Hi everyone! I'm pleased to have author Jacob Z. Flores with us today! He had the chance to interview Cody from SUDDENLY YOURS!!
Hi, everyone! I’m Jacob Z. Flores, and I’m thrilled to be here promoting my October 15 release release Suddenly Yours, the second book in my One Fine Day series.
In case you didn’t know, the books are all connected through the theme of marriage. The characters in each book will be different and so will their situations. This allows readers to pick up the series at any point (even book 2) without feeling as if they have missed out on something covered in the first book.
Today, I thought it might be fun to provide readers with a glimpse into the book by sitting down with one of the main characters from Suddenly Yours and interviewing him.
First up on my interviewing couch is Cody Hayes, who lives in Austin, Texas. Cody is a part time waiter and a struggling author.
Cody, thanks for sitting down and chatting with me today.
CODY: Hey, man. Not a problem at all. I love kicking back and shooting the shit. My buds and I do it all the time, except there’s usually alcohol involved. (looks around) Where is the alcohol?
I’m afraid I’m out. My muse drank it all while we were trying to finish my last book. He ate all the cookies too.
CODY: What? No cookies either? (groans) Stupid muse.
He can be extremely irritating at times, but from what I’ve heard so can your college friends.
CODY: (snorting) Ain’t that the truth. Don’t get me wrong: they’re my boys, and I love them. But damn, if sometimes they don’t make me want to beat them until their dead. They love irritating me more than they love hitting on cocktail waitresses.
Wow. For straight boys, that’s saying a lot, so how exactly do they irritate you?
CODY: It would be easier to answer how they don’t irritate me.
Maybe. But that wouldn’t be as fun of an answer, would it?
CODY: (grinning) Can’t argue with that. (taps in index finger to his chin in thought) Well, for starters, they’re always double dog daring me to do something stupid like shaving off my eyebrows, streaking down the street, or hitting on random guys.
Why do I get the feeling that you would hit on random guys anyway?
CODY: (laughing) #truth!
So if your friends’ dares irritate you, why do you do it? You do realize you don’t have to, right?
CODY: Duh! Of course I know that, but they’re my boys, no matter how much they get under my skin like a botfly. We do stupid shit together all the time. Besides, I know they’re just really trying to help.
CODY: Aw, man. You’re gonna make me get serious, aren’t you?
Afraid so. Spill.
CODY: (sighing) Fine. You see, all my friends are married or at least almost married. My best friend Sam is engaged. In fact, we’re going to his wedding in Vegas in a few days. Anyway, they’re all happy in their committed relationships and worry that I’m all alone, even though I’m more than okay with it.
So, they want to see you in a happy, serious relationship just like them?
CODY: Please. They want me to find the “one” and get married, as if marriage is the be all and end all. It really makes me wonder about their testosterone levels sometimes.
I take it you’re not a big fan of marriage.
CODY: Hey, I’m all for marriage. I just don’t do love, and you can’t have one without the other.
Interesting. Why don’t you believe in love?
CODY: My mother’s been married a lot, and I mean a lot, like Elizabeth Taylor a lot. I’ve seen her fall in love, get married, and then be completely eviscerated when the love ultimately turned sour and the marriage failed. That’s no way to live.
I won’t argue with that, but every marriage doesn’t end and love doesn’t always turn sour.
CODY: Have you seen the divorce rate in this country?
Yes, but that still doesn’t mean every loving relationship goes bad.
CODY: In my experience, it does.
So you have been in love?
CODY: (crosses his arms over his chest and looks away)
I assume it didn’t end well.
CODY: You assume correctly, and that’s all I’ll say about it.
Fair enough. So do you think, somewhere in the future, you might be open to the idea of falling in love again?
CODY: (shaking his head) Love’s not for me, man. I’ve accepted it. Hell, embraced it even. Why ride only one stallion for the rest of my life when I can saddle up the whole herd?
You don’t think that will get boring?
CODY: Are you kidding me? How could having hot sex with hot guys ever get boring?
I can’t argue with that, but let me ask you one final question.
CODY: Okay. Shoot.
What are you going to do if one of these random guys you have sex with turns out to be the “one”?
CODY: (shrugs) I usually don’t stick around long enough to find out.
But let’s say you did. For some reason, the two of you get to talking or have dinner, and you realize that there’s something more between the two of you than just sex. What then?
CODY: That’s another question. You said your last one was your last question.
CODY: Do you want an honest answer?
CODY: I’d walk away and never look back.
CODY: Really. I’ve seen the pain love can cause. No one is worth it.
Well, you never know. You are going to Vegas in a few days for your best friend’s wedding, and you know what they say about Vegas, don’t you?
CODY: (rubbing his hands together) Oh yeah. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
They also say, “In Vegas, anything goes.” Thanks again for sitting down and chatting with me, Cody, but that’s all the time we have for today. I wish you nothing but luck and happiness in your future, and who knows? Maybe you’ll find someone in Vegas you’ll be willing to go all-in for.
by Jacob Z. Flores
Blurb:"What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Always Stay in Vegas"
Cody Hayes is having one epic morning-after. The hangover following a Vegas bachelor party is nothing new to him, and neither is the naked man in his bed.
His apparent marriage is a different story.
Carefully plotting every detail of his life carried Julian Canales to a senate seat as an openly gay man. A drunken night of Truth or Dare isn’t like him… and neither is marrying a man he just met. He’d get an annulment, but the media has gotten wind of his hasty nuptials. If Julian’s political career is going to survive, he has to stay married to a man who’s his opposite in every way.
Now he must convince Cody that all they need to do is survive a conservative political rival, a heartbroken ex, their painful pasts… and an attraction neither man can fight.
One Fine Day Series
(One Fine Day Series #1)
Available in paperback
About The Author
Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.
Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse.
When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.
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$50 Amazon Gift Card for the grand prize and 5 winners will win free copies from Author’s Dreamspinner back list.