Monday, 27 August 2012

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Yes: A Vasquez & James Novella

Professional badass Luki Vasquez and textile artist Sonny James have been married for five years, and despite the sometimes volatile mix, they’re happy. From their first days together, they stood united against deadly enemies and prevailed. But now the deadly enemy they face is the cancer thriving inside Luki, consuming his lungs.

As Luki’s treatment proceeds, Sonny hovers near, determined to provide every care, control every thread of possibility just as he does when he weaves. But he can’t control the progress of the cancer or how Luki’s body reacts to the treatment regime. Sonny tries, but Luki dances with cancer alone—until he gets a startling reminder of the miracle of life. With renewed determination and mutual love, the two men emerge from their coldest winter into a new spring day.
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A brief history of Vasquez and James:

Luki Vasquez and Sonny Bly James met by chance on the street in the early pages of Loving Luki Vasquez, and got their relationship off to a rocky beginning. When a not-quite-sane criminal threatened their lives, they each recognized in the other the “good thing” they might have missed. They survived because Luki’s a badass and Sonny’s the very definition of courage, so naturally they got together for good.

Well… sort of for good. By the time Delsyn’s Blues rolls around, beginning late the following winter, Sonny has driven Luki away in the midst of his own misery about his nephew Delsyn’s failing health and eventual death. But it turns out Delsyn’s death was a murder, and bad things keep happening after that, and of course Luki is determined not to leave Sonny to face this on his own. Circumstances like murders and gun running—yes gun running—need a badass, like, say, Luki Vasquez just for safety’s sake. So their back together, but the relationship is up and down once again. But, by the time Delsyn’s Blues ends, the lovers are fianc├ęs, and a wedding is in the works.

To repeat, Yes is not about the wedding. No It takes place five years after said wedding has occurred. (Tomorrow, the characters might talk a bit about the wedding in their interviews, but expect to attend the wedding in the next V and J suspense thriller, Finding Jackie, still in the creation stages.
Yes is sort of about the cancer in Luki’s lungs. I say sort of, because it’s really not about the disease, but about the struggle Luki and Sonny face in their fight for Luki’s life, how they live with it, love through it. Although authors usually don’t like to give away the end, in talking about Yes, I make an exception. Readers, it is a romance, and the ending is a happy one. But in telling you that, I’ve told you nothing at all about the soul of this story, which lies in the hearts of these two exceptional men.

Lou Sylvre hails from Southern California but now lives and writes on the rainy side of Washington State. When she’s not writing, she’s reading—fiction in nearly every genre, romance in all its tints and shades, and the occasional book about history, physics, or police procedure. Her personal assistant is Boudreau, a large cat who never outgrew his kitten meow. The noise she makes with bagpipes should be outlawed, but she plays guitar okay and loves to sing. She also loves her family, her friends, a Chihuahua named Joe, and (in random order) coffee, chocolate, sunshine, and wild roses.

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