Please give a warm welcome to Elliott Tucker from Somebody To Love by Merry Farmer today as we sit down and see what makes him tick.
Q: So tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?
A: Well, ma’am, I suppose Ms. Farmer first took a fancy to me because I’m a lawman and a war hero. I charged up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt, distinguished myself in action, and have now decided to settle down a bit and bring some much needed law and order to Cold Springs, Montana. But with all that, I carry a lot of secrets around with me. I may be able to stare down the barrel of a gun in fierce battle, but I am scared to death to have the people of Cold Springs discover that I’m partial to other men. I was disowned by my parents because of it and have been a restless wanderer ever since. All I want is to settle down, but if anyone finds out that all those pretty girls they throw my way don’t even make me blink, but the town banker turns my knees to jelly, I’m afraid I’d be a laughing stock and a dead man.
Q: What was it that drew you to your mate?
A: I’m not gonna lie to you. At first it was his ass. Phineas Bell is one gorgeous bundle of prim and proper. The man looks tasty in a suit and keeps himself so clean and trimmed you could eat your dinner off of him. In fact, I might have to try that. I knew just what position I wanted him in from the moment I saw him, if you know what I mean. But then he started talking, and the things he said amazed me. The man is brilliant and compassionate, and I’ll be damned if he isn’t confident and proud of who he is, no matter how different that is from others. He doesn’t hide anything, and somehow folks still treat him fairly. He’s the best man I ever knew.
Q: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner(s)?
A: The trick with Phin is that he’s so—well, let’s just call it what it is, uptight. Phin’s so uptight that it’s hard to catch him anywhere other than the bedroom behind a locked door. But there was this one time in the kitchen, after dinner, up against the sink. Woulda been perfect if someone hadn’t knocked on the front door.
Q: Boxers, briefs or Commando on a man?
A: Commando, all the way.
Q: If your partner wants to seduce you, what's one sure fire trick they can do to seduce you?
A: Up until I met Phin, I probably would have told you that I prefer the bold approach. It’s so hard to know who’s like you and who isn’t that a quick clear declaration followed by the deed is the best way to avoid misunderstanding. But with Phin it’s all different. If Phin wanted to seduce me, why I think I would turn to absolute butter in his hands if he cooked a nice dinner for me, read a little poetry, then unbuttoned my shirt one button at a time. Something about him playing coy and shy puts me completely at his mercy, no matter how much you think it’d be the other way around.
Q: What is the one place on your partner's body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?
A: That’s another paradox about Phin that sends my temperature soaring. You’d think a man as contentious and polite as him, as downright stuffy as him, would like a little tickle on his ear or a brush of a hand. But no, Phin flat-out likes his man bits handled. Hard, soft, over the trousers, direct contact, hands, mouth, you name it, he wants it. Personally, my theory is that he likes it so much because he’s had far too few people touching him like that in his life. I intend to make up for that deficit.
Q: What was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in Somebody To Love?
A: Would you believe that she had me start a bar fight? I’m the new sheriff. I’m supposed to stop bar fights, not start them. And I still maintain that it wasn’t me that caused all the trouble. I was only trying to have a bit of fun and get Phin to loosen up. I stand by my belief at the time that it would have been safer for Phin to appear to like the ladies, especially the whores in town. How was I supposed to know that things would get so out of hand so fast?
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: Just that I’m mighty glad Ms. Farmer did a whole bunch of research about the way life was for men like me and Phin in the place in time that we lived. She read a lot of books and first-hand accounts, and was surprised to discover that life wasn’t at all what a lot of people would think it was like. Sure, things were hard for men like me and Phin, but in a society where most folks didn’t have any concept of it even being possible for two men (or two women) to take a shine to each other, it was far more possible than you might think to go your whole life skirting the real issues and convincing folks you were just like everyone else. I think folks might be surprised to know that.
Thank you Elliott Tucker for joining us on 'Meet the Character' day here at Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog. You can find all of Merry Farmer’s books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, goodreads, and Smashwords
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About Somebody To Love
For Phineas Bell, love has not only been out of reach, it has been impossible. In a world where men who love other men are anathema, he has poured his love into his work, his town, and the friends who accept him as family. But when a handsome new lodger takes over his home and his heart, breaking all his careful rules, Phin must choose between playing it safe and letting love in. War hero Elliott Tucker is the answer to Cold Springs’s prayers for a sheriff worth his salt. But with every single woman in town throwing themselves at him, Elliott has eyes for only one person: Phin. The sparks are hot between then, but in spite of Elliott’s best efforts, Phin’s heart proves the toughest nut to crack. A love that starts with fire threatens to burn them both… … until a shocking abduction throws Phin and Elliott together on the trail of ruthless kidnappers. Will their efforts to save a child wrench them apart or will it prove that at last they’ve found somebody to love?
Genre classification: M/M LGBT Western Historical Romance
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About the author
Merry Farmer is an award-winning author of Historical Romance and what she likes to call “Sci-Fi for Women.” She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats and enough story ideas to keep her writing until she’s 132. Her second novel, The Faithful Heart, was a 2102 RONE Award finalist and her unpublished futuristic novel A Man’s World won first place in the Novel: Character category at the 2013 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. She is out to prove that you can make a living as a self-published author and to help others to do the same.
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