Amy Lane on Hanging by a Thread and her new release String Boys (author guest blog)

String Boys by Amy Lane

Dreamspinner Press
Publication: May 28th 2019
Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Amy Lane back again and blogging with us on tour for her new wonderful release, String Boys. Welcome, Amy!


Hanging by a Thread

By Amy Lane

So when you are very young and very in love, one of the most difficult things to deal with is temptation.

Seth and Kelly have seen people they love do pretty unforgivable things by the time Seth has to go away to school. They’ve watched Seth’s father work hard to atone for his fall from grace, and they’ve seen Kelly’s brother spiral into guilt and substance abuse because he can’t deal with the things he’s done.

They know that the consequences of a misstep far outweigh the rewards for giving in.

So when that temptation comes knocking—in the pretty coworker who’s kind to Kelly or the rakish redneck that Seth finds himself playing with in a honky-tonk dive, they totally see how the other person could be tempted.

They’re so young. It’s not like they’re unaware that cheating can be a thing.

So they develop a code phrase for, “Is it too hard to do this? Do we need to end this thing that started when we were too young anyway?”

They ask, “Do you need me to walk away?”

And the response is always, “No! I will never need you to walk away.”

And some people might think that’s doubt talking. It is, in fact, maturity. They would rather “walk away”—part on good terms, say goodbye while they still love each other—than do the unforgivable thing.

So much of String Boys is about holding onto love by a thread. There is so much against Seth and Kelly—and as the boys themselves acknowledge, the world is wide and they are very small. They couldn’t have made it without the thread of communication. Without having a code phrase or a way of dealing with even the possibility of infidelity that didn’t cause them to lose everything they love about each other.

They may have been hanging on by a thread, but there’s nothing saying that thread can’t be forged by tensile-strength steel.


Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.

Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.

Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.

Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

About the Author
Amy Lane lives in a crumbling crapmansion with a couple of growing children, a passel of furbabies, and a bemused spouse. She’s been nominated for a RITA, has won honorable mention for an Indiefab, and has a couple of Rainbow Awards to her name. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action-adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

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.

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