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Six Degrees Of Lust
Hello everyone! My name’s Taylor and I’m an author of gay romance and suspense. Today I’m here to talk a bit about Six Degrees of Lust, Second Edition, the first instalment in my By Degrees series, and the concept behind it. A huge thank you to My Fiction Nook for hosting me. ☺
As you may or may not know, By Degrees is a romantic suspense serial with full novels featuring a serial killer of gay men, the FBI team trying to catch him, and all the important people in the lives of said team members. Six Degrees of Lust, First Edition, was released on December 30, 2011, and I’m pleased to say it performed so well, I was blown away. I am extremely proud of what I accomplished with the story, but I also admit it might not be for everyone.
By Degrees features an ensemble cast with multiple points of view. Like I mentioned before, it has a serial feel to it, and even though you’ll get a happy for now in ‘Lust,’ and sort of a happily ever after by the end of ‘Separation’ for our main couple, neither is perfectly neat, mainly because life isn’t neat, either, and I put a lot of effort on keeping certain aspects of the story as realistic as possible. You might love it, you might hate it, but one thing’s for sure. You won’t be indifferent. ☺
And now that we have that out of the way…
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘six degrees of separation’? According to Wiki, it is “the idea that all living things and everything else in the world is six or fewer steps away from each other so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.” That’s exactly what By Degrees is—a giant web where one person knows another who knows another who happens to know person number one, and none of them is aware of the connection…yet. Six Degrees of Lust sets things up and gets the ball rolling. It introduces you to the characters, their backgrounds, their relationships, and, in case of Sam and Mac, their lust at first sight. There’s a lot going on.
By Degrees isn’t only about finding a serial killer—it’s about an FBI team building a case that will get the killer convicted. About getting in the killer’s head. About anticipating his moves. About dealing with the sense of failure when they don’t. About handling work and personal life, and managing the effects one has on the other. That doesn’t happen in two months or one book, and By Degrees reflects the timeframe. The story continues in the already available Six Degrees of Separation, and I’m sure readers of the series won’t be surprised to learn that both instalments were originally one long book. It would’ve been amazing to be able to give you the whole story at once—like I’m doing with Heavy Hitters, my upcoming release—but alas, publishers like their stories to be under 125,000 words. Me? I just want to bring the stories to you guys, and Six Degrees of Agony is next. Don’t know when yet, but stay tuned—I’ll share the release date with you as soon as I can. ☺
P.S. I’ve brought some copies to give away. Let me know what your criminal investigations TV show is, or your favourite serial killer book or movie, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a set of signed paperbacks of the Second Edition of Six Degrees of Lust and Six Degrees of Separation, and one electronic set.
P.S. 2 Six Degrees of Lust, Second Edition, releases today. If you read the first version, I’d still recommend you get this one as well, as some characters were fleshed out and, even though the story arc remains basically the same, there are tweaks foreshadowing events in Six Degrees of Separation, which in turn leads to events in Six Degrees of Agony, finally coming to you late 2017.
New York City FBI team leader Samuel Shaughnessy lives for his immediate family and his job. After a marriage gone wrong he has stuck to a firm rule when it comes to relationships: he doesn't have them. Sexually active and emotionally unavailable keeps him satisfied, especially now that he is in hot pursuit of a serial killer targeting gay men.
Former firefighter Machlan O'Bannon now manages a successful sports bar in Houston and after years of waiting he's ready to stand up and be the man he always wanted to be: out, proud and drama-free. His politically-aligned family wants to keep him locked in the closet, but Mac just wants to meet the man of his dreams.
One man is as high strung as the other is laid back. A chance meeting brings the two men together, and one night of passion ignites a fire neither can fight. Their lives are not only miles apart, but as different as day and night. They don't want to get involved, but they might not be able to keep apart.
First Edition published by MLR Press, December 2011.
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Taylor V. Donovan is a compulsive reader and author of gay romance and suspense. She is optimistically cynical about humanity and a lover of history, museums, and all things 80s. She shamelessly indulges in mind-numbing reality television, is crazy about fashion, and passionate about civil rights and equality for all.
When she’s not writing or making a living in the busiest city in the world, Taylor can be found raising her two daughters and their terribly misbehaved furry baby in their home.
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