Saturday, July 25, 2015

You Are the Reason - and Bronies

We are now on the countdown to the release day of You Are the Reason.  Thirteen days.  Yes, my latest “baby” releases on the 7th of August, which means my blood pressure is up, and I struggle to concentrate on tasks.

My best friend calls them “Freak Out Fridays” – in other words, release day.

So some of the ARCs (advance release copies) have been sent out to the reviewers, and I’m now sweating on whether or not they liked it.  So yesterday, when my favourite reviewer sent me this image, I had to smile.

She had started the book and had seen the first chapter, which begins like this:

An introduction to Davo 
When I was eleven years old, I worked out what it was to be gay. Being gay meant you were a boy but liked girly things. Being gay meant you were bashed at school and ridiculed by the sports teacher. Being gay was not good.

I didn’t want to be gay.

So I took my entire My Little Pony collection, which I had lovingly looked after for years, and I dumped it all in the bin. And I didn’t cry. Much.

Poor Davo.  He struggled as a child against homophobia, and came out the loser.  And thus, we begin to understand the man.  Chapter one finishes like this:

Then Jake—my gay idol—up and got himself a boyfriend and adopted a baby. I internally crapped my pants. Moondancer, Applejack, Sunburst, and Minty all laughed at me from their My Little Pony heaven, telling me that sooner or later I was going to end up as one of those gays who called everyone “darling” and knew all the songs from High School Musical.

So the day I met Lee, you’ll forgive me for not noticing every little thing about him….

The picture becomes clearer.  Davo, the child, had been ridiculed and taunted, and so in his desire to fit in, he’s stopped all his girly actions.  He himself is afraid of “those” gays.  He doesn’t want to be one of those gays, and he doesn’t want to hang out with them.  So he hangs with Jake, who is gay but doesn’t do relationships, just like Davo.  Jake is not girly.  But suddenly Jake’s life changes, and now Davo’s afraid.  He’s running scared of girl-germs.  And the last thing he expects is to fall for Lee.

Because, you see, Lee is one of “those” gays.  Oh, we never find out if he knows all the songs to High School Musical, but the fact that Davo doesn’t realise Lee is a guy the first (or second) time he meets Lee, rather tells its own story.

One of the editors who worked on the story, mentioned “Bronies” to me.  I didn’t know what they were, so I turned to my faithful Google who showed me.  When the first image that Google turns up is this one, you know that Bronies are not something that all people are going to admire.

Basically, a Brony is an adult male that enjoys the My Little Pony franchise.  Delve a little deeper, and you find a cult following.  Rivalling Trekkie and LARP enthusiasts, Bronies are proud people.  Of course there are always going to be those who ridicule them, but wow – the lengths and imaginations of some of these guys are amazing.  I am in awe of them.  Some of the images on Google are ridiculing them, but they are not to be shamed or bullied.

One of my readers posted a gif on Goodreads when they learned I had a new book coming out.  Lili chose a My Little Pony gif to express her excitement – and she doesn’t realise how accurate she is.

However Davo is not a Brony.  He loved My Little Pony as a child – and what adult doesn’t look back upon their favourite toys with a bit of fondness, and a bit of cringe.  My favourite childhood toys at around 9-11 years of age were attached to Barbie and the Rockers.  Yeah, I cringe a little at the remembrance.  In Davo’s case, his cringe is more than usual.  He thinks he should erase all thoughts and happiness attached to My Little Pony. 

You Are the Reason is Davo’s journey to the realisation that being femme or girly or one of “those” gays is not something to be ashamed of.  It is a story of a guy who faces his fear, and pushed through.

And yeah, okay, at the end there is another My Little Pony reference, which I hope leaves you smiling.  Which is why my reviewer sent me this picture when she finished reading.

I hope you all enjoy.  Releases 7 August 2015.

You Are the Reason, by Renae Kaye

Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays, who are femme and girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub in fright. That’s where he meets Lee, who is cute from her cherry-red hair, to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.

Available for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press and All Romance eBooks.

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye
Instagram:  renaekayeauthor

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