Friday, June 26, 2015

Guitars and Cages Release Day: Author Notes, Thank Yous, and a special sneak peek

I can't believe its finally happening, but here it is! Release day! Guitars and Cages started out as a character introduction. One simple state of mine exercise to try and get a feel for the moods and mindset of an at that point unnamed character. I never imagined that it would grow the way that it did, or that Asher would emerge and want to tell me his story. I'm just glad now for the opportunity to share that story with all of you.

But before we get to that, I want to take a moment to thank everyone at Wayward Ink, for giving me the chance to live my dream of being a published author and cross one thing off my bucket list. Lily and her team have been amazing to work with and I can't wait to get moving on the next project. (Yes, there are more novels from me to come.) Another big thank you goes to Jay Aheer for the beautiful job she did on the cover, it turned out amazing.

This is just the start of a new and exciting journey. I'm proud to say that I've already met some amazing people along the way. Thank yous go out to everyone who blogged and shared the cover reveal and now the release day blitz, not only are you all awesome but inspiring too. learning to blog is helping me be less of a hermit crab and more a part of the community.

So now, without further ado. I give you......GUITARS AND CAGES

Asher Logan is a bartender and a pretty wicked guitar player, when he isn’t wrecking his hands fighting in a cage. With a past he keeps hoping to outrun, Asher’s been on a downward spiral for longer than he can remember. When his sister-in-law leaves Rory, his eight-year-old nephew, in his care, Asher is forced into two things he’s never been good at: sobriety and responsibility. As he struggles to care for Rory, his own life begins to unravel.

When Asher’s brother, Alex, turns up, presenting as a girl and announcing her new name is Alexia, it further complicates matters, as does the arrival of his new neighbor, Conner. Both, in their own way, compel Asher to look at his own closely-guarded views on sexuality.

When the siblings’ older brother, Cole, reacts violently to Alexia, Asher is placed squarely in the middle of a family conflict which compels him to confront who he pretends to be versus who he really is.

Asher must choose who to trust and who to finally walk away from.


Special Sneak Peek:
At the park Rory and I threw the ball around down by the pond for a while, until a goose decided to join in and took offense when I wouldn’t let him have the ball. Little shit took after me with wings beating, feathers littering the grass in his wake while Rory laughed his ass off. Good thing the kid didn’t have a camera or I’d have found myself going viral or something.

“You should give him the ball,” Rory called out as I ran past.

“No!” I yelled back.

“He prolly thinks you stole one of his eggs.”

“Well then he’s blind as well as annoying!” I hollered as I ran. Would this goddamned bird ever get tired?

“I don’t think he liked that,” Rory called out as the goose began honking loudly at me.

“Mommy, why is that goose chasing that man?” an additional voice chimed in. Great, now I had an audience.

“I don’t know, dear,” a bored voice responded as a second batch of honking drowned out the first. What the hell?

Okay, seriously; I glanced back over my shoulder and two of those little bastards were chasing me.

“I think you should give them the ball; it’s kinda falling apart anyway,” Rory called out as I passed him again.

At this point, I was beginning to agree with the kid, even if stubborn pride wouldn’t let me give in. That was, until I caught movement out of the corner of my eye and noticed another goose swimming our way.

“Okay, enough is enough!” I yelled. “You little bastards can have the goddamned ball, just leave me the fuck alone!”

With that I tossed it out into the pond and watched the geese chase after it, honking and flapping and waddling all the way.

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  1. Thrilled that you trusted us with your beautiful yet gritty, angsty and yet hopeful story - Asher, Alexia, Conner, and the rest of the G&C ensemble cast are unforgettable.