5 Stars, Brad Boney, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jules

Review: YES by Brad Boney

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YesBoneyTitle: YES

Author: Brad Boney

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

At a Glance: Overall, the writing just feels effortless. It flows perfectly. The dialogue is razor sharp, and the characters all mesh together beautifully.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: What if youth wasn’t wasted on the young?

On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot. He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years. During a trip to Denver with his best friend, Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate from a mysterious candy store—then wakes up from a nap two decades younger. After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a second chance and, with Mark’s help, he devises a plan to start over.

With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza. He pursues Bartley as Ian’s twenty-one-year-old alter ego, Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results. Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high-school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy. Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off-ramp to happiness.

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Review: Brad Boney’s talent is immense. What I wouldn’t give to spend an evening at La Tazza Magica – the fictional coffee shop in his new release, YES – with him. If you haven’t read any of his books yet – or, ALL of his books, for that matter – you need to start immediately. The stories are all unique, but they all share a certain magical quality that I’m convinced only he can achieve.

In YES we meet Ian who, as the blurb suggests, on the eve of turning forty isn’t in the happiest of places in his life. After eating the enchanted chocolate and waking up from a nap twenty years younger, he and his friend Mark devise a plan for him to enter his life as his nephew, Ryan. Inside he is still Ian, though, with all forty years of memories intact. I was consistently amazed at the ease with which the author switches between Ian and Ryan, sometimes in a single sentence. It was seamless.

In fact, overall, the writing just feels effortless. It flows perfectly. The dialogue is razor sharp, and the characters all mesh together beautifully, both new and old. If you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy the same quick wit and fantastic conversations you’ve come to love from Boney’s other books. AND, in YES we get the bonus of an education in vintage porn! :D

Ian/Ryan is a fantastic character. I love his earnestness at wanting to make the most of this second chance. I also adored Matthew, who plays a pivotal role in helping clarify things for Ian, and fell completely in love with Bartley James. Along the way we also meet Sam and Jeremy and get lots of time with the Walsh brothers, Topher and Stanton, and the rest of Dime Box. I fell even more in love with Quentin and with Ben. And don’t even get me started on Topher. *sigh* I had a full-body-goosebumps moment involving Topher and the band, and there is an amazing conversation between Topher and Ian that made my heart race.

My reviews on Brad’s books are always more about the reading experience than the actual story because to give things away would spoil it. One needs to experience all the ‘gasps’ and ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhhs’ for him or herself, and, as with his other books, YES has plenty of those moments. Boney is able to invoke so many feelings by bringing everything and everyone together. There are so many subtleties from the other books, so many little touches…a re-read should almost be mandatory in order to pick up on everything.The style is so easygoing and readable, yet there’s nothing ‘simple’ about it. YES is a beautifully complex and moving adventure you do not want to miss out on. This is the kind of stuff that favorite books are made of.






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Excerpt and Giveaway: YES by Brad Boney

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The Novel Approach is happy to welcome Brad Boney today, with an exclusive excerpt from his upcoming Dreamspinner Press novel, YES. He’s also offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book upon its release! To enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment right here by Midnight Pacific time on Monday, March 9, 2015. One winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying comments on Tuesday, the 10th, and the book will be added directly to your DSP bookshelf on March 16th.

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

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YesBoneyBlurb: What if youth wasn’t wasted on the young?

On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot. He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years. During a trip to Denver with his best friend, Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate from a mysterious candy store—then wakes up from a nap two decades younger. After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a second chance and, with Mark’s help, he devises a plan to start over.

With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza. He pursues Bartley as Ian’s twenty-one-year-old alter ego, Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results. Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high-school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy. Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off-ramp to happiness.

Pre-Order Yes in print and/or e-book at Dreamspinner Press

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Excerpt: On a flight home to Austin after his 40th birthday, Ian Parker wakes up from a nap to discover, in the airplane bathroom, that he is two decades younger. He returns to his seat and his best friend Mark.

Ian dried his hands and took a deep breath. He opened the door and practically knocked over the young woman waiting in line. He apologized and hurried past her down the aisle. He took his seat next to Mark, shook him, and lifted his sleep mask.

“Wake up,” Ian said. “I’m having a really bad trip.”

Mark opened his eyes and recoiled. “What the—? Who in the hell are you?”

“What are you talking about?”

Mark shook off his nap and looked around. “You must have overshot your row or something. Someone else is sitting there. What’s your seat number? Do you have your boarding pass?”

“It’s me. Ian.”

“Ian?” Mark glanced up and down the aisle. “Okay. If you say so. There’s no point in getting into an argument about it.” With a look of subdued terror on his face, Mark reached up and pushed the flight attendant button.

“What are you doing?” Ian said. “Don’t you recognize me? I thought I was hallucinating. Tell me I’m hallucinating.”

Mark removed the pillow from around his neck and swiped off his mask. “Let’s let the flight attendant handle this, okay? I don’t want any trouble. Please, whatever you’re doing, you don’t have to go through with it. Think about prison at your age. Have you ever seen Turned Out? Or Oz? Sure, I know it looks hot when it’s Chris Meloni, but this isn’t fiction, young man. You’re on a real plane, and I’m a real person. These things have consequences, and there’s no point in ruining your life before it’s even begun. I’m sure your cause—whatever it is, religious or otherwise—I’m sure it’s a worthy one. Have you been wronged by the American political system? Well, take a number and get in line.”

“Mark, it’s me. Can’t…? Look, I’m wearing Ian’s clothes.”

“And that’s supposed to convince me? You’re wearing jeans and a plain white T-shirt. If they belong to Ian, then what have you done with him? What’s your angle here, kid? Why do you insist on pretending you’re Ian Parker?”

“I’m not pretending.”

“Then prove it,” Mark said.
“I can… I can tell you things I know about you, like your favorite TV show is RuPaul’s Drag Race. You’re obsessed with Robbie Rogers, which I totally don’t get. And you have a dog named Kitty.”

“Practically anyone who follows me on Instagram could know those things. Have you been stalking me? Does this involve sexual blackmail? Because let me tell you right now, I—”

“We met at Jester Hall twenty-two years ago. You live on West Thirty-Ninth Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. You used to have a boyfriend named Troy, but I called him Sparky for no other reason than I thought it suited him better than Troy.”

Marked paused, and it looked like maybe Ian had convinced him. But then Mark shook his head and said, “Still not conclusive. Are you Al-Qaeda? Or maybe NSA? It’s so hard to tell the difference these days. What have you done with my friend? Did you lock him in the bathroom? Is that what you did? Because if you’ve hurt him in any way, I swear I’ll—”

“I am your friend. Why can’t you look at me and see that?” Ian glanced down the aisle and saw a female flight attendant heading their way. He had to think of something fast. He turned to Mark and whispered, “Okay. I didn’t want to go there, but could practically anyone else know you have a thing for twincest porn? Maybe Elijah and Milo Peters? Or the two brothers from Brazil?”

Mark’s jaw dropped.

“I thought that would do the trick.”

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yes refl transparent (1)Author Bio: Brad Boney lives in Austin, Texas, the 7th gayest city in America. He grew up in the Midwest and went to school at NYU. He lived in Washington, DC and Houston before settling in Austin. He blames his background in the theater for his writing style, which he calls “dialogue and stage directions.” His first book was named a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He believes the greatest romantic comedy of all time is 50 First Dates. His favorite gay film of the last ten years is Strapped. And he has never met a boy band he didn’t like.

Find Brad online at his Website, his Facebook Author Page, and on Twitter

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Euro Pride Con, Giveaways

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Sneak PeekHappy Sunday, everyone, and welcome back to another peek at what we have in store for the week ahead. Not only do we have some great authors, giveaways, and reviews in store for you, but we have a special Countdown to Euro Pride Con kicking off this week right here at The Novel Approach, so be sure to watch for our first two guests, Susan Mac Nicol and Morticia Knight. And there’ll be much more to come!

Our Book of the Month picks are also being hosted at Mary Calmes’s blog right now, so pop on over for a chance to win TWO e-copies of any of our chosen titles

Here’s a look at what’s on tap.

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MondayAmy Lane kicks off the week on the Vulnerable blog tour, the first book in her newly re-released Little Goddesses series

We’ll also welcome Mickie B. Ashling today on the Chyna Doll blog tour

TuesdayJoseph Lance Tonlet stops by to discuss the first book in his edgy new serial, Brothers LaFon

We’ll also have Susan Mac Nicol joining us with a guest post to kick off the Countdown to Euro Pride Con

Wednesday – It’s going to be a Brad kind of day today. First, Brad Vance joins us on the Have a Little Faith in Me blog tour

Then, we’ll have an exclusive excerpt from Brad Boney and his newest release from Dreamspinner Press, YES

Thursday – Today we’ll be hosting Kirby Crow and the Hammer and Bone blog tour

Morticia Knight will also be joining us with our second Euro Pride Con Countdown post for the week to talk about her new release The Fear of Surrender

Friday – Author Anna Lee stops by today on the His Soldier blog tour

SaturdayMargie Church is our guest today to talk a little bit about her new book Boston Boyfriend

Sunday – And finally, Trina Lane closes out our week on the Turkish Delights blog tour

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And that’s the lowdown on the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

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5 Stars, Brad Boney, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Tina

Review: The Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney

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Title: The Eskimo Slugger

Author: Brad Boney

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 230 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: It’s the summer of 1983, and Trent Days is Major League Baseball’s rookie sensation. Born in Alaska to an Inupiat mother, the press have dubbed him the Eskimo Slugger, but a midseason collision at home plate temporarily halts his meteoric rise to the top. Continue reading

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The Latest Edition Of Booyah! Books Is Out! Who Made The List This Month?

Every Month, Mary Calmes so graciously hosts The Novel Approach and gives us the chance to spotlight some of the books we thought were particularly recommendable reads.

If you’d like to see which books captured our attention in the month of July, head on over to Ms. Mary’s Place and see who made our list of top picks.

Cheers, and happy reading!

Lisa

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In Brad Boney’s “The Return”, Music Is King

Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzche

I absolutely loved The Nothingness of Ben, Brad Boney’s first novel. I was looking forward to The Return from the moment I finished “Ben”. Mr. Boney certainly didn’t disappoint. Not only did he follow up with the major and minor characters from “Ben”, he introduced a whole new group of characters who are every bit as riveting.

When you read the blurb about The Return, it begins by telling you about Topher Manning, then in the second paragraph it outlines Stanton Porter’s role in the book. I feel as though Stanton’s importance cannot be understated.

They say that there is nothing new under the sun. Well, whoever “they” are is wrong. In The Return, Brad Boney gives us a story like I’ve never read before. There may be a similar book out there somewhere, but it is an entirely new trope as far as I am concerned. There are actually two stories happening at once. That is not unusual. The two stories unfolding in a parallel manner are about a MC’s past and present. This is also not unusual. What is very unusual is the way in which Brad Boney brings those stories together.

The Return is a story about music. It is a romance novel, but at its heart, it is about music and how it connects us all. No matter your age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or income level, music has played a role in your life. The role which it played in your life is something you have in common with countless others.

Stanton Porter is in Austin for the South By Southwest music festival. He is a music critic for NPR (National Public Radio). Topher Manning is an auto mechanic who works at the shop in front of which Stanton’s borrowed car breaks down. Stanton is gay. Topher does not identify as gay but has had a less than stellar sex life with women. Stanton is also twenty-five years older than Topher. None of these things stop Stanton from asking Topher to accompany him to the Bruce Springsteen concert that evening.

During Thunder Road, something magical happens. There are many of you reading this review who have had something magical happen during that song. I am one of them. It is a magical song, perhaps one of the best ever written. Topher’s phone vibrates but the screen is black. He tastes salt water on his lips. And he can’t help himself, he kisses Stanton. This is the first step in Brad Boney’s absolutely brilliant unfolding parallel stories.

We read about Stanton as a nineteen year old, meeting the love of his life and that young man’s group of friends in the early 1980s. In alternating chapters, we read about Stanton meeting Topher and his group of friends today. The similarities are eerie. One thing remains the same through both parts of The Return, the music. It is never far from the hearts and minds and lips of this fascinating cast of characters.

There are expected bumps in the roads. Homophobic parents, Stanton’s aversion to the age difference between Topher and himself. But the music overcomes it all. The music knowledge that Brad Boney illustrates in The Return proves that he is a musical genius or a very thorough researcher. Maybe he’s both.

I know this review hasn’t contained much of a synopsis of the book. There are too many ways I could give away spoilers if I tried to summarize The Return for you. If you love music, if you love love, if you believe in the power of love to overcome anything put in its path, you will love this book. If you read and loved The Nothingness of Ben, you will love this book, if for no other reason than catching up with the first set of fascinating people Brad Boney introduced us to. I fiercely (thank you thesaurus for giving me a word even stronger than “highly”) recommend this book to everyone.

I will leave you with what has been stuck in my head since Chapter One. The screen door slams, Mary’s dress sways. Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays…

Reviewed by: Tina

You can buy The Return here:

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