A Work in The Guy Series
Two proposals. One giant dog. Reunited lovers.
Welcome to Glamour, Arizona, where the holidays are never dull. Glamour may be a small town, but the surprises keep coming.
Everybody’s looking forward to Thanksgiving. Only Mac Sharma is a reluctant guest. Even as Anthony and Dean make him feel welcome at the Carrino table, Mac feels awkward among the close-knit group of friends. Life gets even more complicated when Conor Harvey shows up in town.
Mac has been in love with Conor since his university days. Too bad Conor broke his heart—right before he fled to his hometown in Ireland without explanation. Conor is still a wild artist and as sexy as Mac remembers. But they’re no longer kids. This Thanksgiving, Mac must decide if he can once more open his heart to Conor.
In Glamour, life is full of heartwarming moments. As the guys from Glamour learn, holiday magic happens when love is all around.
Five-ish good questions with Skylar Cates
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Let’s start with serious: A Guy’s Thanksgiving came out on November 4th. (I listened to all of them on Audible, can’t wait to read this one). So, tell us something fun that comes out in this edition.
Jesse and Aaron were fun in the novella. They shocked each other in the best way possible.
What is your vision of what Mac and Conor look like? Do you have celebrity inspirations/crushes for these two characters?
I usually don’t look at famous people for characters. I’m too busy listening to their voices in my head.
Since Conor is Irish, though, I admit that I pictured Colin Farrell. I’ve enclosed a picture of him that I do have on my laptop. I have it for research purposes, of course.
There is a dog on the cover…probably one of the most interesting covers I’ve ever seen. Does the dog play into the romance of the book?
You bet! I wanted a fun, holiday cover (There is a scene with turkey sandwiches and beer too, and the couple decide that this can be Thanksgiving dinner— a very Charlie Brown sort of scene). Most of my books have angst lately, and this cover, much like my The Holiday Hoax cover, gave me the warmth and humor I wanted for it.
I loved writing the dog scenes. On a side note, my own dog died around the time I wrote A Guy’s Thanksgiving, so if anything it was cathartic for me to give a dog a HEA in the book. The dog gets involved with one of the already established couples, so the dog doesn’t instigate the romance, but the dog triggers quite a few heartfelt scenes.
Since the novella includes ALL the guys from ALL the books, it was either go for the dog or have what looks like an orgy of men on the cover! LOL! Maybe I should have gone for all the men?
Sex scenes are not easy to write. And if writing is your full time gig, life sometimes gets in the way. What is your “method” to “get in the mood” to write a sex scene? Do you need some Luther Vandross on the radio? Maybe some low candlelight? Or do you just need the kids out at Chuck E. Cheese so you have the house to yourself? 🙂
You Tube: Kissing clips + A hot and steamy bath + A vodka gimlet or a glass of vino = the right mood
No kids around is absolutely a requirement! In truth, I actually enjoy the sex scenes. Many authors do find them difficult….I’m a horndog, I guess. *blushes* I will admit it’s a pain to vary the words like cock, ass, balls—there are only so many synonyms! Seriously, though, I try and think about the tone of the scene. Is it tender? Angry? Sweet? That guides me in how I’ll craft it.
Now, for the fun one. You call me to bail you out of jail. You tell me to bring you three things. What are they, and why?
I-Phone 6 –fully loaded with the newest M/M books and good music. I’ll have some catching up to do! Jail must have a limited library of books.
Some wine, preferably ones with wacky names. I’ll need some laughs as I drink a toast to my freedom: Middle Sister, Mad Housewife, Fat Bastard, Big Pecker, Sweet Bitch, or Stark Raving Malbec (If you can’t bring alcohol to the jailhouse, a big mug of really good coffee will do)
My husband. I would be missing him like crazy and need a hug.
Thanks for hosting me!
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BIO: Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.