Welcome to author KC Burn! KC is here today to celebrate the release of her latest novel from Dreamspinner Press, Tea or Consequences. There’s a great guest post ahead as well as a the chance to win a $10 DSP store credit! Check out the entry details below.
Mysteries… I Just Love Them
I’m KC Burn and I’ve always wanted to write one and I finally did—Tea or Consequences. There’s also some sexy, romantic times for my beleaguered amateur sleuth, Riley Parker, but the super fun part for me was creating the mystery. In addition to sci-fi and fantasy, mysteries were some of my earliest influences. Scooby Doo, obviously. But I was obsessed with The Hardy Boys (and not just because Parker Stevenson was a hottie—showing my age a bit, but I was also five). I owned the entire Hardy Boys book collection, and also owned a number of Nancy Drews and Trixie Beldens.
I also remember watching Charlie Chan, Hawaii 5-0, Sherlock Holmes, The Rockford Files, Nero Wolfe, Colombo, McMillan & Wife, and a few others with my parents. It was pretty much inevitable that I’d love reading mysteries too.
Later on, Agatha Christie formed a huge influence, but there are other mystery writers who I adore. Elizabeth Peters might be number one, because her mysteries combined a strong female sleuth with some incredible ancient history. Anne Perry writes some great Victorian mysteries. Kathy Reichs and Aaron Elkins incorporate anthropology (forensic and physical, respectively) both of which made up one of my degrees, so the fascination has been long term.
I also love watching mysteries on television—I’ve recently discovered the Hallmark Movies & Mystery channel and I’ve one-clicked a few books by authors whose books have been made into movies. I love Criminal Minds, Murdoch Mysteries, Midsomer Murders, Monk (weirdly, these are a lot of M’s), Death in Paradise, and Sherlock. One of my favourite shows, though, was Psych. Loved that show and I’m super stoked they’re creating some feature length movies.
And if you weren’t sure, I scoop up just about every mystery written by m/m authors, with Josh Lanyon, Charlie Cochrane, Rhys Ford, and Mary Calmes some of my favs.
Combining romance and mystery is like the best of both worlds, in my opinion, and although I’ve wanted to write a mystery in the worst way for a long time, I was always a little afraid of it. Are there enough clues? Are there too many clues? Will everyone know whodunit in the first chapter? Will it even make sense at the end? Finally I just went for it, and Tea or Consequences is what came pouring out. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
I’d also love to hear about your favourite mysteries—I know I haven’t had time to get to them all!
About Tea or Consequences
Riley Parker: temp, twink, geek… sleuth?
Maybe Riley isn’t living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. He’s never bored at work, he’s got friends who let him geek out, and he’s got a carefully crafted twink exterior… which might be getting constrictive now that he’s on the other side of thirty. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s comfortable.
It all unravels when he takes a job working for a tea-obsessed cosmetics queen, the owner of Gautier Cosmetics. During the launch party for a new product, Riley finds his boss dead under suspicious circumstances, and the homicide detective is none other than Tadeo Martin, Riley’s high school obsession who never knew he was alive.
Tad drafts Riley to get the scoop on the inner workings of Gautier, and for Riley, it’s like a drug. His natural inquisitiveness is rewarded with more and more Tad. Unfortunately, his snooping puts him in the running for two other roles: suspect and victim. The killer doesn’t care which.
About the Author
KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own — getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does.