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BLOG TOUR: Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton

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Thanks for stopping by! Today we’re thrilled to welcome Marie Sexton, author of the brand new novel Trailer Trash. Thanks for joining us Marie! 

Hello, everybody! I’m Marie Sexton, and I’m here today to talk about my New Adult novel, Trailer Trash.

Trailer Trash is set in the fictional town of Warren, Wyoming, in the mid-1980s. It involves Cody, who’s dirt poor and lives on the wrong side of the tracks, and Nate, the preppy, “rich” (in Cody’s mind, at least) new kid in town.

I originally started this story back in 2011. The entire concept of Trailer Trash started with this picture:

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I’ve since learned that this is actor Nicholas Hoult, but at the time, he was simply Cody to me, and his story needed to be told.

But for better or worse, that didn’t happen in 2011.

I’m not entirely sure why I set Trailer Trash aside. Partly, I sensed it was going to get dark and angsty, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to deal with it. I also wasn’t sure how well some of the 1980s attitudes would translate for modern-day readers under the age of forty, and I realized I’d set the story smack in the middle of the AIDS crisis and I wasn’t sure how to fit that in. I’m sure there were other factors involved, but whatever the reason, the end result was that I stuffed the story into a virtual drawer and moved on.

I never forgot it, though. I always knew I’d go back someday.

Well, “someday” ended up being late last October. I was between projects, trying to decide what to tackle next. I was also debating doing NaNo, and I thought, “Hey, I bet it wouldn’t take me too long to finish Trailer Trash!” So I pulled it out and dusted it off, thinking it’d be my unofficial NaNo project.

Those of you who know about NaNo know that the goal is to write 50,000 between November 1 and November 30. I figured that’d be more than enough to finish. Well, I succeeded in writing 50k words in the month of November, but the book still wasn’t finished. I deleted so many scenes. I kept having to backtrack and rewrite and reorganize. Finally, sometime in early December, if I remember right, I had a nearly finished draft, but it just wasn’t right. Something about the last half felt off. Then, one night while I was brushing my teeth, I realized what needed to happen. It was a huge change – something I’d never even considered before. Something that nearly broke my heart to do, but I knew instantly it had to happen.

So then it was back to the metaphorical drawing board, tearing scenes apart and putting them back together and rewriting most of the last half. The book grew from just over 50k words total to a little over 90k in the process. But finally, more than a month after I’d hoped to finish, I was finally done.

So now, five years after starting this story, Cody finally has his happy ending. No book is ever as wonderful on paper as that original idea the author had in their head, but I hope when it’s all said and done, readers will feel I’ve done right by Cody and Nate.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

TrailerTrash_600x900It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along.

Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate, Marie is giving away a $50 gift card to either Amazon or All Romance Ebooks, winner’s choice. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 26, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

 

 

Thunder Snow by Owen Keehnen

Thunder Snow CoverRelease Date: October 29, 2014
Published by Wilde City Press
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About the Book:
Thunder Snow is a gay love story set in academia during the 1980s. When Jim Franklin goes away to Windsor College, he is hoping to leave his former life, and lifestyle, behind. Jim has had enough of feeling like an outsider. By all practical purposes he is succeeding at Windsor, at least until his third year. Jim has joined a fraternity and is dating a nice sorority girl. Love blindsides him when Jim meets Glenn who has relocated to the town of Windsor from New York City. Glenn has come to town as the kept lover of wealthy Windsor resident Raymond Channing. Bored by the lack of stimulation in small town, Glenn soon enrolls in college at the university and meets Jim in a Romantic Literature class. When Jim asks for assistance with an assignment, Glenn agrees. Sparks soon ignite and passion ensues. Despite their respective situations, both men fall madly in love, but will it be enough to sustain them in the long run.

Our Thoughts:
Thunder Snow is a narrative written in a simply stated, almost clinical fashion. I really like it, as I imagine it being read aloud much like it would narrated scenes from a movie. Each character is clearly and cleverly depicted with minimal dialogue to fill in the blanks. This delivery is intense and evokes a certain emotional quality which I haven’t experienced in a long, long time.

While reading this story I was transported back to my own days of college and the empty campus during winter break.  It’s almost a microcosm of real life, more so than college life when class is in session and social structure demands compliance. The connection between Jim and Glenn is the epitome of what it’s like to capture love and a zest for life during the quiet space of winter holidays. Its perfect basis in romantic literature is both fulfilling and foreboding in the way Shakespeare is always the perfect, tragic love story. Keehnen pens a story of sexual awakening and maturation coupled with the complexity of life. What we find is that sometimes, despite the best of intentions, life and expectations truly can get in the way of happiness. Even the best, most precious gifts must be treasured and not taken for granted.

In the spirit of the upcoming season, I urge you to give Thunder Snow a try. It’s perhaps a little deeper and darker than your typical winter-themed, seasonal short, but you won’t want to miss it.  It gives me pause for deep thought and reflection about the people and things I cherish, something we can all use a bit of over the holidays.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!