Sean Michael on Characters Dictating Stories and his new release The More the Merrier (The Teddy Bear Club #2) – author guest blog

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The More the Merrier (The Teddy Bear Club #2) by Sean Michael

Dreamspinner Press
Publication: June 4th 2019
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Sean Michael here today talking about writing, characters, and his new novel The More the Merrier.  Welcome, Sean!

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for hosting me today.

I loved revisiting the men from The Teddy Bear Club when writing The More the Merrier. I knew when I’d finished the first book that Logan and Dirk were going to be the next couple, but I had no idea what their story was going to be.

Both men had little girls, and I assumed they’d have a fairly regular courtship and maybe a little drama between the girls, but as soon as I started writing, Logan up and throws a wrench into the works. Or rather, a bunch of babies! I do love it when the characters just look at me and go, “no, you don’t get to dictate our lives, we do – remember, you’re just taking notes.”

The best books to write for me are always the ones where the characters grab the story and run with it. Unless I try to fight them, those are the books that flow, that write up quickly, where I’m running, figuratively speaking, just to keep up. Trying to fight the characters (which totally happens when I’m sure this is how the story is going to go and I’m trying to hit a certain word count) almost always winds up with the writing dragging and it’s long and hard (and not in the fun way) and it just takes me forever to come up with the word count. Then, when I finally really pay attention and listen to them, then the book starts working properly again and that is always such a relief!

With The More the Merrier, I didn’t fight the guys, I just let Logan and Dirk run with their story the way they wanted it, and as a result, I had fun writing it and I think they’re a darn good story as a result. Hopefully you do too!

Sean Michael

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Blurb:

Too much of a good thing?

When Logan gets the call about newborn triplets in need of a home, he steps up, realizing too late the daunting task he’s taken on. He’d be lost without the men of the Teddy Bear Club—especially Dirk.

Dirk even offers to spend spring break at Logan’s home, helping him and the babies settle in. He loves being a dad, and he wants to help Logan find the same joy. It doesn’t hurt that they enjoy spending time together.

Before they even realize it, they’re settling into a routine… becoming a family.

Falling in love.

But their new bond is about to face the ultimate test. Will they come through and realize that with love, there’s no such thing as enough?

 

About the Author

Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

Sean Michael on the web:

WEBSITE: http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

BLOG: http://seanmichaelwrites.blogspot.ca

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites/

TWITTER: seanmichael09

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/seanmichaelpics/

A MelanieM Release Day Review: The Teddy Bear Club (The Teddy Bear Club #1) by Sean Michael

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Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

Two lonely men. One perfect family. 

Aiden Lake adopted his institutionalized sister’s two daughters, and he’s a good dad. He works nights on websites and gets in his adult time twice a week at the Roasty Bean, where he meets with other single gay parents.

Devon Smithson wants to be a good dad now that his sixteen-year-old sister asked him to babysit her newborn… three months ago. But he’s overwhelmed with the colicky baby. An invitation to the daddy-and-kid gatherings at the café is a godsend. The pot is sweetened when his friendship with Aiden develops into more—maybe even something that can last.

But the mother who kicked Dev out for being gay wants to get her claws into the baby, and she doesn’t care if she tears Dev, Aiden, and everything they’re building apart in the process.

The Teddy Bear Club is a sweet, mostly angst free story about men, their kids and the guys who love them both.  The Roasty Bean, a local coffee cafe, plays host to gay dads and their kids once a week.  It gives the kids a place to play, the dads a needed respite and place to socialize away from home with others who understand what they are going through.  Each man there has come to fatherhood or guardians of the babies/children in their lives in a different ways.  In this  story (this is book one of a new series), the men each have their sister’s children.  Aiden’s sister has been institutionalized and her children turned over to him, Devon’s sister left her baby with him and disappeared.  Now each is coping with being a dad and having a family who depends upon them.

It’s mostly about Devon and Aiden learning to lean and trust each other as their relationship grows.  Devon learning to be a dad to the baby he’s grown to love and all of them forming a family. The romance is intermingled with babies and kids, the balance seems just right.  It’s a lovely story with the family drama coming in late in the novel.  Its dealt with swiftly, almost too swiftly for my tastes given the buildup.  Almost boom, mother dealt with, drama over.  However, it’s still a very satisfactory ending.

The name of the story comes in at the ending of the book.  There at a gathering (with more characters sure to get their own story), the men   decide what to name their weekly get together….what else to call it but The Teddy Bear Club.  What else indeed.  I’ll be there for the rest of the tales to be sure.

Cover Artist: Bree Archer.  Adorable cover, works wonderfully with that backdrop and model.  Loved it!

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 208 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781635336535
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Teddy Bear Club #1