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Title: Mapping the Forest
Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: 11/04/2016
Happily ever after has no map, but sometimes fate sends a guiding light.
Gabe Rice, a seasonal ranger at the Rocky Mountain National Park, can’t seem to get his life on the right trail. He loves the rugged beauty of the land, and there is no place he would rather live than the mountain community of Estes Park. But after six years, Gabe is beginning to wonder if he’ll ever get a full-time position or find love. When Gabe sees Luis—and hears his gorgeous singing—he’s compelled to meet him.
Luis Martinez, the new owner of a hotel and steak ride business in Estes, left California and a career as a therapist for a fresh start in Colorado. But even the beauty of the mountains can’t help him forget the past or move forward. Unprepared for his strong attraction to Gabe, Luis is ready to run and hide from emotions he never thought he’d have again.
Suddenly the path ahead opens to a future that looks brighter for both of them, if they can find the courage to walk forward—together.
Hiking Into Romance
Mapping the Forest is a first for me. I thought I’d try something new. Something old, actually, but new for me. I wanted to do a more typical romance. All of my novels have a romance in them, but they often take a back seat to whatever story I was telling. In this book, and the series, I wanted to have the romance take center stage.
Romance, to me, is an interesting thing. One that I’ve struggled with, actually. I’ve learned for a book to be considered romance, it needs to have a Happily Ever After. Part of me chaffs at that. If you pick up book and the main conflict is the will they or won’t they get together, it seems to take some of the joy out of it if you’re guaranteed from page one that they will, in fact, get together. That’s part of the reason I’ve stayed away from the purest form of romance.
However, I decided to dive in. While there are other conflicts in the book and other story lines, the driving force behind Mapping the Forest is Gabe and Luis’s journey to becoming a couple. Spoiler alert, that isn’t really a spoiler, Gabe and Luis do get together. To my surprise, I was able to loose myself in the story of their beginning relationship. To find captivation in the subtle differences in each man’s journey and experience that made them a good match and would draw them together.
Why a more typical romance? I wanted to sprout new feathers to help with my attempts to fly.
Though most of my books are published with a romance publisher, there isn’t a one where most of the reviews don’t start with, ‘This isn’t really a romance. . .’ I’m sure I’ll get the stray review like that, but I think they will be few and far between.
What you hold in your hands (it’s release day, and I’m going to be hopeful, so let’s say you are holding the book/ebook in your hands) is Brandon Witt’s first, genuine attempt to write a romance. Sure, it still has my style and little fucked up parts that make it mine, but here you go, a Brandon Witt Romance. And, yes, the world stopped spinning for a brief second as I typed that sentence. Sorry for any whiplash you might have experienced.
By the way, here’s my current definition of romance—Knowing someone’s shit, their hurts, their flaws and choosing to love them, all of them, and allowing those same dark bits to balance your own weaknesses and imperfections.
I look forward to hearing what you think about my first real romance. I hope you enjoy it. I hope it bring tears to your eyes and warmth to your heart.
Now, please hop over to The Novel Approach for the next stop on the blog tour, where you will discover how two of the main characters in this book and series came to life. How they were birthed will most definitely warm your heart.
I will randomly pick a person from the comments to receive a $5 Amazon gift card.
About the Author
Brandon Witt’s outlook on life is greatly impacted by his first eighteen years of growing up gay in a small town in the Ozarks, as well as fifteen years as a counselor and special education teacher for students with severe emotional disabilities. Add to that his obsession with corgis and mermaids, then factor in an unhealthy love affair with cheeseburgers, and you realize that with all those issues, he’s got plenty to write about….
Blog Tour Stops:
October 28- MM Good Book Reviews
November 2 – My Fiction Nook
November 3 – Open Skye Book Reviews
November 4 – Prism Book Alliance
November 4 – The Novel Approach
November 7 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
November 9 – Love Bytes
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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