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An Island in the Stars by Susan Laine

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Thank you kindly, Divine Magazine, for having me here today. Hello, readers. I’m Susan Laine, an author with Dreamspinner Press. I’m here to talk about my upcoming novel, An Island in the Stars. It comes out next week on June 12, 2017.

The topic today is characters. The main heroes of the story are Sam and Marcus. They’re college students. Marcus is twenty and Sam is seventeen, so the story is new adult. Marcus is Sam’s big brother Simon’s best friend. They harbor secret crushes on each other, afraid to reveal their feelings for their own reasons.

Since society, especially under the current regime, teaches gay kids to be afraid and face hate, the boys have learned to keep their feelings hidden. Sam’s a geeky kid who’s in love with his big brother’s best friend, the jock Marcus, and has instinctive and irrational fears about the guy finding out. Marcus, on the other hand, faces a different kind of challenge. I’ll leave it for to you find out when you read the book.

I hope the characters are appealing enough to sympathize and relate with. Sam especially might initially seem really hard on Marcus, his fears ruining his natural empathy. He gets better, though, I assure you.

“Sam, a geeky college freshman, has bigger problems than lusting after Marcus, sexy jock, college junior, and his big brother’s best friend. Chasing after a beanie caught in the winter wind turns into a tumble down the rabbit hole for them both—science fiction style.

Sam and Marcus find themselves trapped on a tropical island in the middle of a strange ocean on an alien moon. The sole structure is a ruined temple devoted to the art of love. Flustered, confused, and unable to return home, they need to figure out a means of escape from a hostile jungle teeming with dangerous life-forms.

In this tale where opposites attract and secret crushes are revealed, two very dissimilar young men discover they actually have a lot in common after all, but it will take their differences as much as their points of connection to survive on an island in the stars.”


Here’s an exclusive teaser excerpt showing the characters:

Grinning, Marcus slowed to a walk. “Hey, Sam.”

His breath puffed in front of him in the chilly January weather of the Rockies, and his cheeks held a rosy glow. Compared to Marcus, who managed to look hot, figuratively speaking, even in the middle of winter, Sam had clammy skin, a runny nose, and a mild cough. At least he’d done away with his glasses and sported contacts now.

“Hi, Marcus,” Sam replied warily. Being of the geek variety, he had no expectation of any mutual interest from his secret crush—who also happened to be his big brother’s best friend.

You scared me, you… you jock. Sam kept that piece of unwarranted chagrin to himself.

But Marcus always seemed to have his number. “Sorry. I didn’t meant to scare you—”

“You didn’t. I wasn’t,” Sam cut in, vexed but mostly at himself.

“Here.” Smiling that endearing lopsided grin of his, Marcus offered Sam the light wooly cap Sam had dropped while running from a perceived threat. When you were a freshman, gay, and a geek in college—and still seventeen ’cause you’d skipped a grade for being so smart—and you saw a jock twice your size coming toward you fast, you ran the other way.

If you liked that little scene, here’s the buy link:

Thanks again to Divine Magazine for arranging this guest post.


Like Kathleen Turner’s romance novelist said in the movie Romancing the Stone: I’m a hopeful romantic.

Susan Laine is an award-winning, multi-published author of LGBTQ erotic romance. Susan lives in Finland, where summers are wet and winters long. Thankfully, she’s kept plenty warm by the spark for writing, which kindled when Susan discovered the sizzling hot gay erotic romance genre.

Trained as an anthropologist, Susan’s long-term plan is to become a full-time writer. Susan enjoys hanging out with her sister, two nieces, and friends in movie theaters, bookstores, and parks. Her favorite pastimes include listening to music, watching action flicks, eating chocolate, and doing the dishes while pondering the meaning of life.

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