Author Name: Becca Burton
Book Name: Something Like a Love Song
Release Date: November 19, 2015
One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. But can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?
Pages or Words: 308 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Landon’s bed is in the center of the room, and Dylan’s heart begins to pound in his chest as he takes a step forward, hesitates. Landon looks so small, tucked into the middle of the bed, and everything about the scene is unnatural and wrong. His head is wrapped with thick bandages, for which Dylan is grateful—he isn’t sure he could handle that. Just the thought of what’s happening to Landon, to his fiancé, is enough to make his throat constrict, his chest tighten.
A ventilator tube parts Landon’s lips, and his chest rises and falls in equal, rhythmic whirrs. IVs line his arms; the wires snake from under his hospital gown. His freckles stand out starkly against the unnatural pale hue of his skin, except where the deep purple of a bruise creeps from under the bandages and swells down to his left cheekbone. It seems impossible that only hours ago they were laughing in the park, holding hands and eating ice cream from the small corner stand; it’s like some distant memory, a fading dream. But the ache deep in Dylan’s chest, the way his stomach is knotting itself, the too-clean smell of the hospital burning his nose, Landon’s face, battered and bruised—Dylan can’t look away—all this is too real to be a dream, no matter how badly Dylan wants to just wake up, wants all this to go away and everything to be okay.
“You can touch him, if you want,” Brittany says, her voice soft. “We need to make sure to reduce extra stimulation, to allow his brain time to recover, but it’s okay to hold his hand.”
Dylan looks up at her. Her smile is kind and understanding. Then he turns back to Landon and takes a small step forward. Landon’s hand is right there, resting above the covers, and Dylan doesn’t know why he’s so nervous; he’s held Landon’s hand more times than he could begin to count. But, surrounded by machines and tubes, Landon has never looked so utterly fragile, as if he could shatter at the lightest touch.
“It’s okay,” Brittany says from behind him, and Dylan squeezes his eyes shut, tears pricking behind his eyelids. “You won’t hurt him.”
Landon’s skin is cold; his hand is unnaturally still. Even in sleep Landon’s hand would always find Dylan’s, their fingers would curl together like a reflex.
“I’m so sorry,” Dylan whispers, holding on a little tighter. “I’m so…”
His voice catches, the words bottling up in his throat, unable to escape. Landon’s chest rises, falls, in, out.
“You’re so hurt, and it’s my fault,” Dylan manages, his voice barely audible above the machines keeping Landon alive. “It’s all my fault and I’m…” He exhales slowly. “I’m so sorry.”
He swipes his thumb across Landon’s knuckles, over the dips and grooves, and vaguely notes that Brittany has left them alone. He sinks down into the small chair beside the bed, not letting go of Landon’s hand.
“You need to fight, okay? I need you here, with me, and I can’t…” There’s nothing left inside him except an empty, hollow feeling and the knowledge that Landon can’t hear him. Landon’s engagement ring is in a dish on a table beside the bed, along with his watch, and Dylan fishes them out and tucks them into his pocket.
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Meet the author:
Becca Burton penned her first Nancy Drew fan fiction at the age of nine and has been an avid writer ever since. Currently working as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, Becca is a recent Oregon transplant from the Midwest. Becca has a weakness for coffee, the smell of old books, rainy days and her cat, Luna. Something Like a Love Song is her first novel.
INTERVIEW WITH BECCA BURTON
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Becca Burton author of Something Like a Love Song. Hi Becca, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
First off, hi, and thank you for having me! My book, Something Like a Love Song, is a not just a typical love story, but a story about two long time boyfriends who are victims of a hate crime, and have to find the strength and courage to carry on. It’s about love in a difficult situation, about overcoming and learning that sometimes it’s okay to rely on others. I wanted to write a story about how love can overcome, but it isn’t always easy, and requires commitment and determination to make it through.
How difficult was it to get into the main character’s head?Dylan is a pretty stubborn individual, so there were times I had to take astep back and clear my own perspective to look at things from his. I find ithelpful to make a playlist for my main characters and listen to it beforewriting, to help set the mood and mindset of the characters and situation.This definitely helped me for Dylan.Landon was harder to write, and I took a lot of care in representing acharacter with a brain injury. I did lots of research and read personalstories on living with a brain injury. Even though he was more difficult towrite, Landon spoke to me the most, and writing his view points weresome of my favorite parts of this book.Is this book a standalone or do you plan on visiting it again?While I’ll never say never, for now this story is a standalone. I’ve spentyears writing the original unpublished version, and after this I feel I’veaccomplished what I set out too. But, you never know, there may be a fewshort stories that beg to be written!Why did you choose to write M/M stories?As a member of the LGBTQ community, I’ve always wanted to see morerepresentation in literature. I think diversity in literature is so important,and I’ve never been interested in following the standard mold of a lovestory. I believe that LGBTQ literature has just as much potential as non-queer literature, and I want to be a writer who helps push and expand theboundaries of what makes a LGBTQ story.Where do you find your inspiration?I find inspiration from all around me. I’ve learned the hard way that I can’tforce my inspiration, and trying to usually just ends in frustration. I findinspiration from long walks, from the people I know and interact with,from stories I read, the music I listen to, and long car rides or quietmoments spent outside. Sometimes I find inspiration in the most randomof places – the inspiration for this story was found one morning whiledriving to work and watching the sunrise, and seeing people outside,jogging and walking their dogs, and wondering what could be happeningbehind the scenes in their life. Sometimes an idea stays with me and won’tleave until I write it down. I wish I had a system for finding inspiration,but alas, it finds me when it wants to
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Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
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