Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Blog Tour: Counting Down (Counting #2) by Kelly Jensen. Includes Guest Post and Giveaway


We are always thrilled to have Kelly Jensen here at Sinfully. Today she has popped in to celebrate the release of Counting Down, the second book in the Counting Series. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!


Marc’s Story

I knew ending Counting Fence Posts on a hopeful note would be difficult. That’s one of the challenges of writing short stories and novellas, especially when you’re trying to tell a love story. I’m a fan of slow burn romance and usually try to build time into all my stories; even a few days of playing the “getting to know each other” game can build a lot of anticipation into an unforgettable first kiss. With Counting Fence Posts I had hours.

While plotting out how to use those hours, I spent a lot of time building Henry’s character. Figuring out who he was, what he wanted and what would stand in the way of that. Marc filled a lot of those blanks for me. Henry wanted to be like Marc, wanted to be with Marc, and pretty much stood in his own way with respect to both. Marc’s sexuality also played a role in that it hadn’t ever officially been defined.

I didn’t put a lot of thought into Marc before starting to write because I figured I knew all I needed to know from Henry’s perspective. So Marc developed on the page—and he fast outgrew my original plan for him. He became an actual person with his own wants, needs and conflicts. Even before I typed the “The End,” I knew I’d be telling Marc’s story next.

The most obvious question for Marc was about his sexuality, but I didn’t want to write eighteen thousand words of “I think I’m gay because…” or “I didn’t realize I was gay until…” From Marc’s point of view, the more important question was, “Why Henry?” What was it about this one guy that flipped his switch?

So I framed Counting Down around Marc considering Henry as a person rather than a particular gender, with the belief that this approach would answer the question of his sexuality without me having to write an essay. I’d much rather spend time letting Henry and Marc get to know each other. Being cute and sexy together.

Marc’s focus in this story is mostly about spending time with the one person who really does it for him. When he’s with Henry, the sun shines brighter and the sky seems bluer. Anything is possible, and this is for a man who already challenges possibility. As for the date, it had to be another disaster. I could say that’s just how I roll, but the format had more to do with me wanting to reflect the first story. Mirror Henry’s experience for Marc so that both sides were equal.

By the end of Counting Down, Henry and Marc felt more established as a couple. Their conversation goes deeper this time around. They share more of their pasts and make plans for the future. They survive their first fight. And when Marc realizes that being gay is about more than being with Henry, what they’ve already built together helps him sort himself out.

Thanks for following my tour! At the end of every post, I’ll be asking a question. Leave a comment with your answer (and your email address). Every comment throughout the tour counts as an entry in my giveaway. One winner will receive $15 (US or equivalent) to spend at the Dreamspinner Press store.

Question: How many dates does it take to really get to know someone?


Counting Down

(Counting #2)

Kelly Jensen


Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 29th March 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance



It’s been a week since a Christmas Eve blizzard changed the course of Marcus Winnamore’s life. Plan A is now Plan B, and the first item on his new agenda is taking Henry Auttenberg on a date. They’ve been invited to a New Year’s Eve party, and Marc is counting down the hours until midnight… until he can kiss Henry in front of his colleagues and friends.

Things don’t quite work out to plan. Finding the elevator out of service, Marc and Henry check the stairs, only to choose the wrong door, and become locked in the basement. Close quarters once again make for close conversation, and as they explore every avenue of escape, they also explore the deepening attraction between them. For Marc, this isn’t an experiment. Will he still feel that way when he has to admit to someone other than Henry that he’s gay?

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Connect with the Author

If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.




Thanks for following my tour! At the end of every post, I’ll be asking a question. Leave a comment with your answer (and your email address). Every comment throughout the tour counts as an entry in my giveaway. One winner will receive $15 (US or equivalent) to spend at the Dreamspinner Press store.

Question: How many dates does it take to really get to know someone?

Follow the Tour!

3/29 Sinfully Gay Romance “Marc’s Book”

3/29 Tibby Armstrong “Excerpt: The Laundry”

3/30 The Novel Approach “There’s Something About Henry”

3/31 Joyfully Jay “Excerpt: The Hidden Something”

4/4 MM Good Book Reviews “The Basement Playlist”

4/3 Love Bytes “New Year’s Eve Traditions”

4/3 The Dreamspinner Press Blog “Dating Ideas for Henry and Marc”

4/5 Boy Meets Boy Reviews “What’s Next for Henry and Marc?”


  1. That's such a difficult question... Sometimes you feel you know somebody from the very first date, because you share a connection. And some other times, the other person remains a mystery even after eight years together (that happened to me). so I do not think you can go for an exact number, not even an approximate one!

  2. Personally I say it takes endless dates to get to know your dates really well. People dating could change one another and compromise, it'll never end. :)
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  3. I think it depends on the people and what you consider knowing someone. In one respect you can spend a lifetime getting to know someone since people change and have many facets. I'm another respect some people can develop strong connections and feel like they have known each other a long time with just a few conversations.


  4. Loving these answers! You guys are all so thoughtful. :)

  5. it depends. but i'd tend to say quite a FEW dates does the trick

  6. I think you can get a good idea about what kind of person someone is on the first date. But to really get to know them on a deeper level? I'd say a couple more, at least. I mean, it also depends on the dates themselves. If you're just meeting for coffee, then it's not going to be the same quality as spending a whole evening together just talking for hours on end. And some people open up faster/easier than others, so, it's all relative. Me? I'd say three or four dates would tell me whether or not it would work out.


    1. Totally agreed on the first date. If there's something there, you probably get an idea right then, but it takes more dates to make sure, eh?

  7. Too hard to pinpoint a number. I don't think we really ever know everything about another person; however we can certainly get a sense for if we think there is a chance. The first time I met my husband, I told my roommate that he was someone I could marry. We didn't actually get married for 4 years though. Others I knew right away on the first date that I didn't want to know them better. LOL.
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  8. Hmmm, considering I still love the idea of dates between spouses/partners even if they're married and have been together for years... I guess it will be no number :). You can still find out about the other person even if you have done so many dates.

  9. That's a difficult question sometimes it can take a couple of dates and you can get a feel for the person another time it can be really quick just after a date or two.

  10. People are always evolving and changing, so I think you can never really know everything there is to know about a person. But I can usually tell by the 3rd date if this is someone I want to continue to spend time with.

  11. Congrats on your new book release! This series sound so amazing! I think the first date tells you if you have chemistry, but probably 5-6 dates to really get to know someone! Thanks for the chance, snsvwtime at aol dot com

  12. that is hard to can learn alot about a person quickly or take it slow
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  14. IMO it's not dates that lead to people knowing each other, it's being with each other during regular times, when times are stressful, or living together. Until we know each other's quirks, bad habits, how they react under pressure, or how they'll be when things are their worst, we can't really know them. And even then there are things that we may or will probably never know about each other.

  15. Each person is different. Some are more knowable. I would guess probably at least three.

  16. Not sure but I think the more time you spend with someone the more you learn about them. People are constantly changing and picking up new habits and experience.
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  17. Congrats and thanks for the post. To REALLY get to know someone it takes many dates and more, in many situations. But it only took the first date for me to fall in love with my husband. I just knew. But I still didn't REALLY know him (it took more than that). But I still sensed his essence, and that he was my souldmate. - Purple Reader,
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  18. I would say quality over quantity - if you have a connection with someone, it probably takes a shorter time to get a base knowledge but as everyone changes as time goes on, maybe we never fully know anyone!!!

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  19. It takes years to really get to know the other. If you already do. At times I am still surprised by my husband of 33 years.
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  20. I love all these comments so much! I think we can all agree that a spark can be instant, but that it takes time to really get to know another person, and that dates sometimes aren't the best place to do that! Especially when your dates are disasters--or maybe that's when you get to know someone best. ;)

  21. I think it depends on the context of the occasions you spend with the person...a variety of different situations early on will yield more info sooner. As long as the person is honest, I don't mind a little mystery...

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  22. I don't think there's an specific number. As long as the people communicate, in the long run, they will get to know each other.

  23. Thanks for the all the comments! This giveaway is now closed. :)