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May 2018 Author Of The Month: Max Vos

Max Vos is the bestselling author of several books, his first, My Hero. He is loved by his readers for his ‘inappropriate’ side, bringing hot and steamy sex to his writing. Not hemmed in by a single genre Max has the ability to woo you with sweet romance, move you with the power of his words and make you question your definition of love.

Having retired in 2011 after more than 30 years as a chef, Max turned his creativity to writing. You can always find wonderful Southern charm, well rounded and vibrant characters with a good meaty storyline in a Max Vos book. Each book will give you something new and amazing to love.

So, what have you written?

I’ve written several different types of books. I don’t tend to stick to any one sub-genre.

How many books to your series? (if it is a series)

There are five books so far in this series. I am currently working on two more.

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?

I think give-a-ways are a great way to introduce yourself to new readers who might otherwise not read your work. Self-published authors often get a bad rap because there are some who don’t do the real work and invest in their own work by getting real editors, which are rather expensive.

What do you love most about the writing process?

The excitement of letting the characters tell their story.

How has your writing evolved since your first book?

Oh for sure!

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?

I think it depends on the book and the character.

What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd?

I do write from a gay man’s perspective and experience and I do tend to be a bit on the raunchy side when it comes to certain sex scenes. I also like to challenge myself. When someone says I can’t do something, I will more than likely give it a try.

What’s the one thing that has really surprised you since you started writing?

I was shocked when I found out that a good percentage of the readers were women. You could have knocked me over with a feather.

Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers grasp?

Sometimes, and sometimes not. With the Christmas Memories series, it’s just plain fun.

One food you don’t care if you never eat it again.

Octopus.

Would you describe your humor as hilariously funny, oddly quirky, diabolically macabre, or nonexistent

All of the above! LOL

5 Things people wouldn’t know about Max?

No comment.  LOL, I never kiss and tell.

What is your very favorite holiday destination?

Anywhere warm. I don’t do the white fluffy stuff.  That’s just nasty.

Are there misconceptions people have about your genre?

I’m not sure.

Do you have a Bucket List? If so top 5 things on it

Sort of.
1. Skydiving.
2. Travel to as many places as I can. I’ve not been to Central or South America yet.

  1. Have my dream kitchen.
  2. Have a smokin’ hot pool boy!
  3. Tour France’s cheese caves.

What are some jobs you’ve held? Have any of them impacted your writing? How?

I was a chef for over thirty years. I’ve worked in almost every aspect of a professional kitchen. And yes, it has impacted my writing. You’ll find I tend to do food sex, involve cooking in some way in most of my books.

Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?

I have gone to several conventions. Some I would happily do again and one I would never do again.

Have you ever written a scene where it has reduced you to tears?

Yes, there was a scene in ‘Live After Living’ that had me sobbing. It was so severe that I had to take a few days off.

Is there a character you feel especially connected to? Why?

There were two actually. I’m going to let y’all guess as to which ones.  LOL


A Christmas Memory (Memories Book 1)

J.J. has always hated the holidays.  Presents, decorations, the traditional family Christmas…It’s all his colleagues in the staffroom can talk about.  J.J. avoids these conversations like the plague.  He’d do anything to keep his co-workers from seeing the real J.J, the gay man who doesn’t want to be noticed.  When he slips up and reveals that he is all alone with no plans for Christmas, the well-meaning ladies of his high school want to take him in for the holidays. 

Oh hell….

Enter Coach Adam Sutton who comes to his rescue—and now J.J. is trapped by this hulk of a man who won’t take no for an answer. And he would have to be someone J.J finds attractive, wouldn’t he? Too bad he’s straight and J.J’s not about to step out of the shadows and make a move on him. He likes his arms where they are, thank you very much.

But Adam has a secret, one which is going to turn J.J’s world upside-down. Adam wants to give J.J. a Christmas to remember, but as it turns out, both men’s lives are never going to be the same again…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18802130-a-christmas-memory-1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GO5G33I


A few words about A Christmas Memory

I loved writing this little story. I love the characters because of their strength, compassion and quirky fun they get into.

 

Give us a little insight into your main characters

I think my favorite character in this series is Maggie Sutton, the mother and grandmother. I believe that this is the way a family should be. The two main characters are a lot of fun and I love how their relationship has evolved with the series.

Excerpt 

I felt a bit shell-shocked, and it was about to get worse. Before Adam could introduce me, another loud bang came from the front of the house, as the front door slammed shut. “Ma…where are ya?”

“Back here,” rang out a chorus, as all three Suttons answered.

Once again, another obvious Sutton blocked the doorway. He didn’t look quite as much like Adam and Luke, but there was no doubting the three of them were brothers.

“What are you two doing here?” he asked, hugging first Luke and then Adam. He also kissed both his brothers, again on the mouth. “Hey, Ma…How’s the most beautiful woman in town?” Like his brothers, he picked her up and kissed her smartly before gently placing her back on her feet.

“I stopped off to drop off a ham, and Adam is here mooching food again.”

“Am not,” Adam huffed, throwing a punch to his older brother’s shoulder.

“Oww,” Luke feigned in mock pain.

“If you boys are going to roughhouse, just take it on outside.” Mrs. Sutton turned, a definite look of threat on her face. “I’m in no mood for your messin’ around.”

“We’re good Ma,” Adam said. “Guys, I’d like for you to meet a real close friend of mine, Jonathan Jones, J.J. for short.”

“Hey, I’m Matt,” the middle brother introduced himself.

Both giants stuck out their hands; I was hoping they wouldn’t crush mine as they were shaking it. They didn’t.

“So little brother finally went out and got ’im one, huh?” Matt said teasingly, thumping Adam on the shoulder, not so unlike what Adam had done to me before I got him to stop.

Adam blushed almost purple, something I’d not seen before. Luke was smiling, that same damn smile, as he looked between Adam and me.

“Sure ’nuf. Ma…Adam’s done gone out and got himself a beau!”

“Shush now, it’s not polite to embarrass the comp’ny.” She pushed both men out of the way, refilling my coffee mug. “Don’t you pay them heathens no mind now, J.J. If they get out of line, you just let me know. I know how to deal with them.”

I don’t know if I was blushing as hard, or as much as Adam, but my face felt hot enough to fry an egg on my forehead.

“Who’s gonna help me get this big-ass ham in?” Luke asked, just as his mother slapped him up side his head. “Oww, Ma.”

“It wouldn’t hurt if you don’t use that kinda language in my kitchen.”

Adam and Matt both snickered as they followed their brother out the door.

Once all the big men were gone, Maggie sat down at the table next to me, taking my hand. “I can see what Adam was talking about now.” She patted the top of my hand. “The one thing I know about Adam is that he is patient, and waits for what he wants, and he’s waited quite a while now.” Smiling at me, she continued, “I get a feeling about some folks, and I can tell you’re a keeper. Just don’t go and hurt my boy. I know he’s big and he’s rowdy, but he has a heart of gold, and it can get broke real easy, I’m afraid.”

I was sitting there in disbelief. Here was Adam’s mother talking to me like Adam and me were a couple or something, or I was a future in-law, and we’d only just met.

“I love all my boys, but there’s always been something special about Adam.” There was a faraway look in her eyes. “It nearly killed him when his NFL career was over. That boy liked playing ball more than anything else in this world.” Her focus came back to me. “You’ll be good for him. I can feel it. He’s been alone way too long.”


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