Blog Tour + Giveaway: Grounded by Aidan Wayne

Aidan Wayne and IndiGo Marketing visit the blog today with the Grounded blog tour! Find out more about this fluffy trans romance, read the exclusive excerpt and enter in the NineStar Press ebook giveaway!

Title: Grounded
Author: Aidan Wayne
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: August 21
Heat Level: 2 - Fade to Black Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 40000
Genre: Contemporary, chefs, children, contemporary, sports, gay, pansexual, trans

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Between raising his daughter Camille, his work as a full-time pastry chef, and his hobby of capoeira, Baz’s life is pretty full. He may be a little lonely, but he’s too busy to think about it all that much.

When his cousin Alaina introduces him to Terry, another capoeira student, Baz is instantly drawn to him. Though quiet and withdrawn, Terry ends up being a fun, interesting person who Baz can’t help but fall for. And when Baz does things, he doesn’t do them halfway.

Terry is a successful voice actor and a talented martial artist. But the fact that he’s shy, on top of being a trans man, has kept him from really dating. He likes Baz, he does—he just doesn’t want to mess up their friendship by failing at romance. Still, Baz is nothing if not stubborn, and Terry is willing to give things a try.

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Baz called Alaina as soon as he got home, knowing she didn’t have class now. The only reason she hadn’t been in capoeira was because she was still working on her school project.
“Hey, Alaina. How’s the schoolwork coming along?”
She let out a breath of air. “The video’s rendering now. Once it’s done, I’ll look it over to make sure it’s right, and then I can submit it. What’d I miss at capoeira?”
“We were practicing macaco em pé today, for the more advanced students.”
“Oh damn. I missed the last class where we did that. I’ve been wanting to learn it for weeks; I’m pretty good at my cartwheels, but I want to get those flips down.”
“Well, we’ve got a review week coming up. You can always learn it then. And I’m sure if you come to open time, Andre or Lydia wouldn’t mind teaching it to you.”
“Maybe. I can probably make it to open time tomorrow. Are you going?” Wednesdays were one of Baz’s days off.
“No. I don’t have to work on a routine for a while, so I figured me and Camille could take advantage of the evening and have a daddy-daughter night after we go to her kiddy-capoeira class.”
“Aw, nice. I bet she’ll love that.”
“I hope so.” He already had the dinner menu planned. “I can’t wait for July. It’ll be nice to be able to spend time with her on the regular, you know?”
“Yeah.” Her voice was soft. “I know.” Alaina understood best out of anybody how hard Baz worked.
“Speaking of spending time with people, I have a question for you about Terry?”
“Oh? Yeah?”
And abruptly, Baz realized he didn’t know what he wanted to ask. Or rather, he didn’t know how to ask without letting Alaina know he was interested, and he really didn’t want to be teased about it for the rest of his natural life. “He’s, uh, he’s kind of quiet, isn’t he?” Baz blurted out.
Alaina laughed. “I guess so? Quieter than we are. But he’s really nice. And I thought you had a good time with him on Thursday when you went to see that movie together.”
“I did. I was looking forward to seeing him today, but he wasn’t in class.”
“Aw. That’s a shame.”
“So what did you actually want to ask?” Trust Alaina to see right through him.
“Uh.” Damn it, Baz was an adult, he could come right out and say this. “He hasn’t, uh, has he ever mentioned a girlfriend or a boyfriend or anything?”
A short, sharp pause, then, “You like him!”
“I don’t know if I like him yet,” Baz said, mostly honestly, “But I figured I might as well find out if there was the possibility before I went ahead and decided that I did. Or didn’t.”
“Aw, I really wish I could help you. But he never has. He’s always been alone at capoeira, and even when we have meetups outside of class where we welcome plus-ones, he comes by himself, when he comes at all.”
“I’m sorry. I wish I could help more.”
“No, it’s okay. I was just wondering. It’s fine.”
“You were not ‘just wondering’ because you’ve never done a thing halfway in your life. If you’re asking me at all, it means you’re interested.”
Baz sighed and shifted on the couch. “Okay, fine, maybe a little. He was really fun at the movies. And he’s cute.”
“I knew it. I knew you two would get along great.”
“Hey now,” Baz objected, “you only know about me. Neither of us knows about Terry yet.”
“Are you going to try to find out?”
“Well, yeah. ‘Try’ being the operative word though. I don’t want to just point-blank ask him and freak him out.” He was pretty sure it would be some sort of faux pas anyway, not that he’d had any recent experience. It’d be nice if he could though; Baz very much believed in meeting problems head-on.
“Yeah, no, I’ve no idea if that’d freak him out. He’s not the most…social person right off the bat. You have to get him to open up.”
“I’ll work on it,” Baz said. “I’d planned to text him today anyway. At least keep up the conversation. I was going to tell him about class.”
“Oh, good idea.”


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Meet the Author

Aidan Wayne has been a jeweler, paralegal, neurofeedback technician, and martial arts instructor. And that’s not even the whole list. They’ve been in constant motion since before they were born (pity Aidan’s mom!)—and being born didn’t change anything. When not moving, Aidan is usually writing, so things tend to balance out. They primarily write character-driven stories with happy endings, because, dammit, queer people deserve happy endings too.

Aidan has several plants: Viola and Baby V., the African violets; George, the ponytail palm; Antigone, the orchid; and an unidentified succulent, the-plant-that-has-not-yet-been-named-but-is-often-called-Steve. They live with their plants on the seventh floor of an apartment building. The building has an elevator, but Aidan refuses to acknowledge its existence.

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8/21 Hoards Jumble
8/21 Urban Smoothie Read
8/21 Boy Meets Boy Reviews
8/21 Happily Ever Chapter
8/22 The Novel Approach
8/23 Hearts On Fire Reviews
8/23 A Book Lover's Dream Book Blog
8/24 Bayou Book Junkie
8/24 Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
8/25 love bytes reviews
8/25 Stories That Make You Smile
8/25 Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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