Today I am so pleased to welcome Shae Connor to Joyfully Jay. Shae has come to talk to us about her latest release, Sons and Brothers. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Endings, Beginnings, and Celebrations
Great big thanks to Jay for having me over for New Year’s Eve!
The past year has been decidedly unusual for me. It’s been a good one overall, which I know isn’t the case for a lot of people. A large amount of my time in the second half of 2015 was taken up by my sister’s wedding. To say that was a sea change is an understatement—she and I had been roommates for nearly eight years, so that’s been a huge adjustment. Even though both of us still have roommates.
The wedding threw a big monkey wrench into my writing schedule this year. It was a good thing that I’d finished the Sons series before we got deeply into planning, or it might still be languishing on my hard drive.
Launching each of these stories into the world has represented a different kind of change for me. Sons is my first series, so the ending of each has been softened by the knowledge that the next would soon begin. But now we’ve reached the final act, and I have to say goodbye to these characters as we say goodbye to the year.
The idea for a series epilogue/coda developed along with the series itself. I had an image in my mind for Evan and Riley some months after Unfortunate Son ended, but it didn’t fit as an epilogue on the book itself. Their relationships was just beginning at the end of the book, and I felt that a true happily-ever-after ending would have felt tacked on at that point. I briefly considered posting something as part of the blog tour, but by then, I’d finished writing Wayward Son and was working on Nobody’s Son, so the concept shifted. What if I revisited all of the characters a few months after the final story?
“Sons and Brothers” is the story that resulted. The short gives glimpses into the progression of all three relationships during the holiday season, leading up to a big New Year’s Eve celebration thrown by the threesome of Cory, Jimmy, and Mikey. You’ll get to see what’s going on with them, with Evan and Riley, and with Shaun and Con—including a Christmas visit with Con’s gran, of course, because no way could I leave her out!
“Sons and Brothers” is a gift, from me and from Dreamspinner Press, to everyone who’s enjoyed reading about these characters as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. And if you haven’t read the series yet (what??? LOL) and would like to get a taste of the characters first, feel free to dive right in. Sure, there are some mild spoilers, but not really anything you wouldn’t expect when you’re reading a romance. 🙂
The new year will be bringing me even more change, as I expand my writing focus and maybe even take on another series. But I’ll have plenty of reasons to look back fondly at 2015, and these characters are a big part of that.
Happy New Year to all, and a safe, happy, and successful 2016 for everyone!
As the end of the year approaches, seven gay men in their own unique romances ring in the holidays in their own unique ways. Six months after they started dating, Evan Day and Riley Yeats are settling into living together in Riley’s loft. Across town, Shaun Rogers and Con Brooks are celebrating an old-fashioned Christmas with Shaun’s family. But when threesome Mikey O’Malley, Jimmy Black, and Cory Lassiter pull off a big New Year’s Eve surprise, their friends find themselves considering the future of their own relationships.
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.