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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author K.M. Neuhold to Stories That Make You Smile. K.M. is here today celebrating the recent release of book 4 in her popular Replay Series, Strike a Chord. Read on for a steamy excerpt, a giveaway, and K.M.’s answers to some burning questions! 🌟
Strike a Chord by K.M. Neuhold
“You want to fake date me?”
Series: Replay Series (book #4)
Cover Artist: K.M. Neuhold
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Length: 263 pages
Heat Rating: Adult
Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
“You want to fake date me?”
Music is my life, my band is my heart and soul, and it’s all falling apart before my eyes.
A plan hatched from desperation as we both watch our careers burn down around us. Dating my best friend’s twin brother, Paris, who just so happens to be a gay icon at the moment seems like the perfect plan. And if we have a little fun along the way, where’s the harm in that? The band is spiraling, his football career is going up in flames, and the more the world falls down around us, the easier it is to get lost in each other.
But are stolen moments during our own busy schedules and hurried kisses hidden behind social media posts the basis for a real relationship, or is this just another thing that’s going to turn to dust in our hands?
**Strike a Chord is the fourth and final book in the Replay series. This series can be read in any order.
“Sure they do,” he argues, taking the bottle from me again and taking another sip. “’Ris, the only person standing in your way right now is you. This is the one life you have; don’t you owe it to yourself to make it fucking incredible?”
“Yes,” I agree, my voice sounding husky to my own ears as my pulse thunders.
“So, what do you want more than anything?” he asks, rolling onto his side to face me.
Not a single thought passes through my mind before I do it. I’m all instinct and want, the gulps of tequila silencing the voice in the back of my mind that should surely be telling me it’s wrong.
Benji gasps when my mouth meets his. His lips are soft and yielding under mine, parted easily by the sweep of my tongue. His hands find my pecs while I grab onto his hips, just above the low-slung waist of his swimsuit.
Our numb lips and tequila-soaked tongues slide against each other artlessly. A bead of sweat trickles down my back, the heat of the island suffocating enough without the raging inferno between the two of us. It’s a wonder we don’t burst into flames.
Benji moans into my mouth, climbing onto my lap without breaking the kiss, his slight body covering mine as our tongues tangle. My heart is going wild as my fingers dig into Benji’s hips, feeling his cock as it hardens against my stomach.
I’ve replayed our one and only kiss over and over again throughout the years, the kiss that was never for me, and I was so sure I’d built it up to be better than it was. God was I wrong. Kissing Benji is like skydiving, exciting and terrifying all at once. It’s like the first day of summer vacation, full of possibility and promise. It’s so much better than I remembered.
☆ Author Interview ☆
Congratulations on your new release. Please tell us a little bit about it. What’s your favorite aspect or part of the story? Do you have a favorite character? Who/Why?
Thanks for having me! Strike a Chord was a little bittersweet to write because it’s the final in the series. I think my favorite thing about it was wrapping up the final HEAs for all the bandmates, and also I love the sweetness of Benji and Paris’ relationship. I don’t think I can choose a favorite between Benji and Paris, they were just too perfect together.
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’m kind of a mix of the two. I generally have a loose outline when i start a story, but depending on the characters, sometimes I end up going in a completely different direction once I get going lol. I like to let characters lead and discover the story as I write it. If I plan too much I tend to get bored with the story. The thrill of discovering it as it moves along is half the fun.
Did your story turn out as you’d originally planned, or did it veer off in another direction?
This story veered off several times. Paris’s backstory gave me a lot of trouble until I finally figured out who he really was. It was different than what I planned but I’m so happy with the end result.
Tell us about something you learned while writing and/or researching this story.
I learned a lot about shoulder injuries for this story, how long they can take to heal, the types of exercises that are best for them. Most of the time when I do research the details don’t actually end up in the story because I figure readers aren’t looking for a technical manual, so it tends to be mostly background info for me to write the characters in the best possible way.
Do deadlines motivate you or block you? How do you deal with them?
Deadlines are my Kryptonite lol. I deal with this by never setting a release date until the story is finished. I always have a goal in mind but never a firm date ahead of time.
Choosing from among your own stories, which is your favorite book? Why?
My favorite book I’ve written so far is Face the Music (Replay,1). Lincoln absolutely stole my heart, I wanted to scoop him up and make him feel better. The love between Lincoln and Jace was so special and beautiful I still get misty thinking about it lol.
Choosing from among your own stories, who is your favorite character? Why?
Royal from Going Commando. He’s my Tyler Durden, he’s everything I wish I was lol. He’s so funny and free spirited, but also protective and loving. He’s a hard character to beat.
Tell us a little bit about your work(s) in progress!
I just finished the first draft of a stand alone story that will be releasing in June called Change of Heart. It’s a highly emotional story about a man whose husband dies and his heart is donated to another man. Years later the two meet and let’s just say things get interesting.
Meet the Author
Author K.M.Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely- and sometimes damaged- men finding their Happily Ever After together. She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series. When she’s not writing she’s a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero…just kidding, she’s likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.
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