Small Romantic Gestures

As a newbie in the M/M writing world, I sometimes worry about who I may be offending. With that I mean: the romance readers. I’ve been doing that thing an author ‘probably’ should not do: reading reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Don’t get me wrong. These strangers reading my words have all been incredible, but I keep waiting for that shoe to drop and someone to get pissed. (9/4 update: This has now happened over Labor Day Weekend.)

Let me state for the record: my publisher & I knew this was a hard book to slap a genre label on and put on a shelf. There is mystery, suspense and a little romance.  You may be asking where the romance is if the book starts with one husband disappearing in the first chapter. A couple that has been together for 15 years.

That’s the romance for me.

I want readers to see the past of these two men. Those small moments shared. The grind of being together that long and the toll it must take on the relationship. (If my other half is reading: please note I’m not talking about us – since we haven’t hit 15 years yet.) The shared tattoos of the penguins. The trips the two have taken. The way in which they created a home and built their lives.

Living in NYC, I have so many things at my fingertips in which one can light the romance flame. From walks in the park to a great Broadway show…but sometimes it is just reading the New York Times and knowing your lover is sitting at the other end of the sofa playing with your toes. It’s the small moments that sometimes speak volumes to the big ‘over the top’ romantic gestures.

So that was my goal in this book. Blain’s personal journey encompasses romance, suspense, doubt, failure…so many things. But for the true romantic, I think they’ll see it veiled between the lines as they read.

At least that is my hope.

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What a Week

So it has been one week since my Bostonian novel MISSING came out and I could not be any more happy with the response.Image (To be fair, only parts of the book is in Boston: it travels many other places.) But I digress. The twitter love has been overwhelming. seeing reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and hearing from those that have read it: amazing! And to have become a Bestseller on OmniLit in Mystery/Suspense over the weekend – mind blowing!

You can just look to the right to see a few reviews for MISSING. But I also wanted to include some links of places that I’ve shown up this week.

Hope to continue hearing from people as you read it. I love the feedback.

Top2Bottom Interview

Huffington Post Interview

Examiner.com Interview

Chapters and Chats Review

Top2Bottom Feature

A Book That Wraps you in Its Arms

No, those are not my words above in the title. They are from the wonderful reviewer behind Chapters and Chats as she tweets about my book MISSING. I still find it overwhelming/humbling (fill in a better word here) that people are reading and enjoying the book so much that just came out. But this whole promote, discuss, tell others is all part of being an author…so we gotta do it. After all, who wants to write a book that no one ever finds?

So let me share a little more of Jodi Ann’s words…and please visit her site as well and leave her a comment. She loves to hear from readers.

Chapters and Chats Review: 

Have you ever picked up one of those books that wrap you in its arms from the first page? This thriller by Drake Braxton is one. It’s hard to believe “Missing” is a breakout novel as Drake writes with the skill of a seasoned author.

Meet Blain Harrington, drama as English professor and husband to his great love Manny. The couple is in Culver Pines, Alabama, and Blain’s hometown to attend his 20th high school reunion; a place that Manny would rather not be. While Blain works the crowd he sees Manny immersed in conversation with an old classmate. When he looks again, Manny is gone.

Miles from home in the midst of a Southern town steeped in old traditions where bigotry and homophobia surround him at every turn, Blain implores the local police to begin a search for Manny only to meet with opposition as the police won’t begin the search until he has been gone at least 48 hours, an eternity to Blain. Thus begins the moment Blain’s life begins to tailspin out of control.

Binge drinking, recreational drugs and wild sexual abandon soon become Blain’s coping mechanism. His dearest friend Michael rallies around Blain to be the voice of reason and help him through the process of grieving that will take him to rock bottom before he can climb out.

A story of lost love, overcoming addictions and the power of friendship, “Missing” is as hard hitting as it is warm and fuzzy. Drake Braxton has written Blain with such depth of character you can feel his inner turmoil as he fights with himself in a battle of blame and self-loathing, versus a chance to live a full life and perhaps love again. Drake rounds out his cast with Grayson, the middle-aged party boy, and Michael the “mother” of the group who cares for his cubs and hopes for a love to call his own.

I want to tell you so much about this book, but have to restrain myself so I don’t ruin the read for you. I will say this, you will be so drawn into the book, connecting with the characters and wanting to find out what truly happened to Manny that you won’t be able to pull yourself away. This book has the earmark of a best-seller.

“Missing” is a 5 star read. It’s a pack in your suitcase, grab a stolen moment, and relax by a fire kind of read that you must experience. Well done Drake!

(Thank YOU, Jodi!)

eBook Comes Out Early

Part of the cool thing about this new technical world we live in is the ease in which books can get into the hands of readers so quickly. My publisher has been rapidly working on my book and while the print version will be the end of the month, the eBook version is already hitting virtual bookshelves.

You can start downloading MISSING now from any of the sites below:

Seventh Window Publications

All Romance eBooks  Listed as a BestSeller in Suspense/Mystery

Amazon

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Rainbow Ebooks

I also want to give a shout out to my publisher Ken Harrison who was interviewed this week about his company. Read all about him here.

 

Three Weeks to See what is MISSING

The anticipation of a book coming out is almost harder to take than actually writing the book. I feel as if it has been out of my hands for a while as the Editor-in-Chief at Seventh Window has been busy doing his magic. In the meantime, copies have gone out to reviewers (have heard some good things so far) and my first interview was done on Examiner.com with the very talented author Xavier Axelson

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Do they STILL use this for interviews?

You can get inside of my head a little in this interview as well as read a small part of the book. So what are you waiting for? Head on over and examine me!

 

 

Cover Artwork: Check

Thanks to an amazing publisher who spends countless hours working with his authors to get it ‘just right’ – the cover for my upcoming books is complete. We went through almost ten different versions before both agreeing on the one below which speaks to me as the author (and the book) in so many different ways.  Looking forward to next month when people will be able to read the book.

(Can you tell I’m counting down the days?)

While attending a 20th high school reunion in Alabama, Blain Harrington loses the love of his life in the blink of an eye. He soon realizes that everything is not always as it seems as he sets out on a journey for answers.
What do you do when the world you thought you knew crumbles around you? How do you piece it back together?

 

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