We’re so pleased to welcome author Tina Blenke to TNA today, on the tour for her latest novel, Life Worth Living. Enjoy Tina’s guest post, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win one of three $5 Amazon Gift Cards up for grabs.
I love rainy days. They remind me that I need to slow down and enjoy my time indoors either watching movies on Netflix or cuddling up with a warm blanket and a good book. The housework can wait, and there’s no need to go out for groceries, but listening to the sounds of the rain hitting the roof is soothing, and it’s only a matter of time before those same sounds rock me to sleep.
When I lived in Thailand, it rained for several days straight and eventually, flooded the city so high that we needed to reach higher land by means of a canoe. Oceans and lakes are quite beautiful, but flood waters are dark and thick with sewage and leeches, and isn’t a pretty site for anyone. Don’t even ask me about bathroom situations in flood areas, either. You truly don’t want to know.
And yet, I still love the sound of the rain. The bad experience wasn’t one to tarnish how comforting it is for me to hear. Even the roll of thunder and crack of lightning are mesmerizing. Give me a storm any day.
Thanks so much for having me today. I’ve been in the M/M genre for a couple of years now, and started out with a paranormal novel called Athan’s Kiss, about a pansexual vampire with amnesia. I followed that with a series of wolf shifter short stories (The Shifting Paradigm Series), and now I’m following it up with my new contemporary novel, Life Worth Living. This story is about a sweet college crush that grows into a summer love, but there’s a lot of turmoil in Jake and Quentin’s lives. So many secrets surround them, both their own and those of others, that threaten to upend their love, and in the end, they must choose to let go and be honest with themselves before they can have that happy ever after.
Blurb: Jake has been hiding in plain sight, always a few rows behind his straight-crush Quentin during their four years of college. He’s been successful so far but just as they’re about to graduate, Quentin finds out Jake’s secret and Quentin shares one of his own. He’s in the closet.
Jake isn’t about to let this opportunity pass him by especially when Quentin is scheduled to leave for the East coast in a few short summer months. Willing to keep Quentin’s secret from his upper crust politically-fueled homophobic family, Jake shares his bed and eventually his heart.
Quentin’s life in the closet is non-negotiable. His family has strong political ties and any word about their son’s sexuality would cast him out of the family and out of his inheritance which he desperately needs to finish his education. He’s been successful keeping his sexuality a secret for years until he meets the irresistibly adorable Jake at an early graduation party.
Quentin is unable to ignore his desire for Jake and makes the life-altering leap that holds his future in the balance. Locked away from the public eye, the two men admit their love for one another. In three short months, they will be forced to part ways for graduate school but the challenges of potential scrutiny, family commitment and an un-promised future may prove to be more than they can overcome.
About the Author: Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn’t writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can’t get enough of.
Tour Dates & Stops:
23-Dec: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Full Moon Dreaming
30-Dec: Love Bytes, Kirsty Loves Books, Book Lovers 4Ever
6-Jan: Wake Up Your Wild Side, Divine Magazine, MM Good Book Reviews, Hearts on Fire
13-Jan: BFD Book Blog, The Hat Party, My Fiction Nook, Louise Lyons
20-Jan: KathyMac Reviews, Unquietly Me, Inked Rainbow Reads, Jessie G. Books
27-Jan: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Alpha Book Club, Havan Fellows
3-Feb: Happily Ever Chapter, TTC Books and More, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Prism Book Alliance
10-Feb: The Novel Approach, Bayou Book Junkie, Molly Lolly, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy