OS: Welcome to BG Thomas, author of Winterheart. Thanks for stopping by! What can you tell us about your new book?
Hey, all! B.G. Thomas here, and I thought you might like to hear from my friend Wyatt Dolan, star of my new book (and his of course), Winter Heart. We were talking the other day over coffee, and I causally mentioned how sometimes authors do interviews with the stars of their books. He raised an eyebrow and tentatively expressed interest. Then, over a day or two, he got more and more interested. And now, well, here we are!
B.G.: Morning, Wyatt.
Wyatt: Morning, Ben. How’s it hanging?
B.G.: Ahhh, fine.
B.G.: So, we’re here to discuss your new book Winter….
Wyatt: Wait! Before we start, I just heard a joke and I have to tell you. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but I think it’s really appropriate. How can you tell if a novel is MM?
B.G.: Besides the obvious?
Wyatt: (grinning) The hero always gets his man in the end.
B.G.: (laughs) Okay, Wyatt! That’s a pretty good one.
B.G.: Wyatt, I just wanted to thank you for doing this today.
Wyatt: (shrugs) I’m nervous. But excited too. In fact, that’s how I feel about Winter Heart coming out. I really exposed myself big time with this book of yours.
B.G.: It’s very personal.
Wyatt: All four books are personal! But I can’t help but think mine is the most personal of all.
B.G.: (nods) Well, you went through hell, I know that. What with all that Howard did to you.
(Wyatt pauses and looks away at this. He swallows hard. Takes a deep breath. Nods.)
Wyatt: Yeah. Well. I thought it was important that I share my story if for no other reason because of what Howard did. There’s a lot of people out there in relationships far, far worse than what I went through. And they stay in them when they shouldn’t, just like I did.
B.G.: Why do you think that happens?
Wyatt: Why do you think it happens, Ben? You shared with me that you were in a pretty horrible relationship yourself. Almost the same as me.
B.G.: Ten years.
Wyatt: And I stayed with Howard for about eleven.
B.G.: Tell us why you did, Wyatt. This book is about you, not me.
Wyatt: (rolls his eyes) Whatever you say. (clears his throat) All right. I think the reason people stay in abusive relationships—and let me say right now Howard wasn’t physically abusive—is that we…. No, I have to speak for myself.
I was raised that you marry someone for better or worse. And while Howard and I weren’t able in those days to get legally married, we were married in every way except paper. And in the beginning of our relationship, everything was wonderful. Howard was this big, hot, muscular man’s man. He rescued me when I was stranded in Kansas City after my father kicked me out. My car was kaput. I had very little money. And this big Mister Man shows up and literally rescues me. Gives me a place to stay. And makes love to me like I never dreamed I could be made love to. He took care of me. Opened doors for me. Came up with all kinds of sweet nicknames for me like “Baby Bear” and “Little Bear.” That’s how I got the name that lots of people know me by. Little Bear. Howard came up with it. Ben! I was so happy! I was on top of the world. Howard was everything I ever wanted.
B.G.: And then things changed….
Wyatt: (nods, and looks away) Yeah. They changed. Howard started belittling me. Calling me names. Putting me down. Telling me no one really liked me, they only liked him and were putting up with me because I was with him.
B.G.: Yeah. I understand Wyatt. The same thing happened to me. I put all of my self-worth in him.
Wyatt: Exactly! I lived for him.
B.G.: And I kept hoping my ex would change. That things would go back to the way they were.
Wyatt: Yes! The whole better or worse thing. At first it was better than better. Then it became worse than worse. And I thought, I can’t just stay when it’s good. This is for better or worse, and right now it’s worse.
B.G.: The thing is that it doesn’t get better. It stays worse. Stayed worse.
Wyatt: And I started seeing that. But I was his! I couldn’t imagine leaving. I couldn’t imagine starting all over again. And I didn’t want my dad to be right. He said homosexuality was a perversion and that two men couldn’t love each other and stay with each other. That gay relationships could not work.
Wyatt: And then finally, as those who’ve read the first three books know, Howard dumped me. Me! The one who had been wronged.
B.G.: That must have sucked.
Wyatt: And not in a good deep-throating and swallowing after way either!
B.G.: That is the one thing I can say about my case. I did dump my lover. I took it and took it and took it and took it and finally realized I would rather live in a cardboard box in an alley than live with him one more day. So I broke up with him.
Wyatt: And you got the house. I didn’t!
B.G.: Yeah. I’m sorry about that, Wyatt.
Wyatt: It was really bad, Ben. Horrible. Wicked.
B.G.: I can imagine. But things did get better. Which is what Winter Heart is really about.
Wyatt: (Wyatt’s entire face brightens up and his smile is so darned big, I can’t help but smile myself) Yes. Kevin Owens happened. Kevin, as you may know is someone we met in….
B.G.: Wait! Don’t we want to leave that as a surprise?
Wyatt: Oh! Yes. We probably do, don’t we? Give them a reason to read the book.
B.G.: Right. But I hope people find that there are a lot more reasons to read this book, and not just to see you find true love.
Wyatt: (Sighs happily) And I do find true love!
B.G.: Ssssshhhhhh! Wyatt! Don’t give anything away!
Wyatt: Oh please! It’s a Male Male Romance! And it is from Dreamspinner Press. The reader knows that the hero, and in this case that’s me, always gets his man in the end. And I do too! (giggles) Oh my! And Mister Man gets me in the end too. And….
B.G.: Not a prude Wyatt. I just think we have to give the readers something to wait for.
Wyatt: Yeah, yeah. Okay. Whatever.
B.G.: Is there anything you would like to tell the readers?
Wyatt: (pauses) Yeah. There is. Believe. I want you to believe. Because if I could come out of what I came through and find true love, I know that you can too. Anyone can.
Wyatt: The net will appear!
B.G.: That’s wonderful, Wyatt.
Wyatt: Thank you, Ben. Now, want to get a cocktail? I’ve got this new drink I’m loving a lot that Asher introduced me to.
B.G.: Sounds good. Want to head over to the Male Box?
Wyatt: Nonsense. The whole gang should be here any moment.
B.G.: The Fabulous Four?
Wyatt: Yes! Except we’re not the FAB-ulous Four anymore. We have all four found the loves of our lives. We are eight now. So we call ourselves the—
B.G.: Wyatt! Let them read the book!
Wyatt: (rolls eyes) Yeah, yeah. Whatever.
And there you go! I hope you will check out Winter Heart. I know I poured my heart into it. Maybe you have too?
If you have, you can always write me through my blog. I answer questions! And I love th her from my readers. I’ll be waiting!
OS: Thanks for sharing! Good luck on your tour!
Title: Winter Heart
Series: Seasons of Love
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Trope: Second Chance at Love
Seasons of Love: Book Four
For over ten years, Wyatt Dolan defined himself as the lover of Howard Wallace. Howard made sure Wyatt’s self-worth depended on that role. So when Howard dumps him, he is lost at sea in a storm without a rudder. If it wasn’t for his supportive friends, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Finally, after a series of disasters, he escapes to Camp Sanctuary—a sacred place to him—where he can be alone, try to put his past behind him, and find a new direction for his life.
Kevin Owens is a lonely man. He is very intelligent—several apps he created have gone on to make him a comfortable living—but he is also quite shy and is uncomfortable making conversation. The death of his dear friend and former lover after a long illness leaves him grieving, confused, and adrift. Then a dream guides him to Camp Sanctuary, only to find that the one cabin with a wood-burning stove has already been reserved. And worse, by a man he’s had a secret crush on for years—Wyatt Dolan.
When a snowstorm knocks out power at the Camp, Wyatt and Kevin must share the same cabin to stay warm, and very soon, magickal things begin to happen.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Heart-Seasons-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B01LZ1A97Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1475766086&sr=1-2″>
B.G. is a novelist and blogger. Every day last year he made and entry in his blog. “365 Days of Silver,” where he found something every day to be grateful for. You can find it right here: https://365daysofsilver.wordpress.com/
B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. He has gone to conventions since he was fourteen years old and has been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was child; it is where he finds his joy.
In the nineties, he wrote for gay magazines but stopped because the editors wanted all sex without plot. “The sex is never as important as the characters,” he says. “Who cares what they are doing if we don’t care about them?” Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he began writing again. Gay men are what he knows best, after all. He submitted his first story in years and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days.
“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message to all. “It is never too late,” he states. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”
Visit his website and his author blog at http://bthomaswriter.wordpress.com/ where you can contact him. He loves to hear from readers and is always quick to respond. You can also find his Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bgthomaswriter