Blog Tour and Giveaway: Come What May by A.M. Arthur
Tate Dawson, one of the heroes of Come What May, agreed to sit down for a brief interview with me here at Boys on the Brink. Give him a hand, folks!
What is your biggest fear?
Somehow losing custody of my youngest sister Marnie, and seeing her back in foster care. We were all orphaned when I was sixteen and put into care, and I worked my ass off to get emancipated so I could get them out. But Marnie…she had a horrible experience while in care, and even though we’ve always gotten great reports from our social worker, it’s still my worst fear. She won’t be eighteen for a few more years.
What is your most prized possession?
My apartment. I mean, it’s not technically a possession, since I do pay a modest rent, but it’s my home. I’ve been lucky enough to have never been homeless, but my best friend Marc lived and worked the streets for three years. We both work at a homeless shelter and try to provide a safe place for other kids like Marc was. We both know the value of having a place to live.
What do you enjoy doing on your days off?
Spending time with my boyfriend, Jonas. He has a daytime job, and I work vampire hours, so we don’t get a lot of time together. Especially not in large chunks, so when one of us isn’t sleeping, we like to go out and do things. Even something as simple as dinner at a local diner. Or a walk down by the Brandywine.
Your best childhood memory?
My dad teaching me to ride my first bike. He was a really good dad when I was young. We did all those father-son things you see in movies. Catch, bike riding, washing the car on a hot summer day. And then he hurt his back, got addicted to pain pills, and started drinking. And all that good stuff stopped. So yeah, learning to ride a bike.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
I’m not sure. With any luck, Addyson will be independent and on her own, and Marnie will be in college. Hopefully away from home. Wherever I am, I hope Jonas is still with me. And I hope Marc is settled down and happy with someone. He says he doesn’t mind being single, but he does. I know him too well. All I know about five years from now is that I want to be as happy and in love as I am now.
Author Name: A.M. Arthur
Book Name: Come What May
Series: All Saints
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.
Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.
But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.
Pages or Words: 70,000 words, 320 pages (print edition)
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
“It’s small,” Jonas said.
“Better than a cardboard box or foster care.” The sharpness in Tate’s voice echoed in his frown.
Jonas had never known anyone before who’d been in foster care, and saying so would probably make him the biggest douche on the planet. It also took the edge off some of his irritation over the total mindfuck that was Tate Dawson. “It’s way better than both of those things. You worked hard for this place, Tate. I haven’t worked hard for anything in my life.”
He blinked. “You do?”
“Yes, I do. I think you work very, very hard to convince yourself and the world that you’re something you’re not. I think you work very, very hard to be perfect when no one is, and the only thing anyone should ever do is just be her or himself. Be true to you, not to what others want from you.”
Jonas’s throat squeezed tight. “I can’t.”
Tate took a step closer, bringing a gentle waft of sweat and something sweet. “Why not?”
He saw the barest reflection of himself in Tate’s glasses and he didn’t like it. He stepped back. Tate snagged his wrist and held him there. The touch sent awareness buzzing across his skin, down his spine and straight to his balls. H needed to pull away before this got out of control.
And then his rebel brain decided it was a good idea to glance at Tate’s pink lips. Lips that Tate, the asshole, licked with slow swipes of his tongue.
Jonas yanked away his hand away so hard Tate stumbled. “I’m not gay, so you can get that ‘fuck the frat boy’ fantasy out of your head right now.”
Instead of being cowed, Tate planted both hands on his hips and said, “Who are you trying to convince? Because it’s just you and me in this room, and I’m not the one who brought up your sexuality. You did.”
Damn him. “Why won’t you leave me alone?”
Tate’s gaze drifted over his face as he sought for words. “Because every time we’re together I can tell you’re struggling with something. You put up this lone wolf front to keep people at arm’s length so you don’t have to work so hard to pretend, but it’s exhausting you. Jonas, you can be yourself with me. Whoever that is.”
“I can’t.” Talking was getting harder around the lump in his throat. His heart was kicking too fast and his chest ached.
“Look me in the eye.” Tate closed the three strides between them, then curled a warm hand around the back of Jonas’s neck. “Look me in the eye and say you don’t want to kiss me right now.”
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Meet the author:
A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and SMP Swerve.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/A.M.Arthur.M.A
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27731949-come-what-may
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: Carina Press
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