So Excited! Not only do we have Garrett Leigh with us today, but she has brought along Pete, one of the main characters in one of my all time favourite series… Roads. They are here on the audiobook tour of Rare, and if you have never listened to an audiobook and want somewhere to start, I can highly recommend this series for both the story and the narration. Garrett is also very generously gifting an audiobook of Rare, so just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.
Rare (Roads Book #2) by Garrett Leigh
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 10th November 2014
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Contemporary
Length ~ 7hrs 49mins
Narrator ~ Michael Lesley
Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.
Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he's feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.
Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.
Slide by Garrett Leigh
PETE HAD been busy while I’d been gone. I stood in front of the shiny new door to his apartment and wondered for a moment if I’d come home to the right place. Then I remembered the coarse message he’d sent me a few days ago, telling me in no uncertain terms what a bitch the new door had been to fit. A separate message—perhaps an afterthought—told me he’d left a key on top of the frame.
I reached for it and turned it over in my hand. It was silver and shiny. The old one was battered brass, bruised and familiar. It felt heavy in my pocket as I slid the new key into the lock. I considered the fate of the old key now that the door it belonged to was no longer there. Pete said I pondered the strangest things.
The new door swung open with a whisper. It felt odd after two years with a door that crunched like a gearbox. The new door was like a ghost, all shimmery and silent. I wasn’t sure I liked it.
A wry grin crept over my face. Really? Four days without Pete and you’re worried about a door? I took a tentative step forward. The door closed with a quiet click, and this time, I paid it no heed.
I glanced around the apartment. It was quiet and still. No TV, stereo, or signs of life. That was no surprise. I was a few hours early. Despite hating every moment of the flight between Chicago and Philadelphia, I’d caught an earlier plane home. Pete wasn’t expecting me, but I could feel in my bones that he was home. The invisible cord between us pulled me along, and a minute later, I found him passed out in our bed. He was asleep on his stomach, something he only did when he was alone or too tired to notice. It used to make me uneasy—sometimes it still did—but not today. Today his bare back was exactly what I needed to see. I sat down by his head and brushed my fingers over his stubbly jaw. He didn’t stir, even when I leaned down and breathed in the clean smell of his skin.
Garrett Leigh Interviews Pete
I interviewed Pete and asked him some of the questions that constantly show up in my inbox… (NB: These are fictional character Pete’s own unique views, not necessarily my own)
Why do you hate the term ‘bisexual’?
I don’t hate it, I’m just a grouch bastard, and it doesn’t mean anything to me. Or, at least, it doesn’t now. When I was younger, I spent too much time trying to fit into the labels sexuality has been burdened with, and for a while bisexual seemed to be the answer, but it’s not for me. Dude, I just want to be me.
At the end of Freed, Ash comes to terms with his sexuality and tells you he’s almost certainly gay. How did that make you feel?
Proud. He went through hell and back to get to a place where he could consider himself so closely and I love him even more than I did before. Besides, I don’t care what he is. If he’s happy, I’m ecstatic.
Would you ever sleep with a woman again?
Does it matter? Right now, I ain’t got no plans to sleep with anyone, ‘cept Ash. I don’t need or want anyone else.
Would you mind if Ash slept with someone else, man or woman?
If it was a guy, I’d imagine so, though I guess if he wanted to, there’d be other shit going on that would need my attention more than where he was putting his dick. If he wanted to bang a chick? Who the fuck knows. I can’t be a woman for him, so I guess I’d find peace with it, if it was something he wanted. What’s important to me is that he finds peace, that he’s happy and healthy. If that means embracing another side of his sexuality, so be it. I love all of him, chicks and all, though I reckon that question would be better directed in reverse, as he doesn’t dig women these days.
How do you deal with discrimination in the workplace?
I don’t. I do my job and go home. Irresponsible? Naïve? Sticking my head in the sand? Probably, but I don’t have enough fight for that shit. People will be assholes whatever I do and wherever I go. I haven’t got time for their bullshit.
What’s your favourite thing about Ash?
His face when he discovers he loves something new. Fucker has a verve in him like I’ve never seen, and he’s got no idea how beautiful he is.
Will you get any more ink?
I have more. Garrett just hasn’t written it down yet.
Do you want to have kids?
Would you fuck Joe?
If I’d met him a decade ago and he had an ounce of homo in him…maybe. Now he’s my brother…the kind of brother who swipes the last slice of pizza and leaves gym socks stuffed in my couch. Ain’t nothing sexy about that.
What about Danni? Would you sleep with her?
She’s my sister, douchebag.
Will Garrett ever write you another book?
Who knows? I’ve been grouching in her ear a lot recently, but she has a fuckload of commitments to write out first. In the meantime, buy the audiobooks and listen to Ash tell his story. It breaks my heart, but waking up beside him every day, seeing his sleepy, dishevelled grin…yeah, that fixes it like a dream ;)
Meet Garrett Leigh
Rainbow Award winner Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com.
Cover art enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rafflecopter Prize: An audiobook of ‘Rare’