Yay for Mate Monday. Today, we have the amazing and sweet Ki Brightly. If you haven’t read any of her books, check them out! They are amazing!
Without further ado, the lovely Ki!
I would like to thank Meg for having me on her blog today. Very generous of her, and it gives me a chance to gush about my newest love, Secret Seth. Every writer falls into book-lust with their most recent release, and I’m afraid I’m no different.
Secret Seth has been an extraordinary ride for me on multiple levels—as a writer and as an overall person. Writing this book even made me take a harder look at my own sexuality and how it influences my interactions with the world. Sexuality and sexual orientation is such a personal piece of the puzzle of a human being, but ultimately I think it can have very real consequences on our wider world actions. Orientation can seem like no big deal, but for anyone who doesn’t fall on the part of the bell curve of humanity that most people consider “normal” it can have more of an impact in the simple fact of having to take the time and determine what it is about oneself that is different from all the other people who have the privilege of trundling along without needing to. It’s difficult to even know where to begin discussing the book.
I’m a huge fan of slow burn romances but rarely manage to write one, so I knew from the beginning Tyler and Seth were going to have this amazing journey before they fell in love. The trick was getting them there. For a while, they didn’t cooperate. Seth was too shy and Tyler was a smidge too self-involved. But then Tyler noticed how sweet Seth was, and Seth realized how fragile Tyler was under that fabulous outer veneer he strutted around in. They danced around one another for a while, but eventually…they realized they wanted their happily ever after…together.
Secret Seth is my first Indie Published novel, and to get it to the same high quality of finished product as I had with my publishers it took a lot of work. I had to hire a lovely editor, whom I was lucky enough to know. I had to be twice as involved in the editing process as I did when I had a publisher. I found myself sitting, listening to the mechanical voice of Word Audio reading about flirty glances and shy smiles. It was a hoot. Meg was the designer of my cover and held my hand during the process of uploading everything to Amazon. (She did not ask me to say this either, but if you need a designer, get her to do it. She’s wonderful.) The inside of my book was beautified by the lovely Lee Ching from Under Cover Designs. I was so impressed I teared up flipping through the book the first time. You certainly don’t need to shed any tears, but it was wonderful to see everything come together, polished and ready for the world. Being able to hit that publish button on everything made it soooooo worth it.
Secret Seth is one of my more emotional books, I think, because it percolated in my brain for so long. Tyler and Seth were with me for about a year before I got them out into the world. It was a year of writing down dialogue and spurts of action in about 500 words a day while I struggled to make my family and work life align to allow me to have writing time. Tyler and Seth’s story eventually began to symbolize my entire creative life in my mind, and every day I gritted my teeth trying to find the time to bring their story into the world and keep my own creative light from dying.
I may be naturally melodramatic. Don’t mind me over here.
Eventually my day job became a thing of the past and I was able to cobble together the free time to set everything loose into the world in the form of a brilliant print and digital copy of Secret Seth.
Right now, I’m excited to be involved in my first production of an audio book. My narrator for Secret Seth is hilarious, a Canadian, and to my never ending delight, a Star Trek megafan. I didn’t realize I would make so many new friends while producing my own book, but it has been a delight from beginning to end. And, of course, I never would have gotten here without Brooke Edward’s endless, undying, unsurmountable encouragement. Secret Seth has had an international work team (I’m American, in case anyone was wondering.), and the Aussie contingency more than pulled their weight. So, if you loved reading Secret Seth and you’re an audio fan, I’m absolutely certain you are going to adore the voice antics (…antics? I mean acting.) of Simon Squire. At the end of the day, the only thing better than reading a happily ever after is getting to listen to it with your feet propped up while sipping a good drink with your eyes closed.
The audio should be polished and for sale by the end of April, and then …well, I can’t relax, actually, but I’ll be excited to see everything come together.
Happy reading and listening everyone!
Title: Secret Seth
Blurb: Tyler Faulkner lived for his work, constructing Hollywood sets. His designs were perfect, and he expected equal perfection from his crew and himself. But, talented as he was, he felt trapped. A creative clash with a producer left him out of more than just a job, and Tyler decided that maybe a new beginning was exactly what he needed.
Seth Goodwin was reliable. So rock-steady that his father made him a partner in the family construction business over his older brothers. Seth’s job was simple—he took a highly skilled crew out on the road to build ridiculously expensive projects for rich clients. Their success prompted Seth and his dad to hire a new designer.
Seth wasn’t so steady around Tyler. Tyler didn’t simply draw art; he forced it into reality, elbowing his way into Seth’s work crew and life, whether he wanted him there or not. But Seth had a secret he’s been keeping for a long while, and Tyler, flamboyant and verbose, wasn’t someone who fit in a closet, unless he was looking for the perfect shoes to go with his outfit. Would Seth and Tyler be able to make it work? Or would everyone’s secrets catch up with them?
Buy links: Amazon
Ki grew up in small town nowhere pretending that meteor showers were aliens invading, turning wildflowers into magic potions, and reading more than was probably healthy. Ki had one amazing best friend, one endlessly out of grasp “true love”, and a personal vendetta against normalcy.
Now, as an adult, living in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ki enjoys the sandy beaches, frigid winters, and a wonderful fancy water addiction. Seriously, fancy waters…who knew there were so many different kinds? It’s just water…and yet…
Ki shares this life with a Muse, a Sugar Plum, and two wonderful children.