Virtual Tour: M/M ~ Definitely, Maybe, Yours by Lissa Reed ~ (Author Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Author Name: Lissa Reed
Book Name: Definitely, Maybe, Yours
Release Date: August 11, 2015
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Seattle-based baker Craig Oliver leads a life that is happily routine: baking cupcakes for an enormous family reunion, managing Sucre Coeur for its frequently absent owner, and closing out his day with a pint at the local pub. He has a kind heart, a knack for pastry, and a weakness for damaged people.
Habitual playboy Alex Scheff is looking to drown his sorrows, but instead discovers that he may have a weakness for Englishmen who carry cookies in their pockets. Can a seemingly incompatible pair find the recipe for love in a relationship they claim is casual?
Pages or Words: 296 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
With a wink, Craig pulls a ten-dollar bill out of his left coat pocket and a carefully bagged almond and raspberry-lemon croissant, Katie's all-time favorite baked good, out of the right. He passes them across the bar as if he's James Bond—a very cheeky and cheery sort of 007. “You know I'll always look out for you. Keep the change.”
Katie squeals and flops across the bar to squeeze him breathless, and her ponytail slaps him in the nose. She bounces off with her treat in hand and Craig shakes his head and pulls long black and red hairs from his face, as he does every time this happens. Katie really is his favorite bartender at The Order of the Garter, hell, his favorite bartender in Seattle and maybe even the world. Much too good to be working at a grotty little pub, fending off unsavory advances and spilled drinks four nights a week; that's why Craig will bring her any bakery treat she wants, anytime she wants it, until she finally wises up and gets the hell out of this place.
Time for another sip of this excellent, excellent stout: Craig reaches forward. It's a good Thursday.
Of course, that's when it takes quite the sharp turn, leaving every Seattle-pub-Thursday Craig's ever known in the dust.
“Well, aren't you a hit with the ladies,” comes a surly drawl from his left, startling Craig just as he's got his fingers around his glass. “Was that a croissant in your pocket, or were you actually happy to see her?”
“Both,” Craig replies, shifting around to lean on his elbow and survey the formerly silent pile of misery hunched over two stools down, the limp guy at the end of the bar Craig had spotted on his way in. He is not unconscious after all, much to Craig's surprise; judging by the row of empty shot glasses upside down in front of him and the distinct aroma of tequila emanating a good four-foot radius from his person, he should be. Craig winces and turns away as the fumes burn his nose.
“Baked goods. That's a new one. Never saw anyone use baking to hit on the ladies before.” Mr. Misery sways his head upright, pushes a wild flop of brown hair out of his eyes and swings around until he locates Craig. He blinks. “Does it work?”
Surprised by the color of the eyes meeting his—an unusual shade, gray, not blue-gray or blue, but the gray of a sky covered in early storm clouds—Craig answers without thinking. “I wouldn't know. I don't hit on girls. Katie's my friend, not my type.”
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lissa Reed, author of Definitely, Maybe, Yours.
Hi Lissa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello, yourself! Thanks for talking to me today. I live in Texas, me and a pair of fluffy, attitudinal cats surrounded by books and yarn. I’ve been writing since I was small, and despite forays into other career paths my family would have preferred, this is the one I’ve stuck to all these years. Definitely, Maybe, Yours, is my debut novel, a love story told in bemusement, cookies, secrets, and tiny, tiny puppies a little bit there at the end.
1) What’s the best line you ever wrote?
One of my favorite lines was in a story I wrote several years ago, and it was the epilogue, it was the last line. “They love each other. They always will. They are each other’s calm places.” There was just something about the idea of that that’s always struck a chord in me, and I’ve had a great affection for the line ever since.
2) Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what kind?
Not during, but beforehand, to get me into the right headspace. I create Spotify playlists for all of my projects, so I’ll go find the one for the project I want to work on and listen to it until the characters are moving around in my mind, tossing out lines and scenarios. The list for Definitely was mostly full of rock stuff, Bad Suns, Temper Trap, Hozier, Gotye, but some other things too. There’s a beautiful cover of a Nick Cave song on there, Into My Arms, done by Eliza Rickman, that was absolutely perfect for the story. I wanted songs that were sweet, and songs that ached, and songs that were sexy when the time called for it.
3) If your book were made into a movie, what actors would you like to see star?
I’ve had pretty solid mental images of my fellas since I started writing Definitely. Craig is Samuel Anderson—best known as Danny Pink on Doctor Who—reimagined with dreadlocks. And Alex bears a strong resemblance to Sebastian Stan. So those would be pretty good places to start!
4) What genres do you write in?
Contemporary seems to be where I have come to rest, and I like it a lot. I’ve toyed in historical—one look at my bookshelves will tell you I have a particular obsession there—and it’s great fun, but ultimately I like a modern-day love, and I like to write the sorts of stories I think I might like to experience myself. Angst and all!
5) Where and when do you prefer to write?I tend to stay in my apartment when I write, and sometimes edit in coffeeshops. Usually in the apartment I’m perched in my bed with my laptop on an IKEA lapdesk, surrounded by my cats and a dozen pillows. It works for me, though I know it would not be something for everyone!
About the author:
Lissa Reed is a writer of fiction, blogs and bawdy Renaissance song parodies. She traces her first interest in becoming a writer to the fourth grade, when her teacher gave her the gift of her first composition book. A former newspaper editor, Reed shifted her focus to romance and literary fiction early in her writing career. She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is currently working on her new novel, Certainly, Possibly, You—the sequel to Definitely, Maybe, Yours.
Where to find the author:
Connect with Lissa Reed at lissareed.com; on Tumblr at http://lissareedbooks.tumblr.com/; on Twitter @LissaReedBooks; on Goodreads at http://goodreads.com/LissaReedBooks and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
Goodreads Link: Goodreads.com/LissaReedBooks
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover photography by LaToya Conward
Cover design by Buckeyegrrl Designs
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Rafflecopter Prize: Grand Prize: $25 Interlude Press gift card. Second prize: One of five e-copies of ‘Definitely, Maybe, Yours