Shira Anthony’s Take Two: Different as Night and Day – Post + Giveaway

September 9, 2016

Take Two Different As Night and Day

Hi everyone! I’m Shira Anthony, former opera singer, sci fi fantasy geek, anime otaku, and gay romance writer, here to introduce my latest Dreamspinner Press release, Take Two!

Take Two is a lighthearted, funny story about second chances at love. For those who have read my Blue Notes series, contemporary and very angsty stories about classical musicians, this story will be a bit of a departure. It’s low on angst, and more about pure romance, and friendship between lovers that runs deep. Two men who are very different—the geeky professor and over the top Hollywood superstar—but who were and are still attracted to each other in spite of a long separation.

I set Take Two in one of my favorite places, Bald Head Island, at North Carolina’s coast and not far from Wilmington, North Carolina. It’s a lovely island that’s as much a study in contrasts as the two main characters in my story. On the one hand, much of the island is still the way nature created it, with sand dunes, long, white sand beaches, and an inland waterway you can kayak on. On the other, the island has some of the nicest and most expensive beach houses (think more like beach mansions!) I’ve ever seen. People drive around the island on golf carts, since cars are forbidden. The grocery store in the center of the island sells foie gras, the best cuts of steak you can buy, imported wine and beer, and the sorts of foods you’ll only find in upscale stores on the mainland like Whole Foods.





But Bald Head works in spite of its strange mix, just like Wesley and Sam in my story. Yin and yang. It’s a wonderful refuge from reality, accessible only by boat. A little fantasy island. Romantic and relaxing. And a perfect place to film a movie! Because that’s what brings Wesley and Sam back together again, and it’s what literally sets the scene for their second chance at love.

To celebrate the release of Take Two, I’m offering up a copy of another lighthearted romance, First Comes Marriage, from Dreamspinner Press’s Dreamspun Desires line. For folks in the U.S., I’ll give you the choice of a paperback or ebook copy. For folks outside the U.S., you’ll receive an ebook copy.

How do you enter? Answer this question: What’s the most romantic place you wish you could travel to? I’ll choose one winner from all the comments after midnight on Sunday, September 11th. Good luck! -Shira

Check out Take Two today!

Take Two


Shiver me timbers! When Professor Wesley Coolidge accepts a summer job as a historical consultant to a pirate movie being filmed in North Carolina, the last person he expects to bump into is his soon-to-be ex, movie star Sander Carson. Just like the flamboyant pirate he’s playing, Sander, aka Sam Carr, is used to getting what he wants, and he makes it clear he wants Wesley back in his life.

Sam acknowledges it’s his fault they split up. He lost Wesley when he left their life in New York City behind for a career in Hollywood. But Wesley has finally managed to put the pieces of his heart back together, and he isn’t interested in Sam and Wesley: The Sequel. Sam soon realizes that convincing Wesley to give their relationship a second chance will take much more than apologies and reminders of good times past. If he wants Wesley back, Sam will have to show Wesley that they really can sail into the sunset together—a real-life happily-ever-after that won’t end once the final credits roll.

About Shira:

Shira Anthony was a professional opera singer in her last incarnation, performing roles in such operas as Tosca, Pagliacci, and La Traviata, among others. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.

Shira can be found on:
Twitter: @WriterShira

12 Responses to “Shira Anthony’s Take Two: Different as Night and Day – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Didi says:

    Romantic place I’d like to travel to would be the highlands in Scotland; either camping, hiking or just enjoying the view of the lochs and beauty of the land with someone very dear to me.
    Congrats and good luck with the new release, Shira. I have the book and this post made me really want to start right away. :-)

  2. Shira says:

    Thanks, Didi! I’ve always dreamed of seeing Scotland myself. You’ll laugh, but I was a huge Scotty Star Trek fan!

    I hope you enjoy the story. <3


  3. Toni says:

    I would love to go to Italy. I don’t know if I can narrow it down more than that but it would be wonderful to be there with someone you love and drink wine and stroll through the piazzas and take in all the art and history and beauty.

  4. Trix says:

    The old, walled section of Quebec City sounds lovely, and I’d love to see Montreal and the Maritimes, too!

  5. Andrea says:

    It’s an absolute cliché but I would love to go to Venice again. It was a dream that came true last year for me. It’s an imcredible city. I think the next time I wouldn’t mind going in absolute non-tourist season. Or a repeat visit to Ireland and see more of that country. Or Cuba. Okay, if I think any longer about it, I will come up with even more destinations. ;) There are just so many places out there.

  6. H.B. says:

    I think Paris would be a good place to go for a romantic getaway. Or even somewhere with nice scenery would be good for a nice picnic.

  7. Shira says:


    I would love to see Italy too! There’s so much to see, and the northern and southern parts of the country are very different!


  8. Shira says:


    I lived in Montreal for 6 months and I’ve visited it since then. It’s an amazing city. Very European feeling, especially now that French is the official language (although most people speak English too). Definitely worth a visit!


  9. Shira says:


    I’ve never been to Venice but I hope to get there at some point. It seems like such a romantic and interesting destination. Can’t beat Italian food, either! -Shira

  10. Shira says:


    Paris is an amazing place to visit! And you’ll find great picnic places there too. There’s so much to do and see. And eat! ;-) -Shira

  11. Andrea says:

    Venice is great. But you better bring your best walking shoes and little luggage that can either be pulled or comfortably carried… ;)
    By the way, I already own First Comes Marriage – and enjoyed it!

  12. Shira says:

    Toni, you’re the winner! Congratulations.

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