Friday, April 3, 2015

Andrew Grey's Eastern Cowboy ⊰Review, Interview & Giveaway⊱

Eastern Cowboy  

Author: Andrew Grey
Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Mar 16 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Brighton McKenzie inherited one of the last pieces of farmland in suburban Baltimore. It has been in his family since Maryland was a colony, though it has lain fallow for years. Selling it for development would be easy, but Brighton wants to honor his grandfather's wishes and work it again. Unfortunately, an accident left him relying on a cane, so he’ll need help. Tanner Houghton used to work on a ranch in Montana until a vengeful ex got him fired because of his sexuality. He comes to Maryland at the invitation of his cousin and is thrilled to have a chance to get back to the kind of work he loves.
Brighton is instantly drawn to the intensely handsome and huge Tanner—he’s everything Brighton likes in a man, though he holds back because Tanner is an employee, and because he can’t understand why a man as virile as Tanner would be interested in him. But that isn’t the worst of their problems. They have to face the machinations of Brighton's aunt, Tanner’s ex suddenly wanting him back, and the need to find a way to make the farm financially viable before they lose it.

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Mr. Granger opened the file. “The last will and testament of Edward McKenzie,” he said ceremoniously and then began to read.
“To start with I’d like to deal with my daughter Vera Westbridge. Vera, honey, I know you and that man you married are counting on the proceeds of the farm for your retirement. Well, I got to tell you, nobody gave me anything. I worked my entire life on that land, and no one is going to use it so they can sit on their butt in Florida or some other place and bake their brains out. It’s time you did for yourself, so I’m leaving you fifty thousand dollars. It’s not enough to retire on, but that’s life. You need to stand on your own two feet, so I’m giving you a shove.”
Aunt Vera gasped and looked at Uncle Raymond, her mouth hanging open like a startled fish. She didn’t move or breathe for a long time and then burst into tears.
Mr. Granger continued, “There’s no use crying. It isn’t going to do you no good because there’s no one around to hear it who cares. You always turned on the waterworks when you wanted something, and most everyone gave in. Well, now I’m dead, so I don’t care how much you cry.” It appeared to Brighton that Mr. Granger was getting a little kick out of this, but he was too good a lawyer to say anything or let it show on his face.
“After all I did for him. His own daughter, and he did this to me.” She sniffled, and Uncle Raymond did his best to soothe her. However, that didn’t last long as the realization of what was about to happen sank in. Her expression darkened, and she glowered at Brianne and Brighton.
“For my granddaughter, Brianne McKenzie. Dear, you never needed anything from anyone. You have a firm head on your shoulders, and I know you’ll go far. I leave you fifty thousand dollars to do with as you see fit. I hope you continue with your schooling and change the world.” Mr. Granger looked up from where he was reading and smiled at Brianne, who seemed very pleased and excited. That would go a long way to ensuring a good start for her.
Brighton breathed a slight sigh of relief.
“For my other grandchildren, I leave ten thousand dollars each. I’m not specifically naming them, but they include Vera and Raymond’s children. Granger will ensure they each get their share. Now to my grandson, Brighton McKenzie. Brighton, I leave you the rest of my estate, including the farm, its contents, and any other money, on the provision that you live there for at least two years, at which point everything is yours. You are free to sell the farm, but if you do so within the first two years, the proceeds will be split evenly among yourself, Brianne, and my daughter Vera.” The lawyer paused, and Brighton gasped as the weight of what was happening fell on him. Brighton was so shocked he barely had the ability to draw air. “After your parents were killed by the drunk driver, you stepped up and raised your sister almost on your own. You had help from your aunt and uncle as well as myself, but by and large you did what needed to be done, fighting all of us sometimes to make sure you could do what you thought was right. I know we had some really whooping matches, but I was never mad at you. You stood up to all of us, and that makes you a man. You also put your own life on hold and worked as hard as you could to see to it that Brianne got through school.”
Brighton looked to Brianne. He had never talked about what he’d done for her. That had been between them.
“Your grandfather knew a great deal about you,” Mr. Granger said. “He was very intelligent and observant, and he seemed to know what was going on within his family.”
“So he gets the farm? He can’t even walk very well. How is he supposed to take care of it?” Aunt Vera said.
Brighton opened his mouth to argue, but Mr. Granger cleared his throat and returned to the will. “Now I know that my daughter Vera will try to persuade you to simply sell the land so she can get her hands on the money, and you are free to do that if you wish, but it is my hope that you will live on the farm and let it become part of you. That land has been in our family since Colonial times, longer than this country has existed. Listen to your own heart and make up your own mind.” Mr. Granger stopped. “The rest of the will contains stipulations should any of the recipients not survive him and so on. They do not pertain to you at this time.”
His aunt practically jumped to her feet. “I want a copy of this will so I can have my attorney look at it. Daddy gave me a copy of his will three years ago, and it was nothing like this.”

Eastern Cowboy is a fantastic book. Brighton and Tanner's story is amazing. It is a beautiful love story showing strength, love, passion, and a never give up attitude, Andrew Grey's books are always thought provoking even as they are entertaining. This one inspires hope and encouragement to never give up, to keep fighting for what you want. Mr Grey also knows how to write hot sexy scenes that will curl toes!! I always look forward to his books for his amazing story and characters.

Brighton inherited a farm from his Grandfather who I thought from the will reading was awesome. Because of an accident Brighton's leg keeps him from running it properly. With his sister Brianne's help and his lawyer's suggestion to hire his cousin Tanner he makes a go of it, even in the face of his families negative attitudes.
Tanner is quiet and shy but extremely attracted to Brighton. While Brighton is just as attracted to Tanner, he doesn't feel he is worthy of him. Both are scareed, emotionally and in Brighton's case physically as well. Over coming it, working on improving the farm, fighting the coming adversity will they be able to make it?

This is a love story to get lost in between to men who were meant to find each other. The writing is always descriptive rich and the characters well developed when reading an Andrew Grey book. This one is no different. I highly recommend this one.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your books published?  There were very few challenges in getting this book published.  However early ion, the hardest thing about getting published was understanding the publishing world and navigating it.  Dreamspinner Press has been my publishing home, heck they are family, for a long time.  

What author do you admire most?  I admire Ken Follett very much. His stories are rich and his characters so amazing.  Early on in my writing career, Ariel Tachna, who is a good friend, provided some amazing guidance and inspiration that helped me no end.  

What are you working on now? What is your next project?  I am currently working on a novel entitled From Loathing to Love.  I take my character, Payton from where he loathes Beckett for things done in high school and all the assumptions made on both sides, through meeting again, and then to where they grow to love each other.  It’s a very uphill journey.  

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?  There are limits for me.  I cannot write BDSM.  I believe that lifestyle is both intense and foreign to me.  I have spoken with a number of authors and others who live that lifestyle and while fascinating on an intellectual level, I feel as though I couldn’t do justice to it.  

Have you ever had writer's block? What is your best cure if you have? Or how do you keep it at bay?  I have been blocked, but I write through it.  That really seems to work for me.  Taking a short break has also helped, but mostly I’m a plow through it kind of guy.  

What movie do you love to watch over and over? I love The Wedding Date.  I know it’s kind of corny, but I love the thing.  That and Moonstruck as well as Burlesque because I think Cher was great in both.  (I love the I’m a Good Girl number)  Which one scares you so much you can't sleep?  I never watch scary movies.  They were never enjoyable for me.  Romantic comedies are action movies are my style.  

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? Early on I was told to write with more emotion.  The hardest part was that I had poured a great deal of myself into the story being criticized.  But I did learn from it.  What has been the best compliment?  A man wrote me to tell me that his partner had recently died.  At the end his partner was blind, so he read books to him.  The last story they shared was Love Means… No Shame.  I bawled like a baby.  (I’m tearing up a little right now as I think about it)  

How much research do you usually do for a book? What is your biggest research gathering tool?  I tend to write what I know.  But for research, the internet is a best friend.  I also have a wide variety of contacts and friends who act as substantive sources of information.  

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?  I try to let the bad ones roll off my back and celebrate the good ones.  The trick is to not get upset or let the bad reviews affect the work.  A few times they have raised a valid point and I always try to improve.  

Do either of your main characters from Eastern Cowboy have a real life inspiration?   No.  The real life inspiration in Eastern Cowboy is the location.  Near where my parents live is Shipley’s Grant, an old farmstead in the middle of the urban environment.  

After reading and loving several of your books I have noticed at least one of your main characters in each book tends to have scars, whether they are inside or bared to the world. I admit your ability to making me love your wounded heroes far better than anyone else. Is this just what you like to write or your style?  I firmly believe that life is about collecting scars.  “Ain’t nobody living no dream life” (From Designing Women years ago.)  We all have them some visible, others not.  It’s how we deal with them and grow to accept them that shows who we are.   I also believe that love and having someone love you is the ultimate balm for those scars as well as many of life’s other hardships.  

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!

Author Information

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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