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Title: The Guy With The Suitcase (Once Upon a Guy, Book One)
Author: Chris Ethan
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult
Pierce is homeless. Young and strong-willed Pierce has been living in the streets of New York City for six months, since his parents kicked him out of their perfect, Christian, suburban house. Pierce is gay. And he is suffering the consequences for being true to himself. Rafe is homeless. He is also sick. Impressionable, but far from innocent, Rafe ran away from home almost a year ago. His sickness is slowly killing him. But Rafe is not a hopeless case. He has learned to get by. Nights of paid passion turn to sheltering warmth from the imminent New York winter. And then there’s a suitcase. Pierce’s suitcase, which holds secrets from everyone including its owner. When their worlds collide, their lives intertwine and when the world seems bent on bringing the two souls to their knees, fate has other plans for them. Caution: Contains adult language, New York City streets, tough life choices, sexual tension, stubborn brutes and swoon-worthy romance.
Diversity and the Gay Romance
When it comes to romances, let alone gay romances and diversity, everyone always opens a conversation about representation of POC, other religions, sexualities, genders, and cultures, which are all very important and are all things I try to consider thoroughly before I create new books and develop ideas. One of the things people always forget to mention when talking about diversity, is class.
I come from a working-class family and I grew up with just enough. Just enough to make it through the week, the month, the year. Money has always been a major character in my life story growing up and that has followed me to my adulthood. I couldn’t afford studying full-time without working full-time in the between. And even then I was making just enough.
Now how does that relate to gay romances, you might ask? It does every time I grab another copy of the latest romance and it is all about white, male, rich men and their difficult time finding the love of their lives. I always wondered how a book would deal with some of my real life experience. With my daily worries of paying bills, getting to work when I feel like crap, because I can’t afford to lose any more money, missing out on social events other people go to, because indulging in such activities would put me in debt, or worrying about moving houses when payday isn’t even close to the horizon.
Part of ‘The Guy With The Suitcase’, my debut gay romance, was born out of the need to speak to that audience and to speak of the struggle of such an experience.
Now, I may never have been homeless like Pierce and Rafe are in the book, but most of the things they go through in the novel hit too close to home. I wanted to write a happy-ever-after for someone who has always got the short end of the stick, who always worked hard trying to get somewhere to no avail, who always did his best not to lose hope, but whose life always had the last word. I wanted this book to be about the 98% and their search for love. I wanted to write the love story of amazing people who never get their tale told, because they’re not pretty enough, rich enough, or white enough to do so. And once I finished with my first story, I vowed to keep writing unlikely romances with unlikely pairings, just like Pierce and Rafe. That’s what my romance author persona Chris Ethan is all about and I hope his stories speak deeply to you as they do to him.
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About the Author
Chris Ethan is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris Ethan is also a persona for Rhys Christopher Ethan, author of fantasy and sci-fi. He uses Chris Ethan to share stories of adult queer romance with those who need it. Before you delve into his books however, be warned. He likes putting his characters through shitstorms and hates anything conventional. But then there’s that darned happy-ever-after. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!
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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