Author Name: Mila McWarren
Book Name: The Luckiest
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25446714-the-luckiest
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
Release Date: July 7, 2015
When New York-based memoirist Aaron Wilkinson gathers with his high school friends to marry off two of their own, he is forced to spend a week with Nik, the boy who broke his heart.
As they settle into the Texas beach house where the nuptials will be performed, Nik quickly makes his intentions clear: he wants Aaron back. "He's coming hard, baby," a friend warns, setting the tone for a week of transition where Aaron and Nik must decide if they are playing for keeps.
Pages or Words: 256 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Gay fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Aaron finishes the song and Stephanie snatches the mic out of his hand, crooks her finger at Nik and launches them into a reprise of their performance of "Dancing on My Own" from the homecoming weekend they all spent here at the house back in senior year. Stephanie still has questionable rhythm and tragic pitch—she loves to sing, which is why they have a karaoke machine in this house, but it's one thing she will admit she doesn't have much of a gift for—but there's a reason Nik majored in music at The University of Texas, and his voice has come a long way.
Somehow, this deliberate throwback to a memory that was never anything but happy seems different than what Aaron has just done. He sits on the sofa, flanked by Alex and Jasmine, hating them both a little for participating in it even while he smiles. Nik dances—how can you not, with this song—but he still watches Aaron, gives him a little head-tilt during the chorus, and it's charming and devastating and infuriating.
Jasmine leans to murmur, "Oh, I see how it is."
"Oh, shut up."
"You might not be desperate, but I'm not sure about him. He's coming hard, baby."
About the author:
Mila McWarren grew up in Texas, but has happily made her home on the East Coast for the last decade. In her day job she works as a social scientist and has spent the last 10 years developing her fiction writing online. She lives with her husband and their two kids. When she isn't using working, writing, or hanging out with her family, she likes knitting and watching television, because they go together like peanut butter and chocolate, two of her other great loves.
Where to find the author:
Q & A with character Aaron
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Mila McWarren, author of The Luckiest.
Hi Mila, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi! I'm a married woman, in my 40s, two kids. I live on the East Coast of the US, where I work as a researcher. This book is a new adult novel, and it tells the story of two exes trapped in a beachhouse for a week while they marry off a pair of their closest friends. I'm pretty sure you can figure out the rest. J This was really fun, thanks!
Wicked Faerie's - What do you find attractive in a man?
Aaron - Kindness. Good eyes. Capable hands. Strong thighs. Oh, hair – hair is underrated. And good humor, and patience. But mostly hair and eyes; they can be lethal.
WF - The first thing that went through your head when you saw Nik?
Aaron - You have to understand how young we were, first of all. There was no thunderbolt of attraction, at least nothing I could understand then. Part of it is that the last few years of high school was very kind to Nik, and part of it is that I was just not quite ready for him.
He was standing in a parking lot, off by himself, in a band uniform. His trumpet was dangling from one hand, and he was looking down at the ground and laughing. I still don't know what he was laughing at; he doesn't even remember this, because for him it was just another minute before a marching contest. We didn't actually meet until months later when we bumped into each other at another school event.
So the first thing that went through my head when I saw Nik was, "what is that dumbass laughing at?"
It's a moment for the ages.
WF - Do you think you’ll insist the author visits you again?
Aaron - Oh, I don't know. I hope the best of our stories aren't over yet! At the same time, though – there are so many other things I want to think about besides my love life, and life is full enough without experiencing the kind of crisis or turning point that might make her interested enough to stick her head back into our lives.
Besides all that, I'm a memoirist. If anybody's going to be telling our stories, it's going to be me.
WF - Before you met Nik, what was your ideal man?
Aaron - Oh, that's precious that you think I was even thinking that way back then.
Before Nik, I wasn't really thinking about love or sex or partnership. I'm pretty sure I was trying very hard not to think about them at all. If you had asked me that question my freshman year in high school, I'm pretty sure I would have rolled my eyes and asked you if you had any questions that were actually interesting; I was something of a little shit. And I was still figuring out that I was gay, but most of the boys surrounding me were not the type to inspire any kind of moony-eyed dreaming. My friend Alex thinks that's why I was so set on leaving home as soon as possible – she might be right. It's definitely true, at least, that even for the first several months of knowing Nik, I wasn't thinking about those things. I was a bit of a slow-starter, and we were so young.
WF - You’re going out for dinner. What’s your favorite food?
Aaron - I really will eat just about anything; I grew up with a single mother, and I learned to cook on a pretty limited budget, and I've been a student for as long as I've been an adult. If somebody else is picking up the check (why doesn't this happen to me more often?) I'm going big – I want an actual steak, a proper slab of meat that's meltingly tender and slathered in butter. There should also be a baked potato and probably something green, also coated in butter. (This is probably why people don't pick up the check more often, isn't it?)
Tour Dates & Stops: July 7 – July 20, 2015
Rafflecopter Prize: One $25 Interlude Press gift card. Five e-book copies of ‘The Luckiest’