Thursday, March 24, 2016

Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods Blog Tour

Fairytales and Myths for the Modern Gay

The modern age is devoid of magic.

Or is it?

How else could a stolen guitar or a lost shoe lead to love?

What but magic could spark romance at a workplace assessment?

Or turn a mean-spirited monster into a man?

Six fairytales and myths are given a contemporary MM twist in this collection of stories, proving that sometimes the mundane can be magical too.

Dragged Into Love (Þrymskviða)
When Theo’s landlord steals a prized guitar in lieu of rent owed, he informs Theo he will return the instrument on one condition: he wants a date with Theo’s twin sister.

Love's Code (Ariadne and Theseus)
Andre must pass the examination if he wants to keep his job.
However, he is distracted by his unspoken love for fellow programmer, Eren.

Guessing Games (Rumplestiltskin)
Sasha told a little white lie in his job interview and it won him the role.
Only now he is faced with a pile of work he doesn’t know how to complete.

Assignations and Ultimatums (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)
Hunter and Ross are in love, but Ross’ father keeps trying to set him up with undesirable, yet powerful, older men, the latest of whom happens to be Ross’ boss.

Lost and Found (Cinderella)
Cillian is dreading the work masquerade ball, but once there he finds himself romanced by a dashing stranger, only to flee when he discovers the man's identity.

A Debt is A Debt (Beauty and the Beast)
Dunstan Griffin is not a man to let a debt slide, so when debtor Alfred Siskin offers the EA services of his son, Wynn, in lieu of payment, Dunstan accepts.

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Luke Not Loki—Behind the Names in Beastly Businessmen & Guitar Gods

I am one of those authors who likes to spend time considering the names of her characters to ensure each is appropriate and says something about their personalities and/or journeys. That was particularly true for a piece like Beastly Businessmen & Guitar Gods, where I needed to not only reflect the characters as they are in my stories, but also who they are representing in the original myths and fairytales. So I thought I’d share a few lines on some of the reasons why the characters in the six tales have the names that they do.

Dragged Into Love (Þrymskviða)
Theo, Luke, and Fran are named for Thor, Loki, and Freyja, the characters they replace in the tale.

Love’s Code (Ariadne and Theseus)
Andre is named to represent Adriana in the myth. Meanwhile, Eren’s name means ‘saint’ of ‘white lineage’ to suggest the noble Theseus.

Guessing Games (Rumplestiltskin)
Alexander means defending men; although, some of the reason behind his name is, I confess, because I envisioned him looking a little like John Mitchell, played by Aidan Turner, in Being Human. Jack, I can’t talk about too much, since guessing his true name is part of the story. Suffice to say, his name is suitable for his character and comes from folklore.

Assignations and Ultimatums (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)
Hunter Bray was so named to represent the young warrior from a neighbouring tribe in the original story. The name Ross derives from ‘promontory’ or ‘headland’ and is appropriate given the ending of the original tale. Lastly, Cameron Kopp has a name that suits his physical appearance—crooked nose.

Lost and Found (Cinderella)
Cillian Ellison and Mark Chalmers. These ones were to create a visual connection to Cinderella and Prince Charming.

 A Debt is a Debt (Beauty and the Beast)
Dunstan Griffin’s name abounds with the idea of a dark beast (Dunstan is literally ‘dark stone’ and the griffin a mythical creature), while Wynn means ‘fair’, to connect him to Beauty.

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About the Author:
NICKI J. MARKUS was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works, including the novella Time Keepers and the fantasy novel The Ragnarök Chronicles.

Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name of ASTA IDONEA and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing. She is currently working on her first M/M novella.
Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, and cross stitch. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.

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