Today I’m hosting Brynn Stein on her Waiting for Patrick Blog Tour! I hope you all enjoy her post and take a look at her newest book.
Welcome to my blog tour for Waiting for Patrick. I’m offering giveaways of one signed copy, one electronic copy, and a choice of one title from my backlist. Comment below and at any of my other blog stops (posted below) to be entered to win. One comment, one entry. Dreamspinner is offering my other paranormal titles (Haunted, Lifeline, and What No One Else Can Hear ) for $0.99 during “Weekend Reads” on September 2, 3, and 4, in honor of Waiting for Patrick being my ninth published book. Waiting for Patrick will be available at a discounted price throughout the tour (September 1 through 15). Winners of the raffle will be announced on September 16th.
Local People in Books
I’ve found that, when reading books, I like to immerse myself in the local culture by drinking in the author’s description, not only of the physical locale, but of the people who live in it as well. I try to do that in my books, describe the environment, but also pull in some locals as characters. Sometimes the local folk stay in the background. Sometimes they don’t.
In Waiting for Patrick, three locals came out of the background and had pivotal roles in the story. Sheri, Elliot’s long time friend, is one of these. At one point, Elliot describes her as his “greatest ally”. Elliot doesn’t make friends easily or lightly. He tends to be more of a lone wolf. So the fact that Elliot and Sheri have been friends “all their adult lives” speaks volumes. Of course, that’s not the only way Sheri stands out. She has a loud, vibrate, personality that would be hard pressed to be ignored. She loves going clubbing, and manages to drag Elliot along a couple of time throughout the story. Even though Elliot tries to convince her that they are both getting a little old for clubbing (late 30s for Sheri and early 40s for Elliot), Sheri assures him that she plans to “be taken directly from the nightclub to the funeral home in clubbing clothes at the ripe old age of 102.”
Sheri tends to have many hookups over the years before the story starts, but is exclusively dating Malcolm throughout the story. Malcolm is as quiet as Sheri is loud. As massive as she is petit. Malcolm is instrumental in moving the story along since he is very fond of research and offers to do some when Elliot mentions even thinking there might be a ghost in the plantation house he just bought.
Daniel is the wild card. He wasn’t even supposed to be a major character (I address this in another blog post), but he insisted that there would be no story without him. Daniel is in his twenties, but takes an immediate interest in Elliot the first time he sees him. What was supposed to be just a sexual relationship, blossoms into friendship over the length of the story and Daniel does, indeed, prove to be an integral part of the narrative.
Along with the characters, Elliot (and therefore the readers) gets a taste of South Carolina night life, and enjoys the rich culture and history he finds there.
Commenters: How much of the local scene and how many locals do you include in your book, or are included in stories you favor reading. How much is too much for you? (Especially readers). Comment for a chance to win one of three prizes.
Architect Elliot Graham has bought and restored dozens of historic homes to their original splendor. As in his personal life, he loves them and leaves them, selling them off without looking back. But there’s something about the old plantation house he finds in South Carolina—a connection he can’t explain. He feels as though he recognizes the house, as if within its crumbling walls he might find something he doesn’t even realize he’s lost.
Ben Myers had promised his lover and soul mate, Patrick, that he would wait for his return. Ben has kept his word ever since Patrick left him to wait at the plantation house—during the Civil War. For the first time in many long years, Ben is no longer alone, and he reaches out to Elliot in dreams. Elliot tries to convince Ben that Patrick isn’t coming back, but Ben’s devotion is about to change not only his lonely existence, but Elliot’s life as well.
About the Author
Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other.
Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who support her writing and sometimes act as proof readers. Both of her daughters are also aspiring writers and hopefully it’ll just be a matter of time before they have their own author’s biography.
Brynn was a teacher by profession for thirty years. She worked in special education with children with emotional disabilities. She has recently changed careers and is now working as a mental health counselor to this same population and their families. When she is not working or writing, she loves to draw and paint. She also gets outside as often as she can, reads anything that doesn’t move out of the way, and is always looking for her next story.
Other Blog Stops
After you read Brynn Stein’s Waiting for Patrick, check out these paranormal romances from Ki Brightly.
As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive. The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.
When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and Owen realizes he might just be the real thing. Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is reacclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.
Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen.
When he meets Andrew Landry, a high school English teacher, Xavier thinks he has found everything he has ever wanted, maybe even someone he can trust with his scars—the ones on his mind and body. Andrew’s quick wit and outgoing personality reel Xavier in slowly but surely. But he isn’t certain which way Andrew swings, and doesn’t dare to do more than hope the friendly man is actually flirting.
Then, on what Xavier idly wishes were their first date, disaster strikes in the form of Duncan McNeil, a fellow Wiccan and Andrew’s fiancé. Xavier’s hope is smashed to pieces, but Duncan and Andrew may have a different point of view. All they need is a little magic, some hope, and a lot of love to put everything back together.