Riptide is celebrating their 4th anniversary, woohoo!!! For our tour stop here, we snagged Anne Tenino, because she's super cool like that. Read on what she has to say, and please welcome her to the tour.
Guess what? I have an outtake from Billionaire with Benefits (the second book in my Romancelandia series) to share with y’all! It’s short—not an outtake so much as a bare sketch of a scene I intended to fill in later. Pad it with detail and maybe some setting.
I never did that, because it didn’t make it into the final rough draft (yes, there’s a final rough draft, at least the way I write) for a couple of reasons: first because the scene is more about Sam and Ian from Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia #1) than about Dalton and Tierney (the main characters in Billionaire), and second because instead of going to a Star Trek movie together (which is what I’d planned for them to do in my outline), Tierney and Dalton had sex instead.
I have unruly characters, what can I say? They’re still better behaved than my kids.
Anyway, I’ll set the stage a bit: Tierney asked Dalton to go to a Star Trek movie with him, and Dalton agreed to. When Tierney came to pick Dalton up, he was supposed to be a little preoccupied. Once they’re in the car, Dalton would get tired of waiting for Tierney to tell him what was on his mind and ask outright.
At that point, Tierney reveals that his buddy Ian borrowed something a few weeks ago. He’d forgotten until now, but now that he’s remembered he’d like it back.
“Why don’t we just stop by their place?”
I planned for Dalton to ask. They were on that side of the city anyway, and they had time before the movie started.
At which point I intended to put them on the porch of Ian’s home (it’s a nice porch, big and wooden, with a couple of chairs on it) and have Tierney knocking on the door.
Sam answers, blinking, face screwed up in confusion, and possibly breathing heavily. And so the scene begins (from Dalton’s point of view):
“Hi there,” Dalton finally said when it became clear Sam wasn’t about to speak.
“Um, hi. You just dropped by? Like, with no phone call or anything? I didn’t know you were the kind of people who just dropped by like that,” he babbled, gesturing between them with a plastic . . . toy?
“Hey, that’s one of the things I came for,” Tierney said, pointing toward Sam’s hand. “My phaser.”
Phaser? Dalton suddenly realized what Sam was wearing. “Is that a Star Trek costume?”
“I’d like that back someday, too,” Tierney interjected.
“Surrender, earthling,” Ian’s voice came from somewhere behind Sam, in the depths of the house. “It doesn’t matter where you hide, I’ll find you. Resistance is futile. You cannot escape my alien probe!”
Sam’s face turned bright red. “We’re kinda busy right—gotta go!“
“Tierney, let’s leave.” Dalton yanked on the guy’s arm, pulling him away just as Sam slammed the door.
“Make sure you have that costume professionally cleaned before you return it,” Tierney shouted, but some of it was probably lost, since he was also laughing his ass off.
That’s not quite the end of the scene. Below is a snippet of conversation between Dalton and Tierney once they’re back in the car. Tierney’s still laughing at Sam and Ian’s role-playing, and Dalton is tired of it.
As if Sam and Ian were the only people who had some sex quirks. “What you’ve never done something totally kinky that you wouldn’t want anyone knowing about?”
Tierney snorted, although he was still on the edge of laughing. “Other than the glory holes? No. But Ian knew about that. I mean, he shoulda.” “And there’s nothing kinky you want to do? Something you aren’t totally comfortable sharing, but, you know, you have urges.”
Tierney immediately lost his smile, swallowing it down. “Maaaybe ...”
Dalton leaned over the console and whispered in his ear. “Well, if you ever work up to telling me, maybe I’d be into it too.”
I’ve always loved that little bit, and I can’t imagine using it for any other characters. I’m so glad you let me share it with you today. Thanks!
The “heroes” in Romancelandia are normal men with normal flaws. Men who maybe need to feel a little bit heroic because life hasn’t given them many opportunities to be valiant and audacious. Each hero’s tale is fraught with emotion, some peril, and a healthy dose of laughs.
Sometimes a man stumbles into Romancelandia looking for his next “happy ending” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). Maybe he was lured here by the thought of chasing a satyr down a path to a decadent pleasure den. Such heroes need to beware: other men wander this magical land, hunting their One True Love. These heroes’ accidental suitors never seem upset by The End, not once they’ve been bagged and tagged by their own Prince Charming and hogtied by their HEA.
Remember, what happens in Romancelandia will always end up in a book.
(FYI, there aren't actually any naked, frolicking satyrs. That's just a myth made up to entice the reluctant heroes inside. Shhh.)
Romancelandia books do not need to be read in order.
This series is part of the Whitetail universe.
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Romancelandia is being sold in a special discounted bundle by Riptide this week only. Check out the sale on this series and other bundles at Riptide's Anniversary Sale.
About Anne Tenino:
Catalyzed by her discovery of LGBTQ romance, Anne Tenino left the lucrative fields of art history, non-profit fundraising, and domestic engineering to follow her dream of become a starving romance author. For good or ill, her snarky, silly, quasi-British sense of humor came along for the ride.
Anne applies her particular blend of romance, comedy and gay protagonists to contemporary, scifi and paranormal tales. Her works have won awards, she’s been featured in RT Book Reviews, and has achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s gay romance list.
Born and raised in Oregon, Anne lives in Portland with her husband and two kids, who have all taken a sacred oath to never read her books. She can usually be found at her computer, procrastinating.
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