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Guest Post and Giveaway: Bound to Fall by Jaime Samms

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Jaime Samms this morning to chat a bit about her upcoming novel Bound to Fall, releasing on June 26, 2015 from Dreamspinner Press.

Jaime’s offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book on release day, to be delivered right to your Dreamspinner Bookshelf.

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

Good luck!

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I’m so very pleased that Lisa and Mary managed to squash me onto the blog today. Lisa for putting up with my last-minute-ness, you are a star. And Mary, you know, thanks for sharing your day with me. You so didn’t have to do that, and I love you for it.

I’m too tired to be funny. I’m too tired to be profound. I’m out of time to rest up so I can write something intelligent. I’ve decided I’m going to make a list instead. So this post doesn’t end up being a woe-is-me-fest of all the things I wish for every day (like time and energy and inspiration and the chance to sit In my garden and not see all the grass that needs cutting and weeds that need pulling….you see how fast that goes downhill?)

So my list is going to this: The things that make me happy right now.

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  • The mug Mary gave me at GRL last year with art by someone whose name I don’t know right now, about a show I don’t even watch (The Young Avengers). But it’s two boys kissing and there is a constant battle between my teenage girl and me to see who gets to use the mug for the day. Today I win, but I don’t even mind that the mug disappeared into her school bag and then her locker where she used it for tea at school every day for months, because it tickles me that we both love the idea of pretty art depicting two boys kissing like they’re in love. One small mug, many great discussions with my daughter about why it matters.
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  • The fact that as I type this, said daughter is sitting across from me at the table wearing Amy Lane’s Outbreak Monkey shirt, and the fact I haven’t seen that shirt other than in the laundry or on her back, since the day I wore it home from Orlando. I’m sad I don’t get to wear the shirt. But happy about the books we’ll get to talk about when she’s old enough to read them. (Or after she sneaks my paper back copies off the shelf and reads them because she thinks I don’t know she’s thought about doing that.)
  • The wild-flower meadow that is my thirty-by-thirty front yard. Because bumble bees. And song birds. And I don’t’ have to nag anyone to mow it. Or mow it myself, or waste water on grass that doesn’t like the desert-like conditions.
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  • The sound of Canadian Geese flying by outside. Despite their greasy poop and the fact they will be flying by in the other direction in a couple of months, there is something about the sound that reminds me of good summer things.

In the midst of deadlines and work and spring recitals, it’s easy to lose track of the things that make me happy. The more overwhelmed by the stresses in life, the harder it is to remember the little things.

Maybe a bit of that came out in Pike and Eddie. They got so caught up in the dark memories, for Eddie, and the failing friendships for Pike, they forgot to remember the things that made them happy in the now.

Eddie forgot that acting was his bliss. He let the shadow of past memories take that away from him. Pike stopped seeing the horses and his joy of them without looking at them through the filter of losing his best friend by slow increments.

It took the mirror of each other to see what they had begun to overlook in their own lives. Even when Pike got so caught up in that dying friendship he lost track of what he liked until Eddie accidentally showed him what he didn’t.

Alone in the afternoon sunshine pouring through the new sheer living room curtains, Eddie stared around, satisfied with his work. The walls were still builder’s white and the hardwood still needed refinishing, but a thick area carpet lay under the brown suede-covered couch and chest coffee table. The new television stood on a low stand made from reclaimed barn boards flanked by a pair of tall wrought iron candle stands that had been wired to make lamps.

As he stood there, admiring the culmination of his plans, his phone buzzed.

He pulled it out and glanced at the screen, ready to tell Caspiri off once and for all. The text splashed across his screen pleasantly surprised him and he chuckled aloud.

Pike: You okay???!!! O.o

Eddie smiled and nodded as he texted back.

AEM: Fine why all the drama?

Pike: Some kids just passed me on the highway with my couch in the back of their truck!!

“Shit.” What were the odds?

AEM: Don’t panic. I got them to help me get rid of it.

Pike: WHY??!!

AEM: So dramatic. Calm down. Because you don’t need it anymore.

Pike: Where the hell do you expect me to sit?!?

AEM: Are you texting and driving?

Pike: Red light.

AEM: Put your phone down. Drive safe. I’ll see you soon.

Pike: Not done, dude!

AEM: Phone down!!!!!!

Pike:—\/—

AEM: LOL! What is that?

Pike: *angryface*

AEM: Stop. Drive. Talk when you get here.

There were no more texts, so Eddie assumed Pike’s red light had changed. He sat on the new couch and waited for his lover to return, sucking on his soul patch and hoping he’d done something good.

He heard the echoing clomp of heavy foot treads on the stairs long before Pike came banging into the apartment.

“Why are people stealing my couch?” he thundered, slapping his gloves onto the kitchen table, then doing a double take. “Where’s my table?”

Eddie eyed him. “That table would never have held your weight.”

“My weight? What?” He looked around the place. “Where is my stuff?”

“Most of it is all still here.” Eddie got up and went to the TV stand. He pulled out the antique wooden box from underneath and lifted the lid to show Pike that all his CDs and DVDs were safe inside. “The other ones have your game console and controllers and headphones and everything. You didn’t have a turntable, so we put your records inside the chest, but they don’t have to stay there.” He gave the couch a good, solid shake. “See? No wobbles.”

Pike turned to him. “Where. Is. All. My. Stuff?”

“Pike?” Eddie took a step back. “I—”

“Who told you to get rid of all my things?”

“Well, I—” …thought I was doing something nice.

Pike wandered the apartment, running his hands over the new furniture, opening drawers, and feeling the fabrics. “You did all this in one day?”

“Anthony and Derrek and Tiffany did most of it.”

“Anthony? Marconi?”

Eddie nodded. “From the antiques shop, yeah.”

“They did all this.”

Eddie nodded. “And his friend and his friend’s girlfriend.”

Pike scratched at the back of his neck, gazed around, and rubbed his fingers over his mouth. “I—I have to shower.” He left the room, entered the bathroom, and shut the door. Eddie moved to follow him, but the lock snicked into place and he stopped.

“Well, shit.”

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BoundtoFall_postcard_front_DSPBlurb: With so many fences between them and happily ever after, two men wonder if it’s worth opening the gate.

Ten years ago Eddie Crane, an actor on the rise, loved his costar and dreamed of the day they could be together. But his love, with his submissive nature, couldn’t handle fame, and before Eddie could help him, he died in a car accident—with Eddie at the wheel.

Now, guilt-ridden, Eddie buries himself in bad decisions and prays that a stunt—on or off camera—will go wrong.

Teenaged fantasies about the actor on his wall distracted Arthur Pike from real life—his dead father, runaway mother, gruff grandparents, and his unrequited love for his cousin’s straight husband. Now grown and off the farm, Pike is a horse stuntman hired to teach a reluctant Eddie to ride.

Pike is drawn to Eddie’s dominant nature despite the sadness clinging to the actor. Eddie let one lover down, but in Pike’s submissiveness, he sees the possibility for redemption.

Pre-Order Link: Dreamspinner Press

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Author BioAbout the Author: Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked why men; what’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love, she’s never come up with a clear answer.  Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.

These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Freya’s Bower, Jupiter Gardens, and Total E-Bound.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, she’s probably spending crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!) or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child care responsibilities.

She graduated some time ago from college with a Fine Arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all….

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Dreamspinner Press, Jamie Samms

This Relationship Is “Not As Easy As It Looks”



“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ― Steve Maraboli


BLURB: Don Jenkins will do anything for a happy, thriving family and home. When he discovers that Griff McAllister, his life partner and love since high school, seems to be losing faith in him, he’s at a loss for how to mend the relationship. Then Howard Campbell is added to the mix, a man Don and Griff both love beyond words, and jealousy and mistrust threaten not just their bond, but even Don’s ability to keep his farm viable.

Nearly losing Howard in an accident serves as a wakeup call. They begin to pull their relationship out of the muck and work to remember why they came together in the first place. If they can figure out how to help one another and make sure each man gets what he needs, the trio might build the loving future they’ve dared to hope for. They have to be brave enough to commit every resource they can muster—especially trust, understanding, and acceptance—and realize true love is never as easy as it looks.

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Abigail Roux, Aleksandr Voinov, Andrea Speed, Anthony Paull, Beau Schemery, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Carole Cummings, Charlie Cochet, Hayden Thorne, J.C. Lillis, Jamie Samms, Lorraine Ulrich, P.D. Singer, Rhys Ford, T.D. McKinney, Terry Wylis, The Year In Reviews

The Best of 2012 – Part Deux

How about some cover art, yeah? Right or wrong, I’m going to be the first to admit I have a hard time not judging a book by its cover. Sometimes a beautiful cover will make me pick up a book I might otherwise not have, and on the other side of that coin, I know I’ve passed on more than a few books that are probably quite good but I can’t get past the images that were chosen to represent the work inside. I’ve read books with covers that were better than the books themselves; I’ve read books that were infinitely better than the trappings they came in.

There are some really great covers I came across as I was compiling my “Best of 2012” list. Some of the best covers are from books that didn’t quite make my list (and maybe some of them should have :-/) but I think they deserved to be recognized here. They aren’t in any sort of order, some are plain some are more elaborate, all are ones I thought were pretty. :)

What do you think? What are some of your favorite covers from books you’ve read this year? Do you judge books by their covers too?

Arabesque by Hayden Thorne – Cover Art by Ms. Rosek

Mechanical Magic by Lorraine Ulrich – Cover Art by Anne Cain




Desmond and Garrick Books 1 & 2 by Hayden Thorne – Cover Art by Ms. Rosek




The Wolf’s-own Series by Carole Cummings – Cover Art by Anne Cain







The Rare Event by P.D. Singer – Cover Art by Anne Cain

Infected: Shift by Andrea Speed – Cover Art by Anne Cain




Roses in the Devil’s Garden by Charlie Cochet – Cover Art by Charlie Cochet

Dark Soul: Volume One by Aleksandr Voinov – Cover Art by Jordan Taylor




Stained Glass by Jaime Samms – Cover Art by Paul Richmond

Outtakes of a Walking Mistake by Anthony Paull – Cover Art by Kyle Cross




Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – Cover Art by Chloe Foglia, Mark Brabant & Sarah Jane Coleman

Dirty Secret by Rhys Ford – Cover Art by Reece Notley




The Gravedigger’s Brawl by Abigail Roux – Cover Art by Reece Dante

How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis – Cover Art by Mindy Dunn and Andrea Sabaliauskas




The 7th of London by Beau Schemery – Cover Art by Beau Schemery

Kissing Sherlock Holmes by T.D. McKinney & Terry Wylis – Cover Art by Trace Edward Zaber

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Stained Glass by Jamie Samms

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills.” – Ernest Hemingway

Jamie Samms’ Stained Glass is an emotionally turbulent story of survival, the story of Lawrence McKenna, a man who in the hands of the wrong Dom discovers that he is a sexual submissive, and must afterward cope with what that means to him and how his baser needs change the definition of who he is. Laurie is a man who uses alcohol as an emotional and physical Novocain, using it to deaden the pain in the aftermath of Nash Winter’s psychological flailing and subsequent suicide, numbing himself to the words and memories that continue to claw their way into his subconscious, words that hold the power to break an already fragmented soul.

This is a story of healing, but in doing so, Laurie must first confront those memories, the good, the bad, and the ugly of his relationship with Nash, and find the strength buried within the broken places before he will be able to admit that his submission is not a weakness, nor is the pleasure he finds in the sort of control he desires a defect, even if it means finding his truths with a substitute for the man he wants but cannot have.

Stained Glass is a story of friendships and family, not the kind where those closest to you prop you up and tell you what you want to hear, but the kind where those who love you the most sit you down and tell you the truth, even if that truth is painful to hear and accept.

This is the story of one friendship in particular, one that could be so much more if the timing and circumstances weren’t determined to undermine the men involved. Jeff and Laurie mean the world to each other, but that world seems resolved to bend them to the point of breaking, to the point where their love and their need for each other becomes like a weakness that neither are strong enough to bear until they can repair what’s most damaged in them both.

Jamie Samms has written a powerful and provocative story of two imperfect men, men who are shattered, whose lives are stained by misery, who are struggling to put the pieces of their lives back together so that with and for each other they can be whole and can each be whom the other needs in order to find peace.

Stained Glass is an angst heavy book that does nothing to sugarcoat the reality of the lives of its characters. It’s a raw and candid story of emotional abuse, alcoholism, suicide, and salvation, definitely not for the faint-hearted but most definitely a story I loved.

Buy Stained Glass HERE.

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