Mar 1, 2017 is the release day for "Snowblind". This is a contemporary m/m romance suspense story published under the Dreamspun Desires line by Dreamspinner Press.
Here's the blurb:
Snow, steam, and secrets.
The latest snowstorm carries something unexpected to the doorstep of Hutch’s secluded Alaskan cabin: a stranger named Jude, the most beautiful man Hutch has ever seen. Jude says he’s in the area for a ski trip and that he fled a domineering lover, thinking he could make it into town. But Hutch is a suspicious SOB and treats his unwanted guest warily. The problem is Jude isn’t just gorgeous, he’s funny and smart and flirtatious.
Two gay men snowed in for three days—things happen. Really good things. By the time the storm clears, Hutch finds himself a little too attached to Jude Devereaux, San Francisco-based male model. But is Jude what he claims to be? Or is he entangled in the secrets Hutch moved to Alaska to escape?
<Note: To avoid spoilers, the blurb doesn't go very deeply into the plot.>
This is a very plot-intense romantic suspense story with two hot alpha males. I don't want to give any of the plot away, so I'm going to stay very vague with my descriptions. This will probably make the most sense to those who have already read the book.
Here are some visuals to go along with the story that I researched or used for inspiration while writing. These are Googled images and they don't belong to me, nor are they published in the book.
Hutch is an ex special forces guy living in a remote Alaskan ski town. He's a big guy, very tough, sort of like the larger man in this photo below. I didn't really have a specific face in mine when I wrote him, though I can see him in my head. He's a bit beaten up, like an older boxer.
Jude was inspired by Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders is a BBC drama about a family of gangsters in Birmingham (UK) in the early 1900's. Cillian Murphy plays the head of the family. It's a terrific show if you haven't watched it.
The first third or so of the novel is set in a cabin in Alaska during a snowstorm. The photos below show cabins in about the right size with steep roofs, like in the story. (Yes, the roof is important. You'll see.)
Hutch's Alaskan cabin is in an area with spectacular aurora borealis.
I'm not much of a gun person (or at all), but for this story I had to research lots of weapons, because Hutch definitely is a gun person. Here are some goodies from his arsenal.
Hand gun and clip
Mini grenade launcher
M41 rocket launcher (used in the story when Hutch wants to make a big impression)
Hutch's "Whites" -- military uniform to blend into snowy landscapes
Later in the story, there's a Spanish-style villa on the coast in Brazil. It's of new construction and fairly ostentatious. Some visual inspiration I used:
Here's a quiet beach in Cuba that helped inspire the epilogue.
That's it for this desktop. I hope you enjoy the twisty-turny plot and suspense in Snowblind as well as the very hot Hutch and Jude!