Hello everyone! Today I am gossiping –oops—chatting with AM. Author about their new releases Foundation of Trust and Stand By You.
How did you come up with the title? Does it have a special meaning?
For FOUNDATION OF TRUST, the title absolutely has a meaning. I wanted to keep with the theme of the other Cost of Repairs novels, as well as keep the title style. Trust is the main issue at play between the main characters of David and Owen. They’ve both been hurt, they’ve hurt each other, and there has been miscommunication between them, so at the start of the novel, there is a huge lack of trust. Rebuilding that trust is what will give them a foundation upon which to establish a new relationship.
For STAND BY YOU, the title came from the marketing department. I’d had a different title throughout the editing process, but at one point someone said no, give us other options. STAND BY YOU was the option they chose.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t generally like to write “message books.” Do readers find meaning in the stories? I hope so. Do I tend to deal with timely or difficult subject matter? Definitely. If FOUNDATION OF TRUST had a message, I think it would be about honestly and forgiveness. You can’t let go and truly love another person if a part of your heart is still angry or hateful. Even if that hate is part of your past, you need to let go and move forward. For STAND BY YOU, I think the message could be no matter how broken or damage, or unlovable you think you are, chances are you’re wrong.
When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively ?
It really depends on the book. STAND BY YOU came to me nearly fully formed. I knew the characters, their families, their histories, and I knew pretty much exactly how the story would play out. It’s one of the mostly quickly written books of my career, because the story just came pouring out of me.
FOUNDATION OF TRUST was less so. The two heroes had such a complicated history that I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to find their happily ever after. I learned it all as I wrote, and sometimes those guy surprised me with the things they said and did.
If your book was made into a movie who would play the parts?
Hmmm….FOUNDATION OF TRUST. Justin Hartley as David Weller (he has that suave, arrogant, totally gorgeous thing going), and Owen Hart…I’ve seen some recent pictures of Zachary Levi sporting dark hair and scruff. If he could pull off a muddled Australian accent, I could see him opposite Justin.
STAND BY YOU. I don’t even think I could cast this film. Romy and Brendan are so clear to me in my head that I wouldn’t even know where to start in considering actors.
What is the book you would bring with you on a desert island?
Watership Down by Richard Adams. It is by far my favorite novel. It’s long and dense, with so much mythology and detail that by the time you get to the end, you easily reread from the beginning. And don’t be afraid of it because it’s about rabbits. It’s a fantastic novel about adventure and friendship and loyalty.
If this is part of a series what’s next? What are you working on now?
Both of these novels wrap up the series that they are a part of. STAND BY YOU is the third book in a loosely connected trilogy. I do have another book in that same universe that is technically a spin-off, as it focuses on a different group of friends. GETTING IT RIGHT will come out with Carina early 2015. I’m also finishing up the sequel to that one.
FOUNDATION OF TRUST is last the Cost of Repairs book for now. However (don’t panic!), I have a spin-off series in the works that stays in Pennsylvania, but moves out of Stratton and onto a different set of characters. The first in that series, THE TRUTH AS HE KNOWS IT, releases 2/10/15, and I’m currently working on the sequel that one. I’m also working on a standalone novel featuring a character you’ll meet in FOUNDATION OF TRUST. So there are lots of new books and characters to look forward to for 2015!
Book Name: Foundation of Trust
Foundation of Trust:
Publisher: Foundation of Trust: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Foundation of Trust: Lyn Taylor
Foundation of Trust:
David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for the future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything he thought was solid and real lay in pieces at his feet.
Four years later, he’s still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership occupies his days, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. Then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life.
Owen Hart’s single biggest regret is the way he was forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of lies, Owen’s back for the only man he’s ever loved.
An incendiary encounter in a club proves that time hasn’t weakened their physical connection, but David’s wounds run deeper than Owen’s deception. And if David can’t first forgive, Owen doesn’t have a second chance in hell.
Warning: This book contains an Australian transplant with a head full of secrets, a party planner with enough baggage to sink a battleship, and a surly teenager who just wants them both to get over themselves.
Foundation of Trust:
A shadow drifted across Owen’s face—the same shadow that had been there almost constantly that first year. An angry shadow that had diminished under the brilliance of their love for each other. “We had to, me and my son both. Michael was born Benjamin Hadley Swenson.”
“But why?” David needed to know why he’d been lied to for so long. Why he’d fallen in love with a man whose name he never really knew.
“To protect us from the man who killed Michael’s mother and grandfather.”
“You told me his mother was killed during a home invasion.”
“I used parts of the truth to fashion the lie. Makes it easier to remember. She was killed by a man who had no business in that house, but he wasn’t there to rob anyone. He was a dangerous man, and I did what I had to do to protect my son.”
Foundation of Trust:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/foundation-of-trust-am-arthur/1119742287?ean=9781619221765
Stand by You
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Good Reads link Stand by You:
Stand by You: Publisher Carina Press
Stand by You
Three months after his rescue from an abusive boyfriend, twenty-two-year-old Romy Myers has landed his first legitimate job—bussing tables at his friend’s new coffee shop. The job has brought him some stability after years of abuse have left him feeling damaged and broken. He’s working hard on his panic and social anxiety, and those things are often tempered by the big, burly presence of Brendan Walker.
From the moment ex-football player Brendan helped rescue Romy from his ex’s abuse, he’s wanted to protect him. And he does, from a distance, with joking text messages, a new gym routine to toughen him up and a genuine friendship. So far it’s been easy—but Brendan’s feelings aren’t just friendly anymore…
When an argument spirals out of control, a hot and heavy make-out session causes Romy’s friendship with supposedly straight Brendan to reach a new level. The last thing Romy wants is to fall for another guy who could potentially shatter him, but Brendan also wakes up a part of him he thought had been destroyed by violence—his heart.
Excerpt: Stand by You
“So make a plan for yourself.” Romy was getting excited over the idea of Brendan going back to college—maybe because Romy had never gone and probably never would. He didn’t even have his GED. And here he was giving Brendan career advice when the longest job he’d ever held in his life was as a hooker. “Figure out what it will cost to go back and finish. Figure out how you’ll save the money. Nothing is impossible, Bren, not if you want it bad enough.”
Brendan looked at him, chocolate brown eyes catching his, and something in that moment changed. Like a snap or a zing, Romy couldn’t describe it. Only that his words had touched something in Brendan, and that something leapt across the space between them and right into Romy. His pulse raced.
Romy broke eye contact first, using the untwisting of his bottle cap as an excuse to kill the odd charge between them. Not happening. Not again, and not with Brendan. Brendan wasn’t even gay!
You can buy Stand by You at Stand by You:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stand-by-you-am-arthur/1119947645?ean=9781426899195
Meet A.M. Arthur
Author Bio: A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) and “The Young Riders” with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
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You can find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), as well as on Twitter (http://twitter.com/am_arthur), Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur), and Facebook (A.m. Arthur).
A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your cooking tips (or book comments).
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