Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Long Haul Blog Tour

Flight attendant Tanner Bradac and his occasional make-out buddy Clark Arnold find themselves on a layover in San Francisco on the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage. Tanner is as happy about the ruling as any of his Facebook friends rainbowing up their profile pictures, it just doesn’t affect him personally—he doesn’t even have a boyfriend. Color him surprised, then, when he and Clark get caught up in the celebratory spirit of the day and return home as lawfully wedded husbands. 

The wedding may have been a last-minute light-hearted lark, but Tanner and Clark are willing to give marriage a go. Tanner loves Clark—at least, he really wants to love Clark—and he figures the rest should just fall into place. How hard can being married to a guy you barely know really be?

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First Flight Out

Jesse Cisneros and his best buddy Tanner fly for Mile High Airlines, which is every bit as classy as it sounds. When Dr. Willis rings his call light on a flight from New York to Denver, Jesse is so taken with the good doctor’s looks and charm, he forgets all about the inflight medical crisis that prompted him to call for a flight attendant in the first place. Willis is handsome. Willis is helpful. And wouldn’t you know it? Willis is someone else’s husband.

Jesse can hardly believe his luck when their paths cross again on the patio of a popular gay bar. It’s been nine months, and Willis has been busy: now he’s single, he’s out, and he’s very interested in getting to know Jesse better. It all seems too good to be true! And you know what they say about that ...

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Just as an airline career generates opportunities to get out and see the world (or the Midwest, depending on who you work for), stories about airline people can unfold just about anywhere. Need an ocean sunset for the Big Romantic Finish, but your characters live in Colorado? Off they jet to work. They sling a few drinks, and bam—they’re on Waikiki beach, mai tais in hand, in time to see the sun plop into the Pacific. Pesky girlfriend at home? An LA layover will free him right up.

For this story, I especially appreciated Tanner and Clark’s easy access to air travel. They fly for a Denver-based airline. Denver is packed with gorgeous men and happy-hour patios; it’s an easy place to live, and an easy place to be gay, and so it’s an easy place to write about as Home for these guys. Parks, shirtless dudes, and good beer everywhere, like where would they rather live? (Read Long Haul and find out!) But I wanted them to get gay-married in the middle of a party, which, certain self-righteous residents of Kentucky have taught us, not every locality was going to host. In “real life,” as the Internet likes to say, Denver did indeed have something of a festive rally at the state capitol, but if any US city’s equality street party is going to make marrying someone you barely know seem like the way to go, it’s San Francisco.

Most of the people I know with flight benefits get really ambitious about vacation planning. Thailand, Vietnam, India, Greece—if it doesn’t take sixteen hours or involve an employee discounted cruise ship to get there, you can hardly call it a honeymoon. But I wanted Clark and Tanner to discover The Honeymoon Within, and so turned their airline benefits against them; the only flight out of town with open seats turns out to be to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where they have to make their own fun. (Newly married to a hot young power bottom, what is Tanner to do? You see why I don’t write mysteries…)

In other stories of mine, flight attendants have shared a first kiss on the Great Wall of China, partied in Sydney, been dumped in Miami, and been ravaged in-flight in back galleys and tiny lavatories. Switching up settings is fun for me, and hopefully interesting for readers. But I think it’s good for my characters, too, who often must travel—I know I had to—to learn that life follows us wherever we go.

About the Author:
Michael P. Thomas is a flight attendant whose writing is continually inspired by his work with the flying public, who flatly refuse to be boring. The author of three novel-length gay romances and a number of romantic and erotic shorts, he writes gay fiction because when he was coming out he sure was glad to have it to read. After misspending his youth in San Francisco, he now lives in his native Colorado with his husband.

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