July 10, 2012

Character Interview: Steve from Action

Action by Liz Borino.
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever, Liz. Tell us about your new book.
Book title: Action
Author: Liz Borino
Genre: Gay Romance
Buy links: Amazon AllRomance
Publisher: Lazy Day
Length (words): 38,000
Heat rating: R
Blurb: When the bright lights and flashing cameras of Hollywood capture your every move, how can you fulfill your deepest desires? For Zack Greene, a formerly out-of-control actor, and Steve Michaels, the director who unearthed the heart of the man beneath the ego, it’s a constant struggle.
In public, Steve and Zack are the picture of professional partners. However, behind closed doors, their partnership is taken to a new level. They engage in a carefully constructed Dom/sub relationship that not only brings them pleasure, but keeps Zack from slipping back into his wild ways.
Their delicate balance is thrown askew when a producer on the show threatens to expose their lifestyle, while taking advantage of Zack in a moment of vulnerability. Will Steve be able to ease the pain and save the love they share? Or will they come apart when they need each other most?
Warning: Light BDSM, D/s relationship, spanking, and hot m/m sex
What are your main characters' names?
Zack Greene- 28, lead actor on Ben’s Life sitcom
Steve Michaels- 31, director of Ben’s Life


Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Steve Michaels is a director on Ben’s Life. He likes good food, his job, hiking, and his cat, Timmy. However, he loves his family, including his boyfriend, and sub, Zack Greene.
If your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
His ability to exert loving control in all he does.
Does he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
Steve would say his weakness is the inability to be around large groups of people for long periods of time, which is problematic in the entertainment industry. Zack adores Steve and honestly has a difficult time finding fault with him. He would probably wish Steve felt more comfortable letting his guard down, oh and put the clean clothes away instead of leaving them in the dryer. Rich, the producer who tries to screw things up, and Steve’s enemy, complains that Steve is a weak Dom. He believes Steve needs to be harder on Zack.
What drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the "good guy?"
Steve was raised in a military household, until his father died when he was 12. At that young age, Steve had to take control of the house and help out his mother while she fell apart. This contributed to his sense of right and wrong—and his dominate nature.
What's your main character's favorite guilty pleasure?
Vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and a cherry.

Answered as the main character:

If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Sandpaper. It makes everything smooth, essentially better. Hopefully.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Movie store. I’d make sure to stock indie films as well as the big names because we all have to start somewhere.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
How about I combine them? Zack talked about wanting pets from the moment we moved in together. And I’m a sucker for his blue eyes, especially when he begs, but I knew we worked too much for a dog. So, one day I sent him to get something at a store completely out of the way. I made it absolutely clear the product could only be found there. No, he wasn’t happy with me. I did it, though, because I found an ad for kittens from a local cat. The owner of the cat came over and let me pick from the litter. After checking out medical records for each, I picked chose Timmy, a stubborn and loving kitten his expressive blue eyes. I really like that combination. Anyway, in the process of setting him up in the garage to surprise Zack, Timmy peed—all over the front of my jeans. Wouldn’t be so much of an issue had Zack not been pulling into the garage at that exact moment. He jumped out of the car and found me holding Timmy and said, “Where did he come from?”
“I don’t know,” I responded, “I found him here when I came looking for food in this fridge.”
Zack smiled and pet the cat, then noticed my jeans. “What happened to you?”
“The cat must be scared.”
My brat of a boyfriend then took the kitten from me and cuddled him. “Stop blaming this precious kitten for your control issues. Why don’t you change so we can decide what to do?” I swear that cat laughed at me as I walked away. Zack still believes I have no idea how Timmy got there. And that pretty well describes my relationship with both of them.

Please Fill in the Blanks (as the character)

I love pizza* with pineapple.
I'm always ready for cuddling.
When I'm alone, I think too much.
You'd never be able to tell, but I need my boyfriend as much as he needs me.
If I had a halo it would be made of fire and ice.
If I could fly I'd never drive in LA traffic again.
I can never administer pain without pleasure because I love Zack too much.

Author Bio

Liz Bornio
Liz Borino is the author of the Taylor Twins series, including Expectations, What Money Can't Buy, and Gifts from the Past and Ben's Life series, beginning with Action. She lives behind her computer screen, currently stationed in some irrelevant small town in Pennsylvania. When she leaves her computer, Liz loves to spend time in cities around the world, particularly New York and London.
She's the quiet one with Snapple or green tea, at the local Starbucks, until someone threatens human rights within her earshot. Should you be around when that happens, take a step back and wait for the storm to pass. Her two pet causes are women and gay rights. Why? Because contrary to popular opinion, and current legislation, they're people, too.
Liz believes her best training in the craft of fiction came from her Public Relations undergraduate degree. Now, when she isn't writing or editing erotic romance novels, she's applying literary theories to the classics in pursuit of a master's in English.
Taylor Twins: Expectations, What Money Can’t Buy, and Gifts from the Past
Ben’s Life: Action
Books Coming Soon
Ben’s Life: Cutaway, That’s a Wrap and the prequel (only available in the forthcoming print edition) Casting.

Find Liz Online

Website: http://lizborino.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/liz.borino.1


  1. Welcome, Liz! Thank you for joining us today! You too, Zack! ^_^


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