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Title: Bowerbirds (Nested Hearts Book 2)
Author: Ada Maria Soto
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Two very different men have a chance at happiness, but only if they can let go of their painful pasts and allow love to take precedence.
After spending his teens and twenties raising his son, James Maron is now dating Gabriel Juarez, the wealthy and sophisticated CFO of the TechPrim technology empire. But after a life of proudly holding his head above the poverty line with the ethos of work, priorities, responsibility, and thrift, he is not looking for a Sugar Daddy, he does not need to be rescued, and Gabe’s wealth is as terrifying as feeling love for the first time.
Gabe has never been good at balancing his high-pressure job with his relationships. Money usually clears most of the bumps, and when a boyfriend walks away, Gabe figures it’s for a good reason. But James isn’t like other boyfriends. He doesn’t want Gabe’s money for one, and if Gabe wants to keep his relationship together, he will have to finally face the ghosts of his own past and reconsider his priorities.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Ada Maria Soto author of Bowerbirds. Hi Ada, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi, it’s nice to be here. I’m Ada. I’m a born and raised Californian who has been living in New Zealand for the last decade. I studied theater, film, and television and worked a little in each. Currently I’m an almost full time mom to a two year old and I write when I can. In my tiny scraps of free time I do things like knit and make jam. I’m also a sports fan but I’m not great at picking winning teams to support.
Bowerbirds picks up pretty much right where Empty Nests left off. James and Gabe are properly together now but they still come from very different worlds each of which brings its own baggage. Gabe is very much a fixer and wants to ‘fix’ James’s life to make up for how busy he is with work. James is very proud and does not want or need a sugar daddy to fix anything. He’s also terrified at the very idea of being in love since it’s something he’s never done before.
Give us ten tips for becoming a better writer.
You can’t be a writer if you don’t write. I’d like to say something like write every day but I can’t manage that, so write whenever you can and when you’re not writing think about writing.
If you’re having trouble finding time to write you might have a hard time finding time to read but squeeze it in when you can. Put a book app on your phone for when you’re waiting for the doctor or at the DMV.
- Read outside your genre.
We all have our favorites and when you have limited time to read you might want to stick to your favorites but I think that only reading the kind of books you write, or want to write, is a bit like talking to yourself. It can be productive to a certain extent but sooner or later you need outside input.
- Write outside your genre.
Swimmers run, runners lift weights, rugby players will do pilates if they think no one is looking. To truly excel you need to work all muscles, not just the ones you use the most. Same goes with writing. If your thing is regency romance try knocking out a thousand words of science fiction. You might discover something new.
- Listen to your editor.
Especially if they are experienced. It is their job to give you good advice. You may disagree with it but they are there to help you so don’t dismiss it off hand.
- Make a list of words you use too much.
Everyone has words and phrases that pop up ten times a page. Mostly they are filler words and words that end with ly. Actually, really, apparently, obviously, probably. If you can filter these as you write that is good, but if it’s slowing you down just write as you always write then do a search for each word when you’re done. You might be surprised just how many hundreds of times it can show up in a manuscript.
- Get a cheerleader.
Find a friend, another writer for preference, who will cheer you on no matter how absurd your goals might be. If you want to write six novels in a year there are lots of people who will tell you to set a more rational goal and you know you the odds of actually doing that are slim but you want a person who will say ‘YES YOU CAN TOTALLY DO THAT!’.
- Get a word accountabilibuddy.
It’s handy if they are the same person as your cheerleader. They are the person who you report back to with how much you’ve written in a day/week/month, and when you don’t get back to them they have permission to poke you with a stick.
- Write what you want to write not what people tell you you should write.
YA is hot right now. If you don’t want to write YA then don’t. Books that are forced are unpleasant to write and I think that the readers can tell. When I hear an author got a contract to write 10 books in a series I always feel a bit nervous for them. What if they get bored with the characters after book five? If your book is true to you then people will find it.
- Ignore all the ‘what you need to know/do to be a writer’ lists out there.
Half of them contradict the other half. Find what works for you and just write.
FOR THE millionth time, a load of baseball gear left by the apartment door nearly sent James tumbling. It was one of the very few things he would not miss when Dylan left for college. He checked his watch and saw it was pushing five in the afternoon. He could technically still make it to the laundromat and get a couple of loads through, but the place filled up quick after five and it became difficult to get the good machines.
Dylan came out of his room, his hair sticking up at odd angles from his postpractice shower. “Hey, Dad. I was starting to worry. How did the concert go last night?”
As a last-second surprise, Gabe had gotten them tickets to the California Honeydrops at the Fillmore. After a couple glasses of wine, Gabe had even talked him into dancing. “It was good. Stop leaving your gear by the door.”
“Good?” Dylan tried for a scolding look, but there was too much humor in his eyes. “No, just good does not end with you coming home… um… twenty-one hours later than expected.”
Dylan had been nagging him about getting a social life and a boyfriend for years, but James hadn’t realized he would become so nosy about it once it happened.
You’d think he was the parent here. “The concert ran a bit late, and we got a room in the city.” Then they decided not to leave that room until a few hours after the normal checkout time, followed by a late lunch.
“Does it matter?” James asked as he picked up Dylan’s baseball gear.
“The Saint Francis,” James muttered, deciding to risk a Monday wash.
“Again? Well, here’s to scoring a sugar daddy.”
“What?” James froze for a second as he tucked a baseball bat under his arm.
Dylan headed for the kitchen and rummaged around the fridge. “I mean, a guy with a steady job is a good thing these days, but one who can score you concert tickets and hotel suites on a whim is a pretty sweet deal.” He pulled an apple from the veggie bin.
James felt his phone buzz in his pocket. He juggled around the gear until he could pull it out and saw he had missed a call ten minutes earlier.
“He’s not what?
“Hi. It’s me. Stuck in traffic. Seriously, traffic on a Sunday. I think the Niners are playing or something. Don’t worry, I’m on the hands-free setup. Just wanted to say I had a really nice time this weekend. The concert was a lot of fun. The other activities were fun too. Don’t know how busy I’m going to be this week, but I’d love to be able to come up there for lunch or dinner. Catch a movie or something. Oh, Tamyra left me nine messages, the last one informing me that I’m getting ‘Genie in a Bottle’ for my new ringtone. I’m hoping I can pass it off as a postmodern ironic statement or something. Oh look. Traffic is moving. Well, I’ll talk to you later. Drive carefully. Bye.” Bowerbirds
James kept the phone to his ear even after the message ended. Dylan stared at him, one eyebrow raised. He had a funny feeling Dylan practiced that look in the mirror. James hung up the phone. “You know what? My love life is none of your business.”
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About the Author
ADA MARIA SOTO is a born and raised Californian Mexican-American currently living as an expat in the South Pacific with her toddler and partner.
She has studied and worked in theater, film, and television with all the usual crummy side jobs of a struggling artist. She has dysgraphia and phonological dyslexia but refuses to let that slow down her writing.
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.
She loves to hear from her fans, or really anyone who has read her work.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5321801.Ada_Maria_Soto
Tour Dates & Stops:
26-Aug Prism Book Alliance, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
2-Sep Happily Ever Chapter, Divine Magazine, Jessie G. Books
9-Sep Multitasking Mommas, Bike Book Reviews
16-Sep Love Bytes, Molly Lolly
23-Sep Bayou Book Junkie, Mikky’s World of Books, Inked Rainbow Reads
30-Oct MM Good Book Reviews, Foxylutely Book Reviews
7-Oct Carly’s Book Reviews, BFD Book Blog
14-Oct My Fiction Nook, Reviews by Jessewave
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