Book Name: Unbreak Broken
Author Name: J.K. Hogan
Series: Coming About
True series: Should be read in order
Pages or Words: 98,000 words
Publisher: Wild City Press
Cover Artist: J.K. Hogan (KHD Graphics)
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Release Date: September 16, 2015
Rory Donovan’s life is a hot mess. His marriage is failing and he’s in intensive psychotherapy, working through the unfortunate side effects of memories from a childhood trauma. The only thing good in his life right now is his job—teaching photography to gifted high school students.
Harbor Patrol officer Bennett Foster is co-parenting his teenage daughter with his high school best friend Jessie. When he meets Addison’s teacher and realizes they’ve met before, he can’t get the sexy stranger out of his head.
Striking up a sexual-tension-filled friendship, together they must help an angsty teenager deal with a dying friend. Bennett must keep his little family from falling apart while Rory struggles to come to terms with his new reality. Somewhere along the way, most unexpectedly…love happens.
Dr. Conlan treated me to a rare fond smile, almost motherly in its warmth. “I’m pleased to see you happier than you have been.”
I grinned back, but then my brow furrowed. “Does this make me gay?”
“Does that matter?”
“I don’t know. Should it?”
“I’ll never understand the fascination with labeling things that our society seems to have. To me, sexuality is as intangible as the universe. There’s no way to truly know what’s out there, and how it all relates to everything else.
“As humans, we seek to know, to understand, and somehow we feel that putting things in boxes and labeling helps us do that. But some things are fluid, changing and developing with the tide of the evolution of life. Do me a favor, Rory. Don’t put yourself in a box.”
I was dumbfounded, stunned speechless. I knew I’d remember Dr. Conlan’s words for the rest of my life, and I would try to stay as true to them as I could. “I won’t,” I whispered.
Meet J.K. Hogan:
J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit www.jkhogan.com.
Q&A with J.K. Hogan
Oh boy, I’m not sure I’m that interesting. Let’s see…
If it weren’t for my husband and kids, I’d probably be a full on hermit. I’m very much a homebody.
I’m a freelance graphic designer as well as an author. I’ve done a lot of work in marketing/branding, but I do book covers too!
I draw an m/m webcomic, though it’s on hiatus right now while my writing schedule is too full.
Despite my career focus in writing and digital art, I studied fiber art in college—this entails textile design, papermaking & bookbinding, sewing & clothing design, quilting, and my specialty was loom weaving. I know, it’s not a very common major but it was so much fun!
If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
There are so many places… I’ve had the great luck to have traveled a lot for someone my age, but that only makes me want to go more places.
My top two places are Bora Bora (warm weather places aren’t my favorite, but I’ve always wanted to stay in one of those grass huts that stand out in the water), and Ireland (the land of my people). I’ve already been lucky enough to go to Scotland, the land of my husband’s people. ;-)
List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan (most of you know this is a series, and I recommend all of them)
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish (I hope this will be a series because I loved it)
Crossroads by Riley Hart
What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
That would depend on the restaurant, but my favorite staples are sushi and pizza. We recently went on a date night to great restaurant called the Cowfish (famous for burgers, sushi, and burgushi!), and it was nice because they separated their menu out between raw and non-raw sushi. I love raw but can’t have it because I’m currently pregnant.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
Pregnancy brain is slowing me down, but I’d like to be finished with my current WIP, Strong Medicine, within the next month, so I can begin the sequel to my recent suspense novel Shadows Fall. After that I’m toying with a fun idea, but you’ll just have to wait and see!
What do you like to read?
Mostly m/m contemporary romance, m/f paranormal romance, and mainstream suspense/thriller/horror.
What do you look when choosing a book to read?
Mostly just the flow of the author’s voice. Obviously it would have to be a topic I was interested in, but nothing pulls me out of a story like choppy writing. Luckily there are so many wonderful authors out there in genres that I like, I’m never hurting for good reads
What do you need someone to invent right away?
Well this is completely unrelated to writing or reading, but I really need someone to invent an app that can take a picture of a plant and tell me what it is, if it’s poisonous, if it’s a weed, etc. We’ve been in a new house for just over a year, and the previous owners were way more into gardening than we are. It would be nice to be able to identify some of the stuff that pops up without having to scroll google.
What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
Doing something to make someone else happy without being asked or told, just because it would make you happy. Anything from a simple hug to folding laundry to a candlelit dinner. Romance is different in any situation, but if it falls under that umbrella, it works for me!
Can you share something about your works in progress?
What I’m working on right now is half psychodrama, half romance. It’s about two guys with very different backgrounds and issues who meet in a psychiatric institution. (I didn’t say they were patients! But I didn’t say they aren’t either…) It has some heavy, dark moments, but I think it will pull together in the end.
After that I’ll be working on the sequel to Shadows Fall, in which we’ll learn the fate of the underground genetics lab and the missing barista, and Charlie and Titus further explore their relationship. (If you read the book, that will make sense!)
Tour Dates & Stops:
25-Sep Bike Book Reviews
28-Sep Dawn’s Reading Nook