‘The Storm Before the Calm’ by Cate Ashwood #LGBT #BlogTour #GuestPost #Giveaway


1. What makes you want to write?
I love books, so the thought of putting my own out into the world is incredibly romantic for me. I also love our genre. I know romance is incredibly underrated and looked down upon in the literary world, but I would say that romance is also the most important genre. There’s a reason it outsells everything else. Love is universal and it’s something everyone can relate to.
2. What is a typical writing day for you?
It recently changed. I used to write whenever, and now I have to steal away snippets of time when Nugget isn’t running amok around the house. When he sleeps or while he’s eating, I usually have my laptop on my lap, typing away (when I’m not totally distracted by the internet, that is).
3. Which of your books was the most difficult to write?
Resurrecting Elliot, which comes out in July. It’s the sequel to Keeping Sweets, my first book. This is Colt’s book. Colt is one of my favourite characters that I’ve ever written, and there were quite a few people who said they were waiting for this book. I wanted to make sure I did the character justice, and the niggling fear in the back of my mind that readers would be disappointed paralyzed me for a long time. It’s why there is such a long gap between the first and second book.
4. Which of your books was the most fun to write?
So far, I’d say Thirty Things. It’s just so light and easy. I love to travel, so doing the research for it was a blast. It was the perfect palate cleanser for me. 🙂
5. Do you characters ever take the book in a place you didn’t plan?
All the time. I usually write in sprints, so I’ll get to the end of my 20 minute segment and realize I didn’t end up where I was supposed to. It’s equal parts amazing and infuriating.
6. What do you do while writing that others might find unusual?
I can’t really think of anything unusual… I’m a pretty boring writer!
7. Do you plot and outline or just write by the seat of your pants?
Up until now, I’ve been a total pantser. I have a general idea of where I’m going, but no set plan. The series I’m currently working on is a little different for me, though. It’s a 4 book series, and each book contains its own plot, but there’s an overarching subplot that spans all four books. I’ve had to plan that out so I don’t miss details in the first few books, so it’s been an interesting experience for me.
8. Do you have any advise for writers?
Write for you. It’s so easy to get caught up in worrying about what other people think and how people are going to react. Inevitably, you’re going to get the “You’re such an amazing writer, why don’t you write real novels?” dig masquerading as a compliment, or a terrible review. It’s tempting to take that feedback and try to change who you are as a writer because of it. Don’t. Write the books you want to write. Write the books you would want to read.
That being said, if criticism is constructive and you can learn from it, do! There are so many incredible editors, beta readers, and reviewers out there who have taught me so much. It’s a delicate balance!
9. If you could meet with any author for dinner, who would it be.
Oh god, I have to choose just one?! I don’t think I could. There are SO MANY people I’d love to have dinner with, and I plan to check quite a few off that list this year when I go to GRL!


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska



Charlie has one passion in life: dancing. It’s his salvation when it feels like the world is swallowing him whole. When his mom secretly secures him a spot in the summer intensive at the Free Rein Dance Company in New York, he is thrilled. He knows that once the summer ends, he’ll have to return to Beacon to get a job and help support his family, but for those two months, he can spread his wings.

In New York he meets Max, a junior instructor who is everything Charlie wishes he could be. Bold and self-assured, Max radiates pride in who he is. As they spend time together, Max shows Charlie what life can be like past the walls of his closed-minded home town. But Charlie doesn’t know if he’s ready to show the world who he truly is when standing in the spotlight is the last thing he wants.

Pages or Words: 62,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Gay fiction, M/M Romance, Romance


My fingers tugged at the edge of the cardboard cozy wrapped around the cup as I waited for him to speak. The silence between us felt heavy, and the awkwardness settled in around me as he stared at me, his mouth quirked in a playful expression.

“What?” I asked finally.

“Nothing,” he replied, smiling. “So I guess we should get started.”


“I think maybe just one, two songs at most. The festival isn’t until the end of the summer, so we have lots of time.”

“What festival is it again?” I asked.

“OutShine,” he responded.

“What kind of festival is that?” I asked.

“It’s a big arts festival that takes place throughout the city, mostly in parks. There are exhibits and performances, and a huge celebration at the end. It was started a few years ago to raise awareness and money for gay rights.”

“Oh. Are you… I mean….”

“Gay?” Max supplied.


“Yes. Are you?”

“I… no, uh I…,” I stuttered. I was stunned by how nonchalant and completely unapologetic he’d been about his sexuality, as though admitting to me he was gay was the most ordinary thing in the whole world. A part of me wished I could do that. I could nod and say the words like it was as natural as telling him I was blond or I liked chocolate ice cream.

“It’s okay, Charlie. No big deal. You don’t have to be gay to participate. Originally, all the artists were gay, but it has grown and evolved now to include everyone, which is how it should be,” Max said, shooting me an understanding look.

I should have corrected him. I should have told him, but I’d never said the words out loud. Hell, it was hard enough for me to form that three-word sentence in my head. Even as I sat there, my brain rebelled, doing its own version of sticking its fingers in its ears and humming. So instead of being honest with him about who I was, I let him assume I was something else.

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Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, her brand new little boy, and her two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cate.ashwood

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Ashwood-Author/288329491267435?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cateashwood

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cateashwood/

Other: http://www.cateashwood.com


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