Hello and welcome back to the Acceptance blog tour! Thanks so much to Love Bytes for giving me a chance to post with them!
For a post for MM Good Book Reviews, I talked about how in each of the books, one of the characters was a bit obsessed by something. In Devotion, it was Finley with werewolf movies. In Patience, Chad had (has) an unhealthy obsession with all things ‘80s.
In Acceptance, Quincy is what we call an otaku—or someone obsessed with Japanese
culture. So, for his thing, I went to my own favorite animes.
Bleach is one I’ve spent lots of time watching, reading, and reading fanfiction/looking at fanart for. One of my favorite characters in the series is Uyruu Ishida. He is what they call a “quincy.” And what’s a “quincy?” Well, in short, it’s an archer. Yup. That’s where Quincy Archer comes from. He is, in fact, the character inspiration physically, as well (and the characteristics really do lend themselves well to cats!).
For Miles, I used Abarai Renji. You can see a picture of him below. Though this was definitely without the tats. It was mostly for the fact that he was tall, lean, and hot with long red hair. Gotta love those gingers. You can see more of Renji at the 1:12 mark of the below video. (He’s fighting the main character, Ichigo.)
So, the excerpt from the book:
Quincy leaned forward and kissed Miles on the forehead. “How about I put on some anime?”
Miles smiled. “I’d like that. How about that one you were telling me about? With the guy that looks like you and the kid with the orange hair. Um…. The… shinigami?”
Quincy laughed. “Yeah, he does look like me.” He couldn’t hide his grin, thrilled Miles asked. “All right. Let me get my computer.”
My favorite Bleach opening is the second one, D-Technolife from Orange Range. You can see it here:
For more of the anime playlist, check out the post from the Dreamspinner Press blog from earlier in the tour.
Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed the peek into the inspiration for Miles and Quincy.
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Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accept him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely—a cat!
Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Destined mates are nothing but legend to the nearly extinct and generally solitary jaguars, and Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male… or a wolf.
However, finding each other and coming to terms with their species is the least of their worries. Quincy is expected to select a proper female mate, father a cub, and take his place as heir to the pride. Except Quincy refuses, having no interest in women or leadership and knowing he isn’t right for it. But his father will stop at nothing—not even attempting to kill Miles—to get his way. Quincy and Miles must overcome many obstacles to stay together as the destined mates they’re meant to be.
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
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