Hi everyone 🙂 It’s my great pleasure today to host Brynn Stein on RGR for her ‘Waiting for Patrick’ Blog Tour. Originally we had planned to post a live interview for you on September 12th, but with two very different time zones it has been difficult to find the right moment to do that. We have decided to do a normal email interview instead, though I need to read the book first since it is not a live conversation and I want my questions to be relevant to the book and interesting for you guys. You can expect that interview at the end of the month, after I am back from my vacation (‘Waiting for Patrick’ is already packed onto my kindle). Since we do not need the extra time for a live interview, Brynn has provided us with a fantastic guest post about support from unexpected places. Without further ado, let me give the word to Brynn 🙂
Welcome to my blog tour for Waiting for Patrick. I’m offering giveaways of one signed copy, one electronic copy, and a choice of one title from my backlist. Comment below and at any of my other blog stops (posted below) to be entered to win. Waiting for Patrick will be available at a discounted price at Dreamspinner Press throughout the tour (September 1 through 15). Winners of the raffle will be announced on September 16th.
Support from Unexpected Places
by Brynn Stein
I’ve addressed in another post, the fact that society around where I live (in the Bible Belt near a major Christian College) is not supportive of my writing. But that doesn’t mean I have no support at all. I’ve received some emotional support from unlikely sources.
I have a straight, male, friend who sloughs his way through each and every one of my books. He says it’s like having teeth drilled, because he is not comfortable with the “open gayness”. He’s not a homophobe, but he’s of an older generation and is simply not comfortable with the sex scenes (He doesn’t like the sex scenes in heterosexual romance novels either). He pays for each and every book, even though I always offer him a free one, and advertises by word of mouth to his coworkers whom he knows reads this type of novel. Very unexpected support indeed.
I also have two female friends, (one a devout Catholic, and one the wife of a pastor) who can each set aside their religious opinions and let me talk about my stories with them. Both read them, and sometimes even beta for me before I send in the manuscript, and are very pleased that I have something that makes me happy. (writing).
And, of course, both my daughters are supportive and beta my stories. But that’s not really unexpected. Even though their father (my ex) would have little, bigoted, straight, cows if he knew what I wrote. We just don’t tell him.
Commenters: What about you? If you are writers, do you have the support of your family and friends? Readers, do you know of anyone in your community who struggles for support because their hobby is a bit outside the mainstream? Comment below for a chance to win.
Architect Elliot Graham has bought and restored dozens of historic homes to their original splendor. As in his personal life, he loves them and leaves them, selling them off without looking back. But there’s something about the old plantation house he finds in South Carolina—a connection he can’t explain. He feels as though he recognizes the house, as if within its crumbling walls he might find something he doesn’t even realize he’s lost.
Ben Myers had promised his lover and soul mate, Patrick, that he would wait for his return. Ben has kept his word ever since Patrick left him to wait at the plantation house—during the Civil War. For the first time in many long years, Ben is no longer alone, and he reaches out to Elliot in dreams. Elliot tries to convince Ben that Patrick isn’t coming back, but Ben’s devotion is about to change not only his lonely existence, but Elliot’s life as well.
Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other.
Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who support her writing and sometimes act as proof readers. Both of her daughters are also aspiring writers and hopefully it’ll just be a matter of time before they have their own author’s biography.
Brynn was a teacher by profession for thirty years. She worked in special education with children with emotional disabilities. She has recently changed careers and is now working as a mental health counselor to this same population and their families. When she is not working or writing, she loves to draw and paint. She also gets outside as often as she can, reads anything that doesn’t move out of the way, and is always looking for her next story.
Other Blog Stops
|September 1st||Bike Book Reviews||Becky||http://bikebookreviews.blogspot.com/|
|September 2nd||Drops of Ink||Anne Barwell||http://anne-barwell.livejournal.com/|
|September 2nd||Snow’s Untangled Threads and Musings||Snow Tigra||http://snowtigra.blogspot.com/|
|September 3rd||Antonia Aquilante||Antonia Acquilante||www.antoniaaquilante.com/blog|
|September 3rd||The Story Struggle and Beyond||Ki Brightly||www.brightlybooks.wordpress.com|
|September 4th||Thianna Durston||Thianna Durston||Http://mm.thiannad.com|
|September 4th||Unconventional Love Stories||Charley Descoteaux||https://cdescoteauxwrites.com/|
|September 4th||Misadventures of the Heart||Heloise West||https://velvetpanic2.wordpress.com/|
|September 5th||Sandra Bard||Sandra Bard||http://sandrabard.tumblr.com|
|September 5th||Tempest O’Riley||Tempe O’Riley||http://tempesteoriley.com/|
|September 6th||Jackie Keswick||Jackie Keswick||http://www.jackiekeswick.co.uk|
|September 7th||Chaos in the Moonlight||K-lee Kline||http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca/?m=1&zx=8a3ea5613ebace1d|
|September 8th||Grace R. Duncan||Grace Duncan||http://www.grace-duncan.com/graces-blog|
|September 8th||Brita Addams||Brita Addams||http://www.britaaddams.net/|
|September 8th||Cryselle’s Bookshelf||Chryselle||www.crysellesbookshelf.com|
|September 9th||Emotion in Motion||Elizabeth Noble||http://www.elizabeth-noble.com/my-blog|
|September 9th||MM Good Books Review||https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/|
|September 10th||Jacob Z Flores||Jacob Flores||http://www.jacobzflores.com/|
|September 11th||Andrew’s Blog||Andrew Grey||http://andrewgreybooks.com/blog/|
|September 12th||Nicki J Marcus||Nicki Marcus||http://www.nickijmarkus.com|
|September 12th||Rainbow Gold Reviews||Marc Fleischhauer||rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com|
|September 13th||PD Singer||PD Singer||http://wp.me/puLP9-1bg|
|September 14th||Our Story LGBTQ Historical Fiction||Christopher Moss||https://ourstoryglbtqhistoricalfiction.com|
|September 15th||Renee Stevens||Renee Stevens||http://reneestevens.net/blog-2/|
|September 15th||Purple Rose Tea House||Charlie Cochet||http://purpleroseteahouse.com|
|September 15th||Open Skye Book Reviews||http://openskyebookreviews.com/|
|September 15th||The Novel Approach Reviews||Lisa (Novel Approach)||http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/|