Author Name: Pat Henshaw
Book Name: When Adam Fell
Release Date: February 24, 2016
When his lover Jason’s drug addiction spiraled out of control, TV celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon walked away from him. Adam also abandoned his renowned restaurant in San Francisco to start a small bistro in the Sierra Foothills.
Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep—a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he’s overcome his addictions. What’s more, he begs Adam to take him back and says he’s ready for their happily ever after.
Adam has enough on his plate with problems plaguing the opening of his restaurant. And now he’s having a hard time deciding which to follow—his head or his heart.
Pages or Words: 29,800 words
Categories: Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
I watched Jason rise from the stoop.
He looked good. His golden hair sparkled in the day’s first light. A happy smile tinged with nervousness spread across his lips. He was wearing a silver-gray Bogner jacket, some sort of expensive pants, and sturdy boots. Hanging from his shirt collar, his sunglasses looked like those high-priced titanium ones. All in all, the guy standing in front of me could easily have fit into the young, hip app crowd now flooding the valley. Too much money and no idea where to spend it. He looked like a guy who’d eat at the Bistro and then fucking strut up to me after dinner, put a wad of Franklins in my pocket, and whisper, “Quit this job and come cook for me.”
Nothing tempted me, especially not the hundred-dollar bills I’d thought were Monopoly money the first time I’d seen them. Nothing had moved me like this, seeing Jason rise straight up in front of me like a fucking miracle.
Standing there in my scuffed clogs, beat-up jeans, and ratty Stanford Cardinal T-shirt, I felt underdressed for this particular dream. Shouldn’t I at least be wearing my chef’s regalia, toque and all? Shouldn’t I have a Henckel in one hand and a Wüsthof in the other? Or maybe clutching a shield made of my cooking classics, which I’d written with an angry, tormented mind but a clear eye to royalties?
“Cat got your tongue?” the vision asked.
“Fucking A, man. Is it really you, Jason?”
“Sorta. Who else would come knocking at your door looking like me?” He flung his arms out like he wanted me to hug him or some shit.
I backed away and kept my hands to myself, though my dick perked up immediately. Did Jason have a twin or a younger brother, somebody who resembled him? I didn’t think so. All I’d thought for five years was nobody—and I mean nobody—could ever have come back from where my Jason had buried himself. At least I never thought so.
There’ve been moments in my life when I was sure I was losing my mind. When I knew whatever tenuous grasp on reality I thought I had was really smoke up my ass. This moment smacked of those. As the legendary John Fogerty sang and the great Yogi Berra is supposed to have said, it was like déjà vu all over again. Only not.
“What the hell are you doing here?” I asked. Suspicion tasted bitter on my tongue.
Slowly his arms came down, and he gave me a pained but understanding look.
“Yeah, well, it was too much to hope we’d just kiss and make up.” His husky croak had once made me roll over and do anything he asked, but not now. “Can I come in? It’s a little chilly out here.”
I wasn’t cold, but then I’m tall and stout, a real cliché chef image. Fuck, I guess somebody’s got to be the cliché, right? It’s how clichés are born.
I shrugged at his question, swiped at the sweat rolling from my forehead, and moved aside. “Kitchen’s downstairs.” I gestured to the steps.
He walked past me, letting his hand trail over my groin. Once I would have nearly come at the gesture. Now I ignored my dick because my mind was numb and had been for years. He might think he could reawaken my love and lust, but I was pretty fucking sure that ship had sailed and gotten lost at sea.
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Hi, Pat, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
I’m a product of a Midwestern U. S. upbringing and a world-lust adulthood. With my husband and children, I’ve lived on both coasts and have absorbed the differences and similarities of thoughts in each. I’ve also traveled quite a bit, visiting places like Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt as well as England and continental Europe. All of these experiences and the people I’ve met filter into my stories and spill into how I see people.
In “When Adam Fell,” celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon, whom readers met in the first Foothills Pride story, “What’s in a Name?,” is surprised when the former love of his life returns after drug rehab and wants to resume their relationship. Can Adam believe that his lover, whom Adam left in San Francisco, has kicked his habit? While his head is unsure, Adam’s body and heart are ready to jump in and give the man a second chance.
Q: Favorite thing about building your own world?
A: I’m having a wonderful time building the town of Stone Acres, California. It’s comprised of what I like best of a number of old Western towns, from the history-rich saloon to the new businesses, some of which are tacky tourist shops. I enjoy envisioning each building and deciding who the proprietor would be and what he/she thinks of the town in general and Old Town in particular. (I’ve attached the rough draft of a map of Old Town Stone Acres, so that readers can locate their favorite establishments.)
Q: What inspired you to write your first book?
A: What’s in a Name? came about because I saw a call for submissions from Dreamspinner Press for an anthology of stories that retold popular fairytales. I had an idea for a Rumpelstiltskin take-off and wrote it. The Foothills Pride series was born with that story which never did become a part of an anthology.
Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
I hope not, but I think I probably do. My stories seem to be a little lighter, not as angst-filled as some on the market. I like to inject some humor too. So even though I’m dealing with serious subjects, I don’t want the reader depressed, but uplifted by the end of the story.
Q: Who are some of the authors that influenced you to write?
A: When I started to write gay romance, I was reading authors like Andrew Gray, Rick R. Reed, Jamie Fessenden, Amy Lane, and J. P. Barnaby, who for the most part write angsty and much darker romances. While I really enjoy their books, I thought my lighter touch and use of humor would be an addition to the genre. So in effect, they influenced me to write books that were different than theirs.
Q: What are some jobs you’ve held? Have any of them impacted your writing? How?
A: Two of my previous jobs impacted quite a bit on my writing of gay romances. The first was my time as a book reviewer. What this job did was help me establish what I liked in a fiction book and what irked me. Because of this, I had a pretty good idea about my goals in writing when I started out. The second was my job as an English composition instructor at a junior college/community college. So many of my students told me in their autobiographical essays about being kicked out of their families when they came out, and they followed this up by wondering if they were essentially unlovable because they were gay. I want my stories to assure them that they are loveable and worthy of both loving and being loved.
Meet the author:
Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska where she promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.
Now retired, Pat has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.
Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.
Where to find the author:
Series website: http://foothillspride.blogspot.com/
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6998437.Pat_Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
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