Steven's Heart follows up on the events of Loving Aidan, my first Torquere release. (WHAT! You haven't bought it yet? hmmm. I see. Well this is easily solved. Go here and pick it up while it's 20% off. You won't be disappointed, though you may just want to see more of Steven. In fact I'm pretty sure you will want to see more of him, which would be why I wrote a whole book that's just Steven.)
So, now that you have your copy of Loving Aidan (you bought it, right? I know you did!), we can talk a bit about Steven's Heart. Steven was a really interesting character. He started as just a kind of cocky idea. Someone that stirred Aidan up and maybe would serve in some way to make Sammy jealous. And he does, but he also became something a lot more than that. I love it when that happens with characters, and while I'd love to see readers attach to Aidan and Sammy more, it was clear to me pretty quickly that everyone who read Loving Aidan wanted more of Steven.
And this is it. A whole book of Steven. From angsty to loving to brave, Steven really takes shape and becomes something special in Steven's Heart. I had a great deal of fun writing this character and learning all the mystery pieces. I think my subconscious must have loved Steven a lot, because looking back, there's a whole lot of things I set up that I had no idea I was setting up at the time. And because of that, we end up with a rich complicated character.
Steven starts the book torn up and spit out. I know a lot of readers were angry about that in Loving Aidan (and if they knew! They should have seen him hurting in the original drafts. Honestly it was much worse). We get to see it more honestly and completely here. And it's good, because that sort of loss should be hard. But it puts Steven in this place where he needs to understand, and to talk to someone who understands, and that creates some wonderful tension with the character of Michael. Steven has this completely captive audience, because Michael is in the hospital, incapacitated, unable to even see Steven because his face is bandaged up. But they start in this very tentative place of loss where they actually completely understand each other. Maybe they're the only two who can.
Of course there's drama, and Sammy and Aidan are still in the picture and there's more of Sarah, and for those of you who have read Loving Aidan, you know Sarah has all sorts of reasons to be upset with Steven. Writing Aidan was really interesting in the first book because Aidan is so carefully projected. Steven is very different, he's very much just who he is, but he's keeping secrets. And that's finally coming back to bite him, first with Sarah, and later in Steven's Heart with Michael.
No, I'm not saying what the secrets are. I think some readers will figure it out and others will be surprised, and I think that's good. But it's a fun surprise and I think it makes Steven a lot more human when we find out.
So, you want to buy it right? Of course you do. Blond, blue-eyed hunk searching for love? Lots to like. You can buy Steven's Heart here. You want more information? All right. I'm going to give you tons. But not all at once. At the end of this post there will be a proper blurb for the story. And maybe a link to an excerpt at Torquere. But before that, I want to talk to you about where I'll be, because I'm doing a blog tour and there will be LOTS of fun information about the story, my process, and about me, frankly. Also plenty about Steven.
Blog Tour info:
The tour kicks off tomorrow 8/29. Why tomorrow? My wires got crossed and there was a typo on my marketing form, so I thought the book released Friday. Which was silly, because Torquere always releases on Wednesdays, and if I'd been thinking I'd have remembered that.
8/29 Love Bytes Same Sex Romance Reviews
I'll be doing a lovely interview for Dani, the blog owner, about Steven's Heart.
8/30 Prism Book Alliance
I love books, and I'll be talking a little bit in my post about Steven's Heart, but also about books that influenced me.
8/31 Andrew Q. Gordon
Andrew is the author of Purpose, and was one of the first authors I met in the genre in a chat promoting his book. He's graciously agreed to host me.
9/1 The blog that must not be named (I really hope that's not ACTUALLY the name of a blog)
The mystery blog will be announced on my author facebook page soon. I'll be making an event for the blog tour as soon as I can breathe again.
9/2 The Kimi-Chan experience
I'll be discussing honesty in relationships in a guest post. This is actually very topical for Steven's character in particular, I think.
9/3 The Blogger Girls
This will be a spotlight and review post by Nikyta, the reviewer who originally reviewed Loving Aidan for the Blog of Sid Love (now Love Bytes). She liked Loving Aidan, so I have high hopes!
9/4 Gay. Guy. Reading. And Friends
A review and guest post about my journey into the genre of M/M romance.
9/5 Joyfully Jay
There will be an excerpt. And a guest post. And you won't see that excerpt anywhere else. Promise.
9/6 Rainbow Gold Reviews
I'm supposed to talk about something of particular interest to me. I'll probably decide after I write the other guest posts, because I don't want to overlap a lot, if that makes sense. But it should be interesting... I get rather passionate about things.
9/7 The Novel Approach
Discussion of second chance at love stories and how Steven's Heart fits into that idea.
I know, it's a LOT. Only half of them are written, so I've got a lot of writing to do in the next few days. I hope you all enjoy it. Steven's Heart is a great book. Before I forget... the blurb:
When a love triangle breaks, Steven Everett is left alone to grieve over a boyfriend lost to someone else. Surrounded by friends too tied to Aidan's new lover to give advice, Steven turns instead to a broken and beaten man, Aidan's other ex, Michael Rossier, who also knows the pain of having loved and lost Aidan. Steven's and Michael's confessions grow deeper, each confiding in the other until neither can deny an attraction. But being with Michael feels like cheating, and Steven isn't sure what to do. The connection get stronger every day, and Steven realizes he's facing an impossible choice.
To make a relationship with Michael work, Steven needs to make peace with Michael's troubled past. Even more terrifying, he'll have to tell Michael the secret he's never told anyone, not even Aidan. With Michael recovering from yet another surgery, Steven leaves to face the ghosts of the past. He has to be certain. This time, Steven knows, the decision means revealing the secrets of his heart and hoping their fragile feelings can survive.
Still want an excerpt? Find the full excerpt on Torquere's site.
Buy Steven's Heart now!
More information about the blog tour will be on my author page on facebook:
And there will be a giveaway. For real. I'm even sending someone a signed copy of Loving Aidan (only US addresses though, sorry).
So I hope you heard something interesting about Steven's Heart -- there will be more over the next several days, I promise. Here's a special glimpse of a scene that didn't make it into the book.
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