Hello you lucky minions, today we have M.A. Ford joining us with their Daily Dose The Way Things Turn Out and M.A. even stuck around long enough for me to interview, so enjoy our post and read my review 🙂 . Don’t forget to leave a comment to win your own copy of The Way Things Turn Out and click that Rafflecopter link for a chance to win the entire Dreamspinner Press Daily Dose Mended collection! <3 ~Pixie~
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Interview with M.A. Ford
Pixie: Hello to M.A. Ford who is joining us today for the Dreamspinner Press Daily Dose with their release The Way Things Turn Out, hey M.A.
M.A: Hi! Thanks for asking me to join you. And hello to all the readers!
Pixie: M.A. your contribution to the Daily Dose is The Way Things Turn Out why don’t you tell our readers a little about it.
M.A: Alan, a racing driver is waiting by the hospital bedside of his team-mate Nathan, waiting for him to wake up after a bad crash. They haven’t exactly been the best of friends – to put things mildly – and Alan is only there because the team manager asked him to remain until he could track down Nathan’s family. But as he waits, and thinks back over the season, thoughts gradually began to change.
Pixie: Did you have the idea for The Way Things Turn Out before you heard of the Mended submission call or did it form after?
M.A: It was a theme I wanted to cover, but it only really coalesced into a story once I read the submission call. I have to admit that I particularly enjoy the process of writing a story to match specifications… although these boys took over and the story ended up nearly twice as long as I’d expected.
Pixie: Where did the idea for race car drivers come from? All that leather and fast driving sure can get a body heated up *wink*
M.A: I don’t know about leather, it’s all Nomex these days. But I can confirm that the mix of champagne, petrol fumes and hot drivers is something unique… I’ve been working in motorsport for nearly twenty years, so it’s my natural environment. I always wanted to write about the sport I love, and I was lucky enough to have my first book, Track Limits, published by Dreamspinner Press at the very end of last year. It tells the story of two drivers, Mark and Jordan, who fall in love, and then face the prospect of being outed by a jealous former team-mate.
Pixie: Do you think you could give the readers a little teaser, just a couple of lines?
M.A: Of course! This is the start of “The Way Things Turn Out”.
“You know how sometimes you just click with someone? Within minutes of first meeting, you’re exchanging glances, smiling, sharing jokes. Somehow you’re just instantly at ease. Of course, it helps if the person in question is extremely good-looking. For me, well-defined muscles and a cute arse tend to predispose me toward that instant good feeling. However, with Nathan and me, it was the total opposite. Hate at first sight. No sooner had we been introduced than he was snarling at me across the garage, dismissing my comments on the car’s setup as if I was an idiot.
So why on earth am I now ensconced in the Most Uncomfortable Chair in the World in a chilly, darkened hospital room, hoping beyond hope that idiot would just wake up and start insulting me again?”
Pixie: Do you think you will revisit Nathan and Alan in the future? (okay so maybe I like race car drivers LOL)
M.A: I have to say that these two quickly became favourites with me, and I’d like to go back and see how they’re getting on. But no matter what I write, you can be nearly sure that a race track or driver is likely to show up sooner or later.
Pixie: So what do you have in store for us next? Maybe another sexy little number?
M.A: I’m currently working on the second and third books with my other racing heroes, Mark and Jordan from Track Limits… Overtaking Manoeuvres sees them battle to keep their relationship going when their careers take them in different directions, while the third book sees them try to help a young gay driver when his sexuality sees him lose his drive.
Pixie: Now why don’t you let the readers know where to find you.
M.A: I’m on Facebook, under Melandra Anne Ford, and my website is melandraanne.com. And you can find my book and some short stories for sale on Dreamspinner’s web site.
Pixie: Before we go is there anything you’d like to tell the readers and fans?
M.A: I find motorsport, in all its forms, fascinating. I love the interactions between team-mates and all the complexities of the relationships between them. Even if you don’t know anything about it, I hope you’ll give it a try, and let me try to show you some glimpses behind the scenes. I hope you’ll like it.
Pixie: M.A. thank you so much for joining us today 🙂
M.A: It’s been great – thanks for the questions!
Having combined a career behind the scenes in motorsport for many years with writing for fun, Melandra Anne has returned to her first love, writing, and is working on a trilogy, “Tales from the Pit Lane,” based around her heroes, Mark Hunter and Jordan Matthews.
You can contact Melandra Anne on email@example.com
Series: Daily Dose Mended 02
Author: M.A. Ford
Length: Short (47pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1st June 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 – 3 ½ Hearts
Blurb: After a serious crash during testing, sports car driver Alan accompanies his injured teammate, Nathan, to the hospital, promising his boss he’ll stay until Nathan’s next of kin can be reached.
Former F1 test driver Nathan was a recent addition to the team, and he and Alan were not on the best of terms. Waiting for Nathan to regain consciousness gives Alan time to think back over the recent races and the ups and downs of their relationship.
Even when Nathan wakes up, Alan remains by his side at the hospital. Nathan is still keeping secrets and needs help more than he’s willing to admit. If they can trust each other, it might open the door to an attraction both assumed was one-sided.
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Review: Alan has never thought much of his teammate Nathan but as he works with him he begins to see the man behind the image, when Nathan is hospitalized when his race car crashes Alan discovers the truth about the standoffish man. Nathan is hiding secrets but when Alan is by his side in the hospital he opens up to the other man and discovers he might not be as alone as he thought.
This is a great hurt/comfort story that has not only physical hurt but emotional hurt as well. Alan has been around racing cars since he was young, racing a circuit is a passion for him and he loves every minute of it. When his team get a new driver Alan doesn’t think much of him at first, but that change’s as he realizes that Nathan isn’t the diva he thought he would be. After Nathan is injured Alan discovers more about the private man and also discovers that the attraction he feels isn’t just one way.
Nathan and Alan’s relationship is one that grows between them, although they feel attraction for each other neither man acts on it. Nathan has been hurt in the past; he has been abandoned by loved ones and left to fend for himself. Alan had no intention of leaving Nathan to fend for himself and they break down the walls between them. It’s a very gentle story that is really well written, both Nathan and Alan are great characters and their relationship starts out sweet. We see a great deal about Alan’s life and we get hints as to Nathan’s, the poor guy really needed to meet a man like Alan who would support him and be there for him, they make a lovely couple.
I recommend this one to those who love guys finding that one special person, who love seeing men brush off the past and embrace the future and for true love to emerge when it’s least expected.
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