Thursday, August 11, 2011

Welcome Guest Blogger Donna McIntosh

Let's give a warm  welcome to Donna McIntosh.

Let's get to know her better

1- Tell us about yourself, what got you interested in writing?

I used to go to the movies every Saturday afternoon and I'd always come home thinking of how the movie I'd just seen could have been better and how they should have been handled.  I always thought that my endings were better than those I saw in the movies. 

It wasn't until I was about 13 or 14 that I started  writing them down.  My very first was a Dragnet story from back in the '50s with Jack Webb.  Then there was Combat! in the '60s, Starsky and Hutch, Star Trek, and Hawaii Five-0 in the '70s, X-Files in the '90s and then the crown jewel of them all, Brokeback Mountain in 2006.

I'm currently writing original fiction plus fan fiction in both X-Files and Brokeback Mountain fandoms.  Once I got started, I just couldn't/wouldn't quit.

2- Tell us about your latest or upcoming story.

My latest story is called TANNER and it's going to be released Aug. 10th.  It's M/M and it's about a Private Detective who started out as a detective at the PHX PD (Phoenix Police Department).  He couldn't manage to follow the rules so he left the department and went into business for himself.   Captain Mitchelson at PHX PD was glad when Tanner left because he couldn't get the handsome detective out of his mind or his dreams.  The day came when Tanner's old partner disappears.  The first person Captain Mitchelson goes to for help is Tanner. 

3- When you start a story do you begin with a character or plot?

It depends.  Sometimes, a character comes to me first, sometimes a title comes to me, and sometimes it's the plot.  So I don't have a definite answer for that one.

4- What is your idea of how to spend a romantic evening?

Hmmm  That's a tough one.  It would have to include a candlelit dinner, something chocolate, a sexy nightgown and Jake Gyllenhaal.  Enough said.

5- If you had to choose a favorite character from one of your stories who would it be and why?

That would have to be Chris Reid from SURVIVAL.  There was nothing he wouldn't do to help humanity survive world domination by aliens and no lengths he wouldn't go to to find his friends and the man he loved.

SURVIVAL by Donna McIntosh

Customer Reviews
June 27, 2011

A must read!

This is the most exciting book I have read this year. The writing is excellent and the story is fantastic. It is everything a futuristic sci/fi romance lover could want. I loved it and can't wait till Donna McIntosh writes another.

REVIEW by: Alex V. Racey~ for~ SURVIVAL  by Donna McIntosh

                    A TRUE ADVENTURE !

This is a true adventure story with real heart & devotion to the human spirit! I found myself transported to a place fantasy,yet with the realness of what it might be like to be completely taken over by others from another world.The author describes in detail the struggles & events and daily activities of keeping safe,warm,& feed. By means of building a safe community totally from scratch while avoiding detection & out witting the invaders! Their story is told with kindness,humor,& detailed descriptions, not of the invaders or their world,but rather,of the humans that come together from all walks of life,using their skills and willingness to learn from one another. It is an adventure to go on with detail, excitement, danger, & love in the air! The author tells a rhapsodic story with warmth and compassion. Her rhythmical style of writing flows like honey over my soul leaving a very pleasant after-glow!
In this day of harder times for Americans this is a story that hits home for me. Giving a renewed sense of the power & possibilities of the human spirit!

SURVIVAL (excerpt)

"Tell me about yourself, Christopher. What was your life like before all this nonsense? You said you were with the F.B.I. Was that an exciting life? Do you miss it?"

"Actually, it was ... exciting at times and some times terrifying." he admitted.

"It sounds all rather mysterious – dangerous."

"It was and it wasn't. Sometimes I loved it other times I hated it."

"I would imagine you miss all that?"

"Not really. I had just quit my job and was going to try and see what it was like to live a normal life."

"Ha!" Parks boomed. "A normal life! I don't think life will ever be normal again; do you?"

"I have no idea." Chris stared into his coffee cup and swirled the dregs.

"Did you lose someone? Leave someone special behind?"

"No. There was no one."

"Ahhh, but you wish there had been."

"I do, at least I did. But I never really had a chance in hell with either one of them."

"And why not? You're a charming young man with that blond hair and blue eyes; rather rough around the edges maybe but of good heart."

Chris chuckled at that. "There are … or were a few people who wouldn't agree with that."

"And these were?"

"Past associates of mine. We trained together, worked together for a time and then on opposite sides for several years."

"Ah, I see. Co workers, friends, rivals, enemies, potential lovers; all in one package."

"That's about it."

"Are they who you're thinking about when you stand and stare off towards the old pass? Are you hoping they will show up?"

"Before … there always was just that little bit of hope. Now I don't even have that any more."

"And why not? They could well be in camps somewhere waiting for you to ride to their rescue."

That brought another chuckle from Chris. "Believe me, I'm the last person either one of them would want to see."

"Tell me about them. Women, men, or perhaps one of each, you rascal?"

"Both male."

"Ah. Into threesomes. Kinky."

"No!" Chris couldn't help but chuckle at that one coming from the oh-so-proper Englishman. "At different times. First there was Sean then a while later Daniel." He grimaced at the painful memory.

"Sean was a runner and had this great body but his main interest was J.J. – as in Jennifer Joan. And Daniel – he was absolutely the sexiest thing on two feet."

"They sound pretty special."

"They are – or were. I doubt if either of them made it. Neither one of them could take orders or even suggestions from anyone else very well. I'm sure they are both long gone."

"At least you have your memories of being with them."

"No, it never got that far with either of them. I wanted to, I wanted to badly but Sean was too hung up on J.J. And Daniel, with him it was lust at first sight and I propositioned him within five minutes of laying eyes on him. I guess my approach was a little too bold or too awkward or simply not to his liking. He told me to get lost and kept me at arms length from then on. And then when I left, well, his dislike turned to hatred. We've worked on a few of the same cases over the years but he was cold as ice. The knowledge that he'd sooner break me in half as touch me, kept me at a distance."

"How very sad. You've carried a torch for two men and neither of them responded in kind. What a sad tale indeed. It sounds like a Victorian novel. Only in that, some rich relative would have whisked you away to his family's estate and married you off to his ugly daughter."

"Oh God! Spare me." Chris laughed as he got up, took his coffee cup into the kitchen and rinsed it out, then said good night and left for his bunk. He always waited until everyone was asleep so he couldn't hear their chatter and he didn't have to any answer any more of their never-ending questions.

He lay in his bunk and thought about Sean and Daniel. He knew they were gone, he just knew it. But some tiny spark of hope wouldn't die and he found himself wondering what it would be like to find them, to free them and bring them to this valley where they would be safe. Would they think of him differently after seeing what he had accomplished? He thought they probably wouldn't. Sean would whine constantly about finding J.J. and Daniel would just glare at him and keep his distance.

The tears started slipping down his face and he turned on his side and wiped at them with his blanket as they fell.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Donna! Great blog. I used to love Dragnet back in the day, and I remember Combat and Hawaii 5-0 and all the others!

    Nice to meet you, I wish you best of luck with all your books!