‘Shawn’s Law’ says it might be detrimental to your health reading this post, but we’ve got the lovely Renae Kaye with us today to ensure you get through it safely…Lol… as she introduces us to the two lovable characters from her brand new book Shawn’s Law which is a massive hit for Macky! And we have a giveaway too, so put your safety helmets on and check it out! Haha!
Renae talks about the characters of Shawn’s Law.
Do you have that celebrity who drives you mad? For me it’s Paris Hilton. OMG – she is such a waste of oxygen. I would adore her if she used her wealth and fame for something useful – but all she seems to do is be a poster child hair colouring and cute little puppy-dogs in handbags. (Please, all those Paris Hilton aficionados out there, don’t kill me for my prejudice).
I know I am being unfair, so if you think she does good – please, send me the link to my email and I will be happy to try and change my mind.
I guess part (most) of my prejudice comes from her world being so foreign to my world. I don’t mean a different country, I mean the fact that she doesn’t need to worry about whether that new top she just bought is machine washable, and she doesn’t have to choose between spending money on swimming lessons for the kids, or a new bike. She seems so unreal to me. So disconnected from the everyday cares, worries and problems of the world.
She seems more unreal than characters I meet in my books.
So when I write my characters, I try to make them very real. Before I place my first word on the page of a book, I think about my characters for weeks. I get to know them in my head, before I can tell you about them on paper. And I don’t just mean things like what is his name and what does he look like, I mean the whole package. I find out where they went to school, what their family is like, what foods they adore, their hobbies and pastimes, and most importantly, what they look for in a partner. It creates me very three dimensional characters.
In Shawn’s Law you will meet Harley, who is one of my favourite characters. He has moods, likes, needs and flaws. I know them, because Harley told me all about them. Harley’s hero is his father, who raised him after his mother abandoned them. Harley has been brought up to appreciate the beauty in the undisturbed forest, to enjoy the simple things in life, to accept different cultures, but at the same time, to fight for the rights of the downtrodden. He likes free flowing fabrics on his skin, green tea, fresh air and enjoys the taste of wine. He dislikes underwear, inequality in any form, formal education and nurses with needles. He also likes to put condoms in Shawn’s letterbox with notes that say, I hope you come swimming at my house again soon. This is all you need to wear.
Shawn is a very different kettle of fish. Even I have trouble understanding where Shawn gets his ideas from sometimes. He is like the bipolar personality who overdosed on crack and caffeine. He bounces from the pits of despair to the excitable highs in the blink of an eye. At times Harley and I will stand and look at Shawn, thinking to ourselves that there is something in his brain that is misfiring, because really? Where did that moronic thought come from? Shawn can’t fathom the fact that Harley would want to date him, and wonders morosely to his best friend if it’s a mercy date. He keeps count of blow jobs and accidentally reveals this information to Harley’s father (excerpt):
“Harley told me that you guys were having a bit of trouble, but he seemed to think it was all his fault. So maybe I could bring him over and give him a chance to apologize? I know he loves you, Shawn. If there’s anything I can do to get you guys back together, then I’ll do it.”
“He doesn’t need to apologize,” I burst out. “I’m the doofus in our relationship. I need to get on my knees and say I’m sorry by sucking him off until his brain comes out his dick. Not that I keep a strict count or anything, but I owe him about twenty-three.”
There was a little pause in the conversation as we looked at each other, and I realized I had overshared. With my lover’s father. I winced.
“TMI?” I asked tentatively.
He swallowed visibly. “Just a bit.”
“No. Don’t sweat it. I’ll just focus on the fact that my boy has a healthy sexual relationship and leave the other images behind.”
I couldn’t be sure, but I think he was trying not to laugh. I get that a lot. In my embarrassment, I quickly agreed to lunch on Thursday, just to get out of there. “I’ll make a salad,” I told John as I dragged my mother away. “Come at one o’clock.”
“Okay. And I’ll take your mum outside to look at the garden if you need Harley to come at about one-fifteen.”
Did he mean…?
I decided that he was a dirty old bugger, and he was definitely laughing at me.
Shawn pouts like a three-year-old, yet has so much heart that he gives up his life to care for his mother. I’m in love with Shawn. He’s friends with everyone, and everyone adores him back. Like when the repo guys come to his house to take his TV? He entertains them for an hour, invites their possibly-gay sons to come over to chat, gives out his sister’s phone number for the motherless teenage daughters who need to talk to a woman about stuff, and sends the repo guys home with bags of homegrown vegetables.
I will give the readers fair warning though – this is not a serious book. It was written to entertain, so if you’re looking for a dark, angsty read, maybe you should bypass. It would be like watching Mrs Doubtfire and then commenting, “I don’t think it was a good movie, because I don’t think that would ever happen in real life.”
(PS – I adore Robin Williams. Now that person took his fame and wealth, and did some worthwhile things in his life).
So I hope you pick up a copy of my book and dive in. I’d love for you to meet Shawn and Harley (and their families and pets) and be entertained for a while. This story is guaranteed to make you laugh. Warning: there is some nude swimming, some hot sex, some dangerous animals and nurses with needles.
Example of the “dangerous” Australian animals. (excerpt)
The Australian bush is stunning, and since I’d grown up wandering around it with my father and brothers, I didn’t think much could go wrong.
Shawn showed me different.
Three minutes into our walk to the first set of coordinates, Shawn screamed and tried to jump on my back. “Snake!” he yelled. I fell, tumbling headlong into a melaleuca tree and scratching my face.
I quickly pulled myself free and spun around, half expecting a nest of snakes to be attacking the guy. Instead I was confronted by a harmless bob-tail lizard who opened his mouth at me as if to say “What a dunce,” then slowly crawled into brush, going a top speed of about a meter per hour.
I laughed. “That’s a lizard, Shawn. Didn’t you see his legs? Or was he running too fast for you to see?” Since the poor creature was still trying to hide itself, I’m sure Shawn got my humor. He gave me a dirty look.
“Sorry. Just a bit jumpy.”
Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 6th March 2015
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Romance
Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time carer of his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and a frequent victim of Murphy’s Law—although his family call it Shawn’s Law. Other than caring for mum, his day consists of painting nude men and spying on the guy who walks his dogs along the street every day at four o’clock. When he takes a spectacular fall on his front steps, who is there to witness it other than the man of his dreams?
Harley doesn’t believe in Shawn’s Law – but he soon changes his mind.
The two men make it through a memorable first date and Shawn’s sexual insecurities to begin a relationship stumbling toward love. But when Shawn’s Law causes Harley to be injured, Shawn is determined to save Harley’s life the only way he knows how—by breaking up with him. Not once, but twice. Throw in a serial killer ex-boyfriend, several deadly Australian animals, two dogs called Bennie, a mother who forgets to wear clothes, an unforgiving Town Council, and a strawberry-flavored condom dolly, and Shawn’s Law is one for the books.
Shawn O'Hara is an enigma. Poster boy for the meaning of 'Murphy's Law', I don't think that who ever Murphy was, he ever had as much go wrong (as could go wrong) to him, than what befalls Shawn in this book! OMG! Talk about a trouble magnet! Misfortune follows him around like he's got it on a lead, and he's on first name terms with all the staff at the local hospital, where he practically has a bed waiting just for him, because he's never far away from some medical catastrophe or another.
Move over Murphy...Shawn's in town!
Renae Kaye has done it again. Made me fall in love with her storytelling, primarily because of Shawn and Harley who in the words of Renae Kaye I had a real 'Pash' for, and the farcical antics she put them through. It's the sort of tongue in cheek humour with comedic situations that would befit a sit com. You know that in reality nothing quite so exaggerated would ever really happen the way it does in the story, because it's more a caricature of real life, but among all the mad cap capers and larger than life supporting characters, there are still recognizable aspects you can relate to beneath all the shenanigans, just that in real life they're more muted. Take the fact that Renae brings in a character with Altzheimer's; Shawn's beloved mum.
Yes, the comedy bounces off that and some of the laugh out loud moments result from his mums actions but by accepting the type of situational humour for what it is, I never felt it was done in a way that belittled or made fun of the illness. The poignancy of it all was always underlying so I never had any doubt in my mind that given the option, Shawn would have walked over hot coals for his mother before he'd let anyone else take care of her. His devotion is given purely out of love, not obligation, and despite missing the mum who had always loved and cared for him, now lost to Altzheimers, he just took everything in his stride...never losing patience or his temper; just another of his personality traits that made him as kookily lovable as he is. And Harley's interactions with her are also sweet and tender but never sugary or condescending. The things that happen to Shawn run into the absurd, but it's funny absurd and of course it all adds in to the eccentricity of the plot and the quirkiness of his and Harley's relationship, which in itself is sexy, funny, wacky, winsome and charming because they are such endearing, off the wall characters.
The clutzy way he meets 'Hippy Hotpants' as he calls Harley before he gets to know the hottie he lusts over daily, shows you exactly what the tone of story is going to be and from that moment on I had a stupid grin on my face that stayed there more or less till the last page.
Told in alternating POV's, you get to see inside both their heads, so we know exactly how much the slightly more 'normal' Harley is taken by this idiosyncratic, flaky man ..."My man has superpowers, he can make things go awry."... but Shawn can't get his head around why anyone as gorgeous, sexy and laid back as free thinking, liberal Harley would want to be with someone who could be a danger to his health simply by being in his company! His thoughts are always a touch erratic but with the help of his bestie, it doesn't take much to have him believing their relationship isn't going to work, especially when 'Shawn's Law' is involved. Which in theory means he should be one of those characters who generally has me doing the eye roll of exasperation, but strangely it's his contrariness and oddly cute neuroses that in my opinion make him all the more adorable. And Harvey's reaction and subsequent actions to Shawn trying to push him away, show just how lovely and understanding a character he is, although he doesn't always get it quite right.
Poisonous snakes, deadly spiders, angry swans, aggressive sharks, nosy marsupials and another eight appendaged creature of the sea, are only part of what's conspiring against Shawn making it into old age with Harley...
"The wildlife of Australia recognised that I needed to be exterminated and were out to get me. It was only because of Harley's intervention that they were not succeeding."
... but in the two legged department it's his rapidly declining mum, strong willed sibling, Harley's dad, the dreaded local town council and last but definitely not least, his involvement with an ex man eating (in the literal sense) serial killer boyfriend that really puts the cat among the pigeons. And yes I did say serial killer boyfriend! LOL...it could only happen to Shawn!!! How it all comes together before they safely—and I say that loosely, haha—reach their HEA is fun, fun, fun!
I had a couple of moments where I did have to suspend belief a tad, but for the most part I was totally enchanted and tickled pink by everything and everyone in the novel. I truly adore Shawn and who wouldn't want a non undie wearing, hot stuff Harley standing their corner. Hot and sexy, a bit naughty and a lot funny; this was one of those reads that called to my own particular sense of fun and humour, with a few sweet and tender periods mixed in to even the emotional score. I love Renae Kaye and as long as she keeps writing these fantastic quirky feel good romances, I'm in for the long haul. Thank you Renae for giving me real pleasure and making me genuinely smile...again!
Renae Kaye is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back. She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since. After years – and thousands of stories! – of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted. It hasn’t stopped her though. She believes that maybe one day the world will create a perfect couple – and it will be the most boring story ever. So until then she is stuck with quirky, snarky and imperfect characters who just want their story told.
Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia and writes in five minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework and her beloved veggie garden. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.
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