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
Author Name: Chris McHart
Book Name: Small Steps
Release Date: September 21, 2015
Pages or Words: 76,800 words
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
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.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Chris McHart, author of Small Steps.
Hi Chris, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
- Is there a character in your books that you can’t stand? (Antagonist for example) And what makes them someone you don’t like?
I have to think about it. No, not really. I don’t like bigoted people.
- Are there misconceptions people have about your genre?
A lot. Romance is ‘filthy’, something to be ashamed of. It’s not. It’s about love. J
- Is there message in your novel that you hope readers grasp?
Yeah. You can find love even against all odds.
- How has your writing evolved since your first book? (If this is your first book, how do you hope it evolves?)
I think my writing got stronger, since I have worked with different editors since then. My plots also gained depth. (I hope)
- One food you don’t care if you never eat it again.
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).
Visit her blog or friend her on Facebook, where you can join her author group.
Where to find Chris McHart:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-McHart/326380184192029?ref=hl
Facebook Author group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/882598865132498/?fref=nf
Tour Dates & Stops:
21-Sep Bayou Book Junkie
24-Sep Full Moon Dreaming
6-Oct Love Bytes