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Final Guy

Yesterday I released Guys on the Bottom, the final book in the Guys Series trilogy. I’m thrilled with how Zach’s story played out, especially since I honestly thought I’d never write it. I tried several times to do so in the past two years since book two, Guys on the Side was released, but kept slamming into a wall and giving up. Zach was never supposed to be the most beloved character in the first two books, even for me. He was messy and immature and basically an out of control pain in the ass, so after several tries, I convinced myself his role could never go beyond providing conflict for the other Guys, and he just wasn’t someone who could carry his own book.

I’d received a surprising number of emails from readers after finishing the 2nd book, people wanting to know what became of Zach, because I left him in such a low place. My initial reaction was pretty much WHO CARES? It’s just Zach, he’s a pain in the ass, let him fade into oblivion. But never say never I guess. I didn’t plan to write a sequel to the first book Guys on Top either, but had fallen so in love with Corey the antagonist I just wanted to dive deeper into who he was. Zach? Not so much.

So what changed? Time passed, for both me and Zach. In my past attempts, I’d been trying to take up where I left off with Zach, and it wasn’t working. But the idea of catching up with him two years later was more appealing. As Duncan says in the third book, we all change. Circumstance and life experience and reflecting on the past. But it wouldn’t have been very interesting catching up with a new, happy successful Zach, would it? So I decided to find him at yet another low point in his life.

We’ve all been there, when you think you’re finally getting your shit together only to have the wind knocked out of you once again, having to start over. We’ve all felt abandoned and alone, struggling to find the energy to put in the effort once again. Dwindling bank accounts, shitty little apartments, emotional baggage, and the surety that nothing good will ever happen to you again.

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I found that finally, with the passage of time, I could reconnect with Zach, back at rock bottom and trying to crawl out of a hole again.

So while I never expected this series to become a trilogy, it felt totally right going into this third book. I was already comfortable with the side-guys and the characters I knew from the first two books. The setting of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood was like slipping on a comfy pair of old sweats, not only because of the first two books, but because I used to live there myself, for years. Going back to the pond for runs with Zach and Doug, the real locations along with fictional series hangouts like The Horse and Carriage, was so much fun, and once I started writing, it flowed faster than I could keep up with.

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So thus completes the Guys Series trilogy, Zach being the Final Guy. He’s found his happiness, and will hopefully stay out of trouble now. As for the rest of the guys, I’m going to imagine that big group of friends will continue to hang out until they’re old and crusty, giving each other shit but having each other’s back for the long haul.

As always, thanks to my readers, especially the ones who pushed for Zach’s story. You make it all worthwhile! And while I usually try not to let reader feedback influence my writing decisions, this time, I’m glad it did. Because Duncan and Zach were worth it.


Safe in Your Fire

Safe in Your Fire got a very cool five star review from Lovebytes Reviews

Check it out!

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Currently closing in on the end of The Village Book Two, ‘Deep in Your Shadows’ which will be released for early summer. Cover reveal coming soon!

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Guest Blog – Queer Romance Month

I’m blogging for Queer Romance Month today – thanks for having me, it was a lot of fun!

Check it out here!

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Interview

Author Jamie Lake was kind enough to invite me for an interview on his M/M Romance blog. Check it out here

http://jamielakenovels.com/2014/11/28/interview-with-mm-author-darien-cox/

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Review and giveaway

I’m guest blogging over at Sinfully Sexy Book reviews today, where you’ll find a review of my novel ‘Fit for the Job’ along with a book give-away. Check it out!

http://bit.ly/WZnwju

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Slave driving muse

Writing went well yesterday so I thought I was done when I decided to be Goody Two-Shoes and go to bed early. Brain had other ideas…Was up an hour later and wrote until 1AM. This one’s got me in its teeth and is shaking me around like a pork chop. I suspect it’ll be finished by the end of the week and I’ll look like this.

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