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Title: All that is Solid Melts into Air (The Lives of Remy and Michael: Book Two)
Author: Christopher Koehler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult
The Lives of Remy and Michael: Book Two
A CalPac Crew Story
I thought life after high school would be easier. I’d go to California Pacific for a year while I got a handle on my HIV, then after Michael graduated from high school, we’d blast out of here for colleges—and life—on the East Coast. Then I visited Boston and everything changed. I realized I like CalPac. Turns out, Boston didn’t have anything for me beyond one of the biggest regattas in North America.
Life grew more complicated when I got home. I couldn’t find a way to tell Michael that I’d just blown our plan for our lives out of the water. Then my CalPac coaches dropped a bomb on me. Those rowing officials who’d been watching me? They were recruiters for the national team, and my coaches wanted me to try out. They’d even let Lodestone coach me. Now I have to choose, school or crew, CalPac or Michael, and I still haven’t told Michael I can’t transfer. Is there even a place for Michael in my life? Somehow we have to withstand training at the highest levels and having different goals. Will love hold us together… or tear us apart?
There’s no HFN, let alone an HEA. What were you thinking? How can you call it a romance?
I’m actually going to talk about Poz, as well as All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, a cumbersome titled that I’ll shorten to ATISMIA. I chose the title because it plays very well into the title of the eventual third book, Finding Solid Ground and don’t ask when. Anyway, in some ways I see ATISMIA as more than a sequel. I see it as a continuation of Poz, but rather than insert a page break and write “six months later,” I made it a separate book.
Poz did not have a happily ever after (HEA). Go back and re-read the last few paragraphs if you don’t believe me. I laid the groundwork for ATISMIA’s ending at the end of Poz. Yeah, I know. Dastardly of me. Poz definitely had a happy enough for now, however.
Remy and Michael could not, however, say that by the end of ATISMIA. ATISMIA ended the only way it could, in my opinion, and I say that for two reasons. The first and most obvious was that the book is part of the CalPac/Cap City world, so the protagonist could not leave those environs in any kind of permanent manner. That one’s pretty much a practical reason that has to do with the fact that the book is part of a series that’s grounded in a geographical area.
The second was that Remy and Michael simply grew apart. Remy figured out fairly quickly that what he and Michael had planned no longer worked for him. For Remy, rowing had a lot to do with it, which should surprise no one. Remy was actually the second character who had a chance with the national team, the other being Stuart Cochrane a few years back in the chronology of the CalPac world. But unlike Stuart, who ultimately chose not to go for it, Remy embraced the idea wholeheartedly, even knowing would it mean personally. That’s just who Remy is. I’ve rarely had a character speak to me as loudly and persistently as Remy. I had to listen.
Now, was ATISMIA a romance? Absolutely. I’m going to fall back on a favorite quotation, and it’s one Remy used to jab Michael in the ribs with at a difficult time. Naturally I can’t find the right wording, or even remember whether it was from Millennium Approaches or Perestroika (probably Perestroika), but Louis Ironson tells Prior Walter that failure in love is not a failure to love. I’m sure I’m paraphrasing, and googling that produces nothing but garbage, so who knows, it’s probably some fantasy of mine that has nothing to do with anything Tony Kushner ever wrote. Remy loved Michael. It was a romance, a failed romance between teenagers.
And they will have their Happily Ever After…as adult men, later in their lives.
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About the Author
Christopher Koehler learned to read late (or so his teachers thought) but never looked back. It was not, however, until he was nearly done with grad school in the history of science that he realized that he needed to spend his life writing and not on the publish-or-perish treadmill. At risk of being thought frivolous, he found that academic writing sucked all the fun out of putting pen to paper.
Christopher is also something of a hothouse flower. Inside of almost unreal conditions he thrives to set the results of his imagination free, and for most of his life he has been lucky enough to be surrounded by people who encouraged both that tendency and the writing. Chief among them is his long-suffering husband of twenty-two years and counting.
When it comes to writing, Christopher follows Anne Lamott’s advice: “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” So while he writes fiction, at times he ruthlessly mines his past for character traits and situations. Reality is far stranger than fiction.
Christopher loves many genres of fiction and nonfiction, but he’s especially fond of romances, because it is in them that human emotions and relations, at least most of the ones fit to be discussed publicly, are laid bare.
Writing is his passion and his life, but when Christopher is not doing that, he’s an at-home dad and oarsman with a slightly disturbing interest in manners and other ways people behave badly.
Visit him at http://christopherkoehler.net/blog or follow him on Twitter @christopherink.
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