Long and Short Reviews welcomes Sean Michael who is here to celebrate the upcoming release of The Luckiest Master on August 22.
By Sean Michael
The Iron Eagle Gym, and therefore all the stories in the series, is located in Toronto, Canada. I really love setting stories in the Great White North for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s where I live and I love my country!
It’s also a place that I know fairly well. I’ve been to a number of cities and towns in several provinces and I know how to find the information I’m looking for if I’m setting it in a place I’m not as familiar with. This means a lot less research is needed for my settings. That goes double if I set the book in Ottawa and I can add a lot of little details that make the book richer, knowing that they are accurate.
One of the things I love about living in Canada, especially my corner of it, is that there are four distinct seasons. Much as I grumble about the heat in the summer, it is a part of living here, a part that I appreciate. I do love being able to include snowstorms and thunderstorms, warm rain in the summer and cold nasty rain in the late fall. Freezing temperatures to go with the blizzards and the ice storms in the winter.
Some of my characters deal with these things easily, others find it hard to deal with the extremes – it’s another dimension to who they are and gives me another avenue for exploring their characters. Day and Saw have to deal with getting snowed in. While it doesn’t happen very often, there are always several times a year where you’re advised to stay home if you can rather than brave the worst of the weather and I totally loved being able to give Day and Saw a chance to explore their budding relationship without having to worry about going back to work for a couple of days.
Another reason why I love setting my stories in Canada is that gay marriage is legal and has been for many years now. So if that’s where my characters want to go, they can. And when writing romance, that’s often where they do go.
If we can go back to the snow… I love snow and I love being able to include it in my books, whether my characters love the white stuff as much as I do is always up for grabs. Some do, some don’t.
To readers of the Iron Eagle Gym books – Welcome to Canada!
When Master Damien Richardson (Day to his friends) takes over the front desk manager job at the Iron Eagle Gym, he knows he’s going to need an assistant. But finding the right person for the job is harder than he thought it would be. When he meets Saw, he thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, and maybe something more.
Sawyer Whitehead lost his master to a tragic car accident some years ago, and since then one opportunity after another has gone sour on him. Thoroughly convinced he’s cursed and a jinx to everything and everyone he touches, he refuses to officially become Day’s assistant because he knows that as soon as he does, something terrible will happen. He’s even more determined not to get involved with Day, despite his attraction, because it would kill him to be responsible for tragedy befalling the lovely man.
Day must convince Saw that he’s not cursed and that together, they can face any challenge that comes their way—in both their professional and personal partnerships.
About the Author: Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.