Please join us in welcoming Jordan Nasser to Sinfully today. It’s his first time with us and he is talking about returning home and the inspiration for his Home Is A Fire series.
Mark loved both these books so be sure to check out Jordan’s post, listen to him read an excerpt for you personally and enter the giveaway. Jordan is giving away an ecopy of both books to one lucky winner. Read on for more……….
In spring 2014 I paused to reflect on my life, and I wasn’t happy. I had been working for the international fashion retailer H&M since 1999, and six years prior I was asked to relocate from New York to Stockholm, Sweden, in the position of Global Head of Digital. I went on an amazing adventure, but after 15 years, it was time to explore something new.
I left my job and decided to take a year off to travel and reconsider my options. Basically, I just needed a break. After a few months though, I felt like I wanted something more to show for my time off than a tan and some great memories. I’ve always been a voracious reader and a casual writer, and I am obsessed with opening lines to novels. One of my favorites is “People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles,” from “Less Than Zero,” by Brett Easton Ellis. I was standing in line for a club in Stockholm and a line of text popped into my head, so I wrote it down quickly on my phone. “The 4 train is barreling down Lexington Avenue and I can see the reflection of my face in the glass of the subway door. I’m not pretty.” I closed my phone and didn’t think much more of it.
I had moved away from Tennessee to live in New York when I was 26, so I decided to return to my small hometown to visit friends and family. Going back to the South is always fun for me, but this time it inspired me in a new way. Back in Stockholm I pulled out that line of text I had written, and my story began to flow. I decided that I wanted to write a same sex romantic comedy, something that was “safe” enough for my parents to read, but still faithful to the LGBT community. I’m a big fan of Armistead Maupin, and one reviewer likened my book to a Southern “Tales of the City.” Many of the characters are based on composites of people I have met, as well as situations I have experienced, but it all came together as fiction.
When it came to marketing, I made a bold choice for the cover art of “Home is a Fire” to not reflect the traditional m/m romance genre, but rather the themes of the book. Since the series is about going home, I wanted the cover to feel like a piece of childhood art that you find under your parents’ bed as an adult. I used small bits of hand-torn tissue paper to create a flame, and then worked with a digital artist to add texture and depth. The artwork brings back long lost memories, but also ignites that fire in you to be true to yourself. In the second book, “The Fire Went Wild,” the main characters Derek and Luke experience a conflict that involves the entire town, so I wanted those same flames to really fill the cover, since what they are dealing with can no longer be contained.
My writing journey has been incredible, so far, and I have met some great new friends and fans. I hope this exclusive video reading from “The Fire Went Wild,” will inspire you to pick up the books and become acquainted with some of the wonderfully quirky residents of my fictional Parkville, Tennessee. Happy reading!
Jordan Reads from The Fire Went Wild
Series Reading Order and Purchase Links
Title: Home Is A Fire
Author: Jordan Nasser
Rating: 4.5 Stars
The 4 train is barreling down Lexington Avenue and I can see the reflection of my face in the glass of the subway door. I’m not pretty.
After twelve years in New York City, Derek has the life he always wanted. A fun job, a fantastic social life, and a handsome boyfriend he’s about to marry. Everything is perfect.
Except that it’s not.
Staring at his reflection in the subway door, Derek realizes he lost himself somewhere along the way, and that the search must start where it all began—his hometown in Tennessee.
Overnight, Derek goes from cocktails in Manhattan’s trendiest lounges to drinking at the local bar with childhood buddies. He hangs out with his colorful family, attends football games and reconnects to the South.
As he spends time in places he’s always gone, with people he’s always known, Derek clearly sees himself—what he wants and where to find it—for the first time in years.
Title: The Fire Went Wild
Author: Jordan Nasser
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Derek and Luke found love in each other’s arms, but is their small Southern town ready to accept them—or reject them?
He left trendy nightclubs behind for local bars, traded all-night parties for high school football games, and said good-bye to New York for the comfort of family and childhood friends.
Drawn in by the heart of his Tennessee hometown, Derek has never been happier—especially now that he’s together with Luke, the Parkville High School football coach.
But when they decide to go public with their romantic connection, it isn’t long before rumors begin to fly—and “concerned citizens,” intent on forcing them to leave their jobs at Parkville High, put the men’s personal and professional reputations on the line.
In the captivating sequel to Home Is a Fire, find out how news of Derek and Luke’s relationship sets their small town ablaze—and whether this happy couple can manage to escape unscathed from the devastating flames.
Meet Jordan Nasser
Jordan Nasser left his dream job behind and took the opportunity to re-examine his life--an experience he highly recommends if you ever have the chance. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he was raised in the South before moving to New York City. He currently lives and writes in Stockholm, Sweden and Nice, France.
In his debut novel, "Home Is a Fire," he drew upon his experiences growing up in the South. Outstanding reviews placed the book on the Amazon top ten rated LGBT fiction list. That story continues in his second novel, "The Fire Went Wild.”
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To coincide with this post Jordan’s books will be on special offer at a price of $0.99 from today until 6th March. So don’t miss your chance to snap up these wonderful set of books!
Jordan will be generously giving away one ebook copy of both books to one lucky reader. Just enter the draw below for your chance to win and leave your answer to Jordan's question in your comments: How does going back to your childhood home affect you?
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