This seems to be such a sweet, sweet story!
Gideon’s Wish by Bryan T. Clark releases today in the contemporary, LGBTQ+ genre.
He might be Mr. Right, but their timing is all kinds of wrong… Gideon Miller is done letting his heart do the thinking for him. Been there, done that, still has the emotional scars to prove it. Besides, he’s leaving Los Angeles soon. There’d be no point in starting up a new romance now. But when he meets the off-the-charts sexy, ex-military man next door, Gideon starts to question everything…
Isaiah Williams needs a fresh start. With his time in the Navy—and a painful, toxic relationship—behind him, he’s ready to start a new life. Now all he has to do is figure out how to keep his matchmaking mother out of his business…and how to not fall for his sweet, nerdy, and entirely too attractive neighbor…
They’re complete opposites with nothing but trust issues in common. Their timing? Terrible. And yet…none of that matters when they’re together. Will love be enough to get Gideon and Isaiah to happily ever after? Or are they destined to remain star-crossed?
“Gideon’s Wish, a standalone, steamy, lightly angsty, M/M contemporary romance, features a loveable, openly gay handyman and the not-so-openly gay alpha male of his dreams. HEA guaranteed. Download today and get ready to fall in love with your next favorite read.”
“Your dad and I are so proud of you and the work you’ve done on the house. I admit, I thought your dad was crazy to want to take the loan out to do this…But it really looks nice.”
He knew she was referring to the latest pictures he’d sent her. Although he’d spent every bit of the twenty grand from the home equity loan they’d taken out for the project, they saved so much money in labor by him doing the work himself.
Gideon groaned into the receiver. He hated talking money with her. It was always ‘we can’t afford that.’ “Well, I wanted to talk to you and Dad about the master bathroom. I was thinking we should redo the bathroom before we put it back up for rent. I can pay for it with the money I’m making, and…” The sound of a door closing caused Gideon to look over his shoulders, out the window, and into the carport that he and his neighbor, Daisy, shared.
Jesus! Gideon’s lower jaw dropped as he stared at the young man coming out of Daisy’s house holding a trash bag. Shirtless, his gorgeous brown chest muscles were like two rounded mountains.
As the guy walked across the carport, Gideon’s eyes traced down his picture-perfect six-pack abs to a tapered waist and strong thighs. He had the classic military hair cut, trimmed short all the way around except for the top of his head.
“Hold on! Your father’s walking in. Talk to him about that. I love you!”
“I love you, too,” he tried to say before she was gone. As he waited for his dad to get on the phone, Gideon now remembered Daisy saying last week that her son, Isaiah, was coming home and would be staying with her until he got on his feet. Was this who this gorgeous specimen of a man was?
Gideon’s gaze fell below the guy’s waist. Holy shit! What the hell is that swinging in his black nylon gym shorts? Obviously, commando under the tight shorts, the sheer size of it sent blood flooding into Gideon’s own groin.
The man’s warm chestnut skin tone complimented his black hair and thin, neatly-trimmed mustache that dropped to his jaw line. If this was indeed Isaiah, he was way better-looking than his brothers and in great shape. He was all kinds of sexy.
Bryan T. Clark is a hopeless, perpetual, unceasing, relentless, unremitting, persistent, interminable romantic. He is a voracious reader who is blessed with an innate love of writing and who, after over 30 years, remains madly in love with the man of his dreams. So, it is no surprise then, that his passion in life is writing captivating and engaging romantic dramas about men who love men. He is committed to bringing his readers stories of real life, with multicultural characters, riveting plots, and of course, what we all desire…ever-lasting love. A multi-published, Rainbow Award winning author and a 2x LAMBDA Literary Finalist, he is also a funny, loving, family-oriented, and a proud member of the LGBTQ community. He is the founder of Cornbread Publishing Inc. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bryan and his husband of thirty-six years have made their home and life in the Central Valley of California.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t let anyone see that crap you wrote! BURN IT! On a serious note, writing a book is hard, so don’t try to write a book for your first project. Write stories, make them as long or short as you want. Just write, and write, and write. Some people get so caught up in trying to write the perfect story that they just stop, thinking what they’ve written is crap. For most of us, our first drafts are still crap. But we work the story over and over and the story develops over edits. Within that process, the magic evolves.
Do you ever base your characters on real people? If so, what are the pitfalls you’ve run into doing so?
It depends on the role of the character. For the most part, I don’t know the main characters at all in the beginning. They reveal themselves to me over the course of the story. I get to know them pretty fast and, in my head, they are ‘real people’. The pitfall in having such a relationship with your main characters is that they may take you in a direction that you didn’t see coming, or that you didn’t necessarily want to go in. Since I don’t get to know my sub-characters as well, they often have traits that mimic someone that would be in that role in the story, or of someone I actually know, and I give them similar traits.
How long do you write each day?
This really depends on looming deadlines and what else needs to be done, such as research, marketing, and networking. However, as a full-time writer, writing is always my priority, so I try to squeeze in at a minimum of four hours a day. I find that when I can get in a couple of days in a row just to write for four to six hours, that’s when everything starts to flow naturally. I know when this happens because the characters are talking and doing things faster than I can write it down. When I can get to that spot, it’s heaven!
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I love writing romance. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, I was in Law Enforcement for twenty-seven years. This profession changed me over the years, the way I see ordinary everyday people; how big crowds put me on high alert, and I don’t blindly leap into anything. I analyze everything. Writing romance for me is an intentional way of moving as far away from that old career, to one where I can create my own world. Romance is sweet, about feelings, about taking risks with the heart. Romance is about the heart fluttering, the feeling you have that if you spend another moment away from that other person, you feel that you just might die. Romance is about being vulnerable. As the author, I get to fall in love over and over and over again with each new book.
What are you working on now, and when can we expect it?
I always have several ‘cakes in the oven’. Unless the characters stop talking to me, my next release is Hawthorne Manor, set for release in May 2022. This story involves a cranky old man, a nosey housekeeper, and two men that can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves.
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