Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Second Chance Romance
Release Date: 07.23.19
Cover Designer: Natasha Snow/http://natashasnow.com/
When your life revolves around a single goal, is there room for love?
Christian King is a rising star in English football. He’s talented, devoted, and on the road to glory. He’s following the path that’s been laid out for him since he was four, and he has no plans to deviate from it. Christian’s life revolves around a single goal—to be the best… until he runs into his first love ad former best friend, David.
David Cade is just trying to survive the final year of his PhD intact, while battling long hours, unmotivated students, and the idea that academia might not be for him. But a chance encounter with his first love’s twin sister changes everything, and suddenly David is faced with the realisation that he can’t leave the past behind.
When David and Christian are drawn back together, sparks fly. Soon, Christian is forced to confront his deepest insecurities. Can they break away from their fears for a second chance at true love?
Breakaway is a 79,000 word contemporary gay romance featuring light angst, glittery bath bombs, a ginger-haired roommate/pet, shared Star Wars love, and a meddling twin sister.
Universal Book Link: http://mybook.to/breakaway
Ten Random Facts about Breakaway
I always love finding out the random things that authors use as inspiration, the random things they leave out, the idea or information behind a character or a place, or how their ideas change throughout the writing process! It’s like a sneak peak into their writing world and I love it. So, based on that, here are ten random facts about Breakaway.
- Kit and David’s house in Pimlico is based on a real place. It’s owned by some family friends and Kit/David’s iteration is based on the real house before it was renovated and extended.
- Christian’s teammate Hugo wasn’t supposed to exist! He wasn’t a planned character but when I was writing the scene on the team bus, he randomly walked in, sat down and introduced himself, leaving me staring at the screen thinking ‘who are you’?! I’m very glad he did though.
- In my initial idea for Breakaway, Christian was supposed to get injured in the first third of the novel, and David was going to take care of him. But when I started writing, I couldn’t make it fit into the story and eventually abandoned the idea altogether. I did still end up injuring someone though, just not Christian!
- There’s a scene in the first half where David and Christian build a LEGO Millenium Falcon, which was a later addition and draws on my own love of Star Wars. I’ve always wanted to get my hands on the Millenium Falcon set, but the full version costs around £700 so it’ll stay a dream for now.
- The first scene that I imagined for Breakaway actually takes place towards the end of the novel, where Christian is practicing penalties. At that point I had no idea how to get there, just that I wanted to, and when I started writing I had very little idea of the plot which was… interesting. Writing without an outline probably wasn’t the most sensible thing for my first book, but it was definitely a learning experience!
- In the 2018/19 season there were six London clubs playing the Premier League, with many more in lower leagues, so I spent a lot of time looking at maps of London trying to find space for a new club that didn’t already exist. I narrowed it down to two options and eventually chose Greenwich Athletic because I thought it sounded better!
- Breakaway was one of three titles I considered, the others being ‘Final Score’ and ‘Extra Time’. They’re all football terms, and eventually I started asking friends which they liked best since I’m terrible at making decisions. ‘Extra Time’ will now be the title of book two instead.
- One of my favourite bits of research was getting to look at dream houses in Blackheath, East London, where Christian lives. I can’t tell you how long I spent pouring over Rightmove and drooling over some of the gorgeous houses I found!
- I had plans for at least three characters who never made an appearance. Breakaway changed a lot from my initial idea and by the time I got a few chapters in I realised that there probably wasn’t going to be room for them! One of them was a tattooist friend of David and Kit’s, since Kit was supposed to be a tattoo artist himself at first, but as soon as I started writing him that all went out the window. Christian was also supposed to have a stepfather and baby sister. The stepfather disappeared, but the baby sister morphed into his twin, Lily.
- As a rising football star, Christian probably earns around £130,000 – £150,000 a week, and that’s not including bonuses or endorsements. In contrast Lionel Messi, captain of Argentina and Barcelona, earns about £500,000 per week and about £20 million a year in endorsements. I’m not even sure I’d spent all that money to be honest, but Christian definitely enjoys spoiling his loved ones.
Check out my interview with
Charlie and Breakaway HERE
Charlie lives in England with her husband and a severe lack of dogs. She spends most of her days wrangling other people’s words in her day job and then trying to force her own onto the page in the evening.
She loves cute stories with a healthy dollop of angst, even more fluff, plenty of delicious sex, and happily ever afters – because the world needs more of them. Charlie also believes that love comes in all shapes and sizes.
Charlie has very little spare time, but what she does have she fills with cooking, pole-dancing, reading and ice-hockey. She also thinks that everyone should have at least one favourite dinosaur…
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