Denver was-- wow.
Denton had been stunning, making Blaine stare a lot. A lot. Still, Dent had been off-limits, and he’d bet Denver was, too. No one could be that hot and be like Blaine.
He was the weird one, the one brought into the pack by a she-wolf who had already had a single pup. Blaine figured he was lucky no one had killed him when he was a kid.
Everyone else was broad and wide, shaggy headed with eyes like green glass. All of them came from the same line. Denver was the spitting image of Denton, really. A little harder around the edges, a little more wild. A shit ton more bruised.
The guys had been taking turns. Two a night, just like clockwork, they’d come and challenge Denver. One at midnight, one at three a.m. Greg and Vince went, then Carter and Caul, and finally Hank and Mike. Boom.
He supposed Denver was waiting for him, now. Blaine sighed. He had no intention of trying to take the pack. God, the very idea made his head hurt.
The real question was, were they going to just start over, or was Denver going to get a night off, a chance to sleep before they settled in town for tonight’s show?
Meet the Authors!
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has answered the call of the high desert mountains. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.
Kiernan Kelly lives in the wilds of the alligator-infested U.S. Southeast, slathered in SPF 45, drinking colorful tropical, hi-octane concoctions served by thong-clad cabana boys.
All right, the truth is that she spends her time locked in the dark recesses of her office, writing gay erotic romance while chained to a temperamental laptop, drinking coffee, and dreaming of thong-clad cabana boys.
To date, Kiernan has over a dozen novels in print and ebook, and a plethora of short stories in both formats.
Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Ellora's Cave, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.
Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at www.juliatalbot.com
Have a look at what they said, it's pure awesome! Thank you for sharing.
I think it was easy as pie. We came up with the idea last year at Authors After Dark in Savannah. BA came up with the premise, and we pitched it to Kiernan. After that, we just had to put up a few details of the world in a shared file. Name of the rodeo, name of the owners, who was writing who.
I wanted to write the clown as an homage to my very favorite BA Tortuga character of all time. Coke Pharris is a bullfighter in her books, and he’s dating the clown, whose name is Dillon Walsh. I didn’t model Ozzie, my bear clown, after Dillon. I made him far more like her Coke, I think.
Then all we had to do was read each others’ stories and correct the weird details, say if one of us described a demon with big horns and another had the same demon with tiny little nubbins.
I love working with BA and Kiernan, because they’re pros, and quick like bunnies.
Kiernan: Usually, writing in an anthology is easy. The call for submissions gives you a general idea of the subject matter (stories about shifters in outer space, or stories about vampires who've won the lottery, for example). The author gets an idea that fits in with the general subject (Gary is a werewolf who recently graduated from the Interstellar Academy, and lands a job as a navigator on the Starship Ejaculator for the first-ever discount interplanetary junket), and off they go.
However, writing in a shared universe anthology is another story, and more difficult to do. All the authors involved need to make sure they get the details right, or the thread holding the stories together disintegrates, and may throw the reader out of a story. Alternately, if the details are the same, they can give the readers a sense of cohesion, and enhance the reading experience. Character crossovers are especially fun to come across when reading an anthology of this sort.
We started with an IM chat to iron out the broad details, then kept track of shared names and places in an online folder we could all access. Finally, our editor was able to tidy up any inconsistencies between the three stories.
I love the universe we created together, and look forward to writing more stories within it!
BA: You know, the neatest thing about collaborative writing is the brainstorming. The “OMG can we have a Dragon?” moment. We chatted and spoke in person both, and that was a true joy. The original concept was mine for about 7 seconds before it became ours. We started a shared document where we added characters as they came to life, and man, did they ever come to life? Dragons, demons, hellhounds, werewolves, psychics…
It was magic and I can’t wait to play again.
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