Cristina Bruni is here with us today all the way from Italy to discuss her new book Seven Days. Published by JMS Books, January 28, 2017. She has also included an exclusive excerpt just for Rainbow Gold Reviews and will be giving away an e-book copy of Seven Days to a lucky winner. Welcome Cristina and congratulations! Seven Days releases today and we are so happy to host you.
First of all, I’d like to say a big “Thank you” to the wonderful Rainbow Gold staff for hosting an unknown Italian writer in their blog! ❤
I have a book released today by JMS Books, “Seven Days”. It is a contemporary M/M novel with a sports (golf) setting.
Now, let’s start with my novel blurb:
“During a golf tournament in Virginia, American golfer Reggie Weston meets Russell Lee, the British former world champion in the sport. The two men hit it off when Russell takes Reggie under his wing, teaching him the tricks of the game.
As their friendship deepens, Reggie finds himself falling in love with the Englishman, though he knows Russell doesn’t feel the same. He’s painfully aware of the fact that Russell isn’t gay.
But there’s more to Russell than meets the eye. He’s a troubled soul, plagued by monsters in his head telling him who he should be. He’s spent most of his life hiding his sexuality from the world so he won’t disappoint his homophobic mother.
Is seven days enough time for Russell to break through the years of hurt and accept the new direction fate has in store for him and Reggie?”
Do you find it interesting? I really hope so!
Now, let’s get deeply talking about myself and my book. I’ve been writing fanfictions for many years (I was deeply in love with fandoms like Sherlock BBC, Hornblower, Midsomer Murders…), then I’ve been given the opportunity to write an ebook about Sherlock Holmes for an Italian erotic publisher. So, I took that opportunity and, since then, I’m writing M/M novels, which got mainly published by Triskell Rainbow, a very “big” name in the Italian gay romance market.
Now, I decided to look abroad and… well, I must confess I’m scared to death!
I chose this particular book (Thanks, JMS Books, by the way!) to begin my adventure abroad because it is the novel I love the most among my publications. That’s because Reggie Weston is very similar to me. He’s insecure, but talented. He needs the love of another person to finally blossom.
I wrote Reggie and Russell’s story ‘cause I’m madly in love with golf. This is not among the favorite sports in Italy, so I wanted people to know how beautiful it is, how much I enjoy (yes, I’m a golf player, too) challenging myself and nature on the course. It is a very relaxing, but also a very challenging sport. Give it a try, if you haven’t yet.
Reggie and Russell’s story is a sweet, fresh one. Reggie’s a rookie, Russell (his idol) is a British former champion, nine years older. One is gay, the other is apparently het. Their first meeting is… well, a hell for Reggie, but the two of them are in the field of the same tournament, so they bump into each other again, with Russell apologizing for having been such an asshole the first time. The two men hit it off when Russell takes Reggie under his wing, teaching him the tricks of the game.
Soon, Reggie can’t help himself from falling in love with the British man, believing he has no chance.
But he doesn’t know that Russell is actually gay, and has spent most of his life hiding his sexuality from the world so he won’t disappoint his homophobic mother…
Well, that’s all for know. Hope you’ll enjoy my two golf boys!
Hugs & kisses,
When the Englishman turned to him, Reggie’s heart jumped. It was pounding so fast, his poor, hurting heart. His eyes started stinging when Russell stepped in front of him. He wasn’t able to fight back his tears.
Reggie wanted to open his mouth and scream. He wanted to apologize for not being able to stay away from Russell as he had asked, but also to implore the Englishman not to send him away. If he could, Reggie would’ve whispered to him, told him how beautiful he was despite all those tense hours on the golf course, because in that moment, Reggie couldn’t help but notice the suffering on his face. Or he wanted to punch Russell, force the man to apologize for taking his heart and throwing it on the ground.
But he didn’t do anything of this.
He wasn’t even able to raise a hand to shake Russell’s, or open his mouth to say a single, stupid word. He stood there, still, staring at the man he loved for the last time, before everything drained of color and lost all meaning.
Russell’s mouth was curved in a tense smile. Finally he looked away and gave Reggie a pat on his shoulder, just as he had promised he would.
A promise Reggie’s silly, lovesick heart had interpreted as, “I’ll be always there,” before he had crashed into the cold, hard wall of reality.
“You’ve been perfect, Reggie,” Russell murmured, slowly turning around. He was leaving.
Reggie felt a deep sensation of emptiness. With Russell, there was everything—competition, giving his best, happiness, union, incentive, finally feeling warmth and good enough.
Without him, nothing remained.
In a moment, the green was invaded by people all ready to shake his hand. The referee, Mr. Wilson the tournament director, people he didn’t even know by name…the crush of bodies hid Russell, who was heading to the clubhouse. And then he completely disappeared.
Carlos understood Reggie was in desperate need. He sidled through the crowd like cat. Before Wilson could reach for the winner, Carlos pulled Reggie into his arms and gave him a suffocating hug. “Come here, son.”
Reggie sank his head onto his caddie’s shoulder, letting all his defenses go and allowing his tears to fall.
“I love him, Carl,” he murmured, sobbing. “I can’t imagine him not in my life.”
The man squeezed him even harder, took off his cap, and smoothed down his sweaty hair.
“I know, I know. Take courage now—everyone’s for you.”
Where to buy:
JMS (print): jmsbooks
The author is generously offering an e-book copy of Seven Days. Comment on this post for your chance to win. One winner will be randomly chosen.
You need to be 18 years or older to participate. Void where prohibited. Etc.
This giveaway will end on February 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM CDT.
Cristina Bruni lives in northern Italy with her husband and their child. She’s already published many M/M novels in Italy with Triskell Rainbow publisher. Since she was a young girl, her biggest wishes were being a mother and an author and now, after fighting for it for years, she finally succeeded in both. She loves travelling abroad, going to the cinema, reading Sherlock Holmes, luxury bags and playing tennis and golf. She’s madly USA-sick and UK-sick.
She made her debut writing fanfictions and, now, her new wish would be writing love Male-to-Male stories for the rest of her life and living on a beach in Hawaii.
Maybe dreams will come true again, sooner or later…
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