Unspoiled by GayRomLit Jacob Z. Flores
1. The list of events is amazing. What are you looking forward to the most? Honestly, I'm looking forward to everything! This will be my first time ever to attend a conference like this, and I'm thrilled about the experience. I've heard some of the attendees talking about getting up and singing during karaoke night. Many have claimed not to have good voices, so I think listening to the joyful noises might be very entertaining. The Cosmos Cabaret also looks like a fun event. As you can tell, my favorite part is the socializing. Though I'm pretty shy, I'm looking forward to interacting with authors and fans of m/m fiction. If the conference is as fun as the novels we enjoy, Albuquerque promises to be a blast.
2. Where will you be traveling from and who will you be bringing with you?
I'm traveling from a relatively small, conservative town in South Texas named Victoria. Hopefully, my husband Bruce will get time off and be able to join me. If not, I'm going stag, so I'll need to make lots of friends because I don't want to be the loser sitting in the corner all by himself. How sad would that be!
3. If you could ask an attendee from last year one question to help prepare you for GRL what would it be?
Hmmm, this is a tough one as several spring to mind. I guess I would want to know: just how many outfits should I bring. I'm an over packer. I have to have casual, more formal, and clubby types of outfits for each day. I'm of the mindset that you never know how you might need to dress, so I come prepared. But being that prepared means a heavy suitcase, and if I could save myself the trouble, I would want to know in advance. :)
4. This will be my first ever, public appearance and I'm nervous as hell. Is this your very first public appearance or have you attended other event? If you've attended other events, what were they like? Were you nervous the first time?
This is my first public appearance, and I'm more nervous than Porky Pig at a slaughterhouse!
5. I am very quiet when I meet new people (Oh shut up Joel I hear you snickering from here) Are you outgoing? More reserved?
I'm extremely shy around new people and new environments. It's really awful. People sometimes interpret my reserved and quiet nature as being stuck up, when that's not the truth at all. Luckily, my hubby is a social butterfly, and he helps pull me out of my introverted ways.
6. I admit, I'm going to be like a crazy stalker fan of Rick R. Reed. Who are you looking forward most to meeting?
Do I only get one? Jeez! Well, since you've got Rick, who I'll totally help you stalk, I'm looking forward to meeting J.p. Barnaby. She's an awesome person and we've chatted back and forth since I joined Dreamspinner Press. From our chats, I gather we are two peas in a pod, which could spell trouble for New Mexico!
7. No way in hell could I stand up and do a reading? I'd be spitting, sputtering, and turning 50 shades of RED. Did you sign up to do an author reading?
Sadly, no. I registered a bit too late for that, but I would welcome the opportunity even though my teeth my chatter uncontrollably.
8. What do you think readers and other authors will be most surprised by when they meet you?
I really don't know. I'm mostly an unknown entity at this point since my first novel is slated for release in September. Maybe they'll be surprised about how shy I can be and tell me to get over it!
9. I hear the boys of our genre put on a hell of a party! Do you plan to attend the Cowboy party Thursday night?
Yes, I do! I may not come all geared up in a cowboy hat, but I'll be there to see all the male behinds packed tightly into denim!
10. Go ahead you can be honest with me. You want to know what is under Damon Suede's Kilt don't you?
I'm pretty sure I know what's underneath the kilt, but I haven't experienced it first hand. Hahaha!
by Jacob Z. Flores
Justin Jimenez has loved his partner, Spencer Harrison, for ten years. He’ll do anything for him—including bury his feelings for a man he met while he and Spencer were separated last year. Justin never planned to fall in love, and he certainly never planned to tell Spencer about it—but when a phone call wakes them in the middle of the night to inform Justin that his former lover, Dutch Keller, has been in an accident, he doesn’t have a choice.
Justin’s revelation shatters the fragile relationship he and Spencer were trying to rebuild. The weight of his guilt—both for hurting Spencer and for leaving a heartbroken Dutch to find solace in a bottle—crushes him. But what Justin doesn't know is that Spencer and Dutch guard an explosive secret of their own. All three men are tangled in a communal web of lies, and unless they find the events in their lives that ultimately led them to friendship, passion, and betrayal, they won't see the love at the heart of the pain.
Jacob Z. Flores
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
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 husband, Bruce, their three children, and two dogs, who represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.
You can follow Jacob’s musings on his blog at http://jacobzflores.com or become a part of his social media network by visiting http://www.facebook.com/jacob.flores2