Thursday, April 23, 2009

Miss Doreen interviews LB Gregg & a giveaway!!

Miss Doreen: Hello LB Gregg and thanks so much for stopping by. Carolyn Jean is so very excited about your new book, Happy Ending, but of course, the poor addled girl loves dirty smut books.

LB Gregg: I know, right?

Carolyn Jean: hey!

Miss Doreen: Tell me, when is Happy Ending coming out, and how exactly do you describe it?

LB Gregg: Happy Ending is available tomorrow from the fine folks over at Aspen Mountain Press. This new story is a contemporary m/m romance set in small town New England ~here’s the blurb:

He was everything I never, ever wanted. And I wanted him badly.

All Seth really wanted was a simple massage—was that too much to ask? When his usual therapist is replaced by a sexy young masseur, Seth finds himself obsessed with the unpredictable - and wholly inappropriate - David Cooke. Pushed to the breaking point by forces both mysterious and not so mysterious, Seth must lose his rigid control to find the happy ending both he and David deserve.

I promise that Happy Ending is one spicy little novella.

Miss Doreen: Spicy. I suppose that’s the kind word for it. Now, I have examined certain scenes very closely and I will admit that I am concerned about a number of them, especially something that happened in the first pages. I'm not going to say what it was, because it is very dirty. Can you please describe it, in detail?

LB Gregg: Well, the story opens with a *bang* when Seth Weston has an unprecedented physical reaction to his massage therapy. Believe me, he's surprised, but he's not the kind of guy to let a little thing like propriety stop him when he wants something. Seth does as he pleases.

Miss Doreen: That poor fellow in the book David was surprised, too. He was only trying to make a living as a massage artist, and oh boy, was he angry! I loved how he became stern with Seth.

LB Gregg: David enters the scene as the picture of calm--he embodies the placid, relaxed facade a day spa offers its over stressed clients--and then he's horrified and he's pissed.

Miss Doreen: I thought, these two will never get together after that! What makes them click?

LB Gregg: Boy Butter? Opposites attract. Although they share a common thread in their commitment to their immediate family, they both need what the other offers. David is zesty and colorful and lively. Seth's recovering from a recent loss and it's David who revitalizes and heals him. Seth in turn offers David challenge, stability and integrity, as well as hot man-handling and intense lovin'.

Miss Doreen: Back to the massage scene. Can you tell how you ever got the idea for such a scene?

LB Gregg: Honestly the idea for this story came to me the Sunday after RWA last year. I was in a spa in Sonoma and I thought "What if some manly dude came in here and...uh...came in here."

Miss Doreen: Do you think that could really happen?

LB Gregg: I don’t rightly know. I’m sure it’s possible under the right circumstances.

Miss Doreen: Like what?

LB Gregg: With…maybe a strapping archetype of manhood and a vodka tonic.

Miss Doreen: Oh, please, LB Gregg! A bit of decency! Please! Now, do you know what I just realized is odd about your book? Well, aside from the indecencies? It is told from the point of view of the alpha male.

LB Gregg: Who doesn’t adore a big strong guy? A few weeks ago I read blog comments about how much readers would love to read an alpha male first person pov. How timely! Because Seth starts out as a typical block head and then he…evolves. I didn’t intend for this book to be told from first person, having just finished Gobsmacked, but Seth was the best voice for his own story, and I wanted to do something a bit different.

Miss Doreen: Was it difficult to write from that POV?

LB Gregg: Actually, falling into Seth’s character was more natural for me than I ever expected. Authors often talk about ‘hearing’ characters and I have to say, Seth was loud and clear.

Miss Doreen: Another question about that massage scene: Did you consider at any time having David wear a cowboy hat and cowboy boots as he massaged Seth?

LB Gregg: Yes I did…not. We don't usually see cowboys in Connecticut-- unless it's a traveling rodeo.

Miss Doreen: I think it would seem more realistic that Seth would "behave" the way he did if David was in cowboy garb. Or what if, instead of David, there were two massage artists wearing cowboy hats and boots while massaging Seth?

LB Gregg: ::trying to picture it:: Are the cowboys naked?

Miss Doreen: If that’s how you must have it, I suppose there’s nothing I can do to stop you. Can you say how the scene might have been different if that had been the case? And when Seth had his “reaction” it gave the cowboys unwholesome ideas? Can you please tell the readers of the Thrillionth page how the scene would’ve progressed from there?

LB Gregg: So David’s there? Cuz he’d pop them in the jaw, no question. Seth’s a great big guy, Miss Doreen, and he’s naked in this scene. I bet Seth would knock some heads together (not the kind you like, either) and then he’d call Trooper Gervase for back up. Our Seth isn’t a ménage a trios guy.

Miss Doreen: LB Gregg, this has been a very enlightening interview!

Readers: Leave a comment by tomorrow 3pm to be entered to win an ebook copy of Happy Ending. To read an excerpt visit LB Gregg's very own website! Buy the book (tomorrow) here!


Tracy said...

Fabulous interview!!! Thank you Miss Doreen for interviewing LB.

Miss Doreen I have to say I'm a little worried about you and your cowboy fetish.

Davina said...

Great interview!

According to my friend (an RMT), it is fairly common for men to get errections from massages. Generally, the RMT will just ignore it, and if the guy starts acting like a jerk/perv, she'll leave the room and get the doctors she works with to throw hum out. *nod*

Kati said...

Fab interview!

I'm pretty excited about this book, since I loved, loved, loved Gobsmacked. LBea rocks!

Miss Doreen, perhaps you should write a book, you certainly seem to have a vivid imagination.

CJ, you're so good about letting the crazy people in your life take over your blog. :wink:

Lea said...

Great interview LB and Miss Doreen.

You always make me laugh, I nearly spewed my water! lol

"What if some manly dude came in here and...uh...came in here." Awesome impetus for a story LB! lol

I would echo your concern with respect to cowboy sightings in Connecticut. hmmmmm

Seriously though, "Happy Ending", sounds really good! Congratulations on it's publication.

Miss Doreen - it's always enlightening! lol

Warm regards

lbgregg said...

Tracy~I'm thinking about sending Miss Doreen some cowboy menage. Any title suggestions? All I can think of is The Men of August and those just will NOT fit the bill.

Davina~Seth is a jerky/perv, hands down. He's had a tough few weeks though! He's lonely!


Kati~ Aw. Thanks Kati! That means so much to me!

PS-- CJ has all kinds of crazy folk wandering around her place. ::whistles innocently::

Lea~Thanks! I was trying not to giggle through my massage, you know? Hehhheh. I went back to our room at the hotel and I started scribbling immediately. :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful interview. LOL, Miss I like cowboys, too *wink*

Well, I wanted to tell you that You have an award waiting for you at my blog.

LOL, you crack me up...

Tumperkin said...

Gosh - if he'd massaged him cowboy boots and hat that would have been ..... terrible!

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Can't wait to see what idea you come up after this year's RWA!
Congrats on everything LB ((smooches))

Tracy said...

LB - Just a quick search of books
Sunshine, Sex and Sunflowers by Carol Lynne (m/m/m)
Three for the Rodeo by Luxie Ryder
Mail Order Bride for Two by Elle Saint James

Now I've not read any of them so I can't say how steamy they are but I'm sure they'd be perfect for Miss Doreen.

Renee said...

Can't wait for Happy Ending! Congrats, LB on the book release. :-)

You know, Miss Doreen sounds a little overwrought. Maybe she needs to get away and relax. Maybe a dude ranch, or something . . .

Sarah said...

Guess I should stop pushing refresh on Aspen Mountain Press huh? I thought it was today it came out. I always read things so carefully!!!!

Brilliant interview Miss Doreen and LB. This book sounds like a cracker!

orannia said...

Boy Butter? *snort* I love it!

Thank you so much LB & Miss Doreen! Wonderful interview. Miss Doreen - you really get to the heart of the stone left unturned :)

LB - I have to read eBooks on my computer (it's ancient) and have resisted for ages, but I broke down with Gobsmacked and bought it...and I'm so glad I did! It was a fantastic story and Happy Ending sounds just as good. This line caught my attention:

He was everything I never, ever wanted. And I wanted him badly.*taking notes from Tracy's suggestions* Thank you Tracy!

lbgregg said...

Barbara~Both CJ and Miss Doreen are a pleasure. Well...CJ is a pleasure--Doreen is a trip.

Tumperkin~::waves:: Yay. Hearts. Bunnies. Hugs. K. That's all I have for you.

Katiebabs~Working feverishly (not. I'm actually taking a little break) and then this next one will start out with a bang as well.

lbgregg said...

Tracy~I've just started that new Sam Kane sci-fi. Space m/f/m. Sounds steamy.

Renee~I'm excited. I hope you all like it!

Sarah~ Soon my precious.::pats Sarah::

Oriana~I need to post a link to that butter on my blog. Very interesting packaging.

Thanks for those nice words. David is clearly not what Seth is looking for and, like Miss Doreen and her cowboy menage, he can't stop looking!

laurawilson25 said...

Sounds great! I'd love to win a copy.

Karen W. said...

Thanks for the fun interview and the laughs. :) Good luck with the book; it sounds yummy!

liane66 said...

Great interview.
Thanks for giveaway!

Aymless said...

Love the interview!

sula said...

boy butter, ftw!!! (did you end up buying any on our tour of Castro or did we just enjoy snickering at it on the shelf???)

This is a great story and I can't wait for everyone to meet Seth and David. Specially David...I have a soft spot for him.

whateverfor said...

Miss Doreen, you are a crack up! Seriously though, you ladies are hilarious - I am sure my neighbors are sick of hearing me cackle out loud at 8 p.m. (too early to call the cops about excessive noise).

oh, and pick me!

Bridget Locke said...

*snicker* Why is it that I can never read Ms. Doreen w/o snickering like a kid? :D Not that that's a bad thing, mind you. :)

Laurije Bee said...

Pick me, please? The book sounds like great fun.

guru said...

Great interview. Sounds like a great read.

Carolyn Crane (formerly Carolyn Jean) said...

Ooh, I bet the drawing is near!!! Who will win??

Carolyn Crane (aka Carolyn Jean) said...


Amber Green said...


Yes, some men do have a nerve directly connecting the arch of the foot with the prostate. The right pressure on the right place at the right time can make some of the calmest, quietest men go bugfck. Mmm hmmm.

Now I have boy butter on the mind. :>

tattwo said...

Thanks for the enjoyable interview. I would love to read this book. Sounds . . . interesting.

naida said...

great interview!
this book sounds quite interesting!