11 September 2014

Diventando: The Vessel Tour Stop!

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the Diventando: The Vessel Blog Tour. I want to thank
Crystal’s Many Reviewers for hosting me for another tour!

I have done many author interviews on other blogs and generally, they tend to be the same questions about myself and my writing. It’s good to answer those however, this time, I thought I’d answer some questions that are a little off the beaten path. Hope you enjoy. I have also included an excerpt from Diventando: The Vessel as well as a link to enter my blog tour giveaway!  

Owen McIntyre is no stranger to the Grim Reaper. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of fifteen, he's spent the last ten years slowly dying. With only two weeks until his next checkup, Owen’s body is already warning him that he is no longer in remission. Tired of the countless meds and chemo, not to mention the way his family coddles him, he decides to live and die on his own terms and forgo treatment. When he meets a lively college professor named Turk, conquering the man becomes part of Owen’s bucket list. But as Owen gets to know Turk, he starts to see him as more than a fling, a luxury that a dying man doesn’t have.

But what if, suddenly, everything Owen knew to be true turned out to be a web of lies and deceit—even his diagnosis of cancer? Taken hostage, tied to a bed and subjected to painful experimentation, Owen's nightmare of leukemia is a far cry from the horrors he will face. No longer able to trust anyone in his life, including Turk, Owen is alone and cut off from the world. He has to make the hard decision to trust those who have betrayed him, including Turk (who he cares for deeply), or die a lonely death. With time running out, he’ll not only fight to live, but fight to want to live again, and even that might not be enough to save him from the evil that lurks inside.

This is a hard review for me to write.  I am a huge fan of Mr. Wallace and because of that I guess I hold his writing to higher standards.  I have become accustomed to reading his books and having him throw curve balls at me every time I think I know how a plotline will progress.  However, in Diventando while he was able to still get me on a few details the main plot line of the story seemed very predictable and almost formulaic to me.  Saying all this I have to make sure you understand that I did not dislike the story by any means, I just expected more from Mr. Wallace.

One of the things I love about Mr. Wallace is how his characters are always so well developed and believable.  From the beginning of the book you fall in love with Owen and Turk and can’t help but pull for them throughout the book.   Owen is the cute video game nerd who is getting tired of battling cancer and Turk is the handsome university professor who gives him a reason to fight again. 

Overall this is a wonderful m/m paranormal romance and I look forward to more books by Mr. Wallace.

(ARe and Amazon availability coming soon)

Do you write naked?
I do not write naked. What I do naked is confidential information. LOL.

Have you ever been in trouble with the police?
I have never been arrested but, when I was 17, I was driven home by the local police. I was stopped while I was driving a carload of drunk friends around after 9pm. I wasn’t drinking but you had to have a special license to drive after 9pm if you were under the age of 18. The cop was a friend of my father’s so he drove me home.
Have you ever gotten into a bar fight?
Sadly, I have not. I tend to be a happy drunk!

Do you drink? Smoke? 
I drink a very limited selection of beer. No liquor. Can’t stand the taste of any of it. And, no, it’s not because I haven’t found the right liquor yet. I don’t smoke, except when I’m really drunk, which is very rare. For some reason, I crave nicotine when I’m sloshed to the gills.

What is your biggest fear?
Like any parent, my biggest fear is that something will happen to one of my children. Now that I have grandchildren that fear is for them, too.

What do you want your tombstone to say?
He lived. He laughed. He loved. He died happy.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
I want to visit somewhere so beautiful that it takes my breath away. Not sure where that is but someday, I will find it.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?
I don’t think I would want to be an animal in a zoo. I would want to be free. My animal of choice would be a tiger.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
A month ago, I would have said it was to find the love of my life. I can now say that I’ve found that person and that person ended up being a girl! (Can you say “straight-for-you”?). She is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

If you could have any accent from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?
I love Irish accents! My brother-in-law’s parents are from Ireland. I can listen to them talk for hours.

Do you have any scars? What are they from?
I have several. Some chicken pox scars, gashes from when I was kid that could have used stitches, one from a plate put into my left leg (broke my leg in three places), one from a tendon transfer in my left hand (sliced the tendon in my thumb with a knife) and several from gall bladder surgery.

Do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?
I dream a lot. I have a recurring dream that I can’t remember my locker combination even though I’ve been out of school for over 20 yrs! I also dream that I have tests I didn’t study for or assignments due I didn’t complete. I have many school PTSD issues!

Turk shook his head, drinking from his bottle of water. “I’m on sabbatical for the semester.”
“I have no clue what that means. Is that like a vacation?” Owen asked as a pair of mallard ducks soared in and landed on the water.
“No. Tenured professors who’ve been with the college for more than five years can take time off to conduct research or special projects. You saw Harrison at the restaurant last night. He is the one who asked me to join the team.”
“He seemed really intense when he was talking to you. What’s the research for?”
“Possessions.” A nervous edge had crept into Turk’s voice and his muscles tightened. He looked out at the ducks, and then visibly relaxed. “Like I said, Harrison and I met last year at a conference. We have similar research interests and have talked often about collaborating on a project. Unfortunately, the funders of this project are getting impatient and want results.”
Owen had heard everything Turk said, but his mind was stuck on possessions. “Possessions? Like evil spirits?”
“Demons, actually.”
Owen’s eyes widened, wondering if Turk was yanking his chain. “Seriously? Are you saying they exist?”
Turk gave a stuttered chuckle. “There are claims of demon possessions all over the world. Whether they’re true or not, that’s up to science. We’ll see what we find.”
Owen thought about movies he’d seen with demon possessions. His favorite had been The Omen. For some reason, he’d been a bit obsessed with the movie as a kid.
“Wow. That sounds so interesting. I know nothing about demons or ancient stuff or anything like that. We had to read some mythology in high school, like Dante and Zeus and stuff, but those weren’t my favorite classes so I didn’t pay attention. I’m not sure why because, from what I’ve seen in movies, it’s anything but boring.”
Turk finished his sandwich and closed up the cooler, moving it from the blanket to make room. When Turk sat down, he was closer to Owen, their knees brushing, as they both looked out over the water.
“Wayne said you started living with him about six months ago.”
Owen nodded and swallowed hard. “What else did he tell you?” Did Turk know about Owen’s illness? Were these pity dates? Why did that thought crush Owen’s heart?
Turk shook his head. “That’s it. Except that you’re gay.” Turk grinned and glanced at Owen.
Owen relaxed. “He tells the truth,” Owen said coyly. The conversation had finally circled around to what Owen wanted, but could he still use Turk for sex? Shit, he wasn’t so sure, now.
“Oh. And you’re twenty-five.”
Owen nodded. “Truthfully, Wayne told me absolutely nothing about you.” Owen allowed his knee to rest against Turk’s. Even that small touch heated his core. Gods, he was flirting like a nervous high school student. Owen generally went after what he wanted, without innuendo or flirting. Why was this so different?
“Well, you know that I’m a professor of mythology and I’m addicted to muscle cars and online video games. I’m…um…thirty-one.”
What else did Owen need to know other than top or bottom? Why did Owen want to know so much more?
...Standing, Turk reached down and pulled Owen to his feet with amazing strength. Without dropping Owen’s hand, Turk led them the short way to the water’s edge where several rocks lined the bank. Owen drew in a deep breath and soaked in the positive energy from nature.
He was glad Turk had dragged him out and turned to tell him that, until he heard the rustling in the grass near the water’s edge. Owen’s heart seized as a longer-than-fuck black water snake slithered past his feet.
“Fuck!” Owen screamed and, like the little girl he was, climbed the front of Turk, wrapping his arms and legs tight around the man.
“Whoa.” Turk laughed and wrapped an arm around Owen’s back. “Is that a snake or are you just happy to see me?”
“Oh, my gods, it’s like ten feet long!” Owen’s only fear in life and it had to rear its head when he was with Turk.
Turk chuckled with an embarrassing amusement. “I’d give it three feet tops. I’m guessing you’re afraid of snakes and not just super horny?”
Owen nodded into Turk’s neck. “Ugly, slimy, creepy, beady-eyed little bastards.” As Owen’s heart rate slowed, he peeked over Turk’s shoulder. “Is it gone? I so need to get down and try to salvage what’s left of my manhood.” Another date down the crapper.
Turk hummed low in his chest. “I don’t know, but maybe you should stay put just to make sure he doesn’t have any friends.”
Oh, that thought drew a gasp from Owen’s lips and a shudder.
“Just kidding,” Turk said. “He’s out in the water.” Turk pointed to the slim body sluicing across the surface. “I think they’re pretty territorial so I doubt there are others around.”
Owen surveyed the ground, wondering if that were true. When he pulled back, ready to get off Turk, he paused, noticing the man staring at him intensely.
A heated blush suffused Owen’s face and he fidgeted, wanting to look away, but powerless to break the gaze. Inside, Owen melted into a pile of goo, enamored that someone was looking at him as if he were something more than a fuck, possibly someone special.
“What?” Owen managed to whisper.
Turk slowly allowed Owen to slide down the front of his body until his feet hit the ground. Their close proximity made Owen feel vulnerable, exposed. Damn, he liked Turk, really liked him, and that wasn’t a luxury he could afford.
“You’re amazing,” Turk whispered, and lifted Owen’s hand chivalrously, pressing his warm lips to Owen’s skin. Owen watched each movement as he held his breath. Turk pulled Owen tight against him. “I don’t know what it is about you, but I want to keep you close, learn everything I can about you, take you home and never let you go.”
Oh, hell.
Owen’s heart tripped, skipping a beat. What poured into his soul was new and foreign, warm and bolstering and so fucking right…and just maybe worth fighting for? Could he endure another round of chemo, endure another round of poison, for the chance to have Turk in his life, to have more time?
“You make me want to fight again,” Owen whispered without thought.

JC Wallace started writing from a young age, but took a break for marriage, kids, and college (in that order). He recently rediscovered his passion and ventured out into the brave new world of publishing with his short, Waiting for Snow, and his first novel, Curiosity Killed Shaney. At night and on the weekends, JC writes about all things men, believing there is nothing hotter than two men finding and loving one another, whether for a night or forever. An avid reader of M/M romance, JC loves a good twist of a plot, HEA, HFN, or tragic ending. He also writes what his bestie calls HUNK (Happy Until the Next Kidnapping).

In his daytime hours, JC works with individuals with autism and behavior problems. He is owned by a beautiful partner, three kids, two grandchildren, two dogs and one cat. He lives in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in Northern NY.

Prizes include:
$25 Amazon Gift Card
3 EBook copies of Diventando: The Vessel
2 $5 Amazon Gift Cards


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