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Author Name: Zane Riley

Book Name: With or Without You

Sequel to ‘Go Your Own Way’

Should be read in order to appreciate the books

Release Date: July 21, 2016

Blurb:

In the much-anticipated sequel to Go Your Own Way, high school seniors Lennox McAvoy and Will Osborne pick up right where they left off—navigating the tumultuous waters of a new relationship and dealing with Will’s disapproving father.

When a violent incident forces Lennox to give up his independent ways, he must come to terms with his past just as Will is grappling with his future. As Will’s college plans become reality, will Lennox have the courage to go after the opportunities he doesn’t think he deserves?

Pages or Words: 348 pages

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

Excerpt:

The band room was empty when he pushed the door open, but the piano was set up like it was almost every afternoon these days. Only Mr. Robinette and a music stand littered with sheet music was absent.

“Hello?”

The silence struck Lennox as odd, but as he sat down he also realized how strange it was to announce himself. So much had changed since the first time he’d snuck in here to play on his own. Now he was auditioning for some college he still couldn’t fathom.

To make Will happy. And maybe a little bit for himself.

“Ah, I wondered if you were going to show up.”

Mr. Robinette was behind him, the door to his office now wide open. He’d taken off his tie and undone a few buttons on his shirt like he did most afternoons when they practiced.

“You just want to play it through a few times or mess around with something else?”

Lennox took a seat at the piano, but didn’t both opening his bag. He’d memorized the piece he was playing by Valentine’s Day and now, almost two weeks later, he could write it out measure for measure on blank sheet music. But playing it was becoming repetitive. For two hours, three times a week, almost nonstop with the same four pages and nothing else.

“I’d rather try something new. That piece is getting a little old.”

Mr. Robinette smiled and pulled a chair up beside him. “I had a nightmare the other night and it was the theme song while I ran around a haunted house Scooby Doo style.”

“You didn’t catch a ride in the Mystery Machine, did you? I’ve always wanted that van.”

“I’ve got a lunch box version of it. It doesn’t fit much though because it’s too narrow. Anyway, play what you want. I’ll be here until about four-thirty, so it’s all yours.”

As Mr. Robinette returned to his office, Lennox pulled what had become his music notebook out of his bag and opened it to the latest page. He’d taken to composing during class when he should have been taking notes, especially calculus where he had no reason to pay attention anyway.

The latest page was a tune he’d come up with while the other kids had been tapping their pencils and erasing answers. Every moment of his life carried a rhythm, a melody, and an emotion he could create with, and his notebook was becoming a testament to that. He played through everything he’d jotted down over the past few days, but after several rounds he kept coming back to one. It was a piano version he’d tried—and mostly failed—to create of one of the songs Will had played on a loop a few weeks ago.

“I’m getting ready to lock up!”

Mr. Robinette’s voice carried out of the office and into the band room. A few minutes and several jingles of Mr. Robinette’s keys later, the office door was shut and Lennox was closing the cover on the keys.

“That last piece you were playing, was it a cover?”

Lennox shrugged as they headed for the door.

“It was supposed to be. Didn’t sound much like the song.”

“Well, the others did. They were all really good, even the ones that weren’t covers.”

“Uh, thanks.”

Lennox watched him at the door to the parking lot for a moment. He’d been a great help over the last month—all year if Lennox was honest. Mr. Robinette had believed in him in his own way since school had begun, and thanks to him he had a decent shot at this audition.

“Thanks for… all of this. I actually feel like—just thanks.”

Mr. Robinette gave him a genuine smile and patted him on the shoulder.

“You’re very welcome. Let me know how it goes when you get back, okay? I’m rooting for you. Got all of my fingers and limbs crossed. You deserve the chance. Don’t doubt that or yourself.”

“I-I won’t.”

It was funny to have so many people believing in him after so long. Happiness was a strange feeling as well. Until he’d let Will into his life he couldn’t remember how to capture such a feeling in his chest and keep it there.

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Meet the author:

What is one thing readers might not know about you?

I am such a weather nerd. I’m literally watching the Weather Channel right now and I’m typing half-blind because my eyes are on Jim Cantore and his excitement over a storm cell in Missouri. Whether (ha!) it was growing up getting excited about his excitement or just a natural interest and curiosity, I’ll never know, but I love learning about weather patterns and extreme weather. If I had the chance I would love to be a storm chaser.

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

J.K. Rowling was a favorite for a long time. She still is, but as I’ve grown older and started spending a lot more time writing and editing and reviewing my own work it’s made me very conscious of how sentences are structured and the like. So she’s still a big influence, but I’ve realized it wasn’t because of her beautiful prose or her writing style, it was her ability to craft and tell a story. That had a big impact on me as a reader and a writer, because it became really obvious when I read other books that the story wasn’t always there. It didn’t have the same narrative presence as it did in the Harry Potter series, and I’ve wanted to make sure my own stories have a presence of plot and narrative over wonderful prose. A work can have beautiful language and word choices and metaphors, but without a driving plot or a narrative to hold everything in place, it falls apart.

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

My Kindle. Ha ha, I’m kidding, that’s cheating. Besides, the battery wouldn’t last very long anyway. Right now I would probably bring A Game of Thrones since that’s what I’m currently reading. Even though I’ve read it before, it’s a long book so it would keep me occupied for a while.

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

The extinction of the dinosaurs. I’d love to see the asteroid(s) that devastated the world, or to see what else might have caused it. Knowing my luck, I’d get there, get eaten alive, and never get to actually see it, but I can dream.

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

Pizza, grapes, and a ticket to an Orioles game.

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

Michelle Obama. Every time I hear more from her I love her just a little bit more. She’s so wonderfully intelligent and thoughtful and a great role model for her daughters and so many other young women. The world needs more women in her position that bring so much good into the world.

Author Bio:

Zane Riley is a transgender writer who wrote his first work of fan fiction in the fourth grade. He is a recent transplant to Vancouver, Washington where he spends his time watching long distance baseball games, hiking, and exploring the musical depths of the internet. His first novel, Go Your Own Way, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.

Where to find the author:

Facebook Author Page: facebook.com/ZaneNebula

Twitter: @ZaneNebula

Other: https://www.goodreads.com/Zane-Riley

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28764212-with-or-without-you

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: Colleen M. Good

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