Thanks for having me, Delilah! I’m thrilled to be here on the BIG DAY. I’ve been waiting for so long now to introduce readers to a set of characters while revisiting some I love to write about. So I’m shouting out about my new series which kicks off today. It’s a spinoff of the Powertools series. The crew’s mechanic cousins are garage monkeys who own a car restoration business called Hot Rods (snort!). I knew before I finished Hammer it Home that we hadn’t seen the last of the crew but there were a new group of guys who were begging to have their stories told.
Readers met Eli and Alanso, the main characters of King Cobra, in Powertools. They got an eyeful when they unintentionally busted in on one of the crew’s polyamorous sessions in full swing. And now they’re trying to figure out how a similar arrangement could work in their unusually tight-knit gang.
I think what I’ve really enjoyed about writing these books is that the characters are finding their way. In Powertools, the relationship between the five men was already established and taken for granted. Not so in Hot Rods, there’s a lot of angst and drama as seven guys and Mustang Sally work their way into a happy forever state.
The group is really vivid in my mind, in part due to the images by Sophia Renee of Unique Portraiture that are featured on the covers of the books. Believe it or not, I came across the pictures on Facebook when I was procrastinating *ahem* one night. They captivated me and I immediately plopped them into a series bible as inspiration. I never thought I could get lucky enough for Samhain Publishing and Sophia to collaborate with me and bring what I see as the author to life on the covers. As a photographer myself (who knew that degree would come in handy some day?) I could immediately envision stories for each of these people and so the series was born.
So, I’d love for your readers to meet the gang. You’ll get to read more about them in each book of the series but I’ve highlighted who will be the focus of each book too:
Eli (King Cobra)
Alanso drives a motorcycle, a main character in both King Cobra and Mustang Sally
Salome (Mustang Sally) – second down in the strip of photos
Kaige (Super Nova)
Bryce (Rebel on the Run) – top photo
Holden (Swinger Style) – fourth picture down of him in the car
Carver half of the couple featured in Barracuda’s Heart
Roman (Barracuda’s Heart) – second from bottom image will Roman & Carver
Good news is that the books are releasing pretty close to one another. Mustang Sally will be out on 6/11 and all six will be out by the end of next year. I’ll leave you with a little bit about King Cobra. I hope you all enjoy the Hot Rods even half as much as I have writing them.
Nothing’s sexier than seven men with hot rods.
Hot Rods, Book 1
After Eli’s mother died, his father honored her life’s mission as a social worker by taking in several kids from the wrong side of the tracks. Not all of them stuck, but those who did became Eli’s quasi family.
Their bonds, forged in fires set by their personal demons, are unbreakable—or so Eli wants to believe. Especially since he and Alanso, his best friend and head mechanic, witnessed the overpowering allure of polyamory while visiting the Powertools crew.
Much as Eli would like to deepen the relationships among his foster brothers and sister in the Hot Rods Restoration Team, he’s hesitant to risk everything on a quick romp behind a stack of tires.
But when Eli catches Alanso exploring their mutual fantasy at a known hookup spot in a public park, all bets are off. And Eli must decide if it’s time to jump in full throttle—and trust his instincts to guide him through the night. If the pair of mechanics can dodge the potholes in their own relationship, maybe they can race together toward the unconventional arrangement with Mustang Sally they both desire.
Warning: Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a wild (and naughty) ride!