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Title: Beyond the Surface (The Breakfast Club #1)
Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
On 9/11, firefighter Nick Fletcher’s world changed forever. He’s unable to rid himself of survivor’s guilt, made worse by the secret he hides from his family and co-workers. Nick’s life is centered around helping burn victims, until he is reunited with the man he’d once loved but pushed away. Now he has a second chance at a love he thought lost forever.
For fashion designer Julian Cornell, appearances mean everything. His love affairs are strictly casual, and the only thing he cares about is making his clothing line a success. A chance encounter with the man he loved long ago has Julian thinking for the first time in years there may be more to life than being seen at the best parties and what designer labels to wear.
When Julian’s world takes an unexpected turn, it’s Nick who helps him regain perspective on what matters most in life. Julian, in turn, helps Nick accept who he is and understand he isn’t responsible for tragedies he couldn’t prevent. Lost love found can be even sweeter the second time around and after all the years apart, both men learn to look beyond the surface to find the men they are inside.
Release Day Character Interview – Julian and Nick
We are here today talking to Nick and Julian from Beyond the Surface. Thanks for being here. Can you each tell us a little about yourself?
Nick- I’m a Brooklyn guy, born and bred. I’m a firefighter like my dad and grandfather. Right now I train recruits and do re-raining, but hope to one day get back to my house. I miss it.
Julian- I’m a fashion designer but my main focus now is helping the kids in the burn unit who Nick introduces me to. I gave the day to day running of my business over to my assistant so I can concentrate on the kids.
Can you each tell our readers what your first thought was upon meeting the other?
Nick-Well when I first saw him in class he was very full of himself but something made me pay attention to him, despite him being obnoxious.
Julian-“Hey! I wasn’t full of myself. we were only 16 and I had already read Shakespeare. I only wanted Nick to get it right when I tried to explain Hamlet.
Nick-“Please…boring as hell.”
Nick – what is your favorite thing about Julian
“His sense of style. I like how good he always looks-especially in those leather pants.”
Julian – same question about Nick.
“His ass.” Julian smirked. “His whole look. The uniform..”
“Down boy,” laughed Nick
Where do you see yourself and your relationship in 5 years?
Nick-“I’ll let Julian take this one.”
“We hope to get married, I spent enough time away from Nick for too many years to wait too long. Other than that, keep working and enjoying our lives together.”
If you could get one thing from a sex toy store without question, what would it be?
Nick-“A leather outfit for Julian.”
If you could choose any character from an Felice Stevens novel to bring in as a third for one night only, who would it be an why?
Julian. “No way. I don’t share. no one touches Nick but me.”
What do you keep in your bedside table?
Nick and Julian look at each other. Julian raises a brow and smiles but neither answer
If the world were going to end tomorrow, how would you spend your last night on earth?
Dinner with my parents and sister, then home with Nick and the guys. Then I’d keep Julian in bed until whatever happens, happens.
If you could breed a character who was a love child of three different media icons, who would you choose?
Julian-“This is a fucking weird question….Well, Chris Hemsworth, Matt Bomer and Chris Pine.
Nick-“You answered that one pretty quick….
Now that you are in happy coupledom, which of your friends do you think needs their HEA next?
Julian-“Zach. He is the most romantic person I know. And the sweetest.”
Nick-“Well, definitely Zach, but you know I want to see who the hell is gonna get Marcus to zip his pants.”
Rapid Fire Time
- Coffee, black or doctored? Milk, lots of it
- Apple or Android? Apple
- Pickup Truck or Sedan? User-Its NYC man, we don’t have a car.
- Favorite beverage? Vodka
- To-may-to or to-mah-to? Tomato
- Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek
- Sweet or Savory? Savory
- Paper or Plastic? Plastic
- Pancakes or Waffles? Waffles
- Dragon or Unicorn? Unicorn
- DC or Marvel? DC
- Shave or wax? Depends on where???
- Tax Audit or Enema? enema 🙂
- Cut or uncut? Cut
- Shifters or Vampires? Shifters
- Beatles or Stones? Stones
- roller skates or ice skates? Roller skates
- The world’s best orgasm or a million dollars? The money-I can’t imagine sex being any better than it already is.
- Night or Day? Night
- Salt or Pepper? Pepper
What is next for each of you?
Nick-I’m finishing up my therapy and am ready to visit the new Freedom Tower. and the 9/11 Museum. I haven’t been able to yet. And Julian promised to take me to Paris for his next show.
Julian-I plan on expanding my work with the kids in the burn unit to other hospitals and seeking sponsorship to increase awareness. Plus Mel and I have a great collection to take to the European shows this fall
Julian was in the kitchen, sitting on one of the stools by the counter. He had a glass in front of him filled with what Nick presumed was vodka, having spied the Grey Goose bottle.
“Would you like a drink? I have beer, wine…anything you’d like.”
Nick shook his head, regret piercing his heart as he watched the hope drain from Julian’s eyes.
“I don’t think so. I’m going to head home. I want you to know how much I appreciate what you did for Jamal tonight.”
Julian stood abruptly, kicking the stool away from his feet.
“Don’t treat me like I’m some fucking stranger, Nicky. You owe me. It’s been eighteen years; you think I’m going to let you walk out on me again like you did before? After what just happened between us? After you fell apart? No fucking way. I’m not that same person and neither are you, obviously.”
Taken aback by Julian’s anger, Nick remained mute.
“What the hell is going on with you? One minute you’re tongue fucking me into the next century and the next you’re freaking out. I know I’m a damn good kisser, but this isn’t about us, is it? It has nothing to do with our past and everything to do with you and the shit that’s floating around in your head.”
Julian stepped closer to him and Nick, who normally couldn’t stand people near him, was rooted to the floor, unable to move.
“Talk to me, Nicky. Tell me what happened to you.”
He was so tired of holding himself together, feeling like at any moment he’d shatter into a million tiny pieces, leaving nothing behind but a pile of dust.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
The words poured out of him, flowing unchecked this time. “It should’ve been me. We all went to the Towers to save them. It was my day off, but I went anyway. I heard and couldn’t stay home; I had a duty to help, you know? But I lived and they all died. Why, Julian? Why did I live and they didn’t?”
“Oh, Nick.” Julian held him close. “I don’t have the answers for you. No one does. But I’m going to be completely selfish and say I’m so thankful you did make it and we’re here together after all these years.”
Unflinching green eyes gazed back at him. Clever, beautiful eyes that Nick could never stop dreaming of. Eyes that at one time had held the promise of forever, until Nick ruined everything with his cowardice and shame. Unable to maintain Julian’s scrutiny, Nick broke away and ran to the elevator, his chest heaving, eyes stinging with tears.
“Let me out. I need to leave here. NOW.”
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About the Author
I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.
But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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