4 Stars, Chase Potter, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kathie, Self-Published

Review: The Water Will Catch You by Chase Potter

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Title: The Water Will Catch You

 Author: Chase Potter

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 233 Pages

At a Glance: The Water Will Catch You is very well written, and I was pulled in right away to both Danny’s and Curtis’s stories.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Best friends since childhood, Danny Somers and Curtis Wyatt were inseparable until Danny broke their promise to attend college together, creating a rift between the two that time refused to mend.

Ten years later, their adult lives have veered apart, putting thousands of miles between them. Curtis has forged ahead with a life in their hometown, but when he loses his job and breaks up with his girlfriend, he’s left with nowhere else to turn.

Exhausted and travel weary, Curtis arrives at Danny’s secluded Vancouver Island home to find that his former friend is now… gay. And gorgeous.

When a short visit turns into weeks, the two men begin to find common ground once more. But even as Curtis is forced to revisit the decisions in their shared past that drove them apart years earlier, he’s confronted by a powerful attraction he can neither understand nor resist.

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Review“The water will catch you,” he said.  It’s an inside joke, and it’s a promise.

“And if it doesn’t?”

“Then I will.”

I believe him.

Life is a journey, sometimes we get going on the wrong path, and it feels like an uphill hike filled with rocks and boulders. If we are lucky enough to recognize that we are on the wrong path, and either turn around (if that’s possible) or call out for help, our journey can change.

The Water will Catch You is a story about the journey of two men, both struggled with their lives, but in very different ways. The story switches points-of-view between its main characters, Curtis Wyatt and Danny Somers, each telling their story of the journey they took together while in school, while they were apart, and finally, of the struggle they face reconnecting with each other in the present. Danny is content with his life but admits to wanting more. Curtis, on the other hand, is struggling to find his place and coming to terms with his attraction to Danny.

The Water Will Catch You is very well written and, as an added bonus, the sex scenes are hot. As a reader, I was pulled in right away to both Danny’s and Curtis’s stories. The novel’s conflict is in how to bring these two men together as a couple. To do that they both had to give up some of the baggage they had carried around for years. What is the baggage? Read the story, but don’t be impatient—a good story is worth waiting for.

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You can buy The Water Will Catch You here:

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5 Stars, Chase Potter, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Kathie, Self-Published

Review: Remember My Name by Chase Potter

Title: Remember My Name

Author: Chase Potter

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 265 Pages

At a Glance: Remember My Name is a story that shows a passion for love and family.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Every action can have devastating consequences. For Jackson Roanoke, the greatest consequence of his parents’ divorce was watching his mother drive away with his twin brother Ben, putting thousands of miles between them.

Eight years later and with college looming, Jackson is tasked with reroofing his father’s house. After a tempting offer of help from a young man, Jackson finds himself caught up in a growing attraction he’s hesitant to embrace. But when his brother Ben reappears at the front door, Jackson is confronted by more than he’s prepared for.

Brought together by circumstance, the estranged brothers are forced to navigate a relationship that persists only in their memories. Marked by the heat of a Midwest summer and rolling wheat fields, the short months are punctuated by scattered moments of closeness between the two brothers, hinting at the possibility of rekindling the connection they once shared.

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Review: Weaving a story filled with passion, family, new love and rebuilding of old love is what I feel Chase Potter’s Remember My Name is about.

For seventeen years Jackson has had to navigate the waters of living with an abusive father, as well as the feeling he’s gay, but he’s afraid of those feelings. Acting on an attraction for the first time, the summer between his junior and senior year of high school, is where this story starts. Jackson isn’t sure if he will end up with a fist in his face or the feel of another man’s lips for the first time.

At the beginning of the book, we get hints that all is not right between Jackson and his Dad, Jeff. What I appreciated about this is that instead of simply making Jeff an abusive father, Potter allows Jeff to have good points too. Not everything he did was bad, just some things, and that’s life, isn’t it? Everything is not black and white, but what really drew me into this story were Jackson and his twin brother Ben.

The story moves along at a nice pace, each character growing and changing throughout the summer. I especially was drawn to reading about Jackson and what his limits were in a new relationship. The scenes between Matt and Jackson were raw and filled with painful emotion, and takes a turn when Ben and Jackson start dropping some of their defenses and tentatively start rebuilding their trust in each other. What did it take it to do that? I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but sleeping in the same bed (not like that) and talking to each other helped a lot. There is a happy ending for both Ben and Jackson, one that will last a lifetime.

Chase Potter, your stories show a passion for love and family, you write with texture and intelligence. Please go forth and write another. I will be waiting…






You can buy Remember My Name here:

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Interview: Welcome Chase Potter, Author of Remember My Name

Remember My Name

I’m so pleased to have Chase Potter with us today to talk a little bit about his new book Remember My Name. To give you an idea of how quickly this came together, I invited him to come visit with us on Monday, whipped up a few quick questions, and he had the answers back to me by Wednesday. That’s what you call the perfect storm of organization, and I’m happy to be able to share this with all of you.

Enjoy! :)

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Q: Chase, Remember My Name is your second novel (after The Race for Second)—has it gotten any easier, or are the nerves just as bad the second time around with this release? What’s the best and worst part of these early days following the release of a book?

A: The thing about writing is that it’s a profoundly personal process, but all that changes when it’s released. With my first book, I didn’t know what to expect at all, so I had no room for disappointment. With Remember My Name, I had some specific goals in mind and I really tried to create something that matched my original vision. And yeah, I’m pretty nervous about how it will be received.

Best part? Knowing that I’m done and it’s out there. Worst part? Waiting for those first reviews.

Q: Was the experience of writing this book much different than The Race for Second? In what ways was it better, the same, or worse?

A: Like another kind of “first,” writing my first book was a clumsy process. I didn’t know what went where or whether I was ever going to finish, and when I was finally did, I was a little shy and embarrassed about what I’d just done. Kidding aside, the first draft ofRemember My Name was much easier to write, but I’m also still learning a lot. Which is why I put it down for three months and then rebuilt the whole thing. That process sucked, but it’s a much stronger novel for it.

Q: You dedicated this book to your brother. If it’s not too personal a question to ask, what was the instrumental factor in your dedicating Remember My Name to him?

A: At its heart, Remember My Name is about the relationship between two brothers – about the connection they have, and about the distance between them. My own brother and I have a good relationship, even though we live 300 miles apart. We accept our differences unconditionally, and we respect and admire each other, and we laugh at our own jokes that no one else gets… but I still wish we were closer. The novel isn’t just dedicated to him – its inspiration came from my desire for us to be closer than we are. The tough part is that I still haven’t found a way to tell him that.

Q: We can all read the blurb and get a bit of an understanding of what the book is about, but tell us some of the things you love about Remember My Name that you think we, the readers, will love about it too.

A: Without giving spoilers, it’s hard to say specifically what I think readers will love about it. Readers will always take different things from a novel, but going into this project, I wanted to make sure that it had a lot to love. Personally, I wanted to create characters and a setting that felt so real that readers would miss them when they put the book down. I think I did a good job with that, and that’s one of the aspects I love the most.

Q: The cover of the book is lovely. How much of a part did you play in its design, and who’s your cover artist?

A: Thanks! I have to admit that I have an independent streak that tends to shine through in the projects I take on, and that I like to do as much as I can on my own before asking for help. Keeping with tradition, I designed and created the cover myself with a few stock images and too many hours in Photoshop. In particular, I’m really proud of how the paperback version turned out.

Q: Would you like to share an excerpt from the book with us?

A: Sure! I have a lot of favorite parts in the book, and this is one of them:

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24863329Blurb: Every action can have devastating consequences. For Jackson Roanoke, the greatest consequence of his parents’ divorce was watching his mother drive away with his twin brother Ben, putting thousands of miles between them.

Eight years later and with college looming, Jackson is tasked with reroofing his father’s house. After a tempting offer of help from a young man, Jackson finds himself caught up in a growing attraction he’s hesitant to embrace. But when his brother Ben reappears at the front door, Jackson is confronted by more than he’s prepared for.

Brought together by circumstance, the estranged brothers are forced to navigate a relationship that persists only in their memories. Marked by the heat of a Midwest summer and rolling wheat fields, the short months are punctuated by scattered moments of closeness between the two brothers, hinting at the possibility of rekindling the connection they once shared.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

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Excerpt: Hours have passed when I hear a creak in the hallway and the soft protest of the door’s hinges. As Jackson’s darkened shape moves toward the bed, I roll over. He jumps backward, exploding with a whispered exclamation. “Holy mother of hell!” His breath reeks like booze. He must have had more after I left him. But where?With Matt?

“Sorry,” I mumble. “I just wanted to know that you were home safe. I didn’t mean to scare you.”

“Well, you did.” He moves back toward me. “Scoot over if you’re gonna stay,” he says, his words running together.

“You’re not kicking me out?” I ask, untangling myself from the blankets and making room for him. His only answer is the rustle of fabric and denim as he strips down to his underwear before climbing into bed beside me. Now that he’s under the covers, I can smell the alcohol even stronger.

“How did you get home?”

“Matt,” he says.

“What were you guys doing?”

“Had a few drinks in his truck.”

I’m wide-awake now. “Of what exactly? You smell like a distillery.”

He tries to laugh but interrupts himself with a burp. “I dunno… vodka I think.”

Tension flares in my chest. “He drove you home after that?”

“Yeah. We didn’t fool around or anything, so don’t act so grossed out. Jesus, Ben…” his voice trails.

“I don’t care about that, dumb ass. He drove you home drunk?”

Jackson doesn’t answer me at first. When he speaks, his words are barely more than a whisper. “Why are you always mad at me?”

“I’m not mad at you,” I say, keeping my own voice soft. It’s easy to do, because what I’m saying is true. The one I’m mad at is Matt. If Jackson’s level of intoxication is any indication, Matt should definitely not have been driving at all, much less endangering my brother while doing it. But if I go off about that, Jackson will just freak out on me.

Instead, I apologize. “I’m sorry you got outed tonight.”

First a pause, then he sighs but still doesn’t respond.

“What’s going to happen now?” I ask.

His voice is heavy in the darkness. “I don’t know.”

“At least you’re graduated and about to get out of this town.”

“Yeah.”

I’m tired, but I don’t want tonight to end with those words. My teeth nibble on my lip. “I was worried about you,” I admit.

He shifts beneath the covers, then pushes himself up to a sitting position and turns on the bedside lamp. Squinting in the sudden illumination, I sit up so I’m leaning against the headboard beside him. What does he want?

As if in response to my unspoken question, he reaches over and runs a hand through my hair just like he always does with his own. It happens so abruptly and unexpectedly that when the moment is over, I think I may have just imagined it.

Jackson looks at me, and I look back. His face has a crooked grin that I recognize as alcohol induced. Seeing him like this makes me want to grab a hold of him and never let him go.

It’s possible that I’m channeling the same chord of spontaneity and lack of restraint that he just acted on, or maybe I’m just doing what I want to. Stretching out my hand toward his face, I let the tips of my middle and index fingers lightly touch his cheek. He doesn’t flinch or pull away, instead letting his bright eyes – somewhat dimmed by the alcohol but nevertheless brilliant blue – continue to hold me captive.

He lets me simply touch him as I run my fingers across the freckles at the tops of his cheeks. I love them, and I have no idea why. Jackson and I had something special once, and at its heart was our sameness. So it doesn’t make sense that the thing I appreciate most about him is one of our few differences.

Maybe it’s because physically, it’s the only thing that I can love about him that is him and only him. If I admire his biceps or his hair or his eyes, I’m inadvertently complimenting myself at the same time. But those light brown spots just below his eyes, those are Jackson’s alone.

Dropping my hand, I try to interpret his expression. Part of it is wistful, but its composition includes a darker aspect, too. He clicks off the light and slides down until his head rests on the pillow.

Now that Jackson is home, the exhaustion from the day finally settles over me, dragging my eyes closed. With the steady breathing of my brother beside me, I quickly slip toward a peaceful sleep. My last thought before disappearing into unconsciousness is how at home I feel.

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Q: Do you have any current WIPs you’re working on that you’d like to tell us about, and when we might expect them to be released?

A: I’m not actually writing anything presently, although I do have the sequel storyboarded, and I’ll be starting on that soon. It can be tricky to find time while working a full time job (as many of us know!), but I’m hoping to have it finished by this fall.

Q: Chase, thanks so much for taking the time to be here with us. Will you tell readers where we can find you on the internet?

A: They can find me on my personal Facebook page or on Twitter at @ChasePotterBks. They can also stop by my website at www.chasepotter.com.

 

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Welcome Chase Potter, “The Race for Second”, And A Giveaway



The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome Chase Potter today. He’s answered a few questions about his new novel The Race for Second, has an excerpt for you, and is also offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book, so read on, then enter for a chance to win!

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, and welcome back! We’ve got more great guests and interviews coming up, and we’re also playing host, for our third consecutive year, to the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia. If you’ve never followed along on this tour before, make sure to check out the list of all the participating authors/bloggers/publishers. It’s an informative and uplifting experience. Add to that some more giveaways and reviews, and it’s shaping up to be a great time.

Here’s the complete rundown on what we’ve got on tap for the week ahead.

MondayJP Kenwood kicks off the week with her historical novel Dominus, as well as an interview and giveaway

TuesdayKC Wells is our guest today on the Love Lessons Learned Blog Tour. She sat down to answer a few questions for us, so make sure to stay tuned for that, as well as a tour-wide giveaway

WednesdayMax Vos stops in on his V Unit Blog Tour, and there’ll also be a tour-wide giveaway for you

A.J. Corza’s back today with another installment of Got You Covered

ThursdayDevon McCormack is dropping by to do give us the lowdown on his book Clipped, and he’s offering a giveaway

FridayChase Potter is our guest on the blog tour for his new book The Race for Second, and there’s a giveaway

SaturdayThe Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia kicks off with a special guest post from my friend B. Addler, who talks about something that’s not in the tour title but is no less prevalent, Biphobia

Hunter Frost is also with us today to talk about her story in Torquere Press’ upcoming Men in Uniform anthology, and she’ll also be offering a giveaway

SundayBey Deckard is our guest today with an interview that makes me want to hoist the Jolly Roger and parlay on the poop deck! I dunno… it sounded good. Bey’s also offering a giveaway of his book Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas, so stay tuned

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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