Friday, July 18, 2014

Warm Hearts Relaunch #1 - Brynn Stein

And now for an act of genuine contrition:  the beatifically patient Brynn (who was here before with some gorgeous drawings and whom I visited when Half the World Away was out) was scheduled for this guest spot on on my relaunch and her blog tour waaaaay back on July 7.  And since approximately July 7, my phone, email, ohyaknow life has been, in a word, notgood.  Emails being eaten, no text ability, no bars or Gs.  Not good.  But!  After several chats with obsequious service reps who were much better at speaking English than most native speakers, my carrier is sending me a new phone which (hopefully) won't eat emails, texts, or human flesh.  We'll see.  

Anyway, that's all my windy explanation and a huge "I'm so sorry!" to our lovely Brynn.  And now I'm going to hand this over to her so I don't break it any further.  (On the plus side, we've still made it ahead of the actual release date for her Living Again - so go preorder it now - after you read the blog!)

Blog Tour for Living Again
Stop 1: Jessica Davies

Hi all,

I can’t believe it’s already time to start my blog tour for Living Again. It will be released on July 21st, but it seems like just yesterday I was still writing it. Thank you so much, Jessica, for helping me kick off the blog tour.

This story, like my other story, Haunted, started out life as fan fiction. But, also like Haunted, this version is almost unrecognizable compared to the fan fiction that inspired it. Some of my family, who have read both of them, remarked that the two stories just share the same basic idea, and except for the character of Ethan (whom I will discuss at another stop on the tour), there are very few similarities.  It definitely had a mind of its own once I turned it loose and it didn’t have to work with elements of the fandom.

It didn’t take nearly the time to write it as I thought it would, unlike another story that I just submitted for consideration. It practically wrote itself. If anything, I found that starting with a fan fiction template was more of a hindrance than a help. But, despite that, it just came flowing out. I really love it when that happens. That’s not always the case.

It didn’t seem like any time at all before Dreamspinner offered me a contract for it, and then all the prepublication activities started. When I wrote Haunted, my first published story, I was surprised at just how much work goes into getting a story ready for publication. It’s not just the editing. It includes the author’s blurb and artwork, etc., etc. All the people are great to work with, and I was receiving my galley proof, then my publication packet before I knew it.

And now, here we are on my first stop of the blog tour.

I’ve never done an organized blog tour before. With Haunted, people just jumped in and offered to host me here and there, and most provided interview questions which were a definite help since I was a complete newbie at the time. But, I have an idea for this blog tour. I want to raffle off a signed paperback copy of the book, as well as an electronic copy to two different people. The way it will work is this: Comment below and follow the blog to the other stops. Comment there too. Your name will be entered one time for each different blog you comment one. At the end of August, I will announce the winners.

Blog Schedule:
Blog Stop
Date of blog
Name of Host (or Name of Blog)
Address of Blog
Jessica Davies
Grace Duncan
Emma Tett
Tara Lain
Charlie Cochet's Tea House
Lex Chase
Anne Barwell
JP Barnaby
Tempest O’Riley
Kit Moss
Michael Rupured
Shae Connor
Charley Descateaux
 Elizabeth Noble
Grace Duncan

Blurb of Living Again:
Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel.

Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel's suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg. His uncle, who is much better at throwing money at things than offering emotional support, provides a rented power chair and a private in-home nurse. Unbeknownst to his uncle, the nurse comes in the form of a man named Jonah Thacker.

Instantly attracted, Daniel and Jonah fight their mutual feelings in favor of professionalism. They become friends anyway, and Jonah shares his life with Daniel, including his handicapped son, Ethan. As Jonah and Daniel grow closer, Daniel becomes more involved in Jonah and his son’s lives, even being there for Ethan when his medical conditions worsen. But when Daniel’s uncle finds out the nurse he's hired is male, he uses all of his resources to keep Jonah and Daniel apart.

Buy Links:
(links to other sites from the Goodreads page are not yet active)

Brynn’s Bio:
Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.

Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.

Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me Jessica

  2. Congratulations on the tour and new book! I love the cover and the blurb sounds great. :D

  3. Hi Brynn congrats on your new book, I look forward to reading it.

  4. Congrats on your new book and first blog tour!

  5. Thanks for your comments. I've enter all your names into the drawing.

  6. This book sounds amazing! I haven't read any of your stuff yet but the blurb has me hooked! If it isn't too late please enter me in the drawing. :)

  7. Not too late Melisha. I put your name in.

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  9. Thanks so much to everyone who followed the blog tour for Living Again. I loved getting to know all of you, and I had a ball visiting all the various blog sites.

    I chose three winners to the drawing, as promised, yesterday and am now posting the winners at all the blog sites.

    The winners are:

    The signed paperback copy goes to Jen CW
    The two electronic copies go to Ardent Ereader and Trix

    Winners, please email me at to give me your information.

    Jen, I'll need your mailing address so I can send you the signed copy. Please also tell me if you want me to put anything in particular in the signature.

    Ardent and Trix, let me know if you have a Dreamspinner account. It's easier on this end if I can just tell them who you are and have them transfer a copy to your bookshelf. If you need other arrangements, please let me know that too.

    Again, thanks SO much to all the hosts who helped me out, and thanks to all you who commented.