Friday, November 13, 2015

Virtual Book Tour: M/M ~ Flesh Market by Kate Lowell ~ (Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Virtual Book Tour: M/M ~ Flesh Market by Kate Lowell ~ (Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Author Name: Kate Lowell
Book Name: Flesh Market
Release Date: November 10, 2015

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Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.
But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.

Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture—and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.

There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.

Pages or Words:  75,000 words (pre-edits).

Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Thriller

Inside the bathroom, DeGraff peered behind the door and moved an OUT OF SERVICE FOR CLEANING sign from the back to the front.
Julian was at the sink at the far end of the room, staring into the mirror with water dripping off his face. DeGraff stepped into one of the stalls, and Leo went to wash his hands at one of the other sinks. Julian glanced up at him, then tore off some paper towel and wiped his face dry. He tossed the towel in the overflowing garbage can and slunk past Leo with all the angsty self-consciousness of a hormonal teenager.
Leo wished he had time to appreciate the performance, but he had a job to do. As Julian passed him, Leo spun and grabbed him from behind, pinning Julian’s arms to his side and covering his mouth. Julian made a startled noise, muffled by Leo’s hand, and began to thrash. He kicked Leo painfully in the shin, but by then DeGraff was out of the stall and had jabbed his syringe into Julian’s shoulder. Leo fought the young man down to the floor while DeGraff stood watch by the bathroom door. Five tense minutes later, Julian was completely spaced out, limp as a rag in Leo’s arms.

Author Interview:

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Kate Lowell, author of Flesh Market.
Hi Kate, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

  1. What inspired this book?
Loose Id put out a call looking for stories based on deception and double lives. The obvious connection was an undercover operation. However, I don't like it when things are that simple. :) So, I added layers of deception by hiding  information from all the different characters--identities, experience, training-- so that they had to make choices based on incomplete data, and live with the consequences.

  1. How did you come up with the title of this book?

The premise of this book is that of a factory, though one that deals in human beings, not widgets. The raw product--flesh--is sourced, processed, and then marketed as in any other business. Thus, Flesh Market. The series title is a reference to the fact that all law enforcement officers, and all victims, must deal not just with the effects of crime on their bodies, but on their souls as well.

  1. What are your favorite qualities about each of these main characters?

Wow, that's tough.

I think my favorite thing about Leo is that he has no ego. I mean, he's driven to succeed, but in his personal life, he has no ego. Not all men would let their twinky partner top without at least some second thoughts.

I think my favorite characteristic of Julian's is that he really wants to save the world. He brilliant, he's focused, he really wants to win, but he's empathetic while he's at it. He agrees to things which he desperately wants to avoid, because he knows that what's bad for him will be good for others.

  1. Can you share the project(s) you are currently working on?
Currently, I'm in edits on my Christmas story, a short piece called Have Yourself a Merry Little Sexmas. It's the story of a stripper who gets stormed in at a client's home on Christmas Day, and the relationship that results. It's very different from Flesh Market, and tackles an entirely different part of the whole issue of sex workers' rights.

  1. If you could have dinner with any person in history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you want to talk about?

I would dearly love to get drunk with William Shakespeare and spend the whole day coming up with more dick jokes for his plays.

"Why dost thou look so frowningly? Call thy wife and sheathe thy sword for thy good humor."

"Is that a sword, or a knife? Or a needle?"


Meet the author:

Kate lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. She has one horse now, who still has medical issues, and three cats, all of which still have mental issues. She still refuses to get a dog, because who knows what would be wrong with it?

Kate loves to read and write. She also likes playing with computers and is going back to school to do a programming degree, just for giggles. Or the opportunity to take over the world. (Oh, who are we kidding? Think of all the work that would mean.) She also likes pictures of pretty men and keeps many of them on her computer. (The pictures, not the men.) She would dearly love a cabana boy to mow her lawn and maybe rub her shoulders after a long day of making men fall in love with each other, then cackling evilly and raining frustration and danger on them.

Where to find the author:
Twitter: @Kate_Lowell
Goodreads Link:
Publisher: Loose ID
Cover Artist: April Martinez

Tour Dates & Stops:
4-Nov: BFD Book Blog,

Rafflecopter Prize: E-book copy of one of the recommended reads Kate used in her research for Flesh Market.

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