Hello and welcome to the Love, Hypothetically Blog Tour Spectacular! *confetti*
From August 27th through the 31st, I’ll be visiting blogs and posting tidbits about my new release, Love, Hypothetically—the second volume in the Theta Alpha Gamma series, begun with Frat Boy and Toppy. To see a schedule of the tour, check out my website.
Over the course of the tour, I’ll be asking readers of Love, Hypothetically questions about the new book, and whoever emails all the correct answers to me at anneATanneteninoDOTcom will be entered into a drawing for the Blog Tour Prize—the PICNIC PRIZE PACK: a picnic tote, two “unbreakable” champagne glasses, and an autographed copy of Frat Boy and Toppy. This unusual prize honors Trevor from Love, Hypothetically, who makes a picnic lunch for Paul in an effort to woo him. Similarly, I am wooing you, my lurvely readers.
All righty, I suppose it’s time to begin the party, hmm? Let the Love, Hypothetically Blog Tour Spectacular! *confetti* begin!
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Those Crazy, Meddlesome Friends
In Love, Hypothetically, I consciously employed the Meddlesome Friends trope—i.e., when friends of one or both characters in a love story are instrumental in helping the couple overcome any potential hurdles on the path to true love.
In college, my friends and I used to set each other up with guys as a sort of competitive sport. We didn’t actually admit out loud that it was a competition, so we never agreed on any rules. Eventually, two teams formed: the Quality team and the Quantity team. The Quality team, of course, believed that to “win” they had to set up a friend with a guy they really clicked with. The Quantity team thought winning was a simple matter of setting their friends up on a large number of dates, regardless of how well the dates went.
Yet, years later and a lifetime of experience (mostly) to the contrary, I still subscribe to the notion that friends can successfully meddle in other friends’ love lives. I suppose the few minor successes sprinkled in amongst the disasters are enough to keep my hope alive. Or I’m just a hardcore romantic without a firm grip on reality.
Regardless, I made friends of Paul’s (the POV character in Love, Hypothetically) instrumental in smoothing out his and Trevor’s journey to coupledom. It could be argued that Paul doesn’t really deserve their help, especially not Sebastian and Brad’s. In the first book of the Theta Alpha Gamma series, Frat Boy and Toppy, Paul makes no secret of the fact that he doesn’t want Sebastian and Brad to get together. He’s more of an impediment to true love than a help, but still they knowingly throw Paul and Trevor together with the intention of helping.
I think it’s because friends want what’s best for us. Regardless of how misguided my social circle may have been in college, we did like to see each other happy—although clearly some of us saw happiness as a quantity issue and some saw it as a quality issue. Fictional characters also find it hard to deny a friend in need, especially when he exposes himself the way Paul does to Sebastian near the end of Love, Hypothetically:
Paul peeked between his fingers and nodded. Sebastian was clearly taking this situation seriously and trying to advise him. Would wonders never cease today? Paul dropped his hands and said it out loud. “I want to try again with him. I did love him once, and maybe, hypothetically, I could again?”
Sebastian’s customary slightly mocking smile appeared. “Don’t ask me. And let’s hope it’s not a hypothetical kind of love.”
Could you deny a friend help in this situation, even if he isn’t actually asking for it? Me neither.
Now, if you haven’t read the book, but would like to know how Paul gets to this point, my suggestion is to go read Love, Hypothetically.
If you have read the book, and are playing to win the Picnic Prize Pack, here’s the third of three questions you’ll need to answer in an email to me (address in the intro to this post) to be eligible to win: What kind of party does Toby say Sophie is having?
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Love, Hypothetically Blurb—
Paul’s been called many things—graduate student, humanities tutor, jock-hater, even broke—but "forgiving" isn't one of them. When the new women's softball coach at Calapooya College specifically requests Paul to tutor his athletes, Paul's forced to put aside his strict "no athletes" policy for the sake of his paycheck.
Enter Trevor Gardiner, former Major League Baseball player and Paul’s high school boyfriend. Yeah, that one—the guy who sacrificed Paul for the safety of his closet and his future career. But Trevor’s come out and retired from baseball, and now he’s looking for forgiveness and a second chance.
There’s no earthly reason Paul should give him one, but he keeps letting the man state his case. And touch him. And take him sailing. The waters are far from smooth, though, and Paul says awful things to Trevor he isn’t sure he means. Now Paul has to decide: apologize and forgive Trevor for everything, or chalk it up as revenge and move on.
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Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.
Anne's husband finds it liberating as well, although in a somewhat different way. Her two daughters are mildly confused by Anne's need to twist Ken dolls into odd positions. They were raised to be open-minded children, however, and other than occasionally stealing Ken1's strap-on, they let Mom do her thing without interference.
When not writing, Anne lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.
Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her website, the Chicks & Dicks Blog, follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook or Goodreads.
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