We are so excited to have Roan Parrish with us as she celebrates the upcoming release of Out of Nowhere, the second book in her excellent Middle of Somewhere series. Go check out what she has to say on being vulnerable in Out of Nowhere.
When it comes to asking for help, I’m basically the worst. I mean, I’ve almost maimed myself climbing on counters to pull peanut butter off high shelves rather than asking someone to reach it for me. Ask for help with something important or *gulp* personal? Yeeeaaah, no. I’m … working on it? (I’m totally not working on it.)
The Mulligan brothers are both crap at asking for help, though for different reasons. In IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, it never occurs to Daniel to ask for help. He’s never had anyone who would provide it, so he’s always figured out ways to do things on his own. It makes him feel self-sufficient and in control. In OUT OF NOWHERE, Colin can’t ask for help because he’s terrified. Terrified of being vulnerable. Terrified of needing anyone. Terrified that if he allows himself to open up even a little bit then that small chink will become a chasm he’ll fall into.
But falling in love is the ultimate vulnerability—it’s all about needing someone; all about opening up to someone, even if it means they could eviscerate you. So when Colin meets Rafe, who is trying desperately to help everyone he can in an attempt to make peace with a past he can’t erase … well, let’s just say it’s a battle of wills. And it’s a battle Colin kind of wants to lose.
In this scene, Colin and Rafe go running, but there are some things Colin just can’t outrun:
About a mile from home, I can tell I’ve pushed too hard. My stomach is in my throat and there’s a metallic taste in my mouth. My ears ache and my thighs and calves are burning so much I don’t even notice my hand anymore.
Rafe’s been sitting on the porch long enough to catch his breath when I stagger to a stop in front of my house. I have just enough time to catch the edge of a smile when he sees me before I bend over and retch onto the ground. There isn’t much to come up—just a little coffee and the remnants of the peanut butter sandwich I ate last night—but it burns through me and feels like my whole stomach is coming out my throat.
Rafe’s hand on my back is cool against my flushed skin. He’s holding me up by my shoulders, steering me toward the porch.
“Jesus Christ,” he says. “What the hell, Colin?”
“I’m fine,” I insist, pushing his hand away from my face. “Just happens sometimes if I go really hard.”
Rafe’s messing with my bandage, which I forgot to change before we left. It’s pretty gross: all dirty and, now, sweaty. He pulls me to my feet by my biceps. It takes him no effort at all, even though I’m practically dead weight.
Inside, I find myself at the kitchen table, a little spaced out, water next to me and my hand on the table. Rafe unwraps the bandage and jerks his eyes up to my face.
“You are an absolute fucking mess, do you know that?” he says, and he sounds pissed.
“Thought you liked lost causes?” I say, but it comes out with none of the levity I intended.
Rafe opens his mouth and closes it again. “I have a proposal,” he finally says, voice very calm.
“Is it indecent?”
So, what about you, dear reader? Are you a stubborn climb-for-the-peanut-butter type? A happily-ask-for-assistance one? Somewhere in between? Or maybe you don’t even like peanut butter … but that would be ridiculous. Sound off in the comments!
Out of Nowhere
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 29th February 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Series ~ Middle of Somewhere #2
The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.
Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.
Meet Roan Parrish
Roan Parrish is currently wandering between Philadelphia and New Orleans. When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.
In the Middle of Somewhere (Middle of Somewhere #1)
Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.
Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.
When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.
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Are you a stubborn climb-for-the-peanut-butter type? A happily-ask-for-assistance one? Somewhere in between? Or maybe you don’t even like peanut butter … but that would be ridiculous. Sound off in the comments!