PROMO TOUR: ★★FINDING AARON (THE FINDING HOME SERIES) #1 BY GIGI KERN★★ WITH #GUEST POST #EXCERPT AND #GIVEAWAY
BY GIGI KERN
Book 1 in Finding Home Series
At 23, Aaron has aged out of the foster-care system and is now a struggling college student. Between his severe Learning Disabilities, ADHD and past trauma, every day is a struggle.
Three years ago, Aaron's world got a whole lot brighter thanks to his new best friend, Ryan Foster and his family. The Fosters have taken him into the fold. That is, everyone except for Ryan's Uncle TJ.
When Aaron and TJ meet, sparks fly.
TJ, 31, can't stand his nephew's flamboyant, in your face, blue-haired, rainbow loving, best friend. He knows he shouldn't be so judgmental but after spending five years in Iraq and Afghanistan, his patience is buried under a mountain of guilt and loss.
TJ's animosity toward Aaron always stresses Aaron out going home to the Foster's for the holidays but they are the only family he has. He just needs to put up with TJ. He can do that, right?
When something happens that neither one wants to acknowledge, it may just be the catalyst needed for the sparks to explode.
What happens when TJ lets himself see the real Aaron? And, can Aaron let TJ past his defenses, when he's barely holding on.
~ 33,000 words – gay romance, heat level low.
Finding Love, the 2nd Book in the Finding Home series will be available in 2016.
I had the privilege of asking GiGi a question about her newest release, Finding Aaron... AND she tells us a little about her next project.
Here is my question...
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Only that it is okay to be different and you are better off being you. I have always been me. It hasn't always been easy but to be something I'm not would take too much. I knew my life would be easier, but then I remember one of my favorite quotes from Robert Frost. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost 1916 (U.S. Public Domain)
2. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure. I'm currently writing the second book in the Finding Home series, Finding Love. Finding Love is Part Two of Aaron and TJ's love story. I'm currently on Chapter Three.
Finding Aaron (Book One) was about TJ finally discovering the person behind Aaron's facade. And Aaron learning it is okay to let people in and help.
Book Two - Finding Love is about their journey in a relationship and how one's past can skew the course of one's future if it isn't dealt with. And, how stressful fitting in can be for some. But the real test will be can their love not only survive but thrive. I'm hopeful.
Thank you, GiGi for stopping by and sharing your plans with us. I know I speak for many that we will be looking forward to Book 2.
Now...check out these two great excerpts from Book 1.
Gabby Foster had a million and one things floating through her mind. But the two things that kept her up at night were her younger brother TJ and her son’s best friend Aaron. Recently, Aaron was the one who concerned her the most. Ever since May – she and Rick had both noticed it. Something had happened that spooked Aaron. They both agreed – TJ was dead center.
Gabby had told Rick last night, her one regret was not asking Aaron if he wanted to become an official member of their family last year after the family vacation. It was the perfect time and she got cold feet. And now Aaron was worse than the first time they met him. She didn’t know why, and it scared her. She could already feel him pulling away from them. Recently he’d even distanced himself from Ryan.
She and Rick agreed, they waited too long – his birthday would be the perfect time.
“Mom, they’re here,” David said from the den.
Gabby walked to the door, took a deep breath, and opened it with a huge grin.
Seconds later TJ, who was sitting in the den watching TV with David, noticed Gabby looking concerned and stressed.
David, who was watching his mom and uncle, nudged TJ in the side, and said, “Leave it. She is fine, and he isn’t the problem.”
“I know that look. And you’re wrong. So just leave it.”
“I don’t understand this fascination you all have with this kid. Explain it to me. I really want to know – what’s so special about him?”
David shook his head. “You see him as some punk kid with blue hair, gay as the rainbow flag, and an airhead. Right?” TJ agreed. “Yeah, see, that’s what he wants.”
“I’m confused – you’re agreeing with me.”
David gave TJ a hard stare. “No, I’m not. I said it’s what he wants. It’s how he protects himself. I’m surprised. You of all people, Uncle TJ, should know what it’s like to have to keep parts of yourself secret. To protect yourself. You really want to know why he’s so important to us. Then watch him. Don’t judge him – just watch what he does this week. You’ll understand. I promise.”
“Whatever. No promises, kid.”
Gigi Kern (2015-11-07 05:00:00+00:00). Finding Aaron (Kindle Locations 266-272). Gigi Kern. Kindle Edition.
TJ was putting the last Christmas decoration in its place when he received Ryan’s mysterious text – Wait for us outside. BE NICE!
“What the hell does that even mean?” TJ thought as he stepped outside and sat down on the front porch steps.
A minute later Rick’s SUV pulled into the driveway. Still wondering about Ryan’s cryptic text, he patiently waited for everyone to exit the vehicle.
As Rick and Ryan exited the SUV they both gave a look of “Be nice or else.” Which was confusing as all shit considering where he and Aaron’s “relationship” was heading.
Aaron opened the passenger side backseat door and a second later TJ forgot how to breathe or think. He had always thought Aaron was cute in an artistic twink sort of way. He was just Aaron.
But the young man who stepped out of Rick’s vehicle was FUCKING HOT! His blue-tipped bangs were just long enough to make his green eyes pop. And the subtle makeup… Aaron was drop-dead gorgeous and strikingly beautiful at the same time.
Stuck in a trance, TJ could only stare as Aaron approached.
“Kid cleans up well, doesn’t he?” Rick said as he passed a still stunned TJ, frozen in place sitting on the stoop steps.
Chuckling with a smirk, Ryan said, passing TJ, “Who knew the mighty Tyler Jacob could be struck speechless by a haircut?” Ryan and Rick laughed as Miranda joined them as they entered the house.
In his shy manner, playing with his hair, Aaron approached TJ. He paused in front and with a nervousness asked, “Is it too much?”
Silence was his only answer until TJ noticed Aaron’s face start to close up and he realized he was quiet too long.
“What?” TJ said as he got up. He leaned in, touching Aaron’s bangs, moving the blue/black hair from his eyes. “I LOVE IT!”
A small smile appeared on Aaron’s face.
“Really,” TJ said as he kissed Aaron on the lips.
Gigi Kern (2015-11-07 05:00:00+00:00). Finding Aaron (Kindle Locations 1485-1491). Gigi Kern. Kindle Edition.
Gigi Kern (2015-11-07 05:00:00+00:00). Finding Aaron (Kindle Locations 1479-1485). Gigi Kern. Kindle Edition.
Gigi Kern is currently writing the second book, Finding Love in the Finding Home series, her first gay contemporary romance series. A huge fan, she along with thousands wait with baited breath for the next new release from her favourite gay romance authors.
Gigi first discovered her passion for reading out of desperation. During her month long hiatus for her seventh grade summer break, spending quality time with the grandparents in sunny Florida in August, the hottest time of year, she became desperate. See, awesome grandparents had no cable. Travesty though it was, Gigi discovered the retirement community's library and there it was in all its glory, Heaven by V.C. Andrews. And she's been hooked ever since.
Though her day job is monotonous, she has been able to work in three continents, travel and see the world.
Her menagerie of wooden animals from her world travels have major competition from her two cats, Marco-Pollo and Squertie. And, cause what would a menagerie be without animals, her two 65+ pound dogs, Leo the Lug and Blink the destroyer of toys.
She is currently writing her life away on the shores of North Carolina.