Friday, September 26, 2014

Guest Blogger: Avery Dawes

Please welcome fellow author Avery Dawes, here to discuss his new release, Fall Break Fright! And to answer my infamous Rick Reed questions! Take it away, Avery!

The Questions
1)      You’re marooned on a small island with one person and one item of your choice—who is that
person and what item do you have?
Is there WiFi on the island?? Just asking . . . Julie, this is a tough question! Let me put my thinking cap on . . . Okay, I’ve got it. My item would be sunscreen so I don’t fry in the first couple of minutes. Then, I would need either Stephen Amell (as the Arrow) or MacGyver so I could survive.

   2)    Which musical would you say best exemplifies your life – and which character in that musical
are you?

Another tough one. I’m a Rodgers and Hammerstein fan so it would have to be one of theirs.  I’m leaning toward The Sound of Music over Oklahoma and South Pacific. That being the case, I would be Brigitta Von Trapp – I would be late because of reading a book! 

3)      You’ve just been let loose in the world of fiction, with permission to do anyone you want. Who do you fuck first and why?
Do I have to pick just one?? Really?? Let the narrowing process begin . . . It would be a toss-up Chicagoland Vampires series or Adam Hauptman from the Mercy Thompson series or Julian Darcangelo from the I-Team series.
between Ethan Sullivan of the

4)      What is your idea of how to spend romantic time with your significant other?
There is no significant other right now, but I do love to travel and explore new places. I’m sure I could come up with something romantic, involving a candlelight dinner on a terrace with the stars and the moon shining down. Should I continue setting the scene??

5)      When you start a new story, do you begin with a character, or a plot?
I usually start with the plot, not that I think everything through. I usually write 100-250 words no problem. Then, I start imagining characters that would fit. I try to fine tune them and their traits. The toughest part for me is deciding on a character name. It has to be just right or the story won’t work.

6)      If they were to make the story of your life into a movie, who should play you?
Help me out here – who played Fiona in Burn Notice? Thank you for those who sent me Gabrielle Anwar. She would be my choice.

   7)    Who’s your favorite horror villain and why?
I don’t do horror – I would have nightmares for ages! While I don’t necessary believe they exist, I’m fascinated by mythical creatures – the Mothman, the chupacabra, Sasquatch, etc.

8)      Do you have an historical crush and if so, who is it?
Yes to that one (finally, an easy question)! Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. He is totally
swoon-worthy even though he fought for the South! I can’t believe one of his own men shot him, which ended up killing him way too early.

Title:  Fall Break Fright
Author:  Avery Dawes         
Release Date:  September 30, 2014
Genre:  M-M Romance/ Horror/ Zombie
Story Length:  Short Story, approx. 12K words
After a painful conversation with his last remaining relative, college student Carson Davis realizes he's in for a lonely fall break. Carson, however, can't believe his fortune when his new roommate, Tyler Owen, invites Carson to visit his family in Kansas, and seems to return Carson's feelings.
Their happy bliss suddenly takes a turn for the terrifying and bizarre when they reach Kansas and find themselves running for their lives from the walking dead. Will the two survive their encounter, and if so, will Carson be able to heal the damage left in his heart by his callous aunt and find a new family?

Crouching, Tyler peeked around the corner of the building. His movements were slow and smooth as not to attract attention. Carson also knelt and brought the shovel up in front of him in a defensive position. He tried to take shallow breaths, not wanting the least little sound to draw attention to their hiding place.
Tyler’s hand reached back and gave Carson’s knee a reassuring squeeze. They froze as two bloodied and battered zombies lumbered down the street, passing them by. The groans and foul odor that emanated from the pair caused Carson to tremble. He swallowed down the bile rising in his throat, noting that their stench would remain with him for way too long. Tyler gave Carson’s knee another, longer squeeze.
After what was probably a couple of minutes, they were once again on the move. At another rundown building, Tyler paused and grabbed Carson’s hand. He brought it to his lips where he pressed a kiss to Carson’s bloodied knuckles. “The old feed mill is the last substantial building before we hit flat, open farmland. The first farm is the Haynes’s; my family’s is the second. The house is your typical white two story farmhouse and sits about a half-mile off the road. The barn is a massive, modern structure that is slightly behind and to the right of the house.”
Carson nodded, taking in Tyler’s description. He grew up in a cabin in the Green Mountains. The fields that seemed to go on and on were foreign to him; he missed the scent of pine and the sounds of cascading streams. As a kid, Carson spent as much time as possible exploring the woods around his house. Being outside meant avoiding his aunt, which was his main goal when he wasn’t in school. But now he needed to get his mind back to the present. “So what’s our plan if there’s nothing to hide behind?”

About the Author:
The secret is out: Avery Dawes is Denise Wyant’s naughty alter-ego. Avery enjoys writing about the passion that exists between two hunky and sometimes geeky men while Denise favors the alpha male who sweeps an intelligent and sassy woman off her feet. Both believe in their characters finding love and happiness, no matter the trials they have to endure to achieve it.
When Denise & Avery aren’t relaxing just south of the Mason-Dixon Line, with a cup of coffee, or staying fit—running, lifting, or cycling—they make time to write and blog. You can find them at

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having Avery on your blog, Julie! Much appreciated :-)