Today I am so pleased to welcome Elle Keaton to Joyfully Jay. Elle has come to talk to us about her latest release, His Best Man. She has also brought along a copy to give away. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Hi, Elle Keaton here. Thank you so much for joining me today to celebrate the release of His Best Man, the latest in the Accidental Roots series and absolutely a standalone. HBM is a friends to lover’s story about two ‘regular’ guys who have known each other forever finally getting together. It was both heaven and heartache to write ‘His Best Man’ – they presented as fairly simple characters to me, until they weren’t.
To be completely honest I never had any plans to write HBM. I didn’t even know they needed a story. Someone kept saying – “but what about the fire fighters?” (Can anyone tell me when we first spot these two?) and finally, I caved.
As I mentioned HBM hasn’t been the easiest story to write, the biggest obstacle being I didn’t know the characters very well before I embarked and it took me a while to figure them out
As with all the Accidental Roots novels, His Best Man is about finding family or – redefining family, if you will. Travis and Rod clearly have family and not all of it is bad but they definitely aren’t the same kind of lost soils as some other Accidental Roots denizens – having said that I do think a person can have a reasonably supportive family and still be lost…sometimes the journey is internal and not external.
My favorite writing adventure for HBM was learning both characters are totally addicted to disaster movies. This was a new genre to me! Personally I lean toward spy thrillers and space opera. Until this summer I had never willingly watched any disaster movies. I’ve now watched quite a few and I think I can understand the allure, and am impressed that there are that many actors who actually get paid to be in these movies! (and people pay to go see them).
What was my favorite you ask? Well, in terms of sheer hideousness ‘Oceans Rising’ took the cake. Note that the female character is a) despicable. I had zero sympathy for her, if someone treated me the way she treats her husband I would be out the door b) high heel boots – the best footwear never, if you watch you will note the entire second half is in the aforementioned boots. Geo Storm was pretty bad too, eight-year-olds have a better grasp of science then those writers… I actually thought The Wave (Netflix) was pretty good and well-acted, the science was marginally correct as well. Plus it was filmed in Norway so the scenery was incredible.
What are your favorite terrible movies that you can’t help but watch more than once?
Thanks for having me today and taking a chance on His Best Man.
Rod Beton and Travis Walker have known each other a long time; since the second grade when Rod was the new kid in town and Travis befriended him with Pokémon trading cards and a fruit snack. Apparently Rod’s easy. Since that day they’ve had each other’s back’s, bread and butter, biscuit and gravy…and so on.
Along the way, Rod fell in love with Travis. He’s been hoping for some kind of signal from Travis that he returns Rod’s feelings. When Travis announces his surprise engagement over Thanksgiving dinner Rod decides he’s done waiting for the impossible. He packs his belongings and heads for Skagit and a new life. Even if Travis suddenly decided Rod was the man for him would Rod be able to put aside his insecurities?
Travis always knew he was destined to take over the family business. As the only boy he’s expected to take the helm of the Walker farming operation, and he’s good at it. An engagement to a local girl he’s pals with seems like the perfect solution gets him mom off his back and ensures the family line — eventually. When his best friend abruptly leaves town Travis’s eyes are finally opened to the difference between what is expected of him and what he could expect for himself.
His Best Man is a standalone in the Accidental Roots series, a friends to lovers mm romance with an HEA. Bisexual/gay.
Elle has brought a copy of His Best Man to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Sunday, September 30th at 11:59 pm ET.
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