I always have mixed feelings when I come to the end of the last book of a series. While it feels good, like I’ve accomplished a goal, it does mean an end to living with those characters who have spent so much time in my head. So it’s bittersweet.
With Tasting, I was actually going back to a time before the first book in the series even took place – it’s the story of how Peter and Christian got together in the first place. Their ending had already been written, along with Damon and Toby’s ending, and this was a way to share how it all started for Peter and Christian as they were already together when the first Beer & Clay book takes place.
Now, my characters have a habit of taking off with the plot on me – they like to run the show, so going back to a time that’s already set in stone by virtue of what’s been said in already published books is always a little dicey. What if they don’t want to meet the way I’ve already said they do? What if they’re not interested in winding up where we first meet them in said already written books? Granted my boys want their happy endings and they know they can’t get there without lining things up in a pre-quel to match what was already written, so that helps.
But I do find that as I’m writing, I’m keeping an eagle eye on the characters, making sure they’re going in the right direction. Or, if it looks like they’re going askew – did you know that if you type askew into google, the resulting screen is itself askew? It’s very cute – then I have to remind them exactly where it is they are supposed to end up.
At the same time, it’s fun to go back and write that first time with characters who were introduced into a book already coupled. I always say that I hate having to choose favorite anythings, but I do admit that I have a bit of a thing for first times. I love writing about when the guys first meet, how they fall for each other, what they’re first time is like. Nowadays, the only time I tend to have characters who are already together at the beginning of the book, they’re introduced in someone else’s story, like what happened with Peter and Christian, or I’m aiming to write something 10,000 words or less. I used to be able to write 10,000 word no problem. Now that barely gets me in the door with the characters. Pesky guys. ;)
So Tasting gets to be the beginning and the ending of the Beer & Clay series. Which kind of brings the whole series full circle. And I hope it leaves a good taste in the reader’s mouth.
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Blurb for Tasting (Beer and Clay 6)
Find out how it all began for Peter and Christian.
Before Toby met Damon, Peter and Christian found each other on the internet.
Still in the army, Christian was inexperienced in not only BDSM, but sex altogether. Still, he has yearnings and furtively explores them in online chatrooms.
Luckily for Christian, seasoned Dom Peter recognizes Christian’s lack of experience and a kindred spirit in the man, and they take their conversations to text messages and Skype calls.
After Christian’s last deployment and only a few months before his discharge, he takes leave and visits Peter so the two men can see if they are as compatible in person as they seem to be online.
This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
About Sean Michael
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.