Deliberate Choices by Nicole Forcine – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Nicole Forcine, whose latest book Settling Down released today.

Deliberate Choices

I know a lot of authors talk about the characters having a mind of their own. Hell, my own bio mentions characters talking loud enough and BAM here’s a story idea. But, because I am vast and full of contradictions (at least my partner says so about the latter, the bathroom scale confirms the former), my opinion of that has changed.

Sure, I had two people and a plot when I wrote Shaken Up, but who they are and what their personalities are were deliberate choices. I choose to make the Dom a hot Korean man that looks smashing in a suit. I chose to make the sub a Southern fried queen. I chose to put abuse in the BDSM community one plot point.


Because the ideas made me smile. I wanted to see an Asian character as a dominant ‘top’. And I adore writing gay men who are the hand on the hips ‘stereotype’, because those men are brave as hell and wonderful to write about. It takes some serious spine to embrace who you are. Put them together with a little known kink and it went from “smile worthy” to “hot as hell”. The decisions made where all me, all mine. It feels as if I’m taking more responsibility in what I pen down, which I found makes writing a character oddly more satisfying.

So, here I am at the sequel, six months after Shaken Up ends. My choices were also deliberate, downright contrived at moments (let’s get the ‘meet the parents’ thing out of the way at the same time! It’ll be great!), but I liked figuring my way out of such situations in a way that hopefully doesn’t leave the reader bored. It’s the twist that I really enjoy plotting and writing. My readers seem to enjoy it as well, and I hope you do, too.

7_27 forcine SettlingDownFSIt’s been six months since Tim and Jae got together, and they’re giving Domestic Discipline an honest try. But when conflicting events conspire to interrupt their life, Tim starts to fray at the edges. He’s doing his best to handle everything, but he still struggles with unaddressed issues, both past and present. And seeing Tim trying to hold it together is breaking Jae’s heart.
There has to be a breaking point, and when it arrives, it’s Jae’s turn to take the reins, to provide them both with what they truly need.

About the Author: Nicole Forcine was born a strange child and former Georgia peach. When she was younger, she was never far from a composition book, a pen in hand, and way too many people in her head (she’s even been known to talk back to them). When two or more of them talk loud enough to overshadow the rest, a story is born. After years of writing and storing her tales in those books, she had a revelation: man, there are a lot of dudes kissing in these stories. Her stories include themes of creating families of choice, how love can come in all forms and supersede all boundaries, and the joys and sorrows of earning a happily-ever-after. Currently, she resides in Minneapolis with one of the most laid-back men in history and his even more laid-back cat. When she’s not writing (ha!), she’s saving the world/galaxy/humanity as we know it in the world of video games and general geekiness.

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