Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Blast: M/M ~ The Minder by Catherine L Byrne ~ (Author Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Book Blast: M/M ~ The Minder by Catherine L Byrne ~ (Author Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Book Information:
Author Name: Catherine L Byrne
Book Name: The Minder
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Publisher: Extasy Books
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters

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When down-on-his-luck minder Chase takes on a job for a fading gangster, the job and his charge both turn out to be very different to what he expected. Someone is trying to sabotage the mobster’s business and doesn’t care who they hurt in the process. Soon Chase finds himself on the run with his charge, trying to carry out a friend’s last wishes before their pursuers catch up with them.

Pages or Words: 92 pages
Categories: Gay fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Thriller


They sneaked down the stairs and along the corridor like ghosts, the voices of the killers shouting in the distance. Chase went first and they reached the long, white kitchen. The spare sets of car keys were in a box by the back door so people could take or return them on the way out. He had just grabbed one when Jody clutched his arm.
“I have to go back for my phone,” he hissed.
“Really? You little—” But Jody had a point. They needed phones to communicate. “I’ll come with you. Just a sec.” He pointed the key through the window blinds at the parked cars lining the driveway by the garage and the red Ferrari 458 flashed its lights. “Nice.”
“Come on.” Jody pulled his arm again and they crept out of the kitchen towards the stairs and Jody’s bedroom.
They reached Jody’s room and it only took him a few minutes to locate the phone and shove it in his pocket. Then Chase remembered something.
“Quick, come with me.” He steered Jody into Tony’s office, unlocked the safe, took out stacks of notes and put them in his rucksack.
“What are you doing?” Jody glared at him. “Stealing?”
Chase pushed him against the wall—no time for pleasantries. “Listen, we’ve got to go or they’ll kill us too,” he snarled in Jody’s face. “Understand? Come with me or I’ll leave you to them.”
Jody gulped and nodded, his brown eyes wide.
“Good.” Chase let him go and dragged him out of the office and down the stairs.

Author Interview:

We are lucky to have Catherine L Byrne author of The Minder, here to sit down with us today, and answer some questions.

Welcome Catherine!

How do you come up with the titles?
I just love thinking up titles! I’m not sure how I think of them but I just play around with words til I get it. Like, my current book was inspired by Jason Statham and his films, which are often called The (something)—The Transporter, The Mechanic etc.—so it became The Minder.

I also love a title with a double meaning. My next book is set in the competitive motorbike racing arena so had to have a title that is a motor racing term and if it sounded a bit suggestive, even better. There are so many phrases that racing commentators say which sound like euphemisms so out of those I chose Taking Pole as the best of them. Another book I wrote featured people trapped in a falling lift and then having a forbidden affair, so I chose Descending to symbolize both those aspects.

How much of the book is realistic?

This particular book The Minder is not realistic at all, lol. I haven’t been on the run from criminals (yet) but I have seen a lot of films where that happens so I tried to imagine how it would turn out—running away from them, falling through things, fighting them etc. The characters’ relationship is realistic I hope—the sensible minder and his difficult ‘mindee’. We’ve all met such people and can relate to them I hope.

About the author:
Catherine L Byrne writes stories about relationships which push buttons and provoke reactions from readers. She writes about both gay and straight relationships, depending on which characters in her books shout the loudest to have their stories told. 
An inquisitive author, she prefers writing about different situations in each book rather than writing a series about the same one—her stories range from 10th century Viking Britain, to modern educational settings and from mystery to romance. 
As she was born and bred in England and lives there with her family, this infuses her books with a distinctly English tone. She has been writing since as long as she can remember and Extasy Books have published her novels since 2014.

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  1. Thanks for featuring my book on your blog today :)

  2. i would love to know where the ideas for the books came from

    1. Hi Jodi.
      I wrote a blog post about how I thought up The Minder on Sinfully Sexy Books here if you'd like to read about it :)
      Mostly my ideas just pop up in my head- inspired by things I like, such as bike racing, or by other books I've read, anywhere really. Or sometimes characters just appear in my mind and want a story written about them. Most authors are not in control of stories and characters, they just turn up and we write about them :)