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Title: Glass Tidings
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 12/05/2016
Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus to Texas after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.
He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.
Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.
Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.
But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.
Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.
Recent Release Spotlight with Amy Jo Cousins
- We are here today to talk about Glass Tidings. What can you tell us about it?
Hi! Glass Tidings is about two grumpy loners, both of whom think they don’t really “do Christmas” despite being totally wrong about that! It’s also about valuing your own art, being stuck in the past, creating your own families, people who read together, and the weirdness and wonderfulness of small towns.
- Please tell us more about our main characters.
Eddie is an orphan and a bit of a drifter, working Renaissance faires around the country as a glass artist, although he sees himself as more of a factory worker, turning out thousands of the same trinkets, season after season. Gray is basically a hermit, who’s cut himself off from the world except for the eight weeks a year he runs the Christmas shop he inherited from his parents in the small town he grew up in. They’re both deeply lonely, although they’d never admit any such thing.
- What about Glass Tidings makes you the proudest?
I wrote this book during a pretty rough period of my life, so mostly I’m just proud it got written at all. Plus, it’s a story about finding love at what can be a terribly lonely time of the year, which is what I love most about holiday romances.
- What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
I planned for this book to be a standalone story, but there are a couple of secondary characters I’m super tempted to write about in the future. (This always happens to me, I should admit.) We’ll see what my schedule is like for next year. Maybe I’ll be back in this town again…
- What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
I’ve had several people who spent time being homeless or “housing insecure” during college talk to me after reading Off Campus, telling me how much it meant to them to read about a part of their lives that was really hard. I’ve cried, like, three times while talking to people about it.
- What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?
It’s almost always the characters first, but every once in a while I’ll get a scene or a plot and then have to figure everything else out. Off Campus was a scene that ended up being about a third of the way through the book. It was so vivid in my brain, before I had any idea who these two guys were. With Nothing Like Paris, I knew the antagonist from OC needed to be redeemed and that was going to happen back in his small hometown after he got kicked out of school, but I didn’t know who the other main character was going to be at first. But since I love writing series, a lot of times the characters have already shown up as secondaries in an earlier book, so I have them right off the bat.
- Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?
I almost never abandon a draft, because most of my books have been sold before I write them. I have deadlines and bills to pay! Plus, I don’t usually commit to writing a book until I’m pretty sure I’ve got a solid story figured out. And yes, I have a huuuuuuuge doc called Notes for the Future, where I write up story ideas that have been bouncing around my head long enough for me to have a decent amount of detail figured out about them. It’s fun to go through to doc sometimes and strikethrough the ideas that turned into published books, plus remind myself of some of the fun stories I’ve got waiting for me.
- How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?
Names are a big deal to me. I can start writing a story without knowing for sure what I’m going to name the characters, but that’s only because I’m looking for the exact right name to fit what I already know about them. In Glass Tidings, I knew Eddie was the orphan child of a woman of Portuguese heritage who got pregnant young in Gloucester, Massachusetts and drifted halfway across the country with a kid and a drug problem after leaving home. Almost none of that shows up in the book, but I knew all that before I figured out that Eddie’s last name was Rodrigues.
- If you could get one thing from a sex toy store without question, what would it be?
A Sybian! But someone’s gotta pay for that sucker, because it’s a super expensive sex machine I read about that costs $1500. You said it would be free, right? Wow, this is TMI, I bet. But I read a fascinating interview with a Canadian guy who brings them to kink clubs & parties, and now I’m ridiculously curious.
- If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate?
I’m currently working on a series with a very complicated timeline, so I’d love to talk to KJ Charles and Suzanne Brockmann and find out how they plotted the Society of Gentlemen and Troubleshooters series, because they did that so well.
- Do you remember a character talking about a particular food and it made you want to eat it RIGHTNOW? and if yes, what was it?
Um, everything in Jeffe Kennedy’s Ruby? That book is set in New Orleans and features a Dom hero who is also a chef. Everything he cooked was soaked in butter and rich flavors and I was hungry the whole time I read it, especially for the scallops!
- What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m reading an ARC of Santino Hassell’s next Five Boroughs book and loving it. His writing makes me crazy, it’s so good. Then I’m reading Eli Easton’s new Christmas romance, which I’m super excited about. Plus, I’ve got this awesome book about a minor league ball club I’m reading for research purposes, Slouching Toward Fargo. It’s great.
- Rapid Fire Time:
Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed
cinnamon or maple? Cinnamon
West Wing or Friday Night Lights? West Wing!
Paddle or flogger? Paddle
Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver? Light saber
Favorite meal? Peasant food: bread, cheese, olives, cured meats
Spring or Fall? Fall
Music or TV/Movies? TV/Movies
Call or text? Text
Sex or Chocolate? Sex
Cat in the Hat or Horton Hears a Who? Horton Hears a Who
first pet and name? A hamster named Bridget
Coffee, black or doctored? Diet Coke 😉
Baseball or Cricket? Baseball
Red Heads or Blondes? Red heads
Kirk or Picard? Picard
Multiple choice questions or essay questions? Essays!
To celebrate the release of Glass Tidings, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 10, 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
Amy Jo Cousins writes contemporary romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. She lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series.
Connect with Amy Jo:
- Website: amyjocousins.com/
- Blog: amyjocousins.com/blog/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmyJoCousins/
- Twitter: @_AJCousins
- Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/amyjocousins/
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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