We’re honored to be a part of Kelly Wyre’s blog tour for Earthquakes: A New Amsterdam Story, released last week by Loose ID. Thanks for including us, Kelly!
Hi there! I’m so excited to be here today on Keysmash to talk about my new novel, Earthquakes: A New Amsterdam Story. It’s the next installment in the New Amsterdam series, and it involves guns and ballet, two of my favorite things.
To celebrate the release, I’m doing a blog tour, and no tour is complete without prizes, amirite? I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, a lovely necklace with a quote from Sinatra’s, Strangers in the Night – “Love was just a glance away, a warm embracing dance away” – and a free ebook copy of the book!
How to enter? That’s easy… See the Rafflecopter Info below for all the ways to win!
Winner will be selected at random after the contest closes on the 18th of March.
Meanwhile, I think I’d like to chat a bit about the characters in this world. It’s quite the web they weave. See?
I know that thing makes MY eyes cross, so let’s break it down.
Today? We’re going to talk about Galen Fang & Jin Wu
Galen Fang (last name rhymes with “gong”) owns Green Dojo, which, in addition to Glow, Bliss, Break, the Academy, the Magnolia Hotel, and the Gray Building, is another central location in the New Amsterdam world. One could say it was the original central location.
Galen and Clark have known each other practically all their lives and have been best friends since high school (Clark went to the Academy, by the way, and Galen went elsewhere; they met when Clark’s father enrolled him at Green Dojo so Clark could hone his soon-to-be-lethal-and-career-military skills. They didn’t become close until later in life when they decided to make out one day. It didn’t work well. They got drunk and laughed it off and have been close ever since.).
Unlike the rest of the Academy boys who started when they were, say, around 10 or 12 at the dojo, Jin Wu had been enrolled since he was a toddler. He showed aptitude and did, and still does, professional competitions in various styles of martial arts.
Jin saw Galen and that was just that. He’s been in love since he was about six or so. It took years and years for Galen to come around. Forget Jin getting old enough to be legal, Galen wasn’t about to come out of the closet in an extremely conservative Chinese family for a kid who has felt, at times, like a little brother.
Anyway, eventually several things happened: Clark left, Galen’s father passed away and left Galen the dojo, and Jin convinced Galen to go out on a date. Then another. And another.
They’ve been together ever since. Jin moved in one day and Galen accepted it as fate. They’re ludicrously happy. Even if Galen’s mother still doesn’t understand her son is gay. That’s okay. She loves Jin like a second son and doesn’t ask too many questions to which she doesn’t want the answers.
Jin’s parents were killed in a car wreck when he was a boy. An uncle took him in, and that uncle loves and accepts Jin no matter what. It’s heartwarming and all that stuff. 😛
Galen and Jin don’t participate in the Merry Band of Vigilantes. They do get their kink on, but not in public, though they’ve been guests at Club Break’s events before. Mostly, they’re just friends to the whole gang, giving support and offering up a place to let off some steam.
As always, if you happen to have questions for these characters, please feel free to ask ‘em in the comments! Follow the BLOG TOUR to learn more about the characters of New Amsterdam.
And to win prizes.
‘Cause PRIZES, y’all. They rock.
Thanks for reading!
And definitely catch up with Ellis and Bryn in Earthquakes, the latest installment of the New Amsterdam series. Need a taste? How ‘bout an excerpt?
EARTHQUAKES: A New Amsterdam Story
Ellis had been close to martial artists when they were training. He’d sparred with Clark. He’d seen Kris and Daniel and all his friends shoot at the range. There was an economy of motion that the athletically and lethally inclined all shared. Ellis admired it, strived for it, and knew he’d never get there. He was a workhorse, not a prince of motion.
And as he watched Bryn begin to move – not merely stretch or contort but move – Ellis thought of churches and gods and houses of worship.
Bryn’s feet bent in ways Ellis had never seen. Bryn could balance perfectly on one foot or even a single toe. When Bryn shed his pants after a moment or two and took the first few steps in only a pair of snug briefs, Ellis wasn’t hit with a wave of arousal. He was struck dumb with awe. Every line of Bryn was defined. Even the lift of one arm and the point of his fingers were deliberate and beautiful. Ellis stood completely still and held his breath. He was in the presence of some sort of everyday magic and calling attention to himself might break the spell.
The concentration on Bryn’s face was unlike anything Ellis had ever witnessed. He didn’t exist for Bryn. Nothing did except the music, the motion, and whatever spirit had come alive in Bryn to make Bryn…shine. There was no other word for it. The light played through the windows and infused Bryn with incandescence.
And when Bryn started to dance, really dance, he outshone the sun. A turn here, a pointed foot there, a twist and a glide and… God, Ellis didn’t know what Bryn was doing. But he felt it. The music was hopeful and yet haunting, and Bryn’s dance tugged at every ache both old and new in Ellis’s body. Bryn’s face portrayed almost no emotion, but with every dart of his hand, every slice of his leg through the air, with every crumble, fall, and rise, Ellis was struck over and over.
I will try, said Bryn’s reach toward God and Heaven and all things on high.
Though I know I will fail, said the drop of Bryn’s arm.
I will carry on, said the sweep of his leg.
But I’ll lose, said an arch of his back.
I will fight, said a twisting leap.
I will fall, said the thuds of Bryn’s feet on the floor.
I want to love, said the open reach of Bryn’s fingers.
Please, said Bryn’s clutched fist.
Bryn’s expanse of chest, his shut eyes, and his rise onto his curled toes snapped something in Ellis, and as the music faded, Ellis couldn’t take it anymore. He shut off the music, strode to Bryn, and caught Bryn up in his arms. Bryn was sweaty and warm and breathing hard. Ellis couldn’t stop kissing him. Bryn melted against Ellis, resting heavily against him. Ellis ran a hand through Bryn’s hair.
“I see you,” Ellis whispered. “I see you.”
Earthquakes: A New Amsterdam Story
Ellis Parker is a lucky man: he escaped his persecuting family, survived his tour of duty, and met Maxwell Clark in the city of New Amsterdam. Clark showed Ellis more than the ropes: Clark helped Ellis figure out who he is – a gay submissive with a massive fixation on a beautiful, mysterious ballet dancer named Bryn Rothe. Ellis knows a Good Man when he sees one, and he wants nothing more than to score a first date with Bryn.
Little does Ellis know that Bryn has a violent past that is crawling out of shallow graves to haunt him. Even his hectic schedule and beloved stage aren’t enough to distract him. It’s impossible for Bryn to figure out how he feels about Ellis with his demons between them, but when Ellis saves Bryn not once but twice, Bryn is forced to admit that there’s something about Ellis that Bryn might not merely want but need.
Together, they journey to the scene of Bryn’s original crime – Charles Towne, South Carolina. There they will dig up secrets that might explain Bryn’s tortured life but might also be his – and Ellis’s – undoing.
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Contest Fine Print:
This giveaway will run throughout the blog tour, and finish at midnight on March 18. Winner must be of legal age, and legally able to accept the prizes as awarded. By entering this giveaway, you are confirming your eligibility. Void where prohibited by law. Entries will be collected by Rafflecopter on each tour stop and via my blog post. No purchase necessary to win. Odds of winning are determined solely by the number of eligible entries. Winner must respond within seventy-two hours of the congratulatory email and post. Posts will be made on my social media platforms. Winner may or may not be announced on the blog sites, in accordance with that site’s preference. It is the responsibility of the winner to watch for the announcement. A new winner will be redrawn otherwise. Shipping costs will be to the expense of Kelly Wyre, and can be shipped worldwide, where legally permitted. This contest is not sponsored by Blogger, Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Tumblr, or any of the sites wherewith the giveaway has been posted. By entering this giveaway you agree to hold Kelly Wyre and designates harmless should something go awry with either contest or the prizes awarded.
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