Michael, Reinvented: Reviving Old Landmarks w/ Diana Copland

May 19, 2017

Reviving Old Landmarks

 

When I sat down to write ‘Michael, Reinvented’, I knew I wanted to accomplish several things. As a continuation of the first book, I wanted readers to learn more about this group of friends. Of course I wanted to get Michael and Gil together, officially. They’ve been dancing around each other for months at this point, snarking and giving each other grief but with an undercurrent of real desire. Michael has a history that makes his initial inability to consider a relationship with Gil more understandable, but he’s too proud to explain himself. Gil wants Michael; he has since he first saw him. But he wants an ‘ever after’, and Michael doesn’t believe in those. He wants to, though. He really, really wants to.

I also wanted to provide more detail about Delta Renovations, Restorations and Design, the company the group of friends started together. David and Jackson from ‘David, Renewed’ are featured prominently in this book, as are Vern and Manny.  Also featured is a major job that will put ‘Delta’ on the map; the restoration of a local landmark, the ‘O’Banyon Mansion.

 

 

The O’Banyon Mansion doesn’t exist as such. It is a real place, however, and it sits on a hill above Spokane, Washington.  Finished in 1888, the Glover Mansion was designed by locally famous architect Kirtland Cutter for one of the founders of Spokane, James Glover. He and his wife Susan, and the 12 servants it took to keep a house that size clean and running, lived there for several years. Their history isn’t the stuff of fairy tales; apparently Susan suffered depression due to the fact she couldn’t have children. Old Glover actually divorced her because she was ‘barren’. Nice guy. He married a much younger woman two days after his divorce was final, and she couldn’t have kids, either. I’m guessing old Glover was the culprit there, but in that era men didn’t admit it. There’s even a rumor that Susan, who died in a mental hospital, haunts the house. Frankly, if I were her I’d be haunting old James, but that’s just me. My fictional founder, Paddy O’Banyon, is a much nicer guy who was much nicer to his bride.

Gil Chandler, my gentle giant who was a house painter in ‘David, Renewed’, is actually a bit more than that. When the men of Delta are touring the mansion during ‘Michael, Reinvented’, it’s impossible for them to ignore a mural on the ceiling in the massive entry way.  It features a really ugly peacock that is obviously in need of restoration, and the owner of the property, a man named Richard who looks suspiciously like Rick R. Reed, ( I should probably tell him he’s in my book, huh?) asks if Gil is the ‘muralist’. (The mural exists on the Glover Mansion ceiling. It was painted over at one time because one of the six owners in the history of the house thought peacocks were bad luck. The original rendering was found and the mural restored in 2005.) The owner compliments Gil’s paintings at a local children’s hospital, and Michael is stunned. How could he not know the big man was an artist? It’s a moment that sends Michael off to learn more about Gil, and what he finds out changes everything.

 

 

Most of my books take place in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve lived here for over twenty years, and it’s a place of true beauty. A transplanted Southern Californian, I’ve come to appreciate the four seasons. Springs and falls are stunning in Eastern Washington, Winter lovely if you happen to like frost and snow, summer not so hot or humid that you want to escape. It’s a place just now catching up with the western part of the state in terms of gay visibility and gay rights. Unfortunately, it’s also a place where obvious prejudice still exists. My sister warned me before I moved here that it was conservative, and it is. It’s a pretty red part of a mostly blue state. We have our fair share of hate speech and hate crimes, the recent tagging of the Martin Luther King center with swastikas just one example. I have gay and trans friends who live here, and while it’s getting better it still has issues with equality.  I love living here, but I recognize its issues. It’s one of the things that make setting my books here so interesting!

If you read ‘David, Renewed’ I hope you’ll come along as Michael and Gil butt heads before finally figuring each other out!

 

Check out Michael, Reinvented today!

 

Michael, Reinvented by Diana Copland

 

Blurb:

Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.

 

About Diana Copland:

Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher.
She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive writers, who encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction.
Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995.
She lives in eastern Washington with three obnoxious cats, near her two wonderful adult children.

You can find Diana at her Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diana.copland
Her Twitter: @DianaCopland
Her webpage: www.diana-copland11.com
And you can email her at: diana.copland11@gmail.com

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