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Today I’m going to unapologetically fangirl the hell out of Leta Blake. You’ll probably know her for her ice skating novel, Training Season, and also the Will and Patrick (Wake Up Married) series. But I’m fangirling all over her for The River Leith. Seriously peeps. This book kept me up all night. I simply could not put it down. I felt compelled to contact Leta (I gushed via Messenger. Can you imagine?) and asked very nicely if she’d like to come over to my blog and answer some questions. So, here we go: (Don’t forget to check out the giveaway!)
RJ: I totally fell in love with Leith and Zach. Where did you find the inspiration for these two?
Leta: I often find inspiration in music and, this will make no sense, but this whole story showed up for me when I was listening to the Gaslight Anthem…
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SURPRISE! A late Valentine’s Day Story!
Training for Surprises (4,000 words, Matty/Rob). For $1+ levels at Patreon: http://bit.ly/2l6fCCp
“I can’t remember the last time I was this emotionally connected to a book. I read this through in one sitting, and I kept wanting to reach in and shake Peter, or warn him, or give him a hug, or something!! And I’m now so invested I can’t wait for the last installment!”
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I can’t remember the last time I was this emotionally connected to a book. I read this through in one sitting, and I kept wanting to reach in and shake Peter, or warn him, or give him a hug, or something!! And I’m now so invested I can’t wait for the last installment!
The book picks up immediately after Pictures of You ends – the summer between high school and college. Peter’s boyfriend and first love, Adam, is in Italy to stay with his parents until college starts in the fall, while Peter remains at home, working to save money to go to University of Tennessee. He’s still feeling that uncomfortable mix of guilt and want that was with him all through senior year, missing Adam, and wondering what really will happen when Adam gets back.
But the summer turns…
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Each one is better than the last. And for a series that describes itself as a “romantic comedy” there have been some very complicated and meaningful issues immersed within the romance and the comedy. They actually made me cry, dammit.
Oh and if you haven’t figured it out yet … I totally recommend.”
I’m grateful for this wonderful review of Pictures of You. It’s beautiful.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
First, a disclaimer: as the blurb says, this book is the first in a series. The beginning of the story of Peter is completed, as he goes through his senior year in high school, falls in love for the first time, and learns painful truths about himself and about the world around him. The book ends, not quite on a cliffhanger, but Peter’s future is unclear and the reader is left wanting to know more.
Peter is an only child, son of parents who are kind, but distant, oblivious, and mostly uninvolved. He was bullied in public school, so for his senior year transfers to a local private school, determined to keep his head down and avoid notice. At orientation he meets Adam and his twin sister Sarah. They are truly parentless, shipped off to live with their…
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Sometimes holding on means letting go
After giving up on his career as a country singer in Nashville, Christopher Ryder is happy enough performing at the Smoky Mountain Dreams theme park in Tennessee. But while his beloved Gran loves him the way he is, Christopher feels painfully invisible to everyone else. Even when he’s center stage he aches for someone to see the real him.
Bisexual Jesse Birch has no room in his life for dating. Raising two kids and fighting with family after a tragic accident took his children’s mother, he doesn’t want more than an occasional hook-up. He sure as hell doesn’t want to fall hard for his favorite local singer, but when Christopher walks into his jewelry studio, Jesse hears a new song in his heart.
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- “Go ahead and start getting excited about this.” ~ Katie, Back Porch Reader
- “An amazing story that I couldn’t put down!” ~ Jaime, Alpha Book Club
- “Oh, I just loved this one! Pictures of You had me captivated from start to finish and I can not wait for more in Peter’s journey.” ~ Jay, Joyfully Jay Reviews
- “Five freakin’ awesome stars. Wow, Leta, you have outdone yourself.” ~ Jewel, My Fiction Nook
- “I couldn’t put this book down. I absolutely loved it.” ~ Tracy, Bayou Book Junkie
- “[Pictures of You is] out of this world good.” ~ Amber, Love Bytes Reviews
- “What a book! It consumed me from start to finish.” ~ Amy, Goodreads Librarian/Reader
- “Don’t miss this one people. You want on this ride.” ~ Erin, Diverse Reader Reviews
- “I would give this book ten stars if I could. It’s going on my all-time favorites shelf. It was absolutely amazing.” ~ Stacey Jo, Goodreads reviewer/reader
Growing up gay isn’t easy. Growing up gay in Knoxville, Tennessee is even harder.
Eighteen-year-old Peter Mandel, a private school senior—class of 1991—is passionate about photography. Peter doesn’t have many friends, preferring to shoot pictures from behind the scenes to keep his homosexuality secret.
Enter Adam Algedi, a charming, worldly new guy who doesn’t do labels, but does want to do Peter. Hardly able to believe gorgeous Adam would want geeky, skinny him of all people, Peter’s swept away on a journey of first love and sexual discovery. But as their mutual web of lies spins tighter and tighter, can Peter find the confidence he needs to make the right choices? And will his crush on Daniel, a college acquaintance, open a new path?
Join Peter in the first book of this four-part coming of age series as he struggles to love and be loved, and grow into a gay man worthy of his own respect.
This new series by Leta Blake is gay fiction with romantic elements.
Book 1 of 4.
Length: 100,000 words, 328 pages
These books contain aspects of: New Adult fiction, ‘90s gay life, small city homosexual experiences, Southern biases, sexual exploration, romance, homophobia, bisexuality, and twisted-up young love. Oh, and a guaranteed happy ending for the main character by the end of Book 4.