Sage Marlowe’s First Anniversary Blog Tour & Giveaway
Unveiling the secrets of Romeo & Julian
Normal not much happens here on a Sundays, however, a special guest has dropped by today, for a very special reason. Celebrating with a 1st Anniversary Blog Tour, Sage Marlowe has stopped by to tell us all about one of my favourite series.
I admit that I’m very biased here, but if you have never read one of Sage’s book, I promise by the end of this, you will want to. So, with out further adieu, please welcome the very talented Sage Marlowe.
Hello and welcome to the latest stop of my 1st Anniversary Blog Tour & Giveaway. Thanks for hosting me, Jess!
One year has passed since my successful debut novel, Sub-Mission, was released on May 14, 2012, and a lot has happened during those twelve months. I’m taking the chance to look back and tell you a bit about the background of the books I’ve published, but also about things that happened in my life or that are on my mind. There’s one stop for every book, and of course, there are prizes waiting for you, because as always, good things for me mean good things for you, my dear friends and readers. Please read the “Giveaway” section below for details.
Today, I’d like to talk to you about inspirations. A question I’m frequently asked in interviews is, “Where do you get your inspirations from?” The answer is fairly simple: inspiration usually finds me and then my Muse won’t quit until the story is written. I can’t always tell where the inspiration for a story has come from because sometimes a character or a plot line just enters my head out of the blue, but sometimes, I remember exactly what has inspired a book.
One of those stories is the Romeo & Julian series. Anyone who has read it and knows the TV series White Collar can probably easily figure out my main source of inspiration. While it’s far from fanfic, I must admit that my Romeo is largely based on Neal Caffrey although that wasn’t a conscious decision. It came as a real surprise when late one night, just as I was about to go to sleep, a sneaky cat-burglar with a cocky attitude decided to crack a safe in a lonely house in the mountains. The rest of the story developed easily, and a new series was born, but while White Collar is the most obvious influence, it isn’t the only one. In fact, none of my stories has as many outward influences as Romeo & Julian. So, here are some more of Romeo & Julian’s secrets unveiled:
The titles. As most of my friends know, one of my favourite bands are Editors. Here’s a line from their song The Big Exit: “It’s time to leave like a thief on Christmas Eve”. Rings a bell, doesn’t it? Yes, it was this song and this exact line that was playing on my mind when I wrote the opening scene to A Thief on Christmas Eve and it was this song that inspired the entire setting of the scene. If you’re interested, listen to the song and I’m sure you’ll understand.
But wait, there is more. The second book, A Talent in Your Lies, is named after a line from the song Eat Raw Meat (Blood Drool). The phrase is a perfect fit for Romeo’s sneaky way of never lying to Julian but not always quite telling him the truth either.
And then of course, there’s A Life as a Ghost, the third and so far last published book. The book had the working title A Safe Place, which of course is another Editors song. It never felt quite right but it wasn’t until I was writing the synopsis that I recognised the perfect title for the book in the song with the same title, so I went back, changed the end of the book and what can I say, the story turned out so much better for it. A Safe Place will now be book four which I’m hoping to publish later this year.
If you’ve read the series, you may have also noticed the Paris theme, both as the French capital and as Romeo’s name. That element was actually inspired by my mum, whose favourite city is Paris.
So you see, a writer’s inspiration can come from many sources, some of which can be quite peculiar.
Those are some of Romeo & Julian’s secrets. If you don’t know their books yet and would like to find out more, here they are:
A Thief on Christmas Eve (Romeo & Julian #1)
When FBI special agent Julian Harris finally corners art thief and cat burglar Romeo, he’s planning to put the man first in handcuffs and then behind bars. Instead, he finds himself first trapped in a house in the mountains by a blizzard and then captivated by Romeo’s irresistible charm. One thing leads to another, and after a night spent together, Julian wakes up alone with his pride bruised and his heart stolen. Almost a year later, a twist of fate brings them back together and their mutual attraction sparks up again instantly, but events take on a dynamic that could have at least one of them wind up dead. Blackmailed into a precarious break-in, Romeo has to choose between Julian’s life and his own safety while all the time, there are two questions on Julian’s mind. Who is this slick and sexy thief really, and where does his true loyalty lie?
A Talent in Your Lies (Romeo & Julian #2)
FBI agent Julian Harris realizes that when it comes to his new consultant Romeo, being close to someone and knowing them are two entirely different things. Two weeks into their new work relationship, Romeo and Julian have the first real case on their sheet. A stolen painting not only requires former art thief Romeo’s expertise, it also gives Julian the chance to find out more about the man who shares his bed but has yet to tell him his real name. As they unravel the solution to the crime, Julian realizes that Romeo has more secrets than he thought and might even be using his new status as FBI team member to pursue his own agenda. Once again, Julian follows a path full of unexpected twists and turns on his quest to unveil Romeo’s true identity—and what does it mean that just as he gets close, his own life is in danger?
After he’s been leading a life as a ghost for years, will former thief Romeo’s love for FBI agent Julian be enough to make him settle?
Former art thief Romeo and FBI agent Julian Harris are just about to establish their relationship when Romeo once again proves that the only certainty about him is that all is not as it seems. After leading a life as a ghost for years, will his love for Julian be enough to make him settle?
Giveaway—Here’s what you can win:
#1 – Sage’s Goodie Package:
Contains a signed copy of Sub-Culture, a set of signed book cover photographs and some surprise goodies to spoil you
#2 – Create a character
Here’s your chance to create your very own fictional character that will be featured in one of my next books. The winner gets to pick the name and distinct features like hair / eye colour, height and a few personality quirks of a hero (male characters only, and please keep it doable…). Depending on the specification, I will either include him in a current WIP or use him as inspiration for a brand new story. The winner will also receive a free e-copy of this story once it’s published.
How to enter:
Leave a comment in the comment section asking to be entered in the giveaway. The winner will be picked at random and announced on my blog on May 20th. Multiple entries are allowed and will increase your chances to win. For additional terms and conditions, please go to http://www.sage-marlowe.com/p/contests.html
You can find the full tour schedule here: http://www.sage-marlowe.com/p/blog-tour-may-2013.html
About Sage Marlowe
Sage is a multi-published author of gay erotic romance novels and novellas and loves exploring the flavours of gay erotic fiction.
A willing slave to all the fascinating guys who keep queuing up and want their stories told, Sage can almost always be found cooking up the next hot story or daydreaming about new ways of rubbing sexy male bodies together to make the sparks fly.
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