Author Name: Kim Fielding
Book Name: Rattlesnake
Release Date: August 31, 2015
A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.
On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.
Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.
Pages or Words: Approximately 80,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Romance, Western/Cowboy
Their waitress appeared beside the table. “Anything else?” she asked Jimmy.
He didn’t want to go just yet. But his belly was full, and any further conversation with Shane was probably going to frustrate him. Already Jimmy wanted to reach across the table and touch Shane’s hair, maybe run a finger across his scars. “Just the check. Thanks.”
“Mine too,” Shane said, but his thoughts were clearly elsewhere. As soon as she took their plates away, he leaned forward. “You don’t have to go, do you? I mean, you’re not, um, on the run from the law, are you?”
That made Jimmy laugh. “I’ve done some stupid shit, but never bad enough to make me a fugitive.”
“If I Google you, I won’t find you on the Ten Most Wanted list?”
“So.” Shane traced his finger through a bit of spilled sugar on the tabletop, worrying at his lip and not meeting Jimmy’s gaze. He finally looked up again. “So you could stick around here for a while. If you had a place to stay and a job.”
God damn it! You don’t hope. You don’t want. That only leads to destruction. But Jimmy felt himself nod. “I could. For a short time.”
About the author:
Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/KFieldingWrites
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26009668-rattlesnake?from_search=true&search_version=service
Goodreads Author link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4105707.Kim_Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Kim Fielding, author of Rattlesnake.
Hi Kim, thank you for agreeing to this interview! Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
~Character interview with Shane Little~
What do you find attractive in a man?
I like a guy with substance, you know? Flashy doesn’t impress me. I want a guy who I can have a real talk with, one who doesn’t mind spending some time sitting somewhere quiet and watching a river flow. Don’t want someone who dresses fancy or treats me like I’m damaged, just because I got banged up some.
The physical stuff? Not as important. ’Cause when you get to know someone really well, when you take the time to really look at him, that’s when you notice that his brown eyes are the exact color of madrone bark, and his hair’s real soft, and he always treats people politely, even when they’re not being nice to him.
Okay, and I’ve also got a weakness for a nice ass. You should see Jimmy in a pair of chaps and nothing else.
The first thing that went through your head when you saw Jimmy?
Well, I thought he was pretty nice-looking, ’cause he is. But mostly I thought he was interesting. He came into my bar at the Rattlesnake Inn and sat down on a stool. I could tell he had some rough living in him—he was carrying this beat-up old duffel bag. And then he just sat there, sipping coffee, acting like he really wanted to listen to my stories about the inn’s history. Looking like he had a whole lot of stories of his own.
I like it here in Rattlesnake, but before Jimmy I never had much interesting in my life. He drew me right on in.
Do you think you’ll insist the author visits you again?
I don’t know about that. But I can tell you something—this town ain’t big, but it’s full of tales. Over 150 years’ worth of ’em. I dunno whether Kim’s gonna want to write about me and Jimmy again, but if she comes back here, I’m gonna have a lot to tell her about other folks. Like for instance, back in Gold Rush days there was this one fella who came out here from New York to be a miner. He never did strike gold, but he met this other guy, a land surveyor, and… and I’ll save that one for Kim.
Before you met Jimmy, what was your ideal man?
There was Jesse, but… that was a long time ago. I gotta tell you, the pickings are kind of slim here. It’s a small town. I guess what I was looking for was a guy who doesn’t want to save me or fix me or whatever. Don’t want to be anyone’s project, and I already got a bunch of relatives who fuss over me way too much. My ideal man is strong and honest and not afraid of hard work. But he’s not too perfect either. I’d really like it if he relied on me some of the time.
You’re going out for dinner. What’s your favorite food?
Since I work nights at the Inn, I usually just eat a sandwich or something else quick for dinner. My big meal of the day—my favorite meal—is breakfast. And that means Mae’s Café, just across the street from the Inn. My favorite is French toast with Mae’s homemade blueberry topping. I have that every Friday. Wednesdays are kinda depressing, though, because that means it’s healthy oatmeal day.