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Kay’s Guest Post
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Whether you wanted to be something serious like a doctor or something impossible like a unicorn, we all had an answer when grownups would ask us what we thought we’d like to be as adults.
Depending on your answer, you may have gotten some laughs and concerned looks in response. When I was a kid, I thought I’d like to grow up to be a writer. Adults would give me that familiar “Oh, she’ll grow out of that…” look each and every time I said it out loud.
For Patrick Harte, one of the main characters in One Giant Leap, the answer was, “I want to be an astronaut.”
He got those same sorts of looks from the adults around him — and plenty of skepticism from his own parents.
Curtis Larkin’s answer, too, was astronaut. Like Patrick, no one in his life thought he could do it.
Some of us change our minds about our dreams as we grow older. Whether it’s finances, health, ability, opportunity, or the people around us, many things can come into play to defer our dreams.
Against all odds, Curt made it — becoming the most celebrated (and controversial) astronaut of the decade. But Patrick’s dream was crushed by a secret…
Though he ends up working at NASA, at the start of One Giant Leap, Patrick has never been honest with the people around him about why he never applied to become an astronaut. The stakes of his secret are higher than ever when he gets an unexpected promotion to chief communicator in mission control.
When Patrick starts working directly with his childhood hero — none other than lifetime astronaut Curtis “Launchpad” Larkin — he realizes it is as close as he’ll ever get to his dream. But is talking to the man from mission control as Curt orbits the earth as close as he’ll ever get to Curt?
Excerpt from One Giant Leap
“I just want to know what you see from down there,” Curt says.
“And what if I asked you what you see from up there?” Patrick asks. “You can just take all that and put it into words with no prep?”
“Ask me and find out,” the man says. He winks then and pushes off lightly to get closer to the window.
Patrick just sits and watches him for a minute.
Did that wink honestly just happen?
Is he seriously supposed to ask?
Patrick was supposed to be off shift hours ago. Today, he’s managed to keep down half a sandwich and a bag of corn chips. The joints in his neck and back feel like they’ve got sand inside them. There’s a knot the size of a golf ball on one side of his back. His contact lenses are so dry they’re clouding up. Every bit of his physical presence is screaming at him to finish up his logs and go home.
And... Patrick very much wants to know what Curt Larkin sees from up there.
“Fine,” Patrick says. “What do you see?”
“Try to imagine living inside of a claustrophobic grocery store on acid, Patrick,” Curt says. “Every inch of every surface has something on it and not a thing about it is organic — that’s what it’s like in here. This is all stuff that’s been fabricated. It’s got the stink of human design all over it without ever having an actual designer get involved.”
Patrick tries to imagine it. He’s seen pictures before, watched videos of course — but he’d never put much thought into what it might be like to live there for weeks on end.
“It’s visual chaos. There is no balance. There is no wasted space. You with me, Patrick?”
“Yes, I’m listening.”
“And it’s not your fault that it fills you up. We evolved to do this — to make use of everything we see and to process it all — so even when you don’t realize you’re doing it, you’re taking it in. You’re making calculations, checking things, reading. Even when I go to sleep I see valves and monitors and wires and LED lights — I dream about them — my brain can’t turn it off. There’s a point I reach where the visual input is so sustained that it starts bleeding into my other senses and I can taste how cluttered it is and I can’t find room inside of me for my own thoughts anymore.”
Claustrophobia, Patrick thinks. Or maybe not. He wouldn’t insult the man by saying it out loud, either way.
“The worst thing about it is that I’m not a part of anything anymore when I’m in here. I’m in a box surrounded by buttons and monitors that could be a mile underground instead of out where we are — and I wouldn’t know it except for the change in gravity... But when I get the chance to go to that bay window — it’s instant relief.”
Patrick can almost hear the relief in his voice, too. Clear, cool.
“The clutter is at my back — it doesn’t exist — because I’m facing the whole of earth and the stars and I see that vastness and there’s a plug somewhere in my head that gets pulled. The static clears so abruptly that the silence is loud.”
Patrick can imagine it — and in doing so, he begins to feel his mental disarray righting itself as well.
“The blue and green horizon is so definite in an endless plane of vision, of black. I feel the least alone when I look at that. It takes me from being the buzzing center of my own pitiful little universe to knowing, internalizing without a doubt, that I am not important and I have never been important and I will never be important.”
The concept shouldn’t feel comforting, Patrick thinks. But it is. At least in this moment as he watches this man, this stranger he knows everything about — down to his heartbeat — motionless and suspended.
“There’s relief in that. I am no longer my accomplishments or my failures. I am no more important than any one molecule that makes me up — and my identity, my memories, my experiences, my shortfalls are a story that I invent on the fly every moment of my life — and they’re meaningful, but only in the context that I am a piece of… all that out there. There’s no home or not home, there’s no me or not me. There is every thing and I’m allowed to be a part of it.”
Curt turns and looks at the cam.
“I don’t think I’m ever thankful for existing unless I’m looking out up here. Or thinking about it.”
Patrick doesn’t have to imagine it, then, looking at the secondhand image through the cam — the gentle curve of Earth’s horizon.
“Have I put you to sleep yet, Harte?” Curt asks, shaking him from his reverie.
One Giant Leap
Published ~ 23rd June 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Houston we have so many Problems…
Curtis "Launchpad" Larkin's career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs.
Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there's no curveball that life has left to throw him.
But when the role of spacecraft communicator is passed to a young engineer back in Houston who he's never met, Curt's mission takes on a new trajectory.
"CAPCOM to commander. Do you read?"
Patrick Harte's life is turned upside down when he's called to fill in at mission control, working directly under his hero, Curtis Larkin.
Falling for Curt is just a small step for Patrick -- but it's one giant leap to think that the astronaut could ever return his feelings.
"The more I talk to you, the more I know that we understand each other."
After Curt connects with Patrick from worlds away, he can't imagine life on earth without the other man... Despite the fact that he's never laid eyes on Patrick. And their problems won't stop once he's cleared for landing.
The bad-boy astronaut is no stranger to controversy -- but will the genuine and soft-spoken man of his dreams be able to keep up with the trouble Curt seems to stir everywhere he goes?
One Giant Leap is a slow burn m/m contemporary romance novel with a May-December theme, lots of humor, medium angst, medium heat, and a happily-ever-after ending -- plus a sexy bonus chapter.
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Meet Kay Simone
Kay Simone is 31 and lives in Florida where she blogs, podcasts, and writes full time. In her past lives, Kay was editor in chief of a newspaper, managing editor of a lit mag, a librarian, a website voodoo expert, and a cupcake baker.
In 2014/15, she accidentally wrote a romance novel in her spare time (along with more short erotica than she’d care to acknowledge), which gained her a small but lovely readership.
After months of insomnia, countless bottles of whiskey, and much encouragement from readers, Simone made the plunge into the world of publishing short, erotic ebooks in December 2015 under the pan name “Kay Decker.” For more about these stories, visit www.kaydecker.com.
In April, she launched a separate pen name, Kay Simone, for long-format fiction.
Kay is generously gifting five e-copies of One Giant Leap so for a chance to win enter the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!