RTCon is a business convention and fan convention rolled into one, and I was fortunate enough to have it happening in my backyard, as it was held in Dallas this year. I’m still processing all of the great stuff I learned (and more importantly, trying to track down all of the amazing people I met and spoke with–say hi if it’s you!) but I’ll leave you with a shot of their giant yet shockingly well organized Book Fair held on Saturday.
Consider me happily gobsmacked.
The winners will be announced at the ALA Convention in San Francisco, June 2015, and I sincerely mean it when I say it’s an honor to be nominated. Plus, I get shiny stickers on my books! Thanks so much to Foreward Reviews for this amazing stepping stone in my burgeoning writing career.
Okay, I have no idea if they– as an entity–likeÂ me, but I do know that they like my book!
Thrilled and enthralled that describes my reaction to reading this wonderful debut novel by Laura Stone. Seth and Oliver are high school sweethearts separated by time and distance. In the five years since they were last together, Seth has gone on to become the darling of the New York stage and appeared on a national morning TV show. After seeing his appearance on TV, Oliver decides to go see Seth in his play and just … watch. He isn’t going to talk to Seth, just enjoy his friend’s success from a seat in the theater.
Fate has a different plan, and it leads to bit-by-bit heartbreak as Oliver is torn apart by past anguish and misery of what might have been. Just when you are tearing up over the turn of the story, something happens to bring a smile to your face and a bit of sunshine to the book. I couldn’t put it down. Characters who appear at first to be formulaic turn out to be unique and special. A plot of lost love reunited is instead so much more. The characters are richly developed, even the secondary characters. I’m hoping to see another book that gives them their own stage and story development.
By the time the book ended I was in love with the characters to the point I couldn’t let them go. As many romance novels as I read, it surprised me that I couldn’t predict the conclusion of the story of Seth and Oliver. It was difficult to pick up another book knowing Seth, Oliver, Moira and the others wouldn’t be there. My own life was enriched by this story and these characters. Laura Stone is an author to remember and follow. I highly recommend The Bones of You as a beautifully written book and a story to enjoy.
I hear it fits PERFECTLY in stockings, making my book an excellent stocking stuffer strictly by definition. It can be found here, or at your local indie book shop (just ask them to order it if they don’t have it on the shelf). And never forget that libraries are a great resource for books, too! Much easier on the wallet, if that’s a factor.
Now that my book’s release is upon us, I’m going on a book tour through the cat-clogged tubes that make up the internet–what a time to be alive!
Each day for the next two weeks I’ll be popping in to various websites to answer questions (they know I’m coming; I’m not being a creep), to brace myself for independent reviews, and best of all: promote a Gift Card Giveaway! Every time you follow me on this tour you’ll have a chance to enter on that site’s raffle jar for free eBooks–mine–or a $25 gift card for any book Interlude Press has. FREE. And you just have to click.
Fun fact: every interview and blog post is different, because I don’t want to bore you. I’ll add the link to the day’s interview and/or review to the schedule below when each day’s interview goes up. But I mean, this is me; I’m going to try and keep you laughing and/or interested. And everywhere I go, YOUR QUESTIONS are welcomed! I’ll be checking into each site throughout the day to chat, answer questions (42, the answer is always 42) and walk you through brain surgery. I’M A HELPER, IT’S WHAT I DO.
VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:
Mon Nov 17: Sharing Links & Wisdom Snip!Â Paul Lynde &Â Jesus are my make believe party pals.
Tues Nov 18: Our Wolves DenÂ Snip! People in my real life end up in my books. Suckers!
Wed Nov 19: Carly’s Book ReviewÂ Review, plus me chatting about taking chances.
Thur Nov 20: Coffee, Books & ArtÂ Snip!Â Loving,Â accepting families are the best. Also: testicles.
Fri Â Â Â Nov 21: Books on Silver WingsÂ Snip! Music–makes the people–come together. [Yeah!]
Mon Nov 24: Wickedly Wanton TalesÂ Snip! I love couples who enhanceÂ one another. LOVE.
Tues Nov 25: Prism Book AllianceÂ Snip!: Book of Mormon,The Musical is the best show ever.
Wed Nov 26: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue WordsÂ Snip! Write what you WANT to know.
Wed Nov 26: Paranormal Romance & Authors Who RockÂ Fact:Â I do not! [Review]
Thur Nov 27: The Reading AddictÂ Snip!Â My most perfectÂ date of all time was inspiration for… 🙂
Fri Â Â Nov 28: Mad HoydenishÂ Snip! Fantasy casting–also your last chance to enter my giveaway!
The Bones Of You, in bookstores November 2014
Oliver Andrews, an American getting his Masters abroad at Cambridge University, has kept his head down, focused on his education and promising career to the point where almost everything in his life before academia has fallen by the wayside. When a well-meaning friend sends him a particular video clip, the life that he’d so carefully built for himself begins to crumble. There are ex-boyfriends, and then there are those who changed your life, who worked their way into the very marrow of your bones, redefining everything you thought you knew about yourself.
That would be Seth Larsen, the ethereal voice singing on Oliver’s computer, and apparently the new toast of Broadway. Seth, the boy who helped Oliver stand proud and come out, the man who now was causing Oliver’s life plan to shatter into a million pieces. Continue reading
…my first book with Interlude Press.
“Do you have any idea how badly I want to kiss you right now?” Seth murmured.
Oliver’s heart gave an enormous, pained thump and with a choked cry, he leaned forward the mere inches between them, pressing their lips together. He felt Seth’s hand slide from his cheek to be buried in his hair, could feel Seth’s strong, lean chest pressed against his. Oliver held their bodies together tightly even as his mouth was still gentle on Seth’s, sliding softly over Seth’s lips, amazed that this was even happening.
Seth pulled back and pressed their foreheads together, his hand massaging Oliver’s scalp.”God, I’ve missed you so much, Oliver.”
“I know,” Oliver exhaled before kissing Seth again, all thoughts of being wary gone. He opened his mouth, moaning softly when Seth followed suit, splaying his hands across Seth’s back when their tongues touched, memories of all of the kisses they’d shared in the past coming back and speeding up their reconnection.
The Bones of You by Laura Stone
$19.99 print / $6.99 eBook bundle, available: November 18, 2014
US/Canada Pre-Order: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Alibris, or ask your local Indie bookseller to get you a copy!
Oliver Andrews was wholly focused on the final stages of his education at Cambridge University when a well-meaning friend up-ended his world with a simple email attachment: a video from a U.S. morning show.
The moment he watches the video of his one-time love Seth Larsen, now a Broadway star, Oliver must begin making a series of choices that could lead him back to love… or break his heart.
The Bones of You is full of laughter and tears, with a collection of irritated Hungarians, flirtatious Irish women, and actors abusing Shakespeare coloring Oliver and Seth’s attempts at reconciliation.
US/Canada: Pre-order the print edition before November 18th at InterludePress.com and receive the eBook bundle free. Pre-orders begin September 16th. Available November 18th from InterludePress.com, Amazon, iTunes, and through your local bookseller.
International: Order from your local or online book retailer starting November 18th. Send a photo or .pdf of your receipt by January 18, 2015 to [email protected] and receive a free The Bones of You eBook bundle.
(Gorgeous artwork by the fabulous CB, btw.)