Author Name: K. Vale
Book Name: Crossed Hearts Book one in the Hearts and Scars series
Release Date: April 27, 2015
One heart’s been broken. The other is secondhand.
Kory Vansant doesn’t deserve to be alive.
As time sucks him dry of energy, sapping the final ounces of strength from his congenitally enlarged heart, he's forced to end his career as Kory Kent, porn star. Staring down death, he questions his life choices and prays for a miracle. For another chance at life, he vows to change who he is at his core.
His prayers are answered. A perfect heart now beats in his chest, but it comes at a heavy price. The donor is an innocent young man cut down far too prematurely.
Kory's blemished history and his donor's spotless past are far from ideal matches.
As his debts skyrocket, Kory can’t help but think his resolve to walk the high road is being tested. After he meets the adorable Will Squire at the gravesite they both visit, he’s doubly damned because there’s no way he can keep up his end of the bargain. What happens when a man breaks a deal with a higher power?
Will often prefers the company of the dead to that of the living. Following a bad breakup, he pours himself into his two jobs—funeral director at his uncle’s mortuary and part-time paramedic. He’s drawn ever closer to Kory, as if fate sticks her fickle hand in and pushes them together like two unlikely puzzle pieces. But sometimes history can’t be buried, and maybe divine intervention isn’t always right. Will discovers everyone is imperfect, no matter how pretty the outer package, and opening one’s heart is never easy, but can be oh, so worth the pain.
Pages or Words: 70,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
The man scratched the scrub on his chin. “Heart recipient,” he said finally. “I’m Kory—umm…Kory Vansant.” Holding out his hand, he took another step. Will’s fingers were swallowed in warm skin and bone.
“Will Squire.” Again, he couldn’t tear his gaze from the tease of scar tissue jutting from the crotch of Kory’s shirt collar. The urge to reach out and trace a finger over the pink relief of healed tissue was strong. Just like I touched Brandon’s incision. The stark difference between the two—one wound marking the end of a life and the other a salvation—was surreal. Will was nothing but an outsider looking in on a miracle, but somehow he felt he’d come around full circle.
“Want me to get naked so you can see the whole thing?”
Will closed his eyes for a moment and then looked up, his face flaming with a mix of embarrassment and immediate, fierce arousal. “I’m sorry. Totally rude.”
Kory smiled good-naturedly. “No worries. It’s a way to reclaim who I am, or was. Or some crap. I’m not just my medical status, like they keep saying at my support group.”
“No. Of course you’re not.”
He laughed loud and deep, and the warmth in Will’s face drifted down his body. “I’ve adopted it as my little icebreaker whenever people stare,” Kory said.
“Well, ice broken.” Will gulped. Hell, ice melted into a rolling boil.
About the author:
K. Vale writes erotic romance of all stripes, from hot hetero to mouthwatering manlove. Find her MF work published under Kimber Vale. Come for the sex. Stay for the story. Stalk Kimber on Facebook and Twitter @KimberVale, and check her site for updates, new releases, and freebies at http://www.authorkimbervale.com.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimber-Vale/311761975532531?ref=hl
Publisher: Kimber Vale
Cover Artist: Dana Priebe
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AND NOW FOR THE INTERVIEW!
If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to fly, but I suppose that isn’t terribly practical. If I were the only person who could take to the skies, I’d likely be gunned out of them in short order. Maybe something like telekinesis—it’s much more subtle with the potential to do both good and evil. I’d be interested to see whether I go supervillain or superhero.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
I do. It’s a compilation of Kimber, which is a nickname my BF in middle and high school gave me a la Gem and the Holograms, and Vicki Vale from Batman (a coworker used to call me Kim Basinger once upon a time).
How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?
Well, I don’t know that I’m different from all the other MM authors out there… I guess I basically write what I like to read (real-feeling characters, slower-building love, heavy on the romance and humor, hot sex with an occasional kink, light on the angst) and avoid the things I don’t care for (instalove, unrealistic characters and dialog, vilified women, BDSM). I should clarify that I enjoy reading angst, but I’m not great at writing it. I try, but judging by most reviews, my readers wouldn’t consider my stuff angst-heavy.
What would we find under your bed?
I’m guessing dust and cat puke. Wait here, I’ll go look.
Okay. Definitely dust, a backpack, a long bow, and some sort of Japanese sword because my husband is weird.
Favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Coffee in the morning and tangerine Mio in water after that.
What are your favorite TV shows?
The hubs and I watch Walking Dead and Talking Dead religiously, Tosh, Amy Schumer, True Detective, Game of Thrones, Z Nation, and, most recently, Turn: Washington’s Spies. Oh, and I lovelovelove Drunk History.
How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?
Porn is visual, in my opinion. Erotica and erotic romance can have the exact same sexual elements, but straight erotica is missing the emotional connection of a romance. It’s difficult to write a short erotic romance, but it can be done, usually with characters that have a history before your story starts. In most cases, erotic romance ends up longer to allow time for the characters to develop that intimate connection.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
Not too often, so I’m thrilled when I do. Mostly I’m asked if there will be more books in my Shooting Stars series. The answer is yes, I’m working on a Shooting Stars 3.5 called Balancing Act, which involves Kyrie and Greg having a few loose ends tied up, and the introduction of my MC for book 4 (Swedish supermodel, Anders). I also have two more books planned for my Hearts & Scars series if anyone is curious (Mando and Jake’s book is next, and Matt gets the third).