When your dreams come to life, do you fall in love — or send them back to Neverland?
(The Pennymaker Tales, #4)
By Tara Lain
Peter Pan is a Stalker and Other Surprises of Contemporary Fantasy
Hi and welcome. I’m Tara Lain and I’m so excited to introduce you to my new romance novel, Never. Never is part of a series I call The Pennymaker Tales. All the stories are contemporary gay romance retellings of famous fantasies and fairy tales. Each book stands alone and the stories are united by a single character - - the unique and mysterious Mr. Pennymaker. In the series so far, I’ve paid homage to Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and now Never is a retelling of Peter Pan.
Writing these stories is a lot of fun and always surprising. For example, Driven Snow, my retelling of Snow White, had the goriest, grisliest search history of any book I’ve ever written. In one book, I searched poisons that could put someone in a coma and remain undetected, how to get out of a car underwater, how to defend yourself against attack by a knife, and how to kill someone by anaphylactic shock! These fairy tales are gruesome! In Beauty, Inc., the homage to Beauty and the Beast, I had to figure out why a person who was scarred and ugly today might remain that way rather than avail themselves of plastic surgery. I was writing Sinders and Ash, the new Cinderella, at the time that gay marriage was legalized in the US and had to change my whole story around that fact.
Then this year I started writing Never. I created the story in which my hero, Wendell “Wen” Darling, is a serious, reliable and steady young man who cares for his sister and brother. He meets this wild crazy artist, Peter Panachek, who paints in subways and is also a singer with a band called the Lost Boys. Peter gets enthralled with Wen and starts following him around including climbing the rickety fire escape to spy on Wen when he’s sleeping. That all makes perfect sense, right? He’s Peter Pan. Peter spies on Wendy and the children through their bedroom window all the time. And then I got my first round of edits back from the editor who was basically telling me, Yikes! Peter’s a stalker. I stared at the note and thought, yep, that’s right. Peter Pan was a stalker! So after a lot of thinking, polishing and revising, I think I got it to the point where, while Peter remains a stalker – it’s in the very best way!
I hope you enjoy Never. Feel free to plunge in. The stories can be read in any order.
Wendell “Wen” Darling lives in a world of shoulds and musts. Left to care for his brother and sister by his dull drudge of a father and wacko irresponsible mother, he suppresses his creativity, slaving in an ad agency seventy hours a week, letting his no-talent supervisor take the credit.
Then his bosses blow the campaign for their biggest client and Wen gets a chance to shine—but only if he can find the artist who painted a wild, glorious wall of graffiti in the subway. Hiding behind a pillar at 2:00 a.m., Wen comes face-to-face with the scarlet-haired, elven-faced embodiment of his divergent opposite—Peter Panachek, the flighty, live-for-today painter, singer, and leader of the rock group the Lost Boys. Everything Wen takes seriously, Peter laughs off, but opposites attract, even if their kisses always lead to battles. Peter’s devil-may-care persona hides a world of secrets, self-protection, and hidden fears, until the day a drug dealer, Vadon Hooker, threatens everything Wen holds dear. Guided by the mysterious Mr. Pennymaker, Peter has to choose between facing responsibility or burrowing even deeper into Neverland.
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Sinders and Ash
(The Pennymaker Tales Series, #1)
by Tara Lain
(The Pennymaker Tales, #2)
by Tara Lain
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(The Pennymaker Tales #3)
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About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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