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Authors as Readers: Jack L. Pyke

…where we ask our favorite authors about their LGBT reading experiences…

What was the first book you’ve read?
*I can’t remember the title, and there was barely any explicit sex, but it was an m/m political thriller. After that, boy was I hopelessly hooked. M/M is my core reading genre now. It’s rare I’ll touch anything else.

What is your favorite book?
*That would have to be “King Perry“, by Edmond Manning. I’d dare anyone to read that and not come away wanting to king a Vincent (trust me, you’ve got read it to understand it). It was just so intriguing; it completely flummoxed me with the plot, and the language was just so beautifully executed. Utter, utter perfection.

What’s your favorite sub-genre/category (paranormal, shifters, cops, suspense, dystopian, BDSM, etc)?
*It has to be BDSM thrillers, or just plain contemporary BDSM. Hmmm… or just plain BDSM *chuckles*. I love watching Dom/sub relations play out on paper and I never tire of it. I’ve read a few shape-shifting fantasy novels that pull me in, but mostly it’s BDSM.

Which book would you love to see made into a movie?
*Oooh, a toughie. I’d have to go for “King Perry”, purely because of the settings (Alcatraz etc). And the ducks. I loved those ducks! The birthday cake scene was heartbreaking. Again, everything just perfection with this novel: psychological play at it’s finest.

Which book do you wish you had written?
*Without an ounce of doubt, “From Temptation”, by Lynn Kelling. That’s my darkest read for 2013. It hit every dark psychological note that gets me going in a book. I absolutely love it when good guys go dark, when you see them at their worst, then I get a really sadistic kick seeing them claw back from the brink, only to go through all hosts of suffering to try and redeem themselves. From Temptation had all of that: dark, mean, moody, but unfortunately, not mine.

Who is your book boyfriend?
*Ben Knox from the “Deliver Us” series. Oh… my… lord. If ever there was a Dom I could pull from a book and keep, it would be Ben Knox. He’s just so bad, so wicked with what he gets up to in his garage with Kyle, and yet so under the thumb and grouchy about it. He terrifies me, makes me laugh, and leaves me needing a few days in the North Pole to try and cool things down.

What book are you currently reading or reading next?
*I’ve just finished “My Warrior, My Slave”, by Nana G, and “Bite Me Tender” by Kate Lowell. I really want to pick up the “Flesh Cartel“, but I still haven’t plucked up enough courage. I’ve got hundreds on kindle ready to go, including ones by Jack Brighton. His “In The Dark” looks… wow, well, just the cover

Jack L. Pyke’s website can be found here.

33 comments on “Authors as Readers: Jack L. Pyke

  1. Sue
    September 23, 2013

    Great answers Jack :) I hear you loud and clear: King Perry, From Temptation and I NEED to get to know Ben Knox *gulps*. Thanks!

    Also, I just peeked at your fab website (how hot is that pic of the guy bound by the ropes?!). I’ve now added a couple more stories to my TBR pile ;)

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    • Jack L.
      September 23, 2013

      King Perry is fantastic, Sue, and Ben Knox… by heck, he’s hot stuff.

      Lol, my sister came across my website a few months ago and I just head the cry: “You can’t dangle guys from the ceiling, you’re the youngest.” *chuckles* (forget the fact I’m nearly touching 40). I’ve banned her from reading my novels.

      And thank you for having me here. :)

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      • Sue
        September 23, 2013

        “You can’t dangle guys from the ceiling, you’re the youngest” !!! That’s hilarious XD

        You know what I say? Wurk it sista ;) And thanks for stopping by and giving us your recs :)

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  2. shelley
    September 23, 2013

    Sue! Have you read Jack’s first novel (I think it was her first) Don’t … ? OMG! That was so delicious and dark, there is a pic of Jack (the hero) on Jack’s site (lol- it’s getting confusing!) – he is to die for!
    And Deliverance is close to the top of my TBR. I can’t wait to meet Ben. :)

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    • jacklpyke
      September 23, 2013

      Lol, and *blushes*. Sorry, Shelley. :) It does get a little complicated over the ‘Jacks’, doesn’t it? *Shakes head*. It’s a little strange because I’m a ‘Jack’ away from the computer, and very much female, so I never even thought about the complications over ‘Jack Harrison’, with him being very much male and worlds apart from me. I kind of get a ‘humph’ moment every now again with it now, though. :) I never even took into account the gender complications (I’m used to associating Jack with a female), so I feel guilty every time a reader naturally opts for the opposite end of the gender scale where I’m concerned. (Deepest, deepest, apologies.)

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    • Sue
      September 23, 2013

      Haha, it’s ok, I didn’t get confused with The Jacks :)

      I will DEFINITELY read about Jack in Don’t… Woot!

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  3. Debra E
    September 23, 2013

    I’ve heard so much about King Perry I’m really going to have to give it a look. I highly recommend sucking it up and diving into Flesh Cartel. Can’t wait for Antidote and the Forgive us our Sins cross over! :)

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    • syleegurl
      September 23, 2013

      Debra, King Perry is…well…it’s lovely, and odd, and romantic, and different. It had some of the most tear-inducing romantic bits in it I’ve ever read. But, also had some equally *head scratching* moments. That all being said, I enjoyed it immensely. I think it’s worth for anyone to read, really. Definitely thought and conversation provoking!

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      • jacklpyke
        September 23, 2013

        Very much so, SYLEE. I hear he’s also got a M/M group read on Goodreads too. So well deserved.

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    • jacklpyke
      September 23, 2013

      Hey, Debra. It’s really good to hear from you again! :)

      King Perry is really special, and I highly recommend it: it’s such a unique read. It’s one of those that really keeps you gripped with just how the main man (Vincent) ‘kings’ other men.

      You of course know all about Deliver Us and Ben Knox. Can you open up with who your book boyfriend is? :)

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      • Debra E
        September 23, 2013

        So many men to choose from… the easy answer is Zane from the Cut & Run books. He’s a hot mess inside , he can be romantic as hell but won’t think twice to take out someone who is a threat to someone he loves. I really wind up getting more invested in the men that need taking care of like Jack in Don’t . . . and the boys in the Deliver Us series especially Darrek, Kyle and Gabe, Lane in the Good Boy, they are my real weakness.

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    • jacklpyke
      September 23, 2013

      I love those choises, Debra. I’ve heard a lot about the Cut and Run novels, Zane etc. I’ll have to pick it up sometimes. I have to admit, I like the guys who are as tough as nails generally, but who fall far from garce when it comes to the people they love. I’m a real sucker for men like that.

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  4. jacklpyke
    September 23, 2013

    Sue, you’re most welcome. :) And thank you for sorting the… well, y’know. *rolls eyes. Grins*

    (Shelley, if you’re chuckling over there in the corner and shaking your head, I’ll hide your M/M stash. :) ;) )

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    • shelley
      September 23, 2013

      Gasps! You wouldn’t dare! Actually … you would, bleedin sadist that you are. I’ll be quiet, no more chuckling I promise … lips zipped. Zzzzrrp. <—see.

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      • jacklpyke
        September 23, 2013

        Hahahaha. Okay, I’ll just pinch a few. I’m a reasonable sadist, honest. :)

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  5. syleegurl
    September 23, 2013

    @Jack – question for you: So, I’m not a huge BDSM fan, to be honest. The only one I’ve read that I loved was “Rough Canvas”. Can you recommend another one I might like…a BDSM-lite? :)

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    • jacklpyke
      September 23, 2013

      Good to meet, you SYLEE. I like that honesty. :) I have to admit here that I lean towards the D/s (dominance and submission) in BDSM, and I have a taste for the darker and more taboo S/M (sadomasochism). If I was going to recommend anything, it would come from L.A. Witt and her Finding Master Right. The BDSM is a little kinkier than most, but L.A. handles the D/s relationships and dynamics so well, it gives a good, clear picture of what goes into the D/s relationship and BDSM in general. And it’s one sexy read. It’s m/m, so if you’re okay with that pairing, I’d definitely recommend Finding Master Right. :)

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      • Sheri
        September 23, 2013

        Oooo, Finding Master Right sounds like one I’d like to try.
        Er, I am with Susan when it comes to BDSM, (though I too, adored Rough Canvas) and have tackled very few. Frankly I scare easily, but sometimes I like to push myself a bit. You know, broaden my horizons and all :)
        King Perry continues to pop up, and your description definitely has me intrigued. Thanks for the rec’s!!

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      • jacklpyke
        September 23, 2013

        Finding Master Right is a good one, SHERI. I think you’ll like it. ;)

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    • Debra E
      September 23, 2013

      A recent one you might enjoy that was fairly light was An Unlocked Heart by KC Wells.

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      • Sheri
        September 23, 2013

        Ooo, I’ll add that one too.
        Thanks!

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  6. johnson1261
    September 23, 2013

    I loved King Perry, too! Not your average m/m romance and such a great, beautiful journey! Be sure to read King Mai if you haven’t already. Edmond Manning is an amazing talent. I need to re-visit Deliver Us so that I can continue on with From Temptation. It’s been on my TBR shelf for a while now. Excellent interview. Thank you!

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    • jacklpyke
      September 23, 2013

      Hey, there, Johnson. ;) I’ve got King Mai on my sheves ready to go. I’ve spoken to Mr. Manning (and tried so hard to stop the shaking :) ) mostly because I need to know if Vincent will stop tearing me up with these bittersweet endings that strangely leave everything feeling so right. He’s promised he will, and I’m holding him to it (in a non-Stephen King/Misery kind of way, of course). ;)

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      • Christine J.
        September 24, 2013

        Have some tissues handy for the epilogue of King Mai then, because it is “bittersweet” at its best. I have had the opportunity to “chat” with Mr. Manning, as well…what a delight and privilege! Perhaps we can connect somehow down the line so that you can tell me what you think of KM, and we can discuss the King series. Happy Reading! :)

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  7. Allison
    September 23, 2013

    Edmond’s books are amazing, they tear me apart and make me want to make a difference in the world. It’s great to see him being mentioned! I have some new books to check out now. Thank you for the interview.

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  8. jacklpyke
    September 23, 2013

    You’re welcome, Allison. Good to see another Manning fan!

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  9. Edmond Manning
    September 23, 2013

    Thank you, Jack! Wow, what a beautiful, beautiful way to start my week. This interview and Susansboysinourbooks Facebook post were the first thing I read this morning. I think you just set the tone for me to have a great week! Really grateful, here. (And blushing a tiny bit.)

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    • boysinourbooks
      September 23, 2013

      We should do a King Mai buddy read! Who’s in? (this is Susan, btw) :)

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      • shelley
        September 23, 2013

        Me,me,me,me!!!

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      • jeayci
        September 24, 2013

        That’s a great idea, I’m in!

        I think King Perry would be an amazing movie, assuming they managed to do it right.

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    • jacklpyke
      September 23, 2013

      Stunning, stunning, novel, Edmond. Praise where parise is more than due. Just such a gorgeous read! Congratulations! Your style is very unique and refreshing. I’m looking forward to more of your work.

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      • edmondmanningmpls
        September 23, 2013

        I’m on it, Jackpyke! I’m working on Book 3 as we speak…

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  10. ilhem3606
    September 23, 2013

    “I absolutely love it when good guys go dark, when you see them at their worst, then I get a really sadistic kick seeing them claw back from the brink, only to go through all hosts of suffering to try and redeem themselves. ”

    Sold, sold, sold!!! I might even be drooling a little. Thanks!

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