Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday Thoughts with PD Singer (A wee bit of NSFW)

Hi, all, I'm P.D. Singer, and I'm here to undress Chad. He and Warren are the MCs from A New Man, my latest release from Dreamspinner.

(EDT:  Sorry for the lateness!  I need to remember not to upload posts late at night or I screw them up. - Evaine)

Chad’s definitely got the most issues going on in the story. He has nearly constant sinus headaches, gets tired easily, and has to watch his weight like a hawk. This in spite of being a good athlete, in a sport that requires speed, agility, and alertness. In the course of the story, he discovers what’s wrong and how to fix it, and will need Warren’s help and support every step of the way.  On one of their early dates, once it stops being two guys hanging out, Warren comes to watch Chad fence in a tournament.

Chad’s sport requires specialized clothing.

It has to permit movement, and it has to protect him, because this sort of thing is so awkward at practice:

(Mirin Dajo survived. He also did this as a party trick.)

The mask covers the face and most of the back of the head. Dueling scars have fallen out of fashion, and rightly so. Not being able to see your opponent's face is a small price to pay, although there are some gorgeous guys in there.

Fencers don't care for getting skewered, so modern jackets have a Kevlar lining, groin straps to keep them from riding up, and high collars to protect the neck. In foil fencing, the groin is a legitimate target, so the jacket has a front tab to cover. Fencers are also supposed to wear cups, but this isn't universal. Chad has a scene where he wishes he was better prepared. So does Andre, his nemesis.

Under the jacket they wear a plastron, to protect the area most often targeted. This can be Kevlar or stiff plastic.

Suspenders aren't universal, but they really don't want to be losing their britches in the middle of a bout. That's for later.

The knickers are silly-looking but traditional, worn with white socks and flat, grippy-soled shoes, the better to move across the piste without slipping.

In fact, those knickers are so silly looking they should be removed immediately.

Fencers may or may not wear a glove with a gauntlet on their sword hands. The bell guard may not provide enough protection.

And after the tournament is done, all the clothes come off.

Find out about Chad's adventures in fencing and stripping in A New Man, available now from Dreamspinner.

A New Man 

Senior year of college is for studying, partying, and having fun before getting serious about life. Instead, Chad’s days are filled with headaches and exhaustion, and his fencing skills are getting worse with practice, not better. Then there’s his nonexistent love life, full of girls he’s shunted to the friend zone. Is he asexual? Gay?

Grad student Warren Douglas could be out clubbing, but his roommate is better company, even without kisses. He’s torn up watching Chad suffer, gobbling ibuprofen and coming home early on Friday nights. If Chad weren’t straight, Warren would keep him up past midnight. They’re great as friends. Benefits might answer Chad’s questions.

A brief encounter with lab rats reveals Chad’s illness—he needs surgery, STAT, and can’t rely on his dysfunctional parents for medical decisions. Warren’s both trustworthy and likely to get overruled—unless they’re married. “You can throw me back later,” Warren says, and he may throw himself back after his husband turns out moody and hard to get along with, no matter how much fun his new sex drive is. Surgery turns Chad into a new man, all right…

…but Warren fell in love with the old one.

Buy at Dreamspinner or Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or at All Romance eBooks.


  1. Purrrrrrrrrr.... Awesome story!!!! Hugs, Z.

  2. Hmm, I may have found a new sport to follow.

  3. A couple of these guys manage to rock the knickers.

    Thanks to our Cup O'Porn hosts for having me here.