Author Pene Henson is here at Love Bytes today with their blog tour for their book Into the Blue.
Welcome to the blog, Pene!
Author Name: Pene Henson
Book Name: Into the Blue
Release Date: July 7, 2016
Pages or Words: 236 pages, 72,600 words
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
Tai Talagi and Ollie Birkstrom have been inseparable since they met as kids surfing the North Shore. Now they live with their best friends in a pulled-together family, sharing life and the saltwater in their veins. Tai’s spent years setting aside his feelings for Ollie, but when Ollie’s pro surfing aspirations come to fruition, their steady world shifts. Is the relationship worth risking everything for a chance at something terrifying and beautiful and altogether new?
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Today I’m very happy to be interviewing Pene Henson author of INTO THE BLUE. Hi Pene, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Give us a to-do list for one of your characters.
Tai’s To-Do List is scrawled on a whiteboard that’s hung in his workshop out the back of their house. There’s a whiteboard marker hanging from a string. He cleans it with a rag from the workshop.
- Take new quad & tri fins out with Ollie TOMORROW
- Make a call on boards to take to Trestles
- Book hotel
- Order eco-resin (Super Sap?)
- ?? Do we need an apprentice shaper, talk to Tadashi
- Download some articles on conditions at Trestles to force Ollie to read on plane
- Buy Cerulean a first birthday present from all of us. Get Jaime to make a card
- House meeting! Before we head off again.
But there are a few things that Tai’s got on his mind that aren’t on the list.
- Talk to Sunny about helping Jaime with his college applications. Figure out who they can use as references
- It’s nearly the anniversary of Ollie and Jaime’s mom’s death. Tai thinks they should have a memorial. He needs to talk to the boys.
Across from them, one of the Brazilians plays guitar. Ollie doesn’t recognize the song even when a couple of others sing along. The beach is wider and the sand finer than on the North Shore, but every beach is a little like home. Ollie misses the Blue House; he misses the surf and the palms and the shoreline he knows so well. He misses Jaime and Sunny and Hannah. Still, though he’s as far from home as he’s ever been, Ollie’s comfortable. These are his people, too. He leans back on his arms and looks up into the dark.
He’s watched the night sky since he was a little kid, but down here in the Southern Hemisphere he doesn’t recognize the hundreds upon hundreds of stars. The Southern Cross is up there. Ollie tries to orient himself.
Tai shifts toward him, then looks up and follows Ollie’s gaze. The warmth of Tai’s body settles into Ollie’s heart, grounds him. Ollie leans into him a little, and their arms brush to the elbow. The contact simmers in the air between them.
Unexpectedly, Ollie knows what he wants. “Come back to the hotel,” he says quietly to Tai. He pitches his voice low. It hums across the tiny space between them. No one else can hear him over the pounding surf and the sound of the music. It’s easy to be bold in the dark of a beach where Ollie’s never been before. He’s shocked by that same boldness.
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Pene Henson has gone from British boarding schools to New York City law firms. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is an intellectual property lawyer and published poet who is deeply immersed in the city’s LGBTQIA community. She spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors and gazing at the ocean with her gorgeous wife and two unexpectedly exceptional sons. Into the Blue is her first novel.
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