Sean Michael on Playgrounds, Childhood, and The Teddy Bear Club (author guest blog)

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The Teddy Bear Club (The Teddy Bear Club #1) by Sean Michael
Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Sean Michael back with us today to talk about playgrounds, childhood, and his latest release The Teddy Bear Club. Welcome, Sean!

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Thank you to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for having me here today.

In The Teddy Bear Club, the guys take the kids to the park where they play on the swings and go down the slide. I have to say, though, that parks today look very different from the parks that I went to when I was a kid. Some of my favorite park items have disappeared altogether.

Remember the merry-go-round? And eight foot diameter circle with metal arms that you spun as fast as you could and then held on for dear life as the centrical force tried to pull you off. If you were lucky, you could stand in the middle and hold on while someone else made it go. I remember falling off this thing. I remember getting my foot caught between the ground and the base of the merry-go-round as I pushed it. And I can remember crouching on the edge of the merry-go-round, hanging onto the outside edge of the handles, my head flung back as we spun and  spun. Not the safest thing in the world, but totally a blast.

Do I miss the crazy-assed merry-go-rounds of my youth? Yeah, I do. I’m glad I got to spin on it.

Sean Michael

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Blurb:

Two lonely men. One perfect family.

Aiden Lake adopted his institutionalized sister’s two daughters, and he’s a good dad. He works nights on websites and gets in his adult time twice a week at the Roasty Bean, where he meets with other single gay parents.

Devon Smithson wants to be a good dad now that his sixteen-year-old sister asked him to babysit her newborn… three months ago. But he’s overwhelmed with the colicky baby. An invitation to the daddy-and-kid gatherings at the café is a godsend. The pot is sweetened when his friendship with Aiden develops into more—maybe even something that can last.

But the mother who kicked Dev out for being gay wants to get her claws into the baby, and she doesn’t care if she tears Dev, Aiden, and everything they’re building apart in the process.

About the Author

Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

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A MelanieM Release Day Review: The Teddy Bear Club (The Teddy Bear Club #1) by Sean Michael

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Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

Two lonely men. One perfect family. 

Aiden Lake adopted his institutionalized sister’s two daughters, and he’s a good dad. He works nights on websites and gets in his adult time twice a week at the Roasty Bean, where he meets with other single gay parents.

Devon Smithson wants to be a good dad now that his sixteen-year-old sister asked him to babysit her newborn… three months ago. But he’s overwhelmed with the colicky baby. An invitation to the daddy-and-kid gatherings at the café is a godsend. The pot is sweetened when his friendship with Aiden develops into more—maybe even something that can last.

But the mother who kicked Dev out for being gay wants to get her claws into the baby, and she doesn’t care if she tears Dev, Aiden, and everything they’re building apart in the process.

The Teddy Bear Club is a sweet, mostly angst free story about men, their kids and the guys who love them both.  The Roasty Bean, a local coffee cafe, plays host to gay dads and their kids once a week.  It gives the kids a place to play, the dads a needed respite and place to socialize away from home with others who understand what they are going through.  Each man there has come to fatherhood or guardians of the babies/children in their lives in a different ways.  In this  story (this is book one of a new series), the men each have their sister’s children.  Aiden’s sister has been institutionalized and her children turned over to him, Devon’s sister left her baby with him and disappeared.  Now each is coping with being a dad and having a family who depends upon them.

It’s mostly about Devon and Aiden learning to lean and trust each other as their relationship grows.  Devon learning to be a dad to the baby he’s grown to love and all of them forming a family. The romance is intermingled with babies and kids, the balance seems just right.  It’s a lovely story with the family drama coming in late in the novel.  Its dealt with swiftly, almost too swiftly for my tastes given the buildup.  Almost boom, mother dealt with, drama over.  However, it’s still a very satisfactory ending.

The name of the story comes in at the ending of the book.  There at a gathering (with more characters sure to get their own story), the men   decide what to name their weekly get together….what else to call it but The Teddy Bear Club.  What else indeed.  I’ll be there for the rest of the tales to be sure.

Cover Artist: Bree Archer.  Adorable cover, works wonderfully with that backdrop and model.  Loved it!

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 208 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781635336535
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Teddy Bear Club #1