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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Julia McBryant to Stories That Make You Smile! Julia is here today celebrating the release of Hurricane Dreams, the fourth book in her steamy series, Southern Seduction. She’s kindly brought along an excerpt, a generous giveaway, and a guest post. Read on for some lovely insight into the book’s character, Audie! 🌟
Hurricane Dreams by Julia McBryant
Will Audie’s troubled past keep him from the boyfriend he loves?
Series: Southern Seduction (book #4)
(It is NOT necessary to have read the earlier books in the series.)
Cover Artist: germancreative
Release Date: September 9, 2019
Length: Novelette / 15,286 words / 63 pages
Pairing / Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Audie Currell, the only son of one of the richest families in Charleston, runs off from his parent’s wine tasting with his father’s business associate’s son, Calhoun Chatterton, another well-off teenager from Savannah. They start dating in secret. But Audie’s abusive childhood stands in the way of an authentic relationship — as does their family’s homophobia. They have to hide their relationship while coping with Audie’s trauma. Can two naive teenagers manage such a difficult task?
The Southern Seduction series chronicles the interconnected lives of a group of well-off, high society young adults in Savannah, Georgia, most of whom have known each other since kindergarten. Their complicated relationships (and unconventional sexcapades) form the meat of the series, along with a careful attention to chronology, character, and prose. More than romantic erotica, the Southern Seduction series details a fully realized world of drama, theme, and most of all, memorable characters.
☆ Guest Post ☆
20 Random Things About a Character:
Audubon Thomas William Currell
- Audie’s father wanted a junior. His mother wanted to use her maiden name, Audubon. In possibly the only time she ever stood up to him, they argued: Thomas Currell Jr. or Audubon Currell. Lanier won on a coin toss, and Audie got his name.
- The first person Audie told he was gay: his business partner’s daughter, Easter Bennett, one of his best friends, despite their three-year age difference. The second person: his best friend Eliza King, after she confessed she had a crush on him, which led to both of them crying for a very long time.
- Audie looks really, really good in eyeliner.
- He also bears a striking resemblance to David Bowie, one of his favorite musicians. He prefers Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie, but his favorite song, hands-down, is Under Pressure.
- Yes, he’s done every club drug under the sun, and no, Calhoun doesn’t know that. He’s never played around with psychedelics for fear of a bad trip.
- He prefers pheasant to chicken. No, seriously. This embarrasses him and he doesn’t tell anyone.
- He ran the school literary magazine in high school. That’s when he decided to be a poet.
- He bonds with Henry Culliver over their mutual love for William Faulkner, especially Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury.
- If he had to hook up with a girl, his perfect girl would be Isabel Sims, Quinn’s cousin Delia’s best friend. She has that same kind of dreamy spaciness with a backbone that he loves in Calhoun.
- He would have a 4.0, but he misses too much class. Audie is fundamentally lazy about school and really only does what he has to or what interests him.
- His teddy bear’s name is Buster.
- He really, really loves to sing in the car, even though he can’t carry a tune in a bucket. Occasionally, he takes the long way home just so he can sing longer. His favorite song to sing is not a Bowie song, but Beck’s “Debra.”
- If he were ever to get a tattoo, he knows what it would be: a line from James Dickey’s poem “Falling.” But Audie will tell you that he is not the type of person to get a tattoo.
- Every year, he waits for the first peaches of the season and buys a dozen of them. He says they always taste the best.
- Audie is obsessed with comic books. His favorites are Spawn, Hellboy, BPRD, and Neil Gaimann’s Sandman.
- He has dressed as Sandman for Halloween. His dorm is weird enough that people actually got the reference and thought it was cool.
- His favorite candy is Starlight mints, and he used to drive his mother crazy eating all the candy canes off the Christmas tree.
- He does not like to ride horses, despite growing up around them and extensive riding lessons as a child.
- His other celebrity crush — no surprise — David Bowie. He introduced Easter Bennett to him, and made her a total Bowie freak.
- He’s easy choked up by good rhetoric, and cannot hear the line “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice …” without crying.
Meet the Author
Julia McBryant is, as the saying goes, Southern born, Southern bred, and when she dies, she’ll be Southern dead. When she’s not riding her horse or writing, Julia likes to play with her German Shepherds and rescued greyhounds, make all the crafts (especially those involving glitter), and hike, especially in the North Carolina mountains. She is grateful her husband tolerates both the dogs and the glitter.
However, she spends most of her time writing like tomorrow won’t arrive, like she needs it to survive, every second she’s alive, etc. (see Hamilton for details). She also lives to sing in the car, especially David Bowie.
Also by Julia McBryant
Julia is giving away a $20 Amazon gift certificate with this tour, as well as eBook copies of It’s Enough, Like Sunshine, and Slow Dance. Enter via Rafflecopter:a Rafflecopter giveaway