Sunday, April 14, 2013

Evernight Publishing's Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

Book Boyfriends...

They can be strong and sexy, dark and dangerous, rebellious and reckless or cute and quirky. We love to fall in love with these irresistible heroes and Evernight Publishing has them all!

The authors of Evernight invite you to a Speed Date challenge. Their cowboys, Doms, detectives, millionaires, royalty, vampires, soldiers, shifters, even steam-powered heroes are waiting to meet you on each author website. 50 heroes in 7 days! Are you up for the challenge?

Pull up a chair and get to know every single one. I’d love to introduce you to my hero...

When I decided to include my most recent release with Evernight, Figuring it Out, I wanted to do something a little different. You see in Figuring it Out the POV is all my hero’s, Avery’s, since I wrote the story in first person. So, for the Book Boyfriend hop I thought it would be cool to focus on Avery’s hero, Joe.

So what I decided to do for fun is take a scene from the book that was in Avery’s POV and write it in Joe’s for the blog hop.  Take a look below at my scene from Joe. Hope you like it.

I waited outside the drama class one day for Jennings. Avery.

I’d never even heard that name before until one day in a class the teacher called the name.


I really liked it. And I liked the kid who had it even more. He was beautiful. Like in an androgynous way. Dark hair, dark eyes. Like a starving artist or a poet. I wanted to know him the minute I saw him.

It wasn’t easy being gay for someone like me. Not that I was out in high school. I definitely wasn’t. Couldn’t be. I was a jock and jocks weren’t gay. Except I was. And I wanted Avery. 

I’d begun to think he would never come out of that damn class. I’d been leaning against a wall next to the path when he finally came out. Alone. Great. Because if he’d come out with one of his weird actor friends no way was I sticking around. 

I tried to play it cool by not walking forward to greet him. I didn’t want him to guess how much I really wanted to see him. But he had slowed his pace to a near crawl and I began to get impatient. Just when I was about to go to him after all, he reached me.

Straightening away from the wall, I stepped into the path in front of him.  

“Uh, hi.” He backed up a step.   

“Avery, right?” Like I didn’t know his name. Like I hadn’t been writing it over and over in my notebook.

Avery nodded, looking like he might bolt at any moment.

I glanced toward the drama class. “Are you part of that school production of Cats?”


“You’re into that, huh?”

“Yeah,” he said again.

Obviously Avery was the shy type since I couldn’t seem to get more than one word out of him. His fingers clutched his book bag tight and he held it in front of him like a shield.

Up close like this, Avery was even more breath taking. Hot. I tried not to stare too much at his little plump lips, but I wanted to taste them. I dreamed of those lips.

“You gay?” I don’t know why I asked him that. I was pretty sure he was. If he’d said no I don’t know what I would do. But I guess maybe I needed the confirmation.


I exhaled. “That’s cool.”

“Is it?”

“Sure. Listen, I wanted a favor.” Might as well get to the point. And the point was making sure I’d see as much of Avery as possible. Like maybe every day.

“You’re a brainiac or something, right?”

“I don’t know about that.”

“Sure you are. You get A’s I bet.” I risked a glance at his lips again. It was damn hard to think with them pursed like they were. “Anyway, I was hoping you could help me out with English Lit. I pretty much suck.”

Which that much was true. I hated that class. It bored me to tears and I was barely passing.

“I’m sure you aren’t as bad as you think,” he said. “But the truth is, I don’t do other students’ work for them. Sorry.”

I smiled. “Avery, I’m not asking you to do my work.”


“I want you to tutor me. Help me get my grade up.”

“Oh? Oh.” He nodded. “That I can do.”

And so he did.  He agreed to tutor me twice a week in the school library after classes. I wanted more than two days, but I went with it. Unfortunately, Avery was all business and actually thought I wanted to be tutored. I did get a B in English Lit but I never really got to know him because he decided I was there to learn or something. 

The tutoring ended and Avery moved on. I still thought about him. But then he got a boyfriend, Brett. I hated Brett and wanted to punch him.

Avery was supposed to be mine. He just didn’t seem to know that.

What’s up for grabs?

              One lucky hopper will win a KINDLE PAPERWHITE eREADER sponsored by Evernight Publishing.

              Every book blogger/reviewer site is giving away one free eBook from Evernight (winner’s choice of any eBook from Evernight Publishing’s website).

              Plus, each author offers their own unique prize! So visit each blog hop stop for a host of fabulous prizes to win.

I am giving away a $10 gift certificate to Evernight Publishing.


How to enter?

First answer this question. What production is Avery part of in this excerpt (as well as in the book)?  Be sure you leave the answer and your email address in the comments below to be eligible to win a prize.

Keep hopping to the next author or blogger. After you’ve met each hero click here to vote for your favorite book boyfriend. You’ll earn an extra grand prize entry!

You’re one step closer to meeting your next Book Boyfriend...


  1. The answer is Cats!

    Brendurbanist @

  2. He's in Cats. Thought it interesting how you had the other character's POV.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  3. He is in Cats.


  4. Cats! :)

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  5. Cats! Thank you so much for being a part of the hop!!

  6. Avery is in Cats, and I want to read his story! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win a great prize.

  7. Cats :)

    MinDaf @

    Thanks for letting me hop by

  8. Cats
    1_trouble at msn dot com

  9. Cats

  10. Cats
    Loved the excerpt.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  11. Cats

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  12. Thanks for the comments so far :)

  13. cats! n.kuhn.acn (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Hi! Great excerpt! Shes in Cats! Thank you!

    1. Avery is a he. It's a gay romance :)

    2. lol I knew that. *slaps forehead!* Sorry. Late night. I was falling asleep. Sorry! :)

  15. The school production of "Cats"

  16. Cats

    meow~ which is a bit I feel that Joe felt when Avery got a boyfriend. Very catty~ :P

    kitsune_no_sora @ yahoo

  17. He is a part of Cats.

    j.m.platt83 at gmail dot com

  18. That would be CATS!


  19. Cats!
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  20. He is apart of Cats. The hero trait that I love the most is selflessness. In spite of everything, if the man is selfless it's unnervingly attractive. I also do love that alpha male air where they control anything and all other men shake in their wake.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  21. That would be Cats! I've been to see the production twice and have loved it each and everytime :)


  22. The production of Cats.. :)

  23. Cats


  24. The production is cats and the book sounds great!

  25. The production of Cats.

  26. the corners of my mind...


  27. He's in Cats!


  28. Cats.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  29. He is in Cats.

  30. Cats