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Guest Post and Giveaway: No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys by Wade Kelly

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Please join us in welcoming author Wade Kelly today, on the tour for her latest novel No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys. Enjoy Wade’s guest post and then don’t forget to check out the giveaway details for you below.

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Writing From My Own Experiences

Hello Again. Thank you for stopping by on the next hop in the Blog Tour for JOCK 2 No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys. I’m so happy for this novel; you have no idea! There have been many commenters so far who have posted something like “I’m so excited for you! I loved the first Jock novel and I have been waiting for a sequel.” Well, here’s the thing—I’m slow. I’m slow to write, I’m slow to catch on, and I’m slow to realize when you have a best selling novel like JOCK 1 My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap!, then you NEED to write a sequel for it!! I’m sorry it too me so long to pull this together, but I am happy so many of you have been waiting patiently for it.

I give you—JOCK 2! No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys

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On my previous blog tour hops, I’ve talked about Writing What I Know. I posted about writing Emotion on Rainbow Gold Reviews, and on Jeff Adams’ blog I spoke about where I get inspiration for writing and find my MUSE. I also talked about how hard it is to make a cover on my post for Scott at GGR. You may comment on that post too for more entries into the giveaway. :)

On The Novel Approach I want to talk about how I write from my own experiences.

Do I have the same experiences as a gay man? Um, no, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have experiences that connect me to my characters because they are from human experiences. We are ALL HUMAN, gay or not, man or not. So these are typically what I mean when I say I am writing from my own experiences.

In the blurb, you’ll notice I reference Gummy Bears. (I’ll just add the blurb in here)

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What is a sexy soccer stud supposed to do when “following family tradition” falls 180 degrees opposite his closeted ideal?

From birth, Chris Jackson has been schooled on how to land a cheerleader. After all, his father married one, and his father’s father before him. Heck, even his older brother married a stereotypical cheerleader the summer before Chris went off to college. For two years, Chris dodges invasive questions about relationships by blaming his lack of female companionship on grueling practices and heavy coarse loads. But his lack of interest in girls should’ve given his family a clue. It isn’t until Chris mentions meeting a boy that his father’s synapses short-circuit.

Alonzo Martin is anything but a buxom blond. From his black hair, combat boots, and trench coat to his nail polish and guyliner, the mysterious introvert isn’t easily persuaded to date. Alonzo’s insecurities keep Chris at arm’s length, but Alonzo’s painful past might meet its match in the charismatic jock’s winning smile and sense of humor.

When opposites attract, only cheerleaders and gummy bears can help overcome fear and family tradition.

Buy Links: Dreamspinner Press || Amazon

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I added info about gummy bears because my son and his friend used to eat a LOT of gummy bears. They were actually the Haribo Gold-Bears, but when writing a book it is easier NOT to reference things that are trademarked, copyrighted, etc. You even have to look up gummy or gummi to know if it is capitalized and stuff as a registered trademark. So, keep in mind when you read the book, all references to gummy bears refer to actual Haribo Gold-Bears! My son determined they were the best tasting in all his gummy bear taste tests. In one scene, the lead character Chris refers to the smudge marks on his television and explains they were from a time when he and his best friend Doug threw gummy bears at the screen while playing Xbox. This happened in real life! My son did that and made a huge mess on his TV screen! He also had little bear bodies all over the carpet! So YES, whatever you do or say MAY end up in my novel! I also taste-tested them myself to determine the flavor I liked best! When you get to that scene, you’ll know. What Alonzo says is ME all the way!

Chris’s ability to toss gummy bears with accuracy is the same as what my son does with mini marshmallows!

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In the original JOCK, My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap!, I had a self-indulgent moment when I wrote the one chapter from the mom’s POV. Some readers have said they don’t like it and don’t see the point of why it is even in the book, but you know what? –That’s me! I wrote my feelings of inadequacy into Ellis’s mom. She feels like a failure, and that she’s no longer needed in her son’s life. (Keep in mind I wrote this in 2012) I think it is a real and valid feeling when you have children to feel empty and excluded when they grow up and move on. My son was not Ellis’s age when I wrote the book, but the feelings were there. So I wrote how I felt.

Another scene from that book that came straight out of my life was Ellis’s broken leg. My son had the EXACT thing happen—the goalkeeper landed on his leg! AND the doctor moved it back and forth as if assessing it when it was clear as day it was broken. Just like Ellis, the bone was sticking up very obviously in two pieces. And just like Cole, I wanted to punch the doctor for touching my son! And the loopiness Ellis experiences in the hospital, yeah, that happened too, exactly!

In Misplaced Affection, Keith gets into a car accident. (Hopefully that doesn’t spoil too much.) I got the idea from an accident I witnessed, and I combined it with a description of an accident my husband was in. (Note: my husband never got hurt.)

Also, I have the exact tattoo Flynn gets in Misplaced Affection. I have a pride feather on my right ring finger. I described it from the feeling I had when getting another tattoo. The one on my leg felt like the electric turkey carver shaving off my muscles. My finger tattoo was not as bad as Flynn describes his. And the tattoo artist Tee, was my person J (Not named Tee. Her name began with a T.)

In the book The Cost of Loving I wrote my experiences with the church into his character. The way his mother lost all her friends—that happened to me. The way the pastor told Matt’s father to learn how to control his son—that happened to my husband. (“Learn how to control your wife”) Getting caught kissing another boy—Matt, not me—happened to a friend of mine who went to the same church way back then. He was spotted kissing another boy and WOW the things that got said.

Also in The Cost of Loving, Matt got into the EXACT car accident as I did. I described it exactly how I remember it happening. The tractor-trailer totaled my husband’s blue truck! I was only glad I wasn’t driving the Prius!

Darian Weston was a character in The Cost of Loving and When Love is Not Enough. The cutting scenes I wrote for him, I tried doing just that. Experimentally, not for real with self-harm in mind, but I DID put a razor to my skin and cut it to feel what it feels like. I wrote the experience into Darian in The Cost of Loving.

Nick and RC from Names Can Never Hurt Me went camping in the exact place I did! I also described the very BEST reptile show I’ve ever been to when I wrote the two of them going to Hamburg, PA. The Hamburg Reptile Show is a wonderful experience, even if you don’t buy reptiles. You see more on display there than ay zoo!

RC’s experience going to Knoebels Amusement park in Names Can Never Hurt Me was the exact experience I had when I went on that same ride. I wrote that scene as a memory of my father who died in 2011.

And Nick Jones from Names Can Never Hurt Me lived the life I had as a child/ young adult. I lived the Life of Riley. My parents spoiled me and I never needed anything. Not that they were rich, but they managed the money well and gave my brother and me everything they could. They were loving and supportive parents.

My dad LOVED James Bond. And when RC gets choked up listening to Nick sing “Nobody Does It Better, that is my mom singing it to my dad. It was HIS song! –Names Can Never Hurt Me

For the sake of talking forever, I think I’ll stop here. I think you get my point. I take scenes out of my own life experience. Not “gay” experiences, but LIFE experiences. This is what we have in common!

If you are around on TWITTER today, I will be taking over Dreamspinner’s account from 4:00pm-6:00pm EST. @dreamspinners  My regular handle is @WriterWadeKelly

Ta-Ta for Now,

~ Wade

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Giveaways

P.S. As a thank you I have several giveaways. Leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win an Amazon gift certificate. I am going to take all the names from all the comments from all the blog stops and put them in a drawing. I have 8 stops including this one. The more comments you make then higher your chances of winning. I will have 3 winners of a $10 Amazon gift certificate, and for those who comment on ALL 8 STOPS, I will enter each of them into a grand prize drawing good for:

  • An eBook from my backlist of your choice,
  • A $10 Amazon gift certificate,
  • A Wade Kelly Spoon in the colors of your choice :), and
  • One autographed paperback copy of the novel of their choice (Includes all the books in my back list, as well as JOCK 2 AND Bankers’ Hours coming up in March)

Note: I am willing to mail things to other countries so don’t let that stop you!

The links to the previous stop is BELOW:

Rainbow Gold Reviews

Jeff Adams

GGR for my cover reveal,

AND… and…. I did an interview with Jeff Adams for his and Will’s Pod Cast. You may like to check that out!

Again, Thank you for stopping by!

~Wade Kelly

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Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 8.31.09 AMAuthor Bio: Wade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it’s not easy to live free and open in one’s beliefs. Wade writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. There is a lot of pain in the world and people need hope. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing “taxi driver” for her three children. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry.

Social LinksWeb || Facebook || Blog || Twitter || Dreamspinner Press

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*Entrants must be 18 years or older to qualify

*All comments must be relevant to the author’s prompt to be eligible (when applicable)

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Review: Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly

Title: Misplaced Affection

Author: Wade Kelly

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 380 Pages

At a Glance: I felt there were too many balls in the air in this plot.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Clichés are overrated and loving the boy next door may not be as genuine as the love Flynn sacrifices along the way.

Knowing he’s gay and acting on it were two separate notions to Flynn Brewer until he’d met Keith, his first boyfriend, in high school. Before then, being gay wasn’t as real as the pain of living day-to-day. Flynn’s fear of coming out to his religious best friend Zach in their conservative community destroyed his relationship with Keith, but Flynn rationalized his avoidance and bottled up the truth until it was regrettably too late.

Zachary Mitchell was the perfect son and role model as far as the outside world could tell. Active in his church while attending college, Zach had a personality that could sell anything, do anything, or be anything. Except, he couldn’t sell the truth to himself. Just when he was ready to reveal his internal conflict to Flynn and expose the darkness lurking in his heart, and in his “perfect” family, Zach met a girl and got sucked deeper into his chasm of deception.

Caught in a living Newton’s Cradle of his own design, Flynn must choose between idealistic childhood fantasy, or a tempestuous passion that could ignite the very air he breathes.

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Review: I really struggled with this book and review. On the one hand I am a big fan of Wade Kelly and have enjoyed many of her books and audiobooks. On the other hand, I was taken aback by how much religion played a role in this book. Just for my obsessive-compulsive tendency, I counted how many times the words God, church, and religious/religion were used in Misplaced Affection. God, as a proper noun, and god, as in “oh my god,” were mentioned at least 140 times; the word religion, or a variation of it, 31 times; and church, 73 times. I admit I have not been comfortable in a church lately, mostly due to the religious fanatics who feel they have a right to judge my family and not allow my son the right to marry if he makes that choice. Coming from that place, it was hard to lay aside my beliefs and review the book on the merits of the writing and character development alone.

Wade Kelly tells us this story from the point-of-view of the three main characters, each having his own voice to tell his side. We first hear from Flynn and how he’s coping with being seventeen, having his first boyfriend, and watching his closest friend pull away from him. To make life a little more crazy, he is also working through the grief of losing his mother and brother in a car accident.

Zack was the hardest character for me to read. Zack is in the center of the circle, so to speak, and is the center of the book. He lives with an abusive parent who justifies his abuse and control with religion. Zack struggles with his identity and because of this, and many other struggles, his parents take advantage of those weaknesses, controlling Zack’s every move.

Keith, who brings up the rear, is the most balanced of the three characters. He has a good family that supports him, but Keith’s biggest problem is he is in love with Flynn. And not only does he want a sexual relationship with Flynn, which Flynn is all for, but he wants Flynn to come out, and that means more than just to his dad.

There is a lot to Misplaced Affection: coming out to family, times two; trips to the desert, almost weddings, and many trips to the hospital. I felt there were too many balls in the air in this plot, and they start falling one by one until finally, all that’s left are three—Flynn, Zack, and Keith. The question is, who ends up with whom, and is there a happy ending?

I liked the characters in Misplaced Affection, the families, and their friends–they all played a role in shaping the story. My only wish as I was reading this book was for fewer mentions of God, religion, and church. It would have tightened up a story that was already really long.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly

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An Emotional Read, For Sure

I think by now, readers realize that if they pick up a novel by me, Wade Kelly, they are going to have an emotional response. On occasion, readers laugh, but most of the time they cry. I don’t know why all my stories seem to yank on twenty different emotions while you read, but they do. Maybe because I try to capture real life and most of the time real life is a roller coaster. Nothing is ever static. Circumstances change and people react. I try to capture those real reactions.

This book is no different. I have tackled hard subjects in the past including suicide, rape, bullying, labeling, hate crimes, religious persecution, etc. In Misplaced Affection I do it again. Since the story includes three main characters, and their subsequent families, I had a larger character pool to draw from. So I talk about grief, child abuse, guilt, bullying, anger, jealousy, religion, and starting over. I think that the mix is a good one and logically handled, but that is for you to tell me. Even though there are three main characters, it is not ménage. These three young men show three perspectives on many of the same life circumstances, and how they can differ.

I said it was emotional, and it is. The tears might even start to flow as early as chapter 2. My goal is to write characters that you might know, might identify with, or might come across. I want them to feel so real you want to cry with them, or hug them until it’s over. Please let me know if I did good. If not, I promise to try harder next time!

My excerpt is from the beginning of the book in Chapter 2, when Flynn, at sixteen, decides he is finally ready to face his mother’s grave, six years after her death.

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Some time later, a shadow fell across my mom’s headstone and I knew it was Zach’s. “You found me,” I said quietly.

“When you weren’t at the house I knew you’d be here, loser.” His sarcasm didn’t bother me. It never bothered me. “You could have waited. I told you I’d be here for you.”

I remained seated where I was, cross-legged, in the grass, and I didn’t look up. I felt hollow inside and I couldn’t be bothered to humor Zach. Besides, there was no need. Zach would understand. He was only trying to lighten the mood, but I knew he was aware it wouldn’t work. I picked a couple blades of grass and rubbed them between my fingers as Zach sat on the ground next to me.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “There was road construction and then my phone died and I couldn’t find my charger. I should have been here.” He spoke to me as if we were in a library. I guess a cemetery deserved the same reverence. Hushed tones showing respect to the deceased.

I accepted his apology without adding to the distraction of excuses. Feeling his presence next to me was enough. I needed the security of our friendship to relax and open up. Normally it was on his bed as we studied the cracked paint on his ceiling, but for the first time I was okay with semi-public vulnerability. I’m not saying I’d be fine sitting there if a funeral had been going on ten feet away, but the exposure to possible onlookers didn’t scare me. We were there, and this was about my mom and brother, and it felt different.

My eyes remained on the headstone in front of us, but I spoke to Zach as the memories of my mother came flooding in like water on a leaking ship. “I remember this one time, when I was eight years old, two years before she died, we were at my grandmother’s house and I was supposed to be taking a nap. I had gotten up and walked through the living room, but no one noticed. Nate was watching cartoons or something and my grandmother was knitting in her rocking chair. I walked out the back door and saw my mom lying in the grass.” As I spoke, I knew Zach would understand even if my thoughts seemed random. I knew he’d remain silent and listen as I said everything I needed to.

I continued, my voice hushed, as I lifted my hand allowing the blades of grass to blow away. “I didn’t know why she was lying on the ground so I walked down the back steps. Silent. Tiptoeing. Down the wooden stairs, across cement stepping stones, between pink peonies, over a sleeping cat, I approached my mom. Knees shaking, gut clenching, fists tightening, I stepped closer, scared something had happened because I wouldn’t know how to tell my dad. I rounded the side of a forsythia bush and that’s when I noticed the most beautiful sound I’d ever heard. Like an angel’s voice, sweet and harmonious, my mom’s voice caressed me from the inside the way hot chocolate warms your belly in the winter. Deep down, somewhere that doesn’t have a definition, her singing touched my soul. I closed my eyes. No music. No audience. No expectations. No pressure. No holding back. My mom, an angel sent from heaven, sang a song to God.”

I picked a few more blades of grass and tossed them. Looking across the graveyard, picturing my grandmother’s back yard, inhaling deeply. “I remember my mom and the day I found her lying in the grass. It was as if God filled the air as it swirled around her. Sunlight streaming, butterflies flitting, birds chirping as she sang, ‘Just from Jesus simply taking, life and rest and joy and peace.’ I think it was the closest I’ve ever felt to God. My mom’s voice saturated the space around me, yet inside I felt something warm and strong and comforting holding me like a hug. I knew I was safe.”

“I don’t think God’s ever felt like that to me,” Zach replied.

“She was so beautiful,” I whispered, my voice cracking. “I miss her so much.”

I snatched my hand back and hastily wiped away my tears before Zach noticed. Except he had noticed and proceeded to side-hug me. The idiot’s compassion caused me to cry harder, and I’d rarely cried over my mom’s death before today. “I’m sorry.”

Zach squeezed my shoulder and said, “Why?”

“For crying like a girl.”

“You’re not, so shut up. I miss your mom too.”

I leaned my head against him and allowed my emotions to run their course. Zach remained silent and supportive as he had so many times throughout the years. He was as he always had been—my refuge.

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1_FINAL_MA_prefect cover_lg sized copyBlurb: Clichés are overrated and loving the boy next door may not be as genuine as the love Flynn sacrifices along the way.

Knowing he’s gay and acting on it were two separate notions to Flynn Brewer until he’d met Keith, his first boyfriend, in high school. Before then, being gay wasn’t as real as the pain of living day-to-day. Flynn’s fear of coming out to his religious best friend Zach in their conservative community destroyed his relationship with Keith, but Flynn rationalized his avoidance and bottled up the truth until it was regrettably too late.

Zachary Mitchell was the perfect son and role model as far as the outside world could tell. Active in his church while attending college, Zach had a personality that could sell anything, do anything, or be anything. Except, he couldn’t sell the truth to himself. Just when he was ready to reveal his internal conflict to Flynn and expose the darkness lurking in his heart, and in his “perfect” family, Zach met a girl and got sucked deeper into his chasm of deception.

Caught in a living Newton’s Cradle of his own design, Flynn must choose between idealistic childhood fantasy, or a tempestuous passion that could ignite the very air he breathes.

Buy Links (paperback buy link available January 1): Amazon US | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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Author BioBio: Wade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it’s not easy to live free and open in one’s beliefs. Wade writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. There is a lot of pain in the world and people need hope. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing “taxi driver” for her three children. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry.

Visit Wade Kelly at: Website | Twitter | Subscribe to Blog

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The Giveaway: THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

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Wade Kelly’s “Names Can Never Hurt Me” Challenges Labels

Title: Names Can Never Hurt Me

Author: Wade Kelly

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 340 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: What if sexuality wasn’t a definable thing and labels merely got in the way?

Nick Jones can’t remember a time when he wasn’t part of the in crowd. Everywhere he goes, he stands out as the best looking guy in the room, and women practically fall into bed with him. Then, after kissing Corey on a dare led much more and on many occasions, Nick’s “screw anything” reputation escalated, but he didn’t care. Continue reading

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Invoking An Emotional Response: A Guest Post, Excerpt, And Giveaway By Wade Kelly

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Thank you, TNA, for having me here. I had to think about what I wanted to talk about as I make my way around my blog tour. I’ve been releasing little snippets and excerpts on different blogs and in the interest of keeping them all different, I chose the following one for TNA. It is an argument. Why? Because I like to explore ideas, and sometimes they make people angry. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week And An Intro To Our Newest Reviewer

Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! We’ve just closed out another great seven days of author visits, giveaways and reviews. And, guess what? Well, we’ve got an equally outstanding week just waiting to get underway.

In addition to all the that, I’m also thrilled to introduce the newest member of our review team, Taz! He comes to us with plenty of reviewing experience, so without further ado, here’s the man himself:

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Taz_TNATaz: The largest carnivorous marsupial in the world is characterized by its stocky and muscular build, broad head, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell and apparent ferocity when feeding. That’s me! Voracious lover of romance, I keep a wealth of good books in my pouch to keep my appetite satisfied. But when I read, it’s with a hunger. So bring on the stories. I can’t get enough of ‘em. Oh, but I don’t have a pungent odor…or so I’m told.

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Having met him in person, I can vouch for him…he does not stink in any way!

Now, have a look at what’s in store, and be sure to stay tuned for more reviews and the chance to win some great prizes.


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MondayRhys Ford kicks off the week with an exclusive Cover Reveal and Excerpt from the forthcoming Down and Dirty

Jason Lloyd also helps us start the week off on the Queer Dirty Laundry Blog Tour

Tuesday – Today brings us another Cover Reveal and Giveaway from Lou Hoffmann, author of the YA fantasy novel Key of Behilseth

Bryan Keating also joins us today on the Paused Blog Tour, with a Guest Post and Giveaway

WednesdayKatey Hawthorne is back today for another Countdown to GRL Celebration Guest Post

ThursdayCharlie Cochet pops in today with a Cover Reveal of her upcoming historical romance, A Rose by Any Other Name

Wade Kelly is also our guest today with a guest post on the Names Can Never Hurt Me Blog Tour

This month’s installment of Rick R. Reed: True Confessions will be a short exposé on his upcoming novel Husband Hunters

FridayJay Northcote joins us today with an exclusive excerpt and giveaway on the Nothing Special Blog Tour

SaturdayMari Evans joins us on the Trusting Love Blog Tour and Giveaway

Kiernan Kelly is also here today with a Countdown to Coastal Magic Convention Interview

Sunday – We’ve got an Exclusive Excerpt from Thianna D’s Breathe Each Other In

Peter Monn is also our guest on The Before Now and After Then Blog Tour

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

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Listen Up! Kim Reviews The Audio Version Of Wade Kelly’s “My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap!”


“In every school I’ve gone to, all the athletic bastards stick together.” ― J.D. Salinger


Title: My Roommates a Jock? Well, Crap!

Author: Wade Kelly

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Audio Length: 9 Hours, 21 Minutes

Story Rating: 5 Stars

Narration Rating: 4 Stars


Blurb: It’s easy to become cynical when life never goes your way.
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In “The Cost of Loving”, Wade Kelly Proves No Price Is Too High For Love

“…I think guilt can be like this invisible jailor freely moving from person to person, convicting without trial and condemning with no conscience. But I know one thing guilt doesn’t; I’m free.”–Wade Kelly



Two years is a long time for a die hard fan to wait for a sequel to a much-loved book. Two years is an even longer time if you are the author trying to get the sequel into the hands of those sometimes rabid fans. Some fans might give up. Some authors might chuck the laptop out a window. This was a unique case though. Those fans, not only didn’t they give up, they supported the author, encouraged her regularly on Goodreads and Facebook. The author in question, she kept in touch with the fans and gave frequent updates regarding her triumphs and frustrations while dealing with the M/M publishing world. Thankfully for all involved, The Cost of Loving, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Wade Kelly’s first novel When Love is not Enough has finally made it through the muck and mire and red tape to arrive on your e-reader or bookshelf. It was well worth the wait. You will not be disappointed.

Please Note: When Love is not Enough and The Cost of Loving are best read in order. Because this review contains spoilers for When Love is not Enough, only read after the cut if you’ve read WLinE
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We Invited Wade Kelly To Stop By And Discuss “The Cost of Loving”. And Yes, There Are Goodies Involved!

The Novel Approach is so pleased to welcome Wade as our guest today, so go grab yourself a drink, kick back in a comfy chair, and read on. Hint: Giveaway details are at the end. :)

TNA: Hi, Wade, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out with you telling us a little bit about yourself?

WK: On Twitter it says: “I’m an author of m/m romantic fiction for Dreamspinner Press. I’m sarcastic. I like snakes. I can’t spell. And I have a tendency to make people cry.” This could not be more true. I am a mother of three. I have a hard time balancing everything in my life, but it is getting easier as people in my life encourage and support me in my writing endeavors.

TNA: Was there someone who inspired and encouraged you to begin writing creatively?

WK: Lonliness. I had two small children in 2006 and while spending long hours alone with them, I began talking to myself in a sense by writing characters. I wrote 284,000 words in 8 months. It was sci-fi and is yet unpublished.

TNA: Why did you start writing M/M romance?

WK: I was inspired to write a story for a friend on how he would meet his “Prince Charming”.

TNA: You recently “came out” as a woman. This totally blew apart the mental picture I had of you. Why did you decide to do this now?

WK: I heard tales of other authors who “hid their identities” in order to sell more books. That wasn’t my intent. I did it out of a need to survive. In order to write at all, I had to be “someone else.” People assuming I was male made my secrecy easier, but it was also dishonest. The success of Jock spurred on my deep need to be honest and forthright. I “hid” to be ABLE to write, but hiding as success was looming felt wrong. As I moved into a new stage of life away from a hurtful set of people and found REAL friends, I found I no longer needed to hide. So, I came out. Then, if people liked my books, I knew it would not be because they thought I was a man.

TNA: From where did you choose the name Wade Kelly?

WK: Sliders! It was a TV show from the 90’s I think. Wade Wells. She was one of the main characters. And since she was a “she” I thought Wade would be more neutral, but it wasn’t. Oh well. And I like the name Kelly form a girl I went to school with in elementary school.

TNA: What is the perfect writing atmosphere for you?

WK: Perfect quiet. No children in the house!

TNA: Many of your characters are in their late teens and early twenties. What is it that draws you to characters in this period of their personal growth?

WK: This is the age group where I see the most despair. I draw my stories from culture. I want to bring a little hope, if I can. I use that one picture (I’m sure you’ve seen it) as my icon the most because I think the stats are alarming and sad. “40% of homeless youth are LGBT. And the #1 reason they are on the street is family rejection.” The thought pains me.

TNA: How much input do you have in the design of your book covers?

WK: Some. Paul Richmond did a great job with When Love Is Not Enough. And Enny was spectacular on The Cost of Loving. I think all the designers have to do is show it to me and I’ve been happy.

TNA: Have you ever seen a particularly sexy photograph and knew you had to write a book based on that picture? If so, which book(s)?

WK: No. I like the “inspirational” pictures but I cannot say I have seen one and wrote anything based on one.

TNA: You blog a lot about the ups and downs of the creative process and the frustrations you have had while turning The Cost of Loving from an idea to a manuscript to a hold-it-in-your hands book. How has the feedback been from your fans to you sharing so much of yourself with us?

WK: Some fans were “taken a back” by my “coming out” so to say, but most fans were very gracious. They have always been supportive and encouraging and patient. Especially waiting so long for this next book. This fact influenced my dedication in the front of the book.

TNA: In My Roommate’s a Jock? Well Crap! you destroyed some long-held stereotypes about jocks and nerds. Was this something you had planned, or did it just evolve as the story developed?

WK: Oh, I planned it. I like mixing things up.

TNA: Another author recently began the third installment of a popular series and as he started writing, he said, “Man, I’ve missed you guys.” Did you feel that way about Matt and Darian in between <iWhen Love is Not Enough and The Cost of Loving?

WK: Yes and No. The Cost of Loving took 2 years of editing. I don’t think it was ever off my table. I’ve been plugging away at it forever. It was more like “finally,” sigh.

TNA: How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

WK: Quirky and acquired. I often think I am only laughing at myself and others think my sense of humor is stupid.

TNA: If you could sit down to dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and what’s the one question you’d love to ask?

WK: Lol. I have no clue. Maybe Sir Elton John. He is famous, but wasn’t always so. And he’s gay, which was not always something he could probably deal with. I guess I would ask him how he handled being gay in a time when that wasn’t accepted and grasp for his dream while being persecuted? Assuming he underwent persecution in the early years.

TNA: Would you care to share a little bit of information on any of your current WIPs?

WK: Names Can Never Hurt Me. It is about stereotypes and bullying. And like Jock, I mix it up and try something different with the stereotyping. Stay tuned. It is at 59,000 words and I hope to finish it before GRL in October. I also submitted a short story to Dreamspinner for the Advent Calendar in December called Last Minute Shopping.

TNA: Where can readers find you on the internet?

WK: http://www.writerwadekelly.com , also on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, and blogspot.

TNA: Would you like share an excerpt from The Cost of Loving with us?

Excerpt:

Prologue

I feel him enter my body and everything else drains away. I’m no longer me. I become the pliable embodiment of orgasmic rapture when he sinks impossibly deep inside and touches those spots that never knew pleasure before. His titillating touch transforms me into a wanton beast of insatiable lust, and I’ve never felt as ravenous as I do in his arms.

It frightens me—this unquenchable desire. What will I become when the thunderous throes of gratification end and I’m simply left with a hollow heart?

I have no answer.

Chapter 1

September 28, 2010

Teetering on the verge of an anxiety attack, Matthias Dixon drove to work with his brain on autopilot. His nerves were shot—not because his best friend, Jimmy, affectionately known as “Jamie,” died last week; not because he came out to his entire church congregation and faced possible excommunication; not because he feared confrontation from his family; and certainly not because he didn’t want to be gay. Matt drove to the fire station Tuesday morning practically hyperventilating and shaking in his skin because he had to step back into his everyday routine and leave one very important piece of himself at home in his bed: Darian Weston.

Inexplicably, Matt could not function without holding Darian.

What the fuck is wrong with me? Matt thought for the thousandth time.

He’d only just met Darian last Wednesday. Any sane person would not become attached to another person so quickly… would they? Maybe that was the reason. Matt was insane! He could believe it. It had been an extremely difficult week, full of high emotion and stress. Watching as Jamie’s casket was lowered into the ground almost did him in. That is, until he saw Darian completely break down.

Matt had been standing there drowning in his own sorrow as the pastor spoke a few last words but when Darian crumpled to the earth sobbing, Matt felt his inner Legolas—his champion—take over. He couldn’t let Darian suffer alone. He had to go to him and comfort him—protect him. Darian’s heart was broken. Jamie would want Matt to take care of him.

Matt could easily rationalize his actions with the facts: (1) Darian had been Jamie’s fiancé; (2) Jamie had loved Darian; (3) Matt had been Jamie’s best friend; and (4) Darian was Matt’s last physical link to Jamie. Conclusion: Matt needed to care for Darian.
The only complication was sex.

Matt had had sex with Darian. Lots of sex! Darian was like a drug, and Matt’s senses craved more with every touch. Matt knew it was wrong to swoop in on Jamie’s territory so soon after his death, but it had happened accidentally. At least he kept telling himself that. The first few times could be attributed to bad judgment, but the last few… several… several… times could not be blown off as “accidental”. Even after Matt knew who Darian was, he still went back for more and unabashedly fucked him without restraint.

As he drove to work, Matt tried to clear his mind. Who was he kidding? He was intoxicated by a living opiate, and there was no twelve-step program to cure him.

Staind came on the radio, and Matt sang along. When the chorus played, he got the eerie impression the song was written for him. “I can’t live without, all I think about, all I want is you….”

It was all so true.

For the second time in his life, Matt’s hands shook. He turned the corner onto Main Street and thought back to the day he had heard of Jamie’s death, and his hands quaked uncontrollably for several minutes. He wasn’t able to control his nerves then, and now it was happening again only for different reasons. At the red light, he groped under the seat for the crumpled brown bag he remembered from three weeks ago. He inhaled the stench of greasy burgers in a desperate attempt to control his breathing. When the light turned green, he flung the useless bag to the floor. He didn’t need a fucking bag! He couldn’t breathe because he missed Darian’s scent. He couldn’t think because he missed Darian’s voice. Even the steering wheel felt unbearably ridged because his fingers craved Darian’s smooth skin.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all our nosy questions, Wade, and also for sharing that excerpt with us!

Now, let’s talk contest, shall we? Wade is offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an E-copy of either When Love is not Enough or The Cost of Loving, and entering this giveaway couldn’t be simpler!

All you have to do is leave a comment right here on this post by 11:59pm Pacific time on Saturday, August 17, 2013. and ba-da-boom, ba-da-bing, you’re automatically entered to win! The winner will be drawn on Sunday, August 18th via Random.org and notified via email for prize delivery.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone, and best of luck to you all!

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A six-year downward spiral into a world of lies and deception leads to the end of one man’s life when self-discovery crosses the line between being the perfect son or following his heart. 



Jimmy Miller never intended to lead a double life starting the day he fell in love with Darian, but his parents’ divorce, fighting in school, and constantly keeping secrets for his closeted best friend and protector, Matt, force his hand. Jimmy finds the demands too great to withstand and ends it all prematurely, leaving behind an angry best friend and a shattered lover. 



Matt and Darian cling to one another in the aftermath of their loss, forging a new friendship immediately tested by the truths of their relationships with Jimmy that are hidden in the pages of Jimmy’s journals. Will Matt and Darian discover what truly happened to their friend? And will this tragedy birth something beautiful between them as they learn the balance between life, family, and friendship when love is simply not enough?


Matt Dixon, a young firefighter, is the golden child of his family, and he never dreamed that coming out would challenge more than the way his church sees him. 



For years, Matt has led a double life hoping to avoid ridicule. When a self-righteous pastor’s statements provoke him to defend his recently deceased best friend’s honor and subsequently out himself, he suffers the brutal aftermath of his revelation. Everyone in his life, including his family and his new lover, Darian, must deal with the ramifications as Matt struggles to come to terms with guilt, shame, and his very belief in God. 



Darian Weston lost his fiancé when Jamie took his life, and his feelings for Matt added guilt to his burden of grief. Confused and lonely, Darian clings to Matt despite his inner strife. But small-town realities keep intruding, and if Matt and Darian hope to make a life together, they must first take a stand for what they believe in, even if they fear the cost.

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Wade Kelly Offers A Kernel Of Hope In “When Love Is Not Enough”

I wanted to know what happened when two people felt it. Would it divide the hurt in two, make it lighter to bear, the way feeling someone’s joy seemed to double it? – Sue Monk Kidd, “The Secret Life of Bees”



It was almost a year and a half ago that I first read When Love is Not Enough and the story has never been far from my mind. This is a beautifully written contemporary coming-of-age novel. My heart broke for Jamie/Jimmy. He never intended to have a double life. Trouble at home and at school, along with the pressure of keeping secrets for his best friend became too much for him to stand.

Jamie was unable to see that the love in his life was enough. If only he had been able to find a way to bring the two halves of his life together, his part in this story would not have ended so soon. His tragic and irrevocable decision sets up the possibility of a relationship between the two halves of his double life. I am looking forward to seeing how Wade Kelly develops this potential relationship in the next installment of this “Unconditional Love” series.

Jamie leaves behind journals through which Matt (his closeted best friend) and Darien (his lover) search for answers regarding Jamie’s life and death. These two young men, who were integral parts of Jamie’s double life, knew nothing of each other’s existence before Jamie died. Each initially has trouble believing and accepting the other’s relationship with Jamie. They cling to each other while trying to make sense out of what they are finding out about Jamie and how very different it is from what they both thought they knew. Through their searching, something begins to grow between them. Something that starts as friendship but quickly grows into much deeper feelings.

I loved that Wade Kelly didn’t give us an insta-love special. It would have been impossible for even me (absolutely the world’s most hopeless romantic) to suspend disbelief long enough to believe that these young men, one who is deeply closeted and mourning the loss of his best friend, another grieving the death of his lover, would have been capable of loving one another so soon. It is much more realistic to read that there is the possibility of more for them as their relationship develops and they resolve their own feelings and process their grief over Jamie’s suicide. They first need to find out the entire story of Jamie/Jimmy’s life and death before they can begin to examine the feelings growing between them.

A HFN ending is good for me as long as I know there is a HEA coming eventually. I know Wade is trying his damndest to get the sequel published. I, for one, cannot wait to see where he takes us next on the emotional rollercoaster he has created with these characters! Make sure your lap bar is securely fastened…

I am happy to say that the sequel to When Love is Not Enough, The Cost of Loving, is being published by Dreamspinner Press later this year.

Reviewed by: Tina

You can buy When Love Is Not Enough here:

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