GUEST BLOG & GIVEAWAY: Chris T. Kat

Posted: July 14, 2013 by sidlove in Blog Tour, Giveaway Contest, Guest Post, Promo
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Attachment Strings

Sid, thank you very much for having me on your blog! Dreamspinner Press published my new release Attachment Strings (A Jeff Woods Mystery) on June 17th. (Yes, you know that already. :P)

  1. I got the idea for Attachment Strings (and a follow- up as well as a spin-off) while I was on vacation 2011. I fell in love with Atlantic City as a location.
  2. The first character that popped up in my mind was Jeff Woods but I’ve always wanted to write about a character with white-blond hair and dark, almost black eyes. This character became Jeff’s love interest Alex Fisher.
  3. Before I submitted the book to Dreamspinner Press three friends read the book and it’s by far their favorite.
  4. The Steel Pier Amusement Park really exists. You can have a peek here: http://www.steelpier.com/
  5. I wrote Attachment Strings in 2011 but only submitted it at the end of 2012 because I couldn’t let go of the manuscript.
  6. This is my first published book without a pet playing a prominent role or one of the guys having the ability to shift into an animal. 😉
  7. Jeff’s partner on the force, Parker Trenkins, is such an interesting character that even my editors want to read his story.
  8. Usually I’m very specific when I fill out the cover questionnaire. For Attachment Strings I drew a total blank. Catt Ford did an amazing job of creating this beautiful cover, especially considering my vague suggestions.
  9. Alex’s little brother is based on a real little boy I had the pleasure to work with.
  10. Attachment Strings is my seventh published book but it was the second book I wrote.

 ATTACHMENT STRINGS

Attachment Strings (Jeff Woods Mystery, #1)

BLURB: Detective Jeff Woods and his partner have a new case. Someone has been making threatening phone calls to the mayor’s daughter, vowing to kill her disabled child. Though there have been accidents at the girl’s school—enough to take the threats seriously—the facts are few, and leads are sparse.

Needing a breather from the burden of the case, Jeff heads to a bar, where he meets Alex Fisher. Alex isn’t his type, but he’s young and cocky and perfect for a one-night stand. Or two. Soon Jeff starts thinking about how difficult and lonely it is being a cop, and that maybe Alex could fill a void in his life. But Alex has his own obligations: a disabled brother who is the target of threatening letters.

Jeff isn’t sure he’s ready to play house or overcome his prejudices, but he begins to think Alex might be worth it. Caught between his growing affection and his inner demons, Jeff struggles to focus on the case and protect Alex and his brother as the danger builds.

Excerpt:

I parked near Snake Alley, though not near enough to rouse suspicion if anyone saw my car. I was there early, especially for a Friday night. I hadn’t been to this particular club in a while. The Lion’s Den—whoever had named the club was nuts. But that’s just my humble opinion. Maybe the name was supposed to be a very clever wordplay. Or just a nice paraphrase for ‘meat market’. Because that’s what it was. Strangely enough, a lot of the men didn’t get that it was a meat market; they believed in finding their true love here. Damn fools.

I found a good place at the bar and ordered a beer. It wasn’t crowded and from my spot I could overlook the dance floor, most of the bar, and the entrance. Once a cop, always a cop.

For a while, I sipped my beer and let my gaze wander. Around ten the club was filling and I had narrowed down my options to three guys. All of them were tall, broad-shouldered men, able to take it a bit rough.

I fended off a few other guys, though it was a nice ego-boost to be popular. None of the guys who advanced on me were my type: too small, too young, and way too cheerful. I had just finished my beer and decided to try my luck with my main prey, a dark-haired, beefy looking man, when a hand landed on my arm.

“Mind if I buy you another beer?”

I turned around with a frown in place. I was face to face—well, almost face to face, the guy was maybe two or three inches shorter than me—with a very young man. He smiled at me, showing off a line of white teeth, and I blinked. When I was done blinking, I pointedly looked at his hand on my arm, but he didn’t get the hint.

His hand stayed where it was as he ordered two beers. I found myself steered back onto the stool I had just vacated. He sat down on the stool next to me and finally withdrew his hand. Only to hold it out to me. “Hi, I’m Alex. Pleasure to meet you.”

I ignored his outstretched hand. “Thanks for the beer but I’m not interested.”

“You’re not?”

“No.” I wasn’t interested at all. This guy was way too young and absolutely not my type. Fair-haired and slender in built, almost delicate. I grimaced. He would find someone who’d appreciate his looks; there were a lot of men who’d be pleased with someone like him. It just wasn’t going to be me.

“No? Really? You don’t even know me.”

“I’m not here to get to know anyone.”

“Well, neither am I.”

I snorted. “Why did you sound so offended then?”

Alex answered with a shrug. “I’m not used to getting turned down, that’s all.”

Arrogant little prick. I patted his shoulder in a there-there gesture. “You’ll get used to it.”

“No, I won’t. I observed you for an hour and I want you. There’s no one with you, so I don’t get what the problem is.”

My eyes narrowed again. He had observed me for an hour and I hadn’t sensed it? Either I was drunk, which was very unlikely, or I needed to pay better attention to my surroundings. I took great offense at having been spied on without my knowledge. “Kid, do yourself a favor and pick up someone else. I’m not interested, but I can point out at least two men who are.”

“I can point out at least four men who are interested in me, but I don’t care about them. I already made my decision.”

The kid was incredibly arrogant. It should have been annoying but instead I was amused. He had balls and I liked that. “You did? Tell you what, I made a decision myself and it didn’t include you.”

“That’s only because you didn’t see me before.”

I laughed. “I haven’t met someone that snotty in quite a while.”

He grinned at me. “At least it got your attention.”

The bartender placed our beers in front of us and we both reached for them. We clinked the glasses together before we both turned around to stare at the dance floor. From the corner of my eyes I inspected Alex more closely. The blondness of his hair bordered on white. He had it slicked back, though it was already starting to curl up on the nape of his neck. A loose strand repeatedly fell onto his forehead. Unsuccessfully, he tried to tame it.

He caught me glancing at him when he tried to tuck the stray hair behind his ear. A light flush crept up in his cheeks while he muttered, “It never stays where I put it.”

“That’s why you put a pound of gel into it?”

The light flush turned into a deep red. “It wasn’t a pound, only half of a bottle.”

I grinned at him and stretched out my hand. He took it immediately. “Hi Alex, I’m Jeff.”

“Jeff,” he repeated.

His gaze wandered to our joined hands. His hand almost vanished in mine. There were no calluses on his and the skin was baby-soft. Usually, I would have turned and run away. Oddly enough, I found myself stroking my thumb over the knuckles of his hand.

After swallowing heavily several times, Alex looked at me. “You got big hands.”

“Yep.”

“I bet you know how to use them.”

“I do.”

“You need to show me. Really soon.”

I smirked. Even though he wasn’t my type, he was good for my ego. It had been a long time since anyone had looked at me with such open hunger. I said, “I might do that.”

“You might? Didn’t you listen when I told you that you’re it for me tonight?”

“Don’t push your luck. At the very least I’m reconsidering.”

“You like that I’m pushy.”

“No, I don’t. It’s amusing, though.”

“Oh.” He sounded vaguely embarrassed. Maybe now he’d shut up for a while.

He did, but never let go of my hand. Instead, he came to stand at my other side and looped his free arm loosely around my waist. I raised an eyebrow questioningly.

“So far you’re only reconsidering. I’m making the best of it.”

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About the Author

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

Links:

Blog: http://christikat.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/christi_kat

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/ChrisTKat

DSP author page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=605

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Comments
  1. Jeanne says:

    This looks like a really good choice of read. I would love the chance to win this book. If I get lucky please send a print copy. Jeanne at jtagee@bham.rr.com

  2. Susan says:

    Hi, I’m Susan @ skadlec1@yahoo.com and I’d love to win a PDF of this story. I’ve read most of your books and although I admit I’m a sucker for the animals, which originally attracted to you as a writer, this sounds great.

  3. Trix says:

    Trix
    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com
    Kindle format
    I’ve heard wonderful things about this one!

  4. Cornelia says:

    Please count me in,loved the excerpt.Would like mobi/PDF format.
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

  5. skylarjaye says:

    Name: Skylar Jaye
    Email ID: jayeskylar [at] gmail.com
    The format in which you’d prefer to read the book, in case you win: Ebook: mobi format!
    Message to the author: I really really want to read this book. It looks so amazing Chris. ❤

  6. suze29 says:

    Suze
    Littlesuze at hotmail dot com
    Epub preferably but pdf works too
    Have seen this a few times now and each time intrigues me more, hooe it goes well!

  7. Carolyn says:

    Carolyn
    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com
    epub, please
    Interesting list, Chris. Number 4 was the only one I knew because you’d written about it somewhere else, but that’s pretty cool about 5 and 10. Attachment Strings is already on my to-buy list, but thank you for the chance to win it!

  8. Name*: Darcy
    Email ID*: pomma @akwolf.com
    Would love to have your book in Kindle format or pdf.
    I love shifter stories, and of course when animals are part of the story.
    Loved the excerpt, and would love to read the rest.*S*
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. Cia says:

    Name*: The muy fabuloso Cia Extraordinaire, of course.
    Email ID*: anordwell@live.com
    The format in which you’d prefer to read the book, in case you win*: epub
    Message to the author:Hi Chris! Awww, hey, you are so much more versatile than shifters and animals. I love to see that coming out in your published work. I’ve been seeing this all over the place and it looks like you’re having great success! I’m a real sucker for contemporary lately and the way you had Alex’s personality shown, a little shy and uncertain mixed with cheek, when he holds Jeff’s hands. *awwws*

  10. Penumbra says:

    Penumbra

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

    EPUB format

    First time I’ve seen this book. Great excerpt 🙂

  11. H.B. says:

    H.B.
    humhumbum@yahoo.com
    PDF
    Interesting little facts about the book. Thanks for sharing it with us =)

  12. sherry1969 says:

    Sherry S.:
    If I won I would like a print copy
    Sounds like a very good book. I enjoyed the blurb and the excerpt.
    follow by email
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  13. Giselle says:

    Hi! This is Gigi and my email is gisu29(at)gmail(dot)com. If I win I’d like the book in epub format please. This sounds like a great book. I loved the excerpt!

  14. MaryMary says:

    Hey this is Mary and my email is mary(at)ferretrescue(dot)com. If I win, I’d love to have PDF format.
    Chris – I love the animal characters in your books, maybe could have a character with a ferret sometime? I’ll gladly give you any info you need on ferrets 🙂 Thanks!

  15. Jennifer Funke says:

    Name*: Jennifer
    Email: yami_no_ite@yahoo.com
    Format: Epub
    Message to the author: Reading the excerpt was really good. The synopsis sounded good, but the excerpts read real easy and made me even more interested.

  16. Amy C says:

    Amy C
    amygoober@yahoo.com
    Epub
    I want this book so bad!! It looks really good:)

  17. Sandra says:

    This look great, I’d love to win an ePub copy!

  18. John says:

    Name: John
    Email ID: perfectatlying[at]gmail[dot]com
    The format in which you’d prefer to read the book, in case you win: epub

    I’ve been obsessed with this whole gay male sleuth genre since I discovered the Donald Strachey mysteries ten years ago. Looking forward to reading this contribution!

  19. Giselle says:

    Loved the excerpt!!!

  20. Cynthia says:

    Cynthia
    schan26.wisc(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks for the giveaway. I’d love to read the book in PDF.
    I agree with you that the cover looks amazing.

  21. dtorini says:

    Count me in on the drawing, please 🙂
    puspitorinid(at)yahoo(dot)com

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