Thursday, July 31, 2014

Giveaway and Guest Post: Platonic by Kate Paddington

Today we have Kate Paddington on the blog to talk about Platonic and its cover art. Thank you, Kate, for taking the time to share this new story with us today and providing a giveaway! 

Let me begin by saying thank you very much for the opportunity to talk about Platonic here today. I’m super excited now that it’s out there in the world and am always keen to talk about it.

As far as the book cover goes, let me begin by stating, for the record, that I am the least visually minded person I know of. I don’t picture things or even really look at things. People that have read my erotica before always doubt me when I say this because I tend to write sex with a ton of detail but then I get them to go back through a scene and see how much of the description is visual and how much is described by the other sensations. They’re always shocked.

The first time I drove over to a particular friend’s house, having been given a lift there in her car a dozen times before, I had to call her from the street because I couldn’t recognize her house. That’s how not a visual person I am. So when I was asked to think about cover designs for Platonic, I was completely lost. There was a conference call scheduled with the graphic artist in charge of the cover, the publishers, and myself while I was driving around Arizona and Colorado writing Platonic. I got stuck with very little reception staring out across the Grand Canyon and trying to get the call to work. It was a mess and it dropped out several times, I rambled while no one was connected and they discussed things not realizing I wasn’t listening.

What came out of that meeting were my vague idea of the color blue and our designer RJ’s brilliant idea of bed sheets. She knew they summed up the story perfectly and had already worked out that a fractured set of rumpled bed covers would work for me. I’m kind of happy the conference call was the disaster it was because it got me the cover I got and I couldn’t be happier. Those sheets work on so many levels: they immediately signify both the growth and the daily grind that this book deals with, while also alluding pretty clearly to the sex and the sleep-ins. The story deals with all sorts of sex: romantic sex that can be scorching or sensual, sex that is intense and rough or simply convenient and there to be had. There’s awkward coming back together sex and perfect sex when they’re apart (You’ll see what I mean!). Mark falls in love through sex and then discovers it can be about pleasure without love, and Daniel has a one-night stand that makes him start to question everything even though the one-night stand itself was fine. All of that is there on the cover in the rumpled sheets–and I love that.

RJ didn’t know it at the time, but there ended up being two conversations between Mark and Daniel about unmade sheets. They were ten years apart, both teasing and playful but so different. Both these men have a togetherness to their lives that is somewhat fa├žade but considered necessary and there’s a sort of vulnerability in seeing someone’s unmade bed. The first time, they are high school sweethearts, slowly falling apart because Daniel is in New York at college and Mark is still a high school student in Illinois. Daniel comes back for Thanksgiving and they shouldn’t end up in his childhood bedroom–they should talk instead–but then they kiss and they’re there, beside the unmade bed and Daniel’s stuttering out excuses because he’s always so neat. The second time, they’re ten years older and doing their very best to be just friends. Yet, once again, they end up beside a bed that’s rumpled from the night before. Love and sex, when it comes for these men, is ill-timed, I guess.

I could talk for days about this cover and all the ways I feel it resonates with the story and I am so thankful that so much thought and talent was put into it. I know I’m not meant to say this but absolutely judge my book by its cover!

Thank you again for the chance to chat today! 

Giveaway: Kate will be awarding a $25 Barnes & Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes & Noble GC and a print edition of Bleeding Heart (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn host. A free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter at each stop during the tour.

Highland Homecoming
Title: Platonic by Kate Paddington
Genre: M/M Erotic Romance
Published July 29th 2014 by Interlude Press

Mark Savoy and Daniel O’Shea were high school sweethearts who had planned their forevers together. But when Mark goes to college in California rather than following Daniel to New York, he embarks on a decade-long search for independence, sexual confidence and love.
When Mark lands a job in New York and crosses Daniel’s path, they slowly rebuild their fractured friendship through texts and emails. If they finally agree to see each other, will they be able to keep it platonic? Or will the spark of a long-lost love reignite just as Daniel accepts a job overseas?
Platonic is a story of trials, growth, and knowing how to learn lessons from the past to build a future.

Book Links:

Excerpt 1: 

“Would you have stayed with him if you could?” Patrick eventually asks.
Mark turns his head sideways from where he’s lying upside down on the bed. He still doesn’t entirely understand why Patrick wants to know, but he has a sneaking suspicion it’s because he cares. Sighing, Mark says, “Yes. Forever.” Patrick nods slowly, as though he’s wrestling with the concept, so Mark elaborates. “We were so happy, most of the time. I mean, before New York happened we only ever fought about the most unimportant, silly things and when we made up it was magical. We could go weeks and weeks without even really disagreeing. He loved me so much and I loved him and it always felt so easy.”
Patrick chuckles and Mark attempts to glare at him. Catching his wrist, Patrick makes him look him in the eye and asks, “But not now?”
“He moved on,” Mark tells him. “We talked about it, in emails mostly, and we were sad, but that was it. He moved on really quickly without us ever really breaking up—“
“I would have been confused.”
“And I don’t really know him anymore, we’re not even friends on Facebook. And besides all that, I came to Stanford and he went to New York.“

Now Patrick laughs outright and resists the urge to tease; he clearly appreciates that it is so much more complicated than that. “Except when I ask you why you’re wired the way you are, you take me on an epic three-part saga of Daniel. Oh my god, Mark,” he says, exasperated.

 “I’m sure he’s very happy,” Mark says, genuinely hoping it’s true.
Patrick stills again, sliding back toward serious. “Are you?”
For the first time in years, Mark realizes: “I think I will be.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kate Paddington wrote her first work of fan fiction at age 12. Today, at age 26, she has degrees in philosophy and chemistry, and is currently completing a PhD in biophysics. A native of Australia, she has published numerous academic papers as part of her research. Platonic is her first novel.


Giveaway: Kate will be awarding a $25 Barnes & Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes & Noble GC and a print edition of Bleeding Heart (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn host. A free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter at each stop during the tour.

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  2. Love the cover and the excerpt! Looking forward to reading this book!

    1. I am such a fan of my cover (if you couldn't tell)! I hope you enjoy the book!

  3. Thanks for hosting me and letting me ramble about my amazing book cover!

  4. Great excerpt - this looks terrific. Thanks for the giveaway

  5. Hi, I have had a chance to back track on this tour to find out the significance of the cover and the unmade bed and how they represent the growth and the daily grind of the various liaisons the two characters have based on the crumpled sheets.

    I look forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  7. I'm not a very visual person either, and I completely understand your post! Although occasionally an image catches me and I just find myself staring at it. Lovely cover for Platonic!