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Feb 26

Guest Author Wednesdays ♥ Skylar M. Cates

I’m thrilled to have Author Skylar M. Cates with me today share a bit about Five Ways A Boy Can Break Your Heart, co-authored with Cate Ashwood. Please say hi and leave them a comment or two below.

Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Most days, however, Skylar is chasing after her husband, her kids, and her giant dog, Wasabi. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.

Skylar can be found on Facebook, Goodreads, or her website: http://skylarmcates.wordpress.com.

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

Cate loves to hear from readers.

You can find her at: Website: http://www.cateashwood.com.

Learning Disabilities

You’re a dummy.

You’ll never succeed.

You’re stupid.

Whenever a person has a learning disability, he or she often faces intense judgments. This judgment can come from a peer, a teacher, or even a parent. The student might begin to feel depressed or ashamed.

In Five Ways A Boy Can Break Your Heart, Trey and Liam meet as teenagers in boarding school. They have years together to fall in love, although it remains unspoken between them, and to build memories. Music is their shared passion, but they also take care of each other in different ways. Trey protects Liam from others; Liam protects Trey from himself. But Trey has a secret learning disability that he hides from Liam, and this problem not only shapes Trey’s character, but also breaks his world in two.

Having a learning disability does not make you stupid. It has very little to do with intelligence, actually. Here are some famous people with learning disabilities: Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Schwab, Thomas Edison, and Walt Disney. These are only a few names from a larger list. Despite knowing this, many students continue to be misunderstood both in and out of the classroom.

Without giving away too much, Trey lacks the right support to acknowledge his learning disability or get the correct treatment for it. In the boarding school, he is valued for his family’s money and fame, and his school issues are pushed aside. As a result, Trey feels as if he is worth less than others around him, especially Liam. In a way, Liam’s sweet adoration of Trey only twists the knife deeper and increases his shame.

Five Ways a Boy Can Break Your Heart      

When Trey and Liam meet in boarding school, they couldn’t be more different. Liam is a classical violinist with a scholarship, and Trey is a punk rocker with famous parents. Despite their conflicting backgrounds, they hit it off and bond over their love of music. But after spending every waking hour together, Liam is devastated when Trey leaves school without an explanation. Worse yet, Trey capitalizes on a song they wrote together.

Seven years later, they bump into each other at a charity benefit in New York. Old sparks fly, but Liam hasn’t quite recovered from the pain Trey caused. Liam doesn’t know if any explanation Trey can offer will be enough, or if he can find it in his heart to forgive the only man he’s ever really loved.  

Dreamspinner Press

Excerpt

Trey returned to the bed and sat facing Liam, the guitar cradled in his lap. He strummed a few chords, testing out the pitch, turning the shiny silver keys meticulously until he was satisfied that it was in tune.

Playing guitar was the only time Liam wished he had no musical talent. The first time Trey had handed him a guitar, it had felt clumsy and awkward in his hands. He was used to strings, but they felt different on his violin, more natural somehow. The angle of his wrist had made it difficult to change the chords, and he couldn’t seem to make his fingers cooperate. It had only gotten worse when Trey had slid in behind him, pressing his solid chest against Liam’s back.

The world had gone still as Liam had tried his best to concentrate on the words Trey was saying rather than the way his breath danced over the back of Liam’s neck. The blood that had momentarily frozen in his veins had resumed pumping at a wicked pace, making him feel hot and dizzy. Trey had slid his hands over Liam’s, urging them to move with his. It had been the most perfect moment of Liam’s life. Making music in Trey’s arms, everything had felt right in the world.

Unfortunately, as much as he’d tried to prolong the experience, Liam was a fast learner, and Trey knew it. Now he would have to be satisfied with sitting across from his best friend, watching him fall into the music. It really was beautiful to watch; his whole body moved with the notes flowing from him, and when he sang, it never failed to make Liam shiver.

He strummed a few chords, testing out the sound, and then he began to sing.

“What do you think?” Trey asked when he’d finished the chorus.

It took Liam a moment to register Trey had stopped singing. The sound reverberated through him, numbing him and encasing him. “I think it’s perfect,” he said, finally. He scrawled the lyrics Trey had written across the center of the page, beneath the previous verse.

About the author

TempeO

Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.

1 comment

  1. Trix

    I’m so eager to read this!

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