Prism Book Alliance® would like to thank Teodora Kostova for taking the time to talk with us today.
Title: Piece by Piece
Author: Teodora Kostova
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Teodora Kostova
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance
Sometimes to reach the surface you have to fall to the bottom first…
For the past ten years, Riley Davis’s life has been overshadowed by the tragic death of his partner. Fluctuating between alcohol induced daze, clinical depression and throwing all his time and effort into his business, Riley doesn’t believe, or even hope, that his life will ever be worth living again.
Until Sonnie Frye drops by his haberdashery shop, changing his life forever.
Sonnie is a man who likes getting what he wants, when he wants it. He’s worked hard to establish himself as Queen Victoria theatre’s chief costume designer, collecting multiple awards – and high-profile clients – along the way. Sonnie is used to putting his needs, goals and desires first, unwilling to compromise his own happiness for anybody else.
Until he meets a handsome shop owner whose eyes are so sad that they immediately tug at Sonnie’s heartstrings.
Seeing something he wants, Sonnie is determined to get under Riley’s skin and, preferably, into his bed. But he soon discovers the task is not that easy. For the first time in his life, Sonnie may need to put someone else’s needs before his own, and re-evaluate what really matters in life.
Will the two men stand side by side to overcome their differences, and everything else life throws at them? Or will it all become too much to bear, shaking them to their very core, destroying everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve?
***Sexual content, 18+ only***
***Piece by Piece can be read as a standalone. It’s the full story of Sonnie and Riley***
1. We are here today to talk about Piece by Piece. What can you tell us about it?
Piece by Piece is a story about second chances. How do you recover when the person you love most in the world dies? How do you keep going? How do you find love again? I really hope I’ve managed to answer those questions in Piece by Piece.
2. Tell us more about Riley and Sonnie?
Riley is 42, and has lost his partner Richard 10 years ago in a hit and run accident. He’s been numb to the world since then, existing but not really living. He doesn’t have any plans or hope for the future, and he doesn’t even consider the possibility of ever loving again. Sonnie is much younger than Riley, a sassy half-Japanese half-British costume designer for one of London’s most famous theatres. He’s used to always getting his way, but when he meets Riley he realises some things in life are bigger than his own needs. For the first time, Sonnie puts someone else before himself and is surprised to realise how happy that makes him.
3. What about Piece by Piece makes you the most proud?
That I managed to finish writing it! It was so draining… At times I dreaded coming back in front of the laptop and doubted I’d ever be able to finish writing it. I need HEA in my books – as a reader and as a writer – but there were times when I just couldn’t see that happening for them.
4. Are we done with the West End Boys or do they have more to tell us?
I think so! I have no plans to write more of the series, but who knows?
5. What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
I remember 2 instances when an email brought tears to my eyes – one was from a girl with cancer – my first book is a het romance and the female MC has cancer – and she said how much she identified with my heroine, how well I’d described the way you feel inside when you’re the girl with the cancer and everyone knows it. Another one was from a gay boy who said he loved my West End series and inspired him to stand up for himself and his identity. When I’m sitting at home, typing words on the computer, I don’t really realise how those words will affect people when they read them. Reading messages from people truly touched by my stories makes everything I do totally worth it. I feel incredibly grateful.
6. What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
Right now I’m reading Hoarfrost – the sixth book in the Whyborne and Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk, and I’m loving it. I’m completely obsessed with those guys! My TBR list is huge, but next up I’m thinking Only Love by Garrett Leigh.
7. Rapid Fire Time
- Tax Audit or Enema? OMG, that made me chuckle so hard! Tax Audit.
- Seger or Springstein? Springstein.
- World of Warcraft or Everquest? I have no idea what those are.
- Electronica or Jazz? Jazz.
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? FOLDED!
- Sushi or pasta? Pasta.
- Pixar or Dreamworks? Dreamworks.
- Apple or Android? Android all the way.
- Spring or Fall? Spring.
- Medium rare or well done? Well done.
8. What are you working on? What is next?
I honestly don’t know. I’ve been travelling nearly non-stop for the past month and haven’t had time to write anything. I’m still recovering from Piece by Piece. But I’m planning to release the third book of my het romance series by the end of the year, as well as a mm romance Christmas book, and I had a very insistent plot bunny on the plane the other day! So, time will tell 😉
About the Author:
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a very inventive kid.
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