We’re so pleased to have Amy Aislin joining us today to spread some holiday cheer and celebrate the release of her latest novel, Christmas Lane. Amy is here to reveal a bit about her character Zach, one of the MCs in the story, and is also offering a giveaway opportunity, so don’t forget to check out those details below.
Thank you for joining me to celebrate the release of my newest m/m contemporary romance, Christmas Lane, and thank you to The Novel Approach for having me!
Christmas Lane is—unsurprisingly—a holiday romance that takes place in the fictional small town of Lighthouse Bay, Maine, and features an age gap romance between twenty-four-year-old Zach Greenfeld and thirty-nine-year-old Holland Stone.
Zach has recently graduated college. He’s a couple years late because he spent two years after high school working in his parents’ café in an effort to help his mom, who’d been diagnosed with breast cancer shortly before his high school graduation. (It’s not a spoiler for me to tell you that she beat it and retired to Florida!) Zach finds himself a little bit lost, a little bit trapped in his home town. Like many recent graduates, he’s swimming in college debt and unable to find a job in his field—event planning—leaving him working in his parents’ café, which his sister, Alanna, now runs.
Zach was a fun character to write because there’s a lot of myself in him, especially when it comes to his quirks. He has an obsession with day planners, loves wall calendars, and has a Converse shoe collection. I have an obsession with day planners, love wall calendars, and have a salt & pepper shaker collection.
But my favourite aspect of Zach’s character was how much he hates having dirty hands, something that makes working at the café slightly unbearable for him. This is one of my quirks too—I hate having stuff stick to my hands, including water. You know those hand dryers in public washrooms that barely blow any air? I’ll stand under there for as long as it takes for my hands to be dry!
In Christmas Lane, Zach struggles for acceptance, both from others and from himself. He was a loner in school because the other kids thought he was weird, and he questions his sexuality. Although he is confident in himself and in his abilities as an event planner, although he is determined, smart, and knows what he wants and goes after it, he seeks friendship and acceptance, and finds both in Holland Stone.
Want to know more about Holland? Join me tomorrow at Love Bytes Reviews where I’ll be talking a bit about Holland’s character.
Christmas Lane is out now and available for purchase at Amazon, iBooks, B&N, and Kobo.
About the Book
Title: Christmas Lane
Author: Amy Aislin
Series: Lighthouse Bay: Book One
Release Date (Print & Ebook): November 29, 2018
Length (Print & Ebook): approx. 65k words
Genre: M/M contemporary romance
Tropes: May/December, small town
Cover design: Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art
All buy links or pre-order links: Amazon || iBooks || B&N || Kobo
Blurb: It’s recent college graduate Zach Greenfeld’s favorite time of the year and he’s just received a temporary gig planning Lighthouse Bay’s Christmas parade. Not only does it speak to his penchant for organization, it also puts him face to face on a daily basis with his unrequited crush—Holland Stone. But his new job starts off in disaster when the most important float—Santa’s sleigh—gets damaged.
Holland needs to win the Lighthouse Bay Christmas parade float competition in order to grow his new dollhouse-making business. The prize is an article in a major city newspaper, and nothing beats free advertising. Except, eager to help the adorable parade organizer, he volunteers to help fix Santa’s sleigh, leaving no time to work on his own float, and putting his prize at risk.
Damaged floats, snowstorms, and a last-minute parade emergency force Zach and Holland closer than ever. All they need is a little bit of Christmas magic to help them realize they belong together.
About the Author
Amy started writing on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class was forced to stay inside for recess. Tales of adventures with her classmates quickly morphed into tales of adventures with the characters in her head. Based in the suburbs of Toronto, Amy is a marketer/fundraiser at a large environmental non-profit in Toronto by day, and a writer by night. Book enthusiast, animal lover and (very) amateur photographer, her interests are many and varied, including travelling, astronomy, ecology, and baking. She binge watches too much anime, and loves musical theater, Julie Andrews, the Backstreet Boys, and her hometown of Oakville, Ontario.