Hello to everyone at GGR!
Thanks to Scott for allowing me to stop by and post another exclusive excerpt from the audiobook version of As You Are, due to release in October. This excerpt is part two of three, and it picks up right where part one leaves off. You can listen to part one on my You Tube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fddopFMUgFk
A quick bit of pimpage to the narrator, I was introduced to Jason Frazier, the performer and producer of As You Are – the audiobook, by Sara York. After listening to Jason’s performance of Pray the Gay Away, I was completely audio-smitten. Despite the fact Sara’s book deals with some pretty weighty issues while As You Are is a Romantic Comedy, when I closed my eyes I could hear Julian in Jason’s voice. That’s when I knew I’d found the right performer to breathe life into everything I’d placed on page.
In thinking about themes from the book, one jumped out as a definite frontrunner: the coveting of the roommate. It’s one of those themes that almost needs to be listed as its own genre. Definitely a ‘playing with fire’ kinda situation and for those of you who are currently suffering from a case of hot-roommate-lovin-itis, I recommend you ensure that your name’s on the friggin’ lease before you go looking for release.
I’ve never been afflicted by this particular phenomenon. I seem to suffer from an aversion to co-habitation that has a tendency to put out the flames of my burning embers. While I’ve never experienced the hot-roommate coveting, I most certainly have witnessed it. And yes, despite the fact that I’ve never seen this particular brand of lusting end well… I have heard rumors that it does indeed happen. Roommates can, and apparently have, wound up actually relieving more than one another’s financial burdens.
It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, Love Thy Neighbor…perhaps you really can love the one you’re with? I think Julian has suffered the best and worst side effects of roomie-lust, which is where we find him when the book opens up. There’s a line form one of my very favorite classic films, titled Gilda, where Rita Hayworth declares, “Hate is a very exciting emotion. Haven’t you noticed?” Julian is trying to hate the love for Danny out of himself. Unfortunately, when you’re already in love with someone, all hating them is likely to accomplish is really angry sex after one-too-many glasses of wine…not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. : )
Since the audiobook has yet to release, for anyone interested in reading the ebook, I’m giving away a free copy today! Just reply to this post and I’ll let the very good peeps here at GGR select a winner! I hope you all enjoy this sneak peek into the audiobook version of As You Are.