Sunday, September 4, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway with Author Cat Grant

Today I want to welcome Cat Grant....

Where did 2011 go? I could’ve sworn I was at RT last week! These last few months have FLOWN by. Next thing I know, it’ll be Christmas!

Life’s a whirlwind these days, but I couldn’t be happier. I’m having a blast writing m/m and ménage, and I’m especially excited about my upcoming m/m contemporary novel, ONCE A MARINE, due October 30th from Riptide Publishing. I’ve wanted to write a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell-themed book for a couple of years now, but I had to wait for DADT to be repealed in order to give it a happy ending. I adore my hot alpha Marine, Cole Hammond, and his lover, Marc (who just happens to be a published author of m/m romances!), and I hope you all will too. Can’t wait for October!

People sometimes ask me why I choose to write m/m romance. For me, it’s all about the emotions. Writing fiction is about getting to the heart of things, stripping your characters emotionally bare while they struggle with their inner demons – at least, that’s what I strive for in my books.

Thing is, in real life you don’t see men do that very often. So on those rare occasions when they do, it’s extremely powerful. That’s the hook (and the turn-on) of a well-written m/m novel. For me, a vulnerable man – especially one who’s not afraid to show his vulnerability to another guy – is incredibly sexy.

Speaking of… here’s a short (and unfinalized!) sneak peek at ONCE A MARINE:

No sooner had Cole scrambled to his feet and started unbuttoning his fly when there came a loud crack-pop outside, and the room flickered with bright white light. Pure panic kicking in, he dropped to his knees and crouched down low, covering his head. He trembled all over, adrenaline surging through his veins at another near-blinding flash.
“Hey,” came a voice from right above him, gentle fingers closing over his shoulder, rubbing his back. “Don’t be scared. It’s just lightning.”
A familiar rumble echoed in the distance, followed by another a few seconds later. Thunder, not bombs. Instantly, he realized he was in his own living room. Not Baghdad or Fallujah, with artillery shells raining down around him. Oh, holy fuck. If there’d been enough space under the couch, he would’ve crawled into it gratefully. Good thing the room had gone dark again. Maybe Marc wouldn’t notice how fucking mortified he was.
“S-Sorry,” he murmured, wincing at the apology, even though this one was definitely warranted. Shivering, he took Marc’s hand and let him pull him back up on the couch and tug the blanket over him. “I never wanted you to see me like that.”
Marc’s arms went around him, holding him close, one hand sliding up to stroke his hair. A simple gesture of kindness and comfort, yet it came that close to breaking Cole in half. Is this what he’d been reduced to—accepting someone else’s protection, when that was supposed to be his job? He dragged in a shaky breath, one after another, until the worst of it passed.
“Take it easy,” Mark murmured. “It’s nothing I haven’t seen before. You’re not the first Marine I’ve dated, remember?”
“Even so, I thought you would’ve been out the door by now.”
“Give me a little credit. I don’t scare that easily.” They sat back together with Marc’s head on Cole’s shoulder again, one hand tracing idly over his chest. Warm, steadying and reassuring. Exactly what he needed. “Does this kind of thing happen often?”
“Not as much as it used to, but… well, it’s not like I can control it.” He sighed and tried to relax, but even with Marc touching him, there was nothing stirring below his belt. Figured. After what’d just happened, he’d need a forklift to get it up again. “Talk about killing the mood, huh?”
“Don’t worry about it.”
“But I wanted you to have a good time.”
“Do you hear me complaining?” Marc chuckled. “Nothing wrong with saving the best for later, right?”
“You mean, I didn’t mess this up so bad you never want to see me again?”
“Will you stop trying to second-guess me? God, you Marines are all such fucking control freaks.” He sat up straight. “Listen, Thanksgiving’s next Thursday. Why don’t you come over to my place? I’ll cook us dinner, and we can spend the whole afternoon and evening together. And all night too, if you want. No pressure either way. Unless you already have plans.”
“Other than catching up on my sleep?” Cole smiled. “Nope, no plans at all.”

Appetite whetted? Then head over to <a href="">Goodreads</a> and leave a comment, and you just might win a copy!

you can visit Cat here!/CatGrant2009


  1. What a great excerpt and subject matter. Not just the DADT part, but the trauma or PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) that Cole is still experiencing. It is a very common and often debillitating disorder that is affecting thousands of vets who have already come home or still in the field. The fact that Marc can be there for Cole is very touching and I really look forward to reading the book and if I win a copy? More's the better!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  2. That emotional tug, along with a sexy romance story is what gets a m/m book on my favorite's list, Cat. I will definitely be looking forward to reading Marc and Cole's story. BTW, congrats on your new publisher.

    cathy m
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  3. Honestly, my appetite was whetted as soon as I saw that you had Cat Grant posting on the site today! I got to meet Cat at AAD. She is so nice. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. This book sounds amazing! And thank you for writing m/m stories, because there are some of us out there that just can't get enough (points at self). It's so rare to find a really good m/m story. You're right, it's really the emotion that grabs me. I would love to win a copy of this book because it sounds great. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  5. I really enjoyed Cat Grants Courtland i would love to win this book as well...thanks for the give a way

  6. I just love your books Cat...*S*
    This year has just flown by without even a pause, and I can't believe it's that close to Christmas. I should know better than anyone how long winter can be as I'm in the interior of Alaska, and the winters are close to 6 months long.
    I love m/m because of the intensity of the emotions involved. I love being to get into the story and that emotional connection to the characters.
    Thank you for the wonderful blurb, and I can't wait to read this one....*S*
    Please add me to the contest too please..*S*


  7. Great post. I am putting this on my wish list.
    musicalfrog at

  8. The fact that Cat incorporated PTSD in the story is a nice, realistic touch.