I found Liz Borino when I answered a call on a writer’s forum to help boost a title’s Amazon ranking. Well, considering I’ll take FREE any day of the week, I looked at the description and was intrigued by the storyline. Yes, I knew that it was in the Gay/Lesbian Romance category, but anyone who knows me also knows that I love a good story, to heck with labels! Well, to make a not so long story short, she and I began talking about our characters and I thought it would be great to share this wonderful person and author with the rest of you! In fact, she’s so wonderful, she’s giving one lucky reader a copy of her book, What Money Can’t Buy! Let’s see what she has to say:
Your bio says that you spent your life keeping your stories to yourself. What encouraged you to share your creations with us?
I can’t answer this question without sounding a bit insane, but this particular set of characters seemed more real to me than any other.
What inspired you to write about the lives and issues of brothers Matt and Chris from your Taylor Twins series?
Well their stories came to me after I read The Secret. That book spent an awful lot of time talking about how your ideal life is attainable. I wanted to portray that, sure, it’s possible to get your ideal life, but there will be obstacles and sacrifices.
Traditional romance/erotica genre is often considered easier to break into than others. Why did you choose GLBT/romance?
I didn’t choose to write GLBT romance any more than Chris decided to be gay and fall madly in love with Aiden. I’m just telling their stories.
Do you ever get the impression some people expect the Taylor Twin series to be cover-to-cover written porn?
Sure, people hear that there’s a gay couple and they expect smut. Then there are people who think the world would be better off if Chris were a girl. Still others are upset that my books aren’t suitable for 10 year olds. That’s okay. People seem to love them the way they are. And the people who don’t? Have lots of other choices on what to read.
Are there are any genres you prefer to read yourself, or do you like them all?
I’m pretty open actually. As long as any romantic relationships are consensual, I will enjoy the book. I don’t tend to read paranormal, but there might be an author or two I’ll make an exception for.
When did you realize you had to write instead of it being just a way to pass the time?
When I would be up all night thinking about my characters or the stories would disrupt other work. It was easier to write them down than live through that torture.
Well, there you have it, Liz Borino, the author of the Taylor Twin Series! Take a look at the currently available titles and don’t forget to leave a comment to enter for a chance to win a copy of What Money Can’t Buy! The winner will be picked by random drawing on Monday, 2/27/2012 at 5pm EST!
Expectations depicts the struggle between what we desire for ourselves and our familiar obligations. This is personified by Chris and Matt Taylor, identical twins who are trying to win their overbearing father’s approval and acquire their trust funds. Their best friend and roommate, Aiden O’Boyle, left his family behind in Ireland to pursue a career in dance.
Robert Taylor, Matt and Chris’s father, has set certain conditions that must be met in order for them to receive their trust funds. Matt must work at a job he hates while struggling with alcoholism. Chris has to deny his own desires and deep love for Aiden, to get married to Matt’s girlfriend. All the while, their father continues to use extreme measures to ensure his sons’ compliance. Will they learn to lean on each other and discover their strength or succumb to their father’s will?
What Money Can’t Buy, the sequel to Expectations, finds the two couples, Chris and Aiden and Matt and Carley, eagerly anticipating parenthood. However, their personal struggles continue. Though Matt overcame his dependency on alcohol, new temptations present themselves. And with Carley on bed rest, these temptations put a greater strain on their relationship. Chris continues to deal with issues regarding his father. These issues increase with greater proximity. When tragedy strikes, the best and worst in everyone is revealed. Can they stick together, or will their reactions tear them apart?
Following Expectations and What Money Can’t Buy, the third novel in the Taylor Twins series, Gifts from the Past, finds the twins, Chris and Matt Taylor, immersed in the greatest challenges of their lives—parenthood. Chris and Aiden are raising their adopted daughter and their special needs son, who struggles with physical and emotional challenges daily. Matt, on the other hand, has a beautiful and happy baby girl. However, his fiancée, Carley, has gone from overemotional to abusive and Matt needs to decide his best course of action. When Ally, Chris’s college girlfriend, comes back into the twins’ lives, everything becomes complicated. Especially for Matt.
Gifts from the Past is a novel redefining love, family, loyalty, and ultimately survival.