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5 Things You Should Know About Being a Man Who Writes with Another Man by Harris Gray

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Would you give up donuts…for blood?

Fat, balding accountant Victor Thetherson hoped becoming a vampire would turn his life around. But Victor can’t stomach confrontation and gets queasy at the sight of blood. Instead he gets it from the blood bank, diluted in bloody Bloody Marys. The result: a vampire who doesn’t bite, and a man who gets no respect.

Victor’s slacking staff mockingly calls him Vampire Vic. Victor’s boss amuses his wife by intimidating Victor on video. His ex makes him stay out late while she entertains boyfriends in the house she insists they continue to share. One night it finally boils over, and Victor bites someone. And then another…and very soon, he’s no longer visiting the blood bank.

Muscle replaces fat, and his comb-forward widow’s peak takes root. Victor basks in newfound attention and respect, at the office and at home. But real vampires get hunted, and as the transformation reaches the tipping point, Victor must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the power of the vampire.

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5 Things You Should Know About Being a Man Who Writes with Another Man

1. Like the nutritionist at the next table just told her client, “Everything that’s good for you is bitter.” Arugula. Seeing your best work edited by your partner. Being unable to improve upon what your partner has just written. 95% dark chocolate. Humility. Having readers challenge your sexuality, as in, “They write too masculine to be gay.” (Or something to the opposite effect, depending on Literarily Speaking’s target audience.) Brussel sprouts. Societal constraints when you’d rather just slug it out instead of conducting a civil discussion to settle on the appropriate direction for the storyline. IPAs.

2. No one will ever think your stuff is quite as funny as the two of you. You are your perfect target audience. You can’t help but write to make the other guy laugh, or occasionally provoke that dreaded two a.m. realization that you’re going to die someday and probably sooner than you’d like. But every so often someone else responds to your writing just as strongly, and celebrating those moments together is something special.

3. Sky’s the limit when writing sex scenes, because you can always point at your partner when someone asks, “For God’s sake who wrote that armpit scene in the playhouse?”

4. Readers will expect more sex scenes than even two uninhibited men combined can produce. This goes double for a vampire novel. Authors should no longer be allowed to deny their lasciviousness with that worn-out excuse, “The sex was necessary as a plot device.” The converse should apply if there’s not enough. All you can do is take your lumps, look each other in the eye, and vow to get that sex in there next time, plot willing.

5. “I would not say that.” Each of you is secretly writing about yourself, and each of you knows it, secretly. And so you will receive your partner’s latest draft and cringe and shake your head and say “no no no” and lament the poor light cast upon your protagonist. You will strive to edit the hell out of what he has written, to more accurately portray your protagonist’s inner thoughts and motivations. If you’re lucky, before you return your marked-up copy to him, before you have diluted the conflict borne of your character’s flaws, you will drop your defenses in a moment of clarity and realize, “That’s exactly what I would say.”



Harris Gray finish their third pint and mull over their next writing project, simultaneously deciding on a vampire book. Because the women in their lives eat up every vampire story on the shelves. And for the gratuitous T&A. But hunky, smoldering vampires are beyond their grasp; and dammit, T&A should mean something. Deciding to write what they know, Harris Gray return to their wheelhouse: An aging, uncomfortable man, not so happy with his lot in life. A man bitten by a vampire, unsure what to do with his new…skillset. Vampire Vic – VV – is born. Perfect.

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Vampire Vic Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, May 6 – Book featured at Margay Leah Justice

Thursday, May 9 – Book featured at Review From Here

Monday, May 13 – Interviewed at Digital Journal

Wednesday, May 15 – Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, May 17 – 1st Chapter Reveal at Book Him Danno

Tuesday, May 21 – 1st Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, May 23 – Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Monday, May 27 – Up Close and Personal at Between the Covers

Wednesday, May 29 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Friday, May 31 – Book featured at Plug Your Book

Wednesday, June 5 – First Chapter review at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

Friday, June 7 – Book Featured at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Monday, June 10 – 1st Chapter Reveal at Literary Winner

Wednesday, June 12 – Guest blogging at The Paperback Pursuer

Friday, June 14 – Interviewed at Review From Here

Wednesday, June 19 – Book Featured at Miki’s Hope

Friday, June 21 – Guest blogging at My Book Addiction and More

Tuesday, June 25 – Book Featured at Moonlight, Lace, and Mayhem

Thursday, June 27 – Guest blogging at You Gotta Read

Monday, July 1 – Book Featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Wednesday, July 3 – Interviewed at The Top Shelf

Thursday, July 4 – Guest blogging at A Little Bit of R & R

Monday, July 8 – Interviewed at Janna Shay

Tuesday, July 9 – Guest blogging at Review From Here

Thursday, July 11 – Book featured at

Friday, July 12 – Book reviewed at The Top Shelf

Monday, July 15 – 1st Chapter Reveal at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, July 16 – Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner

Wednesday, July 17 – Book reviewed at Inside BJ’s Head

Thursday, July 18 – Book featured at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Monday, July 22 – Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

Tuesday, July 23 – Book reviewed at Gina’s Library

Wednesday, July 24 – Book reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Friday, July 26 – Book reviewed at


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