We’re so pleased to welcome author Audra North and the Midlife Crisis blog tour to TNA today. She’s talking about how the book came to be, and there’s also a giveaway, so be sure to check out those details below.
“I have to write a book now because I replied to a Facebook post.”
That was how I presented the work of Midlife Crisis to my family. They like to tease me about how I seem to make split-second decisions with much higher frequency than the rest of the population. A question will arise, or some challenge presented, and I’ll be off in the blink of an eye, snapping back an answer or trying to tackle a solution.
But the truth is that the decisions that seem fast are actually the culmination of months—sometimes years—of mulling an idea and exploring possibilities in such a way that, when I see something that directly addresses those long, drawn-out thoughts, everything I’ve been ruminating on for ages suddenly clicks into place, and off I go.
The writing of Midlife Crisis was one of those situations. Two years ago, I’d had an idea for a book about an older couple falling in love. Their story was a quick blip through my mind one morning, but over the following months, it expanded in my imagination, forming a pretty solid outline in my brain, though I hadn’t written anything down.
Fast forward to early this year, when my agent posted something to our Facebook group, asking whether anyone had a story written that would work well for submission to Riptide. That was the catalyst for everything I’d been considering for well over a year, and I responded that, no, I didn’t have anything written, but I had an idea…
This isn’t exactly a great way to sell a book, but fortunately, my agent and editor both understood that I work in odd ways, and Midlife Crisis was contracted shortly thereafter. Cam McGhee, one of the main characters, is a deep-thinking kind of guy, and I loved writing his seemingly split-second decisions that are actually the result of many decades of thinking.
But I still tell people that it all started with a Facebook post.
About the Book
Cam McGhee grew up like any other small-town Texas farm boy: he played football, went to church every Sunday, and married his high school sweetheart. But thirty-five years after he said “I do,” Cam finds himself nursing a beer in a gay bar, thinking about what might have been.
Dave Montoya is confident, self-assured, and cautiously single. But when he meets shy, uncertain, and clearly-still-not-out Cam in a coffee shop in Austin, his reservations about getting seriously involved again disappear. Cam is everything he’s looking for in a partner . . . almost, anyway.
No matter how much Dave wants him, and how good they are together, Cam can’t bring himself to openly embrace the life he was meant to live. After all, when his secret finally gets out, he faces the very real possibility of losing everything that kept him going for the first fifty years of his life, just like he’s feared for so long. But with a little faith—and a lot of love—his dream of living fully, truly, as himself might finally be within reach.
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About the Author
Audra North is a contemporary romance author of more than twenty romances, including the Stanton Family series, the Hard Driving series, and the Pushing the Boundaries series. She is the owner and publisher of Pink Kayak Press, which focuses on the publication of diverse romance works. Winter Rain, a Pink Kayak Press anthology, won a gold medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards.
Audra enjoys speaking to writing groups and at industry conferences. She is also an avid jogger and loves running marathons. She has three children and lives with her family outside of Boston.
For more about Audra, and to sign up for her newsletter, visit audranorth.com. Twitter: @AudraNorth | Facebook
To celebrate the release of Midlife Crisis, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 2, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
23 thoughts on “Guest Post and Giveaway: Midlife Crisis by Audra North”
congrats on the new release
Oh! This sounds really interesting especially since the MCs are older than the average MC. Congrats on the release =D
chrisazaria at gmail dot com
Thank you for the post. It is somehow right the fact that it started with a Facebook post, even if you had thought about it for a long time… The book sound really good. Congratulations!
Hi! Congratulations on your new book!!! I love that you say this started with a Facebook post and it’s about older gentlemen finding love. Being a gay man in my 50’s, this really will hit home to me. Thank you!!
Hi Audra it so nice to have a book with older characters I’m looking forward to reading their story.
shirleyann2400 (at) gmail (dot) com
The new release is a totally relateable story; thanks for the chance :)
jslbrown2009 at aol dot com
Congrats and best of luck on your tour and awesome new release! What an exciting day and I am so happy for you.
mijamesr82 at gmail dot com
Sounds like that facebook post can be compared to the piece of art & love that fell on the floor in the story, don’t you think? That final piece slotting in. ;)
Congrats on the new release, this sounds like a great story and I totally love this cover! :) I’m definitely adding this to my TBR list!
Congrats on your debut release! Looking forward to giving it a read.
humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com
Thanks for the post. I’m excited for a story with MCs who are my age!
legacylandlisa at gmail dot com
I agree with Lisa…it’s really nice to see main characters that are older. Sounds like a good read. Congrats! :-)
Midlife Crisis looks so interesting, I like older MCs.
heather_rawlins (at) yahoo (dot) ca
I like stories where they are older.
debby236 at gmail dot com
Congratulations on the release. I look forward to reading this,especially since the MC’s are older.
I would like to enter. Congrats
Looking forward to reading! violet817(at)aol(dot)com
Congratulations on your new book!
Thanks for the post. Congrats on the new release!
Congrats, Audra, and thanks for the post. It reminds me of a fav anecdote. After Picasso sketched the portrait of a woman, she complained that it only took 5 mins. He replied, “No madam, it took a lifetime.”. – Purple Reader,
TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com
Reading about finding love later in life is one of my favorite things. Congrats on the new book.