Skeleton Release Day Party Suki Fleet- Embarrassing Email Addresses

October 1, 2014

So finally my last post for Skeleton’s Release Party is about embarrassing/interesting email addresses. My own email address falls into this category. It’s the email address that I use for lots of things and I’m so used to it I no longer get embarrassed as I rattle it off to people but I get so many comments about it :P

Before I tell you what it is, here’s the excerpt where Jan and Matthew start emailed one another as Matthew is very shy:

 

All day, he thinks about Matthew. Every time he closes his eyes, he pictures Matthew’s smile, the way his hand brushes the hair out of his eyes, his eyes so large and dark Jan could lose himself—and he wants to be lost.

He’s falling. Hard. And it shocks him. After everything that happened with Jack, after everything he promised himself he didn’t deserve to feel ever again, it surprises him that he wants to trust Matthew.

The inevitable thrill is like jumping out of an airplane, the ground coming up fast and wondering if the parachute will open, because he’s not even certain Matthew is interested, if the weird heart-bumping chemistry when he’s near him is all one-sided. If he’s even gay. And he has no idea what to write in the empty e-mail sitting open in front of him.

He stares at Matthew’s e-mail address and eventually writes,

Do you really talk about calculus in your sleep?

He doesn’t even sign it. He just sends it and goes back to work, not expecting a quick response. But less than five minutes later, he sees Matthew’s reply as he walks past his computer. He presumes it must be lunchtime.

Um, yes?… so I’ve been told anyway… are you really a Viking?

Jan has an even more ridiculous e-mail address.

Ah, it’s true I used to pretend that. I was fascinated by Vikings when I was a kid.

They talk about anything and everything. Semi-avoiding each other at school but e-mailing back and forth any chance they get for nearly a week.

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My email is: randomlikejazz. Which was the title of the first story I attempted to write a long, long time ago and it’s just stuck with me.

Matthew’s email is: italkaboutcalculusinmysleep

And Jan’s is: Jantheviking

 

Do you have an interesting email address? Or what is the best one you have heard?

 

I’ll announce the winner of the ebook  (whose name I will literally pick out of a hat) at five pm (East Coast) or 10pm if you’re GMT like me :) and if you’ve put up your email I’ll contact you via that too.

 

Author bio and contact info (though you already have my email :P ):

Suki Fleet currently lives in the heart of England. Her childhood was quite unconventional and she spent some time living on a boat and travelling at sea with her family. Since she was very small she has always dreamed of writing for a living, but though she has written original fiction online for years and encouraged many new writers to keep going and follow their author dreams, it is only recently she got the courage to make her own dream a reality and actually send something off to a publisher.

By day she runs her own business selling fabric (her second love) and spends time juggling family commitments, by night she weaves the stories that the characters in her head dictate. These stories often start with pain or longing but always end with love.

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Skeleton Release Day Party Suki Fleet- Mystery in Writing

October 1, 2014

For me Skeleton was a feel good write. It’s quite a sweet gentle story in many ways. Often I end up fighting the characters or the plot, but Skeleton flowed.

It has a little mystery theme running through it. I’m a big fan of mystery in writing. As I reader I like to be surprised and I like being taken on a journey.

This is Not a Love Story,  Thisisnotalovestory_FBThumb my first novel, also had a slight mystery theme running through it.

There is no huge twist in Skeleton. Yes, Jan has a skeleton (not a literal one) in his closet. It is more something he is deeply ashamed of and tries to hide away, but sometimes these things will not be hidden, right? And Jan has to face his skeleton and deal with it.

But I do love a twist! Fight Club is for me probably has the best film twist  (as I have not read the book) and for books, ‘What we do is Secret’ by Thorn Kief Hillsbery (one of my favorite books–I had to read the whole book again in a new light straight after I had finished it!)

Do you like a twist in a story? If so, what story or film do you think has the best twist? (I’m always looking for recommendations XD)

 

 

Skeleton Release Day Party- Inspiration and Excerpt

October 1, 2014

Skeleton was inspired by my family’s summer holidays in the south of France. On the tiny campsite we go to the majority of other campers are Dutch. And they tend to be very tall and blond and striking. This story was written in September of last year straight after we returned from holiday, and for me has a real autumn feel–hot chocolate, low bright sunshine, amazing autumnal colour schemes, rain. Its release on Oct 1st is just perfect  :)

It is the fastest complete story I have ever written. Four weeks from conception to final edit (my final edit anyway:P).

Jan is Dutch and his name is pronounced ‘Yan’ which is the Dutch form of John. That was actually the very first flash of inspiration for this story—I overheard this young guy on our campsite telling a group of French kids in English (as that was their most common language) that his name was Jan (Yan) and it was the Dutch for John.

Jan’s character came first, and the story evolved around him. This is a small excerpt of how Jan being so tall and outwardly confident has shy Matthew avoiding him at first.

 

Excerpt:

JAN IS not someone who fades into the background—he is very tall and very blond. Though he does nothing he is aware of to cause it, he has presence. People tell him this all the time. It’s unfortunate because he would rather not stand out, but if he speaks, people listen, if he looks, people stop what they’re doing.

So he knows Matthew is avoiding him—it’s not just paranoia.

He notices with acute awareness that every time he walks in the classroom and tries to approach him, Matthew is either heading for the exit or grabbing a child to read with or making sure he’s busy outside in the play area where parents can’t go.

Jan just wants to thank him. Henry loves school. He talks about Matthew all the time, tells Jan all the things Matthew teaches him. Things a five-year-old wouldn’t ordinarily learn—multiplication, division, how to work out the circumference of a circle. Henry drinks it all in, absorbs all the new knowledge, as though an ocean of possibility has been opened up inside him. Jan is very grateful. He was worried that Henry’s thirst for all things numberwise would be dulled in a school environment unable to cater for this sort of individual five-year-old need. But more than that, numbers make Henry feel safe, and Matthew seems to understand this.

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As you can probably tell autumn (or fall) is my favorite season–the colors and the light are just so beautiful. Do you have a favorite season? If so what is it about that time of year that you love?

 

Skeleton Release Day Party- Suki Fleet

October 1, 2014

Happy October 1st everyone! How are you all today?

I’m Suki Fleet and I’m taking over the Dreamspinner blog for a few hours to celebrate the release of my second published story, Skeleton. It’s a sweet romance with perhaps a little twist and a little mystery thrown in :)
I’ll be posting a couple of excerpts and a bit of background to the story throughout the day.
I’m also giving away a copy of the story. All you have to do is comment on any one of the posts to be in with a chance to win!

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Here is the blurb and an opening excerpt:

Blurb

Jan has given up on love, at least the romantic kind. He loves his five-year-old son Henry more than anything.

But when Henry starts school, Jan is introduced to Matthew, a very sweet but shy young man who helps out in Henry’s class. Although he tries desperately to ignore his attraction, Jan finds himself falling for Matthew—he’s everything Jan needs.

But amid creepy silent phone calls and possible break-ins, things start to fall slowly apart for Jan. Matthew wants to trust Jan, but the skeleton Jan has been trying to keep buried in his closet and the guilt he feels threatens to destroy everything good in his life.

Excerpt

JAN IS done with love.

That’s what he thinks when he wakes up in the morning, that’s what he mutters, half-drunk, before he sleeps at night. Done, over it, love is dead and buried, relationships suck balls—which Jan obviously does not want to do anymore.

But then he looks at his son, Henry, over the bright white kitchen table, morning sunlight streaming in making the boy’s blond hair glow, and he knows it’s not love he’s over, just being in love. He’s only twenty-nine, but he’s seen his destiny in the eyes of the last stupid fuck who betrayed him, and that destiny is loveless and lonely, and he’ll just have to damn well get used to it.

Henry is five, and yet he instinctively knows more about love than that. He knows love doesn’t falter. He believes in warm arms so strong they keep the darkness away. He is not afraid to trust.

Say Something — Thank y’all so for playing with me

September 29, 2014

Y’all rock my world. I’m in the middle of chaos (moving sucks), but y’all came to enjoy Mike and Jenson and I appreciate it so.

Please come visit with me on facebook or twitter. I love to visit and play. :D

Now, wish Julia and me luck tomorrow. We sign papers on our first house together in the morning!

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Much love, y’all.

BA

September 29, 2014

Say Something started, as so many of my books do, with a song. I wasn’t looking for these boys at all.

I was taking a break after Sage and Win from the Terms of Release, thinking about writing something light and cheery.

Better as a Memory by Kenny Chesney came on and I damn near died.

Mike came to me in a rush, fully formed and then he handed me Jenson.

Now, I’ve been accused of having too much happen in my books, but I can assure you, life happens. For instance, in the first week of April this year my brother broke his neck, I was in a tornado which blew down the big barns, I flew to Texas, I went to court, and my niece was in a car accident.

In 2013-2014? 2 deaths in the family, 2 major hospitalizations for family, sold 3 houses, bought a house, moved twice, Julia broke her foot, got engaged, got married, 3 cons…

Is my family the only ones that lives a life of…adventure like the Say Something boys?

Much love, y’all.

BA

Say Something: About Jenson

September 29, 2014

Oh, y’all, I have been on the phone all morning with utility people and realtors. We’re signing on our new house tomorrow and, good lord and butter, what a nightmare. A joy, yes, but a time suck. O.o

So, let me tell you about my baby Jen. I just want to snuggle him, you know. He took every single thing life threw at him and took it and came out the other side a stronger man. He’s a cowboy, balls to bones.and he loves Mike with the fiery passion of a thousand suns.

If only he knew what to say.

*tears up*

Much love, y’all.

BA

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Say Something: About Mike

September 29, 2014

One of the hardest things about telling folks about this book is that everything’s a spoiler. I’m serious, y’all. I keep talking about Say Something and doing interviews and they say, “Tell us your favorite scene?” And I answer, “I can’t.”

I finally gave up and started telling folks to email me after they read it and we’d talk. My wife says we need a Say Something group, just for discussion. :D

I’m going to try and tell y’all a little about Mike, who is Austin. ;-)

You see, Mike’s an actor with a stage name and one of the things about him is that, once he makes a name for himself, he’s Austin. For everyone.

The only people who don’t are the most important people in his life: his momma and Jenson.

This makes me laugh, because my wife’s pseudonym is Julia and the other day, at church, someone was talking about our minister, Julia, and I got confused because, while I never look at her and think “Julia”, I talk about her as Julia a lot. ;-)

Am I rambling? I think I’m rambling.

At any rate, Mike, who is not Austin in my heart or in Jen’s, is waiting for y’all and I’ll introduce Jenson after I have a wee nap. I’m too pooped to pop.

You can find Mike’s story at http://blog.dreamspinnerpress.com/2014/09/29/release-party-3/comment-page-1/#comment-41723

Much love, y’all!

BA

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Say Something Release Party!

September 29, 2014

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Howdy, y’all!

It’s BA Tortuga, the resident redneck, come to share another new book with all y’all! I’m so excited I didn’t sleep last night from wanting to share Mike and Jen with folks.

I swear, I’m running on nerves and caffeine. You’d think after 150+ books I wouldn’t get my panties all twisted, but, y’all, these boys…

Oh, they’re special.

Okay, yes. I know. Writers say that all the time.

Oh, these ones are special and those ones are special and I love this couple and that one and… Well, it’s true. We do.

But these boys ripped me up and made me sob.

Mike is a good man, you know. Like a genuinely good man. And Jenson? Life’s not been kind to him (and, let’s be honest, neither was I). This wasn’t an easy book to write and it’s not an easy book to read, but it’s one of those books I will hold in my heart forever. ;-)

I’m looking so forward to playing today (and possibly sneaking in a nap, because, whoa).

Say Something can be found here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5480&osCsid=hlo7qbkc68ghhvs0a4t8m0uam7

Much love, y’all!

BA

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