Will Freshwater on Favorite Son and Semper Fi ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: Favorite Son
Author: Will Freshwater
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: TL Bland
Publication Date:06/23/2014
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he’s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John’s perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as “Peter” and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him.

Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he’d left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness.

Semper Fi:

If my years of Catholic education taught me anything, it’s that English sounds better in Latin. Even tired idioms and overused clichés take on a certain, shall we say, gravitas, when spoken in that ancient tongue. It’s called a “dead language” because there aren’t many people who can understand or speak it.  Still, there are certain phrases that have been ingrained into the mainstream lexicon.  Every red-blooded American over the age of ten knows the proud motto of the US Marine Corps: Semper fidelis — or more colloquially: Semper fi.

Always faithful.

See what I mean?  The English translation is less melodic and instantly invokes the latent cynicism I secretly harbor against any and all absolutes.  Always?  Really?

I started writing my novel, Favorite Son, following a particularly painful breakup. Even though we’d been together for more than thirteen years, a handful of traumatic events at the very end of the relationship eclipsed memories of better days. Always the romantic idealist, I suddenly found myself alone, wondering how I could have been foolish enough to believe in promises like “always faithful” and “until death do us part.” After a couple awkward dates with guys who weren’t quite who they were pretending to be, I decided to tell a story, my story, so that others could learn from my mistakes. The result of my failed love life was a short, but moving, novel that often feels more like a cautionary tale than fiction. Venting all my feelings onto paper was supposed to be cathartic, but rather than processing and letting go, I started trying to figure out how much hurt, betrayal, and loss a single person could possibly bear.

Hitting rock bottom is only painful if you have something to lose. To make sure my protagonist would truly suffer, I had to elevate him to the loftiest of heights. John Wells is a hero straight out of an ancient fable; young, handsome, and successful, he has but one fatal flaw: hubris (excessive pride). You may have caught how I casually switched from Latin to Greek, but I think it still works.

Riding high on a wave of success, John is blindsided by a series of lies and betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, the perfect life he’s worked so hard to create unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Broken and seemingly defeated, he jumps onto a ferry and runs off to Provincetown to sulk and lick his wounds.

Like John, I know what it feels like to be lost and alone. Luckily, I recovered from my heartbreak and ended up falling in love with a guy who made me believe in happy endings again. Always faithful?  Definitely.  For me, fidelity and trust are the bedrock of any good relationship.  Still, I’d have to confess how I sometimes let toxic people and petty issues distract me from what’s really important in my life. While I’m still not a big believer in absolutes, I’ve come to understand that making the effort — striving for the ideal — makes me a better husband, son, brother, and friend.

Having transferred my burdens onto the broad shoulders of my protagonist, I thought it only fair to give him an equal share of my grit and fortitude. It would have been easier (and more believable) for John to stay in his comfortable world and simply recycle his failed relationships.  Instead, he sets off to make a new life in Provincetown, spending his days doing something that actually matters.  In time, he learns the true meaning of trust and commitment from the eccentric cast of characters that adopt him into their community.

Does he end up finding true love and happiness?  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

About the Author:

Will-FreshwaterWill Freshwater was born and raised in a small steel town outside Pittsburgh. He graduated, cum laude, from Boston College and was awarded a Juris Doctorate from the
University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Will has lived and worked in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Tampa. Although he has spent the better part of the
last twenty years working as a successful corporate attorney, Will can happily confirm that his true vocation is writing. He currently resides in Morristown, New Jersey with his
husband, Stephen, and their golden retriever, Rory. Favorite Son is Will’s debut novel, and he is hard at work on his second novel.

Author Links:

Email: willfreshwater@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/will.freshwater.9?fref=ts
Twitter: @WillFreshwater https://twitter.com/WillFreshwater

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble


Will Freshwater has kindly offered eBook of Favorite Son for 1 lucky commenter

Locally held contests will end 7 days from original posting date at 8pm CST. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.


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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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14 thoughts on “Will Freshwater on Favorite Son and Semper Fi ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the post! I am glad you found you happy ending and agree about the importance of fidelity and trust. Favorite Son sounds like a great story.

  2. Glad to hear you found happiness. Every one should have it, but not everyone finds it. Congratulations on your new release. 🙂

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