Brynn Stein – Through the Years Blog Tour & Giveaways!

Through the Years

Thanks Charlie, for hosting me today.

I want to talk about two of characters who are trying to insist that they need to tell their own story. I’ve actually started writing it down and at some point hope to be able to submit it.

These two are more examples of minor characters who won’t stay minor.

Ricky is the youngest son of Robbie, a longtime friend and honorary brother of Edward’s and Gene’s. As the story went along, Ricky insisted that he needed to have a heart to heart with his Uncle Gene. Ricky had fallen in love, and wasn’t at all sure how the love of his life would take the news.

Quinn was Ricky’s roommate during freshman year in college and they planned to room together during their sophomore year as well. They had been inseparable from the moment they met. Ricky brought Quinn to all the family functions, which, of course, almost always included Edward and Gene as well. Quinn seemed to get along well with the two men and didn’t have any problem with their relationship. In fact, he had mentioned to Ricky that he thought it was sweet.

But, Ricky knew that being okay with a gay relationship and being gay were two entirely different things. He didn’t want to take a chance that Quinn would not be okay with Ricky wanting that kind of relationship with him. Ricky didn’t know what to do. Tell Quinn that he loved him, in the way that his Uncles Edward and Gene loved each other, or stay quiet and hope Quinn made it obvious that he would be open to that kind of relationship.

He finally went to his Uncles’ house one morning and talked to Gene. That put Gene in quite a spot. He and Edward hadn’t had the best of luck in that department when they had been Ricky’s age. Gene didn’t want to give advice that might break up the two friends, but he didn’t want to give advice that would keep them apart either.

What happened after that is described in the story to a point, but, of course, the main focus is Edward and Gene. So, Ricky and Quinn tell me that they want their full story told.

What about you? Have you ever had minor characters demand their own spin off?

Comment below to be entered into the raffle.


Here’s how the raffle works:

I’ve listed the tour stops below and have given either the link to the blog in general or to my post specifically. Feel free to stop by as many as you want. For each stop that you comment on, you will receive one entry to the giveaway. I’ll check all the stops numerous times throughout the tour and will draw five winners on Thanksgiving Day, so even if you come in late to the tour, you can go back through the list and comment on past stops.

I’m giving away five prizes. Prize 1) a signed paperback copy of Through the Years; Prizes 2 and 3) electronic copies of Through the Years, Prize 4) your choice of either a signed paperback copy or an audiobook of Living Again (the audiobook won’t be available until December), and Prize 5) an electronic copy of Haunted.


Blog Tour Stops for Through the Years

Blog Stop Date Blog Owner Blog Address
1 October 6 Anne Barwell
2 October 7 Grace Duncan
3 October 8 Jessica Skye Davies
4 October 9 Shira Anthony
5 October 10 Emma Tett
6 October 11 Kim Fielding
7 October 12 Bike Books Reviews
8 October 13 Tempest O’Riley
9 October 14 Sean Michael
10 October 15 Allison Cassatta
11 October 16 Jana Denardo
12 October 17 Louise Lyons
13 October 18 PD Singer
14 October 20 Shae Connor
15 October 21 Suki Fleet
16 October 27 Charlie Cochet
17 October 28 Elizabeth Noble
18 October 29 Tara Lain
19 October 31 Sophie Bonaste
20 November 4 Kit Moss
21 November 10 Lane Hayes
22 November 13 Mike Rupured


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Blurb for Through the Years

Edward and Gene were instantly drawn to each other when they met at college in Maryland. Fast friends, they developed a “closer than brothers” relationship. But then Edward began to feel more for Gene. In 1967, those kind of feelings would not be tolerated. Not even by Edward himself.

Gene always thought he was asexual. He had never been attracted to anyone… until he met Edward. He dreamed of Edward as more than a friend throughout college, but he knew Edward would not welcome that kind of attention. So Gene wasn’t surprised when Edward reacted badly to a drunken kiss just before Edward’s graduation. He was surprised when Edward moved to Florida and had little to do with him for years afterward.

When fate finally brings them back together, Edward is married and has a little girl. Gene gladly accepts the role of “Uncle Gene,” happy to have Edward in his life in any capacity. Together, they face all the trials and tribulations life throws at them, including the death of Edward’s wife, and as each grows and matures, their life views change. The relationship they’ve secretly wanted all along is closer than ever, and if Edward can break free from his homophobic upbringing and admit his feelings for Gene, there might still be a chance for them to share their lives in the way they both desire.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

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Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres – everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural – she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered ‘slash’, male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.

Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.

Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:

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