Saturday, October 24, 2015

Blog Tour: Closing Ranks by Ethan Stone includes a Character Interview with Kipp and Rank & a Giveaway


With the release of Closing Ranks, book four in Ethan Stone’s Flesh series, we are delighted to welcome the two main protagonists, Kipp and Rank, who have very kindly joined us for a chat.

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Character Interview - Jeremy Ranklin and Kipp Mosley Part 1

We are here today talking to Jeremy Ranklin and Kipp Mosley of Closing Ranks fame. Thanks for being here. Can you each tell us a little about yourself?

Jeremy Ranklin: First of all, friends call me Rank. I’m an inspector with the Reno Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau.

Kipp Mosely: I’m a uniformed police officer with Reno PD. I haven’t been in Reno for long, but before this I worked in Seattle.

Can you each tell our readers what your first thought was upon meeting the other?

Kipp: I wasn’t sure what to think when I first went to speak to him. The IA in Seattle was an asshole. I was pleased when Rank was a decent guy. I thought he was attractive but was convinced he was totally straight.

Rank: Man, I had you fooled huh? I thought you were hot the minute I saw you. The whole bear cop thing really turns my crank, you know? I didn’t think I was going to do anything about the attraction, though.

Rank, how do you like working Internal Affairs?

Rank: I enjoy it a lot. IA needs good inspectors, and I believe I fit the bill. TV and movies have given IA a bad name. We’re always presented as douchebags, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m there to help my fellow cops out; I’m not out to hang them. The only cop who should be afraid of me is a bad cop.

Kipp, as a Uniformed Officer, do you see it as a conflict of interest being involved with an IAB investigator?

Kipp: It could be a sticky situation if he had to investigate me, especially since he couldn’t go to his boss and tell him the truth. So far that situation hasn’t come up yet.

Rank, not many people know about your sexual orientation. Is that something you see ever changing?

Rank: Honestly? No, I don’t see myself ever coming out of the closet. I have my reasons, and I’m not sure there will ever be a time I’m comfortable being open. I have the utmost respect for everyone who does come out, especially cops like Kipp or Detective Flesh. I respect their choices, and I just ask they respect mine.

Kipp, how is it knowing that you may never be able to be open about your relationship with Jeremy?

Kipp: It’s not ideal; I’ll admit that. But we’ve made it work so far. I’m a somewhat private person anyway so I’m okay with people not knowing every little detail about my personal life. I never hid my sexuality, but that was my decision. Rank has made a decision to stay in the closet. If being with him means hiding our relationship I can deal with that. It’s worth it.

Rapid Fire Time

Coffee, black or doctored?

Rank: Doctored.

Kipp: Doctored

Apple or Android?

Rank: Android.

Kipp: Apple

Pickup Truck or Sedan?

Rank: Sedan

Kipp: Pickup

Favorite beverage?

Rank: Coffee.

Kipp: Amp

To-may-to or to-mah-to?

Rank: What the fuck does it matter?

Kipp: To-may-to

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Rank: Star Wars.

Kipp: Star Wars, of course.

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Closing Ranks (Flesh  #4)

Ethan Stone


Publisher: DSP Publications

Date: 20th October 2015

Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Gay Fiction

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Internal Affairs investigator Jeremy Ranklin is looking into corruption within the Reno Police Department when he’s ordered to examine the suspicious death of the Chief of Police. The assignment partners Jeremy with Detective Cristian Flesh. Though they spar at first, Jeremy earns Cristian’s trust, and they work well together.

Deeply closeted, Jeremy fights an attraction to fellow cop Kipp Mosely. The investigation brings Jeremy and Kipp together, but lies and secrets prevent things from going any further. Jeremy will need both Kipp's and Cristian’s help to discover how deep the corruption runs—and to stay alive when the danger hits close to home.

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I PULLED the hood of the gray jacket over my head to shield myself from the rain and scurried into the alley.

Glancing around, I didn’t see anybody. They were supposed to be there. It was the time we had agreed on.

“Hello?” I called out, my voice an octave lower than normal. That was partially due to the wet weather and partially because I wanted to disguise my voice a little. It didn’t really matter, since the man I was there to meet had never met me before.

“Hello?” I shouted again, this time a little louder.

The headlights of a car in front of me came on, blinding me. I covered my eyes and stepped back. The driver and passenger side doors opened, and I could make out the forms of two people. One, somewhat short and stocky, made me relax. Things were going as planned. The second person, the man I was really there for, stepped forward.

“Are you Ruskin?” His voice was very deep and animalistic.

I nodded. “You’re Nicky Pointer, right?”

He didn’t answer my question but came closer. He towered over me by at least five inches. “Mosely says you have information that could bring down Anthony Zion.”

The other man left the shadows. I looked his way and nodded a greeting.

“I’m glad you came, Ruskin,” Kipp Mosely replied.

I hugged myself and stared at the ground. “I just want to be done with this. You have to protect me. Zion will kill me if he finds out what I know.”

Anthony Zion, Reno’s resident mob boss, was responsible for most of the drugs in the area as well as several other criminal enterprises.

“What exactly do you know?” Pointer asked.

I peered up at him. “You’ll take care of me, right?”

“I told you we would,” Mosely replied.

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Meet Ethan Stone

Ethan Stone is an out and proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life, the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad, he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather, three times over. A way too young grandfather.

Ethan has returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mt. Dew and beef jerky addictions. Email:


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Ethan will be giving away a $25 Amazon giftcard to one lucky commenter on the tour. Be sure to leave a thoughtful comment on each stop on the tour for additional chances to win. The tour organizer will select a winner from entires received as of close of business 1 November.


Tour Schedule

20 Oct - Prism Book Alliance

21 Oct - Love Bytes

22 Oct - Joyfully Jay

23 Oct - Novel Approach

24 Oct - Sinfully

25 Oct - GGR

26 Oct - Boys in Our Books

27 Oct - MM Good book Reviews

28 Oct - JP Barnaby

29 Oct - Ethan Stone

30 Oct - Hearts on Fire Reviews

31 Oct - Rainbow Gold Reviews


  1. Thanks for the interview. I've enjoyed all the Flesh novels so I'm really looking forward to Rank and Kipp's story. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  2. Lol! Great interview! Though I would go for to-mah-to... I read the first novel in the series and loved it. I'm really looking forward to continue reading it. Thank you for the excpert!

  3. Angela:

    Congrats on the release of Closing Ranks.
    The blurb sounds good, i really look forward in continuing this great serie.
    Thanks for the fun interview and the giveaway chance.

  4. I loved the character interview! They are so much fun. Thanks for that, the excerpt, and the giveaway chance!

  5. Thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed reading it :)
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  6. Thanks for the excerpt.Congratulations to Ethan on the new release. Sounds like an exciting storyline

  7. Thank you for the great character interview! Congrats on the new book release!

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  8. Thanks for the character interview! I am with Kip on the To-may-to, but its Star Trek over Star Wars for me for sure. :-)

  9. I love character interviews. They are most revealing thank you.


  10. I love character interviews
    it's To-mah-to :P


  11. thanks for the sounds great

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  12. Love this interview!!! The excerpt is great. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  13. Character interviews Re among my favorite things to read. Thank you so.much!!

  14. Thanks for the interview and congratulations on your new release.
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  15. Loved the post! This sounds wonderful and I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.