Please welcome Chris Scully and
As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.
Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan’s left with an impossible choice: get the family he’s always wanted, or respect Margie’s wishes and convince Archer to give parenting—and his heritage—a chance.
To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer’s reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children’s future is on the line.
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Hello! I’m Chris Scully. I’m thrilled to welcome you to my Until September blog tour! Join me at various tour stops, where I’ll be sharing some of the background of this novel, my thoughts on writing, and more. Comment on each stop to be entered in a drawing for a $20 Riptide gift certificate. Thanks for joining me on the tour!
The word most commonly used to describe my books is “sweet”. At first I wasn’t so sure I liked the label—I don’t set out to write sweet stories, and I would certainly never describe myself as a sweet person—but if it means that I write about decent, good-hearted people who find happy-ever-afters then yes, the label fits. I prefer to believe that most people are inherently good, even though if you were to look at the media today you’d think that all civil servants are hateful fanatics, that all clergy are abusive homophobes, that all police are bigoted thugs, and evil social workers snatch children from their loving parents. Why is it we never see the cases that go right? For every one of these extremes, there are dozens of people in the same positions who genuinely care, who want to help, and who do their jobs with dedication. These are the people we never hear about. These are the types of people in my stories.
Am I an idealist? On the contrary—I consider myself to be a cynical realist. But in my [twenty-first century Canadian] reality, things aren’t black or white. People are complex. The roadblocks we put in our own paths are sometimes more effective than any external barriers. That’s what I like to explore.
In Until September Archer Noble becomes reluctant guardian to his niece and nephew. I could have saddled Archer and Ryan with a hostile legal system, or a villainous social worker who wants to put the kids in foster care. I debated it. But then I figured it would be like so many other novels about kids (poor social workers get such a bad rap in fiction!). For me, Archer's own internal conflict about why he couldn't be a parent was the focus. I could have made Ryan’s ex more hateful, but then he’d simply be a cardboard character and not a “real” person who makes a dumb choice. In the end, I decided that the inner conflict, and Ryan’s and Archer’s emotional journeys were far more interesting than any villain.
There’s already so much negativity in the world—I’m just trying to highlight the positive. If that makes me “sweet”, I’m happy to own it.
More about the author:
CHRIS SCULLY lives in Toronto, Canada. She grew up spinning romantic stories in her head and always dreamed of one day being a writer even though life had other plans. Her characters have accompanied her through career turns as a librarian and an IT professional, until finally, to escape the tedium of a corporate day job, she took a chance and began putting her daydreams down on paper.
Tired of the same old boy-meets-girl stories, she found a home in M/M romance and strives to give her characters the happy endings they deserve. She divides her time between a mundane 9-5 cubicle job and a much more interesting fantasy life. When she’s not working or writing (which isn’t often these days) she loves puttering in the garden and traveling. She is an avid reader and tries to bring pieces of other genres and styles to her stories. While her head is crammed full of all the things she’d like to try writing, her focus is always on the characters first. She describes her characters as authentic, ordinary people—the kind of guy you might meet on the street, or the one who might be your best friend.
Although keeping up with social media is still a struggle given her schedule, she does love to hear from readers.
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