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Daniel took Phillip’s hand in his own and twined their fingers together. As the two princes walked toward the shimmering glass wall, Daniel swung their hands back and forth freely between them. He looked down at his hand in Phillip’s, seeing their fingers clasped tightly together, and he knew that his hand, his heart, and his very life had found their home. The unspoken promise in the other prince’s words washed over his skin like warm sunshine pushed by a breeze through the trees. Daniel wasn’t sure what his future would bring. Life as the whispered-about secret lover of the king. Life as the uneasily accepted consort of the king. Life ruling upon the throne beside the king and beloved by the citizens. Daniel didn’t care, as long as his life included Phillip.

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The rules of royal life have governed the kingdoms of Clarameer for thousands of years, but Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel know that these rules don’t provide for the happily ever after they seek.

A fateful, sleepless night brings the two young men together and sends them on a quest out into the kingdoms. On their travels, they encounter meddlesome fairies, an ambitious stepmother, disgruntled princesses and vengeful kings as they learn about life, love, friendship and family.  Most of all, the two young men must learn how to write their own rules of ever after.

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The Rules of Ever After kicks off the new LGBTQ Young Adult imprint for Interlude Press, Duet. Author Killian B. Brewer’s debut novel is available for pre-order at Amazon.

Publication Date: June 9, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-941530-35-1
Pages: 256
Price: $16.99 U.S. print / $7.99 U.S. Multi-format eBook

About the Author

Killian B. Brewer grew up in a family where the best way to be heard was to tell a good story, therefore he developed an early love of storytelling, puns and wordplay.  He began writing poetry and short fiction at 15 and continued in college where he earned a BA in English. He does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry.

He currently lives in Georgia with his partner of ten years and their dog. Growing up in the South gave him a funny accent and a love of grits. The Rules of Ever After is his first novel.

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–Kingdom of Bellemer–

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“Not since Lady JudyLive at the Palace have I had such fun!”—Sir Tanley de Lighted

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The Rules of Ever After goes on presale April 9, 2015 at Duet Books.

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While perusing the Kingdom Inquisitor want ads, I came across this.

Princess Needed. Southern kingdom with beautiful ocean views, comfortable but tastefully decorated castle and, oh yeah, a bachelor prince seeks a princess of marrying age. Please bring genealogical charts, dowry lists and comfortable sleepwear. Serious inquiries only. Light sleepers need not apply. Bellemer Royal Family Castle. Ask for Queen Cauchemar.

Huh. I Wonder what that’s all about.

The Rules of Ever After. On pre-sale starting April 9th 2015 from Duet Books.

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A Whole Lotta Letters

I recently received a proof copy of my forthcoming novel, The Rules of Ever After, and one thing caught my eye–the “category” of my book.

YA-LGBTQ-M/M-Romance-Fantasy.

I giggled out loud. That’s a whole lot of letters to describe one book. But I looked at those letters and thought about what they mean.

YA. It stands for young adult, but I see two other words in those letters. The first word is “Yay!” Young adults are excited about life with so much of it ahead of them. The world is their proverbial oyster and the adventure of looking for the pearls is an exciting prospect. The second word I see is “Ya!” I hear it like a German “ja,” which means “yes!” Young adults are so ready to say “yes!” Let me at it! Life is not about “no” yet. Sure, the “no” may come, but the young adult can still see the possibility of so much “yes!” I am glad this genre has grown to inspire and challenge young adults.

LGBTQ. These letters made me think about young adult me. Suddenly, the “yes” and the “yay” weren’t quite as loud. When I sat down to write Rules, I said I wanted younger me, who saw life as a lot of “no” and “oh no,” to have the book I didn’t. I wanted younger me to have the “yay” of a character that reflected his desires, his hopes and his fears. I wanted him to have the “yes” of a future that held just as much potential, adventure and excitement as the straight characters he read. I wanted him to realize that life could be great not in spite of being gay but by being true and honest to and about himself. As an adult, I love that there is so much LGBTQ fiction out there, but am especially glad there is a whole genre offering LGBTQ young adults, with their abundant hope and excitement, something to dream about.

M/M. These letters really would have changed the world for younger me. I honestly cannot remember reading anything that gave younger me an inkling that I could find happiness, love, or (the unfathomable) marriage. The few portrayals I remember of gay men in books were suicidal or desperate to hide and change. They were freaks, or villains, or someone to be pitied. Most of all, they were lonely. These were not characters that said “yes” and “yay” were even possible. I wanted my book to give younger me something to dream about, search for, and expect–love. When we are given something to imagine, we are given something to strive for and achieve.

Romance/Fantasy. My book falls into this category because it is a fairy tale about the search for love. The plot includes fairies, witches, and knights. It also contains two princes on a quest who happen to be gay. Young adult me would have loved that part. Fantasy authors in my youth never offered me the chance to see myself in their works. Even the cover art, with its scantily clad, busty women hanging on the hero’s fully-clothed leg, was clearly aimed at someone else. I wanted my book to provide younger me a chance to be in both the romantic and the magical fantasy.

Now, when I see all those letters, I don’t giggle. I’m proud of those letters and hope that younger me would be thrilled to see them too. He might even say “yay!”

My publisher, Interlude Press, announced today the creation of their newest imprint, Duet. This is the imprint I will be publishing under and I am so proud to be one of the first books released under this banner.

Duet will feature LGBTQ themed books for a YA audience. Having been one of those letters myself as a young adult (G representing!), I remember wishing I could read things that represented me and my world more closely and not really having many choices.  It pleases my not-so-young-adult self to no end to think Duet and my forthcoming book, The Rules of Ever After, could provide others what I longed for so much.

More information will come as we approach my publication date, but keep an eye out for The Rules of Ever After and other exciting titles coming up from Duet!