Hello Gay Book Review readers! Please welcome B/G. Thomas to the blog today talking about his new M/M romance Getting His Man.
Stabbed in the Back: Or Sometimes Ideas Come From the Most Interesting Places
Okay…so there I was with the idea for my new book and Dreamspinner Press gave me the thumbs up to go forward with it for their Dreamspun Desires line. I was going to write the story of a bounty hunter who will have to go after “his man’ and wind up falling in love with him. The thing was, I’d never read anything about bounty hunters and what they really do and my only television/movie references seemed suspect (no pun intended): an episode of Quantum Leap, a romance movie with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler called The Bounty Hunter, etc. They didn’t seem reliable at all.
I was talking about this little dilemma to a friend at work and was wonderfully astonished when she told me that her uncle was a real bounty hunter, as well as bondsman. She called him and he agreed to let me interview him!
Now this thrilled me because I’ve learned that hands-on, real-life experiences teach you things that research never will. For instance, when I was writing Do You Trust Me?, I called a friend of mine who had horses and she let me spend the day with her and I learned to ride a horse. The wonder of riding that horse! The feel of her skin. Her breathing beneath me. Her ears flicking around to listen to me. And so much more. My experiences added a flavor and reality to my novel that no amount of research could have ever given me.
So, I jumped at the chance to meet Sommari Muwwakkil, real bondsman and bounty hunter. He told me all kinds of stuff I wouldn’t have known and he shared some interesting stories that can only come from real-life. Including a story where he was stabbed in the back.
He was looking for a bounty and he had stopped several times at the man’s girlfriend’s house. On a whim one night, he drove by her house and low and behold, his bounty’s car was in her driveway. He knocked on the door—and did something very stupid. He didn’t call his partner for backup. The girlfriend was so sweet and kind and helpful that he let his guard down and she leapt on him when he turned his back and stabbed him and it could have lost his life…if her weapon wasn’t hilarious in the end.
And what was that weapon? Why was it hilarious?
Why you will just have to read my book, Getting His Man, to find out!
And hey, after you’re done reading it, I would love to hear what you think!
Love, Namasté, and Happy Holidays!
BG “Ben” Thomas
Title: Getting His Man
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 21, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 189
A love story worthy of an old movie… with a new twist.
Artie needs a hero, a man like those he’s always revered in Golden Age films. His drug-dealing jerk of a roommate got him arrested, and since his savior isn’t likely to sweep in and save the day, Artie calls a bail bondsman.
August has always imagined himself a hero from a black-and-white movie, but he’s never found a man willing to let him play that role—at least not until he gets the call from Artie.
Both of their dreams might come true, but not before August must use his skills as a bounty hunter as well as a bondsman. Artie is on the run for his life, and August must protect him and help him clear his name. Only then can they both finally get their man.
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B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband of more than a decade and their fabulous dogs Sarah Jane and Oliver. He is blessed to have a lovely daughter as well as many extraordinary friends. He has a great passion for life.
B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction, and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. He has gone to literature conventions his entire adult life where he’s been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was a child; it is where he finds his joy.
In the nineties, he wrote for gay adult magazines but stopped because the editors wanted all sex without plot. “The sex is never as important as the characters,” he says. “Who cares what they are doing if we don’t care about them?” Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he began writing again. He submitted a novella and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days. Since then the romantic tales have poured out of him. “It’s like I’m somehow making up for a lifetime’s worth of story-telling!”
In 2015 he made an entry every day in his blog “365 Days of Silver,” where he found something every day to be grateful for. You can find it right here.
“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message. “It is never too late,” he testifies. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!” Website/blog