Light in Endless Darkness by Huston Piner


Title: Light in Endless Darkness
Author: Huston Piner
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 194
Characters: Kevin Reeves, Dominic Pierce
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Vampire
Kisses: 4.5



Blurb:

Kevin Reeves enrolls in a night course and meets the sexy Dominic Pierce, an independent, blind emo. A mutual attraction quickly develops into a full-blown romance and after a violent confrontation with his father, Kevin moves in with him. But he soon discovers that far from protecting Dominic like he thought, members of the neighborhood gang think Dominic is a monster and are terrified of him. Meanwhile, someone from Kevin’s past begins blackmailing him for sex, leaving him humiliated, feeling guilty, and suffering from nightmares that cast Dominic as a bloodthirsty monster. Worried that Dominic will dump him if he finds out, Kevin struggles to keep his blackmail a secret. But Dominic has dark secrets of his own. He has a job he won’t discuss that keeps him away from sunup to sunset and he makes secret nightly excursions after he thinks Kevin has fallen asleep. Can Kevin get away from his blackmailer? Will he find out what Dominic does all day and where he sneaks out to every night? And can their love survive when he finally uncovers the truth?

Review:

Light in Endless Darkness by Huston Piner is a well-told, sexy old-school vampire tale with a modern edge. Delightful and intriguing, these characters kept me enthralled with their story from start to finish.

Kevin is a loner. Between his crappy home life and his boring everyday job, he is worried there isn’t much more to life. Because of his homosexuality, Kevin’s father does everything he can to make his life miserable. Determined to better himself, Kevin takes a course at the local community college to see if he can somehow jump start his life into something more than what he has. As soon as he spots a deliciously cute young man, Dominic, Kevin is immediately smitten and goes out of his way to introduce himself to him. When Kevin discovers Dominic is blind, he becomes even more fascinated with him. In ways, Dominic doesn’t act blind and the air of mystery about him is something Kevin becomes determined to solve.

What I liked about this book was both characters. Since the book is told in first person through Kevin’s eyes, we don’t learn much about Dominic until he does, which makes him quite intriguing indeed. Kevin is a good guy. He’s had hard times and endures a nine to five job which he isn’t crazy for because of his jerk boss. But Kevin takes pride in his work. Kevin is determined for something better in his life. Because he is young there were times I wanted to shake some sense into him, but as a reader I appreciated watching Kevin begin to truly grow up and mature as the story continues.

Dominic is funny, smart and very sexy. He becomes a good friends to Kevin and when they become lovers, I really felt a real sense of caring and affection he had for Kevin. As we continue to learn about Dominic and why he’s so eccentric, it was interesting to see how he reveals his truth and how Kevin learns how to deal with living with an immortal.

The story itself is well-told and quickly paced. Before I knew it I had finished the book, when it just felt like I had just started it. I enjoyed seeing Kevin’s transformation and Dominic’s paranormal side. It wasn’t always glamorous, yet I could see why Kevin would want to spend his life with him. If you are looking for a fun and deliciously told vampire tale, then Light in Endless Darkness by Huston Piner is definitely for you! It would be interesting to see how these two men continue to mold each other into their lives. I’d love to see more about them. I have a feeling Kevin’s dad and other people might give them some trouble in the future. So I have some unanswered questions I hope the author will answer for us with another book.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Enter to win a copy of My Life as a Myth by Huston Piner!!

The Amazing Huston Piner is giving away a copy of his book, My Life as a Myth to Top2Bottom readers!

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Here is more about My Life as a Myth:

My Life as a Myth is a bittersweet page-turner filled with moments of love, passion and tragedy. On his first day of high school, 1969 freshman Nick Horton starts a journal. He suffers bouts of depression, he doesn’t understand why he’s just not attracted to girls, and a series misunderstandings label him a troublemaker. After Nick wishes he had it good like the popular kids, he’s delighted when Jesse Gaston and his gang befriend him. But while Nick just wants to explore his growing attraction to Bobby Warren, Jesse works to transform the shy loser’s image into “Napalm Nick.”

Thanks to his new reputation, Nick finds himself besieged by would-be girlfriends and the increasing demand that he live up to his anti-establishment public image. As Jesse’s PR campaign grows more and more outrageous, Nick’s road becomes littered with ridiculous misadventures and unexpected psychedelic explorations. Meanwhile he struggles to understand his emerging romance with Bobby while dealing with the Vietnam War’s continuing impact on his family and the dangerous goings-on at school.

Nick’s freshman year is a remarkable journey of struggle with his unwanted reputation and his deepening passion for Bobby. Can he accept who he really is and the meaning of his love for Bobby? Is a world still reeling from the sexual revolution, Acid Rock, and the illicit pleasures of underage drinking and marijuana ready to accept two boys in love? Will Nick and Bobby’s love survive or will the world’s prejudices drive them apart?

Nominated for the 2014 Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

Excerpt:

I woke up sometime after dawn. I was on my back and Bobby lay on his side with his left leg draped over me and an arm wrapped snuggly around me. As I came to, I realized we were both uncovered, he was naked, and we both had hard-ons; his rested on my thigh. Completely embarrassed, I began a slow delicate process to untangle us without waking him.

After I freed myself, I hurried to the bathroom, quietly closed the door and raised the lid just in time to explode. I stood there shivering until I was completely drained and flushed the toilet. The bathroom had a small walk in shower with a sliding door. I got in before the water fully heated up, and let it flow over me to ensure I was fully awake.

I dried my hair with the damp towel. Bobby had rolled over and snored quietly, now clutching a pillow. I finished dressing and watched him sleep for a minute, taking in how perfect he is from head to toe. My God, he’s beautiful, I thought, and I felt myself stiffen. It took me a couple of minutes to tear myself away from just admiring him. There are some things you just know you’ll remember all your life and I knew right then that even when I’m a hundred, remembering him sleeping like that will bring out the same feelings in me.

Please stand up and cheer!! Author Huston Piner is here!

Please give a big Top2Bottom welcome to Huston Piner!

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?

Oh, thank you. Coffee, please. Black, no sugar.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was raised in Chadham, a small mythical town in a rural area of Virginia near Danville. It wasn’t the friendliest environment for a gay kid. Through high school I led a very closeted life, with only one ‘sort-of-boyfriend’ and a few hook-ups. I didn’t come out until I was in college, and then only to my friends. I wish I could say times were different then, but things still haven’t changed enough.

Writing has always been a part of my life and the most valuable class I ever took was a high school typing course, but I only seriously started writing about four years ago. Along the way, I became a true believer in the Muses. My Life as a Myth evolved the way it did because I let them guide the story.

Today, I live with my partner and the cats.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Actually, I was too stunned to say anything for a while; I mean, Torquere Press is such a great publisher. Then I wandered through the house, found my partner and screamed, “You’re not going to believe this…” We celebrated that night!

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

I didn’t particularly intend to write gay young adult books at first, but if you give yourself over to the Muses, things happen. Then I realized that ‘young adult’ books can speak to more than just young people. A kid in high school or college may not have the same level of life-experience as someone older, but the emotions, the needs, the things that drive a person are the same no matter the age. And of course, everyone needs stories that validate who they are and what they feel in life, a gay teenager no less than anyone else.

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.

Oh thank you! I always go for a tasty mystery! Mmmm! Delicious!

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

It varies. Some days I only spend an hour or so at it, but other days can turn into eight hour marathons. It really depends on where the story is.

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

I’m always revising in the middle of a revision.

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

Great follow-up to the last question! I get a basic idea, start writing, and see what happens. It’s a bit of a mad way to go about it, really, but it keeps things open for the Muses to come in. And it’s great because things will start moving in a certain direction and although you’ve got to change earlier bits, it always makes the story better. For example, in My Life as a Myth, Raymond’s arrival clarified a lot about Nick’s family, which then had to be reflected in earlier passages. It’s pivotal to the plot and would never have happened if I had stuck with my original idea.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

Obviously, I love Bobby; he’s the kind of character you can’t help fall in love with. Up to a point, Jesse was a lot of fun, and of course I liked Nick himself.

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

Damn it! I can’t think of what to say here!

Seriously though, you just have to step back from it, do something else: go for a walk, peruse the Net, listen to music, chat with a friend, anything to clear the mind.

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

I don’t know how comfy it is, but I have a very dusty office away in a corner, but I’ve been known to sit out back, too.

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

No, it would be pointless. On the one hand, my partner knows that I mostly write in the mornings and afternoons, and he’s either away working or doing his own thing elsewhere in the house. On the other hand, the cats refuse to read English, and I’m not good at Sanskrit.

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

I have a broad sense of humor: word play, slapstick, irony, satire. Some of the humor in My Life as a Myth originates in how Nick sees and describes his world. Other parts work on a more visual level (running into the girl in the hallway). In movies, I love the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Jacques Tati, and Alfred Hitchcock. In books, I go for any author who writes witty prose.

What is the most frequently asked Huston Piner question?

“Huston Who?” — I get it all the time!

No, seriously, these days I get dozens of questions about whether there will be a sequel to My Life as a Myth. The answer is “no, well, yes — sort of.”

What are you working on now?

Conjoined at the Soul, a non-sequel to My Life as a Myth, set in Chadham High in 1979. (It has nothing to do with Nick and Bobby.) I have also done some preliminary work on a third book, tentatively titled Breaths We Take.

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?

Reading, watching TV, walking, chatting with people, and spending quality time with my partner.

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

I like reading history, poetry, biographies, and high fantasy. (I’m a Tolkien nut who’s also been known to take a dip in the Potterverse.)

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

Astronaut — Could anything compete with a big rocket blasting you into orbit? (Stop laughing! You have a dirty mind!)

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

What do I enjoy doing? Listening to music, reading, walking, my partner. (There you go again! Stop that!)

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

I hope to have Conjoined at the Soul ready for submission in the next month or so, and I’ve been thinking about writing a short story for something coming up this fall.

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huston.piner
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6582756
Livejournal: http://huston-piner.livejournal.com/
Prizm Books: http://prizmbooks.com/zencart/

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!!

Thank you! Top2Bottom is one of my favorite regular stops for tips on good MM books! Keep up the excellent work!

Now, do you want me to wash or dry?