Saturday, August 6, 2016

Promo Tour ~ North Star Trilogy by Posy Roberts ~ (Author Interview + Giveaway)

Promo Tour ~ North Star Trilogy by Posy Roberts ~ (Author Interview) 

North Star Trilogy

In high school, Hugo and Kevin discover they are perfect for each other. Sadly they fell in love years too early to make a solid commitment and college and other relationships got in the way. Fifteen years later they meet again and all those old feelings are rekindled. Second chances at such perfect love don't happen by accident. Hugo and Kevin immediately know they're meant to be. Now they have to figure out a way to combine their divergent lives without rocking their well-established boats. If that's even possible. Perhaps their love is worth upending the world as they know it.


In their small-town high school, Hugo and Kevin became closeted lovers who kept their secret even from parents. Hugo didn’t want to disappoint his terminally ill father, and Kevin’s controlling father would never tolerate a bisexual son. When college took them in different directions, they promised to reunite, but that didn’t happen for seventeen years.

By the time they meet again, Hugo has become an out-and-proud actor and director who occasionally performs in drag—a secret that has cost him in past relationships. Kevin, still closeted, has followed his father’s path and now, in the shadow of divorce, is striving to be a better father to his own children.

When Hugo and Kevin meet by chance at a party, the spark of attraction reignites, as does their genuine friendship. Rekindling a romance may mean Hugo must compromise the openness he values, but Kevin will need a patient partner as he adapts to living outside the closet. With such different lifestyles, the odds seem stacked against them, and Hugo fears that if his secret comes to light, it may drive Kevin away completely.


How do you tell your friends and family you've fallen in love with a man when they've only ever known you as straight? How do you explain to your kids that you loved their mother very much, but your new partner is your best friend from high school?

Kevin Magnus must figure it out while trying to build a relationship with Hugo Thorson, whose bigger than life, out-and-proud drag queen persona is simply too big to be contained in a closet—even for the time it takes Kevin to come up with an explanation for his kids and Erin, his soon-to-be ex-wife.

But Erin faces an even bigger obstacle—one that shakes the entire family to the core. When she unexpectedly turns to Hugo, they form a connection that forces Hugo to grow up and offers Kevin the chance to become the kind of father he wants to be. Despite the coming complications, they'll all benefit from a fortunate side effect: it becomes clear that Hugo is very much a part of this unconventional family.


Hugo Thorson and Kevin Magnus are learning to live again after the death of Kevin's wife, Erin. They're doing everything they can to make a stable home for Kevin’s kids, but that stability is threatened when Kevin is served legal documents: Erin's parents want custody of Brooke and Finn.

Meanwhile, Hugo is offered several acting jobs; to encourage him to take them, Kevin hires a nanny who is very hands-on with the kids. But Hugo feels distanced from his new family, so he makes the decision to leave his eclectic neighborhood and moves in with Kevin. He quickly finds he has a hard time fitting in with the suburbanites, and Kevin's passive-aggressive "friends" make Hugo feel anything but welcome. Yet he keeps his concerns a secret and tries to take it all in stride.

When Brooke is bullied about having two dads, Hugo realizes his mere presence might be doing more harm than good. The stress will force him to make a choice: does he stay and fight for the family he loves, or does he walk away to let them live in peace?

We are delighted to have Posy Roberts, author of the North Star Trilogy here with us today at Bayou Book Junkie!

What appeals to you about the small town setting?

I’ve never lived in a huge city, so I think that’s part of it. The biggest was about 125,000 people and the lowest was about 2,500. I nearly died in the small town. Hated it! I felt so isolated, so if I write stories set in small towns, it’s often because of that sense of there being nowhere to escape. That’s why I had Hugo and Kevin meet in Austin, MN: isolation and feeling like they were the only ones who were different, but even that city had 25,000 people.

Another reason I write smaller towns: I had a friend who grew up in Austin, where parts of Spark is set, and when he heard I was writing about gay characters living there, he said, “There was no one gay in town when I lived there.” Right…. Just because they chose to be invisible didn’t take away their existence. And that invisibility changes people.

Hugo knew he’d never be able to live the life he wanted in Austin, so he moved to Minneapolis right after high school, and Kevin ended up in an even smaller town for college but then ended up in Edina, suburb of Minneapolis. Despite the name, the Minneapolis metro is closing in on 3 million people, so that’s far from small. ☺ Yet Minneapolis still has a very small-town vibe. It’s not unusual for me to run into people I know when I head up to Minneapolis for the day. Even Uptown, the neighborhood of Minneapolis where Hugo eventually moves, feels very small town.

I like the sense of community of small towns, how you can walk into your favorite restaurant and be heralded with a unique greeting and everyone knows your order. That happens in my current city. It happens in small towns. The difference, I believe, is that in a larger city like my own, I know I’m not the only LGBTQ person, but in small towns, a lot of people believe they are. I loved when I was able to bring Hugo and Kevin together so they no longer felt so isolated.

What qualities do you love most about Hugo and Kevin?

I love Hugo’s refusal to compromise himself. He learned at a very young age that secrets were something he could use to protect himself as well as the people around him, especially his sick father, but he never once tried to become someone else or hide the core of who he was. Through out North Star we get to see how Hugo is faced with situation after situation where he could so easily compromise himself to have the life he wants with Kevin, but he never does. In Fusion and Flare, he is the rock that inspires others to stand strong as well.

And that brings me to what I love so much about Kevin. Kevin would never ask Hugo to compromise who he is. He loves Hugo, and even though in high school he knows he can’t come out, he doesn’t ask Hugo to be someone different. He makes different choices and compromises himself before he’d ever ask Hugo to be someone else. That continues into their adult relationship as well.

If you had the opportunity to re-write one of your stories which one would it be, and what would you change?

Rewriting is hard because those stories are a reflection of where I was at that moment in time. I wish I could make Tangled Mind a little lighter. I wrote it at a very dark time in my life when everything around me was falling apart, at least in my teaching life and with my daughter’s education. There’s a lot of my own uncertainty that is reflected in Beck. I’d love to make the story longer, lighter, and give he and Timothy a little more time to love all over each other.

I know authors love all their characters, but do you have a special set? Who are they?

Hugo and Kevin are certainly up there. I wish characters spoke to me as clearly as those two did. I really loved the supportive nature of Gil and Keith in Silver Scars. They both had so many physical injuries, I’m not sure they would’ve found the love without pity they discovered in each other. My favorite guys, the men who have been with me for well over a year, are Jude and Hudson in my Naked Organics series, but it’s hard to pull them apart from their housemates Leo and Charlie, so if I can call all four them them together a set, I would pick them.

If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would y'all talk about? You’re probably going to laugh, but I’m going to say Martha Stewart. I’m guaranteed great food, a beautifully set table, and interesting stories. I’d want to talk about gardening, bee keeping, her time in prison, and her realistic view on how a homemaker is supposed to meet expectations set out in her “world” while still working full time, taking down time, and having a hobby all her/his own. I’m curious to see how her values changed after prison.

Meet Posy:

Real life. Genuine men. True love.

Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep. Her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting

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  1. I love the compassion and caring for Erin that was shown through the stories. It definitely added great layers to it.

    1. Erin was inspired by 2 special women in my life, my best friend (her heart and soul) and a college roommate (her looks), so I'm glad to hear this. Even when I'm hunting down a quote or a line in Fusion, if I run across Erin scenes, I get all emotional.

  2. Thank you for hosting me and helping me celebrate North Star. As always, it was a pleasure to work with you. Love the new look too.

    1. You're welcome, Posy. We love the new look too. Jaymie did an awesome job with the graphics!! ~ Tracy