Gray here, today I have Tyler Robbins, who stopped by to talk about her new book Broken Neon. She brought one of her characters along to answer some questions.
A little bit about Broken Neon.
Country music singer, Zane Alexander has struggled to keep his sexuality a secret, but hiding his attraction to their new guitarist, Finn Presswood, is damn near impossible.
On the run from a dangerous ex-lover, Finn has secrets of his own, but his feelings for Zane isn’t one of them.
When the new song they co-wrote leads to a recording contract with a major Nashville label, it becomes clear that their lives are about to change. Unfortunately, secrets are harder to hide in the limelight, so Zane fake-dating a famous supermodel whose career is on the line as well, seems like the best solution for everyone.
Their dreams are finally within their grasp until Finn’s past catches up, and no matter how much the two men love each other, happiness is never guaranteed.
If good intentions pave the road to hell, then broken neon paves the road to Nashville.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
"Hey, everyone. I guess you just want me to talk, right? Ahem. Um, I’m Finn Presswood." Finn fidgets in his chair, noticeably uncomfortable. "I’m from a small town in Texas. Well, actually a bunch of small towns. We moved around a lot when I was a kid because our mom—" His cheeks and ears reddened significantly. "Well I don’t guess any of that matters too much." A timid smile breaks across his lips. "I’m a jack of all trades really, but music is my first love and now I’m the new guitarist in a country band called Triple Creek."
Are you a neat person or a messy person?
“I ain’t never had much, but now that I do, I try to take care of it. I suppose you could say I am. Not a freak about it or anything like that, but I’m not a slob either.”
What happens when you lose your temper?
Finn chuckles as he offers a smug grin. "I try not to let the devil in too much, but when that sucker takes over, like when somebody’s messin’ with my brother or Zane, I tend to see red, and then they better watch out. I can be as mean as a rattle snake and just as quick."
Are you happy with the way people perceive you?
"To tell you the truth, I don’t really give a bull’s blue balls what people think. Out of respect for Zane and the band, I do try to mind my manners whenever possible."
Is humor important? Why or why not?
"My mama wasn’t around enough to teach us a whole hell of a lot, but I do remember her always sayin’ that a day without laughter is a day wasted. I’ve always tried to find humor in every situation. Even the bad stuff. That can get ya’ into trouble though, ‘cause not everybody knows how to take a joke." Finn grins and shrugs. "Oh well, what can ya do?"
Is expressing love difficult for you? Why?
"That all depends on the kind of love it is and who I’m needing to express it to. If it’s my brother, it’s a no-brainer. He’s family. If it’s a man? Hell naw. He’d have to be something pretty damn special, and lucky for me, Zane is just that. It might have been lust at first sight, but love wasn’t too far behind. After I actually said it, it got easier. I damn sure felt it deep in my gut though."
Finn scratches the back of his head and scrunches his nose. "Then again, we were eatin’ a lot of Mexican food back then. Could have been that, too."
Does your author ever try to take over the story? And how do you deal with it?
"She’s tried, but since she has no idea what’s going on until we tell her, she doesn’t get away with much. We’ve woken her up in the middle of the night a couple of times if something didn’t quite sit right with us. Hasn’t happened a whole hell of a lot, but she didn’t complain much when it did."
If you were taken out of the story and placed into your author’s world, what would be the first thing you’d do?
"I’d find the first bus headed back to Nashville. I’ve had all of Texas I can stand."
If you could pull your author into your world, what do you think would happen to them?
"We’d probably have to get a restraining order. She’s a bit of a perve and we don’t need her hiding under our bed taking notes while we’re going at it hot and heavy." Finn winks and flashes a playful grin.
What was the best sexual experience you’ve had?
Finn looks around cautiously then leans in. "There was this one time when Zane brought home ice cream Sundays from the Sonic down the street from our hotel. You’d be surprised what that man can do with whipped cream and an extra cherry or two. Let’s just say that was one desert neither of us will soon forget!"
What was the least interesting thing that has ever happened to you? (In bed or out.)
"Broke my big toe once. Couldn’t wear steel-toed boots to work for a week." Finn rubs his hand down the stubble on the edge of his jaw. "Come to think of it. Maybe if I’d been wearin’ them to begin with, I wouldn’t have broken my damn toe."
What’s your take on Zane?
"Zane’s that part of me I never knew I was missin’. Might sound cheesy, but I thank the good Lord for every minute of every day that man’s in my life. I owe him everything."
If you were to spend a day with a reader, what would you two do together?
"Maybe write a song. Wouldn’t that make a great fan memory?"
Where do you see yourself in the future? What do you hope to accomplish?
"I’m gonna make music until the day I die. So that’s the only place I see myself. An old fart pickin’ his guitar in the rocking chair on the front porch, but Zane’s always wanted to win a Grammy so his mama can see him on TV. If I can help him reach that dream, then I’d say that’s the main goal I’d like to accomplish."
If you could time travel and/or live anywhere in the world, where would you go and/or where would that be?
"I’d buy some land in the Smokey Mountains and build a house big enough for everyone to come visit and hang out. We’d build campfires and play and sing all night. Zane and I could retire and live out the rest of our lives surrounded by family and friends. Maybe even get a dog or two."
If you could change one facet of your life what would it be?
Finn narrowed his eyes and stared down at the floor as the room became eerily quiet. "If you’d asked me that a few months ago, I’d have told you that the one thing I would change would be that night. I would have answered that damn phone." He draws in a deep breath and forces a shaky smile. "But now, I know things happen for a reason and it’s not up to us to make wishes like that. It is what it is, and I wouldn’t change the way it all turned out now if I could."
Excerpt from the book:
The running water in the bathroom stopped, and after a few seconds, the door opened.
Finn swallowed hard as Zane emerged shirtless, a white towel wrapped around his waist, and his hair, dripping wet. Water beaded across his chest and torso, and the splotchy, fresh from the shower look of his skin made the man even sexier, as if that were possible.
“Sorry. I would have been dressed earlier, but there was something wrong with the shower so I had to have them come take a look.” Zane reached for a smaller towel draped across the foot of his bed and began to dry his hair.
“Nah, man.” Finn’s fingers twitched at his side, itching to touch. “Glad you got it fixed.”
Zane cast a cocky smile. “This doesn’t make you nervous, does it?”
“No.” Finn licked his lips as he eyed Zane’s glistening muscles. “It makes me want to see more.” No sense in lying.
Zane’s smile grew wider, and the pink tinge to his cheeks darkened. “Now I feel like a prick tease.”
Finn drew in a deep breath. “Somehow I doubt you’re the teasing type.”
“You got me there.” Zane chuckled as he grabbed a pair of black basketball shorts also laid out on the bed. With one thumb, he released the towel tucked around his waist allowing it to fall to the floor.
A little bit about Tyler:
Robin Badillo and her pseudonym, Tyler Robbins, is a down to earth mother of four, born and raised in a small Texas town where she still resides with her nearly grown kids and a pack of spoiled dogs.
A fan of paranormal and southern romance novels, Robin does her best to offer up a plethora of tasty morsels to satisfy her reader’s appetite. Whether mainstream and/or paranormal erotic romance or Tyler’s LGBT romance line, Robin strives to create characters who are endearing and relatable.
Adversity is Robin’s motivation, which explains why she’s a true believer that grey hair is simply God’s graffiti.
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By J.R. Gray