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Hello, everyone! This is Quinn Anderson, author of the Murmur Inc. series, and I'm here to share some inside information about, Hotline, coming out October 31st. Stay tuned to hear about where I get my ideas, writing comedy, and how I went "undercover" as a sex worker to research my novels. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!
How I Came to Write Hotline
I ended up writing a book about phone sex in much the same way that my main character, Zack, became a Phone Sex Operator (PSO). That was also how my research began.
Before the beginning of the novel, Zack is up late one night, very much unemployed, when he sees a commercial for a phone sex hotline. He has nothing else going on—no prospects, no higher education, no real-life skills—and so he decides to give it a try.
Hotline exists because the same thing happened to me. When I graduated from the University of Dublin in Ireland and moved back to America, I spent a few months job-hunting and overcoming reverse culture shock (which I thought was a myth before I experienced it). I was up late one night, unemployed and gloomy, when I saw an ad for a phone sex hotline. I don’t know why it clicked in my head the way it did, but I sat straight up in bed and said, “That would make a fantastic novel.”
I’d read about sex work before, of course. I think we all have. Rent boys and cam boys are such a common trope. However, I’d never read a book about phone sex before, and I thought, This is my opportunity to do something a little different. Zack and I ended up making the exact same next move: we both called the phone sex hotline and signed up for an audition.
What happened to me afterward is (slightly) different from what happened to Zack, but that’s a topic for another blog entry.
About the book:
Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he’s in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fall for a client.
Until a man named “John” starts calling, and Zack finds himself interested in more than a paycheck. It’s not just that John has money, or that his rumbling baritone drives Zack wild. He’s everything Zack isn’t: educated, poised, and in total control of his life.
A twist of fate brings them face-to-face, and now that they’ve seen each other—and spent an unforgettable night together—they can’t go back to the way things were. A sex worker and a trust fund brat . . . It’s like Romeo and Juliet, but with less stabbing and slightly fewer dick jokes. Hopefully they can pull off a more successful ending.
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This was a fun book to read. I really enjoyed myself. It's total fluff for the most part, of course, but the humor and snark was exactly what I needed at the time I read it.
Zack is a PSO (Phone Sex Operator), which, considering his partial college and smart mouth, is about as good as it could get for him, job-wise. Or so he thinks. He's good at the job, going with the flow of the ever so, uhm, interesting requests his clients have, and while he doesn't love his job, he does love that it pays the bills. Not that he thought this is what he'd be doing with his life, and he doesn't enjoy the quotas he has to meet, but he's okay with doing this, for now.
Until one day "John" calls in, and turns Zack's boring existence upside down. Zack's getting turned on by the phone sex, and "John's" sexy baritone, which doesn't usually happen, and their frequent calls show Zack that "John" may be totally out of his league. Because Trust Fund Baby and PSO don't go all that well together, according to Zack. But his quotas are rising, and his boss is not riding him so hard anymore. Good, right?
I totally bought the lust parts of this story, and the phone sex was super hot and getting hotter by the minute between Zack and "John".
But then Zack runs into "John" in a bar, and things aren't so simple anymore. After some hot shmexing (in person this time), he bails, and doesn't know what to do. "John" of course calls in again, but Zack is still a bit freaked out. So "John" does something really stupid (and slightly unbelievable, but super romantic albeit a bit stalkerish), that almost gets Zack in huge trouble.
Obviously, this is a romance, so all's well that ends well, which this book does too, but while I bought the lusty parts, I didn't exactly buy the romantic side so much.
Still, this is a fun read. Slightly unbelievable, a bit tropey, and fairly unrealistic, but definitely fun. Give it a try. Seriously. Do.
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher via Netgalley. A positive review was not promised in return. **
About the author:
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Sherlock, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Buffy, Marvel, and more. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere.
Her favorite television show is Avatar: the Last Airbender, her favorite film is Tangled, and her favorite book is Ella Enchanted. She can often be spotted at conventions, comic shops, and midnight book releases. If you're at an event, and you see a 6'2'' redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that's probably her. Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, screwing the rules, finding the Master Sword, guided falling, consulting for the NYPD, guarding the galaxy, boldly going, and catching 'em all.
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