AUTHOR #INTERVIEW – Finding My Way Home (Doyle Global Securities 2) by Kendel Duncan – #Excerpt

Please join me in welcoming author Kendel Duncan to my blog. Kendel is here today to tell us a bit about herself and her writing process!

Finding My Way Home by Kendel Duncan

Series: Doyle Global Securities #2
Publisher: Dare Publishing & Design
Cover Artist: Dara Nelson & Dan Skinner
Release Date: July 25, 2018
Genre/s: Gay Romance, MM
Length: Novel / 53,000 words / 230 pages

It is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone.

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Cover - FINDING MY WAY HOME.jpg“Have you ever been so lost that you couldn’t remember what home looked like, what it felt like?

So lost that home was a distant memory – a place that you never had hope of finding it again?

That’s how I felt, how I’d felt for years, for longer than I could remember.

Until I found you, Bas.

I just wish I could tell you that….

I’m coming. I’m coming for you, Bas. And I’m going to do my best to try….for you.”


For longer than he could remember Tenley ‘Ten’ Pinkerton had been lost. Wandering this earth with no hope, no soul, no heart, no purpose. The day the love of his life, Sawyer, had been brutally murdered was the day that everything beyond the basic elements of survival – like breathing and a beating heart – had been shut down.

Until him.

Sebastian ‘Bas’ Monroe.

Fucking Bas Monroe.

Somehow the man had wormed his way past Ten’s defenses, past the armor plates surrounding his heart, past the pain. Somehow he’d gotten inside.

Ten wasn’t really sure how he felt about that.

But the day that Bas went missing?

Ten knew that he would die if he that’s what it came to in order to find Bas, in order to save him.

The question that remained:

Was he going to be saving Bas Monroe? Or was he going to be saving himself?



Ten followed Morgan back out to his car.  They were both completely silent for the twenty-minute drive to what looked to Ten like an abandoned warehouse complex.  But when they got closer Ten could see the tell-tale signs that this was a secret government facility: the electronic laser fencing, the high-tech motion sensors.

“I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy,” Ten said quietly.

He looked over to find Morgan smiling slightly even though every other part of his body was tense, “You would be correct scarecrow.”

As he turned into a weed covered parking lot, he slowed by what looked like a large rhododendron. As he rolled his window down, Ten mumbled, “Tin man.”

“What?” Morgan said as he looked back at Ten.

“I would be the Tin man in that scenario.  No heart, remember?”

“Oh,” Morgan said as he leaned out to move a large branch to the side revealing an electronic keypad with a fingerprint scanner below it, “You’re full of shit,” he mumbled as he punched in a code and pressed his thumb to the scanner.  There was a barely imperceptible beep, the circle around the fingerprint turned green and then Morgan let his foot off the brake.

“That’s it?” Ten said as he looked out the windows, “All it does is beep? How do you know you’ve been given clearance?”

“Because nobody is shooting at us.  And you’re still full of shit.”

“What do you mean?”

“About the shooting or the shit?” Morgan said with a smirk.

Ten rolled his eyes, “The shit, smartass.”

“You have the biggest heart of anyone I know.  You just choose to have it locked down tight.”

Morgan could pretty much hear the silent huff that Ten made as he glared at him.  “Stop trying to fix me, Morg.  It’s not possible.”

“And yet here you are ready to do anything and everything to save Bas.”

“Because you asked me to!”

“Bullshit.  That’s bullshit, and you know it.”

Ten opened his mouth to say something else but Morgan interrupted him.  “Tamp it down, Pinkerton.  We’re here,” he said as he put his car in park and shut it off.  He turned in his seat and pinned Ten with a look that said listen very carefully, so Ten did.

“Don’t do or say anything in there unless I tell you to.  Stay with me.  Don’t touch anything, don’t, just don’t….”

“Don’t what?”

“Just fucking behave, okay?”

Ten smirked, “Yes, Dad.  Can we go into the secret clubhouse now?”

“This is not a fucking joke, Ten.  Anyone in this building could kill you between heartbeats and there wouldn’t be a damn thing that I could do to stop it.  Do you hear me?”

Ten dipped his chin, the smirk long-gone from his face, “Yeah, Morg, I get it.”

“Okay, good.”

They both climbed out of the car and Ten frowned when Morgan didn’t lock it, “You’re not locking it?”

“They’re going to search it while we’re inside and when we leave so there’s really no point.”

“They can break into your car that easily?”

Morgan shook his head, “These people can do anything they fucking want to, Ten.  How can I convince you of that?”

“Okay, Morg, okay. I get it.  I promise, I get it,” Ten said as he walked over to Morgan and touched his tense shoulder.

Morgan took a deep breath and sighed it out, “I hope so, Ten.  I really hope so,” he said and then together they began walking to the front door.


Welcome, and thank you for stopping by! Tell us a little about yourself and your writing goals.

I’m so happy to be here!  I’ve been writing poetry since I was 10 (and I still write it) and I always wanted to write novels but it wasn’t until I was in my late thirties/early forties that my first story idea finally popped into my head, but then it was like a damn bursting open and, well, 19 books later with 6 current WIPs later, I’d venture to say that isn’t stopping anytime soon. 

Writing for me is, well, it’s the air that helps me breathe, it’s the blood that sustains me.  I can’t imagine a time that I won’t be writing.  Even if the story ideas dry up, I’ll still be writing poetry.  Emotions are my muse, I write what I feel.  I’m just thrilled that there are readers out there who want to go on this journey with me.

My goal is to one day, very soon, be writing full time and not have to work outside the home.  I’m close but not quite there yet.

Are you a planner or a pantser? How much do you know about your story before you start writing? How often does your plan change? Why does this work best for you?

I am definitely not a planner.  My stories evolve in my head, almost like a mental puzzle that I slowly put together piece by piece.

Do you schedule a certain amount of time for writing each day/week, or do you just work it in when you can? Would you like to change this, or does your current method work well for you?

I have a full time job with a long commute so I reserve my weekends and holidays for writing.  I’d love to write full time but need to keep my job for now for the medical benefits – that crap is really expensive here in the U.S.

How do you develop a story idea? Do you always use the same method? Specifically, which do you develop first in your story building, the characters or the plot?

That’s a two-fold answer:  When I’m writing books in my series’ (I currently have 3) the characters/story idea for the next book in the series usually comes from a secondary character or characters from the book I’m currently writing.

For new books or books that aren’t in my series – my ideas come from different places:  Sometimes is just a name – I see or hear a name and a character to go with that name pops into my head and I immediately begin mentally writing his story. Sometimes it’s a picture:  I’ll see a picture online that intrigues/inspires me and I begin writing that story in my mind.  And sometimes story ideas just randomly pop into my head – I was at my doctors office a few weeks ago waiting for her to come into the room and a story idea (the one I’m currently writing now) just popped into my head. The stories in my head always play out like a movie, I can vividly see what they look like, hear how they sound, see their mannerisms.

What are your favorite genres when it comes to your own pleasure reading? Do you prefer to read ebooks or print?

First off – I always read ebooks, can’t remember the last time I picked up an actual book. 

As for genres – I only read MM – but I pretty much read all genre of MM: romance, bdsm, daddy-kink, second chance but my favorite is a genre that many don’t read and I find that sad: I would call them dark romance, meaning no HEA.  I love books that take my emotions on a roller coaster ride – up, down, happy, sad, angry, crying my eyes out – I love it all. There are some amazing stories out there with epic love stories but they don’t have a traditional HEA so some choose not to read them and I really think they’re missing out (Dan Skinner’s Memorizing You, Seth King’s Liberty and just about anything by Wulf Francu Godgluck come to mind)

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Oh my gosh – it energizes me so much.  Anytime I’m creating I’m energized, I feel so alive – whether it’s writing, designing book covers, heck even editing energizes me. I’ve seen some authors complain about writing blurbs for their books, but I love it.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Oddly enough, my writing kryptonite is music.  I can’t listen to music and write.  It’s too distracting for me.

Does your research lead to bizarre internet searches? If so, tell us about some of your wackier searches, or ones that would make you nervous if your computer were ever confiscated by law enforcement.

Not necessarily bizarre but, with the current White House administration, I have some searches that make me think twice about doing them.  Since several of my series involve characters that are military or ex-military, I sometimes have to do searches on guns or ammunition types. I’m hesitant to do that right now. Luckily, my husband is ex-military so I can usually ask him.

My research has also taught me a lot, which I love.  I’ve learned about current HIV drugs & treatments, PTSD treatments, types of artificial limbs.

And if anybody ever confiscated my computer, they’d find pictures guys – lots of pictures of guys – naked guys, partially dressed guys, kissing guys, more-than-kissing guys – you get the idea….wink wink.


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About the Author

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I was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California but have made my home in the Pacific Northwest for the last two decades. My husband & I live on a small farm surrounded by chickens, goats, rabbits, a turkey, 5 dogs and a cat, in the shadow of stunning Mt Rainier.

With my grown children and grandchildren nearby, my life is always busy, happy and full of laughter.

I am an active Blogger, having created Love Unchained Book Reviews out of my love for all things MM books.

Owner of Dare Press – Offering quality, affordable services for indie authors, including:

Editing, Publishing, Book Cover Design

NY Literary Magazine Best Story Award 2017 Nominee

When I’m not on the phone with my best friend (which is at least once every day) – I am an avid, addicted reader. It is my passion, my escape, my joy.
And I am most definitely a writer. The characters in my head are constantly demanding that their story be told.
But above all that – I am a human being. My passion for people is unparalleled, my firm belief in Love is Love unwavering, my hope that all can be accepted, undying. I do not write because I want to, I do it because I have to. I write because these voices, these beautiful men, have chosen me to tell their stories – and how damn lucky am I for that?

As an author, I write under both my name and a pen name, with total transparency and honesty:

Dara Nelson is the author of:

Author of the wildly popular ‘Healing Hearts’ series (Love in the Aftermath, Love After Chaos, Love Worth Fighting For – and more to come soon)

“5 stars 5 stars Amazing!!”

“Highly recommended”

“This is not your average romance story. It is so much more. A book that touched my heart.”

“OMG!!! This was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.”

“This is the first time I’ve read anything from Dara Nelson, but it won’t be the last. I need more of her writing!”

Under the pen name Kendel Duncan:

Author of the popular & critically acclaimed ‘Black Ops Heroes’ series and the new top-selling ‘Doyle Global Securities’ series

“I can’t recommend Kendel Duncan or Black Ops Heroes ENOUGH!!!! OMG, everyone who likes strong vulnerable men will love these stories!!!”


“I love how you keep the story going and keep all the characters interesting. Can’t wait for the next book!”

“The emotions are so raw and just I don’t have the right words to express how amazing the books are. You have to read them to understand. I can’t wait for the next installment!!”

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