The Novel Approach welcomes author Margie Church today to talk a bit about her newest novel from Loose Id, Boston Boyfriends. As an added bonus, she’s also offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book, so be sure to see below for details and deadlines.
And now, here’s Margie!
Ripped from Reality – Boston Boyfriends
Every author has been asked, “How did you come up with that story?” Well, Boston Boyfriends is dedicated to two men I adored, and the characters and story are loosely related to Robert and Paul’s life together.
Robert (left) and Paul met for the first time at a wedding in Las Vegas. Paul lived on the East Coast, and Robert crossed the Pond for the visit. They had an amazing time in Vegas and sparks really flew for Paul. Robert returned to England afterward – liking Paul a lot but not wanting to go too fast since he lived thousands of miles away and had just ended a long-term relationship.
Their relationship was tumultuous, mostly because Paul knew exactly what he wanted and Robert wasn’t very quick to be “all in.” Skype became a regular part of their very long distance relationship. I recall Paul gushing over how sexy Robert was and how crazy he was about him, while Robert was more reserved – shy about his feelings for Paul.
Did I mention we were yacking it up in a private Facebook group? Oh yeah. No holds barred in there. It’s no wonder Robert was scared shitless of the rest of us.
Anyway, Paul made a trip to England for a visit. They had a spectacular time. Paul did his best to drag Robert to every cultural opportunity possible. Robert tried to teach Paul the beauty of a decent, home cooked meal and evenings at the pub with his friends. Both whined and complained about the latest adventure they were being dragged to, but we all knew how much fun they were having together and that they were falling in love.
Eventually Robert invited Paul to move to England and live together. And he agreed. We watched their romance turn into a tremendous commitment and love via Facebook chats and private messages. How unique and wonderful those months were. I’ll always cherish them as a gift.
So, how does Boston Boyfriends parallel? Porter (the teacher) meets Stiegen (the voice over actor) at a posh, celebrity wedding. They are instantly attracted to each other and wind up in bed that night. Neither lives in Miami and after their night together, Porter is pretty hooked on Stiegen. But Stiegen has big plans for his career and a serious romance isn’t part of his plan.
An accidental meeting in Boston reinforces that attraction for both men, but Stiegen is still resisting his emotions. That pisses off Porter in a big way. He doesn’t care about what Stiegen has or his celebrity status. He only cares about Stiegen the man.
A big event in Stiegen’s life brings the two men together and puts Porter in a position to give Stiegen emotional strength when he needs it most. Stiegen’s resistance melts away. Life is too short to spend it only in recording studios, making money with people who don’t care about him. A romantic, erotic New Year’s weekend celebration together cements their relationship. Though not perfect, these two men, like Robert and Paul, decided together is better than apart – no matter what.
The characters are flawed just like the real men are. The best part, however, is that they got their happily ever after.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading Boston Boyfriends. I’m giving away a copy to one pithy commenter. Speak from the heart about a relationship that inspired you and you could be the winner.
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Blurb: A hot hook up at a celebrity wedding leaves Porter Campbell wanting a whole lot more of gorgeous Stiegen Lange. Unfortunately for Porter, Stiegen’s career as a voice over actor is skyrocketing, and a serious relationship isn’t in his plans. Their hours together in Miami were more than a booty call for Porter, but what can he do?
Stiegen finds solace in Porter’s arms when his best friend nearly dies. Then, he organizes an unforgettable weekend of passion with Porter back in Boston. His feelings deepen. Saying good-bye to Porter gets harder every time, leaving him wondering whether his career can remain the center of his universe.
Because Porter’s in it for love and won’t settle for less.