Hello Sexxy People & welcome to my stop in The Love Of My (Other) Life Tour. There will be a giveaway at the end of this post.
The Love Of My (Other) Life
by Traci L. Slatton
What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?
NYC, A BEAUTIFUL PAINTER, AND A DIMENSION-TRAVELLING PROFESSOR COLLIDE IN THIS YEAR’S MOST CHARMING BITTERSWEET ROM-COM
Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes The Love Of My (Other) Life [Parvati Press], this year’s most charming – and bittersweet – romantic comedy novella.
The latest offering from critically acclaimed author and Yale and Columbia graduate Traci L. Slatton, The Love Of My (Other) Life follows the beguiling and uncompromising Tessa Barnum, a 30-something would-be painter struggling to find her rightful place in the city that never sleeps: the ever-bustling, always-magical backdrop of New York City.
Frustrated by a world that champions meaningless post-modernism and money over truth, beauty and transcendence, Tessa is about to be evicted, too insecure in her own talent to let her Turner-esque landscapes leave her closet, and emotionally exhausted by a recent divorce. When she is suddenly faced with Brian Tennyson behind every corner – a disheveled yet devilishly handsome man who, out of virtually nowhere, claims to not only be a Yale physics professor who has uncovered a gap in the time-space continuum, but also her husband in an alternate universe (!) – Tessa finds herself on a rollercoaster ride the likes of which she never in her wildest dreams imagined she would have to be prepared for.
A touching and immersive portrait of a young woman reconciling her passions, convictions and realities with an impossible love story unfolding around her, The Love Of My (Other) Life is a surprising, funny and engrossing addition to any romance lover’s bookshelf, digital or otherwise.
“I wrote this novel for the hopeful romantic in all of us,” says Slatton. “I was inspired by daydreaming, really. I imagined what it would be like if a scruffy man showed up on my doorstep out of the blue one day, claiming to be my soulmate – albeit in a parallel world – and then it turned out he really was! But he couldn’t stay. Tessa is a woman with her own passion and her own center, but she’s lost her way. She’s been looking for Brian her entire life and didn’t even know it.”
Heralded by early reviewers as “The Bridges of Madison County meets The Notebook meets Splash,” The Love Of My (Other) Life will warm even the most cynical of hearts, and is the perfect novel to curl up with and devour on a chilly February afternoon. Among the topics and themes explored in it include:
· True love in all of its madness and power: do soulmates really exist?
· The inner life of a closet artist: fear, frustration and finding the courage to bare your soul to the world
· Art and the importance of being uplifted by the small, beautiful things
· Vulnerability and the modern woman: leaping into the great unknown to experience all that life has to offer
Hi Traci and thank so much for stopping by Salacious Reads today.
Thanks for having me! I love your juicy blog.
1) I would like to jump right in and ask about the cover for TLOMOL...Looking at it, it has an erotic appeal to it and some people (myself included) thought the story would be just that…erotic. How did the cover come to be? Did you have any input on the design?
Yes, I chose the front cover image. That is one gorgeous ass, isn't it? Everyone loves a great ass: men, women, ET's. Looking at the cover, you'd think this novel was all about assplay. Well, it is. Just not explicitly.
2) I like this idea of alternate universes and romance mixed together...what was your inspiration for TLOMOL?
I was daydreaming, sort of musing, and I thought, wouldn't it be funny if some kooky, scruffy guy showed up suddenly, claiming to be my soulmate in another universe? It kind of grew from there. I started as a physics major at college. I soon became an English major, but I never lost my respect and affection for the sciences.
3) The characters in this story were all a little kooky, charming and so very funny. Are any of the characters in this story based on anyone in your life?
Novels are like dreams: everyone in them is the dreamer (author). There are parts of me in every character I create. With parts of other people mixed in. And then, because this is fiction, I turn up the volume on the character traits to make the personalities stand out in bold relief. I supposed I have some of Tessa's do-gooderness--I was a healer for 10 years. And my husband classical figurative sculptor Sabin Howard (www.sabinhoward.com) rants about the evils of contemporary art.
4) I really enjoyed the comedic element to your story; I think is made Tessa & Brian more true to life. Why a romance with comedy?
Love is sort of funny, don't you think? Funny and sad. Like life itself: bittersweet. You can never have love without loss, they are congenital twins, joined at the hip. Along the journey of love is joy and laughter and mishap and all the great human comedic adventures that make life worth living.
5) Tessa & Brian were a joy to read...can we expect to maybe another story about these two? Maybe Brian finding a HEA in his world? Or possibly with another Tessa?
You know, I hadn't thought of another story, but readers have started asking for a sequel. Maybe, just maybe. Maybe our world Brian builds a many worlds device and our indefatigable Tessa goes to visit Brian in the other universe and finds him in dire need of her help....
6) Finally...what would you like for readers to take away from with them after reading TLOMOL?
I would like readers to take away with them a sense of fun and a sense that there are always second chances. If you screw up, then own it, try to rectify it, and move on. Life is full of unexpected opportunity.
What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?
Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she's broke, about to be evicted and has made some serious missteps in her career.
When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he's a crazy vagabond - albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal.
Then he informs her that in his world, they're married.
Tessa's universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold. The secret to her own life was always in her heart.
Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia, where she taught freshman composition. She lives in Manhattan, though her love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel Immortal [Bantam Dell], which is currently in film pre-production and reached bestseller status in Italy, Russia and Brazil. Also the author of The Botticelli Affair and the After trilogy (Fallen, Cold Light and Far Shore [forthcoming late spring 2013]), Slatton has published The Art of Life, a photo essay about figurative sculpture; a book of poetry; as well as a non-fiction title on science and spirituality, Piercing Time & Space. Her forthcoming novel, The Mission, is a meaty historical saga set during World War II.
DIGITAL & PAPERBACK REVIEW COPIES OF THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE
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Traci & Parvati Press has graciously offered an eBook copy of The Love of My (Other) Life. This book was ridicously good & if you love a lil comedy w/your Romance then this book is perfect for you...Perfect for anyone really. You can read my REVIEW.
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