I’m so happy to have Becca Seymour on today to answer a few questions and share her latest book!
- When did you know you wanted to write?
I’ve been writing on and off for the past 15 years, though largely in M/F romance. It wasn’t until I fell in love with LGBT romance about 5 years ago that I finally decided that was where my heart lay, and my proverbial pen took me. While this year I’m focusing on contemporary romance, a genre I do adore, I plan to writing a mix of genres later in the year for 2020 and 2021 releases.
- Do you use a pseudonym? If so, why?
I do, but it isn’t a big secret. I’m a publisher and editor, and I wanted a semblance of separation between my writing and my business.
- Do you ever base your characters on real people? If so, what are the pitfalls you’ve run into doing so?
Sometimes. My characters are often completely fabricated; however, several scenarios they face are often taken from real life. My characters do, however, tend to have similar traits to people I know and sometimes me, especially in relation to humour and sometime gruffness.
- How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Anywhere between 2 months and 15 months, depending on the schedule I’ve set myself and how many WiPs I have. This book took the longest, possibly because it was intended to be a novella for a publishing call, but once the characters came into their own, I knew there was no way that would happen.
- Where do you like to write?
On my laptop usually in bed, and usually when I have a super quiet house. I struggle to write when my hubby is home or in the room with me, and honestly, I have zero idea why. He is 100 percent behind me and my writing, and is crazy supportive. I can, however, happily write with my 11-year-old son in the room. He’s constantly trying to give me ideas and recommendations. He’s also determined that I name a character after him. I always go wide-eyed at this, reminding him I write romance. He just shrugs and suggests “he” could be a character who doesn’t kiss. Lol. Maybe one day.
- How long do you write each day?
Erm… when focused, I write for a couple of hours. When on a self-managed deadline that’s creeping in fast, I’ll put more time in over the weekends. I do, however, happily allow life to get in the way, which I don’t regret. Family time, work time, switching off and chilling are really important to me.
- What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
I wanted light-hearted, low-angst escapism, and I think I achieved that. Tanner and Carter are both regular guys, with regular jobs, and regular lives. You see the common thread here, right? While I love PNR and at times subgenres that include rock stars and billionaires, etc., rooting for the common guy, getting up close and personal with them, really takes me to my happy place. My aim was to give that to readers too.
- If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose, and why?
21 maybe. My last year at university was pretty epic. I had such an amazing time filled with far too many parties and nights out. But every hangover was worth it. I think it was the last truly carefree year I had before the reality of adulthood came knocking and reminded me I needed to step up a little.
- What was the first book that made you cry?
Little Women when I was probably 8. This is still hands down one of my favourite books of all time. It made me truly appreciate the written word. From that moment forth, I was an official book addict.
- What are some day jobs that you have held?
My first job was a lifeguard. It was great fun. I did that for about 7 years while at school. I did a stint at McDonald’s at uni, which was an eyeopener, especially for a vegetarian! Lol. I also worked as a bartender for several years part-time too while at uni. My first full-time position was a high school English teacher when I still lived in England. It seems like so long ago. Every position has shaped me to the individual I am today, so zero regrets, and absolutely zero looking back.
Let Me Show You
by Becca Seymour
Publisher: Rainbow Tree
Release Date: Saturday, May 18 2019
Format: Paperback, eBook
ISBN: 9781925853490, ASN: B07NZTG3M3, Price: 2.99
Cover Artist: Claire Smith
Genres: Contemporary, Comedy, M/M
When a veterinarian and a construction worker connect, it takes mishaps, mistakes, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rex to show them they’re made for each other.
Dr. Carter Falon is content living a quiet life in a small town caring for his animal patients. That doesn’t mean he’s not looking for a distraction. After finding himself precariously wedged… naked and at the mercy of a drop-dead gorgeous construction worker, Carter hires his savior to renovate his home.
When Tanner Grady’s best friend and new niece needed him, he uprooted and relocated without a second thought. His life has since been centered on work and spending time with his family, but when he comes to the rescue of a cute vet, Tanner finds he’s a lot more interested in the homeowner than the house he’s renovating.
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Looking at the caller ID, I greeted, “Hey, Mom.”
“Hey, baby boy.” I smiled. In my late twenties, I was far from a baby, but she’d once told me that even at fifty I’d still be her baby. “Good day?”
“Yep. Not too bad. Nothing too hectic or crazy. You?”
“A great one. Your dad’s booked a cruise for our anniversary.” Excitement lit her words. She’d been hinting at Dad for a while about a cruise. I was pleased he’d listened. It didn’t take a lot to make my mom happy; she found joy in the smallest of things, so that he’d organized it all was pretty impressive. Mom usually organized everything, so I knew him booking the vacation for them was a big deal.
“That’s terrific. Caribbean?”
She actually squealed down the line. I pulled the phone from my ear and laughed loudly. “Yes! Carter, I’m so excited.”
“Really? I’d never have guessed.”
“Oh, hush.” She spoke over me as I laughed again. “Don’t sass your mother.”
My laughter continued. “Never, Mom. You’d tan my hide. Wouldn’t dream of it.”
“I should think not. So anything new? Any dates?”
With a groan, I rubbed my face and then stepped further into the kitchen and pulled out a glass. “Mom…,” I sighed.
“What? I worry about you. You’re so far from home and are there all alone.”
I poured myself a glass of wine and took a sip. “I know you worry, but honestly, life’s good.” Admittedly it would have been nice to hook up, but one, I didn’t do casual and never had, and two, there was no way I’d tell my mom I was afraid my penis would drop off from lack of use. “There’s nothing new either, and that’s okay. I’m liking the quiet life.”
“Hmm….” That was her tell for not being convinced. “You know, I was talking to Julie last week, and her nephew’s gay.”
“Mom,” I said with laughter, “honestly, no hookups. I do not need my mom fixing me up.”
She ignored me. “Well, he lives quite far away, but maybe a week of casual—” She cleared her throat. “—sex would do you good.”
“Jesus, Mom.” I spluttered on my mouthful of wine. Grabbing a towel, I wiped my face, catching the dribble of red wine on my chin, and wiped the countertop I’d sprayed. “Stop. I don’t need you arranging anything, okay? Please tell me you’re listening.” She was quiet. “Mom,” I said louder.
“Yes, yes, I hear you.” She sighed. “Grandbabies would be nice.”
Holy crap on toast! With wide eyes, I looked at the ceiling and counted to five. I then took a big gulp of wine before saying, “Mom.”
“Yes, baby boy?”
“I have to go. I need to grab a shower. I’m expecting someone.”
“Someone to fix the house up.” I’d heard the interest in her tone, the hope in that one syllable.
“Oh.” This time her voice dropped. I hated to kill her enthusiasm, but geez, I really needed to get off the phone.
“Love you, tell Dad I love him too. And I’ll speak to you guys later. Bye, Mom.”
“Will do.” Her tone was a bit brighter. “Love you too. Bye, honey.”
I disconnected quickly and placed my phone down. My mom, yeah, she was wonderful and drove me to absolute distraction. I knew how lucky I was. Every decision I’d ever made, my parents had always had my back. They supported me unconditionally. It was just that my mom could be a little extreme at times. I laughed into the empty room. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Quickly finishing my wine, I looked at the time. I had just fifteen minutes until the contractor was due. I’d left it late to organize myself, still a little in a tizz after the conversation with my mom and the mention of babies. I glanced around the room at the disorderly mess. Every time I did so, I regretted it.
I detested chaos, and that was what the house felt like. The place was still strewn with my moving boxes, but I had yet to see the point in unpacking. Not necessarily because I planned to move, but rather, the whole house needed a lot of work, so I knew I’d have to pack my things up for any work on the house to start.
I really hoped this Tanner guy would be the person who could finally help me out. I’d had two other quotes, one local and one from out of town. Both were crazy high, and neither would be able to start for another five months or so. I was running out of options. This guy had come recommended to me by one of my clients, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.
I sighed in defeat as I looked around. I’d have to continue ignoring it all until I finally had the place fixed up. I headed upstairs, careful to miss the couple of steps that had loose boards, and headed to the main bathroom. I had an en suite, but the shower didn’t work, so it was the pearlescent green suite I headed toward. The sickly porcelain made me shudder every time I laid eyes on it. It was clean though, so there was that.
I hopped into the shower, lathered myself up, and quickly rinsed off. That was when I heard the knock at the door. “Shoot.” I quickly turned off the taps, stepped out and grabbed a towel. In my haste to get myself together and then answer the door, the dodgy floorboard didn’t even register until my foot slammed through it, snagging my ankle and bringing me to my knees.
I yelled as I fell, and cursed. Wincing, I looked at my predicament, trying to yank my foot out as I did so. A loud groan slipped past my lips. This was no good. I was wedged, and it appeared I’d lost my towel in my fall. Just great.
If you love your romance without a lot of angst (which I do most of the time), Seymour delivers beautifully. Tanner and Carter have a fun first meet that kinda makes it hard to ignore their attraction to each other but they do try. Once their feelings overcome that whole contractor/client thing though, it is pretty much a done deal.
Tanner & Carter complement each other quiet well and work to create a nicely-developed relationship. There is a little trouble at work for Carter but he does his best to handle it, with support from Tanner & friends. It adds that little bit of drama to an otherwise smooth read of strangers becoming friends then becoming even more.
If you prefer warm fuzzies (and some heat) to commotion and hullabaloo in your romance, Let Me Show You is a perfect choice. With characters to pull for, a romance to give you feels, and enough steam to keep you turning pages, Seymour’s latest has it all.
Becca Seymour lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers.
Living on her small property in Queensland with her human family as well as her animal family of cows, chooks, and dogs, Becca appreciates the beauty of the world around her and is a believer that love truly is love.
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