“A Second Harvest” just released today and kicked off a blog tour. Today I’m on The Novel Approaches with a guest post about the real life birth of our calf, Bessie, which inspired a scene in the book. There are some pictures of me watching the birth, so a warning to the squeamish!
July 1 2016 is the release day for “A Second Harvest”. This is a new contemporary romance featuring a May-Dec couple. It’s set in Lancaster County, PA, where I live, and is the first in a new series called “Men of Lancaster County”. This is a stand-alone story and doesn’t have a cliffhanger ending. Future books in the series will feature different couples and unconnected story lines.
Here’s the blurb:
David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm. He married, had two children, and goes to church every Sunday. Now with his kids both in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.
Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now that he’s thirty years old, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city and get his life back in order. His aunt left him a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and he heads there to rest, recoup, and reflect.
But life in the country is boring, despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s exuberant creativity latches on to cooking, and he started gourmet-ing up a storm, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd-couple find they enjoy spending time together. A lot.
Christie challenges all the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he’d buried long ago. Can he find the courage to break free of the past and take a second chance at happiness?
As is my habit on release day, I’m posting images that inspired me while I was working on this story, or images that just remind me of the story. Here we go.
David, 41, is a Mennonite farmer. He feels much older than he actually is, having been widowed and having two grown kids in college. He lives alone on his Pennsylvania farm and has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. Below is a stock image I found that reminded me of David.
Christie, 30, is a sophisticated New Yorker and a graphic artist who works for an advertising agency. He’s a rather infamous gay party boy in the Manhattan club scene until he relocates to the country temporarily to settle his late aunt’s estate–and moves in next to shy, serious David. Christie is fierce, stubborn, and knows his own mind. He’s also has a kind heart and is a generous and loyal friend.
The visual I had in mind for Christie is based on Max Carter, a star with Cocky Boys. Max is amazing! Look him up.
Well, once again, I have written our own 20 acre farm into a story. 🙂 Here it is with snow, like in one of the scenes in the book.
You can see more pictures of our farm in this guest post I wrote for my Amish murder mystery. David’s farm is based entirely on our farm, though he has a lot more acreage of fields.
The birth of the calf
I wrote a guest post about this event with photos of me attending at our calf’s birth IRL. I’ll post the link here when the article goes live.
David was born and raised on the Pennsylvania farm where he still lives. Being a farmer it was hard to ever get away from home to travel. So he feeds his closeted adventurer with a collection of National Geographic magazines. His favorite place in the world is Bora Bora. And eventually this makes for a rather special evening. Here are some photos from that (fictional) article on Bora Bora in David’s magazine.
The Maori Exhibit
During the story, Christie takes David on a surprise trip to Philadelphia to view a travelling exhibit on the Maori of New Zealand. This was based on an actual travelling exhibit. Some pictures below.
Philadephia Art Museum
Here are some photos of the gazebo at the Philly art museum they visit, and the exterior of the grounds.
The Duplex in Brooklyn
The end of the book features a duplex in Brooklyn. Here are some reference shots I found online for the duplex.
That’s it for this desktop. “A Second Harvest” is one that came from the heart. It’s about finding a second chance for happiness in life. I hope you enjoy it! You can read an excerpt and find purchase links on my page for A Second Harvest.
Today is the cover reveal for my upcoming novel with Dreamspinner, “A Second Harvest”. This is a May-Dec romance between a widowed Mennonite farmer and his new neighbor, a younger gay man. I’ve always loved May-Dec romances and had fun writing one for the first time. The book is due out Jul 1.
The blog tour for “How to Wish Upon a Star” is now complete. A million thanks to the blogs who hosted me and reviewed the book!
May 14, 2016
Bike Book Reviews — excerpt & review
May 15, 2016
Bayou Book Junkie — excerpt & review
Here’s an update on the tour with links!
Tour Stops — ENTER THE GIVEAWAY ANYWHERE
May 13, 2016
V’s Reads – Excerpt & Review
My Fiction Nook — Review
May 14, 2016
Bike Book Reviews — Excerpt & Review
May 15, 2016
Bayou Book Junkie — Excerpt & Review
May 16, 2016
Kiki’s Kinky Picks —
May 17, 2016
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews —
Sinfully Gay Romance BR – Monique —
May 18, 2016
The Novel Approach
Alpha Book Club
May 19, 2016
If you haven’t tried my “Howl at the Moon” series yet, now is the time to do it. Book 1 & 2 are on sale for just $2.99. Book 3 is just release. And the entire series is in Kindle Unlimited for a short time only.
The first stop on my blog tour is Gay Book Reviews where I talk about “How to Become a Dog Lover”.
Check it out and enter the giveaway:
May 12 2016 is the release day for “How to Wish Upon a Star”, the third book in my “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring… dog shifters! Yes, dog shifters. And God, I love them to death! I can’t imagine ever not wanting to return to Mad Creek and see what’s going on with the pack there.
Here’s the blurb for “How to Wish Upon a Star”:
Dr. Jason Kunik is working on the most earth-shattering genetics project ever, DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened—dogs who can shift into human form. The problem is, no one knows the quickened exist and Jason can’t betray them by publishing his studies. When he moves to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened, all he wants is peace, quiet, and to be allowed to bury himself in his work. Perhaps if he figures how out the mutation is activated, he can silence his own inner dog forever.
Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has bonded with, and lost, many beloved patients in his life. He intuitively understands sickness and pain on a spiritual level most can’t see. When he gains the ability to become a man, he thinks he finally has everything he ever wanted. But being a man isn’t the same thing as being loved, and taking shelter in Mad Creek isn’t the same thing as finding a home.
When a mysterious illness hits Mad Creek and threatens all the quickened in town, it’s up to the scientist and the comfort dog to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Along the way they might discover that true love is possible—if you wish upon a star.
OK, so let’s get down to this book’s desktop, shall we?
Here are the image that inspired me while I was writing the book. [Note, these image are off the web–I don’t own them, nor were they used in the actual book.]
Milo — Milo only recently gained the ability to change from a dog into a man, so he is very much new to this whole human business. As a dog, Milo was a comfort dog in a hospice. He spent time with, and gave unconditional love to, the dying patients and their families. Milo is a labradoodle. Here he is in his dog and human form. I imagine that in his human form he looks something like model Anthon Wellsjo.
Dr. Jason Kunik — Jason was born a quickened descended from Alaskan Malamutes. Incredibly intelligent, he got his PhD and is now a geneticist fascinated by this ‘new species’ the quickened or, as he calls them, canis sapiens. His description in the book says that he doesn’t look like any one human ‘race’. His skin, hair and eye shape look Asian, but his irises are pale blue (like the ones on the dog photo below), and he has a heavier, Slavic build.
So first, here’s Jason as a dog. The dark parts of his fur would be fully back, but I love the shot of this dog and he so reminds me of Jason.
Now for his human form–I think he might look something like actor Daniel Henney but with pale blue eyes and a bit beefier in the chest and arms.
Tim and Lance (from “How to Howl at the Moon”) and Roman and Matt (from “How to Walk Like a Man”), all appear in “How to Wish Upon a Star”. Here they are from previous desktop posts.
Tim Weston aka Tim Beaufort
Sheriff Lance Beaufort
Human and dog form of Roman, our ex-military service dog and now town deputy.
Matt, Roman’s partner, is ex-SWAT and ex-military, current forest ranger, and forever class clown.
Baby Molly Beaufort
Molly is a brand new addition to Mad Creek. With tons of black hair and vivid blue eyes, Molly looks just like a baby quickened (which is good, because she is one)!
Here are some pictures I shared in the past as inspirations for Mad Creek, the town where the “Howl at the Moon” series is set. I lived for several years in Oakhurst, CA, which is up in the mountains from Fresno and on the way to Yosemite. Mad Creek is hypothetically much “farther up” in the mountains, but the town size, and general setting, was based on Oakhurst.
This is actually SARS below, but it inspired the look of the CASP-1 virus.
The founder of the Hold My Paw dog shelter, where our intrepid heroes from Mad Creek visit.
Hold My Paw Shelter in Arizona
In the book, Jason, Milo, Tim, and Matt travel to Arizona to visit a non-profit animal shelter (for plotty reasons). The pictures below inspired the setting. This is actually a shelter called Desert Haven and it’s in New Mexico.
While in Arizona, Milo does some tracking in the desert. He come across an old mining operation like the one below.
That’s it for this desktop. I hope you enjoy the new story. You can read an excerpt and find purchase links on my page for How to Wish Upon a Star.
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Eli Easton is the author of m/m romance stories and erotica, publishing under Dreamspinner Press and Torquere Press. You can read more about her here.