Today I am delighted to welcome Bru Baker to my blog! Bru is a good friend and a great writer. She writes contemporary and paranormal romance that floats a warm, fun ‘voice’ over the rock-solid underpinnings of good craft and world-building. My favourite are the Camp H.O.W.L series, despite my ongoing refusal to acknowledge Bru’s points about mass conversion in shifters, but all her books are good! Her latest novella, that she is here today to talk about, is Downward Facing Dreamboat. It can be found on Amazon and at Dreamspinner Press. You can also read an extract of it here.
Love is trying to catch up to two lonely men. Can they stop long enough to let it?
Running defines Kincaid’s life. It’s not until he loses it that he realizes how isolated he’s become. But even if an injury hadn’t forced him to slow down, the hottie in the yoga studio would have given him pause. In fact, admiring the man each morning is the only thing keeping the spring in his step when it feels like he’s lost everything.
Owen’s busy life as a yoga instructor doesn’t leave him much time to meet guys, let alone date. He’s convinced his passion for helping people is worth the sacrifice, but he’s willing to spare a few moments for the cutie who walks past the studio every morning
When their lives intersect and romance is set in motion, they stumble off the starting block. But no matter the obstacles in their path, this race won’t be over until they reach the finish… together.DOWNWARD FACING DREAMBOAT by BRU BAKER. Published by Dreamspinner Press
Downward Facing Dreamboat is available for pre-order now at Dreamspinner Press and Amazon. It’s out Dec 13!
Bru has been writing for Dreamspinner Press since December 2012. She believes in Happily Ever Afters, but she almost always makes her characters work to get there. She and her husband live in the Midwest with their two young children, whose antics make finding time to write difficult but never let life get boring.
How did you come up with the idea for Downward Facing Dreamboat?
One of my earlier books–Finding Home–has a main character who is a yoga instructor in it. I had so much fun writing the UST-filled yoga scenes between those two main characters that I knew I wanted to write a book about a yoga studio. I’ve been going to yoga classes for years, and the idea for Downward Facing Dreamboat came while I was recovering from my own stress fracture and using modified yoga poses to help strengthen my ankle after the break healed. Yoga is a great way to build intimacy between partners because it makes you so aware of your body. Add in a lot of pining and heightened emotions and you can have some great UST scenes!
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
My favorite pose is plow pose (halasana) because it’s great for stretching out the muscles in your back and it’s supposed to promote blood flow to the brain, which is helpful in fighting insomnia and migraines. As a writer who hunches over my laptop much of the day and who also is afflicted with both of the other maladies, it’s a lifesaver!
I actually did a yoga session with Venona Keyes, who’s a yoga instructor as well as an amazing writer, to go through the poses I have the guys do in Downward Facing Dreamboat. I wanted to make sure I was doing them correctly myself and using the right poses for the practice. She was a huge help!
Everyone expects December books to be festively themed. DFD isn’t. Why release it during this month?
This is actually one of the first years since I started writing in 2012 that I haven’t had a Christmas-themed book! I absolutely adore writing for Dreamspinner’s Advent Calendar, but this year I couldn’t fit it into my schedule. And I know that as much as I love reading fuzzy feel-good holiday stories, it’s nice to read some non-holiday things in December, too. Plus since the book is themed around yoga and health, it seemed like a good idea to get it out there right in time to inspire some New Year’s resolutions! (And if you’re looking to start a yoga practice in the new year and need some advice, hit me up!)
OK, so what CAN people expect from Downward Facing Dreamboat?
They might not be celebrating a holiday, but it’s still very feel-good and heartwarming. I love these characters so much. We really get to know them through their yoga practices and how they interact with each other when they think the attraction is unrequited–it’s gentle and sweet with a fair amount of UST that does end in heat.
Favorite Christmas side and recipe if you see fit? OR Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?
The Baker clan spends Christmas at an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet, so I haven’t had to cook a Christmas side in years! It’s just the four of us and when the kids were younger I realized I was slaving away in the kitchen all day and missing out on all the fun, so now I get to be in the moment and enjoy Christmas Day. Plus none of us are overly fond of the usual Christmas trimmings, so stuffing ourselves with spicy tuna and unagi rolls is a very nice compromise! (And yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Our go-to holiday favorite is A Christmas Story, though.
When the kids were little my husband used to measure how long it would take to assemble a toy based on how many viewings of that movie it would take. Thing 2 has a Barbie Dreamhouse that took roughly two Christmas Stories to build.)