Virtual Book Tour: M/M ~ Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee ~ (Excerpt, Interview, Book Trailer + Giveaway)
Author Name: C.B. Lee
Book Name: Seven Tears at High Tide
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Lee
Cover Design by C.B. Messer
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Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.” Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish. As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.
Pages or Words: 234 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/
They wander into the house, wipe their wet feet on the welcome mat, climb up the stairs and giggle as they pass Ann’s bedroom. She’s dancing with her headphones on, oblivious to the open door, swaying to the beat.
In Kevin’s bedroom, he quickly scrounges up some clean shirts and shorts. “Here, you can wear this,” he says, handing an outfit to Morgan and then ducking into his bathroom to change. He peels off the wetsuit and hangs it up in his shower, then leans his surfboard carefully against the wall, eyeing the crack. He’ll have to fix it tomorrow.
When he returns, Morgan is holding onto the wet board shorts, wearing the outfit Kevin gave him. He looks curiously at the rock collection prominently displayed on Kevin’s bookshelf. “These are beautiful,” he says.
“Here, I’ll take that,” Kevin says, holding out his hand for the bedraggled board shorts to hang in his shower. He’s certain now that they’re the ones from the lifeguard’s lost and found. Kevin’s starting to worry that Morgan doesn’t have any other clothes, but he doesn’t know how to bring it up. Money can be a touchy subject.
Morgan holds Kevin’s favorite specimen, a piece of green olivine on basalt. Kevin once almost convinced Ann it was an avocado roll—it certainly looks like one, bright green speckled with sesame seeds, wrapped in dark seaweed.
“That’s from Mexico. My family went on vacation to Baja last year, and I got that out of an old volcano.” He tries his best to describe the sweltering heat and the excitement of finding geodes and cracking them open with a hammer. Morgan listens in rapt silence as Kevin talks about the find and tilts the olivine so it catches the light. He sets it back in its spot behind its label, slowly so as not to disturb the other specimens, and Kevin is quietly pleased with Morgan's careful appreciation.
“I changed my mind,” Kevin blurts out.
“I do want this to be a date. For us, to do that,” he says, blushing. “I like you. A lot.”
Morgan’s face breaks into a bright, happy smile.
“And what do we do differently, for this to be a date?”
Kevin can feel the heat on his cheeks. “We can hold hands, if you like. Um, or kiss, if you want to. But we don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. I’m fine just hanging out and watching a movie with you.”
Morgan tilts his head and steps closer. “I want to,” he says, not specifying what, but Kevin knows immediately.
It’s just the quickest brush of lips, but Kevin feels it all the way to his toes. A warm curl of excitement blooms throughout his body, and Morgan’s mouth is warm and wet against his. It’s not like any kiss he’s had, chaste and sweet and over in a second, and yet his heart is still pounding after Morgan leans back. He’s close enough for Kevin to be able to count the eyelashes dark against his cheek.
Morgan ducks his head and asks, “Was that okay?”
Kevin's a little dazed, but he finds his voice. “Yeah. Yeah, that was great.”
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing C.B. Lee, author of Seven Tears at High Tide.
Hi C.B., thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello, thank you for having me! I'm a bisexual writer from the California coast. I'm a first generation Asian American and am so excited to write more about characters whose backgrounds are like my own. My first novel is Seven Tears at High Tide, set in a seaside town in central California. The story follows Kevin, who makes a wish for a summer love and meets Morgan, a selkie, but while falling in love is easy, the summer's end brings with it a few difficult choices.
- What genre is your book and what drew you to this genre?
Seven Tears is a young adult novel— I love writing in this genre because I love the themes explored in these books, the sheer potential of every character in every story. There's just a vast amount of magic within the subgenres, and I think young adult readers have a voracious appetite for the fantastic, and are eager to accept so many different concepts
- How many days a week do you write?
Ideally, I try to write every day. Sometimes it doesn't always work out, but I try at least a sentence, whether it's on a personal project or a character study or working on parts of a new novel.
- On average, how long does it take to write a book?
I don't think there actually is an "average" for anyone because it varies so much. There's a novel I've been working on and off for five years or so, and there's another one that I might have started a decade ago but still work on from time to time. There are always ideas kicking around in my head so some of these projects I don't have a clear date for when they actually started. But I can say that Seven Tears took roughly about eight months to complete, because I remember very distinctly when I started working on it.
- Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?
I do! I was very lucky to work with Tifferini Productions (http://tifferini.com/) to create a lovely book trailer.
The trailer is located at:
- If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?
This is very difficult to choose! I have to pick between a character that has lots of adventures and lives in a fantastic setting, but then I'd worry that the fate of the world might rest on my shoulders or how I'd handle their plotline. It's very worrisome. I think I'd like to be a random side character that very much resembles myself in Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials universe, because I really enjoy the concept of daemons and would think that would be great.
Meet and connect with C. B. Lee:
C. B. Lee is a bisexual writer, rock climber and pinniped enthusiast based in California. Lee enjoys reading, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Seven Tears At High Tide is a first novel.
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