Thursday, November 19, 2015

Something Like a Love Song by Becca Burton- Tour and Giveaway!!

Something Like a Love Song
Becca Burton 

Release Date: November 19, 2015

Pages or Words: 308 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance 

Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer 

One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. But can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?

Landon's bed is in the center of the room, and Dylan’s heart begins to pound in his chest as he takes a step forward, hesitates. Landon looks so small, tucked into the middle of the bed, and everything about the scene is unnatural and wrong. His head is wrapped with thick bandages, for which Dylan is grateful—he isn't sure he could handle that. Just the thought of what's happening to Landon, to his fiancĂ©, is enough to make his throat constrict, his chest tighten.
A ventilator tube parts Landon's lips, and his chest rises and falls in equal, rhythmic whirrs. IVs line his arms; the wires snake from under his hospital gown. His freckles stand out starkly against the unnatural pale hue of his skin, except where the deep purple of a bruise creeps from under the bandages and swells down to his left cheekbone. It seems impossible that only hours ago they were laughing in the park, holding hands and eating ice cream from the small corner stand; it’s like some distant memory, a fading dream. But the ache deep in Dylan’s chest, the way his stomach is knotting itself, the too-clean smell of the hospital burning his nose, Landon's face, battered and bruised—Dylan can't look away—all this is too real to be a dream, no matter how badly Dylan wants to just wake up, wants all this to go away and everything to be okay.
"You can touch him, if you want," Brittany says, her voice soft. "We need to make sure to reduce extra stimulation, to allow his brain time to recover, but it's okay to hold his hand."
Dylan looks up at her. Her smile is kind and understanding. Then he turns back to Landon and takes a small step forward. Landon's hand is right there, resting above the covers, and Dylan doesn't know why he's so nervous; he's held Landon's hand more times than he could begin to count. But, surrounded by machines and tubes, Landon has never looked so utterly fragile, as if he could shatter at the lightest touch.
"It's okay," Brittany says from behind him, and Dylan squeezes his eyes shut, tears pricking behind his eyelids. "You won't hurt him."
Landon's skin is cold; his hand is unnaturally still. Even in sleep Landon's hand would always find Dylan's, their fingers would curl together like a reflex.
Not now.
"I'm so sorry," Dylan whispers, holding on a little tighter. "I'm so..."
His voice catches, the words bottling up in his throat, unable to escape. Landon's chest rises, falls, in, out.
In, out.
"You're so hurt, and it's my fault," Dylan manages, his voice barely audible above the machines keeping Landon alive. "It's all my fault and I'm..." He exhales slowly. "I'm so sorry."
He swipes his thumb across Landon's knuckles, over the dips and grooves, and vaguely notes that Brittany has left them alone. He sinks down into the small chair beside the bed, not letting go of Landon's hand.
"You need to fight, okay? I need you here, with me, and I can't..." There's nothing left inside him except an empty, hollow feeling and the knowledge that Landon can't hear him. Landon’s engagement ring is in a dish on a table beside the bed, along with his watch, and Dylan fishes them out and tucks them into his pocket.

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Guest Post 
Why I love books that make me laugh and cry
  Becca Burton

There’s something magical about reading a book that can completely absorb my attention and make me forget where I am. I love books with a wide range of emotions, and if a book can make me actually laugh or cry while I’m reading it, then I know that it’s written well enough to truly connect with me.
I believe books need a good balance of emotions. A heavy, sad book needs a little humor or lightness to keep it from becoming too draining, and a humorous book needs a little bit of weight to it to keep it engaging and add some depth. My favorite books are those that have some of both, and can make me feel so strongly for the characters that I think about them long after I finish.
A book that comes to mind in particular is Small Wonders by Courtney Lux. This book has some heavy moments, and moments that made me really feel for the characters and definitely shed a tear or two (or three or four). But she perfectly balanced the heavy with some incredibly funny moments between the two main characters that had me laughing until I realized people were looking at me. Stories like this are perfect, because I don’t leave them feeling too sad, but neither can I immediately move on from them. They stay in my thoughts for days, and those are the books that always end up being my favorites.

Meet the author:
Becca Burton penned her first Nancy Drew fan fiction at the age of nine and has been an avid writer ever since. Currently working as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, Becca is a recent Oregon transplant from the Midwest. Becca has a weakness for coffee, the smell of old books, rainy days and her cat, Luna. Something Like a Love Song is her first novel.

Where to find the author: Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

Tour Dates & Stops:
19-Nov: Lee Brazil, Book Lovers 4Ever, Velvet Panic, It’s Raining Men, Cheekypee Reads and Reviews, Hearts on Fire
20-Nov: Three Books Over The Rainbow, Mikky's World of Books, Happily Ever Chapter
23-Nov: Jessie G. Books, Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance, Michael Mandrake, Boys on the Brink Reviews
24-Nov: Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Divine Magazine
25-Nov: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, MM Good Book Reviews
26-Nov: Bayou Book Junkie, BFD Book Blog
27-Nov: Alpha Book Club, The Blogger Girls, Elaine White
30-Nov: Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Dawn’s Reading Nook, QUEERcentric Books, Love Bytes
1-Dec: My Fiction Nook, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
2-Dec: Gay Media Reviews, Just Love Romance, Inked Rainbow Reads, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy

Grand Prize: $25.00 Interlude Press Gift Card. 
First Prize: 5 e-copies of 'Something Like a Love Song' 

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  1. I've got lots of favourite love songs one of them is "Promise Me" by Beverly Craven.

  2. It's a song I grew up with so it's pretty old Bread - Baby I'm A Want You.

  3. I just love Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran.

  4. Becca here - Thank you so much for the feature and interview! I love hearing what people's favorite love songs are!

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  6. I have several because it depends on my mood and the genre of music we are talking about... but as of right now (and it's the last song I heard) it would have to be Hinder's "Thing For You" :D

  7. I have a few I like. It changes often though. At the moment I really like a song called Day and Night by a korean artist named Gummy

  8. Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You