Hello, everyone! I’m C.S. Poe, and you may know me as the author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books, such as Southernmost Murder, Joy, and the Snow & Winter series. I’m so happy to be here at DreamReaders with the final stop in my mini blog tour for the audiobook of my first full-length, contemporary romance novel, Color of You, narrated by the ever incredible and supremely talented, Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux.
Color of You is a small town romance. Our hero, Bowen Merlin, is a recent transplant to Lancaster, New Hampshire, from New York City. He’s the regional high school’s new band director. Bowen meets Alan Hansen, a promising fifteen-year-old clarinetist, and through Alan, Felix, his single father and the love interest for the story.
I’ve waxed poetic before, I really loved Alan. I so rarely write child characters, so a teenage son was much more appealing to me, both in the mental maturity for handling complex situations, but also the challenge he presented to me as an author. Teenage characters can go south pretty fast, but I think Alan came out quite authentic. Anyway, here are the final journal entries from Alan, which I’d say are still spoiler-free. They take place before the story and just after the start of it. If you’re new to Color of You, I hope you’ll be intrigued to pick up a copy!
Alan Hansen’s Online Journal:
Athene_of_Windsfell: December 5, 22:03
Not sure how that date went for Dad. He was back in three hours. Not that I’ve gone out on dates before, but shouldn’t they last longer? I’m in my room, with the light on, but all he did was knock and say he was home. I thought he’d like… come in and tell me about it.
I get not giving details to your 7 or 8 year old but I’m 15 now. A little head’s up would be nice.
Athene_of_Windsfell: December 6, 07:45
Another update from my phone before first period. So… Mr. Merlin? He’s fucking awesome. I don’t want to say what he’s doing for me yet, in case I jinx myself, but I’ll know by Friday if everything works out.
Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Athene_of_Windsfell: December 7, 20:01
I ate my bodyweight in tacos tonight. Sometimes I make decisions I regret, but this was not one of them.
Color of You:
Bowen Merlin—yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….
Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.
If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.
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C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and EPIC award finalist author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited-edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.
She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued two cats—Milo and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.
C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers organization.
Her debut novel, The Mystery of Nevermore, was published by DSP Publications, 2016.
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Trained in vocal and stage performance, Greg Tremblay brings a passion for storytelling to every aspect of his life and work.
Critically-recognized and listener-beloved, Greg’s work has been praised by Audiofile Magazine’s “Earphone” award, numerous blogs, and is the recipient of the GoodReads Reader’s Choice award for Best Narrator – 2016 in M/M Romance.
Greg also maintains a curated collection of uniquely and delightfully spicy boudoir treats branded under the “Greg Boudreaux” narration name.
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I’ve definitely eaten that many tacos before, Alan. It’s all good. No one can deny the taco pull.
Loved this book! Can’t wait to hear the audio.
So many great characters in this story. I really want Steve’s story.
Thank you for the journal entries! It’s been fun reading them. I love tacos and if i had the chance to not worry about gaining weight i would love to read my body weight in tacos, lol