Author Name: Lissa Reed
Book Name: Definitely, Maybe, Yours
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Seattle-based baker Craig Oliver leads a life that is happily routine: baking cupcakes for an enormous family reunion, managing Sucre Coeur for its frequently absent owner, and closing out his day with a pint at the local pub. He has a kind heart, a knack for pastry, and a weakness for damaged people.
Habitual playboy Alex Scheff is looking to drown his sorrows, but instead discovers that he may have a weakness for Englishmen who carry cookies in their pockets. Can a seemingly incompatible pair find the recipe for love in a relationship they claim is casual?
Pages or Words: 296 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
With a wink, Craig pulls a ten-dollar bill out of his left coat pocket and a carefully bagged almond and raspberry-lemon croissant, Katie’s all-time favorite baked good, out of the right. He passes them across the bar as if he’s James Bond—a very cheeky and cheery sort of 007. “You know I’ll always look out for you. Keep the change.”
Katie squeals and flops across the bar to squeeze him breathless, and her ponytail slaps him in the nose. She bounces off with her treat in hand and Craig shakes his head and pulls long black and red hairs from his face, as he does every time this happens. Katie really is his favorite bartender at The Order of the Garter, hell, his favorite bartender in Seattle and maybe even the world. Much too good to be working at a grotty little pub, fending off unsavory advances and spilled drinks four nights a week; that’s why Craig will bring her any bakery treat she wants, anytime she wants it, until she finally wises up and gets the hell out of this place.
Time for another sip of this excellent, excellent stout: Craig reaches forward. It’s a good Thursday.
Of course, that’s when it takes quite the sharp turn, leaving every Seattle-pub-Thursday Craig’s ever known in the dust.
“Well, aren’t you a hit with the ladies,” comes a surly drawl from his left, startling Craig just as he’s got his fingers around his glass. “Was that a croissant in your pocket, or were you actually happy to see her?”
“Both,” Craig replies, shifting around to lean on his elbow and survey the formerly silent pile of misery hunched over two stools down, the limp guy at the end of the bar Craig had spotted on his way in. He is not unconscious after all, much to Craig’s surprise; judging by the row of empty shot glasses upside down in front of him and the distinct aroma of tequila emanating a good four-foot radius from his person, he should be. Craig winces and turns away as the fumes burn his nose.
“Baked goods. That’s a new one. Never saw anyone use baking to hit on the ladies before.” Mr. Misery sways his head upright, pushes a wild flop of brown hair out of his eyes and swings around until he locates Craig. He blinks. “Does it work?”
Surprised by the color of the eyes meeting his—an unusual shade, gray, not blue-gray or blue, but the gray of a sky covered in early storm clouds—Craig answers without thinking. “I wouldn’t know. I don’t hit on girls. Katie’s my friend, not my type.”
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About the author:
Lissa Reed is a writer of fiction, blogs and bawdy Renaissance song parodies. She traces her first interest in becoming a writer to the fourth grade, when her teacher gave her the gift of her first composition book. A former newspaper editor, Reed shifted her focus to romance and literary fiction early in her writing career. She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is currently working on her new novel, Certainly, Possibly, You—the sequel to Definitely, Maybe, Yours.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lissa Reed, author of Definitely, Maybe, Yours.
Hi Lissa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello yourself and thank you so much for inviting me!
I’m a cat-owning, soup-making, knit-crazy nail polish obsessive and struggling balcony gardener living in Texas. When I’m not writing—which is not often!—I’m at my day job as a software support analyst. Which is a job I enjoy, but writing is what I’ve considered to be my inevitable career ever since I stapled together my first pencil-smudged “manuscript” and handed it to my best friend with instructions to read it and tell me what she thought!
Definitely, Maybe, Yours is an uncertain, unlikely but ultimately sweet love story, and I’m not just saying that because a lot of time is spent in a bakery!
Q: Do you have pictures that you use for your characters? Can you share them with us?
A: When I first started writing the story, I had Alex in mind—he bears a strong resemblance to Sebastian Stan.
Finding Craig took a bit longer, and while my cover model is doing a very splendid job, he was preceded by Samuel Anderson from Doctor Who. Although Sam does not seem inclined to wear his hair in dreads…oh well. He was it all the same!
I love science fiction and fantasy as a genre, and I have a few ideas for some stories—one combines historical fiction and science fiction! I think they’d surprise people if I ever sat down and wrote them.
Q: Have you ever killed a character? Was it traumatic for you? If you haven’t killed one, would you ever consider it?
A: Oh lord, yes, I did kill off an original character in a fanfiction story three years ago and let me tell you, I still get texts and emails about it. I cried when I realized I had to do it, but I could see it had to happen. It didn’t make it any less upsetting to know it served the story!
Q: Favorite location you’ve ever written about?
A: I once wrote a long story that skipped around Europe, and my favorite sections took place in Barcelona, Spain and Thessaloniki, Greece. I used to work in travel and my customers always spoke so dreamily of these two cities. I enjoyed researching them and writing about them.
Q: What’s your favorite season and favorite activity for that season?
A: I love fall, and a lot of my friends have firepits, so they throw parties where we sit around the fire with a little mead or cider and we roast marshmallows. It’s a great time! I love the smell of a woodfire in the chilly air.
Where to find the author:
Connect with Lissa Reed at lissareed.com; on Tumblr at http://lissareedbooks.tumblr.com/; on Twitter @LissaReedBooks; on Goodreads at http://goodreads.com/LissaReedBooks and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorlissareed
Goodreads Link: Goodreads.com/LissaReedBooks
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover photography by LaToya Conward
Cover design by Buckeyegrrl Designs
Rafflecopter Prize: Grand Prize: $25 Interlude Press gift card. Second prize: One of five e-copies of ‘Definitely, Maybe, Yours