Hello TNA peeps and many thanks to Mistress Lisa for allowing me access to all of you today! She will very likely wanna smack me for that whole BDSM-ish sounding Mistress Lisa bit, but she can’t really do so without offering evidence that I may be right! ‘Insert evil-genius laugh here.’
In preparation for the audiobook release of As You Are, available for purchase on Audible and iTunes October 10th, I’m here on this good Friday to offer you an exclusive ‘first listen’, in addition to an introduction to Jason Frazier, who performed and produced the audiobook. I was introduced to Jason by Sara York and after listening to the audio version of Pray the Gay Away, also performed by Jason, I was completely audio-smitten. Though Sara’s book deals with some pretty weighty issues and As You Are…doesn’t, lol, I could close my eyes and hear Julian in Jason’s voice. That’s when I knew I’d found the right performer to breathe life into everything I’d placed on page.
With the release date dropping the weekend before all the M/M madness that is GayRomLit, the timing seemed perfect since this will be the-super-best-perfect-funny-ha-ha-audio-book-to-listen-to-as-you-travel-to-GRL…just sayin’! : )
I first started writing As You Are many, many moons ago, back in my late twenties and early thirties, and I think that certainly shows to anyone who knew me back then. Julian shares a lot of the same beliefs and the same stubbornness that I had at that point in my own evolution – you know, back in the late 1900’s when we were all preoccupied with partying each weekend like it was 1999.
To a certain degree, Julian is a representative of who I was back then—a smartass (something’s never change) who was a little immature and a little too much of a hopeful romantic. Someone who had no clue who he wanted to be when he grew up and who spent too much time daydreaming as a way of otherwise escaping a life that never seemed to live up to the way he thought it should be or could be.
This book will forever hold a tiny piece of that version of me within its pixelated pages. While I could never see myself going back to being that 20s version of Ethan again, my one, truly favorite thing about this book and the slightly neurotic boy-next-door that is Julian Hallowell, is that he gets everything he ever wanted without having to compromise who he is. Sure, he goes through some angsty drama and disappointment in order to get the guy, but he does get the guy…who eventually accepts Julian as he is.
This book will always be special to me because this slightly exaggerated version of who I used to be, is able to have everything he wants without having to change or alter who he is in order to get it. I don’t believe that actually happens too often in life, and I think that’s pretty fucking cool. : )
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Thanks for spending a little travel-back-in-time with me today and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into the audio version of As You Are. : )
Operation Danny…that’s all bartender and recent college graduate, Julian Hallowell has had on his mind the past year. Julian may have no idea what he wants to do with his life, but he definitely knows he‘s in love with the boy next door: The one in next room to be exact, his roommate Danny Wallace.
Danny owns a used text book store just off campus and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn’t seem to view Julian as anything other than that…a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can’t seem to think of a good reason to say no.
Julian has already instituted a Reverse Operation Danny plan, which he’s positive will purge all thoughts of love and lust for his roomie out of his hea’/d. He’s ready to move on and start looking for his next Mr. Right, and Andy just might fit the bill.