Friday, September 26, 2014

Review Wrap Up: Backstrokes by @4DylanMadrid #giveaway

Gay / Contemporary Romance
Date Published: June 15, 2014
After almost being expelled from a prestigious Chicago music conservatory for a prank gone wrong, twenty-two-year-old pianist Crawford Paul returns home to Northern California for what he predicts will be another boring summer. Concerned his scholarship is now at risk, Crawford accepts the only job he can find: accompanying a glamorous seven-year-old named Isabella to a community swimming pool for lessons. There, Crawford is befriended by a nanny named Nina, an aspiring fashion designer who finds it difficult to hide her disdain for children.

When Crawford meets Armando Leon, a lifeguard and Isabella's swimming instructor, he accepts Armando's offer to help him overcome his fear of water by way of private swimming lessons. As friendship turns into a summer affair, their lust for one another turns to love. When Crawford receives a chance of a lifetime audition, he is torn between returning to Chicago or staying in California to start a new life with Armando. As the end of the summer inches closer, Crawford and Armando fear they will be 

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#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Absolutely. It is a very unconventional life, but it definitely is a career.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Without a doubt, finding the time to write is my biggest challenge.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

I was very fortunate to be taught by some wonderful writers while I was in graduate school. They have definitely had a tremendous influence on my work.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I’ve just finished the first draft of an erotic suspense thriller titled Star Dust Lullaby. I hope to have it turned in to my publisher soon. Next, I am starting work on the sequel to my novel Love in the Shadows.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

It’s true. I am addicted to reading. I just finished reading a terrific mystery by Jess Faraday titled Turnbull House.

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Classical pianist Crawford Paul and Latino lifeguard Armando Leon fall in love in the summer gay romance BACKSTROKES.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?


#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?


#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?

French Fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama?


#5 – iPhone or Droid?


#6 – Fantasy or Reality?


#7 – Call or Text?


#8 – Summer or Winter?

Summer. But autumn is my favorite season.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate?


#10 – eBook or Paperback?


Dylan Madrid is the bestselling author of the gay romance and suspense novels Mind FieldsLove in the ShadowsBackstrokes, and Star Dust Lullaby. A California native, Dylan grew up in the Bay Area. He opted to backpack through seven countries before heading to college and spent a year living in Europe, primarily on the Greek island of Ios. When he's not dreaming about living on the Italian Riviera or running away to Belgium, Dylan teaches college courses in writing and the arts.

Twitter: @4DylanMadrid
Instagram: @AuthorDylanMadrid

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