Thursday, January 14, 2016

What It Takes by Jude Sierra Book Tour & Giveaway !!!!

What It Takes
Jude Sierra

Release Date: January 14, 2016
Pages or Words: 274 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Art: Nelli I
Cover Design: C.B. Messer


Andrew gladly lets Milo drive his car; he hates driving, especially when he can play radio DJ and watch the scenery go by. He looks at Milo: the way the fading light before dusk changes the tone of his skin; the way the muscles of his arms stand out and his lips curl as he sings along, awfully, to the radio. Milo smiles at him and Andrew flashes a brief one back, wonders how obvious he’s being, and looks back out the window at the slipping sand that spills onto the road and the ramshackle businesses along the road.
“So what got this bee in your bonnet?” he asks suddenly.
Milo shrugs. “You sound like my grandma.”
“Awesome; I like her. Let’s focus.”
“So... okay.” Milo clears his throat and his fingers tighten on the wheel. “I um, think I have something to tell you. But I’m—”
“Is everything okay?” Andrew interrupts, scanning his memory for any signs of additional distress Milo might have displayed in the last few months.
“Yeah. Well. I mean, um… whatever. But I—”
“What? You’re worrying me.”
Milo sighs and pulls into the parking lot of a restaurant with a giant crab on the roof. “I can’t do this and drive.”
“Okay,” Andrew says slowly, then unbuckles his belt and turns to face him. Milo’s face is a little drawn.
“So, I think I might be gay,” Milo blurts. “I mean, I know. I know I am.”
There’s a full minute of silence in the car while Andrew tries to work the words out. Static screeches in his ears, fleetingly numbing his reaction. Focus. He has a few seconds to control his face, to tamp down that sprout of irrational hope seeding despite the chaos, and be ultimately supportive.
“Um.” Andrew licks his lips and tries to pull himself together. That seedling wants to grow into something bigger, and he can’t let it. He looks at Milo’s face, which has morphed into something more vulnerable and worried. Hope is a hollow bell in his chest, ringing loud and dissonant; he wants to vibrate out of his skin with the inappropriateness of his own reactions. This is about Milo, not him. “You aren’t worried that I’m mad or something, are you?” he manages to say.
“I don’t know. Um, your face is doing... a thing,” Milo replies.
Reflexively Andrew puts his hands to his cheeks. His fingers are cold. Okay, so he definitely doesn’t have his face under control. “No, I... wasn’t expecting it, that’s all.” Andrew’s brain, sometimes faster than his mouth, is careening backward. “Maybe I should have had a clue.”
“Well, for starters, you kissed me back.”

Meet the author: 
Jude Sierra began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read "pool+tv." She first began writing poetry as a child in her home country of Brazil, and is still a student of the form.
As a sucker for happy endings and well-written emotional arcs and characters, Jude is an unapologetic bookaholic. She finds bookstores and libraries unbearably sexy and, to her husband's dismay, is attempting to create her own in their living room. She is a writer of many things that hope to find their way out of the sanctuary of her hard drive and many that have found a home in the fanfiction community.
She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Writing and Rhetoric and managing a home filled with her husband, two young sons, and two cats. Her first novel, Hush, was published in 2015 by Interlude Press. 

Q and A with Jude Sierra

1. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.
I’m terrified of boats. I love water, I’m was a swimmer in high school. There is nothing as calming for me as being in the water. But I have a badass boat phobia.
I’ve been best friends with my friends from high school for almost 20 years. That makes me sound so old, but really that means we met very young. We bonded freshman year when our whole class got to see That Thing You Do in the theater.
My great grandfather was knighted by the King of Spain. There is a street in Spain named after him.
I’m an incredibly picky eater. But if it’s on the list of food I like, I am super easy going. Too hot? Eh. Too cold? Bring it.

2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Brazil. I haven’t been back since we left when I was eleven. There are so many stunning things to see there that I feel like I want to see them as an adult. I want to go so many places in the world, but that is at the top of my list right now.

3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend

I read the Charm of the Magpies series by KJ Charles and loved them. That first book sucked me in so hard I ignored everything to finish it in a few hours. English aristocrats and magic and evil and hot sex all in one! I am a sucker for a historical romance, and this series does this well.
I also read Detroit City is the Place to Be by Mark Binelli. It’s research for my next project, but it’s so interesting and well written. Binelli infuses it with a humor that really brings Detroit’s complicated history and current trajectory and potential to life.
I also recently read Broken Records by Lilah Suzanne, which, OMG. Seriously. So wonderfully well written with great complex characters. It’s her third book, and this is the first in a series, which I love because I just cannot get enough of her writing.

3. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?

If there are burgers, I order that (sans bun, unless they have gluten free buns). I get French fries and all the fixings – I am a particular fan of mushroom and swiss. NO mayo. Ew. I never eat greasy burgers at home, and for some reason I have a crazy weakness for them.

4. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?

Well I hope to see What it Takes succeed and I hope to see my next novel, Idlewild, published. I have an idea for a short story or novella that may or may not be a sequel to something. And I have a little seedling taking root that could be a fourth full length novel, although both of those are just dreams right now. In 12 months I’ll be one semester from completing my MA, so I hope to be in a good place research wise to that I’m set up to write my thesis.

5. What do you like to read? What don’t I like to read?!
If you go to my Goodreads page you’ll see that I review most of what I read, and I read a LOT. I do love, love, love YA. I’m such a sucker for YA, particularly well written series. I read a lot of LGBTQ romance, particularly now that I have a kindle and books are more affordable. I love getting recommendations too!

5. What do you look when choosing a book to read?
Complex characters and rich storytelling. Something that breaks the mold, things that toy with and break romance conventions.

6. What do you need someone to invent right away?
A teleportation device. Not just selfishly so I can see friends who live far away, but because then I could teleport to school and cut out the 2 hours of commuting I do. I would love a shorter distance teleporter. When I’m in school, that’s 10 hours a week I could put to such great use! I’d get more time to write and more time with my family and playing with my kids. They’re getting into board games, which is a lot of fun.

7. What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
In books I love swoon worthy moments, but the little ones. All the small moments that make up a life together. When my husband makes my favorite meal as a surprise. Flowers for no reason. One day he put flooring a tiny room that had been a useless pantry that we were converting to a mud room. That is romance to me. He’d never done anything like that (he’s not the handiest with tools). I’ve never heard anyone swear so colorfully in my life, but he did it just to make me happy. That’s romance.

8. Can you share something about your works in progress?
Sure! I am working on a novel called Idlewild which is set in downtown Detroit. I wanted to write something that explores a different, wonderful side of a city that’s got a bad reputation. Asher is a widower in his thirties trying to keep his restaurant, Idlewild, afloat, and Tyler is fresh out of college trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. They’re in very different places, but Idlewild brings them together.

Where to find the author:
What It Takes will be published by Interlude Press on January 14, 2016. Connect with author Jude Sierra at Website,  Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook.

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Tour Dates & Stops: 
14-Jan: Book Lovers 4Ever, Lee Brazil, Inked Rainbow Reads
15-Jan: Havan Fellows, Love Bytes, Hearts on Fire
18-Jan: Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, A.M. Leibowitz
19-Jan: Velvet Panic, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
20-Jan: Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, The Novel Approach  Kirsty Loves Books
21-Jan: Molly Lolly, MM Good Book Reviews
22-Jan: BFD Book Blog, Happily Ever Chapter
25-Jan: Nautical Star Books, My Fiction Nook
26-Jan: Emotion In Motion, Bayou Book Junkie
27-Jan: Full Moon Dreaming, Alpha Book Club, QUEERcentric Books



  1. Thank you for having me, that was a lot of fun!

  2. I'd like a tropic beach hideaway with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.