When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was a teenager. I’ve always written. I just didn’t have the knowledge as to how to organize it. My imagination has always been there, running rampant, and without putting those thoughts and daydreams down on paper I may have driven myself insane sooner or later. Thankfully, I have a couple mentors who have supported me and walked me through my freak outs. I also have the best friends a girl could ask for who are available for full on whining sessions and who are always there to kick my tail. I write because I love it, because I can’t imagine myself not writing, because I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t write.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m still hesitant to consider myself a writer. It doesn’t feel quite real. I spend a lot of my time (when I’m not working at the EDJ, reading, or writing) delving into book about the craft. I want to be and write my very best, so I continue to learn and work and experiment. I’m not perfect by any means, but I love writing. So write now, I’m simply a reader who writes. A lot.
How much of the book is realistic?
Trent and Astrid and her struggle with Alzheimer’s is based on my own experience with my grandmother. It’s a little difficult, even now to discuss, because the progression of the disease is subtle in its destruction and then seemingly brutal in its finality. It’s horrible and painful and I hate it, which is most of the reason I had to get it out. I wanted something nice, if not beautiful to come from that bitterness and pain.
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
To honor his grandmother’s final request, Trenton Appleton drops everything to visit the family’s ancestral home: Hummingbird House, where he experienced his first kiss and first heartbreak with Callum Eason.
Eight years ago, confused by his attraction to Trent, Callum reacted badly. But with help he never expected, Callum found himself and learned to accept who he was.
Now Trent is back at Hummingbird House, and Callum has his opportunity to salvage their friendship, at least. But Trent is less receptive than he was all those years ago. Still, Callum is determined to show Trent he has changed and keep his promise to Trent’s grandmother. When past mistakes repeat themselves, Callum must break the cycle before his last chance with Trent passes him by.
For a house that had stood empty for the past eight years, it was surprisingly… clean… and warm and bright. The lights were on in the living room to my left, but the clanging of pots and pans in the kitchen through the archway to my right drew my attention. Setting my suitcase and urn down quietly in the entryway, I pulled out an umbrella from the holder by the door. With every bit of stealth I possessed—which is not much—I crept into the kitchen, umbrella raised over my head. My heart raced and my breath sped up, until I crossed into the kitchen to find Callum at the sink.
My umbrella clanked to the wooden floor, and then I slumped over, hands to knees. Callum turned around eyes widened in surprise with an understanding smirk gracing his full lips. I wanted to hate those lips.
“What the fuck are you doing here?” I panted, looking up at Callum as I stumbled over to the nearest kitchen chair and plopped myself into it.
Callum shrugged. “I’ve been taking care of the place for Astrid for the past few years.”
I hadn’t known that. Had I known that? Had Astrid ever mentioned it? No. She certainly hadn’t. Though I’d never admit it aloud, I hung on every word she shared regarding Callum. And trust me, they were few and far between, as if she had known what had happened between us.
She probably had.
Callum had kept up Hummingbird House. The pain in my chest twisted just a little more than usual. I refused to think of it as a betrayal, certain Astrid had her reasons for not telling me. But I just couldn’t imagine what they were.
“That doesn’t explain why you’re here now.”
For a book with only 51 pages I felt like I just finished a full length novel. This was a wonderful read and I am so glad I had the chance to review it. I was crying within the first 3 pages. Alzheimer and Dementia is something that I have had to deal with, and I lost someone very close to me due to the illness. So this book holds a very special place in my heart.
I absolutely loved Trent from the very beginning. He was hurting and truly believed that he just lost the only person in the world who truly loved him. I hurt so much for him and wanted to wrap him in a hug. Yet when he gets to Hummingbird House, he realizes that maybe there are other people in the world that care about him and possibly even love him.
Callum is your classic “I can’t be gay because that is wrong” and only realizes that “yes I am gay and that is ok” when he screws up so royally that he is not sure he can fix it. Yes, he knows he screwed things up with Trent but when Trent walks into the Crooked Cottage, he knows with all of his heart that he won’t let Trent go this time. He knows he has loved Trent one way or another for years, and he makes it his mission to prove that to Trent.
This book, while it started sad, was a big helping of sweet. Like I said, while it was short there was never a point were I felt like I was missing anything. This is definitely one that you need to get if you want a sweet short story that packs a punch.
Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes to fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story.
I would like to give a big Thank You to Kenzie Cade and Will at Pride Promotions for letting us take place in this tour.