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Author Name: Kate Lowell
Book Name: Flesh Market
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Loose ID
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Pages or Words: 75,000 words (pre-edits).
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Thriller
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27273838-flesh-market
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Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.
But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.
Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture—and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.
There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.
Inside the bathroom, DeGraff peered behind the door and moved an OUT OF SERVICE FOR CLEANING sign from the back to the front.
Julian was at the sink at the far end of the room, staring into the mirror with water dripping off his face. DeGraff stepped into one of the stalls, and Leo went to wash his hands at one of the other sinks. Julian glanced up at him, then tore off some paper towel and wiped his face dry. He tossed the towel in the overflowing garbage can and slunk past Leo with all the angsty self-consciousness of a hormonal teenager.
Leo wished he had time to appreciate the performance, but he had a job to do. As Julian passed him, Leo spun and grabbed him from behind, pinning Julian’s arms to his side and covering his mouth. Julian made a startled noise, muffled by Leo’s hand, and began to thrash. He kicked Leo painfully in the shin, but by then DeGraff was out of the stall and had jabbed his syringe into Julian’s shoulder. Leo fought the young man down to the floor while DeGraff stood watch by the bathroom door. Five tense minutes later, Julian was completely spaced out, limp as a rag in Leo’s arms.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
There’s a few things I think are really important.
Read critically, and figure out how other authors acheive the effects they do.
Find some good critique partners that are kind but not going to pull punches–you won’t learn if no one tells you when you do things wrong.
Don’t be in a rush to shove it out the door–stories are like fine wine, and that rest period is really important for a fully mature product.
Don’t write things you don’t enjoy.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
Always the characters. They usually show up within a short scene, or even just an image. They trail behind them a ragged, gap-filled history that I fill in as I piece the plot together. The characters knows their history, but I often don’t until I’ve plotted them into a situation where some part of their past comes into play. (There’s a lot of Julian’s past that you won’t hear about yet, but is instrumental in forming his reactions to the situations he finds himself in.)
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
My most interesting writing quirk? Hmmm. I would have to say (and it’s not really all that interesting) that it’s that I need to have a TV show playing in the background, which I completely ignore. But, no background TV–no writing. It can’t be music, because that’s distracting, but I can ignore TV all day long and get tons of writing done.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
That I am not a complete pantser. 🙂 I actually created an outline for this book, and followedit pretty much to a T. Not only that, but the book was written faster than just about anything I’ve ever done other than A Knight in Shining Kevlar, which is in revisions prior to submission. It also needed fewer post submission adjustments than anything I’ve written as well.
I may have to try this outlining thing again.
How do you do research for your books?
For this one, I started with the FBI website and branched out from there. I also read about 20 books, on topics ranging from sex tourism to the process of becoming an FBI agent. As I found information I could use, I plugged it into my outline, both on paper and in my head, and stickied pages in the hardcopies. Then I let my subconscious go to work on it.
Meet the author:
Kate lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. She has one horse now, who still has medical issues, and three cats, all of which still have mental issues. She still refuses to get a dog, because who knows what would be wrong with it?
Kate loves to read and write. She also likes playing with computers and is going back to school to do a programming degree, just for giggles. Or the opportunity to take over the world. (Oh, who are we kidding? Think of all the work that would mean.) She also likes pictures of pretty men and keeps many of them on her computer. (The pictures, not the men.) She would dearly love a cabana boy to mow her lawn and maybe rub her shoulders after a long day of making men fall in love with each other, then cackling evilly and raining frustration and danger on them.
Where to find the author:
Rafflecopter Prize: E-book copy of one of the recommended reads Kate used in her research for Flesh Market.
Tour Dates & Stops:
4-Nov: BFD Book Blog,
9-Nov: Cheekypee Reads and Reviews
10-Nov: Release Day Book Blast!
Parker Williams, Bayou Book Junkie, The Hat Party, Decadent Delights, Nephy Hart, Andrew Q. Gordon, BFD Book Blog, MM Good Book Reviews, KathyMac Reviews, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Gay Book Reviews, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Bonkers About Books, Charley Descoteaux, Sassygirl Books, Chris McHart, The Day Before You Came, The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat, Moonbeams Over Atlanta, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Nautical Star Books, Alpha Book Club, Iyana Jenna
16-Nov: Inked Rainbow Reads
17-Nov: Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, My Fiction Nook