Friday, July 8, 2016

Book Spotlight & Giveaway~ Into the Blue

I am pleased to spotlight a new to me author and book with Pene Henson's Into the Blue. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. The prizes being awarded are: Grand Prize: $25 Interlude Press Gift Card, Five first prizes of an e-copy of ‘Into the Blue’ by Pene Henson. The contest closes on July 27th. The tour is sponsored by Pride Promotions.

Let's Take a moment with author Pene Hensen:

What started your interest in writing? 
I think I’ve always been interested in the ways words go together. I wrote a lot of poetry as a child. I still have some of it. It’s sweet and overwrought and pretty awful - all about unicorns and the environment and the death penalty and mental illness.

Writing prose came more slowly. I started for the same reason many people do. There were stories I wanted to read and couldn’t find. I was interested in people’s confusing motivations and dear little habits. I wanted to read about imperfect people who are loving and brave and don’t get fixed but do have a happily ever after. And I wanted to read about beautiful places.

But it wasn’t until recently that I became interested in really creating a narrative, not just a series of pretty, thoughtful words strung together. 

If zombies attacked what kind of supplies would you want?

A land and water vehicle of some kind
A cross bow
Someone who could use a crossbow
Some nets and shovels and building materials to make traps
A whole lot of books titled: how to survive a zombie apocalypse

If you could sit down with any author dead or alive who would it be? 
Maybe Jane Austen, because she is at once funny and cutting and deeply kind and I think I’d be amazed. But I’m honestly not sure what she’d think of me.

Do you keep a notebook near your for when new ideas pop into your head? 
Either a notebook or at least my phone. Because often I’ll be walking and I’ll think “Oh! Ollie sends postcards home!” or “Maybe Claudie grows plants on her tiny balcony”. At the moment my notes read:

·        The way she drinks water
·        Braids
·        Coconut lube
·        Moths

If you write a series do you reread your previous books before you begin the new one? 
n/a so far sadly J

Is there anything you wish to say to your readers?
It was so interesting getting inside the minds of these young boys and girls. I love them dearly, but

And if they’re colleagues or parents from my kid’s school then “you can skip the sex scenes”?

Now let's check out Pene Henson's Into the Blue....

Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist:Colleen M. Good
Release Date: July 7, 2016


Tai Talagi and Ollie Birkstrom have been inseparable since they met as kids surfing the North Shore. Now they live with their best friends in a pulled-together family, sharing life and the saltwater in their veins. Tai’s spent years setting aside his feelings for Ollie, but when Ollie’s pro surfing aspirations come to fruition, their steady world shifts. Is the relationship worth risking everything for a chance at something terrifying and beautiful and altogether new?

Pages or Words: 236 pages, 72,600 words

Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance

Across from them, one of the Brazilians plays guitar. Ollie doesn’t recognize the song even when a couple of others sing along. The beach is wider and the sand finer than on the North Shore, but every beach is a little like home. Ollie misses the Blue House; he misses the surf and the palms and the shoreline he knows so well. He misses Jaime and Sunny and Hannah. Still, though he’s as far from home as he’s ever been, Ollie’s comfortable. These are his people, too. He leans back on his arms and looks up into the dark.
He’s watched the night sky since he was a little kid, but down here in the Southern Hemisphere he doesn’t recognize the hundreds upon hundreds of stars. The Southern Cross is up there. Ollie tries to orient himself.
Tai shifts toward him, then looks up and follows Ollie’s gaze. The warmth of Tai’s body settles into Ollie’s heart, grounds him. Ollie leans into him a little, and their arms brush to the elbow. The contact simmers in the air between them.
Unexpectedly, Ollie knows what he wants. “Come back to the hotel,” he says quietly to Tai. He pitches his voice low. It hums across the tiny space between them. No one else can hear him over the pounding surf and the sound of the music. It’s easy to be bold in the dark of a beach where Ollie’s never been before. He’s shocked by that same boldness.

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Meet the author:

Pene Henson has gone from British boarding schools to New York City law firms. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is an intellectual property lawyer and published poet who is deeply immersed in the city’s LGBTQIA community. She spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors and gazing at the ocean with her gorgeous wife and two unexpectedly exceptional sons. Into the Blue is her first novel.

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Rafflecopter Prize: Grand Prize: $25 Interlude Press Gift Card, Five first prizes of an e-copy of ‘Into the Blue’ by Pene Henson

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1 comment:

Ree Dee said...

Hi Pene! Congratulations on the release of Into the Blue! I really like the sound of the book so I already have it loaded on my kindle.

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