Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dirty Dozen Blog Hop: Nicole Dennis

"Dirty Dozen" 
blog hop

12 GRL Authors | 12 Question Q&A | 12 book Giveaway

 Gearing up for GRL in San Diego so its time for another 'Dirty Dozen' blog hop and giveaway event. Same as last year, I've collected twelve different Featured and Supporting Authors and we will all be answering the same twelve questions for the hop. Each Author is donating an e-book to the giveaway, so one lucky person will walk away with a dozen books for their enjoyment! 

Here's who is hosting whom and when... 

September 24th | AE Via is hosting Wade Kelly
September 25th | Aisling Mancy is hosting Tempeste O'Riley
September 28th | Alexa Land is hosting TM Smith
September 29th | Carter Quinn is hosting Nicole Dennis
September 30th | Jeff Adams is hosting Nic Starr
October 1st | LE Franks is hosting Morticia Knight
October 2nd | Morticia Knight is hosting LE Franks
October 5th | Nic Starr is hosting Jeff Adams
October 6th | Nicole Dennis is hosting Carter Quinn
October 7th | TM Smith is hosting Alexa Land
October 8th | Tempeste O'Riley is hosting Aisling Mancy
October 9th | Wade Kelly is hosting AE Via

Today we have Nicole Dennis with us. Let's just jump right in, shall we?

AE Via: Do you fully outline a book? Or do you sit and let the thoughts flow as you type?
ND: Since I started using Scrivener, I've been able to create basic outlines to see where I'm going in a story, especially if I get stuck. I first start a story with letting thoughts flow. Once it gets to a certain point, I fill in the outline or just keep going.

Aisling Mancy: Describe your writing style in five words and what about that style sets you apart from other authors in your genre(s)?
ND: Writing style... hmmm. Don't know if I have an actual style or if I'm still finding it.

Alexa Land: What are you currently working on, and what can we expect from you in 2016?
ND: I'm working on the next Southern Charm book. After a talk with my editor, I ended up adding another novel to bring the series to 8 books. Thanks to the Supreme Court decision, I couldn't give up the opportunity to write a wedding novel. I have other series in the works -- most of them are paranormal in nature.
Carter Quinn: What's the answer to the one question no interviewer has ever asked? (You don't have to supply the question.)
ND: Yes, I write sex between two men.

Jeff Adams: When you're stuck on a story, what do you do to get the words flowing again?
ND: I have to get away from all writing. Either I pick up my current cross-stitch project, read a book or two, and watch movies. Even if it takes a couple of days, I don't mind because when the words flow, they flow strong.

LE Frank: What's your favorite scene from your own work, and the one that's lingered longest from someone else's? (Not genre specific.)
ND: My favorite scene has to be from Southern Charm 4 - When in Bloom. It was the most difficult and tender scene to write. It was the hospital scene where Doc Elliott meets a patient dying of AIDS, Patrick, and what he goes through.

Morticia Knight: What is your favorite genre to read? Least favorite?
ND: I'll read anything from contemporary, to fantasy,  and to paranormal. I'm not a huge fan of horror.

Nic Starr: Tell us about your writing environment and where your writing time fits into your daily or weekly schedule?
ND: I write in two places - one is bringing my netbook and working at the office when there's downtime and the other is at home. I have a laptop desk set up in the living room and sofa so I can listen to movies while writing. I write off and on throughout the day without a set schedule.

Nicole Dennis: How do you manage all of your new plot bunnies and what is your process to work on one?
ND: Depending on the bunny idea, I either jot it down in an old-fashioned notebook or if it's bigger, I"ll create a new Scrivener project and word document.

TM Smith: What keeps you focused when writing?
ND: background noise like music or a TV show helps keep me focused, plus the idea of finishing the next scene, chapter or book.

Tempeste O'Riley: In a perfect world, would you write full time? If so, would it ll be mm/LGBT or would there be some mf in there too? (I love a mix for reading, personally.)
ND: God, I would love to not have to work out of my home and have my writing cover everything. Since I read both hetero/gay books, I happily write everything. I already have an MF dragon series, a MMF jaguar series, and contemporary/paranormal gay single books or series.

Wade Kelly: What influenced your decision to write in this genre?
ND: It all started with a whim to answer a publisher's call that got me going. I picked up a couple of books and fell in love with the genre and the other writers/readers.

"Dirty Dozen" e-book extravaganza giveaway... 

ONE lucky winner will receive an e-book from each Author on the hop. Most Author's have submitted winner's choice from their backlist, but a few have listed a specific title.

AE Via: Winner’s choice, one book from the Nothing Special series

Aisling Mancy: Joyeaux Noel by Aisling Mancy (adult) or Safe by C. Kennedy (young adult)

Alexa Land: One ebook copy from the  'Coming Home' series, or Winner's choice from my backlist.

Carter Quinn: Winner’s choice, one book from Carter's backlist

Jeff Adams: Winner’s choice, one book from Jeff's backlist

LE Frank: Winner's choice, copy of 6 Days to Valentine or Can This be Real

Morticia Knight: Winner’s choice, one book from Morticia's backlist

Nic Starr: Winner's choice, copy of Andrew's Promise or More Than a Friend

Nicole Dennis: Winner’s choice, one book from Nicole's backlist

TM Smith: Winner’s choice, one book from TM's backlist

Tempeste O'Riley: Winner’s choice, one book from Tempeste's backlist

Wade Kelly: Winner’s choice, one book from Wade's backlist

Just think, you could have every book you see pictured above on your e-reader. That should keep you busy for a while! 

Be sure to follow the hop and see how all 12 questions might be the same, but the answers will be wildly different. And show your support by sharing each days post on your social media accounts!

Good luck everyone, see you in San Diego!!

**** to enter the giveaway leave a comment below - you can visit EACH stop on the hop via the links above by their name, and leave a comment at EACH stop for additional entries. At the end of the hop I will put EVERY comment from EACH stop into a hat and draw ONE lucky winner ****


Southern Charm 5
Following the Law


Sheriff Robin Burke is upset and pissed-off. His quiet seaside town is troubled with all kinds of problems. Looking for the man who tried to poison Samuel Ashford is high on his priority list, but there is more in store. When someone he crushes on returns, he hopes to work out his non-existent love life.

Returning from London, Beau Courtenay discovers an invader of his home, his troubled half-brother. Dealing with the chaos, he is busy with a massive backlog of work, renovating the entire Southern Charm system, and others. He finds another troubling detail in the form of tiny interfaces. There's also the allure of the sheriff distracting him and threatening to reveal his darkest secret. 

What happens when Robin connects his suspect to the handsome IT geek with the delicious British accent and tight ass? Can Beau help the sheriff follow the law to prosecute everyone who dares to attack their beloved town? 


Beau wandered away while Candice worked with the elaborate hissing, steaming and
brewing machines. He moved through some of the stacks, checking out the various items
offered for sale and how they’d changed from the last time. Seeing a few of his favorite chips
and treats, he snagged some off the shelf to add to his purchases.

The bell dinged with another entrance.

“Hello, Sheriff, right on time. Want your usual?” Candice asked.

Sheriff? Here? Now? Oh, bollocks.

Lifting his head, Beau looked over the stacks toward the door and saw the tall, handsome
sheriff stepping out of the bright morning light and into the store. The man removed his
Stetson, shoving fingers through his ebony hair cut in a military pattern. Beau felt his knees

“Hey, Candice, make it a double on the espresso. I’m running on empty and stressed,”
the sheriff said.

“Oh dear. Are you still looking for the one who poisoned the new co-owner?”

“Yes. The search is ongoing.” The sheriff stopped and turned his head. “Hello there, Beau,
it’s good to see you again.”

Beau stopped and gave an idiotic wave. “Hello, Sheriff.”

“When did you get back from London?”

“The other night,” Beau said.

Bollocks and fuck a duck, the man’s talking to me! Me!

“I hope your trip went well. I heard from Maggie about your father. I’m sorry to hear he
was so ill.”

“He suffered from a series of heart attacks, but is recovering. My stepmother requested I
fly over to assist with the company. Thankfully, my dad is getting stronger and I left the
company in my uncle’s care.”

“Good to hear. I’m sure you’re happy to be home.”

“I am.”

“By the way, Maggie mentioned something to one of the deputies about some unknown
alarm notices. Would you like me to send someone to your home and check out the system?”
Ready to strangle Maggie for her ‘helpfulness’, Beau cleared his throat and moved
around the shelves to stand in the same aisle as the sheriff. “The code used was one for family.
It’s not a well-known code.”

“Did someone use this old code while you were gone?”

“My half-brother. I’m dealing with him.”

“Sounds like you don’t connect with your brother.”

“I deal with him when he comes around and forget about him when he’s not,” Beau said.

The sheriff sneezed and sniffed at something. He raised an eyebrow and looked at Beau
in a strange fashion. “Is there something you’re not telling me?”


“When did you start smoking?”

Beau blinked at the odd question. He remembered what had happened and cursed under
his breath. “My half-brother. He blew a nasty puff of smoke at me.”


Beau nodded.

“Hmm. Not you?”

“Shite, no!

“Beau, your order is ready,” Candice said.

Swallowing at the slight awkwardness, Beau glanced back at the sheriff. “Excuse me,

The sheriff stepped back and waved the path with a hand. “It’s good to have you home.
I’m sure either one of the laptops or a server at the station will throw a kink in the works to get
some of your personal attention.”

“They usually do like to throw their little tantrums.”

“Perhaps you’ll give someone else some personal attention, too, if needed.”

Raising an eyebrow in silent question, Beau wondered if the law officer was attempting
to flirt with him. “Perhaps. If it’s needed,” he said and walked away from the gorgeous man.
He swore he felt a pair of eyes watching his ass.

What the hell is my attraction to foreign accents?

Robin cursed under his breath as his cock continued to throb and press against his zipper.
If it didn’t let up, there would be zipper marks against his shaft. He shifted and lowered a hand
to rearrange himself. Ever since his first lover had whispered sweet nothings in a gorgeous
Italian lilt while fucking him, Robin had been lost when he heard an accent.

Walking into the Shoppe needing an extra kick of caffeine to get his mind moving to deal
with another day of catching an elusive attacker, he hadn’t expected to hear the rich caress of
a British accent. It curled and lifted around the tones, changing them to something more than
mere English.

When he’d recognized that the accented voice belonged to Beau Courtenay, he hadn’t
been able to help but move closer to him. At the same time, he’d lowered his Stetson to hide
his growing erection. It wouldn’t be proper for a law officer to pop wood in the middle of a
store. He’d turned to meet the man’s dark blue gaze when Beau had appeared around the end
of an aisle.

There was something about the slender well-dressed Brit with the bright-colored canvas
sneakers. Beau hid his quirky nature behind a shy smile. Then there was his competence and
belief in his ability to understand and manipulate electronics. Altogether, Beau was an
intriguing and mysterious package.

Why the hell would his half-brother blow weed smoke in his face?

Damn, I want to know more.

After a far too quick conversation, Beau picked up his order and chatted with Candice.
Robin stared at Beau’s bubble-butt covered in dark chocolate slacks as he walked out of
the door.

“One sweet ass,” he muttered.

“Sheriff is hooked, line and sinker,” Candice teased. “By our lovely Brit too. Rather

“Oh, shush,” Robin said.

Laughing, Candice held out the large cup. “I’ll add it to your tab.”

“Thanks, Candice.” He headed toward the door.

“For what it’s worth, I think you should go for it. He’s single. You’re single. Ask him. All
he can say is no,” Candice called out.

“Don’t need dating advice, nor do I have time to give him the proper attention he
deserves,” Robin said.

“There is more to life than a job. Even for an exceptionally dutiful sheriff of a small

Robin waved and walked out of the door. He headed to the closest parking lot and
watched a shiny, curvy Audi drive away with Beau at the wheel. He whistled low in
appreciation of the beautiful piece of machinery. He wondered what it would be like to drive,
to get it in the open and feel the horsepower.

Instead, all he could do was get in his SUV and drive to the station. After checking in and
handling the morning conferences and updates, Robin went to his office and studied the
information board, which held everything about the investigation regarding the possible
attempted murder of Samuel Ashford.

Contact Information:

A quiet one, Nicole Dennis curled up with the latest book of a favorite author. Since the beginning, there were these characters in her head, worlds wanting to be built on paper, and stories wanting to be told. She began writing during class and continues to this day. Now she can let others into her imagination and worlds that always celebrate the love between two or more people within LGBT, paranormal, and fantasy. 

During the day, she works in a quiet office in Central Florida, where she also makes her home, and enjoys the down time to slip into her imagination. She is owned by a semi-demonic tortie calico, affectionately known as Fat Cat.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NicoleDennis.Author
Blog: http://nicoledennisauthor.blogspot.com
Website: http://nicoledennisauthor.com
Email: nicoledennis.author@gmail.com
GoodreadsQ&A with Nicole Dennis: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/50397-q-a-with-nicole-dennis
Goodreads Profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2791975.Nicole_Dennis


  1. Ty very much. Cool post and giveaway.

  2. I'm loving these interviews!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  3. Thanks again for a great Q&A i really enjoy this blog hop, it is so much fun to read the authors answers and to get to know them a little better.


  4. It's really interesting to find out how writing a book can be so different from one author to another great giveaway too.


  5. I totally loved this post because Q&A helps us readers to know authors more. Thank you so much for the fab giveaway.

  6. Isn't it fun? The processes for each of us is as different as our end products.

  7. Great Q&A session, it such a unique hop. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway chance =)

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  8. I love the different answers to these questions. You learn some interesting things about the authors Following the Law is on my wish list

    redmd@juno.com or nisee1966@gmail.com

  9. Great interview. Thanks for the excerpt as well.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. I love how these questions get different responses from each author


  11. Love this blog tour and seeing all the different answers. Can't wait to meet you at GRL :)

  12. Thanks for the interview & giveaway!

  13. great interview


  14. love the post today


  15. I really enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. I started the series but didn't know that it went beyond three! Thanks!

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. great interview and love the giveaway! elsikoho at yahoo dot com

  17. I used to cross-stitch. Nothing serious, just fun little things, but I couldn't read and cross stitch so I gave it up... not the reading! Thanks! sstogner1 at gmail dot com