Naomi MacKenzie on Lodestones ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Lodestones
Author: Naomi MacKenzie
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Cover Design by Buckeyegrrl Designs; Cover and Interior Illustrations by Abby Hellstrom
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Young Adult


On the eve of a new school year, several groups of college students cross paths as they seek out a secret end-of-summer lake party—including Robin and Charlie, two inseparable friends who discover of the course of the twenty-four hours that their relationship is something much deeper than simple friendship.

Ten favorite films

Metropolis. I would have to say that this is my favourite film, if purely for aesthetic reasons. It’s gorgeous. And truly a marvel of its time. If they ever remade Metropolis I think I would cry.

Star Wars. Either Empire or Jedi. I find it impossible to choose between them. Empire is a better film in general, with the revelations and evil triumphing over good. Jedi is more fun, and has superb editing. Especially during the climatic space battle/land battle/confrontation scene.

Raiders of the Lost Ark. What can I say, I’m a sucker for 70s/80s Harrison Ford! Indiana Jones is such an iconic character. Watching this film growing up made me want to be an archaeologist.

Plan 9 From Outer Space. I know, it’s supposed to be on worst movie lists, not favourite movie lists. It is a terrible, terrible movie. So very, very, deeply horrible. That’s precisely why I love it. The fact that something that ridiculous was made to be a serious film is the greatest thing ever. With the added bonus of being Bela Lugosi’s last appearance on film. And it kickstarted my love of Vampira.

But I’m a Cheerleader. The art direction and performances are fabulous.

Hot Fuzz. This movie never fails to make me laugh out loud. I’ve seen it dozens of times, and the jokes still feel fresh. It’s a must-watch when laughter is needed.

Pride & Prejudice. This is another must-watch for me when I’m having a bad day. I know the mini-series is closer to the book and Colin Firth, etc. But! But I adore the 2005 version. And I might possibly prefer Matthew Macfayden as Mr. Darcy. Which is probably one of the most unpopular opinions of all time.

Amelie. The cinematography slays in this film. Plus it’s such a sweet, romantic story with an amazing protagonist.

Goonies. This is my favourite childhood film. Nothing could ever replace it. What kid doesn’t want to go on a treasure hunting adventure?

Pecker. This movie is John Waters at his quirky best. Best characters, fun story, and it revolves around photography, one of my loves.


Larry holds up the flyer to study the map Florence drew. Barry is leaning to look at it, too, when it’s ripped from between Larry’s fingers.

A greasy man in a campus security uniform stands over them with a pinched expression. His faded nametag reads: Ron Anderchuk. “Another one,” he all but growls. “Where in heck did you get this, boys?”

Barry tries his best to look innocent. Which isn’t all that hard, since he knows nothing.

“Found it on the ground,” Larry lies.

“Uh-huh, uh-huh,” the security guy says. “Extra trouble for littering.” He glares hard at the paper for nearly a minute before looking back at them. “You do know parties like this are illegal, don’t ya, boys? And frowned upon by this here establishment.” He raps his knuckles on the table. “I think it best you stick around here this weekend. That would be best, don’t ya agree?” He widens his beady eyes while he waits for their assent.

Barry looks to Larry. Seeing him nodding, he mimics the gesture.

The security officer’s answering grunt sounds disbelieving. He mutters as he walks away; the flyer with their map is gripped in his fist.

“What are we—”

Larry holds up his hand, stopping Barry’s question in its tracks. “Not to worry; I have a photographic memory. I’ve got the map in here.” He taps a fingertip against his temple.

“Even after all of that? And we do have another problem, if Florence is to be believed.”

Larry hums and strokes his chin. He picks up Barry’s tray and they walk  to the windows. The orientation officers are indeed spread across the entire expanse outside, handing out pamphlets and organizing games of lawn bowling and oversized croquet. The entrance to the student parking lot is completely blocked.

Barry should throw in the towel, admit defeat and convince Larry to do the same. And he would, if not for one thing. The one detail that has roped him into the excitement over the lake festivities fully and completely is Kate Zimmermann, captain of the Dicaroon Seadogs field hockey team. Barry was looking through the school’s website while Larry was plotting behind him and he caught sight of her picture. He informed Barry that she was one of the girls who was carrying the van’s bench seat into her dorm room and invited him to the party early that morning.

Barry is in love with Kate Zimmermann. He has been since seeing her on the Dicaroon University website the previous summer. Well, he’s in love with the image of her and her red hair and blue eyes and adorable freckles that are so voluminous that they connect on her face. He has dreamed of red-haired kids calling him Daddy and hitting balls with sticks. Possibly. And she’s throwing the party, so even if Barry will never get up the nerve to speak to her should he live for a thousand years, he has to go. For his future dream-wife.

“Well, then,” Larry says. He sets Barry’s lunch tray down on the bussing station and rubs his hands together. “I guess we are in need of a foolproof plan.”

“A stratagem,” Barry says. He feels immediately foolish for being such a huge dork.

But then Larry grins at him. “Ooh, yes, I like that. A stratagem.”


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About the Author

Naomi MacKenzie is a writer and photographer from the eastern coast of Canada. She considers herself a Maritimer first and a Canadian second, or so she told the standardized testing people in essay form during the eleventh grade. She enjoys vegan baking, walks in the woods and, contrarily, hiding from the sun. Lodestones is her first novel.

Where to find the author:

Connect with Naomi MacKenzie at; on Twitter at @_naomimackenzie and on Facebook at Naomi MacKenzie

Tour Dates & Stops:

8-Sep Bayou Book Junkie, Mikky’s World of Books

9-Sep Hearts on Fire, Boys on the Brink Reviews

10-Sep Inked Rainbow Reads, Amanda C. Stone

11-Sep Velvet Panic, MM Good Book Reviews

14-Sep Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, The Novel Approach

15-Sep BFD Book Blog, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Prism Book Alliance

16-Sep V’s Reads, Divine Magazine, Happily Ever Chapter

17-Sep Wake Up Your Wild Side, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

18-Sep Molly Lolly, Love Bytes

21-Sep My Fiction Nook, Jessie G. Books, Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My


Farewell Giveaway
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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