Hello! And welcome to my blog tour for my Dreamspinner Press “States of Love” novella Rainbow Sprinkles.
Rainbow Sprinkles tells the story of Cooper, a down-to-earth guy who makes ice cream at the Dreamy Creamery, and Drew, who’s a Prince at Disneyland. I’d actually had the idea for the characters for a while when I saw the open call for States of Love novellas, which gave me the perfect excuse to write a ridiculously fluffy little story about two guys falling in love in California.
I’m a big, big Dis-nerd. Unapologetically so, with a huge amount of love and an abundance of opinions. Since Rainbow Sprinkles is only a novella I don’t want to give too much of the story away, so I’ve got a little excerpt for you and then through my blog tour I’ll be covering some of my favourite parts of Disneyland!
Up today is my favourite thing to do on Main Street USA. Please do leave a comment and let me know your favourite rides and attractions at Disneyland!
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Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. Heís no celebrityójust the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and thatís the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isnít sure if thatís a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.
Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. Heís as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drewís head is in the clouds, Cooperís feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.
California was sweltering through an early heat wave, the temperatures hitting the low 90’s and it was only April. Cooperís hottie was sweating at the temples, just a little, just enough to dampen his dark blond hair.
“Can I get a”
He looked over the menu like he didn’t stop by here at least once a week. Cooper would have expected anyone who got two sundaes a week to be a little chubby around the edges, but not his hottie. He was tall and broad shouldered, with a narrow waist and long legs. Most of the time he came by in workout gear. Whoever thought to put an ice cream parlor on the same patch as a gym was either an idiot or a genius. Probably a genius, since the Dreamy Creamery was signposted on billboards for miles, and they were on the main route into Disneyland. The place saw a lot of tourist traffic.
“Birthday Cake and Green Tea.”
Cooper winced. “You sure?”
“You’re sure something,”Cooper laughed, turning back to the freezers and his scoop. “In a cup, right?”
“Yeah. And with ”
“Rainbow sprinkles,” Cooper finished for him.
Always the same. Always gross combinations of ice cream, topped with rainbow sprinkles, and if that wasn’t code, Cooper was going to die.
Main Street, USA
I want my readers to know I really, really tried to pick something other than the candy store as my favourite place on Main Street. I really did you guys. But thereís no way I can get through a series of blogs about Disneyland and not talk about sweets.
To start with, I have a sweet tooth. That’s not really a secret. There are very few sweet things that I don’t like, and even things I thought I didn’t like turns out I do! I just have to give the sugar a chance and it wins. Every time.
The thing about Disneyland is that the whole freaking place smells delicious. Thatís one thing you can’t really explain to someone who’s never been. You can’t capture it in a photo. It’s not something you remember unless you think about it. But Disney actively wafts smells at you as you make your way around the park, and if itís not popcorn (ugh, Disneyland popcorn is the BEST) then it’s glorious, beautiful sweets.
From candy apples that look so incredibly you can trick kids into eating fruit, to Mickey shaped rice crispy treats which have zero nutritional value, and the pure sugar offerings of fudge, marshmallow, and seasonal candy canes, Disney candy is truly the most magical candy on Earth.
Itís not an attraction ñ but it bloody well should be. Standing in the Candy Palace, watching the candymakers doing their thing, is something I could do for hours. They put little placards out so you even know what theyíre making at any point in time. If youíre nice to them and wave, they wave back. It just goes to show, not everything at Disneyland is animatronic!
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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