What is one thing readers might not know about you?
Marie: My paternal grandfather was a cattle rancher who bred and raised Clydesdales as a hobby. (He even sold a couple to Budweiser, over the years.) He used them to feed his cattle every single day, long after most ranchers had switched to tractors or trucks. The horses pulled a flatbed wagon most of the year, and a sleigh in the winter. As a kid, I loved to go feed the cows with him. My grandmother would bundle me up and set me on the hay bails. My grandfather didn’t even need a second hand because the horses were trained to verbal cues, so he could just tie the reins to the front of the wagon and steer them verbally while he tossed the hay out. I’m very sad my daughter will never experience a true horse-drawn sleigh ride with him.
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?
Author Name: Kitty Stephens
Book Name: Set Me Free
Release Date: June 9, 2016
When an affluent college-bound boy falls for a young artist, he must choose between the life that’s been mapped out for him and the chance at true love.
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.
Author Name: Carrie Pack
Book Name: In The Present Tense
Release Date: May 19, 2016
Miles Lawson goes to sleep dreaming of a future with his boyfriend Adam, but wakes to find he is married to Ana, an acquaintance from high school. When he learns he has been time traveling, Miles is consumed with finding a cure for his rare condition—and finding his first love. But will he be able to convince Adam he is telling the truth before it’s too late?
Author Name: Avon Gale
Book Name: Power Play
Series: Scoring Chances
This book can be read as a standalone
Release Date: May 9, 2016
A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.
After spending guilt-ridden years for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.
Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.