12 August 2011
Kele Moon brings Danny & Paul for a giveaway & more!
Q: Why did you feel the need to write a prequel about Paul and Danny?
Kele: I knew there was so much I couldn’t explore in Beyond Eden. What felt like a whole lifetime of adventures for Danny and Paul. In Beyond Eden they were successful men who had this confidence that can only come with age. . . And I thought, wow, wouldn’t it be great to show them young and wild.
Plus, they’d both had some pretty serious bumps in their roads before Eve comes back to them and in a sadistic way I wanted to show them before the bumps. I wanted to show a Paul who didn’t take playing football for granted and a Danny who thinks his mother will always be there. . . Terrible of me, but there it is :D I love the hell!
And of course. . . Showing them get together had the siren’s call of being very sexy and that call is hard for me to resist.
Q: Did Finding Eden give you any challenges to write, and if so, what were they?
Kele: Finding Eden posed a lot of challenges. It’s actually the hardest thing I’ve ever written because going backwards is really hard. I had to include all these details I’d put into Beyond Eden not knowing they were going to be a big deal when I actually had to go back and show how something Danny or Paul casually talked about really happened.
It took me a long time. . . I cried a lot of tears over it. I also had to stop and back away several times (hence the sweet M/F short story I put out while working on it) because I was too close. After two stories these boys are very real to me and their lives are difficult. I almost felt their troubles too deeply. That’s why it took me a while to finish, but it’s done and I’m pleased with it!! Totally worth the agony!
Q: Can you give us a few interesting facts about writing Finding Eden?
Kele: When I started the book it was supposed to be MUCH longer. . .But, halfway through my crit-partner pointed out that the entire feel of the book had changed due to a new character. She said something along the lines of, I feel like I was in New York and all of a sudden you teleported me to California. Both are great, awesome even, but it’s a different city!! This needs to be a new book! And I realized she was right.
A Domme named Circe (she was in Beyond Eden) entered the picture in the original version. She had such a strong voice and she changed the feel of the story. So I ended up having to cut the story in two. I realized this first story was just Danny and Paul’s story. It’s their love tale and I believe it stands alone in the series as just being a story about two best friends who need each so deeply they really can’t survive without being together. It’s more than the passion. At this point in their lives the two of them would literally crash and burn without each other.
The story with Circe will eventually be its own book. . . But for now, Danny and Paul and the passion they shared needed its own time to shine.
Q: Can you give us your favorite quote from Finding Eden?
Kele: I’m actually adding more than just one line because I love this little scene. Danny’s line in it always makes me laugh for some reason!
That was how Paul found him, sitting up in bed reading Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment by the light of a small lamp on his bedside table. Resisting the urge to shove the book back under the mattress, Danny gaped at his best friend as he maneuvered through his bedroom window with an ease and grace that shouldn’t have been allowed a man with his broad build.
“I’m starting to feel like your girlfriend.” Danny frowned, not loving this new habit Paul was developing of dropping in whenever he felt like it. While Danny wasn’t huge on jerking off, preferring the real thing that was often readily available to him, there was always the off-chance he could get caught doing something more embarrassing than reading Dostoevsky. “What’s up?”
Q: Paul, Danny, could you introduce yourselves to the ladies who haven't acquainted you? (looks, personalities, likes, dislikes, favorite things etc)
Leontine is sitting across from Danny and Paul, looking at them. The questions were simple. She’d even written them out on sheets of paper. Tell us about yourself. Looks, personalities, likes, dislikes, favorite things, etc. . .
But, for some reason, she found herself shifting uncomfortably in the quiet room, as if nothing was easy or simple for these two handsome young men.
Danny huffed, looking at the list, only now taking interest in what Leontine had been waiting so patiently for. He read it over and his eyebrows went up as if finding a question easy to answer. “Looks, huh?”
Paul groaned. “Oh God. Here we go.”
“No, I got this,” Danny assured Paul, obviously very confident. “I’m half Cuban, half redneck. And, hey, don’t blame me for that! My mother had a thing for cowboys, okay? Despite the redneck, I’ve got dark hair, dark eyes, gorgeous abs, cut arms, full lips and an amazing coc—
Paul coughed, cutting Danny off and giving Leontine a stern look. “You should KNOW not to ask Danny about his looks. I can’t believe you put that in writing.”
“She asked.” Danny held up the list as proof.
Paul laughed. “Just tell her about your personality.”
Danny pulled a face. “Do I have to?”
“You’re a natural rebel,” Paul offered, giving Danny a charming grin. “You have a reckless abandon for rules.”
“I guess,” Danny rolled his eyes. “Lets talk about your personality.” He turned back to Leontine, throwing his hand on the table. “He comes off as perfect, right? I mean, look at him. He just looks like a natural winner. One of those guys that does everything flawlessly. He’d be easy to hate, but he’s the nicest guy in the world. Totally golden, except when he so isn’t. He looks perfect, he acts perfect, but that’s just it—it’s an act. Paul has some serious issues.”
“Yeah, I’m the one with issues,” Paul snorted, giving Danny a dubious look. “And you don’t have any issues at all?”
“But, he’s hot,” Danny went on as if he hadn’t heard Paul. “Really, if you ask him, he’ll tell you he’s ordinary, but he’s not. Paul is seriously sexy. A tan, football God with these amazingly expressive blue eyes and huge shoulders. The guy is ripped and lets talk about his coc--”
“Okay,” Paul interrupted him, looking very uncomfortable. “Why don’t you just tell her what your favorite things are?”
“I would.” Danny looked at his best friend pointedly, his eyes drifting down to Paul’s crotch. “But, you’ll probably cut me off.”
Paul snorted. “You can’t think of something outside sex that’s your favorite thing?”
“Nope,” Danny said simply. “Your cock is the only favorite thing I can think of.”
Paul rolled his eyes. “He said it. That was predictable.”
“What’s your favorite thing?” Danny asked, smirking at Paul. “Come on, you can tell us. Leontine won’t tell anyone.”
“I’m not answering that.” A smile tugged at Paul’s lips as he lowered his head, his eyes darting to Danny’s crotch. “We should probably wrap up this interview now. Who’d want to interview us? Talk about a train wreck waiting to happen. We really shouldn’t be doing this in person. From this point on, we only do email. We’re too obvious in person.”
“Works for me.” Danny shoved at Paul, forcing him out of the chair. Then he stood up, brushing at his jeans and giving Leontine a knowing smile. “Later, sweetheart, it’s been real.”
“It was really nice meeting you.” Paul also stood. He hovered strangely near Danny, looking like he wanted to shake Leontine’s hand, but hesitating as if not knowing how to reach out and touch another person. Finally he gave her an open, polite smile. “If you email me the rest of the questions, I’ll type out the answers for both of us. We’ll give you a real interview. He just doesn’t do well when people are asking him things, but he’s a really nice guy, just misunderstood. And sometimes I get uncomfortable with attention--”
“Please don’t put that I’m a nice guy in that interview,” Danny interrupted. “I’m not misunderstood. I’m an asshole. There’s nothing really complicated about it. You put it in writing and no one will be shocked by it.”
Rather than argue, Paul looked over at Leontine’s notes. “Can you strike that cock comment from the record?”
“Let’s go, Paul Guy,” Danny said, grabbing Paul’s arm and tugging hard enough for him to stumble. “I got shit to do.”
Paul laughed, following after Danny as he walked out of the room. “You really are an asshole.”
“You love it,” Danny said, laughing with Paul.
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