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Author Name: Pene Henson

Book Name: Into the Blue

Release Date: July 7, 2016


Tai Talagi and Ollie Birkstrom have been inseparable since they met as kids surfing the North Shore. Now they live with their best friends in a pulled-together family, sharing life and the saltwater in their veins. Tai’s spent years setting aside his feelings for Ollie, but when Ollie’s pro surfing aspirations come to fruition, their steady world shifts. Is the relationship worth risking everything for a chance at something terrifying and beautiful and altogether new?

Pages or Words: 236 pages, 72,600 words

Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance


Across from them, one of the Brazilians plays guitar. Ollie doesn’t recognize the song even when a couple of others sing along. The beach is wider and the sand finer than on the North Shore, but every beach is a little like home. Ollie misses the Blue House; he misses the surf and the palms and the shoreline he knows so well. He misses Jaime and Sunny and Hannah. Still, though he’s as far from home as he’s ever been, Ollie’s comfortable. These are his people, too. He leans back on his arms and looks up into the dark.

He’s watched the night sky since he was a little kid, but down here in the Southern Hemisphere he doesn’t recognize the hundreds upon hundreds of stars. The Southern Cross is up there. Ollie tries to orient himself.

Tai shifts toward him, then looks up and follows Ollie’s gaze. The warmth of Tai’s body settles into Ollie’s heart, grounds him. Ollie leans into him a little, and their arms brush to the elbow. The contact simmers in the air between them.

Unexpectedly, Ollie knows what he wants. “Come back to the hotel,” he says quietly to Tai. He pitches his voice low. It hums across the tiny space between them. No one else can hear him over the pounding surf and the sound of the music. It’s easy to be bold in the dark of a beach where Ollie’s never been before. He’s shocked by that same boldness.

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Meet the author:

What is one thing readers might not know about you?

I take constant pictures of the sky, whenever the light is interesting or beautiful. One of my U.S. based friends is the uncomplaining recipient of these, over and over, years worth of Sydney skies. Sometime she could put together a coffee table book: “Skies Pene Saw”

Which author would you say has had the most influence on your writing?

There are four or five largely unknown authors who’ve hugely influenced my writing, but if we’re talking published authors, I am drawn to and would love to emulate Annie Proulx’s sense that place drives writing as much as character, as well as her economy with words.

If you were marooned on a desert island and could have just one book with you, which would it be?

Tough! I mean obviously I choose “How to survive while marooned on a desert island with only limited survival experience” but as that hasn’t been written yet… Austen would keep me company quite well. Or perhaps a Terry Pratchett book about the witches so I could laugh and feel powerful.

If you had a time machine, which historical event would you most like to be a part of?

Goodness. I have always felt wary of myself as a part of history. But let’s see. I wouldn’t mind taking a look at Woodstock. It’d be interesting to experience that enthusiasm and ferocity in protest alongside a generalized sense of love and welcome. And the music!

If someone wanted to summon you, which three items should they place in the summoning circle?

Hah. Fabulous. A recording of Australian women in indie rock, some kind of ocean in a jar, striped socks.

If you could have dinner with a famous person, alive or dead, who would you choose?

Jane Austen would be fascinating. Think of having her sharp eye on the world now! Or Ursula Le Guin who is so kind and powerful a writer. I’d love to meet Neil Finn who has so many thoughts and beautiful lyrics. But if I were actually asked in real life to select a person I’d choose Cristiano Ronaldo the football player for my son. As long as they could kick a ball around afterwards.

Author Bio

Pene Henson has gone from British boarding schools to New York City law firms. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is an intellectual property lawyer and published poet who is deeply immersed in the city’s LGBTQIA community. She spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors and gazing at the ocean with her gorgeous wife and two unexpectedly exceptional sons. Into the Blue is her first novel.

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Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: C.B. Messer

Tour Dates & Stops:

7-Jul: Havan Fellows, Louise Lyons, Hearts on Fire

8-Jul: Outrageous Heroes, Unquietly Me, Dawn’s Reading Nook

11-Jul: Love Bytes, Kirsty Loves Books, Bayou Book Junkie

12-Jul: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, MM Good Book Reviews, Butterfly-O-Meter

13-Jul: Oh My Shelves, Boys on the Brink Reviews

14-Jul: Molly Lolly, Happily Ever Chapter

15-Jul: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance, Prism Book Alliance

18-Jul: MM Book Escape, Making It Happen, Velvet Panic, BFD Book Blog

19-Jul: Book Lovers 4Ever, My Fiction Nook, V’s Reads

20-Jul: A.M. Leibowitz, Alpha Book Club




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