Thursday, November 6, 2014

#TNTConfidential Author Interview with J.R. Gray @booksbygray and Breach of Contract #BDSM #mm #romance

With the legal trouble behind them, Daniel Caplin and Rafael Argon are ready to settle into a low key d/s relationship, but life is unrelenting, when blackmail shatters their illusion of happily ever after. Pictures from one of the Rafaels public scenes instill fear into his new Submissive, Daniel, acting as a wedge driving the new couple apart.
            The building peril in Georges community weighs heavy on his shoulders as he struggles to find the culprit while hiding his feelings for his new house guest. Jesse is torn between ending his marriage, picking up a rebound he should have left fifteen years in the past, and the dangling carrot of a possible relationship with a man. He is forced to fight for what he wants most, a leap he may be too chicken to take.
            In the sequel to Legally Bound George battles to take down an unknown enemy, while watching helpless, as those he cares for most are broken beyond repair. Can Rafael and Daniel rebuild their trust after it's broken with lies?


Welcome to In A Dream Beyond, JR! Last time your characters Daniel and Rafael were here, but now it’s your turn to sit in the spotlight. First of all, I must ask:

When did you start writing and why? I’ve always written. Since I was a kid. I didn’t finished a piece until about my mid 20’s. I also never showed anyone anything I had written. It took friends begging to get me to open up about my writing. It’s a medium I use to de-stress and get my feelings out. One of the reasons my feelings are so emotionally driven. 

Why do you write contemporary male/male romance? Have you considered writing other genres? I love m/m and it will always hold a special place in my heart, but it wasn’t the first genre I wrote. My M/M was the first piece I thought was good enough to submit and publish. I write a lot of different genres. I have a M/F Sci-Fi piece in the works, a m/m fantasy, as well as a wicked fairy tale right now. But over all my first love is young adult and one day I’ll submit one of those stories. 

Are you a plotter or a pantser? What’s your usual writing style? I always start with an idea. A ‘this is where I am going to start’ and ‘this is the plot line idea.’ But I don’t write in order. So my books are kind of all over the place until I’m about 80-90% done then they really start to take shape. I keep track of it all in my head and don’t usually follow an outline. I’m sure my high school and college English teachers are gritting their teeth, but I told them I didn’t need an outline! 

Breach of Contract Is the sequel to Legally Bound. How did you come up with the inspiration for this story?  Will there be any more stories with Dan and Rafael?
The story started with the opening scene. I had this idea for Daniel starting his day normally at court and coming face to face with his one night stand from the night before. I had this vivid image of him getting flustered and embarrassed seeing Rafael there, but also they still held this intense attraction neither of them could deny. At first Legally Bound was going to be a shorter novella as I had a longer M/M project in the works, but the idea ran away with itself and turned into the novel and the sequel.
There is two more books planned for the series, and a free Christmas novella called Illicit Activity which will be out with Evernight in December. 

Did you have to do any research? If yes, tell us about it. I do. I did a lot of research for Legally Bound and talked to a few lawyers I knew to make sure I was on the right track with the legal parts of the book. I enjoy research and usually get a lot of ideas for books when I go sit in a library and pick books off the shelf related to what I’m writing. 

What’s been the most difficult part about writing Breach of Contract? And the easiest?
The easiest parts are Jesse and his brother Zac. Their humor and banter comes naturally to me and I have the most fun writing their snarky back talk. 

What’s your favorite part of the story? There are two, I love the dynamic between George and Jesse and the two strong willed characters butting heads and trying to make things work. I also love the parts with Zac as he has a mind of his own and isn't afraid to say what everyone is thinking but is too polite to say. 

Hottest part of the book is Rafael and his paddle. It might melt your eReader.

This blog is big on dreams… tell us one of yours: What, I’m sure, every author wants, to be able to write full time and support myself fully with it. But aside from that I would love to see my young adult book, my baby, published and in people’s hands.

Remember, Remember, November

Hot or Cold - Hot
Indoors or Outdoors - Outdoors
Favorite film - Pool Hall Junkies
Favorite tune for this month - I bet my life by Imagine Dragons
There’s no coffee or tea left…what do you do?  - Drink lots of water
Best thing about November is… My birthday! 

About JR:

When not staying up all night writing, J.R Gray can be found basking in the warm glow of the Miami sun, or at the gym where it's half assumed Gray is a permanent resident. A dominant, pilot, and sword fighting enthusiast, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. Gray frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns, to jot down nonsense. The bane of Gray's existence are commas, and even though it's been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder. 

If Gray wasn't writingwell, that's not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave or possibly a mental institution where the tales would end up on the walls in crayon and finger paint.

Find J.R. Gray online:
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            The back elevator dinged as he approached, and the doors slid back to reveal Jesse's face. He had circles under his eyes and worry lines in his forehead. Two fingers held a garment bag over one shoulder and a duffle over his other.
            Is it still okay if I stay? He put a smile
on his lips that George knew was fake.
            But of course. Let me help you. George approached him and tried to take the bag, but Jesse didnt move to hand it over.
            Ive got it.
            Dont be absurd. I would have a slave do it, but hes rather tied up at the moment.
            The statement earned a chuckle out of Jesse, and he gave up the bag. Even hurt Jesse had a light in his blue eyes and his heart on his sleeve, a trait that made him wholly unique compared to the masks most wore to impress George.
            I can stay on the sofa or something if the slaves use the guest rooms.
            George laughed and turned his back to stalk down the hall. When he didnt hear Jesse following, he cast a glance over his shoulder.
            Slaves in bed how naive you really are, handsome.
            Jesse started after him, brow creased. Where do they sleep then? He caught up and followed George to the other side of the penthouse.
            He realized Jesse was serious, and he laughed throatily again. I have cages for them.
            I love you and Daniel, but your lifestyle is fucked.

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