We have Jenna Byrnes stopping by today with her new release Admissible Behavior from Pride Publishing
It’s starting to feel like an early spring here in the Midwest and it’s great. Grass will soon be greening up, flowers and trees blooming and budding out. We all know there’s still a possibility of snow, but if it comes it won’t last long this time of year. The groundhog predicted a late spring but he obviously doesn’t live in Kansas. Everywhere I look, people are wearing shorts and walking with more of a bounce in each step.
Seasons play a part in my novels and novellas. Before I start writing I need to figure out what time of year it is. Most of my stories are set in Midwestern locations so it does matter, versus someplace that might be warm year round. I’m not really a plotter, I fly more by the seat of my pants and go where the story leads me. But there are some things I absolutely have to know before I begin. Character names and descriptions, makes of cars they drive, and seasons are some of the biggies.
Do I want it to be chilly outside, or even freezing cold? Are my characters going need jackets or even heavy coats? If it’s a brisk winter they won’t be spending much time outside. If I want them to go ice skating or for a romantic sleigh ride, then winter is good. Fall is a fine time for campfires, sweaters, and moderately chilly weather.
Springtime characters, much like people in real life, are anxious to shed their coats and long sleeves and break out the sandals and flip flops at the first sign of warmth. Summer is hot and sultry, easy to work up a sweat, good for a nice dip in the water and maybe even a skinny dip!
If sports play a part in the story, even remotely, then what sports season is it? Football in the fall, basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring and summer. (There are other sports, but those are the main ones we Midwesterners recognize!) All these factors play a part in deciding what time of year my story takes place.
I write a lot of series books so another thing I must figure out before beginning is, how long has it been since the previous book ended? What season was the previous book set in, and what time of year does that make the new story’s setting? Readers might not notice a discrepancy if I don’t get it right, but I feel like it’s part of my job to be as consistent as possible.
In my latest book, Marked Men 2: Admissible Behavior, it’s fall which means sweatshirts, football, and crisp cool air. My personal favorite time of year.
About the book
Marked Men, Book 2
Take one smart, sexy lawyer with tattoos covering his body. Add a macho, handsome Texan with a liquid-gold accent and enough hang-ups to drive a lawyer to commit a crime.
When Alex West told his parents he was gay they said, “Okay. What do you want for supper?” He grew into a happy, well-adjusted man and a sharp-as-a-tack lawyer. He has it all—except someone to call his own. Meeting Kyle Harbor for the first time, lots of thoughts run through his mind. Most of them dirty. Finally, someone sexy and available, and what a catch.
Kyle Harbor grew up with a homophobic father who spent years convincing him what ‘real men’ did and didn’t do. They definitely didn’t fool around with one another, and Kyle got a summer at Bible Camp to convince him. Married for nearly twenty years, he finally decided his beautiful wife deserved better and divorced her. Now he’s looking for love in all the wrong places when he stumbles upon Alex and sparks fly. Can he battle his demons from the past, or is their relationship doomed before it even gets a chance?
About the Author
Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.
Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is “Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.”
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