I can’t wait to see Angelo on one of those gorgeous Japanese covers!!
It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.
Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.
Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming is no place for two young men to fall in love.
Warning: This book contains teenagers doing all the things we did as teenagers but which we now pretend teenagers never do.
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So, was the blogging challenge a success? Yes and no. Given that my primary goal was simply to give myself something to do each day, the answer is yes. The blogging challenge game me a reason to sit down at my keyboard after sending my kid off to school.
At the same time, the challenge was a failure. I hoped that forcing myself to write a bit each day would help jump-start my creativity, but it didn’t quite work. What I’ve learned is that blogging uses an entirely different part of my brain than writing stories. So although I had fun, I won’t be continuing with the “one post per day” theme.
So, I’ve been sitting here, racking my brain for something to talk about today. I started wondering if there was some old story tidbit I could share, like a deleted scene or something. So I went trolling through my old files, looking for something fun.
Which Book to Use?
The first version of Promises had a much different ending. Initially, Matt kept hanging around Jared, but trying to deny his attraction. He kept failing, of course, and ending up with his tongue down Jared’s throat, then sort of punishing Jared for it. In the end, Jared gave him an ultimatum and told him not to come back until Matt had made a decision. That version of the ending had some serious problems (which is why I didn’t use it), but there was one really great scene on Christmas that I regret having to cut. So, my first thought was that I’d share that scene. The problem is, I wrote in Word way back then, and my filing system wasn’t great, so I can’t find any of my old Promises scenes or notes.
Only a few days left in my blogging challenge, but I’ve run out of things to talk about. Yesterday, I decided I’d spend a couple of posts highlighting some of my books that aren’t as well known as my Coda books, but that I feel are some of my best work. I already talked a bit about my funky genre mash-ups (the Oestend series, and the Davlova books). But I know not everybody likes reading scifi/fantasy, so today, I thought I’d share examples from some of my more recent contemporaries.
The official topics for my blogging challenge over the next few days are all boring, but I’m having a hell of a time coming up with anything interesting to say.
For lack of anything better to do, how about if I share some excerpts from a few of my lesser-known novels? I’m mostly known for the Coda books, but if you’ve only read Coda, I truly believe you haven’t read my best work. So maybe I’ll spend the next day or two highlighting some of those stories that people tend to skip over. Today, I’ll concentrate on my genre mash-ups.
Honesty, but at what cost?
So… this post was written yesterday morning, when I was sort of deep down the well of depression. I came home several hours later and about a million times happier, just from having been out of the house for a bit. I spent a while rereading this post, wondering if I should even publish it, because it’s sort of a rambling mess. But the truth is, it’s also honest. So in the end, I think I’ll go for it, but with the disclaimer that it’s a bit whiny and nonsensical and rather rough around the edges.
Today, I thought I’d talk about music. More specifically, I thought I’d talk about which songs helped inspire certain stories or characters.
Not all of my stories have musical inspiration. (Blind Space, for example, has no songs associated with it.) Some of them (like Shotgun) have full soundtracks. In a few rare case, a book might be based on a single line. Song of Oestend was written because of this line in “Doolin-Dalton/Desperado Reprise” by the Eagles: “Four men ride out and only three ride back.” (Although by the time I got to that scene in the book, it was two men riding out, and only one riding back. But I digress.)
Most often, I have one specific song that either inspired the entire tone of the book, or worked as the theme song for a specific character. So, without further ado, let’s get to it. (And cross your fingers with me that these embedded Spotify codes work.)
One week left of the 30-day blogging challenge, and I’ve finally fallen behind. Ever since the beginning, I’ve had at least one day’s post stocked up, but not this time. Yesterday, I sat down to write this post, but it just never came to be.
The topic was supposed to be a book recommendation. That should have been easy to give, except I’ve already done several book-related posts over the last 22 days. There’s my recommendation of the Timothy Wilde trilogy, and the post on my TBR pile and my book wish list, and the post on which authors take up the most space on my shelves. I didn’t feel like I had anything new to say. And second…