Please say hello to Jenny Holiday and
Hello! I’m Jenny and I’m happy to be here to celebrate the release of Infamous. Infamous is book two in the Famous series, which mixes m/f and m/m romance. (And mixes famous musicians and regular people!) In Infamous, Jesse, our resident bad-boy rock star has to decide if he’s willing to risk his career to be with Hunter, a doctor he’s rapidly falling for. I hope you enjoy it!
All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend—and also isn’t a girl—he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, he’ll need to toe the line. Luckily, he’s into women too. Problem solved.
After a decade pretending to be his ex’s roommate, pediatrician Hunter Wyatt is done hiding. He might not know how to date in the Grindr world, how to make friends in a strange city, or whether his new job in Toronto is a mistake. But he does know that no one is worth the closet. Not even the world’s sexiest rock star.
As Jesse’s charity work at Hunter’s hospital brings the two closer together, a bromance develops. Soon, Hunter is all Jesse can think about. But when it comes down to a choice between Hunter and his career, he’s not sure he’s brave enough to follow his heart.
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In Praise of Ramen—the best “worst date food”
You know how they tell you not to eat messy foods like spaghetti on dates? In that vein, ramen is probably horrible date food, but it’s the go-to cuisine for the Hunter and Jesse, the heroes of Infamous. (We’re talking about actual ramen from an actual Japanese restaurant, not the “ramen noodles” that you may have subsisted on in college, though those are delightful in their own right.)
Their friendship starts with Jesse showing Hunter, who is new to Toronto, where the book takes place, around the city. Things escalate (you know, plot, angst…stuff happens…), and before they know it they find themselves in a ramen shop late at night, wearing tuxedos because they’ve just come from a charity gala to benefit the hospital Hunter works at. Jesse takes him there because he knows ramen is Hunter’s favorite food, and even though he can’t say what’s in his heart (for, you know, reasons…plot, angst, stuff that happens…) he’s a master of small, thoughtful gestures.
So they roll up to the ramen shop, sit at the counter, and slurp broth in their party clothes while it’s storming outside. I thought it was a pretty romantic image, partly because of the juxtaposition.
They say to write what you know. I personally do not know ramen. Not for a decade or more at least, thanks to a pretty severe gluten intolerance. Sometimes people ask me if I ever get swoony over my own books. Maybe I did when I was writing them, but by the time they’re published, so much work has gone into them that I’m mostly over it. But I have to say, I do get swoony about the tuxedoed ramen scene in Infamous.
But I think that has more to do with the ramen I can’t have than the sexual and romantic tension between the tuxedoed gentlemen.
About the author:
Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her aging-hippie teacher, between Pete Seeger songs, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. Today she is a USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She lives in London, Ontario.
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Congrats, Jenny, and thanks for the background on the scene. It sounds like a romantic one, and it's just those unplanned "stuff that happens" on a nicely planned outing that make for special memories. - Purple Reader,ReplyDelete
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Ichiban are the best ramen noodles. We still eat them, even though we are far from university now. This book sounds good. I like the Canadian setting.ReplyDelete
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Not really too big a fan of ramen cups, package brands bought from the asian markets or freshly made ones. Thanks for sharing the interesting post.ReplyDelete
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Congrats on the release!ReplyDelete
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I've never had ramen cups but I always wanted to.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the new book!ReplyDelete
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