Anniversary Interview & Contest: SE Jakes

Tyler-2-big-4Jen:  It’s getting hot in here!  It’s day three of GLBT week and today we welcome the fabulous SE Jakes to Romancing the Book.  SE, will you share a short bio with us?
SE:  SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…

You can contact her the following ways:

She spends most of her time writing but she loves to hear from readers!

SE Jakes is the pen-name of New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler (and half of Sydney Croft) — please go to my media kit to learn more!


Jen:  Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
SE:  My newest release is Running Wild, book 1 in the Havoc MC (motorcycle club) series.  I was planning on writing an m/m MC series as SE Jakes—and then my NY publisher for my Tyler books asked me to write an m/f MC series (book 1 is Vipers Run).  I thought, maybe I could write these series ‘with myself.’  So although there’s no real character cross-over in the series, they are set in the same universe, with plenty of room to play.

Running Wild is the story of Sean Rush—former Army, current car thief and currently in the crosshairs of Ryker, one of the higher ups in the Havoc MC.

Embrace the danger…

Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.

Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.

Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.


Jen:  Favorite Alpha from your backlist?
SE:  Prophet.  (And no one is surprised!)

Jen:  Which of your three personas do you enjoy the most?
SE:  Right now, I’m having a blast as SE Jakes but honestly, I couldn’t write under all the names if I wasn’t enjoying myself!

Jen: Favorite setting for romance?
SE:  Someplace dangerous, with bullets flying.  Typically, my characters end up in the jungle.  Usually, they have sex there.

Jen:  Bad boys vs. good boys?
SE:  What is this good boy you speak of?  Bad, all the way.

Jen: Ebook vs. print?
SE: I love both!  Print holds a special place in my heart because I treasure my books, and pet them often.  But eBooks are phenomenal because they are instant gratification and I can take a million of them everywhere I go.  Authors in general owe a lot to the rise of the eBook – because with them, we’re more in control of our careers than we ever were, which means more books for readers!

Jen: Three words to describe your books.
SE:  Alpha male / gritty / hot.

Jen: Fantasy vs. reality?
SE:  Fantasy.  The more over the top, the better.  If I wanted reality, I’d read the newspaper.

Jen: Favorite place to write?
SE:  In bed.

Jen:  Name one of your guilty pleasures.
SE:  I don’t feel so guilty about it, but the Real Housewives shows are some of my favorites.  I just started the Real Housewives of Melbourne…OMG!

Jen: Most difficult story to write?
SE:  Hmmm…well, at the moment it’s If I Ever.  It’s the last book in the series for Prophet and Tommy so that’s sad for me in its own right, but it’s a very emotional book.  I’ve been promising an HEA for the guys since Book 1 and they’ll get it, but it’s definitely a rough road there.

Jen:  What’s next for you?
SE:  On August 18thNot Fade Away releases – it’s a short (10K) in the Hell or High Water universe, set between books 3 & 4.  It’s up for pre-order on Riptide (and you’d get it two days early if you order from there!) and it will be everywhere else on the 18th.  You can check out Lisa’s blog (Attention is Arbitrary) for a special cover sneak peek.

After that, I’ve got If I Ever in October (book 4 in the Hell or High Water series) and No Boundaries:  Phoenix Inc book 1 (a Men of Honor spinoff) in November.  Also in November, I’ve got a Sydney Croft m/m/m book coming out for Riptide’s annual charity bundle—it’s called Three The Hard Way and it’s set in the ACRO world.  So I’m busy in the best way possible!

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8 thoughts on “Anniversary Interview & Contest: SE Jakes

  1. Amy W says:

    My first m/m book was from Lily Harlem, which then opened my eyes to new possibilities. It was a genre that I had always considered taboo, but quickly realized how wonderful these storylines are in showcasing relationships among very strong men. I am a SE Jakes fan because you never know what will be next in her stories. I love having solid storylines to go along with plenty of sizzling hot chemistry.

  2. Stephanie F. says:

    My first taste of mm came from Lorelei James book Long Hard Ride. Loved the book and immediately picked up SE Jakes Men if Honor series which cemented my love of the genre. So eager to read her new series.

  3. Jen B. says:

    I accidentally purchased Dangerous Boys and Their Toy by Shayla Black. I just love that darn book! And then I bought a copy of Rough, Raw and Ready by Lorelei James and I knew I was hooked.

  4. Marcy Shuler says:

    I’ve only read a few novellas, but the last one was HEIR APPARENT by V.L. Locey in the Seduced by the Game Anthology.

  5. Irene Jackson says:

    My first M/M was Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville , I’d seen a good review , tried it and loved it. Then I went looking for more and discovered the styles I like . SE Jakes and Abigail Roux being my favourite series authors.

  6. laurie g says:

    my first m/m book was no going home by t a chase. it was on a whim that i got it and was hooked ever since

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