Today the stage is for Caddy, to talk about her book series Gastien which is nominated for prizes at the eFestival of Words 2014!!
Gastien: Circle of Destiny
Gay Historical Family Saga
I’m so proud and excited that the final book of The Gastien Series, a five book dramatic historical family saga has been nominated for best historical fiction in the eFestival of Words 2014. Not only that, the whole series has been nominated for best series!
Each book can stand alone, but any series is best read from the beginning. Since I write about the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human, I include LGBT characters in my novels. Sometimes they are side characters; sometimes they play the main part.
The same is true in The Gastien Series. In the first three books you will find side characters that are gay and lesbian. In the fourth book, a gay teen-age boy takes over as main character about half way through. The fifth book is his story from age eighteen on. It is not only the genres I previously mentioned, but a very poignant and deep love story. In fact, it is the one book I have written so far that could be considered a romance, but it is not simply that. You will find struggle, heartache, drama, and joy as you follow Gastien through his life. He is the grandson of the original Gastien and bears not only his name but his great painting talent.
If you would like to start at the beginning, the first book, Gastien: The Cost of the Dream is now perma-free. You will find it at the same online retail stores that are listed for Gastien: Circle of Destiny. Simply type in the title. A word of warning: My books are for adults and contain graphic sex and, at times, violence. Class and power struggles aren’t always pretty.
I hope you join the Beauchamp family and travel back in time to learn about their zest for life and determination to make it no matter what the cost. Each one has a dream they are unwilling to compromise on. Each one finds out what’s important to them and won’t give up until they have it.
Thanks for your time. If my books make it to the finals, I hope you vote for them!
Gastien Beauchamp will discover that destiny has a way of completing what it starts. He is the final link of the Beauchamp destiny – a destiny that will not be denied. Being the new darling of the cutthroat New York City art scene is wonderful, but a kiss from his mentor opened a door to a new and terrifying world. America in the 1940s is no easy place to be gay. His secret could cost him more than just his blossoming career. He could lose his life.
As his fame and wealth grow, Gastien’s personal life plummets out of control. Finally embracing who he is, Gastien meets the man of his dreams when he moves to Paris. Unfortunately, that man has vowed to never give love a chance to break his heart again – and everything about Gastien sends loud warning signals to his brain.
Gastien wants it all: fame, fortune, and love.
Maybe that’s asking for too much.
This historical gay fiction novel is book 5 of a 5 book drama/family saga for adults (The Gastien Series). Each book can stand on its own, but is most compelling read in order.
Caddy Rowland is the author of a five book historical family saga called The Gastien Series. This story starts out in nineteenth century France. Gastien is a farm boy with dreams far bigger than a peasant has a right to. He leaves home to become a great artist and lover, but lacks education, money, or contacts. It’s a story about struggle and the quest for power, abuse of power, and the achievement of dreams.
The Gastien Series: Sometimes the “impossible” is possible, but the cost can be extremely high.
She is also the author of a psychological thriller, There Was a House, which is a four novel saga of revenge and redemption. Six teenagers have been sex trafficked and forced to work in a brothel where wealthy men satisfy their most vile sexual urges. The teenagers hang onto hope that one day they will be free, but escape isn’t good enough. Phoenix and Jamie head up a plan for total destruction of the despicable men who use them.
There Was a House Saga: They better be damn good. There will only be one chance.
Caddy grew up with a stack of books that almost reached the ceiling before she was five. Books, along with her vivid imagination, have always been some of her closest friends.
She lives with her husband, who was her high school sweetheart. They are owned by two parrots. Besides being a writer, she is an artist. One can often find her “makin’ love to the color” (painting) with loud music blaring. However, when writing she prefers silence or classical music, so she can hear the characters telling the story.
Her goal as an author is to make readers laugh, cry, think, and become intimately connected with her main characters. Caddy’s writing style is usually described as raw, gritty, and “real”. Most all of her work is LGBT inclusive. In other words, she strives to make her work reflect humanity as it really is: varied and interesting.
Caddy Rowland: Novels showcasing the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human.