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Sjd Peterson’s Lorcan’s Desire—5/30/11 Release!

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Lorcan's Desire Sjd Peterson Despite the loving support of his family, Lorcan James wants to try life on his own, so at twenty-one, he finds himself walking halfway across the country in search of adventure. What he finds is desperation, desperation that leads him straight to Whispering Pines Ranch and right into the path of its strong, arrogant, gorgeous owner, who awakens something in Lorcan he didn’t even know existed.

Quinn Taylor is up to his neck in grief and frustration dealing with a neighboring rancher who wants nothing more than to see him go belly-up. He doesn’t need more complications, but from the moment he lays eyes on Lorcan, his world turns upside down. Despite finding in Quinn what his heart craves, Lorcan refuses to be Quinn’s dirty little secret—and Quinn isn’t the only one vying for Lorcan’s attention. Ranch hand Jess will happily declare his love for Lorcan to the world, something Quinn won’t offer—something Lorcan needs above all else.

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can’t cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

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Sjd Peterson—the Mini-interview

Q: Ask any writer why they write, and they’ll have pretty much the same answer: because they can’t help it. That’s fine, as far as it goes, but there’s usually more to the story. Can you share a bit of yours with readers? What brings you to M/M romance in particular?
A: I guess the biggest reason I have for writing what I do, is I’m a firm believer in the heart doesn’t care what gender a person is. We may deny ourselves that love, but if we would just listen, our hearts rarely steers us wrong. Also, writing is cheaper than therapy. A lot of people complain about the voices in their heads. I never do, I just write down what they say!

Q: From what I know about your novel, Lorcan seems a compelling character—the kind that makes the reader curious to fill in the blanks about him and reading on in the hopes of finding some of that information. What influenced you when you created him? What do you like most about him? Does he have a characteristic flaw—perhaps something you don’t like about him? (It’s okay to be vague, we don’t want to give too much away.)
A: Lorcan is very special to me, and is based loosely on a very important person in my life. He’s been taunted his whole life for looking more like his mama than his daddy and he’s grown out his chestnut hair just to taunt others further. He really doesn’t care that others think he’s gay, what he hates is that they look down at him with disgust when they say it. He is flawed in that he’s stubborn as hell and sometimes quick to fly off the handle. I think what I love most about Lorcan is his innocence and his ability to love. He hates labels and doesn’t understand how anyone can look at a couple, regardless of the combination and not see how lucky they are that they found someone to love.

Q: What did you most love about writing this novel, and why?
A: I came up with the characters, let them tell the story based on who they were and it amazed me where they took the story. It didn’t matter if I had an idea of what should happen, they would fight me on every turn if I tried to write something they didn’t agree with. It was as if they took on a life of their own and it was more powerful than mine was. The ending is probably what I love the most, not because of the content per se but because it shocked the hell out of me. It wasn’t anything like I had envisioned it to be.

Q: What’s in store for your readers? Will they see more of Whispering Pines Ranch?
A: After Lorcan’s Desire I have a novella titled, Simple being released from Silver publishing on July 30th of this year. It’s another one of those stories that took on a life of its own. I was trying to write a simple love story, but I realized that human beings make love a hell of a lot more complicated than it needs to be and if we would just leave the baggage at the door, love really is that simple. As far as more in the Whispering Pines Ranch series, there is a lot more to come in the future. The second book in the series, Quinn’s Need, picks up right where Lorcan’s story ends. It has already been contracted by Dreamspinner Press with a tentative date of release of November 2011. I’m currently about to start the third book in the series Ty’s Obsession. I also have plans to write Conner and John’s story, who are two characters that are very important in all three books. After that I have a few ideas swimming around in my head!

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Lorcan’s Desire—Sjd Peterson Shares an Excerpt from the Novel

The roads may have been dusty and dry, causing clouds to swirl around each booted step he took, but at least the skies were clear. Thank heaven there was a slight chill in the air, as Lorcan didn’t think he would have been able to take another step had it been as hot as it had the day before. The worst part was that it was his own damn fault that he was in this predicament to begin with. His mama had warned him that it was “rough out there” and had ended her speech with “I’ll see you in a week.” His foolish pride had his twenty-one-year-old butt walking all over this godforsaken country looking for adventure. All he had gotten for his troubles was nine cents in his pocket, no prospects for work, or a place to stay, and some nasty-ass blisters on his feet. The last thing he wanted to do was put his tail between his legs and crawl back home to a round of Mama’s “I told you so.” He had one last prospect for work and a place to stay. One last chance to avoid seeing that smug grin on his mama’s face. Or the look of exasperation on Daddy’s face.

The gas attendant a few miles back had told him that the Whispering Pine Ranch was looking for hands, and although he was headed out in the direction the attendant had pointed, he wasn’t feeling all too confident. The way the man had sneered and laughed when he’d asked about work hadn’t surprised him. The way he’d suggested Lorcan was exactly what “those folks” were looking for had even had him fighting back his usual tendency to lash out. Had he not been so I-need-to-find-work-or-starve-to-death-on-the-side-of-the-road desperate, he would have let his fist teach the country bumpkin some manners. Continue reading

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Lorcan’s Desire—another excerpt (the sexier one!)

“Can I get a Jack?” he asked the bartender.

At least this guy looked half-normal, dressed in faded jeans and a light T-shirt that had the bar’s logo printed on it. The pierced eyebrow and his very obviously pierced nipples were the only thing giving away that the guy had some kinks of his own.

“That’s four-fifty.” He was just loud enough to be heard over the thunderous beat of the music as he placed Quinn’s drink in front of him.

Quinn pulled out a ten and threw it on the bar in front of him, yelling, “Keep the change.”

The bartender took the money while his eyes all but undressed Quinn in obvious appreciation. “Haven’t seen you in here before. I’d have remembered. Name’s Ty.”

Quinn let his eyes do their own wandering. Ty was short and stocky, with well-defined arms. An obvious muscular chest that tapered down to a lean waist. He was handsome in that California kind of way. Blond, shoulder-length hair, deep tan, and pale, pale blue eyes that looked almost translucent. Perfect. Totally the opposite of the dark-haired beauty he needed to get out of his head. “Name’s Quinn.” He threw back his Jack and stood. “Join me on the dance floor if you got a break coming anytime soon.”

Ty would either join him or he wouldn’t. Either way was fine with him. He made his way to the center of the crowded dance floor, then closed his eyes and let the beat of the music move him. The bump and sway of unfamiliar bodies surrounded him. He let himself get lost in it. Quinn gave in to the rhythmic techno tempo as it took his body. Arms raised over his head, he let his hips lead. The sensual slide of hands, the arousing brush of hips and thighs moved around him. He let go of all the stress back on the ranch, the constant tension in his muscles, the worry, as he was pulled along in a sea of lust and heat.

Just as the music changed to a slower, mellower mood, a pair of arms wrapped around Quinn’s waist from behind, pulling him up against a hard, compact body. The man was shorter, and Quinn’s ass rested up tight against rock-hard abs.

“I have thirty minutes. Wanna get some air?”

Hell yeah, he could do with some fresh air. Deep gulps and pants of fresh air. Quinn didn’t need to ask where. The back alley was private, and he doubted it had changed much other than it was more than likely all men finding a dark corner these days. Though, looking around him, he doubted there would be many out back. There was so much open sexuality, men bending their subs over the tables, more than one on his knees in front of his master with his mouth full. He tilted his head and looked at the trio of men on the stage. I don’t even wanna know if that’s real.

He grabbed Ty’s hand without looking back or saying a word, leading him to the back door and out into the cool air of the alley. He could have just dropped his jeans inside the bar, but his kinks didn’t include having an audience. As he’d expected, it wasn’t busy. One man was pressed face-first against the wall as another, who was fully covered except the top of his ass, pounded into him. Further down the wall, a man crouched on his knees. The act he was participating in was blocked by the wide frame of a man clad in nothing but leather pants and a harness crossing his back, but Quinn didn’t need to use too much imagination to figure it out.

My thoughts exactly.

Quinn pushed Ty up against the wall, his bigger body pressing against him as his hand cupped the man’s straining erection firmly. “I want you on your knees.”
He didn’t need any sweet kisses or promises of tomorrow. He knew exactly why he was here, what he wanted, and it had nothing to do with conversation other than the occasional grunt or moan.

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