Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is DEV BENTHAM. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
And the Oscar for best supporting character goes to…
Oh, Clare, your birthday month is almost over. Thanks so much for letting me crash, I mean join, your party.
You’re the hero of this birthday month, but lately I’ve. been thinking about secondary characters. In a romance, that means anyone other than the two (or three or whatever) lovers. Romantic may get laid, but secondary characters do fun stuff, too. They add color to the story, bring out the backstory of the main characters and move the plot along, and they also tell us a lot about the main characters. It’s the same for all of us, isn’t it? While we’re not defined by our relationships with other people, they are certainly important to who we are. Of course, a book would get cluttered quickly if it was populated by the same number of friends, family members and acquaintances that enrich our real lives. But even paired down to the minimum, the quality of a character’s relationships speaks volumes.
One of the reasons I’ve been thinking about this is because of an apparent contradiction in the lives of my two main characters in Whistle Blower. Jacob lives in New York City, surrounded by others. His self-image is as someone who’s good with people. But he’s not close to his family and has only one friend. Ben, on the other hand, literally lives on a remote island in the middle of nowhere and sees himself as having withdrawn from the world. Yet he’s supported by close family and friends.
It all leaves me wondering what my own intimate circle says about me. I have a bracelet with the saying: hero in my own story. Which is true. But I’m a secondary character in the lives of everyone else around me. Or a footnote, cut out of the narrative for simplicity’s sake. Hope I at least get some good lines.
I’m excited to share the news that my new book, Whistle Blower, with Jacob and Ben and all those secondary characters, will come out from Dreamspinner Press on February 5th. Thanks Clare, for letting me come on here and babble about it at your birthday party. You’re a true hero.
What’s the book about? It’s a love story.
Money can’t buy happiness. Jacob Nussbaum knows this better than anyone. He’s a corporate lawyer deep inside a huge New York firm, where he works overtime, sacrifices any chance at a personal life, and has been selling his soul for years. With a secretary as his only friend, he trudges on, until his whole world is blown apart by a manila envelope of photos—evidence that one of the firm’s partners is the dirtiest lawyer in one hell of a filthy business.
In search of the truth, Jacob travels to a small northern Wisconsin fishing resort. There he meets Ben Anderson, a brutally lonely man, who knocks him off his feet. Ben prompts Jacob to reevaluate his life. He’s a dozen years older than Jacob, still recovering from the death of his long time love, and doesn’t want to leave anyone a widower. But a jaded New Yorker on a soul-searching mission might be just the man to convince the grieving Ben that it’s never too late to begin again.
Dev Bentham writes soulful m/m romance. Her characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know what they are missing, but whose lives are transformed by true love.
Find her at DevBentham.com
Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building new year do-overs.
Jan 18: Lillian Francis on deciding on when to come to an end.
Jan 18: Hunter Frost on a Top Ten new anthology.
Jan 19: Lily Harlem on hot fiction and cool drinks.
Jan 19: Liam Livings on how writing is like ski-ing.
Jan 20: JL Merrow on being a boot-aholic.
Jan 21: Paul Alan Fahey on growing up gay in the 1950/60s.
Jan 22: Mickie B Ashling on her new period novel set in Pakistan.
Jan 22: BJ Sheppard on his new cover services business.
Jan 23: Aimee Brissay on her publishing plans for 2016.
Jan 24: Sarah Madison on her age anorexia.
Jan 25: Deanna Wadsworth on the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of RWA.
Jan 25: Alex Jane on her story so far – and the UK Meet 2015
Jan 26: Caraway Carter on love and thanking his Mom
Jan 27: Lucy Felthouse on love in the Peak District.
Jan 27: Mercy Celeste on our friendship and embarrassing Clare 🙂
Jan 29: Charlie Cochrane on taking the kids to see Shakespeare.