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On the eve of a new school year, several groups of college students cross paths as they seek out a secret end-of-summer lake party—including Robin and Charlie, two inseparable friends who discover of the course of the twenty-four hours that their relationship is something much deeper than simple friendship.
Author Name: Naomi MacKenzie
Book Name: Lodestones
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Cover Design by Buckeyegrrl Designs
Cover and Interior Illustrations by Abby Hellstrom
Pages or Words: 226 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25837081-lodestones
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Larry holds up the flyer to study the map Florence drew. Barry is leaning to look at it, too, when it’s ripped from between Larry’s fingers.
A greasy man in a campus security uniform stands over them with a pinched expression. His faded nametag reads: Ron Anderchuk. “Another one,” he all but growls. “Where in heck did you get this, boys?”
Barry tries his best to look innocent. Which isn’t all that hard, since he knows nothing.
“Found it on the ground,” Larry lies.
“Uh-huh, uh-huh,” the security guy says. “Extra trouble for littering.” He glares hard at the paper for nearly a minute before looking back at them. “You do know parties like this are illegal, don’t ya, boys? And frowned upon by this here establishment.” He raps his knuckles on the table. “I think it best you stick around here this weekend. That would be best, don’t ya agree?” He widens his beady eyes while he waits for their assent.
Barry looks to Larry. Seeing him nodding, he mimics the gesture.
The security officer’s answering grunt sounds disbelieving. He mutters as he walks away; the flyer with their map is gripped in his fist.
“What are we—”
Larry holds up his hand, stopping Barry’s question in its tracks. “Not to worry; I have a photographic memory. I’ve got the map in here.” He taps a fingertip against his temple.
“Even after all of that? And we do have another problem, if Florence is to be believed.”
Larry hums and strokes his chin. He picks up Barry’s tray and they walk to the windows. The orientation officers are indeed spread across the entire expanse outside, handing out pamphlets and organizing games of lawn bowling and oversized croquet. The entrance to the student parking lot is completely blocked.
Barry should throw in the towel, admit defeat and convince Larry to do the same. And he would, if not for one thing. The one detail that has roped him into the excitement over the lake festivities fully and completely is Kate Zimmermann, captain of the Dicaroon Seadogs field hockey team. Barry was looking through the school’s website while Larry was plotting behind him and he caught sight of her picture. He informed Barry that she was one of the girls who was carrying the van’s bench seat into her dorm room and invited him to the party early that morning.
Barry is in love with Kate Zimmermann. He has been since seeing her on the Dicaroon University website the previous summer. Well, he’s in love with the image of her and her red hair and blue eyes and adorable freckles that are so voluminous that they connect on her face. He has dreamed of red-haired kids calling him Daddy and hitting balls with sticks. Possibly. And she’s throwing the party, so even if Barry will never get up the nerve to speak to her should he live for a thousand years, he has to go. For his future dream-wife.
“Well, then,” Larry says. He sets Barry’s lunch tray down on the bussing station and rubs his hands together. “I guess we are in need of a foolproof plan.”
“A stratagem,” Barry says. He feels immediately foolish for being such a huge dork.
But then Larry grins at him. “Ooh, yes, I like that. A stratagem.”
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I do. I think most writers suffer from blocks of some kind, be they due to lack of motivation or lack of interest in their current projects. I find it helps to write something short and separate from my current story. Other times simply reading over my story notes helps to break the block. I often find a scene that I’m excited to write within and work on that section of the story instead of where I left off.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
Keeping on task is always difficult for me when I sit down to write. Until I’ve become absorbed in the scene I’m working on, my head is easily turned by the siren call of the internet and all of its lovely distractions.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I try to write for at least an hour every day. I don’t have a specific time of day. Sometimes I work better first thing in the morning, sometimes late at night. I usually write for longer periods of time at the beginning of a project when it’s new and I’m still excited by its shininess, and then again when I’m nearing the end. During the lull of the middle I have to force myself to work. The middle bits are never as much fun as the beginnings and endings.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I always write ahead, but rarely entire scenes. I have bits and pieces of dialogue and the like scribbled in my story journals. I colour-code them by the chapter they belong to or the characters they involve, and once I’ve added them to the story, I cross them out. When I finish a story, I’m left with a notebook filled entirely with crossed out words.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
Lodestones is a huge ensemble story. There are thirteen main characters and five stories that converge at a secret end-of-summer lake party. The five groups of characters include: two best friends who are secretly and not-so-secretly in love with each other, four girls who have planned the party and are worried about getting caught, two first year college boys who haven’t the foggiest what they are doing, two best friends from childhood who can’t seem to find one of their roommates, and two high school girls looking to hang out with an older crowd.
About the author:
Naomi MacKenzie is a writer and photographer from the eastern coast of Canada. She considers herself a Maritimer first and a Canadian second, or so she told the standardized testing people in essay form during the eleventh grade. She enjoys vegan baking, walks in the woods and, contrarily, hiding from the sun. Lodestones is her first novel.
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Rafflecopter Prize: 1 – $25 Interlude Press Gift Card, 5 e-copies of ‘Lodestones’
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