Please join us in welcoming author Jane Davitt today, on the tour for her latest novel, Gambling on Love. Enjoy Jane’s guest post, and be sure to check out the details about her giveaway below.
Books are words in a row, each word chosen from a finite pool to tell a story. I write in English so I have about 1,025,109 words to choose from, according to a web search. Put like that, it sounds easy-peasy on one hand, and as difficult as nuclear physics (to someone not a nuclear physicist) on the other.
But people write books all the time. It’s got to be doable. Deep breath. Dive in. First word. Yes, that’s the place to start. Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to—Darn. Now I have a Sound of Music earworm.
‘It’ maybe. That has possibilities.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged—“
That one…sounds familiar.
“It was a dark and stormy night—“
Better not go there.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times—“
What the dickens? Now I sound indecisive!
Forget ‘it’. Boring word. Where’s the zing, the hook to keep a reader going? Not in a piffily word like ‘it’, that’s for sure!
Zabaglione? Yes. I like it. The letter ‘z’ is so under-used.
“Zabaglione was a young boy when he—“
What? It’s a dessert? Not a boy’s name?
I give up.
(Gambling on Love starts like this:
The heat of an August afternoon poured down like honey from a cloudless sky and made it too much effort to move. Gary lay on his damp towel, squinted at the blue arch above, and panted like a dog. He wore denim cutoffs, still soaked from his dip in the river, but the air was heavy, sticky against his bare skin, as smothering as winter clothing.)
About the Book
When Gary and Abe came out to each other in their final year of high school, a longstanding friendship turned into a new love. Keeping their feelings a secret was easy until a coach caught them together in the locker room, and their fragile relationship shattered around them. Panicked, angry, and rejected by his mother, Gary fled town, breaking Abe’s eighteen-year-old heart.
Eleven years later Gary returns just as unexpectedly, crashing into Abe’s truck during a blizzard. He’s as arrogant and stubborn as ever—and just as irresistible. Time has changed them both in ways they never imagined, but the heat that flares between them is enough to thaw any ice.
While Abe discovers what Gary did to survive in the city, Gary realizes that Abe has grown into a man with needs to match his own, and they fall in love all over again. But Gary’s determination to carry out one final order from the rich, older man he lived with—and obeyed—for years means that a dead man’s plans might split them apart again . . . this time for keeps.
Purchase at Riptide Publishing
Jane Davitt is English, and has been living in Canada with her husband, two children, and two cats, since 1997. Writing and reading are her main occupations but if she ever had any spare time she might spend it gardening, walking, or doing cross stitch. She’s recently taken up yoga and loves discovering her ability to bend.
Jane has been writing since 2002 and wishes she’d started earlier. She is a huge fan of SF, fantasy, erotica, and mystery novels and has a tendency to get addicted to TV shows that get cancelled all too soon.
She owns over 4,000 books, rarely gives any away, but is happy to loan them, and is of the firm opinion that there is no such thing as “too many books.”
To celebrate the release of Gambling on Love, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and four individuals will also receive their choice of one ebook from Jane’s backlist. That’s FIVE winners total! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 24, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!