Skylar M. Cates on A Guy’s Thanksgiving (The Guy #3.5) ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: A Guy’s Thanksgiving (The Guy #3.5)
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction

Blurb:

A Work in The Guy Series

Two proposals. One giant dog. Reunited lovers.

Welcome to Glamour, Arizona, where the holidays are never dull. Glamour may be a small town, but the surprises keep coming.

Everybody’s looking forward to Thanksgiving. Only Mac Sharma is a reluctant guest. Even as Anthony and Dean make him feel welcome at the Carrino table, Mac feels awkward among the close-knit group of friends. Life gets even more complicated when Conor Harvey shows up in town.

Mac has been in love with Conor since his university days. Too bad Conor broke his heart—right before he fled to his hometown in Ireland without explanation. Conor’s still a wild artist and as sexy as Mac remembers. But they’re no longer kids. This Thanksgiving, Mac must decide if he can give Conor a second chance.

Last Lines and Gratitude

I wanted to write a gratitude post for today, celebrating my release and Thanksgiving with a list of all the good things in my life.  I am very grateful and blessed with love and family.

But let me be honest. I’m kind of down these days. People have hurt my feelings. There is so much ugliness out there….

It’s easy to feel like you are never good enough in this world, isn’t it? Daily life can kick you in the ass. Words can be hurtful. Most concerning for me, though, is all the sad, heartbreaking things in the news. It’s hard to be merry when I look at my children and worry.

As I was wondering what to write about today, I skimmed through my novella. I was looking for an excerpt or something when I stumbled on the last lines of the book.  These lines in A Guy’s Thanksgiving gave me pause. A few months ago, I wrote this:

“Outside, the news might be ugly; the future might hold snares. There was so much heartache in the world. Illness, and hurt, and mistrust. But there was also much love in the world to combat it, Anthony thought, glancing around his table once more.

Lots and lots of love.”

I wrote these lines way before the latest horror in the news, and I had sort of forgotten them. Yet this is exactly what I still want to believe:

Love is stronger. Love is true.

On this holiday, whether you celebrate it or not, I want to wish everybody out there a wonderful day. I want to wish you all peace and love.  I can’t control the world, but I can hold hands with my loved ones. I can meet the eyes of my children and celebrate that they are healthy and happy.

Despite the crazy shit in the world, I’m still grateful.

So in the end, I am going to give my gratitude list in this post:

I’m grateful for my family, my new dog, my books, my lovely readers, and my health.

I still want to sit down on Thanksgiving and stuff my face, watch footballs games and parades, and get in my pajamas early. I’m grateful for Cyber Monday, so I do not have to brave the shopping lines. I’m grateful for my neighbors, who check on our house and kids. I’m grateful that the biggest argument in my family right now is between pumpkin and apple pie.

I’m grateful for my Thanksgivings of the past. For example, there was that time in graduate school when my friends rented a cabin in the woods, and we celebrated Thanksgiving together without any family drama. Or the time when my grandparents were still alive, and they came and cooked for three weeks to prepare for the meal. I’m looking forward to my future Thanksgivings too, where my children will bring their partners and friends to be a part of our table.

Most of all, I am grateful that I can still pull myself out of my gloomy thoughts and appreciate all of the above. I can still be positive and hopeful. If I have a bad day, I can try again for my next one to be better.

What are some things you are grateful for?

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About the Author

Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.

Contact links:

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https://twitter.com/Twitter: @skylarmcates

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,

Brandilyn
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9 thoughts on “Skylar M. Cates on A Guy’s Thanksgiving (The Guy #3.5) ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. Love this series. Even when things are tough there is always something to be thankful for. That’s what helps us through those difficult times.

  2. Thank you for that lovely post! It is hard to stay positive and hopeful with everything that is going on in the world, but I try to look for the little stories that show people at their best. I am thankful for my family, my home, that our income is enough to be comfortable, my friends…and also all the authors who make me smile, cry, think and hope.

  3. Thank you for your post, Skylar… I’m grateful for my family, who are healthy and happy, my friends who support me and my job, which pays my bills. I’m happy because although I am far from rich, my fridge is full of food and I have a warm flat where I feel safe . Last but not least, I am grateful for books and all the good times they provide 😉

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