Two guys, a train, and lots of steam.
Sam Chancellor has been in love with the steam engine Old Bess since he was six years old. Well, maybe not literally, but even when he’s lost everything else in his life, he’s always had her. But now her place in his heart has been unexpectedly challenged. Her new driver, Ryan Saunders, is the embodiment of all Sam’s fantasies.
Ryan has written off Sam as just another geeky trainspotter—until the moment Ryan sees him without his usual shapeless hoodie and realizes that, for a nerd, Sam’s pretty built.
When Ryan overlooks Sam’s awkwardness long enough to suggest a hook-up, Sam seizes the opportunity—and Ryan—with both very eager hands. Finding common ground in their shared love of Bess, their time together is better than Sam ever dared dream.
But there’s a reason Ryan never talks about his past. And when Ryan’s job is threatened, Sam’s well-meaning intervention puts both Ryan and Bess in deadly danger.
Warning: Contains train geekery, bed-hogging, a hero with no experience and another with plenty to spare, and a spider called Mabel.
Author Name: Joy Lynn Fielding
Book Name: Blowing Off Steam
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages or Words: 66,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance
Cover Artist: Syneca
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25063543-blowing-off-steam
Excerpt Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn Fielding
“You’re kind of built for a nerd, aren’t you?” Ryan said. “I guess trainspotting’s a more active hobby than I’d thought.”
Sam should have walked away because this guy was insufferable. Except there was humour gleaming in those eyes as well as something else. Something that if he wasn’t entirely losing his mind was actual, sexual interest.
In him, Sam Chancellor.
“It’s all that running alongside the engines to get the numbers down,” he blurted out before he could stop himself.
To his amazement, Ryan laughed. A true laugh that caused his eyes to crinkle at the corners. It made him even more gorgeous than he already was.
“Ryan Saunders,” he said. “I drive old Bessie.”
“Bessie?” Sam was horrified at the heresy. “She’s Bess. She’s always been Bess.”
“Given I’m the one whose hands have been over every inch of her, I guess she’s allowing me intimacies the general public doesn’t get,” Ryan said.
The low seductive voice and the thought of Ryan’s hands stroking over him the way they did over Bess meant Sam was getting hard. He clutched his satchel in front of him like some sort of shield, except that wasn’t helping at all because it was pressed against his dick and, God above, he was about to get a hard-on, here and now, right in front of Ryan Saunders.
“You haven’t told me your name,” Ryan said.
“Sam,” he choked out. “Sam Chancellor, and I have to go.”
He put his head down and fled.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
When I’m struggling for inspiration, I take a shower. There’s something about water that seems to unlock the creative side of my brain; the entire cast of my Strength of the Pack series came to me in the shower one day when my conscious mind was only interested in the fact my shampoo was running low. And yes, the shower was beginning to feel a little crowded by the time I got out.
Who is your favorite author and why?
If I have to choose just one, it’s Georgette Heyer for her Regency romances. I adore the rich and believable world she creates and the extensive research that underpins it, while her sense of humour has me laughing out loud no matter how many times I may have read a book. And then there’s the way her heroes’ powerful thighs are always shown off to perfection by the breeches they wear.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
They seem to arrive together. I start with an idea in terms of the setting, but the details of the plot and how it plays out are driven by the characters. I find that the characters only come fully into focus once I start writing them, and often something about them will take me by surprise. I had no idea that Sam in Blowing Off Steam would turn out to be as stubborn as he is, and the advent of Mabel the spider as a character was completely his idea. Her arrival surprised me as much as it did poor Ryan!
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
Airline food may not actually taste as bad as its reputation suggests. The low air pressure and lack of humidity found in an aircraft cabin apparently mess with our tastebuds and sense of smell, while background noise can also affect our experience of how food tastes. I lost several hours reading the research on this when all I set out to do was check whether business class offered complimentary peanuts on a domestic US flight for one ultra-short scene in Shifting Sands…
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A horse. That was my answer when I was four years old, as my family has never let me forget. At the more advanced age of twelve, I wanted to be a vet. Then I realised I’d need to be good at science for that to be a possibility, so I decided instead to be a librarian so I could legitimately spend my days surrounded by books. Being surrounded by books is the only one of those goals I’ve actually achieved.
Joy Lynn Fielding lives in a small English market town, where she indulges her passions for vintage aircraft, horse-riding and gardening (though not all at the same time).
Joy has a tendency to wax lyrical about the fascinating facts she discovers during her research for books. Thankfully she has a very patient Labrador who has a gift for looking interested in what she’s saying while he waits for the food to arrive.
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