We’re so pleased to have author Kevin Klehr stopping in today on the Social Media Central blog tour. Welcome, Kevin!
Introducing Shaun ~ Love Blogger Extraordinaire
Social Media Central will be released on Monday. It’s the dystopian tale of Astra City, a place where the streets are empty because everyone lives their lives online. A place where some want to be seen with the social media socialites so they pay money to attend their parties. When they arrive, they take photos just to prove they were there, hopefully seeking more followers as they upload.
So who are the social media socialites? One of them is Shaun, a man who believes that you never really know someone unless you make love to them, and in a time when people are disconnected from human contact, he may be on the right track.
Shaun also blogs about his experiences because Social Media Central is all things to all people. For him it’s the equivalent to WordPress and Tinder or Grindr. He never mentions the names of his lovers unless they distinctly say it’s okay. Some of them are seeking fame on Social Media Central, so to have their name publically referred to in his blog is the height of success in Astra City.
He is not a selfish lover as he believes love is an art form. Getting to know someone first through conversation is the way he picks who to take to bed. He is bored by dummies so if he’s not inspired, he doesn’t just find someone else because the party is almost over. That wouldn’t initiate emotional growth in either he or his lover.
But Shaun is not just a playboy. To the main character, Tayler, he is a big brother figure. Tayler sees himself as a geek as he’s the only one in Astra City not addicted to Social Media Central. Shaun and the other socialites don’t see him this way. They help his star rise even though Tayler ends up down his own dark path.
The other thing I’ll reveal about Shaun is he found his own destiny in this novel; a destiny I hadn’t planned. I like to plot my books but I allowed my lover extraordinaire to find a new life for himself when a minor character decided they didn’t want to be just a minor character. Oh, those voices in my head telling me that they’re writing the book, not me.
This is odd because I didn’t allow Tayler the same luxury. I have a deleted scene where another minor character tries to hook up with Tayler. If I kept it in it would have changed my ending, and I don’t like changing my endings.
So Shaun, along with his friends, fashion blogger, Madeline Q, and party photographer, Connor, rule Social Media Central. They have a celebrity status others dream about. Yet with all their fame they soon learn that in an online world, power can shift.
About the Book
In an age where everyone lives their lives through a screen, no one has more celebrity status than fashion blogger, Madeline Q. In a chance meeting, Tayler, loner and geek, is introduced to her world of parties, fan worship, and seduction.
But as his own star rises, Madeline Q is arrested for murder. There’s just one problem—there is no corpse. Tayler soon learns that fiction blurs reality on Social Media Central.
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About the Author
Kevin is the author of a number of books including the Actors and Angels series and the Nate and Cameron Collection.
The Actors and Angels series are three comedies about theatre in the Afterlife, where two friends explore their love for each other through several lifetimes with the help of a gay angel. The third in the series scored a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Alternative Universe/Reality novel.
The Nate and Cameron collection are two novellas that delve into a relationship between a dreamer and a realist, where the latter is coming to terms with loving second best. The two stories, Nate and the New Yorker and Nate’s Last Tango, are also available in one paperback edition.
And his latest novel, Social Media Central, explores a future where everyone is addicted to their screens.
Kevin lives with his long-term partner, Warren, in their humble apartment affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own “Emerald City,” Sydney.