When Characters Become Favorites
Great big thanks to Dani for having me guest today!
When I started writing Tongue & Groove, I had two main ideas in my head: a rock singer forced to take a break from the road, and a renovation project involving an inherited house. I knew Saul would fall for the man he hired to work on the house, but I didn’t know yet who that would be.
Then Perry Abrams walked onto the page.
“Are you Saul Wilder?” The man’s voice was light, almost melodic, higher than Saul expected, but with a raspy edge to it. Now that Saul could see him directly rather than from the side, he could see how good-looking he was. Almost pretty, in a somewhat feminine, androgynous way.
Young, talented, and reserved but still a bit of a smart-aleck, Perry drew me in as he did Saul, the perfect foil to smooth out Saul’s rougher edges. His somewhat androgynous looks didn’t hurt matters, and his interest in a little gender-bending with makeup and lingerie is like catnip for Saul.
Saul brought his free hand up to lay over Perry’s breastbone. “I wish you could see what I see,” he murmured. “The lingerie is sexy as hell. So is the makeup. But they don’t make you beautiful. You’re beautiful just the way you are.”
But childhood memories haunt Perry when it comes to letting his femme side out, so the two of them have kinks to work out when it comes to their kinks. That becomes easier as they get to know and trust each other.
Saul held out his hand. “Let’s blow this popsicle stand.”
Perry slid his hand into Saul’s and rose gracefully to his feet. “That’s not all that’s getting blown tonight.”
Saul and Perry were fun to write in very different ways, but Perry definitely ranks near the top of my favorite characters list. He slipped in quietly and made himself right at home. I hope you’ll fall in love with him like Saul and I did.
Title: Tongue & Groove
Author: Shae Connor
Cover artist: AngstyG
Length: Novella (27,000 words)
Sometimes home is what two hearts make of it.
After fifteen years on the road, rock singer Saul Wilder doesn’t know if he remembers how to stay in one place. While healing from a vocal cord injury, he decides to restore the cozy but neglected Atlanta home his grandmother left him. When home renovation specialist Perry Abrams arrives to assess the job, Saul’s on board with mixing business with a little pleasure. The sex is scorching hot, but the more they learn about each other, the deeper they fall emotionally as well. Trouble is, Saul’s a traveling man and Perry’s a homebody, so finding common ground to share could put the brakes on their relationship before it has a chance to get started.
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not in front of her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, reading voraciously, wearing tiaras, and hugging a lot. She’s also the volunteer Director/Editor for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon.
You can find Shae hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com or email her at shaeconnorwrites @gmail.com. You can also sign up for her mailing list.