Author Name: M. LeAnne Phoenix
Book Name: The Covenant
Series: Covenant Series
Goodreads Link: www.goodreads.com/mleannephoenix
Publisher: CoolDudes Publishing
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis
Release Date: January 15, 2016
When love is forbidden, who can you trust?
Seventeen year old David has been best friends with Jonathan for as long as he can remember, but the day he sees the pastor's daughter press a soft kiss to Jonathan's cheek everything changes. Overcome by jealousy, his explosive reaction reveals a deeper connection that sends their relationship spiraling down into dangerous territory.
When their clandestine love is discovered, they have nowhere to turn for help. The brutal circumstances of their parting test David and Jonathan's covenant to each other in unimaginable ways. Forced to face their fears, it is in their darkest moments that the two young men discover that the courage, hope, and strength they need to to fight for their love, has been the foundation of their covenant all along.
Pages or Words: 280 pages, 71,000 words
Categories: Gay fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Poetry, Romance
David opened his locker to get out his Biology, History, and Music History books and shoved them into his backpack, swallowing hard against the lump in his throat. Jonathan’s comforting hand lit on David’s side as he came to lean on the locker to the right of David’s own, holding up in one paint-besmeared hand, a small piece of black cardboard. On it, David saw symbols, ones he thought might be Greek. Remembering the foreign exchange student from Thessaloniki shared Jonathan’s sixth period art class, he smiled and turned to his boyfriend as he took the proffered gift.
“What does it say?” David couldn’t help but smile at the joy lighting Jonathan’s eyes. “This has to be something that Kallias helped you make—”
“You aren’t wrong,” Jonathan interjected. “That is Greek writing and Kallias even taught me how to say it.”
“Enlighten me, please!” David rasped, focusing wholly on Jonathan’s gift. “Say it and then tell me what it means.”
“If I say it right, it’s agape menomou—”
David furrowed his brow, repeating, “A guppy man oh moo?”
Jonathan slid down the locker in a giggle. “Noooo! I must have said it wrong because your face… oh my gosh, your face!”
Blushing and biting his lower lip, David sank down to his haunches in front of Jonathan. “Then say it again, slower, and tell me what it means!”
Jonathan looked around, and seeing no-one in their locker bank, leaned up to whisper the Greek in his ear, the sounds slower… thicker. “Agape menomou means O love of my heart.”
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing M. LeAnne Phoenix author of The Covenant.
Hi LeAnne, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
1) Talk to us about your characters in this book. What makes them unique?
This one is hard, because I know they’re unique, but I don’t know how to explain why. I know they are because so much of them is my teenage years. So much of them is my life and my friends from high school or the people I went to high school with. My momma IS Claire, David’s momma. I’m bad at answering this question.
2) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in getting your book from start to publish?
How much I do not like to try to do my own tour. I tried because I did it last time and wow, I had NO CLUE that you could have so many stops. Also… Will is amazing and I will forever be indebted to him for the tours he set up for me!!! And I will forever use Pride Promotions for my tours. If he’s doing them, I’m going there. J
3) Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?
I’ve been to conventions before, but never a writer’s convention. I want to go to GRL so badly!!!
4) Would you like to be a full-time writer?
5) Design the ultimate pizza.
Meet the author:
M. LeAnne Phoenix would tell you that the worst time of her life was the two years that she attempted to take off from writing. If you asked her to explain exactly why she did such a thing, you would most likely get the mad attempt to arch an eyebrow like her dad and then a shake of the head as she told you it was unlucky to speak of such things. Suffice it to say, it will never happen again!
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas in the mid-1970's, Ms. Phoenix was young and wild (and even free!) during the crazy wondrous decade known as the 1980's and the even crazier but now grungy decade of the 1990's. Music is second only to the muses that live and breathe to fill her mind with beautiful men, and music always helps them to tell their stories. She is never without her iPod or her computer no matter where she goes, although, she does like to hike and take pictures of the sky and the moon, and even the occasional shot of the sun through the branches of a tree.
An avid cat lover, Ms. Phoenix has been owned by many throughout her life, though her current owner is one Lily-Rose, who really would like for her to step away from the keyboard and pay her some attention! After all, hasn't she earned it?
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Tour Dates & Stops:
15-Jan: Prism Book Alliance, KathyMac Reviews, Velvet Panic, Mikky's World of Books, It’s Raining Men, Carly’s Book Reviews
Rafflecopter Prize: A signed print copy of 'The Covenant'