Kirby Quinlan’s newest book titled ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND is OUT today.
Publisher: KQ Press
Cover Artist: Kirby Quinlan
Length: 50,000 words
Blurb: Let go of the past. Live in the moment. The future will take care of itself.
Tailor Sway is a professional organizer on the brink of divorce. When he is hired to appear on a reality TV show called “Hoarded Houses”, he has three days to help a collector of Christmas decorations clean up her property before it’s condemned by local authorities.
Everything is going according to Tailor’s carefully laid plans. That is, until Brayzen Mapleridge, a mega-famous pop singer known for his wild, daredevil antics, shows up.
Forced to pay for a recent stunt which has turned into a serious legal matter, Brayzen is given the opportunity to avoid jail time by doing some hard labor in front of the cameras. But, it’s not an easy thing to do while being chased by all who trail in the wake of a major celebrity. Is Brayzen sincere about helping, or is it all just part of a well-crafted publicity campaign?
Despite some initial clashes between Tailor’s uptight determination and Brayzen’s carefree attitude, the two develop an unlikely partnership that quickly blossoms into a sizzling attraction.
But, Tailor’s unresolved conflict with his husband, Grant, an emotionally scarred veteran of the Iraq War, still looms in the background amidst a whirlwind of TV cameras, relentless paparazzi, eager fans, and scathing headlines. Despite all these complications, will it be Brayzen’s own meddling mother who puts the brakes on their steamy love affair for good?
At times sexy, laugh-out-loud funny, and tragically heartbreaking; this erotic tale of love, loss and letting go promises to give you a front-row seat on Tailor and Brayzen’s crazy, romantic rollercoaster ride. Strap yourself in!
The noise gets ten times louder than the loudest thing I’ve ever heard. I feel the persistent thump of the music driving its vibrations deep within me, so resounding that it replaces the rhythm of my own heartbeat.
The man everyone is clamoring to see finally steps out to the edge of the copter’s open passenger compartment. He waves to the crowd and the sustained response is so high-pitched and so penetrating, I’m afraid every window on the street will shatter.
He makes his magical descent from the aircraft in silhouette. The outline of his body is illuminated with a sparkling halo from the morning sun, giving him an ethereal, extraterrestrial quality.
Harnessed to a cable rig, he lowers himself like the New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square to the wild thrill of his audience. Inch-by-inch, he drops toward the street below him, smooth as summer cherries.
He takes his time, teasing his throng of devotees until they reward him with even louder, rabid applause.
Clearly a skilled showman, he plays the scene to the hilt, milking the moment for all its worth. The hysterical response he provokes from his audience is palpable.
His clean, white basketball sneakers touch the ground like an angel stepping on a cloud. He plants both feet on the red carpet with the ease of a cool and confident pro. He stands proud with his chest puffed out and a self-satisfied smile, as if he just swooped in to save the day.
With the sun’s glare out of the way, my eyes are able to focus in on the details. My first impression is one of instant, breathtaking recognition.
I call out to Bridgette, but I don’t think she hears me. “Is that who I think it is?”
She doesn’t answer, but I’m pretty sure I’m right.
Brayzen Mapleridge — pop singing sensation, infamous for his antics on and off the stage — just rappelled into my work site.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kirby Quinlan was raised by a single mom who sold vacuum cleaners and abandoned by a father who was both a former U.S. Marine and Baptist preacher. After a challenging upbringing, he came out to family and friends at the age of sixteen.
With hopes of making movies, he learned the craft of screenwriting, honing his love of storytelling. He quit writing in 2002, however, frustrated he couldn’t promote the diversity-rich stories he was passionate about. But now, in the world of digital self-publishing, he has found an avenue to finally tell the stories he’s always wanted to tell; the types of stories he wishes had been mainstream when he was growing up.
His first published work was the short story “New World” in the Queer Science Fiction anthology “Discovery”. He has plans for several standalone novels, as well as serial works in his favorite genres, including sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, pulp detective and even western. They are hopeful, action-packed tales of strong, positive LGBTQ characters finding love, fighting oppression and overcoming extraordinary challenges in a real-to-life way.
Ironically, Kirby’s own true love came to him in the form he least expected, when he met his female roommate and best friend, Karla. Their marriage in 2013, proved to them both that love is love. It has no boundaries, knows no gender and can’t always be defined by labels. Karla is an author as well and they live a happy life together in Portland, OR.
Winner’s Prize: E-copy of ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND
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Contest Ends: 15th October, 2015