Bad Dogs and Drag Queens by Julie Lynn Hayes
Series: Rose and Thorne Book: One
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.
Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?
Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!
The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.
Words: 50,000 words
Categories: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, Romance
“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath. Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.
“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”
“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”
And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?
“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”
My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.
Meet the author:
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Julie Lynn hayes, author of Bad Dogs and Drag Queens.
Hi Julie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about your current book.
Bad Dogs and Drag Queens is the first book in my new series, Rose and Thorne. It’s about two federal undercover cops who are partners on the job as well as off, Vincenzo (Vinnie) Delarosa and Ethan Thorne. As federal undercover agents, they travel wherever they’re needed, although they work primarily in the Southeast region of the US. They’ve been living for the past couple of years in an apartment in Richmond, Virginia, but work brings them temporarily to Roanoke, where they assist first on a mugging case, then they end up assigned to the largest gay nightclub in Roanoke.
I can’t tell more than that without giving away the plot lol
How difficult was it to get into the main character’s head?
Not difficult at all. Vinnie just started talking, and something just clicked. I can identify with him on a number of levels. He’s had a rough childhood, but he’s a survivor, and he’s tough, even if he has his diva moments too. He’s also insecure, but there’s no doubt he loves Ethan with all his heart and soul, and would do anything for him.
Is this book a standalone or do you plan on visiting it again?
Actually, the second book is written and has been subbed to the publisher, as of the time I’m writing this.
Why did you choose to write M/M stories?
My daughters Katie and Sarah were the ones who introduced me to yaoi and fanfiction and m/m love. I’d been writing for many years, but suddenly this whole new world opened up and I fell in love with it. Even if the genre doesn’t get the attention that it should from mainstream publishers, I just love writing romantic stories about two men. And I’m a huge sucker for HEA endings.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration in many places. A picture, a word, a stray thought which makes me wonder what if…. Music, movies, literature… the question is not what to write, but how to find time to write it all.
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorjulielhayes
Goodreads Link: : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3442231.Julie_Lynn_Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Tour Dates & Stops:
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7-Jun: MM Good Book Reviews
9-Jun: Unquietly Me
10-Jun: BFD Book Blog
14-Jun: Molly Lolly
15-Jun: Love Bytes
16-Jun: Havan Fellows
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