We are delighted to welcome Hurri Cosmo to Sinfully today on the Blog Tour for her new book Then Sawyer Happened.
Author Q&A with Hurri Cosmo
Hi Hurri and welcome to Sinfully.
Do you have pictures that you use for your characters and can you share them with us?
You bet! Here is one of Trace looking out at the ranch and the horses.
Here is another one of him looking at Sawyer.
Sawyer on the other hand is extremely private and doesn’t allow pictures of himself but Trace was able to sneak one.
And then of course, here's one of his gorgeous horse, Shadow.
What kind of book would you like to write that people would see as a huge departure for you?
Probably one that is “important”. I honestly don’t see myself doing something like that. Not that what I do ISN’T important. It’s just that I don’t do much with angst and “real life”. An important story would have to have both. That’s not to say I ignore the common sense unfolding of a story, quite the opposite. I think I truly pay total attention to how my stories are told and make sure there isn’t anything to “throw the reader out” like plot holes. It’s just that I prefer to escape. For me and my writing, at least for now, I would rather always take the road to “happily ever after”. I want to give my characters deep contentment and fulfillment. “Real life” oftentimes can’t offer that.
Have you ever killed a character? Was it traumatic for you?
If you haven’t killed one, would you ever consider it? I have killed off secondary characters in my stories but never a main character. For instance, in “Until You” and in its sequel, “I Believe Now”, I have killed several people. Brutally. There was also intimated death in “Ladders”. I also kill a number of “people” off book in “The Astral Mage” (Out March 18 from Fireborn Publishing). I also killed off the main character in that book, but only for a while.
I have to admit, even with secondary characters, I still struggle with killing them, wondering if such a finality is “too much” even though I really, really had to do it in each case. But I am not sure I would ever see the necessity to “kill off” a main character and keep him dead. But again, that is up to the story and the characters themselves to let me know. If any of them call for it I just might have to.
Favorite location you’ve ever written about?
Aboard “The Superior Jewel” on Lake Superior sailing around the Apostle Islands on a dinner cruise. Of course I made up the part of a large luxurious yacht that even does that since weather on Superior is always suspect and the water is never warm. Even in deep summer. But I know the Apostle Islands to be these awesome, mostly uninhabited islands with amazing rock formations, caves and wildlife. There are cruises that exist but not any luxury dinner ones like the one I write about in that book which is what made this cruise fun. I think when I bring this particular book out again (Amber Quill is closing at the end of the month) I will include more of the sites off the ship. Something I didn’t spend enough time with. I love the power of Lake Superior and want my readers to be able to experience that.
What’s your favorite season and favorite activity for that season?
Spring. Winter’s ended, summer’s coming, it’s not hot yet and life is fresh and new. I love to walk and just take it all in. Since I live in a busy suburb my “nature walks” end up having to be creative. However, I live near the Minnesota River and there is this trail that I take through a wooded area down to the back waters. There is this busy little creek (not exactly sure where the water is coming from but I prefer to think of it as natural) that tumbles all the way down the hill to meet up with the big water, the Minnesota. I love to listen to it trying so hard to sound like a big stream. There are several places where you have to cross it and some of those places are quite wide. Anyway, I love that short trek. Strangely enough, the trail’s end is a spooky look out over the still back water to “Black Dog”, a power plant (I think it’s shut down now). Sitting behind a solid grove of trees, these tall silent chimneys reach up into the sky and are just plain eerie.
Then Sawyer Happened
Publisher ~ Dark Hollows Press
Published ~ March 8, 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Trace is nursing a broken heart. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions. It was time for Trace to get out of Minnesota.
So Trace heads for Texas and Riven Creek Ranch, the horse farm his aunt Lois owns. But hours before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it's the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.
Then Sawyer happens.
Sawyer is his aunt's big, beautiful, muscle bound, incredibly sexy straight ranch manager. Someone who has no clue Trace is gay. And meeting the big man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt's kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Embarrassing? Yep. But the very next day Trace proceeded to ramp up his embarrassment by quantum leaps when he nearly sets his aunt's house on fire and the brooding Sawyer has to come to the rescue.
Seems like Trace's "luck" followed him.
Not to mention that Aunt Lois's "accident" was actually attempted murder. And now, they just might want Trace dead, too.
Can Trace figure out who's behind the attempts on his aunt's life AND keep Sawyer from finding out he's hot for the cowboy?
He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.
“Sawyer! Damn. You scared me.” Trace fell back against the freezer suddenly feeling light headed. He took in the big body blocking any escape he had and his cock twitched as if it liked the idea there was no way out. “I didn’t hear you… behind me.”
“I saw your car in the driveway. How’s Lois?”
Trace shook his head in an attempt to clear it. “She’s awake and very alert… but…” But someone wants her dead. Who? Someone on this ranch? Could it be Sawyer? I trust him with my life… That’s what she said.
Trace looked up into hard cold eyes. The question was genuine. He cared about the condition of his aunt. But what condition did he care her to be in? “Nothing… just… well… I guess you’re going to have to know… I mean…” Damn, he had to stop acting like a horny teenager in front of this man. “Let me… I’m going to make coffee…”
“It’s made. The big insulated urn on the counter is full. Just made it about a half hour ago so it’s fine.”
“Oh. Good. Let’s sit down. I need to sit down.” Trace took a few steps forward which brought him right in front of the cowboy. He expected Sawyer to move, to back up, but he didn’t. Then Trace did the unthinkable. His body reacted on its own as he put his hand on the big man’s chest and pushed. There would have been no way on God’s green earth he would have been able to physically move the cowboy without his express permission, not to mention help. But Trace’s brain seemed to totally malfunction in this man’s presence.
And, as expected, being pushed in any direction was never going to work for Sawyer. Sawyer grabbed his wrist, twisted it tight behind Trace, which brought Trace up solid, against Sawyer’s hard body, chest to chest. Being several inches taller, Sawyer glared down into Trace’s shocked face, a smoldering look in his eyes. Trace could feel Sawyer’s hot breath on his face, sense the man’s tense muscles from his pecs down through his thighs…
Meet Hurri Cosmo
Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every - single - time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.
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