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Release date: September 21, 2015
When writing a book that hits on certain issues—abuse, addiction, disorders—it can affect writers differently. In keeping with the feel of Chris’s new release, Small Steps, I asked her to share with us how she broached this very sensitive topic.
It’s sometimes hard to bring over an addict’s thoughts. I know the character needs to eat the next day, and the character knows it as well, but he can’t bring himself to care. For him it’s more important to not experience the low that comes with getting sober, even if he knows the consequences.
I tried to go deep into Sebastian’s (my main character in Small Steps) mind, to find out how he thinks about spending money he doesn’t have, about getting drunk or about not going to work. It’s hard, but it can be done, and I hope I did it well. These were some of the hardest parts to write, since I knew some ideas were stupid, Sebastian did as well, but he simply was too far gone to care. He did what his mind told him, and that was getting high. It’s like when I see some chocolate. I know I shouldn’t eat it. I know it’s bad for my weight and health. I know I will regret eating the whole bar of chocolate. But I eat it nevertheless. I’m sure most of you can relate. That’s what an addict goes through every day, just much worse.
So I just tried to go deep into Sebastian’s mind, mixed my own cravings with his, and hope I brought it over well.
Ben Amann currently hates everything: The accident that temporarily put him in a wheelchair, the fact that he has to go for rehab and live in an assisted living home as well. Sebastian Hofers, the good looking but equally bad-tempered new assistant to his rehab therapist changes that.
Sebastian has two choices after causing an accident while driving drunk: community service hours or go to jail. The decision is a no-brainer, and so he meets Ben at the rehab center. The two of them hit it off and slowly, Sebastian sees more than just a patient in Ben.
But their growing relationship faces hard trials, not only because of Sebastian’s heavy drinking, but also because of the truth: The two of them already met on an icy street, eight months ago.
Can love and forgiveness overcome the overwhelming guilt and resentment?
Contains: Two ill-tempered men, a lot of hang-ups, a shared hope, and a destroyed dream.
Trigger Warning: deals with alcohol abuse and alcoholism
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Gay Fiction
Publisher: Rawmance Publishing
Cover Artist: Meg Bawden/Bawd Designs
Sebastian stepped out of the sticky bus. It was hot for that time of the year, and Germany was melting under a heat wave. Munich was no exception. The temperature was somewhere around 35°C and the air conditioning in the bus was either non-existent or not working. The fact that everyone and their mother seemed to have agreed to take this bus didn’t help to make it more bearable.
Sebastian took a deep breath, but it did nothing to cool him down. All he got was a lung full of heat, his sweat, and fumes. Fuck this shit. He could be at a bar right now, sipping a cold beer. But he wasn’t, thanks to that fucking judge.
He had to be here, the last place he wanted to be. Okay, a few meters more, then he reached the place. The sign was unmistakable: Rehabilitation Center. Fucking shit. That judge had had way too much fun sentencing him. Wasn’t there a law against such things? The urge to kick something, anything in his way, rose, but Sebastian grit his teeth. He was no sixteen-year-old anymore. Instead of kicking something, Sebastian peered into the windows. An empty desk sat near the entrance door. Nobody was there.
Sebastian took another deep breath, which did nothing to quell his anger, and slowly pushed open the door. He wouldn’t get his Community Service hours done by standing in front of the building. And if the judge had his way, Sebastian was going to be here quite a few hours. Two-hundred, to be precise. Fucking two-hundred hours of work in a rehab center. He should kill that judge.
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Chris McHart lives in Germany, with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whiskey. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post in public).
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