Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kat
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Pages or Words: 68,000 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Categories: M/M Romance, Science Fiction, MPREG
We couldn’t be happier to host Chris T. Kat today! Chris is touring for her new release, Mending the Rift. I fell head-over-heals in love with this novel! I’m excited to share it on our site today and have Chris here for a little Q & A.
Welcome! Let’s just jump right in.
Do you pay attention to literary criticism? If so, how do you handle it?
That depends on the person criticizing. There are some reviewers I’ve gotten to know and I value their opinion. These are usually people who write well-thought out reviews without personally attacking an author if the book isn’t what they expected. Most reviewers point out what they liked, and what didn’t work for them. If I read those reviews, I try to understand their POV, but this is my story and the criticism doesn’t change that particular book. One criticism that I’ve heard / read often about my books is that people didn’t like the narrator’s voice or didn’t like the way the story turned out. Guess, I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s fine with me.
How do you come up with your titles?
Ah, titles, they’re a pain in the ass… Well, at least they are for me. Usually, I write the story, and for me to find it on the computer, it simply receives a letter, or it’s titled after the main character’s name. Awesome, huh? lol
While I write the story, I have some vague ideas for titles and scribble them down. That means the main point of the story has become crystal clear for me, so it’s easier to give the story a title. Sometimes, like in A Purrfect Match, it’s a bit of a word play. Mostly, though, I try to give my books a short title that shows the main obstacle / plot.
Mending the Rift came after I finished writing the story, and to me it’s the perfect title.
What new authors have grasped your interest?
The last book by a completely new author was Family of Lies by Sam Argent—I really, really loved that book!
I love Liv Olteano’s works and wish she’d write faster. I haven’t read a lot of books by new authors lately, though some authors are new to me. There are for example KJ Charles and Jordan L. Hawk.
What is the hardest part about writing?
This will sound odd, but the hardest part about writing is finding time to write. I can only write on the weekends, so my time is very limited. The weekends are also for our family, to play with the kids, or make trips, or spend time in our garden. Sometimes I don’t write for weeks—especially in the summer months—because there’s so much other stuff I like to do.
When I have time to write, the hardest thing is to stop on Sunday and then re-start the next Saturday. I always have to find my way back into the story and the flow of things. Once I’m back into everything, I have to stop again already!
Now for something light and fun. Name your four most important food groups.
Hmm, now that’s difficult. Since I got diagnosed with diabetes, my eating habits have changed, so my most important food groups include vegetables, meat (even though I’m not really a meat-lover) and eggs, bread, and most importantly—cake! Yes, I know that cake isn’t a food group, but I love it, so there.
Thanks for taking time to visit with us!
In a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.
Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s Vice President, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.
When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.
Excerpt from Chapter Two:
Marcus rappelled off and stepped onto the ground with a crunch of his boots. Pointing at the opening with the askew ladder, he asked, “Don’t tell me you seriously considered climbing down this way.”
Luca shrugged. “I’d have preferred spontaneous levitation, but it didn’t happen.”
He yelped when Marcus put an arm around his torso and lifted him to his feet, as if he weighed nothing. “Hey!”
Marcus silenced him with a glare, and Luca gritted his teeth while Marcus thumped dust off his clothes. “Your father is livid.”
Luca swallowed. He’d expected worried, maybe a bit mad, but livid? His father never got furious at him. Not for long, anyway. Being the baby of the family had its perks. “Why?”
“Why? Seriously, Luca, you have to ask why?” Marcus patted Luca’s behind more firmly than was strictly necessary.
Luca shifted, trying to get away from Marcus’s arm. When that didn’t help, he slapped Marcus’s hands away and stepped aside. He couldn’t think when he was so close to Marcus—when the man touched him, he sent shivers up and down his spine. He ignored the glower Marcus directed at him. “Yes, seriously. He knows I don’t want to marry Smith. I don’t want anything to do with all that shit. I want to decide what I’m going to do with my life.”
Marcus shook his head. “Smith is a good man. My brother Kyle worked for him. He said he always treated his people well. If you want I could try to get Kyle on the phone so you can talk to him. That is, if I can get a hold on him. Trust me, you’ll be in good hands.”
“You don’t get it! I don’t want to be in good hands!”
“No?” Marcus raised an eyebrow.
Luca huffed, a small smile forming on his lips. “Well, yes, of course I want to be in good hands. But I want someone to love me, and not just for my ability to become pregnant. I want… you.”
Luca’s heart thundered in his rib cage. There, he’d said it. The ball was in Marcus’s court. Sure, it had only been one night, and Marcus’s reaction afterward hadn’t been promising, but maybe he’d just been scared? Maybe he feared to lose his job? Nonetheless, there was more going on between them, and they both knew it. That one night had just been the last logical step. Luca regretted nothing.
For a moment Marcus seemed startled, and there was a softness in his eyes that was solely reserved for Luca. The softness vanished too quickly for Luca’s liking.
Instead, Luca was greeted with Marcus’s usual, scrutinizing gaze. “You don’t want me, and you better never mention this again. It was a mistake. Now get it out of your head and be a good boy.”
Meet the author:
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.
Sometime I just can’t help myself, I fall all over a sweet story about men fighting for their partner and child. This is that one time. Mending the Rift captivated me from the opening scene. Luca is quite the handful for his parents. He’s a rare Breeder, capable of conceiving and bearing children. That makes him valuable and worth protecting.
After a third world war, biological warfare, and some seriously devastating effects, the world is trying to recover from all the harm it inflicted on the environment and it’s people. The population was almost decimated but with the help of Breeders, they’re recovering, or at least the Northern Confederacy is. The Southern Union is antiquated in its approach and it’s resulted in staggering losses.
Luca will be married off to a suitable spouse. Someone vetted and chosen for him. Luca wants Marcus, his bodyguard not someone chosen for him. This one desire, a meddling dad and some preemptive procedures set Luca and Marcus on a path of difficulty but also bliss.
What I loved about Luca was his resolve to take on his pregnancy with an open heart and mind (once he knew who the daddy truly was). He was sassy and challenging but always concerned for his baby. The epitome of a glowing parent to be, he was an emotional mess and that made him endearing. It’s the one time when excessive crying was attractive for a guy and not a turn off. Hormonal mess for the win!
While trying to navigate his first pregnancy, Luca is also trying to come to terms with his place in his world as a Breeder. He’s always had mixed feeling about his status and what it signifies.
Marcus is a rock. There for Luca, understanding and encouraging but also fiercely protective. Given the rare opportunity to love and marry a Breeder, he’s determined to protect Luca from harm and cherish what he brought to their relationship. Marcus knows the importance of being Luca’s husband and father to their children.
The turmoil of the world trickled down to Luca and Marcus. Their path isn’t easy and the threat is very real. In one pregnancy term, we witness how stressful it all is and how hard they have to fight to be together and have their child.
This book just gave me happy feels! The suspense was perfectly timed and balanced the emotional aspect in Mending the Rift. I could read several books all centered around Luca and his pregnancy follies. Or, even better, raising a head strong, spirited child. A great world to revisit, if ever in the authors plans.
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