Hello! And welcome to my blog tour for my Dreamspinner Press ‘States of Love’ novella Rainbow Sprinkles.
Rainbow Sprinkles tells the story of Cooper, a down-to-earth guy who makes ice cream at the Dreamy Creamery, and Drew, who’s a Prince at Disneyland. I’d actually had the idea for the characters for a while when I saw the open call for States of Love novellas, which gave me the perfect excuse to write a ridiculously fluffy little story about two guys falling in love in California.
I’m a big, big Dis-nerd. Unapologetically so, with a huge amount of love and an abundance of opinions. Since Rainbow Sprinkles is only a novella I don’t want to give too much of the story away, so I’ve got a little excerpt for you and then through my blog tour I’ll be covering some of my favourite parts of Disneyland!
Up today is my favourite place in New Orleans Square. Please do leave a comment and let me know your favourite attractions and rides at Disneyland!
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New Orleans Square
French Market restaurant
New Orleans Square is another small, but perfectly formed part of Disneyland with only two real rides. When those two rides are absolute Disney classics – Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion – it’s not easy to choose between them.
When I visited the park it was actually a little restaurant which turned out to be one of my favourite places – the French Market restaurant. It was a perfect California day in late April; sunny and breezy, and I’d just come from the insanity of the Romance Times convention in Las Vegas. Heading straight to one of the world’s most popular amusement parks possibly wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had, but then I’m not known for giving myself an easy life!
With aching feet, I headed to this little corner of the park, set myself up with a delicious meal (plus a mint julep and a Mickey beignet from the Mint Julep bar) and read a book for about an hour. There was a band playing on the steps of the New Orleans Square train station and a cute guy who worked for Disney who chatted with me for a while as I soaked up the atmosphere.
Sometimes my favourite moments aren’t the crazy thrills – it’s the small things that actually stick with you. And while picking the French Market is an easy cop-out which means I don’t have to choose between Pirates and the Haunted Mansion, it really was one of the highlights of my last trip!
Title: Rainbow Sprinkles (States of Love)
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 77
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty, Ele and PIU
Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.
Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.
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“Can I get a….”
He looked over the menu like he didn’t stop by here at least once a week. Cooper would have expected anyone who got two sundaes a week to be a little chubby around the edges, but not his hottie. He was tall and broad shouldered, with a narrow waist and long legs. Most of the time he came by in workout gear. Whoever thought to put an ice cream parlor on the same patch as a gym was either an idiot or a genius. Probably a genius, since the Dreamy Creamery was signposted on billboards for miles, and they were on the main route into Disneyland. The place saw a lot of tourist traffic.
“Birthday Cake and Green Tea.”
Cooper winced. “You sure?”
“You’re sure something,” Cooper laughed, turning back to the freezers and his scoop. “In a cup, right?”
“Yeah. And with—”
“Rainbow sprinkles,” Cooper finished for him.
Always the same. Always gross combinations of ice cream, topped with rainbow sprinkles, and if that wasn’t code, Cooper was going to die.
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south- west of England and now lives in the slightly arty, slightly quirky city of Bristol. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, baking weird and wonderful sweets, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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March 29 – Love Bytes
March 31 – Diverse Reader
April 3 – Gay Book Reviews
April 5 – The Novel Approach
April 7 – My Fiction Nook
April 10 – Bayou Book Junkie
April 12 – MM Good Book Reviews
April 14 – Joyfully Jay
April 16 – Anna Martin