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Title: When the Planets Align
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Prism recently reviewed When the Planets Align. You can find the review here.
Best friends Michael Reeves and Simon Newell always lived within ten minutes of each other, but somehow they’re never in the same place at the same time.
Brash, outgoing Michael’s unwavering confidence that he and Simon are meant to be carries him through some hard times. When Simon moves to New York, Michael dutifully follows. Quiet, practical Simon loves Michael as a dear friend, but he’s not ready for anything romantic.
Several years and several failed relationships later, Simon realizes he’s been in love with Michael all along. Only now Michael has moved on. Though Simon offers everything Michael’s ever dreamed of, the timing is all wrong. Confusion, betrayal, and secrets from the past threaten their friendship until it might be time for them to go their separate ways. Or maybe the planets will finally align, and Michael and Simon will find themselves in the right place at the right time to take the next step.
Since this PBA post is both the last stop on my blog tour for When the Planets Aligned and close to the end of 2014, I had lofty plans for filling this space with a nostalgia-tinged post about this year in review. I did a lot in 2014, after all; I served as president of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT special-interest chapter of Romance Writers of America, I traveled to a bunch of conferences, I wrote a few of the books that will be published next year and beyond. Professionally, the year is ending on a high note with the publication of my tenth novel.
But personally, the last couple of months or 2015 kind of, well, sucked out loud. The short version is that there was work stress and family stress and an uncle who succumbed to cancer. I’ve been thinking a lot about how books can help with hard times, and how everything from comedy to drama to the books that make you ugly cry can get you through times like these.
I don’t know how it is for other writers, but for me, writing is mostly an escape, and I prefer to write about things that are pretty far removed from my own life. I like getting into someone else’s head for a while. But sometimes the things going on in my own life seep into my writing, too. Some examples are more obvious; the central premise of Save the Date is based on something that really happened to me. But some examples are more subtle. There’s a fight scene in Four Corners that is based a little on something I wanted to say to a friend.
When the Planets Align is one of those books whose origins are more abstract—the original idea came form another novel I read—but some of the emotions I tried to convey are based on things I experienced. I’ve been living in New York City long enough now, for example, that I have a layered memory of the city. Much like the scene in the book when Simon takes a walk through the Village and can see these scenes of his past, so can I: the scenes of first meetings and breakups and crazy nights, the frozen yogurt places that used to be dive bars, and so on.
I’m working on a book now that’s a little bit about grieving, but also about hope and happy endings. That long-awaited happy ending is so rewarding. Some of that went into When the Planets Align as well; it’s a story about two men who put each other through everything before they finally arrive at the place where they’re ready to have a relationship.
Not that this year was all bad. There were definitely highlights: travel, success, fun. I got to meet a number of the PBA reviewers at various conventions. My work for Rainbow Romance Writers was rewarding and I’m happy with the acceptance LGBT romance continues to gain. And I’ve got a lot of big plans for 2015, both on the professional and personal front, and I’m really looking forward to it.
I hope you all are enjoying a little time off and a good book during this holiday season. Whether you had a great year or a terrible year, I hope 2015 turns out awesome for you.
About the Author:
Kate McMurray is an award-winning romance author and fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She is active in RWA and has served as president of Rainbow Romance Writers and on the board of RWANYC. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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