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Author: Robert Winter
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 12/09/2016
David James is smart, successful, handsome… and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At forty-eight, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more, as they navigate a new relationship in Washington, DC, and the gay mecca of Provincetown.
But David remains trapped behind the barrier of fear and guilt. Will he remain loyal to Kyle’s memory if he moves on? Can he and Brandon manage a twenty-two-year age gap? Brandon thinks he understands David’s concerns, and for him, the answer to those questions is yes. He wants to be with David, and he believes he can overcome David’s barriers. But Brandon fails to account for the world’s reaction to a handsome young man attached to an older, wealthy lover. David’s memories, Brandon’s pride, and an unexpected tragedy might cost them something very special.
The Significance of the Title “September”
I’m often asked why my debut novel is called “September”. Maybe its because my own birthday is in September, but I’ve always found the word evokes a certain touch of both excitement and melancholy. When we’re young, September signals the end of summer vacation and the return to school, but also the promise of autumn. September occurs more than halfway through the year, and yet several months remain in which to look forward to Halloween and the holidays that end the year including Thanksgiving and Christmas. That dual sense of melancholy and promise is something I tried to evoke in my book.
The first character we meet in September is David James, a forty-eight-year old lawyer. He’s been alone since the death of his long-term lover Kyle from cancer. Kyle died two years before the story begins, and David finds himself emerging from a cocoon of grief into a world where he is lonely and facing fifty. Statistically, more than half of his life is over. He has already accomplished many things professionally, amassed some money and a nice house, made friends, for all of which he is grateful and proud. On the other hand, he has also found and lost the man he thought would be his partner for life. David understands that his material comforts and law career are not enough, and he wonders whether he will face the remaining decades alone.
Brandon, the twenty-six-year old physical therapist helping David recover from a shoulder injury, coaxes him out of his shell and gets him out on a practice coffee date. When the connection between them begins to deepen, David is extremely conscious of his own age and Brandon’s youth, while Brandon is blasé about the difference. For David, it’s a bit like that excitement of returning to school combined with the terror of not knowing what this may all mean and where it might go. David confides in his friend Chris that he is worried about the May-December thing, but Chris chides him and says, “First off, you’re not even fifty years old, so let’s drop the December comments. At most this is a May-September situation.”
That comment was intended not only to emphasize the time of David’s life, but also to preview some significant developments. To avoid any spoilers, let me just say that the period in the story from May to September is difficult for both David and Brandon. The harsh summer gives way to some key events in September – not least of which is David’s forty-ninth birthday – that set the stage for the rest of the book and will determine if these two men can find a way to honor what they mean to each other.
Thank you for reading this post, and I hope it inspires you to take a chance on September. Also, thank you to Brandilyn and Prism Book Alliance for helping to introduce my book. Happy holidays to each and every one of you!
What does September mean to you? One random commenter with thoughtful, relevant comments will win a signed copy of September. Contest closes December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
About the Author
Robert Winter is a recovering lawyer who likes writing about hot men in love much more than drafting a legal brief. He left behind the (allegedly) glamorous world of an international law firm to sit in his home office and dream up ways to torment his characters until they realize they are perfect for each othe
Robert divides his time between Washington, DC, and Provincetown, MA. He splits his attention between Andy, his partner of fifteen years, and Ling the Adventure Cat, who likes to fly in airplanes and explore the backyard jungle as long as the temperature and humidity are just right.
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