Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Sue Brown for taking the time to talk with us today.
Title: The Next Call
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn’t want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.
When I submitted this story I knew I was taking a risk. The Next Call is not your conventional boy meets boy love story. Nothing about it is conventional. I’m just lucky that Dreamspinner are prepared to take chances with me and I appreciate it very much.
Over the past couple of years I’ve watched the number of sports people, celebrities and politicians coming out publicly. So many now that I see the increasing response “Who cares?” and “Why do you have make a fuss?” as well as the congratulations. I cheer every time I see someone point out that it matters to every LGBT kid who’s an aspiring athlete [insert sport of your choice], to the teenager who fears to tell his family that he’s gay, or the child who sees the success LGBT people are making of their lives and maybe the stereotype of gay people they are being fed in their community is wrong.
Football (soccer if I must) is probably the last sport to break the barrier of gay people coming out at the top level, certainly in the UK. Homophobia is rife on the terraces despite the work being done to change the perception at grassroots level. The last football player to come out (in the nineties), Justin Fashanu, went from golden boy to pariah when he announced he was gay. He later committed suicide. That’s the legacy football has to overcome.
One player won’t change a sport. The sport has to be willing to support the players at every level. It’s a shame (disgrace) if the most popular sport in the UK is the last to make that change.
On the blog tour I want to highlight the amazing work LGBT helplines and charities do for people who really need them. I’ve focused on the UK because that is where I live. Please take the time to look at their sites.
Rainbow Laces is the campaign from Stonewall to kick homophobia out of football. They have an uphill struggle but the campaign, started last season, is reaching more footballers and fans that ever before.
About the Author:
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
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.
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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