Author Name: A.M. Arthur
Book Name: The World As He Sees It, Perspectives Series, Book #2 (Can be read as a standalone)
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Pages or Words: 283 pages, 83,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor
Hi there! I’m a contemporary m/m romance author (who occasionally dips into paranormal). I hail from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, equal distances from beaches and corn fields, and I currently share my apartment with two rascals of kitties.
My current book, The World As He Sees It, is the second in my Perspectives series with Samhain Publishing. It’s Tristan and Gabe’s book, and anyone who read the first Perspectives knows why Tristan is super special. He has severe short term memory loss, which prevents him from living a fully realized life. Gabe spends all of his time and money taking care of his alcoholic mother, which prevents him, also, from living a fully realized life. I’m so excited for readers to finally get their story.
- What genre is your book and what drew you to this genre?
My book is m/m contemporary romance. There’s a catchphrase for m/m that goes like this: The only thing better than one hot hero is two. I started reading m/m after a chance encounter with a review of a KA Mitchell novel that intrigued me. This was years ago, when I was kind of clueless about the contemporary romance genre, because back then I mostly read urban fantasy or paranormals. I had no idea there was an entire subgenre dedicated to gay male romances.So I bought the book and fell in love. I think what appeals to me most about m/m is that there are far fewer stereotypes in terms of gender roles. I don’t identify with a lot of romance heroines, in that I don’t have a driving need to be in a relationship, or to be coupled up. Granted, there are heroes like that in m/m, but they tend to be fewer and further between (at least in the books I read).
- How many days a week do you write?
My goal is always to write at least something every single day, but that doesn’t always happen. I’m currently working a full-time 40 hours a week day job, so sometimes I come home too exhausted to bother writing anything. All I want to do is veg. Sometimes on a day off, I can bang out 7500 words (roughly 2-3 chapters). It all comes out in the wash, eventually.
- On average, how long does it take to write a book?
I don’t really have an average, but maybe for me 2-3 months? I guess that’s more typical for me for a full-length novel. I wrote The Truth As He Knows It in 21 days, and in September I finally finished a book that’s taken me more than two years to write.
- Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?
I don’t have a trailer. I’ve never done one for any of my books, but I wouldn’t be opposed. I honestly have no idea how to go about doing such a thing.
- If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?
I would be Annika, from the ACRO series by Sydney Croft. This is a paranormal romance series that I absolutely adore. Annika is a secondary character whose personal relationship evolves over the course of the series’ six novels. She’s a fiercely loyal fighter with kickass super powers, and I loved seeing her progression as a character. Did I mention she’s kickass?
Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.
Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.
Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.
Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.
A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.
Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…
The late hour didn’t diminish the sweltering August heat, and Tristan worked up a good sweat walking. Shane and Noel both looked crazy sexy in their club clothes, and even sexier walking side by side. He was happy for Noel. Happy his best friend was in love and enjoying himself.
He was also stupidly, insanely jealous.
He stuck close with his stupid, insane jealousy because the streets were teeming with people of all ages, heading into and out of the different restaurants and clubs. They turned down a quieter side street that was more like an alley. Halfway down the block a few guys hung out against a stone wall, most of them smoking cigarettes. An industrial door with no sign or markings was being guarded by a big, burly bear of a man in a black leather vest.
“Hey, Officer Carlson,” the bouncer said. He had a deep voice to match his broad body. “Nice to see you again.”
“Bear, son. Everyone calls me Bear.”
“Right. This is my friend Tristan Lavelle.”
“A right pleasure.”
Tristan shook Bear’s hand, surprised by the gentle grip. “Hi.” He glanced at Shane, who didn’t seem at all annoyed at being left out. “Um, that’s Shane. Noel’s boyfriend.”
Bear grinned. “Yeah, I know that one all right.”
“You do?” He reached for a notebook he didn’t have, then looked at Noel for answers.
“Shane dances here once a week,” Noel said. “He got the job through Bear’s son Gabe.”
“Oh.” He didn’t bother asking if he’d already been told that. Probably. Every single piece of information that was mildly important to his life had been repeated to him at least, oh, eighteen times. Minimum.
“Enjoy yourselves, boys,” Bear said. “First drinks are on the house.”
“Thank you,” Tristan replied.
Noel pulled the door, and what had been a distant bass became an impressive thumpa-thumpa in Tristan’s chest. The interior of the club was wide and deep, with a high ceiling decorated in strands of red and blue lights. Strobes and other lighting flashed around the dance floor, which seemed to make up most of the floor space. A small U-shaped bar stood to the right. In the rear were what looked like raised platforms. Two hot guys in red short-shorts were gyrating together on one of them.
This is the kind of dancing Shane does? Shit.
He was probably twenty kinds of hot up there.
Someone jostled past them, reminding Tristan to keep moving forward. Noel was hustling them straight for the bar. Tristan couldn’t drink alcohol because of his antidepressants and anxiety medications, and Noel was driving so the only person able to drink much was Shane.
Not that Tristan was going to mourn his dry night. Men. Everywhere around him, a sea of hot men. All kinds of eye candy. Every age, height, weight, shape and body hair amount. He observed and mentally drooled over the flesh on display. The air smelled of liquor and sweat and sex, and good Lord he was starting to get lightheaded from it all.
Noel nudged them closer to the bar. A middle-aged man with gray hair and a pink sequined vest gave them all a big, toothy smile. “Noel and friends,” he said. “Richard Brightman, pleased to officially meet you, Tristan.”
“Hello,” Tristan said. Officially meet you implied they’d interacted before, but the man’s name meant nothing to him.
“I’m Bear’s husband. We own the place.”
“Oh. It’s a great place. I’m pretty sure this is my first time. I like it.”
Okay that was wrong. When was I here before?
“So what are we drinking tonight?” Richard asked. “First round on the house. Samuel Adams for you, Shane?”
“Yeah, thanks,” Shane replied.
Richard knows because Shane works here.
“I’ll have a vodka tonic,” Noel said. “Tris?”
“Virgin margarita,” Tristan said. He loved margaritas, and while a virgin wasn’t as good as one with Patrón, he couldn’t mix with his meds.
“Coming up,” Richard said.
The music changed to a faster, sharper beat. Tristan’s hips rolled in tiny motions, instinct bringing out his love of club dancing. Of getting into it with another dude, all writhing bodies and gyrating hips. Arms and legs. Sweat and heavy breathing.
Wonderful arousal stirred in his gut, heating his blood already. He might not be getting laid tonight, but damn it, he was going to have some fun.
“Hey, you guys made it,” said a sexy, sultry voice.
Tristan glanced over his shoulder to see who the voice had spoken to, only to find himself staring into a pair of kind, dark eyes. Kind, dark eyes belonging to a stunningly handsome face. Black hair. Tan skin. Tall and well-built. A walking wet dream who was smiling like they were old friends.
Holy fucking hell, he’s gorgeous.
“Hey, Gabe,” Shane said.
Those kind, dark eyes never broke from his, and Tristan couldn’t look away. Gabe was a stranger, and yet somehow familiar.
His eyes. The eyes I see. We’ve met.
“We’ve met,” Tristan said before he could think twice.
Gabe’s eyebrows twitched. “Yes, we have. Do you remember that?”
“I remember your eyes.”
I have to admit that I didn’t read the first book in this series and that being said, I don’t think it’s necessary to enjoy this one. Although I did love this book enough that I’m definitely going to read book one.
Tristan is a sweet, gentle soul who suffers short term memory loss from a traumatic brain injury sustained during a violent attack on him and his best friend Noel. Tristan has lived in an assisted living facility for three years and has little memory of life before the attack. He keeps a running journal of all of his daily experiences to look back on. Gabe is working three jobs to pay for the mortgage and expenses of the house he shares with his alcoholic mother. He spends his free time cleaning up after her and taking care of her. He really has no life.
Gabe and Tristan meet for the first time in book one, but a chance encounter brings them back together in this book. They both feel the spark, the chemistry and begin a beautiful old fashioned friendship via email.
When Tristan is given a chance to participate in a clinical trial in hopes of improving his memory, he jumps at the chance and Gabe is there through every step to encourage Tristan. Both men are damaged and yet see so much goodness and beauty in the other. This is a wonderful book and very accurately describes what life is like with this type of TBI.
The author definitely has a new fan. I highly recommend this book.
About the author:
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.
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.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your cooking tips (or book comments).
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