A big welcome today to Kat Bellamy as part of their blog tour with Gay Book Promotions for Ghoulish.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
I’m a huge sap with a passion for finding the romance in darker stories, hence why the leading man in Ghoulish is a lovable flesh-eating monster. 😉 I’ve been writing for about as long as I can remember, and I love telling stories from “the other side,” or the characters most people would fear until they get to know them.
Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
Ghoulish is a romantic MM urban fantasy about an average guy named Colt who discovers that he’s actually a flesh-eating monster on the eve of his 25th birthday. Being adopted, Colt struggles to learn about ghoul society (the Kinship) while managing the violent impulses that come with being a fledgling ghoul in a relationship with a human. Wanting to eat your boyfriend definitely throws a wrench in any romantic evening!
How did you come up with the title?
It started out as a working title, and I got attached. I think it gets to the point and relates to the fact that Colt feels ghoulish enough to no longer fit in with his human family, but he’s also an on the outskirts of the Kinship.
Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
I learned that writing urban fantasy is a lot different from writing straight-up paranormal romance! But there are a lot of fun tropes I got to explore during the process, and researching folklore surrounding ghouls and similar creatures of legend was a blast.
I’m queer and nonbinary, so writing those stories has always come naturally to me. I think some experiences like coming out and dealing with discrimination are just so ingrained that as a writer, those tend to be the characters you relate most to and the stories you want to tell.
Do you have any genres you prefer reading, and if so what are they? What book are you reading at the moment? What other novels do you adore/ writers you follow? Do you have a favourite genre that you like to write in? What book do you wish that you had written?
At the moment, I’m reading the “A Shade of Vampire” series. I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy, generally the same stuff I love writing. I definitely have a passion for horror as well. For me, it’s important to be able to explore multiple genres, but I always come back to supernatural tales with a strong romantic element.
If you could have any superpower or magical ability, what would it be and why? What would you do with it? And yes world domination is an acceptable answer.
World domination does sound pretty great, but I feel like that wouldn’t leave a whole lot of room for writing. Hm… Probably ghoulish strength, so then I wouldn’t have to ask my partner to open so many jars.
What are your writing and personal goals for 2017 and beyond?
My goals for the rest of 2017 are to finish editing the next Ghoulish book, wrapping up a couple of other projects, and to keep writing about hot men falling in love and kicking butt!
When is your next book coming out, and what’s it about?
The next book coming out will be “The Alpha,” book 2 in the Ghoulish series. It delves deeper into the world of the Kinship and will resolve the unanswered questions about Colt’s birth parents. We also get to meet an uber-creepy variant ghoul and see Colt coming to terms with what it means to be the Providence Alpha.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I’d love to share a snippet from “The Alpha” in which Colt and his boyfriend are facing the consequences of him living a double life.
Time had never stretched out as thin as it did in the hours Colt had to pass between leaving the apartment and showing up at the gravesite. He didn’t want to risk running into one of Roland’s men, but he knew he could always order them to leave.
When he finally ventured into the forest, he left Christopher’s body against a tree and stared at the grave markers. He shook his head and found himself looking around at the pines. They stirred the same sense of familiarity that the photograph in Evelyn’s keepsake box had. He pulled the necklace from his pocket and hoped it would jog some memory, something that would make sense of how he had gotten there, but all he felt was confusion.
All along, Colt had known that being with Jason was a risk. He’d imagined that he posed the greatest threat, and as long as he remained in control and careful about who he shared the details of his personal life with, Jason would be safe. Now he knew that keeping secrets from Jason hadn’t protected him at all. All it had done was make him helpless.
Book Title: Ghoulish
Author: Kat Bellamy
Cover Artist: Self-made
Length: 332 pages
Release Date: October 22, 2017
Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy, MM fiction
There is an HFN ending, but the book is the first in a continuing series.
The next book will be available for review January, 2018.
Colt Jager never knew what happened to the parents who abandoned him, and he never cared–until he inherited their ghoulish secret.
Raised as a human who had no idea he was anything but a blue-collar construction worker until the night of his 25th birthday, Colt finds it hard to adjust to life in the Kinship, a hidden world woven discreetly into human society.
After a grisly encounter with his true nature, Colt meets a family of human-friendly ghouls who teach him that there’s a way to be inhuman without being inhumane. But things get complicated when he realizes that the “wolf attack” responsible for killing his boyfriend’s brother was actually committed by a ghoul on the hunt.
When an elite family of especially monstrous ghouls called Alphas threatens the man he loves, Colt will have to lie to Jason to keep him safe. Can a predator ever truly be a hero, or will the man he loves become his prey?
Buy Links ~ Available on KU
“You could help people lots of ways. I just don’t see why you have to pick the one that could get you killed.”
“I’ll be pushing papers for the DA, not infiltrating a crystal meth ring,” Jason shot back.
The argument had been brewing for some time, and Colt knew that he didn’t stand a shot at winning now that they’d finally gotten around to it, but he could hardly take the news that his boyfriend had just signed up for the most dangerous job in the city sitting down.
“And what happens if some psycho gets pissed at your boss for putting him in jail and you get caught in the crossfire?”
“Then I’ll have a hard time holding water.”
“I’m glad you find this so funny.”
“Colt,” Jason pleaded, taking Colt’s face in his hands. “It was a joke.”
“I guess I just don’t find the very real possibility of losing you all that funny.”
Jason’s face fell. “I’m sorry,” he said softly. “But I can’t give up on my dream. Not even for you.”
Colt clenched his jaw. “Why is this so important to you? Why does it have to be this field?”
Jason settled back against the couch with a heavy sigh. “You remember how it was when Luca was killed. We all spent months reeling, grasping for something to make sense of what happened. I’d listen to my dad reaming out Fish and Wildlife reps for hours on end, demanding reports and explanations for how a lone wolf in an area where there wasn’t supposed to be anything other than coyotes and fisher cats just showed up and killed his son. It made no sense, and we desperately needed it to, even though we knew logic wouldn’t bring him back. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized there are some things in this world you just can’t make sense of. Things that you can’t explain no matter how hard you try, and even if you could, it wouldn’t change anything. But there are tragedies that can be explained, and there are families out there who suffer needlessly until someone finds the answers. I want to be one of the people who finds those answers, Colt. I don’t want anyone else to feel the way my family did if it can be helped.”
Colt’s stomach churned as Jason spoke. The conviction in Jason’s voice alone was enough to soften his anger, but more than that, it was the doubt it caused in Colt that unsettled him.
What if it hadn’t been a wolf that attacked Luca, after all? Colt had never questioned the official narrative as a preteen, but knowing what he knew now as an adult, “animal attack” rang as nothing more than a callous euphemism. If one of his own kind had killed Luca, keeping this secret about his own identity was more than just a lie. It was a betrayal.
“Please tell me you understand,” Jason said, searching Colt’s face.
“I do.” Colt cleared his throat. “I’m not gonna pretend like I’m happy about it, but I get it. If this is what you want, I won’t try to stop you, but I am going to ask you to be careful.”
Jason smiled, leaning in for another kiss. “And that’s where you’re different from my family.”
“I would hope I’m different in a few more ways than that,” Colt teased, pushing Jason back against the sofa.
Jason laughed. “Well, kissing you is a lot more fun than kissing great-aunt Gertrude. Less stubble.”
Colt shuddered. “You know how to paint a picture.”
“I could paint a better one if you come camping with me,” Jason purred, winding a strand of Colt’s hair around his finger. “Please?”
Colt sighed. “How am I supposed to say no to that?”
“You’re not,” Jason whispered against his lips.
Colt moaned as Jason’s knee slipped between his thighs and the friction of their jeans made his grinding pure torture. Colt reached underneath Jason’s shirt, tracing the lines of his abs down to the sharp cut of his hips. His hand drifted lower just as the phone on the coffee table buzzed.
“Ignore it,” Colt murmured, capturing Jason’s lips. The phone kept buzzing.
“They’re not giving up,” Jason gasped, breaking the kiss. “Maybe you should answer it.”
“Fuck whoever it is.”
“What if it’s the secret girlfriend you’ve been running off with lately?” Jason asked in a teasing tone. Colt could tell there was a hint of genuine suspicion in it.
“Fuck her, too.”
Jason gave his shoulder a playful shove and reached for the phone. “Hello?” His face went blank and Colt sat up sharply. How he hated technology. “No, sorry. I’ll put him on.” He pushed his finger against the speaker and whispered, “It’s the Sheriff.”
Colt winced, taking the phone. “Sorry. I should take this.”
Jason’s eyes were full of questions, but he said nothing as Colt stood and crossed the room, pressing the phone to his ear. “Sheriff Venson. Hi. What can I do for you?”
“I assume that was the mysterious boyfriend Susan’s always speaking of,” Roland said in a dry tone. “Does he know?”
“Not at all, sir. Did you need me to answer any more questions about Chuck?”
That seemed to satisfy Jason’s curiosity, or at least convince him to pretend like he was interested in his own phone.
Roland chuckled. “A word of advice. If you care about him, keep it that way.”
“That’s what I was planning on.”
“I won’t keep you. Just wanted to check in and make sure Wilbur hasn’t tried contacting you again.”
“No, I haven’t heard anything but I’ll let you know if he calls.”
“Good man, Colt. Keep your head down,” the Sheriff said before hanging up.
“That was about Chuck?” Jason asked, leaning over the back of the couch.
“Just a few follow-up questions.”
“Follow-up?” Jason frowned. “They questioned you about Chuck’s death?”
Shit. “Uh, yeah. It was routine.”
“For an animal attack?”
Colt could see the wheels turning in Jason’s head and knew he needed to stop the investigation train before it ran off the tracks. “Yeah. I guess his wife is insisting on it. Can’t bring herself to accept what happened,” he said, cringing internally. He felt like scum before the words were even out of his mouth.
“Poor thing,” Jason said sadly.
“Yeah. So,” Colt said, clearing his throat. “Where were we?”
“I was trying to convince you to go with me on that camping trip.”
“If your mind’s made up, so is mine,” Colt said with a shrug. “I’m not letting you go out there alone.”
Jason scowled, but there was more amusement in his gaze than irritation. “I’m not sure I like the new caveman Colt.”
“Get used to it, he’s not goin’ anywhere,” Colt half-teased, leaning over the couch to kiss Jason. “Especially not if you’re working for the DA.”
“I haven’t even gotten the internship yet.”
“Oh, you’ll get it. You get everything you want.”
Jason grinned. “That’s very true. As a matter of fact, there’s something I want you to give me right now.”
It just so happened to be something Colt was more than willing to give.
About the Author
Kat Bellamy is a nonbinary author of MM fiction and urban fantasy. Ghoulish is their debut series. When they’re not writing, they spend their time watching bad horror movies and losing board games.
Social Media Links
Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
Stories That Make You Smile INTERVIEW
Blazing Zane Book Blog REVIEW
Bayou Book Junkie REVIEW
Drops of Ink INTERVIEW