Monday, January 22, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Elements of Mischief by C.M. Stunich & Tate James @CMStunich @XpressoTours

Elements of Mischief
C.M. Stunich & Tate James
(Hijinks Harem #1)
Publication date: October 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Four hunky, supernatural plumbers.
One reluctant, slightly drunk human.
A match made in heaven…or in the bathroom, rather.

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I’m the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and…uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements.

Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I’m an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.

All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I’m dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian.

I’m Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element.
Having four hot husbands is nice…but the death threats, not so much.


The sound of shattering glass echoed through the huge, empty kitchen as my wine slipped from my fingers and I choked over what I'd just heard. Clutching my phone to my ear, I took a breath before responding.

     “It's going to cost me how much?” I needed to clarify because surely I'd just heard him wrong.

     “Seventeen thousand, ma'am. And to be honest, that's a stretch. If we ran into any more unexpected problems along the way, that price would go up.” The man on the other end was so matter-of-fact about it. So uncaring that he was delivering such gut-wrenching news to me. “Look, I'm not going to fuck around on this. It's a seriously old house, and no one has touched that plumbing practically since the day it was installed. I just don't think I have the manpower to spare on a job like this right now.”

     “But what am I supposed to do?” I hated the fact that my voice had just come out in a whimpering squeak, like a pathetic little girl. I was a tough bitch normally, but not having a toilet in the house was rough. For the last few days, I'd been walking three blocks to an antique store just to pee. “I can't live here without any plumbing, and I already gave up my apartment …”

     Of course this guy didn't care about my problems. He didn't care that my grandmother had just died and left me her crumbling Victorian mansion, or that I had just spent nearly every cent to my name on her funeral. Truth was, I would have had to give up my apartment regardless, because I no longer had any way to pay my rent since I was fired from my job at the local coffee shop. They simply hadn't understood why I needed so much time off to care for my grandmother in her final weeks. It was kind of lucky, in that case, that Gram had left me this house or I really would have been out on the street.

     “I'd usually tell you to sell it, but no one will buy it without working plumbing so you don't really have a choice here, ma'am.” The man was still speaking, oblivious to my descent into desperation, and I sucked in a shaking breath, swiping the dampness off my cheeks with the back of my hand.

     “Can you recommend anyone else?” I asked politely, but my voice shook like a leaf in a blizzard. There wasn't anything quite so stressful as having toilets that didn't flush. “I'm not from around here so I don't know where else to find good plumbers.”

     A long sigh came down the phone.

     “Yeah, look, I'll put in a good word for you with my son and his friends. They're just starting out with their own business, so they've probably got the time free to take on a job like this. He might cut you a deal or a payment plan or something, but no guarantees. At least you'll know he learned from the best.”

     “Oh, god that would be … fucking incredible!” Relief flooded over me. This plumbing needed fixing, but I was flat broke. The next door neighbor's tree roots had messed up all of the plumbing in Gram's mansion, meaning none of the taps, toilets or anything was working. It had been years since Gram had done any maintenance whatsoever, so who knew how bad the damage was?

     “Don't thank me yet,” the man grunted, “these boys are known around these parts for having a bit of a wild streak. Personally, I wouldn't hire them—even with my son involved—but you're not exactly in a position to be picky so …”

     “Uh, right.” Asshole, no need to rub it in. “So do you have a contact number for them?”

     “No need. I'll let them know about the job and they can get in touch with you.” He sounded a bit reluctant, like he was already regretting his suggestion. Hopefully not because of how big this job was? Or maybe he was worried about those famed wild streaks?

     But please. Plumbers? How crazy could they be? I imagined them all in their late forties with big bellies and butt cracks covered in wiry hair. No, thank you. How much action could they really be getting?

     “Thank you so much, sir. I really appreciate it,” I gushed politely. Never hurt to have manners. More flies with honey and all that … Or wait, flies were actually more attracted to shit, huh? Which is what I was going to be ankle-deep in if I didn't get this plumbing fixed.

     “Don't thank me yet,” he muttered, then disconnected our call.

     Strange man. Fuck I need more wine.

I eyed the mess of glass and liquid on the tiled floor, then shrugged to myself and grabbed the bottle. No one else was here to judge me. Swigging straight from the bottle, I headed back into the living room to watch Pretty Little Liars, my guilty obsession.

     Hey, it was better than the Maury Show, right?

     But only by a little.

Interview with C.M. Stunich & Tate James

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in “Elements of Mischief”?

Absolutely!  Since reverse harem reads are, at their core, all about the woman in charge of the beautiful men, let’s start with Arizona Smoke.  She’s unemployed, a tad juvenile, and absolutely in love with wine.  Like, really in love with wine.  Like maybe she has a problem?  Ahem.  Anyway, we both enjoy reading books that show a main character’s growth, and so we decided to do the same with our story—start with a relatable but still likeable woman and watch her grow into a total bad*ss.  As far as the guys go, book one in this trilogy introduces you to four of Ari’s lovers as well as one unknown hottie from her past: Shane, Reg, Billy, George, and Warden.  Each guy has his own distinct personality: the leader with a Southern accent, the playful flirt, the a-hole bad boy, the nice guy, and the enigma.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

We could write a novel with all the things we have planned for the future!  Oh wait … we are writing novels!  Anyhow, let’s start with the co-writes because they’re so much fun.  First off, we’re finishing the “Elements of Mischief” trilogy with a bang in “Elements of Desire”, we’re launching a new trilogy with the Louisiana bayou as the setting and dark fae/motorcycle clubs as the theme called “Dark Glitter”, and we’re starting our much-anticipated urban fantasy series “The Nine”.  On top of all that, we have two fairytale themed projects that we’re participating in together: one is a multi-author series of reverse harem fairytale retellings.  We are each writing our own book, but we’re both part of the set.  And then the second one is a co-write in a large box set with over a dozen other very accomplished authors.  Then there are those secret plans like—  Not telling, sorry! Just stay tuned though and you’ll see!!

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

This is a hard question to answer because it depends on so many factors: when is the deadline, how many other projects do we have going, how many edits we have, how long the book is, etc.  But on average for our co-writes, it can be anywhere from three weeks to two months.  Usually, we’re working on 3-4 co-writes at the same time since we each write 1,000 words and then switch, schedules can be hard to coordinate so we always ensure there are lots of options to choose from.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Since this is one question we can’t go “we” on …

C.M. Stunich:  My favorite was “Witch’s Cat” by Ruth Chew!  I had the version with the big red slipper on the front, the moon, and two kids riding inside of it along with a black and white cat. LOL.  I don’t remember much about it, but it’s one of the first chapter books I ever picked up on my own.

Tate James: “Watership Down” by Richard Adams because … rabbits … and tears.  I don’t cry much (wait, do I cry?) and that one … it’s emotional.

C.M.: You totally cry. You are SUCH a crier.

Tate: I said “much”!  I don’t cry “much”!

C.M.: Mmm hmmm…

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from “Elements of Mischief” who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

This is an easy one: Warden.  Not only because he’s an enigma in Arizona’s, the main character’s, life and I’d love to pick his brain a little, but because he has a unique way of cursing—stuff like “Don’t just stand there—this isn’t a Bar Mitzvah!” or “Holy sweet goat cheese!”.  Also, he’s completely and totally hot and if he, um, weren’t with Ari, maybe he could take one of us out on a date that ended up at his place …  Wait, which one of us would he take?!  We’ll fight each other for him if we have to. Yup. Time for a girl fight!  WARDEN IS MINE!!

What was the hardest scene from “Elements of Mischief” to write?

Hands down, this was the erm, group “marking” scene where Ari’s four love interests have to … mark her with magic.  This involves … a bed and no clothing.  I think the scene ended up being around 12k words long (this is REALLY long, for those who don’t know word counts), and was definitely a tricky one because it had to accomplish all of the following things: be sexy, include all five characters equally, and get the important magic bits out of the way.

What made you want to become a writer?

We were both drawn to writing for similar reasons, just at different times.  One of the things we both agree on is that writing is an outlet for emotions and ideas that, even when included in a fictional story, feel like they’re burning until we’re able to get them out on paper.  And burning emotionally, not like the down under region after that one-night stand in college…  Ugh, we’re so crude!  Totally inappropriate joke.  Ahem.  Also, we’re both avid readers, and when something drives us crazy in a story—like a love triangle for example—we hop on and we write basically the opposite to make us feel better.  Like, writing reverse harem so we never have to see our heroine choose!

C.M. Stunich:

Just for fun

(a Favorite song: “Nightmare” by Set it Off

(b Favorite book: “Darkfever” by Karen Marie Moning

(c Favorite movie: “Stardust”

(d Favorite tv show: “American Vandal”

(e Favorite Food: Wine. What? It’s a food. Sort of.

(f Favorite drink: Also, wine.

(g Favorite website: Any website that sells wine. Seriously.

Thanks so much for visiting with us today! 

Author Bio:

Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.

Author links:
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C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

Author links:
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Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)