Wednesday, August 13, 2014

That You Are Here by Meredith Allard - Book Tour + Review + Giveaway



On the outside, handsome, successful attorney Andrew Whittaker has everything in life. On the inside, he has everything too, only he doesn't know it. He hides the love of his life, Mark Bryce, from his family and everyone else where he lives in Portland, Oregon. Soon the weight of the secret becomes too much for Andrew. After wrestling with himself and his place in the world, he must decide how he’s going to live—with or without Mark.


Excerpt 
Andrew’s cell phone buzzed in his pocket. He put his lunch bag on the counter, nodding at the message from Lisa Bloom, his secretary. He scanned his e-mails and grimaced at the phone. “I have to go.” He left at a sprint through the kitchen door to his silver Mercedes in the attached one-car garage. He didn’t even like the car, but that’s what the senior partners at his firm drove, so that’s what he drove too. Andrew opened the garage door, got into the driver’s seat, slid the key into the ignition, started the car, and jumped at the knock on his window. He shrugged sheepishly, opened the window, and took his lunch bag.


“Sorry,” he said. “I’m a little distracted today.”


“Today?” A sigh. “That car is such a gas guzzler. You need a hybrid. This is Portland. You’re supposed to be green.”


“Kermit the Frog green?”


“Any kind of green you want to be.”


Andrew looked at the person watching him with such open-hearted love in those soft gold-brown eyes. 


“Mark?” Andrew said.


“Yes, Andrew.”


“Thank you.”


Mark Bryce leaned his head through the open window and kissed Andrew’s cheek. “Anything for you, beautiful boy.”


When Andrew stopped at the red light on Bancroft Street he felt his phone vibrate. He pulled his phone from his pocket, saw the screen and cringed, peering at the nearby drivers as though they were reporting his every move to some great eye in the sky. The text was from Mark.


Stop looking at your phone!

 Review / Personal Opinion

Mark is one of the kindest, most loving man ever!  He has a family who love him and accept him for who he is.  Andrew has kept his sexuality a secret from everyone, with the exception of a few friends.  This puts a strain on their relationship and hurts Mark.  Andrew must take a look at what is really important to him and decide what to do with his life.  Sweet M/M romance about accepting who you are and taking time to appreciate the good things in your life.  


 Meredith Allard is the author of The Loving Husband Trilogy, That You Are Here, Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle (Copperfield Press). She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, The Maxwell Digest, Wild Mind, Muse Apprentice Guild, Writer’s Weekly, Moondance, CarbLite, and ViewsHound. She has taught writing to students aged ten to sixty, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Website - http://www.meredithallard.com/

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/copperfield101

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/authormeredithallard

Giveaway
One randomly chosen Grand Prize winner will receive a $25 Amazon or BN GC and a runner up will receive a digital copy of the novel.  Click on the banner at the top of the post to follow the tour - the more you comment, the greater your chances of winning!

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