Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Nikki Woolfolk for taking the time to talk with us today. There is also a Giveaway, so stay tuned for that!
Title: The Men of Summerly (Sweet & Steamy, #2)
Author: Nikki Woolfolk
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Dan Arias & Mario Petrucci Espinoza
A Fairy Tale for Us:
Let’s face it, life is hard. Even when it’s going swimmingly for ourselves those around us are struggling and more times than not we just need a break from the chaos. For me, I find solace in meditation and diving into stories. I want to laugh and go on an adventure with characters that become like friends as I finish the last page of their tale.
Years ago I searched for fun stories that had characters like me- queer. There were a few fun yarns, but much queer fiction, back in my day, read like an afterschool special. For me I find that I can handle challenges when I’ve got humor.
I admit that when I decided to write THE MEN OF SUMMERLY I did it for selfish reasons. I wanted to read a gay story that made me smile and swoon at the romance of two gentlemen pairing up. I wanted to write a fairy tale for the LGBT community. Welp, I forgot that I’m me and instead of swooning I ended up making myself snort, gasp and giggle at my characters antics.
We all know the tale of Cinderella, but what happens when Cinderella becomes a Cinderfella and the scenery is an Appalachian town, Stubborn, surrounded by Steampunk technology and living? You get THE MEN OF SUMMERLY.
Glassmaker Ashland Gottschalk is granted an invite at the annual Midsummer Night’s Dream themed ball at the Summerly mansion, but must keep his identity secret for fear of retaliation from his evil manager. Despite the fates bringing Simon, the British “prince” and Ashland together in one enchanted evening time separates them. Read an excerpt of their first kiss:
“Come on,” the young man said, interlacing his fingers with his own. “Let’s see what other troubles we can get into.”
The sounds of the quartet drifted from the open windows in the ballroom.
“May I have this dance?” Simon asked.
The gray eyed man put his donkey head down, and bowed. He allowed Simon to lead the first couple of dances before taking over. They drifted, circled and swayed to the several songs played, allowing themselves to be surrounded by the strings as they danced under the white flower canopy of Black Cherry trees.
The music ended and they stood in each other’s arms gazing at one another.
Perhaps it was the crown of white flowers and glittering luminaries. Maybe it was the heady scent of the night blooming Nicotiana that made Simon’s mind quiet down and yet become so focused on this man.
Permission flashed behind gray eyes. Simon leaned his head down slightly and placed his lips upon the young man’s. Their lips were still pressed together when Simon heard the clock chime.
“I hear bells,” The young man whispered against his lips.
“It’s Midnight,” Simon whispered back.
The young man pulled away. “No. It can’t be. I- I have to go.”
The tendrils of magic that connected them severed. The young man searched frantically for his donkey head.
The clock chimed two.
“Do you really have to leave so soon?”
The man picked up the disguise and looked at him. Simon could see the struggle behind his gray eyes of wanting to stay, but something was pulling him away.
“Will I see you again? I don’t even know your real name.”
“I am sorry. I have to go,” Bottom said then turned and ran for the house. He looked once over his shoulder at Simon.
Simon took a step towards him and reached out his hand.
The young man shook his head and then, ran away.
It was a little daunting recreating this tale, but what motivated me the most is wondering how I could give the reader something special. My hope is that when you read it you’ll fall in love with Simon and Ash just as they are falling for one another.
The Men of Summerly
Tradition is as quaint tradition does.
So thinks British trade envoy Simon Leatherby as he settles into his temporary home in the mountains of Stubborn, West Virginia, to negotiate an equitable export trade agreement. As the guest of honor at the annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Costume Ball, Simon is charmed by the beauty of this rugged country and matchmaking townsfolk, but only business is on his mind.
Ashland “Ash” Gottschalk, a sweet tempered glassblower, is caught up in a horrible set of circumstances, no thanks to an evil manager and his two wicked assistants heaping abuse on all the downtrodden workers of the Pantoufle Glass Factory. With a clever plan, borrowed items, and a touch of magic, Ash’s friends transform the kind cinderfella into a proper gentleman for one stolen evening at the ball.
A chance meeting at the celebration turns into a magical evening to remember as Ash and Simon meet their match. When the clock strikes midnight and the mysterious Ash disappears as suddenly as he appeared, Simon moves heaven and earth to seek out the keeper of the glass trinket left behind on that starry night.
Will Simon find his ‘prince’ before time runs out or will the evil management’s last cruel trick destroy his happy ending with Ash?
About the Author:
Nikki Woolfolk grew up with her southern father’s good cooking and tall-tales and her mother’s science fiction loving influence early Silicon Valley. In 2013, a friend challenged her to mix her two loves, science and writing, to create a romance novella. Considering herself more nerd than a romantic, Nikki wrote her version of a romance in which she gets to “have a parkour chase scene, blow sh*t up, and make sure the good guy and gal get the girl” with food on the side when the adventures work up an appetite.
Nikki lives in New England with her son and her partner and is working on the next book with more original recipes for the Steampunk Romance Sweet & Steamy series. For more details go to her blog: thedrunkenmousse.wordpress.com or find her on Twitter!
Nikki Woolfolk has kindly offered A backlist copy of THE WINTER TRIANGLE for 1 lucky commenter
Contest will end 7 days from original posting date (or as stated on the Rafflecopter) at 8pm CDT. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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