Please welcome Laurie Loft with
Love And Other Hot Beverages
I’m Laurie Loft, author of Love and Other Hot Beverages. Welcome to my blog tour, and thanks for being here! I’m excited to give out super cool prizes to two people who make thoughtful comments to any of my blog posts: one French press (an item which features prominently in my novel), and a $15.00 Starbucks gift card. Either way, you’ll enjoy plenty of hot beverages!
There’ll be seven posts in which I’ll discuss my book as well as unrelated items. Comment, and we can get to know each other a little better.
After a rough breakup, Todd Addison wants time alone to grieve. While still dreaming of winning back his ex’s love, he moves across the country and finds work with a construction company. The last thing he needs is the cute office boy developing a crush on him, especially since he’s back in the closet.
Sebastián Nye can’t help feeling sorry for the obviously brokenhearted Todd. Though rebuffed repeatedly, Sebby chisels away at Todd’s resistance, determined to help him forget—a task potentially beyond anyone’s capabilities. He never meant to fall for the poor guy, but he does. Hard.
Desperate to hold on to Todd, Sebby hatches a sneaky plot guaranteed to end Todd's heartbreak—if Todd doesn't bail and ruin everything. Just when things can’t get more complicated, Todd’s ex wants him back. And Sebby’s abusive ex is just waiting to catch Sebby alone. Todd and Sebby must decide what’s worth fighting for, what’s worth sacrifice, and what’s worth compromise, or their relationship will begin and end with a broken heart.
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CUTTING STUFF FROM LAOHB
Editing. A large part of editing, of course, is cutting. Most writers are familiar with the phrase Kill your darlings. This is a bit of a misnomer, because you aren’t killing anyone else. You’re killing bits of yourself. You mollify your ego by telling yourself that you can always put them back in, that someday you can have a “new edition,” that your book will be so popular that readers will clamor to see those cut scenes!
But you know you’re kidding yourself.
One of the things I like about my book is the interactions between Todd and his family—his brother, his sister-in-law, and his nephews.
Many of these interactions were pared down or cut completely because the book was rather lengthy, and most of these scenes did not advance the plot. I miss them. They provided characterization, showed familial love and conflict, and helped demonstrate Todd’s longing for a family of his own.
Cutting them hurt!
So here I present one of the cut interactions for your review. In this scene, Todd’s 17-year-old nephew asks him for advice.
Todd followed Kenneth out into the evening twilight. Hands in pockets, Kenneth leaned against Todd’s truck.
“Rae dumped me,” Kenneth said.
Todd grimaced. “Oh, Kenny. I’m sorry. Do you need a hug?”
Kenneth turned away and leaned belly-first against the side of the truck bed, fiddling with some scattered screws. Small, metallic noises emerged. “I want her back. Do you know stuff about girls?”
“That’s a broad generalization. Each is unique, you know.”
“Yeah, but they all like the same stuff, right? Like flowers, poems.” There were more clicks. “You know that we fucked right here? Not here in the driveway, I mean in your truck. Fuck and truck. Maybe I could put that in my poem.”
“Have you in fact written a poem, Kenny? Let’s have it.”
“No way, dude.”
“You realize that if you present Rae with this poem, she’ll share it with her friends and sundry? Embarrassment is an unavoidable feature of romance.”
There was a gusty sigh. Kenneth extracted a crumpled paper from his pocket. Todd moved away, opening and smoothing the sheet of paper and tilting it toward the light of a streetlamp:
Like a ray of sunlight, I tried to hold you but you slipped away
Like water, like light.
You said goodbye
I don’t understand why
I can’t hold you if you won’t stay.
Todd struggled for something to say. “It’s very nice, the play on her name as a metaphor for light. However, it sounds as though you’re saying goodbye. I don’t think you make your object clear.” Kenneth snatched the paper and stuffed it in his pocket. Todd ventured to pat his back. “Add another stanza.”
“Come back for another fuck, in my uncle’s truck.”
Todd laughed. “I don’t think that will accomplish your goal.”
Kenneth kicked at the truck’s tire. “I can’t stop thinking about her. God, I feel like a fucking tard.”
“How well I know the feeling.”
“I...spoke with him. Tried to talk him out of it. Fled with my tail tucked bravely between my legs.”
“But you wrote him poems and shit? Or sent flowers? Or whatever gay guys like?”
“Such gestures would have had no effect.”
“So you didn’t even try?”
Todd chewed his tongue. “You had to be there. The manner in which he—the look in his eyes and—” He stammered into silence. So much for being the worldly-wise uncle.
“So basically you gave up. He wasn’t worth the trouble?”
The boy couldn’t know how his words hurt. “He was worth...any amount of trouble.”
Kenneth straightened up. He twisted and then hurled something with all his strength, arcing his arm up and over and following through. There was a ping-ping-ping as the screw hit the street and bounced. “If you want something you should fight for it. I don’t care what kind of dumbass I look like. YOU are my Rae of light. Without you, I’m in the dark, I have no sight. Come back and let me see. I’ll show you what you mean to ME.” The last word was punctuated with the hurl of another screw, and there was a final ping-ping-ping.
“Not bad.” Todd managed to force the words out past the glutinous slug that had crawled down his throat.
“I’ll work on it.” Kenneth slapped Todd on the shoulder and ambled into the house.
Actually all of Kenneth’s scenes got cut, and he is only mentioned in the novel a couple of times now. Poor Kenny! What do you think? Good riddance? Sad that it didn’t make it into the novel? Indifferent?
Tell us in the comments!
About the author:
Laurie Loft lives in Iowa, endeavoring to write stories to give you that rush. Her husband, cat, and dogs kindly tolerate this odd activity. Her first M/M novel came about because of a minor character in a straight romance who just took over and demanded his own book. Laurie enjoys NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and other forms of writerly torture. She finds inspiration in her NaNo friends and her fellow Riptide authors. When not writing or working at her mysterious day job, she can often be found screaming at tangled cross stitch threads.
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To celebrate the release of Love and Other Hot Beverages, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Starbucks gift card and a French press from Laurie! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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