June 1

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“Heaven Can’t Wait” is a 17K word m/m romance novella that is being published as part of Dreamspinner’s Daily Dose for 2014.  It’s also available as a stand-alone novella here.

You can read an excerpt on my site on this page.

Here’s the blurb:

When Brian Matheson dies at nineteen, his soul is in limbo. He has one chance to redeem himself before he’s thrown into a nasty pit. All Brian has to do is save the life of Kevin Anderson, a boy he and his friends tormented for being gay. 

Kevin thought he’d finally escaped bullying. But his college roommate, Chuck, and his homophobic pals, prove him wrong. Now he can only wait for another room to open up—and try to keep his eyes off sexy, uber-straight Chuck. 

Chuck is struggling to keep up the tough-guy façade everyone expects, but being trapped in a dorm room with the prettiest twink he’s ever seen isn’t helping him keep his feelings hidden. 

If Brian can untangle this mess, he’ll deserve his wings

This is my traditional “desktop” post, where I share images I used for inspiration during the writing of “Heaven Can’t Wait”.

Kevin & Chuck:

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Above was my visual inspiration for Kevin and Chuck.  These guys are Ty Roderick and Max Carter in a scene from Cocky Boys.  I really love these two together and the contrast between them physically, so I had them in my head for Chuck and Kevin.

Cole Hall, University of Madison, Wisconsin

My story is set in heaven and on the U. Madison campus.  My niece went there and I enjoyed a long walk around the campus one fine spring day.  Below is the dorm where Kevin and Chuck share a room.

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Peter

I think my favorite character in this story is Peter, the no-nonsense, highly impatient judge that Brian faces in heaven. I knew if I was going to include heaven in a story I couldn’t approach it too seriously as it would quickly get deep and maudlin. So my approach is very lighthearted and humorous–and Peter provides that (and also the title of the story).  Here’s my idea of what Peter looks like–Alan Rickman (if he were wearing white robes).

Alan-Rickman

 

And finally, a little ‘mood’ inspiration.

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That’s it for this time.  Hope you enjoy reading “Heaven Can’t Wait”.

Eli