BLOG TOUR – CHARACTER INTERVIEW – The King’s Fear (The Brass Machine 2) by Isaac Grisham – #Excerpt #Interview

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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Isaac Grisham to Stories That Make You Smile. Isaac is here today celebrating the upcoming release of The King’s Fear, the fabulous second story in The Brass Machine series. Isaac generously brought Myobu along with him (FFS, hide your turkeys!!!) to answer a few questions about himself! 🌟

The King’s Fear by Isaac Grisham

Everything will burn.

Series: The Brass Machine (book #2)
Publisher: Cooper Blue Books, LLC
Cover Artist: Dissect Designs
Release Date: May 6, 2019
Length: Novel / 95,000 words / 290 pages
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): Fantasy, LGBT Fiction, Good vs. Evil, Magic, Shifter, Bi the Way, Darkness and Light, Heartbreak of Betrayal, Forgiveness

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Blurb

Everything will burn.

Myobu has waited all his life to find love, and just as he makes a connection, it’s taken from him in an instant. Reeling from the fatal climax of his love story with Prince Kitsune, the magical Yokai must take advantage of his second chance at life, reconciling his past and present while keeping the prince from going down a path of darkness. Together with Kitsune, Myobu is tasked with destroying an evil that threatens the brass machine—and their world.

Meanwhile, Prince Kitsune is lost in the depths of responsibility and the murkiness of grief. His role is at the head of an army, defending against the whims of his deranged father. King Oni’s aggression is mounting, and he will stop at nothing to maintain his power over Kitsunetsuki.

Overcome with the guilt of killing the man he loved, Kitsune finds direction when he discovers the legendary Sword of Inari—but when the voices within the steel speak to him, they lead him deeper down a path of deceit. In a tale of good versus evil, life and death, Kitsune and Myobu must come together alongside their allies to face unspeakable horrors.

Excerpt

It was the perfect morning.

Treating himself to a good long stretch, Myobu worked his way up to sitting. With his back against the wooden headboard, he looked down at the pair with whom he had spent the night. Ryn and Nikki owned one of the oldest taverns in Hawte, having belonged to Ryn’s family for generations. Myobu had met them not long after arriving in the capital nearly three sun cycles ago.

Something else had happened as their friendship grew. Late one night after helping close up the tavern, they had spent a few hours drinking by the hearth. Ryn and Nikki spoke of their first encounter and subsequent marriage, purportedly a scandalous affair.

Having lived over a century without ever engaging in sexual activity, Myobu had drunkenly bombarded them with endless questions on the subject. The pair looked at one another, a glimmer of humor and desire in their eyes, and decided to answer his queries physically rather than verbally. Taking him by the hand, they led him upstairs to bed.

Upon closing the bedroom door, the first thing the couple did was peel off their clothing. Myobu had watched in awe as the differences in their skin were revealed. Ryn was a burly man, and there were few areas on his body not covered in hair. Nikki was dark-skinned and appeared free of any blemishes or extraneous hair.

The two had begun tugging at Myobu’s own clothing, which he sluggishly gave up. He wasn’t timid or particularly self-conscious, though he had wondered if the human form he had taken was correct in the details. He possessed all the parts of a man, but he lacked the massive tufts of hair Ryn displayed. He was almost as smooth as Nikki. Concerned they would figure out he wasn’t actually human, he had contemplated adding hair to his body before his shirt could be removed.

In the end, the two hadn’t given a second thought to his nearly hairless form. They stripped him naked, looked at him appreciatively, and began running their hands over his body. The dual sensations of Ryn’s rougher palms and Nikki’s smoother fingertips elicited a gasp from Myobu. Goosebumps broke out over his flesh. It heightened his tactile awareness, dulled his sense of time, and deeply aroused him. He tentatively put a hand on each of their bodies, awkward at first, but easily got into it once he realized his touch elicited the same types of responses from them.

☆ Character Interview ☆

What is your name? Do you have a nickname? If so, who calls you by it, and how did you get it?

My name is Myobu, though some know me as Ninko or The King’s Sun. Prince Kitsune probably has a few other names he refers to me by…but let’s just stick with Myobu.

How old are you?

About 125 sun cycles, though I don’t look a day over 20! Actually, I can look like anything I want.

What character trait do you most dislike in others?

Speciesism. So many humans think they are superior to others…sometimes I question my own fascination with them!

What character trait do you like most in yourself?

Kitsune says I have small hands. I think he meant it as an insult, since I called him pretty, but I rather think my hands are the perfect size!

Do you ever lie? If so, when?

Never! Unless omitting the truth counts as lying, then pretty much all the time… Imagine the chaos if word got out that the king’s most trusted advisor lived a double life as a street urchin. Also, Kitsune would have just murdered me if I had told him who I was when we first met.

What is your greatest achievement?

I came back from death! Well, that wasn’t really my doing… So, saving the world? Not done doing that yet… Oh! I once ate a whole turkey in one sitting!

What is your most treasured possession?

I don’t have many possessions, but it would be truly devastating to lose my hoshi no tama, a red ruby in which my magic is stored.

What is your greatest regret?

Probably eating that whole turkey in one sitting…

What is your favorite food/drink?

Definitely not turkey! Otherwise, I will eat almost anything that is edible. And some things that aren’t.

Cats or dogs?

As I’m one of the Yokai, my natural form is like a fox. So, I think I’d have to go with dogs?

If you died or went missing, who would miss you?

Spirits, I did die! You want to know who came after me? Kitsune’s mother. Parents like me, apparently.

What’s your favorite smell?

Prince Kitsune. Am I allowed to say that? I have a very keen sense of smell, and most humans are… not pleasant. I don’t know what it is about him, but his scent is so enticing!

Meet the Author

Isaac Grisham currently lives in a blue county of Illinois with his partner and doggos. By day, he works at a local college. The King’s Fear is his second completed novel and, by night, he is busy assembling the gears of the third and final piece of The Brass Machine.

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