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Title: The Rules of Ever After
Author: Killian B. Brewer
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: BuckeyeGrrl Designs
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Young Adult
The rules of royal life have governed the kingdoms of Clarameer for thousands of years, but Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel know that these rules don’t provide for the happily ever after they seek.
A fateful, sleepless night brings the two young men together and sends them on a quest out into the kingdoms. On their travels, they encounter meddlesome fairies, an ambitious stepmother, disgruntled princesses and vengeful kings as they learn about life, love, friendship and family. Most of all, the two young men must learn how to write their own rules of ever after.
If you could only have ten foods to eat for the rest of your lives, what would they be and why?
1) The absolute best food in the world is peanut butter. I can’t imagine living in a world without it. Nutter Butters and Reese’s cups are fantastic but just a good old peanut butter sandwich is the best.
2) I am a southern boy and I have to have my grits. If I can cheat, I’d add some cheese to them. I know most of the world has no clue what they are or thinks of grits as a breakfast food, but down here in the south we know they are great at any meal!
3) Chicken and Dumplings are the ultimate comfort food for me. Nothing makes a dreary winter day better than a big bowl of starchy dumplings and tender chicken. I prefer a thick broth to the kind you will find that is a clear broth like chicken soup.
4) Chicken Parmesan, please! There is a small diner near my house that makes a chicken parm sandwich that I might walk barefoot on coals for. Italian food is a weakness anyway, but this sandwich is just the best.
5) Steak. I was once asked if I could be a vegetarian but I can’t imagine not being able to occasionally have a nice steak. I like my steak rare. My partner says when he watches me eat a steak it is so rare he expects it to moo when I cut it.
6) Fried okra is another southern food that I really like. I cannot eat it boiled because it is way too slimy, but fried okra is just a crispy, crunchy and strange treat.
7) My favorite dish my mother makes is her macaroni and cheese. She got the recipe from her mother. She gave me the recipe and I have tried to make it myself, but nothing is as good as when your mom makes it. And this isn’t that orange stuff from a box. This is made from several types of cheese she grates by hand.
8) I guess pizza is really several foods rolled into one so this might be cheating a little bit on the question. But, come on, it’s pizza. Even mediocre pizza is good pizza in my book. I will say that the best pizza I have ever had in my life was from a little hole-in-the-wall pizza joint in Chicago.
9) Mashed potatoes are another comfort food that I would want to have available. I particularly like “dirty potatoes” where a bit of the skin is left on before they are mashed. This list is showing me that I definitely have a thing for starchy foods.
10) Finally, I need something to drink I guess. Most of my friends are wine aficionados but I am more of a beer guy. Whenever I travel, I love to try something from a local microbrewery or a beer that is native to the country I am in.
“Phillip, don’t believe all those stories your scribe told you. Magic is not defeated by waiting for someone to come rescue you from it. You have to fight it.” Daniel paused and took a breath before reaching out to take Phillip’s hand again. “I sat around for two years waiting for someone to come along and fix my problems. No one came, and nothing changed. Then I realized that maybe the person I was waiting for was me. So I went out to find my own answers.”
“I’m not you. I don’t even know where to begin.” Phillip sat back on the edge of the bed.
“You begin the way everyone does,” Daniel explained, “one foot in front of the other.”
“I’ve barely been out of this castle. I don’t know what’s out there.”
“Well, you’re in luck. You know someone who does.”
“What? Who?” Phillip cocked his head and stared at Daniel in confusion.
“Me!” Daniel winked and pointed to his chest. “I know what’s out there. I’ve been wandering all over the kingdoms for months now. I’ve studied the maps and the histories. I know how to fight and how to survive.” Daniel stood up. “I’ll come with you,” he continued. “I’ll help you find her, and we’ll bring her down together. We will fix this.”
Daniel could almost see the wheels turn in Phillip’s head as he considered Daniel’s offer. He looked over at his father, then back down at his feet before glancing up to Daniel with a look of tentative hope. “Why would you do that?”
Daniel pondered the question for a moment, unsure of the answer himself. The pain in Phillip’s face touched Daniel’s heart and made him want to bring back the mischievous, laughing man he had met just two nights before. This was not his problem, and he had his own concerns to deal with, but looking at Phillip’s terrified face, he knew he wanted to help. He knew he had to.
“I’m not being completely selfless. I’m still going to be looking for my own answers. But I can help you look, too.” Daniel held his hand out to Phillip. “Come with me. Let’s go get you some food and make a plan.”
“You’re just saying this to get me to eat.”
“No. As I said, I feel responsible. If I hadn’t gotten in that bed—”
“But you did.” Phillip mumbled before turning to look at Daniel with his eyes wide. “And you passed the test. I thought for sure you were the answer—”
“The test? I still don’t understand about this test.”
“Yes. You were the first to spend the night in the bed and be kept awake by the pea under the mattresses. Okay, maybe some of the others could have passed if I hadn’t—”
“Phillip? You think a pea kept me awake?” Daniel stepped back and knitted his brows; he had clearly missed some element of that awful night’s events. Though he was glad to see some sign of activity from Phillip, Daniel was thoroughly confused. “Why was there a pea under—”
“Yes. You passed the test. Maybe it is a sign!” Phillip stood and turned to Daniel; excitement spread across his face. “Maybe you are here to help me.”
About the Author
Killian B. Brewer grew up in a family where the best way to be heard was to tell a good story, therefore he developed an early love of storytelling, puns and wordplay. He began writing poetry and short fiction at 15 and continued in college where he earned a BA in English. He does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry.
He currently lives in Georgia with his partner of ten years and their dog. Growing up in the South gave him a funny accent and a love of grits. The Rules of Ever After is his first novel.
Where to find the author:
Home Page: killianbbrewer.com
Goodreads Link: Goodreads.com/KillianBBrewer
Tour Dates & Stops: June 9 – 22, 2015
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