Author Name: Brad Vance
Book Name: Would I Lie To You?
Series: The Game Players
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Software billionaire Marc Julian’s orderly life is shattered one night by a cyber-intrusion into his company’s servers. He’s always surrounded himself with the best people, but finding the culprit behind this might require a real expert...and sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief.
Jesse Winchester and his team of “grey hat” hackers are suddenly available to Marc. Marc doesn’t know if he should trust Jesse with the keys to his company’s kingdom. After all, Jesse’s a convicted felon, sent to prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. A felon sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, who mysteriously served only three years before being released…
Marc’s first company, his whole life, was shattered because he trusted the wrong person. This time there’s even more at stake, but few other options. Especially when his evil enemies, the billionaire industrialist Krom brothers, are revealed to be the source of the intrusion.
Is Jesse there to help Marc, or does he have his own history with the Kroms, his own score to settle? As Jesse and Marc spend more time together, their growing intimacy is at war with their need to win their respective battles. Soon the game they start to play with each other, against each other, becomes more exciting, more exquisitely frustrating…and more dangerous.
Pages or Words: 289 pages
Categories: BDSM, Crime Fiction, M/M Romance, Thriller, Cybercrime
He’d made a mistake with Marc. He’d thought they could play a game together, to pass the time, let off steam, release stress. Marc was smart enough to know that that’s all it was.
But the look on his face, when Jesse said goodbye… The shock. The disappointment. The…
Say it. The hurt. That was when Jesse knew that for Marc, it had been more.
That was when Jesse knew that it had been more for him, too.
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About the author:
Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits "A Little Too Broken" and "Have a Little Faith in Me."
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: www.bradvanceerotica.wordpress.com
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6886454.Brad_Vance
Publisher: Brad Vance
Cover Artist: Brad Vance
Rafflecopter Prize: One of three E-book copies of ‘Would I Lie To You?’ by Brad Vance
And now for the interview!!!
How do you develop your plot and characters? What comes first, the plot or characters?
It really varies. For “A Little Too Broken,” I was rolling my eyes at the New Adult genre, which had just hit its stride, all the “young beautiful and broken can they love again” tropes. I thought, what if there were two people who were literally broken, who couldn’t just fix each other and all’s magically well at the end of the book? Suddenly I had these two guys in my head, a vet who’d lost his legs in Afghanistan and a guy who was HIV+. Now that would meet a definition of “broken”! And all of a sudden, there they were, Tom and Jamie, demanding a novel.
In other cases, it can just be a picture. I found the cover model for “Would I Lie to You?” on a stock site, and fell in love (check out the cover and you’ll agree, I’m sure). Who is this guy? I asked as I looked at the picture. And he was just such a charming criminal type that Jesse started to develop from that picture.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
Two sequels to “Would I Lie to You?” – one a standalone book about Ryan the Escort, who just demanded one, he was so interesting to me (and the fans!). And then the next Marc and Jesse adventure. And I have one in the queue about “Officer Joe,” a good cop in a small California college town, and his adversarial/romantic dynamic with a San Francisco reporter. So there’s plenty in the pipeline!
How do you do research for your books?
I’ll read a lot of books, definitely. For “Lie,” which has a lot of plot related to computer hacking, I read “Countdown to Zero Day,” a book about Stuxnet, the computer virus that the Americans and/or Israelis created to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program. There’s actually an action scene scene in my book that a reviewer called “hinky,” because it sounds so unbelievable, but I took it straight from that book! I read a lot of books about Special Forces for my “Sam and Derek” series, and an absolute ton of material for the “Colum’s Viking Captivity” series – but, you know, SF guys and Vikings are cool and exciting, so that’s not hard work!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a plotter, now. I pantsed it when I was just writing short erotica because, well, we all know how those end! Once I got into novels I realized that wasn’t going to work out for me. The novels change direction quite often once you get going, the characters reveal themselves and their motivations and it alters the plan, but as long as there is a plan, I don’t lose control of the material.
What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
TO RULE THE GALAXY! I’ve been lucky that this year, I was able to quit my day job to write full time. Right now my long term goal is basically, to never ever have to take another day job again.
If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?
I just finished “Common Ground,” a nonfiction book about the forced busing controversy in Boston in the 1970s, when they tried to integrate the schools through busing kids across town to new schools. It really reads like a sprawling novel; it would make a fantastic miniseries on HBO. It’s got the poor white families, the poor black families, the newspaper editors, the judges, the white middle class gentrifiers…it’s like The Wire, it’s such a vast canvas. I’m astonished nobody has done it yet.
How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?
Well, porn is visual. Real people having real sex in front of a camera. Erotica is verbal, it’s words on paper. For me the difference between erotica and erotic romance is that in pure erotica, sex drives the plot, if there is any. You know, ding dong, it’s the pizza boy! In erotic romance, the plot is what you’re really reading for, and the hot sexin’ is a result of the character’s development, the events in the plot. The hot sexin’ should be a bonus, if an erotic romance doesn’t stand up as a novel w/o the sex, then it’s straight erotica.
What are the biggest public misconceptions about erotic romance?
That it’s all trash, that its readers are simpletons who can’t read Booker Prize books, that all the writers are hacks who can’t write anything else. A lot of literary types look down their noses on it because it’s so very vulgar, darling, to read a book for its plot. It’s very elitist – people who write novels with plot are low common tradesmen, while the gentlemen craft lovely sentences and luminous prose with little regard for “entertainment.” There was someone recently on Slate magazine who condemned the idea of adults reading Young Adult fiction. Why, they should be reading postmodern novels with ambiguous endings, and let go of their childish longing for happy endings! So it’s not just romance that the elites rail against – it’s any book that makes you feel good when you get to the end.
What advice would you give an author who wants to write erotica?
Well, you need a very dirty mind J If you’re someone who’s squeamish about kinky sex, about pushing boundaries, about polymorphous perversity in general, don’t do it. I’d also say that, if you do have a dirty mind, write as much as possible to your own kinks. Don’t chase a trend down the street if it doesn’t turn you on. Readers will know that it’s not doing it for you, and it won’t do it for them either.
Whoa, get ready for some major twists and turns lol! They’ll make your head spin, but by God you’ll love every minute of it. Very rarely have I read a book where the attraction between the two main characters (Marc and Jesse) affects me so deeply. You can’t help but pull for them.
Marc Julian owns a software company which has made him filthy rich lol. The man is very involved in his company too. The team he’s built has earned his trusts and respect.
Jesse Winchester is an ex con who was sent to jail for hacking. And he’s out with only serving a tenth of his time. Hmmmm… lol. Oh, and he’s a computer genius. Marc and Jesse meet when Jesse is brought into Marc’s inner circle to help solve his current issues. And they are some serious issues. So of course Marc wants to know how Jesse’s out with so little time served.
Each man has have things happen in the past that… well, makes them very hesitate to get involved. Once you get burned it’s hard to trust again. It’s hard to move on and let things go. But some things are worth taking that chance on.
And when these two connect sexually… the pages smoke lol. I hope to read more on these two.