be very anal about where I wrote. Had to be in my bedroom and my desk had to be spotless. But then when things weren’t going well it stopped me from writing. I’ve learned to be more flexible. My daughter and her kids now live in town so they visit frequently (everyday) and I’ve learned to write even while chaos is all around me. I can write in a boat. I can write with a goat. I will write in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree.

TSP:  What draws you to writing in the m/m genre?
ES:  That’s a tough one. I mean there is soooo much that makes the genre difficult. Having to write handsome and sexy guys who like to have hot and wild sex with each other. It’s a tough job. For me discovering this genre was like Superman realizing he wasn’t the only Kryptonian alive. I finally had outlet for the ideas in my head and my sexy stories weren’t just destined for nifty.org

TSP:  What book are you proudest of and why?
ES:  I loved Bartender, PI because it was such a departure for me, in my mind. And the success from that has been exciting. But In the Flesh is still the book I’m proudest of. It’s like a first born child. You love all your children equally but there’s something special about the first. It was written before I had really started reading much in the genre so I wrote it without any preconceived notions of what m/m books were supposed to have or not have. I didn’t know the rules of romance, which was good because I broke more than one of them.

TSP:  Besides its synopsis, what do you want us to know about Subject 13?
ES:  Luke Kincaid is like all of us. He’s searching for something, he just doesn’t realize what it is. He has his heartbroken and he has issues from the past to deal before he can move forward. Luke knows what he wants but because of what has happened to him in the past he is afraid to grab it.

TSP:  When you picture the main characters of Subject 13 in your head, which actors do you see?
ES:  For Luke I see picture Taylor Kitsch with trimmed up hair. Kellan Lutz would be perfect for Ben. Shemar Moore would be perfect for Kyle.



TSP:  What books do you have coming out next?
ES:  I’m working on a book called Uniformity. It’s set in a maximum security prison and involves two correctional officers. It’s mystery but feels different than anything else I’ve written.

TSP:  How has the digital revolution affected your career and how you market yourself?  Do you have an eReader yourself?
ES:  When I first started I was amazed at how much of my sales were in e-books. At the time I was still more into paperbacks. I read almost everything digitally now, however. I have a Kindle Fire and am on it every day, either reading or playing.

TSP:  My site is all about favorite things, so what are your favorite things/the things you can't do without?
ES:  I love movies and television and shows are so much more accessible nowadays. Netflix and Hulu Plus are absolute favorites of mine. I love my Kindle so much it would be hard to do without. I’m also really connected on the net so when my internet goes down I am sometimes at a loss about what to do.


Luke Kincaid's life is exploding all around him. First his lover leaves him to marry a woman, then childhood nightmares return with a vengeance.
Luke’s friendship with Ben Skinner and relationship with Kyle Morgan helps him heal his broken heart, but the nightmares, which are actually repressed memories, threaten to destroy the peace he has found.
Soon, Luke’s investigation into his past puts his life—and the lives of the people he cares about—in danger. But he refuses to give up, not even when he finds out he is connected to a massive government cover-up...

EXCERPT:

...The memory dreams visited me again. The blue men stayed blurry, though they looked more and more like men. A few of them even seemed to be carrying guns.
I could see my bedroom—the one with the space theme walls. I remembered playing with my toys. The He-Man was my favorite. I took him everywhere I went. But it was always He-Man and his faithful friend—a green-and-orange striped tiger called Battle Cat.
My dreams drifted all over the place. Times before the blue men arrived and after. I could see Fidget Bridget and a few other kids, but I couldn’t see their faces very clearly.
There was one blue man who seemed like a friend. I remembered talking to him often. The dreams were like a silent movie. I could see his lips moving, but couldn’t hear a word. I remembered handing him battle cat. When he handed the toy back to me something had changed. No, everything had changed. It was more than physical changes—the time of day, the clothes I wore. I knew the blue man could no longer be my friend. I no longer saw the smile on his face as friendly; somehow I knew he was deceiving me. He was carrying a gun, and he scared me. He terrified me. And I knew I had to run away.
The silence of the dreamscape gave way to deafening sound. I could suddenly hear everyone and everything. I was crying and screaming, and my blue man friend was yelling at me.
“Lucas! Lucas!” His voice was deep and gravelly. Just like Ben’s. I wondered what Ben was doing in my dream. Then I crossed the bridge from dreams to reality.
Ben was sitting on my bed, trying to waken me.
“Wake up,” he said.
I pushed away his arms. “I’m up.”
“Same dream?” he asked.
I nodded. “Things are getting a little clearer, but not clear enough for me to make sense of anything. Something odd did happen this time.”
“What was it?”
“There has never been sound in my dreams before. However, this time, just toward the end, there was. I could hear the voice of the blue man who had been my friend. The weird part is that his voice sounded just like yours.”
“That’s probably because I was trying to wake you up.” Ben smoothed out a blanket I had kicked off. “My voice carried over into your dream.”
“I guess that makes sense. But in my dream the blue man with your voice called me Lucas. You weren’t calling me Lucas were you?”
He cocked an eyebrow at me. “No. Why would I do that?”
I shrugged. My alarm clock read 5:30.
“I might as well get on the road. I won’t be able to get back to sleep.”
“Sounds good.” Ben stood. “Give me a few minutes and I’ll be ready.”
“Ready for what?”
“I’m going with you,” he said.
“I don’t need a chaperone, Ben.” I followed him into his room.
“I’m not going as a chaperone.” He pulled off his T-shirt and it took all my strength not to stare at his chest. Heck, it took all my strength not to step forward and run my hands down his chest.
“Then why are you going?” I asked.
“Because I’m your friend and I think you need one on this trip.”
“That’s not necessary, Ben.”
He met my gaze. “I know it’s not, but I want to, so just shut up and deal with it.”
“What about your job?”
“I haven’t taken a vacation in years. Hell, I haven’t taken a day off more than once or twice a year for the past three years. I have plenty of annual leave stored up. It’s already been cleared with my supervisor.”
“When did you talk to your boss about taking time off?”
“Last night after you went to bed.”
“You’re a sneaky bastard.”
He smiled at me, but didn’t say a word.
“I can’t talk you out of this, can I?”
He shook his head. I knew arguing was futile, so I turned and walked to the door, where I stopped and faced Ben again. The word “thanks” was on my lips, but suddenly I couldn’t speak. His back was to me and he obviously didn’t know I was still there. He had bent over to remove his underwear and presented me with a glorious view of his backside. It was a rearview to envy...


AUTHOR INFO:

Below is my official bio with Dreamspinner Press, but I wanted to do something a little more personal. Ethan Stone is not my real name, I use it because I am not out of the closet, though my family and close friends know I am gay. However, due to the community I live in and the job I have, hiding my sexuality is a necessity at this point in my life.
I am a single father with a wonderful and aggravating teenage son. I also have two cats who think it’s their job to cover my house with their hair and a Pomeranian who thinks he’s a Pitbull.
I’ve always loved to write and one point thought journalism was my dream career. I eventually accepted that writing because Ihad  to was nowhere near as much fun doing it because I want to.
Stories starring gay men have always been in my head but thought they would always be relegated to erotica websites.  And then I discovered the wonderful world of M/M publishing.
Relationship info: Stay tuned…
Feel free to ask me any questions. Either here or through my email: ethanstone.nv@gmail.com. If it's a question I can’t or won’t answer I’ll let you know, but I’m not easily offended.
Thanks for being here and thanks for reading my stories.
–Ethan

Ethan Stone lives in Nevada. But not Reno or Las Vegas. There are other cities there, you know. Where he lives, gambling isn’t on every block, just every other block. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them. What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions. Ethan has a day job that pays the bills. He wears a uniform to work and he looks damn sexy in it.

*********GIVEAWAY**********

Ethan is giving away a digital copy of Subject 13 to a random commenter.

-Giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE.
-To be entered, leave a comment, along with your email addy.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 12/10.

11 comments:

  1. One day you can be yourself no matter where you are. Such is the intolerance,that i no longer tell people i READ MM books, the response was quite vicious. so i cant imagine....

    In the meantime, keep writing for us! What would readers do without writers, anyway? Thank you!

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

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  2. Best of luck with the book...it sounds excellent!

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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  3. Thank you for sharing about your personal life and its difficulties. Wishing you and your son the best for the holidays.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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  4. I've got Bartender, PI on my ereader and looking forward to it!

    Suze
    Littlesuze at hotmail dot com

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  5. This sounds like such a wonderful book, I can't wait to read it!
    I hope one day soon you are able to live openly and comfortably and safely.

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  6. The excerpt sounds wonderful! I hope that one day soon you can be free to be yourself no matter the audience *hugs*

    Kassandra
    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  7. Oh! I love Ethan Stone! Can't believe I haven't read this yet...please count me in :D

    morris(dot)crissy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Taylor Kitsch is soooo hot. He's the current inspiration for my WIP. I've seen this book around and I believe I have it on my wish list. Sounds right up my alley.

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  9. The book sounds very interesting, Ethan. Thanks for the opportunity at winning a copy from you!

    ~Rush~
    taina1959@yahoo.com

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  10. This looks good - thanks for the opportunity
    Andrea

    andreanow1999@yahoo.com

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