October 20, 2015

Pride Promotions presents: Truth and Consequences by Sarah Madison (plus Interview!)

Author Name: Sarah Madison

Book Name: Truth and Consequences
Series: Sixth Sense
Book: Three
Best read as a series

Release Date: October 14, 2015

When FBI agent Jerry Lee Parker wakes from a coma after a murderous attack on his life, he has no memory of his immediate past. In the blink of an eye, he has gone from having a nearly photographic memory to recalling nothing of the last six months of his life, including his partner and lover, John Flynn. While Lee tries to reboot his past and reconnect with John, there are events at play around him he doesn’t understand. John is keeping secrets from him, secrets which could get them both killed.
Matters come to a head when Lee is hounded to turn over a mysterious artifact, of which he has no knowledge. The two men wind up in a fight for their lives as they risk everything to keep the powerful relic out of the hands of a ruthless killer. In order to protect those he loves, however, John may be forced to make a deal with the devil.

Pages or Words: 258 pages

Categories: M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal

I knew the moment John walked into the bar. It was like my sonar pinged, my radar lit up—you name it. I heard the door open, and without turning around, I knew it was him because the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Because something in my gut tightened, and my cock lifted in earnest. I watched him in the mirror as he scanned the room, locked in on my presence, and stalked toward me like a panther in a pen full of sheep. Everyone else in the room was aware of him as well. I practically preened when he came up beside me. He took a seat and signaled the bartender, who came over with flattering attention.

Meet the author:
Sarah Madison is a veterinarian with a big dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. She is a terrible cook, and concedes that her life would be easier if Purina made People Chow. She writes because it is cheaper than therapy.

Where to find the author:

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond


1-Welcome Sarah Madison! Please tell us a bit about yourself and your release.

I live in a small rural area in the South, so I’ve spent most of my life buried in books. Think Belle from Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast. That’s me singing, “There must be more than this provincial life!” The only men I met could have been Gaston’s brothers. Somehow I met a British ex-pat who’s also an English Lit major, so I got my happily ever after despite the odds

Truth and Consequences is book 3 in the Sixth Sense series. It features FBI Agents Jerry Lee Parker and John Flynn, and the events that occur when Flynn accidentally touches a mysterious artifact and gains unusual powers. As the Sixth Sense series unfolds, we learn there is a set of such boxes, and that Lee and John aren’t the only ones looking for them. They’re in over their head, and the water is just getting deeper…

2-How long have you been writing?

I used to write and illustrate my own stories as a child. In middle school, I wrote a very popular series of adventures that featured a trio of horse-crazy girls that solved mysteries out of their barn. I used to have to keep a waiting list for that one! In high school I spent hours writing fanfic, although I didn’t know that was what it was called. When I graduated and went to college, for some reason I decided this meant I should ‘put away childish things’, including any dreams of being a writer. For 20 years I kept my creative side in a vault, scarcely acknowledging its existence.

One day, a friend introduced me to online fanfiction archives for a favorite show. I read everything I could get my hands on, and then tentatively began writing my own fanfic. A million words later, I submitted my first original story for publication. I’ve never looked back. J

3-What compelled you to write this particular story?

When I wrote the first story in the Sixth Sense series, Unspeakable Words, I had a much larger story arc in mind—I knew there was too much story for me to tell in one, even two novels. For a while there, however, I chickened out. I wasn’t sure I could pull of the story arc I had in mind, and I considered even dropping the paranormal aspect of things. Finally I realized that the paranormal plotline was exactly what distinguished the Sixth Sense series from every other FBI story out there. Once I re-committed to the original plan, I went for broke!

4-What gave you the courage to submit your story to a publisher?

Well, I’d been writing fanfic for nearly four years, and my beta readers kept telling me I should write and submit original stories. By this point, I’d racked up over a million words of fanfic—and on a whim, I submitted a story for publication. I never expected to be offered a contract! In fact, my initial reaction was to jerk the story back and declare it wasn’t ready yet! Fortunately, I didn’t cave into my fear. Much to my surprise, I kept writing stories and they kept getting contracted, so here we are.

5-When creating your characters, do you have models in mind or are they totally fictional?

I usually have some rough model in my mind. Sometimes just a photograph. Sometimes an actor who played a particular role. The fascinating part of the process for me is watching the character grow and become his or her own person out of the original scaffolding I laid down. I definitely have a type, and am drawn to certain kinds of characters more than others.

6-Why did you start writing m/m? Is there something special that draws you to this genre?

When I first stumbled upon slash fanfiction, I felt as though I’d finally discovered adult romantic fiction for the first time. There was so much about it appealed to me. I loved the fact that my two favorite characters were involved in a relationship were they met as equals. Both characters got to do the ‘cool’ things, they each took turns being the one that needed rescuing or being the vulnerable one. There was none of the imbalances I found in typical romantic fiction, not to mention protagonists I could actually identify with! Less purple prose as well, with sex scenes that aren’t filled with euphemisms, but feel real.

As I segued into writing M/M fiction, I realized there were many other reasons why I identified with the genre. Though I’m a straight woman, I know what it is like to be discriminated against because of my gender and my beliefs. I know what it is like to have to hide who I really am, in order to fit into a society where I feel less and less comfortable with each passing year. I have never met a homophobe who wasn’t also racist and misogynistic. Though I am only an ally to the GLBTQ community, I think that if all the minority and disenfranchised people stand together, our vote will carry the day.

7-What are you reading right now? Do you have a favorite author or genre?

At the moment, I’m doing a fair amount of research for the story I’m working on, which is set in the 1950s. I tend to bounce back and forth between reading mysteries and sci-fi/fantasy. I adore the classics of the Golden Age of Mystery—Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh. I think Sayers is my favorite author—I’m a huge fan of Lord Peter Wimsey.

8-What are you working on now?

My current WIP is a bit of a departure for me. It’s about a female agent working for a secret bureau within the CIA created at the end of WW2 to investigate a series of paranormal events that seem to be associated with the advent of nuclear testing. She’s sent to recruit a British scientist to join the agency, and then the pair of them are assigned to work undercover as husband and wife in a subdivision where some of the events have been recorded. By day, they have to play at being Ward and June Cleaver, whereas at night, they become Mulder and Scully. I’m not sure it will have an audience, but I’m having great fun with it just the same!

9-When you're not writing, how do you like to spend your time?

I wish I had more free time—I frequently have to choose between writing and doing something else I love. I take the dogs hiking, and I enjoy photography. Both of my horses are retired from competition now, but I still enjoy riding. It hasn’t been a good day unless I spend at least part of it outdoors.

10-What are your writing goals for 2015?

Argh. 2015 is almost over, and I’d like very much to have a rough draft done of my 50s story. I’d like to write more in the Crying for the Moon universe—Nick and Peter need their own story, and Alex and Tate have more adventures to come as well! I have a M/M Regency I’m working on, and of course, I need to write the next installment in the Sixth Sense series!

11-Do you have personal goals for 2015?

I’ve been struggling with feeling a bit overwhelmed. I think I need to spend less time on social media and more time living my life. One of the things I’ve been doing to help me focus on the positives in my life is to jot down three things every day that I’m grateful for. It’s been interesting to see how my attitude is slowly changing for the better the longer I keep it up.

Tour Dates & Stops:
26-Oct: BFD Book Blog

Rafflecopter Prize: E-copy of 'Unspeakable Words' – Book one in the series

1 comment:

  1. If I found a magical artifact that granted superpowers, I'd like wisdom and insight. IMO, insight is an extension of wisdom. Thank you for asking and for the giveaway.
    --Judy S
    j dot stonewright at gmail dot com