Friday, September 16, 2016

Blog Tour: Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne with Guest Post and Giveaway


We are delighted to have Aidan Wayne with us today to celebrate the release of Counterbalance. He talks to us today about how his writing is like gardening. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Being a Gardener

George R. R. Martin is quoted to have said, “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.”

I too, am much more a gardener than an architect. While I usually have some idea of how a story is going to go, in terms of major plot points that are going to happen, that is not always the case. Sometimes I just start writing based on a very loose idea. Counterbalance was like that, for me. I wanted a story where a conventionally unattractive character was relentlessly pursued, and I did not have any other starting idea past that.

Actually, I want to share something. Very early in the story, John is upset about the fact that the upcoming show is supposed to have waterwork elements in it. I thought nothing of including that tidbit; I had just recently watched a show that did include waterworks, and I thought it would be a funny if I made them something John and the other riggers did not care for. It was only much later that I realized I kept going back to these elements, and they ended up a much bigger part of the story.

This sort of thing happens a lot, with me. An idea I like just for the novelty or spectacle ends up coming back later, stronger than ever, and demanding a fuller part in the story. It’s always exciting when something like this happens, because it helps the story, like any garden, grow into something better.Of course, it helps to be aware of the elements in your story. Is there a little detail you placed early on? Could that detail be foreshadowing? Or a character trait or quirk? Part of something bigger?

I often don’t write things planning on a bigger meaning. Instead I find it funny, or I think that it sounds nice, or I like the idea and I just want to include it. But that’s the beauty of gardening; what you plant grows if you nurture it. The more you pay attention to your garden of words, the bigger and brighter your story-plant grows.


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Aidan Wayne


Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 12th September 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance



John loves his job as head rigger for Cirque Brilliance. The heavy scarring over half his face makes it a little hard to meet new people, but John's got a good crew and a nice found family, and he’s content with his lot in life.

When Cirque hires talent for a new show, John meets Bao, a bright, ever-cheerful acrobat. Bao seems drawn to John and becomes a constant presence at his side—talking to him during downtime, spending time with him at lunch, and generally seeking out his company.

John doesn't know what to make of this. Sure, he likes Bao—maybe a little too much, honestly—but he’s had enough experience to know that Bao couldn’t possibly like him back. Or so he thinks, anyway. Fortunately, Bao seems determined to prove him wrong.

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Meet Aidan Wayne 

Aidan Wayne is a big believer in character-driven stories with happy endings. This is not to say that stories can’t contain a little (or a lot) of grief, just that at the end of it all expect there to be bandages and hugs. They particularly like to write about minority characters because damn it, they deserve happy endings too.

When not writing, Aidan enjoys practicing aerial, martial arts, and ASL, and watching reality cooking shows. They are probably in the middle of twelve projects as you read this.


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To celebrate the release of Counterbalance, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 17, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Thank you so much for the blog tour. I enjoyed this book so I hope others will enjoy it as well. Congratulations of the book release!


  2. I'm enjoying the blog tour and it's so interesting reading about how the book was written and I really liked the quote too.


  3. I like the architect vs. gardner analogy. I think I would be a combo of the two...someone who architects a garden maybe. ;-)

    Thanks for a fun tour!


  4. I think that's a great analogy, author as gardener. Congrats on the new release and thanks for the giveaway!

  5. A Cirque performer is certainly a new one for me. Look forward to checking it out!
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  6. Congratulations Aidan :)
    Just purchased the book but would still appreciate the voucher so I can expand my horizons. Fingers crossed!

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  7. Congratulations on this new release! I can't wait to read it.
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  8. Interesting setting for a story.

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  9. The blurb and Amazon reviews had me immediately adding this to my wish list...sounds like a really great story!

  10. congrats on the new release


  11. This sounds so good I'm putting it on my TBR. I really want to see John get his happy ending. :-)

  12. The whole gardener/architect comparison is new to me, but makes sense!


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  14. Interesting post and quote about what type of authors there are. It really makes since and works.
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  15. I haven't seen that analogy before, but it very much makes sense. Thanks for sharing.

  16. This book is on my TBR pile
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  17. Congrats on the release.

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