The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome Sue Brown today on the Stolen Dreams blog tour. Enjoy Sue’s guest post and then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway that not only includes some outstanding prizes but will also be open to FIVE lucky winners! *Details Below
The One Where Sue Breaks the Rules
You know and I know that I have a habit of writing difficult storylines where the characters aren’t always sympathetic. In fact, Stolen Dreams was rejected by the first publisher I submitted it to for having unsympathetic characters from the get-go. There we are. I’ve never admitted that in public before. *hangs head* I don’t mean to, honest. I just like writing men who aren’t picture perfect and who screw up (is that Brit-speak?) big-time.
Stolen Dreams, The Night Porter, Nothing Ever Happens, Falling for Ramos, Final Admission – all of them have men who don’t follow the Romance code. By the way, I really need to read the Romance code because I keep breaking the rules. Does anyone have a copy?
Sometimes I think I straddle that fence between MM romance and gay fiction. Of course I like my couples to have a Happy Ever After, but more like it’s a Happy For Now, with a possibility of an HEA, once I’ve wrung all the angst I can out of them.
Except for The Night Porter… but moving on swiftly.
I do write more fluff pieces. The Isle series, for instance, and Hairy Harry. I only make you cry in the first chapters. Aren’t I kind?
I break the rules again in Stolen Dreams. I’m sorry. I know I’m a bad, bad author. I promise to make it better next time. Oh, that’s The Next Call. Maybe not.
Blurb: After cheating on and losing the man he loved, Morgan Conway decided to get his life right. Now he owns a coffee shop and is engaged to Jase, an actor and rising star. All is perfect in his world until the man he thought was gone forever walks into his shop. His hidden feelings rush to the surface, unfortunately there for everyone to see, including his fiancé.
Shae Delamere was crushed when Morgan cheated on him five years ago. But he has a reason for seeking Morgan out. As Morgan and Shae get to know each other again, they discover the extent that friends meddled in their lives to keep them apart. Morgan cannot deny he is still in love with Shae, but he is engaged. With some hard decisions to make, Morgan struggles not to hurt the men he cares about—again. Shae has secrets he came to share with Morgan, but revealing them now could keep them apart for good.
“Later, Jase,” Morgan mumbled. “Tired now.”
“Sparky, wake up.”
Grumpy from the elbow to the ribs, Morgan tried to snuggle back into sleep.
A low masculine voice Morgan would have been able to pick out in a football stadium full of screaming fans repeated his name. Morgan’s stomach rolled slowly as he opened his eyes.
Blinking a couple of times, Morgan stared at the couple standing in front of him. The woman had an amused smile curving her lips. Shae’s wife was stunning: a petite brunette wearing impossibly high heels, and currently hanging on to the arm of the man Morgan hadn’t laid eyes on in five years. For the first time since Shae had walked out, Morgan looked into Shae’s huge eyes. Shae looked amazing in a pale blue sweater and black jeans. A little older than the last time Morgan had seen him, but still amazing. He took a closer look and saw the dark circles etched around Shae’s eyes and the weariness that lined his face.
Jase moved his legs, allowing Morgan to stand and hold out his right hand.
Shae looked at the hand as if it might bite, but at a nudge from his wife, Shae shook it. Morgan resisted the urge to hold on and never let go.
About Sue Brown: Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Author Links: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook
There will be FIVE winners chosen from this contest:
1) First Winner will get a $20 Amazon Gift Card.
2) Second Winner will get a paperback copy of Stolen Dreams. (The contest is open for everyone and not limited to a specific region!)
3) First Runner up will get e-copies of The Next Call and Stolen Dreams each.
4) Two Second Runners up will win an e-copy of either The Next Call or Stolen Dreams.
Contest Begins: 26th January, 2015
Contest Ends: 28th February, 2015
18 thoughts on “Guest Post and Giveaway: The Stolen Dreams Blog Tour With Sue Brown”
I like reading about flawed characters after all we all have our flaws. It’s also interesting to see how the author can redeem then.
Thanks for the post. And for the giveaway.
I always enjoy Sue’s books. I’m interested to see how this one turns out.
I always enjoy Sue’s stories, flawed characters and all. After that excerpt I must find out what happens next. :) Thanks for the giveaway!
Nice excerpt – very good at getting us wanting to know more!
Have enjoyed lots of Sue’s stories
I enjoy reading about flawed characters and when the story doesn’t always go according to an expected “pattern.” Thanks for the post and the great contest!
I admit to being a huge lover of the HEA/HFN. Having said that, I did read The Night Porter, only because I knew there was a sequel. ;) The blurb and excerpt were great! Thanks for the chance to win.
this sounds really good. Thanks for the excerpt
I think some rule-breaking is always good for a genre, so Sue should feel free to follow her muse!
Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!
I love reading about flawed characters. Real people aren’t perfect, why should characters be?
Great post & giveaway!
Enjoyed the post. Can’t wait to read this. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.
I think it’s fine to have unsympathetic characters as long as they have some redeeming quality. Reading about total asshats who have nothing likable at all about them, makes it an unreadable story for me. However, seeing bad boys be redeemed (or at least, not as crappy as they were) and getting a happy ending can be a good read. So I don’t think you have to apologize for your stories, if people care about them, they’ll read them, and if not they can just bugger off.
Thank you for the excerpt.It sounds like a interesting read and a bit like a realistic situation that befalls some. It’ll be interesting to see how you show the aspects of both Shae and Morgan and how Morgan will be “redeemed”
Wow, what a tangle! I feel compelled to read it just to see if it’s possible to make something good come out of such a mess. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and for the giveaway. Best of luck with the new release.
Sounds like an interesting read. Not many books have a MC who has cheated. Like to see how this one pans out. Thanks for the chance to win
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