Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is THIANNA DURSTON. 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!
Happy January 🙂
Don’t you love this time of year? New beginnings. A new start. The crisp cold of winter and the hints of spring to come? I do. Maybe that’s why I love to give my characters new beginnings.
On Feb 26th, my new book Finding His Home will be released. Bastien is in definite need of a new start. He can’t come out at home as his family is anti-gay and he heads to Falcon Pointe, Washington to finally be himself. I have a particular fondness for all the men in my Men of Falcon Pointe series, but Bastien definitely brings out the protective side in me. Want a taste? Here’s a snippet from Finding His Home. Meet Bastien.
“Hey, Trent. Long time no see. Don’t suppose you have a room for rent?” Bastien grimaced as the words tripped across his tongue. “Elder! Hei! Hei! Just about to start school, and the dorms suck. Rumor says you’re gay and might have a room for let?” Groaning, he gripped the handle of his shoulder bag as he pulled the other two suitcases behind him.
Never in his life would he have considered moving to Falcon Pointe, Washington. He liked the sun and the heat. Growing up in Mesa, Arizona did that to a person. But when he found out one of the men he knew on his mission had come out as gay and lived happily in Washington State with several other gay men, Bastien changed his plans. All of them.
At home for a year, he attended a local community college to get in the required general education courses most universities required while working full time in construction. Applying to Falcon Pointe was a no-brainer. But he always planned on contacting Trent Farnsworth to find a good place to live. Doubt and worry plagued him so much, he hadn’t done it. Just how was he supposed to contact Trent and say, “Hey, I’m gay too”? Not only was that a phrase he still struggled to admit out loud, but he was afraid his mail would get intercepted and his family would find out. Dear God. That would be destructive. His two older brothers were violently antigay, and his parents made no secret about the fact they thought gays were the newest plague.
Reaching the hold area on campus, Bastien stored his suitcases in two lockers. He had a week before school started, so if things didn’t work out with Trent, he was sure he could find other accommodations. But living with someone who had gone through what Bastien was about to do was the preferable option. He admitted to himself he was a bit of a scaredy-cat for not outing himself when he first realized—at age fourteen—that he liked guys. But with his religion telling him he was bad because of it and so many members talking about severe ways to get the gay out, he felt it best to cover up his sexuality.
And he’d done that really well. Too well, apparently, given his high school girlfriend waited for him the entire two years he was in Finland serving their church, and expected them to pick up right where they left off. In fact, both of their families expected him to propose. The worst thing was he probably would have if he hadn’t found out about Trent. The guy who told him—his first mission companion—no doubt expected him to be as disgusted as he was. Instead Bastien felt hope for the first time since he was fourteen.
“And now I get to go find the man and hope he doesn’t walk away.” Since he got off the plane that morning, Bastien had tried to figure out what to say. Nothing sounded right. When he held the conversations in his head, the words always came out sounding cheesy. Plus he always figured Farnsworth thought he was odd. Well, every companion he’d had thought he was odd. “No talking yourself out of this,” he hissed to himself, pulling out his phone and doing a quick map check to find his route to 959 Brenton Street.
Being able to be who one is is so important. All my time growing up I had to hide who I was inside as it wasn’t ‘acceptable’ to those around me. It still isn’t ‘acceptable’ in some circles, but I’ve reached an age where I don’t frickin’ care what others think of me. *grins* I’m a happy, kinky, metaphysical girl who doesn’t take crap from anyone.
So tell me, with this month of new beginnings and new starts, what part of you are you putting out there?
About the book:
Sebastien Cather moves to Falcon Pointe with a dream to live life his way. Offered a room at 959 Brenton Street, he discovers how liberating it can feel to live among accepting people, especially in a household where they practice loving physical discipline. And he quickly gains a boyfriend in Avery, a fellow student. Unfortunately Avery isn’t his first choice. His roommate David is fascinating and good-looking, and Bastien would do anything to have him—but he doesn’t think the attraction is returned.
Tensions rise as his roommates’ wedding is threatened and his present and past lives clash. Outed by the national media, Bastien knows he will never be able to return home again. Just as he’s sure he can’t handle any more stress, David shows his interest. Bastien slowly makes his way forward, trying to find firm footing in the minefield that is his life. But when his landlord makes an announcement about the future of the house, it may change all of his dreams.
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About the author:
Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?
She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.
Follow all 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.
Jan 29: Dev Bentham on the role of secondary characters.
Jan 30: Thianna Durston on new beginnings.