Saturday, April 14, 2018

Blogtour: Guns 'N Boys by K.A. Merikan



Guns n' Boys Series Blog Tour

Book #1 He Is Poison
Book #2 He Is Mine
Book #4 Swamp Blood
Book #5 Chokehold
Book #6 Bloodbath
Book #7 Gilded Agony

Interesting side characters are extremely important, especially in a long, single-couple series like Guns n’ Boys, because without them the whole story might feel like a case of cabin fever. Throughout the seven books published so far, Domenico and Seth passed through many people’s lives, but only some have become recurring characters.
There’s several who appear at different points in the series, among them Miguel--a silent presence that provides contrast to the loud, straight-talking MCs, Dana--the female assassin met in less-than-pleasant circumstances, and, last but not least--Mark.

He is a character who has been with us for almost as long as Domenico and Seth, and underwent almost as much development as them, even though his original purpose was to be the catalyst for the development of the main relationship. It wasn’t just a case of authors liking a secondary character too much. Very early on, we felt that giving him an arc would enrich the overarching plotline of the series, but it was impossible to predict whether readers would accept him as an additional member of the core cast. Such changes can result in negative feelings, because focusing on yet another person would necessarily mean less “screen time” for the main couple.

Without giving too much away, I can say that Domenico and Seth are in a bit of a rough spot when they first meet Mark. The events of book three have taken their toll, and as much as those two love one another, going back to normal is extremely difficult. The presence of the scrawny teenage drifter breaks the status quo and and allows both men to reflect on their own youth.

Throughout the series, readers get to see Mark grow as a man. And despite his new life at Domenico and Seth’s side being so dangerous, he is willing to sacrifice safety for the benefit of finally having people he can count on. Unlike the MCs, he hasn’t been born into a life of crime but chose it despite his sensitive nature. It has taken its toll on him.

In upcoming book 8, A Breath of Innocence, Mark will for the first time play the lead role in the story. Confronted with a yet different way of life, he will have to make difficult choices and come to terms with what he’d lost by living outside of society. In this novel, we will focus on his attempt to live a ‘normal’ life for the first time. The question is: can he have that if he can’t be truly honest with the person he has feelings for?


Giveaway Information

Comment on the post to win, one person from each stop in the blog tour will win their choice of a backlist ebook from K.A. Merikan.  Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for your chance to win the Grand Tour Prize. (You can enter this one daily for more chances to win!)





To begin your journey with Seth and Domenico you should start here, with Book One: He Is Poison.


--- Love like butterfly knives in the stomach. ---

Domenico Acerbi. The Villani Family’s best assassin. Ruthless. Vicious. With no patience for weakness.

Seth Villani. The Don’s son. Clueless. Stubborn. In dire need of someone to keep him in line.

Domenico Acerbi grew up ready to give his life for the Family. Ready to follow orders and exceed expectations. A proud man of honor.

The last thing he wants to deal with is training the Don’s son for his future role within the organization. Lazy, annoying, spoiled, and as hot as a Sicilian summer, Seth Villani is no mafia material. But a man who could never become a threat might just be what Domenico needs.

Seth Villani wants nothing to do with the mafia. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a say when he’s pulled back into the fold. Thrown into a den of serpents otherwise known as the Villani Family, Seth has to find a way to navigate the maze of lies. But when Domenico Acerbi, the most vicious snake of them all, sinks his fangs into Seth, letting go becomes impossible.

If Seth is doomed to follow in his father's footsteps, he might as well enjoy himself with the most intoxicating man he’s ever met. Maybe he can even fool himself into believing that Domenico isn’t a handsome sociopath who kills for a living.

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Themes: Enemies to lovers, mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime, forced proximity

Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance / crime thriller

Length: ~110,000 words

WARNING: Adult content. Sizzling hot scenes. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.


‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.





About the authors:

K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.

K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.





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4 comments:

  1. Congrats and thanks for the post. This series is great, but no surprise coming from y'all. - Purple Reader,
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  2. Mark had been through so much & I'm glad that he somehow found a "family" with Dom & Seth. Keep going, Mark. You got this! Hugs!

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  3. I'm still catching up to the series, but I'm excited to meet Mark. He sounds like he was a necessary change in Dom and Seth's life, and a positive one at that. It's also just... Going to be nice to be able to watch them become a family, awkward as they are. Painful and dark though Dom and Seth's relationship is. I'm glad Mark's going to get to shine in this book, though. It's rare to see a series expand on side characters like this, outside of longer running ones, and it'll be good to see how the world around them changes as a result.

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  4. I'm really looking forward to Mark's story. Also curious about Miguel. :)
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