Arrows Through Archer: Rainbow Awards Winner

I’m incredibly happy (and honored) to say that Arrows Through Archer has won in the 2017 Rainbow Awards. It’s won in the Best Gay Book category, as well as the Best Gay Contemporary category.

A huge congratulations to the other authors who participated and wrote some incredible stories this year. And a massive thank-you to Elisa and the Rainbow Awards for all the work they do, and the money collected for the various charities.

 

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It’s surreal for me that so many people have read and enjoyed Arrows. To date, it’s the longest book I’ve written and definitely holds a special place for me.

Like many of my books, I base some of the content on personal experience. For Arrows, all of the descriptions of Banff were based on memory. I’ve been to Banff many times in my life (luckily), during all four seasons, and let me tell you, my descriptions do not do it justice. It’s absolutely gorgeous and if you ever have the opportunity to visit, do yourself a favor and go.

So, a bit about the things in Arrows that I based on personal experiences:

  • Archer’s nephews name is Aiden, and while I myself don’t have a nephew, my SO has a nephew named Aiden, who I quite adore.
  • There’s a scene where Archer and Mallory are in Banff and go to Tim Horton’s. It’s almost like a family tradition now for us to stop there every time we’re in Banff. My SO (yes, judge him by this) gets a triple triple (yep, three creams and three sugars), while I usually opt for a regular. I’m not much of a coffee drinker though.
  • A very close friend of mine went through very similar injuries to Archer. Thankfully, they were obtained from some, uh, shenanigans, unlike Archer’s injuries. He popped his knee out of its socket and tore through 3 of the 4 ligaments in his knee. Unfortunately, that same night, he severely dislocated his opposite shoulder. We were together when it happened, the five of us friends, and it was very frightening. He was about 27 when it happened, so a little older than Archer. He was hospital ridden for a month until he had surgery, and then afterward, he had to hobble around with a cast on his leg, arm awkwardly in a sling, and crutches. It barely worked but he had to have something to help his mobility, since he was sent home and lived on his own. I often took him to physio appointments and helped to get his crutches in the trunk of my car. But don’t worry–he has returned almost completely to his former glory. 🙂
  • There’s a scene where Danny is driving and Archer is in the passenger seat, and it’s Archer’s first time seeing the Rocky Mountains from a distance. He says something along the lines of, “They’re not that big.” He then falls asleep, wakes up, and is surrounded by nothing but sky and mountains and is a little awe-struck. That was word for word what happened my first time I saw the Rocky Mountains as a kid with my family.
  • I like whiskey. I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but the bottle of whiskey Mallory pops open that first night when himself and Archer are on the back deck and Mallory asks if he’s gay, that whiskey I have tried. It’s wildly expensive and I tried in Dublin, Ireland, at the Irish Whiskey Museum.
  • I have a friend like Danny. Not like Danny in a lot of ways, but very like Danny in others. She is wildly supportive of everything I do, and understanding to a fault. The world might not deserve people like her.
    • And, for the super-fans, I’ve dedicated each of my Life According to Maps books to her.

I think that’s it! There are many more small things in my books that have been based on my life or experiences, but I think those are some of the major ones for Arrows Through Archer.

Again, thanks to everyone who’s read ATA, and to Elisa and the Rainbow Award judges. This is definitely one I’m logging in my journal.

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Arrows Through Archer Cover Reveal

Finally! It’s coming!

Arrows Through Archer, a story I’ve been working on all year, finally has a release date. It’ll be coming out June 14, 2017 and I couldn’t be more excited. ATA is my first self-published full-length novel. No pre-order this time round.

And to celebrate, I’ve decided to do the cover reveal now, just a few weeks out. So here it is!

After the loss of his parents, Archer Hart is consumed by grief. Each day, he struggles his way through classes, parties, and trying to put on a good front for the sake of his best friend. But at night, he falls asleep to the sound of gunshots ringing in his ears.

Mallory is a man fighting a war of emotions all his own. When his son invites his best friend back home to Banff over a college break, he’s happy for the company.

Some time during the late-night talks, subtle smiles, and long, long silences, the two men begin to find solace in one another.

But love isn’t always easy, especially when it strikes you straight through the heart.

Arrows Through Archer is a slow-burn romance with an age difference, first times, a happy ending, and no cliff-hanger.

Tags: May/December, Angst, Hurt Comfort, First Time, Slow Burn, Family

 


And here’s a little snippet from the story!

 

“What does she like?”

Mallory’s sigh was heavier than the collapse of a nation. “White wine. Reading biographies. Jazz music. Pasta primavera. Laughing. Swimming in the summer, skiing in the winter. My shirt.”

“All good things to like.”

“They are.”

“So?”

He stopped speaking. It wasn’t one of those comfortable silences full of hope and contemplation. The silence felt toxic.

“So,” Mallory said eventually. “So, I don’t know. You like puzzles and whiskey. And you listen to classic rock with me, although I’m painfully aware you don’t like it. And you love those chocolate cupcakes I brought home from the bakery last week, but you hate the bran muffins I make. And you like running and guns and silence, and Sarah doesn’t like any of those things.”

It was obvious now to see and hear how much he’d drunk.

“Mallory—”

“She doesn’t like puzzles.” Finally, Mallory turned to me, his eyes alight. “I want to be with a woman who likes puzzles.”

“I don’t understand.”

“You look so damn happy sitting at the kitchen table, puzzle pieces scattered around.”

I closed my eyes. “You should go to bed.”

“I know,” he said quietly.

I stood. “Are you coming in?”

He ignored my question as he stared down at his now-empty glass. “Puzzles make you happy, don’t they?”

Sharpshooter by nature, my instincts told me to go in for the kill. “It’s not the puzzles that make me happy, Mallory.”

Immediately, his eyes locked with mine. “Don’t do this to me, Archer.”

“Okay.”

Alone, I left the workshop, while Mallory remained behind.

 

What’s to come in 2017? Well…

I have big plans, guys! Big, big plans! I always do.

I’m hoping to release 3 books next year. Hoping. Planning. Aiming. Probably struggling.

I’m hoping/planning/aiming to release Ocean Soul (Afflicted Souls #2) which is about 40k done, Arrows Through Archer (which is actually on the top of my to-release list), and Thrills (Vices #2).

I know some of you guys have been waiting for Thrills for a million years, and for that, I’m so sorry. I am a fickle, fickle, lazy, fickle creature. I see a shiny thing and run away, forgetting all about the tinsel already in my claws. I wrote Thrills, decided I hated it, and am going to take another stab at it this year.

A bit about each (for whoever is curious).

Ocean Soul features Sterling, a young man who lost his soul in a game of high stakes poker. And naturally, his love interest is none other than Malcome’s fearless Sheriff (who is the law).

Arrows Through Archer is a contemporary romance between a young man named Archer and his best friend’s father. The romance is slow, unsure, and new. Tags would be: age difference, angst, slow burn, and HEA. It might be considered a quiet romance.

Thrills will be told from Carver’s POV and he will very likely be abusive (emotionally and physically), insensitive, unwavering, and probably rude. Hell, I miss Carver. Maybe I’ll work on Thrills next…

But!

On December 22 of this year, Lane’s comes out.  Hurray! And on top of that, as a little Christmas treat, I’m putting Maps, Diamonds, AND Lane’s on sale between Dec 22-26 for $0.99 each. So you’ll probably want to snag it at the discounted price if you’re planning on reading it. 🙂

Poison Tongue Release

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It’s that time again–the most nerve-racking part of being a writer: release day.

Well, at least it’s the part of the publishing process that gives me the most stress. My book is out in the world, people can buy it, read it, love it, or hate it. It’s scary because of course I want people to enjoy reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it, but on the other end, I can understand why it wouldn’t be for everyone.

But anyway.

First of all, and most importantly, I’d like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to all the blogs who’ve hosted me over the past few weeks, and to all of the readers/reviewers who’ve given Poison Tongue a shot. Without readers, writers like myself would be singing to sparrows. So, thank you! You have no idea how much I truly appreciate each and every (good or bad) review or post.

Poison Tongue is now available! Here are the buy links:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/poison-tongue-by-nash-summers-7346-b

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-poisontongue-2079161-143.html

https://www.amazon.com/Poison-Tongue-Nash-Summers-ebook/dp/B01IX3L4QY

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/poison-tongue

 

If you’re wondering what kind of book this is because you’re unsure if it’s right for you, let me tell you a bit about Poison Tongue, and, really, my Afflicted Souls series as a whole.

Poison Tongue could probably be tossed into the urban fantasy category, but really, if such a pile existed, I’d put it into urban paranormal. Poison Tongue is a little creepy, quite darkly romantic, and features imperfect characters with a whole lot of slow-burn tossed into the mix. I imagine Poison Tongue as a dark, quiet novel.

 

For this series, I really wanted to take a different look into the paranormal genre. This series is written as contemporary, and I wanted to give the feeling that these things–these otherworldly love stories–could be happening somewhere in the world right now. If you believe in magic, of course.

I’m not sure how the concept of writing an entire series of souls came into play. Naturally, Poison Tongue started off as a stand-alone, but when I realized how much more I wanted to write in this series, I was enamored with the idea of writing love stories which are heavily influenced by a person’s soul.

A soul can be left completely up to interpretation. I don’t know what one looks like, or sounds like, or feels like, or is, so I can make it into whatever I want. That’s what this series is about. It’s about two souls falling in love, or two people falling in love, because or despite of their souls.

But this series is heavily influenced by the darker sides of romance, and things that lurk just out of eyesight, hiding in the darkness.

 

And–for those of you wondering–the next book in the series will feature a romance between two characters mentioned in Poison Tongue. 🙂 Bonus points if you can guess which two characters. (If you know the name of book #2, you can probably guess one of the characters fairly easily)

 

Happy reading, friends!