Through ten wonderful years Griff Diamond and Clint Bishop weathered good times and bad together. Lately they haven’t spent as much time together as they’d like, and their physical relationship is suffering. Then Clint loses his job at the steel mill. Instead of worrying, he sees it as an opportunity to lean on his steady partner, start his writing career, and rekindle the passion they’ve lost.
But a friendly relationship with another author turns to obsession, putting Clint’s life in danger. Taken against his will to the Jewel Cave system in South Dakota, Clint must rely on the skills he’s learned from Griff to survive.
Fearing the worst, Griff tracks Clint across the country. As a US Marshall, Griff’s always been the man who keeps everyone safe, but he doesn’t know how he and Clint will survive this.
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she's not writing she's working as a veterinary nurse, so don't be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Two of Elizabeth's books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.
Circles website: http://elizabeth-noble-circles.weebly.com/
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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
How do you think your writing has developed since you started?
When I first began writing, way back in the first grade or something all my books centered around my dog. She was the star, and there was usually some sort of supernatural or scifi element too. Not a lot of plot.
Then as I got older—by high school—I was into writing these long, epic space opera type books. These people all had animals, and many times there was a paranormal addition to my scifi. Those had a lot more plot and personal interactions of all sorts.
Over the years what types of stories I read and wrote changed and eventually I stumbled upon fan fiction and MM romance. At first I stuck to writing my true love, scifi—but I’ve expanded over the years to include urban fantasy and mystery/suspense, both in contemporary settings.
I think the most exciting development for me is when I look back and read my old stuff my ‘voice’ in writing hasn’t really changed. It’s improved and my technique is much better.
Another thing that hasn’t changed? Most of my books have four-legged characters as well.
Are you tempted to write in other genres?
Yes and no. The nice thing with romance is it lends itself to a number of sub-genres. While I have branched out to books with less of the romantic element that are more mainstream stories, I still prefer writing gay men. For a decade now, or so, that has consistently been my hero of choice.
What's the process of your writing?
It’s basically a mess.
In the beginning of a book I do what one of my friends once referred to as verbally vomiting on the page. It was funny at the time, guess you had to be there.
Anyway I have to get the basic ideas down and there is always a rush of characters/situations when I begin the book. I write what I’m thinking and then go back and reread it after it sits for a few hours or a day. I rewrite that part, because it really makes no sense. In a way those parts become a sort of exaggerated outline for a chapter or two. From there one thing leads to another and in the end I have a completed story.
How do you fit in writing in such a busy life?
I have a schedule. The three days a week I work my day job during the day, I spend 2-3 hours in the evening working on something that has to do with writing. One day a week I work the day job in the afternoon and evening so that morning is when I do other writerly chores, website updating, writing blogs, things like that. Any days I’m not required to show up at my job I spend a good 6-8 hour ‘shift’ (with breaks) working on whatever book I’m writing at the time.
The most important thing I did, I think, was to set up a series of deadlines with my publisher. I promised to deliver this type of book by this date. Without that I’d putz around and never get anything done.
What are your strengths as a writer?
I think one of my strengths is I work at writing whether or not I feel like writing that day.
As far as the actual writing goes, I like to think my strengths lie in dialog, characters and balancing angst with humor in my plots.
What stories inspired you to write?
I read that book when I was very young—seven or eight— and thought ‘I want to do this, write down stories and show them to others.’
When you finish writing a book, how do you say goodbye to the characters?
Since I often write in a series, clearly I don’t say good-bye to them all. Actually, I seem to have a sense of when a character’s story is complete. If they’re done wanting their lives told in a book I have no trouble letting them go and wishing them well. Others characters seem to always want more, and if that’s the case and there is another story to tell about them then that’s what I do.
What are you working on next?
Yes. I’ve always written and it’s something my children grew up watching me do. Most of my friends know I write, though all of them don’t know what I write simply because some are not readers.
Right now I’m working on the fourth book in the Circles series, Gone Away. In Jewel Cave we briefly meet Mason Arquette who is one of the main characters in Gone Away.
It was time to back away from Dylan, what had been a friendship had definitely shifted to territory uncomfortable to Clint. He didn’t want to hurt Dylan’s feelings. He’d tried sending a few emails telling Dylan some of his pictures weren’t appreciated, but it did no good. The guy was either dense or stubborn.
Unlike some of his other friends, Clint knew nothing about Dylan’s family or the people who lived near him. As far as Clint could tell, Dylan was alone in the world, and his sudden attachment to Clint was starting to feel creepy. So, lately, Clint had been taking longer and longer to answer emails and tried to keep subjects of conversation as neutral as possible or focused on writing projects.
The pictures Clint deleted. Griff would flip if he ever knew about those photos, not that Clint would blame him in the least. He would have loved to share some of his other concerns about Dylan’s wellbeing with Griff, but Clint knew the man would turn Dylan into one of America’s Most Wanted in under a minute.
Such was the hazard of sharing his life with a US Deputy Marshal.
He’d made a vow to himself long ago he’d never use Griff’s job or badge unless there was a solid, valid reason. Someone he’d known for a few years all of a sudden annoying him online was not solid or valid in Clint’s mind. Clint kept reminding himself Dylan was lonely and had no family. He was probably merely one of those people who didn’t get the concept of boundaries. That didn’t make him a criminal, just socially awkward.
Clint nearly jumped out of his skin when someone’s strong arm snaked around his waist and pulled him back against a firm body. Warm breath blew in his ear along with the words, “You left the door unlocked again. I could be the neighborhood whack job here to bludgeon you to death after defiling you.”
“You scared the crap out of me!” Clint yelped, trying to squirm away, but it was useless. “You’re the guy on this street with all the big guns.” Behind him Griff chuckled and used one finger to move Clint’s hair away from his neck. He pressed a soft kiss to the spot. Clint glared down at the dogs. “And you two! You need watchdog lessons.”
Griff gave a little jerk forward with his hips and snickered. “And those big guns are all yours.” He let go of Clint, turned him, and shook him by the shoulders for a second. “Lock the goddamn doors. Even if someone smashes through the storm door, you’ll at least hear them.” He raised his eyebrows and leaned away from Clint, letting him go. “For me. Please. ’Cause the only defiling that goes on in this house is done by me.”
Clint burst out laughing. Griff’s blue-gray eyes twinkled, and the corners crinkled in a way Clint loved when Griff smiled. “Sorry, I’m late,” Griff said. He used his free hand to pet the dogs.
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