Sunday, October 2, 2011

A guest post and a giveaway - Snakeskin Boots by Xara X. Xanakas

           I have no idea what possessed that woman to write my story. Seriously. Are wereboas all that interesting? I’m just a regular guy. Sure, I may shift into a ten-foot-long boa constrictor every once in a while, but that’s not a bad thing, is it? It’s not like I’m a wolf or anything. Hey! Sorry. Brad just tried to push me off the chair. (Don’t worry. He knows I’m kidding.)
Where was I? Oh yeah. Why anyone would want a story about me? Gods, I don’t know. I mean, what kind of person sees a picture of some guy’s junk and thinks of a wereboa. Or even eggplant. Or a wereboa craving … eggplant....
Xara here. Jeff is, well, distracted at the moment. I should have known better than to let him try to talk about how he came to be with Brad in the room. I had enough trouble writing their story when they kept hitting the sheets every chance they got. But, Brad’s smoking hot, and Jeff’s got a healthy sexual appetite. What can you do when characters have that kind of chemistry? Just roll with their romps.
Yes, it’s true. I saw a picture of a HUGE cock (we’re talking scary, where-do-you-think-you’re-putting-that! huge),  in the NSFW Photos section of the M/M Romance group at Goodreads. My first thought sympathy for the guy, because someone would have to be able to unhinge their jaw to take it. And Jeff was born. Of course, his partner would have to have that terrifying piece of meat in his pants, otherwise Jeff’s snake qualities would be going to waste. Once Jeff unhinged, well....
Speaking of...oh, hi Brad. Welcome back. Where’s Jeff?
Hi. Thanks, Xara. Jeff’s, uh, resting now. He asked me to take over.
So, what was it like to be the subject of a book? I don’t know. Kind of weird, you know? Seeing how other people think of you, getting to read their deepest darkest thoughts. I got self-conscious during it, because there was a lot of talk about my, ahem, physical attributes. I was relieved to see Jeff knows the color of my eyes, because honestly? It seemed like I didn’t exist north of my belt buckle at times. I mean, she focused on what was in my pants. A lot. She was almost as obsessed with it as Jeff. Not that I’m complaining. I supposed I should be flattered. I could have been called “cucumber”. “Eggplant” has a nicer ring to it at least.
But getting to see the way Jeff wrestles around things in his brain was enlightening. Watching him become centered, and seeing him grow just made me love him that much more. I’m glad I get to be there for the rest of it. I guess I never stood a chance with her and Jeff around. I was a goner the minute I caught Jeff’s scent. It just took him a little longer to admit it. And I hear him stirring in the other room. Thank you for your time. Now, if you’ll excuse me.
Well, there you have it. Straight from the wolf’s mouth. Guess all I had to do was transcribe their thoughts. In fairness, Jeff is the one that kept thinking about the eggplant Brad’s smuggling in his jeans. Really. It was Jeff.
Mmm. Eggplant....



Snakeskin Boots is available from Dreamspinner Press on October 5, 2011. Can't wait for the giveaway to end? Buy your copy on Wednesday!


           When her muse Spunky is not feeding Xara more ideas, you might find her on her website at, her blog at, or on Goodreads at


Giveaway deets:

Leave a comment on this entry with your name and email address. That counts as one entry. If you want to toss your name into the pot more than once, you can do one, or all, of the following.
Be a follower of Babes in Boyland +1 (If you're already a follower, that counts too! Just mention it. :))-Pimp this contest on your Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads status, etc., and provide us with a link to said promotion(s). +1 per link-Follow us on Twitter! (See the sidebar for our names and links to our accounts). If your Twitter name is different than the one you use here, please let us know. +1 for each of usAnd that’s it! This contest is for an ebook copy, so, of course, it’s open worldwide.

Contest ends: 10/7/2011, Friday, at 9PM CST

Note: We will contact the winner via email. The winner will have 48 hours (until 9 PM CST, 10/9/2011) to contact us, or we will draw again.Winner will be chosen by random drawing.And I know it shouldn’t have to be said, but if you win, please respect the intellectual property of the author and don’t share the book or give it away to anyone else.

~*This contest is open to adults age 18 and up. Your comment confirms that you are of legal age.*~

Thanks for playing!


  1. Yay! I'm not entering (obviously, cause that would be cheating) but you guys are going to LOVE this book!

  2. Okay, now I'm never going to be able to look at an eggplant the same way again ;)

    Definitely count me in on this one.
    +1 blog follower.


  3. Please count me in on this one!
    Sounds fun!

    +1 follow your blog!


  4. Count me in please, and I'm a follower.

  5. Oooohhh, I'm intriqued! Sign me up

  6. Please count me in too! Sounds hot and fun!

    +1 = follower


  7. A boa shifter is DEFINITELY a new one for me! Sounds hawt.
    Please sign me up.
    +1 for following the blog

    ~~Courtney S

  8. This sounds great. I loved hearing how you came up with the idea. I swear some of those pictures on that board make me gasp!

    Please count me in for the giveaway + 1 for being a follower

  9. Hi - I'd love a copy! Please enter me....

  10. Oh my! Good thing we aren't that fond of eggplants over here, else I wouldn't be able to help my laughter every time I see one. What a hoot. I read an excerpt before and I totally can't wait to read this one!

    Don't count me in for the giveaway, please. I already pre-ordered it; just waiting for Wednesday to arrive. ;)

    beatrice.g.tan [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. I've wanted to read this since I read the except on your website. Or Goodreads. Maybe both. :D


  12. @beatrice. Yeah, eggplant has always been my favorite vegetable. LOL. totally look at it all differently now.

    Good luck everyone!

  13. Everyone, please remember to leave your email address if you're entering the contest.

    Thanks! :D

  14. Wow, this is different! Sign me up please!

    Hdcook2000 at gmail dot com

    I also follow you both on twitter. @thinkwithin

  15. This book looks fabu, count me in please!

  16. \o/ I want it I want it I want it.

    I mean, count me in please. :)

    +1 = follower of blog
    +1 = I retweeted it but don't have the link (does that mean -1?)
    +1 = follow the awesome Piper
    +1 = follow the awesome MJ
    +1 = follow the awesome Xara (oops is that even a +1?)

    I've lost count now. XD
    Can't wait to read it anyhow. Xara's first book was Hot with a capital H-O-T!
    Oh yeah - email = kleemoon66 @

  17. This sounds really interesting, as does the whole Were Menagerie series. =)

    adara adaraohare com

    +1 follow blog
    +2 follow Twitter accounts
    +1 pimped on Twitter (@adaraohare)

  18. Love me some Snake Skin Boots or even better whats in the boots.

    Count me in

  19. Snakes...brrr...but this book sounds fun.
    So count me in. Thanks :)

    +1 following

    cayce006 at

  20. OMG! I'd like to enter please! please, please!! This sounds amazing! I've never read anything with any kind of were-snake. I want it! lol... ( I just hope I'm that lucky! >o<)


    +1 - Already a follower
    +5 - Pimpage HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE
    +2 - already following both on Twitter~(UsrNme: Arella3173)

  21. This one looks so good! Please count me in!

    I also follow your blog and both of you on twitter (@mercedes791)


  22. Heh. It'd help if I left my email huh? ;D

    I'm pretty loopy today. Sorry! Lol


  23. Count me in!

    1 - This comment.
    1 - Pimped on goodreads status.
    1 - Follow the blog.

  24. I'm going to enter for Wendy, who's having technical difficulties...until she gets her own stuff to work.

    So, an entry for Wendy
    +1 blog follower...and I think there's more, but I'll ask her later.

  25. Hi, this book really does sound good. I was a little hesitant because snakes aren't my thing, unless there made into shoes or a bad, lol. However, I really want to read this one. Good luck with the book launch.

    So I'm entering with this post. And again as +1 blog follower. I'm Monica on GR. Thanks.

  26. I'm not entering, cause I've read more times than I care to share. I just can't wait for this book to FINALLY reach other people. XXX is one of the best authors I've ever read.

  27. Please count me in

    I ask follow the blog and bot of u on twitter (user harty_tarty)


  28. Count me in please!
    +1 for following this blog :)

  29. Please count me in:)
    +1 blog follower


  30. Loved the interview with the characters :)

    Count me in :)

    +2= following both your twitter accounts
    +1= retweeted (!/pipervaughn/status/122190570352418816)