I am so excited to have Rick R. Reed here today in the Hot Seat! I'm a huge fan of his work and its such an honor to be talking with him. You'll have the Hot Seat questions and have a chance to see some of his books and find out where to buy them.
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Hot Seat Questions
What is the title of your newest release? Blue Umbrella Sky
Who are two characters you’ve written you’d love to be real and be friends with?
Milt Grabaur and Billy Blue from Blue Umbrella Sky. Aside from living in the same place (Palm Springs), I have a lot in common with both of them.
Describe yourself as a teenager in three words?
Shy, bookish, creative (Same holds true today.)
Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks? Yes or No.
It’s not a yes or no question. I need to qualify my answer. It depends on the narrator. It depends on what I’m doing at the time (running or driving are two instances where listening is preferable to reading). In general, I prefer the experience of reading over listening, though.
What would you say is your spirit animal? I don’t have one.
If you could be in any other decade (or era), which would you be in? (just that decade or era not reason why) 1960s
What is your all time favorite movie you can watch over and over again? Rosemary’s Baby
iPhone or Android? iPhone
What are three books you read this year so far, you’d recommend? Southernmost by Silas House, Wolf by Mo Hayder, and November Road by Lou Berney.
Are you going to any signings this year, if so list where we can see you.
GRL in October.
And finally, what is one quote you live by?
I can resist anything but temptation. (Oscar Wilde)
BLUE UMBRELLA SKY
Milt Grabaur has left his life, home, and teaching career in Ohio to start anew. The Summer Winds trailer park in Palm Springs, butted up against the San Jacinto mountain range, seems the perfect place to forget the pain of nursing his beloved husband through Alzheimer's and seeing him off on his final passage.
Billy Blue is a sexy California surfer type who once dreamed of being a singer but now works at Trader Joe’s and lives in his own trailer at Summer Winds. He’s focused on recovery from the alcoholism that put his dreams on hold.
When his new neighbor moves in, Billy falls for the gray-eyed man. His sadness and loneliness awaken something Billy’s never felt before—real love.
When a summer storm and flash flood jeopardize Milt's home, Billy comes to the rescue, hoping the two men might get better acquainted… and maybe begin a new romance.
But Milt's devotion to his late husband is strong, and he worries that acting on his attraction will be a betrayal.
Can they lay down their baggage and find out how redemptive love can be?
Truman Reid is Summitville High’s most out-and-proud senior. He can't wait to take his fierce, uncompromising self away from his small Ohio River hometown, where he’s suffered more than his share of bullying. He’s looking forward to bright lights and a big city. Maybe he’ll be the first gender-fluid star to ever win an Academy Award. But all that changes on the first day of school when he locks eyes with the most gorgeous hunk he’s ever seen.
Mike Stewart, big, dark-haired, and with the most amazing blue eyes, is new to town. He's quiet, manly, and has the sexy air of a lost soul. It’s almost love at first sight for Truman. He thinks that love could deepen when Mike becomes part of the stage crew for Harvey, the senior class play Truman's directing. But is Mike even gay? And how will it work when Truman's mother is falling for Mike’s dad?
Plus Truman, never the norm, makes a daring and controversial choice for the production that has the whole town up in arms.
See how it all plays out on a stage of love, laughter, tears, and sticking up for one’s essential self….
THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR
With the couple next door, nothing is as it seems.
Jeremy Booth leads a simple life, scraping by in the gay neighborhood of Seattle, never letting his lack of material things get him down. But the one thing he really wants—someone to love—seems elusive. Until the couple next door moves in and Jeremy sees the man of his dreams, Shane McCallister, pushed down the stairs by a brute named Cole.
Jeremy would never go after another man’s boyfriend, so he reaches out to Shane in friendship while suppressing his feelings of attraction. But the feeling of something being off only begins with Cole being a hard-fisted bully—it ends with him seeming to be different people at different times. Some days, Cole is the mild-mannered John and then, one night in a bar, he’s the sassy and vivacious drag queen Vera.
So how can Jeremy rescue the man of his dreams from a situation that seems to get crazier and more dangerous by the day? By getting close to the couple next door, Jeremy not only puts a potential love in jeopardy, but eventually his very life.
RICK R. REED BIO
Real Men. True Love.
Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” You can find him at www.rickrreed.com or www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix.
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