So, I’m sorry I missed last night. Our thermostat broke, and it’s WEIRD how living in 60 degrees tires you out when you’re not expecting it.
Also, I really need to wash my hair. (This is normally not a problem, but it was raining when I usually go to the pool, and then FREEZING in the house, and while I managed a shower, the hair was just not going to happen. I chose life.)
But no blog post last night leads us to tonight, which is THE RELEASE POST FOR BONFIRES!!
So that’s exciting–and without further ado, let us begin!
— So, about Bonfires– have you ever noticed how many shows feature middle-aged single men with precocious offspring as sheriffs in small towns? I’ve counted three–and I’m sure there are more.
Anyway–I was riffing on this concept (cause it’s funny) and somebody said, “Hey. Write a real book with middle aged protagonists. They don’t have to be sheriffs (although I made one of them a sheriff, just because that’s where the idea started) but please. Someone our age. Someone who has to deal with real stuff and whose joints creak and who is running to catch up with his children. Just once I want to see a romance hero that looks like someone I could see across the table every day.”
And that’s where Bonfires came from. From the idea that our love lives aren’t dead at forty or even fifty, and that there’s still a lot of time in our lives to want a companion, a lover, and a friend.
So, folks–Bonfires. There will be a blog tour–and as soon as I have all the stops, I’ll post them here so you can go see 🙂
In the meantime–enjoy it!
by Amy Lane
Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.
Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.
It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.