Life Worth Living by Tina Blenke
Release Date: December 9, 2015
Jake has been hiding in plain sight, always a few rows behind his straight-crush Quentin during their four years of college. He’s been successful so far but just as they’re about to graduate, Quentin finds out Jake’s secret and Quentin shares one of his own. He’s in the closet.
Jake isn’t about to let this opportunity pass him by especially when Quentin is scheduled to leave for the East coast in a few short summer months. Willing to keep Quentin’s secret from his upper crust politically-fueled homophobic family, Jake shares his bed and eventually his heart.
Quentin’s life in the closet is non-negotiable. His family has strong political ties and any word about their son’s sexuality would cast him out of the family and out of his inheritance which he desperately needs to finish his education. He’s been successful keeping his sexuality a secret for years until he meets the irresistibly adorable Jake at an early graduation party.
Quentin is unable to ignore his desire for Jake and makes the life-altering leap that holds his future in the balance. Locked away from the public eye, the two men admit their love for one another. In three short months, they will be forced to part ways for graduate school but the challenges of potential scrutiny, family commitment and an un-promised future may prove to be more than they can overcome.
“Cora? He’s really gone, isn’t he?”
“You did what you had to do to save both your life and his career. You didn’t do a goddamned thing wrong, you hear me? You are one of the bravest men I know,” she growled.
“Yeah, right. I’m the gayest man you know.”
“You shut the fuck up right now, Jake. I don’t let anyone bad-mouth you around me and that includes you. It takes a real man to stand up for who he truly is on the inside. The easy way out would be to hide who you are and live in the closet for fear of what the world will say or do to you.”
“Now that’s not fair,” I argued immediately, thinking of Quentin’s situation.
“And for what? Admitting that you want to love another man? It’s a beautiful romantic notion, Jake. You throw yourself bare to the world for love, the noblest feeling in the world, and all you expect in return is someone to return the feeling. And what does that rat bastard do? He shows you what it feels like to be loved, only there was a condition on it, wasn’t there? As long as he could hide you from the world and not be proud of the honest, kind and decent man that you are. He should have been yelling your name from the mountains or something. Instead? Instead, he runs and hides so he can save his face from his family.”
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Meet the author:
Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn't writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can't get enough of.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Tina Blenke.
Hi Tina, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
What’s your job like?
My day job is quite rewarding for a nerd like me. I’m a business analyst and spend quite a lot of time talking to people about their technical needs and analyzing information. I spend even more time writing. It has to be understood by both business and technical people so communication is key. It might sound dull to those outside of this world but I enjoy it very much.
Would you rather be respected or feared? Why?
Machiavelli said it was always better for a leader to be feared than to be loved. Perhaps that’s a good thing that I’m not royalty or someone running for politics. I don’t give much credence into what people think of me but that being said, I’m not a jerk. I’m also not nice because it’s expected of me. I think I’m nice because it’s the right thing to do and maybe just leave it at that.
What’s your favorite book?
I have a love hate relationship with Puritans. I don’t think that my own school education of them was close to the truth and it bothers me that children are taught lies and heroic stories about them. But, they were still people and who they were and what they did intrigues me. That being said, I love The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I like to say that every few years, I cleanse my palate with this story and it brings me back to my roots in literature. There are rich characters, intrigue, secrets and love and all of that is essential in a good story. I like to love the characters and this book does it for me.
If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
I would visit my grandmother in Thailand. It’s beautiful in my mother’s native country and I really need to get back for a visit. I’m planning a trip there in April but to have it already paid for would be a nice treat! We have a family home in the old capitol of Ayutthaya and I’m taking my daughters and niece to visit Pattaya and also the new capital of Bangkok. The younger ones haven’t traveled here before so it will be nice for them to see their heritage first-hand and learn about their history.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a nerdy gal that likes to read, watch TV and attend ComiCon. I love to travel the world and cook delicious healthy food. I love to play with my three dogs and spoil the tiniest one with beautiful dresses. I like to go to the theater and connect with characters in physical form. I love to visit art museums to see and touch history. I love to visit science museums and teach my kids about the world around them. I love warm weather and spending all day at the beach. And I love to write stories with happy endings because we all need a slice of happiness in our lives one love story at a time.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Blenke-Author/487878157926041?ref=hl
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7257278.Tina_Blenke
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas
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