Hi, I’m Selina Kray, and this is the latest stop on my blog tour for In Wild Lemon Groves, my new contemporary M/M romance set in Amalfi, Italy. A big thanks to the kind folks at Gay Book Reviews for hosting me!
In 2015, I hit one of those big “0” birthdays and decided to treat myself to a two-week vacation. As a self-employed worker, I hadn’t had more than a week off here and there in over 10 years, so I was long overdue for a splurge. And a rest. I wanted to unplug from everything, even my writing. I should have known the plot bunnies would follow me all the way to the Amalfi Coast…
I’m not one of those “sit on a beach for seven days straight” kind of people, so Amalfi was ideal. A string of small towns along a breathtaking coastline, each within bus/boating distance, it made for a perfect half-day of activity, half-day of sun-bathing experience. In the morning, I would go to one of the local towns and play tourist. By mid-afternoon, I’d be by the pool for a few hours of sun. Evenings were spent under the stars at a trattoria, sometimes with people I met that day. (There’s a point to this beyond torturing you, promise!)
And all the while, my writer’s brain took inspiration from the people I met, but also from the place itself. In Wild Lemon Groves isn’t an autobiography by any stretch, but many of the little things that happen to my main character, Seb, also happened to me. A certain speed demon chauffeur may have inspired his love interest. A visit to an ancient paper-making site sparked the idea to make Seb a poet. All the places he visits are very real and worth visiting yourself.
Doesn’t a book trip to Italy seem like just the thing to combat the mid-winter blahs?
Title: In Wild Lemon Groves
Author: Selina Kray
Cover Art: Tiferet Design
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 8th 2018
Page Count: 212 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
A telltale knock on a quiet winter night is a sound no husband wants to hear.
Sébastien Osaki has spent the past three years surviving the loss of his beloved Henry. When Seb lands in Amalfi, Italy, for their would-have-been tenth-anniversary trip, he’s haunted by the memory of the man he loved. Following Henry’s notebook leads him to some breathtaking coastal views but also right back to his despair. Seb’s there to get his groove back, not let the past wrong-foot him at every turn.
Enter Andrea Sorrentino, chauffeur, part-time pet whisperer, a Bernini statue in a soccer tee and tight shorts. From the moment Andrea picks Seb up from the airport, he knows just how to soothe Seb’s case of the sulks. But Seb isn’t sure he’s ready for Mr. Right Now, let alone a potential Mr. Right, in a part of the world where all roads lead back to Henry.
Can sun, sea, and eating your weight in pasta mend a tragedy-stricken heart? Will wine-soaked Amalfi nights and long walks through lemon groves work their magic on Seb’s wounded soul? Or will he slink back into the shell of his grief once his grand Italian adventure is over?
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Selina Kray is the nom de plume of an author and English editor. Professionally she has covered all the artsy-fartsy bases, having worked in a bookstore, at a cinema, in children’s television, and in television distribution, up to her latest incarnation as a subtitle editor and grammar nerd (though she may have always been a grammar nerd). A self-proclaimed geek and pop culture junkie who sometimes manages to pry herself away from the review sites and gossip blogs to write fiction of her own, she is a voracious consumer of art with both a capital and lowercase A.
Selina’s aim is to write genre-spanning romances with intricate plots, complex characters, and lots of heart. Whether she has achieved this goal is for you, gentle readers, to decide. At present she is hard at work on future novels at home in Montreal, Quebec, with her wee corgi serving as both foot warmer and in-house critic.
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