Author Name: Hurri Cosmo
Book Name: Then Sawyer Happened
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Blurb: 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.
Pages or Words: 60,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Western/Cowboy
“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…
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Hurri Cosmo, author of Then Sawyer Happened.
Hi Hurri, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
How did you come up with the title of your book? I always let the book tell me what the title is going to be. When I “force” it I usually get confused and not real pleased with what I end up with. That happened with “Forgetting Yesterday”. The original title was “Slap” and mainly because that was the first word of the story and I ended up saving it under that single word. As the story developed that word came to mean something for the story and therefore I let it be the name. However, my editor at the time (she hated me, I think) hated the title and made me change it. She worked with me to pick another title but then we found out it was too similar to another title at that publisher so had to go back to the drawing board. We finally ended up with “Forgetting Yesterday” based off of the song that plays in the book video. I wasn’t real happy with it but it works. This book started out with the name “Riven Creek Ranch” because that is where the story takes place, Riven Creek Ranch, Harbor Ridge, Texas. But after I learned the publisher I had subbed it to was going to close and I needed to find a new home for it I changed it to “Then Sawyer Happened”. I love the title and I am VERY happy I changed it this time.
Have you ever given one of your characters the personality of someone you know? All the time. Probably EVERY time. It has to be that way! Only write what you know. Sometimes you can fake it a little by reading everything you can get your hands on but usually the “life experiences” my boys go through are personal to me or someone close to me.
What do you think makes a good story? I think this genre and the invention of the EBook gives so many people the ability to become an author. Especially with self-publishing being huge these days. Unfortunately that makes for a lot of books out there that really lack a lot of things, at least from my perspective. I have read stories that are extremely choppy and jump around without reason or need. I have read characters whose only purpose is to fulfill a plot point even if by doing so the character comes completely OUT of character and consequently throws you, the reader, from the book. Then there are the plots holes that are big enough to create their own weather. So very, very frustrating. I think a good story has characters that actually tell the story by walking through and doing what they will do no matter what the author had in mind. Mine do that all the time and sometimes to a point I have to put that WIP down and walk away because I now have to figure out what happens next since the outline I had probably no longer works in that case. And don’t leave plot holes. That doesn’t mean that you have to resolve all the plot points you raise. I know I don’t either and sometimes that will leave room for sequels. Plot HOLES are different. That’s when something gets established but then the author discovers that it won’t work half way through and changes it. They either forget that they made the plot point in the first place or they hope the reader doesn’t notice or, worst of all, they don’t care. As far as what I think makes a good story, if those two things are done, I will most likely like the story.
What does your family think of your writing? Some are happy for me and my tiny successes but for the most part I don’t talk about it much. I am a very private person and have a difficult time “putting it out there” like so many others are capable of doing. But my daughter has read some of my work and she really likes it. Except she lives with me and is not a stupid woman so probably thinks she is rather wise in saying she likes it. LOL! I guess it boils down to me liking what I do or what would be the point? Sometimes (like today) I get upset about a bad review. I am the kind of person who wants people to like what I do. That is important to me. So my self confidence wavers a little when a get them. But I usually get over it. Writing to me is life giving. If I stay away from Goodreads. 🙂
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Meet the author:
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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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6466687.Hurri_Cosmo
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press
Cover Artist: Eden Connors
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