Friday, March 31, 2017

Blog Tour: Rainbow Sprinkles by Anna Martin #Review #Excerpt #Giveaway ~ Guest Post



Hello! And welcome to my blog tour for my Dreamspinner Press ‘States of Love’ novella Rainbow Sprinkles.

Rainbow Sprinkles tells the story of Cooper, a down-to-earth guy who makes ice cream at the Dreamy Creamery, and Drew, who’s a Prince at Disneyland. I’d actually had the idea for the characters for a while when I saw the open call for States of Love novellas, which gave me the perfect excuse to write a ridiculously fluffy little story about two guys falling in love in California.

And Disneyland.

I’m a big, big Dis-nerd. Unapologetically so, with a huge amount of love and an abundance of opinions. Since Rainbow Sprinkles is only a novella I don’t want to give too much of the story away, so I’ve got a little excerpt for you and then through my blog tour I’ll be covering some of my favourite parts of Disneyland!

Up today is my favourite Adventureland attraction. Please do leave a comment and let me know your favourite places and rides at Disneyland!

Thanks for stopping by.

Anna xx




March 29 - Love Bytes
March 31 - Diverse Reader
April 3 - Gay Book Reviews
April 5 - The Novel Approach
April 7 - My Fiction Nook
April 10 - Bayou Book Junkie
April 12 - MM Good Book Reviews
April 14 - Joyfully Jay
April 16 - Anna Martin



Length: 21,795 words


Blurb

Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.

Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.



Review

With a cover and title as cute as the one for Anna Martin's new book, Rainbow Sprinkles, you'd expect something light and cute and fluffy, yeah? I mean, no question, right? And you'd be mostly right. Anna Martin has a way of writing stories with characters who are really likable, though flawed and this gives them such a realistic feel. Such is the case for Cooper and Drew. One guy has his head in the clouds, the other firmly on the ground. One has hopes and dreams, the other is perfectly (well, mostly) content with his life the way it is. So yeah, that all sounds perfectly normal, doesn't it? And it is, and that's one of the great things about Rainbow Sprinkles. 

As part of Dreamspinner Press's States of Love series, this one is set in California and wow does Anna give us a real California vibe in this book. Beach and sun and ice cream and Disney Land. Lots and lots of ice cream and Disney Land seeing as how Cooper works in the ice cream shop, Dreamy Creamery, and Drew works at Disney Land as one of the characters. I loved all of the Disney scenes, of which there are plenty. I felt like I was there experiencing everything. Drew's been stopping by the Dreamy Creamery at least a few times a week where there is much awkward flirting between him and Cooper and finally a date is made. Where they go to Disneyland of course. But it's super cute, and hot at times, watching these two get to know one another. There's hand holding and kissing and yes, there is some pretty steamy sex, too. 

As guys in their early to mid-twenties, they still haven't gotten life quite figured out yet, and Cooper isn't in any hurry to do so. Oh, he's got an idea, but it's a vague, sort of sometime somewhere down the road thought. Drew, who wants to be an actor, doesn't get this and as you can guess this causes a bit of conflict. When the moment comes, the misunderstanding and miscommunication feels blown out of proportion. Thankfully it doesn't last too long (kind of hard with such a short book!) and the end is every bit as sweet as you hope it'd be. With some extra rainbow sprinkles thrown in! Check this one out y'all. It'll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy ... and craving some ice cream.

Excerpt

“Can I get a….”

He looked over the menu like he didn’t stop by here at least once a week. Cooper would have expected anyone who got two sundaes a week to be a little chubby around the edges, but not his hottie. He was tall and broad shouldered, with a narrow waist and long legs. Most of the time he came by in workout gear. Whoever thought to put an ice cream parlor on the same patch as a gym was either an idiot or a genius. Probably a genius, since the Dreamy Creamery was signposted on billboards for miles, and they were on the main route into Disneyland. The place saw a lot of tourist traffic.

“Birthday Cake and Green Tea.”

Cooper winced. “You sure?”

“I’m adventurous.”

“You’re sure something,” Cooper laughed, turning back to the freezers and his scoop. “In a cup, right?”

“Yeah. And with—”

“Rainbow sprinkles,” Cooper finished for him.

Always the same. Always gross combinations of ice cream, topped with rainbow sprinkles, and if that wasn’t code, Cooper was going to die.

Adventureland

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

In the Tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room, all the birds sing words and the flowers croon, in the Tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room!

Some people think the Tiki Room is annoying.

Those people are wrong.

There’s something enchantingly perfect about getting a creamy cool Dole Whip and sitting in an air conditioned room in the middle of a hot California afternoon, watching a show Walt Disney himself imagined.

(A side note about Dole Whip – the pineapple flavoured soft serve ice cream available at the stand outside the Tiki Room: while this is arguably one of the best snacks available at Disneyland, I’m lactose intolerant. Oh, be sure I’ll get one. I’ll eat it. And I’ll regret it. But still, every time, it’s gotta be done.)

I love the Tiki Room. I love the reveal of each new section of the show, I love the cheesy songs, I love the clicking of the animatronics. Somehow that’s just part of the whole experience and I’d probably hate it if they got rid of it!

Adventureland contains both Jungle Cruise and the Indiana Jones ride, which are arguably “better” attractions than the Tiki Room. I’d entertain those arguments, and don’t get me wrong, I freaking love the Jungle Cruise. But there’s something to be said for a classic, which is why Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is my pick for best Adventureland attraction.




Author Bio

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything that’s put under her nose.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.




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