There is a new release today that I am excited to feature called The Rainbow Clause by Beth Bolden.
Heisman winner. Member of the National Championship team. NFL Rookie of the Year. Quarterback Colin O’Connor knows he’s become the ultimate romance novel cliché: all the success he’s ever dreamed of but nobody to share it with. Too bad it’s not as simple as asking out the next girl who intrigues him – because the next girl to intrigue him probably won’t be a girl at all.
Unexpectedly, the solution comes in one neat package: Nick Wheeler, lead journalist for a leading sports and pop culture blog. Hired by Colin’s team, Nick comes to Miami to shine a spotlight on the NFL’s most private quarterback.
The heat in Miami rises when Nick discovers that Colin is nothing like the hollow personality he pretends to be in interviews and he’s even hotter in person than on his Sports Illustrated cover. Nick knows this is the story of his career, and after spending his teenage years as a bullied, closeted teen, it hits very close to home. What he needs is to help Colin share his story while keeping their growing relationship from boiling over in the press, but what he wants is to tell the world.
I asked Beth a few questions about her new release, check it out!
Tell us one interesting trait about your heroes.
Nick, the journalist who comes to interview Colin for his coming out profile, hasn't had a major assignment since he was in a violent situation the year before. He's still recovering from the trauma, and being a very straightforward, no-nonsense type of person, he doesn't have a lot of patience with his own recovery. He also doesn't have a lot of patience with new emotions like: fear and trepidation. Before the incident in Rio, Nick very much as a reputation of being a fearless ballbuster, ready to take on any issue or anyone. What happens in Rio changes him fundamentally and the Nick we see in The Rainbow Clause is still coming to terms with his new "look before leaping" attitude
Describe your book in 5 words or less.
Virgin football player comes out.
Is this book part of a series, and when can we expect to see more?
The Rainbow Clause isn't a series, but Jemma and Gabe, two major characters, are featured in another of my books, Summer Attractions, which takes place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Nick and Colin also make small appearances in that book.
What are you currently working on?
My next book is a m/m romance set in the world of competitive cooking! I love shows like Cutthroat Kitchen, Chopped, and Masterchef, so Taste on my Tongue is a bit of a riff on all those shows, with a sweet fluffy romance thrown in for good measure. It comes out in August 2017.
What is your all-time favorite m/m romance read?
That is a really difficult question, but probably Prince's Gambit by C.S. Pacat. The entire Captive Prince series is so good, but I come back again and again to scenes in PG. Watching Damen and Laurent slowly discover the realities of each other is such a beautiful thing.
Excerpt from The Rainbow Clause
Colin gazed down at the print version of himself, vapid-eyed and half-naked and no doubt photoshopped to hell. He didn’t regret anything the way he regretted agreeing to pose for Sports Illustrated. And here it was again, rising Banquo-like just when he thought he’d left it behind for a serioussports career that had nothing to do with how hot his abs looked.
He wouldn’t rise to the bait. He wouldn’t.
“This,” Nick said, jabbing a finger at the cover, apparently unconcerned at Colin’s mutinous silence, “is what I’m talking about. You’re like a cardboard cutout of a person on this.”
“I’m pretty sure that’s at least sixty percent excellent graphical manipulation,” Colin said stiffly.
“Not just the picture,” Nick corrected. “You never let anyone in. All anyone ever gets is this smooth, flawless persona. There’s more to you than what meets the eye. And there’s more to you than just football.”
From a young age, Colin had prided himself on his self-control, but Nick was chipping away at it, one hefty chunk at a time.
“I’d think you might understand why I want to keep my personal life private.”
Nick leaned forward. “Your personal life? That can stay private all you want it to. But you? Who you are? The essence of what makes Colin O’Connor tick? That’s what I want.”
Colin was speechless. He couldn’t even form a sentence, even as fury raged through him.
“There,” Nick concluded with a smirk in his direction. “Now you’re pissed, and that’s good. That’s really good.”
“Good?” Colin bit off.
Nick waved a lazy hand. “All that smooth calm exterior, doesn’t it get boring? Exhausting? Horribly tedious?”
“Not really, no.” Colin fantasized about punching Nick in the face.
“Well it does for me,” Nick retorted. “And that’s really why I wanted to meet with you.”
Colin leashed in his temper, barely. “So you could tell me I’m an emotionless, boring cardboard puppet?”
Nick laughed, a startled sudden sound. Like he hadn’t expected the sarcasm to come from Colin’s mouth. Which made sense because Colin hadn’t expected it either.
Beth Bolden lives in Portland, Oregon with her supportive husband and their beloved cat. She wholly believes in Keeping Portland Weird, but wishes she didn’t have to make the yearly pilgrimage up to Seattle to watch her Boston Red Sox play baseball. She’s a fan of fandoms, and spends too much of her free time on tumblr.
Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published three novels and two short stories, with her next novel, The Rainbow Clause, releasing in April 2017.