Please join me in welcoming Anna Zabo, who's here to tell us about her new release, Slow Waltz, a sequel to her best-selling m/m paranormal, Close Quarter. Hi Anna! Take it away!
Welcome to the itty bitty Slow Waltz Blog Tour! Slow Waltz is a Spring Fling short story that continues the adventures of Rhys and Silas from my novel Close Quarter.
From May 7th until May 12th, Slow Waltz is available for FREE from Loose Id! You can download it in your favorite e-reader format here:
After May 12th, it’ll be 0.99, so still pretty inexpensive.
But also from the May 7th through 12th, you can purchase Close Quarter from the Loose Id website for two dollars off the cover price (again, available in all your favorite e-reader formats):
I’m also giving away a $10 gift card from your choice of All Romance Ebooks, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. More on that at the end of the post.
So what’s Slow Waltz about?
All of three days had passed in the story. That’s pretty quick to fall in love.
A typical transatlantic cruise is six or seven days, so I got to thinking, “What happens during those days after Close Quarter, when there’s nothing trying to kill them?” I mean, part of the reason they ended up together is because being hunted down by vampires is a bit of a bonding experience. And now there’s no danger.
For Silas, that’s easy. He’s happy enough to live in the moment and simply enjoy the carefree time with Rhys. He knows there will be trouble in New York, but that’s days away. No use worrying about it.
Rhys, on the other hand, comes out of the daze of love worrying about everything. He’s still mourning his mother, still aware that he has no idea who his real father is, there’s still a bunch of “friends” back in New York who want the money he’s inherited. And now, he’s been pretty damn open about being gay since he and Silas have been together. He’s not even sure how the heck you make a relationship work when the love of your live isn’t even human.
And that’s what I explore in Slow Waltz. Love at first sight, and the work required to make the happy ever after. Even between magical beings.
I’m a sucker for love stories, especially the ones where two people look across the room at each other and they just know that this is the person with whom they’re going to spend the rest of their life. It is, as anyone will tell you, a horrible cliché in writing.
It also happens in real life. And some of those relationships do end up becoming happy ever after romances. Granted, it’s because the people involved work on the relationship and build a deeper love after that first blush of instant recognition. And that’s the heart of love, there—two people with the willingness to go the distance for the other person, even when they want to smack the other person up-side the head.
And that’s Rhys and Silas. Even if Rhys doesn’t know it yet.
Here’s the blurb:
New lovers Rhys Matherton and Silas Quint finally have a chance to breath easy and enjoy a well-earned respite on board a transatlantic cruise to New York City. But the lack of danger gives Rhys too much time to think about the enormity of falling in love with a man who isn’t human. He’s not sure love at first sight can last, especially when your lover is fae. Sure, the sex is fantastic, but that’s not enough to hang the rest of your potentially immortal life upon.
To distract himself, Rhys suggests he and Silas take a set of lessons to learn to waltz. The plan backfires when they are paired with two older women—one of whom reminds Rhys of his recently deceased mother. Instead of being able to ignore thinking about his future with Silas, he’s actively questioned about his lover. And it seems the whole boat knows who he’s sleeping with.
As Rhys learns the steps of waltz, he has to decide if he’ll continue to dance around what he feels for Silas or if he’ll finally learn to trust in his partner’s love for him.
Thank you to Jessica for having me on her blog again!
Now about that drawing! Please comment here and let me know if you believe in love at first sight!
If you comment here (please leave your email address) or at any of the two other stops on my itty bitty blog tour, you’ll be entered in a random drawing to win a gift card. (One entry per blog stop! So if you comment on all three blogs, that’s three entries.)
I’ll be drawing the winner on my blog, AnnaZabo.com on May 13th.
Those dates again:
On Tuesday, May 7th, I’ll be over at Jessica Freely’s blog (That’s here!)
On Thursday, May 9th, I’ll be over at Kay Berrisford’s blog. [http://kayberrisford.com/]
On Friday, May 10th, I'll be over at Attention is Arbitrary. [attentionisarbitrary.blogspot.com]
On Saturday, May 11th, I’ll be over at MC Hana’s blog. [http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/]