Blog Tour for Through the Years
Thanks Suki for hosting me today.
I’ve allowed Gene to talk a couple of times, but I have a minor character who swears she must be allowed to speak.
Without further ado, I present Jeanne, Edward’s daughter (she’s about fifteen here).
“I knew all my life that Daddy loved Uncle Gene. Momma even told me so. At the time, I was only six or seven and didn’t know there were different kinds of love. Of course Daddy loved Uncle Gene. So did I, and even my annoying little sister, Jilli, loved him.
When Momma died when I was nine, I knew Uncle Gene was there for us in whatever way we needed him. He even came over and took care of Daddy. So, Uncle Gene loved Daddy too.
As I got older, I found that there were various kinds of love. Love like I loved Daddy and Uncle Gene. Love like Uncle Gene and Daddy both loved their best friend Uncle Rob. But also, love like Daddy and Momma had shared.
I hadn’t occurred to me that two guys could love like that until I saw Uncle Gene around Uncle Nick. But then I was even more confused. Because, the way Nick looked at Uncle Gene…that special way that Momma always looked at Daddy? Well, Daddy looked at Uncle Gene like that too. And sometime, I thought I saw the same look from Uncle Gene when he was looking at Daddy.
But now, years later, when there’s no one else for either of my favorite men, I’m sure they are together. They haven’t told me so, but they have that look. In fact, they said they weren’t together like that and I know they wouldn’t lie to me. But they have that look.
I wonder if they even know they love each other like that.
Maybe I’ll have to tell them.”
Readers, do you ever think about what the minor characters might think of our main characters relationship if it’s not specifically expressed? Especially from a child’s point of view. Do you think kids are capable of telling the difference in various kinds of love, if it’s not pointed out to them?
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I’ve listed the tour stops below and have given either the link to the blog in general or to my post specifically. Feel free to stop by as many as you want. For each stop that you comment on, you will receive one entry to the giveaway. I’ll check all the stops numerous times throughout the tour and will draw five winners on Thanksgiving Day, so even if you come in late to the tour, you can go back through the list and comment on past stops.
I’m giving away five prizes. Prize 1) a signed paperback copy of Through the Years; Prizes 2 and 3) electronic copies of Through the Years, Prize 4) your choice of either a signed paperback copy or an audiobook of Living Again (the audiobook won’t be available until December), and Prize 5) an electronic copy of Haunted.
Blog Tour Stops for Through the Years
Blurb for Through the Years
Edward and Gene were instantly drawn to each other when they met at college in Maryland. Fast friends, they developed a “closer than brothers” relationship. But then Edward began to feel more for Gene. In 1967, those kind of feelings would not be tolerated. Not even by Edward himself.
Gene always thought he was asexual. He had never been attracted to anyone… until he met Edward. He dreamed of Edward as more than a friend throughout college, but he knew Edward would not welcome that kind of attention. So Gene wasn’t surprised when Edward reacted badly to a drunken kiss just before Edward’s graduation. He was surprised when Edward moved to Florida and had little to do with him for years afterward.
When fate finally brings them back together, Edward is married and has a little girl. Gene gladly accepts the role of “Uncle Gene,” happy to have Edward in his life in any capacity. Together, they face all the trials and tribulations life throws at them, including the death of Edward’s wife, and as each grows and matures, their life views change. The relationship they’ve secretly wanted all along is closer than ever, and if Edward can break free from his homophobic upbringing and admit his feelings for Gene, there might still be a chance for them to share their lives in the way they both desire.
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
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.
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