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Title: The Bones of You
Author: Laura Stone
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Prism recently reviewed The Bones of You. You can find the review here.
Oliver Andrews was wholly focused on the final stages of his education at Cambridge University when a well-meaning friend up-ended his world with a simple email attachment: a clip from a U.S. morning show.
The moment he watches the video of his one-time love Seth Larsen, now a Broadway star, Oliver must begin making a series of choices that could lead him back to love—or break his heart.
The Bones of You is full of laughter and tears, with a collection of irritated Hungarians, flirtatious Irishwomen, and actors abusing Shakespeare that color Oliver and Seth’s attempts at reconciliation.
Oh, how I love Broadway! I grew up training as a stage and film actress, and like all little girls step-ball-changing with the chorus of Oklahoma, I dreamed of getting to the Great White Way. Instead of being on a Broadway stage, however, I now have the pleasure of getting to make a trip or two a year to see a few shows.
Without question, the greatest experience of my life was the first time I saw Book Of Mormon: The Musical. I grew up devoutly Mormon (I no longer am) and my family goes back to the pioneer days. To say that seeing this musical was both a homecoming and a reawakening doesn’t do it justice. First, you should know that it’s hilarious. It’s the kind of funny where you don’t want to laugh because you’ll miss something. (But you can’t help but laugh.)
Second, it’s incredibly poignant when it wants to be. To this day, one particular song (“I Believe”) brings me to tears because that song gets it. It laid out for me what it was to have grown up as a fundamentalist but getting lost along the way. And it does so with sharp, insightful humor, which all great moments in life should have. That musical helped me understand my own tricky feelings with religion in a way that nothing before ever had–that’s the beauty of fantastic theater.
I was lucky enough to meet all of the original cast. I stood at the stage door with my original Book of Mormon, notes underlined and pages dog eared, and brought a gold-colored Sharpie for the cast to sign it. Almost every single one of them stopped in their tracks, looked at me, and asked, “Are you sure?” A few of the cast members were former Mormons, too, so we had a great conversation, unaware of the chilly temps and the other folks standing against the moveable gate with their Playbills in hand. When you find someone who gets such a fundamental part of yourself, you have to take the moment, right?
I’ve since seen it three times, and each time is just as exciting, just as moving as the first time was. (And I still choke up every time I hear “I Believe.”)
I especially love the plays of Broadway–musicals always get the attention, but they can’t help being loud, fabulous spectacles. Currently, there’s a play starring Hugh Jackman that has pretty much every concept I love: a handsome man and beautiful woman isolated in a cabin, exploring what love means, unable to help remembering past lovers. Hey, they had me at Hugh Jackman, but the rest of it sounds pretty fabulous, too.
I still have yet to see The Lion King, which I hear is a fantastic theater experience, and currently Carol Burnett is performing Love Letters. Carol Burnett is a personal hero of mine (I would probably burst into tears and shake myself to pieces if I ever was in the same room with her), so I can’t imagine that being anything but a momentous theater trip. Glenn Close is performing an Edward Albee play, A Delicate Balance, and seeing her–one of our greatest actresses–live on stage would be a dream come true. And last, I grew up listening to Motown, Staxx Records, and all the great precursors to funk and R&B, and still listen to that genre more than any other. Motown: The Musical would be amazing. But I’d need a date that understood and appreciated good music. And we’d need to go dancing afterwards. Any volunteers?
“Do you have any idea how badly I want to kiss you right now?” Seth murmured.
Oliver’s heart gave an enormous, pained thump and with a choked cry, he leaned forward the mere inches between them, pressing their lips together. He felt Seth’s hand slide from his cheek to be buried in his hair, could feel Seth’s strong, lean chest pressed against his. Oliver held their bodies together tightly even as his mouth was still gentle on Seth’s, sliding softly over Seth’s lips, amazed that this was even happening.
Seth pulled back and pressed their foreheads together, his hand massaging Oliver’s scalp. “God, I’ve missed you so much, Oliver—”
“I know,” Oliver exhaled before kissing Seth again, all thoughts of being wary gone. He opened his mouth, moaning softly when Seth followed suit, splaying his hands across Seth’s back when their tongues touched, memories of all of the kisses they’d shared in the past coming back and speeding up their reconnection.
About the Author:
A life-long fan girl, Laura Stone takes a leave of absence from the glamorous life of motherhood while the kids were in school, devoting her days to writing full-time. In the past she’s worn the hat of actress, Master Gardener, and computer geek, but now sticks mostly to a Texas Ranger’s ball cap as she raises her children. They’re not fully raised, but then again, she would say that she isn’t either.
She began telling stories to her parents at the age of four. She was so successful in catching her parent’s attention that her father actually dislocated his back, trying not to sit on her imaginary cat, Doka.
She lives in Texas as proof that it’s not totally populated by hard-line right-wingers—and because that’s where the good tamales are from.
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.
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