Today I have the ridiculously talented Jayne Rylon stopping by to talk about the first book in her new series: King Cobra Book 1 in the Hot Rods series. If you’ve read Jayne’s Powertool’s series (if you haven’t you need to fix that immediately!!) then you will remember some of these characters from the latest Powertool’s book: Hammer It Home. I asked Jayne to tell us more about the new characters and if we would still see some of the old crew in the new series. Here is her response:
Well, there are lots of heroes in the Hot Rods series. Seven guys plus the Powertools crew, who make a lot of appearances too. But in the first book of the series the focus is on Eli, King Cobra, and Alanso, his right hand man. Readers may have already met the pair if they read the Powertools series as the pair were introduced in Nailed to the Wall and Hammer it Home. Eli is sexy because he’s the leader of the gang, he’s the person the mechanics look to in order to keep things in line. He’s had the most normal childhood of all the Hot Rods, thanks to his dad Tom who is in the series too. His mother died when he was young but he’s strong and knows the value of love. Alanso is sexy too. He’s more vulnerable, since he believes his mother abandoned him when he was younger and she was deported back to Cuba. But he’s stronger in some ways too and is really the driving force behind the Hot Rods beginning to explore the latent bond between them. All the guys are rough, down to earth, heavily tattooed and kind of badass. They are mechanics and smart about their restoration business, which they find success in by partnering well together.
One cool thing about this series is that the inspiration images I used to make each character vivid in my mind were actually contracted for the covers. I’ve included a link on each character below. It’s very rare that the cover matches so exactly what I had in mind when I wrote the book. Most of the time we’re at the mercy of stock photography which matches sort of to not at all. So this is terrific! I’ve included some random fun facts from my series bible for each character (just a tidbit of how I sketch them all out before I start writing so I’m consistent and make them seem more like real people to myself) and the book they’re the main focus of next to their name. I hope readers enjoy getting to know the new guys, but no worries, you’ll see lots of the Powertools crew too as they coach their friends to happily ever afters.
Eli London (King Cobra) – Age 31, Height 6’2”, smokes when drunk, has a temper when Alanso or Sally aren’t around to calm him down, seems older than he is, financially conservative, altruistic, has shallow relationships with women (until now).
Alanso Diaz drives a Honda REPSOL motorcycle, orange with a #69 racing decal, a main character in both King Cobra and Mustang Sally. Bald, wears big chains and bigger sunglasses. Lots of colorful tattoos, some religious. Issues – abandonment, feels unworthy of lasting love. Job: engine tuner. Alanso is Cuban and speaks Spanish a lot in the book, I got to consult with several fans on how to curse like a Cuban for his character. Hysterical!
Salome Rider (Mustang Sally) – second down in the strip of photos. Age 27. Loves dancing when no one’s looking, painting her nails crazy schemes. Feminine yet badass. Dislkikes religious zealots as she grew up on a commune in Utah. Prefers top 40’s music. Tons of piercings. Job: painting cars and designing hot rods. Drives a pink convertible mustang with white leather top and interior, 1969.
Kaige Davis (Super Nova) – blond dreadlocks, bright green eyes, quiet, talks when he has something important to say. Known for building up pressure than exploding like a super nova. Bisexual. Likes alternative music. General mechanic as well as being in charge of new ideas and business strategy. Thinks a lot then makes suggestions. Integrates new technology in classics. Drives a Chevy Nova, green with flames down the side.
Bryce Ellington (Rebel on the Run) – top photo. Age 30. Height 6’3”. Well spoken. Helps others write things when they need proofing. Handles all communication with customers. Rubs his side when thinking. Wears ripped and out of style clothing. Likes proven worth (character vs. cash), honest affection and beer. Straight-ish. Huge tattoo back piece of money paving the way to hell. Job: customer service, pricing and general mechanic. Drives a Rebel AMC, white with red stripe and blue bottom.
Holden Burke (Swinger Style) – fourth picture down of him in the car. Age 26. Height 5’11”, easy going, nice smile, a little more reserved, likes to observe the rest of the gang’s antics, compassionate, winks at people, always Roman’s DD. Likes pizza, playing by the rules and being a good guy. Favorite bands: Owl City, Keane, Angels & Airwaves, One Republic. Mother was a hooker. Job: Interior detailing and upholstery. No tattoos or piercings. Drives a Dodge Dart Swinger. Cherry red with black top and interior.
Carver Levon half of the couple featured in Barracuda’s Heart. Light beard. Fun, prankster, practical joker, peacekeeper. Very social, likes being around the rest of the gang. Almost asexual until the Hot Rods shenanigans start. Avoids conflict. Doesn’t like being touched casually. Likes to be chilled out. Listens to Michael Buble, Jack Johnson, easy listening. Drives an orange Plymouth Road Runner. Nickname: Meep (the noise the road runner makes!). Job: General mechanic and parts sourcer, likes to go rummaging in the quiet by himself.
Roman Daily (Barracuda’s Heart) – second from bottom image will Roman & Carver. Age 35. Lots of bad habits. He smokes, drinks, curses and used to be a petty criminal. Always feeding strays around the garage, always serious. Likes playing cards. Tattoos of vices—drugs, booze, gambling, devils, skulls, flames, dice and a permanent bruise. Father in jail, mother missing. Joined the garage after Tom London caught him attempting to steal Tom’s truck. Drives a purple Plymouth Barracuda.
After looking at those pics I think we should all immediately hit these buy links and get a copy of King Cobra. And from previous experience with Jayne’s books keep a significant other and a tall glass of cold water nearby!!
For this tour Jayne is giving away an awesome prize pack including: a T-shirt, print copy of Pick Your Pleasure, flavored lube, autographed cover flats, playing cards, keychain, etc. Click the link below to enter!
Nothing’s sexier than seven men with hot rods.
Hot Rods, Book 1
After Eli’s mother died, his father honored her life’s mission as a social worker by taking in several kids from the wrong side of the tracks. Not all of them stuck, but those who did became Eli’s quasi family.
Their bonds, forged in fires set by their personal demons, are unbreakable—or so Eli wants to believe. Especially since he and Alanso, his best friend and head mechanic, witnessed the overpowering allure of polyamory while visiting the Powertools crew.
Much as Eli would like to deepen the relationships among his foster brothers and sister in the Hot Rods Restoration Team, he’s hesitant to risk everything on a quick romp behind a stack of tires.
But when Eli catches Alanso exploring their mutual fantasy at a known hookup spot in a public park, all bets are off. And Eli must decide if it’s time to jump in full throttle—and trust his instincts to guide him through the night. If the pair can dodge the potholes in their own relationship, maybe they can race together toward the unconventional arrangement with Mustang Sally they both desire.
Don’t forget this is just one stop on the tour. Be sure to check the other stops for more fun!