Jane Davitt on Gambling on Love ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Gambling on Love
Author: Jane Davitt
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 09/19/2016


When Gary and Abe came out to each other in their final year of high school, a longstanding friendship turned into a new love. Keeping their feelings a secret was easy until a coach caught them together in the locker room, and their fragile relationship shattered around them. Panicked, angry, and rejected by his mother, Gary fled town, breaking Abe’s eighteen-year-old heart.

Eleven years later Gary returns just as unexpectedly, crashing into Abe’s truck during a blizzard. He’s as arrogant and stubborn as ever—and just as irresistible. Time has changed them both in ways they never imagined, but the heat that flares between them is enough to thaw any ice.

While Abe discovers what Gary did to survive in the city, Gary realizes that Abe has grown into a man with needs to match his own, and they fall in love all over again. But Gary’s determination to carry out one final order from the rich, older man he lived with—and obeyed—for years means that a dead man’s plans might split them apart again . . . this time for keeps.

Realism in Books

Don’t believe everything you read in books. It can get you into trouble. Or in my case, to struggling up the side of a steep hill panting, sweating, with wobbly legs, muttering, “Bloody Drina!” under my breath.

I was in Edinburgh with my husband this summer, you see. By a coincidence, I was fresh off a re-read of the Jean Estoril series about Drina, a young ballet dancer. Drina and her friend Rose went to Edinburgh in one of the books and climbed Arthur’s Seat.

“We can do that,” I told David. “Lovely view over the city, and think how many stairs it’ll be on our Fitbits! It won’t take long; Drina and Rose went up it after breakfast and were back well before lunch.”

We love walking so the sight of the climb didn’t daunt us, but discovering we’d scrambled up an incredibly steep ridge, following a stream of other tourists for an hour, only to descend again and start over in another place that really did lead to the summit, was disheartening. The path was one-person wide in places, made of rocks embedded into the hillside. Did I mention it was steep?

“Drina found a path no one was using,” I remarked between puffs. “Scampered up. Find that path, David. Or get me air-lifted to the top or something.”

“If two teenaged girls can do it, so can we.”

“They were trained dancers! Peak of physical fitness! Oh thank God, a flat bit. Let’s sit down.”

We got to the summit. Then we descended, found a pub, and drank beer until we’d cooled off. When we arrived home in Canada, I read out the bit that lured me into spending two hours getting sweaty when I could’ve been sauntering around enticing shops or admiring ancient buildings.

“…they ignored the broad, gently winding path and set off up a small, grassy valley, where there was no one else at all. The sun was hot and they climbed slowly, finding the last part of the way very steep. They hauled each other up and then, rejoining the path, climbed the last stretch to the rocky summit…”

Drina Dances Again by Jean Estoril

Yeah. It was just like that. Well, it sort of was. But it missed bits.

It’s something I’m mindful of as a writer. Sure, you research and put warnings in about not trying the rotating sex sling with built-in dildo if your ceilings can’t take the weight, but how often does a throwaway line or a description lure a reader into following a character’s journey, only to be disenchanted?

‘Gambling on Love’ is set in Montana, near Missoula, and Las Vegas. I’ve never been to either place, but by the time I’d finished looking up names of local beers and gay bars, snowfall and average temperatures, roulette and hood sizes of trucks, I’d learned a few things I didn’t know.

Always a good day when that happens.

Sorry for yelling at you after I sat on a thistle, Drina.


Gambling on Love on Goodreads
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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Gambling on Love, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and four individuals will also receive their choice of one ebook from Jane’s backlist. That’s FIVE winners total! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 24, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

Jane Davitt is English, and has been living in Canada with her husband, two children, and two cats, since 1997. Writing and reading are her main occupations but if she ever had any spare time she might spend it gardening, walking, or doing cross stitch. She’s recently taken up yoga and loves discovering her ability to bend.

Jane has been writing since 2002 and wishes she’d started earlier. She is a huge fan of SF, fantasy, erotica, and mystery novels and has a tendency to get addicted to TV shows that get cancelled all too soon.

She owns over 4,000 books, rarely gives any away, but is happy to loan them, and is of the firm opinion that there is no such thing as “too many books.”

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17 thoughts on “Jane Davitt on Gambling on Love ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. The author didn’t want people to know how tired out Drina REALLY was after her hike! Thanks for the post

  2. Thank you for sharing. I’ve never been one to do things without researching but I know that’s not how other operate.
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  3. LOL! Yes, real life is different from books… Many writers just skip the boring, difficult parts, while others just rejoice in them… But I’m sure the view was worth the effort, wasn’t it?
    Congratulations on the release, Jane. The book sounds really good!

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