Friday, February 26, 2016

When Adam Fell by Pat Henshaw Tour & Giveaway !!

When Adam Fell
Pat Henshaw 

Pages or Words: 29,800 words
Categories: Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Release Date: February 24, 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG

When his lover Jason’s drug addiction spiraled out of control, TV celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon walked away from him. Adam also abandoned his renowned restaurant in San Francisco to start a small bistro in the Sierra Foothills.
Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep—a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he’s overcome his addictions. What’s more, he begs Adam to take him back and says he’s ready for their happily ever after.
Adam has enough on his plate with problems plaguing the opening of his restaurant. And now he’s having a hard time deciding which to follow—his head or his heart.

I watched Jason rise from the stoop.
He looked good. His golden hair sparkled in the day’s first light. A happy smile tinged with nervousness spread across his lips. He was wearing a silver-gray Bogner jacket, some sort of expensive pants, and sturdy boots. Hanging from his shirt collar, his sunglasses looked like those high-priced titanium ones. All in all, the guy standing in front of me could easily have fit into the young, hip app crowd now flooding the valley. Too much money and no idea where to spend it. He looked like a guy who’d eat at the Bistro and then fucking strut up to me after dinner, put a wad of Franklins in my pocket, and whisper, “Quit this job and come cook for me.”
Nothing tempted me, especially not the hundred-dollar bills I’d thought were Monopoly money the first time I’d seen them. Nothing had moved me like this, seeing Jason rise straight up in front of me like a fucking miracle.
Standing there in my scuffed clogs, beat-up jeans, and ratty Stanford Cardinal T-shirt, I felt underdressed for this particular dream. Shouldn’t I at least be wearing my chef’s regalia, toque and all? Shouldn’t I have a Henckel in one hand and a Wüsthof in the other? Or maybe clutching a shield made of my cooking classics, which I’d written with an angry, tormented mind but a clear eye to royalties?
“Cat got your tongue?” the vision asked.
“Fucking A, man. Is it really you, Jason?”
“Sorta. Who else would come knocking at your door looking like me?” He flung his arms out like he wanted me to hug him or some shit.
I backed away and kept my hands to myself, though my dick perked up immediately. Did Jason have a twin or a younger brother, somebody who resembled him? I didn’t think so. All I’d thought for five years was nobody—and I mean nobody—could ever have come back from where my Jason had buried himself. At least I never thought so.
There’ve been moments in my life when I was sure I was losing my mind. When I knew whatever tenuous grasp on reality I thought I had was really smoke up my ass. This moment smacked of those. As the legendary John Fogerty sang and the great Yogi Berra is supposed to have said, it was like déjà vu all over again. Only not.
“What the hell are you doing here?” I asked. Suspicion tasted bitter on my tongue.
Slowly his arms came down, and he gave me a pained but understanding look.
“Yeah, well, it was too much to hope we’d just kiss and make up.” His husky croak had once made me roll over and do anything he asked, but not now. “Can I come in? It’s a little chilly out here.”
I wasn’t cold, but then I’m tall and stout, a real cliché chef image. Fuck, I guess somebody’s got to be the cliché, right? It’s how clichés are born.
I shrugged at his question, swiped at the sweat rolling from my forehead, and moved aside. “Kitchen’s downstairs.” I gestured to the steps.
He walked past me, letting his hand trail over my groin. Once I would have nearly come at the gesture. Now I ignored my dick because my mind was numb and had been for years. He might think he could reawaken my love and lust, but I was pretty fucking sure that ship had sailed and gotten lost at sea. 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Becoming a Published Author
Even though I’ve worked as a book reviewer for both print and online publications, sitting on the other side of the business I found there were a lot of things I didn’t know, including the following:

1. How much research I would do to write a contemporary novella. In When Adam Fell, for example, Adam wants to open a restaurant in Old Town Stone Acres, California. To write about it, I researched the California codes and various inspections necessary for this to happen. Considering how little of my research I actually use in the book, I was amazed how much it takes for me to feel comfortable writing about areas I know little to nothing about when I have an idea for a plot.

2. How hard it is to create a small town where everyone knows everyone else. I anticipated having to a community in the Sierra Nevada foothills without using a place that actually exists. But having to come up with what kinds of businesses are there and where they are situated in relation to each other was something I didn’t envision.

3. How difficult it is to name everyone. Since I want the books to mirror life in the small town, I felt I needed to give even minor characters names. Now after four books, I have a working list of over 100 names I’ve already used and are no longer available for new characters in the series. I tried reusing a name, and my editor caught it right away. Her comment was, “Can we change this? Readers will get confused with the other man with this name.” Considering the first time I used the name was for a very minor character, I was stunned.

4. Since I hadn’t originally planned on writing a series, keeping up with the people and places I created gets harder and harder all the time. I never, ever thought I wouldn’t remember who or where people and things in my imaginary world were. But I have to search my own books all the time to see what I’ve said. Unbelievable!

5. How hard promoting myself and my books would be. Really, I thought I had a huge ego—or at least an ego large enough that I’d be happy to stand up and tell everyone what I’ve written. But I’m amazed at the number of times I fumble around when, even after four books, I’m at a loss for words when someone asks a simple question like “What do you write?” I’d never thought this would be a problem.

Meet the author: 
Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska where she promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.
Now retired, Pat has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.
Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.
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Parker Williams, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Divine Magazine, The Hat Party, Happily Ever Chapter. BFD Book Blog, Bayou Book Junkie, KathyMac Reviews, Velvet Panic, Unquietly Me, 3 Chicks After Dark, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Tasty Wordgasms, My Fiction Nook, Making It Happen, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Molly Lolly, MM Good Book Reviews, Kirsty Loves Books

25-Feb: Velvet Panic, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
26-Feb: BFD Book Blog, Book Lovers 4Ever
29-Feb: Jessie G. Books, Kirsty Loves Books, Hearts on Fire
1-Mar: Inked Rainbow Reads, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
2-Mar: MM Good Book Reviews, Open Skye Book Reviews, KathyMac Reviews
3-Mar: V's Reads, Divine Magazine, Love Bytes
4-Mar: Making It Happen, Unquietly Me
7-Mar: Havan Fellows, Happily Ever Chapter
8-Mar: The Novel Approach, A.M. Leibowitz
9-Mar: Bayou Book Junkie, Alpha Book Club, Rainbow Gold Reviews