D.T. Peterson is here at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords today with an excerpt from The Cove, Peterson’s latest release and a contest to enter to win the Rafflecopter Prize of a.pdf copy of The Cove. Visit here to enter. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
Welcome, D. T.! That’s such a great cover. Can we talk a little about your writing, The Cove, and things?
STRW: The setting for your story moves from one side of the country to another. Did you research both locations?
D.T. I’ve been driven since an early age to travel and explore, to see what’s around the next bend in the road. I didn’t need to do a lot of research as far as the settings were concerned, I’ve been to all of them several times.
STRW: What prompted you to write this story?
D.T. I started writing ‘The Cove’ reflecting on my past and the relationships that defined me, and the friends that influenced my life. There were always a few tender, intense relationships that I’ve always wondered about and I decided to explore how things might have ended differently.
STRW: How do you go about developing your characters?
D.T.: We are all drawn to what’s familiar, so I begin with people and friends that I have known. They do have a strange habit of taking on a life of their own. I tend to write as I feel it, and as the story progresses so do the characters.
STRW: What is the favorite story you have written or do you have one?
D.T. I’ve just finished writing my 2nd novel, but ‘The Cove’ will always be my favorite.
STRW: How do you go about picking the names of your characters?
D.T. Good question, other than being correct for the period, I like names which seem to mesh with the characters. It’s just a personal preference.
STRW: How long did it take to write this story? Was it something you had been thinking about for some time? Or just spontaneously jump into your mind?
D.T.: I’ve thought about writing this story for a LONG time. Of course, it was the ‘secret’ that I’ve carried with me throughout the decades. I spent well over a year writing it.
STRW: What is your favorite thing about writing?
D.T.: Writing allows me to look deep into myself and reflect, It also allows me to escape and enjoy disconnecting from the pressures of life.
STRW: : What is the worst thing about the writing process?
D.T. :Without a shadow of a doubt…editing!
STRW: *laughs* I think that most writers feel that way. This was wonderful. Thanks for stopping by ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords for a little book talk. D.T. Peterson’s The Cove is now out. The buy links are listed below. And don’t forget, everyone, to enter to win a pdf copy of The Cove at the links indicated!
Author Name: D.T. Peterson
Author Bio: Writing is a passion of mine, not a full time job. I live comfortably in Suburbia on the east coast.
Author Links: https://www.facebook.com/authorDTpeterson
Cover Artist: B.K. Wright
Publisher: Beau to Beau
Blurb: Young and idealistic, Jon and Dave meet by chance, their friendship growing stronger and leading them to a place neither has been before. Though theirs is a love forbidden, which few understand, they journey across the country together and settle in San Francisco, where they are finally free to be together as they were meant to be. When life takes an unexpected turn, however, the two young lovers are torn apart by a secret which, if unveiled, threatens to bring great shame to the family of one determined to keep them on the straight and narrow.
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published April 9th 2014 by Beau to Beau Publishing
“Do you ever think about doing it again?” he asked me tentatively.
“All the time now,” I replied. I couldn’t lie to him, I did.
“Yea, what about you?” I asked.
“I do, I think about it all the time too.”
“So, why haven’t we, if we both want too?” He asked me
“I dunno, because we are afraid?”
“Yea, I know. But what are we afraid of?”
“I guess where it might end up.”
“Where it might end?”
“Dave,” he said, “Where are we going to end up? I need to know.”
“Fucked if I know.”
“We’ve been together all summer, and we’ve been through a lot.”
“It’s been perfect.”
“I’ve got to know,” he said, drawing closer to me.
“What?” I asked.
“Do you REALLY love me?”
I didn’t have to think about it.
“Jon, I love you more than anyone else. More than I ever thought that I could love someone.”
“And I love you too Dave. I can’t imagine ever being without you again.”
“I’d do anything for you.”
“I know, and I’d do anything with you.”
He laid there, next to me, staring into my eyes, as I fell hopelessly into his, both of us finally, realizing.
“Hey,” he said, as he ran his fingers through my hair, and he gently drew me closer, “I have to tell you something…”
“What?” I said, putting my arm around him, caressing him, and reassuring him.
“I’m not afraid anymore,” he whispered into my ear.
“You know,” I replied, softly, our lips barely separated, “neither am I. Not anymore.”
“So, it doesn’t matter?”
“No, it doesn’t matter.”
“Well, watcha waiting for?”
I wanted to kiss him again for a long time now. And finally I could, and the fear, and the worrying, were gone. I had too, I couldn’t not kiss him any longer.
We drew closer, slowly. It was awkward and we laughed a little. Finally, I pressed my lips against his; the spark was instantaneous. I could feel the pent up passion rising from deep within. It was unstoppable, and soon we were tight in each other’s arms, kissing passionately.
I looked deeply into his eyes, our lips barely separated, and I whispered to him gently, tenderly, “I love you”
Pulling me closer, and tighter, he caressed my face.
He replied, in between tender kisses, “I love you more.”
“Are you sure you want to do this?” I asked him.
“I can’t imagine not doing this,” he replied.
“Yea, I know exactly what you mean.”
Our lives, and everything that we had been through and done together, the thoughts that we shared and the emotions that we expressed, were a mere dress rehearsal, leading to this moment. The paths that we had chosen, and the decisions that we had made together, led us into each other’s arms and souls.
Tour Dates: 5/26/14 – 6/20/14
May 26: Kimi-Chan
May 27: Cate Ashwood
May 28: My Fiction Nook
May 29: MM Good Books
May 30: Michael Mandrake, LeAnn’s Book Reviews
June 2: Prism Book Alliance
June 3: Jade Crystal
June 4: Amanda C. Stone
June 5: Lee Brazil
June 6: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
June 9: Iyana Jenna
June 10: It’s Raining Men, Parker Williams
June 11: Love Bytes
June 12: 3 Chicks After Dark
June 13: Night Owl Reviews , SA McAuley
Jun 16: The Blogger Girls
June 17: Book Reviews and More by Kathy, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Hearts on Fire, Two Men Are Better Than One
June 18: Velvet Panic
June 19: Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Angel Martinez, Fallen Angel Reviews
June 20: MM Good Books
Contest Rules and Details: Visit Rafflecopter to enter to win D.T. Peterson’s Rafflecopter Prize: A .pdf copy of The Cove. Must be 18 years of age or older. Contest ends 6/20.