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Love Simplified by Teegan Loy

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Hi, everyone. I’m Teegan Loy and I write New Adult. My new book, Love Simplified, fits nicely in that category since Jalen and Austin are both nineteen years old.

Love Simplified is the second book in the Game, Set, and Match series.

Blurb: Life is about making choices. For nineteen-year-old Jalen Marten, the choices he makes will not only affect his life, but the life and career of his superstar tennis player boyfriend, Austin Suter. Jalen spends the summer following Austin around the pro tennis circuit playing the supportive friend as Austin adjusts to life on tour.

Keeping secrets from people is hard enough, but when the media, a horde of new fans, and staff and family who all think they know what’s best for Austin are involved, it’s even worse. Coming out to the world is not an option, so Jalen is forced to hide in the shadows. It doesn’t always work, and Jalen begins to wonder if they should stay together. The next choice could make or break them as a couple, and both men wonder why love has to be so complicated.

I’m thrilled to be here on release day to discuss this book. But things weren’t always sunshine and roses for a New Adult writer. The first time I wrote a full-length novel, my main characters were nineteen through twenty-one years old. After the manuscript was complete, I did a lot of research online, not noticing the ages of my characters didn’t fit into the guidelines of the publishing world.

It took a few weeks, but I finally worked up the nerve and started to query agents regarding the manuscript. Some read bits of it, a few asked for the entire manuscript, but all came back with the advice to change the ages of the characters. They needed to be seventeen or adult age, which apparently is around twenty-four. I may have said some choice curse words and flipped off my computer screen each time I read an email about the age of my characters. How could the publishing world dismiss such an important and interesting part of life? I wanted to shout at them, tell them that the experiences of heading off to college and separating from your parents were important and a very interesting time in the life of a person.

Since I was so inexperienced in the world of publishing, and the I-want-to-be-a-published-author thing, I took their advice and de-aged my characters to fit neatly into the young adult category. It changed the dynamics of the entire story and the characters. I disliked it immensely, so I put the manuscript away and grumbled about the lack of books that featured people on the threshold of adulthood. The one thing I did learn, I will NOT change my characters again for anyone.

A few years later, the publishing world decided nineteen to twenty-four-year old people did exist and created a category called New Age. I did a freaking happy dance.

All five novels I have with Dreamspinner feature characters who are entering adulthood, breaking from their parents or guardians and heading into the real world. It’s a time of discovery, growing up, making mistakes, and deciding what path to follow in life. So why do I write New Adult? I like writing about a character’s growth and how they react to new and scary things without a parent or adult hovering over them.


Excerpt

“Are you Austin Suter?” a woman with short dark hair and a shaky voice asked.

Austin started to answer, but some lady with lavender hair drowned out his words by screaming at the top of her lungs about some missing model.

“How do you suggest I shoot these clothes without a model? I suppose I could lay them out on the bloody floor,” she shouted in the face of a skinny, nervous guy. She tossed a clipboard on the ground. It bounced off his foot and he flinched, biting his lip to keep from screaming. “You figure something out or I’ll throw you in the river. And you are never to hire that twat again.”

“Yes, Cynthia,” the guy said and limped away from her, pounding on the screen of his phone as he came toward us.

When he noticed Austin and confirmed his identity, he waved at the woman who had greeted us, and she whisked Austin away for a wardrobe change and make-up.

“Who are you?” skinny, nervous guy asked me.

“Uh, Jalen, Austin’s friend. I’m here for moral support.” If Lydia heard me say that, she’d be pounding her head against the wall.

“Ever modeled before?”

“No.”


Review by Claire Potterton

Loads of love!

This is so hard – I want to say I loved, loved, loved this book, because I did in so many ways; but it frustrated me a bit too.

The MCs, Austin, and Jae, were wonderful, beautifully written boys that were so easy to adore. The secondary characters received the same treatment from the author, becoming well fleshed out players in the story. The romance was so sweet, the intimate scenes so sexy, and the love between these two guys was seriously sigh-inducing! The storyline of this book was engaging and incredibly emotional, but – and here is my one and only issue with this novel – there was so much BIG stuff going on, with so many of the cast, that, for me, to do justice to it all the book could have been twice as long!

Maybe I’m just greedy, but there were elements to this book that were deserving of being expanded on…particularly, in my opinion, the part of the story involving Austin’s father and his treatment of the boys. It feels to me, like an opportunity missed, both for the author and readers alike.

Despite my terrible avarice where these fabulous characters are concerned, this was a truly lovely book; romance, angst, a little drama, some wonderful heat, and lots and lots of love. Two young men, so completely in love with one another, that, against all odds, they have no choice but to be together!

4 Stars


 Love Simplified is available at

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Author Bio

When’s she’s not writing Teegan Loy can be found watching hockey, hanging out at the movie theater, or drinking a cup of coffee with friends. She’s also a great taxi driver for her daughter, chauffeuring her to tennis tournaments, fast pitch games, and volleyball matches. Occasionally Teegan attends concerts of her favorite bands. Always on the go, she is able to gather countless ideas for new stories. Life is best lived through experiences.

If you’d like to find me and chat about sports or voice your opinion about the New Adult category you can find me on social media

Twitter : https://twitter.com/teeganloy

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/teegan.loy

Gmail : teeganloy@gmail.com

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