Home is Where You Are Media Pack
Author: Emjay Haze
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: 1/26/18
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Part of the States of Love Series by DreamSpinner Press
Available for pre-sale
Home is Where You are
Blurb: For a chance at a future filled with love, he’ll have to face a painful past.
Eric, recently dumped by his boyfriend, is summoned home after his dad suffers a stroke. His family farm in rural Vermont holds memories he’d rather forget, but he—with his degree in agricultural business—is needed to clear up a predicament with the bank. In trying to forget the bad, Eric has also lost sight of the good: green meadows dotted with grass-fed dairy cows and the sugar maples that once produced the area’s finest maple syrup. With Eric’s help, they will again.
A captivating farmhand named Phil tempts Eric to give the countryside another chance, but before they can consider being together, Eric must move past more than his feelings for his ex-boyfriend—he’ll need to stand up to the ghosts that sent him running from the farm in the first place….
Something felt off. Drew’s car wasn’t in the driveway, yet the door was unlocked and the lights were on. Had they been broken into? Eric had only been gone a couple of hours at the gym. Eric carefully walked into their spacious living room and noticed two boxes, filled with Drew’s books, sitting on the floor next to the leather sofa.“What the...?” Not a break-in. Maybe a breakout?
“Hey, you’re back.” A man about Eric’s age, with a slight build and shock of blond hair, emerged out of his kitchen holding a bottle of beer from Eric’s refrigerator. The guy startled when he looked at Eric, like he was expecting someone else. Drew.
Eric glared at the intruder. “Who the hell are you?”
“Uh, um.” The guy looked around the room, shifting his feet. He seemed to come together as he walked over and reached out his hand. “I’m Sean. You must be Drew’s roommate.”
Roommate? That’s what Drew told him? Eric folded his arms and glared at the pixie, feeling a little better that he was making this guy squirm. “What’s going on, and who are you to Drew?” The guy shrank back. “Oh—
” Eric stared him down, enjoying his obvious discomfort.
“Babe!” A shout came from the front entrance, as the late afternoon sunlight flooded the room from the open door. Eric and Sean remained in their standoff as Drew bounded into the room. Since Drew never referred to Eric as “babe,” he must be talking to the twink.
“Oh, hey, Eric. So I have great news.” He brings a guy into their apartment, leaves him alone to do God knows what, and offers no explanation, but has great news?
This ought to be good.
“You know that promotion I was trying to get?” Drew was the golden boy at the bank where they worked in downtown Burlington. He’d been groomed for management, and Eric knew it was only a matter of time before Drew was made bank manager. He was tall, good-looking, and smart. He also had a sharp tongue and always knew exactly what to say in a room full of executives. Eric envied that about him. “I wasn’t going to say anything until Monday morning when it’s official, but...”
Eric blinked. “Did you get it?” What did that have to do with what was going on here?
“I’m moving to New York,” he announced.
“They’ve made me account executive for the main branch. I’ll transfer my accounts to you over
the next couple of weeks.”
“I didn’t know you applied for a transfer.” How long had this been in the works, and when was he planning to tell Eric? That still didn’t explain why he was leaving the apartment now. He knew Eric would be gone.
“You know I’ve always loved the city.”
Yeah, our city. Okay, Burlington, Vermont wasn’t bustling like New York, but it had a spectacular view of the mountains. Their apartment was minutes from historic Church Street Mall and overlooked Lake Champlain. Eric loved looking out their massive picture window. Sometimes he swore he could see the mysterious legend, Champ, who had supposedly lived in the lake for thousands of years, diving under the water.
Drew moved away from Eric and stood next to Sean, who curled into him. Eric seethed. They looked too comfortable for this to be a new thing.
Eric folded his arms and frowned. “This seems really sudden.”
Drew shrugged. “Hey, babe?” He addressed the uncomfortable-looking twink again, who looked up at him with adoring eyes like a puppy whose owner just came home after a long day. Eric expected his tongue to hang out and an invisible tail to begin wagging. “Wait outside for me?”
“So who is that?” Eric asked once Sean was out of ear range.
“Sean.” Drew stood with his arms folded. He clearly didn’t want to explain the guy. Eric rolled his eyes.
“And who is he to you?”
“Eric, let’s not do this.” Drew sighed as though irritated by the questioning.
“Do what? Are you breaking up with me?”
“We’re not boyfriends.” Then what were they? They’d been sleeping together for the past year. But that’s all they did. Humiliation seeped into his gut as he realized the truth. Their relationship was a sham.
“And you and that guy are?” Eric felt his face warm. What the fuck. This day sucked.
I have a rafflecopter giveaway of 3 e-copies of Home is Where you Are, and a Grand prize of the e-book and a gift pack of Vermont maple syrup and maple candy.
Thank you so much for having me.
- Is there a genre you haven’t written in that you would love to write?
I used to love to read spy novels and my favorite author was Robert Ludlum. His books were so intelligent and interesting. I think it would be a lot of fun to write a book like that. I can’t promise the main character wouldn’t be a gay man, but the story wouldn’t really be about that, it would just be a part of him.
- When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I think I always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t really know how to start. I took a novel writing workshop from writer’s digest probably thirty years ago, before I had kids and really knew nothing. I learned so much from writing fanfiction and then getting a degree in creative writing that
- Do you have any pets? If you could choose any pet you want, fictional or real, what would you choose?
I have a year-old, seventy-five-pound mutt named Max who’s the love of my life, lol. A cat named Tux, who stays outside most of the time because of Max, a gecko and tank full of tropical ocean fish. I used to be totally a cat person, but our last dog Toby, biggest sweetheart ever, and Max have worn me down.
- Who is your favorite character in a book/story you have written and why?
I can’t answer that. It’s like picking your favorite child. I love all of my guys equally 😊.
However, there are some minor characters that I absolutely loved writing. In this story, there was Darla, the bartender, and Donny. They’re both really cool and I could definitely be friends with them. In my book scheduled to come out later this year, After Hours, Andrea is my favorite besides my boys Alex and Nick. She’s a hoot and I enjoyed writing her a lot. She’s feisty and has a great sense of humor.
- What’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or both?
I’m definitely a pantser. I try making a general outline, but don’t usually get very far, because I don’t know where the story is going yet. I’ve gotten better, but I really just like writing and seeing where stuff will go. I love when my characters surprise me.
- Why did you decide to write Gay Romance?
About 9 years ago, I started reading fanfiction based off a celeb, and it was all m/m stories. I fell in love with the genre and wrote fanfic myself for years when I decided to get one of my stories published. I’ve been writing gay romance ever since.
- What are you currently working on? What can we expect from you in the future?
I have a three-book series I’m working on right now, called After Hours. The first is in editing and I’m currently writing the second one.
- If you were stranded on a desert island, besides food and water, what could you not live without?
My phone and laptop, definitely. I need both, lol. I spend way too much time on my phone playing games, but the laptop is an extension of me. It’s where I write.
- How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Usually driving in the car, lol. There’s one road that’s near my house and it’s tree-lined. Not sure if that’s why, but that seems to be where ideas just pop into my head and I’ll think, that would be a great story. I have to quickly write them down, though, or I’ll forget them.
- Out of any characters you've written, who are you most like?
I don’t think I’m like any of my characters, lol. But, I think traits that either I am like, or I wish I was like, pop into some of my characters, especially the secondary ones.
- What's the biggest challenge you face when writing?
Getting started. Focusing. I get easily distracted. My phone’s sitting right there open to my favorite game, email’s open on my desktop, etc. Sometimes, I close all my browsers and put the phone away so I can concentrate. Once I get going though, it’s on.
Emjay Haze is a Pennsylvania girl living in a Virginia world, growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs and moving to Northern Virginia to follow her now husband of twenty-plus years. She has two kids in college, a year-old puppy named Max, a black-and-white cat named Tux, a gecko named Rex, a yellow tang called Reggie, and we hear the eels are coming this week.
The family pastime is baseball, specifically the Nationals. She’s also a huge Redskins fans and loves classic rock. Emjay graduated with a degree in Creative Writing in 2015 after realizing it was the only thing she really wanted to do.
She has a wide and diverse work history in the fields of travel, hotel management, high-tech communications, web development, real estate, and the nonprofit health care industry where she has held positions such as travel agent, hotel concierge, web programmer, Realtor, account manager, and many, many others, giving her a varied and unique set of experiences that she draws upon in her stories and characters.
Emjay fell in love with the m/m romance genre after discovering the world of fanfiction several years ago and hasn’t looked back. Her family keeps asking when she’ll write something they can read, but she’s still having too much fun with her boys. Her goal is to broaden the minds of those who might not normally pick up a gay romance because it’s more about the person than the sexuality. She’ll take you on a roller-coaster journey, but you’ll always get a happy ending.
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