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 thing… 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 that’s mostly in my head. Which isn’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 I’d say to myself, “Hey, I could do better than this.” Then I’d read something by Josh Lanyon, or Jordan Castillo Price, or JL Langley, and I’d say, “Nah. It’s not that easy. I’ll just keep reading.”
Then in late 2008 I stumbled across a contest a publisher was having. I literally wrote the book in a month’s time (my own private nanowrimo). Every entry was supposed to get editorial feedback, which I thought was great, since I didn’t have any beta readers or critique partners and lord knew I couldn’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, don’t know what possessed me, but I opened up the story file and re-read my book and thought, “This isn’t too awful, but it needs a lotta work.” 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, Dylan’s first boyfriend betrayed him. Since then he’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 Dylan’s love life, and if the guys can’t stop it Michael will be next.
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