Character’s Perspective with Syler from Erik Clarke’s Monster

I’m excited to have with me today Syler from Erik Clarke’s second novel in the Spellbound series, Monster.

Monster Cover Art

What is one thing your storyteller misrepresented?

Well, I’m actually the storyteller in this case, but apparently I “completely misrepresented” Max when I dared to say more than once that he “purred”. Fucker gave me loads of shit over that one—“I’m not a cat, I’m a wolf, we don’t purr, blah blah blah.” But yeah. Totally purrs. Don’t listen to him.

What is a quote you live by?

In the book, I say I live by the mantra “If you don’t like it, then fuck off”, and I really still agree with that. If you don’t like something, then leave. Don’t hate on shit, or suffer through something you don’t like. Just go, and leave it to the people who do.

What would you have named your story?

If I was feeling sappy at the time, I’d name it “I Missed You”. I told Max that eventually, but I definitely took my sweet ass time with it. He deserved to know a lot sooner than he did. If I wasn’t feeling so sentimental, I’d probably go with something along the lines of “Even Assholes Need Some Love”. It’d be pretty accurate.

What event in your life would make a wonderful short-story addition to your story?

The day that I met Max. It was first year of college, and I was still trying to get into the swing of things. We ran into each other at a party—within five minutes of meeting him, I hated him, and I’m sure he felt the same way. Thirty minutes later, we’re fucking in the bathroom, with the line of people going halfway out the house. Suffice it to say, by the time we were done, that bathroom needed remodeled, and I almost had to get a wheelchair. It was perfect.

Retell your story in a haiku.

Syler was a dick

Max showed there was more to him

But he’s still a dick

Does rhyming “dick” with “dick” in a non-rhyming form of poem get me bonus points?

Oh, absolutely! Pick a scene in your story. What song is playing in the background?

After the Vampire debacle, when Max finally gets me to hold still long enough to talk, and I tell him that I need him. Right Here, by Betty Who. It just nails it in this weird way, all the way down to that almost fleeting sense of reciprocation, like you just know that I’m gonna fuck it up soon, but right here, right now, things are perfect even though they won’t last.

What surprises you most about your love interest?

Max has always known that I was full of shit. Never even questioned it. Most people think that I’m really trying to be this hateful asshole, and they take the things I say so seriously. He brushes it off and fires back with just as much sarcasm and snarkiness, and that’s just what works for us. It’s always been that way—we never even had to talk about it. He’s one of the only people I’ve met like that, who just knew the kind of guy I was right off the bat.

At what moment did you know you were in love?

I’m not sure when it happened the first time we were together. It just sort of crept up on me naturally, without even really having to think about it—of course, I didn’t tell him that I loved him, even though he did tell me. But when we met up again after all those years, I realized I still loved him the moment that he told me he missed me, when we met up in his room that night. It made me realize how much I’d missed him too, had been missing him since the second I walked away.

Thank you so much for being with me today, Syler. It’s a pleasure, as always.

If you’d like to learn more about Syler and Max’s story, you check it out at the following websites.

Monster is available now for early download through Totally Bound. It will hit the major retailers May 16th.

Erik Clarke’s Bio

Erik Clarke is still trying to figure out how to balance work, school, writing, and the ever-elusive “social life”. He’s also still trying to figure out when the outlandish plots and crazy characters he’d scribbled into the margins of his notebooks for years somehow coalesced into an actual novel.

Born in Ohio and now struggling through the constant love/hate relationship that is living in the beautiful but sweltering Arizona landscape, Erik is thankful every day for the incredible, supportive family and friends that surround him—and for the sheer joy that writing two characters to their happily ever after can bring.

Erik Clarke

What’s new?

Wow, so much has been happening I don’t even know where to being.

My son’s second book, Monster, is available for early download beginning tomorrow! He is really hoping this one can take it one notch further than Night and hit Amazon’s top ten. Cresting at eleven was such a ‘so close’ moment.

Erik is all moved in to his new place. We visited him a few nights ago and only a couple of boxes remain. Considering the adventure in moving we all had, I’m impressed. But he always has great style. He showed off some phenomenal dance moves while he was carrying his desk out to the truck and a bull snake slithered out of a flower pot inches away from his knee. His sense of humor and drive have served him well.

It’s taking a bit of adjustment to get used to a quiet home. I realized just how large this ole house is now that it isn’t filled with college kids. I must say, I miss his friends too, but I am getting more sleep. 🙂 Their midnight baking binges were noisy affairs.

My husband and I have a lot more time as a couple. It’s been twenty-four years since we lived alone together. It’s nice to be able to have ‘deep personal’ conversations whenever the need or desire arises instead of having to schedule it. I won’t lie, the privacy is nice too 😉

With all the ‘new beginnings’ going on around here, I guess it’s fitting that the first book of my new series, Master’s Touch, will be out soon. In fact, it is already available for pre-order on Amazon. Click here to learn more. The One and Only is being published by Ellora’s Cave. To date, there are three books planned in the series. They are a little longer. All Grown Up, the second book, is waiting for the editing process to begin. The third book is finished and I will send it to them soon.

Speaking of done…Bondage Included, the fifth book in the Desired Discipline series, is almost there. I’m on the last chapter. I hope to finish it this week, go over it with my husband next week and off it will go. 

So, all in all, life is busy and ever changing, but life is good.


What a way to start the week!

I woke up this morning a little blurry eyed. It was a whirlwind weekend where I accomplished very little work, but enjoyed time with my family. This morning I need to hit the book hard and get Brett and Alexa to their happily ever after. While I was making breakfast for my husband and packing a few healthy snacks for him to munch on throughout the day, I was surfing the web. What do I find? Both Bondage Wedding and Erik’s book, Night, have hit the bestseller list!

Night is at number three on the M/M list and Bondage Wedding has debuted at eighteen. I was checking the list because I suspected my son had made it. We knew from the Amazon sales ranks, he was kicking butt. However, I was floored to see Bondage Wedding on the M/F list. It hasn’t even hit the major markets yet. It goes out to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the likes on the twenty-first.

I’m so excited. If you were following my blog when I wrote James and Amanda’s story, you know I loved them both. They were a persistent pair, constantly invading my thoughts. I didn’t have a single moments peace, but I like that. I remember going to Williams, Arizona on a day trip with the family. The whole way there, I had my laptop out and was writing. At lunch, I had my notebook in hand jotting down more ideas. While the kids were in the woods tossing a football around, I was laying under the shade of a tree working. The kids still tease me about it.

To those of you who have already bought the book, I thank you. You’ve certainly made my dreams come true!

Odd, but wonderful weekend

We had such plans and almost none of them came to fruition, but that’s okay. We had a wonderful time anyway. Thursday we were going to the lake for a late afternoon, sunset cruise. Unfortunately, the wind and clouds rolled in and made it impossible. Instead, we took our son out to dinner to celebrate the release of his first book, Night.

Friday morning, we hit the road running and drove south about a hundred miles, to out run the storm. We went both antiquing and junk yarding. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I understand, but we enjoy it. In addition to finding a few trinkets, we laughed and talked and reveled in each other’s company.

On Saturday, the storm hit with a force we hadn’t expected. By mid-morning the washes were running and we knew it wouldn’t be safe to bring our family and friends up here. If they actually made it to our home, I wasn’t sure they’d make it back down the hill safely. The party had to be cancelled. Not a big deal for me, I’m not a party person. Though I wouldn’t admit this to my son, who had planned and organized it for us, I was the tiniest bit relieved to not have to interact with everyone. 

His day wasn’t a whole bust, though. We spent a few hours watching the stats roll in on his book, Night. It debuted at number eleven on the All Romance ebook bestseller list and was spotted at number thirty-three on Amazon’s Gay Fiction list. With the upsurge of excitement, he sat down at the computer and wrote a little over 8000 words on his third book Wonder, which is due to the publisher in a couple of weeks.

I managed to squeeze in a bit of writing too, around all the normal household chores that always seem to be put off until the weekend. His To Own is tearing me up a bit. Brett and Alexa have hit a rough patch. Sean, the owner of the BDSM club, Cat Tails and hero of The One and Only, is trying to interject some logic into the situation. Sadly, when hearts are involved, logic doesn’t always save the day.

On Sunday, you couldn’t sand blast the smile off my face. The biggest reason being my husband didn’t leave on a month long business trip. There were no tearful goodbyes or driving home from the airport with a hole in my chest where my heart belongs. 

Today, I woke beside my love. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and all is right with the world. Now to get to work on Brett and Alexa…

Crazy Day

Well, you may have noticed, no pictures have been blogged. The weather, which we thought we could outsmart, outsmarted us. The forecast called for rain on Friday, so my husband got off early on Thursday. We’d hoped to make a sunset run to the lake to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately, by the time he made it home, the clouds and wind were already here. We certainly didn’t waste the time together though. We took our son out to dinner to celebrate the general release of his first book Night.

Friday morning, we went to several junk yards. I know that isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun past time, but it reminds us of the first few years we’d been married and didn’t have two cents to rub together. We saw a lot of cool old cars, found a few items that will help my husband with his current projects and enjoyed being together. And it didn’t rain! Of course we were a hundred miles south of the lake. 🙂

Today, my son organized an anniversary party for us. I’m not a party person, so this should be interesting. Most of the family and our local friends will be in attendance. I hope it goes smoothly. Also, our interview with Beyond Romance went live. What an interesting day that was! The woman interviewing us couldn’t quite wrap her head around the fact we both write erotica. She asked some interesting questions. If you’d like to check it out, just click here.

Let the adventure begin!

I had lunch with an old boss, turned friend earlier this week. She caught me up on all the changes that have taken place since I lost my good sense and walked out. We had a wonderful time. I haven’t laughed so much in a long, long time. On the way home, I stopped by the organization I worked at for seven years. I’ve been very negligent about keeping in touch. I decided to tell them about the books. After a few moments of bulging eyeballs as they looked at the covers and read the plot lines, they were very supportive.I missed those ladies and I’m glad I decided to share my new world with them.

While surfing the publisher’s website with them, I noticed Bondage Celebration had appeared on the Coming Soon carousel.I In a few weeks my son’s first book Night will be there too. Right after that, Bondage Wedding will appear.It really seems too much to wrap my mind around. When this whole adventure began, I never dreamed it would grow wings and take off like this. The fact that my son is on the ride beside me makes it beyond comprehension. While 2013 has been an amazing year, I’m really looking forward to 2014.