Monday, December 1, 2014

Author Spotlight + Giveaway--Brina Brady

Welcome to Author Spotlights on Mondays! This week my guest is fellow IRWA author Brina Brady, and she's sharing her latest release, Bend Over, with us. She's also giving away to one lucky commenter! Take it away, Brina!

Runaway 18-year-old Shane O'Rourke is living under the Huntington Beach Pier. He carries many secrets from his past. Shane wasn’t allowed to explore his sexuality when he lived home with his father, The Reverend. His submissive nature and desires had to remain fantasies.
Shane meets a dark stranger on the beach. Julien Callier is a Dom from Martinique and is sixteen years older than Shane. Bad boy Shane wants to win the heart of Julien Callier and become his sub. But does he really understand what Julien expects from his boy?
Julien's heart goes out to this gorgeous boy and he takes him under his wing, grooming him to be his sub. Julien is determined to let Shane experience the good life, even financing his education, but he’s challenged at every turn by Shane’s rebellious nature.
When Shane’s defiant behavior threatens to come between them for good, Julien has to act fast to teach Shane the meaning of real submission.
Can Julien tame the bad boy? Can Shane give up his old ways of stealing, lying, and using drugs? The playroom is open.

“Did I do something wrong, Julien?” Shane asked, biting his lower lip.

“Do you have anything you want to tell me?” His dark eyes searched Shane’s face, then studied his eyes as if he were trying to find something hidden there.

“No, Sir.”

“I called you here to let you know I’m going to be training you myself for the back room tricks and we’ll begin today.”

“Oh.” Shane stared at a red door that had a padlock on it.

“That’s my private playroom, and you’re never to go in there. I keep it locked.”

“Oh, okay.” Shane wondered what was in a playroom that needed to be padlocked.

“You are going to learn from me only. I want to make sure you can do what I need you to do for this job.” Julien waited for a reaction from him, but there was none.

Shane didn’t know what to think or what this meant. His face remained expressionless because he was unsure if this was good or bad.

“This also means you’ll be living here with me.” Julien walked around him, looking over his body.

“Here with you?” Shane’s voice squeaked a bit in panic. His cheeks burned when Julien looked at him directly. What did living with Julien mean for him? What would the training entail? He was drowning in his own fears, so he looked down at the red patterned throw rug, feeling too insecure to look directly at Julien. But he wanted to live with Julien, so what was his problem? His hesitation surprised him.

“You don't know much about me or this job, but you will when I’m done with your training.” His expression turned grim.

“All your things were moved while you were at the gym. You’ll have your own room here, but you’ll be sleeping in my bed at night with me.”

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Me: What inspired you to write your first book?
Brina: I suppose I was always fascinated with rent boys and Russian mobsters. I had to amp it down because I like to write taboo topics, but I had to restrain myself as not to be banned on arrival.
I read about Putin’s stand against gays in Russia and that disturbed me greatly. There goes my trip to Russia. I wanted to show how difficult it could be for a gay man to fight his desires and his culture. Dmitri loved Brennen but he had many cultural forces against his lifestyle with Brennen. I wanted to show that Dmitri, like any repressed person could grow and accept who they are regardless of the cost. In his case, Dmitri lost friends and family’s respect.

Me: Do you see writing as a career?
Brina: I do see writing as my second career because I work eight hours or more a day on my writing.

Me: Do you prefer to write single title or series? Why?
Brina: I prefer writing a novel with a sequel.

Me: Give us some insight into your main character. What makes him/her special?
Brina: Shane O’Rourke is eighteen years old. He left home because he carried many secrets. He was raised with a strict Christian upbringing with a pastor for a father. He has a twin sister named Shane, who he protects and loves. Shane sells drugs, uses drugs, smokes, and drinks. He dropped out of high school to run away from New Jersey to California. Shane lies and steals. He seeks love and approval but doesn’t understand he needs to change. This is the story of young man who sees his error and makes corrections. Shane is conflicted because he is bisexual.

Me: Is there a message in your novel you hope to convey to your readers?
Brina: My message is to love everyone regardless of their sexual preference.

Me: I love a good conflict. What draws your main characters to each other and keeps them apart?
Brina: Shane O’Rourke threatens his relationship with Julien Callier because he lies, steals and uses drugs. Shane signed a contract with Julien before he had moved into Julien’s condo to follow the house rules and he constantly breaks the rules. Shane wants Julien to be his Dom, and Julien wants Shane to be his sub. Shane needs to express his submissive nature while Julien needs to express his dominant nature.

Me: How did you come up with the title?
Brina: Shane O’Rourke wants to be Julien Callier’s sub. He has to bend over for spankings, often.

Me: What’s your favorite sub-genre (contemporary, sci-fi, etc.) to write? To read?
Brina: I love to read and write M/M Gay Erotica with BDSM fiction.

Me: What new stories are you working on?
Brina: I’m working on Own Me, which is Rent Me’s sequel. This will be about them as a married couple living the BDSM lifestyle. They will fight like cats and dogs but in the end, they still love each other.
I’m also working on Don’t Throw Me Away, which is Bend Over’s sequel. This will be about Julien and Shane in the Dom/sub lifestyle.

I am from Huntington Beach, Ca. I taught various subjects at a Continuation High School in Los Angeles, California for 27 years. I obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in history, Secondary Social Science Credential and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Reading and Secondary Education from California State University, Long Beach. I also enrolled in some creative writing classes at UCLA. I am currently taking classes from Romance Writers of America. (Author of Rent Me)

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Be sure to comment by midnight (EST) on Wednesday, December 3, for a chance to win a copy of Bend Over!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

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