Book Name: Death Gets a Boyfriend
Author Name: Sophie Bonaste
Sophie Bonaste is a novelist who never set out to be a novelist. As a child, she wanted to a Broadway actress and spent her childhood in numerous productions. But when adulthood set in and reality took over, Sophie chose to give up the theatre for a steady paycheck and instead turned to writing as a creative outlet. She stumbled into the M/M genre through fanfiction and never looked back. Sophie is quite happy with her change in artistic expression and doesn’t plan to stop writing for a long time.
A self-proclaimed nerd, Sophie is an avid fan of all things Star Wars and Harry Potter. (Sophie is a member of the Slytherin house, for those who were wondering.) Sophie also spends many hours watching and re-watching nerdy television shows. When she is not obsessing over the latest and greatest in nerdy entertainment, Sophie can be found screaming at her television during American football games. (Go Pack Go!) Sophie currently lives in Pennsylvania, about twenty minutes from her childhood town of The Middle of Nowhere.
Sophie loves to hear from readers! You can reach her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SophieBonaste or on Facebook as Sophie Bonaste.
You can also check out updates on Sophie’s writing and other musings on her website at sophiebonaste.blogspot.com.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
Death is in a lonely business. Since the beginning of time he’s been reaping souls then returning home to his little condo in the sky. It’s not a bad job. There are perks. But Death would kill to meet his soul mate, no pun intended.
Tommy Neilson is the next human slated for death. But when he can see Death, Tommy turns his whole world upside down. Curious, Death seeks Tommy out. The chemistry between the two is immediate and soon an unlikely romance starts to form. While Death may not be lonely anymore, he isn’t allowed to interact with humans. Consequently, he must make a choice: billions of souls or the one that makes being immortal worth it.
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Why I Chose to Write About Death
By Sophie Bonaste
Why Death? It is a question that I have been asked over and over again since news broke of my brand-new novella Death Gets a Boyfriend. Why would I choose to write about Death? It’s too depressing, right? After all, why would you choose to depress your readers when you could write about angels and fairies and other supernatural beings that make people happy?
Well, the simple answer is that Death and his story was the plot bunny that invaded my brain when I was bored at work one day.I was almost done with one project and wanted something shorter to work on. As I was thinking, someone interrupted my thoughts by calling me my nickname. What is my nickname at work, you ask? Well, it’s the Grim Reaper.
Inspiration hit me like a ton of bricks. I had always loved stories that offered up alternate views of immortal beings, like Death, Satan, angels, etc., so it was only logical for me to write my own. And since I am the “Grim Reaper” it was only logical for me to make Death like me: a strange, quirky, snarky nerd. The story just naturally developed from that.
So while I understand the confusion of writing such a depressing being, I can promise you my Death is not scary like you would imagine. He is actually quite lovable.
As the story developed using this personality shift, I realized how interesting it really was to create a character that would upset any and all preconceived notions. After all, we assume that Death would be scary. But what if he wasn’t? There is something special about being able develop a character that you can make unique, even though everyone has a picture in their head of what he should be. I have always believed that too often people believe stereotypes when it comes to people. And writing characters like Death, I feel, can help shake that up.
For me, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter why I wrote about Death. What matters that I wrote a character that has a story to tell. He is one of the most stubborn, vivid characters I have ever written and I know that everyone will love him, despite his stubborn and hyperactive personality. All I ask is that you don’t focus on the fact that he is Death. After all, it’s just his job. Focus on how big his heart is and how deserving he is of a happy ending.
But what about all of you? What are your thoughts? Do you like books that change your perceptions? Let me know in the comments. Before I go I want to send a big thank you out to all of the people at Love Bytes for letting me guest post today. Happy Reading everyone!
I am Death.
Well, that’s one of my names anyway. I’m also known as the Grim Reaper, the Angel of Death, Azreal, and the list goes on. Some people have even called me Satan, but I would like to say right now, that’s a lie. I am not Satan. I know Satan. He’s not as bad of a guy as you would think. Sure he can get a little violent if you get out of hand, but as long as you stay on his good side, you’ll be fine.
And there I go getting off track again. You’ll have to forgive me. I’m not very good at staying focused. I guess that comes from the fact that I can jump around the world at an alarmingly fast rate. Thankfully that’s not very hard. Well, at least not for me. I guess, in the human population, that’s a skill many people want for some reason. I don’t know why, though, considering how scattered it makes your brain. It really does. That’s why I try to avoid using that skill. Causes headaches.
Anyway, this is a story about me. Don’t worry, though. It’s not too gruesome or anything like that. This is a story about how I fell in love. Yes, I know that’s kind of hard to believe. Death falling in love. Believe me, it shocked the hell out of me too. (No pun intended.) But it’s true. After thousands of years in existence, I finally found someone whom I wanted to spend my time with.
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