Many thanks to author Wren Boudreau for providing an ebook of her recent m/m romantic suspense release, Ice Cream on the Side, for me to give away! I read Ice Cream on the Side a few weeks ago – here’s my reviewette: “Very nicely done m/m romantic suspense about an architect who meets an artist and thinks this might be more than a casual thingâ€¦ if they can avoid psycho exes and murder and stalkers, oh my!”
I think Ice Cream on the Side is particularly impressive when you realize that it’s the first book Wren’s ever written. When I asked Wren to tell us all a bit more about herself and how her first book got published by Loose Id, this is what she had to say:
I like to think I’m wild and bohemian, but thatâ€™s mostly in my head. Which isnâ€™t necessarily a bad thing, considering that pretty men who love each other live there.
I discovered m/m three years ago or so. Kind of stumbled upon it and I was hooked immediately. Something about the dynamics of two men in a relationship really spoke to me, and I devoured a lot of books. I experienced the wonderful spectrum of quality that exists in these books. Periodically Iâ€™d say to myself, â€œHey, I could do better than this.â€ Then Iâ€™d read something by Josh Lanyon, or Jordan Castillo Price, or JL Langley, and Iâ€™d say, â€œNah. Itâ€™s not that easy. Iâ€™ll just keep reading.â€
Then in late 2008 I stumbled across a contest a publisher was having. I literally wrote the book in a monthâ€™s time (my own private nanowrimo). Every entry was supposed to get editorial feedback, which I thought was great, since I didnâ€™t have any beta readers or critique partners and lord knew I couldnâ€™t ask my rl friends to review because holy crap the book has man on man sex in it!
Well, I never heard back from the publisher, except for the automated we-got-your-document response. So I wallowed in bitterness and anger for a while then segued into self-pity and finally acceptance that I probably suck as a writer. A few months later, donâ€™t know what possessed me, but I opened up the story file and re-read my book and thought, â€œThis isnâ€™t too awful, but it needs a lotta work.â€ So I revised. And sent the synopsis and three chapters to one of my favorite publishers, Loose Id.
Lo and behold! They wanted to see the whole dang thing! And after they read it, well, wonder of wonders, they wanted to publish it. And, la, here it is!
Complete with original cover art, which we all know is a Very Good Thing. 🙂
Dylan Forest is really pretty happy. He’s a successful architect, lives in a great little town, and has good friends. More than ten years ago, Dylanâ€™s first boyfriend betrayed him. Since then heâ€™s learned to appreciate men briefly and intensely, with no lingering complications. But Dylan finds himself wanting something more with Michael Gilmore, the new art teacher in town.
Michael moved to Raven Pass to get away after a bad break-up. He just wants to teach and he’s got an exhibit of his own work coming up. He doesn’t expect to find himself attracted to anyone just yet. He has to give up his fear so he can explore a possible relationship with Dylan.
The guys manage to get past their insecurities and into bed, where they find out just how compatible they are. Before their romance gains momentum; however, life gets complicated. An old dead body and a new murder are both connected to Dylanâ€™s love life, and if the guys can’t stop it Michael will be next.
- To enter, leave a comment below stating that you are entering the contest. Leave your comments by 7 pm CST, Wedneday, January 6.
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- If a winner doesnâ€™t respond to my congratulations email within 48 hours, I will select another winner.
- This contest is open worldwide!
“Thinking deep thoughts here.” -Mayhem
36 thoughts on “Ebook Giveaway: Ice Cream on the Side by Wren Boudreau [CONTEST CLOSED]”
Wow, original artwork indeed!
Mayhem, you look about ready to drift off into sleep, not space. 😀
Careful Mayhem. Someone could run in pick up the bag by its handles and abscond with you!
Hey, good for you, Wren! Congrats on getting with such a great publisher. And congrats on Mayhem, too, for sitting so prettily in the bag.
That is an awesome story about getting published! And original cover artwork… lucky, lucky, & blessed. Please enter me in the contest.
Beware Mayhem, another sneaky black cat could pounce on you in there unawares!
What is it with black cats and bags? I had to convince Sly to get out of a bag so that I could finish removing the groceries recently. Congrats, Wren! The book sounds awesome. 🙂
That sounds really good. Of course, any book that mentions ice cream would have me at least thumbing through (darn my ninja sweet tooth)!
Sounds good. Count me in please!
Chris- Is Mayhem doing her “Bagpuss” impression?
Is he thinking deep thoughts… or does he want to go shopping!! LOL!! Sorry, couldn’t resist!!!
Hope all is going well honey!
Will pimp you out when I get home!
I’m in for the giveaway. 🙂
The cover art style looks very similar to Drawn Together. Same artist?
sounds good,please count me in
I would love a copy of this book!
Looks like Mayhem has found a great hidey-hole!
But but where’s slouching guy and candy cane guy? 😉
Why do cats like bags so much?
Hi Chris and everyone! My son and his cats are visiting for the holidays and they (the cats not the son) love our grocery bags! Nutty.
Since a couple of folks mentioned Ice Cream’s cover…it’s by PL Nunn. I was so very excited when I first saw it because I am a fangirl of Nunn’s artwork. She’s done a bunch for Loose Id, including Drawn Together, Katrina Strauss’s books and Jet Mykles’s books, too!! I’m honored to be in such company.
Good luck to everyone in the giveaway!
Hi, Wren! Thanks for stopping by. You totally got lucky with the cover art. As you probably know if you stopped by here Monday. 😀
I checked out the post – what a riot! When I saw my cover I did the happy dance, cause I knew it would never appear on an ugly cover post. Plus, I think PL Nunn did a great job of capturing the descriptions of the guys.
Aww May I know another black cat that likes to sit in bags.
Chaos want you to take to The Wedge next time you go. He heard they have awesome ‘nip…
urg. Chaos wantS you to take HIM to The Wedge…
Sure, I’m in. And scritches to May.
OK, count me in…. I don’t think I’ve read any M/M romance. Did you ever find out why that tub was sawed in half?
I’m so entering this contest! I’m just getting into m/m genre reading and you made this one sound so good so I’m really hoping to win it.
I would definitely love to enter this contest. Great cover, interesting storyline too . Wish I win I’m in a read mostly m/m romance mood.
Cool giveaway hon…
I particularly love the cover on this one…
Don’t enter me please…
I’d love to be entered! The plot sounds good and love the publishing story too!
I’d like to enter the contest.
May looks like the bag wasn’t as exciting as it should have been.
Damn. I gotta say it. But I’ll say it slow and husky.
enter me, baby
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Oh I’m entering this contest. So many people from some of the groups I hide out on have been raving about Wren’s story.
Sorry to say I haven’t bought it yet; if I don’t win the contest I’ll be getting it myself.
LOVE the cover and loved the blurb when I first heard about the book.
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I’ve been wanting this one and haven’t gotten around to buying it yet. It sounds great and I’d like to give it a try.
I’ve heard some great things about this one. Count me in, please.
Have heard much gushing over this. Please count me in.
Please enter me in the contest, I would dearly love to have this book to read… So the cat’s not out of the bag yet???
Hahaha – Mayhem is READY, whether you are or not!
Please enter me, I’ve only read one m/m author and am ready to branch out. Thanks and Happy New Year!
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I am entering the contest.
I love P.L. Nunn’s artwork; it’s wonderful.
Please enter me in contest for Wren’s book. It sounds fantastic and I luv m/m romance w/hea ending. BTW your book comes highly recommended on one of my chat groups.
Just had to pop in to say how it warms the cockles of my heart to know that chat groups and what not are talking (in a good way) about my book! 🙂
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