Title: Under the Waterfall (Have Body, Will Guard #5)
Author: Neil Plakcy
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: 80,618 words
Genre: m/m Contemporary Mystery Romance
Heat: 2 – Romantic & Tame
Sex Frequency: 2 – Few and Far Between
Keywords/Tags: Series, Action/Adventure, Bodyguards, Existing Relationship, ex-Military, Teachers, Coming Out/Closeted, Abduction/Kidnapping, France, Corsica, Family/Kids, Multiple Romances, Expat
Rating: Pretty Good
As soon as they’re settled in their new home on the French Riviera, bodyguards Aidan and Liam are sent to the island of Corsica to protect a mining executive and his family. Though they’re still in love, and having lots of sex, the disruption, and the discovery that the client’s son is gay and in a touchy relationship, causes both bodyguards to question their skills and their commitment to each other. Can they engineer a happy ending for Michel and his boyfriend, while protecting the family from deadly adversaries?
What a wonderful surprise for me to find another Aidan and Liam book out! For some reason, I thought that after book four, Olives for the Stranger that the series was finished, so getting a new book and the possibility of even more after this (it sure seems like it) makes me so happy! Liam and Aidan are a couple that I’ve kept with since I read their first book Three Wrong Turns in the Desert several years ago. Each book is heavy on action/adventure and a serious dose of hot and heavy macho action. How could I not fall in love? Besides, I’ve always been drawn to Mr. Plakcy’s work. I really enjoy his style.
The fifth installment in this series diverges from the rest right at the start. Though we know Liam and Aiden well in Tunisia where they met and have previously worked as bodyguards, they moved at the end of the fourth book to France and are now living in Nice. Both of them think that they moved to primarily make the other happy, but the truth is that having less freedom is somewhat constricting to them both, because Liam doesn’t always like being told what to do and because Aidan usually does what he can to defer to his more senior partner and lover and because he generally ends up trying to please him anyway. This results in it’s own set of complications and when Liam and Aidan take on a new case in Corsica protecting a mine owner’s family from threats by Corsican nationalists to preserve the island from drilling, they both spend much of their time there working through their own issues about their relationship. Aidan wonders if he’s doomed to play the doormat when once again Liam takes the active role in their operation and Aidan feels that he’s undervalued. Liam is forced to confront his past when they find that the son in the family they’re protecting, Michel, is in the closet and secretly in love with his father’s biggest adversary’s son. It might be a classic star-crossed lovers tale with a bent twist, but the interactions between scared, closeted and teenaged Michel and his blithely criticizing father force him to confront his own feelings about his past and his development into his only real relationship — with Aidan. Liam has never considered himself as any kind of commodity, until recently mostly avoiding his sexuality except in the basest of situations, but their friend Louis makes a comment that shows him he just might be attractive to other men. That leads him to consider his relationship with Aidan and his feelings about sleeping with other men.
Their main issue in Corsica, nonetheless, is keeping their client’s safe, not angsting about the issues in their relationship.
This book (like the last one) was both an enjoyment to read and a bit of a disappointment. The pure adventure and excitement that I’m used to from the earlier plots in this series seem to have gone away. On the other hand, I think that Plakcy, better than most writers in the m/m romance genre anyway, seem to have a real knack for writing about the issues that crop up in long lasting relationships. They’re the everyday issues — communication, self-esteem in relationship to your partner, jealousy — and they’re handled responsibly. Sure they might cause a bit of angst, but I like the format of this series because the external adventure/mystery plot takes some of the focus away. The plot doesn’t need to be built on those internal relationship issues to carry the story, so those real-to-life relationship issues seem to carry the modest weight that is natural. Of course they’re important but they aren’t life or death issues that need to much focus. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy a classic relationship-centric contemporary romance, but Aidan and Liam feel more real to me because while I might have to occasionally suspend disbelief at their gun-toting, crime-solving antics, the relationship at the center is down to earth and totally believable.
I remain a fan of this series. I probably always will be. But, I think I might need to shift my expectation of the future books. From here on, I’m going to look forward more to the relationship than the external plot. It might bring me some enjoyment, but so far the last few just haven’t been nearly as satisfying as the first ones. I will say that I found Liam and Aidan’s physical relationship in this book somewhat disappointing. I’m not sure why the author didn’t include much sex (hardly any!). One of the draws to this series for me has been the hot and heavy sex between these two men. Maybe the author is trying to shift the overall arc in another direction? Or, perhaps, the plot in this book just didn’t fit with the two getting hot and heavy. But I sure hope that when these two come back for book six that they’ll be getting it on in all kinds of weird places like they used to!
Posted by Cole in 4 Pretty Good, 76-100k, Authors P-R, Contemporary, Heat 2 - Romantic & Tame, Mystery, Romance, Sex Freq 2 - Few and Far Between Tags: Action/Adventure, Bodyguards, Closeted, Coming Out, Corsica, Ex-Military, Existing Relationship, Expat, Family, France, Have Body Will Guard, Kidnapping/Abduction, Kids, Loose Id, Multiple Romances, Neil Plakcy, Series, Teachers
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I’m a romance writer and I love happy endings. Sometimes it takes a while to get there. In my new story, Bread, Salt and Wine, George Zajac grew up on a farm with an abusive father who used religion as a bludgeoning tool. In his late thirties, George still carries the emotional wounds. He tried pretending heterosexuality by marrying a woman, but that ended as badly as you might expect. Now he’s moved to Los Angeles to start a new life and has carried all his issues with him. He can’t stay in the closet and he can’t come out. Mostly he won’t let himself fall in love.
George’s new job as a catering chef, takes him on a tour of other people’s happy occasions. There’s not one, but ten weddings in this book. And because the story starts in 2005, George’s struggle plays out with California’s marriage equity teeter totter in the background.
This is the fourth, and last, of the Tarnished Souls series. The books are independent, stand-alone stories, linked by shared characters but written to be read in any order. Readers of the series know Kenny Marks, the man George pretends he’s not in love with. Kenny is as flamboyantly proud as George is ashamed. While Kenny sees George, really sees him, there’s only so much a person can put up with and George could easily miss his chance at a happy ending.
I’m proud that this story is part of the Big Gay Wedding blog tour because everyone deserves a happy ending and denying anyone the opportunity to have the husband or wife of their heart cheapens the institution for everyone. There’s some more information about the tour at the end of this post, along with an opportunity to win a copy of Bread, Salt and Wine.
Some wounds never heal. George Zajac grew up in a religious family with a father who beat “the swish” out of him. Now he’s a troubled man. At thirty-eight he moves across the country to start a new life in Los Angeles, working as the catering chef for a prestigious French Restaurant.
Kenny Marks, a writer who’s currently waiting tables, is everything George cannot be–flamboyant, proud and sexually confident. Enthralled by Kenny, and against his own better judgment, George agrees to a date. Sparks fly. The sex is better than good. But even after the two get close, George remains crippled by humiliating sexual hang-ups. Still haunted by his childhood, he lingers in the closet and can’t commit to a relationship with Kenny.
Love is the great healer, but is it enough? George’s emotional scars could drive Kenny away, and with him, George’s last chance at happiness.
Meanwhile, here’s an EXCERPT:
We got the food loaded into the van with an hour to spare. I sent the cooks home and told Kenny to be back in an hour.
“What are you going to do in the meantime?” he asked.
I looked around the clean kitchen. I was caught up on paperwork, and the phone calls I needed to make could wait until the next day. “I don’t know. Maybe fix something to eat. There won’t be time for dinner once we start work.”
He leaned against a counter. “Want some company?”
I blinked. Why not? “Sure. The regular restaurant crew will be here in a few minutes, so why don’t we retreat to my office.”
Heleaped forward. “Sounds like a plan. What can I do?”
Whenwe were settled in my office with reheated portions of the previous day’s special in our laps, I raised my water glass to him. “It would be better with Cabernet, but this will have to do.”
Weate for a few minutes in silence. The tiny room felt even smaller with him in it. Outside we could hear the sounds of people arriving at work, chatting, opening and closing lockers. And then the sounds grew more distant as the crew migrated toward the kitchen. Chef Stephan’s voice barked orders, and I was glad we’d closed the door.
Wewere almost through when Kenny cleared his throat. He stared down at his plate and said, “Some friends of mine opened a play last weekend. It’s experimental theater. They comped me two tickets for Wednesday night.” He looked up. “There’s nothing on the calendar that night. Do you want to go? With me?”
Mypulse raced. “Are you asking me out on a date?”
“That would be my first choice. But I’m flexible.” He grinned. “Very flexible, actually.”
I looked into his warm brown eyes and felt the world shifting beneath me. Objections rose like corks in my mind. I was his boss. We worked together. He was too gay, and I was too fucked up. The office felt even smaller. A fluttery feeling in my stomach made it hard to breathe. I looked at Kenny, at his spiked blond hair and the way it contrasted with his dark eyebrows and deep brown eyes. At the five o’clock shadow he’d need to shave before we went to our next event. At his broad shoulders, the way his torso tapered, and the strong thighs filling his jeans.
Kenny puffed his cheeks and blew out a big gust of air. “Right. No big deal. I thought you might want to—”
“Sure.” The word came out without me consciously thinking it.
Kenny’s whole face brightened. “Really, you’ll come? That’s great. Really great.”
I nodded. “Right. In the meantime we should—”
“Yeah, it’s about time to get ready.” He jumped up. “I’ll take your plate.”
Ashis hand brushed mine I felt a jolt of excitement. I blinked up at him. Kenny bit his lower lip, held my gaze for a moment longer, and then he was gone.
I sat staring after him, fear and arousal churning lunch around my stomach. Was I making a mistake? Probably. And yet the promise in that touch… I shook my head. We had a dinner to serve.
So what do you think? Do happy endings happen in real life? Leave a comment by Midnight CDT, on Saturday, June 15th for a chance to win a copy of Bread, Salt and Wine.
Ah weddings – they bring out the best and worst in all of us. This month you’re invited to Loose Id’s wedding extravaganza where marriage equity means equal opportunity wedding disasters. Kate McMurray writes about the thorny problem of finding a hot date to one’s ex’s wedding while when Cassandra Gold’s hero agrees to be best man at his brother’s wedding, he discovers that his new in-laws include someone he’s, um, met before. Meanwhile, in J.A. Rock’s sequel, on the way to the altar the brat and his dom have to deal with everything from another bickering couple to an intimidating dildo. Dominique Frost explores whether a depraved hedonist can find love with the innocent and proper man he married for money. And Dev Bentham’s story has an emotionally damaged catering chef who needs to tame his demons or lose the love of his life. Something borrowed, blue, old and new for everyone this month at Loose Id.
Look for more chances to win on the Big Gay Wedding Blog Tour. We’ll be back here on the 18th, at the Purple Rose Tearoom on 6/12, Tara Lain’s blog on 6/14 and 15, Romance Lives Forever also on the 18th and Kay Berrisford’s 6/19-21.
Bread, Salt and Wine is out from Loose Id today!
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Title: The Boy Next Door
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: 61,221 words
Genre: m/m Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 – Sexy & Mild
Sex Frequency: 3 – Average Sex to Story
Keywords/Tags: Kate McMurray Week!, Re-Reads, Closeted, Coming Out, Second Chances, Childhood Friends, Baseball, Kids, Divorce, Nasty Exes, Small Town America, Neighbors, Caregiver
Rating: So So
When Lowell moves back to his hometown to take care of his ailing mother, the last person he expects to see living in the house next door is his childhood friend Jase, grown up now and more attractive than ever. Jase had starred in many of Lowell’s teenage fantasies, but Lowell is convinced Jase is straight. And yet, as they rekindle their friendship, it begins to look like Jase might not be so straight after all.
Jase has problems of his own: his troubled ex-wife has allowed him full custody of their daughter on one condition: he never exposes her to his affairs with other men. The arrangement works just fine until he starts falling for Lowell and a whole new world of possibilities opens up for him. But how can he have a relationship with a man and still keep his daughter?
I tried to read this book once before. It wasn’t too long after I first read Kindling Fire with Snow, which I really liked. And… I couldn’t make it through the book. Ultimately, I DNFed it and went on. I think, though I remember little of the reason now, I didn’t have any real hangups with the book, I just couldn’t get into it. And now that I’ve read all of Kate’s backlist, I was eager to try it again. Chances are I was just not in the mood the first time around. In fact, that’s how it seemed as I started reading this again. By the midway point, though (which is where I stopped the first time), I started to remember the reasons I had a hard time reading it. This time around, it bothered me less. Still, I’d probably say that this is my least favorite book from Kate McMurray.
Lowell moves back to his hometown after the death of his abusive alcoholic father to care for his mother and unknowingly moves into the house next door from his childhood best friend and crush, Jase. They’ve both grown up quite a lot in the intervening years. Lowell, the first out gay student at their high school, flew the nest at the first opportunity for the city, where he created a life for himself at NYU and then as a graphic designer. Jase, the popular baseball jock in high school, followed his sport to college where he met his ex-wife and ultimately fathered a little girl. But Layla was the only kind thing during those years. Jase, calling himself a coward, married Karen even though he knew he was gay and went on to try to live the perfect suburban life. It didn’t work out. They divorced when he came out to her just two years ago from the start of the book. Again, his six year old daughter Layla is the best thing that ever happened to him, but her mother is an absentee parent leaving him with sole custody but a mother who drops into town every few months giving her daughter false hope of a real relationship. And besides her own problems with alcohol, her bouts of outspoken homophobia to Jase are mostly a plea for a return to how things used to be an an unwillingness to move on without blaming everything on Jase.
My real frustration with this book are Jase and Karen. For the most part, I feel like their actions and choices are based in solid history in the story, so I at least understand why they make the choices they do. Still, I have a hard time watching them play out when it seemed to create a bit of extra angst that I had a hard time with. I think mostly, though, I wished there were a better balance in this story between the despair that Jase feels toward just about every area of his life with the hope that I needed to make the story feel not to angsty. I recognize that this is a matter of personal taste, so I have no qualms saying outright that it was just me that had a hard time here. I just couldn’t get close to Jase. Even though I understood that he was willing to sacrifice his happiness for his daughter, there are time where he seems hell bent on sacrificing his own happiness just because of his own guilt (not divorce/broken-family guilt, but like, childhood Catholic guilt) and I didn’t feel like I understood how he was raised enough to make that picture clear for me. This is what made Four Corners work better for me. In that book, the flashbacks give a really accurate portrayal of their childhoods, and I felt like that was missing here. I just couldn’t always justify Jase’s choices and I’d find myself getting angry with him. On the other hand, I felt a love/hate relationship with the character of Karen. Partly I feel like I understood the way she was but then she’d say some things that took it a little over the top for me and I’d realize that I just wasn’t sure if I didn’t know enough about her or if she was still a bit of an archetypical villain. I couldn’t make up my mind.
It’s pretty different reading this, though, on the other side of having read and enjoyed all of Kate’s other work. I can see, especially from this book, where she’s really grown as an author. So, please, take this review as one of the many out there because I know there are readers who really liked this book and where the things that bothered me weren’t even an issue for them.
Posted by Cole in 3 So So, 41-75k, Authors M-O, Contemporary, Heat 3 - Sexy & Mild, Romance, Sex Freq 3 - Average Story to Sex Tags: Baseball, Caregivers, Childhood Friends, Closeted, Coming Out, Divorce, Kate McMurray, Kate McMurray Week!, Kids, Loose Id, Nasty Exes, Neighbors, Re-Reads, Second Chances, Small Towns
Hello everyone! If you have even seen one of my posts this week then it will not have escaped your noticed that this week is Kate McMurray Week! I’ve been devoting the whole week to the author who charmed me with Out in the Field, by reviewing her backlist. Today, I’ll share with you my interview with Kate, where we talk about her new release, Save the Date, living in New York City, her love of baseball, and of course, her writing process.
In addition, Kate has offered one commenter a copy of Save the Date, so look below for details and don’t forget to comment, ask questions and share your opinions, please!
Bold – Me
Purple – Kate
Hi Kate! First off, thanks for visiting today. Since I’ve been reading all your books over the last few weeks I’ve got a lot of questions for you!
Thank you very much for doing this, Cole. I am happy to be here.
Save the Date is a romantic comedy novella styled somewhat after every Julia Roberts movie you’ve ever seen, about a guy who needs a date for his ex’s wedding. Lots of funny things happen on his way to the wedding.
I found it to be a really perfect book for summer. Maybe it’s the whole June Wedding thing, which is now the Gay June Wedding thing 😉 How did the idea for the book come about?
The seed started when, no joke, I got an invitation to my ex-boyfriend’s wedding. I joked on Twitter that if my life were a romance novel, I’d go to the wedding and meet the love of my life. A few of my friends were like, “So you’re totally going to write that story, right?” So I ran with that.
I wanted to ask you something specific about Save the Date, that’s really just for my own curiosity. I finished the book feeling like I didn’t quite know Darren that well, or even as much as Stuart, and that I would have liked to have seen how their relationship progresses into their life together after the story ends. Did you specifically write the book as a more personal journey for Tris? Or did the story just organically progress the way it did because of the whole setup of the story, which has Tris in such an awkward place?
The story is really Tris’s journey. He thinks he’s fine until he gets that wedding invitation, which both brings up a lot of what he calls “emotional sludge” that he hadn’t dealt with when he and Stuart broke up, but also it sort of highlights how not fine he has been all along. I also didn’t want Darren to cure him, but instead for Tris to do the work to heal himself on his own. That’s really important I think, or else Tris could just keep repeating the same patterns. So the crucial part of the story is really when Tris arrives in Boston and has to confront his past head-on. Only then can he prepare for his future.
In the book, Tris is quite a funny character and the book has rather a lot of humor. It got me thinking about types of characters that authors tend to write and I realized that I haven’t really found a “type” that you write. Like your books, you seem to have a rather diverse group of them. Looking back over what you’ve written, have you found that you tend to be a character-driven author or a plot-based one? Does one come before the other in your writing process?
It varies. I usually come up with a premise first and build the story out from there. The premise is usually pretty basic, a vague idea or a trope I want to play around with. Out in the Field, for example, happened primarily because I read an old baseball romance (with a het couple) that kind of offended me as a fan of the sport and I thought, “I want to write a gay baseball romance” and then I was off to the races. Plot and character go so hand-in-hand that they sort of develop at the same time. I think character informs plot significantly, especially in stories with a lot of internal conflict, because a character’s personality can affect the decisions he makes, which can change the whole arc of a story. Matt in Out in the Field is cautious and doesn’t like change, he doesn’t want to rock the boat or bring attention to himself, so he wouldn’t be the guy who would choose to come out while still an active player. His behavior in that regard affects the trajectory of his relationship with Iggy. And so on.
I know that you live in New York City, and I’ve wondered before if that’s why I always found your books to be really firmly rooted in setting, like in Across the East River Bridge where Brooklyn is like a third character in Finn and Troy’s relationship, or in Kindling Fire with Snow where Prospect Park comes across so perfectly in the snow. Is pride in your city just part of being a New Yorker and that’s why the city always seems to come across so strong in your books? Or is it something that you don’t think about at all and just seems to come through naturally?
I really love books that are firmly rooted in setting. I love lots of nitty gritty details. I love Faulkner and Toni Morrison, and both of those writers set many of their stories in fictional regions based on real places, and those settings are so vivid they become another character. So writing vivid settings is a conscious choice. And New York is easy, since I live in the middle of it, and it’s such a robust setting. That was one of the fun things about writing Across the East River Bridge, which really is a love letter to Brooklyn. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for seven years now and it’s so interesting and beautiful that I’m surprised more stories aren’t set here. I also wanted to write New York in the way I’ve experienced it, which I don’t see represented in books or TV or movies that often.
But even when I’m not writing about New York, I like having a strong setting. Four Corners is set mostly in Chicago, for example. I have a lot of family in Chicago, so I’ve been there many times, but I don’t have a native’s sense of the city, so I found a couple of beta readers in Chicago and ran the book by them first, just so I didn’t get anything egregiously wrong. I hate to say it, but I have often gotten yanked right out of a story set in New York when an author gets some little detail absolutely wrong. So I research like a crazy person—I even research New York—because I want the story to be accurate.
What was your first published book? What made you decide to write, or write m/m romance? Why did you decide to publish?
I’ve been writing since forever. I honestly can’t even say what the first thing I wrote was. But it took a while to figure out my voice. I spent a lot of my twenties writing literary fiction that didn’t really go anywhere and probably wasn’t very good, and then, maybe six years ago, I heard this story on NPR about the Romance Writers of America convention and it kind of rekindled my interest in reading romance. (I read a lot of romance as a teenager, but then I went off to college and got an English lit degree and was kind of a pretentious literary snob for a while. I got over that, thank goodness!) After that, I devoured romance novels like I was starving. I can’t remember how I found m/m, exactly—probably Suzanne Brockmann and Adrien English figured prominently in that discovery—but once I found it, I wanted to read more stories like that. When I couldn’t really find any, I wrote my own, a romantic suspense novel about a closeted gay cop. A friend read it and thought it was pretty good, so I submitted it to Loose Id because they were publishing most of the gay romance I was reading. That book became In Hot Pursuit.
We were speaking of NYC before… Will you list both 3 things you love about the city and three things you hate about it?
Three things I love: There is always something to do or see; it’s nearly impossible to ever be bored. I love walking around the city and that I don’t need a car; everything I need is available via foot or subway. And I love the weird history hidden in New York; NYC is a very forward-looking city that is forever tearing down beautiful old buildings to build ugly monolithic skyscrapers, but there are lots of hidden corners of the city that are like walking into the past.
Three things I hate: I could definitely do without the crowds, particularly when people line up for things. The subway in the summertime is the worst—hot and smelly and terrible. And everything is so expensive, in a way you never quite adjust to.
How about reading? What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading a couple of books on the history of England for no real reason beyond that I’m interested in the subject. Well, I read a bunch of Regency romances in a row in May and now I kind of want to write one, but we’ll see about that. Maybe sometime in the future. (Regency romances are my candy. Even when they’re all kind of the same, I still love them.) I have picked up a staggering number of books in the last month, at RT and then BEA last week, and I kind of want to read all of them right now. It’s an odd mix of romance and nonfiction, which is most of what I read these days.
I’ve been listening to the newish Tegan & Sara album Hearthrob on repeat a lot lately. I love them. I love Florence + the Machine. And I just bought the new Natalie Maines solo album; the Dixie Chicks are basically the one country band I ever liked. (I like strong female vocalists and singer/songwriters, basically, although I listen to pretty much everything. Opera and jazz have figured highly into the soundtracks for several of my writing projects recently, for example.)
Food? Oh yeah, food is an important one 🙂 Do you have a favorite restaurant in the city?
I do enjoy food. 🙂 Asian food in particular; that’s another thing I love about New York is that I can get pad thai delivered pretty much whenever I want it. Choosing a favorite restaurant is hard. The two places in my neighborhood I eat at most often are probably this sushi place called Geido—I actually brought Damon Suede there once; it’s got one wall covered completely in graffiti left by customers, but also the food is affordable and super tasty—and a Mexican place called Chavela’s that has the best mole I’ve ever had.
Are you a sports person? You better tell me all about your love of baseball! If you don’t it will completely ruin my love of Out in the Field 😉 Have you always been a baseball person or is there a specific reason? And do you like any other sports?
Fear not; I am a life-long Yankees fan. My dad is a huge sports fan, and he brought me and my brothers to Yankees games every summer starting when I was about 12, so that’s where the baseball fanaticism started. I try to make it to Yankee Stadium at least once a summer and I yell at my TV a lot during the playoffs. I really love the sport—it’s not aggressive in the way football and hockey are, and baseball has a fascinating, rich history. I’d probably watch more sports if I had the time; I’ll get into college basketball if my alma mater is having a good season, for example, and some winters I follow football. Sports are just fun; I like getting caught up in a good nail-biter of a game.
I know you have several works planned for the rest of the year. Will you tell us what you have coming up?
Well, speaking of baseball, I’m contributing a novella to a baseball anthology due out from Dreamspinner this fall, hopefully in time for GayRomLit. I collaborated with Shae Connor, Marguerite Labbe, and Kerry Freeman to put the whole anthology together. The story is my first foray into historical romance; it takes place in New York in 1927 during the height of the Jazz Age, and it’s a romance between a flamboyant sports reporter and a reticent rookie player for the New York Giants. It’s called “One Man to Remember.” The working title for the anthology is Playing Ball.
But first, I have a story coming out this summer (July, I think) called “What There Is” that is a simple romance about a former pro baseball player—and I swear, all this baseball in 2013 is a coincidence—who moves into a new apartment with a statistics nerd for a roommate. Now that he can’t play baseball anymore due to injury, he wants to find something to fill that void in his life.
And then I have a novel coming out this fall—again, hopefully in time for GRL—called The Stars that Tremble that is an opposites-attract romance between a man who used to be one of the greatest living male opera singers until a vocal injury ended his career and a humble construction worker who has had a lot of tragedy in his life. The novel is about love and music and recovering from loss. I am so, so excited for this book to be published.
Tell us where we can find you online?
Thank you so much Kate! It’s been wonderful having you and you don’t know how much I enjoyed reading all your books and putting together the reviews for all of them. Rarely have I enjoyed reading so many of one authors books back to back and not found it a chore.
Save the Date, Kate’s new book is available now from Loose Id!
Tomorrow is the last novel review of Kate’s backlist, with The Boy Next Door. Then, Saturday ends Kate McMurray Week with a review of Kate’s four available shorts: Lead Us Not, from the 2012 M/M Romance Goodreads Group’s “Love is Always Write” event; “On the Stoop”, a free Halloween story previously published by Dreamspinner in 2012 for their Halloween Howl event (and no longer available there); A Walk in the Dark, published by Dreamspinner in the 2011 Advent Calendar; and last, a free short from Kate’s website called “In December My Heart’s Full of Spring”.
Please leave a comment below to win an ebook copy of Save the Date by Kate McMurray. The giveaway will last until Midnight CDT on Tuesday, June 11. I will choose the winner using Random.org and email the winner who will then have 48 hours from the time of the drawing to reply to my email. I will then forward the winner’s information to Kate so the winner can receive their ebook!
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