Tuesday, April 7, 2015

INTERVIEW: Mimsy Hale plus #Giveaway! #Newadult #MMromance

Hello Mimsy and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

What important thing would you give up in order to continue writing?

I'd give up water!  (I can just drink juice instead.)

What is your favorite literary quote?

I'll go with a modern classic: “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” – The Fault In Our Stars, John Green.

Describe your perfect lazy day.

A Lord of the Rings movie marathon (extended versions!) on the couch with plenty of snacks, a cosy blanket, and my cats to snuggle.

You have 200 words—Make.  Me.  Swoon.  (PLEASE!)

I've been writing a lot of abstract stuff lately, little one-shot ditties that are stretching me creatively, so here's a reimagining of one of them:

Our initials inside a steam-shaky heart on the bathroom mirror, and glimpses of him kissing his way from one shoulder to the other.  The last smile before his stormy, slate blue eyes close at night.  Licking the salt from his ocean-drenched skin; across tanned cheek, jaw and shoulder.  A brush of chocolate-coffee lips in an unexpected midday kiss.

Through the door and home to him, to the smell of dinner cooking and the sound of his laugh when he spills sauce everywhere.  His fingertips skimming my hip, then being pressed chest to thigh against him in the confined space of the kitchen.  His hand in my hand, the band on his finger warmed to the temperature of my own skin.  A tremble under the surface, though not from the cold.

His eyelashes feather-light against my cheek and his stubble prickling against my mouth; the feeling of his winter-chapped lips smiling against mine.

I see us within seconds, not minutes or hours.  Tiny pockets of time that take up residence in my mind like photographs in a scrapbook.  If they're all we have, then I'll happily keep them.

If someone challenged you to a water gun fight *to the death* how would you fare?

Oh, I can be a ruthless mercenary when I need to be—come at me, bro!

Do you know any cool party tricks and are you brave enough to do them at parties?

Other than being able to tie a knot in a cherry stem with my tongue and making a few weird, squeaky noises with my mouth, I'm woefully under-prepared when it comes to party tricks!

Give a shout-out to another author who may, or may not, know how much you appreciate them.

Two shout-outs here: to Carrie Pack and Lissa Reed, who kept me going more times than I can count.  They're absolute gems, and I wouldn't be the writer I am today without them.

What is the hardest part of writing?

Starting.  Once I get going, a lot of it is plain sailing.  But there's something so daunting about that darn blinking cursor...

Do you dance in the rain?

I dance inside the house while it's raining outside, if that counts.

And finally, you've just inherited a dachshund farm.  What do you do now?

Start talking to people that know the first thing about dachshunds, I guess!  And probably have an hour or so of time to roll around with puppies.

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Book Name: 100 Days
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Author Name: Mimsy Hale
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Front cover concept by Abbi Lawson
Cover design by Buckeyegrrl Designs
Pages or Words: 346 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance


Jake and Aiden have been best friends—and nothing more—since the age of six.  Now 22-year-old college graduates, they take a road trip around the USA, visiting every state in 100 days.

As they start their cross-country odyssey, Jake and Aiden think they have their journey and their futures mapped out. But the road has a funny way of changing course.

Fifty states. Two boys. One love story.

Because anything really could happen, couldn’t it? What if what happened in Philadelphia wasn’t a total mistake, but simply the prelude to Jake finally listening to what his instincts have been telling him for weeks? What if, what if, what if…
“What are you doing? Come see this!” Aiden calls out.
Jake takes a deep breath and steps out of the shadows. Aiden is silhouetted against the fading sun, the light picking out the auburn in his hair, and as he stretches his arms up over his head, one finger hooked through the woven bracelet he bought earlier, he grins out at the horizon. Jake feels as if he’s watching Aiden through brand new eyes; he knows that there is rescue in those arms. Suddenly he wants to fall into them and hold on until he feels safe.
Aiden turns away from the vista, pushes his sunglasses up on top of his head and looks down at Jake, his eyes sparkling with warmth and light. He leans forward and holds out his hand, and he looks… beautiful.

Available from: IP | Amazon


What inspired you to write 100 Days?

My love of the USA, and the desire to explore how a road trip could change the fundamentals and test the limits of a “set in stone” friendship.

Is there anything you'd like us to know about it?

I really learned how to kill my darlings with this book—what's left is the core of what I wanted to do, and I'm so proud of the finished product.

What are your hopes for this title?

That people will read it, a movie mogul will want the film rights, that the movie will star my dream cast...  *happy sigh*  Really though, all I want is for people to enjoy it, and maybe be inspired to do a little “road tripping” in their own lives, whether literal or metaphorical.  It's never too late, because the road never runs out.

About the Author:
Mimsy Hale has been a contributing ghostwriter to several bestselling nonfiction books. She is also an established writer in online fan communities, where her stories have hundreds of thousands of reads. 100 Days is her first novel.  She lives in Suffolk, England, with her roommate and four cats.

Where to find the author:

Twitter: @mimsyhale

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  1. Can I take this hat off now? ;D thanks so much for having me; it was a pleasure!

  2. Hi Mimsy, love the hat :) I would hope Jake & Aiden make it to Oregon, as that is one of the states I would love to go to, partly because of its beautiful scenery and as I have friends & family live there :) thank you for a chance to win a copy of your debut book.

    1. Hee, thanks! Jake and Aiden absolutely make it to Oregon--in fact, it's the second part of the final chapter. It looks like a beautiful place to live, doesn't it?

  3. Congratulations on the new release! Texas in the springtime is beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much! And I'll just bet it is--one day I'll make it there!

  4. Congrats on the new release! I look forward to reading your book. =)

  5. Congrats on the new release. I would hope the boys would visit Delaware. Especially along the coast.

    1. Thank you! And yep, they make it down there! :)

  6. I would love them to come to Tucson, AZ. We have many things in and around Tucson that can be done. We have some of the most beautiful sunsets.

    1. They didn't manage to hit Tucson unfortunately, but I did consider having them head that way before the Grand Canyon won me over. It won't be the last road trip they take, though, so I'm sure they make it there eventually :)

  7. Congrats on the new release! I can't wait to read it!