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Author Clare James Chats with Gabe Shannon of her new novella DIRTY (with a book review and giveaway!)


A Quick and Dirty Chat with Gabe Shannon

By Clare James

Thanks for having us, Becky. I’m so excited to have the chance to interview the vanilla-turned-kinky entrepreneur, Gabe Shannon. I hope your readers enjoy 🙂

Clare:  Just to update the readers, Gabe Shannon is the hero and love interest in the Quick and Dirty Series. In DIRTY, the new prequel, we learn exactly how Gabe went from reserved business man to the master of kink in Chicago’s secret world. So tell us, Gabe, how did you become interested in kink?

Gabe: To put it simply, it was a stripper named Tasha.  I was having some issues in my personal life, and my friend stepped in to help.

Clare:  And help means?

Gabe: Visits to adult entertainment clubs, sex-toy think tanks, things like that.

Clare: Oh my, and what was your favorite?

Gabe: Well, let’s just say I liked the club so much, I bought one for myself.

Clare: What was it about the lifestyle that spoke to you?

Gabe: Freedom, acceptance, excitement!  Oh and the hot-as-sin sex didn’t hurt either.

Clare: What can readers expect when they go on this journey with you?

Gabe: They can expect insanely hot times (make sure you have your batteries ready, ladies), new and very dirty vocabulary words, some hilarious situations, a little heartbreak, and a ton of fun.

DIRTY is the prequel to the Quick and Dirty Series—books 2 and 3 are available now—and can be read at any point in the trilogy.


About Clare James:ClareJames_HeadShot

Clare James writes contemporary romance and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the Impossible Love series; the steamy romantic comedy Dirty Little Lies; and the touching family drama Wednesday. Her new title, Caught, is the first in a series about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. It will be published with Entangled Publishing’s Brazen line in June 2015.

A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on – mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men – her husband and young son – and is always on social media chatting with readers.

Connect with Clare:  Website | Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

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Title: Dirty
Author: Clare James
Author Location: Minneapolis, MN
Genre: Erotic Romance, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 18, 2016
Publisher: Independent
Format: Digital eBook



Gabe Shannon has just been schooled … in the art of kink, that is.

After a heartbreaking loss, this broken man spins out of control until a whirlwind friendship with a stripper named Tash takes over his life.

With Tash at his side, the two embark on a crazy tour of Chicago’s underground world of pleasure. Yes, he’s gone into a deep, dark, and dirty (make that D.I.R.T.Y.) world that he never really knew existed. And surprisingly, he discovers he likes it. Quite a lot.

But the reserved entrepreneur soon realizes that hanging from the chandeliers every night is not all it’s cracked up to be. Well, it is … but it’d sure be a lot more fun if it meant something.

This erotic tale can be read as an introduction to the Bestselling Quick and Dirty Series, or to learn more about the gorgeous Gabe Shannon anytime during the series. DIRTY is not a mandatory read, but you may enjoy the series more after you roam around in Gabe’s head a bit.

DIRTY tells the story of how Gabe started exploring his dirty side, came to own Club Venus, and met the crazy beautiful Stevie Sinclair.


Available: Amazon


Read an Excerpt from DIRTY:

“I’ve been spending a lot of time at the bar,” I finally told her, not taking my eyes off the city scene. “And strip club, if you want me to be honest.” It was the truth, and probably expected in some ways. My reasoning, however, was anything but typical.

“Is it helping?” she asked, while scrawling in her notebook. She was always writing in that damn thing, and I couldn’t stand the sound of it—the dull scratch of pen on paper.  Dr. Fielding, aka the shrink from hell, couldn’t help herself. She dissected every word I said. Of course, she came highly recommended and had an incredible reputation. Yet, frankly, I wasn’t seeing it. I’d been coming here for more than a month and she continued to treat me like I was some kind of depressed teenager or recovering addict, like this stage in my life was just a passing moment. As if I wouldn’t be stuck here forever.


“No, it’s not fucking helping.” I stood up and faced her, feeling the little control I had left begin to slip away. “And neither are these sessions, Doc.”

“What do you think would help?” Dr. Fielding didn’t move an inch as I paced the room, stopping to toy with her knickknacks on the bookshelf.

“Well, Tash –”

“Your stripper friend?” She interrupted.

“Well, that’s not how I’d characterize her,” I said, smiling now thinking about how Tasha would put the good doctor in her place after such a comment. “Plus, I think exotic dancer is more apropos these days.”

“Apologies.” She smirked. “Go on.”

“As I was saying,” I paused and raised a brow, just to be sure she wouldn’t interrupt me again. “Tasha wants to take me some place new tonight. But she said I needed to keep an open mind.”



Dirty introduces us to Gabe Shannon, a widower whose libido has been on vacation for more than two years. Almost as bad, the young entrepreneur’s businesses have also been in a holding pattern, and if they get any more stagnant they just might flatline. Something has to be done, and soon.

He quits drinking (but not hanging out in strip clubs, since he’s still hoping to fix problem #1), makes sure his problem isn’t medical, and starts seeing a shrink. Then he decides it’s time to get serious.

In the meantime he’s met and befriended Tash, a stripper at his favorite strip club, and she’s long been offering to fix his problem for him–all he has to do is keep and open mind. He’s not quite sure what to expect, but after yet another non-productive session on Dr. Fieldin’g couch, he finally decides to go for it.

Tash takes Gabe on a series of erotic-themed field trips, and lo and behold, things appear to be (ahem) looking up. He’s inspired to try his hand a new business, and it looks like he may finally get the one-on-one time with Tash he’d been craving but unable to enjoy up until that point. Things are finally looking up.

But Tash always insisted she wasn’t the one for him…will she fix him or leave him even more broken?

Dirty is an intro novella, giving us a slice of Gabe’s life before book one in the series, Dirty Little Lies starts. It doesn’t quite have the ending you might think it will going in, but Gabe’s definitely finally on the path toward getting his life back.Dirty‘s a fun glimpse into the mind of a grieving and plain vanilla guy who’s on his way toward healing and learning to appreciate other flavors. Many, many other flavors…

Looks like it’s going to be a fun series!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Other Books in the Quick and Dirty Series:



Twenty-nine-year-old Stevie Sinclair has just lost everything: her boyfriend, her apartment, even her ugly bird named Free. (Yeah, she knows it’s a stupid name, so don’t start.) But most importantly, Stevie’s lost herself.

As she shuffles through her days in worn-out Hello Kitty PJs—eating ice cream, sipping wine, and contemplating her next move—a magazine article catches her attention. Blaring black letters read: “How to Get Your Sexy Back in Six Easy Steps.”

Stevie studies the article in the trashy magazine like the good student she is and immediately knows what she has to do. With the magazine article in hand, and a bottle of red in her bag, Stevie embarks on a journey to reclaim her life and win back her ex.

Until she meets Gabe Shannon. Gorgeous, single, and on a quest of his own, Gabe introduces Stevie to a lifestyle that is sure to help get her sexy back and then some. If she doesn’t chicken out … (Oh, you know where this is going.)

Available at: Amazon



In this second book in the Quick and Dirty Series, beloved characters Stevie Sinclair and Gabe Shannon navigate through the ups and downs of their grown-up—albeit kinky—relationship.

And while Stevie’s thoroughly enjoyed every mind-blowing sexperience with Gabe, she worries she’s not enough to keep him satisfied for the long term.

So it’s back to the drawing board for Stevie …

First stop?

Club Venus for the annual Halloween masquerade party.

What follows is one insanely hot and filthy night of mayhem where nobody is who they appear to be … ah, you get the idea.

Dirty Little Tricks is the seductive continuation of Stevie and Gabe’s story and the very beginning for one lucky couple at Club Venus.
Available at: Amazon


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