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Title: A Clean Break (Gay Amish Romance #2)
Author: Kiera Andrews
Publisher: Self Published
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance
Prism recently reviewed A Clean Break (Gay Amish Romance #2). You can find the review here.
They’ve escaped to the outside world—but can they really be free?
David and Isaac have found happiness in each other’s arms. In faraway San Francisco, Isaac’s brother Aaron helps them explore confusing “English” life and move beyond the looming shadow of their Amish roots. For the first time, David and Isaac can be openly gay, yet they struggle to reconcile their sexuality with their faith. At least they don’t have to hide their relationship, which should make everything easier. Right?
But while Isaac thrives at school and makes new friends, David wrestles to come to terms with the reality of the outside world. Haunted by guilt at leaving his mother and sisters behind in Zebulon, he’s overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city as he works to get his carpentry business off the ground.
While David and Isaac finally sleep side by side each night, fear and insecurity could drive them miles apart.
Journey to San Francisco with Isaac and David in A Clean Break:
1. We are here today to talk about A Clean Break. What can you tell us about it?
This is the sequel to A Forbidden Rumspringa, and young Amish men David and Isaac have left their families and entire way of life to be together. Being openly gay is just not possible in Amish culture, and they made the painful decision to leave home. After journeying across the country to San Francisco to live with Isaac’s older brother, they have to assimilate to a new world.
2. Tell us more about David and Isaac?
David’s twenty-two, and Isaac’s eighteen. They met when Isaac became David’s carpentry apprentice. Let’s just say David taught him a lot more than just woodworking! David and Isaac fell madly in love, but knew their secret affair could only go on so long before they had to marry and join the church as adults. (Adult baptism is one of the core tenets of the Amish faith.)
Now David and Isaac have gone into the world and have a whole new set of challenges to face. David wants to protect Isaac, and he hides the anxiety he feels about fitting into the outside world.
3. What about A Clean Break makes you the most proud?
I received a personal email from an early reviewer who shared her own story coming from an extremely religious background and struggling to fit in. She told me how much the story resonated with her, and how she could relate to David’s feelings of isolation and shame. I’m very proud to have been able to tap into those complex emotions.
4. If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Whatever life throws at you, keep writing. Don’t give up.
5. If you could move anywhere in the world and basically start over, where would you go and what would you do?
Hmm. So many places to go! Traveling is a passion, and I can think of so many places I’d like to live. Wherever I went, I’d still want to be a writer. Italy has always appealed to me—I’d love to live my own version of Under the Tuscan Sun.
6. David and Isaac come from a very strict, even by Amish standards, background. Tell us a bit about how you researched their environment and mentality.
Yes, the Swartzentruber Amish are among the most conservative Amish (and there aren’t really any liberals!). I did quite a bit of reading, and also was able to connect with some ex-Amish online. Before I started my research, I’d never heard of the different Amish sects. It was very educational.
7. What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I just finished Indra Vaughn’s Fated, the first book in her new Shadow Mountain series. Loved it and am dying for more! Next up is Annabeth Albert’s Winning Bracket. So many amazing books out there, and never enough time!
8. Rapid Fire Time
- Vodka or Tequila? Vodka
- Sausage or Hamburger? Hamburger, but you can’t lose with meat
- Country or City? City, although as I get older, I think more and more about the country
- Favorite Color? Purple
- Any Tattoos or piercings? Nope!
- Love Story or Thriller? Love story, of course
- Fire or Ice? Ice—I love cold drinks!
- Morning or night? Morning
9. What are you working on? What is next?
More Isaac and David are coming in April with the third book in my gay Amish romance series, A Way Home. Then I’ll have a werewolf romance that takes place in a zombie apocalypse, called Kick at the Darkness. So that’s a little bit of a change of pace. Perhaps one day I’ll do a crossover with Isaac and David fighting zombies. 😉
About the Author:
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Keira-Andrews/e/B005SWX15G/
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