Today I am so pleased to welcome Z.A. Maxfield to Joyfully Jay. ZAM has come to talk to us about her latest release, All Wheel Drive. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Hi Jay! Thanks so much for welcoming me to your blog. I’m thrilled to be here to promote my new book All Wheel Drive. This is the second Bluewater Bay book I’ve written and I just love this series so much. I write twins a lot because I’m a twin mom, and the thing that fascinates me about my boys is how differently they approach everything they do. When we met Healey, he was dating Ford, though…
I felt badly breaking them up, but you know how this matchmaking business is in writing. When you find the perfect love interest for your protagonist?
Sometimes you have to put everyone through hell and then make things up to them later.
So when we meet Healey in All Wheel Drive, it’s after Ford. In fact, their breakup was frightening and public, so now all Healey wants is to go home and regroup. To find balance. He wants to plan for his future, but most of all, he’s been through something traumatic and he needs the support of his family.
But Nash is off in Europe with Spencer, Pop is with Fjola exploring the Galapagos—even Shelby has left Bluewater Bay to study in Spain.
Still, Healey is certain if he can just get to Bluewater Bay, things will be okay! (He’s really not thinking too clearly in the beginning of the book.)
Images of playing in the front yard, of water balloons and grilling burgers and infinitely happier times, scrolled through Healey’s exhaustion like a thick fog. He climbed the stairs too slowly, dragging his duffel up each step with a bang. His body felt leaden. Gravity was deliberately fucking with him. Even his heart felt hollow.
Nash isn’t here, he reminded himself.
No one is here.
What you’re looking for doesn’t exist anymore.
Maybe it never did.
Enter Diego, the man who bought their house. Healey’s attraction to him is strong and sudden. He’s unconcerned about the difficulties dating someone in a wheelchair might present—after all, his sister uses a wheelchair. Healey thinks he knows what he’s in for, and he comes onto Diego like gangbusters, because…
Sometimes, Healey only has an “on” button.
Healey’s blind optimism alarms Diego, who knows every person with a spinal cord injury is unique, and Healey has no clue about his.
It’s not about whether Healey is comfortable. It’s about whether Diego is. Cue a tense conversation, because he’s not. He needs to know that Healey wants him for himself, and not out of curiosity, pity, or some dumb fetish because—yeah. There are people who have fetishes about paraplegics like him.
But when they finally risk everything it turns out Healey’s genuinely interested in Diego. They might have more than just chemistry to burn…
Cue more tense conversations… Genuine Healey? Likeable Healey? Is someone like that even in Diego’s plans?
Diego’s courage failed him. The truth of his situation . . . Well, everything but his medically enhanced penis wilted—the pathetic, insensate javelin producing a nice tent in his boxers, but doing nothing for him, feeling nothing.
He felt affection for his penis. Like Poe, a dog he’d owned once who’d chewed up his pot plants, vomited on his leather couch, and had cost him a bundle at the animal hospital before finally—years of shenanigans later—passing quite contentedly in his sleep, Diego loved his dick.
He’d acclimated to living with disappointment with both, his dog and his dick.
Then, along came Healey Holly. Healey got what he needed, if Diego’s come-spattered belly was anything to go by. Closing his eyes, Diego tried out this latest memory . . .
He’d had better sex.
But he’d never had a better lover.
If there’s a possibility for more? Diego is all in….
When Writing All Wheel Drive, I loved everything about Healey and Diego. I feel like they’re just beginning, and I hope that when you read the book you feel the same way!
Thanks so much for letting me stop by!
Healey Holly is battered, depressed, and looking to go to ground in his childhood home. He wants to rent the garage apartment, but it’s Diego Luz’s place now, and the last thing Diego wants is to share it.
Diego is recovering too—from the accident that put him in a wheelchair and the death of his mother shortly after. The garage apartment is where he’s keeping his mother’s things, and as long as they’re up those stairs and he’s down on the ground, there’s no way he can deal with his loss. And that’s just how he likes it.
Healey believes in science. Diego believes in luck. It will take a blend of both, and some prayer thrown in besides, for these two to learn that it’s the journey <em>and</em> the destination that matters.
Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”
Her published books include Crossing Borders, Epic Award finalist St. Nacho’s, Drawn Together, ePistols at Dawn, Notturno, Stirring Up Trouble, and Vigil.
To celebrate the release of All Wheel Drive, one lucky winner will receive an ecopy of Hell on Wheels and a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 15, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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