Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Blog Tour: Blended Notes (Spotlight #3) by Lilah Suzanne. Includes Excerpt, Author Interview & Giveaway.


Today Sinfully welcomes Lilah Suzanne author of Blended Notes, book three in the Spotlight trilogy.

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Interview with Lilah Suzanne

Hi Lilah, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

  1. Was there a basis for your story? A previous experience or something else? The heart of Grady’s journey in this book is his struggle with whether he can fully be himself and have the life and career of his dreams, and I can relate to that. Career-wise: do I write what’s in my heart or what will be successful? Are there always career compromises? I’m also bisexual, and grew up in a conservative area, so I’ve struggled with feeling like I need to hide that part of myself to be happy, which of course only made me less happy, as it does to Grady.

  1. What skills do you think a writer needs? Perseverance. It’s tough out there, things will always be disappointing, other writers will always succeed in ways you aren’t, and talent will only take you so far. It’s the ability to keep going no matter what that’s the key. And it is not easy!

  1. What for you is the perfect book hero? I think a good romance hero is flawed, but moral. They struggle with doing the right thing at times, but also have immense strength of character. I think having them be something unexpected is important, too. Grady for example is, on the surface, a playboy, sex-symbol type of guy, but once we get to know him through the series it’s clear that he’s actually sensitive and sweet and very loyal. He has many flaws and insecurities, but he owns them and uses these flaws to be a better person.

  1. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Editing is tough for me; I’m impatient, and not great with fiddly details. Luckily, I have a pretty great (and patient) editorial team helping me out.

  1. Tell us about your favorite childhood book. I have a lot, because I was the sort of kid who had like four books going at once, I read everything I could get my hands on. A Wrinkle in Time is probably the one that sticks out the most, I’ve re-read it countless times. (I just saw the trailer for the movie and I am so exited.)

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Blended Notes

(Spotlight #3)

Lilah Suzanne

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Published ~ 17th August 2017

Genre ~  Contemporary Gay Romance


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Grady Dawson’s future looks bright. He’s at the top of his country music career, has a close-knit group of friends who have become his Nashville family, and has found solid ground in his personal life as he plans his intimate, private wedding with Nico, his stylist turned lover turned love of his life. It seems Grady has finally left his difficult childhood and tumultuous youth behind. That is, until his past shows up on his doorstep, news of his upcoming nuptials is leaked to the media, and his record company starts issuing demands that challenge his integrity as an artist and as a person. The foundation Grady built his new life on begins to crumble and fast. Can he have his future if he’s haunted by his past? Can he continue making music if it means comprising his convictions? Must he make the ultimate choice between a private life with Nico and the public demands of his career?

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Grady’s earliest memory of his mother is watching her leave. It wasn’t the first time she dropped him off at Memaw and Granddaddy’s house, and the remembered moment itself is unremarkable: He’s standing by the road; a cloud of dirt from the driveway into the trailer park lingers hazily in the air; he can see the taillights of her car lit red at the stop sign. The right one blinks a signal, the car turns, and she’s gone. Memaw came to collect him soon after, and he doesn’t recall what he did next—whatever rambunctious five-year-old boys like to do. Maybe he got on his bike and tore around the neighborhood, training wheels be damned. Or maybe he found a squirrel to harass with a makeshift slingshot of forked stick and rubber band. Maybe Memaw plunked him down in front of their old jumpy television.

Sit down for five seconds, Grady. Land’s sake! she’d say, with a look rather similar to the one Nico has when Grady comes around to the aisle where Nico is browsing for home decor. Grady had wandered off when he spotted an old gramophone on display.

“There you are.”

“Here I am,” Grady confirms, dropping a kiss onto Nico’s cheek. Nico leans into him with an easy, comfortable affection that grounds Grady, makes him feel wanted and safe. Grady takes a clear glass bottle from the shelf filled with clear glass bottles of all shapes and sizes and colors and asks, “Do we need apothecary jars?” The label on the jar reads: Green Pain Pills.

Nico takes the jar and turns, holding it up so it catches the sunlight streaming through the plate glass windows in the front of the boutique. “I mean, we don’t not need apothecary jars.” He tips his head and narrows his eyes, assessing the jar before putting it back on the shelf. Nico is determined to fill their new home with things that represent them; it’s sweet, but, for Grady, unnecessary. Nico expresses himself visually: his clothes, his hair, the elegant yet assertive way he holds himself. Of course he’d want knickknacks and furniture and art that speak to the life they’re building together. For Grady, it’s less tangible, not a particular thing he could put on a shelf. It’s two toothbrushes in the holder, the sound of a familiar car pulling into the garage, the lingering scent of Nico’s cologne in their bed, the way Nico brushes a peck to Grady’s lips before he leaves: never a goodbye, always a see you later.

“Did you find something you wanted?” Nico moves on to a display of antique paperweights. One looks like a crystal ball.

“Oh, yeah.” Grady lifts his eyebrows and quirks his lips. Nico shakes his head at that, picks up the crystal ball paperweight, and passes it slowly from hand to hand. “I knew you were going to say that and yet—”

“And yet you still asked,” Grady finishes, teasing, “Why, I think you may even like it.”

Nico hums. He puts the paperweight back. “I suppose I must, considering that I am marry—” He snaps his mouth shut, then glances around to be sure no one overheard him. They’re alone in the store, but still Nico mouths the end of that sentence: “Marrying you.

And, lord, but does that thrill Grady to his bones, silent or spoken or acted out with charades. He’s marrying Nico, they’re getting married, he and Nico are marrying each other. Grady can tell his own smile is goofy, and Nico has one to match. In the quiet corner of this very unusual store, they can be openly giddy—for a moment.


Meet Lilah Suzanne

Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer from North Carolina, she spends most of her time behind a computer screen, but on the rare occasion she ventures outside she enjoys museums, libraries, live concerts, and quiet walks in the woods. Lilah is the author of the Interlude Press books Spice, Pivot and Slip, Broken Records and Burning Tracks.




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