Virtual Book Tour: Anyone But You by Brien Michaels (Guest Post + Giveaway)

About Anyone But You

Murder is one hell of a drag.

Jack Kieza has a problem. He’s deeply attracted to men, but his homophobic family has left him too afraid to act on it. With his thirtieth birthday around the corner, his curiosity gets the best of him, and he finds himself at a gay club. After spending a fiery night with drag queen Sheila Saltue, everything changes. Especially when he discovers her alter ego: his boss, Ryan Swift.

Ryan knew he should’ve said no the second Jack approached him. Now he can’t stop himself from texting Jack every chance he gets. But Jack won’t let him take the wig off during sex, and being Sheila off-stage is wearing thin.

The more time they spend together, the more intense their feelings get, but Jack isn’t ready to date a man yet. When drag queens start turning up murdered, it forces Jack to reexamine his feelings, because what if Ryan is next? While Jack wants their burgeoning relationship to work, it would mean having to admit who he is to the world. And that’s an idea as frightening as death.

Available now from Riptide Publishing!

Thank you so much for having me!

For anyone who is new to my particular brand of…er…crazy, my name is Brien Michaels and I write erotic romance. And dark erotic romance. And sometimes even all out horror. I grew up reading Stephen King, so I can be a little twisted at times. Welcome to my Anyone But You blog tour! I’ll be checking in all day, so absolutely feel free to comment if you’d like to chat.

I seem to be on a Inspiration kick for this tour, so let’s keep it going. But today I want to talk about the inspiration for the novel overall.

There’s an app that I stumbled across a couple years ago called Whisper where people can post anonymously. Like, they can say basically anything they want. I’d peruse it at night when I was bored and every night I’d would see the same thing, and every time it was from a different poster. Or at least a different screen name. They were posts for guys looking to get laid. And they would all say that they preferred a woman, but they were open to letting another guy get them off as long as the guy met one of two criteria. Either be a cross-dresser, or be so effeminate that the poster could at least pretend he was with a woman. Anyone who checked both boxes were to message them immediately.

So I started wondering to myself what that guy’s life had to be like that he wanted human sexual contact so bad he was essentially trolling for it on the internet, but he would only go for another man if he could pretend it was a woman. I wondered what he had been through. How he thought. And if that was his was of experimenting with his sexuality while still being able to tell himself that he was 100 percent heterosexual. That’s when Jack strutted into my head. Desperate to know what it was like to experience sex with another man before he turned thirty, but so damaged psychologically by his homophobic family that he couldn’t stay erect any time he tried. That is, until he hatched a plan.

I also wondered while reading these posts what kind of man would actually respond to them. To a person literally wanted to erase him as a person strictly for his own pleasure, and then undoubtedly kick him out afterward with no type of reciprocation. What had that guy’s life been like? Why was he willing to be treated so poorly by someone who would never care, or even want to know his name?  Did they want so badly to be able to claim that they’d had relations with a “straight guy”? And that’s when Sheila strolled into my head in her sparkling red outfit in full drag. Sheila could solve Jack’s dilemma of wanted to sleep with a guy while being able to pretend the man was a woman. Because all she wanted was to get off, too. A proper one-night stand. The only problem is that Jack works for her when she’s not all done up in drag and goes by the name Ryan.

Their relationship is explosive, because they both fulfill a part that the other didn’t know they were missing. But the only question is…can it last? Because sooner or later, Jack is going to have to let the wig come off when they have sex. And let me tell you, I had a blast getting these two both to, and past that point.

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

About Brien Michaels

Brien Michaels was hatched shortly before the turn of the century. He grew up in the DMV area and has been creating characters for as long as he can remember, starting with an imaginary friend named Farquad Beaverhausen. Before turning his considerably wicked imagination to writing, he was an actor, aspiring film student, movie theater concessionist, and the first human to enter the seventy-second dimension. Though it is unclear whether he made it back or if Farquad’s evil twin, Brad, has taken control of his body. He’s currently on the run from the Secret Police, who want to bring him in for questioning regarding the whereabouts of erotica authors L.A. Witt and Lauren Gallagher. If you encounter him, please contact his publishers immediately, as he likely should be chained to a desk writing and not out walking children in nature.

Twitter: @BrienMichaels


To celebrate this release, one lucky person will win a $10 gift card to Riptide. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 14, 2019. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info! 


12 thoughts on “Virtual Book Tour: Anyone But You by Brien Michaels (Guest Post + Giveaway)

  1. Thank you for sharing the background inspiration for your characters. Always interesting, that.
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    1. You’re so welcome! I always like to know other author’s creative processes, so I figure I’d let people in on mine, too. 😊


    1. I’m really glad to hear that. It’s probably my favorite that I’ve written to date.


  2. I always like hearing about the inspiration behind stories.
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