Give us the one to two sentence tagline for your book.
What does it take for Valentine’s-Day-hating Bryan Colby to discover that he really loves it? Meeting Officer Ben Collins, of course.
What surprised you the most while writing this book?
How quickly the 2 mcs developed in my head
Why did you pick the setting you used for your book?
It’s set in Santa Barbara – a city I love.
What is the sexiest trait of your heroes?
They are both hot, but Ben (the cop) has a sexy slow burn attitude that’ll curl the readers’ toes
What is your favorite scene/moment in your book?
When Ben apologizes to Bryan and kisses the living daylights out of him
What are your favorite genres/sub-genres to write in? Are there any you love to read but cannot write in?
I like reading certain types of sci- fi, but can’t write them. They have to sound like you know what you’re talking about, build worlds that sound possible and excite the readers imagination. I admire authors who can do that, but I can’t.
Which do you love to write best: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?
Dialogue and love scenes
What does it take for Valentine’s-Day-hating Bryan Colby to discover that he really loves it? Meeting Officer Ben Collins, of course. Bryan Colby doesn’t like Valentine’s Day. Despite being told by his close friends that he’s silly to fester over something that happened five years ago, he just can’t get excited as yet another Valentine’s Day approaches. Bryan, a rising star at the local real estate office, prefers to work instead, but is assaulted while showing a vacant property. In the ambulance, he meets Officer Ben Collins and Bryan wastes no time in letting Ben know he finds him attractive and would like to get better acquainted with him, in every possible way. At first wary of Bryan’s flirty, come-hither attitude, Ben eventually warms to Bryan’s charm, and agrees to meet him for a coffee. But circumstances outside their control change that date to a much more sensual meeting. After all, it is Valentine’s Day week, and romance is most definitely in the air…
Excerpt from Valentine’s Day Blues
Officer Collins entered the room, notepad in hand. “How are you, Mr. Colby?”
“I could say better now you’re here, but I think I embarrassed you enough in the ambulance.”
Collins smiled and sat on the chair by the bed. “You were probably a bit loopy. Don’t know what your excuse might be now, though.”
Oh, I like you… “Bad manners, my mother would have said. Anyway thanks for being cool about it. What’s your first name, by the way? I can only see an initial, B. B for Bob, maybe?”
“B for Bennet. Ben for short.”
“Nice name. Can I call you Ben?”
After a slight hesitation, he said, “Sure.”
Bryan held out his hand. “Nice to meet you Ben. I’m Bryan.”
Ben took his hand in a warm, firm grip. “Nice to meet you, Bryan. Although the circumstances aren’t the best.” They gazed at each other for a few moments and Bryan had time to take in the details of Ben’s face. All he remembered from their ride in the ambulance was a pleasant rugged appearance, but now under the too bright fluorescent ceiling light Bryan admired the deep blue eyes under strong dark brows, the full lower lip and the firm jaw with a faint five o’clock shadow. Totally my kind of guy…
Ben looked down at his notepad and cleared his throat. “So, uh, have you remembered anything more about the man, Jack Forbes?”
“Well, he was Caucasian, grayish hair, beady eyes, couldn’t tell you the color as he never really looked at me. Really shifty demeanor and he was wearing a black coat like it was wintertime.”
“That’s good, uh, Bryan.” He grinned. “A lot better than just tall and rough looking.”
“Well, I was suffering from severe knocks to the head, if you recall.”
Ben nodded. “I do recall, and you were pretty stalwart about it.”
“You calling me pretty, Officer?” Bryan teased.
Ben shook his head. “You are a case all right.” He stood and slipped his notepad into his pocket.
“Wait…you have to go?”
“Yes, I have to go and make a report. That’s what I do, Bryan. And you…” He touched the back of Bryan’s hand with his fingertips. “You have to rest.”
“Will you…uh, will you come see me again?”
“Maybe, if I have more questions for you.”
“Or even if you don’t?”
Ben laughed. “Man, you are one pushy guy. The doctor said they’ll probably release you tomorrow, but I have your phone number if I need to reach you.”
Bryan closed his eyes, suddenly very tired. “Okay…and thanks, Ben, for being so nice. Not like a cop at all.”
Ben sighed. “Bye, Bryan. Be well.” He walked to the door and opened it, saving one last glance at Bryan before he left, closing the door quietly behind him. Bryan had been watching him through half-closed eyes and he smiled before drifting off to sleep.
J.P. Bowie was born in Scotland and toured British theatres in numerous musical shows including Stephen Sondheim’s Company.
He worked in Las Vegas, Nevada for the magicians Siegfried and Roy as their Head of Wardrobe at the Mirage Hotel. Currently he has more than 80 published books, short stories, anthologies to his name. He lives with his husband, Phil, in sunny San Diego, California.