Katey Hawthorne

Etienne never thought getting his pocket picked could lead to a first date. He knows the second he catches punk boy Brady's eye that the guy is pure trouble, but Et can't resist his wicked sense of humor, pretty face, cold hands -- and the piss off swagger when Brady's on stage with his band doesn't hurt, either.

From Rimbaud to Buzzcocks to Malbec to handcuffs, they introduce each other to their favorite pleasures, and the chemistry is unstoppable. But Brady disappears in the night, won't give Etienne a phone number, doesn't talk about his past; Etienne's never known someone so hungry for affection, but with so many trust issues. Et would give all he has, but he has the feeling Brady needs saving from something before he can take it.

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Then, the something shows up: Brady's dangerous family, all of them more than human -- including Brady, who has the ability to supercool matter with the slightest touch. Throw in the family talent for criminal activity, and it's an explosion waiting to happen.

Et wants to help him escape his past, but if Brady keeps disappearing, he may not get the chance.


Reviews for Riot Boy

"Simply put, this story rocked! Riot Boy is not your typical guy meets rock star love story. It far exceeded my expectation on that point. The writing style is at a whole different level. The dialogue is sharp, crisp and so delectable I gobbled up each word. The main characters are extremely well written and they are beautiful together. I knew I was going to love this story when in the beginning pages Brady asked Etienne to dance and Depeche Mode was playing in the background. This was only a sample of the witty writing and cool vibe so inherent throughout the story. The paranormal aspect was a little mysterious but interesting nonetheless. The sexual situations clearly define the love and passion Brady and Etienne feel for each other. I could tell the author enjoyed writing this story as much as I enjoyed reading it. My one disappointment, not having one of Brady's very cool T-shirts. I highly recommend this one as a must read." -- 4 Hearts, Beverly, The Romance Studio

"The book is dominated by the mood swings of the main character's relationship. For me what it lacked in plot is made up for in intensity, humour and character development. The sub plot with Brady's unfortunate family felt a little under developed as did it's conclusion. Still in this case Riot Boy's blatant punk rock star scene stealing felt totally inevitable and completely right." - Reviews by Jesse Wave


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About Katey Hawthorne

Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction and superpowered romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in the D.C. Metro Area. In her spare time she enjoys comic books, B-movies, loud music, Epiphones, and Bushmills.


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An Interview with Katey Hawthorne
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Katey, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is Riot Boy. Where did you get the idea for this sizzling tale?

KH: Thanks for having me!

Music and poetry. My mom taught me to play guitar when I was 14 and it's been downhill ever since. (By which I mean I'm terrible at it -- but she totally rocks.) I'm one of those people who can't resist snapping up tickets the second they hear a band they like is playing at their favorite little club, and I'm constantly stuffing my head with new and old music. Especially Brady-style music, truth be told. It was inevitable that I'd write about a little punk eventually. Throw in my obsession with comics, and a little punk with superpowers was even more inevitable.

But all credit must also go to Arthur Rimbaud. I was reading the revised edition of Fowlie's Complete Works when Etienne popped up in my head. I happened to be visiting the family in Pittsburgh at the time and... there it was.

HH: What do you like best about Etienne and why will readers relate to him?

KH: Et's strong in a gentle way. He could probably weather any storm and come out the other side -- and bring everyone he loves with him, if they'd let him. But he's also extremely kind; he has nothing to prove and a lot to give. Oftentimes to a fault, which can be exasperating for people who love him, but with the right inspiration he can put up a pretty good fight, in his way. I don't write that many of those characters, so he's pretty special for me.

HH: What do you like best about Brady and why will readers love him?

KH: Brady's a brat, and I dig that. He's incredibly affectionate and needy when it suits him, but he'll as soon tell you where to go as sit in your lap and demand that you love him now. The perfect shamelessness is pretty fun, and attitude is always sexy. But he's also got his squishy points, his terrible (as in criminal) habits, and his secrets. He's not what he looks like. In a lot of ways.

HH: How did you go about creating their world?

KH: With science!

No, seriously, I love superpowers, so I sat down and decided on the rules for my "awakened" superpowered types before I even started my first book. What was allowed and how it might function. The idea was always to keep it as much in our world as possible, adding an extra supernatural layer just beneath the surface rather than making it constantly visible. It could get flashy and dangerous, but could also be believably controlled and hidden in isolated pockets, which is what the awakened try to do.

For the most part.

Then I asked my awesome scientist posse to help me explain the madness, which resulted in my Superpowered Science page. Science!

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

BM: For one, there will be a free holiday short -- the second and last featuring Sam and Hansen from Equilibrium -- called "Best Gift Ever". It'll pop up on my free reads page sometime early this month.

For another, we've got a few projects that are looking good for the new year. Lots of superpowered love on the horizon, but nothing locked in enough to say. Scientists, anarchists, witch hunters -- all kinds of new and weird takes on the subject.

HH: What's a day in the life of author Katey Hawthorne like?

KH: Like listening to a flock of birds chattering non-stop.

No, I usually get up in the late morning, drink a lot of coffee while doing email and catching up on twitter and tumblr, my shameful shiny addictions. Then I fire up the music and try and get some work done, oftentimes forgetting about lunch until it's four o'clock and my stomach begins cannibalizing itself. Writing is distracting that way, and editing sometimes even more so. I make myself stop whatever I'm doing at eight o'clock to go and be a human being for a few hours, maybe do a nice workout, and them I'm back at it until about three a.m., depending on what projects are up in the air.

I wish I could say it was full of car chases and white-sand beaches and pretty people bringing me cocktails -- alas, that last one only happens if the husband's in a really good mood after work, and DC is a bad place for the other two.

HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?

KH: Mostly just to get better at telling stories and amuse people with them. I do hope to branch out into some f/f pairings very soon, as all I the romance have out there right now is m/m, and as a reader I need all different sorts pairings. Having fun, mostly.

That's a goal. Right?

HH: What are you reading at the moment?

KH: Edith Wharton's New York Stories, re-reading the Freakangels TPBs in prep for the final one, some old school lesbian pulp novels, and Brannan Black's Wolfman series -- which I found via last month's feature. I like to balance things out that way.

HH: Where is your favorite place to shop for books?

KH: I buy a lot of small press and independent books, especially when it comes to spec fic and romance, and since all my local shops have closed, I pretty much have to shop online for those. I also tend to do a lot of book buying at museums. Living in DC I'm often waylaid by the sale table at the National Gallery or the Smithsonian museums. It's a weakness.

I confess to buying a lot of my comics digitally these days too, but I still like an occasional trip to the local comic shop for extras and just to see what's happening that I might've missed. Nothing like it.

HH: Any New Year's resolutions?

KH: I try not to do them because it's like setting myself up for disaster. I made one a few years back to stop pretending that I don't talk to my characters like they're real people, and I actually kept it. I think I'll just renew my commitment to that one.

HH: Thank you!


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