On Tour: Interview with Rebecca Cohen on her latest release, Forever Hold His Peace




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ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords is happy to have Rebecca Cohen with us today to talk about her latest book Forever Hold His Peace and m/m fiction.  

Contest: There is a Rafflecopter contest to go along with this book tour.  The Rafflecopter Prize: E-Copy of the new book, “Forever Hold His Peace – Crofton Chronicles: Book Three.   Visit here to enter.


STRW  Why did you choose to write M/M stories ?

RC:  This might sound a little odd, but I wasn’t so much actively choosing to write M/M, but more a particular story worked better when the main male characters were lovers. In Servitude, my first published novel, my main character Lornyc has to serve a magical contract to another character called Methian. I tried several things, but once I wrote them as secret lovers, it all clicked into place. It took a long time to write Servitude (7 years from start to publication) and in the beginning I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as M/M as a specific genre, but I really enjoyed writing the dynamics between the male characters. Let’s just say I never looked back!

STRW:  What was your inspiration for this particular story?

RC: Forever Hold His Peace is the final Crofton Chronicle and as with each of the other Elizabethan novels it is a nod to a specific Shakespeare play – for this one its Hamlet (or rather Laertes and Ophelia). Also you might recognise the title from the wedding service, and someone in the story really should’ve have held their peace over Sebastian and Anthony’s relationship. With this being the last in the series, I really wanted to give my boys a good sending off, so a happy ending was an absolute must.

STRW:  What makes a character a hero to you?

RC:To me being a hero is not about grand gestures but doing what needs to be done, even in the face of adversity. Bravery comes in many forms, and sometimes it is the little things that can make a big impact on others. Sebastian in the Crofton Chronicles begins playing his sister to uphold his family’s honour. And despite the risk he could be executed if he was found out, he continues to play his role as Lady Crofton out of love for Anthony.

STRW:  How much research to you do for any particular story?

RC:   I love research, having trained in a scientific discipline it’s a hard habit to break! And it’s a good job, as you can imagine the historical novels take a lot of work to get them right. But even for other genres I put the background work in too. For sci-fi and fantasy I like the premises to have recognisable concepts, even though they might not completely align with our universe or current scientific knowledge.

STRW: Is there any specific genre of writing you don’t connect with and which ones are your favorite to write?

RC:  I must admit that there is one genre that leaves me cold, and maybe it is because I’m a Brit, but I’ve never really connected with Westerns/cowboys. But when it comes to writing I have a terrible problem. I can’t stick to one genre – fantasy, historical, sci-fi, contemporary … I love to write them all. Each one has its challenges, but I love the freedom of high fantasy, and to some extent sci-fi, but the historical and contemporary genres also give me a buzz for creating something that can still be magical, but within the boundaries of our world.

Thank you, Rebecca, for stopping by today.  An excerpt from Forever Hold His Peace and all the tour dates and stops (each with a different excerpt to read) is listed below.

Author Bio:

I’m a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, I have left London behind and now live with my husband and baby son in Basel, Switzerland. I can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.

Forever Hold His Peace (final Crofton Chronicle novel) will be released June 2014 and Idolatry (sequel to Servitude) is due out Autumn 2014.

My current WIPs are Saving Crofton Hall (a modern Crofton spin off from the Elizabethan novels), Under Glass (a sci-fi novel) and Overly Dramatic (contemporary rom-com)… that should keep me busy for a while!

You can contact/follow Rebecca Cohen at the following:

ForeverHoldHisPeace (3)Book Details:

Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Sebastian Hewel has never been happier. But his life playing the role of his twin sister Bronwyn, the wife of Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, is about to change. Rumors abound that Bronwyn is using witchcraft to enthrall her husband, and false evidence has been found. Practicing witchcraft is a crime that could have Bronwyn brought in for questioning by the sheriff, and that would reveal Sebastian and Anthony’s secret.

Together they must decide whether it is time to lay Bronwyn to rest. Anthony intends to ensure that whoever implicated Bronwyn pays for the treacherous deed. Whatever happens, Sebastian and Anthony must prepare to face an unknown future together.

Buy Links:  Dreamspinner Press Ebook  DSP Print      Amazon


As this is an excerpt tour, each blog will have their own unique excerpt. Visit each site and check them all out! The excerpt for ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords can  be found at the end of the post.

ForeverTourBadgeTour Dates: June 23 – July 7
Tour Stops:
June 23: Hearts on Fire, Parker Williams
June 24: 3 Chicks After Dark, MM Good Books
June 25: Amanda C. Stone, Pants Off Review
June 26: Love Bytes, Iyana Jenna
June 27: Havan Fellows, Kimi-Chan, LeAnn’s Book Reviews
June 30: My Fiction Nook, Tara Lain
WillPrideJuly 1: Nephylim, Cate Ashwood
July 2: Jade Crystal, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
July 3: Elisa Rolle
July 4: The Hat Party
July 7: Prism Book Alliance


Forever Hold His Peace book excerpt (NSW): The reader acknowledges that they are over the age of 18 if they continue reading…

Sebastian lost spectacularly. If they’d been the only ones playing, he might’ve suspected Anthony of tampering with the cards. But others had won, and Sebastian had lost hand after hand until his purse was empty and Anthony’s smile was expectant and devious. Anthony had slipped him the key to his room, a silent order he intended to claim his prize, and Sebastian had scuttled upstairs and let himself into Anthony’s bedchamber, making sure no one had seen him. Minutes later, Anthony joined him, and not long after, Sebastian was naked and tied to the bed by his own hose.

He pulled at his restraints.

Anthony chuckled as he walked around the bed, taking his time removing his clothes. “You won’t get out of them. You are a sight to behold, Sebastian. You make my blood boil.”

Sebastian’s cock throbbed with need. “Please, Anthony. Touch me.”

Anthony trailed his fingers lazily down Sebastian’s side and across his chest. Sebastian gasped as Anthony stroked his nipples and groaned deeply as they were sucked, Anthony’s beard tickling his skin.

“Gorgeous, Sebastian. Simply gorgeous.”

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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