Author Name: A.M. Arthur
Book Name: Come What May, All Saints Series, Book #1
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Pages or Words: 70,000 words, 320 pages (print edition)
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: Carina Press
Hello! I’m an m/m romance author, who mostly writes contemporary but occasionally delves into paranormal. I live in Hicksville, USA with two rambunctious cats and a large collection of horror film DVDs.
My newest release, Come What May, is the first in a new NA romance series with Carina Press. Jonas Ashcroft is suspended from college after a fraternity prank goes wrong, and he’s stuck working in his aunt’s thrift store—his very first job ever. Tate Dawson runs an LGBT homeless shelter nearby, and when their paths cross, sparks fly. So do insults, misunderstandings, and smexy times.
- Why did you choose to write M/M stories? The simple answer is that I had m/m stories to tell. But how about the more complex answer?My background is writing urban fantasy, which mostly contained m/f relationships. Right around the time I first discovered the m/m genre existed, I also fell into the Kish fandom (Kyle/Fish from the cancelled soap “One Life to Live”). At the time, their storylines were coming to a close on the show, but I found their stories on YouTube and fell in love. I’d written fanfic in the past, and I fell down the rabbit hole for Kish, first reading, and then writing stories for them. I enjoyed it so much, I started thinking, hey, I can do this with original characters. Right?So I used my urban fantasy background and wrote Prodigal, and then followed up with Frozen. And then I was like, dude! I love reading contemporary m/m, so why not try that? And that’s how Cost of Repairs was born.
- What inspired you to write your first book? For my first m/m book, see above. My first book in general? I wanted to try to write a novel. And of course, my first “serious novel” was this contemporary, small town, navel-gazing story that still has good bones, but needs a serious overhaul. I’ve definitely grown as a writer since then.
- When and why did you begin writing? I don’t remember the exact moment it happened, but at some point in middle school I realized that authors were regular people. As a child, I believed that books are written by special people who were selected by the people who made books. That you needed, in essence, permission to write stories.It may have been when I first read The Outsiders and realized SE Hinton wrote it when she was sixteen. A teenager wrote and published a novel! Anyone could write a novel! Holy crap! That’s about when I realized it was okay for me to start scribbling down the stories in my head.
- What are you current projects? I still have two contracted novels due in the fall (All Saints #3 and Off Beat #3), so those are my priority. I’m working on a shifter novel (yay!), as well as a third Prodigal series story. Perspectives 4 is in the works at some point this year, since readers are begging for more. Once I get the rights back from Samhain, I have a novel called Fractured Hymns that I will be self-publishing. I’m plenty busy.
- Off topic: What secret talents do you have? I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue. But shhh! Don’t tell anyone.
Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.
Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.
But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.
“It’s small,” Jonas said.
Jonas had never known anyone before who’d been in foster care, and saying so would probably make him the biggest douche on the planet. It also took the edge off some of his irritation over the total mindfuck that was Tate Dawson. “It’s way better than both of those things. You worked hard for this place, Tate. I haven’t worked hard for anything in my life.”
He blinked. “You do?”
“Yes, I do. I think you work very, very hard to convince yourself and the world that you’re something you’re not. I think you work very, very hard to be perfect when no one is, and the only thing anyone should ever do is just be her or himself. Be true to you, not to what others want from you.”
Jonas’s throat squeezed tight. “I can’t.”
Tate took a step closer, bringing a gentle waft of sweat and something sweet. “Why not?”
He saw the barest reflection of himself in Tate’s glasses and he didn’t like it. He stepped back. Tate snagged his wrist and held him there. The touch sent awareness buzzing across his skin, down his spine and straight to his balls. H needed to pull away before this got out of control.
And then his rebel brain decided it was a good idea to glance at Tate’s pink lips. Lips that Tate, the asshole, licked with slow swipes of his tongue.
Jonas yanked away his hand away so hard Tate stumbled. “I’m not gay, so you can get that ‘fuck the frat boy’ fantasy out of your head right now.”
Instead of being cowed, Tate planted both hands on his hips and said, “Who are you trying to convince? Because it’s just you and me in this room, and I’m not the one who brought up your sexuality. You did.”
Damn him. “Why won’t you leave me alone?”
Tate’s gaze drifted over his face as he sought for words. “Because every time we’re together I can tell you’re struggling with something. You put up this lone wolf front to keep people at arm’s length so you don’t have to work so hard to pretend, but it’s exhausting you. Jonas, you can be yourself with me. Whoever that is.”
“I can’t.” Talking was getting harder around the lump in his throat. His heart was kicking too fast and his chest ached.
“Look me in the eye.” Tate closed the three strides between them, then curled a warm hand around the back of Jonas’s neck. “Look me in the eye and say you don’t want to kiss me right now.”
Dawn gives Come What May 4.5✨s
Jonas is sent to live with his aunt and uncle to work for free in their thrift store after a hazing prank at a college frat party goes very wrong. Jonas knows he will never live up to his father’s standards. He tries to bury who he is in alcohol and women. This is a much easier path than admitting he’s gay.
Tate is raising his two teenager sisters alone. After a very hard youth and fighting the system, he was finally allowed to be their guardian. Tate and his sisters are very close to Jonas’s aunt and uncle and spend a great deal of time with them. Tate and a couple of friends run a homeless shelter for teens.
The first time Tate and Jonas meet at the thrift store, Tate can see right through Jonas’s tough guy act. There is definitely attraction between them, though Jonas doesn’t want to admit it. They soon build a friendship and Jonas finally finds he is safe to admit he’s gay. I love how their relationship grows. It’s slow, definitely awkward at times for Jonas, but it feels very real. I found it profoundly sad how open and honest Jonas could be with Tate, but terrified of his family finding out. There are definitely too many people still living in the closet for fear of being disowned or kicked out of their homes.
There are a host of other characters in this book that make the story so much more heartwarming and at times sad. Although this story has been told hundreds of times, I loved Jonas and Tate and very much enjoyed Come What May.
A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and SMP Swerve.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
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