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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Author Spotlight - Brynn Stein

Blog Tour for Through the Years


Thanks Allison, for hosting me today.

Today, I want to let my character, Gene, talk instead of me for a change.
“I loved Edward from almost the moment I saw him. I had driven to Maryland to go to college at an Art Institute, and my beat up Chevy chose that moment to die. Edward and his three friends (they called themselves the “Four Muskateers” helped me unload my car and get everything settled in my dorm room.

After that, they invited me to sit with them for dinner and there seemed to be room for a fifth musketeer. We went everywhere together. I loved them all like brothers almost right away.
I was an only child in a loveless family. My folks had married because mom was pregnant with me and they stayed together for me, but they fought all the time. They grew to hate each other and I vowed never to be in that kind of relationship.

Whether it was me trying to avoid that fate, or if I just had an unusually low libido, I didn’t know for sure, but I had never been sexually attracted to anyone. And wasn’t even to Edward at first. But, as we got closer and closer, I started having dreams about him. Dreams you really shouldn’t have about your straight male friend.

So, I never said anything.

And I was really glad I hadn’t when I found out how homophobic Edwards family was. He was too, it seemed. He said loudly, whenever possible, that it was wrong. But, at least he wasn’t physically hateful like some on campus were.

So yeah, I never said anything. And never planned to.

But, we got drunk right before he graduated, and I kissed him.

He freaked. I mean really, really freaked. He yelled and stomped out, and except for the graduation ceremony itself, I didn’t see him again before he fled the state.

I mean, who does that? It was one stupid, drunken kiss.

And it nearly ruined my life.”

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Here’s how the raffle works:


I’ve listed the tour stops below and have given either the link to the blog in general or to my post specifically. Feel free to stop by as many as you want. For each stop that you comment on, you will receive one entry to the giveaway. I’ll check all the stops numerous times throughout the tour and will draw five winners on Thanksgiving Day, so even if you come in late to the tour, you can go back through the list and comment on past stops.

I’m giving away five prizes. 1) a signed paperback copy of Through the Years; 2 and 3) electronic copies of Through the Years, 4) your choice of either a signed paperback copy or an audiobook of Living Again (the audiobook won’t be available until December), and 5) an electronic copy of Haunted.

Blog Tour Stops for Through the Years
Blog Stop
Date
Blog Owner
Blog Address
1
October 6
Anne Barwell
2
October 7
Grace Duncan
3
October 8
Jessica Skye Davies
4
October 9
Shira Anthony
5
October 10
Emma Tett
6
October 11
Kim Fielding
7
October 12
Bike Books Reviews
8
October 13
Tempest O’Riley
9
October 14
Sean Michael
10
October 15
Allison Cassatta
11
October 16
Jana Denardo
12
October 17
Louise Lyons
13
October 18
PD Singer
14
October 20
Shae Connor
15
October 21
Suki Fleet
16
October 27
Charlie Cochet
17
October 28
Elizabeth Noble
18
October 29
Tara Lain
19
October 31
Sophie Bonaste
20
November 4
Kit Moss
21
November 10
Lane Hayes
22
November 13
Mike Rupured

Thanks again Allison, for letting me stop by today.




Blurb for Through the Years


Edward and Gene were instantly drawn to each other when they met at college in Maryland. Fast friends, they developed a "closer than brothers" relationship. But then Edward began to feel more for Gene. In 1967, those kind of feelings would not be tolerated. Not even by Edward himself.

Gene always thought he was asexual. He had never been attracted to anyone... until he met Edward. He dreamed of Edward as more than a friend throughout college, but he knew Edward would not welcome that kind of attention. So Gene wasn't surprised when Edward reacted badly to a drunken kiss just before Edward's graduation. He was surprised when Edward moved to Florida and had little to do with him for years afterward.

When fate finally brings them back together, Edward is married and has a little girl. Gene gladly accepts the role of "Uncle Gene," happy to have Edward in his life in any capacity. Together, they face all the trials and tribulations life throws at them, including the death of Edward's wife, and as each grows and matures, their life views change. The relationship they've secretly wanted all along is closer than ever, and if Edward can break free from his homophobic upbringing and admit his feelings for Gene, there might still be a chance for them to share their lives in the way they both desire.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.


Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres – everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural – she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered ‘slash’, male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.
Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.

Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:

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