Hi peeps, we have Jacob Z. Flores stopping by with the tour for his upcoming release Suddenly Yours, we have a awesome character interview, an intriguing excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~
Jacob Z. Flores
“What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas”
Cody Hayes is having one epic morning-after. The hangover following a Vegas bachelor party is nothing new to him, and neither is the naked man in his bed.
His apparent marriage is a different story.
Carefully plotting every detail of his life carried Julian Canales to a senate seat as an openly gay man. A drunken night of Truth or Dare isn’t like him… and neither is marrying a man he just met. He’d get an annulment, but the media has gotten wind of his hasty nuptials. If Julian’s political career is going to survive, he has to stay married to a man who’s his opposite in every way.
Now he must convince Cody that all they need to do is survive a conservative political rival, a heartbroken ex, their painful pasts… and an attraction neither man can fight.
Jacob Z. Flores Interviews Julian Canales
Hi, everyone! I’m Jacob Z. Flores, and I’m so excited to be here promoting my October 15 release of Suddenly Yours, the second book in my One Fine Day series.
For those of you new to the series, the books center on the theme of marriage, which means the characters in each book will be different and so will their situations. This allows readers to pick up the series at any point (even book 2) without feeling as if they have missed out on something covered in the first book.
So to introduce readers to this book, I’ll be talking with Julian Canales, who lives in San Diego, California. Julian is a United States Senator, who is using his political power to bring positive change to our country.
Senator Canales, I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk with me today.
JULIAN: Please, call me Julian, and it’s my pleasure. I always enjoy sitting down with the media.
Well thank you, Julian, but as you know, I’m not with the media. I’m just a humble romance writer.
JULIAN: Still, your words can affect change, and affecting change is the reason I went into politics.
That’s quite altruistic of you.
JULIAN: I don’t see it that way. Making this already great country even better improves not only the lives of every American, but it improves mine as well. I want all Americans to be as happy and free as they can possibly be.
That’s a tall order. How do you intend on fulfilling that?
JULIAN: Well, progress comes from moving forward, and we’ve already taken some major steps in that direction. Universal health care is one example, and marriage equality is another. These are hallmarks of the progress we’ve made, but we can’t rest on our laurels. We have to make sure every segment of our population is granted the same rights, and I’m speaking of the immigrants who come into this country, seeking to better their lives and to take advantage of the opportunities that come with being an American.
I’ve heard you are trying to get a new immigration bill passed through the Senate. Can you tell us a little about it?
JULIAN: I’d love to. The bill I’m trying to pass would allow those who have come into the country illegally to achieve their citizenship. This would help stop this marginalized community from being hunted down and deported, and it would also cut millions of dollars from the country’s budget. It’s a win-win situation in my book.
In order to get such a bill passed, you’ll need the support of more than just those in your party.
JULIAN: Correct. I’ve been reaching across the aisle, and I’m hoping to get the votes I need. In fact, I’ll be traveling in a few days to meet with a representative from one of the more conservative senators to see about gaining his support for my bill.
Where will this meeting be held?
JULIAN: Las Vegas.
How fun! You can conduct business and have some fun while you’re there. Do you gamble?
JULIAN: (laughing) No. I’m not really a gambling man. I prefer to follow my own path and not leave anything up to chance.
Really? Doesn’t that get boring?
JULIAN: Maybe for some people, but I take comfort in the reigns of routine. Besides, as one of the only out gay senators currently serving in Congress, I feel I have to hold myself to an even higher standard than most.
I assume you’re referring to Spencer Baldwin, who is looking to take your senate seat at the upcoming election. His campaign against you has been extremely negative.
JULIAN: It has, but I let my record and my actions speak for themselves.
As they should, but I have to ask: during your first campaign, you were engaged to a man by the name of Blane Kingsley. After you won, the engagement was called off.
JULIAN: Is there a question in there somewhere?
Yes. Mr. Baldwin claims that your engagement was a ploy to get you elected. In fact, he claims that if you were a single and unattached gay man that you never would have been elected. Is there any truth to his claims?
JULIAN: None whatsoever. I had every intention of marrying Blane. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as I had hoped.
Would you mind telling us what happened?
JULIAN: Let’s just say that Blane and I reached a fork in the road. He went right while I veered left.
Has there been anyone since?
JULIAN: (chuckling) Who has the time? My work keeps me extremely busy. Plus, there’s too much inherent scandal involved with dating and during a reelection, scandal is the last thing I need.
But would you be open to another relationship? Maybe to marriage?
JULIAN: Of course. If the right man came along, but I’m doubtful of those odds.
Why is that?
JULIAN: I have very strong opinions on marriage that aren’t shared by many.
Interesting. What are those opinions?
JULIAN: I see marriage as a lifetime commitment, one that two individuals work hard at fostering and upholding. Unfortunately, so many people get caught up in romantic love and its ideal that a marriage sometimes suffers.
Are you saying your ideal marriage is one that doesn’t involve love?
JULIAN: I’m saying my ideal marriage is one that involves commitment, the kind of commitment that transcends every other ideal.
That’s quite an interesting outlook. Did your parents’ rocky marriage influence this belief?
JULIAN: Yes, it did. I’ve seen what blind love without a true sense of commitment can do to a family. It’s something I wouldn’t want to inflict on another person.
So when you do get married it will be because you’ve found someone with similar ideals on commitment, not because you have fallen in love?
JULIAN: I’m saying that when I do get married it will be a lifetime commitment that is based on mutual affection and respect.
What about passion and love?
JULIAN: They are wonderful for those who find it, but they are also risky ventures.
Well, since you’re going to Las Vegas in a few days, perhaps a lucky roll of the dice will lead to a big win.
JULIAN: (laughing) Perhaps if I gambled, but since I don’t, I think I’m safe.
That’s all the time we have for today. Thank you again, Julian, for stopping by, and I wish you all the luck in Vegas. Something tells me, you’re going to need it.
Cody Hayes had had some epic hangovers in his life. In college he’d woken up naked in front of his fraternity house after his brothers had decided to draw obscene pictures in Magic Marker all over his skin. It had taken him a week to finally scrub the many penises off his flesh. Then there was his twenty-first birthday, when his best friend, Sam Judd, convinced him he’d look good without eyebrows, or the time he’d sung “I Will Always Love You” to his college crush, the star quarterback for the Texas Longhorns. That had been a fun night of trying not to get his ass kicked.
There had been other moments like that throughout the thirty years of his life, but this one… well, this one took the cake.
He’d never woken up married before.
“We’re what?” his new husband asked before glancing at Cody’s hand. Cody quit fiddling with the wedding band and pointed to his finger.
Julian, his gasping groom, fixed his gaze on his own left hand. “Is this a joke?”
If only this was a prank cooked up by his scheming best friends, but neither of them was that lucky. Although Cody couldn’t quite remember everything at the moment thanks to the alcohol-induced fog that clouded his memories, he distinctly recalled walking into the twenty-four-hour chapel hand in hand with Julian and laughing all the way down the aisle. They certainly weren’t laughing now. “Nope. We’re hitched.”
“This—this can’t be happening,” Julian groaned, a look of panic seizing his dark, handsome features as he glanced at the white sheets wrapped around their bodies. “Am I—? Are we—? Did we—?”
Cody didn’t need Julian to finish his questions to know what he was asking. Clearly they’d been married long enough already for Cody to finish his thoughts. “Yes, yes, and—” He reached under the blankets. The head of his cock was raw, and when he cupped his balls, they ached as if he’d been slamming them hard against something all night. “Yes.”
Julian covered his mouth with his hand, and a second later he was a naked blur heading for the bathroom. Shortly after the door slammed, the magical sounds of violent retching echoed off the tiled walls.
Not exactly a stellar way to start off their lives together.
Other books in the series
Two men, one lie, and a whole bunch of trouble.
Marty Valdez is in serious trouble. His sister’s wedding is around the corner, and everyone expects to meet Marty’s super-successful underwear model boyfriend—whom Marty invented. Now Marty has to produce a half-naked hottie or suffer the worst humiliation of his life.
FBI agent Luke Myers is in serious trouble. He’s been working undercover to take down a dangerous drug cartel, but his cover’s blown and he needs to disappear. Luckily, a geeky yet intriguing comic book artist gives him the perfect opportunity. Luke just has to pretend to be his boyfriend, and pretending is what he does best. But between Marty’s mother and his ex, Luke might’ve bitten off more than he can chew, and Marty’s knack for finding trouble might ruin more than just his sister’s wedding.
Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hardass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.
Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.