Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Never Too Late By Sloan Johnson Blog Tour

Title: Never Too Late

Series: Home in the Heartland #1

Author: Sloan Johnson

Genre: Adult, M/M Romance

Published: March 7, 2016
Dax: My life ended six years ago. No, really. I was dead on the side of the road following a gruesome motorcycle accident. From what I've been told, it's only because of one stubborn man that I have another chance to make something of my life. I no longer hate him for screwing up what I thought I wanted. I want to thank him. NEED to tell him what his actions mean to me.

Now, I’m headed back to the town I’ve never set foot in even though it’s a huge part of my life. I’m not thrilled about that, but the job offers haven’t exactly been flowing in. They’ll probably think I’m crazy, because there’s no way I won’t be able to look at every guy I walk past, wondering if he’s the one who saved me.

Michael: My entire life, I wanted to save lives. I’d earned a full-ride scholarship and had been accepted to med schools across the country. I was so close to making those dreams a reality until the night held a dying man in my arms. I’ve never been able to get the images of his lifeless body caked in mud out of my head. Even when the paramedics tried to take over trying to save him, I couldn’t let go. I never let go. Eventually, my guilt over not doing more cost me everything but my son. And now, I worry I’ll lose him if I don’t get it together.

I’ve often thought that if I could find him, maybe I could get some closure and finally get my life back on track. Now he’s here and I’m more of a mess than ever. Once the truth comes out, will he keep trying to save me or will he realize that it’s too late?

 4 Stars 

This was a good read. I enjoyed the story and the major characters. The story of a single father finding love again in an unexpected person. A young man finding his way, so to speak, in his career and life. Dax and Michael were both fantastic characters and the over all story was great. There were a few times they both seemed a little...whinny but as you read and got more into the story you could see why they both were that way and it just added to the feelings and emotions of the story. For the most part I loved it BUT there was a little thing with one set of grandparents that just seemed forced, maybe is the word I'm looking for. They were mentioned a few times and it was all fine but then later the grandfather came more into the story and I felt like his part was just tossed in because the author thought it was needed for some drama. I could have read the story without them in it anymore than just the few times they were brought up and not needed more on them. Over all it was a good read and I enjoyed it very much.

How do you choose whether to set a story in a real or fictional town?

This is a question I never really thought about until it was brought to my attention. I know that probably sounds weird, but like everything else, when I start writing, the characters begin to tell me where they’re from.

Now that I have thought about it, I think it comes down to size of the city. If it’s a metropolitan area such as Milwaukee or New York, I’ll often use that to my advantage and weave in details of the actual cities to give the story context.

That’s much harder to do when it’s a small town. Why? Because most of my small town stories are a mashup of several towns. In the case of Never Too Late, there are pieces of at least six different towns spread across three states. It’s the best (and sometimes worst) of all of those locations.

Another deciding factor is that I’ve found people are very protective of small towns. If someone happened to pick up a book set in their hometown, they could easily be upset with how I characterized the setting and residents.

I’m not sure I’ll ever change how I do this, but I will definitely think about it more in the future. Do you prefer books set in real or fictional places?

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.

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