Once upon a time I screwed up enough courage to reach out to a favorite author for a guest post. Jo, was more than kind enough to grant me the post – she also let me visit her blog and she gave me some advice on how to carry myself as an author. It was among the best advice I’ve gotten and I truly grateful.

IMG_1530And while I’m sure most of you who read my have seen this picture, here’s the one I managed to get with Jo at GRL. I was every bit as happy as I looked in the picture.

So with as a back drop, I asked Jo again to do my author spotlight and as luck would have, she has a brand new free release out yesterday – Mauled – a Guards of Folsom Story. So read the interview and find out more about what Jo is up to and her newest release.

Welcome back, Jo. It’s been a while since you were here. Aside from the cold Michigan weather how have you been?

Hi Andy and it’s always a pleasure snuggling up with you on your blog. 🙂 I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it but I hate winter, like seriously hate it so not much going in in my world but hiding from the cold and snowing and writing my little fingers to the bone. 

I hear you’re branching out – or should I say returning to an old tree limb – and writing M/F romance. How’s that going?

Actually, I’m not quite ready to branch out to M/F Romance just yet. I might in the near future but right now I’m sticking with MMF since… Well you know me, nothing sexier than two alpha males rolling around all hot and sweaty. I’m just adding a bit of girly bits into the mix.

How is that effecting your MM Romance? (Because if you abandon us, I’m going to be at the head of the protest committee. 🙂 )

Never would I abandon you or any of my MM Romance readers. SJD’s books will always be my priority. I have lots in the mix. I’m waiting to hear if two books will be contracted with DSP. One is my first paranormal, Innocence to the Max (The full novel) and I co-authored a crazy rock band novel with S.A. McAuley. Plus I have plenty others in the works. No protest committee needed 🙂

Rival Within, was released on December 29th. Take a few sentences to talk about that.

Rival Within was inspired by a video I came across while doing research for another book. It was made by a police department in cooperation with a public school system called “Boys Beware”. In 1950 a police officer actually took this trash around to schools and showed it to young girls and boys. It broke my heart and Thomas Webber was born. He’s a husband, father, cop and he’s also gay.

How was the reader feedback?

Well, it’s a bit crazy. This book isn’t being read too much. I think the historical tag is scaring peeps away. I don’t really think of the 1950’s as historical but eh. The few feedbacks I’ve gotten have been awesome. One review site even said it was one of their favorite book of 2014 so I’m totally stoked. 🙂

Let’s talk, Guards of Folsom. Start with the series, what this about?

When I completed the Whispering Pines series, I realized that everyone but Ty & Blake got their happily ever after. So, as a thank you to those who read the series I wrote Riveted. It’s Ty and Blake’s life in New York as owners of a BDSM club called Guards of Folsom and the rest they say is history. The first person outside of Ty & Blake the reader meets is Micah. I utterly fell in love with the character and PUP was his chance to shine…or is that chase the shiny?

Mauled, the latest installment in the Guards series came out yesterday and it’s Free! Tell everyone a bit about Mauled.

It’s funny how this one came about. Jodi, a fan of Mac & Gunny wanted them to visit the GoF. My first thought was, that’s dumb. However, I realized that this is Jo’s world and in it I can do whatever I want. So thanks to Jodi (It so was not a dumb idea) Mac & Gunny from Beyond Duty visited the Guards of Folsom while on their honeymoon. If you’re a fan of them, you don’t have to read the GoF series to know what’s going on.

Tell us something interesting that is not in the blurb?

There may be a wayward double headed dildo with a mind of it’s own. (Oh can I say dildo on your site?) 😉

 It’s safe for now. At least until ‘lil q learns to read.

Do you have any actors in mind who you’d want to play your characters if they made it a movie?

I haven’t really thought about actors, but hmmm… Wow I don’t even know. I don’t watch much TV and rarely do I watch movies so I’ll have to get back to you on this one.

What’s next from you?

In addition to the two I mentioned above, I’ve also got the next and final book in the GoF series BOUND coming out later this year as well as the next book in the Rough Rangers series called Sua Sponte.

Now for some random questions:

What have you read lately that you’d recommend to others?

I have to admit I have been ignoring Stephen King’s advice of “Write, write, write, read, read, read.” At least the reading part. Between deadlines and edits and co-authored books I’m writing about 12-16 hours a day some days. So once again I’ll have to get back to you on this one. (I so suck at interviews don’t I?)

Favorite sport?

 Detroit Red Wings all the way baby!!!!!!!

 Cream & Sugar or Black?

 Extra Large Double Double Timmie’s is my favorite poison.

 A genie gives you one wish, what do you want?

Hmmm, I think I’d ask for a really cool secluded cabin in the woods (with WiFi of course) so I can keep doing what I’m doing with less destractions. 🙂

Favorite indulgence?

Well, besides the Tim Hortons addiction I’d have to say gay porn, I mean researching my next book heheheh.

You travel back in time to give advice to your younger self, what age do you go and what do you tell yourself?

I wouldn’t give her any advice. The stupid mistakes she is going to make and the hard times she endures will eventually lead to where I am now and I wouldn’t change a thing. I have the greatest job in the world, amazing friends and the best fans ever!

Top or Bottom? (interpret it as you like.)

Pfft everyone knows I’m a total top 😉

Last question is all yours – feel free to talk about anything you want your readers to know about you, your book, anything at all.

Ugh, now you’re really putting me on the spot here…. Ummm…. Well….Did I mention I like porn? 😉

You might have, but what the heck, it’s always worth mentioning 😛

Thanks for having me on your blog. It’s always a pleasure to chat with you and looking forward to seeing you and many other DSP authors in Orlando! ~Hugs~

 Thanks, Jo!


Mauled2Gunther Duchene, aka “Gunny”, and Macalister Jones, aka “Mac”, have overcome the obstacles of coming out and retiring after serving more than twenty years as Marines. Their exit ceremony is behind them, their wedding vows are made, and now it’s time for the honeymoon. What better way to kick off their marriage than enjoying the retirement gift Mac gave Gunny? With the leather pants and collar packed, it’s off to New York City and the Guards of Folsom club to celebrate—BDSM style.






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Rival Within:

RivalWithinLGOfficer Thomas Webber made a vow of marriage to his wife, a vow to his God to resist temptation, and a vow to uphold the law. But when Tom is forced to shelter a dark-haired stranger from the tornado raging over the county, long suppressed desires are brought to the surface and he is powerless to resist.

Ben Parker has hidden his true nature his whole life. The laws in 1952 are very clear, and to expose himself would mean rotting in jail, shunned or worse, a possible death sentence. Unable to find a job, he turned to crime. Seven years later, he’s still angry and tired of hiding who he really is from the world. After meeting Thomas, Ben can envision himself settling down for the first time. The only problem is, he’s already forced Thomas to break the law and become his alibi. And then there’s the little obstacle of Tom’s wife, family, and commitment to the town of Ramer.

Ben knows what he wants, but in order to get it, Tom will have to turn his back on society and the vows he’s made if they are to find the happiness they deserve. de if they are to find the happiness they deserve.

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About the Author:

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can’t cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

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