Thursday, March 31, 2011

Interview and Giveaway: Marie Sexton

Ahhhhh, what a fine day.  Wanna know why?  Cuz this is the day I get to hang out with Marie Sexton.  WhooWhoo!

As I posted earlier this week, she has a new book coming out next week, it looks so vera good.  In case you missed that jewel, here's the blurb.

Paris A to Z by Marie Sexton

Release Date:  April 6th
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
Book Type:  eBook
Pages:  106
Cover Artist:  Anne Cain

The Blurb:  Zach Mitchell and his lover Angelo Green are headed to Paris (along with their Coda friends Matt and Jared) to attend Jon and Cole’s wedding. Matt will have to face Jared’s former lover, and Angelo will have to spend an entire week with Zach’s ex-boyfriend. Between Matt’s jealousy and Angelo’s temper, Zach thinks they’ll be lucky to get through the week without one of the grooms being punched. But Zach soon realizes he should worry less about Angelo and more about himself. Facing the bittersweet memories of his past and his own guilt over breaking Jon’s heart is harder than expected, but Zach will have to find a way to leave his past behind if he’s to have any hope of the future he wants with Angelo.

Now, let's all give Marie a warm welcome, shall we?

Dooo, lets.

*massive applause, cheers, hoots, and hollers*

Ok, ok... quiet down....  shhhhhh. So rambunctious today.  heehee.

*crowd quiets down*

*clears throat, and tries to act semi professional*... Thank you for coming to hang out at my place Marie. 

Thanks for having me!

Can I get you something to drink?  Coffee, tea… alcohol?

What time of day is it, and do I have to pick up my kid later? That’s how I’ll decide between coffee and wine. :-)

*laughs* It’s still pretty early, let’s do coffee, some of my special brew.  *makes Marie some fabulous latte art*

So, Marie, I hear you have a book coming out, tell me about it…

Paris A to Z is novella which will be released by Dreamspinner Press on April 6th. It’s the third and final (I think) book in the A to Z series. Although it’s primarily about Zach and Angelo, I guess I look at it as the culmination of the entire series. This is the book where readers finally get to see all three couples together.

Very awesome.  

Tell me m’dear, what made you decide to become a writer?  Was there something in particular?

I didn’t really ever decide at all. It just happened. I’d recently quit my office job of eleven years, and was doing the stay-at-home mom thing. I’d been reading m/m for about a year, although what I really liked was fantasy with m/m elements. I’d just finished reading one very popular one, which I found extremely disappointing (no, I won’t say which one), and I spent a stupid amount of time re-writing it in my head, thinking about how I would have had the “beta” partner turn the tables and become more dominant and made the big strong one reveal at least a bit of vulnerability. I obsessed on it, really. But even then, I didn’t seriously consider writing anything at all. Then, a month or two later, I woke up with this scene in my head of two men in hallway. It was so unbelievably clear what they were doing and how they felt.

I sat down, and I started writing, but I felt like fool. I mean, sure, I’d written a bunch of essays in college, and mountains of memos and promotional crap during my years at the office, but it had been twenty years since I’d even considered trying to write fiction (and even then, those short stories I wrote in high school hardly seemed to count). I tried to hide it from my husband for a while, simply because I was embarrassed, but once he found out, he became my cheerleader.

After a couple of months, that scene in the hallway turned into Promises.

Really?  *looks at Marie, astonished* Just like that?  Um… wow.  I love that.

Tell me more about your first book.  What was it *blushes* … wait, um… I guess we covered that, how about, can you tell me more about your first book.  How long did it take to get it published? 

Promises (Coda Books, #1)
Hmmm… See above. Haha. Promises was initially a novella of about 25,000 words. Most of the subplots weren’t in place. I had a friend who helped me, and a beta reader I’d found online, and using their suggestions, I turned it into the novel it is now. I submitted it to one publisher who rejected it, but the next one I sent it to, Dreamspinner Press, accepted it in a matter of days.

Shame on that first publisher.  That’s a popular book.  Their loss.  I’m curious, which is your favorite book and/or character that you’ve written?

Oh no! You’re putting me on the hotspot now! My favorites are decidedly NOT the favorites of most of my readers.

Angelo is easily my favorite character to write. God, I love him. He’s so bright and loud in my head, and he’s always there telling me exactly what he thinks about absolutely everything. And my favorite book, despite (or maybe because of) all the angst it caused, is The Letter Z.

The Letter Z
The sort of infamous prologue was originally a short story I wrote solely for myself, just because I knew the combination would be explosive. I honestly never intended to let it see the light of day, but as I started writing TLZ, I knew Jared and Angelo were at odds, and I realized why, and I realized I was going to have to put that into the book, and I knew some people wouldn’t like it. But in the end, it just HAD to be. That’s how it works, for me at least. I don’t get to argue. So I took a deep breath and said, “Here goes nothing!” From that point on, the entire story just poured out, right down the line, every single piece falling into place - and that doesn’t normally happen for me. It was perfect. And by that, I don’t mean that the book is perfect. I just mean, it’s the only thing I’ve written where I actually thought, “Wow, this writing thing is easy!” (Since then, I’m pretty sure every single book has been more difficult than the one before.)

I love hearing about how a book just “pours out” like that.  That intrigues me.  On a typical writing day, what do you do? Do you have a special place or routine…anything like that?

I have to get my kiddo off to school each morning, but after that, I have several hours of glorious alone time in which to write. I have this fabulous office in my basement, but most days I seem to sit on the couch with my laptop instead.

I’ve run into several authors that have a “playlist” of sorts for when they write.  Being a music lover, I’m curious, do you listen to music when you write?  If so, what?

Yes and no. I generally prefer to write without music, but I do use certain songs to tune in to my characters when their signal is weak. Matt and Jared’s song is Savin’ Me, by Nickelback. Angelo’s is Backfire, by Mutemath. He was practically birthed to that song. Zach’s song is I Won’t Disagree by Kate Voegele. Cole’s song is I Don’t Care, by Fallout Boy, and Jon’s song is Bell Bottom Blues, by Eric Clapton. Jaime and Levi - who nobody’s had a chance to meet yet - their song is In Bloom, by Tristan Prettyman. And for my latest book, I actually used the Doolin’ Dalton/Desperado Reprise by the Eagles. It doesn’t go with the characters so much as helped me set the tone for the piece. The only ones who don’t have a song are Will and Bran from One More Soldier. I don’t know why. But in hindsight, I’d say Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones would fit.

That’s  I love that.  Now, how ‘bout… *looks thru notebook for a tricky question*…  Hmmm…tell me… Oh!... If you’re characters were cake… what kind of cake would they be, and why?

Holy cow, that’s hard. I guess the answer is, they’d be any cake I’ve ever made: slightly fucked up. Whether I measured wrong or forgot an ingredient or didn’t grease the pan or forgot to adjust for high altitude, my cakes never turn out right. They’re generally still edible, but often not pretty. You have to frost them carefully and turn them just right so the least messed up side faces out. That’s most of my characters I think - fine on the surface, but fucked up to varying degrees underneath.

*laughs* OMG, I love that answer!  And I love that you make cake like I do.  *laughs more* Classic.

If your characters came with a warning label, what would it be?

Matt and Jared: May cause adverse reactions in Raiders fans.
Zach and Angelo: May cause an irreversible increase in your usage of the f-word. In particular, the phrase “What the fuck ever,” may be irreparably lodged in your vocabulary.
Cole and Jon: May cause a strange and sudden affinity for Arbor Mist.

That’s awesome!  I love it!  Especially since I come with some of those myself. *laughs* “What the fuck ever”  *shakes head* I say that all the time.

Ok, so… what are you working on now?

Absolutely nothing. I just finished a novel called Song of Oestend. It’s sort of an alternate universe, old west fantasy, I guess. Now that it’s finished, I’ll take a few days or maybe even a few weeks to just breathe. After that? There are several little ideas germinating in my brain. I have to wait and see which one actually grows roots first.

Breathing is good.  But I for one, can’t wait to see what takes root.   Where can we find you on the internet?

That was fun.  Thanks for coming by and chatting with me over coffee.  We’ll have to do this again sometime.

*shows Marie out*


Author Bio...

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Visit Marie’s website at, follow her on Facebook and Twitter, join her mailing list, and absolutely don’t forget to check out her tumblr. (Tumblr NOT work safe.) And there’s always her email.



Oh!  I almost forgot the giveaway!  heehee, ok not really.  Leave a comment for a chance to win any one of Marie's ebooks.  Oh yeah, that's right, winner's choice, even that new bad boy.  Don't forget to leave me your email address so I can contact you.  Contest closes a week from today, April 5th, 11:30pm PST.  

The fine print...
  • Contest closes 11:30PM PST, April 5th, 2011
  • To enter, just leave a comment on this post.
  • Giveaway is for an ebook copy.
  • Please include a valid email address.
  • Winners will be selected at random.
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • Contest is open to worldwide.  
  • Must be 18 yrs. old or older.
That's it for me.  Hope you all have a great day!

Later Taters!


  1. These books sound good and I would love to read one, I just can't decide which one. LOL

    Hope you are having a better week this week! ;)

  2. *waves at Marie and Amara*

    Very much looking forward to the new book! :)

  3. Sounds fantastic. I can't wait for it to come out!

  4. This is one of my favorite series. And I adore Cole! Can't wait to read more if him.

  5. Can't wait to get my hands on these, they sound great.
    Thanks, Andrea

  6. I am so excited to read this book! Angelo is one of my favorite characters ever even though I'm not even sure I could explain why. I love all the pairings.

  7. @June: Inorite? They all look so good! I am having a better week, thanks m'dear.

    @Chris: *waves* Hi Chris. So glad you stopped by. :)

    @Rho: My thoughts exactly. :)

    Thanks for coming by guys. Hope you all have a great day!

  8. Marie is one of my top five favorite m/m authors. She gives a great interview, too!

  9. I love Marie Sexton. She really is adorable.

  10. I really enjoy Marie's books (and her lovely pictures!)

  11. love you both! count me in :)

  12. I think it's funny that my fav. book, the one that started me reading the series, is also Marie's fav. I loved the letter Z, and after I read it, I had to go and read A to Z, then i had to read the rest because Marie is just an awesome author. I'm kinda bummed the contest closes after Paris A to Z is available, because I will have such a hard time waiting to see if I got lucky and won it before I buy it. Sigh.

    kforester AT embarqmail DOT com

  13. Hello, and thanks to everybody who's stopped by so far! I'm glad to see that some of you are excited about Paris. It was so much fun to write!

    Kristie (and everybody else, for that matter), if you buy Paris the day it's released, and then win it here too, and have already read all of my other published works, I'll give you a raincheck for my next release. Just be aware that won't be until the end of May. :-)

    Thanks again to all of you, and to Amara for hosting me today!

  14. I loved Promises and have the others waiting on my ereader for this last one. Can't wait.

  15. I enjoyed the interview and am looking forward to the next installment. Have to say, Cole was one of my favorite characters.

  16. @Ms Smutty: Awesome! So glad you came by. :)

    @Andrea: Heya! thanks for coming by. :))

    @Marina: Hi there, thanks for coming by. :)

    @riverbella: It was so fun to do an interview with her. Marie totally rocks. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

    @Bookishly Awesome: Isn't she thou. I think so too. :)

    @Tizer: Lovely pics indeed. :)

    @Jason: Thanks darlin'. Definitely have you counted in. :)

    @Kristie: OH, I didn't even think of that! You're so right! That was totally silly of me, I shouldn't have closed it on the 7th. Hm. Maybe I should change that.

    @Phoenix: I'm so glad you liked it. :)

    @Lily: Hi Lily. Hope you're having a good day over there. :)

    @dlee: I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

  17. @Marie: You're so very welcome. Thank YOU for coming to hang out at my place. :))

    I had such fun doing this. Much MUCH!

  18. Marie, I love all your Coda books. I have a hard time picking a favorite though, I love all the guys. I even like the start of Letter Z - I think it really paves the way for showing the differences in the relationships between the two couples and how it works for them.

    Looking forward to Paris coming out!

  19. Forgot to add... I love the new Angelo pic on the cover. He looks much more like Angelo feels to me.

  20. Julie - I love that new Angelo, too! If you haven't seen it already on my site, I have some other Angelo images:
    (one there, and links to two more on my Tumblr). :-)

    So happy at all of the comments! Thanks to all of you for stopping by!

  21. Also, Amara, maybe moving the end date back to late on the 5th would be better? I don't know. Whatever you think. I'm easy! :-)

  22. Oh Marie - can't wait, just.can't.wait!!!

    from UKSandy

  23. Great interview guys. I have to say that I love baking cakes and they "mostly" turn out. :-) But no altitude thingy to deal with. It's always great to see how stories start as seeds and grow.

    I'm definitely in.

  24. Hey there! Great interview! I love some of your questions... love the cake one! Love Marie's answer! LOL.... sounds like a cake worth eating and characters worth reading.
    You are rocking it awesome Amara! Love your author and character interviews.
    Toss me in for the contest too!

  25. @Marie: Yeah, I think moving the date is a fine idea. I got so blog excited I didn't really think that one thru very well.

    lol, that happens around here.

  26. If I win, can I have the first one of the series? It'd be a good way to get me started on your series...

  27. I really liked Promises, but I think I've loved each subsequent book a bit more than the one before. So, no pressure or anything, but this book has some mighty big expectations to live up to. I'm planning to read it when I have enough consecutive hours to not need to put it down, as the last couple robbed me of too much sleep! :D

  28. Thanks for the interview! I've loved all that I've read of her so far, and look foward to reading even more. The old west alternative universe sounds fascinating.

  29. Marie - Yes, you can choose any of my titles as the prize.

    Morgon - Holy cow! Thanks so much, and I hope Paris does not disappoint you!!

  30. Thanks for the interview. Interesting the songs that are attached to each character. So what music are the horny pirates doing it to? ;)
    And please count me in the draw.
    Ella Jane

  31. Awesome interview! I love this series.

    Please count me in. ;)

  32. *waves* Hi everyone. Thanks so much for coming by. I've got you all counted in. =D

    @Tam: I'm so happy that you liked it. Thanks. :D

    @Jen: Heya darlin'. So glad you liked it! You're the bestest. Gotch'ya counted in m'dear. :D

    @Morgon: lol, that's awesome.

    @Lesley: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming by. :)

    @Ella Jane: I love the songs too, awesome that.

    Good question. Yeah, Marie, what music are the horny pirates doing it to? ;)

    Hope everyone had a wonderful day!

  33. Horny pirates are using this (especially the first track). I've never played this game, but love the music!

  34. @Eyre: Hi there! Thanks for stopping by, I'm so glad you liked the interview. :D

    @Marie:! Thanks for sharing that! I sooo love that kind of thing. :D

  35. I just bought Promises. This sounds like a great series.

  36. I'd love to be considered for the contest. I love Marie's work and this newest book looks awesome! Thanks to you both:)


  37. I'll definitely read Paris A to Z! I loved all Marie's previous books, so I'd really like to have this one too.

  38. I am sad to see the series end! I just loved theses books, especially MAtt & Angelo. Thanks for the giveaway! Heather

  39. Can't wait for the book to come out.

    @heather : yup, its kinda sad to see the series end T_T

    really love this series ^^

  40. I just finished reading Promises, and I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. It's awesome. =)


  41. My favourite book in the mm/romance genre of all time is Promises, so would love to win Marie's latest book!

  42. What a great post! Had to laugh at the cake analogy :-) Sounds like some very interesting characters!

    smaccall @

  43. Enjoy this series and look forward in this new installment!

  44. Love the Coda-Boys! Please count me in!!

  45. Oops!
    anke_gabriel @

  46. I love this series! Can't wait for Paris A-Z. Please count me in :)

    kaetrin67 AT gmail DOT com

  47. Love all the boys;)
    Please count me in!

  48. Thank you for featuring one of my favorite M/M authors. I'm looking forward to reading the latest title in the Coda series.


  49. Thanks everyone for coming by the blog. =D

    @Marilicious: Thanks for coming by, you're in. :)

    @Wendy: You're welcome, You're in. :)

    @Anna: I've got you counted in. :)

    @Heather: You're welcome, thanks for coming by and entering. :)

    @Nastasha: Thanks for coming by. :)

    @Kerryn: Gotch'ya down. :)

    @Sarah: lol, I'm so glad you liked it. :)

    @Anke: lol, thanks for coming back with your email. :)

    @Kaetrin: Gotch'ya counted :)

    @Mandy: You're in. :)

    @Denise: You're welcome. Marie was so great to come play blog with me. It was just nothing by fun!

    I hope everyone has a great weekend!

  50. I can't wait for Paris A to Z!!

  51. Oh,I can't wait.Please count me in.

  52. Wow! I'm really overwhelmed (in a good way) by the response here. Thanks so much to all of you who have stopped by! Seeing readers excited about this release is so rewarding and makes me all mushy and happy. :-)
    You guys are the greatest!

  53. Oh fun, I want in. I love Zach and Angelo. Can't wait for the new book. - Amber (

  54. I LOVE the Coda series...Marie has given life to some of my very favorite characters and M/M couples. Can't wait to read the new book!

  55. Count me in! I love Marie Sexton's books! =)

  56. I'm so glad to have found this site! Great interview, and please add me to the contest :)

  57. Great interview. I hope that Paris A-Z will not be the last of these wonderful guys. I would love for you to drop in on their lives again and let us know how they are doing.

    Please count me in for the giveaway.

  58. I'm happy that the date changed for the contest, but I would have been just as happy for a rain check. I can't imagine not liking one of Marie's books, but thanks again for not making me wage war with my self control, I probably would have lost!

  59. Hi everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by =D

    I've got you all counted in. I hope you all had a great weekend!

  60. @Kristie: LOL, date change was easy, and totally makes better sense this way. I got so excited at having Marie on the blog this week I didn't think it thru all the way. To busy snoopy dancing around. lol, I tend to do that sometimes. =D

  61. @Katmarie: Thanks :) I'm so glad you like the blog and enjoyed the interview.

  62. Loved the interview (especially the cake). =)

    Please consider me part of the contest. Thanks!

  63. Loved the interview

    Loved the books.... can't wait to read this one.

  64. I can't wait for this release!!

  65. I'd like to enter for the book, thanks! :)

  66. The books sound very interesting I'm going to go check them out now Thanks

  67. aaaaand...Closed.

    Thanks everyone! I'll announce a winner in the morning. :)

  68. Just wanted to say thanks for a terrific interview, Amara. Sexton you're a stunner!


  69. Thanks Damon! You're the best! And thanks to everybody else who commented, too. Seriously, you had me smiling all week! And thanks to Amara for hosting me. It was a lot of fun. We can do it again in May. :-)

  70. Thanks Damon. So glad you liked it. =D

    You're totally welcome Marie. I'm glad you had fun. I was grinning like a loon all week over here.

    And now, I'm totally excited for May! Yaaaaaay for doing it again!!!!!!





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