Today I am so pleased to welcome Daisy Harris to Joyfully Jay. Daisy has come to talk to us about her latest release, Investigating Julius Drake. She has also brought along a great giveaway! Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Welcome to the Investigating Julius Drake blog tour! I’m Daisy, the author, and I’ll be sharing excerpts from the book, as well as extra information about the characters, location and story. Up until recently, Seattle was my home town, and I’ve stolen plenty of locations and institutions as settings for Investigating Julius Drake. Together, we’ll take a tour through the twisty-turny, damp and caffeine-addled world that my protagonist, Henry Walker, finds himself in. Grab yourself a double, almond, split-shot, extra-foam latte, pull up a chair, and join us! And don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a $30 Starbucks gift card. Drink like a Seattleite and enjoy.
Double Tall Mystery: Julius Drake and Seattle Coffee Culture
I can always tell whether a Seattle-Based story is written by someone who actually lives in Seattle by one simple thing: how often the characters drink coffee. For the true Seattleite, coffee is more than a daily ritual. It’s an institution. We make coffee in the morning, then “go for coffee” later in the day. Sometimes we grab a coffee again, with friends. When setting up an impromptu meeting, we’re more likely to arrange it at Starbucks than anywhere else. That’s why in my new Young Adult book, Investigating Julius Drake, my characters drink coffee practically every chapter.
At least one early reader reacted with surprise that my fourteen year olds were all downing lattes, and I had to remind myself that in other parts of the country, teenagers might not be as used to caffeine as their counterparts in the Pacific Northwest. But for Seattle kids, Starbucks is their soda shop. The neighborhood coffee shop is like the Peach Pit from Beverly Hills 90210 or The Bronze in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s where kids go to feel grown up. They may drink decaf or chai or even some sort of fruity iced concoction; their beverage of choice doesn’t have to be coffee, per se. But they do have to go to the coffee shop, because that’s where everyone goes. It’s the community meeting place, and you don’t find a Seattle neighborhood without one.
What do my characters drink, though? Peoples coffee preferences are windows to their souls. Henry, being from Texas, is not used to the Starbucks life. He typically drinks Sanka with his mom at home. However, buoyed by peer pressure, he’s developed a liking for tall, decaf drips. After all, lattes and cappuccinos cost extra. Cream and sugar are free.
Julius, on the other hand, has been drinking coffee since grade school, and is a quadruple-shot-americano type. The last thing Julius needs with his borderline mania is more stimulation, but when he’s on a case, he enjoys the added energy. Not that he’d never admit it to anyone, but he quite enjoys the caffeine buzz.
Bethany is a fan of the split-shot mocha. She wants a little caffeine, but not too much. And she has a sweet tooth.
The funny thing about Julius Drake is that the Starbucks they frequent actually exists. In fact, the Madison Park Starbucks featured in the book was the first Starbucks ever. And Howard’s Shultz, the company’s founder, has been known to stop in from time to time for his own cup of Joe. I don’t know what Howard’s drink of choice is. But if I ever find out, I’ll be sure to include it in the next Julius Drake installment.
What’s my favorite buzz, you may ask? Investigating Julius Drake was written with the help of numerous soy lattes. Buy how you read it is up to you! What’s your favorite coffee? Let me know below and be entered for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to—you guessed it—Starbucks!
After arriving at Seattle’s prestigious Clinton Academy, fourteen-year-old Henry Walker realizes he won’t fit in. If he’s going to run with the rich and powerful, he’ll have to hide his modest background, his lack of interest in girls, and most importantly, his fascination with his handsome but troubled classmate Julius Drake.
When Julius draws Henry into the investigation of a classmate’s suicide attempt, Henry can’t resist the case—or Julius. Soon, Henry’s not only facing the truth about his feelings for Julius, but also risking his life to unmask a social media imposter. “The Other Woman” is manipulating his classmates, searching out their vulnerabilities, and driving them to desperate actions. Julius himself is at risk, what with his callous parents threatening to send him away, and his mental health taking a beating both at school and at home.
If Henry’s going to save the day and get the boy of his dreams, he’ll have to stop worrying what everyone thinks and stop pretending to be someone he’s not. Most of all, Henry will have to be honest about who he loves.
Born into the psychedelic wonder that was the seventies, Daisy Harris has had an interesting life so far. She’s been to Catholic school and Ramones concerts, danced to MC Hammer and Flo Rida, made the honor roll and Phi Beta Kappa, survived cholera, faced bed bugs, and she’s been a hair’s breadth from shipwreck twice. (Three times, if you count sea kayaks!)
Daisy has been a lifelong reader, devouring romance, young adult, urban fantasy, and nonfiction alike. In her professional life, she’s written medical copy and edited scientific papers. However, since 2012, she’s devoted her energy to writing gay romance full-time. That’s okay, because now on the weekends she reads medical studies for fun.
As far as Daisy’s concerned, the best things in life happen by accident. Though she’s gotten better at planning over the years, she still writes, lives, and plays by the seat of her pants. Her books are a happy mix of mysteries, romantic comedies, and coming-of-age stories, more often than not inspired by the great films of the 1980s.
Daisy lives in Seattle in a house full of dogs and children. When she’s not writing gay fiction, she can be found riding her exercise bike and testing the outer boundaries of her food processor’s potential. Every once in a while, she goes out to pay homage to the party gods of her youth—and maybe to find a little trouble.
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