Release Date: October 9, 2015
Peter Kim has been in love with his five best friends since junior high. Now attending college, they share a house, but none of them know how Pete really feels.
Until the five of them come home early to find Pete masturbating while watching a video of them all on vacation near a river last summer.
Devastated and embarrassed, Pete is sure they’ll kick him out come morning. Accepting him as the only gay one among them is one thing, but knowing he lusts after them? All of them? They couldn’t possibly accept that.
But when Pete wakes up the next morning, he’s shocked to discover his housemates have a proposition for him. He’ll choose one of them each day, and they promise to do whatever he wants—including sex—for a full twelve hours.
And, yeah, they’re serious.
I watched them pile into the behemoth Devon’s mom had loaned for tonight’s trip up to Cleveland. They all looked good in their club clothes. Nothing flashy or too tight, but I’d spread some fashion sense around and they’d believed me every time. Not a single girl would be able to resist my boys.
Of course, there would be plenty of boys who’d be unable to resist them either.
Just like me.
I waved as they drove off, equal parts relieved and lonely. I didn’t want to let them go without me, but I had been wound way too tight lately. I had on one other piece of clothing—the tightest pair of briefs I owned—just to help mask the boner I kept springing every time I’d been near them for the past three days.
Something had to give, and it was going to happen in a gush of orgasmic heat all over my fist.
Today, I’m very lucky to be interviewing Missy Welsh author of Take Your Pick.
Hi, Missy. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello! Thanks so much for hosting me today. I’m not too complicated, I am addicted to carbs, and I need an app on my phone to yell at me so I work through my to-do list. Sometimes I’m pink and frilly, but mostly I’m denim and bare feet. I’ve worked in membership management, IT, customer service, and marketing, but it’s writing fiction that I truly love.
Take Your Pick is about Peter Kim and his 5 housemates exploring their sexualities in the name of ultimate friendship. See, Pete’s in love with all of them and it’s become a secret he can’t contain any longer. After he’s found out, he’s both thrilled and wary about his housemates’ decision to spend a day with him doing whatever he wants, including sex. Pete’s going to learn a lot about each of them as well as himself by the end of this story.
Give us ten tips for becoming a better writer.
- Show, don’t tell. A lot of authors think they know what that means, but not everyone does, and we all lapse into tell now and then. I’m especially guilty of over-using “felt” instead of showing the feeling in actions. I highly recommend The Emotion Thesaurus for fixing that.
- Ignore the lists of words to “never” use. Those lists freak me out. All words work when used appropriately and without overusing them. I think the key there is the last part, so be aware more than strictly avoiding certain words.
- Understand your genre. If you’re going to call your story a romance, there are certain expectations that come with romances. Namely, happy endings. Yes, it’s really a thing. And you can’t get mad at readers who get mad at you because your romance didn’t HEA/HFN. That’s what romances do and why there are genres that include “with romantic elements.” Push boundaries and whatever, but make sure you know you’re breaking the rules and do your damnedest to make your readers very aware of what you’re doing too.
- Never stop learning craft. Read the how-to books. Get them from the library if you don’t want to commit to them right away. They might talk about the same things, but this one explains it in a way that just blows your mind. Like you were always aware of that thing, but now, holy crap, you get it. You can do it! It’s like getting a gold star on your homework. Never stop learning.
- Join a critique group. This goes along with continuing to learn your craft as well as understand your genre. By reading the work of others and offering constructive criticism, you’ll hone your knowledge of writing while also becoming a better reader for others. There’s camaraderie in sharing the ups and downs of both the writing process and publishing, too.
- Expand your vocabulary. Did you have vocabulary tests in school? Lord, I did and I never paid as much attention as I now believe I should’ve. If you’ve ever had to look up a word while reading a book—which I often have to, especially in historicals—you’ll want to commit those words to memory. Most of the time for me, those words convey what I could only say in three or four words. Or a whole sentence! Sure, they’re not always appropriate for every character, but they could come in handy down the road. Words like these let you write more diverse characters.
- Don’t read reviews. There are two schools of thought on this, but this is mine: Reviews are for readers. For authors, that review is for the book that’s over and there’s nothing you can do to change it now. Too late! Whatever criticism exists—deserved or not—serves only to educate the readership on what they might get from your work. Yes, praise is lovely, but even the thickest skin is pierced by painful reviews.
- Read in more than your genre. Yes, you need to understand your genre, but don’t limit yourself to it. Some amazing stories are being told in science fiction, fantasy, suspense, and horror right now. Think of the things you could learn and apply to your own work. The inspiration is out there!
- Treat editing as advise. Editors are not infallible. While they should know what they’re doing, they don’t know everything. They also do not own your words and should never change your writing style. Plug plot holes, suggest clearer phrasing, punch up the action, adjust punctuation—that’s all good. It’s also all negotiable, just like anything else they say about your work. Find an editor who wants to work with you to make you better, not someone who wants to make you more like them. It’s your name on the cover.
- Write the next book. That’s all. Get to it.
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About the Author
Missy Welsh stares into space a lot, has conversations with cats, takes notes while people-watching, records conversations (not the ones with cats), named her laptop Norbert and her phone Pushkin, has backups of her backups’ backups, faints at the sight of a misused semi-colon, and will often ask socially unacceptable questions of strangers.
Basically, she’s a writer.
Where to find Missy Welsh:
Missy Welsh Book News (email list), http://bit.ly/1coHgOY
All Romance eBooks Author Page, http://bit.ly/1VanTjS
Amazon Author Page, http://amzn.to/P6ilxR
Goodreads Link: http://bit.ly/175mtjK
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