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Review: More than Anything by T.T. Kove

Title: More than Anything

Author: T.T. Kove

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 380 Pages

At a Glance: Each page brings us closer to happiness, and the ending is fitting for the tone of the whole story.

Blurb: Arriving home after work one evening, Jørgen sees a young man who looks adrift and out of place—and who promptly has a seizure on the sidewalk. Jørgen takes care of him until the seizure passes and then, not knowing who to contact, takes care of him for the night. After giving the kid, Geir, a ride home the next morning, he expects that to be the end of it. He doesn’t expect Geir to be a student at the vocational school where Jørgen works as an electrician. He definitely does not expect to be drawn to Geir time and again, to want things that will never be possible for two people with more obstacles between them than can ever be overcome.


Review: This was a wonderful book on so many levels. I don’t know how it should be classified, but I guess New Adult would be best as the characters are NA, but the themes of the book are very dark and anyone with triggers for multiple types of child and sexual abuse should not read this book. I personally felt so much pain for the characters that it was a difficult book to read, but there was such a hopeful undercurrent that flowed beneath the text I just had to keep turning the pages.

This book is a journey into the lives of two young men, one still a high school student and the other just a few years out. We learn about them as they meet and develop a friendship, and as they find comfort and companionship with each other. An attraction is there but they are not ready to act on it. Jorgen and Geir have growing up to do before they are ready to love and commit to one another, but they are aware of this and set themselves limits—friends first. This feels real to the reader and helps to set the tone for the progress of the story. I liked the way the author set the book up into several parts: each stage of the story was layered carefully so as to not overwhelm the reader with the details of the characters; rather, letting us learn about them and digest the information so each page took us forward with Jorgen and Geir at a comfortable pace.

One of the aspects of the book that I really enjoyed was the location. More Than Anything is set in Norway, and the author is able to give the reader a sense of the country, its landscape and the lifestyle enjoyed there, while creating a colorful backdrop to the characters. Geir’s father works on one of the North Sea oil rigs, flying in and out to the rig via helicopter on rotation, and this compliments the Nordic flavor of the book whilst underscoring the feelings of loneliness Geir suffers from. The language in the story also emphasises the setting, with characters names and descriptions of homes, as well as the different names for things that the characters either eat or see. I found this to be very consistent throughout the book, and it made for a smooth read with an added depth due to this.

Even though there is such a horrible amount of abuse to read about, it is over. The healing and recovery from the abuse is the focus of the story, and we travel through the book with a sense of hope that remains constant. All of the growth for the characters we are so invested in is positive. Each page brings us closer to happiness, and the ending is fitting for the tone of the whole story. We are left with a feeling of pleasure and a sense of happiness. I would call it a HFN with more happy to come.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: More Than Anything by T.T. Kove

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Writing About Illnesses

Jørgen has always suffered from panic attacks, but back when his first character came to me (like, ten years ago, would you believe it?) I was young and didn’t know much about mental illnesses. But last year, when he came back, I knew exactly what was wrong with him: Jørgen suffers from PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. He has issues with touching, with crowds, with dark and enclosed spaces. He has issues with intimacy and a difficult time dealing with his family. He’s had a hard life and it’s not sugar-coated. Jørgen is damaged and it’s not going to be magically repaired. Continue reading

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Interview and Giveaway: Summer Fever by T.T. Kove


TNA: Hi, T.T., welcome to The Novel Approach, it’s great to have you here with us today. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a bit about yourself?

T.T.: Thanks so much for having me over!

Well, there’s not really much to tell about me. Born and raised in Norway, currently studying for a bachelor in English Language and Literature after I had to quit my first “career” due to allergies. I’ve always loved to write, and I hope to live solely off it one day. Being an author is really all I’ve ever wanted to be. ^^ Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome back to anyone who’s popped in today to see what we’ve got in store for the week ahead!

If you missed my announcement on RJ Scott’s blog about the Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways we’ve got coming up at the end of the month and into the first week of October, I’ll repeat the news here because, well, it bears repeating. We’ll be doing a giveaway of SIX baskets, courtesy of Team TNA’s GayRomLit featured and supporting authors. Each basket will include $25 in E-Gift Cards to various retailers, as well as E-books from the following participating authors: Jordan L. Hawk, Erica Pike, Zathyn Priest, DH Starr, Rhys Ford, Sophie Bonaste, Ethan Day, JK Hogan, Rafe Haze, LE Franks, Edmond Manning, Jacob Z. Flores, Jamie Lynn Miller, Lex Chase, RJ Scott, Sherrie Henry, Katey Hawthorne, Charlie Cochet, Deanna Wadsworth, and a late but very welcome addition to the giveaway, Z.A. Maxfield.

That’s a lot of titles and a lot of gift cards to give away, and I’m so excited to get the party started in just a few weeks’ time!

But for now, here’s what’s happening this week. Continue reading

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T.T. Kove’s “Measured Doses” Takes A Look At Infidelity – Reviewed by Jackie

“You didn’t just cheat on me; you cheated on us.” – Steve Maraboli

Title: Measured Doses

Author: T.T. Kove

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 110 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: After his father beats him, Chad escapes to the only safe haven he can think: his former teacher, Dion. But when he arrives at Dion’s door, it’s opened by a stranger—who promptly finds himself catching an unconscious man.
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T.T. Kove Tells The Story of “Yesterday’s Tears”

“There are some secrets so toxic you can’t share. Especially if you love who it is you’d have to share with.” ― Joyce Carol Oates

Title: Yesterday’s Tears

Author: T.T. Kove

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 55,000

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Damian’s world is irrevocably altered the night his aunt and uncle are brought into his A&E, victims of a terrible car accident. Grief-stricken and lost, with nowhere else to turn, he calls Josh—the man he loves, and who left him.
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T.T. Kove Is Here To Introduce “Yesterday’s Tears” With A Giveaway!

When Character’s Switch Things Around

Yesterday’s Tears was supposed to focus only on Josh and Damian, from the short stories Scarred Souls and Reunited, but a new main character also felt like introducing himself during the writing of it. His name is Matt, and he’s Damian’s younger cousin. Now, Matt and I had a plan once he decided to be a part of the book. It was nicely laid out there, the plan, and he was agreeable to it. Until he goes and changes his mind.

I had Matt’s love interest all figured out. He’s been there long before Matt came along, even. They totally wanted each other. Then comes another character, who was meant for another bloke, and he wants to be Matt’s friend. OK, sure, if he wants a new mate, who am I to deny him that?

I didn’t except what happened. I didn’t expect them to hook up and to actually like each other in that way. Nonetheless, they did and they messed up my entire outline completely. Not just the outline for this book but for the next one as well. Thanks a lot, lads, very helpful indeed, was my reaction to this. I was miffed, to say the least.

As it turns out, this was all just a switch of places, because the intended love interest for Matt suddenly wants to get it on with the intended love interest for Matt’s new love interest. This is confusing, isn’t it? Don’t worry, it is for me too. At least it worked out in the end. The lads are happy. I guess I can’t begrudge them being happy, right, even if their happiness did happen with the wrong person.

Thanks so much to The Novel Approach for hosting me today! If you want to check Yesterday’s Tears out, here’s the blurb for you:

Damian’s world is irrevocably altered the night his aunt and uncle are brought into his A&E, victims of a terrible car accident. Grief-stricken and lost, with nowhere else to turn, he calls Josh—the man he loves, and who left him.

Meanwhile Matt does not know how to live in a world where his parents aren’t, especially when the rest of his family seems capable of handling it while he wants only to hide from the world. His only solace is Adam, whom he wishes was so much more than the man he occasionally has sex with—and who apparently has been keeping a secret that ruins the only comfort Matt had left.


And now, here’s an exclusive excerpt:

“That’s enough!”

“What the bloody hell are you doing?” Matt yelled as Mathilda ripped the covers off of him. “Get the fuck out of my room!”

“You’ve been lying in this bed long enough, Matt, and I’m sick and tired of it,” Mathilda snapped. “I am going out tonight with my friends, and you are coming with me.”

“No bloody way.” Matt tried to snatch his duvet back, but Mathilda held them out of his reach.
“I am not standing by and letting you fall into a depression,” Mathilda told him sternly. “Life has to move on and you’re not even putting any effort into it.”

“It’s only been a week, Mathilda!” Matt yelled. “Let me have them back!” He held his hand out.

“No!” Mathilda clutched them tightly. “You’re getting up, you’re taking a shower, and you’re coming with me!” The look in her eyes said she wasn’t going to give up until Matt agreed to go with her.

“Maybe your mates will be there too.”

“I don’t want to meet my mates,” Matt snarled.

“Then you’ll meet new people! No matter what, you’re getting out of that bed. I’m dragging you out if you don’t do as I say.”

“As if you could!” Matt snapped, but he got up. Maybe there’d be alcohol; that would be a really nice way to spend the evening. Plastered and blissful. That was the only reason he decided to go with her, because he certainly didn’t want to meet any new people. Or old ones, for that sake.

“Serena is picking us up in half an hour. You’ve got a lot to do, so you better get going.” Mathilda nodded towards the bathroom with her chin.

Matt glared at her, but did as ordered. She stood clutching his covers until he was out of the room, then he heard her dumping them on his bed before she too exited his room.

“I’ll be in my room trying on clothes.”

He slammed the bathroom door a little harder than was strictly necessary, just because he felt like it. She had no right bossing over him like that. She was not his mother. However, she might provide some alcohol, which would be good right about now.

Matt jumped in the shower and scrubbed himself clean. He washed his hair twice for good measure. When he was done he stood in front of the mirror and regarded himself as he used a towel to dry himself. He seemed thinner than he remembered, but then not having eaten much for the last few days did that to a body.

He wrapped the towel around his waist and took out a smaller one to dry his hair. He walked back to his room to find suitable clothes for a night of alcohol indulgence and he settled for his skinny, black jeans, a white tank-top and a tight, black sweater. Matt supposed he was rather fond of black. He grabbed his belt and a pair of socks, then went back to the bathroom. As he dressed and once again ran the towel over his shaggy, black hair, Matt’s gaze fell on Mathilda’s make-up, which lay scattered atop the washing machine.

Matt had always been rather fond of eyeliner, though he’d never actually used it himself. Mostly because of the whole keeping-his-sexuality-a-secret business, because his parents were bound to suspect if he started wearing make- up. Why had he never dared do it before, anyway? It wasn’t like they would care about the make-up or the fact he was gay.

He felt a pang of regret and sadness and he stood clutching at his chest for several minutes before it let him go. Once the wave passed, Matt grabbed Mathilda’s eyeliner and set to work.

When that was done he ran his hands through his hair, ruffling it up. It’d just have to be wet; he didn’t have time to dry it.

“I’m done!” he called out to Mathilda when he finally exited the bathroom.

“I’ll be down in a minute!” Mathilda yelled back.

Matt contemplated going over to ask what she was doing that was taking so long, but if she was standing there in her underwear, or worse naked, he did not want to see it. Instead he dashed into his room to get his phone, suddenly feeling excited about the prospect of getting plastered.

Yesterday’s Tears will be released on November 20th, at Less Than Three Press!



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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.


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.


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