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Two very different men have a chance at happiness, but only if they can let go of their painful pasts and allow love to take precedence.
After spending his teens and twenties raising his son, James Maron is now dating Gabriel Juarez, the wealthy and sophisticated CFO of the TechPrim technology empire. But after a life of proudly holding his head above the poverty line with the ethos of work, priorities, responsibility, and thrift, he is not looking for a Sugar Daddy, he does not need to be rescued, and Gabe’s wealth is as terrifying as feeling love for the first time.
Gabe has never been good at balancing his high pressure job with his relationships. Money usually clears most of the bumps, and when a boyfriend walks away, Gabe figures it’s for a good reason. But James isn’t like other boyfriends. He doesn’t want Gabe’s money for one, and if Gabe wants to keep his relationship together he will have to finally face the ghosts of his own past and reconsider his priorities.
FOR THE millionth time, a load of baseball gear left by the apartment door nearly sent James tumbling. It was one of the very few things he would not miss when Dylan left for college. He checked his watch and saw it was pushing five in the afternoon. He could technically still make it to the laundromat and get a couple of loads through, but the place filled up quick after five and it became difficult to get the good machines.
Dylan came out of his room, his hair sticking up at odd angles from his postpractice shower. “Hey, Dad. I was starting to worry. How did the concert go last night?”As a last-second surprise, Gabe had gotten them tickets to the California Honeydrops at the Fillmore. After a couple glasses of wine, Gabe had even talked him into dancing. “It was good. Stop leaving your gear by the door.”
“Good?” Dylan tried for a scolding look, but there was too much humor in his eyes. “No, just good does not end with you coming home… um… twenty-one hours later than expected.”
Dylan had been nagging him about getting a social life and a boyfriend for years, but James hadn’t realized he would become so nosy about it once it happened.
You’d think he was the parent here. “The concert ran a bit late, and we got a room in the city.” Then they decided not to leave that room until a few hours after the normal checkout time, followed by a late lunch.
“Does it matter?” James asked as he picked up Dylan’s baseball gear.
“The Saint Francis,” James muttered, deciding to risk a Monday wash.
“Again? Well, here’s to scoring a sugar daddy.”
“What?” James froze for a second as he tucked a baseball bat under his arm.Dylan headed for the kitchen and rummaged around the fridge. “I mean, a guy with a steady job is a good thing these days, but one who can score you concert tickets and hotel suites on a whim is a pretty sweet deal.” He pulled an apple from the veggie bin.
“He’s not—”James felt his phone buzz in his pocket. He juggled around the gear until he could pull it out and saw he had missed a call ten minutes earlier.
“He’s not what?
“Hi. It’s me. Stuck in traffic. Seriously, traffic on a Sunday. I think the Niners are playing or something. Don’t worry, I’m on the hands-free setup. Just wanted to say I had a really nice time this weekend. The concert was a lot of fun. The other activities were fun too. Don’t know how busy I’m going to be this week, but I’d love to be able to come up there for lunch or dinner. Catch a movie or something. Oh, Tamyra left me nine messages, the last one informing me that I’m getting ‘Genie in a Bottle’ for my new ringtone. I’m hoping I can pass it off as a postmodern ironic statement or something. Oh look. Traffic is moving. Well, I’ll talk to you later. Drive carefully. Bye.” Bowerbirds
James kept the phone to his ear even after the message ended. Dylan stared at him, one eyebrow raised. He had a funny feeling Dylan practiced that look in the mirror. James hung up the phone. “You know what? My love life is none of your business.”
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We had an opportunity to ask Ada a few questions...
Hi Ada, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little
about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi, it's nice to be here. I'm Ada. I'm a born and raised Californian who has
been living in New Zealand for the last decade. I studied theater, film, and
television and worked a little in each. Currently I'm an almost full time
mom to a two year old and I write when I can. In my tiny scraps of free time
I do things like knit and make jam. I'm also a sports fan but I'm not great at
picking winning teams to support.
Bowerbirds picks up pretty much right where Empty Nests left off. James
and Gabe are properly together now but they still come from very different
worlds each of which brings its own baggage. Gabe is very much a fixer
and wants to 'fix' James's life to make up for how busy he is with work.
James is very proud and does not want or need a sugar daddy to fix
anything. He's also terrified at the very idea of being in love since it's
something he's never done before.
1) What book do you wish you could have written?
I wish I could have written a Star Trek novel. One of the Pocket Book
ones. Maybe not a particular one but I would have liked to have been
involved in that.
2) How important are names to you (in your books)? Do you choose names
based on liking the way it sounds or meaning? How do you choose your
Names are very important. Sometimes they have meanings. Sometimes I
choose a name to show a character is from a particular time or cultural
background. When I'm doing a romance I want names that sound good
together or say something about the dynamic of the two characters.
Sometimes I pick a random place holder name and it sticks.
3) Were you already a great writer? Have you always enjoyed writing? How
long have you been writing?
Was anyone a great writer from the beginning? I know there are people
who have been good writers from the start but I think great takes a lot of
work. I have always enjoyed writing even when I was convincing myself
that I should be doing something else with my life.
4) Which character, from any of your books, do you consider your greatest work?
I have a character that might not see the light of day for a few more years,
but his name is Martin and I love him, partly because I can't seem to
control him. He is quiet but firm. When I try to point his story in a
particular direction half the time he says 'no'. When I work with him I
have to use a good deal of finesse and I have to justify everything I do with
him. It's frustrating but fun.
5) What hobbies do you enjoy?
I like to knit when I have the chance but between writing and having a
small child I'll take sleep over other free time activities.
About the author:
ADA MARIA SOTO is a born and raised Californian Mexican-American currently living as an expat in the South Pacific with her toddler and partner.
She has studied and worked in theater, film, and television with all the usual crummy side jobs of a struggling artist. She has dysgraphia and phonological dyslexia but refuses to let that slow down her writing.
She is a sports fan dedicated to the Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, Auckland Blues, USA Eagles, New Zealand All Blacks, New Zealand Black Caps, and the Chennai Super Kings.
She loves to hear from her fans, or really anyone who has read her work.
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