We are avid fans of both Jack L. Pyke and Lynn Kelling here at Sinfully, so when we were asked to host Jack on the tour for her upcoming release Backlash (due out tomorrow!) we were thrilled! But when she said she was popping in with Lynn, well, two amazing authors together, we were beside ourselves with excitement! Check out Jack inteverviewing Lynn on how they have come to share worlds in thier current series. There are also two fabulous giveaways for you to enter and Don’t forget to check back tomorrow (release day) for Monique, Macky and Debra’s view of book four… Backlash in this AMAZING series!
Backlash: Behind the Scene Book Tour
Sharing Worlds, with author Lynn Kelling
I’m going to say a huge thanks to Monique and team here at Sinfully MM Book Reviews for having us over today. Their support for new and unknown authors has floored me from the beginning. Thank you!!
Over 9 days, with 10 stops, we’re going behind the scene to Backlash, (Don’t…book 4), with loads of Backlash e-books to win along the way, as well as a paperback copy up for grabs! For a full list of tour dates and prizes, please see here at Forbidden Fiction Publications. http://forbiddenfiction.com/backlash-book-tour/
Today I’m tying up the gorgeous Lynn Kelling! Among other works, Ms. Kelling is author to the Deliver Us series, and it’s from this series that I borrow three of Lynn’s gorgeous characters: Trace, Dare, and Gabe, and throw them into the turmoil of Backlash.
Jack: Great to have you here, Lynn. Thanks for coming over for a coffee (fancy a top up with a whiskey!)
Lynn: I’m happy to be here for a chat, Jack, and definitely give me a splash of whiskey. I’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of Backlash for a long time, ever since we came up with the concepts for it and Forgive Us, letting our guys enjoy a little traveling back and forth, so it’s thrilling to see it actually happening! Thanks for having me!
Jack:You’re most welcome! I remember watching you work my lads from Don’t into your Deliver Us series, and I remember thinking how scary it must be handling another author’s characters and fan base. And now it’s my turn with Backlash, and your lads: Trace, Dare, and Gabe… *Bites fingers, toes, and then starts on the kids* Not nervous in anyway, honest!
Before Backlash starts, can you give us a reminder of how your boys from Deliver Us are doing? Where are Trace, Gabe, and Dare at this point?
Lynn: They’re doing pretty well. Gabe and Dare are happily living together, with Gabe running his own photography business and Gabe working as a carpenter. Trace lives with his partner and collared sub, Micah. Trace is mostly keeping a low profile in order to stay off the radar of some unsavory people from his past. They’re no longer working professionally as Doms – Diadem, the private BDSM club where Gabe and Trace worked, is closed. All of them do continue to adopt the lifestyle in their personal lives.
Jack: How did your Deliver Us boys meet my Don’t lads in Forgive Us? What is the Society of Masters?
Lynn: The guys all met through Trace, who’s been familiar with Gray for quite a number of years. In Forgive Us, the two groups were first introduced, lending each other help in a few different ways. Like Gray with Jack and Jan, Trace is in charge of watching out for his boys. He’s had his hands full as well, so the guys do each other a lot of good in expanding the support system.
The Society of Masters is the world where all of these stories take place. It includes the Don’t series, the Deliver Us series, and several other of my stories, including Whatever the Cost, Song of the Lonesome Cowboy, and my upcoming novel, Loving the Master. There are various shared elements or characters in all of these stories. They touch each other’s lives in subtle or profound ways. As an author, it’s a lot of fun to weave the lives of these characters together in order to create a more elaborate tapestry. It’s my hope that readers enjoy finding those little surprise ties drawing one world right up against or into another.
Jack:The Society of Masters has grown so much over the years. I love its complexity: how the worlds all interlace. As an author, how did you find handling the Don’t boys?
Lynn: It was one of the greatest writing challenges I’ve taken on, to be honest, but exhilarating in wildly new ways. Jack, Jan and Gray were already real and vivid in my mind but writing them demands intimate knowledge. To bring a character to life on the page requires getting into their head, understanding motivations, desires, history, emotions, fears, and so much more. But once I began to get them down, it was like actual magic, seeing them exist in my world without losing what makes them the people they already were. Of course, the British vs. American language and cultural differences didn’t make it any easier!!
Jack: Lol. Oh yes, the language change! I had no idea “Baps” weren’t that well known over in the US when it came to Backlash. Do you have a favourite from the Don’t series?
Lynn: You know, I actually don’t, just because I love different things about each of the guys in equal ways. Jack is a very human character, which I love. He does his best, even when he’s getting in his own way. The intentions are there, and they’re true. Jan is the most relatable of the three, in my eyes. He really helps to bring us, the readers, into their world and even when both Jack and Gray are up to things that make no sense from an outsider’s perspective, Jan is there trying his damnedest to be there for the guys he cares so much for. Gray, funnily enough is the one I understand best. He was the easiest to write, and I loved getting to travel back to his younger days, tempting him with Trace and exposing more of the flawed humanity that he does his best to guard and hide away. Seeing how Trace and Gray interact in Backlash was a real thrill, seeing the history between them lend some support in trying times.
Jack: Keeping with that history theme between our lads, your boys are coming over to London for Backlash. Knowing where Antidote left off, how do you think they’ll fit in to the fallout?
Lynn: Well, my guys do have a unique perspective to bring. None of them have had easy lives, by any means. There have been several kinds of abuse, homelessness, drug addiction, prostitution, and the need to shed entire identities for safety reasons, among other things. So, it takes a lot to shock them or scare them off. They’re at the best points in their own lives, after finding some peace and harmony, to be able to handle troubles actively plaguing people they care about. I’d like to think they bring patience, skill, friendship, and perspective on it all. Trace has gotten a clear look at Jack and Martin and knows very well where Gray is coming from, without being unable to call him out on questionable decisions. I think it will be a wild ride for all of them, but nothing they’re not ready or eager to handle.
Jack: Trace and Gray are ex-lovers. They’re both also Doms. How do you think Trace will react to Gray, knowing what Gray’s been put through? Do you think there’ll be any anger towards Jack for how he’s treated Gray? Would there be any spark of anger that Gray wasn’t able to pull back sooner and call time out before the damaged was caused in Antidote?
Lynn: Trace is in the position of being incredibly sympathetic to Gray’s troubles, but is also willing to call Gray out on any BS. They know each other well enough to have that familiarity, where Trace would be the first one to speak up and stand up to Gray, if needed, in order to get everyone to a better place. It’s possible Trace would be frustrated with Jack, but Trace has had more than enough experience with subs who have stepped out of line or broken rules. He’s a forgiving guy with a fairly level head. Same with Gray—there might be some disappointment there for Trace in the choices Gray has made, but at this point all Trace can do about it is be available as a friend.
Jack: I have to admit, seeing them all interact together in Backlash, there is that quiet trust between all of our lads. I honestly don’t think Gray would trust anyone else like that as he does with Trace. They’ve been so beautiful to handle together in this.
Now, Dare and Jan both come from a vanilla lifestyle, and they struck up a good friendship in Forgive Us. How do you see that friendship growing once Dare reaches London?
Lynn: I think just because of the foreign setting and some of the circumstances at play, Dare might be a little reserved with Jan, but the affection is definitely there. Dare’s an incredibly loyal guy, almost like a puppy, so he’d be right there for Jan, trying to figure out his world and where Dare might best fit into it.
Jack:Probably one of the most questions I get asked is: How can Jack get back into BDSM with everything that happened in Antidote? How can both he and Jan even tolerate being touched. And a lot of readers are curious to see just where your lads can help. So Gabe… Apart from Ben Knox in Deliver Us, Gabe’s one stunning Dom. Why do you think Gray would seek to contract Gabe in particular?
Lynn: One main selling point might be that Gabe doesn’t have sex with his submissives, other than Dare. It’s not something Gabe is looking for and he’s a firm believer in trying to help subs get to the place where they crave to be without taking the expected or usual routes. He thinks outside the box but has a ton of respect for the process and rules.
Jack: I have to admit that handling Gabe ran the smoothest from my pov. The dynamics at play between him and Gray are push and pull, and Gabe really steps up to the plate, despite facing a MI5 interrogations officer.
For those readers not familiar with the timeline of the Society of Masters, can you give us a breakdown of the order of novels in the SoM?
Lynn: Absolutely! Here’s a complete list of all of the Society of Masters books in chronological order as the events play out on a single timeline. It’s not necessary to have read all of the books to understand the events in specific series within the shared world; they’re simply tied together in different thematic ways:
· Loving the Master by Lynn Kelling (novel)
· Expected Lies by Lynn Kelling (short)
· Divine Surrender by Lynn Kelling (short)
· Learning from the Master by Lynn Kelling (novel)
· Never Happened by Lynn Kelling (short)
· Deliver Us by Lynn Kelling (novel)
· Don’t… by Jack L. Pyke (novel)
· Pleasures of Paradise by Lynn Kelling (short)
· From Temptation (Deliver Us 2) by Lynn Kelling (novel)
· Whatever the Cost by Lynn Kelling (novel)
· Bound by Lies by Lynn Kelling (novel)
· Song of the Lonesome Cowboy by Lynn Kelling (novel)
· Forgive Us (Deliver Us 3) by Lynn Kelling (novel)
· Antidote (Don’t 2) by Jack L. Pyke (novel)
· Breakdown (Don’t 3) by Jack L. Pyke (novel)
· Backlash (Don’t 4) by Jack L. Pyke (novel)
Jack: Where does the end of Backlash leave the Society of Masters in general? Are there more upcoming works from you that use the Don’t characters, and can you tell us a little bit about them.
Lynn: I think the future of the Society of Masters is still in the process of taking shape. I’ve personally been waiting to see where my muse takes me with it. It was always my intention to write a 4th book in the Deliver Us series that brought Trace, his boys (Micah, Gabe, Dare, and crew), his original Master, Nicholai, and David Davenport from the Manse series together. That’s a lot of threads to weave together, though, and I’m mostly happy with where the guys are right now, so we’ll see. If readers want to see it happen, I’ll find a way!
The next release following Backlash in the Society of Masters is Loving the Master. The MC and head Dom in that story, David, was formally trained as a Dom in the Masters’ Circle in London. His Master was Brennan, from the Don’t series, and thank you again, Jack, for lending him to me! Brennan makes an appearance in that novel, as does Nicholai, Trace’s Master, who first appeared in Forgive Us.
Jack: Do you have a blurb for Loving the Master?
Lynn: Yes, certainly.
Loving the Master’s Blurb:
David Davenport is a very successful man by most standards. He has money, influence, and the Manse, his private gay club. Still, that’s not enough to make him happy. Despite all his privilege, David is a lonely man. While at lunch with an old friend, David finds himself enchanted by the charming young waiter, Shea Whittier. Unlike David, Shea does not have wealth or influence. He does have problems, though, and David is more than willing to help. As the men grow closer, Shea’s submissive nature responds to David’s dominance, bringing a powerful intensity to their relationship, and leaving them vulnerable to an unexpected danger. (M/M)
Jack: And what else do you have planned away from the SoM?
Lynn: I have a few wildly different things in the works. Soon to be released is an incredibly dark story titled Caged Jaye, about a fairly normal gay teen who’s the victim of a hate crime. The attack has several consequences for him, the biggest one being a ticket to federal prison on a two-year sentence. Caged Jaye is Jaye’s survival story, showing just how he grows and changes behind bars, and why. It’s also the prequel to Arctic Absolution.
Only the Lonely is a short story prequel in the Twin Ties series which takes a hard, unflinching looking at what happens when a fourteen-year-old boy’s extreme loneliness and lack of supervision lands him in extremely dangerous waters.
Boy in a Dress is a BDSM, MM Romance about a gender fluid exotic dancer and former military brat named Kerry, and Ewyn, the protective, caring, Dominant security guard he meets while working at a club. It’s a story about grief, growth, desperate romance, transformation and the courage it takes to walk the path fate has set for you.
I just signed the contract for a steamy, BDSM, Gay For You novel titled Bare, about the blossoming of a relationship solely because of art. It’s about self-discovery and taking chances in the face of rigid intolerance. I’m actually not writing anything right now, but there are several sequels I’d love to dig into, when I can.
Jack: Excellent! Loads in the works. Thank you so much for joining me today, Lynn. And for letting me handle your boys. They’ve been fantastic!
Lynn: Thank you for having me, Jack, and huge congrats on your incredible work in Backlash!
Jack: Thank you!
And thanks again to Sinfully M/M Book Reviews! Their support over the years has been astounding. Thanks also to you all for dropping by and taking the time to read and possibly comment. Tomorrow we’re over at Twinsie Talk Book Reviews, where Jack, Jan, and Gray are dropping by for a fun character interview. The day after that, for the closing stop of the tour, there’s an author chat with me over at my publishers, Forbidden Fiction. There’s also still a chance to enter yesterday’s Rafflecopter, where we were over at Diverse Reader showing how all the hard work comes together into a short extract from Backlash.
Thanks again for stopping by!
Backlash (Don’t #4)
Jack L. Pyke
Publisher ~ Forbiden Fiction Publishing
Published ~ 19th January 2016
Genre ~ BDSM Psychological Thriller: M/M/M
In the aftermath of Jack Harrison’s release from the psychiatric unit, Gray Raoul’s first instinct is to take brutal revenge on the one responsible for financing Jack and Jan’s torturous psychological reconditioning. However, that person plays the game dangerously well, and knows exactly how to manipulate everyone in Gray’s life. To help negotiate this delicate situation, Gray contacts ex-Diadem Doms Trace and Gabriel Hunter. But the more Gray seems to regain control, the clearer it becomes that there’s something not quite right about Jan Richards. Jan quickly unravels, taking Jack and Gray with him, and bringing out one particularly deadly player. Gray is left with one last defense: break Jack down in order to partner up with his alter ego, Martin. But once freed, Martin has plans of his own, and he wants to make it personal with Gray. Complete trust between Master and sub, between Gray and Jack, will be tested to the absolute limit.
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Loving the Master (Manse Series) by Lynn Kelling
Billionaire Dominant David Davenport needs a break from the loveless isolation imposed by wealth, responsibility, and the stress of running the Manse, his private gay club. While at lunch with an old friend, David finds himself enchanted by the charming and submissive nature of Shea Whittier, their young waiter. David offers to help the young man out with his personal troubles, never suspecting the danger he’s putting them both in. (M/M)
Meet Jack L. Pyke
Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.
Meet Lynn Kelling
Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that weren’t afraid of the dark, didn’t hold anything back and always strived to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life – basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over 50 works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.
Jack and Lynn are gifting to 1 lucky reader two e-book sets: The complete Don’t series and the complete Deliver Us series. For your chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment below saying… Hi to these two fabulous authors.
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