Title: Burning Fall (Frankfurt Hot Seasons #1)
Author: E.J. Smyth
Publisher: Unapologetic Romances
Release Date: June 18, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 31,443 words / 156 pages
Cover Design: EJ Smyth
Opposites attract, but can they ever work together?
Damien is an ambitious young lawyer. After moving to Germany, he doesn’t expect to feel quite so out of his element. Apart from hating his job, a rumor spreads that he is a homophobe.
To redeem himself, he is put in charge of the firm’s signature event Burning Fall. He has no choice but to hire Yannik, a gorgeous yet unconventional event manager.
But from their first disastrous meeting, everything possible goes wrong.
Can the two men find a way to work together, or will Damien’s career, Yannik’s future, and the most important client event of the year go down in flames?
Find out in this steamy and fun short novel, the first book in Frankfurt Hot Seasons.
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
Hi there! My name is EJ Smyth and I write MM romance in all forms, from contemporary to fantastical. Today I’d like to talk about the next instalment to the Frankfurt Hot Seasons series.
One of the secondary characters in Burning Fall is the Argentinian bar-owner Diego Armando Diaz. I loved writing him.
On the surface, he’s a very funny guy, constantly dropping innuendo-laden comments and teasing his friends. He gets his kicks out of creating cocktails and calling them rude names. Then he watches his German customers drink glasses of Mamada con Crema Blanca which translates to “blowjob with white cream” and laughs his ass off. You gotta love him!
While Burning Fall is a light-hearted read, the next book Bleak Winter is going to be a lot darker. Diego covers a lot of heartache with his jokes and promiscuous behavior. One day, a young man shows up in Frankfurt and catches Diego’s eye. He is unaware that Roberto carries with him a painful history that will change Diego’s entire life.
One of the challenges for this upcoming novel is the research. There will be a parallel plot set in Argentina seventeen years ago. The awful fallout of the Falklands / Malvinas war as well as a thwarted revolution against a young, democratic government offer a rich background against which Diego learns things that shake him to the core.
The story will end well because I don’t do non-happy endings. And even though Diego and Roberto have got to work through a whole lot of pain and angst, they will survive and emerge as better people for the experience.
I’m trying something new as well. Rather than my usual outline process, I’m writing the book first as a screenplay. Then I will go back and fill in the missing bits to expand to a full-size novel. Here is the first scene to give you a flavor of what’s coming:
INSIDE DIEGO’S BAR – DAY
It’s a sunny autumn day. Guests of Diego’s bar are sitting outside on bistro chairs, some covered in cheap and cheerful blankets. The empty silver chairs have folded blankets hanging over the backs. Pedestrians walk by in seasonal clothing.
DIEGO stands behind the bar. He shakes a cocktail shaker with great panache while watching ROBERTO.
Roberto sits with YANNIK, their heads close together. They’re discussing a proposal that is spread out between them on the table.
Diego’s gaze is drawn back to the two young men. Yannik looks up and smiles at Diego. He returns the smile with a small nod. As he pours the cocktail, a WAITER waits to pick up the order.
Che, don’t shake your ass like that. Your girlfriend isn’t here to protect your honor!
WAITER throws back his head and laughs, then sways his hips exaggeratedly.
You didn’t care about my honor last night, papi. Neither did my girlfriend!
When Diego turns back to his work, he catches Roberto staring at him. Their eyes meet, and Diego winks. Quickly, the young man lowers his head and listens intently to Yannik. His bright-red ears give away his embarrassment.
The door opens. Yannik’s boyfriend DAMIEN enters the bar. He acknowledges Diego with a friendly smile.
Hi, guys. Sorry, I had to finish off some work for Richard. He says hello, by the way. Fill me in, how far did you get?
Before he sits down, he kisses Yannik on the mouth, drawing the kiss out longer than necessary. Diego smiles to himself and shakes his head while drying a glass.
Roberto looks at him again, and this time, their eyes meet and their gaze holds. Diego’s hands move slower and more sensually over the glass. Heat sizzles between them. This time, it’s Diego who looks away, throws the towel down, and walks into the backroom.
Over to you: do you prefer light-hearted stories? Or something more angsty, painful? Let me know—I’m already jotting down ideas for the third novel!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi there! My name is EJ Smyth, I live in Frankfurt, Germany and I’m passionate about romance. Not luffy-duffy romance, but stories with other elements mixed in. Paranormal romance, romantic thrillers, gay romance, if it’s got two difficult characters finding each other, I’m on board!
I write at my living room table, usually covered with folded laundry because I couldn’t be bothered to tidy before sitting down. And my kids are teenagers, so not much help there either <eye roll>. I do love having them around and I’ve gotten used to writing with a background noise of Grand Theft Auto and teenage histrionics. Maybe that’s why I prefer writing action scenes over descriptive settings! Except for the 18+ scenes which I have to write in a separate room, because, well, embarrassing…
I’m currently working on a series of short stories Keith is Awesome about a young man exploring his sexuality. Not something I’ve ever written before but the research alone was quite a bit of fun Check out my Pinterest account to see my inspiration. I love to talk to my readers, online and offline, so please feel free to drop me a line!
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