Conning Colin by Brad Vance & Elsa Winters Blog Tour
We have Brad Vance stopping by today with his new release Conning Colin
Today we have an interview with Brad Vance, author of Conning Colin.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
#1 is to never ever ever go back to Cubicle City! To never have to take a day job again. Beyond that, I’ve been taking acting classes for the last six months, and while it’s a little too late for me to become a future star, I’m getting pretty decent at it. And I’ve put up a lot of short scenes with the actors in class, and their enthusiasm prompted me to go ahead and write the screenplay for A Little Too Broken. Now my biggest ambition is to write for the movies! We’ll see.
How many published books do you have? Can you tell us something about them?
Oh boy, maybe a dozen now. More if you count the 4-5 story series as novels. They run from emotional angsty like A Little Too Broken and Given the Circumstances, to sexy Vikings in Colin and Viggo, to Men’s True Adventure stuff like Sam and Derek, and now romcom with Conning Colin and my upcoming Gay Hollywood novel. Oh, and paranormal like Werewolves of Brooklyn and Rob the Daemon. I could never write the same thing over and over, I’d die of boredom!
Your main character wants to cook something special for his love interest. What does he make?
Oh Henry is definitely a New Yorker. It’s takeout and delivery all the way! I think he and Colin would be perfectly happy snuggled up with some Thai food with some Netflix.
What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?
Untitled Hollywood Book is about a shy film historian who discovers the existence of a long-lost “gay film,” made in secret in the 1930s under the noses of arch conservative studio heads, using resources they snuck away with during the making of a massive DeMille-style Biblical epic. But to track down the film, he has to team up with a bad boy actor/director/writer, a young dude straight out of YouTube with little knowledge or regard for the “old stuff.” And of course there’s a Ray Donovan-like “fixer” who’s out to stop them, because discovering the film will also expose the (true story) Nazi influence on the studios in the 30s, and the Nazi-related fortune made by the Adversary’s ancestor. So, lots of adventure, intrigue, comedy and romance! And, I get to do a lot of research to indulge my fascination with both “old Hollywood” and the lives of the gay and lesbian members of that industry in those days.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
My minimum is 1200 words when I’m on a deadline. That’s what I can make myself do on a “bad day,” when I have allergies or whatever. A good day is 2000 and a great day is 2500! Those are rare but they happen sometimes. I’ve always been a fast writer.
Title: Conning Colin
Author: Brad Vance, Elsa Winters
Publisher: Zirconia Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: 6/2/17
Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex
Length: 60,000 words
Genre: Romance, LGBT
Hamilton Dillon is a high class Manhattan escort, polished, well dressed, and cultured. Colin O’Neill is recently divorced, questioning his sexuality, and disappointed by his first fumbling gay hookups. So he figures, why not hire the best of the best to show him the ropes?
What he doesn’t know is that Hamilton Dillon is really Henry Davis, yet another New Yorker living on the financial edge, cobbling together several jobs to make a living. “Hamilton” has one great suit he can wear on an overnight date, but Henry’s got a good friend at GQ who makes a nice side income renting designer men’s wear for weddings, job interviews, and oh yeah, high end escorts on long weekend assignments. The “top agency” that represents “Hamilton” is really just a smartass lady in India with a Skype account, whose face Henry’s never seen. Oh, and Henry’s also the gruff and very unpolished New York Straight Man “Dillinger,” a solo porn star.
In other words, he’s not at all who Colin thinks he is. Which is just fine, until their relationship gets… complicated.
Colin O’Neill hung up the phone, dizzy with excitement and fear. He’d done it. He’d called the number, talked to the agency, and booked a “date” with Hamilton Dillon.
He’d looked at Hamilton’s Rentmen.com ad a hundred times, at least, over the last three months. He’d looked forward to new profile photos the way a kid keeps an ear cocked for the ice cream truck. Even though all the profile pictures had been beheaded for discretion, it didn’t matter. Hamilton Dillon had a way of posing that expressed more personality with his body than most other guys ever did with their faces.
The way he sat on a park bench in nothing but a pair of running shorts and Nikes, shirtless, manspread, his arms thrown over the back of the bench, his strong graceful neck taut, telling you that the face just out of frame was tilted up towards the Central Park sunshine, that the man was reveling in his easy beauty, the unique joy that comes from being young and hot and free in New York City…
Then the way he floated in the air in those same shorts and Nikes, leaping for a football, the camera capturing him from behind in the moment the ball touched his fingers, the imminence of his success apparent, ordained, the muscles in his back bunched, the mass of his shoulders gathered together, sweat flying off his brown hair, in the seconds before you knew he landed on the lawn, arms curled around the ball, surely to rise in triumph and be slapped on the back by all his equally hot and shirtless buddies…
The way he sat at a café table, in a slim fit navy blue polo shirt, one of his sculpted vascular arms holding open a well-worn copy of The Fortress of Solitude and the other just toying with a cup of espresso as if it was the back of another man’s hand…
Colin often did something that very few men did anymore, which was to masturbate furiously and successfully to a series of still photos. And with no penises in sight, to boot. He’d done it so often over the last three months that he’d stopped donating his old t-shirts, because he needed them for cleanup duty, at least until they became hopelessly stained.
He had been divorced for six months now, amicably, from a wife who’d pretty much always known he was gay but had decided to let him figure it out for himself. Elspeth was a career woman whose need for a husband was seasonal, from the company picnic in July to the company Christmas party in December, with various client dinners in between.
He was twenty seven years old, and had engaged in sexual intercourse with one woman and two men. Intercourse was pretty much the word for it, he thought. It sounded less like passion and more like, well, cars merging on the freeway, and all three partners had been just about that exciting. (Actually less so, since on the freeway there was always the thrilling risk of death at the hands of someone who’d rather kill you than let you merge.)
Then one night, half drunk and inhibitions lowered, he’d thought, Fuck it, let’s hire a professional and see how it feels when it’s done right.
He’d paged through the escort ads on Rentmen, hundreds of them in Manhattan alone. It was mind numbing, the diversity, and it was overwhelming, the number of choices. He knew he didn’t want to visit Master Bob in his safe and private play space, and he knew he didn’t want to party with Anaconda Joe. The ones who caught his eye were, well yeah, the ones who looked… classy. The one thing he knew he didn’t want was to get ripped off.
And he didn’t want it to feel… He didn’t want to feel like he’d got a burger in a fast food drive through. He wanted it to be special, if that was really possible with a paid companion and not just something that happened to teenage boys in Hollywood movies.
But even the upscale-looking ones, well, there was something about them that… He knew it was good business, to offer yourself up as “versatile,” and available for “mild to wild,” but… Well, the more he saw what he didn’t want, the more a picture began to form in his mind of what he did want. He didn’t want someone who looked like an investment banker but whose profile also said, “Hey I look classy but I can drop it if you just want a dirty pig fest and you’ve got the money for it.”
No. He wanted someone who was one thing. Who wasn’t whoever you wanted him to be. But who was what he said he was. Classy, for real. Not “up for anything.”
And then he found Harrison Dillon.
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Brad Vance writes romance stories and novels, including the breakout hits “A Little Too Broken” and “Given the Circumstances.” Keep up with Brad at BradVanceAuthor.com, email him at BradVanceAuthor@gmail.com, and friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/brad.vance.10.
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