OS: Welcome to Scotty Cade author of Only Forever! Thanks for stopping by! What can you tell us about your book?
Scotty Cade here. First off I’d like to thank Morgan and everyone over at Open Skye Book Reviews for allowing me to spend a little time with you. Your support is very much appreciated. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Today I’m here to tout my latest book, “Only Forever.” Before I tell you a little about the book, I would like to talk a little about déjà vu. I know most of you have heard of Déjà vu, which by definition literally means “already seen.” Déjà vu is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has already been experienced in the past.
But have any of you ever heard of déjà vécu? Déjà vécu is a feeling of familiarity. Of recollection. The simple feeling of having “already lived through” something.
In “Only Forever,” Theo and Heath meet for the first time and have such awe struck feelings of déjà vu and déjà vécu they are both taken aback by it. Each has the strongest feelings that they have met before, but not just met before but knew each other very well. Certain their paths have never crossed, Theo and Heath dismiss the odd feelings until they can no longer do so.
While I was researching this book it became funny to me how scientific approaches reject the explanation of déjà vu as “precognition” or “prophecy”, but rather explain it as an anomaly of memory, which creates a distinct impression that an experience is “being recalled.” This explanation is supported by the fact that the sense of “recollection” at the time is strong in most cases, but that the circumstances of the “previous” experience (when, where, and how the earlier experience occurred) are uncertain or believed to be impossible.
In fact, many studies confirm that déjà vu is a common experience in healthy individuals and no matter how you cut it, either approach supports this book. Whether it’s a precognition or a memory recall, Theo and Heath come to believe that they have indeed been together in another place or time and you will see how love can be stronger than time.
If you’ve ever experienced déjà vu or déjà vécu like I’ve mentioned above, tell me about it in the form of a comment. If you do, you will be entered into a drawing to win any book from my backlist.
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Master Captain Theodore Gourdin has always loved the ocean. But his devotion to maritime life left little possibility for a long-term relationship. After two failed marriages and numerous unsuccessful relationships, Theo gave up on finding the person who completed him and decided the sea was his soul mate. When offered the opportunity to captain the newly launched megayacht Eternity, Theo jumped at the chance. With Eternity’s maiden voyage looming, Theo focused all his energies on hiring his crew and readying his ship. The last thing he expected was to finally lose his heart in the process.
After twelve years at sea, First Officer Heath Rawlins was restless and in need of a change. A gay seaman’s life could be a lonely one, but to Heath the positives far outweighed the negatives. With excellent recommendations and an impressive résumé, he was quickly offered a position on the private megayacht Eternity. Heath’s heart skipped several beats when he finally met the ship’s captain. He was handsome and charming. And… familiar? Had they met somewhere before? Highly unlikely. But as smitten as Heath was with the gorgeous captain, everything inside him screamed, Abandon ship! Rough seas ahead!
Theo toed off his loafers, hopped onto the bed, and lay back against the headboard, linking his fingers over his stomach. He had to admit he’d thoroughly enjoyed his dinner with Heath—and their interview, if you could call it that. Technically the guy was more than qualified to be Eternity’s captain, so the fact that he was happy being Theo’s first officer was even more of a testament to his character.
On the personal side, Heath was witty and a little sarcastic, which Theo liked a lot, and from what he could tell, an all-around nice guy. Thinking back, Theo smiled when he remembered the way the hostess had so obviously flirted with Heath when she’d shown him to their table. He must really be a lady’s man. And why shouldn’t she be flirting with him? He was a very handsome guy. He obviously works out on a regular basis. And he had that military air about him Theo loved so much. You can take a man out of his uniform, but you can never take the uniform out of the man.
The way Heath carried himself. The way he walked—confident and erect. The flattop haircut. The firm handshake. It all reeked of discipline and self-respect. From the moment they’d started chatting, Heath had made eye contact and held it, hanging on Theo’s every word, making him feel like he was the only person in the room. And those fucking eyes. They were amazing. They seemed to change from bronze to a golden-amber color when he became excited and spoke of his love for the sea.
Their love for the sea. That was something they had in common. Not to mention being loners for the most part and accumulating not many more possessions than they could actually carry with them. But Theo cautioned himself. This was a professional relationship, and although he was extremely attracted to Heath, he couldn’t go crushing on his obviously straight first officer.
Theo closed his eyes and thought back to his first year-long contract aboard a merchant ship. He was a young third mate, right out of the academy with career aspirations of making master captain in his sights. The first mate at the time had taken Theo under his wing, and Theo had admired him immensely. Looking back now, he realized that had been his first real man crush, although he didn’t know it at the time.
It was a lonely life at sea, and he had heard talk belowdecks of a few guys who fooled around a bit here and there. The theory was since women weren’t around, the men should lend each other a helping hand, so to speak. Theo personally hadn’t ventured down that road, not that he wasn’t horny as hell or was above that sort of thing, but no one had propositioned him, and he was too much of a newbie and too scared to do any propositioning himself.
Then everything had changed late one evening when his first officer had summoned Theo to his cabin. When Theo arrived, the man second in command of the ship was fresh out of the shower and mostly naked, with only a towel hanging loosely around his hips. And to say he was as impressive naked as he had been in his uniform was simply an understatement. His damp hair hung messily over his forehead, nearly hiding the deep blue eyes beneath, and he’d smiled boyishly. His chest was chiseled—defined and robust—and his abs formed a V-shape that tapered down to narrow hips, accentuating the bulge under his towel.
Theo had stood motionless, taking it all in as the first officer poured two drinks and handed one to Theo. He sat on his bunk, his towel falling open just enough for Theo to see what resided beneath it, and gestured for Theo to sit in the chair opposite him. He then told Theo how great a job he was doing and asked about Theo’s career aspirations. After Theo explained his goals, the officer offered to help in any way he could. The next part was where it got interesting. Theo’s first officer stood, walked over to Theo, bent down, and kissed him on the lips.
Theo remembered his heart beating wildly and his dick steadily filling to capacity. When the kiss ended, the first officer stood, released his towel, and let it fall to the floor.
“We’re all men at sea, Third Mate Gourdin,” he said. “No women on board, and sometime desperate times call for desperate measures. As seamen, we should help out our fellow man. Do you understand what I’m getting at, Theo?”
Theo had known exactly what he’d meant. And damned if he hadn’t wanted the same thing. That affair had gone on for just under three years, until Theo’s first promotion to second officer, which required a transfer to another ship. To this day, Theo has no idea if the first officer had anything to do with the promotion, but either way he owed the man. That experience had introduced Theo to a side of himself he might have never explored if it weren’t for a certain handsome first officer. Theo had loved his wives, but he sure as hell loved men as well.
But he wasn’t kidding himself. He now knew what his first male lover had done back then was nothing short of sexual harassment, if only due to Theo’s subordinate position. But at the time, he hadn’t seen it that way. He often wondered if what they had done back then was truly sexual harassment, since Theo had been a consenting adult who kept coming back for more.
Theo opened his eyes and came back to reality, and the reality was he would be a complete and total professional. Heath was his subordinate and trusted him or he wouldn’t have taken the job. Theo would not betray that trust. Additionally, he ran a tight ship. He liked to do it a little less formally than some other captains he’d served under, but either way, he hadn’t made it to where he was in his career by making bad choices or by being stupid and acting unethically. Theo would keep his libido locked down tight, and he and Heath were going to get along just fine.
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Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of over twenty years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just five years ago for publication. When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog Mavis at his side. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, all of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.
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