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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Julia McBryant to Stories That Make You Smile. Julia is here today celebrating the recent release of her smokin’ novelette, Neon Saturday Night, book 2 in the Low Country Lovers series. She’s brought along a nice excerpt, and a generous giveaway. Pull up a chair and read on to learn about Julia’s writing process and what’s coming next! 🌟
Neon Saturday Night by Julia McBryant
Love is a story you tell each other. In good times and in bad. Through darkness into light.
Series: Low Country Lovers (book #2)
Publisher: Independently Published
Cover Artist: Lee Quail
Release Date: September 23, 2019
Length: Novelette / 15,275 words / 104 pages
Pairing / Genres / Tropes: M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance, new adult, erotica, gaylit, younger characters, beach romance, bodyguard/guardian angel, coming of age, forbidden love, healing power of sex, hurt/comfort, love can heal/redemption, true love, uncommunicative masculinity
Warnings: descriptions of past child abuse and past violence
Low Country Lovers, Book #1 – Hurricane Dreams should be read first.
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.
Audie and Calhoun continue their long-distance relationship through college. They sneak off to Myrtle Beach. Audie drives to Charleston when Calhoun gets the flu.
They meet for a fake fishing trip on the Outer Banks. But Audie needs to belong, and because of his traumatic past, he feels like he has little to offer in a committed relationship. While he and Calhoun have fun together, they also have a difficult time negotiating Audie’s need to give as much as he takes and build an authentic relationship together.
Calhoun says his job is to learn to be loved. But Audie wants to be more than a fun top and a tragic boyfriend.
☆ Author Interview ☆
When did you know you wanted to write, and when did you realize you were good at it?
I always loved to write (my first grade teacher had to make me stop), but in fourth grade, we had journals we would write in every day and read aloud. “Journal” was a loose term; we really wrote whatever we wanted. I used to write endless stories about a klutzy night and his pet chicken. The class loved them and I realized I could actually do this thing.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
My first review on my first book was a three on Goodreads. I cried. Then I went outside, smoked a cigarette, and watched on youtube, in this order, the cast of The Magicians doing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” “Under Pressure” (my favorite song of all time), and “Here I Go Again” (yep, the Whitesnake One). By then I had finished the Parliament Light 100 — yes, Jax and I smoke the same cigarettes — they’re a terrible habit but I only have one or two a day. I started associating them with writing fiction in grad school, and when I started on fiction again, they came right back out again.
Now it takes a really, really bad review to require a cigarette and “Under Pressure.” Normally I message Wendy Stone or call my editor and complain about how wrong, wrong, wrong people are ;).
Are you a plotter or a pantster?
I’m probably not supposed to admit this. I have an idea of where something is going, like an end goal in mind: These people will end up together, or This has an HEA, or They’re getting married and this is how, but I just had a daddy kink novel turn into an extended meditation on class pretty naturally over the course of the book, so … yeah. I don’t always know what will happen when I stick my people in a room together, and I think that’s okay. I had no idea Calhoun would be quite so mean to Audie, or that Jax and Audie would end up such good friends. God, what an unlikely pair. I thought it would be Henry and Audie, I always have. But Henry and Audie remain rather indifferent throughout their novels. Jax and Wills end up his BFFs. Didn’t see that coming.
What was one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in writing your books?
Oh god, so many things. From the profound: Fitzgerald says in his unfinished The Love of the Last Tycoon, ““Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.” That’s 100% true for me. I’m just a lot of people pretending to be one person, and it gets worse every single day. I’m not saying I’m any good, I’m saying that I carry all these people around in my head and a lot of the time they’re more real than real. I definitely say to my kids, “Let’s listen to Audie’s playlist today.”
I’ve also learned how to have gay sex (I’ve researched like you wouldn’t believe, watched videos — I have certain sites I go to and make sure that certain actions are possible in certain positions), and, terrifyingly, how easy it is to declare someone incompetent in the state of Georgia. I learned a lot about fishing for Neon Saturday Night that I didn’t really want to know. I sort of hate fish.
What secondary character would you like to explore more?
Jax. No question. Other than Audie, he’s my favorite. He gets his own series of novels in Henry’s MMF menage (with Easter Bennett, by the way, so they all get mentioned together for the first time in “The Sharks Create The Ocean”). But I always swear that if Jax Littleton appears at my door, I’m leaving my husband. He’s super complicated — the reason for all that loneliness take three freaking books to come out, though an astute reader could maybe figure it out earlier — ADHD like me, OCD, super hot without knowing it at all, battling incredibly low self-esteem, mercurial, and hyper-intelligent (he and Wills are the smartest characters in my novels, and I think honestly he’s probably smarter). That dirty talk in bed really comes out in his other novels, and it slays me every.single.time, too. I need to write some shorts about him before he meets Henry. I have one already.
What are you working on right now, and when can we expect it?
I’m editing Henry, Jax, and Easter’s MMF menage Breaking Point, which will be out sometime in January. I’m really excited about it: I strike a balance between mm and mf and mmf sex scenes, and I have a great parallel going between Henry’s attempts to rehabilitate both Jax and Easter at separate times. Audie walks in, too, as does Wills. In fact, the novel takes place at the same time as Wills and Crispin’s novel, which is why Wills and Crispin’s novel hasn’t come out yet. It’s not due until February, because it reveals key plot points in Breaking Point.
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
Southern Seduction Series (books 1-3) & Low Country Lovers Series (book 1)
Julia is giving away a $20 Amazon gift certificate – enter via Rafflecopter:a Rafflecopter giveaway