Anniversary Shenanigans: Author Visit & Giveaway - Mel Bossa

Mel Bossa is partying with the unicorns today! And if you've never heard of her, stop reading this (actually read this first, check out her visit and then go run to Split) It's been CANDYLAND THUNDERDOME approved! We honored to welcome Mel to the stable! So stick around to learn about her talents (someone is like a famous character of theirs) or love of dragons and much more.

BMBR: What are your favorite M/M themes?

I do love those books that are character driven. Stories with simple plot lines featuring complex relationships between the main characters will keep my attention. Now, as far as genre goes, I have a slight preference for contemporary romances, but I'll read horror, historical, and fantasy MM stories too. 

BMBR: What books do you consider Desert Island Keepers?

Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley. That was the book that inspired me to write gay romances. It's haunting, stark, sensual and unforgettable. I'd love to have a copy of The Outsiders with me because, hey, Sodapop Curtis was my first crush. I'd need a little something to remind me of home, so why not pack my first great love, Au nom du père et du fils by Francine Ouellet. (In the name of the father and the son), which tells the epic love story of a French Canadian doctor who falls for an Algonquin woman during the time of Quebec's colonization. I'd need a little humor too, so I'd have to have A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole with me, and lastly, for erotica, I'd need me some of that Special Forces juice by Aleksandr Voinov.

BMBR: What's your go-to tasty beverage?

I'm a wine drinker. Californian Cabernet Sauvignon wines being my favorite. If that doesn't do it, I'll have a little brandy and for those special nights, a shot of Jameson whiskey will do just fine, thank you.

BMBR: Do you have any secret talents? Inquiring minds want to know.

I'm a good singer. I used to be in bands when I was younger and left for New Orleans to pursue that career, but life had other plans for me. These days I just karaoke my heart out when I can. I do a mean Janis Joplin. Also, I was a chef before I started writing full time. Thus the Nick Lund character in my debut novel Split. I was actually in pro cooking school when I was writing Split.:-)

BMBR: If you had to choose to be one magical beast, what would it be and why? (you don't have to say unicorn...but we won't say neigh either)

In Chinese astrology I'm a Dragon. So I think I'd be comfortable with that. But I'd be the Dragon who spends her days in her cave reading books and who doesn't have to blow fire because people don't mess with her much anymore. A Dragon with a reputation:-) Of course I'd be having an affair with the cute elf boy who lives in the forest and be the lover of the Queen of Shadows too. I'd be the bisexual dragon with the great wine and book collection, yeah.

BMBR: Who's your favorite porn star?

I don't watch porn. But my favorite erotic scene in a movie is definitely when Lestat sucks Louis's neck in Interview with the Vampire. Hey, I'm a 90s girl.

BMBR: Do you have author envy? Whose words do you read and think, "GAH, I wish I wrote that!"?

I wish I'd written Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison. Anything by William Burroughs always makes me think, "Wow, this guy can murder language in one sentence and then resurrect it in the next." But in the MM genre, I'd have to say that Eric Arvin has my admiration, among many others of course.

BMBR: Any new projects you're currently working on?

I'm always working on something because if I don't write I make everybody nuts, including myself. Right now I'm writing a novel about two best friends who move in together after one of them gets dumped. Of course Sebastian and Jack are both confident that they can have sex together and keep their hearts out of the equation, until a third beautiful stranger is thrown in the mix and forces the two friends to confront their true feelings about each other. Contrary to most of my novels, this one will be lighter and showcase a side of me I rarely show in my work; my dark and caustic sense of humor. The novel will be called You don't know Jack! 
Thank you for this chance to talk a little about myself. And thanks to all my readers—you're the best out there! I love you guys!

BMBR thanks Mel Bossa for stopping by! Anyone who loves dragons, wine, can cook and sings Janis Joplin is always invited to the stable anytime!

Mel Bossa's Website

Would you like a chance to win Mel Bossa's latest, Sawdust and Berries?

To others, Liam Stokes is a confirmed bachelor, content with his job as a foreman and satisfied with his quiet life. Liam's friends and family don't suspect that under his calm surface a storm is gathering.

Liam has had it with living a lie, but can't summon the courage to come out as gay until faith takes charge of that. One morning, his back gives out and Liam is forced into getting a massage.

Inked and pierced, Kieran is a young massage therapist with a healing touch and audacious smile. From the moment he sets his hands on Liam, Liam knows this will be unstoppable. But as their relationship evolves, both men are surprised at how much they have in common despite their age difference.

Could this be more than a physical connection? And if so, how far can they take this love before someone else tries to end it?

To enter to win an ebook copy of Sawdust and Berries, please leave a comment on this blog post and let us know your name and a means of contacting you (e.g., email, Twitter handle, link to Goodreads account, etc.)

The giveaway is open until 10:00PM (Pacific time) on 11/26/15. Shortly thereafter, we will contact a winner whom we will select using a highly scientific "names in a hat" method (or, you know, an internet randomizer). Please respond to the winning notification within 48 hours or we will choose another winner.


  1. Thanks for a great interview. I've added "Sawdust & Berries" to my wishlist.

  2. I'm new to Mel's books, but this one sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win a copy and for bringing Mel to my attention.

    1. We can't recommend Split by Mel Bossa enough! ;D She has a great backlist!

  3. I love when someone finds his love but has to work for it.
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  4. Wow love new to me authors. This book sounds fascinating. Thanks for the chance!
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  5. a new to me author...this sounds great!


  6. This book just sounds super good. I'm quite looking forward to getting a chance to read it.

  7. Great interview to introduce this new author to me!! So excited to start reading some of Mel's stories! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  8. Angela:

    I remember The Outsiders, although i haven't read the book but i did see the movie and i loved it !! Thanks for the interview.


  9. Sounds like a really nice book. Thank you for the interview and giveaway


  10. Great post! New to me author. Thank you for the chance!


  11. Showing my age here but I read & re-read SE HInton's books as a teens and saw the movies that were produced.
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  12. Loved the interview. Dragons are awesome.

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  13. Count me in please... I am perplexed as to how exactly I've missed hearing of Mel before! This books sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the opportunity.


  14. Please put me to the magic hat. Thanks for the giveaway.


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  16. Thanks to all for participating! This giveaway is officially closed! Congrats to Julie!!

    There are plenty of open and planned giveaways for the rest of the month! Stay tuned!