A warm welcome to the second author on our GRL Blog Tour 2016 , Felice Stevens.
Felice talks to us about her first GRL (and incl Jackie Nacht her question in that )and she brought with her a giveaway!
Welcome Felice 🙂
What I learned from my first GRL?
Last year when I stepped off the plane in San Diego, so many emotions flooded through me. Nerves mostly-I’d flown across country by myself and was meeting a whole group of people who, save for two, I’d never met in person and only “known” on-line.
Would they like me? What if I made a fool of myself? (More about that later) What if I couldn’t get up the nerve to say hello to anyone?
I met my friend Jenna at the hotel and she, being much more social than I, introduced me to people. See, the truth is, I’m very much the introvert. I, know, you’re looking at the screen saying, “Come on Felice, stop BSing us. You’re ALWAYS talking.
And you’re right. On-line I’m the most social person. In person, it’s a whole ’nother story. Especially here, where around any corner I might run into Mary Calmes, Rhys Ford or any number of authors whose books I devour the moment they appear. They truly are like meeting a movie star to me. I tend to keep quiet and speak only when I’m spoken to.
But something wonderful happened. I entered a place where people came up to me, smiled and introduced themselves. I got to put faces to the names of readers and authors and bloggers with whom I interact and enjoy spending so much time with on social media. We immediately started talking about the latest release of our favorite authors. In short, it was like meeting old friends for the first time.
If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of Josh Lanyon’s and think she is one of the best authors of MM romance out there. Lucky for me, a group of us Fanyons planned to be present at GRL and we sat and talked and joked and drank all through the entire GRL. Prior to GRL, I’d only met one other person, but the Fanyon group totaled well over 16 people and it honestly was like finding another family. Part of my reason for coming back to GRL is to see some of these people.
So what I’m trying to say is don’t worry if you don’t know someone beforehand, the coordinator of GRL, Reese, Ethan and Carol have done an amazing job setting up the event. You can do as much or as little as you want to and no one will judge you. The games are fun, the readings, spotlights and panels are funny and interesting and the best thing is you’re with your family. We may squabble and argue but deep down we are here for each other.
Oh an about making a fool of one’s self? If you see a handsome guy named Steve, watch out for his big feet. He tripped me and made me spill my wine. And you know how I love my wine.
Felice her question for the next author of the tour : Carol Lynne
“How has GRL evolved over the years in your opinion?”
The Arrangement by Felice Stevens
Release Date: July 20 th, 2016
Carter Haywood lives for the weekends—specifically the one weekend every month when he escapes real life, with all the pressures of work and caring for his special needs brother, to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants. Sex is only a release; he’s not looking for love, a relationship or even a second night with the same man, until he walks into a bar and finds someone who makes leaving it all behind impossible. After one incredibly passionate encounter, he breaks his rule and goes back. He needs to see this man again. And again.
Damaged goods. That’s all Reed Kincaide sees and hears when he looks in the mirror. Anxiety and ADHD define his life and he’s learned to keep people at a distance, never letting them get close enough to know who he really is. When Carter proposes a monthly weekend of sex without strings, it’s the ideal arrangement for him. Or so he thinks. Every month, leaving Carter proves to be more and more difficult. It’s not only the intensely hot sex they have in their hotel suite; Reed wonders about the secret life Carter refuses to share.
As months pass and they grow closer Reed finds himself falling for Carter, but he needs more than hurried hugs and farewell kisses. He wants it all. Letting Reed into his carefully constructed family life could upset Carter’s whole world, but it might be the risk he’s finally willing to take, if it means keeping Reed. Once bodies are engaged, the heart is sure to follow, and Carter and Reed discover that holding on to each other is the first step in letting go of the past
I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love. I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guarantee
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