Hi and welcome to my blog, Hunter Raines. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake. So tell us a little about yourself.
Thanks for having me here! A little about myself… Well, I’m a 32-year old full time writer of erotic romance. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for nearly 14 years (you do the math!). We don’t have children, but we’ve got an absolutely adorable little cat named Texas, who joined our family – you guessed it! – when we lived in Texas. We’ve since moved back to Canada, where we’re both from. I’ve been published since 2003, but I only made the switch to writing full time in 2011. It’s been quite a change, and I’m still adjusting… I have a feeling I’ll still be “adjusting” a decade from now!
SIGHT UNSEEN is a male/male paranormal erotic romance. It’s the story of Daniel Van Doren, who used to be a popular author of young adult novels until a car accident killed his lover and took his sight. If that wasn’t bad enough, the accident left him with the unusual ability to see ghosts. He’s reluctantly made peace with this newfound “talent”, and has even started working with the local police department on unsolved crimes so the ghosts who haunt him can move on. When Logan Riley approaches him with an offer to write his biography for a nice sum of money, Danny’s concerned – as well he should be. Logan plans to discredit him and show the world he’s nothing but a fraud. But Logan’s plans go awry when he finds himself drawn to Danny’s quiet sincerity, and begins to doubt whether he really knows what’s going on. To make matters worse, when a spirit learns to harness the energy between worlds and comes after Danny, Logan may be the one to blame…
As for the inspiration, well, I really love ghost stories. Creepy ones, romantic ones, the ones that send a tingle down your back… I love them all. I wanted to put a different spin on a ghost story, and I’ve always had tremendous respect for the blind. The incredible things they can do even without the use of their sight has always amazed me. I wanted to research blindness, and create a sympathetic, realistic character. When I combined the two ideas, I had my story.
If you had any super powers, what would they be and why?
Teleportation. There’s nothing I hate more than commuting anywhere, and being stuck in traffic is the pits. I’d really love to think myself anywhere in the world, and poof! There I am.
What genre haven’t you tried yet but want to in the future?
I’ve written in a variety of genres, but I have a real passion for epic fantasy. I’d love to be brave enough to tackle a book in that genre someday.
What is one thing readers might be surprised to know about you?
I got married at 18, after knowing my husband-to-be for only 5 months! And no, I wasn’t pregnant, nor was it an arranged marriage. It was love, pure and simple. 14 years later, it was still the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Is it any wonder I’m such a romantic?
If we asked your muse to describe you in three words, what do you think they might say?
I’m pretty sure my muse would call me indecisive, passionate, and prolific.
What authors can be found in your library of books?
Umm… do you have all day? My library is made up of 3,200 books (at last count), and those are just the print books I haven’t read yet! Needless to say, the author list is very, very long. Some of my favorites are George R. R. Martin, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts, Tad Williams, Katie McAllister, Guy Gavriel Kay, and many, many more!
Have any guilty pleasures you want to share with us?
I’m a reality TV addict. There, I said it. I love vegging out in front of an episode of Hell’s Kitchen, Top Chef, The Amazing Race, Face Off, Survivor, Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, Craft Wars, or another similar show.
Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of?
I’m in-between projects right now. I just finished edits on a male/male romantic suspense titled SCANDAL FEVER, which will be released by Loose Id in September, 2012.
What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?
This ties back in to my guilty pleasure answer! I love grabbing a cold drink and indulging in an episode of a reality TV show.
What is one historical figure you would love to chat with and why?
Cleopatra. I’m fascinated by ancient history, and I’m curious whether she was really as sexy, alluring, and charismatic as we believe her to have been. I bet she’d have a lot of interesting things to say about the men in her life, and about ruling a nation.
Would you care to mention any upcoming or WIP projects that readers can look forward from you in the future?
I briefly mentioned SCANDAL FEVER, which will be released as part of the “Coming Out Day” theme at Loose Id. It’s a romantic suspense m/m erotic romance featuring an out-and-proud reality TV star (see how my guilty pleasure ties back in to my work?), and a closeted detective who’s assigned to protect him after he witnesses a crime. I’m really looking forward to seeing this book released! I had a lot of fun writing it.
Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to your heart?
My favorite book is definitely SIGHT UNSEEN. I fell in love with Danny as I wrote him, and I adored Logan as well. Their story is very close to my heart.
Thanks for coming. Is there anything else you want to add?
Thanks so much for having me! I invite readers to find me on my website, at www.hunterraines.com, and follow me on Twitter – @hrainesauthor .
Paranormal M/M Erotic Romance
Daniel Van Doren was once a renowned writer, until he was blinded in the car accident that killed his lover. Now, all he sees are ghosts in need of help. They follow him everywhere, and the only way to be rid of his ethereal visitors is to help them resolve their unfinished business here on earth so their spirits can find peace.
Ghostwriter Logan Riley is assigned to pen Daniel’s biography. He plans to reveal him as a fraud, but when they meet he’s struck by Danny’s quiet sincerity–and a growing attraction. Which makes sticking close to Danny to find out the truth more than a little distracting.
When they are attacked by a violent poltergeist Logan begins to believe Danny’s not just telling the truth, he’s in grave danger. A spirit has learned how to harness the energy of the living to break through the barrier between worlds to harm Danny. And Logan may be the one to blame…
Danny loitered by the door, listening for the sound of a car pulling up the drive. His heart thumped, each beat measuring the passing of time. He’d been standing there for at least ten minutes, though he hadn’t bothered to check his watch. Maybe Logan wouldn’t show up. Maybe after having a night to think about it, he decided Danny had been right—he wasn’t in the least bit interesting, and spending the next few months following a blind man around would be preferable only to watching paint dry. Maybe—
But no. There it was, the sound of a motor revving, then slowing as it pulled into his driveway. It sounded different than the police cruisers Nick normally sent for him. Different also than Nick’s beat up truck, which sputtered and coughed like a tractor.
Danny waited until Logan rang the bell, then lingered a little while longer after that before unlatching the bolt. Throwing the front door open the moment the chime pealed would only make him look desperate.
And he wasn’t desperate. Lonely, maybe. Eager for another whiff of that mouthwatering cologne, definitely. But not desperate.
A swift shot of longing chased away the uncertainty Danny had been feeling all morning. He grabbed his cane and stepped outside, letting the door close behind him.
The female ghost from the Java Café was back, too, and she didn’t look anywhere near as calm this morning as she had last night. In fact, she seemed downright restless, pacing across the field of darkness, scowling at the geriatric boxer when he got in her way and flicking dart-filled glares at Danny. The ball of light she held had shrunk to the size of a marble. Was that why she was so upset?
Unable to help her even if he wanted to, Danny turned away and faced more or less in the direction he thought Logan would be standing. “I wasn’t sure you’d show.”
“Did I give you a reason to doubt me?”
Danny shrugged. He trailed his fingertips across the lock, then fumbled with the key, unable to slide it home as quickly as he’d have liked.
Logan’s fingers wrapped around his, sending a shiver down his spine. “Here, let me help.”
He opened his mouth to protest, then closed it again when he realized Logan had no intention of taking his keys. Instead, he guided Danny’s fingers, positioning the key before pressing their hands forward. Logan’s back pressed against Danny’s, pinning him to the doorframe. The unmistakable feel of Logan’s erection against the curve of his hip made it hard to breathe.
The key slipped inside, and Danny nearly moaned. Logan turned their fingers until the lock clicked into place, then he drew back, leaving Danny shaken and disoriented.
“Take my arm. I’ll guide you to the car.”