Hi there! I’m so excited to be here today on Hearts on Fire Reviews to talk about my new novel, Earthquakes: A New Amsterdam Story. It’s the next installment in the New Amsterdam series, and it involves guns and ballet, two of my favorite things.
To celebrate the release, I’m doing a blog tour, and no tour is complete without prizes, amirite? I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, a lovely necklace with a quote from Sinatra’s, Strangers in the Night – “Love was just a glance away, a warm embracing dance away” – and a free ebook copy of the book!
How to enter? That’s easy… See the Rafflecopter Info below for all the ways to win!
Winner will be selected at random after the contest closes on the 18th of March.
Meanwhile, I think I’d like to chat a bit about the characters in this world. It’s quite the web they weave. See?
I know that thing makes MY eyes cross, so let’s break it down.
Today? We’re going to talk about DANIEL GERMAIN.
Daniel looks a lot like Johnny Depp from the Chocolate era.
I know; Clark has SUCH a hard life.
Right. Blog post. Srs. Biznass. FOCUS, Kelly.
(But he’s so shiny!)
Daniel is a professor at New Amsterdam University. He first walks onto the New Amsterdam screen in the novel, Hearts Under Fire. He comes into Clark’s life and rocks Clark’s world. It’s lovely.
Daniel is a Dom for hire in private circles. It’s a job he started back when he was in college as a way to make a lot of money that didn’t involve, I don’t know… more nefarious activities. I once had a reader ask me, “Hasn’t he ever heard of student loans?” to which I replied, “Sure. But he likes being paid cold hard cash he doesn’t have to pay back in kind.”
As a kid, Daniel had it ridiculously rough and tragic. His parents, both police officers, were chasing a serial killer who came to find them in their home one night. Both Daniel’s parents were murdered and he was left for dead. He survived, testified, and put the killer behind bars.
And that was Daniel at age, you know, 10 or so. Imagine how determined he is now.
Daniel brings police connections into my gang of New Amsterdam men, as well as a certain quiet practicality. He’s an introvert in a sea of extroverts, however, and often has difficulty shutting off “professor mode.” As a result, Clark calls him the Fussy Professor. Daniel rather likes being that for Clark.
In Earthquakes, Daniel helps Ellis see the love light, as it were, and is there to offer his gentle advice.
Oh. And there’s that scene wherein Daniel is in nothing but leather. THAT’S kind of fun, too.
FACTS ABOUT DANIEL GERMAIN:
- Loves to cook
- Loves Clark to pieces
- Is a crack shot
- Brilliant yet understated
- Doesn’t do the Dom business after Clark
- DOES help out in the Merry Band of Vigilantes, insofar as his conscience will let him
- Is seen in Hearts Under Fire, “The New Deal,” briefly in Winter’s Knight and “Shot in the Dark,” and has a part to play in Earthquakes.
- Loves to hate Lucian Gray. They fuss. It’s hilarious.
- Lives in a big townhouse with Clark on Lily Avenue. Those were Daniel’s mother’s favorite flowers – calla lilies.
- Middle name is “Janus.” As in the god with two faces.
- Only subs for Clark
- Wears a ring with blue diamonds that matches a blue titanium necklace that Clark wears as signs of their commitment
- Looks really good in gem tones. Especially his favorite dark blue leather pants.
There’s more, of course, but that’s a good start. As always, if you happen to have questions for this character, please feel free to ask ‘em in the comments!
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And definitely catch up with Ellis and Bryn in Earthquakes, the latest installment of the New Amsterdam series. Need a taste? How ‘bout an excerpt?
Ellis had been close to martial artists when they were training. He’d sparred with Clark. He’d seen Kris and Daniel and all his friends shoot at the range. There was an economy of motion that the athletically and lethally inclined all shared. Ellis admired it, strived for it, and knew he’d never get there. He was a workhorse, not a prince of motion.
And as he watched Bryn begin to move – not merely stretch or contort but move – Ellis thought of churches and gods and houses of worship.
Bryn’s feet bent in ways Ellis had never seen. Bryn could balance perfectly on one foot or even a single toe. When Bryn shed his pants after a moment or two and took the first few steps in only a pair of snug briefs, Ellis wasn’t hit with a wave of arousal. He was struck dumb with awe. Every line of Bryn was defined. Even the lift of one arm and the point of his fingers were deliberate and beautiful. Ellis stood completely still and held his breath. He was in the presence of some sort of everyday magic and calling attention to himself might break the spell.
The concentration on Bryn’s face was unlike anything Ellis had ever witnessed. He didn’t exist for Bryn. Nothing did except the music, the motion, and whatever spirit had come alive in Bryn to make Bryn…shine. There was no other word for it. The light played through the windows and infused Bryn with incandescence.
And when Bryn started to dance, really dance, he outshone the sun. A turn here, a pointed foot there, a twist and a glide and… God, Ellis didn’t know what Bryn was doing. But he felt it. The music was hopeful and yet haunting, and Bryn’s dance tugged at every ache both old and new in Ellis’s body. Bryn’s face portrayed almost no emotion, but with every dart of his hand, every slice of his leg through the air, with every crumble, fall, and rise, Ellis was struck over and over.
I will try, said Bryn’s reach toward God and Heaven and all things on high.
Though I know I will fail, said the drop of Bryn’s arm.
I will carry on, said the sweep of his leg.
But I’ll lose, said an arch of his back.
I will fight, said a twisting leap.
I will fall, said the thuds of Bryn’s feet on the floor.
I want to love, said the open reach of Bryn’s fingers.
Please, said Bryn’s clutched fist.
Bryn’s expanse of chest, his shut eyes, and his rise onto his curled toes snapped something in Ellis, and as the music faded, Ellis couldn’t take it anymore. He shut off the music, strode to Bryn, and caught Bryn up in his arms. Bryn was sweaty and warm and breathing hard. Ellis couldn’t stop kissing him. Bryn melted against Ellis, resting heavily against him. Ellis ran a hand through Bryn’s hair.
“I see you,” Ellis whispered. “I see you.”
Earthquakes: A New Amsterdam Story
Ellis Parker is a lucky man: he escaped his persecuting family, survived his tour of duty, and met Maxwell Clark in the city of New Amsterdam. Clark showed Ellis more than the ropes: Clark helped Ellis figure out who he is – a gay submissive with a massive fixation on a beautiful, mysterious ballet dancer named Bryn Rothe. Ellis knows a Good Man when he sees one, and he wants nothing more than to score a first date with Bryn.
Little does Ellis know that Bryn has a violent past that is crawling out of shallow graves to haunt him. Even his hectic schedule and beloved stage aren’t enough to distract him. It’s impossible for Bryn to figure out how he feels about Ellis with his demons between them, but when Ellis saves Bryn not once but twice, Bryn is forced to admit that there’s something about Ellis that Bryn might not merely want but need.
Together, they journey to the scene of Bryn’s original crime – Charles Towne, South Carolina. There they will dig up secrets that might explain Bryn’s tortured life but might also be his – and Ellis’s – undoing.
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