4 Stars for NEW RELEASE: Empty Nests by Ada Maria Soto (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Romance @adamariasoto @dreamspinners

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Title: Empty Nests
Author Name: Ana Maria Soto
Publication Date & Length: June 12, 2015 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Neither James nor Gabe has ever had a real relationship. They might make a connection if they can get past their differences—and their fears.

At age fourteen, James Maron decided to prove he wasn’t gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he’s getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he’s supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.

Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he’s too busy to tell them to leave.

A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe’s paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But are they too different? Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.

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Review

FourStars

The CFO of one of silicon valley’s most successful companies and an under-employed single dad make for an unlikely pairing.

While I’m not sure I ever fully believed in the pairing, I did fall in love with both men. James’ self-sacrifice for his son was humbling and very sweet. At first, I found Gabe’s work obsessed life cold and impersonal, but over the course of the story, Gabe emerges as a thoughtful, attentive partner and a good friend.

Adding in James’ son and Gabe’s friends, Soto has written a very sweet, domestic story. The kids are well written too, endearing and mature without being too cute.

I grew a little bored with Gabe’s business and I found James’ self-imposed poverty a bit tiresome. I liked watching two men unaccustomed to relationships reaching out to each other hesitantly and tentatively. Relationships between slightly older adults are always more complicated than stories of first love, but Soto shows us how a grown-up relationship can also be rewarding.

This is a fantasy story in the tradition of Pretty-Woman or Fifty-Shades. I’m not sure how many average single parents are actually whisked away by multi-millionaire captains of industry, but we can all dream.

Sarah

Excerpt

“So,” Dylan started as he scraped the last of the noodles from his plate. “Remember that conversation we were having about the new AP English teacher?”

“If you pull a piece of paper out of your pocket right now, I will never forgive you.”

Dylan grinned and pulled a tightly folded piece of paper from his pocket. “Saturday after next, if you want, you have a date.”

James was pretty sure teenagers were not supposed to be as hung-up on their father’s love life as Dylan was. “No. No, I do not.”

Dylan pushed over a printout from his school’s faculty webpage. There was a phone number handwritten at the bottom. “Thirty-five, no kids. He likes music.” Dylan had highlighted that line. “You like music, he likes music. He said he’d love to take you to see a band he likes.”

“Goddammit, Dylan! I do not need you setting me up with strangers.”

“He’s not a stranger, he’s the school’s AP English teacher, and I wouldn’t have to if you’d get out of the house once in a while. Seriously, Dad, I’m out of here in less than a year. I don’t want you moping around this place alone. I worry about you turning into a crazy old cat lady.”

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AuthorInterview

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Ada Maria Soto author of Empty Nests Hi Ada, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hi, I’m Ada. I’m a born and raised Californian Mexican-American currently living as an expat in the South Pacific with a toddler and my partner. I have studied and worked in theater, film, and television with all the usual crummy side jobs of a struggling artist. I have dysgraphia and phonological dyslexia but I try not to let that slow down my writing.  I love sports and am dedicated to the Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, Auckland Blues, USA Rugby Eagles, New Zealand All Blacks, New Zealand Black Caps, and the Chennai Super Kings.

Empty Nests is about James Maron and Gabe Juarez. At age fourteen, James decided to prove he wasn’t gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he’s getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he’s supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.

Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he’s too busy to tell them to leave.

A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe’s paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But they might be too different. Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.

Tell us the ten moments that stayed with you from any book.

Sam Vimes under Koom Valley, fighting an ancient evil, screaming ‘Where is my Cow’ in Thud! by Terry Pratchett.

The narrator first finding Crumleys garden in Death is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury.

Arthur Dent in front of the bulldozer in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

The shadows burnt onto the side of the house in There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury.

The golf game in How Much for Just the Planet by John M. Ford.

Spock playing chess for money in Ishmael by Barbara Hambly.

The narrator finding the Canary Lady in Death is a Lonely Business.

Sam Vimes attempting to arrest two armies to stop a war in Jingo.

Garak following the lizard in A Stitch in Time by Andrew Robinson.

The Halloween party in My Side of The Mountain by Jean Craighead George.

AuthorBio

Ada Maria Soto is a born and raised Californian, Mexican-American/WASP, currently living as an expat in New Zealand. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Theater Directing at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which she attended in a fit of stubbornness. She got a Master’s degree in Film and TV Producing from the University of Auckland in New Zealand which she applied to on a manic whim. Nine years later she’s still in Auckland with a partner, kid, and mortgage.

She has dysgraphia and phonological dyslexia which can lead to some interesting typos.

She is a sports fan dedicated to the Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, Auckland Blues, USA Eagles, New Zealand All Blacks, New Zealand Black Caps, and the Chennai Super Kings.

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