The importance of fathers — (A Wounded Promise)

March 4, 2015


Hope you aren’t sick of me yet! This is Ashavan Doyon coming to you from the Dreamspinner Press Blog. I know, that last post is a bit of a downer. An important one for the story, but still hard to talk about.

I wanted to touch on one last theme before I pick the winners and let you all off to read the story yourselves! One of my favorite characters in the Sam’s Café Romance stories is Justin’s dad, Sam. We see a lot of Sam in The King’s Mate, but in A Wounded Promise we get only glimpses. But the glimpses we get are critical ones.

One of the things I wanted with the character of Sam was a parent who had struggled with his son coming out, but one who came quickly to acceptance. I’ve tried to reach that in a few stories, but I think it’s the Sam’s Café Romances where I succeed the most. This is a parent in whom Justin confides. While we don’t know really what kind of relationship Justin had with his mom, it’s clear his relationship with his dad is one of trust.

In an early scene, Sam and Justin are talking about Justin being frightened. It’s an important scene, because you really get that Sam loves and trusts his son.

“But what do I do now? I ran away.”

Sam slid off the ledge and held out a hand.

“Let’s get you home.”

“I need to get back to Russ,” Justin said. “But I’m still scared.”

“Justin.” Sam was looking at him with a sad sort of smile.

“What is it, Dad?”

“I meant your home, not mine.”

I love you, Dad.

Justin hugged Sam fiercely.

“Don’t think this means I like it.”

Justin grinned. “I didn’t expect it’d be fighting with my lover that got you to admit that I’m living there now.”

“Hard to miss. House is too damn quiet without you.”

 There’s a closeness between the two of them I think I envy a little bit. It’s a relationship I saw sometimes with my brother and my dad, but I never had. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have it that when I write an accepting parent it tends to be the father?

So, this is the last chance to win a copy of the ebook for A Wounded Promise. Tell me about your favorite father figure in a male/male romance. I’ll also be here watching the comments, so feel free to just chat too.

And importantly, that buy link again, in case you don’t win!


4 Responses to “The importance of fathers — (A Wounded Promise)”

  1. H.B. says:

    I love books with strong familial ties.It’s just really nice to see since in real life not everything is hunky dory.

    The Missing Butterfly by Megan Derr is favorite read of mine because the brother and main character Cassidy gives up his dreams when his parents die so that he can raise his two siblings. He works a job is doesn’t really feel passionate about to support them. I also liked Ty’s dad from Abigail Roux’s Cut&Run series.

  2. ashavandoyon says:

    I’d feel better if I recognized more of these… instead my reading list is getting longer!

  3. JJ says:

    I really liked this excerpt scene, with its simplicity and heart-felt quality to it.

    The father in “Strawberries for Dessert” and sequel “Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding” by Marie Sexton was a favorite. Also, the father in “Christmas Kitsch” by Amy Lane.

  4. ashavandoyon says:

    JJ: Thanks. This comes from relatively early in the story (just beyond the official excerpt on the DSP site), but I think it really sets the stage well for the healing that needs to happen between Russ and Justin.

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