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Title: Back to the Sky
Author: Katey Hawthorne
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Rather than spend his first post-college summer on the beach with a hot boy and a margarita, Zane Woodward goes home. While the lectures aimed at getting him to be more respectable like his lawyer father aren’t appreciated, Zane wants to be near his sister and his best friend—both of whom he’s convinced need him.
Enter Geordie Finsen: the Buddhist, blue-haired, stacked house sitter-next-door. Geordie has a penchant for parties, older women who can pay the bills, younger men who can wear him out—and he may or may not be able to control the weather.
While Geordie and his philosophies begin untangling Zane from his own expectations and hang-ups, they bring the two closer and closer. Soon their chemistry flares into a hot and heavy summer romance. But Geordie has hang-ups of his own, including an aversion to getting too attached to anyone or anything. When things get a little too heavy between him and Zane, his instinct to cut loose and run free is tested, and Zane’s plans for a perfect escape of his own might never get off the ground.
Back to the Sky Blog Tour: Katey Hawthorne on Being Afraid of Love
Thanks very much to Prism Book Alliance for letting me stop by to talk about my new book, BACK TO THE SKY. It’s the second in a very, very standalone series called “Elementals”; all the books focus on falling in love with someone who’s just a little more than human, possibly–as in potentially has some kind of subtle elemental power and/or mythical connection. This book is the ‘air’ in the series.
Weird, I know. But since you indulged me with that odd paragraph, I’ll flip over to something more familiar to everyone: being afraid of falling love. It’s something everyone who’s ever been burned by romance can at least understand, even if it’s not our individual style. If you don’t fall in love, you can’t feel those extreme lows that come with a broken heart, right? Or even just the influence another person you care for so deeply can have over your daily emotions.
Problem is, that means you don’t get the extreme highs or the good stuff either. Classic conundrum for the once (twice, thrice, whatever!) bitten.
In Back to the Sky, Geordie Finsen is a stacked, blue-haired hippie-dippie type–and he’s not saying he’s afraid, he’s just saying that, as the Buddha famously laid out in his Four Noble Truths:
One: Existence is suffering. (Zane had seen it toned down as “Suffering exists,” but no one was fooled, man.)
Two: Suffering is caused by desire. (Which was accurate, at least in Zane’s life, so he was down with this.)
Three: The cessation of desire leads to the cessation of suffering. (Logical enough.)
Four: The Eightfold Path. (Which was the path laid out to cause this cessation. And that was where Zane started to think this was, in old-school terms, some wack shit.)
Okay, obviously that’s his kinda-boyfriend Zane’s take on the whole situation, but that speaks to the whole ‘fear of love’ conflict within the book, I think. Is it really fear with Geordie, or is it genuine, Buddhist belief that the world we live in, even the feelings and thoughts it inspires, is an illusion?
… I’m making it sound like a philisophical day-trip, when in fact the book is jam packed with sex, alcohol, and rock n roll. But hey, no reason you can’t have both, right?
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About the Author
Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of superpowered romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys comic books, B-movies, loud music, Epiphones, and Bushmills.
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.
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