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GRL 2014 BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Anne Tenino

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Boys in our Books is proud to be selected as a Featured Blog for GRL 2014. As a part of the GRL Blog Tour, we’re highlighting some of our favorite authors. Every Friday, stop by and get to know them as they answer some of our questions.





1.  Starting from scratch: Tell us all about you. What do you want us to know?

This is always such a hard question, because I’m not particularly secretive, so I feel like it’s all out there already. Um, I want you to know I crochet penises, I suppose. So, yeah, I’m pretty ordinary, really.

2.  10 Questions about books:

How did you get interested in gay romance?

I accidentally bought a gay romance anthology (one of those three a.m. ebook purchases), and I was well into the first story before I realized it. By then it was too late, I was hooked.

Best book you’ve read in the last 3 months? 

Splinters, by Thorny Sterling. Loved it. It has a cowboy in it, how could it be bad?

Best book you’ve written in the last 3 years? 

Too Stupid to Live. I loved the way Sam and Ian’s relationship progressed.

What book would you recommend to someone who’s never read your work?

Same, as above, Too Stupid to Live. Well, unless it’s someone who doesn’t read romance regularly, then I’d have to go for Frat Boy and Toppy.

What book would you recommend to someone who’s never read gay romance?

That really depends on what they do read. If it’s someone who doesn’t read genre, I’d recommend King Perry by Edmond Manning books. If it’s someone who likes suspense/mystery, I’d probably recommend Fair Game by Josh Lanyon. If it’s someone who reads romance mostly, well, that’s a hard choice. I’d go with a classic, I think, like Tere Michael’s Faith and Fidelity.

Your favorite character you’ve written?

I do love Sam, but I think I like writing Nik better. He comes up with the most random things to say. I’m also really enjoying Tierney (in the forthcoming Billionaire with Benefits).

Your favorite character someone else has written?


What plot bunny has been sitting in your head that you haven’t committed to writing? 

It’s a scifi plot, where a preacher’s son (who’s totally repressed, and, of course, gay) and a same-sex marriage advocate are kidnapped by aliens who think that any two humans make a breeding pair, not realizing we have two genders. They need them for their zoo. So, of course, they two guys fall in love, and the preacher’s son (his father is a major anti-same-sex marriage activist) embraces his sexuality.

What’s on the horizon/in the pipeline?

This month, August 11th, I have a short story called Horny coming out as part of an anthology. I could blather on about what it’s about, but I’ll paste in the blurb instead:

Ryan Caulfield is a devout avoider of risk, so it comes as a surprise when he agrees to help a group of supernatural law enforcers catch Zeus (the god voted Least Likely to Keep It in His Pants). But how could he say no? He’s nothing if not law-abiding, even if it’s a legal code from another plane of existence. Besides, it all seems harmless enough . . . at least until the half-naked and all-hot immortal with wings and horns shows up.

In his centuries  as an investigator for the Olympic pantheon, Leander of the eroté has solved a lot of cases and slept with a lot of humans. But on this investigation, it looks like he won’t be doing either. His assigned task is bogus, and the most alluring mortal he’s ever met is determined to avoid hooking up.

But the pull Leander feels toward Ryan the bartender won’t let him turn his attention away for long. Soon, he finds himself interested in much more than his usual dalliances with mortals. Now if only he can convince Ryan he’s worth the risk.


Then, in October (right around GRL), I have Billionaire with Benefits coming out. It’s the second in the Romancelandia series, and features Tierney and Dalton. Again, I’ll go with the blurb:

It’s just a friend thing.

Before confessing his gayness to his best friend, Tierney Terrebonne’s sex life was strictly restroom. After confessing his gayness to his best friend . . . it doesn’t improve much. Why bother trying when the man he’s loved for fourteen years (see: “best friend”) is totally unattainable? Good thing Tierney is an old hand at accepting defeat; all it takes is a bottle of bourbon. Or fifty. Repeat as needed.

Dalton Lehnart has a history of dating wealthy, damaged, closeted, lying, cheating, no-good, cowardly men, so of course he’s immediately attracted to Tierney Terrebonne. Fortunately, Tierney is so dissolute that even Dalton’s feelings for the man would be better described as pity. Which becomes sympathy as they get to know each other. Followed by compassion, concern, caring, and hopefulness as Tierney struggles to change his life. When the man comes out very publicly and enters rehab, Dalton finds himself downright attached to Tierney. And as everyone knows, after attachment comes . . .


But post-rehab Tierney can’t handle more than friendship, so Dalton should be safe from repeating his own past mistakes, right? Right?   

What’s the BEST thing about being an author?

Making my own schedule. Well, that and making stuff up. Oh, and nearly everyone finds it fascinating when I tell them I write romance.

3.  Would You Rather…

…Write a book that sells a ton or a book that generates a ton of discussion?

Discussion, unless it’s all acrimonious.

…Have a book with 100 4-star ratings or a book with 50 2-star and 50 5-star ratings?

100 4-star ratings.

…Write fluff or angst?

Fluffy angst?

…Have a book made into an indie-movie that told the exact story or into a long-running tv show that was only inspired by the story?

Indie movie, for sure.

…Have written Twilight or 50 Shades of Gray?

Okay, I’ve never read either of those, but I’m going to say Twilight, because at least my daughters have read them. I think. Oh, wait, that was The Hunger Games. Eh, I’ll stick with Twilight, though.

4.  Two Truths and a Lie…

Tell us 3 things about you…2 of them are true, 1 is false. 

1. I’m ambidextrous
2. I have ADD
3. I’m very sensitive to the sun




Try and guess which are the author’s truths and which is the lie!

Comment below for a chance to win this week’s prize package:  ONE (1) backlist title from ANNE TENINO, a Boys in our Books branded mug, AND a $10 gift certificate to All Romance e-Books!




Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, with her trusty psychiatrist by her side, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.

Anne’s husband finds it liberating as well, although in a somewhat different way. He has accepted her need for “research”, and looks forward to the benefits said research affords him. He thinks it’s kind of cool she manages to write, as well. Her two daughters are mildly confused by Anne’s need to twist Ken dolls into odd positions. They were raised to be open-minded children, however, and other than occasionally stealing Ken1’s strap-on, they let Mom do her thing without interference.

Anne’s thing is writing gay romance and erotica.

Wondering what Anne does in her spare time? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.

Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her site. http://annetenino.com




17 comments on “GRL 2014 BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Anne Tenino

  1. Allison
    August 1, 2014

    Wow…that’s difficult. I could see any of those applying. I’ll guess sun sensitivity. :)


  2. suze294
    August 1, 2014

    I think I’ll go with 2 being the lie – whilst I can see how writing and the penile crocheting may help, i just think the others are the truth!!


  3. Tammy
    August 1, 2014

    All three seem plausible. I’ll guess that #1 is the lie.


  4. Kim W
    August 1, 2014

    I pick #2.


  5. jenf27
    August 1, 2014

    Thanks for the fun interview – love the plot bunny!

    That’s a tough list to pick the lie from, so I will just pick the middle one and go with #2.


    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com


  6. susana
    August 1, 2014

    Great interview! I would go for #2 as the lie… Though I must confess I have no idea


  7. Jbst
    August 1, 2014

    I’m not sure, but I’ll choose #1 as the false one.


  8. Rocky B
    August 1, 2014

    I’m thinking #2 is the lie.


  9. Jen CW
    August 1, 2014

    I’m going with #2.


  10. fsteph55
    August 1, 2014

    I’ll say 1. I’m ambidextrous is the lie. :)


  11. H.B.
    August 2, 2014

    I have no idea…they all seem possible…I think I’ll go with #2


  12. bugetta
    August 2, 2014

    Great interview! I have no idea which is the lie, so I’ll guess #1 and I love the plot bunny!


  13. barbaraelsborg
    August 2, 2014

    You can’t possibly be a liar – you’re a writer! And I’M the only penis crocheting writer in the world!


  14. Trix
    August 2, 2014

    I’ll pick #1 on a whim…


  15. Antonia
    August 2, 2014

    Thanks for the fun interview! I’m going to guess #2.


  16. Bodi L.
    August 4, 2014

    I’m guessing #1. Looking forward to reading Anne’s books!


  17. BioB
    August 14, 2014

    From Anne: “I’m not ambidextrous, I only wish I was. :-P”

    CONGRATULATIONS “Trix”…you are the giveaway winner! We’ll email you at the address provided w/ your comment! :)


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