Let me welcome Jayne Rylon!
Do you have a specific writing style?
Hmm… probably. I’ve learned from co-writing with Mari Carr that a lot of what I took for granted in my own writing is really a style. Her and I are very different in how we write. I think readers must know within one paragraph of starting a Compass book which one of us took the lead on it! I’d say my style tends to be pretty dramatic. Not for everyone. I don’t like to stick to clichés if I can help it and I try to always push the envelope, which may cross the believability line for some audiences. One of my fetishes in evaluating my own writing is eliminating repeats. I hate echoed words! They drive me bananas. Sometimes I know this leads me to make awkward vocabulary choices but I work a lot on finding a happy medium. To me, how you say something should be as interesting as what you say. I think I have times where I’m more successful at this than others but I always strive for adding a little sparkle with my words and descriptions.
How did you come up with the title?
All of the books in the Hot Rods series are named after the car the main hero or heroine of the book drives, along with an adjective that describes them. King Cobra is about Eli, the head of the Hot Rods garage. He drives a Shelby Cobra. Future books in the series are titled MUSTANG Sally, Super NOVA, REBEL on the Run, SWINGER style, and BARRACUDA’s Heart. I have a lot of classic car books and my husband is into hot rods so he’s been a big help in getting my research right and providing me with fun trivia to use in the books. I hope it comes through in the stories!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Honestly, I think the entire Powertools series and now the spin off Hot Rods series have been about the continuum of sexuality. I guess I feel like people aren’t always straight or gay but that there are lots of shades in between. Each of the individual characters in these books falls on a very different place in that spectrum. Some, like Mike, the foreman of the crew are more straight but open-minded and I’d say James was just the opposite. Most of them fall somewhere in between, though, and that flexibility has allowed the Crew to develop a unique relationship that they are now willing to share with their friends. The Hot Rods are kind of different in that they’re just starting and building their future state where the Crew had already been established by the beginning of Kate’s Crew and were just waiting for their ladies. The unknown allows for a lot of angst and growing pains in the Hot Rods. I hope readers will be patient to watch the full relationship unfold. Ultimately, I think the stories are based on an underlying message of tolerance and respecting the boundaries of the people around you even if they’re unconventional.
Do you have any writing rituals that you do while writing?
Well… I have a set of rituals now but I feel like they may be changing soon as many were born of necessity in the days when I had a full time career as the Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis for a Fortune 500 company in addition to writing. As of writing this, I have just three days left working both jobs before becoming a full time author! OMG & EEK. So… old rituals include writing in the dead of night when the house is dark and quiet. I usually am in my PJ’s and I used to write in bed on my laptop with my husband sleeping next to me until we renovated a room in our house as my office earlier this year. Hopefully, in my new world, I will be getting up early, going to the gym then coming home to write. Maybe have some Raman noodles or spaghetti o’s for lunch then write some more until it’s time to start dinner for Mr. Rylon. Hoping that I can reach my word count goals while he’s at work and then actually get to spend some time with him in the evenings, maybe while sneaking on Facebook or taking care of the business of writing from the couch upstairs. That’s the plan anyway, let’s see what happens!
What types of books do you enjoy reading in your free time or what do you like to do with your free time?
Honestly, I haven’t had any free time in the past five years or so as I was working a full time career as the Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis for a Fortune 500 company in addition to my career as an author. As of the time I’m writing this I have three more days in corporate America. I am so looking forward to catching up on the hundreds of books I’ve stockpiled in the past several years. Some of my favorite authors include Suzanne Brockmann, Cindy Gerard, Cherry Adair, SE Jakes, Lora Leigh, Shayla Black, Sophie Oak, Lexie Blake, JD Robb, ah… too many to think of really! In addition I’d like to maybe watch a little TV again. Not a lot, but I haven’t watched TV in five years! Maybe just a dancing show or Amazing Race since I love to travel.
Nothing’s sexier than seven men with hot rods.
Hot Rods, Book 1
After Eli’s mother died, his father honored her life’s mission as a social worker by taking in several kids from the wrong side of the tracks. Not all of them stuck, but those who did became Eli’s quasi family.
Their bonds, forged in fires set by their personal demons, are unbreakable—or so Eli wants to believe. Especially since he and Alanso, his best friend and head mechanic, witnessed the overpowering allure of polyamory while visiting the Powertools crew.
Much as Eli would like to deepen the relationships among his foster brothers and sister in the Hot Rods Restoration Team, he’s hesitant to risk everything on a quick romp behind a stack of tires.
But when Eli catches Alanso exploring their mutual fantasy at a known hookup spot in a public park, all bets are off. And Eli must decide if it’s time to jump in full throttle—and trust his instincts to guide him through the night. If the pair can dodge the potholes in their own relationship, maybe they can race together toward the unconventional arrangement with Mustang Sally they both desire.
Warning: Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a wild (and naughty) ride!
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