Prism Book Alliance would like to thank GB Lindsey, Diana Copland, Libby Drew for taking the time to talk with us today. Don’t forget to check out our review of Secrets of Neverwood. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Title: Secrets of Neverwood
Author: GB Lindsey, Diana Copland, Libby Drew
Publisher: Carina Press
Excerpt from The Growing Season by Diana Copland:
Danny Redmond was so deeply asleep that when a door banged into the wall across the hall, he launched himself out of bed, blindly searching for a weapon. He took in the features of the shadowy room, and heard the remodeling team’s voices outside the door. Only then did he remember where he was. Weak in the knees, with a cold sweat covering his bare chest, he grabbed onto his dresser until he was steady. He forced himself to take a deep breath. He was home. He was safe. No one here would hurt him.
The noise began again, and righting himself, he pulled on the first clothing he could find. He had to get out. If he stayed long enough for the pounding to start in earnest, his perpetually jangled nerves would leave him with the shakes all day. He yanked on his high tops and took the stairs down two at a time.
“Sorry about the racket.” Will Cabot was apologetic when Danny entered the kitchen. He and Danny’s middle foster brother, Calvin Ware, were sitting shoulder to shoulder at the table, drinking coffee. “But now that the rain has stopped, we have to get sheet rock up so the painters can get in here.”
“Yeah, whatever.” Danny didn’t pause as he stalked through. He was tired, he wanted a smoke, and he wasn’t in the mood to be sociable.
“Do you want some breakfast?” Cal offered. “There’s cereal…”
“No.” He wasn’t even polite, and he didn’t slow on his way to the back door.
The voice stopped him, his hand on the knob. Even though they hadn’t known one another long, when Calvin said his name like that, he listened. He exhaled heavily and turned. “What?”
Cal’s hazel eyes were mild, his gaze steady. “You’ll want to put on your jacket.” It was a suggestion, not an order, which was the only reason Danny didn’t snarl at him. “It’s still cold out there.”
Danny made a show of rolling his eyes but reached for the jean jacket hanging on one of the pegs nearby. He shrugged into it gracelessly and looked at Cal, arms spread. “There, Mother. Better?” He pushed through the back door, allowing it to slam behind him, still distrustful of the thought someone might give a damn about him. The noise wasn’t nearly as satisfying as he’d hoped.
He wasn’t such a huge asshole that he couldn’t be happy for Calvin. He and Will had been high school sweethearts, only recently reunited. Will had shown up when Cal called for a contractor to help remodel the old house their foster mother had left them. A gargantuan tribute to Victorian excess, Neverwood had been in Audrey Rasmussen’s family since the foundation was laid in 1900. Now, it belonged to Danny, Calvin and the oldest of the three, Devon.
Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother–that upon her death, they would restore the house and preserve it as a home for troubled boys.
But going home is never easy.
Cal struggles to recover from past heartbreak, while Danny fears his mistakes are too big to overcome. Devon believes he may never break down the barriers that separate him from honest emotion.
On the path to brotherhood, they discover the old mansion holds more than dusty furniture and secret passageways. Audrey’s spirit still walks its halls, intent on guiding “her boys” toward true love, and an old mystery stirs up a new danger–one that could cost the men far more than just the house.
Secrets of Neverwood includes:
One Door Closes by G.B. Lindsey
The Growing Season by Diana Copland
The Lost Year by Libby Drew
About the Authors:
G. B. Lindsey was born and raised in California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. Her first love has always been writing: as a child, she cultivated such diverse goals as becoming “a cowgirl and a writer” or “a paleontologist and a writer.” Aside from her salacious and ongoing affair with the horror genre, she loves to write sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, and short stories. Other hobbies include playing the piano, reading voraciously, the occasional period drama movie night, and devouring scary film after scary film. She recently moved back home from Newcastle upon Tyne, where she earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and now lives in Sacramento.
Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who after gifting her with a “Best New Author” Award encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction. Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995. She lives in eastern Washington with four obnoxious cats and her ninety year old Dad, near her two wonderful adult children.
Libby Drew glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school’s fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.
Today she lives with her husband and four children in an old, impractical house and writes stories about redemption, the supernatural, and love at first sight, all of which do exist. She happens to know from experience.
Libby’s STATE OF MIND received rave reviews for being fast, clever, and relentless and was nominated for a Bookie Award for Best M/M Novel of 2011. 40 SOULS TO KEEP, Libby’s third novel, has been described as intense and heart-poundingly good and was praised by Publishers Weekly for maintaining a high level of suspense.
An avid supporter of gay rights, Libby donates her time to the Trevor Project and organizations that work to support marriage equality.
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