Mimsy Hale on 100 Days and Bucket List ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: 100 Days
Author: Mimsy Hale
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Abbi Lawson & Buckeyegrrl Designs
Publication Date:04/07/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult

Blurb:

Jake and Aiden have been best friends—and nothing more—since the age of six.  Now 22-year-old college graduates, they take a road trip around the USA, visiting every state in 100 days.

As they start their cross-country odyssey, Jake and Aiden think they have their journey and their futures mapped out. But the road has a funny way of changing course.

Fifty states. Two boys. One love story.

Prism Book Alliance® recently reviewed 100 Days. You can find the review here.

Top ten items from your bucket list:

10. See Wicked at The Gershwin Theatre. My adoration for the theater runs deep, and I love nothing more than getting swept away by the magic happening in front of me. Wicked is most definitely on my list because of my two favorite songs from it: “Defying Gravity” and “For Good”.

9. Write a book about a dinner theater company, and all the accompanying shenanigans. The fact that dinner theater isn’t more widely spread (and appreciated in all of its campy amazingness) gives me a lot of scope for a lot of shenanigans. I’m considering writing it from the perspective of a down-and-out actor who had their hopes dashed in the ‘big city’ and has come home to lick their wounds… And finds themselves smack dab in the midst of the chaos.

8. See the announcement of marriage equality in all 50 US states. I was lucky enough to be Stateside in summer 2013, where I got to witness the Supreme Court repealing DOMA and throwing out Proposition 8, and a not-so-small part of me thrills each and every time a new state progresses the cause.

7. Have a “movie moment” in real life. This is an ongoing one, as I’ve had two of these moments in my life already—but hey, I’m greedy. I’ll keep the most recent movie moment private, but the first one is a doozy. On my last night in New York in summer 2013, I went into the city with Interlude Press authors A.J. DeWall and Carrie Pack. Prior to the trip I had asked A.J. for a movie moment, and boy did she deliver! She took us to Marie’s Crisis, a bar right around the corner from the Stonewall Inn, and as we walked down the stairs into what I refer to as the “gay basement,” the entire ceiling was strung with rainbow-coloured fairy lights and everyone was gathered around the piano singing “Seasons Of Love” from RENT. A real life movie moment!

6. See the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. During the research stage of writing 100 Days, I knew that this was something I wanted Jake and Aiden to experience, and so I read countless articles and travel blog entries about it. The way the sun moves over the rock, transforming it so much that it looks like it’s living… I have to see it for myself some day.

5. Visit the Turks and Caicos Islands and write on the beach. One of my favorite memories of writing 100 Days was sitting on the beach at Anastasia Island, FL, and working on the scenes that take place in Iowa. The sun was dipping, the heat was perfect, and the sand beneath me was soft. I had music, a notepad and pen, and it was a truly life-affirming couple of hours, where I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be. I’ve always wanted to visit the Turks and Caicos—who wouldn’t? It looks like paradise on earth! So marry the two together and voila: bucket list item.

4. Walk into a bookshop and see my book on the shelf. I think this one is true of authors everywhere! While I’ve on occasion enjoyed the ease of being able to read books using my phone, to be able to hold a book in my hands, feel the words on the page, and of course, smell that unique book smell, will never be overcome. And seeing my own book on the shelf while perusing the LGBT+ section? I may be a fairly reserved person around all but my closest friends, but I’m really not sure I could contain myself if that happened!

3. Go to Santa Fe. Another place that needed a lot of research during the writing of 100 Days. It was important to me that I really nail the atmosphere of this dusty, magical city—not to mention that a key turning-point scene happens while Jake and Aiden are there—and now, it’s somewhere that really calls to me. Blame my country upbringing for my need to be in wide open spaces!

2. Take the “100 Days” road trip. This trip would be my own personal pilgrimage. Plus, I’ve fought my corner a lot on whether this road trip would even be possible given the time frame, and while logically I know that it is, I’d still like to shut up that annoying little voice in the back of my head that just loves to tell me that I got everything wrong—also true of authors everywhere!

1. Marry the love of my life. Whether they turn out to be male, female, neither, both, or somewhere in between, the top item on my bucket list is to be able to stand up in front of family and friends and promise to wake up every day and fight for what we have together. So many before me have been denied the right to do so, but the world is changing—and I want to celebrate being alive right now, when we can all take advantage of the rights we were born with.

Excerpt:

Because anything really could happen, couldn’t it? What if what happened in Philadelphia wasn’t a total mistake, but simply the prelude to Jake finally listening to what his instincts have been telling him for weeks? What if, what if, what if…

“What are you doing? Come see this!” Aiden calls out.

Jake takes a deep breath and steps out of the shadows. Aiden is silhouetted against the fading sun, the light picking out the auburn in his hair, and as he stretches his arms up over his head, one finger hooked through the woven bracelet he bought earlier, he grins out at the horizon. Jake feels as if he’s watching Aiden through brand new eyes; he knows that there is rescue in those arms. Suddenly he wants to fall into them and hold on until he feels safe.

Aiden turns away from the vista, pushes his sunglasses up on top of his head and looks down at Jake, his eyes sparkling with warmth and light. He leans forward and holds out his hand, and he looks… beautiful.

About the Author:

Mimsy Hale has been a contributing ghostwriter to several bestselling nonfiction books. She is also an established writer in online fan communities, where her stories have hundreds of thousands of reads. 100 Days is her first novel.  She lives in Suffolk, England, with her roommate and four cats.

Author Links:

http://www.mimsyhale.co.uk
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/themimsyhale
Twitter: @mimsyhale
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mimsyhale/

Buy Links:

Interlude Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble

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