Character Interview with Wade Kelly – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Wade Kelly, who is visiting us with a special interview! Take it away, Wade.

Well, Wade Kelly fans, the next installment in the JOCK Series it out! Yes, indeed. My newest novel, Back Off! That’s My Jock can be found HERE.

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Not a fan? Never heard of my books? Then let me introduce myself!

My name is Wade Kelly and I’ve been published with Dreamspinner Press since 2009, but I’ve been writing as Wade Kelly since 2011 when I wrote the novel When Love is Not Enough. You can visit my website to learn more about me.

Wade: I’m here with one of the characters from the first book in this series, Cole Reid. Cole has had smaller roles in the last two books, but he is still one of my favorite characters of all time. If you’ve following this blog tour, you’ve probably noticed I’ve done a number of character interviews where the characters ask ME questions. I hope it’s been fun and entertaining.

Welcome Cole. I’m glad you could come by and chat.

Cole: Yes, because chatting is something I do so well.

Wade: Oh, come on. We all know you are not as much of a sourpuss as you like to pretend. Falling in love with Ellis had to have changed you a little bit.

Cole: Falling in love has made me question my sanity on more than one occasion. But, yeah, I’m not exactly the same guy I was years ago. *faint smile* Ellis has… he’s given me… I don’t think I can put into words what he’s done to my heart. Can we get on with the interview? I’m not used to being so candid in public. Tell me, did you enjoy transforming a cynical fatalist into a mushy love kitten?

Wade: *coughs and spews water from nose* What?

Cole: *clears throat* What I meant is, did you enjoy writing me as a grouchy person, just so you could alter how I think later on? Is that something you writers do to destroy perfectly happy curmudgeons?

Wade: As a matter of fact, yes! I like pairing up opposites because sometimes a person/character needs someone to balance them out. The “opposites attract” trope is a favorite of mine, and the jock/nerd is classic.

Cole: I’ll try not to take offense at being called a nerd, since I understand what you mean. Have you written this “opposites attract” theme in other books?

Wade: Yes. In Names Can Never Hurt Me I have a twink-type hotty hook up with his exact body-type opposite. In When Love is Not Enough and The Cost of Loving there is an artist and a firefighter, and in Bankers’ Hours I feature a proper & pedantic banker with a tough, ex-navy auto-mechanic. I like mixing things up and forcing the main character of a story to change. I think Nick Jones in Names Can Never Hurt Me has the best character arc of all the characters I’ve written. Even you, Cole, didn’t change as much as Nick. I see character growth as something very important to a story, even if they only grow a little. However, as much as I love the opposites attracting, my newest book Back Off! That’s My Jock is not about opposites. They are both soccer players who have a lot in common. The only thing opposite is…. well, maybe I won’t give it all away.

Cole: Where did you come up with the idea for my character and my T-shirts?

Wade: A guy I knew years ago was a physics major and he wore all kinds of funny shirts. I made yours all sciency, but your character was loosely based on a real person, though he’s not as dour as you.

Cole: Thank you. I appreciate the bitterness you wrote into my personality. It seems more realistic. Not everyone can be sunshine and rainbows. I prefer black clouds and smog.

Wade: Which makes you unique. If any readers out there haven’t read JOCK 1, My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap! I recommend you read that one first before you jump into the others. And don’t forget I wrote a free short titled: Oh, Crap! This Jock’s Getting Married. Visit All Romance eBooks for a copy or email me.

Cole: Since you love interfering in my perfectly organized world, I want to thank you for not destroying my house when Ellis had the soccer team over. It’s nice to know a bunch of energetic athletes can be well behaved and respectful. Do you plan to have them visit me again?

Wade: Of course I do. Ellis is a soccer coach. I think you knew what you were getting into when you married him. Soccer is a part of who you fell in love with. Since Ellis loves his team, you know they will be by again for some shenanigans. But I will try to let you have some fun too. Not all parties will turn out like the impromptu pre-Christmas party Rob threw in your apartment in your senior year of college.

Cole: Rob. Somehow that guy comes in a turns everything upside down. When will it be his turn?

Wade: I guess you’ll have to stick around and wait for JOCK 4. We get a hint of what’s to come in JOCK 3.

Cole: Is there a character you wrote that you don’t like and would not get along with in real life?

Wade: Joan from When Love is Not Enough. Jimmy’s mother was awful. I would not like her in real life. In truth, she is loosely based on someone I KNOW in real life. Jimmy committed suicide. And sadly, a friend of mine committed suicide a couple years after my book was published. He knew nothing of my book, yet it almost foreshadowed his death. This type of tragedy is why I write to begin with. In my new book, JOCK 3, my character Sam could have been one of those people if I had written him a little differently. There ARE people like JOAN, and like Sam’s dad, who crush their children with hatred. I want to stop this from happening. I want to love and support those who grow up with hatred surrounding their sexuality. I hate that suicide happens because of it.

Cole: Thank you. My life may be good now, but it wasn’t always so. I think if I’d have had support when I was younger, I may not have been so bitter for so long. Meeting Ellis really did change me. Everyone needs someone to love them; even if it is from a friend or a neighbor. No one should be alone.

Wade: Exactly. *sighs* This little chat has gone on long enough. I think I’ll end it here. Thank you for indulging me. For the readers, here’s the blurb for Back Off! That’s My Jock.

8_30 wade kelly BackOffThatsMyJockFSDefining his sexuality didn’t make sense until his best friend spelled it out.

Doug Archer did some pretty idiotic things in the first eight weeks of his junior year of college. First, he kissed his gay best friend, and second, he kissed a guy he’d mistaken for a girl. Not stellar moments for Doug. If he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his spot on the soccer team to the new freshman, or worse, he might misconstrue his new friend Rob’s overly affectionate tendencies for flirting. But if Doug isn’t bothered by another guy’s attention, and he normally dates girls, does that mean he’s gay or bisexual?

Sam Garber suppressed his same-sex attraction his entire life. His father told him it was immoral, and Sam did everything he could to bury his feelings. However, after meeting Doug at a party and kissing him, Sam can’t think of anything else. He decides dating girls is the best way to keep his secret hidden. With playoffs in sight, this is no time to think about guys in any other context than soccer. Only, neither boy anticipates the difficulty in suppressing his attraction for another jock!

Wade: If you are looking for more fun, here are the other stops of this blog tour. Remember to comment:

July 27thCaraway Carter’s Wednesday Walkabout

August 1stJeff and Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast.

August 17th2 Chicks Obsessed

August 19thPrism Alliance

August 22ndLove Bytes Reviews

August 24th – Ashley John’s blog

August 25th – Dreamspinner Press’ Blog

August 26th – Release Day! I’m on Elisa Rolle’s blog

August 29TH – Joyfully Jay

August 30th – Long & Short Reviews

August 31st – TTC Books & More

September 2nd – MM Good Book Reviews

As for the giveaways… I, Wade Kelly, will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE (items listed below) and three runner up prizes of a $10 gift card for Amazon. What you need to do is leave a comment. ALL comments are logged for a chance at the prizes. ONLY those who leave a comment on ALL eleven blog stops will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Last time I think there were 15 people in the Grand Prize drawing.

Note: If we’ve never chatted and you aren’t on Facebook, it is a good idea to leave an e-mail address because I need to know how to reach you. If I can’t, and I reply to your comment on the blog post that you’ve won but don’t hear from you, I have to give the prize to the next person on my list. Each comment gets you a chance in the drawing. If you leave one on each, that is eleven entries PLUS you are listed in the Grand Prize drawing. For a reminder of the rules, and where I’m stopping next, visit my blog post HERE.

Grand Prize includes all of the following:
1) One of my famous spoons in the colors of your choice
2) A $10 gift card from Amazon
3) One paperback signed from my back list (Not counting JOCK 3)
4) An e-book copy of JOCK 4, when it comes out.
5) And last, but not least, a soccer jersey for the player of your choice from the players in JOCK 3. (I’ll list them on my website along with pictures of the jerseys. They come in adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, & 4XL)

So there you go. If you have any questions, please let me know. Comment here or email me: writerwadekelly @gmail.com.

About the Author: 8_30 wade kelly Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 8.31.09 AMWade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it’s not easy to live free and open in one’s beliefs. Wade writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. There is a lot of pain in the world and people need hope. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing “taxi driver” for her children. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry.

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Bankers’ Hours by Wade Kelly – Character Interview and Giveaway

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Long and Short Reviews welcome Wade Kelly, author of the upcoming Bankers’ Hours, which is being released March 25.  Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win (see the prize information at the bottom of the post).

Interview with Tristan Carr, the love interest in Bankers’ Hours, a novel by Wade Kelly

Hello lovely readers. This is Wade Kelly! I’ve stopped by Long and Short Reviews to talk a little about my new book, Bankers’ Hours. It releases through Dreamspinner Press on March 25th. In preparation, I have come up with 10 different guest-posts on 10 different blogs to give you a fun way to get to know MY CHARACTERS and ME. As in many blog tours, I am offering prizes! (See the list is below.)

For this stop, I’m going to “interview” Tristan Carr by pretending to be someone from Match.com or Dating.com or some such dating website where he would have to answer personal questions about himself. So let’s get started.

Question: Please tell us your name and something specific about you.

Answer: My name is Tristan Carr. I’m 32. I haven’t dated anyone for a number of years and even when I was hooking up with people, it was mainly for sex. I’ve never wanted anything permanent. I also have a fifteen-year-old daughter, Claire, who is very special to me. I’ve never met a guy worth disrupting my life with her, so I just don’t date.

Question: What is your occupation?

Answer: I’m an auto mechanic. I was in the navy in my early twenties, and when I got out I took over my dad’s shop before he died. I’ve lived in Westminster my whole life.

Question: Do you have any hobbies?

Answer: Not really. I work a lot. Every other weekend, I have my daughter and we like to bowl. I guess bowling is a hobby… and working out. I like to work up a good sweat at the gym.

Question: Tell us some of the things you like.

Answer: I like to laugh. I don’t think people laugh enough. I like craft beer and a good steak. I’m not too picky with food—I’ll eat anything.

Question: How about your dislikes?

Answer: Dishonesty. I’m past the point where I want to dick around about shit. Just give it to me straight.

Question: Describe for us your ideal man.

Answer: Cute. I’m mostly attracted to the guys who are adorable, yet don’t seem to know it. Give me a guy who blushes, and I’m all kinds of horny.

Question: What are some of your turn-offs?

Answer: Strict tops. I’m okay with a guy who’s versatile, or even a pushy bottom, but I’m not into someone telling me what they’re going to do in bed and when. I like to be in charge.

Question: For the last question, go with your gut answer. Don’t think too deeply about it. Are you into kink, or no kink?

Answer: Kink… all the way. I like to play. I’m into toys. I’d like a guy who’s into trying new things. Sex shouldn’t be boring; if it is, you’re doing it wrong.

Okay. Those are all the questions we have for now. Is there anything you’d like to say in summary?

Answer: I haven’t dated in forever. I want to find someone who clicks, not only with me but with my daughter. Family is very important to me. If you’re that guy, I’d probably give you the world.

Thank you for stopping by to get to know Tristan a little better. Leave a comment and tell me what your occupation, or your dream occupation, to be entered to win a gift card and for a chance to be entered into the grand prize drawing. See below for the list of prizes and the rules to enter.

Again, this is Wade Kelly stopping by Long and Short Reviews to talk about my up coming novel, Bakers’ Hours.

Before I go, here is a short excerpt with Tristan. (It is from Grant’s POV):

At that point I forgot the movie. I heard the dialogue in the background, but Nicolas Cage was not my focus. Tristan’s breathing had changed to heavier, more rapid puffs. My head was against his collarbone, and he nuzzled my hair with his cheek as I caressed his knee. As I grew bolder and moved my hand north, he placed his hand over mine and squeezed.

“What are you doing?” he asked, but his voice was far from steady.

I lifted my head off his shoulder and gave him a droopy-eyed expression. I all but stuck my lip out and pouted. “Nothing.”

He made a guttural noise, like a growl, but deep in the back of his throat. He was two seconds from either shoving me away or eating me. “Grant,” he rasped. “We can’t do this.”

“Just one kiss?” I suggested, looking as fake-sad as I could.

He grunted but brought his mouth down on mine. He was trying to maneuver on the couch as he kissed, but I was quicker and turned where I sat so I was practically kneeling on the couch as I worked my way into his lap. I wound my arms around his neck and kissed him like we’d done before, only I wanted to use my tongue.

I had one leg bent on either side of his thighs as I sat in his lap, kissing him aggressively and working up my nerve to lick. When I did, Tristan groaned as he grabbed the back of my head and held me in place while thrusting his tongue into my mouth and kissing me wildly. He lifted me off the couch in his arms and turned us around so he could place me onto the cushions, then leaned down, still kissing me, and knelt between my legs.

It probably would have been wiser to stop kissing, because as he groped for the pillow wedged between me and the back of the couch, his other knee slipped off the side and he tumbled to the floor, nearly dragging me with him.

I giggled as I peeked over the edge.

“It’s not funny,” he said, staring up at me.

“Yes, it is,” I replied, giggling louder.

Tristan wasn’t laughing, but he also wasn’t upset. He reached out. “Come here.”

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Join me at the next stop for more.

3_22 kelly BankersHours4_500x750Even though bankers’ hours leave long weekends for romance, cosmic intervention is Grant’s only option when money doesn’t buy happiness and he’s got virginity in spades.

Grant Adams is a twenty-six-year-old bank teller who’s unlucky at love, yet hopelessly hopeful. After years of horrific first dates, he’s convinced he’s saving himself for true love. Surely he has bad taste in men because it couldn’t possibly be his persnickety nature that’s sent them packing.

Tristan Carr has been in a holding pattern since his daughter was born fifteen years ago, which suits his workaholic lifestyle just fine. This ex-Navy turned auto mechanic never wanted anyone interfering with being a weekend dad. For Tristan to rearrange his perfectly orchestrated life, a guy will need to be special. Or in the case of the newest employee at his bank, the guy will need to be adorable, shy, and open to the prospect of forever when it shows up at his window.

 

 

This is the official tour list of stops:

February 24 – Prism Book Alliance

March 18 – MM Good Book Reviews

March 22 – Long and Short Reviews

March 23 – My Fiction Nook

March 24 – Oh My Shelves

March 25 – Divine Magazine

March 25 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

March 28 – Love Bytes

March 29 – Gay Book Reviews

March 30 – The Novel Approach

 

And the prizes:

I have several giveaways. Leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win an Amazon gift certificate. I am going to take ALL the names, from all the comments, from all the blog stops, and put them in a drawing. I have 10 stops including this one. The more comments you make then higher your chances of winning. I will have 3 winners of a $10 Amazon gift certificate to be announced when the tour ends! Additionally, for those who comment on ALL 10 STOPS, I will enter each of them into a grand prize drawing good for: 

    1. An eBook from my backlist of your choice, OR the next book I publish this year. (*Excluding Bankers’ Hours)
    2. A $10 Amazon gift certificate,
    3. A Wade Kelly Spoon in the colors of your choice,
  • One autographed paperback copy of the novel of their choice, OR the next book I publish this year. (*Excluding Bankers’ Hours)
  • A special Promo Code for you to download a copy of the audiobook: Misplaced AffectionNote: I am willing to mail things to other countries so don’t let that stop you! Please, post on ALL the posts. I had fun with this last time. 🙂
  • About the Author: 3_22 kelly Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 8.31.09 AMWade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it’s not easy to live free and open in one’s beliefs. Wade writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. There is a lot of pain in the world and people need hope. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing “taxi driver” for her children. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry.

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