Dreamspinner Press, GayRomLit, Genre Romance, Sherrie Henry

Countdown to GRL Excerpt and Giveaway: Two Red Leaves by Sherrie Henry

2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author Sherrie Henry today, as our final guest in the Countdown to GayRomLit Celebration.

To bring things to a close, Sherrie is offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of her new book Two Red Leaves, the sequel to last year’s Last of the Summer Tomatoes. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment here by Midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. One winner will be selected at random on Thursday, the 16th, and notified via email for prize delivery.


Deanna Wadsworth, DH Starr, Ethan Day, GayRomLit, Katey Hawthorne, Rhys Ford, RJ Scott, Sherrie Henry

GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket One

1237It’s been in the planning for weeks, and the time is finally here! With less than three weeks until the official first day of GayRomLit 2014, The Novel Approach and our team of Featured and Supporting Authors have put together Seven Virtual Gift Baskets to give away.

Helping us kick things off with Basket One are:

Rhys Ford: $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice
Sherrie Henry: An e-copy of Last of the Summer Tomatoes
RJ Scott: An e-book of choice from her backlist Continue reading

A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Aleksandr Voinov, Alex Beecroft, Carol Lynne, Cleis Press, GayRomLit, Jayson James, Joanna Chambers, Jordan L. Hawk, K.A. Merikan, Kaje Harper, KJ Charles, Lexi Ander, Lisa Henry, Lynley Wayne, Sherrie Henry, Sophie Bonaste, T.A. Chase, Tamara Allen, Tere Michaels, Will Parkinson

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Lisa_avatar_twitter Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve had a great weekend so far!

We have an outstanding week ahead for you here at The Novel Approach, including the kickoff of our GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways–Gift Cards and E-books Galore. We’ll have three baskets to give away this week, and four next week, so be sure to stay tuned for that and so much more from our guest authors. And, of course, we’ll be bringing you many more reviews.

Here’s whats on tap!


Monday – Kicking of the week, this week, is Will Parkinson on his Wet Paint Blog Tour and Giveaway

And joining us today as a first-time visitor, Lexi Ander stops by with a Guest Post and Giveaway on her Twin Flames Blog Tour

Tuesday – We’re winding down these final weeks of the Countdown to GRL Celebration with Sophie Bonaste today, on her Death Gets a Boyfriend Blog Tour and Giveaway

We’ll also be hosting the authors from the Authors Gone Wild Anthology

And, watch for the first of our seven Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways to go live today, which will include not only a $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice, but eight e-book titles from some of our participating authors

WednesdaySherrie Henry stops by with another Countdown to GRL Celebration visit

We’ll also be hosting the blog tour for the Historical Anthology Another Place in Time, featuring authors Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksandr Voinov, and Alex Beecroft

Round Two of the Gift Basket Giveaways happens today, with another $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice, as well as eight more e-books up for grabs

ThursdayLisa Henry stops in today on her Sweetwater Blog Tour

We’ll also be hosting author T.A. Chase today, on her Walking in the Rain Blog Tour

FridayLynley Wayne is here with an interview and giveaway on her Facing Demons Blog Tour

K.A. Merikan also drop in on their Guns n’ Boys Blog Tour

We also have another Virtual Gift Basket to give away today, featuring a $10 Gift Card to Are or Amazon, a $15 Gift Card to Dreamspinner Press, and seven more e-book titles

SaturdayJayson James is our guest today on his Pieces of Us Blog Tour

And we’ll also be hosting Tere Michaels on her Faith & Fidelity Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Sunday – To bring a close to a fantastic week, today we’re hosting author Carol Lynne on The Brick Yard Blog Tour

We’ll also be hosting Cleis Press on their Men on the Make Anthology Blog Tour


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

Harmony Ink Press, Sherrie Henry

“The Last of the Summer Tomatoes” Is A Sweet And Delicious Read

“If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature.” — John Burroughs

I was very pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a book. Well, it’s not little at 246 pages, but it is sure a gem. The title, The Last of the Summer Tomatoes really grabbed my eye and I hadn’t heard of Sherrie Henry before. I’ll make sure to look for her next book!

The meaning of the title isn’t revealed until very close to the end of the book. I’ll admit I was trying to figure it out for a while until Ms. Henry finally revealed it. Then I cried. It wasn’t the first time I had cried while reading The Last of the Summer Tomatoes, but it was definitely the ugliest cry of the book.

In The Last of the Summer Tomatoes, Sherrie Henry introduces us to two incredibly likeable young men. Kyle Jackowski is 17 years old and has some minor offenses on his criminal record. This particular time, he is actually not guilty of the vandalism he was charged with. He took the punishment for a friend.

Instead of going to juvie, Kyle winds up in a program for non-violent youthful offenders aimed at helping the state’s struggling farming industry. He is placed at “Walt’s Dairy” which is owned by Walt and Glenda Johnson. The plan is for him to work for them for the summer to earn enough money to pay for the damages to the store that was vandalized, while also helping a small family farm. When he turns 18, his record will be sealed. I don’t know if a program like this actually exists, but I think it’s a great idea.

The Johnson’s son Sam is away at college and is expected to return home a couple of days after Kyle arrives at the farm. Sam is 19 and openly gay. Kyle has been horribly abused and mistreated by his step-father for being gay. Kyle doesn’t know Sam is gay, but as soon as they see each other, the attraction to one another ignites.

Ms. Henry writes a moving story during which Sam’s kindness and that of his loving parents slowly show Kyle that he is worthy of love. Kyle realizes that he feels like the Johnson farm is “home” and that he can never go to his mother’s and step-father’s home again. Kyle learns how a real family interacts. He sees that touches can mean love and comfort, not hate and pain.

As Kyle comes to accept his worthiness, he realizes he has fallen in love with Sam. They begin dating, but the whole time, Kyle has planned to go to art school in the fall as scheduled. Sam will return to his college and their “summer fling” will end. Kyle’s sadness and the ease with which he accepts this as what he feels must be their destiny is heart-breaking. Ms. Henry writes his feelings so authentically that they became my feelings. I cried for him and for Sam, and for Walt and Glenda Johnson, who loved Kyle as much as they did their own son.

When Kyle & Sam leave the farm in the fall, Kyle’s carefully thought out plan falls to pieces. He is still in love with Sam. He makes a friend or two, even dates a little, but is unable to get over Sam. Mrs. Johnson sends Kyle care packages from the farm. I will let you read the book to find out the meaning of The Last of the Summer Tomatoes because you need to feel it for yourself.

When Sam shows up at Kyle’s dorm-room door on New Year’s Eve, Kyle realizes that Sam has had just as much trouble forgetting his love for Kyle. They ring in the new year together…

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Tina

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