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P.D. Singer’s Book Blast “A New Man”


Book Name: A New ManNewMan[A]FS

Release Date: February 9, 2015

Author Name: P.D. Singer

Categories: Contemporary

Pages or Words: 276 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: February 9, 2015



Senior year of college is for studying, partying, and having fun before getting serious about life. Instead, Chad’s days are filled with headaches and exhaustion, and his fencing skills are getting worse with practice, not better. Then there’s his nonexistent love life, full of girls he’s shunted to the friend zone. Is he asexual? Gay?  Grad student Warren Douglas could be out clubbing, but his roommate is better company, even without kisses. He’s torn up watching Chad suffer, gobbling ibuprofen and coming home early on Friday nights. If Chad weren’t straight, Warren would keep him up past midnight. They’re great as friends. Benefits might answer Chad’s questions.  A brief encounter with lab rats reveals Chad’s illness—he needs surgery, STAT, and can’t rely on his dysfunctional parents for medical decisions. Warren’s both trustworthy and likely to get overruled—unless they’re married. “You can throw me back later,” Warren says, and he may throw himself back after his husband turns out moody and hard to get along with, no matter how much fun his new sex drive is. Surgery turns Chad into a new man, all right…  …but Warren fell in love with the old one.





On his feet now, Chad looked a little shaky. For a silent moment he stood, though it wasn’t clear whether he was forcing his body to behave or thinking.

“Uh. You’re a scientist…” Why did Chad make that sound like a question? Unless it was part of his medicine head. “I need some data.”

oh. Oh!

Warren didn’t flinch or pull away when Chad leaned in. Both his hands rested on Warren’s upper arms, which didn’t keep him from lurching forward so fast Warren thought he’d get hit in the face. But no, he stopped short and came in slow for the last inch. Eyes open and questioning, he met Warren’s mouth in a smooth, gentle kiss. Lips not quite parted, he brushed against Warren, searching, not demanding.

What had gotten into him? Warren kissed back, not too startled to respond in kind, adding nothing that might frighten Chad away. He wouldn’t lift his arms, he wouldn’t offer tongue, but he would meet Chad’s mouth for as long as he was offered it. He had to tip his face up slightly and fight to stay in place when he wanted nothing more than to step forward into Chad’s arms, to plaster himself against that inviting chest, and thrust his tongue into the depths of Chad’s mouth.

Chad’s eyes were blue drowning to black, his pupils dilated widely. Questions, but not fear, dwelled behind his irises, questions that Warren wanted to answer for him. Yes, you like this, yes, you want more, yes, you want it with me. Yes.



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P.D. Singer lives in Colorado with her slightly bemused husband, two rowdy teenage boys, and thirty pounds of cats. She’s a big believer in research, first-hand if possible, so the reader can be quite certain Pam has skied down a mountain face-first, been stepped on by rodeo horses, acquired a potato burn or two, and will never, ever, write a novel that includes sky-diving.  When not writing, playing her fiddle, or skiing, she can be found with a book in hand.


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1 – What is your secret indulgence?

Macaroni and cheese at the Macaroni Grill. It’s on the kids’ menu, and we discovered how good it is when we had to sample what we’d ordered for the kids. I’d rather have that than anything on the regular menu, and it’s a disaster for my hips, alas.

2 – Favorite way to unwind at the end of the day?

I have a favorite chair with my computer tray, and mindless net-surfing with a mug of tea drains the tension.


3 – Favorite beverage (alcoholic or non)

Oregon chai on a cold morning. Something about the creamy texture and the spices work extra hard against the chill. A go cup full of chai makes getting to work before dawn a little easier.

4 – Did you have an embarrassing nickname as a kid?

My older sister occasionally called me Pam-o Dam-o Dinosaur. I occasionally left reptiles in her bed.


5 – Favorite type of dessert?

If crème brulee is on the menu, I don’t even register the other choices. Poking the spoon through the crisp sugar barrier into creamy custard and that first taste, um, oh, excuse me, sorry about the drool.

6 – What’s the most embarrassing gift you ever received?

It wasn’t so much the gift as the note with it. My friends threw a bon voyage party for me before a month long concert tour, complete with some gag gifts for a traveler. The Imodium got giggles, but the tiny Teddy bear created the problem. Oblivious to my friends’ frantic shushing, I read the note aloud to a group that included my parents. “Here’s something to cuddle with on those nights in strange places, and no, it’s not Danny.”

Doesn’t every father relish the idea of his seventeen-year old daughter cuddling with eighteen-year-old blond tuba-playing hunks?


7 – What’s in your nightstand you don’t want anyone to see?

I shut the drawers for a reason, geez! Yes, there are toys. Yes, there’s some literature. And a “use in case of fire” face mask given to me by a brother-in-law after another brother-in-law’s house burnt down. No, I don’t expect it to truly save me in case of disaster, but the thought is there and it makes me feel cared about.

8 – What’s your favorite meal?

Sushi, so simple and yet exacting, and I love the textures.


9 – What’s the worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?

A strawberry-shaped scented soap, which my sister convinced me was candy. I was four.

10 – What’s the name of your favorite Crayola crayon color?

Denim, a deep blue that only appears in the bigger boxes. I got my first ever 128 count crayons when I was twenty-five and realized I could buy them myself if I wanted them.


11 – Do you prefer soup or salad?

Salad is just food. Soup is food, love, comfort, nourishment, time, taste, and warmth.  Soup in some form tends to show up in my stories, because it’s a comfort symbol.

12 – Favorite type of salad dressing?

Ranch. Perfect with carrot sticks.


13 – Favorite soup?

Corn chowder, with bits of red pepper and bacon. Thanks for solving the “what to make for dinner” problem.

14 – What was the last Halloween costume you wore?

I had to work on Halloween this last year, which didn’t stop me from dressing up. The T-rex head wasn’t compatible with the amount of time I spend on the phone, so I wore my princess dress from Gay Rom Lit. (Left to right: Eden Winters, TD O’Malley, and me.


15 – Two weeks with a private yacht or jet – which would you use and who would you take with you?

The jet is all about getting where you’re going comfortably: it’s still very like sitting on the couch for three hours, though no one misses going through airport security. So the yacht, please, for a couple of weeks meandering around the Caribbean with my best girlfriends and scuba gear. And hot and cold running cabin boys.

16 – How old were you when you wrote your first story and do you remember what it was about?

My brother and I had a complicated fantasy game that ran for years, where I played all the characters that were cats and he played all the humans except for Mr. Meany. When he was nine and I eleven, he needed surgery, so I wrote down some new Cat Planet stories and bound them in a yellow folder so he’d have reading material while he was recuperating. I suspect they were actually as good as anesthesia for knocking someone out, and the plots are mercifully lost to history. My brother still occasionally addresses me as Pandora.


17 – Favorite childhood book?

Precious Bane by Mary Webb, which I encountered in condensed form. The heroine, Prue, had a physical flaw that was the source of much difficulty and became ultimately irrelevant, but forced her to become strong. The phrase “My own dear acquaintance” still makes my heart go pitty pat.

18 – Favorite childhood author?

Walter Farley, of the Black Stallion books. I read them all, over and over.


19 – Ability you wished you possessed?

I would like the aura of command, on the lines of Horatio Hornblower or Honor Harrington.

20 – Skill you wish you had?

I wish I’d learned to ice skate when I was young and the ice wasn’t so far down.


21 – What do you wear when you’re writing?

A T shirt and yoga pants for preference, with a fleece zip top if it’s chilly.

22 – Do you have any particular music you listen to while you write?

I prefer quiet: no music, no TV, no voices in the background. Any music I choose I tend to get involved with. My husband puts on rock music when I’m writing which I just tune out.


23 – Do you prefer tea or coffee? Yes. There are days I’ll drink three cups of either.

24 – Underwear: Sexy or comfortable?

Some reason why the same pair can’t be both? If I’m not comfortable I’m not sexy.


25 – Favorite place to write?

Either in my black leather chair in the TV room, where I am right now, or sprawled on the bed with the laptop.

26 – What was your first job?

I started doing parts inventory in a car dealership when I was what, eight? (Family business.) I’d go in clean, weigh bins of bolts and washers and such, and come back out covered with the greasy residue of diesel fumes. When I was fourteen, I graduated to Saturday receptionist.


27 – What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Tripe stew, served by the very Italian grandmother of my then boyfriend. I would not have offended Nonna for the world, so I choked those nasty white squares down and said, “Thank you.” I still get the shudders just thinking about it.

28 – How do you relax at the end of a stressful day?

Net surfing and a glass of wine are good.


29 – Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are they?

No ink on me. I can admire others’ art without wanting it for myself.

30 – What has been the biggest surprise to your life after being published?

I never envisioned being in situations where I would be physically present with other authors and readers. I thought it would all be online, because of our lack of presence in the neighborhood bookstores. I’ve learned to think bigger since.


31 – Do you have any writing quirks that have to be done, or anything that you have to have to write?

Reading over the last couple thousand words before I set to writing helps me get in the groove. And the kitchen has to be clean. Crumbs on the counter mock me and must be vanquished before I can write.

32 – What it is like being in their head with all those characters?

I tend to carry the mood of what I’m writing around with me.


33 – Do you have characters who argue over whose turn it is next?

They don’t argue with me or each other. If it’s an issue, the writing comes to a halt. At that point I ask myself if I’m not telling this section from the right viewpoint.

34 – What do you do to restore or refill when you need to recharge?

I like to go hiking or out with friends, sometimes go to one of the local museums, or up Dinosaur Ridge. I might cook something fancy. Anything that gets me away from a keyboard.


35 – Most amazing place you’ve ever been?

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. You stand on the rim, looking a mile down to a shining ribbon of water, strong and persistent enough to have gouged this abyss into the bones of the earth, laying bare the eons. It’s both fascinating and humbling.

36 – Have you ever had a character take off and go their own direction? If so, who was the worst?

Ricky and Jon from The Rare Event hit only a few of their intended plot points, mostly because the path I’d originally envisioned for them turned out to be quite destructive for Jon. They got where I wanted them to go, but not at the cost of Jon’s integrity or um, certain issues of reality.


37 – Most memorable moment as an author? Getting a second rejection letter from a publisher on the same novel. I knew that was the last of the chances for that book with that house, and I wasn’t quite up to snuff yet. That was very humbling, and very instructive, and probably the best thing anyone ever did for my writing. It hurt like hell at the time. The book, after much more work, went on to be rather popular.

38 – How do you deal with interruptions from family and friends – how do you find the balance and mark the space you need?

I’m the early riser in a household of late sleepers, which takes care of much of the problem. I also make creative use of voice mail.


39 – What inspired you to write in the first place? Aside from the Cat Planet stories for my brother and a misguided foray into horror in high school, I didn’t write a lick of fiction for decades, until I stumbled into a series of books with a lot of characters I thought were being misused. Fan fiction to the rescue!

40 – What’s the hardest step for you as a writer? Planning? Writing? Editing? Something else?

Writing the last chapter of the first draft. I know how it should go, but there’s something to the finishing of the stage that I resist. Deadlines and butt kickings from betas sharpen my mind wonderfully.


41 – Coke or Pepsi? (Or something else.)

I’m not that picky. Is it cold? Is it wet? Is it (preferably not) loaded with sugar?

42 – Sweet or Salty?

Yes. Think chocolate with caramel, lightly salted.


43 – Guilty indulgence?

Any treat that I dare keep to myself and don’t share. Now that I’m halfway down the bag of chocolate-covered cranberries, I’m willing to pass the bag around.

44 – Best moment of your school career?

Senior year of high school, I borrowed the biology teacher’s pet tarantula and gave it a leash of thread. Then I took it for a walk through the high school office. Five middle-aged or older ladies treed on desks make an awful lot of noise, you know? The assistant principal who suggested I ought to be suspended got a cheeky grin and a “For what?” Because, damn you can get away with a lot when you’re in the top of the class and the orchestra and this-that-and-the-other.

Graduating from pharmacy school was also good but without that particular adrenaline rush.


45 – What kind of shifter would you be?

I’d like to be the otter but am more likely to become a two-toed sloth. Dang it.

46 – Twinks or Bears?

Bears. They don’t remind me of my sons.


47 – Coffee, tea, or something else? Either, both, or Oregon Chai with milk on a cold morning.

48 – What’s your favorite color?

Purples and teals make me happy.


49 – Favorite of your books?

The Rare Event is the book of my heart, mostly because so much of the story isn’t the romance. I love romance, love writing them, but the external plot issues of RE were a labor of love to write. So much of what is going on is technical, and it was my self-chosen job to make it be story and tie into the romance. (There’s a glossary in the back.)

50 – Favorite of your characters?

What, are you gonna try to start fights between my kids next? Warren, from A New Man, is the current favorite, because he’s such a good guy and I put him through so much shit, and he’s still a good guy. Although he doesn’t like lab rats any better than he did before.


51 – Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter, no question. I’ll stay off the soapbox of why, okay?

52 – Three things on your bucket list?

would love to do a cruise around the world, ski at Telluride, and play the entire Symphonie Espagnole on my violin.


53 – You meet a time traveler who will take you ‘anywhen’. Do you go to the past or the future?

The future, please. I’m inclined to meddle and the past doesn’t tolerate that.

54 – Cake or pie?

Pie has a lot of good associations, but I don’t actually like the crust. Cake, please.

BONUS ANSWERS: They’re too good to let go to waste.

55 – Dog or cat?

Cats. They can get along without my input for hours at a time.

C56 – You’ve been bitten by something radioactive. What power do you get from it?

I can instantly locate objects or people just by thinking about them.

57 – Eat out or dine in?

Dine in. Cooking for people, or being cooked for, is an exchange of love and concern, not just food.

58 – What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

My husband gave me an iPod several years ago. I could listen to my tunes, my coworkers didn’t have to listen to them, nor did I have to listen to their tunes. So it was really the gift of sanity.

59 – Best gift you ever gave?

Joe the Giant Cat was a gift to my husband and kids. He was a freshly neutered tom of a mere thirteen pounds then, but he’s become everyone’s buddy, confidant, and comfort.

60 – What’s your favorite cookie?

Keebler Fudge Sticks (chocolate covered sugar wafers) are not safe around me




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