Second Time Lucky by Ethan Day


Title: Second Time Lucky
Author: Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 274
Characters: Luke Landon, Owen West
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Second chances aren’t easy to come by but for Luke Landon and Owen West, sometimes the best things really do come back to you.

Luke Landon and Owen West already had a once upon a time. They burned hot back in college yet still managed to lose their way. It’s been fifteen years since they drifted apart and while a lot has since changed, they’ve discovered that some things still feel the same. While one calls it fate, the other dumb luck, second chances aren’t easy to come by. Putting the ignorance of youth and life’s baggage aside, they just might find that sometimes the best things really do come back to you.

Review:

When I pick up a book written by Ethan Day, I know it’s going to be something special. I love his snarky sense of humor and his characters are always well-written, interesting people. Since the blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash it. Instead I thought I’d write about why I loved this book and why I highly recommend it.

Both Luke and Owen are well-written characters. They were together in college and when they broke up; they haven’t seen each other in fifteen years. When they do meet up again, sparks fly between them and they find themselves in the middle of rekindling their romance. I appreciated how both men were mature enough to communicate with each other. I’ve read so many books where the heroes don’t talk, so it’s refreshing to read about two heroes that do.

I loved these two men together and enjoyed watching them work to be into each others’ lives again. I also enjoyed the steamy, strong emotional and physical connection these two men had together. The story itself moves smoothly along and is paced perfectly. Just make sure you allow plenty of reading time before you start it, because once you do, you won’t be able to put it down until it’s finished!

Second Time Lucky
is a sexy and addictive read that is filled with plenty of sweet, heartfelt moments as well as many laugh out loud moments too! I loved experiencing many different array of emotions while reading this book. It left me with a smile on my face and wish for more. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Put your hands together for the one and only: Ethan Day!!

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Ethan, thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

I brought my own vat of Diet Coke, but thank you anyway. : )

 

Well that’s being prepared now isn’t it? Charles, stand by please. Ethan, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I could, but then I’d have to kill you – which wouldn’t go well as I’ve been known to pass-out at the sight of blood. I’d be incarcerated for sure, just lying there for the police to find once they arrived on the scene. I’d be the laughing stock of Cell-block D! Plus, I’m pretty sure that whole gang-bang in the shower scenario is really best experienced through the safety of porn. It is fun to say though! Seriously…say Gang-Bang over and over and you’ll see! Even funnier if you use that Little Caesar’s Pizza-Pizza voice. Of course, it’s not like I’ve ever taken part in an actual gang-bang, so I can’t speak from experience, but lots of things you’d think would be sexy in theory actually aren’t  in reality – being stranded on a deserted island immediately comes to mind. Have you seen Survivor lately? When it looks like someone wiped their ass with Blair Warner, you know it’s not pretty. Those people look exceedingly unsexy. Talk about some Facts of Life! It’s TV, people…give those bitches a brush and a bar of soap for crying out loud!

refreshing_mixed_drinks_w1Those are for me. I need a moment to catch up. While I do so, please tell us what the first words were that fell out of your mouth when you heard your manuscript had been accepted.

I honestly don’t remember if I said anything. I was alone when I received the email. I do remember a big, cheesy smile. I was also unemployed at the time, so there was a bit of a, ‘Perhaps this IS what you were meant to do with your life,’ kind of an, ah-ha moment that occurred.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

I’d pretty much stopped writing for several years before I discovered there was a whole MM/Gay Romance thing going on. After reading about 10 books to get a feel for the genre and what was already out there, I felt like my writing fit pretty well. My style had always been more about what I thought was funny than the romance side of things, but they were at heart, stories about finding ‘the one’. It was kismet!

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

No thanks, my fat ass is on a diet after all the holiday face stuffing that occurred in and around my house. : )

 Charles, you have the afternoon off. He’s very content. I’ll just sip on my drinks.

How many hours a day do you spend writing?

It really depends. I can go months without writing at all, then spend six months writing non-stop. I think a lot of that has to with GayRomLit & having an EDJ. It’s difficult for me to develop a regimen of any kind when I can’t do something daily. I am always day dreaming, though, so it never totally turns off.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I tend to skip around a bit, and I do go back and revise as I’m re-reading throughout the process.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I do both, actually. I always start by just writing. For some reason, that enables me to get inside my characters head. But I will stop and scribble out a bullet list of other scenes I’ll need every now and again. How much of each depends upon how plot driven the story is. To Catch a Fox, which I co-wrote with Geoff was a very plot driven book, as was A Token of Time. There was pretty extensive plotting for each of those books.

For books like Sno Ho, and Second Time Lucky – where the relationship is the plot – things are less dependent upon knowing where the book is headed, so I do less plotting. Either way, it’s who those characters are that dictates what happens when faced with obstacles.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

Probably Boone from the Sno Ho/Summit City series, he is certainly the most fun for me to write. He gets to say and do all the stuff I wish I had in the past or would like to do in the future. Nothing is off limits for Boone. He’ll say almost anything, especially when attempting to avoid being serious or overtly lovey-dovey. He is not a gushy guy.

Luke from Second Time Lucky sticks out for me as well. His character was loosely based upon a friend who passed away many years back, so in a weird way, writing that book was a little like being able to spend time with that friend again. That was nice. Sad at times, but nice.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

I’m sure I do. I sometimes wonder if that is part of the reason I’ll go months w/o being able to write. I think many times it’s about the need to re-charge the creative battery. In the first six months of 2012, I finished a rewrite and went through a hefty editing process for A Token of Time, finished writing Second Time Lucky, co-wrote To Catch a Fox with Geoff Knight and wrote Love in La Terraza. That was a lot for a six month block of time and while I loved every second of it, I do think it drained me. I also had stuff like GRL mixed in there, which sucks up a lot of time and creative energy. It’s a fabulous time, but it can wipe me out. : )

The biggest key to writers block is not to stress over it when it does come around. I avoid the stress by not contracting books before they’re finished. If I have no due date, I have nothing to wig-out over when I do get stuck.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

Usually the couch, which is totally bad for the spine, but my puppy likes to snuggle in at the hip and they don’t really make office chairs for that. As I seem powerless to resist her big, brown puppy dog eyes, the couch is where I end up most of the time.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I use music a lot for that. I have a plethora of play lists to either keep or put me in a certain mood. If there are too many distractions around I’ll simply pop in the ear buds so I can drown out the offenders.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I don’t know. I’m sure snarky would be one word to describe my sense of humor. I can be a teensy bit sarcastic, lol. But I find all types of humor appealing, from bitchy to pratfalls and everything in between. Satirical, Screwball, Ironic, Self-deprecating – whether raunchy or highbrow – I never met a laugh I didn’t like. : )stunned

 

What is the most frequently asked Ethan Day question?

Are you planning to write a sequel to…?

Or

When is the sequel to…releasing?

Or some other variation of the same theme. Usually about either Self Preservation, Dreaming of You, or the Sno Ho series, though I do get it with most of my books to differing degrees. The Dreaming people don’t ask so much as inform me that I need to do it, lol. I appreciate that folks enjoyed the characters enough to want more. It’s a very nice compliment.

No one asks questions about me personally; likely because I tell people more than they wanted to hear to begin with in interviews and through online commentary, lol.

What are you working on now?

Specifically, at this precise moment, I’m working on a contemporary short story titled, Northern Star. It’ll be my first book for Empire Press since taking over the small publishing house with Geoff Knight, and a few of his Australian pals, Kath and Adrian. Adrian has done several covers for Geoff and now works with Resplendence. He did my cover for Love in La Terraza.

Northern Star is a mix, some sad and serious to go along with the funny. Deacon is the child of an alcoholic mother and absent father and carries around a lot of that weight as a result. He meets Steve – an older guy who’s recently divorced and has been closeted most of his life. Steve has some guilt he’s wrestling with over the choices he’s made. I’m pushing to have it finished and ready to go in time for the launch of the new Empire Press website in April.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

Walking away from the writing every now and then is usually the best medicine for me. Veg’ing out with a book, movie, a weekend on the couch with Netflix and TV series marathon. Chatting with friends online, on the phone or in person. Anything that takes me out of that writers head space for a while.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Everything I listed in my answer to the previous question. : )

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

I’ll be honest and say that when I read, it’s almost always gay-related, regardless of genre. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that almost all television and film feels heterosexually themed right now. Not that I have anything against het-themed entertainment, but it’s nice to see yourself reflected back every now and then. Right now, it seems like books are the only place I can find the whole me.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Yikes! I dunno…they all scream work to me, lol. Can I be a horse trainer who just watches the horses? They’re pretty to look at, but horses are big! I try not to screw around with things that are bigger than me that have a mind of their own…unless they walk on two legs and have opposable thumbs to use when popping open the lube lid. : )id-juicy-lubricants-10-tube

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

I’ve got a lot on my coming soon plate. A sci-fi/paranormal romantic-dramedy titled, Welcome to Meteor Springs, which will have a little mystery/suspense vibe thrown in for good measure. I’m hoping this will the first book in a new series – depending on whether or not people like it.

Geoff and I have the second Fox book as well as a short story for a Zombie themed antho titled, Zombie BoyZ. It’s a project Geoff has pulled together which will include stories by Geoff and myself, TJ Klune and Eric Arvin, & Ethan Stone & Daniel Kaine.

And while I was hoping to have the third and final Summit City book done before GRL in Atlanta, it will likely be what I get started on just after. But Boone and Wade will have their wedding day! What that day will look like I still don’t know, lol. The final book will be centered on that wedding theme and will include Chip and Gabe’s story.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

http://ethanday.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ethandayonline

http://twitter.com/ethanday

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2842849.Ethan_Day

http://www.amazon.com/Ethan-Day/e/B002BOFAVM

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

And get dishpan hands!?! Madge, surely you jest! ; )

Yes, simply because you wanted for nothing so Charles has the rest of the day off. Once again, thank you for coming by!

 

A Summit City Christmas by Ethan Day


Title: A Summit City Christmas
Author: Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 54
Characters: Boone Daniels, Wade Walker
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Holiday Romance/Contemporary
Kisses: 5






Blurb:

Holiday’s with friends and family are never dull and Boone’s first Christmas in Summit City is no exception to that Yuletide rule. You are cordially invited to join Boone and Wade for a Christmas Eve extravaganza, including many of your other favorites from the Summit City.

Review:

Go ahead and say it with me: Awwww. Seriously, that’s exactly what you’ll want to say when you finish reading A Summit City Christmas, as this is Wade Walker and Boone Daniels at their finest. With their eclectic group of friends and family along for the ride, the guys are all set to deck those halls and celebrate their first Christmas together in Colorado, complete with cookies, wisecracks, and plenty of romance and shmexy bits to go around.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; it takes a village to tell an Ethan Day story, and I’m not sure there’s anyone out there who can populate a book the way he does, with characters who, regardless of how small a role they play in the narrative, still manage to come across as people you’ve known for ages. They are like neighbors, friends, and family themselves, and sure, they may be a little whacky, but they’re familiar in a way that you can’t help but to love them. After all, what’s not to adore about a group of people who laugh and love and mock and snark at one another in equal measure?

This tasty little tidbit is the perfect addition to the Sno Ho series, like unwrapping a gift you didn’t even know you wanted until you realized how much fun you could have playing with it. And it comes fully assembled, no batteries required. All you need to supply is your sense of humor.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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Anything for You by Ethan Day


Title: Anything for You
Author: Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC
Pages: 106
Characters: Jason Miller, Chad Wellington
POV: 1st person
Setting: Middleton. MO
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Rating: 5
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Jason Miller is still in the closet. He’s never found a reason to kick the door open, walk into the light of day, and tell the world he’s gay. At least that’s what he keeps telling himself — along with a multitude of other solid arguments. As an ad man, he’s used to hawking a bill of goods, he just never imagined he’d fall victim to his own hype.

When ex-activist/coming out guru, Chad Wellington came along, he was the one thing Jason never saw coming. Like a moth to a flame these two opposites ignite leaving Jason to decide if he can handle the heat.

Review:

Jason Miller is an adman who has packaged, tagged, and quite convincingly sold himself as a straight guy to all but his gay friends. To put it bluntly, Jason is as deep in the closet as a man can get without falling out the back into a magical land on the other side.

Irony is the name of the game where Jason’s sexuality is concerned, considering his sister is an out and proud lesbian and their parents have fully accepted her sexuality—not that it appears as if it would matter, however, because she’d likely kick anyone’s arse who dared to cross her. So the question becomes why is Jason so terrified to let his rainbow flag fly? Perhaps it’s because he hasn’t yet found a flagpole from which he’d love to hoist his colors.

That motivation enters the picture in the form of Chad Wellington. Not only is Chad out, but he’s actively out, lobbying and working to convince others to openly embrace their own gay pride. The two men meet at a get-together with a group of friends, where their initial encounter is nothing less than priceless after Jason’s best friend’s partner slips Jason a mickey. His rainbow flag may not fly high and proud, but his snark flag sure does, with laugh-out-loud results.

As Jason’s feelings for Chad grow from mere physical attraction to the desire to become a permanent fixture in Chad’s life, Jason must find the strength to become the new and improved Jason—the new look, same great guy Jason who must find a new tagline with which to define himself, one that he can sell to the world for a little truth in advertising, one that Chad will help to inspire.

Anything for You is a short, sexy, sweet, and fun read—consummate Ethan Day. He has set the standard for romantic comedy and it seems with each new offering he continues to raise that bar to new levels of hilarity. His protagonists are loveably flawed, clever and quirky. Jason’s acerbic wit is a façade that masks his much deeper emotions and insecurities, and witnessing those emotions make their way to the surface was a true pleasure.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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Life In Fusion by Ethan Day

Life in Fusion
by Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press
Characters: Boone Daniels, Wade Walker
POV: 1st person
Setting: Summit City, CO. and Albuquerque, NM
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

4.5 KISSES

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Blurb:

Aspiring author, Boone Daniels, always figured love would be as easy as he was. Fresh off the whirlwind winter-vacation romance with ski-god and would-be boyfriend, Wade Walker — Boone was certain that saying goodbye would be the hardest part.

He’d survived the unconventional way in which they came together, proven himself somewhat worthy to Wade’s hometown of Summit City, and felt certain the self-imposed, six month boy-buffer would prove one thing – their fate was to be forever entwined.

Once real life settles in, Boone suffers the realization that no one ever actually said love was easy and that even after you fall, you can still break. As their two worlds collide, he begins to understand that if he can navigate the landscape of life in fusion, he just might get that happily-ever-after — after all.

Review:

In Sno Ho, Boone Daniels quickly discovered he was going to have to contend with the bulk of the population of Summit City, CO. if he was going to have a relationship with local Olympic skiing hero Wade Walker. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it apparently also takes a city to engineer a love affair, as nearly everyone in the tiny ski town seems to consider Wade’s business as their own.

Life in Fusion picks up where that story left off, with Boone attempting to make his way back to Albuquerque and his self-imposed exile (getting hilariously sidetracked along the way), with the hope that he can decipher exactly what his week with Wade meant—was it merely a case of vacation lust, or could it possibly evolve into something more? When you’re Boone Daniels, one never knows, but one thing is certain: the journey of discovery is going to be a wild and wickedly comical one.

It staggers the imagination, the assembly of characters who reside within the confines of Ethan Day’s imagination, only to be trotted out, page by page, to become someone with whom, were they real, I would love to spend time—with the probable exception of Sandy, the crazy bird lady. Oh, and Phillip, the dastardly ex-boyfriend. But everyone else is fair game, especially Jackie, Wade’s put-upon sister, who I share a complete affinity with. She is, quite possibly, one of my favorite of Ethan’s many and varied characters and would win the “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Avoid ‘Em” award for mother of the year; although Dixie Daniels makes it a tight race with her “Oh No She Di-in’t!” entry. It is a talent that, with nothing more than a sentence or two, Ethan is able to reveal who his characters are and enables the reader to imagine precisely what makes them tick, perhaps because a few of them are people we’ve known at some point in our lives, and that is what makes them so endearing.

As Boone navigates his way through the maze of interlopers in his romance with Wade—from Gabe, his less than supportive best friend, to his aggressively supportive parents, to a town that is way over-invested in the outcome of their affair—he learns a few things about himself, about leaps of faith and about love itself. Perhaps the timing of love doesn’t always make sense, but it almost always leaves you senseless.

Reviewed By: Lisa