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Title: Empty Nests (Nested Hearts #1)
Author: Ada Maria Soto
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Neither James nor Gabe has ever had a real relationship. They might make a connection if they can get past their differences—and their fears.
At age fourteen, James Maron decided to prove he wasn’t gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he’s getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he’s supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.
Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he’s too busy to tell them to leave.
A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe’s paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But are they too different? Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.
Pages or Words: 68,835 words
Ten places I want to go and why
Ada Maria Soto
When I was thirteen I spent a month in China on a special student trip. It was not the greatest experience. My traveling companions were a bunch of teenaged Ugly American I would never have spent time with if I’d been given a choice. They were generally dismissive of everything they saw and picked on me for actually wanting to spend time looking at things. The one city a day pace of the trip was like trying to skim read an epic novel.
One of the few truly bright parts of the trip was Qingdao. Possibly because it rained and knocked the smog out of the air. Or maybe because we got stuck by the seaside for an hour. I just remember it being beautiful and peaceful in the middle of a lot of chaos. It might not be as nice as my memory but I’d like to return and find out.
I have a degree in theatre. I love museums. I grew up on PBS which used a lot of BBC as filler long before BBC America was a thing. I need to go to London for at least a month, preferably while something good is showing at The Globe. I need to spend every day in a different museum and every night at a different play. I need to go at some point in my life and just spend time being a giant, shameless, nerd.
I know it’s a day trip from London, and I have been informed there isn’t really much there, but I’m a nerd on many levels. I want to go to Roald Dahl Plass and get my picture taken standing on the invisible lift for Torchwood Three.
I like whisky and the Scottish countryside always looks really pretty in the pictures. Due to some strange aspects of my youth which would take a very long time to explain a cold and wet camping trip in the middle of Scotland is actually an appealing idea. Especially if I have a couple bottles of good whisky as a camping companion.
New York, New York
I have visited New York a handful of times but never for long enough stretches. Like London I think I need a month to linger in the museums, see all the shows, and eat at a long list of restaurants. As a born and raised Northern Californian I don’t think I could handle more than a month, and it always takes a few days to get into the swing of the city.
The last time I was in New York I was pregnant. I wasn’t very far in but I remember already feeling huge and exhausted. Add in the lingering nausea and pregnancy food restrictions and I did not get nearly as much out of the city as I would have liked.
I’ve been to Hong Kong twice. The first time was at the end of the China trip mentioned above. By that point virtually everyone had some kind of illness due to food, water, or swimming in the South China Sea. This was also in the years leading up to the changeover and there were some protests going on. In the end the whole group got stuck at the hotel missing anything interesting about the city.
The second time I was in Hong Kong was during an 18 hour layover when I was trying to get from San Francisco to New Zealand using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles. I could have done one of those epic layovers that inspire movie scripts, instead I just walked around a bit, ate some mystery meat dumplings, and went back to the airport not wanting to miss my connecting flight.
I’d like to go back to Hong Kong and actually do something there.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is beautiful. It’s filled with amazing views, rare animals, and stunning hydrothermal displays. It is truly the cream of the US national park system. The first and only time I was there I was in the middle of the hardest depressed crash since my teenaged years. I remember looking at this one waterfall, amazed by its intense beauty, and putting serious thought into throwing myself over it.
I want to see all those wonderful things again while in a good headspace so I can have a better layer of memories.
Monument Valley, Colorado
You don’t grow up with a father who loves Westerns without knowing about Monument Valley. There is no place like it on Earth. I have seen it from probably every possible angle in the background of dozens of movies and TV shows but I want to see it for myself at least once.
St. Petersburg, Russia
In college I had a wonderful professor from Russia who had a profound effect on my life. Another much loved professor was part of the first group of American academics who were let in after the Soviet Union collapsed and wrote on the costuming museums of St. Petersburg. I like old and beautiful things and St. Petersburg as both of those things in quantities. Any trip will of course have to wait until a change in the current political climate of the region.
My high school guidance counselor must have hated me. I was one of those weird, smart but lazy and a little crazy kids. At some point she asked me what I wanted to do with my life and my answer was to start the Martian Repertory Theatre Company. I think this was the point when she just gave up on me.
I know the MRTC is never going to happen. I will never actually step on Mars or visit a hotel on the Moon. But I really hope someone will walk on Mars in my lifetime.
“So,” Dylan started as he scraped the last of the noodles from his plate. “Remember that conversation we were having about the new AP English teacher?”
“If you pull a piece of paper out of your pocket right now, I will never forgive you.”
Dylan grinned and pulled a tightly folded piece of paper from his pocket. “Saturday after next, if you want, you have a date.”
James was pretty sure teenagers were not supposed to be as hung-up on their father’s love life as Dylan was. “No. No, I do not.”
Dylan pushed over a printout from his school’s faculty webpage. There was a phone number handwritten at the bottom. “Thirty-five, no kids. He likes music.” Dylan had highlighted that line. “You like music, he likes music. He said he’d love to take you to see a band he likes.”
“Goddammit, Dylan! I do not need you setting me up with strangers.”
“He’s not a stranger, he’s the school’s AP English teacher, and I wouldn’t have to if you’d get out of the house once in a while. Seriously, Dad, I’m out of here in less than a year. I don’t want you moping around this place alone. I worry about you turning into a crazy old cat lady.”
About the Author
Ada Maria Soto is a born and raised Californian, Mexican-American/WASP, currently living as an expat in New Zealand. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Theater Directing at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which she attended in a fit of stubbornness. She got a Master’s degree in Film and TV Producing from the University of Auckland in New Zealand which she applied to on a manic whim. Nine years later she’s still in Auckland with a partner, kid, and mortgage.
She has dysgraphia and phonological dyslexia which can lead to some interesting typos.
She is a sports fan dedicated to the Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, Auckland Blues, USA Eagles, New Zealand All Blacks, New Zealand Black Caps, and the Chennai Super Kings.
Where to find the author:
Official Website: http://adamariasoto.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AdaMariaSotoAuthor
DSP Author Arcade: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/ada-maria-soto
Tour Dates & Stops:
Both books of the series (one will not be out for a few months)
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