BOOK TOUR: THE BRAT (MARINE BODYGUARD) BY PATRICIA LOGAN plus AN AUTHOR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Book Name: The Brat
Series: Marine Bodyguard
Can be read as a standalone
Release Date: February 10, 2016
Charles Fordham III has been expelled from Oxford and sent home with his tail between his legs. The self-professed “brat” has always gotten away with things because of his father’s influence and money. Poor Chas is in for the surprise of his life in the form of a tall, well-muscled, former Marine bodyguard… but even more daunting days may lie ahead. Have his years abroad prepared him for the expectations of his father when he’s forced to live up to his legacy?
Tate Heston returns home from Iraq when his beloved career is cut short by an IED. He’s used to turning boys into men and then leading them into battle where sometimes the good guys lose. This makes him even more hesitant about taking on a job guarding a spoiled brat, but he believes he can probably do what he does best... make young Chas a man.
Not everyone wants to see the brat succeed in his father’s place. Things have been running just fine for years and the return of Charles Fordham III and the shake up his arrival causes, has his family’s enemies in a panic. But as the boy assumes his rightful place, Tate understands sometimes a man must take his fight to the enemy… regardless of battlefield… or boardroom.
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Pages or Words: 96,000 words
Categories: Contemporary Crime Fiction, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Thriller
It's a pleasure to have Patricia here today and she agreed to answer some questions for us. So, let's get started.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I love heroes so I write a lot of military men. In this case, one of the main characters is a former Marine and he is joined by 5 more Marines/Spec Ops/SEALS in the finale. I just want readers to know that there are amazing men and women out there fighting for the rest of us to live with the freedom we enjoy every day. That makes these folks heroes to me and they all deserve their very own love stories so I will write them as long as I can.
What book are you reading now or have read recently?
I have just finished the Cut & Run series. I’d never read the last book and had some audible credits, so I got all the books on audible and had a week immersed in Ty and Zane’s world. That was so fun. I’ve recently discovered a great YA series written by Jana Deleon and they are laugh-out-loud funny so I loved those as well.
Did you learn anything from writing your book, and if so, what was it?
I learn something new in every book because I love research. In this case, I researched J Paul Getty and the Getty Museum. Since I love museums, that was fun and as a child I remember the huge hoopla which surrounded the kidnapping of J Paul Getty Jr. so that was interesting for me.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I watch a lot of TV series with a thriller/mystery aspect to them. I love cop/detective/FBI/CIA series the best because I write a lot of those characters into my books. I pick up a ton of useful information while watching them and always have a word doc open on my computer when I watch Netflix so I can jot down notes.
Is there a scene that is harder for you to write than others? Such as love? Action? Racy?
Yes, action scenes are incredibly hard for me to write because I have to block them out in my head. It’s much easier if one or two of my kids are at home so I can actually have them act it out for me. That way, I get the arm swinging, leg kicking, stomach being slammed into by a boot, scene much more realistic. Love scenes, if I am in the mood, can be simple as pie and incredibly hot, but I’ve written so many now, that I find them hard to write sometimes. I like to make them fresh but this is a lot of work since I’ve done so many.
Do you read your reviews? Do you have any advice for how to deal with the bad?
Yes, I read most of them. Some of the two and three stars I skip over. I always torture myself with the one stars and revel in the five and four stars. As far as the really bad one stars, I have enough confidence now that they really don’t bother me. I had one that gave it a one star and her comments were, “got to the middle and it was blank”. I thought Hmm, I wonder whether there was something wrong with her Kindle. LOL. I try to learn from the constructive ones and ignore the trolls.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What it is?
Yes. I write a lot of BDSM and most is very graphic. I have written everything but golden showers and scat scenes because they hold absolutely no appeal for me and such a tiny fraction of my readers would appreciate them, I fear I’d scare off future readers. Besides, I find them disgusting personally.
How hard is it to send your characters out into the world?
I love sending them out into the world like little baby birds. Most of my characters are very personal to me and I fall in love with them so I ache to share them with the world so that my readers can find pleasure in them as well. It excites me to death to read a review where someone connected with one of my characters.
Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a similar situation and what did you do?
I usually incorporate their situation into the book. That has given me some amazing plot twists in the past and often resulted in the next book in the series taking up where this one left off. It happened in this one, as a matter of fact. One of the secondary characters will get his own story in the next Marine Bodyguards book.
If you had a free day and your mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do with your day?
I love art museums and gardens and antiques. I would spend the day touring one of those places, probably stopping along the way to enjoy an outdoor café for lunch and always taking a good friend along with me. I love great conversation, great friends, and a great setting to enjoy them.
Thank you Patricia for stopping by. This was fun and hope to do it again, some day. Happy Release Day and best wishes on the book release.
Chas whirled on Tate, stalking up to him, probably having decided that he was the whole problem. Hell, Tate was totally fine with that. Better he hate him than his father. Hate was easy to handle but he was really surprised when he stopped right in front of him and shouted at him.
“You have no right to tell me how I should talk to my father, you… you cretin!” he screamed.
Tate was only slightly surprised as spittle flew out of Chas’s mouth when he spoke and he raised his hand. Is he gonna…?
Tate reached up and stopped Chas’s slap inches from his cheek as he viciously swung his hand toward him. Tate managed to grasp Chas’s wrist, stopping the blow and the action brought the young man flush up against his body. For a few seconds their faces were inches from each other and with all of Chas’s rage, the way his chest heaved with anger, Tate inexplicably felt his cock harden in his jeans. His fury is magnificent. Tate didn’t know whether he should stop the kid or just bend him over his father’s desk and fuck him right then and there and get it over with. He let the thought slide through his mind for a few seconds as he stared into Chas’s magnificent angry amber-colored eyes. It’s probably not the right time… more’s the pity.
Tate hesitated only a second and then tore his gaze away from the man’s, bringing Chas’s arm down and then around the man’s side so that he was forced to turn his back on Tate. Chas cried out as Tate deftly brought his hand up between his shoulder blades, causing him to bend forward to take the pressure off or have his arm snapped in the process. A second later, Chas’s knees gave out and he dropped to his knees on the thick carpet to relieve the pressure on his arm. Tate bent over him, still holding Chas’s fingers up behind his back with one hand. He laid his hand on the back of the young man’s neck, pushing his forehead firmly to the floor with the other hand.
“Ah! You’re hurting me!” Chas gasped out, drooling down toward the carpet beneath him. His body was shuddering but all the fight had gone out of him and he suddenly went boneless as his body relaxed.
Tate leaned down to speak softly at his ear. “No hitting. No slapping. No getting physical of any sort. That clear?” Go ahead. Fight me, you little fucker. I’ll have your jeans around your ankles and my dick up your ass so fast, you won’t know what hit you.
A second later Chas gave an almost imperceptible nod. His chest was heaving and Tate thought he heard a sob come out of the man as he grunted in pain again.
“Okay,” Chas finally ground out through gritted teeth, “Let me up.”