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Welcome to “Pent Up” Week at Boys in our Books. All week we’ll be highlighting the much-anticipated new release from Damon Suede and Dreamspinner Press! Each day we’ll have a post dedicated to the book and a giveaway! So stop by and take a look!


Today we welcome Damon Suede to talk about the setting of Pent Up…New York City! But first, a GIVEAWAY!

Today’s giveaway is for a paperback, ebook, or audiobook format of any one of Damon Suede’s New York based books!  That’s Hot Head, Horn Gate, Bad Idea, or Pent Up! Leave a comment for a chance to win!


New Yorked by Damon Suede

I realized I was a born New Yorker when I was seven years old and living fifteen hundred miles away.

My family had come up from Texas on business and brought me along to do the touristy deal. I saw my first snow. I ate my first proper bagel. I took my first ride in a Central Park hansom. I saw my first musical on Broadway: Sweeney Todd!…for a seven year old because my family is bonkers. I remember feeling like I’d discovered my planet of origin. Everyone spoke as quickly as I did. Everyone had places to go, people to be.

At some point during that first breathless trip, I turned to my mother and said, “I’m gonna live here.” She was horrified. She came up to the city on business all the time, and loved it at a distance, but the idea of wanting to live there made her want to yack. New York in the 70s was filthy, crowded, crime-choked, and literally bankrupt. I didn’t know anything about that: I hit the city like a needle on a record and I knew it was my groove. The whole city throbbed with a hungry, urgent heartbeat and I loved it.

For the next ten years, I worked my ass off to get myself back where I belonged. I busted my ass, visited when I could, and applied to college as soon as they’d let me. In the end, I got into Columbia early, and by the time I was a senior in high school I had my remaining days marked off like a prisoner’s diary. Everything in me strained towards getting myself where I belonged. Living here for the first time turned out to be even better than I expected. Everything in the city conspired to make me love it more. As soon as I had a Manhattan address to call my own, I memorized the subway system, and started to walk the neighborhoods a block at a time in search of the hidden treasure buried all over my island.

Almost forty years since that first visit, I can only say I got it right the first time. I may be from Texas, but I am a born New Yorker.

In the past 30 years I’ve lived all over Manhattan and even parts of Brooklyn. I know who bakes the best carrot cake in Harlem, the fastest footpath through Central Park, and the most gorgeous view of the Hudson River. I know where to get the best chocolate chip cookies in the Tristate area (Monteleone’s) and the best coffee in the United States (D’amico’s). Almost all of my books have been set in New York City because even having spent time living in other places, I still find the City so thrilling, crazy, and romantic. NYC truly is the capitol of the world. Even if you’ve never been to New York, it has changed the stories you read, the songs you hum, the movies you see, the games you play, the clothes you wear, and the food you eat.

My readers already know a bunch of my favorite restaurants because I shamelessly build them into my books. Momofuku Noodle Bar turned up as a whole chapter in Hot Head because it’s where I have my birthday dinner most years; even the panelli special in that book comes from Ferdinando’s, a killer Carroll Gardens Italian joint I’m addicted to. S’mac’s mac-n-cheese got a starring role for Trip and Silas’ first date in Bad Idea because it’s the best comfort food in town. Even the library in Horn Gate came from a friend’s job at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, because we used to sneak out for the most killer pork buns in Chinatown a couple blocks away

Each neighborhood introduced itself to me personally. I lived in Morningside Heights for college and moved to the East Village right after. I spent my first NYC summers on the Upper West Side and Gramercy Park. I spent my sleazy twenties in Greenwich Village when it was still one of the capitals of the LGBT community, had a sojourn overseas for a couple years, and moved back into Chelsea when the gayborhood had moved up into Chelsea. I headed uptown to the Upper East Side for love and spent several years cohabiting in a landmarked townhouse with all the trimmings. In fact, Pent Up’s swanky Park Avenue digs and everything I know about the outer limits of wealth come from my time living among the trust-fundies and hedge-funders of the world. Even now when I live right in the heart of midtown, I feel like I know every square foot because the city wanted me to and all those neighborhoods elbow their way into my books because of the secrets they’ve told me.

Even better, living in New York means I get to see my friends from all over the world more often. Everyone eventually makes it to the Big Apple. Folks are always dropping in and passing through. Back when I still worked exclusively in showbiz, living in Manhattan kept me in the loop and ahead of the pack. Now that I’m writing romance, I live five blocks from most of the biggest “traditional” publishers but I still get to hang with my beloved Dreamspinners because they’re always in town kicking ass and takin names…both in the city and flying through it to points abroad.

Living here, loving here, working here feels like gift I never stop opening. It challenges me and entertains me and inspires everything I write. Creative types have always gravitated here because the freaky mishmash makes for the tremendous creative friction. With all those cultures and opinions rubbing together, sparks fly, right? Every pearl starts with an itchy oyster, and New York has grit to spare.

What amazes me most about New York, New York is that it knew me all those years ago. “If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere…” and I did. How weird is that! When I was seven years old, loud and wacky and passing through with my family, New York knew me for one of its own way back when and called me home.



PENT UP: Mix business with pleasure and take cover.

Ruben Oso moves to Manhattan to start his life over as a low-rent bodyguard and stumbles into a gig in a swanky Park Avenue penthouse. What begins as executive protection turns personal working for a debonair zillionaire who makes Ruben question everything about himself.

Watching over financial hotshot Andy Bauer puts Ruben in an impossible position. He knows zero about shady trading and his cocky boss lives barricaded in a glass tower with wall-to-wall secrets and hot-and-cold-running paranoia. Can the danger be real? Is Andy for real?

What’s a bullet catcher to do? Ruben knows his emotions are out of control even as he races to untangle a high-priced conspiracy and his crazy feelings before somebody gets dead. If his suspicions are right, Andy will pay a price neither can afford, and Ruben may discover there’s no way to guard a heart.



27245490Title: Pent Up
Author: Damon Suede
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 290 Pages
Buy Link: Dreamspinner




Damon Suede - Spring 2012Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.




19 comments on ““PENT UP” WEEK – GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Damon Suede

  1. Carolyn
    November 16, 2015

    I adored this post! The visual in my head of the 7-year-old you from Texas finding yourself on that trip is a great one. Thank you for bringing a little more of your home into our lives. I always love visiting it through your stories, and I’m so excited for another visit with Pent Up!


  2. susana
    November 16, 2015

    Visiting New York is an old dream of mine. When I was at University, I shared flat with a girl from NYC who was in an overseas exchange… The things she told me made me want to go there asap. Twenty years later I’m still trying to find the right moment. Anyway, I’ve just cut and saved your post, because there are amazing reommendations I must follow (the best carrot cake in Harlem? That I have to try!).Thank you for your tips and recommendations! ;)


    • Damon Suede
      November 16, 2015

      You should visit at least once. :) It’s one of those places that changes and enriches you. Thank you for reading!


  3. Jenny B
    November 16, 2015

    When an author writes about places they know, it adds to the story. But when they write about a place they belong to or love, the location comes alive in the story. I have not read this author’s work before, but the description and background on the author has me interested.


  4. Andrea M
    November 16, 2015

    I used to visit NY 4 times a year and loved every minute of it. It made me feel alive in a way no other place does.


  5. Tamika
    November 16, 2015

    His description has been spot on. New York is definitely a city of magic to me. I look the realness of his stories.


  6. jenf27
    November 16, 2015

    Thanks for the post and congrats on realizing your dream and “making it” in New York. I have visited New York a couple times and enjoyed it, but am a West Coast person – San Francisco is my favorite city in the US. :-)


    • Damon Suede
      November 16, 2015

      I hear you about San Fran… it’s got a special magic of its own: so beautiful and mellow and funky. As you say, it’s just a different groove.


  7. Jen CW
    November 16, 2015

    I’ve only been to NYC once for a couple of days, but I’d love to get back there. So many things to see and do. I love that you add places that you know to your stories.


  8. Brita Addamsb
    November 16, 2015

    Hi D,

    I love your love for NYC. As you know, I’m a native Upstate New Yorker at heart, though I’ve lived in Louisiana for many years. My heart is torn between the two, but NY will always be in my heart.

    Big hugs and congrats on the new book. Can’t wait to read it. Long time coming, huh?


  9. H.B.
    November 16, 2015

    I haven’t been to NY to tour only for a couple of wedding events. No time to do any sightseeing at all. It’s really kind of funny considering I live within driving distance of the city.


  10. Angela
    November 17, 2015

    Thanks for this post, i enjoyed it. I visited New York when i was on holiday in 1996, it was my first big trip outside of Europe and i really liked it.
    I always say that i would love to go back one day with my husband and our kids but after reading your story i better leave the kids at home because what if one of them decided (just like you) that he/she is a New Yorker LOL


    • Damon Suede
      November 17, 2015

      I’m convinced that it’s a genetic thing…some people are just born to live here. LOL


  11. Rachel Ramoutar
    November 17, 2015

    I love Damon’s writing so much. Lived in Long Island New York for 7 years. I love it


    • BioB
      November 22, 2015

      CONGRATULATIONS RACHEL! You’re the giveaway winner! We’ll email you at the address provided with your comment.


  12. Christina
    November 17, 2015

    I live less than 4 hours away from NY and never visited. I’ve always wanted to go around Christmas time to catch a Broadway musical and go shopping!!! Hopefully, someday I’ll make the time. Thanks for the post and giveaway.


  13. juliesmall1959
    November 17, 2015

    I love all your descriptions of New York. That is one of the places I would love to visit at Christmas time. To see all the wintertime sites!


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