A warm Love Bytes welcome to author Jaime Samms joining us today to talk about her newest release “Three Player Game”, part of Riptide’s succesful Bluewater Bay series.
Welcome Jaime 🙂
Ten Things They Never Told Me…
With a few books under my belt by now, I thought it might be interesting and maybe fun to talk a bit about those little things I’ve learned along the way. You know the Ten Little Things they never mentioned would drive you batty when you told them you wanted to be a writer.
- That name you love for a minor character that you miss type every time he’s on the page. Only it turns out, he’s on the page a whole lot more than you expected and now you can’t change his name to something easier to type because if you do, he’ll mutiny and take over the entire story.
- And speaking of names…writing in the m/m/gay romance genre is great. Being prolific is great. But by book twenty or so? You cannot possible name another character David, Mark or Andrew, and the baby books only have obscure, impossible to pronounce variations that are going to make it look like you were trying too hard.
- It will be midnight before you get to the end of the chapter, especially if you have something important early in the morning.
- If you stop before the end of the chapter, 16 things will come along before you can get back to it, and by then, you won’t remember that perfect ending that kept you up until midnight.
- So many people will ask you for sequels to your one offs. Be strong. Sometimes, one story is all there ever was for that world. Let it go.
- The absolute best time for inspiration to strike you with the most astounding ideas and turns of phrase will almost always be the times when you’re away from your computer and you don’t have a working pen in your bag.
- Minor characters will lead you off on wild tangents. They are like the big bad wolf, and you are Red Riding Hood. Stay On The Path!! Not even kidding.
- When you are exhausted and fed up because the words won’t come and the story is stuck, so you close down your computer for the day, your story will blossom in your head like the most beautiful lotus flower.
- You’re not getting any gold stars for effort, but 90% of the gig is hard graft, so learn to live with the rewards you give yourself. Know your limits, always push them.
- Words are easy. Writing is hard.
Okay, so maybe those last two aren’t so little. But they are real. Like any other creative endeavour, you have to be brave, and you have to roll with the punches, because there will always be something punching you in the face. You just have to be ready with plan B and C and D and however many it takes. When you do get to the end of a story and it’s ready for the world, there is nothing quite like it. If this is your bliss, it will always be worth it.
Which, incidentally, is exactly why Vince and Pete never gave up on Lee. because their bliss was worth their effort.
What “little thing” did you find out about only after you’d been at something a long time? Comment with a story about it below, and we’ll enter you to win a copy of my first Bluewater bay book, How the Cookie Crumbles, as well as a $10.00 Riptide gift certificate.
All the names will be “put in a hat” so to speak, and the draw made at the end of the blog tour.
About Three Player Game
Vince’s life has improved immeasurably since he moved to Bluewater Bay two years ago. He’s gone from working for a man he hated, to helping found a company he believes in. And he and his boyfriend, Pete, have built a delicate balance of power between them that keeps them both grounded and thriving.
Pete’s job on the set of Wolf’s Landing is demanding. He needs lots of downtime off set, and that’s where Vince’s firm but gentle control isn’t always enough. And for Vince, Pete’s constant high-energy needs are turning out to be more than he can handle alone.
It’s no surprise to either of them, then, that sparks fly when Vince’s coworker Lee enters the picture. Outwardly, Lee is tough and confident, but when a bad back confines him to Pete and Vince’s spare room, the cracks start to show and his desire for connection begins to peek through.
Pete and Vince both like what they see under Lee’s prickly outside, but now the three men must learn that love isn’t about beating the game—it’s about balance, trust, and letting each other in.
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About Bluewater Bay
Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.
Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.
This collaborative story world is brought to you by eleven award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, G.B. Gordon, Jaime Samms and Ally Blue. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.
About Jaime Samms
Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked, “Why men? What’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love?”, she’s never come up with a clear answer. Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.
These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Freya’s Bower, Jupiter Gardens, and Total E-Bound, Dreamspinner Press, MLR Press, and Riptide Publishing.
Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, she’s probably spending crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.
She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all. . .
Connect with Jamie:
- Website: www.jaime-samms.com
- Blog: www.jaime-samms.com/blog
- Twitter: twitter.com/JaimeSamms
- Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/jaimesamms
- Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/2631049.Jaime_Samms
To celebrate the release of Three Player Game, one lucky winner will receive an ebook copy of How the Cookie Crumbles and a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 19, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!