Leap of Faith is out today!
It’s is my fourth release day (yay!) and the first where I’m not talking about Jack and Gareth – which had to happen sooner or later judging by the state of my WiP pile. It feels ever so slightly strange, but once I’d given it some thought, it turned out it wasn’t all that difficult to decide what to talk about. My husband and I have just celebrated 25 years of marriage by retaking our marriage vows and going on a road trip that revived memories from the beginning of our relationship, and then went on to make some new ones. Spending time on the road together is a great way to reminisce, so it’s maybe not surprising that I was thinking about Joel and Kieran’s journey when I sat down to write this.
Like most writers I have topics that turn up in my stories again and again. I unashamedly love food. I like characters that turn endings into new beginnings. I like stories about second chances. And right now I’m a bit of a slave to the friends-to-lovers trope. Leap of Faith makes use of all of these things, and it’s got action, and explosions, and guys being protective of each other… because I was in that sort of a mood when I wrote it.
So how do they all fit into one book, you may wonder.
Let’s start with Kieran Ross, who loves food as long as someone else cooks it, and who can pour cereal for breakfast, provided he remembered to buy milk. With his deep tan, dark eyes, and ink-black hair he stands out in the company of blond, blue-eyed Joel Weston. And together, the two make a striking duo.
At the beginning of Kieran’s journey, there’s an ending. The violent, abrupt end of a career he loved, and the death of his close friend and partner. With nothing to hold him, Kieran leaves Miami, where he spent much of his life. He heads north with a vague idea of maybe making Boston, not caring very much whether or not he does. He meanders along the coast and stops in Lissand just because it’s there.
And then everything changes. Kieran comes across a mugging and steps in to help, takes a breath, looks around, and grabs hold of the lifeline Lissand and the woman he helped hold out to him. It must have been scary standing there on the divide between old and new, wondering whether a new life was worth the effort. It must have been even scarier deciding that it was.
Kieran has courage. He finds the strength to start over. Only to meet Joel Weston, bossy, attractive, and someone unexpectedly prepared to accept him, listen to him and have his back. Kieran is wary. He doesn’t trust the attraction that draws him to Joel. Hell, he doesn’t trust Joel. But he’s determined to make a fresh start, so the two fight and argue until each has the other’s measure. They put their feelings and the attraction between them to the test over and over until their friendship is strong enough to weather anything – explosions, assassins, nightmares, jealousy… and even the moment when both Joel and Kieran have to acknowledge that their mutual attraction is a lot more than that.
And as I can attest after 25 years of wedded bliss: a bond that’s strong enough is a good start for a long relationship.
And if you wonder where my endless love of food fits into Leap of Faith…. I’ve left that for next week’s post. 😉
Meanwhile, I owe a huge thank you to Rachel Maybury from Signalboost PR, who organised the Release Day Blitz and Review Tour, and to Hayley from Dreamspinner Press who sorted out the blog tour with equal efficiency. It’s thanks to you guys that I get to have fun…. and it’s thanks to all the bloggers out there who are posting, reviewing and spreading the word that Joel and Kieran get a chance.
And here’s where you can catch up with the guys:
March 29 – MM Good Book Reviews – It’s time for FireWorks, or how my writing muse introduced Kieran and Joel.
April 4 – Kimi-chan Experience – Seaside Memories, or why I needed to invent a seaside town in Connecticut
April 5 – Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter – Jealousy, or why Joel changes his mind about (just) being Kieran’s best friend and work partner. And you can read what the Kimmers’ Crew thought of Joel and Kieran by clicking here.
April 6 – Love Bytes Reviews – Losing Again? Where Kieran realises that Joel has his back no matter what
April 7 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words – Interview! Where I’m answering questions that really made me think
April 10 – The Dreamspinner Press Blog – Serial Monogamy, or how Leap of Faith had a few surprises for me
April 10 – It’s About The Book, Love Bytes, Dirty Books Obsession, Making It Happen, Books Laid Bare Boys, Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
April 12 – Keysmash, MM Book Addicts
April 14 – Jim’s Blog, Foxylutely Books, Sarandipity, MM Book Escape
April 17 – Diverse Reader, Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews, The Geekery Book Review, MM Good Book Reviews
April 19 – Book Lovers 4Ever, Bayou Book Junkie, Sassy & Delicious, Love To Read Romance Books