Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guests are Kieran and Theo. Thanks, guys.

To know more about Kieran and Theo, get Put A Ring On It by K.A. Mitchell, available from Dreamspinner Press. You can find out more about K.A.–and her other books–on her website and Twitter.

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1) Are you going to adopt… a pet?

Kieran raises a brow, and Theo tries to control a shudder at the idea. Kieran gets a mischievous smile. “What about a snake? I think they’re clean. And you don’t have to feed them often.”
Theo says, “They eat and don’t use a toilet. And they shed.”

2) Most comfortable: Preppy or grunge?

Kieran jerks a thumb at Theo. “This guy? Are you looking at him?”
Theo pulls his slacks at the knee. “Because you own so very much flannel?”

3) Champagne brunch or diner breakfast?

Theo says, “Cover your ears, Kieran.” He leans in to say confidentially, “Kieran would think it’s champagne for me, diner for him. But the truth is, now that he’s had it he loves good champagne. And I don’t like to drink in the morning. There’s something incredibly comforting in a diner breakfast.”
Kieran says, “You don’t whisper very well, Theo. The truth is,” he and Theo exchange a look, “he’s right.”

4) What is your favorite word to say to each other?

Simultaneously they say, “Shower?” and then laugh.

5) Where are you going to spend your golden anniversary?

“Take it, baby,” Theo says.
Kieran looks a little embarassed. “Hawaii,” he admits at last.
Theo leans over and kisses him for a long time.

Um, guys? Is it warm in here or is it me?


Kieran Delaney-Schwartz — adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed-slacker IT guy — lives his under-the-radar life by ringthe motto: Don’t try, don’t fail. His adopted siblings are all overachievers thanks to his driven, liberal parents, but Kieran has elected to avoid disappointing anyone by not getting their hopes up. He’s coasting through his early twenties when he’s hit head-on by Theo. The successful decade-older Broadway producer sweeps him off his feet for a whirlwind thirteen months that are pretty sweet, until it all comes screeching to a halt on Valentine’s Day, with an unexpected proposal via an NYC Times Square flash mob. Now everyone wants in on the wedding, except the grooms.

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Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! Please enjoy this Best of Friday Fun Five post featuring Alyssa Cole, Tere Michaels, K.A. Mitchell, Kate McMurray, and Rayna Vause. Thanks, everyone!

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1) Alyssa, if you could bring one fantasy creature to life which would you choose?

Okay, this question has one obvious answer: Falkor the luck dragon from The Neverending Story. He’s cute, furry, and I’d never have to worry about airfare again.

2) Tere: Castle or cottage?

Cottage. Castles are too drafty and I would spend all my time muttering about the heating bill while stomping about wearing a blanket like a cape.

3) K.A.: Sunny spring day or rainy fall day?

Rainy fall day, please. Love them. Give me a drive and rain and fall and some Chris Cornell coming out of my speakers, and I’m in heaven.

4) What is your favorite word, Kate?

Well, James Lipton, the first one that came to mind was “pomegranate.” I like a multisyllabic word.

5) You’re getting treated to lunch every day for always–but the meal will always be the same. What’s on the menu?

Tough question. There are so many yummy things to eat on a regular basis. I think I’d have to go with a variety of breakfast foods. Pancakes, waffles, omelets, the works. Of course, I’d need dessert too. The Borders near where I went to college used to sell these chocolate coated walnut brownies. Those would have to be included oh and Daiquiri Ice. It’s this sorbet like creation from Baskin Robbins that has lime in it with a hint of rum flavoring. Yum.


friday fun five teaFriday Fun Five is a weekly feature hosted by Elle Brownlee where she poses a different batch of five fun questions to various people in the writing world.

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is K.A. Mitchell. Thanks, K.A.!

To know more about K.A. Mitchell, check out www.kamitchell.com, see what she’s up to on Twitter (@ka_mitchell), WordPress, or sign up for her newsletter. Her latest literary triumphs are Bad Influence and Bad Behavior and are available anywhere you want to buy books. If you want to know what happens when a dive vacation goes on a little too long, read No Souvenirs.

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1) When you’re flipping channels, what movie will you always stop on to watch?

I love old movies, and even if I’ve never seen that one, I can get sucked into a screwball comedy. But in terms of the modern stuff, I can never flip past The Mummy. “I…am…a librarian.”

2) Hamsters or chinchillas?

I’ve had them both. I still miss my chinchilla Joey terribly. He’s been gone 13 months. He was a sweetheart. He gave kisses and loved to be petted. He lifted his arms up for scratches. We shared lots of greens together, and I fed him roses from the garden too. He was here for over ten years.

However, the story of the hamster Killer-I-Bite is much more entertaining. He was once Speedy, a classroom hamster with a genial personality. Unbeknownst to the teacher (a.k.a. my wife) they decided to release some very serious fumes in carpet cleaning over one weekend. The chemicals wreaked a Mr. Hyde-like transformation in Speedy. He became vicious, attacking even his food when it was offered to him. We took him in, changing his name to Killer, which had the I Bite warning added as a sign on his cage that became part of his name. He was often seen hanging from the top of his cage bars by his hind feet and swinging, much like a bat. He lived out the rest of his typical hamster life span in solitude and earning deep respect. Feeding him was like throwing something to the velociraptors in the first Jurassic Park, cleaning his cage required a game warden’s assistance.

3) Sunny spring day or rainy fall day?

Rainy fall day, please. Love them. Give me a drive and rain and fall and some Chris Cornell coming out of my speakers, and I’m in heaven.

4) What is your favorite word?

Sesquipedalian. It’s so much fun to say. I like its literal meaning best (a foot and a half long) but it’s great at describing what it means, an overly long word. However, my critique group and editors might weigh in and say that I have a deep and abiding love affair with the word even.

5) You can travel anywhere in the world, but only stay two hours. What’s your destination?

Dive boat off Oahu or any Hawaiian island, I’m not picky. Can I start out already 50 feet under water? By the way, you know I can’t fly right away after I’ve been diving, right? I’m going to have to stay or risk decompression sickness. And you wouldn’t want that, right? Right, Elle?


K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefullybadinfluence crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was surprised to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.