This is the second stop on my blog tour. I’m already having such fun, as I always do on these tours, talking about various aspects of writing, and getting to know all of you. Thanks so much for following the tour. If this is your first stop, feel free to go back and comment on yesterday’s post at Bike’s Book Reviews to be entered to win one of five prizes. More about that later.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Grace. It’s always fun coming to your blog.
This is the first stop where I’ll actually be talking about the book. Yesterday’s post was a review by Bike’s Books so, while that was about the book, it wasn’t me talking about it. So today a brief introduction into my first young adult title.
I don’t consider it a childish book, and I don’t talk down to readers. Younger readers will probably enjoy it and it’s safe for them to read, but I’ve been told that it’s quite enjoyable by an older adult audience. It actually deals with some pretty heavy stuff: faith vs religion, homophobia, teen homelessness (briefly), taking responsibility for your actions and growing up, and of course death.
While it doesn’t have any sex, due to the age of the characters, I’d like to think it makes up for it in their tender and loving interactions and the fact that they truly change each other’s lives. Russ is an arrogant, self-centered, juvenile delinquent at the beginning of the story who thinks he can do no wrong and everyone else is to blame for the crappy things that happen to him, including the community service that he is sentenced to at the beginning of the book. By the end of the book, he’s found someone besides himself that’s he’s willing to do anything for.
CJ puts on a brave front with a twinkle in his eye and a perpetual smile. Some of the staff at the hospital where he lives knows him well enough to know that there must be some insecurity underneath that façade but he rarely lets anyone see it. For some reason, Russ worms his way pass CJ’s defenses quickly. CJ feels comfortable enough with Russ to show him his insecurities and even his fear of dying.
I think there is enough happening on various levels throughout the book that people of all ages will enjoy it. I’ve been told that the fact that it’s a young adult title may put some older readers off. I hope not. The adults who have already read it seemed to enjoy it.
Will I do another young adult book? I’m not really sure. I didn’t really mean to do this one. For some reason, the story came to my mind almost full-blown and the characters insisted they were seventeen. So…young adult.
What about all of you? Writers, do you write a mix of young adult and older, higher rated romance? Or do you stick to one or the other? Readers? Do you read both or stick to one? Older readers, do you still read young adult titles? Comment below for chance to win.
Here’s how the giveaway will work. Visit as many sites as you want, as often as you want. Each comment will enter you to win one of the following prizes: 1st) An autographed paperback copy of Ray of Sunlight, 2nd) An electronic copy of Ray of Sunlight, 3rd) Your choice of audio or electronic copy of Living Again, 4th) An electronic copy of Through the Years, and 5th) an electronic copy of Haunted. The takeovers for Harmony Ink’s blog and Facebook page will be part of the tour, so comments on there will count. I will draw the winners during the FB takeover and will announce them then, but will come back and announce it to all the sites too. So, you don’t have to leave your email address here if you don’t want to, just remember to check back. You’re also welcome to leave your email in the comments if you’d rather or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading of “just in case”, so I can contact you if you win, if you don’t want to have to stop back by the blog sites. You don’t have to be present at the FB takeover to win.
Thanks for playing.
Ray of Sunlight
Russ Michaels has his whole life ahead of him but no plans beyond dropping out of school as soon as he turns eighteen. He’s been in and out of juvenile detention for the last four years and thoroughly expects to end up in an adult penitentiary at some point. He hates life and everyone in it, especially this latest community service that he earned in lieu of juvie yet again.
CJ Calhoun has big plans. He wants to bring joy and happiness to sick and injured children for as long as he can by performing as a clown. The problem is, he has stage-four cancer and a horrible prognosis.
When circumstances throw these two polar opposites together, they find they have more in common than they imagined. CJ discovers Russ’s talent for art and arranges for Russ to create a mural in the hospital foyer, which leads to a tentative scholarship to the Art Institute. As life changes in ways neither of them could have expected, Russ must work harder than ever to better himself as CJ struggles with his deteriorating health.
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Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.
Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who encourage her writing and provide a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.