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Would I Lie To You?
Software billionaire Marc Julian’s orderly life is shattered one night by a cyber-intrusion into his company’s servers. He’s always surrounded himself with the best people, but finding the culprit behind this might require a real expert...and sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief.
Jesse Winchester and his team of “grey hat” hackers are suddenly available to Marc. Marc doesn’t know if he should trust Jesse with the keys to his company’s kingdom. After all, Jesse’s a convicted felon, sent to prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. A felon sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, who mysteriously served only three years before being released…
Marc’s first company, his whole life, was shattered because he trusted the wrong person. This time there’s even more at stake, but few other options. Especially when his evil enemies, the billionaire industrialist Krom brothers, are revealed to be the source of the intrusion.
Is Jesse there to help Marc, or does he have his own history with the Kroms, his own score to settle? As Jesse and Marc spend more time together, their growing intimacy is at war with their need to win their respective battles. Soon the game they start to play with each other, against each other, becomes more exciting, more exquisitely frustrating…and more dangerous.
He’d made a mistake with Marc. He’d thought they could play a game together, to pass the time, let off steam, release stress. Marc was smart enough to know that that’s all it was.
But the look on his face, when Jesse said goodbye… The shock. The disappointment. The…
Say it. The hurt. That was when Jesse knew that for Marc, it had been more.
That was when Jesse knew that it had been more for him, too.
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We had the opportunity to conduct a little interview with Mr. Vance
Hi Brad, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you! Glad to be here.
Do you have pictures that you use for your characters? Can you share them with us?
That’s easy for Jesse, he’s the guy on the cover of the book! Daniel Sobieray, the model, just popped out at me on one of the stock photo sites. I’ve been a downloading fool, using up all my credits to get more and more pix of him. He is my Jesse, Jesse emerged from looking at Daniel.
What kind of book would you like to write that people would see as a huge departure for you?
I’ve already done it, with “Apollo’s Curse”. I set out to write a book that was a “romance about romances,” with no sex – yeah, me, the sexy sexer of all sexin’ – just a kiss on the last page, like an old Harlequin Romance. Well, not exactly, but a tribute to that. I wanted to prove that I could write something romantic, exciting, fun, that wasn’t at all dependent on sexual heat. It’s never sold well, but it’s the best book I’ve ever written, under any name, probably the best book I’ll ever write.
Have you ever killed a character? Was it traumatic for you? If you haven’t killed one, would you ever consider it?
I haven’t, actually. I’ve killed villains in my short erotica (Vikings, terrorists, etc.), but I haven’t killed anyone off in a novel yet. But…there are villains in this new series, and we all know that before a series ends, they must get what’s coming to them!
Favorite location you’ve ever written about?
Kryptos, the fictional Greek island I created for “Apollo’s Curse.” It’s like “Brigadoon,” a magical place that only appears to those who are chosen to visit it. It’s beautiful, full of mysterious characters including people (or gods, take your pick), goats, cats, mermaids… Physically it was a composite of a number of real islands I’d seen in videos and travel guides during my research. I wanted everyone to feel like it was a place they wanted to go, but couldn’t – that it was only a place you could go here, in this book.
What’s your favorite season and favorite activity for that season?
Oh, late spring. Before it gets too hot, and you can get outside any time of day. I love to walk, it’s the only time I’m not making myself “do something,” so I’m free to just unmoor from all my routines and obsessions and dream.
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Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits "A Little Too Broken" and "Have a Little Faith in Me".
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