A warm welcome to author Aidan Wayne joining us today to talk about new release “Making Love”.
Hey everyone, Aidan Wayne here! Wanted to welcome you to the blog tour for my latest release, Making Love. Throughout the week I will be sharing behind-the-scenes information about Making Love, and the inspiration behind it. Please feel free to participate in and comment on the tour. By doing so, you also get the chance to receive a $15 Riptide gift card!
I want to be frank for a minute here: I am a little bit of a cynic. More than just a little bit, some might say. I’m a realistic thinker, and I tend to not believe in things just for the sake of the belief.
So… true love should absolutely be something that I don’t believe in.
Except for the eensy detail that is my parents.
My parents are the reason I believe true love exists at all, because I grew up watching it. They have such a perfect give-and-take, communication and compromise-filled relationship. If I ever write a True Love story, I am usually basing it around some aspect of something I saw them do or say at some point in my life.
A lot of that does come down to communication, and this is something I tend to emphasize in a lot of my stories. Characters talk to one another. They talk, they text, they call, they skype. They spend time in each other’s company. They learn about each other. Not all that has to be spelled out to the reader, I don’t think. But mention must be made, because it’s how a relationship evolves. More than just talking, it’s the listening that is important. Really trying to hear and understand what your partner (or partners) might be trying to say or express.
I think that it’s always wonderful when the people in a relationship have a lot in common with one another. That makes a lot of things easier; what to talk about, how to spend time together, and so on. But equally as important is basic support for things that you may not understand but that your partner enjoys. This again comes down to the compromise portion of a relationship. My dad, for instance, loves the guitar. He has about twelve guitars at any point in time. My mom mostly rolls her eyes at this acquisition but she never tries to talk him out of it in any way (though I do believe they both have set the limit on guitars at twelve; my dad must sell or trade a guitar to get a new one, but this is something they’ve both agreed upon).
So. True Love. Is it magical? Nah, I don’t think so. But does it exist? Absolutely. It just maybe takes a little bit of work, and a lot of communication.
About Making Love
Carla the cupid is an excellent shot, but her chemistry is so bad that most of her matches don’t last. Her dream is to shoot a True Love pair, but until her scores improve, she’s relegated to the Puppy Love division of Aphrodite Agency.
Leeta, a succubus, is looking for a True Love match. Which is highly unusual, as most succubi are aromantic. But Aphrodite Agency—her only hope—turns her away because the receptionist can’t believe she’s not just looking for an easy meal.
Carla agrees to take Leeta’s case on freelance. She figures it’s a win-win: Carla gets to put a succubus’s True Love match on her résumé, and Leeta gets to find her True Love! Except as Carla tries to find a match for Leeta, she finds herself maybe . . . relieved when the matches don’t end well. And Leeta seems to be getting pickier and pickier. Things will never work out until Carla learns enough about chemistry to figure out who’s truly best for Leeta, and until Leeta can admit what—or who—she truly wants.
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About Aidan Wayne
Aidan Wayne is a big believer in character-driven stories with happy endings. This is not to say that stories can’t contain a little (or a lot) of grief, just that at the end of it all expect there to be bandages and hugs. They particularly like to write about minority characters because damn it, they deserve happy endings too.
When not writing, Aidan enjoys practicing aerial, martial arts, and ASL, and watching reality cooking shows. They are probably in the middle of twelve projects as you read this.
To celebrate the release of Making Love, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 4, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!