“Such sizzling chemistry just can’t be avoided!” ~ Pauline (Passionate About Books)
“Five stars from me and I don’t reread books often but this is one I might just have to because I felt a connection to the characters.”
~ Jennifer (Goodreads Review)
“OMG. It’s literally 3 am and I just finished the book. I couldn’t stop. I just could not put it down to sleep. I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow but it was so worth it.”
~ S. (Sinfully Sweet Promotions)
245 Days is a sweet and sexy, forbidden romance and I fell in love with Ashley and Taylor from the start.
What would you do if you met the guy of your dreams, only to find out the next day that he was your new teacher! That’s just what happens to Taylor when he meets Ashley at a bar near campus. Their chemistry is off the charts from the beginning. But when Taylor walks into class the next day and finds Ashley at the front of the class teaching, not only is Taylor devastated but so is Ashley. As much as the two try to do the right thing, the pull between them is just too strong. There are only 245 days until Taylor graduates, but will they be able to stay away from each other that long?
Isabelle has a gift of getting the reader into the head of her characters in such a way that you fall for them and become entwined with their emotions in such a way that you feel like you’re there living the story right along with them. She always has strong characters, even in their moments of weakness, enduring you to them and rooting for them to get to their happily ever after.
Ashley Brennan, son of a luxury hotel chain billionaire, is happy consulting and teaching business. Moving from California to an opportunity in Connecticut at the prestigious New England University, Ashley takes it to escape a string of bad luck in the romance department. Meeting Taylor at the off campus bar, The Library, Ashley feels his luck may be changing.
Taylor Davis is nearing the end of his college career and looking forward to moving out west, escaping the cold winters of the North and possibly the judgement of his parents, who don’t yet know his sexual orientation. After only a handful of brief “relationships,” Taylor’s not so sure love is in the cards for him, until he meets Ashley. Everything with Ashley feels so comfortable, so natural.
When Ashley and Taylor put together that Ashley is Taylor’s professor, how will they make it 245 Days to the end of the school year when Taylor graduates and is no longer off limits? And even if they can make it to the end of the year, will everything else in their lives still line up?
Finally, Ashley took a deep breath and let it out, then pulled his glasses off and set them on the bar before turning his eyes to me.
“We have a problem,” he started. “You’re a student. I’m a teacher. You’re my student. And I’m your teacher. The board would be all over this. And I can’t risk my…” He stopped talking to take a few breaths, his dark eyes not leaving mine and saying so much. “But at the same time…”
Ashley started walking toward me. Slow, measured steps as he spoke. “I can’t stop thinking about you,” he continued. “And now…after these past few hours…I look at you. I listen to you. You make me laugh. You make me think. You make me feel…And I just can’t make myself walk away.”
Silence fell in the room as he stopped talking and walking, mere inches from me. We stood eye-to-eye and I slowly inhaled, his scent, now accented with sea air, sinking into me.
“Am I crazy, or do you feel it?” he asked, his voice a strangled whisper, his eyes boring into mine. “That?”
There was a moment. Like the split second before a popcorn kernel pops. That was me. I was like a popcorn kernel. In an instant I had one hand behind his neck and the other around his waist pulling him in to me, my mouth crashing onto his. I felt every fiber of him respond when one of his hands dug into my hair—his fingers weaving tightly in the strands, the other fiercely gripping my ass, holding on for dear life. Our mouths consumed each other, teeth clashing, lips bruising.
Ashley fiercely pushed at me, walking me backward until I was nearly slammed into the wall, his hips pressing into mine, our engorged cocks pressing into each other behind our pants.
Fuck, yeah! This. This—is—it.
I pulled his head back from mine, breaking the kiss, but not our grip. “That? Do I feel that?” I breathed heavily, needing to fill my lungs with air. “Yeah. I feel it.”
Thank you so much Isabelle for stopping by my blog today!
You haven’t always been an author as your chosen career, How long have you been writing and where did your love of writing come from?
I’ve worn many career hats, but deep down, I’ve always wanted to write. I have always seen something (a couple fighting, a crowd of police, or a car crash) and wondered, “What happened before that?” or “What happened later?” and created stories to go with those events in my head. In high school I started writing my first screenplay – Opposites Attract – with my friend Aimee L. I wanted to go to college for film and screenwriting, but my parents weren’t keen on the idea. So, I pursued Advertising Design and Illustration – then changed paths and earned a bachelors in psychology. But at 36, felt unsatisfied, so went back to screenplay writing. Dove in and learned all I could about the format of screenplays and theory and fell down the rabbit hole. A little more than 4 years ago, I was dared to write a novel. It took me months to shed the fixed, sparse structure of screenplays to write a novel, and to be honest, I thought Ditching the Dream was going to be a huge flop and that would be the end of my novel career. But – here I am releasing my 7th title. I’m still working in the screenplay world, which is why I may not be as productive as some other authors, but I’m always writing.
Novels aren’t your only foray into writing either. You’re also a screen writer. Which do you enjoy more? Is there a big difference in the two writing styles?
So, as I said in the earlier question, I also write screenplays. As for the differences – Night and Day. With a Screenplay you have many rules for its structure and a finite space to get the job done, roughly 90 pages for a film and 45 pages for a 1 hour TV drama. Those pages are to be as concise as possible. Word efficiency is crucial. How Action & Dialogue are handled is extremely different. Also, you can’t delve into what a person thought or felt. Those elements have to be shown, again – as concisely as possible. Many elements of a screenplay are left to other aspects of filmmaking, for example: What a room looks like or what a person was wearing. In a novel you can be very descriptive and use prose to convey a feeling or create an image in the readers head, (‘ the bright pink color of the shirt made her blue eyes sparkle.’) whereas in films and TV, that job of what someone is wearing is more up to the costume designer. In a script the writer may say: casually dressed in jeans – and the costume designer will decide if the jeans are faded are dark, what kind of shirt and what color. As for which I like more – I really can’t say. They both have their own perks and challenges. I will say that I get more “lost in story” when writing a novel probably because of all the emotion a writer can include.
This isn’t your first M/M novel, but do you find M/M harder to write than a traditional M/F storyline?
To be honest, I don’t see any difference in writing M/M vs M/F. Is that weird? Sure, I’ve had to ‘research’ gay sex, but the emotions of falling in love, and fear of rejection are the same. The aspect of greater social acceptance is the only piece that differs. That said, aren’t we all trying to be socially accepted on some level whether it be our gender, the color of our skin or hair (speaking as a blonde and subject to blonde jokes most of my life), weight, or just about anything in our lives. That said, the hate directed at the LBGT community is something that boils my blood, and is something I have not had to deal with. I do have several gay friends though who are all very open with me about their struggles and challenges, so I learn a lot from them. One dear friend, Marc J., vets all of my MM stories to make sure I’m accurate. He’s edited VERY little of what I’ve written, aside from my grammar and punctuation. You may have noticed that with my educational path, none of those studies were English or Writing based degrees.
How do you like to write? Are you a quite room type person or do you like to be in the middle of people while writing? Take us through your process.
If I had it my way, I’d board a cruise ship, alone, and sit in my room most of the time. No food to prepare or dishes to wash. No husbands, kids, or dogs to take care of. No schedule. And NO WI-Fi. The distractions of Facebook and so on make my writing seem to take forever. I have no doubt I could hammer out my entire script or novel in just five days without all the ‘life interruptions.’ However, I’m mostly camped out on the living room sofa with my puppy (a 10-pound, 8-year-old shih tzu) snuggled up next to me. I like to put the TV on for background noise. When I hit a writer’s block, I leash up my dog and put on headphones, listening to music while we walk. I don’t usually play a specific genre, I set my iTunes to shuffle of the 2,000+ songs. I may hear a string of Luke Bryan followed by Metallica then Shostakovich (who incidentally looks a lot like Harry Potter) and end with James Taylor. Emotions or ideas will often come from the lyrics or melodies. But I don’t tend to create playlists for the books I write.
What’s next for you? What can fans look forward to from you in the upcoming year.
My goal this year is to put out 4 books, all standalones. Over the past year I’ve started them all – but for whatever reason they’d get pushed to the side and I’d jump into a new one. This year I will conquer my writing ADD and release 4 of the stories I’ve started. My plan is to release every 3 months: March 7: 245 Days. June: Elle’s Heart (a romantic suspense, 2nd chance story) September: Beau-Tyed (MM/GFY* story… *Gay For You) and December: TBD (I have 3 to choose from, and not sure which it will be yet)
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