Becca Seymour is on the blog today with her new release, Thinking It Over, and she’s come with an exclusive excerpt. Check it out below!
Title: Thinking It Over
Author: Becca Seymour
Series: True-Blue #4
Publisher: Rainbow Tree Publishing
Cover artist: BookSmith Design
Release date: June 13, 2020
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Tropes: small town, age difference, May/December, office/workplace romance
Length: 63,000 words
Other books in the series:
- Let Me Show You
- I’ve Got You
When a young teacher connects with the principal of his school, work and ex issues, the possibility of happiness, and a chocolate Labrador called Penny means they have a lot to think over.
Newly appointed teacher, Jasper Taylor, can’t believe his luck. After a year, he’s found a job with the possibility of a permanent contract, which finally allows him to put his teaching degree to good use. After meeting the silver-haired principal of the school, Jasper discovers his new position offers an additional temptation. He knows he should retreat, but who said avoiding attraction was easy, especially when the man he’s crushing on seems too good to be true?
Well-respected and focused on his career, Austin Harrison is at the top of his game. He’s turned a struggling school around, has finally put up boundaries with his demanding ex, and may just have secured full custody of his chocolate Lab, Penny. The appointment of the new English teacher, Jasper, threatens to unsettle the stability he’s been working towards. Austin’s attraction is immediate, heady, and oh so complicated. But does complicated mean he has to walk away?
Join Jasper and Austin in Becca Seymour’s low-angst, feel-good LGBTQ series, True-Blue Book 4. In the small town of Kirkby, there are busybodies, dogs who cause chaos, families who have the “best” of timing, and where good men have the opportunity to find their perfect match.
Somehow I’d survived my first week. There were practically scuff marks on my knees from the exhaustion that beat at me, but despite the tiredness, exhilaration made a solid attempt for dominance. It wasn’t winning, unfortunately. My tired eyes prevented that, but I was still pleased I’d made it through the week relatively unscathed.
I didn’t even have to glance at my seating plan to know who the freckled fifteen-year-old was. Timmy seemed to have tasked himself with being my alarm as well as the one kid who decided to ask every question going all week. He was studious, had the potential to be at the top of the class if he could keep focused long enough, and he also drove me to distraction as much as he entertained me.
“Yes, Mr. Dolan, what can I do for you?” I glanced up from the papers I’d collected while the students packed up, ready for the end of the day.
“My aunt said Taming of the Shrew was pretty much the same as one of her favorite moves, 10 Things I Hate About You. Is that right?”
Heath Ledger flashed into my head with a mix of swooning and sadness. “Your aunt has good taste,” I said.
Timmy shrugged, saying, “She’s almost forty, so she’s pretty old.”
I slammed my mouth shut, determined not to laugh. “Well,” I continued, ignoring his comment, “the film is loosely based on Shakespeare’s play. The relationships and cast are similar, and the plot arc about finding the heroine a boyfriend or husband has obvious similarities.”
“Yeah.” Timmy nodded as he heaved his bag off the table. “I should be good watching that then, right, instead of reading the book?” He continued to bob his head up and down as though this was the best and most obvious compromise in the world.
Meanwhile, I shook my head quickly. “Unfortunately, Timmy, the text has to be read and studied. You writing about a late nineties American high school rather than Padua, an Italian city, would be a sure way to fail your assignment.”
His groan was echoed in a chorus around him, and multiple disappointed and disgruntled teenage faces stared back at me.
I grinned, spouting the quote, “Gracious…, I that do bring the news made not the match.” I finished with raised brows, only to receive scrunched-up noses in return. I laughed lightly, saying, “I really can’t wait to start introducing you to Shakespeare.” The bell erupted, causing a flurry of activity. “Have a great weekend,” I called out, a lightness filling my chest when a handful of students said goodbye and offered more than a grunt.
Maybe it was a little too soon for quoting random Shakespeare at them, but Timmy’s wide-eyed confusion was pretty amusing.
When the last of the students filed out, I returned to my desk and sat down heavily. I wondered if it would screw up my whole sleep pattern if I went home right now and passed out. I was sure it would take zero effort to fall onto my mattress after a quick shower to wash away the school day. A yawn slipped past my lips, and I covered my mouth, squinting before rubbing my hand over my face.
There was no way I had the energy to stay back tonight. While I had planning to do and the papers from the short quiz I’d collected to mark, I intended to set aside Sunday morning for that.
Falling asleep now would be a mistake, I was sure. Plus, I’d promised Ian we’d catch up after his shift. He was off at six, so it didn’t mean a late night. I didn’t think I had it in me for any gaming tonight, though.
About the author:
Becca Seymour lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers.
Living on her small property in Queensland with her human family as well as her animal family of cows, chooks, and dogs, Becca appreciates the beauty of the world around her and is a believer that love truly is love.