Friday, August 31, 2012

Ripped Release, Juicy Tidbits and a Give away!

Okay, how can anyone not admire that gorgeous chest and want to lick the water droplets from those abs? And that's just the cover!

The Blurb:
Lifeguard/artist Gavin White has been holding the ripped shreds of his life together by the seams. Facing the anniversary of his sister's death, he fights the dark call of dependency and is at the edge of succumbing when his best friend since preschool returns to his life. Handsome geek-turned-hunk, Erik Clarke, wasn't afraid to come out and had been bold enough to kiss Gavin the last time they were together. Damn that kiss. Gavin wants more. So much more, but he was never brave enough to tell Erik his dreams. With his future hanging by a tattered thread, Gavin must trade one temptation for another or risk ripping his life apart.

The Juicy Bits:
Ripped was supposed to be a short, fun m/m for the Boys of Summer series. I like conflict, and one of the heroes, Gavin, has a bit of baggage, which wasn’t revealed to me until I got to a certain shower scene. He’s a child of an alcoholic, and he suffers a lot of guilt and pain from that past. This wasn’t a direction I really wanted to go, seeing I am also a child of an alcoholic, and some of Gavin’s issues were my issues. But I considered it a way to purge, so I wrote it. The story is in no way autobiographical, and I think Gavin had the harder road to travel.

Two interesting things I discovered while writing Ripped. One was how I still have a very strong concept of ‘safe,’ meaning safe havens, safe people, safe jobs. When your home isn’t a safe place as a child, you tend to create these pockets of safe in your life. I had a huge upheaval of safe places this summer when I lost a job of 12 years due to sale of the company, and that was hard.

The other interesting thing was that Erik, Gavin’s best friend since preschool, never knew the extent of Gavin’s suffering. I have a friend I’ve known since I was ten, and she verified that no, I don’t talk about that aspect of my life. She knew my dad yelled, but she never knew why I practically lived at her (safer) home.

Anyway, that's a little bit about what went into the story. Since you've been good and read to the end, leave me a comment and I'll give away a copy of Ripped, your choice of e-format. If you're not into m/m (silly rabbit) then I'll give one of Spy Games: Trained for Seduction or Exceeding Boundaries.

The book isn't on B&N yet but my awesome publisher has all of your format needs!

Buy Links for the Amazon lovers:


Mindy said...

Awesome cover, Mia :)
I love the background of how Gavin's problems were at least partially from your own experience, it goes to show how everyone CAN overcome less than perfect pasts.

Mindy :)
An ex-shy, ex-stutterer

Mia Downing said...

Hi Mindy! I'll admit, this was a really hard story for me to write. I'm glad I did, though. Thanks for sharing and stopping by.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Interesting blurb, Mia, and not so bad of a cover either. He definitely gets high points on the WOW meter. Good luck with lots of sales on your new release.

Jen Berg said...

Hey Mia! Love the cover!!! YUMMY!LOL Congrats on your book and good luck!

Mia Downing said...

Hi Paisley! Thanks so much. I bet your historical heroines would pant and drool over him once they got over the shock of a near naked hottie like that in their presence! LOL

Mia Downing said...

Hi Jen! Thanks for the comment and the luck! So far, it's been a great day.

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