My guest this week is the prolific and incredibly popular Jeff Erno. He has kindly stopped by to talk about his latest novel You Belong With Me as well as discuss bullying and his own experiences at school.
It has to be said, I do love nerd/jock romances. Maybe this has to do with the fact that, being somewhat of a bookish type myself, the idea of the geek landing the hot guy really appeals to me. Or perhaps it’s simply that there’s something incredibly touching about two individuals, considered to be at opposite ends of the social spectrum, disregarding expectations to be together. Whatever the reason, it’s a formula that presses all my buttons, and this latest novel by Jeff Erno is no exception.
Wesley Harris is sixteen and openly gay, at least to his family and friends. Often bullied at school, he’s shy and reserved. Wesley has a penchant for designing T-shirts, and he’s a gifted artist. When Brad Johnson, one of the school’s most admired jocks, moves in next door, the two boys begin to develop a friendship.
I often think the most powerful romances are those which occur between heroes who, on the surface at least, appear to be polar opposites. This is certainly the case with the novel I’m giving away today. A relationship between an introverted violinist and a football jock shouldn’t work, and yet, somehow, it does. Also, being a shy person myself, I couldn’t help but identify with the protagonist and his painful awkwardness.
I feel immensely privileged to be taking part in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, an initiative created in 2012 to raise awareness of the prejudice and intolerance confronting the LGBTQ community. It’s particularly apt that the hop should be beginning today, May 17th, as this marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia In honor of this, I have a $10 gift card for Rainbow Ebooks to give away to one lucky reader! First, though, I’d like to say a few words on the issue of homophobic bullying in schools, a subject that is very close to my heart.
Books aren’t always easy to read, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. The collection of novellas I’m giving away today was like that for me. They tackle some difficult issues, and the story truly broke my heart at times, but I also think what the author’s done is extremely important, and I for one won’t forget these characters and their struggles for a long time.
“Seriously, dude. No roommate? That’s fucking awesome.” Jared breathed with a sigh, settling himself on the empty bed across from Connor’s. “I mean, don’t get me wrong, Ben’s a cool guy and all, but…wow. No roommate. I wouldn’t mind that.”
My guest this week is Sara Alva author of the sexy new novel Social Skills She has kindly stopped by to share a little of what inspired this book and its characters, as well as reveal what we can expect from her upcoming novel.
It has long since been accepted that opposites attract. Two individuals, who appear to have nothing in common on the surface, invariably end up sharing a connection that defies either logic or understanding. This is certainly the case for college students Connor and Jared in this spicy and heart-warming novel by Sara Alva. A romance between an introverted violinist and a jock shouldn’t work, and yet, against the odds, it does.
Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate—until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.