TITLE – Business or Pleasure
AUTHOR – Ashley Ladd GENRE – Contemporary GLBT Erotica PUBLICATION DATE – August 22, 2014 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 40,822 PUBLISHER – Totally Bound COVER ARTIST – Emmy Ellis
Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or animal activist. He never said he was either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.
When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.
But then Guy’s life gets crazy –his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.
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Gunshots rang out as they turned onto Guy’s street.Tommy looked at him and mouthed, “Shit! You don’t think…?”“I hope not. I don’t know.” Guy pressed the gas pedal to the floor and the car shot forward, fish-tailing.Tommy fisted the door, hanging on tight. “I hope we’re wrong.”Guy’s intuition told him he wasn’t. His knuckles turned white they held the steering wheel so tightly. Unafraid for himself but scared for his dad, he pulled into his driveway and jumped out of the car, with Tommy close on his heels.The woman next door ran outside screaming, tearing out her already tattered hair. She pointed at her front door. “Your father’s shooting up my house and is holding a gun at my dad’s head. He’s going to kill him. You’ve got to do something.”Tommy yelled as he began dialing on his phone, “I’m calling the police.” As if on cue, police sirens blared in the distance and grew louder by the second.“I’m going in. I have to stop him.”“Wait for the police. Don’t put yourself in danger,” Tommy ordered forcefully.“I have to take the chance. He could kill someone before the police get here. I can’t let that happen.” He put himself in harm’s way for animals, so certainly he could risk his life for his own father and other fellow human beings. He had no choice. It would be his fault if someone got hurt.So he ran through the open door flailing his arms, hoping he would be in time. “Dad! It’s Guy. Don’t do anything. I’m here. You’ll be okay.”“He’ll be okay? What about me? He’s got a shotgun pointed at my head threatening to blow it off,” the elderly neighbor cried.
AUTHOR BIO: Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer. She's been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories. How you can contact Ashley: Email Ashley At - firstname.lastname@example.org AUTHOR FOLLOW LINKS: AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE – WEBSITE / BLOG – FACEBOOK TWITTER – GOODREADS – SHELFARI
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1. Where did the idea come from for the book?
A couple of places.
One of my best friends is an animal activist and vegetarian. She’s trying to convert me to be a vegetarian too and I even joined her for a vegan group meeting. She’s not quite vegan—yet—but leaning that way.
I also love to watch HGTV and Food Network. In fact, as I answer this interview, I’m also watching Flipping The Block on HGTV. I drive my hubby crazy watching Love It or List It, Property Brothers, etc. (That’s okay because he drives me crazier watching football, softball, racing...)
2. What genre does your book fall under?
Business or Pleasure is a contemporary MM romance. Although it’s not strictly a comedy, it has a humorous tone.
3. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Vin Diesel would play Guy. Ben Affleck could play Tommy.
4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Romance blooms for Guy and Tommy until animal activist and vegetarian Guy learns Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue joint in town.
5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Business or Pleasure is published by Totally Bound at https://www.totallybound.com
6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two and a half months. It’s only 40,000 words. When I’m in the groove, I write an average of 2,000 words daily. I’d write a lot more, but I have a full-time day job then have to cook dinner for my family of six when I get home.
7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I honestly can’t think of any.
8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
HGTV and Foot Network.
9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There’s a substory about Guy and his father. As the story progresses, Guy realizes his father is suffering from dementia. He’s in denial at first. He doesn’t want to see it or admit it, but then things come to an explosive head and he can’t help but acknowledge his father’s illness and to deal with it.