Today, I have author Lola Noire in the inteview chair. We’re discussing her latest release Dual Threat Love, a m/m contemporary romance. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
1. Hi, Lola. You are a new author to me. Let’s start with an easy question. Can you share about your writer life and everyday life?
Lola: Hello to everyone and to you Maggie. To answer your question, my writer life just started. As you may know, DTL is my very first complete novel. As to my everyday life, its’ super busy; I am a mother to two little girls, a wife to a loving and supportive husband, a sister and a friend to many.
2. I’ve been perusing your Facebook page and see this is your first book, and you’ve chosen to write a m/m contemporary romance. Why this genre?
Lola: With many of my closest friends identifying as gay and lesbian, I am always in the middle of the breakups, make-ups and he/she is the one. I have experience gay contemporary romance at first hand. I’ve seen the similarities and the differences and I find it to be as beautiful as hetero romance. Above all, I wanted to write about the beauty and humanity of MM Romance. I hope that I’ve accomplished that.
3. Can you tell me what inspired you to create Dual Threat Love?
Lola: I’m a die-hard sports fan. Solely based on my gaydar, I think there are a few high profile athletes who are gay but will never come during and even after their playing days (though, there have been a few cases lately). I always wonder about the type of pressure they must face daily. I wanted to write a story where if ever one of these athels read this book, he will be able to smile and say she got it. And I also wanted for any young adult who may be dealing with any of the topics discussed in the book to know that there’s someone out there who gets you and accepts you. Sorry, I don’t want to sound preachy.
4. Let’s talk about the main characters in your book. What do you love most about Ace and what makes you want to shake him?
Lola: Ace is my boo. He goes about his business and does not apologize for almost nothing. He has a one mind track. It’s either black or write with him. And sometime I want to shake to make him see the grey areas in the middle.
5. The same for Patrick. What do you love most about him and what makes you want to shake him?
Lola: Pat is mature behind his ages. His maturity and self-awareness is beautiful to me. But he is too stubborn and too proud at times.
6. Without giving away any spoilers, what was your favourite scene to write and why?
Lola: I love the conversation that took place between Pat and Ms. June the night of the road trip. I wrote it with a friend in mind because this is the conversation I hope and pray he will have a chance to have with his parents one day.
7. What makes Dual Threat Love different from other m/m contemporary romances?
Lola: Not too many m/m contemporary romances have the two leads falling in love from their teenage years to adulthood. That’s what makes DTL different. The readers will watch Ace and Pat grow from hotheaded little boys to mature and intelligent young men. We will see them fall and get back. The readers will not only get a glance of their young selves but rather they will live it. They will get to see their love grow and mature over the years. They will see the character development in not only Ace and Pat but also in their love the one constant that kept pulling them towards each other even when their worlds have changed.
8. If a reader asked you why they should read Dual Threat Love, what would you tell them?
Lola: Give it a chance, because I guarantee there’s at least one thing in the book that either the reader or someone she/he know who might relate to something in the book.
9. What can readers expect from you in the future?
Lola: Book 2 should be out in a few months, some people have already asked that I write the story between Ty and Josie but I have another MM sports (totally different from DTL) that’s been nagging at me. One of them will definitely come next. I have at least 3 different projects in mind, I just have to find the time to sit down and start drafting thing.
10. What do you enjoy most about writing?
Lola: Developing a character and staying true to his/her personality through the book. For example, I have rewritten several conversations because based on the character some words that I’ve used wouldn’t be something that character with use or would have said it.
11. What do you enjoy least about writing?
Lola: Editing and describing places.
13. I enjoy doing random questions, so humour me:
- What’s your favourite movie?
Love and Basketball, The Godfather I and II
- What book is currently in your e-reader?
- Who’s your favourite musical group?
Enposib (Haitian Band, I am loving them right now)
- What song puts a smile on your face?
What’s Love Tina Turner
14. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Lola: Did I already mention I love sports? Lol
I love to travel and in my books, I will always introduce the readers to those countries and cultures that are not talked about often.
Life is more beautiful when discovering new cultures.
Fun fact: I have travelled to either a country or a state or a city for each letter of my first name.
Thank you Maggie, it was a pleasure answering your questions.
Book Title: Dual Threat Love
Series: It is book 1 of 2 and ends on a cliffhanger
Author: Lola Noire
Publisher: Jessica Watkins Presents
Release Date: September 15, 2021
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: 53 000 words
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Will Patrick, now a Superstar NFL Quarterback, be willing to give Ace a second chance? Or will old pain and Patrick’s high-profile personality stand in the way?
Blurb:Ace, the Billionaire Heir and Patrick, the Help’s son, met when they were sixteen and thirteen years old, respectively. What started as childhood friendship forever altered their lives for better and for worse. Faced with misunderstanding and miscommunication, they went their separate ways hurt and heartbroken.
Years later, they met again. This time, the Billionaire CEO is determined to win his best friend and the love of his life, Patrick, back.
While Ace is determined to rekindle this love, will Patrick, now a Superstar NFL Quarterback, be willing to give Ace a second chance? Or will old pain and Patrick’s high-profile personality stand in the way?
Whether together or apart, both men will fight to the bitter end for their version of happily ever after.
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Excerpt from the Prologue
Patrick and I met years ago during a summer vacation at my family’s villa on Highland Beach in Boca Raton. Patrick was 13 years old and I was 16 at the time. As usual, my parents had been fighting. My mother was miserable in our home on Long Island, so she decided to take a trip to Florida to get away from my father and his latest mistress. I could have stayed in New York and hung out with my friends or I could have traveled to any place in the world of my choosing. However, I decided to accompany my mother. Blame it on the soft spot I had for that frail-looking, pill-popping, pale lady.
A few days into our vacation, the grand villa felt more like a four-by-four shoebox. I was bored out of my mind and on the verge of losing my shit. Taking pity on me, Ms. June, the housekeeper and Patrick’s mother, told my mother that her second son, Patrick, her baby boy, as she fondly called him, who was around my age, was also home doing nothing for that summer.
“If that’s okay with you, Mrs. De’Rochard, I can bring him with me to work so that Ace can have someone around his age to talk to,” she suggested.
“That would be lovely if you could, Ms. June,” Mother replied without any hesitation.
“Pat is a good boy, so they should get along.”
“I hope they do. Again, thank you for your thoughtfulness.”
While Mother and Ms. June readily made plans for Patrick and me, I was a bit apprehensive. It wasn’t that I was scared or did not want to meet Ms. June’s son. The truth was I’d had limited contact with Black kids in my young life and I had no idea what to expect. It wasn’t like I didn’t know anything about Black people. I lived in New York City, for crying out loud. However, my inner circle had consisted of only a few selected friends from similar social, economic, and racial backgrounds as me, strategically handpicked by my parents since I was very young.
As the sole heir to the multi-billion-dollar De’Rochard Empire, I had learned early on to be cautious of the constant danger that lurked around me. The risks of being approached by individuals with ulterior motives, being kidnapped, or worse yet, being murdered by someone who had a vendetta against my family were ever-present.”
I was only five years old when my nanny of three years had conspired to kidnap me in exchange for $10 million in ransom. It took the FBI and my parents’ private security team less than 2 hours to locate us in Buffalo, New York and whisk me to safety. Leonora and her boyfriend, the apparent mastermind of the scheme, were arrested. Unfortunately, they did not live long enough to face a judge. My father had made sure to make an example of them just in case someone else might have had a similar idea. Father had been the only judge and jury of that case. The Crusader Disciples had acted as the executioners. My own personal security team was assigned to me soon after, which consisted of no less than three guards and they’d been with me ever since.
To say the least, I was anxious about meeting Patrick. All day I kept thinking that I should lay off the news as the media often portrayed young Black men living in the inner cities as less than favorable. My father’s views on Black men were also not the prettiest, to put it lightly. So, sue me if I had never dealt with any Black people except for some of the help. The night before Ms. June brought Patrick with her, I got really edgy as endless “what-ifs” ran through my mind. I finally fell asleep in the early morning hours only to be plagued by dreams of different adverse outcomes of meeting Patrick.
“Hi, I’m Patrick,” said the small boy standing next to Ms. June by the theater room’s door in a soft and sultry timbre.
I looked up to the most beautiful brownish-hazel eyes that I had ever seen that were covered with unbelievable long lashes.
“Ace… I’m Ace,” I replied a few seconds too late, not realizing that I was staring. I quickly reached for his extended hand that felt so small in mine as I held it a bit longer than I should have.
“You boys, have fun!” Ms. June shouted as she went about her business.
Pat did not pull his hand from mine. Instead, he glanced at our hands with a raised brow. I quickly let go and said the first damn thing that came to mind.
“So, you and me the whole summer, hmm?”
“Looks like it.”
Our eyes met. He smiled, and all of my nervousness was forgotten. What a smile he had! His plump, pink lips covered a mouth with perfect white teeth. His eyes were full of mischief that was made more noticeable by his smile. I marveled at his beauty. His dark chocolate complexion seemed to radiate under the hot Floridian sun. I found myself staring at him too many times during that summer. I didn’t know why, but I could not wait to see him walk back through the door the next day each time he would go home.
Soon, I felt comfortable enough around him to be myself and talk about anything. We would talk for hours and never get bored. We talked about our respective lives. Unlike other people, Pat, the short name I soon began to call him, never asked me about my fortune. He only asked about New York City since he had never been there before; and he expressed a desire to see Central Park. I told him about my friends, school, and some of the countries I’d visited. Like typical teenage boys, we talked about girls and celebrity crushes.
I taught him how to play chess, poker, and countless games on my PlayStation3. He was a quick learner, and it did not take him long to start beating me at the games I had taught him. He eagerly reciprocated my lessons by showing me how to play dominos and lidos. Unlike me, Patrick was into sports. He played both basketball and football. He’d managed to get me play a few games even though that wasn’t my thing. It didn’t matter what we were playing because for that summer, as long as I was playing with Pat, I was happy. Also, we both were excellent swimmers so we spent countless hours at the beach or the heated indoor pool trying to outdo each other. I liked our swimming sessions the most because I could steal glances at his body without any restriction. I particularly liked the tingling sensation in my stomach whenever our bodies touched while we wrestled around.
Patrick was obsessed with the X-Men series. I quickly learned that Wolverine was his absolute favorite character. He could not wait for X-Men Origins: Wolverine to come out the following summer. He shared that his older brother, Lamar, whom he seemed to idolize, had gotten mixed up with a gang and was now serving a three-year prison sentence for possession of narcotics with the intent to sell in a school zone. I noticed the sadness in his eyes when he talked about his brother, and it broke my heart to see how much he was hurting.
Born in Haiti and bred in Brooklyn, NY, Lola Noire is a passionate fan of all things sports and has a love-hate relationship with traveling. Lola is an alumna of Niagara University, John Jay College, and National University of Ireland, Galway.
Lola Noire is the author of the debut novel, Dual Threat Love, an interracial M/M sports story.
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