Brick By Brick by Cate Ashwood and L.J. LaBarthe

BrickByBrickORIG-final-01Author Name: Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe

Book Name: Brick by Brick

Release Date: June 29, 2015

Blurb:

They say that time heals all wounds, but losing Parley, his one true love, left Zach with a hole in his heart that no one else can fill. After forty-eight blissful hours alone together as teens in an abandoned house, Parley disappeared. Parley is what he is, and the pray-away-the-gay camp his parents ship him to won’t change that. However, finding the balance between accepting his true nature and not losing his family means tough sacrifices.

Sixteen years later, Zach is thunderstruck when Parley stands on the front doorstep of his house—the house that had been their refuge, which Zach restored. But Parley isn’t alone, and Zach wonders if he’s found Parley only to lose him a second time. If they can overcome the terrors of the past and the situation of the present, maybe they can build a new relationship just as Zach rebuilt the house—brick by brick.

 

Pages or Words: 62,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay fiction, M/M Romance

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ZACH FELT as if he was floating. He’d been planning this escape for weeks, but now that it was actually happening, it didn’t seem real. He chanced a quick look at Parley as they merged onto the highway. What could possibly be better than running away with his best friend?

He’d had his doubts that Parley would actually come with him. After being turned down the first time, Zach had prepared himself for disappointment, but now they were leaving together and Zach couldn’t have been happier.

“Where should we go?” Zach asked. He had some vague ideas in mind, but he wanted his friend’s input more than anything.

“I don’t know. Somewhere we can’t be found?” Zach was right on board with that.

“That’s a good idea. We’ll go for a bit on this highway, then we’ll exit and take some back roads, maybe head toward the interior.”

Parley dropped his head back against the seat. “Perfect.” After a time, he said, “I still can’t believe we’re doing this.”

“I still can’t believe you came with me,” Zach countered.

“I can’t either. I must be insane.”

“Or brilliant. It’s usually a fine line,” Zach teased.

“My parents are going to have an absolute meltdown once they’ve found out what I’ve done. They’re going to be so upset.”

Parley’s voice was quiet, barely above a whisper. Zach had seen him like this once before when he’d thought he’d lost his weird CTR ring with the spinner chain in the band.

“It’ll all be okay.” Zach tried to soothe him, to bring him back to the present, and rested a gentle hand on Parley’s knee. “Everyone flies from the nest sooner or later. We just did it in an unconventional way. I really do think this is what’s best, though, for both of us.”

Zach’s reassurance seemed to work. Parley blinked slowly a few times and then a somewhat disheartened smile crept onto his face. “I know, but my family is just… different.”

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About L.J. LaBarthe:

L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.

 

L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won a Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel.

L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.

Where to find L.J LaBarthe:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lj.labarthe.9

Twitter: @brbsiberia

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dreadpiratestar/

Other: http://misslj_author.livejournal.com/

Other: http://www.ljlabarthe.com/

Other: https://instagram.com/ljstar239/

Other: http://dreadpiratestarkiller.tumblr.com/

 

About Cate Ashwood: 

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, her little boy, and their two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

Where to find Cate Ashwood:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cate.ashwood

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Ashwood-Author/288329491267435?fref=ts

Twitter: @cateashwood

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cateashwood/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/cateashwood/

 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer


Tour Dates & Stops:

Parker Williams, Dawn’s Reading Nook, BFD Book Blog, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Divine Magazine, Andrew Q. Gordon, Bayou Book Junkie, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Bike Book Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, My Fiction Nook, Kimi-Chan, The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Havan Fellows, Prism Book Alliance, MM Good Book Reviews, Chris McHart, Inked Rainbow Reads, Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My, Full Moon Dreaming, Mikky’s World of Books, Charley Descoteaux, Molly Lolly, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Iyana Jenna, 3 Chicks After Dark, Happily Ever Chapter, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy

 

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Tourstop, Interview, Giveaway: The Storm Before The Calm by Cate Ashwood 

StormBeforeTheCalm[The]FSAuthor Name: Cate Ashwood

Book Name: The Storm Before The Calm

Release Date: June 5, 2015

Blurb:

Charlie has one passion in life: dancing. It’s his salvation when it feels like the world is swallowing him whole. When his mom secretly secures him a spot in the summer intensive at the Free Rein Dance Company in New York, he is thrilled. He knows that once the summer ends, he’ll have to return to Beacon to get a job and help support his family, but for those two months, he can spread his wings.

In New York he meets Max, a junior instructor who is everything Charlie wishes he could be. Bold and self-assured, Max radiates pride in who he is. As they spend time together, Max shows Charlie what life can be like past the walls of his closed-minded home town. But Charlie doesn’t know if he’s ready to show the world who he truly is when standing in the spotlight is the last thing he wants. 

Pages or Words: 62,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Gay fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt:

My fingers tugged at the edge of the cardboard cozy wrapped around the cup as I waited for him to speak. The silence between us felt heavy, and the awkwardness settled in around me as he stared at me, his mouth quirked in a playful expression.

“What?” I asked finally.

“Nothing,” he replied, smiling. “So I guess we should get started.”

“Sure.”

“I think maybe just one, two songs at most. The festival isn’t until the end of the summer, so we have lots of time.”

“What festival is it again?” I asked.

“OutShine,” he responded.

“What kind of festival is that?” I asked.

“It’s a big arts festival that takes place throughout the city, mostly in parks. There are exhibits and performances, and a huge celebration at the end. It was started a few years ago to raise awareness and money for gay rights.”

“Oh. Are you… I mean….”

“Gay?” Max supplied.

“Yeah.”

“Yes. Are you?”

“I… no, uh I…,” I stuttered. I was stunned by how nonchalant and completely unapologetic he’d been about his sexuality, as though admitting to me he was gay was the most ordinary thing in the whole world. A part of me wished I could do that. I could nod and say the words like it was as natural as telling him I was blond or I liked chocolate ice cream.

“It’s okay, Charlie. No big deal. You don’t have to be gay to participate. Originally, all the artists were gay, but it has grown and evolved now to include everyone, which is how it should be,” Max said, shooting me an understanding look.

I should have corrected him. I should have told him, but I’d never said the words out loud. Hell, it was hard enough for me to form that three-word sentence in my head. Even as I sat there, my brain rebelled, doing its own version of sticking its fingers in its ears and humming. So instead of being honest with him about who I was, I let him assume I was something else.

 

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Today I’m also very lucky to be interviewing Cate Ashwood author of The Storm Before the Calm

Hi Cate, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

1) Why do you write?

Because I love it. It’s really as simple as that. When I’m not under tight deadlines, I find it incredibly relaxing.

2) Which of your books was the most difficult to write?

Resurrecting Elliot. It’s the sequel to Keeping Sweets, and I was so concerned about it living up to people’s expectations for Colt’s story, that I found it too difficult to write for a long time. That’s why there’s such a huge gap between the first and second book.

3) Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Charlie is very close to my heart because there’s so much of teenage-me in him. He’s a dancer. He’s from a small town. He’s a little bit insecure, but he learns to love himself (with a little help from Max). His experiences are not my experiences, but I tried to remember what it was like to be lost and unsure of who I was when I was his age.

4) How much research do you do for your books?

As much as I need to. It depends on who the characters are and where the book is set. The series I’m writing now is set in Vancouver, which is close to where I live, so very little is needed for locations, but one of the main characters is a forensic pathologist, which is something I have limited experience with, so I’ve been watching documentaries, reading books, and learning all I can about it. Thirty Things took the main characters all over the US. I’d been to a few of the places, but not many, so I researched that one like crazy. The Storm Before the Calm required very little research for me because I used to be a dancer, and I’ve been to New York many times.

5) Who designs your covers?

The Art Department at Dreamspinner Press takes care of all my covers. They have so many talented artists. Anna Sikorska created the cover for The Storm Before the Calm, and I am so in love with it. Seriously. I think when I got it in my email, I just stared at it for hours. She is so talented.

 

Thank you, Cate!

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About the author:

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, her brand new little boy, and her two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

 

Where to find the author:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cate.ashwood

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Ashwood-Author/288329491267435?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cateashwood

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cateashwood/

Other: http://www.cateashwood.com

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25487470-the-storm-before-the-calm

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska


Tour Dates & Stops:

5-Jun

Rainbow Gold Reviews

Because Two Men Are Better Than One

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

 

8-Jun

Chris McHart

Hearts on Fire

Boys on the Brink Reviews

 

9-Jun

Cathy Brockman Romances

Divine Magazine

 

10-Jun

3 Chicks After Dark

Bike Book Reviews

 

11-Jun

The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

 

12-Jun

Amanda C. Stone

Love Bytes

 

15-Jun

Molly Lolly

BFD Book Blog

 

16-Jun

MM Good Book Reviews

Bayou Book Junkie

 

17-Jun

Prism Book Alliance

My Fiction Nook

 

18-Jun

Inked Rainbow Reads

The Hat Party

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