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Title: Block and Strike
Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay, Gay Romance, New Adult
Release Date: 01/06/2017
Jacob Kendricks is three months out of prison, estranged from his daughter, and ready to get his life on track. Taking care of the bum curled up on his doorstep isn’t part of the plan. When he realizes the man has been assaulted, Jake takes him to the hospital, where he learns that Max is his downstairs neighbor… and that he could really use a friend. Keeping Max in the friend-zone would be easier if he wasn’t so damned cute.
Maxwell Wilson has been bullied for years and the only person who ever cared lives too far away to come to his rescue. Now his upstairs neighbor is offering support. Max remains cautious, suspecting he is little more than a project for the handsome Jake. When he learns Jake has had boyfriends as well as girlfriends, Max has to reevaluate his priorities—and muster the courage to take a chance at love.
Just when a happy future is within their grasp, life knocks them back down. A devastating blow leaves Max lower than ever and Jake wrestling with regret. They both have to find the strength to stand on their own before they can stand together.
My Favourite Driving Movies
Max gets his love of cars from me. My dad raced, I used to race (in an amateur league) and I really enjoy watching motor racing, from Formula one through stock (NASCAR), sports car and drag racing. Drag racing is nuts, but I love watching it.
I also really, really enjoy watching driving movies. I love the stunts, the engine sounds and the adrenaline. No, I do not picture myself in a driving movie when navigating the narrow and winding roads around my house. Not at all.
Here, in no particular order are my favourite driving movies. For reference, I like to imagine Jake introducing Max to the genre and sitting back with a wide grin as Max becomes obsessed!
The Fast and the Furious
I own all these movies. I’ve watched them all multiple times. I spend months hyperventilating before the next one hits theatres because I’m just that excited. Seriously. It’s the cars and the driving and the stunts. The fact the stunts are totally over the top and often not quite plausible but executed in such a way that you just don’t freaking care. It looks awesome and you want to do it. But it’s also the story and the characters. The underlying message of found family and the bonds of friendship that bind this crew. I’m not ashamed of the fact I sobbed through most of Furious 7. My daughter sobbed next to me. We’re just that invested.
Finally, I love the actors who continually reprise their roles. They’re well cast and they are among my favourites. Paul Walker is sadly missed in this household. L
There are two things that define a Jason Statham film—driving and mixed martial arts. The guy excels at both. Looks good doing both. Makes me want to do both.
The driving in this movie (and in the sequels) is epic. What always fascinates me about The Transporter, though, is not only the fact that driving well is a marketable skill—one highly sought after—but that the story proves it, over and again. The other aspect I love is Frank’s morally grey character—and the fact he has constructed a rule book to deal with this. If someone contravenes one of his rules, or forces him to do so, he’s allowed to react. So his life is like a metaphor for his style of driving—sometimes you just have to go off-road.
The Cannonball Run
If you haven’t seen this movie, stop reading this post and get on that. Seriously. No, it’s not going to change your life, but check out this cast: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Elam, Adrienne Barbeau, Terry Bradshaw, Jackie Chan, Bert Convy, Jamie Farr and Peter Fonda. Back when this movie was made, that was just about everyone.
The premise is simple—it’s a wild, cross-country race full of eccentric characters that will do anything to win. So, it’s fun. Lots of fun, and full of cool cards, ridiculous cars and lots of chase scenes.
I could write a whole blog post on these movies. They combine a post-apocalyptic world with a loner hero, cool cars and lots of driving. What’s not to love? I’ve linked the original film here, but my favourite “driving” scene could be the awesome parade in Fury Road.
Jason Statham, again, driving and kicking ass, again. I also love the premise of this one. I’m a self-confessed apocalypse geek, so I’m always interested in stories set after the collapse of civilization as we know it. This one is over the top, but that’s what makes movies like this worth the watch, really.
When you’re putting someone like Jason Statham in the lead, you need a plot (and a world) that showcases his skills. 😀
Thanks for following my tour! At the end of every post, I’ll be asking a question. Leave a comment with your answer (and your email address). Every comment throughout the tour counts as an entry in my giveaway. Two winners will each receive $25 (US or equivalent) to spend at the Dreamspinner Press store.
Question: Do you have a favourite driving movie?
At the end of every post, I’ll be asking a question. Leave a comment with your answer (and your email address). Every comment throughout the tour counts as an entry in my giveaway. Two winners will each receive $25 (US or equivalent) to spend at the Dreamspinner Press store.
About the Author
If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.
Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.
Follow the Tour!
1/6 The Novel Approach “Behind the Book”
1/6 Just Love: Queer Book Reviews “Jake’s Book”
1/9 Sinfully Gay Romance “Writing Kids and Family”
1/9 MM Good Book Reviews “Character Casting”
1/10 Joyfully Jay “The Max and Jake Playlist”
1/10 Boy Meets Boy Reviews “Chatting with Jake and Max”
1/11 Love Bytes “Martial Arts Movies”
1/11 Prism Book Alliance “Driving Movies”
1/12 Gay Book Reviews “Learning to Make Noise – Why I Study Self Defense”
1/12 Diverse Reader “Hobbies”
1/13 Rick R. Reed “Fruit of the Forest Pie”
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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