In the Author Spotlight: An Interview with Amanda C. Stone on The Adventures of Cole and Perry (contest included)

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Book Name: The Adventures of Cole and Perry
Release Date: Mid-January
Author Name: Amanda C. Stone

An Interview with Amanda C. Stone…

1.  I love the concept behind the Adventures of Cole and Perry?  What was your inspiration or muse?

The entire project came from what happens in The Anniversary. That little nugget had been in my head forever before I had to write it down. After it was done, the rest of the shorts became obvious.

2.  Biggest thrill/chill outside of seeing your book published, was it the cover?  The thrill of anticipation? Seeing a book release from the other side?

Finally seeing it published. There were a bunch of hurdles that I wasn’t expecting, and most of them were out of my control. So getting to the point that it was published was the best feeling in the world.

3.  How long did it take you to write The Adventures of Cole and Perry?

I wrote The Anniversary in a less than a week. Once I had the core idea of each of the stories it took maybe a week for each one, give or take a day or two. So overall, roughly 6 to 7 weeks of actual writing time with breaks between each one for real life.

4.  How do you choose the names for your characters?

It’s actually really hard for me to pick names. I sit there and look at the meaning behind the name on baby name websites. As a former teacher I take into account kids I’ve had in my classes with those names. There are times when whole chapters are written with GUY 1 and GUY 2 in place while I’m still deciding on names.

5.  Do you want to write in genres other than contemporary romance?

Oh yes. I’ve got ideas for some high fantasy stories and paranormal. I’m sure as I go along this journey I’ll add more genres. It’ll depend on where the characters take me.

6.  Have you always wanted to write?

As far as I can remember.

7.  Biggest influence on you as a writer?

Stress. HA! Just kidding, sort of. I’m one of those writers that lets the characters lead the way. I know mostly where I’m going and some of the stops along the way. But I’m along for the ride as well.

8.  What’s next for Amanda C. Stone?

I’ve got two projects I’m working on next. One I hope to have finished by my birthday. The other if I can finish by the end of the year I’ll be happy.

 

Author Bio:

Armed with her Batman notebook, fourth grade Amanda C. Stone was ready to start writing stories about unicorns, family members, and her imaginary friends Pink Amanda and Blue Amanda. Today, Amanda is armed with a new notebook, along with a laptop, and a never ending supply of caffeine. Her stories are about all kinds of things, but the most important aspect is people falling in love.

Where to find the author:

Publisher: Self-published
Cover Artist: Amanda C. Stone

Sales Links: All Romance (ARe)   Amazon   GoodreadsTheAdventuresOfColeAndPerry400x600

Blurb:

It all started when Cole met Perry in a bar. Over three years they had some exciting adventures, and misadventures. The six stories included in this book are all about their journey from bar to wedding.

The Anniversary
Another cancellation of plans by his boyfriend forces Cole out to the neighborhood bar. Not long after arriving he meets Perry. Even as exciting as Perry is, he’s unsure how the night will end.

The Fight
Cole and Perry are struggling to make time for each other and constantly at each other’s throats. A fight to the death will decide who is right or wrong in their arguments. But Cole really doesn’t want to shoot Perry.

The Threesome
Deciding they want to spice up things in the bedroom, Perry wants to have a one-time threesome. Cole’s nervous and doesn’t want to ask any of their friends to join them. Perry finds the perfect solution.

The House
After two and a half years together, Cole and Perry want to buy a house. Once they find the perfect house, they get to spend their first morning together in their new space. Perry will have to help Cole decide which room is his favorite.

The Baby
Both Cole and Perry are exhausted. Taking care of a three month old is hard when she’s up all night and is always hungry. If only they could find where they put the bottle warmer.

The Wedding
Cole is ready to make his commitment to Perry life-long. After careful planning, they created the perfect event. What could possibly go wrong? If only Cole didn’t ask the same question.

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt:

“Cole. I have a surprise for you. I want you to close your eyes and keep them closed until I tell you to open them.”

Cole looked up from his magazine at the doorway Perry’s voice drifted in from. He put the magazine on his nightstand and closed his eyes.

“They’re closed,” he called out. He wasn’t sure where Perry was in their apartment, but he sounded close.

Rustling and a strange squeaking noise reached his ears. Cole furrowed his brows trying to figure out what Perry was up to and what he was hearing.

“Okay. Go ahead and open your eyes.”

Cole popped his eyes open. He closed them and then re-opened them again. Nope, he still was seeing what was in front of him.

“Perry. Why is there–?”

Perry cut him off before Cole could finish his thought.

“So, we had talked about fantasies and things like that. I told you this was mine. So I’d like to introduce you to Freddy. Freddy, I’d like to introduce you to my boyfriend, Cole.”

Cole smiled at how nervous Perry was. His boyfriend was adorable trying to be brave with his ideas.

“Nice to meet you, um, Freddy. Perry, where did you meet Freddy?”

Perry had a small smile on his face that showed Cole he appreciated he was alright with what was happening.

“Online. I found Freddy on some website. Can’t remember the name now.”

Cole was stunned. His boyfriend didn’t go to those types of websites for any reason. Just meant Perry wanted to have the threesome and was willing to do it without asking one of their friends. Cole was so happy Perry had found a way to have his fantasy.

Pages or Words: Around 17,000 words

Tour Dates/Tour Stops:1CPBadge

19-Jan

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By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

1 comment

  1. Thank you for an interesting interview and a snippet into Amanda’s writing and character/story development. I am wondering how the different stages in their relationship link together in the book and if they survived all those things I hope they finally get there happy ever after and wedding?

    thank you for the giveaway

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