Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Blogtour: Nice Catching You: A Holiday Love Story by Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood




Title: Nice Catching You: A Holiday Love Story

Author: Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

Publisher: Wainscott Press

Release Date: 10/30/2020

Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 84,000 words

Genre: Romance, Gay Holiday Romance, Contemporary Gay Romance, Holiday Romance

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Synopsis

What happens when the No. 1 college hockey star in the country falls in love—with a man? Nick Johnson, a top prospect for a pro hockey team, has a secret: he’s gay. Tired of living in the closet for the sport he loves, he sees no way out.

Jacob Meyer’s string of bad boyfriends left him cynical about love. Instead, he focuses on his studies as a third-year law student. With a new job waiting for him, he’s eager to graduate and move on.

On a school-sponsored trip, Nick and Jacob meet in a most unexpected way. When Nick tells Jacob his secret, they decide to hang out, just as friends. But their attraction is too strong to ignore, and they soon begin dating.

Since Nick is a big man on campus, it doesn’t take long for people to notice his attachment to Jacob. All hell breaks loose when the relationship gets out. As the national media descends, university officials try to figure out how to solve their “problem.” Their efforts divide Nick’s team, inflame fans, and put Nick and Jacob’s futures in jeopardy. Will the men be able to survive a plot to destroy them without derailing both their careers?

Nice Catching You is an out-for-you romance featuring a lot of love, exciting hockey, and a beautiful holiday. There’s also plenty of steam and a very happy ending.

Excerpt

JACOB

Sunday, December 4

I haven’t been on many buses, but I was starting to think I might die on this one. The snow began falling before we left Whiteface Mountain early in the afternoon, not unusual for one of the top ski resorts in the Northeast. We were due in Syracuse before six, and I hoped the weather didn’t delay us much. The last week of classes would start the next day, and I had work to do. The snow was coming down hard, and by the time we reached I-87, I could see very little out the window. Many of the cars had pulled over to the side, and others were creeping along with their hazards flashing. Our bus joined the traffic and immediately began slipping all over the road.

With fifty-odd college students on the trip, there had been a lot of noise when we left the resort, but nerves had soon taken over, and people were mostly quiet now. I sat alone, three rows from the back of the bus, trying to read a case for Federal Courts. With only one more semester of law school to go, I needed to do well. A big firm in Boston offered me a job right before Thanksgiving, contingent on my maintaining a 3.8 GPA. Pulling a C in Fed Courts would bring me slightly under the requirement. Although I had high hopes for a job in DC, I couldn’t risk losing the Boston offer.

Between the bus sliding in the snow and the constant chatter from the guys in the seat behind me, I couldn’t concentrate at all. They were hockey players, and they kept up a conversation about the game, other players, cars, and whatever else dumb undergrad jocks talk about. They were the only people behind me except for their friend, who was passed out on a seat in the back.

Whoa! The rear end of the bus lurched violently into the left lane. I tried to grab something to hold onto, but I was already airborne by the time I dropped the heavy casebook. Hands grabbed my shoulders but didn’t slow my momentum. Dreading the impact with the seat across the aisle, I screwed my eyes shut and held my breath. All at once, something stopped me. Rather, someone stopped me, and that someone had brawny arms and a hard body. He’d caught me in midair.

“You all right?”
“What?” On my back in the man’s arms, facing the top of the bus, I couldn’t see much. I turned my head, trying to find out who had hold of me.

“Everything okay?”

I craned my neck in the other direction just as he leaned over, and it was—shit!—one of the hockey guys who’d been sitting behind me. I’d seen him over the weekend with his buddies, at least one of whom had laughed at me the whole time. Now they’d laugh even harder, and I’d be known as the skinny little runt who couldn’t even stay in his seat—the twit who had to be rescued by a real man.

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We welcome authors Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood to talk about their new holiday  gay romance novel, Nice Catching You: A Holiday Love Story. So, gentlemen, you are  married in real life, correct? 

RYAN: That’s right. It was three years last May. 

JOSH: Three years since we married, but we’ve been together a lot longer—since we went to law school about ten years ago. 

Your first book, No Brief Affair, was published late in 2018, and Nice Catching You is your  sixth novel. That’s a lot of books in two years, so you must like writing. 

RYAN: We love writing, and our current goal is to put out three or four books a year. 

JOSH: That keeps us very busy since Ryan works full-time and I still work part-time. How do you manage to write so much, considering your other jobs? 

RYAN: We spend an enormous chunk of our free time writing. 

JOSH: Truthfully, we spend most of our free time writing. It’s like therapy for us, in a way. Sometimes we get tired, and it’s easy to get frustrated or down about our  storytelling, but we work our way through it and feel better than ever once we’re done. 

You plan to stick with it, then? 

RYAN: As long as people read the books and we enjoy putting them out. We don’t  anticipate stopping anytime soon. 

JOSH: We have a great core group of supporters, and many of them are in our Facebook  group, Ryan & Josh’s Room. Whether they’re in the group or not, our supporters keep  us going. 

RYAN: We owe them a lot and probably don’t say so often enough. 

Nice Catching You is your second holiday book. The first one, The Chrismukkah Crisis, was  published last November. Do you plan to make this an annual tradition? 

JOSH: At this point, we do. We both love the holidays and have enjoyed reading holiday  novels since we began reading gay romance. 

RYAN: Readers enjoy holiday books too, so it seems like an excellent way to anchor our  writing year. 

JOSH: We both love the season, and writing holiday novels gives us a different way to  celebrate. 

What makes you like the season so much? 

RYAN: We both grew up in homes where the holidays were a big deal, and I think we  both carried that with us into adulthood.

JOSH: My mother loved the holidays and always made sure they were wonderful for my  sisters and me. She spent a lot of time and energy decorating the house and cooking.  She also spent time making sure we thought about less fortunate people and taught us  to be grateful for our blessings. 

RYAN: My folks loved the holiday season too, and Mom still spends a lot of time  planning, decorating, and shopping. Like Josh’s parents, Mom and Dad also made sure  we remembered people who were struggling and that we thought of ways we could  help make their holidays better. 

That’s great. What can you tell us about the new book, Nice Catching You? 

JOSH: It’s the love story of Nick and Jacob. With all the tragic problems facing the world  this year, people need positivity and hope more than ever. That’s what we’ve tried to  provide in Nice Catching You. There’s also some exciting hockey in the book. We  couldn’t write a book about a hockey star without having him play. 

RYAN: We can all stand reminding that even when problems look insurmountable, they  can work out. Like all our books, Nice Catching You is a sweet romance connected to a  societal issue—but the book is, first and foremost, a love story. Since part of the book deals with a societal problem, it can deliver a lot more hope than if it were just all sugar. 

JOSH: In this case, the societal issue is homophobia in the sports world, particularly collegiate and professional hockey. 

RYAN: Nice Catching You is one of the sweetest books we’ve written, and we love Nick  and Jacob. The book’s conflict doesn’t come from the relationship between the  characters, but from how they face some genuine threats together. 

JOSH: As always with our books, there’s a delightfully happy ending and a lot of deep  feels along the way. 

Do you want to elaborate on what you mean by homophobia in the sports world? Is it  worse there than other places? 

RYAN: Look, there’s homophobia everywhere, but there are also enlightened, positive  people no matter where you go. Nice Catching You is an optimistic book that shows how  much things are changing for the better. 

JOSH: Some of the most open people we know are athletes, but the institution itself has  a problematic reputation. For example, there’s never been an openly gay active player  for an NHL team. People wonder why, and some get the idea that hockey players must  be homophobic jerks. A lot of them think fans and team managers are that way, too. 

RYAN: Those ideas are ridiculous, and we know for a fact that they aren’t true. Sure,  there are some jerks in sports, but there are many people who aren’t. Woven in with  Nick and Jacob’s romance are our efforts to contrast the unenlightened people with  others who are very accepting. 

JOSH: We both love hockey, and we don’t think it will be long until there are openly gay  players on the ice at the highest levels. There are already out players in junior and  college hockey, so it’s only a matter of time.

RYAN: Most hockey players respect their teammates’ private lives. They want to have  friends and win games, and who somebody sleeps with is beside the point. JOSH: People who manage sports teams are very smart and want their teams to do well.  They are more than capable of looking past things that have no bearing on a person’s ability to play the game. 

That’s fascinating. Now I want to read the book more than ever. Any last words about the  book? 

RYAN: We hope people will love it. If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel a  lot of positivity and hope, this is it. 

JOSH: Also, we thank everyone for considering the book for your holiday reading. We  know you have a lot of choices, and we’re thankful for everyone who includes our books  in their reading. 

Thank you, gentlemen. I’m sure a lot of people will enjoy the book. 



Meet the Authors

Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood met in law school and were married in 2017. They live in a suburb of Washington, DC, and share their home with a big, cuddly German shepherd. Ryan and Josh enjoy travel, friends, and advocating for causes dear to their hearts. Ryan also loves to swim, and Josh likes to putter in the garden whenever he can. The romance they were so lucky to find with each other inspires their stories about love between out and proud men.

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