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Title: Andre in Flight
Author: Laura Lascarso
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 11/16/2016
When up-and-coming Miami painter Martin Fonseca encounters youthful pretty boy Andre Bellamy washing dishes in the kitchen of La Candela, he swears he’s known him before, intimately. But Andre only arrived in Miami weeks ago, after running away from small-town Alabama and his abusive father. When Martin discovers Andre trading sexual favors for a place to stay, he offers him a room in his studio apartment. As roommates only.
What starts as a playful friendship turns into something more as Andre begins posing for Martin, whose true passion is painting fantastical portraits. Martin’s obsession with Andre grows until they are sharing more than just flirtatious conversation. But when an eccentric art collector buys one of Martin’s paintings, Martin’s past jealousies resurface and threaten to destroy what he and Andre have so lovingly built.
For some of us who’ve been in a relationship that ended in heartbreak, we may be a little gun shy about starting a new one and perhaps a little extra critical of our new love interest.
In ANDRE IN FLIGHT, my main character, Martin, is in the throes of new love, one of the sweetest places to be, when you’re discovering your partner for the first time and slowly falling in love with all the aspects of their personality.
But for Martin, he’s convinced his new lover is too good to be true, and he keeps waiting for him to reveal what he calls his fatal flaw.
When I was in my early twenties, coming out of a long, complicated relationship, I too was like Martin, embarking tentatively on a new relationship while waiting for the bottom to fall out. It’s natural to want to protect your heart, especially if it’s been broken in the past. It’s also natural to want to put a toe in to test the waters, rather than jump in body, mind and soul.
But sometimes, this self-preservation instinct turns into unfounded suspicion, and you go looking for flaws that may or may not exist. You might find yourself testing your partner’s loyalty and devotion. Or, to prevent yourself from becoming too emotionally invested, you pull back and invent scenarios where your lover leaves you, so that you can preempt a painful break-up. And then you find you’ve unintentionally sabotaged a fledgling romance.
And here I want to differentiate between flaws and red flags, because you do want to protect yourself from potential abusers or lovers who might take advantage of you. Having a support network of people who are looking out for you is important. So, is treating yourself well and making good choices.
It’s hard to strike a balance between giving and earning trust with a new partner, especially when there are so many doubts and insecurities swirling around in your mind. But it’s important to look at situations as objectively as possible, be open about your own needs and boundaries, and above all else, communicate with each other.
Only when you allow yourself to be vulnerable with another person, are you able to build trust and share in true intimacy. Maybe too, you’ll discover those flaws, aren’t so fatal after all.
About the Author
Laura Lascarso lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. Her debut novel, Counting Backwards (Simon & Schuster 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for young adult literature. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform a society.
For social critiques, writer puns, and Parks and Rec gifs, follow her on Twitter @lauralascarso
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