After a devastating breakup with the man he thought he’d spend his life with, Flynn Webb takes a vacation to a South Dakota dude ranch. It’s something completely different from anything he’s done before, and it helps that it’s as far away from his ex as possible. Trapped in his own depressive thoughts, Flynn is surprised to meet Grayson Harland. Not only is Grayson a sexy cowboy—one fifteen years younger—but he’s the most charming man Flynn has ever met.
Flynn doesn’t have much experience with being seduced, and he has even less with guys like Grayson taking an interest in him—and Grayson is definitely interested. What begins as a fling while visiting iconic South Dakota sights soon develops the potential for much more. But Flynn is afraid that falling in love again so soon—and with a man so much younger—will lead only to another catastrophic heartbreak. Luckily for them both, Grayson isn’t giving up without a fight.
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Alpha Book Club Welcome’s Meg Bawden as she tells us about her new book, Rushing Love, and shares an inside look at the story and characters! Enjoy!!
Hello, hello! My name is Meg Bawden and I’m on Alpha Book Club to celebrate the release of my new book, Rushing Love, which came out just yesterday! Woot!
Rushing Love is a M/M romance story set in South Dakota, USA. I wrote it for the States of Love line from Dreamspinner Press and I can’t wait for its release. I had so much fun writing it and I can’t wait to share it with you.
To celebrate the release, I’d like to share a snippet of the story. I hope you enjoy!
GRAYSON PICKED him up at seven thirty, like he promised, and they drove to Mount Rushmore. Sean’s words circled in Flynn’s head, but he hadn’t asked Grayson yet. He didn’t know how. A part of him feared that whatever Grayson had lied to him about would put an end to whatever this was, and that scared him. He’d never felt anything like this, and he didn’t want it to end so quickly. It scared him more than the breakup with Brendan had, and that alone said something.
By the time they reached Rushmore, it was eight, and they began to walk toward the viewing area. It was quite crowded, but Grayson told him it was typical for that time of year.
“It’s around Independence Day,” Grayson said like it explained everything. It did.
“You said it was a lighting ceremony. Don’t they have fireworks?” Flynn reached for Grayson’s hand, threading his fingers through the bigger ones.
Grayson looked at him in surprise, but then smiled. “Not anymore. There used to be, but they replaced it with the lighting ceremony. Plenty of people weren’t happy about it.”
Flynn nodded. He could see why. He’d prefer fireworks, but only because he’d always loved them. Grayson led him up some stairs and through an arch of sorts. It was made of stone and the architecture was beautiful. It led onto a footpath that had seven tall stone columns on both sides of it. On those columns were flags on each of the four sides, near the top.
“What are those?” Flynn asked, edging closer. It was hard to get a good look with the crowd, but it was a well-lit area, and he could get close enough to see a plaque below every flag.
“A flag for each state. It tells you when they became a state of the US,” Grayson explained, dragging him to one of the plaques that wasn’t crowded. It was South Dakota. The words “South Dakota. 40th state admitted to the union. 1889” were inscribed on it.
“That’s amazing. Let’s find New York.”
It didn’t take him long, and he took a photo of it with his phone. He wished he’d brought his camera, but he’d never been good at taking photos. They usually came out blurry.
“You want to take a selfie with it?” Grayson teased. He took the phone from Flynn, and they posed beside the plaque. Once he’d taken the photo, he gave the phone back to Flynn. “There. A photo of our first date.”
Flynn laughed. It felt an awful lot like a blind date, except he knew what Grayson looked like before they actually went out with each other. “Will the others be here?”
Grayson nodded. “Mahkah and JJ will be bringing them.”
Flynn smiled. He probably should have been worried about what the other tourists would think of him and Grayson, but he wasn’t, which was refreshing. Grayson made him feel carefree, and he loved the feeling.
“Come on, let’s go sit down.”
I’d like to share a bit about one of my characters and his history.
Flynn is by far one of my favourite characters. He was born in 1980 as a result of rock ‘n’ roll, booze and drugs. His father was a rock star who chose to leave Flynn’s mother when she was pregnant with Flynn. His mother tried her best in raising him, but was often hounded by religious types, which left both Flynn and his mother feeling terribly. His mother was accepting of her son’s sexuality, but not everyone was. When some gossips found Flynn kissing another male as a teenager, they immediately harassed his mother, demanding she cure Flynn lest she wished to go to hell. This, along with her own depression, led to Flynn’s mother committing suicide.
This was a defining point in Flynn’s life. While he doesn’t outright hate religion, since his mother’s death, he’s considered it to be a group practicing hate. That’s not to say that he doesn’t know that there are good religious folks out there. This happened when he was seventeen, after be begun dating Brendan for three months.
In his mother’s will, she made sure he had guardians. They were his best friend’s parents. Elizabeth and Lawrence were amazing people, but he only stayed with them, and Sean, for a year. Then, he and Sean went to college together, where they were roommates.
Sean is an integral part of Flynn’s life. He’s his very own fagstag, who’s not ashamed to talk about gay sex if Flynn wanted to, which he never did. He had Flynn’s back through the most difficult times and even though Sean wasn’t a fan of Flynn’s boyfriend, Brendan (who Flynn was still dating), he accepted his best friend’s choice.
Nothing amazing happened in college. Flynn considered himself to be a boring person, who was all thoughts before actions. Brendan was like Flynn, but he had a routine that Flynn followed along with him.
For nineteen years, Flynn cooperated with Brendan’s ideas and plans and routine. For nineteen years, he played it safe…until Brendan told him that he was leaving him for someone much, much younger. It gutted him. His life revolved around Brendan, it was all he knew. Sure, Sean had a part in his life, but outside of Sean and Brendan, Flynn had nothing.
Which led him to plan a very big holiday in much detail. He knew he had to escape, if only for a couple of weeks, and forget about what had happened. Sean came along with him, if only to be that support Flynn needed. And at this dude ranch, in South Dakota, Flynn’s whole life changed thanks to a man who happened to be fifteen years younger than him….
PURCHASE RUSHING LOVE
MEG BAWDEN was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia. She’s loved stories since before she can remember and has always enjoyed creating characters of her own, even if it did begin with drawing faces on toilet rolls and giving them names. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she’s loved the M/M genre since 2004, the first book she read being Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.
Writing M/M since 2007, Meg has never had the confidence to attempt publishing her own stories, but in 2015, she decided that it was all about to change thanks to the amazing friends she’s made in the M/M genre and their support and encouragement. So watch out world, Meg Bawden is coming out to have some fun!
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