Please join us in welcoming Pauline Allan to Sinfully today, as she celebrates the release of her recent novel Claiming Dane.
Hello everyone. I want to take a moment to thank you so much for letting me take a moment of your day. I’m excited to be here.
When I first construct the vibe of a story, I close my eyes and let the images take over my brain. For my new release, Claiming Dane, a green exit sign flashed through by my creative eye. Someone was driving. The night sky threatened to swallow the green metal sign, but the bright lights of a car kept the stark white letters from drowning in the darkness. Who was driving? Where was he going?
The spiral took me further and I fell into the decent of the wonderfully compelling story of a shattered man and the love he thought he didn’t deserve. From addiction to redemption, Claiming Dane reveals two men teetering on the brink of despair. Two lovers in the grips of loneliness, one haunted by panic attacks and the other empty from past mistakes.
The inspiration for this second book in the Hot Southern Nights Series is steeped in the richness of the South with hints of hauntings, suspense, and heart stopping romance. This book can be read as a standalone or paired with book one, Gilded Lily.
I weaved my personal experiences throughout the story, starting with The Wisteria Hotel. This hotel is based on a factual hotel that is now an apartment complex in Hattiesburg. While the place has lost the luster of its past, Claiming Dane brings the hotel’s glory back to life when Dane restores the vintage place as a second income. I love traveling to Louisiana twice a year and we pass the Hattiesburg sign when we drive. Other correlations between my life and the book deal with my day job. I’m a registered nurse in a hospital and specialize in taking care of babies who are going through withdrawal due to their mother’s addiction while they were pregnant. Melissa, Dane’s ex, is a puzzle constructed of many women I’ve dealt with over the years. Tony, a trauma surgeon, may appear to be based on a physician I work with, but that’s not the truth. Tony, before any of the books I ever wrote, was a hero I loving developed in many handwritten paragraphs throughout several notebooks. I talked to him often and he finally opened up to me and told me his story. I’ll always cherish him.
The haunting history of the Wisteria is of my own making. I used to be a member of a local ghost hunting group and we traveled all over the state. We hunted at an abandoned state mental facility several times and those experiences gave me the insight into Caroline’s fun excitement to work with the hunters in Hattiesburg.
Dane, I have to say is one of the sweetest characters who’s ever come into my head. Writing is cathartic and Dane’s anxiety and PTSD hits close to home. I watched my dad struggle with his emotional scars from Vietnam and my cousin from Afghanistan. My heart bleeds for these soldiers who lose so much of themselves overseas. I cried many tears for Dane as the words hit the pages.
And lastly, Caroline. At work, I have the privilege of being involved in many same sex adoptions. I’m giggling as I write this now. One case involved two gorgeous…did I mention gorgeous…underwear models from France. They were the nicest couple. They had come to America to adopt a baby girl because we had opened the process to make it easier for gay couples to adopt here. They cherished that little girl like she was a glass doll. It took twenty minutes for them to change her diaper and were terrified when she cried. And here’s the kicker—they walked around their hospital room in nothing but tight Aussie Bum underwear! To recap…two gay gorgeous French models walking around their room in Aussie Bum underwear. Every nurse on the unit found a reason to go in that room. From taking them fresh water to offering to take their new daughter so they could nap. Yep, we all had googly eyes for those two. It was a very rewarding experience.
The emotional rollercoaster of writing Claiming Dane brought a rewarding experience into my writing career. My hope for the book is that it will touch the hearts of the readers as much as it has mine.
Thank you so much for having me today! I look forward to hearing from your lovely readers. Please leave a comment and I’ll be drawing a winner for a surprise gift from the Spencer PRIDE Unity Center where I volunteer. The drawing will take place on November 14th, 2016.
(Hot Southern Nights)
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
With a past shadowed in vices, Tony Morretti is finally ready to face his demons. A Dominant surgeon, fearless and desperate, he risks everything to leave his career, the empty relationships, the façade of a life he’s created to attend his brother’s memorial. Guilt threatens to drown any hope of a stable future with his family’s forgiveness when his mother asks him not to attend the service. With a wake of devastating decisions, he has to make one more. Stay and risk falling in love with a man threatening to open every wound in his jaded soul or return home and fall deeper into the darkness he’s created.
A wounded soldier, Dane McNeil, has to once again take a risk. A one night stand with the dark haired stranger standing in his hotel lobby would lead to more broken promises, more offers to kneel at the feet of yet another empty affair. “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.” An oath Dane has sworn to live by will now defend his young daughter’s life from her dangerous mother. With a hotel and security business to run, his life has fallen into days of coloring books and leaky faucets. While his heart longs to share a bed with the sexy doctor who’s landed on the doorstep desperate for a room, he knows that handsome smile will lead to more sleepless nights and yet another crack in what’s left of his already shattered heart.
Trust is broken when secrets are revealed and Dane must walk away from the only man he’s ever loved. For a reluctant Dominant, Tony is terrified. He doesn’t need another sub to take care of, another lover incapable of keeping the commanding darkness from killing his soul.
But, Dane’s no longer a sub.
Tony, no longer a Dom.
Claiming Dane is book two in the Hot Southern Nights series. This book can be read as a standalone or with Gilded Lily, book one in this series.
Meet Pauline Allan
Pauline lives in the Midwest with her hero husband, two handsome boys, one ornery cat, and a lovely Pitbull. She enjoys writing erotic romance for all readers. From contemporary gay romance to gay fairytales, Pauline shares stories that she holds close to her heart. By day Pauline is a special care baby registered nurse and by night a hopeless romantic. She loves to travel to New Orleans twice a year to recharge her creative battery and enjoy a bag full of powdered sugar covered beignets. Sit down, relax and Laissez les bons temps rouler! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please leave a comment (Including your email address) and I’ll be drawing a winner for a surprise gift from the Spencer PRIDE Unity Center where I volunteer. The drawing will take place on November 14th, 2016.