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Title: The Truth As He Knows It
Author: AM Arthur
Release Date: 02/10/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Prism recently reviewed The Truth As He Knows It. You can find the review here.
Perspectives, Book 1
Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.
When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.
Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.
The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.
Hey, y’all! I’m excited to be here at Prism Book Alliance for the start of my tour for THE TRUTH AS HE KNOWS IT. As you may or may not know, TRUTH is the first book in a new series with Samhain, but you’re going to see a few old familiar faces pop up alongside the new. That’s because this series, “Perspectives,” is a spin-off from my “Cost of Repairs” series.
And it is very much a spin-off in the traditional ways. TRUTH is partially set in the fictional small town of Stratton, Pennsylvania, so we’ll see a lot of familiar locations and side characters. However, the rest of the series will be set mostly in and around Harrisburg, so Perspectives is a little less small-town and a little more small-city in terms of location.
The characters themselves stand well apart from the CoR couples. While you met both Noel (ACTS OF FAITH) and Shane (my short story “Party Favors”) in previous works, they meet for the first time in TRUTH. And while the setup may sound familiar (dark-haired guy down on his luck meets stubborn hot cop), their story is nothing like the journey that Samuel and Rey took.
Noel and Shane are younger, only twenty-three, and still finding their footing in the world. Most of the heroes in Perspectives will be in the mid-twenties range. I didn’t set out to write this as a specifically New Adult series, but there familiar undertones here. The series title, Perspectives, is also an overarching theme within the books. THE TRUTH AS HE KNOWS IT references the dark parts of Shane’s past, the secrets he’s keeping, and the things that he’s decided are what’s true. Noel challenges those secrets, and everything Shane has tried to keep hidden starts to break free.
Similarly book two, THE WORLD AS HE SEES IT, features Tristan, Noel’s best friend. Because of a physical handicap, Tristan sees the world and gathers information in a much different way than the people in his life. He lives each day in a distinct, patterned way, and I think I gave him a hero with enough patience, understanding, and love to help Tristan find the happy ending he deserves.
I do have an idea of the unique perspective in book three, but I’m not ready to share that yet. Not until I know for certain that’s where I’m going.
So I hope I’ve enticed you into giving “Perspectives” a chance. Noel and Shane can’t wait for you to meet them and their circle of friends.
Do you have any favorite spin-off series? Whether books or TV shows?
“I want to see you again,” Shane said.
Noel grinned, flashing those dimples. “I’d like that too. My work schedule is pretty weird, though. I’m first shift, which is eleven at night to seven in the morning, five days, starting tomorrow.”
Shane worked that one around. It gave them daytime hours, and evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. He worked at the deli tomorrow, and Saturday was off the table. Probably Sunday too, for good measure. “When do you sleep?”
“Usually when I first get home, from about eight to two or three. Sometimes longer, depending on the night.”
“So you’re usually free dinnertime until like ten?”
“Pretty much.” Noel cracked an unexpected yawn. “Sorry, my schedule is a little off after spending the day with Tristan. I try to keep similar sleep times on my days off so I don’t get too screwed up.”
Shane stood, surprised. “How long have you been awake?”
“About thirty hours.”
“Shit, why didn’t you tell me that?”
“Because I wanted to do this tonight. I’ve been thinking about you all week, and I’m glad I saw you at Mineo’s today. Really glad.”
“Me too.” Shane draped his arms around Noel’s waist. “And since this has been a fantastic night, I’m going to go before you pass out from exhaustion.”
“Do you want to get together tomorrow?”
He considered it for about two seconds. “My weekend’s pretty booked with work and stuff. Monday? We could maybe go out for real this time?”
“Sounds good. I’ll call you when I get up Monday and we can hammer out the details.”
Shane collected his clothes and dressed, taking his time because Noel was watching. The opposite of a striptease, and Shane kind of loved the novelty of it. He meant his good-night kiss to be soft, quick, but Noel held him tight and devoured his mouth until Shane was breathless and half-hard. God, he could kiss Noel for hours and not get tired of it. But he saw the fatigue in Noel’s eyes, and it was time to leave.
“See you soon,” Shane said. “And thanks for dinner.”
“You’re welcome, cowboy.”
Shane strolled back to his car with a bounce in his step, positive he’d never be able to hear the word “cowboy” again without thinking of Noel Carlson.
About the Author:
A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), as well as on Twitter (http://twitter.com/am_arthur), Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur), and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.
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