Friday, March 11, 2016

Blogtour: The Taste Of Ink by Francis Gideon

Please welcome Francis Gideon with 

The Taste Of Ink 


Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede's opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.

Charlie opens Trevor's mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor's first love, but Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.

Except after the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.

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Music plays a huge role in my writing process. One of my first writing gigs when I was barely 17 was doing CD reviews, and from that experience, I've taken my love of writing and finding new bands and often replicated that experience in my novels.

The Taste of Ink is one of those endeavors. I keep calling it my "cowboys and punk" novel to my friends, since the two main love interests of the MC Trevor Dunn are a cowboy in a green hat and an indigenous punk singer. As a character, Trevor is someone who's dedicated to his set routine, even if that routine involves staying in his parents' basement, listening to music so loud it will deafen him, and going to the comic book store every Friday. When Trevor meets Charlie, the man in the green hat, he challenges him to get out of his shell, and for once, Trevor listens. One of those ways is with his music choice and getting him to branch out and appreciate the glory that is Johnny Cash, and many other singers. Over the course of the Calgary Stampede, the two bond and reflect on what they love--and also run into Mathieu Thompson, one of Trevor's former love interests. Mathieu was a punk singer that Trevor met at a basement show, soon fell in love with, but never had the guts to run away with into the sunset. Ever since that meeting, Mathieu has graduated from punk outcast touring basements to country crooner touring the country. He's back in Calgary for the Stampede and sings heartbroken love songs--about none other than Trevor Dunn. 

Since this is an M/M/M title, you may be able to tell that Trevor won't have to choose between either man--or either genre of music. Trevor learns to love everything about the Stampede (including rodeos, mechanical bulls, and dressing up in cowboy hat for himself) while also falling for both men all over again. He doesn't give up what he likes either; instead he shares his love of comics and his idea for an epic adventure comic he wants to write, but hasn't been able to put to page yet. Since this book is about the mixing of genres, I want to talk about some of my favourite country and punk artists, then also share what I think Mathieu's ultimate playlist would look like.   

So, the first punk band I ever heard was The Clash. Hilariously, it was because of an episode of The Simpsons that featured the song "Rock the Casbah." When I was older and could go out and find records for myself, I picked up their album on the recommendation of someone. Immediately, I recognized half the songs from various films and TV shows, including that first Simpsons hit. 

Similarly, the first country singer I ever remember hearing was Johnny Cash. His "Clementine" was a favourite of my grandmother's. Anytime I'd see her, the sound of Johnny's low drawl would always be on in the background. Maybe it's no surprise that again, the year before I heard The Clash on The Simpsons, they had Johnny Cash voicing a character. Perhaps I'm giving away my age here (I'm quite young; only 27), but I can definitely see the genesis of me fusing both punk and country together in this novel. 

Mathieu isn't much younger than me in the story (25), so his playlist would probably look something like mine while I wrote:

Should I Stay or Should I Go? By The Clash
Why Can't I Touch It by The Buzzcocks
I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones
When I Come Around - Green Day
The Taste of Ink by The Used
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
Teenage Dirtbag by Wheetus
I saw a Light by Hank Williams
Clementine by Johnny Cash
Time by Steve Grand
Be The Light by Rae Spoon

I hope you enjoy the music references. And even if music isn't your thing, I hope there's enough of both worlds in The Taste of Ink to keep you coming back for more. 

~ Francis Gideon

About the author:

Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He has appeared in Gay Flash Fiction, Chelsea Station Poetry, and the Martinus Press anthology To Hell With Dante. He lives in Canada with his partner, reads too many comics books, and drinks too much coffee.

Feel free to contact him, especially if you want to talk about horror movies, LGBT poetry, or NBC’s Hannibal. Find him at

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