4 Stars, Genre Romance, Posy Roberts, Reviewed By JJ

Review: Bent Arrow by Posy Roberts

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Title: Bent Arrow

Author: Posy Roberts

Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press

Pages/Word Count: 82 Pages

At a Glance: I enjoyed this book, and I especially liked the setting.

Reviewed By: JJ

Blurb: Sometimes curves in the road take you right where you belong.

Luther Almond’s life working the Bakken oil field is perfect—short-lived jobs, temporary housing, and easy hookups. That’s one reason he won’t move home when he inherits the lake house. When Erik Heat bends over to fix Luther’s pipes, his tattoos hint he might be up for more than working on the drain. The last thing Luther expects is to want more from this guy than one night.

Every time they’re together, Luther is more grounded and Erik more confident. When the lake house demands attention, Luther asks for Erik’s help. There he imagines a more permanent life, one where he stops running. But he wants Erik by his side. Can he find the courage—and the words—to ask?

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Review: Luther is a small town guy, and as a result of being afraid of coming out to his parents, he moves out and starts working on the oil fields. At the man camps, Luther discovers another environment where he doesn’t feel comfortable being open about his sexuality. Though he has sexual encounters, he doesn’t have feelings for another guy until he meets Erik, a hockey player who also works on the oil fields. Erik has experienced a hate crime against him, so they both know they have to hide their relationship. They treat what they have as casual, so when Luther start’s having feelings for Erik, he doesn’t know how to express what he feels.

I enjoyed this book, and I especially liked the setting. Since I had the distinct feeling of being on the oil fields, I’m sure the author did a lot of research in order to capture this life style. Both Luther and Erik are very appealing characters. However, since they are both closeted and both trying to play the tough guy role, true intimacy evades them. Luther cannot see love when it is staring him in the face.

I thought this book was sexy, and though I wasn’t very emotionally invested in the couple, I really liked the ending. I recommend Bent Arrow to anyone who enjoys M/M romance with coming out themes.

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4 Stars, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Posy Roberts, Reviewed by Janet

Review: Tangled Mind by Posy Roberts

Title: Tangled Mind

Author: Posy Roberts

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 76 Pages

At a Glance: The author draws the reader into the story very well, if painfully

Blurb: For years Beck Lund has taken care of his volatile boyfriend, Brady, always putting Brady’s needs above his own and walking on eggshells to keep the peace. After Brady overdoses on heroin, his death devastates Beck. Thankfully Beck’s best friend, Timothy Kallis, finds him the help he needs. Beck slowly starts to recover and moves in with Timothy to get back on his feet, but he’s oblivious that Timothy is secretly nursing romantic affection for him.

Beck focuses on his own healing for the first time in his life. After months of challenging his codependent tendencies and learning how to stand up for himself, Beck finally starts to trust his gut and hopes to one day love again. Timothy is patient throughout, taking care of Beck in ways no one ever has. But if Beck can’t recognize Timothy’s affection for him, it might be too late for them to move beyond friendship.

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Review: Posy Roberts states in her acknowledgments that this story came to her in a torrential downpour of emotions. That is an accurate assessment of the opening of the book. We witness the overdose death of Beck’s partner of ten years, and we wallow in his grief for several chapters right beside him. During these beginning chapters, we also learn about Beck and of the details of his long relationship with Brady. We want Beck to break free of the remaining tendrils from that life, and to heal and be healthy. It is a very emotional time in Beck’s life, and the author draws the reader into the story very well, if painfully.

One thing that I loved about this book was the relationship between Timothy and Beck. Timothy is a friend of long standing to Beck, and you know that Timothy loves Beck and wanted him healed and well, but there was no timetable imposed, no sense of anything but acceptance for Beck’s struggle with his grief. The chapter headings were quirky too, relating to the steps of healing in grief and the growth in the relationship between the two men. They formed a closer friendship, and Beck moved into Timothy’s home as a roommate as he needed help to get back on his feet, and he needed companionship as well.

Confusion is the title of chapter seven, and this is the turning point in the story. Timothy has told Beck how he feels, and they had a lovely sexual interlude, but then it is morning. I think that Beck is finally ready to move forward with his life, and so does he. But confusion, right…Timothy runs and Beck has to really look and see what he has grown into. This is a very dark book that deals with a man’s journey from a very unhealthy relationship, and his struggles with grief and his own sense of self. As he grows into an emotionally healthy man who is able to stand on his own two feet and be happy about himself, he learns how to be a partner and value being equal in a relationship. Beck’s new strength makes us happy for Timothy, as he will get the partner he deserves after being the best kind of friend that Beck needed for so much of the book.

I was sure of the HEA that was the conclusion of the story. The characters were well built and fit with each other; they had a relationship that I could only see good things happening to. My only complaint is that I would have liked more of the happy, an epilogue for more of a glimpse into their future, maybe a holiday celebration shared with their friends, something nice to balance the heavy of the start of the story.






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Simply The Best 2014: Round Four – The Year In Reviews and a Giveaway

2014

Hi, everyone!

We are thisclose to the end of our best of the best selections for this year. In case you missed the earlier selections, Sammy’s and Tina’s can be found HERE, Jackie’s, Lana’s, and Jules’ can be found HERE, and Lynn’s and Chris’s HERE.

Since Kim and Kathie are the audio connoisseurs in our group, today’s feature are their top picks in the audiobook category, and guess what? TNA is going to give you the chance to win TWO of the listed titles. And guess what else? If you’re selected as the winner, you get to choose which titles you’d like in either audio or e-book format. Continue reading

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Tangled Mind by Posy Roberts

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The Novel Approach welcomes Posy Roberts today on the Tangled Mind blog tour. Will Parkinson asked Posy what drew her to the M/M romance genre. This is what she had to say:

My quick and trite answer is: If one man is fun to read about then two together are even better. The honest answer is a lot longer and much more personal, but I’ll try to give you the condensed version. Continue reading

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Audio Review: Feathers from the Sky by Posy Roberts – Narrated by Paul Morey

Title: Feathers from the Sky

Author: Posy Roberts

Narrator:: Paul Morey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Cal Thompson is going a little mad over the Christmas holiday, stuck in a tiny house with fourteen members of his immediate family. There’s no privacy and no boyfriend to help him cope – because Philip is still a secret, though not for long. Cal’s family knows he’s bisexual, but they’ve always assumed Cal would marry a woman and be fruitful and multiply. Just as he’s ready to set the record straight, his parents tell the family they’re selling the family house and tip this introvert’s world on edge. Continue reading

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Posy Roberts’ “Flare” Is A Bright End To The North Star Series


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson



Title: Flare (North Star: Book Three)

Author: Posy Roberts

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 330 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Hugo Thorson and Kevin Magnus are learning to live again after the death of Kevin’s wife, Erin. They’re doing everything they can to make a stable home for Kevin’s kids, but that stability is threatened when Kevin is served legal documents: Erin’s parents want custody of Brooke and Finn.
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Posy Roberts Points The North Star Toward TNA With A Giveaway!



The journey is complete. Yes, it truly happened; all three books of my trilogy are out! Spark, Fusion, and Flare.

When I first wrote these stories in close succession so I could keep all the details straight in my head, I never dreamed they’d all be released so closely together. This started in September and the Flare was released January 13th. Some of you may not have even started on North Star, choosing to wait until everything was out. Here’s a little run down. North Star is essentially one huge story about Hugo Thorson and Kevin Magnus and how they manage to stay together through adversities.



Flare Blurb:

Hugo Thorson and Kevin Magnus are learning to live again after the death of Kevin’s wife, Erin. They’re doing everything they can to make a stable home for Kevin’s kids, but that stability is threatened when Kevin is served legal documents: Erin’s parents want custody of Brooke and Finn. 



Meanwhile, Hugo is offered several acting jobs; to encourage him to take them, Kevin hires a nanny who is very hands-on with the kids. But Hugo feels distanced from his new family, so he makes the decision to leave his eclectic neighborhood and moves in with Kevin. He quickly finds he has a hard time fitting in with the suburbanites, and Kevin’s passive-aggressive “friends” make Hugo feel anything but welcome. Yet he keeps his concerns a secret and tries to take it all in stride. 



When Brooke is bullied about having two dads, Hugo realizes his mere presence might be doing more harm than good. The stress will force him to make a choice: does he stay and fight for the family he loves, or does he walk away to let them live in peace?

North Star Blurb:

Hugo and Kevin knew they should be together all the way back in high school, but life took them in very different directions. When they have a chance to continue their relationship, life’s circumstances have other plans for them. But they know they are meant to be, so they fight for each other, and they will fight for the family they want to nurture together, even if the world around them doesn’t quite understand their “alternative” family and tries their best to keep them apart.

One thing that has always been a part of Hugo and Kevin’s relationship has been nature. They loved to hike and fish as teens, and when they met again in their mid-thirties, it was at Kevin’s lake cabin. If you notice the three covers of North Stark, nature is very much a part of all them, as well as the Golden Spiral.

I wanted to share an excerpt with you that wouldn’t give too much away if you hadn’t started North Star yet, but you can see the love these two men have for each other as well as their enjoyment of nature. For new folks, Summer and Russell are friends, Rowan is the nanny, and Brooke and Finn are Kevin’s kids.

Excerpt:

SUMMER AND Russell had insisted on taking the kids camping up north in the Iron Range. Rowan begged to go along too once she heard where they were headed. They’d be spending a week in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, portaging from one body of water to another, cooking over an open flame, and camping in the wilderness. Kevin had been more than pleased they hadn’t asked him to join them—at thirty-six years old, sleeping on the ground rather than in a bed was not what it had been at sixteen. He also made sure Rowan knew what she was truly getting into before she agreed. Apparently her time in Montana had toughened her up to roughing it, and she was looking forward to a week in the forest.

“There’s been enough crazy, in a bad way,” Summer had said as a way to convince Kevin to agree to their plans. “Now Brooke and Finn need crazy in a good way. They need to see all the beauty that’s out there for them to explore.”

“Says the nature girl who’s gonna wear makeup every day she’s camping.” Hugo teased her despite all the time Kevin had heard him refer to Summer as his Earth Mama.

“Shut it, Cherrie. You love makeup just as much as I do,” she retorted, and Kevin couldn’t help but laugh at the good-natured banter between best friends. It was even funnier when Hugo shrugged, clearly giving the points to Summer on that argument, and then he watched Hugo pull out his pomegranate-raspberry lip balm and dramatically spread it over his lips, then smack them in Summer’s direction. Hugo could be a sassy little tease when he wanted, and apparently right then, he wanted to be. Kevin pulled his head back into the original conversation about camping, pushing out his desire to lick and suck at Hugo’s glistening lips.

“But you’ll be out in the middle of nowhere without cell phone coverage,” Kevin said, airing his fear of not being able to get in contact if something went wrong like a nightmare or injury.

“That’s part of the beauty, Kevin. Kids nowadays are too connected. Getting them away from electricity will be good for ’em. How else will they learn about how hard life is without power? And we’ll take care of everything else. Seriously,” Summer said with such conviction as she held out a complicated compass in her palm as if the antiquated tool should somehow remove all doubt. Kevin relented because he trusted her. Summer was a teacher, after all, taking care of twenty-odd kids on a daily basis. And there were Rowan and Russell as well.

Of course, Kevin had also gone to REI and spent far too much money on camping gear for his kids, demanding the best of everything. Hugo had laughed, reminding him about the time in high school when they had literally slept outside on one of their fishing trips because Kevin had forgotten the tent in his garage beside his dad’s car.

“They’ll survive without GPS and platinum sporks. I promise,” Hugo teased as they waved good-bye to the kids while Russell drove away.

Kevin and Hugo, on the other hand, were spending their second to last week of summer at the lake floating on the water, water-skiing, and trying to make the most of their time together. Lulu lazed about, sunning herself on the dock and then moving to the shady part of the deck, even getting in the water and swimming about to cool herself off.

It had been a trying few months with all the legal bullshit and the time Hugo had spent away from home. Despite his concerns over his kids being in the wilderness, they were with three responsible adults, and he honestly needed to have some time to relax.

As soon as it was dark out, Hugo had stripped, unsurprisingly, and jumped off the end of the dock.
“Always skinny-dipping, aren’t you?” Kevin joked.

“Always following me in, aren’t you?” Hugo looking up at Kevin who was still standing on the dock fully clothed. It was so dark out, just a sliver of the moon and tiny pinpricks of stars dotting the sky. Kevin could barely see Hugo from the nipples down because he was treading water. His pale body floating atop the dark surface was another story altogether, and moments after that thought flew through Kevin’s mind, he was dropping his clothes to the wooden dock.

Kevin jumped in the cool water and swam close to Hugo, then wrapped his arms and legs around his torso so Hugo was forced to tread water for both of them. Hugo drifted closer to shore and was soon planting both feet on the lake bed rather than struggling against the water. He held on to Kevin’s ass, holding him up, pulling him in tighter.

“I am always following you, you know that?” Kevin said.

“I’ve noticed, but why?” Hugo gave him a sly, sweet smile.

“Something about you always knowing where you’re going or some such nonsense.” Kevin smirked as he tugged on Hugo’s North Star pendant.



PR-square-orangePosy’s Bio:

Posy Roberts lives in the land of 10,000 lakes (plus a few thousand more). But even with more shoreline than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined, Minnesota has snow—lots of it—and the six months of winter makes us “hearty folk,” or so the locals say. The rest of the year is heat and humidity with a little bit of cool weather we call spring and autumn, which lasts about a week.

She loves a clean house, even if she can’t keep up with her daughter’s messes, and prefers foods that are enriched with meat, noodles, and cheese, or as we call it in Minnesota, hotdish. She also loves people, even though she has to spend considerable amounts of time away from them after helping to solve their interpersonal problems at her day job.

Posy is married to a wonderful man who makes sure she eats while she documents the lives of her characters. She also has a remarkable daughter who helps her come up with character names. When she’s not writing, she enjoys karaoke, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Aleksandr Voinov, Brita Addams, Kingett Reads, Lex Chase, Posy Roberts, Rick R. Reed, Riptide Publishing, Sammy Goode, SE Jakes, Storm Moon Press, T. Strange

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Welcome to another great week coming up, gang, and speaking of welcome, we’ve added a new reviewer to our staff, who we’re so glad to have coming to play in our sandbox! Unlike Robert’s rather spontaneous addition to our crew, this one’s been in the works for what seems like forever now but has actually been more like weeks. Many of you may already know her from her vast repertoire of work for Jesse Wave and Joyfully Jay, but I hope you’ll take a minute to still say hi.

So, without further ado, let’s welcome Sammy Goode to The Novel Approach!



So, what to say about a woman who leads a lovely, simple, ordinary life…

I used to be a stripper and did pole danc…wait….maybe that’s an overshare?

Let me begin again…

I love dogs, but I have a restraining order out against both of my cats…

ok….this is not going as I planned…hmmmm….third time’s a charm?

Hello, my name Is Sammy Goode. It’s lovely to meet you!

I teach small people who never cease to surprise me, and I write plays for them as well…sometimes the plays garner me a boat load of money, sometimes they languish on my “this is such a flop-no one in their right mind will buy it” pile, but always the writing is the thing I enjoy the most.
I read almost as much as I sleep–lots of genres but M/M is by far my favorite.

I am an empty nester except I’m really happy that the nest is, well, empty. I think that either makes me a bad parent or a well adjusted woman. I’m opting for the latter!

And finally? I am so very happy to be here discussing books with you.



And now, here’s what’s in store for the coming week!

Monday – The lovely and delectable Brita Addams is here today with her regular monthly Guest Article. This week she’s discussing the importance of good editing.

TuesdayRick R. Reed is here to answer some very nosy questions about himself and his latest release Legally Wed, and there’s a Giveaway.

WednesdayLex Chase makes TNA a stop on her Conventional Love Blog Tour, and she has a Giveaway too.

T. Strange is also back today with a little Release Day Promo for her new book Amber from Torquere Press.

ThursdayStorm Moon Press is our featured guest with its second installment on the 4th Anniversary Blog Tour.

Friday – Riptide Publishing Presents the SE Jakes Dirty Deeds Blog Tour—you won’t want to miss that.

SaturdayPosy Roberts honors us with her presence on the Flare (North Star: Book Three) Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway involved

Sunday – Robert is back today with the next installment of Kingett Reads.



And that does it for another week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Follow The North Star To Posy Roberts’ “Fusion”



“A woman is like a teabag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”– Eleanor Roosevelt


Fusion is the second book in the North Star trilogy. It follows Kevin Magnus & Hugo Thorson from the end of Spark as they begin to try to live their lives as gay men and build a relationship.

Kevin had never told anyone he was gay. Now he is faced with telling his children that he really did love their mother; he wasn’t lying to her for the years they were married. They knew of Hugo as Kevin’s best friend in high school, not as his boyfriend. And certainly not as his current partner.
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Fall In Love With “Feathers From the Sky” This Holiday Season



“’It looks like feathers falling from the sky.’ I studied the flakes as they drifted down and saw how accurate his description was.”– Posy Roberts


Feathers From The Sky is a short story included in Dreamspinner Press’s Advent anthology. I am a big fan of Posy Roberts, so I was delighted to be able to read and review this story. It is a sweet, sometimes hot family Christmas story. It is funny and a tiny bit angsty, and romantic and all that one could want in a Christmas season read.

Calvin and Phillip have been together for three years. Calvin told his parents in high school that he was bisexual but they only ever saw him date women. It wasn’t until he went away to college that he got to experience the other side of being bisexual. Calvin determined that he preferred men.
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Posy Roberts Is Here To Talk About How A “Spark” Will Lead To A “Flare”, With A Little “Fusion” In Between. And There’s A Giveaway!



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

PR: Thanks for inviting me to do this.

Let’s start with my age without me coming right out and giving you a number. My favorite jeans when I was a young were bell-bottoms, as a teen I spent hours on my hair and makeup, and when plaid became the rage, I was very happy to be earth crunchy. I’m most definitely a Gen Xer. I’m also an ambivert who enjoys working alone but playing with friends. I’m a realist, a mom, a wife, and a teacher. Medical concerns have followed my loved ones and me for years, so I’ve had to modify my life to accommodate that. Writing has been one of my best tools to help cope during those tough times. It was an illness that brought me to writing fiction in the first place.

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

PR: My husband encouraged me. I’d been writing research, non-fiction, and poetry for years, but I never felt I could write a fictional book. That seemed overwhelming to me. When I was bedbound for months, I wrote a short story. After I shared it my husband, he told me to keep going. I’ve never stopped writing since.

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

PR: M/M romance is where I started my fiction career. Story after story kept popping to life in my head, and they wouldn’t go away until I wrote them. I love the egalitarian nature of M/M relationships, which has been highly lacking in M/F romance. Because of that, I’ll probably stay in the M/M genre for a long time.

TNA: What is the perfect writing atmosphere for you?

PR: Distraction free, but with a kid, a dog, and a husband, that doesn’t happen very often. There needs to be coffee beside me in the morning, and if I’m listening to music, it has to be lyric free and played softly. I also like to be able to look outside on a regular basis, so my desk is very close to windows.

TNA: For your real job, you teach parenting classes. Is there one important piece of advice that ALL parents should have?

PR: Keep in mind your end goal as a parent even when trying to just get through the next ten minutes. We want to send our children into the world as caring, thoughtful, capable people who can also lift themselves up from tough times and not get stuck over small failures. We need to give them tools to use and chances to fail now so they can succeed later.

TNA: How much input do you have in the design of your book covers? The three covers for The North Star Trilogy tie together nicely. Who was the artist?

PR: I’m given a lot of input on covers, but then I step back and allow the artist to work her magic, which Anne Cain did. I wanted to use the golden spiral on the covers. It’s found in nature (I’m a nature lover) and shows growth. Since North Star is all about change, growth, and trying to make life work, I felt the symbolism fit perfectly.

The golden spiral is in the shell on Spark and in the arch of the Stone Arch Bridge on Fusion. Since the cover for Flare hasn’t been revealed yet, you’ll have to wait and see how it gets represented there.

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)?

PR: I wrote flash fiction based on a beautiful black and white photo of a young man lost in his pleasure. He was oblivious to the rest of the world, so I wrote a voyeuristic piece. I have yet to write a whole book based on a photo, but I’m certainly inspired by them.

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TNA: Was Kevin and Hugo’s story planned as a trilogy from the beginning?

PR: Yes, most definitely. When I wrote it, I didn’t stop to edit until I had rough drafts of all three books written. North Star is actually one very long story.

Fusion is the book that inspired the entire trilogy, though. This is the story I’ve been so anxious to share. Kevin and Hugo are both faced with some very huge decision. They are at an impasse, it seems, and they have to decide if they are going to build a bridge to create a life together, or if they are going to turn around and walk away from each other. That’s why the Stone Arch Bridge just had to be on the cover of this book.

TNA: When can we expect the third and final book in the trilogy to be in our hot little hands?

PR: Flare has a tentative release date of January 13th. I just finished my first round of edits, so it’s right on track.

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 Hugo and Kevin in between Spark and Fusion?

PR: Perhaps with editing, since I never took time off between writing the books. But I have pretty much lived and breathed these men for a year and a half. I’m even adapting their teen years into a YA story for Harmony Ink. Private Display of Affection will be released December 12th.

TNA: Of all the characters you’ve created, do you have a favorite? If so, who and why?

PR: That’s like asking which child is your favorite. I’m not sure I can choose, and that makes me thankful I only have one child in my life too. I loved Thomas in Fall Into You because he never allowed fame to change who he was on the inside. Hugo in North Star is amazing to me. He has been hurt and feels very broken and unworthy at times, but he goes out of his way to help people around him because he sees they are worse off than he is. He’s a survivor. But so is Kevin, even if I don’t understand his experience as well as I do Hugo’s. I also love Cal in Feathers From the Sky. He’s funny, irreverent, and a little bit pissy, which was a joy to write.

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

PR: Quirky. Sarcastic. Dorky. I was that kid who made jokes in school that no one got, so I assumed I wasn’t funny at all. Then I got to college and people thought I was hilarious. Just don’t ever ask me to tell jokes. I suck at those because I can’t ever remember the punch line.

Unexpected humor makes me laugh. I love sarcasm up to a point. But I truly love dirty jokes.

TNA: Conversely, what makes you cry?

PR: Everything. Can that be my answer? Haha. I cry when my heartstrings are tugged, and there are many things that do that because of past experiences or my empathy for fellow human beings.

TNA: Do you have a favorite literary character? If so, who and why?

PR: Severus Snape. I loved hating him at first, but I always liked him in an unexplainable way. He was written with such depth that I bawled my eyes out when he gone. Then I realized I loved him. How does that happen? Seriously. I want to know, because I want to write a character like that!

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

PR: I’d want to sit down with my father. He died when I was five, and I barely got a chance to know him. I’d ask an open-ended question. “Would you tell me about your highest highs and your lowest lows?”

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

PR: I’m starting a story for National Novel Writing Month and I’m getting to know the characters yet. It will take place in a neighborhood, and I’m going to be writing about many neighbors. I can’t wait to see how many notes I’ll take to keep everything straight in my head with this one.

TNA: Where can readers find you on the internet?

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TNA: Would you like to share an excerpt from Fusion with us?

PR: Sure I will. In this scene Hugo’s insecurities are getting the best of him after Kevin is unable to pick him up at the airport and then doesn’t return texts or calls. He calls Summer for help because he realizes he’s in a tailspin.

Hugo sat up in a panic, thinking about how they left things after their argument on Hugo’s balcony—if you could call that an argument. He didn’t think it was an argument because they’d had great sex afterward and Kevin had given him a sweet good-bye when he dropped him off at the airport the following morning. Hugo thought he was doing the best thing for Brooke, Finn, Kevin, himself, and even Erin by encouraging him to come out soon. But maybe Kevin didn’t know that.

Then he remembered his nearly automatic remarks about how he wouldn’t ever be closeted again and that people were going to know Hugo was gay just by looking at him. It wasn’t like a purse fell out of Hugo’s mouth whenever he spoke, but he set off people’s gaydar all the time.

He’d pushed too hard, he realized, even when Hugo knew Kevin needed someone who could be patient, waiting for him to come out in his own time.

“Gah. So stupid,” Hugo said to no one but himself.

Kevin had been living with all of himself in the closet his whole life while Hugo had lived with some of himself in the closet for only half his life. They were two very different experiences. Kevin had been happy to live his life the way he had until Hugo showed up, and all of a sudden, Hugo had turned Kevin’s world upside down. There were children to consider, and Hugo was pressuring Kevin to expose the hidden part of himself to the world so they could be together. But that wasn’t even true. But it was.

Hugo could see his thoughts were going in circles and knew he needed the one brutally honest person in his life who could help him figure this out.

“Hey,” Summer answered her phone. “What’s up, stranger?”

“Hi.” Hugo knew he sounded pathetic.

“Uh-oh. What’s up? Your place or mine?” she asked, clearly knowing he needed to talk. “Don’t move. I’ll be right over,” she said and quickly hung up.

Less than ten minutes later, Summer was using her key to walk through Hugo’s front door with two cups of ice cream from Sebastian Joe’s in hand. She handed Hugo one and sat down next to his feet, which were drawn up on the couch cushion.

“Okay, what happened?” she demanded.

“I think I scared him off.” Hugo started going through what happened the other night and his confusing thought process since Kevin had refused to return any messages.

“But didn’t you say he wanted to tell Erin?”

“Yeah, he says that. But I wonder if he just agreed to placate me because I said I wouldn’t move in until Brooke wasn’t keeping our secret anymore.”

“Which is smart and extremely considerate. I doubt Kevin thought that was a ridiculous request.”

“I shouldn’t have said anything in the first place. What does it really matter if he’s mum about us?”

“I don’t know, Hugo. Tell me. Why does it matter to you that you not have to keep secrets?” she asked. Summer’s face was dark with annoyance—such a contrast to her Minnesota Dairy Princess looks with her light-blonde hair and blue eyes. But she was fiercely protective of Hugo, especially when he swam in guilt or was too hard on himself. It always annoyed her. “Seriously. Why no secrets?” She quirked a brow, and Hugo had to look away and down at his bare feet so he could answer.

“Because I kept them long enough, and I vowed to myself I’d never allow anyone to put me back in the closet I worked so hard to get out of.” He spoke in a flat tone that mocked the former declaration he made to himself when he was all of eighteen.

“And is that still important to you?”

Hugo felt himself scowl as he considered it.

“I think asking which is more important is probably the better question. Is being open and honest more important than having Kevin in my life? The short answer is no. But the long answer is I want to have both. Sure, at thirty-five, I’m no longer an idealist and could easily live a more subtle lifestyle than I was willing to at eighteen, but it would be a huge change. People he knows already look at me like something’s off about me. It feels like living in Austin all over again. I drop the kids off places and get these odd looks like these people can’t figure me out.”

“Or maybe they’re just curious why you’re there and not Kevin or Erin. Who’s that stranger picking up the Magnus kids?” Summer suggested.

“Nah. I know what I see, and it feels like high school did. Someone’s going to figure out I’m gay, and can you imagine the gossip flying around Edina then?”

“Edina is pretty gay-friendly.”

Hugo rolled his eyes at her. “In comparison to what town? Anoka, where all the gay kids keep killing themselves?”

“Come on, Hugo. You’re being so harsh. You haven’t even been around long enough to be accepted by the cake eaters,” Summer managed to get out through her laugh, and Hugo couldn’t help but chuckle along with her.

“You’re saying the elite rich of Edina just don’t like me ’cause I’m a regular outsider, not because I’m a gay outsider?”

“Maybe. Or maybe you’re overreacting and reading looks of curiosity as judgment because you haven’t had to hide since high school. That’s got to be bringing a lot of shit up.”

“Yeah.” Hugo conceded her point.

“Edina’s a first-ring suburb, not some ass-backward place. Eventually these people will accept you. You just need to give them enough time.” Summer was trying to be encouraging, but Hugo just wasn’t feeling it.

“They’d tolerate me, at most. But tolerance isn’t the same thing as acceptance. In Uptown, I’m accepted exactly how I am, and I don’t need to ever slip back into the closet. For Brooke and Finn and Kevin, I’m willing to go there for a short time, but I already feel sick about it. You know I can’t stand feeling dishonest.”

Summer nodded and slipped her fingers through Hugo’s hair. “I know, sweetie. I know.”

“I’m worried I scared him off because I made it pretty fucking clear people around us were going to figure it out, figure out we’re together.” Hugo pulled his knees to his chest, wrapped his arms around his legs, and rested his cheek on a knee. “He’s talked about marriage. Did you know that?”

“No.”

“Kinda hard to get married when you’re in the closet, isn’t it?”

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TNA: Thanks so much for being here with us today, Posy. It was great getting to know you a little bit better.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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Sneak Peek

And Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Greetings, everyone, I hope you’ve had an outstanding weekend.

We’ve got lots to talk about in the week ahead, more reviews, more interviews, more guest articles, and, of course, lots of great giveaways! So, here’s what you can look forward to in the week ahead.

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MondayS.A. McAuley will be here to talk a little bit about how keeping herself from killing someone turned out to be a good thing. And she’s offering a great giveaway!

TuesdayCate Ashwood is here to talk about Brokenhearted the first book in her new series, and will be offering one lucky reader the chance to win the book

WednesdayJosephine Myles pops down our chimney on her Merry Gentlemen blog tour, and she comes bearing a gift for one lucky reader

And, of course, A.J. Corza will be here with her Cover Art Critique of the Week

Thursday – Ava March goes All in With the Duke and the chance to enter a great giveaway at RaffleCopter

FridayJohn Goode had a great idea for a story once, and he’s here today to talk about where to go with it in the next article in his writing series

Charley Descoteaux – is also here to introduce us to her unconventional sex club and her upcoming release Curious Sustenance

SaturdayT.T. Kove arrives on the Yesterday’s Tears Blog Tour and the chance to win an E-copy of the book

SundayPosy Roberts drops in on her Fusion Blog Tour with an interview and a giveaway of Spark, the first book in the series.

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And that does it for the coming week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Love Gets A Second Chance To “Spark” And Catch Fire



“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” ― Ian Wallace



It takes two tries for our couple, Kevin and Hugo, to figure things out. When these two meet they became fast friends and eventually lovers, though they had to keep it a secret back in high school.
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Posy Roberts Is Risking It All In Dreamspinner Press’s Daily Dose 2013

If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained. ― Neil Gaiman

August Ferrell and his high school basketball team are playing in the North Dakota Class A basketball tournament, and this one’s for all the marbles because August is a senior, so there are not more do-overs if his team doesn’t pull out a win this time around.

August has never been what you’d call a risk taker. He’s always played his cards pretty close to the chest, and there are only a couple of people in his life who know he’s gay. He’s never learned the finer art of flirting, or even how to tell if another guy’s gay without getting his behind kicked for coming on to the wrong one. Keeping his secret has conditioned him not to take chances when there’s a safer alternative, but that all begins to change the moment he meets Luca Knutson, point guard on a rival team that August’s own team needs to defeat to make it to the final round of the playoffs.

Posy Roberts’ Risking It is a lovely coming-out and coming-of-age story, in which somewhere amidst the smiles and the eye contact and the adrenaline of the competition, August discovers that taking risks is often the only way in life to win. It’s the story of two young men who are about to take the monumental step from high school to college, and is a story of the freedom simply to be. It’s the promise of a relationship that began with secret stolen kisses but will grow in the pride of living and loving out loud.

I’d love to see August and Luca, Part Two: The College Years someday. That’s how much their new beginning drew me in and made me sorry to see their story end.

Risking It is part of Dreamspinner Press’s 2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play project, so this book’s individual release date is a super top-secret-reveal-it-on-pain-of-death surprise, but if you’re interested in pre-ordering it, you can do that here:

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Fall Into You by Posy Roberts

The course of true love never did run smooth. – William Shakespeare


Simon Phillips hates Thomas Schultz. Or at least he hates the fact that Thomas constantly sings with his shirt off, which makes Simon capable of doing little more than focusing on the man’s chest rather than paying attention to tending bar the way Simon’s supposed to. But there’s a very good reason Thomas goes topless on stage, a very good reason that Simon discovers one night in a stolen moment in a hot tub, a moment that begins this couple’s bumpy road to true love.

Fall Into You is a story that maps out the first four years of Thomas and Simon’s relationship, both the good and the bad, and then, of course, there’s the worse, as Thomas’s dream of making it big with his band Sparklebottom (yes, you read that right. Hey, they can’t all be as brilliant as A Flock of Seagulls), takes him on the road and leaves Simon behind with a load of hurt and a lot of things that went left unsaid between the two of them. It was a one step forward/two steps back beginning that nearly ended them before they’d even left the starting line.

Sadly, though, that wasn’t the worse of it all. That comes later on in the form of an affliction that leaves Thomas adrift in a storm of doubt and bitterness; it leaves Simon lost as to what to do for Thomas, and once again, sends them careening off course and into an abyss of depression and hurt and anger and despair.

If you’re getting the impression there’s a lot of angst threaded through this story, you’d be right. This is the building of a relationship that starts and stutters and stops and often suffers from things not being said that should have been said in the pursuit of something neither man has ever felt with anyone else. But woven in among all that conflict, there are also quiet moments of love and happiness. It’s a story set to music, a story of patience pushed to its limits, a story of walls that are disassembled one brick at a time until there’s nothing left between Thomas and Simon but the need to be each other’s safe place to fall.

Fall Into You has put Posy Roberts on my list of authors to watch for. Not only did she tell a story that was sexy and dramatic and romantic, but it was also touching and immensely readable, meaning I kind of didn’t want to put it down at all until I was sure Thomas and Simon were going to reach that all important moment where they could find happiness in even the simplest of things. It was an eleven year journey that cost me no small amount of anxiety along the way, but it was worth it.

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