Today I am so pleased to welcome Jeff Adams to Joyfully Jay. Jeff has come to talk to us about his latest release, Love’s Opening Night. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Jeff a big welcome!
Many thanks to Jay for hosting me today. It’s wonderful to be here for the conclusion of the Love’s Opening Night blog tour.
Love’s Opening Night is the story of Broadway performer Jeremy Steele and actor Ty Beaumont, who happens to be Jeremy’s long time crush. Ty isn’t an A-list actor, but he’s been on a successful TV show and usually spends his off-time in New York on stage. They end up cast in the same show and Jeremy discovers that Ty is a really good, down-to-earth guy. Jeremy tries to maintain professionalism, but when they end up working late one night because Ty needs some help with a dance routine, sparks fly.
Eventually they go on a date—and Ty’s very particular about what he calls a date. It’s not just hanging out at someone’s apartment or a gathering of their cast mates. He wants to plan an actual go to dinner and then do things date. Jeremy is all too happy to go along with that since he can’t believe that Ty is actually interested in him and he hasn’t been on a date in a long while because it’s difficult on an eight-show-a-week schedule to get out and meet people.
I love the whole idea of the first date in particular, even if it technically happens after a couple has been seeing each other and sort of dancing around the idea of going on said date. I believe you can learn a lot about a person based on the type of date they plan. And not all dates have to epic, even the first, but the occasional epic date night is a great thing—whether its in real life or in a romance novel.
I love writing first dates and Love’s Opening Night was a story that deserved one. After the rigors of a week of rehearsals, Jeremy and Ty get to a Saturday and I enjoyed crafting a New York date for them. It’s a mix of food, fun and getting to know each other. You get a sample of the beginning of the date in the excerpt. You’ll have to get a copy to see where it ends up.
Speaking of getting a copy, there’s the chance for you to win an ebook copy of Love’s Opening Night. Please leave a comment below for a chance to win and I’ll check them out over the next few days. As part of your comment, I’d love to know a date scene from a book that you love.
I arrived at Ty’s door promptly at six. He was staying in a fancy glass building on Fifty-Fourth Street. I hadn’t been here yet, and it was cool to get this glimpse of his life. It was far different from mine, for sure.
“Hey,” he said, as the elevator opened into his apartment. He greeted me with a kiss as I stepped out. “Welcome to my little glass box.”
I chuckled. That’s exactly what it was. From where I stood, there was glass on three walls with only the kitchen having a solid wall. I wasn’t sure where the bedroom was—maybe the other side of the elevator. Unless this was a studio and Ty was sleeping on the couch, which didn’t seem quite right. The furniture was modern with a lot of glass and stainless steel. The word that sprang to mind was sterile.
“That’s one way to put it,” I said. “But it’s nice, right?”
“It’s okay. I can’t wait for the show to open so I’ll have time to find a place. This belongs to one of the producers. Technically I can stay here for as long as the show runs, but it’s a little much. I feel like I’m leaving fingerprints everywhere.”
“It could be worse. You could have the shoebox I live in.”
“Yours feels cozy, though. I don’t think this place could ever feel that way, not without a thorough makeover and lots of curtains.” He grabbed his jacket. “Anyway, enough about my housing. I shouldn’t be complaining. It’s a nice, clean place, and I’ve lived in my share of New York hovels. Shall we?”
He pushed the button and the elevator opened immediately.
“Where do you want to live?” I asked as we rode down.
“I don’t know. Brooklyn, maybe. Suburbs, maybe, if it was along a train line. I told a bunch of stuff to a realtor, so that once we’re open I’ll have places to look at.”
“Nice. I hate moving, but I always like looking at places. It’s kinda fun.”
“Wanna come with and help me find a good place?”
“Sure,” I said enthusiastically. “You’re looking for cozy without a ton of glass.”
“Exactly, and, please, some character that doesn’t make it feel like a clean room.” He stopped us as we stepped out on the sidewalk. “I didn’t call the car. Is it okay if we subway?”
“Of course. That and my bike are my usual transportation.”
“Cool. I feel weird always getting around in a town car, especially if it’s for personal stuff. It’s one thing back and forth to work, but, much like this place—” He gestured back at the building. “—it’s not quite me.”
“You didn’t have perks on CyberClear?” We started for the subway.
“I had a parking space at the studio, but I wasn’t driven unless we were on location, and then they were moving all of us around in vans.”
I looked at Ty and smiled. He gave me what I referred to as his quirky smile. It was mostly on his right side and was absolutely adorable. I’d never seen him use it with anyone but me, and I liked it.
“What?” he asked.
“I’d always hoped you were down-to-earth, and you just keep showing that side more and more. You’re beyond just nice and it’s more than just show. You really are a simple guy.”
“My parents would slap me upside the head if they ever read that I was being a dick. They were none too pleased when I moved and decided to give things a go in the big, bad city. Their hope was I’d maybe teach drama locally, but I wanted to see if I could hold my own and make a career of performing.”
“You’ve done pretty good for yourself.”
He nodded as we descended the subway stairs. “Yeah, I get to make a living at it. I’ve been able to pay off my parents’ house and stuff. And when I do go home, I drop in at my high school and teach a few classes so they like that too. What about your parents?”
Can an onstage love story lead to a real-life romance?
Jeremy Steele is a veteran Broadway performer. For his latest role, he’s dancing alongside a man he’s fantasized about for years, TV star Ty Beaumont. Jeremy knows better than to get involved with a castmate, but when Ty has trouble learning the complicated choreography, Jeremy offers to lend a hand. When a rehearsal kiss turns into something more, Jeremy can’t help but wonder what a celebrity like Ty could ever see in a Broadway chorus boy like him. Will a relationship with his crush make it past previews, or can it become a long-running hit?
Jeff’s written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s written several more shorts and novels, including some in the young adult genre, and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books.
Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day.
Jeff is also the co-host of Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast.
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Hi Jeff, thanks for the excerpt. I haven’t a specific book date scene, but I like dates where they are holding hands, giving each other little touches. Just sweet.
Hi Tanja. I’m with you. It needs to be sweet.
Good luck in the giveaway!
I just read today a great first date scene in HJ Perry’s A Secret Boyfriend. One of the main characters had never dated another man before and he wants the date to be perfect. He does a wonderful job. From the m/m romance books I have read, many of the authors do make the first date very special and romantic.
Thnaks, Suanne, I’ll have to check out that book.
And I agree. There are a lot of great first dates in the genre. I’m reading Avon Gale’s “Empty Net” right now and it has a great first date in it.
Good luck in the giveaway.
The glass box sounds very interesting. I would like to see it.
I’ve only been in one once, although I’ve seen inside of them from street level many times. I don’t think I’d much like living in one for some of the same reasons Ty talks about–leaving fingerprints everywhere and needing a lot of drapery,
Good luck in the giveaway
I’ve been thinking about this all afternoon and I can’t really think of many “dates” in all of the books I’ve read. I think Josh Lanyon has some dating in her books, but most of them are already established couples so I can’t think of any first dates. Wow, you would think I’d have a better answer considering the 100’s of m/m romances I’ve read over the past 10 years.
I look forward to seeing what other readers say…it might jog my memory. 🙂
No worries Barbra. If you think of any, come on back and leave them.
Good luck in the giveaway.
One of my favorite book dates is from Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune, when Vince and Paul go on their first date. Between the shenanigans leading up to it and the date itself, it’s sweet and silly and just wonderful. 🙂
I’ll have to check that out. I love the first dates TJ created in “How to be a Normal Person” and “Murmuration” so I bet I’d love this one too.
Good luck in the giveaway!
Oh I hope you do! It’s so great! How to be a Normal Person is another one of my faves, TJ does create some fantastic characters and dates! 🙂
I read a book a few days ago that was pretty darn good. There wasn’t exactly a first date considering the two met and had a one night stand but their meet cute wasn’t bad. I liked the flirtation and nervousness the MC was exhibiting. Then when they meet up by chance again it just stuck with me. Sadly I can’t recall the title at the moment =(
Hi H.B., flirtation and nervousness are some of the best components to read in a first date scenario. It sounds like what you read was great too since it stuck with you.
Good luck in the giveaway!
Such a cute excerpt! This book is on my TBR now. 😀
Thanks Ashley! Happy to be on your TBR 🙂
Good luck in the giveaway.